Berkshire Family Fun: April 2014

Berkshire County Highlights for Families:
April 2014

Find out about community events and learning opportunities happening throughout Berkshire County for the month of April. 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 | Cheshire | Florida | Hancock | Lanesborough | Monterey | North Adams | Williamstown | Windsor

Central Berkshire | South Berkshire

ADAMS

Tuesday, April 15 & 29 from 3:30-5pm – STEM: Join the Family Resource Center for some STEM Sprouts Explorers at the Adams Library. Interactive and fun preschool Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activities. Parent/child workshop. Space is limited. Call to register: 413-664-4821. 92 Park Street

CHESHIRE

Wednesday, April 9, 5:30pm-6:30pm – LITERACY: Encourage literacy and a love of books in your young children (ages 2-5) with Child Care of the Berkshires‘ Raising a Reader Program. Borrow bags of books for ten weeks, read them, then return them so another family can enjoy them. There will be free family fun gatherings that introduce you to special ways to share reading with your family. Dinner, activities, and transportation included. Program also meets May 7 and June 18. Takes place at Cheshire Elementary School Cafeteria. Call to join the program. 413-664-4821 x16. Cheshire, MA.

Saturday, April 19th at 11am & 3pm – EASTER EGG HUNT: Whitney’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Ages 5 & under at 11am. Ages 6 and up at 3pm. BYO baskets. Whitney’s Farm Market. 413-442-4749. 1775 South State Road (Route 8). Cheshire, MA

FLORIDA

Abbot School —  56 North Country Road.

HANCOCK

Saturday, April 12-Wednesday, April 30: Baby Animals at the Shaker Farm. Hancock Shaker Village — 413-443-0188. 843 W Housatonic Street.

Saturday, April 19: 11am & 12:30pm: David Grover Concert. Hancock Shaker Village — 413-443-0188. 843 W Housatonic Street.

Saturday, April 26 & Sunday, April 27: 10am-4pm Sheep Shearing Days. Hancock Shaker Village — 413-443-0188. 843 W Housatonic Street.

LANESBOROUGH

Saturday, April 12, 11am-2pm – SCHOOL FAIR: Berkshire County’s 2nd Annual School Readiness Fair takes place April 12 at the Berkshire Mall. Families can learn how to sign their children up for school, meet early childhood professionals, learn how to ride the school bus, do crafts and activities, and more. This fair is a great resource for families with 3-6 year olds who are getting ready to start school! Old State Road. Lanesborough, MA.

Lanesborough Library — 413-499-5981. 83 North Main Street.

Mt. Greylock  — 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road.

MONTEREY

Ashintully  — 413-298-3239. Sodom Road

NORTH ADAMS

Saturday, April 5, 10:30am-11:30am – STORYWALK: Child Care of the Berkshires is holding a fun kick-off event for their April StoryWalk, Road Builders by B.G. Hennessy. Come to the Haskins Gym for a morning of play, learning, building, hard hat decorating, and more. Participating families will receive a copy of the book and a StoryWalk map. Each page of the book will be displayed in a store window in downtown North Adams until April 25. StoryWalk starts at Man’s World on Marshall Street and goes to Supreme Pizza on Main Street. Please register in advance for the kick-off event. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA.

Monday, April 7, 5:30pm-7pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc. is offering a workshop for parents and stepparents on “Active Parenting for Blended Families.” This four-part series addresses some of the challenges of a blended family and gives stepfamilies support and guidance. The workshop meets 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, and 4/21 at the Haskins Center. Call to register. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA.

Monday, April 14, 7:30pm – PUPPET FEST: The Pigeoning. Part of MCLA Presents! Inaugural Puppet Fest! The Pigeoning is an original hilariously entertaining puppet piece by Robin Frohardt about obsessive compulsion, pigeons, and the end of the world. The Pigeoning has no dialogue and uses music and precise and articulate puppetry to convey this dark and humorous story. Puppet Lab at Gallery 107 107 Main Street.

Monday, April 14, 7:30pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts presents their first Puppet Fest, with a performance of “The Pigeoning.” This original and hilarious puppet piece is about obsessive compulsion, pigeons, and the end of the world. There is no dialogue in this performance, but there is music and wonderful puppetry. 413-664-8718. 107 Main Street. North Adams, MA. $

Wednesday, April 23, 10am-12noon – TOUCH A TRUCK: Touch A Truck behind Haskin Building in parking lot. A fun community event for the whole family for kids to learn about emergency vehicles (fire trucks & ambulances) and other big motorized vehicles, including tractors, school buses, dump trucks, etc.  210 State Street, North Adams. (FREE)

April 21, 23 and 25 from 9am to 11am spring-inspired art projects help kids enliven their creativity at Spring Break Art Detox at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts. Discover how exhibiting artists preserve, re-purpose, and recycle materials. On Monday, preserve natural materials in resin; On Wednesday, re-purpose objects into a mobile planter; On Friday, recycle found items into sculpture. Parents can drop off their kids or join in the action. Pre-registration is recommended. Reservations are $7 per day for members and $10 for not-yet members, and can be made at the MASS MoCA box office. Sign up for one, two, or all three days. Registration is also open for summer art camps. Find out more online at kidspace.massmoca.org/art-camps.

Monday, April 28, 5:30pm-7:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc. is offering a CPR class for parents at the Haskins Center. Parents can learn first aid responses for infants and children, including basic CPR and choking procedures. Participants will leave the class with a CPR certificate. Childcare is available. Space is limited; please call to register. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA.

Monday, April 28, 5:30-7pm – PARENT CLASS/CPR: CPR class for parents at Haskins Center. Keep your family safe by learning CPR & choking techniques for infants, children and teens/adults. Receive CPR certificate. Limited space. Register: 413-664-4821. 210 State Street, North Adams.

Natural Bridge State Park — 413-663-6392. McCauley Road..

Western Gateway Heritage State Park  — 115 State Street, Building 4.

WILLIAMSTOWN

Wednesday, April 9, 8pm – CULINARY ARTS: Food experimentalist Dave Arnold will present “Science and Technology in the Kitchen” at Williams College in the Bronfman Science Center Auditorium on April 9 at 8pm. Arnold’s presentation focuses on the multidisciplinary aspects of food studies – its scientific, technological, and cultural implications. Older students with an interest in food studies, culinary arts, science, or technology would benefit from this presentation. 413-597-4277. 18 Hoxsey Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Friday, April 11, 8pm – ART/MUSIC: Mt. Greylock Regional High School is hosting “Arts Invasion” with honeyhoney and the Mt. Greylock High School Band. The two groups will perform together in the auditorium to raise money for the school’s arts program. Come hear some great live music and support the local schools. Tickets available in advance. 413-458-9582. 1781 Cold Spring Road. Williamstown, MA. $-$$$

Saturday, April 12, 6:30pm – ACTIVISM: Political activist and scholar Angela Davis will present a lecture titled “Leadership in the 21st Century” at Williams College’s Chapin Hall. Her talk will focus on activism and developing a social consciousness. Davis’ activism traces back to her youth, although she is known for her work relating to prison abolition and against racism in the criminal justice system. Older students who are interested in activism and learning how they can be more socially conscious would benefit from this lecture. This event is free and open to the public. 413-597-4277. 62 Chapin Hall Drive. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, April 13, 11am-1pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Thomas F. Tyning, professor of environmental science at Berkshire Community College, will lead a walk in Williams College’s Hopkins Forest. Tyning will take participants on a walk through forests, ponds, and streams in search of frogs, toads, salamanders, snakes, and turtles. Participants will learn about the habitats, lives, and histories of some of the 20 species that inhabit Hopkins Forest. This event is free and open to the public and would be best for teens who are interested in nature and animals. 413-597-4277. Bulkley Street & Northwest Hill Road. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Monday, April 21, 7pm – FILM: In celebration of Earth Day, Images Cinema is screening Winged Migration (2001; rated G), a documentary that follows migratory birds on their journeys around the world. This film takes viewers to all seven continents and shows them many different species of migratory birds. Kids and adults alike will love this beautifully filmed documentary. 413-458-5612. 50 Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. $

Friday, April 25, 4pm – AGRICULTURE/CULINARY ARTS: Wild Oats Market is holding “Goats in the Woods,” an evening full of educational information about raising goats for meat and the culinary aspects of goat meat. Go for a walk in the woods (4pm) at Pine Cobble School to see the goats being raised in the woods, and meet Dr. Pete Smallidge and farmer Morgan Hartman, who can answer any questions you may have about the goats. At 5pm, there will be an optional full-course meal ($$) made with locally-raised goat meat. At 6:30pm, Dr. Smallidge will talk about the benefits of goats as a way to control invasive species in mature forests. Childcare is available for children ages 3-12; teens who are interested in learning more about locally-raised meat and culinary arts would enjoy this event. The walk and lecture are free. Please register for dinner and childcare in advance. 413-458-8060. Gale Road. Williamstown, MA.

Saturday, April 26, 7:30am – BIRD STUDIES: Celebrate Earth Day on a bird walk with the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation at Cole Field. WRLF director Leslie Reed-Evans will lead this all-ages bird walk that focuses on returning migrant species and identifying birds by song and habitat. Cole Field features ponds, wetlands, and the Hoosic River, making it a great place to see a variety of birds. Meet at parking area near Eph’s Pond. 413-458-2494. Stetson Road. Williamstown, MA.

Field Farm — 413-458-3135. 554 Sloan Road.

The Clark 413-458-2303. 225 South Street.

Milne Library  413-458-5369. 1095 Main Street.

Sweet Brook Farm  — 413-884-4246. 580 Oblong Road.

Williams College Museum of Art  — 413-597-2376. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive.

Williamstown Youth Center — 413-458-5925. 270 Cole Avenue.

WINDSOR

Saturday, April 5, DUSK-11pm – ASTRONOMY: Discover the night sky at Notchview with members of Arunah Hill Natural Science Center and the Trustees of Reservations. Gaze through telescopes to search for galaxies, stars, planets, meteors, and more. Older students will enjoy this opportunity to learn about astronomy from some local experts and explore the night sky themselves. Please pre-register. 413-532-1631 x10. Route 9. Windsor, MA.

Saturday, April 26, 8am-1pm – VOLUNTEER: Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center needs volunteers to help get the property ready for Summer! Older students and adults can come help clear and build trails, prep the building site for the nature center, and clear outbuildings. This small non-profit relies on the help of volunteers to get up and running each Spring. Email aimee@gaiaroots.com to RSVP. 1515 Savoy Hollow Road. 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)

Saturday, April 19, TBA – EASTER: Kids in grade 5 and below are welcome to participate in the Dalton CRA‘s annual Easter egg hunt! Come to the CRA Memorial Lawn (or the CRA gym if it’s rainy) and enjoy candy, Easter eggs, and a chance to meet the Easter bunny. 413-684-0260. 400 Main Street. Dalton, MA.

Dalton CRA Summer Camp ♦ The Dalton CRA offers a variety of full and half-day camps for grades K-12. The Summer Camp Program ensures campers have an experience they will cherish. Developing skills, building self-confidence and forming friendships go hand-in-hand with a summer’s worth of fun and learning. The CRA offers a variety of enrichment and sports camps including: Dance, Art, Band, Babysitting, Cheerleading, Fitness, Softball, Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball and Football. In addition, there is an All-Star Basketball Camp for advanced players and for serious players, Elite Soccer and Elite Basketball Camps. The CRA is a Community House open to residents of the Berkshires and beyond. A camp brochure will be posted on the CRA website in April.
Dates: Jun 30-Aug 29; Age/Grade Range: K-12th grade
Contact: 413-684-0260 ♦ mminella@daltoncra.orgwww.daltoncra.org

HINSDALE

LEE

Saturday, April 5, 11am-12noon – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Bowey the Clown, an award-winning family entertainer, will perform at Spectrum Playhouse on April 5. Come see his blend of comedy, magic, balloon art, and ventriloquism – a show that all ages will enjoy! 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street. Lee, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION >$)

Wednesday, April 16, 10:30am-11:15am – LITERACY: You and your child can work together to develop pre-reading skills at the Lee Library’s “Every Child Ready to Read” workshop. The workshop is for kids birth-age through five years and runs every Wednesday from 4/16 to 5/14 (five meetings). The workshop includes a literacy workshop, storytime, and playgroup. This is a great chance to introduce your young child to the world of reading! Registration is required and you must register for the full five-week session. 413-464-5095. 100 Main Street. Lee, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, April 23, 10am-12noon – HIKING: Join Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a moderate 2.5 mile hike at Basin Pond. This hike features historic stonework, dam ruins, and a view of the pond. Best for older students and adults. 413-499-0596. Becket Road. Lee, MA.

LENOX

Saturday, April 5, 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. >$

Saturday, April 5, 3:30pm-5:30pm – HISTORY/FOOD STUDIES: Ventfort Hall presents a Tea Talk with Michael Lesy and Lisa Stoffer, entitled, “Repast or Dining Out, 1900-1910.” Lesy and Stoffer are co-authors of Repast: Dining Out at the Dawn of the New American Century, 1900-1910, and they will take the audience on a culinary tour of period restaurants and dining, examining how dining has evolved in America. Older students interested in history or food studies would enjoy this talk. Tickets available in advance. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. $$

Saturday, April 12, 10am-12noon & 1pm-3pm – EASTER: Learn the traditional Eastern European craft of Slavic Easter Egg Decorating at Ventfort Hall. This annual demonstration and workshop teaches you the history and basics of this time-honored craft. For ages 12 and up. Please pre-register. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. $$$

Saturday, April 12, 6pm-1am – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: The Vermilion Cotillion is IS183 Art School of Berkshires’ annual gala. The event consists of private dinners (6pm), followed by a dance party, auctions, and more at TallyHo at the Eastover Resort (8pm-1am). Tickets should be purchased in advance. Proceeds benefit IS183. 413-298-5252 x100. 430 East Street. Lenox, MA. $$$

Saturday April 19, 11am – EASTER EGG HUNT:  The Lenox Community Center will host an Easter Egg Scramble at Lilac Park. Arrive early to line up, and BYO Easter basket.  Easter Bunny will be there too, so bring your cameras! If it is raining, Easter Egg Hunt will be held in Lenox Community Center Ballroom. 413-637-5530. Lilac Park. Lenox, MA (FREE)

Wednesday, April 23, 6:30pm-8pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Explore the Beaver Ponds at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary! Sanctuary volunteer Butch Ptak will lead the expedition, and visitors will learn not only about the habits of beavers, but about the various types of wildlife who congregate at beaver ponds and the long-lasting effects that beaver ponds have upon habitats. This event is appropriate for all ages. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. $

Thursday, April 24, 11am-4pm – STORYWALK: The Lenox Library will have a StoryWalk with two live readings (11:30am & 2pm) for Nancy Tillman’s Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You. Kids and parents will enjoy this fun StoryWalk all about parental love. 413-637-2630. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA.

Friday, April 25, 6pm-7:30pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Learn about salamanders at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary! In the daytime, woodland salamanders can be found under logs, rocks, and in other damp areas, but at night, they venture out. Come look for salamanders and learn about their interesting lives at this fun, outdoor event for families with children of all ages. Registration is required. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. $

Saturday, April 26, 9am-1pm – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Older teens and adults can help Mass Audubon prepare their Canoe Meadows property for the upcoming busy seasons. Come help out with projects and enjoy a pizza lunch while engaging in service-based learning. Pre-registration is required. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA.

Sunday, April 27, 4pm – THEATER: April’s installment of the Lenox Library’s Distinguished Lecture Series is “Shakespeare’s Physical Text – The Language of Comedy and Violence on Stage,” with Tony Simotes, artistic director for Shakespeare and Company. Older students interested in theater and Shakespeare will enjoy this talk. 413-637-2630. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA.

eduKaytion Golf – Junior K-Kamps ♦ eduKaytion golf Junior K-Kamps, under the direction of Kay McMahon, LPGA Hall of Fame, are designed for juniors of all levels wishing to learn the game of golf or improve his or her skills through games, drills, on-course play, and lots of fun. “Developing life skills by developing a game of a lifetime!” Nine K-Kamps are offered weekly M-Th through the summer of 2014.
Dates: Jun 30-Aug 28; Age/Grade Range: 6-16yo
Contact: 518-669-1551 ♦ kay@edukaytiongolf.comwww.edukaytiongolf.com

Berkshire Montessori Summer Wonder ♦ Explore the wonder of summer! Building on Montessori methods, the summer programs inspire joyful learning and exploration. The 40-acre campus is home to a variety of natural habitats waiting to be discovered. The summer program encompasses art, movement, music, and science through exploration of the natural world. Create culinary delights from the organic gardens and make masterpieces using nature’s palette. The Montessori School of the Berkshire’s summer program features two-week sessions for Children’s House ages 3-6, and one-week sessions for Elementary ages 6-12. Session themes include: Fantastic Flora & Fauna, Digging the Great Outdoors, Passport Around the World, The Stories Within Us, Wellness Warriors, Camp Zig Zag, and more.
Dates: Jun 23-Aug 15; Age/Grade Range: 3-12yo
Contact: 413-637-3662 ♦ kehr@berkshiremontessori.orgberkshiremontessori.org/summer

Lenox Library  — 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street.

Lenox Historical Society  — Main Street.

The Mount  — 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street.

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary  — 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road.

PITTSFIELD

Saturday, April 12-Wednesday, April 30: Baby Animals at the Shaker Farm. Hancock Shaker Village — 413-443-0188. 843 W Housatonic Street.

Thursday, April 17, 7pm-8:30pm – POETRY: The Berkshire Humane Society is hosting “Celebrating Animals in Poetry” as part of National Poetry Month. Three Berkshire poets – Peter Filkins, Hannah Fries, and Barry Sternlieb – will read their own and others’ poetry about the animals in their lives. This event would be great for anyone who loves animals and poetry. 413-447-7878. 214 Barker Road. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 19: 11am & 12:30pm: David Grover Concert. Hancock Shaker Village — 413-443-0188. 843 W Housatonic Street.

Saturday, April 19, TBA – EASTER: Celebrate Easter at Pittsfield’s Easter Egg Scramble! Pittsfield kids ages 2-9 can bring their own baskets and have fun hunting for eggs, hanging out with friends and family, and meeting the Easter Bunny! Takes place at Morningside Community School. 100 Burbank Street. Pittsfield, MA.

Saturday, April 19, 1pm-5pm – REPAIR CAFE: Do you want to learn more about fixing things? Or do you have a broken item that you would like someone else to fix? Then come to the Pittsfield Repair Cafe, which takes place in the basement of St. Stephen’s Church. Repair Cafes encourage people to repair what they already own, instead of tossing it in the trash and buying a new one, therefore supporting sustainability. They also encourage collaborative consumption, in which people share their skills and services with one another to teach, help, etc. 67 East Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Monday, April 21-Friday, April 25, 10am-4pm – HISTORY/ANIMAL STUDIES: Learn about the history of the Shakers in New England and see adorable baby animals at Hancock Shaker Village during school vacation week! Each year, the Village has many different baby animals, like pigs, sheeps, and goats, for visitors to meet. Private tours are also available ($$$). 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Tuesday, April 22, 1pm – BIRD STUDIES: Come to the Berkshire Athenaeum for “Eyes on Owls” with Mark and Marcia Wilson. At this event, you can learn about the lives of New England’s owls and how to protect them, and get to see some owls up close! 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield,MA.

Tuesday, April 22, 1pm-2pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Creature Teachers will be at the Berkshire Museum today for a special Earth Day installment of “Animals Up Close.” At this special program, there will be a variety of animals, including a green tree python, a kinkajou, a skunk, an American alligator, and more. Discover the unique characteristics and habitats of these animals. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Wednesday, April 23, 9am-1pm – EDUCATOR WORKSHOP: The Department of Conservation and Recreation is offering a Project Learning Tree workshop for K-8 educators in their Pittsfield regional office. Teachers can learn about the PLT curriculum, activities, and more. Please call ASAP to register. 413-584-6788. Route 7. Pittsfield, MA. $

Thursday, April 24 & Friday, April 25, 11am & 2pm – THEATER: Berkshire Children’s Theater presents a performance of Disney’s Aladdin Jr. at the Berkshire Museum. Come see this classic Disney story acted out onstage for all ages to enjoy! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Friday, April 25, 11am & 1pm – 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. $

Friday, April 25, 12noon – ARBOR DAY: The City of Pittsfield is commemorating the 142nd anniversary of Arbor Day by having a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the recent improvements made to the Wild Acres conservation area. There will also be a guided hike through the park. South Mountain Road. Pittsfield, MA.

Saturday, April 26 & Sunday, April 27: 10am-4pm Sheep Shearing Days. Hancock Shaker Village — 413-443-0188. 843 W Housatonic Street.

Saturday, April 26, 9:30am-4pm – COMMUNITY SERVICE: The Friends of Springside Park are holding their 25th Annual Springside Park Clean Up for Earth Day on April 26. All ages can stop by any time to help clean up the park. This is a great way to get your hands dirty and help out your community. North Street. Pittsfield, MA.

Saturday, April 26, 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. $

Barrington Stage Company’s KidsAct! Summer Theatre Camps ♦ KidsAct! gives kids, ages 7-14, the opportunity to work with experienced theatre instructors as they write, rehearse and perform in their own original plays & musicals. NEW this summer KidsAct! is offering a special two-week program, DramaKids! (7/7-18), which will focus on building acting and improv skills through fun theatre games as well as the creation of original plays. The second session, BroadwayKids! (7/21-8/8) will add the elements of music and movement as students work with professional theatre artists to learn music and choreography to Broadway songs, which they will perform as a part of their original musical. Register for both sessions and save $100! Classes meet M-F, 9 AM-3PM at: Zion Church, 74 First Street, Pittsfield.
Dates: Jul 7-Aug 8; Age/Grade Range: 7-14yo
Contact: 413-499-5446 ♦ education@barringtonstageco.orgbarringtonstageco.org/education/kidsact

Berkshire Museum Summer Camps ♦ The Berkshire Museum has something for every child this summer. The exciting array of camps allow kids to express their creative sides, to explore and innovate, and to discover their inner superstar. Each camp runs for one week in either full or half day sessions and focuses on one exciting theme. The 2014 Camp themes are: Animation; Butterflies; On Stage with Berkshire Theatre Group; CSI: Ancient Crimes; Icky, Messy, and Gooey; Movies; Pond; Junior Naturalist; Robot Olympics; and Kitchen Ka-Boom. Camps are designed for children in kindergarten through grade 6.
Dates: Jun 30-Aug 22; Age/Grade Range: K-6th
Contact: 413-443-7171 ♦ frontdesk@berkshiremuseum.orgberkshiremuseum.org

Rock On ♦ All levels and all instruments. Performance. Music. Production. Technology. Music Video Production. To compliment their Performance and Songwriting components, Rock On is expanding its workshops in Music Production Technology for live and digital recording. Students will work in the music computer lab to learn the use of industry standard recording software. They will gain hands on experience using such programs as Pro Tools, Logic, and Reason to create their own electronic music compositions. They will also set up a live recording studio in which students will alternate in the role of music producer, engineer, and performer.
Dates: Jul 14-Jul 25; Age/Grade Range: 8-21yo
Contact: 413-499-1733 ♦ rockonworkshopma@gmail.comrockonworkshop.org

Arrowhead  — 413-442-1793. 780 Holmes Road.

Berkshire Music School  — 413-442-1411. 30 Wendell Ave.

Colonial Theatre  — 413-298-5576. 111 South Street.

First Friday Artswalk — Downtown.

RICHMOND

Saturday, April 5, 10am-12noon – HIKING: Join Berkshire Natural Resources Council for an easy three-mile hike at Hollow Fields. Explore this 139-acre property and enjoy great views of Yokun Ridge. This hike follows mowed paths and wood roads, with moderate elevation changes, making it a great hike for older students. 413-499-0596. Perry’s Peak Road. Richmond, MA.

Hilltop Orchard  — Route 295.

STOCKBRIDGE

Tuesday, April 1, 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, “High Style in the 18th Century.” Those interested in local history will enjoy these programs. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA.

Saturday, April 19, 11am – EASTER: Join the Stockbridge Library for a special storytime and Easter Egg Hunt. Have fun searching for eggs and hearing an Easter story. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA.

Saturday, April 19, 10am-12noon: EASTER EGG ROLL: oin the Trustees of Reservations for egg decorating¸ a scavenger hunt/garden adventure¸ and an Easter egg roll on Oak Lawn at Naumkeag. Celebrate spring renewal and enjoy the beauty of new life as their gardens awaken from their winter slumber. RSVP. 413.298.3239 x3013. 5 Prospect Hill. Stockbridge, MA.

Monday, April 21, 1pm-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES/ART: For school vacation week, the Norman Rockwell Museum is holding a workshop activity for kids – “Animals Galore!” Come look at the museum’s collection and search for animals, then create your own creature. Free with museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. $

Tuesday, April 22, 10:30am-11:30am – STORYWALK: Join Community Health Programs of the Berkshires for a StoryWalk at the Berkshire Botanical Garden. Kids can walk around the gardens while reading Up, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayres. There will also be a live reading (10:45am) and craft activity. Please register. 413-528-0721 x1159. 5 Massachusetts 183. Stockbridge, MA.

Saturday, April 26, 1pm-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES/ART: For school vacation week, the Norman Rockwell Museum is holding a workshop activity for kids – “Animals Galore!” Come look at the museum’s collection and search for animals, then create your own creature. Free with museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. $

Chesterwood  — 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road

Mission House  413-298-3239. 5 Prospect Hill Road.

TYRINGHAM

WASHINGTON

WEST STOCKBRIDGE

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South Berkshire

Great Barrington | Housatonic | Monterey | New Marlborough | Sheffield

North Berkshire | Central Berkshire

GREAT BARRINGTON

Thursday, April 3, 4pm-5pm – BOOK GROUP: The Mason Library‘s Massachusetts Children’s Book Award Nominees book group’s last meeting is today! Come for a pizza party! 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Saturday, April 5, 9:30am-12:30pm – LUNCH DATE: Parents can enjoy a day out and kids can have fun at Berkshire South Regional Community Center‘s “Kids’ Day Out!” Drop your child (ages 2-12) off at the Center then have a few hours to yourself. The Center will provide games, projects, gym time, swimming, and a pizza lunch. Please register at least 48 hours in advance. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. $

Thursday, April 10, 10am-10:45am – ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids ages 1-3 are invited to have some “Ooey Gooey Fun” at Berkshire South Regional Community Center. Come use fingerpaints, collage, play dough, and more to create a “mess-terpiece” to take home. Please sign up in advance. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. >$

Friday, April 11, 10am – MUSIC/CULTURAL STUDIES: The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center presents a performance by the Martha Redbone Roots Project. Redbone is known for her blend of Native American elements with soul and funk, as well as Appalachian folk and Piedmont blues. She will perform and lead a discussion on her Native American, African American, and Appalachian roots. This event is for school-aged youth and is a great opportunity to see a talented musician play live, and a chance to have a meaningful discussion about cultural identity. Tickets are available in advance. 413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street. Great Barrington, MA. $

Saturday, April 12, 10am-11:30am – EGG HUNT: Kids ages 6 and under can participate in an egg hunt at Berkshire South Regional Community Center. There will be three hunts for each different age group – age 2 and under (10am), ages 3 and 4 (10:30am), and ages 5 and 6 (11am). Arrive early to register or register in advance. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. >$

Saturday, April 12, 10:30am – PUPPETRY: Community members are invited to a free puppet play, “Akimba and the Magic Cow,” at the Rudolf Steiner School. This play is based on a folktale from Ghana and would be best for kids 7 and under. There will also be playtime and an opportunity for adults to learn more about the school’s early childhood programs. 413-528-4015 x106. 35 West Plain Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 12, 10:45am-12:30pm – STORYTIME/ANIMAL STUDIES/ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids in Pre-K through grade 3 can come to the Mason Library to make paper llamas and then hear llama stories in English and Spanish. There will be a real llama at the library for kids to meet and pet! Please register in advance. 413-528-2403. 241 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Thursday, April 17, 6:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: South Berkshire Kids is offering a workshop for parents entitled, “Keeping Your Child Healthy is a Big Job!” with Drs. Siobhan McNally and Lara Setti. Learn about immunization, antibiotics, toxins in the home, and more at this informative workshop. There will also be a question and answer period during which you can ask questions about children’s health and how to help your kids be as healthy as they can be. Takes place at Community Health Programs, Inc. campus. Please pre-register; childcare is available. 413-464-5095. 444 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Monday, April 21, ALL DAY – EARTH DAY: Berkshire South Regional Community Center and Berkshire Co-op Market are coming together to offer “Get Unplugged,” a week-long series of activities (4/21-4/25) and events for South County kids in grades K-8. There will be many fun activities aimed at getting kids outdoors and active during school vacation week. Activities include dancing, sports, arts and crafts, games, culinary arts, green energy, DIY activities, and much more. A full schedule of times and events can be found on the Get Unplugged webpage. Registration is required; space is limited. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Monday, April 21, 9am-3:30pm – CIRCUS: The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center is offering a week-long April vacation circus camp from April 21-April 25. Students ages 7-14 can participate in this camp, led by Sean Fagan of Circus Theatricks. The camp would be great for kids and teens who are interested in learning more about circus arts. Please call for more information. Scholarship assistance is available. 413-644-9040 x102. 14 Castle Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Tuesday, April 22, 11am-12noon – EARTH DAY/ARTS & CRAFTS: Celebrate Earth Day at the Mason Library by doing a fun craft activity. For ages 6 and up. Please register in advance. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Friday, April 25, 10am-11:30am – STORYWALK: Read Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are on a StoryWalk that starts at Subway in Great Barrington and ends at the Mason Library. Get to the library by 10:30am for a live reading and craft activity. Main Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Friday, April 25, 5:45pm – FAMILY MOVIE: Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Mary Poppins (1964; rated G) at the Mason Library. Kids and adults will love seeing this classic movie! 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Saturday, April 26, 11am – AGRICULTURE/LOCAL FOOD: Join Berkshire Co-Op Market for a tour of Hawthorne Valley Farm! Hawthorne Valley supplies the Co-Op with cheeses and krauts, and you can see where these are made on this tour. See what’s beginning to grow for the season, see the animals, and check out the creamery, bakery, and kraut cellar. Students interested in farming and local food will enjoy this fun and educational farm tour! Please sign up in advance. 413-528-9697 x10. 327 Country Road 21C. Ghent, NY.

Action Adventures Day Camp ♦ Join Action Adventures Day Camp this summer for a fun-filled recreational day camp with a different theme each week! For children entering 1st grade to age 12. Each week has its own unique theme that drives the week’s activities. A typical day includes crafts, projects, games, group activities, swimming, sports and outdoor experiences. Their focus is on activities that foster critical thinking and development of self awareness, respect, tolerance, empathy, honesty and kindness. Financial assistance available. Camp runs all summer, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.. Price per week: $225 Members, $299 Guests. State vouchers accepted.

Dates: Jun 25-Aug 29; Age/Grade Range: 1st grade-12yo

Contact: 413-528-2810 ♦ rmanning@berkshiresouth.orgberkshiresouth.org

Berkshire Co-op  — 413-528-9697. 42 Bridge Street.

Berkshire South Regional Community Center — 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road.

Great Barrington Historical Society  — South Main Street.

The Guthrie Center  — 413-644-9288. 2 Van Deusenville Road.

Great Barrington Riverwalk  — Church and River Streets.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center  — 413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street.

Mason Library — 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street.

HOUSATONIC

Saturday, April 5, 10:30am-11:30am – ARTS & CRAFTS: Come make fun paper collage eggs at the Ramsdell Library! Take your creation home to use as a decoration. 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street. Housatonic, MA.

Sunday, April 6, 9am – 5K RUN/WALK: Support Berkshire South Regional Community Center’s Teen Outreach Nutrition Exercise (TONE) program and other youth fitness programs at their Center’s 2nd Annual 5K Run/Walk and Breakfast. Come run or walk to support these great programs, and then enjoy breakfast (10am)! Starts and ends at Housatonic Housy Dome. Please pre-register. 413-528-2810. 1064 Main Street. Housatonic, MA. $$$

Tuesday, April 22, 3pm-4pm – EARTH DAY/ARTS & CRAFTS: Celebrate Earth Day at Ramsdell Library by doing a fun craft activity. For ages 6 and up. Please register in advance. 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street. Housatonic, MA.

Wednesday, April 23, 3pm-4pm – SHAKESPEARE: Kids can learn about Shakespeare at the Ramsdell Library during a special presentation by Shakespeare and Company. The presentation is about the life and times of William Shakespeare, and there will also be sword-fighting and other entertainment. 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street. Housatonic, MA.

Project Native  — 413-274-3433. 342 North Plain Road.

MONTEREY

Wednesday, April 9, 10am-12noon – HIKING: Join Berkshire Natural Resources Council for an easy-moderate hike at Bob’s Way. Explore this beautiful 260-acre preserve and see a beaver swamp. This intermediate hike would best for older students with some hiking experience. 413-499-0596. Route 23. Monterey, MA.

Bidwell House Museum  — 413-528-6888. 100 Art School Road.

Gould Farm  — Gould Road.

NEW MARLBOROUGH

Cookson State Forest  — Hotchkiss Road.

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

OTIS

Saturday, April 12th at 10am: Easter Egg Hunt and Games event. Bring your own basket and enjoy a morning of fun and games. Takes place at Otis Town Hall. Call or email otisrec@verizon.net to register. 413-269-4541. 1 North Main Road. (FREE)

SANDISFIELD

Tuesday, April 29, 10am-12noon – HIKING: Get a sneak peek of Berkshire Natural Resources Council‘s new trail at Clam River Reserve. You can walk the route before the trail-building begins. Enjoy great views of the Buck and Clam Rivers along the way. The hike is easy, two hours, with moderate elevation changes. Best for older students. Meet at Sandisfield Town Hall Annex. 413-499-0596. 66 Sandisfield Road. Sandisfield, MA.

SHEFFIELD

Friday, April 4, 7pm – THEATER: Don’t miss Mt. Everett Regional School‘s performance of Grease, based on the classic 1978 musical film. This production stars students from the school who will sing, dance, and act out this fun story. 413-229-8778. 491 Berkshire School Road. Sheffield, MA.

Saturday, April 5, 7pm – THEATER: Don’t miss Mt. Everett Regional School‘s performance of Grease, based on the classic 1978 musical film. This production stars students from the school who will sing, dance, and act out this fun story. 413-229-8778. 491 Berkshire School Road. Sheffield, MA.

Sunday, April 6, 3pm – THEATER: Don’t miss Mt. Everett Regional School‘s performance of Grease, based on the classic 1978 musical film. This production stars students from the school who will sing, dance, and act out this fun story. 413-229-8778. 491 Berkshire School Road. Sheffield, MA.

Saturday, April 12, 10am-12noon – VERNAL POOLS: Come get muddy and learn about vernal pools with the Trustees of Reservations at Bartholomew’s Cobble! April is when vernal pools come alive, and they are home to many unique plants and animals. Discover some of the amphibians that live here, and search for wood frog and salamander egg masses, fairy shrimp, and fingernail clams. This program is for kids and adults. Please pre-register. 413-229-8600. 105 Weatogue Road. Sheffield, MA. >$

Saturday, April 12, 1pm-2:30pm – ENGINEERING/PHYSICS: Mad Science of Western Massachusetts presents a Rocket Building Workshop for kids in grades K-6 at the Bushnell-Sage Library. Come learn the basics of rockets and build your own to test out! This is a great way to get kids interested in physic and engineering. Space is limited; please register. 413-229-7004. 48 Main Street. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 26, 10am-12noon – PLANT STUDIES: Join The Trustees of Reservations at Bartholomew’s Cobble for a Spring Wildflower Guided Walk. Sheffield is home to a variety of rare and beautiful wildflower species, and Conservation Ranger Rene Wendell will discuss why that is – why is this environment so well-suited to rare and diverse plants? How can we work to protect them? Family members of all ages will enjoy seeing these beautiful flowers and learning how to identify and protect them. 413-229-8600. 105 Weatogue Road. Sheffield, MA. $

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