Suggested Events for April 28th-May 4th, 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

Happy May Day! In 2 weeks join us at the Hilltown Spring Festival on May 12th for a Community Maypole, Morris Dancers, Live Concerts, Family Contra-Dance, and a festival of all things that make the Hilltowns of Western MA an amazing place to live! Click on the photo to see Maypole Dance. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

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On Saturday, April 28th, families can learn about vernal pools at Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls or go explore vernal pools in the Maitland Memorial Forest in Heath. Click on the banner full listings.

Saturday, April 28th at 11am in Berkshire Co. – ANIMAL STUDIES: Visit the Stockbridge Library to learn all about North American birds of prey!  Wingmasters, a partnership dedicated to raising awareness about birds of prey, presents a program for kids on identifying birds of prey, bird rehabilitation, where birds fit into folklore, and more!  413-298-5501.  46 Main Street.  Stockbridge, MA.  (FREE)

Saturday, April 28th at 7:30pm in Hampshire Co. – THEATER: The Williston Northampton School presents Fiddler on the Roof!  The musical is about life in a Jewish Russian peasant village during the pogroms (during the early 20th century).  Great supplement to studies of Jewish history.  413-529-3434.  18 Payson Avenue.  Easthampton, MA.  (<$)

Sunday, April 29th at 2pm in Franklin Co. – OPERA: See the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Engelbert Hunperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel on the big screen at Memorial Hall!  The screening is a special kids’ free matinee, but the story is engaging for adults, too, and the beautiful music and scenery are fantastic!  See the classic tale come to life on stage! Lovely introduction to opera for kids. 413-625-3052.  51 Bridge Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (FREE)

Sunday, April 29th at 10am-2pm in Hampden Co. – SCIENCE ADVENTURES: Visit the Zoo in Forest Park to experiment with bubbles of all types!  Kids can make big and small (and medium) bubbles and learn about surface tension and the chemistry of soapy liquids.  Great opportunity to learn through play!  413-733-2251.  302 Sumner Avenue.  Springfield, MA.  (<$)

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

The Hilltown CDC’s 6th Annual Hilltown Spring Festival will be on Saturday, May 12 from 10am-7pm at the Cummington Fairgrounds! Entertainment will include live music, workshops, artists & artisans, local food, family contra-dance, kids-made craft bazaar, Maypole, Morris Dancers, and much more!

Saturday, May 5th from 9:30-11am – ANIMAL ADVENTURE: It’s Family Day at Red Gate Farm!  This month’s theme is chickens- how do they eat?  Where do they sleep? Why do their legs look like dinosaurs?  Learn all this and more this morning at the farm!  Registration required.  413-625-9503.  4 Norman Road.  Buckland, MA.  ($)

Sunday, May 6th from 11am-4pm – RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL: Attend the Renaissance Fair hosted by the UMass Renaissance Center. There will be music, swordsmanship, falconry, plays, juggling and much more! 650 East Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 12th from 5-7pm – FAMILY CONTRA-DANCE: New this year at the Hilltown Spring Festival is a family contra-dance featuring The Gaslight Tinkers, a new group that includes Peter Siegel and Zoe Darrow. They describe their music as “Afrobeat, Caribbean, breakbeat, funk, and latin grooves meet traditional Northern Fiddle. It’s the future of the music of the past; it’s a live remix; it’ll move your feet and intrigue your mind.” Steve Howland will be the caller. Cummington Fairgrounds. Cummington, MA (>$, kids 12yo & under FREE)

BULLETIN BOARD

Ashfield Community PreschoolPRESCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: The Ashfield Community Preschool invites you to join them for their annual open house on Saturday, April 28th 10am-Noon.  This event is for families with young children age 2.9 – 5yo who are looking for quality care and small class sizes in the rural Hilltown of Ashfield, MA. Children who attend the preschool participate in a hands-on gardening program, growing sunflowers, pumpkins and blueberries. The preschool grazes the neighbors’ sheep and llamas in their pastoral setting and offers a six week summer program with walking trips to visit local Ashfield artists.  Join their staff on April 28th and tour their facility and grounds. 103 Baptist Corner Road. Ashfield, MA.  Call for more information 413-628-3248.

BLUEGRASS BBQ: 3rd Annual Kentucky Derby Bluegrass BBQ happens on Saturday, May 5th at the Pines Theater at Look Park in Florence MA from 12noon-6:30pm. Open Jam featuring Acoustic Brew, barnRocket, and Seven Mile Line Cliff’s Smokin’ Backyard BBQ, Kentucky Derby Coverage. Still slots available for fiddler’s in Novice and Senior divisions.  A benefit for uninsured cancer therapies. $5 at the door for guests over 12. Picnics and lawn chairs welcome but no beverages please.

"Hilltown Families continues to be my go to place for family events. I really appreciated the organized list of summer camps." - Dawn Cordeiro (Holyoke, MA)

SUMMER CAMP: Are you looking for a great summer experience for your kids? Check out our post Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA which highlights opportunities happening throughout the region. With a great variety of themes, there are many summer camp/programs your family can choose, including: farm & gardening, music, art, technology, nature, personal development, science, theater, sports, ballet, preK, college… as well as a good old fashion summer camp! Discover what’s being offered near you, and find out how you can add a camp to this growing list too!

WESTFIELD RIVER: At the Hilltown Spring Festival on May 12 at the Cummington Fairgrounds, the Westfield River Wild & Scenic Committee will provide important information to Hilltown residents and visitors. The Committee will show residents how their communities can apply for grants to protect portions of the River and its tributaries. Residents are also invited to sign up as Stream Team volunteers for wild and scenic portions of the river. And the Committee is seeking people to share their stories and photos about experiences along the river during Hurricane Irene, so that the community can be better prepared for the next hurricane. Young visitors to the Festival will learn about conservation by creating a simulated flow of water, sediment, and pollution in a table-top model of a watershed. Come to learn more about how you can help protect the Westfield River watershed, this treasure in our midst in the Hilltowns.

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COMMUNITY SERVICE: Leftover prescription medicines can pose a hazard to both families and wildlife!  Many streams contain traces of prescription medicines (up to 80%, in fact!), and drinking water can be affected, too.  This water pollution has adverse affects on aquatic life, as well as those who drink the water!  Having unnecessary medications around the house can also be dangerous to children and/or teenagers, whose health can be affected by consumption (intentional or accidental) of prescription drugs.  On Saturday, April 28th, from 10am-2pm, there will be prescription medication collection sites all over Western MA!  Any medication that is in solid form and not a chemotherapy drug can be recycled at a drop off site.  Other items not accepted include lancets, IV bags, thermometers, and syringes.  Drop-off locations will be set up in many locations, including Anne Dunphy School in Williamsburg, town hall in Ashfield or Southampton, Westhampton Police/Fire Station, Huntington Transfer Station, Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School, Greenfield High School, Wildwood Elementary School in Amherst… For a complete list of locations, visit www.northwesternda.org.


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April 28th-May 4th, 2012

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Saturday, April 28th, 2012

"Hilltown Families lets me connect to great events that are slightly out of the way, but worth the drive! For example, I recently found out about several Earth Day events that are fun for my whole family!" - Sarah Kowalski (Springfield, 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.orgSukey Molloy Brings Music to Move to to the Hilltown Family Variety Show this Weekend!  Sukey Molloy specializes in music and movement styles the whole family can enjoy.  Her Hilltown Family Variety Show segment will offer an hour of fun songs to move to, along with tidbits on the benefits of movement alternatives in daily family living. – 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.

7:30am – 1:30pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: Shop for locally grown and/or produced foods at the Amherst Farmers’ Market!  Takes place on the Town Common.  Amherst, MA.  (MARKET) ♦

7am-1pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: The Northampton Farmers Market begins today!  Peruse tons of locally grown and produced foods – healthy, delicious, and from a farm very close to you!  Gothic Street.  Northampton, MA.  (MARKET)

8am – COMMUNITY SERVICE: It’s Spring Clean Up Day in Lenox!  Volunteers can help to clean up outdoor areas at the Library or near the walking bridge at the town’s train station.  If you’d like to help with gardening, bring your own gloves and gardening tools.  Help to clean up winter debris and make your neighborhood beautiful for spring!  781-726-3878.  Lenox, MA.  (FREE)

8am – NATURE STUDIES: Help restore Atlantic Salmon in MA by stocking Salmon fry with MassWildlife at the North Branch Manhan in Westhampton. You will get wet!!! Some waders will be available for loan. A change of clothes is a good idea. You will be walking on slippery stream and river beds, up and down steep banks in chest or hip waders so you should be in good physical condition. BYO Lunch. Meet in the parking lot of Hampshire Regional High School. Call to confirm schedule: 508-389-6331. Westhampton, MA (FREE)

8am-12noon – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Celebrate Earth Day by volunteering to help clean up Springfield’s outdoor spaces!  Sponsored by the Springfield Museums, the clean-up day will include gloves and buckets for volunteers, as well as lunches on a first come, first serve basis.  Meet at Duggan Middle School.  413-263-6800.  1015 Wilbraham Road.  Springfield, MA.  (VOLUNTEER)

9am-3:30pm – COMMUNITY SERVICE: The Cushman Library is having a work bee, inviting families to come spruce up the outside of the library, do some spring cleaning washing windows, and removing bricks.  BYO rakes, clippers, trowels, window washing supplies and volunteer for your local library! Come early and give an hour our two. 28 Church Street. Bernardston, MA (VOLUNTEER)

9am-DUSK – FARMERS’ MARKET: Red Fire Farm’s farmstands open today!  There will be free tastings of local products that the stands sell, as well as some of Red Fire’s early produce for sale!  7 Carver Street.  Granby, MA.  OR 504 Turners Falls Road.  Montague, MA.  (MARKET)

10am – NATURE STUDIES: Families can explore the vernal pools at Maitland Memorial Forest this morning with Red Gate Farm!  Kids will learn to spot special pool creatures like fairy shrimp, wood frogs, spotted salamanders, and more!  Dress for wet walking, registration required.  413-625-9151 ex 108.  Route 8A.  Heath, MA.  ($)

10am – WELLNESS/CULTURE STUDIES: Celebrate World T’ai Chi Day with the Meekins Library!  T’ai Chi students will do a demonstration, and visitors can participate or just watch to learn about the centuries old martial art.  Takes place on the library lawn.  413-268-7472.  2 Williams Street.  Williamsburg, MA.  (FREE)

10am, 2:30pm, or 7:30pm – CIRCUS: The MELHA Shrine Circus is coming to the Big E this weekend!  The show is full of clowns, acrobats, animals, and the usual exciting circus fun!  413-205-5087.  1305 Memorial Avenue.  West Springfield, MA.  ($$)

10am- 12noon – CRAFTS & CONCERT: Kids can take part in Art Cycles with art teacher Janet Winston at Groff Park – the project will be a kite-making activity!  Concert with Leticia Davies follows.  Sponsored by the Amherst Family Center.  Performance follows at 11am.  413-256-1145.  Mill Lane.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

Ashfield Community Preschool10am-12noon – OPEN HOUSE: The Ashfield Community Preschool is hosting an open house today for families interested in learning more about the school!  Their program offers opportunities for kids to garden, play and learn with farm animal friends, and visit local artists.  413-628-3248.  103 Baptist Corner Road.  Ashfield, MA.  (OPEN HOUSE)

10am-2pm – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Help to tidy the East Branch Trail at the Chesterfield Gorge!  Trails always need a little care after the winter, even a winter as mild as this year’s.  Donate some time to the preservation of an important community resource!  Call to be assigned to a work crew.  Meet at the Chesterfield Gorge parking lot.  413-623-2070.  West Chesterfield, MA.  (VOLUNTEER)

10am-2pm – FLEA MARKET: 6th grade students at Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School are holding a community sale to raise money for Water 1st International, an organization that helps provide clean, safe water to children around the world.  The event takes place at the Berkshire Co-op.  Community members can sign up for a space where they can sell wares (everything from yard sale clutter to handmade crafts or homemade treats) for $25, or just visit the market ot find some treasures.  413-528-1594.  42 Bridge Street.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FUNDRAISER)

10am-4pm – HISTORY: The Western New England Chapter of the Association for Gravestone Studies meets today at the Westfield Athenaeum!  Speaker Dennis Picard, director of Storrowton Village, will speak about stonework and stoneworking tools, and there will also be a group visit to the Mechanic Street burial ground and other local graveyards.  Lunch provided!  Great for kids interested in digging deeper into local history and/or genealogical research.  E-mail andaruna@hotmail.com to RSVP.  Best for older students.  413-568-7833.  6 Elm Street.  Westfield, MA. (FREE)

10am-4pm – CLOTHES GIVEAWAY: Gathered Resources of Women (GROW) is hosting a toy and clothes giveaway!  There will be all kinds of gently used kids (and maternity) clothes, as well as tons of great toys, books, etc. for play-hungry kiddos.  Handing down kids items is a great environmentally friendly way of getting “new” things for kids – celebrate Earth Day by refreshing your closets and toy box at the giveaway.  88 Sheffield Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

10am-2pm – SCIENCE ADVENTURES: Visit the Zoo in Forest Park to experiment with bubbles of all types!  Kids can make big and small (and medium) bubbles and learn about surface tension and the chemistry of soapy liquids.  Great opportunity to learn through play!  413-733-2251.  302 Sumner Avenue.  Springfield, MA.  (<$)

10am-5pm – ART/INDUSTRY: The Asparagus Valley Pottery Tour takes place this Saturday & Sunday!  Visit nine different studios all over the Pioneer Valley to take a look at locally produced work, and enjoy the beautiful spring scenery. Kids can see how local artisans conduct a cottage business, see displays of pottery and talk with local artisans. Find locations at www.asparagusvalleypotterytrail.com.

10:30-11am – ANIMAL STUDIES: Learn about all kinds of creatures at Birds, Beasts, and Bugs, a program for kids at the Leverett Library.  Educator Dawn Marvin Ward will help kids learn and guide activities like critter searching, nest making, and more.  Registration required.  413-548-9220.  75 Montague Road.  Leverett, MA.  (FREE)

11am – STORYTIME: At the Gaylord Memorial Library!  Followed by crafts.  413-538-5047.  47 College Street.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

11am – BOOK LAUNCH: Celebrate the release of author Ruth Sanderson’s new book, The Twelve Dancing Princesses at Odyssey Bookshop!  There will be a princess party, complete with tiara-making, twirling, and a reading of the book.  Kids ages 3-7 are invited to attend, dressed in royal finery if they wish!  413-534-7307.  9 College Street.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

11am – ANIMAL STUDIES: Visit the Stockbridge Library to learn all about North American birds of prey!  Wingmasters, a partnership dedicated to raising awareness about birds of prey, presents a program for kids on identifying birds of prey, bird rehabilitation, where birds fit into folklore, and more!  413-298-5501.  46 Main Street.  Stockbridge, MA.  (FREE)

11am-4pm – HISTORY: A Living History Day with a Civil War Regiment. Re-enactors of the 22nd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry will bring their portrayals of Union infantrymen to the Emily Dickinson Museum as the Museum continues its commemoration of the Civil War.  413-542-8161. 280 Main Street. Amherst, MA (FREE)

12noon-4pm – WELLNESS: The Pittsfield YMCA hosts Healthy Kids Day today. Story telling, yoga, scavenger hunt and pottery painting are just a few of the activities. 413-499-7650. 292 North Street. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

12noon-4:30pm – HISTORY: Visit Historic Deerfield to practice antiquated methods of writing using a quill pen and ink, and practice your cursive handwriting!  Written by Hand teaches kids about the significance of hand-written documents in history – kids can even write a letter to someone once they’ve gotten the hang of the quill pen.  413-775-7214.  30 Old Main Street.  Deerfield, MA.  ($)

1-2:15pm – NATURE STUDIES: Learn all about vernal pools today at the Great Falls Discovery Center!  The presentation will include information for kids on what vernal pools are, the species that live in them, and their importance within ecosystems.  There will even be some live specimens of types of amphibians that can be found in vernal pools!  Great opportunity to learn about biology – check out your backyard for vernal pools when you get home!  413-863-3221.  2 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

1-4pm – COMMUNITY SERVICE/SEWING: Help the Longmeadow Library establish its bagshare program!  The library has recently joined the initiative, which contributes reusable bags to community establishments so that patrons can use them.  This afternoon’s Sew-In is open to sewers from beginner to advanced – if you don’t know how to sew, you can learn!  The bags are simple.  Kids welcome, but use your own discretion – they must be able to independently operate a machine.  Bring extra sturdy fabric to contribute if you’re able!  413-565-4181.  693 Longmeadow Street.  Longmeadow, MA.  (FREE)

1-5pm – ART WORKSHOP: Free shoe-decorating workshop at The Art Garden for all ages. Decorate your own shoes and some for the upcoming Shelburne Falls Art Walks. Materials provided. BYO shoes if you want to take them home. Donate shoes for decorating the Village during the Art Walks. Drop in anytime between 1-5pm to participate. Bring a snack to share if you can. 413-625-2782. 14 Depot Street (same building as the Trolley Museum). Shelburne Falls, MA (FREE)

1-5pm – WELLNESS: The Hampshire Regional YMCA is hosting Healthy Kids Day today!  There will be open swim and tumble time, a bounce house, storytime with a visitor from the Forbes Library, a bike safety station, science demonstrations, family zumba, and more!  The event is designed to get kids excited for all of the physical activity that summer brings, and to teach safety.  413-584-7086.  286 Prospect Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

1-8pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The Shutesbury Athletic Club hosts CeltFest, a benefit for the new Shutesbury Library.  There will be Irish Dance with Celtic Heels of Greenfield and other dance clubs, along with live music and road bowling. 282 Wendell Road. Shutesbury, MA (FUNDRAISER)

2pm – POETRY/OPEN MIC: It’s National Poetry Month, and the Meekins Library is celebrating with a poetry open mic afternoon!  Writers of all ages can attend to listen and/or share their work.  413-268-7472.  2 Main Street.  Williamsburg, MA.  (FREE)

2pm and 7pm – THEATER: Starlight Youth Theater presents Seussical at South Hadley High School!  The show, whose cast is made up entirely of local youth, features characters and stories from Dr. Seuss’ classic books.  Appropriate for all ages!  153 Newton Street.  South Hadley, MA.  ($)

2:30pm – THEATER: Students at Westfield State University present Shakespeare’s Hamlet!  This particular production is set in the late 21st century in a post-apocalyptic world.  Contains some violence and mature themes, but can be a great way to introduce students to Shakespeare.  Takes place at Ely Studio Theater in the Campus Center.  413-572-5682.  Western Avenue.  Westfield, MA ($)

3pm – ARBOR DAY: Celebrate and learn about the history behind Arbor Day at Western Gateway Heritage State Park!  413-663-6312.  115 State Street, Building 4.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE)

3-5pm – BICYCLE TUNE-UP: Transition Amherst is offering a bicycle tune-up clinic this afternoon!  Bring your family bikes to the Neighborhood Bicycle Resource Center to get checked out.  RSVP to garborzol@gmail.com.  44 Beston Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

5-7pm – COMMUNITY DINNER: The Plainfield Volunteer Fire Department is hosting a fundraising dinner tonight!  Enjoy homemade spaghetti and meatballs at the Public Safety Complex, and help support an important community resource.  38 North Central Street.  Plainfield, MA.  ($)

7:30pm – DANCE PERFORMANCE: Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School’s modern dance troupe performs at the Academy of Music tonight!  The group is innovative, energetic, and exciting to watch!  274 Main Street.  Northampton, MA.  ($)

7:30pm – THEATER: The Williston Northampton School presents Fiddler on the Roof!  The musical is about life in a Jewish Russian peasant village during the pogroms (during the early 20th century).  Great supplement to studies of Jewish history.  413-529-3434.  18 Payson Avenue.  Easthampton, MA.  (<$)

8pm – THEATER: The Westfield Theatre Group will perform a musical adaptation of the story, Robin Hood at the Westfield Woman’s Club. This family friendly production will be performed at the Westfield Women’s Club. 413-572-6838. 28 Court Street. Westfield, MA ($)

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Sunday, April 29th, 2012

"After 40+ years of yearning to live in a small New England town, and aching to live in the country, I am finally here! So, Hilltown Families lets me know all the little community events that are at the heart of small town community life." - Valerie A. Sheehan (Lenox, 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. 

TBD – SENSORY FRIENDLY MOVIE: There will be a “sensory friendly” screening of Pirates-Band of Misfits at Cinemark Theatre.  Lights will be on, sound lowered, no previews shown and all are more than welcome to roam free around the theater.  Please contact theater for movie time 413-587-4237.  Hampshire Mall. Russell Road. Hadley, MA ($)

10am-5pm – ART/INDUSTRY: The Asparagus Valley Pottery Tour takes place this weekend!  Visit nine different studios all over the Pioneer Valley to take a look at locally produced work, and enjoy the beautiful spring scenery. Kids can see how local artisans conduct a cottage business, see displays of pottery and talk with local artisans. Find locations at www.asparagusvalleypotterytrail.com.

10am-2pm – SCIENCE ADVENTURES: Visit the Zoo in Forest Park to experiment with bubbles of all types!  Kids can make big and small (and medium) bubbles and learn about surface tension and the chemistry of soapy liquids.  Great opportunity to learn through play!  413-733-2251.  302 Sumner Avenue.  Springfield, MA.  (<$)

11am – COMMUNITY SING: Join members of the Leverett Congregational Church for a community hymn sing!  The event takes the place of a traditional service and is open to all.  Great way for kids to learn Christian hymns.  413-259-1741.  4 Montague Road.  Leverett, 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.  (<$) ♦ 

11:30am – VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: The annual Daffodil Fun Run takes place today!  The event is a 5k run (or walk, for families!) and raises money for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Hampshire County, which provides mentorship programs for local kids.  Get out and enjoy the beautiful warm weather, and get some exercise for a good cause!  Begins in Downtown Amherst and ends at Kendrick Park.  Amherst, MA.  (FUNDRAISER)

12noon-4:30pm – HISTORY: Visit Historic Deerfield to practice antiquated methods of writing using a quill pen and ink, and practice your cursive handwriting!  Written by Hand teaches kids about the significance of hand-written documents in history – kids can even write a letter to someone once they’ve gotten the hang of the quill pen.  413-775-7214.  30 Old Main Street.  Deerfield, MA.  ($)

12:30 or 4:30pm – CIRCUS: The MELHA Shrine Circus is coming to the Big E this weekend!  The show is full of clowns, acrobats, animals, and the usual exciting circus fun!  413-205-5087.  1305 Memorial Avenue.  West Springfield, MA.  ($$)

2pm – SOLAR ENERGY: The town of Lenox has proposed a solar panel installation at the town’s landfill.  Today is Solar Power Sunday – visit to learn about the project, its costs, and effects on the community in a family-friendly atmosphere!  (Free ice cream!)  Takes place at Lenox High School and a great opportunity for kids to see civic action towards sustainability! 197 East Street.  Lenox, MA.  (FREE)

2pm – OPERA: See the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Engelbert Hunperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel on the big screen at Memorial Hall!  The screening is a special kids’ free matinee, but the story is engaging for adults, too, and the beautiful music and scenery are fantastic!  See the classic tale come to life on stage! Lovely introduction to opera for kids. 413-625-3052.  51 Bridge Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (FREE)

2pm – THEATER: Starlight Youth Theater presents Seussical at South Hadley High School!  The show, whose cast is made up entirely of local youth, features characters and stories from Dr. Seuss’ classic books.  Appropriate for all ages!  153 Newton Street.  South Hadley, MA.  ($)

3:30-5:30pm – FAMILY DANCE: Montague Family Dance happens at the grange. There will be dances for kids of all ages and their grownups. Music will be by Shingle the Roof and the caller is Kathy Torrey.  Montague Grange. Montague, MA (>$)

4pm – CHORUS FESTIVAL: The First United Methodist Church presents “A Celebration of Singing,” a choir music festival!  There will be choir performances from groups from many local churches and communities.  Enjoy the performance and discover the beauty of choir music!  25 Church Street.  Greenfield, MA.  (DONATION)

8pm – THEATER: The Westfield Theatre Group will perform a musical adaptation of the story, “Robin Hood”. This family friendly production will be performed at the Westfield Women’s Club. 413-572-6838. 28 Court Street. Westfield, MA ($)

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Monday, April 30th, 2012

8am – NATURE STUDIES: Help restore Atlantic Salmon in MA by stocking Salmon fry with MassWildlife at the West Branch of the Westfield River in Chester. You will get wet!!! Some waders will be available for loan. A change of clothes is a good idea. You will be walking on slippery stream and river beds, up and down steep banks in chest or hip waders so you should be in good physical condition. BYO Lunch. Meet in the parking lot Tekoa Country Club in Westfield. Call to confirm schedule: 508-389-6331. Chester, MA (FREE)

12:30-1:30pm – WELLNESS: The Palmer-Munson Family Network is offering a health and fitness time for families!  The event starts with a 30-minute Zumbatomic class, a fun dance-themed exercise class that’s totally fun.  Afterward, there’s a hands-on healthy snack making activity.  Kids can learn about healthy eating and get some great exercise!  Registration required.  413-238-6246.  4 Springfield Street.  Three Rivers, MA.  (FREE)

3-5:30pm – LITERACY: The North End Center for Learning and Literacy hosts a Children’s Day Celebration!  The event celebrates children, books, and the importance of reading.  Located at the Gerena School.  413-862-9429.  200 Bernie Avenue.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

4:30-7pm – COMMUNITY DINNER: Berkshire Dance Theater presents a spaghetti dinner – the event is a fundraiser for the nonprofit.  BDT focuses on dance and gymnastics performances, and is located in Adams, Williamstown, and Bennington, VT.  Takes place at the Bounti-fare Restaurant.  200 Howland Avenue.  Adams, 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 ($)
  • 3-5pm –ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple St. Holyoke, MA ($)
  • 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, May 1st, 2012

HAPPY MAY DAY!

8am – NATURE STUDIES: Help restore Atlantic Salmon in MA by stocking Salmon fry with MassWildlife at the East Branch of the Westfield River in Cummington. You will get wet!!! Some waders will be available for loan. A change of clothes is a good idea. You will be walking on slippery stream and river beds, up and down steep banks in chest or hip waders so you should be in good physical condition. BYO Lunch. Meet at the Norwottuck Rail Trail in Northampton. Call to confirm schedule: 508-389-6331. Cummington, MA (FREE)

11am – MAY DAY CELEBRATION: Celebrate May Day with the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School!  Festivities include a may pole, morris dancers, and country dancing performed by students!  There will also be games, live music, and a picnic!  413-528-4015.  35 West Plain Road.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE)

1:30-6:30pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: The Tuesday Market is today!  It takes place behind Thornes Marketplace, and there are tons of locally grown and produced foods and goods to be had.  Live music, fun for kids, and more!  Armory Street.  Northampton, MA.  (MARKET) ♦

3:30-4:30pm – STORYTIME: Read and share stories with Addie, the Lee Library’s visiting therapy dog!  She’s a German Shepherd, and her favorite people are kids – especially ones who read to her.  413-243-0385.  100 Main Street.  Lee, MA.  (FREE) ♦

6pm – LITERACY: The Gateway Regional High School will host, A Night of a Million Books, an international project to promote literacy.  Dinner, entertainment and activities for families. 413-667-2203. Gateway High School. Huntington, MA (FREE)

6:30pm – LEGOS: Edwards Public Library host a Lego Club. Kids can come build and display at the library! 413-529=9480. 30 East Street. Southampton, MA (FREE)

7-9pm – HISTORY: Celebrate International Workers’ Day at Heritage State Park!  The event will feature a focus on people who made important history happen, but who are often left out of history books.  There will be readings, music, and more!  Great way for kids to learn about workers’ rights, and about looking at history critically.  221 Appleton Street. Holyoke, 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)

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 ($)
  • 3-5pm –ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple St. Holyoke, MA ($)
  • 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. (<$)
  • 10am – BREASTFEEDINGSUPPORT: Childcare of the Berkshires hosts a breastfeeding group for mothers at the Haskins Center! 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – RHYME TIME: The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School hosts Rhyme Time this morning at Matrushka Toys! Designed for kids who are infants, crawlers, or toddlers, the program involves finger play, fun rhymes, circle games, and puppets and is lead by early childhood teachers. 413-528-4015. 309 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1-2:30pm – NEW MOTHERS CIRCLE: Cradle hosts a gathering of moms and babies in a comfortable and supportive environment. Share your experiences with other moms and bond over the transformations that come with motherhood. 413-341-5282. Thornes Marketplace, 3rd Floor. Main Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1-5pm – ART: The Art Garden has drop-in art making every afternoon! Kids can experiment with new mediums and materials- it’s an art adventure! 413-625-2782. 14 Depot Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (<$) [CLOSED ON MAY 1 & 2]
  • 1:30-6:30pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: The Tuesday Market is today!  It takes place behind Thornes Marketplace, and there are tons of locally grown and produced foods and goods to be had.  Live music, fun for kids, and more!  Armory Street.  Northampton, MA.  (MARKET) ♦
  • 2pm – FILM: Amherst Cinema has baby-friendly screenings today! Call to confirm as screen times change. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (<$) ♦
  • 2:15-4pm – ANIME: The Goodwin Library hosts an afternoon of anime! Kids who are enthusiastic about the Japanese cartoon-style movies and shows can explore all things anime amongst a group of other anime enthusiasts. 413-584-7451. 50 Middle Street. Hadley, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3pm – CRAFTS: Craft Club at the Hatfield Library! There’s a new activity every week. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3-4:30 – CRAFTS: Drop-in crafts at the Liberty Branch Library. 413-263-6849. 773 Liberty Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3:30-4:30pm – STORYTIME: Read and share stories with Addie, the Lee Library’s visiting therapy dog!  She’s a German Shepherd, and her favorite people are kids – especially ones who read to her.  413-243-0385.  100 Main Street.  Lee, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 4:30-5:30pm – PHYSICS: Learn yo-yo tricks at A2Z this afternoon! Lead by world class pros, Yo-Yo School teaches kids basic yo-yo tricks. Learning to yo-yo is a great supplement to studies of motion and physics! 413-586-1611. 57 King Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 6pm – GAMES: The 4th Tuesday of every month is Scrabble night at the Monson Library! All ages are welcome. Scrabble can help kids practice spelling an work on their vocabulary. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 6:30pm – BINGO: The Hinsdale Lions Club hosts Bingo every Tuesday evening. Though it’s generally an adult game, your kids can come too for a fun intergenerational evening. If they’re learning to count, they can get some great practice matching numbers on your card. Doors open at 5, and dinner is available inexpensively beforehand. 413-655-2973. Maple Street (Route 143). Hinsdale, MA. (<$) ♦
  • 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, May 2nd, 2012

HOMESCHOOL: Old Sturbridge Village is offering a special Home School Day for families to school at home or supplement their children’s education. Sturbridge, MA ($) 

2-6pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: Shop for local food and goods at the Florence Famers’ Market!  Takes place on the lawn at the Florence Civic Center.  North Maple Street.  Florence, MA.  (MARKET) ♦

1:30-3pm – BOARD GAMES: Students at Westfield State University present the Board Game Bonanza!  Students have created games that incorporate traditional classroom subjects and physical movement – kids can learn about a wide variety of topics by playing!  Takes place in the Woodward Center Lounge.  Western Avenue.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

6:30-7:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Greenfield Center School is hosting a film and discussion series titled, “Raising Healthy Kids in a Media Saturated World.”  The film shown tonight is Dream Worlds.  413-773-1700.  71 Montague City Road.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE) – call to confirm!

7-9pm – WRITING: Owl and Raven hosts an intergenerational sci-fi writers’ group!  Writers can work in a space with others working on similar projects, share work for critique, and seek advice and support from other writers.  413-341-3581.  2 Conz Street.  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) ♦
  • 10:30-11:30am – 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) ♦
  • 10:30 – STORYTIME: Bring your preK kids to the Monson Library for stories, songs, and fun! 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE)
  • 2pm – STORYTIME: At the Arms Library! Toddlers and pre-school aged children can visit the library with their caregivers for stories, socializing, and a snack! 413-625-6194. Bridge Street. Shelburne Falls, 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) ♦

WEDNESDAY 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 ($)
  • 3-5pm –ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple St. Holyoke, MA ($)

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. (<$) ♦
  • 1-5pm – ART: The Art Garden has drop-in art making every afternoon! Kids can experiment with new mediums and materials- it’s an art adventure! 413-625-2782. 14 Depot Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (<$) [CLOSED ON MAY 1 & 2]
  • 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)
  • 2-6pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: Shop for local food and goods at the Florence Famers’ Market!  Takes place on the lawn at the Florence Civic Center.  North Maple Street.  Florence, MA.  (MARKET) ♦
  • 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, May 3rd, 2012

12:15-1:15pm – CONCERT: Gaia Roots performs at Berkshire Community College!  The event is part of the college’s free Forum events, and features Caribbean-inspired drumming, dance, and storytelling.  Takes place in room K-111 at the Koussevitzky Arts Center.  343 Main Street.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE)

1-3pm – FATHERS’ GROUP: Amherst Family Center hosts a fathers’ group!  413-256-1145.  121 North Pleasant Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

4-5pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: UMass presents “Can Colleges Be More Family-Friendly?” with James Rosenbaum, PhD, professor of education, social policy, and sociology at Northwestern University.  Rosenbaum’s work includes the Gautreaux project, which examined the effects of moving black families from project housing into subsidised housing in middle-class white neighborhoods in Chicago, and has inspired change in federal housing policy.  Takes place in the Cape Cod Lounge in the Student Union.  One Campus Center Way.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

4-6pm – MOVIES: The Forest Park Branch Library screens family-friendly movies this afternoon!  Call the library to check on what’s playing.  413-263-3843.  380 Belmont Avenue.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

7:30pm – THEATER: The Williston Northampton School presents Fiddler on the Roof!  The musical is about life in a Jewish Russian peasant village during the pogroms (during the early 20th century).  Great supplement to studies of Jewish history.  413-529-3434.  18 Payson Avenue.  Easthampton, MA.  (<$)

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

5-8pm – CULTURE AND COCKTAILS: Spend a night out Hawaiian style at the Wood Museum of Springfield History at the Springfield Museums!  This month’s Culture and Cocktails event will feature live Hawaiian music from Three Finger Poi, a Hawaiian shirt contest, free leis (of course!), and Hawaiian-inspired snacks and drinks.  800-625-7738.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, 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-12noon – STORYTIME: Visit the Hatfield Library for story hour! 39 Main Street. 413-247-9097. Hatfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3:30-4:30pm – STORYTIME: Special afternoon storytime at the Lee Library! Walk-in is OK but registration is encouraged. 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street. Lee, 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) ♦

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 ($)
  • 11am-1pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple St. Holyoke, MA ($)
  • 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) ♦
  • 10am – MUSIC: Montague Center Library hosts a music and movement class for kids! 413-367-2852. 17 Center Street. Montague, 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) ♦
  • 1-3pm – FATHERS’ GROUP: Amherst Family Center hosts a fathers’ group!  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. (<$)
  • 2:30-4pm – LIBRARY CLUB: Hatfield Library hosts library club! Each week, kids will explore a new topic and do hands-on activities relating to it. Registration required. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3:30-5pm – CRAFTS: Drop-in crafts at the Brightwood Branch Library. 413-263-6805. 359 Plainfield Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 4:30-5:30pm – PHYSICS: Learn yo-yo tricks at A2Z this afternoon! Lead by world class pros, Yo-Yo School teaches kids basic yo-yo tricks. Learning to yo-yo is a great supplement to studies of motion and physics! 413-586-1611. 57 King Street. Northampton, 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, May 4th, 2012

9:30am – BREASTFEEDING – La Leche League of Northampton meets first Friday of every month. Topics cover breastfeeding benefits, nutrition and weaning, home care of your infant, and support. 413-570-0684 150 Main St. 3rd Floor. Northampton, MA (FREE)

9:30-11am – FIELD TRIP/HISTORY: Take a trip to the American Textile History Museum to take part in a unique learning opportunity for their Homeschool Day!  There are two different programs offered today: “The Goat in the Rug” is designed for students in the equivalent of grades K-3, and teaches students about Navajo weaving through the story of Geraldine the Goat – kids will take part in a weaving project after; “Travel the Silk Road” is designed for kids in the equivalent of grades 3-5, and uses a life-size game board to teach students about the history of the Silk Road and the silk trade, as well as the process of creating rayon, a man-made silk substitute.  Call to register.  All workshops include a tour!  978-441-0400.  491 Dutton Street.  Lowell, MA (<$)

10:30-11:15am – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: Visit the Williams College Museum of Art  for a morning of storybook themed fun!  Today’s book is Jan Brett’s version of the classic tale, Town Mouse, Country Mouse.  Kids can look at artwork and go gallery activities, then make a mouse puppet to take home!  15 Lawrence Hall Drive.  Williamstown, MA.  (<$)

3pm – HISTORY: May is National Preservation Month!  Historic Deerfield is hosting tours focused on the architecture of the buildings that make up the museum, paired with a discussion of the buildings’ locations and important history.  Learn about early New England architecture, and how the style reflected the culture of the time!  413-775-7127. 80 Old Main Street.  Deerfield, MA.  ($)

5-8pm – ART WALK: First Fridays Artswalk happens in the Upstreet Cultural District.  413-281-6665. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

7-8:30pm – ANIMAL ADVENTURE: Ponds come alive at night in the springtime!  Visit the pond at Red Gate Farm to learn about tadpoles, peepers, and other spring creatures as they come out for the night.  Call to register.  413-625-9503.  4 Norman Road.  Buckland, MA.  (<$)

7:30pm – THEATER: The Williston Northampton School presents Fiddler on the Roof!  The musical is about life in a Jewish Russian peasant village during the pogroms (during the early 20th century).  Great supplement to studies of Jewish history.  413-529-3434.  18 Payson Avenue.  Easthampton, 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)
  • 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: Baby 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 ($)
  • 2-4pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-772-6891. 41 Barr Ave. Greenfield, MA ($)
  • 3-5pm –ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple St. Holyoke, 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) ♦
  • 5-8pm – ART WALK: First Fridays Artswalk happens in the Upstreet Cultural District.  First Friday of the month. 413-281-6665. Pittsfield, 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)
  • 6:30-9pm – COFFEEHOUSE: Hilltown Coffeehouse happens every Friday night at the Village Church. Bring the family to enjoy and participate in music and games. An excellent intergenerational opportunity for families in the Hilltowns to meet their neighbors in a casual and creative environment. BYOB. 413-563-1981. Cummington, 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) ♦
  • 7-9pm – 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) ♦
  • 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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