Suggested Events for June 14th-20th, 2014

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

SUGGEST AN EVENT

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Suggest EventIf you have a community event, educational program or service opportunity for youth/families happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, self-post your event at any time on our “Suggest An Event” bulletin board. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending.

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SUMMER CAMPS IN WESTERN MA

Summer Camps in  Massachusetts

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Over 55 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 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.

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

The Amherst Survival Center has volunteer opportunities for teens ages 15yo+ on weekdays (not Wed). Shifts are typically 2 hours/week between 9am-3pm.  There are several places for teens & adults to volunteer. In an inquire about volunteer opportunities for teens they responded, “We look for a minimum of a two hour/week commitment for a minimum of 8 weeks…If they are able to get here in the morning, we need help organizing and sorting through fresh bread and produce from area markets and farms which we then distribute to about 100 people/day.  If they have a super organized closet, they may be a good fit for helping in our Free Store.  Certain days we also need help serving lunch and doing dishes. And our Emergency Food Pantry often needs help keeping the shelves stocked and helping folks fill their carts with their monthly food “box.” Strong folks can help pick up furniture from around town in the mornings. And people who like to clean can help clean the place after 2:30PM. Lots and lots of options.” For more information visit their website at www.amherstsurvival.org or email tracey@amherstsurvival.org

Ticket Giveaway: 2014 Green River Festival! The 28th annual Green River Festival happens again this year on July 12th & 13th, 2014… and Hilltown Families has two pairs of tickets to giveaway, one pair for each day! With a free pair of tickets, and free admittance for children ten and under, two adults can take a gaggle of kids and plan on spending the day at this great western Massachusetts music festival!  Find out how you can enter for a chance to win!

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
June 14th-20th, 2014

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Saturday, June 14th, 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. This week is a rebroadcast of Music of the World Episode with Guest DJ, Keith Terry of Crosspulse Ensemble. 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 14, TBA – LOCAL HISTORY: Join the Mill River Greenway Initiative for a “Riverwalk” in Baystate Village. Walk from Paradise Pond to the Cutlery Building, discovering the history of Northampton and the Mill River along the way. This walk would be best for older students interested in local history. Pre-registration required – email info@millrivergreenway.org to register; space is limited. Northampton, MA.

Saturday, June 14, ALL DAY – VOLUNTEER: Volunteers are needed to help out at Get Outdoors at Springside Park, a community celebration that runs from 10am-5pm. Help is needed manning tables, activities, coordinating parking, setting up, and taking down. Teens and adults who would like to help out can email SpringsideNow@gmail.com or call for more info or to RSVP. 413-441-7922. Pittsfield, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Saturday, June 14, TBA – COMMUNITY SERVICE/GARDENING: As part of Bee Week Greenfield, you can help plant flowers around town! On June 14 and 15, community members can plant flowers in certain areas of Greenfield. Call Piti Theatre Company for more information. 413-625-6569. Greenfield, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Saturday, June 14, 7am-9am – BIRD STUDIES: Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a bird walk at Jackson Pond. This easy, one-mile walk will take you along field edges, through forest, and through a wetland in search of interesting birds. This walk would be appropriate for students who enjoy hiking and bird studies. Meet at Stockbridge Bowl boat launch. 413-499-0596. Route 183. Stockbridge, MA.

Saturday, June 14, 9am – 5K RUN: Help raise money for Berkshire Trail Elementary School at the Rhubarb 5K Run! Kids and adults can participate in the race. The winner in each category will win a strawberry rhubarb pie from Bread Euphoria! Please arrive at 8:15am to register. Main Street & Route 9. Cummington, MA. (FUNDRAISER)

Saturday, June 14, 9am-11am – ANIMAL STUDIES: Enjoy a light breakfast at The Zoo in Forest Park and then see some of the zoo’s animals eating their breakfast on a tour! This is a great chance to learn about the diets and eating habits of different animals. You can even have the chance to feed some! 413-733-2251. 302 Sumner Avenue. Springfield, MA. $

Saturday, June 14, 9am-1pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: The North Adams Farmers’ Market opens on June 14 and runs until October 25. Come to the St. Anthony Municipal parking lot for fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat, flowers, and more! 413-664-6180. St. Anthony Drive & Route 8. North Adams, MA. (MARKET)

Saturday, June 14, 9am-2pm – CRAFT FAIR: The Emily Williston Memorial Library is holding its first-ever craft fair on June 14th! Come by to see some of the interesting things made by local artisans. 413-527-1031. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA. (MARKET)

Saturday, June 14, 9:30am-5pm – HISTORY: Learn about historic music and art at Old Sturbridge Village’s Music and Art Weekend! There will be performances of 19th-century popular music, antique instruments on display, a fife and drum performance, a silhouette demonstration, a performance by the Old Sturbridge Village Singers, a talk on making guitars, and more. There is something for music, art, and history fans of all ages to enjoy this weekend at Old Sturbridge Village. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. $$

Saturday, June 14, 10am – GEOLOGY/OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Older teens and adults can join the Wild and Scenic Westfield River Committee for “Bikes and Quartzite,” a geology bike ride along the East Branch of the River with geologist Richard Little. This 8-mile round trip bike ride will take you to the Chesterfield Gorge and teach about its interesting geology along the way. Please call to register and bring your bike, water, and lunch. Meet at Chesterfield Gorge parking lot. 413-623-2070. River Road. Chesterfield, MA.

Saturday, June 14, 10am – LOCAL HISTORY: Join the Bidwell House Museum for “Welcoming Mary Bidwell: A Story of Love, Marriage, and Politics in the 1790s Berkshire Hills” and “The Story of a Portrait” with Sam Herrup and Rick Bidwell Wilcox. Herrup will talk about portrait paintings and artists in early America, and Wilcox will tell a story about the subject of the painting, Mary Gray, and her politician husband Barnabas Bidwell. This talk would be interesting to older students and adults who want to learn more about local history. Takes place at Tyringham Union Church. 413-528-6888. Main Road. Tyringham, MA.

Saturday, June 14, 10am – BICYCLING: Berkshire Cycling Classic and the Lenox Chamber of Commerce present Roll Into Lenox, a fun bike ride for kids. Kids can bring their bikes and helmets and participate in a group ride (10:30am for ages 6-10 and 10:45am for ages 5 and under), play some mini golf, win prizes, and spend time with friends. Please arrive at 10am to register. Meet in parking lot next to Church St. Cafe. 413-637-3646. 65 Church Street. Lenox, MA.

Saturday, June 14, 10am-12noon – LOCAL HISTORY/NATURE STUDIES: Explore the Turners Falls canalway with Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center on June 14th. You can discover the history of the west end of the Canalside Trail using historical maps, quotes, and illustrations. Students ages 16 and up who are interested in local history, industry, nature, or geology would enjoy this fun and educational walk. Meet at parking lot across from Farren Care Center. 800-859-2960. Montague City Road. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 14, 10am-2pm – FISHING: Families are invited to the Great Falls Discovery Center for the 9th Annual Family Fishing Day! There will be fly-fishing demonstrations, fly-tying lessons, fishing at Barton Cove, fish printing, aquatic insect studies, raffles, and more. This event is a great way to get outdoors with the whole family! Fishing equipment will be provided. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA.

Saturday, June 14, 10am-2pm – PLANT STUDIES: Learn about native wildflowers with the Hitchcock Center for the Environment and naturalist Nancy Goodman at the Poet’s Seat. You can learn how to identify native wildflowers and use field guides at this event, which is best for older students and adults. Call to register; directions given upon registration. 413-256-6006. Greenfield, MA. $$

Saturday, June 14, 10am-3pm – GARDEN TOUR: Discover some of Northampton’s most beautiful residential gardens on the Forbes Library’s 21st Annual Garden Tour! Seven unique gardens will be on display for you to explore and learn about. Those who love gardening or who want some garden inspiration can come on the tour and ask questions about each garden. This is a great chance to learn about interesting plants and landscape design options that are possible in New England. Proceeds benefit Friends of Forbes Library, Inc. Tickets available in advance. 413-587-1011. Northampton, MA. $$

Saturday, June 14, 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. $

Springfield MuseumsSaturday, June 14, 10am-5pm – DINOSAURS: The Springfield Science Museum’s newest exhibition, “Life Through Time: Dinosaurs and Ice Age Mammals,” is on display from June 14 until September 14. Museum visitors can see robotic, life-size dinosaurs and Ice Age mammals come to life in the exhibit. These replicas are based on fossils, scientific literature, and input from paleontologists, making them an excellent way to learn about the sizes and features of many different dinosaur species. In addition to the replicas, the exhibition features a dino dig, fossil rub stations, and more. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. $$

Saturday, June 14, 10am-5pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day at Springside Park with tons of activities for the whole family. There will be live music, games, relay races, arts and crafts, a scavenger hunt, face painting, nature walks, a dog walk, gardening workshops, sports, yoga, zumba, food, and more. Get Outdoors Day is meant to encourage healthy, outdoor fun for all ages. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 14, 10:30am-11:30am – FATHER’S DAY/ARTS & CRAFTS: Do something special for dad this Father’s Day and make him a card at Ramsdell Library. The library will have materials available and kids can come by and make cards. This is a great chance to get creative and show dad you care. 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street. Housatonic, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 14, 10:30am-11:30am – STEM: Learn about science, technology, engineering, and math at the Sunderland Public Library 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. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 14, 10:30am-12noon – CULINARY ARTS: Chandler’s Restaurant offers a Kids Cooking class for families to explore the art of cooking, proper use of kitchen tools, and raw ingredients that go into delicious dishes! A brief tour of their professional kitchen follows the class. Great way to introduce children to the world of culinary arts! Space is limited, reservations are required 413-665-1277. 25 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA ($$)

Saturday, June 14, 11am-3pm – HISTORY: Storrowton Village Museum celebrates their opening day with free tours and activities for the whole family! See inside historic buildings, learn about life in the 19th Century from costumed interpreters, discover open hearth cooking and blacksmithing, see Early American craft demonstrations, study historic artifacts, learn about historic plant uses, and more. Storrowton Village is full of learning opportunities for family members of all ages and all different interests, making it a great place to go and learn about life in 19th-century New England! 413-737-2443. 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 14, 11am-6pm – FESTIVAL: The Cottage Street Cultural District and Easthampton City Arts+ present Cultural Chaos, a street festival featuring tons of great live music, a makers market, open studios, food, hands-on activities, and a variety of performances and other events. A full list of events and activities can be found on the Cultural Chaos website. This day-long street festival is a great chance to celebrate Easthampton and see all the town has to offer. 413-527-8278. Cottage Street. Easthampton, MA.

Saturday, June 14, 12noon-4pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Join the Meekins Library on June 14th for Community Day, a celebration of the library and its director, Lisa Wenner, who is retiring after 30 years in the position. Come say thank you to Lisa and enjoy the many activities offered by the library on this day. There will be readings by local writers, live music, a presentation, and the dedication of the library’s new public garden. All community members are invited to attend this event. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 14, 12noon-2pm – SUMMER READING: Sign up for “Fizz, Boom, Read,” this summer’s statewide summer reading program, at the Arms Library starting June 14th. If you sign up on the 14th, there will be ice cream, but you can sign up at any point after that. 413-625-0306. Main Street & Bridge Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 14, 12noon-3pm – SWIM: Check out the Worthington Swim Club at their open house on June 14th! Go for a swim in the pool and sign up for summer fun in the heart of the Hilltowns! New members are always welcomed and the pool is a safe summer hang out for rural tweens/teens. 35 Huntington Road. Worthington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 14, 12noon-5pm – CELEBRATION/LOCAL FOOD: Celebrate summer and local food at Warner Farm’s 2nd Annual Strawberry Fest! The day includes games and activities for kids, a farm tour, wagon rides, pick-your-own strawberries, live music, and more. Come out and enjoy all things summer at this fun event! 413-665-8331. 159 Old Amherst Road. Sunderland, MA.

Saturday, June 14, 1pm-5pm – CONCERT/AUTOMOBILES: Families can spend an afternoon at the Norman Rockwell Museum enjoying live music and antique automobiles at the Sock Hop and Classic Car Rally. This ’50s-inspired event features live music by The Malibu Brothers, a talk by artist Murray Tinkelman, dancing, and more. Free with museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. $$

Saturday, June 14, 2pm – PUPPETS: All ages can enjoy a performance by the Hudson Vagabond Puppets at MASS MoCA on June 14. These talented puppeteers will perform their version of Esphyr Slobodkina’s classic picture book, Caps for Sale. 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way. North Adams, MA. $

Saturday, June 14, 2pm – MUSIC: North Hall presents “Hard Travelin’ with Woody,” a performance by Randy Noojin, who will perform the favorites of American singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie. This one-man show includes quotes, writings, and music, all by Woody Guthrie. Folk music fans of all ages will enjoy this entertaining show. Students get free admission. 413-667-5543. 40 Searle Road. Huntington, MA. >$

Saturday, June 14, 2pm & 7pm – THEATER: Mill City Productions presents a production of “Cinderella Goes Disco,” an interactive performance blending three classic fairy tales – Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Beauty and the Beast. Kids will love this fun and exciting performance! Takes place in Building 4N in Western Gateway Heritage State Park. State Street. North Adams, MA. >$

Saturday, June 14, 2pm-6pm – 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 14 at Carlos Vega Park. Families and community members can create handmade illuminated lanterns to carry in the La Noche de San Juan Lantern Parade. This workshop takes place outdoors and is accompanied by a cookout. More information is available here. 413-322-5643. Hamilton Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 14, 3pm-4:30pm – WOMEN’S HISTORY: The Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum presents a talk by Sue Macy, author of Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way). Macy will discuss her book and the importance of the bicycle to the women’s suffrage movement and to women’s lives as a whole. This talk is open to all ages and would be best for those interesting in bicycles and women’s history. 413-743-7121. 67 East Road. Adams, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 14, 3pm-6pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Buckland Historical Society is holding an open house in the Summer Kitchen of the Major Joseph Griswold House on June 14. Come see the renovated kitchen and a model of the Mary Lyon Church, and learn about some interesting Buckland history. This event is a fundraiser for the Steeple Fund of the Mary Lyon Church. Email booklady2@hotmail.com to RSVP. 413-625-9763. 8 Old Upper Street. Buckland, MA. (FUNDRAISER)

Saturday, June 14, 4pm – THEATER: Anyone interested in theater or performing arts can come see the 2014 Ja’Duke Center for the Performing Arts Showcase at the Academy of Music. Students from JCPA will sing, dance, and act at this fun family event. Tickets available in advance. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA. $

Saturday, June 14, 4pm – BOOKS: Join Odyssey Bookshop for their monthly Young Adult Author Panel! This month, Cammie McGovern, Amanda Maciel, and A.C. Gaughen will be at the bookstore. Come by for raffles, giveaways, and advanced reading copies of books by these authors. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA.

Saturday, June 14, 5pm-8pm – ART WALK: Explore Easthampton’s local art scene at this month’s Art Walk – Made in Easthampton. This is a fun evening out that lets you see work by talented local artists and experience some of the great art-related opportunities Easthampton has to offer! There will also be tons of great activities around town, like a DIY bottle cap charm or magnet workshop at Knack (in the Eastworks building). More information can be found on the Art Walk Easthampton website. 413-527-8278. Downtown. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 14, 6pm-8:30pm – FATHER-DAUGHTER DANCE: Dads (or uncles, grandfathers, male role models, etc.) and daughters can spend some quality time together at the West Springfield Park and Recreation Department‘s Father/Daughter Dance. Come dressed up and enjoy dancing, snacks, and a photo opportunity. This is a great opportunity for dads and daughters to do something fun and memorable together. Please RSVP. 413-263-3284. Mittineague Park. West Springfield, MA. $$

Saturday, June 14, 8pm-11:30pm – DANCE: North Star and the LGBT Coalition of Western Mass are holding Pride Prom for teens! Come dance, have fun, and make new friends at this fun dance. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 135 Russell Street. Hadley, MA. >$

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Sunday, June 15th, 2014

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

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 15, TBA – COMMUNITY SERVICE/GARDENING: As part of Bee Week Greenfield, you can help plant flowers around town! On June 14 and 15, community members can plant flowers in certain areas of Greenfield. Call Piti Theatre Company for more information. 413-625-6569. Greenfield, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Sunday, June 15, 7am-2pm – FUNDRAISER: “Raise the Roof” to support Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center on June 15th. This fundraiser features a bird walk at Tamarack Hollow with naturalist John Green Jr. (7am-9:15am; registration required), a walking tour of Tamarack Hollow (9:30am-10:30am), a performance by Gaia Roots, Trio Candela, and Berkshire & Valley Rhythm Keeper Drummers (11am-2pm in Savoy Town Park, Route 116, Savoy, MA), and a participatory drum workshop (1pm). This event will help raise money for Tamarack Hollow and will give community members a chance to experience what the organization has to offer. Email aimee@gaiaroots.com to register for bird walk or for more information. 1515 & 1516 Savoy Hollow Road. Windsor, MA. (DONATION $)

Sunday, June 15, 8:30am-11:30am – FATHER’S DAY/OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Canoe the Housatonic River through Bartholomew’s Cobble on a Father’s Day canoe trip. Participants will learn about the river’s habitats and history while experiencing the many sights and sounds offered by this beautiful part of New England. 413-229-8600. 105 Weatogue Road. Sheffield, MA. $$

Sunday, June 15, 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 15, 9:30am-4:30pm – HISTORY: In honor of Father’s Day, Historic Deerfield is offering free admission for all fathers and grandfathers! This is a great opportunity for kids and their dads or grandpas to spend time together learning about New England history by touring historic homes, watching demonstrations, and doing hands-on activities. 413-774-5581. 84B Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. >$

Sunday, June 15, 9:30am-5pm – HISTORY: Learn about historic music and art at Old Sturbridge Village’s Music and Art Weekend! There will be performances of 19th-century popular music, antique instruments on display, a fife and drum performance, a silhouette demonstration, a performance by the Old Sturbridge Village Dancers, a talk on making guitars, and more. There is something for music, art, and history fans of all ages to enjoy this weekend at Old Sturbridge Village, plus, dads get in for free on Father’s Day! 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. $$

Sunday, June 15, 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 15, 10am-4pm – AVIATION/HISTORY: The New England Air Museum is holding an Open Cockpit Day in honor of Father’s Day. Come learn about historic aircraft and climb inside supersonic jet fighters, the Vietnam-era Huey helicopter, the World War II P-47 Thunderbolt, and others. In addition to the open cockpit event, renowned aviation archaeologist Ric Gillespie will present a talk titled, “The Search for Amelia Earhart,” at 11:30am and 1:30pm. Gillespie has been studying Earhart’s disappearance since the late ’80s and has gone on several research expeditions. He will discuss her disappearance, the ongoing search to find her, and his research. All ages can come to NEAM for a super educational and fun-filled day! 860-623-3305. 36 Perimeter Road. Windsor Locks, CT. ($)

Sunday, June 15, 10am-5pm – FATHER’S DAY/MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Spend time with dad exploring all the Norman Rockwell Museum has to offer this Father’s Day! Explore the grounds and exhibits and hear family-themed gallery talks for this special day. Dads get free admission with a paying child or adult. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. $$

Sunday, June 15, 10:30am-11:30am – STEM: The Community Network for Children is offering a Preschool STEM Exploration at the Leverett Library. 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. 75 Montague Road. Leverett, MA.

Sunday, June 15, 1pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts is offering a docent-led “mini-tour” by Dawn Whitney titled, “Medieval and Religious Paintings.” Free with museum admission. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. $$

Sunday, June 15, 2pm – MUSIC STUDIES/HISTORY: Music critic Marvin Ward will discuss the history of the piano at the Meekins Library on June 15th in his talk, “An Auditory History of the Piano.” He will trace its history all the way back to the invention of the piano in Florence in 1700, and will discuss how pianos have changed over time. Ward will illustrate the lecture with music samples from his CD collection. Older students interested in music studies and history will enjoy this informative talk. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, MA.

Sunday, June 15, 2pm – THEATER: Mill City Productions presents a production of “Cinderella Goes Disco,” an interactive performance blending three classic fairy tales – Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Beauty and the Beast. Kids will love this fun and exciting performance! Takes place in Building 4N in Western Gateway Heritage State Park. State Street. North Adams, MA. >$

Sunday, June 15, 2pm – MUSIC: North Hall presents “Hard Travelin’ with Woody,” a performance by Randy Noojin, who will perform the favorites of American singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie. This one-man show includes quotes, writings, and music, all by Woody Guthrie. Folk music fans of all ages will enjoy this entertaining show. Students get free admission. 413-667-5543. 40 Searle Road. Huntington, MA. >$

Sunday, June 15, 2pm – MUSIC: The Rowe Historical Society presents a concert by the Northampton Flutes in the Carriage House. These professional flutists will perform Broadway, Irish jigs, baroque, modern popular music, and more. They will also explain the unique characteristics of each instrument to audience members. Older students interested in music studies would enjoy this lively performance. 282 Zoar Road. Rowe, MA.

Sunday, June 15, 5pm – FILM: As part of Bee Week Greenfield, Green Fields Market will screen a documentary film about technology, “going green,” surveillance, and how these things impact us. After the screening, there will be a discussion on wireless communication, electrosmog health, and how these affect bees and humans. Call the Market for more information. 413-773-9567. 144 Main Street. Greenfield, MA.

Sunday, June 15, 7:30pm – FILM: As part of their photography film series, Amherst Cinema presents a screening of PINA (2011; rated PG), a documentary about the legendary dance choreographer Pina Bausch. Directed by Wim Wenders, this film capture’s Bausch’s inventive dance and unique style. The film also acts as a tribute to Bausch, who passed away in 2009, several days before shooting was due to begin on the film. Older students interested in dance and documentary film would enjoy this screening. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. $

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Monday, June 16th, 2014

Monday, June 16, TBA – LAWN CONCERT: The Tilton Library presents their Monday Night Music series of concerts on the library lawn. On June 16, Matt Fuller will perform acoustic favorites and contemporary hits. Bring a blanket and lawn chair and enjoy time spent with family and friends enjoying great live music! 413-665-4683. 75 North Main Street. South Deerfield, MA.

Monday, June 16, 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center is holding several Summer Park Play Dates at Safety Village this summer. Every Monday June 2-June 23 and August 11-25. 413-582-2636. North Maple Street. Florence, MA.

Monday, June 16, 10am-11am – STEM: Cushman Library is offering a preschool storyhour with the theme of “Counting on Food.” 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 16, 10:30am – STORYTIME: Come to Books and Babies at the East Longmeadow Public Library. Kids ages 2 and under can hear stories, see fingerplays, and have fun together. Call or stop by the library to register. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA.

Monday, June 16, 7:30am – FILM/LITERATURE: Amherst Cinema presents a screening of In Bed With Ulysses (2012; not rated) in honor of Bloomsday, the annual celebration of James Joyce’s Ulysses, which took place on June 16, 1904. The film tells the story and challenges of Joyce’s process of writing Ulysses. The book is seen as one of the most important works of modern fiction, and this film focuses on its creation, the toll it took on Joyce and his family, the shockwaves it caused around the world, and its impact. Older teens and adults who are interested in literature would enjoy this documentary. It is recommended that you purchase tickets in advance. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. $

ONGOING FOR MONDAYS (With the change of season, be sure to 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: Kids can come to the Forbes Library for a fun storytime every Monday. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA.
  • 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.
  • 11am-12:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Young kids can come to tummy time at the Forbes Library every Monday. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, 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 17th, 2014

Tuesday, June 17, 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)

Tuesday, June 17, 1pm-5pm – STEM: Kids ages 8 and up can help the Hatfield Public Library get ready for summer reading by helping to build the library rocketship, Reader 1! Stop by the library and use your creativity and engineering skills to help build the rocket. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA.

Tuesday, June 17, 4:30pm – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Kids ages 8 and up can help the East Longmeadow Public Library decorate the Children’s Room for summer! Wear clothes that can dirty and have fun with friends and community members painting window panels. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Tuesday, June 17, 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)

Tuesday, June 17, 6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: Musical Moments at Amelia’s Garden, the Amelia Park Ice Arena summer concert series, presents classic rock by Diversion. 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 17, 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.

Tuesday, June 17, 7pm – AUTHOR TALK: Robert Zucker, author of The Journey Through Grief and Loss: Helping Yourself and Your Child When Grief is Shared, will be at the Odyssey Bookshop to discuss his book. The book delves into the challenges that come along with dual grieving and how parents can support their grieving children while managing their own grief. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA.

Tuesday, June 17, 8pm – ASTRONOMY: The Milham Planetarium at Williams College will be open to the public for a planetarium viewing every Tuesday and Thursday from June 17 until August 14. 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)

ONGOING FOR TUESDAYS (With the change of season, be sure to 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 18th, 2014

Wednesday, June 18, 10am-11:30am – HIKING: Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for an easy, 1.5 mile hike at Housatonic Flats. Explore the Housatonic River’s wetlands and unique floodplain forests on this hike. 413-499-0596. Route 7. Great Barrington, MA.

Wednesday, June 18, 10am-12noon – PARENT WORKSHOP: Gateway Family Center is hosting a workshop for parents by Scott Noyes of Empowering Programs, titled “Positive Discipline.” Come learn about positive discipline strategies at this workshop. 413-667-2203. 9 Russell Road. Huntington, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, June 18, 3pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Tour the outside of Emily Dickinson’s Homestead and The Evergreens every Wednesday this summer with the Emily Dickinson Museum. These tours teach not only about the poet, but also about historic New England architecture. Some of Dickinson’s house-related poems will also be read on the tours. 413-542-8161. 280 Main Street. Amherst, MA. $

Wednesday, June 18, 4pm-5pm – INSECT STUDIES: Grow Food Amherst will have a special event for kids each week at the Amherst Wednesday Market in Kendrick Park. This week, kids can learn about raising backyard bees from two teen 4-H members. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, June 18, 4pm-5pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids can stop by the Forbes Library for a dragon party! Come enjoy snacks, dragon-related crafts, and more. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA.

Wednesday, June 18, 5pm-6pm – LANGUAGE ARTS/HISTORY: Enjoy summer afternoons on The Mount‘s terrace and hear Edith Wharton’s short stories read aloud by professional actors. Runs through August. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. (>$)

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

Wednesday, June 18, 6pm-7pm – PLANT STUDIES: Join Brittany Wood Nickerson of Thyme Herbal for an herb walk at Sawmill Farm Collective. Learn about the interesting medicinal plants and herbs growing in the fields and how they can be used. Anyone interested in medicinal plants would enjoy this informative walk. 140 Meadow Street. Florence, MA. ($)

Wednesday, June 18, 6:15pm – DANCE: Come to Jacob’s Pillow for their Inside/Out Performances – free, outdoor performances by different dancers, showcasing the talent of the Festival’s many dancers and choreographers. Students of all ages who enjoy dance would love these performances, which take place every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday until August 23. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, June 18, 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 18, 6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: The Porter-Phelps-Huntington House Museum’s summer concert series, Wednesday Folk Traditions, takes place every Wednesday this summer. June 18′s concert is by Evelyn Harris, a Grammy-nominated composer. Bring a picnic blanket and chairs and enjoy this exciting performance. 413-584-4699. 130 River Drive. Hadley, MA. $

ONGOING FOR WEDNESDAYS (With the change of season, be sure to 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 – 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-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-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Toddlers can have fun at the Forbes Library every Wednesday at their toddler time program. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, 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 19th, 2014

Thursday, June 19, 10:30am-12noon – NATURE STUDIES: Kids ages 2.5 to 5 years can do some STEM learning at Sheep Hill Nature Center with Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc. “Natural Science: Explore Bubbles and Water at the Pond” gives young kids a chance to learn about the natural world and do some hands-on exploration. Each child will get a STEM packet to take home for further learning! Please call to register. 413-664-4821. Cold Spring Road. Williamstown, MA.

Thursday, June 19, 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 19, 5pm-8pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Upstreet Pittsfield’s family friendly street festival, 3rd.Thursdays, happens every third Thursday until October! This Thursday’s theme is “Healthy Pittsfield.” Come celebrate and explore Pittsfield while participating in fun activities, watching performances, and eating great food. 413-499-9348. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

Thursday, June 19, 5pm-9pm – FESTIVAL: The Annual Taste of Amherst festival runs from June 19-June 22 on the Amherst Common. Come try some of the Valley’s best food from restaurants, stores, stands, and more, and enjoy live entertainment, kids’ activities, games, and the “Chowdown Challenge.” Taste of Amherst is a fun chance to explore the many delicious foods available in town while supporting local businesses and spending time with community members. Amherst, MA.

Thursday, June 19, 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)

Thursday, June 19, 6pm-7pm – PLAYGROUP: Kindergarteners can attend a playgroup at the Haskins Center’s playground from June 19 until August 28! Kids can come enjoy playing, hearing stories, having fun, and making friends. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, June 19, 6pm-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Coop Concerts Summer Concert Series takes place weekly at Greenfield Energy Park. This week’s show features Jennie McAvoy, Joe Graveline, and Small Change. 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 19, 6pm-10pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: June 19th is Third Thursday in Turners Falls! This month’s theme is “Knights, Camera, Action!” and there will be medieval demonstrations by Mutton and Mead, an illustrated talk on the eagles of Barton Cove with William Dean (6:45pm; Great Falls Discovery Center), an art reception for photographer Candace Silver (5pm-8pm; Nina’s Nook), a community photography exhibit, a performance by electropop duo Home Body (7:30pm), a screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail (8:30pm; Shea Theater), and much more! There is something for all ages at this fun event, which highlights some of the awesome things Turners Falls has to offer. 413-230-9910. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, June 19, 6:15pm – DANCE: Come to Jacob’s Pillow for their Inside/Out Performances – free, outdoor performances by different dancers, showcasing the talent of the Festival’s many dancers and choreographers. Students of all ages who enjoy dance would love these performances, which take place every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday until August 23. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, June 19, 6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: The Westhampton Public Library‘s Field of Dreams concert series kicks off June 19 with a performance by The Miles Band. Come enjoy this great live concert and time spent with family and friends. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, June 19, 6:30pm-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Music on the Porch is back this summer at the Florence Civic Center! Pack a picnic and enjoy music by the Florence Community Band. 90 Park Street. Florence, MA.

Thursday, June 19, 7pm-8pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Come to the Meekins Library for a talk titled, “Elementary Robotics: Sustaining the Natural Engineering Instincts of Children,” with John Heffernan, teacher at the James and Dunphy Schools. Heffernan will discuss how to support children’s engineering instincts. Most young children enjoy building and engineering, but these activities are absent from most classrooms. Heffernan will talk about the ways engineering and robotics can be taught in schools in order to keep kids interested in the topics. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, MA.

Thursday, June 19, 7pm-9pm – FILM/ART HISTORY: The Berkshire Museum is screening The Mona Lisa is Missing (2012), a documentary about the theft of the Mona Lisa in 1911 by Vincenzo Peruggia. Discover how Peruggia managed to steal this famous painting and keep it for 2 ½ years. This fun documentary tells of this intriguing, little-known theft of the world’s most famous painting. Older students interested in art history or documentaries would enjoy this film. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Thursday, June 19, 8pm – ASTRONOMY: The Milham Planetarium at Williams College will be open to the public for a planetarium viewing every Tuesday and Thursday from June 17 until August 14. 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)

ONGOING FOR THURSDAYS (With the change of season, be sure to 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-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center is holding a Summer Park Play Date at Look Park’s little playground every Thursday until August 28. 413-582-2636. 300 North Main Street. Florence, 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)
  • 1pm-3pm – PLAYGROUP: Babies can have fun and make friends at the Forbes Library‘s weekly baby playgroup. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA.
  • 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 20th, 2014

Friday, June 20, 11am-2pm – SUMMER READING: Stop by the Monson Free Library on June 20th to sign up for “Fizz, Boom, Read,” this year’s summer reading program. There will be snacks, crafts, games, and prizes for kids who sign up and receive their reading logs. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA.

Friday, June 20, 5pm – DANCE: Join Jacob’s Pillow Dance for a free PillowTalk every Friday and Saturday until August 23. Hear choreographers, writers, filmmakers, and cultural experts give behind-the-scenes insight into the Festival and the world of professional dance. Free and open to the public. 413-243-9919. 258 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)

Friday, June 20, 5pm-10pm – FESTIVAL: The Annual Taste of Amherst festival runs from June 19-June 22 on the Amherst Common. Come try some of the Valley’s best food from restaurants, stores, stands, and more, and enjoy live entertainment, kids’ activities, games, and the “Chowdown Challenge.” Taste of Amherst is a fun chance to explore the many delicious foods available in town while supporting local businesses and spending time with community members. Amherst, MA.

Friday, June 20, 6pm – LAWN CONCERT/AUTOMOBILES: Families can kick off summer at the Wistariahurst Museum’s Classic Cars and Classic Music event on June 20th. This event, held in collaboration with Holyoke Parks and Recreation, is a night of free, live entertainment for the whole family. Bring your own chairs and blankets and enjoy classic music and classic cars on the Wistariahurst grounds. Seeing antique cars can teach kids about automotive history and how cars have evolved over time. Rain date is June 21 at 6pm. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Friday, June 20, 6pm – LAWN CONCERT: Enjoy live music on the lawn of the North Adams Public Library! On June 20th, Moonshine Holler will perform. Bring chairs and a blanket and enjoy the show with family and friends! 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA.

Friday, June 20, 6:15pm – DANCE: Come to Jacob’s Pillow for their Inside/Out Performances – free, outdoor performances by different dancers, showcasing the talent of the Festival’s many dancers and choreographers. Students of all ages who enjoy dance would love these performances, which take place every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday until August 23. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)

Friday, June 20, 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 The Heritage Pops play big band music. Bring a picnic blanket and the whole family and enjoy the show! 2 Ferry Street. Easthampton, MA.

Friday, June 20, 7pm – THEATER: Mill City Productions presents a production of “Cinderella Goes Disco,” an interactive performance blending three classic fairy tales – Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Beauty and the Beast. Kids will love this fun and exciting performance! Takes place in Building 4N in Western Gateway Heritage State Park. State Street. North Adams, MA. >$

Friday, June 20, 7:30pm – MUSIC: Django in June is a yearly event that takes place at the Academy of Music and celebrates the musical genre associated with French Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt. Also known as “gypsy jazz,” “hot jazz,” or “jazz manouche,” this unique genre features percussive rhythm and other distinguishing characteristics. Latcho Drom and Samson Schmitt will perform their own versions of django at the Academy of Music on June 20. Older students interested in music and jazz will love this unique concert. Tickets available in advance. 413-584-9032. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA. $$$

ONGOING FOR FRIDAYS (With the change of season, be sure to 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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