Suggested Events for July 12th-18th, 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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Jul 5-Aug 3

Stiltwalkers, puppets, masks, theater and storytelling make for magical performances under the stars at Ko Festival of Performance — July 5-August 3 in Amherst! KoFest’s 23rd season, on the Amherst College campus, presents five weeks of theater, 15 performances, two all-ages events, three intensive theater workshops, a Story Slam, and so much more. Special family events are Saturday, July 5 at 5:00 pm: Carpetbag Brigade’s outdoor acrobatic stilt extravaganza, “Callings.” And Sunday, July 20 at 8:00 pm, don’t miss Mettawee River Company’s “The Dancing Fox” wisdom tales from the Middle East, told through puppetry and masks. KoFest tickets $7-$20, online and at the Box Office: 413-542-3750. Visit: www.kofest.com or email: info@kofest.com

Jul 7-Aug 15

The Summer Spectacular Family Series at the Springfield Museums features great family entertainment every weekday, including fun art and science activities, live reptile demos and more, all free with museum admission! Great family shows every Wednesday – Friday, including the Tanglewood Marionettes on Thursdays, plus Grammy-nominated The Pop Ups, Mister G, and many others. There’s also Music in the Museums every Tuesday & Thursday for parents and kids age 0-5, plus the special Life Through Time exhibit of roaring, stomping mechanical dinosaurs and Ice-age mammals (extra fee). General admission is free on Friday, July 18 through the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Friday program! Check www.springfieldmuseums.org for a full schedule.

July 19

On Saturday, July 19, the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst presents “Creatures of Bliss and Mystery: A 19th-Century Children’s Circus” from 1 to 4 pm. Especially appropriate for children ages 3 to 10, this Family Day is free and open to all. Activities include: folksongs and stories with Tim Van Egmond; a performance by Henry the Juggler; the Circus Parade; and a reading from Burleigh Muten, author of the newly published YA book, Miss Emily. Other activities include a scavenger hunt, “tightrope” walking, other games, and kid-friendly crafts. For details and a complete schedule, visit www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/events. With questions, email edmprograms@emilydickinsonmuseum.org or call 413-542-2034.

Amherst Montessori School is now enrolling children ages 12 months – 6th grade for Fall 2014. AMS fosters the natural self-construction, cognitive development, and social-emotional well-being of each child in programs that include music, art, practical life, outdoor time, PE and yoga. Spanish language exposure for ages 3-12, with an optional Spanish bilingual classroom for ages 3-6 (Casa de Niños). Afterschool programming includes options like private instrument lessons, theater, soccer, and band. Limited spaces available at all levels. Contact Laura Miller, Director of Admissions, at lmiller@amherstmontessori.org for more information. www.amherstmontessori.org

Jul 9 – Aug 9

Join NCT Kids! this summer for 2 family-friendly musicals based on beloved children’s books. First up is Judith Viorst’s classic Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day about a boy who is having the world’s worst day! Sing along with Alexander as he learns that everyone has a bad day every now and then but the great thing is…there’s always tomorrow! Next up it’s the rollicking, mischievous, off-the-wall adventures of SkippyJon Jones and the Cirque De Ole! Based on the bestselling book series about the Siamese kitten who thinks he’s a chihuahua super hero, SkippyJon Jones and the Cirque De Ole is a tuneful romp through the big-top of Skippy’s imagination. For tickets call 413-585-3220 or online www.newcenturytheatre.org

Circus Smirkus is coming to Northampton on July 29 & 30, and Hilltown Families is a proud premier sponsor! Find out how you can be our guests at one of the four shows taking place at the Three-County Fairgrounds! Subscribe to our eNewsletter and find out how you can enter for a chance to win a family 4-pack of tickets with preferred seating! Best seats in the house will give our guests an opportunity to see the award-winning, international traveling youth circus up close during this exuberant & joyful two-hour show! Presented by North Star: Self-Directed Learning for Teens. For more info about the show, or to purchase tickets, visit www.northstarteens.org/circus-smirkus.

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July 12th-18th, 2014

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Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Ongoing Saturday Events

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 ourshow with Guest DJ, Morgan Taylor of Gustafer Yellowgold. 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, July 12, TBA – LOCAL HISTORY: Join the Mill River Greenway Initiative for a “Riverwalk” in Florence. Walk from Nonotuck Dam to Meadow Street, discovering the history of Florence 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. Florence, MA.

Saturday, July 12, 9:30am-11am – PLANT STUDIES: Join Kestrel Land Trust and naturalist John Root for an introduction to the wild edible plants of our region. Explore a farm in Hadley and search for plants that were not planted by the farmer. Learn how these plants can be used in cooking or eating raw. Please RSVP; location given upon registration. 413-549-1097. Hadley, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION >$)

Saturday, July 12, 9:30am-11:30am – ART/HISTORY: Middle schoolers can explore the intersection of art and history at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead with the Berkshire Historical Society. Kids can use objects from the Historical Society’s collection to curate an exhibit with the theme of “Art and Industry” that will be on display for one week. Students who are interested in history and art would enjoy this event, which helps forge connections between the two. 413-442-1793. 780 Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 12, 10am – STORYTIME: Kids can come to the Buckland Public Library for a science-themed storytime! Engage in the summer reading theme of “Fizz, Boom, Read!” with stories, activities, and a snack. 413-625-9412. 30 Upper Street. Buckland, MA.

Saturday, July 12, 10am-11:30am – BIRD STUDIES: Join Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center aboard the Quinnetukut II Riverboat for a cruise with author Dianne Benson Davis, who worked to reintroduce eagles to New England by caring for eight baby bald eagles at the Quabbin Reservoir. On this cruise, you can learn about Benson’s experiences with eagles and the Bald Eagle Restoration Project, and maybe even see some eagles along the river! Benson will also sign copies of her new book Eagle One: Raising Bald Eagles – A Wildlife Memoir. Best for ages 8 and up. Call to register. 413-659-4426. Route 2. Gill, MA. $

Saturday, July 12, 10am-12noon – PLANT STUDIES: Mass Audubon and botanist Joe Strauch are holding a Fern Foray at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary on July 12. Discover the many different fern species at Pleasant Valley and learn about their evolutionary history and how to identify them. Cost includes a Fern Finder booklet. Registration is required. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. $$

Saturday, July 12, 10am-12noon – INSECT STUDIES: Search for and learn about insects at Bartholomew’s Cobble on July 12! This catch-and-release program will have families walking around Bartholomew’s Cobble in search of interesting insects. Please pre-register. 413-229-8600. 105 Weatogue Road. Sheffield, MA. >$

Saturday, July 12, 10am-12noon – PLAYTIME: Kids ages 9 and under can come to Peaceable Village Family Play Dance at the Wild Life Sanctuary in the Arts and Industry Building. There will be music, dress-up, props, face painting, a mural, books, dancing, and free play for kids and adults. Come engage in intergenerational play and make new friends! 617-623-3521. 221 Pine Street. Florence, MA. $

Saturday, July 12, 10am-3:30pm – FAIR: The Otis Library and Museum is holding their annual Library Country Fair on July 12 from 10am-3:30pm on the Village Green in front of the library. Stop by for craft vendors, a book sale, food, and more. 413-269-0109. 48 North Main Road. Otis, MA.

Saturday, July 12, 10am-4pm – HISTORY/CULINARY ARTS: Experience life in an early New England kitchen at Historic Deerfield‘s Open Hearth Cooking demonstrations! Learn how people in early New England kept cool during the summer and how they preserved fresh produce for the winter months. 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, July 12, 10am-4pm – ART FESTIVAL: The 4th Annual Hilltown Arts Festival will be held on July 12. The Festival includes live music by many local musicians, artisan booths, artist demonstrations, children’s activities, food, a silent auction, and much more. This is a great community-oriented activity for the whole family that celebrates the region’s vibrant local art scene. Route 112. Worthington, MA.

Saturday, July 12, 10am-4pm – AVIATION: The Mohawk Soaring Club will have a booth at the Hilltown Arts Festival on July 12 in Worthington. Come learn about soaring flights and how they work, and see photos and videos to help you better understand. You will also be able to learn about the Club’s opportunities for introductory soaring flights. Kids and adults interested in aviation will enjoy having a chance to talk to those involved with the Club! Route 112. Worthington, MA.

Saturday, July 12, 10:30am – THEATER: The Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Saturday Morning Live family workshops are back for a third season! Kids ages 8-14 and their families can attend free, hands-on workshops that explore the artistic and technical aspects of the Festival. Please call for reservations. Takes place at Main Stage Lobby. 413-597-3400. 1000 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 12, 10:30am – THEATER: New Century Theatre Kids! presents a production of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, based on the book by Judith Viorst. Kids and adults alike will enjoy this performance of the classic kids’ book. Performance takes place in Theatre 14 in the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts on the Smith College campus. Call for reservations or more info. 413-585-3220. Green Street. Northampton, MA. $

Saturday, July 12, 10:30am – BIRD STUDIES: Join Odyssey Bookshop for their Summer Family Entertainment Series every Saturday this summer at 10:30am. This week, Tom Ricardi will present a program about birds of prey, featuring live raptors! This series is a fun way for the whole family to get outside and have some fun together on a Saturday morning! 413-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 12, 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, July 12, 10:30am-12noon – INSECT STUDIES: Contribute to Project Native’s Butterfly House by attending a Summer Butterfly and Bug Safari! Walk the grounds looking for butterflies, caterpillars, and eggs to relocate to the Butterfly House. Learn about this order of insects, Lepidoptera, and gain skills in finding and even identifying butterflies and caterpillars and by learning about their host plants. 413-274-3433. 342 North Plain Road. Housatonic, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 12, 10:30am-12:30pm – NATURE STUDIES: Join Kestrel Land Trust and Whole Foods Market for a nature walk and picnic lunch at Conte Wildlife Refuge on July 12. Explore grasslands, forest, and the banks of the Fort River looking for plants and animals and play nature-related games. Please call to pre-register and reserve your lunch choice. Proceeds benefit Kestrel Land Trust. 413-549-1097. Moody Bridge Road. Hadley, MA. >$

Saturday, July 12, 11am – ANIMAL STUDIES: Children’s Summer Theater, presented by 22 News, takes place every Saturday at the Eastfield Mall. This week, come enjoy a magic show by Ed Popielarczyk. Those who attend will receive food court coupons and will be entered to win a gift card to the mall. 1655 Boston Road. Springfield, MA.

Saturday, July 12, 11am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Ja’Duke presents a production of “Pirate and Princess Parade” at the Shea Theater. Younger kids will love this performance! 413-863-0001. 71 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. $

Saturday, July 12, 11am-12noon – ANIMAL STUDIES: Creature Teachers will be at the Berkshire Museum on July 12 for Animals Up Close! Come learn about and see interesting animals like tropical birds, a green tree python, a gray fox, a fisher, a woodchuck, a coatimundi, and an alligator. Those who like animals will enjoy this fun and educational program! Seats can be reserved in advance. Cost includes museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Saturday, July 12, 11am-3pm – INSECT STUDIES/THEATER: Celebrate and learn about bees at a Festival of the Bees at the Mason Square Branch Library! There will be activities for all ages and talks by local beekeepers. Piti Theatre Company will also perform To Bee or Not to Bee at 11:30am. This performance is about a farmer and his bees and is enjoyable for all ages. 413-263-6853. 765 State Street. Springfield, MA.

Saturday, July 12, 11am-3pm – CELEBRATION: The Berkshire Humane Society is holding a 4th Birthday Celebration for Purradise, their cat adoption center. In addition to animals being up for adoption, there will be face painting, kids’ games and activities, a bake sale, and more. 413-717-4244. 301 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA.

Saturday, July 12, 1pm – HISTORY: Explore Naumkeag’s mansions and learn how the property’s servants of the past lived and worked on an “Apples and Pears: Upstairs-Downstairs Tour.” Older students who want to learn more about Gilded Age history will enjoy this tour. Please call to RSVP. 413-298-8138. 5 Prospect Hill Road. Stockbridge, MA. $$

Saturday, July 12, 1pm-3pm – STEM: Kids who are interested in computers and technology can come to the Clapp Memorial Library to participate in Scratch Day! This event is an opportunity for kids to learn the programming language Scratch, which was developed by MIT as an easy-to-learn language that everyone can use. This event is recommended for ages 7 and up. More information is available on the Scratch Day webpage. Space is limited; register ASAP! 413-323-0417. 19 South Main Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 12, 1pm-3pm – SUSTAINABILITY: The Hitchcock Center for the Environment is holding “Growing Our Own: Families Working Together for a More Sustainable Life” at Old Field Farm. Tour the farm and learn about how families can better live off the land. Old Field Farm is home to three families who are living cooperatively and raising most of their own food through permaculture and organic gardening. On the tour you can learn about life on the farm, see the gardens, hoop houses, and crops, the newly-renovated, energy-efficient 1800s farmhouse, and more. Space is limited; call to register. 413-256-6006. Leverett, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 12, 1pm-5pm – INSECT STUDIES: The Caterpillar Lab will visit the Berkshire Museum on July 12 with over 50 different species of native caterpillars and their host plants. Biologist and educator Sam Jaffe will teach you all about the caterpillars and their fascinating adaptations. Free with museum admission. Check with your local library to see if they have museum passes available. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Saturday, July 12, 2pm – SCIENCE FICTION: Star Wars fans ages 5 and up can attend a Star Wars Symposium at the Jones Library! Come by for a character identification game, costume contest, videos on the legacy of the films, and a trivia game. This is a fun chance to meet and spend time with fellow Star Wars fans in a fun, friendly environment. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 12, 2pm & 7pm – THEATER: Spectrum Playhouse presents a production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, designed and performed by students from the CIP Berkshire Center. This classic Broadway comedy musical takes place in ancient Rome and tells the story of a slave who tries to gain freedom by helping his master win the heart of a woman. 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street. Lee, MA. $

Saturday, July 12, 2pm-4pm – STEM: The Ramsdell Library presents “Robots on the Run,” a workshop for kids ages 10 and up presented by the Rhode Island Computer Museum. Kids can learn about basic circuits and how to build a simple robot using programmable electronics, including blinking lights, motors, sounds, and more. Registration is required. 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street. Housatonic, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 12, 2pm-5pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Kingman Tavern Museum reopens for the season on July 12, and will be open through August 30. The museum is an early 1800s house with 17 rooms, a replica country store, a barn, a cider mill, and a carriage shed. The museum is a great local resource for those interested in discovering the history of Cummington and the Hilltowns. 41 Main Street. Cummington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 12, 2:30pm & 3:30pm – CONCERT: Join the Porter-Phelps Huntington House Museum for A Perfect Spot of Tea, their summer tea and music series based on the colonial tradition. Sit on the museum’s back veranda and enjoy tea, pastries, and live music. This week, Show of Cards will perform a hybrid of traditional folk and rock/jazz. 413-584-4699. 130 River Drive. Hadley, MA. $

Saturday, July 12, 4pm-5:30pm – STEAM: Discover the connections between art and science at the Berkshire Museum’s “Where Art and Science Meet: A Conversation” with contemporary artist Paul Villinski, scientist Dr. Rudi Mattoni, and gallery owner/arts professional Sally Morgan Lehman. They will discuss environmental issues, species extinction and human intervention, the interface between science and art, and the role of fine art in affecting societal change. Older students interested in art and science will enjoy this discussion. Free with museum admission – check with your local library to see if you can check out a museum pass! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Saturday, July 12, 4pm-6pm – HISTORY: See Sally Mummey perform “Mary Todd Lincoln: An Unconventional Woman” at Ventfort Hall on July 12. Mummey will wear authentic 1860s clothing and will tell the story of Mary Todd Lincoln’s life, including her childhood, courtship and marriage to Abraham Lincoln, motherhood, the road to the White House, her political interests, and her life after the assassination of her husband. This show offers unique insight into Mary Todd Lincoln’s life and would be interesting to older students who want to learn more about U.S. history. Tickets can be purchased in advance. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. $$-$$$

Saturday, July 12, 5pm-8pm – ART WALK: Explore Easthampton’s local art scene at this month’s Art Walk. 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, July 12, 7pm – THEATER: Ja’Duke presents a production of Fiddler on the Roof this July at the Shea Theater. This Tony Award-winning musical takes place in Imperial Russia in 1905 and tells the story of a father who attempts to maintain his family and Jewish religious traditions despite outside influences. Students who enjoy theater and musicals will enjoy this performance. 413-863-0001. 71 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. $

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Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Ongoing Sunday Events

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, July 13, 9am-3pm – FESTIVAL: Celebrate summer at Outlook Farm‘s annual Cherry Festival! There will be a community craft and tag sale (9am-3pm), a pig roast and barbecue (12noon-3pm), and live music (1pm-3pm). This is a fun community celebration for all ages! 413-529-9388. Route 66. Westhampton, MA.

Sunday, July 13, 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, July 13, 1pm – MUSIC: The Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood presents Watch and Play, a program designed to engage kids ages 3-10 in Tanglewood’s musical experience. Musicians will present an interactive musical performance in order to teach kids about musical concepts, instruments, and concert themes. This program is free with tickets to the Sunday afternoon performance. 617-266-1200. 297 West Street. Lenox, MA. $$-$$$

Sunday, July 13, 1pm-3pm – INSECT STUDIES: Explore Mountain Meadow Preserve and search for butterflies with The Trustees of Reservations and naturalist Pam Weatherbee. You can learn about different native butterflies and see the forests, fields, wetlands, and wildflower meadow of the preserve. 413-458-3135. Mason Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 13, 2pm – THEATER: Ja’Duke presents a production of Fiddler on the Roof this July at the Shea Theater. This Tony Award-winning musical takes place in Imperial Russia in 1905 and tells the story of a father who attempts to maintain his family and Jewish religious traditions despite outside influences. Students who enjoy theater and musicals will enjoy this performance. 413-863-0001. 71 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. $

Sunday, July 13, 2pm – FILM: Join Amherst Cinema for Big Screen Classics, where they screen a classic film each Sunday and following Wednesday. This week, see Citizen Kane (1941; rated PG), the groundbreaking film by Orson Welles. This is a great way for families to experience classic films on the big screen! 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. $

Sunday, July 13, 2pm-4pm – LOCAL HISTORY: What was it like crossing the Connecticut River before the construction of our modern bridges? Learn about the history of local bridges and the difficulties associated with building them while riding around Turners Falls and Montague City on a leisurely bike tour with the Great Falls Discovery Center. This is a fun and engaging way to learn local history by exploring our towns and villages. Bring a bike and helmet. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 13, 2pm-4pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Join the Buckland Historical Society for an open house at Buckland Historical Society Museum (20 Upper Street) and the Wilder Homestead (129 Route 112). Here you can see many interesting artifacts and town records, a furnished 1775 saltbox, a 1779 English barn, and a shoemaker shop. Those who are interested in local history will enjoy having the opportunity to explore these great local sites. 413-625-9763. Buckland, MA.

Sunday, July 13, 2pm-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, July 13, 2pm-5pm – LGBT STUDIES/LOCAL HISTORY: The Sexual Minorities Archives is offering a LGBT walking tour of Northampton – “Journey Through Lesbian Mecca: The Northampton LGBTQ History Walking Tour.” Join the Archives on this exploration of Northampton’s queer history, dating back to 1898 and all the way up to today, with a tour of the city’s LGBTQ-owned businesses. Older teens interested in LGBT studies and local studies will enjoy this tour. Proceeds benefit the Archives’ Sexual Minority Education Foundation. Please call or email kent.eliz@gmail.com to sign up – registration is required. 508-369-3711. Northampton, MA. $$

Sunday, July 13, 3pm-5:30pm – LAWN CONCERT/NATURE STUDIES: Enjoy live music in a beautiful outdoor setting with The Trustees of Reservations’ Second Sunday Lawn Concerts at Field Farm. Each month features a different musician and style of music. From 3pm-4pm, you can attend a guided nature walk (no cost) and explore the grounds and trails at Field Farm. 413-532-1631 x11. 554 Sloan Road. Williamstown, MA. >$

Sunday, July 13, 5pm-8pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Come to Williamstown’s Summer Sundays for hands-on art activities, live music, pony rides, food, yoga, and more. Stick around for Images Cinema’s Family Flicks Under the Stars outdoor movie program. Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 13, 5:30pm-8pm – COMMUNITY SING & DINNER: Earthdance is holding a community sing (5:30pm) and potluck (7pm) tonight! Penny Schultz, Earthdance co-founder, brings community members together through song. This event is open to all ages, engaging children in music and singing in an intergenerational environment. 413-634-5678. 252 Prospect Street. Plainfield, MA. >$/SUGGESTED DONATION

Sunday, July 13, 8pm – OUTDOOR MOVIE: Join Images Cinema on Morgan Lawn for Family Flicks Under the Stars. This week, come see Casablanca (1942; rated PG), the classic romantic drama starring Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart. 413-458-5612. Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

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Monday, July 14th, 2014

Monday, July 14, TBA – LAWN CONCERT: The Tilton Library presents their Monday Night Music series of concerts on the library lawn. On July 14, Wooden Ships will perform original music and cover folk songs. 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, July 14, 10am, 1pm, & 6:30pm – THEATER: Majestic Children’s Theater presents a production of Fantastic Mr. Fox this July and August. Kids and adults will enjoy seeing this classic Roald Dahl story come to life onstage! 413-747-7797. 131 Elm Street. West Springfield, MA. $

Monday, July 14, 10am-5pm – AVIATION/STEM: The New England Air Museum is offering fun, educational activities for kids every day this summer! From July 14-July 16, museum visitors can build a zipline that can carry a ping pong ball! This is a great way to get involved in a fun and creative engineering project. 860-623-3305. 36 Perimeter Road. Windsor Locks, CT. $

Monday, July 14, 10:30am-11:30am – NATURE STUDIES: Kids ages 8-11 are invited to participate in the Great Falls Discovery Center‘s Junior Ranger program on July 7, 14, 21, and 28. Learn about the plants and animals living in the Connecticut River watershed and explore your surroundings at this fun program. Space is limited; registration is required. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Monday, July 14, 10:30am-11:30am – STEM: South Berkshire Kids is offering a STEM program for kids ages 3-7 at the Lee Library on July 7, 14, 21, and 28. Come by for fun STEM learning activities. 413-464-5095. 100 Main Street. Lee, MA. (FREE)

Monday, July 14, 1pm-3:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: The Wistariahurst Museum presents Art in the Museum, a series of art programs from July 14-July 17. Ages 8 and up can come make historically-inspired works of art. On July 14, you can make glass mosaics. Pre-registration is required. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. $$

Monday, July 14, 2pm – FAMILY MOVIE: Families can come see The Absent-Minded Professor (1961; rated G) at the Westfield Athenaeum. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA.

Monday, July 14, 2pm – THEATER: The Berkshire Theatre Group presents Very Good Eddie as part of their Ellenoff Musical Theatre Series. This Tony Award-winning Jerome Kern musical was very popular in the early 1900s and tells the story of two mismatched couples. This performance would be best for older students and adults interested in musical theater. Takes place at the Colonial Theatre. 413-997-4444. 111 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION $)

Monday, July 14, 6pm-7pm – BOOK CLUB: Teens in grades 9-12 can participate in a summer book club at the Sunderland Public Library. Choose books to read and then come together to discuss them. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Monday, July 14, 6pm-7:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: Pack a picnic and head to the S. White Dickinson Memorial Library for an outdoor performance by Old Country Road. 413-665-2170. 202 Chestnut Plain Road. Whately, MA.

Monday, July 14, 6:30pm – MOVEMENT: Come to the Westhampton Public Library for Rhythmic Revolutions with Alotta Hoopla. Have fun moving with hoops of all sizes. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

Monday, July 14, 7pm – LOCAL HISTORY: You may know about Edith Wharton’s home, The Mount, but did you know that it’s considered to be haunted? Come see for yourself on one of The Mount’s ghost tours. The tour will take you through the stables and the main house, where you will learn about and even witness the property’s haunted creaks and footsteps. Not recommended for children under 12. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 413-551-5100. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. $$

Monday, July 14, 7pm – GHOSTS: Teens (grades 6+) and adults can attend “Ghostology 101” by Agawam Paranormal at Forbes Library on July 14. Come learn all about ghost hunting terminology, equipment, and skills. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

ONGOING FOR MONDAYS (We are building up our summer ongoing list! To add your free ongoing event/activity here, email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org)

  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center is holding a Summer Park Play Date at Jackson Street School’s playground every Monday from June 30 until August 4. 413-582-2636. 120 Jackson Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Young children can attend Tales and Tunes storytime at the M.N. Spear Memorial Library every Monday in July and August. 413-259-1213. 10 Cooleyville Road. Shutesbury, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-5pm – HISTORY: Join the Trustees of Reservations every day for tours of Naumkeag’s Mansion House, a 44-room Gilded Age summer home. The Mansion has all the original artwork and furniture from the time period. Visitors can also tour the Fletcher Steele-designed gardens. 413-298-3239 x3013. 5 Prospect Hill Road. Stockbridge, MA. $
  • 11am – HISTORY: Kids can experience a day in the life of a Shaker child on one of Hancock Shaker Village’s Young Shaker’s Tour, which take place every day at 11am this summer. Kids, accompanied by an adult, can learn about school for Shaker children, meet the barn animals, and do a hands-on activity. Check with your local library to see if you can get a museum pass to HSV! Young Shaker’s Tour is not included in cost of admission. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield, 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.
  • 1pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Teens can do a fun arts and crafts project/experiment at theEmily Williston Memorial Library every Monday as part of the teen summer reading program. 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 1:30pm-2:30pm – LITERACY: Every Monday in July and August, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art offers a Summer Reading Buddies program with dogs from Bright Spot Therapy Dogs. Kids ages 4-11 can practice their reading skills by reading aloud to one of these trained therapy dogs, who offer nonjudgmental support and make a great audience. Free with museum admission. Call to sign up for a time slot. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. $
  • 2pm-3pm – INSECT STUDIES: Every Monday in July and August, study the caterpillars in the Berkshire Museum‘s “Butterflies” exhibition and learn about their life stages at a “Caterpillar Chat.” Discover some of their amazing adaptations at this program. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $
  • 2pm-3pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: The West Springfield Public Library is offering a guided arts and crafts program for ages 9-15 every Monday from June 30-August 4. Please register. 413-736-4561 x3. 511 Main Street. West Springfield, 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, July 15th, 2014

Tuesday, July 15, 9:30am-10:30am & 6:30pm-7:30pm – YOGA: All ages can attend free outdoor yoga together from 9:30am-10:30am at Pulaski Park (Main Street) and from 6:30pm-7:30pm at Childs Park (Woodlawn Avenue) with instructor Beth Tascione. This is a great chance for kids to participate in an intergenerational activity and to try out yoga to see if they like it! Every Tuesday in July. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 15, 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Kids 6 and under and a parent/caregiver are invited to attend a drop-in playgroup at Sunderland Elementary School, held by Frontier Regional CFCE. The group focuses on early literacy and there will be indoor and outdoor time, snacks, and info on childcare and community resources. Takes place Tuesday July 8, 15, 22, 29, and August 5 and 12, as well as Friday July 11 and August 1. 413-369-4353. Old Amherst Road. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 15, 10am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Look Park’s Children’s Series is back this summer with tons of great performances! This week, Caravan Puppets will perform exciting puppet tales. 413-584-5457. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA. $

Tuesday, July 15, 10am & 1pm – THEATER: Majestic Children’s Theater presents a production of Fantastic Mr. Fox this July and August. Kids and adults will enjoy seeing this classic Roald Dahl story come to life onstage! 413-747-7797. 131 Elm Street. West Springfield, MA. $

Tuesday, July 15, 10am-11am – STEM/ARTS: Kids ages 3-6 can come to the Dalton Free Public Library for a weekly program focused on integrating science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. There will be storytime, arts and crafts, and a snack. 413-684-6112. 462 Main Street. Dalton, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 15, 10am-11am – STEM: The Hatfield Public Library is offering a STEM program for kids ages 2-5. This is a great way for young kids to get interested in STEM learning and activities. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 15, 11am-12noon – STEM: Kids ages 5-12 can learn how rockets work and even make their own at the Hatfield Public Library. This is a great chance to get kids engaged in science, technology, and engineering while having fun being creative. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 15, 11am-12noon – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Kids can enjoy a fun-filled performance by the Toe Jam Puppet Band at the East Longmeadow Public Library on July 15! The show features interactive songs, stories, and puppets. Registration is required. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 15, 1pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids ages 5-12 can do a craft activity at the Berkshire Athenaeum on July 15. Come make noisemakers and test them out! Registration is required. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 15, 1pm-3:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: The Wistariahurst Museum presents Art in the Museum, a series of art programs from July 14-July 17. Ages 8 and up can come make historically-inspired works of art. On July 15, you can make hand stamps and prints. Pre-registration is required. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. $$

Tuesday, July 15, 2pm-3pm – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Kids can come to Forbes Library for a special summer reading program with magician Greg McAdams and his dog Axel. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 15, 3pm – ARTS AND CRAFTS/LANGUAGE ARTS: Join Odyssey Bookshop for Camp Odyssey! This once-a-week camp features a weekly book and activities to go along with it. Recommended for kids age 5 and up, this week’s book/activity is “Grass Hair Funny Face Jars.” Registration is required by July 13. 514-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA. >$

Tuesday, July 15, 5pm-6pm – WRITING: Kids in grades 5-12 can come to the Sunderland Public Library for a writing workshop with authors and illustrators. Practice your writing skills and do creative writing exercises. Runs every Tuesday from June 24-July 29. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 15, 6pm – STORYTIME: The Westfield Athenaeum is hosting a pajama storytime for kids ages 2-4. Kids should come dressed in pajamas and can even bring along a favorite stuffed animal. Please register in advance. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 15, 6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: Musical Moments at Amelia’s Garden, the Amelia Park Ice Arena summer concert series, presents ’30s and ’40s favorites by Agawam Melody Band. 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, July 15, 7pm – SPORTS: Enjoy America’s pastime this summer at one of the Pittsfield Suns’ home games at Wahconah Park! Come watch the game and eat classic ballpark food. A full schedule of the team’s home and away games can be found on the Pittsfield Suns website. 413-445-7867. 105 Wahconah Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

ONGOING FOR TUESDAYS (We are building up our summer ongoing list! To add your free ongoing event/activity here, email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org)

  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: Join the South Hadley Family Center for playgroup every Tuesday morning in July and August. In July, come to Beachgrounds Park (Main Street) and in August, come to Buttery Brook Park (Willimansett Street). Rain cancels. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids can do a fun arts and crafts project/experiment at theEmily Williston Memorial Library every Tuesday as part of the youth summer reading program. 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – ART: Kids ages 7 and up can draw and paint at the Norman Rockwell Museum‘s Summer Sketch Club every Tuesday this summer. Bring a sketchbook or drawing pad. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183 Stockbridge, MA. >$
  • 10am-5pm – HISTORY: Join the Trustees of Reservations every day for tours of Naumkeag’s Mansion House, a 44-room Gilded Age summer home. The Mansion has all the original artwork and furniture from the time period. Visitors can also tour the Fletcher Steele-designed gardens. 413-298-3239 x3013. 5 Prospect Hill Road. Stockbridge, MA. $
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Come to the Goodwin Memorial Library every Tuesday for storytime! Runs all year. 413-584-7451. Route 47 & Route 9. Hadley, MA.
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Storytime for toddlers at the Berkshire Athenaeum. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 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 – CHILDREN’S CONCERT: Every Tuesday at 11am, Terry A La Berry and Friends will perform in the Roche Reading Park at the Lenox Library. Kids will love these fun interactive concerts! 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am – HISTORY: Kids can experience a day in the life of a Shaker child on one of Hancock Shaker Village’s Young Shaker’s Tour, which take place every day at 11am this summer. Kids, accompanied by an adult, can learn about school for Shaker children, meet the barn animals, and do a hands-on activity. Check with your local library to see if you can get a museum pass to HSV! Young Shaker’s Tour is not included in cost of admission. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield, MA. $-$$
  • 1:30pm-3pm – KNITTING: Spend time knitting with others and improving your knitting skills at the Emily Williston Memorial Library‘s knitting group. Runs every Tuesday. 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, 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. >$
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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)

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Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 10am & 1pm – THEATER: Majestic Children’s Theater presents a production of Fantastic Mr. Fox this July and August. Kids and adults will enjoy seeing this classic Roald Dahl story come to life onstage! 413-747-7797. 131 Elm Street. West Springfield, MA. $

Wednesday, July 16, 10am-11am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: The South Hadley Family Center presents their 6th Annual Summer Children’s Concert Series in Buttery Brook Park. This week, come hear John Porcino perform songs and stories from around the world. Bring a blanket and enjoy this fun outdoor concert for all ages! 123 Willimansett Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE/DONATIONS ACCEPTED)

Wednesday, July 16, 10:30am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Davis Bates and Roger Tincknell present “This Land is Your Land” at the Westfield Athenaeum on July 16. All ages will enjoy their program of stories and songs. Please register in advance. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 16, 1pm – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Magician Steve Wronker will be at Davis Auditorium in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts to present a Dig Into Reading Magic Show. Learn about dinosaurs and fossils and celebrate reading at this funny magic show. Seating is limited. Free with museum admission. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. $$

Wednesday, July 16, 1pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: “Summer Spectacular Family Series” at Springfield Museums continues with top-tier performers from around the region! Today is “wonderful Wednesdays” in the Davis Auditorium with Dig Into Reading Magic Show by Steve Wronker. Come early for a live reptile demo, daily planetarium shows, and impromptu science demonstrations by the Roving Scientist at the Museum’s Family Science Adventures. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. $$

Wednesday, July 16, 1pm-2pm – WRITING: Kids ages 7-10 can attend a writer’s workshop at the Dalton Free Public Library every Wednesday from July 16 through August 20. Here kids can explore the joy of fiction writing, narratives, poetry, and more. This is a great environment for kids to practice and discuss writing – the workshop is led by Sarah DiFazio, a 2nd-grade teacher and speech and language pathologist. 413-684-6112. 462 Main Street. Dalton, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 16, 1pm-3:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: The Wistariahurst Museum presents Art in the Museum, a series of art programs from July 14-July 17. Ages 8 and up can come make historically-inspired works of art. On July 16, you can make house markers for your home. Pre-registration is required. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. $$

Wednesday, July 16, 2pm – DANCE: Maureen Shea of Grasshoppa Dance. will lead a contemporary dance class for kids and adults at RH Conwell for campers and their families, as well as community members. You will learn contemporary dance techniques, dance improvisation, and more. No experience necessary. 413-634-5431. 147 Huntington Road. Worthington, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 16, 2pm – NATURE STUDIES/PUPPETRY: Join Dickinson Memorial Library for “Nature Stories Puppet Show: The Twig Family in the Oak Tree.” Kids will enjoy this puppet show about a family that lives in a tree. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 16, 2pm-3pm – STEM: Kids ages 5 and up can attend Experimentology at the East Longmeadow Public Library. Come see cool experiments that use lemons! Registration is required. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 16, 3:30pm-4:30pm – BOOK CLUB: Kids in grades 5-8 can participate in a tween summer book club at the Sunderland Public Library. Choose books to read and then come together to discuss them. Runs every Wednesday until July 30. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 16, 4pm-5pm – STEM: Grow Food Amherst will have a special event for kids each week at the Amherst Wednesday Market in Kendrick Park. This week, David Lovler aka Dr. Worm will do a geometry program. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 16, 5pm-6pm – DANCE: Kids in grades 5-12 can come to the Sunderland Public Library‘s dance club on Wednesday evenings. Learn jazz, hip hop, swing, ballet, salsa, bellydance, and more. No dance experience is required, so this is a great chance to try something new! Registration is required. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA.

Wednesday, July 16, 6pm – STEM: Learn all about volcanoes at M.N. Spear Memorial Library! Kids can come decorate their own volcano in the second part of this three-part volcano series. Please call to register. 413-259-1213. 10 Cooleyville Road. Shutesbury, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 16, 6pm – LOCAL FOOD: Cricket Creek will be at Bascom Lodge to discuss their artisanal cheeses made locally in the Berkshires. Older students and cheese-lovers will enjoy this event. Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 16, 6pm-7pm – STEM: Join the Heath Free Public Library at the Heath Fairgrounds’ Blue Exhibit Hall for some fun summer reading-related science experiments! These fun programs will get kids engaged in both summer reading and STEM learning. 413-337-4934 x7. 9 Hosmer Road. Heath, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 16, 6pm-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Have fun with family and friends at the Positively Holyoke summer concert series at Heritage State Park every Wednesday from July 9 through August 6. This week, Brass Attack will perform classic hits. There will also be a beer and wine garden. In case of rain, concert takes place on Thursday of the same week. Appleton Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 16, 6:30pm – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Enjoy a performance by Two of a Kind at the Pelham Library on July 16. Kids will enjoy this fun concert. 413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 16, 6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: The Porter-Phelps-Huntington House Museum’s summer concert series, Wednesday Folk Traditions, takes place every Wednesday this summer. July 16′s concert is by the Women of Faith Ensemble, who will perform gospel music. Bring a picnic blanket and chairs and enjoy this exciting performance. 413-584-4699. 130 River Drive. Hadley, MA. $

Wednesday, July 16, 7pm – SPORTS: Enjoy America’s pastime this summer at one of the Pittsfield Suns’ home games at Wahconah Park! Come watch the game and eat classic ballpark food. A full schedule of the team’s home and away games can be found on the Pittsfield Suns website. 413-445-7867. 105 Wahconah Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Wednesday, July 16, 7pm – GARDENING/SUSTAINABILITY: Grow Food Amherst and Sustaining Amherst are offering a workshop on Sustainable Yard Care at the Bangs Community Center. Learn how to manage your lawn using organic and environmentally sound methods. Anyone interested in learning how to better care for their lawns would enjoy this free workshop. Please RSVP. 413-259-3149. 4 Boltwood Walk. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 16, 7:30pm – THEATER: The Williamstown Theatre Festival presents a free outdoor performance of Robin Hood at Poker Flats Field. Pack a picnic dinner and bring the whole family to enjoy this funny adaptation of the classic tale. 413-458-3200. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 16, 7:30pm – FILM: Join Amherst Cinema for Big Screen Classics, where they screen a classic film each Sunday and following Wednesday. This week, see Citizen Kane (1941; rated PG), the groundbreaking film by Orson Welles. This is a great way for families to experience classic films on the big screen! 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. $

ONGOING FOR WEDNESDAYS (We are building up our summer ongoing list! To add your free ongoing event/activity here, email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org)

  • 10am-11:30am – ART: The Norman Rockwell Museum hosts, “Creating Together: A Parent-Child Experience,” an art workshop featuring a gallery tour and hands-on art making. Each week brings a new theme and art style to explore. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183 Stockbridge, MA. ($)
  • 10am-5pm – HISTORY: Join the Trustees of Reservations every day for tours of Naumkeag’s Mansion House, a 44-room Gilded Age summer home. The Mansion has all the original artwork and furniture from the time period. Visitors can also tour the Fletcher Steele-designed gardens. 413-298-3239 x3013. 5 Prospect Hill Road. Stockbridge, MA. $
  • 10am – FAMILY MOVIE: Looking for a way to cool down or get out of the rain this summer? Cinemark’s Summer Movie Clubhouse screens a kids movie (rated G or PG) every Wednesday at 10am at their three Western Mass locations – Hadley (367 Russell Street), Springfield (1655 Boston Road), and West Springfield (864 Riverdale Street). Come see great movies at a great price! Western Massachusetts. >$
  • 10am-10:45am – STORYTIME: The West Springfield Public Library is offering a summer storytime for preschoolers every Wednesday from July 2 until August 6. Please register. 413-736-4561 x3. 511 Main Street. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – STORYTIME/STEM: Elementary school-aged kids can come to the Arms Library for fun STEM programming every Wednesday morning this summer, from July 2 until August 6. Come enjoy storytime and learn about things like gardens, space, the ocean, robots, how to make ice cream, and much more! These hands-on activities can get kids engaged in STEM learning. 413-625-0306. Main Street & Bridge Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – STORYTIME: Kids can attend a fun storytime at the Leverett Library every Wednesday in July and August. 413-548-9220. 75 Montague Road. Leverett, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Children (ages 5+) and their parents can come to the Mead Art Museum for storytime every Wednesday at 10:30am. Come hear stories and explore connections between the stories and the art on display at the Mead. Runs to August 13. 413-542-2335. 41 Quadrangle Drive. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 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.
  • 11am – HISTORY: Kids can experience a day in the life of a Shaker child on one of Hancock Shaker Village’s Young Shaker’s Tour, which take place every day at 11am this summer. Kids, accompanied by an adult, can learn about school for Shaker children, meet the barn animals, and do a hands-on activity. Check with your local library to see if you can get a museum pass to HSV! Young Shaker’s Tour is not included in cost of admission. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield, MA. $-$$
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Every Wednesday at 11am, head to the Dickinson Memorial Library for story hour. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 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.
  • 12noon-4pm – GAMES: All ages can come to the Dalton Free Public Library for games every Wednesday from July 9 until August 27. Board games, puzzles, card games, and more. 413-684-6112. 462 Main Street. Dalton, MA. (FREE)
  • 1:30pm-4:30pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Learn about some fascinating local history at the Swift River Valley Historical Society every Wednesday and Sunday from 1:30pm-4:30pm through September 28. Tour the building, see interesting exhibits, and learn about the Quabbin Reservoir and the towns that were flooded for its creation. 978-544-6882. 40 Elm Street. New Salem, MA.
  • 3pm – ARTS & CRAFTS/NATURE STUDIES: Every Wednesday at 3pm, head to the Dickinson Memorial Library for a nature craft. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 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. $
  • 4:30pm-5:30pm – AGRICULTURE/STEM: Kids ages 8 and up can attend the Mason Library‘s 4-H Club every Wednesday from July 2 until August 13. The club focuses on topics like animals, motion, science, engineering, chemical reactions, and more. Registration is required. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA.t
  • 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. (>$)
  • 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)
  • 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, July 17, 2014

Thursday, July 17, 10am – STORYTIME: Young children ages 6 months to 3 years can come to Little Ones Library Time Sampler at the Westfield Athenaeum. There will be stories, songs, fingerplays, and playtime. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 17, 10am-11am – STORYTIME: Kids ages 0-5 can enjoy storytime at the Dalton Free Public Library every Thursday from July 10 until August 7. Come by for stories, snacks, and crafts. 413-684-6112. 462 Main Street. Dalton, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 17, 10am-5pm – AVIATION/STEM: The New England Air Museum is offering fun, educational activities for kids every day this summer! From July 17-July 20, museum visitors can design and build their own straw rockets! Complete this engineering project and then test out the rockets by flying them at a target. 860-623-3305. 36 Perimeter Road. Windsor Locks, CT. $

Thursday, July 17, 10:30am – SCIENCE/MAGIC: Kids ages 4 and up can attend a “Famous Scientists” magic show at the West Springfield Public Library. Come learn about some famous scientists and see cool magic tricks! 413-736-4561. 511 Main Street. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 17, 10:30am-11:30am – ANIMAL STUDIES: Teaching Creatures will be at the Worthington Library for a live animal presentation. Learn about animals’ unique adaptations and how they defend themselves against predators. Registration is required. 413-238-5565. 1 Huntington Road. Worthington, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 17, 11am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Kids can come to the Holyoke Public Library for the Mad Scientist Show. Come see amazing science-related magic tricks at this fun show. 413-420-8101. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 17, 11am – PUPPETRY: Summer reading program participants can attend a performance by Lionheart Puppets at the Lenox Library on July 17. The group will put on a production of “The Reluctant Dragon.” 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 17, 11am-12noon – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Ed the Wizard will be at the Lee Library sharing his magical secrets and showing his Alchemy Laboratory. 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street. Lee, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 17, 12noon – NATURE STUDIES: Explore the natural history of the Forbes Library grounds with naturalist Laurie Saunders. Walk around the historic grounds learning about geology, plant life, and animal life. Best for older students interested in science and nature. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 17, 1pm – PUPPETRY/PERFORMANCE: The Tanglewood Marionettes will perform Cinderella at the Springfield Museums’ Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts’ Davis Auditorium. Come see these beautifully crafted marionette puppets dance, play instruments, juggle, and more at this fun performance. Free with museum admission. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. $$

Thursday, July 17, 1pm – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Join the Berkshire Athenaeum for “Comedy and Magic,” a performance by Robb Preskins. All ages will enjoy this hilarious magic show! 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 17, 1pm – PUPPETRY: See a Tanglewood Marionettes performance of Cinderella at Davis Auditorium in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. This classic tale will be told and performed with beautifully costumed marionettes. Seating is limited. Free with museum admission. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. $$

Thursday, July 17, 1pm-2pm – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Mime and storyteller Robert Rivest presents “Fizz, Boom, Read: Science in Motion!” at the East Longmeadow Public Library. The program is about the science of motion and movement and is open to all ages. Registration is required. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 17, 1pm-2pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Kids who are participating in the summer reading program can learn all about service dogs at the Emily Williston Memorial Library on July 17. Discover how these dogs are trained, selected, and more at this educational program. 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 17, 1pm-3:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: The Wistariahurst Museum presents Art in the Museum, a series of art programs from July 14-July 17. Ages 8 and up can come make historically-inspired works of art. On July 17, you can create embossed paper and leather cuffs . Pre-registration is required. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. $$

Thursday, July 17, 1pm-4pm – GAMES: Enjoy super sized versions of games like Twister, Sorry, Bananagrams, TicTacToe, and more at the Wilbraham Public Library. This unique event gives kids and teens a chance to play some of their favorite games on a larger scale outdoors! Grades 3-6 can come play giant games from 1pm-2:30pm and grades 6-12 can play from 2:30pm-4pm. Registration is required. 413-596-6141. 25 Crane Park Drive. Wilbraham, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 17, 2pm-4pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Ages 4 and up can do a fun robot craft activity at the Jones Library. Connect STEM and the summer reading theme with art at this program. Registration is required. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 17, 3pm-4:30pm – STEM: Have fun with physics Bushnell-Sage Library on July 17. Kids can come learn all about physics through hands-on activities. 413-229-7004. 48 Main Street. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 17, 5pm-8pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Upstreet Pittsfield’s family friendly street festival, 3rd.Thursdays, happens every third Thursday until October! This Thursday’s theme is “All the World’s a Stage.” Come celebrate and explore Pittsfield while participating in fun activities, watching theater performances, and eating great food. This event also kicks off Pittsfield’s Shakespeare in the Park series, which runs from July 17-27. 413-499-9348. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

Thursday, July 17, 5pm-8pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Lenox residents of all ages can attend a free community evening at The Mount on July 17. Pack a picnic and enjoy the grounds or purchase food from the cafe, play some bingo, and explore the house, grounds, and exhibitions. Transportation is available – call for info. 413-637-5535. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 17, 6pm-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Coop Concerts Summer Concert Series takes place weekly at Greenfield Energy Park. This week’s show features Joe Graveline, Small Change, and the Pat and Tex LaMountain Band. 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, July 17, 6:30pm – STEM: Kids ages 10 and up can come to the Westhampton Public Library for Walkalong Gliders with Phil Rossoni. Create an updraft and pilot your own craft at this fun STEM activity! Please sign up in advance. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 17, 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 Free Range Cats. 90 Park Street. Florence, MA.

Thursday, July 17, 7pm – FILM/LOCAL HISTORY: Ventfort Hall presents “Ventfort Films: A Berkshire Connection,” a series focusing on films that are in some way connected to the Berkshires. This week, come see Cider House Rules (1999; rated PG-13), part of which was filmed at Ventfort Hall! Tjasa Sprague, who worked on the set of the film, will tell about her experiences working with the crew. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION $)

Thursday, July 17, 7:30pm – THEATER: The Williamstown Theatre Festival presents a free outdoor performance of Robin Hood at Poker Flats Field. Pack a picnic dinner and bring the whole family to enjoy this funny adaptation of the classic tale. 413-458-3200. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 17, 8pm – THEATER: Pittsfield’s Shakespeare in the Park kicks off on July 17 and runs Thursday-Sunday until July 27. This year, you can come see A Midsummer Night’s Dream for free at Springside Park. The show features a cast of local actors and kids and is a great chance for the whole family to experience this classic Shakespeare romantic comedy in a lovely outdoor setting. There will be free, interactive workshops at 6pm before the Saturday and Sunday shows. 874 North Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

ONGOING FOR THURSDAYS (We are building up our summer ongoing list! To add your free ongoing event/activity here, email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org)

  • 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.
  • 10am-5pm – HISTORY: Join the Trustees of Reservations every day for tours of Naumkeag’s Mansion House, a 44-room Gilded Age summer home. The Mansion has all the original artwork and furniture from the time period. Visitors can also tour the Fletcher Steele-designed gardens. 413-298-3239 x3013. 5 Prospect Hill Road. Stockbridge, MA. $
  • 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.
  • 11am – HISTORY: Kids can experience a day in the life of a Shaker child on one of Hancock Shaker Village’s Young Shaker’s Tour, which take place every day at 11am this summer. Kids, accompanied by an adult, can learn about school for Shaker children, meet the barn animals, and do a hands-on activity. Check with your local library to see if you can get a museum pass to HSV! Young Shaker’s Tour is not included in cost of admission. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield, MA. $-$$
  • 1pm-3pm – PLAYGROUP: Babies can have fun and make friends at the Forbes Library‘s weekly baby playgroup. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA.
  • 2pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Learn about art at Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum‘s “It’s Cool at the Mead” series of free gallery talks, every Thursday at 2pm and Friday at 11am from June 19-August 22. The gallery talks cover a different topic each time, so take a break from the summer heat and come learn about the Museum’s wonderful collection. 413-542-2335. 41 Quadrangle Drive. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 2:30pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Join the Norman Rockwell Museum for Historic Property Walks every Thursday this summer. Explore the Museum’s 36-acre site and many historic buildings. Free with museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183 Stockbridge, MA. $$
  • 4pm-8pm – GAMES/LEGOS: Families can have fun every Thursday atGaylord Memorial Library‘s game and LEGO night! Stop by for board games, puzzles, LEGOs, and more. 413-538-5047. 47 College Street. South Hadley, 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)
  • 6pm – KNITTING: Every Thursday at 6pm, the Dickinson Memorial Library will hold a knitting and crocheting group for experts, beginners, all skill levels. Come improve your skills, share tips, and learn from others. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)

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Friday, July 18th, 2014

Friday, July 18, REGISTRATION DEADLINE – READING: Does your 10-14 year old love reading? Teens and tweens can participate in a Battle of the Books trivia challenge on September 6 at the Hatfield Public Library, but teams must register by July 18. Each team will read ten books during the summer and then compete in a quiz bowl. Participating libraries are the Hatfield, Pelham, Florence (Lilly), South Hadley, Williamsburg (Meekins), Sunderland, Shutesbury, and Deerfield (Tilton). Stop by your library to find out more and to sign up! Western Massachusetts. (FREE)

Friday, July 18, 10am-11am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Stanley Park’s Friday Mornings for Children run every Friday until August 8. On July 18, see Big Joe the Storyteller present “Around the World in Five Stories.” Young kids will love this fun performance! 413-568-9312. 400 Western Avenue. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, July 18, 10am-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: As part of the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Friday series, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is offering free admission for all on Friday, July 18! The day is loaded with fun events and activities, including live music, storytime, art studio projects, a temporary tattoo station, and much more. This is a great no-cost activity for family members of all ages! 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Friday, July 18, 10am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The Springfield Museums are offering free admission for all on July 18 as part of the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Friday series. Come explore the museums, see their regular and special exhibitions, and enjoy hands-on activities, a reptile demonstration, Hip Hop Dimensions performance (12:30pm & 2:30pm; Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts), and more. This is a great way for the whole family to experience these great local museums at no cost! 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. $$

Friday, July 18, 10:15am-1:15pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Visitors to the Springfield Museums can see a live reptile demonstration at the Springfield Science Museum! Learn about reptile life cycles, habitats, fun facts, and more at this educational demonstration. Free with museum admission. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. $$

Friday, July 18, 2pm-3pm – STEM: Kids can attend a science workshop on all things gross and slimy this Friday at Forbes Library! 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Friday, July 18, 4:30pm – BIRD STUDIES: Join Dickinson Memorial Library for a birds of prey program with Tom Ricardi! Learn about interesting birds of prey and see some close up. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, July 18, 4:30pm-7:15pm – TEEN MOVIE: Teens can come to the Mason Library to see The Dark Knight Rises (2012; rated PG-13), the final installment in the Batman film trilogy. 413-464-5095. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Friday, July 18, 5:30pm-6:30pm – BOOKS: Kids who will enter 4th-6th grade this fall can come to the Hatfield Public Library for pizza, read-aloud, and then Skype with Holly Schindler, author of The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky, and ask her questions about the book! 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, July 18, 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 Old Country Road perform country music. Bring a picnic blanket and the whole family and enjoy the show! 2 Ferry Street. Easthampton, MA.

Friday, July 18, 7pm – SPORTS: Enjoy America’s pastime this summer at one of the Pittsfield Suns’ home games at Wahconah Park! Come watch the game and eat classic ballpark food. A full schedule of the team’s home and away games can be found on the Pittsfield Suns website. 413-445-7867. 105 Wahconah Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Friday, July 18, 7pm – DOCUMENTARY FILM: Laurel Park Arts kicks off the Chautauqua Festival with a screening of Feeding Frenzy, co-sponsored by River Valley Market and the Media Education Foundation. The film is about marketing, the food industry, and the United States’ current health crisis. There will be a panel discussion with local food activists after the screening. Older students interested in food will enjoy this film. 2 Laurel Park. Northampton, MA. >$-$

Friday, July 18, 7pm – BOOKS: Join Odyssey Bookshop for their monthly Young Adult Author Panel! This month, Terra Elan McVoy, Diana Renn, and Gillian Murray Kendall will be at the Odyssey to discuss their books. Come by for raffles, giveaways, and advanced reading copies of books by these authors. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA.

Friday, July 18, 7pm – THEATER: Ja’Duke presents a production of Fiddler on the Roof this July at the Shea Theater. This Tony Award-winning musical takes place in Imperial Russia in 1905 and tells the story of a father who attempts to maintain his family and Jewish religious traditions despite outside influences. Students who enjoy theater and musicals will enjoy this performance. 413-863-0001. 71 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. $

Friday, July 18, 7pm – THEATER: Spectrum Playhouse presents a production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, designed and performed by students from the CIP Berkshire Center. This classic Broadway comedy musical takes place in ancient Rome and tells the story of a slave who tries to gain freedom by helping his master win the heart of a woman. 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street. Lee, MA. $

Friday, July 18, 7:30pm – THEATER: The Williamstown Theatre Festival presents a free outdoor performance of Robin Hood at Poker Flats Field. Pack a picnic dinner and bring the whole family to enjoy this funny adaptation of the classic tale. 413-458-3200. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Friday, July 18, 8pm – THEATER: Pittsfield’s Shakespeare in the Park kicks off on July 17 and runs Thursday-Sunday until July 27. This year, you can come see A Midsummer Night’s Dream for free at Springside Park. The show features a cast of local actors and kids and is a great chance for the whole family to experience this classic Shakespeare romantic comedy in a lovely outdoor setting. There will be free, interactive workshops at 6pm before the Saturday and Sunday shows. 874 North Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

ONGOING FOR FRIDAYS (We are building up our summer ongoing list! 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)

  • 10am-5pm – HISTORY: Join the Trustees of Reservations every day for tours of Naumkeag’s Mansion House, a 44-room Gilded Age summer home. The Mansion has all the original artwork and furniture from the time period. Visitors can also tour the Fletcher Steele-designed gardens. 413-298-3239 x3013. 5 Prospect Hill Road. Stockbridge, MA. $
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Families can attend the “Family Frolic Storytime” every Friday this summer at Gaylord Memorial Library! Enjoy stories, musical plays, and crafts. 413-538-5047. 47 College Street. South Hadley, MA.
  • 10:30am-11:30am – STEM: South Berkshire Kids is hosting a science, technology, engineering, and math program every Friday at the Mason Library for kids ages 3-5. 413-464-5095. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am – HISTORY: Kids can experience a day in the life of a Shaker child on one of Hancock Shaker Village’s Young Shaker’s Tour, which take place every day at 11am this summer. Kids, accompanied by an adult, can learn about school for Shaker children, meet the barn animals, and do a hands-on activity. Check with your local library to see if you can get a museum pass to HSV! Young Shaker’s Tour is not included in cost of admission. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield, MA. $-$$
  • 11am – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Learn about art at Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum‘s “It’s Cool at the Mead” series of free gallery talks, every Thursday at 2pm and Friday at 11am from June 19-August 22. The gallery talks cover a different topic each time, so take a break from the summer heat and come learn about the Museum’s wonderful collection. 413-542-2335. 41 Quadrangle Drive. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12noon – STEM: The West Springfield Public Library is offering “Science Rocks,” a science program for ages 9-15. Takes place every Friday from July 11 until August 8. First session meets Thursday, July 3 instead of Friday. Please register. 413-736-4561 x3. 511 Main Street. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 5pm-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Enjoy a free outdoor concert after hours at The Mount every Friday this summer. 413-551-5100. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: The Chesterfest Americana Music Series runs every Friday until August 29. Bring lawn chairs and a blanket and enjoy live bluegrass, folk, and country music on the West Porch of Chesterwood. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. Kids get in free. 413-298-3579 x25210. 4 Williamsville Road. Stockbridge, MA. $

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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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