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5 Great Kid-Friendly Activities for Families in Amherst

Looking for a break from the day-to-day doldrums? Your regular routine got you feeling down? Ready to get out and explore with the family? Look no further. We found these entertaining options in Amherst.

Maude Nielding Park

The main entrance is conveniently located on Cleveland Avenue with a second on Park Avenue. The park offers a large wooden climbing structure, swings, and plenty of room to run and play.

Four covered pavillions offer picnic tables and grills to be used on a first come first serve basis throughout most of the year but should be reserved in the summer. Handicap accessibility is available on the north end of the park. Unfortunately, there are no restroom facilities available.

Amherst Beaver Creek Reservation

Located on North Lake Street and open from 8 a.m. until sunset, Amherst Beaver Creek Reservation offers 108 acres to explore. Whether you want to get up close and personal with nature, have a family picnic, or participate in one of their many planned activities, your family is sure to enjoy the day here.

The day-use area offers covered pavilions, picnic tables, a playground, soccer field, and frisbee area. There’s also a 1.5-mile paved hiking trail for the adventurous.

Amherst HealthPlex/Inclusive Playground

Open seasonally from Memorial Day to Labor Day, this playground offers a safe space for all ages and ability levels with many handicap-accessible activities.

Located at Hollstein Reservation just outside of the Amherst HealthPlex, the park combines water play (splash pad) with structured play (swings, sandpit, and fishing ponds) and natural play areas including a living willow hut, slide, and a stage for impromptu theatrical performances. Admission is only $2. 

Amherst HealthPlex Kids and Family Programs

In addition to the playground, Amherst HealthPlex also offers structured programs for children and their families. Kids will enjoy Storytime Adventures every Wednesday morning.

For only $2/child, parents can relax while the little ones hear a story and enjoy crafts and activities with their friends. Every Friday, bring the little ones to Toddler Move and Play with Ms. Cindy where they’ll enjoy both structured sensory play and open playtime. Admission is only $2/child.

Hillcrest Orchard Fun Farm

Open seasonally and located on Telegraph Road, Hillcrest Orchard Fun Farm offers a wide variety of family-friendly activities. Get out in the crisp fall air to pick your own apples or sunflowers.

Pick pumpkins, roam through the four-acre corn maze, or ride the barrel train or pedal karts. Parents can relax while the kids check out the large playground filled with swings, sandboxes, and their new 16′ spider webs built for climbing.

You don’t have to go far to find fun, engaging, and entertaining activities for the whole family here in Amherst. Whether you’re looking for a fun afternoon in the sun, an educational day indoors with the little ones, or a seasonal farm outing for all ages, it’s here waiting for you to explore. Be sure to visit us at Premier Toyota for the best selection of safe vehicles for your family!


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