Weekly Suggested Events for February 13-19, 2021

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Are you looking for things to do in western Massachusetts? Seeking curriculum ideas for remote learning or homeschooling? Are you a self-directed, life-long, and/or experiential 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!

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2021 Amherst Winterfest
20% Off K-12 Homeschool Curriculum: Feb 14-28

This February, bring love into your learning! Take 20% off all items in Oak Meadow’s bookstore from February 14-28. Oak Meadow’s K-12 homeschooling curriculum provides a comprehensive educational experience, delivered with imagination and heart. The curriculum includes weekly lesson plans for a full year and can be customized to meet your student’s needs and interests. Purchase complete curriculum packages for K-8 or individuals courses for high school, purchase craft supplies, homeschooling resources, books, and more. Shop February 14-28 at oakmeadowbookstore.com

Hartsbrook Farm Camp: Outdoor Program

Hartsbrook Farm Camp in Hadley, MA. Spend the summer safely and joyfully outside! For almost two decades, children have loved Farm Camp: the animals, the crafts, and the feeling of being part of something meaningful. Children feel grounded and inspired while exploring the natural world. After this year of uncertainty, children need nature more than ever. This summer, Hartsbrook Farm Camp invites your child to tend the goats, feed the chickens, work with wool, play under the trees and enjoy unhurried time outside in 55 acres of fields, farm, and forest. Their caring camp staff makes all children feel welcome. This year, spend some time on the farm! (For everyone’s safety, clear COVID protocols will be in place.) Dates: June 28 – July 30, 2021; Age Range of Participants: 4-11yo. Contact: 413-586-1908 ♦ farmcamp@hartsbrook.orgwww.hartsbrook.org

2021 Amherst Winterfest
Programming on Demand and Summer Camp Classes at the Springfield Museums!

Programming on Demand at the Springfield Museums is a new way to experience the Springfield Museums. Programming on Demand, or PODs, are field trips for families, friends, and small groups. Customize a field trip to the Museums for your group of five to 30 people (divided into smaller groups of 10). Children & adults will participate in up to three hour-long curriculum-based school programs. Mix and match science, art, history, and Seuss! Summer camp classes at the Museums will include art, nature, and space explorations for children 5 -12yo. Teens will enjoy drawing, painting, and printmaking. July 12-16; July 19-23; July 26-30. All experiences require a mask & social distancing. Classes will be kept small. For more info, call 413-314-6477.

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Virtual Tours on February 11, 16 & 23

FEATURED SCHOOL
The Bement School

Join The Bement School admission office for a LIVE virtual campus tour this month! While they wish they could invite visitors to tour in person, they hope these LIVE virtual tours will allow visitors to learn a bit more about Bement and see their students and faculty engaged in-person this year. Throughout February, they are offering one hour campus tours and Q&A sessions. Registration is required. Visitors will receive a Zoom invitation. They are accepting applications for fall 2021. Contact the admission office at admit@bement.org with questions or to register for one of their virtual tours.

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Daycare & Preschool for ages 3mo-12yrs

FEATURED SCHOOL
Amherst Montessori School

Amherst Montessori School in Amherst, MA, believes your child is inherently intelligent and that hands-on learning is critical to their developing brains. In mixed-age classrooms, your child is empowered to explore, discover, and learn through all five senses. AMS offers Spanish language learning in the Children’s House level for ages 3 through 6 (preschool-K). In a beautiful new building designed uniquely for children, classrooms are filled with sunlight, natural materials, and views outside to playgrounds. Trained Montessori teachers nurture each child’s innate curiosity and independence. Daycare & Preschool ♦ Ages 3mo-12yrs. For more information: sthompson@amherstmontessori.org; 413-253-3101; amherstmontessori.org.

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List of Weekly Suggested Events

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2021

CITIZEN SCIENCEGreat Backyard Bird Count (At Home)

COMMUNITY TRADITIONS: Easthampton Winterfest (Virtual & In-Person)

NATURALIST SKILLS. 10am. Snowshoe Track and Tree ID in Windsor, MA (In-Person) 

WOMEN’S HISTORY. 10am. Women in Science (Virtual) 

NATURALIST SKILLS. 10am. Science Walk: Tracks and Traces in Amherst, MA (In-Person) 

ORNITHOLOGY. 10am. Eagle Fest (Virtual)

HORTICULTURE. 10:30am. Home Orchard Pruning (Virtual) 

AGRICULTURE. 10am-1pm. Northampton Winter Farmers Market (In-Person) 

NATURAL HISTORY. 11am. Guided Winter Walk in Easthampton, MA (In-Person) 

ARTS & CRAFTS. 11am. Valentine’s Craft Party with the Meekins Library (Virtual) 

NATURE JOURNALING. 12pm. Introduction to Nature Journaling (Virtual) 

NATURE JOURNALING. 12pm.Nature Journaling Workshop: Cloud & Water Patterns (Virtual) 

CREATIVE WRITING. 1pm. Write-Up with the Springfield City Library (Virtual) 

NATURAL HISTORY. 1pm. Animal Adaptations: “Colors in Nature” (Virtual) 

GARDENING. 1pm. Winter Seed Sowing Workshop (Virtual) 

HERPETOLOGY. 2pm. Learning about Reptiles (Virtual) 

NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY. 2pm. The Forgotten History of Indigenous Cultures of the Northeast (Virtual) 

PERFORMANCE ART. 2pm. Northampton Youth Performance Festival (Virtual)

SOCIAL CHANGE. 4-6pm. Support and Empowerment Gathering for Women of Color, and Those Persons of Color Who Identify as Gender Non-binary (Virtual)

MUSIC STUDIES. 6pm. Songwriting Workshop (Virtual)

Self-Directed Learning:
BIRDS OF PREY

ORNITHOLOGY
10am. Eagle Fest
(Virtual)

Self-Directed Learning:
ANIMAL ADAPTATION

NATURAL HISTORY
1pm. Animal Adaptations: “Colors in Nature” 
(Virtual)

2021 Amherst Winterfest
Programming on Demand and Summer Camp Classes at the Springfield Museums!

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2021

CITIZEN SCIENCEGreat Backyard Bird Count (At Home)

NATURALIST SKILLS. 9am-12pm. Bark: Getting to Know Your Trees (In-person) 

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES. 12pm. Valentine’s Day Storywalk & Scavenger Hunt in Agawam, MA (In-Person) 

NATURE JOURNALING. 12pm. Nature Journaling with Audubon Society (Virtual) 

ARTS & CRAFTS. 1pm. Nature Crafts: Valentine’s Day Edition (Virtual)

Self-Directed Learning:
CITIZEN SCIENCE

CITIZEN SCIENCE.
Great Backyard Bird Count
(At Home)

Self-Directed Learning:
VALENTINE’S DAY

ARTS & CRAFTS
1pm. Nature Crafts: Valentine’s Day Edition
(Virtual)

2021 Amherst Winterfest
20% Off K-12 Homeschool Curriculum: Feb 14-28

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2021

FEBRUARY VACATIONArtPlay! February Vacation Program with the Northampton Center for the Arts (In-Person) 

CITIZEN SCIENCEGreat Backyard Bird Count (At Home)

EARLY EDUCATION: February at the Family Center of Northern Berkshire County (Virtual & In-Person)

PLAYGROUP. 9:30-11:30am. Preschool Play Program in Great Barrington (In-Person)

MUSEUM ADVENTURES. 10am-5pm. Choose Your Own Adventure at the Springfield Museums (In-Person)

LITERACY. 11am. Kindergarten Write and Read in Great Barrington  (In-Person)

PreK LITERACY. 11am. Storytime with Hubbard Memorial Library (Virtual) 

PreK LITERACY. 11am & 2pm. Storytime at the Amelia Park Children’s Museum (In-Person) 

PHILOSOPHY & RELIGION. 12pm. Three New Arguments for the Dynamic Theory of Time with Springfield College (Virtual) 

SUSTAINABILITY. 4pm. Fast Fashion Workshop (Virtual) 

LANGUAGE ARTS. 4-5:30pm. Poetry: How Pain Becomes Beautiful Power (Virtual)

Self-Directed Learning:
BIOLOGY

CELL BIOLOGY
Differences Between Plant and Animal Cells
(At Home)

Self-Directed Learning:
PHYSICS

PHYSICS
Ramp Walking Toys
(At Home)

Hartsbrook Farm Camp: Outdoor Program

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2021

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES. Storywalk & Scavenger Hunt at the Westhampton Public Library  (In-Person) 

TEENSI Spy Escape Room for Teens (Virtual)   

PLAYGROUP. 10am. Virtual Playgroup with Hatfield Library. (Email for Zoom link) kids.hatfieldlibrary@gmail.com 

PreK LITERACY 10am. Virtual Story Hour with Greenfield Public Library (Email for Zoom link) librarian@greenfieldpubliclibrary.org 

CULINARY ARTS. 10am. Cookbook Club with the Springfield City Library (Virtual) 

ARTS & CRAFTS. 10am. Make & Take at the Granby Library + Playgroup (Virtual)  

STEM. 10am. 3D Printing Youth Workshop with Storrs Library (Virtual) 

MUSEUM ADVENTURES. 10am-5pm. Choose Your Own Adventure at the Springfield Museums (In-Person)

NEW ENGLAND HISTORY. 11am Tours of Storrowton Village Museum in West Springfield, MA (In-Person)

STEAM. 1pm & 3pm. STEAM Tours at Storrowton Village Museum in West Springfield, MA (In-Person)

ASIAN FOLKTALES. 3pm. Folktales of Asia with Montague Public Libraries (Virtual) 

ORNITHOLOGY. 3pm. Meet an Ornithologist (Virtual) 

CREATIVE FREE-PLAY. 6:30pm. Family Fun Hour: Charades (Virtual)  

ORNITHOLOGY. 10pm. Snowy Owl – A Visual Natural History (Virtual)

Self-Directed Learning:
FOLKTALES

ASIAN FOLKTALES
3pm. Folktales of Asia w/Montague Libraries
(Virtual)

Self-Directed Learning:
CULINARY ARTS

CULINARY ARTS
10am. Cookbook Club w/Springfield Library
(Virtual)

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2021

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES. Storywalk & Scavenger Hunt at the Westhampton Public Library  (In-Person)  

PLAYGROUP. 9:30-11:30am. Preschool Play Program in Great Barrington (In-Person)

PreK MUSIC & MOVEMENT. 9:30am.  Interactive Music & Movement Workshop for Caregivers + Kids 1-5yrs (Virtual) 

MUSEUM ADVENTURES. 10am-5pm. Choose Your Own Adventure at the Springfield Museums (In-Person)

PreK MUSIC. 10:30am. Family Jam (Virtual)  

NEW ENGLAND HISTORY. 11am Tours of Storrowton Village Museum in West Springfield, MA (In-Person)

CHEMISTRY. 11am Science at Home Kits with North Adams Public Library (Take Home) 

HOMESCHOOLING. 12pm. K-8 V Info Session with Oak Meadow (Virtual) 

MINDFULNESS. 12pm. Meditation and Mindfulness with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art (Virtual) 

FIBER ARTS. 12noon. Knot Just Knitters: Live at Lunchtime (Virtual)  

STEAM. 1pm & 3pm. STEAM Tours at Storrowton Village Museum in West Springfield, MA (In-Person)

CHINESE NEW YEAR. 1:30-3:30pm. Chinese New Year Celebration in Great Barrington (In-Person)

ART STUDIES. 3pm. Cartooning Class (Virtual)

PreK LITERACY. 4pm. Cushman Library Story Hour with the Cushman Library  (Virtual)  

CLIMATE CHANGE. 4pm. How To Help Youth Workshop (Virtual) 

NEW ENGLAND FOLKLORE. 6:30pm. New England Folklore with Southwick Public Library (Virtual) 

PARENTING. 7pm. Parent Cafe with Northampton/Hadley Family Connection (Virtual)

SOUTH AFRICAN MUSIC. 7pm. Ladysmith Black Mambazo Live Performance (Virtual)

ENTOMOLOGY. 10pm. The Importance of Insects (Virtual)

Self-Directed Learning:
FIBER ARTS

FIBER ARTS
12noon. Knot Just Knitters
(Virtual) 

Self-Directed Learning:
CHINESE NEW YEAR

CHINESE NEW YEAR
1:30-3:30pm. Chinese New Year Celebration
in Great Barrington

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2021

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES. Storywalk & Scavenger Hunt at the Westhampton Public Library  (In-Person) 

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION: February at the Family Center of Northern Berkshire County  (Virtual & In-Person)

BIOLOGY. 9am. Microscopy (Virtual) 

K-9 EDUCATION. 9am. Tour of The Bement School Campus (Virtual) 

PreK DEVELOPMENT. 9:30am. Grow Play & Learn Weekly Group with Hubbard Memorial Library (Virtual) 

PreK PLAYGROUP. 10am. Music & Movement with the Montague Public Libraries (Virtual) 

SCIENCE PIONEERS. 10am. STEM STARS (Virtual) 

MUSEUM ADVENTURES. 10am-5pm. Choose Your Own Adventure at the Springfield Museums (In-Person)

PreK LITERACY. 10:30am. Lenox Library Outside Story Time (In-Person) 

NEW ENGLAND HISTORY. 11am Tours of Storrowton Village Museum in West Springfield, MA (In-Person)

ARTS & CRAFTS. 11am & 2pm. Crafts at Amelia Park Children’s Museum  (In-Person) 

MEDICINE. 11am. How do we discover medicines? (Virtual) 

ART STUDIES. 12:15pm. American Portraiture Today with the Springfield Museums (Virtual) 

STEAM. 1pm & 3pm. STEAM Tours at Storrowton Village Museum in West Springfield, MA (In-Person)

PSYCHOLOGY. 2pm. Make Your Own Magic Tricks Workshop with the North Adams Public Library (Virtual) 

SOCIAL CHANGE. 5-6:30pm. The Climate Emergency: Identifying Leverages of Power (Virtual)

ART SHOW. 6pm. 10×10 Real Art Party with the Berkshire Art Association (Virtual) 

ART STUDIES. 6pm. Collage Club (Virtual) 

FIBER ARTS. 6pm. Sit & Stitch with the Gaylord Memorial Library (Virtual)  

SCIENCE. 6pm. Life Science Cafe (Virtual) 

ARCHITECTURE. 6:30pm. Cape Cod Modern House Architecture Talk with the Hubbard Memorial Library (Virtual) 

WILDLIFE CONSERVATION. 7pm. Peregrine Falcon & American Kestrel (Virtual)

CULINARY ARTS. 7pm. Chocolate Cooking Circle with Greenfield Public Library (Virtual) 

ART STUDIES. 7pm. Introduction to Watercolor Techniques  (Virtual) 

CONSERVATION. 7pm.  Reading Nature with the Forbes Library: Silent Spring (Virtual) 

ORNITHOLOGY. 7pm. Peregrine Falcon & American Kestrel with Mass Audubon (Virtual)

Self-Directed Learning:
SCIENCE

BIOLOGY
9am. Microscopy
(Virtual)

Self-Directed Learning:
PSYCHOLOGY

MAGIC
2pm. Make Your Own Magic Tricks Workshop with the North Adams Public Library (Virtual)

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2021

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES. Storywalk & Scavenger Hunt at the Westhampton Public Library (In-Person) 

EARLY EDUCATION: February at the Family Center of Northern Berkshire County (Virtual & In-Person)

CHINESE NEW YEARLunar New Year with the Peabody Essex Museum (Virtual)  

CHINESE NEW YEARLunar New Year: Community Lantern Project (Virtual)  

PHYSICS. 9am. The secret science of hula hooping (Virtual) 

PreK LITERACY. 10am. Virtual Story Hour with Greenfield Public Library (Email for Zoom link) librarian@greenfieldpubliclibrary.org 

PICTURE BOOK ART. 10am. Exploring Race and Representation in Picture Books (Virtual) 

MUSEUM ADVENTURES. 10am-5pm. Choose Your Own Adventure at the Springfield Museums (In-Person)

PreK PLAYGROUP. 10:30am. Art Museum Playdate (Virtual) 

NEW ENGLAND HISTORY. 11am Tours of Storrowton Village Museum in West Springfield, MA (In-Person)

CIVICS. 11am. Civics 101: Judicial Branch (Virtual) 

FORENSIC SCIENCE. 11am. The Science Behind Solving A Murder (Virtual) 

ANIMAL STUDIES. 11am & 2pm. How Do Polar Bears Stay Warm? (Virtual)

NATIONAL PARKS. 12-1:30pm. Yellowstone in the Off-Season (Virtual)

STEAM. 1pm & 3pm. STEAM Tours at Storrowton Village Museum in West Springfield, MA (In-Person)

ASTRONOMY. 2pm.A Guide to the Night Sky (Virtual) 

BLACK HISTORY. 2pm. Black History Beyond the Amistad (Virtual) 

NATURAL HISTORY. 3pm. How life on Earth began (Virtual) 

SUSTAINABILITY. 4pm. Renewable Energy Youth Workshop (Virtual) 

MARINE BIOLOGY. 6pm. Teen Science Café: Marine Mammals (Virtual)

Self-Directed Learning:
PHYSICS

PHYSICS
9am. The secret science of hula hooping
(Virtual)

Self-Directed Learning:
NATIONAL PARKS

NATIONAL PARKS
12-1:30pm. Yellowstone in the Off-Season
(Virtual)

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Hilltown Families’ list of Suggested Events is supported in part by grants from the Colrain, Plainfield, Worthington, Agawam, Greenfield, Deerfield, Palmer, and Charlemont/Hawley Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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.

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