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Kids' Fun & Family Activities

WGBY Asparagus Festival in Hadley, MA

All-Day Fun for Children & Families

WGBY's Asparagus Festival is fun for the whole family. While adults may enjoy the farmers/makers' market, the Beers & Spears Tent, or the Chef's Spearit Lunch, children will have plenty to do on the Hadley Town Common, too.

Meet Curious George

Wrap your arms around PBS Kids character Curious George for a real, live hug. Curious George will appear for visits during the following times:

  • 10:30–11 a.m.
  • 12–12:30 p.m.
  • 1–1:30 p.m.
  • 2–2:30 p.m.
  • 3–3:30 p.m.

Dance with the Very Hungry Caterpillar

Get your wiggle on in the Very Hungry Caterpillar parade, presented by the The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. There will be two parades:

  • 11:30–Noon
  • 1:30–2 p.m.

Visit with Some Animals

Pet and learn about a few of the animals living inside the Forest Park Zoo and Education Center of Springfield. Plus, see a few farm cows and calves from Cook Farm in Hadley.

Attend the Jurassic Roadshow

Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association presents its Jurassic Roadshow. Explore the early history of the Pioneer Valley, including its rocks and fossils, and dinosaurs.

Play Active, Outdoor Kids' Games

On the lawn of the Hadley Town Common will be a number of active games for children, including "Valley Scramble," a game inspired by the PBS Kids spelling game Kart Kingdom, and the Asparagus Pick.

Tyler Conroy at the WGBY Asparagus Festival in Hadley

Tyler Conroy

Massachusetts-based Tyler Conroy is a family-friendly singer, songwriter, YouTube vlogger, and self-professed Taylor Swift fan. His musical influences are Taylor Swift, James Taylor, and Ed Sheeran. He will be performing on the Rooted in the Valley Stage first, from 11:30 to 1 p.m.

Barefoot Books Storytime

Bring your little ones (infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary-aged children) to the Barefoot Books tent for storytelling, sing-alongs, and related crafts. Stop by any time to engage with story content. Or, attend one of the following themed presentations:

  • 10:15 a.m. & 12: 15 p.m. — THEME: On the Farm
    Driving My Tractor is written by Jan Dobbins and illustrated by David Sim. Ideal for children 3 to 7 years, listeners and early readers will chug along with a farmer and his tractor on this multi-season animal adventure.
  • 10:45 a.m. & 12: 45 — THEME: Prince & Princesses
    The Prince's Breakfast is written by Joanne Oppenheim and illustrated by Miriam Latimer. Ideal for children 3 to 7 years years. When the fussy young prince turns his nose up at his royal breakfast, the king and queen decide to hit the road. The whole royal family embarks on a madcap global adventure to Mexico, India, and beyond in search of something the prince will eat.
  • 11:15 a.m. & 1:15— THEME: Cooking
    The Little Red Hen is written by Mary Finch and illustrated by Kate Slater. Ideal for children 3 to 7 years years. The lazy rooster and the mischievous mouse can’t be bothered to help the little red hen tend her ear of wheat, take it to the miller, or bake it into bread. But when her loaf of warm, fragrant bread is ready, the little red hen is not at all inclined to share it with them. The rooster and the mouse soon mend their ways.
  • 11:45 a.m. & 1:45 p.m. — THEME: Growing Adventures
    The Gigantic Turnip is written by Aleksei Tolstoy and illustrated by Ellen Verenieks. Ideal for children 3 to 7 years years. How many people (and animals) will it take to pull up the massive turnip from the garden? A humorous retelling of the well-loved Russian tale, this cumulative counting tale celebrates cooperation, teamwork, and the joys of gardening.