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!
Oak Meadow provides a flexible, progressive homeschooling curriculum for students in K-12. A trusted homeschooling option since 1975, Oak Meadow is offering 20% off all items in their bookstore, May 15-31. Save on K-12 homeschooling curriculum, which provides inspiring learning experiences for creative, motivated students. Or purchase craft supplies, homeschooling resources, books, and more. Their student-centered, nature-based approach allows families to set their natural learning rhythm and encourages creativity, critical thinking, and intellectual development through hands-on activities and interdisciplinary projects. Save on homeschooling at oakmeadowbookstore.com.
Charlemont, MA ♦ The Recovery Theatre is a performing arts experience for young people overcoming trauma, addiction, anxiety, depression, and other behavioral health challenges. This post-workshop 5-day intensive is for any teen living with circumstances that present barriers to them becoming their fullest selves. Their innovative strength-based, holistic model—they integrate therapeutic horseback riding, circus silks, trapeze, ziplines, white water rafting, aerial park, and the gorgeous natural landscape of West County—takes into account adolescents developing endocrine and nervous systems, incorporates families, social supports and emphasizes peer interactions. Join the summer spectacle! (See Hilltown Youth Performing Arts Programs). Visit their website to learn how they opened safely in 2020. Dates: August 6-10, 2021; Age Range: 12-18yo & 18 -24yo. Contact: 413-625-2100. email@example.com; hilltownyouth.org.
Charlemont, MA ♦ Perform under the stars on an aerial park, zipline and mountaintop at Berkshire East ensemble and theatergoers reach by chairlift! The Hilltown Youth Theatre Summer Workshop offers intensive, outdoor training for aspiring actors, artists, dancers, musicians, singers, and circus performers (trapeze, fabrics, stilts, German wheel) with Knighthorse Theatre, Double Edge Theatre, and other luminaries from the Valley’s performing arts community. HS-aged ensemble members can apply for their youth Job Corps program. So teens supporting and creating all this vibrant youth and performing arts culture get to be part of the creative arts economy which we all benefit from! (No prior experience required.) Visit their website to learn how they opened safely in 2020. Dates: July 12-August 4, 2021; Age Range: 7-18yo. Contact: 413-625-2100. firstname.lastname@example.org; hilltownyouth.org.
Community Music School of Springfield (CMSS) is now enrolling for private music lessons in over 30 instruments and voice! CMSS offers high-quality music instruction for students of all ages and levels, featuring a choice of online or hybrid learning. Summer scheduling is flexible to accommodate families’ busy lives & vacation plans. Or, if you’re already gearing up for the upcoming school year, act now to reserve your weekly opportunity for creativity, self-expression, and learning. Whether just starting out or a seasoned musician, CMSS takes the time to match you with a professional teaching artist while helping you accomplish your personal musical goals. More info: email@example.com; 413-732-8428; communitymusicschool.com.
FEATURED MUSIC AUDITIONS Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestras Springfield, MA
Attention music students or parents of music students! Virtual auditions are now open for ages 10-19 of all instrument levels to join the Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestras for the 2021-2022 season. Particularly seeking beginner/intermediate violin and all levels of brass, viola, bass, and percussion, but all interested musicians may apply. Benefits include great repertoire and fellowship with other talented area musicians; performing in Springfield Symphony Hall; sectionals, coaching, and master classes with professional SSO musicians; chamber ensembles; and more. For more info on registering & submitting your audition video, visit www.springfieldsymphony.org/springfield-symphony-youth-orchestras or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zephyr Behavioral Healthcare provides Center-Based ABA services to children with autism, ages 2-6. First and foremost, they want their clients to love learning. They challenge the stereotype of monotonous and repetitive behavior therapy by centering their services around play. They weave together data-driven results with a nurturing, fun-loving environment to create a balanced intervention. Their program simulates a preschool environment, with individualized and group instruction throughout the day. With 1:1 support and supervision, they identify the key skills that will prepare their clients to succeed in other environments later in life. They then break down these skills, teach smaller goals, build a strong foundation, and fill their clients’ toolboxes for the future.
Leyden, MA ♦ Camp Lion Knoll provides children from 4.5 years to 14 years of age a summer camp experience when the public schools are not in session. Their program allows parents to attend school, work, and/or receive special services while knowing their child is busy and safe. Camp Lion Knoll promotes social and emotional learning and provides children with quality out-of-school time experience that studies show can help stem academic declines typical of a summer break. Campers are also provided with a structured meal schedule and nutritious meals during the summer.
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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 Agawam, Amherst, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont/Hawley, Chester, Chesterfield, Chicopee, Colrain, Dalton, Deerfield, Easthampton, Gill, Goshen, Greenfield, Hadley, Hatfield, Heath, Holyoke, Huntington, Leyden, Montgomery, New Salem, Northern Berkshire, Northfield, Palmer, Pelham, Plainfield, Rowe, Shelburne, Shutesbury, South Hadley, Southampton, Springfield, Tolland, Tyringham, Windsor, and Worthington Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.