Berkshire Family Fun: May 2013

Berkshire County Highlights for Families: May 2013

Find out about community events and learning opportunities happening throughout Berkshire County for the month of May.  We’ll be adding to this list as the month progresses, so be sure to check back:

North Berkshire
Central Berkshire
South Berkshire

To find out what’s happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, check our comprehensive list of Weekly Suggested Events, published every Thursday! There you will also find our list of ongoing weekday playgroups, storyhours and events both in Berkshire County and throughout the region.

List of Weekly Suggested Events


North Berkshire

Lanesborough | North Adams | Williamstown | Windsor

Central Berkshire | South Berkshire

LANESBOROUGH

Saturday, May 4th from 10am-9pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE EXPO: Berkshire Eastern Mountain Sports’ Spring Outdoor Club Day takes place today at the Berkshire Mall! Families can stop by to learn about local outdoor non-profits, including Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center, the Berkshire Natural Resources Council, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts USA, and Mass Audubon. Families will be able to learn about outdoors opportunities in their own communities, and families who have membership cards for outdoors organizations can get special deals on new outdoors gear. 413-445-4967. Old State Road (Route 8). Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 18th from 9am-5pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: The Greylock War Memorial Tower atop Mt. Greylock opens it’s doors for the season today!  Standing 90 feet tall, the tower provides a 360 degree view of the northern Berkshires.  Hike or drive to the mountain’s summit!  30 Rockwell Road.  Lanesborough, MA.  (FREE)

NORTH ADAMS

Thursday, May 16th from 11:30am-12:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Families with little ones ages 18-36 months are invited to the Haskins Center for Balls, Blocks, Beads, and Books Playtime.  The event features a variety of stations with exciting and interactive materials – families will cycle through the stations, and kids will get a chance to play and learn using a variety of toys and other items.  Registration required.  413-664-4821.  210 State Street.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE)

Friday, May 17th from 1-2pm - FAMILY FINANCES: The Haskins Center holds a weekly parent group titled, “Stretching Your Dollar Support Group.”  Parents can share budgeting strategies, work together to devise creative solutions to family needs, and this week’s meeting will include a coupon swap (bring some to share!).  413-664-4821.  210 State Street. North Adams, MA.  (FREE)

Monday, May 27th from DAWN-DUSK: Natural Bridge State Park opens for the season today!  Families can visit daily through Columbus Day weekend to see the only natural white marble arch and man-made marble dam in North America.  Trails take visitors past a former marble quarry, too – it’s a beautiful park, and a visit can help support studies of local history, too!  413-663-6392.  McCauley Road.  North Adams, MA.  (FEE FOR PARKING, <$)

WILLIAMSTOWN

Friday, May 3rd 7:30pm – ASTRONOMY: Students from Williams College’s astronomy program present a planetarium show tonight!  Held at the Milham Planetarium, the show will teach families about the many shiny things they see in the sky at night – they’re not all stars and planets!  Depending on weather conditions, observing may take place after the show.  413-597-3131.  829 Main Street.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

Saturday, May 4th from 11am-3pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation’s annual Sheep to Shawl and Rural Heritage Weekend takes place this weekend! Families can visit Sheep Hill to learn all about fiber arts, spinning weaving, and raising sheep and other animals for fiber. The event celebrates spring, as well as fiber artists and farmers from the community. There will be food, work from local artists, and local farm goods for sale, too! 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road. Williamstown, MA. ($)

Sunday, May 5th from 10-11:30am – PLANT STUDIES: Hopkins Memorial Forest will host a spring wildflower and botany walk.  Early May is an especially good time to explore the botanical attractions of the Northern Berkshires because during this period, many “spring ephemeral” wildflowers are in bloom. These species, which include trillium, trout, lily, violets, and toothwort, bloom early in order to take advantage of the abundant sunlight that reaches the forest floor before the trees leaf out. The walk will begin outside the Rosenburg Center, near the entrance to Hopkins Forest and continue along forested trails, led by Williams College Professor of Biology Henry Art. 413-597-4277.  Junction of Bulkley St. and Northwest Hill Rd. Williamstown, MA (FREE)

Sunday, May 5th from 1-3pm – PLANT STUDIES: Naturalist Pam Weatherbee will be leading a spring wildflower walk at Field Farm, home of some unusual habitats.  These habitats produce an interesting and beautiful array of woodland wildflowers known as spring ephemerals, which have a short time to grow, bloom and set seed before the leaves come out and restrict the sunlight reaching the forest floor. On the two-hour easy walking tour Pam will introduce participants to the fascinating flora of the rich woods, just starting to bloom.  413-684-0148.  554 Sloan Road. South Williamstown, MA (FREE)

Saturday, May 18th from 10am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: Celebrate Museum Day in the northern Berkshire with The Clark!  The museum is offering free admission, and today’s visitors will also get to take a special look at the construction taking place!  Families can view the museum’s permanent collections, as well as special short-term shows.  413-458-2303.  225 South Street.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

Saturday, May 25th from 11am-4pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: HoorWA’s annual Riverfest takes place today!  The event celebrates the Hoosic River watershed, and takes place at Williams College’s Cole Field.  Families will be able to learn about and celebrate their surroundings through Native American games and drumming performances, live music from Mass MoCA Jam, nature walks, informational exhibits, and kids’ activities.  Stetson Road.  Williamstown, MA.  ($)

Monday, May 27th at 10am – PARADE: Begins at American Legion Post on Latham St and marches to Field Park where there will be speeches and a 21 gun salute.

WINDSOR

Saturday, May 4th from DUSK-11pm – ASTRONOMY: Stargaze at Notchview tonight with Arnuah Hill! Families can learn to identify the many sparkly things above them in the sky, and will learn how to operate a basic telescope properly. Great for kids interested in learning about constellations, planetary motion, and the changes in day length on Earth. Call to register. 413-532-1631. Route 9. Windsor, MA.

Saturday, May 18th from 10am-1pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Learn about the plants found in the boreal forests of western Massachusetts with Tamarack Hollow’s naturalist Aimee Gelinas.  Families will learn to find and identify species such as the pink lady slipper, blue bead lilly, trout lilly, bunchberry, and red trillium!  The 2-3 mile moderate hike will begin at Tamarack Hollow Nature Center.  Registration required.  413-584-3009.  1515 Savoy Hollow Road.  Windsor, MA.

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Central Berkshire

 Lee | Lenox | Pittsfield |Richmond | Stockbridge

North Berkshire | South Berkshire

LEE

Saturday, May 4th from 11am-12noon – PERFORMANCE: Linda Peck’s Zany Acts will perform at Spectrum Playhouse as part of their Saturday children’s series. 20 Franklin St. Lee, MA

Saturday, May 11th at 11am – MOVIE: The Lee Library screens, “Mulan,” this morning – a Disney tale about a Chinese woman who defies her culture and the laws of her community in order to join the army and fight the Huns.  413-243-0385.  100 Main Street.  Lee, MA.  (FREE)

Tuesday, May 14th from 10:30-11:30pm – STORY TIME: The Lee Library will be offering a new Story Time  running for 5 weeks ending Tuesday, June 11th .  This children’s literacy program is a collaboration between the Lee Library and South Berkshire Kids.  Intended ages for this story time are infant through pre-schoolers but older siblings up to age 8 are also welcome.   413-243-0385.  100 Main Street.  Lee, MA.  (FREE)

Sunday, May 26th at 7am – ORNITHOLOGY: Join the Hoffman Bird Club for a morning of birding in the Tyringham Valley.  Participants will get to explore several sites, and will learn to identify common Berkshires birds.  Meet at McDonald’s.  413-884-4961.  Route 20.  Lee, MA.  (FREE)

Monday, May 27th at 8:30am – ROAD RACE:  The Dorothy Finnegan 5K Race for education takes place at the Lee Middle and High School to raise funds for students entering the field of education. Greylock Street. Lee, MA (FUNDRAISER)

LENOX

Saturday, May 4th from 11am-1pm – COMPOSTING: Don’t throw away those food scraps! Show your children the magic of composting as apple peels and eggshells transform into rich organic soil ready for use in your backyard garden. Center for EcoTechnology staff will teach families the basic techniques for creating a toxic-free alternative to store-bought fertilizer to use in your family garden. 413-445-4556 x25. Lenox Library. 18 Main St. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 4th at 3-5pm – HISTORY: Ventfort Hall Gilded Age Museum hosts, “Staging Fashion: 1880-1920,” a tea-and-talk event all about three pioneers of fashion – Jane Hading, Lily Elsie, and Billie Burke. These women became some of the first fashion icons during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and their “look” and lifestyle was desired by many – they were the first to truly turn fashion into not only a way of dressing, but a way of living. Students can pair what they learn about the early days of popularized women’s fashion with knowledge about American history and women’s rights (and their place in society). Reservations suggested, best for older students. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)

Sunday, May 5th from 3-5:30pm – CONCERT: Berkshire Lyric presents the annual Young Musicians’ Concert!  Celebrate the hard work of local youth while listening to beautiful music.  Takes place at Trinity Episcopal Church.  88 Walker Street.  Lenox, MA.  (FREE)

Saturday, May 11th from 3:30-5:30pm – TEA: Celebrate Mother’s Day at Ventfort Hall’s special Mother’s Day Pink Tea!  The event includes a performance from the American Dance Institute Ensemble, as well as a traditional Victorian tea – all in beautiful and historic surroundings at the  beautiful Gilded Age mansion!  Registration required.  413-637-3206.  104 Walker Street.  Lenox, MA.  ($)

Sunday, May 12th from 10am-12noon – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Take Mom to Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary for a morning of exploring the grounds and inspecting the changes that spring has brought to the landscape.  472 West Mountain Road.  Lenox, MA.  ($)

Wednesday, May 15th from 7-8:30pm - ANIMAL ADVENTURE: Explore the Beaver Ponds at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary!  Sanctuary volunteer Butch Ptak will lead the expedition, and visitors will learn not only about the habits of beavers, but about the various types of wildlife who congregate at beaver ponds and the long-lasting effect that beaver ponds have upon habitats.  472 West Mountain Road.  Lenox, MA.  ($)

Friday, May 17th from 7:45-9:30pm – ASTRONOMY: Astronomy Night at the Lenox Library. Join in for a fun and star-filled night at the library! Astronomer Rick Costello will give a short presentation inside the Welles Gallery about the basics of astronomy, then go outside to use his telescopes to view the night sky. People of all ages are welcome to attend. (Will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather) Lenox, MA (FREE)

Saturday, May 25th at 9am – ROAD RACE: The town of Lenox hosts the annual Memorial Day Marathon this weekend!  The event consists of numerous races, including Berkshire Bank’s Kids Run, a .25 or .5 mile race for kids 10 and under.  Other events include the marathon, half marathon, trail race, 10k, and 5k, which are open to runners of all ages.  Everyone participating in the Kids Run will get a medal – it’s a great way to introduce kids to the fun of participating in road races!  Lenox, MA.  ($)

Saturday, May 25th from 10am-3pm – FOOD FESTIVAL: Rhubarb Festival happens at Library Reading Park.  There will be Rhubarb themed games, food, and special events.  All things Rhubarb, one of the first perennial crops of the spring! 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA (FREE)

Saturday, May 25th at 4pm – HISTORY: Learn about the history of the art of table setting at Ventfort Hall Guilded Age Museum!  Older students and parents can attend a tea and talk lead by Tjasa Sprague.  Titled, “Splendid Tables,” the talk will discuss types of table settings, and the ways in which they have evolved throughout changes in American culture.  Registration required.  413-637-3206.  104 Walker Street.  Lenox, MA.  ($$)

PITTSFIELD

May 4th & 5th from 10am-4pm – ANIMAL ADVENTURES: Springtime brings new things – new leaves, new flowers, and of course – new babies! Visit Hancock Shaker Village to see the newly born farm animals – families will be able to get up close and personal on a Behind-the-Scenes Farm Tour! There will be piglets, chicks, lambs, calves, and more to watch and learn about, and families can tour the village and learn about Shaker history and culture after they’ve met the creatures. Baby Animals on the Shaker Farm runs daily through May 5th. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

Sunday, May 5th at 2pm & Tuesday, May 7th at 7pmBALLET: The Berkshire Museum screens a production of Alice in Wonderland – as a ballet!  The Christopher Wheelden Company’s beautiful presentation of the classic story brings the entire company together to portray Lewis Carroll’s quirky characters.  The Mad Hatter tap dances, the caterpillar bumbles about the stage, and Alice and the Knave of Hearts have quite an adventure!  413-443-7171.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($$)

Friday, May 10th – Sunday, May 12thANIME: BAMCon, the Berkshire Anime Club’s annual weekend-long convention, begins today at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.  The event includes all things anime-related – lovers of the genre can take part in games and contests, learn more about their favorite characters and series, participate in CosPlay (anime-themed costume contests and meet-ups), and more.  The event runs through Sunday at 8pm, and day and weekend passes are available.  Local anime fanatics should not miss this event!  1 West Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($$)

Saturday, May 11th from 9am-5pm – BASEBALL: Put baseball skills to the test at the Berkshires’ Pitch, Hit and Run competition!  Boys can compete in the three categories to advance to the finals, and will be divided into three age groups.  7/8 year old competition will take place from 9-11am, 9/10 year old will compete from 11am-2pm, and 11/12 year olds will compete from 2-5pm.  Participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate to verify age.  Parent/guardian signature required in order to participate.  Takes place on the North Little League Field.  413-499-9370.  Springside Avenue.  Pittsfield, MA.

Saturday, May 11th at 11am – ANIMAL STUDIES: Visit the Berkshire Museum to try out an echolocation simulator!  Called Bat Bot, the simulator uses technology similar to that used in new cars’ back-up cameras to help users locate objects around them without using their sense of sight.  It’s as similar to echolocation as humans can get!  413-443-7171.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE with museum admission)

Saturday, May 11th from 11am-12noon – COMPOSTING: Learn how to turn food and yard waste into “black gold” at this informative workshop. Attendees will participate in a hands-on demonstration of how to build an active and efficient compost pile at home. Come learn how easy it really is and how you can reduce waste costs and negative environmental effects, as well as providing a healthy alternative to fertilizers for you garden, yard, and houseplants. RSVPs required. Pittsfield Farmers Market. First St. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

Monday, May 13th at 5:30m – SUSTAINABILITY: Berkshire Bank & the Center for EcoTechnology have teamed up to offer an information session on CET’s No Cost Home Energy Efficiency Initiative. Parents can learn how this environmental nonprofit can help save you money and energy this summer! Berkshire Bank. 244 Main Street. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

Wednesday, May 15th from 3:30-4:30pm – LEGOS: The Berkshire Athenaeum invites any school aged LEGO enthusiast to share ideas and creative energy during monthly meetings of the new LEGO Club. Meetings will be on the third Wednesday of the month, and each month there will be a theme. This month the theme will be “Robots.”  Enjoy an hour of socializing with other LEGO fanatics, listening to music, using your imagination and sharing your ideas with your peers.  No registration is required.  Please note that any child under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older.  If your family has a child under the age of 5 feel free to bring them for some free play time with Duplos! 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

Wednesday, May 15th at 6pm – CONCERT: Talented students from Taconic High School perform tonight with the school chorus at the Berkshire Museum!  413-443-7171.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

Thursday, May 16th from 5-8pm – COMMUNITY: Upstreet Pittsfield’s family friendly street festival, 3rd.Thursdays, returns for its 7TH year!  This Thursdays theme is Youth on the Move, celebrating youth performers and living an active and healthy lifestyle. Located in the newly designated Upstreet Cultural District of the city. There will be performances by Pittsfield Youth Alive Step Team, a performance of “Grease” by the Pittsfield High School, square dancing, Morris Men Dancers, great food and live music. 413-499-9348. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

Thursday, May 16th at 7pm – PECHA KUCHA: The Berkshire Museum hosts their sixth Pecha Kucha event tonight, offering the community a chance to learn a little bit about a wide variety of topics!  Pecha Kucha is a presentation style where twenty slides are shown, each lasting for twenty seconds.  Also known as 20×20, such a presentation offers interesting information and an overview of a topic, and requires that a presenter be well prepared!  Best for families with older kids.  413-443-7171.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (<$)

Friday, May 17th & Saturday, May 18th from 8-10pm – THEATER: The Berkshire Community College Players present, “Spamalot,” a hilarious musical based on the 1975 film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail.  Takes place in the Boland Theater at the Koussevitzky Arts Center.  1350 West Street.  Pittsfield, MA.

Saturday, May 18th at 10:30am – SPRING FLING: “Spring Fling”  Bringing the sun into the Children’s Library at the Berkshire Athenaeum!  Come for Spring inspired stories, a short video, Spring theme craft, and snacks!  Toddler and Preschool.  No registration is required.  Sponsored by Wee Read  and the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

Saturday, May 18th from 1-5pm – REPAIR CAFE: Come visit the Repair Cafe, every third Saturday in St. Stephen’s Church basement in Pittsfield! Skilled volunteers can fix children’s bikes, mend torn jeans, repair computers and fix up vacuums cleaners stuffed with crumbs and LEGO toys. Bring your broken lamp or light fixture without adding it to the landfill or purchasing a replacement. Children can learn the science and maintenance associate with their very own bike! Free refreshments. Call Tom Harter at 413-212-8589 or email Janet Henderson at jmh227@hotmail.com. 67 East St. Pittsfield. (FREE)

Saturday, May 18th from 7-7:45pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT/DANCING: Berkshire Ballroom Dance presents a free American tango lesson with instructor Dan DeBennedetto!  There will be a dance following from 7:45-11pm, tickets for which can be added at additional cost.  413-684-1510.  116 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

Saturday, May 18th at 8pm & Sunday, May 19th at 2pm – THEATER: Students at Miss Hall’s School present, “The Diviners,” a play about a community in depression-era Indiana that is struggling to deal with the loss of a neighbor.  Shows take plaec in the Woods Theater, located in the Klein Performing Arts Center.  413-443-6401.  492 Holmes Road.  Pittsfield, MA.  (<$)

Thursday, May 23rd from 8:45am-1:30pm – ENVIRONMENTAL SUMMIT: Inspire the future of tomorrow through environmental awareness! The Youth Environmental Summit (YES) brings students from grades 3-12 together to present science and environmental studies projects through presentations and hands-on workshops. Bring your students or participate as a YES workshop presenter, open to both professionals and college student. Past workshop topics included Animals and Adaptations, Healthy Cooking, and Tree ID. Contact Stephanie at sbergman@flyingcloudinstitute.org. Berkshire Community College. 1350 West St. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 25th from 8am-3pm – FISHING DERBY: Fishing Derby for youth 14 and under takes place at Wild Acres (rain or shine).  Volunteer support will be provided by the Onota Fishing Club to assist with dressing fish, providing fishing tips and techniques, baiting, etc. Trophies will be awarded to those who catch a tagged fish.  Bait will be provided, and a limited amount of fishing poles will be available for use on a first come, first serve basis to those who do not own one. Grab a fishing pole and head on up to Wild Acres.  South Mountain Rd. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

Saturday, May 25th at 7am – ORNITHOLOGY: Join the Hoffman Bird Club for a morning of birding at the base of Mt. Greylock!  Families can participate in a 4-mile walk along a marsh to limestone cliffs – the variety of habitat seen will mean a wide variety of bird species will be seen!  413-458-3290.  271 Route 7.  New Ashford, MA.  (FREE)

Saturday, May 25th starting at 10am - BIKE RIDE: The Pittsfield Department of Community Development Recreation Program host their annual Community Bike Ride event.  The ride will take place  at the Controy Pavilion on Onota Lake at Burbank Park. The ride begins at 10am, with rider registration from 9-9:45am.  The route will begin at the Controy Pavilion, head up to Pittsfield State Forest and back to the Pavilion making the ride just under 6 miles round trip; younger riders are encouraged to ride the trail along Onota Lake at Burbank Park.  Bring the family and join in a leisurely, scenic bike ride! Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

Saturday, May 25th starting at 11am – SCIENCE: The Berkshire Museum hosts Kitchen Ka-Boom, a fun hands-on science event for families!  This monthly event features a different activity each month, and kids will get to play with everyday materials in order to learn about basic principles of biology, physics, and/or chemistry.  413-339-7171.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE with museum admission)

Monday, May 27th at 9am – PARADE: Through Pittsfield, beginning on Fenn Street, and following North Street to Wahconah.  Ends with a ceremony at 10am in the Pittsfield Cemetery.

RICHMOND

Saturday, May 25th at 7:30pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Enjoy a night under the stars at Hilltop Orchards!  The orchard and winery will take guests on a 1-1.5 hour hike under the full moon.  A bonfire, wine tasting, and live entertainment will follow the hike – making for a fun and exciting evening outdoors!  Visitors are asked to arrive 15 minutes early to register.  800-833-6274.  508 Canaan Road.  Richmond, MA.  ($)

STOCKBRIDGE

MAY EXHIBIT: Threads of Memory at the Stockbridge Library. From earliest times people have decorated their homes and clothing wit h a wide range of various techniques using em broidery, quilting , crocheting, tatting and knitting as well as other method . This exhibit showcases hand worked pieces from the collection of the Library’s Museum and Archives as well as those on loan by local residents. Also on display will be various items used to create these items – threads, needles, hooks and much more. Some of the highlights of the exhibit are the Stockbridge Bicentennial Quilt with blocks depicting local subjects embroidered and appliqued by Stockbridge residents, a monogrammed pin cushion belonging to local, 19 th century author Catharine Sedgwick and chair seats embroidered by Elizabeth Williams West around 1750. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA (FREE)

Thursday, May 9th from 10am-4pm – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Help the Trustees of Reservations to open Naumkeag for the season!  Experts in landscape and architecture will represent the organization, and will help families learn about the care needed in order to maintain such a property.  Families’ time and efforts will be much needed in helping to clean up the grounds for visitors!  Registration required.  413-298-3239.  5 Prospect Hill Road.  Stockbridge, MA.  (FREE)

Friday, May 10th & Saturday, May 11th from 11am-5pm – PLANT SALE: The Berkshire Botanical Garden’s annual plant sale takes place this weekend!  Visit to get some great new plants to add to your family’s garden.  413-298-3926.  Route 183.  Stockbridge, MA.  (SALE)

Saturday, May 11th from 9am-5pm: NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY:  The Native American Institute of the Hudson River Valley will be holding a day – long seminar this month with the Stockbridge Library.  Today speakers will be discussing aspects of the Stockbridge – Munsee Tribe during their time in Stockbridge.   A catered lunch will follow the speakers; and the afternoon will include a walking tour of key town historical sites. It will all cul minate with a gathering and closing ceremony at the First Congregational Church. Best for older students. 715-793-3970. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA

Saturday, May 18th from 10am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: In celebration of Art Museum Day, the Norman Rockwell Museum is offering free admission to kids and teens under 18!  Visit the museum as a family to learn about the life and works of Norman Rockwell, whose unique illustrative works capture the essence of American life during the first half of the 20th century.  413-298-4100.  9 Route 183.  Stockbridge, MA.  (<$)

Saturday, May 18th from 2pm – PLANT STUDIES: Visit Naumkeag for a sneak preview of the historic home’s beautiful tree peonies!  Older students and parents can attend a lecture on peony gardening, followed by tea on the terrace.  Great for students interested in learning to acquire their own gardening skills.  RSVP strongly recommended.  413-298-3239 x 3013.  5 Prospect Hill Road.  Stockbridge, MA.  ($)

Saturday, May 18th at 4pm: LOCAL HISTORY: Stockbridge History Museum hosts a cemetery walk to tour and learn about local history through past residents.  This month’s theme is, “Changed the World: Buried in Stockbridge.” Meet in the Proctor Hall Parking Lot. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA (FREE)

Sunday, May 26th from 10am-4pm – AUTOMOBILES: Chesterwood, a National Trust Historic Site, host their Vintage Motorcar Festival.  Families can get a glimpse into history by viewing vintage vehicles on display. Kids can join in a car scavenger hunt and put their STEM skills to practice in LEGO car racing.  Youth ages 15yo+ can also participate as judges of displayed vehicles.  There will be live music, local foods and a nice afternoon at this national treasure! 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road. Stockbridge, MA ($)

Thursday, May 30th at 2pm - LOCAL HISTORY: Take a tour of Naumkeag to learn all about its history!  The Trustees of Reservations are offering a kid-friendly tour of the historic location.  413-298-3239.  5 Prospect Hill Road.  Stockbridge, MA.  (FREE)

Thursday, May 30th at 3pm – CROQUET: Learn to play croquet on the lawn at Naumkeag!  Kid-friendly and lots of fun.  413-298-3239.  5 Prospect Hill Road.  Stockbridge, MA.  (FREE)

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South Berkshire

Great Barrington | Monterey | Sheffield

North Berkshire | Central Berkshire

GREAT BARRINGTON

Sunday, May 5th at 3pm – DIY CRAFTS: Make a family picture locket out of upcycled milk caps to give to the mother in your life next Sunday! The Berkshire Co-op will host a DIY project using  Ronnybrook milk caps to make collages complete with a small family picture.  Open to all ages. 413.528.9697 X10.  42 Bridge Street. Great Barrington, MA (FREE)

Saturday, May 11th at 10am – MARIONETTES: The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School shares a marionette performance!  The school’s marionette troupe – part of the early childhood curriculum – will present The Frog Prince, a classic tale from the Brothers Grimm.  Performed by early childhood teachers, the show will be followed by playtime and is open to kids up to age 7.  Families can learn more about the school’s Waldorf curriculum following the performance.  413-528-4015.  35 West Plain Road.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE)

Saturday, May 18th from 10:30-11:30am – CREATIVE FREE PLAY: Cardboard abounds at the Ramsdell Library!  Stop by to fashion your very own cardboard car.  413-274-3738.  1087 Main Street.  Housatonic, MA.  (FREE)

Saturday, May 18th from 11am-3pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Every kid loves mud, and spring is the perfect time to play in it!  Celebrate spring in the Berkshires at Muddy Brook Elementary School PTA’s annual Mud Day!  Families can visit the school to participate in muddy tug-of-wars, muddy treasure digging, muddy pile and pie making, and less-muddy face painting, crafting, tie-dying, and more!  Numerous local organizations will be offering information and activities, and there will be lots of exciting things for families to do.  318 Monument Valley Road.  Great Barrington, MA.  (<$)

Saturday, May 19th from 10am – COMMUNITY WALK: Help to raise awareness of and funding for research to cure Huntington’s Disease at the annual Garbage Trail Walk!  The event begins at the Guthrie Center and takes participants on a tour of Guthrie landmarks – the event begins with a trip on a microbus (groovy!) to Alice’s Restaurant, and walkers will walk from there back to the church (roughly 6.3 miles).  It’s a great way to get exercise, support a great cause, and celebrate folk music icon Arlo Guthrie!  413-528-1955.  2 Van Deusenville Road.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FUNDRAISER)

Tuesday, May 21st at 6:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: South Berkshire Kids hosts a workshop titled, “Different Child, Different needs.”  Lead by Jeanine Fitzgerald, the workshop will teach parents about their influence over their child’s development and behavior, as well as the parts of a temperament that are often inherited.  Pre-registration required, childcare available.  413-464-5095.  444 Stockbridge Road.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE)

Thursday, May 23rd from 6-7pm – ORNITHOLOGY: Visit Berkshire South Community Center for a spring bird walk!  Explore the trails behind the center to look for common Berkshire birds, and listen for their calls.  413-528-2810.  Crissey Road.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE)

Saturday, May 25th from 10-11am – COOKING: The Berkshire Co-op hosts Kids Cook, a hands-on cooking class designed just for budding chefs!  This month’s recipe is far pizza pockets using spring veggies – kids will get to make the pockets themselves, and will get to practice basic cooking and math skills.  Registration required, space is limited.  413-528-967 ex 10.  42 Bridge Street.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE)

Saturday, May 25th from 10:15-11:15am – GARDENING: The Ramsdell Library hosts a gardening club just for kids!  Spend some time getting dirt on your hands while potting plants and planting seeds.  413-274-3738.  1087 Main Street.  Houstonic, MA.  (FREE)

Sunday, May 26th from 12noon-4pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Monument Mountain’s Project Sprout Cookout takes place today!  The event features food prepared by students participating in the program, and includes lots of locally grown and produced items.  Proceeds from the event benefit Project Sprout’s programs, which support students’ efforts to produce food on their school campuses to be included in school lunches.  Such programs help to ensure that students get to eat fresh, healthy food, and help students to develop useful gardening skills – the acquisition of which supports studies of many different topics.  Takes place at the Route 7 Grill.  999 Main Street.  Great Barrington, MA.  ($$)

Thursday, May 30th from 4-5pm – FELTING: Visit the Ramsdell Library for an afternoon of hand felting for kids!  It’s a great, easy project for kids that involves using only natural materials.  413-274-3738.  1087 Main Street.  Housatonic, MA.  (FREE)

Friday, May 31st at 6:15pm – MOVIE: The Mason Library screens a family movie on the last Friday of each month – spend a night out watching a movie, without spending any money!  413-528-2403.  231 Main Street.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE)

MONTEREY

Saturday, May 18th from 2-4pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Visit Beartown State Forest’s opening day to learn about the history of Swann Lodge and the preservation efforts underway to ensure that the park remains a beautiful place to visit, and a local landmark, too!  413-528-0904.  69 Blue Hill Road.  Monterey, MA.  (FREE)

SHEFFIELD

Sunday, May 12th from 10am-12noon – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: What better way to spend Mother’s Day than exploring outside, looking for wildflowers?  Visit Bartholomew’s Cobble for a guided walk through trails filled with wild columbine and other native flowers.  Families will be able to learn about how to support butterflies and other insect life through planting native plants and flowers.  Pre-registration required.  413-229-8600.  105 Weatogue Road.  Sheffield, MA.  ($)

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