Suggested Events for Jan 14th-20th, 2012

Discover fun and educational events happening this week in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast.

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The first snow fall of the year brings a welcomed white blanket to the grey Western MA landscape... and a call to families to get out and play! Several snowshoe hikes and lessons in nordic skiing happening this weekend! (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

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In the morning on Saturday, Jan 14th at 10:30 and 11:30am – MARIONETTES: The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School puppets will perform a children’s show this morning at Matrushka Toys and Gifts!  The show is captivating and fun for young children.  413-528-4015.  309 Main Street.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE)

In the afternoon on Saturday, Jan 14th at 1pm – NORDIC SKIING/OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Take a Nordic skiing lesson this afternoon at Notchview!  Today’s class is for beginners, so if you’re new to cross-country skiing or you’d like to learn more about the sport, this class is perfect!  It’s ideal for kids who are learning to ski- they’ll be in a group with others with similar amounts of experience.  413-684-0148.  Old Route 9.  Windsor, MA.  ($)

And in the evening on Saturday, Jan 14th at 7:30pm – FAMILY THEATER: Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater presents, “Annie” at UMass’ Bowker Auditorium.  The show features local actors to tell the classic story of orphan Annie!  413-259-3065.  80 Campus Center Way.  Amherst, MA.  ($)

On Sunday, Jan 15th from 11am-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The KidSpace at Mass MoCA is open today- explore an exhibit designed just for young people and make some art of your own!  413-664-4481.  1040 Mass MoCA Way.  North Adams, MA.  (<$)

And on Monday, Jan 16th from 1-3pm – FOLK ARTS: Wistariahurst Museum hosts a program on folk art and the art of storytelling via images.  Designed for Girl Scouts but open to all, the program will teach children about the ways in which artists told stories within their pictures.  They’ll also learn how to decipher the story behind a picture and create their own story-telling portrait of their own family.  This event will get kids thinking about more complex expression within art, as well as the importance of their family history.  Registration required by 5pm on Friday.  413-322-5660.  238 Cabot Street.  Holyoke, MA.  (<$)

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It’s that time of the year again! For the past several years Hilltown Families has coordinated a community Handmade Valentine Swap — and we’re doing it again! Click on the banner to find out more and to sign up! It’s free and open to all families in Western MA.

Saturday, January 21st from 10am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE/ORNITHOLOGY: The Berkshire Museum is opening a new exhibit, “Taking Flight: Audubon and the World of Birds.” The exhibit teaches visitors about John James Audubon and his work, particularly, “The Birds of America,” a book filled with beautiful illustrations and information on the birds that populate our country.  The exhibit showcases artwork from the book along with specimens of each type of bird!  Today, visitors can take part in special opening day activities, including arts and crafts projects (you can make a bird house!), presentations on Audubon’s work, and more!  413-443-7171.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($)

Sunday, January 22nd from 9:30am-4pm – LIVING MUSEUM/HISTORY: Old Sturbridge Village is offering free admission for kids throughout the month of January!  Families can visit the village to learn about what life and culture was like for early Americans (the village is set in 1830).  If weather permits, you can even add a sledding or skating adventure to your history-filled day.  800-733-1830.  1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.  Sturbridge, MA.  ($)

BULLETIN BOARD

OPEN HOUSE: The Academy at Charlemont will be hosting their Open House on January 22nd from 1 to 3 PM.  The Academy is a co-ed college preparatory day school on the Deerfield River serving students in grades 7 to 12 and post graduate. The Academy seeks students that are well rounded and demonstrate intellectual curiosity, a sense of humor, a desire to learn and a genuine concern for others and the community.  Come to the Open House, tour the campus, meet current students and discuss courses with the faculty.  For directions and more information visit www.Charlemont.org.  The Academy at Charlemont: Find your voice. Speak your mind.

FAMILY CONCERT: Enter to win a family 4-pack of tickets to see The Nields in Northampton on Saturday, Jan 21st. Deadline to enter to win: 1/18.

Susan Voss of the First Church Nursery School writes: The First Church Nursery School is holding an Open House at 43 Silver Street in Greenfield on Saturday, January 21, 2012 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. We are a fully accredited Nursery School with multi-aged classrooms and flexible scheduling, and our children range from ages 2.9 to 5+. Join us to meet our teachers and parents of our students, and do activities with the kids. Our philosophy is to provide an opportunity for children to explore themselves as individuals and as social beings in a place where they can express themselves creatively and begin to expand their awareness of themselves and the world around them in a supportive environment. Bring the kids and check out our program! For more information call: 413-773-3068

CIRCUS ARTS CLASSES: A new session of week day kids’ circus classes  are beginning at SHOW Circus Studio in Easthampton, MA. Children will work on trapeze, fabric, juggling, tumbling, human pyramids, tight wire, rolla bolla, globe & more. Circus Arts is a great way to increase self esteem, have fun, get in shape, & improve focus.  Classes are available for age groups 5-7, 8-11 & 12-16. Every session will focus on 2 aerials/ground acts & will end with a final presentation for friends & families. With three levels of classes, there is always room to grow & improve! Call 413-527-6901 for more information. Registration is available online at www.showcircusstudio.com 

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PARENT WORKSHOP: The Gateway Family Center will be hosting a five-week workshop series on children’s social and emotional development and ways to encourage positive growth.  Beginning on Tuesday, January 17th, the free series will offer parents information on and strategies for teaching children to handle disappointing situations, regulate their emotions, and practice self control and discipline.  Titled, “Positive Solutions For Families,” the series is led by Marcella Simpson and will take place from 9:30-11:30am.  Registration is required, and childcare is available.  To register, call 413-667-2203.  (FREE)

PARENT WORKSHOP: Do you struggle with your child’s behaviors? The Center of Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning will be hosting a free 4-part parent workshop, “Why Do Kids Do What They Do?,” at the Northampton Public School Preschool at Bridge Street School on Wednesday mornings from 9-10:30am on Jan 25, Feb 1, 8 & 29.  Come to this free workshop series to learn strategies in dealing with the challenges of parenting young children. To register and to sign up for child care, contact Barbara Black in the Early Childhood office at 413-587-1471 or bblack@northampton-k12.us. (FREE)

PARENTS' NIGHT OUT: Enter to win a pair of tickets to see the Carolina Chocolate Drops with opening act, Joy Kills Sorrow, at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton on Sat., Jan 28th. Deadline to enter to win: 1/25.

Lee MacKinnon, Director, Family Education and Support Hilltown Community Health Centers, writes: “With funding from the Mass. Department of Housing and Community  Development, the Hilltown Community Health Centers and the Cummington Family Center will be offering a free “CPR for Family and Friends” class on  Saturday, Jan 28 from 9:30-11:30am at the Cummington Community House. Led by Ed Vivier, Middletown EMT, the class will cover: CPR for  infants, children, and adults; how to protect your family from accidents; and  how to respond in emergencies. This course is designed by the American  Heart Association for people with no CPR experience. It does not include a test or certification, but rather focuses on preparing you to help your family and  friends in an emergency. Call 413-238-5511 X155 to register as enrollment is limited.” (FREE)


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS:
Jan 14th-20th, 2012

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Events Happening in the Hilltowns | ♦ On-going Events

Saturday, Jan 14th, 2012

"Hilltown Families reminds me to leave the dishes in the sink, let the dirty laundry sit for another day and instead enjoy the weekend with my family. So far our adventures inspired by Hilltown Families have included strawberry picking, a Mr. G concert, and a Paintbox Theater performance." - Celeste Palladino (Northampton, MA)

6-10am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) offers 4-hours of commercial-free family programing every Saturday, including the Hilltown Family Variety Show and Spare the Rock. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org.

Hilltown Family Variety Show9-10am – HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: This week we will be rebroadcasting our Martin Luther King, Jr. Episode from 2008, when the show use to air on Tuesday evenings and my co-host was five! Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. – Listen to the most recent episodes of the Hilltown Family Variety Show anytime you want. Click here to see our current select of episodes, and be sure to subscribe to the podcast too.

8-11:30am – PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast with the Hadley Mothers’ Club today at Hadley Elementary School!  There will be a coloring contest for kids in grades K-6, too!  21 River Drive.  Hadley, MA.  (<$)

9-10:30am – DANCE/ART: Explore art through creative movement at the Carle!  Today is the first of a three week series for kids and parents on creative art-making, dance, and movement.  Registration required!  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  ($$)

9am-3pm – LIVING MUSEUM/HISTORY: Old Stubridge Village’s Winter Wonderful program takes place this weekend!  Kids can enjoy and learn from activities like cooking lunch 1830’s style, woodworking, building a wooden sled, and learning to play games from the 19th century.  Kids will get to dress in period costumes, too, and they’ll get a great hands-on learning experience about the culture and customs of early Americans.  800-733-1830.  1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.  Sturbridge, MA.  ($$$)

9:30am – WINTER TRACKING: Learn more about animal tracking with Mass Audubon at Graves Farm, home of porcupines and fishers. Call to register. 413-584-3009. Williamsburg, MA

10am – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Go for a a hike this morning at the Bear Hill Watershed!  The West Springfield Environmental Committee is sponsoring the nature walk, and hike leader Dietrich Schlobohm will stop along the way to answer questions and point out lots of interesting things!  Registration required.  413-788-4125.  Rogers Avenue.  West Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

♦ 10am-12Noon – STEM PLAYGROUP: Join The Greenfield Family Center for a playgroup with a STEM focus.  Kids 6yo and younger and participate in interactive activities around science, technology, engineering and math. 413-475-1553. 90 Federal St. Greenfield, MA (FREE)

10am-12noon – SNOWSHOE ADVENTURES: Go on a showshoeing adventure at Bartholomew’s Cobble!  If you don’t have showshoes, you can rent a pair to participate in the trek- the level is easy-to-moderate, so those without a lot of experience can participate.  Search for wildlife tracks and other signs of creatures while you explore!  413-229-8600.  117 Cooper Hill Road.  Sheffield, MA.  (<$)

10am-2pm – WINTER FARMERS’ MARKET: CISA’s annual Winter Fare takes place today at Smith Vocational High School!  The event features foods and goods from local farmers and food producers.  There will be delicious soup made with local ingredients at local restaurants, and visitors can barter homemade goods (jams, pickles, etc.) with others- diversify your pantry supplies!  CISA is also offering workshops throughout the day.  Celebrate local food and learn about what’s available locally during the cold season!  The Northampton and Amherst winter markets will not be taking place today due to this event.  665-7100.  80 Locust Street.  Northampton, MA.  (MARKET)

10am-4pm – PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIES: The Milne Library is currently hosting an exhibition of photography titled, “Hollywood Images: Studies in Black and White Portraiture.”  The exhibit consists of work by Stephen Dankner, whose most recent work (of which the show consists) has been digital photographs of moments within movies from Hollywood’s “golden age” (1931-1960).  A visit to the show can get older kids thinking about the difference between staged photography and constructing a film (and what the in between can look like).  413-458-5369.  1095 Main Street.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

10:30 and 11:30am – MARIONETTES: The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School puppets will perform a children’s show this morning at Matrushka Toys and Gifts!  The show is captivating and fun for young children.  413-528-4015.  309 Main Street.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE)

10:30am – 12noon – STORYTIME: Preschoolers and toddlers can visit the Berkshire Athenaeum to hear a reading of Jan Brett’s classic winter tale, “The Mitten.”  There will be crafts and a snack following the story.  413-499-9480.  1 Wendell Avenue.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

11am and 1pm – MARIONETTES: The Hartsbrook Marionettes present, “The Swan Geese” at the Eric Carle Museum.  Based on a traditional Russian tale, the show tells the story of a little girl in search of her brother.  413-685-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

11am-1pm – SCHOOL INFO SESSION: The Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School, if approved, will be opening in September and will have openings for 9th grade students.  The school’s mission will be to prepare students for success in higher education while also teaching them to be active and effective citizens. Parents can attend an information session today at Forbes Library to find out more about the school.  Public charter schools are tuition free and open to students from any district- it could be the perfect choice for your student!  413-230-6214.  20 West Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

1pm – CHILDREN PICTURE BOOK/MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The Norman Rockwell Museum is currently hosting a show of illustrations from the Curious George books, and today visitors to the museum can hear the story of how an early Curious George manuscript may have saved the lives of George’s creators, Margaret and H.A. Rey, who fled Paris in 1940.  Historian/author Louise Borden will tell the story of how Curious George saved the day.  413-298-4100.  9 Route 183.  Stockbridge, MA.  ($)

1pm – NORDIC SKIING/OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Take a Nordic skiing lesson this afternoon at Notchview!  Today’s class is for beginners, so if you’re new to cross-country skiing or you’d like to learn more about the sport, this class is perfect!  It’s ideal for kids who are learning to ski- they’ll be in a group with others with similar amounts of experience.  413-684-0148.  Old Route 9.  Windsor, MA.  ($)

1-3pm – OUTDOOR ART ADVENTURES: Explore the outdoors at The Clark and create a multisensory art experience or a temporary installation!  Dress warmly.  413-458-2303.  225 South Street.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

1-5pm – FASHION: Kids interested in the fashion industry can learn about textile and clothing design today with the Holyoke Girl Scouts!  The troop is raising money for a trip to Washington, D.C.  The afternoon is full of workshops on all sorts of topics related to the fashion industry, and kids will have an opportunity to talk to industry experts!  Takes place at the Pope John Paul II Social Center.  413-522-3363.  71 Maple Street. Holyoke, MA.  ($$)

3:30pm & 7:30pm – EPIPHANY: Trinity United Methodist Church presents The Boar’s Head Festival!  The event is a traditional medieval celebration of the epiphany- complete with period costumes, holiday music, and even live animals!  Just because the holidays have passed doesn’t mean you can’t still learn about cultural celebrations.  Call for tickets: 413-733-4759.  361 Sumner Avenue.  Springfield, MA.  ($$)

4pm – BASKETBALL: It’s Youth Basketball Day at UMass!  All kids who participate in youth basketball can get tickets for half price and will be entered for a chance to participate in contests at the game.  The Minutemen will be playing against St. Joseph’s at the Mullins Center.  413-577-0340. 200 Commonwealth Avenue.  Amherst, MA.  ($)

7pm – FILM/CULTURAL STUDIES: Pothole Pictures’ first film of the year is, “Cave of Forgotten Dreams,” which chronicles an expedition into Chauvet Cave in Southern France- a site that is home to some of the oldest visual art ever created by humans.  There will be live music from Daniel Hales and the Frost Heaves at 7, and the film begins at 7:30.  413-625-3052.  51 Bridge Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (<$)

7:30pm – THEATER/SHAKESPEARE: Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School presents Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Academy of Music!  The show tells the story of four young lovers on the run, a band of workers putting on a wedding, and a forest that comes alive with fairies!  Seeing the show could be a way to introduce older kids to Shakespeare’s work- once they’ve seen the  show, they can read the play!  413-584-9032.  274 Main Street.  Northampton, MA.  ($$)

7:30pm – FAMILY THEATER: Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater presents, “Annie” at UMass’ Bowker Auditorium.  The show features local actors to tell the classic story of orphan Annie!  413-259-3065.  80 Campus Center Way.  Amherst, MA.  ($)

8pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT/CONCERT: Patty Larkin is performing tonight at the Ashfield Town Hall!  Enjoy dinner before the show at Elmer’s, Country Pie or the Ashfield Lake House, and then enjoy a night of great music.  413-628-4003.  412 Main Street.  Ashfield, MA.  ($$)

8-11:30pm – CONTRA DANCE: Take your teens contra-dancing!  The event begins with a dance introduction for beginners, and all dances will be taught.  Music this week is provided by the Flying Garbanzos!  Takes place at the Lenox Community Center.  65 Walker Street.  Lenox, MA.  ($)

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Sunday, Jan 15th, 2012

Hilltown Family Variety Show

"We love going to OSV for a hands on feel for how life was in the past. Sledding down the wintery slope, then taste testing their spicy hot cocoa is always a wonderful experience. I hope it snows soon, so we can build another snow igloo in our back yard! We always enjoy the snow for at least a couple of days while it is still fresh" - Leslie Lewis

7-8am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) airs encores the Hilltown Family Variety Show every Sunday morning. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org.

9am-3pm – LIVING MUSEUM/HISTORY: Old Stubridge Village’s Winter Wonderful program takes place this weekend!  Kids can enjoy and learn from activities like cooking lunch 1830’s style, woodworking, building a wooden sled, and learning to play games from the 19th century.  Kids will get to dress in period costumes, too, and they’ll get a great hands-on learning experience about the culture and customs of early Americans.  800-733-1830.  1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.  Sturbridge, MA.  ($$$)

9:30am-4pm –LIVING MUSEUM/HISTORY: Old Sturbridge Village is offering free admission for kids throughout the month of January!  Families can visit the village to learn about what life and culture was like for early Americans (the village is set in 1830).  If weather permits, you can even add a sledding or skating adventure to your history-filled day.  800-733-1830.  1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.  Sturbridge, MA.  ($)

11am-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The KidSpace at Mass MoCA is open today- explore an exhibit designed just for young people and make some art of your own!  413-664-4481.  1040 Mass MoCA Way.  North Adams, MA.  (<$) ♦

12noon-2pm – POST HOLIDAY CELEBRATION: The United Neighborhood Organization is hosting an “After the Holidays Paryt” at Valley Park Lanes.  A party for kids 12yo and younger, there will be pizza, bowling and bags of treats to take home. 413-663-5516. Curran Memorial Highway. North Adams. MA (FREE)

12:30-3:30pm – SNOWSHOE ADVENTURE: Go on a snowshoeing adventure at Mt. Warner, then warm up and cool down your muscles with some yoga at Ananda Studios!  Families can attend this event for some great exercise and gentle yoga practice.  413-532-1631.  Hadley, MA.  ($)

1pm – NORDIC SKIING ADVENTURE: Notchview is offering a Nordic ski lesson for intermediate level skiers this afternoon!  Explore the trails and practice ski skills.  413-684-0148.  Old Route 9.  Windsor, MA.  ($)

3-5pm – FAMILY DANCE: Families are invited to Laurel Park for live music, traditional country dancing, singing and some games, all led by an experienced caller, for families with little ones. 413-230-7037. 2 Laurel Park. Northampton, MA (>$)

3:30pm & 7:30pm – EPIPHANY: Trinity United Methodist Church presents The Boar’s Head Festival!  The event is a traditional medieval celebration of the epiphany- complete with period costumes, holiday music, and even live animals!  Just because the holidays have passed doesn’t mean you can’t still learn about cultural celebrations.  Call for tickets 413-733-4759.  361 Sumner Avenue.  Springfield, MA.  ($$)

4pm – FILM SCREENING: The Green River Doula Network is screening, “Doula!”  The film chronicles three doula-supported births and the work of postpartum doulas who help families with new babies.  Learn about how doulas can help with safe, happy births!  60 Masonic Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

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Monday, Jan 16th, 2012

"Hilltown Families is the website I visit most often each week to see what fun and fabulous events to do with my fun and fabulous daughter! It’s been an invaluable resource for us." - Stacy Calabretta (Goshen, MA)

MARTIN LUTHER KING, Jr. DAY

8:30am-3:30pm – FUN DAY: Hadley Parks and Recreation host Fun Day, an event full of crafts, games, and other fun activities!  Bring your own lunch, but there will be snacks available. Open to kids in grades K-4.  413-586-6375.  239 River Drive.  Hadley, MA.  ($$)

9am – HISTORY WALK: American Friends Service Committee of Western MA is hosting a a Martin Luther King, Jr. walk, starting at the Sojourner Truth Statue and pausing at the site of Sarah Askin’s home and the homes of Sojourner Truth, Basil Dorsey and David Ruggles.  Hot cocoa will be served at the newly renovated David Ruggles Center. The walk will be lead by Steve Strimer and will enlighten the participants to the local history of Florence. Intersection of Pine and Park Streets. Florence, MA (FREE) 

9am-2pm – MLK Jr. CELEBRATION: Community members in Northern Berkshire are devoting an entire day to community service. Families are invited to help partake in community service projects for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Louison House, Salvation Army, COTY Youth Center, and Northern Berkshire Community Coalitions new Family Place, as well as help weatherize Berkshire Community Action Council homes, man can and food collection sites, and assembling personal kits, meals, or making mitten and scarfs for those in need. A free luncheon at 12:30pm with entertainment, uplifting words and presentation. 413-346-7196. North Adams, MA

10am-12Noon – PLAYGROUP: Easthampton Family Center, located at Flywheel Arts in the Old Town Hall. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA (FREE) ♦

10am-4pm – MLK Jr. CELEBRATION: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebrated today at Old Sturbridge Village with a story reenactment of Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freemany by historian and storytellyer Tammy Denease. Other activities taking place throughout the day include ice skating (BYO skates), hands-on art activities, and history-based free play at the village’s KidStory area.  800-733-1830. Sturbridge, MA ($)

♦ 10:30am-12:20pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Smead Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-781-2599. 1780 Roosevelt Ave. Springfield, MA ($)

11am – MLK JR CELEBRATION: The American Friends Service Committee will host their 28th Annual Martin Luther King Jr., Day Celebration at Edwards Church with workshops for all ages.  There will be speakers who share their youth experiences as activists during the civil rights era and other landmarks in recent history. Local bands and food, along with children’s activities and childcare will be available. 413-584-8975. 297 Main Street. Northampton, MA (FREE) 

12noon – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: Visit the Norman Rockwell Museum to see how the artist created a visual commentary on Civil Rights.  The museum is showing the works in honor of Martin Luther King Day.  413-298-4100.  9 Route 183.  Stockbridge, MA.  (<$)

♦ 12:3-2:20pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple St. Holyoke, MA ($)

1-3pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Spend the afternoon playing outdoor games and learning about how animals have adapted to survive New England winters!  Outdoor educator Arianna Grindrod will be running the program, which is intended for kids 6+.  Registration required.  413-522-0338.  Ashfield, MA.  ($$) 

2-3:50pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena (41 Barr Ave.). Skate rentals available. 772-6891 Greenfield, MA ($)

1-3pm – FOLK ARTS: Wistariahurst hosts a program this afternoon on folk art and the art of storytelling via images.  Designed for Girl Scouts but open to all, the program will teach children about the ways in which artists told stories within their pictures.  They’ll also learn how to decipher the story behind a picture and create their own story-telling portrait of their own family.  This event will get kids thinking about more complex expression within art, as well as the importance of their family history.  Registration required by 5pm on Friday.  413-322-5660.  238 Cabot Street.  Holyoke, MA.  (<$)

4:30-8pm – TRANSITION TOWNS: Transition Wendell is hosting a meeting for those involved in a Transition movement in any town in Western MA!  The event starts with a potluck (BYO place setting) and will also include a presentation from Transition Northfield on their success with the movement, small group meetings to discuss community support, and a group discussion.  The meeting will take place at the Wendell Town Hall.  RSVP requested.  413-835-0345.  9 Morse Village Road.  Wendell, MA.  (FREE)

5:30pm – BREASTFEEDING – La Leche League of Northampton meets third Monday of every month. Topics cover breastfeeding benefits, nutrition and weaning, home care of your infant, and support. 413-570-0684 150 Main St. 3rd Floor. Northampton, MA (FREE)

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Tuesday, Jan 17th, 2012

"We love to skate at the DAR and snowshoe anywhere there are woods to explore. We also enjoy x-c skiing, sledding and building snow forts. We’re downhill skiing again this year at Berkshire East with the school ski program — a blast!" - Ellen Doyle (Williamsburg, MA)

♦ 10:45am-12:35pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Smead Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-781-2599. 1780 Roosevelt Ave. Springfield, MA ($)

♦ 11am-12:50pm & 1-2:50pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple St. Holyoke, MA ($)

♦ 2-3:50pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena (41 Barr Ave.). Skate rentals available. 772-6891 Greenfield, MA ($)

3:20-4:30pm – CRAFTS: Make a pop-up book this afternoon at the Westhampton Library! Kids in grades 1-6 can learn to create a book of their own that features animal riddles. 413-527-5386. 3 South Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

EVERY TUESDAY

  • 9am-1pm – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center, downtown at the Unitarian Meetinghouse. Use rear entrance. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11am: PLAYGROUP – Drop-in playgroups for preK kids at the South Hadley Family Center, located in the All Saints’ Episcopal Church. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge St. South Hadley, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Northampton Parents Center. Basement of Edwards Church. Snack time at 10:15am. Circle time at 11:20am. 413-582-2636 297 Main St. Northampton, MA (Donation)
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Interactive Literacy and playtime at the Sunderland Elementary School for preK kids. All welcomed. 413-475-1553. 28 Old Amherst Rd. Sunderland, MA (FREE)
  • 10-11am – PLAYGROUP: Childcare of the Berkshires hosts a pre-school play-and-learn group in the after school room at the Haskins Center for kids ages 2.5-5! 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am-12Noon – PLAYGROUP: Easthampton Family Center, located at Flywheel Arts in the Old Town Hall. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA (FREE)♦
  • 5:30-6:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Childcare of the Berkshires hosts a gym group at Florida Elementary School! There will be free play, circle time, and a snack. 413-664-4821. 56 North Country Road. Florida, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Lilly Library hosts Kulp Memorial Storytime- it’s a lap sitting hour for kids newborn-18 months old. 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Berkshire Athenaeum. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11am – STORYTIME: The Greenfield Public Library hosts Pre-School Story Hour. There will be stories, songs, and fingerplay for little ones and they caregivers. 413-587-1011. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime at the Milne Library! 413-458-5369. 1095 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Kids ages 3-5 are invited to storytime at the Central Library! There will be stories, songs, and a craft. 413-263-6828. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Toddler storytime takes place at the North Adams Library this morning! 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – SINGING: Wendy will lead “Sing with Your Baby” at the Jones Library (large meeting room). 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 11am – TODDLER TIME: Lilly Library hosts Toddler Time in the Kids’ Room. Little ones can hear stories, do crafts, sing, and play games. 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3:30-4:45pm – LIBRARY CLUB: The Millers Falls Library offers a weekly drop-in club for kids of all ages with stories, art and crafts. 413-659-3801. 23 Bridge Street. Millers Falls, MA (FREE)
  • 9:15-10:30am – YOGA: Drop off the kids at school then come enjoy a yoga class at the library. Yoga teacher Kellie Finn teaches yoga this morning at the Meekins Library. This is a fun class for those at any level. Call beforehand to check on available space. 413-268-7473. 2 Main Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1-2:30pm – NEW MOTHERS CIRCLE: Cradle hosts a gathering of moms and babies in a comfortable and supportive environment. Share your experiences with other moms and bond over the transformations that come with motherhood. 413-341-5282. Thornes Marketplace, 3rd Floor. Main Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1-5pm – ART: The Art Garden has drop-in art making every afternoon! Kids can experiment with new mediums and materials- it’s an art adventure! 413-625-2782. 14 Depot Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (<$)
  • 6:30pm – BINGO: The Hinsdale Lions Club hosts Bingo every Tuesday evening. Though it’s generally an adult game, your kids can come too for a fun intergenerational evening. If they’re learning to count, they can get some great practice matching numbers on your card. Doors open at 5, and dinner is available inexpensively beforehand. 413-655-2973. Maple Street (Route 143). Hinsdale, MA. (<$) ♦

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Wednesday, Jan 18th, 2012

Ice Skating in Western MA10am-8pm – PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIES: The Milne Library is currently hosting an exhibition of photography titled, “Hollywood Images: Studies in Black and White Portraiture.” The exhibit consists of work by Stephen Dankner, whose most recent work (of which the show consists) has been digital photographs of moments within movies from Hollywood’s “golden age” (1931-1960). A visit to the show can get older kids thinking about the difference between staged photography and constructing a film (and what the in between can look like). 413-458-5369. 1095 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

♦ 10:30am-12:20pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Smead Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-781-2599. 1780 Roosevelt Ave. Springfield, MA ($)

♦ 12Noon-1:50pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena (41 Barr Ave.). Skate rentals available. 772-6891 Greenfield, MA ($)

♦ 12:3-2:20pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple St. Holyoke, MA ($)

4:30pm – PUPPET SHOW/SING-ALONG: Puppeteer and musician Anna Sobel of Talking Hands Theatre invites families to join her at The Yellow Sofa on Wednesday afternoons for an hour of fun! There will be music and puppets that kids ages 1-5 will enjoy. 413-585-5877. 24 Main Street. Northampton, MA (>$)

6-7:30pm – OPEN HOUSE: Montessori School of Northampton will hold an open house for all parents with children through elementary grades interested in the 2012-13 academic year. 413-586-4538.  51 Bates Street. Northampton, MA (FREE)

7-9pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Owl and Raven hosts a workshop for parents (and teens 15yo and older) on talking to kids about sex. Meg Baker, a trained sex educator, leads the workshop, and parents can share their own strategies and learn new ones for talking to kids about sex and intimacy. 413-341-6494. 2 Conz Street #42 (Maplewood Shops). Northampton, MA. (DONATION)

EVERY WEDNESDAY

  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center- downstairs in the Unitarian Meeting house. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30-11am: PLAYGROUP – Drop-in playgroups for preK kids at the South Hadley Family Center, located in the All Saints’ Episcopal Church. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge St. South Hadley, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Northampton Parents Center. Basement of Edwards Church. Snack time at 10:15am. Circle time at 11:20am. 413-582-2636 297 Main St. Northampton, MA (Donation)
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Cummington Family Center playgroup in the rear of the Cummington Community House. 33 Main St. Cummington, MA (FREE)
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Community Network for Children holds playgroup for kids ages 0-5 at Erving Elementary School! There will be activities for gross motor skills, stories, and art activities. 978-544-5157. 28 Northfield Road. Erving, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Wendell Free Library hosts the Community Network for Children’s playgroup for kids ages 0-5. There will be activities for gross motor skills, stories, and art activities. 978-544-5157. 7 Wendell Depot Road. Wendell, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am-12Noon: PLAYGROUP – Baby Hour at the South Hadley Family Center, located in the All Saints’ Episcopal Church. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge St. South Hadley, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Sunshine Story Time for preK kids at the Greenfield Public Library. Reading, singing and play intertwine as Kay Lyons leds a fun half hour of story time followed by play time. Lover Level in the LeVanway Meeting Room. 413-772-1544 x5. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA (FREE)
  • 10am – STORYTIME: The Mason Square Library hosts pre-school storytime! 413-263-6853. 765 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:15am – STORYTIME: Stories, activities, crafts and music at Carnegie Library. 413-863-3214. 201 Avenue “A” Turners Falls, MA (FREE)
  • 10:15am: STORYTIME: The Chesterfield Public Library has a children’s story hour. 413-296-4735 Route 143. Chesterfield(FREE) ♦
  • 10:30 – STORYTIME: The Meekins Library hosts pre-school storytime this morning. 413-268-7473. 2 Main Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime at the Milne Library! 413-458-5369. 1095 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime is this morning at the North Adams Library! 413-662-3133. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Kids ages 2-5 can attend storytime at the Monson Library this morning! 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30-11:30am – STORYTIME: Visit the Leverett Public Library for the Community Network for Children’s story hour! Kids ages 0-5 can enjoy stories, hands-on science activities, and art projects! 413-548-9220. 75 Montague Road. Leverett, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 6:30pm – STORYTIME: Hop into your pajamas and visit the East Longmeadow Library for Pajama Night Storytime before bed. For kids ages 3-6. 413-525-5432. 60 Center Square #2. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1-5pm – ART: The Art Garden has drop-in art making every afternoon! Kids can experiment with new mediums and materials- it’s an art adventure! 413-625-2782. 14 Depot Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (<$)
  • 4:45-6pm – KNITTING: Is your yarn all knotted? Do your needles refuse to behave? Get some help (or, if you’re a skilled knitter, offer support) at Forbes Library’s Knitting Clinic. Knitters of all ages and abilities are welcome- no pattern problem is too big or small. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 6pm – SUPPORT GROUP: Treehouse hosts a New Moms Group where new mothers can connect with other moms and babies can spend time with other babies. Intended for moms with babies 6mos and under. 413-344-4435. 305 North Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE) ♦

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Thursday, Jan 19th, 2012

"Lazy, cozy mornings in front of our fire with local coffee are such a great start to cold winter mornings. We love taking winter hikes in Shelburne Falls or up to Poets Seat, right in our town.Ice skating when the ice is perfectly cleared is another favorite activity. Snowshoeing up Northfield Mountain is beautiful on a clear day. We’re looking forward to all our winter fun!" - Heather Stinson

8:30am – OPEN HOUSE: The Bement School, and day and boarding school for girls in grades K-9, is offering a kindergarten open house today. RSVP requested. 413-774-7061. 94 Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. (FREE)

10am-12Noon – POSTNATAL YOGA/BABY GROUP: The Cummington Family Center will host a Postnatal Yoga & Baby Group with yoga instructor, Stacey Mackowiak.  Yoga at 10am and tea/baby group at 11am. For parents of children 0-walking. Happens in the rear of the Cummington Community House. 413-634-8853. 33 Main Street. Cummington, MA (FREE)

♦ 10:45am-12:35pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Smead Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-781-2599. 1780 Roosevelt Ave. Springfield, MA ($)

♦ 12:30-2:20pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple St. Holyoke, MA ($)

♦ 2-3:50pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena (41 Barr Ave.). Skate rentals available. 772-6891 Greenfield, MA ($)

7pm – HEALTHY HABITS: Pioneer Valley Nutritional Therapy is offering parents an opportunity to begin the new year with a commitment to their own (and their family’s) health and wellness. Tonight, parents can learn more about the program, which begins on January 26th! Craig Fear leads a 12-week weight loss program that is rooted in traditional and local foods. Parents can learn how to have healthier bodies without resorting to calorie restriction or dieting- from there, they can learn about how to improve their family’s wellness, too. Learning more about nutrition can help parents find a way to deal with some kids’ health issues such as depression, ADHD, obesity, and allergies. 413-559-7770. 98 Main Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

7-8pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Storrowton Village presents their annual First Person Presentation tonight! This year’s historical person of interest is Augustus Hazard, the man behind Enfield’s Hazard Powder Company. Hazard is of particular interest not only because of the extreme profitability of his operation, but because of his willingness to ship gunpowder to the Union army during the Civil War- some questioned his loyalty! Older students can learn about the specifics of Hazard’s life and how it fits into both local and US history. 413-205-5051. 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA. (<$)

7:30pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT/LIVE MUSIC: Radio Free Earth is playing a show at the Old Creamery Coop tonight! The group plays some original songs mixed with great songs by others. 413-634-5560. 445 Berkshire Trail. Cummington, MA. (FREE)

EVERY THURSDAY

  • 9:30-11am – SUPPORT GROUP: The Amherst Family Center hosts a family support group! There is childcare for kids under 6, a well as snacks, and parents can meet and talk with other parents in a supportive, positive environment. There will be occasional guest speakers, as well as field trips, crafts, poetry, and more! There is free transportation available from Northampton. 413-834-3344. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9am-1pm – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center, downtown at the Unitarian Meetinghouse. Use rear entrance. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Northampton Parents Center. Basement of Edwards Church. Music class starts at 11am most Thursdays. 413-582-2636 297 Main St. Northampton, MA (Donation)
  • 10am-12Noon – PLAYGROUP: Baby playgroup for pre-walking children with the Cummington Family Center. Located in the rear of the Cummington Community House. 3 Main Street. Cummington, MA (FREE)
  • 10am – MUSIC/MOVEMENT: PreK kids welcomed to join Tom Carrol and Laurie Davidson at the Millers Falls Library (through 12/29). 413-659-3801. 23 Bridge Street. Millers Falls, MA (FREE)
  • 9:45am – STORYTIME: The Central Library hosts toddler storytime this morning! 413-263-6828. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Visit the Sixteen Acres Library for pre-school storytime! 413-263-6858. 1187 Parker Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: The Greenfield Public Library hosts Pre-School Story Hour! There will be stories, songs, and fingerplay for little ones and they caregivers. 413-587-1011. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Williston Memorial Library hosts storytime! With each month comes a new seasonal theme. 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Meekins Library with Rochelle. 413-268-7473. 2 Main Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Lilly Library with Lisa. 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Take kids to storytime this morning at the Emily Williston Memorial Library! 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Jones Library in the Children’s Room. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime is today at the Lilly Library! 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30-11:30am – STORYTIME: Come and enjoy stories and songs with facilitator, Julie Stepanek, at the New Salem Library on Thurs. through Dec. 15th. 978-544-5157. 21 South Main St. New Salem., MA (FREE)
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Storytime at the Griswold Memorial Library! Stories, craft, and snack. 413-624-3619. 12 Main Road. Colrain, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am-12noon – STORYTIME: Visit the Hatfield Library for story hour! 39 Main Street. 413-247-9097. Hatfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3:30pm – STORYTIME: Martha Speaks storytime takes place today at the Brightwood Branch Library- kids can learn about the power of words through stories about dogs, crafts, and more! 413-263-6805. 359 Plainfield Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1-5pm – ART: The Art Garden has drop-in art making every afternoon! Kids can experiment with new mediums and materials- it’s an art adventure! 413-625-2782. 14 Depot Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (<$)

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Friday, Jan 20th, 2012

"Every Thursday night after my son goes to sleep I take some time to read the Hilltown Families weekly email – there is always at least 2 events I want to go to and reading what other community members write and share is always fascinating. I appreciate this resource so much!" - Jackie MacNeish (Ashfield, MA)

10-10:30am – ART: Visit the Eric Carle Museum for Materials Play in the Morning, a program where kids can experiment with art making in new and nontraditional mediums that are not only great for creativity but are fun to play with! 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. (<$) ♦

10am-12noon – SCRABBLE: Practice spelling and vocabulary skills by playing Scrabble at the Chicopee Public Library! It’s an intergenerational activity, too! 413-594-1800. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, MA. (FREE)

♦ 10:30am-12:20pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Smead Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-781-2599. 1780 Roosevelt Ave. Springfield, MA ($)

10:30-11:30am – MUSIC/MOVEMENT: The Chicopee Library hosts a music and movement group for kids! Kids 5 and under can attend for a fun sing-a-long and dance activity. 413-594-1800. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, MA. (FREE)

11am-1pm – HOMESCHOOL ICE SKATE: The Mullins Center at UMass is offering ice time for homeschoolers! Skate rentals are free, and adults can skate free, too! 200 Commonwealth Avenue. Amherst, MA. (<$)

1-2:30pm – SHABBAT: Bring a food donation for the Northampton Survival Center with you to the Lander-Grinspoon Academy and make a special bag to deliver your donation in. There will also be storytime, a craft, and shabbat. 253 Prospect Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

♦ 1-2:50pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple St. Holyoke, MA ($)

6:30-8pm – BIRTH CIRCLE: Visit Green River Yoga for a birth circle facilitated by Jessie Groneman. The circle is a space for pregnant women to share their experiences and learn from each other throughout their journey. 158 Main Street, Suite 6. Greenfield, MA. (DONATION)

7pm – HISTORY: How did most people die during the 18th and 19th centuries? Were the causes similar to today’s? Learn about gravestones tonight at the Westhampton Library- Alfred and Betsy McKee will share the causes of death listed on old gravestones from the area. The event offers a unique look at local history! 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

7-9pm – ANIMAL ADVENTURE: Learn about tracking mammals found in the Pioneer Valley, Hilltowns & Berkshires! You’ll learn the tracks, sign, and habitat needs of many of the species of mammals found in the area, as well as hear about the range expansion of moose and cougar. Supplement studies of natural history and/or environmental studies. Takes place at the US Fish and Wildlife Headquarters. 413-253-8303. Russell Street. Hadley, MA. (FREE)

7:30pm – FAMILY THEATER: Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School presents, “Bamba Kasikan: Tears of the Crocodile” tonight at the Academy of Music! The show tells the story of Bamba the crocodile and his family, who are on their way to Mecca to make a pilgrimage. The family meets a hunter, and Bamba and the hunter work together to find a way to both keep their promises to their families. The show features the Wofa Dance Company and is based on a traditional Mandinka Fairytale. 413-584-9032. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA. ($$)

7:30pm – FAMILY THEATER: Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater presents, “Annie” at UMass’ Bowker Auditorium. The show features local actors to tell the classic story of orphan Annie! 413-259-3065. 80 Campus Center Way. Amherst, MA. ($)

♦ 8-9:50pm – ICE SKATING: Teens and families will enjoy a DJ ice skating session at Collins/Moylan Arena (41 Barr Ave.). Skate rentals available. 772-6891 Greenfield, MA ($)

EVERY FRIDAY

  • 9-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: Visit Shutesbury Elementary School for the Community Network for Children’s playgroup! Kids ages 0-5 can take part in stories, motor skills play, and art activities! 413-259-1212. 23 West Pelham Road. Shutesbury, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center- downstairs in the Unitarian Meeting house. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Gross motor activities at the Sunderland Elementary School gym for preK kids. All welcomed. 413-475-1553. 28 Old Amherst Rd. Sunderland, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: Infants, toddlers, and their caregivers are invited to Crawl Talk at the East Longmeadow Library. 413-525-5432. 60 Center Square #2. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am-12Noon – PLAYGROUP: Easthampton Family Center, located at Flywheel Arts in the Old Town Hall. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA (FREE)♦
  • 10-11am – PLAYGROUP: Visit Lanesborough Elementary School for gym group! 413-443-0027. Summer Street. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORY/CRAFT: Stories, songs and crafts for preK kids and their guardians. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA (FREE)
  • 10-10:45am – SIGN LANGUAGE STORYTIME: The Westfield Athenaeum hosts sign language storytime this morning. Kids can sign, sign, and read along to stories- there will be lots of movement, music, and of course, American Sign Language. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:15am – STORYTIME: Kids 2-3.5 years old can go to storytime at the East Forest Park Branch Library! 413-263-6836. 122 Island Pond Road. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Brightwood Branch Library hosts storytime for kids ages 2-3.5. 413-23-6805. 359 Plainfield Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30 – STORYTIME: Bring littlest ones to the Monson Library for stories, songs, and fun! 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30-11:30am – STORYTIME: Great Falls Discover Center hosts a story hour for kids 3-6yo. Held the 4th Friday of every month. 413-863-3221 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA (FREE)
  • 11am – STORY/CRAFT: Preschoolers can take part in story/craft time this morning at the Sunderland Public Library. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am – STORYTIME: PreK story hour with snack and crafts at the Griswold Memorial Library. 413-624-3619. 12 Main Road. Colrain, MA (FREE)
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Lap-sit story hour for kids 3yo and younger at the Greenfield Public Library for Mother Goose on the Loose. Kay Lyons leads a half hour of structured story time, followed by 15 mins of visiting time. Kids will enjoy movement games, rhythm and song as Kay reads and leads the group with puppets and hand rhymes. Lower Level in the LeVanway Meeting Room. 413-772-1544 x5. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 11am-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The KidSpace at Mass MoCA is open today- explore an exhibit designed just for young people and make some art of your own! 413-664-4481. 1040 Mass MoCA Way. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1-5pm – ART: The Art Garden has drop-in art making every afternoon! Kids can experiment with new mediums and materials- it’s an art adventure! 413-625-2782. 14 Depot Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (<$)
  • 6:30-8:30pm – SUPPORT GROUP: GROW and MotherWoman host a postpartum support group for mothers in need of a supportive space to share, receive help, and grow. The group takes place at the Community Room. 413-822-6043. 48 Elizabeth Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 7:30pm – ASTRONOMY: Milham Planetarium at Williams College hosts an observatory show tonight! The planetarium’s Zeiss Skymaster can show phases of the moon, retrograde motions of planets, temperatures of planets and stars, the location of nearby galaxies, and more! The show is entertaining and also a great learning opportunity. 413-597-2188. 829 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 8:30pm-12:30am – COMMUNITY DANCE: Dance Spree is a community family-friendly (and barefoot!) dance event – kids of all ages are welcome to attend with guardians. Great way to get moving! 25 Main Street, 4th Floor (above Fitzwilly’s). Northampton, MA. (<$) ♦

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