Weekly Suggested Events for March 6-12, 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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Our Summer Directory for Western Massachusetts is now LIVE!
Graphic for NERD Summit 2021, an inclusive, community building annual tech event held in New England. March 19-21, 2021.

NERD (New England Regional Developers) Summit is an inclusive, community-building annual tech event held in New England. Each year, local professionals present sessions on various topics, with audiences ranging from beginners to individuals with years of experience. NERD’s mission is to collaborate with the regional community to ensure that the annual Summit and events throughout the year offer everyone, regardless of background or finances, a diverse curriculum for relevant skill-building and valuable networking opportunities. NERD’s mission supports their vision of creating positive and supportive learning opportunities for people who work or want to work in web and related technology. For more info, visit nerdsummit.org.

Montessori School of Northampton Summer Programs banner for 2021.
FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM: Montessori School of Northampton Summer Program in Northampton, MA

Northampton, MA ♦ For over 40 years, MSN has offered exciting and engaging summer programs for children 18 months old up to 8th grade in the tradition of Italian educator Maria Montessori. Located near downtown Northampton, Route 9 and I-91, their Toddler and Children’s House (pre/K) programs have half and full-day options available with a strong teacher/student ratio and theme-based programming. For elementary and middle school students, they offer classes like Film & Videography, Pokémon engineering & STEM LEGO programs with Play-Well TEKnologies, Visual Arts, Graphic Novel/Comic Book Art, Outdoor Wilderness Adventures, and Digital Animation/Coding workshops presented by Holyoke Codes.
Dates: June 28-August 20, 2021; Age Range of Participants: 18mo-14yo
Contact: 413-563-4645 ♦ summer@northamptonmontessori.orgmsn.coursestorm.com

The Children’s Ballet & Movement Co. in Hadley, MA. Join CBM this summer! Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm. Their programs are held both outdoors and indoors. Yoga, dancing, nature walks, arts and crafts, and so much more! Also, a free show at the end of each week! Space is limited and follows all safety precautions and protocols. Dates: July 5-August 27, 2021; Age Range of Participants: 4-13yo. Contact: 413-478-1944; cassieferr@gmail.com; www.childrensballetmovement.com

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.

PuppetSpeak Virtual Language Courses

The Putney School Summer Arts

PuppetSpeak is a video-based program that teaches languages through puppetry. Choose from Spanish, French, Hebrew, Hindi, or English. Enjoy learning with silly puppet skits designed based on the latest science about optimal memory function. The program is fun and manageable for ages 3 +, even to adulthood, since you can learn at your own pace. Based out of Shutesbury, MA.

For more information: anna@talkinghandstheatre.com; 413-367-9134; puppetspeak.com.

Summer at The Academy at Charlemont
Charlemont, MA

Outdoors. Virtual.

Academy Summer Programs tap into The Academy’s artistic, outdoor, and academic communities by enabling students to explore areas of interest in a safe, in-person, outdoor environment. Offerings are week-long, half or full days for rising 4th – 10th graders.

Dates: July 12-August 6, 2021; Age Range of Participants: 9-16y
Contact: 413-339-4912
♦ summer@charlemont.org
♦ www.charlemont.org

Kids, Art & Nature
Amherst, MA

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Dates: July 5-August 27, 2021; Age Range of Participants: 5-14yo
Contact: 413-367-0186 ♦ kidsartandnature@hotmail.comwww.kidsartandnature.com

Children in Deborah Bazer & Lahri Bond’s week-long, themed Summer Art classes explore the natural world through the visual arts. Drawing from many traditions, they nurture the children’s creative, intellectual, and emotional growth in their care. Visual arts, storytelling, and environmental education are all integral parts of their summer classes. Summer 2021 session is from 8:30am-3:30pm, Mon-Fri at the Arts Barn on the beautiful Hampshire College campus and woods, and includes classes on making art with nature, faeries & myths, puppets, superheroes & dinosaurs, dragons, ceramics, and creating tabletop fantasy game. The days are spent mainly outside, artmaking, exploring, and playing non-competitive games.

Amherst Montessori
Amherst, MA

The Putney School Summer Arts
Apply now for the 2021-22 school year.

Families are invited to discover the warm, welcoming community of Amherst Montessori School, with dedicated teachers, administrators, and fellow parents who strive to create a sense of belonging for each child and family. Prospective families are encouraged to set-up a virtual or socially-distanced outside tour with the Director of Admissions & Learning Support, Julie Tanguay. Explore the hands-on, child-centered Montessori curriculum, and learn about the engaging community of Amherst Montessori School. Apply now for the 2021-22 school year. Schedule options from a partial day to a full day with extended hours. More information at amherstmontessori.org.

Playful Minds Learning Center
South Hadley, MA.

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Virtual, Indoor, & Outdoor Program. Adaptable.

Playful Minds Learning Center’s philosophy is to gently foster and guide children’s love of learning while supporting them developmentally in all areas. Through a nurturing, structured, and creative environment, Playful Minds Learning Center provides an early foundation for developing the positive skills and confidence children will need for life. Daycare. Preschool. Early Childhood Education Program. Ages 4weeks-14yrs. For more information: Delmari@playfulmindslc.com; 413-534-5674; www.playfulmindslc.com.

Dad Cafe Virtual Series: March 17, 24, 31 from 7-8pm. To register and get the Zoom link, email mgerry@northampton-k12.us.
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List of Weekly Suggested Events


NORDIC SKIING. Daylight. Notchview in Windsor, MA (In-Person) 

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES. 7am. Ski and Snowboard Races at Berkshire East Ski Area in Charlemont, MA (In-Person) 

BOTANYBotanic Garden of Smith College Bulb Show (Virtual)  

FILM STUDIESPioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival (Virtual) 

BASKETBALLYouth Hoop Skills & Drills Program in Northampton, MA (In-Person) 

BOTANY. 9am-4pm. Berkshire Botanical Garden’s annual Bulb Show   

RADIO SHOW. 9am. Farmer Dave Guest DJs the Hilltown Family Variety Show (Streaming) 

MEDITATION. 10am. Introduction to Zen: Meditation Workshop with Rochester Zen Center (Virtual) 

GARDENING. 10am. Planning and Designing a Kitchen Garden (Virtual) 

PALEONTOLOGY. 10am. Dinosaurs Around the World Opening Day at the Connecticut Science Center (In-Person) 

SING-ALONG. 10am. Jones Library Kids Room Presents: Stuffed Animal Sing-Along with Julie Stepanek (Virtual) 

WORLD HISTORY. 10am-1:15pm. China’s and Japan’s Approaches and Responses to Imperialism and Modernization (Virtual) 

DANCE STUDIES. 10:30am. Teen/Adult Contemporary Ballet Barre with SCDT in Northampton, MA (Virtual) 

PUPPETRY. 10:30am .CactusHead Puppets Presents: Magnificent Monster Circus (Virtual) 

RURAL HERITAGE. 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm. Horse Logging Demonstration with the Hilltown Land Trust (In-Person) 

ENTOMOLOGY. 10:30am. Insects: Pests and Pollinators (Virtual) 

AEROSPACE. 10:30am-2:30pm. Women Take Flight at the New England Air Museum. (Hybrid) 

MUSEUM ADVENTURES. 10:30am. Scavenger Hunt of the Smithsonians  (Virtual) 

MAP SKILLS. 11am Seek and See: Letterboxing with Blandford Porter Memorial Library  (Virtual) 

WORLD HISTORY. 12pm. Guided Tour of Northern Ireland (Virtual) 

MUSEUM ADVENTURES. 1pm. Springfield Museums’ hosts a Beep and Greet with The Cat in the Hat and Friends (In-Person) 

EDUCATION. 1pm. Positive Social Change Through Education: Views From Inside an Elementary School (Virtual) 

BOTANY. 1pm. Natural History & Care of Popular Houseplants (Virtual) 

BROADCAST HISTORY. 2pm & 7:30pm. The Jazz Ensembles of Mount Holyoke College present The Big Broadcast, a tribute to the 1940’s radio show (Virtual) 

MAGIC. 6pm. Magic Workshop (Virtual) 

WORLD HISTORY. 6pm. Northern Africa: Kingdom of Morocco (Virtual) 

PERFORMANCE ART. 7pm. Fools in Love with the Pioneer Valley Symphony (Virtual)  

MUSIC STUDIES. 7pm. Song & Story Swap with musical storyteller, Charlie King (Virtual) 

WORLD CULTURE. 8:30pm. The Spirit of Africa (Virtual)

Self-Directed Learning:

WindWise Education:
Wind Energy Activities for Students (pdf) 

Self-Directed Learning:

NASA STEM Engagement:
Sled Kite Lesson Plans & Activities  


NORDIC SKIING. Daylight. Notchview in Windsor, MA (In-Person) 

FILM STUDIESPioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival (Virtual) 

BOTANYBotanic Garden of Smith College Bulb Show (Virtual)  

BOTANY. 9am-4pm. Berkshire Botanical Garden’s annual Bulb Show (Virtual) 

CITIZEN SCIENCE. 10am. Frog Watch USA (Virtual) 

LOCAL FOOD. 10am-2pm. Winter Farmers’ Market in Easthampton, MA (In-Person) 

ECOLOGY. 12pm. Tour of the Galapagos Islands (Virtual) 


ANTI-BIAS. 3pm. Raising Anti-Bias Children (Virtual) 

WORLD HISTORY. 6pm. Guided Tour of Stonehenge and Canterbury England (Virtual) 

APICULTURE. 7-9pm. Beekeeping for Beginners Series (Virtual)

Self-Directed Learning:

How do frogs survive winter?

Self-Directed Learning:

Frog Watch USA

Natural History: The Ultimate Visual Guide to Everything on Earth


FILM STUDIESPioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival (Virtual) 

BOTANYBotanic Garden of Smith College Bulb Show (Virtual)  

BOTANY. 9am-4pm. Berkshire Botanical Garden’s annual Bulb Show (Virtual)  

PLAYGROUP. 9:30-11:30am. Preschool Play Program in Great Barrington 

LITERACY. 11am. Kindergarten Write and Read in Great Barrington 

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

PreK LITERACY. 11am & 2pm. Storytime at the Amelia Park Children’s Museum 

SOCIAL JUSTICE. 1-3pm. How to be an Antiracist Program at the Springfield JCC (In-Person) 

DANCE PARTYDance Discover for Teens & Adults (Virtual)  

PARENTING. 6:30pm. Parent Cafe with Agawam Family and Community Program (Virtual) 

WORLD GEOGRAPHY. 7pm. Guided Tour of Ukraine (Virtual)

Self-Directed Learning:

Tulip Mania of the 1600’s

Self-Directed Learning:

Tulip Bulb Lesson Plan


BOTANYBotanic Garden of Smith College Bulb Show (Virtual)  

BOTANY. 9am-4pm. Berkshire Botanical Garden’s annual Bulb Show   

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

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

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

AVIATION HISTORY. 12:30pm. Living History: Sheryl Faye as Amelia Earhart (Virtual) 

ART STUDIES. 3pm. Landscape Painting with Lenox Library (Virtual) 

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

ECOLOGY. 5:30pm. Native Plants as Insect Habitat (Virtual) dmemlib@gmail.com 

PHOTOGRAPHY. 6pm. Introduction to Digital Photography with IS183 Art School of the Berkshires (Virtual) 

INTERGENERATIONAL. 6:30pm. Family Fun Hour with the Hubbard Memorial Library: Charades (Virtual) 

WORLD CULTURE. 7pm. China: Guided Tour of Hong Kong and Macao (Virtual) 

SOIL SCIENCE. 7pm. Understanding Living Soil (Virtual)  

WOMEN’S HISTORY. 7-8:30pm. Living History Program with Jones Library (Virtual) 

RACIAL EQUITY. 8:30pm. Does a New Administration Mean Better Policies for Kids? (Virtual)

Self-Directed Learning:

The historic women’s
suffrage march on Washington 

Self-Directed Learning:

Resources at the National Museum
of American History 


Self-Directed Learning:

RECIPES: Cabbage

Self-Directed Learning:

RECIPES: Brussels Sprouts

The Science of Good Cooking: Master 50 Simple Concepts to Enjoy a Lifetime of Success in the Kitchen


BOTANYBotanic Garden of Smith College Bulb Show (Virtual) 

 BOTANY. 9am-4pm. Berkshire Botanical Garden’s annual Bulb Show   (Virtual) 

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

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

PreK LITERACY. 10:30am. Lenox Library Outside Story Time

PASTRY ARTS. 10:30am. Springfield Jewish Community Center hosts Make Mine Maple with King Arthur Baking School (Virtual) 

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) 

MINDFULNESS. 2:45pm. Teen Mindfulness Course with the Tilton Library (Virtual)  

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

LANGUAGE ARTS. 4:15pm. The Faraway Brought Close: Poetry and the Work of Feeling (Virtual) 

GARDENING. 4:30-6:30pm. Designing with Native Plants  (Virtual) 

ART STUDIES. 5:30pm. Practice & Process in Indian Drawing with Williams Collge Museum of Art (Virtual)  

SCIENCE. 6pm. Life Science Cafe (Virtual)  

ORNITHOLOGY. 7pm. The American Woodcock 

GARDENING. 7pm. Native Plants for New England Gardens (Virtual)  

GARDENING. 7pm. Gardens of the Scottish Highlands (Virtual)

WORLD HISTORY. 7pm. South America: Guided Tour of Cartagena Colombia (Virtual) 

THEATER STUDIES. 7:30-9:30pm. The Smith Department of Theatre’s New Play Reading Series presents Acting School by Kathleen Tolan  (Virtual)  

GEOMETRY. 10pm. Fractals

Self-Directed Learning:

Project FeederWatch

Self-Directed Learning:

American Woodcock: Bird Identification 

Naturally Curious : A Photographic Field Guide and Month-By-Month Journey Through the Fields, Woods, and Marshes of New England

FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2021

BOTANYBotanic Garden of Smith College Bulb Show (Virtual)  

PreK LITERACY. 10:30am. Storytime with the Lenox Library (Virtual) 

BOTANY. 9am-4pm. Berkshire Botanical Garden’s annual Bulb Show (Virtual) 

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

PLAYGROUP. 10:30am. Art Museum Playdate with the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Virtual) 

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

STEAM. 3pm. STEAM Tours at Storrowton Village Museum in West Springfield, MA 

PASTRY ARTS. 4pm. Holyoke Community College hosts, Bake With Me! Caramel Cheesecake (Virtual) 

GARDENING. 6pm. Extending the Harvest: Growing Early Spring Vegetables (Hybrid) 

WORLD CULTURE. 7pm. Portugal: Guided Tour of Lisbon (Virtual) 

ANIMAL STUDIES. 7-8:30pm. Starlight Owl and Wildlife Prowl

Self-Directed Learning:

FOOD HISTORYHistory of Fudge

Self-Directed Learning:

FOOD HISTORYHistory of Cheesecake

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Hilltown Families’ list of Suggested Events is supported in part by grants from the Agawam, Amherst, Charlemont/Hawley, Chicopee, Colrain, Deerfield, Easthampton, Gill, Goshen, Greenfield, Hadley, Hatfield, Heath, Huntington, Leyden, New Salem, Northern Berkshire, Northfield, Palmer, Pelham, Plainfield, Shelburne, South Hadley, Tyringham, Windsor, and Worthington. Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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