Suggested Events for Dec 17th-23rd, 2011

Discover fun and educational events happening this week in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast.

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Families can make gingerbread houses together in Greenfield on Saturday, Dec 17th as part of Community Action Family Center Programs Saturday STEM playgroup. Details below. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

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On Saturday, Dec 17th at 6:30pm – SOLSTICE CELEBRATION: Celebrate the solstice at the Magical Roundhouse.  Celebrate the season by sharing stories about holding onto light and love during the darkest part of the year.  This is a community event, and is also pat of Colrain’s 250th birthday celebrations- stories about the community in Colrain will be featured!  This event is a way to introduce your family to solstice celebrations and a way to foster togetherness within the community.  Bring a snack to share and something to donate to the Franklin Area Survival Center.  413-625-5140.  68 Van Nuys Road.  Colrain, MA.  ($)

And in the morning on Sunday, Dec 18th from 11am-4pm - CHANUKAH CELEBRATION: The Yiddish Book Center hosts a Chanukah celebration today!  The event includes a Yiddish tish, family games, storytelling from Rona Leventhal, and at 2pm, the South Hadley Children’s Chorus will present a show including songs drawn from Jewish traditions and Chanukah!  413-256-4900.  1021 West Street.  Amherst, MA.  ($) 

The later in the afternoon on Sunday, Dec 18th from 3-5pm - CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION: Decorate cookies with the Easthampton Family Center!  There will be a sing-a-long with Mrs. Claus (Santa has a pretty busy schedule this weekend!) and free books for every family. 413-527-5496.  43 Main Street.  Easthampton, MA.  (<$)

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On Tuesday, Dec 27 at 4pm – CHANUKAH CELEBRATION: The Berkshire Mall host their annual tradition of lighting their giant menorah. All are invited and there will be an afternoon of live music, potato latkes, sufganiyot, games, dancing and much fun! 413-499-9899. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

BULLETIN BOARD

WINTER CIRCUS CAMP: Come beat the winter blues at SHOW Circus Studio in Easthampton! A winter camp for ages 6-15 will be offered on December 28 and 29. These day camps will run from 9am – 3pm and it will cover all aspects of circus arts including trapeze, fabric, juggling, balancing, acrobatics, partnering, human pyramids, stretching, strength, and circus games. A great way for kids to get out during winter break and learn some new skills! Registration is limited so register early to guarantee a spot! Cost: $60/day. Visit www.showcircusstudio.com or call 413-527-6901 for more information. Sign up for both days for only $100! Add both days to your cart and at check out, use promotion code “WINTERCAMP” to get $20 off. Please contact the studio with any questions

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The Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture writes, “Buy local… Christmas trees and holiday decorations!  Locally grown trees, wreaths, roping, and cemetery boxes are available now at farms and farm stands across the Valley. Make a family excursion of choosing and cutting a tree, or pick one that’s all ready to go. Either way, local trees, wreaths and greenery are fresh and long-lasting, and they smell good, too. Decorate your house while feeling good about your carbon footprint and your support for the local economy! See our list of local farms that sell holiday greenery.”

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS:
Dec 17th-23rd, 2011

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Saturday, Dec 17th, 2011

“Hilltown Families connects me with great family-friendly venues and better yet, gives me a way to connect friends with the site, so they show up, too! I send along the link to new parents, parents of teens, etc. Or, folks new to the area who may not have kids, but are looking for fun local flavor. Thanks for all you do,” - Deborah Doulette (Whately, MA

6-10am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) offers 4-hours of commercial-free family programing every Saturday, including the Hilltown Family Variety Show and Spare the Rock. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org.

Hilltown Family Variety Show9-10am – HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: Mama Doni Brings The Heart of Chanukah to the Hilltown Family Variety Show as this week’s Guet DJ. Mama Doni plans a lively program of songs and stories for Chanukah, including musical selections from Sha Na Na, The GrooveBarbers, and Woody Guthrie, along with Mama Doni Band originals, including “Chanukah Fever,” “Latke Man,” and “Honey. This Ain’t Money.”   She’ll also read a Chanukah story,  offer some great family activities for the holiday, and share some of her favorite Chanukah recipes, such as Judah Mac-N-Cheese and Choco-latkes.  Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org.  – Listen to the most recent episodes of the Hilltown Family Variety Show anytime you want. Click here to see our current select of episodes, and be sure to subscribe to the podcast too.

10am-12noon – GINGERBREAD HOUSE:  Families can make gingerbread houses together. Part of Community Action Family Center Programs Saturday STEM playgroup, this week families can explore shapes by making their own gingerbread houses. Gingerbread stories will be read and a family breakfast will be served. 413-475-1553. 90 Federal Street. Greenfield, MA (FREE)

10-11:30am – HOLIDAY TEA: The Pelham Library host music and dancing today. Santa visits, sword dancing and the Antler Dance, Klezamir music and dancing, refreshments from the Historial Society… a fun time in the stacks! 413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road. Pelham, MA (FREE)

WINTER FARMERS’ MARKETS

  • 10am-1pm – WINTER FARMERS’ MARKET: Visit the Amherst Winter Market for local foods!  Takes place at Amherst Middle School.  170 Chestnut Street.  Amherst, MA.  (MARKET) 
  • 10am-2pm – WINTER FARMERS’ MARKET: If you live near Springfield, you can stock up on locally grown produce and food items today at the winter market! Takes place in the old monkey house in Forest Park.  302 Sumner Avenue.  Springfield, MA.  (MARKET) 
  • 10am-2pm – WINTER FARMERS’ MARKET: Berkshire Grown’s Great Barrington holiday farmers’ market takes place today at Muddy Brook Elementary today!  318 Monument Valley Road.  Great Barrington, MA.  (MARKET)
  • 10am-2pm – WINTER FARMERS’ MARKET: Stock up on delicious locally grown and/or produced foods and goods today at Berkshire Grown’s holiday market at Williams College!  82 Latham Street.  Williamstown, MA.  (MARKET) 

10:30-11:30am – FATHER & CHILD: The Storrs Library has a Saturday program for kids and their dads!  Dads and Donuts is an hour of stories, crafts, and of course donuts!  Bonding time for kids and dads, plus alone time for mom.  413-693 Longmeadow Street.  Longmeadow, MA.  (FREE)

11am – CIRCUS ARTS: Take part in a juggling workshop today at the Berkshire Museum!  Performers from SHOW Circus Studio will teach 2-3 different juggling techniques to all eager future performers.  413-443-7171.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($$) 

11am-2pm – SCIENCE ADVENTURES: The Springfield Museums offers interactive opportunities for families to learn about science together today with the Roving Scientist!  Visit the museum to see what discoveries there are in store.  800-625-7738.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.  ($) 

11:15-2pm – ASTRONOMY ADVENTURE: The Springfield Museums are having planetarium shows today!  There are shows beginning at various times throughout the late morning and early afternoon, and topics vary in depth and age range.  800-625-7738.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.  ($) 

12noon – SANTA: Meet Santa at Hadley Elementary School!  You can have lunch, get your picture taken with Santa, and write a letter to send to the North Pole.  413-586-6375.  21 River Drive.  Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

12noon-3pm – SANTA: If you live in northern Franklin County, today is your chance to visit Santa!  He’ll be at Pages Bookstore today- you can meet him and get a free picture taken. 413-369-6055.  98 Main Street.  Conway, MA.  (FREE)

12noon-3pm – SANTA: Santa Claus is at the Springfield Museums today!  He’ll be in the Gingerbread Fantasy exhibit.  After you meet him, you can do crafts- lead by a helpful elf- and vote for your favorite gingerbread house!  413-263-6800.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.  ($)

12:30-4:30pm – CHESS FOR TEENS: Teens and tweens can enter a chess tournament at the Central Library!  It’s best if you have a good understanding of the rules of the game if you want to play- if you’ve got that much, though, feel free to enter!  Players with anything from some experience to tons of experience are invited.  Call to register.  413-263-6828.  220 State Street.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE) 

1pm – FAMILY CONCERT: David Grover will be performing a family concert at the Berkshire Museum.   Take in the museum’s exhibit, “Under the Big Top: Festival of Trees” while you’re there. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA (FREE W/ADMISSION)

Ice Skating in Western MA1-2:50pm – ICE SKATING: Put on your skates and meet Santa on the ice!  Amelia Park Arena hosts skating with Santa this afternoon.  413-568-2503.  21 South Broad Street.  Westfield, MA.  (<$) 

2-4pm – CHESS FOR EVERYONE: Play chess at Forbes Library!  All ages and abilities welcome.  If you have your own chess set, bring it with you!  413-587-1011.  20 West Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE) ♦

2-4pm – ASPERGER SUPPORT: Meetup at the Westfield Athenaeum 3rd Sat. of every month  with members of the Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership. Anyone on the spectrum, parents of children with asperger and folks in support roles are welcomed. Meet downstairs in the committee room. Contact Michael Reinhagen at mreinhagen@gmail.com for more info. 6 Elm St. Westfield, MA (FREE)

4-6pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Welcome the longest night of the year tonight at Bartholomew’s Cobble!  There will be a campfire accompanied by stories, songs, marshmallows, and hot chocolate.  413-229-8600. Sheffield, MA  (<$) 

4-8pm – SANTA: Take a ride on Santa’s train at Look Park!  Meet Santa in his workshop and enjoy a ride through a magical winter wonderland.  Mrs. Claus and the elves will be there too.  413-584-5457.  300 North Main Street.  Florence, MA.  (DONATION)

4-9pm – HOLIDAY LIGHTS: Look Park’s holiday light display is open for the holiday season!  The park is lit up with tons of holiday displays, and there will be hayrides through the lights and the park’s zoo!  413-584-5457.  300 North Main Street.  Florence, MA.  (DONATION) 

5-9pm – HOLIDAY LIGHTS: Forest Park is lit up for the holidays!  There are tons of interesting, intricate, and intriguing light displays to be seen inside of Bright Lights, the park’s holiday exhibit.  Get in the holiday spirit!  413-733-3800.  Route 83.  Springfield, MA.  ($)

5-11:30pm – HOLIDAY CONTRA DANCE: The Lenox Holiday Contra Dance happens at the Lenox Community Center. Bring your kids between 5-7pm for a kid friendly dance. Potluck from 7-8pm. Then dancing closes out the night. 65 Walker Street. Lenox. MA (>$)

6pm – LUMINARIA DISPLAY: Light Up Our Village in the village of Florence. Holiday reception at the civic center. Hayrides around the village to take in the luminarias. 413-320-2306. Florence, MA (>$)

6:30pm - SOLSTICE CELEBRATION: Celebrate the solstice at the Magical Roundhouse.  Celebrate the season by sharing stories about holding onto light and love during the darkest part of the year.  This is a community event, and is also pat of Colrain’s 250th birthday celebrations- stories about the community in Colrain will be featured!  This event is a way to introduce your family to solstice celebrations and a way to foster togetherness within the community.  Bring a snack to share and something to donate to the Franklin Area Survival Center.  413-625-5140.  68 Van Nuys Road.  Colrain, MA.  ($)

7pm – HOLIDAY CONCERT: The Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra presents an evening of holiday music!  Best for kids with audience skills, the show includes the prelude to Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel as well as selections from The Nutcracker, Lord of the Rings, and the Polar Express.  Takes place at Greenfield High School.  413-773-3664.  141 Davis Street.  Greenfield, MA.  ($) 

7:30pm – HOLIDAY CONCERT: The Arcadia Players presents Handel’s Messiah at Abbey Memorial Chapel at Mt. Holyoke College.  Arcadia Players are a professional vocal ensemble accompanied by a period instrument orchestra.  413-584-9302.  College Street.  South Hadley, MA.  ($$)

7pm – HOLIDAY SING-A-LONG: Sing classic and contemporary holiday music tonight at the Congregational Church of South Hadley Falls.  There will be fun games and contests, and after the sing-a-long you can bake cookies and have some hot chocolate.  11 North Main Street.  South Hadley Falls, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – THEATER: The New Renaissance Players present “It’s A Wonderful Life” at the Shea Theater!  Enjoy this unique theatrical production of the classic movie.  413-863-2281.  71 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  ($)

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

7:30pm – SANTACIDE: See Santacide tonight at the Academy of Music!  It’s a musical written by locals Rhymes With Orange cartoonist Hilary Price and singer-songwriter Erin McKeown.  413-584-9032.  Main Street.  Northampton, MA.  ($) 

THE SANTALAND DIARIES in Lenox, MA.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL in Pittsfield, MA

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Sunday, Dec 18th, 2011

Hilltown Family Variety Show7-8am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) airs encores the Hilltown Family Variety Show every Sunday morning. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org.

“Hilltown Families keeps me connected with what is going on around the Valley (as well as the Hilltowns) it has become my main source of entertainment info.” - Tony Lemos (Ashfield, MA

10am-4pm – HOLIDAY ART FAIRE: A quirky craft fair with handmade items and one-of-a kind goods. Kid friendly! In the Old Dynamite space in Thornes Market (bottom floor). Northampton, MA (MARKET)

11am-2pm – SCIENCE ADVENTURE: Go on a family science adventure at the Springfield Museums!  There are interactive educational opportunities to be had within the museum galleries.  800-625-7738.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.  (<$) 

11am-3pm – SANTA: Santa Claus is at the Springfield Museums today!  He’ll be in the Gingerbread Fantasy exhibit.  After you meet him, you can do crafts- lead by a helpful elf- and vote for your favorite gingerbread house!  413-263-6800.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.  ($)

11am-4pm – CHANUKAH CELEBRATION: The Yiddish Book Center hosts a Chanukah celebration today!  The event includes a Yiddish tish, family games, storytelling from Rona Leventhal, and at 2pm, the South Hadley Children’s Chorus will present a show including songs drawn from Jewish traditions and Chanukah!  413-256-4900.  1021 West Street.  Amherst, MA.  ($) 

11:15-2pm – ASTRONOMY ADVENTURE: See a planetarium show today at the Springfield Museums!  There are many different short shows happening during the late morning and early afternoon- find one that matches your childrens’ interests.  800-625-7738.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.  (<$) 

12noon-3pm – HANUKKAH TASTING: Stop in to River Valley Market Co-op for a tasting of Hanukkah food and a demonstration on how to make traditional potato latkes.  Live music. 413-584-2665. 330 North King Street. Northampton, MA (FREE)

11am-4pm – ART ADVENTURES: The KidSpace at Mass MoCA is open today- explore an exhibit designed just for young people and make some art of your own!  413-664-4481.  1040 Mass MoCA Way.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE) ♦

2pm – FAMILY THEATER: For the first time ever, the Berkshire Theater Festival is performing “A Christmas Carol” this year for the holiday season with James Taylor at the Colonial Theater!  Introduce your kids to this Christmas classic from the Victorian Era.   413-997-4444. Pittsfield, MA ($$) 

2pm – THE NUTCRACKER: See the Bolshoi Theater of Moscow’s production of the Nutcracker on the big screen in the Little Cinema at the Berkshire Museum!  Kids can enjoy the traditional holiday show and learn about how certain art forms cross cultural boundaries.  413-443-7171.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($) 

2pm – FAMILY THEATER: The New Renaissance Players present “It’s A Wonderful Life” at the Shea Theater!  Enjoy this unique theatrical production of the classic movie.  413-863-2281.  71 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  ($) 

3pm – HOLIDAY CONCERT: Listen to seasonal music performed by a handbell choir, as well as the Trinity Chamber Singers and the Chamberettes, at Trinity United Methodist Church.  361 Sumner Avenue.  Springfield, MA.

3pm – FAMILY THEATER: This afternoon is the last performance of Castle Hill Theater Company’s production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” at the New Stage Performing Arts Center.  The show is festive and fun for the whole family- last year’s performances all sold out!  413-418-0999.  55 North Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($) 

3pm – FAMILY CONCERT: Eagles Band, the oldest continuing performance ensemble in the Berkshires, performs a concert of holiday music this afternoon at the First United Methodist Church.  Enjoy festive music performed by talented community members.  55 Fenn Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE) 

3pm – FAMILY THEATER: Castle Hill Theatre Company presents “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” at the New Stage Performing Arts Center!  Fun for the whole family.  413-418-0999.  55 North Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($) 

3-5pm – FAMILY HOLIDAY PARTY: Decorate cookies with the Easthampton Family Center!  There will be a sing-a-long with Mrs. Claus (Santa has a pretty busy schedule this weekend!) and free books for every family. 413-527-5496.  43 Main Street.  Easthampton, MA.  (<$)

3-5pm – FAMILY DANCE: Families are invited to Laurel Park for live music, traditional country dancing, singing and some games, all led by an experienced caller, for families with little ones. 413-230-7037. 2 Laurel Park. Northampton, MA (>$)

3:30-5:30pm – CHANUKAH PUPPETS: See Talking Hands Theater perform, “A Parakeet Named Dreidel and Other Stories of IB Singer” at Beit Ahavah’s Chanukah celebration for kids.  413-587-3770.  182 Main Street.  Northampton, MA.  (<$) 

4-9pm – HOLIDAY LIGHTS: Look Park’s holiday light display is open for the holiday season!  The park is lit up with tons of holiday displays, and there will be hayrides through the lights and the park’s zoo!  413-584-5457.  300 North Main Street.  Florence, MA.  (DONATION) 

5-9pm - HOLIDAY LIGHTS: Forest Park is lit up for the holidays!  There are tons of interesting, intricate, and intriguing light displays to be seen inside of Bright Lights, the park’s holiday exhibit.  Get in the holiday spirit!  413-733-3800.  Route 83.  Springfield, MA.  ($)

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Monday, Dec 19th, 2011

7pm – STORYTIME: Hop into your pajamas and visit the Goshen Library for pajama storytime!  Let someone else do the bedtime stories tonight.  413-268-7033.  42 Main Street.  Goshen, MA.  (FREE)

EVERY MONDAY

  • 9:30-11am: PLAYGROUP – Drop-in playgroups for preK kids at the South Hadley Family Center, located in the All Saints’ Episcopal Church. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge St. South Hadley, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Northampton Parents Center. Basement of Edwards Church. Snack time at 10:15am. Circle time at 11:20am. 413-582-2636 297 Main St. Northampton, MA (Donation)
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: Play and learn this morning at Broad Brook Playground, hosted by the Family Resource Center. Williamstown, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am-12Noon – PLAYGROUP: Easthampton Family Center, located at Flywheel Arts in the Old Town Hall. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 10am- STORYTIME: The Shutesbury Library’s story hour is this morning. Enjoy an hour of stories, songs, games and crafts. 413-259-1213. 10 Cooleyville Road. Shutesbury, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11am – STORYTIME: The Community Network for Children hosts story hour at the MN Spear Memorial Library- kids 0-5 (with caregivers) can enjoy stories, songs, and craft activities! 413-259-1213. 10 Cooleyville Road. Shutesbury, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Bring babies ages 12-14 months to Wee Ones Storytime at the Indian Orchard Branch Library! 413-263-6846. 44 Oak Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Mother Goose on the Loose at the Orange Library! Rhymes, songs, finger play, stories, and more! 978-544-2495. 49 East Main Street. Orange, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Forbes Library hosts Storytime with Ellie this morning. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 1-5pm – ART: The Art Garden has drop-in art making every afternoon!  Kids can experiment with new mediums and materials- it’s an art adventure!  413-625-2782.  14 Depot Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (<$)
  • 2:30-5pm – TEEN/TWEEN: Meekins’ Teen/Tween Scene is this afternoon. Hang out at the library and check out some new books, music, or DVD’s. You can also play a game on the Wii, get help with your homework, or do some arts and crafts. Snacks provided. 413-268-7472. 2 Main Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3pm – LEGOS: Does your kid love LEGOS? Try out LEGO BrikWars, a wargaming system that takes ordinary building blocks and turns them into a game of strategy and destruction. Takes place at Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 4:30-5:30pm – CREATIVE DANCE: Johnny-Jump-Ups creative dance for kids 6-8yo with Grasshoppa Dance at the Cummington Community House Auditorium. Practicing improvisation, making dances and learning choreography. Drop-in welcomed through Dec 19th. 413-634-5431. 33 Main Street. Cummington, MA ($)
  • 5:30-6:30pm – LEGOS: The Central Library hosts LEGO Club tonight! Kids in grades 1-5 are invited to experiment with architecture and create a masterpiece. 413-263-6828. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 6:30pm – SING-A-LONG: Families are invited to the Montague Center Library for a community sing-a-long with librarian/musician Linda Hickman. 413-367-2852. 17 Center Street. Montague, MA (FREE)

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Tuesday, Dec 20th, 2011

Hilltown Families is informative and let’s us know what is happening in our area. We always check to see what performers are appearing in the area and look for updates all the time. Thanks Hilltown Families!” - Kathy Kassing

3:30-5pm – MYO CRAFTS: Use stamps to make your own gift tags and gift wrap this afternoon at the Whately Library!  It’s a kids’ crafternoon, drop-in style.  413-665-2170.  202 Chestnut Plain Road.  Whately, MA.  (FREE) 

6pm – CHANUKAH CELEBRATION: Celebrate Chanukah with the Westfield Athenaeum!  There will be a menorah lighting outside the library at 6, followed by a celebration at the Amelia Park Childrens’ Museum.  Kids of all faiths welcome- if you’re not Jewish, this is a way to expose your kids to new cultural traditions.  413-568-7833.  6 Elm Street.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE) 

7pm – HOLIDAY PERFORMANCE: The Majestic Theater presents, “Home for the Holidays,” a festive holiday show including music and comedy!  It’s an annual tradition, re-written each year.  413-747-7797.  131 Elm Street.  West Springfield, MA.  ($) 

7pm – NUTCRACKER : See the Bolshoi Theater of Moscow’s production of the Nutcracker on the big screen in the Little Cinema at the Berkshire Museum!  Kids can enjoy the traditional holiday show and learn about how certain art forms cross cultural boundaries.  413-443-7171.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($) 

EVERY TUESDAY

  • 9am-1pm – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center, downtown at the Unitarian Meetinghouse. Use rear entrance. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11am: PLAYGROUP – Drop-in playgroups for preK kids at the South Hadley Family Center, located in the All Saints’ Episcopal Church. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge St. South Hadley, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Northampton Parents Center. Basement of Edwards Church. Snack time at 10:15am. Circle time at 11:20am. 413-582-2636 297 Main St. Northampton, MA (Donation)
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Interactive Literacy and playtime at the Sunderland Elementary School for preK kids. All welcomed. 413-475-1553. 28 Old Amherst Rd. Sunderland, MA (FREE)
  • 10-11am – PLAYGROUP: Childcare of the Berkshires hosts a pre-school play-and-learn group in the after school room at the Haskins Center for kids ages 2.5-5! 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am-12Noon – PLAYGROUP: Easthampton Family Center, located at Flywheel Arts in the Old Town Hall. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA (FREE)♦
  • 5:30-6:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Childcare of the Berkshires hosts a gym group at Florida Elementary School! There will be free play, circle time, and a snack. 413-664-4821. 56 North Country Road. Florida, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Lilly Library hosts Kulp Memorial Storytime- it’s a lap sitting hour for kids newborn-18 months old. 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Berkshire Athenaeum. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11am – STORYTIME: The Greenfield Public Library hosts Pre-School Story Hour. There will be stories, songs, and fingerplay for little ones and they caregivers. 413-587-1011. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime at the Milne Library! 413-458-5369. 1095 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Kids ages 3-5 are invited to storytime at the Central Library! There will be stories, songs, and a craft. 413-263-6828. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Toddler storytime takes place at the North Adams Library this morning! 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – SINGING: Wendy will lead “Sing with Your Baby” at the Jones Library (large meeting room). 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 11am - TODDLER TIME: Lilly Library hosts Toddler Time in the Kids’ Room. Little ones can hear stories, do crafts, sing, and play games. 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3:30-4:45pm - LIBRARY CLUB: The Millers Falls Library offers a weekly drop-in club for kids of all ages with stories, art and crafts. 413-659-3801. 23 Bridge Street. Millers Falls, MA (FREE)
  •  9:15-10:30am – YOGA: Drop off the kids at school then come enjoy a yoga class at the library. Yoga teacher Kellie Finn teaches yoga this morning at the Meekins Library. This is a fun class for those at any level. Call beforehand to check on available space. 413-268-7473. 2 Main Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1-2:30pm - NEW MOTHERS CIRCLE: Cradle hosts a gathering of moms and babies in a comfortable and supportive environment. Share your experiences with other moms and bond over the transformations that come with motherhood. 413-341-5282. Thornes Marketplace, 3rd Floor. Main Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1-5pm – ART: The Art Garden has drop-in art making every afternoon!  Kids can experiment with new mediums and materials- it’s an art adventure!  413-625-2782.  14 Depot Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (<$)
  • 6:30pm – BINGO: The Hinsdale Lions Club hosts Bingo every Tuesday evening. Though it’s generally an adult game, your kids can come too for a fun intergenerational evening. If they’re learning to count, they can get some great practice matching numbers on your card. Doors open at 5, and dinner is available inexpensively beforehand. 413-655-2973. Maple Street (Route 143). Hinsdale, MA. (<$) ♦

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Wednesday, Dec 21st, 2011

Ice Skating in Western MA1-1:50pm – ICE SKATING: Parent + Tot skate takes place this afternoon at Amelia Park Arena.  This session is less crowded and much calmer than a regular open session.  413-568-2503.  21 South Broad Street.  Westfield, MA.  (<$)

4:30 and 7pm – MOVIE SCREENING: Images Cinema is showing “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn!”  The Unicorn is a model ship, and Tintin and his dog Snowy must decide what to do about the secret it holds!  413-458-1039.  50 Spring Street.  Williamstown, MA.  (<$) 

6-8pm – SUPPORT GROUP: Forbes Library hosts Empty Arms, a bereavement support group for those who are currently parenting but have lost a child (to miscarriage, stillbirth, or other reasons).  413-587-1011.  20 West Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE) 

6-8:30pm – SOLSTICE CELEBRATION: Celebrate the solstice with a bonfire and music!  Aracadia Wildlife Sanctuary hosts a solstice celebration for families tonight- bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.  413-584-3009.  127 Coombs Road.  Easthampton, MA.  (FREE) 

EVERY WEDNESDAY

  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center- downstairs in the Unitarian Meeting house. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30-11am: PLAYGROUP – Drop-in playgroups for preK kids at the South Hadley Family Center, located in the All Saints’ Episcopal Church. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge St. South Hadley, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Northampton Parents Center. Basement of Edwards Church. Snack time at 10:15am. Circle time at 11:20am. 413-582-2636 297 Main St. Northampton, MA (Donation)
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Cummington Family Center playgroup in the rear of the Cummington Community House. 33 Main St. Cummington, MA (FREE)
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Community Network for Children holds playgroup for kids ages 0-5 at Erving Elementary School! There will be activities for gross motor skills, stories, and art activities. 978-544-5157. 28 Northfield Road. Erving, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Wendell Free Library hosts the Community Network for Children’s playgroup for kids ages 0-5. There will be activities for gross motor skills, stories, and art activities. 978-544-5157. 7 Wendell Depot Road. Wendell, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am-12Noon: PLAYGROUP – Baby Hour at the South Hadley Family Center, located in the All Saints’ Episcopal Church. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge St. South Hadley, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Sunshine Story Time for preK kids at the Greenfield Public Library. Reading, singing and play intertwine as Kay Lyons leds a fun half hour of story time followed by play time. Lover Level in the LeVanway Meeting Room. 413-772-1544 x5. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA (FREE)
  • 10am – STORYTIME: The Mason Square Library hosts pre-school storytime! 413-263-6853. 765 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:15am – STORYTIME: Stories, activities, crafts and music at Carnegie Library. 413-863-3214. 201 Avenue “A” Turners Falls, MA (FREE)
  • 10:15am: STORYTIME: The Chesterfield Public Library has a children’s story hour. 413-296-4735 Route 143. Chesterfield(FREE) ♦
  • 10:30 – STORYTIME: The Meekins Library hosts pre-school storytime this morning. 413-268-7473. 2 Main Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime at the Milne Library! 413-458-5369. 1095 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime is this morning at the North Adams Library! 413-662-3133. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Kids ages 2-5 can attend storytime at the Monson Library this morning! 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30-11:30am – STORYTIME: Visit the Leverett Public Library for the Community Network for Children’s story hour! Kids ages 0-5 can enjoy stories, hands-on science activities, and art projects! 413-548-9220. 75 Montague Road. Leverett, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 6:30pm – STORYTIME: Hop into your pajamas and visit the East Longmeadow Library for Pajama Night Storytime before bed. For kids ages 3-6. 413-525-5432. 60 Center Square #2. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1-5pm – ART: The Art Garden has drop-in art making every afternoon!  Kids can experiment with new mediums and materials- it’s an art adventure!  413-625-2782.  14 Depot Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (<$)
  • 3:30-4:15pm: CREATIVE DANCE: Green Leaves creative dance for kids 3-5yo with Grasshoppa Dance at the Cummington Community House Auditorium. An introduction to dance concepts, body & spatial awareness, dancing with music and with each other. Drop-in welcomed through Dec 21st. 413-634-5431. 33 Main Street. Cummington, MA ($)
  • 4-5pm: CREATIVE/CONTEMPORARY DANCE: The Big Cats creative dance and contemporary technique for kids 9-12yo with Grasshoppa Dance at the Cummington Community House Auditorium. Exploring the fundamentals of contemporary dance, developing improvisation & choreography skills. Drop-in welcomed through Dec 21st. 413-634-5431. 33 Main Street. Cummington, MA ($)
  • 4:45-6pm – KNITTING: Is your yarn all knotted? Do your needles refuse to behave? Get some help (or, if you’re a skilled knitter, offer support) at Forbes Library’s Knitting Clinic. Knitters of all ages and abilities are welcome- no pattern problem is too big or small. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 6pm – SUPPORT GROUP: Treehouse hosts a New Moms Group where new mothers can connect with other moms and babies can spend time with other babies. Intended for moms with babies 6mos and under. 413-344-4435. 305 North Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE) ♦

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Thursday, Dec 22nd, 2011

7am and 3pm – SOLSTICE SUNWHEEL: Watch the sunrise or sunset at the UMass Sunwheel.  There will be a presentation on the significance of the solstices and equinoxes, phases of the moon, and other sunwheels around the world.  Learn about the cultural significance of the solstice worldwide!  Rocky Hill Road.  Amherst, MA.  (<$) 

5-8pm – SOLSTICE CELEBRATION: Celebrate the winter solstice at a community event on the Shutesbury town common.  Bring your own light source to light up the circle, and share stories and songs.  Town Common Road.  Shutebury, MA.  (FREE)

6-9pm – SERVICE OPPORTUNITY:  Grab your family and join others for a fun evening “Caroling for Cans.” Folks will start at 27 Grace Terrace in Pittsfield and go door to door caroling and asking neighbors to donate a canned good. Bring wagons and a hot toddy to stay warm. A fun way to volunteer out in and with your community. Organized by Beth Maturevich of Pittsfield. Pittsfield, MA (VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY)

6-9pm – HOLIDAY STROLL: The city of North Adams invites families to celebrate the holidays in the city’s downtown.  Hometown Holidays is an event that combines holiday shopping and support for local businesses with fun family activities including games, face painting, crafts, live music, visits from Santa, and more!  North Adams, MA.  (FREE)

6-9pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Hike with a headlamp tonight at Northfield Mountain!  Celebrate the solstice by enjoying nature- especially the stars and moon.  Ages 12+, registration requested..  800-859-2960.  99 Millers Falls Road.  Northfield, MA.  (FREE) 

6pm - SOLSTICE CELEBRATION: Bonfire lights the common as town residents gather to share their “community intentions” for the New Year. Storytelling and Morris folk dancing too, and gathering at Elmer’s follow. Main Street. Ashfield, MA (FREE)

6pm – LIBRARY ADVENTURES: The Hampden Library welcomes kids to take a train ride IN their imagination on the Polar Express through literature and music.  Bring the kids in their PJs for stories and songs and sweets. Great for kids up to 10yo (who still believe!). RSVP 413-566-3047. 625 Main Street. Hampden, MA (FREE)

6:30pm - HANNUKAH PUPPETS: Talking Hands Theater presents, “The Mystery of Hannukah Harry” at Ahavas Achim!  413-562-1193.  Westfield, MA.  

7pm – FAMILY PERFORMANCE: The Majestic Theater presents, “Home for the Holidays,” a festive holiday show including music and comedy!  It’s an annual tradition, re-written each year.  413-747-7797.  131 Elm Street.  West Springfield, MA.  ($) 

7-9pm – SOLSTICE PAGENT: Celebrate the solstice with students from the Hartsbrook School!  They’ll be performing seasonal music and songs, as well as sharing stories, at the Northampton Center for the Arts.  413-584-7327.  17 New South Street.  Northampton, MA.  

7 and 9pm – MOVIE SCREENING: Images Cinema is showing “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn!”  The Unicorn is a model ship, and Tintin and his dog Snowy must decide what to do about the secret it holds!  413-458-1039.  50 Spring Street.  Williamstown, MA.  (<$) 

EVERY THURSDAY 

  • 9:30-11am - SUPPORT GROUP:The Amherst Family Center hosts a family support group! There is childcare for kids under 6, a well as snacks, and parents can meet and talk with other parents in a supportive, positive environment. There will be occasional guest speakers, as well as field trips, crafts, poetry, and more! There is free transportation available from Northampton. 413-834-3344. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9am-1pm – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center, downtown at the Unitarian Meetinghouse. Use rear entrance. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Northampton Parents Center. Basement of Edwards Church. Music class starts at 11am most Thursdays. 413-582-2636 297 Main St. Northampton, MA (Donation)
  • 10am-12Noon – PLAYGROUP: Baby playgroup for pre-walking children with the Cummington Family Center. Located in the rear of the Cummington Community House. 3 Main Street. Cummington, MA (FREE)
  • 10am – MUSIC/MOVEMENT: PreK kids welcomed to join Tom Carrol and Laurie Davidson at the Millers Falls Library (through 12/29). 413-659-3801. 23 Bridge Street. Millers Falls, MA (FREE)
  • 9:45am – STORYTIME: The Central Library hosts toddler storytime this morning! 413-263-6828. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Visit the Sixteen Acres Library for pre-school storytime! 413-263-6858. 1187 Parker Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: The Greenfield Public Library hosts Pre-School Story Hour! There will be stories, songs, and fingerplay for little ones and they caregivers. 413-587-1011. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Williston Memorial Library hosts storytime!  With each month comes a new seasonal theme.  413-529-1605.  9 Park Street.  Easthampton, MA.  (FREE) ♦ 
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Meekins Library with Rochelle. 413-268-7473. 2 Main Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Lilly Library with Lisa. 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Take kids to storytime this morning at the Emily Williston Memorial Library! 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Jones Library in the Children’s Room. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime is today at the Lilly Library! 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30-11:30am – STORYTIME: Come and enjoy stories and songs with facilitator, Julie Stepanek, at the New Salem Library on Thurs. through Dec. 15th. 978-544-5157. 21 South Main St. New Salem., MA (FREE)
  • 11am-12noon – STORYTIME: Visit the Hatfield Library for story hour! 39 Main Street. 413-247-9097. Hatfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3:30pm – STORYTIME: Martha Speaks storytime takes place today at the Brightwood Branch Library- kids can learn about the power of words through stories about dogs, crafts, and more! 413-263-6805. 359 Plainfield Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1-5pm – ART: The Art Garden has drop-in art making every afternoon!  Kids can experiment with new mediums and materials- it’s an art adventure!  413-625-2782.  14 Depot Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (<$)

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Friday, Dec 23rd, 2011

“I love this site! I check it weekly to find events and activities for my 2 year old and 4 year old. Thanks for the free service...” - Chris Sanborn (Montague, MA

1-1:50pm - ICE SKATING: Parent + Tot skate takes place this afternoon at Amelia Park Arena.  This session is less crowded and much calmer than a regular open session.  413-568-2503.  21 South Broad Street.  Westfield, MA.  (<$)

2:30, 7, and 9pm – MOVIE SCREENING: Images Cinema is showing “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn!”  The Unicorn is a model ship, and Tintin and his dog Snowy must decide what to do about the secret it holds!  413-458-1039.  50 Spring Street.  Williamstown, MA.  (<$) 

4-8pm – SANTA: Take a ride on Santa’s train at Look Park!  Meet Santa in his workshop and enjoy a ride through a magical winter wonderland.  Mrs. Claus and the elves will be there too.  413-584-5457.  300 North Main Street.  Florence, MA.  (DONATION)

4-9pm – HOLIDAY LIGHTS: Look Park’s holiday light display is open for the holiday season!  The park is lit up with tons of holiday displays, and there will be hayrides through the lights and the park’s zoo!  413-584-5457.  300 North Main Street.  Florence, MA.  (DONATION)

5-9pm – HOLIDAY LIGHTS: Forest Park is lit up for the holidays!  There are tons of interesting, intricate, and intriguing light displays to be seen inside of Bright Lights, the park’s holiday exhibit.  Get in the holiday spirit!  413-733-3800.  Route 83.  Springfield, MA.  ($)

2pm - FAMILY THEATER: For the first time ever, the Berkshire Theater Festival is performing “A Christmas Carol” this year for the holiday season with James Taylor at the Colonial Theater!  Introduce your kids to this Christmas classic from the Victorian Era.   413-997-4444. Pittsfield, MA ($$) 

7pm – CANDLELIGHT SERVICE: The Leverett Congregational Church welcomes all families to a candlelight service with traditional readings, choral anthems, and carol singing, closing with Silent Night by candlelight. Leverett, MA (FREE)

7pm - FAMILY THEATER: The Majestic Theater presents, “Home for the Holidays,” a festive holiday show including music and comedy!  It’s an annual tradition, re-written each year.  413-747-7797.  131 Elm Street.  West Springfield, MA.  ($) 

7:30pm – HOLIDAY CONCERT: The Great Barrington Rudolph Steiner School presents, “Nowell Sing we Four,” a show performed by four musicians/singers to celebrate the holidays!  Instruments played include fiddle and accordion, and a Mummer’s play will take place throughout the show.  413-528-4015.  35 West Plain Road.  Great Barrington, MA.  ($)

EVERY FRIDAY

As always, please double check events before heading out.  Especially today!  Because of the upcoming Winter School Vacation schedule, some of these events BELOW might not be happening this Friday:

  • 9-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: Visit Shutesbury Elementary School for the Community Network for Children’s playgroup! Kids ages 0-5 can take part in stories, motor skills play, and art activities! 413-259-1212. 23 West Pelham Road. Shutesbury, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center- downstairs in the Unitarian Meeting house. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Gross motor activities at the Sunderland Elementary School gym for preK kids. All welcomed. 413-475-1553. 28 Old Amherst Rd. Sunderland, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: Infants, toddlers, and their caregivers are invited to Crawl Talk at the East Longmeadow Library. 413-525-5432. 60 Center Square #2. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am-12Noon – PLAYGROUP: Easthampton Family Center, located at Flywheel Arts in the Old Town Hall. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA (FREE)♦
  • 10-11am – PLAYGROUP: Visit Lanesborough Elementary School for gym group! 413-443-0027. Summer Street. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORY/CRAFT: Stories, songs and crafts for preK kids and their guardians. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA (FREE)
  • 10-10:45am - SIGN LANGUAGE STORYTIME: The Westfield Athenaeum hosts sign language storytime this morning. Kids can sign, sign, and read along to stories- there will be lots of movement, music, and of course, American Sign Language. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:15am – STORYTIME: Kids 2-3.5 years old can go to storytime at the East Forest Park Branch Library! 413-263-6836. 122 Island Pond Road. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Brightwood Branch Library hosts storytime for kids ages 2-3.5. 413-23-6805. 359 Plainfield Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30 – STORYTIME: Bring littlest ones to the Monson Library for stories, songs, and fun! 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30-11:30am – STORYTIME: Great Falls Discover Center hosts a story hour for kids 3-6yo. Held the 4th Friday of every month. 413-863-3221 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA (FREE)
  • 11am – STORY/CRAFT: Preschoolers can take part in story/craft time this morning at the Sunderland Public Library. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am – STORYTIME: PreK story hour with snack and crafts at the Griswold Memorial Library. 413-624-3619. 12 Main Road. Colrain, MA (FREE)
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Lap-sit story hour for kids 3yo and younger at the Greenfield Public Library for Mother Goose on the Loose. Kay Lyons leads a half hour of structured story time, followed by 15 mins of visiting time. Kids will enjoy movement games, rhythm and song as Kay reads and leads the group with puppets and hand rhymes. Lower Level in the LeVanway Meeting Room. 413-772-1544 x5. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 11am-4pm - MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The KidSpace at Mass MoCA is open today- explore an exhibit designed just for young people and make some art of your own!  413-664-4481.  1040 Mass MoCA Way.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 1-5pm – ART: The Art Garden has drop-in art making every afternoon!  Kids can experiment with new mediums and materials- it’s an art adventure!  413-625-2782.  14 Depot Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (<$)
  • 6:30-8:30pm – SUPPORT GROUP: GROW and MotherWoman host a postpartum support group for mothers in need of a supportive space to share, receive help, and grow. The group takes place at the Community Room. 413-822-6043. 48 Elizabeth Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 7:30pm – ASTRONOMY: Milham Planetarium at Williams College hosts an observatory show tonight! The planetarium’s Zeiss Skymaster can show phases of the moon, retrograde motions of planets, temperatures of planets and stars, the location of nearby galaxies, and more! The show is entertaining and also a great learning opportunity. 413-597-2188. 829 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 8:30pm-12:30am - COMMUNITY DANCE: Dance Spree is a community family-friendly (and barefoot!) dance event – kids of all ages are welcome to attend with guardians. Great way to get moving! 25 Main Street, 4th Floor (above Fitzwilly’s). Northampton, MA. (<$) ♦

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2 Comments

  1. December 17, 2011 at 7:38 am

    Hi Elizabeth! Welcome to Western MA and thank you for your feedback. We’re so happy to hear that Hilltown Families is helping you connect with your community! – There are a few places on our network to find out about upcoming events, one is our Mark Your Calendar section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and our eNewsletter. Both of which featured the Stockbridge Holiday Stroll. Another place to check for upcoming events happening in the Berkshires would be our Berkshire Family Fun column where Kelly features upcoming events, including the Great Barrington Holiday Stroll. And a third place to peruse for upcoming events would be our Suggest an Event Bulletin Board where community members share events.

    Hope these suggestions help and thank you for your feedback! Out of all of these suggestions, the best way to stay updated on upcoming events would be our weekly eNewsletter which will link you to announcements in our network… so be sure to subscribe!

  2. Elizabeth Weinberg said,

    December 17, 2011 at 6:14 am

    I love your newsletter. We moved to Lenox from Texas last year, and it’s great to have a way to find kids’ events quickly.
    One comment– sometimes there are pretty big events, such as Stockbridge Christmas Walk, that it’s good to know about in advance so you don’t miss planning for it. It would be helpful to have a brief section with preview of upcoming special events to allow for planning.

    Thanks,
    Elizabeth


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