Suggested Events for August 10th-16th, 2013

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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Sep 7th

SERVICE LEARNING: Coming up this September, in collaboration with Whole Foods Market in Hadley and Atlas Farm in Deerfield, Hilltown Families invites families to come together on Saturday, September 7th, 2013 from 11am-2pm in Deerfield for a day of community service, gleaning organic vegetables leftover from a recent harvest to donate to the Food Bank. Join us in a service learning opportunity, giving kids a hands-on look at how their food is grown while supporting the food security efforts of the Food Bank of Western MA. Space is limited and all participating families are asked to pre-register online.  More information here: Kids’ Day of Community Service.

BULLETIN BOARD

Aug 16th

Northampton & Greenfield Picnics: Join with old friends and new August 16 to celebrate “Shabbat Under the Sky!” Picnic in the park, enjoy music, kid-friendly performances by local performers and a short, guided musical Shabbat service. No Jewish liturgy knowledge required. Runs 5:30-7:30. Bring a potluck dish to share and choose from two locations: Look Park’s Westwood Shelter, Northampton or Green River Recreation Area in Greenfield. Rain or shine, open to the public, free (except Look Park entry fee unless you bike/walk). Gatherings include shofar blowing practice for upcoming Jewish New Year. Bring a vegetarian potluck dish to share. Challah bread, juice, & dessert provided. Information & directions at www.rekindleshabbat.org.

Sep 29th

Cycle towards a hunger-free community this September 29th! Will Bike 4 Food is a fundraiser for The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Leaving from The Food Bank in beautiful Hatfield Mass, 10, 25, 50, and 100 mile routes offer varying challenges for kids, beginners, and experts alike. Choose to ride as an individual or form a team (4 or more). Register online by August 29th for the lowest price! Visit www.foodbankwma.org or call 413-247-9738 for more information. Four Routes. One Destination. A Community Without Hunger.

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SUMMER CAMP: Looking for a summer camp or program in Western MA? Check out our featured post, 2013 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA for a list that will wow and dazzle you! Summer opportunities featured range from music, art, farming, theater, dance, science, nature, sports, speaking, yoga, rock ‘n roll… to traditional summer day or overnight camps/programs! There’s something for all ages, toddlers to teens! Check it out and start making your summer plans!

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
August 10th-16th, 2013

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Saturday, August 10th, 2013

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 on the Hilltown Family Variety Show (HFVS), join Guest DJ Marc Bazerman from Baze and His Silly Friends for a very special Autism Awareness Episode celebrating children of all abilities in an hour long, commercial-free, radio show/podcast. In this week’s episode, Marc shares songs that inspire us to love people for who they are, including a few sneak peaks at songs from his upcoming release, The Best Day Ever. - Encore of Saturday’s broadcast airs Sunday morning from 7-8am and podcast is posted here on Hilltown Families immediately following Sunday’s broadcast. Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcasts anytime. Click here to choose from 6 years of archived shows.

7am – AGRICULTURAL FAIR: The 158th Middlefield Fair takes place this weekend. Live music, rides & games, exhibit hall, museum and many great learning opportunities for all ages! 413-623-6027. 7 Bell Road. Middlefield, MA (>$)

8:30am-9:30am - NATURE STUDIES/LOCAL HISTORY: The Great Falls Discovery Center is hosting a canal-side nature walk.  Participants can gain a deeper understanding of local history and ecology by exploring the Turners Falls Canal and learning about plants, animals, and cultural or industrial history.  413-863-3221.  2 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

9am – COMMUNITY SERVICE: The Broad Brook Coalition needs help clearing Fitzgerald Lake of invasive water chestnut. The Lake must be surveyed and the plants removed by hand. This is a great way for older students to learn about nature, get excited about ecology, and help protect a local natural area. You must bring your own personal flotation device. See here for more information. 413-584-4176. North Farms Road. Florence, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

9am-12noon - PLANT STUDIES: Learn about the amazing world of carnivorous and wetland plants at Bog Pond in the Savoy State Forest with Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center. Wetland plants are unique and you will learn about the ecology of bogs and how/why these plants are able to thrive there while others cannot. To register email aimee@gaiaroots.com. 413-522-1505. 1515 Savoy Hollow Road. Windsor, MA. (FREE)

9:30am-10:30am – INSECT STUDIES: Contribute to Project Native’s Butterfly House by attending a Summer Butterfly and Butterfly Safari! Walk the grounds looking for butterflies, caterpillars, and eggs to relocate to the Butterfly House. Learn more about Lepidoptera by gaining skill in finding and even identifying butterflies and by learning to identify host plants. 413-274-3433. 342 North Plain Road. Housatonic, MA.

9:30am-11am  HISTORY/NATURE STUDIES: Did you that the first female nature guides East of the Rockies worked at Mt. Tom State Reservation?  Come to Mt. Tom to hear about this fascinating history and to learn more about the Reservation.  413-534-1186.  125 Reservation Road.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE)

10am & 3pm – THEATER: Barrington Stage Company presents a production of The Little Mermaid, Jr. at the Berkshire Museum. The production follows the plot of the classic Disney film and has been adapted for a theatrical performance. For each ticket purchased, you can receive $2 off a ticket to the Berkshire Museum! The performance is for children 5 and up. 413-236-8888. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

10am-2pm – ART: Stop by the Clark Art Institute for an all-ages watercolor workshop. Open to people with all skill levels, this workshop helps you learn the art of watercolor painting while translating the natural beauty of the Clark onto paper. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

10am-4pm – HISTORY: Learn about the art of silversmithing and the process of making a sterling silver flatware set for an 18th-century American home with silversmith Steve Smithers at Historic Deerfield.  Smithers will go through the entire process, from research and design to the actual silver work itself.  Free with museum admission.  413-774-5581. 84B Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA.  $

10am-12noon – NATURE STUDIES: Learn about water and ecology at Science in the Parks with science educator Lisa Provencher! This a great chance for kids to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) during the summer months. Students will have the opportunity to collect water samples and run pH tests, identify aquatic plants, and look for insects and amphibians. This program also teaches the importance of environmental stewardship and the value of local parks. 413-499-0692. 200 West Union Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

10am-10pm – CULTURAL STUDIES/NATIVE AMERICAN: Celebrate and learn about Native American traditions and history at the Rock, Rattle, and Drum Pow Wow. The event is an explosion of Native American culture – families can listen to drumming, try out traditional foods, learn about the creation of arts and crafts such as pottery and beaded items, participate in community dances, and more! Takes place at the Adams Agricultural Fairgrounds. 413-443-2481. Adams, MA. (>$)

10am-10pm – FESTIVAL/LOCAL FOOD: Today is the 10th annual West Stockbridge Zucchini Festival!  There will be a pet show and parade, zucchini car races, a best zucchini costume contest, games, face-painting, crafts, a petting zoo, live music, food, and loads of other zucchini-related activities.  There will also be performances by David Grover, Terry a la Berry, and the drummers of the Berkshire Bateria.  This zucchini-centric event is not to be missed!  Takes place in town center.  Route 41 & Route 102.  West Stockbridge, MA.  (FREE)

10:30am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Join teaching artist Linda Peck for Cirque Fantasie, an exciting performance consisting of theater, circus, illusion, tightrope, and balloon animals.  Children of all ages will enjoy this exciting and unique performance.  413-532-3600.  Route 47 & Route 116.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

10:30am-12noon – NATURE SCIENCE: Take a closer look at one of our local watersheds at the Great Falls Discovery Center’s, “Watershed Investigators,” a special family program where kids can learn new ways to look at and understand the world around them using games, crafts, exploration, etc. Designed to best fit students in grades 2-5, but all ages are welcome.  413-863-3221.  2 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

10:30am-12noon – CULINARY ARTS: Chandler’s Restaurant offers a Kids Cooking class for families to explore the art of cooking, proper use of kitchen tools, and raw ingredients that go into delicious dishes! A brief tour of their professional kitchen follow the class. Great way to introduce children to the world of culinary arts! Space is limited, reservations are required 413-665-1277. 25 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA ($$)

11am-12:30pm – HISTORY: Join Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center for “Dynamite, Whiskey, and Wood: Logging Tales On Board the Quinnetukut” with Ed and Libby Klekowski.  During a CT river cruise, the Klekowskis will tell stories about the history of logging in the Northeast, specifically in and around the Connecticut River in the late-1800s and early-1900s.  This education cruise is best for students 16 and up with an interest in local history.  Free with Quinnetukut Riverboat ticket.  Please pre-register.  800-859-2960.  99 Millers Falls Road.  Northfield, MA.  $$

11am – THEATER: The Berkshire Theatre Group presents Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories. Kipling’s stories answer questions like, “how did the leopard get its spots?” with witty and whimsical answers sure to entertain audience members of all ages. The show takes place outside on the Neil Ellenoff Stage. See here for the full schedule and list of showtimes. 413-298-5576. 6 East Street. Stockbridge, MA. $$

11am-1pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Learn about slime and oobleck (of Dr. Seuss’ Bartholomew and the Oobleck) at the Zoo in Forest Park!  Kids can make their own slime and play with other gooey things.  413-733-2251.  302 Sumner Avenue.  Springfield, MA.

11am-2pm: CULTURAL STUDIES: The Whitney Center for the Arts will host a community Eid celebration. Eid-ul-Fitr, also called the Sweet Festival, is a three day long festival that celebrates the end of Ramadan, which this year ends on August 8th or 9th, depending on the sighting of the moon. Traditionally Eid a day when friends and families gather, sweet dishes are served, music is performed and gifts are given. For this community celebration in Pittsfield, families can enjoy Middle Eastern fare, learn about Mehndi, or henna, and discover more about this important Muslim holiday. The celebration is free and open to the public, but it is requested that families RSVP: 413-499-9348. 42 Wendell Avenue Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

12noon & 1pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Visit Williamstown’s Field Farm for a tour of the Folly House, an example of post-modernist architecture surrounded by fields, woods, and wetlands, as well as both the Berkshire and Taconic mountain ranges. This is a chance to see interesting natural areas as well as a unique historic home. 413-684-0148. 554 Sloan Road. Williamstown, MA. $

12noon-1:30pm – NATURE STUDIES: Come to the Mt. Tom State Reservation to discover summer species around the park.  Bring clothes that can get muddy and come prepared to learn about the many different plants and animals that you can observe during the summer!  413-534-1186.  125 Reservation Road.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE) / >$ FOR PARKING

1pm-4pm - NATURE STUDIES: Explore Pine Cobble, Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation’s largest preserve, on a guided interpretive hike.  The preserve totals 380 acres and offers spectacular views, as well as interesting plants and geology.  The hike is moderate to strenuous and leads to a 600-million-year-old cliff overlooking the Berkshires.  This is a wonderful opportunity to explore one of many local natural areas while learning about the unique geology of the region.  413-458-2494.  671 Cold Spring Road.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

1:30pm-2:30pm – SUMMER READING: Celebrate your summer reading accomplishments at the Mason Library’s end of summer reading ice cream social!  You can make your own sundae and celebrate summer with friends and family.  Reservations are required.  413-528-2403.  231 Main Street.  Great Barrington, MA.

2pm-8pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Discover, learn about, and celebrate Turners Falls at the Turners Falls Block Party and Heritage Festival!  The Block Party is a celebration of the many different people in Turners Falls and the unique experiences had by each.  Honor Turners Falls’ ethnic diversity, Native American heritage, art, music, creativity, neighborhoods, canals, and everything else great about Turners Falls!  There will be live music, games, face-painting, street performers, food, and more.  Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

2pm-8pm – ART FESTIVAL: Art Walk Easthampton happens today, with outdoor sculpture, performances, exhibitions, and events throughout town.  The festivities kick off at 2pm at Park Hill Orchard, where sculptures are scattered throughout the landscape.  Art Walk continues in downtown Easthampton with exhibitions and more in the galleries and on the streets.  See the website for a full schedule of events and list of venues.  Downtown.  Easthampton, MA.  

7pm-8:30pm – STORYTIME: Kids ages 5 and up are invited to a special storytime at Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center.  Naturalist Beth Bazler will be there to share nature-based songs and stories, both funny and serious.  Storytime takes place around a campfire and there will be marshmallows.  Kids can connect with the environment through these nature songs and stories.  Please pre-register.  800-859-2960.  99 Millers Falls Road.  Northfield, MA.  (FREE)

7:30pm - FILM STUDIES: Come see Japanese film director, animator, manga artist, producer, and screenwriter, Hayao Miyazaki’s film, My Neighbor Totoro (1988; rated G) at Pothole Pictures.  The animated film follows two young sisters and their adventures with friendly spirits that live in the woods around their home in rural post-war Japan.  Appropriate for all ages.  413-625-2896.  51 Bridge Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  >$

8pm – ASTRONOMY: Explore the night sky from the highest natural point in Massachusetts! Mt. Greylock Public Star Parties provide an opportunity for anyone to observe the night sky using a variety of different telescopes. The summit of Mt. Greylock is an excellent place to view the stars and planets because of its low light pollution and low horizons. Meet at the summit near the War Memorial Tower. 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road. Lanesboro, MA. (FREE)

8:30pm - FILM STUDIES: Join MASS MoCA for a screening of Beasts of the Southern Wild (PG-13), accompanied by a live score composed by Dan Romer.  Romer and the film’s director, Benh Zeitlin, will perform this score with the Wordless Music Orchestra to a special music-less version of the film.  Adults and older students interested in film and/or music would enjoy this special screening.  It is recommended that you get tickets in advance.  413-662-2111.  1040 MASS MoCA Way.  North Adams, MA.  $$

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Sunday, August 11th, 2013

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 6 years of archived shows.

8am – AGRICULTURAL FAIR: The 158th Middlefield Fair takes place this weekend. Live music, rides & games, exhibit hall, museum and many great learning opportunities for all ages! 413-623-6027. 7 Bell Road. Middlefield, MA (>$)

9:30am-11am - ANIMAL STUDIES: Join staff at the Mt. Tom State Reservation for a birding hike around the lake for beginning and intermediate birders.  Practice your birding skills and learn about new species while hiking around the Reservation.  413-534-1186.  125 Reservation Road.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE) / >$ FOR PARKING

10am-6pm – CULTURAL STUDIES/NATIVE AMERICAN: Celebrate and learn about Native American traditions and history at the Rock, Rattle, and Drum Pow Wow. The event is an explosion of Native American culture – families can listen to drumming, try out traditional foods, learn about the creation of arts and crafts such as pottery and beaded items, participate in community dances, and more! Takes place at the Adams Agricultural Fairgrounds. 413-443-2481. Adams, MA. (>$)

11am-1pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Learn about the many unique senses and defenses of different animals at the Zoo in Forest Park!  Those who attend the workshop will learn a lot about animal behavior, especially as it relates to certain animals that live at the zoo.  413-733-2251.  302 Sumner Avenue.  Springfield, MA.

11am-3pm – FESTIVAL/LOCAL FOOD: Whitney’s Farm Market’s 4th Annual Corn Fest features a corn shucking contest, corn eating contest, corn sack race, corn sampling, a petting zoo, and more!  This yearly celebration of local farms and corn is fun for the whole family.  413-442-4749.  1775 South State Road.  Cheshire, MA.  (FREE)

12noon-1:30pm - NATURE STUDIES: Mt. Tom State Reservation’s Bray Lake is a great place to observe wildlife!  Come to Life Around the Lake to learn about the different wildlife in and around the lake and to see what creatures you’re able to spot.  413-534-1186.  125 Reservation Road.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE) / >$ FOR PARKING

1pm – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Nutshell Playhouse presents a special performance – Nutshellapalooza!  There will be music, puppets, clowns, stories, pirates, and more!  Kids of all ages are welcome to enjoy this imaginative show.  Takes place at the Bascom Lodge.  413-743-1591.  30 Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA.

1-3pm – NATURE STUDIES/CRAFTS: Magic Wings is an excellent retreat on a rainy day, or the perfect supplement to nature studies involving pollinators & butterflies. Younger kids will enjoy their craft events that happen every Sunday afternoon through the end of August. Pair it with a trip to see the Springfield Museums’ Amazing Butterflies exhibit and a review of our post Monarch Butterflies: The Life & Science for a well-rounded educational experience for all ages. You might even be able to check out a free museum pass to both Magic Wings and the Springfield Museums from one of our local libraries. 413-665-2805. 281 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA ($)

2pm – THEATER: The Berkshire Theatre Group presents Peter Pan at the Colonial Theatre.  The classic musical about pirates, fairies, and lost boys stars children and adults from the local community.  Peter Pan is the Berkshire Theatre Group’s 8th annual Children’s Production and is sure to be popular, so it is recommended that you purchase tickets in advance.  More information, tickets, and showtimes can be found here.  413-997-4444.  111 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  $$

2pm & 6:30pm- THEATER: The Majestic Children’s Theater is putting on a production of Tiny Thumbelina. Kids will enjoy this classic story and maybe even be inspired to start acting themselves! Registration is recommended. 413-747-7797. 131 Elm Street. West Springfield, MA. $

2pm-4pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Buckland Historical Society is holding two open houses today!  The Buckland Historical Society Museum (20 Upper Street), which is in an old school house and now contains artifacts and town records, will be open to visitors.  The Wilder Homestead (129 Route 112) will also be open.  The Homestead has a furnished 1775 saltbox with five fireplaces, a 1779 English barn with an antique loom, and a shoemaker shop.  Visitors to the houses can learn about Colonial architecture and the history of Buckland by seeing the old houses and examining the documents and collections in the Museums.  413-625-9763.  Buckland, MA. (FREE)

3pm – ART HISTORY: Norwegian artist Edvard Munch was born 150 years ago, and to celebrate, the National Museum and the Munch Museum, both in Oslo, have created Munch 150, an onscreen tour of Munch’s work.  Munch 150 takes you behind the scenes of the exhibition to see how it was put together.  This once-in-a-lifetime show allows you to see Munch’s most famous works up close on the big screen.  The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is screening the film, along with a question and answer session.  Please purchase tickets in advance.  413-458-0524.  225 South Street.  Williamstown, MA.  ($$)

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Monday, August 12th, 2013

9:30am-11am - ANIMAL STUDIES: Join staff at the Mt. Tom State Reservation for a birding hike around the lake for beginning and intermediate birders.  Practice your birding skills and learn about new species while hiking around the Reservation.  413-534-1186.  125 Reservation Road.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE) / >$ FOR PARKING

10am, 1pm, & 6:30pm- THEATER: The Majestic Children’s Theater is putting on a production of Tiny Thumbelina. Kids will enjoy this classic story and maybe even be inspired to start acting themselves! Registration is recommended. 413-747-7797. 131 Elm Street. West Springfield, MA. $

1pm-2:30pm - NATURE STUDIES: Mt. Tom State Reservation’s Bray Lake is a great place to observe wildlife!  Come to Life Around the Lake to learn about the different wildlife in and around the lake and to see what creatures you’re able to spot.  413-534-1186.  125 Reservation Road.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE) / >$ FOR PARKING

2pm & 7pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: The Berkshire Museum is screening The Bling Ring (2013; rated R).  The film, directed by Sofia Coppola, is based on the true story of a group of teenagers who robbed the homes of celebrities.  The film was a success at the box office earlier this summer and this screening is an opportunity to see it on the big screen one last time.  413-443-7171.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  $  

3:30pm-5pm – KARAOKE: Teens participating in the Beneath the Surface summer reading program are invited to a karaoke and pizza party at Central Library!  Dress up in costumes and spend time with friends while expressing yourself through music.  413-263-6828 x425.  220 State Street.  Springfield, MA.

4pm – SUMMER READING: Celebrate the end of summer reading at the Westfield Athenaeum’s ice cream party for kids ages 3 through 5th grade.  Enjoy ice cream while celebrating your summer reading accomplishments.  Registration is required.  413-568-7833.  6 Elm Street.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

6:30pm: FOOD HISTORY: Do you love food, Shakespeare, and movies?  The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center presents food historian Francine Segan, who will present her lecture “Shakespeare’s Kitchen,” to be followed by a screening of Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet (1968; rated PG).  The lecture focuses on the many food-related traditions present during Shakespeare’s time.  This event may also be appropriate for older students interested in food studies, anthropology, Shakespeare, and/or film.  413-528-0100.  14 Castle Street.  Great Barrington, MA.  $$

7pm – THEATER: The Berkshire Theatre Group presents Peter Pan at the Colonial Theatre.  The classic musical about pirates, fairies, and lost boys stars children and adults from the local community.  Peter Pan is the Berkshire Theatre Group’s 8th annual Children’s Production and is sure to be popular, so it is recommended that you purchase tickets in advance.  More information, tickets, and showtimes can be found here.  413-997-4444.  111 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  $$

7pm – LAWN CONCERT: Monday Night Concerts at the Tilton Library are a great chance to have an exciting family dinner – bring chairs, a blanket, pack a picnic, and bring the whole family! This week’s performer is Wooden Ships. 413-665-4683. 75 North Main Street. South Deerfield, MA.

ONGOING FOR MONDAY (To add your ongoing event/activity here, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com)

  • 9am-noon; 1pm-4pm - KIDS ACTIVITIES: The Pittsfield Parks and Recreation Department provides drop-in activities for kids Monday through Friday until August 16. Children can come to Pitt, Clapp, or Deming Parks for supervised sports, games, crafts, and nature activities. Please note that this is not a substitute for camp or childcare. 413-499-9370. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am & 2pm – MUSEUM STUDIES: For the months of July and August, older students and adults interested in learning more about the Clark Art Institute are invited to daily Clark Talks. Learn about the permanent collection, special exhibits, the future of the museum, and more. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
  • 12noon-4:30pm – ART: Visit Historic Deerfield and stop by their daily folk art studio! Explore folk art throughout the village and then make your own art in the studio. Folk art is interesting because it is created by incredibly creative and imaginative, yet untrained, people. Because it is made by ordinary people, it is an excellent way to look into the past and gain a deeper understanding of everyday activities in historic New England. Runs until August 18. 413-774-5581. 84B Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. $
  • 1pm-5pm - MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum has extended their hours for the months of July and August to include Mondays from 1pm-5pm! Stop by the museum and learn about historical trolleys, play with trains, examine trolley-related photos and artifacts, and even ride in one of the Museum’s old trains. 413-625-9443. 14 Depot Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. >$
  • 2pm-4pm – FAMILY MOVIE: Join the The Westfield Athenaeum for popcorn and a family movie. Runs through 8/5. 413-562-6158 x5. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 3pm – FILM STUDIES: The Clark Art Institute is holding a film series entitled “Homericana: Films of the Artist’s Times and Places” as part of their Winslow Homer exhibit. Alternating each week, the Clark will screen a film set in Homer’s era or an in-depth documentary on the artist’s life. The screenings run every Monday until August 26. For a full list of the dates and films, please see the museum’s calendar. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
  • 7pm – KNITTING: The Westhampton Library has an open knitting group every Monday evening. Come and learn to knit or if you already know how, come knit with others! All are welcome. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 7:30pm – CESAREAN SUPPORT: International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) will provide mother-to-mother support on the fourth Monday of each month at Grow. These support meetings are to support cesarean recovering, offer info on VBAC’s, and refer mother’s to additional support. 413-341-6882. 3rd Floor, Thornes Market. Northampton, MA (FREE)
  • 7:30pm-9pm – LOCAL HISTORY: You may know about Edith Wharton’s home, the Mount, but did you know that it’s considered to be haunted? Come see for yourself on one of the Mount’s ghost tours. The tour will take you through the stables and the main house, where you will learn about and even witness the property’s haunted creaks and footsteps. Please see website for more information and to buy tickets. Runs every Monday until the end of August. Not recommended for children under 12. 413-551-5100. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. $$

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Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

10am & 1pm- THEATER: The Majestic Children’s Theater is putting on a production of Tiny Thumbelina. Kids will enjoy this classic story and maybe even be inspired to start acting themselves! Registration is recommended. 413-747-7797. 131 Elm Street. West Springfield, MA. $

10am – KIDS PERFORMANCE: Ed Popielarczyk will perform an interactive show for the whole family at Look Park’s Pines Theater. He combines magic, comedy, and more to engage kids and adults and keep everyone laughing. 413-584-5457. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA. >$

10am-12noon – GARDENING: Kids ages 3 and up can learn all about gardening at the Brick House Summer Workshop Series.  They will learn to plant, care for, and harvest vegetables at the Brick House garden.  Please register.  24 3rd Street.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

10:30am-11:30am – NATURE STUDIES: Children ages 3-6 and their parents are invited to the Great Falls Discovery Center’s Kidleidoscope event!  Kidleidoscope focuses on teaching young children about the natural world using the theme “we share our home.”  Activities include stories, interactive games, and crafts.  413-863-3221.  2 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

11am – KIDS CONCERT: Dance, laugh, and sing with Terry A La Berry and Friends at the Lenox Library’s Roche Reading Park! The band will play classic kids songs, folk tunes, and Terry’s own original songs. Kids of all ages (and their parents) are welcome to participate in the fun and even request songs! 413-637-0197 x105. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

1pm – THEATER: Join the Berkshire Athenaeum for a special performance of Nicholas Nickleby by the Hampstead Stage Company.  The performance is an adaptation of the novel by Charles Dickens, which is about a young teacher who becomes separated from his family.  He discovers his love of theater and rises above his poverty in order to reunite with his family.  Hampstead Stage Company aims to bring literature alive through theater to motivate people to read the classics.  The performance is best for kids ages 5 and up, who can gain a greater love for stories, literature, and theater through this performance.  413-499-9480.  1 Wendell Avenue.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

2pm-4pm – KARAOKE: Teens participating in the Beneath the Surface summer reading program are invited to a karaoke and pizza party at Forest Park Library!  Dress up in costumes and spend time with friends while expressing yourself through music.  413-263-6843.  380 Belmont Avenue.  Springfield, MA.

6-7:30pm – SUSTAINABILITY: Heirloom Seed Workshop. Prepare for next year’s growing season while teaching your children the value of planning ahead! Local farmer Daniel Staub will lead the workshop which will launch the Springfield Seed Library. Seeds will be shared with workshop participants and also next year with other gardeners.  413-263-6858. Sixteen Acres Branch Library. 1187 Parker Street. Springfield, MA (FREE) 

6:30pm – CONCERT: Musical Moments at Amelia’s Garden, the Amelia Park Ice Arena summer concert series, presents Richie Mitnick and the Sound of Music Singers, who will be playing some favorite songs. This concert is fun for the whole family – bring lawn chairs, pack a picnic dinner, and enjoy the sunset while listening to great music. 413-568-2503. 21 South Broad Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

7pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Tonight is the Berkshire Museum’s PechaKucha night.  PechaKucha is a presentation format invented by an architecture firm in Japan and limits presenters to twenty slides, each twenty seconds long.  The 20×20 format helps presenters talk more concisely and for a shorter amount of time, so no audience members lose interest.  The format also helps to stimulate creative thinking.  Adults are invited to present at PechaKucha night or just watch others give their talks.  Free beer will be provided by Wandering Star Craft Brewery.  413-443-7171.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  >$

7pm-8pm – SUMMER READING: Kids ages 12-17 can come to Jones Library for a summer reading club party to celebrate their summer reading accomplishments and the end of summer reading!  413-259-3090.  43 Amity Street.  Amherst, MA.

7:30pm – BASEBALL/FILM STUDIES: Amherst Cinema is screening Rare Films from the Baseball Hall of Fame, including a 1945 Look Magazine shoot for Jackie Robinson, early baseball films from 1898, vintage commercials, and more.  David Filipi of the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, OH assembled the film and will give a live introduction at Amherst Cinema.  The film is great for baseball fans, movie-lovers, and those who want to learn more about the history of baseball.  It is recommended that you purchase tickets in advance.  413-253-2547.  28 Amity Street.  Amherst, MA.  $$

ONGOING FOR TUESDAYS (The season is changing and we are updating our list with ongoing summer activities! To add your ongoing event/activity here, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com)

  • 8:30am-8pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: The Westfield Athenaeum will have a free arts and crafts table open to children of all ages. A special craft will be available for kids to make at the library or take home to complete. Runs every Tuesday through 8/6. 413-562-6158 x5. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Every Tuesday and Thursday until August 15, the Amherst Family Center has a drop-in play room for kids 5 and younger. There will be activities and snack time for kids, parents, and grandparents. 413-256-1145. 16 Spring Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-11am - SUPPORT GROUP: Grandparents of all ages and backgrounds are invited to the Amherst Family Center’s Grandparent Mentor Time. Discuss issues relating to grandparenting and talk with other grandparents. Every Tuesday and Thursday until August 15. 413-256-1145. 16 Spring Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-noon; 1pm-4pm – KIDS ACTIVITIES: The Pittsfield Parks and Recreation Department provides drop-in activities for kids Monday through Friday until August 16. Children can come to Pitt, Clapp, or Deming Parks for supervised sports, games, crafts, and nature activities. Please note that this is not a substitute for camp or childcare. 413-499-9370. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – ART: Every Tuesday until the end of August, kids ages 7 and up can participate in an on-location drawing and painting class at the Norman Rockwell Museum. Children are encouraged to be creative and experiment with different styles of drawing and painting. Please bring your own sketchbook or drawing pad. Classes take place outdoors. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. >$
  • 10am-2pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Drop by the West Springfield Public Library for “Make-It/Take-It” craft day. Kids can do a fun craft to take home. Runs through the summer as part of the summer reading program. 413-736-4561 x3. 200 Park Street. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-11:45am – MUSIC: As part of their Summer Spectacular, the Springfield Museums will have a singing circle for kids 5 and under. Kids can participate in movement and dance, sing new songs, and try out instruments. Every Tuesday and Thursday until August 15. See here for the full schedule. Free with museum admission. 413-263-6800 x488. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. $$
  • 11am & 2pm - MUSEUM STUDIES: For the months of July and August, older students and adults interested in learning more about the Clark Art Institute are invited to daily Clark Talks. Learn about the permanent collection, special exhibits, the future of the museum, and more. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
  • 12noon-4:30pm – ART: Visit Historic Deerfield and stop by their daily folk art studio! Explore folk art throughout the village and then make your own art in the studio. Folk art is interesting because it is created by incredibly creative and imaginative, yet untrained, people. Because it is made by ordinary people, it is an excellent way to look into the past and gain a deeper understanding of everyday activities in historic New England. Runs until August 18. 413-774-5581. 84B Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. $
  • 1pm – ORIGAMI: Learn some new paper folding skills and techniques at the Berkshire Museum! Held in conjunction with the museum’s PaperWorks exhibit, the event will feature new projects each week in July & August. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE with museum admission)
  • 6pm-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Enjoy outdoor music and dinner with family and friends at Noel Park behind the Steeplecats field.  North Adams’ Party in the Park features live music and a variety of food vendors, so you can pack your own picnic or get food at the show.  Runs through the end of August.  413-664-6180.  State Street.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE)
  • 8pm – ASTRONOMY: The Milham Planetarium at Williams College will be open to the public for a planetarium show every Tuesday beginning July 9th until August 13th. You can learn about the motions of the planets, the phases of the moon, comets, and much more! Reservations recommended. 413-597-2188. 829 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

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Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

10am & 1pm- THEATER: The Majestic Children’s Theater is putting on a production of Tiny Thumbelina. Kids will enjoy this classic story and maybe even be inspired to start acting themselves! Registration is recommended. 413-747-7797. 131 Elm Street. West Springfield, MA. $

10am – FAMILY MOVIE: Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse has $1 movies for kids and adults, all rated G or PG. This week’s movie is Alvin & The Chipmunks. Buy tickets to all ten movies in advance for $5 or spend $1 on each individual movie. 1-800-326-3264. 327 Russell Street. Hadley, MA. >$

10am – READING: The Westfield Athenaeum is hosting a Read to Rover event for kids in grades K-3.  Young readers can practice reading stories aloud to specially-trained dogs, who offer non-judgmental, non-threatening attention.  This is a wonderful opportunity for kids to improve their reading skills and their confidence in reading aloud.  Please register in advance.  413-568-7833.  6 Elm Street.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

11am – STORYTIME: Join the East Longmeadow Public Library for storytime, activities, and treats at Center Hill Park.  This week’s storytime is a teddy bear picnic, so be sure to bring a favorite stuffed animal!  413-525-5400 x1511.  35 School Street.  East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

12noon-1pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Want to learn more about your favorite zoo animals? Forest Park Zoo’s “Zoo on the Go” program is coming to Stanley Park! Kids of all ages can get up close to the animals while learning about their native habitats, eating habits, and behavior. 413-568-9312. 400 Western Avenue. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

3-4pm: GEOLOGY: Mineral Mania with Mad Science at S. White Dickinson Memorial Library. This workshop is for young children and offers an introduction to geology, including an understanding of the geological formation processes, classification systems, identification methods, and physical properties of rocks and minerals. Hands-on activities encourage students to interact with the concepts presented. 413-665-2170. 202 Chestnut Plain Road. Whately, MA (FREE)

3pm-4:30pm – SUMMER READING/DANCE: Kids ages 10 and up participating in the Beneath the Surface summer reading program at the West Springfield Public Library are invited to an afternoon summer reading dance party.  413-736-4561 x3.  200 Park Street.  West Springfield, MA.

3pm-4:30pm – KARAOKE: Teens participating in the Beneath the Surface summer reading program are invited to a karaoke and pizza party at Indian Orchard Library!  Dress up in costumes and spend time with friends while expressing yourself through music.  413-263-6846.  44 Oak Street.  Springfield, MA.

5:30pm-9pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: This is the 17th year of North Adams’ Annual Downtown Celebration.  Organizations and businesses will give out information and hold contests, bands will play live music, and vendors will provide delicious food.  There will also be other family-friendly activities.  This is a great way to explore North Adams!  413-664-6180.  Main, Eagle, Holden, and northern Ashland Streets.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE)

6pm-7:30pm – ORNITHOLOGY: Join the Swift River Valley Historical Society and Tom Ricardi for an exciting and educational birds of prey show!  Ricardi will bring several birds to introduce you to and will teach all about their behaviors and lives.  Birds of prey programs are a good way to learn about predatory birds up close, many of whom you might not otherwise get to see!  Kids can see the show for free, but there is a suggested donation (>$) for adults and families.  978-544-6882.  40 Elm Street.  New Salem, MA.  >$

6pm – CONCERT/MUSIC STUDIES: The Berkshire Highlanders are Berkshire County’s only pipe and drum band.  They perform throughout the region and on the summit of Mt. Greylock each summer.  See their exciting performance atop Mt. Greylock at the Bascom Lodge.  The group will be wearing traditional attire and will entertain audiences with their bagpipe music.  413-743-1591.  30 Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA.  

6pm – SUMMER READING: Join the Wheeler Library for an ice cream sundae celebration for those who have completed their summer reading logs.  There will be certificates, prizes, magic, and of course, ice cream!  Registration is required.  978-544-2495.  49 East Main Street.  Orange, MA.

6pm-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Bring a blanket and enjoy live music at Burbank Park on the beautiful Onota Lake at Pittsfield’s Live on the Lake concert series. This is a great chance to have fun with the whole family while enjoying a picnic dinner and listening to different types of live music. 413-499-3333. Valentine Road. Pittsfield, MA.

ONGOING FOR WEDNESDAYS (The season is changing and we are updating our list with ongoing summer activities! To add your ongoing event/activity here, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com)

  • 9am – HIKING: Mount Greylock State Reservation’s Nice and Easy Hikes are geared toward seniors but are open to all ages. Great opportunity for grandparents to take their grandkids on a morning adventure! Explore the Reservation while learning about things like plants, animals, and natural history. Call for meeting place info. 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Come to Groff Park for outdoor playtime with your child, sponsored by the Amherst Family Center. There will be toys and snack food for all. Every Wednesday until August 15. 413-256-1145. Mill Lane. Amherst, MA.
  • 9am-11am – ART: MASS MoCA is holding Boredom Buster art classes for kids ages 5-12 in conjunction with Kidspace’s Words and Images project.  Each week will focus on a different word to get kids’ minds off the thought of boredom!  Example words include gooey, magical, windy, and others.  Runs every Wednesday and Friday until August 16.  413-662-2111.  1040 MASS MoCA Way.  North Adams, MA.  $
  • 9am-noon; 1pm-4pm - KIDS ACTIVITIES: The Pittsfield Parks and Recreation Department provides drop-in activities for kids Monday through Friday until August 16. Children can come to Pitt, Clapp, or Deming Parks for supervised sports, games, crafts, and nature activities. Please note that this is not a substitute for camp or childcare. 413-499-9370. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Cummington Family Center’s weekly playgroup for kids 5 and under at Pettinghill Park. Drop-in for stories, games, songs, and more. Main Street. Cummington, MA.
  • 10am – STORYTIME: The Arms Library is holding a Dig Into Reading storytime for kids, featuring stories, crafts, summer reading logs, and a snack.  Runs every Wednesday until August 14.  413-625-0306.  Main Street & Bridge Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.
  • 10am – KNITTING: Every Wednesday until the end of the summer, you can stop by Dickinson Memorial Library for an intergenerational knitting and/or other handiwork group. Young knitters can come and learn skills from older knitters and exercise creativity. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am - MUSEUM ADVENTURES/ART: Explore the Norman Rockwell Museum and create art with your child (age 4 and up) at this weekly parent-child program. Wander the galleries, teach your child about art, and then make some of your own by collaborating with your child on an art piece! Runs every week through August 30. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. $
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Preschoolers and their caregivers can come to storytime at the Dickinson Memorial Library every Wednesday for stories, music, movement, and crafts. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA.
  • 11am & 2pm – MUSEUM STUDIES: For the months of July and August, older students and adults interested in learning more about the Clark Art Institute are invited to daily Clark Talks. Learn about the permanent collection, special exhibits, the future of the museum, and more. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
  • 12noon-4:30pm – ART: Visit Historic Deerfield and stop by their daily folk art studio! Explore folk art throughout the village and then make your own art in the studio. Folk art is interesting because it is created by incredibly creative and imaginative, yet untrained, people. Because it is made by ordinary people, it is an excellent way to look into the past and gain a deeper understanding of everyday activities in historic New England. Runs until August 18. 413-774-5581. 84B Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. $
  • 1pm - CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: As part of their Summer Spectacular, the Springfield Museums will have a children’s performance every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday until August 16. Performances include puppets, marionettes, juggling, magic, stories, music, animal shows, and more! See here for the full schedule. Free with museum admission. 413-263-6800 x488. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. $$
  • 4-6PM – ENTREPRENEUR: Do your kids like to create jewelry, are they growing their own gardens, do they like to bake or preserve the summer harvest? The Kids’ Market is a venue for kids sell their creations or to provide a service (face-painting, fortune telling, etc.). Held in the parking lot in front of the Ashfield Hardware Store under tents, kids can bring their own tables, set up, and sell/barter with one another and visitors to the market. Happens every Wednesday through the end of August. 413-628-3299. 343 Main Street. Ashfield, MA (FREE)
  • 6:15pm – DANCE/CULTURAL STUDIES: Experience many unique styles of dance and learn about different cultures at the Inside/Out performances at Jacob’s Pillow. Inside/Out features different dancers and performance artists from throughout the world, all of whom will engage the audience in exciting choreography, music, and cultural experiences. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: Enjoy live music and time with family and friends at the beautiful Windsor Lake for their summer concert series. Food will be available for purchase, but you are also welcome to pack a picnic. Swimming, fishing, kayaking, and canoeing are allowed during the concert, so go for a dip or catch some fish while enjoying live music! 413-664-6180. Bradley Street & Kemp Avenue. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 7:30pm-10:30pm – DANCE: Beginners and people of all skill levels can come dance the night away at Downtown Amherst Contra! This is a great way to have fun and meet new people in a low-pressure environment. Beginners can show up at 7 for a learning session. Best for older students and adults. Every Wednesday except the second Wednesday of each month. 99 Main Street. Amherst, MA. $

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Thursday, August 15th, 2013

10:30am-11:30am – MAGIC: Come to the Worthington Library for a magic and comedy show by Ed Popielarczyk.  Kids of all ages will enjoy this entertaining show.  413-238-5565.  1 Huntington Road.  Worthington, MA.

11am & 1pm – PHYSICS: Boston Museum of Science’s traveling program “Rockets: There and Back Again” is coming to the Lenox Library. Kids will learn all about rockets and even get the chance to make their own! For kids 5 and up. Registration is required. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA.

3pm-4:30pm – KARAOKE: Teens participating in the Beneath the Surface summer reading program are invited to a karaoke and pizza party at Brightwood Library!  Dress up in costumes and spend time with friends while expressing yourself through music.  413-263-6805.  359 Plainfield Street.  Springfield, MA.

5-8pm – COMMUNITY: Upstreet Pittsfield’s family friendly street festival, 3rd.Thursdays, returns for its 7th year!  This Thursday’s theme is Weird Science, celebrating all things science related.  Come out and enjoy this family-friendly community festival, filled with food, fun, activities, and more.  413-499-9348. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

5pm-8pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: As part of Pittsfield’s 3rd.Thursdays event, the Berkshire Museum will be open to Berkshire residents for free.  This is a great chance to explore all the museum has to offer.  413-443-7171.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

6pm-8pm - NATURE STUDIES/CITIZEN SCIENCE: Hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) is an insect that survives by feeding on hemlock trees.  HWA is extremely damaging to hemlocks and is already responsible for the deaths of many of these trees.  Learn about the impact of this invasive insect and how you can help at Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center.  This introductory citizen science program will teach you how to monitor hemlock tree growth and the presence of HWA.  The data will then be sent to the Harvard Forest for analysis.  Citizen science programs allow people to participate in scientific studies and research on a volunteer basis.  Programs like this instill in kids the benefits of volunteering and a love for science and nature.  This program is best for students ages 7 and up.  Please pre-register.  800-859-2960.  99 Millers Falls Road.  Northfield, MA.  (FREE)

6pm-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Coop Concerts Summer Concert Series takes place weekly at Greenfield Energy Park. This week’s show features Bruce Colegrove and Devlin Miles. Bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic dinner with family and friends while listening to exciting live music. 50 Miles Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT:  Westhampton Public Library’s Field of Dreams summer concert series continues tonight with a performance by Acoustic Brew. Bring a picnic dinner and relax on the lawn behind the library while hearing great live music.  413-527-5386.  1 North Road.  Westhampton, MA.

7pm – THEATER: The Berkshire Theatre Group presents Peter Pan at the Colonial Theatre.  The classic musical about pirates, fairies, and lost boys stars children and adults from the local community.  Peter Pan is the Berkshire Theatre Group’s 8th annual Children’s Production and is sure to be popular, so it is recommended that you purchase tickets in advance.  More information, tickets, and showtimes can be found here.  413-997-4444.  111 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  $$

ONGOING FOR THURSDAYS (The season is changing and we are updating our list with ongoing summer activities! To add your ongoing event/activity here, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com)

  • 9am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Every Tuesday and Thursday until August 15, the Amherst Family Center has a drop-in play room for kids 5 and younger. There will be activities and snack time for kids, parents, and grandparents. 413-256-1145. 16 Spring Street. Amherst, MA.
  • 9am-11am – SUPPORT GROUP: Grandparents of all ages and backgrounds are invited to the Amherst Family Center’s Grandparent Mentor Time. Discuss issues relating to grandparenting and talk with other grandparents. Every Tuesday and Thursday until August 15. 413-256-1145. 16 Spring Street. Amherst, MA.
  • 9am-noon; 1pm-4pm – KIDS ACTIVITIES: The Pittsfield Parks and Recreation Department provides drop-in activities for kids Monday through Friday until August 16. Children can come to Pitt, Clapp, or Deming Parks for supervised sports, games, crafts, and nature activities. Please note that this is not a substitute for camp or childcare. 413-499-9370. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:45am-10:45am – ARTS & CRAFTS: The Amelia Park Children’s Museum offers weekly arts and crafts activities for kids. The theme changes each week, but the activity is always fun, educational, and often connected to other things at the museum. 413-572-4014. 29 South Broad Street. Westfield, MA.
  • 10am – MUSIC & MOVEMENT: The Carnegie Library hosts a weekly music and movement series with Tom Carroll & Laurie Davidson for young children of all ages & their caregivers every Thursday through August 29. 413-863-3214. 201 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA (FREE)
  • 10am-7:30pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts and the Springfield Science Museum have extended their Thursday hours until 7:30pm for the summer! The Blake House Cafe will also be open late. Discounted admission after 5pm. 1-800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. $$
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Preschool story hour at the Hatfield Public Library includes stories, finger plays, games, music, and arts and crafts. Best for kids between ages 3 and 5, but siblings are welcome. This story hour runs through the summer. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA.
  • 11am-11:45am – MUSIC: As part of their Summer Spectacular, the Springfield Museums will have a singing circle for kids 5 and under. Kids can participate in movement and dance, sing new songs, and try out instruments. Every Tuesday and Thursday until August 15. See here for the full schedule. Free with museum admission. 413-263-6800 x488. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. $$
  • 11am & 2pm – MUSEUM STUDIES: For the months of July and August, older students and adults interested in learning more about the Clark Art Institute are invited to daily Clark Talks. Learn about the permanent collection, special exhibits, the future of the museum, and more. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
  • 12noon-4:30pm – ART: Visit Historic Deerfield and stop by their daily folk art studio! Explore folk art throughout the village and then make your own art in the studio. Folk art is interesting because it is created by incredibly creative and imaginative, yet untrained, people. Because it is made by ordinary people, it is an excellent way to look into the past and gain a deeper understanding of everyday activities in historic New England. Runs until August 18. 413-774-5581. 84B Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. $
  • 1pm – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: As part of their Summer Spectacular, the Springfield Museums will have a children’s performance every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday until August 16. Performances include puppets, marionettes, juggling, magic, stories, music, animal shows, and more! See here for the full schedule. Free with museum admission. 413-263-6800 x488. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. $$
  • 1pm – PHYSICS: Experiment with paper airplanes and learn about basic principles of physics at the Berkshire Museum as part of their PaperWorks exhibit! Each week in July & August, a new plane design will be featured – instructions and materials are provided for families to come and build their own. Test the design to learn what factors affect the plane’s ability to fly. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE with museum admission)
  • 2pm – HISTORY/GARDENING: Enjoy a tour of the Mission House’s Fletcher Steele-designed gardens and learn about their historical significance.  The tour is followed by croquet on Oak Lawn at 3pm.  Every Thursday until September 26.  413-298-3239 x3013.  19 Main Street.  Stockbridge, MA.  >$
  • 2pm-2:45pm – HISTORY: Kids and their families are invited to tour Naumkeag and explore the Gilded Age Mansion’s many rooms through the eyes of those who lived there.  This is a fun way for kids to learn about this historical site!  Runs every Thursday until October 10.  413-298-3239 x3013.  5 Prospect Hill Road.  Stockbridge, MA.  (FREE)
  • 3pm-7pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: The West Stockbridge Farmers’ Market has everything from local food to petting zoos, live music, and games for kids. 413-232-4600. Harris Street. West Stockbridge, MA. MARKET/SALE
  • 5pm-8pm – MUSEUMS: The Mount has extended their Thursday hours until 8pm for the months of July, August, and September. Explore the house and gardens and enjoy food from the Terrace Cafe. 413-551-5100. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. $
  • 6pm-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Enjoy outdoor music and dinner with family and friends at Noel Park behind the Steeplecats field. North Adams’ Party in the Park features live music and a variety of food vendors, so you can pack your own picnic or get food at the show. Runs through the end of August. 413-664-6180. State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm – LAWN CONCERT: Every Thursday until the end of August, there will be free concerts in Williamsburg’s Angel Park. There will be many different musicians and the schedule can be found here. 413-575-9707. Main Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:15pm – DANCE/CULTURAL STUDIES: Experience many unique styles of dance and learn about different cultures at the Inside/Out performances at Jacob’s Pillow. Inside/Out features different dancers and performance artists from throughout the world, all of whom will engage the audience in exciting choreography, music, and cultural experiences. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: Enjoy an outdoor concert for the whole family at the Florence Civic Center’s Music on the Porch event.  Bring a picnic, blankets, and chairs and enjoy live music with family and friends.  Every Thursday until August 29.  90 Park Street.  Florence, MA.  (FREE)
  • 6:30pm-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Huntington’s summer concert series runs throughout the months of July and August. Musical styles include rock, pop, blues, country, jazz, and more! Baked goods will be available for purchase. Bring chairs and blankets and enjoy live music and quality time with family. Route 20 & Route 112. Huntington, MA. (FREE)
  • 8pm – ASTRONOMY: The Milham Planetarium at Williams College will be open to the public for a planetarium show every Tuesday & Thursday until August 13th. You can learn about the motions of the planets, the phases of the moon, comets, and much more! Reservations recommended. 413-597-2188. 829 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

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Friday, August 16th, 2013

10am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Free Fun Friday at the Springfield Museums allows visitors to access all the museums for free! View exhibits relating to local history, science, fine art, and more. Please see the Museums’ website for more information on each museum’s hours. 413-443-7171. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

10:30am – ANIMAL STUDIES: Would you like to see a wolf up close?  The Berkshire Botanical Garden’s Family Fridays offers the opportunity for families to see a presentation by Maggie Howell of the Wolf Conservation Center.  Howell will talk about the natural history of wolves in the United States, why they are important to ecosystem health, and the importance of wolf conservation.  Joining Howell for her presentation is Atka, an ambassador wolf, who you will get to see up close!  Meet in the Education Center.  Free with admission.  413-298-3926.  5 West Stockbridge Road.  Stockbridge, MA.  $

12noon-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: It’s Free Fun Friday at the Berkshire Museum! Explore the museum’s many exhibits, like their PaperWorks exhibition, their permanent collection, dioramas, and their many natural science exhibits, including a unique aquarium. This a rare opportunity to explore this amazing museum for free! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

5pm-11pm – FAIR: The Heath Fair begins today!  There will be live music, bingo, fireworks, tractor pulls, square dancing, animal shows, food, rides, kids’ activities, car shows, magic and more!  The fair runs from 8/16 to 8/18.  A full schedule can be found here.  9 Hosmer Road.  Heath, MA.  $

5:30pm-7:30pm – JEWISH TRADITIONS: Rekindle Shabbat is an organization that aims to “support the joy of celebrating Shabbat together” in communities around Western Massachusetts.  In order to do so, they are hosting “Shabbat Under the Sky,” a family potluck picnic with a musical service and storytelling.  Open to everyone. Bring the whole family and enjoy a community-centered Shabbat dinner.  Event takes place at Green River Swimming and Recreation Area in Greenfield (Nash’s Mill Road) and Look Park in Northampton (Route 9).  Please note there is a parking fee (>$) at Look Park.  413-439-1941.   Greenfield & Northampton, MA. (FREE)

6:30-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Arts in the Park Summer Concert Series happens at Millside Park. Pack a picnic dinner, bring the family, and enjoy an evening of live music outdoors on a Friday evening! 2 Ferry Street. Easthampton, MA (FREE)

7pm – THEATER: The Berkshire Theatre Group presents Peter Pan at the Colonial Theatre.  The classic musical about pirates, fairies, and lost boys stars children and adults from the local community.  Peter Pan is the Berkshire Theatre Group’s 8th annual Children’s Production and is sure to be popular, so it is recommended that you purchase tickets in advance.  More information, tickets, and showtimes can be found here.  413-997-4444.  111 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  $$

8pm – CONCERT: Mucca Pazza describe themselves as a “circus punk marching band” and they are known for their exciting and energetic live performances.  The group will perform at MASS MoCA all weekend and these performances are not to be missed!  413-662-2111.  1040 MASS MoCA Way.  North Adams, MA.  $$

ONGOING FOR FRIDAYS (The season is changing and we are updating our list with ongoing summer activities! To add your ongoing event/activity here, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com)

  • 9am-11am – ART: MASS MoCA is holding Boredom Buster art classes for kids ages 5-12 in conjunction with Kidspace’s Words and Images project.  Each week will focus on a different word to get kids’ minds off the thought of boredom!  Example words include gooey, magical, windy, and others.  Runs every Wednesday and Friday until August 16.  413-662-2111.  1040 MASS MoCA Way.  North Adams, MA.  $
  • 9am-noon; 1pm-4pm – KIDS ACTIVITIES: The Pittsfield Parks and Recreation Department provides drop-in activities for kids Monday through Friday until August 16. Children can come to Pitt, Clapp, or Deming Parks for supervised sports, games, crafts, and nature activities. Please note that this is not a substitute for camp or childcare. 413-499-9370. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Kids up to age 8 can come to Northfield Mountain for a weekly playgroup with a nature theme.  There will be stories, activities, and more.  Runs until August 23.  978-544-5157.  99 Millers Falls Road.  Northfield, MA.  (FREE)
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Preschool-aged children can come to the Stockbridge Library for their weekly outdoor storytime featuring songs, stories, and summer activities. Storytime runs through August. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-8pm – NATURE STUDIES: The Great Falls Discovery Center has extended their summer hours until 8pm. The Center is a great place to learn about the history and ecology of the Connecticut River watershed. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am & 2pm – MUSEUM STUDIES: For the months of July and August, older students and adults interested in learning more about the Clark Art Institute are invited to daily Clark Talks. Learn about the permanent collection, special exhibits, the future of the museum, and more. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
  • 12noon-4:30pm – ART: Visit Historic Deerfield and stop by their daily folk art studio! Explore folk art throughout the village and then make your own art in the studio. Folk art is interesting because it is created by incredibly creative and imaginative, yet untrained, people. Because it is made by ordinary people, it is an excellent way to look into the past and gain a deeper understanding of everyday activities in historic New England. Runs until August 18. 413-774-5581. 84B Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. $
  • 1pm – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: As part of their Summer Spectacular, the Springfield Museums will have a children’s performance every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday until August 16. Performances include puppets, marionettes, juggling, magic, stories, music, animal shows, and more! See here for the full schedule. Free with museum admission. 413-263-6800 x488. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. $$
  • 5pm-7pm – LAWN CONCERT: The Chesterfest Americana Music Series runs every Friday until August 30.  Bring lawn chairs and a blanket and enjoy live bluegrass, folk, and country music on the West Porch of Chesterwood.  Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.  413-298-3579 x25210.  4 Williamsville Road.  Stockbridge, MA.  $
  • 5pm-8pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Enjoy exciting live music, wine, and light fare while spending date night at The Mount’s “Music After Hours” free weekly concerts. Runs every Friday until the end of August. Please see website for more information, including each week’s musical act. 413-551-5100. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm-8pm - LAWN CONCERT: The Northampton Summer Concert Series runs every Friday until August 30 in Pulaski Park.  Enjoy outdoor music and time with family while experiencing downtown Northampton.  See website for lineup and more information.  274 Main Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)
  • 6:15pm – DANCE/CULTURAL STUDIES: Experience many unique styles of dance and learn about different cultures at the Inside/Out performances at Jacob’s Pillow. Inside/Out features different dancers and performance artists from throughout the world, all of whom will engage the audience in exciting choreography, music, and cultural experiences. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)

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