Suggested Events for March 10th-16th, 2012

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

Go on a quest for patterns this weekend at Mass MoCA in North Adams! On Saturday families can take guided tours of the galleries to explore shapes and patterns in art. There will be a project for kids and a snack at the end. Registration required. 413-664-4481. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Suggest EventIf 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, along with time, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending.

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BEST BETS

Family concert with UNCLE ROCK at Flywheel in Easthampton on Saturday, March 10th at 10am. Free pancakes before the concert, and then a rockin' good time for the whole family with Uncle Rock! (>$) Presented by Hilltown Families, No Nap Happy Hour Series and Flywheel. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

In the Pioneer Valley this Saturday, March 10th from 10am-12noon – FAMILY CONCERT: Uncle Rock returns to the Pioneer Valley this Saturday. Partnering with Hilltown Families and the No-Nap Happy Hour Series, families can enjoy free pancakes and a rockin’ family concert at Flywheel Arts Collective. All are invited to join in a family fun filled morning! 413-527-9800. 43 Main Street (Old Town Hall). Easthampton, MA ($)

In the Berkshires later in the afternoon on Saturday, March 10th 1-4pm – ARCHAEOLOGY: Visit the Williams College Museum of Art to learn about ancient artifacts!  There are fun learning activities for kids where they can learn to decode ancient Assyrian writing, create their own Egyptian-inspired jewelry, and learn about excavation techniques at a simulated archaeological dig.  The event fits into studies of archaeology, art history, and anthropology.  15 Lawrence Hall Drive.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

Then on Sunday, March 11th from 11am-3pm in Hampden Co. - MAPLE HARVEST DAY: Storrowton Village Museum hosts their 7th annual Maple Harvest Day.  Families can learn about the local history and lore of maple sugaring through demonstrations at the museum.  Demos will include boiling sap and tapping trees.  The learning continues indoors too with cooking demos in their 19th century open hearth along with quilting and spinning demos. 413-205-5051. 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA (FREE)

And later on Sunday, March 11th from 3-6pm in Hampshire Co. - FAMILY CONCERT: The Northampton Parents Center is hosting a Family Fun Night! There will be a performance from local hero children’s musician Mister G, and families are asked to bring a dish to share at the dinner potluck. There will be fun activities for kids and a chance to socialize with friends new and old! 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Saturday, March 17th from 9am-3pm – MAPLEFEST: The annual Chester Maplefest begins with a pancake breakfast at the Church of Chester on Skyline Trail. The during the day, there are crafters in the old schoolhouse, hayrides to High Meadow Farm’s Sugarhouse, animal exhibits and entertainment at the church as well as food vendors. 413-667-3410. Chester, MA

Sunday, March 18th from 4-7pm – CHOWDER CONTEST: Does your family have a blue ribbon chowder recipe that’s been passed down through the generations?  Get a cookin’ in the kitchen with the kids and make a batch to enter into the 4th annual Chowder Fest!  Share the back story behind your recipe with your kids while getting some quality time together in the kitchen before heading out into your community to share a taste of your family’s culinary history. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Charlemont Fairgrounds- entry is free, and proceeds from the event sponsor the annual Charlemont Fair!  A ticket buys a taste of every chowder entered.  Takes place at the Mohawk Park Campground and Pub with music by Zydeco Connection.  413-339-4305.  559 Tea Street.  Charlemont, MA.  (<$)

BULLETIN BOARD

LOCAL FOOD: Crimson & Clover Farm is happy to announce that 2012 CSA Shares are now available!  Located at the Northampton Community Farm, right near downtown Florence, Crimson & Clover Farm raises a wide variety of delicious, beautiful, and sustainably grown fruits and vegetables for our 20 week CSA program.  As a community based farm we offer a welcoming environment where our members and their families can come and enjoy this amazing community resource as well as receive nutritious locally grown food.  In addition to vegetables we also offer a variety of locally produced products for sale through our farm store.  For more information about the CSA and how to become a member of the farm please visit our website: crimsonandcloverfarm.com.

PURIM CARNIVAL: Temple Israel of Greenfield annual Purim Carnival & Hebrew School Open House.  Sunday, March 11th from 11am-12:30pm at 27 Pierce Street in Greenfield, MA.  All are welcome. Play games, eat hamantashen, meet Hebrew School teachers and families. Students learn Jewish ritual, holidays, culture and ethics, kindergarten through bar/bat mitzvah,  in an open, joyful environment. Inter-faith and gay and lesbian parents welcomed.

"Last year a participant from the Boston area found out about my camp through your website and spent a week out here with her daughter just for my camp!" - Beth Fairservis, Puppets in the Woods Summer Arts Camp

SUMMER CAMPS MARKETING SPECIAL: In an effort to connect families with summer camps & programs in the region, we’re offering camps a chance to partner with Hilltown Families in their online marketing with a special enhanced publicity offer. This spring we will be featuring camps in the region on Hilltown Families with a special post titled: Summer Camps and Programs in the Western MA Region. Find out more about how your camp can partner with Hilltown Families..

NUTRITION WORKSHOP: With funding from the Massachusetts Department of Housing and  Community Development, the Hilltown Community Health Center is offering a  free nutrition workshop,”Healthy Eating for Children,” on Wednesday, April 4 from 10-11am at the Cummington Family Center, 33 Main Street in Cummington. Nutritionist, Rachel Keim, will  be sharing tips and techniques to get children to eat healthy food and will share  recipes for easy, yummy, and inexpensive meals for the whole family. Please  call Lee at the Worthington Health Center at 413-238-4155 for more information.

Sabine Prather writes, “On Tuesday, March 13th, at 7pm, members of the Westfield community will meet in the Lang Auditorium at the Westfield Athenaeum once again meet to talk about practical ways to make our home a better place. The evening will begin with a potluck supper and an inspiring film called “The Power of Community.” We’ll have time after the film to discuss how, in the 1990s, Cubans transitioned economically from a highly mechanized, industrial agricultural system to one using organic methods of farming and local, urban gardens.” For more info call 413-949-3914.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS:
March 10th-16th, 2012

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Saturday, March 10th, 2012

"The Hilltown Family Variety Show provides an entertaining outlet for our toddler’s energy while we gulp some coffee, shake off 3 hours of sleep, and join her in the fun." -Celeste Palladino (Northampton, 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: Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.orgThis week Uncle Rock will guest DJ as he returns to the Pioneer Valley for a family concert immediately following the show! – 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.

9am-2pm – WINTER FARMERS’ MARKET: Winter Farmers’ Market in the basement of Thornes. Food, live music and art. Northampton, MA (MARKET)

9:30-11:30am – FARM ADVENTURE: Red Gate Farm’s Family Farm Day takes place today!  Visit the farm to learn all about maple sugaring!  Kids will learn to identify a sugar maple, tap a tree, and understand the process of making sap into syrup.  Yum!  Call to register.  413-625-9503.  4 Norman Road.  Buckland, MA.  ($)

9:30-4pm – FARM ADVENTURE: Winterberry Farm hosts their 24th Annual Shearing Day Festival, a sheep-shearing open house!  Families can visit the farm to learn about raising sheep, the process of shearing (and why it happens), fiber arts, and more!  There will be live music, demos and local food, and shearing takes place between 10:30 and 2.  413-548-3940.  21 Teawaddle Hill Road.  Leverett, MA.  (DONATION)

9:30-4pm – HISTORY: Visit Old Sturbridge Village to learn about maple syrup production!  You’ll get to see what sap collecting and syrup and sugar making was like during the 19th century.  There will be lots of activities for families, including talks with reenactors about their 1800’s lives.  800-733-1830.  1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.  Sturbridge, MA.  ($)

10am-12noon – FAMILY CONCERT: Uncle Rock returns to the Pioneer Valley this Saturday. Partnering with Hilltown Families and the No-Nap Happy Hour Series, families can enjoy free pancakes and a rockin’ family concert at Flywheel Arts Collective. All are invited to join in a family fun filled morning! 413-527-9800. 43 Main Street (Old Town Hall). Easthampton, MA ($)

10am-12Noon – STEM PLAYGROUP: Join The Greenfield Family Center for a playgroup with a STEM focus.  Kids 6yo and younger and participate in interactive activities around science, technology, engineering and math. 413-475-1553. 90 Federal St. Greenfield, MA (FREE) ♦

10am-2pm – WINTER FARMERS’ MARKET: Visit the Amherst Winter Market at Amherst Middle School. 170 Chestnut St. Amherst, MA. (FREE!) ♦

10am-4pm – BOTANY/SPRING BULB SHOW: Smith College’s spring bulb show has returned!  Visit the college’s botanic garden to view many different types of beautiful flowers!  Pair a visit to the show with a study of how flowers grow, greenhouse gardening, or a look at flowers native to the area.  413-585-2740.  16 College Lane.  Northampton, MA.  (<$)

10am-4pm – BOTANY/SPRING FLOWER SHOW: Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden hosts their Annual Spring Flower Show in their Talcott Greenhouse. Showcasing spring blooming plants and bulbs with a theme “Orchard and Vine” this year.  Kids can supplement their botany studies while view blooming plants that wouldn’t normally be blooming at the same time.  By comparing and contrasting, even the youngest kids can have fun studying the differences in blooming bulbs, as well as the greenhouse’s miniature vineyard with red & white grape vines. And while your family is there, check out the greenhouse’s living collections, including tropical and temperate plants.  Kids can see how coffee, banana and dates grow. 413-538-2116. Lower Lake Road.  South Hadley, MA (FREE)

10am-5pm – HISTORY: View and learn about pre-1840’s antiques at the Connecticut Spring Antiques Show!  The event takes place this weekend at the Eastern States Exposition, and includes items from dealers all over the northeast.  Kids can learn about material culture and see for themselves the changes in culture and technology that have taken place over time!  860-345-2400.  Memorial Avenue.  West Springfield, MA.  ($)

10am-7pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: The Amelia Park Children’s Museum is a great place for families to visit!  The museum has lengthened hours on the weekend, and it’s full of fun exhibits for kids to explore and learn from!  413-572-4014.  29 South Broad Street.  Westfield, MA.  ($)  ♦

10:30am – PUPPETS: The Gerwick Puppets are performing at Jones Library this morning!  413-259-3090.  43 Amity Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

10:30-11:30am – ANIMAL ADVENTURE: As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, many different types of migratory birds will be making their way back home- a trek that includes stopping locally!  Learn all about the types of birds who stop to rest in the Connecticut River Watershed- kids will learn how to spot signs of birds and to identify calls.  413-863-3221.  2 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

11am-1pm – COMPOSTING: Families can learn how to easily compost at home at a workshop hosted by the Center for EcoTechnology!  The workshop will teach attendees how to properly build and maintain a functioning compost pile, and will teach about the benefits of composting.  Older kids can come, too- supplement studies of decomposition and/or sustainable household practices.  Registration required.  Takes place at the Lenox Community Center.  413-445-4556.  65 Walker Street.  Lenox, MA.  (FREE)

11am-2pm – MAPLEFEST: Bring the family to visit a working sugar house, bottling of maple syrup, assist in tapping maple trees and gathering the sap, and enjoy fresh syrup on delicious pancakes at Hopkins Forest.  Kids can see how demos of old-time methods of evaporation used in pre-colonial times and learn about the history of maple sugaring in exhibit and displays. Junction of Bulkley Street and Northwest Hill Road. 413-597-4277. Williamstown, MA  (FREE)

12noon – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: Go on a quest for patterns today at Mass MoCA!  Families can take guided tours of the galleries to explore shapes and patterns in art.  There will be a project for kids and a snack at the end!  Registration required.  413-664-4481.  1040 Mass MoCA Way.  North Adams, MA.  ($)

1-2:50pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena (41 Barr Ave.). Skate rentals available. 772-6891 Greenfield, MA ($) ♦

1-4pm – ARCHAEOLOGY: Visit the Williams College Museum of Art to learn about ancient artifacts!  There are fun learning activities for kids where they can learn to decode ancient Assyrian writing, create their own Egyptian-inspired jewelry, and learn about excavation techniques at a simulated archaeological dig.  The event fits into studies of archaeology, art history, and anthropology.  15 Lawrence Hall Drive.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

1:30-2:45pm – CULTURAL STUDIES: Learn some words in Chinese and write some Chinese characters at the Mason Library!  413-528-2403.  231 Main Street.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE)

1:30-3:20pm - ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple St. Holyoke, MA ($) ♦

2pm – THEATER: Take a trip back to the 1950’ tonight as Northampton High School students present a performance of the classic musical Grease!  Best for kids with audience skills.  413-587-1344.  Elm Street.  Northampton, MA.  ($$)

2pm – FILM: Watch Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on the big screen today at Barrington Stage Company!  The event is part of the group’s series of movie musical screenings.  413-236-8888.  30 Union Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (<$)

2-4pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Spend the afternoon showshoeing Red Gate Farm’s trails!  The hike will take visitors through the farm’s sugarbush, and the mid-hike snack will include a taste of Red Gate’s own maple syrup!  Call to register.  413-625-9503.  4 Norman Road.  Buckland, MA.  ($)

3pm – BALLET: Dancers from the Massachusetts Academy of Ballet will perform pieces from Coppélia, La Fille Mal Gardee, Giselle, and Fame as a fundraiser for Kate’s Soup Kitchen!  Help raise money for a worthy cause and enjoy beautiful ballet!  Kids interested in dance can learn about the art by watching the performance!  4 Open Square Way, Suite 43.  Holyoke, MA.  (DONATION)

4:30-5:30pm – PHYSICS: Learn yo-yo tricks at A2Z this afternoon!  Lead by world class pros, Yo-Yo School teaches kids basic yo-yo tricks.  Learning to yo-yo is a great supplement to studies of motion and physics!  413-586-1611.  57 King Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE) ♦

5:30-7pm - COMMUNITY DINNER: Enjoy a traditional New England bean and hot dog dinner tonight at the North Hadley Congregational Church!  Socialize with community members and enjoy good food!  413-586-2021.  243 River Drive.  Hadley, MA.  ($)

6pm – TRIVIA: Help raise money for Berkshire Nursing Family by participating in a team trivia night!  Teams are asked to have six participants (teens can play, too!)- there are tons of prizes to be won!  If you’re short players, register anyway- teams can be coordinated later.  Participating in the event helps raise money for important programs for new mothers, including hospital and home visits from BNF.  Takes place at the Williams Inn.  1090 Main Street.  Williamstown, MA.  ($$$)

6:30-10pm – FAMILY NIGHT OUT: Dance the night away with live music from the Union Jack Band, who play classic British rock from the 1960’s!  Great fun for the whole family.  Takes place at Sunderland’s Cafe Sun at Sunderland Elementary School.  413-665-1151.  Swampfield Drive.  Sunderland, MA.  (<$)

7pm – THEATER: Take a trip back to the 1950’ tonight as Northampton High School students present a performance of the classic musical Grease!  Best for kids with audience skills.  413-587-1344.  Elm Street.  Northampton, MA.  ($$)

7-11pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The Westfield YMCA’s annual Cabin Fever Fest is tonight!  The event features live music from local family-friendly acts (both of whom play classic 70’s and 80’s music along with more recent pop hits), delicious snacks, and a cash bar for adults.  Proceeds support arts programs in Westfield!  Takes place at the East Mountain Country Club.  413-568-8631.  1458 East Mountain Road.  Westfield, MA.  ($$)

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

7-11pm – WINE TASTING: Taste delicious wines from around the world and sing your heart out karaoke-style tonight!  The event is a fundraiser for Mill City Productions, and will also include a raffle where you can win prizes from many different local businesses.  Wine tasting takes place from 7-8:30, and karaoke begins at 8:30.  21+.  115 State Street, Building 4N.  North Adams, MA.  ($$)

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Sunday, March 11th, 2012

"I have just joined Hilltown Families but I have already attended a few events that I saw posted. It has great to read articles and get ideas! Thanks for making this happen!
" - Samantha Burnell
 (Williamsburg, MA)

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.

8:30am-3pm -PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Enjoy a traditional New England breakfast of pancakes and delicious local syrup!  South Face Farm’s sugar shack is open for the season- don’t miss out!  Learn about how syrup is made before you visit to truly appreciate the experience.  413-628-3268.  755 Watson-Spruce Corner Road.  Ashfield, MA.  ($)

9:30-4pm – HISTORY: Visit Old Sturbridge Village to learn about maple syrup production!  You’ll get to see what sap collecting and syrup and sugar making was like during the 19th century.  There will be lots of activities for families, including talks with reenactors about their 1800’s lives.  800-733-1830.  1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.  Sturbridge, MA.  ($)

10am-12:30pm - OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Go on a showshoe hike (or regular hike, depending on snow) on the Fountain Pond and Three-mile Hill Trails with the Berkshire Natural Resources Council!  The hike is guided, and is 3.5-4 miles round trip.  Registration required.  413-528-2810.  Crissey Road.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE)

1Breakfast in Western MA0am-12Noon - PANCAKE BREAKFAST: The West Springfield Lions Club will be serving pancakes and a breakfast menu at the Storrowton Village’s Red Barn. 413-205-5051. 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA ($)

10am-12noon – ANIMAL ADVENTURE: Look for animal tracks around Basin Pond with the Berkshire Natural Resources Council!  Kids will learn to identify tracks and other signs of animal visitors.  Registration required.  Lee, MA.  (FREE)

10am-4pm – BOTANY/SPRING BULB SHOW: Smith College’s spring bulb show has returned!  Visit the college’s botanic garden to view many different types of beautiful flowers!  Pair a visit to the show with a study of how flowers grow, greenhouse gardening, or a look at flowers native to the area.  413-585-2740.  16 College Lane.  Northampton, MA.  (<$)

10am-4pm – BOTANY/SPRING FLOWER SHOW: Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden hosts their Annual Spring Flower Show in their Talcott Greenhouse. Showcasing spring blooming plants and bulbs with a theme “Orchard and Vine” this year.  Kids can supplement their botany studies while view blooming plants that wouldn’t normally be blooming at the same time.  By comparing and contrasting, even the youngest kids can have fun studying the differences in blooming bulbs, as well as the greenhouse’s miniature vineyard with red & white grape vines. And while your family is there, check out the greenhouse’s living collections, including tropical and temperate plants.  Kids can see how coffee, banana and dates grow. 413-538-2116. Lower Lake Road.  South Hadley, MA (FREE)

10am-4pm – FIELD TRIP: The 22nd annual Maple Festival takes place this weekend in Hebron, Connecticut!  Take a family field trip for the day to celebrate and learn about the maple syrup season.  Events include self-guided learning tours, maple treats (pancakes, maple milk, cotton candy, ice cream, and more!), multiple sugar shacks to visit, kids’ activities (games, face painting, etc.), and more!  Celebrate the season non-commercially and in a small community setting.  Hebron, CT.  ($)

10:30am-12:30pm – PURIM: Celebrate Purim at the Jewish Community of Amherst’s Purim Carnival!  Kids ages 3-12 can enjoy special activities that will help them celebrate and learn about the history of and traditions that go along with Purim.  413-256-0160.  742 Main Street.  Amherst, MA.  (<$)

11am-3pm - MAPLE HARVEST DAY: Storrowton Village Museum hosts their 7th annual Maple Harvest Day.  Families can learn about the local history and lore of maple sugaring through demonstrations at the museum.  Demos will include boiling sap and tapping trees.  The learning continues indoors too with cooking demos in their 19th century open hearth along with quilting and spinning demos. 413-205-5051. 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA (FREE)

11am-4pm – HISTORY: View and learn about pre-1840’s antiques at the Connecticut Spring Antiques Show!  The event takes place this weekend at the Eastern States Exposition, and includes items from dealers all over the northeast.  Kids can learn about material culture and see for themselves the changes in culture and technology that have taken place over time!  860-345-2400.  Memorial Avenue.  West Springfield, MA.  ($)

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.  (<$) ♦

11:30am-1:30pm – PURIM: Kids can play games, make costumes, and celebrate Purim today!  It’s a great opportunity to learn more about Jewish culture if you aren’t Jewish.  413-584-3593.  253 Prospect Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

2:15-3:15pm – OPEN GYM: Community Network for Children hosts open gym time at the Greenfield YMCA. 978-544-5157.  451 Main Street. Greenfield, MA (FREE)

3pm – TRIVIA: Watch 24 teams go head-to-head in a movie trivia showdown!  The event is a movie trivia bee- proceeds from which benefit Pleasant Street Theater and Amherst Cinema.  Not only will attendees be able to witness some intense competition, they’ll get to test their own movie knowledge and learn some new facts about great films!  Takes place at Smith College’s Weinstein Auditorium.  413-584-5848.  Elm Street.  Northampton, MA.  ($)

3pm – HISTORY: Local historian Norbert Rieke will give a presentation today at the Leverett Library on medical treatment during the Civil War!  Best for adults and older students, the presentation will include a look at how new ways of treating wounds were revolutionary during that time, and there will be reproduction surgical tools on view.  Students can supplement studies of Civil War history or health and medicine by attending the talk!  413-548-9220.  75 Montague Road.  Leverett, MA.  (FREE)

3-6pm – FAMILY FUN NIGHT: The Northampton Parents Center is hosting a Family Fun Night!  There will be a performance from local hero children’s musician Mister G, and families are asked to bring a dish to share at the dinner potluck.  There will be tons of fun activities for kids and a chance to socialize with friends new and old!  413-582-2636.  297 Main Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

3:30-5:30 – PURIM: Celebrate the Jewish festival of Purim today at a Purim Social Justice Fair!  Bring treats to share and enjoy fun family activities.  Kids will learn more about Jewish culture and customs.  130 Pine Street.  Florence, MA.  (<$)

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Monday, March 12th, 2012

"We love checking out the listings every week. It reminds me of how much great stuff there is going on around here!" - 
Josie Dulles
 (Amherst, MA)

10am-4pm – BOTANY/SPRING BULB SHOW: Smith College’s spring bulb show has returned!  Visit the college’s botanic garden to view many different types of beautiful flowers!  Pair a visit to the show with a study of how flowers grow, greenhouse gardening, or a look at flowers native to the area.  413-585-2740.  16 College Lane.  Northampton, MA.  (<$)

10am-4pm – BOTANY/SPRING FLOWER SHOW: Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden hosts their Annual Spring Flower Show in their Talcott Greenhouse. Showcasing spring blooming plants and bulbs with a theme “Orchard and Vine” this year.  Kids can supplement their botany studies while view blooming plants that wouldn’t normally be blooming at the same time.  By comparing and contrasting, even the youngest kids can have fun studying the differences in blooming bulbs, as well as the greenhouse’s miniature vineyard with red & white grape vines. And while your family is there, check out the greenhouse’s living collections, including tropical and temperate plants.  Kids can see how coffee, banana and dates grow. 413-538-2116. Lower Lake Road.  South Hadley, MA (FREE)

3:15-4:30pm – MARTIAL ARTS: River Valley Tae Kwon Do is offering classes for kids in grades 1-6 at the Westhampton Public Library!  Not only will kids learn about the Ji Do Kwan style of Tae Kwon Do, they’ll learn about another culture and will learn to move their bodies in new ways.  The class takes place for six weeks, and kids who attend regularly will get a uniform to wear.  For the first class, kids are asked to wear loose fitting clothes.  413-527-5386.  1 North Road.  Westhampton, MA.  (FREE)

4-8pm – COMMUNITY DINNER: Help raise money for the Amherst Survival Center at the annual Empty Bowls Dinner!  Attendees will get to choose a beautiful locally hand-made bowl to eat from, and dinner consists of delicious soup, bread, and salad from local restaurants.  Takes place at The Pub in Amherst.  Last year’s event sold out two weeks in advance- get your tickets quickly!  413-549-3968.  15 East Pleasant Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FUNDRAISER)

6:30-8:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Help your kids build their confidence and their self-esteem with practical tools being taught at a seminar at the Forbes Library called, “Wake Up Coaching.” Held in the community room. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

7pm – FILM/SCIENCE: Learn about memory, consciousness, and love and watch a screening of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind tonight at Amherst Cinema!  The event is part of the theater’s Science on Screen series and begins with a talk from Smith College neuroscience professor Dr. Mary Harrington- she will discuss ideas presented in the movie and present scientific information relating to the movie.  413-253-2547.  28 Amity Street.  Amherst, MA.  ($)

MONDAY PLAYGROUPS

  • 9:15-11:15am – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup at Berkshire Trail Preschool! Main Street. Cummington, 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)
  • 10am-12Noon – PLAYGROUP: Easthampton Family Center, located at Flywheel Arts in the Old Town Hall. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am-12Noon – PLAYGROUP: The Meekins Library is now offering a facilitate playgroup every 2nd & 4th Monday of the month! The playgroup will include arts & crafts, story time, and other fun activities for kids and their grown-ups! 413-268-7472. 2 Main Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 5:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Childcare of the Berkshires hosts gym group at the Haskins Center! 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦

MONDAY STORYTIMES

  • 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)

MONDAY ICE SKATING

  • 10:30-12:30 – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Smead Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-781-2599. 1780 Roosevelt Ave. Springfield, MA ($)
  • 3-5pm -ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple St. Holyoke, MA ($)
  • 2-4pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-772-6891. 41 Barr Ave. Greenfield, MA ($)

MONDAY ONGOING

  • 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)
  • 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, March 13th, 2012

"We love Hilltown Families... We especially enjoy the upcoming events info - it's helped us get to experience some wonderful activities and meet new friends. Thank you!" - Jordana Willers
 (Florence, MA)

10am-4pm – BOTANY/SPRING BULB SHOW: Smith College’s spring bulb show has returned!  Visit the college’s botanic garden to view many different types of beautiful flowers!  Pair a visit to the show with a study of how flowers grow, greenhouse gardening, or a look at flowers native to the area.  413-585-2740.  16 College Lane.  Northampton, MA.  (<$)

10am-4pm – BOTANY/SPRING FLOWER SHOW: Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden hosts their Annual Spring Flower Show in their Talcott Greenhouse. Showcasing spring blooming plants and bulbs with a theme “Orchard and Vine” this year.  Kids can supplement their botany studies while view blooming plants that wouldn’t normally be blooming at the same time.  By comparing and contrasting, even the youngest kids can have fun studying the differences in blooming bulbs, as well as the greenhouse’s miniature vineyard with red & white grape vines. And while your family is there, check out the greenhouse’s living collections, including tropical and temperate plants.  Kids can see how coffee, banana and dates grow. 413-538-2116. Lower Lake Road.  South Hadley, MA (FREE)

3:30-4:30pm – ANIMAL ADVENTURE: Can you tell what animals have been visiting your backyard?  Learn about basic animal tracking and start a nature journal today at the New Salem Library!  The Nature Detectives program is run by Dawn Marvin Wood, and offers kids a chance to learn about many different aspects of the world surrounding them.  Best for kids ages 5-9, registration required.  978-544-5157.  23 South Main Street.  New Salem, MA.  (FREE)

4:30-5:30pm – PHYSICS: Learn yo-yo tricks at A2Z this afternoon!  Lead by world class pros, Yo-Yo School teaches kids basic yo-yo tricks.  Learning to yo-yo is a great supplement to studies of motion and physics!  413-586-1611.  57 King Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE) ♦

6-8pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Parents of preK children can learn about sibling relations and how to promote positive interactions during the workshop, “Siblings… 1+1 is Greater Than 2,” lead by Claire Kurtz, M.Ed. offered by Collaborative for Educational Services at the Hatfield Elementary School. Preregistration recommended: 413-570-3061. 33 Main Street. Hatfield, MA (FREE)

6:30pm – HISTORY: Celebrate Women’s History Month by learning how to do genealogical research about the women in your ancestry!  The Chicopee Library is hosting this workshop, which will teach participants how to use clues within their ancestry to find out more about family members.  Best for older students, this workshop fits into studies of early New England, local history (if your family is from the area!), cultural studies, and women’s rights (think about how life has changed for women throughout generations).  413-594-1800.  449 Front Street.  Chicopee, MA.  (FREE)

7-8:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Parents can learn about internet safety for kids and how to avoid (and be aware of) cyberbullying tonight at a parent workshop hosted by Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools.  The workshop takes place at Amherst Regional Middle School.  413-362-1871.  170 Chestnut Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

TUESDAY PLAYGROUPS

  • 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) ♦

TUESDAY STORYTIME

  • 9:30 and 11am – STORYTIME: Westfield Athenaeum hosts Little Ones Library Time. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, 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: Toddler storytime at the North Adams Public Library. 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: For pre-schoolers and toddlers at the Lanesborough Public Library. 413-442-0222. 83 North Main Street. Lanesborough, 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)

TUESDAY ICE SKATING

  • 10:45-12:45 – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Smead Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-781-2599. 1780 Roosevelt Ave. Springfield, MA ($)
  • 3-5pm -ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple St. Holyoke, MA ($)
  • 2-4pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-772-6891. 41 Barr Ave. Greenfield, MA ($)

TUESDAY ONGOING

  • 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) ♦
  • 9:30-11:15 – GRANDPARENTS: Weekly group at the Amherst Family Center for grandparents through June- connect with other grandparents and talk about issues of parenting grandchildren or helping children parent. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:45-11:15am – BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT: Amherst Family Center hosts a breastfeeding group for families. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9am-3pm – BOWLING: Special rates for Homeschool Bowling today!  413-525-7198.  168 Shaker Road.  East Longmeadow, MA.  (<$)
  • 10am – BREASTFEEDINGSUPPORT: Childcare of the Berkshires hosts a breastfeeding group for mothers at the Haskins Center! 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – RHYME TIME: The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School hosts Rhyme Time this morning at Matrushka Toys!  Designed for kids who are infants, crawlers, or toddlers, the program involves finger play, fun rhymes, circle games, and puppets and is lead by early childhood teachers.  413-528-4015.  309 Main Street.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 1-2:30pm - NEW MOTHERS CIRCLE: Cradle hosts a gathering of moms and babies in a comfortable and supportive environment. Share your experiences with other moms and bond over the transformations that come with motherhood. 413-341-5282. Thornes Marketplace, 3rd Floor. Main Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1-5pm – ART: The Art Garden has drop-in art making every afternoon! Kids can experiment with new mediums and materials- it’s an art adventure! 413-625-2782. 14 Depot Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (<$)
  • 2pm – FILM: Amherst Cinema has baby-friendly screenings today!  Call to confirm as screen times change.  413-253-2547.  28 Amity Street.  Amherst, MA.  (<$) ♦
  • 3pm – CRAFTS: Craft Club at the Hatfield Library! There’s a new activity every week. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3-4:30 – CRAFTS: Drop-in crafts at the Liberty Branch Library. 413-263-6849. 773 Liberty Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 4:30-5:30pm – PHYSICS: Learn yo-yo tricks at A2Z this afternoon!  Lead by world class pros, Yo-Yo School teaches kids basic yo-yo tricks.  Learning to yo-yo is a great supplement to studies of motion and physics!  413-586-1611.  57 King Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  •  6pm – GAMES: The 4th Tuesday of every month is Scrabble night at the Monson Library!  All ages are welcome.  Scrabble can help kids practice spelling an work on their vocabulary.  413-267-3866.  2 High Street.  Monson, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 6:30pm – BINGO: The Hinsdale Lions Club hosts Bingo every Tuesday evening. Though it’s generally an adult game, your kids can come too for a fun intergenerational evening. If they’re learning to count, they can get some great practice matching numbers on your card. Doors open at 5, and dinner is available inexpensively beforehand. 413-655-2973. Maple Street (Route 143). Hinsdale, MA. (<$) ♦
  • 7-11pm – CHESS: The Pittsfield Chess Club meets every Tuesday night!  Kids of all chess abilities can join for an intergenerational opportunity to learn and practice the game.  Meets in the cafeteria at Hillcrest Hospital.  413-448-6165.  West Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)♦

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Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

"Hilltown Families connects us to the excitement and creativity of our community! There's so much going on!" - Brita Dempsey
 (Holyoke, MA)

10am-4pm – BOTANY/SPRING BULB SHOW: Smith College’s spring bulb show has returned!  Visit the college’s botanic garden to view many different types of beautiful flowers!  Pair a visit to the show with a study of how flowers grow, greenhouse gardening, or a look at flowers native to the area.  413-585-2740.  16 College Lane.  Northampton, MA.  (<$)

10am-4pm – BOTANY/SPRING FLOWER SHOW: Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden hosts their Annual Spring Flower Show in their Talcott Greenhouse. Showcasing spring blooming plants and bulbs with a theme “Orchard and Vine” this year.  Kids can supplement their botany studies while view blooming plants that wouldn’t normally be blooming at the same time.  By comparing and contrasting, even the youngest kids can have fun studying the differences in blooming bulbs, as well as the greenhouse’s miniature vineyard with red & white grape vines. And while your family is there, check out the greenhouse’s living collections, including tropical and temperate plants.  Kids can see how coffee, banana and dates grow. 413-538-2116. Lower Lake Road.  South Hadley, MA (FREE)

12noon - CHILDREN’S THEATER: See Glasgow’s Visible Fictions perform Jason and the Argonauts today at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center!  The show tells the classic Greek myth using action figures, actors, and one incredibly prop!  Pair with studies of mythology or ancient Greece.  413-644-9049 ex 105.  14 Castle Street.  Great Barrington, MA.  ($)

6:30-8:30pm -PARENT WORKSHOP: The Collaborative for Educational Services is offering a workshop for parents of preK kids called, “The Active Child.” Lead by Alison Morrisey, LCSW, parents can learn strategies for supporting their kinetic, spirited children. Held at the Easthampton High School. 70 Williston Ave. Easthampton, MA (FREE)

WEDNESDAY PLAYGROUPS

  • 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: At the Westhampton Library, every second and fourth Wednesday.  413-527-5386.  3 South Road.  Westhampton, 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) ♦
  • 10:30-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The second Wednesday of every month at the Edwards Library!  413-527-9480.  30 East Street.  Southampton, 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) ♦

WEDNESDAY STORYTIMES

  • 9:30am – STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime at the Agawam Public Library. 413-789-1550. 750 Cooper Street. Agawam, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30 and 11:30 – STORYTIME: Fantastic Fours and Fives at the Westfield Athenaeum! 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Tales and Tunes at the Northfield Library! 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: At the Westhampton Library! 413-527-4386. 3 South Road. Westhampton, 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) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime at the North Adams Public Library. 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (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) ♦
  • 10:30-11:30am – 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) ♦
  • 4-5pm – STORYTIME: Visit the North Amherst Library for storytime and crafts!  413-259-3099.  8 Montague Road.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)
  • 4-5pm – STORYTIME: At the Cushman Library! Stories, crafts, snack. 413-413-648-5402. 28 Church Street. Bernardston, 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) ♦

WEDNESDAY ICE SKATING

  • 10-11:50am - ICE SKATING: Homeschool ice skating time at Foote Arena! Learn to skate or just practice. 413-664-8185. 1267 South Church Street. North Adams, MA. (<$) ♦
  • 10:30-12:30am – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Smead Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-781-2599. 1780 Roosevelt Ave. Springfield, MA ($)
  • 12-2pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-772-6891. 41 Barr Ave. Greenfield, MA ($)
  • 3-5pm -ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple St. Holyoke, MA ($)

WEDNESDAY ONGOING

  • 9:30am-12noon – FARM ADVENTURE: Red Gate Farm hosts Homeschool Halfdays on most Wednesdays. The event includes farm exploration both in and out of doors. 413-625-9503. 4 Norman Road. Buckland, MA. (<$) ♦
  • 9:45-11:15 – NEW MOTHERS: New and expecting mothers group with MotherWoman at the Amherst Family Center. Share experiences and get help with adjusting to motherhood. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 12noon – FILM: Pleasant Street Theater has a baby-friendly screening today!  Call to confirm, as screening times change.  413-584-5848.  27 Pleasant Street.  Northampton, MA.  (<$) ♦ 
  • 12noon-3pm – BOWLING: Special rates for Homeschool Bowling today!  413-525-7198.  168 Shaker Road.  East Longmeadow, MA.  (<$) ♦
  • 1-5pm – ART: The Art Garden has drop-in art making every afternoon! Kids can experiment with new mediums and materials- it’s an art adventure! 413-625-2782. 14 Depot Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (<$)
  • 1-5pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Visit the Crane Museum of Papermaking to learn about the history of papermaking at Crane since the early 1800’s. Located on the banks of the Housatonic River, the building itself is a museum! This is a great opportunity to learn about local history. If you can’t make it today, the museum is open all weekdays during the same hours. 413-684-2600. 30 South Street. Dalton, MA. (FREE)
  • 2:30pm – CHESS: Play chess at the Pelham Library!  Practice your own skills or teach a friend.  413-253-0657.  2 South Valley Road.  Pelham, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 3-4:30pm – CRAFTS: Drop-in crafts at the East Springfield Branch Library. 413-263-6840. 21 Osborne Terrace. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3:15-4:30pm – LEGOS: Dickinson Memorial Library offers an afterschool LEGO program on the first Wed. of the month for school-age kids.  413-498-2455. 115 Main St. Northfield, MA (FREE)
  • 3:30-5pm – CRAFTS: Drop-in crafts at the Indian Orchard Branch Library. 413-263-6846. 44 Oak Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 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) ♦ 
  • 6-9pm – VOLUNTEER: On the first Wednesday of every month, there is a community sew for BagShare!  Donate your time to help promote the use of reusable bags and to help sustain a community resource.  No experience necessary!  Takes place at Eastworks.  413-584-2633.  Pleasant Street.  Easthampton, MA.  (FREE) ♦

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Thursday, March 15th, 2012

"Hilltown Families has provided a great resource for my family to engage in community activities." - Araina Muniz (
Amherst, MA)

10am-4pm – BOTANY/SPRING BULB SHOW: Smith College’s spring bulb show has returned!  Visit the college’s botanic garden to view many different types of beautiful flowers!  Pair a visit to the show with a study of how flowers grow, greenhouse gardening, or a look at flowers native to the area.  413-585-2740.  16 College Lane.  Northampton, MA.  (<$)

10am-4pm – BOTANY/SPRING FLOWER SHOW: Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden hosts their Annual Spring Flower Show in their Talcott Greenhouse. Showcasing spring blooming plants and bulbs with a theme “Orchard and Vine” this year.  Kids can supplement their botany studies while view blooming plants that wouldn’t normally be blooming at the same time.  By comparing and contrasting, even the youngest kids can have fun studying the differences in blooming bulbs, as well as the greenhouse’s miniature vineyard with red & white grape vines. And while your family is there, check out the greenhouse’s living collections, including tropical and temperate plants.  Kids can see how coffee, banana and dates grow. 413-538-2116. Lower Lake Road.  South Hadley, MA (FREE)

9:30am – CHILDREN’S THEATER: See Glasgow’s Visible Fictions perform Jason and the Argonauts today at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center!  The show tells the classic Greek myth using action figures, actors, and one incredibly prop!  Pair with studies of mythology or ancient Greece.  413-644-9049 ex 105.  14 Castle Street.  Great Barrington, MA.  ($)

11am-12noon – STORYTIME: The Hatfield Library hosts preschool storytime.  413-247-9097.  39 Main Street.  Hatfield, MA.  (FREE)

2:30-4pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Kidsages 5-7yo can spend the afternoon exploring and learning about their outside surroundings at the Hatfield Library!  Dress warmly and bring a snack, and get ready to explore anything and everything outside!  Registration required.  413-247-9097.  39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA.  (FREE)

4:30-5:30pm – PHYSICS: Learn yo-yo tricks at A2Z this afternoon!  Lead by world class pros, Yo-Yo School teaches kids basic yo-yo tricks.  Learning to yo-yo is a great supplement to studies of motion and physics!  413-586-1611.  57 King Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE) ♦

5:30pm – AFRICAN STUDIES: Middle school and high school students are welcomed to join an African Dinner and Film Night at the Amherst Regional High School, presented by the African Scholars Program. They will be serving an authentic West African meal prepared by Senegalese and Gambian faculty members and is an excellent way to introduce West African culture to young students.  entrees will include vegetarian mafe or chicken yassa along with bouye and bissap.  The meal will be followed by a screening of the film “Mandabi” by Senegalese filmmaker, Sembene Ousmane.  Tickets can be reserved by e-mailing Bruce Penniman at penniman@english.umass.edu or by calling 413-253-2669. Amherst, MA ($)

6-8pm – LITERACY: Colrain Central School celebrates it’s birthday with a Family Literacy Night.  Swap books, eat cake, enjoy entertainment with storyteller Roger Ticknell. 413-624-3451. 22 Jacksonville Road. Colrain, MA (FREE)

6:30pm – STORYTIME: Change into pajamas, grab your blanket, and head to the Monson Library for pajama storytime!  Kids can enjoy stories and start relaxing for the night while hearing some great new stories.  413-267-3866.  2 High Street.  Monson, MA.  (FREE)

THURSDAY PLAYGROUPS

  • 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) 
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Every third Thursday for adoptive families with kids 4 and under!  RSVP required.  413-320-4680.  28 North Maple Street.  Florence, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Goshen Library hosts facilitated playgroup every 1st and 3rd Thursday.  413-230-8552.  42 Main Street.  Goshen, MA.  (FREE) ♦

THURSDAY STORYTIME

  • 9:30 and 11am – STORYTIME: Terrific Twos and Threes at the Westfield Athenaeum! 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, 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) ♦
  • 10:30-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The fourth Thursday of every month at the Edwards Library!  413-527-9480.  30 East Street.  Southampton, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30-11:30am – STORYTIME: Come and enjoy stories and songs with Julie Stepanek at the New Salem Library on Thurs. through January 26. 978-544-5157. 21 South Main St. New Salem., 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 – STORYTIME: Storytime at the Griswold Memorial Library! Stories, craft, and snack. 413-624-3619. 12 Main Road. Colrain, 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) ♦
  • 6:30pm – STORYTIME: Pajama storytime tonight at the Monson Library! 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE) ♦

THURSDAY ICE SKATING

  • 10:45-12:45 – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Smead Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-781-2599. 1780 Roosevelt Ave. Springfield, MA ($)
  • 11am-1pm - ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple St. Holyoke, MA ($)
  • 2-4pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-772-6891. 41 Barr Ave. Greenfield, MA ($)

THURSDAY ONGOING

  • 9:30-11:15 – GRANDPARENTS: Weekly group at the Amherst Family Center for grandparents through June- connect with other grandparents and talk about issues of parenting grandchildren or helping children parent. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11am – SUPPORT GROUP: New mothers support group meets at the Greenwood Center today!  413-794-5515.  231 Maple Road.  Longmeadow, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 2:30pm – MOVIE: Monson Library has kids’ movie time! 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, 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. (<$)
  • 3:30-5pm – CRAFTS: Drop-in crafts at the Brightwood Branch Library. 413-263-6805. 359 Plainfield Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 4:30-5:30pm – PHYSICS: Learn yo-yo tricks at A2Z this afternoon!  Lead by world class pros, Yo-Yo School teaches kids basic yo-yo tricks.  Learning to yo-yo is a great supplement to studies of motion and physics!  413-586-1611.  57 King Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 5-7pm – KNITTING: Dottie’s Coffee Lounge host a beginner’s knitting group every Thursday. All ages and experiences welcomed. 444 North Street. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)
  • 5:30-7pm – CHESS: The Monson Library’s chess club meets on the 4th Thursday of every month. Kids in middle school and older can participate! 413-287-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE) ♦

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Friday, March 16th, 2012

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10am-4pm – BOTANY/SPRING BULB SHOW: Smith College’s spring bulb show has returned!  Visit the college’s botanic garden to view many different types of beautiful flowers!  Pair a visit to the show with a study of how flowers grow, greenhouse gardening, or a look at flowers native to the area.  413-585-2740.  16 College Lane.  Northampton, MA.  (<$)

10am-4pm – BOTANY/SPRING FLOWER SHOW: Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden hosts their Annual Spring Flower Show in their Talcott Greenhouse. Showcasing spring blooming plants and bulbs with a theme “Orchard and Vine” this year.  Kids can supplement their botany studies while view blooming plants that wouldn’t normally be blooming at the same time.  By comparing and contrasting, even the youngest kids can have fun studying the differences in blooming bulbs, as well as the greenhouse’s miniature vineyard with red & white grape vines. And while your family is there, check out the greenhouse’s living collections, including tropical and temperate plants.  Kids can see how coffee, banana and dates grow. 413-538-2116. Lower Lake Road.  South Hadley, MA (FREE)

11am-12:30pm – LEGOS: Build architectural masterpieces with LEGOs and Mega Blocks at the Monson Library today!  Kids can experiment with designs and learn about basic principles of physics by playing with blocks.  413-267-3866.  2 High Street.  Monson, MA.  (FREE)

12:30-2:30pm - BOOK TRIVIA: The Dickinson Memorial Library is hosting an afternoon of Hunger Games-themed trivia, games, and a craft!  BYO lunch, snack and drinks will be provided.  Kids can compete to win a pair of movie tickets, and can make their own mockingjay pins.  Registration required.  413-298-2455.  115 Main Street.  Northfield, MA.  (FREE)

4-4:45pm - FARM ADVENTURE: Kids can help out with farm chores this afternoon at Red Gate Farm!  They get to meet and help feed the animals and take part in other daily farm activities.  It’s a great opportunity for kids to learn about the responsibilities that farm life includes and what farmers do all day!  413-625-9503.  4 Norman Road.  Buckland, MA.  (FREE)

6:30-8:30pm – RAINFOREST: All families of elementary school students in Amherst are welcome to Rainforest Game Night.Play games that have rainforest themes while learning about the rainforest at the trivia.  Held in the Cafeteria at Wildwood Elementary School. Amherst, MA (FREE)

6:30pm - FAMILY PERFORMANCE: Sanderson Academy is hosting a variety show to showcase the unique talents of their students!  The show will include many different acts, some including non-student community members.  All are welcome to participate, but acts should include at least one student.  Contact Lauren Preston-Wells at lprestonwells@mohawkschools.org to sign up.  413-628-4404.  808 Cape Street.  Ashfield, MA.  (DONATION)

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

8pm – CONCERT: Ring in St. Patrick’s Day with a performance by Danu tonight at the Colonial Theater!  The group is currently at the forefront of traditional Irish music- shows in their home country are standing room only.  413-997-4444.  111 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($$)

FRIDAY PLAYGROUPS

  • 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)
  • 9:30-11am – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup at Whole Children! 413-587-1471. 41 Russell Street. Hadley, 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: At Lanesborough Elementary School! 413-443-0027. Summer Street. Lanesborough, 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) ♦
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Greenfield YMCA hosts an indoor obstacle course playgroup for kids 7 and under! Kids can play and move throughout a series of play-obstacles (tunnels, foam blocks, etc.). 413-475-1543. 451 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Bring the kids for a morning playgroup at the Chesterfield Senior Center.  Held on the second and fourth Friday of the month. Route 143. Chesterfield, MA (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Gateway Family Center hosts special learning playgroups for young children and their parents!  Babies and their parents will learn baby sign language and play with other families.  Parents of toddlers can take part in “playshops” like cooking, art projects, and games.  413-667-2203.  9 Russell Road.  Huntington, 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) ♦
  • FRIDAY – 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Greenfield YMCA hosts an indoor obstacle course playgroup for kids 7 and under!  Kids can play and move throughout a series of play-obstacles (tunnels, foam blocks, etc.).  Takes place on the first and third Fridays of each month.  413-475-1543.  451 Main Street.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE) ♦ 
  • 11am- BABY GROUP: Childcare of the Berkshires hosts at the Haskins Center. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦

FRIDAY STORYTIMES

  • 9:30am - SPANISH STORYTIME: Forbes Library hosts Spanish storytime- great for Spanish speaking families or kids learning the language. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, 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) ♦

FRIDAY ICE SKATING

  • 10:30-12:30 – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Smead Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-781-2599. 1780 Roosevelt Ave. Springfield, MA ($)
  • 2-4pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-772-6891. 41 Barr Ave. Greenfield, MA ($)
  • 3-5pm -ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple St. Holyoke, MA ($)
  • 8-9:50pm – ICE SKATING: Teens and families will enjoy a DJ ice skating session at Collins/Moylan Arena. Skate rentals available.413-772-6891. 41 Barr Ave. Greenfield, MA ($)

FRIDAY ONGOING

  • 10-10:30am – ART: Visit the Eric Carle Museum for Materials Play in the Morning, a program where kids can experiment with art making in new and nontraditional mediums that are not only great for creativity but are fun to play with! 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. (<$) ♦
  • 10am – MOVIE: Pre-school movies at the Berkshire Ahtenaeum! Usually 20-30 minutes. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11:15am – ESL: Amherst Family Center hosts an ESL group- families can connect withother ESL families and work on language acquisition and parenting skills together. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am-5pm – CRAFTS: Drop-in crafts at the Pine Point Branch Library. 413-263-6855. 204 Boston Road. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am-4pm - MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The KidSpace at Mass MoCA is open today- explore an exhibit designed just for young people and make some art of your own! 413-664-4481. 1040 Mass MoCA Way. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1-5pm – ART: The Art Garden has drop-in art making every afternoon! Kids can experiment with new mediums and materials- it’s an art adventure! 413-625-2782. 14 Depot Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (<$)
  • 3:15-4:45pm – KNITTING: Drop-In Stitches knitting group at the Storrs Library. Grades 4+, all abilities welcome. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 4-4:45pm – FARM ADVENTURE: Red Gate Farm hosts Young Farmers- a chance help out with afternoon chores including egg collection! 413-625-9503. 4 Norman Road. Buckland, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 6-7pm – BABY SIGN LANGUAGE: Sign Loud and Clear presents an info session on the benefits of baby sign language! Babies are sometimes able to begin communicating via sign language before they are able to communicate verbally- learn how to start signing with your baby! Takes place at Baystate Medical Center. Springfield Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 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) ♦
  • 7-9pm – YO-YOS: A2Z’s Dogbite Yo-Yo club meets on the second Friday of each month for a night of yo-yo skill sharing and learning.  Meets at the College Church.  48 Pomeroy Terrace.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 7-10pm – TWEEN: Friday nights at the Greenwood Center are just for tweens!  Kids in grades 6-8 can enjoy a supervised night of dancing, games, and DJ music!  413-565-4163.  231 Maple Road.  Longmeadow, MA.  (<$) ♦
  • 7:30pm – ASTRONOMY: Milham Planetarium at Williams College hosts an observatory show tonight! The planetarium’s Zeiss Skymaster can show phases of the moon, retrograde motions of planets, temperatures of planets and stars, the location of nearby galaxies, and more! The show is entertaining and also a great learning opportunity. 413-597-2188. 829 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 8:30pm-12:30am - COMMUNITY DANCE: Dance Spree is a community family-friendly (and barefoot!) dance event – kids of all ages are welcome to attend with guardians. Great way to get moving! 25 Main Street, 4th Floor (above Fitzwilly’s). Northampton, MA. (<$) ♦

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