Weekly Suggested Events for December 26, 2020 – January 1, 2021
Are you looking for things to do in western Massachusetts?
Seeking curriculum ideas for remote learning or homeschooling? Are you a self-directed or life-long learner? Are you curious or wanting to support the interests of your family. Our weekly Suggested Events list includes suggested learning ideas, resources, and events for all ages, each week!
CALENDAR OF EVENTS: DEC 26, 2020 – JAN 1, 2021
Featured Events, Resources, & Opportunities
Featured Montessori School
Families are invited to discover the warm, welcoming community at Amherst Montessori School, with dedicated teachers, administrators, and fellow parents who strive to create a sense of belonging for each child and family. Attend their virtual Open House on January 16 at 10am, or set-up a virtual tour to explore the hands-on, child-centered Montessori curriculum and learn about the engaging community of Amherst Montessori School. Applications for the 2021-22 school year are now being accepted. Schedule options from a partial day to a full day with extended hours. More information at amherstmontessori.org
STAY IN THE HILLTOWNS FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Built in 1832 as a hotel, Deer Hill House is the perfect place to stay overnight while visiting family and friends in western Massachusetts! Deer Hill House is now four separate apartments under one roof, located on a quiet country road along the Westfield River, with Deer Hill behind the house, and a large open yard. Private, sunlit, one-bedroom apartments on the first and second floor, complete with full kitchens, and baths, are ideal for a writing retreat or a comfortable home base for your adventures. Located in Cummington, MA, Deer Hill House is less than 10 minutes from Notchview, and 30 minutes from Northampton, Pittsfield, and MassMoCa. Check out the first-floor apartment or search Deer Hill House on Airbnb.
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List of Weekly Suggested Events
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2021
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2020
This is an irruptive year for northern seed-eating songbirds. Be on the lookout for flocks of Pine Siskin, Purple Finch, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pine and Evening Grosbeak, White-winged and Red Crossbill, and Common Redpoll.
Night at the Museum? How about Day at the Historical Society? What do the peg dolls do when there are no visitors in the museum for them to play with? Explore the Historic Northampton collections in this animated video.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2020
“Awareness of impermanence and appreciation of our human potential will give us a sense of urgency that we must use every precious moment.” – Dalai Lama
A Christmas Carol
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2020
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2020
“Time and space are modes by which we think and not conditions in which we live.“
– Albert Einstein
Wed., Dec. 30, 7pm
A Virtual Tour of Paris, France Live
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2020
International Foods with Guest, DJ, Ann Torralba. Join Little Miss Ann as she explores all things International Foods, or in other words, foods from around the world.
Planning and preparing meals with your family can support an interest in culinary and pastry arts while exposing kids to a wide variety of embedded learning opportunities. Read more.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 1, 20221
With a layer of snow, we have the perfect opportunity for science studies. Read more in our post, The Science of Snow and Frost.
Snowtweets is a citizen science project that offers experiential learning opportunities for all ages to gather climate change data.
Online and in-person events and resources shared above are done so as a courtesy and not as an endorsement. While we do our best to share accurate and up-to-date information, please take the time to confirm information, age appropriateness, registration requirements, safety protocols, and associated costs.
Hilltown Families’ list of Suggested Events is supported in part by grants from the Amherst, Bernardston, Buckland, Chester, Gill, Goshen, Hadley, Heath, Hinsdale-Peru, Holyoke, Montgomery, Mt. Washington, New Salem, Northern Berkshire, Pelham, Plainfield, Rowe, Shelburne, Shutesbury, South Hadley, Springfield, Washington, Westhampton, and Windsor Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.