Suggested Events for January 19th-25th, 2013

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

SUGGEST AN EVENT

It’s a great day to get out into the snow! Just add kids and go! This month in “What to Play? Play Ideas for Family & Community,” Hilltown Families Contributing Writer, Carrie St. John, shares creative activites to do in addition to traditional snowy day activities. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

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BEST BETS

Winter Bucket ListSaturday, January 19th in Hampden County from 10am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: The Springfield Museums are opening a new exhibit!  GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World shares the history and science behind the iconic musical instrument.  Visitors can also learn about over 60 rare, unique, and antique instruments, learn about playing music through hands-on interactive exhibits, and more!  The opening celebration will feature a performance by Mister G, a local (but internationally known!) kids musician whose songs (often bilingual!) feature silly, sing-along style lyrics that kids love.  800-625-7738.  21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA.  (<$)

Saturday, January 19th in Berkshire County from 1-7pm – MUSEUM/ANIMAL ADVENTURE: The Berkshire Museum is coming alive with creatures of the night – the museum’s newest exhibit is all about bats, Bats: Creatures of the Night, and it opens today!  There will be fun family activities from 1-3pm, including a scavenger hunt, echolocation experiments, and wing-making.  At 4pm, the museum is offering a lecture on bats – great for older students with audience skills.  Finally, from 5-7pm, families can enjoy bat-themed treats and take tours of the new exhibit (plus, admission is free after 5pm)!  413-443-7171.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE with museum admission)

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

The Franklin Land Trust is teaming up with Hawley’s Stump Sprouts Cross Country Ski Center on an outdoor adventure for all ages! The adventure is a Full Moon Getaway to be held Jan 27-28, and Hilltown Families has a family 4-pack of passes to giveaway! The Full Moon Getaway begins at 1pm, with cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or hiking, depending on snow conditions. Drop-in ski instruction, lessons, rentals, hot mulled cider, snacks, lunch and dinner will be available, as well as music and a special Moonlight Frolic. Participants can choose to stay for the afternoon, into the evening or overnight. A family 4-pack of passes is good for day/evening or both, good for Sunday or Monday, January 27 or 28 (Value $36-$48). Passes do not include lunch/dinner nor overnight stay. To enter for a chance to win, email hilltownfamilies@gmail.com with “Franklin Land Trust” in the subject line and your full name and town in the body of the email. Deadline to enter for a chance to win: Jan 24th by 11:59PM (EST).

Make Your Own Handmade Valentines with Hilltown Families at The Art Garden in Shelburne Falls during a free family workshop on Friday, January 25th, from 4-7pm. Families can create their own unique valentines using simple book-making techniques or countless other ideas with materials provided by The Art Garden in Shelburne Falls. Drop in anytime. Pre-registration required. Sign up here. 14 Depot Street. 413-625-2782. Shelburne Falls, MA (FREE)

Hilltown Families 5th Annual Handmade Community Valentine SwapHandmade Community Valentine Swap: It’s that time of the year again for the 5th Annual Hilltown Families Handmade Community Valentine Swap! For the past several years Hilltown Families has coordinated a community Handmade Valentine Swap — and we’re doing it again! Push back against the commercialization of Valentine’s Day while getting creative with your kids and connecting with your community… sign up to participate! Swapping happens through the mail with 10 other families! It’s free to sign up and open to all families in Western MA.  Deadline to sign up: Jan. 31. Western MA (FREE)

Parent Workshop on Tuesday, Jan 29 from 6:30-8:30pm: Talking to Your Kids About Sex. Having trouble finding a comfortable, productive way to talk to your kids about sex?  Hilltown Families is sponsoring another workshop for parents on approaching the subject with their children.  The event takes place after hours at Cup and Top Cafe, and will be facilitated by Brooke Norton, a certified sex educator.  The talk will begin with talking with youngest kids, and progress through teens.  Sexuality, puberty, body image, and sexual identity will also be discussed.  413-585-0445.  1 North Main Street, Suite 2.  Florence, MA.  (FREE)

BULLETIN BOARD

Jan 19

Chris Smither is performing in Ashfield on Saturday, January 19th and Hilltown Families has two pairs of tickets to giveaway for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT! Deadline: Jan 17th by 11:59pm (EST).

Chris Smither will be in concert at Ashfield Town Hall on Saturday, January 19 at 8pm. A profound songwriter, Chris continues to draw deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and philosophers and will perform songs from his newest album, Hundred Dollar Valentine. “Smither’s momentum as a rockin’-thumbed guitar picker with an insistent and fully-integrated tapping foot has all the hallmarks of a truly formidable one-man band,” hailed The Glasgow Herald. A perfect night out for fans of acoustic roots, Americana, and blues music. General seating tickets are $20adv/$25dos, and are now on sale at MightyAlbert.com  and in-person at Elmer’s Store in Ashfield. For more info call 413-628-4003.

Jan 20 – Mar 19

Are you looking for an affordable way to get your family into art? Art Party Studio in Easthampton, MA, is now offering art classes for kids, teens, and adults. Registration for their winter session is now open and features classes for youth including: a child/parent art class (ages 2 to 5), Fiber Arts (ages 6 to 9), Youth Fine Art (ages 10 to 14), and Comics for Teens (ages 12 to 16). Classes for adults are open to ages 17 and up unless otherwise stated and include: Oil Painting, Comics and Visual Storytelling, Crochet, Figure Drawing, and more! Classes run for 8 weeks, from January 20th to March 19th. To register, visit online at www.joinartparty.com or send an email to artpartystudio@gmail.com if you’re looking for a payment plan.

Jan 24

Free introductory sign language class for parents and children 0-3 yrs on Thursday, Jan 24th at 11am at Cradle in downtown Northampton. An 8-week class to follow on Thursdays at 11am, running Jan 31-Mar 21, also at Cradle. Cost: $100. Drop-ins: $15/class. Instructor: Kathryn Petruccelli. Classes follow the Baby Signing Time series with additional activities, songs and stories. Teaches real American Sign Language. A space to play and learn around this amazing communicative tool and watch our children speak to us with their hands – sometimes even before we get to hear their voices! Expectant parents welcome. Register for the series by Jan 24 and be entered to win one of two Signing Time gifts. More info: www.startwithsign.com.

Jan 26

The Common School in Amherst will host an Open House on Saturday, January 26th from 10am-12noon. Offering independent, progressive education for children age 3-12 in the Pioneer Valley, The Common School’s mission is to develop strong academic and social skills while nurturing each child’s love of learning, respect and compassion for others, and commitment to the environment. Parents and children are welcome to come to the Open House. Come meet the faculty, play in classrooms, and explore the beautiful campus. Accepting applications now for fall 2013. To schedule a visit call 413-256-8989. Find out more at www.commonschool.org.

Jan 27

Open House at Cloverdale Cooperative PreschoolSunday, January 27, from 2-3:30pm in back of the Florence Congregational Church at 130 Pine St. Visit the classroom and meet the teachers – Meet the teachers and parents who can answer all your preschool questions. Cloverdale, a half-day parent cooperative preschool, with an option for extended days, has been in existence since 1954. Its philosophy has remained unchanged throughout the years. In the true sense of the word, cooperative teachers & parents work closely together to provide children a meaningful blend of experiences to peak their innate curiosity, therefore imparting a lifetime love of learning. For more info visit www.cloverdalepreschool.com or call 413-586-1106 after 12:30pm.

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
January 19th-25th 2013

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Saturday, January 19th, 2013

“If you aren’t a member of one of the best spots in the Berkshires- you are missing out! We join the Berkshire Museum as a family and Grandma and Grandpa can bring our grandchildren there all year for free. We have 6 grandchildren and they love the aquarium, the digging for bones, natural history, Native American dress-up, vacation plays or feeding times for fish, discounts on all things charged and the gift shop. As another benefit you will be given a list of hundreds of museums across the country to enter free with this membership- such as NY museums, the Boston science center and SO many other great things. Join- support the area and take advantage of SO much.” – Bernice Hagan

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.  – This week we will be rebroadcasting our Martin Luther King, Jr. Episode. – Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcast anytime. Click here to see over 5 years of archived shows.

8am-1pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Celebrate and honor Martin Luther King, Jr. at the 29th annual MLK Community Breakfast.  An Amherst tradition, the event includes performances from the Amherst Regional High School jazz band, the Hope Community Church Choir, and the Common School Chorus, and will feature main speaker Dr. John Higginson, UMass history professor.  Along with breakfast, music, and celebration of civil rights and Dr. King’s life, the event will include the distribution of community awards.  Takes place in the Amherst Regional Middle School cafeteria.  170 Chestnut Street.  Amherst, MA.  ($)

8:30am-4pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: The Quabbin Reservoir, a man-made body of water, is home to numerous species and provides a vast amount of habitat to these creatures.  Visit the reservoir today to learn about the nearly 30 bald eagles that call the reservoir home!  Mass Audubon hosts the event, which will include a visit to the visitor’s center to learn about the reservoir’s interesting history, a drive around the reservoir to visit lookout points and search for eagles, and a trek through the woods to search for other feathered wildlife.  Registration required.  413-637-0320.  Route 9.  Belchertown, MA.  ($$)

9am-4:30pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Explore Bartholomew’s Cobble with the Trustees of Reservations’ yearly Hot Chocolate Saturdays series!  Visitors can hike, snowshoe, and/or ski at the Cobble (weather depending, of course), and end their excursion with a cup of cocoa in the visitor center.  Families can practice looking for signs of birds and mammals, and can explore the changes that have taken place to the landscape since winter set in.  413-229-8600.  Weatogue Road.  Sheffield, MA.  (FREE with admission)

10-11:30am – ANIMAL STUDIES: Long ago, animal tracking was essential to survival – now, it’s a way to learn what other creatures call the woods home, and to learn about the biodiversity of the area in which you live.  Visit Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary to learn about many different types of animal tracks and signs, and explore outside to find and identify some!  Dress warmly.  Registration required.  413-584-3009.  Scantic Road.  Easthampton, MA.  (<$)

10am-12noon – TEEN/OPEN HOUSE: The Belchertown Teen Center hosts an open house. Come meet the staff, check out the facility and enjoy refreshments. Check out the movie room where teens screen films together, try out the drum kit in the music room, play billiard and ping pong in the game room, or just lounge around in the front room, a great place to do homework or to socialize.  Find out what’s going on for teens and pre-teens in a safe and drug free environment. 413-323-8728. 66 State Street. Belchertown, MA (FREE)

10am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: The Springfield Museums are opening a new exhibit!  GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World shares the history and science behind the iconic musical instrument.  Visitors can also learn about over 60 rare, unique, and antique instruments, learn about playing music through hands-on interactive exhibits, and more!  The opening celebration will feature a performance by Mister G, a local (but internationally known!) kids musician whose songs (often bilingual!) feature silly, sing-along style lyrics that kids love.  800-625-7738.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.  (<$)

10:30am or 1pm – FILM: Images Cinema screens, “Little Fugitive,” a film about a 7-year-olds runaway journey from Brooklyn to Coney Island.  The story in the film is told from a child’s perspective, and is about family relationships, what it means to be a sibling, and the complicated logic of children (trailer). 413-458-5612.  50 Spring Street.  Williamstown, MA.  ($)

10:30am-12noon – TEEN: The Westfield Athenaeum is hosting teen game time this morning – stop by to have a go at your favorite Wii and Playstation games, and munch on free pizza.  413-568-7833.  6 Elm Street.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

11am - LOCAL HISTORY: Learn about the history of the Mount Greylock Ski Club today at the Williamstown Historical Society!  Club member Mary Merselis (who joined in 1965) will share nearly 75 years worth of local history, including the club’s role in building Greylock’s Thunderbolt Trail and in creating the National Ski Patrol.  The historical society is located in the Milne Library.  413-458-2160.  1095 Main Street.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

11am-12noon – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Want to make a difference in your community?  Kids ages 8 and up can join the Hatfield Library’s Youth Action Committee – a group that supports kids’ ideas for community improvement and helps them put them into action!  413-247-9097.  39 Main Street.  Hatfield, MA.  (FREE)

11am-12noon - ANIMAL ADVENTURE: Is your mama a llama?  Does your llama- mama wear red pajamas?  Kids can meet a real live llama today at the Ramsdell Library!  413-274-3738.  1087 Main Street.  Housatonic, MA.  (FREE)

12:30-4pm - OUTDOOR ADVENTURE /TEEN: Northfield Mountain is offering a snowshoeing workshop for women ages 16+!  Have a mother-daughter day of learning all about the winter sport- you’ll learn everything from the specifics of snowshoeing gear, the history of the sport, and the best types of trails for snowshoeing!  Participants will get to take a guided 2-mile trek through some of Northfield Mountain’s trails – no experience necessary!  Registration required.  800-859-2960.  Millers Falls Road.  Northfield, MA.  (FREE, showshoe rental $)

1-5pm – SUSTAINABILITY: The Pittsfield Resilience Circle is organizing the Berkshires’ first ever Repair Café. Various repair persons will be available to fix small appliances, clothing and other fabric items, bicycles, toys, small furniture items, computers, and so on. Volunteers needed too; anyone with experience in any kind of repair craft or who would like to provide general help. 413-212-8589. Stephen’s Church basement. 67 East St. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

1-7pm – MUSEUM/ANIMAL ADVENTURE: The Berkshire Museum is coming alive with creatures of the night – the museum’s newest exhibit is all about bats, Bats: Creatures of the Night, and it opens today!  There will be fun family activities from 1-3pm, including a scavenger hunt, echolocation experiments, and wing-making.  At 4pm, the museum is offering a lecture on bats – great for older students with audience skills.  Finally, from 5-7pm, families can enjoy bat-themed treats and take tours of the new exhibit (plus, admission is free after 5pm)!  413-443-7171.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE with museum admission)

1:30pm – LITERACY: Read to Rover at the Westfield Athenaeum!  Specially trained canine reading buddies will be on hand, offering kids a unique opportunity to read to the least judgemental and most patient friend ever, a sweet dog.  Call to reserve a space!  413-568-7833.  6 Elm Street.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

1:30-3:20pm – ICE SKATING: Skate the day away at Fitzpatrick Arena!  The rink is having a special DJ-ed public skating event.  413-532-2929.  575 Maple Street.  Holyoke, MA.  ($, skate rental extra)

2pm – STORYTIME: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art hosts author Corinne Demas (author of The Littlest Matroyshka, Saying Goodbye to Lulu, and more) for a special storytime where she’ll share her newest book, Here Comes Trouble.  The book features a loveable dog named Toby – whose antics are sure to please kids and parents alike!  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE with museum admission)

3pm – ASTRONOMY: Learn all about Mars at Western Gateway Heritage State Park!  Today’s program celebrates the 50th anniversary of the release of Mars Attacks.  413-663-6312.  115 State Street, Building 4.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE, fee for parking)

5-7pm - ANIMAL STUDIES: Learn all about the many types of owls found in Western Massachusetts at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, and see a puppet show of local author Jane Yolen’s Owl Moon!  After the puppet show, take a walk in the sanctuary’s woods to listen for owl calls and search for signs of owls.  Warm up afterwards with cocoa and a snack!  Registration required.  413-584-3009.  127 Coombs Road.  Easthampton, MA.  ($)

7-9pm - YOUTH OPEN MIC: Make yourself heard at the Barrington Stage Company’s first ever youth open mic!  The event is open to kids ages 19 and younger who are interested in sharing performance of any kind.  Each performer will get a 10-minute time slot to share music, poetry, performance art, and any other creative performance!  The event will take place at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret, in the lower level of the Barrington Stage Company.  Sign up in advance!  413-997-6117.  36 Linden Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

7-10pm – TEEN NIGHT OUT: Dance the night away in your most elegant attire at the Hartsbrook School’s annual Viennese Ball!  The event is open to students in grades 7+ and adults, and will include delicious dessert, fun dancing, and, likely, some great conversation!  413-582-9014.  17 New South Street.  Northampton, MA. ($)

7:30pm – CONCERT: The Nields perform in the Hilltowns tonight in celebration of the opening of the newly rebuilt West Cummington Congregational Church!  Celebrate with an evening of terrific music.  413-634-2100.  27 West Main Street.  Cummington, MA.  ($$)

7:30pm – THEATER: Amherst Leisure Services’ production of Fiddler on the Roof has hit the stage!  The show features local actors and actresses, and it is expected that all nine performances will sell out so buy tickets early!  413-259-3065.  Amherst, MA.  ($)

8-11:30pm – CONTRADANCE: The Lenox Contra Dance hosts caller Jon Greene for Coincidance!  Takes place at the Lenox Community Center.  Dances are a great way to get exercise, learn about rhythm, and gain better balance and movement skills. Contra dancing provides a friendly intergenerational environment in which people of all ages can contribute and participate equally. Potluck takes place from 7-8pm, and dancing begins at 8. 65 Walker Street.  Lenox, MA.  ($)

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

8-10pm – CONCERT: See beloved local legend Chris Smither perform tonight at the Ashfield Town Hall!  Start out the night with dinner at Elmer’s beforehand.  413-628-4003.  412 Main Street.  Ashfield, MA.  ($$)

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Sunday, January 20th, 2013

“Catching a Springfield Falcons ice hockey game or a Springfield Armor basketball game at the Mass Mutual Center (Springfield, MA) is always a fun family outing.” – Christine Curtis (South Hadley, MA)

Hilltown Family Variety Show7-8am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) airs encores the Hilltown Family Variety Show every Sunday morning. commercial-free family radio. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcast anytime. Click here to see over 5 years of archived shows.

11am – MOVIE: Tower Theaters is celebrating their re-opening all month long by offering children’s shows on Sunday mornings!  Today’s showings are an animated version of Rumplestiltskin and The Monkey People, based on a Colombian fable!  (Shown back-to-back)  413-533-3456.  19 College Street.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

1pm – THEATER: Amherst Leisure Services’ production of Fiddler on the Roof has hit the stage!  The show features local actors and actresses, and it is expected that all nine performances will sell out so buy tickets early!  413-259-3065.  Amherst, MA.  ($)

1-4pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Do you know how to survive an emergency situation?  Earthworks Programs is offering a workshop for adults that will share information and teach skills for surviving everything from a power outage to being lost in the woods.  Registration required.  Ashfield, MA. ($$)

1:30-3:30pm – ADAPTIVE ICE SKATING: Visit Fitzpatrick Arena for an afternoon of adaptive skating!  Skaters can use conventional ice skates, and there will be ice sleds available, too.  Wheelchairs can even be brought onto the ice!  There will be fun, simple games and races to participate in, or you can just practice mastering ice skills.  Pre-registration suggested.  413-545-5758.  575 Maple Street.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE)

2-3:50pm – ICE SKATING: Smead Arena is offering special DJ-ed public skating event this afternoon!  Spend some time working on skating skills as a family, where it’s not quite as cold as outside!  413-781-2599.  1780 Roosevelt Arena.  Springfield, MA.  (<$, skate rental extra)

3pm – CULINARY HISTORY: A new four-part lecture series, “A Feast for the Eyes: Food, Porcelain, Silver, and Luxury Fabrics” opens at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Darra Goldstein, professor of Russian at Williams College, will present the lecture “Artful Dining: The Orchestration of the Meal.” Goldstein will explore feasts, from the ribald gatherings of the European Middle Ages through the opulent banquets of the Renaissance and on to the excesses of America’s Gilded Age.  Older students can get a unique view into European history. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA ($$)

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Monday, January 21st, 2013

6 Ways to Observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Western MA

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Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

ONGOING FOR TUESDAYS (As always, please confirm before heading out to these suggestions.)

  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center. 413-545-0865. 428 Student Union Building (Campus Center Way). Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Community Health Coalition hosts Toddler Steps Playgroup at the CHP building. 413-644-0104. 442 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30-11am – PLAYGROUP: At Farmington River Preschool for kids 5 and under, sponsored by the Community Health Coalition. 413-664-0104. 555 North Main Road. Otis, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30 or 11am – STORYTIME: The Westfield Library hosts storytime for kids 6 months – 3 years today. Registration required. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Northampton Parent Center is a drop-in Center for children (birth-K) and their caregivers. Everyone is welcome. Located in the lower level of Edwards Church at the corner of State and Main Streets in Northampton. Please use the back door and public parking. Northampton, MA (FREE)
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: At the Belchertown Family Center! 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30 – PLAYGROUP: It’s Baby Day at the South Hadley Family Center! 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: At the Berkshire Athenaeum! 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: At the Dickinson Library! 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10-11am - PARENT GROUP: MotherWoman hosts a mother’s group for Spanish-speaking moms at Brightwood Health Center. 413-796-8365. 380 Plainfield Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Preschool playgroup learning experiences at the Haskins Center! Takes place on the lower level. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11am – STORYTIME: At the Greenfield Library. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Sponsored by the Palmer-Monson Family Network. 413-283-6246. 4 Springfield Street. Three Rivers, MA. (FREE) ♦10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Hosted by the Easthampton Family Center at the Flywheel space in the Old Town Hall building. 413-527-5496. Main Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:15am – STORYTIME: At the Lanesborough Library! Stories, crafts, and music for all ages. 413-499-5981. 83 North Main Street. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:15am-12:15pm – SUPPORT GROUP: MotherWoman hosts a Postpartum Support Group for mothers. The group is a safe space for those adjusting to motherhood and is lead by trained facilitators. Takes place at Berkshire Children and Families. Childcare available. 413-253-8990. 220 Russell Street. Hadley, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30-11:30am – ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE: Visit the Great Falls Discovery Center for Kidleidescope, an environment-themed program for kids! Interactive learning opportunities and crafts always included. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Springfield Central Library’s preschool storytime takes place this morning. 413-263-6828. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am – STORYTIME: The Lenox Library offers storytime for kids 18 months-3 years. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 2:30-6pm – TEEN: The Belchertown Teen Center is open this afternoon, offering a safe, drug-free, semi-supervised environment where kids can play games, socialize, watch movies, etc. 413-323-8728. 66 State Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3:30-5pm – PARENT GROUP: MotherWoman hosts a support group for young mothers and expecting women between the ages of 13 and 19. Group meetings are held bi-weekly and are drop-in. Babies welcome! Takes place at Mercy Care Holyoke. 413-886-0410. 306 Race Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Sponsored by Childcare of the Berkshires in the gym at the Abbot School. 56 North Country Road. Florida, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 6:30pm – BREASTFEEDING: The La Leche League of North/Central Berkshires meets every third Tuesday at The Montessori School of the Berkshires. 21 Patterson Road. Lenox Dale, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30-8pm – MUSIC: The Berkshire South Regional Community Center hosts a free ukulele group tonight! Beginners and kids without any knowledge of music reading can join in – the class will teach basic chord progressions and styles of playing from around the world. Registration requested but drop-in is OK. Sponsored by Bobbie Hallig and Jenny and Adam Hersch. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE) ♦

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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

PARENT WORKSHOP: A workshop series for parents of infants (babies 0-12 months) begins today at the Gateway Family Center!  Titled, “Nurturing Your Baby,” the series will teach parents about infant development, sleep strategies, infant massage, and more.  There is childcare available for older kids, and transportation is available by request.  The series will meet five times.  Registration required.  413-667-2203 ex 3.  9 Russell Road (Route 20).  Huntington, MA.  (FREE)

10am-3pm - OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Explore the west side of Mt. Greylock on a hike to Stony Ledge with the Berkshire Natural Resources Council!  The hike will follow the Haley Farm Trail, and then will move back down the mountain through the Hopper.  The hike is best for families with older kids, and will cover 2.5 miles of strenuous terrain both ways.  Dress for the weather!  Hopper Road.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

2pm – SCRABBLE: At the Westhampton Library!  Practice spelling and vocabulary skills.  413-527-5386.  1 North Road.  Westhampton, MA.  (FREE)

3:30pm – GAMES: Spend the afternoon taking turns at playing Rock Band at the West Springfield Library!  For ages 8+.  Registration required.  413-736-4561.  200 Park Street.  West Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

6:30-8:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Collaborative for Educational Services hosts, “Why Do They Do That? Challenging Behaviors and Effective Responses,” at the Ware Family Center.  The workshop will teach parents of toddlers and pre-school aged children about the causes of common challenging behaviors and some strategies for dealing with them effectively.  Registration required – childcare available.  413-570-3061.  49 Church Street.  Ware, MA.  (FREE)

6-7:30pm – OPEN HOUSE: The  Montessori School of Northampton is offering an open house tonight for parents of elementary and preschool children interested in learning more about the school.  Interested families can submit applications for the school year beginning in September.  The preschool, lower elementary, and upper elementary classrooms will be open for visiting, and families can meet staff and learn more about the school’s philosophy, curriculum, and more.  413-586-4538.  51 Bates Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

8pm – CONCERT: Grammy-award winner Angelique Kidjo performs at Mahaiwe tonight!  Called one of Africa’s most successful global performers, Kidjo’s voice is totally intoxicating and her performances are exciting and memorable.  413-528-0100.  14 Castle Street.  Great Barrington, MA.  ($$)

ONGOING FOR WEDNESDAYS (As always, please confirm before heading out to these suggestions.)

  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center. 413-545-0865. 428 Student Union Building (Campus Center Way). Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Palmer-Monson Family Network hosts infant and toddler play group! 413-283-6246. 4 Springfield Street. Three Rivers, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Bi-weekly in the community room at Becket Town Hall, sponsored by Community Health Programs. 413-664-0104. 65 Walker Street. Becket, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: At the Lenox Community Center, sponsored by Community Health Programs. 413-644-0104. 65 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Northampton Parent Center is a drop-in Center for children (birth-K) and their caregivers. Everyone is welcome. Located in the lower level of Edwards Church at the corner of State and Main Streets in Northampton. Please use the back door and public parking. Northampton, MA (FREE)
  • 9:30am or 1:30pm – STORYTIME: Fantastic Fours and Fives takes place today at the Westfield Library! Registration is required for storytime. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: At the Belchertown Family Center! 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30 – PLAYGROUP: At the South Hadley Family Center. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:45-11:15am – SUPPORT GROUP: MotherWoman hosts, “Getting Real about Motherhood,” a support group designed to help mothers share the stress and adjustments of motherhood and work to find ways to feel renewed, valued, and energized. Takes place at the Amherst Family Center, in the basement of the Unitarian Society. Childcare available. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: At the Wendell Free Library hosted by the Community Network for Children through June 2013. 978.544.5157. 7 Wendell Depot Road. Wendell, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Preschool storytime at the Westhampton Library! 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am - PARENT GROUP: Enjoy coffee and a chat with other parents at the Westhampton Library – stop in after dropping kids off at school through the end of Sept.! 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11am – STORYTIME: The Greenfield Library hosts Sunshine Storytime! 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Sponsored by the Palmer-Monson Family Network. 413-283-6246. 4 Springfield Street. Three Rivers, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11:30am – ART: The Norman Rockwell Museum hosts, “Creating Together: A Parent-Child Experience,” an art workshop featuring a gallery tour and hands-on art making. Each week brings a new theme and art style to explore. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183 Stockbridge, MA. ($) ♦
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: In the gym at Erving Elementary School, hosted by the Community Network for Children through June 2013. 413- 423-3326. 18 Northfield Road. Erving, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:15-11am – STORYTIME: Hosted by the Mason Library – also includes stories, songs, and crafts. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: At the New Marlborough Library, sponsored by Community Health Programs. 413-644-0104. 1 New Marlborough-Great Barrington Road. New Marlborough, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30-11:30am – STORYTIME: At the Leverett Library, sponsored by the Community Network for Children through June 2013. 413-548-9220. 75 Montague Road. Leverett, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30: SINGING: Sing with Your Baby with Wendy happens at the Jones Library. For preK kids and younger, and their parents/caretakers. Takes place in the Woodbury Room. Runs through Dec. 18. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity St. Amherst, MA (FREE)
  • 11-11:30am – STORYTIME: Toddler Time with Stephanie at the Forbes Library! 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am-12noon – GYMNASTICS: Whip City Gym hosts homeschool open gymnastics! The event is not a formal class, but offers kids unstructured play time physical activity amongst true gymnastics equipment. Great for kids interested in gymnastics, dance, or cheerleading, and gym playtime can also help kids work on balance and coordination. Takes place through the school year. 413-569-3231. 320 College Highway. Southwick, MA. (<$) ♦
  • 1-3pm – CHESS: Drop-in chess games in the mezzanine at Forbes Library. All ages, BYO chess set or borrow one. Playing chess can help kids develop logic and analytical skills. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 2:30-6pm – TEEN: The Belchertown Teen Center is open this afternoon, offering a safe, drug-free, semi-supervised environment where kids can play games, socialize, watch movies, etc. 413-323-8728. 66 State Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3:30pm – LEGOS: The Berkshire Athenaeum hosts LEGO Club on the third Wednesday of each month. Kids can use LEGOs to experiment with basic principles of architecture, physics, and design. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. ♦ (FREE)
  • 3-5pm – MOVIE: The Mason Library screens classic films every Wednesday afternoon! The “Mason Matinee” is best for tweens/teens and adults – call to find out what’s playing. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3:30-4:30pm – STORYTIME: The Ramsdell Library hosts Time for Tots, and special story, craft, etc. time for littlest kiddos. 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street. Housatonic, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3:50-4:30pm – ICE SKATING: Visit Fitzpatrick Arena for an afternoon of skating! The rink offers daily public skating sessions at the same time, Monday-Friday. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple Street. Holyoke, MA. (<$) ♦
  • 4pm – CHESS: Visit the East Longmeadow Library for some afternoon chess! Playing chess can help kids develop analytical skills and logic. 413-525-5432. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 4-5pm – STORYTIME: At the Cushman Library! 413-648-5402. 28 Church Street. Bernardston, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 5:30-7:30pm – KNITTING: The Wednesday Night Knitters meet tonight at the Cushman Library! Knitters with any level of experience are welcome to join – bring a project to work on! No formal instruction is offered, but if help is needed, there will be many experienced knitters on hand. Great intergenerational opportunity for kids learning how to knit. 413-648-5402. 28 Church Street. Bernardston, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 7-8:30pm – TEEN: Sing your heart out with Berkshire Sings!, a community singing group at the Berkshire South Regional Community Center. Singers of all abilities welcome (adults, too) to sing pop, jazz, folk, showtunes, and more. Sponsored by Bobbie Hallig and Jenny and Adam Hersch. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 7-8:30pm – TEEN: Visit Longmeadow High School for open gym time! Basketball equipment will be provided by the Longmeadow Rec Dept, and the event is open to anyone ages 13-20. 413-565-4163. 95 Grassy Gutter Road. Longmeadow, MA. ($) ♦

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Thursday, January 24th, 2013

10:30am-12noon – PARENT WORKSHOP: Baystate Health is offering a workshop for parents on the physical and emotional changes that kids go through during puberty, and will teach ways to effectively communicate and provide emotional support throughout childrens’ transition.  “Family Matters! Encouraging Healthy Choices by Promoting Positive Self-Esteem.” 140 High Street, 1st Floor.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

1:30pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Mason Square Library hosts, “Circle in the Square,” an ongoing community discussion of local history and community memories.  This meeting will focus on researching local history, and special guest Ed Lonergan (librarian and neighborhood resident) will help attendees learn ways to find out history about their own homes that they may not have known!  Great for students interested in researching their community – learning about local history can help students put national history into a local context that they can relate to.  413-263-6853.  765 State Street.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

4-6pm – TEEN: Make a masterpiece out of food at the Forest Park Branch Library!  Use everyday food items as materials in what could possibly be the messiest but most beautiful art you’ll make this week.  There will be prizes for the least amount of food used, most amount of food used, most colorful, most creative, and more!  413-263-6843.  380 Belmont Avenue.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – LOCAL HISTORY: In its heyday, Holyoke was a bustling hub of industry, drawing workers from all over New England, and even Canada and Europe.  The Connecticut River powered the city’s many factories, and there was even a trolley line!  Tonight at the Meekins Library, local author Bob McMaster will read from his new novel Trolley Days, a coming-of-age story about two young boys growing up in early 20th century Holyoke.  Best for older students, the reading puts an exciting, fictional spin on local history and can help students to learn more about the rise and fall of local industry and life in Holyoke past.  413-268-7472.  2 Williams Street.  Williamsburg, MA.  (FREE)

7:30pm – THEATER: Amherst Leisure Services’ production of Fiddler on the Roof has hit the stage!  The show features local actors and actresses, and it is expected that all nine performances will sell out so buy tickets early!  413-259-3065.  Amherst, MA.  ($)

ONGOING FOR THURSDAYS (As always, please confirm before heading out to these suggestions.)

  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center. 413-545-0865. 428 Student Union Building (Campus Center Way). Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Community Health Coalition hosts Toddler Steps Playgroup at the CHP building. 413-644-0104. 442 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30 or 11am – STORYTIME: Westfield Athenaeum hosts Terrific Twos and Threes – storytime for kids ages 2 and 3! Registration required. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11am – PLAYGROUP: The Ludlow Community Center/Randall Boys and Girls Club hosts playgroup this morning, including snack, stories, playtime, music, and crafts. 413-583-3527. 488 Chapin Street. Ludlow, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: At the Belchertown Family Center! 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP/MUSIC CLASS: The Northampton Parents Center is open this morning! Thursday mornings feature music class at 11a with Felicia Sloin or Tom Knight (alternating weeks). Located in the basement of Edwards Church. 413-582-2636. Main and State Streets. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP/MUSIC CLASS: Northampton Parent Center is a drop-in Center for children (birth-K) and their caregivers. Thursday morning music classes will be from 11 to 11:30 am with Felicia Sloin and Tom Knight alternating weeks. Everyone is welcome. Located in the lower level of Edwards Church at the corner of State and Main Streets in Northampton. Please use the back door and public parking. Northampton, MA (FREE)
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: Music and Movement Group meets at the Millers Falls Library! 413-863-3214. 23 Bridge Street. Montague, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Springfield Central Library hosts storytime for kiddos 6 months-3 years. 413-263-6828. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11am – SUPPORT GROUP: Longmeadow Rec Dept hosts a New Moms Group at the Greenwood Center! 413-794-5515. 231 Maple Road. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Sponsored by the Palmer-Monson Family Network. 413-283-6246. 4 Springfield Street. Three Rivers, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30-11:30am – TALES AND TUNES: At the New Salem Public Library, sponsored by the Community Network for Children through June 2013! 978-544-5157. 23 South Main Street. New Salem, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: At the Williston Memorial Library! Stories, snacks, and more. 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Preschool story time at the Jones Library in the Children’s Room. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity St. Amherst, MA (FREE)
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Lenox Library offers storytime and crafts for kids 3-5 years old. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am – STORYTIME: At the Hatfield Library, just for preschoolers! 413-547-9237. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 11:30am-12:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Childcare of the Berkshires holds gym group at the Haskins Center! 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 12noon-1pm: PILATES: BYOBaby! A Pilates Mat Class for Moms and Babies – modified to accommodate for fussiness! Drop-in class with Anneliese Mordhorst at The Pilates Studio. 104 Russell St. 413-586-3504. Hadley, MA ($15/class)
  • 1-3pm – PLAYGROUP: Baby playgroup at the Forbes Library! In the children’s room with Judy. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1-2:30pm – SUPPORT GROUP: MotherWoman hosts a post-partum support group for mothers with babies up to a year old. Childcare available. Takes place at Midwifery Care of Holyoke. 413-534-2700. 230 Maple Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 2:30-6pm – TEEN: The Belchertown Teen Center is open this afternoon, offering a safe, drug-free, semi-supervised environment where kids can play games, socialize, watch movies, etc. 413-323-8728. 66 State Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 5-8pm – ART WALK: On the first Thursday of every month, the Amherst Art Walk takes place. Families can enjoy arts and culture, entertainment, shopping and dining. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA (FREE)
  • 6-10pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: Visit the Beneski Museum of Natural History at Amherst College! It’s home to a large variety of natural wonders, including the world’s largest collection of dinosaur tracks and lots of exhibits on local natural history. 413-542-2165. 11 Barrett Hill Road. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 8pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Sing some chanteys and bar songs at the Brewmaster’s Tavern- and order some food and drinks while you sing! Takes place on the first and third Thursdays of each month. 4 Main Street. 413-268-7741. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE) ♦

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Friday, January 25th, 2013

10:30-11:30am – ANIMAL STUDIES: Visit the Great Falls Discovery Center for a bear-themed Discovery Hour!  Though the real bears are hibernating, there’s still lots to be learned about them.  413-863-3221.  2 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

11am-12noon – MOVEMENT: The Haskins Center is hosting a Baby-and-Me Movement Class this morning – parents with infants or small children (up to age 2) are invited to attend.  The upbeat class is designed to include lots of movement that parents can do with their children, making for lots of fun exercise and bonding!  413-664-4821.  210 State Street.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE)

3:30pm – CHESS: For ages 7+ at the West Springfield Library!  Great for practicing memory and developing analytical thinking skills.  413-736-4561.  200 Park Street.  West Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

6pm – ART STUDIES: Artist, educator and author of “Cellblock Visions: Prison Art in America,” Phyllis Kornfeld, will present a slide talk on the art of inmates at the Stockbridge Library.   This presentation will be paired with a discussion of their work, common types of art produced, and its place amongst mainstream American artwork. Older students can attend the event to learn about prison culture, the universality of human artistic expression, art in America, and other topics related to art, psychology, and criminal justice.  413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA (FREE)

6:15pm – MOVIE: Have a family night out at the movies!  The Mason Library screens, “The Pirates! Band of Misfits!”  413-528-2403.  231 Main Street.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – SPORTS/ICE HOCKEY: Watch an exciting game of hockey tonight as the Springfield Falcons take on the Worcester Sharks at the Mass Mutual Center!  The first 1000 kids inside the rink get a free Falcons Jersey.  413-739-4625.  45 Falcons Way.  Springfield, MA.  ($)

7-9pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Enjoy an evening of cross-country skiing under the full moon at Notchview!  With over 3,000 acres of terrain, the Trustees of Reservations’ property offers endless snowy adventures.  413-684-0148.  Route 9.  Windsor, MA.  ($)

7:30pm – THEATER: Amherst Leisure Services’ production of Fiddler on the Roof has hit the stage!  The show features local actors and actresses, and it is expected that all nine performances will sell out so buy tickets early!  413-259-3065.  Amherst, MA.  ($)

ONGOING FOR FRIDAYS (As always, please confirm before heading out to these suggestions.)

  • 9-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: In the gym at Shutesbury Elementary School, sponsored by the Community Network for Children through June 2013. 413-259-1212. 23 West Pelham Road. Shutesbury, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center. 413-545-0865. 428 Student Union Building (Campus Center Way). Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • F9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: At Whole Children, for little ones up to age five. 37 Russell Street. Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – MOVIE: The Berkshire Athenaeum shows short kids’ movies every Friday morning. Call to check what’s playing! 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Hosted by the Easthampton Family Center at the Flywheel space in the Old Town Hall building. 413-527-5496. Main Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11:30am - SUPPORT GROUP: MotherWoman hosts a postpartum support group for mothers with babies up to a year old at the Community Action Family Center. Childcare available. 413-475-1566. 90 Federal Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: On the first and third Fridays of each month, the YMCA of Greenfield hosts Jump Into Fitness playgroup! Lots of fun physical activity. Snack provided. 413-475-1543. 451 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:15-11am – STORYTIME: The Mason Library hosts Young Children’s Storytime this morning! 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: For little ones at the Pelham Library! 413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: The Monson Library’s baby group takes place this morning – kiddos ages 0-2 and their caregivers can visit for stories, songs, and playtime. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30-11:30am – STORYTIME: The Heath Library offers bi-weekly storytime throughout the fall. 413-337-4934. 1 East Main Street. Heath, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime at the Griswold Memorial Library! 413-624-3619. 12 Main Road. Colrain, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am – PLAYGROUP: The Haskins Center hosts baby group! 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Sponsored by Childcare of the Berkshires in the community room at the Lanesborough Town Hall. 413-664-4821. 83 North Main Street. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am – AQUARIUM ADVENTURE: Meet an animal at the Berkshire Museum! Friends from the aquarium will be shared, and kids can learn all about them through stories and activities. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (<$) ♦
  • 11-11:40am – STORYTIME: The Greenfield Library hosts Mother Goose on the Loose, a special lap-sit story hour for kids under the age of 3. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11-12:50: ICE SKATING: There will be an ice skating session at the Mullins Center for homeschoolers through June ’13. Some skate sessions can be bumped due to UMass ice hockey, so call to confirm before heading out. 413-230-6516. UMass Mullins Center. 200 Commonwealth Ave. Amherst, MA (>$)
  • 7-10pm – TWEEN: Kids in grades 6-8 can enjoy a fun night out with friends at the Greenwood Center! Hosted by Longmeadow Rec Dept, the event features DJ dance music, and will be supervised by adults. Dress code is the same as school, and students must sign in before entering. Takes place on the second and fourth Friday of each month. 413-565-4163. 231 Maple Road. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 7:30pm – ASTRONOMY: Williams College’s Milham Planetarium offers free shows on Friday evenings! Using the planetarium’s Zeiss Skymaster, Williams students will teach visitors about all sorts of astronomical phenomena, including phases of the moon, retrograde planetary motion, varying colors/temperatures of stars, constellations and zodiac signs, and more! Reservations recommended but not required. 413-597-2188. 829 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
  • 8:30pm-12:30am – DANCE: Dance the night away at Dance Spree, a family-friendly, substance free, barefoot community night of dancing! Kids of all ages are welcome, but young children must be accompanied by adults. Takes place on the 4th floor of the Fitzwilly’s building. 25 Main Street. Northampton, MA. (<$) ♦

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