by Darcie Sosa
There is a change to the Berkshires in November. The kids have been in school for a few months, the weather starts to chill, the foliage has all fallen to the ground and the excitement of Halloween starts to fade. You start to wonder what family-friendly activities are available to keep you and your family content. Luckily, you’re in a very family-friendly area and year-round family activities are in abundance.
Have an outdoorsy family? Want to get the whole family outside and moving? Come during the day on a weekend or after school/work to Bousquet Ski Area in Pittsfield for an 18 hole disc golf course! Disc golf is a flying disc game and a precision and accuracy sport, in which individual players throw a flying disc at a target. A round of 18 holes traverses the lower half of the mountain is just $6 per person and a great family deal.
Looking for a fun event for your kids that isn’t a full day commitment? The Berkshire Carousel, also in Pittsfield, opened this past summer and is a beautiful, fun and inexpensive way to spend an afternoon in downtown Pittsfield. With new fall hours, you can come on any Saturday or Sunday noon to 5 p.m. and ride the carousel for $2.
Just a few blocks away in downtown Pittsfield is the Berkshire Museum. The museum holds special events for all ages including WeeMuse Adventures (18 months – 3 years) where little ones can explore the Aquarium and three Museum galleries, Chow Time events where children help prepare enticing feasts for animals in the Aquarium, and ,special the month of November, a free Community Pajama Party for a night of storytelling and story-listening. There is also an Imagination Playground™ event that encourages creativity, communication, and collaboration and allows children to turn their playground into a space constantly built and re-built by their imagination.
If your kids love going to the movies, look no further than the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington. The Mahaiwe offers showings of perennial classics such as “The Wizard of Oz”, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”, and “The Jungle Book”. If animation is more their thing, make sure to swing by Animagic in Lee. Admission to this animation museum is free and includes a 20-minute tour. For a small fee, you can create your own model, make an animation movie and have it uploaded to YouTube!
Want to feel like a part of nature without having to be outside? Located right outside the Berkshires in Deerfield, Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory & Gardens consists of an 18,400-square foot facility that includes an 8,000-sq. ft. glass conservatory filled with butterflies, moths, and tropical vegetation. This is a great warm option as the weather cools down, streaming sun shines through the glass walls and heats up the conservatory to an 80-degree tropical-like environment all year round. Just down the road be sure to stop by Yankee Candle, here you can enjoy snow fall year round, make your own candles and more.
A hop, skip, and a jump away is Apple Barn in Woodford, Vermont. From maple syrup to popcorn to some of the best apple cider donuts in the region, your little ones will eat their fill at this wonderful roadside shop.
No matter what your family enjoys, there is a myriad of fun activities in the Berkshires that provide you with year-round family fun!
Darcie Sosa is a Berkshire marketing/PR professional, who when isn’t working loves being outside hiking with her dogs, going to live music and theatre shows, networking, trying new restaurants and volunteering for local nonprofits. She is an alumni of Berkshire Community College, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and University of Massachusetts, Amherst.