Suggested Events for June 16th-22nd, 2012

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

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Happy Father’s Day Weekend! (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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Saturday, June 16th from 10am through Sunday – FAMILY CAMPING: Camp out at Barton Cove tonight!  Families can learn camping skills and explore the woods and water!  This is a great event for families with little to no camping experience – there will be tents available to borrow if needed, and tons of support with everything from setting up the tent to starting a cook fire, learning to tie knots to catching a fish!  There will also be fun family activities, like scavenger hunts, hiking, and more!  Registration required.  800-859-2960.  Northfield, MA.  ($$)

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. ($)

Saturday, June 16th from 8-9:30pm – ENTOMOLOGY/OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Families with kids ages 6+ can join Earthwork Programs for an interactive night of learning about (and searching for!) fireflies!  Families will also learn about how they can spend their summer being Citizen Scientists as part of the Museum of Science’s firefly watching program!  BYO flashlight.  Call to register.  413-522-0338.  Ashfield, MA.  ($$)

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. ($)

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Enter to win a pair of tickets to the Green River Festival happening July 14th & 15th in Greenfield, MA! Deadline to enter to win is Friday, July 6th

Saturday, June 23rd from 10am-4pm – HARVEST CELEBRATION: It’s lavender season!  Celebrate at the Lavender Festival at Johnson Hill Farm.  Visitors can tour the farm, check out lavender products from local vendors, learn about uses for lavender by watching demonstrations, and take part in workshops to learn things like wreath making and flower art!  413-625-6439.  51 Hog Hollow Road.  Buckland, MA.  (FREE)

Sunday, June 24th from 12noon-8pm – CULTURAL STUDIES: Springfield Technical Community College hosts the first ever Springfield Vietnamese Festival!  The event is designed to share with the community information on Vietnamese culture and traditions!  There will be live Vietnamese music, a traditional Dragon Dance, games, activities for kids and a variety of food.  1 Armory Square.  Springfield, MA.  (<$)

BULLETIN BOARD

INNOVATION SCHOOL: Berkshire Trail Elementary School in Cummington is pleased to announce that it is transitioning to an Innovation School in September. It’s a cutting-edge program that transforms a traditional classroom environment into a vibrant learning community where students are authentically engaged, energized, focused, challenged, and having fun! The program’s successful, ground-breaking strategies are project based, hands-on, creative and authentic — with proven academic results for students in reading, numeracy, research, writing, critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration. School choice openings are now available in grades Pre-K through five. For more information, call Berkshire Trail Elementary School at 413.634.5327 or visit online.

HOST FAMILIES: Joe Bock writes, “Share your summer with a young person from Spain! Homestaysusa offers Spanish children the opportunity to experience American culture by living with a host family for the month of July. We match ages, genders & interests to those of the host family. Students come to the area with a supervisor who is nearby & in contact the entire time. Host families receive $600 stipend, the student pays for extra activities, including camps & excursions. Hosting teens are invited to an exciting 2-day New York trip with the group. More info & testimonials at homestaysusa.org. Personal references available upon request. Become a host family & represent the Hilltown community to students from abroad. A summer you will always remember. joe@homestaysusa.org.”

PLANT STUDIES: Summer Intensives at Goldthread Organic Herb Farm. Let the aromatic air of the farm restore harmony and revive your senses while enjoying two hands-on, capacity building botanical medicine intensives at Goldthread this summer. In July join them for a multi-dimensional week long immersion into the aesthetics, qualities & manifestations of the Ayurvedic 5 elements that will give participants both a scholastic and deeply felt understanding of botanical medicine. In Sept, propagate, harvest, process, and study the botanical characteristics, medicinal properties and therapeutic uses of 25-30 major herbs grown at the farm during the Farm to Pharmacy Intensive with David Crow and William Siff. Dates, tuition and full details are on their website.

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 AIDE VOLUNTEER EFFORT: Become a Parent Aide! For over 31 years, the PAVE program has been providing home-based support to Hampshire Co. parents who are stressed & often isolated from a supportive community. The program’s goal is to strengthen & empower parents by giving them new tools to help them in their parenting journey. Compassion, common sense & the ability to listen to a parent are required. Berkshire Children & Families will provide the training & supervision. Volunteer 3-5 hours per week. Summer training now forming. No commitment required until training is completed. For more information, call Berkshire Children & Families 413-584-5690 x114 for Gail Fries, or x102 for Marylou Spaulding. Email gfries@bcfcma.org or mspaulding@bcfcma.org.

Francia Vieda Wisnewski writes, “”Each year on June 21st, United Way invites all citizens to “Live United” and take action in their communities. This year, United Way of Franklin County, in collaboration with Western Massachusetts Electric Company, will kick off their “Read.Learn.Succeed.” program on [June 21st] by holding a Summer Reading bag event on the Greenfield Town Common. Volunteers and staff will collect new and gently-used books for children aged pre-school through Grade 4 and stuff more than 1,000 bags for distribution. Contact the United Way of Franklin County (413-772-2168 or info@uw-fc.org) to learn how you can help.”


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS:
June 16th-22nd, 2012

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Saturday, June 16th, 2012

Farmers’ Markets

“As a recent transplant to Easthampton, MA, Hilltown Families has been a great connector for us with like-minded communities, making it easy for our family to fit into the region. We’ve found fun kid-friendly events and local resources to make this transition easy and smooth. Thanks for being there!” – Marin Goldstein (Easthampton, 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.  – Steve from the band Hullabaloo plays his favorite traditional American folk songs about people, places, animals, trains and more as our Guest DJ this weekend. Hear Bruce Springsteen, Dan Zanes, Lisa Loeb, Elizabeth Mitchell and Hullabaloo sing the songs that have been passed down from generation to generation since our country was born. -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-2pm – HIKING: Take a hike in the Hoosac Range with the Berkshires Natural Resource Council!  The hike will take visitors to the range’s beaver wetlands, a beautiful and interesting area.  The hike will be about 6 miles round trip.  Route 2.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE)

9:30am-5pm – MUSIC & ART/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!  800-733-1830.  1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.  Sturbridge, MA.  ($)

10am – HIKING: See Mountain Laurel in bloom during one of two hikes with the Deerfield River Watersheed Association. The first will take hikers up Negus Mountain, and the second will explore the Fife Brook Dam.  Bring a lunch.  Though both hikes are short, each contains a steep portion – best for hikers with some experience. Call to register.   413-337-4077. Route 2.  Rowe, MA.  (FREE)

10am or 11am – CELTIC DANCE: Take a free Celtic dancing lesson at Celtic Heels School of Dance!  The 10am lesson is for kids ages 4-6, and the 11am is for ages 7+.  413-475-3353.  267 Main Street.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

10am-12noon – PLANT STUDIES: Explore the forest at Mittineague Park and learn to identify the many wildflowers that bloom there!  Naturalist Doug Guyett will lead the walk, and participants will learn criteria to look for in identifying plants, as well as where to find them, when they bloom, and more.  Fits well with studies of local ecology, biology, and botany.  Meet at the entrance by Santa’s House.  Route 20.  West Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

10am-4pm – HISTORY/CULINARY ARTS: 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-5pm – CRAFT FAIR: Browse work from tons of local artists and artisans at the Old Deerfield Craft Fair!  Known as one of New England’s best craft fairs, the event is home to an incredibly wide variety of types of art – everything from floor cloth to leather bags, crockery to scarecrows!  413-772-0229.  Routes 5 and 10.  Deerfield, MA.  (<$)

10am – CAMPING: Camp out at Barton Cove tonight!  Families can learn camping skills and explore the woods and water!  This is a great event for families with little to no camping experience – there will be tents available to borrow if needed, and tons of support with everything from setting up the tent to starting a cook fire, learning to tie knots to catching a fish!  There will also be fun family activities, like scavenger hunts, hiking, and more!  Registration required.  800-859-2960.  Northfield, MA.  ($$)

10:30am-12noon – ANIMAL STUDIES: Learn about Atlantic Salmon and watch them make their way up a fish ladder at the Cronin National Salmon Station!  Educator Rachel Roberts will teach participants about the life cycle of the fish, using hands-on art and science activities.  E-mail robertsrml@verizon.net to register.  413-548-9010.  51 East Plumtree Road.  Sunderland, MA.  (FREE)

11am – FAMILY PERFORMANCE: Main Street Stage is doing a backyard tour with their show, “The King Stag!”  The show includes music, comedy, stilt walking, puppets, masks, etc., and is fun and enchanting.  Today’s performance takes place at the Mohawk Forest.  Mohawk Forest Boulevard.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE)

11am-3pm –HISTORY: Today is Storrowton Village’s opening day!  Visit the village to learn about early New England life – food, clothes, farming, and more!  413-737-2443.  1305 Memorial Avenue.  West Springfield, MA.  (<$)

11:30am – KIDS’ 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.  ($)

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.  ($)

1-4pm – HIKING: 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 – FAMILY FESTIVAL: Games, food, raffle, prizes, face painting and crafts at Groff Park. 72 Mill Lane. Amherst, MA (FREE)

2pm or 7pm – FAMILY PERFORMANCEE: The Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats perform at the Colonial Theater!  413-997-4444.  111 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($$)

2-4pm – ASPERGER SUPPORT: Meetup at the Westfield Athenaeum 3rd Sat. of every month  with members of the Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership. Anyone on the spectrum, parents of children with asperger and folks in support roles are welcomed. Meet downstairs in the committee room. Contact Michael Reinhagen at mreinhagen@gmail.com for more info. 6 Elm St. Westfield, MA (FREE)

2-5pm – FARM ADVENTURES: Red Fire Farm hosts a Strawberry Soiree with strawberry tasting and fairy house building.  413-467-7645. 7 Carver Street. Granby, MA (FREE)

3-4pm – LIBRARY ADVENTURES: The Jones Library’s Summer Reading Program will be launched at the Amherst College Basset Planetarium with children’s book author, Jane Schoenberg.  Jane will be reading stories from her three titles. Great for kids ages 5-10yo and their families. 413-259-3106. 201 Morgan Hall. Amherst, MA (FREE)

3pm – CONCERT/MUSIC STUDIES: The Wistariahurst Museum presents Viola de Gamba, a historic concert by Joseph Maria Antonio focusing on the versatility of the instrument.  Similar to a cello, the instrument was developed during the late 15th century.  The concert will highlight important pieces of music that utilize the instrument’s unique sound.  Great for budding musicians and/or music historians!  413-322-5660.  238 Cabot Street.  Holyoke, MA.  ($) [CANCELLED]

7:30pm – MUSICAL: Lee High School presents the classic musical, “Grease!”  A must-see for all families!  Greylock Street.  Lee, MA.  ($$)

8-9:30pm – ENTOMOLOGY/OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Families with kids ages 6+ can join Earthwork Programs for an interactive night of learning about (and searching for!) fireflies!  Families will also learn about how they can spend their summer being Citizen Scientists as part of the Museum of Science’s firefly watching program!  BYO flashlight.  Call to register.  413-522-0338.  Ashfield, MA.  ($$)

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Sunday, June 17th, 2012

“
As a new parent, it is wonderful to find out about this resource. I enjoy finding out about community events and look forward to doing more of the activities as our son gets older.” – Nina Foley (Northampton, MA)

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

8am-12noon – COMMUNITY BREAKFAST: Celebrate Father’s Day at a community pancake breakfast at the Charlemont Fairgrounds!  The event benefits the town’s annual Yankee Doodle Days.  North Heath Road.  Charlemont, MA.  (<$)

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)  ♦

10am-1pm – CANOEING: Spend Father’s Day paddling on the Mill River!  Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary is hosting a day of canoeing, where participants can practice canoe skills and learn about the plants and animals to whom the river is home.  Registration required.  413-584-3009.  Easthampton, MA.  ($$)

9:30am-4:30pm – FATHER’S DAY: Dads and grandfathers get free admission to Historic Deerfield today!  Celebrate Father’s Day by learning about local history – great supplement to students’ studies of life in early New England, as well as the history of the Pioneer Valley.  413-775-7179.  Old Main Street.  Deerfield, MA.  (<$)

9:30am-5pm – MUSIC & ART/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.  ($)

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)

10am-4pm – CRAFT FAIR: Browse work from tons of local artists and artisans at the Old Deerfield Craft Fair!  Known as one of New England’s best craft fairs, the event is home to an incredibly wide variety of types of art – everything from floor cloth to leather bags, crockery to scarecrows!  413-772-0229.  Routes 5 and 10.  Deerfield, MA.  (<$)

10am-6pm – FATHER’S DAY: Dads ride the train for free today at Look Park!  300 North Main Street.  Florence, MA.  (<$)

10am-6pm – ANIMAL ADVENTURE: Visit the Forest Park Zoo for Father’s Day!  All dads get a free train ride with a paying child.  413-773-2251. 302 Sumner Avenue.  Springfield, MA.  (<$)

11am-5pm – FATHER’S DAY: Dads and grandpas can ride the trolley for free today at the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum!  Make it a family adventure and learn about transportation history and the local trolley line.  413-625-9443.  14 Depot Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (<$)

12noon-4pm – FATHER’S DAY: Dads and grandfathers get a free ride on the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round with the purchase of a child’s ticket!  413-538-9838.  221 Appleton Street.  Holyoke, MA.  (<$)

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) ♦

2-4pm – HIKING: Stanley Park hosts a special Father’s Day hike today!  Dads, grandfathers, sons, and grandsons can go on a guided walk through the park’s woods.  Guide Art O’Leary will answer questions about wildlife, plants, etc.  Meet at the Wildlife Sanctuary Entrance.  413-572-2900.  400 Western Avenue.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

3pm – OUTDOOR CONCERT: The Wisatriahurst Museum invites families to bring all dads and come to the museum grounds to enjoy the Jack Kowal Swing Band.  BYO picnic and blankets and dance in your seats to original arrangements & scores from many great ensembles, like the Glenn Miller Orchestra. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA (FREE)

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

6-8pm – OUTDOOR CONCERT: Daniel Hale and the Frost Heaves open an open mic night at the Greenfield Energy Park!  Miles Street.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

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Monday, June 18th, 2012

10am-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: It’s Community Day at Naumkeag!  Explore the beautiful gilded age house and gardens, learn about the home’s interesting history,  see demonstrations, and more!  There will be tours of the gardens and dairy barn, demonstrations on gardening and cooking, and fun for families.  413-298-3239 ex 3013.  5 Prospect Hill Road.  Stockbridge, MA.  (FREE)

5:30am – BREASTFEEDINGLa Leche League of Northampton meets third Monday of every month. Topics cover breastfeeding benefits, nutrition and weaning, home care of your infant, and support. 413-570-0684 150 Main St. 3rd Floor. Northampton, MA (FREE)

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.  ($)

7pm – FAMILY PERFORMANCE: See a family performance combining dance, theater, music, and performance art at Pettingill Field!  Grasshoppas in the Park Before Dark is totally family-friendly, and is presented by local performers.  413-634-5431.  Main Street. Cummington, MA.  (DONATION)

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 19th, 2012

10am – MOVIE: The morning screenings (10am) of any G and PG movies at Rave Cinema are free!  413-733-5134.  864 Riverdale Road.  West Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

10am-12noon – LANGUAGE ARTS: The Berkshire Athenaeum hosts a writing workshop for kids ages 5-7!  Lead by author Jana Laiz, the workshop will help kids learn about crafting short stories. Registration required.  413-499-9480 ex 203.  1 Wendell Avenue.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

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)

6:30pm – FOOD PRESERVATION: Learn to make your own homemade strawberry-rhubarb jam, thanks to a workshop presented by Share the Warmth!  The workshop will teach participants the skills necessary to repeat the process at home, and is intended to help share amongst the community the skills necessary to be more self-sufficient.  Call to register.  Takes place at the First Congregational Church.  413-628-0289.  429 Main Street.  Ashfield, 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 20th, 2012

10am – MOVIE: The morning screenings (10am) of any G and PG movies at Rave Cinema are free!  413-733-5134.  864 Riverdale Road.  West Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

10am – BIKING ADVENTURE: Explore the Adams bike trail with the Family Resource Center!  Families can walk or bike from the Berkshire Visitor Center to the Russell Field Playground.  413-664-4821.  3 Hoosac Street.  Adams, MA.  (FREE)

10am-12noon – LANGUAGE ARTS: The Berkshire Athenaeum hosts a writing workshop for kids ages 8-10!  Lead by author Jana Laiz, the workshop will help kids learn about crafting short stories. Registration required.  413-499-9480 ex 203.  1 Wendell Avenue.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

3:30-5pm – ANIME: Mason Library hosts Anime Club!  Today’s film is Summer Wars.  413-528-2403.  231 Main Street.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE)

6:30-8pm – OUTDOOR CONCERT: The Hosmer Gallery presents Darlingside in concert on the lawn at Forbes Library!  The group plays strings-rock music, and is made up entirely of members from the Pioneer Valley!  20 West Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

6:30-8:45pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Go for a special summer solstice paddle with Northfield Mountain!  Bring your own kayak, or rent one and enjoy the sunset.  Participants will learn about the significance of the sun in cultures around the world.  Takes place at Barton Cove.  Registration required.  800-859-2960.  Route 2. Northfield, MA.  ($$)

7-9pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Visit Owl and Raven to discuss Radical Parenting!  Anyone interested in the topic, not just parents, may attend.  The workshop will offer lots of opportunities for discussion about radical parents and what the practice means for each family, and will share ideas and resources.  413-341-6494.  2 Conz Street #42 (Maplewood Shops).  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.

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 21st, 2012

10:30-11:15am – STORYTIME: At the New Salem Library, with special live gecko guests!  978-544-6334.  23 South Main Street.  New Salem, MA.  (FREE)

10:30am-12:30pm – LIBRARY ADVENTURES: The Mason Library is a plethora of activity this summer starting with its summer reading program kick-off event featuring Bruce the Balloon Man this morning. Great Barrington, MA (FREE)

2-4pm – LANGUAGE ARTS: The Berkshire Athenaeum hosts a writing workshop for ages 11-18!  Lead by author Jana Laiz, the workshop will help students learn about crafting short stories. Registration required.  413-499-9480 ex 203.  1 Wendell Avenue.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

4:30-6:30pm – COMMUNITY DINNER: Spaghetti dinner at Faith United Methodist Church!  191 Montcalm Street.  Chicopee, MA.  (<$)

4:30-8pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Downtown Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District celebrates country in the city for 3rd.Thursdays. Enjoy  live country, bluegrass and roots music by the Twangbusters, the Berkshire Bluegrass Band, the Spurs, and the Rick Rebel Band plus a tipi and a drum circle and a real cowboy (Steve Robinson of Sunny Banks Ranch in Becket) ready to show you the ropes! And get a taste of the old country with a sneak preview of Barrington Stage’s new production of the award-winning musical Fiddler on the Roof. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

5:30-7pm – PLAYGROUP/STORYWALK: The Family Resource Center hosts Dirt Day!  Kids can dig, play, sculpt, and build at the alligator playground.  Dress for messy, muddy fun.  Free shovel and pail and book (Mud), with an accompanying storywalk, for kids!  413-664-4821.  State Street.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE)

7:30pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Celebrate the summer solstice at Sheep Hill!  The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation hosts a firefly hike and campfire – explore the grounds (lit by firefly friends!) and make s’mores.  There will also be crafts for kids, and storytime at 8:30. Firefly hike begins after sunset.  413-458-2494.  671 Cold Spring Road.  Williamstown, 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 22nd, 2012

10:30-11:30am – KIDS’ PERFORMANCES: Help to kick off the Cushman Library’s summer reading program!  Davis Bates and Roger Ticknell will present, “Imagine That: Celebrating Reading in Story and Song,” a participatory musical program that promotes reading to kiddos.  413-648-5402.  28 Church Street.  Bernardston, MA.  (FREE)

1pm – STAR WARS: Calling all Star Wars enthusiasts!  Kids ages 6+ are invited to visit (in costume!) the Dickinson Library for an afternoon of trivia, games, and a chance to learn about the history of Star Wars!  There will be a costume contest, and a chance for kids to show-and-tell their favorite memorabilia.  Call to register – kiddos under 8 need an accompanying adult.  413-498-2455.  115 Main Street.  Northfield, MA.  (FREE)

6pm – STAR WARS: The MN Spear Memorial Library celebrates the kick-off of their summer reading program with a Star Wars night!  There will be trivia, a costume contest, games and more!  Great for Star Wars enthusiasts, or kids who want to learn more about the series.  413-259-1213.  10 Cooleyville Road.  Shutesbury, MA.  (FREE)

PARENTS NIGHT OUT

8pm – Celebrate Tanglewood’s 75th anniversary! Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble play tonight in Ozawa Hall.  The group will play a diverse set of music from many nationalities and cultures from across the ancient silk route.  866-515-3669.  18 Main Street.  Lenox, 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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