Suggested Events for June 2nd-8th, 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

Have you noticed all the Eastern Tiger Swallowtails fluttering about this spring, puddling in your compost and pollinating your early blooms?  The butterfly garden at the Three Sisters Sanctuary in Goshen, MA is a lovely place to see them while enjoying this eccentric Hilltown landmark.   June 10th will be a great day to visit as it’s the same day the sanctuary will host the 1st Annual Hilltown Bluegrass Festival! (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Suggest EventIf you have a family friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, post your event on our “Suggest An Event” page. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending.

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In Franklin Co. on Saturday from 10am-2pm – FISHING: It’s Family Fish Day at the Great Falls Discovery Center!  Kids can learn about fishing – everything from fly tying to types of fish found locally.  No need to bring equipment, everything necessary will be provided!  There will also be art activities and chances to learn about local habitat.  If kids are interested in learning about the sport of fishing or doing some fishing of their own, this event is a way to get them started.  Takes place at Unity Park.  413-863-3221.  Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

In Berkshire Co. on Saturday from 10am-4pm – FAMILY DAY: Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary hosts Family Fun Day with live animal demonstrations, crafts, singing, guided nature walks, and opportunities to learn about honey bees and to participate in a Nature Quest. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA (FREE)

In Hampshire Co. on Saturday from 11am-3pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Williamsburg Historical Society hosts “A Day to Look Back and Remember,” an event featuring many unique opportunities to learn about local history.  There will be a reenactment of a school lesson, a guided informational tour of the Williamsburg Reservoir Dam, historical exhibits, and intergenerational conversations about community events past and present.  413-268-7757.  Williamsburg, MA.  (FREE)

In Hampshire Co. on Sunday from 11am-3:30pm – ECOLOGY/HISTORY: Sunday is the 5th annual Fort River Celebration Day! There will be educational activities and displays, all designed to teach the community about the river’s history, the organisms it is home to, and its role within the community. There will also be a rubber ducky race, and a canoe ride from 2-3:30. Takes place at Groff Park. Mill Lane. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

In Hampden Co. on Sunday at 2pm – KIDS’ CONCERT: See Beethoven’s Wig performed live at the Wistariahurst Museum!  Musician Richard Perlmutter has created silly lyrics to accompany well-known classical music as a way to introduce classical music to kids.  Fun and educational!  413-322-5660.  238 Cabot Street.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE)

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Saturday, June 9th from 9am-12noon – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Help to sustain and maintain an important community resource at Red Gate Farm’s volunteer day!  Families can visit the farm to help out with all kinds of different tasks, from planting and weeding in the garden to preparing the farm’s program building for summer events.  Snacks provided for volunteers.  Helping out at the farm can help kids to appreciate all that is offered there!  413-625-9503.  4 Norman Road.  Buckland, MA.  (VOLUNTEER)

Saturday, June 9th from 10am-4pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Celebrate the Deerfield River and its role within the community at Riverfest!  The event includes a parade (with mask-making for those who would like to participate beforehand), live music, an opportunity to learn about fly-tying, performances, and more!  413-625-6628.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (FREE)

Sunday, June 10th from 11am-3pm – FAMILY DAY: It’s Family Day at The Mount!  Families can visit the historic home to learn about the life of Edith Wharton, its one-time resident.  Explore the home and its gorgeous grounds, take part in a scavenger hunt, hear a story, and do other fun family activities.  Bring a picnic!  413-551-5110.  2 Plunkett Street.  Lenox, MA.  (FREE)

BULLETIN BOARD

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“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!

BOYS TO MEN MENTORING: Boys to Men Mentoring Network. Boys between the ages of 12 and 17 can be matched with a male mentor. The Boys to Men experience gives young men higher self-esteem, empowered sense of self, and a greater capacity for compassion and empathy. Mentors go through a comprehensive training program, pass a background check, and agree to commit for one year. Boys are challenged and supported in new ways, and find their own integrity, courage, respect, passion, and leadership and they discover that they can access these qualities and put them to work. For more information visit www.boystomennewengland.org.

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YOUNG PARENTS: Support for young parents. Healthy Families is a free home-visiting support program for first- time parents, age 20 and under. Home Visitors provide parenting support at participant homes, as well as in groups with other first time pregnant and parenting teens. Activities are geared toward young parents’ interests, whether it be support groups on relationships or making special journals about their child’s first years of life. All services are voluntary and confidential. Spanish speaking home visitors are available. For more information, visit www.communityaction.us.

FRIENDS OF CHILDREN: Friends of Children, Inc. advocates to protect the basic human rights of all children to have a safe, consistent and nurturing environment in which to develop their full potential. Programs include court-appointed special advocates, mentoring to children who age out of the child-welfare system, foster transition support, assistance and guidance to parents in their role of advocate for their children, and community education. For more information, visit www.friendsofchildreninc.org.


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June 2nd-8th, 2012

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Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

Farmers’ Markets

“Hilltown Families has been a godsend! There’s great family activities all over the place, but we used to find out about them too late or not at all. With Hilltown Families, the weekly update keeps our busy family connected. Even though we’re on the outer eastern edge of the Valley, we do travel!” – Tim Cohen-Mitchell (Orange, 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.  – This week the Sugar Free Allstars take a journey thru funk and groove with lots of great background information about the songs and styles. Educational, Fun, and Funky! -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 – ROAD RACE: Support Berkshire Trail Elementary School by running in the Rhubarb Run 5k race!  The top runner in each division will get their very own strawberry-rhubarb pie from Bread Euphoria.  Registration begins at 8:15am.  Main Street and Route 9.  Cummington, MA.  (FUNDRAISER) – POSTPONED TO 6/9

9am-1pm – TAG SALE: The Northampton Parents Center’s annual tag and bake sale takes place today in front of the Unitarian Society.  Main Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FUNDRAISER) – POSTPONED TO 6/9

9am-3pm – TAG SALE: Visit the Florence Civic Center to get some great new-to-you goodies at a multi-vendor tag sale!  90 Park Street.  Florence, MA.  (SALE)

9am-3pm – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Be a trail crew volunteer for the day at Mt. Greylock!  It’s National Trails Day, and community members will be coming together to do all kinds of work on the park’s trails to get them ready for the season.  There will be many different activities to help out with.  Meet at the tool shed across from the visitor center.  413-499-4262.  30 Rockwell Road.  Lanesborough, MA.  (VOLUNTEER)

9am-5pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: During the spring, anadromous fish (those who live in rivers but spawn in the ocean) make their way to their Atlantic breeding grounds – watch them make their way down the Connecticut River at the Turners Falls Fishway! The fishway offers kids a chance to see directly into the river through a special viewing window, an experience that can serve as the foundation for building an understanding of the life cycle of fish and/or river ecosystems. 800-859-2960. 1 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

9:30am-5pm – HISTORY/TRANSPORTATION: Visit Old Sturbridge Village for their annual antique car rally!  Over 70 automobiles from before 1946 will be on display, and a parade will take place at 3:30.  Along with the learning opportunities always available at the village, the car show presents an opportunity for kids to learn about the evolution of transportation and early automobile designs.  800-733-1830.  1 Old Sturbirdge Village Road.  Sturbridge, MA.  ($)

9:30am-12:30pm – LITERACY: Find new books, play games, makes books, and do other fun reading-related activities at the Immanuel Lutheran Reading Fun Fair!  Families can also donate books that they’ve aged out of to the Reader-to-Reader program at the fair.  867 North Pleasant Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

10am – AUDITIONS: Local actors and actresses (or those aspiring to be) can audition to be part of the Arena Civic Theater’s fall production of, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”  There will be parts for kids and adults, and not all characters will have to sing.  Takes place at the Jones Library.  413-549-1511.  43 Amity Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

10am – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: See cows take over downtown Brattleboro!  The annual Strolling of the Heifers parade takes place today – there will be tons of live entertainment, and parade participants (of the non-bovine variety) include tons of local performers, community organizations, etc.  The event also features the annual Live Green Expo, which promotes healthy, green living in the area and features exhibits, events, and activities for families that highlight local farms and resources.  There will also be a farmers’ market, book sale, and a contra dance!  Brattleboro, VT.  (FREE)

10-11:30am – BOTANICAL STUDIES: Go on a guided walk of the North Amherst Community Farm and learn about wild edibles!  Guide John Root will share information on finding, harvesting, and preparing local wild edibles.  1089 North Pleasant Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

10am-2pm – FISHING: It’s Family Fish Day at the Great Falls Discovery Center!  Kids can learn about fishing – everything from fly tying to types of fish found locally.  No need to bring equipment, everything necessary will be provided!  There will also be art activities and chances to learn about local habitat.  If kids are interested in learning about the sport of fishing or doing some fishing of their own, this event is a way to get them started.  Takes place at Unity Park.  413-863-3221.  Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

10am-2pm – BOTANICAL STUDIES: Learn to identify native wildflowers with the Hitchcock Center for the Environment!  Naturalist Nancy Goodman will lead a field exploration where participants will use Newcombe’s Wildflower Guide to identify and learn about the plants they find.  BYO lunch, sunscreen, and bug spray.  Call to register.  413-256-6006.  Station Road.  Amherst, MA.  ($)

10am-3pm – TREE STUDY/HIKE: Explore some old growth forest at the Mohawk Trail State Forest!  Bob Leverett will lead the expedition into some of the state’s most interesting forest, and share information on the forest’s history and significance within the Native American Community.  The hike will be of moderate difficulty for frequent hikers, and is best for older students.  Bring water, lunch, and some form of bug protection.  175 Mohawk Trail.  Charlemont, MA.  (FREE)

10am-4pm – FAMILY DAY: Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary hosts Family Fun Day with live animal demonstrations, crafts, singing, guided nature walks, and opportunities to learn about honey bees and to participate in a Nature Quest. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA (FREE)

10am-4pm – COMMUNITY DAY: Morse Hill Outdoor Education Center is hosting Community Day today!  Families can visit the center to take part in community work, explore the ropes course, and end the day with a barbecue and a zip line trip.  413-253-1807.  65 Wentworth Manor Drive.  Amherst, MA.

10am-4pm – NATURE STUDIES: It’s Family Fun Day at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary!  Visit for guided walks, live animal demonstrations, crafts, food, talks, and more – all centered around nature learning for kids!  413-584-3009.  124 Coombs Road.  Easthampton, MA.  (FREE)

10am-4pm – FOOD HISTORY: Historic Deerfield’s open hearth cooking program is celebrating its 25th anniversary! Throughout the month of June, cooks will be preparing traditional food and drink enjoyed during celebrations in early New England.  Visitors can learn about the history of food and cooking, and think about how food preparation has changed over time.  413-775-7127.  80 Old Main Street.  Deerfield, MA.  ($)

10:30am-12noon – COOKING CLASS: Chandlers Restaurant is hosting a cooking class for kids!  Not only will they learn to create a tasty dish, but they will learn about the science behind how the food (and its delicious flavor!) is created.  Call to register.  413-665-1277.  25 Greenfield Road.  Deerfield, MA.  ($)

10:30am-12noon, or 12:30-2pm – FIBER ARTS: Learn to felt at the Field Memorial Library!  Local fiber artist Susan McFarland, along with support from the Conway Cultural Council, is offering a beginner’s felting workshop – participants will learn the basics of felting, as well as how to create beads and a felted rope.  The first workshop is for ages 14+, while the second is kid-friendly but requires that an adult accompany crafters.  Call to register.  413-369-4631.  16 Elm Street.  Conway, MA.  (FREE)

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 – MARIONETTE SHOW: Marmalade Productions will be at the Spectrum Playhouse with their show “Michael’s Surprise Show,” a show that travels into the world of puppets. 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street. Lee, MA. (FREE)

11am-3pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Williamsburg Historical Society hosts “A Day to Look Back and Remember,” an event featuring many unique opportunities to learn about local history.  There will be a reenactment of a school lesson, a guided informational tour of the Williamsburg Reservoir Dam, historical exhibits, and intergenerational conversations about community events past and present.  413-268-7757.  Williamsburg, MA.  (FREE)

11am-3pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Hillcrest Educational Centers will host the 2nd Annual HillcrestFest for families.  Musician David Grover will give a family concert and a wide variety of festive activities will accent the day, from clowns to pony rides to spin art. Find out about their shuttle service. 413-499-7924. 788 South Street. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

11am – OPENING DAY: Bascom Lodge atop Mount Greylock will host a series of events today to celebrate their opening for the summer.  There will be a tepee raising and drumming at 11am, mountain blessing at 1pm, storytelling at 2pm an dmusic by Joseph Firecrow at 4pm.  413-743-1591. Adams, MA (FREE)

12noon-2pm – FISH STUDIES/ART: Make a cool, unique print using a fish at Northfield Mountain!  BYO item to print on (shirt, tote bag, pillowcase, etc.) and then paint and stamp the fish.  Not only will visitors get to make interesting (and wearable!) art, they’ll learn about fish native to the Connecticut River.  No real fish will be harmed for the project- scientifically accurate replicas will be used!  800-859-2960.  Millers Falls Road.  Northfield, MA.  (FREE)

12noon-4:30pm – GARDENING/HISTORY: Learn about heirloom vegetables and help to plant and maintain the History Workshop Garden at Historic Deerfield!  Visitors will learn what foods made up an early New England diet, what qualifies a vegetable as an heirloom, and more!  Kids can plant their own seeds to take home to grow.  413-775-1214.  Old Main Street.  Deerfield, MA.  ($)

1-3pm – HISTORY/GAMES: Enjoy an afternoon of Victorian lawn games at the Wistariahurst Museum! Families can play and learn about many different games enjoyed by Victorian children. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

1-3pm – GARDENING: Seeds of Solidarity and the Orange Public Library present a workshop for community members interested in learning more about gardening!  Knowledge will be shared on creating raised garden beds, soil fertility, and more.  978-575-0444.  172 Athol Road.  Orange, MA.  (FREE)

1-4pm – HERBS: Learn about creating homemade herbal medicine at the North Amherst Community Farm!  Having useful herbal medicines on hand at home provides quick, inexpensive, and relatively simple remedies, and allows for more self-reliance in treating illness.  Call to register, space limited.  413-549-6949.  1089 North Pleasant Street.  Amherst, MA.  ($$)

2-4pm – ART/SCULPTURE: The Jasper Rand Art Museum at the Westfield Athenaeum is hosting a show by sculptors H. Augustus Lukeman and Catherine Leuchs Bohrman!  The exhibit’s opening reception takes place this afternoon – a visit to the museum can supplement studies of art and design, and kids can learn about the art of sculpture.  413-568-7833.  6 Elm Street.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

3pm – CONCERT: The Sojourner Truth Quartet performs at the Forbes Library as part of their Jazz in the Afternoon series!  The group plays original work, as well as some classic jazz.  413-587-1013.  50 West Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

4pm – KIDS’ CONCERT: The Royal Order of Chords and Keys (R.O.C.K.) is playing their last show today at the Maple School!  Their rockin’ kids’ music is fun for the whole family – and the event is a fundraiser for the school.  The show takes place on the school’s playground, but in case of rain will take place at the White Brook Middle School gym.  413-529-1550.  Easthampton, MA (DONATION)

4:30, 7, or 9pm – FILM: Images Cinema is screening the documentary, “Bully” this weekend. The movie follows five families through bullying-related issues and presents an argument for societal and cultural change surrounding bullying.  413-458-5612.  50 Spring Street.  Williamstown, MA.  ($)

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) ♦

7pm – THEATER: Gateway Regional High School students present, “Our Town,” a play by Thornton Wilder that tells the story of a small, fictional New England community and requires few props and little scenery – the story relies heavily on its actors to set the scene. 413-667-8739.  12 Littleville Road.  Huntington, MA.  ($)

7pm – MUSICAL: Mt. Greylock Middle School musical, “Alice in Wonderland,” will be performed in the auditorium. 413-458-9582. 1781 Cold Spring Road. Williamstown, MA

7-9pm – ANIMAL ADVENTURE: Explore the Forest Park Zoo by flashlight!  Learn about the reasons behind animals’ evening behaviors, as well as special nocturnal animals!  413-733-2251.  293 Sumner Avenue.  Springfield, MA.  ($)

7-10pm – SQUARE DANCE: Enjoy a family-friendly evening of square dancing at the Montague Grange!  There will be live old-time music and experienced callers!  34 Main Street.  Montague, MA.  (<$)

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

6-9pm – IRISH MUSIC: The Blackburn Inn hosts a concert of live traditional Irish music, performed by Kire Jewett and TJ Ezold.  Hear everything from reels to jigs, waltzes to polkas!  144 Huntington Road.  Worthington, MA.

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Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

“As a child care center director, and a mom of 4, this site is a wonderful resource. I share links to this site with families I work with, and I get great ideas for my family too! Thank you for having so much great information all in one place! – I especially love the ideas for parents to get out for child-free time together.” – Christy Little (Easthampton, 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.

9am-5pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: During the spring, anadromous fish (those who live in rivers but spawn in the ocean) make their way to their Atlantic breeding grounds – watch them make their way down the Connecticut River at the Turners Falls Fishway! The fishway offers kids a chance to see directly into the river through a special viewing window, an experience that can serve as the foundation for building an understanding of the life cycle of fish and/or river ecosystems. 800-859-2960. 1 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

9:30am-5pm – HISTORY/TRANSPORTATION: Visit Old Sturbridge Village for their annual antique car rally!  Over 70 automobiles from before 1946 will be on display, and a parade will take place at 3:30.  Along with the learning opportunities always available at the village, the car show presents an opportunity for kids to learn about the evolution of transportation and early automobile designs.  800-733-1830.  1 Old Sturbirdge Village Road.  Sturbridge, MA.  ($)

10am-4pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Spend the day rock climbing with Morse Hill Outdoor Education Center!  Families can learn to climb and rappell (skills taught depend on age of participant) and will get to explore Chapel Ledges, a fun and easy climbing area for beginners.  Call to register.  413-253-1807.  Williamsburg Road.  Ashfield, MA.  ($$)

10am-4pm – LOCAL FARMS: Journey through southern Vermont on the Strolling of the Heifers Farm, Food, and Fiber Tour!  The event is a self-guided tour to many local farms, and families can learn about local agriculture, farming techniques, and more.  Southern Vermont.  (FREE)

10am-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: The Amelia Park Children’s Museum is a great place for families to visit!  The museum has lengthened hours on the weekend, and it’s full of fun exhibits for kids to explore and learn from!  413-572-4014.  29 South Broad Street.  Westfield, MA.  ($)

10:30am-12noon – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Explore the Quabbin Overlook and go on a story walk!  Listen for birds and check out new spring plants, and hear a great story.  Lead by Dawn Ward.  Meet at the Town Common.  978-544-5157.  New Salem, MA.  (FREE)

11am-3:30pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Today is the 5th annual Fort River Celebration Day!  There will be educational activities and displays, all designed to teach the community about the river’s history, the organisms it is home to, and its role within the community.  There will also be a rubber ducky race, and a canoe ride from 2-3:30.  Takes place at Groff Park.  Mill Lane.  Amherst, 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 – CYCLING/FAMILY FUN: Families can participate in KRide, an annual bike event to raise money for cancer research and treatment!  The event includes rides of many different distances – the 11:30 start time is for the shortest, a 10-mile trek.  Following the ride, there will be fun family activities, live music, and food!  Register day of event.  Event begins (and ends) at Hampshire College.  893 West Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FUNDRAISER)

12noon-4:30pm – GARDENING/HISTORY: Learn about heirloom vegetables and help to plant and maintain the History Workshop Garden at Historic Deerfield!  Visitors will learn what foods made up an early New England diet, what qualifies a vegetable as an heirloom, and more!  Kids can plant their own seeds to take home to grow.  413-775-1214.  Old Main Street.  Deerfield, MA.  ($)

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

1-4pm – MINI GOLF: Play some rounds of mini golf and help raise money for the Erving Public Library!  413-423-3348.  17 Moore Street.  Erving, MA.  (FUNDRAISER)

2pm – KIDS’ CONCERT: Celebrate the release of Burchie Green’s new children’s CD, Cool Cat Cafe, at the Florence Community Center!  413-587-1323.  140 Pine Street.  Florence, MA.  (FREE)

2pm – KIDS’ CONCERT: See Beethoven’s Wig performed live at the Wistariahurst Museum!  Musician Richard Perlmutter has created silly lyrics to accompany well-known classical music as a way to introduce the music to kids.  Fun and educational!  413-322-5660.  238 Cabot Street.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE)

3pm – AUDITIONS: Local actors and actresses (or those aspiring to be) can audition to be part of the Arena Civic Theater’s fall production of, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”  There will be parts for kids and adults, and not all characters will have to sing.  Takes place at the Jones Library.  413-549-1511.  43 Amity Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

4pm – HISTORY: Learn about the Civil War and human rights by seeing, “They Call Me Lizzy,” a play telling the story of a slave who became Mary Todd Lincoln’s personal dressmaker and confidante at North Hall.  The show is a single-actor production, and is both entertaining and educational.  413-667-5543.  40 Searle Road.  Huntington, MA.  (<$)

4:30 or 7pm – FILM: Images Cinema is screening the documentary, “Bully” this weekend. The movie follows five families through bullying-related issues and presents an argument for societal and cultural change surrounding bullying.  413-458-5612.  50 Spring Street.  Williamstown, MA.  ($)

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Monday, June 4th, 2012

6-8pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Community Network for Children hosts Pottytime Signs, a workshop for parents that will provide techniques, strategies, and other information on potty training young children.  Dinner and childcare available.  Call to register.  Takes place at Erving Elementary School.  978-544-5157.  28 Northfield Road.  Erving, MA.  (FREE)

6-9pm – WATER SKIING: Learn to water ski!  The Oxbow Water Ski Show Team is hosting a learn-to-ski night for the community – kids and parents of almost all ages can try out the sport!  Registration required.  413-636-2094.  180 Island Road.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

As the summer months approach, many playgroups & storytimes turn towards a summer schedule.  As always, please confirm before packing up the kids and heading out.

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) ♦
  • 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 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)
  • 3:15-4:15pm – CHESS: Afterschool chess club for kids in grades 2 and up at the Storrs Library!  All abilities welcome – learn the game, or practice your skills.  413-565-4182.  693 Longmeadow Street.  Longmeadow, 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, June 5th, 2012

9:30am – ANIMAL STUDY: Preschool aged kids can learn about American birds of prey with expert Tom Ricardi!  There will be some live birds on hand, too.  Takes place at the First Congregational Church.  165 Main Street.  Conway, MA.  (FREE)

10-11:30am – PARENT WORKSHOP: Amherst Family Center offers a workshop on child sexual abuse and prevention, “Keeping Your Child Safe.” Childcare provided during workshop. 413-545-0883. 413-545-0865. Unitarian Universalist Meeting House (rear entrance). 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA (FREE)

3:30pm – BAKING/LOCAL FOOD: Northampton’s Tuesday Market is hosting a strawberry dessert party this week to benefit the market’s Food Stampsx2 program!  Community members are asked to donate strawberry-themed desserts to the event, and will be able to try other treats donated.  Please deliver donations by 3:30pm – no dairy-based desserts (ex.cheesecake) for food safety reasons.  Enjoy the beginning of berry season and support a great cause!  Armory Street (behind Thornes Marketplace).  Northampton, MA.  (<$)

5-6:30pm – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Horizons for Homeless Children is holding a training for community members interested in becoming volunteers with their program.  Volunteers must commit to at least two hours per week of visits to play spaces in homeless shelters, where they can help homeless children have meaningful, fun, and educational play experiences.  Volunteers must be either over 18, or 16 or 17 and accompanied by an adult.  For younger students, the trainings are an opportunity to learn about the realities of homelessness in their community.  Call to register.  413-532-0467.  Springfield, MA.  (VOLUNTEER)

5:30-8pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Take part in “Guiding Good Choices,” a five-week series of workshops (beginning May 22nd) for parents on helping kids make good choices when offered substances, teaching healthy beliefs, and helping kids learn to recognize their strengths and encourage family involvement.  Dinner, transportation (if necessary), and childcare provided.  Sponsored by SPIFFY and the Collaborative for Educational Services.  Takes place at JFK Middle School.  Call to register.  413-584-5690 ex. 102.  100 Bridge Road.  Florence, MA.  (FREE)

7-8:30pm – SUSTAINABLE LIVING:  The West County Resilience Committee is hosting a meeting where community members (including kids and teens!) can share their ideas, tips, and strategies for money-saving, planet- and community-friendly living – focusing on the four R’s, Recycling, Repairing, Refusing, and Reusing!  Takes place at the Shelburne Senior Center.  413-624-3240.  7 Main Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (FREE)

As the summer months approach, many playgroups & storytimes turn towards a summer schedule.  As always, please confirm before packing up the kids and heading out.

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) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Northampton Parents Center hosts playgroup at the Florence Safety Village during the summer months! North Farms Road. Florence, 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: 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 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. (<$)
  • 10am – BREASTFEEDINGSUPPORT: Childcare of the Berkshires hosts a breastfeeding group for mothers at the Haskins Center! 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – RHYME TIME: The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School hosts Rhyme Time this morning at Matrushka Toys! Designed for kids who are infants, crawlers, or toddlers, the program involves finger play, fun rhymes, circle games, and puppets and is lead by early childhood teachers. 413-528-4015. 309 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1-2:30pm – NEW MOTHERS CIRCLE: Cradle hosts a gathering of moms and babies in a comfortable and supportive environment. Share your experiences with other moms and bond over the transformations that come with motherhood. 413-341-5282. Thornes Marketplace, 3rd Floor. Main Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1-5pm – ART: The Art Garden has drop-in art making every afternoon! Kids can experiment with new mediums and materials- it’s an art adventure! 413-625-2782. 14 Depot Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (<$)
  • 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, June 6th, 2012

9am-5pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: During the spring, anadromous fish (those who live in rivers but spawn in the ocean) make their way to their Atlantic breeding grounds – watch them make their way down the Connecticut River at the Turners Falls Fishway! The fishway offers kids a chance to see directly into the river through a special viewing window, an experience that can serve as the foundation for building an understanding of the life cycle of fish and/or river ecosystems. 800-859-2960. 1 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

5-6:30pm – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Horizons for Homeless Children is holding a training for community members interested in becoming volunteers with their program.  Volunteers must commit to at least two hours per week of visits to play spaces in homeless shelters, where they can help homeless children have meaningful, fun, and educational play experiences.  Volunteers must be either over 18, or 16 or 17 and accompanied by an adult.  For younger students, the trainings are an opportunity to learn about the realities of homelessness in their community.  Call to register.  413-532-0467.  Springfield, MA.  (VOLUNTEER)

6pm – FAIR: The annual Dalton Fair is happening at the Dalton American Legion Field with loads of family fun, including many rides, attractions and fireworks on Friday. Route 9. Dalton, MA ($)

6:30pm – OUTDOOR CONCERT: The Art Steele Blues Band performs at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum as part of their Folk Traditions concert series!  Picnicking is allowed beginning at 5pm.  413-584-4699.  130 River Drive.  Hadley, MA.  ($)

6:30pm – CONCERT: Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the construction of the Springfield Central Library!  New England Winds will play in the building’s rotunda.  413-263-6828.  220 State Street.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

7:30-9pm – OUTDOOR CONCERT: The Shelburne Falls Military Band will play an outdoor concert tonight at their band shell!  Mechanic Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (FREE)

As the summer months approach, many playgroups & storytimes turn towards a summer schedule.  As always, please confirm before packing up the kids and heading out.

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: 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

  • 9:30 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 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. (<$) ♦
  • 9:45-11:15 – NEW MOTHERS: New and expecting mothers group with MotherWoman at the Amherst Family Center. Share experiences and get help with adjusting to motherhood. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Hike at Mt. Greylock! Every Wednesday, there’s a “Nice and Easy” family-friendly hike – it’s about two hours long and will cover 1-2 miles of trail. Call to find out meeting place. 413-499-4262. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 12noon – FILM: Pleasant Street Theater has a baby-friendly screening today! Call to confirm, as screening times change. 413-584-5848. 27 Pleasant Street. Northampton, MA. (<$) ♦
  • 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)
  • 2-6pm – 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, June 7th, 2012

9am-5pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: During the spring, anadromous fish (those who live in rivers but spawn in the ocean) make their way to their Atlantic breeding grounds – watch them make their way down the Connecticut River at the Turners Falls Fishway! The fishway offers kids a chance to see directly into the river through a special viewing window, an experience that can serve as the foundation for building an understanding of the life cycle of fish and/or river ecosystems. 800-859-2960. 1 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

9am, 1pm, and 7pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: The Connecticut Morgan Horse Show takes place this weekend at the Big E!  Visitors can attend one of the day’s sessions to learn about this specific breed of horse, its uses, and to see them compete in dressage, jumping, and more.  860-663-2495.  1305 Memorial Avenue.  West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

6-8pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Springfield Parent Academy hosts “Parents as the First Teacher,” a workshop that explores how guardians can be active in their child’s education. Held at the Dunbar Community Center. 33 Oak Street. Springfield, MA (FREE)

6pm – FAIR: The annual Dalton Fair is happening at the Dalton American Legion Field with loads of family fun, including many rides, attractions and fireworks on Friday. Route 9. Dalton, MA ($)

6-7pm – OUTDOOR CONCERT: The US Air Force Band’s rock band Afterburner performs at the Greenfield Energy Park tonight!  The group plays a mix of classic rock, pop, and R&B and is fun, high energy, and family-friendly.  Miles Street.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

7:30pm – FILM/MUSIC & LANGUAGE ARTS: Amherst Cinema screens, “My Business is to Sing,” a new documentary about the influences that music had on Emily Dickinson’s poetry and writing style.  Older students can learn about local history, classic literature, and the interdisciplinarity of art and writing.  413-253-2547.  28 Amity Street.  Amherst, MA.  ($)

As the summer months approach, many playgroups & storytimes turn towards a summer schedule.  As always, please confirm before packing up the kids and heading out.

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: Hosted by the Northampton Parents Center at the Little Playground at Look Park during the summer months. 300 North Main Srteet. Florence, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 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 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, June 8th, 2012

9am-5pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: During the spring, anadromous fish (those who live in rivers but spawn in the ocean) make their way to their Atlantic breeding grounds – watch them make their way down the Connecticut River at the Turners Falls Fishway! The fishway offers kids a chance to see directly into the river through a special viewing window, an experience that can serve as the foundation for building an understanding of the life cycle of fish and/or river ecosystems. 800-859-2960. 1 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

11am-12:50pm – ICE SKATING: Smead Arena has public skating!  Beat the heat and get some great exercise.  413-781-2599.  1780 Roosevelt Avenue.  Springfield, MA.  (<$) ♦

9am, 1pm, and 7pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: The Connecticut Morgan Horse Show takes place this weekend at the Big E!  Visitors can attend one of the day’s sessions to learn about this specific breed of horse, its uses, and to see them compete in dressage, jumping, and more.  860-663-2495.  1305 Memorial Avenue.  West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

4-8pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: It’s Free Family Friday at the Smith College Museum of Art!  The exhibit “Debussy’s Paris” is about to end – the event is a chance to see it before it’s gone!  There will be hands-on art activities for kids from 4-6pm, and an “open eyes” gallery talk for families at 6.  Elm Street at Bedford Terrace.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

5-11pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Granby Charter Days takes place this weekend!  Along with midway games, rides, and live music, there will also be animals to visit, exhibits to see, and opportunities to learn about the community!  Takes place at Dufresne Park.  Route 202. Granby, MA.  ($)

6pm – FAIR: The annual Dalton Fair is happening at the Dalton American Legion Field with loads of family fun, including many rides, attractions and FIREWORKS tonight. Route 9. Dalton, MA ($)

As the summer months approach, many playgroups & storytimes turn towards a summer schedule.  As always, please confirm before packing up the kids and heading out.

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: 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 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. (<$) ♦
  • 10am – MOVIE: Pre-school movies at the Berkshire Ahtenaeum! Usually 20-30 minutes. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11:15am – ESL: Amherst Family Center hosts an ESL group- families can connect withother ESL families and work on language acquisition and parenting skills together. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am-5pm – CRAFTS: Drop-in crafts at the Pine Point Branch Library. 413-263-6855. 204 Boston Road. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am-12:50pm – ICE SKATING: Smead Arena has public skating this summer!  Beat the heat and get some great exercise on the ice.  413-781-2599.  1780 Roosevelt Avenue.  Springfield, MA.  (<$) ♦
  • 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. (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)
  • 6:30-8pm – OUTDOOR CONCERT: Easthampton’s Arts in the Park summer concert series features great live music at Millside Park every Friday throughout the summer! Check the schedule for a list of performers. 2 Ferry Street. Easthampton, 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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