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Many family-friendly New Year’s celebrations offer opportunities to not only celebrate, but to explore – inviting families to visit many locations or landmarks for a variety of reasons, including performances, art shows, hands-on activities, ceremonies, and even sometimes food! This exploratory element of such events provides a place-based component to the cultural learning that New Year’s celebrations invite; families can use their explorations to solidify their sense of place as they learn about and become a part of local culture. Moving through the local landscape, whether familiar or not, allows physical context to be added to families’ understanding and experience of celebration – offering them insight as to how the celebration they’re engaging in has developed and deepened a sense of place. Here are several to consider this New Year’s Eve, celebrating the last day & night of 2018…

Many family-friendly New Year’s celebrations offer a range of opportunities to not only celebrate, but also to explore by inviting families to visit many locations or landmarks in their local communities. These celebrations includes performances, art shows, hands-on activities, ceremonies and sometimes food! Such events encourage Western Massachusetts residents to engage their local community and experience it from new perspectives. The exploratory aspect of such events provides a place-based element to the cultural learning that New Year’s celebrations foster. Participants can solidify their sense of place as they learn about and become a part of a local culture, tradition and heritage. Moving through the local landscape offers insight and understanding of home, place and the meaning of local identity and culture.

New Years Eve…a great global unity in celebrating the past joys and the hopeful future. Celebrate with your children this year out in your community. Read on for some great suggestions for a family friendly New Years Eve celebrations in western MA!

Our list of events for this weekend and New Year’s Eve/Day is up with fun and education suggestions. Find out what’s happening near you on New Year’s Eve and celebrate with your kids. Then on New Year’s Day, start a new family tradition and go on a First Day Hike!

Berkshire County Highlights for Families: February 9th-22nd, 2013 Valentine’s Day is next week and school vacation week is the week after… and we’ve got you covered in Berkshire County!  In our list of events below you will find all sorts of fun activities to do with the kids and even some date night options for the parents!  If you’re looking for winter vacation camp options for the week of Feb 18-22, 2013… Read More

Berkshire County Highlights for Families: January 26th – February 8th, 2013 Ready to shake off those winter blues? There are several events coming up in Berkshire County that will get you moving and having fun! Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will host National Girls and Women in Sports Day, Winter Wildlife Day happens at the WRLF, and Williamstown’s 10th annual Snowfest will take place too! There will also be ways to supplement… Read More

Berkshire County Highlights for Families: January 12th-25th, 2013 We’re nearly a month into winter with a healthy layer of snow on the ground, a great excuse to get outdoors and enjoying the beauty of the Berkshires!  There are several opportunities to dust off and put your snowshoes to good use over the next couple of weeks!  So strap on your snowshoes and select your choice destination for winter fun, including snowshoe race… Read More

Celebrating the New Year It’s the last day of the year! There are a number of community events families can join in today to celebrate the last day of the year while ushering in the new year! NEW YEAR’S EVE Holyoke’s First Night, Jr. Northampton’s First Night Wilbraham New Year’s Eve Celebration 16th Annual Starry Starry Night in Orange Jiminy Peak Tochlight Parade If you’re looking for a fun Parents’ Night Out… Read More

First Nights to First Day Hikes. Emancipation Proclamation to John F. Kennedy. Dinosaurs to Bubbles… These are just a few of the learning highlights we’re featuring this week! Get out into your community and learn while you play!  And be sure to check our list of supporting book titles to supplement the learning on the different topics highlighted each week. Purchase them for your family library, or check them out from the public… Read More

Berkshire County Highlights for Families: December 29th, 2012 – January 11th, 2013 The year ends with a flurry of marionette shows, musicals, magic shows, and community theater productions in the Berkshires, and a new year begins with a First Day Hike at the Pittsfield State Forest.  Culture and amazing natural resources to fill your days while we usher out one year and in another! Find out about these events and other community… Read More

Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Western MA, 2011 Celebrate New Year’s in Hampshire County all day on the 31st at First Night Northampton starting at 12noon!  First Night is a fundraiser for the Northampton Center for the Arts, and it provides an opportunity for families to enjoy many different forms of art, including live music and dance performances.  Over 20 different studios and businesses in downtown Northampton participate in the event, offering… Read More

Enter to win a pair of tickets to see… Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band plus Love Canon Calvin Theatre – New Year’s Eve Saturday, December 31st 8pm Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance to win free tickets to see adult venues in the Pioneer Valley for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT! You pay for the sitter, we’ll pay for the tickets! To end… Read More

Volunteer Opportunity: First Night Northampton First Night is a Northampton tradition enjoyed by the community every year- families love all of the fun events that take place all day (especially the fireworks!) and it’s a wonderful way to wrap up the holidays. However, all of the fun couldn’t happen without the help of volunteers! The Northampton Center for the Arts, which the event benefits, is seeking volunteers to help out during First… Read More

Discover fun and educational events happening this week in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast. 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. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening,… Read More

Follow Hilltown Families on Discover fun and educational events happening this weekend in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast. 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. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these… Read More

Happy New Year! How does your family ring in the New Year?

First Night Northampton 2007
First Night Northampton 2007

This coming week we welcome in another new year! How does your family ring in the New Year? Fireworks? First day hike? Culinary traditions are very popular. In Spain they eat 12 grapes in 12 seconds. In the Netherlands it’s apple fritters. And down south it’s black-eyed peas. Share with us in our comment box, local listserv or over on the HF Facebook page.

FIRST NIGHT NOHO This year’s First Night festivities in Northampton, MA, will begin on New Year’s Eve at noon. There will be a special 25th (Silver) Anniversary Show at the Northampton Center for the Arts, followed by a family parade. “Many silvery surprises including dancers, drummers, and giant puppets plus a special presentation of Mixed Nuts, by Double Vision. The Silver First Night Family Parade will begin at the Northampton Center for… Read More

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