Weekly Suggested Events for December 18-24, 2021

Home > Suggested Events > Weekly Suggested Events for December 18-24, 2021
The week before Christmas, and all through the house ... holiday events and learning opportunities in Western Massachusetts abound!

Are you looking for things to do in western Massachusetts? Seeking place-based learning ideas? 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 fun events for all ages, each week!

Scroll down to discover featured events, learning opportunities, and educational videos to support learning from home. And be sure to subscribe to our free weekly eNewsletter so you never miss out!

COMMUNITY-BASED EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

NATURAL HISTORY/ ART STUDIES: Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South St, Pittsfield, MA. 

LITERACY: Tilton Library. 413-665-4683. 75 North Main Street. South Deerfield, MA.

FOOD JUSTICE: Abundance Farm. 413-584-3593. 253 Prospect St. Northampton, MA.

AMERICAN HISTORY: Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA.

ANIMAL WELFARE: Equiculture: Alderman Farm. 413-813-2000. 67 Alderman Rd, Chester, MA.

Whole Children in Hadley, MA, is pleased to offer a Virtual & In-Person Winter Program for school-age kids and teens. Their 6-week program will be offered Monday through Saturday, January 10 – February 19, 2022 and will include a full roster of virtual classes and a selection of in-person classes, including photography, theater, Joyful Chorus, Friendship Band, and more! Price: $125 for six weeks of unlimited classes! For more information, visit wholechildren.org/class-schedule or call 413-585-8010.

When we tell positive stories about our lives, engaging our inner wisdom, we cultivate the possibility for new ideas to emerge by shifting our perspective towards what works. If you’re feeling stuck in any area of your life and seeking changes in the new year, take time for yourself to clarify your focus, flip your perspective, dream, and design your way into the new year. The weekend of Jan 8 & 9, 2022, experienced facilitator & coach Anne Ditzler will host a customized, online retreat using Appreciative Inquiry to embrace challenges while exploring creative ways to use your insights. This two-day retreat takes place via Zoom from 1-5:30pm. Registration deadline: Dec 29. Cost: Sliding scale. For more info, visit ditzlercoaching.weebly.com.

Give the gift of a clean home this holiday season with GreenLove Eco Cleaning! Get 30% off a Gift Certificate with their Holiday Special, available to purchase on their website through 12/31/21. GreenLove’s fully insured and bonded team offers greener, healthier lifestyle services to their community as part of the greater sustainability movement and focuses on building resilient communities through fair pay, healthy lifestyle education, and family-first values. This past year marked their 11th year in business, and after coming through last year’s pandemic, they are stronger than ever! The GreenLove Team is currently working on transitioning to a worker-owned cooperative model in early 2022. Sign up for a cleaning at www.greenloveclean.com.

FEATURED YOUTH MUSICAL PRODUCTION
Oklahoma!
Northampton, MA

Open to ages 9-16. Rehearsals start: Jan 4, 2022.

Did you know that the Academy of Music Theatre presents a fully staged youth musical every year? Come hoot and holler with them in Oklahoma! – part of the “Getting to Know Rodgers and Hammerstein” series. Open to ages 9-16, no experience necessary. Rehearsals start on January 4, 2022, and run on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week from 5-7pm at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton, MA. The final performances will be on March 10 & 11, 2022. Visit aomtheatre.com and click “Academy Youth Productions” under the Youth Programs menu to register. Email Education Director, Susan Dillard, with any questions: education@aomtheatre.com.

FEATURED YOUTH MUSICAL
Starlight’s Youth Theatre
Musical Spectacular

Northampton, MA

Saturday, January 8, 2022 @ 1pm

Starlight’s Musical Spectacular will celebrate 15 years of bringing youth musicals to the community on Saturday, January 8, 2022, @ 1pm! Starlight’s Youth Theatre alumni will join current students at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton to perform songs from Les Miserable, Annie, Oliver, Wizard of Oz, Bye Bye Birdie, Into the Woods, Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast, Starlight Express, and many more. Ticket prices: $22/adults, $18/seniors & students. For tickets, go to www.aomtheatre.comMore info: www.starlights-youth-theatre.com.

FEATURED HOLIDAY GIVING
The Odyssey Bookshop
South Hadley, MA

The Gift of Reading is a monthly program that aims to find books that are tailored to fit the age, interests, and reading level of the child in your life.

Are you looking for a unique gift for a child in your life? The Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA, invites you to Give the Gift of Reading! For just $25 a month, the child that you enroll will receive a handpicked book based on the age, interests, and reading level that you provide. From newborns to young adults, no child is too young or too old to join! Still have questions? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with their Gift of Reading Coordinator at kids@odysseybks.com for more information. Odyssey Bookshop. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street, South Hadley MA.

See Your Ad Here

Partner with HIlltown Families!

Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 25,000 subscribers, web visitors, and social media followers each week, Hilltown Families can bring your message to thousands of families in Western Massachusetts. Serving the region since 2005, Hilltown Families is an award-winning, online communication network, recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” A trusted partner in your online marketing! To find out how we can partner together in your online marketing and outreach, contact us for info on our affordable options and packages: swildfield@hilltownfamilies.org. Have an event, resource, or opportunity you’re ready to promote? Click HERE to submit your information.

2022 Class Directory

Class Directory

Discover virtual & adapted programming in our Class Directory for Western MA

2022 Preschool & Daycare Directory

Preschool Directory

Find what you’re looking for in our Preschool & Daycare Directory for Western MA

List of Weekly Suggested Events

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2021

CREATIVE FREE-PLAY/ ARCHITECTURE10am-12pm. Children are invited to explore, play, collaborate, and build with the big blue blocks a the Berkshire Museum. Colorful architectural building components encourage children to build and rebuild, exploring innovative play equipment that leads to collaboration. Best for ages 4-12. Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South St, Pittsfield, MA 

AGRICULTURE/ LOCAL FOOD. 10am-2pm. Berkshire Grown’s indoor Winter Farmers Markets feature locally grown and produced foods, including fruits and vegetables, cheese, meats, loaves of bread, and more. Great opportunity to talk with local farmers, learn how food is grown, and gather supplies to support culinary arts and nutrition lessons at home. Hosted by Berkshire Grown at Housy Dome. 1064 Main Street, Housatonic, MA. 

GAMES/ BOARD GAMES. 10am. The Meekins Library invites players of all ages to meet up in the community room for a morning of playing board games. Playing board games together with family and community has much to offer, including lessons in strategies, practicing communication skills across generations, and opportunities to engage strategic thinking and problem-solving skills. Meekins Library. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams St, Williamsburg, MA. 

FARMERS’ MARKET/ LOCAL FOOD. 10am-2pm. Stock up on local goods at the Grow Food Northampton Winter Farmers’ Market, including fresh produce, prepared foods, honey, maple products, herbal remedies, crafts, soap, and more! Held at the Northampton Senior Center. 67 Conz St, Northampton, MA. 

NUTRITION. 10am. Learn about heart-healthy meals by planning low sodium meals in this interactive workshop. Brainstorm balanced, heart-healthy meal ideas with a registered dietitian. Hosted by Big Y World Class Market. (Virtual) 

ART STUDIES. 11am. Look closer at the art in the galleries of the Berkshire Museum and join in conversations led by a museum educator, followed by an opportunity to create your own drawing and sketch. Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South St, Pittsfield, MA. 

LIBRARY ADVENTURES. 11am. Treasure Hunt at the Tilton Library. 413-665-4683. 75 North Main Street. South Deerfield, MA. 

PASTRY ARTS. 11am. Family Gingerbread House Building at the Southwick Public Library. 413-569-1221. 95 Feeding Hills Road. Southwick, MA. 

COOKING. 11am. Kids can learn to make granola in this cooking class offered by Big Y World Class Market (Virtual) 

SANTA. 11am. Meet Santa at the Irish Cultural Center of Western New England. Followed by hot chocolate and cookies after your visit. 413-333-4951. 429 Morgan Road. West Springfield, MA. 

ZOOLOGY. 12:30pm. Learn about conservation efforts and the eating habits of fish, amphibians, and reptiles during Chow Time at the Berkshire Museum as they prepare enticing feasts for the creatures in their aquarium, including turtles, fish, and the blue-tongued skink. 413-443-7171. 39 South St, Pittsfield, MA.  

SANTA. 1pm. Santa visits Ciesluk Farmstand. 413-773-8164. 564 Greenfield Rd #9705, Deerfield, MA. 

CHRISTMAS/ TRAIN RIDE. 1pm, 3:30pm, 6pm. Step back into time and experience a 1950’s Christmas aboard the Tinseliner, a scenic Christmas train ride with Hoosac Valley Train Ride. Learn about locomotive travel within a 1950’s atmosphere. All trains depart from Adams Station at 4 Hoosac St.  Adams, MA.  

NATURE-BASED ARTS & CRAFTS. 1-2:30pm. Holiday Nature Crafts Tree Trimming Party! Use nature-found ingredients to create your pinecone animals or ornaments at Mount Greylock State Reservation. 413-499-4262. Mount Greylock State Reservation, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, MA.

MUSIC HISTORY/ VICTORIAN ERA. 2:30-4:30pm. Berkshire Victorian Carolers. Front steps at the Stockbridge Library. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street, Stockbridge, MA. 

ARTS & CRAFTS/ LANTERNS. 3pm As the days get darker, learn to make mason jar candle holders with the Forbes Library on the lawn with other families with children ages 5 and older. Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton, MA. 

SANTA. 3pm. Santa arrives by firetruck through Leyden, MA.  

LIVING HISTORY/ CHRISTMAS. 3-8pm. Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village. Historic interpreters will be working on classic Christmas projects. Live music and storytelling will be offered. Bonfire and horse-drawn rides await. And more! Much to learn and explore at Old Sturbridge Village. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd, Sturbridge, MA.  

THEATER STUDIES/ MUSICAL. 2-4pm. Irving Berlin’s White Christmas the Musical with the Berkshire Theatre Group at the Colonial Theatre. 111 South St, Pittsfield, MA.  

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES/ FULL MOON HIKE. 3:30pm. Join Kestrel Land Trust for a Winter Solstice full moon hike, observing and experiencing the beautiful changes that the change of seasons brings. Headlamps are provided. A bonfire and warm treats follow the hike. 413-549-1097. 284 N Pleasant St, Amherst, MA. 

MUSIC STUDIES/ ORCHESTRA & CHORUS. 4pm. Pioneer Valley Symphony Holiday Pops concert will premiere new works honoring American holiday celebrations through ’80s pop songs, classic seasonal favorites, and contemporary music, with the participation of the Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus and Youth Orchestra. (Virtual) 

HOLIDAY LIGHTS. 4-9pm. Holiday Lights Display at Look Memorial Park. 413-584-5457. 300 N Main St, Florence, MA.  

LIVING MUSEUM/ HOLIDAY NIGHTS. 5-8pm. Hancock Shaker Village sparkles in a multi-sensory experience. Stroll through the 19th-century village transformed with festive decorations. Hancock Shaker Village. 413-443-0188. 1843 W Housatonic St, Pittsfield, MA.  

HOLIDAY LIGHTS. 5-11pm. Bright Nights at Forest Park. 300 Sumner Avenue. Springfield, MA.  

DATE NIGHT/ TRAIN RIDE. 6pm. Mistletoe & Martini Cabaret Train Ride with the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum. 413-637-2210. 10 Willow Creek Rd, Lenox, MA. 

THEATER STUDIES/ MUSICAL. 6pm. Elf the Musical with Ja’Duke Theater. 413-863-0001. 110 Industrial Blvd, Turners Falls, MA.  

THEATER STUDIES/ MUSICAL. 7-9pm. Irving Berlin’s White Christmas the Musical with the Berkshire Theatre Group at the Colonial Theatre. 111 South St, Pittsfield, MA. 

[RETURN TO TOP]

Self-Directed Learning: Winter Farmers’ Markets

Winter farmers’ markets provide a fresh and colorful oasis during the winter months, reminding us that farm-fresh foods of all kinds are still available despite the blustery, snow drift-covered fields that surround us. Connecting to the local food chain year-round is not only healthy for your body, your family, and your community, but it can be educational as well! Exposing children to the vast array of foods available from winter farmers’ markets can help them recognize that there are many different methods for growing and producing food while connecting them to where their food comes from.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2021

JOURNALING. 9-10:30am. Bullet Journal Basics Class. What is bullet journaling? Bullet Journal Basics teaches the principles of creative bullet journaling, including fundamental spreads found in most journals and ways to customize. Class takes place a the Artspace Community Arts Center. Ages 12+. 413-772-6811. 15 Mill St., Greenfield, MA. 

AGRICULTURE/ LOCAL FOOD. 10am-2pm. Berkshire Grown’s indoor Winter Farmers Markets feature locally grown and produced foods, including fruits and vegetables, cheese, meats, loaves of bread, and more. Great opportunity to talk with local farmers, learn how food is grown, and gather supplies to support culinary arts and nutrition lessons at home. Hosted by Berkshire Grown at Greylock WORKS, 508 State Rd, North Adams, MA. 

GINGERBREAD HOUSES/ MUSEUM ADVENTURES. 11-5pm. The annual themed Gingerbread exhibit at the Springfield Museums is “Gingerbread: Under the Sea.” Walking into this year’s Under the Sea gallery is like diving deep into the ocean. Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA. 

CHRISTMAS/ TRAIN RIDE. 11:30am, 2pm, 4:30pm. Step back into time and experience a 1950’s Christmas aboard the Tinseliner, a scenic Christmas train ride with Hoosac Valley Train Ride. Learn about locomotive travel within a 1950’s atmosphere. All trains depart from Adams Station at 4 Hoosac St.  Adams, MA.  

ARTISAN SKILLS/ STAINED GLASS. 1pm. Get an introduction to the beauty and history of stained glass art with Make-It Springfield, followed by hands-on experience with techniques for making your own stained glass creations. Make-It Springfield. 413-342-1681. 168 Worthington St, Springfield, MA.  

NATURE WALK/ MINDFULNESS. 1-2:30pm. Mountain Mindfulness Winter Solstice Walk at Mount Greylock State Reservation. 413-499-4262. Mount Greylock State Reservation, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, MA.

THEATER STUDIES/ MUSICAL. 2pm. Elf the Musical with Ja’Duke Theater. 413-863-0001. 110 Industrial Blvd, Turners Falls, MA.  

LIVING HISTORY/ CHRISTMAS. 3-8pm. Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village. Historic interpreters will be working on classic Christmas projects. Live music and storytelling will be offered. Bonfire and horse-drawn rides await. And more! Much to learn and explore at Old Sturbridge Village. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd, Sturbridge, MA.  

THEATER STUDIES/ MUSICAL. 2-4pm. Irving Berlin’s White Christmas the Musical with the Berkshire Theatre Group at the Colonial Theatre. 111 South St, Pittsfield, MA.  

ARTS & CRAFTS/ WINTER SOLSTICE. 3:30pm. Outdoor Solstice Lantern Walk for families with young children at Abundance Farm. Create child-friendly lanterns, learn about Jewish moon traditions, and go for a short family walk at dusk. Takes place at Abundance Farm. 413-584-3593. 253 Prospect St. Northampton, MA. 

HOLIDAY MUSIC. 3:30pm. Holiday Cabaret, “Swingin’ in the Season” at the Ventfort Hall Mansion, which will be beautifully decorated for the holiday season. The cabaret will be a festive and fun afternoon full of seasonal songs, piano music, and caroling, with a lovely tea following the program. Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. 

HOLIDAY LIGHTS. 4-9pm. Holiday Lights Display at Look Memorial Park. 413-584-5457. 300 N Main St, Florence, MA.  

CHRISTMAS/ LIVE NATIVITY. 5pm. Festival of Lights. Walk through a winding path of Christmas light displays and a live nativity scene as you listen to Christmas music and caroling at Christ Community Church.1255 Federal St, Belchertown, MA. 

LIVING MUSEUM/ HOLIDAY NIGHTS. 5-8pm. Hancock Shaker Village sparkles in a multi-sensory experience. Stroll through the 19th-century village transformed with festive decorations. Hancock Shaker Village. 413-443-0188. 1843 W Housatonic St, Pittsfield, MA.  

HOLIDAY LIGHTS. 5-11pm. Bright Nights at Forest Park. 300 Sumner Avenue. Springfield, MA. 

[RETURN TO TOP]

Self-Directed Learning: Citrus Season

Supermarkets and food co-ops are living laboratories for learning! These community-based educational resources are accessible to everyone and have something new to discover every week as we move through harvest seasons and holidays rich in food traditions. Citrus is abundant in the winter and a delicious opportunity to learn about the many citrus varieties. Pick up a variety of oranges, grapefruits, lemons, and limes at your local market this winter, and get curious! Culinary arts, literature, agriculture, nutrition, arts & crafts, and even STEM are interests citrus can support.

[RETURN TO TOP]

Self-Directed Learning: Winter Solstice

The winter solstice is a celebration for many because it marks the turning point towards longer days. Like the new calendar year, this astrological event can also be a time of reflecting on the past and thinking towards the future. Observances, celebrations, and rituals surrounding the winter solstice differ in many cultures and can be an excellent lens for learning about food traditions, cultural heritage, and seasonal changes in habitats. The winter solstice can also be a reflective time for reconnecting with nature and community. As we begin to stay indoors more and spend time with families and friends, the winter season is an opportunity to disconnect from technology and reconnect through storytelling with neighbors and family.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2021

ASTRONOMY/ WINTER SOLSTICE. 7am & 3:30pm. The UMass Amherst Sunwheel has attracted tens of thousands of visitors who wish to learn about solar and lunar cycles. Sunwheels, circular stone structures, are designed such that the stones line up with the locations on the horizon of the rising and setting Sun during solstices and equinoxes. You can witness this event during the Winter Solstice while also learning about the seasons, the phases of the moon, the story behind the building of the sunwheel, and more. UMass Amherst Sunwheel. South of McGuirk Alumni Stadium, just off Rocky Hill Road, one-quarter mile west of University Drive. Amherst, MA. 

PLAYGROUPS. Family Centers & Playgroups in Hilltowns & Pioneer Valley  

PLAYGROUPS. Family Center & Playgroups in Franklin County  

PLAYGROUPSFamily Center & Playgroups in south Berkshire County  

PLAYGROUPSFamily Center & Playgroups in north Berkshire County  

PLAYGROUP. 10:30-11:30am. For ages 0-5 at the Edwards Public Library. Call to register: 413-345-6015. 30 East Street, Southampton, MA.  

MUSIC STUDIES/ PreK. 10:30am. Preschool music program at the Hubbard Memorial Library. 413-583-3408. 24 Center St, Ludlow, MA.  

STE(A)M/ PreK. 1pm. Pre-School STEAM Program. Learn how to inspire your kids to engineer, create, design, explore, and build at home. Becket Athenaeum. 413-623-5483. 3367 Main St, Becket, MA.  

PLAYGROUP. 3:30-4:30pm. For ages 0-5 at the Westhampton Public Library. Call to register: 413-345-6015. 1 N Rd, Westhampton, MA. 

HOLIDAY LIGHTS. 4-9pm. Holiday Lights Display at Look Memorial Park. 413-584-5457. 300 N Main St, Florence, MA.  

CULINARY ARTS. 5pm. Winter Solstice Family Celebration: Cooking Demonstration. In ancient times, families celebrated the shortest day of the year, knowing that the days would get a little bit longer each day, with fall harvest foods. In this cooking demo, learn how to make baked pear treats and share tips on selecting and opening pomegranates to celebrate this special time of year. Hosted by Big Y World Class Market (Virtual) 

HOLIDAY LIGHTS. 5-11pm. Bright Nights at Forest Park. 300 Sumner Avenue. Springfield, MA.  

THEATER STUDIES/ MUSICAL. 7-9pm. Irving Berlin’s White Christmas the Musical with the Berkshire Theatre Group at the Colonial Theatre. 111 South St, Pittsfield, MA. 

[RETURN TO TOP]

Self-Directed Learning: Christmas Icons

Many contemporary Christmas icons have commercial roots. From Coca-Cola’s Santa Claus to Aebersold & Bell’s Elf on a Shelf. This holiday season, examine the history behind the commercialization of Christmas, and then compare and contrast with icons and traditions based on different cultures and values. Begin with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, first appearing in a booklet published by the department store chain Montgomery Ward, compared with reindeer’s traditional heritage.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2021

PLAYGROUPS. Family Centers & Playgroups in Hilltowns & Pioneer Valley  

PLAYGROUPSSouth Berkshire County.  

PLAYGROUPSFamily Center & Playgroups in north Berkshire County.  

PLAYGROUP. 10-11am. For ages 0-5 at St. Philip’s Church Parish Hall. Call to register: 413-345-6015. 126 Main St., Easthampton, MA.  

NEW PARENT GROUP. 10:30am & 1pm. Beyond Birth groups meet weekly. New babies birth-6mos are at 1pm and older babies 6mos-1 yr are at 10:30am. Amherst, MA.  

LITERACY/ STORYTIME. 10am. Storytime with the Montague Center Library. (Virtual)  

LITERACY/ STORYTIME. 10:30am. Preschool Storytime at the Hubbard Memorial Library. 413-583-3408. 24 Center St, Ludlow, MA.  

LITERACY/ STORYTIME. Storytime at the Becket Athenaeum. 413-623-5483. 3367 Main St, Becket, MA. 

LITERACY/ STORYTIME. 10:30am. Storytime at the Westhampton Public Library. 413-527-5386. 1 N Rd, Westhampton, MA.  

PASTRY ARTS/ SUGAR COOKIES. 1-4pm. Intergenerational cookie decorating party at the library! All ingredients provided. Sunderland Public Library. 20 School Street, Sunderland, MA. 

PLAYGROUP. 3:30-4:30pm. For ages 0-5 at Goshen Town Hall. Call to register: 413-345-6015. 42 Main St., Goshen, MA.  

HOLIDAY LIGHTS. 4-9pm. Holiday Lights Display at Look Memorial Park. 413-584-5457. 300 N Main St, Florence, MA.  

HOLIDAY LIGHTS. 5-11pm. Bright Nights at Forest Park. 300 Sumner Avenue. Springfield, MA.  

ROLE-PLAYING GAMES/ TEENS. 5:30pm. Teen Dungeons and Dragons with the Westfield Athenaeum (Virtual) 

THEATER STUDIES/ MUSICAL. 7-9pm. Irving Berlin’s White Christmas the Musical with the Berkshire Theatre Group at the Colonial Theatre. 111 South St, Pittsfield, MA. 

[RETURN TO TOP]

Self-Directed Learning: Botany/Mistletoe

Mistletoe, often associated with Christmas and holiday traditions, can be a lens for learning mythology, history, botany, and ecology. Get curious about this parasitic plant and discover its origins in magic, fertility, and love.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2021

PLAYGROUPS. Family Centers & Playgroups in Hilltowns & Pioneer Valley  

PLAYGROUPS. Family Center & Playgroups in Franklin County  

PLAYGROUPSFamily Center & Playgroups in south Berkshire County  

PLAYGROUPSFamily Center & Playgroups in north Berkshire County  

NATURALIST SKILLS. 9am-12pm. Wildlife Tracking at Mount Greylock State Reservation. Traverse nearby woodlands, meadows, and streams. Best for ages 8+. 413-499-4262. Mount Greylock State Reservation, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, MA. 

PLAYGROUP. 10-11am. For ages 0-5 at St. Philip’s Church Parish Hall. Call to register: 413-345-6015. 126 Main St., Easthampton, MA.  

NEW PARENT GROUP. 10:30am & 1pm. Beyond Birth groups meet weekly in both Northampton (Thurs) and Amherst (Wed)! New babies birth-6 mos are at 1pm and older babies 6 mos to 1 year are at 10:30am. Northampton & Amherst, MA.  

MUSIC & MOVEMENT/ PreK. 10am. Music & Movement with the Montague Center Library. (Virtual)  

HOLIDAY STORYTIME. 10:30am. Listen to holiday stories, sing songs, and make your very own teddy bear! Each child will get to stuff their very own gingerbread man teddy bear. Best for ages 2-5. Registration required. Westfield Athenaeum. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street, Westfield, MA. 

ARTS & CRAFTS. 11am & 2pm. Crafts at Amelia Park Children’s Museum. 413-572-4014. 29 S Broad St, Westfield, MA.  

MUSIC STUDIES/ UKULELE. 1pm. Ukulele Sing Along at the Erving Public Library. 413-423-3348. 2 Care Dr, Erving, MA.  

LIVING HISTORY/ CHRISTMAS. 3-8pm. Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village. Historical interpreters will be working on classic Christmas projects. Live music and storytelling will be offered. Bonfire and horse-drawn rides await. And more! Much to learn and explore at Old Sturbridge Village. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd, Sturbridge, MA.  

THEATER STUDIES/ MUSICAL. 2-4pm. Irving Berlin’s White Christmas the Musical with the Berkshire Theatre Group at the Colonial Theatre. 111 South St, Pittsfield, MA.  

HOLIDAY LIGHTS. 4-9pm. Holiday Lights Display at Look Memorial Park. 413-584-5457. 300 N Main St, Florence, MA.  

HOLIDAY LIGHTS. 5-11pm. Bright Nights at Forest Park. 300 Sumner Avenue. Springfield, MA.  

THEATER STUDIES/ MUSICAL. 7-9pm. Irving Berlin’s White Christmas the Musical with the Berkshire Theatre Group at the Colonial Theatre. 111 South St, Pittsfield, MA.  P

ARENT GROUP. 8:30pm. Post Bedtime Parents Group with It Takes a Village (Virtual)

[RETURN TO TOP]

Self-Directed Learning: Geography/Polar Regions

If the North Pole is an ocean (Arctic Ocean) surrounded by land and the South Pole is a continent (Antarctica) surrounded by ocean, how could Santa call the North Pole home? Who else calls the North Pole home? Polar bears or penguins? With nearly 100% of Antarctica covered by ice a mile thick, why is it considered a desert? Is it colder at the North Pole or the South Pole? Why? ‘Tis the season we celebrate the folklore of the most famous resident of the North Pole, Santa Claus. Christmas is an excellent opportunity to get curious about the North and South Poles. Learn about geography, geology, meteorology, climate change, zoology, and much more through the lens of Earth’s polar regions.

[RETURN TO TOP]

Self-Directed Learning: Dance Studies/Ballet

How did the tradition of annual performances of The Nutcracker come to be? Learn about its rich history, supporting an interest in dance, classical music, and holiday traditions! Then take a behind-the-scenes look with a contemporary ballerina, New York City Ballet principal dancer Maria Kowroski, as she prepares for the leading role in The Nutcracker.

Weekly eNewsletter

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.

SubscribeAdvertising & Partnership OpportunitiesLearning Opportunitiesen Español


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, Hinsdale/Peru, Holyoke, Huntington, Leyden, Montgomery, Mt. Washington, New Salem, Northern Berkshire, Northfield, Palmer, Pelham, Plainfield, Rowe, Shelburne, Shutesbury, South Hadley, Southampton, Springfield, Tolland, Tyringham, Westhampton, Windsor, and Worthington Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

%d