Suggested Events for August 9th-15th, 2014

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Aug 12, 14, 19 & 21

Graphic design classes for kids and tweens in Easthampton! Introduce your art loving kid to graphic design in these two-hours courses taught by Leslie Tane at Eastworks. Intro to Graphic Design for 8-12 year olds will be held from 1-3pm on Tues., August 12; the class for 12-15 year olds is from 1-3pm on Thurs., August 14. What is Graphic Design? is from 1-3pm on Tues., August 19; the class for 12-15 year olds is from 1-3pm on Thurs., August 21. Your kids will learn about graphic design: what it is, where to find it, and the beginnings of how to make it. Supplies are provided. $25/student per class. www.tadashow.com/workshops

Aug 13-16

Welcome to the Jungle! PaintBox Theatre closes its summer season with Tarzan at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton. Directed by Tom McCabe, it’s the classic Tarzan story, with PaintBox twists, audience participation, and our most interesting theatre yet. Imagine we’re at school and our teacher announces the field trip of a lifetime—to the deepest darkest jungle. Have no fear: when there’s trouble, Tarzan swings in to save the day. The show is under the Grandstand roof at the Three County Fairgrounds: plenty of shade, rain protection, and free parking. Performances are Wed., Aug. 13 – Sat., Aug. 16, 10:30am and 1pm daily. Tickets: $10 at the door or at BrownPaperTickets.com. Group discounts: call 413-320-0517. www.paintboxtheatre.com.

Fall Openings

Amherst Montessori School has limited fall openings for toddlers and pre-schoolers, ages 12 months through 6 years. Featuring a Young Toddler program for ages 12-24 months, Toddler for ages 18 months – 3 years, the Children’s House for ages 3-6 years, and La Casa de Niños, the Pioneer Valley’s only Spanish Montessori pre-school program for ages 3-6 years. 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. For current openings or to schedule a visit, contact Laura Miller, Director of Admissions, at lmiller@amherstmontessori.org. www.amherstmontessori.org

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Saturday, August 9th, 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 we are rebroadcasting of Summer in the City Episode with Guest DJ, Meredith Wright! 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, August 9, 10am-6pm – CULTURAL STUDIES/FESTIVAL: The 9th Annual Rock, Rattle, and Drum Pow Wow takes place August 9 and August 10 at Bowe Field at the Adams Agricultural Fairgrounds. This is a celebration of American Indian music, dance, and culture, and features live music by Arvel Bird, a performance by the Aztec Dancers, other entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, dancing, storytelling, educational activities, and more. The whole family will enjoy this event dedicated to American Indian cultures. 413-443-2481. 1 Columbia Street. Adams, MA. >$

Saturday, August 9, TBA – LOCAL HISTORY: Join the Mill River Greenway Initiative for a “Riverwalk” in Florence. Walk around Crimson and Clover Farm and discover the history of Florence and the Mill River. 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, August 9, 8am – AGRICULTURAL FAIR: The 159th Middlefield Fair takes place this weekend! Come for a weekend full of entertainment, truck pulls, animal shows, contests, community meals, rides, games, a petting zoo, and much more! The Middlefield Fair is fun for the whole family. 413-623-6027. 7 Bell Road. Middlefield, MA. >$

Saturday, August 9, 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, August 9, 10am-12noon – NATURE STUDIES: Project Native is holding a free Family Fun Fest on August 9! Families can come do fun nature-related activities like making seed balls, going on a butterfly and bug safari, face painting, doing bug crafts, looking at things under a microscope, and going on a self-guided StoryWalk. Please register. 413-644-0104. 342 North Plain Road. Housatonic, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 9, 10am-3pm – HISTORY: The Sheffield Historical Society has the Milt Barnum All American Tool Exhibit on display through August 17 at the Old Stone Store. Come see and learn about historic tools used for a variety of trades at this fascinating exhibit. 413-229-2694. Main Street. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 9, 10am-5pm – CRAFT FAIR: The 41st Berkshire Crafts Fair takes place August 8-August 10 at Monument Mountain Regional High School. There will be work by 89 different artists, including jewelry, furniture, ceramics, textiles, glassware, and more. This is a great place to find work by talented artisans from all over the country. 600 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. >$

Saturday, August 9, 10am-6pm – GEOLOGY: The East Coast Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show takes place this weekend at the Eastern States Exposition’s Better Living Center. Come see and buy minerals, fossils, decoration pieces, gems, jewelry, beads, and more. 505-867-0425. 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA. >$

Saturday, August 9, 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, August 9, 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. $

Saturday, August 9, 10:30am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Join Odyssey Bookshop for their Summer Family Entertainment Series every Saturday this summer at 10:30am. This week, Caravan Puppets will perform “Timeless Tales.” 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, August 9, 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, August 9, 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, August 9, 10:30am-12:30pm – ARTS & CRAFT: Get creative at the S. White Dickinson Memorial Library by making your own doll! Master doll-maker Christie Hester-Moore will run this program for ages 9 and up. Call to register. 413-665-2170. 202 Chestnut Plain Road. Whately, MA.

Saturday, August 9, 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 performance of “Anansi the Trickster Spider” by Grumbling Gryphons. 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, August 9, 11am – MUSIC FESTIVAL/REGGAE: The annual Charlemont Reggae Festival takes place on August 9! There will be tons of live music all day, as well as vendors, kids’ activities, and more! Takes place at the Charlemont Fairgrounds. 413-367-9309. Route 2. Charlemont, MA. ($$)

Saturday, August 9, 11am & 12noon – DANCE: The tinydance project presents low-tech outdoor dance performances that highlight the intersection between sustainability and the arts. See “veins in the stones we carry” at First Churches. 129 Main Street. Northampton, MA.

Saturday, August 9, 11am & 1pm – PUPPETRY: Nappy’s Puppets will present “Sing-a-Long and Father Goose’s Tales” at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. This performance features puppet renditions of beloved nursery rhymes and songs. The sing-a-long takes place at 11am and the stories happen at 1pm. All ages will enjoy this fun interactive show! Tickets available in advance. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. >$

Saturday, August 9, 11am-10pm – CONCERT: Celebrate the arts and culture of Springfield at the Springfield Jazz and Roots Festival! This free festival features live performances by well-known jazz musicians, drum circles, drum and dance performances, music workshops, and more. The whole family will enjoy this fun day of jazz right in downtown Springfield’s Court Square. 413-219-8229. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 9, 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 lava lamps! 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 9, 12:30pm & 3:30pm – 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. $$

Saturday, August 9, 1pm – NATURE STUDIES: Join the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation for an interpretive hike at Hemlock Brook. Learn about the natural history of the brook, as well as the geology, plants, and animals of the surrounding area. This hike is free and open to all ages. Meet at Sheep Hill. 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 9, 1pm – NATURE STUDIES/VOLUNTEER: Families can work together with community members to help remove invasive plants from Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area. Survey the Lake by canoe or kayak and search for invasive water chestnut to remove. Kids and adults can learn about plants and conservation and gain hands-on experience doing outdoor volunteer work at this event. Call for more information. 413-584-4176. North Farms Road. Florence, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Saturday, August 9, 1pm-3pm – FAMILY CONCERT: The Otis Cultural Council is sponsoring a concert by Roger Tincknell in the Otis Town Gazebo on August 9. This free performance features children’s songs and singing games and will be a blast for the whole family! 413-269-4251. Route 8. Otis, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 9, 2pm – HISTORY: Learn about the Atomic Age at Western Gateway Heritage State Park on August 9. Attendees can learn about this “war that never was.” Best for older students interested in history. 413-663-6312. 115 State Street. North Adams, MA.

Saturday, August 9, 2pm – STORYTIME: Join the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art for a special storytime with author Nicole Groeneweg and illustrator Hazel Mitchell. The two will share their book One Word Pearl, which is about a little girl who collects words. A book signing will follow the storytime. Free with museum admission. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. $

Saturday, August 9, 2pm & 7pm – THEATER: The Berkshire Theatre Group presents Seussical at the Colonial Theatre. This is the 9th annual production of the play, which combines Dr. Seuss’ most beloved stories into one fun musical starring local actors of all ages. Fans of the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, the Whos of Whoville, Gertrude McFuzz, and others will enjoy this unique and exciting performance. Tickets available in advance. 413-997-4444. 111 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Saturday, August 9, 2pm & 7:30pm – THEATER: Red Door Theatre presents a production of The Mystery of Griswald Theatre, an original, dark comedy about a London theater that is haunted by the ghost of William Shakespeare. Please call for ticket reservations. 413-789-2026. 152 South Westfield Street. Feeding Hills, MA. $

Saturday, August 9, 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, JMPT Quartet will perform music from around the world. 413-584-4699. 130 River Drive. Hadley, MA. $

Saturday, August 9, 5pm-6pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The NOFA Summer Conference is holding a public welcome celebration on August 9. Come to the UMass campus for a parade, live music, games, a sing-along, pony rides, and more. This is a great opportunity for community members of all ages to become involved in the NOFA conference. Amherst, MA.

Saturday, August 9, 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 pom pom 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, August 9, 7:30pm – LOCAL HISTORY: One night before the full moon, you can explore one of Worthington’s oldest surviving cemeteries and learn about local history with the Worthington Historical Society. Discover some of the town’s notable residents and see their graves. The tour will also take you past the site of the town’s first cemetery, which is now a pasture, as well as the town’s first parsonage and oldest building. This tour is best for older teens and adults who are interested in local history. 413-238-0491. Sam Hill Road. Worthington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 9, 8pm – THEATER: Exit 7 Players present a production of The Wizard of Oz starring young actors from the area. All ages will like seeing this classic play. Tickets available in advance. 413-583-4301. 37 Chestnut Street. Ludlow, MA. $$

Saturday, August 9, 8pm-9:30pm – HIKING: Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a night hike on the Threemile Hill Trail between the Berkshire South Regional Community Center and Fountain Pond. This easy, 1.5-mile hike is a great chance to explore the outdoors at night. 413-499-0596. Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA.

Saturday, August 9, 8:30pm – FILM STUDIES: Alloy Orchestra returns to MASS MoCA to perform a live score to He Who Gets Slapped (1924), a film about a scientist who loses his research and wife and then becomes a clown. Best for older students interested in film and music. 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way. North Adams, MA. $$

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Sunday, August 10th, 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, August 10, 8am – AGRICULTURAL FAIR: The 159th Middlefield Fair takes place this weekend! Come for a weekend full of entertainment, truck pulls, animal shows, contests, community meals, rides, games, a petting zoo, and much more! The Middlefield Fair is fun for the whole family. 413-623-6027. 7 Bell Road. Middlefield, MA. >$

Sunday, August 10, 10am-3pm – HISTORY: The Sheffield Historical Society has the Milt Barnum All American Tool Exhibit on display through August 17 at the Old Stone Store. Come see and learn about historic tools used for a variety of trades at this fascinating exhibit. 413-229-2694. Main Street. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, August 10, 10am-5pm – GEOLOGY: The East Coast Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show takes place this weekend at the Eastern States Exposition’s Better Living Center. Come see and buy minerals, fossils, decoration pieces, gems, jewelry, beads, and more. 505-867-0425. 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA. >$

Sunday, August 10, 10am-5pm – CRAFT FAIR: The 41st Berkshire Crafts Fair takes place August 8-August 10 at Monument Mountain Regional High School. There will be work by 89 different artists, including jewelry, furniture, ceramics, textiles, glassware, and more. This is a great place to find work by talented artisans from all over the country. 600 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. >$

Sunday, August 10, 10am-6pm – CULTURAL STUDIES/FESTIVAL: The 9th Annual Rock, Rattle, and Drum Pow Wow takes place August 9 and August 10 at Bowe Field at the Adams Agricultural Fairgrounds. This is a celebration of American Indian music, dance, and culture, and features live music by Arvel Bird, a performance by the Aztec Dancers, other entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, dancing, storytelling, educational activities, and more. The whole family will enjoy this event dedicated to American Indian cultures. 413-443-2481. 1 Columbia Street. Adams, MA. >$

Sunday, August 10, 11am – AGRICULTURE: Join the Berkshire Co-Op Market for a tour of Leahey Farm. The Farm has been producing and selling milk for nearly 100 years, and you can come learn about its history, how the farm expanded into meat production, what it’s like to be a dairy farmer, and more. This farm tour would be best for older students interested in agriculture and local food. Call or stop by the front desk to sign up. 413-528-9697 x10. 189 Reservoir Road. Lee, MA.

Sunday, August 10, 11am-1pm – STEM: Kids can come experiment with slime at the Zoo in Forest Park! Play with slime and other gooey things and learn about them. 413-733-2251. 302 Sumner Avenue. Springfield, MA. $

Sunday, August 10, 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, August 10, 1:30pm-4:30pm – LOCAL HISTORY: “Made in the Valley: 19th Century Industry and Craftsmanship” takes place at the Swift River Valley Historical Society on August 10. This free event will have demonstrations, live music, and ice cream. The event is meant to celebrate the work done by 19th-century blacksmiths, tinsmiths, hatmakers, and other craftspeople in the Swift River Valley towns. This event is a wonderful opportunity for museum visitors of all ages to learn about the region’s industrial history. 978-544-6882. 40 Elm Street. New Salem, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, August 10, 2pm – THEATER: Exit 7 Players present a production of The Wizard of Oz starring young actors from the area. All ages will like seeing this classic play. Tickets available in advance. 413-583-4301. 37 Chestnut Street. Ludlow, MA. $$

Sunday, August 10, 2pm – FILM: Join Amherst Cinema for Big Screen Classics, where they screen a classic film each Sunday and following Wednesday. This week, see Casablanca (1942; rated PG), a romantic drama. This is a great way for families to experience classic films on the big screen! Those who are interested in learning more about the history and making of the film can attend “Film School in 60 Minutes,” which takes place at 12noon before the Casablanca screening (cost is separate – $). 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. $

Sunday, August 10, 2pm – THEATER: The Berkshire Theatre Group presents Seussical at the Colonial Theatre. This is the 9th annual production of the play, which combines Dr. Seuss’ most beloved stories into one fun musical starring local actors of all ages. Fans of the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, the Whos of Whoville, Gertrude McFuzz, and others will enjoy this unique and exciting performance. Tickets available in advance. 413-997-4444. 111 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Sunday, August 10, 2pm – THEATER: Red Door Theatre presents a production of The Mystery of Griswald Theatre, an original, dark comedy about a London theater that is haunted by the ghost of William Shakespeare. Please call for ticket reservations. 413-789-2026. 152 South Westfield Street. Feeding Hills, MA. $

Sunday, August 10, 2pm – 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. $$

Sunday, August 10, 2pm & 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. $

Sunday, August 10, 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, August 10, 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, August 10, 7pm-9pm – NATURE STUDIES: Explore Notchview at night on a full moon hike with the Trustees of Reservations and Aimee Gelinas of Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center. You will learn about the summer moon and what the forest is like at night. This is appropriate for all ages. 413-532-1631. Route 9. Windsor, MA. >$

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Monday, August 11th, 2014

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

Monday, August 11, 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, August 11, 10am-5pm – AVIATION/STEM: The New England Air Museum is offering fun, educational activities for kids every day this summer! From August 11-August 13, museum visitors can design and build their own helium blimps and then guide them through a simple maze. 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, August 11, 12noon – DANCE: The tinydance project presents low-tech outdoor dance performances that highlight the intersection between sustainability and the arts. See “veins in the stones we carry” at Forbes Library. West Street. Northampton, MA.

Monday, August 11, 5pm – CELEBRATION: Summer reading participants of all ages are invited to the Westfield Athenaeum for an ice cream social! Come celebrate the summer reading program and hang out with community members. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA.

Monday, August 11, 6pm-7pm – STEM: Mad Science will be at the S. White Dickinson Memorial Library to present a program on slime science. Kids in grades K-6 can learn about slime and its basic ingredients at this hands-on program. 413-665-2170. 202 Chestnut Plain Road. Whately, MA. (FREE)

Monday, August 11, 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, August 11, 7pm – THEATER: The Berkshire Theatre Group presents Seussical at the Colonial Theatre. This is the 9th annual production of the play, which combines Dr. Seuss’ most beloved stories into one fun musical starring local actors of all ages. Fans of the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, the Whos of Whoville, Gertrude McFuzz, and others will enjoy this unique and exciting performance. Tickets available in advance. 413-997-4444. 111 South Street. Pittsfield, 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)

  • 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 and kids can participate in a garden adventure quest! 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-11:30am – CHILDREN’S PROGRAM: Every Monday at 11am, Moo-Licious Farm will offer an educational show for kids. Call for more info. 413-569-1700. 258 Feeding Hills Road. Southwick, 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 the Emily 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. $
  • 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, August 12th, 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 9am-10pm – HORSE SHOW: Come to the Eastern States Exposition’s Coliseum for the Massachusetts Morgan Horse Show. More than 400 Morgan horses will compete in a variety of athletic events, including English and Western pleasure, pleasure driving, carriage driving, dressage, and more. 413-246-8757. 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, August 12, 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, August 12, 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, August 12, 1pm-6:30pm – LITERATURE: Come to The Mount for a marathon reading of Edith Wharton’s Summer, which is a coming of age story about a young woman who finds love and loss in the summertime in New England. Stop by to hear a chapter or two, or stay all afternoon to hear the entire novel. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, August 12, 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 “Make Your Own Night Light.” Registration is required by August 10. 514-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA. >$

Tuesday, August 12, 3:30pm-4:30pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Meet and learn about some interesting reptiles with Teaching Creatures at the East Springfield Branch Library. All ages will have fun seeing these reptiles up close! 413-263-6840. 21 Osborne Terrace. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, August 12, 6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: Musical Moments at Amelia’s Garden, the Amelia Park Ice Arena summer concert series, presents bluegrass music by Russell Mountain Boys. 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, August 12, 6:30pm-7:30pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Meet and learn about some interesting reptiles with Teaching Creatures at the Sixteen Acres Branch Library. All ages will have fun seeing these reptiles up close! 413-263-6858. 1187 Parker Street. Springfield, 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)

  • 9am-12:30pm – TRAIL WORK: Do trail work at Notchview with The Trustees of Reservations the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, July through October. They need help repairing several trails on the property. Best for teens and adults. 413-532-1631 x10. Route 9. Windsor, MA. (VOLUNTEER)
  • 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 and kids can participate in a garden adventure quest! 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, August 13th, 2014

Wednesday, August 13, 9am-5pm – EDUCATOR WORKSHOP: Educators can learn about Artbotics, a combination of art and robotics that is used to teach students computer science using LEGO Mindstorm, at a workshop at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center. This workshop is ideal for educators who are interested in teaching computer science in the classroom, in after school groups, etc. More information can be found on the Artbotics event webpage. Please register in advance. 100 Bigelow Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 13, 9am-10pm – HORSE SHOW: Come to the Eastern States Exposition’s Coliseum for the Massachusetts Morgan Horse Show. More than 400 Morgan horses will compete in a variety of athletic events, including English and Western pleasure, pleasure driving, carriage driving, dressage, and more. 413-246-8757. 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 13, 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, August 13, 10am-1pm – HIKING: Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a hike at Constitution Hill. Explore this beautiful natural area and learn some Berkshire history! This easy hike takes place on wood roads and paths. 413-499-0596. Bridge Street. Lanesborough, MA.

Wednesday, August 13, 10:30am & 1pm – THEATER: Paintbox Theatre presents a performance of Tarzan at the Three County Fairgrounds on August 13, 14, 15, and 16. All ages will enjoy this fun, interactive, and educational performance! Tickets available in advance. 413-210-1898. Fair Street. Northampton, MA. $$

Wednesday, August 13, 1pm-2pm – WRITING: Kids ages 7-10 can attend a writer’s workshop at the Dalton Free Public Library every Wednesday 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, August 13, 1pm – CHILDREN’S CONCERT: The Springfield Museums present “Reading, Writing, and Rockin’” with Mister G at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. All ages will enjoy this super fun interactive show! Free with museum admission. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. $$

Wednesday, August 13, 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.

Wednesday, August 13, 3:30pm – SCHOOL READINESS: The GFWC Agawam Junior Women’s Club is sponsoring the “Safety Bug First-Time Bus Riders Program” at the Agawam Public Library. This program presents school bus safety information to parents and students and gives kids a chance to ride in a bus. 413-789-1550. 750 Cooper Street. Agawam, MA.

Wednesday, August 13, 5pm & 6pm – DANCE: The tinydance project presents low-tech outdoor dance performances that highlight the intersection between sustainability and the arts. See “veins in the stones we carry” at Look Park. 300 North Main Street. Northampton, MA.

Wednesday, August 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)

Wednesday, August 13, 6pm – BIRD STUDIES/CULTURAL STUDIES: Come learn about birds of prey at the Swift River Valley Historical Society with Julie Anne Collier of Wingmasters. Collier will present “Native Raptors, Native Artifacts,” a program focused on live raptors and Native American artifacts. See live raptors, learn about the birds, and learn about the connections between these birds and the Native Americans of the northeast. This program is appropriate for all ages. 978-544-6882. 40 Elm Street. New Salem, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 13, 6pm – STEM/CULINARY ARTS: Kids can learn about science and food at the M.N. Spear Memorial Library. Come make your very own ice cream in a bag! Enjoy this cool summer treat and learn the science behind it. Please call to register. 413-259-1213. 10 Cooleyville Road. Shutesbury, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 13, 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, August 13, 6:30pm-8:30pm – THEATER: Learn about the Shea Theater and what they do at an open house! Come see the theater and learn about their performances. 413-863-2281. 71 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 13, 7pm – CURRENT AFFAIRS: With horrifying images bombarding our news screens and social media feeds, it is difficult to determine the reality of the current Gaza crisis. Join the Odyssey Bookshop for “Understanding the Gaza Crisis,” a presentation and Q & A with Phyllis Bennis, author, activist, and fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies, followed by an Arabic musical performance by Simon Shaheen, an internationally acclaimed virtuoso on the ‘oud and violin. Best for older students interested in current affairs. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA (>$)

Wednesday, August 13, 7:30pm – FILM: Join Amherst Cinema for Big Screen Classics, where they screen a classic film each Sunday and following Wednesday. This week, see Casablanca (1942; rated PG), a romantic drama. 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. ($)
  • 10am – FAMILY MOVIE: Looking for a way to cool down or get out of the rain this summer? Cinemark’s Summer Movie Clubhouse screens a kids movie (rated G or PG) every Wednesday at 10am at their three Western Mass locations – Hadley (367 Russell Street), Springfield (1655 Boston Road), and West Springfield (864 Riverdale Street). Come see great movies at a great price! Western Massachusetts. >$
  • 10am-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 and kids can participate in a garden adventure quest! 413-298-3239 x3013. 5 Prospect Hill Road. Stockbridge, MA. $
  • 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, August 14th, 2014

Thursday, August 14, 9am-2pm – TRAIL WORK: Help the Berkshire Natural Resources Council work on a new trail at Alford Springs! Come prepared to build trails – appropriate for older teens and adults. 413-499-0596. Mountain Road. Alford, MA.

Thursday, August 14, 9am-10pm – HORSE SHOW: Come to the Eastern States Exposition’s Coliseum for the Massachusetts Morgan Horse Show. More than 400 Morgan horses will compete in a variety of athletic events, including English and Western pleasure, pleasure driving, carriage driving, dressage, and more. 413-246-8757. 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 14, 10am-5pm – AVIATION/STEM: The New England Air Museum is offering fun, educational activities for kids every day this summer! From August 14-August 17, museum visitors can design and build their own hot air balloons and race them. This is a great way to get involved in a fun and creative engineering project. 860-623-3305. 36 Perimeter Road. Windsor Locks, CT. $

Thursday, August 14, 10am & 7pm – THEATER: The Berkshire Theatre Group presents Seussical at the Colonial Theatre. This is the 9th annual production of the play, which combines Dr. Seuss’ most beloved stories into one fun musical starring local actors of all ages. Fans of the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, the Whos of Whoville, Gertrude McFuzz, and others will enjoy this unique and exciting performance. Tickets available in advance. 413-997-4444. 111 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Thursday, August 14, 10:30am-11:30am – BIRD STUDIES: Learn about birds of prey at the Worthington Library with Tom Ricardi. He will present about these fascinating birds and bring some to the library. 413-238-5565. 1 Huntington Road. Worthington, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 14, 10:30am & 1pm – THEATER: Paintbox Theatre presents a performance of Tarzan at the Three County Fairgrounds on August 13, 14, 15, and 16. All ages will enjoy this fun, interactive, and educational performance! Tickets available in advance. 413-210-1898. Fair Street. Northampton, MA. $$

Thursday, August 14, 11am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Come to the Lenox Library for “Mambo and Nemonee’s Adventure,” by Nutshell Playhouse. Kids will love this fun performance! 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 14, 1pm – PUPPETRY/PERFORMANCE: The Tanglewood Marionettes will perform Sleeping Beauty 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, August 14, 3pm-4:30pm – STEM: Have fun with physics Bushnell-Sage Library. Kids can come learn all about physics through hands-on activities. 413-229-7004. 48 Main Street. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 14, 6pm – HISTORY: The Athol Public Library presents “A Fireman of 1899: His Life and Job,” presented by William H. Moss. Moss will be dressed as a firefighter of the time and will present on what it was like to be a firefighter in the 19th Century. This program is great for those interested in history and in learning what life was like in the past! 978-249-9515. 568 Main Street. Athol, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 14, 6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: The Westhampton Public Library‘s Field of Dreams concert series continues on August 14 with a performance by Zydeco Connection. Come enjoy this great live concert and time spent with family and friends. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 14, 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 A Taste of Honey. 90 Park Street. Florence, MA.

Thursday, August 14, 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 All This, and Heaven Too (1940; not rated), which is based on the book by Rachel Field, who grew up in Stockbridge. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION $)

Thursday, August 14, 7:30pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Learn about the water mills of the Hilltowns and how they related to the mills of the valley with the Colrain Historical Society in the Stacy Carriage Barn. This talk will be presented with maps and photos and would be interesting to older students who want to learn more about local and/or industrial history. Main Street. Colrain, MA.

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. $-$$
  • 1pm-3pm – PLAYGROUP: Babies can have fun and make friends at the Forbes Library‘s weekly baby playgroup. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA.
  • 2pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids can do an art project inspired by the Berkshire Museum‘s Butterflies exhibition every Thursday in July and August. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $
  • 2pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Learn about art at Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum‘s “It’s Cool at the Mead” series of free gallery talks, every Thursday at 2pm and Friday at 11am from June 19-August 22. The gallery talks cover a different topic each time, so take a break from the summer heat and come learn about the Museum’s wonderful collection. 413-542-2335. 41 Quadrangle Drive. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 2pm-5pm – HISTORY: Kids can discover Naumkeag every Thursday this summer! Take a special children’s tour of the Gilded Age Cottage, play Edwardian-era lawn games, and spend time in the gardens. This is a great chance to get kids interested in history! 413-298-8138. 5 Prospect Hill Road. Stockbridge, MA. $
  • 2:30pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Join the Norman Rockwell Museum for Historic Property Walks every Thursday this summer. Explore the Museum’s 36-acre site and many historic buildings. Free with museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183 Stockbridge, MA. $$
  • 4pm – 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. $$
  • 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, August 15th, 2014

Friday, August 15, 9am-10pm – HORSE SHOW: Come to the Eastern States Exposition’s Coliseum for the Massachusetts Morgan Horse Show. More than 400 Morgan horses will compete in a variety of athletic events, including English and Western pleasure, pleasure driving, carriage driving, dressage, and more. 413-246-8757. 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 15, 9:30am-4:30pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES/HISTORY: Historic Deerfield is offering a free admission as part of the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Friday series! Come explore the historic Deerfield village – tour historic homes, learn about the history of the area, participate in educational activities, see exhibits, and walk the beautiful grounds. Free Fun Fridays give families a chance to discover amazing local museums at no cost. 413-774-5581. Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 15, 10am – NATURE STUDIES: Kids can come to the Holyoke Public Library for a program on the patterns, shapes, and designs in nature with naturalist Kevin Kopchynski. This is a great chance for kids to learn about these unique aspects of nature. 413-420-8101. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 15, 10:30am & 1pm – THEATER: Paintbox Theatre presents a performance of Tarzan at the Three County Fairgrounds on August 13, 14, 15, and 16. All ages will enjoy this fun, interactive, and educational performance! Tickets available in advance. 413-210-1898. Fair Street. Northampton, MA. $$

Friday, August 15, 11am – ANIMAL STUDIES: Rick Roth of The Teaching Creatures will present a program on the “Wonderful Mammals of Fields and Forests” at the Berkshire Botanical Garden. Roth will teach about some interesting animals and their natural history and will have several with him – a fisher cat, a grey fox, skunk, flying squirrels, and others. This program is appropriate for all ages. Free with Garden admission. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road. Stockbridge, MA. $

Friday, August 15, 11am – STORYTIME: Join the Sunderland Public Library for a series of story hours with Julie Stepanek and her ukulele. Julie will lead the audience in song and movement and will bring a few of her favorite children’s books to read. For children ages 0-5 and their caregivers. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 15, 1pm – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Enjoy a performance of “Science Rocks! Exercise Your Mind and Body” with Flumpa and Friends at the Springfield Museums‘ Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. This science-filled show will entertain all ages! Free with museum admission. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. $$

Friday, August 15, 5pm-10pm – AGRICULTURAL FAIR: The 87th Westfield Fair starts today! There will be live music, a truck pull, animal shows, exhibits, a craft barn, and much more! 413-222-4067. Russellville Road. Westfield, MA. >$

Friday, August 15, 5pm-11pm – AGRICULTURAL FAIR: The Heath Fair kicks off today, with exhibits, a community meal, food vendors, a tractor pull, live music, dancing, fireworks, and more. The fair runs from August 15 to August 17. A full schedule can be found here. 9 Hosmer Road. Heath, MA. $

Friday, August 15, 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 Roger Salloom perform blues, country, and soul. Bring a picnic blanket and the whole family and enjoy the show! 2 Ferry Street. Easthampton, MA.

Friday, August 15, 7pm – THEATER: The Berkshire Theatre Group presents Seussical at the Colonial Theatre. This is the 9th annual production of the play, which combines Dr. Seuss’ most beloved stories into one fun musical starring local actors of all ages. Fans of the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, the Whos of Whoville, Gertrude McFuzz, and others will enjoy this unique and exciting performance. Tickets available in advance. 413-997-4444. 111 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

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)
  • 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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