Why does Koru Therapies compile and share information for the community?
A sense of community is one component of wellness! Koru Therapies compiles information on local businesses, events, and classes/workshops in order to encourage folks to get out and enjoy life more fully – hopefully with friends and family! This page aims to reduce the mystery of what is going on in and around the community of Williamstown, MA and invites all residents and visitors to be “in the know” about the workings of our small community. If you know of something that should be added here, please contact us and we will consider it for this page. Listings here are not necessarily supported by Koru Therapies. Also no postings are made here that have been paid for by the company/establishment/individual. Listings are not made in any particular order. Please check details on the posting before you embark on your adventure.
Local things to do
For kids under 5 years old within 15 minutes of Williamstown:
Berkshire Nursing Families
North Adams. Offers a free playgroup and breastfeeding support for nursing mamas at Haskins School in North Adams. 10am-noon on Tuesdays. Older siblings can attend and play too. Right next door to this room is a clothing exchange! Bring your old (but in good shape) kid’s clothes and trade them in for the next size up! Clothing is here for kids under 8 years old.
Circle of LIfe
Pownal, VT. Offers monthly breastfeeding group, prenatal yoga, baby wearing/cloth diapering group, and the Community Chest, where you can drop off donations or pick up kid’s stuff you might need.
David and Joyce Milne Public Library
Williamstown. Storytimes. Tuesdays 10:30am and Thursdays 10:30am. Free.
Williamstown. One group for 2ish year olds and one for 4ish year olds. Tuesdays 9-noon. Rotating host home monthly. Free, except for expenses incurred on your shift. Contact Jenna at 415-715-7941.
Williamstown (and Pittsfield, too). Weekly kids music classes. Three sessions are offered throughout the year: fall, winter and spring. Sign up early! Classes fill quickly.
North Adams Public Library
North Adams. Storytimes. Tuesdays 10:30am and Wednesdays 10:30am. Free.
Playgroup at St. John’s Church (not church related)
Williamstown. offered by United Cerebral Palsy. Free. Open to kids aged approximately 1-3 years old. Must sign up for the academic year in advance. Limited spots. Contact in July for program that starts in September. Fills up fast! Wednesdays 9:30-11:30am.
Williamstown Youth Center Playgroup
Free drop-in playgroup appropriate for kids aged 1 to 3 or so. Mondays from 10-11:30am. Gross motor activities in the gym and another space with fine motor activities/crafts and a small snack and short circle time.
Museums/Attractions within 30 minutes of Williamstown
Bennington, VT. Exhibits with one kid-friendly hands-on room. Also a short (0.5 mile?) hiking path with pages of a kid’s book posted along the trail.
Bennington Fish Culture Station
Bennington, VT. Free (but food from a dispenser costs $0.25. Bring a few dollars in coins.
Pittsfield. Small aquarium, exhibits, kids play area.
Lanesboro. At Berkshire Mall, near Target. Great hours, great price, heaps of bouncing. Best for kids 1.5+.
Clark Art Institute
Williamstown. Art Museum. Free for Williams College employees and associates. Monthly kids programs on weekends. Tough for toddlers, although, they have great strollers for loan that toddlers enjoy!
Hancock Shaker Village
Hancock. Historic and restored village with animals. In spring, kids can touch the new baby animals!
Hoosac Valley Railway
North Adams. Buy tickets online in advance for slight discount. Round trip of one hour (30 minutes each way) is a restored rail car. Sometimes themed trips for the holidays.
North Adams. Contemporary art museum. Great for a wander – over 4 miles of indoor exhibits! Free for Williams employees (not affiliates). Kidspace is free for everyone and offers a kid-friendly rotating exhibit and provides kid’s crafts – best for 2+ years old.
Valley Park Bowl and Bounceland
North Adams. Candlepin bowling. Bouncehouse (open certain hours). Arcade.
Attractions about 1 hour away from Williamstown
Albany, NY. In Crossgates Mall, near Best Buy. Excellent indoor play center. Come prepared to play yourself. OK for kids 1.5+, but best for 3+ year olds.
Children’s Museum of Science and Technology
Troy, NY. Science museum. I haven’t been yet – can’t tell you more.
Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens
Deerfield. Fantastic butterfly house with attached room with assorted amphibians, reptiles and insects.
New York State Museum
Albany, NY. Free and excellent.
Norman Rockwell Museum
Malta, NY. Indoor play center and arcade.
Rotterdam, NY. Great aquarium just the perfect size for young kids.
North Adams. Offering “parent and me” classes, and young child classes.
J Star Gymnastics
North Adams. Offering “parent and me” classes and young child classes.
Bennington, VT. Gymnastics and open gym times.
North Adams. Also offers a free movement session once a month for kids under 4 or so.
Studio North Dance Arts
North Adams (and some at the Williamstown Youth Center). Offers dance classes from age 3 onwards. Annual recital in May at the ’62 Center at Williams College.
Purple Valley Aquatics
Williamstown. A competitive swim team for kids ages 3.5-7 years old. Held in the Williams College pool.
Miss Angela’s swim lessons at the Williams Inn pool
Williamstown. Offers parent/child, beginner, intermediate and advanced swim lessons.
Sand Springs Pool
Williamstown. Open in the summer.
Williams College Pool
Williamstown. Open swim – hours listed online or call the WET LINE at 413-597-2419. College affiliates only.
Williams Inn Pool
Williamstown. Open swimming for visitors and community members. $8/person (regardless of age). During pool hours (which I think are most of the day).
Kid friendly boating
Pittsfield. Small boat ramp. Beach area. Playground.
North Bennington, VT. Canoes, paddleboats. Grassy area.
Lake Shaftsbury State Park
Shaftsbury, VT. Beach area. Playground. Picnic tables. Boat rentals. Small pond. Small trail around the perimeter of the pond. Too small for large boats – canoes, kayaks, etc. only.
Baker’s golf center
Lanesboro. 18 hole minigolf. Driving range. Seasonal.
North Adams. 18 hole professional mini golf course. Driving range. Golf lessons. Batting cage.
Adirondack Animal Land
Vails Mills, NY. 1.25 hours away. Seasonal.
Ludlow. 1.5 hours away. Seasonal.
Pittsfield. Skiing, waterslides, disc golf, mini golf, zipline, go-karts, etc.
Hancock. Skiing in winter. Mountain coaster, alpine slide, giant swing, rock wall, mountain biking, etc. in summer.
Mount Greylock Ski Club
Williamstown. For about $150/season a family can ski on their downhill trails. Two rope tows access their slopes.
Woodbridge, VT. Cross country skiing on excellently maintained and signed trails. Watch out for the Ephs, cuz they will lap you a few times! They have sleds you can use to tow babies and young kids behind you in, if you are a confident enough skiier.
Bennington, VT. U-pick berries, apples, pumpkins, corn maze.
Berkshire County Playgrounds
Listed here by city. Fantastic resource.
Williamstown. Farm shares to have fresh, local fruits and veggies. Fun for the family!
Cricket Creek Farm
Williamstown. Farm store. Some animals you can walk around and see.
Williamstown. Trails. Small pond (for looking, not swimming).
Green River Farms
Williamstown. Strawberry picking. Blueberry picking. Pumpkins. Corn maze. Spring, summer and fall.
Hopkins Memorial Forest
Ioka Valley Farm
Hancock. Pumpkins, Xmas trees, farm animals, playground, pancake breakfasts.
Adams. Apple picking around October.
Lanesboro. Apple picking around October. Farm store with excellent apple cider and donuts! Pears, plums, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries to pick in summer.
Williamstown. Small playground. Swings, climbing structures. Cross bridge next to (north of) In Touch Spa and park is on the right next to the river. On the other side of Route 2, in Williamstown, in the “Linear Park extension,” are public tennis courts and some woodsy walking trails.
Margaret Lindley Park
Williamstown. Manmade pond (seasonally, drained in the winter) with sandy beach. Good tadpole and frog finding. Great for swimming. Shallow entry. Max depth 5 feet? Picnic. Two tetherball poles.
Lanesboro. Hiking. Camping. Snowmobiling.
Mt. Hope Park
Red Shirt Farm
Lanesboro. Farm shares to have fresh veggies/fruits! Family fun!
Roaring Brook Road Hiking
Williamstown. Apparently, there are some trails off this road that lead to some waterfalls. I have no details. If you do, please share!
Williamstown. Hiking trails. Some short and appropriate for small kids, some much longer.
Cheshire. Free petting zoo. Small playground, swings. Farm store.
Williamstown Elementary School
Williamstown. Can use this playground outside of school hours.
Bennington, VT. Huge wooden playground.
Fitness for parents with wee ones
Zumba in the Berkshires
North Adams. Childcare for toddlers?
I’ve heard about it. There is something available for 4-7 year olds which is movement based with activities geared toward “having fun with a soccer ball.” I have no details, sorry!
Kids Music Lessons
Eagle Street Music
Music store, offering various music lessons for people of all ages.
I’ve heard about it out of a house in North Adams…..
Fun French for Kids
Williamstown and surrounding areas. In home (or at her home) French lessons for kids aged 3.5-7 years old. Private or group lessons. funfrenchforkids101(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com 518-658-3695
Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced groups (age newborn to adult). Williamstown. Call or text 415-715-7941. Taught/practiced by immersion with activities to help encourage listening, production of language and fun! By donation. A group to get together and have some fun in another language.
Beginners group (of any age). Williamstown. Call or text 415-715-7941. With the aim of having fun while learning about another culture. By donation!
Williams College for the public
Hopkins Observatory at Williams College
Free planetarium shows. Seasonally – check schedule. Fridays at 7pm. For kids aged 5 and older.
Music at Williams
Many (most?) of these are free. If bringing kids, be respectful, sit in the back and attempt not to arrive or leave during a song. Concert dates and times are also available by calling the Concert Line at 413-597-3146.
Williams College Athletics
Williamstown. Most (all?) events are free.
Williams College Museum of Art
Free small art museum. Tough for toddlers, best for older kids (3+?).
Williams College Ice Skating
Limited public skating hours, but you can find the current hours by calling the ICE LINE at 413-597-2433.
Williams College Children’s Center
Williamstown Community Preschool
Local private schools
Williamstown. Ages 2 years 9 months until 7th grade.
BART Charter School
Adams. Grades 6-12.
For older kids (I’m still learning, but here’s a start!)
Lanesboro. Berkshire Mall.
Dorset, VT. For good swimmers. Cliffs to jump from, etc.
Eric Carle Museum
Amherst. 1.5 hours away. I haven’t been, so can’t give a description!
North Adams. $5/person. Play all day. Quiet family billiards room. No alcohol.
Frog Lotus Yoga
North Adams. One kid’s 75 minute yoga class offered for kids 8+. Must be accompanied by an adult.
Rhythm Kids by Music Together
Williamstown (and Pittsfield). Music and movement classes for kids ages 5-8.
Circle Of Life
Pownal, VT. Offers holistic care options such as massage, herbs, etc.
Dr. Nancy Quevillon
Williamstown. Specializes in prenatal, kid and family chiropractic care.
Williamstown. Offers aromatherapy, birth doula services and bodywork/massage sessions. In her office or at your home.
Megan Cross Photography
Offers full family portrait sessions and mini sessions in the fall. Book early!
Family Friendly Dining
A casual, quick dining experience complete with a fish tank to occupy small kids while waiting for food or for others to finish!
Williamstown. Located on the south side of Spring Street, this ice cream store is open in the summer. Plenty of seating outside and the kids can run, jump and play in the grass before, after and during their summertime indulgence.
Paresky Student Center at Williams College
Williamstown. Casual cafe dining with comfortable seating, meals, and snacks and a fireplace for chilly winter days.
Williamstown. Located on the south side of Spring Street, this new bookstore has a small cafe, and a book corner for kiddos with books, seats and toys. Younger ones might have trouble not grabbing everything, but nice for ages 3+ or so.