Suggested Events for April 18th-24th, 2015

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

We recently attended an event at the Discovery Center in Turners Falls that was all about animals and baby animals. Our daughter had a great time and we enjoyed the museum after the event. I also really enjoy reading about dinner time suggestions from one of your contributors; and look forward to getting out to Shelburne Falls — SO excited to find out about the Art Garden through Hilltown Families. What a stellar idea and liked reading about the mitten project! Thank you for inspiring good family times for our family! – Sarah Czerwonka (Shutesbury, MA)

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Summer Camps in Western MA

Over 50 summer camps & programs, in and around western MA, to choose from!!!

Check out our featured post, 2015 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA for a comprehensive list of summer camps & programs in the region! Summer opportunities featured range from music, art, farming, theater, dance, science, nature, sports, speaking, yoga, rock ‘n roll… to traditional summer day or overnight camps/programs! There’s something for all ages, toddlers to teens! Check it out and start making your summer plans! — Do you have a summer camp or program you’d like to have included in our comprehensive list? Find out how you can submit your listing HERE.

Hilltown Families Events

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 come 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 18

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 Saturday, April 18th, 9-11:30am, 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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This April vacation, join the Springfield Museums for their amazing Puppet Festival, April 20-24. Performances included the timeless classic Peter & The Wolf by the National Marionette Theater, plus fun on the high seas with Everybody Loves Pirates by Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers, and many more. There’s also live animal demonstrations from Dave’s Soda & Pet City and plenty of hands-on science and art activities, all free with museum admission! For information, visit www.springfieldmuseums.org.

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April vacation at The Carle! Join The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst for a week of live entertainment and fun-filled activities! On April 19th, Nutshell Playhouse presents the swashbuckling adventure: Pirates! And on April 21st Cactushead Puppets performs Little Red Riding Hood. Then, everyone’s favorite, Mister G returns to play two concerts on April 24th. Plus, discover three galleries of picture book art, including Eric Carle’s new exhibition: Bees, Butterflies and Other Bugs. Get lost in a project in the Art Studio! Enjoy a story time, a film or a scavenger hunt. Picnic in their orchard! For additional information on performances, please contact 413-658-1126 or visit www.carlemuseum.org.

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New England Air Museum will hold April Vacation Break Programs April 20th- 24th. The Museum’s Flight Sim Spot will be open each of these days between 11am and 4pm. The Flight Sim Spot allows visitors to use state-of-the-art simulators with real cockpit controls. Monday, April 20th– Wednesday, April 22nd- Open Cockpits & Museum Tours; Thursday, April 23rd– Great LEGO Race; Friday, April 24th- Straw Rocket Competition. Activities are included with the price of admission on the day of your visit unless noted. Each day docents will be on hand to provide information and to interact with the visitors. NEAM is located in Windsor Locks, CT. For more info call 860-623-3305 or visit www.neam.org.

School Vac

Vacation Break camps at SHOW are a great place for kids to express themselves creatively and to be a part of a community steeped in circus culture and traditions. Campers 6-12yo have the opportunity to try a variety of circus skills, including aerial and ground work, and then choose their favorite activities to focus on for the final performance. Each week has a different theme for the final circus show and campers are challenged to incorporate the theme into their circus act, making each session and final show unique! Spring Break Camp (Apr 20-24) and 5 Weeks of Summer Camp (Jul 13-Aug 14) available in Easthampton. Mon-Fri, 9-3pm. For more information and registration visit www.showcircusstudio.com, or email/call: info@showcircusstudio.com; 413-527-6901.

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Vortex Dance Fitness Studio is having a Kids Cabaret Dance Program during school vacation week, running 2-3:30pm on Monday April 20, Wednesday April 22, and Friday April 24, and 9:30-11am on Tuesday April 21 and Thursday April 23. There will be a performance for family and friends from 3:30-4pm on Friday, April 24, the last day. Cabaret Style dance is a mix of jazz, ballet, lyrical, and hip-hop which uses props such as hats and canes. Cost: $100/per student. Ages 8-12. Dancing is a fun way to exercise and make new friends. Vortex Dance Fitness Studio is located on the 2nd floor of the Eastworks Building, 116 Pleasant Street, Suite 251, in Easthampton. Sign up today by email: fontaineangela7@gmail.com or through www.vortexdancestudio.com.

Apr 28

Parent Workshop on Montessori: What is a Montessori education? What is the Montessori difference? The Montessori School of Northampton is offering a free workshop for parents with Elizabeth Slade, Montessori consultant, trainer and teacher, to answer these questions. The workshop will be held at the Montessori School of Northampton, 51 Bates Street, Northampton, MA, on Tuesday, April 28 from 5:15-7pm. It is open to current and prospective parents and anyone who is curious about the Montessori philosophy, materials and curriculum. Admission is free; participants are asked to register in advance through Brown Paper Tickets at http://bpt.me/1451689 or by calling 413-586-4538 x103. More information can be found at northamptonmontessori.org.

May 3 – Jun 7

Biocitizen School presents Drawing on Nature: Art in the Woods: a class devoted to nurturing biophilia (love of life) and the skills of transporting nature’s beauty to the sketchbook with pencils, paints & clay—that includes hikes and plein aire activities, tracking and capturing nature’s emergencies through high Spring. Introductory concepts of composition, line, form, value, texture, color and pattern are used to inspire students’ imagination and expression. Students are provided with a notebook and a travel watercolor set that they get to take home. Tuition: $250 for 24 hours instruction & all materials. Dates: Classes are Sundays, 10am–2pm, from May 3-Jun 7. Age range: 9-12. Contact: 413-695-7994. info@biocitizen.org. www.biocitizen.org

Open House: May 9

Ashfield Community Preschool invites families to their annual open house on Saturday, May 9 from 9:30am-Noon. This event is for families with young children ages 15mo-5yo who are looking for quality care & small class sizes in the rural Hilltown of Ashfield (103 Baptist Corner Rd). Children who attend the preschool participate in a hands-on gardening program, growing a sunflower house & pumpkin patch. Their developmentally appropriate curriculum is inspired by the natural world. In this pastoral setting the preschool offers a 6 week summer program with walking trips to visit local Ashfield artists. Open House on May 9. Tour their facility & grounds and register for summer & fall sessions. 413-628-3248. New Toddler Program Opening Fall 2015!

The Harold Grinspoon Foundation is happy to announce that it will provide $4000 per year to qualifying younger students and $5000 to high school students who attend one of the region’s Jewish day schools. Ensuring small classes, excellent teachers and a nurturing environment, Jewish day schools can provide your child with a superb secular and Jewish education. Participating schools include: Heritage Academy, Longmeadow; Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy, Longmeadow; Lander-Grinspoon Academy, Northampton; and Hebrew High School of New England, West Hartford. For more information, visit www.hgf.org/TIP

Jul 6-10

Journey Camp returns to Cummington for Hilltown families this summer. The supportive staff makes it easy to find new friends while exploring nature, theater, games, music. Inclusiveness and peace building are hallmarks of Journey Camp. Founder and Director, Sarah Pirtle, has numerous awards for her books and music for children. Session One, boys & girls ages 7-12,June 29-July 3, 8:45-4, Woolman Hill, Deerfield. Hilltown Journey Camp, boys & girls, 7-12, July 6-10, 8:45-4, Taproot Common Farm, Cummington. Moonseed Teen Leadership for Girls, 11-18, July 27-July 30, two overnights & campfires, Woolman Hill. Girls Week, 7-13, Aug. 3-7 & Aug. 10-14, 8:45-4, Woolman Hill. www.sarahpirtle.com. Contact: 413-588-6399, marsha.journey@gmail.com.

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April 18th-24th, 2015

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Events Happening in the Hilltowns

Saturday, April 18th, 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. 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, April 18, 7:30am-11am – FISHING DERBY: The West Springfield Park and Recreation Department is holding their 29th Annual Fishing Derby on Saturday, April 18. Kids age 15 and under who enjoy fishing or who would like to give it a try are welcome to participate in this fun event! Come to the Upper Reservoir with your fishing rod and bait and have fun catching fish to win prizes. All proceeds benefit the Park and Rec Department. 413-263-3284. Amostown Road & Smyrna Street. West Springfield, MA.

Saturday, April 18, 8am-10am – BIRD STUDIES: Learn how to identify birds on a bird walk at Jackson Pond with the Berkshire Natural Resources Council and the Hoffmann Bird Club. Walk around this wetland and learn about common bird species and how to tell them apart. 413-499-0596. Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 18, 9-11:30am – COMMUNITY SERVICE: 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! Our next Family Volunteer Day takes place today, 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)

Saturday, April 18, 9am-12noon – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Help clean up West Springfield as a great spring community service project. Community members can meet at Mittineague Park’s Rotary Pavilion and then head to different sites around town for cleanup projects. This town-wide cleanup is a great community service opportunity! Email wsgsd@comcast.net or call for more info and to sign up. 413-244-1389. West Springfield, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Saturday, April 18, 9am-1pm – VOLUNTEER/OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Volunteer to do trail maintenance with The Trustees of Reservations and the Appalachian Mountain Club at Chapel Brook. Older students can do trail maintenance and construction and then try supervised climbing the cliffs at Chapel Brook. 413-532-1631 x10. Williamsburg Road. Ashfield, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Saturday, April 18, 9am-1pm – VOLUNTEER: Mass Audubon needs your help getting Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary ready for the busy summer and fall seasons! All ages can come help out with a variety of tasks and then enjoy a pizza lunch. This is a great opportunity to teach students the value of volunteer work and the work that goes into maintaining and preserving our local natural areas. Call to register. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Saturday, April 18, 9am-1pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE/EARTH DAY: Celebrate Earth Day by going on a canoe trip on the Mill River with Mass Audubon! Explore the floodplain forests, marsh, and a great blue heron rookery, and learn how to identify spring plants and birds. Best for those ages 10 and up with canoe experience. Call to pre-register. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Road. Easthampton, MA. ($$)

Saturday, April 18, 9:30am-4pm – HISTORY/AGRICULTURE: Celebrate spring at Old Sturbridge Village’s Family Farm Fest during school vacation week! There will be performances, entertainment, hands-on and interactive activities, baby animals, and opportunities to learn about 19th-century agricultural practices, raising animals, and life in historic New England. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. ($$)

Saturday, April 18, 10am-12noon – FAMILY DANCE PARTY: 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! Come enjoy a breakfast bash featuring free pancakes and an awesome dance party for all ages! Takes place at Flywheel in the old town. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA (FUNDRAISER)

Saturday, April 18, 10am – STORYTIME: Kids ages 3 and up and their families can come to the West Springfield Public Library for a Saturday storytime. Celebrate “Hop Around the Clock” with stories, music, a craft, and a snack. Please pre-register. 413-736-4561. 511 Main Street. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 18, 10am – MUSIC STUDIES: The Holyoke Public Library and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra are holding a Musical Instrument Petting Zoo at the library on April 18. Kids in grades K-2 can come to the library and try different musical instruments used by the symphony. This is a great way to introduce young kids to music and instruments. 413-420-8101. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 18, 10am – FAMILY MOVIE: Families can spend a Saturday morning at the movies at Amherst Cinema‘s screening of The Gold Rush (1925; not rated). Kids and adults alike will love seeing this Charlie Chaplin classic on the big screen. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (>$)

Saturday, April 18, 10am-11:30am – STORYWALK: The Westhampton Public Library will have a StoryWalk for the book Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton. Read the book and then enjoy snacks, related activities, and a visit from some big machines! 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 18, 10am-11:30am – VERNAL POOLS: Learn about vernal pools and why they are important with Mass Audubon at Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary. Naturalist Kevin Kopchynski will teach about these unique habitats and the amphibian species that rely on them. This is the only time of year when you can see species like spotted salamanders and wood frogs. All ages can explore a vernal pool at Laughing Brook and look for egg masses, amphibians, reptiles, and invertebrates. Call to pre-register. 413-584-3009. Main Street. Hampden, MA. ($)

Saturday, April 18, 10am-12noon – INSECT STUDIES: All ages can learn about bees with Mass Audubon at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Learn about New England’s native bee species – there are over 300 – and discover their life history and role as pollinators. Participants can play a bee game, make a bee craft, and create a home for bees. Call to pre-register. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Road. Easthampton, MA. ($)

Saturday, April 18, 10am-4pm – HISTORY: Discover the history of Patriot’s Day at Historic Deerfield’s Patriot’s Day Revolutionary Muster and Parade on April 18. Visitors can experience what life was like in a small New England town in the 18th Century with activities like crafts, fife and drum music, and a parade and muster. All ages will enjoy this experience, which will make you feel like you’re back in the 1700s. 413-774-5581. 84B Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, April 18, 10:30am-11:30am – BOOK GROUP: Kindergarteners and first graders who love reading can attend the Hatfield Public Library‘s Little Kid Book Club on April 18. Parents/caregivers and their child can attend the book club and enjoy books together. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 18, 10:30am-11:30am – PHOTOGRAPHY: Photographer Sally Eagle will show photographs from her recent trip to Cuba at the Berkshire Museum through her presentation, “Cuba at the Turning Point.” The photographs show the everyday lives of Cubans as the country goes through yet another historic transition. Older students interested in photography will enjoy this talk. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, April 18, 11am – EGG HUNT: The 10th Annual Peter Cottontail’s EGGstravaganza takes place at Unity Park. Kids ages 4-12 can come get their pictures taken with Peter Cottontail, enter raffles, and participate in the egg hunt. This year there will be approximately 5,000 eggs, all filled with candy or toys! Please bring your own basket. 413-863-3216. First Street. Turners Falls, MA.

Saturday, April 18, 11am & 1pm – CHILDREN’S CONCERT: As part of their Baby Animals celebration, Hancock Shaker Village presents a concert with David Grover! Kids will love this fun folk concert. Free with admission. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

Saturday, April 18, 11am & 3pm – EASTER EGG HUNT: Whitney’s Farm Market hosts their annual Easter egg hunt. 11 am – ages 5 and under 3pm – ages 6 and up. BYO basket! 413-442-4749. 1775 South State Rd. Cheshire, MA (FREE)

Saturday, April 18, 11am-11:30am – STORYTELLING: Jonathan Mirin of Piti Theatre Company will present “The Story of My Bees” at the Jones Library. This storytelling event is all about bees and kicks off Amherst’s Bee Week, which begins on April 25. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 18, 11am-12noon – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Nutshell Playhouse presents a special performance – Nutshellapalooza! There will be music, puppets, clowns, stories, pirates, and more! Kids of all ages are welcome to enjoy this imaginative show. Takes place at Spectrum Playhouse. 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street. Lee, MA. (>$)

Saturday, April 18, 11am-12noon – INSECT STUDIES: Learn about bees and beekeeping at the Mason Library on April 18. Master Beekeeper Jan Johnson will present “Bees, Beekeeping, and the Environment,” a talk about bees and their importance as pollinators to many plants. This talk would be great for older students who want to learn more about beekeeping. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 18, 11am-3pm – DINOSAURS: Learn about dinosaurs with Jurassic Roadshow at the Great Falls Discovery Center on April 18. See dinosaur tracks, raindrop impressions, ripple marks, and other fossils, and learn about the dinosaurs that lived right here in the Connecticut River Valley millions of years ago. At 1:30pm, geologist Dan Vellone will give a talk on dinosaur anatomy and fossils. Kids and adults alike will love this fun, engaging fossil show and presentation! 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 18, 11am-10pm – GAMES: April 18 is All Day Game Day at 2 Flights Up! Come to this fun day of tabletop games. There will be two sessions of schedules events (11am-4pm and 5pm-10pm), as well as a game library. Feel free to bring games from home as well! 413-553-3533. 399 Main Street. Dalton, MA. (>$)

Saturday, April 18, 11:30am – STORYTELLING/WRITING: Join the Emily Williston Memorial Library for a storytelling/writing group with Gail Herman. 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 18, 12noon-2pm – PLANT STUDIES: Kids Club at Whole Foods Market is offering a planting activity for kids (best for ages 3-10). Come learn about pollinators at this fun event! 413-586-9932. 327 Russell St. Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 18, 1pm – MUSIC STUDIES: The Holyoke Public Library presents a performance by The Lost Radio Rounders, who will present “Lincoln and Liberty: Songs of the Time of Honest Abe.” They will play old favorites and rediscovered tunes from the days of live radio music. Older students who enjoy music and history would like this concert. 413-420-8101. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April, 18, 1pm – PARADE: The Annual Franklin County Spring Parade is here! Come to Turners Falls to celebrate spring with your community. The parade begins and ends at Sheffield School. More info can be found on the Parade’s Facebook page. Crocker Avenue. Turners Falls, MA.

Saturday, April 18, 1pm-4pm – SUSTAINABILITY: The Bay State Village Sustainability Fair takes place April 18 at the Nonotuck Community School. Local businesses and organizations will be present to talk about their products and services, lead hands-on demonstrations and tours, and teach about money saving programs. There will also be a bake sale and raffle. 221 Riverside Drive. Florence, MA.

Saturday, April 18, 1:30pm – LITERACY: The Westfield Athenaeum is hosting a Read to Rover event for kids ages 3-9. Young readers can practice reading stories aloud to specially-trained dogs, who offer non-judgmental, non-threatening attention. This is a wonderful opportunity for kids to improve their reading skills and their confidence in reading aloud. Please register in advance. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 18, 2pm-4pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Join papercutting artist Susan Urban at the Jones Library for a papercutting workshop. Ages 8-12 can come learn how to make paper cuts at this fun hands-on art program. Sign up in advance. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 18, 6pm – FUNDRAISER: Support Moments House at their 5th Annual Slice of Life Pizza Competition! All ages can attend this fundraiser and vote on the best pizza in Berkshire County. This delicious community service opportunity raises money for Moments House and also features live music. Tickets available in advance. 413-443-6800. 34 Depot Street, Suite 301. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

Saturday, April 18, 7:30pm – THEATER: The Williston Northampton School presents a performance of As You Like It this April. Theater fans will like seeing this Shakespeare comedy live. Tickets available in advance. 413-529-3000. 19 Payson Avenue. Easthampton, MA. ($)

Saturday, April 18, 7:30pm – HISTORY: The Wistariahurst Museum presents “Cyclonic: Readings from ‘Queen of Vaudeville: The Story of Eva Tanguay’” on April 18. The presentation is a dramatized stage rendering of scenes from the book, The Queen of Vaudeville, which is about Holyoke resident Eva Tanguay. Older students interested in history and entertainment can learn about Tanguay’s life and about vaudeville, which was variety-format entertainment that was popular from 1880-1920. Tickets available in advance. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. ($$)

Saturday, April 18, 7:30pm – THEATER: The Berkshire Waldorf High School presents a production of Arsenic and Old Lace this April at the Unicorn Theatre. Students from the class of 2015 will act in this production of Joseph Kesselring’s 1939 comedy classic. Older students would enjoy this theater performance. Tickets available in advance. 413-298-3800. Route 7. Stockbridge, MA. ($$)

Saturday, April 18, 8pm – MUSIC STUDIES: The Smith College Orchestra will perform their annual Spring Concert on April 18 in Sweeney Concert Hall in Sage Hall on the Smith College campus. The orchestra will perform pieces by Dvorak, Mozart, and Strauss, and students with audience skills who are interested in music studies would enjoy the performance. 413-585-3164. 144 Green Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 18, 8pm – MUSIC STUDIES: UMass Marimba Bands and Ensembles will perform “Marimba Extravaganza” in Bowker Auditorium on April 18. They will be a variety of different songs on marimba, both modern and classical, and spanning several different genres. Students interested in music will love this lively concert! Tickets available in advance. 413-545-2511. 100 Holdsworth Way. Amherst, MA. ($)

Saturday, April 18, 8pm – MUSIC STUDIES: The Williams College Percussion Ensemble will perform in Chapin Hall on April 18. They will perform new music as well as works from the 20th Century. Students interested in music will enjoy the performance. 62 Chapin Hall Drive. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 18, 8pm-11:30pm – CONTRA DANCE: Lenox’s monthly contra dance takes place April 18 at the Lenox Community Center. There will be music and a caller. Families can come dance together at this fun series – there will be an introduction for beginners and all dances will be taught. 65 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($)

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Sunday, April 19th, 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, April 19, 9:30am-4pm – HISTORY/AGRICULTURE: Celebrate spring at Old Sturbridge Village’s Family Farm Fest during school vacation week! There will be performances, entertainment, hands-on and interactive activities, baby animals, and opportunities to learn about 19th-century agricultural practices, raising animals, and life in historic New England. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. ($$)

Sunday, April 19, 10am-1pm: FOOD STUDIES/WILD FOOD: Acorn Kitchen will be hosting their first annual Wild Spring Brunch. Learn about local wild edibles and how they can be prepared for a delicious meal! The event will have a wild brunch with acorn pancakes with sweet birch syrup, spring nettle quiche, knotweed n’ maple custard, and black walnut shortbread. Bring the whole family! There will also be a wild eating story hour and display of animals and plants for the kids.  Pre-registration required. Rocky Hill Co-housing Community Kitchen. 100 Black Birch Trail. Northampton, MA. ($$).

Sunday, April 19, 10:30am-12:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Families can attend a family workshop in the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art‘s art studio on April 19. Children ages 6 and up (2 children per adult) can celebrate spring in the art studio with butterfly-themed activities! Learn about the Monarch butterfly’s migration, create and personalize handmade nature observation journals, make insect sculptures, and create paper butterfly gardens. Sign up in advance. Cost is per pair or trio. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. ($$)

Sunday, April 19, 11am-4pm – EARTH DAY: Celebrate Earth Day at the Springfield Museums! Bluegrass trio Boys of the Landfill will perform environmental songs (11:30am & 1pm) and there will be exhibitors, displays, and activities for all ages. This event is a great chance to learn about the importance of Earth Day and taking care of our planet while having fun at a local museum. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, April 19, 12:55pm – DANCE STUDIES: See the world-renowned Russian ballet company Bolshoi Ballet perform Ivan the Terrible on the big screen at Amherst Cinema. The performance was filmed live and will be screened at the Cinema for dance lovers of all ages. Tickets available in advance. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. ($$)

Sunday, April 19, 1pm – DOG TRAINING: Hilltown Hounds is holding an Agility Try-It event at Roaring Brook Farm on April 19. Bring your dog to this agility training session and learn positive and effective training methods. This event would be great for older students hoping to learn about dog training. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Franklin County Regional Shelter. See the Hilltown Hounds website for more information. 1940 Roaring Brook Road. Conway, MA. (>$)

Sunday, April 19, 1pm & 3pm – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art presents a performance of “Pirates!” by Nutshell Playhouse! Kids will love this exciting and adventurous performance about pirates, riddles, maps, and treasure, acted out with mime, music, masks, and puppets. Tickets available in advance. 413-658-1126. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. (>$)

Sunday, April 19, 2pm – THEATER: The Berkshire Waldorf High School presents a production of Arsenic and Old Lace this April at the Unicorn Theatre. Students from the class of 2015 will act in this production of Joseph Kesselring’s 1939 comedy classic. Older students would enjoy this theater performance. Tickets available in advance. 413-298-3800. Route 7. Stockbridge, MA. ($$)

Sunday, April 19, 2pm – HISTORY: Discover the history of a one-of-a-kind confederate musket at the Springfield Armory. This illustrated program traces the musket through the last days of the Civil War. Students can learn about the surrender at Appomattox Court House and a soldier’s journey home from war. 413-271-8551. 1 Armory Square. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, April 19, 2pm-4pm – SKILLSHARE: Learn about fermentation at Grow Food Amherst‘s Sustainability Sunday workshop. Trevor Ring will present this workshop, which focuses on the basics of fermented foods and their health benefits. Participants will gain hands-on experience making sauerkraut and other fermented vegetables. This workshop takes place at All Things Local Cooperative Market. Registration is required. 413-259-3149. 104 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE/DONATIONS APPRECIATED)

Sunday, April 19, 3pm – CONCERT: Bard College at Simon’s Rock’s Alumni Concert Series presents a performance by Emily Kalish on April 19. She will perform “A Recital of New Music for Solo Violin,” which would appeal to students with audience skills who are interested in music and orchestra. Takes place in Kellogg Music Center. 413-644-4400. 84 Alford Road. Great Barrington, MA.

Sunday, April 19, 4pm – CONSERVATION: This month’s installment of the Lenox Library’s Distinguished Lecture Series is “Culture, Community, and Conservation in the Housatonic Valley,” presented by Canon Stephen Paul Booth. Booth will discuss how natural resources compete with residential and commercial interests, and what can be done to protect this important watershed. This talk would appeal to older students who are interested in conservation and sustainability. 413-637-2630. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, April 19, 4pm-6pm – FILM: The Academy of Music is screening The Maltese Falcon (1941; not rated) in conjunction with All Hamptons Read. Older students will enjoy seeing this classic film noir on the big screen. Tickets available in advance. 413-584-9032 x105. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA. (>$)

Sunday, April 19, 5:30pm-8pm – COMMUNITY SING & DINNER: Earthdance is holding a community sing (5:30pm) and potluck (7pm) tonight! Penny Schultz, Earthdance co-founder, brings community members together through song. This event is open to all ages, engaging children in music and singing in an intergenerational environment. 413-634-5678. 252 Prospect Street. Plainfield, MA. (>$/SUGGESTED DONATION)

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Monday, April 20th, 2015

Monday, April 20, 8:30am-3:30pm – ART/PERFORMING ARTS: Multi-Arts is offering a spring vacation camp for kids ages 4-13. Students can do theater, art, storytelling, dance, and mime, and can attend for the week or for one day. Call Multi-Arts for more information. 413-584-7951. 867 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. ($$$)

Monday, April 20, 9:30am-4pm – HISTORY/AGRICULTURE: Celebrate spring at Old Sturbridge Village’s Family Farm Fest during school vacation week! There will be performances, entertainment, hands-on and interactive activities, baby animals, and opportunities to learn about 19th-century agricultural practices, raising animals, and life in historic New England. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. ($$)

Monday, April 20, 10am-5pm – AVIATION/HISTORY: The New England Air Museum is holding an Open Cockpit Day. Come learn about historic aircraft and climb inside the Vietnam-era “Huey” helicopter, North American F-100 Super Sabre jet fighter, the Coast Guard HH-52 rescue helicopter, and others. All ages can come to NEAM for a super educational and fun-filled day! 860-623-3305. 36 Perimeter Road. Windsor Locks, CT. ($)

Monday, April 20, 11am – PUPPETRY/MUSEUM ADVENTURES: For school vacation week, the Springfield Museums are holding a Puppet Festival from April 20-April 24. Monday’s performance is Everybody Loves Pirates by Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers. The Museums are open 10am-5pm, so come look at exhibits, do fun activities, and enjoy the puppet show! Free with museum admission. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. ($$)

Monday, April 20, 11am – PUPPETRY: The Emily Williston Memorial Library presents a Shadow Puppet Theater performance and workshop. Participants (ages 5 and up) can learn how to make their own shadow puppets and then use them in a puppet show of their own. 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Monday, April 20, 11am-5pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: MASS MoCA will have hands-on spring art activities for kids at their ArtBar during school vacation week! Visit the museum and come do a fun art project! Free with museum admission. 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way. North Adams, MA. ($$)

Monday, April 20, 1pm-2pm – BIRD STUDIES: Learn all about North American birds of prey at a presentation by Julie Anne Collier of Wingmasters at the Berkshire Museum. Collier will bring five birds of prey with her, and you can learn about the birds’ hunting adaptations, conservation efforts to protect them, their behavior, and more. This program is great for anyone hoping to learn more about eagles, hawks, owls, and falcons! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

Monday, April 20, 1pm-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: For school vacation week, the Norman Rockwell Museum will have special activities every day. Visit the museum of tours, hands-on art-making activities, and performances. Free with museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. ($$)

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Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Tuesday, April 21, 8:30am-3pm – MUSIC: Kids ages 2 years 9 months to 7 years can attend Prelude Preschool and Kindergarten of the Arts’ April Vacation Music Camp from April 21-24. The camp features music classes, performances, and more. Students can attend for the whole week, a single day, or a mix of days. See the Community Music School of Springfield website for more information. 413-732-8428 x114. 127 State Street. Springfield, MA. ($$-$$$)

Tuesday, April 21, 9:30am-4pm – HISTORY/AGRICULTURE: Celebrate spring at Old Sturbridge Village’s Family Farm Fest during school vacation week! There will be performances, entertainment, hands-on and interactive activities, baby animals, and opportunities to learn about 19th-century agricultural practices, raising animals, and life in historic New England. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. ($$)

Tuesday, April 21, 10am-1pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids ages 3 and up and their families can come to the West Springfield Public Library for drop-in crafts. 413-736-4561. 511 Main Street. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, April 21, 10am-5pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Stop by the Hatfield Public Library for fun DIY crafts and coloring activities. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, April 21, 10am-5pm – AVIATION/HISTORY: The New England Air Museum is holding an Open Cockpit Day. Come learn about historic aircraft and climb inside the Vietnam-era “Huey” helicopter, North American F-100 Super Sabre jet fighter, the Coast Guard HH-52 rescue helicopter, and others. All ages can come to NEAM for a super educational and fun-filled day! 860-623-3305. 36 Perimeter Road. Windsor Locks, CT. ($)

Tuesday, April 21, 11am – PUPPETRY/MUSEUM ADVENTURES: For school vacation week, the Springfield Museums are holding a Puppet Festival from April 20-April 24. Tuesday’s performance is Raccoon Tales by Puppet Showplace Theatre. The Museums are open 10am-5pm, so come look at exhibits, do fun activities, and enjoy the puppet show! Free with museum admission. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. ($$)

Tuesday, April 21, 11am & 2pm – PUPPETRY: CactusHead Puppets will perform Little Red Riding Hood at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art on April 21. Come see this classic tale acted out with hand and shadow puppets. Tickets available in advance. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. (>$)

Tuesday, April 21, 11am-2pm – PLANT STUDIES/HERBALISM: Students interested in medicinal plants, herbs, and spices can attend Herb Fest 2015 in the Student Union Ballroom on the UMass Amherst campus. The family-friendly festival will have music, activities, and free samples, as well as opportunities to learn about the history of herbal medicine and the many creative uses for herbs and spices. 280 Hicks Way. Amherst, MA.

Tuesday, April 21, 1pm – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE/STEM: The Children’s Museum at Holyoke presents a performance by The Mad Scientist on April 21. Kids will love this fun show, titled “Fire and Ice.” Free with museum admission. 413-536-7048. 444 Dwight Street. Holyoke, MA. ($)

Tuesday, April 21, 1pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Creature Teachers will present “Animals Around the World” at the Berkshire Athenaeum on April 21. Learn about animals from all over the world, their habitats, and more. Kids ages 5 and up will love this presentation, which features live exotic animals. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, April 21, 1pm – PERFORMANCE: Piti Theatre Company will perform Innocenzo at Warwick Town Hall on April 21. This performance blends live music, humor, and magic to tell the story of a clown who becomes sick from electromagnetic pollution. All ages will enjoy this performance. Warwick, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, April 21, 1pm-2pm – THEATER: The Jones Library presents a workshop by Village Theatre Company. Kids ages 8-12 can come for theater games and creative fun. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, April 21, 1pm-3pm – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Help Historic Northampton with some spring cleaning on April 21. Bring rakes, garden gloves, and other garden tools and help clear the grounds of debris from the long winter. This is an opportunity for students to engage in a community service project that helps out this great local museum. 413-584-6011. 46 Bridge Street. Northampton, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Tuesday, April 21, 1pm-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: For school vacation week, the Norman Rockwell Museum will have special activities every day. Visit the museum of tours, hands-on art-making activities, and performances. Free with museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. ($$)

Tuesday, April 21, 2pm – FAMILY MOVIE: Join the the Westfield Athenaeum for popcorn and a family movie. 413-562-6158 x5. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, April 21, 2:30pm-3:30pm – PLANT STUDIES: Kids ages 9 and up can do a fun hands-on science project West Springfield Public Library. Come plant seeds in a CD case! Please pre-register. 413-736-4561. 511 Main Street. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, April 21, 4pm – EDUCATOR WORKSHOP: STEM educators can attend the UMass STEM Ed Institute’s Tuesday Seminar on April 21. Leslie Schneider will present, “InterLACE – A Digital Teaching Platform for Making Collaboration Visible,” which focuses on how technology-supported learning can enhance STEM education to help students develop a broad mix of 21st-century skills. Takes place in Hasbrouck 138. 666 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, April 21, 6pm-7pm – STORYTIME: Kids ages 8 and under can attend a special storytime at the Wendell Free Library on April 21. Author/illustrator David Hyde Costello will read from his book I Can Help, and will discuss the story and characters during a question-and-answer session. Kids can come in their PJs for this fun storytime, which also features a snack, craft, and free book for each child. 978-544-5157. 7 Wendell Depot Road. Wendell, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, April 21, 6pm-7pm – PARENT-CHILD PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Dad and Me Gym Time program on April 21 in the Haskins Center gym. Dads and kids (walking to age 8) can come for some fun gym games and activities. Drop-in anytime. 413-663-6593. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, April 21, 6:30pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Robert Tougias, the author of Quest for the Eastern Cougar, will discuss cougars in the wild at the Sunderland Public Library on April 21. Students who are interested in animals would enjoy this talk. 413-665-2642. 20 School St. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, April 21, 7pm – FILM: As part of the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, Amherst Cinema is screening Run Boy Run (2013; not rated). The film is based on a true story about a young Polish boy fleeing the Nazis during World War II. Older students interested in film and history would enjoy the film, which is in Polish, Yiddish, Hebrew, and German with English subtitles. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. ($)

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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Wednesday, April 22, 9:30am-4pm – HISTORY/AGRICULTURE: Celebrate spring at Old Sturbridge Village’s Family Farm Fest during school vacation week! There will be performances, entertainment, hands-on and interactive activities, baby animals, and opportunities to learn about 19th-century agricultural practices, raising animals, and life in historic New England. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. ($$)

Wednesday, April 22, 10am – DIY: Learn how to make your own bird feeders at the Springfield Armory. Help local birds through this long, cold winter by making a simple feeder out of pinecone, sunflower butter, and birdseed. Make a feeder at the Armory then take it home to hang up outside. 413-271-8551. 1 Armory Square. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, April 22, 10am-12noon – TOUCH-A-TRUCK: Child Care of the Berkshires will have a Touch a Truck event on April 22 in the parking lot next to Noel Field in North Adams. Kids can come meet their favorite trucks – snow plows, tractors, police cars, fire engines, and more! 413-664-4821. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, April 22, 10am-2pm – HUMAN LIBRARY: There will be a Human Library at UMass Amherst’s W.E.B. Du Bois Library on April 22. The Human Library Project was founded in Denmark in 2011 as a way to promote human rights and create understanding between people from all different backgrounds and walks of life. People can check out human “books” in order to learn about different topics, like vegan, Army ROTC cadet, rabbi, someone living with Crohn’s disease or cerebral palsy, a mushroom farmer, and others. This is a great chance to make connections with community members from different backgrounds. 154 Hicks Way. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, April 22, 10am-3pm – HISTORY: Storrowton Village is offering a school vacation camp for kids ages 7-12 – “A Day Away in the Past.” This one-day camp takes children back in time to the 19th Century, where they will do hands-on activities, craft projects, and play games that give them an early American experience. Pre-registration and prepayment required. 413-205-5051. 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA. ($$)

Wednesday, April 2, 10am-5pm – AVIATION/HISTORY: The New England Air Museum is holding an Open Cockpit Day. Come learn about historic aircraft and climb inside the Vietnam-era “Huey” helicopter, North American F-100 Super Sabre jet fighter, the Coast Guard HH-52 rescue helicopter, and others. All ages can come to NEAM for a super educational and fun-filled day! 860-623-3305. 36 Perimeter Road. Windsor Locks, CT. ($)

Wednesday, April 22, 11am – STEAM: Preschool-aged children can learn all about animals and insects at the Wendell Free 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! 978-544-3559. 7 Wendell Depot Road. Wendell, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, April 22, 11am-5pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: MASS MoCA will have hands-on spring art activities for kids at their ArtBar during school vacation week! Visit the museum and come do a fun art project! Free with museum admission. 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way. North Adams, MA. ($$)

Wednesday, April 22, 1pm-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: For school vacation week, the Norman Rockwell Museum will have special activities every day. Visit the museum of tours, hands-on art-making activities, and performances. Free with museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. ($$)

Wednesday, April 22, 2pm – PUPPETRY/MUSEUM ADVENTURES: For school vacation week, the Springfield Museums are holding a Puppet Festival from April 20-April 24. Wednesday’s performance is African Adventure Tales by Crabgrass Puppet Theatre. The Museums are open 10am-5pm, so come look at exhibits, do fun activities, and enjoy the puppet show! Free with museum admission. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. ($$)

Wednesday, April 22, 2pm – ARTS & CRAFTS/FAMILY MOVIE/EARTH DAY: The S. White Dickinson Memorial Library is holding two special events this afternoon for Earth Day. Come to the library for fun Earth Day crafts from 2pm-3:30pm, then see Disneynature’s Bears (2014; rated G) at 4pm! All ages will have a blast celebrating Earth Day at the library. 413-665-2170. 202 Chestnut Plain Road. Whately, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, April 22, 2pm – COMEDY SHOW: Popovich Comedy Pet Theater will perform at Symphony Hall on April 22. This family-oriented show blends comedy and juggling with the amazing tricks performed by cats and dogs, all of whom were rescued from shelters. Kids and adults will love this fun show! Tickets available in advance. 413-788-7033. 34 Court Street. Springfield, MA. ($$)

Wednesday, April 22, 2pm-3:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Families can spend an afternoon doing fun art projects with Multi-Arts at the Forbes Library. Create collaborative projects using illustration, storytelling, and 3D objects. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, April 22, 2pm-4pm – CULINARY ARTS: Kids can come to Chandler’s Restaurant to decorate cupcakes with Santa! Have fun decorating delicious cupcakes at this hands-on program. Walk-in. 413-665-1277. 25 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA. (>$)

Wednesday, April 22, 2:30pm-8pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Stop by the Hatfield Public Library for fun DIY crafts and coloring activities. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, April 22, 3:30pm – EARTH DAY: Kids can celebrate Earth Day at Forbes Library. Learn about recycling, plant seeds, and make birdhouses. Please bring a toilet paper roll and a milk or juice carton. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, April 22, 4pm & 5pm – ARTS & CRAFTS/EARTH DAY: Kids Club at Whole Foods Market is offering a special Earth Day activity with guests from the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Do a fun art activity in honor of Earth Day! Call or stop by to sign up. 413-586-9932. 327 Russell St. Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, April 22, 5pm-7:30pm – EARTH DAY: Celebrate Earth Day with Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center on a walk exploring the hidden mysteries of Barton Cove. Ages 6 and up can walk in the tracks of dinosaurs, have fun at a campfire, and more. This event is a great way for outdoor-loving families to meet other families with similar interests! Call to pre-register. 800-859-2960. 82 French King Highway. Gill, MA. (FREE)

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Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Thursday, April 23, TBA – LOCAL HISTORY: Join the Mill River Greenway Initiative for a “Riverwalk” in Downtown Northampton. Walk from Paradise Pond to Old South Street, discovering the history of Paradise Pond, the Mill River, and Northampton. This walk would be best for older students interested in local history. Pre-registration required – email info@millrivergreenway.org to register; space is limited. Northampton, MA.

Thursday, April 23, 9:30am-4pm – HISTORY/AGRICULTURE: Celebrate spring at Old Sturbridge Village’s Family Farm Fest during school vacation week! There will be performances, entertainment, hands-on and interactive activities, baby animals, and opportunities to learn about 19th-century agricultural practices, raising animals, and life in historic New England. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. ($$)

Thursday, April 23, 10am-11:30am – EARTH DAY/NATURE STUDIES: Families can celebrate Earth Day with the Family Resource Center! Meet at the Adams Visitors’ Center and go for a walk on the bike trail. There will also be hands-on activities for kids. 413-664-4821. Adams, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, April 23, 10am-3pm – LEGO/STEM: The New England Air Museum will have a LEGO contest for ages 3-12 at the museum. Come make a vehicle to race down a ramp. Prizes will be awarded for each category. Included with admission cost. 860-623-3305. 36 Perimeter Road. Windsor Locks, CT. ($)

Thursday, April 23, 10am-3pm – HISTORY: Storrowton Village is offering a school vacation camp for kids ages 7-12 – “A Day Away in the Past.” This one-day camp takes children back in time to the 19th Century, where they will do hands-on activities, craft projects, and play games that give them an early American experience. Pre-registration and prepayment required. 413-205-5051. 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA. ($$)

Thursday, April 23, 10am-5pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Stop by the Hatfield Public Library for fun DIY crafts and coloring activities. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, April 23, 10:30am – STORYTIME/FINANCE: As part of Money Smart Week, the Jones Library will have a storytime for kids focused on money and saving. This is a great chance to get kids interested in learning about money and the importance of saving! 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, April 23, 11am – PUPPETRY/MUSEUM ADVENTURES: For school vacation week, the Springfield Museums are holding a Puppet Festival from April 20-April 24. Thursday’s performance is Lollipops for Breakfast by Bonnie Duncan. The Museums are open 10am-5pm, so come look at exhibits, do fun activities, and enjoy the puppet show! Free with museum admission. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. ($$)

Thursday, April 23, 11am & 2pm – THEATER: Berkshire Children’s Theater presents a production of Sleeping Beauty during school vacation week at the Berkshire Museum. All ages will love this family-friendly musical! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Thursday, April 23, 11am-5pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: MASS MoCA will have hands-on spring art activities for kids at their ArtBar during school vacation week! Visit the museum and come do a fun art project! Free with museum admission. 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way. North Adams, MA. ($$)

Thursday, April 23, 1pm-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: For school vacation week, the Norman Rockwell Museum will have special activities every day. Visit the museum of tours, hands-on art-making activities, and performances. Free with museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. ($$)

Thursday, April 23, 1pm-4:30pm – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Community members can help clean up Hinsdale’s Old Mill Trail on April 23. Help clear winter debris, pick up trash, replace lost trail markers, weed, mulch, and more at this community service event. This trail cleanup event is a great chance to get young community members involved in volunteering and doing community service projects. 413-394-9796. Hinsdale, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Thursday, April 23, 1:30pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: The Children’s Museum at Holyoke presents Bwana Iguana and the Reptile Adventure, an educational reptile show featuring turtles, tortoises, snakes, and more. Free with museum admission. 413-536-7048. 444 Dwight Street. Holyoke, MA. ($)

Thursday, April 23, 2pm – HISTORY/ARTS & CRAFTS: Springfield Armory visitors can learn about armory workers and then craft their own armory worker dolls using recycled cloth and wire materials. This is a fun, hands-on way to learn about history! 413-271-8551. 1 Armory Square. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, April 23, 3pm-4pm – STORYTELLING: Kids ages 5-10 can attend an interactive storytelling program at the Jones Library – “The Author’s Sketchbook: Creating a Story Together with David Hyde Costello.” In this collaborative, engaging storytelling program, Costello will sketch to provide structure for the story, while encouraging participants to generate ideas. This event would be great for kids who are interested in stories and writing. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, April 23, 7pm – CIRCUS: The Melha Shrine Circus is coming to the Eastern States Coliseum this school vacation week! All ages will love this fun circus performance. Tickets available in advance. 413-205-5087. 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA. ($$)

Thursday, April 23, 7:30pm – THEATER: The Williston Northampton School presents a performance of As You Like It this April. Theater fans will like seeing this Shakespeare comedy live. Tickets available in advance. 413-529-3000. 19 Payson Avenue. Easthampton, MA. ($)

Thursday, April 23, 8pm – MUSIC STUDIES: The UMass Amherst Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert, “Infinite Variation,” on April 23 in the Finer Arts Center Concert Hall. The orchestra will perform works by Carl Nielsen, Salvatore Macchia, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Witold Lutoslawski. This concert would be a great way to introduce students to classical music. Tickets available in advance. 413-545-2511. 151 Presidents Drive. Amherst, MA. ($)

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Friday, April 24th, 2015

Friday, April 24 TBA – HISTORY: Learn about the Civil War at the Springfield Armory during school vacation week. Museum visitors can see original films of an actual Civil War soldier holding a Springfield musket and will get their own wooden toy musket. 413-271-8551. 1 Armory Square. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, April 24, 8am-10am – BIRD STUDIES: Learn about birds and search the skies for different migrant species with Mass Audubon at Canoe Meadows. Come every week to see how the species change as spring progresses! 413-637-0320. Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (>$)

Friday, April 24, 9:30am-4pm – HISTORY/AGRICULTURE: Celebrate spring at Old Sturbridge Village’s Family Farm Fest during school vacation week! There will be performances, entertainment, hands-on and interactive activities, baby animals, and opportunities to learn about 19th-century agricultural practices, raising animals, and life in historic New England. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. ($$)

Friday, April 24, 10am-5pm – AVIATION/STEM: Visitors to the New England Air Museum can build their own straw rockets on April 24! Come to the museum and make a rocket built around a straw, then fly it to a target using a compressed air launcher – a fun, hands-on activity that gets kids interested in aviation and engineering! Cost included with museum admission. 860-623-3305. 36 Perimeter Road. Windsor Locks, CT. ($)

Friday, April 24, 11am & 1pm – CHILDREN’S CONCERT: Mister G will perform at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art on April 24! Kids will love this super fun, interactive concert by Latin Grammy-nominated Mister G! Tickets available in advance. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. ($)

Friday, April 24, 11am-5pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: MASS MoCA will have hands-on spring art activities for kids at their ArtBar during school vacation week! Visit the museum and come do a fun art project! Free with museum admission. 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way. North Adams, MA. ($$)

Friday, April 24, 10:30am – PUPPETRY/MUSEUM ADVENTURES: For school vacation week, the Springfield Museums are holding a Puppet Festival from April 20-April 24. Friday’s performance is Cold-Blooded Creatures by Teaching Creatures. The Museums are open 10am-5pm, so come look at exhibits, do fun activities, and enjoy the puppet show! Free with museum admission. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. ($$)

Friday, April 24, 11am & 2pm – THEATER: Berkshire Children’s Theater presents a production of Sleeping Beauty during school vacation week at the Berkshire Museum. All ages will love this family-friendly musical! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Friday, April 24, 12noon-1:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: All ages can attend a Crafternoon at the Monson Free Library! Drop-in craft. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE)

Friday, April 24, 1pm-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: For school vacation week, the Norman Rockwell Museum will have special activities every day. Visit the museum of tours, hands-on art-making activities, and performances. Free with museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. ($$)

Friday, April 24, 2pm – DANCE/GAMES: Just Dance at the West Springfield Public Library on April 24! Ages 8 and up can come have fun dancing to the game. 413-736-4561. 511 Main Street. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, April 24, 3pm-4pm – ART HISTORY: William College Professor Chris Waters will present a talk on Machine Age Modernism at the Clark Art Museum on April 24. Professor Waters will provide a social and cultural historical framework for prints from the Daniel Cowin Collection. Older students interested in art history would enjoy this talk. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Friday, April 24, 3:30pm – BOOK GROUP: Kids in grades 4 and 5 can participate in the Bookworms Book Club at the West Springfield Public Library. Read this month’s book and come discuss it and do a fun craft. 413-736-4561. 511 Main Street. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, April 24, 5pm-8pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Stop by the Hatfield Public Library for fun DIY crafts and coloring activities. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, April 24, 6:15pm-8pm – FAMILY MOVIE: The Mason Library will screen a movie for families on April 24. Call the library for the movie title. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Friday, April 24, 7pm – NATURE EDUCATION: Jon Young, founder of the Wilderness Awareness School, will present a talk titled “Deep Nature Connection” at the Lenox Community Center on April 24. Young will discuss native mentoring techniques from around the world and how these can help modern field ecology. Older students and adults who are interested in nature education can learn from this talk. 518-794-6687. 65 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION $$)

Friday, April 24, 7pm – THEATER: The Williston Northampton School presents a performance of As You Like It this April. Theater fans will like seeing this Shakespeare comedy live. Tickets available in advance. 413-529-3000. 19 Payson Avenue. Easthampton, MA. ($)

Friday, April 24, 7:30pm – CIRCUS: The Melha Shrine Circus is coming to the Eastern States Coliseum this school vacation week! All ages will love this fun circus performance. Tickets available in advance. 413-205-5087. 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA. ($$)

Friday, April 24, 7:30pm-9pm – MUSIC STUDIES: The Westfield State University Chorus and Chamber Chorale will present their spring concert on April 24 at the Second Congregational Church. They will perform Fauré’s Requiem and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, and students interested in music studies will enjoy the concert. 487 Western Avenue. Westfield, MA. (FREE/DONATIONS ACCEPTED)

Friday, April 24, 8pm – MUSIC STUDIES: The Berkshire Symphony will perform in Williams College’s Chapin Hall on April 24. The Symphony consists of talented Williams students who were selected by a panel of judges. There will be a pre-concert talk by conductor Ronald Feldman and student soloists (7:15pm). Older students interested in music would enjoy the talk and performance. 62 Chapin Hall Drive. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Friday, April 24, 8pm – DANCE STUDIES: “Alive with Dance: Part IV” is a dance performance that takes place on April 24 in Bowker Auditorium on the UMass Amherst campus. Dancers from the Five Colleges will perform pieces choreographed by UMass students. There will be a film before the concert, as well as live music. Tickets available in advance. 413-545-2511. 100 Holdsworth Way. Amherst, MA. ($)

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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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