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Fire up the engine in the family car and hit the road with “Jersey Jason” Didner, from the Jungle Gym Jam. Jersey Jason will be playing his favorite songs related to family vacation time.

Fire up the engine in the family car and hit the road with “Jersey Jason” Didner, from the Jungle Gym Jam. Jersey Jason will be playing his favorite songs related to family vacation time.

HFVS Family Vacation Episode
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Summer! Get it while you can, here in Western MA! Here's our list of events and community-based learning opportunities for mid August!

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!

Hilltown Families annual Class Directory DEBUTS August 15, 2022! Add your class, program, or private lessons!

The curiosity of children doesn’t take a break for summer. Come to CISA’s Making Food Fun event on Thursday, August 18th at Look Memorial Park in Florence, where learning, food, and fun intersect in a family event for all ages. The location is the mini shelter near the splash park from 10am-12pm, rain or shine. Children’s cookbook author, Deanna Cook, will use local ingredients from local farms to make fresh salsa and more with the kids. Crooked Stick Pops will be handing out mini popsicle samples, and Nourse Farms will offer a berry taste test, where young scientists can track their data about their favorite berries. The event is FREE with $5 park admission. Stop by for more fun treats!

FEATURED EVENT
Lady and the Amp Fest3
Goshen, MA

The Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA) celebrates its 35th anniversary with a day-long music festival: Lady and the Amp Fest3.
August 27, 2022

The Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA) celebrates its 35th anniversary with a day-long music festival: Lady and the Amp Fest3. The quinquennial event features faculty, students, and alumnae of IMA’s summer rock programs and will include a memorial tribute to the music of Jana Ivanova Abromowitz. Takes place on Sat, Aug 27, on the lawn in front of IMA’s Big Barn (inside if it rains). Gates open at 11:30am. Music until 7:30pm. Family-friendly. Food, drink & merchandise on-site, including instruments & vintage gear. Coolers allowed. Tickets/info: www.ima.org. Sponsors and underwriters include: WRSI/The River 93.9; The ASCAP Foundation; Public Emily Artist Management; Signature Sounds; Dave Sullivan, DA; Healy Guitars. 165 Cape St, Goshen, MA

FEATURED ICE SKATING CLASSES
The Skating Club of Amherst

The Skating Club of Amherst
Full schedule of figure skating instruction each year from September – early June.

The Skating Club of Amherst offers a full schedule of figure skating instruction each year from September – early June. Ice sessions are offered 4 days a week to all level skaters, beginner to advanced, recreational or competitive. Their popular Learn-to-Skate program offers group lessons for ages 4-adult on Sundays. Additional private instruction is offered in freestyle, ice dancing, & testing for those looking to advance their skills. Participation in a spring ice show is available to all members. All sessions are held at the UMass Mullins Center Practice Rink. The club is a United States Figure Skating member & is a private, non-profit organization managed by volunteers. Registration forms, when available, can be printed from the website. 
For more information: www.scamherst.org;
SCofAmherst@gmail.com

FEATURED CHILD CARE
Franklin County’s Y
Greenfield, MA

In-Person/Indoors

Find your favorite child care solution this fall! Your Franklin County’s Y has all of your child care needs covered! They have openings for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Of course, they also offer school-age child care throughout the school year. The Y Academy on Main, located at 451 Main Street in Greenfield, offers a safe, affordable, quality preschool education with a curriculum to nurture your child’s development. The Y Academy at the Bolger Center, located on the campus of Northfield Mount Hermon, now cares for your infant, your toddler, and your preschooler. Find your fun. Find your Y. For more information: kyounger@your-y.org; 413-773-3646; www.your-y.org.

FEATURED EARLY CHILDHOOD
EDUCATION & CARE
Community Action’s Head Start
& Early Learning Programs

Multiple Towns, MA

Indoor Program. Adaptable.

Community Action’s Head Start & Early Learning Programs offer a variety of program options for pregnant women and families with children ages birth-5 throughout Hampshire, Franklin, & Western Hampden Counties. Community Action’s Head Start provides early education and care and quality comprehensive services to children in Head Start/Early Head Start programs, offering full-day and part-day center-based classrooms, family childcare, and home visiting. Centers are located in Orange, Turners Falls, Greenfield, Amherst, Northampton, Easthampton, Ware, Westfield, & Agawam. All services are provided at either low or no cost to eligible children and families. Daycare. Preschool. Early Childhood Education Program. Ages 6wks-5yrs. For more information: 413-387-1250; www.communityaction.us.

See Your Ad Here

Partner with HIlltown Families!

Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 35,000 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

Summer Directory

Hilltown Families’ annual Summer Directory is the region’s go-to online resource for families.

2022 Preschool & Daycare Directory

Preschool Directory

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

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Follow Your Interests!

Self-directed learning through the seasons! Explore your interests through a seasonal lens in Western Massachusetts!
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Award-winning, Peruvian-American, Kindie Rocker Twinkle Time is bringing in the summer with some Fun in the Sun! Twinkle Time spins the best family music tunes teaching kids that Summertime is all about making memorable memories with friends and families.

Award-winning, Peruvian-American, Kindie Rocker Twinkle Time is bringing in the summer with some Fun in the Sun! Twinkle Time spins the best family music tunes teaching kids that Summertime is all about making memorable memories with friends and families.

HFVS Fun in the Sun Episode
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Early August in Western MA in RICH is summer fun through nature-based engagement and the arts & humanities. Discover new interests, support ongoing curiosity, and participate in your community to support place-based and experiential learning.

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!

Hilltown Families annual Class Directory debuts mid-August! Add your class, program, or private lessons!

FEATURED EVENT
Massachusetts Renaissance Faire
Cummington Fairgrounds

The Massachusetts Renaissance Faire is returning to the Cummington Fairgrounds on August 6 & 7, 2022!
August 6 & 7, 2022

The Massachusetts Renaissance Faire is returning to the Cummington Fairgrounds on August 6 & 7, 2022! With all-day entertainment, guests will cheer on their favorite knight at the joust, gasp at fire dancers, and enjoy Renaissance music. Shop over 40 vendors, feast on turkey legs, and make memories. On Sat night, 18+ patrons can visit the “Market After Dark.” Costumes are encouraged, although many guests wear their normal clothes. Time: 10am-10pm on Saturday, 8/6 (Only patrons over the age of 18 are allowed after 7pm) / 10am-7pm on Sunday, 8/7. Pre-order tickets at 
www.massrenfaire.comTickets: $20 for adults, $10 for children 6-14, children 5 and under are free. Discounts at the gate for veterans and seniors. 
Contactinfo@massrenfaire.com

The Amherst BID presents Summer Music on the Amherst Common, a FREE concert series every Friday evening at 6pm, starting July 22 and running through August 12, 2022! The music line-up includes blues/folk music on July 22, jazz music on July 29, a family dance party on August 5, and country/pop-rock music on August 12. Grab dinner-to-go from one of the downtown restaurants and have a family picnic on the lawn. A fun time for the entire family!

Discover more at www.amherstdowntown.com.

The curiosity of children doesn’t take a break for summer. Come to CISA’s Making Food Fun event on Thursday, August 18th at Look Memorial Park in Florence, where learning, food, and fun intersect in a family event for all ages. The location is the mini shelter near the splash park from 10am-12pm, rain or shine. Children’s cookbook author, Deanna Cook, will use local ingredients from local farms to make fresh salsa and more with the kids. Crooked Stick Pops will be handing out mini popsicle samples, and Nourse Farms will offer a berry taste test, where young scientists can track their data about their favorite berries. The event is FREE with $5 park admission. Stop by for more fun treats!

FEATURED EVENT
Lady and the Amp Fest3
Goshen, MA

The Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA) celebrates its 35th anniversary with a day-long music festival: Lady and the Amp Fest3.
August 27, 2022

The Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA) celebrates its 35th anniversary with a day-long music festival: Lady and the Amp Fest3. The quinquennial event features faculty, students, and alumnae of IMA’s summer rock programs and will include a memorial tribute to the music of Jana Ivanova Abromowitz. Takes place on Sat, Aug 27, on the lawn in front of IMA’s Big Barn (inside if it rains). Gates open at 11:30am. Music until 7:30pm. Family-friendly. Food, drink & merchandise on-site, including instruments & vintage gear. Coolers allowed. Tickets/info: www.ima.org. Sponsors and underwriters include: WRSI/The River 93.9; The ASCAP Foundation; Public Emily Artist Management; Signature Sounds; Dave Sullivan, DA; Healy Guitars. 165 Cape St, Goshen, MA

FEATURED CHILD CARE
Franklin County’s Y
Greenfield, MA

In-Person/Indoors

Find your favorite child care solution this fall! Your Franklin County’s Y has all of your child care needs covered! They have openings for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Of course, they also offer school-age child care throughout the school year. The Y Academy on Main, located at 451 Main Street in Greenfield, offers a safe, affordable, quality preschool education with a curriculum to nurture your child’s development. The Y Academy at the Bolger Center, located on the campus of Northfield Mount Hermon, now cares for your infant, your toddler, and your preschooler. Find your fun. Find your Y. For more information: kyounger@your-y.org; 413-773-3646; www.your-y.org.

Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA, presents Art of The Hills: Visual Evidence, a Berkshire-Based Artist exhibition featuring a wide array of styles and mediums from artists living within 60 miles of the museum. On display through September 11, 2022.

As well as Living Ink: The Art of Tattoos, a look into the artistry, history, and science behind tattooing. On display through October 30, 2022.

Find more information and plan your visit at berkshiremuseum.org.

FEATURED ICE SKATING CLASSES
The Skating Club of Amherst

The Skating Club of Amherst
Full schedule of figure skating instruction each year from September – early June.

The Skating Club of Amherst offers a full schedule of figure skating instruction each year from September – early June. Ice sessions are offered 4 days a week to all level skaters, beginner to advanced, recreational or competitive. Their popular Learn-to-Skate program offers group lessons for ages 4-adult on Sundays. Additional private instruction is offered in freestyle, ice dancing, & testing for those looking to advance their skills. Participation in a spring ice show is available to all members. All sessions are held at the UMass Mullins Center Practice Rink. The club is a United States Figure Skating member & is a private, non-profit organization managed by volunteers. Registration forms, when available, can be printed from the website. 
For more information: www.scamherst.org;
SCofAmherst@gmail.com

FEATURED EARLY CHILDHOOD
EDUCATION PROGRAM
Wild Garden of Childhood
Northampton. MA

Wild Garden of Childhood
Indoor Program. Outdoor Program.

Wild Garden of Childhood is enrolling infants and toddlers. Wild Garden of Childhood curates a beautiful early education experience for infants and toddlers up to preschool age. By surrounding your babies with love and laughter, outdoor time, and uninhibited play, their days at Wild Garden will be blissful. Wild Garden is happy to help you make the right choice for your child’s earliest education experience. Contact Wild Garden for a chat or enrollment information. Wild Garden of Childhood, LLC is fully licensed through the Massachusetts Department of Education and Care. ♦ Ages: Birth-2.9yrs. For more information: 413-231-4454; wildgardenofchildhood.com; wildgardenofchildhood@gmail.com

FEATURED EARLY CHILDHOOD
EDUCATION & CARE
Community Action’s Head Start
& Early Learning Programs

Multiple Towns, MA

Indoor Program. Adaptable.

Community Action’s Head Start & Early Learning Programs offer a variety of program options for pregnant women and families with children ages birth-5 throughout Hampshire, Franklin, & Western Hampden Counties. Community Action’s Head Start provides early education and care and quality comprehensive services to children in Head Start/Early Head Start programs, offering full-day and part-day center-based classrooms, family childcare, and home visiting. Centers are located in Orange, Turners Falls, Greenfield, Amherst, Northampton, Easthampton, Ware, Westfield, & Agawam. All services are provided at either low or no cost to eligible children and families. Daycare. Preschool. Early Childhood Education Program. Ages 6wks-5yrs. For more information: 413-387-1250; www.communityaction.us.

See Your Ad Here

Partner with HIlltown Families!

Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 35,000 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

Summer Directory

Hilltown Families’ annual Summer Directory is the region’s go-to online resource for families.

2022 Preschool & Daycare Directory

Preschool Directory

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

Read More
Home

Follow Your Interests!

Self-directed learning through the seasons! Explore your interests through a seasonal lens in Western Massachusetts!
Read More
Home
Award winning children’s musician Flor Bromley takes us on a journey around the world to dance and learn about traditional dances from different lands. From the bottom of Latinoamerica to the top of the Irish mountains, we will discover plenty of wonderful and varied music.

Award winning children’s musician Flor Bromley takes us on a journey around the world to dance and learn about traditional dances from different lands. From the bottom of Latinoamerica to the top of the Irish mountains, we will discover plenty of wonderful and varied music.

HFVS Traditional Dances from the World Episode
with Guest DJ, Flor Bromley
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It's the last weekend in July, the first week in August! We're rounding the corner into summer-living at its best here in Western Mass! Find your local outdoor adventures, library events, learning opportunities, freshly harvested food, and more!

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!

Hilltown Families annual Class Directory debuts mid-August! Add your class, program, or private lessons!
The Ko Festival, where the only certainty is surprise!

The KO FESTIVAL hosts its 31st & final season July 22-31, now on the Hampshire College campus in Amherst. WEEK 1: FLUSHING (Make Room for Somone Else),” a collaboration between 2 artistic leaders, Eric Bass of Sandglass Theater (Putney, VT) & Linda Parris-Bailey of Carpetbag Theatre (Knoxville, TN), who are passing leadership to the next generation. It’s about family, legacies + what it means to retire, bestow & inherit. 7/24 at 8pm, the ever-popular KoFest STORY SLAM returns with an appearance by Sara Felder. WEEK 2 features Clear Creek Creative from Rural KY with “EZELL: Ballad of a Land Man,” an outdoor, daylight, all-ages parable also about family legacy & environmental extraction (fracking). Dates/times/info/sliding scale tix at kofest.com

FEATURED MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
DIAL/SELF AmeriCorps
Mohawk Trail Regional School

Wild Garden of Childhood
Located in Shelburne Falls, MA

Are you ready for an experience that focuses on your own growth as well as youth development and strengthening communities? Serve with DIAL/SELF AmeriCorps at Mohawk Trail Regional School. Support students academically, socially, and emotionally, including: provide mentorship and leadership support with academic classes, college & career preparedness, clubs & activities, as well as organize & deliver food and other resources through the food scarcity program. The DIAL/SELF AmeriCorps Program (DSAP) is a great way to gain practical experience while learning new skills and making an impact in your community! Apply using this link: http://bit.ly/dialselfamericorps22. For more information, contact: Matt Ashby, mashby@dialself.org

The Amherst BID presents Summer Music on the Amherst Common, a FREE concert series every Friday evening at 6pm, starting July 22 and running through August 12, 2022! The music line-up includes blues/folk music on July 22, jazz music on July 29, a family dance party on August 5, and country/pop-rock music on August 12. Grab dinner-to-go from one of the downtown restaurants and have a family picnic on the lawn. A fun time for the entire family!

Discover more at www.amherstdowntown.com.

FEATURED EVENT
Massachusetts Renaissance Faire
Cummington Fairgrounds

The Massachusetts Renaissance Faire is returning to the Cummington Fairgrounds on August 6 & 7, 2022!
August 6 & 7, 2022

The Massachusetts Renaissance Faire is returning to the Cummington Fairgrounds on August 6 & 7, 2022! With all-day entertainment, guests will cheer on their favorite knight at the joust, gasp at fire dancers, and enjoy Renaissance music. Shop over 40 vendors, feast on turkey legs, and make memories. On Sat night, 18+ patrons can visit the “Market After Dark.” Costumes are encouraged, although many guests wear their normal clothes. Time: 10am-10pm on Saturday, 8/6 (Only patrons over the age of 18 are allowed after 7pm) / 10am-7pm on Sunday, 8/7. Pre-order tickets at 
www.massrenfaire.comTickets: $20 for adults, $10 for children 6-14, children 5 and under are free. Discounts at the gate for veterans and seniors. 
Contactinfo@massrenfaire.com

A Midsummer Night’s Happy Dream with Singer-Songwriter Extraordinaire, Neda BoinHealing Hearts Sanctuary in Worthington welcomes the community to join in an intimate evening of music and miracles with award-winning, international singer-songwriter Neda Boin. Allow Neda’s inspiring songs to open your heart and invite you to a direct experience of the Love you truly are. This healing concert will be held outdoors at 241 West St in Worthington, MA, on Saturday, July 30 at 6pm. Grounds open at 5pm for picnickers and guests. Please feel free to BYO blankets, chairs, and picnic dinners. Donations encouraged. For more info and reservations (not required), please call Susan at 413-854-8252 or email susanjameson227@gmail.com.

FEATURED EARLY CHILDHOOD
EDUCATION PROGRAM
Wild Garden of Childhood
Northampton. MA

Wild Garden of Childhood
Indoor Program. Outdoor Program.

Wild Garden of Childhood is enrolling infants and toddlers. Wild Garden of Childhood curates a beautiful early education experience for infants and toddlers up to preschool age. By surrounding your babies with love and laughter, outdoor time, and uninhibited play, their days at Wild Garden will be blissful. Wild Garden is happy to help you make the right choice for your child’s earliest education experience. Contact Wild Garden for a chat or enrollment information. Wild Garden of Childhood, LLC is fully licensed through the Massachusetts Department of Education and Care. ♦ Ages: Birth-2.9yrs. For more information: 413-231-4454; wildgardenofchildhood.com; wildgardenofchildhood@gmail.com

Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA, presents Art of The Hills: Visual Evidence, a Berkshire-Based Artist exhibition featuring a wide array of styles and mediums from artists living within 60 miles of the museum. On display through September 11, 2022.

As well as Living Ink: The Art of Tattoos, a look into the artistry, history, and science behind tattooing. On display through October 30, 2022.

Find more information and plan your visit at berkshiremuseum.org.

FEATURED PRESCHOOL
Prelude Preschool of the Arts
Springfield, MA

Summer at The Academy at Charlemont
Now Enrolling for the 2022-23 School Year!

Community Music School of Springfield (CMSS) is a non-profit community arts school in Western MA. Their mission is to provide an equitable & inclusive center of excellence in music education that empowers individuals, inspires creative passion, and promotes well-being in their greater community. They serve over 500 students each year, including the Prelude Preschool of the Arts, a flexible, arts-centered preschool program for children ages 2.9-5yo. In their community partnership programs, they serve an additional 1,000 students. CMSS provides financial aid to support under-served segments of the community & create quality programs & instruction to help all students achieve their highest potential. Learn more at www.communitymusicschool.com.

FEATURED EARLY CHILDHOOD
EDUCATION & CARE
Community Action’s Head Start
& Early Learning Programs

Multiple Towns, MA

Indoor Program. Adaptable.

Community Action’s Head Start & Early Learning Programs offer a variety of program options for pregnant women and families with children ages birth-5 throughout Hampshire, Franklin, & Western Hampden Counties. Community Action’s Head Start provides early education and care and quality comprehensive services to children in Head Start/Early Head Start programs, offering full-day and part-day center-based classrooms, family childcare, and home visiting. Centers are located in Orange, Turners Falls, Greenfield, Amherst, Northampton, Easthampton, Ware, Westfield, & Agawam. All services are provided at either low or no cost to eligible children and families. Daycare. Preschool. Early Childhood Education Program. Ages 6wks-5yrs. For more information: 413-387-1250; www.communityaction.us.

See Your Ad Here

Partner with HIlltown Families!

Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 35,000 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

Summer Directory

Hilltown Families’ annual Summer Directory is the region’s go-to online resource for families.

2022 Preschool & Daycare Directory

Preschool Directory

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

Read More
Home

Follow Your Interests!

Self-directed learning through the seasons! Explore your interests through a seasonal lens in Western Massachusetts!
Read More
Home
Internationally acclaimed children’s musician Flor Bromley takes us on a journey of discovery as we listen to songs about Mother Earth. In this episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show, we will learn how essential nature is for us and how we can take care of it a little bit better.

Internationally acclaimed children’s musician Flor Bromley takes us on a journey of discovery as we listen to songs about Mother Earth. In this episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show, we will learn how essential nature is for us and how we can take care of it a little bit better.

HFVS Mother Earth Episode
with Guest DJ, Flor Bromley
Listen Now
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Late July can be lazy days for many, with outdoor adventures during the day and lounging to live music on the lawn in the evening. And there's always learning to be had via nature-based learning and the humanities.

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

PALEONTOLOGYDinosaur Footprints. 413-213-4751. Route 5, Holyoke, MA.

NATURE-BASED LEARNINGHitchcock Center for the Environment. 413-256-6006, 845 West St, Amherst, MA.

AVIATIONNew England Air Museum. 860-623-3305. 36 Perimeter Rd, Windsor Locks, CT.

LOCAL HISTORY: Shelburne Historical Society. 413-625-6150. 33 Severance St., Shelburne Falls, MA.

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

The Amherst BID presents Summer Music on the Amherst Common, a FREE concert series every Friday evening at 6pm, starting July 22 and running through August 12, 2022! The music line-up includes blues/folk music on July 22, jazz music on July 29, a family dance party on August 5, and country/pop-rock music on August 12. Grab dinner-to-go from one of the downtown restaurants and have a family picnic on the lawn. A fun time for the entire family!

Discover more at www.amherstdowntown.com.

A Midsummer Night’s Happy Dream with Singer-Songwriter Extraordinaire, Neda BoinHealing Hearts Sanctuary in Worthington welcomes the community to join in an intimate evening of music and miracles with award-winning, international singer-songwriter Neda Boin. Allow Neda’s inspiring songs to open your heart and invite you to a direct experience of the Love you truly are. This healing concert will be held outdoors at 241 West St in Worthington, MA, on Saturday, July 30 at 6pm. Grounds open at 5pm for picnickers and guests. Please feel free to BYO blankets, chairs, and picnic dinners. Donations encouraged. For more info and reservations (not required), please call Susan at 413-854-8252 or email susanjameson227@gmail.com.

FEATURED MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
DIAL/SELF AmeriCorps
Mohawk Trail Regional School

Wild Garden of Childhood
Located in Shelburne Falls, MA

Are you ready for an experience that focuses on your own growth as well as youth development and strengthening communities? Serve with DIAL/SELF AmeriCorps at Mohawk Trail Regional School. Support students academically, socially, and emotionally, including: provide mentorship and leadership support with academic classes, college & career preparedness, clubs & activities, as well as organize & deliver food and other resources through the food scarcity program. The DIAL/SELF AmeriCorps Program (DSAP) is a great way to gain practical experience while learning new skills and making an impact in your community! Apply using this link: http://bit.ly/dialselfamericorps22. For more information, contact: Matt Ashby, mashby@dialself.org

FEATURED EARLY CHILDHOOD
EDUCATION PROGRAM
Wild Garden of Childhood
Northampton. MA

Wild Garden of Childhood
Indoor Program. Outdoor Program.

Wild Garden of Childhood is enrolling infants and toddlers. Wild Garden of Childhood curates a beautiful early education experience for infants and toddlers up to preschool age. By surrounding your babies with love and laughter, outdoor time, and uninhibited play, their days at Wild Garden will be blissful. Wild Garden is happy to help you make the right choice for your child’s earliest education experience. Contact Wild Garden for a chat or enrollment information. Wild Garden of Childhood, LLC is fully licensed through the Massachusetts Department of Education and Care. ♦ Ages: Birth-2.9yrs. For more information: 413-231-4454; wildgardenofchildhood.com; wildgardenofchildhood@gmail.com

FEATURED MUSIC SCHOOL
Community Music School of Springfield 

Springfield, MA

Summer at The Academy at Charlemont
Now Enrolling: Music lessons for all ages!

Community Music School of Springfield (CMSS) is a non-profit community arts school in Western MA. Their mission is to provide an equitable & inclusive center of excellence in music education that empowers individuals, inspires creative passion, and promotes well-being in their greater community. They serve over 500 students each year, including the Prelude Preschool of the Arts, a flexible, arts-centered preschool program for children ages 2.9-5yo. In their community partnership programs, they serve an additional 1,000 students. CMSS provides financial aid to support under-served segments of the community & create quality programs & instruction to help all students achieve their highest potential. Learn more at www.communitymusicschool.com.

Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA, presents Art of The Hills: Visual Evidence, a Berkshire-Based Artist exhibition featuring a wide array of styles and mediums from artists living within 60 miles of the museum. On display through September 11, 2022.

As well as Living Ink: The Art of Tattoos, a look into the artistry, history, and science behind tattooing. On display through October 30, 2022.

Find more information and plan your visit at berkshiremuseum.org.

FEATURED EARLY CHILDHOOD
EDUCATION & CARE
Community Action’s Head Start
& Early Learning Programs

Multiple Towns, MA

Indoor Program. Adaptable.

Community Action’s Head Start & Early Learning Programs offer a variety of program options for pregnant women and families with children ages birth-5 throughout Hampshire, Franklin, & Western Hampden Counties. Community Action’s Head Start provides early education and care and quality comprehensive services to children in Head Start/Early Head Start programs, offering full-day and part-day center-based classrooms, family childcare, and home visiting. Centers are located in Orange, Turners Falls, Greenfield, Amherst, Northampton, Easthampton, Ware, Westfield, & Agawam. All services are provided at either low or no cost to eligible children and families. Daycare. Preschool. Early Childhood Education Program. Ages 6wks-5yrs. For more information: 413-387-1250; www.communityaction.us.

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Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 35,000 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.

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Guest DJ Alexei (of Alexei and the Rock O’Clock Band) explores the world of creatures and critters in search of what they mean to us. Tune in for a diverse playlist all about animals, real and imagined. 

Guest DJ Alexei (of Alexei and the Rock O’Clock Band) explores the world of creatures and critters in search of what they mean to us. Tune in for a diverse playlist all about animals, real and imagined. 

HFVS Creatures & Critters Episode with Guest DJ, Alexei Wajchman

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Mid-July is full of outdoor adventures, picnic dinners with the family, fresh produce from the farmers' markets, and library adventures!

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

LOCAL HISTORYWistariahurst Museum. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot St, Holyoke, MA. 

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

ART STUDIESRapoza Center for the Arts. 508-287-5465. 98 Summer St. Adams, MA. 

MUSEUM ADVENTURESSpringfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA. 

OUTDOOR SPACES. Buttery Brook Park. 413-538-5033. 123 Willimansett St, South Hadley, MA.

Hilltown Families’ annual Summer Directory is the region’s go-to online resource for families looking for summer camps, programs, and opportunities in western Massachusetts and neighboring areas!
The Ko Festival, where the only certainty is surprise!

The KO FESTIVAL hosts its 31st & final season July 22-31, now on the Hampshire College campus in Amherst. WEEK 1: FLUSHING (Make Room for Somone Else),” a collaboration between 2 artistic leaders, Eric Bass of Sandglass Theater (Putney, VT) & Linda Parris-Bailey of Carpetbag Theatre (Knoxville, TN), who are passing leadership to the next generation. It’s about family, legacies + what it means to retire, bestow & inherit. 7/24 at 8pm, the ever-popular KoFest STORY SLAM returns with an appearance by Sara Felder. WEEK 2 features Clear Creek Creative from Rural KY with “EZELL: Ballad of a Land Man,” an outdoor, daylight, all-ages parable also about family legacy & environmental extraction (fracking). Dates/times/info/sliding scale tix at kofest.com

FEATURED EVENT
Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival
Florence, MA

Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival is an annual family-friendly celebration on Saturday, July 16, 2022, at Look Park in Florence, MA.
Saturday, July 16 from 9am-5pm at Look Memorial Park.

Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival is an annual family-friendly celebration on Saturday, July 16, 2022, at Look Park in Florence, MA. Events include children’s games, sheep herding, Scottish animals, and a water spray park. The festival also features Celtic music, piping & drumming competitions, Highland & Irish dance demos, Scottish gift & food vendors, 30+ clans, genealogy, and a Celtic Pub. Also, Scottish heavy athletics, where some world record-holders will compete. Appearing on the Main Stage are Albannach, Enter the Haggis, Sarah the Fiddler, and Charlie Zahm. Join the fun from 9am-5pm, w/music in the Celtic Pub until 9:30pm (rain or shine). Admission: Adult $25 (Advance $22); Age 6-12 $5; Under 6 free. More info at www.glasgowlands.org.

The Amherst BID presents Summer Music on the Amherst Common, a FREE concert series every Friday evening at 6pm, starting July 22 and running through August 12, 2022! The music line-up includes blues/folk music on July 22, jazz music on July 29, a family dance party on August 5, and country/pop-rock music on August 12. Grab dinner-to-go from one of the downtown restaurants and have a family picnic on the lawn. A fun time for the entire family!

Discover more at www.amherstdowntown.com.

FEATURED CONFERENCE
2022 Northeast Unschooling Conference
Amherst, MA

Summer at The Academy at Charlemont
July 14-17, 2022

Meet your people at the 2022 Northeast Unschooling Conference, July 14-17, 2022 in Amherst, MA! Located on the sprawling grounds of Hampshire College, Northeast Unschooling Conference is excited to welcome unschoolers, eclectic homeschoolers, lifelong learners, and autodidacts from all walks of life! Join them for a weekend filled with workshops for all ages, ranging from tie-dyeing and frog dissections to navigating homeschool reporting, college admissions, and much more. A keynote from Indigenous Filipino researcher Noah Romero on unschooling as radical liberation, panels, discussion groups, hands-on workshops, oh my! On-campus housing and meal plans are provided for all interested!

For more information:
northeastunschoolingconference.com or email neucinfo@gmail.com.

FEATURED MUSIC SCHOOL
Community Music School of Springfield 
Springfield, MA

Summer at The Academy at Charlemont
Now Enrolling: Music lessons for all ages!

Community Music School of Springfield (CMSS) is a non-profit community arts school in Western MA. Their mission is to provide an equitable & inclusive center of excellence in music education that empowers individuals, inspires creative passion, and promotes well-being in their greater community. They serve over 500 students each year, including the Prelude Preschool of the Arts, a flexible, arts-centered preschool program for children ages 2.9-5yo. In their community partnership programs, they serve an additional 1,000 students. CMSS provides financial aid to support under-served segments of the community & create quality programs & instruction to help all students achieve their highest potential. Learn more at www.communitymusicschool.com.

Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA, presents Art of The Hills: Visual Evidence, a Berkshire-Based Artist exhibition featuring a wide array of styles and mediums from artists living within 60 miles of the museum. On display through September 11, 2022.

As well as Living Ink: The Art of Tattoos, a look into the artistry, history, and science behind tattooing. On display through October 30, 2022.

Find more information and plan your visit at berkshiremuseum.org.

FEATURED EARLY CHILDHOOD
EDUCATION PROGRAM
Wild Garden of Childhood
Northampton. MA

Wild Garden of Childhood
Indoor Program. Outdoor Program.

Wild Garden of Childhood is enrolling infants and toddlers. Wild Garden of Childhood curates a beautiful early education experience for infants and toddlers up to preschool age. By surrounding your babies with love and laughter, outdoor time, and uninhibited play, their days at Wild Garden will be blissful. Wild Garden is happy to help you make the right choice for your child’s earliest education experience. Contact Wild Garden for a chat or enrollment information. Wild Garden of Childhood, LLC is fully licensed through the Massachusetts Department of Education and Care. ♦ Ages: Birth-2.9yrs. For more information: 413-231-4454; wildgardenofchildhood.com; wildgardenofchildhood@gmail.com

FEATURED EARLY CHILDHOOD
EDUCATION & CARE
Community Action’s Head Start
& Early Learning Programs

Multiple Towns, MA

Indoor Program. Adaptable.

Community Action’s Head Start & Early Learning Programs offer a variety of program options for pregnant women and families with children ages birth-5 throughout Hampshire, Franklin, & Western Hampden Counties. Community Action’s Head Start provides early education and care and quality comprehensive services to children in Head Start/Early Head Start programs, offering full-day and part-day center-based classrooms, family childcare, and home visiting. Centers are located in Orange, Turners Falls, Greenfield, Amherst, Northampton, Easthampton, Ware, Westfield, & Agawam. All services are provided at either low or no cost to eligible children and families. Daycare. Preschool. Early Childhood Education Program. Ages 6wks-5yrs. For more information: 413-387-1250; www.communityaction.us.

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Partner with HIlltown Families!

Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 35,000 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

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2022 Preschool & Daycare Directory

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Home > Hilltown Family Variety Show > HFVS Jazz Episode with Guest DJ, Dana Cohenour

Dana from Dana's Music Playground is jazzed up about JAZZ in this swingin' episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show. Young listeners will learn to identify instruments like the clarinet, trumpet, piano, bass, sax, and drums as they scat sing along with Dana in this engaging introduction to the genre of jazz.

Dana from Dana’s Music Playground is jazzed up about JAZZ in this swingin’ episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show. Young listeners will learn to identify instruments like the clarinet, trumpet, piano, bass, sax, and drums as they scat sing along with Dana in this engaging introduction to the genre of jazz.

HFVS Jazz Episode
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Mid-July in Western MA offers a cornucopia of learning opportunities and community celebrations! Follow your interests this week through the lens of food, habitat, and the humanities, and strengthen your sense of place through community-based engagement.

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!

The Ko Festival, where the only certainty is surprise!

The KO FESTIVAL hosts its 31st & final season July 22-31, now on the Hampshire College campus in Amherst. WEEK 1: FLUSHING (Make Room for Somone Else),” a collaboration between 2 artistic leaders, Eric Bass of Sandglass Theater (Putney, VT) & Linda Parris-Bailey of Carpetbag Theatre (Knoxville, TN), who are passing leadership to the next generation. It’s about family, legacies + what it means to retire, bestow & inherit. 7/24 at 8pm, the ever-popular KoFest STORY SLAM returns with an appearance by Sara Felder. WEEK 2 features Clear Creek Creative from Rural KY with “EZELL: Ballad of a Land Man,” an outdoor, daylight, all-ages parable also about family legacy & environmental extraction (fracking). Dates/times/info/sliding scale tix at kofest.com

PVPA is now accepting applications for the 2022-23 school year. Application deadline is July 22, 2022.

Pioneer Valley Performing Arts (PVPA) Charter Public School in South Hadley is committed to supporting the Artist in every student. Students from over 50 towns in grades 7-12 thrive in an arts-centered, creative, challenging learning environment. PVPA is now accepting applications for the 2022-23 school yearApplication deadline is July 22. Lottery will be held Aug 1, for grades 7 & 11 only. Applications will be accepted for grades 7-11. Per state regulations, they will hold onto any applications for students in grades 8-10 until the time that their current waitlist for those grades is exhausted. If/ when that time comes, they will give at least one week’s notice to announce a lottery for the grade w/openings. More info: admissions@pvpa.org.

FEATURED EVENT
Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival
Florence, MA

Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival is an annual family-friendly celebration on Saturday, July 16, 2022, at Look Park in Florence, MA.
Saturday, July 16 from 9am-5pm at Look Memorial Park.

Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival is an annual family-friendly celebration on Saturday, July 16, 2022, at Look Park in Florence, MA. Events include children’s games, sheep herding, Scottish animals, and a water spray park. The festival also features Celtic music, piping & drumming competitions, Highland & Irish dance demos, Scottish gift & food vendors, 30+ clans, genealogy, and a Celtic Pub. Also, Scottish heavy athletics, where some world record-holders will compete. Appearing on the Main Stage are Albannach, Enter the Haggis, Sarah the Fiddler, and Charlie Zahm. Join the fun from 9am-5pm, w/music in the Celtic Pub until 9:30pm (rain or shine). Admission: Adult $25 (Advance $22); Age 6-12 $5; Under 6 free. More info at www.glasgowlands.org.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Sun & Roots Outdoor Play and Learn
Westhampton, MA

Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival is an annual family-friendly celebration on Saturday, July 16, 2022, at Look Park in Florence, MA.

Sun & Roots Outdoor Play and Learn in Westhampton (14 Shaw Rd) is a 2-week natural outdoor experience for children 3-5yo, rooted in sustainable living & fun! Keeping goals of natural living and sustainability in mind, Sun & Roots will offer a fun environment to explore the world around us and how we can utilize it sustainably. Children will help care for gardens, learn about food growth, play in the brook, and eat healthily. Participants will receive organic, natural snacks & healthy lunch. Offering activities & growth in the following areas: Organic Sustainability; Experiential Education & Play; Health & Wellness; Exploring the Natural World; Responsibility Training; and Creating Bonds & Friendships. Dates: Aug 8-12 and 15-19 (Mon-Fri). Contact: varna.naik@infinityed.us.

Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA, presents Art of The Hills: Visual Evidence, a Berkshire-Based Artist exhibition featuring a wide array of styles and mediums from artists living within 60 miles of the museum. On display through September 11, 2022.

As well as Living Ink: The Art of Tattoos, a look into the artistry, history, and science behind tattooing. On display through October 30, 2022.

Find more information and plan your visit at berkshiremuseum.org.

FEATURED PRESCHOOL
Prelude Preschool of the Arts
Springfield, MA

Summer at The Academy at Charlemont
Now Enrolling for the 2022-23 School Year!

Community Music School of Springfield (CMSS) is a non-profit community arts school in Western MA. Their mission is to provide an equitable & inclusive center of excellence in music education that empowers individuals, inspires creative passion, and promotes well-being in their greater community. They serve over 500 students each year, including the Prelude Preschool of the Arts, a flexible, arts-centered preschool program for children ages 2.9-5yo. In their community partnership programs, they serve an additional 1,000 students. CMSS provides financial aid to support under-served segments of the community & create quality programs & instruction to help all students achieve their highest potential. Learn more at www.communitymusicschool.com.

FEATURED CONFERENCE
2022 Northeast Unschooling Conference
Amherst, MA

Summer at The Academy at Charlemont
July 14-17, 2022

Meet your people at the 2022 Northeast Unschooling Conference, July 14-17, 2022 in Amherst, MA! Located on the sprawling grounds of Hampshire College, Northeast Unschooling Conference is excited to welcome unschoolers, eclectic homeschoolers, lifelong learners, and autodidacts from all walks of life! Join them for a weekend filled with workshops for all ages, ranging from tie-dyeing and frog dissections to navigating homeschool reporting, college admissions, and much more. A keynote from Indigenous Filipino researcher Noah Romero on unschooling as radical liberation, panels, discussion groups, hands-on workshops, oh my! On-campus housing and meal plans are provided for all interested!

For more information:
northeastunschoolingconference.com or email neucinfo@gmail.com.

FEATURED PROGRAM
Red Mare Farm Horseback Riding Lessons
Hatfield, MA

Red Mare Farm Horseback Riding Lessons
In-Person/Indoors, In-Person/Outdoors

Is your kid horse crazy or animal crazy? Red Mare Farm provides year-round dressage-based riding lessons for adults and kids ages 8 and older. Red Mare Farm strives to teach riders to be the best partners with the horse that they can be. Safety, respect, and fun are the essential ingredients. Lesson subscription plans are available, including regular unmounted horsemanship classes for learning beyond the saddle. What are the benefits of kids learning with horses? Develop confidence, compassion, emotional awareness, humility and patience, discipline, and responsibility. Learn to accept disappointment and find resilience. And the list goes on. Join Red Mare Farm, and see for yourself what being involved with horses can do for you and your family. For more information: RedmarefarmLLC@gmail.com; 978-739-4707; www.redmarefarm.com.

FEATURED EARLY CHILDHOOD
EDUCATION & CARE
Community Action’s Head Start
& Early Learning Programs

Multiple Towns, MA

Indoor Program. Adaptable.

Community Action’s Head Start & Early Learning Programs offer a variety of program options for pregnant women and families with children ages birth-5 throughout Hampshire, Franklin, & Western Hampden Counties. Community Action’s Head Start provides early education and care and quality comprehensive services to children in Head Start/Early Head Start programs, offering full-day and part-day center-based classrooms, family childcare, and home visiting. Centers are located in Orange, Turners Falls, Greenfield, Amherst, Northampton, Easthampton, Ware, Westfield, & Agawam. All services are provided at either low or no cost to eligible children and families. Daycare. Preschool. Early Childhood Education Program. Ages 6wks-5yrs. For more information: 413-387-1250; www.communityaction.us.

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Partner with HIlltown Families!

Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 35,000 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.

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Class Directory

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

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There's no room to be a bully, and we all need to find better ways to play. Again Again has put together a radio show that encourages us all to speak up, be brave, be confident, and ultimately, be our unique selves.

There’s no room to be a bully, and we all need to find better ways to play. Again Again has put together a radio show that encourages us all to speak up, be brave, be confident, and ultimately, be our unique selves.

HFVS Anti Bullying Episode with Guest DJs, Again Again

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It's the first full week of July! Officially summer and a time for fireworks, BBQs, hiking, and summer events!

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

NATURE-BASED LEARNING: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Rd, Easthampton, MA. 

ART STUDIES: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 413-559-6300. 125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA. 

NEW ENGLAND HISTORYHistoric Deerfield. 413-774-5581. 84 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA. 

AGRICULTURENorthampton Tuesday Farmers’ Market. 413-320-4799. 1 Kirkland Ave, Northampton, MA. 

MUSIC STUDIESTanglewood. 413-637-5180. 297 West St. Lenox, MA. 

WORLD CULTURE STUDIESIrish Cultural Center of Western New England. 413-333-4951. 429 Morgan Road. West Springfield, MA.

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PVPA is now accepting applications for the 2022-23 school year. Application deadline is July 22, 2022.

Pioneer Valley Performing Arts (PVPA) Charter Public School in South Hadley is committed to supporting the Artist in every student. Students from over 50 towns in grades 7-12 thrive in an arts-centered, creative, challenging learning environment. PVPA is now accepting applications for the 2022-23 school yearApplication deadline is July 22. Lottery will be held Aug 1, for grades 7 & 11 only. Applications will be accepted for grades 7-11. Per state regulations, they will hold onto any applications for students in grades 8-10 until the time that their current waitlist for those grades is exhausted. If/ when that time comes, they will give at least one week’s notice to announce a lottery for the grade w/openings. More info: admissions@pvpa.org.

Hilltown Mobile Market is back for a 4th season! This year, they are operating an online store of products from 20 Hilltown farmers & producers where you can shop weekly for freshly harvested produce, meat, dairy, eggs & pantry items. Ordering will be packed & delivered to 18 pickup locations throughout the Hilltowns with convenient hours. They are also offering choice-based Farm Shares where you can spend down your balance throughout the season whenever & however it works for you! Share options range from $150 – $500, with a fully reimbursable option for those with SNAP/HIP. The Market will also be offering door delivery for residents at Westhampton Woods, Hamblin Court, Highland Village Circle, Hillside Terrance, Nash Hill, & The Maples.

FEATURED CONFERENCE
2022 Northeast Unschooling Conference
Amherst, MA

Summer at The Academy at Charlemont
July 14-17, 2022

Meet your people at the 2022 Northeast Unschooling Conference, July 14-17, 2022 in Amherst, MA! Located on the sprawling grounds of Hampshire College, Northeast Unschooling Conference is excited to welcome unschoolers, eclectic homeschoolers, lifelong learners, and autodidacts from all walks of life! Join them for a weekend filled with workshops for all ages, ranging from tie-dyeing and frog dissections to navigating homeschool reporting, college admissions, and much more. A keynote from Indigenous Filipino researcher Noah Romero on unschooling as radical liberation, panels, discussion groups, hands-on workshops, oh my! On-campus housing and meal plans are provided for all interested!

For more information:
northeastunschoolingconference.com or email neucinfo@gmail.com.

FEATURED EVENT
Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival
Florence, MA

Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival is an annual family-friendly celebration on Saturday, July 16, 2022, at Look Park in Florence, MA.
Saturday, July 16 from 9am-5pm at Look Memorial Park.

Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival is an annual family-friendly celebration on Saturday, July 16, 2022, at Look Park in Florence, MA. Events include children’s games, sheep herding, Scottish animals, and a water spray park. The festival also features Celtic music, piping & drumming competitions, Highland & Irish dance demos, Scottish gift & food vendors, 30+ clans, genealogy, and a Celtic Pub. Also, Scottish heavy athletics, where some world record-holders will compete. Appearing on the Main Stage are Albannach, Enter the Haggis, Sarah the Fiddler, and Charlie Zahm. Join the fun from 9am-5pm, w/music in the Celtic Pub until 9:30pm (rain or shine). Admission: Adult $25 (Advance $22); Age 6-12 $5; Under 6 free. More info at www.glasgowlands.org.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Sun & Roots Outdoor Play and Learn
Westhampton, MA

Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival is an annual family-friendly celebration on Saturday, July 16, 2022, at Look Park in Florence, MA.

Sun & Roots Outdoor Play and Learn in Westhampton (14 Shaw Rd) is a 2-week natural outdoor experience for children 3-5yo, rooted in sustainable living & fun! Keeping goals of natural living and sustainability in mind, Sun & Roots will offer a fun environment to explore the world around us and how we can utilize it sustainably. Children will help care for gardens, learn about food growth, play in the brook, and eat healthily. Participants will receive organic, natural snacks & healthy lunch. Offering activities & growth in the following areas: Organic Sustainability; Experiential Education & Play; Health & Wellness; Exploring the Natural World; Responsibility Training; and Creating Bonds & Friendships. Dates: Aug 8-12 and 15-19 (Mon-Fri). Contact: varna.naik@infinityed.us.

Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA, presents Art of The Hills: Visual Evidence, a Berkshire-Based Artist exhibition featuring a wide array of styles and mediums from artists living within 60 miles of the museum. On display from June 4 – September 11, 2022.

As well as Living Ink: The Art of Tattoos, a look into the artistry, history, and science behind tattooing. On display from June 25 – October 30, 2022.

Find more information and plan your visit at berkshiremuseum.org.

FEATURED PROGRAM
Red Mare Farm Horseback Riding Lessons
Hatfield, MA

Red Mare Farm Horseback Riding Lessons
In-Person/Indoors, In-Person/Outdoors

Is your kid horse crazy or animal crazy? Red Mare Farm provides year-round dressage-based riding lessons for adults and kids ages 8 and older. Red Mare Farm strives to teach riders to be the best partners with the horse that they can be. Safety, respect, and fun are the essential ingredients. Lesson subscription plans are available, including regular unmounted horsemanship classes for learning beyond the saddle. What are the benefits of kids learning with horses? Develop confidence, compassion, emotional awareness, humility and patience, discipline, and responsibility. Learn to accept disappointment and find resilience. And the list goes on. Join Red Mare Farm, and see for yourself what being involved with horses can do for you and your family. For more information: RedmarefarmLLC@gmail.com; 978-739-4707; www.redmarefarm.com.

FEATURED PRESCHOOL
Prelude Preschool of the Arts
Springfield, MA

Summer at The Academy at Charlemont
Now Enrolling for the 2022-23 School Year!

Community Music School of Springfield (CMSS) is a non-profit community arts school in Western MA. Their mission is to provide an equitable & inclusive center of excellence in music education that empowers individuals, inspires creative passion, and promotes well-being in their greater community. They serve over 500 students each year, including the Prelude Preschool of the Arts, a flexible, arts-centered preschool program for children ages 2.9-5yo. In their community partnership programs, they serve an additional 1,000 students. CMSS provides financial aid to support under-served segments of the community & create quality programs & instruction to help all students achieve their highest potential. Learn more at www.communitymusicschool.com.

See Your Ad Here

Partner with HIlltown Families!

Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 35,000 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.

Hilltown Families’ annual Summer Directory is the region’s go-to online resource for families looking for summer camps, programs, and opportunities in western Massachusetts and neighboring areas!
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

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Self-directed learning through the seasons! Explore your interests through a seasonal lens in Western Massachusetts!
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June is LGBTQIA Pride month! Join Carrie Ferguson of The Grumpytime Club for a joyous celebration of queer history, gender diversity, and community.

June is LGBTQIA Pride month! Join Carrie Ferguson of The Grumpytime Club for a joyous celebration of queer history, gender diversity, and community. Featuring a mini Queer Pride dance party!

HFVS Pride Month Episode with Guest DJ, Carrie Ferguson

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It's the last week of June, a time for nature explorations, annual celebrations, and library learning opportunities 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!

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

FILM STUDIESAmherst Cinema. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity St, Amherst, MA. 

DANCE STUDIESJacob’s Pillow. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. 

FIBER ARTSNorthampton Wools. 413-586-4331. 29 Pleasant St, Ste 101, Northampton, MA. 

SPORTSValley Blue Sox. MacKenzie Stadium. 413-533-1100. 500 Beech Street, Holyoke, MA.

Hilltown Families’ annual Summer Directory is the region’s go-to online resource for families looking for summer camps, programs, and opportunities in western Massachusetts and neighboring areas!

Hilltown Mobile Market is back for a 4th season! This year, they are operating an online store of products from 20 Hilltown farmers & producers where you can shop weekly for freshly harvested produce, meat, dairy, eggs & pantry items. Ordering will be packed & delivered to 18 pickup locations throughout the Hilltowns with convenient hours. They are also offering choice-based Farm Shares where you can spend down your balance throughout the season whenever & however it works for you! Share options range from $150 – $500, with a fully reimbursable option for those with SNAP/HIP. The Market will also be offering door delivery for residents at Westhampton Woods, Hamblin Court, Highland Village Circle, Hillside Terrance, Nash Hill, & The Maples.

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FEATURED FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN
Alice’s Kitchen Pavilion

Cummington, MA

Make donations of any size at patronicity.com/aliceskitchenpavilion.

Hilltown Families is a proud supporter of a new initiative coming to the Hilltowns! Alice Cozzolino, owner & operator of Alice’s Kitchen and former co-owner of The Old Creamery in Cummington, has an idea: Build a pavilion, host locally-sourced community meals, offer community-based educational events, and provide a local venue for the community to connect, eat, learn, and gather! With YOUR HELPAlice’s Kitchen Pavilion at Honey Hill Homestead in Cummington can become a reality. “As we face more challenging times in our world, it’s imperative that our ties are tenacious, and our webs well-woven… I hope the pavilion at Honey Hill Homestead can be a part of that community life,” says Alice. Join us in support of building this community resource at the heart of the Hilltowns! Learn more in this video. Alice’s Kitchen Pavilion fundraising campaign ends July 1, 2022, at 6pm and is eligible for a matching grant. Alice is poised to reach her minimum goal of $20K. Let’s take her all the way to the broader vision! 

FEATURED MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Green River Festival

Greenfield, MA

Kids 10 and under are always free!

Green River Festival, Western Massachusetts’ most family-friendly music festival, happens at The Franklin County Fairgrounds on June 24-26, 2022, in Greenfield, MA. Kids 10 and under are always free! In addition to an incredible lineup of music for adults featuring Father John Misty, Lake Street Dive, Guster, Galactic, and Waxahatchee, Green River Festival is packed with activities for children and families. Enjoy crafts and music at the Arts Garden tent and stage and explore Delilah, a life-size inflatable whale. Enjoy Flying High Frisbee Dogs, MuZen puppets, a Team BMX bike show, a games tent, and the not to be missed yearly Mardi Gras Parade. For a full lineup of family music and activities, visit www.greenriverfestival.com.

FEATURED CO-OP EVENT
River Valley Co-op’s

Strawberry Ice Cream Social
Easthampton, MA

Summer at The Academy at Charlemont
Thursday, June 23 from 5-8pm.

River Valley Co-op’s popular Strawberry Ice Cream Social is back! Held outdoors at their Easthampton location (228 Northampton St., Easthampton, MA) on Thursday, June 23, from 5-8pm, this family-friendly event will have live music, kids activities, and food for sale prepared by co-op chefs. Enjoy burgers, corn on the cob, potato salad, drinks, and of course, local ice cream served with local organic strawberries! There will be vegetarian and gluten-free options as well. All proceeds from this event will benefit three local nonprofits: Nolumbeka Project, The International Language Institute, and Riquezas Del Campo. Everyone in the community is welcome to stop by and celebrate the official start of summer in the Pioneer Valley! More info: rivervalley.coop.

FEATURED EVENT
Collage Day at The Carle 
Amherst, MA

Summer at The Academy at Charlemont
Saturday, June 25 from 11am-4pm.

Collage Day at The Carle – On Saturday, June 25, from 11am-4pm, join The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA, for a day of storytimes, gallery talks, and book signings! Meet some of the artists highlighted in Celebrating Collage: A 20th Anniversary Exhibition. Participating artists include Bryan Collier, Nina Crews, Thao Lam, Susan L. Roth, and Elizabeth Zunon. Masks are required for ages 5 and up. The Carle is celebrating 20 years and more than one million art- and book-loving visitors. This event kicks off six months of special exhibitions and activities. Free with Museum admission. For more information, visit www.carlemuseum.org.

Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA, presents Art of The Hills: Visual Evidence, a Berkshire-Based Artist exhibition featuring a wide array of styles and mediums from artists living within 60 miles of the museum. On display from June 4 – September 11, 2022.

As well as Living Ink: The Art of Tattoos, a look into the artistry, history, and science behind tattooing. On display from June 25 – October 30, 2022.

Find more information and plan your visit at berkshiremuseum.org.

FEATURED PRESCHOOL
Prelude Preschool of the Arts
Springfield, MA

Summer at The Academy at Charlemont
Now Enrolling for the 2022-23 School Year!

Community Music School of Springfield (CMSS) is a non-profit community arts school in Western MA. Their mission is to provide an equitable & inclusive center of excellence in music education that empowers individuals, inspires creative passion, and promotes well-being in their greater community. They serve over 500 students each year, including the Prelude Preschool of the Arts, a flexible, arts-centered preschool program for children ages 2.9-5yo. In their community partnership programs, they serve an additional 1,000 students. CMSS provides financial aid to support under-served segments of the community & create quality programs & instruction to help all students achieve their highest potential. Learn more at www.communitymusicschool.com.

FEATURED CONFERENCE
2022 Northeast Unschooling Conference
Amherst, MA

Summer at The Academy at Charlemont
July 14-17, 2022

Meet your people at the 2022 Northeast Unschooling Conference, July 14-17, 2022 in Amherst, MA! Located on the sprawling grounds of Hampshire College, Northeast Unschooling Conference is excited to welcome unschoolers, eclectic homeschoolers, lifelong learners, and autodidacts from all walks of life! Join them for a weekend filled with workshops for all ages, ranging from tie-dyeing and frog dissections to navigating homeschool reporting, college admissions, and much more. A keynote from Indigenous Filipino researcher Noah Romero on unschooling as radical liberation, panels, discussion groups, hands-on workshops, oh my! On-campus housing and meal plans are provided for all interested!

For more information:
northeastunschoolingconference.com or email neucinfo@gmail.com.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Sun & Roots Outdoor Play and Learn
Westhampton, MA

Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival is an annual family-friendly celebration on Saturday, July 16, 2022, at Look Park in Florence, MA.

Sun & Roots Outdoor Play and Learn in Westhampton (14 Shaw Rd) is a 2-week natural outdoor experience for children 3-5yo, rooted in sustainable living & fun! Keeping goals of natural living and sustainability in mind, Sun & Roots will offer a fun environment to explore the world around us and how we can utilize it sustainably. Children will help care for gardens, learn about food growth, play in the brook, and eat healthily. Participants will receive organic, natural snacks & healthy lunch. Offering activities & growth in the following areas: Organic Sustainability; Experiential Education & Play; Health & Wellness; Exploring the Natural World; Responsibility Training; and Creating Bonds & Friendships. Dates: Aug 8-12 and 15-19 (Mon-Fri). Contact: varna.naik@infinityed.us.

FEATURED PROGRAM
Red Mare Farm Horseback Riding Lessons
Hatfield, MA

Red Mare Farm Horseback Riding Lessons
In-Person/Indoors, In-Person/Outdoors

Is your kid horse crazy or animal crazy? Red Mare Farm provides year-round dressage-based riding lessons for adults and kids ages 8 and older. Red Mare Farm strives to teach riders to be the best partners with the horse that they can be. Safety, respect, and fun are the essential ingredients. Lesson subscription plans are available, including regular unmounted horsemanship classes for learning beyond the saddle. What are the benefits of kids learning with horses? Develop confidence, compassion, emotional awareness, humility and patience, discipline, and responsibility. Learn to accept disappointment and find resilience. And the list goes on. Join Red Mare Farm, and see for yourself what being involved with horses can do for you and your family. For more information: RedmarefarmLLC@gmail.com; 978-739-4707; www.redmarefarm.com.

FEATURED EVENT
Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival
Florence, MA

Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival is an annual family-friendly celebration on Saturday, July 16, 2022, at Look Park in Florence, MA.
Saturday, July 16 from 9am-5pm at Look Memorial Park.

Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival is an annual family-friendly celebration on Saturday, July 16, 2022, at Look Park in Florence, MA. Events include children’s games, sheep herding, Scottish animals, and a water spray park. The festival also features Celtic music, piping & drumming competitions, Highland & Irish dance demos, Scottish gift & food vendors, 30+ clans, genealogy, and a Celtic Pub. Also, Scottish heavy athletics, where some world record-holders will compete. Appearing on the Main Stage are Albannach, Enter the Haggis, Sarah the Fiddler, and Charlie Zahm. Join the fun from 9am-5pm, w/music in the Celtic Pub until 9:30pm (rain or shine). Admission: Adult $25 (Advance $22); Age 6-12 $5; Under 6 free. More info at www.glasgowlands.org.

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Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 35,000 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.

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Kelli Welli shares songs that show how numbers and math pop up in all kinds of ways in our lives. As you listen to the show, maybe you can think about all the fun and interesting places you find numbers all around you too.

Kelli Welli shares songs that show how numbers and math pop up in all kinds of ways in our lives. As you listen to the show, maybe you can think about all the fun and interesting places you find numbers all around you too.

HFVS Numbers, Numbers Everywhere Episode
with Guest DJ, Kelli Welli
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Summer officially begins this week, and Western MA is packed with summertime learning opportunities! From summer reading programs to nature-based learning, let your interests lead the way in how you engage with your community!

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 HISTORYGreat Falls Discovery Center. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. 

LIVING HISTORYHancock Shaker Village. 413-443-0188. 1843 W Housatonic St, Pittsfield, MA.

 LITERACYJones Library. 413-259-3223. 43 Amity St, Amherst, MA. P

ERFORMING ARTMahaiwe Performing Arts Center. 413-528-0100. 14 Castle St. Great Barrington, MA. 

CREATIVE FREE-PLAYThe Children’s Museum at Holyoke. 413-536-7048. 444 Dwight St, Holyoke, MA.

Hilltown Families’ annual Summer Directory is the region’s go-to online resource for families looking for summer camps, programs, and opportunities in western Massachusetts and neighboring areas!

Hilltown Mobile Market is back for a 4th season! This year, they are operating an online store of products from 20 Hilltown farmers & producers where you can shop weekly for freshly harvested produce, meat, dairy, eggs & pantry items. Ordering will be packed & delivered to 18 pickup locations throughout the Hilltowns with convenient hours. They are also offering choice-based Farm Shares where you can spend down your balance throughout the season whenever & however it works for you! Share options range from $150 – $500, with a fully reimbursable option for those with SNAP/HIP. The Market will also be offering door delivery for residents at Westhampton Woods, Hamblin Court, Highland Village Circle, Hillside Terrance, Nash Hill, & The Maples.

GreenLove Eco Cleaning

FEATURED FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN
Alice’s Kitchen Pavilion

Cummington, MA

Make donations of any size at patronicity.com/aliceskitchenpavilion.

Hilltown Families is a proud supporter of a new initiative coming to the Hilltowns! Alice Cozzolino, owner & operator of Alice’s Kitchen and former co-owner of The Old Creamery in Cummington, has an idea: Build a pavilion, host locally-sourced community meals, offer community-based educational events, and provide a local venue for the community to connect, eat, learn, and gather! With YOUR HELPAlice’s Kitchen Pavilion at Honey Hill Homestead in Cummington can become a reality. “As we face more challenging times in our world, it’s imperative that our ties are tenacious, and our webs well-woven… I hope the pavilion at Honey Hill Homestead can be a part of that community life,” says Alice. Join us in support of building this community resource at the heart of the Hilltowns! Learn more in this video. Alice’s Kitchen Pavilion fundraising campaign ends July 1, 2022, at 6pm and is eligible for a matching grant. Let’s take her all the way to the broader vision! 

Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA, presents Art of The Hills: Visual Evidence, a Berkshire-Based Artist exhibition featuring a wide array of styles and mediums from artists living within 60 miles of the museum. On display from June 4 – September 11, 2022.

As well as Living Ink: The Art of Tattoos, a look into the artistry, history, and science behind tattooing. On display from June 25 – October 30, 2022.

Find more information and plan your visit at berkshiremuseum.org.

FEATURED CO-OP EVENT
River Valley Co-op’s

Strawberry Ice Cream Social
Easthampton, MA

River Valley Co-op’s popular Strawberry Ice Cream Social is back! Held outdoors at their Easthampton location (228 Northampton St., Easthampton, MA) on Thursday, June 23, from 5-8pm, this family-friendly event will have live music, kids activities, and food for sale prepared by co-op chefs. Enjoy burgers, corn on the cob, potato salad, drinks, and of course, local ice cream served with local organic strawberries! There will be vegetarian and gluten-free options as well. All proceeds from this event will benefit three local nonprofits: Nolumbeka Project, The International Language Institute, and Riquezas Del Campo. Everyone in the community is welcome to stop by and celebrate the official start of summer in the Pioneer Valley! More info: rivervalley.coop.
Thursday, June 23 from 5-8pm.

River Valley Co-op’s popular Strawberry Ice Cream Social is back! Held outdoors at their Easthampton location (228 Northampton St., Easthampton, MA) on Thursday, June 23, from 5-8pm, this family-friendly event will have live music, kids activities, and food for sale prepared by co-op chefs. Enjoy burgers, corn on the cob, potato salad, drinks, and of course, local ice cream served with local organic strawberries! There will be vegetarian and gluten-free options as well. All proceeds from this event will benefit three local nonprofits: Nolumbeka Project, The International Language Institute, and Riquezas Del Campo. Everyone in the community is welcome to stop by and celebrate the official start of summer in the Pioneer Valley! More info: rivervalley.coop.

FEATURED MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Green River Festival

Greenfield, MA

Green River Festival, Western Massachusetts' most family-friendly music festival, happens at The Franklin County Fairgrounds on June 24-26, 2022, in Greenfield, MA. Kids 10 and under are always free! In addition to an incredible lineup of music for adults featuring Father John Misty, Lake Street Dive, Guster, Galactic, and Waxahatchee, Green River Festival is packed with activities for children and families. Enjoy crafts and music at the Arts Garden tent and stage and explore Delilah, a life-size inflatable whale. Enjoy Flying High Frisbee Dogs, MuZen puppets, a Team BMX bike show, a games tent, and the not to be missed yearly Mardi Gras Parade. For a full lineup of family music and activities, visit www.greenriverfestival.com.
Kids 10 and under are always free!

Green River Festival, Western Massachusetts’ most family-friendly music festival, happens at The Franklin County Fairgrounds on June 24-26, 2022, in Greenfield, MA. Kids 10 and under are always free! In addition to an incredible lineup of music for adults featuring Father John Misty, Lake Street Dive, Guster, Galactic, and Waxahatchee, Green River Festival is packed with activities for children and families. Enjoy crafts and music at the Arts Garden tent and stage and explore Delilah, a life-size inflatable whale. Enjoy Flying High Frisbee Dogs, MuZen puppets, a Team BMX bike show, a games tent, and the not to be missed yearly Mardi Gras Parade. For a full lineup of family music and activities, visit www.greenriverfestival.com.

FEATURED EVENT
Collage Day at The Carle 
Amherst, MA

Collage Day at The Carle - On Saturday, June 25, from 11am-4pm, join The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA, for a day of storytimes, gallery talks, and book signings! Meet some of the artists highlighted in Celebrating Collage: A 20th Anniversary Exhibition. Participating artists include Bryan Collier, Nina Crews, Thao Lam, Susan L. Roth, and Elizabeth Zunon. Masks are required for ages 5 and up. The Carle is celebrating 20 years and more than one million art- and book-loving visitors. This event kicks off six months of special exhibitions and activities. Free with Museum admission. For more information, visit www.carlemuseum.org.
Saturday, June 25 from 11am-4pm.

Collage Day at The Carle – On Saturday, June 25, from 11am-4pm, join The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA, for a day of storytimes, gallery talks, and book signings! Meet some of the artists highlighted in Celebrating Collage: A 20th Anniversary Exhibition. Participating artists include Bryan Collier, Nina Crews, Thao Lam, Susan L. Roth, and Elizabeth Zunon. Masks are required for ages 5 and up. The Carle is celebrating 20 years and more than one million art- and book-loving visitors. This event kicks off six months of special exhibitions and activities. Free with Museum admission. For more information, visit www.carlemuseum.org.

FEATURED CONFERENCE
2022 Northeast Unschooling Conference
Amherst, MA

Meet your people at the 2022 Northeast Unschooling Conference, July 14-17, 2022 in Amherst, MA! Located on the sprawling grounds of Hampshire College, Northeast Unschooling Conference is excited to welcome unschoolers, eclectic homeschoolers, lifelong learners, and autodidacts from all walks of life! Join them for a weekend filled with workshops for all ages, ranging from tie-dyeing and frog dissections to navigating homeschool reporting, college admissions, and much more. A keynote from Indigenous Filipino researcher Noah Romero on unschooling as radical liberation, panels, discussion groups, hands-on workshops, oh my! On-campus housing and meal plans are provided for all interested!
July 14-17, 2022

Meet your people at the 2022 Northeast Unschooling Conference, July 14-17, 2022 in Amherst, MA! Located on the sprawling grounds of Hampshire College, Northeast Unschooling Conference is excited to welcome unschoolers, eclectic homeschoolers, lifelong learners, and autodidacts from all walks of life! Join them for a weekend filled with workshops for all ages, ranging from tie-dyeing and frog dissections to navigating homeschool reporting, college admissions, and much more. A keynote from Indigenous Filipino researcher Noah Romero on unschooling as radical liberation, panels, discussion groups, hands-on workshops, oh my! On-campus housing and meal plans are provided for all interested!

For more information:
northeastunschoolingconference.com or email neucinfo@gmail.com.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Sun & Roots Outdoor Play and Learn
Westhampton, MA

Sun & Roots Outdoor Play and Learn in Westhampton (14 Shaw Rd) is a 2-week natural outdoor experience for children 3-5yo, rooted in sustainable living & fun! Keeping goals of natural living and sustainability in mind, Sun & Roots will offer a fun environment to explore the world around us and how we can utilize it sustainably. Children will help care for gardens, learn about food growth, play in the brook, and eat healthily. Participants will receive organic, natural snacks & healthy lunch. Offering activities & growth in the following areas: Organic Sustainability; Experiential Education & Play; Health & Wellness; Exploring the Natural World; Responsibility Training; and Creating Bonds & Friendships. Dates: Aug 8-12 and 15-19 (Mon-Fri). Contact: varna.naik@infinityed.us.

Sun & Roots Outdoor Play and Learn in Westhampton (14 Shaw Rd) is a 2-week natural outdoor experience for children 3-5yo, rooted in sustainable living & fun! Keeping goals of natural living and sustainability in mind, Sun & Roots will offer a fun environment to explore the world around us and how we can utilize it sustainably. Children will help care for gardens, learn about food growth, play in the brook, and eat healthily. Participants will receive organic, natural snacks & healthy lunch. Offering activities & growth in the following areas: Organic Sustainability; Experiential Education & Play; Health & Wellness; Exploring the Natural World; Responsibility Training; and Creating Bonds & Friendships. Dates: Aug 8-12 and 15-19 (Mon-Fri). Contact: varna.naik@infinityed.us.

FEATURED PRESCHOOL
Prelude Preschool of the Arts
Springfield, MA

Community Music School of Springfield (CMSS) is a non-profit community arts school in Western MA. Their mission is to provide an equitable & inclusive center of excellence in music education that empowers individuals, inspires creative passion, and promotes well-being in their greater community. They serve over 500 students each year, including the Prelude Preschool of the Arts, a flexible, arts-centered preschool program for children ages 2.9-5yo. In their community partnership programs, they serve an additional 1,000 students. CMSS provides financial aid to support under-served segments of the community & create quality programs & instruction to help all students achieve their highest potential. Learn more at www.communitymusicschool.com.
Now Enrolling for the 2022-23 School Year!

Community Music School of Springfield (CMSS) is a non-profit community arts school in Western MA. Their mission is to provide an equitable & inclusive center of excellence in music education that empowers individuals, inspires creative passion, and promotes well-being in their greater community. They serve over 500 students each year, including the Prelude Preschool of the Arts, a flexible, arts-centered preschool program for children ages 2.9-5yo. In their community partnership programs, they serve an additional 1,000 students. CMSS provides financial aid to support under-served segments of the community & create quality programs & instruction to help all students achieve their highest potential. Learn more at www.communitymusicschool.com.

FEATURED DAYCARE/PRESCHOOL
Valley Play School
Shelburne Falls, MA

Valley Play School is located in the heart of Shelburne Falls. It is a branch of the Girls Club of Greenfield and offers a variety of full and part time options for parents as well as a variety of subsidies. It operates year round, Monday through Friday from 8am-4:30pm, with breakfast and snack served daily. Two classrooms serve children 8 months to 6 years. VPS’s methods emphasize low teacher/student ratios and a healthy, enriching environment where children learn through their play and process has more importance than product. Children learn by doing in a supportive, nurturing environment that promotes pro-social behaviors. It provides diverse opportunities for quality interactions, connections and school readiness. Daycare. Preschool. ♦ Ages 8mo-6yrs. For more information: ahawk@girlsclubofgreenfield.org; 413-625-2406; www.girlsclubofgreenfield.org.
Indoor Program

Valley Play School is located in the heart of Shelburne Falls. It is a branch of the Girls Club of Greenfield and offers a variety of full and part time options for parents as well as a variety of subsidies. It operates year round, Monday through Friday from 8am-4:30pm, with breakfast and snack served daily. Two classrooms serve children 8 months to 6 years. VPS’s methods emphasize low teacher/student ratios and a healthy, enriching environment where children learn through their play and process has more importance than product. Children learn by doing in a supportive, nurturing environment that promotes pro-social behaviors. It provides diverse opportunities for quality interactions, connections and school readiness. Daycare. Preschool. ♦ Ages 8mo-6yrs. For more information: ahawk@girlsclubofgreenfield.org; 413-625-2406; www.girlsclubofgreenfield.org.

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Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 35,000 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

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2022 Preschool & Daycare Directory

Preschool Directory

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Little Miss Ann, a Chicago-based children's musician, spins tunes with "Good Vibes" to inspire families to spread "Good Vibes" to all!

Little Miss Ann, a Chicago-based children’s musician with 6 albums for kids, spins tunes with “Good Vibes” to inspire families to spread “Good Vibes” to all!

HFVS Good Vibes Episode
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