Suggested Events for June 7th-13th, 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 55 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

Jun 7

Grab your favorite stuffed animal and go wild at The Carle’s 9th Annual Children’s Book Festival! On Saturday, June 7th from 10 am – 4 pm, join the Museum for a fun-filled celebration of creatures big and small. Meet authors Nick Bruel and Peter McCarty, get a picture of your favorite stuffed animal drawn by local artists, and go on an animal scavenger hunt. Create stuffed animal houses and make your own animal ears! Meet Bright Spot Therapy Dogs and amazing live animals from the Hitchcock Center for the Environment. Each attending child will receive a FREE copy of What’s Your Favorite Animal?, a new book by Eric Carle & Friends while supplies last. All events are free with Museum Admission. For more information, visit www.carlemuseum.org

Jun 8

The Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts, will host an afternoon of gardening activities for all ages on Sunday, June 8 from 1-4 p.m. during the Museum’s annual Garden Days. Featured events include a children’s garden tour at 1:30 pm and a historic landscape tour at 2:30 pm with historian Marta McDowell. McDowell will sign copies of her new book, Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life. Under the craft tent, visitors may start their own herbarium, just as Dickinson did as a young girl, and ask gardening questions at the “Ask a Master Gardener” table! For details and complete schedule, visit www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/gardendays. With questions, email edmprograms@emilydickinsonmuseum.org or call 413-542-2034.

Jun 14-Sep 14

Springfield MuseumsSpringfield Science Museum. See stomping, roaring, robotic dinosaurs and life-like Ice Age mammals come to life! Experience the thrill of meeting enormous pre-historic creatures up close, including Maiasaura, Apatosaurus, and T-rex, along with a Woolly Mammoth and a family of Smilodon saber-toothed cats. The exhibit also includes dino-dig and fossil rubbing stations, plus a host of educational displays. The Springfield Museums are open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm (also open Mondays from June 30-August 30). There is a special exhibition fee of $5 in addition to museum admission for all visitors ages 3 and up to view Life Through Time. For more information, visit www.SpringfieldMuseums.org.

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Jun 6

Hilltown Families & The Art Garden present, “We ❤ the Deerfield River,” the final community-service through art event in a series of five free family community service nights! Engaging your family in community service teaches kids positive values while opening up channels of communication between parent and child, and can increase their participation as future volunteers. At this event we will be focusing on what we love about the Deerfield River Watershed and preparing for the annual Deerfield RiverFest’s Frog and Flower parade on June 7. Be a part of creating large cardboard fish, frogs and flowers for the parade, as well as individual processional artworks. All ages can participate! Materials provided. Takes place on Friday, June 6th from 4-7pm at The Art Garden in Shelburne Falls, MA!

Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance to win free tickets to see adult venues in the Pioneer Valley for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT! We are continuing to offer tickets to Dean’s Beans Music from Around the World monthly concert series at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA. For June we have two pairs of tickets to giveaway to see Zvuloon Dub System, Israel’s leading World-Reggae band, at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA on Wednesday, June 11th at 8:30pm. Win a pair of tickets and take your spouse, partner or good friend for a night out. These concerts are also a great opportunity to expose older children with audience skills to music from around the world!

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
June 7th-13th, 2014

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Saturday, June 7th, 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 Friends Episode with guest DJ, Steve Denyes of Hullabaloo. This week’s show is all about friends. Good friends, unlikely friends, real friends that stick with you through the good times and bad. Steve from Hullabaloo hand picks his favorites and shares a story about how he met his best friend.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 7 years!

Saturday, June 7, TBA – CARNIVAL: The annual Dalton Carnival, organized by the Dalton Community Recreation Association, features games, rides, food, and more! This is fun for the whole family and is an opportunity to get out and socialize with others in the community. 413-684-0260. 258 North Street. Dalton, MA.

Saturday, June 7, 8am-10am – BIRD STUDIES: Learn basic birding with the Berkshire Natural Resources Council at Old Colonial Road. Explore a local wetland in search of interesting birds to learn about! Students interested in improving their bird identification skills will enjoy this low-key walk. Meet at Stockbridge Bowl boat launch. 413-499-0596. Route 183. Stockbridge, MA.

Saturday, June 7, 8am-6pm – COMMUNITY: Hack for Western Mass is a civic hackathon where community members and technology experts connect to solve local challenges using technology. This hackathon consists of an event for adults as well as a youth hackathon. The event runs June 7 from 8am-6pm and June 8 from 8:30am-3:30pm at Gateway City Arts. Kids can work together and participate in workshops that teach about nature, sustainability, art, and more. Kids who are interested in community engagement and in working with their peers to improve their community would benefit from Hack for Western Mass. Please register in advance. 92 Race Street. Holyoke, MA.

Saturday, June 7, 8:30am-11am – COMMUNITY MEAL/FUNDRAISER: Come to the 23rd Annual Puffer’s Pond Pancake Breakfast! There will be pancakes made from donated local ingredients and real maple syrup, along with raffles and live music by the Juggler Meadow String Band. Proceeds go toward maintaining and preserving Puffer’s Pond. This community meal is a fun opportunity to raise money for the Pond, spend time with family and friends, and meet new people – all while enjoying delicious homemade pancakes! 95 Montague Road. North Amherst, MA. (FUNDRAISER)

Saturday, June 7, 10am-11:30am – PLANT STUDIES: Discover the world of edible wild plants with Grow Food Amherst at Simple Gifts Farm on June 7! All ages can learn how to identify and prepare common wild plants for food and drink. This event is a great opportunity to learn about some of the delicious and healthy wild plants in the region. 413-259-3149. 1089 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 7, 10am-12noon – INSECT STUDIES: Come to A Honey of a Party at the Second Congregational Church as part of Greenfield Bee Week! Kids can enjoy a honey bee tea party, dress up for the bee parade through the farmers’ market, and see a performance by Karen’s Dance Studio. UMass researchers will also present on bees, colony collapse disorder, and more. All ages will enjoy this Bee Week kickoff event! 16 Court Square. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 7, 10am-2pm – PLANT STUDIES: Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center is offering a plant walk for ages 14 and older at High Ledges Wildlife Sanctuary in Shelburne. Naturalist Nancy Goodman will lead this walk through the Sanctuary, where you will search for orchids and wildflowers. Those who are interested in plants and nature will enjoy this program. 800-859-2960. Patten Road. Shelburne, MA. $

Saturday, June 7, 10am-4pm – CHILDREN’S BOOKS: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art’s 2014 Children’s Book Festival takes place on June 7th. The theme for this event is “What’s Your Favorite Animal?” The festival celebrates the book and the museum’s new exhibition of the same name. Kids can bring their favorite stuffed animal and enjoy a book signing with Nick Bruel and Peter McCarty (two contributors to the book What’s Your Favorite Animal?), meet some amazing live animals, get a stuffed animal portrait, create a house for their stuffed animal, and more. There will also be facepainting, storytimes, films, and a scavenger hunt. All kids who attend this event will get a free copy of What’s Your Favorite Animal? Free with museum admission. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. $

Saturday, June 7, 10am-4pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION/LOCAL FOOD: The annual Strolling of the Heifers Weekend is here! The world-famous parade starts at 10am. Follow the parade to the Slow Living Expo, where you can eat local food, see/hear live entertainment, watch demonstrations, and much more! The goal of this annual event is to sustain family farms by connecting people with local food. Visitors will celebrate local food by participating in these events and learning about the importance of local food systems. 802-258-7070. Downtown Brattleboro. Brattleboro, VT. (FREE)

Saturday, June 7, 10am-4pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Shelburne Falls’ annual RiverFest takes place June 7th from 10am-4pm! The fun-filled day features live music, the Frog and Flower Parade, a birds of prey show, children’s theater, education displays, fly fishing, rafting, trolley rides, interactive community art, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, storytelling, and much, much more! If you get hungry, head to the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum from 10am-2pm to cool down with some five-cent Snow’s Ice Cream (the 1925 price)! RiverFest is a great local event that celebrates the vibrant community of Shelburne Falls. Shelburne Falls, MA.

Saturday, June 7, 10am-4pm – HISTORY/CULINARY ARTS: Experience life in an early New England kitchen at Historic Deerfield‘s Open Hearth Cooking demonstrations! Learn about the role of herbs in traditional New England cooking. These cooking demonstrations allow visitors of all ages to see what life was like in the past and the types of chores and activities they would do had they lived several hundred years ago! Free with admission. 413-774-5581. 84B Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. $

Saturday, June 7, 10am-4pm – NATURE STUDIES/CELEBRATION: Head to Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary for their annual Family Fun Day! Come see live falcons at a presentation by Brian Bradley of Skyhunters, a performance of “Four Season Bear” by the Caravan Puppets, see some snakes with Tom Tyning, enjoy live music by George Wilson, do nature crafts, go on nature walks, and more. All ages will enjoy this super fun, free family celebration! 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 7, 10:30am & 12:30pm – BIRD STUDIES: The Great Falls Discovery Center presents a live owl show by Eyes on Owls. The show features owls from all over the world, including New England, and teaches you the field marks and signs to find owls in the wild without disturbing them. This program also includes a hooting lesson and tips on attracting and protecting owls near you. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 7, 10:30am-11:30am – BOOK CLUB: Kids in kindergarten and first grade can attend a special book club at the Hatfield Public Library! This is the last book club of the school year and it is all about Mo Willems. Kids and an adult can come to the book club and enjoy reading and activities. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA.

Saturday, June 7, 10:30am-11:30am – STEM: Learn about science, technology, engineering, and math at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment with educator Ruthie Ireland at a CFCE STEM Workshop. This event is for kids 8 and under and their parents and is a great way to get kids engaged with STEM. 413-256-6006. 525 South Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 7, 10:30am-4:30pm – MINI GOLF: Kids in grades 5-12 can drop by the Sunderland Public Library on June 7 for a round of miniature golf! 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 7, 11am – AGRICULTURE/LOCAL FOOD: Join the Berkshire Co-Op Market for a tour of Wolfe Spring Farm, a certified organic farm in Sheffield. Jim and June Wolfe, who run the farm, will give a tour of the farm and discuss how they grow and manage their fruits, vegetables, and livestock. Special focus will be on their watercress crop; watercress is an aquatic crop that is harvested in May and June. Older students interested in farming and local food would enjoy this exciting farm tour! Call or stop by the front desk to sign up. 413-528-9697 x10. 946 Hewins Street. Sheffield, MA.

Saturday, June 7, 11am-12noon – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Spectrum Playhouse presents Nutshellapalooza, a live theater performance for families. Nutshellapalooza is performed by Nutshell Puppets, and it features original music, puppets, and clowns. Young kids of all ages will enjoy this fun performance! 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street. Lee, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION >$)

Saturday, June 7, 11am-12noon – STEM: Children and their families can explore the fascinating world of science, technology, engineering, and math at the Arms Library on June 7th! This program focuses on children’s natural curiosity and gives them an opportunity to play with water, look at bugs, experiment with smells and sounds, use magnifying glasses, and more. There is also a focus on how to implement STEM learning at home. Call CFCE coordinator Melissa Pincus to sign up. 413-625-6194. Main Street & Bridge Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 7, 11am-1pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Zoo month begins on June 7 at The Zoo in Forest Park. Come explore the zoo and learn about ungulates, or hoofed animals. All ages will enjoy learning about the zoo’s many animals with hooves! 413-733-2251. 302 Sumner Avenue. Springfield, MA. $

Saturday, June 7, 11am-5pm – YO-YO: The Z-Games: Northeast Regional Yo-Yo Contest takes place at the Academy of Music on June 7th. Come watch talented yo-yoers do tricks and compete. Students who are interested in physics and who enjoy yo-yoing would like watching this competition! 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA.

Saturday, June 7, 1pm – HISTORY: Learn about the Springfield Armory‘s historic weapons at a Blank Firing Demonstration. Visitors can see the weapons, hear the rifles blasting, and smell the burning gunpowder at this demonstration. Seeing the firing demonstration can teach students of all ages about historic weapons and what the Springfield Armory was used for in the past. 413-734-8551. 1 Armory Square. Springfield, MA.

Saturday, June 7, 1pm-3pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Sleep and parenting consultant Beth Grams Haxby is offering a workshop for parents entitled “Sleep for Expectant Parents” at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital Center for Midwifery Care. Northampton, MA.

Saturday, June 7, 2pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Worthington Historical Society is offering a history hike through Worthington’s backwoods with Ben Brown. Explore and learn about the hamlet of South Worthington on this difficult hike. Best for older teens and adults interested in history and hiking. Email evanspring@gmail.com to register. 413-238-0491. Route 112 & Ireland Street. Worthington, MA.

Saturday, June 7, 2pm – FAMILY MOVIE: Join the The Westfield Athenaeum for popcorn and a family movie. 413-562-6158 x5. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 7, 2pm-3pm – CRAFTS: Tweens and teens in grades 5-12 can attend a jewelry making workshop at the Sunderland Public Library. An experienced jeweler will be present to teach you how to make a pair of earrings. All materials are provided. Registration is required. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 7, 3pm – ARTS & CRAFTS/PLANT STUDIES: Kids can do a special DIY project at Berkshire Co-Op Market on June 7! Come learn about ecology and plants and then make your own terrarium. Materials will be provided, including toy dinosaurs and fairies to live inside these mini glass planthouses! Please call or stop by the front desk to sign up. 413-528-9697 x10. 42 Bridge Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Saturday, June 7, 4pm-5pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Discover some interesting bits of local history at the Stockbridge Library’s second Cemetery Tour of the season – “The Odd, Quirky, Interesting, and Unusual: Stories You Have to Hear.” Come to Stockbridge Cemetery to hear some weird tales about Stockbridge in the past. Many different types of stories will be told, from local to international, personal to political. These cemetery tours are a fun way to learn about the history of Stockbridge and some of its interesting history! 413-298-5501. Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. >$

Saturday, June 7, 7pm – FOLKLORE/STORYTELLING: The Pioneer Valley Folklore Society’s Song and Story Swap is tonight! The Swap is centered on a theme, then everyone introduces themselves and shares a song or story relating to the theme (it’s also okay to just listen!). After this warm-up round, the performer – this month it is Lorre Wyatt and Michael Nix – plays a 30-minute set, which is followed by another song and story share. The Song and Story Swap is a great opportunity for intergenerational fun and a way to meet new people. During the performance, a hat will be passed around for donations. Takes place at the Nacul Center. Repeats the first Saturday of each month. 413-687-5002. 592 Main Street. Amherst, MA. FREE/SUGGESTED DONATION

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Sunday, June 8th, 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 7 years of archived shows.

Sunday, June 8, TBA – CARNIVAL: The annual Dalton Carnival, organized by the Dalton Community Recreation Association, features games, rides, food, and more! This is fun for the whole family and is an opportunity to get out and socialize with others in the community. 413-684-0260. 258 North Street. Dalton, MA.

Sunday, June 8, 7am-10am – BIRD STUDIES: Join The Trustees of Reservations and naturalist John Greene for a birding adventure in Bear Swamp. Explore Bear Swamp’s unique habitats and search for breeding birds. Best for older students interested in birds. 413-532-1631 x19. Hawley Road. Ashfield, MA. >$

Sunday, June 8, 9am-4pm – AVIATION: The Hampshire County Radio Control Model Airplane Club is offering an Open House and Family Day on June 8th! Discover this fun hobby and learn how to fly the planes. Kids can also build their own rubber band powered model airplanes. Radio controlled model airplanes can teach kids about science, technology, engineering, and math – how do the planes stay airborne? How does the control keep in contact with the plane? Questions like these can get kids engaged in STEM learning and also teach them about how real planes operate. Honeypot Road. Hadley, MA.

Sunday, June 8, 9am-5pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: During the spring, anadromous fish (those who live in rivers but spawn in the ocean) make their way to their Atlantic breeding grounds – watch them make their way down the Connecticut River at the Turners Falls Fishway! The fishway offers kids a chance to see directly into the river through a special viewing window, an experience that can serve as the foundation for building an understanding of the life cycle of fish and/or river ecosystems. The Fishway is open Wednesday-Sunday through June 15. 800-859-2960. First Street. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, June 8, 10am – HISTORY: Learn about the roles, relationships, living conditions, and working expectations of the 20 servants who staffed The Mount and its property each summer on a Backstairs Tour. Those who are interested in history and want to know more about class dynamics in the late 1800s and early 1900s will enjoy this tour. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. $$

Sunday, June 8, 10am-4pm – HULA HOOPING: Join Hoop Joy Amherst for a Hoop Jam in Kendrick Park! Get outdoors and enjoy hula hooping with community members in the park. Amherst, MA.

Sunday, June 8, 10:30am-11:30am – STEM: The Community Network for Children is offering a Preschool STEM Exploration at Shutesbury Town Hall. Parents and their children (ages 3-5) can experiment with science, technology, engineering, and math in a fun hands-on way, and parents can learn more about how to promote STEM learning at home. Please call to RSVP. 978-544-5157. Shutesbury, MA.

Sunday, June 8, 11am-4pm – CARS/TRUCKS: The Springfield Jewish Community Center’s 4th Annual Touch a Truck event takes place on Sunday, June 8th! Kids can have fun in the bounce house, see the Melha Shrine Clowns, enjoy music by DJ Jon O’Neill, go on a train ride, play on the playground, get their face painted, get a balloon animal, and of course, get to touch cars and trucks! Tickets available in advance. 413-739-4715. 1160 Dickinson Street. Springfield, MA. $

Sunday, June 8, 1pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum is offering a docent-led “mini-tour” by Diane Huot titled, “Steampunk Humachines.” Free with museum admission. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. $$

Sunday, June 8, 1pm-4pm – GARDENING: The Emily Dickinson Museum is holding a Family Garden Day as part of the annual Garden Days program. Families can come participate in gardening activities for all ages, including a children’s garden tour (1:30pm), an historical garden tour (2:30pm), a chance to make herbariums, and a book signing with Marta McDowell, author of Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life. Kids will love exploring the museum grounds, learning about the gardens, and getting their hands dirty. 413-542-8161. 280 Main Street. Amherst, MA.

Sunday, June 8, 2pm – CONCERT: The Wistariahurst Museum presents a concert with the Northampton Woodwind Quintet. The group will play original compositions and transcriptions of works for other instruments. Older students would enjoy this lovely afternoon concert. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, June 8, 2pm & 6pm – THEATER: The Springfield Jewish Community Center’s Youth Theater program presents their unique take on Alice in Wonderland. This performance is a modern retelling of the classic children’s tale by Lewis Carroll, and features a modern-day Alice, along with all the other favorite characters. Kids and adults will enjoy this funny and smart performance. Tickets are available in advance. 413-739-4715. 1160 Dickinson Street. Springfield, MA.

Sunday, June 8, 2pm-3pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Join the Great Falls Discovery Center for a talk on the Grand Trunk Hotel, which stood right next to where the Center is today. Built in 1872 and demolished in 1968, we must rely on old photographs and testimonials to learn about the Hotel, which played an important role in the Turners Falls of the past. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, June 8, 3pm-7pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Celebrate spring at Just Roots’ Spring Farm Festival at the Greenfield Community Farm! The afternoon consists of garden work, talks, a farm tour, a wildlife walk, kids’ activities like facepainting, dinner, a bonfire, a performance of Piti Theatre’s “To Bee or Not to Bee,” and more. This family-friendly event is a great way to celebrate your community and Greenfield’s great community farm! 413-325-8969. 34 Glenbrook Drive. Greenfield, MA.

Sunday, June 8, 4pm-6pm – POETRY/NATURE STUDIES: Celebrate spring at the William Cullen Bryant Homestead’s Haiku in Spring Celebration. Stroll through the field and forest, then enjoy hearing and writing your own haiku poetry. Japanese style refreshments will be served. Older students interested in poetry or language arts would enjoy this event. 413-532-1631 x10. 207 Bryant Road. Cummington, MA. >$

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Monday, June 9th, 2014

Monday, June 9, REGISTRATION DEADLINE – SPORTS/FUNDRAISER: Team Jessica, Inc. is teaming up with the UMass men’s basketball team and coach Derek Kellogg to offer a youth basketball clinic at the Belchertown High School gym on June 16 from 6pm-8pm. Local kids can participate in the clinic and a meet and greet with the players. The clinic is a great way to get kids engaged in sports and to meet some older role models. All proceeds benefit Jessica’s Boundless Playground, which, upon completion, will be the only fully-accessible and 100% inclusive playground in the area. More information on the clinic and the playground project can be found on the Team Jessica, Inc. website. 142 Springfield Road. Belchertown, MA. $$

Monday, June 9, 10am-11am – STEM: Cushman Library is offering a preschool
storyhour with the theme of “Building Bridges.” There will be stories, STEM activities, and a snack, and participants can take home a STEM kit to continue learning about science, technology, engineering, and math at home. 413-648-5402. 28 Church Street. Bernardston, MA.

Monday, June 9, 1pm – STORYTIME: Join the East Longmeadow Public Library at Redstone Creamery for a special storytime for kids ages 3 ½ to 6. Come sing, read, and eat ice cream! Registration is required. 413-525-5400 x1511. 48 Shaker Road. East Longmeadow, MA.

Monday, June 9, 6pm – THEATER: The Springfield Jewish Community Center’s Youth Theater program presents their unique take on Alice in Wonderland. This performance is a modern retelling of the classic children’s tale by Lewis Carroll, and features a modern-day Alice, along with all the other favorite characters. Kids and adults will enjoy this funny and smart performance. Tickets are available in advance. 413-739-4715. 1160 Dickinson Street. Springfield, MA.

Monday, June 9, 6pm – PHYSICS: Come to Amherst Brewing Company for this month’s Sci.Tech.Café! The topic this month is “UMass Physicists Fold Under Pressure.” Researchers from UMass, Western New England University, and Cornell University will present on their work creating micro-scale polymer gels that can be folded into complex origami shapes that could potentially be used in biomedical engineering. Those interested in physics will enjoy this talk, which is designed for community members without science backgrounds. 10 University Drive. Amherst, MA.

Monday, June 9, 7pm – THEATER: Amherst Cinema presents a screening of National Theatre Live’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, based on the bestselling book by Mark Haddon. The play is about a teenage boy who is accused of killing a neighbor’s dog, who then does detective work to find the true killer. Older teens and adults will enjoy this fascinating mystery story. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. $$

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

  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center has drop-in playgroups Monday-Friday until Friday, June 27. includes 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 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)
  • 6pm-7:30pm – SPORTS: Kids and adults 12 and up can come play pickup soccer at Pettingill Park in Cummington. All experience levels welcome. Runs all summer. Cummington, MA. (FREE)
  • 7:30pm-9:30pm – MUSIC: Every second and fourth Monday, the Montague Retreat Center holds a Community Singing Night. Come express yourself and your music at these intergenerational, community-oriented singing events. 413-824-0855. 177 Ripley Road. Montague, MA.

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Tuesday, June 10, 6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: Musical Moments at Amelia’s Garden, the Amelia Park Ice Arena summer concert series, presents old time fiddle music by the Pioneer Valley Fiddlers. This concert is fun for the whole family – bring lawn chairs, pack a picnic dinner, and enjoy the sunset while listening to great music. 413-568-2503. 21 South Broad Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, June 10, 6:30pm – CULTURAL STUDIES/HISTORY: Dickinson Memorial Library presents an interactive talk by Wolf Tree Programs on Native Americans of the Eastern Woodlands. Learn about their daily lives and the ideas, skills, and tools that they relied upon from the last ice age up until the 1600s and beyond. The presentation will focus on tools, fire-making, basic hunting weapons, beads, and jewelry of hunter-gatherers of the Paleolithic Age. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA.

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

  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center has drop-in playgroups Monday-Friday until Friday, June 27. includes 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 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.
  • 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-11:30am – NATURE STUDIES: Children ages 3-6 and their parents are invited to the Great Falls Discovery Center’s Kidleidoscope event! Kidleidoscope focuses on teaching young children about the natural world using the theme “we share our home.” Activities include stories, interactive games, and crafts. Kidleidoscope runs every Tuesday through October 7. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)
  • 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 – FILM: Amherst Cinema offers weekly matinees on Tuesdays especially for people with babies! This is a great chance to get out and see a movie without having to worry about finding a sitter. Check their website to see what’s playing each week. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. >$
  • 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 – KARATE: Free shotokan karate classes are offered every Tuesday and Thursday at Northfield Elementary School. There are two classes – one for 7-10 year olds (5:30pm-6:15pm) and one for teens and adults (6:30pm-7:30pm). More info available here. 802-451-0303. 104 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 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, June 11th, 2014

Wednesday, June 11, 9am-5pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: During the spring, anadromous fish (those who live in rivers but spawn in the ocean) make their way to their Atlantic breeding grounds – watch them make their way down the Connecticut River at the Turners Falls Fishway! The fishway offers kids a chance to see directly into the river through a special viewing window, an experience that can serve as the foundation for building an understanding of the life cycle of fish and/or river ecosystems. The Fishway is open Wednesday-Sunday through June 15. 800-859-2960. First Street. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, June 11, 10am-12noon – HIKING: Enjoy an easy two-hour hike at South Yokun Ridge with the Berkshire Natural Resources Council. This hike features a nice overlook and a beautiful forest. Best for older students and adults. 413-499-0596. Lenox-Richmond Road. Lenox, MA.

Wednesday, June 11, 4pm-5pm – AGRICULTURE: Grow Food Amherst will have a special event for kids each week at the Amherst Wednesday Market in Kendrick Park. This week, kids can decorate a free potted plant for dad for Father’s Day. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, June 11, 6pm – STEM: The Westfield Athenaeum is offering a STEM series for kids ages 3-5. There will be stories, hands-on activities, and more, all related to the topic of engineering. Registration is required. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA.

Wednesday, June 11, 6pm-9pm – DANCE/MUSIC: North Star presents La Noche Cubana, an all-ages event consisting of a cha cha cha class and live Cuban music. Kids and adults will enjoy learning this traditional Cuban dance and hearing great live music. Thanks to a grant from the Hadley Cultural Council, kids and Hadley residents can attend the event for free. 135 Russell Street. Hadley, MA. ($)

Wednesday, June 11, 6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: The Porter-Phelps-Huntington House Museum’s summer concert series, Wednesday Folk Traditions, takes place every Wednesday this summer. June 11’s concert is by Youssoupha Sidibe, a Grammy-nominated Senegalese Master Kora player. Bring a picnic blanket and chairs and hear this performance of western music blended with reggae and ancient African harp styles. 413-584-4699. 130 River Drive. Hadley, MA. $

Wednesday, June 11, 6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: Enjoy summer, live music, family, and friends at North Adams‘ summer concerts at Windsor Lake. 413-662-3000. North Adams, MA.

Wednesday, June 11, 7pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Great Barrington Historical Society and Museum and local historian and writer Bernard Drew present “1850s Feud” at the Teague Senior Center on June 11. Drew will discuss a feud that occurred between two local industrialists and what this clash meant for the town and the industries. Those who are interested in local history and industry will like hearing this exciting talk! 413-591-8702. 917 South Main Street. Great Barrington, MA.

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

  • 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 until Friday, June 27. includes 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 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, June 12th, 2014

Thursday, June 12, 4pm – HISTORY: Learn about the roles, relationships, living conditions, and working expectations of the 20 servants who staffed The Mount and its property each summer on a Backstairs Tour. Those who are interested in history and want to know more about class dynamics in the late 1800s and early 1900s will enjoy this tour. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. $$

Thursday, June 12, 6pm-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Coop Concerts Summer Concert Series takes place weekly at Greenfield Energy Park. This week’s show features Orlen & Gabriel, Russ Thomas, and Charlie Conant and friends. Bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic dinner with family and friends while listening to exciting live music. 50 Miles Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, June 12, 7pm – BOOK TALK/TRAVEL: Bill and Mary Lewis, authors of Through the Heartland on U.S. 20 will be at the Lenox Library on June 12 to talk about their book and sign copies of it. Route 20 runs from coast-to-coast and is the longest road in the country. The Lewises will discuss their travels on this road and the interesting places they visited along the way. 413-637-2630. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

ONGOING FOR THURSDAYS (Always double check events before heading out. To add your free ongoing event/activity here, email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org)

  • 9am-12:30pm – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center has drop-in playgroups Monday-Friday until Friday, June 27. includes 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 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)
  • 5:30pm & 6:30pm – KARATE: Free shotokan karate classes are offered every Tuesday and Thursday at Northfield Elementary School. There are two classes – one for 7-10 year olds (5:30pm-6:15pm) and one for teens and adults (6:30pm-7:30pm). More info available here. 802-451-0303. 104 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)

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Friday, June 13th, 2014

Friday, June 13, 7:45am – BIRD STUDIES: Discover the birds of Williamstown with the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation and Leslie Reed-Evans on Berlin Road. This walk will teach bird identification, wildflower identification, and general ecology. People of all ages and skill levels who want to learn about birds and nature are welcome to attend this walk. 413-458-2494. Berlin Road. Williamstown, MA.

Friday, June 13, 12noon-9:30pm – BIOLOGY/NATURE STUDIES: Berkshire Bioblitz is back for its fourth year! Join scientists and community members in taking a biological inventory of the Berkshire ecosystem. The event runs from June 13 at 12noon until June 14 at 12noon – during this 24 hour time block, participants will aim to complete a survey of all living species in the area. There will be family-friendly workshops and activities on topics like mushrooms/fungi, animal tracks and sign, pond life, owls, moths, birds, and more. Berkshire Bioblitz acts as a tool to get community members, especially children, interested in science and nature by doing hands-on activities and accomplishing important work by performing ecological surveys. Meet at Berkshire South Regional Community Center. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA (FREE)

Friday, June 13, 4pm-8pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES/ARTS & CRAFTS: Tonight is Free Second Friday at the Smith College Museum of Art! Stop by for hands-on art-making and an informal guided gallery presentation. A great way to help kids experience a local museum! 413-585-2760. Elm Street & Bedford Terrace. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Friday, June 13, 4:30pm-8pm – ARTS & CRAFTS/CULTURAL STUDIES: La Noche de San Juan is an annual celebration of Puerto Rican arts, culture, dance, and food that takes place each year in Holyoke Heritage State Park on June 21. Beautiful paper lanterns are an important part of this celebration, and you can learn to make them at a workshop hosted by the Holyoke Winter Carnival, the South Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative, and the Care Center on June 13 at the Morgan School. Families and community members can create handmade illuminated lanterns to carry in the La Noche de San Juan Lantern Parade. More information is available here. 413-322-5643. 596 Bridge Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Friday, June 13, 5pm – ART: Celebrate Northampton’s amazing local art scene at Arts Night Out! This monthly event happens the second Friday of each month and features open galleries and studios throughout town. There are also special events and activities held in town. More information can be found on the Arts Night Out website. Downtown. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Friday, June 13, 6:30pm-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Easthampton’s summer concert series, Arts in the Park, takes place in Millside Park every Friday night. This week, hear Sarah the Fiddler play classical and bluegrass music. Bring a picnic blanket and the whole family and enjoy the show! 2 Ferry Street. Easthampton, MA.

ONGOING FOR FRIDAYS (Always double check events before heading out. To add your free ongoing event/activity here, email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org)

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-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center has drop-in playgroups Monday-Friday until Friday, June 27. includes 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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