Family Centers & Playgroups

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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: Closed July and August

Amherst Family Center website


Amherst Spanish-Speaking Playgroups

Southpoint Apartments at UMass Amherst
Hours: July 12, 11:00am - 1:00pm, Field Trip to Look Park, 300 North Main Street, Florence; Aug 4, 11:00am - 12:30pm, Southpoint Picnic Area, 266 East Hadley Road, Amherst

Village Park Apartments, in picnice area in front of Main Office/in Main Office in case of inclement weather, 497 E Pleasant St., Amherst
Hours: July 11 and Aug 2, 11:00am - 12:30pm


Belchertown Family Center

51 State Street, Belchertown
Hours: July 10, July 11, July 12, July 17, July 18, July 19, July 24, July 25, July 26, Aug 7, Aug 8, Aug 9, Aug 14, Aug 15, Aug 16, Aug 27, Aug 28, Aug 29; 9:00am - 11:00am


Chesterfield Playgroup

Chesterfield Community Center, 400 Main Road, Chesterfield
Hours: July 20, Horse Drawn Wagon Ride; Aug 17, Water Play and Storywalk


Easthampton Family Center

Nonotuck Park, small playgroup - 1 Daley Field Road, Easthampton
Hours: July 3, July 10, July 17, July 24, July 31, Aug 7, Aug 14, Aug 21, Aug 28; 9:30am - 11:30am


Goshen Playgroup

Goshen Town Hall, 42 Main Street, Goshen
Hours: Summer dates coming soon!


Granby Playgroup

Granby Free Public Library, 297 East State Street, Granby
Hours: Fridays in July - August, 10:30am-12:00pm


Hatfield Playgroup

Hatfield Library,39 Main Street, Hatfield
Hours: Thursday, 10:15am - 12:00pm


Palmer/Monson Family Network

4 Springfield Street, Three Rivers (across from Hryniewicz Park)
Hours: June 7, June 12, June 14, July 10, July 12, July 17, July 19, Aug 14, Aug 16, Aug 21, Aug 23, Aug 28, Aug 30; 10:00am - 11:30am


Pelham Playgroup

Pelham Library, 2 South Valley Road, Pelham
Hours: July 13 and Aug 17, 10:00am - 11:30am (includes music and indoor/outdoor play)


South Hadley Family Center

**Summer Concert Series at Buttery Brook Park, 123 Willimansett Street, Route 33, South Hadley
Hours: July 11, 10:00am with Jon O'Neill; July 18, 10:00am with Annie and the Natural Wonder Band; July 25, 10:00am with In the Nick of Time

South Hadley Family Center website


Southampton Playgroup

Edwards Public Library, 30 East Street, Southampton
Hours: Wednesday, 10:30am


Ware Family Center

Beauregard Park, Route 9, Ware
Hours: July 11, July 18, July 25, Aug 1, Aug 15, Aug 22, Aug 29, 10:00am - 11:30am


Warren Playgroup

Cutter Park, 1226 Main Street, Warren
Hours: July 12, July 19, July 26, Aug 2, Aug 16, Aug 23, Aug 30, 10:00am - 11:30am 


Westhampton Playgroup

Westhampton Public Library, 1 North Road, Westhampton
Hours: July 21, 10:00am


Williamsburg Playgroup

Anne T. Dunphy School, 1 Petticoat Hill Road, Williamsburg
Hours: Friday, 10:00am

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.

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For more information, contact: 
Administrative Assistant
413.586.4900 x5568