Vacation Days and Curriculum Days

A note about registration: Many of our programs fill quickly, so we highly recommend registering on the waiting list. We go to this list first if a space opens up. And by adding your name, you can help us better plan for the programs that are in high demand.


Friday, April 7
8:45 am to 3:00 pm
Ages 6-9 or grades 1 – 3*
Fee per Child: Tier A-$93 | Tier B-$81 | Tier C-$69  | Tier D-$53

Come play outside on this day off for Amherst elementary schoolers! Bring a snack, lunch and water bottle and come prepared to play outside, no matter what the weather! Limited to 12 participants. *Depending on enrollment, your Kindergartner or 4th grader may be able to join. 


Monday through Friday, April 17 – 21
Age Groups:
Jumping Mice: Ages 5-6, Grades K-1
Brown Bats: Ages 6-8, Grades 1-2
Groundhogs: Ages 8-10, Grades 3-5
Fee per child per day: Tier A-$93 | Tier B-$81 | Tier C-$69  | Tier D-$53

Spend your days off from school learning and playing outside at the Hitchcock Center! We’ll explore topics in ecology while playing games, making crafts and spending time with our live animals. Sign up for as many days as you wish. Five-year olds must be in Kindergarten in order to participate. First graders may register for the grade K-1 age group (Jumping Mice) or the grade 1-2 age group (Brown Bats). We are excited to spend a lot of time outdoors during these programs, and will come indoors for certain times and activities. (Students will be required to mask while indoors)” Non-refundable within a week of the program, all refunds incur a 10% administrative fee.
Limited 12 Participants for Jumping Mice
Limited to 15 participants for Brown Bats and Groundhogs


Monday through Friday, April 17 – 21
3:00pm – 5:30pm
One Group: Ages 5-10, Grades K-5
Fee per child per day: Tier A-$40 | Tier B-$35 | Tier C-$29  | Tier D-$23

Nature Play time after hours with some down time!


Out of a strong commitment to improve access to our programs we are now offering a sliding scale fee structure aimed to provide greater flexibility in choosing a price that is right for you and your family.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation policy for Hitchcock’s seasonal programs: You may cancel your registration for any of our programs up to a week prior to the program’s start date to receive a refund minus a 10% administrative fee.  If you cancel within 7 days or less of the program’s start date, we cannot offer a refund unless we are able to fill your spot in the program.

COVID-19 Safety

Read our complete COVID-19 Program Participant Guidelines.

Our programs are designed to be fun and engaging and above all safe. The COVID-19 program guidelines are designed to help protect everyone as we meet the strict health and safety requirements of the CDC and our state. Please take the time to read the information thoroughly. If you feel that you or your child(ren) cannot follow these guidelines, we ask that you wait until these restrictions have been lifted to join one of our programs or events. We may change our guidelines to reflect new guidance from CDC and Massachusetts.

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