Suggested Events for March 28th-April 3rd, 2015

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Summer Camps in Western MA

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Mar 28

Valley Vegfest, Saturday, March 28, 10-4, at JFK Middle School, Bridge Road in Northampton. Featuring passionate speakers, vegan food vendors, veg-friendly products, and non-profit organizations dedicated to animal welfare, healthy living, and the environment. Learn about and sample delicious healthy foods. Join in discussions and demonstrations. Enjoy entertainment and activities for kids. Speakers include Kathy Stevens, founder and director of Catskill Animal Sanctuary; Reed Mangels, nutritionist and author, Pattrice Jones, co-founder of VINE Sanctuary; Tim Van Orden, vegan athlete and raw food proponent; and Mary Lawrence, author and vegan chef. Admission is free– donations welcomed. Details at www.valleyveg.org

Mar 28

Independent Middle School Fair. An opportunity for families to learn about seven local schools with middle-school programs. Meet representatives from The Academy at Charlemont, Academy Hill School, The Bement School, The Center School, Four Winds School, The Hartsbrook School, and Stoneleigh-Burnham Middle School. Saturday, March 28, 2-4pm, at Four Winds School, 54 French King Highway (Route 2), in Gill, MA. More information at www.fourwindsschool.info or call 413-863-8055.

Mar 28 & 29

Pioneer Valley Ballet’s original performance of Aladdin and his Magic Lamp performs March 28 & 29 at the Academy of Music in Northampton. The colorful characters and spell-binding choreography of Aladdin and his Magic Lamp takes audience members on a magical ride through a land brimming with genies, dreams, love, and adventure. A perfect spring adventure for the whole family! Tickets: pioneervalleyballet.tix.com

Mar 29

New England Air Museum will hold its annual Space Expo on Sunday, March 29th from 10am-4pm. This is your opportunity to experience aerospace science and technology as well as meet pioneers from the aerospace industry. More than 15 exhibitors from across New England will participate in the event including demonstrations and hands-on activities. Visitors can meet an astronaut, try on a space suit, pilot a space craft simulator, touch a meteorite, learn about the atmosphere of Mars, build a rocket, and much more. NEAM is located in Windsor Locks, CT. For more info call 860-623-3305 or visit www.neam.org.

Apr 4

Sunnyside Child Care Presents: “Here Comes The Sun!” Spend the morning singing and dancing with the Valley’s own local heroes The Nields! The Nields are celebrating the release of their seventeenth album with a benefit for Sunnyside. Come Sing and Dance with us! Join Sunnyside on Saturday, April 4th from 10:30am–12noon at the Florence Community Center (140 Pine St. Florence MA). Tickets just $5 per person ($20 maximum per family). All proceeds fund the Sunnyside Scholarship Fund. www.sunnysidekids.org

Apr 18

Hilltown Families and the Flywheel Arts Collective are continuing the beloved ‘Saturday Morning Music Party’ series for another year with a breakfast bash featuring food, dancing and diversions for kids with the second in our series happening on Saturday, April 18 from 10am-12noon. Mark your calendars and make plans to ome enjoy a breakfast bash featuring free pancakes and an awesome dance party for all ages! Takes place at Flywheel in the old town in Easthampton, MA. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA (FUNDRAISER)

Apr 23

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts & Hilltown Families present Family Volunteer Days! Each month, families are invited to attend a monthly volunteer session to help sort food, take part in educational activities, and learn how to take actions to help fight hunger. This is an opportunity for Hilltown Families participating families to volunteer together with their community, engaged in service-based learning while supporting an important local cause! Family Volunteer Days are held once a month and are open to everyone. Our next Family Volunteer Day takes place on Thursday, April 23rd, 6-8pm, celebrating National Volunteer Month. Families may stay for all or some of the event. Space is limited. Pre-registration required. Click here to sign up! Hatfield, MA (VOLUNTEER) (Sponsored by Hilltown Tree & Garden)

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March 28th-April 3rd, 2015

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Events Happening in the Hilltowns

Saturday, March 28th, 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. Randy Kaplan returns as our Guest DJ with a Twofer and Threefer Episode, featuring short mini-segments of two or three related songs——songs by the same group, in the same style, or whose themes or subject matter connect in some way. You’ll hear blues, folk, country, calypso, a few off-the-beaten-path numbers, and even a show tune lullaby sung by Randy’s wife…and, of course, a few trademark Randy songs as well. 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!

Saturday, March 28, 8:30am-1pm – EDUCATOR WORKSHOP: STEM educators can attend a Science and Engineering Saturday Seminar at UMass Amherst. “How to Build and Teach Case Studies in Science,” with Scott Auerbach, focuses on getting and keeping talented studies interested in STEM fields through the use of open-ended case studies based on real-world problems. Advanced registration is required. Takes place in Lederle Grad Towers 1033 on the UMass campus. 413-545-1908. 710 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. ($$$)

Saturday, March 28, 9:30am-12:30pm – SHABBAT/COMMUNITY MEAL: Beit Ahavah is hosting a seasonal Shabbat meal at the Shabbos Sugar Shack event on March 28. There will be challah French toast with fresh maple syrup for Kiddush lunch, Torah reading, and more. Volunteers needed for setup and clean up. 413-587-3770. 130 Pine Street. Florence, MA.

Saturday, March 28, 9:30am-5pm – GEOLOGY: The Western Mass. Mineral, Jewelry, and Fossil Show takes place on March 28 and 29 at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Northampton. Hosted by the Connecticut Valley Mineral Club, this event features vendors from all over New England, displaying minerals, fossils, and jewelry from around the world. Families can learn about the minerals and fossils on display, and even buy them if they wish. 1 Atwood Drive. Northampton, MA. (>$)

Saturday, March 28, 10am – FAMILY MOVIE: Families can spend a Saturday morning at the movies at Amherst Cinema‘s screening of The Muppet Movie (1979; rated G). Kids and adults alike will love seeing this beloved film on the big screen. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (>$)

Saturday, March 28, 10am – EGG HUNT: The Easthampton Community Center‘s annual Egg Hunt takes place March 28 in the City Hall parking lot. Come have fun searching for Easter eggs – there are 18,000 this year! 413-527-5240. 50 Payson Avenue. Easthampton, MA. [Rescheduled to next week due to weather]

Saturday, March 28, 10am & 1pm – EASTER/ARTS & CRAFTS: Learn the traditional Eastern European craft of Slavic Easter Egg Decorating at Ventfort Hall. This annual demonstration and workshop teaches you the history and basics of this time-honored craft. For ages 12 and up. Please pre-register. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($$$)

Saturday, March 28, 10am-11:30am – EGG HUNT: Kids ages 6 and under can participate in an Egg Hunt at Berkshire South Regional Community Center. There will be three hunts for each different age group – age 2 and under (10am), ages 3 and 4 (10:30am), and ages 5 and 6 (11am). Arrive early to register or register in advance. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. (>$)

Saturday, March 28, 10am-1pm – ARTS & CRAFTS/EASTER: Learn how to make Ukrainian Easter eggs, or “pysanky,” at the Yellow House this March. The eggs are decorated with beeswax and dye and are given as gifts during the Easter holiday. Celebrate Easter and learn a new craft – make an egg to gift to a friend or family member at this hands-on workshop. Please register in advance. 413-289-6091. 1479 North Main Street. Palmer, MA. ($$$)

Saturday, March 28, 10am-4pm – FAMILY FESTIVAL: Meltdown Family Fest takes place March 28 at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, and features many great activities for families. There will be music performances, author appearances, puppet shows, delicious food, crafts, gym activities, a petting farm, a dance party, quiet activities, and more. A full schedule and more info can be found here. 80 Locust Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 28, 10am-4pm – FOOD FESTIVAL: Valley Vegfest is the Pioneer Valley’s annual vegan food festival, and it takes place on March 28 this year at JFK Middle School. There will be speakers, demonstrations, and activities, all centered around living a vegan life. Vegans and vegetarians, as well as those interested in learning more about veganism, would enjoy this festival. Bridge Road. Florence, MA.

Saturday, March 28, 10:30am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: As part of their Children’s Music Series, the Jones Library presents a performance of The Firebird. This puppet performance features handcrafted marionettes, costumes, vivid sets, and musical accompaniment in the form of Stravinsky’s score from the original ballet. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 28, 10:30am-11:30am – NATURE 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, March 28, 11am – PUPPETRY: There will be a performance by Dr. Marmalade and Her Shadow Puppet Show at the New Marlborough Library on March 28. Kids can see the performance and make their own shadow puppets. 413-229-6668. 1 Mill River-Great Barrington Road. New Marlborough, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 28, 11am – STORYTELLING: Join the Holyoke Public Library for “Seriously Silly Stories” with Jenn Couturier. These entertaining stories will keep young kids interested and engaged – children will move, laugh, and tell their own stories. This program kicks off the library’s “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge,” which provides young children with the literacy skills needed to do well once they enter school. Call to reserve a spot. 413-420-8105. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 28, 11am – FAMILY CONCERT: The Northampton Community Music Center presents a performance by Randy Kaplan at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art as part of their Family Concert Series. He will perform his unique blend of American roots music, country blues, and comedic storytelling at this exciting concert. The performance will be a ton of fun for both kids and adults! 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. ($) [CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS]

Saturday, March 28, 11am-12noon – STEAM: Preschool-aged children can have fun with LEGOs and Duplos at the Erving Public Library as part of a series of programs focusing on science, technology, engineering, art, and math. This is a great chance to introduce young kids to STEAM topics! Call to register. 413-423-3348. 17 Moore Street. Erving, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 28, 11am-12noon – 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, March 28, 11am-2pm – STEAM: The Meekins Library will hold a STEAMcraft program for kids on March 28. Come to the library to learn about helicopters and how they work. Kids will also get a chance to make their own helicopters to take home. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 28, 12noon-1pm – AGRICULTURE: Join Grow Food Amherst for a workshop on herbs for everyday use at the Amherst Winter Farmers’ Market. Isabel Masteika will present this workshop. 170 Chestnut Street. Amherst, MA.

Saturday, March 28, 12noon-2pm – EASTER/ARTS & CRAFTS: Learn about “pysanky,” or Ukrainian Easter eggs, at the S. White Dickinson Memorial Library with local art teacher Marion Abrams. Abrams will teach kids and families ages 8 and up about pysanky and thow to paint these beautifully decorated eggs using beeswax and dyes. Please register in advance. 413-665-2170. 202 Chestnut Plain Road. Whately, MA.

Saturday, March 28, 12noon-3pm – SLEDDING: Do some early-spring sledding before the snow’s gone with Franklin Land Trust at Guyette Farm! Families can come have fun outside sledding down the Farm’s hills and enjoy hot chocolate, a bonfire, songs, and stories after. If there is no snow, there will be a short all-ages hike followed by games and other fun activities. 413-625-9151. Gloyd Road & Old South Street. Plainfield, MA.

Saturday, March 28, 12noon-3pm – EASTER EGG HUNT: Atkins Farms’ annual Easter Egg and Candy Hunt is on March 28. This event is for kids ages 12 and under, and participants will be split into age groups. Bring your own basket and a camera for photos with the Easter Bunny! 413-253-9528. 1150 West St. South Amherst, MA. (>$)

Saturday, March 28, 12noon-4pm – AUTHOR FAIR: The Springfield Central Library is hosting an Author Fair on March 28 in the Rotunda. Come meet local authors, discuss their works with them, purchase copies, get books signed, and hear short readings. There will be books for readers of all ages, and this is a great chance to discover local authors and get your hands on some great new books. 413-263-6828. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA.

Saturday, March 28, 1pm & 4:30pm – DANCE: Pioneer Valley Ballet presents a performance of Aladdin and his Magic Lamp at the Academy of Music this weekend. Audiences can enjoy this classic story live on stage, complete with amazing choreography and tales of adventure, love, and magic. Tickets available in advance. 413-584-9032 x105. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA. ($$$)

Saturday, March 28, 1pm-3:30pm – ORIGAMI: Learn about the art of paper folding and try it out for yourself at the Good Purpose Gallery. This is a fun chance to learn origami! 413-394-5045. 40 Main Street. Lee, MA. ($)

Saturday, March 28, 1:30pm-3pm – BIRD STUDIES/DIY: Families can join Mass Audubon for a Bluebird Nest Box Building Workshop at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. Build pre-cut nest boxes to help provide much-needed nesting sites for cavity nesting birds like bluebirds, tree swallows, house wrens, chickadees, and others. Participants will also learn how and where to mount the boxes, and will learn about Eastern Bluebird conservation efforts. Call to register. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. ($$)

Saturday, March 28, 2-4pm – MIDDLE SCHOOL FAIR: An opportunity for families to learn about seven local schools with middle-school programs. Meet representatives from The Academy at Charlemont, Academy Hill School, The Bement School, The Center School, Four Winds School, The Hartsbrook School, and Stoneleigh-Burnham Middle School. More information at www.fourwindsschool.info. 413-863-8055. Takes place at Four Winds School, 54 French King Highway (Route 2). Gill, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 28, 4pm & 7:30pm – THEATER: The Drama Studio presents a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream this March. Come see Shakespeare’s classic comedy performed by talent young actors ages 9-14 at this enchanting performance. 413-739-1983. 41 Oakland Street. Springfield, MA. ($$)

Saturday, March 28, 4pm-6pm – LOCAL HISTORY: There will be a reception for the Sheffield Historical Society‘s exhibition, “Antique Bottles from Berkshire County,” at the Old Stone Store on March 28. Come see antique bottles from Berkshire County, which can help teach about local history and industries of the past. What are the names on the bottles? Based on the business names on the bottles, what were the most popular industries in Berkshire County? Older students interested in local history and industry will enjoy seeing these artifacts on display. The exhibit is also open weekends 10am-3pm through April 19. 413-229-2694. Main Street. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 28, 7pm – THEATER/MUSICAL: The Pioneer Valley Regional School presents a performance of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown this March. Come enjoy this fun musical, performed by PVRS students of all ages. 413-498-2931. 97 F. Sumner Turner Road. Northfield, MA.

Saturday, March 28, 7pm – THEATER/MUSICAL: The artistic accomplishments of the talented students at Mt. Everett Regional High School reach new heights with their production of the musical FOOTLOOSE! One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. FOOTLOOSE will be performed at the Thomas A. Consolati Performing Arts Center. The cast and crew feature over 25 students from the 7th – 12th grade. 491 Berkshire School Road. Sheffield, MA ($)

Saturday, March 28, 7pm – THEATER: Sinai Temple presents a production of The Fiddler on the Roof this March. Come see this classic musical, which tells the story of a Jewish father and his efforts to maintain religious and cultural traditions as outside influences encroach on his life. Tickets available in advance. 413-736-3619. 1100 Dickinson Street. Springfield, MA. ($$)

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Sunday, March 29th, 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.

Sunday, March 29, 9am-11:30am – EASTER BUNNY: Join the Children’s Museum at Holyoke for Breakfast with the Easter Bunny. Enjoy a continental breakfast with family and the Easter Bunny, fun arts and crafts, a raffle, and all-day admission to the Museum. Pre-registration is recommended. 413-536-5437. 444 Dwight Street. Holyoke, MA. ($)

Sunday, March 29, 10am – ARTS & CRAFTS: Lander-Grinspoon Academy’s PJ Preschool Pals will host a special arts and crafts activity at the Yiddish Book Center:  “It’s SO SEW SOW FUN!”  –  Craft Your Very Own Character. Kids ages 3-5 can come craft their own characters at this fun, hands-on workshop. 413-584-6622. 1021 West Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, March 29, 10am-4pm – GEOLOGY: The Western Mass. Mineral, Jewelry, and Fossil Show takes place on March 28 and 29 at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Northampton. Hosted by the Connecticut Valley Mineral Club, this event features vendors from all over New England, displaying minerals, fossils, and jewelry from around the world. Families can learn about the minerals and fossils on display, and even buy them if they wish. 1 Atwood Drive. Northampton, MA. (>$)

Sunday, March 29, 10am-4pm – STEM/MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The New England Air Museum is hosting their 2015 Space Expo on March 29. Students of all ages who are interested in aerospace science and technology can attend the Expo for fun activities, educational opportunities, and more. There will be special guests, including retired NASA astronaut Dr. Donald A. Thomas, space explorers, scientists, and engineers. Visitors will also have the chance to meet R2D2, touch a meteorite, design and build a rocket, ride a segway, and much more. This would be a great Sunday trip for families! More info is available on the New England Air Museum website. 860-623-3305. 36 Perimeter Road. Windsor Locks, CT. ($)

Sunday, March 29, 11am-1pm – BIRD STUDIES: Interested in learning how to keep chickens? Attend a class a class on backyard chickens at The Haberdashery! Learn the benefits and basics of raising chickens, including what to expect, the basics of care and health, how to be prepared, and tips and tricks for increasing egg production and correcting bad behavior. This workshop would be great for older students and adults looking to get the first flock of backyard chickens! Please sign up in advance. 413-527-1638. 52 Union Street. Easthampton, MA. ($$$)

Sunday, March 29, 1pm – EASTER EGG HUNT: Children ages 10 and under can participate in Southwick’s Easter Egg Hunt in Prifti Park. There will be other Easter festivities for all ages to enjoy. Bring your own basket. Southwick, MA.

Sunday, March 29, 1pm & 4:30pm – DANCE: Pioneer Valley Ballet presents a performance of Aladdin and his Magic Lamp at the Academy of Music this weekend. Audiences can enjoy this classic story live on stage, complete with amazing choreography and tales of adventure, love, and magic. Tickets available in advance. 413-584-9032 x105. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA. ($$$)

Sunday, March 29, 2pm – THEATER: Sinai Temple presents a production of The Fiddler on the Roof this March. Come see this classic musical, which tells the story of a Jewish father and his efforts to maintain religious and cultural traditions as outside influences encroach on his life. Tickets available in advance. 413-736-3619. 1100 Dickinson Street. Springfield, MA. ($$)

Sunday, March 29, 2pm – STEAM: Preschool-aged children can have fun with LEGOs and Duplos while learning about transportation at the Wendell Free Public Library as part of a series of programs focusing on science, technology, engineering, art, and math. This is a great chance to introduce young kids to STEAM topics! Call to register. 978-544-3559. 7 Wendell Depot Road. Wendell, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, March 29, 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, March 29, 2pm-4pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Learn how to make your own butcher’s twine at Grow Food Amherst‘s Sustainability Sunday workshop. Sharon Raymond will teach participants how to make twine from old tee shirts (please bring your own shirts). This workshop takes place at All Things Local Cooperative Market. Registration is required. 413-259-3149. 104 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, March 29, 2pm-4pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Learn about doula support at Meet the Doula Day at Yoga Center Amherst. Parents, expectant parents, grandparents, family, and friends can attend this free event to learn about doula care and how they can help during pregnancy, birth, and early parenting. 413-256-0604. 17 Kellogg Avenue. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, March 29, 3pm – THEATER/MUSICAL: The artistic accomplishments of the talented students at Mt. Everett Regional High School reach new heights with their production of the musical FOOTLOOSE! One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. FOOTLOOSE will be performed at the Thomas A. Consolati Performing Arts Center. The cast and crew feature over 25 students from the 7th – 12th grade. 491 Berkshire School Road. Sheffield, MA ($)

Sunday, March 29, 3pm – THEATER: The Drama Studio presents a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream this March. Come see Shakespeare’s classic comedy performed by talent young actors ages 9-14 at this enchanting performance. 413-739-1983. 41 Oakland Street. Springfield, MA. ($$)

Sunday, March 29, 6pm-7:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Insight Meditation of Pioneer Valley is holding a workshop for parents/caregivers, “The Myth of the Perfect Parent: How the Buddha’s Teachings on Perception Helps Us See Through This Myth.” This is the first workshop in a five-week series (attend any or all) on what it means to be a “good parent,” how to reconcile work/life priorities, and other related topics. Insight Meditation is located in the Eastworks Building. 413-527-0388. 116 Pleasant Street, Suite 242. Easthampton, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION >$)

Sunday, March 29, 7pm – CONCERT: The Pioneer Valley Symphony and the Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra will perform at the Deerfield Academy Performing Arts Center on March 29. The Symphony will perform Rachmaninoff and Sibelius, which would appeal to older students interested in classical music. Tickets available in advance. 413-773-3664. Main Street. Deerfield, MA. ($$)

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Monday, March 30th, 2015

Monday, March 30, 1pm-2:50pm – 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.

Monday, March 30, 4:30pm – BOOK GROUP: The East Longmeadow Public Library is hosting a book club for kids in grades 1 and 2. Read Boris Gets a Lizard by Andrew Joyner and then come to the library for book-related fun. Registration is required. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Monday, March 30, 5:30pm-8:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS/EASTER: Learn how to make Ukrainian Easter eggs, or “pysanky,” at the Yellow House this March. The eggs are decorated with beeswax and dye and are given as gifts during the Easter holiday. Celebrate Easter and learn a new craft – make an egg to gift to a friend or family member at this hands-on workshop. Please register in advance. 413-289-6091. 1479 North Main Street. Palmer, MA. ($$$)

Monday, March 30, 6pm – LOCAL HISTORY/CULTURAL STUDIES: The Wistariahurst Museum’s spring lecture series, “Immigrant Communities in the Pioneer Valley,” continues on March 30 with a talk by Chicopee historian Stephen Jendrysik, who will present, “The Polish Community in Chicopee.” This talk would be great for students who are interested in learning more about local immigrant communities, those who are descended from immigrants to the area, or those want to learn about the immigrant experience in the Pioneer Valley. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. ($)

Monday, March 30, 6:30pm-7:30pm – BOOK GROUP: The East Longmeadow Public Library is hosting a book club for kids in grade 5 and up. Read El Deafo by Cece Bell and then come to the library to discuss it with your peers. Registration is required. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Monday, March 30, 6:30pm-8pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Gravestone Girls will present “Welcome to the Graveyard” at the Wilbraham Public Library on March 30. The talk focuses on the history and evolution of cemeteries and gravestones from the colonial era to the present day. Best for older students interested in local history. 413-596-6141. 25 Crane Park Drive. Wilbraham, MA. (FREE)

Monday, March 30, 6:30pm-8pm – HEALTH/WELLNESS: Craig Fear will present a workshop on digestive health at River Valley Market on March 30. He will share dietary tips for overcoming common digestive problems, and will explain how the digestive system works and how modern diets differ from more traditional ones. This workshop may appeal to older students interested in nutrition, health, and wellness. Pre-registration is required. 413-584-2665. 330 North King Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

ONGOING FOR MONDAYS (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-11am – PLAYGROUP: Kids ages 5 and under can attend a weekly playgroup every Monday at Buckland Shelburne Elementary School. Come play, read, learn, and have a snack. 413-625-6194. 75 Mechanic Street. Shelburne Falls, 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-Thursday for playgroup, music, crafts, circle 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 – 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)
  • 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)
  • 6:30pm-8pm – POETRY: The Good Purpose Gallery hosts an evening of spoken word poetry the first Monday of each month. Come hear poetry, spoken word, and storytelling, or sign up to share your work! 413-394-5045. 40 Main Street. Lee, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION >$)

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Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Tuesday, March 31, 4pm – BOOK GROUP: The East Longmeadow Public Library is hosting a book club for kids in grades 1 and 2. Read Boris Gets a Lizard by Andrew Joyner and then come to the library for book-related fun. Registration is required. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, March 31, 4pm-5pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Springfield Public Schools’ Parent and Community Engagement Center is offering a workshop for parents on homework help. Learn how to make homework time more productive at this engaging workshop. 413-787-6747. 91 School Street. Springfield, MA.

Tuesday, March 31, 4:30pm – BOOK CLUB: The East Longmeadow Public Library offers a kindergarten book club! This month’s book is The Dot by Peter Reynolds. Read the book and come enjoy activities related to it at this fun book club. Registration is required. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, March 31, 6pm-8:30pm – STEM: Teens can learn about robotics at the Springfield Museums’ Museum School on March 31. Participants will learn how to build and run real robots using LEGO Mindstorm NXT kits. Teens who are into technology and engineering will love learning about robots at this hands-on workshop! Purchase tickets in advance. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. ($$)

ONGOING FOR TUESDAY (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-Thursday for playgroup, music, crafts, circle 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 – PLAYGROUP: The Westhampton Public Library will have a playgroup for toddlers and preschoolers every Tuesday. Kids can come play with toys, do a craft, read a book, and make new friends at this fun playgroup. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – LITERACY: Kids ages 2-5 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. 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)
  • 6pm-7pm – KARATE: Free shotokan karate classes are offered every Tuesday and Thursday at Northfield Elementary School for all ages. 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)
  • 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)

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Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Wednesday, April 1, 9:30am-5pm: HOME SCHOOL DAY/ANIMAL STUDIES: What does an eagle feed its young? How do mother bats find their babies in a cave? Using imaginative role-play and hands-on activities, families and children will answer these questions while exploring the hidden habitats and secret lives of forest animals. See the world from an eagle’s point-of-view and gather food for the winter with a chipmunk family, all while discovering Animal Secrets at the Springfield Museums. In addition to viewing the Animal Secrets Special Exhibition, families will seek out animals hidden in the D’Amour Museum galleries during an Eye Spy tour and take on the role of a animal in search of food, water, and shelter as part of our Just Survive classroom program. Afterward, families are welcome to spend the day exploring all four of our world class museums on their own. Best for ages 3-8yo. 413-263-6800 x322. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA(>$)

Wednesday, April 1, 10:30am-11:15am – LITERACY: You and your child can work together to develop pre-reading skills at the Lee Library’s “Every Child Ready to Read” workshop. The workshop is for kids birth-age through five years and runs every Wednesday from April 1 through May 6 (five meetings). The workshop includes a literacy workshop, storytime, and playgroup. This is a great chance to introduce your young child to the world of reading! Registration is required and you must register for the full five-week session. 413-464-5095. 100 Main Street. Lee, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, April 1, 11:30am-12:15pm – MUSIC/MOVEMENT: Families can attend a Music and Movement class at the Belchertown Family Center this April and May. Come for music, movement, and fun! Drop-in. 413-835-5201. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, April 1, 6pm – CHILDREN’S CELEBRATION: Kids ages 5-12 can join the Chicopee Public Library for a Wizard of Oz Celebration on April 1! Come in costume as your favorite character and have fun with crafts and games. Call or stop by the Children’s Room to sign up. 413-594-1800 x107. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, April 1, 6pm – PSYCHOLOGY: As part of the First Wednesday Speaker Series, the Greenfield Public Library presents a talk by Jonathan Shay, “Psychological and Moral Injury in Military Service.” Shay will discuss the experiences many veterans have upon returning home, and will connect these experiences with Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey. Older students interested in psychology can learn from this talk. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA.

Wednesday, April 1, 7pm-8:30pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Learn about Northampton in the 1920s at the Forbes Library’s program, “Northampton and the Coolidges in the 1920s,” presented by All Hamptons Read. This year’s book is The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett, which takes place in 1928. Discover what Northampton was like at that time and how it has changed at this fascinating talk, which features historic photographs and a visual tour of the city in the ’20s and ’30s. This talk would be of interest to older students who would like to learn more about local history. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

ONGOING FOR WEDNESDAY (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-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-Thursday for playgroup, music, crafts, circle 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 – PLAYGROUP: Stop by the Westhampton Public Library on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month for playgroup. Storytime, games, and arts and crafts are featured. For kids 8 and under. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA.
  • 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-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Stop by the Edwards Library on the first and third Wednesday of each month for playgroup. Storytime, games, and arts and crafts are featured. For kids 8 and under. 30 East Street. Southampton, MA.
  • 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. (>$)
  • 11am-12noon – STORYTIME: Preschool storyhour every Wednesday at the Dickinson Memorial Library with Ruthanne Paulson includes stories, music, movement, crafts, and a snack. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 12noon-1:30pm – PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: Every Wednesday there will be a support group for pregnant and postpartum mothers of children ages 0-5 at Square One’s Family Square, facilitated by MotherWoman. This group is a great place to talk about motherhood in a safe and confidential space. Childcare provided. 413-858-3122. 1095 Main Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 12noon-2pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Collins/Moylan Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-772-6891. 41 Barr Avenue. Greenfield, MA. (>$)
  • 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)
  • 1pm-2:30pm – PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: Parents, caregivers, and grandparents are invited to attend a Parents Supporting Parents Support Group every Wednesday at the Salasin Center. 413-775-0010. 474 Main Street. Greenfield, 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)
  • 3pm-5:30pm – MAKER SPACE: Every Wednesday, Amherst Media hosts a drop-in group for makers of all ages and experience levels. Whether you’re working on computer programming, tech projects, knitting, other projects, or are just curious, stop by and check it out! 413-259-3300. 246 College Street. Amherst, MA.
  • 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-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-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-7:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Teens ages 12-18 can come to the Goodwin Memorial Library every other “odd” Wednesday for craft night. 413-584-7451. Route 47 & Route 9. Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm-7:30pm – GAMES: Teens ages 12-18 can come to the Goodwin Memorial Library every other “even” Wednesday for game night. 413-584-7451. Route 47 & Route 9. Hadley, 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. $

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Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Thursday, April 2, 10:30am-11:15am – EGG HUNT: There will be a Treasure Egg Hunt for ages 3-5 at the Mason Library! Children can decorate their own bags and search for eggs with prizes inside. Whoever finds the golden egg wins an extra special prize! Please register in advance. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Thursday, April 2, 3:30pm-4:30pm – LEGOS: The West Springfield Public Library is hosting a LEGO Club for ages 9 and up. Come make a cool LEGO creation in honor of Earth Day. 413-736-4561. 511 Main Street. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, April 2, 5pm – LITERATURE/LANGUAGE STUDIES: Shirin Nezammafi will present the Smith College East Asian Languages and Literatures Annual Department Lecture, “The Encounters and Possibilities of Cross-Border Literature,” on April 2. Nezammafi’s talk will explore ideas about translation, national identity, and literature. Older students who are interested in literature and language will enjoy this exciting talk. Takes place in Graham Hall in the Brown Fine Arts Center on the Smith College campus. Northampton, MA.

Thursday, April 2, 5pm-8pm – ART WALK: Amherst Art Walk is the first Thursday of every month! Come downtown to tour art galleries and stores, explore the local art scene, and discover great local artists. Art Walks are a great way for people of all ages to experience art in their community. Downtown. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, April 2, 5-8pm – ORNITHOLOGY: Live Raptor Show takes place with Julie Anne Collier at Amherst Copy & Designworks.  Julie will have six birds of prey for visitors to meet, including a colorful American kestrel, a peregrine falcon, a red tailed hawk, a great horned owl, as well as an elfin saw-whet owl and an appealing dark-eyed barred owl.  Come see these amazing birds of prey up close, learn about their adaptations and importance they play in or local ecosystem. 413-549-2854.  37 E Pleasant St. Amherst, MA (FREE)

Thursday, April 2, 6pm & 7:15pm – COMMUNITY MEAL: The Springfield Jewish Community Center is hosting a Pre-Passover Pasta Dinner for families on April 2. Community members can attend this all-you-can-eat meal, the proceeds from which will help local Jewish teens attend the JCC Maccabi Games and Artsfest in Florida this summer. Call for more information or to purchase tickets. 413-739-4715 x319. 1160 Dickinson Street. Springfield, MA. ($)

Thursday, April 2, 7pm – FILM STUDIES: “Laughing Through Our Tears” is a Charlie Chaplin film series at Eastworks to raise money for the Cancer Connection. Tito Gambarini will present and discuss each film – a great opportunity to introduce students to Chaplin’s films. On April 7, see Lime Light. 116 Pleasant Street, Suite 160. Easthampton, MA. (FREE/DONATIONS ACCEPTED)

Thursday, April 2, 8pm – DANCE: Students interested in dance can attend the Smith College Senior Dance Concert – “Where We Agree.” Nine graduating seniors from the school’s dance department will perform in this concert, which features different types of dance and is a chance for aspiring dancers to see these talented dance students perform. Takes place in the Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre in the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts on the Smith College campus. Tickets available in advance. 413-585-2787. 122 Green Street. Northampton, MA. ($)

ONGOING FOR THURSDAYS (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: Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can come to the South Hadley Family Center every Monday-Thursday for playgroup, music, crafts, circle 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. (FREE)
  • 10am – MUSIC: The Goodwin Memorial Library will have a Lunatunes program every Thursday for babies and toddlers. Young kids and their parents/caregivers can come to the library for music, songs, and fingerplays. 413-584-7451. Route 47 & Route 9. Hadley, 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)
  • 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-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)
  • 6pm-7pm – KARATE: Free shotokan karate classes are offered every Tuesday and Thursday at Northfield Elementary School for all ages. 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)

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Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Friday, April 3, REGISTRATION DEADLINE – EASTER EGG HUNT: The Easter Egg Hunt and Games event takes place at Otis Town Hall on April 18 at 10am. All are invited to bring their own basket and enjoy a morning of fun and games. Call or email otisrec@verizon.net to register by April 3. 413-269-4541. 1 North Main Road. Otis, MA. (FREE)

Friday, April 3, 10am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The Springfield Museums’ T. Rex is turning 40! Come celebrate at the museums and enjoy a puppet performance, a fun presentation about dinosaurs, a presentation about reptiles and amphibians by Teaching Creatures, art and science activities, and more. See the full schedule on the Springfield Museums website. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. ($$)

Friday, April 3, 10:30am – STORYTELLING: Gaylord Memorial Library presents a Native American Nature Folktales series with Lucinda Kidder. Children will hear tales that originated with local Native Americans and will learn Native chants and crafts. Course runs every Friday, April 3 through May 10. Call ASAP to sign up. 413-538-5047. 47 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Friday, April 3, 10:30am-11:30am – EASTER/STORYTIME: Join the Heath Free Public Library for a very special storytime – Egg Hunt! The storytime will have stories about Easter. 413-337-4934 x7. 1 East Main Street. Heath, MA. (FREE)

Friday, April 3, 11am-3pm – EASTER EGG HUNT: Have some Easter fun at the New England Air Museum’s Easter Egg Hunt on April 3! Kids ages 10 and under can come hunt for eggs (11am-11:30am) and take photos with the Easter Bunny (11am-3pm) at this fun events. Bring your own basket. 860-623-3305. 36 Perimeter Road. Windsor Locks, CT. ($)

Friday, April 3, 8pm – DANCE: Students interested in dance can attend the Smith College Senior Dance Concert – “Where We Agree.” Nine graduating seniors from the school’s dance department will perform in this concert, which features different types of dance and is a chance for aspiring dancers to see these talented dance students perform. Takes place in the Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre in the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts on the Smith College campus. Tickets available in advance. 413-585-2787. 122 Green Street. Northampton, MA. ($)

ONGOING FOR FRIDAY (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-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 – PLAYGROUP: Stop by the Chesterfield Community Center on the first and third Friday of each month for playgroup. Storytime, games, and arts and crafts are featured. For kids 8 and under. 400 Main Road. Chesterfield, MA.
  • 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)
  • 6pm-9pm – MUSIC/ARTS & CRAFTS: ArtALIVE will host Concerts, Crafts, and Conversation every Friday night. Local musicians will perform and there will be open crafts. 413-222-5366. 35 South Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. ($)
  • 7:30pm – ASTRONOMY: The Springfield Science Museum and the Stars Club host a public observing program in the Tolman Auditorium at the Museum on the first Friday of each month (not held Jun-Aug.). See a slide show, view the night sky in their large rooftop observatory, ask questions, and learn about the night sky. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (>$)
  • 8pm – ASTRONOMY: The Milham Planetarium at Williams College will be open to the public for a planetarium show every Friday through May 1 (except 3/20, 3/27, and 4/3). You can learn about the motions of the planets, the phases of the moon, comets, and much more! Reservations recommended. 413-597-2188. 829 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

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

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