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Easter Events in Western MA 2015 Community events that celebrate Easter take place over the next few week. We’ll be adding to this list as events come in, so be sure to check back:

Easter is around the corner. During Easter many towns host egg hunts for their residents. Find an egg hunt nearest you, along with Easter craft opportunities, brunch and Easter Bunny appearances and make your family plans to get out into your community and celebrate…

Support Neighbors in Transition Volunteer with Gray House in Springfield Looking for community service opportunities to do as a family? Whether you’re hoping to fill a few free afternoons with an engaging activity or are planning to make a long-term commitment to lending a hand with a community organization, opportunities for service learning abound at The Gray House! Located in Springfield’s North End, The Gray House offers a thrift shop and food… Read More

Easter Events in Western MA 2013 Community events that celebrate Easter take place through April 13th. We’ll be adding to this list as events come in, so be sure to check back. Saturday, March 16th In Great Barrington at 3pm, earn to make naturally-dyed eggs with the Berkshire Co-op! Families will learn how to use food, flowers, leaves, and more to create beautifully decorated, all-natural holiday eggs. You’ll get to take the… Read More

Springfield Non-Profits Working Together! “Habitat Goes to the Zoo!” Volunteer Event Saturday, Sept. 22nd Teens ages 16yo and older and their parents are invited to participate in the volunteer opportunity event, “Habitat Goes to the Zoo!” on Saturday, Sept. 22nd! The Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity (GSHFH) and The Zoo in Forest Park & Education Center, two cherished Springfield non-profits, are working together to improve the public grounds at the Zoo for… Read More

Last Days of Summer at the Springfield Museums We’re down to those last, bittersweet weeks of summer before fall routines gets re-established and school begins, and most of us have had that week’s vacation away elsewhere. So it may be a good time to plan a family day trip. Here’s my thoughts about what’s fun and educational at the Springfield Museums during these last few weeks of summer. For adults there’s the… Read More

April Vacation Week at the Springfield Museums The Springfield Museums’ usual array of family activities is broader than ever during school vacation week!  Along with the museums’ many family-friendly exhibits and galleries, there will be several performances, special events, demonstrations, hands-on activities, and more! The museum is currently hosting an exhibit titled, “Frogs: A Chorus of Colors,” which will be open throughout the week – families can learn about the habitat of… Read More

Open House Day at All Springfield Library Branches: April 10th-15th Springfield City Library writes: A visit to Springfield City Library opens many doors, literally and figuratively, and “You Belong at Your Library,” theme of this year’s National Library Week, will be celebrated with Open House Days at all branches. Each branch will welcome visitors to their unique spaces and show off their extraordinary resources; in fact most have been open since the… Read More

Easter Events in Western MA 2012 Community events that celebrate Easter begin this weekend. We’ll be adding to this list as events come in, so be sure to check back. Saturday, March 31st In Easthampton at 10am, an annual Egg Hunt of 18,000 eggs (many with prizes) happens at Millside Park. Hunt begins promptly, so arrive early and BYO basket! Easter Bunny will make an appearance too. Great photo opportunity. 413-529-1440. 2 Ferry… Read More

Frogs: A Chorus of Colors Springfield Museums January 21st – May 13th, 2012 The Springfield Museums will be hosting the exhibit, “Frogs: A Chorus of Colors,” January 21st through May 13th, 2012.  This is a new exhibit of live frogs that teaches visitors about the many different types of frogs found around the world and the habitats in which they can be found.  The exhibit holds fifteen different habitats filled with plants, waterfalls,… Read More

Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly The Springfield Science Museum will have the special exhibit Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly, on view from January 15 through May 22, 2011. The world’s largest traveling reptile exhibition, Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly is an interactive zoological exhibition bringing visitors face to face with living reptiles from around the world. Colorful lizards, bizarre turtles, deadly snakes, alligators and crocodiles are exhibited in naturalistic habitats. Families… Read More

Heat Wave When we moved an hour north, I thought it might be snowier in the winter, but I didn’t think it’d be hotter in the summers. Here in Northampton we have been victims of several faker summer thunderstorms. The skies cloud over, we get ready to go do our rain dance of joy in the streets, the wind picks up, we hear a distant rumble, a few drops fall and then… Read More

Springfield Museums to Join Public Reading of Frederick Douglass Speech Wednesday, June 30th at Noon The Springfield Museums are participating in a communal reading of Frederick Douglass’s fiery 1852 speech, “The Meaning of the Fourth of July to the Negro.” The shared reading will take place at noon on June 30th in Court Square in Springfield and will be followed by a discussion at First Church. On July 5, 1852, Douglass, a… Read More

Bioblitz in the Pioneer Valley Saturday, June 5th in Springfield, MA What is a Bioblitz? A bioblitz is a 24 hour event to find, identify, and record as many species as possible, from microbe to mammal, at a given location. Bioblitzes provide valuable information to park managers and get kids excited about science and the natural world. During the weekend students will head out on various themed nature walks to explore, investigate,… Read More