Fun Family-Oriented Things to Do in the Berkshires, MA* Family Fun! Activities, Programs & Places to Go! *
Places of Interest in Berkshire County | Good Clean Fun Activities with your Children (or not!)
|★ Bakers Golf Center 658 South Main St., Lanesboro MA 01237 413/443-6102 - 18 Hole Mini Golf, Driving Range, Sand Trap, Putting Green. Family Fun Activity in the Berkshire Hills!|
|★ Berkshire Scenic Railway 10 Willow Creek Road, Lenox MA 01240 413/637-2210 - 90 minute excursion through Lenox and Stockbridge aboard restored 1920’s passenger cars. Fun &educational activity! Depart from a restored 1903 Station. Museum / Gift Shop. Family fun all spring & summer long! Berkshire Scenic Railway's 2012 Season begins in May. Schedule information and NEW special event information will be announced soon. Check back for more info!|
|★ Bousquet 101 Dan Fox Drive, Pittsfield MA 01201 413/442-8316 - Winter fun / activities: skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing. Night Skiing. Ski Rentals. Check out Bousquet's New 2 Stage 'ZIP AWAY' Zip Line!! SUMMER fun: Six water slides, activity pool, 18-hole mini-golf, go-karts, 24' climbing wall, bungy trampoline, bounce castle and more!|
|★ Jilly's Mini Golf & Grill 119 Elm St, Pittsfield MA 01201 413/443-1451 - Mini golf, ice cream & frozen yogurt treats, have your family party at Jilly's! SEASONAL, but OPEN for the 2012 Summer / Fall Season! [google map]|
|★ Jiminy Peak Adventure Park 37 Corey Rd, Hancock MA 01237 413/738-5500 - Summer Season Fun: Mountain Coaster, Alpine Slide, Giant Swing, rock wall, bungy trampoline, bouncy house, rope adventures, mountain biking, & more! Winter Season Activities include: Skiing, snowboarding, Night skiing and more.|
|★ LEE TROLLEY Lee MA 01238 800/292-2782 - A fun (and FREE) ride from downtown Lee to the Premier Outlets and Stockbridge. The trolley runs SEASONAL: weekends and holidays only, from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. Call for detailed information, or [email Lee Chamber]|
|★ Onota Lake Boat Livery 463 Pecks Road, Pittsfield MA 413/442-1724 - Onota Lake YEAR 'ROUND Boat rentals (canoes, kayaks, motor boats & pontoons). Marine sales, service & accessories. Slip rentals by day/wk/season. Open daily year-round - All Season fun for families!|
|★ Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink|
1267 South Church St., North Adams, MA 413/664-8185 - Indoor Ice Skating Rink - Skating season runs: September - April. Skate Rentals & Lessons available.
|★ Pitch N Putt / Thunder Alley Go-Karts 617 South Main Street, Lanesboro MA 413/442-6202 - Pitch & Putt golf course, go-kart track. Seasonal family outdoor fun!|
|★ The Range 1190 South State Street North Adams MA 413/663-3030 or 413/281-6528 - 18 Hole Championship Mini Golf Course, 300+ Yard Driving Range, Professional Golf Lessons, Batting Range.|
|★ U-Drive Rent -A- Boat 1651 North Street, Route 7, Pontoosuc Lake, Pittsfield MA 413/281-4196 - Pontoon boat rentals, boats seat 12 - 14. Kayaks, canoes, sailboats, row boats. Hourly or daily - great rates. Swim & picnic on Pontoosuc Lake. [CALL AHEAD]|
|Berkshire South 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington MA 01230 413/528-2810 - Olympic size indoor pool, therapeutic warm pool, splash pool for kids, weight-fitness room, indoor basketball gym, fitness classes, Yoga-Pilates, & kids' Play Zone. Wheel Chair lifts available for pool. Teen fitness program.|
|Boys' & Girls' Club of Pittsfield 16 Melville St., Pittsfield, MA 413/448-8258 - Indoor Ice Skating Rink, Indoor Pool and gymnasium, tech center with computers and games. Basketball, Dance & Swim Lessons, Cooking, Woodworking, Arts/Crafts. Pool, ping-pong, table hockey, Wii, foosball, and more! Supervised after school program (pre-register).|
|SUPER BOUNCE IS NOW OPEN AT THE BERKSHIRE MALL!|
Old State Road & Route 8 Lanesborough MA 01237 || 413/441-3845
Super Bounce Bouncy House is BACK! Located at the Berkshire Mall, just outside Best Buy!
Mall Hours: Monday - Saturday 10am - 9pm | Sunday 11am - 6:00pm.
(IMAGE CREDIT: www.theberkshiremall.com)
|★ Animagic Museum of Animation 77 Main St, Lee MA 01238 413/841-6679 - SPECIAL ATTRACTION!! Tour this unique museum, then create your own animated movie! Your animations will be uploaded to the internet!! Family fun for all ages. Gift / toy shop, workshops & day camps. Great indoor activity. Daily, by reservation.|
|★ CASEY'S BILLIARDS, 501 Dalton Ave Pittsfield MA 413/997-2255 - 12 Pool tables, New Bar TVs, Full liquor license, Keno. Regularly scheduled live entertainment, often open to all ages!|
|★ Cove Bowling Lanes 109 Stockbridge Rd., Great Barrington MA 01230 413/528-1220 - 24 ten pin Lanes, Lounge, Snack Bar, huge selection of Arcade Games, 18 Hole Indoor Mini Golf Course, Keno. Family fun, great for a rainy day!|
|★ Ken's Bowl 495 Dalton Ave Pittsfield MA 01201 413/499-0733 -10 pin bowling, arcade games, bar and snack bar. [google map]|
|★ Cyberstation Arcade Berkshire Mall, Lanesboro MA 01237 413/445-7409 - Visit Berkshire Mall's full arcade for an afternoon of fun & amusement. Packed with video games and other arcade amusements. Great indoor rainy day activity.|
|★ The Dalton Community Recreation Association 400 Main Street, Dalton MA 01226 413/684-0260 - The Dalton CRA's mission is to provide social, educational, cultural and recreational activities in a safe, healthy and welcoming environment. An independent, dynamic organization striving to meet the ever changing needs of our community. The CRA sponsors activities for the residents of the Central Berkshire Region, and offers: Indoor Aquatics (Water Aerobics, Family Swim, etc), Raquetball, Fitness Center (equipment, group exercise & personal training), Berkshire Physical Therapy, Youth Camps, Youth Sports, Adult Sports, Programs for pre school, teens and elders, After School Activities, Social Programs & Family Events Open Monday - Friday: 5am - 8pm; Saturday: 7am - 5pm; Sunday: 9am - 3pm. All ages are welcome at the Dalton Community House. The Dalton Youth Center is located at 27 South Carson Ave, Dalton MA 01226|
|★ Family Billiards 510 State Road, North Adams, MA 01247 413/664-7555 - Quiet family billiard room, alcohol-free environment. $5/person - play pool all day. [google map]|
| ★TRIPLEX CINEMA
Unique triplex cinema located at:
Great Barrington MA 01230
|★ REGAL CINEMA |
DIGITAL 3D projectors 4K technology!
RT 8 CONNECTOR RD
LANESBORO MA 01237
413/445-4400 MOVIE HOTLINE: 413/499-2558
Unique triplex cinema located at 57 North St
Downtown Pittsfield MA 01201
Plush ambiance; serves wine & beer!
|★ KIDSPACE at MASS MoCA:1040 MASS MoCA Way, NORTH ADAMS MA 01247 | 413/664-4481 x8131 - KidSpace at MASS MoCA is a contemporary art gallery, studio and educational program that promotes the understanding and teaching of art through experiential learning opportunities designed for elementary and middle school students, teachers, and families. KidSpace organizes programs that investigate a wide range of artistic themes, contemporary art-making methods and materials with the purpose of increasing participants’ understanding of contemporary art and strengthening their visual literacy skills. 11am – 4:00pm every day except Tuesdays.|
|★ Pittsfield Family YMCA 292 North ST., Pittsfield, MA 413/499-7650 - All Season fun & fitness for the entire family. Indoor swimming programs: swim lessons, aquatic fitness/workouts, Stride (for school-aged children with special needs), lifeguard training certification, scuba, & kayak classes. Adult Fitness Classes as well as personal training from Yoga to Kickboxing, racquetball leagues, zumba & more. Youth programs: popular sports such as basketball, indoor soccer, community dance program, and the Polar Bear swim team. Before and After School Care, Pre-school, Infant and Toddler programs.|
|Balance Rock - Pittsfield State Forest, Pittsfield MA LOCAL SPECIAL/HISTORICAL ATTRACTION: Amazing, huge 165-ton limestone boulder balanced precariously upon bedrock, a natural curiosity. A Berkshire County 'must see'! Hike the many wooded trails, ATVs and OHMs allowed w/permit.|
|Bartholomew's Cobble, Weatogue Rd, Sheffield MA 01257 413/229-8600 MA HISTORICAL ATTRACTION: Tour the cobbles, trees, understory plants & river on the Ledges Trail, which also passes two small caves kids love to explore! You can also trek through open fields, transitional forest, and freshwater marshes with beaver ponds along the Cobble's other trails. Mix natural history with some cultural history: follow the trail that leads to the nearby historic Ashley House, from where enslaved African American Mum Bett (Elizabeth Freeman) sued for her freedom and won.... helping to end slavery in Massachusetts. Natural History Museum and Visitor Center.|
|Bartlett's Apple Orchard 575 Swamp Road, Richmond MA 413/698-2559 - New England gourmet farm products & handmade apple gift boxes. "The Best Apple Picking in Massachusetts", (from Labor Day to Columbus Day). A great place to visit on autumn foliage trips, New England family vacations or New England weekend getaways! Schedule a tour of the orchards! Open 7 days 8 to 5:30.|
|BERKSHIRE MUSEUM AQUARIUM: 39 South St, Pittsfield MA 413/443-7171 - FUN ACTIVITY FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY: Berkshire Museum's Aquarium features more than 20 aquarium tanks (up to 535 gallons in size!) & assorted terrariums (with both local & exotic species). Venomous lionfish, moray eels, and piranha are among the more exciting specimens on view, as well as exceptional displays of living corals and other invertebrates, fishes, insects, spiders, amphibians and reptiles. Familiar species of Aquatic Life like clownfish and yellow tangs; unusual animals like puffer fish. Live coral reef tank containing roughly 25 species of coral, plus a variety of other invertebrates & fish. Get an up-close view live turtles, chameleons and snakes (and toads, frogs & salamanders, too!) ... originating from Berkshire ponds, deserts, grasslands, and rainforests of the Middle East, Australia, and South America! Learn about the Endangered Red-Bellied Cooter Head Start Program!|
|Berkshire Botanical Garden a glistening community gem |
Route 102, Stockbridge MA 413/ 298-3926 - SCENIC ATTRACTION: Tour 15 acres of cultivated land, 3000 species (functional & ornamental) in public display gardens. Picnic, View exhibits. Annual October Harvest Festival.
|Berkshire Horseback Adventures, Aspinwall Equestrian Center - Rte 7, Lenox MA - An array of horseback riding options, from one hour pleasure rides to overnight camping trips. Bring your sense of adventure! Guided Trail rides with Professional Horsemen.|
|Berkshire Humane Society Helping Animals and People since 1992." 214 Barker Road, Pittsfield MA 413/447-7878 - Visit the shelter, pet and walk the animals awaiting permanent homes. FREE!|
|Berkshire Mountain Llama Hike - "...a beautiful place to relax, restore and return to nature!" |
322 Lander Road, Lee, MA - 413/ 243-2224 - Llama hikes, Meditation Retreats & Training, beautiful B&B lodging. Peaceful and quiet beautiful Berkshire farm with sheep, bees and large organic fruit / vegetable garden.
|Blue Rider Stables - "...a holistic experience for animals & people!" |
15 Farm Lane, South Egremont MA 01258 | 413/528-5299 We offer positive, safe riding experiences for adults and children of all ages, including those who are physically, emotionally, and/or mentally challenged. Our mission is to offer a holistic educational environment in which people and animals can safely interact, and through their mutual therapeutic experiences, broaden the scope of their lives.
|Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter "Volunteers are essential to the success of any animal shelter." Downing Industrial Park, Pittsfield MA 413/448-9800 - Walk, cuddle, groom and play with the animals awaiting homes. FREE!|
|Furnace Brook Winery at Hilltop Orchards Rt. 295 / 508 Canaan Rd., Richmond, MA 413/698-3301 - 100 year-old farm set on 200 scenic acres in the Berkshires. Stroll about the apple orchards, or hike, ski or snow shoe the private back country trails. Apple picking, Hay rides, Free wine tasting.|
|Green River Farms, 2480 Green River Rd., Williamstown MA 413/458-2470 - Pick your own strawberries, blueberries, garden veggies and pumpkins during the harvest season. LOTS of animals at our petting zoo! Take a fun guided tour of a real working farm! Sunset Wagon Rides, Seasonal Corn Maze, Pony Rides on weekends! Green River Farm opens in spring for the 2012 season. Hours: DAILY til 7pm.|
|Hancock Shaker Village "The City of Peace." - a retreat from today's hectic pace."|
Route 20 & 41 Pittsfield MA 413/443-0188 - LOCAL ATTRACTION: Restored 18th Century Shaker village preserves a simple, peaceful, efficient life-style. Animal farm, tours, galleries, exhibits, hands-on activities. Library, hiking trails, Cafe, Gift Shop. Entertaining & educational family day, with activities indoors and out, special programs and exhibits. Open Daily 10am - 4pm April thru January. Hancock Shaker Village reopens for the 2012 Season on April 7th with 'Baby Animals' (April thru May 2012), Visit the heirloom gardens ; lend a hand with farm chores, explore the historic buildings!
|High Lawn Farm Summer St., Lee MA 413/243-0672 - The last remaining complete dairy farm in the Berkshires - producing, bottling & delivering its own milk - for over 100 years. Call to schedule a FUN tour for your family or group!|
|HIKING TRAILS IN THE BERKSHIRES! - Our Sports, Fitness & Wellness page features 10 of Berkshire County's favorite hiking trails ... from Sheffield & Stockbridge to Pittsfield & Lanesboro - (easy, moderate or strenuous) we have a trail to hike for you!|
|LAKES, PONDS & WATERFALLS: - Did you know the Berkshires is home to seventy five bodies of water!? We've listed (and mapped) each and every one in Berkshire County for you! So whether you are looking to picnic, swim, ice skate, boat or fish - locate the perfect spot here!|
|MA Audubon Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary "Protecting the Nature of Massachusetts." |
472 West Mountain Road, Lenox MA 413/637-0320 - Walk 7 miles of trails, visit the nature center, bring a picnic lunch! Nominal Admission Fee.
|Uncle Don's Barnyard - Ioka Valley Farm SPECIAL LOCAL ATTRACTION: Seasonal Farm Fun for ages 1 to 101!
3475 Route 43, Hancock MA 413/ 738-5915 - Unique farm experience in the Beautiful Berkshire Hills - fun for the whole family! Friendly farm animals to pet & feed. Wagon train ride, pedal carts, 40' pipeline slide, hay tunnel, wiggle cars, outdoor farm theme playground, farm library, sandboxes inside & out! Uncle Don's Barnyard is open Tuesday thru Saturday, 10am – 5pm, (June thru September), rain or shine! WINTER FUN at IOKA VALLEY: a hayride in 'Santa's Cap' to vist the Christmas Tree Plantation! Warm yourself by our woodstove and nibble on some fresh popcorn as you browse through our farm stand with its selection of wreaths, handcrafted decorations, gifts, and more.
|Undermountain Farm Horseback Riding "Year-round riding is a pleasure at Undermountain Farm." Undermountain Road, Lenox MA 413/637-3365 - 150 miles of pasture, indoor and outdoor arenas. Trail Rides/Lessons/Pony Rides $20-$60/person.|
|Whitney's Farm Market & Garden Center Rte 8, Cheshire MA 413/442-4749 - Farm & garden center with a Kid's Playland & Animal Petting Zoo! (Whitney's opens for the season April 1st 2012).|
|Windy Hill Farm Rte 7, Great Barrington 413/ 298-3217 - 7 acre apple orchard, a 1 acre blueberry field - bring the family and pick your own! (Open seasonally, April 1st - December 24th).|
BIRTHDAY PARTIES!!! - Looking for a place to hold a really unique Birthday Party for your Child this year? Need Ideas? We have a few ...! Make it a birthday to remember! Party at an aquarium, on a train, with homeless animals, have fossil dig ...
|Kidspace Birthday Party! -
Rent out the Kidspace gallery for your exclusive use! Invite friends, get up close & personal with the artwork, play games, create your own masterpieces to bring home. Choose one of three birthday party packages to make your child’s birthday party one to remember! |
- The basic Birthday Package ('The Minnow' ) includes: 1-2 art projects, games & exclusive use of Kidspace for 2 hours. 'The Shark' also includes party favors for each guest. "The Whale" (Super Duper) Birthday Package also includes a meal; pizza, vegetable sticks, soda, and an ice cream cake or breakfast for morning parties (bagels, muffins, juice, fruit). All packages: 15 kids & 2 adults.($10/additional child; max 20). Specialized invitations can be purchased at an additional cost. For more info / to book your child’s party: 413/664-4481 x8131. Please book at least one month in advance.
Give your Child the most awesome Birthday Party Event ever!
Party with the ANIMALS!! ...at the Berkshire Humane Society!
A Birthday Party to Remember
While Supporting a Great Cause!
|Or! Hold your Birthday Party on a TRAIN!!! BERKSHIRE SCENIC RAILWAY offers parties for kids' birthdays ... Birthday party package features tables & chairs on the station platform, railroad themed decorations and a supervised cab ride for the birthday celebrant in a vintage diesel locomotive! Package includes 10 tickets for a regularly scheduled Berkshire Scenic train. Additional tickets are available at a discounted price of $12/adults & $5/children under 12. Bring your own cake & ice cream ... and ALL ABOARD!|
|PARTY AT THE MUSEUM!!!|
Berkshire Museum is an affordable, entertaining & educational environment for family fun! Weekend Parties include use of the Museum for 2 hours, a private educator-led program, party supplies & decorations. Themes: aquarium, live animal demo, or dinosaur w/real fossils & 'dino dig.'12 kids & 6 adults party for $200 (members), $275 (non-members). Includes full year family membership). Schedule 4 weeks in advance: 413/443-7171 x23 or email email@example.com.