Hilltown Families


A vital part of the community since 2008, DownStreet Art helps to promote community access to and participation in the arts. Offering monthly community celebrations of arts and culture during the summertime as well as a full calendar of arts-based events year-round, DownStreet Art helps to give life to the city of North Adams by drawing in both the local community and visitors from away.

The idea of an extinct species is a chilling one, and the case of the passenger pigeon is one of rapidly declining numbers actually bottoming out at zero; an incredible blow to the planet’s natural life. MASS MoCA does its best to bring the passenger pigeon back to life in its wonderful space via a stunning new video installation. This exhibit is something for the whole family to experience, as it brings pause and reflection to the idea of existence and offers important educational themes to explore.

MASS MoCA’s “It’s Only Human” Kidspace exhibit and activity program is a fantastic achievement that stimulates all kind of curiosity, inviting discussion on topics such as body image and the complexities of anatomy, health, and wellness. Two artists offer differing perspectives of the human body through captivating lenses. This exhibit is for the whole family! Don’t miss the opening reception for on Saturday, June 14. Bring the kids and take a look at the works on display, have an open-ended family discussion about the exhibition (Not sure how to start? Try using questions we’ve provided!).

Art Assemblies for Students at MASS MoCA in North Adams Mass MoCA in North Adams, home to galleries full of unique and interesting contemporary artwork, is offering a series of Art Assemblies for students!  The performances, which will take place once each between December and June, feature a wide variety of music, dance, and storytelling and are meant to expose students to new forms of artistic expression. Performances include: Radio Jarocho’s Mexican… Read More

Family Programming at MASS MoCA: Fall 2012 Fall is the perfect season for children and families to explore MASS MoCA in North Adams together. Educational programming at the museum abounds, with the exhibition Curiosity and art-making at Kidspace, curriculum-based performances through Art Assembly, a Halloween-themed gallery quest, and the Muppet Music Extravaganza concert (All this within the restored campus of 19th-century factory buildings, making MASS MoCA the largest center for contemporary art in… Read More

Free Day at MASS MoCA Saturday, February 11th, 2012 Have you been wondering what’s inside the tall, 19th century industrial buildings at Mass MoCA in North Adams, MA?  Now’s your chance!  The museum’s annual FREE Day takes place on Saturday, February 11th from 11am-8pm.  Visitors will be able to view the museum in its entirety- no exhibits will be excluded!  Along with the museum’s exhibits will be special events just for FREE… Read More

Art Assembly Program in the Berkshires MASS MoCA has released this year’s schedule of performances for kids! The shows are designed to allow students a chance to learn about the arts, and the museum offers free curriculum materials for educators to use before and after the performances. This year’s shows include music and dance with Lady Bee, musical ensemble Alloy Orchestra, and the Zany Umbrella Circus! Educators can use the performances as… Read More

SUGGEST AN EVENT If you have a family-friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, post your event on our “Suggest An Event” page. HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW This week we are offering four free tickets to see The Harmonica Pocket at Mass MoCA on Saturday, January 24, at 1 PM in North Adams, MA.  Click HERE to discover more. FEATURED EVENT Maira… Read More

FREE TICKETS For The Family to See The Harmonica Pocket Live at Mass MoCA in North Adams, MA January 24th, 2009 @ 1pm We are pleased to offer four free tickets to see The Harmonica Pocket perform live in North Adams, MA at Mass MoCA on Saturday, January 24, at 1 PM in Club B-10. ABOUT THE SHOW The Harmonica Pocket’s live children’s show aims to get families singing and moving in… Read More

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