Berkshire Family Fun: June 2015
Berkshire County Highlights for Families:
Find out about community events and learning opportunities happening throughout Berkshire County for the month of June. We’ll be adding to this list as the month progresses, so be sure to check back each week. Do you have an event you’d like to include in this list? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out what’s happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, check our comprehensive list of Weekly Suggested Events, published every Thursday! There you will also find our list of ongoing weekday playgroups, storyhours and events both in Berkshire County and throughout the region.
“First thing I check in the morning… last thing I check at night.. Hilltown Families is my constant check in to keep [my family] out and about. It’s a great way to meet other local families and stay connected with all our friends spread out through these hills. Thanks for all the great ideas and insight!” Brehan Bruce of Becket, MA
Berkshire Family Fun, a project of Hilltown Families, is sponsored in part by MASS MoCA:
Berkshire Family Fun is also supported in part by a grant from the Monterey, Northern Berkshire, Pittsfield and Windsor Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Sunday, June 14, 6pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Bascom Lodge presents a Berkshire Trails and Tails program with historical storyteller Shirley Sutton. Learn about lost treasure, Native Americans, strange deaths, and other mysterious happenings in the Berkshires at this exciting talk. 413-743-1591. 3 Summit Road. Adams, MA. (FREE)
- Fridays, 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)
Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum. 413-743-7121. 67 East Road. Adams, MA.
Abbot School — 56 North Country Road.
Hancock Shaker Village. 1843 W Housatonic St. 413-443-0188
Sunday, June 14, 2pm – HIKING/LOCAL HISTORY: Celebrate Lanesborough’s 250th anniversary on a hike at the Bradley Farm Trail at Mt. Greylock. Learn about the landscape and the town’s prominent founding family. Best for students interested in local history and who enjoy hiking. Meet at the visitor’s center. Call for more info. 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)
- Fridays, 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)
Bascom Lodge 413-743-1591. 30 Rockwell Road.
Lanesborough Library — 413-499-5981. 83 North Main Street.
Mt. Greylock — 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road.
Saturday, June 27. 10am – 2:30pm — NATURE WORKSHOPS: What stories does a landscape tell? Do you know how to read the land and learn about its history? Join ecologist Tom Wessels to learn how to look for and interpret evidence that can be found throughout any natural landscape. This program, hosted by the Bidwell House Museum, includes a talk, slideshow, BYO lunch, and exploration of the Bidwell Forest. Reservation required. 413-528-6888. 100 Art School Road, Monterey, MA. ($)
Bidwell House Museum – 413-528-6888. 100 Art School Road.
Ashintully — 413-298-3239. Sodom Road
BASEBALL: See the North Adams Steeple Cats play at Joe Wolfe Field for a close-to-home summer baseball game. See their schedule for a full list of games. 310 State Street. North Adams, MA. (>$)
Saturday, June 6, 2:30pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Local historian Paul W. Marino will lead a short tour of Hill Side Cemetery on June 6. Learn about the history of North Adams’ oldest municipal cemetery on this engaging tour. Children are encouraged to attend the tour to learn about local history. 413-207-1344. Brown Street. North Adams, MA.
Tuesday, June 9, 3:30pm-4:30pm – LEGOS: Families with children ages 4-8 can stop by the North Adams Public Library for some LEGO fun with Childcare of the Berkshires, Inc. 413-664-4821. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, June 13, 11:30am – FAMILY CONCERT: The Pop Ups will perform their “electro-acoustic kindie pop” music at MASS MoCA on June 13. All ages will love this super fun concert, which features music that kids can dance to. 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way. North Adams, MA. ($)
Wednesday, June 17, 10am-3pm – HIKING: Explore the Hoosac Range with the Berkshire Natural Resources Council. This moderate hike features beautiful views and great natural areas. Best for older teens and adults. 413-499-0596. Route 2. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
Monday, June 22. 5:30pm — FAMILY PICNIC: Pack a picnic dinner and a blanket, and bring your family to Windsor Lake’s pavillion for a fun evening of food, swimming, and a magic show, hosted by Child Care of the Berkshires. Invite another family to join you, or meet new friends once you’re there! 413-664-4821. Kemp & Bradley Streets, North Adams, MA. (FREE)
Tuesday, June 23. 3:3opm – 4:30pm — STEM: Children aged 4 – 8 years are invited to the North Adams Library to build with LEGOs! Build with your children or watch them as they create interesting structures, all the while developing spacial and fine motor skills, as well as an understanding of basic engineering concepts…all through play! 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street, North Adams, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, June 27. 2:30pm — HISTORY WALK: North Adam’s main street actually traces the path of the original Mohawk/Mahican Trail. A walk down this stretch of road with local historian Paul W. Marino offers participants a wealth of information about what this area was like before North Adams was here (not to mention some great exercise and opportunities to meet others in your community!). Wear good walking shoes and bring sunscreen and water. Rain date 6/28. 413-207-1344. West end of Main Street (past Subway), North Adams, MA. (FREE)
- Mondays, 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)
- Tuesdays, 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)
- Tuesdays, 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)
- Tuesdays, 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)
- Wednesdays 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)
- Thursdays 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)
Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink. 413-664-8185. 1267 South Church Street.
North Adams Farmers’ Market 413-664-6180. St. Anthony Drive & Route 8.
Western Gateway Heritage State Park 413-663-6312. 115 State Street.
North Adams Public Library 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street.
MASS MoCA 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way.
Haskins Community Center 413-664-4821. 210 State Street.
Natural Bridge State Park — 413-663-6392. McCauley Road..
- Mondays, 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)
- First Friday of the Month, 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)
Milne Public Library 413-458-5369. 1095 Main Street.
Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road.
Clark Art Institute 413-458-2303. 225 South Street.
Images Cinema. 413-458-5612. 50 Spring Street.
Sweet Brook Farm — 413-884-4246. 580 Oblong Road.
Williams College Museum of Art — 413-597-2376. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive.
Williamstown Youth Center — 413-458-5925. 270 Cole Avenue.
Saturday, June 13, 10am-3pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: In honor of Becket’s 250th anniversary, the Becket Musical Jamboree festival will take place at Jacob’s Pillow. Many talented musicians will perform at this celebratory, intergenerational event, and there will also be kids’ activities and Jacob’s Pillow’s regular activities. Celebrate 250 years of Becket at this fun day-long celebration! 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, June 20. 5:30pm — PARENTS NIGHT OUT:BALLET/GALA: Jacob’s Pillow opens its 2015 season with a gala and a world premiere performance by BalletX cofounder and co-artistic director Matthew Neenan. This fundraiser will also include a live auction and dancing. 413-243-9919 x 123. 358 George Carter Road, Becket, MA. ($$)
Sunday, June 28. 2pm & 3pm — GEOCACHING: Geocaching lets you go on real treasure hunts all across the globe. From “geo”, meaning “Earth”, and “cache”, meaning “hidden goods”, geocaching is an activity in which you can follow clues that lead you to concealed treasures. At the end of a geocache you might find a tupperware container full of glow-in-the-dark plastic lizards (you get to take one!), or a baggie filled with a mishmash of items left by others who found the cache before you (take one and leave something of yours), and — always– a log book in which to enter information about yourself. Today’s Geocache 101 class and potluck supper, hosted by the Becket Athenaeum, highlights Becket’s geocache scene, with activities led by experienced geocachers and a fun supper afterwards to meet others who are interested in this incredibly fun hobby. 413-623-5483. Becket Center Park, Main Street, Becket, MA. (FREE)
Dalton Free Public Library 0 413-684-6112. 462 Main Street.
Crane Museum of Papermaking — Visit the Crane Museum of Papermaking to learn about the history of papermaking at Crane since the early 1800’s. Located on the banks of the Housatonic River, the building itself is a museum! This is a great opportunity to learn about local history. The museum is open weekdays from 1-5pm. — 413-684-2600. 30 South Street. (FREE)
Saturday, June 13, 10am-12noon – HIKING: The Housatonic Valley Association is leading a hike for families on the Old Mill Trail in Hinsdale. Participants can do a scavenger hunt and learn about the Housatonic River and its wildlife. Call to pre-register. 413-394-9796. Hinsdale, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, June 13, 11am – FAMILY MOVIE: The Lee Library is screening a FamiLEE Movie! Come see Babe (1995; rated G) at the library on June 13 with friends and family! 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street. Lee, MA. (FREE)
Monday, June 15, 5pm – PHOTOGRAPHY: Photographer Jack Sprano will lead a photography workshop for all ages at the Lee Library. Learn the basics of photography, from DSLRs to cell phone cameras. Great for students interested in photography! 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street. Lee, MA. (FREE)
Thursday, June 18, 7:30pm; Friday, June 19, 8pm – CONCERT: As part of Berkshire Gateway Jazz Weekend, the Berkshire Jazz Collective will perform at the Spectrum Playhouse. Students interested in jazz music will enjoy the performance. Tickets available in advance. 20 Franklin Street. Lee, MA. ($$)
Tuesday, June 23. 4pm – 6pm — CANOEING: Have you always wanted to learn to canoe but never had the opportunity? Maybe you canoes back in your camp days but haven’t been back out on the water since? Paddling on a flatwater stretch of a smaller river can be a great way to (re)gain comfort with canoeing, and the Housatonic Valley Association‘s Introduction to Canoeing lesson offers just that! Canoes, paddles, and PFDs will be provided. Children who attend must be age 10+ and parents/guardians must participate with them. Preregister at 413-394-9796. South Lee, MA. (<$)
Wednesday, June 24. 4pm – 5pm — LITERACY: Teens are invited to the Lee Library for a discussion of the book Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. A movie based on the book will be shown at 11am on Saturday, 6/27, for those who would like to compare and contrast the presentation of the story via different media. 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street, Lee, MA. (FREE)
Monday, June 29. 3pm – 4pm — LITERACY: Did you catch the last magic show by Ed Pop at the Lee Library? It went down in history as one of the most popular events the library has hosted to date! Today offers another chance to see Ed, as he helps launch this year’s summer reading program in a show for all ages. Teens can also enjoy a pizza party at 4:30 followed by a 5pm magic workshop! 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street, Lee, MA. (FREE)
Spectrum Playhouse – 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street.
South Berkshire Kids – 413-464-5095. 100 Main Street.
Lee Library – 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street.
Saturday, June 6, 10am-4pm – NATURE STUDIES: Mass Audubon is hosting their Family Fun Day at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary on June 6. This is an opportunity for families to come together at a Mass Audubon sanctuary to learn about animals and nature. There will be live animal demonstrations, music, talks, guided walks, crafts, displays, food, and more. A fun nature-oriented day for the whole family! 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, June 6, 12noon-5pm – DOG SHOW: Ventfort Hall and Great Barrington Kennel Club present Puttin’ On the Dog, a dog show held on the grounds of Ventfort Hall. This fun dog show features dogs competing for titles like best trick, dog/owner lookalike, best dressed, and others, as well as a K9 police demonstration, Canine Good Citizen test, a vet talk, a microchip clinic, dog product vendors, a raffle, a book signing by author Gloria McClay (Dog Sense), and more. Students interested in dogs and veterinary studies wold enjoy this dog show. Cost is per car. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. (>$)
Saturday, June 6, 3:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids can make recycled newspaper kites at the Berkshire Co-Op Market on June 6. A fun summer DIY activity that kids will love! Call to sign up. 413-528-9697 x10. 42 Bridge Street. Great Barrington, MA.
Tuesday, June 9, 4pm-6pm – HISTORY/FASHION: Kandie Carle will present “Fashion in Fiction: Dressing Jane Austen” at Ventfort Hall‘s Tea and Talk. Carle will be in costume and will discuss early 1800s fashions for men and women, like those in Pride and Prejudice. Older students interested in history, literature, or fashion would enjoy this talk. Tickets available in advance. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)
Saturday, June 13, 3pm-7pm – ART STUDIES: The Mount’s new exhibition, 26x28x50 opens on June 13, and there will be a free guided tour led by the artists. This SculptureNow exhibit features 26 pieces by 28 artists, exhibited over 50 acres. The guided tour is a great opportunity for those interested in sculpture to learn about the works in the exhibition and how they were made. 413-551-5100. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
Tuesday, June 16, 4pm-6pm – HISTORY: Historian Alan Price will discuss Americans in World War I at Ventfort Hall‘s Tea and Talk program on June 16. Price will talk about the 20,000 volunteers who sailed to Europe to drive ambulances, offer aid to refugees, serve as nurses, deliver supplies, and more. Best for older students interested in history. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)
Wednesday, June 17, 7:30pm – LOCAL HISTORY: You may know about Edith Wharton’s home, The Mount, but did you know that it’s considered to be haunted? Come see for yourself on one of The Mount’s ghost tours. The tour will take you through the stables and the main house, where you will learn about and even witness the property’s haunted creaks and footsteps. Not recommended for children under 12. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 413-551-5100. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)
Saturday, June 20. 8pm – 11:30pm — COMMUNITY DANCE: Experience the joy of contra dance, a social folk dance that resembles square dancing, hosted by Lenox Contra Dance. Bring a partner or find one at the dance! This week’s music is by Anadama. A great opportunity to get to know children, adults, and elders in your community. Beginners are encouraged to attend! 413-528-4007. 65 Walker Street, Lenox, MA. (< $)
Friday, June 26. (varies) — MUSIC/ART/HISTORY: The Highland Street Foundation hosts Free Fun Fridays throughout the summer, inviting people to visit Massachusetts cultural institutions free of charge! This week’s Western MA sites are Tanglewood (Lenox), the Norman Rockwell Museum (Stockbridge), and The Mount (Lenox). 617-969-8900. Berkshire County. (FREE)
Sunday, June 28. 9am – 4pm — STORYTELLING: Do you love listening to a great storyteller? Have you wanted to learn how to better captivate an audience with your own stories? Don’t miss this opportunity to join Speak Up founder Matthew Dicks for a daylong storytelling workshop for older students and adults at The Mount. The focus will be on helping practiced storytellers take their skills to the next level. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox, MA. ($$$)
Tuesday, June 30. 4pm — HISTORY: Paris was full of vibrant characters at the start of the 20th century. Historian Mary McAuliffe will transport you back to those days as she shares tales of Debussy, Stravinsky, Marie Curie, Gertrude Stein, and others in a talk at Ventfort Hall. A social tea will take place on the property immediately afterwards. Reservations recommended. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street, Lenox, MA. ($$)
Summer at Berkshire Montessori
Lenox Dale, MA ♦ The 40-acre campus is home to a variety of natural habitats waiting to be discovered! Summer at Berkshire Montessori encompasses art, movement, music, and science through exploration of the natural world. Each day, children will discover new and fun ways to explore the outdoors, making use of our woodland trails and organic garden. MSB offers two-week sessions for ages 3-6, and one-week sessions for ages 6-12. Session themes include: Comic Book Camp, Glorious Gardeners, Art Imitates Nature, Mapping My World, The Doctrine of Signatures, and much more!
Dates: Jun 22-Aug 14; Age/Grade Range: 3-12yo
Contact: 413-637-3662 ♦ email@example.com ♦ berkshiremontessori.org/summer
Lenox Library — 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street.
Lenox Historical Society — Main Street.
The Mount – 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street.
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary – 472 West Mountain Road.
Shakespeare and Company – 413-637-3353. 70 Kemble Street.
Ventfort Hall – 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street.
BASEBALL: Head to the Wahconah Park this summer for a Pittsfield Suns home game! See the schedule for more info. 413-445-7867. Wahconah Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($):
Saturday, June 6, 10:30am – ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids ages 2-5 and an adult can participate in an Art Lab at the Berkshire Museum. Come build fine motor skills and improve language by using paintbrushes, learning colors and techniques, and more. Space is limited; call to register. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171 x10. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)
Saturday, June 6, 10:30am-11:30am – CONSERVATION/CULTURAL STUDIES: Professor Chris Coggins will present, “God Mountains and Fengshui Forests: Folk Conservation Systems and Ecological Sustainability in China,” at the Berkshire Museum. He will discuss his research on village sacred landscapes in China at this talk. Self-directed older students interested in conservation, sustainability, and cultural studies would enjoy this talk. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)
Saturday, June 6, 7pm; Sunday, June 7, 7pm; Monday, June 8, 1:30pm & 7pm – FILM/FASHION: The Berkshire Museum is screening Iris (2014; rated PG-13) on this weekend. The film is about New York fashion icon Iris Apfel, and older students interested in fashion will enjoy the film and seeing Iris’ quirky fashion on screen. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)
Saturday, June 13, 10am – BOOKBINDING: Learn about bookbinding at the Berkshire Museum‘s Learner’s Lab. Local artist Michael Vincent Bushy will present several different bookbinding techniques that can be done at home. Older students interested in books, bookmaking, and crafts would enjoy this program. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)
Saturday, June 13, 11am-3pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Celebrate the birthday of Lizzie Shaw Melville, wife of Herman Melville, at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead on June 13. A dress famously worn by Lizzie when she met Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette at age two will be on display this summer, along with a “Lafayette ribbon,” which was worn in honor of Lafayette during his visit to Boston, where he met Lizzie. Celebrate Lizzie Melville’s 195th birthday with cake and free admission for those named Elizabeth or with birthdays on June 13. 413-442-1793. 780 Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)
Saturday, June 13, 4pm – SHAKER STUDIES: Hancock Shaker Village presents a presentation by Michael Graham, director of the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Museum in Maine. He will lead a talk and screen a new short film, The Shakers Today. Students interested in learning about modern-day Shakers would enjoy this talk. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
Thursday, June 18, 5pm-8pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Upstreet Pittsfield’s family friendly street festival, 3rd Thursdays, happens every third Thursday through October! Come celebrate and explore Pittsfield while participating in fun activities, watching performances, and eating great food. 413-499-9348. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)
Friday, June 19, 12noon-10pm; Saturday, June 20, 8am-12noon – 12noon-10pm – CITIZEN SCIENCE: The 6th Annual Berkshire BioBlitz takes place June 19 at 12noon to June 20 at 12noon, a full 24 hours, at Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary. All are welcome to stop by Canoe Meadows to search for and catalog all the different living species in the sanctuary, and participate in interactive activities, nature walks, talks, and more. There will also be experts on hand to help identify and educate. Berkshire BioBlitz is a great opportunity for the whole family to participate in a fun citizen science project and learn about the importance of conserving local natural areas. Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, June 20. 2pm — SCULPTURE: A modern take on Shaker themes is intriguing, indeed! Hancock Shaker Village is currently exhibiting Modern Wings & Shaker Roots, a show of contemporary sculpture informed by the Shaker aesthetic. Artist Dennis Miller will give a talk relating to Shakers, the natural world, and art. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($)
Thursday, June 25. 2pm – 4pm — ART: Watching an artist in process lends a lot to one’s appreciation and understanding of a work of art. Visit the Berkshire Museum today to view a Korean brush painting demonstration by Sungsook Setton, an accomplished Korean-American artist and calligrapher. Those inspired by the experience can try their hands at brush painting back at home! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE with admission; $)
Saturday, June 27. 9am – 3pm —CANOEING: The Housatonic River is one of Western Massachusetts’ many amazing bodies of water, and the stretch that runs through Lenox is considered one of the most beautiful paddles in the state! Folks with canoe experience are invited to join the Housatonic Valley Association for a paddle out to Woods Pond along this stretch of the river. Along the way, you will learn about the environmental threats the river is facing as well as the proposed remediation plan which would return it to a cleaner, healthier state. Families with teenagers welcome. Preregistration required. 413-394-9796. Fred Garner Park, Pomeroy Avenue, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, June 27. 10am — NUTRITION: One way to help ensure that your family’s meals are nutritious is to make them colorful. “Eat a rainbow” is a great mealtime refrain and can serve as a fun challenge for picky eaters, too! Today Cameron Allshouse, certified health coach and dance instructor/choreographer, will teach workshop participants how to eat a rainbow by making a variety of colorful fruit crisps. 413-822-5697. Pittsfield Farmers Market, The Common, First Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, June 27. 10:30am – 12pm — STEAM & LITERACY: Visit the Berkshire Athenaeum today to experience science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) adventures during their “Play and Learn” program. Appropriate for infants through age 12. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Today is also the first day of the library’s summer reading program. People of all ages are encouraged to participate in this year’s program, so stop by to register and pick up a bingo-style incentive card! 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, June 27. 11am — STEM: Kitchen chemistry is a fun and safe way to get children interested in and engaged with scientific thinking and basic science concepts. Think baking soda and vinegar volcanoes and cabbage juice acid/base indicator! The SABIC Innovation Lab at the Berkshire Museum invites kids to try out experiment like these in its Kitchen Ka-Boom program. Reservations requested. 413-443-7171 x 360. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($)
Saturday, June 27. 1pm – 3pm — LITERACY: Ignite your child’s excitement about summer reading by attending the Berkshire Athenaeum‘s superhero-themed kick-off party, which includes a mini comic-con, a costume contest, prizes, and other activities for children and teens. 413-499-9489. 1 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
Sunday, June 28. 8am — BENEFIT: Dog lovers won’t want to miss the 20th annual Woofstock to benefit the Berkshire Humane Society. Pancake breakfast at 8am, registration at 10am, dog walk at 11am, and demos, games, activities, vendors, a new car raffle and more throughout the day! 413-447-7878. The Common, First Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
Monday, June 29. 1pm – 1:45pm — ARTS & CRAFTS: Children ages 5-12 are invited to the Berkshire Athenaeum to create their own superhero capes. Participants under age 10 must have an adult with them. Registration required. 413-499-9489. 1 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
Tuesday, June 30. 1pm — MUSIC: Sara Gardner presents her Kids Dig It! Jazz Heroes musical program at the Pittsfield Library. 413-499-9489. 1 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
- Saturdays, 12:30pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: It’s chow time at the Berkshire Museum! Come watch museum staff some of the aquarium’s most exciting residents. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $
- Fridays, 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. $
- Wednesdays, 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)
- Mondays, 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.
- Tuesdays, 9:30am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: Join the Pittsfield CFCE every Tuesday for a playgroup at Egremont Elementary School. 413-499-4809. Pittsfield, MA.
Berkshire Museum Summer Camps
Pittsfield, MA ♦ This summer the Berkshire Museum presents an exciting variety of summer camp offerings, including hands-on experiences in robotics, theater, animation, forensics, natural science, and even magic! All of our camps reflect the interdisciplinary focus of the Museum by combining STEM skills with creative experiences. Whether your child is a budding star of the stage or a future robotics engineer (or both!) we’ve got the program for them! One week sessions include half and full day options for kids entering Kindergarten through 6th grade. New this summer is a counselor-in-training program for teens age 13 and up.
Dates: Jun 29-Aug 21; Age/Grade Range: K-6th grade
Contact: 413-443-7171 x360 ♦ firstname.lastname@example.org ♦ berkshiremuseum.org
Pittsfield, MA ♦ KidsAct! gives young performers, ages 7-14, the opportunity to work with experienced theatre instructors as they create, rehearse and perform their own original plays & musicals. The two-week DramaKids! program (6/29-7/10 or 8/3-14), focuses on building acting and improv skills through fun theatre games as well as the creation of original plays. The three-week BroadwayKids! program (7/13-31) adds the elements of music and movement as students work with professional theatre artists to learn Broadway songs and dance numbers as a part of their original musical. Register for two or more sessions and save 10%! Classes meet M-F, 9 AM-3PM at: Zion Church, 74 First Street, Pittsfield. Extended-care available from 7:30AM – 5:30PM
Dates: Jun 29 – Aug 14; Age/Grade Range: 7-14yo
Contact: 413-997-6112 ♦ email@example.com ♦ www.barringtonstageco.org
Pittsfield, MA ♦ Rock On is launching a new String Chamber Music Program directed by violinist Alla Zerniskaya. For violin, viola, cello & double bass players, String Chamber Music will run parallel to Rock On programs in rock, blues & jazz for guitar, bass, keyboards, brass, winds, & drums. At Rock On, the emphasis is on developing musicianship through ensemble playing. All levels are welcome. Instrument training classes are held daily. Crossover workshops are offered in different musical genres to bring students together in large ensembles to further expand knowledge, increase creativity, & enhance technical skills. Workshops in Songwriting, Recording Technology, & Technical Theater are open to all students. Beginners welcome! Berkshire Community College.
Dates: Jul 13-Jul 24; Age/Grade Range: 8-21yo
Contact: 413-329-2280 ♦ firstname.lastname@example.org ♦ rockonworkshop.org
The Berkshire Athenaeum 413-499-4809. 1 Wendell Avenue.
Berkshire Humane Society 413-447-7878. 214 Barker Road.
Berkshire Lyric Theatre – 413-499-0258
Berkshire Museum – 413-443-7171 x10. 39 South Street.
Berkshire Music School — 413-442-1411. 30 Wendell Ave.
Colonial Theatre — 413-298-5576. 111 South Street.
Downtown Pittsfield Farmers’ Market. First Street.
First Friday Artswalk — Downtown.
Hancock Shaker Village – 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street.
Herman Melville’s Arrowhead. 413-442-1793. 780 Holmes Road.
Hilltop Orchard — Route 295.
Saturday, June 6, 10:30am-12:30pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Families with teens can join the Housatonic Valley Association for a paddle trip along the Housatonic River. All equipment provided; some paddling experience helpful. Call to pre-register. 413-394-9796. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, June 6, 11:30am-1pm – ART STUDIES: Chesterwood is offering a family-friendly art program on June 6. Explore outdoor sculptures with artists featured in the Boston Sculptors Gallery exhibition. Free with admission. 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($)
Saturday, June 6, 4pm-5pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Discover some fascinating bits of local history at the Stockbridge Library’s first Cemetery Tour of the season – “Courageous Crusaders: Women’s Rights, Freedom from Slavery, and Modernizing the Law.” Come to Stockbridge Cemetery to learn important Stockbridge “crusaders” of the past. These cemetery tours are a fun way to learn about Stockbridge and some of its interesting history! 413-298-5501. Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (>$)
Sunday, June 7, 2pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Discover the “Ins and Outs of the Carriage Era” with the Stockbridge Library on a tour of the Carriage Museum at Orleton Farm. Visitors can learn about the carriage era and etiquette of the time period, view photographs of coaches in action, and see many historic carriages. Call for reservations – space is limited. 413-298-5501. 31 Prospect Hill Road. Stockbridge, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION $)
Saturday, June 13, 11:30am-1pm – ART STUDIES: Chesterwood is offering a family-friendly art program on June 13. Learn about sculpture with artists featured in the Boston Sculptors Gallery exhibition. Free with admission. 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($)
Saturday, June 20. 11:30am – 1pm — SCULPTURE/ANIMAL STUDIES: Discover the wide variety of pollinators that play an essential role in the life cycle of flowering plants during a guided walk at Chesterwood. A team of a scientist, a naturalist, and a sculptor will lead participants on a stroll through the sculpture garden grounds, highlighting interesting natural science facts and artistic techniques/inspirations. 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road, Stockbridge, MA. (FREE with admission, $)
Thursday, June 25. 2pm — NATIVE WILDLIFE: What happens when an injured hawk is found alongside the road? Can a bird of prey be returned to the wild after its injuries have been treated? Learn the answers to these questions and “meet” a number of birds of prey at wildlife rehabilitator Tom Ricardi’s presentation at the Stockbridge Library. If you’ve never been up close to a raptor, you won’t want to miss this! 413-298-5501. Stockbridge train station (just off of South Street in the center of town) Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)
Friday, June 26. (varies) — MUSIC/ART/HISTORY: The Highland Street Foundation hosts Free Fun Fridays throughout the summer, inviting people to visit Massachusetts cultural institutions free of charge! This week’s Western MA sites are Tanglewood (Lenox), the Norman Rockwell Museum (Stockbridge), and The Mount (Lenox). 617-969-8900. Berkshire County. (FREE)
Saturday, June 27. 1pm – 4pm — COMICS & CARTOONS: Explore the entertaining comic art of illustrator Roz Chast and create comics of your own at the Norman Rockwell Museum‘s “Tickle your Funny Bone” program. Participants can enjoy tours, performances, and art making to bring the art of humor to life. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA. ($/FREE FOR MEMBERS)
Berkshire Botanical Garden 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road.
Chesterwood — 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road
Norman Rockwell Museum – 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183.
The Stockbridge Library, Museum, and Archives – 413-298-5501. 18 Main Street.
Ashintully Gardens. 413-298-3239. Sodem Road.
West Stockbridge Public Library – 413-232-0300 x308. 21 State Line Road.
Sunday, June 7, 9am-1pm – FISHING DERBY: Berkshire South Regional Community Center’s 21st Annual Community Fishing Derby takes place June 7 at Lake Mansfield. Kids ages 16 and under can bring their own fishing gear and participate in the derby. Prizes will be awarded for different age groups and categories. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
- Fridays, 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)
- Tuesdays, 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)
Action Adventures Day Camp
Great Barrington, MA ♦ Join Action Adventures Day Camp this summer for a fun-filled recreational day camp with a different theme each week! For children entering 1st grade to age 12. Each week has its own unique theme that drives the week’s activities. A typical day includes crafts, projects, games, group activities, swimming, sports and outdoor experiences. The focus is on activities that foster critical thinking and development of self awareness, respect, tolerance, empathy, honesty and kindness. Financial assistance available. Camp runs all summer, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Price per week: $225 Members, $295 Guests. State Vouchers accepted.
Dates: Jun 29-Aug 21; Age/Grade Range: 1st grade-12yo
Contact: 413-528-2810 ♦ email@example.com ♦ www.berkshiresouth.org
Berkshire South Regional Community Center — 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road.
Great Barrington Historical Society — South Main Street.
The Guthrie Center — 413-644-9288. 2 Van Deusenville Road.
Great Barrington Riverwalk — Church and River Streets.
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — 413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street.
Mason Library — 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street.
South Berkshire Kids – 413-464-5095. 444 Old Stockbridge Road.
Saturday, June 20. 9:30am – 5pm — NATIVE FAUNA: We often see lepidoptera (moths and butterflies) flitting around outside, but how many of the several dozen species native to the Northeast can you identify? Project Native‘s native butterfly house opens for the season today! This butterfly house experience will help you learn to identify and understand butterflies and their habitats. 413-274-3433. 342 North Plain Road, Housatonic, MA.
Project Native – 413-274-3433. 342 North Plain Road.
Ramsdell Library – 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street.
Bidwell House Museum — 413-528-6888. 100 Art School Road.
Cookson State Forest — Hotchkiss Road.
New Marlborough Library — 413-664-0104. 1 Mill River-Great Barrington Road.
Tuesday, June 9, 6pm – CONCERT: Gaia Roots World Music and Drum Ensemble will perform at Farmington River Regional Elementary School. The group blends drumming, vocals, dance, harmonies, and stories to create an exciting performance inspired by the music of West African and the Caribbean. 555 North Main Road. Otis, MA.
Saturday, June 13, 9am-12noon – PAINTING: Artist Sylvia Foster will teach a watercolor workshop at Otis Town Hall. Students interested in learning how to paint watercolors can attend this workshop. Call for more info and to register. 772-785-6547. Otis, MA. ($)
Saturday, June 20. 6pm — COMMUNITY DANCE: Listening and dancing to music can transport us to another era, and gives us opportunities to meet interesting folks we might not have otherwise met! Come out for the Otis Cultural Council‘s Sup’ & Swing, a community picnic dinner and evening of dancing, with music performed by the New England LiveSwing Orchestra. 516-697-0549. Izaak Walton Field (Tannery Road & Route 8), Otis, MA. (FREE)
Otis Library and Museum – 413-269-0109. 48 North Main Road.
Saturday, June 20. 8am – 9:30am & 10am – 12:30pm — HIKE: Succession is the process by which species fill in the niches within an ecosystem over time. It is an especially interesting process to track after environmental upheaval, such as the dramatic logging that took place last year at the Clam River Reserve in Sandisfield. During this period of the habitat’s evolution we can expect to see an especially diverse array of birds. You might even catch a glimpse of the stunning indigo bunting! Berkshire Natural Resources Council staff will lead two hikes at the Clam River Reserve today. At 8am, learn about forestry and do some bird watching, and at 10am, explore the new Clam River Trail. Sturdy shoes, long pants, snack, and water are recommended. 413-499-0596. Hammertown Road, Sandisfield, MA (FREE)
Saturday, June 27. 7pm; Sunday, June 28. 3pm — THEATRE: Love Shakespeare but can’t decide which play you’d like to see? Come to the Sandisfield Arts Center for the Sandisfield Players’ performance of excerpts from King Lear, Macbeth, and As You Like It. Those hankering for even more Shakespeare can attend the abridged Midsummer Night’s Dream on Sunday, June 28, too! Advance ticket purchase recommended. 413-258-4100. 5 Hammertown Road, Sandisfield, MA. ($)
Saturday, June 13, 1pm – MAGIC SHOW: The Bushnell-Sage Library will have a performance by Galileo the Magician on June 13! Kids will love this fun magic show! 413-229-7004. 48 Main Street. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, June 27. 10am – 12pm — NATIVE FAUNA: Tom Ricardi, wildlife rehabilitator, cares for hawks, owls, falcons, an eagle, and a turkey vulture, and he is bringing them to Bartholomew’s Cobble so you can meet them! Learn about these birds through Tom’s interesting stories and extensive knowledge. Sponsored by the Trustees of Reservations and appropriate for all ages. 413-299-8600. 105 Weatogue Road, Sheffield, MA. ($/FREE for children under 12)
Bushnell-Sage Library – 413-229-7004. 48 Main Street.
Bartholomew’s Cobble – 413-229-8600. 105 Weatogue Road.
Sheffield Historical Society. 413-229-2694. 91 Main St.