Family Centers & Playgroups

Family Centers & Playgroups

Play, Learn, Connect

If you have a young child, you have a resource at your fingertips. If you're new to your community or new to parenting, family centers are more than just a gathering place for children.

They are a welcoming and convenient place for adults to meet other parents, grandparents, and care givers, and find support and information about important matters including preschools, public school, pediatricians, or parent support groups. Getting involved by volunteering time and talent helps family centers and local organizations thrive.

Family Centers are generally free, and you don't need to be a resident of a town to visit the local family center. Each community's family center provides unique programming and is open to residents as well as families from other communities. Play-and-learn groups are free and generally open on a drop-in basis (no preregistration required).

Locations and Hours

Most family centers follow the public school schedule of their home community for vacations and weather-related closings. All of the centers may sponsor activities and events at times other than those listed below. Please contact the individual centers for more specific information about hours and programming.

Amherst Family Center

1200 North Pleasant Street, Amherst
Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00am to 12:00pm. (Closed for August)

Belchertown Family Center

720 Franklin Street, Belchertown
More information on Facebook
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 9:00am - 12:00pm (July 5 - August 25)

Chesterfield Playgroup

Philip Russell Memorial Park, 1 South Street, Chesterfield
Hours: Friday, July 15, and Friday, August 19, 10:00am
More information on Facebook

Easthampton Family Center

Nonotuck Park - 1 Daley Field Road, Easthampton
Easthampton Family Center on Facebook
Hours: Tuesday, 9:30am-11:30am (July and August)


Goshen Town Hall, 42 Main Street, Goshen
Hours: Water day, Thursday, July 21, 10:00am; Wind day, Thursday, August 18, 10:00am

Granby Playgroup

Granby Free Public Library, 297 East State Street, Granby
Hours: Friday, 10:30am-12:30pm

Palmer/Monson Family Network

4 Springfield Street, Three Rivers
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Hours: Tuesday, 10:00am - 11:30am, Friday at Eager Park, 10:00am (June 28 - August 19)

Click below to download our Newsletters: 

PMFN Newsletter May-June 2016

PMFN Newsletter July-August 2016

Pelham Playgroup

Pelham Elementary School Playground, 45 Amherst Road, Pelham
Hours: Wednesdays - June 22, July 20, August 24, 10:00am

South Hadley Family Center

Buttery Brook and Beachgrounds, 123 Willimansett Street, South Hadley
Hours: July Concert Series, Wednesdays - July 13, July 20, July 27, 10:00am

South Hadley Family Center Website
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Southampton Playgroup

Edwards Public Library, 30 East Street, Southampton
Hours: StoryWalk Wednesday, August 10, 10:00am
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Ware Family Center

Beauregard Park/Reed Pool, 119 West Main Street, Ware
Hours: Wednesday, 9:30am (June 15 - September 28)

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Westhampton Playgroup

Westhampton Public Library, 1 North Road, Westhampton
Hours: Water day, July 6, 10:00am; STEM day, July 20, 10:00am; Tai Chi for Children day, July 27, 10:00am
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While family centers are sponsored by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) grant funded by the Department of Early Education and Care, they also rely on donations from families, businesses, and community groups. Donations are welcome, but centers are open to all regardless of ability to donate.


For more information, contact: 
Administrative Assistant
413.586.4900 x5568