Berkshire Family Fun: February 2014

Berkshire County Highlights for Families:
February 2014

Find out about community events and learning opportunities happening throughout Berkshire County for the month of February. We’ll be adding to this list as the month progresses, so be sure to check back each week. Do you have an event you’d like to include in this list? Email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com.

To find out what’s happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, check our comprehensive list of Weekly Suggested Events, published every Thursday! There you will also find our list of ongoing weekday playgroups, storyhours and events both in Berkshire County and throughout the region.

List of Weekly Suggested Events


North Berkshire

Adams | Florida | Hancock | Lanesborough | Monterey | North Adams | Williamstown | Windsor

Central Berkshire | South Berkshire

ADAMS

CHESHIRE

Sunday, February 16, 1-3pm – NEEDLE FELTING: Learn to Needle Felt a Valentine’s Day Owl. Learn the basics of needle felting and create your own needle felted owl at 413 Glassworks Gallery & Studio. Reservations required: 413-443-4864. 37 Nobody’s Road (off Route 8). Cheshire, MA ($$)

FLORIDA

HANCOCK

  • Jiminy Peak  — 413-738-5500. 37 Corey Road.

LANESBOROUGH

Tuesday, February 18, 10:30am – STORYTIME: Come to the Lanesborough Public Library for a school vacation week storytime! 413-442-0222. 83 Main Street. Lanesborough, MA.

Wednesday, February 19, 3pm – LEGOS: Come have fun with LEGOs at the Lanesborough Public Library today! Spend time with other kids and improve your engineering skills by being creative with LEGOs. 413-442-0222. 83 Main Street. Lanesborough, MA.

Thursday, February 20, 3pm – CRAFTS: Make creative bracelets for family, friends, or yourself at the Lanesborough Public Library today at their loom bands event for kids. 413-442-0222. 83 Main Street. Lanesborough, MA.

MONTEREY

Wednesday, February 5, 10am-12noon – HIKING: Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a hike at Bob’s Way. The hike is easy/intermediate and features great views and a beaver swamp. Best for older students and adults. 413-499-0596. Route 23. Monterey, MA.

NORTH ADAMS

Saturday, February 1, 8:30am-3pm – SPORTS: The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Athletics Department is holding a celebration for National Girls and Women in Sports Day. The day consists of a variety of sports activities for women and girls, such as basketball, swimming, zumba, lacrosse, volleyball, and more. There will also be lunch, an MCLA women’s basketball game, and a chance to meet the team afterwards. This is a great way to discover new sports and activities, make new friends, and stand up against discrimination within athletics. Takes place in Amsler Campus Center Gym on the MCLA campus. Registration is required. 413-662-5357. 375 Church Street. North Adams, MA.

Saturday, February 15, TBA – WINTER CELEBRATION: North Adams’ Winter Fest is today! Head downtown for this annual festival, which features ice sculptures, a chowder cook-off, and other winter fun! 413-662-3000. Downtown. North Adams, MA.

Friday, February 21, 10:30am-11:30am – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Family Place and the Family Resource Center are hosting a workshop for parents titled, “Dollar ‘Cents’: Learning to Stretch Your Dollar.” The workshop focuses on cooking meals on a budget, and will teach you new recipes and the best ways to have fun cooking healthy food on a budget. Please call before 2/14 if you need childcare. 413-664-4821. 61 Main Street. North Adams, MA.

WILLIAMSTOWN

Sunday, February 2, 12noon-4pm – WINTER CELEBRATION: The Williamstown Youth Center’s Snowfest fundraising event is today! The day will be filled with fun family activities like bounce houses, rock climbing, arts and crafts, ice skating, Olympic-themed activities, and more. The festivities take place at Williams College’s Towne Field House and Lansing Chapman Rink. 413-458-5925. Latham Street. Williamstown, MA. $$

Sunday, February 2, 1pm-3pm – NATURE STUDIES/HIKING: Join the Trustees of Reservations and naturalists Pam Weatherbee and Leslie Reed-Evans for a guided trek at Field Farm. Explore Field Farm’s winter habitats and enjoy toasted marshmallows. This is a great chance to get outdoors and explore during the cold winter months. 413-532-1631 x10. 554 Sloan Road. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)/DONATIONS ACCEPTED

Saturday, February 8, 10:30am, 12:30pm, & 2:30pm – FILMImages Cinema is screening Oscar-nominated shorts programs today. The Cinema will screen the animation nominees (10:30am), live action nominees (12:30pm), and documentary nominees (2:30pm). Don’t miss your chance to see these great short films before the Oscars! Best for older students and adults interested in film. 413-458-5612. 50 Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. $

Monday, February 17, 7pm – FILM: The Williams College French Film Festival kicks off tonight at Images Cinema with a screening of Farewell My Queen(2012; rated R). The film, directed by Benoît Jacquot, is about one of Marie Antoinette’s ladies-in-waiting. This period drama offers a look into the 18th century French monarchy and the lives of those who served the king and queen. 413-458-5612. 50 Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. $

Saturday, February 22, 10:30am, 12:30pm, & 2:30pm – FILM: Images Cinema is screening Oscar-nominated shorts programs today. The Cinema will screen the documentary nominees (10:30am), more documentary nominees (12:30pm), and animation nominees (2:30pm). Don’t miss your chance to see these great short films before the Oscars! Best for older students and adults interested in film. 413-458-5612. 50 Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. $

Saturday, February 22, 2pm-4pm – WINTER CELEBRATION: The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is holding a Winter Open House today at Sheep Hill! The whole family is invited to come explore the property and enjoy an animal tracking and winter ecology hike, sledding, snowshoeing, maple treats, and more. This open house is an opportunity for community members to learn more about the WRLF, its conservation efforts, and its nature and cultural education programs. 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road. Williamstown, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION >$)

Monday, February 24, 7pm – FILM: The Williams College French Film Festival continues tonight at Images Cinema with a screening of Rust and Bone (2012; rated R). The film is a romantic drama and is best for adults. 413-458-5612. 50 Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. $

Friday, February 28, 5pm – FOOD STUDIES/FILM: Images Cinema’s “Fresh Fest” kicks off today with a screening of A Place at the Table (2013; rated PG), a documentary that investigates hunger in the United States. 50 million Americans don’t know where their next meal is coming from. The film follows three Americans of those 50 million and also discusses how the country’s issues of food insecurity can be fixed. The film is recommended for ages 8 and up. 413-458-5612. 50 Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. $

WINDSOR

Saturday, February 1, 10:30am-1:30pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: As part of the “Winter Feels Good” campaign, Notchview is holding a Winter Trails Day for families. Get outdoors and enjoy winter with cross-country ski lessons, a waxing and ski care clinic, a snowshoe hike, a ski fit testing station, half price trail fees, and more. There will be a limited number of skis available for use. 413-684-0148. Route 9. Windsor, MA.

Friday, February 14, 7pm-9pm – SKIING: Tonight is the Trustees of Reservations’ Moonlight Skiing event at Notchview. Come meet other skiers, enjoy the outdoors, and have cider and popcorn after the event. Best for older students and adults. 413-684-0148. Route 9. Windsor, MA. $

Saturday, February 15, 10am-1pm – HIKING: Join Mass Audubon and Aimee Gelinas of Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center for a snowshoe hike at Windsor Jambs. The hike is 3 miles roundtrip, and you will see beautiful evergreen forests and a deeply cut icy gorge known as “the Jambs.” Snowshoe rentals are available. Best for older teens and adults. Registration is required. 413-584-3009. Windsor, MA.

Suggest Event


Central Berkshire

Becket | Dalton | Hinsdale | Lee | Lenox | Pittsfield | Richmond | Stockbridge | Tyringham | Washington | West Stockbridge

North Berkshire | South Berkshire

BECKET

DALTON

Crane Museum of Papermaking — Visit the Crane Museum of Papermaking to learn about the history of papermaking at Crane since the early 1800’s. Located on the banks of the Housatonic River, the building itself is a museum! This is a great opportunity to learn about local history. The museum is open weekdays from 1-5pm. — 413-684-2600. 30 South Street. (FREE)

HINSDALE

LEE

Saturday, February 8, 11am – FAMILY MOVIEThe Lee Library is screening a FamiLEE Movie! Come see Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013; rated PG) at the library today with friends and family! 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street. Lee, MA.

Saturday, February 15, 11am-12noon – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Nutshell Playhouse presents a special performance – Nutshellapalooza! There will be music, puppets, clowns, stories, pirates, and more! Kids of all ages are welcome to enjoy this imaginative show. Takes place at Spectrum Playhouse. 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street. Lee, MA. >$

Saturday, February 22, 5pm-7pm – ART OPENING: Today is the reception for the Good Purpose Art Gallery’s exhibit, “The Art of Autism.” The exhibition showcases the works and talents of artists and performers of all ages who are on the autism spectrum. The show also helps connect the artists with opportunities and venues in which they can further share their talents. 413-394-5045. 40 Main Street. Lee, MA.

LENOX

Saturday, February 1, 9am-12:30pm – HIKING: Join Mass Audubon at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary for a Lenox Mountain Snowshoe Hike! This hike follows the Overbrook Trail and takes you on a moderately strenuous trek to the summit of Mt. Lenox on snowshoes. Explore the trail’s hardwood forests, track wildlife, identify trees, and take in the mountain’s beautiful views. Due to the nature of the hike, this program is best for adults or older teens. Registration is required. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. $

Thursday, February 6, 7pm – LITERACY: The Lenox Library is holding a community-wide reading event during the month of February, which includes relevant programs at the library each week. The book being read is The Celestials by Berkshire author Karen Shepard. To kick off the reading program, Shepard will be at the library tonight to read from and discuss her book. Shepard’s lecture is a great introduction to the community reads program and the book itself, which is about the hiring of Chinese immigrants in North Adams in the 1870s. This book and the discussions held at the library will help teach about immigration, assimilation, and acceptance in America. Community reading events help encourage reading and discussion among all community members. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA.

Saturday, February 8, 10am-12noon – BIRD STUDIES: Observe birds and learn about bird banding at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. Sanctuary volunteers will demonstrate how to use mist nets and what information can be gathered through bird banding. Visitors can come and go from the program as they wish. Free with Sanctuary admission. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. >$

Thursday, February 13, 7pm – LITERACY: The Lenox Library is holding a community-wide reading event during the month of February, which includes relevant programs at the library each week. The book being read is The Celestials by Berkshire author Karen Shepard. The book is about the hiring of Chinese immigrants in North Adams in the 1870s. Tonight’s event is a lecture entitled, “North Adams at the Time of the Celestials” by Paul W. Marino. This book and the discussions held at the library will help teach about immigration, assimilation, and acceptance in America. Community reading events help encourage reading and discussion among all community members. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA.

Thursday, February 13, 6pm – LANGUAGE ARTS: The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers will bring together six wildly different writers to interpret the season’s hottest buzzword: love. Writers will share personal essays aiming to challenge and deepen our understanding of Valentine’s Day. Snow date: February 20. For more information, visit The Mount or call 413-551-5100. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA

Friday, February 14, 6pm-8:30pm – HIKING: Mass Audubon is holding a family-friendly Full Moon Snowshoe Hike at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary today. This program is a fundraiser and gives you a chance to explore Pleasant Valley’s trails by moonlight with family and friends. Registration begins at 6pm. Kids under 18 get in free. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. $$

Sunday, February 16, 4pm – ASTRONOMY:Today’s installment of the Lenox Library’s Distinguished Lecture Series is “Transits of Venus,” with Jay M. Pasachoff, Professor of Astronomy and Director of the Hopkins Observatory (Williams College). This program would be best for older students interested in astronomy. 413-637-2630. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA.

Tuesday, February 18, 6:30pm – LITERACY: The Lenox Library is holding a community-wide reading event during the month of February, which includes relevant programs at the library each week. The book being read is The Celestials by Berkshire author Karen Shepard. The book is about the hiring of Chinese immigrants in North Adams in the 1870s. Tonight’s event is a book discussion. This book and the discussions held at the library will help teach about immigration, assimilation, and acceptance in America. Community reading events help encourage reading and discussion among all community members. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA.

Thursday, February 20, 7pm – LITERACY: The Lenox Library is holding a community-wide reading event during the month of February, which includes relevant programs at the library each week. The book being read is The Celestials by Berkshire author Karen Shepard. The book is about the hiring of Chinese immigrants in North Adams in the 1870s. Tonight’s event is a slideshow on minority groups in Lenox history. This book and the discussions held at the library will help teach about immigration, assimilation, and acceptance in America. Community reading events help encourage reading and discussion among all community members. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA.

Saturday, February 22, 11am – FAMILY MOVIE: The Lee Library is screening a FamiLEE Movie! Come see Balto (1995; rated G) at the library today with friends and family! 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street. Lee, MA.

Saturday, February 22, 5:30pm – ASTRONOMY: Rick Costello will be at the Lenox Library today to present an astronomy program for all ages – “Telescopes Are Time Machines.” Costello will discuss recent astronomical events and how long it takes them to reach our eyes here on Earth. There will also be a chance to view the night sky. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA.

Tuesday, February 25, 6:30pm – LITERACY: The Lenox Library is holding a community-wide reading event during the month of February, which includes relevant programs at the library each week. The book being read is The Celestials by Berkshire author Karen Shepard. The book is about the hiring of Chinese immigrants in North Adams in the 1870s. Tonight’s event is a book discussion, held at The Bookstore. This book and the discussions held at the library will help teach about immigration, assimilation, and acceptance in America. Community reading events help encourage reading and discussion among all community members. 413-637-0197. 11 Housatonic Street. Lenox, MA.

Thursday, February 27, 7pm – LITERACY: The Lenox Library is holding a community-wide reading event during the month of February, which includes relevant programs at the library each week. The book being read is The Celestials by Berkshire author Karen Shepard. The book is about the hiring of Chinese immigrants in North Adams in the 1870s. Tonight’s event is a screening of The Visitor (2008; rated PG-13) and discussion. This book and the discussions held at the library will help teach about immigration, assimilation, and acceptance in America. Community reading events help encourage reading and discussion among all community members. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA.

PITTSFIELD

ALL DAY – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Tubing is a great activity for the winter months – it is fun for all ages and it gives you a chance to spend time with family and friends in the outdoors. In addition to the many sledding hills in Western Massachusetts, there are three ski resorts that offer tubing on their slopes: Ski Butternut in Great Barrington, Berkshire East in Charlemont, and Bousquet in Pittsfield. Rates and hours for each resort can be found at the links above.

Saturday, February 8, 10am – VOLUNTEERING: Children love to volunteer and to feel like they are making a difference in the world and the lives of others… especially in the lives of the animals.  Volunteering with a local animal shelter offers children the chance to bring about support to the welfare of animals right in their own community.  On Saturday, February 8th, the Berkshire Humane Society will host an orientation for their “Humane Hero” program, for kids and parents. This is a new volunteer program just for kids. Families can learn about this new program at one of two different orientations: Berkshire Humane Society in Pittsfield at 10am; Berkshire South Community Center in Great Barrington at 2pm.

Saturday, February 8, 2pm-3:45pm – ICE SKATING: The City of Pittsfield Recreation Program and the Boys and Girls Club of Pittsfield have teamed up to offer a free public skate and free skate rentals at the Boys and Girls Club rink! This offer only applies to the first 100 people to arrive, so get there early! 413-448-8258. 16 Melville Street. Pittsfield, MA.

Sunday, February 9, 6am-2pm – ICE FISHING: Today is Berkshire County Jimmy Fund’s 28th Annual Ice Fishing Derby at Onota Lake! Adults, young adults, and children can compete for trophies and prizes in different age categories. There will also be food, coffee, and hot chocolate. Pittsfield, MA. $

Sunday, February 9, 11:30am-3pm – ANIMALS: The 13th Annual “Not Your Average Dog Show” takes place today at Berkshire Community College’s Paterson Field House. The show is open to all dogs, not just purebreds, and dogs can be awarded in categories like best trick, best dressed, mystery mutt, best smile, and others. This dog show is unique in that it is open to ALL dogs, not just purebreds. The event is co-sponsored by BCC and the Berkshire Humane Society. If you would like to register your dog to be in the show, please call by 2/5 ($). Humans and dogs are welcome to come and watch the dog show. Show benefits the BCC Foundation. 1350 West Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)/DONATIONS ACCEPTED

Monday, February 10, 10am-11am – LITERACY: You and your child can work together to develop pre-reading skills at the Berkshire Athenaeum’s “Every Child Ready to Read” workshop. The workshop is for preschoolers and their parents/caregivers. It focuses on the five early literacy practices – talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing along with activities. This is a great chance to introduce your young child to the world of reading! 413-499-4809. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA.

Tuesday, February 11, 10am-5pm – STEM: Berkshire Museum, in collaboration with SABIC and Pittsfield Public Schools, will host the fourth annual Science and Innovation Fair, featuring the Taconic High School Science and Engineering Academy and the Pittsfield High School Quark Science Club. Approximately 100 Pittsfield public high school students will exhibit more than 60 projects that demonstrate skills and concepts across a range of engineering and science disciplines; the participating student-scientists and student-engineers have conducted scientific research and completed engineering projects under the guidance of their faculty advisors from Taconic and Pittsfield High Schools. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. [FREE]

Thursday, February 13-Sunday, February 23 – ARTS FESTIVAL: The City of Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District has a sure cure for cabin fever this February: the third annual 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival featuring a lively array of art, theatre, dance, film, music and more. Pittsfield, MA

Friday, February 14 – Sunday, February 23, 11am-3pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The Berkshire Museum is creating a kid’s playspace in their Crane Room from 2/14-2/23. The room will be full of cardboard, fabric, tape, and more to get kids using their imaginations and being creative with a variety of different materials. “WeeMuse: 10 Days of Play” aims to give kids an opportunity to experience creative free play and have fun making, building, and playing with other museum visitors. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Saturday, February 15, 1pm-5pm – SUSTAINABILITY: Do you have broken stuff at home that you would like to fix but don’t know how? Come to the Pittsfield Repair Cafe with mendable clothing, cushions, chairs, lamps, electrical items, and more, to be fixed instead of thrown away. Enjoy a snack and drink while volunteers repair your items! Repair Cafes encourage sustainability by helping you fix what you already have, instead of buying new things and disposing of old items. Takes place in the basement of St. Stephen’s Church. 413-212-8589. 67 East Street. Pittsfield, MA.

Sunday, February 16, 2pm-4pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Caitlin Quinn of Animal Farm Foundation, Inc. will present a talk titled “Changing Perceptions About Pit Bull Dogs” today at the Berkshire Humane Society. Pit bulls are perhaps the most widely misunderstood dog breed – they are seen as aggressive and dangerous primarily due to their size, strength, and reputation as dogs used for fighting. Quinn will discuss the reasons why pit bulls are so misunderstood and teach about the breed’s many positive traits, such as loyalty, companionship, and intelligence. This talk would be good for all dog-lovers and for those who want to learn more about this particular breed. 413-447-7878. 214 Barker Road. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Monday, February 17 – Friday, February 21 – MUSEUM ADVENTURESBerkshire Museum February Break Camps: On the Air! Camp and Kitchen Ka-Boom! 

Monday, February 17 – Saturday, February 22, 11am-12noon – THEATER: The Berkshire Theatre Group presents a performance of The Emperor’s New Clothes at the Berkshire Museum for school vacation week (2/17-2/22). The play is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s story about a vain emperor who is obsessed with clothing. This comedy will delight museum visitors of all ages, making it a great family activity during school vacation week! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Monday, February 17, 1pm-2:15pm – MUSIC: Students and faculty from the Berkshire Music School will perform Camille Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals, a whimsical tribute to their world of animals, in the form of a fourteen movement musical suite. Family members of all ages will enjoy this humorous and fun performance. Tickets can be purchased in advance. 413-443-7171 x10. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Tuesday, February 18, 1pm-2:15pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Discover the amazing lives of wolves and the many roles they play in maintaining healthy ecosystems at the Berkshire Museum today! Atka, an 11-year-old Arctic Gray Wolf from the Wolf Conservation Center, will be at the Museum to help teach about wolves. This is a rare opportunity to see this misunderstood predator up close. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Wednesday, February 19, 5pm-7pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Kick off the Berkshire Museum’s WeeMuse: 10 Days of Play event at this fun Community Night! Along with their partner, Pop-Up Adventure Play, the Museum will offer loads of fun activities and opportunities for creative free play! There will be a giant shadow puppet screen, an instrument petting zoo, marble tracks, and more. This event is free and open to the community. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, February 20, 1pm – CONCERT: Come to the Berkshire Athenaeum for a fun performance by Scott Kepnes! Kepnes will play fun and funky rock music that all ages will enjoy. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA.

Thursday, February 20, 1pm-3pm – MUSIC: Students and faculty from the Berkshire Music School will perform Camille Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals, a whimsical tribute to their world of animals, in the form of a fourteen movement musical suite. Family members of all ages will enjoy this humorous and fun performance. Tickets can be purchased in advance. 413-443-7171 x10. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Thursday, February 20, 1pm – LIBRARY ADVENTURES: Delighting audiences with his funny blend of funky folk, rock tunes and stories, Scott Kepnes has been entertaining for children and family audiences throughout New England and beyond for over 20 years. With an abundance of audience participation, upbeat energy and ability to connect with the audience, Scott offers a variety of programs and concerts at libraries, schools and festivals. He also performs at hospitals, special care programs, educational and environmental organizations. Combining his performances with his skill as an early childhood educator, he has earned the praise of many Teachers and Librarians. His upbeat musical style, catchy tunes and lively, friendly persona has earned him fans of all ages.     Spend some of your school vacation rocking out with the Children’s Library and Scott Kepnes at the Berkshire Athenaeum. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

Friday, February 21, 2pm – PERFORMANCE: Do something fun this school vacation week and go see DiNO-Light at the Colonial Theatre! DiNO-Light, by Lightwire Theater, is a unique and lively performance told using electroluminescent creatures. DiNO-Light blends puppetry, technology, and dance to tell an exciting and original tale about dinosaurs. Tickets can be purchased in advance. 413-997-4444. 111 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Saturday, February 22, 10am-4pm – MINI GOLF: The Berkshire Athenaeum will be transformed into a multi-story mini golf course! Spend the day putting around the bookshelves as part of Berkshire Gas’ Links for Literacy Mini Golf Classic! 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. >$

Saturday, February 22, 11am – CHEMISTRY: Be a mad scientist at the Berkshire Museum! Along with the help of the museum’s very own crazy chemist, kids can learn how to do exciting and surprising (and safe!) experiments with regular household materials. Kitchen Kaboom! is totally kid-safe, but adults must accompany participating scientists. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Saturday, February 22, 2pm-3pm – HISTORY: Hancock Shaker Village presents “10 Shaker Inventions: Fact or Fiction” at the Whitney Center for the Arts. Learn about what Shakers did and didn’t invent, like the circular saw, seed packets, and more. Those interested in history or Shakers would enjoy this talk. 413-443-0188. 42 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA.

Saturday, February 22, 2pm-3:45pm – ICE SKATING: The City of Pittsfield Recreation Program and the Boys and Girls Club of Pittsfield have teamed up to offer a free public skate and free skate rentals at the Boys and Girls Club rink! This offer only applies to the first 100 people to arrive, so get there early! 413-448-8258. 16 Melville Street. Pittsfield, MA.

Saturday, February 22, 7pm-9pm – FILM: See this year’s Oscar-nominated short films at the Berkshire Museum. The Museum will be screening five nominees – Feral; Get a Horse!; Mr. Hublot; Possessions; and Room on the Broom. Kids and adults will enjoy this entertaining short films, and this is a great chance to see them before the Oscars! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Saturday, February 22, 8pm & Sunday, February 23, 3pm – THEATER: Miss Hall’s School presents a production of Oliver! on the Woods Theater stage. The beloved British musical, based on Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist follows Oliver, an orphan boy, after his escape from a workhouse. All ages will enjoy this classic musical! Reservations are strongly encouraged. 413-395-7108. 492 Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. $

Sunday, February 23, 7pm-9pm; Monday, February 24, 1:30pm-3:30pm & 7pm-9pm – FILM: See this year’s Oscar-nominated short films at the Berkshire Museum. The Museum will be screening five nominees – Feral; Get a Horse!; Mr. Hublot; Possessions; and Room on the Broom. Kids and adults will enjoy this entertaining short films, and this is a great chance to see them before the Oscars! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

RICHMOND

Tuesday, February 18, 11am – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: The whole family is invited to Hilltop Orchards for a Paintball Biathlon! Strap on your snowshoes or cross-country skis and do the orchard’s loop while shooting paintballs at targets. The loop is easy-moderate and no experience is necessary. More information is available on the Hilltop Orchards website. 800-833-6274. 508 Canaan Road. Richmond, MA. $$-$$$

STOCKBRIDGE

Tuesday, February 4, 6:30pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Stockbridge Library’s Museum and Archives is offering a local history program on the first Tuesday of each month, entitled “Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Stockbridge.” Each program focuses on the town’s historic homes, their history, and the people who lived in them. Current Stockbridge homeowners will present this information about their homes and the previous residents. This month’s program is entitled, “Two Homey Estates.” Those interested in local history will enjoy these programs. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA.

Saturday, February 8, 2pm-4pm – ART SHOW: The 28th Annual Berkshire County High School Art Show opens today at the Norman Rockwell Museum! Come see the art created by local high schoolers, meet the artists, and hear illustrator John Roman discuss professional opportunities for artists (2:30pm). This is a great way to get kids interested in art! 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, February 13, 5:30pm – VALENTINE’S DAY: Do something nice for your community this Valentine’s Day and donate a book to the Stockbridge Library! The library is holding its 24th Annual Valentine Book Party tonight, where community members can come to the library and browse for books to donate. Those who donate books will get a special bookplate to honor their donation. Drinks and snacks will be available. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA.

Thursday, February 13, 7pm – THEATER: The Great Barrington Waldorf High School presents a production of Harvey, a Pulitzer Prize-winning play written by Mary Chase in 1944. It is a comedy that tells the story of a man with an unseen/imaginary friend in the form of an anthropomorphic rabbit named Harvey. Tickets available at the door. 413-298-3800. 6 East Street. Stockbridge, MA. $$

Saturday, February 15, 2pm & 8pm – THEATER: The Great Barrington Waldorf High School presents a production of Harvey, a Pulitzer Prize-winning play written by Mary Chase in 1944. It is a comedy that tells the story of a man with an unseen/imaginary friend in the form of an anthropomorphic rabbit named Harvey. Tickets available at the door. 413-298-3800. 6 East Street. Stockbridge, MA. $$

Sunday, February 16, 7am – FISHING: The Lenox Sportmen’s Club Annual Family Fishing Derby takes place today at the Stockbridge Bowl. Come spend time with family and community members at this fun, family-oriented fishing event. 413-637-4740. Stockbridge, MA. $

Monday, February 17-Friday, February 21st, 1pm-5pm – ART: Kids are invited to the Norman Rockwell Museum for “Fact or Fiction? Every Picture Tells a Story,” a special school vacation week workshop that runs 2/17-2/21. Kids of all ages can discover how artists like Norman Rockwell, Ruth Sanderson, and Wendell Minor tell stories in pictures. Kids will then be able to participate in hands-on workshops in which they can create their own art pieces using in mixed media. This is a great way to encourage creativity during school vacation week! Free with museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. $

Wednesday, February 26, 7pm – THEATER: The Great Barrington Waldorf High School presents a production of Harvey, a Pulitzer Prize-winning play written by Mary Chase in 1944. It is a comedy that tells the story of a man with an unseen/imaginary friend in the form of an anthropomorphic rabbit named Harvey. Tickets available at the door. 413-298-3800. 6 East Street. Stockbridge, MA. $$

TYRINGHAM

  • Woven Roots Farm — 413-528-9697.

WASHINGTON

Wednesday, February 19, 10am-12noon – ANIMAL STUDIES: Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for an easy wildlife tracking hike at their property in Washington. Search for tracks and sign of deer, bears, and other creatures. Learn the basics of tracking and what to look for while enjoying a beautiful winter hike. 413-499-0596. 507 Middlefield Road. Washington, MA.

WEST STOCKBRIDGE

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South Berkshire

Great Barrington | Housatonic | Monterey | New Marlborough | Sheffield

North Berkshire | Central Berkshire

GREAT BARRINGTON

ALL DAY – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Tubing is a great activity for the winter months – it is fun for all ages and it gives you a chance to spend time with family and friends in the outdoors. In addition to the many sledding hills in Western Massachusetts, there are three ski resorts that offer tubing on their slopes: Ski Butternut in Great Barrington, Berkshire East in Charlemont, and Bousquet in Pittsfield. Rates and hours for each resort can be found at the links above.

Saturday, February 1, 10:30am & 11:30am – PUPPETRY: Teachers from the Rudolf Steiner School will present two puppet performances of “Snowmaiden” today at Matrushka Toys and Gifts. “Snowmaiden” is a Russian tale about a snowmaiden’s winter adventures. The story will be told using handmade needle-felted puppets. This is for children ages 1-7 but older students and adults will certainly enjoy hearing this story acted out with unique puppets. 413-528-4015. 309 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, February 8, 2pm – VOLUNTEERING: Children love to volunteer and to feel like they are making a difference in the world and the lives of others… especially in the lives of the animals.  Volunteering with a local animal shelter offers children the chance to bring about support to the welfare of animals right in their own community.  On Saturday, February 8th, the Berkshire Humane Society will host an orientation for their “Humane Hero” program, for kids and parents. This is a new volunteer program just for kids. Families can learn about this new program at one of two different orientations: Berkshire Humane Society in Pittsfield at 10am; Berkshire South Community Center in Great Barrington at 2pm.

Wednesday, February 12, 3:30pm-5pm – VALENTINES/ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids ages 7 and up (9 and up do not require parent supervision) can come to the Mason Library for Valentine Card Making & Craft. Make Valentine’s Day cards and a wool heart garland. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Wednesday, February 12, 6:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP:  Community Health Programs, Inc. is offering a workshop with Scott Noyes, titled “Fatherhood Today.” Noyes will go over the history of a father’s roles and discuss the ways these roles have changed, and what that means for 21st-century dads.. Some questions that will be addressed are: do dads parent differently? Is a father’s involvement important? What do studies on fatherhood suggest? This workshop is great for parents who want to learn more about what it means to be a father today. Childcare (space limited) is available. Pre-registration is required. Takes place on CHP Campus in Administrative Offices Building. 413-464-5095. 444 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA.

Thursday, February 13, 7pm – SCIENCE: Join students from the Rudolf Steiner School for their annual Science Fair and Open House, held in the school auditorium. Roughly 50 7th and 8th grade students will present their projects, which they carried out with the help of a mentor. Topics are in the fields of biology, physics, chemistry, or earth science, and projects include pendulums, electric cars, model ecosystems, and more. This is a good way to learn about how the Rudolf Steiner School works and how students at the school learn. 413-528-4015. 35 West Plain Road. Great Barrington, MA.

Friday, February 14, 8pm – THEATER: The Great Barrington Waldorf High School presents a production of Harvey, a Pulitzer Prize-winning play written by Mary Chase in 1944. It is a comedy that tells the story of a man with an unseen/imaginary friend in the form of an anthropomorphic rabbit named Harvey. Tickets available at the door. 413-298-3800. 6 East Street. Stockbridge, MA. $$

Friday, February 14, 8pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUTSoweto Gospel Choir is a singing group comprised of church and community members from in and around Soweto (Johannesburg, South Africa). They began in Soweto and now travel the world singing their beautiful music. They have won two Grammy Awards and have been nominated for both an Emmy Award and an Oscar. They will be performing a special Valentine’s Day concert in honor of Nelson Mandela tonight at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. Do something exciting this Valentine’s Day, and see this wonderful group perform right here in Western Massachusetts. Tickets can be purchased in advance. 413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street. Great Barrington, MA. $$$

Saturday, February 15, 10am-1pm – HIKING: Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for an easy hike at the Berkshire South Regional Community Center, co-sponsored by the Center and the Department of Conservation and Recreation. This guided hike is easy and snowshoes are available to rent. Pre-registration and snowshoe rental requests are required at least 24 hours in advance. 413-528-2810 x31. Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, February 20, 4pm-5pm – BOOK GROUP: The Mason Library‘s Massachusetts Children’s Book Award Nominees book group meets today. Come discuss and do fun activities related to the books. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Friday, February 21, 3:30pm-4:30pm – LEGOS: Berkshire South Regional Community Center has a drop-in Lego group for ages 5 and up. Come to the Community Center and have fun building with Legos! 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. >$

Friday, February 21, 6:15pm – ASTRONOMY: The Mason Library is offering an indoor-outdoor astronomy program with Rick Costello. Costello will bring several large telescopes for planet gazing and learning about light speed, supernovas, dwarf stars, and more. Older students interested in astronomy would enjoy this event. Please pre-register. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Saturday, February 22, 10am – CULINARY ARTS: Kids can learn to cook at the Berkshire Co-Op Market! Learn to make healthy, yummy beet brownies. Please sign up in advance by phone or at the front desk. 413-528-9697 x10. 42 Bridge Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Saturday, February 22, 7pm – AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY: Brian Richardson stars in, “W.E.B. Du Bois: A Man for All Times” at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. This one-man show, written by Alexa Kelly, tells about the life of Du Bois, who was a civil rights leader and a visionary of equality and democracy. 413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, February 27, 6:30pm – MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Students from Mt. Everett Regional School will be performing music tonight at the Gypsy Joynt to raise money for Beyond the Berks’ international travel opportunities. Come hear great live music and support the efforts of Beyond the Berks at this Music Night Fundraiser. 293 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA.

HOUSATONIC

Saturday, February 1, 10:30am-12:30pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Get outdoors and explore the winter world with Great Barrington Trails and Greenways at Project Native! This snowshoe exploration will give you a chance to learn about animal tracking and the different winter survival strategies employed by animals in the wintertime. Pre-registration is required; snowshoes available to rent with 24 hour advance registration. 413-274-3433. 342 North Plain Road. Housatonic, MA.

MONTEREY

NEW MARLBOROUGH

Wednesday, February 12, 10am-1pm – HIKING: Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for an easy hike at Steepletop Reserve. Explore this 1,200-acre reserve’s woods and wetlands on this fun hike. Park in church lot and carpool to Reserve. 413-499-0596. New Marlborough-Monterey Road. New Marlborough, MA.

  • New Marlborough Library  — 413-664-0104. 1 Mill River-Great Barrington Road.

OTIS

Friday, February 7, 6pm-9pm – COMMUNITY MEAL/CELEBRATION: Tonight is the 2nd Annual Otis Chili Cookoff at the Knox Trail Inn! The Farmington River Elementary PTA is hosting this event which includes chili tastings and live music by the Highland Band. This event encourages people of all ages to be active parts of their community by participating in this town-wide event and celebration. Proceeds benefit the PTA. 413-269-0100. 1898 East Otis Road. Otis, MA. >$

SANDISFIELD

SHEFFIELD

Wednesday, February 5, 6:30pm-8pm – GAMES: Celebrate the Chinese New Year at Bushnell-Sage Library by learning how to play the ancient Chinese game of Mahjong. There will be another session on 2/12 and it is recommended that you attend both sessions. Please sign up in advance. 413-229-7004. 48 Main Street. Sheffield, MA.

Saturday, February 8, 10am-12noon – SNOWSHOEING: Join the Trustees of Reservations at Bartholomew’s Cobble for a Snowshoe Trek! Explore the reservation’s forests, fields, hills, and river, as well as wildlife tracks and signs, on this easy-to-moderate trek. Snowshoes available in kid and adult sizes. Please RSVP. 413-229-8600. 105 Weatogue Road. Sheffield, MA. $

Wednesday, February 12, 6:30pm-8pm – GAMES: Celebrate the Chinese New Year at Bushnell-Sage Library by learning how to play the ancient Chinese game of Mahjong. The first session is on 2/5 and it recommended that you attend both in order to get a fuller understanding of the game. Please sign up in advance. 413-229-7004. 48 Main Street. Sheffield, MA.

Bartholomew’s Cobble  — 413-229-8600. Weatogue Road.

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