Suggested Events for March 3rd-9th, 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

Spring Bulb and Flower shows begin this weekend at Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden in South Hadley, and Smith College Lyman Conservatory in Northampton, MA. These annual harbingers of spring are excellent community based educational opportunities to supplement your child's interest and studies in botany. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

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On Saturday, March 3rd at 10:30am, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem will perform a family concert at The First Churches in Northampton, MA. ($)

Saturday, March 3rd from 10am-3pm in Hampshire Co. – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: It’s Free Family Day at the Smith College Museum of Art today! Explore the galleries and enjoy hands-on art and music making! A trip to the museum can teach kids about art within a family-friendly setting. 413-585-2760. Elm Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 3rd from 10:30am-12noon in Franklin Co.CULINARY ARTS: Chandler’s Restaurant at Yankee Candle is hosting a cooking class for budding chefs!  Kids can learn to cook something special, and will learn about the science behind what they’re eating!  Registration required.  413-665-1277.  Greenfield Road.  Deerfield, MA.  ($)

Saturday, March 3rd from 1-3pm in Berkshire Co.FARM ADVENTURE: Sheep Hill’s annual winter open house takes place today!  Hosted by the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation, the event will include snowshoeing (if there’s snow), an animal tracking workshop, an eco-hike, crafts, and maple treats to celebrate the beginning of maple season!  413-458-2494.  671 Cold Spring Road.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

On Sunday, March 4th from 10am-4pm – BOTANY/SPRING FLOWER SHOW: Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden hosts their Annual Spring Flower Show in their Talcott Greenhouse. Showcasing spring blooming plants and bulbs with a theme “Orchard and Vine” this year.  Kids can supplement their botany studies while view blooming plants that wouldn’t normally be blooming at the same time.  By comparing and contrasting, even the youngest kids can have fun studying the differences in blooming bulbs, as well as the greenhouse’s miniature vineyard with red & white grape vines. And while your family is there, check out the greenhouse’s living collections, including tropical and temperate plants.  Kids can see how coffee, banana and dates grow. 413-538-2116. Lower Lake Road.  South Hadley, MA (FREE)

Also on Sunday, March 4th from 10am-4pm – BOTANY/SPRING BULB SHOW: Smith College’s spring bulb show is also happening! Visit the college’s botanic garden to view many different types of beautiful flowers!  Pair a visit to the show with a study of how flowers grow, greenhouse gardening, or a look at flowers native to the area.  Visit their greenhouse too to see their living collections, including a live chocolate plant! 413-585-2740.  16 College Lane.  Northampton, MA.  (<$)

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Family concert with UNCLE ROCK at Flywheel in Easthampton on Saturday, March 10th at 10am. Free pancakes before the concert, and then a rockin' good time for the whole family with Uncle Rock! (>$) Presented by Hilltown Families, No Nap Happy Hour Series and Flywheel.

Saturday, March 10th from 11am-2pm – MAPLEFEST: Bring the family to visit a working sugar house, bottling of maple syrup, assist in tapping maple trees and gathering the sap, and enjoy fresh syrup on delicious pancakes at Hopkins Forest.  Kids can see how demos of old-time methods of evaporation used in precolonial times and learn about the history of maple sugaring in exhibit and displays. Junction of Bulkley Street and Northwest Hill Road. 413-597-4277. Williamstown, MA  (FREE)

Saturday, March 10th from 9:30am-4pm – SHEEP SHEARING: 24th Annual Shearing Day Festival at the Winterberry Farm.  Shearing between 10:30a-1:30p, spinning/weaving demos, Border collie demos, workshops, food and felting. 413-548-3940. 21  Teawaddle Hill Rd. Leverett, MA (FREE)

Sunday, March 11th from 3-6pm – FAMILY CONCERT: The Northampton Parents Center is hosting a Family Fun Night!  There will be a performance from local hero children’s musician Mister G, and families are asked to bring a dish to share at the dinner potluck.  There will be fun activities for kids and a chance to socialize with friends new and old!  413-582-2636.  297 Main Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

BULLETIN BOARD

SUMMER CIRCUS ARTS CAMP: SHOW Circus Studio announces three rings of Circus Summer Camp for children ages 6-15 this August in Easthampton: Aug 6-10, 13-17 & 20-24. These three week-long camps will run from 9am-3pm each day and will cover all aspects of circus including trapeze, fabric, juggling, balancing, acrobatics, partnering, human pyramids, stretching, strength, & circus games/activities. Each week of camp will end with a performance for friends & family on the last day. A great way to spend your summer! Cost: $250/week. For registration & more information please visit: www.showcircusstudio.com/Programs.html & click on Circus Camps.

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HILLTOWN ARTS FESTIVAL: Hilltown Arts Alive is having the Second Annual Hilltown Arts Festival Saturday July 14, 2012 from 10-4 on the Green along Rt. 112 in Worthington. Artists & artisans are invited to apply and/or get information about participating. The fee is modest to have a 12′ X 12′ space. In addition the local church will run a Country Fair, Plein-Air Artists will be painting in town and selling their work at a silent auction, Hilltown Artisans Guild will have  an Art Sale at the Town Hall and local musicians will be playing at an open Mike. At night there will be a Cabaret at the Historical Society. Please contact Natalie Stafford-Festival Chair at 413-238-0192 or staffordnatalie@gmail.com by April 1st.

Pioneer Valley Planning Commission writes: “Did You Know? Bay State Bike Week is getting bigger every year. 18 communities hosted events in 2011 (up from 13 communities in 2010). Despite the rainy weather, there were 970 riders participating in the week’s events. Biking instead of driving improves air and water quality in our region and reduces greenhouse gas emissions—and it’s good for you, too!  Plan ahead for this year’s Bay State Bike Week in May. All events will be posted at www.baystatebikeweek.org by the end of April. Check the website, pencil local events into your calendar, and come out and ride. Also, consider making a belated New Year’s resolution to ride your bike at least once a month—or perhaps once a week—this year.  For more info contact the PVPC at 413-781-6045.”

Steve Damon writes: “It’s Maple Sugaring Time!  The Massachusetts Maple Producers have published their 2nd Annual Maple Passport.  Collect signatures of Mass Maple members and be entered into the drawing for pure maple: www.massmaple.org/2012passport.pdf


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Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

"Hilltown Families was hugely helpful to us when my sister and her four kids came to visit from out of town for their school vacation week. (My daughter doesn't have school vacation since we homeschool, but we rely a great deal on Hilltown Families for activity suggestions regardless, all the time!) Sisters and cousins alike had a blast. Going to a sugarhouse was a big highlight for my niece and nephews! I love being able to easily access the best of what our region has to offer." - Jennifer Hartley (Florence, MA)

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. Stephen and Bonnie Ward Simon will be guest DJ-ing the show.  The Simons are the creators of Maestro Classics, which has won over 50 prestigious awards for the Stories in Music CD collection.  This episode of the HFVS, Classical Music Comes Alive, will feature great music, including Tchaikovsky and Handel, as well as excerpts from Peter and the Wolf and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. – 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 – PARENT WORKSHOP:  Southern Franklin County’s 10th Annual Parent College for families with kids ages 0-12yo at the Deerfield Elementary School happens today. Jeanine Fitzgerald will lead this free event, “Freeing Children From Fear,” educating parents on how to empower their children from hurtful forms of behavior. Check in starts at 8:30am.  Deerfield Elementary School. South Deerfield, MA (FREE)

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

9am-5pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Parents and older students can attend a one day symposium on the 1704 raid of Deerfield today!  Historic Deerfield hosts the event, which consists of talks and presentations from museum staff, scholars, and historians offering a review of the available history of the event.  The idea behind the event is that in sharing information, participants can explore the context in which the event took place and the results and outcomes of the event.  The talk can be paired with studies of local history, and can help older students learn to take a more critical look at the settling of New England.  Registration required.  413-775-7179.  Old Main Street.  Deerfield, MA.  ($$$)

9:30-11am – PUPPETS: The Hatfield Library has a special puppet playtime for kids this morning!  Kids can play with puppets, create puppet shows with other kids, and maybe make their own.  413-247-9097.  39 Main Street.  Hatfield, MA.  (FREE)

9:30-4pm – HISTORY: Visit Old Sturbridge Village to learn about maple syrup production!  You’ll get to see what sap collecting and syrup and sugar making was like during the 19th century.  There will be lots of activities for families, including talks with reenactments of their 1800’s lives.  800-733-1830.  1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.  Sturbridge, MA.  ($)

10am-10:45am – CRAFTS/GARDENING: Families can decorate pots and plant seeds as a start to a potted spring garden today at the UMass Campus Center!  Hosted by the Amherst Family Center.  413-545-0865.  300 Massachusetts Avenue.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

10-11am – PUPPETS: The Four Story Players present a puppet production of Peter and the Wolf and Other Stories this morning at the First Congregational Church!  41 Main Street.  Hatfield, MA.  (DONATION)

10am-12noon – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday today at the Edwards Library!  The event includes games, crafts, a performance from award-winning children’s musician Roger Ticknell, and, of course, birthday cake!  413-529-9480.  30 East Street.  Southampton, MA.  (FREE)

10am-12noon – ANIMAL ADVENTURES: Bird-banding demo at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. Kids can see how birds are caught in a mist net, banded, and released. For grade school kids and older. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA (>$)

10am-2pm – PRESCHOOL FAIR: The MOMs Club of Springfield is hosting their first annual preschool fair!  The event will include representatives from and information on local preschools.  The preschools will be organized by town, and parents will be able to get the information that they need on schools and learn about the many options available.  Takes place at Kiley Middle School.  180 Cooley Street.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

10am-2pm – ARTISAN SALE: Find some great pottery, jewelry, or other locally handcrafted goods today at ArtSpace’s annual Pottery and More seconds sale!  The event takes place at Greenfield High School and features work from local artists and artisans.  Lenox Avenue.  Greenfield, MA.  (SALE)

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

10am-3pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: It’s Free Family Day at the Smith College Museum of Art today!  Explore the galleries and enjoy hands-on art and music making!  A trip to the museum can teach kids about art within a family-friendly setting.  413-585-2760.  Elm Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

10am-4pm – BOTANY/SPRING BULB SHOW: Smith College’s spring bulb show has returned!  Visit the college’s botanic garden to view many different types of beautiful flowers!  Pair a visit to the show with a study of how flowers grow, greenhouse gardening, or a look at flowers native to the area.  413-585-2740.  16 College Lane.  Northampton, MA.  (<$)

10am-4pm – BOTANY/SPRING FLOWER SHOW: Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden hosts their Annual Spring Flower Show in their Talcott Greenhouse. Showcasing spring blooming plants and bulbs with a theme “Orchard and Vine” this year.  Kids can supplement their botany studies while view blooming plants that wouldn’t normally be blooming at the same time.  By comparing and contrasting, even the youngest kids can have fun studying the differences in blooming bulbs, as well as the greenhouse’s miniature vineyard with red & white grape vines. And while your family is there, check out the greenhouse’s living collections, including tropical and temperate plants.  Kids can see how coffee, banana and dates grow. 413-538-2116. Lower Lake Road.  South Hadley, MA (FREE)

10am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: Celebrate Springfield native Dr. Seuss’ birthday today at the Springfield Museums!  There will be a Dr. Seuss-themed cake contest, activities related to and inspired by his books, and performances and presentations for kids.  800-625-7738.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.  ($)

10:30am – FAMILY CONCERT: For the third year in a row, Hilltown Families is a proud sponsor of the Nonotuck Community School Winter Family Concert Series.  This year the school ends their concert series with a family concert with Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, “one of America’s most inventive string bands” (Boston Herald). Concert will be at The First Churches of Northampton. 413-586-5996. 129 Main Street (side entrance). Northampton, MA ($)

10:30am – FAMILY CONCERT: Mister G is performing at the Jones Library this morning!  His upbeat, silly tunes are sure to please the whole family.  413-259-3090.  43 Amity Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

10:30am-12noon – CULINARY ARTS: Chandler’s Restaurant at Yankee Candle is hosting a cooking class for budding chefs!  Kids can learn to cook something special, and will learn about the science behind what they’re eating!  Registration required.  413-665-1277.  Greenfield Road.  Deerfield, MA.  ($)

11am – LIBRARY ADVENTURES: Moosic happens at the Tilton Library.  John Blunt shares music and song on his guitar while Children’s Librarian, Julie Cavacco, reads to their young audience. 413-665-4683. 75 North Main St., South Deerfield, MA (FREE)

11am – STORYTIME: The Goshen Free Library hosts storytime on the first Saturday of each month!  413-268-7033.  42 Main Street.  Goshen, MA.  (FREE)

11-11:45am – PUPPETS: Puppeteer Deborah Costine will be performing a series of shadow puppet shows featuring stories like The Boy Who Cried Wolf, The Three Little Pigs, and more!  Hosted by the Amherst Family Center.  Event takes place in the UMass Campus Center.  (There is a plant project taking place at the same location earlier today!)  413-545-0865.  300 Massachusetts Avenue.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

11am-3pm – SUMMER CAMP FAIR: Learn about the many opportunities available for kids this summer at the Amherst Summer Camp Fair!  The event takes place at Wildwood Elementary, and there will be representatives from local schools, camps, and other programs.  There will even be a special performance by Ed the Wizard, just for kids!  413-259-3065.  813 North Pleasant Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

12noon – ART: Take a high-definition tour of the UK National Gallery’s Leonardo DaVinci exhibit today at Amherst Cinema!  Leonardo Live features 14 paintings, over 60 drawings, and focuses not only on the work created by DaVinci but on his goals and evolution as a painter.  Advance tickets suggested.  413-253-2547.  28 Amity Street.  Amherst, MA.  ($)

12noon or 2pm – BOWLING FUNDRAISER: Spend the afternoon bowling, and help raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County!  The theme for this year’s Bowl for Kids’ Sake is masquerade- participants are encouraged to come dressed in their most lavish masquerade outfits!  Teams should be made up of 4 or more people- register online or by calling the BBBS office.  Takes place at Sparetime Recreation.  413-259-3345.  Pleasant Street.  Northampton, MA.  ($$$)

1-3pm – FARM ADVENTURE: Sheep Hill’s annual winter open house takes place today!  Hosted by the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation, the event will include snowshoeing (if there’s snow), an animal tracking workshop, an eco-hike, crafts, and maple treats to celebrate the beginning of maple season!  413-458-2494.  671 Cold Spring Road.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

2pm and 7:30pm – THEATER/MUSICAL: Students at Amherst Regional High School are performing Guys and Dolls this weekend!  Over 150 students are involved with the production, which tells the story of a group of craps players in mid-1900’s New York.  413-563-7265.  21 Matoon Street.  Amherst, MA.  ($)

3:30pm – CHESS: Practice or learn to play chess at the Jones Library!  Kids ages 7+ are invited for an afternoon full of chess games, hosted by Andy Morris-Friedman.  413-259-3090.  43 Amity Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

4pm – CONCERT: Mist Convered Mountains, a group whose music is a mix of traditional Celtic and French-Canadian music, will perform at Smith College’s Sweeney Concert Hall.  The group features a fiddle-guitar duet, paired with beautiful vocals.  Part of Amith’s ArtsFest 2012.  Best for kids with audience skills.  413-585-3168.  Elm Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

4-5:30pm – PURIM/STORYTIME: Cozy up with your favorite stuffed animal and dress in your pajamas for a special PJ Havdallah!  The event will feature a Purim-themed story, crafts, snack, and a Havdallah ritual.  Open to all!  Takes place at Hevreh of Southern Bekshires.  413-528-6378.  270 State Road.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE)

6:30pm – FAMILY MOVIE: Screening of “Hugo” at the Town Hall. 1 Cooleyville Road. Shutesbury, MA (>$)

7pm – FAMILY NIGHT OUT: The Hartsbrook School’s annual Viennese Ball is tonight!  There will be waltzing instruction from 6-7 before the event begins- and once it does, you can dance the night away!  Dress in your fanciest and head to the Center for the Arts- the event is totally family friendly.  413-586-1908.  17 New South Street.  Northampton, MA.  ($$)

7pm – YOUTH PERFORMANCE: Barrington Stage Company hosts Young and Gifted tonight, a performance by Pittsfield youth!  The event is a celebration of the youth talent present within the community.  Performances include a dance team, a drummer, a singer-songwriter, and a special guest appearance from rapper Pam “P Will” Williams, who has performed with 50 Cent and G Unit, among others.  413-236-8888.  30 Union Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($)

7pm – THEATER: The Ja’Duke Center for the Performing Arts presents Legally Blonde: The Musical at Greenfield High School!  The show is about Elle Woods, a determined sorority girl who makes her way to Harvard Law School to win back her boyfriend.  413-863-0001.  1 Lenox Avenue.  Greenfield, MA.  ($)

7-10pm – FAMILY DANCE: Spend the night square dancing at the Montague Grange!  There will be live music, as well as a caller.  Difficulty of dances progresses as the night goes on.  Family friendly!  34 Main Street.  Montague, MA.  ($)

7:30-10:30pm – FAMILY DANCE: The Amherst Area English Country Dancers host a family social dance night on the first Saturday of each month!  The even is intended to be fun for families and is a low-pressure environment- it’s a great time for kids to learn dances!  Takes place at the Munson Library.  1046 South East Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

8pm – DANCE: Dance the night away at the Rendezvous and help raise money for the new MN Spear Memorial Library!  There will be great food and drinks available from the bar, and there will be great music playing all night (requests accepted!).   The Rendezvous. 413-863-2866.  78 3rd Street.  Turners Falls, MA.  (DONATION)

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Sunday, March 4th, 2012

"Hilltown Families gives us the details when all we usually hear are rumors when something fun is happening in and around the Valley." - Tracey Levy (Northampton, MA)

Hilltown Family Variety Show7-8am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) airs encores the Hilltown Family Variety Show every Sunday morning. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org.

8:30am-3pm – LOCAL FOOD/MAPLE: Enjoy a traditional New England breakfast of pancakes and delicious local syrup!  South Face Farm’s sugar shack is open for the season- don’t miss out!  Learn about how syrup is made before you visit to truly appreciate the experience.  413-628-3268.  755 Watson-Spruce Corner Road.  Ashfield, MA.  ($)

9:30-4pm – LOCAL FOOD/HISTORY: Visit Old Sturbridge Village to learn about maple syrup production!  You’ll get to see what sap collecting and syrup and sugar making was like during the 19th century.  There will be lots of activities for families, including talks with reenactors about their 1800’s lives.  800-733-1830.  1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.  Sturbridge, MA.  ($)

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.  (<$) ♦ 

10am-4pm – BOTANY/SPRING FLOWER SHOW: Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden hosts their Annual Spring Flower Show in their Talcott Greenhouse. Showcasing spring blooming plants and bulbs with a theme “Orchard and Vine” this year.  Kids can supplement their botany studies while view blooming plants that wouldn’t normally be blooming at the same time.  By comparing and contrasting, even the youngest kids can have fun studying the differences in blooming bulbs, as well as the greenhouse’s miniature vineyard with red & white grape vines. And while your family is there, check out the greenhouse’s living collections, including tropical and temperate plants.  Kids can see how coffee, banana and dates grow. 413-538-2116. Lower Lake Road.  South Hadley, MA (FREE)

10am-4pm – BOTANY/SPRING BULB SHOW: Smith College’s spring bulb show has returned!  Visit the college’s botanic garden to view many different types of beautiful flowers!  Pair a visit to the show with a study of how flowers grow, greenhouse gardening, or a look at flowers native to the area.  413-585-2740.  16 College Lane.  Northampton, MA.  (<$)

11am-4pm – PURIM/CULTURAL STUDIES: Celebrate the Jewish festival of Purim at the Yiddish Book Center today!  The event includes a special performance of, “Esther: A One-Act Opera” at 2pm (the show features juggling, dancing, and great music), a costume contest, theater workshops, and more!  Learn about Jewish culture and theater.  Registration suggested.  413-256-4300.  1021 West Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

11am-6pm – SANDBOX: Can’t get away this winter to warm sandy locations? Take the kids to Eastfield Mall’s giant sandbox found in their Food Court. Great place for kids up to 12yo to enjoy creative free play at this mock-beach. 413-543-8000. 1655 Boston Road. Springfield, MA (FREE)

12noon or 2pm – BOWLING FUNDRAISER: Spend the afternoon bowling, and help raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County!  The theme for this year’s Bowl for Kids’ Sake is masquerade- participants are encouraged to come dressed in their most lavish masquerade outfits!  Teams should be made up of 4 or more people- register online or by calling the BBBS office.  Takes place at Sparetime Recreation.  413-259-3345.  Pleasant Street.  Northampton, MA.  ($$$)

12noon-5pm – VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY/SEWING: Help BagShare today by participating in an afternoon of sewing!  Today is bag repair day- old bags that are beginning to tear or get worn out will be patched and sewn back together.  It’s okay if you don’t know how to sew- you can learn!  Kids can help out, too, as long as they’re old enough to use a sewing machine (use your own discretion).  Takes place at the Cummington Community House.  413-634-5591.  Main Street.  Cummington, MA.  (FREE)

1-4pm – COLLEGE FAIR: Not sure what schools your older kids are interested in yet?  Visit the Springfield National College Fair today at the Big E!  There will be representatives from an incredibly wide range of colleges all over the country.  The event is a great way to get information about many schools quickly and all at once.  703-299-6855.  Memorial Avenue.  West Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

2pm – DR. SEUSS: Celebrate Dr. Seuss 108 birthday at the town hall with stories, refreshments and music by Roger Tincknell. at the Town Hall. 1 Cooleyville Road. Shutesbury, MA (>$)

2pm – THEATER: The Ja’Duke Center for the Performing Arts presents Legally Blonde: The Musical at Greenfield High School!  The show is about Elle Woods, a determined sorority girl who makes her way to Harvard Law School to win back her boyfriend.  413-863-0001.  1 Lenox Avenue.  Greenfield, MA.  ($)

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Monday, March 5th, 2012

"I check HilltownFamilies.org almost every day. There are just so many great events and opportunities for us even though my little one is only 5 months old." - Freja Joslin (Northampton, MA)

10am-4pm – BOTANY/SPRING BULB SHOW: Smith College’s spring bulb show has returned!  Visit the college’s botanic garden to view many different types of beautiful flowers!  Pair a visit to the show with a study of how flowers grow, greenhouse gardening, or a look at flowers native to the area.  413-585-2740.  16 College Lane.  Northampton, MA.  (<$)

10am-4pm – BOTANY/SPRING FLOWER SHOW: Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden hosts their Annual Spring Flower Show in their Talcott Greenhouse. Showcasing spring blooming plants and bulbs with a theme “Orchard and Vine” this year.  Kids can supplement their botany studies while view blooming plants that wouldn’t normally be blooming at the same time.  By comparing and contrasting, even the youngest kids can have fun studying the differences in blooming bulbs, as well as the greenhouse’s miniature vineyard with red & white grape vines. And while your family is there, check out the greenhouse’s living collections, including tropical and temperate plants.  Kids can see how coffee, banana and dates grow. 413-538-2116. Lower Lake Road.  South Hadley, MA (FREE)

10:30-11:30am – PURIM/CULTURAL STUDIES: There’s a special Purim celebration for young kiddos today at the Chapel on the Hill!  Kids and parents can learn about and celebrate the Jewish festival.  413-442-4360.  55 Main Street.  Lenox, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – ART: Take a high-definition tour of the UK National Gallery’s Leonardo DaVinci exhibit today at Amherst Cinema!  Leonardo Live features 14 paintings, over 60 drawings, and focuses not only on the work created by DaVinci but on his goals and evolution as a painter.  Advance tickets suggested.  413-253-2547.  28 Amity Street.  Amherst, MA.  ($)

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, March 6th, 2012

"Thanks to Hilltown Families, our source for so many good things – this weekend we’ll be tapping some of our own trees, then using your list of sugar shacks to find one to sample." - Carrie Cuthbert (Whately, MA)

10am-4pm – BOTANY/SPRING BULB SHOW: Smith College’s spring bulb show has returned!  Visit the college’s botanic garden to view many different types of beautiful flowers!  Pair a visit to the show with a study of how flowers grow, greenhouse gardening, or a look at flowers native to the area.  413-585-2740.  16 College Lane.  Northampton, MA.  (<$)

10am-4pm – BOTANY/SPRING FLOWER SHOW: Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden hosts their Annual Spring Flower Show in their Talcott Greenhouse. Showcasing spring blooming plants and bulbs with a theme “Orchard and Vine” this year.  Kids can supplement their botany studies while view blooming plants that wouldn’t normally be blooming at the same time.  By comparing and contrasting, even the youngest kids can have fun studying the differences in blooming bulbs, as well as the greenhouse’s miniature vineyard with red & white grape vines. And while your family is there, check out the greenhouse’s living collections, including tropical and temperate plants.  Kids can see how coffee, banana and dates grow. 413-538-2116. Lower Lake Road.  South Hadley, MA (FREE)

10:30am – DANCE: “What Is Dance?” A Performance for Preschoolers with the Lisa Leizman Dance Company happens at the Northampton Center for the Arts. Northampton, MA (>$)

2pm – FILM: Amherst Cinema has baby-friendly screenings today!  Call to confirm as screen times change.  413-253-2547.  28 Amity Street.  Amherst, MA.  (<$) ♦

2:30-4pm – CRAFTS/SEWING: Crafting Club at the Hatfield Library is all about sewing today!  If your kids are already sewing, they can bring a project they’ve been working on, if not- they can start one!  Registration required.  413-247-9097.  39 Main Street.  Hatfield, MA.  (FREE)

6-7:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Parents can learn how to effectively advocate for their children in a workshop titled, “The Parent as Advocate,” offered by Collaborative for Educational Services at the South Hadley Public Library, lead by Claire Kurtz, M.Ed. Preregistration required: 413-570-3061. 27 Bardwell St. South Hadley, MA (FREE)

6-8pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Learn tricks and techniques for soothing unhappy babies at a workshop hosted by the Community Network for Children!  The workshop takes place at Erving Elementary School, and will teach parents strategies for calming young babies.  Open to expecting parents and parents of babies 4 months old or younger.  Dinner and childcare available.  Registration required.  978-544-5157.  28 Northfield Road.  Erving, MA.  (FREE)

7-11pm – CHESS: The Pittsfield Chess Club meets every Tuesday night!  Kids of all chess abilities can join for an intergenerational opportunity to learn and practice the game.  Meets in the cafeteria at Hillcrest Hospital.  413-448-6165.  West Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)♦

7:30pm – CULTURAL STUDIES/ AUSTRALIAN DANCE: Australian dance group Circa is performing at the UMass Fine Arts Center tonight!  The group will perform a self-titled show made up of their three most successful works.  Circa’s performances combine dance, circus, and physical beauty to create an experience that is truly unique.  Pair the event with performance studies or dance and movement classes.  413-545-2511.  151 President’s Drive.  Amherst, MA.  ($$)

TUESDAY PLAYGROUPS

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

TUESDAY STORYTIME

  • 9:30 and 11am – STORYTIME: Westfield Athenaeum hosts Little Ones Library Time. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Lilly Library hosts Kulp Memorial Storytime- it’s a lap sitting hour for kids newborn-18 months old. 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Berkshire Athenaeum. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11am – STORYTIME: The Greenfield Public Library hosts Pre-School Story Hour. There will be stories, songs, and fingerplay for little ones and they caregivers. 413-587-1011. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Toddler storytime at the North Adams Public Library. 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: For pre-schoolers and toddlers at the Lanesborough Public Library. 413-442-0222. 83 North Main Street. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime at the Milne Library! 413-458-5369. 1095 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Kids ages 3-5 are invited to storytime at the Central Library! There will be stories, songs, and a craft. 413-263-6828. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Toddler storytime takes place at the North Adams Library this morning! 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – SINGING: Wendy will lead “Sing with Your Baby” at the Jones Library (large meeting room). 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 11am – TODDLER TIME: Lilly Library hosts Toddler Time in the Kids’ Room. Little ones can hear stories, do crafts, sing, and play games. 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3:30-4:45pm – LIBRARY CLUB: The Millers Falls Library offers a weekly drop-in club for kids of all ages with stories, art and crafts. 413-659-3801. 23 Bridge Street. Millers Falls, MA (FREE)
  • 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) ♦
  • 9am-3pm – BOWLING: Special rates for Homeschool Bowling today!  413-525-7198.  168 Shaker Road.  East Longmeadow, MA.  (<$)
  • 10am – BREASTFEEDINGSUPPORT: Childcare of the Berkshires hosts a breastfeeding group for mothers at the Haskins Center! 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – RHYME TIME: The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School hosts Rhyme Time this morning at Matrushka Toys!  Designed for kids who are infants, crawlers, or toddlers, the program involves finger play, fun rhymes, circle games, and puppets and is lead by early childhood teachers.  413-528-4015.  309 Main Street.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 1-2:30pm – NEW MOTHERS CIRCLE: Cradle hosts a gathering of moms and babies in a comfortable and supportive environment. Share your experiences with other moms and bond over the transformations that come with motherhood. 413-341-5282. Thornes Marketplace, 3rd Floor. Main Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1-5pm – ART: The Art Garden has drop-in art making every afternoon! Kids can experiment with new mediums and materials- it’s an art adventure! 413-625-2782. 14 Depot Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (<$)
  • 2pm – FILM: Amherst Cinema has baby-friendly screenings today!  Call to confirm as screen times change.  413-253-2547.  28 Amity Street.  Amherst, MA.  (<$) ♦
  • 3pm – CRAFTS: Craft Club at the Hatfield Library! There’s a new activity every week. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3-4:30 – CRAFTS: Drop-in crafts at the Liberty Branch Library. 413-263-6849. 773 Liberty Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 6:30pm – BINGO: The Hinsdale Lions Club hosts Bingo every Tuesday evening. Though it’s generally an adult game, your kids can come too for a fun intergenerational evening. If they’re learning to count, they can get some great practice matching numbers on your card. Doors open at 5, and dinner is available inexpensively beforehand. 413-655-2973. Maple Street (Route 143). Hinsdale, MA. (<$) ♦
  • 7-11pm – CHESS: The Pittsfield Chess Club meets every Tuesday night!  Kids of all chess abilities can join for an intergenerational opportunity to learn and practice the game.  Meets in the cafeteria at Hillcrest Hospital.  413-448-6165.  West Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)♦

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Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

"Hilltown Families always keeps us informed as to what's going on in the valley! When boredom strikes during vacation week, we know where to go…Hilltown Families's blog or Facebook page to find out what extra special fun thing is going on!" - Angie Gregory (Northampton, MA)

9:30am – MUSIC CLASS: Demo class of Music Together with Eric Roth at the Northampton Community Music Center for families with preK kids (0-5yo). Call to reserve a spot: 413-585-0001. 139 South Street. Northampton, MA (FREE)

9:30-10:15am – SIGN LANGUAGE: Today is the first of a 6-week series of sign language classes for parents and babies at the Eric Carle Museum!  Participants will learn basic ASL vocabulary, songs, and signs to go along with some of Eric Carle’s books.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA. ($)

10am-4pm – BOTANY/SPRING BULB SHOW: Smith College’s spring bulb show has returned!  Visit the college’s botanic garden to view many different types of beautiful flowers!  Pair a visit to the show with a study of how flowers grow, greenhouse gardening, or a look at flowers native to the area.  413-585-2740.  16 College Lane.  Northampton, MA.  (<$)

10am-4pm – BOTANY/SPRING FLOWER SHOW: Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden hosts their Annual Spring Flower Show in their Talcott Greenhouse. Showcasing spring blooming plants and bulbs with a theme “Orchard and Vine” this year.  Kids can supplement their botany studies while view blooming plants that wouldn’t normally be blooming at the same time.  By comparing and contrasting, even the youngest kids can have fun studying the differences in blooming bulbs, as well as the greenhouse’s miniature vineyard with red & white grape vines. And while your family is there, check out the greenhouse’s living collections, including tropical and temperate plants.  Kids can see how coffee, banana and dates grow. 413-538-2116. Lower Lake Road.  South Hadley, MA (FREE)

12noon – FILM: Pleasant Street Theater has a baby-friendly screening today!  Call to confirm, as screening times change.  413-584-5848.  27 Pleasant Street.  Northampton, MA.  (<$) ♦

12:15pm – WOMEN STUDIES: Berkshire Community College is screening the documentary, “MissRepresentation” today.  The movie looks at the mis- and underrepresentation of women in positions of power in American media.  The movie can be used by older students to begin thinking about the role of gender inequality in American culture.  Takes place in the SBA Lounge.  413-499-4660.  1350 West Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

3:15-4:30pm – LEGOS: Dickinson Memorial Library offers an afterschool LEGO program on the first Wed. of the month for school-age kids.  413-498-2455. 115 Main St. Northfield, MA (FREE)

4-5pm – STORYTIME: Visit the North Amherst Library for storytime and crafts!  413-259-3099.  8 Montague Road.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

4pm – CHESS: Kids in grades K-8 can play chess this afternoon at the East Longmeadow Library!  Any ability is welcome, and kids can learn from each other. There are chess sets available, but if you have your own feel free to bring it to share.  413-525-5432.  60 Center Square.  East Longmeadow, MA.  (FREE)

5-7:15pm – PURIM/COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Celebrate Purim with the Jewish Community of Amherst tonight!  Kids can make their own grogger, design a mask, and do other Purim-related activities.  There will be pizza dinner, and from 6:30-7:15 there will be a costume parade and celebrations!  All are welcome.  Participating is a great firsthand way for kids to learn about Jewish culture and celebrations.  413-256-0160.  742 Main Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

6-9pm – VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY/SEWING: On the first Wednesday of every month, there is a community sew for BagShare!  Donate your time to help promote the use of reusable bags and to help sustain a community resource.  No experience necessary!  Takes place at Eastworks.  413-584-2633.  Pleasant Street.  Easthampton, MA.  (FREE) ♦

6:30pm – PURIM/PUPPETS: Learn about a celebrate the Jewish festival of Purim tonight!  There will be a special music and puppet presentation from Felicia Sloin.  413-584-3593.  253 Prospect Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – PURIM/CELEBRATION: Celebrate Purim at a family Purim party!  There will be a megillah reading, costume party, refreshments, games, and more!  Fun for all, and a great opportunity to learn more about Jewish culture.  Takes place at the Holiday Inn Express.  413-549-8749.  Route 9.  Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

7-8pm – PURIM/PUPPETS: Celebrate Purim with the Congregation Beth Israel tonight!  There will be a puppet presentation about the holiday, costume party for kids, special treats, and more!  53 Lois Street.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE)

WEDNESDAY PLAYGROUPS

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

WEDNESDAY STORYTIMES

  • 9:30am – STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime at the Agawam Public Library. 413-789-1550. 750 Cooper Street. Agawam, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30 and 11:30 – STORYTIME: Fantastic Fours and Fives at the Westfield Athenaeum! 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Tales and Tunes at the Northfield Library! 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: At the Westhampton Library! 413-527-4386. 3 South Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Sunshine Story Time for preK kids at the Greenfield Public Library. Reading, singing and play intertwine as Kay Lyons leds a fun half hour of story time followed by play time. Lover Level in the LeVanway Meeting Room. 413-772-1544 x5. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA (FREE)
  • 10am – STORYTIME: The Mason Square Library hosts pre-school storytime! 413-263-6853. 765 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:15am – STORYTIME: Stories, activities, crafts and music at Carnegie Library. 413-863-3214. 201 Avenue “A” Turners Falls, MA (FREE)
  • 10:15am: STORYTIME: The Chesterfield Public Library has a children’s story hour. 413-296-4735 Route 143. Chesterfield(FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime at the North Adams Public Library. 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30 – STORYTIME: The Meekins Library hosts pre-school storytime this morning. 413-268-7473. 2 Main Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime at the Milne Library! 413-458-5369. 1095 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime is this morning at the North Adams Library! 413-662-3133. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30-11:30am – STORYTIME: Visit the Leverett Public Library for the Community Network for Children’s story hour! Kids ages 0-5 can enjoy stories, hands-on science activities, and art projects! 413-548-9220. 75 Montague Road. Leverett, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 4-5pm – STORYTIME: Visit the North Amherst Library for storytime and crafts!  413-259-3099.  8 Montague Road.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)
  • 4-5pm – STORYTIME: At the Cushman Library! Stories, crafts, snack. 413-413-648-5402. 28 Church Street. Bernardston, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 6:30pm – STORYTIME: Hop into your pajamas and visit the East Longmeadow Library for Pajama Night Storytime before bed. For kids ages 3-6. 413-525-5432. 60 Center Square #2. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE) ♦

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. (<$) ♦
  • 9:45-11:15 – NEW MOTHERS: New and expecting mothers group with MotherWoman at the Amherst Family Center. Share experiences and get help with adjusting to motherhood. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 12noon – FILM: Pleasant Street Theater has a baby-friendly screening today!  Call to confirm, as screening times change.  413-584-5848.  27 Pleasant Street.  Northampton, MA.  (<$) ♦ 
  • 12noon-3pm – BOWLING: Special rates for Homeschool Bowling today!  413-525-7198.  168 Shaker Road.  East Longmeadow, MA.  (<$) ♦
  • 1-5pm – ART: The Art Garden has drop-in art making every afternoon! Kids can experiment with new mediums and materials- it’s an art adventure! 413-625-2782. 14 Depot Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (<$)
  • 1-5pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Visit the Crane Museum of Papermaking to learn about the history of papermaking at Crane since the early 1800’s. Located on the banks of the Housatonic River, the building itself is a museum! This is a great opportunity to learn about local history. If you can’t make it today, the museum is open all weekdays during the same hours. 413-684-2600. 30 South Street. Dalton, MA. (FREE)
  • 2:30pm – CHESS: Play chess at the Pelham Library!  Practice your own skills or teach a friend.  413-253-0657.  2 South Valley Road.  Pelham, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 3-4:30pm – CRAFTS: Drop-in crafts at the East Springfield Branch Library. 413-263-6840. 21 Osborne Terrace. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3:15-4:30pm – LEGOS: Dickinson Memorial Library offers an afterschool LEGO program on the first Wed. of the month for school-age kids.  413-498-2455. 115 Main St. Northfield, MA (FREE)
  • 3:30-5pm – CRAFTS: Drop-in crafts at the Indian Orchard Branch Library. 413-263-6846. 44 Oak Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 4:45-6pm – KNITTING: Is your yarn all knotted? Do your needles refuse to behave? Get some help (or, if you’re a skilled knitter, offer support) at Forbes Library’s Knitting Clinic. Knitters of all ages and abilities are welcome- no pattern problem is too big or small. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 6pm – SUPPORT GROUP: Treehouse hosts a New Moms Group where new mothers can connect with other moms and babies can spend time with other babies. Intended for moms with babies 6mos and under. 413-344-4435. 305 North Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE) ♦ 
  • 6-9pm – VOLUNTEER: On the first Wednesday of every month, there is a community sew for BagShare!  Donate your time to help promote the use of reusable bags and to help sustain a community resource.  No experience necessary!  Takes place at Eastworks.  413-584-2633.  Pleasant Street.  Easthampton, MA.  (FREE) ♦

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Thursday, March 8th, 2012

"We are a homeschooling family and so we love using Hilltown Families in-order to stay connected with the community and all the events it has to offer." - April Helenek (Shelburne Falls, MA)

10-11am – SUPPORT GROUP: New mothers support group meets at the Greenwood Center today!  413-794-5515.  231 Maple Road.  Longmeadow, MA.  (FREE) ♦

10am-4pm – BOTANY/SPRING BULB SHOW: Smith College’s spring bulb show has returned!  Visit the college’s botanic garden to view many different types of beautiful flowers!  Pair a visit to the show with a study of how flowers grow, greenhouse gardening, or a look at flowers native to the area.  413-585-2740.  16 College Lane.  Northampton, MA.  (<$)

10am-4pm – BOTANY/SPRING FLOWER SHOW: Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden hosts their Annual Spring Flower Show in their Talcott Greenhouse. Showcasing spring blooming plants and bulbs with a theme “Orchard and Vine” this year.  Kids can supplement their botany studies while view blooming plants that wouldn’t normally be blooming at the same time.  By comparing and contrasting, even the youngest kids can have fun studying the differences in blooming bulbs, as well as the greenhouse’s miniature vineyard with red & white grape vines. And while your family is there, check out the greenhouse’s living collections, including tropical and temperate plants.  Kids can see how coffee, banana and dates grow. 413-538-2116. Lower Lake Road.  South Hadley, MA (FREE)

6-7:45pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: “Helping Children Manage Trauma” with Alison Morrisey, LCSW will be offered by Collaborative for Educational Services at the Monson Free Library. Parents can learn how to assist children has they experience traumatic events at it’s effect at a young age. PreRegistration encouraged. 413-570-3061. 2 High Street. Monson, MA (FREE) – [CANCELED]

7pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Smith College is hosting a talk for parents presented by Ellen Galinsky, author of Mind in the Making: The 7 Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs.  Galinsky will speak about the ideas presented within the book, which apply to parenting and early childhood education.  Takes place in the browsing room at Nielsen Library. Elm Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – COMMUNITY SHARING: The Berkshire Museum is hosting Western Massachusetts’ first ever PechaKucha Night!  PechaKucha comes from Japan, and is designed as a means of community information sharing.  The name comes from the Japanese word for conversation!  PechaKucha is a series of presentations from community members on ANYTHING!  Presentations consist of 20 slides, lasting 20 seconds each.  Have a topic you’d like to discuss?  Sign up to present!  Families can attend the event, even if you don’t present, to hear about a wide range of topics and enjoy thoughts and ideas that other community members have to offer.  413-443-7171.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, 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) 
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Every third Thursday for adoptive families with kids 4 and under!  RSVP required.  413-320-4680.  28 North Maple Street.  Florence, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Goshen Library hosts facilitated playgroup every 1st and 3rd Thursday.  413-230-8552.  42 Main Street.  Goshen, MA.  (FREE) ♦

THURSDAY STORYTIME

  • 9:30 and 11am – STORYTIME: Terrific Twos and Threes at the Westfield Athenaeum! 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:45am – STORYTIME: The Central Library hosts toddler storytime this morning! 413-263-6828. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Visit the Sixteen Acres Library for pre-school storytime! 413-263-6858. 1187 Parker Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: The Greenfield Public Library hosts Pre-School Story Hour! There will be stories, songs, and fingerplay for little ones and they caregivers. 413-587-1011. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The fourth Thursday of every month at the Edwards Library!  413-527-9480.  30 East Street.  Southampton, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30-11:30am – STORYTIME: Come and enjoy stories and songs with Julie Stepanek at the New Salem Library on Thurs. through January 26. 978-544-5157. 21 South Main St. New Salem., MA (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Williston Memorial Library hosts storytime! With each month comes a new seasonal theme. 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Meekins Library with Rochelle. 413-268-7473. 2 Main Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Lilly Library with Lisa. 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Take kids to storytime this morning at the Emily Williston Memorial Library! 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Jones Library in the Children’s Room. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime is today at the Lilly Library! 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30-11:30am – STORYTIME: Come and enjoy stories and songs with facilitator, Julie Stepanek, at the New Salem Library on Thurs. through Dec. 15th. 978-544-5157. 21 South Main St. New Salem., MA (FREE)
  • 11am – 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) ♦
  • 10-11am – SUPPORT GROUP: New mothers support group meets at the Greenwood Center today!  413-794-5515.  231 Maple Road.  Longmeadow, 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)
  • 5:30-7pm – CHESS: The Monson Library’s chess club meets on the 4th Thursday of every month. Kids in middle school and older can participate! 413-287-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE) ♦

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Friday, March 9th, 2012

"I get Hilltown Families in my inbox every week, and I read it to figure out what fun activities I'll be doing that week. I also share it with anyone and everyone who wants to be in the know bout what is fun to do in the Pioneer Valley." - Kristy Catlin

9:30am – MUSIC CLASS: Demo class of Music Together with Carolyn Mazel at the Northampton Community Music Center for families with preK kids (0-5yo). Call to reserve a spot: 413-585-0001. 139 South Street. Northampton, MA (FREE)

10am – PLAYGROUP: Kids ages 2-3 ½ can play together at Crawl Talk at the East Longmeadow Library today!  413-525-0344.  60 Center Square.  East Longmeadow, MA.  (FREE)

10am-4pm – BOTANY/SPRING BULB SHOW: Smith College’s spring bulb show has returned!  Visit the college’s botanic garden to view many different types of beautiful flowers!  Pair a visit to the show with a study of how flowers grow, greenhouse gardening, or a look at flowers native to the area.  413-585-2740.  16 College Lane.  Northampton, MA.  (<$)

10am-4pm – BOTANY/SPRING FLOWER SHOW: Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden hosts their Annual Spring Flower Show in their Talcott Greenhouse. Showcasing spring blooming plants and bulbs with a theme “Orchard and Vine” this year.  Kids can supplement their botany studies while view blooming plants that wouldn’t normally be blooming at the same time.  By comparing and contrasting, even the youngest kids can have fun studying the differences in blooming bulbs, as well as the greenhouse’s miniature vineyard with red & white grape vines. And while your family is there, check out the greenhouse’s living collections, including tropical and temperate plants.  Kids can see how coffee, banana and dates grow. 413-538-2116. Lower Lake Road.  South Hadley, MA (FREE)

10:30am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Bring the kids for a morning playgroup at the Chesterfield Senior Center.  Held on the second and fourth Friday of the month. Route 143. Chesterfield, MA (FREE)

4-4:45pm – FARM ADVENTURE: Kids can help out with farm chores this afternoon at Red Gate Farm!  They’ll get to meet and help feed the animals and learn about the many responsibilities that farm life includes.  413-625-9503.  4 Norman Road.  Buckland, MA.  (FREE)

4-8pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: The second Friday of each month bring the Smith College Museum of Art’s Free Second Friday program!  There will be free hands-on art making for kids inspired by work that families can view in the museum’s galleries.  413-585-2760.  Bedford Terrace and Elm Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

4:30-7pm – TEEN GIRLS: Everywoman’s Center is offering a workshop fr teen girls called, “Healthy Relationships.” Teen girls of all sexual orientations can learn skills on building healthy relationships through interactive actitivies to build healthy communitation skills and to identify unhealthy relations. 2nd floor, New Africa House, UMass. 180 Infirmary Way. Amherst, MA (FREE) 

6-8pm – BOTANY/SPRING BULB SHOW: Smith College’s spring bulb show has returned!  Visit the college’s botanic garden to view many different types of beautiful flowers!  Pair a visit to the show with a study of how flowers grow, greenhouse gardening, or a look at flowers native to the area.  413-585-2740.  16 College Lane.  Northampton, MA.  (<$)

6:30-8:30pm – GAME NIGHT: The Old Creamery Co-op will host an intergenerational game night.  Bring your favorite games, or play with what other’s have brought, and chase the dark winter nights away with friends and neighbors. 413-634-5560. 445 Berkshire Trail. Cummington, MA (FREE)

6:30-8pm – ORCHESTRA: The Old Post Road Orchestra will host their annual children’s concert at Minnechaug High school for kids to experience music that has been inspired by poetry and art.  There will also be a musical petting zoo and other youth activities. 413-596-9075. 621 Main St. Wilbraham, MA (FREE)

7pm – THEATER: Take a trip back to the 1950’ tonight as Northampton High School students present a performance of the classic musical Grease!  Best for kids with audience skills.  413-587-1344.  Elm Street.  Northampton, MA.  ($$)

7-10pm – TWEEN: Friday nights at the Greenwood Center are just for tweens!  Kids in grades 6-8 can enjoy a supervised night of dancing, games, and DJ music!  413-565-4163.  231 Maple Road.  Longmeadow, MA.  (<$)

7-9pm – YO-YOS: A2Z’s Dogbite Yo-Yo club meets on the second Friday of each month for a night of yo-yo skill sharing and learning.  Meets at the College Church.  48 Pomeroy Terrace.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE) ♦

FRIDAY PLAYGROUPS

  • 9-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: Visit Shutesbury Elementary School for the Community Network for Children’s playgroup! Kids ages 0-5 can take part in stories, motor skills play, and art activities! 413-259-1212. 23 West Pelham Road. Shutesbury, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center- downstairs in the Unitarian Meeting house. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30-11am – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup at Whole Children! 413-587-1471. 41 Russell Street. Hadley, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Gross motor activities at the Sunderland Elementary School gym for preK kids. All welcomed. 413-475-1553. 28 Old Amherst Rd. Sunderland, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: At Lanesborough Elementary School! 413-443-0027. Summer Street. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: Infants, toddlers, and their caregivers are invited to Crawl Talk at the East Longmeadow Library. 413-525-5432. 60 Center Square #2. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Greenfield YMCA hosts an indoor obstacle course playgroup for kids 7 and under! Kids can play and move throughout a series of play-obstacles (tunnels, foam blocks, etc.). 413-475-1543. 451 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Bring the kids for a morning playgroup at the Chesterfield Senior Center.  Held on the second and fourth Friday of the month. Route 143. Chesterfield, MA (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Gateway Family Center hosts special learning playgroups for young children and their parents!  Babies and their parents will learn baby sign language and play with other families.  Parents of toddlers can take part in “playshops” like cooking, art projects, and games.  413-667-2203.  9 Russell Road.  Huntington, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10am-12Noon – PLAYGROUP: Easthampton Family Center, located at Flywheel Arts in the Old Town Hall. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA (FREE)♦
  • 10-11am – PLAYGROUP: Visit Lanesborough Elementary School for gym group! 413-443-0027. Summer Street. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • FRIDAY – 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Greenfield YMCA hosts an indoor obstacle course playgroup for kids 7 and under!  Kids can play and move throughout a series of play-obstacles (tunnels, foam blocks, etc.).  Takes place on the first and third Fridays of each month.  413-475-1543.  451 Main Street.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE) ♦ 
  • 11am- BABY GROUP: Childcare of the Berkshires hosts at the Haskins Center. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦

FRIDAY STORYTIMES

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

FRIDAY ICE SKATING

  • 10:30-12:30 – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Smead Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-781-2599. 1780 Roosevelt Ave. Springfield, MA ($)
  • 1-3pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple St. Holyoke, MA ($)
  • 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) ♦
  • 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) ♦
  • 7-10pm – TWEEN: Friday nights at the Greenwood Center are just for tweens!  Kids in grades 6-8 can enjoy a supervised night of dancing, games, and DJ music!  413-565-4163.  231 Maple Road.  Longmeadow, MA.  (<$) ♦
  • 7:30pm – ASTRONOMY: Milham Planetarium at Williams College hosts an observatory show tonight! The planetarium’s Zeiss Skymaster can show phases of the moon, retrograde motions of planets, temperatures of planets and stars, the location of nearby galaxies, and more! The show is entertaining and also a great learning opportunity. 413-597-2188. 829 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 8:30pm-12:30am – COMMUNITY DANCE: Dance Spree is a community family-friendly (and barefoot!) dance event – kids of all ages are welcome to attend with guardians. Great way to get moving! 25 Main Street, 4th Floor (above Fitzwilly’s). Northampton, MA. (<$) ♦

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