Suggested Events for Jan 28th-Feb 3rd, 2012

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

SUGGEST AN EVENT

Even in mid-winter Western MA families can enjoy fresh local food from nearby farms and weekly winter farmers' markets. This Saturday at Forest Park is the Springfield Winter Fare. From 10am-2pm families can enjoy a lively and diverse farmers' market, free workshops, cooking demos, bartering of canned goods and fun! (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

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Saturday, Jan 28th at 1pm in Hampshire Co. – KIDS’ CONCERT: The Four Story players present, “Peter and the Wolf and Other Stories” at the Eric Carle Museum today! The event is part of the Northampton Community Music Center’s Family Concert Series. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. ($)

Later in the day on Saturday, Jan 28th from 5-7pm also in Hampshire Co. – ANIMAL ADVENTURES: Visit Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary for a puppet show presentation of the story Owl Moon and learn about the owls that live locally. After the show, head outside to look and listen for owls. Call to register. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Road. Easthampton, MA. (<$)

On both Saturday & Sunday, Jan 28th & 29th from 10am-5pm in Hampden Co. – TRAINS: The Amherst Railroad Hobby Show will take place at the Better Living Center at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds (1305 Memorial Ave.). Over 50 model railroad displays in varying scales, vendors, crafts, clinics, and more. If you have kids crazy over trains, here’s 7 acres of railroad mania! 267-4555. West Springfield, MA (>$)

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Push back against the commercialization of Valentine's Day while getting creative with your kids and connecting with your community... sign up to participate in the Hilltown Families 4th Annual Handmade Valentine Swap! Click on the banner to find out more and to sign up! It’s free and open to all families in Western MA.

Saturday, February 4th in Hampshire Co. from 9:30-11am – VALENTINES: Make your own valentines at the Eric Carle Museum’s valentine-making party!  Kids will get to choose of different materials, and if you visit the galleries, they may be inspired by an art style.  413-625-1138.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  (<$)

Saturday, February 4th in Berkshire Co. from 10:30-11:45am – CHINESE NEW YEAR: Learn about Chinese culture and the celebration of Chinese New Year at the Mason Library by doing some themed crafts and activities from 10:30-11:45am!  There will be a variety of  age-appropriate activities for kids ages 12yo and youner.  Then from 11:45am-12:30pm, the library hosts a lunch buffet of good luck noodles and fried rice.  Talk with your children about why different cultures eat different foods and how they incorporate these foods into their holiday celebrations.  RSVP required. 413-528-2403.  231 Main Street.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE)

BULLETIN BOARD

Hilltown Families will host a free informal roundtable discussion for parents, educators and community members interested in a dialogue about creative free play in a commercialized world on Tuesday, February 7th from 6-7:30pm at Cup & Top Cafe in Florence, MA, sponsored by Hilltown Families and the Northampton Public Schools. Click on the banner to find out more!

OPEN HOUSE: Amherst Montessori School will hold an Admissions Open House for Parents, Saturday, February 4, 10AM-12noon. Learn what a Montessori education is all about, and if it is the right choice for your child. By following true Montessori principles, Amherst Montessori School nurtures each child’s spirit by demonstrating respect for others and a celebration of diversity, while offering a competitive academic curriculum. To register for the Open House, please call 413-253-3101. Amherst Montessori School, 27 Pomeroy Lane, Amherst. www.amherstmontessori.org.

OPEN HOUSE: On Sunday, Feb 5th Greenfield Center School will host a Birds of Prey Open House from 1-4pm. Come from 1-2pm to hear Tom Ricardi, Raptor Rehabilitator, talk about his work. See several majestic live birds of prey. From 2-4pm enjoy light snacks and bird-related activities and projects. Dissect an owl pellet, make masks and more. Kindergarten through 5th grade classes will be open for touring. All activities are free. www.centerschool.net. Birds of Prey Open House, K-5th, Sun. Feb. 5, 1-4pm.

KIDS MUSIC CAMP: WinklePicker Mardi Gras Kids Music Camp (for kids age 10-15), Sat. Feb. 18 from 10:30am-2:30 pm at Ashfield Preschool, Ashfield.  Fiddle players, accordion aces & guitar players – learn Cajun technique from Stuart Kenney (Dewey Balfa’s band) and friends. Intermediate-level players, bring your fiddle, accordion or guitar, attend the workshops, then rehearse as “The WinklePickers” and perform at the Mardi Gras Ball with Buckwheat Zydeco (7:00 PM, Ashfield Town Hall)! Pack a bag lunch, WinklePicker will supply beverages. Fee is $25/Student and includes 1 adult ticket admission to the Chris Smither concert and the Buckwheat Zydeco concert and after-party.  Tickets at Elmer’s Store & www.WinklePickerFest.com or call 413-230-0237 to register.

COOKING WORKSHOPS: Three WinklePicker Cajun & Creole Cooking Workshops  Feb. 17, 18, 19 at Elmer’s Store, Ashfield.  New Orleans chef and Food Director at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Michelle Nugent will demonstrate Cajun & Creole cuisine in 3 demo & tasting classes over 3 days.  Learn to make Duck Gumbo, Crawfish Etouffée & Gateau de Sirop; Oysters Rockefeller, Seafood Gumbo, Pecan Fish Muniere & Bananas Foster; or Crabmeat Ravigote, Shrimp Creole, Grillades & Grits & Brandy Milk Punch.  Classes/tastings run 3 hours per session; see website for daily schedule & menu. Capacity is limited; advance registration is strongly recommended.  $65/class; $175 3-classes advance price only. Tickets at Elmer’s Store and www.WinklePickerFest.com.

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DINNER ON US: UMass Amherst and the Amherst Family Center are presenting Dinner On Us, a dinner-and-discussion series for families on Monday, February 6th from 5:30-7:30pm.  The event begins with dinner from 5:30-6, and children’s activities will take place from 5:45-7:30.  Parent discussion will be from 6-7:30.  This week’s topic is building vocabulary and encouraging language development in young learners, and is hosted by Claire Hamilton, a member of the education faculty at UMass.  Takes place in the Student Union Building, Room 428.  413-545-0865.  280 Hicks Way.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE) [CANCELED]

HISTORY: The Berkshire County Homeschool Community hosts a presentation titled, “Cotton and Race in the Making of America” on Thursday, February 9th at 7pm.  The talk, which is best for older students who have some background in American history, will address the connections between the economic growth the the United States saw as a result of the cotton industry and issues of race and the American experience.  Students can learn about topics that are often not addressed in typical studies of American history and the textile industry, and they will learn to make connections between issues of race in modern culture and the issues present during the 19th century.  This event can be paired with a visit to the American Textile History Museum, too, for an even broader study of the importance of the textile industry.  Takes place at Hevreh of Southern Berkshire.  413-528-6378.  270 State Road.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE)


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS:
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Saturday, Jan 28th 2012

“Hilltown Families is a great connector. We run the Tuesday Farmers Market in Northampton and they always send people our way which we totally appreciate. The more kids and families that make it to our market the merrier!” - Oona Coy, Town Farm (Northampton, MA)

Hilltown Family Variety Show6-10am – 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. – Listen to the most recent episodes of the Hilltown Family Variety Show anytime you want. Click here to see our current select of episodes, and be sure to subscribe to the podcast too.

9am-12noon – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE/TRACKING: Learn how to track mammals during the winter today at Northfield Mountain for families with kids ages 8yo and older! Registration required. Indoor and outdoors so dress for cold weather! 800-859-2960. 99 Millers Falls Road. Northfield, MA. (<$) [CANCELED]

9am-2pm – WINTER FARMERS’ MARKET: Winter Farmers’ Market in the basement of Thornes. Food, live music and art. Northampton, MA (MARKET)

9am-4pm – NEW ENGLAND HISTORY: This weekend is Fire and Ice Days at Old Sturbridge Village! Visit the historic village to learn about ice harvesting, once a very profitable and necessary New England industry. Weather permitting, there will be ice harvesting demonstrations and visitors will learn about harvesting techniques, as well as the many uses for the cut ice! Other activities include sleigh rides, sledding, and skating (BYO skates). 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. ($)

9:30-11:30am – FARM ADVENTURE: Explore Red Gate Farm at Family Farm Day today! Learn to look for signs of non-farm animals all over the grounds, and there will be snowshoes available to borrow for a snowshoe trek! 413-625-9503. 4 Norman Road. Buckland, MA. ($)

9:30-11:30am – CPR FOR FAMILIES: Take a CPR course today at the Cummington Community House! Provided by Hilltown Community Health Centers and the Cummington Family Center, the course will teach participants about CPR for people of all ages as well as how to avoid accidents at home. Registration required. 413-238-5511. Main Street. Cummington, MA. (FREE)

♦ 10am-12Noon – STEM PLAYGROUP: Join The Greenfield Family Center for a playgroup with a STEM focus. Kids 6yo and younger and participate in interactive activities around science, technology, engineering and math. 413-475-1553. 90 Federal St. Greenfield, MA (FREE)

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10am-12Noon – OPEN HOUSE: The Hartsbrook School All School Open House, featuring Cricket on the Hearth, Nursery, Kindergarden, Grades 1-8, and  our High School. Meet our faculty, students and alumni, see student work, sit in on a lesson, enjoy refreshments and a Q&A. Learn more about Waldorf education. 193 Bay Road. Hadley, MA (FREE)

10am-1pm – PRESCHOOL FAIR: UMass’ annual preschool resource fair is today! Parents can visit to learn about the many different resources available locally so that they can make the best decision for their child! There will be live entertainment to keep kiddos happy, including Forest Park Zoo’s Zoo On the Go, Celtic dancers, and a juggler/magician. Takes place in the Student Union Ballroom. 413-545-0865. 280 Hicks Way. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

10am-2pm – LOCAL FOOD/WINTER FARE: Enjoy CISA’s Winter Fare at the Springfield Winter Farmers’ Market! The usual market will be taking place, along with special workshops, skillshares, and family fun! Takes place in the old Monkey House at the Forest Park Zoo. 302 Sumner Avenue. Springfield, MA. (MARKET)

10am-2pm – WINTER FARMERS’ MARKET: Visit the Amherst Winter Market at Amherst Middle School . 170 Chestnut St. Amherst, MA. (MARKET)

10am-5pm – TRAINS: The Amherst Railroad Hobby Show will take place at the Better Living Center at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds (1305 Memorial Ave.). Over 50 model railroad displays in varying scales, vendors, crafts, clinics, and more. If you have kids crazy over trains, here’s 7 acres of railroad mania! 267-4555. West Springfield, MA (>$)

10:30am – FAMILY CONCERT: The Carnegie Library hosts a concert with Roger Ticknell! Ticknell plays guitar, banjo, mandolin, and other stringed instruments from around the world. He plays a blend of styles, everything from folk to swing! Kids can enjoy a great show and learn about new instruments and styles of music. 413-863-3214. 201 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE) [Rescheduled from last Saturday]

10:30-11:30am – PUPPETS: Mr. Vinny of the Toe Jam Puppet Band is performing a special show of small puppets for kids 3+ at the Storrs Library. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

12noon-1:15pm – SPORTS: Kids 12yo and under can learn about sports from some of UMass’ players! There will be many different sports represented at stations, and kids can try them all! Admission payment for the clinic includes a free ticket to a UMass men’s basketball game against St. Louis after the clinic! Registration required. 413-577-0340. 200 Commonwealth Avenue. Amherst, MA. (<$)

12noon-4pm – GROUNDHOG DAY: Do you think that the groundhog will see his shadow? Given this winter’s weather so far, who knows what the rest of the season will be like! Cast your vote for what you think the outcome will be on Groundhog Day today at the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round… and take a ride while you’re there. 413-538-9838. 221 Appleton Street. Holyoke, MA. (<$)

1pm – MUSICAL/FILM: Barrington Stage Company screen two musicals: An American in Paris and Singin’ in the Rain. 413-236-8888. 30 Union Street. Pittsfield, MA (>$)

1pm – KIDS’ CONCERT: The Four Story players present, “Peter and the Wolf and Other Stories” at the Eric Carle Museum today! The event is part of the Northampton Community Music Center’s Family Concert Series. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. ($)

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

Hilltown Families 4th Annual Valentine Swap

Staying close to home this weekend? Feelin' craft? Make Valentine's (with or without) the kids and swap with other families in Western MA. Sign up by Jan 30th! It's free and open to all... and a whole lotta fun!

1-3pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES/ART: Explore the outdoors at The Clark and create a multisensory art experience or a temporary installation! Dress warmly. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

1:15-2:30pm – CRAFTS/CHINESE NEW YEAR: Kids ages 7yo+ can celebrate Chinese New Year and learn about customs surrounding this holiday by doing crafts at the Mason Library! 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

1:30-3:20pm – ICE SKATING: Teens and families will enjoy a DJ ice skating session at Fitzpatrick Arena. Skate rentals available.413-532-2929. 545 Maple Street. Holyoke, MA. ($)

4:45pm – STORYTIME: Author/blogger/educator Amy Meltzer will read her new book, “The Shabbat Princess” tonight! Families with kids 7 and under can attend the storytime and do a special Havdallah activity. Takes place at the Jewish Community of Amherst. 413-256-0160. 742 Main Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

5-7pm – ANIMAL ADVENTURES: Visit Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary for a puppet show presentation of the story Owl Moon and learn about the owls that live locally. After the show, head outside to look and listen for owls. Call to register. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Road. Easthampton, MA. (<$)

7pm – THEATER: Northampton High School presents, “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-moon Marigolds!” The show tells the story of a dysfunctional family of three and the lessons they learn while one of them develops a project for a school science fair. There are adult themes- best for older kids. Takes place at Northampton High School. 413-587-1344. Elm Street. Northampton, MA. (<$)

7pm – FILM SCREENING: Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center is screening, “Out of Africa” tonight. The movie, starring Meryl Streep, is the film adaptation of Danish author Isak Dinesen’s book of the same name. The movie tells the story of a Danish baron and his wife who move to Nairobi during the early 1900’s. The film is appropriate for older students- if they’ve read the book, they can learn about film studies by seeing the film, then thinking about how the film illustrates and conveys the ideas presented in the book. It can also fit into studies of European and African history, as it takes place during the colonization of parts of Africa. 413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street. Great Barrington, MA. ($)

7:15-10:30pm – CONTRA DANCE: Family contra dancing tonight at the Munson Library! The night starts with beginner dances and gets progressively more advanced as the night goes on. 413-259-3095. 1046 South East Street. Amherst, MA. (<$)

Carolina Chocolate DropsPARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

7pm – COMIC NIGHT: Help support Northampton High School athletics at the third annual Comic Night! Comedians Artia Januario and Max Dolcelli will perform at Blue Bonnet Diner. 21+. 413-587-1344. 324 King Street. Northampton, MA. ($$)

7:30pm – SPEAKEASY: The Northampton Center for the Arts is transforming their ballroom into a speakeasy tonight for an evening of Gatsby-style partying! The O-Tones will provide live music, and you can get 20’s themed drinks (and regular ones, too)! 413-584-7327. 17 New South Street. Northampton, MA. ($$)

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Sunday, Jan 29th, 2012

“Hilltown Families is the perfect portal into all the great events, organizations, and people that our region has to offer. You’re building community, one email at a time!” - Wendy Sweetser, The Trustees of Reservation Highland Communities Initiative

Hilltown Family Variety Show

7-8am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) airs encores the Hilltown Family Variety Show every Sunday morning. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org.

9am-4pm – NEW ENGLAND HISTORY: This weekend is Fire and Ice Days at Old Sturbridge Village! Visit the historic village to learn about ice harvesting, once a very profitable and necessary New England industry. Weather permitting, there will be ice harvesting demonstrations and visitors will learn about harvesting techniques, as well as the many uses for the cut ice! Other activities include sleigh rides, sledding, and skating (BYO skates). 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. ($)10am-5pm – TRAINS: The Amherst Railroad Hobby Show will take place at the Better Living Center at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds (1305 Memorial Ave.). Over 50 model railroad displays in varying scales, vendors, crafts, clinics, and more. If you have kids crazy over trains, here’s 7 acres of railroad mania! 267-4555. West Springfield, MA (>$)

12noon – DOMINOES: As part of Holyoke’s Winter Carnival, there will be a domino tournament today! Teams from the city will be playing in the tournament- you can watch the teams play and learn to play yourself while you’re there! Dominoes is a strategy game that can be played in many different ways and at increasingly levels of difficulty. Visiting the tournament provides a unique opportunity to learn about a great game. Takes place at the Salsarengue Restaurant. 413-329-3248. 392 High Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

12noon – HOCKEY: Watch the Holyoke Firefighters hockey team take on the Franklin County police team! The game is part of Holyoke’s winter carnival. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

12:30-3:30pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE/SNOWSHOEING: Go on a snowshoe adventure at Mt. Warner, and follow up your trek with some calm, easy yoga to stretch out your muscles! 413-532-1631. Hadley, MA. (<$)

12:30-4pm – SPORTS FOR GIRLS: Smith College’s National Girls and Women in Sports Day celebration takes place today! Girls in grades 3-5 can visit Smith to take part in workshops on rugby, rowing, lacrosse, fencing, rock climbing, and more! Participating girls will not only learn about new sports, but they’ll get to see women playing competitive sports. Registration required. West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

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

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

1-3pm – ANIMAL ADVENTURE: Holyoke’s winter carnival includes an exciting dog show! Hot Dogs on a Cold Day takes place today at Holyoke High School. There will be prizes for pooches in many different categories- you can even enter your own pup! 413-322-5620. 500 Beech Street. Holyoke, MA. (<$)

1-3pm – CRAFTS: Visit Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory- watch the butterflies and make a cool temporary butterfly tattoo! 413-665-2803. 281 Greenfield Road. Deerfield, MA. ($)

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

1-4pm – ART: It’s Special Sunday at the Eric Carle Museum! There are extra special art activities in the studio today- come ready to create. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. (<$)

1:50pm – MOVIE/SENSORY FRIENDLY:  Sensory friendly screening of “Beauty & the Beast” at Cinemark Theatre in the Hampshire Mall. Hadley, MA ($)

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

3pm – CONCERT: Pioneer Valley Capella, a local a capella group, is performing a concert this afternoon! Proceeds benefit the Holyoke Public Library. The group will be performing classical works from Shutz, Byrd, and more. Teach kids more about this unique music form! Takes place at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. 485 Appleton Street. Holyoke, MA. ($)

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Monday, Jan 30th, 2012

“My family is new to the Hilltowns, so we were very excited to discover this newsletter. Thank you for introducing us to our area and to some great activities we would not have known about with you.” - Ellen Stathis (Conway, MA)

❤  VALENTINE SWAP ❤ : Today is the last day to sign up for the Hilltown Families 4th Annual Valentine Swap!  It’s free and open to everyone. Click here to read more and to sign up. Western MA (FREE)

9:15-11:15am – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup at Berkshire Trail Preschool! Main Street. Cummington, MA. (FREE)

9:30am – FIELD TRIP/HOMESCHOOL DAY: It’s Homeschool Day at the Children’s Museum in West Hartford! There are special science-related workshops all day (there are different ones for different ages/levels), as well as a special planetarium show! Visit the museum to explore the science-related exhibits and learn more about topics that fit into your family’s curriculum. Registration required. 860-231-2830. 950 Trout Brook Drive. West Hartford, CT. ($)

10-11:30am – FARM ADVENTURE: Visit Red Gate Farm for Mornings on the Farm! Meet the farm animals and learn about the many different things that there are to do on a farm during the winter! 625-9503. 4 Norman Road. Buckland, MA. ($)

PARENTING WORKSHOPS

  • 5:30-7pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Family Resource Center is offering a free parenting series! Intended for parents of kids ages 5-12, the classes take place for four consecutive Mondays. The course will teach parents skills and strategies for fostering independence, character, and responsibility in their children. Childcare and transportation available, registration required. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30-7:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: UMass Amherst and the Amherst Family Center are presenting Dinner On Us, a dinner-and-discussion series for families. The event begins with dinner from 5:30-6, and children’s activities will take place from 5:45-7:30. Parent discussion will be from 6-7:30. This week’s topic is temperament and children’s development of self-regulation with Jennifer McDermott, PhD, a member of the psychology faculty at UMass. Registration is required. Takes place in the Student Union Building, Room 428. 413-545-0865. 280 Hicks Way. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 6-7:30pm – PARENTING WORKSHOP: Bill Corbett presents “8 Tips for Creating Cooperative Kids” at the John Ashley School. RSVP kania@wsps.org. 88 Massasoit Street. West Springfield, MA (FREE)

MONDAY PLAYGROUPS

  • 9:15-11:15am – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup at Berkshire Trail Preschool! Main Street. Cummington, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30-11am: PLAYGROUP – Drop-in playgroups for preK kids at the South Hadley Family Center, located in the All Saints’ Episcopal Church. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge St. South Hadley, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Northampton Parents Center. Basement of Edwards Church. Snack time at 10:15am. Circle time at 11:20am. 413-582-2636 297 Main St. Northampton, MA (Donation)
  • 10am-12Noon – PLAYGROUP: Easthampton Family Center, located at Flywheel Arts in the Old Town Hall. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am-12Noon – PLAYGROUP: The Meekins Library is now offering a facilitate playgroup every 2nd & 4th Monday of the month! The playgroup will include arts & crafts, story time, and other fun activities for kids and their grown-ups! 413-268-7472. 2 Main Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 5:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Childcare of the Berkshires hosts gym group at the Haskins Center! 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦

MONDAY STORYTIMES

  • 10-11am – STORYTIME: The Community Network for Children hosts story hour at the MN Spear Memorial Library- kids 0-5 (with caregivers) can enjoy stories, songs, and craft activities! 413-259-1213. 10 Cooleyville Road. Shutesbury, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Bring babies ages 12-14 months to Wee Ones Storytime at the Indian Orchard Branch Library! 413-263-6846. 44 Oak Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Mother Goose on the Loose at the Orange Library! Rhymes, songs, finger play, stories, and more! 978-544-2495. 49 East Main Street. Orange, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Forbes Library hosts Storytime with Ellie this morning. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

MONDAY ICE SKATING

  • 10:30-12:30 – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Smead Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-781-2599. 1780 Roosevelt Ave. Springfield, MA ($)
  • 12:30-2:30pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple St. Holyoke, MA ($)
  • 2-4pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-772-6891. 41 Barr Ave. Greenfield, MA ($)

MONDAY ONGOING

  • 1-5pm – ART: The Art Garden has drop-in art making every afternoon! Kids can experiment with new mediums and materials- it’s an art adventure! 413-625-2782. 14 Depot Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (<$)
  • 2:30-5pm – TEEN/TWEEN: Meekins’ Teen/Tween Scene is this afternoon. Hang out at the library and check out some new books, music, or DVD’s. You can also play a game on the Wii, get help with your homework, or do some arts and crafts. Snacks provided. 413-268-7472. 2 Main Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3pm – LEGOS: Does your kid love LEGOS? Try out LEGO BrikWars, a wargaming system that takes ordinary building blocks and turns them into a game of strategy and destruction. Takes place at Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30-6:30pm – LEGOS: The Central Library hosts LEGO Club tonight! Kids in grades 1-5 are invited to experiment with architecture and create a masterpiece. 413-263-6828. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 6:30pm – SING-A-LONG: Families are invited to the Montague Center Library for a community sing-a-long with librarian/musician Linda Hickman. 413-367-2852. 17 Center Street. Montague, MA (FREE)

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Tuesday, Jan 31st, 2012

“I check out Hilltown Families every week to see what is going on. I just wish I had more time to do everything.” - Eric Coffman (Putney, VT)

10:30am – RHYME TIME: The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School hosts Rhyme Time this morning at Matrushka Toys!  Designed for kids who are infants, crawlers, or toddlers, the program involves finger play, fun rhymes, circle games, and puppets and is lead by early childhood teachers.  413-528-4015.  309 Main Street.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE) ♦

3:30pm – INTERGENERATIONAL PERFORMANCE: Celebrate the transformational power of dance, music, and poetry at an intergenerational music performance! The event is part of Holyoke’s winter carnival. 413-533-5800. 15 Papinaeu Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

4:15pm – COOKING FOR KIDS: The East Longmeadow Library will be offering a cooking class for kids called, “Cool Cooking Kids,” for children 9yo and older. Call to register: 413-525-5400. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA (FREE)     

5:30pm – FAMILY MOVIE: Screening of “Despicable Me” at the United Congregational Church. 395 High Street. Holyoke, MA (FREE)

6pm – VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Interested in doing some volunteer work to connect with the community? Do you love animals? Learn all about what it takes to volunteer at the Dakin Animal Shelter tonight at the Leverett Library. No commitment is required- this is just an info session. 75 Montague Road. Leverett, MA. (FREE) – The DPVSH writes, “For safety reasons – the minimum age to volunteer at Dakin is 16 years. But there are lots of ways our younger friends can still help the animals – please call Sarah our Outreach Administrator at: 413-781-4000 ext 111 to inquire.”

Roundtable Discussion: Creative Free Play in a Commercialized World

Join us on Feb 7th at 6pm in Florence!

6:30pm – FILM SCREENING: Greenfield Center School will screen “Consuming Kids” as part of their Raising Healthy Kids in a Media Saturated World Film and Discussion Series. 71 Montague City Road. Greenfield, MA

6-8pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Palmer/Monson Family Network is offering a two-part workshop series for parents on dealing with challenging behaviors in children. Childcare available. The second workshop takes place on February 7th. Registration required. 413-570-3061. 4 Springfield Street. Three Rivers, MA. (FREE)

TUESDAY PLAYGROUPS

  • 9am-1pm – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center, downtown at the Unitarian Meetinghouse. Use rear entrance. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11am: PLAYGROUP – Drop-in playgroups for preK kids at the South Hadley Family Center, located in the All Saints’ Episcopal Church. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge St. South Hadley, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Northampton Parents Center. Basement of Edwards Church. Snack time at 10:15am. Circle time at 11:20am. 413-582-2636 297 Main St. Northampton, MA (Donation)
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Interactive Literacy and playtime at the Sunderland Elementary School for preK kids. All welcomed. 413-475-1553. 28 Old Amherst Rd. Sunderland, MA (FREE)
  • 10-11am – PLAYGROUP: Childcare of the Berkshires hosts a pre-school play-and-learn group in the after school room at the Haskins Center for kids ages 2.5-5! 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am-12Noon – PLAYGROUP: Easthampton Family Center, located at Flywheel Arts in the Old Town Hall. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA (FREE)♦
  • 5:30-6:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Childcare of the Berkshires hosts a gym group at Florida Elementary School! There will be free play, circle time, and a snack. 413-664-4821. 56 North Country Road. Florida, MA. (FREE) ♦

TUESDAY STORYTIME

  • 9:30 and 11am – STORYTIME: Westfield Athenaeum hosts Little Ones Library Time. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Lilly Library hosts Kulp Memorial Storytime- it’s a lap sitting hour for kids newborn-18 months old. 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Berkshire Athenaeum. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11am – STORYTIME: The Greenfield Public Library hosts Pre-School Story Hour. There will be stories, songs, and fingerplay for little ones and they caregivers. 413-587-1011. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Toddler storytime at the North Adams Public Library. 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: For pre-schoolers and toddlers at the Lanesborough Public Library. 413-442-0222. 83 North Main Street. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime at the Milne Library! 413-458-5369. 1095 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Kids ages 3-5 are invited to storytime at the Central Library! There will be stories, songs, and a craft. 413-263-6828. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Toddler storytime takes place at the North Adams Library this morning! 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – SINGING: Wendy will lead “Sing with Your Baby” at the Jones Library (large meeting room). 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 11am – TODDLER TIME: Lilly Library hosts Toddler Time in the Kids’ Room. Little ones can hear stories, do crafts, sing, and play games. 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3:30-4:45pm – LIBRARY CLUB: The Millers Falls Library offers a weekly drop-in club for kids of all ages with stories, art and crafts. 413-659-3801. 23 Bridge Street. Millers Falls, MA (FREE)
  • 6pm – STORYTIME: Drop-in pajama storytime at the Agawam Library! 413-789-1550. 750 Cooper Street. Agawam, MA. (FREE) ♦

TUESDAY ICE SKATING

  • 10:45-12:45 – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Smead Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-781-2599. 1780 Roosevelt Ave. Springfield, MA ($)
  • 1-3pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple St. Holyoke, MA ($)
  • 2-4pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-772-6891. 41 Barr Ave. Greenfield, MA ($)

TUESDAY ONGOING

  • 9:15-10:30am – YOGA: Drop off the kids at school then come enjoy a yoga class at the library. Yoga teacher Kellie Finn teaches yoga this morning at the Meekins Library. This is a fun class for those at any level. Call beforehand to check on available space. 413-268-7473. 2 Main Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:15 – GRANDPARENTS: Weekly group at the Amherst Family Center for grandparents through June- connect with other grandparents and talk about issues of parenting grandchildren or helping children parent. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:45-11:15am – BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT: Amherst Family Center hosts a breastfeeding group for families. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – BREASTFEEDINGSUPPORT: Childcare of the Berkshires hosts a breastfeeding group for mothers at the Haskins Center! 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – RHYME TIME: The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School hosts Rhyme Time this morning at Matrushka Toys!  Designed for kids who are infants, crawlers, or toddlers, the program involves finger play, fun rhymes, circle games, and puppets and is lead by early childhood teachers.  413-528-4015.  309 Main Street.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 1-2:30pm – NEW MOTHERS CIRCLE: Cradle hosts a gathering of moms and babies in a comfortable and supportive environment. Share your experiences with other moms and bond over the transformations that come with motherhood. 413-341-5282. Thornes Marketplace, 3rd Floor. Main Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1-5pm – ART: The Art Garden has drop-in art making every afternoon! Kids can experiment with new mediums and materials- it’s an art adventure! 413-625-2782. 14 Depot Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (<$)
  • 3pm – CRAFTS: Craft Club at the Hatfield Library! There’s a new activity every week. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3-4:30 – CRAFTS: Drop-in crafts at the Liberty Branch Library. 413-263-6849. 773 Liberty Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 6:30pm – BINGO: The Hinsdale Lions Club hosts Bingo every Tuesday evening. Though it’s generally an adult game, your kids can come too for a fun intergenerational evening. If they’re learning to count, they can get some great practice matching numbers on your card. Doors open at 5, and dinner is available inexpensively beforehand. 413-655-2973. Maple Street (Route 143). Hinsdale, MA. (<$) ♦

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Wednesday, Feb 1st, 2012

“Hilltown Families hooks us up with so many wonderful events in the Pioneer Valley. Our lives would be much more boring without it!” - Erin Klett (Greenfield, MA)

DEADLINE TO REGISTER: HOMESCHOOL PROGRAM: Historic Deerfield Homeschool Program happens in Feb for kids ages 8yo and older. More info here. Deerfield, MA ($)

10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: At the Westhampton Library, every second and fourth Wednesday.  413-527-5386.  3 South Road.  Westhampton, MA.  (FREE) ♦

3pm – HULA HOOPING: Alotta Hoopla will be doing an interactive hooping demonstration today at Kids Zone! Learn how to hoop- it’s great fun and can be a form of exercise and dance! Part of Holyoke’s Winter Carnival. 209 South Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

3:30-4:45pm – CRAFTS: Kids can sign up for a crocheting class at the Storrs Library! The class, designed for beginners, takes place on Wednesdays through February 15th, and kids ages 9+ can register– the registration fee includes materials. They’ll learn a skill that they’ll be able to use for the rest of their life! 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. ($)

6pm – FILM SCREENING: Occupy Northampton presents a screening of short documentaries made by members of the Occupy movement at the Academy of Music tonight! Parents and older students can learn about the movement from a non-biased, non-mainstream media perspective. It’s also a great way for students to learn more about activism! 413-584-9032. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA.

7-10pm – WRITING: Owl and Raven hosts a sci-fi writing group on the first Wednesday of each month! It’s a space where writers can work on or begin work and share ideas and writing with other sci-fi writers. 413-341-6494. 2 Conz Street #42 (Maplewood Shops). Northampton, MA. (FREE)

WEDNESDAY PLAYGROUPS

  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center- downstairs in the Unitarian Meeting house. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30-11am: PLAYGROUP – Drop-in playgroups for preK kids at the South Hadley Family Center, located in the All Saints’ Episcopal Church. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge St. South Hadley, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Northampton Parents Center. Basement of Edwards Church. Snack time at 10:15am. Circle time at 11:20am. 413-582-2636 297 Main St. Northampton, MA (Donation)
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Cummington Family Center playgroup in the rear of the Cummington Community House. 33 Main St. Cummington, MA (FREE)
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: At the Westhampton Library, every second and fourth Wednesday.  413-527-5386.  3 South Road.  Westhampton, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Community Network for Children holds playgroup for kids ages 0-5 at Erving Elementary School! There will be activities for gross motor skills, stories, and art activities. 978-544-5157. 28 Northfield Road. Erving, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Wendell Free Library hosts the Community Network for Children’s playgroup for kids ages 0-5. There will be activities for gross motor skills, stories, and art activities. 978-544-5157. 7 Wendell Depot Road. Wendell, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The second Wednesday of every month at the Edwards Library!  413-527-9480.  30 East Street.  Southampton, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 11am-12Noon: PLAYGROUP – Baby Hour at the South Hadley Family Center, located in the All Saints’ Episcopal Church. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge St. South Hadley, MA (FREE) ♦

WEDNESDAY STORYTIMES

  • 9:30am – STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime at the Agawam Public Library. 413-789-1550. 750 Cooper Street. Agawam, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30 and 11:30 – STORYTIME: Fantastic Fours and Fives at the Westfield Athenaeum! 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Tales and Tunes at the Northfield Library! 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: At the Westhampton Library! 413-527-4386. 3 South Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Sunshine Story Time for preK kids at the Greenfield Public Library. Reading, singing and play intertwine as Kay Lyons leds a fun half hour of story time followed by play time. Lover Level in the LeVanway Meeting Room. 413-772-1544 x5. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA (FREE)
  • 10am – STORYTIME: The Mason Square Library hosts pre-school storytime! 413-263-6853. 765 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:15am – STORYTIME: Stories, activities, crafts and music at Carnegie Library. 413-863-3214. 201 Avenue “A” Turners Falls, MA (FREE)
  • 10:15am: STORYTIME: The Chesterfield Public Library has a children’s story hour. 413-296-4735 Route 143. Chesterfield(FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime at the North Adams Public Library. 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30 – STORYTIME: The Meekins Library hosts pre-school storytime this morning. 413-268-7473. 2 Main Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime at the Milne Library! 413-458-5369. 1095 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime is this morning at the North Adams Library! 413-662-3133. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Kids ages 2-5 can attend storytime at the Monson Library this morning! 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30-11:30am – STORYTIME: Visit the Leverett Public Library for the Community Network for Children’s story hour! Kids ages 0-5 can enjoy stories, hands-on science activities, and art projects! 413-548-9220. 75 Montague Road. Leverett, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 4-5pm – STORYTIME: At the Cushman Library! Stories, crafts, snack. 413-413-648-5402. 28 Church Street. Bernardston, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 6:30pm – STORYTIME: Hop into your pajamas and visit the East Longmeadow Library for Pajama Night Storytime before bed. For kids ages 3-6. 413-525-5432. 60 Center Square #2. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE) ♦

Ice Skating in Western MAWEDNESDAY ICE SKATING

  • 10-11:50am – ICE SKATING: Homeschool ice skating time at Foote Arena! Learn to skate or just practice. 413-664-8185. 1267 South Church Street. North Adams, MA. (<$) ♦
  • 10:30-12:30am – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Smead Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-781-2599. 1780 Roosevelt Ave. Springfield, MA ($)
  • 12-2pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-772-6891. 41 Barr Ave. Greenfield, MA ($)
  • 12:30-2:30pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple St. Holyoke, MA ($)

WEDNESDAY ONGOING

  • 9:30am-12noon – FARM ADVENTURE: Red Gate Farm hosts Homeschool Halfdays on most Wednesdays. The event includes farm exploration both in and out of doors. 413-625-9503. 4 Norman Road. Buckland, MA. (<$) ♦
  • 9:45-11:15 – NEW MOTHERS: New and expecting mothers group with MotherWoman at the Amherst Family Center. Share experiences and get help with adjusting to motherhood. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1-5pm – ART: The Art Garden has drop-in art making every afternoon! Kids can experiment with new mediums and materials- it’s an art adventure! 413-625-2782. 14 Depot Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (<$)
  • 1-5pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Visit the Crane Museum of Papermaking to learn about the history of papermaking at Crane since the early 1800’s. Located on the banks of the Housatonic River, the building itself is a museum! This is a great opportunity to learn about local history. If you can’t make it today, the museum is open all weekdays during the same hours. 413-684-2600. 30 South Street. Dalton, MA. (FREE)
  • 3-4:30pm – CRAFTS: Drop-in crafts at the East Springfield Branch Library. 413-263-6840. 21 Osborne Terrace. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3:30-5pm – CRAFTS: Drop-in crafts at the Indian Orchard Branch Library. 413-263-6846. 44 Oak Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 4:30pm – PUPPET SHOW/SING-ALONG: Puppeteer and musician Anna Sobel of Talking Hands Theatre invites families to join her at The Yellow Sofa on Wednesday afternoons for an hour of fun! There will be music and puppets that kids ages 1-5 will enjoy. 413-585-5877. 24 Main Street. Northampton, MA (>$
  • 4:45-6pm – KNITTING: Is your yarn all knotted? Do your needles refuse to behave? Get some help (or, if you’re a skilled knitter, offer support) at Forbes Library’s Knitting Clinic. Knitters of all ages and abilities are welcome- no pattern problem is too big or small. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 6pm – SUPPORT GROUP: Treehouse hosts a New Moms Group where new mothers can connect with other moms and babies can spend time with other babies. Intended for moms with babies 6mos and under. 413-344-4435. 305 North Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE) ♦

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Thursday, Feb 2nd, 2012

“I love that Hilltown Families is offering such great opportunities for Parents’ Night Out–it’s a wonderful addition to your great resources which help keep our whole family actively engaged with local goodness.” - Kate Kruckemeyer (Holyoke, MA)

8:30am – OPEN HOUSE: The Bement School is hosting a kindergarten open house today! Those interested in finding out more about the opportunities available at Bement will be able to tour the campus, observe a kindergarten classroom, and attend a Q+A session with teachers and administrators. Please call to reserve a space. 413-774-7061. 94 Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. (FREE)

12:15-1:15pm – CONCERT: Berkshire Community College hosts a flute concert with Eric Marczak. Marczak plays a variety of different flutes and plays many different types of music. You’ll hear great music and be able to learn about the many variations of one instrument! Takes place in the Koussevitsky Arts Center. 413-499-4660. 1350 West Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

5-7pm – HOT COCOA SOCIAL: Celebrate Holyoke’s winter carnival and enjoy a hot chocolate social at the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round! 413-538-9838. 221 Appleton Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

5-7:30pm – COOKING CLASS/CAJUN: Learn to cook Louisiana style! Take the “Taste of Mardi Gras” cooking class at the Middlefield Town Hall tonight! You can eat everything you cook, and you’ll get some new ideas for feeding your family! Registration required. 413-685-1052. 188 Skyline Trail. Middlefield, MA. ($)

THURSDAY PLAYGROUPS

  • 9am-1pm – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center, downtown at the Unitarian Meetinghouse. Use rear entrance. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Northampton Parents Center. Basement of Edwards Church. Music class starts at 11am most Thursdays. 413-582-2636 297 Main St. Northampton, MA (Donation)
  • 10am-12Noon – PLAYGROUP: Baby playgroup for pre-walking children with the Cummington Family Center. Located in the rear of the Cummington Community House. 3 Main Street. Cummington, MA (FREE)

THURSDAY STORYTIME

  • 9:30 and 11am – STORYTIME: Terrific Twos and Threes at the Westfield Athenaeum! 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:45am – STORYTIME: The Central Library hosts toddler storytime this morning! 413-263-6828. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Visit the Sixteen Acres Library for pre-school storytime! 413-263-6858. 1187 Parker Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: The Greenfield Public Library hosts Pre-School Story Hour! There will be stories, songs, and fingerplay for little ones and they caregivers. 413-587-1011. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The fourth Thursday of every month at the Edwards Library!  413-527-9480.  30 East Street.  Southampton, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30-11:30am – STORYTIME: Come and enjoy stories and songs with Happy Dan the Music Man at the New Salem Library on Thurs. through January 26. 978-544-5157. 21 South Main St. New Salem., MA (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Williston Memorial Library hosts storytime! With each month comes a new seasonal theme. 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Meekins Library with Rochelle. 413-268-7473. 2 Main Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Lilly Library with Lisa. 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Take kids to storytime this morning at the Emily Williston Memorial Library! 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Jones Library in the Children’s Room. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime is today at the Lilly Library! 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30-11:30am – STORYTIME: Come and enjoy stories and songs with facilitator, Julie Stepanek, at the New Salem Library on Thurs. through Dec. 15th. 978-544-5157. 21 South Main St. New Salem., MA (FREE)
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Storytime at the Griswold Memorial Library! Stories, craft, and snack. 413-624-3619. 12 Main Road. Colrain, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am-12noon – STORYTIME: Visit the Hatfield Library for story hour! 39 Main Street. 413-247-9097. Hatfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3:30pm – STORYTIME: Martha Speaks storytime takes place today at the Brightwood Branch Library- kids can learn about the power of words through stories about dogs, crafts, and more! 413-263-6805. 359 Plainfield Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 6:30pm – STORYTIME: Pajama storytime tonight at the Monson Library! 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE) ♦

THURSDAY ICE SKATING

  • 10:45-12:45 – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Smead Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-781-2599. 1780 Roosevelt Ave. Springfield, MA ($)
  • 12:30-2:30pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple St. Holyoke, MA ($)
  • 2-4pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-772-6891. 41 Barr Ave. Greenfield, MA ($)

THURSDAY ONGOING

  • 9:30-11:15 – GRANDPARENTS: Weekly group at the Amherst Family Center for grandparents through June- connect with other grandparents and talk about issues of parenting grandchildren or helping children parent. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 2:30pm – MOVIE: Monson Library has kids’ movie time! 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1-5pm – ART: The Art Garden has drop-in art making every afternoon! Kids can experiment with new mediums and materials- it’s an art adventure! 413-625-2782. 14 Depot Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (<$)
  • 3:30-5pm – CRAFTS: Drop-in crafts at the Brightwood Branch Library. 413-263-6805. 359 Plainfield Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 5-7pm – KNITTING: Dottie’s Coffee Lounge host a beginner’s knitting group every Thursday. All ages and experiences welcomed. 444 North Street. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

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Friday, Feb 3rd, 2012

“Hilltown Families always offers such a complete listing of fun and educational events in the area for all ages. I look forward to bringing my 3 month old to more events as he grows. One of the great resources that make living in Western Mass so family friendly. Thanks!” – Freja Joslin 
(Northampton, MA)

9am – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Test your nordic skiing skills today at Notchview in the Valentine’s Race! The race uses a relay format and is meant to be for fun! 413-684-0148. Old Route 9. Windsor, MA. ($)

10-10:30am – ART: Visit the Eric Carle Museum for Materials Play in the Morning, a program where kids can experiment with art making in new and nontraditional mediums that are not only great for creativity but are fun to play with! 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. (<$) ♦

10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Greenfield YMCA hosts an indoor obstacle course playgroup for kids 7 and under! Kids can play and move throughout a series of play-obstacles (tunnels, foam blocks, etc.). 413-475-1543. 451 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

12noon-5pm – BOWLING: Enjoy free intergenerational bowling (it’s free for seniors and youth) at Funtime Lanes! Part of Holyoke’s winter carnival. 413-536-0250. 158 Elm Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

5-7pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Celebrate Winter Carnival at Beacon Field! There will be a bonfire, a fire dancing performance at 6, and fireworks at 6:30! 413-772-1553. Beacon Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

5:15-8pm – CRIBBAGE: Show off your skills at the Greenfield Winter Carnival’s annual cribbage tournament! The tournament is open to anyone of any age, and there will be prizes for multiple rounds. BYO set or borrow a board and cards. Takes place at the youth center. 413-772-1553. 20 Sanderson Street. Greenfield, MA. (<$)

6pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition is getting the chance to create a community center for families living in the Northern Berkshires! The group will be partnering with the Family Resource Center and Childcare of the Berkshires. Celebrate tonight at an event called Sweet Success- enjoy delicious treats, celebrate the coming of a new community resource, and find out more about the process (you may even decide you want to help!). 413-663-7588. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

6-8pm – HOCKEY: Watch the Greenfield High School hockey team take on a team of alumni at Collins-Moylan Ice Arena. The annual game benefits the Petrin Memorial Scholarship at Greenfield High School and is part of the town’s Winter Carnival. 413-772-6891. 41 Barr Avenue. Greenfield, MA. (<$)

7pm – TALENT SHOW: Northampton High School hosts a talent show to benefit Whole Children and Best Buddies tonight! The event features the NHS improv troupe as well as the Whole Children choir. Great fun for a good cause! Elm Street. Northampton, MA. (<$)

7-9pm – GAME NIGHT: The Griswold Memorial Library will host an intergenerational game night tonight! The entire family can come play games with other community members for a fun Friday night out in the Hilltowns! 413-624-3619. 12 Main Road. Colrain, MA (FREE)

7-9pm – FOLK/SACRED DANCE: Learn traditional folk dances as well as dances from many different spiritual traditions tonight at Sacred Circle Dance at Green River Yoga. Learn about how dance is an important part of some cultures… and get active! 158 Main Street Suite 6. Greenfield, MA. (<$)

7:30pm – ASTRONOMY: Williams College hosts a planetarium show for families tonight! Lead by students, the show can teach kids about retrograde planetary motion, locations of nearby galaxies, the mythology behind zodiac symbols, and more! 413-597-2188. 829 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

7:30pm – ASTRONOMY: Take a closer look at the night sky tonight at Stars Over Springfield at the Springfield Science Museum. Kids can learn more about astronomy- they can learn about the seasonal changes in the sky, and they’ll have a chance to identify constellations! If it’s overcast, there will be a planetarium show instead. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (<$)

FRIDAY PLAYGROUPS

  • 9-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: Visit Shutesbury Elementary School for the Community Network for Children’s playgroup! Kids ages 0-5 can take part in stories, motor skills play, and art activities! 413-259-1212. 23 West Pelham Road. Shutesbury, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center- downstairs in the Unitarian Meeting house. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30-11am – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup at Whole Children! 413-587-1471. 41 Russell Street. Hadley, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Gross motor activities at the Sunderland Elementary School gym for preK kids. All welcomed. 413-475-1553. 28 Old Amherst Rd. Sunderland, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: At Lanesborough Elementary School! 413-443-0027. Summer Street. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: Infants, toddlers, and their caregivers are invited to Crawl Talk at the East Longmeadow Library. 413-525-5432. 60 Center Square #2. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Greenfield YMCA hosts an indoor obstacle course playgroup for kids 7 and under! Kids can play and move throughout a series of play-obstacles (tunnels, foam blocks, etc.). 413-475-1543. 451 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12Noon – PLAYGROUP: Easthampton Family Center, located at Flywheel Arts in the Old Town Hall. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA (FREE)♦
  • 10-11am – PLAYGROUP: Visit Lanesborough Elementary School for gym group! 413-443-0027. Summer Street. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • FRIDAY – 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Greenfield YMCA hosts an indoor obstacle course playgroup for kids 7 and under!  Kids can play and move throughout a series of play-obstacles (tunnels, foam blocks, etc.).  Takes place on the first and third Fridays of each month.  413-475-1543.  451 Main Street.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE) ♦ 
  • 11am- BABY GROUP: Childcare of the Berkshires hosts at the Haskins Center. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦

FRIDAY STORYTIMES

10:30am – STORYTIME: The Milne Library has Toddler Storytime With Helen this morning! There will be stories, finger play, and songs- it lasts for about 20 minutes. 413-458-5369. 1095 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

  • 9:30am – SPANISH STORYTIME: Forbes Library hosts Spanish storytime- great for Spanish speaking families or kids learning the language. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORY/CRAFT: Stories, songs and crafts for preK kids and their guardians. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA (FREE)
  • 10-10:45am – SIGN LANGUAGE STORYTIME: The Westfield Athenaeum hosts sign language storytime this morning. Kids can sign, sign, and read along to stories- there will be lots of movement, music, and of course, American Sign Language. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:15am – STORYTIME: Kids 2-3.5 years old can go to storytime at the East Forest Park Branch Library! 413-263-6836. 122 Island Pond Road. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Brightwood Branch Library hosts storytime for kids ages 2-3.5. 413-23-6805. 359 Plainfield Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30 – STORYTIME: Bring littlest ones to the Monson Library for stories, songs, and fun! 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30-11:30am – STORYTIME: Great Falls Discover Center hosts a story hour for kids 3-6yo. Held the 4th Friday of every month. 413-863-3221 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA (FREE)
  • 11am – STORY/CRAFT: Preschoolers can take part in story/craft time this morning at the Sunderland Public Library. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am – STORYTIME: PreK story hour with snack and crafts at the Griswold Memorial Library. 413-624-3619. 12 Main Road. Colrain, MA (FREE)
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Lap-sit story hour for kids 3yo and younger at the Greenfield Public Library for Mother Goose on the Loose. Kay Lyons leads a half hour of structured story time, followed by 15 mins of visiting time. Kids will enjoy movement games, rhythm and song as Kay reads and leads the group with puppets and hand rhymes. Lower Level in the LeVanway Meeting Room. 413-772-1544 x5. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA (FREE) ♦

FRIDAY ICE SKATING

11am-1pm – HOMESCHOOL ICE SKATE: The Mullins Center at UMass is offering ice time for homeschoolers! Skate rentals are free, and adults can skate free, too! 200 Commonwealth Avenue. Amherst, MA. (<$) [CANCELED]

  • 10:30-12:30 – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Smead Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-781-2599. 1780 Roosevelt Ave. Springfield, MA ($)
  • 1-3pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple St. Holyoke, MA ($)
  • 2-4pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-772-6891. 41 Barr Ave. Greenfield, MA ($)
  • 8-9:50pm – ICE SKATING: Teens and families will enjoy a DJ ice skating session at Collins/Moylan Arena. Skate rentals available.413-772-6891. 41 Barr Ave. Greenfield, MA ($)

FRIDAY ONGOING

  • 10-10:30am – ART: Visit the Eric Carle Museum for Materials Play in the Morning, a program where kids can experiment with art making in new and nontraditional mediums that are not only great for creativity but are fun to play with! 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. (<$) ♦
  • 10am – MOVIE: Pre-school movies at the Berkshire Ahtenaeum! Usually 20-30 minutes. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11:15am – ESL: Amherst Family Center hosts an ESL group- families can connect withother ESL families and work on language acquisition and parenting skills together. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am-5pm – CRAFTS: Drop-in crafts at the Pine Point Branch Library. 413-263-6855. 204 Boston Road. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The KidSpace at Mass MoCA is open today- explore an exhibit designed just for young people and make some art of your own! 413-664-4481. 1040 Mass MoCA Way. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1-5pm – ART: The Art Garden has drop-in art making every afternoon! Kids can experiment with new mediums and materials- it’s an art adventure! 413-625-2782. 14 Depot Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (<$)
  • 3:15-4:45pm – KNITTING: Drop-In Stitches knitting group at the Storrs Library. Grades 4+, all abilities welcome. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 4-4:45pm – FARM ADVENTURE: Red Gate Farm hosts Young Farmers- a chance help out with afternoon chores including egg collection! 413-625-9503. 4 Norman Road. Buckland, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 5:30-7pm – CHESS: The Monson Library’s chess club meets on the 4th Thursday of every month. Kids in middle school and older can participate! 413-287-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 6-7pm – BABY SIGN LANGUAGE: Sign Loud and Clear presents an info session on the benefits of baby sign language! Babies are sometimes able to begin communicating via sign language before they are able to communicate verbally- learn how to start signing with your baby! Takes place at Baystate Medical Center. Springfield Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30-8:30pm – SUPPORT GROUP: GROW and MotherWoman host a postpartum support group for mothers in need of a supportive space to share, receive help, and grow. The group takes place at the Community Room. 413-822-6043. 48 Elizabeth Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 7:30pm – ASTRONOMY: Milham Planetarium at Williams College hosts an observatory show tonight! The planetarium’s Zeiss Skymaster can show phases of the moon, retrograde motions of planets, temperatures of planets and stars, the location of nearby galaxies, and more! The show is entertaining and also a great learning opportunity. 413-597-2188. 829 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 8:30pm-12:30am – COMMUNITY DANCE: Dance Spree is a community family-friendly (and barefoot!) dance event – kids of all ages are welcome to attend with guardians. Great way to get moving! 25 Main Street, 4th Floor (above Fitzwilly’s). Northampton, MA. (<$) ♦

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  1. January 28, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Family Fun for Working Parents – Jan 30th-Feb 3rd

    Hilltown Families 4th Annual Valentine Swap

    Last day to sign up, and an excellent creative project to do with your kids after work hours! Click on the banner for more info. It's free and all are welcome to join in the fun!

    Monday, January 30th

    • 5:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Childcare of the Berkshires hosts gym group at the Haskins Center! 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
    • 5:30-6:30pm – LEGOS: The Central Library hosts LEGO Club tonight! Kids in grades 1-5 are invited to experiment with architecture and create a masterpiece. 413-263-6828. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
    • 6:30pm – SING-A-LONG: Families are invited to the Montague Center Library for a community sing-a-long with librarian/musician Linda Hickman. 413-367-2852. 17 Center Street. Montague, MA (FREE)

    Tuesday, January 31st

    • 4:15pm – COOKING FOR KIDS: The East Longmeadow Library will be offering a cooking class for kids called, “Cool Cooking Kids,” for children 9yo and older. Call to register: 413-525-5400. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA (FREE)
    • 5:30pm – FAMILY MOVIE: Screening of “Despicable Me” at the United Congregational Church. 395 High Street. Holyoke, MA (FREE)
    • 5:30-6:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Childcare of the Berkshires hosts a gym group at Florida Elementary School! There will be free play, circle time, and a snack. 413-664-4821. 56 North Country Road. Florida, MA. (FREE) ♦
    • 6pm – STORYTIME: Drop-in pajama storytime at the Agawam Library! 413-789-1550. 750 Cooper Street. Agawam, MA. (FREE) ♦
    • 6:30pm – BINGO: The Hinsdale Lions Club hosts Bingo every Tuesday evening. Though it’s generally an adult game, your kids can come too for a fun intergenerational evening. If they’re learning to count, they can get some great practice matching numbers on your card. Doors open at 5, and dinner is available inexpensively beforehand. 413-655-2973. Maple Street (Route 143). Hinsdale, MA. (<$) ♦

    Wednesday, February 1st

    • 4:30pm – PUPPET SHOW/SING-ALONG: Puppeteer and musician Anna Sobel of Talking Hands Theatre invites families to join her at The Yellow Sofa on Wednesday afternoons for an hour of fun! There will be music and puppets that kids ages 1-5 will enjoy. 413-585-5877. 24 Main Street. Northampton, MA (>$
    • 4:45-6pm – KNITTING: Is your yarn all knotted? Do your needles refuse to behave? Get some help (or, if you’re a skilled knitter, offer support) at Forbes Library’s Knitting Clinic. Knitters of all ages and abilities are welcome- no pattern problem is too big or small. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
    • 6pm – SUPPORT GROUP: Treehouse hosts a New Moms Group where new mothers can connect with other moms and babies can spend time with other babies. Intended for moms with babies 6mos and under. 413-344-4435. 305 North Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
    • 6:30pm – STORYTIME: Hop into your pajamas and visit the East Longmeadow Library for Pajama Night Storytime before bed. For kids ages 3-6. 413-525-5432. 60 Center Square #2. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE) ♦

    Thursday, February 2nd

    • 6:30pm – STORYTIME: Pajama storytime tonight at the Monson Library! 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE) ♦
    • 5-7pm – HOT COCOA SOCIAL: Celebrate Holyoke’s winter carnival and enjoy a hot chocolate social at the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round! 413-538-9838. 221 Appleton Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
    • 5-7pm – KNITTING: Dottie’s Coffee Lounge host a beginner’s knitting group every Thursday. All ages and experiences welcomed. 444 North Street. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

    Friday, February 3rd

    • 4-4:45pm – FARM ADVENTURE: Red Gate Farm hosts Young Farmers- a chance help out with afternoon chores including egg collection! 413-625-9503. 4 Norman Road. Buckland, MA. (FREE) ♦
    • 5-7pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Celebrate Winter Carnival at Beacon Field! There will be a bonfire, a fire dancing performance at 6, and fireworks at 6:30! 413-772-1553. Beacon Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
    • 5:15-8pm – CRIBBAGE: Show off your skills at the Greenfield Winter Carnival’s annual cribbage tournament! The tournament is open to anyone of any age, and there will be prizes for multiple rounds. BYO set or borrow a board and cards. Takes place at the youth center. 413-772-1553. 20 Sanderson Street. Greenfield, MA. (<$)
    • 5:30-7pm – CHESS: The Monson Library’s chess club meets on the 4th Thursday of every month. Kids in middle school and older can participate! 413-287-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE) ♦
    • 6pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition is getting the chance to create a community center for families living in the Northern Berkshires! The group will be partnering with the Family Resource Center and Childcare of the Berkshires. Celebrate tonight at an event called Sweet Success- enjoy delicious treats, celebrate the coming of a new community resource, and find out more about the process (you may even decide you want to help!). 413-663-7588. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
    • 6-7pm – BABY SIGN LANGUAGE: Sign Loud and Clear presents an info session on the benefits of baby sign language! Babies are sometimes able to begin communicating via sign language before they are able to communicate verbally- learn how to start signing with your baby! Takes place at Baystate Medical Center. Springfield Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
    • 6-8pm – HOCKEY: Watch the Greenfield High School hockey team take on a team of alumni at Collins-Moylan Ice Arena. The annual game benefits the Petrin Memorial Scholarship at Greenfield High School and is part of the town’s Winter Carnival. 413-772-6891. 41 Barr Avenue. Greenfield, MA. (<$)
    • 6:30-8:30pm – SUPPORT GROUP: GROW and MotherWoman host a postpartum support group for mothers in need of a supportive space to share, receive help, and grow. The group takes place at the Community Room. 413-822-6043. 48 Elizabeth Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
    • 7pm – TALENT SHOW: Northampton High School hosts a talent show to benefit Whole Children and Best Buddies tonight! The event features the NHS improv troupe as well as the Whole Children choir. Great fun for a good cause! Elm Street. Northampton, MA. (<$)
    • 7-9pm – FOLK/SACRED DANCE: Learn traditional folk dances as well as dances from many different spiritual traditions tonight at Sacred Circle Dance at Green River Yoga. Learn about how dance is an important part of some cultures… and get active! 158 Main Street Suite 6. Greenfield, MA. (<$)
    • 7:30pm – ASTRONOMY: Milham Planetarium at Williams College hosts an observatory show tonight! The planetarium’s Zeiss Skymaster can show phases of the moon, retrograde motions of planets, temperatures of planets and stars, the location of nearby galaxies, and more! The show is entertaining and also a great learning opportunity. 413-597-2188. 829 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE) ♦
    • 7:30pm – ASTRONOMY: Take a closer look at the night sky tonight at Stars Over Springfield at the Springfield Science Museum. Kids can learn more about astronomy- they can learn about the seasonal changes in the sky, and they’ll have a chance to identify constellations! If it’s overcast, there will be a planetarium show instead. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (<$)
    • 8:30pm-12:30am – COMMUNITY DANCE: Dance Spree is a community family-friendly (and barefoot!) dance event – kids of all ages are welcome to attend with guardians. Great way to get moving! 25 Main Street, 4th Floor (above Fitzwilly’s). Northampton, MA. (<$) ♦

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