Suggested Events for April 21st-27th, 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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With Earth Day on Sunday, there are many ways families can be eco and civic minded this weekend and next, including opportunities to swap, giveaway and recycle clothes and textiles! (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

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Saturday, April 21st from 11am-12noon in Berkshire Co. – CULTURAL STUDIES: Learn about the history of shadow puppetry in cultures all around the world with Nanny’s Puppets!  The program, which takes place at the Ramsdell Library, will look as the development of shadow puppets as an art form.  413-274-3738.  1087 Main Street.  Housatonic, MA.  (FREE)

Enter to win a pair of tickets! Deadline: Apr 25th by 7pm.

Saturday, April 21st from 11am-12:30pm in Hampshire Co. – MUSIC  STUDIES: Hear (and learn about!) traditional folk music and how it reflects American history and culture at the Jones Library!  Tom Breiding will share stories (through music) of life during the past 50 years across America.  413-259-3091.  43 Amity Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

Saturday, April 21st from 11am in Franklin Co. – FAMILY PERFORMANCE: Enjoy a pink-themed lunch and a performance of a musical version of the popular children’s book, Pinkalicious!  There will, of course, be pink cupcakes – but don’t eat too many and get pinkitis!  Show begins at 1pm, lunch includes a meet and greet with the show’s cast and crew!  Call to reserve seats: 413-665-1277 ex 1308.  25 Greenfield Road.  Deerfield, MA.  ($)

Sunday, April 22nd from 11am-4pm in Hampden Co. – EARTH DAY: Celebrate Earth Day at the Springfield Museums! There will be live music (featuring environmentally-themed songs), free seedlings, a presentation on a birds of prey rehabilitation program, and displays from many local businesses, nonprofits, and initiatives – all Earth Day-themed! The event is an opportunity to learn about green initiatives happening locally and ways to get involved, as well as a way to celebrate Earth Day! 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

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The Hilltown CDC’s 6th Annual Hilltown Spring Festival will be on Saturday, May 12 at the Cummington Fairgrounds! Entertainment will include live music, workshops, artists & artisans, local food, family contra-dance, kids-made craft bazaar, Maypole, Morris Dancers, and much more!

Saturday, April 28th from 8am-12noon in Hampden Co.  – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Celebrate Earth Day by volunteering with your family to help clean up Springfield’s outdoor spaces!  Sponsored by the Springfield Museums, the clean-up day will include gloves and buckets for volunteers, as well as lunches on a first come, first serve basis.  Meet at Duggan Middle School.  413-263-6800.  1015 Wilbraham Road.  Springfield, MA.  (VOLUNTEER)

Saturday, April 28th from 10am-4pm in Berkshire Co. – CLOTHES GIVEAWAY: Gathered Resources of Women (GROW) is hosting a toy and clothes giveaway!  There will be all kinds of gently used kids (and maternity) clothes, as well as great toys, books, etc. for play-hungry kiddos.  Handing down kids items is a great environmentally friendly way of getting “new” things for kids – celebrate Earth Day by refreshing your closets and toy box at the giveaway. Begins April 27th at 4pm, and runs April 28-29 from 10am-4pm. 88 Sheffield Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

Saturday, April 28th from 10:30-11am in Franklin Co. – ANIMAL ADVENTURES: Learn about all kinds of creatures at Birds, Beasts, and Bugs, a program for kids at the Leverett Library.  Educator Dawn Marvin Ward will help kids learn and guide activities like critter searching, nest making, and more.  413-548-9220.  75 Montague Road.  Leverett, MA.  (FREE)

Saturday, April 28th from 11-11:45am in Hampshire Co.  – KIDS’ PERFORMANCE: Miss Leticia Davies performs at Groff Park! Sponsored by the Amherst Family Center, the performance will get kids dancing and singing to fun spring-y music.  Mill Lane.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

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CLOTH DIAPERS: The Great Cloth Diaper Change Western Mass serves to promote the joys of cloth diapering, celebrate Earth Day, and break a World Record! Saturday. April 21st 11:30am at the Florence Community Center, 140 Pine Street, Florence, MA. Colorful cloth diapers galore! Local Eco-Conscious Vendors! Music! Door Prizes! Raffles! Come capture tons of excitement as we attempt to break the Guinness World Record™ of most number of diapers changed simultaneously. Doors Open at 11:30am. World Record Diaper Change Attempt will be at 12:30 sharp! If you don’t already cloth diaper your baby EVEN BETTER! They will have diapers to borrow for the event and there will be demonstrations of various kinds of cloth diapers that are available.

Ashfield Community PreschoolPRESCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: The Ashfield Community Preschool invites you to join them for their annual open house on Saturday, April 28th 10am-Noon.  This event is for families with young children age 2.9 – 5yo who are looking for quality care and small class sizes in the rural Hilltown of Ashfield, MA. Children who attend the preschool participate in a hands-on gardening program, growing sunflowers, pumpkins and blueberries. The preschool grazes the neighbors’ sheep and llamas in their pastoral setting and offers a six week summer program with walking trips to visit local Ashfield artists.  Join their staff on April 28th and tour their facility and grounds. 103 Baptist Corner Road. Ashfield, MA.  Call for more information 413-628-3248.

SUPPORT THE BALLET: Dance, Dine, & Indulge at Pioneer Valley Ballet’s Third Annual Silent Auction, “April in Paris,” on Friday, April 27th. Treat yourself to a fabulous night of great live music, wonderful food, and an exceptional silent auction that promises something for everyone.  The theme of this year’s auction is “April in Paris.” The event will be held from 6-9pm at the Log Cabin in Holyoke.  Music will be provided by the Paul Collins Quintet. Performers include: mime Chris Yerlig, dance instructor Andre Russo, and dancers from Pioneer Valley Ballet. Food will be provided by the Log Cabin. Cash bar available. Tickets $35 at the door and $30 in advance by contacting the Ballet at 413.527.6363 or www.pioneervalleyballet.org.

SUMMER CAMP: Adventure Camp: Four two-week sessions, June 25-August 17, 2012 The Bement School Summer Programs offer a preschool program and adventure day camp for boys and girls ages 15 months to 15 years. Adventure Camp provides a traditional day camp experience. Your child will participate in many activities to make his or her summer a memorable one. At the same time, parents can enjoy peace of mind knowing their child is in a safe and caring place. A sibling discount is available for siblings who enroll in multiple sessions. Bement School, Deerfield, 413- 475-3044. www.bement.org/summer. Optional services include: round-trip van transportation (Hadley, Northampton, Amherst), extended day supervision, enrichment programming, and bag lunches.

SUMMER CAMP: Adventures in Chinese: Two two-week sessions, July 16-Aug 10. Campers, ages 5-12 years, participate in activities designed to build vocabulary and confidence in speaking Mandarin Chinese. Campers will gain an understanding of Chinese art, culture and tradition. They will learn daily conversations in Mandarin including listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Bement School, Deerfield. 413-475-3044. www.bement.org/summer. Optional services include: round-trip van transportation (Hadley, Northampton, Amherst), extended day supervision, and bag lunches.

SUMMER CAMP: Are you looking for a great summer experience for your kids? Check out our post Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA which highlights opportunities happening throughout the region. With a great variety of themes, there are many summer camp/programs your family can choose, including: farm & gardening, music, art, technology, nature, personal development, science, theater, sports, ballet, preK, college… as well as a good old fashion summer camp! Discover what’s being offered near you, and find out how you can add a camp to this growing list too!

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JOIN THE FESTIVAL: The Hilltown Community Development Corporation is signing up local artisans, businesses, non-profit organizations and volunteers for the 6th annual Hilltown Spring Festival, to be held Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Cummington Fairgrounds.  This year’s Festival, which is expected to draw 2,000 visitors, will feature performances and workshops by professional musicians and student musicians, specialty food and drink from Hilltown vendors, displays by businesses, artists and craftspeople, children’s activities all day long, and an all-ages contra-dance beginning at 5pm. Registration forms are at www.hilltowncdc.org, or email sethi@hilltowncdc.org or call 413-296-4536 ext. 112.  The deadline for reserving a space is April 29, 2012.

CITIZEN SCIENTIST: Become a Grassland Bird Monitor at the Bullitt Reservation in Ashfield and nearby communities by helping survey grassland habitat and assist The Trustees of Reservations in evaluating the management of the grassland and agricultural resources on their properties. Conduct three site visits, record survey results on a standardized data sheet, and submit all data to The Trustees ecology staff. For more information please contact the Trustees of Reservations at jrichburg@ttor.org or call 413.532.1631 x1


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS:
April 21st-27th, 2012

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Saturday, April 21st, 2012

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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.org.  – Jacob Stein from the Pop Ups is our Guest DJ this week spinning tunes about animals. 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.

7:30am – 1:30pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: Shop for locally grown and/or produced foods at the Amherst Farmers’ Market!  Takes place on the Town Common.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE) ♦

8am – NATURE STUDIES: Help restore Atlantic Salmon in MA by stocking Salmon fry with MassWildlife at the Middle Branch of the Westfield River in Huntington. You will get wet!!! Some waders will be available for loan. A change of clothes is a good idea. You will be walking on slippery stream and river beds, up and down steep banks in chest or hip waders so you should be in good physical condition. BYO Lunch. Meet in the parking lot at Gateway Regional High School in Huntington. Call to confirm schedule: 508-389-6331. Huntington, MA (FREE)

9am-12noon - COMMUNITY SERVICE: Celebrate Earth Day (a day early) by planting sugar maples!  Maples were planted in the area many generations ago for shade, beauty, and most importantly, sap!  The trees are important to local culture and history.  Help to ensure that this will continue by adding more to the local landscape.  BYO shovel, gloves, and enthusiasm.  Meet at Plainfield Congregational Church.  413-634-5445.  350 Main Street.  Plainfield, MA.  (VOLUNTEER)

9am-2pm – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Help to prepare the Housatonic Riverwalk for the season!  With your family come volunteer your time to help clean up winter debris, prepare trails, and more in order to ensure that the trail is in great shape for the summer season.  Lunch provided – BYO gloves, safety glasses, etc.  River walk tours follow at 2pm. 413-528-3391.  Great Barrington, MA.  (VOLUNTEER)

10am – FILM: Images Cinema screens “Truck Farm” as part of their International Family Film Series.  Sponsored by the Williams College Sustainable Food & Agriculture Program, “Truck Farm” tells the tale of the bed of an old Dodge truck being transformed into an urban garden. 413-458-1039. 50 Spring Street. Williamstown, MA (FREE)

9:45am-12noon – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Families can volunteer with the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation to help clear land and mark a new trail on the group’s newest property!  The land is along Hemlock Brook, adjacent to Lindley Park.  Meet at the parking area, and BYO gloves and dress appropriately.  413-458-2494.  Route 7.  Williamstown, MA.  (VOLUNTEER)

10am-1pm - TEEN/AUDITIONS: Teens interested in participating in summer theater can audition for the Majestic Theater’s summer children’s shows today!  Actors must call to reserve a time, and prepare a monologue, prepare for a cold reading, and prepare a song to audition if interested in doing a musical.  413-747-7797.  131 Elm Street.  West Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

10am-4pm – SUSTAINABILITY FESTIVAL: Celebrate sustainability and eco-friendly living practices at the annual Amherst Sustainability Festival!  The event includes many fun activities and performances, such as the Piti Theater Company, opportunities to learn about renewable energy options, disc golf, baby goats to meet, and more!  Bring gently used (and clean!) clothes and household textiles to donate to the Amherst Survival Center.  Takes place on the Town Common.  North Pleasant Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

10am-4pm – PARK ADVENTURE: Look Park is open!  The steamer train, mini golf, and visitor’s center will be open, and families can explore the grounds – look for signs of spring!  413-584-5457.  300 North Main Street.  Florence, MA.  (<$)

10:30-11am – ANIMAL ADVENTURES: Learn about all kinds of creatures at Birds, Beasts, and Bugs, a program for kids at the Leverett Library.  Educator Dawn Marvin Ward will help kids learn and guide activities like critter searching, nest making, and more.   413-548-9220.  75 Montague Road.  Leverett, MA.  (FREE)

11am – FAMILY PERFORMANCE: Enjoy a pink-themed lunch and a performance of a musical version of the popular children’s book, Pinkalicious!  There will, of course, be pink cupcakes – but don’t eat too many and get pinkitis!  Show begins at 1pm, lunch includes a meet and greet with the show’s cast and crew!  Call to reserve seats: 413-665-1277 ex 1308.  25 Greenfield Road.  Deerfield, MA.  ($)

11am & 2pm – THEATER: The Berkshire Museum presents a Berkshire Children’s Theater production of “Thumbelina.” 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA ($)

11am-12noon – CULTURAL STUDIES: Learn about the history of shadow puppetry in cultures all around the world with Nanny’s Puppets!  The program, which takes place at the Ramsdell Library, will look as the development of shadow puppets as an art form.  413-274-3738.  1087 Main Street.  Housatonic, MA.  (FREE)

11am-12:30pm - MUSIC  STUDIES: Hear (and learn about!) traditional folk music and how it reflects American history and culture at the Jones Library!  Tom Breiding will share stories (through music) of life during the past 50 years across America.  413-259-3091.  43 Amity Street.  Amherst,MA.  (FREE)

11am-3pm – TEEN: Rock your socks off at the Forest Park Branch Library’s Rock Band tournament!  Teens can sign up to test their skills against fellow gamers – only one will prevail in the ultimate Rock Band competition.  Registration required.  413-263-6843.  380 Belmont Avenue.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

11am-3pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: Visit the Mead Art Museum for an educational family program focused on the art of dance and the significance of costumes!  Visitors will be able to look at artwork from the museum’s collection, tour the galleries, watch performances, and more.  413-542-5123.  College Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

11:30am – CLOTH DIAPERS: Join Hilltown Families at the Florence Community Center for the Great Cloth Diaper Change happening in the Pioneer Valley. There will be local eco-conscious vendors, music, door prizes, and raffles! Attempt will be at 12:30 sharp! If you don’t already cloth diaper your baby there will be diapers to borrow for the event and there will be demonstrations of various kinds of cloth diapers that are available. 140 Pine Street. Florence, MA. (FREE)

12Noon- CLOTH DIAPERS: Last year’s Great Cloth Diaper Change set a Guinness world record!  Take part in this year’s change at Treehouse in the Berkshires.  Pre-registration is helpful.  Bring your own baby and diaper!  413-344-4435.  305 North Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

1-3:30pm – RENEWABLE ENERGY: Tour the new solar panel fields at Northfield Mountain!  The tour will include an explanation (designed for those without significant scientific knowledge) of how the panels work, as well as information about the use of solar energy for individual households.  Ages 8+.  Pair the tour with studies of alternative energy sources or, for older students, advanced physics.  800-859-2960.  99 Millers Falls Road.  Northfield, MA.  (FREE)

1-4pm – CLOTHES SWAP: Update your wardrobe in an environmentally friendly way!  The Alchemy Initiative is hosting a clothes swap to celebrate Earth Day – admission funds the organization’s projects, and there will be tons of clothes available for swapping!  413-236-9600.  40 Melville Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (<$)

2pm – MUSIC STUDIES: Join Julissa Rodrigues at the Indian Orchard Branch Library for a short percussion performance followed by a hands-on how-to percussion playing session!  There will be instruments such as congas, shakers, bells, and more.  413-263-6846.  44 Oak Street.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

2 or 3pm – PUPPETS: CactusHead Puppets present The Emperor’s New Clothes at the Eric Carle Museum!  The show is about a vain emperor whose obsession with fashion leads to a funny (and embarrassing) situation!  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  (<$)

2pm & 7pm – THEATER: The Academy of Music Theatre presents Northampton High School’s production of “Pinocchio: The Story of a Puppet.” For kids ages 6yo and older. 413-584-9032. 274 Main Street. Northampton, 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)

3pm – EARTH DAY/MOVIE: Visit Western Gateway Heritage State Park for an Earth Day presentation on two iconic stories from pop culture!  The presentation will focus on the Lorax and the TV show The X-Files, and will look at representations of nature within each.  413-663-6312.  115 State Street, Building 4.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE)

6-11pm – ASTRONOMY: Gaze into the night skies at Notchview with members of the Arunah Hill Natural Science Center.  Learn to identify planets, galaxies, stars, and more!  413-532-1631.  Old Route 9.  Windsor, MA. (FREE)

6:45-8pm – MOVIE: Dress as your favorite sleuth and visit the Lenox Library for a screening of The Three Investigators and the Secret of Skeleton Island!  The movie is rated PG, and will be accompanied by mystery trivia and free popcorn!  413-637-0197.  18 Main Street.  Lenox, MA.  (FREE)

8pm – THEATER: The Westfield Theatre Group will perform a musical adaptation of the story, “Robin Hood” at the Westfield Woman’s Club. This family friendly production will be performed at the Westfield Women’s Club. 413-572-6838. 28 Court Street. Westfield, MA ($)

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

6-9pm – IRISH MUSIC: The Blackburn Inn hosts a night of traditional Irish music!  Visit the inn’s tavern for dinner and drinks, and enjoy reels, jigs, waltzes, and more from local musicians Kira Ewett, TJ Ezold, and Dave Meuser.  413-238-0144.  144 Huntington Road.  Worthington, MA. ($)

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Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

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. 

"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)

8am - COMMUNITY SERVICE: Your family can volunteer to help clean up downtown Westfield today!  Spring is here, and outdoor spaces are in need of some tidying in order to be ready.  There are numerous locations around Westfield that families can help to clean – BYO rakes, gloves, trash bags, etc.  Meet at the Arnold Street parking area.  Volunteering in your community can help kids learn to appreciate the resources available to them!  413-572-6244.  Arnold Street.  Westfield, MA.  (VOLUNTEER)

10am-2pm – EARTH DAY: Plant your very own seed to celebrate Earth Day!  River Valley Market is hosting a seed-planting activity – kids can take home their very own vegetable or flower start for a home garden.  413-584-2665.  330 North King Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

10am-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Visit the Amelia Park Children’s Museum to do do fun, earth-friendly crafts with recycled bottles!  Celebrate Earth Day by exercising creativity in a sustainable way.  413-572-4014.  29 South Broad Street.  Westfield, MA.  ($)

10am-4pm – PARK ADVENTURE: Look Park is open!  The steamer train, mini golf, and visitor’s center will be open, and families can explore the grounds – look for signs of spring!  413-584-5457.  300 North Main Street.  Florence, MA.  (<$)

11am-4pm – EARTH DAY: Celebrate Earth Day at the Springfield Museums!  There will be live music (featuring environmentally-themed songs), free seedlings, a presentation on a birds of prey rehabilitation program, and displays from many local businesses, nonprofits, and initiatives – all Earth Day-themed!  The event is an opportunity to learn about green initiatives happening locally and ways to get involved, as well as a way to celebrate Earth Day!  800-625-7738.  21 Edwards Street.  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.  (<$) ♦ 

2pm – STORYTIME/MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Author Durga Bernhard will read some of her books (including How the Showshoe Hare Rescued the Sun) at the Eric Carle Museum!  Her stories are inspired by many different world cultures, and help children learn by by creating living images of their world.  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  (<$)

2-4pm – EDIBLE BOOKS: Check out the Edible Book event at the Forbes Library!  Community members are encouraged to create edible versions of books to enter into the contest, or you can visit the library to see what others have created!  The event takes place at the Florence Civic Center.  413-587-1011.  90 Park Street.  Florence, MA.  (FREE)

4pm - MAGIC STUDIES: Magician David Dimock will speak about magic as a form of performance art at the Worthington Historical Society this afternoon!  Often thought of as quick, just-for-kicks entertainment, magic shows actually share many similarities with theatrical performances.  The event isn’t a magic show, but there will be some illusions performed.  Great for kids interested in performance studies and art. 413-238-4091.  6 Williamsburg Road.  Worthington, MA.  (FREE)

6-9pm – TEEN: Teens interested in participating in summer theater can audition for the Majestic Theater’s summer children’s shows today!  Actors must call to reserve a time, and prepare a monologue, prepare for a cold reading, and prepare a song to audition if interested in doing a musical.  413-747-7797.  131 Elm Street.  West Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

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Monday, April 23rd, 2012

12:30-1:30pm – HEALTH/WELLNESS: The Palmer-Munson Family Network is offering a health and fitness time for families!  The event starts with a 30-minute Zumbatomic class, a fun dance-themed exercise class that’s totally fun.  Afterward, there’s a hands-on healthy snack making activity.  Kids can learn about healthy eating and get some great exercise!  Registration required.  413-238-6246.  4 Springfield Street.  Three Rivers, MA.  (FREE)

5:15-7pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Amherst Family Center and the UMass Office of Family Resources are offering a roundtable discussion for adoptive and blended families!  Part of the Dinner On Us series, the event offers free childcare (for those who register in advance) and dinner.  The event is a chance for families to meet other similar families, and to share and gather advice on being part of such a family.  Takes place at the UMass Student Union.  1 Campus Center Drive.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Dr. Edward Hallowell will speak at Berkshire Country Day School about Attention Defecit Disorder and his book, Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness.  His work is, in general, about parenting strategies that help children develop long-lasting happiness.  413-243-4539.  55 Interlaken Road.  Stockbridge, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – FILM: See “When We Were Kings” at Amherst Cinema tonight, and learn about sports-related brain injuries (focus on the science behind treatment and diagnosis) beforehand with Dr. Zachary Marowitz as part of the theater’s Science on Screen series.  413-253-2547.  28 Amity Street.  Amherst, MA.  ($)

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

5:30-8pm – HEARTS ON FIRE: Spend an evening out at Hope and Olive, and support Artspace Community Art Center!  The annual Hearts on Fire auction takes place tonight – there will be great items to bid on, as well as a cash bar and Cajun-themed appetizers!  Proceeds benefit Artspace’s programs (for kids and adults) as well as the Kidstrings program.  413-772-6811.  44 Hope Street.  Greenfield, 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, April 24th, 2012

8am – NATURE STUDIES: Help restore Atlantic Salmon in MA by stocking Salmon fry with MassWildlife at the West Branch of the North River in Colrain. You will get wet!!! Some waders will be available for loan. A change of clothes is a good idea. You will be walking on slippery stream and river beds, up and down steep banks in chest or hip waders so you should be in good physical condition. BYO Lunch. Meet in the parking lot of Home Depot in Greenfield. Call to confirm schedule: 508-389-6331. Colrain, MA (FREE)

11:30am-1:30pm – BOTANY/PLANT STUDIES: UMass’ Herbfest 2012 is today!  The event is held by students studying the medicinal uses of plants.  There will be displays on many different plants and formulas – visitors can taste exotic foods, try aromatherapy formulas, and learn all about the many uses of herbs!  There will also be henna tattoos, and visitors can buy herbs grown by the students.  Takes place in the Student Union Ballroom.  413-545-2357.  One Campus Center Way.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

6-7pm – HISTORY: Storrowton Village presents Storrowton and the Civil War, a program designed to teach visitors about New England life during the Civil War.  Visitors will be taken on a tour through the village where they will meet townspeople and hear about their experiences during the war and their own unique perspectives on the conflict.  The event is a great supplement for students learning American History. 413-737-2443.  1305 Memorial Avenue.  West Springfield, MA.  ($)

6:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Shutesbury Elementary School is hosting a literacy workshop for parents!  The event will teach attendees about the Whole Book Approach, using Eric Carle’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? for reference.  413-259-1212.  23 West Pelham Road.  Shutesbury, MA.  (FREE)

6:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Treehouse presents Ways to Wellness with Nicole!  The topic tonight is allergies, and how soon-to-be mothers can create healthy, allergen-free environments at home for their family.  413-344-4435.  305 North Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

6:30-8:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Wondering how to be advocate for your child in school, child care programs, health and wellness? Deborah Roth-Howe, LICSW will be offering a workshop for parents at the United Church of Ware to teach parents/guardians skills that will aid them in effectively advocating for their children. Child care available for to those who request it. Preregistration recommended. 413-570-3061. 49 Church St. Ware, MA (FREE) [CANCELLED]

7pm – FILM: See “When We Were Kings” at Amherst Cinema tonight, and learn about sports-related brain injuries (focus on the science behind treatment and diagnosis) beforehand with Dr. Zachary Marowitz as part of the theater’s Science on Screen series.  413-253-2547.  28 Amity Street.  Amherst, MA.  ($)

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. (<$) ♦
  • 2:15-4pm – ANIME: The Goodwin Library hosts an afternoon of anime! Kids who are enthusiastic about the Japanese cartoon-style movies and shows can explore all things anime amongst a group of other anime enthusiasts. 413-584-7451. 50 Middle Street. Hadley, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3pm – CRAFTS: Craft Club at the Hatfield Library! There’s a new activity every week. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3-4:30 – CRAFTS: Drop-in crafts at the Liberty Branch Library. 413-263-6849. 773 Liberty Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 4:30-5:30pm – PHYSICS: Learn yo-yo tricks at A2Z this afternoon! Lead by world class pros, Yo-Yo School teaches kids basic yo-yo tricks. Learning to yo-yo is a great supplement to studies of motion and physics! 413-586-1611. 57 King Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 6pm – GAMES: The 4th Tuesday of every month is Scrabble night at the Monson Library! All ages are welcome. Scrabble can help kids practice spelling an work on their vocabulary. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 6:30pm – BINGO: The Hinsdale Lions Club hosts Bingo every Tuesday evening. Though it’s generally an adult game, your kids can come too for a fun intergenerational evening. If they’re learning to count, they can get some great practice matching numbers on your card. Doors open at 5, and dinner is available inexpensively beforehand. 413-655-2973. Maple Street (Route 143). Hinsdale, MA. (<$) ♦
  • 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, April 25th, 2012

8am – NATURE STUDIES: Help restore Atlantic Salmon in MA by stocking Salmon fry with MassWildlife at the East Branch of the North River in Colrain. You will get wet!!! Some waders will be available for loan. A change of clothes is a good idea. You will be walking on slippery stream and river beds, up and down steep banks in chest or hip waders so you should be in good physical condition. BYO Lunch. Meet in the parking lot of Home Depot in Greenfield. Call to confirm schedule: 508-389-6331. Colrain, MA (FREE)

9:30-10:30am or 11am-12noon – ART: Get messy with a large assortment of great fun art media at Outdoor Messy Art!  Sponsored by the Palmer-Monson Family Network, the event gives kids a chance to go crazy with materials.  Dress for mess!  Registration required.  413-238-6246.  Palmer, MA.  (FREE)

9:45am - KIDS’ CONCERT: Celebrate the Week of the Young Child with the South Hadley Family Center by attending a concert featuring Laurie Davidson!  The event will feature fun music just for kids.  Takes place at Saint Patrick’s Church Hall.  413-533-7096.  30 Main Street.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

10am – PARENT WORKSHOP: Learn all about babywearing at Treehouse!  Parents can learn about the benefits of babywearing (baby will be sooo happy!), as well as get advice and try out different techniques.  413-344-4435.  305 North Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

10:30-11:30am – ART: Visit the Norman Rockwell Museum for Kids Create, a hands-on art program for kids where they can learn about techniques and media for creating art.  413-298-4100.  9 Route 183.  Stockbridge, MA.  (<$)

6:30-8:30pm – FILM SCREENING: The film  American Teacher will be shown at JFK Middle School tonight!  The film follows four teachers in different school settings across the country and examines the amount of work that they’re required to do in order to teach compared with their pay and resulting quality of life, and serves as a critique of public education policy.  Following the film will be a Q+A session with Will Bangs, a 6th grade teacher at the school.  100 Bridge Road.  Florence, MA.  (FREE)

4pm – PUPPETS: Celebrate the release of puppeteer Anna Sobel’s new album of children’s stories, From the Puppet’s Mouth at Cup and Top Cafe!  Anna and her handmade puppets will share some of their stories with visitors – each of the stories is from a different world culture!  (Enjoy a tasty snack while you’re there, too!)  413-585-0445.  1 North Main Street, Suite 2.  Florence, MA.  (DONATION)

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 South Hadley Family Center. Preregistration recommended. 413-570-3061. 7 Woodbridge Street. South Hadley, MA  (FREE)

7pm – MENTALIST: The Clapp Memorial Library hosts a night of brain-bending tricks!  Mentalist Rory Raven will read minds, bend spoons, and do other captivating illusions!  413-323-0417.  19 South Main Street.  Belchertown, 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) ♦
  • 10:30 – STORYTIME: Bring your preK kids to the Monson Library for stories, songs, and fun! 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE)
  • 2pm – STORYTIME: At the Arms Library! Toddlers and pre-school aged children can visit the library with their caregivers for stories, socializing, and a snack! 413-625-6194. Bridge Street. Shelburne Falls, 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, April 26th, 2012

8am – NATURE STUDIES: Help restore Atlantic Salmon in MA by stocking Salmon fry with MassWildlife at the Green River in Greenfield. You will get wet!!! Some waders will be available for loan. A change of clothes is a good idea. You will be walking on slippery stream and river beds, up and down steep banks in chest or hip waders so you should be in good physical condition. BYO Lunch. Meet in the parking lot of Home Depot in Greenfield. Call to confirm schedule: 508-389-6331. Greenfield, MA (FREE)

10am – FILM/ART: Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center is showing Darwin the Dinosaur, a film that tells the story of a dino searching for love and acceptance.  The images are made by crayon-like lines that float and morph across the screen.  Not only is it an entertaining story, but it’s a work of art!  Seeing the performance can be a way to introduce kids to the idea of film as artwork, and to alternative/non-traditional media for creative work.  413-644-9040.  14 Castle Street.  Great Barrington, 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)

6-9pm – BURGY MARKET: Enjoy an evening filled with delicious local foods and learn about (and support) the Burgy Thursday Market’s plans for this year’s season!  There will be soups, chili, salads, bread, and treats, and information about the success of last year’s market and the coming season will be shared.  Proceeds from the event benefit the market.  Takes place at the Haydenville Congregational Church.  143 Main Street.  Haydenville, MA.  (FUNDRAISER)

7pm – FILM: Celebrate the tradition of the American movie-musical by watching “West Side Story” tonight at the Barrington Stage Company! The movie is a classic – not only does it include a captivating story and great music, but kids can learn about issues of race and immigration from it.  413-236-8888.  30 Union Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($)

7:30pm – THEATER: The Williston Northampton School presents Fiddler on the Roof!  The musical is about life in a Jewish Russian peasant village during the pogroms (during the early 20th century).  Great supplement to studies of Jewish history.  413-529-3434.  18 Payson Avenue.  Easthampton, MA.  (<$)

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

8pm – SING ALONG: Sing some chanteys and bar songs at the Brewmaster’s Tavern- and order some delicious food and drinks while you sing! 4 Main Street. 413-268-7741. Williamsburg, 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-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) ♦

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) ♦
  • 10am – MUSIC: Montague Center Library hosts a music and movement class for kids! 413-367-2852. 17 Center Street. Montague, 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) ♦
  • 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. (<$)
  • 2:30-4pm – LIBRARY CLUB: Hatfield Library hosts library club! Each week, kids will explore a new topic and do hands-on activities relating to it. Registration required. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 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, April 27th, 2012

9:30-11am – ANIMAL ADVENTURE: Meet and learn all about alpacas this morning at Craigieburn Alpaca Farm!  Dress for muddy weather and explore the pastures, learn about farm life, and do a simple craft afterwards.  RSVP required.  978-544-5157.  243 West Pelham Road.  Shutesbury, MA.  (FREE)

10am – PLAYGROUP: Treehouse and Alchemy Initiative have teamed up to offer a play-and-learn group for toddlers!  The group meets at Treehouse, then takes a walk down the block to meet chickens and play outside.  There will also be storytime, and seed planting to get kids excited about plants and nature.  413-344-4435.  305 North Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

10:30am-12noon – STORYTIME: The ants go marching, one by one, right to ant-themed storytime at the Great Falls Discovery Center!  Young kids can learn about the many different types of ants, and where they live in the world, by hearing some great stories about ant life!  413-863-3221.  2 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

4-7pm – CLOTHES GIVEAWAY: Gathered Resources of Women (GROW) is hosting a toy and clothes giveaway!  There will be all kinds of gently used kids (and maternity) clothes, as well as tons of great toys, books, etc. for play-hungry kiddos.  Handing down kids items is a great environmentally friendly way of getting “new” things for kids – celebrate Earth Day by refreshing your closets and toy box at the giveaway.  88 Sheffield Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

5:30pm – COMMUNITY DINNER: Chester Elementary School is hosting a spaghetti dinner and raffle tonight!  Mingle with community members and help support local schools.  413-685-1360.  325 Middlefield Road.  Chester, MA.  ($)

6:30pm – ANIMAL ADVENTURE: Learn all about the wildlife in your backyard at the Bushnell-Sage Library!  Presented by MassWildlife District Manager Andrew Madden, the talk will cover everything from bats to bears to bees!  413-229-7004.  48 Main Street.  Sheffield, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – THEATER: Starlight Youth Theater presents Seussical at South Hadley High School!  The show, whose cast is made up entirely of local youth, features characters and stories from Dr. Seuss’ classic books.  Appropriate for all ages!  153 Newton Street.  South Hadley, MA.  ($)

7-10pm – KIDS’/PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Smith College hosts a kids night at their indoor track and tennis building that parents can drop them off while enjoying an evening out together. Kids can enjoy an evening of supervised games & sports, arts & crafts, and swimming. 413-585-2722. Northampton, MA ($)

7:30pm – THEATER: The Williston Northampton School presents Fiddler on the Roof!  The musical is about life in a Jewish Russian peasant village during the pogroms (during the early 20th century).  Great supplement to studies of Jewish history.  413-529-3434.  18 Payson Avenue.  Easthampton, MA.  (<$)

7:30pm – FAMILY PERFORMANCE: Students from BCC’s music and dance program present “A Salute to Broadway” tonight!  The show features music from West Side Story, Camelot, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and more.  Takes place at the Boland Theater.  413-236-4703.  1350 West Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT (did you see the babysitting opportunity happen at Smith just above?…just sayin’)

6-9pm – APRIL IN PARIS: Dance, Dine, & Indulge at Pioneer Valley Ballet’s Third Annual Silent Auction, “April in Paris.” Treat yourself to a fabulous night of great live music, wonderful food, and an exceptional silent auction that promises something for everyone.  The theme of this year’s auction is “April in Paris.” Music will be provided by the Paul Collins Quintet. Performers include: mime Chris Yerlig, dance instructor Andre Russo, and dancers from Pioneer Valley Ballet. Food will be provided by the Log Cabin. Cash bar available. 413-527-6363. Held at the Log Cabin. Holyoke, MA (FUNDRAISER)

6-9pm - BLACK & WHITE MASQUERADE: Spend the night dressed in your fanciest black and white clothes, surrounded by beautiful historic scenery at the Wistariahurst Museum’s Black & White Masquerade!  The event is a fundraiser for the museum, and includes a huge silent auction, delicious food and drinks, and live music!  413-322-5660.  238 Cabot Street.  Holyoke, MA.  (FUNDRAISER)

7pm – RED SHOE BALL: Enjoy a night out at the Look Park Garden House for Friends of Children’s annual Red Shoe Ball!  The event includes a cocktail party, auction (live and silent), dancing, and, of course, an award for best shoes!  Proceeds help benefit the group’s programs which include counseling for teens aging out of the foster care system, education advocacy for children, and other initiatives.  413-586-0011.  300 North Main Street. Florence, MA (FUNDRAISER)

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: Baby 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)
  • 6:30-9pm – COFFEEHOUSE: Hilltown Coffeehouse happens every Friday night at the Village Church. Bring the family to enjoy and participate in music and games. An excellent intergenerational opportunity for families in the Hilltowns to meet their neighbors in a casual and creative environment. BYOB. 413-563-1981. Cummington, 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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