Suggested Events for June 9th-15th, 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

Families can participate as citizen scientists this Saturday in Franklin County at the Northfield Town Forest BioBlitz. Volunteer to help identify the many different species of living things that are present in and around the forest with local experts. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

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The 1st Annual Hilltown Bluegrass Festival will take place at the 3 Sisters Sanctuary in Goshen this Sunday, June 10 from 2-7pm… and Hilltown Families has a 4-pack of ticket to giveaway to one lucky family! Deadline to enter to win is Friday, 06/08/12 @ 7pm (EST).

 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!  Riverfest also brings Nickel Days – a celebration of the days when ice cream cost just a nickel!  Families can buy ice cream from the Snows NIce Cream truck for a nickel, then visit the trolley museum!  413-625-6628.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (FREE)

Saturday, June 9th from 10am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: The Eric Carle Museum is hosting the Children’s Book Festival Baseball Bonanza, a festival celebrating children’s books about baseball in conjunction with the exhibit “We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball.”  There will be a special presentation from members of the Negro League Baseball Players Association, as well as tons of activities for kids centered around the theme of baseball and baseball books!  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  (<$)

Saturday, June 9th from 1-5pm – CITIZEN SCIENTISTS: The second part of the Northfield Town Forest BioBlitz takes place Saturday afternoon!  Volunteer to help identify the many different species of living things that are present in the forest.  No experience is necessary – there will be tons of resources available to help with identification.  There will be lots of kids’ activities, too – kiddos can illustrate what they’ve found, and will get to learn how to identify trees, flowers, etc.  978-248-2055 ex 14.  Gulf Road.  Northfield, MA.  (FREE)

Saturday, June 9th from 2-8pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Easthampton’s annual Bear Fest begins today!  The event is a celebration of local art, and the highlight is gigantic bears, artistically decorated by local artists, that will be on display around town through the summer.  Today’s kickoff event includes tons of fun activities, including live music, food, games, tastings of the official Bear Fest ice cream flavor, and, of course, the unveiling of the bears!  Easthampton, 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)

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Saturday, June 16th at 11:30am – FAMILY CONCERT: Mass MoCA hosts a performance by The Jimmies, a pop-rock indie band for kids!  Their music is fun for parents, too, and will likely inspire dancing.  413-662-2111.  1040 Mass MoCA Way.  North Adams, MA.  ($) – Hilltown Families is giving away a family 4-pack of tickets along with 4 museum passes to one lucky subscriber to our eNewsletter.  Check your eNewsletter this week to find out how you can enter to win.  Not subscribed?  Do so now for free! Hilltown Families Weekly eNewsletter

Sunday, June 17th from 9:30am-5pm – MUSIC/HISTORY: It’s Music and Art weekend at Old Sturbridge Village!  There will be demonstrations of antique musical instruments, performances of 19th century dance and music by OSV’s singing and dancing groups, jaw harp lessons, storytelling, and craft activities.  Great for kids interested in art and music history, and an interesting lesson on 19th century culture for all!  Dads receive free admission.  800-733-1830.  1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.  Sturbridge, MA.  ($)

BULLETIN BOARD

CHILDREN’S BOOK FESTIVAL: Hit a home run this weekend! Head to The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst for the Children’s Book Festival on Saturday, June 9 from 10am-5pm for a Baseball Bonanza. Meet more than a dozen authors and artists of your favorite baseball books and learn about the history of Negro League Baseball from two of the league’s retired players. There’s an incredible line up of art activities, book signings, performances, raffles, and games — plus hot dogs, ice cream and facepainting. For the day’s schedule, visit www.carlemuseum.org or call 413-658-1100

BEAR FEST CELEBRATION: Easthampton Bear Fest Celebration Unveiling begins at 2 p.m. on June 9th. See 40 artist decorated bear sculptures throughout the city of Easthampton with a day of festivities including Mt. Tom’s Homemade Ice Cream flavor contest winner announcement and tasting. Dance along to music by the Expandable Brass Ensemble, Flava Evolution and BlueGrass Co-op. Enjoy a performance and Teddy Bear Picnic with Bill Shontz. Taste food by Glory of India and Sugar Bakers–Easthampton’s very own bakery on wheels. Have fun at Bearland—games and family fun. The festivities begin at 2p.m. at the Cottage St. Municipal Lot and continue throughout Easthampton and at the Easthampton Savings Bank Lawn until 8 p.m. Find out more at EasthamptonBearFest.com (Free)

Valerie Casterline writes, “Are you a parent looking for a summer camp option that will keep your child stimulated and allow for lots of outside, nature based activities?  If yes, then RH Conwell Summer Camp is the right place for your family.  We have openings in our program that runs starting with the week of July 9th through the week of August 16th.  Our day runs from 8am to 4pm, accepting the age ranges of 4-12 years old.  Activities and projects will be planned with the input of the interests of the attending children. There will be the option of swimming at a life-guarded pool in the afternoons and weekly trips to the Worthington Library as part of our program.  For further information please contact Susan Warner at swarner@rhccec.org or call 413-238-5856.”

“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!

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PARENT WORKSHOP: On Tuesday, June 12 from 6:30-8:30pm, Talking to Your Kids About Sex. Having trouble finding a comfortable, productive way to talk to your kids about sex?  Hilltown Families is sponsoring a workshop for parents on approaching the subject with their children.  The event takes place at Cup and Top Cafe, and will be facilitated by Brooke Norton, a certified sex educator.  The talk will begin with talking with youngest kids, and progress through teens.  Sexuality, puberty, body image, and sexual identity will also be discussed.  413-585-0445.  1 North Main Street, Suite 2.  Florence, MA.  (FREE)

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Saturday, June 9th, 2012

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“I’ve just discovered your blog recently. What a great list of activities in the area. I’m so happy to have discovered it before the summer really begins!” – Madeleine DelVicario (Hatfield, 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.  – Childhood best friends, Joe and Justin, now known as The Okee Dokee Brothers from Minneapolis, Minnesota, are our Guest DJs this today, spinning some songs of their own childhood, songs in the Americana folk tradition and even some tunes off their brand new CD called “Can You Canoe?” about their real-life 30 day canoe trip down the Mississippi River. – 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.

ALL DAY: Today is National Knit in Public Day!  Take your needles and yarn out to a public space and be seen!  Metaphor Yarns is hosting organized knits in Shelburne Falls during Riverfest and on the Greenfield Town Common.  Call to sign up for a block of time, or stop by and join.  Or, pick another public space and claim it for yourself!  413-625-9191.  Shelburne Falls & Greenfield, MA (FREE)

7:30-9:30am – ORNITHOLOGY: Take part in Northfield Town Forest BioBlitz!  The event brings together volunteers in an effort to identify all of the species living in an area – this event takes place at the Northfield Town Forest.  This portion of the blitz is for bird species, and will be lead by trained naturalists.  No experience is necessary!  Resources will be available to help participants identify and document what they’ve seen.  978-248-2055 ex 14.  Gulf Road.  Northfield, MA.  (FREE)

8am-11pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Granby Charter Days take place this weekend!  Along with midway games, rides, and live music, families can meet and learn about farm animals, explore local history, and see fireworks!  Takes place at Dufresne Park.  Route 202.  Granby, MA.  ($)

8:30-11am – COMMUNITY BREAKFAST: Pancake Breakfast for Puffer’s Pond. Enjoy a meal of homemade pancakes while raising money for Puffer’s Pond. Held at the Mill River Recreation Area, rain or shine! The delicious multigrain pancakes served will be made with ingredients donated by local farms.  Yum! Amherst, MA. (FUNDRAISER)

8:45am – ROAD RACE: Take part in a 5K walk/run today!  The annual Lace ‘Em Up for Lexi begins at the Agawam Junior High School, and following the event will be fun family activities, music, and more!  The event includes races for kids, too.  Registration between 7:30-8:45am.  Springfield Street.  Agawam, MA.  (FUNDRAISER)

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) – Rescheduled from last Saturday.

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) – Rescheduled from last Saturday.

9am, 1pm, and 7pm – ANIMAL ADVENTURES: 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)

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.  (FREE)

9am-12noon – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Join Stanley Park in helping to raise community awareness of creating accessibility for all!  The annual Wheel Walk begins and ends at the Beveridge Pavillion, and is open to all, walking or rolling.  Registration begins at 9, and the walk begins at 10.  Participants are asked to gather donations from the community to support their efforts.  413-568-9312.  400 Western Avenue.  Westfield, MA. (FUNDRAISER)

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: It’s Muster Day at Old Sturbridge Village!  This year’s event celebrates the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, as well as the history of the American military.  Families can learn about the different divisions of the early military, how soldiers enlisted and trained, the history of uniforms, and more!  800-733-1830.  1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.  Sturbridge, MA.  ($)

10am-4pm – 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.  ($)

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!  Riverfest also brings Nickel Days – a celebration of the days when ice cream cost just a nickel!  Families can buy ice cream from the Snows NIce Cream truck for a nickel, then visit the trolley museum!  413-625-6628.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (FREE)

10am-12noon – ENTOMOLOGY: What’s the difference between dragonflies and damselflies?  Learn about the similarities and differences between the two this morning at the Millers River Environmental Center!  Educators Rachel Roberts and David Small will share information on the life cycles of both bugs.  Then, weather permitting, kids will get to take a look at some of each fly in their natural habitat!  978-413-1772.  100 Main Street.  Athol, MA.  (FREE)

10am-12noon – LOCAL HISTORY: Learn about the history of the canal in Turners Falls and the industries that once boomed in town!  Take a walk down the canal-side trail/bike path to inspect the skeletons of the cutlery and paper industries, and learn about the history of the industries, what the canal was used for, and the history of the construction of the town’s damn, the first built on the Connecticut River.  Meet at picnic tables by the fishway/entrance to the bike path.  Call to register.  800-859-2950.  Turners Falls, MA.  ($)

10am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: The Springfield Museums’ newest exhibit – the LEGO Castle Adventure – is now open!  Explore a royal castle filled with decorations created completely out of LEGOs, or design a virtual LEGO fortress and test it out!  Kids can also design their own castles uses LEGO bricks.  A visit to the exhibit supports studies of architecture design, and geometry, and can help young kiddos practice colors, shapes, and fine motor skills.  800-625-7738.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.  ($)

10am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: The Eric Carle Museum is hosting the Children’s Book Festival Baseball Bonanza, a festival celebrating children’s books about baseball in conjunction with the exhibit “We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball.”  There will be a special presentation from members of the Negro League Baseball Players Association, as well as tons of activities for kids centered around the theme of baseball and baseball books!  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  (<$)

10am-5pm – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Take part in a permablitz, an event that brings together people to work together on permaculture-related projects and to share skills related to sustainable living.  Today’s event will include creating a small run off pond, planting an orchard, and building garden beds.  Participants will share food, skills, and experience to encourage sustainable living and skill acquisition.  Amherst, MA.  (VOLUNTEER)

10:30-11:30am – ENERGY STUDIES: Learn about water, solar, and wind power at the Great Falls Discovery Center!  Activities are designed for kids and include basic information on renewable energy sources.  Craft to follow.  413-863-3221.  2 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

11am-12noon – STORYTIME: The Huntington Library is hosting a special duck-themed storytime to celebrate Donald Duck’s birthday!  There will be duck stories, crafts, and a snack!  413-667-3506.  7 East Main Street.  Huntington, MA.  (FREE)

11am-12noon – ANIMAL STUDIES: Learn about birds of prey at the Ramsdell Library!  Families can meet some birds up close, and learn about the types of birds of prey that live locally, and the role they play within the local ecosystem.  413-274-3738.  1087 Main Street.  Housatonic, MA.  (FREE)

11am-2pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Look Park is celebrating park visitor Maggie the Fallow Deer’s first birthday!  There will be deer-themed activities for kids, and a bounce house!  300 North Main Street.  Florence, MA.  (<$)

12noon – FAIR: The annual Dalton Fair is happening at the Dalton American Legion Field with loads of family fun, including many rides, attractions and fireworks. Route 9. Dalton, MA ($)

12noon-4:30pm – HISTORY/GARDENING: 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.  ($)

12:30-4:30pm – KAYAKING: The M. N. Spear Library, in conjunction with Adventure In Adventure Out, is holding a day of kayaking!  There will be three different hour-long sessions, and kiddos under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.  The event takes place at the town beach – registration is required.  There will be lessons for those new to the sport!  413-259-1213.  Randall Road.  Shutesbury, MA.  (FREE)

1pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: 12 and under Nature Sensory Awareness Hike happens at Olivia’s Outlook.  Trailside activities and a short hike will tune senses to nature and help families appreciate their local surroundings. Richmond-Lenox Road. Lenox, MA (FREE)

1-3pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Tour the Green River Cemetery with the Museum of our Industrial Heritage!  The cemetery dates to the Victorian era, and is an important part of local history!  Call to register.  413-336-8275.  256 Wisdom Way.  Greenfield, MA.  ($)

1-4pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Explore the waterfalls of Mt. Greylock!  Each weekly hike will take visitors on a hike to explore a waterfall – great on a hot summer day!  Meet at the visitors center.  413-499-4262.  Rockwell Road.  Lanesborough, MA.  (FREE) ♦

1-5pm – CITIZEN SCIENTISTS: Part II of the Northfield Town Forest BioBlitz takes place this afternoon!  Volunteer to help identify the many different species of living things that are present in the forest.  No experience is necessary – there will be tons of resources available to help with identification.  There will be lots of kids’ activities, too – kiddos can illustrate what they’ve found, and will get to learn how to identify trees, flowers, etc.  978-248-2055 ex 14.  Gulf Road.  Northfield, MA.  (FREE)

2-5pm – STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL: 1st Annual Strawberry Fest at Warner Farm.  Bring the kids and come PYO locally grown strawberries, tour the farm, enjoy wagon rides, games, live music and strawberry shortcake! RSVP. 413-695-8411. 23 S. Main Street. Sunderland, MA (>$)

2-8pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Easthampton’s annual Bear Fest begins today!  The event is a celebration of local art, and the highlight is gigantic bears, artistically decorated by local artists, that will be on display around town through the summer.  Today’s kickoff event includes tons of fun activities, including live music, food, games, tastings of the official Bear Fest ice cream flavor, and, of course, the unveiling of the bears!  Easthampton, MA.  (FREE)

3:30pm – KIDS’ CONCERT: Mister G is performing at Williams College this afternoon!  The event is part of the college’s reunion activities, but public is welcome.  Mister G sings lots of silly songs for kids, but also sings some songs in Spanish, allowing kids a bilingual concert experience and a chance to learn new words.  880 Main Street.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

4-5pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Stockbridge Library hosts a cemetery tour, where community members can learn about important members of the area’s history!  The event will include visits from special spirits of important historical figures who will help to fill in gaps in their life stories.  413-298-5501.  Main Street.  Stockbridge, MA.  (<$)

6pm – MUSIC FESTIVAL: 3rd annual GatorRoo Music Festival happens at Gateway Regional High School on Booster Field. Students K-4th attending Chester and Littleville Elementary Schools will be singing songs. Local singer, songwriter and saxophonist Jon Berman, along with Hey Dango—a new, up-beat kids group whose song “Who You Are” is a finalist for the John Lennon songwriting contest will also be there. Huntington, MA (FREE)  

6pm – FAMILY MOVIE: Images Cinema is screening recently-released “The Lorax” as part of Williams Colleges reunion weekend.  Based on the classic Dr. Seuss book, the film features voices of Danny DeVito and Betty White.  413-458-5612.  50 Spring Street.  Williamstown, MA.  ($)

6:30pm – MOVIE: See the classic 1973 animated version of Charlotte’s Web at the M. N. Spear Library’s monthly movie night!  There will be treats for sale.  413-259-1213.  10 Cooleyville Road.  Shutesbury, MA.  (FREE)

7-11pm – ART/STORYTELLING: Local artist Samuel Rowlett screens “Liminal Portage” at the Parsons Hall Project Space!  Along with the screening, there will be a campfire, storytelling, and free s’mores for all.  362 Dwight Street.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE)

7:30pm – FAMILY MOVIE: Images Cinema screens classic film “The Princess Bride!”  The screening is scheduled as part of Williams Colleges reunion weekend, but is open to the public.  If your kids have yet to see this hilarious film, let them in on the fun!  413-458-5612.  50 Spring Street.  Williamstown, MA.  ($)

8:45pm – DRIVE-IN MOVIE: Northfield Drive-in is screening Madagascar 3 (G) followed by The Lorax (PG). 981 Northfield Rd. Hinsdale, NH ($)

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Sunday, June 10th, 2012

“There’s nowhere else to go for a full listing of area activities and events.” – John Snyder (Sunderland, 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, 1pm, and 7pm – ANIMAL ADVENTURES: 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)

9am-12noon – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Help out at the Just Roots Food for All Garden!  Vegetables grown will be donated to local hunger relief organizations.  Glenbrook Drive.  Greenfield, 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)

10am and 2pm – PLANT STUDIES: Go on a medicinal plant walk at Mt. Greylock!  The walk will be easy, and will focus on teaching visitors to identify plants with medicinal properties.  Meet at the visitors center.  413-499-4262.  Rockwell Road.  Lanesborough, 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.  (<$) ♦ 

10am-4pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Go canoeing at Tully Lake with Morse Hill Outdoor Education Center!  Gear and lessons (for new canoers!) will be provided before a group expedition and exploration of the lake.  Registration required.  413-253-1807.  65 Wentworth Drive.  Amherst, MA.  ($$$)

10am-6pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Granby Charter Days take place this weekend!  Along with midway games, rides, and live music, families can meet and learn about farm animals, explore local history, and learn about their community!  Takes place at Dufresne Park.  Route 202.  Granby, MA.  ($)

11am-3pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: 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)

12noon – FAIR: The annual Dalton Fair is happening at the Dalton American Legion Field with loads of family fun, including many rides, and attractions. Route 9. Dalton, MA ($)

12noon-2pm – TRUCKS: The Springfield Jewish Community Center hosts a Touch-a-Truck event!  Kids can meet big trucks of all kinds up close and personal!  There will be construction equipment, tractors, fire engines, a school bus, an ambulance, and more!  413-739-4715.  1160 Dickinson Street.  Springfield, MA.  ($)

12noon-4:30pm – HISTORY/GARDENING: 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) ♦

2-4pm – PLANT STUDIES: Visit Bug Hill Farm to explore the grounds and learn about wild edibles!  Participants will learn to identify wild foods and medicinal plants, and recipes will be shared!  Best for older students.  413-628-3980.  502 Bug Hill Road. Ashfield, MA.  (<$)

2-7pm – CONCERT: The first ever Hilltown Bluegrass Festival is happening today!  Headlining the event is popular band Appalachian Still, and other New England bands will be featured as well.  The event is sponsored by the Hilltown CDC (and benefits the group, as well) and takes place at Three Sisters Sanctuary.  188A Cape Street (Route 112).  Goshen, MA.  (FUNDRAISER)

6pm – OUTDOOR CONCERT: Stanley Park’s summer concert series features tons of family-friendly performers!  413-568-9312.  400 Western Avenue.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE) ♦

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Monday, June 11th, 2012

10-11am – GARDENING: Learn about greenhouse gardening and plant your own seedling at the North Adams Public Schools’ greenhouse!  The field trip is hosted by the Family Resource Center.  413-664-4821.  South Church Street.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE)

6-9pm – WATER SKIING: Learn to waterski!  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)

7pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Hope Church, historically Amherst’s first all-black established church, is offering a presentation on its history tonight! The church’s history dates back to the early 1700’s, though it has been officially established for only a century.  The presentation can supplement studies of local history, and help students to understand how issues of race manifested in their own community.  Coffee and dessert will take place at 6:30.  16 Gaylord Street.  Amherst, 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 12th, 2012

6pm – HISTORY: Visit Storrowton Village for an interactive tour of the village, where visitors will encounter villagers and hear each of them tell their own unique tale of life in New England during the Civil War.  Each villager tells a different story of how the war has affected their family, their business, their way of life, etc.  There will also be abolitionists roaming the village, waiting to share their passionate argument against slavery.  Perfect for students learning about the Civil War, abolition, and New England history.  413-205-5051.  1305 Memorial Avenue.  West Springfield, MA.  ($)

6:30-8:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Having trouble finding a comfortable, productive way to talk to your kids about sex?  Hilltown Families is sponsoring a workshop for parents on approaching the subject with their children titled, “Talking to Your Kids About Sex.”  The event takes place at Cup and Top Cafe, and will be facilitated by Brooke Norton, a certified sex educator.  The talk will begin with talking with youngest kids, and progress through teens.  Sexuality, puberty, body image, and sexual identity will also be discussed.  413-585-0445.  1 North Main Street, Suite 2.  Florence, MA.  (FREE)

6:30pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The creation of the Quabbin Reservoir greatly impacted both the community and landscape of the Swift River Valley.  Learn about the making of Boston’s water source tonight at the Dickinson Memorial Library!  Historian JR Greene will narrate a slide presentation, including many photos taken before and during the process.  Older students can support studies of ecology and geology, and can begin to think about use and ownership of natural resources.  413-498-2455.  115 Main Street.  Northfield, MA.  (FREE)

6:30-8:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Collaborative for Educational Services hosts a workshop for parents on the attachment between parents and children.  The workshop, which takes place at the United Church of Ware, will share information on strategies for bonding with children, fostering a healthy relationship, and the challenges of parenting.  Call to register.  413-586-4998 ex 12.  49 Church Street.  Ware, 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 13th, 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)

2pm – SCRABBLE: The Westhampton Library hosts community Scrabble this afternoon!  A great game for all ages, Scrabble can help kids practice spelling and math skills!  413-527-5386.  1 North Road.  Westhampton, MA.  (FREE)

3:30-4:30pm – STORYTIME: For toddlers at the Ramsdell Library!  413-274-3738.  1087 Main Street.  Housatonic, MA.  (FREE)

4-7pm – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Help out at the Just Roots Food for All Garden!  Vegetables grown will be donated to local hunger relief organizations.  Glenbrook Drive.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)  ♦

6:30pm – OUTDOOR CONCERT: Visit the Porter Phelps Huntington Museum for an evening of live music in the museum’s sunken garden!  Picnicking welcome beginning at 5.  413-584-4699.  130 River Drive.  Hadley, MA.  ($)

7pm – PERFORMANCE: Watch local youth musicians test their talent at West Springfield’s second annual Battle of the Bands!  Takes place at West Springfield Middle School.  31 Middle School Drive.  West Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

7-9:30pm – CITIZEN SCIENTIST: This summer, the Boston Museum of Science is running their Firefly Watch program, which calls on community members to help monitor firefly populations.  Tonight, the Hitchcock Center for the Environment is hosting an opportunity for families to to learn about the program, as well as ways to monitor the fireflies and collect data.  Following the talk will be a firefly walk on the center’s grounds.  The talk will be designed for adults, but older students are welcome to attend.  Call to register.  413-256-6006.  525 South Pleasant Street.  Amherst, 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 14th, 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)

1-3pm – LITERACY: Celebrate reading by participating in tons of book- and reading-themed activities at the Community Network for Children’s Reading Celebration!  The event takes place at Shutesbury Elementary School, and will include a story walk, book bingo, handmade bookmaking lessons, and a visit from author/illustrator Jef Czekaj!  413-259-1212.  Leverett Road.  Shutesbury, MA.  (FREE)

6-8pm – OUTDOOR CONCERT: Live music at the Greenfield Energy Park as part of the Coop Concerts Summer Series!  Bring your own seating, and maybe a picnic dinner!  50 Miles Street.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Learn about the art, history, and symbolism of burial practices in New England from colonial times until today with Gravestone Girls!  The group is made up of cemetery historians, dedicated to preserving and documenting gravestone art – they will share information focusing on local cemeteries, and the presentation is rooted in local history.  Call to register.  413-323-0417.  19 South Main Street.  Belchertown, MA.  (FREE)

7-8pm – ANIMAL ADVENTURE: The Leverett Library hosts, “The World of Owls,” an event all about these feathered night creatures!  The event begins the library’s summer reading program.  There will be a surprise animal visitor, too!  Kids can learn about the role that owls play in the local ecosystem, and learn to listen for local owls at night.  Call to register.  413-548-9220.  75 Montague Road.  Leverett, MA.  (FREE)

7-9pm – FAMILY PERFORMANCE: The first ever Northampton Has Talent is tonight!  The event, which takes place at Northampton High School, features performers of all ages (and talents!) from the community.  There will be a special pre-show event from 6-7pm featuring the Expandable Brass Band, the A2Z yo-yo team, and more!  Proceeds benefit the completion of the high school’s black box theater.  413-582-1294.  Elm Street.  Northampton, 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 15th, 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)

5-8pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Party at the YMCA!  There will be food, games, music, demonstrations, a petting zoo, pony rides, and other fun activities for kids and families.  413-773-3646.  451 Main Street.  Greenfield, MA.  (<$)

7:30pm – CIRCUS: SHOW Circus Studio presents an antique vaudeville circus at the Northampton Center for the Arts!  The show features acrobatics, aerial fabrics, contortion, high balancing, and more!  413-584-7327.  17 New South Street.  Northampton, 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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