Suggested Events for April 26th-May 2nd, 2014

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

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SUMMER CAMPS IN WESTERN MA

Summer Camps in  Massachusetts

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Over 50 Summer Camps to choose from! Now is the time to start signing up for summer camp! Check out our featured post, 2014 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA for a comprehensive list of over 50 summer camps & programs in the region! Summer opportunities featured range from music, art, farming, theater, dance, science, nature, sports, speaking, yoga, rock ‘n roll… to traditional summer day or overnight camps/programs! There’s something for all ages, toddlers to teens! Check it out and start making your summer plans! — Do you have a summer camp or program you’d like to have included in our comprehensive list? Find out how you can submit your listing HERE.

BULLETIN BOARD

Apr 26

Middle School Fair. Meet representatives from six independent middle schools: Academy Hill School, The Center School, Four Winds School, The Hartsbrook School, North Star: Self-Directed Learning, Stoneleigh-Burnham Middle School. Saturday, April 26, 2:00-4:00, at Four Winds School, 54 French King Highway (Route 2), in Gill, MA. More information at www.fourwindsschool.info or call 413-863-8055.

Apr 27

The celebrated Alonzo King LINES Ballet comes to the UMass Fine Arts Center on Sunday, April 27th to enrapture audiences with works of luminous beauty. Described by The New Yorker as “hyper kinetic” and “exceptional,” the Lines Ballet performs exhilarating works that meld classical Western ballet with a diverse set of cultural traditions. The dancers’ flawless technique, mixed with King’s expressive choreography, creates a performance that is like no other. “Gripping, urgently beautiful choreography” hails the San Francisco Chronicle. For tickets call 413-545-2511 or 1-800-999-UMAS or go online to www.fineartcenter.com. Amherst, MA.

Open House: May 3

The Ashfield Community Preschool invites you to join them for their annual open house on Saturday, May 3 10am-Noon. This event is for families with young children ages 2 years nine months – 5 years who are looking for quality care and small class sizes in the rural Hilltown of Ashfield, MA. Children who attend the preschool participate in a hands-on gardening program, growing a sunflower house and pumpkin patch. This year they will add a butterfly garden. In this pastoral setting the preschool offers a six week summer program with walking trips to visit local Ashfield artists. Join their staff on May 3. Tour their facility and grounds and register for summer and fall sessions. The preschool is located at 103 Baptist Corner Rd. 413-628-3248.

May 3

Come to Local ARTery: Demonstration Day May 3rd, 2014, from 10 to 5 at the Healthworks Building next to Yankee Candle Village, 25 Greenfield Road, South Deerfield. This event will feature over 30 local artisans who will be demonstrating the techniques and skills of creating of handmade art and craft. Exciting demonstrations include loom weaving, pottery, shoemaking, woodworking, landscape quilting, metal clay jewelry, watercolor technique, and glasswork. Get up close and personal with artisans to see how different types of art and craft are produced. The artisans will also be offering finished work for sale. Also, join one of the many available “make and take” stations throughout the event and create your own project! The day promises to be a creatively fun, hands-on, and educational experience for all ages. For a list of participating artisans visit: www.localartery.com.

Open House: Jun 14

Worthington Swim Club. Enjoy family fun this summer at an outdoor pool in Worthington. The W S C is located at 35 Huntington Road (Rte 112) in a sunny, tree-screened setting. Membership is open to everyone and includes: Certified Lifeguard on duty Monday – Friday from noon to 5 p.m., Children over age 10 can swim without their parent during lifeguard hours, 24-hour key access for adult members (and children with an adult family member), a 25-yard-long pool w/ a low diving board, swimming lessons available. Swim free at open house, June 14th, noon-3 p.m. 2014 membership is: Family Plan $365, Individual Plan $160. Payment schedules available. Call Lynn at 238-8038 or Alain at 238-5954 or visit us on FB www.facebook.com/worthington.swimclub

Journey Camp returns to Cummington for Hilltown families this summer. The supportive staff makes it easy to find new friends while exploring nature, theater, games, music. Inclusiveness and peace building are hallmarks of Journey Camp. Founder and Director, Sarah Pirtle, has numerous awards for her books and music for children. Session One, boys & girls ages 7-13,June 30-July 4, 8:45-4, Woolman Hill, Deerfield. Hilltown Journey Camp, boys & girls, 7-13, July 14-18, 8:45-4, Taproot Common Farm, Cummington. Moonseed Teen Leadership for Girls, 11-18, July 28-July 31, two overnights & campfires, Woolman Hill. Girls Week, 7-13, Aug. 4-8 & Aug. 11-15, 8:45-4, Woolman Hill. www.sarahpirtle.com Contact: 413-588-6399, marsha.journey@gmail.com.

The Bement School offers summer programs for children from 4 to 15 years old. Children have the opportunity to enjoy the fun of a traditional day camp and help create their own schedule by choosing from our wide range of unique activities. The Junior Camp provides a safe, nurturing camp experience for our youngest campers. The Adventure Day Camp offers activity choices that include Chinese, cooking, rocketry, sports, nature, arts and crafts, and swimming. The Counselor-in-Training program gives young teenagers experience working with children and developing valuable job skills while still enjoying the fun of summer camp. Summer programs run from June 23 to August 15. Visit their website or email summer@bement.org for more information!

Early education & child care openings for children 15 months to 5 years. Apply now at www.nonotuck.org or 413-586-5996 or info@nonotuck.org. Nonotuck Community School curriculum is play-based & inspired by progressive early childhood education theory. They emphasize community, emotional intelligence & resilience, and provide ample opportunities for cognitive, artistic, social, emotional, and physical development. In addition to large, sunny, well-appointed classrooms, and indoor & outdoor play spaces, children have access to an art studio, yoga instruction, gardening, music, and more. They are a licensed parent co-op; family involvement is at the heart of their school community. Open 7:30-5:30 with 3-5 day schedules year-round. Florence, MA

Researchers at UMass-Amherst seek volunteers to participate in a language study. They are looking for English-speaking children ages 9-12 who have a diagnosis of high-functioning autism or Asperger’s syndrome, or who are typically developing. Parental consent will be obtained and the single-session study should take about 90 minutes. You will be compensated $50 for your time. They have openings after school, on weekends, and during holidays. Please call Kristina Curro at 413-695-8429 or email her at kcurro@comdis.umass.edu for more information.

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
April 16th-May 1st, 2014

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Hilltown Family Variety Show9-10am – HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org  Encore of Saturday’s broadcast airs Sunday morning from 7-8am and podcast is posted here on Hilltown Families immediately following Sunday’s broadcast. Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcasts anytime. Click here to choose from 6 years of archived show.

Saturday, April 26, TBA – DANCE: All ages are invited to the West Cummington Parish House for a Spring Fling Contra Dance! Come dance to the Cummington Dance Band, led by Steve Howland. Call for more information. 413-634-5013. 27 West Main Street. Cummington, MA. >$/SUGGESTED DONATION

Saturday, April 26, TBA – LOCAL HISTORY: Join the Mill River Greenway Initiative for a spring paddle at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Explore the sanctuary by boat at this fun and educational event. This event would be best for older students interested in local history and nature. Pre-registration required – email info@millrivergreenway.org to register; space is limited. 127 Combs Road. Easthampton, MA.

Saturday, April 26, TBA – FARMERS’ MARKET: Celebrate 40 years with the Northampton Farmers’ Market! The market will have locally grown fruits, vegetables, flowers, and much more. The market runs until November 8. Gothic Street. Northampton, 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.

Saturday, April 26, 8am-12:30pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: The Greenfield Farmers’ Market opens for their 40th year on Saturday, April 26! Come by for local veggies, fruits, and more. The Market runs until November 22. Court Square. Greenfield, 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.

Saturday, April 26, 9am-11am – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Work with Whately Land Preservation and the Franklin Land Trust to do some volunteer cleanup work at the Whately Roadside Cleanup! This annual event gives students and community members a chance to make a difference in their town by cleaning up public areas and reinforcing the importance recycling and not littering. Please register when you arrive. 413-665-4400. 194 Chestnut Plain Road. Whately, MA.

Saturday, April 26, 9am-11am – EDUCATION: Students in grades 6-9 can attend Leap! at Amherst College, a morning of classes and other educational activities. Topics include photography, American Sign Language, dance, theater, literature, and more. More information on the Leap! event can be found can be found on the Amherst College website. Advance registration is required. 413-282-7156. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

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.

Saturday, April 26, 9am-1pm – COMMUNITY SERVICE/SUSTAINABILITY: Do you have old bikes or bike parts laying around? Greenfield Community College is having a bike drive for Bikes Not Bombs, an organization that uses reclaimed bicycles as vehicles for social change overseas and in the greater Boston area. 413-775-1331. 1 College Drive. Greenfield, MA. >$/SUGGESTED DONATION

Saturday, April 26, 9am-3pm – ART/SPRING CELEBRATION: Celebrate the start of Spring at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County’s first ever Daffodil Chalk Walk! The streets of Amherst will be filled with daffodil-inspired chalk art at this fun, family-friendly event. A map and more information on the Chalk Walk can be found on the Daffodil Run Facebook page. 413-345-2945. Downtown. Amherst, MA.

Saturday, April 26, 9am-3pm – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Spend time giving back to your community as a family today! Berkshire Trail Elementary School is holding the annual Community Spruce-Up Day, an event that brings together students, parents, teachers, and community members to help with maintenance and beautification of the school’s grounds. Projects at this year’s event include painting, cleaning out garden beds, and clearing the woods for a nature playspace. Come work and stay for lunch. 413-634-8853. 2 Main Street. Cummington, MA.

Saturday, April 26, 9am-3pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Try out tons of fun outdoor activities at the Pioneer Valley Outdoor Fair! There will be hikes for all ages, nature activities for kids, astronomy activities, birding for adults, fossil and mineral displays, and many different clubs and organizations to learn about. This event is a great way to discover the many resources for outdoor sports and activities in the Valley. Takes place at Holyoke Community College’s Kittredge Center. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 26, 9am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Celebrate National Parks during school vacation week at the Springfield Armory National Historic Site. Kids can participate in the Jr. Ranger program, complete Museum searches, explore outdoors, view National Park movies from around the country, win prizes, and more. 413-734-8551. 1 Armory Square. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

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, 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. $

Saturday, April 26, 10am-1pm: SUSTAINABILITY/CLOTH DIAPERS: Simple Diaper & Linen is participating in the annual Great Cloth Diaper Change! If you have kids in diapers, come help set a world record. Second-hand cloth diapers will be for sale, along with snacks, vendors, and crafters. There will also be a cloth diaper drive for the up-in-coming Springfield Diaper Bank. Bring any gently used cloth diaper(s) or cloth diaper accessory to donate. This event will be a great way to celebrate Earth Day, promote the many benefits of cloth diapering, and connect with families in Western MA! 418 Dwight Street. Holyoke, MA (>$)

Saturday, April 26, 10am-2:30pm – HISTORY: Learn about the history of logging in New England with the Pioneer Valley Institute. Historian Harry Proudy and logger Steve Puffer will discuss the history of logging tools, how they were used, and how they have evolved. There will also be a video showing how the tools were used, and a walk in the Paul C. Jones Working Forest. Older students interested in history and the logging industry will enjoy this event. Meet at Shutesbury Town Hall. 413-775-1671. 1 Cooleyville Road. Shutesbury, MA.

Saturday, April 26, 10am-3pm – PLANT STUDIES: Learn how to identify trees based on bark and habitat clues with The Trustees of Reservations at the William Cullen Bryant Homestead. The property features several unique habitats, including an old-growth forest, making it an excellent place to learn about a variety of different tree species. Being able to identify trees without their leaves is a great skill for those living in the Northeast, where trees are leafless for roughly half the year! Older students interested in plants and ecology will like this fun and educational program. More information can be found on the Trustees website. 413-532-1631 x10. 207 Bryant Road. Cummington, MA. $$

Saturday, April 26, 10am-4pm – HISTORY/FOOD STUDIES: Discover the history of chocolate in America at Historic Deerfield’s Open Hearth Cooking series. Museum visitors can learn about role of chocolate in colonial America and how this has changed over time. Drop in anytime. Takes place in the Visitor Center in Hall Tavern Kitchen. 413-774-5581. Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. $

Saturday, April 26, 10am-4pm – HISTORY: Discover the history of Patriot’s Day at Historic Deerfield’s Revolutionary Muster and Parade on April 26. Visitors can experience what life was like in a small New England town in the 18th Century with activities like crafts, fife and drum music, and a parade and muster. All ages will enjoy this experience, which will make you feel like you’re back in the 1700s. 413-774-5581. 84B Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. $

Saturday, April 26, 10am-4pm – SUSTAINABILITY/COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The 5th Annual Amherst Sustainability Festival takes place April 26 on the Town Common! Stop by for vendors, entertainment, demonstrations, and more, all relating to sustainability. There will be a variety of performances for all ages; demos on pruning, composting, backyard poultry, gardening, and more; games and activities; face painting; and other sustainability-related activities. The full schedule can be found on the Sustainability Festival webpage. 413-259-3333. Downtown. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 26, 10am-4pm – ANIMAL STUDIES/ARTISANAL TRADE: Learn about sheep and the shearing process at Hancock Shaker Village! Master Shearer Fred DePaul will demonstrate shearing using both traditional and modern methods. Visitors can see the differences between traditional and modern shearing and learn about how and why these changes came about and what the benefits of each are. Free with general admission. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Saturday, April 26, 10am-4pm – HISTORY/ARTISANAL TRADE: Learn about the art of silversmithing and the process of making a sterling silver flatware set for an 18th-century American home with silversmith Steve Smithers at Historic Deerfield. Smithers will go through the entire process, from research and design to the actual silver work itself. Free with museum admission. 413-774-5581. 84B Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. $

Saturday, April 26, 10am-4pm – SUSTAINABILITY: Learn about sustainability and green living in Franklin County at the 33rd little e, at the Franklin County Fairgrounds. There will be vendors, workshops, and more, on topics like raising poultry, gardening, DIY, sustainable energy, medicinal herbs, composting, green businesses, green living, and much more. Older students and adults who are interested green living and learning how they can live more sustainably would benefit from this event. 413-773-5463. 89 Wisdom Way. Greenfield, MA.

Saturday, April 26, 10am-5:30pm – YO-YO: The Massachusetts State Yo-Yo Contest is April 26 at Eastworks! Come to compete, watch, or learn and enjoy all the talented yo-yoers in the state! The competition is split up into divisions, and beginners are welcome to compete. The contest is not only fun to watch, but is a great place to see how cool yo-yoing is – see the physics behind it and all the amazing tricks that are possible! 116 Pleasant Street. Easthampton, MA.

Saturday, April 26, 10am-6pm – CRAFT FAIR: The Alchemy Artisan Fair takes place April 26 and April 27 at Gateway City Arts! All ages will enjoy this fun craft fair, where you can shop from over 40 artisans, learn how to juggle, watch aerial acrobatics, try your hand at pottery, spin your own yarn, make your own earrings, and more. There will be kids’ craft activities and a beer garden for adults. 413-588-6669. Race Street. Holyoke, MA. >$

Saturday, April 26, 10:30am-11:30am – ANIMAL STUDIES: Kids ages 3-6 and their families are invited to Great Falls Discovery Center for their Winter Preschool Series. Enjoy stories, crafts, and nature-related activities. Kids will learn about different types of animals each meeting. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA.

Saturday, April 26, 10:30am-11:30am – ANIMAL STUDIES: Kids ages 3-6 and their families are invited to Great Falls Discovery Center for their Winter Preschool Series. Enjoy stories, crafts, and nature-related activities. Kids will learn about different types of animals each meeting. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, 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. $

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.

Saturday, April 26, 11am – HISTORY: Explore Holyoke’s historic mills and waterways with on a bicycle tour with the Wistariahurst Museum and Craig Della Penna. Teens and adults can explore their city and discover its history in an exciting way on this tour. Participants should bring their bikes, helmets, enthusiasm, and sense of adventure to this unique event. This is a great way for older students and their parents to spend quality time together while learning local history and developing a greater sense of place. Registration is required. 413-322-5660. Holyoke, MA. $$

Saturday, April 26, 11am, 12:30pm, & 2pm – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Enjoy a special performance of Fairytale Adventure by Ja’Duke at Yankee Candle Village! Kids will love this fun fairytale performance. 877-636-7707. 25 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA.

Saturday, April 26, 11am & 1pm – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: CactusHead Puppets present a performance of “The Bremen Town Musicians” at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. This classic tale tells of a donkey, cat, dog, and rooster who go on a journey to start new lives as musicians. Kids will love seeing this classic story come to life! Tickets can be purchased in advance. 413-658-1126. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. >$

Saturday, April 26, 11am-3pm – WORKSHOP/ANIMAL STUDIES: Hampshire Emergency Animal Response Team (HEART) and Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society are holding an Emergency Preparedness Workshop for Pets and Their People at Dave’s Soda and Pet City in Hadley. Come learn about disaster preparedness, training and socializing pets, health care, emergency first aid, pet emergency kits, and general pet wellbeing. This workshop would be great for families who want to learn more about caring for their pets and being prepared for emergencies. 339 Russell Street. Hadley, MA.

Saturday, April 26, 12noon-3pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Take a tour of the Brewer Road neighborhood with the Pelham Historical Society. This event is a follow-up to a the Brewer Road history program on April 21 at 7pm. Older students interested in learning more about this unique historic neighborhood will enjoy both events. 413-253-1601. 351 Amherst Road. Pelham, MA.

Saturday, April 26, 12noon-3pm – HEALTH/SPORTS: The Greater Holyoke YMCA is holding Healthy Kids Day to promote summer activities for kids and families. Many local organizations will have tables at the event, and there will be smoothies, a soccer clinic, and more. Families will enjoy this fun, free community event where they can learn more about healthy activities for their kids. Takes place at Holyoke Heritage State Park. 413-534-5631. Heritage Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 26, 12noon-4:30pm – HISTORY: Learn about the history of letter writing and get a chance to write your own pen-and-ink letter at Historic Deerfield. In the days of email, texting, and instant messaging, traditional letter writing has been all but replaced. Take part in this now-uncommon activity by writing a letter to a friend or family member on lovely paper with quill and ink in Historic Deerfield’s History Workshop. All ages will enjoy writing their letters to loved ones. Drop-in activity. 413-774-5581. Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. $

Saturday, April 26, 1pm & 5pm – PERFORMANCE: The Royal Frog Ballet presents the Muck Boot Banquet at Park Hill Orchard. This exciting performance will welcome Spring with song, dance, stories, and more. Kids and adults will enjoy this fun and lively performance. More information can be found on the Royal Frog Ballet website. Reservations are required. 82 Park Hill Road. Easthampton, MA. $

Saturday, April 26, 1pm-2pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Families can learn about bats at “Swoop Into Spring: Learn About and Celebrate Bats” at the Great Falls Discovery Center. There will be bat-related activities for all ages, including songs, skits, displays, and a showing of a film about the natural history of bats and conservation efforts. There will also be a raffle for a bat house and other prizes. Students of all ages who are interested in bats will enjoy this event. The event was created by students at Deer Paths Nature Education Center. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

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. $

Saturday, April 26, 2pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Hampden Railroad was built between 1911 and 1913 as a connector from Springfield to the community of Bondsville (in Palmer), but was never actually used. Older students interested in local history can come learn about this railroad at the Holyoke Public Library on April 26 at 2pm. This talk by Phillip Johnson, author of a book commemorating the Hampden Railroad, will speak about the history, planning, construction, and subsequent abandonment of this railroad. 413-420-8101. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA.

Saturday, April 26, 2pm – STORYTIME: The Belding Memorial Library will have a special storytime for Emily McKeon’s book, Who Will Dance With Me? McKeon will be at the library to read the story out loud. Kids are encouraged to bring their favorite stuffed animal along with them! 413-268-4414. 344 Main Street. Ashfield, MA.

Saturday, April 26, 2pm – STORYTIME: Families are invited to a special storytime at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art with Jarrett Krosoczka. He will read from his new picture book, Peanut Butter and Jellyfish, which is a tale of friendship and kindness. There will also be a drawing demonstration and book signing. Free with museum admission. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. $

Saturday, April 26, 2pm-3:30pm – EDUCATION/FILM: The Hartsbrook School presents a screening of School’s Out: Lessons from a Forest Kindergarten (2013) at the Forbes Library. This documentary contrasts a “forest kindergarten” in Switzerland with a traditional public kindergarten in the United States in order to examine what children need and what makes them the most happy and well rounded. The film features observational footage as well as interviews with parents, teachers, child development experts, and forest kindergarten alumni. The screening will be followed by a discussion. Older students who are interested in education, especially environmental education, would like seeing this film. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA.

Saturday, April 26, 2pm-4Pm – MIDDLE SCHOOL FAIR:  Meet representatives from six independent middle schools: Academy Hill School, The Center School, Four Winds School, The Hartsbrook School, North Star: Self-Directed Learning, Stoneleigh-Burnham Middle School.  Held at Four Winds School. 413-863-8055. 54 French King Highway. Gill, MA.

Saturday, April 26, 2pm-6pm – THEATER/AUDITIONS: The Majestic Theater is holding auditions for their summer season of children’s theater on April 26 (2pm-6pm), April 27 (6pm-9pm), and May 3 (1pm-6pm). Student actors between the ages of 13 and 19 can come audition for parts in Pinocchio, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Hansel and Gretel: A Musical. The performances will take place in July and August. Please call to schedule an audition. 413-747-7797. 131 Elm Street. West Springfield, MA.

Saturday, April 26, 5pm-9pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: The Buckland Public Library is holding their second annual Historic Upper Buckland Progressive Dinner on April 26. A progressive dinner is a dinner party in which each course is prepared and eaten at a different residence. This dinner takes you to three historic Buckland homes and is a unique opportunity for a fun date night! Seating is limited; registration is required ASAP. 413-625-9455. Buckland, MA. $$$

Saturday, April 26, 6pm-8pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Bread Euphoria‘s “Saturday Night Rise” concert series continues tonight with a performance by Chuck Williams. Williams performs country, folk, and soul music. 413-268-7757. 206 Main Street. Haydenville, MA.

Saturday, April 26, 7:30pm – THEATER: The Williston Northampton School presents a production of Urinetown: The Musical. This play is about a city with a severe water shortage, that must rely on toilets run by a corrupt corporation. One man starts a rebellion to help the people of the city, in turn starting a revolution. The tale is one of greed, corruption, revolution, and love. Tickets are available in advance. 413-529-3000. 18 Payson Avenue. Easthampton, MA. $

Saturday, April 26, 7:30pm-8:45pm – PERFORMANCE/CELEBRATION: Join Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center for a performance in appreciation of the Connecticut River. Celebration artists Phyllis Labanowski and Brazilian sound artist Ricardo Frota will put on a performance featuring vibrant, multicultural percussion and illuminated hula hoops. Come to the Riverview Picnic Area Pavilion to watch the sunset and enjoy the performance. 413-659-4461. 156 Pine Meadow Road. Northfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 26, 7:30pm-10:30pm – DANCE: Celebrate Polish culture, food, and Polka dance at the Ashfield Polka Fest! Come to the Ashfield Town Hall for music by the Eddie Forman Orchestra, Polish dinner, dancing, and more. This is an all-ages event. Tickets available in advance at Ashfield Hardware, Nolan’s Neighbors, Pekarski’s Sausage, and Elmer’s. 413-625-6234. 412 Main Street. Ashfield, MA. $$

Saturday, April 26, 8pm – THEATER: Mt. Holyoke College presents Queen Moremi, an African folk opera to be performed in the Rooke Theatre on April 26 and April 27. The performance, set in the ancient city Ile-Ife in the Yoruba region of Nigeria, tells the story of Queen Moremi, who fights to protect her city from being conquered by invaders from a nearby community. Queen Moremi features music, dance, and poetry all mixed in one. The performance stars Five College students as well as several Nigerian performers. The performers will speak in the Yoruba language, with English summaries of each scene. Best for older students with audience skills and an interest in theater. 413-538-2406. Morgan Street. South Hadley, MA.

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Sunday, April 27th, 2014

 

Hilltown Family Variety Show7-8am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) airs encores the Hilltown Family Variety Show every Sunday morning. commercial-free family radio. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcast anytime. Click here to see 6 years of archived shows.

Sunday, April 27, 8am-2pm – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Support cats and dogs that have cancer at an event at Stanley Park to raise money for Paws 4 A Cure, organized by Westfield State University students. Events include a color run, animal run, music, face painting, and more. Bring the whole family (even dogs!) to this fun event to raise money for a good cause. Gillett Road. Westfield, MA.

Sunday, April 27, 9am-11am – VERNAL POOLS: Explore one of The Trustees of Reservations‘ newest properties – Mount Warner – on a vernal pool hike. Search for salamanders and egg masses in the forest’s ephemeral pools. Older students interested in vernal pools, ecology, and animals will enjoy this informative and fun hike to a vernal pool. 413-532-1631. Mount Warner Road. North Hadley, MA. $

Sunday, April 27, 9am-12noon – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Help The Trustees of Reservations maintain trails and property at Little Tom Mountain as part of the David Sigelman Memorial Workday. Volunteers will work to upgrade the trail, install signs, and remove/control invasive species. More information on this event and volunteer registration can be found on the Trustees website. 413-532-1631 x21. 125 Reservation Road. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, April 27, 10am – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Discover all the Yiddish Book Center has to offer at their free Community Open House on April 27. The Open House features a lecture on the Yiddish language by Melinda Rosenblatt (2pm), a demonstration of the Yiddish Print Shop (11am-2pm), as well as yours of the Center (11am & 1pm). The Yiddish Book Center is a great place to learn about Yiddish language and culture. 413-256-4900. 1021 West Street. Amherst, MA.

Sunday, April 27, 10:30am-12noon – STORYWALK: Bring the whole family to explore and share the joy of nature in our own “backyard.” Dawn Marvin Ward will guide families as kids listen for birDS, look for signs of wildlife, and enjoy a causal hike through the trails and meadow on a morning StoryWalk to  the story “ABC Animal Jamboree” by Giles Andreae. BYO picnic lunch. Meet behind the Leverett Library. 75 Montague Road. Leverett, MA (FREE)

Sunday, April 27, 10am-4pm – SUSTAINABILITY: Learn about sustainability and green living in Franklin County at the 33rd little e, at the Franklin County Fairgrounds. There will be vendors, workshops, and more, on topics like raising poultry, gardening, DIY, sustainable energy, medicinal herbs, composting, green businesses, green living, and much more. Older students and adults who are interested green living and learning how they can live more sustainably would benefit from this event. 413-773-5463. 89 Wisdom Way. Greenfield, MA.

Sunday, April 27, 10am-4pm – ANIMAL STUDIES/ARTISANAL TRADE: Learn about sheep and the shearing process at Hancock Shaker Village! Master Shearer Fred DePaul will demonstrate shearing using both traditional and modern methods. Visitors can see the differences between traditional and modern shearing and learn about how and why these changes came about and what the benefits of each are. Free with general admission. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Sunday, April 27, 11am, 12:30pm, & 2pm – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Enjoy a special performance of Fairytale Adventure by Ja’Duke at Yankee Candle Village! Kids will love this fun fairytale performance. 877-636-7707. 25 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA.

Sunday, April 27, 11am-4pm – CRAFT FAIR: The Alchemy Artisan Fair takes place April 26 and April 27 at Gateway City Arts! All ages will enjoy this fun craft fair, where you can shop from over 40 artisans, learn how to juggle, watch aerial acrobatics, try your hand at pottery, spin your own yarn, make your own earrings, and more. There will be kids’ craft activities and a beer garden for adults. 413-588-6669. Race Street. Holyoke, MA. >$

Sunday, April 27, 12noon-4pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Learn about the history of Hawley with the Pioneer Valley Institute on a walk and talk tour of some cool Hawley sites. See the town’s 19th-century charcoal kiln, the “Old Town Common,” and the Hawley bog. Older students with an interest in local history will enjoy this program. 413-775-1671. Hawley, MA.

Sunday, April 27, 12noon-4:30pm – HISTORY: Learn about the history of letter writing and get a chance to write your own pen-and-ink letter at Historic Deerfield. In the days of email, texting, and instant messaging, traditional letter writing has been all but replaced. Take part in this now-uncommon activity by writing a letter to a friend or family member on lovely paper with quill and ink in Historic Deerfield’s History Workshop. All ages will enjoy writing their letters to loved ones. Drop-in activity. 413-774-5581. Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. $

Sunday, April 27, 1pm-2:30pm – POETRY: Celebrate National Poetry Month at Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art! Several poets from the Pioneer Valley, including Jane Yolen, Richard Michelson, Jeannine Atkins, and Heidi Stemple, will read their own poems aloud, as well as ones written by their favorite poets. All ages will enjoy this fun poetry-centered event, which could act as a great introduction to poetry for younger kids. Free with museum admission. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. $

Sunday, April 27, 2pm – THEATER: Mt. Holyoke College presents Queen Moremi, an African folk opera to be performed in the Rooke Theatre on April 26 and April 27. The performance, set in the ancient city Ile-Ife in the Yoruba region of Nigeria, tells the story of Queen Moremi, who fights to protect her city from being conquered by invaders from a nearby community. Queen Moremi features music, dance, and poetry all mixed in one. The performance stars Five College students as well as several Nigerian performers. The performers will speak in the Yoruba language, with English summaries of each scene. Best for older students with audience skills and an interest in theater. 413-538-2406. Morgan Street. South Hadley, MA.

Sunday, April 27, 2pm-5pm – CONCERT/HISTORY: Commemorate D-Day with the French History Society at Assumption Church Hall in Chicopee. The Society presents a concert – “Music of World War Two” – with the Premier String Band. Older students interested in music and history will enjoy this concert. 413-686-5027. 94 Springfield Street. Chicopee, MA. >$/SUGGESTED DONATION

Sunday, April 27, 2:30pm – CONCERT: The Gill-Montague Education Fund presents a performance by The Aqua String Band on April 27. The band, which contains at least 40 members, will play a mix of Irish, Italian, Polish, and German songs. Tickets available in advance. 413-863-7296. Turners Falls, MA. $$

Sunday, April 27, 2:30pm-4pm – MUSIC/CULTURAL STUDIES: The Jones Library presents, “North Indian Classical Music: The Tabla,” with Anna Sobel. Sobel will introduce the tabla, a percussion instrument, and its role in North Indian classical music. This event would be interesting to children who like music or who would like to learn more about India’s music and culture. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

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.

Sunday, April 27, 7:30pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Do something fun for date night and come see a performance by Alonzo King LINES Ballet at the UMass Fine Arts Center! LINES performs exciting dances that meld classical Western ballet with a diverse set of cultural traditions. Tickets available in advance. 413-545-2511. Presidents Drive. Amherst, MA. $$-$$$

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Monday, April 28th, 2014

Monday, April 28, 4pm-4:45pm – BOOK CLUB: The East Longmeadow Public Library offers a book club for kids in grades 3 and 4. Read this month’s book and come enjoy discussion and activities related to it at this fun book club. Registration is required. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA.

Monday, April 28, 4pm-5pm – EARTH DAY/ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids can celebrate Earth Day at Whole Foods Market with a fun Earth Day-themed Kids’ Club activity. Come see a cooking demo, eat a healthy snack, and make mason jar terrariums. Please call ahead to reserve your space. 413-586-9932. 327 Russell Street. Hadley, MA.

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, 6pm – BIOLOGY: Come to Amherst Brewing Company for this month’s Sci.Tech.Café! The topic this month is “Can we cure the common cold?” Professor Scott Garman of the UMass Amherst Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology will share his research on drug development and the science behind the common cold. Those interested in biology will enjoy this talk, which is designed for community members without science backgrounds. 10 University Drive. Amherst, MA.

Monday, April 28, 6pm-7pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Joe Manning presents, “Made in the Happy Valley – Lewis Hine’s Made in the Mills” at the Wistariahurst Museum. Lewis Hine photographed thousands of child laborers in the mills of Holyoke in the early 1900s, and Joe Manning has been trying to identify the children in order to interview their descendants. Manning will show some photographs, tell the stories of the children, and talk about the process of identifying the children and searching for their descendants. Older students interested in local history or photography will enjoy this lecture. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. $

Monday, April 28, 7pm – FILM/MUSIC: Join Amherst Cinema for a screening of Tradition is a Temple (2013; not rated), a documentary about contemporary New Orleans jazz musicians. In the film, these musicians discuss their upbringings and what influenced them to become musicians, as well as the history of jazz and the course it has taken over time. How has modernization affected the genre? How can young people be influenced to play traditional jazz music? This screening will have a live jazz music introduction and commentary by NEPR “Jazz a la Mode” host Tom Reney. Older students interested in jazz will enjoy this screening. Tickets available in advance. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. $

ONGOING FOR MONDAYS (Always double check events before heading out. To add your ongoing event/activity here, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com)

  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center has drop-in playgroups Monday-Friday, including snacks, circle time, activities, and more. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. North Amherst, MA
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: CHP Family Network offers a “gym fun” playgroup at West Stockbridge Town Hall. 413-464-5095. 21 State Line Road. West Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, stories, snacks, and circle time. For pre-K children and their siblings. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, lower level. Northampton, MA.
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The South Hadley Family Center offers playgroups every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am at All Saints Episcopal Church. Stop by for open play, crafts, stories, music, and more. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Stop by Otis Town Hall for playgroup every Monday! 413-464-5095. 1 North Main Road. Otis, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Play and Learn Group at the Williamstown Youth Center for kids walking-age up to age five. Includes puzzles, play dough, riding toys, balls, books, and more. 413-663-6593. 66 School Street. Williamstown, MA.
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Easthampton Family Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 10am-12noon. 413-527-5496. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA.
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Storytime for babies 2 and under and their parents at the East Longmeadow Library. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – MOVEMENT: “Music for Little Ones” at the Pelham Library features a half hour of music and movement for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. 413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Stop by the Meekins Library on the first and third Monday of each month for playgroup. Storytime, games, and arts and crafts are featured. For kids 8 and under. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12:30pm – PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: MotherWoman is returning to the Hilltowns for a weekly drop-in group for mothers of young children. The group offers a supportive environment for mothers to discuss motherhood and all aspects of raising young children. Takes place at the St. John’s Corner House Mission. 413-625-6948. 469 Main Street. Ashfield, MA.
  • 3:15pm-4:15pm – CHESS: Kids in grade 2 and up are invited to the Storrs Library for their weekly drop-in chess program. Come play with other kids and improve your chess skills! 413-565-4182. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

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Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Tuesday, April 29, 9:30am-11am & 6:30pm-8pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Agawam Public Schools are hosting a parent cafe on how to raise successful children. Come talk with other parents and learn about three different factors that influence a child’s success. Childcare is available at the morning session only. Morning session takes place at Agawam Congregational Church (745 Main Street) and evening session takes place at Agawam Senior Center (954 Main Street). 413-821-0552. Agawam, MA.

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.

Tuesday, April 29, 4pm-4:45pm – BOOK CLUB: The East Longmeadow Public Library offers a book club for kids in grades 5 and 6. Read this month’s book and come enjoy discussion and activities related to it at this fun book club. Registration is required. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA.

Tuesday, April 29, 6pm-8pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: “Yuck! Do I Have to Eat That?” is part of the Puzzle of Parenting free workshop series, presented by the Collaborative for Educational Services at the South Hadley Family Center. The workshop deals with picky eaters, how to introduce new foods, and how to help kids maintain healthy diets. The workshop is free but registration is required. Child care is available with registration. 413-570-3061. 7 Woodbridge Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, April 29, 6:30pm-8pm – POETRY: As part of their Northfield’s Woodlands series of programs, the Dickinson Memorial Library is offering a “Nature and Poetry” event with Nick Fleck, who will read from his collection, Natural Sustenance. The reading will also feature photographs of local wildlife and landscapes. Older students interested in poetry and nature will enjoy this event. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA.

Tuesday, April 29, 7pm-8:30pm – CONCERT: Too Human presents, “A Celebration of Song: The Great American Songbook and Beyond,” at the Jones Library. Come hear Ellen Schwartz and Roger Bruno play jazz standards and jazzy originals. Students with audience skills who are interested in jazz will enjoy this free concert. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, April 29, 7pm-8:30pm – INSECT STUDIES/LOCAL FOOD: Local beekeeping group, Community Hive, will be at the Westhampton Public Library sharing stories, talents, and tools relating to backyard beekeeping. This event would be good for a beginner or experienced beekeeper – anyone who is interested in learning more is welcome to attend. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA.

ONGOING FOR TUESDAYS (Always double check events before heading out. To add your ongoing event/activity here, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com)

  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center has drop-in playgroups Monday-Friday, including snacks, circle time, activities, and more. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. North Amherst, MA
  • 9:30am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: The CHP Family Center is holding a “Toddler Steps” playgroup for kids 18 months to three years. Takes place at CHP Family Services Building every Tuesday and Thursday. 413-464-5095. Great Barrington, MA (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, stories, snacks, and circle time. For pre-K children and their siblings. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, lower level. Northampton, MA.
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The South Hadley Family Center offers playgroups every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am at All Saints Episcopal Church. Stop by for open play, crafts, stories, music, and more. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Belchertown Family Center is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30am-12noon for drop-in playgroup. 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA.
  • 9:30am-12noon – PARENT/CHILD GROUP: Gateway Family Center offers a parent-child school readiness group every Tuesday from until June. 413-667-2203. 9 Russell Road. Huntington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Come by the Goodwin Memorial Library for “Lunatunes!” a dynamic storytime with songs, movement, stories, and original art. For babies through age 5. 413-584-7451. Route 47 & Route 9. Hadley, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Palmer Monson Family Network’s drop-in playgroup runs every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and is open to families with young children. Creative play, snack time, and circle time. 413-283-6246. 4 Springfield Street. Three Rivers, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Storytime for toddlers at the Berkshire Athenaeum. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Weekly playgroup at Sunderland Elementary School for kids 5 and under. Every Tuesday and Friday. Old Amherst Road. Sunderland, MA.
  • 10am-11am – STORYTIME: Join the Greenfield Public Library for a weekly storytime! This event includes stories, songs, fingerplays, and crafts for kids age five and under. 413-772-1544 x5. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup for pre-K kids with educational games and hands-on activities. Takes place at Haskins Center. 413-663-6593. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA.
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Easthampton Family Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 10am-12noon. 413-527-5496. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA.
  • 10:30am – MUSIC: Every Tuesday until May 6, the Jones Library will hold “Sing With Your Baby,” an program for preschool-aged children and their parents. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA.
  • 11am-12noon – CULINARY ARTS: Community Health Programs is offering “Kids’ Kitchen,” a cooking class for kids ages 2.5-5 that focuses on healthy food choices. This class teaches kids the importance of healthy eating at an early age and gets them interested in cooking. 413-528-0457 x1154. 442 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA.
  • 11am-11:30am – STORYTIME: Every Tuesday is toddler storytime at the Lenox Library! Come by for interactive board books, stories, songs, and fingerplays. For kids 18 months to 3 years. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12:30pm – STORYTIME: Weekly story time, snack and get-together for preK kids and their caregivers. Becket-Washington Library. 413-623-5483. 3367 Main Street. Becket, MA (FREE)
  • 2pm-4:30pm – LIBRARY: Kids ages 10 and up are invited to the Hatfield Public Library for Teen Tuesdays. Each meeting features a fun activity. Takes place the first and third Tuesdays of each month. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA.
  • 3-5pm – TEENS: The Lilly Library hosts a weekly, drop in teen program for ages 12-17yo. Activities include games, crafts, book chat, movies, snacks. 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA (FREE)
  • 3pm – LEGOS: Lego Club is every Tuesday at the Bushnell-Sage Library! Come to the library and make new friends while creating Lego masterpieces. 413-229-7004. 48 Main Street. Sheffield, MA.
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm – LEGOS: Lego Club meets at the Adams Library the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. For kids 4-8. Please call to sign up. 413-664-4821. 92 Park Street. Adams, MA.
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm – LIBRARY TIME: Kids of all ages can come to the Millers Falls Library for Library Club! This includes games, activities, crafts, and snacks. 413-659-3801. 23 Bridge Street. Millers Falls, MA.
  • 4pm-5pm – LEGOS: Kids ages 7-12 can join the Indian Orchard Branch Library‘s Lego Questers group! Come have fun with Legos each week at the library. Space is limited; call to sign up. 413-263-6846. 44 Oak Street. Indian Orchard, MA.
  • 5:30pm-6:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Come to Gabriel Abbott Memorial School Gym for a gym group for kids up to age 8. The group is all about indoor active play, but also includes an art project, circle time, and a snack. Siblings welcome. 413-663-6593. 56 N Country Road. Florida, MA.
  • 6:30pm – STORYTIME: It’s Pajama Storytime at the Monson Free Library! Wear your pajamas and enjoy stories and fun. Happens the second Tuesday of each month. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA.
  • 7:30pm – MUSIC: The M.N. Spear Memorial Library is holding a Ukulele Sing Along the first Tuesday of each month. Come to the library with your ukulele (or other instruments) and have fun playing music with community members of all ages. Ukuleles available at the library. 413-259-1213. 10 Cooleyville Road. Shutesbury, MA.

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Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 4pm – ARCHAEOLOGY/SCIENCE: King Richard III died at the Battle of Bosworth Field in England in 1485. His body was then taken to Leicester and buried, where it remained, lost, until 2012, when it was discovered by archaeologists under a parking lot. DNA testing then had to be done on the skeleton to determine whether or not it belonged to Richard III. Turi King, the lead geneticist on the project, will speak at the Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies in Amherst on April 30. King will discuss the discovery of the skeleton and the DNA tests that were performed. Older students interested in history, archaeology, or genetics will enjoy this inside peek into the fascinating discovery of King Richard III’s long-lost remains. More information on the event can be found on the Mt. Holyoke College website. 413-538-2000. 650 East Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA.

Wednesday, April 30, 4:30pm-5:15pm – BOOK CLUB: The East Longmeadow Public Library offers a kindergarten book club! Read this month’s book and come enjoy activities related to it at this fun book club. Registration is required. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA.

Wednesday, April 30, 6pm-7:30pm – MEDIA/WOMEN’S STUDIES: The Zonta Club of Northampton is screening Miss Representation (2011; not rated), a documentary about the media’s treatment of and influence on women and the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence in America. This documentary would be interesting to older students who would like to learn more about how the media impacts women’s lives and how this can be changed. Takes place at Unitarian Society Social Room. 220 Main Street. Northampton, MA.

ONGOING FOR WEDNESDAYS (Always double check events before heading out. To add your ongoing event/activity here, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com)

  • 9am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Palmer Monson Family Network’s infant/toddler group runs every Wednesday. Kids age 2 and under can explore age-appropriate toys and the playroom, and enjoy a snack and circle time. Please no children or siblings over age 2. 413-283-6246. 4 Springfield Street. Three Rivers, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center has drop-in playgroups Monday-Friday, including snacks, circle time, activities, and more. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. North Amherst, MA
  • 9am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: Kids from birth to age five and their caregivers can come to the First Congregational Church of Hatfield for playgroup, including snacks, stories, and songs. 413-586-4998 x102. 41 Main Street. Hatfield, MA.
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Stop by the Cummington Family Center for playgroup for kids 5 and under! There will be stories, arts and crafts, songs, and playtime. Takes place at Community House. Main Street. Cummington, MA.
  • 9:30am-11am – PLAYGROUP: There will be a loosely structured playgroup at the Clapp Memorial Library every Wednesday for kids from birth to age five. 413-323-0417. 19 South Main Street. Belchertown, MA.
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: There will be playgroup every Wednesday at the Lenox Community Center. 413-464-5095. 65 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, stories, snacks, and circle time. For pre-K children and their siblings. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, lower level. Northampton, MA.
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The South Hadley Family Center offers playgroups every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am at All Saints Episcopal Church. Stop by for open play, crafts, stories, music, and more. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Belchertown Family Center is open every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30am-12noon for drop-in playgroup. 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA.
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Weekly storytime at the Holyoke Public Library. 413-322-5640. 335 Maple Street. Holyoke, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Come by the Westhampton Library for playgroup the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Features games, arts and crafts, and storytime. For kids 8 and under. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA.
  • 10:15am-11:15am – STORYTIME: Kids of all ages and their families are invited to the Carnegie Public Library for a weekly storytime, complete with crafts, stories, activities, and snacks. 413-863-3214. 201 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA.
  • 10:30am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Stop by the Edwards Library on the first and third Wednesday of each month for playgroup. Storytime, games, and arts and crafts are featured. For kids 8 and under. 30 East Street. Southampton, MA
  • 10am-11:30am – STORYTIME: Weekly storytime at the New Marlborough Library. 413-464-5095. 1 Mill River-Great Barrington Road. New Marlborough, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Weekly playgroup at Erving Elementary School for kids 5 and under. Sponsored by Community Network for Children. 978-544-5157. Northfield Road. Erving, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Weekly playgroup at Wendell Free Library for kids 5 and under. Sponsored by Community Network for Children. 978-544-5157. 7 Wendell Depot Road. Wendell, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Weekly Tales and Tunes playgroup at the Leverett Library for kids 5 and under. Sponsored by Community Network for Children. 978-544-5157. 75 Montague Road. Leverett, MA.
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup at the Gateway Family Center every Wednesday and Friday. 413-667-2203. 9 Russell Road. Huntington, MA.
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: It’s storytime at the Monson Free Library for kids ages 2-5! Come by for stories, snacks, crafts, and fun. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA.
  • 10:30am-11:30am – STORYTIME: Come to the Mason Square Branch Library for storytime, songs, and crafts. For ages 3-8. 413-263-6853. 765 State Street. Springfield, MA.
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Weekly story hour at the Tilton Library. 413-665-4683. 75 North Main Street. South Deerfield, MA.
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Join the Dickinson Memorial Library for storytime every Wednesday. There will be movement, stories, music, crafts, and a snack. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA.
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Preschoolers and their caregivers can come to storytime at the Dickinson Memorial Library every Wednesday for stories, music, movement, and crafts. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA.
  • 1pm-2:30pm – PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: Every Wednesday, the Salasin Center is holding a “Parents Supporting Parents” support group. Parents and grandparents can come connect and discuss parenting in this safe environment. Free childcare is available. Please call for more info or to sign up for childcare. 413-774-4307. 474 Main Street. Greenfield, MA.
  • 3pm – CHESS: Chess Club is every Wednesday at the Bushnell-Sage Library! Come to the library and make new friends while improving your chess skills. 413-229-7004. 48 Main Street. Sheffield, MA.
  • 3:30pm – LEGOS: Have fun with LEGOs the second Wednesday of each month at the Lanesborough Public Library! 413-442-0222. 83 Main Street. Lanesborough, MA.
  • 4pm-5pm – LEGOS: The Berkshire Athenaeum hosts LEGO Club on the third Wednesday of each month. Kids can use LEGOs to experiment with basic principles of architecture, physics, and design. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm – CHESS: Kids from kindergarten to 8th grade can drop by the East Longmeadow Public Library for chess! This weekly program is open to kids of all skill levels, from beginner to chess pro. Come make new friends and improve your chess skills. 413-525-5400 x4. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-5pm – WRITING: Forbes Library holds a writing group for children and young adults the third Wednesday of each month. Come do some free writing, story workshopping, and do exercises to beat writer’s block. All ages welcome. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA.
  • 6:30pm – STORYTIME: Pajama storytime for kids ages 3-6 at the East Longmeadow Library. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA.
  • 7:30pm-10:30pm – DANCE: Beginners and people of all skill levels can come dance the night away at Downtown Amherst Contra! This is a great way to have fun and meet new people in a low-pressure environment. Beginners can show up at 7 for a learning session. Best for older students and adults. Every Wednesday except the second Wednesday of each month. 99 Main Street. Amherst, MA. $

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Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Happy May Day

Thursday, May 1, 12:15pm – GEOGRAPHY This week’s Museums a la Carte lecture at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts is, “Realm of the Polar Bear: The Norwegian Arctic,” with Amy S. Dane, world traveler and Springfield Museums docent. Dane will take you on a virtual cruise around the island of Spitzbergen, where you can see the landscape and encounter wildlife and the region’s unique flora. Learn about the human inhabitants of this area and how they survive in such a cold climate year-round. Older students interested in geography, nature, and cultural studies will enjoy this talk. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. >$

Thursday, May 1, 3pm-7:45pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Celebrate Spring at the Monson Free Library‘s May Faire! Ed the Wizard will perform magic tricks, Adam Miller will perform folk music, and there will be fun activities, including fairy house making. Costumes are encouraged. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA.

Thursday, May 1, 4pm-5pm – MINI GOLF: Kids in grades 5-8 can come to the Sunderland Public Library after hours for a round of miniature golf! There will be prizes, pizza, and a full 8-hole mini golf course! Registration is required. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, May 1, 5pm-8pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: The fourth season of Culture and Cocktails continues on May 1 at the Springfield Museums! This month’s event is “Steampunk Party.” The evening includes a chance to view the Steampunk exhibit, a performance by Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band, a Steampunk costume contest, and more. You must be 21 or older to attend this event. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. $

Thursday, May 1, 5pm-8pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Celebrate the start of Spring at Florence Night Out! The event kicks off with a May Day Maypole Dance by the Marlboro Morris Men and clog dance by the Guided Star Clog Morris Troupe at the Trinity Row Triangle Green. The night continues with artist open studios, exhibits, and demonstrations, dances, live music, and more. More information on the event’s activities can be found on the Florence Night Out Facebook page. Florence, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, May 1, 6pm – PUPPETRY: Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts presents “The Chronicles of Rose,” a puppet performance by David Lane, Shawna Reiter, and Jonathan Davis. The performance depicts Paris during the WWII Nazi occupation of France. The performance is the final part of a five-piece drama that has been performed throughout the year at MCLA. Older students interested in puppetry and world history would enjoy this performance. 413-664-8718. 107 Main Street. North Adams, MA. >$

ONGOING FOR THURSDAYS (To add your ongoing event/activity here, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com)

  • 9am-12:30pm – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center has drop-in playgroups Monday-Friday, including snacks, circle time, activities, and more. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. North Amherst, MA
  • 9:30am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: The CHP Family Center is holding a “Toddler Steps” playgroup for kids 18 months to three years. Takes place at CHP Family Services Building every Tuesday and Thursday. 413-464-5095. Great Barrington, MA (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, stories, snacks, and circle time. For pre-K children and their siblings. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, lower level. Northampton, MA.
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The South Hadley Family Center offers playgroups every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am at All Saints Episcopal Church. Stop by for open play, crafts, stories, music, and more. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Belchertown Family Center is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30am-12noon for drop-in playgroup. 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA.
  • 9:30am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Belchertown Family Center is open every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30am-12noon for drop-in playgroup. 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA.
  • 9:45am-10:45am – ARTS & CRAFTS: The Amelia Park Children’s Museum offers weekly arts and crafts activities for kids. The theme changes each week, but the activity is always fun, educational, and often connected to other things at the museum. 413-572-4014. 29 South Broad Street. Westfield, MA.
  • 10am – MOVEMENT: The Music and Movement program with Laurie and Tom will be at the Carnegie Library every Thursday. Young children and their caregivers are invited to this fun, free program. 413-863-3214. 201 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA.
  • 10am-11am – PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: New parents and their infants from birth to one year are invited to a support group at the Greenwood Children’s Center. Come share stories about the new little one in your life. 413-565-4163. 231 Maple Road. Longmeadow, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am – ROLLERSKATING: Kids age 6 and under can come to Interskate 91 North for skating, roller racers, games, music, and more! Admission for kids includes snack and skate rental. More info here. 413-586-8344. 367 Russell Street (Inside of Hampshire Mall). Hadley, MA. >$
  • 10am-12noon – STORYTIME: The Dalton Free Public Library offers a weekly storytime, which includes stories, short films, and crafts, all designed to help kids with social and literacy skills. 413-684-6112. 462 Main Street. Dalton, MA.
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: Play and Learn group at the Berkshire Athenaeum every Thursday includes stories, songs, and games. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – STORYTIME: Stop by the New Salem Library every Thursday for nursery rhymes, tales, and tunes. 978-544-6334. 23 S Main Street. New Salem, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Sponsored by the Community Health Program (CHP), Bushnell-Sage Library is hosting a Sing-A-Song playgroup for kids 0-5 and their caregivers. Runs every Thursday. 413-229-7004. 48 Main Street. Sheffield, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am – PARENT WORKSHOP: MotherWoman is returning to the Hilltowns for a monthly drop-in group for mothers of young children. The group offers a supportive environment for mothers to discuss motherhood and all aspects of raising young children. Takes place at the Cummington Family Center on the second Thursday of each month. 413-634-8853. 33 Main Street. Cummington, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Palmer Monson Family Network’s drop-in playgroup runs every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and is open to families with young children. Creative play, snack time, and circle time. 413-283-6246. 4 Springfield Street. Three Rivers, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: The Hatfield Public Library holds a storytime for kids 5 and under every Thursday! Come to the library for stories and fun. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA.
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Story hour: stories, songs, finger plays, crafts and more for preschool-age children; siblings welcome. Hatfield Library. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – STORYTIME: Join the Emily Williston Memorial Library for storytime every Thursday! There will be snacks, stories, and crafts. 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA.
  • 11am-11:45am – STORYTIME: Come by the Lenox Library for preschool storycraft. Kids ages 3-5 can hear stories, sing songs, and do a related craft activity. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
  • 3:30pm-5pm – CHESS: Every second and fourth Thursday, kids are invited to the Mason Library for chess. There will no instruction provided, so this event is best for kids who already have an understanding of the game. This is a great place to come play with peers, make new friends, and improve your chess skills in a relaxed and supportive environment. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA.
  • 3:30pm-6:30pm – FAMILY FUN: The Salasin Center will be open for family time every Thursday. Come by for activities to do with the whole family. 413-774-4307 x4. 474 Main Street. Greenfield, MA.
  • 4:30-6pm – COMMUNITY MEAL/MOVIE: The Amherst Survival Center serves a free community meal every Thursday and screens a film for the community to enjoy together. Bring your family and come enjoy an evening with your community while learning about the work of the ASC! 413-549-3968. 138 Sunderland Road. North Amherst, MA. (FREE)

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Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Friday, May 2, 5pm-6pm – KNITTING: Are your kids interested in knitting? The Sunderland Public Library is offering a knitting event for teens and tweens in grades 5-12. Come work on a project or learn to knit for the first time! 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA.

Friday, May 2, 7pm – THEATER: The Berkshire Theatre Group is holding “Encore! An Evening to Celebrate High School Musicals” on May 2 at the Colonial Theatre. Come see ten-minute encore performances from this year’s Berkshire County high school musicals. This is a great chance to catch the musicals of Berkshire high schools yet again, or see ones you missed. Tickets available in advance. 413-997-4444. 111 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

ONGOING FOR FRIDAYS (To add your ongoing event/activity here, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com)

11:30am-12:30pm – PRENATAL YOGA: Open to all trimesters and all levels of yoga experience. No registration necessary. For info visit HRYMCA website or call Courtney at 413-303-1246. Hampshire Regional YMCA, 286 Prospect Street. Northampton, MA ($10 for non-members, free for HRYMCA members)

  • 9am-12oon – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center has drop-in playgroups Monday-Friday, including snacks, circle time, activities, and more. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. North Amherst, MA
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Stop by the Cummington Family Center for playgroup for kids 5 and under! There will be stories, arts and crafts, songs, and playtime. Takes place at Community House. Main Street. Cummington, MA.
  • 9am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: Weekly playgroup at Shutesbury Elementary School for kids 5 and under. Sponsored by Community Network for Children. 978-544-5157. 23 West Pelham Road. Shutesbury, MA.
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Play and Learn group for young kids at Sunderland Elementary. 1 Swampfield Drive. Sunderland, MA.
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Kids ages 0-5 and their caregivers can stop by Whole Children for playgroup, featuring snacks and playtime. 37 Russell Street. Hadley, MA.
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: Come watch preschool videos at the Berkshire Athenaeum every Friday! 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Palmer Monson Family Network’s drop-in playgroup runs every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and is open to families with young children. Creative play, snack time, and circle time. 413-283-6246. 4 Springfield Street. Three Rivers, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Preschool-aged kids can come to the Stockbridge Library for StoryCraft, a storytime and craft time with Miss Vicky! Siblings are welcome. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Weekly playgroup at Sunderland Elementary School for kids 5 and under. Every Tuesday and Friday. Old Amherst Road. Sunderland, MA.
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup at the Gateway Family Center every Wednesday and Friday. 413-667-2203. 9 Russell Road. Huntington, MA.
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Easthampton Family Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 10am-12noon. 413-527-5496. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA.
  • 10am-12noon – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Gateway Family Center is offering a weekly workshop for parents and infants 0-12 months titled “Nurturing Your Baby.” Learn infant massage, learn about infant development, meet other parents and babies, and more. This is a great workshop for parents and their young children to do together. Childcare for older children is available. Please register. 413-667-2203. 9 Russell Road. Huntington, MA.
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Weekly “Skip and Dip” playgroup at Berkshire South RCC. 413-464-5095. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Stop by the Chesterfield Community Center on the first and third Friday of each month for playgroup. Storytime, games, and arts and crafts are featured. For kids 8 and under. Chesterfield, MA.
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Storytime for little ones at the Pelham Library! 413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Weekly fitWIC playgroup at CHP Family Services Building. 413-464-5095. 442 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Weekly storytime for preschoolers at the Sunderland Public Library. Features stories, songs, and crafts. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA.
  • 11am-11:30am – STORYTIME: The Berkshire Museum’s weekly Museum Adventures program features stories, songs, dancing, play time, scavenger hunts, and more, and is open to kids 18 months to 3 years. It’s a great way for young kids to explore some of what the museum has to offer! Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $
  • 11am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Play and Learn Group at Lanesborough Town Hall, featuring educational playthings, snack, art project, and circle time. For kids walking-age to five years. 413-663-6593. 83 N Main Street. Lanesborough, MA.
  • 12:30pm-2pm – PARENT/CHILD WORKSHOP: The Storrs Library‘s Pathway for Parents is a program for families with their first baby (0-15 months). Learn about the importance of reading, music, and interactive play, and how these can benefit your new baby. Please call to sign up. 413-565-4182. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA.
  • 2:15pm-4pm – LEGOS: The Dickinson Memorial Library’s LEGO Club meets the second Friday of each month. Come make friends and build with LEGOs. Best for kids in grade 3 and up. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA.
  • 5:30pm – BOOK CLUB: Kids in grades 2-4 can come to the Hatfield Public Library for book club! Book clubs are a great way for kids to read for fun and then discuss books with their peers. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA.
  • 8pm – ASTRONOMY: The Milham Planetarium at Williams College will be open to the public for a planetarium every Friday evening (except 3/24 and 4/4). You can learn about the motions of the planets, the phases of the moon, comets, and much more! Reservations recommended. 413-597-2188. 829 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

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Hilltown Families’ list of Weekly Suggested Events is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Buckland, Cummington, Deerfield, Goshen, Plainfield, Shelburne and Westhampton Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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