Suggested Events for March 17th-23rd, 2012

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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This is the last weekend to take the kids to Smith College’s spring bulb show in Northampton and Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden's Annual Spring Flower Show in South Hadley. (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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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

On Sunday, March 18th at 11:30am – ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Western MA’s most Irish city!  The Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade includes floats, dancers, and other performers from local groups and marches all over the city!  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE)

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Breakfast in Western MAOn Saturday, March 24th at 10am – CREATIVE FREE PLAY: Think outside the box!  What can you make with a cardboard box, tape, markers, and glue?  Kids and parents are invited to exercise their creativity and practice their architectural skills this morning at Hatfield Elementary School!  The Collaborative for Educational Services is hosting this event, which offers kids an opportunity for non-commercial creative free play.  It’s intended for kids 5 and under and their families.  Call to register.  413-586-4998.  33 Main Street.  Hatfield, MA.  (FREE)

On Sunday, March 25th from 10am-4pm – GEOLOGY: Learn all about different types of minerals, jewels, rocks, and fossils this weekend at the Western Mass Mineral, Jewelry, and Fossil Show!  The event brings together collectors from all over New England (and beyond!) to share their unique collections.  Kids will be able to see hundreds of different types of specimens- a visit to the show fits into studies of natural history (especially of the Connecticut River Valley) and, of course, geology.  Sponsored by the Connecticut Valley Mineral Club, the event also features live demonstrations, art, and prizes!  It’s a great learning opportunity for the whole family, and kids under 12 get free admission!  Takes place at the Holyoke Hotel and Conference Center.  245 Whiting Farms Road.  Holyoke, MA.  (<$)

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CELTIC DANCE: The Celtic Heels Irish Dance Company will put on an exciting toe tapping, hand clapping St. Patrick’s Day celebration on Sunday, March 18 at 2pm at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton. With over 70 exquisite dancers joined by National Scottish Fiddle Champion, Emerald Rae and All Ireland Accordion Champion, Damien Connolly this is sure to be an event enjoyed by all ages! Tickets are $10/adults $8/seniors $8/children and are available at the Academy Box Office 413-584-9032 x105 (box office fees will apply). For additional information about this production or dance classes for children and adults please visit www.CelticHeelsDance.com.

ERIC CARLE CELEBRATION: Are you hungry for something to do this Sunday? Head to The Eric Carle Museum to celebrate The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day on March 18th from 12noon-5pm. Make your own caterpillars in the studio. Join special story times. Meet the Very Hungry Caterpillar in costume and get a caterpillar tattoo. There will be caterpillar cookies, giveaways & a sale in The Carle Bookshop. Translated in over 50 languages, and celebrated a world over, The Very Hungry Caterpillar is universally known as one of the greatest childhood classics of all time. Bring a picnic lunch & spend the day! Sponsored by MEFA’s U.PLAN Prepaid Tuition Program. For more info visit www.carlemuseum.org or call 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA (FREE with Museum Admission)

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.

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS: RH Conwell Community School of Worthingon, MA is accepting applications for the 2012-13 school year with openings in all classes from Pre-K through 6th grade. Located in the heart of the Hilltowns of Western MA, Conwell is an affordable private school with a supportive environment, offering a rigorous, encouraging, and developmentally appropriate program to all students. Children are taught to think creatively, read critically, and reason logically. Conwell has a high level of parent and community involvement in both classroom and after school activities where students are valued as individuals and tailor learning plans to their needs and learning styles. For more information visit online at www.conwellcec.org or call 413-238-5856.

PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL: Piti Theatre presents the 3rd Annual SYRUP: One Sweet Performing Arts Festival on Saturday, March 17th at Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls, MA. Family show at 2pm with Piti Theatre, juggling, internationally renowned dance-mime artist Karen Montanaro, Ballet Renversé, art activities, and syrup tasting. Evening show at 7pm with Karen Montanaro’s Tanzspiel (German for “dance-play”), clowning from Strong Coffee Stage, juggler Thom Wall, and cellist Wayne Smith. On Sunday, March 18th at Shelburne Falls Yoga there will be a Dance-Mime workshop with Karen for kids 7-12yo from 11am-12:30pm and Physical Storytelling for teens/adults from 1:30-3pm. Family show $5, Evening $12/$8 youth under 16. Schedule & tickets: www.ptco.org/shows/syrup

"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.

Teresa O’Brient writes, “On Wednesday, March 21, 2012, from 1- 3 pm at the Berkshire Athenaeum, the Berkshire Country Home School Community and the 4H Earth Stars Club are hosting Geography Games and more. Along with geography-related board games and trivia games, there will be an interactive “talking” globe. There will also be country boards on display from previous Geography Fairs held by homeschoolers, so anyone interested in participating or attending this year’s Geo Fair (coming up on Thursday, April 5th), can get some ideas for the fair. This event is free and open to all. For information email berksierra@aol.com or call 413-298-0099.”


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS:
March 17th-23rd, 2012

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Saturday, March 17th, 2012

"Hilltown Families helps me find activities all over Western MA. Although we live in Holyoke, we have family in Berkshire County and having the resources to find things to do means we spend more time with cousins than we might otherwise.” - Myanna Carbin-O’Brien (Holyoke, 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.

8am-12noon - PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Enjoy a pancake breakfast featuring locally produced maple syrup at UMass’ Renaissance Center!  The maple syrup that you’ll be able to enjoy was produced using trees tapped on the Renaissance Center’s grounds.  Yum!  413-577-3600.  650 East Pleasant Street.  Amherst, MA.  ($)

Hilltown Family Variety Show9-10am – HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. – Long time radio friend, Morgan Taylor of Gustafer Yellowgold, is our Guest DJ!. –   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)

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

9:30-11am – PUPPETS: The Hatfield Library hosts a special puppet play time for kids!  Kids can play with puppets, create their own puppet performances, and maybe make their own- it’s a free play event, so there will be supervision but no guidance.  413-247-9097.  39 Main Street.  Hatfield, MA.  (FREE)

9:30-4pm – ST. PATRICK’S DAY: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the traditional Celtic way today at Old Sturbridge Village!  Most of the village will be open to visitors, and there will be special events throughout the day including live traditional Irish music, workshops on Irish music, demonstrations on making Celtic food, and a chance to meet Mary Culligan, a 19th century Irish immigrant!  Kids can learn about the history, both chronological and cultural, surrounding St. Patrick’s Day- it will give the holiday new meaning, and fits into studies of life in early New England and/or American history.  800-733-1030.  1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.  Sturbridge, MA.  ($)

10-11am – SEWING: Learn basic sewing skills today with 4-H and Bagshare!  Kids will learn hand-sewing skills as well as the basics of machine sewing.  Call to register.  Takes place at the Cummington Community House.  413-634-5631.  Main Street.  Cummington, MA.  (FREE)

10am or 12noon – FILM SCREENING: The International Family Film Festival returns to Images Cinema!  Today, families can see the Oscar-nominated animated shorts.  The shorts are a collection of films with varying plots from all around the world- all are appropriate for children.  Kids interested in film can learn more about the creative possibilities that animation offers, as well as international film.  413-458-5612.  50 Spring Street.  Williamstown, MA.  ($)

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)

11am - TEA PARTY: Dress in your favorite teatime outfit and bring your teddy (or bunny, or puppy, or…) to a special Teddy Bear Tea at Yankee Candle!  Bears and their humans will enjoy delicious teatime treats and will get to read the book The Brown Paper Teddy Bear.  413-665-1277. 25 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA ($)

11am and 2pm – FAMILY THEATER: Winne the Pooh the musical is coming to the Ja’Duke Center for Performing Arts!  The show features all of the classic characters from the Hundred Acre Wood and follows them on a special adventure.  413-863-0001.  110 Industrial Boulevard.  Turners Falls, MA.  ($)

11am-12noon – YOUTH ACTION: Join the Youth Action Coalition!  There’s a meeting today at the Hatfield Library- joining the group teaches kids how to become empowered and create change within their own communities.  It’s kid-lead, but the children’s librarian will be on hand to provide guidance.  413-247-9097.  39 Main Street.  Hatfield, MA.  (FREE)

1-2:15pm – ANIMAL ADVENTURES: Predators are an important part of the local food chain- bobcats, coyotes, fisher, and more all live in Western Massachusetts!  Though there are many of these animals around, people frequently know little about them. Kids can learn about these predatory animals today at the Great Falls Discovery Center!  413-863-3221.  2 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

1:30-2:30pm – ST. PATRICK’S DAY/STORYTIME: Visit the Mason Library for a special St. Patrick’s Day themed storytime!  Family performer Mary Jo Maichack will be on hand to provide songs and stories about Irish traditions! Ages 4yo+.  413-548-2403.  231 Main Street.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE)

2pm or 7pm – THEATER: The Hartsbrook High School’s Community Theater presents Nicholas Nickleby, a theatrical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ book by the same name.  Appropriate for kids in grades 5+, students can learn about a classic book by seeing the show!  413-586-1908.  193 Bay Road.  Hadley, MA.  ($)

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)

2pm-10pm – PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL: Piti Theater Company’s annual SYRUP festival takes place this weekend!  SYRUP: One Sweet Performing Arts Festival includes musical, theatrical, and dance and movement performances from local performers.  All events are family friendly, and there are acts for all ages.  Celebrate community arts by seeing a show or two!  There are events taking place all day at Memorial Hall.  413-625-6569.  51 Bridge Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  ($)

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 – ST. PATRICK’S DAY/COMMUNITY DINNER: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by enjoying a traditional Irish dinner of corned beef and cabbage!  Takes place at the Middlefield Congregational Church.  413-623-5457.  Skyline Trail.  Middlefield, MA.  ($)

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

6:30pm-Midnight: MONTE CARLO NIGHT: The Amherst Hurricane Boosters host the 8th Annual Amherst Monte Carolo Night at Valentine Hall on the campus of Amherst College. The hall will be transformed into an elegant mini-casino, with live music, gourmet food and wine tastings. Amherst, MA (FUNDRAISER)

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Sunday, March 18th, 2012

"I love Hilltown Families. We have enjoyed so many events with our four year old daughter that we would’ve not know about. Thank you for connecting us with great events." - Rebecca Heath

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.  ($)

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.  ($)

10am-2pm – CLOTHING SALE: BerkChique, a gently-used upscale clothing and accessories sale takes place this weekend!  Proceeds from the event benefit Berkshire Creative- an organization that works to support and expand the creative economy present within the Berkshires.  BerkChique is a great opportunity to add some oomph to your wardrobe in a sustainable way (recycled clothes!) while supporting a great local cause.  Takes place at the Stockbridge Town Offices.  50 Main Street.  Stockbridge, MA.  (SALE)

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 – 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.  ($)  ♦

10am-4pm – AVIATION ADVENTURES: Most people have probably ridden in a passenger seat on an airplane – but have you been in a cockpit?  The New England Air Museum is hosting open cockpit day today!  Kids can climb into and learn about the cockpits of 12 different vintage aircrafts!  Learn about the history of aviation and the role of air travel within our society (especially during wars), as well as the science behind flight!  860-623-3305.  36 Perimeter Road.  Windsor Locks, CT.  ($)

11am – PUPPET SHOW: Families can see a special performance by Rosalita’s Puppets at St. Patrick’s and Raphael’s Parish Center!  The puppets will present The Three Dreams- a show whose main characters are a magical bird, a dragon, and king, and a fairy.  Afterward, kids can meet and greet with the puppets!  413-664-4821.  53 Southworth Street.  Williamstown, 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.  (<$) ♦ 

11:30am – ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Western MA’s most Irish city!  The Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade includes floats, dancers, and other performers from local groups and marches all over the city!  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE)

12noon-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: It’s the Very Hungry Caterpillar’s birthday!  Celebrate with games, activities, and other fun events at the Eric Carle Museum!  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  ($)

1pm – CRAFT STUDIO: Beads, Bisque, and Beyond hosts a weekly art session for kids!  Kids’ Club gives kids an opportunity to exercise their creativity and to experiment with new mediums, like yarn painting, bubble painting, clay modeling, and more!  413-442-9300.  141 North Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($) ♦

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

1-3pm - CHESS: An informal Chess Club is beginning at the Lilly Library. Participants are encouraged to supplement existing chess boards by bringing their own too. 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA (FREE) ♦

1-3pm – ARBORICULTURE: Learn to identify the many different types of trees that can be found in the valley’s back yards and forests with naturalist Michael Wotjech!  Sponsored by the Kestrel Trust, the event takes place at Amethyst Brook and includes a short hike through the woods to explore the area and find trees!  Registration required.  413-549-1097.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

2pm – ST. PATRICK’S DAY/FAMILY PERFORMANCE: Celtic Heels Dance Company presents a St. Patrick’s Day performance!  There will be traditional and modern Celtic dances, as well as musical accompaniment from special guest musicians.  Kids can learn about Celtic culture!  Takes place at the Academy of Music.  413-584-9032.  274 Main Street.  Northampton, MA.  ($)

2-3:50pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Smead Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-781-2599. 1780 Roosevelt Ave. Springfield, MA ($) ♦

2-4pm - FOOD/HISTORY: Historic Deerfield hosts a lecture on the use of native and non-native plants in early New England open-hearth cooking!  Best for older students, the lecture is presented by Sandra Oliver and provides a look at the types of foods grown, where they originated, and their historic uses in cooking.  Use as a supplement to in-depth studies of early New England culture, agriculture and food production, and culinary history.  Takes place at the Deerfield Community Center.  413-774-5581.  84 Old Main Street.  Deerfield, MA.  (FREE)

3pm – ST. PATRICK’S DAY/FAMILY CONCERT: In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, spend the afternoon at a concert of traditional Irish music performed by Berkshire Lyric, the Berkshire Singers, and the Blafield Childrens’ Chorus.  There will be a reception and silent auction following the concert.  Takes place at Founders Theater.  413-298-5365.  70 Kemble Street.  Lenox, 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 (>$)

4pm – FILM SCREENING/SUSTAINABILITY: The Memorial Hall Association will screen Windfall, an award-winning documentary about the affects of wind turbines on rural communities.  Turbine farms have been proposed for many communities in western MA- the screening is an opportunity for community members to learn about the reality of living near wind farms and how farms can change communities.  51 Bridge Street.  413-625-3052.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (FREE)

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. (<$)

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Monday, March 19th, 2012

“Hilltown Families is the first place that I look when trying to figure out what’s going on in the Hilltowns and Valley. I love getting the e-mail weekly events and never worry about missing a fun event. Thanks for all you do,” - Amy Cullen (Williamsburg, MA)

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)

4pm – CRAFTS: The Great Create takes place today in the children’s department at the East Longmeadow Library!  Kids can use interesting materials to create their own unique works of art!  Open to kids in grades 3-6, registration required.  413-525-5432.  60 Center Square #2.  East Longmeadow, MA.  (FREE)

4-5pm – CULINARY ARTS: Kid’s Passport Cooking Class happens at Whole Foods Market.  This month they will be creating and tasting snacks from Africa an South America.  Dishes like Ethiopian Dabo Kolo and plantains can open up a child’s curiosity to these cultures and their culinary traditions. 413-586-9932. 327 Russell Street. Hadley, MA (>$)

5:30pm – BREASTFEEDING – La Leche League of Northampton meets third Monday of every month. Topics cover breastfeeding benefits, nutrition and weaning, home care of your infant, and support. 413-570-0684 150 Main St. 3rd Floor. Northampton, MA (FREE)

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 20th, 2012

“I love that it all this great info comes right to me (via email and FB) so I don’t have to remember to look to see what’s happening.” - Sara Barry (Haydenville, MA)

9:30-11:30am – MUSIC/PLAYGROUP: Aric Bieganek will be at the Northampton Parents Center with music, singing, and more.  Everyone is welcome!  Basement of Edwards Church. 413-582-2636. 297 Main St. Northampton, MA (Donation)

9:30am-5pm – HOMESCHOOL/MUSEUM ADVENTURE: The Springfield Museums host a special home school day today!  The event is centered around the museums’ special exhibit, Frogs: A Chorus of Colors.  By participating in various activities, kids will learn about the life cycle of frogs, their geographic locations based on climate, and special amphibian adaptations.  There will also be time for lunch (BYO!) and exploration of other exhibits.  Registration required!  The event can supplement studies of evolution and adaptations, habitat, and amphibious creatures.  800-625-7738.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.  (<$)

10-11:30am – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Springfield Parent Academy hosts, “Face It!: It’s All About Facebook” at the John L. Sullivan Community Building.  The workshop is intended to teach parents about how to encourage safe and healthy use of the social networking site, and will emphasize how to teach kids about what is and isn’t OK to share publicly.  160 Nursery Street.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

3-6pm – CRAFTS: Experiment with art materials during drop-in craft time at the Monson Library!  413-267-3866.  2 High Street.  Monson, MA.  (FREE)

3:30pm – FILM SCREENING: The International Family Film Festival returns to Images Cinema!  Today, families can see the Oscar-nominated animated shorts.  The shorts are a collection of films with varying plots from all around the world- all are appropriate for children.  Kids interested in film can learn more about the creative possibilities that animation offers, as well as international film.  413-458-5612.  50 Spring Street.  Williamstown, MA.  ($)

3:30-4:30pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Explore all of the things there are to see and learn about this afternoon at the New Salem Library!  Best for kids ages 5-9, the program will give kids free time to explore and will include guided discussion where kids will learn about plants and get to ask questions about the things that they see.  Registration required.  978-544-6334.  23 South Main Street.  New Salem, MA.  (FREE)

5-8pm – COMMUNITY DINNER: Help raise money for the CHP-Southern Berkshire Community Coalition’s WIC program tonight!  The group is hosting a lasagna dinner and silent auction, and there will be locally brewed beer available from Berkshire Brewery for parents.  Comedian Dan Schilling will be performing, too!  Proceeds benefit essential community programs!  Takes place at Crissey Farms.  413-528-0457.  426 Stockbridge Road.  Great Barrington, MA.  ($)

5:30-8pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Learn strategies and tips for toilet training at a workshop hosted by the Community Network for Children at Swift River Elementary School!  The workshop includes dinner (pizza and salad from 5:30-6), and childcare is available.  Sarah Patton, LICSW, will offer parents information on when to start toilet training and will offer advice and answer parents’ questions about the process.  Registration required.  978-544-5157.  201 Wendell Road.  New Salem, MA.  (FREE)

6-8pm - PARENT WORKSHOP: Learn about typical sexual development in young children tonight at, “You Showed Each Other WHAT?!” The workshop is hosted by the Collaborative for Educational Services and will teach parents how to identify normal development vs. signs of abuse.  Takes place at the Palmer/Monson Family Network.  Call to register!  413-570-3061.  4 Springfield Street.  Three Rivers, MA.  (FREE)

6:30-8:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Northampton Special Education Parent Advisory Council presents, “Learning to Read: The Road and the Roadblocks,” at the  JFK Middle School Community Room.  Stephanie Grimaldi, an Assistant Professor of Education at Westfield State University, will be the presenter, talking about reading problems in children that parents should be alert to and who to proceed if you think your child has a reading disability. Q&A follow the presentation. Childcare is available to those who register by March 15th. To sign up contact Alison Greene: anewittg@gmail.com or 413-585-8910. 100 Bridge Road. Florence, MA (FREE)

6:30pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Stonewalls zig zag across the landscape of New England- learn about the history behind the walls tonight at the Dickinson Memorial Library!  Stone wall builder Kevin Gardner will share information on the techniques used to build stone walls and a bit of information on the history of stone walls.  Fits with studies of local history, agriculture, and architecture.  413-498-2455.  115 Main Street.  Northfield, 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 21st, 2012

“As a new-ish full time working parent, I depend on Hilltown Families to keep me posted on the things-to-do in the area. Especially on weekends and day offs.” - Tracey Levy (Northampton, MA)

1-3pm – GEOGRAPHY: Play geography games and learn about international cultures at the Berkshire Athenaeum!  There will also be information available (and resources for getting started) on the upcoming Geography Fair at the athenaeum. 413-499-9480.  1 Wendell Avenue.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

6-7:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Springfield Parent Academy hosts, “Helping With Homework,” a workshop where parents can learn strategies for helping students with homework and working homework into their daily family routine to help students complete their assignments.  Takes place at the Springfield Renaissance School.  1170 Carew Street.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

6:30-7:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Springfield Parent Academy hosts, “Building Blocks to Reading,” a seminar where parents with kids under the age of 6 can learn strategies for helping kids learn to read at home!  Parents will also be able to offer advice from their own experiences with other parents.  Takes place at the Central Library.  220 State Street.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – CULTURAL STUDIES: Learn about the cultural significance of and the folklore surrounding the animals of the Chinese Zodiac!  Learn about what your birth year’s animal is believed to say about your personality!  413-458-5369.  1095 Main Street.  Williamstown, 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 22nd, 2012

“We always consult our Hilltown Families Weekly eNewsletter when making our family’s weekend plans. Thank you for the wonderful ideas!” - Gina Wyman (Easthampton, MA)

2:30-4pm – LIBRARY ADVENTURES: Kids ages 6-7yo can join in a program at the Hatfield Library called Explorers:Storytellers. BYO snack. Call to preregister.  413-247-9097.  39 Main Street.  Hatfield, MA.  (FREE)

3:30-4:30pm – STORYTIME: Special afternoon storytime at the Lee Library!  Walk-in is OK but registration is encouraged.  413-243-0385.  100 Main Street.  Lee, MA.  (FREE) ♦

4-5:30pm – TEEN/SINGING: A song circle is forming at the Jones Library!  The group will meet once a month for four months, and is open to kids 13+.  Teens who enjoy music and/or singing or are interested in exploring their voice can practice and gain experience in an intergenerational context.  Call to sign up.  413-259-3132.  43 Amity Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

6pm - VARIETY SHOW: The Greenfield Center School will present a Variety Show at the Guiding Star Grange starring students from the school There will be treats sold at intermission, and music, dance, drama and singing to entertain your family through the early evening. 413-773-1700. 401 Chapman Street. Greenfield, MA (>$)

7pm - FILM SCREENING: Celebrate the American movie-musical with a screening of My Fair Lady at the Barrington Stage Company!  Winner of an Academy Award for Best Picture in 1964, the movie is a classic!  413-236-8888.  30 Union Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (<$)

7:30pm – THEATER: Holyoke High School presents Legally Blonde: The Musical!  The show follows ditsy sorority girl Elle Woods through her adventures at Harvard Law School, where she enrolls to win back her boyfriend but discovers that she’s actually a great lawyer!  413-534-2020.  500 Beech Street.  Holyoke, MA.  ($)

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) ♦
  • 3:30-4:30pm – STORYTIME: Special afternoon storytime at the Lee Library!  Walk-in is OK but registration is encouraged.  413-243-0385.  100 Main Street.  Lee, 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 23rd, 2012

“Whenever we want to know what is going on in the area we always consult Hilltown Families! Thanks for being such a great resource!” - Audrey Anderson (Belchertown, MA)

9:30-11am – PARENT WORKSHOP: Do you have a child who will only each mac & cheese and chicken nuggets?  If you find yourself in a struggle at meal times with a picky eater, Sara Patton is offering a presentation at the Bridge Street School, “Picky Eaters and Power Struggles.”  She will discuss ways to address the battles of trying to get your kids to eat nutrition foods.  Free childcare is available. 413-587-1471. 2 Parson St. Northampton, MA (FREE)

10:30-11:30am – ANIMAL ADVENTURES: The Great Falls Discovery Center hosts a storytime centered around birds of prey!  Kids ages 3-6 can learn about birds and do a craft where they can explore different types of birds.  413-863-3221.  2 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

11am – PARENT WORKSHOP: Babies can be frustrating, given the communication barriers- however, there are body language cues that parents can learn in order to better understand what their little ones are telling them.  The Family Resource Center hosts a workshop with Jennifer Rush and April Varellas today on baby langauge!  Parents can learn a lot from the workshop and will find understanding their baby to be much easier afterward!  Every infant who comes gets their own free baby book.  413-664-4821.  210 State Street.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE)

4:30-7pm – COMMUNITY DINNER: Support the South Hadley Family Center and enjoy a delicious dinner and an evening spent with other families!  The SHFC’s annual family fun night is tonight- there will be baked ziti for dinner, a cake walk (especially fun for kids), auction, raffle, and live family entertainment from Roger Ticknell!  Takes place at Mosier Elementary School.  101 Mosier Street.  South Hadley, MA.  (<$)

6-8pm – COMMUNITY DINNER: Enjoy a delicious lasagna dinner and an evening spent with other families, and help to raise money for the MN Spear Memorial Library!  Donations of desserts welcome.  Takes place at the Shutesbury Athletic Club.  413-259-1213.  282 Wendell Road.  Shutesbury, MA. ($)

6:30pm – CRAFTS: Try out different types of paper crafts tonight at the Dickinson Memorial Library!  There will be rubber stamps available for testing and creating with, as well as materials for card making, scrapbooking, and more!  There will be plenty of opportunity to create a masterpiece, as well as share advice and learn from others.  Best for older kids, registration required.  413-498-2455.  115 High Street.  Northfield, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – FILM SCREENING: Pothole Pictures hosts a community sing-a-long and screening of Fiddler on the Roof!  There will be a performance by Whistle Stop, a group playing old-time fiddle and banjo, from 7-7:30 and the screening will begin at 7:30.  Takes place at Memorial Hall.  413-625-3052.  51 Bridge Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (<$)

7:30pm – THEATER: Holyoke High School presents Legally Blonde: The Musical!  The show follows ditsy sorority girl Elle Woods through her adventures at Harvard Law School, where she enrolls to win back her boyfriend but discovers that she’s actually a great lawyer!  413-534-2020.  500 Beech Street.  Holyoke, MA.  ($)

7:30pm – THEATER: Students from Hampshire Regional High School present the classic musical Guys and Dolls!  413-527-7680.  19 Stage Road.  Westhampton, MA.  ($)

9:30-11:20pm – TEEN/ICE SKATING: Skate the night away at FMC’s Spring Fling skating event at Collins-Moylan Arena!  There will be live DJ music and lots of skating fun.  413-772-6891.  41 Barr Avenue.  Greenfield, MA.  (<$)

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

7-11pm – TANGO DANCING: Enjoy a night of dancing Buenos Aires-style at Wistariahurst tonight!  There will be a tango lesson at the beginning of the evening, with open dancing to follow.  Attire channeling the 1930’s and 40’s encouraged!  413-322-5660.  238 Cabot Street.  Holyoke, 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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