Suggested Events for January 24th-30th, 2015

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

“I enjoy the range of things you offer…the listings of all different types of events…the parenting ideas. I appreciate that your site connects me to many quality kid-friendly and outdoor friendly activities and cultural events in the area. Thank you!” – Joanna Morse (Amherst, MA)

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

Enhanced PublicityServing Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families supports development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, individuals, schools and non-profits are encouraged to partner with Hilltown Families through sponsorship and advertising. Let us help get the word out about your after school/homeschool class, event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business/school, service, open house, volunteer opportunity or general announcement. Deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families… help us help you! Click HERE to find out more.

Vote for Hilltown Families

As Hilltown Families enters its tenth year, celebrate with us as we finish out the decade by voting for Hilltown Families as BEST BLOG in the Valley Advocate’s Best of the Valley Readers’ Poll for 2015! BEST BLOG is listed under the “Information Age” category. Deadline to cast your votes is Feb 4th by 12noon. Participants must vote for a total of 10 local favorites… how about some of our sponsors! Click here to cast your votes: www.valleyadvocate.com/best-of

Hilltown Families 7th Annual Handmade Valentine Swap

Deadline to sign up: Thursday, January 29.

It’s that time of the year again for the Hilltown Families Annual Handmade Valentine Swap! For the past seven years Hilltown Families has coordinated a community Handmade Valentine Swap — and we’re doing it again! Making handmade valentines is a great way to push against the commercialization of yet another holiday, while being creative with your family and friends. JOIN US! It’s free to sign up and open to all families in western Massachusetts!

Bulletin Board

Open House: Jan 24

Smith College Campus School at 33 Prospect Street, Northampton will host an Open House on Saturday, January 24, 9:30-11am. All prospective kindergarten through sixth grade students and their families are welcome. Come explore classrooms and see what students are learning. Located on the beautiful Smith College campus, children experience a nurturing environment and an idea-centered curriculum that integrates art, music, physical activity, and computer programming. SCCS offers a newly expanded after school program and financial aid is available. For more information about Smith College Campus School or to preregister for the Open House visit online at www.smith.edu/sccs or call the admission office at 413-585-3270. [POSTPONED, TBD]

Open House: Jan 24

Does your child love to learn? Is your child respected, nurtured and inspired? Come warm up at The Hartsbrook School’s winter open house and see how they’re different. Their multi-disciplinary curriculum blends academics, art, music and craftsmanship for a lifetime of creative and critical thinking. Sip hot chocolate, speak with current families, participate in a hands-on activity, see student work and meet early childhood, grades and high school teachers. Join The Hartsbrook School on Saturday, January 24, from 10 am to noon at 193 Bay Rd. in Hadley. All ages welcome! www.hartsbrook.org [CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER]

Jan 25

Mister G, whose concert last year at Lander-Grinspoon Academy (LGA) sold out, will return to LGA’s stage on Sunday, January 25 at 3pm with a concert for the entire community at 257 Prospect St. in Northampton. Mister G, an award-winning musician, nominated for a Latin Grammy has recently been selected as a PJ Library musical artist for 2015. People Magazine, Parents Magazine, & The Washington Post have selected his CD’s as best children’s albums of the year. This concert has been funded in part by the PJ Library of Western Mass, The Harold Grinspoon Foundation, and the Jewish Federation of Western Mass. Tickets are available in person at Lander- Grinspoon Academy, the Jewish Federation of Western Mass, and online at www.landergrinspoon.org.

Jan 27

Lander~Grinspoon Academy in Northampton, MA, welcomes families from all Jewish traditions and backgrounds. Their mission is to provide a rich, academically rigorous, and values-based education integrating general and Jewish studies in a nurturing environment. Come to their Open House, Tuesday, January 27 from 9am-10:30am to meet faculty, parents and students and take a school tour. Their seasoned educators emphasize critical thinking and the social and ethical components that teach children compassion and respect LGA offers generous tuition subsidies. For more information, contact Gail Lansky, Admissions Director or visit www.landergrinspoon.org. [Postponed to Thursday, February 5]

Open House: Jan 31

The Common School: Community, collaboration, social justice, intrinsic motivation, deep understanding, diversity, inclusivity, environmental education- Come learn how these words are put into action at their winter Open House on Saturday, January 31, from 10am-12noon. Play in their classrooms, meet their teachers, chat with current parents, and tour their beautiful campus situated amongst 120 acres of conservation land on Larch Hill in Amherst. Light refreshments provided. Questions? Contact Director of Admissions, Dana Kadish at outreach@commonschool.org or visit www.commonschool.org.

January

It’s not too late to enroll! At The Center in Amherst, children spin stories from movement using classical and modern dance techniques. Sister duo Ashley and Caddy Carlisle combine their years of dance training with a special approach to teaching that gets kids reading, writing and dancing; connecting, collaborating and creating. It’s a holistic approach to dance. Classes beginning in January for children and teens, K-12. For more information visit www.thecenterdance.com or email thecenterdanceschool@gmail.com.

Open House: Feb 3 & 9

Sunnyside Child Care Center in Northampton is hosting two evening open houses on Tuesday, February 3 and Monday, February 9, from 6-7:30pm. Interested parents and other community members are invited to join the school for a tour through their toddler and preschool classrooms. The Director, teaching staff, and Center parents will be available to answer questions about the program. Sunnyside Child Care Center is located at 557 Easthampton Rd. Serving children 18 months to five years old their mission is to provide an early care and education program of the highest quality. For more info call 413-727-3665. www.sunnysidekids.org.

Feature your OPEN HOUSE here!

ADVERTISE HERE: Reach thousands of families in Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! See your community event, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, program, after school class, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter, reaching thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Find out more about our advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by emailing us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.

Become a Contributing WriterJOIN OUR TEAM OF CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Interested in becoming a Contributing or Guest Writer for Hilltown Families? We welcome writings that reflect the community building and educational efforts parents, teens, teachers, artists, activists and community leaders work towards and accomplish and how that affects, supports and empowers our families. All writing styles welcomed, including local reviews, DIY posts, seasonal cooking/local food, and community-based educational & community service learning opportunities/resources. Send your query to info@hilltownfamilies.org.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
January 24th-30th, 2015

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

Suggest an Event | Forecast | Museum Passes | Weekly eNewsletter | School Closures | Berkshire Family Fun

Donate Now

Events Happening in the Hilltowns

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

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. “Take Pause to Celebrate your Flaws!” Guest DJ Billy Jonas (from the Billy Jonas Band) presents a collection of artists and songs that recognize challenges, mistakes, accidents, and flaws to be gifts and opportunities. Personally and globally, these tunes offer a chance to look at unexpected and undesired circumstances in a brand new way. 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 over 7 years!

Deadline to sign up: Thursday, January 29.

Saturday, January 24, 8am-5pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: CISA (Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture) will be at the Springfield Winter Farmers’ Market for a special Winter Fare! There will be food demonstrations, sampling, and more, in addition to all the regular market activities. Takes place in Cyr Arena at Forest Park. 413-665-7100. Springfield, MA. (FREE/MARKET)

Saturday, January 24, 8:30am-1pm – EDUCATOR WORKSHOP: STEM educators can attend a Science and Engineering Saturday Seminar at UMass Amherst. “Producing Electricity with Solar Cells,” with Rob Snyder and Chris Emery, focuses on transforming the energy of visible light into electrical energy using photovoltaic cells. Background information that can be modified for middle and high school classrooms will be presented. Advanced registration is required. Takes place in Lederle Grad Towers 1033. 413-545-1908. Amherst, MA. ($$$)

Saturday, January 24, 9am-5pm – TRAINS: The Amherst Railway Society’s Annual Railroad Hobby Show is January 24 and 25. This show attracts thousands each year and features real life and model railroads, historical societies, importers, modelers, and more. There will be demonstrations, exhibits, and vendors, as well as plenty of other educational opportunities and chances to learn about railroads. The goal of the show is to promote interest in railroads and teach people about their history and importance. Takes place at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds. 413-267-4555. 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, January 24, 9:30am-11am – OPEN HOUSE: Smith College Campus School will host an Open House. All prospective kindergarten through sixth grade students and their families are welcome. 413-585-3270. 33 Prospect Street, Northampton, MA (OPEN HOUSE) [POSTPONED, TBD]

Saturday, January 24, 10am – FAMILY MOVIE: Families can spend a Saturday morning at the movies at Amherst Cinema‘s screening of Mary Poppins (1964; not rated). Kids and adults alike will love seeing this classic Academy Award-winning film on the big screen. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (>$)

Saturday, January 24, 10am-11:30am – STORYTIME/ART: Kids can read and paint at Berkshire South Regional Community Center. Read Jan Brett’s The Mitten and The Three Snow Bears and then create a work of art inspired by these classic stories. This is a fun opportunity for kids ages 3-6 to enjoy wintry stories and do a related art project. Sign up at least 48 hours in advance. 413-528-2810 x31. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. (>$)

Saturday, January 24, 10am-12noon – SNOWSHOEING/HIKING: Have you been looking for the perfect opportunity to explore The Trustees of Reservations’ new Mount Warner property in Hadley? On January 24, the Trustees are offering a Hot Cocoa Snowshoe Hike at Mount Warner! Take in the beauty of the reservation on this 2-3 mile snowshoe hike, which is open to both beginners and experienced snowshoers. Snowshoe rentals available (>$). 413-532-1631 x10. Mount Warner Road. North Hadley, MA. (>$)

Saturday, January 24, 10am-12noon – OPEN HOUSE: The Hartsbrook School will host a winter open house. See student work and meet early childhood, grades and high school teachers. 193 Bay Rd. Hadley, MA. (OPEN HOUSE) [CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER]

Saturday, January 24, 10am-12:30pm – HIKING: Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a hike at their new Clam River Loop Trail. The 2-mile trail will take you through a beautiful evergreen forests with nice views of Clam River. If snowy, bring snowshoes. Hike is easy, two miles. 413-499-0596. 66 Sandisfield Road. Sandisfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 24, 10am-1pm – PRESCHOOL FAIR/CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL: The UMass Office of Family Resources is holding their Preschool Resource Fair and Children’s Festival! Local preschools and programs will be at the Fair to offer resources and teach about their programs and services. There will also be tons of fun activities for kids, including storytimes, face painting, arts and crafts, performances by Roger Tincknell, Miss Leticia, Pineapple Dance, Valley Dance Project, Amherst Red Barn Music School, and more, as well as Forest Park’s Zoo On the Go and a demonstration by Chinese Kung Fu Wushu Academy. Have fun at the Festival with the whole family and learn about great local preschools and resources at the Pre-K Resource Fair! Takes place in the Student Union Ballroom. 413-545-0865. 41 Campus Center Way. Amherst, MA. (FREE) [POSTPONED TO SAT., JAN 31]

Saturday, January 24, 10am-2pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: CISA (Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture) will be at the Amherst Winter Farmers’ Market for a special Winter Fare! There will be workshops, kids’ activities, a Food Swap, and more, in addition to all the regular market activities. Takes place at Amherst Regional Middle School. 413-665-7100. 170 Chestnut Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE/MARKET)

Saturday, January 24, 10am-3pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Sheffield Historical Society‘s new exhibit is open weekends from January 24-February 22. “The Winter Harvest: Ice Cutting on Sheffield Lakes and Rivers,” is about Sheffield residents of the past who braved the cold and headed out onto the ice each winter to cut ice blocks. The exhibit features ice cutting tools, photos of the harvest, accounts of those who participated, and information on how the ice was cut, stored, and used. 413-229-2694. 159 Main Street. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 24, 10am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Celebrate childhood, rule-breaking, and creativity at the Berkshire Museum‘s newest exhibition, If/Then. Kids can climb, jump, and explore the large-scale sculptural structures in the galleries, and adults and older students can re-engage with their own childhoods. This interactive exhibition will be a blast for all ages. If/Then is on display through May 3, and there will be an opening reception on January 30 at 5:30pm (>$). Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, January 17, 10:30am – STORY TIME: The Belding Memorial Library turned 100 years old recently! Bring your kids to this delightful Hilltown library for a morning story hour every Saturday in January. Following story hour and perusing the stacks, walk across the street for pizza lunch at Country Pie, or a few doors down to Elmer’s for a delicious cup of hot cocoa. Pack your ice skates and head to DAR or Ashfield Lake after lunch. A delightful Saturday morning in the Hilltowns. 413-628-4414. 344 Main Street. Ashfield, MA (FREE)

Saturday, January 24, 10:30am – STORYTIME: Kids can have a blast at the S. White Dickinson Memorial Library‘s Frozen storytime event! Come dressed as your favorite character from the movie and have fun with stories, sing-alongs, a craft, and more. At 1pm, the library will have a Frozen movie sing-along! 413-665-2170. 202 Chestnut Plain Road. Whately, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 24, 10:30am – CULINARY ARTS: Kids can learn how to make a delicious winter meal at Berkshire Co-Op Market! Learn how to make grilled cheese and tomato soup using both traditional and nontraditional ingredients at this hands-on cooking workshop. Call for more information and to sign up. 413-528-9697 x10. 42 Bridge Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Deadline to sign up: Thursday, January 29.

Saturday, January 24, 10:30am-11:30am – ANIMAL STUDIES: Kids ages 3-6 and their families are invited to Great Falls Discovery Center for their Winter Preschool Series. Enjoy stories, crafts, and nature-related activities. Kids will learn about different types of animals each meeting. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA.Saturday, January 24, 11am – CHEMISTRY: Be a mad scientist at the Berkshire Museum! Along with the help of the museum’s very own crazy chemist, kids can learn how to do exciting and surprising (and safe!) experiments with regular household materials. Kitchen Kaboom! is totally kid-safe, but adults must accompany participating scientists. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, January 24, 12noon – MUSIC: The Pelham Library‘s monthly Library Tea features music by Dick Moulding, who will perform ragtime piano tunes by Scott Joplin, Joseph Lamb, Eubie Blake, and more. Older students interested in music can come to the library and enjoy music, tea, and treats. 413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE) [POSTPONED, TBD]

Saturday, January 24, 12:30pm & 2pm – BOWLATHON: Support NELCWIT at their 38th Annual Bowlathon at French King Bowling Center (55 French King Highway, Erving, MA) and Shelburne Falls Bowling Alley (Memorial Drive, Shelburne Falls, MA). Families can bowl together to raise money for the services provided by NELCWIT, a crisis center and domestic violence service provider. There will also be a raffle to raise money. Email betsy@nelcwit.org if you are interested in bowling. This is a great opportunity for families to volunteer together to support this important organization. 413-772-0871 x118. Western MA.

Saturday, January 24, 1pm-4pm SUSTAINABILITY/SEWING: The Bagshare Project is hosting a bag sewing event at Bullitt Reservation. All are welcome to come sew reusable bags to be used at stores and markets around western Massachusetts. 413-475-2234. 338 Bullitt Road. Ashfield, MA. (VOLUNTEER) [POSTPONED, TBD]

Saturday, January 24, 1pm-4pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Search for tracks and sign of fisher and porcupine at Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center. Hike the trails on snowshoe and learn about track patterns and tips for observing prints. Studying animal tracks is a good way to learn about animal behavior, since tracks tell you exactly where the animal has been. Beginner snowshoers are welcome, but participants should be able to comfortably snowshoe two miles. Call for more info and to register. Please pre-register. 800-859-2960. 99 Millers Falls Road. Northfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 24, 1pm-4pm – COSTUME ART: Easthampton City Arts+ is hosting a Wearable Arts Costume Workshop with artist Angela Zammarelli in Eastworks room 137. At this workshop, you can make a costume for Easthampton’s February “Fire and Ice” Artwalk, the theme of which is “Wild at Heart.” Come make a “second skin” in the form of an animal, beast, or creative creature and get excited for the February Art Walk! Space is limited; registration is required. 413-527-8278. 116 Pleasant Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE) [POSTPONED TO FEB 7]

Saturday, January 24, 2pm – AUTHOR TALK: Beatrice Gormley, author of Friends of Liberty, has won the Carol Otis Hurst Prize and will be at the Westfield Athenaeum on January 24 to speak about her writing process and to sign books. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 24, 2pm & 7:30pmTHEATER: Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater presents a production of Anne of Green Gables this January. Enjoy seeing this 20th-century novel come to life onstage. Tickets available in advance. Takes place in Bowker Auditorium on the UMass Amherst campus. 413-259-3065. 151 Presidents Drive. Amherst, MA. ($$)

Saturday, January 24, 2pm-3:50pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at the Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink. 413-664-8185. 1267 South Church Street. North Adams, MA.

Saturday, January 24, 2:15pm-3:30pm – FAMILY CONCERT: The People’s Music Network will have a Family Concert at the Greenfield Middle School Library on January 24. This family-friendly concert features performances by Ruth Pelham, Sarah Pirtle, and Two of a Kind, who will perform fun tunes and sing-alongs. 195 Federal Street. Greenfield, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION)

Saturday, January 24, 3pm – HISTORY: Learn about history and geography at Western Gateway Heritage State Park‘s “Witness to the Ancient World” program. 413-663-6312. 115 State Street. North Adams, MA.

Saturday, January 24, 3pm-6pm – THEATER: Learn about Mill City Productions‘ programs and plans for 2015 at their open house on January 24! Community members can stop by to learn more about how they can become involved with Mill City Productions. This year, Mill City is especially interested in multicultural casting, and actors of any age, race, and ethnicity are encouraged to come visit Mill City, learn about their plans for the year, and check out their materials and scripts. Older students interested in theater can learn about Mill City’s programs at this open house event. Located in Heritage State Park, Building 4N. Route 8. North Adams, MA.

Saturday, January 24, 4pm & 7:30pm – THEATER: The Drama Studio presents their Winter Shorts Festival this weekend. Students will perform Tightrope, The Happiness Friends, and Revolution: A Love Story. A fun selection of short theater pieces! Call to reserve tickets. 413-739-1983. 41 Oakland Street. Springfield, MA. ($$)

Saturday, January 24, 4-7pm – FAMILY NIGHT: Shake off those winter blues with a Saturday night party! Northampton Parents Center will be having a Winter Family Fun Night! Playgroup and optional potluck dinner will be from 4 to 5:30, followed by an interactive winter themed concert with the Snowflake Fairy, Su Eaton. Everyone is welcome! Northampton Parents Center is located in the lower level of Edwards Church at the corner of State and Main Streets in Northampton. Please use the back door and public parking. Northampton, MA (FREE) [POSTPONED, SUN., JAN 25]

Saturday, January 24, 5pm-7pm – PUPPETRY/BIRD STUDIES: Come to Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary to see a magical puppet show retelling of Jane Yolen’s Owl Moon. Learn about Massachusetts’ seven native owl species and take a walk in the winter woods to search for them. After exploring the forest, head back inside for a warm treat. Best for ages 5-10. Registration is required. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Road. Easthampton, MA. ($)

Saturday, January 24, 6:30pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Head to Miller’s Pub for a night of fun to benefit the Millers Falls Art Bridge (MFAB). The MFAB aims to connect the creativity of artists around the world with the nature, history, and culture of New England. The Last Shingle String Band will perform bluegrass music at this event. 25 East Main Street. Millers Falls, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION $-$$)

Saturday, January 24, 7pm-8:30pm – ART STUDIES: Explore the museums of the Vatican at the Berkshire Museum this January! The museum will screen Vatican Museums, which takes viewers to museums in the Vatican and shows the works of art that have been collected by the Popes over the last five centuries. You can see works by Michelangelo, Raffaello, Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, Van Gogh, Chagall, Dalí, and others. Older students interested in art history will love seeing these works on display on the big screen. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, January 24, 7:30pm – FILM: Pothole Pictures presents a screening of Roman Holiday (1953; not rated), which earned Audrey Hepburn an Academy Award. Come at 7pm for live music by The Super 8 Players. 413-625-2896. 51 Bridge Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. ($)

Saturday, January 24, 8pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Chris Smither will perform at Ashfield Town Hall on January 24! Enjoy dinner at Elmer’s beforehand, then head to Town Hall for Smither’s blues concert. Call or stop by Elmer’s ASAP to get your tickets. 413-628-4003. 412 Main Street. Ashfield, MA. ($$)

• Return to Top


Sunday, January 25th, 2015

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.

Deadline to sign up: Thursday, January 29.

Sunday, January 25, 6am-2pm – ICE FISHING: Attend the 20th Annual Ice Fishing Derby at Metacomet Lake on January 25! Families can register to come try out ice fishing or come to watch. Proceeds will be used for education and non-native plant removal. Call to check if it’s cancelled the morning of. 413-336-4998. Bay Road & Poole Road. Belchertown, MA. ($$)

Sunday, January 25, 9am-11:30am – VOLUNTEER: The Food Bank of Western MA is offering a Family Volunteer Day this Sunday, January 25. Families can come to the Food Bank to give back to their community and help neighbors in need at this service-based learning event. Space is limited; please RSVP. Email mollys@foodbankwma.org for more info and to RSVP. 413-247-9738. 97 North Hatfield Road. Hatfield, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Sunday, January 25, 10am-3pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Sheffield Historical Society‘s new exhibit is open weekends from January 24-February 22. “The Winter Harvest: Ice Cutting on Sheffield Lakes and Rivers,” is about Sheffield residents of the past who braved the cold and headed out onto the ice each winter to cut ice blocks. The exhibit features ice cutting tools, photos of the harvest, accounts of those who participated, and information on how the ice was cut, stored, and used. 413-229-2694. 159 Main Street. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, January 25, 10am-5pm – TRAINS: The Amherst Railway Society’s Annual Railroad Hobby Show is January 24 and 25. This show attracts thousands each year and features real life and model railroads, historical societies, importers, modelers, and more. There will be demonstrations, exhibits, and vendors, as well as plenty of other educational opportunities and chances to learn about railroads. The goal of the show is to promote interest in railroads and teach people about their history and importance. Takes place at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds. 413-267-4555. 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA. ($)

Sunday, January 25, 10:30am-1pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Are you interested in learning more about cohousing? Village Hill Cohousing is hosting a gathering for those who are interested in learning more about becoming a member of Village Hill. Meet members and learn about Village Hill and how you can get involved. RSVP to info@villagehillcohousing.org with the names of those attending, and the names/ages of any children who will need childcare. Takes place at Rocky Hill Cohousing. 100 Black Birch Trail. Florence, MA.

Sunday, January 25, 12noon-2pm – CULINARY ARTS: Older teens and adults can learn about fermentation at The Haberdashery on January 25! Come learn the science behind fermentation and then make two basic ferments – sauerkraut and yogurt. There will be plenty of time to ask questions about fermentation at the class. Sign up in advance. 413-527-1638. 52 Union Street. Easthampton, MA. ($$$)

Sunday, January 25, 1pm-4pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Learn about Polish paper cuts (wycinanki) and make some of your own using simple materials and techniques at the Deerfield Arts Bank. Artist Tamar Shadur will lead this workshop, which teaches you how to make tree of life papercuts. Best for adults and self-directed teens. 413-665-0123. 3 Sugarloaf Street. South Deerfield, MA. ($$$)

Sunday, January 25, 2pm – THEATER: Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater presents a production of Anne of Green Gables this January. Enjoy seeing this 20th-century novel come to life onstage. Tickets available in advance. Takes place in Bowker Auditorium on the UMass Amherst campus. 413-259-3065. 151 Presidents Drive. Amherst, MA. ($$)

Sunday, January 25, 2pm-3pm – HISTORY/TEXTILES: Associate Curator of Textiles at Historic Deerfield, Ned Lazaro, will present the first lecture of the museum’s free winter lecture series focused on textiles and fashion in early America. His talk, titled “Exquisite Selections: Masterpieces from the Historic Deerfield Collection,” will present a look inside the museum’s textile and fashion collection, which houses roughly 8,000 objects including clothing, accessories, and domestic textiles. Older students with an interest in history and fashion will enjoy learning about the many unique pieces in Historic Deerfield’s collection. 413-774-5581. 84B Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, January 25, 2pm-3:50pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at the Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink. 413-664-8185. 1267 South Church Street. North Adams, MA.

Sunday, January 25, 2pm-4pm – THERAPY ANIMALS: The Berkshire Humane Society presents a talk on Therapy Animals with Terry Cormier and Sullivan the Newfoundland as part of their Coffee Hour Speaking Series. Older students and adults can learn all about therapy animals at this program. 413-447-7878. 214 Barker Road. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, January 25, 3pm – FAMILY CONCERT: Mister G in concert at Lander-Grinspoon Academy. Mister G, an award-winning musician, nominated for a Latin Grammy has recently been selected as a PJ Library musical artist for 2015. People Magazine, Parents Magazine, & The Washington Post have selected his CD’s as best children’s albums of the year. All are welcomed. 257 Prospect St. Northampton, MA ($)

Sunday, January 25, 3pm – THEATER: The Drama Studio presents their Winter Shorts Festival this weekend. Students will perform Tightrope, The Happiness Friends, and Revolution: A Love Story. A fun selection of short theater pieces! Call to reserve tickets. 413-739-1983. 41 Oakland Street. Springfield, MA. ($$)

Sunday, January 25, 4-7pm – FAMILY NIGHT: Shake off those winter blues with a Sunday night party (rescheduled from Sat., Jan 24)! Northampton Parents Center will be having a Winter Family Fun Night! Playgroup and optional potluck dinner will be from 4 to 5:30, followed by an interactive winter themed concert with the Snowflake Fairy, Su Eaton. Everyone is welcome! Northampton Parents Center is located in the lower level of Edwards Church at the corner of State and Main Streets in Northampton. Please use the back door and public parking. Northampton, MA (FREE)

Sunday, January 25, 3pm-4:30pm – DANCE: Berkshire South Regional Community Center has a family square dance on January 25 with Cliff Brodeur. Ages 7 and up can come learn to square dance at this event. Call to sign up. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. ($)

Sunday, January 25, 7pm-8:30pm – ART STUDIES: Explore the museums of the Vatican at the Berkshire Museum this January! The museum will screen Vatican Museums, which takes viewers to museums in the Vatican and shows the works of art that have been collected by the Popes over the last five centuries. You can see works by Michelangelo, Raffaello, Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, Van Gogh, Chagall, Dalí, and others. Older students interested in art history will love seeing these works on display on the big screen. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

• Return to Top


Monday, January 26th, 2015

Monday, January 26, REGISTRATION DEADLINE – POETRY: Poetry Out Loud is a contest that encourages youth to learn about poetry through memorization and recitation. Reading poetry aloud is a great way to build confidence, improve public speaking skills, and learn about literature and poetry. Interested Amherst public school students can go to poetryoutloud.org and choose two poems to memorize, then email levyb@arps.org or marrd@arps.org by January 26 to register for the local Recitation Competition on January 29. Amherst, MA.

Deadline to sign up: Thursday, January 29.

Monday, January 26, 1:30pm-3pm – ART STUDIES: Explore the museums of the Vatican at the Berkshire Museum this January! The museum will screen Vatican Museums, which takes viewers to museums in the Vatican and shows the works of art that have been collected by the Popes over the last five centuries. You can see works by Michelangelo, Raffaello, Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, Van Gogh, Chagall, Dalí, and others. Older students interested in art history will love seeing these works on display on the big screen. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Monday, January 26, 4pm – YOGA: The Westfield Yoga Center presents an introductory yoga class for ages 6-10 at the Westfield Athenaeum. Call to sign up for this three-week class. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Monday, January 26, 5:30pm-7:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Childcare of the Berkshires, Inc. is offering an 8-week workshop for parents on “Parenting with Positive Discipline” at the Haskins Center. The workshop teaches parents how to focus on discipline solutions while being both kind and firm in order to teach children creative cooperation and self-discipline. Free childcare and transportation are available. Call to sign up. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Monday, January 26, 6pm – MATHEMATICS: Come to Amherst Brewing Company for this month’s Sci.Tech.Café! The topic this month is “Algebraic Geometry: Pure Mathematics with Surprising Applications.” Professor Jessica Sidman will address problems in pure mathematics that have connections to computer science, machine learning, and other applications. Those interested in math will enjoy this talk, which is designed for community members without science backgrounds. 10 University Drive. Amherst, MA.

Monday, January 26, 6pm-7:30pm – YOGA: Teens in grades 6 and up are invited to the Chicopee Public Library for Yoga for Teens. This is a great chance to introduce teens to yoga! Call to sign up. 413-594-1800 x120. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, MA. (FREE)

Monday, January 26, 7pm-8:30pm – ART STUDIES: Explore the museums of the Vatican at the Berkshire Museum this January! The museum will screen Vatican Museums, which takes viewers to museums in the Vatican and shows the works of art that have been collected by the Popes over the last five centuries. You can see works by Michelangelo, Raffaello, Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, Van Gogh, Chagall, Dalí, and others. Older students interested in art history will love seeing these works on display on the big screen. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

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

  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center is open every Monday through Friday, 9am-12noon. Drop in for playgroups and activities for young children (ages 0-5) and caregivers. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Parents/caregivers and young children can attend a gym fun group at West Stockbridge Town Hall, held by South Berkshire Kids. This playgroup focuses on social and physical play and meets every Monday through July 2015. 413-464-5095. 21 State Line Road. West Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can come to the South Hadley Family Center every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday for playgroups and more. The Center follows the South Hadley Schools’ calendar. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center will be open Monday-Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, toys, books, activities, and more. Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can drop in to meet and play with others. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, Lower Level. Northampton, MA. (DONATION)
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: Children ages 8 and under can attend a playgroup at the Meekins Library the first and third Monday of each month. Enjoy stories, games, crafts, and more at this fun playgroup. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – KNITTING: The Sunderland Public Library has a knitting group on Mondays. The group is open to knitters of all levels and ages. Great intergenerational activity to do with young homeschoolers. Runs most Mondays. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-10:45am – STORYTIME: Kids can come to the Holyoke Public Library every Monday and Wednesday at 10am for stories with Nathan! 413-420-8105. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Join the Pittsfield CFCE for “Fun on the Farm” every Monday at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead. 413-499-4809. 780 Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA.
  • 10am-11am – STORYTIME: Join the Greenfield Public Library for a weekly storytime for all ages. Features interactive songs and stories. 413-772-1544 x5. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – AGRICULTURE: Kids ages 4 and under can explore farm life at Red Gate Farm every Monday through March 9. Come learn about and meet the farm’s plants and animals and participate in hands-on activities. Call to sign up no later than noon on the Sunday prior. 413-625-9503. 4 Norman Road. Buckland, MA. >$
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Play and Learn Group every Monday at the Williamstown Youth Center. 413-664-4821. School Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Easthampton Family Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday for drop-in playgroup and activities for kids ages 5 and under. The Family Center follows the Easthampton Public Schools schedule. 413-527-5496. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – ROCK CLIMBING: Central Rock Gym offers a Homeschool Climbing Group every Monday. Students can come to the gym and learn how to rock climb, learn how to belay, play games, do team-building activities, learn about climbing technique, and more. Call the gym to confirm. If it’s your first time, email karaocon@yahoo.com. Cost includes gear rental. 413-584-7625. 165 Russell Street. Hadley, MA. ($)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Come to Books and Babies at the East Longmeadow Public Library every Monday. Kids ages 2 and under can hear stories, see fingerplays, and have fun together. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA.
  • 10:30am – MUSIC: Infants, toddlers, and preschoolers can attend Music for Little Ones at the Pelham Library every Monday. 413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Kids can come to the Forbes Library for a fun storytime every Monday. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Storrs Library offers a drop-in playgroup for kids ages 3 and under every Monday morning. Come hear a story, sing songs, and enjoy free play. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-12noon – MOTHERS GROUP: The Nursing Mothers’ Council is hosting a monthly gathering on the second Monday of each month at the Amherst Family Center. Women and children can come to the meetings to meet one another, support each other, and discuss breastfeeding. 413-336-1616. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-12:30pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Smead Skating Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-781-2599. 1780 Roosevelt Avenue. Springfield, MA. (>$)
  • 11am-12:30pm – PARENT GROUP: Mothers of infants and young children, as well as expectant moms, can come to the Hilltown Village Mothers’ Group every Monday at St. John’s Corner House. Come talk about motherhood and share your experiences in this supportive group environment. Childcare is available for kids up to age 4; infants in arms are welcome. The group follows the Mohawk Trail school schedule. 413-522-9732. 469 Main Street. Ashfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 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. (FREE)
  • 12:30pm-2:30pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Fitzpatrick Skating Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple Street. Holyoke, MA. (>$)
  • 2pm-4pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Collins/Moylan Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-772-6891. 41 Barr Avenue. Greenfield, MA. (>$)
  • 3pm-5pm – CHESS: Kids ages 7 and up can stop by the Forest Park Branch Library every Monday to practice chess or learn to play. 413-263-6843. 380 Belmont Avenue. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 3:15pm-4:15pm – CHESS: Students in grades 2 and up can come to an afterschool chess club every Monday at the Storrs Library. All levels are welcome to come learn new strategies and have fun playing with peers. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-5pm – TEEN TIME: Teens can hang out at the Springfield Central Library‘s Teen Time, which gives teens a chance to talk about their interests with their peers and do activities. Every Monday. 413-263-6828 x471. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-7pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Come to the Holyoke Public Library every Monday evening for a drop-in craft activity! 413-420-8105. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm – KNITTING: All skill levels can attend a knitting group at the Westhampton Public Library every Monday evening. Come learn and share tips and tricks with knitters of all ages and levels. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm-6:30pm – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Gym Group for ages walking to 8yr every Monday at the Haskins Center. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm-7pm – LEGO: Get creative with LEGOs at the Springfield Central Library every Monday and Wednesday through March 18. 413-263-6828 x471. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm-7pm – STORYTIME: Kids can unwind at the end of the day at the Montague Center Library‘s weekly evening storytime. Kids are welcome to come to the storytime in their pajamas. 413-367-2852. 17 Center Street. Montague, MA. (FREE)

• Return to Top


Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Tuesday, January 27, 9-10:30am – OPEN HOUSE: Lander~Grinspoon Academy in Northampton, MA, welcomes families from all Jewish traditions and backgrounds to their open house. Meet faculty, parents and students and take a school tour. 257 Prospect St. Northampton, MA (OPEN HOUSE) [Postponed to Thursday, February 5]

Tuesday, January 27, 9:30am-11am & 6:30pm-8pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Agawam Public Schools are hosting a parent cafe. Morning session takes place at Agawam Congregational Church (745 Main Street) and evening session takes place at Agawam Senior Center (954 Main Street). Call for more info. 413-821-0552. Agawam, MA. (FREE)

Deadline to sign up: Thursday, January 29.

Tuesday, January 27, 3pm-4:30pm – GAMES: Have fun with board games at the Forest Park Branch Library on January 27! The library will have strategy board games available, like Settlers of Catan, Risk, and chess. Improve your gaming skills with these strategy games. Space is limited, so arrive early! 413-263-6843. 380 Belmont Avenue. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, January 27, 3pm-4:30pm – LEGOS: Teens are invited to the Chicopee Public Library to take part in a LEGO stop motion project. Come learn about stop motion animation, how to use the Stop Motion Studio app, and create a storyboard for the movie. Call to sign up. 413-594-1800 x120. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, January 27, 4pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids ages 5 and up can make their own fairy houses at the Emily Williston Memorial Library! Bring a container from home (shoebox, basket, etc.) and get creative making a home for fairy creatures. Call to sign up. 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, January 27, 6pm-7:15pm – NATURE STUDIES: Learn how forest management techniques affect wildlife with the Franklin Land Trust, DCR Service Forester Fletcher Clark, and Habitat Biologist Marianne Piche. Learn about steps you can take on your own land to provide and improve habitat for birds and other wildlife. Older students and adults interested in learning more about land management practices in Massachusetts will enjoy this talk. Call to register. 413-625-9151. 5 Mechanic Street. Shelburne Falls, MA.

Tuesday, January 27, 6:30-7:30pm – PARENT CAFE: Come together at the Colrain Central School for a community conversation exploring the question, “How can we build a stronger community?” Refreshments will be served and child care will be available. 413-624-3451. 22 Jacksonville Road. Colrain, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, January 27, 7pm-8:30pm – ALTERNATIVE ENERGY: Join the Westhampton Public Library for Grown in Westhampton, with Paul Vesel and Sam Taylor. They will discuss the work they do hooking people up to large-scale solar power systems. Come to the library to learn how you can have solar power by investing in a larger system that is not on your own land. Best for older students interested in sustainability and clean, alternative energy sources. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

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

  • 8:45am-10:15am – PLAYGROUP: The Community Network for Children will hold a playgroup at the Swift River School every Tuesday. 978-544-5157. 201 Wendell Road. New Salem, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Belchertown Family Center is open Tuesday-Friday from 9am-12noon for drop-in activities for infants, preschoolers, and their caregivers. 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center is open every Monday through Friday, 9am-12noon. Drop in for playgroups and activities for young children (ages 0-5) and caregivers. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12midnight – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum is open late – until 12midnight – every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday during the College’s academic year. Avoid the crowds and check out the museum’s exhibitions, gift shop, and cafe during these special late hours. 413-542-2335. 41 Quadrangle Drive. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: Join the Pittsfield CFCE every Tuesday for a playgroup at Egremont Elementary School. 413-499-4809. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup for young kids ages birth-preK at the Dickinson Memorial Library with Deb Wood features fun toys and more! Every Tuesday. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can come to the South Hadley Family Center every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday for playgroups and more. The Center follows the South Hadley Schools’ calendar. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center will be open Monday-Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, toys, books, activities, and more. Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can drop in to meet and play with others. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, Lower Level. Northampton, MA. (DONATION)
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Come to the Goodwin Memorial Library every Tuesday for storytime! Runs all year. 413-584-7451. Route 47 & Route 9. Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – STORYTIME: Join the Greenfield Public Library for a weekly storytime! This event includes stories, songs, fingerplays, and crafts for kids age five and under. 413-772-1544 x5. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Play and Learn Group every Tuesday at the Haskins Center. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – LITERACY: Kids ages 2-9 ½ can attend a literacy group at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Westfield. Come with a parent or caregiver and practice reading skills! Runs every Tuesday and Thursday. 413-568-5242. 28 West Silver Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Parents/caregivers and young children can attend a weekly playgroup every Tuesday through June 2015 at Otis Town Hall, held by South Berkshire Kids. 413-464-5095. 1 North Main Road. Otis, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Easthampton Family Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday for drop-in playgroup and activities for kids ages 5 and under. The Family Center follows the Easthampton Public Schools schedule. 413-527-5496. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Music and movement storytime at the Forest Park Branch Library for ages 1-3 and their parents/caregivers. Come for rhymes, songs, and stories. Runs every Tuesday from February 3-April 28. Call to pre-register. 413-263-6843. 380 Belmont Avenue. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Preschoolers can attend a fun storytime at the Chicopee Public Library the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. Come for songs, finger plays, movement, stories, activities, and crafts. 413-594-1800 x107. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11am – MUSIC: The Hubbard Library is offering a music program for preschoolers every Tuesday. Come for singing, clapping, and dancing. 413-583-5646. 24 Center Street. Ludlow, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: South Berkshire Kids is offering a Brain Builder Play and Learn Group at the Mason Library every Tuesday. Kids ages birth to age 5 can come read, sing, play, and talk, with a focus on STEM concepts and early literacy. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-2:30pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Fitzpatrick Skating Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple Street. Holyoke, MA. (>$)
  • 10:45am-12:45pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Smead Skating Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-781-2599. 1780 Roosevelt Avenue. Springfield, MA. (>$)
  • 11am-11:30am – STORYTIME: The Lenox Library is offering a storytime for toddlers ages 18 months to 3 years every Tuesday. This storytime follows the school district schedule. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Westhampton Public Library is holding a baby and toddler playtime every Tuesday. Come to the library and meet other kids and parents. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 2pm – FILM: Amherst Cinema offers weekly matinees on Tuesdays especially for people with babies! This is a great chance to get out and see a movie without having to worry about finding a sitter. Check their website to see what’s playing each week. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. >$
  • 2pm-4pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Collins/Moylan Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-772-6891. 41 Barr Avenue. Greenfield, MA. (>$)
  • 3pm-4:30pm – VIDEO GAMES: Teens and tweens can drop into the Brightwood Library‘s video games event. Come play Wii games with friends and enjoy snacks. 413-263-6805. 359 Plainfield Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm – LEGOS: The Family Resource Center is offering a LEGO group for ages 4-8 the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. 413-664-4821. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 3:30pm-5:30pm – LIBRARY GROUP: Teens can come to the Lilly Library‘s Teen Scene every Tuesday for games, projects, crafts, movies, and more. Stop by for fun activities and friends! 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-5pm – LEGO: Kids ages 7-12 can have fun and get creative with LEGOs at the Indian Orchard Branch Library every Tuesday. Call to sign up. 413-263-6846. 44 Oak Street. Indian Orchard, 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)
  • 5:30pm-6:30pm – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Play and Learn Group every Tuesday evening at the Greylock Apartments’ Community Room for children walking age to age 5. 413-664-4821. Angeli Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm-7pm – COMMUNITY MEAL: The Buckland Public Library is hosting a Soup Night the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of January, February, and March. Come to the library and enjoy delicious soup and bread with community members of all ages. Contact the library if you are interested in cooking. 413-625-9412. 30 Upper Street. Buckland, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm – STORYTIME: It’s Pajama Storytime at the Monson Free Library! Wear your pajamas and enjoy stories and fun. Happens the 2nd Tuesday of each month. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm – STORYTIME: Kids can come to the Holyoke Public Library every Tuesday evening for storytime with Jason. This program includes stories, songs, fingerplays, and more. 413-420-8105. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

• Return to Top


Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Wednesday, January 28, 10am-1pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a wildlife tracking hike at a BNRC property in Washington. Search for tracks and sign and learn how to identify them on this three mile hike. 413-499-0596. Middlefield Road. Washington, MA. (FREE)

Deadline to sign up is TOMORROW, Thursday, January 29.

Wednesday, January 28, 12noon-1:50pm – ICE SKATING: Hits 94.3 presents a public skate at the UMass Mullins Center rink. Come have fun on the rink with friends and family! Skate rentals available (additional >$) 413-545-3001. 200 Commonwealth Avenue. Amherst, MA. (>$)

Wednesday, January 28, 1:45pm-4pm – NATURE STUDIES: The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is offering a nature program for kids in grades 1-4 every Wednesday in January. The program, which is led by WRLF Director Leslie Reed-Evans and students assistants from Williams College, features unstructured nature activities like sledding, exploration, stories, games, and crafts. Come every week ($$) or to individual sessions ($). Call to pre-register. 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road. Williamstown, MA.

Wednesday, January 28, 3:30pm-4:45pm – MINECRAFT: Ages 9-12 can come to the Chicopee Public Library for Minecraft. 413-594-1800 x120. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, January 28, 4pm – YOGA: The Westfield Yoga Center presents an introductory yoga class for ages 11-18 at the Westfield Athenaeum. Call to sign up for this three-week class. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, January 28, 6:30pm-7:30pm – READING: “Read to Rover” at the Chicopee Public Library! Kids can improve their reading skills by reading aloud to trained therapy dogs, who are excellent, nonjudgmental listeners. Call to sign up. 413-594-1800 x120. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, January 28, 6:30pm-9:30pm – CREATIVITY/ACTIVISM: Art for a Change is a workshop series at the Art Garden focused on developing creative ideas and addressing issues that we as community members care about. Art for a Change would be a good experience for older students interested in social justice, environmental justice, activism, and being creative. 413-625-2782. 4 Union Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, January 28, 7pm – BIRD STUDIES: Join the Franklin Land Trust for a talk with local bird expert Mara Silver. This is the first in a three-part series on the natural history and conservation status of the Cliff Swallow and the Barn Swallow. Part one deals with how landowners can attract swallows to their land and to conservation areas. Older students interested in wildlife conservation and birds can learn from this informative series. Call to RSVP. 413-625-9151. 5 Mechanic Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, January 28, 7pm – OPEN MIC: Are you looking for a supportive venue to play your music? The Triple Creek Coffeehouse open mic at Harmony Hall is a great place for musicians of all skill levels to perform in front of a supportive audience and gain confidence playing in front of others. Show up early to sign up or just come to listen! 413-289-9295. 2072 Main Street. Three Rivers, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION)

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

  • 9am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Collaborative for Educational Services is offering a parent-child playgroup every Wednesday at the First Congregational Church of Hatfield. Come play and learn together at this fun playgroup! 413-586-4998. 41 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Belchertown Family Center is open Tuesday-Friday from 9am-12noon for drop-in activities for infants, preschoolers, and their caregivers. 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center is open every Monday through Friday, 9am-12noon. Drop in for playgroups and activities for young children (ages 0-5) and caregivers. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12noon or 9am-3pm – FARMING/HOMESCHOOL: Homeschool students ages 9 and up can come to Red Gate Farm for Homeschool Half Days most Wednesdays through March 11. Students can learn about farming at these hands-on programs, which revolve around farm activities and explorations. Sign up for some or all meetings. 413-625-9503. 4 Norman Road. Buckland, MA. ($)
  • 9am-4:30pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Get outside this winter at Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center! The trails are open most Wednesdays through Sundays during the winter months for snowshoeing and cross country skiing. 800-859-2960. 99 Millers Falls Road. Northfield, MA.
  • 9am-12midnight – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum is open late – until 12midnight – every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday during the College’s academic year. Avoid the crowds and check out the museum’s exhibitions, gift shop, and cafe during these special late hours. 413-542-2335. 41 Quadrangle Drive. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can come to the South Hadley Family Center every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday for playgroups and more. The Center follows the South Hadley Schools’ calendar. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center will be open Monday-Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, toys, books, activities, and more. Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can drop in to meet and play with others. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, Lower Level. Northampton, MA. (DONATION)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: There will be playgroup at the Cummington Family Center every Wednesday and Friday through May. The playgroups are parent-run, which means that the first parent to arrive can set up toys and make coffee/tea. 33 Main Street. Cummington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Parents and their preschoolers can come to the Westhampton Public Library for coffee and storytime every Wednesday. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-10:45am – STORYTIME: Kids can come to the Holyoke Public Library every Monday and Wednesday at 10am for stories with Nathan! 413-420-8105. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Play and Learn Group for toddlers at the Haskins Center. For ages 1-2.5. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: South Berkshire Kids is offering a playgroup every Wednesday at the Lenox Community Center. Come for play, crafts, activities, stories, and more. 413-464-5095. 65 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Community Network for Children will hold a playgroup at the Wendell Library every Wednesday. 978-544-5157. 7 Wendell Depot Road. Wendell, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Community Network for Children will hold a playgroup at the Erving Public Library every Wednesday. 978-544-5157. 17 Moore Street. Erving, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:15am – STORYTIME: The Wilbraham Public Library holds a weekly storytime for ages 2-3 ½ every Wednesday OR Thursday. There will be fun stories and crafts. 413-596-6141. 25 Crane Park Drive. Wilbraham, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Meekins Library librarian, Rochelle Wildfong, will host a story time in the children’s department every Wednesday, all year round. Fingerplays, songs, picture books, and circle games for pre-schoolers and their caregivers. After story hour, take the kids sledding behind the school, then head down to Bread Euphoria for a warm something to eat & drink! A delightful way to spend a Wednesday morning in the Hilltowns with your preK kids! 413-268-7472. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, MA (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Storytime for ages 3-8 at the Mason Square Branch Library. Come every Wednesday for stories, songs, and crafts. 413-263-6853. 765 State Street. Springfield, 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. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11am – STEM: The Berkshire Museum is offering a Parent/Child STEM Session the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Come explore science, technology, engineering, and math through books, hands-on activities, and play. Registration is required. 413-443-7171 x21. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – STORYTIME: The Community Network for Children offers a story hour every Wednesday at the Leverett Library. Children ages 5 and under can come for music, movement, books, and hands-on activities. 978-544-5157. 75 Montague Road. Leverett, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-12:30pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Smead Skating Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-781-2599. 1780 Roosevelt Avenue. Springfield, MA. (>$)
  • 11am-12noon – STORYTIME: Preschool storyhour every Wednesday at the Dickinson Memorial Library with Ruthanne Paulson includes stories, music, movement, crafts, and a snack. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 12noon-2pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Collins/Moylan Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-772-6891. 41 Barr Avenue. Greenfield, MA. (>$)
  • 12:30pm-2:30pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Fitzpatrick Skating Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple Street. Holyoke, MA. (>$)
  • 1pm-2:30pm – MOTHER SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group every Wednesday at Midwifery Care of Holyoke. Expectant mothers and moms of babies under age 1 can come discuss all aspects of motherhood. 413-534-2700. 230 Maple Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
  • 1:15pm – STEM: Homeschool students of all ages can learn about science at the Carnegie Public Library every Wednesday. Kids will enjoy learning about science at this hands-on program. Runs through May 13. 413-863-3214. 201 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA.
  • 1:30pm – NATURE STUDIES: Preschool-aged kids can attend Kidleidoscope every Wednesday at Natural Bridge State Park. This weekly program features forest-themed educational activities. 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 3pm-4pm – MANGA/COMICS: Teens who love anime, manga, and comics can come to the Forest Park Branch Library for discussions, activities, games, and more. Repeats the third Wednesday of each month. 413-263-6843. 380 Belmont Avenue. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm – STORYTIME: All ages can enjoy stories and a craft at the Cushman Library‘s weekly story hour. 413-648-5402. 28 Church Street. Bernardston, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm – CHESS: The East Longmeadow Public Library holds a chess club for kids ages 6-14 every Wednesday afternoon. Come improve your chess skills by playing with peers of all levels. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-5pm – WRITING: Forbes Library holds a writing group for children and young adults the third Wednesday of each month. Come do some free writing, story workshopping, and do exercises to beat writer’s block. All ages welcome. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm-7pm – LEGO: Get creative with LEGOs at the Springfield Central Library every Monday and Wednesday through March 18. 413-263-6828 x471. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm-7:30pm – KNITTING: The Cushman Library‘s knitting group runs every Wednesday night. Come hang out with knitters of all ages and share knitting advice. 413-648-5402. 28 Church Street. Bernardston, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm – KNITTING: Come to the Goodwin Memorial Library every Wednesday evening for knitting group. All levels are welcome, making this is a great chance to share knitting tips and tricks with other knitters of all ages. Runs all year. 413-584-7451. Route 47 & Route 9. Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm – STORYTIME: All ages can attend a pajama storytime at the East Springfield Branch Library every Wednesday through March 25, except February 11 and March 11. Come in pajamas and bring a stuffed animal to this fun storytime! 413-263-6840. 21 Osborne Terrace. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm – STORYTIME: Pajama storytime for kids ages 3-6 at the East Longmeadow Library. Runs every Wednesday evening. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 7pm-9pm – PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group the fourth Wednesday of each month in Conference Room D at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. This is a bereavement group for infant and pregnancy loss. Please contact emptyarmsbereavement@gmail.com for more information. 413-387-0703. 30 Locust Street. Northampton, MA.
  • 7pm-9pm – PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group the second Wednesday of each month in the Owl and Raven Community Space. The group is for mothers and partners who have experience the loss of a baby through miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. Please email lexi.walters@gmail.com for more information. 413-387-0703. 2 Conz Street, Unit 42. Northampton, MA.
  • 7:30pm-10:30pm – DANCE: Beginners and people of all skill levels can come dance the night away at Downtown Amherst Contra! This is a great way to have fun and meet new people in a low-pressure environment. Beginners can show up at 7 for a learning session. Best for teens and adults. Every Wednesday except the second Wednesday of each month. 99 Main Street. Amherst, MA. $

• Return to Top


Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Thursday, January 29, TBA – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Gateway Family Center is offering an 8-week program for parents of children ages birth to one – “Nurturing Your Baby.” Here parents can learn about infant massage, stress reduction, soothing techniques, sleep strategies, coping skills, and relevant child development information. Call to register and for more information. 413-667-2203. 9 Russell Road. Huntington, MA. (FREE)

Deadline to sign up is TODAY, Thursday, January 29.

Thursday, January 29, 9:30am-11am – COMPUTERS: The Berkshire Athenaeum is offering a class on what smartphones are and how to use them. This class would be great for someone who is looking to upgrade to a smartphone but wants to learn the basics first. Pre-registration is required. 413-499-9480 x202. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, January 29, 12:15pm – LOCAL HISTORY: This week’s Museums a la Carte lecture at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts is, “The Evolution of Baystate Medical Center 1870-Present,” with Thomas L. Higgins and Linda S. Baillargeon. They will discuss the history of what is now Baystate Medical Center, looking at its origins using photographs that are now housed at the Springfield Museums. In addition to examining the history of this local hospital, Higgins and Baillargeon will talk about the ways hospital care and health professional education have changed over the past 144 years. Best for older students. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (>$)

Thursday, January 29, 3:30pm-4:30pm – BOOK CLUB: The Mason Library will have a MCBA Book Club on January 29. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, January 29, 4pm-5pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Mark Feinberg, Ph.D. will present a workshop for parents titled, “Couple-Focused Prevention at the Transition to Parenthood,” at the UMass Campus Center, room 163C. The workshop focuses on the transition to parenthood and how couples can avoid stress, depression, and strain on their relationship in order to be the best parents they can be. 1 Campus Center Way. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, January 29, 4:45pm-7:15pm – YOGA FOR KIDS: Celtic Heels studio is offering free Kids Yoga classes for new students before their new semester begins in February. Instructor, Mylène, creates a warm and encouraging atmosphere where children can be creative. The theme for class on the 29th is Metamorphosis! A few of the poses the students will be practicing this month: Crescent Moon, Candle, Volcano, Frog, Snow Angel, and Butterfly-Cocoon. Age Groups: 4:45-5:15 for ages 3-5; 5:30-6:15 for ages 6-8; 6:15-7:15 for ages 9-11. 2nd Floor. 267 Main Street. Greenfield, MA (FREE)

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

  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Belchertown Family Center is open Tuesday-Friday from 9am-12noon for drop-in activities for infants, preschoolers, and their caregivers. 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center is open every Monday through Friday, 9am-12noon. Drop in for playgroups and activities for young children (ages 0-5) and caregivers. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-4:30pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Get outside this winter at Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center! The trails are open most Wednesdays through Sundays during the winter months for snowshoeing and cross country skiing. 800-859-2960. 99 Millers Falls Road. Northfield, MA.
  • 9am-12midnight – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum is open late – until 12midnight – every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday during the College’s academic year. Avoid the crowds and check out the museum’s exhibitions, gift shop, and cafe during these special late hours. 413-542-2335. 41 Quadrangle Drive. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: South Berkshire Kids is offering a weekly playgroup at the Richmond Consolidated School. 413-464-5095. 1831 State Road. Richmond, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: Parents/caregivers and kids ages 18 months to 3 years can attend a Toddler Steps program at the CHP Family Services Building, held by South Berkshire Kids. The program features circle time, stories, songs, crafts, and play, and runs every Thursday through June 2015. 413-464-5095. 442 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center will be open Monday-Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, toys, books, activities, and more. Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can drop in to meet and play with others. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, Lower Level. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – MOVEMENT: The Music and Movement program with Laurie and Tom will be at the Carnegie Library every Thursday through February 26. Young children and their caregivers are invited to this fun, free program. 413-863-3214. 201 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Gateway Family Center is offering a drop-in “Baby Steps” program for infants 0-1 years, as well as their siblings and caregivers. Runs every Thursday. 413-667-2203 x3. 9 Russell Road. Huntington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Join the Pittsfield CFCE at the Berkshire Athenaeum for a weekly Play and Learn group. 413-499-4809. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – LITERACY: Kids ages 2-9 ½ can attend a literacy group at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Westfield. Come with a parent or caregiver and practice reading skills! Runs every Tuesday and Thursday. 413-568-5242. 28 West Silver Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:15am – STORYTIME: The Wilbraham Public Library holds a weekly storytime for ages 2-3 ½ every Wednesday OR Thursday. There will be fun stories and crafts. 413-596-6141. 25 Crane Park Drive. Wilbraham, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Ages 3-5 can attend a fun storytime at the Sixteen Acres Branch Library every Thursday through March 12. Come for stories, songs, and rhymes. Call to register. 413-263-6858. 1187 Parker Street. Springfield, MA.
  • 10:30am-11:15am – STORYTIME: Storytime for toddlers (ages 2-5) every Thursday at the Ramsdell Library. 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street. Housatonic, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – STORYTIME: Join the Emily Williston Memorial Library for storytime every Thursday! There will be snacks, stories, and crafts. 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – MUSIC: The Jones Library will offer a preschool storytime every Thursday. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: The Hatfield Public Library holds a storytime for kids 5 and under every Thursday! Come to the library for stories and fun. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:45am-12:45pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Smead Skating Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-781-2599. 1780 Roosevelt Avenue. Springfield, MA. (>$)
  • 11am-11:45am – STORYTIME/ARTS & CRAFTS: The Lenox Library is offering Story Craft for kids ages 3-5, with stories and crafts. This program follows the school district schedule. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
  • 11:15am – STORYTIME: The Wilbraham Public Library holds a weekly storytime for ages 3 ½-5 every Thursday. There will be fun stories and crafts. 413-596-6141. 25 Crane Park Drive. Wilbraham, MA. (FREE)
  • 11:30am-12:30pm – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Gym Group for ages walking to 5 every Thursday at the Haskins Center. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 12:30pm-2:30pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Fitzpatrick Skating Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple Street. Holyoke, MA. (>$)
  • 12:30pm-2:30pm – MOTHER SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group every third Thursday at Scantic Valley YMCA. Mothers of babies 12 months and under can come talk about motherhood at this monthly program. 413-583-3527. 45 Post Office Park. Wilbraham, MA. (FREE)
  • 1pm-3pm – PLAYGROUP: Babies can have fun and make friends at the Forbes Library‘s weekly baby playgroup. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 1:30pm-2:30pm – STORYTIME/BILINGUAL: Little ones can come to the Brightwood Library every Thursday for a bilingual story club (English and Spanish). Come sing, dance, play, hear stories in English and Spanish, and meet new friends. 413-263-6805. 359 Plainfield Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 2pm-4pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Collins/Moylan Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-772-6891. 41 Barr Avenue. Greenfield, MA. (>$)
  • 2:30pm-4:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: The Hatfield Public Library holds a weekly Crafting Club for ages 5 and up every Thursday! Come to the library and get creative at this fun program. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 3:30pm-4:45pm – MINECRAFT: Tweens and teens can attend Minecraft Club at the Indian Orchard Branch Library every Thursday. Come make new friends and trade Minecraft tips and tricks! 413-263-6846. 44 Oak Street. Indian Orchard, MA. (FREE)
  • 3:30pm-5pm – CHESS: Every second and fourth Thursday, kids are invited to the Mason Library for chess. There will be no instruction provided, so this event is best for kids who already have an understanding of the game. This is a great place to come play with peers, make new friends, and improve your chess skills in a relaxed and supportive environment. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-5pm – STORYTIME: The Hubbard Library is offering a storytime for students ages 5-8. Every Thursday. 413-583-5646. 24 Center Street. Ludlow, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-8pm – GAMES/LEGOS: Families can have fun every Thursday at Gaylord 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. (FREE)
  • 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)
  • 5pm-6:30pm – LEGO: Kids ages 6 and up can have fun and get creative with LEGOs at the Mason Square Branch Library‘s LEGO Club every Thursday. Call to sign up. 413-263-6853. 765 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm – SKILLSHARE/CRAFT GROUP: The Haberdashery holds a Chat ‘n Do every Thursday at 5:30pm. Bring a project you are working on and chat with others, hash out ideas, ask advice, offer tips, and more. This is a good opportunity for intergenerational skill sharing! 413-527-1638. 52 Union Street. Easthampton, 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-8pm – KNITTING: Spruce up your knitting skills and spend time with community members of all ages at the Dickinson Memorial Library‘s knitting group every Thursday evening. All skill levels are welcome. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 7pm-7:30pm – STORYTIME: The Hubbard Library will have a “Tuck Me In” storytime for ages 3-7 the first Thursday of each month. Kids can come to the library in pajamas and enjoy this bedtime-themed storytime. Registration is required. 413-583-5646. 24 Center Street. Ludlow, MA. (FREE)

• Return to Top


Friday, January 30th, 2015

Friday, January 30, 10am-12noon – FAMILY SUPPORT: The Gateway Family Center will be hosting a weekly program, Nurturing Your Child, through March 20. This program will be focusing on the social and emotional development of children and the developmental challenges that parents face. Children’s “playshops” are theme based each week with games and activities that encourage children’s healthy development with parent guide activities. Parent Education includes a workshop with parent educators, including Scott Noyes, Caro Lambert, and Liz Liebowitz. This program is FREE and open to all families with young children. Transportation assistance available. For more information, or to register, please contact Kim Savery at 413-667-2203 or ksavery@hchcweb.org. 9 Russell Rd. Huntington, MA (FREE)

Friday, January 30, 8:30am-3pm – NATURE STUDIES: Since there’s no school for students in Amherst today, come have fun learning about nature and playing outdoors at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment! Kids ages 6-9 (in grades 1-4) can spend the day at the Hitchcock Center meeting live animals, doing a scavenger hunt in the forest, and getting creative with fun frozen crafts. If it’s snowy, kids can also build snow forts, go sledding, and do some snowshoeing. Space is limited; call ASAP to sign up. 413-256-6006. 525 South Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. ($$$)

Friday, January 30, 11am-12noon – STORYTIME: Preschool-aged children and their parents/caregivers can have fun with snow at the Griswold Memorial Library. Come to the library for this snow-themed storytime and venture outdoors if it’s snowy. Enjoy snowy stories and a hands-on activity. 413-624-3619. 12 Main Road. Colrain, MA. (FREE)

Friday, January 30, 4pm-5:30pm – EDUCATOR WORKSHOP: Middle and high school teachers can attend a workshop for educators at the Yiddish Book Center on January 30 – “‘Who Invited You?’: How America Treats its Immigrants.” The workshop focuses on the politics of immigration and identity over the last century. Discussion will consider the opportunities and obstacles created by immigration policies, the pressures placed on immigrants to assimilate, and the ways newcomers have transformed their adopted home. Call to pre-register. 413-256-4900. 1021 West Street. Amherst, MA.

Friday, January 30, 5:20-6:40pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Kids can learn about whales on January 30 when the Whalemobile comes to Northfield Elementary School! This program features a huge, 43-foot inflatable whale, based on a 25 year old female humpback. Kids can come learn about these amazing mammals and can then climb inside the inflatable whale! Call Dickinson Memorial Library for details. 413-498-2455. 104 Main Street. Northfield, MA.

Friday, January 30, 5:30pm-8:30pm – DANCE: Join the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art for a screening of Kate Geis’ film, Paul Taylor: Creative Domain, on January 30. Older students interested in dance can learn about the famous choreographer’s creative process at this screening. The screening will be followed by a question-and-answer session with director Kate Geis and executive producer Robert Aberlin. Tickets available in advance. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. ($)

Friday, January 30, 6pm-9pm – FAMILY FUN: Berkshire Family and Individual Resources (BFAIR) is celebrating their 20th anniversary with a Family Fun Night at Mingos Sports Bar and Grill. Families can come for a delicious appetizer buffet, a cash bar, bowling, pool, golf, ping pong, darts, tabletop games, a 50/50 raffle, and more. This is a fun night to support a great local organization! Call for tickets. 413-664-9382. 41 Roberts Drive. North Adams, MA. ($$)

Friday, January 30, 6pm-9pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Adults can enjoy an evening of fine art and fine dining at the Clark Art Institute on January 30. At “Dinner and the Show,” guests can attend a private gallery tour of Monet | Kelly, led by curator Richard Rand, and enjoy a delicious prix-fixe meal by Stephen Starr Events. Space is limited; reservations are required. 413-458-0524. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. ($$$)

Friday, January 30, 6:15pm-8pm – FAMILY MOVIE: The Mason Library will have a Frozen sing-along for families on January 30! 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Friday, January 30, 7pm-8pm – HISTORY: Storrowton Village presents a First Person Presentation about the murder conviction of Thirza Mansfield in 1824. Mansfield was a member of a prominent New Haven, CT family who was arrested, jailed, and tried for the death of her husband. A costumed reenactor will act the part of Mansfield, who will discuss her life, her speedy conviction, and her time spent in Newgate Prison and Wethersfield. This program is appropriate for adults and older teens. Reservations are encouraged. 413-205-5051. 413-737-2443. 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, January 30, 7:30pm – THEATER: The Drama Studio presents their Winter Shorts Festival this weekend. Students will perform Prudence, Kings and Thieves, and Pas de Doom. A fun selection of short theater pieces! Call to reserve tickets. 413-739-1983. 41 Oakland Street. Springfield, MA. ($$)

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

9:30am-3:30pm – GIRLS’ EMPOWERMENT: Full Moon Girls, nature mentoring takes place on Fridays, Feb 6-May 29, for girls ages 9-15. A spot is open for you! 413-367-6191. Brook’s Bend Farm. Montague, MA (Sliding scale $50-78/day)

  • 9am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Community Network for Children offers a playgroup every Friday at Shutesbury Elementary School. Children ages 5 and under and a caregiver can come make friends, explore, and discover. 978-544-5157. 23 West Pelham Road. Shutesbury, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center is open every Monday through Friday, 9am-12noon. Drop in for playgroups and activities for young children (ages 0-5) and caregivers. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-4:30pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Get outside this winter at Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center! The trails are open most Wednesdays through Sundays during the winter months for snowshoeing and cross country skiing. 800-859-2960. 99 Millers Falls Road. Northfield, MA.
  • 9:30am – WRITING: The Edwards Public Library‘s Writing Group meets every Friday. Older students with a passion for writing of any style can attend this supportive intergenerational group. 413-527-9480. 30 East Street. Southampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: There will be playgroup at the Cummington Family Center every Wednesday and Friday through May. The playgroups are parent-run, which means that the first parent to arrive can set up toys and make coffee/tea. 33 Main Street. Cummington, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents’ Center is holding a weekly playgroup in Hadley every Friday at Whole Children. 413-582-2636. 41 Russell Street. Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:45am-11:15am – MOTHER SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group every Friday at the UMass Amherst Family Center. Expectant mothers and moms of infants through preschoolers can attend this group to discuss all aspects of motherhood. Childcare provided for ages 4 and under. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Preschool-aged kids can come to the Stockbridge Library for StoryCraft, a storytime and craft time with Miss Vicky! Siblings are welcome. 413-298-5501. 2 Depot Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Play and Learn Group every Friday at Lanesborough Town Hall. 413-664-4821. 83 North Main Street. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am & 2pm – GEOLOGY: Learn about the fascinating geology of Natural Bridge State Park at their Marvelous Marble Tour every Friday at 10am & 2pm. Join a park interpreter for an easy walk around the park exploring its geologic history and the remains of the 19th- and 20th-century marble quarry that once operated on the grounds. All ages will enjoy exploring the park and learning some interesting local geology. 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – STORYTIME: The Hubbard Library is offering a storytime for young children to help them learn the letters of the alphabet using stories, flash cards, and fun activities. Please register for each week individually. 413-583-5646. 24 Center Street. Ludlow, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc. is offering a free baby group for babies and caretakers at the Williamstown Youth Center the first Friday of every month. 413-663-6593. School Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Play and Learn Group for ages walking to 5 every Friday at the Adams Youth Center. 413-664-4821. East Street. Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – MOTHER SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group every Friday at the Community Action Family Center. Expectant mothers and moms of infants can attend this group to discuss adjustment to motherhood. Childcare provided; babies in arms welcome. 413-387-0703. 220 Russell Street. Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – MOTHER SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group every Friday at the MotherWoman Office. Expectant mothers and moms of infants through preschoolers can attend this group to discuss all aspects of motherhood. Childcare provided for ages 4 and under. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – COMPUTER TECH: Learn about computers and get help with basic programs at the Carnegie Library on Fridays. Call the library to sign up for a 30-minute time slot. 413-863-3214. 1 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Parents/caregivers and young children can attend Skip and Dip at the Berkshire South Regional Community Center, held by South Berkshire Kids. This group consists of splash pool and gym time and runs every Friday through June 2015. 413-464-5095. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Easthampton Family Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday for drop-in playgroup and activities for kids ages 5 and under. The Family Center follows the Easthampton Public Schools schedule. 413-527-5496. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Every Friday is Bounce and Rhyme Storytime at the Monson Free Library! Kids 2 ½ and younger can come enjoy stories, songs, and rhymes. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – MOVEMENT: The Chicopee Public Library holds a weekly Music and Movement program for kids ages 5 and under every Friday. Come have fun moving, singing, and dancing. 413-594-1800. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Parents/caregivers and young children can attend an art and nature playgroup at the CHP Campus, held by South Berkshire Kids. Runs every Friday through June 2015. 413-464-5095. 442 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – STORYTIME: Young kids can attend a weekly storyhour at the Pelham Library every Friday. Come enjoy stories and crafts. 413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-12:30pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Smead Skating Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-781-2599. 1780 Roosevelt Avenue. Springfield, MA. (>$)
  • 10:30am-12:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Kids in kindergarten and younger can attend a free playgroup every Friday through May 2015 at the Granby Free Public Library. 413-467-3320. 297 East State Street. Granby, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Preschoolers can attend storytime every Friday at Griswold Memorial Library. Come for stories, crafts, and a snack. 413-624-3619. 12 Main Road. Colrain, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-11:45am – STORYTIME: Join the Greenfield Public Library for “Mother Goose on the Loose,” a program for ages 3 and under that features hands-on fun with songs, rhymes, and activities. 413-772-1544 x5. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 11:30am-1:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Parents/caregivers and their babies, ages 0-15 months, can come to “Welcome Baby” every Friday at the Storrs Library. This program, run by Pathways for Parents, is all about the importance of reading, music, and interactive play. Call to sign up. 413-565-4182. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 12noon-1pm – CLOTH DIAPERS: Simple Diaper and Linen is offering a Cloth Diaper 101 workshop at Life Works Studio. Come learn the ins and outs of cloth diapering and get information on Simple Diaper and Linen’s new diaper service in Southern Berkshire County. 413-749-6232. 50 Castle Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Families can attend the “Family Frolic Storytime” every Friday at Gaylord Memorial Library! Enjoy stories, musical plays, and crafts. 413-538-5047. 47 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Kids ages 3-6 can come to the Sunderland Public Library for stories, songs, finger plays, and crafts every Friday morning. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-11:30am – STORYTIME: The Berkshire Museum’s weekly Museum Adventures program features stories, songs, dancing, play time, scavenger hunts, and more, and is open to kids 18 months to 3 years. It’s a great way for young kids to explore some of what the museum has to offer! Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)
  • 12:30pm-2:30pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Fitzpatrick Skating Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple Street. Holyoke, MA. (>$)
  • 1:30pm-5:30pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: The Easthampton Winter Farmers’ Market will be in the Eastworks Building every Friday all winter. Come by for local veggies, meat, apples, yarn, baked goods, syrup, skin care products, and more. 116 Pleasant Street. Easthampton, MA. (MARKET)
  • 2pm-4pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Collins/Moylan Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-772-6891. 41 Barr Avenue. Greenfield, MA. (>$)
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm – MINECRAFT: The Storrs Library has a Minecraft Club for kids in grades 3 and up every Friday. Call to sign up. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm-6:30pm – BOOK GROUP: 2nd and 3rd graders who love reading can attend the Hatfield Public Library‘s Kid Book Club every Friday. Kids can hang out together, recommend books to one another, do book-related activities, and enjoy a pizza dinner. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm-6:30pm – BOOK GROUP: Tweens in grades 4-6 can attend the Hatfield Public Library‘s B-Tween the Lines Book Club every Friday. Kids can hang out together, recommend books to one another, do book-related activities, write reviews, interview authors, and enjoy a pizza dinner. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)

• Return to Top


Hilltown Families’ list of Weekly Suggested Events is supported in part by a grant from the Amherst, Ashfield, Bernardston, Chesterfield, Conway, Erving, Goshen, Holyoke, Leyden, Pelham, Shutesbury, South Hadley and Williamsburg Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: