Family Day: Celebrating Parent Engagement & Healthy Happy Kids

Monday, September 28th is Family Day

Monday, September 28th, 2015, is Family Day, and the Communities That Care Coalition is encouraging families to celebrate by spending quality time together as a family.  Family Day is a national movement, launched by Columbia University’s Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) to celebrate parental engagement as an effective tool to help keep kids substance-free, healthy and happy.  Read the rest of this entry »

Family Day: A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children

Make A Dinner Date with Your Family

I took the Family Day STAR Pledge!

Pledge now to become a Family Day STAR! By doing this, you are uniting with parents all across the country who agree that the parental engagement fostered around the dinner table makes a difference in the lives of their kids!

The Communities That Care Coalition’s Family Day is next week, and they are encouraging families to have dinner together on Monday, September 26th!  Begun by the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, Family Day is a national movement that encourages families to eat together not just on this one day, but frequently throughout the year.  Studies have shown that the more frequently kids eat with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink, or use drugs and they are more likely to do well in school.  Sharing a meal helps kids feel connected to their parents and families and creates a part of the day during which kids can decompress and build connections.

Family Day: Eat Dinner with Your Children

Celebrate Family Day on September 29th

Family Day in Amherst, MA (Sept. 29th, 2009)


Did you know that the more often children and teens eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to drink and use illegal drugs? They are also more likely to do better at school. Dinnertime is a great time to connect with your kids.

Celebrate Family Day – A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children on Tuesday September 29th, 2009 with a meal at home or at one of the participating restaurants offering family discounts on Tuesday the 29th. Visit for a listing.

  • Look Park in Florence, MA will have Family Day on Tuesday, Sept. 29th, offering free entry to the park, free ice cream and free train rides. All picnic sites are available for free on this day and families are encouraged to share dinner at the park.

Suggested Events 09/06/08-09/12/08

Family Day Dinner

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If you have a family-friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, post your event on our “Suggest An Event” page.

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Events Happening in the Hilltowns
The following key represents the sum cost of one adult and one child:
(>$) Under $10; ($) Between $10-$19; ($$) Between $20-$44; ($$$) Over $45

Saturday – 09/06/08

September 4-7, 2008 Franklin County Fair
September 5-7, 2008 Sterling Fair

9am-4pm – AIR SHOW – (Chicopee) The Great New England Air Show will be happening at the Westover Air Reserve Base featuring the US Air Force Thunderbirds and many vintage aircrafts. [All Ages] (Free) MORE INFO

9:30am – HISTORIC COOKING – (Deerfield)  At the Historic Deerfield Museum learn to cook apples on the hearth like they did in the 18th century. [Ages 5 & older] (Free with admission)

10am – HIKE – (Greenfield & Deerfield) The Deerfield River Watershed Association will lead a hike on the Rocky Mountain/Pocumtuck Ridge. This is a five or more mile hike of moderate difficulty.  Pre register 625-6628 [Families w/older children] (Free) MORE INFO

10am-8pm – CRAFT FAIR – (Northampton)  Twist contemporary craft fair at the NOHO Center for the Arts. [All Ages] (>$) LINK

11am – REGGAE FESTIVAL – (Charlemont) Charlemont Reggae Fest will be at the Charlemont Fairgrounds. Music and much more. 367-9309 [All Ages] ($$$) LINK

Noon-4pm – HISTORY: SCHOOL – (Deerfield) Back to School at the Historic Deerfield Museum. Repeats every Sunday and every Saturday every week until September 22, 2008. Learn how children went to school in the past through craft activities, games, and a visit to our own Wapping Schoolhouse. Practice writing with a quill pen. Make a hornbook to take home. Play recess games. Experience being in a real one-room schoolhouse. Included with general admission. [All Ages] (Free with admission.  Borrow a museum pass from your local library.)

2pm – FAMILY FILM – (Pittsfield) The Colonial Theatre will screen The Lion King. [Rated G] (>$) LINK

3:30pm & 7:30pm – THEATER – (Amherst) Cirque du Soleil’s Saltimbanco will be at the Mullins Center.  557-3600 [Ages 5 & older] ($$$) MORE INFO

4:45pm – SPORTS – (Northampton) Northampton Youth Football at Smith Vocational High School Field. [All Ages] (Free)

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