Weekly Suggested Events for April 22-28, 2023

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The last week in April is a wonderful time to celebrate the arrival of spring with Earth Day events and opportunities to learn about nature. Discover the exciting possibilities that the upcoming week holds for you in Western MA!

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!

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COMMUNITY-BASED EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES & OPPORTUNTIES

FEATURED EVENT

The Power of Truths Arts & Education Festival envisions a world where arts & education are powerful in creating communities where justice and equity are the standards, not exceptions. It will build on last year’s event with even more thought-provoking performances, talks, and workshops on the intersections between arts & education as tools for empowerment, social justice, and equity. In the words of an educator attending last year’s event, “The energy was so welcoming and positive. People from all different backgrounds were there, and it was great to meet them and learn with each other. The music & food made it feel so communal and joyful; this was a nice balance to the gravity of the work we were doing together.” For more info: bombyx.live

FEATURED SUMMER CAMP

Come to Bement for summer camp in Deerfield! A variety of programs, from day camp to outdoor adventure with AdventureEast to musical theater to digital storytelling, and much more, is offered for students entering kindergarten through grade 8. Registration is open, and programs are filling quickly. Check out their website Bement.org/Summer for information about all their programs. Contact the summer program coordinator at summer@bement.org with any questions.  

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM

The Hilltown Youth Theatre Summer Workshop offers intensive leadership training in the arts for aspiring actors, artists, musicians, singers, and circus performers (flying trapeze, aerial fabrics, lyra, stilts & more!). Join Hilltown Youth faculty & guest artists Matthew Glassman, Seth Glier, Andrae Green, Scott Halligan, Arlie Hart, Laura Iveson, Larry Sampson, and other luminaries from the Valley’s social justice & performing arts communities under the stars to create this year’s outdoor, traveling spectacle, CORALINE. No experience is necessary. HS-aged participants can apply for the paid YouthCorps program. Sign up for a pre-workshop Recovery Intensive. (See Hilltown Youth Recovery Theatre.) Hilltown Youth are pay-what-you-can programs. Contact: 413-625-2100. hyrt@hilltownyouth.orghilltownyouth.org.

FEATURED EVENT

FEATURED MUSEUM SERIES
Amelia Park Children’s Museum
Westfield, MA

Free Spring Art Studio Series
for ages 4-8yo, starting May 4!

Does your child want to make art this spring? Sign them up for a free Spring Art Studio Series at Amelia Park Children’s Museum (APCM) in Westfield, designed to enrich the artistic talents and sensibilities of local 4 to 8-year-olds. Participants will create masterpieces in watercolor, acrylic, mixed media, and fiber arts for four Thursday afternoons in May! Each session will feature a local artist and APCM staff teaching a different medium. APCM Art Studio will offer all supplies for classes. This series will conclude on Thursday, June 1, with a student exhibition. Spaces are limited. Click here to register today!

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
HEROES Summer Youth Leadership
Easthampton, MA

June-July, 2023. Ages 13-24yo.

HEROES (Helping Everyone Receive Our Everyday Stories) is an award-winning youth leadership program for young people, ages 13-24, with lived experience in foster care, kinship care, adoption, or other lack of permanency (which can manifest from homelessness, immigration, etc.) with programming across Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin Counties. HEROES will host summer programming this summer, including community building, arts advocacy, leadership development, cultural field trips, and outdoor education- including our annual camping trip! They have programming all year long, so join them this summer to get a taste of HEROES! They can support transportation and have Spanish language capacity. Contact: 413-527-7966. heroes@treehousefoundation.netwww.treehousefoundation.net.

FEATURED MUSIC SCHOOL
Downtown Sounds Music School
Northampton, MA

June-August, 2023. All ages.

Downtown Sounds Music School provides music education for a wide variety of instruments. They offer in-person and online lessons seven days a week for guitar, piano, voice, bass, drums, percussion, ukulele, brass and woodwind instruments, mandolin, and more. Whether students are just starting, looking to expand their abilities, or learning to play a favorite song, their teachers are passionate about working with students of all ages to meet their musical goals! Contact: 413-586-0998. lessons@downtownsounds.com; downtownsounds.com.

FEATURED SUMMER CAMP
Becket Day Camp
Becket, MA

June 26-August 18, 2023. Ages 5-12yo.

Becket Day Camp YMCA is a full-day program for campers ages 5-12 looking for exciting activities in a rustic camp setting. Activities include – Swimming, Canoeing, Archery, Sports, Arts and Crafts, Outdoor Living Skills, Hiking, and More! Extended hours and bus transportation are included in the price.

Contact: 413-623-8991. hduval@bccymca.org. www.bccymca.org.

FEATURED SUMMER CAMP
Miss Leticia Music School Summer Camps
Amherst, MA

Miss Leticia Music School Summer Camps
July 10-28, 2023. Ages 6-17yo.

Miss Leticia Music Summer Camp offers three levels of instruction for three weeks in July. The theme for Week 1 (July 10-14) is Radio Hits: Beginner acoustic guitar, ukulele, and bass, intermediate and advanced rock band. The theme for Week 2 (July 17-21) is Rock Week, with the same groups as Week 1. And finally, the theme for Week 3 (July 24-28) is Songwriting for advanced students ages 11yo+, ending with the students recording the songs they have created in a professional studio. Weeks 1 & 2 occur M-F from 9am-3pm for ages 6-17yo. Week 3 takes place M-Th from 9am-3pm and Friday from 9am-6pm for ages 11yo+. Contact: 413-246-7338. missleticia@missleticia.com; www.missleticia.com.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Starlight’s Youth Theatre Summer Program
Sunderland, MA

Starlight's Youth Theatre's Summer Production
July 31-August 5, 2023. Ages 6-18.

Starlight’s Youth Theatre provides quality education and children’s youth theatre productions for grades 1-12 year-round. Join Starlight’s magic as they present the well-known family classic Beauty and the Beast Jr. with multiple roles from Belle to the Beast, from Lumiere to Cogsworth, and from dancing plates to a singing teapot. Young actors will surely have great fun as everyone comes together to tell the tale as old as time, Beauty and the Beast. Grades 1-4: 9-11:30am (Cost: $175). Grades 5-12: 1-5pm (Cost: $210). Classes will be held at Maple Ridge Community Center starting July 31. Shows are on August 5 at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst. Please sign up on their website and check out their past and future performances. Contact: 413-531-4235. www.starlights-youth-theatre.com; starlights.yt@gmail.com.

FEATURED DAYCARE/PRESCHOOL
Heron’s Nest: Farm & Forest Family Childcare
Deerfied, MA

Daycare & Preschool ♦ Ages 3-6yrs

Heron’s Nest is a nature-based home program for ages 3-6. A home garden’s inviting context helps teach the arts of loving interdependence, devotion to meaningful work, and admiration of our natural world. Animal care, gentle gardening, music, stories, and handcrafting are integral pillars of this program. Days are a flexible combination of structure & free play; Heron’s Nest believes that a child-led curriculum fosters willful learning & genuine curiosity. They are home to a herd of goats, a flock of ducks, and expansive gardens for work & play. As farmers & artists, their teachers Heron & Josie work to create a bright space full of song, plants, creatures, and liberated play for children to share. Heron’s Nest is licensed by the MA EEC. For more information: heronsnest.care@gmail.com. 508-733-7384. www.heronsnest.care.

The Common School, serving children ages 3-12, has selected elementary openings for the ‘23-24 school year. Come see how students are engaged in a transformative education that cultivates a love of learning, critical thinking, compassion for others, and a deep commitment to social justice and the environment. Book a campus tour today and visit www.commonschool.org.

FEATURED LOCAL BANK
UMassFive College Federal Credit Union
Western Massachusetts

Miss Leticia Music School Summer Camps

UMassFive College Federal Credit Union is a non-profit, community-driven, and people-focused financial cooperative with a core mission of bettering the financial lives of all who bank with them. Having grown since 1967 from roots in education at the University of Massachusetts, the Credit Union is proud to offer a full range of financial products with the convenience of comprehensive mobile and online technology. Their offerings include personal and business banking and lending with sustainable options, retirement planning, and investment services, financial coaching, fact-checked articles and tools for self-paced learning via the online knowledge center at umassfive.coop, and a full schedule of free virtual workshops open to the community.

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List of Weekly Suggested Events

SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2023

FEATURED MUSEUM
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

Amherst, MA

The Christian Robinson exhibition was organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas.

Head to The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art for April vacation week! Open Tuesday, April 18-Sunday, April 23, their galleries showcase an exhibition by award-winning artist Christian Robinson and a new exhibition, Eric Carle Loves Japan. Move your body with Yoga for Kids (April 15), and laugh with Happier Family Comedy (April 15). Enjoy a musical storytime with Hannah Moushabeck (April 16), or attend CactusHead Puppets’ performance of The Breman Town Musicians (April 22). Make art, enjoy films, and explore outside in Bobbie’s Meadow. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is at 125 W Bay Road in Amherst, MA. For more information on scheduled events, visit www.carlemuseum.org. (Image credit: ©2017 Christian Robinson.)

FEATURED EVENT
Earth Day Week Festival
Easthampton, MA

Summer at The Academy at Charlemont
April 19-23, 2023

Join World and Eye Arts for a full week of workshops, parade and performance around Earth Day. The Earth & Fire Arts Fest runs April 19-23, 2023, at CitySpace in Easthampton. Sign up for workshops run by professional artists, including visual arts, storytelling, and multi-disciplinary experiences about sustainability and our relationship with nature. Evening shows for teens and adults include exhibits, environmental groups and performances of storytelling, puppetry, dance, and music about care for the planet that sustains us. The weekend also includes a free giant puppet parade. For more info. visit www.worldandeye.com/earth-and-fire-arts-fest.html.

🌎 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY/ EARTH DAY. 8:30am-12pm. Earth Day Clean-Up – Abbey Brook Conservation Area. 1170 Carew Street. Springfield, MA.

FAMILY RADIO: 9-10am. Hilltown Family Variety Show. WXOJ 103.3FM Northampton, MA. (Radio)

🌎 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY/ EARTH DAY.  9am. Garden Days – Westhampton Public Library. 413-527-5386. 1 N Rd, Westhampton, MA.

🌎 EARTH DAY. 9am-2pm. Celebrate Earth Day – Tours, exhibitions, and family-friendly hands-on activities, including planting a native plant meadow, making a butterfly life cycle wheel, a wildlife scavenger hunt, and more! Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-267-9654. 30 Peck Rd, Wales, MA.

ART STUDIES. 9am-5pm. Mead Art Museum. 413-542-2335. 41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA.

🌎 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY/ EARTH DAY. 9:30am. Earth Day Trail Work – Hilltown Land Trust. Conwell Property. Route 112, Worthington MA. 

🌟 LIVING HISTORY. 9:30am-5pm. Village Earth Week – Old Sturbridge Village. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd, Sturbridge, MA.

NEW ENGLAND HISTORY. 9:30am-4:30pm. Historic Deerfield. 413-774-5581. 84 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA.

🌎 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY. 10am. Trail Cleanup Day Sanderson – Join Ashfield Trails at Sanderson Academy. 808 Cape St. Ashfield, MA.

🌎 EARTH DAY/ LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION. 10am. Screening of Dr. Suess’ The Lorax  – Greenfield Garden Cinema. 413-773-9260. 361 Main St. Greenfield, MA.

🌎 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY/ EARTH DAY. 10am-12pm. DCR Park Serve Day at Great Falls Discovery Center – Great Falls Discovery Center. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA.

🌎 EARTH DAY/ SUSTAINABILITY. 10am-4pm. The Sustainability Festival in Amherst has been going strong for eleven years now. It’s incredible to see such a diverse range of vendors lined up for this event, offering renewable energy solutions, energy-efficient products, sustainable crafts, and more. There’s truly something for everyone to explore and discover! Enjoy an exciting day filled with family fun, education, and entertainment while celebrating Earth Day! Town Common. Amherst, MA.

CREATIVE FREE-PLAY/ INTERACTIVE MUSEUM. 10am-4pm. The Children’s Museum at Holyoke. 413-536-7048. 444 Dwight St, Holyoke, MA.

MUSEUM ADVENTURES. 10am-4pm. Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum –  Ventfort Hall is an imposing Jacobean Revival-style mansion built in 1893 for Sarah Morgan, the sister of J. P. Morgan. It was one of the approximately seventy-five so-called “Cottages” built in Lenox in the late 19th century when the village became a popular Gilded Age resort. The museum can support interests in history and architecture, photography, film, art, and botany. Photography and film students can test their skills in the house, finding interesting areas to photograph. Art students are welcome to find a spot they enjoy and sketch, paint, and/or interpret the site as it fits their interests and studies. History classes may compare and contrast the architectural elements of Ventfort Hall with observations in their community. Botany students can investigate and identify trees and plants on the property that are of the era. And much more! Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA.

NATURAL HISTORY/MUSEUM ADVENTURES: 10am-5pm. Beneski Museum of Natural History. 413-542-2165. Amherst College. 11 Barrett Hill Dr, Amherst, MA.

MUSEUMS ADVENTURES. 10am-5pm. Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA.

ART STUDIES/ MUSEUM ADVENTURES. 10am-5pm. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 413-559-6300. 125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA.

ART STUDIES/ MUSEUM ADVENTURES. 10am-6pm. The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) – One of the world’s liveliest centers for making and enjoying today’s most evocative art. With vast galleries and a stunning collection of indoor and outdoor performing arts venues, MASS MoCA embraces all forms of art: music, sculpture, dance, film, painting, photography, theater, and new, boundary-crossing works of art that defy easy classification. MASS MoCA offers various participatory learning opportunities, including hands-on art-making classes and docent-guided tours. A must-visit for families is Kidspace, a child-centered art gallery and hands-on studio that offers in-depth art education. Visit the ArtBar, a hands-on studio space in Kidspace, to make art or take a project home with you. MASS MoCA. 413-662-2111.1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, MA.

🌟 PUPPETRY/ FOLKTALES. 11am. CactusHead Puppets Presents: The Bremen Town Musicians – The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 413-559-6300. 125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA.

🌟 ANCESTRAL SKILLS. 11am. Call of the Wild Outdoor Skills for Youth 8+ – Montague Center Library. 413-367-2852. 17 Center Street, Montague, MA.

🌟 ANIMAL STUDIES. 11am-4pm. Baby Animals Festival – Hancock Shaker Village. 413-443-0188. 1843 W Housatonic St, Pittsfield, MA.

ART STUDIES. 11am-4pm. Smith College Museum of Art. 413-585-2760. 20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace. Northampton, MA. 🌟 PLAYGROUP. 11:30am. Bouncing Babies – Music class for caregivers with littles birth-2yo. North Adams Public Library. 413-662-3133. 74 Church St, North Adams, MA.

🌟 LIVING PRESENCE. 1pm. Indigenous Voices of the Berkshires, Wampanoag Elder Mother Bear – Cummington Village Church. 413-634-5508. 32 Main St. Cummington, MA.

🌟 NATURALIST SKILLS/ JOURNALING. 1pm. Create a Nature Journal – Griswold Memorial Library. 413-624-3619. 12 Main Rd. Colrain, MA.🌟 TOY HISTORY. 2-4pm. Retro Play for Ages 12-18 – Berkshire Athenaeum. 1 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield, MA.

ART STUDIES/ MUSEUM ADVENTURES. 1-5pm. Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. 413-538-2245. 50 College Street, South Hadley, MA.

🌟 PERFORMANCE ART. 3:30-5:30pm. Art Inspiring Art Workshop – Lee Library. 413-243-0385. 100 Main St. Lee, MA.

🎳 SPORTS/ BOWLING. 4-11pm. Vintage Candlepin Bowling & Bar – Bowling is a fun way to practice math skills and statistics while observing physics concepts, such as friction, torque, velocity, and gravity. Shelburne Falls Bowling Alley. 413-625-6179. 43 Bridge Street. Shelburne Falls, MA.

🌟 WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY/ LECTURE. 7:30pm. Photographer Amos Nachoum – Academy of Music Theatre. 413-584-9032. 274 Main St., Northampton, MA.

MORE EVENTS: Discover more events on Hilltown Families’ Facebook page.

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Self-Directed Learning: Earth Day

Each year, Earth Day takes place on April 22nd. Known as the birth of the modern environmental movement, Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 and continues demonstrating support for environmental protection. Western Massachusetts is home to many secular celebrations and festivals that honor the commitment to sustainable and resilient living, giving the community many ways to engage on Earth Day through service-based learning opportunities, eco-workshops, and local gatherings. Check our list of Weekly Suggested Events for upcoming events that support sustainable living and connection to place, and visit TED-Ed Earth School for online learning opportunities.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 2023

FEATURED MUSEUM
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

Amherst, MA

The Christian Robinson exhibition was organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas.

Head to The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art for April vacation week! Open Tuesday, April 18-Sunday, April 23, their galleries showcase an exhibition by award-winning artist Christian Robinson and a new exhibition, Eric Carle Loves Japan. Move your body with Yoga for Kids (April 15), and laugh with Happier Family Comedy (April 15). Enjoy a musical storytime with Hannah Moushabeck (April 16), or attend CactusHead Puppets’ performance of The Breman Town Musicians (April 22). Make art, enjoy films, and explore outside in Bobbie’s Meadow. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is at 125 W Bay Road in Amherst, MA. For more information on scheduled events, visit www.carlemuseum.org. (Image credit: ©2017 Christian Robinson.)

FEATURED EVENT
Earth Day Week Festival
Easthampton, MA

Summer at The Academy at Charlemont
April 19-23, 2023

Join World and Eye Arts for a full week of workshops, parade and performance around Earth Day. The Earth & Fire Arts Fest runs April 19-23, 2023, at CitySpace in Easthampton. Sign up for workshops run by professional artists, including visual arts, storytelling, and multi-disciplinary experiences about sustainability and our relationship with nature. Evening shows for teens and adults include exhibits, environmental groups and performances of storytelling, puppetry, dance, and music about care for the planet that sustains us. The weekend also includes a free giant puppet parade. For more info. visit www.worldandeye.com/earth-and-fire-arts-fest.html.

FEATURED FUNDRAISING EVENT
Runway 5K to benefit Treehouse Foundation
Northampton, MA

Roots Summer Camp
At the Northampton Airport. April 23, 2023.

Be part of families helping families! Runway 5K, a race and family fun run-walk, happens Sunday, April 23, at the Northampton Airport to support the work of Treehouse Foundation. All proceeds from this fundraiser support Treehouse Foundation and their intergenerational community in Easthampton, where they invest in three generations: kids who have experienced foster care, foster/adoptive families, and older adults in a vibrant community.

Space is limited, so register soon at www.PledgeReg.com/Runway-5K

More info about Treehouse Foundation at www.treehousefoundation.net.

FAMILY RADIO: 7-8am. Hilltown Family Variety Show. WXOJ 103.3FM Northampton, MA. (Radio)

ART STUDIES. 9am-5pm. Mead Art Museum. 413-542-2335. 41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA.

NEW ENGLAND HISTORY. 9:30am-4:30pm. Historic Deerfield. 413-774-5581. 84 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA.

🌟 LIVING HISTORY. 9:30am-5pm. Village Earth Week – Old Sturbridge Village. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd, Sturbridge, MA.

JEWISH CULTURE/ HISTORY. 10am-4pm. Yiddish Book Center. 413-256-4900. 1021 West Street. Amherst, MA.

MUSEUM ADVENTURES. 10am-4pm. Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA.

ENTOMOLOGY/ BUTTERFLIES. 10am-4:30pm. Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory – An 8000 square-foot tropical conservatory with nearly 4000 free-flying tropical and native butterflies from all over the world. Learn about butterflies along with exotic reptiles, frogs, fish, birds, and insects! Ask about their guided tours. Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory. 413-665-2805. 281 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA.

NATURAL HISTORY/MUSEUM ADVENTURES: 10am-5pm. Beneski Museum of Natural History. 413-542-2165. Amherst College. 11 Barrett Hill Dr, Amherst, MA.

ART STUDIES/ MUSEUM ADVENTURES. 10am-6pm. The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) – Visit the ArtBar, a hands-on studio space in Kidspace, to make art or take a project home with you. MASS MoCA. 413-662-2111.1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, MA.

🌟 ANIMAL STUDIES. 11am-4pm. Baby Animals Festival – Hancock Shaker Village. 413-443-0188. 1843 W Housatonic St, Pittsfield, MA.

ART STUDIES. 11am-4pm. Smith College Museum of Art. 413-585-2760. 20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace. Northampton, MA.

MUSEUMS ADVENTURES. 11am-5pm. Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA.

CREATIVE FREE-PLAY/ INTERACTIVE MUSEUM. 12-4pm.  The Children’s Museum – Dedicated to enhancing children’s educational and cultural awareness through the arts, sciences, and the world around them. The Museum’s participatory exhibits and educational programming invite children and adults to interact and enjoy learning and self-discovery while at play. Young children almost always want to start on the Curvy Climber. And then, throughout the Museum, there are several other activities that older children might spend more time with, including the Legos Table, The Magna Tile Table, Maxi Rollways, and the Imagination Playground. There is also a state-of-the-art World of Motion room that stimulates children and adults’ curious minds. This room is STEM-based and encourages learning and play. Discover more at The Children’s Museum at Holyoke. 413-536-7048. 444 Dwight St, Holyoke, MA.

ART STUDIES/ MUSEUM ADVENTURES. 12-5pm. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art – A museum devoted to the art of picture books, especially children’s books. The Carle’s picture-book exhibitions showcase various artists, themes, and styles. Their three galleries host six original shows a year, so there is always something new! In addition to exploring art in the galleries, drop into the art studio to experience the creative joy of making art; explore new picture books, and rediscover old ones in their library. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 413-559-6300. 125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA.

ART STUDIES/ MUSEUM ADVENTURES. 1-5pm. Mount Holyoke College Art Museum – Located on the Mount Holyoke College campus, this Museum is one of the oldest teaching museums in the country, dedicated to providing firsthand experience with works of significant aesthetic and cultural value. The Museum offers pre- and post-visit educational materials designed for kids of all ages to maximize their learning potential while exploring the galleries and connecting art with their personal experiences, including walking and activity guides and educator resources. Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. 413-538-2245. 50 College Street, South Hadley, MA.

ART STUDIES/ GALLERY. 2-5pm. Hampshire College Art Gallery – The Hampshire College Art Gallery is a dynamic space for contemporary art and collections-based exhibitions, uniting innovative curatorial approaches with a focus on teaching and learning. Families can visit the gallery to check out traditional exhibitions, along with more interactive programs. Many objects in their small, eclectic permanent collection were donated when founders first built the college, so there are among them some quintessentially “’60s” artworks, alongside fine art photography. The gallery is located in the Harold F. Johnson Library Building, Ground Floor, on the campus of Hampshire College. 893 West Street. Amherst, MA.

🌟 MUSIC STUDIES. 3:30pmCodemakers: Vijay Iyer, Hyeyung Sol Yoon, and Texu Kim – UMass Bowker Auditorium (Stockbridge Hall). 413-545-0111. 100 Holdsworth Way, Amherst, MA.

🎳 SPORTS/ BOWLING. 4-8pm. Vintage Candlepin Bowling & Bar – Bowling is a fun way to practice math skills and statistics while observing physics concepts, such as friction, torque, velocity, and gravity. Shelburne Falls Bowling Alley. 413-625-6179. 43 Bridge Street. Shelburne Falls, MA.

🌟 ECOLOGY/ ENTOMOLOGY. 7pm. Native Plants as Insect Habitat with Charley Eiseman – Wendell Free Library. 978-544-3559. 7 Wendell Depot Rd, Wendell, MA.

MORE EVENTS: Discover more events on Hilltown Families’ Facebook page.

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Self-Directed Learning: National Library Week

Local libraries! An essential third space that supports community-based education through collaborative consumption, libraries offer much more than just books and A/V materials. Free community classes, PreK story hours & playgroups, spaces for gatherings, lending libraries of things, galleries, tech support, research assistance, and the list goes on! We’re a BIG fan here at Hilltown Families! Get familiar with your local libraries during National Library Week (April 23-29, 2023. Begin by learning about the history of the library and the amazing services and collections libraries can offer, then stop into your local library and get curious about the resources and learning opportunities just waiting to be discovered! Do you love your local libraries too? Please show them your support! Ask your local librarian how you can support these local treasures through direct action (i.e., volunteering, letters to your legislator, etc.).

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MONDAY, APRIL 24, 2023

PLAYGROUP. Northampton Parents Center.

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PLAYGROUP. 8:30-11am. Hilltown Family Center Infant & Toddler Play Group – Starting with Infant Playgroup at 8:30am and families with children 9mo-5yo joining at 9:45am. Families are welcome to eat breakfast at 8:30am for a nominal cost. Takes place at R.H. Conwell Elementary School. 413-667-2203 x311. 147 Huntington Rd, Worthington, MA.[all] BOTANY. 9am-4pm. There is much to see at the Smith College Botanic Garden. You can spend many hours exploring the Lyman Plant House exhibitions, the Lyman Conservatory plant collections, the Campus Arboretum, and Campus Gardens. The Botanic Garden of Smith College. 413-585-2740. 16 College Lane. Northampton MA.

JEWISH CULTURE/ HISTORY. 10am-4pm. Yiddish Book Center – Learning about Jewish culture and history often leads parents and children to conversations about their family’s history, culture, and traditions. Part of The Center’s mission is to offer engaging learning opportunities for curious visitors of all ages who come to the expansive, sunny museum designed to resemble a shtetl (Eastern European Jewish small town), which sits in an apple orchard adjacent to the Hampshire College campus. Visitors don’t need to be able to read or speak Yiddish to enjoy the Center—although, by the visit’s end, they’ll realize they probably knew more Yiddish words than they thought (noshschmooze, and shlep are all Yiddish words commonly used in English), and leave knowing even more. Yiddish Book Center. 413-256-4900. 1021 West Street. Amherst, MA.

MUSEUM ADVENTURES. 10am-4pm. Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum –  Ventfort Hall is an imposing Jacobean Revival-style mansion built in 1893 for Sarah Morgan, the sister of J. P. Morgan. It was one of the approximately seventy-five so-called “Cottages” built in Lenox in the late 19th century when the village became a popular Gilded Age resort. The museum can support interests in history and architecture, photography, film, art, and botany. Photography and film students can test their skills in the house, finding interesting areas to photograph. Art students are welcome to find a spot they enjoy and sketch, paint, and/or interpret the site as it fits their interests and studies. History classes may compare and contrast the architectural elements of Ventfort Hall with observations in their community. Botany students can investigate and identify trees and plants on the property that are of the era. And much more! Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA.

ART STUDIES/ MUSEUM ADVENTURES. 10am-6pm. The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) – One of the world’s liveliest centers for making and enjoying today’s most evocative art. With vast galleries and a stunning collection of indoor and outdoor performing arts venues, MASS MoCA embraces all forms of art: music, sculpture, dance, film, painting, photography, theater, and new, boundary-crossing works of art that defy easy classification. MASS MoCA offers various participatory learning opportunities, including hands-on art-making classes and docent-guided tours. A must-visit for families is Kidspace, a child-centered art gallery and hands-on studio that offers in-depth art education. Visit the ArtBar, a hands-on studio space in Kidspace, to make art or take a project home with you. MASS MoCA. 413-662-2111.1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, MA.

ART STUDIES/ GALLERY. 10:30am-4:30pm. Hampshire College Art Gallery – The Hampshire College Art Gallery is a dynamic space for contemporary art and collections-based exhibitions, uniting innovative curatorial approaches with a focus on teaching and learning. Families can visit the gallery to check out traditional exhibitions, along with more interactive programs. Many objects in their small, eclectic permanent collection were donated when founders first built the college, so there are among them some quintessentially “’60s” artworks, alongside fine art photography. The gallery is located in the Harold F. Johnson Library Building, Ground Floor, on the campus of Hampshire College. 893 West Street. Amherst, MA.

MAKERSPACE. 2-4:30pm. Makerspace Collaboratory Drop-In – The East Forest Park Branch Makerspace is a place you can visit for free to use their selection of equipment to create, craft, tinker, and experiment! From traditional crafts to digital tinkering. The East Forest Park Makerspace is your place to create, invent, and learn. Each week there is a drop-in project or two based on a theme. All ages. East Forest Park Branch. 413-263-6836. 136 Surrey Road. Springfield, MA. 

🌟 GRAPHIC NOVELS/ TEENS. 3:15pm. Sr. Graphic Novel Book Club – Meekins Library. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams St, Williamsburg, MA.

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Self-Directed Learning: Financial Literacy

Money-saving is a form of delayed gratification, the ability to resist an immediate reward in favor of a later reward. Often, and especially in the case of money-saving, the later reward is also a greater one. Money-saving requires planning ahead, envisioning a goal, and exerting self-restraint. These skills benefit young children just as they benefit adults. For example, talking to your children about saving up for college or trade school can get them thinking realistically about their long-term goals and future planning. Learn more with videos from Two Cents.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2023

PLAYGROUPS. Family Centers & Playgroups in Hilltowns & Pioneer Valley

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BOTANY. 9am-4pm. The Botanic Garden of Smith College. 413-585-2740. 16 College Lane. Northampton MA.

CREATIVE FREE-PLAY/ INTERACTIVE MUSEUM. 9am-4pm. The Children’s Museum at Holyoke. 413-536-7048. 444 Dwight St, Holyoke, MA.

ART STUDIES. 9am-5pm. Mead Art Museum. 413-542-2335. 41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA.

PLAYGROUP. 9:30-11:30am. School-readiness program for ages 3-4yo + caregiver. Engagement with young children is modeled through songs, books, circle time, literacy activities, StoryWalks, crafts, STEM activities, free play, cooperative games, take-home activities, and outdoor play. Hilltown Family Center. 9 Russell Road. Huntington, MA.

MUSEUM ADVENTURES. 10am-3pm. Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA.

NATURAL HISTORY/MUSEUM ADVENTURES: 10am-4pm. Beneski Museum of Natural History. 413-542-2165. Amherst College. 11 Barrett Hill Dr, Amherst, MA.

JEWISH CULTURE/ HISTORY. 10am-4pm. Yiddish Book Center – Learning about Jewish culture and history often leads parents and children to conversations about their family’s history, culture, and traditions. Part of The Center’s mission is to offer engaging learning opportunities for curious visitors of all ages who come to the expansive, sunny museum designed to resemble a shtetl (Eastern European Jewish small town), which sits in an apple orchard adjacent to the Hampshire College campus. Visitors don’t need to be able to read or speak Yiddish to enjoy the Center—although, by the visit’s end, they’ll realize they probably knew more Yiddish words than they thought (noshschmooze, and shlep are all Yiddish words commonly used in English), and leave knowing even more. Yiddish Book Center. 413-256-4900. 1021 West Street. Amherst, MA.

ENTOMOLOGY/ BUTTERFLIES. 10am-4:30pm Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory. 413-665-2805. 281 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA.

MUSEUMS ADVENTURES. 10am-5pm. Springfield Museums – The Springfield Museums uses art, history, science, and Dr. Seuss to explore our shared connections and unique perspectives to promote engagement, literacy, and learning. Located in the heart of downtown Springfield, the Springfield Museums offer access to five world-class museums, including the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum and the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, all under a single admission. The museums are community-based educational resources that can support interests and education in art studies, natural history, STEM, astronomy, zoology, geology, paleontology, ecology, history, and, of course, Dr. Seuss. Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA.

LITERACY/ STORYTIME. 10:30am. Story Time – All ages and abilities are welcome! Drop in for a relaxed story hour, listen to books, play, make a seasonal craft, and chat with other grown-ups. Tilton Library. 413-665-4683. 75 North Main Street. South Deerfield, MA.

ART STUDIES. 11am-4pm. Smith College Museum of Art. 413-585-2760. 20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace. Northampton, MA.

ART STUDIES/ MUSEUM ADVENTURES. 11am-5pm. Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. 413-538-2245. 50 College Street, South Hadley, MA.

MAKERSPACE. 2-4:30pm. Makerspace Collaboratory Drop-In – The East Forest Park Branch Makerspace is a place you can visit for free to use their selection of equipment to create, craft, tinker, and experiment! From traditional crafts to digital tinkering. The East Forest Park Makerspace is your place to create, invent, and learn. Each week there is a drop-in project or two based on a theme. All ages. East Forest Park Branch. 413-263-6836. 136 Surrey Road. Springfield, MA. 

🌟 MUSIC STUDIES/ SOCIAL ACTIVISM. 6:30pm. The Power of The Protest Song: Our Shared History & Present Day – Jones Library. 413-259-3223. 43 Amity St, Amherst, MA.

🌟 ASTROBIOLOGY/ FILM STUDIES. 7pm Science on Screen: The Martian – Amherst Cinema. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity St, Amherst, MA. 

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Self-Directed Learning: Organic Gardening

It’s easy to attract pollinators to your backyard or garden, even if you’re not a beekeeper. By implementing strategic gardening practices, we can contribute to the recovery of the honeybee and native pollinator populations. Your garden has the potential to become a beautiful haven for beneficial insects that will help your plants thrive! Having the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Massachusetts  (NOFA MASS) as a local resource to support and encourage home gardeners is fantastic! It’s great to see how they serve a diverse range of people, from homesteaders growing their food to urban foodies creating flower boxes on their windowsills. You can explore a variety of exciting organic gardening workshops across the state by visiting NOFA MASS online. These workshops are specifically designed to help you enhance your organic gardening practices and achieve great results. By supporting a community-based educational resource like NOFA MASS, you are taking a positive step towards improving your learning experience at home! An organic home garden is not just a food source but can also serve as a fun learning lab, fostering curiosity in ecology, botany, and entomology. What an excellent opportunity to learn and grow this spring by letting your garden guide you! You’ll be amazed at how many pollinators you can spot in your garden while observing their fascinating pollination techniques!

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2023

PLAYGROUPS. Family Centers & Playgroups in Hilltowns & Pioneer Valley

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🌟 ORNITHOLOGY/ NATURALIS SKILLS. 8am. Parking Lot Birding – Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Rd, Easthampton, MA.

BOTANY. 9am-4pm. The Botanic Garden of Smith College. 413-585-2740. 16 College Lane. Northampton MA.

CREATIVE FREE-PLAY/ INTERACTIVE MUSEUM. 9am-4pm.  The Children’s Museum at Holyoke. 413-536-7048. 444 Dwight St, Holyoke, MA.

ART STUDIES. 9am-5pm. Mead Art Museum – Search for secret doors in a seventeenth-century paneled room. Puzzle over a cuneiform inscription that praises a powerful Assyrian king. Marvel at a hanging sculpture spinning in a still gallery. Visitors to the Mead Art Museum do so much more than see objects—at the Mead, art is experienced, investigated, and explored. The Mead offers a world of resources for connecting art across countless cultures, mediums, and eras, set on Amherst College’s beautiful main quadrangle and flanked by a fascinating, stand-alone stone steeple. Mead Art Museum. 413-542-2335. 41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA.

NEW ENGLAND HISTORY. 9:30am-4:30pm. Historic Deerfield – Founded in 1952, Historic Deerfield is an outdoor museum that interprets the history and culture of early New England and the Connecticut River Valley. Visitors can tour twelve carefully-preserved antique houses dating from 1730 to 1850 and explore world-class collections of regional furniture, silver, textiles, and other decorative arts on display in the authentic period houses; as well as the Flynt Center of Early New England Life, a state-of-the-art museum facility featuring exhibitions and a visible storage area. Support interests in history through the lens of architecture, New England antiques, arts and crafts needlework, ironware and basketry, cooking and baking, gardening, textiles, fashion, furniture, and much more! Historic Deerfield. 413-774-5581. 84 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA.

MUSEUM ADVENTURES. 10am-4pm. Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum –  Ventfort Hall is an imposing Jacobean Revival-style mansion built in 1893 for Sarah Morgan, the sister of J. P. Morgan. It was one of the approximately seventy-five so-called “Cottages” built in Lenox in the late 19th century when the village became a popular Gilded Age resort. The museum can support interests in history and architecture, photography, film, art, and botany. Photography and film students can test their skills in the house, finding interesting areas to photograph. Art students are welcome to find a spot they enjoy and sketch, paint, and/or interpret the site as it fits their interests and studies. History classes may compare and contrast the architectural elements of Ventfort Hall with observations in their community. Botany students can investigate and identify trees and plants on the property that are of the era. And much more! Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA.

ART STUDIES/ MUSEUM ADVENTURES. 10am-4pm. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 413-559-6300. 125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA.

JEWISH CULTURE/ HISTORY. 10am-4pm. Yiddish Book Center. 413-256-4900. 1021 West Street. Amherst, MA.

NATURAL HISTORY/MUSEUM ADVENTURES: 10am-4pm. The Beneski Museum of Natural History – One of New England’s largest natural history museums, featuring three floors of exhibits with more than 1,700 specimens on display. Step inside the museum, and you’ll find: Dramatic displays of fossil skeletons, from fish to dinosaurs to Ice Age megafauna, an extraordinary collection of local dinosaur footprints, geological specimens and immersive exhibits that tell the history of the local landscape through geologic time, including when dinosaurs inhabited the area, and dazzling mineral specimens from around the world and meteorites from beyond Earth. Beneski Museum of Natural History. 413-542-2165. Amherst College. 11 Barrett Hill Dr, Amherst, MA.

ENTOMOLOGY/ BUTTERFLIES. 10am-4:30pm. Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory. 413-665-2805. 281 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA.

MUSEUMS ADVENTURES. 10am-5pm. Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA.

ART STUDIES/ MUSEUM ADVENTURES. 10am-6pm. The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) – Visit the ArtBar, a hands-on studio space in Kidspace, to make art or take a project home with you. MASS MoCA. 413-662-2111.1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, 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. 10:30am. Storytime – Westhampton Public Library. 413-527-5386. 1 N Rd, Westhampton, MA.

ART STUDIES. 11am-4pm. Smith College Museum of Art (SCMA) – SCMA is recognized as a leading academic museum. Their collection comprises 27,000+ objects, representing the diversity of art and material culture across periods and geographies. Visitors can discover artworks from across periods and geographies in their permanent collection galleries and temporary exhibitions, engaging people with first-hand experiences of art, artists, and museum practice. The museum’s collection ranges from ancient Greek vases to contemporary video art. The works in their permanent collection galleries are regularly rotated, so there’s something new to see each time you visit. Special exhibitions highlight a dynamic range of artworks and artists. Smith College Museum of Art. 413-585-2760. 20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace. Northampton, MA.

ART STUDIES/ MUSEUM ADVENTURES. 11am-5pm. Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. 413-538-2245. 50 College Street, South Hadley, MA.

🌟 LANGUAGE ARTS/ ZINES. 2:45pm. Teen Zine Workshop – Berkshire Athenaeum. 1 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield, MA.

🌟 CIRCUS ARTS. 7pm. “One Man’s Trash: A Repurposed Circus” with opener “New England Center for Circus Arts Youth Troupe” – Academy of Music Theatre. 413-584-9032. 274 Main St., Northampton, MA.

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Self-Directed Learning: Language Art/Shakespeare

William Shakespeare‘s birth on April 26, 1564, marked the beginning of a legacy that has lasted for hundreds of years. His enduring popularity may be attributed to his mastery of the English language and the timeless themes he explored in his plays and poetry. Shakespeare’s impressive use of words showcases his immense creativity. He creatively combined short, familiar words into compound words and skillfully transformed verbs into nouns and vice versa, creating hundreds of words that are still used every day! Shakespeare’s plays offer an excellent opportunity to delve into relatable concepts through reading, performing, and experiencing his words. Plays are incredibly versatile, and Shakespeare’s works have been brought to life in countless ways through performances on stage and in film. Families can celebrate Shakespeare’s lasting impact by screening the 2011 film Gnomeo and Juliet (Rated G), the 2010 adaptation of The Tempest (Rated PG-13), and the 2012 film Much Ado About Nothing (Rated PG-13).

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THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2023

PLAYGROUPS. Family Centers & Playgroups in Hilltowns & Pioneer Valley

PLAYGROUP. Northampton Parents Center  

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BOTANY. 9am-4pm. There is much to see at the Smith College Botanic Garden. You can spend many hours exploring the Lyman Plant House exhibitions, the Lyman Conservatory plant collections, the Campus Arboretum, and Campus Gardens. The Botanic Garden of Smith College. 413-585-2740. 16 College Lane. Northampton MA.

CREATIVE FREE-PLAY/ INTERACTIVE MUSEUM. 9am-4pm.  The Children’s Museum at Holyoke. 413-536-7048. 444 Dwight St, Holyoke, MA.

ART STUDIES. 9am-10pm. Mead Art Museum. 413-542-2335. 41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA.

NEW ENGLAND HISTORY. 9:30am-4:30pm. Historic Deerfield. 413-774-5581. 84 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA.

MUSEUM ADVENTURES. 10am-4pm. Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA.

JEWISH CULTURE/ HISTORY. 10am-4pm. Yiddish Book Center. 413-256-4900. 1021 West Street. Amherst, MA.

NATURAL HISTORY/MUSEUM ADVENTURES: 10am-4pm. Beneski Museum of Natural History. 413-542-2165. Amherst College. 11 Barrett Hill Dr, Amherst, MA.

ART STUDIES/ MUSEUM ADVENTURES. 10am-4pm.The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 413-559-6300. 125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA.

ENTOMOLOGY/ BUTTERFLIES. 10am-4:30pm. Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory. 413-665-2805. 281 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA.

MUSEUMS ADVENTURES. 10am-5pm. Springfield Museums – The Springfield Museums uses art, history, science, and Dr. Seuss to explore our shared connections and unique perspectives to promote engagement, literacy, and learning. Located in the heart of downtown Springfield, the Springfield Museums offer access to five world-class museums, including the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum and the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, all under a single admission. The museums are community-based educational resources that can support interests and education in art studies, natural history, STEM, astronomy, zoology, geology, paleontology, ecology, history, and, of course, Dr. Seuss. Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA.

ART STUDIES/ MUSEUM ADVENTURES. 10am-6pm. The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) – Visit the ArtBar, a hands-on studio space in Kidspace, to make art or take a project home with you. MASS MoCA. 413-662-2111.1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, 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.  

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

ART STUDIES. 11am-4pm. Smith College Museum of Art. 413-585-2760. 20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace. Northampton, MA.

ART STUDIES/ MUSEUM ADVENTURES. 11am-5pm. Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. 413-538-2245. 50 College Street, South Hadley, MA.

🌟 INTERGENERATIONAL/ GAMES. 6pm. Bring Your Own Board Game – Gaylord Memorial Library. 413-538-5047. 47 College Street. South Hadley, MA.

🌟 INTERGENERATIONAL/ GAMES. 6-8pm. Game Night – Becket Athenaeum. 413-623-5483. 3367 Main St, Becket, MA.

ROLLER SKATING. 7-9:30pm. Interskate 91. 413-586-8344. 367 Russell Street, Hampshire Mall, Hadley, MA.

🌟 ART HISTORY. 10:30pm. An Examination of American Art: 1900 to 1950 – Hosted by Forbes Library. (Virtual)

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Self-Directed Learning: Turtles

Unbeknownst to most of us, the bogs of the Berkshires are the perfect habitat for a very precious and endangered species, the Bog Turtle! One of ten species of turtles found in Massachusetts, we can find the ideal habitat for this rare tiny turtle in the naturally alkaline wet patches of field and meadow across the westernmost portion of our region. Families can learn more about the Bog Turtle and other species of Testudines by engaging in community-based opportunities for hands-on learning about habitat conservation and species preservation. Learn how to help protect local turtle species, which is especially important in the spring as females travel across roads to lay their eggs.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2023

PLAYGROUPS. Family Centers & Playgroups in Hilltowns & Pioneer Valley 

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BOTANY. 9am-4pm. The Botanic Garden of Smith College. 413-585-2740. 16 College Lane. Northampton MA.

CREATIVE FREE-PLAY/ INTERACTIVE MUSEUM. 9am-4pm.  The Children’s Museum – Dedicated to enhancing children’s educational and cultural awareness through the arts, sciences, and the world around them. The Museum’s participatory exhibits and educational programming invite children and adults to interact and enjoy learning and self-discovery while at play. Young children almost always want to start on the Curvy Climber. And then, throughout the Museum, there are several other activities that older children might spend more time with, including the Legos Table, The Magna Tile Table, Maxi Rollways, and the Imagination Playground. There is also a state-of-the-art World of Motion room that stimulates children and adults’ curious minds. This room is STEM-based and encourages learning and play. Discover more at The Children’s Museum at Holyoke. 413-536-7048. 444 Dwight St, Holyoke, MA.

ART STUDIES. 9am-5pm. Mead Art Museum. 413-542-2335. 41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA.

NEW ENGLAND HISTORY. 9:30am-4:30pm. Historic Deerfield. 413-774-5581. 84 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA.

PARENTING SUPPORT GROUP. 10am. New Baby, New Feelings – A free, safe, confidential drop in support group for mothers with infants. Community Action Family Center. 413-475-1555. 90 Federal Street. Greenfield, MA.

MUSEUM ADVENTURES. 10am-4pm. Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA.

JEWISH CULTURE/ HISTORY. 10am-4pm. Yiddish Book Center – Learning about Jewish culture and history often leads parents and children to conversations about their family’s history, culture, and traditions. Part of The Center’s mission is to offer engaging learning opportunities for curious visitors of all ages who come to the expansive, sunny museum designed to resemble a shtetl (Eastern European Jewish small town), which sits in an apple orchard adjacent to the Hampshire College campus. Visitors don’t need to be able to read or speak Yiddish to enjoy the Center—although, by the visit’s end, they’ll realize they probably knew more Yiddish words than they thought (noshschmooze, and shlep are all Yiddish words commonly used in English), and leave knowing even more. Yiddish Book Center. 413-256-4900. 1021 West Street. Amherst, MA.

NATURAL HISTORY/MUSEUM ADVENTURES: 10am-4pm. Beneski Museum of Natural History. 413-542-2165. Amherst College. 11 Barrett Hill Dr, Amherst, MA.

ART STUDIES/ MUSEUM ADVENTURES. 10am-4pm. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 413-559-6300. 125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA.

ENTOMOLOGY/ BUTTERFLIES. 10am-4:30pm. Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory – An 8000 square-foot tropical conservatory with nearly 4000 free-flying tropical and native butterflies from all over the world. Learn about butterflies along with exotic reptiles, frogs, fish, birds, and insects! Ask about their guided tours. Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory. 413-665-2805. 281 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA.

MUSEUMS ADVENTURES. 10am-5pm. Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA.

ART STUDIES/ MUSEUM ADVENTURES. 10am-6pm. The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) – Visit the ArtBar, a hands-on studio space in Kidspace, to make art or take a project home with you. MASS MoCA. 413-662-2111.1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, MA.

🌟 ANIMAL STUDIES/ BEAVERS. 10:30am. Kidleidoscope Story Hour: Beavers –Great Falls Discovery Center. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA.

🌟 EARLY LITERACY/ PLAYGROUP. 10:30am. Fun with Letters: an Every Child Ready to Read Playgroup – Great Barrington Libraries. 413-528-2403. 231 Main St. Great Barrington, MA.

🌟 ECOLOGY/ HIKE. 11am. Arbor Day Forest Ecology Walk – Mount Greylock Visitor Center. 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, MA.

ART STUDIES. 11am-4pm. Smith College Museum of Art (SCMA) – SCMA is recognized as a leading academic museum. Their collection comprises 27,000+ objects, representing the diversity of art and material culture across periods and geographies. Visitors can discover artworks from across periods and geographies in their permanent collection galleries and temporary exhibitions, engaging people with first-hand experiences of art, artists, and museum practice. The museum’s collection ranges from ancient Greek vases to contemporary video art. The works in their permanent collection galleries are regularly rotated, so there’s something new to see each time you visit. Special exhibitions highlight a dynamic range of artworks and artists. Smith College Museum of Art. 413-585-2760. 20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace. Northampton, MA.

ART STUDIES/ MUSEUM ADVENTURES. 11am-5pm. Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. 413-538-2245. 50 College Street, South Hadley, MA.

PLACEMAKING/ CREATIVE ECONOMY. 5-8pm. Greenfield Arts Walk. On every last Friday of the month, downtown Greenfield comes alive in a celebration of the local creative community. The Greenfield Arts Walk is a town-wide event featuring a cohort of local arts organizations. Downtown Greenfield, MA. 

🌟 CULINARY ARTS/ VEGAN. 6-9pm. Vegan Cooking: Ramen With Umami – Holyoke Community College. 413-538-7000. 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA.

🎳 SPORTS/ BOWLING. 6-11pm. Vintage Candlepin Bowling & Bar – Bowling is a fun way to practice math skills and statistics while observing physics concepts, such as friction, torque, velocity, and gravity. Shelburne Falls Bowling Alley. 413-625-6179. 43 Bridge Street. Shelburne Falls, MA.

🌟 PERFORMANCE ART. 8pm. STOMP at UMass Amherst – UMass Fine Arts Center. 413-545-2511. 151 Presidents Dr, Amherst, MA.

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Self-Directed Learning: World Folk Dance

While it is certain that Irish dance traditions date back thousands of years, there is very little recorded information about those traditions until the 17th century because historians did not write down most ancient cultural practices worldwide. When the Normans invaded Ireland, they brought the courtly ’round dances’ common in Europe during the Medieval period. In the 1600s, we began to see references to Irish folk dances, known as ‘rinkafadda,’ which were often performed in fields and involved lines or rows of men and women facing each other. By the 1760s, the Irish added hornpipes and fiddles to Irish dancing traditions, and the custom of traveling dance masters began and would last until well into the 19th century. Do you want to see examples of Irish dance and other traditional folk dances from around the world? April 29 is International Dance Day. Let’s use this observation day as a catalyst for learning! Check out these folk dances from around the world.

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