Suggested Events for July 19th-25th, 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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BULLETIN BOARD

Jul 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.

Jul 20

Western Mass Jobs with Justice will host its 1st Annual Justice Cup on Jul 20 in Hoyloke at Crosier Field. The festival will include a soccer tournament with divisions for all skill levels and ages. Beets & Barley and Salsarengue Restaurant will serve food. Families will be treated to music by Putamayo artist Jay Mankita and Flame and Peach, face painting and games plus a social justice resource fair to learn about the great work in the region. Code Pink, River Valley Market, Springfield No One Leaves, and many more have teams. The action on the field, cheering crowd, and music over the speakers will ensure a festive atmosphere. Proceeds will be used to support WMJWJ and its organizing project: The Pioneer Valley Workers Center. Register Here.

Through Aug 22

The New England Air Museum will hold family fun programs through the end of the summer. Visitors will have the chance to get up close and personal with the Museum’s 80 display aircraft. A variety of activities will be offered each day such as build and fly challenge activities, flight science demonstrations and the chance to sit in the cockpit of an aircraft. The Museum’s Flight Sim Spot will be open each of these days between 11am-4pm. The Flight Sim Spot allows visitors to use state-of-the-art simulators using real cockpit controls. NEAM is located in Windsor Locks, CT and can be reached at 860-623-3305. Click here for more details on New England Air Museum’s summer programs.

Family Resource Center, a program of Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc., has a playground and park guide for northern Berkshire County.  They also have a Playground Scavenger Hunt game families has participate in together while exploring the different playgrounds, parks and trails in and around northern Berkshire.

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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Saturday, July 19th, 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 our Weather Episode with Guest DJ, Alison Faith Levy. 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 19, 8am – EQUESTRIAN: Learn about horses and see them up close at the Hampshire County Riding Club’s Open Show on July 19. Come see kids and adults show and ride their horses. Kids of all ages who like animals will enjoy seeing all these amazing horses up close. Rain date is July 20. 140 Ball Road. Goshen, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 19, 9am – NATURE STUDIES: Explore one of the most unique natural areas in western Massachusetts with the Great Falls Discovery Center on a hike through the Montague Sand Plains. This area is known for its Cape Cod-like landscape – sandy, dry, and full of plants that thrive in that environment, like scrub oak and pitch pine. Learn about the flora, fauna, and geologic history of the Sand Plains on this intermediate-difficult hike with a DCR interpreter. Meet at Great Falls Discovery Center to carpool. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 19, 9am-12noon – PAINTING: Teens ages 16 and older can attend a free watercolor workshop at Otis Town Hall with local artist Sylvia Foster. Participants will learn how to paint flowers. All materials are provided and there is no charge for the workshop. This is a great opportunity for teens who are interested in art or painting to try their hand at watercolor and get some valuable instruction. Email sylbilfoster@gmail.com or call to register/more for more information. Registration is required. 772-785-6547. 1 North Main Road. Otis, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 19, 9am-2pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: The Housatonic Valley Association is offering a free paddle trip on the Housatonic River! Adults and teens can paddle a section of the river that will be affected by the proposed PCB removal. Enjoy the river and learn about PCB removal proposal and timeline. More information available on the Housatonic Valley Association website. Registration is required; space is limited. 413-394-9796. New Lenox Road. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 19, 9am-5pm – CULTURAL STUDIES/FESTIVAL: The 21st annual Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival is taking place at Look Park! There will be live music, animals, games, historical reenactments, demonstrations, activities, and more! The festival is a fun way for families to celebrate and learn about Scottish history and culture while enjoying all the festival has to offer. 413-862-8095. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA. $$

Saturday, July 19, 9am-6pm – FESTIVAL: Laurel Park Arts is holding their Chautauqua Festival of Ideas on July 19. There are a variety of activities planned for the day, including a guided nature walk with the Broad Brook Coalition, a local history talk by Steve Strimer of Historic Northampton, a barbecue, live music, kids’ activities, a performance by magician Ed Pop, a magic show, a concert, and more. A full schedule of events can be found on the Laurel Park Arts website. 2 Laurel Park. Northampton, MA. >$

Saturday, July 19, 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 19, 9:30am-5pm – HISTORY: It’s Fire and Ice Day at Old Sturbridge Village! Learn about the history of firefighting, enjoy ice cream, and help judge a chili contest. There will be a demonstration of 19th-century hand-pump fire engines, a fire truck parade, an 18th-century ice cream-making demonstration, a scout’s muster, and more! Kids get in free this July and August and firefighters get 50% off today! 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. $$

Saturday, July 19, 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. (FREE)

Saturday, July 19, 10am – NATURE STUDIES: Join Dickinson Memorial Library for a BioBlitz! Help identify and count the plant and animal species in the woods around the library. This is a great opportunity for all ages to get involved in a fun citizen project! 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 19, 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 19, 10am-4pm – FAIR: The third Saturday of June, July, August, and September, attend the Country Fair at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead. There will be crafters, food, activities, and music. 413-442-1793. 780 Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA.

Saturday, July 19, 10am-4pm – POETRY/HISTORY/NATURE STUDIES: Celebrate poet William Cullen Bryant at The Trustees of Reservations’ Bryant Day Celebration. Discover the natural wonders of the William Cullen Bryant Homestead, hear a choral performance, tour the home, see demonstrations, and hear costumed actors read poetry. These activities will help visitors connect with the Homestead and learn about the history and works of the man for whom it is named. 413-532-1631 x10. 207 Bryant Road. Cummington, MA. >$

Saturday, July 19, 10:30am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Join Odyssey Bookshop for their Summer Family Entertainment Series every Saturday this summer at 10:30am. This week, Roger Tincknell will perform music for all ages. 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 19, 11am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Children’s Summer Theater, presented by 22 News, takes place every Saturday at the Eastfield Mall. This week, come enjoy a concert by Mister G. 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 19, 11am – SWIMMING: Families can enjoy a beach day at Musante Beach on July 19. Come by for swimming, music, games, relay races, activities, and a sand castle contest. 413-587-4900. 85 Reservoir Road. Leeds, MA. >$

Saturday, July 19, 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 19, 11am-12:15pm – STEM: Kids who are participating in the summer reading program can learn about rocket launching at the Emily Williston Memorial Library on July 19. 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 19, 11am-2pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: June 21 is Family Fun Day at Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum! There will be family drop-in craft and gallery activities. Discover this great local museum and learn about art at this fun family-oriented event. 413-542-2335. 41 Quadrangle Drive. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 19, 11am-2pm – COMMUNITY MEAL: Children with autism and their families are invited to a picnic at Stanley Park, organized by Community Resources for People with Autism. There will be a bounce house, activities, a barbecue, and more, so come out for this fun community meal at the park! Please bring a side or dessert. RSVP required – please call ASAP. 413-529-2428 x116. 400 Western Avenue. Westfield, MA.

Saturday, July 19, 11am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES/TROLLEYS: The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum is celebrating the restoration of trolley #10 with their annual TrolleyFest! The day includes trolley rides, live music, hands-on cider pressing, weaving, butter making, kids’ activities, and more. Learn about the history of trolleys while having fun at this great local museum! 413-625-9443. 14 Depot Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. >$

Saturday, July 19, 11:30am – MUSIC STUDIES/INNOVATIVE MUSIC: Bang on a Can is a music organization that performs classical, eclectic, and innovative music in a festival at MASS MoCA each year. The whole family is invited to play along with Bang on a Can faculty and fellows at MASS MoCA’s Club B-10. They will bring unique and everyday instruments to demonstrate and let you play along with. Learn about different musical styles and techniques at this exciting interactive performance. 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way. North Adams, MA. >$

Saturday, July 19, 11:30am-12:15pm – STEM: Families with kids in preschool-3rd grade can come to the Mason Library for SIK Science. Come learn about science and have fun making duct tape boats. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Saturday, July 19, 12noon-6pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The annual Gather-In Festival is taking place at Pitt Park. Held by the Berkshire County chapter of the NAACP, Gather-In is the Berkshires’ only traditionally African-American festival. There will be music, games, activities for kids, dance, food vendors, raffles, and more. The event is open to all. 413-841-0542. Columbus Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 19, 1pm – HISTORY: Learn about the Springfield Armory‘s historic weapons at a Blank Firing Demonstration. Visitors can see the weapons, hear the rifles blasting, and smell the burning gunpowder at this demonstration. Seeing the firing demonstration can teach students of all ages about historic weapons and what the Springfield Armory was used for in the past. 413-734-8551. 1 Armory Square. Springfield, MA.

Saturday, July 19, 1pm – THEATER: Amherst Cinema presents a screening of National Theatre Live’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, based on the bestselling book by Mark Haddon. The play is about a teenage boy who is accused of killing a neighbor’s dog, who then does detective work to find the true killer. Older teens and adults will enjoy this fascinating mystery story. It is recommended that you purchase tickets in advance. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. $$

Saturday, July 19, 1pm – CHILDREN’S BOOKS: Aaron Becker, author of the book Journey, will be at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art to discuss his creative process and read from his new wordless picture book, Quest. There will also be a book signing. Free with museum admission. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. $

Saturday, July 19, 1pm-4pm – HIKING: Families can join the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation for a guided interpretive hike on the Fitch Trail. Look for signs of land use history, see an old growth maple stand, and enjoy the beautiful Fitch Memorial Woodlands. This hike is moderate, two miles, and appropriate for all ages. 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 19, 1pm-4pm – CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL: “Creatures of Bliss and Mystery: A 19th-Century Children’s Circus” is the Emily Dickinson Museum’s annual celebration for all ages (especially 3-10 year olds). There will be performances by Henry the Juggler and Tim Van Egmond, a parade around the grounds, tightrope and stilt walking, crafts, a ring toss, tours of the museum, and more. There will also be a reading of Miss Emily, a new book by Burleigh Mutén, that tells a story about a young Emily Dickinson and friends. 413-542-8161. 280 Main Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

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

Saturday, July 19, 2pm – THEATER: The Pelham Players present a production of Mother Goose, Inc. at the Pelham Library‘s on July 18 at 7pm and July 19 at 2pm. Come enjoy this musical that stars kids ages 7-17 and celebrates the power of imagination and the joy of reading. 413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 19, 2pm – BIRD STUDIES: Learn about owls Sunderland Public Library with Eyes on Owls. This program features six live owls and will teach about the owls of the northeast. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 19, 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 19, 2pm-4pm – AGRICULTURE: Join CISA and Kestrel Land Trust for a tour of Next Barn Over Farm. Farmers Ray Young and Tory Field will talk about their sustainable approach and will discuss the ins-and-outs of this organic farm. Michael Doctor of Winter Moon Roots will also be present to discuss the history of farming in Hadley, the success of new/young farmers in the Valley, and how he reduced the carbon footprint of his farm. Older students interested in sustainable agriculture and local food would enjoy this tour. Call to RSVP. 413-655-7100. 15 Lawrence Plain Road. Hadley, MA.

Saturday, July 19, 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, High Definition will perform a cappella music. 413-584-4699. 130 River Drive. Hadley, MA. $

Saturday, July 19, 4pm-8pm – ART WALK: Follow the “decorated shoes” throughout the Village of Shelburne Falls to find a multitude of shops, galleries and restaurants participating in Shelburne Falls’ July Art Walk. Many of these establishments will be hosting new exhibits, artist receptions, studio demonstrations, and/or interactive art projects, and offering delicious treats and special sale prices. Gaze out over Salmon Falls and the glacial potholes, walk the Bridge of Flowers, and ride a historic trolley under the stars. More information can be found here. 413-625-2526. Downtown. Shelburne Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 19, 5pm – COMMUNITY MEAL: The Westhampton Historical Museum is hosting a chicken barbecue at 5pm on July 19. Spend time with community members of all ages while enjoying delicious summer foods like grilled chicken, corn on the cob, potato salad, and more. Be sure to check out the Westhampton Library’s Field of Dreams concert following the barbecue at 6:30pm. Please call for tickets. 413-527-1731. North Road. Westhampton, MA. $

Saturday, July 19, 6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: The Westhampton Public Library‘s Field of Dreams concert series continues on July 19 with a performance by Southern Rail. Come enjoy this great live concert and time spent with family and friends. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 19, 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. $

Saturday, July 19, 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. $

Saturday, July 19, 7pm – FILM: Come to Memorial Hall for live music by Dick Moulding, followed by a screening of The Wizard of Oz (1939; not rated) at 7:30pm. All ages will enjoy seeing this classic film on the big screen. 413-625-2896. 51 Bridge Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. >$

Saturday, July 19, 7pm-9pm – POETRY: The Berkshire Museum is hosting a Poetry Slam WordXWord Preseason Event. Come see a performance poetry competition for a spot in the semifinals and WordXWord. This event is best for adults and older teens – there may be adult language and themes. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 19, 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)

Saturday, July 19, 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)

Saturday, July 19, 8:30pm – FAMILY MOVIE: Easthampton’s summer concert series, Arts in the Park presents an outdoor screening of Frozen (2013; rated PG). Bring a blanket and food and enjoy the film! 2 Ferry Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 19, 8:30pm-10pm – NATURE STUDIES: The Broad Brook Coalition is holding a Night Sounds walk and talk with naturalist Molly Hale and Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area. Explore the woods at night and listen for interesting sounds, then learn about them. Kids and adults alike will enjoy this walk which will give participants a unique experience and teach them about the sounds of nature. North Farms Road. Florence, MA.

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Sunday, July 20th, 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 20, 9am-3pm – LOCAL HISTORY/INDUSTRY: Celebrate Springfield history and industry at the Springfield Museums’ 5th Annual Indian Motorcycle Day. Indian Motorcycles were manufactured in Springfield from 1901 to 1953, and the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History has a collection of vintage Indian bikes. See the classic motorcycles, browse vendor displays, hear a DJ play classic rock tunes, and see a motorcycle best of competition. This is a fun way to learn about Springfield history while seeing beautiful vintage motorcycles. 413-263-6800 x304. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. $$

Sunday, July 20, 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 20, 10am-3pm – SPORTS/FUNDRAISER: Jobs with Justice is holding the Justice Cup Soccer Tournament to raise money for their organization. Form a team – either competitive, for fun, or family – and register, make a donation, and play in 5 vs. 5 games. In addition to the soccer tournament, there will be live music by Jay Mankita, food from local vendors and restaurants, kids’ activities, and more. More informaiton on registration and the tournament can be found on the Justice Cup Soccer Tournament Registration webpage. Takes place at Crosier Field. 413-827-0301. Beech Street & Northampton Street. Holyoke, MA. $

Sunday, July 20, 12noon-4pm – AGRICULTURE: Explore Bug Hill Farm at their second annual open house and farm tour event! You can pick your own berries, see demos in the kitchen, taste food, walk the trails, and hear educational wildlife talks. 413-628-3980. 502 Bug Hill Road. Ashfield, MA.

Sunday, July 20, 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 20, 2pm – FILM: Join Amherst Cinema for Big Screen Classics, where they screen a classic film each Sunday and following Wednesday. This week, see Lawrence of Arabia (1962; rated PG), the classic war epic. 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 20, 4pm-6pm – FASHION/HISTORY: Learn about fashion and history at Ventfort Hall’s Flemish Renaissance Fashion Show: The Splendor of Couture.” Costume designer Jared Aswegen is creating fourteen costumes based on men’s and women’s clothing of the 15th Century. Many of Aswegen’s designs were inspired by the art of Jan van Eyck, Hans Memling, and Rogier van der Weyden. Older students interested in fashion, history, and art will enjoy this fashion show of accurate and elaborate period costumes. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. $$$

Sunday, July 20, 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 20, 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)

Sunday, July 20, 8pm – OUTDOOR MOVIE: Join Images Cinema on Morgan Lawn for Family Flicks Under the Stars. This week, come see Mary Poppins (1964), the classic family film about a magic nanny played by Julie Andrews. 413-458-5612. Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 20, 8pm – THEATER: The Ko Festival of Performance presents The Dancing Fox by Mettawee River Theatre Company. This performance is made up of fables, folklore, and folk traditions of both Jews and Arabs and features masks, puppets, giant figures, live music, and song. All ages will enjoy this performance. Takes place on Amherst College Observatory lawn. 413-542-3750. Snell Street. Amherst, MA. $

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Monday, July 21st, 2014

Monday, July 21, TBA – LAWN CONCERT: The Tilton Library presents their Monday Night Music series of concerts on the library lawn. On July 21, Jennie McAvoy will perform folk tunes. 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 21, 10am, 1pm, & 6:30pm – THEATER: Majestic Children’s Theater presents a production of Hansel and Gretel: A Musical this July and August. Kids and adults will enjoy seeing this classic fairy tale come to life onstage! 413-747-7797. 131 Elm Street. West Springfield, MA. $

Monday, July 21, 10am-5pm – AVIATION/STEM: The New England Air Museum is offering fun, educational activities for kids every day this summer! From July 21-July 22, museum visitors can participate in a LEGO competition! Study NASA’s missions and then come to the museum to design vehicles and aircraft for space travel. 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 21, 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 21, 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 21, 1pm-2pm – STEM: Learn about robots, astronauts, and space with Gary Pozzato at the East Longmeadow Public Library. Pozzato is an aerospace educator who teach about interesting technology. Registration is required. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Monday, July 21, 2pm – FAMILY MOVIE: Families can come see Lilo & Stitch (2002; rated PG) at the Westfield Athenaeum. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA.

Monday, July 21, 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. $$

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 22nd, 2014

Tuesday, July 22, 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 22, 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 22, 10am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Look Park’s Children’s Series is back this summer with tons of great performances! This week, Mister G will perform fun original songs. 413-584-5457. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA. $

Tuesday, July 22, 10am & 1pm – THEATER: Majestic Children’s Theater presents a production of Hansel and Gretel: A Musical this July and August. Kids and adults will enjoy seeing this classic fairy tale come to life onstage! 413-747-7797. 131 Elm Street. West Springfield, MA. $

Tuesday, July 22, 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 22, 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 22, 11am-12noon – SCIENCE/HISTORY: Learn about some of history’s greatest scientists at the Hatfield Public Library. Kids can learn about scientists like Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, and George Washington Carver, and then go to different science experiment stations. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 22, 1:30pm-2:30pm – STEM: Ages 9 and up can explore mathematical concepts at theMason Library on July 22. Come learn about Fibonacci and the Fibonacci sequence. Registration is required. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 22, 2pm – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Kids can come to Forbes Library for a special “Science is Fun” puppet show, complete with music, movement, songs, and puppets. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 22, 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 “Cupcake Decorating.” Registration is required by July 20. 514-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA. >$

Tuesday, July 22, 3pm-4pm – STEM: Preschoolers can learn about chemistry at the S. White Dickinson Memorial Library by making sidewalk chalk and a gooey slime mixture. This is a great hands-on activity to get young kids interested in chemistry! 413-665-2170. 202 Chestnut Plain Road. Whately, MA.

Tuesday, July 22, 4pm – BOOK GROUP: The Westfield Athenaeum is holding a book group for grades 3-5. Read the book Love That Dog by Sharon Creech, and then come to the library to discuss it and play games. Please register in advance. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 22, 4pm-7pm – INSECT STUDIES: Join Dickinson Memorial Library for a program about caterpillars. The Caterpillar Lab will be at the library to teach about caterpillars and so you can see some live ones up close. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 22, 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 22, 6pm – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Kids and adults can be entertained by a flea circus by Ed Popielarczyk at the Lilly Library! Come see fleas perform amazing circus feats. 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 22, 6pm – HISTORY: Join Storrowton Village for an interactive tour, Storrowton and the Civil War, that gives you a look into the past at what life was like for New Englanders during the Civil War. You can sit in on a recruitment meeting, speak with a blacksmith about the increase of manufacturing during the war, hear from women about sewing and making clothes, learn about how the war affected families, and what the impact on local industries was. This event is appropriate for older teens and adults only. Registration is required. 413-205-5051. 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA. $

Tuesday, July 22, 6pm – DANCE: Teens can learn modern, African, and Latin dance at Teens World Beat Dancing at the Wilbraham Public Library on July 22. Sign up in advance for this fun dance program. 413-596-6141. 25 Crane Park Drive. Wilbraham, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 22, 6pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: The Whalemobile is coming to the Sunderland Public Library! This program features a huge, 43-foot inflatable whale, based on a 25 year old female humpback. Kids ages 5 and up can come learn about these amazing mammals and can then climb inside the inflatable whale! Registration is required. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 22, 6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: Musical Moments at Amelia’s Garden, the Amelia Park Ice Arena summer concert series, presents favorites by Ritchie Mitnick and the Sound of Music Singers. 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 22, 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)

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 23rd, 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 10am – STORYTIME: Two and three year olds can come to the Westfield Athenaeum for stories, songs, and a craft. Please register in advance. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 23, 10am & 1pm – THEATER: Majestic Children’s Theater presents a production of Hansel and Gretel: A Musical this July and August. Kids and adults will enjoy seeing this classic fairy tale come to life onstage! 413-747-7797. 131 Elm Street. West Springfield, MA. $

Wednesday, July 23, 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 Miss Leticia perform multilingual music. Bring a blanket and enjoy this fun outdoor concert for all ages! 123 Willimansett Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE/DONATIONS ACCEPTED)

Wednesday, July 23, 10am-12noon – LEGOS/DUPLOS: Come to the Westhampton Public Library for a drop-in LEGO and Duplo party. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 23, 10am-2pm – HIKING/ANIMAL STUDIES: Explore Steepletop and learn wildlife tracking skills with the Berkshire Natural Resources Council. Learn where and how to look for animal tracks and sign and learn how to identify these. This hike is off-trail and intermediate, best for older teens and adults. 413-499-0596. New Marlborough-Monterey Road. New Marlborough, MA.

Wednesday, July 23, 10am-5pm – AVIATION/STEM: The New England Air Museum is offering fun, educational activities for kids every day this summer! From July 23-27, museum visitors can participate in a parachute drop. This is a great way to get involved in a fun and creative engineering project. 860-623-3305. 36 Perimeter Road. Windsor Locks, CT. $

Wednesday, July 23, 10:15am & 11am – ANIMAL STUDIES:The Forest Park Zoo’s Zoo on the Go will be at the Chesterfield Library on July 23! Come see interesting zoo animals and learn about the traits, habitats, diets, and more. Ages 5 and under can come at 10:15am, and ages 6 and up can come at 11am. 413-296-4735. 408 Main Road. Chesterfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 23, 10:30am – THEATER: New Century Theatre Kids! presents a production of Skippyjon Jones in the Cirque de Olé, based on the books by Judith Byron Schachner. 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. $

Wednesday, July 23, 11am – ANIMAL STUDIES: Kids can come to the Holyoke Public Library for the Whalemobile, which features a huge, 43-foot inflatable whale, based on a 25 year old female humpback. Come learn about whales at this fun program. 413-420-8101. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 23, 1pm – HULA HOOPING: Have fun with hula hoops at the Springfield Museums‘ HOOPiVERSE event at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. All ages can have fun hula hooping. Free with museum admission. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. $$

Wednesday, July 23, 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 23, 1pm-2:30pm – 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)

Wednesday, July 23, 1:30pm-3pm – CHILDREN’S BOOKS: David Hyde Costello, author of Little Pig Joins the Band, will be at the Goshen Food Pantry to present an author/illustrator program featuring original songs and some homemade instruments, most of which are made from easily found recycled materials. 413-667-2203. 40 Main Street. Goshen, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 23, 2pm & 7pm – THEATER: Come see a performance of Hairspray JR. by the Barrington Stage Company at the Berkshire Museum. This performance is based on the film and Tony Award-winning musical and is appropriate for kids ages 5 and up. Children under age 5 are not permitted at the performance. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Wednesday, July 23, 2pm-3pm – STEM: Kids ages 5 and up can attend Experimentology at the East Longmeadow Public Library. Come see cool experiments and make marshmallow catapults! Registration is required. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 23, 2pm-4pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Kids can learn about whales at the Jones Library on July 23, when the Whalemobile will be visiting! Climb inside a 43-foot replica of a humpback whale and handle whale artifacts. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 23, 3pm-4pm – STEM: Have you ever wondered what oobleck is, from Dr. Seuss’ Bartholomew and the Oobleck? Come to the Ramsdell Library to make your own oobleck with library staff! Registration is required. 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street. Housatonic, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 23, 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 23, 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 23, 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 23, 5:30pm-8pm – COMMUNITY MEAL: Red Gate Farm is hosting a Summer Picnic at the farm, open to all. Enjoy food, games, music, and great company at this intergenerational community meal. Food – hot dogs, hamburgers, vegetarian dishes, etc. – will be provided. 413-625-9503. 4 Norman Road. Buckland, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION $)

Wednesday, July 23, 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 23, 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, Ireland Parish will perform Irish music. 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 23, 6:30pm – TRIVIA: Kids of all ages can come test their knowledge of books and characters at the Pelham Library‘s Trivia Night on July 23. 413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 23, 6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: The Porter-Phelps-Huntington House Museum’s summer concert series, Wednesday Folk Traditions, takes place every Wednesday this summer. July 23′s concert is by The Sky Blue Boys, who will perform duets. Bring a picnic blanket and chairs and enjoy this exciting performance. 413-584-4699. 130 River Drive. Hadley, MA. $

Wednesday, July 23, 7pm – GEOLOGY: Discover the geology of western Massachusetts with naturalist Kevin Kopchynski at the Wilbraham Public Library on July 23. Learn about our region’s geologic history and how to identify rocks at this fun and educational program. 413-596-6141. 25 Crane Park Drive. Wilbraham, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 23, 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 23, 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 23, 7:30pm – FILM: Join Amherst Cinema for Big Screen Classics, where they screen a classic film each Sunday and following Wednesday. This week, see Lawrence of Arabia (1962; rated PG), the classic war epic. 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 24, 2014

Thursday, July 24, 10am – READING: The Westfield Athenaeum is hosting a Read to Rover event for kids ages 3-9. Young readers can practice reading stories aloud to specially-trained dogs, who offer non-judgmental, non-threatening attention. This is a wonderful opportunity for kids to improve their reading skills and their confidence in reading aloud. Please register in advance. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 24, 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 24, 10:15am – STEM: Gary Pozzato will present “Go for the Stars” at the Wilbraham Public Library. This multimedia space program will teach about gravity on other planets, robots, and living and working in space. Pozzato has worked with NASA on designing space suits and objects for the International Space Station. This program is great for kids ages 5 and up who are interested in learning about space! Please register in advance. 413-596-6141. 25 Crane Park Drive. Wilbraham, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 24, 10:30am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Ed the Wizard will be at the Worthington Library to present his Alchemy Lab. Registration is required. 413-238-5565. 1 Huntington Road. Worthington, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 24, 10:30am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Kids ages 3 and up can come to the West Springfield Public Library for a performance by Dr. Marmalade and Friends, about a world-traveling vet. 413-736-4561 x3. 511 Main Street. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 24, 10:30am – THEATER: New Century Theatre Kids! presents a production of Skippyjon Jones in the Cirque de Olé, based on the books by Judith Byron Schachner. 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. $

Thursday, July 24, 1pm – STEM: Kids in grades 3-5 can learn about forensic science at the Westfield Athenaeum. Discover the detective skills used to solve crimes. Please register in advance. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 24, 1pm – PUPPETRY/PERFORMANCE: The Tanglewood Marionettes will perform The Dragon King at the Springfield Museums’ Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts’ Davis Auditorium. Come see these beautifully crafted marionette puppets act out the play. Free with museum admission. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. $$

Thursday, July 24, 1pm-2pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Kids can learn about whales at the Emily Williston Memorial Library on July 24 when the Whalemobile comes for a visit! See and climb inside a 43-foot inflatable whale at this fun program. 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 24, 2pm & 7pm – THEATER: Come see a performance of Hairspray JR. by the Barrington Stage Company at the Berkshire Museum. This performance is based on the film and Tony Award-winning musical and is appropriate for kids ages 5 and up. Children under age 5 are not permitted at the performance. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Thursday, July 24, 3pm-4:30pm – NATURE STUDIES: Explore Bartholomew’s Cobble with the Bushnell-Sage Library on July 24. Kids in grades 1-5 can come explore nature and learn about plants and animals. 413-229-7004. 48 Main Street. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 24, 4pm – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Performer Steve Blunt will do a “Rock-It!” sing-along at the Belding Memorial Library on July 24. 413-628-4414. 344 Main Street. Ashfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 24, 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, July 24, 5pm-7pm – LAWN CONCERT: Families can have fun at the Kendrick Park Summer Concert Series this July and August! Kick off the series with a performance by Mister G and Wishbone Zoe. 413-345-2945. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 24, 6pm-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Coop Concerts Summer Concert Series takes place weekly at Greenfield Energy Park. This week’s show features Rich Briere and Friends, Roland LaPierre, and Orlen & Gabriel. 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 24, 6pm-9pm – FESTIVAL/FUNDRAISER: Multi-Arts is hosting a festival of music, dance, food, and wine at the Amherst Winery on July 24. There will be activities for the whole family, including flamenco dancers, Latin Folklore dancing, mime, live music, a fashion show (and a dog fashion show!), an auction, and more. Families can come out for fun at the winery while supporting a local organization. Kids 12 and under get in free. 413-584-7951. 529 Belchertown Road. Amherst, MA. $

Thursday, July 24, 6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: The Westhampton Public Library‘s Field of Dreams concert series continues on July 19 with a performance by Moonshine Holler. Come enjoy this great live concert and time spent with family and friends. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 24, 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 Heritage ‘Pops’ Orchestra. 90 Park Street. Florence, MA.

Thursday, July 24, 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 Glory (1989; rated R), a film about Colonel Robert Gould Shaw of the Union Army, who was married to Annie Haggerty, whose family owned Vent Fort (now Ventfort Hall). 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION $)

Thursday, July 24, 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 24, 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 25th, 2014

Friday, July 25, 10am-11am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Stanley Park’s Friday Mornings for Children run every Friday until August 8. On July 25, see Annie and the Natural Wonder Band perform “Totally Bugged Out.” Young kids will love this fun performance! 413-568-9312. 400 Western Avenue. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, July 25, 10am-12noon – NATURE STUDIES: Children ages 3 and up can explore Gnomes Knoll with Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center on July 25. Gnomes Knoll is an ideal spot for free nature play, and kids can come do guided tree activities, play games, and have some unstructured fun. 800-859-2960. 99 Millers Falls Road. Northfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, July 25, 10:30am – THEATER: New Century Theatre Kids! presents a production of Skippyjon Jones in the Cirque de Olé, based on the books by Judith Byron Schachner. 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. $

Friday, July 25, 1pm – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Jungle Jim will be at the Springfield Museums‘ Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts to perform Balloonosaurus!, a live show featuring many balloon dinosaurs. Kids can learn about paleontology at this fun performance. Free with museum admission. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. $$

Friday, July 25, 2pm-3pm – NATURE STUDIES: Kids ages 6-8 can discover the wonders of the Connecticut River watershed with the Great Falls Discovery Center. The topic for this event is vernal pools. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Friday, July 25, 2pm-3:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids can make their own jewelry at the Emily Williston Memorial Library on July 25. 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Friday, July 25, 6pm – LAWN CONCERT: Pack a picnic blanket and chairs and enjoy a concert by Cosby Gibson and Tom Staude at the North Adams Public Library! This is part of the library’s Music at the Mansion summer lawn concert series. 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Friday, July 25, 6:30pm-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Easthampton’s summer concert series, Arts in the Park, takes place in Millside Park every Friday night. This week, see Jimmy Mazz perform Rat Pack . Bring a picnic blanket and the whole family and enjoy the show! 2 Ferry Street. Easthampton, MA.

Friday, July 25, 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 25, 7pm – THEATER: Come see a performance of Hairspray JR. by the Barrington Stage Company at the Berkshire Museum. This performance is based on the film and Tony Award-winning musical and is appropriate for kids ages 5 and up. Children under age 5 are not permitted at the performance. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Friday, July 25, 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 25, 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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