Berkshire County Highlights for Families:
March 23 – April 5, 2013
While there still might be fresh snow on the ground, it is officially spring… and there’s proof! High school spring musicals are happening at both Taconic High School in Pittsfield and Mount Everett Regional High School in Sheffield; Spring egg hunts are scheduled in several towns throughout the county; there’s even the annual Spring Tonic happening at the Lenox Library!
Find out about these events and other community events and learning opportunities happening throughout Berkshire County through April 5, 2013:
To find out what’s happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, check our comprehensive list of Weekly Suggested Events, published every Thursday! There you will also find our list of ongoing weekday playgroups, storyhours and events both in Berkshire County and throughout the region.
Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum — 413-743-7121. 67 East Road.
Saturday, March 23rd from 10-11:30am: The Museum will host an Old Fashioned Easter Egg Hunt with hard boiled eggs colored by Daisy Troop 40054 for kids up to ages 12yo.
Whitney’s Farm Market – text – 413-442-4749. 1775 S. State Rd. Rt.8. Cheshire, MA
Saturday, March 30th from 11am-6pm: The Market hosts their Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Kids ages 5yo and under search at 11am. Kinds ages 6yo and older search at 3pm. (FREE)
The Clark — 413-458-2303. 225 South Street.
Saturday, March 23rd at 2pm: The Clark screens Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor, a 1987 film about the Chinese Communists’ abduction of the country’s infant emperor. Great for students interested in Asian history, or older students examining the role that Communism has played in the modern world. (FREE)
Sunday, March 24th from 12noon-4pm: It’s Free Family Day at The Clark! Take advantage of not only free admission, but also the special programs and demonstrations that will be taking place throughout the day. The theme for the event is decorative arts, and families will be able to learn about everything from glass blowing to silversmithing! There will also be a gallery talk with the museum’s curatorial staff, a workshop on decorative food, live music, and hands-on art making for all! (FREE)
Images Cinema — 413-458-1039. 50 Spring Street.
Saturday, March 23rd at 10:30am: Images Cinema will be screening “Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives.” ($)
Sweet Brook of Williamstown Rehabilitation and Nursing Center — 413-458-8371. 1561 Cold Spring Road.
Saturday, March 23rd at 10am: The Center hosts their 3rd annual Easter Egg Hunt. Children up to 10yo can join in. There will be Easter baskets and plastic eggs filled with candy to hunt for on the grounds. (FREE) – Rain/Snow Date: 3/24, 2pm.
Williamstown Youth Center — 413-458-5925. 270 Cole Avenue. (FREE) ♦
Saturday, March 23rd at 11am: The Family Resource Center hosts an under-the-sea themed marionette show this morning at Williamstown Youth Center! Featuring delightful marionettes, the show is sure to please kids of all ages. Meet the puppets after the show to examine how they work! (FREE)
Moran Wildlife Management Area — 413-584-3009. Route 8A.
Saturday, March 30th from 10am-2pm: Celebrate spring with a romp through the woods and field of western Massachusetts! Enjoy the early spring in all its glory at the Moran Wildlife Management Area – Mass Audubon is leading an exploration of the area, and participants will get to hike through boreal forest and open fields at the former dairy farm. Registration required. ($)
Crane Museum of Papermaking — 413-684-2600. 30 South Street.
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. The museum is open weekdays from 1-5pm. (FREE)
Dalton CRA — 413-684-0260. 400 Main St.
Saturday, March 30th: The CRA hosts an Easter Egg Hunt on the CRA Memorial Lawn. Open to kids 11yo or younger. Easter Bunny visit too. BYO basket. (FREE) – Rain site: CRA gym.
Dalton Library — 413-684-6112. 462 Main Street.
Friday, April 5th at 1:30pm: The Dalton Library screens, “Treasure Houses of Britain,” a documentary featuring five of England’s most beautiful, unique, and interesting houses (well, palaces really!). The homes are all multi-story mansions surrounded by extensively landscaped grounds, and each is filled with a unique array of antique furniture, tapestries, and more. Not only is the documentary interesting because of the aesthetic value of the homes, but its examination of the time period during which houses such as these were common brings light to the country’s colonial history. Students interested in British and/or world history can pair their studies with a viewing of the film in order to understand the cultural impact of Britain’s colonialism. (FREE)
Lenox Library — 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street.
Saturday, March 23rd from 12noon-4pm: The Lenox Library hosts their 3rd annual Spring Tonic: Celebrating All Things Locally Grown. In the Youth Dept there will be a fun hands-on craft activity for children to decorate their own peat pot container and plant seeds to be transplanted to their own gardens at home. Adults can shop at their indoor farmers’ market, try free samples, sign up for CSA shares of the upcoming season’s harvest, and speak with local farmers. Live Bluegrass music too! (FREE)
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary — 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road.
Saturday, March 23rd from 1:30-3pm: Build a home for cave-nesting birds at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary! Bluebirds in particular will love nesting in these wooden nest boxes, made using white pine. Other species of birds to particularly enjoy nest boxes include tree swallows, tufted titmice, and white-breasted nuthatches. Families will also learn about good places to mount their boxes – if you have a good place within viewing distance of your home, use it as a way to learn about the habits of whichever bird species moves in! Registration required. ($)t.
Berkshire Museum — 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Rte. 7.
Saturday, March 30th from 11am-12noon: The Berkshire Museum hosts Kitchen Ka-Boom, an exciting science experiment done using everyday materials found in most kitchens! Kids will get to use unexpected materials to learn about basic scientific principles – in a totally exciting way. Call to reserve space. (FREE with museum admission)
Monday, April 1st from 10am-5pm: The Berkshire Museum opens a new exhibit on April 1st! “Objectify: A Look into the Permanent Collection,” contains some of the most significant and fascinating works found in the museum’s 50,000+ piece collection. The exhibit has everything from an alligator skull and a mummy to Greek and Roman jewelry and paintings by notable artists. The exhibit will give visitors an idea of the depth and breadth of the permanent collection, and also presents an opportunity to learn about a wide variety of topics. Families learning about everything from art history to animals of the southeastern US will find pieces to supplement their learning. (FREE with museum admission)
Conte Community School — 413-448-9660. 200 West Union Street.
Tuesday, April 2nd from 2:30-4pm: Conte Community School is offering a three-part workshop series for parents. Titled, “Parenting is Easy – Until You Have Children!”, the workshops will teach strategies for avoiding power struggles, guiding safe choices, and helping kids to learn cooperation. The second two workshops will take place at the same time on April 9th and 23rd. Takes place in the community room. (FREE)
Lichtenstein Center for the Arts — 413-499-9348. 28 Renne Avenue. ($)
Ongoing: Mondays at at 3:30pm a hip hop class for youth ages 8yo+ introduces hip hop styles and steps. Then at 6pm Aimee Gelinas leads a youth Afro-Cuban drum beats class. To register for drum class, contact Aimee at email@example.com
Pittsfield’s Morningside Community School — 100 Burbank Street.
Saturday, March 30th at 10:30am: the Annual Eggstravaganza Egg Scramble will be held at Pittsfield’s Morningside Community School. Five different age categories beginning at 10:30am-11:25am, open to all Pittsfield children. One winner in each age group who finds the golden egg will receive a special prize! BYO baskets. Easter Bunny will make a special appearance. (FREE) – Rain or Shine.
Taconic High School — 413-448-9634. 96 Valentine Road.
Saturday, March 23rd at 7:30pm: Taconic High School presents, “City of Angels,” a show that follows a disillusioned crime novelist through the development of one of his books into a screenplay. Unfortunately for the writer, his stories are not particularly fantastic and his efforts are misguided – which the audience learns by watching the screenplay develop alongside the show’s main storyline. Takes place in the high school’s auditorium. ($)
Treehouse — 413-344-4435. 305 North Street..
Ongoing at Treehouse there are a couple of playgroups on Tuesdays: Kids ages 2-4 and their siblings can come together in their playspace in the mornings from 10-10:45am; and there will be drop-in crawl time for infants in the afternoon from 3-4pm. And on Wednesdays, there is a New Moms Group takes place from 11am-12noon, intended for moms with babies under 9 months – drop in and get support from others parents experiencing similar adjustments and developments.
Berkshire Botanical Garden — 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road.
Saturday, March 23rd from 9am-3:30pm: The Berkshire Botanical Garden is hosting a full day’s worth of workshops on homesteading, and the skills necessary to grow and raise your own food. Topics covered include backyard chickens and other fowl, sheep as lawn mowers (and sources of wool and milk, too!), and raising cows or goats for milk. Whether you’re in the throes of beginning a homestead or are just looking to learn more about the process to see if it’s right for your family, this event is a great opportunity to gather knowledge and to connect with other community members pursuing a homesteading lifestyle. Registration required. ($$$)
Norman Rockwell Museum — 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183.
Wednesday, April 3rd from 10:30-11:30am: The Norman Rockwell Museum hosts Kids Create, a special art-making event for preschool kids and their accompanying adults. Kids can create masterpieces of their own, while helping their young brains to grow! (<$)
Stockbridge Library — 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street.
Saturday, March 30th at 11am, the library will host an annual Easter Egg Hunt to follow a spring story time and book giveaway. (FREE)
Berkshire Coop — 413-528-9697. 42 Bridge Street.
Saturday, March 23rd at 10am: The Berkshire Coop is hosting another Kids Can Cook event – today’s recipe is a special April Fool’s Day surprise! Kids will get to practice basic kitchen skills while learning all about the special recipe. You won’t believe your taste buds! Registration required. (FREE)
Berkshire South Regional Community Center — 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road.
Saturday, March 23rd from 10-11:30am: Berkshire South Regional Community Center will host an egg hunt. Toddlers to age 6yo are welcomed. BYO basket. Pre-register. (>$)
Tuesday, March 26th from 6:15-8:15pm: Learn how to make tasty and beautiful vegetarian sushi (maki rolls) at Berkshire South Regional Community Center. Older students and their parents can join Susan in the kitchen for this hands on cooking workshop as we make our own rolls and have lots of fun! Instructor Susan Higa has studied and taught cooking for over 20 years. She currently teaches natural foods and macrobiotic cooking classes. ($)
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — 413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street.
Sunday, March 24th at 7pm: World renowned fiddlers Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy perform at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center tonight, a great Parents’ Night Out! The duo will play traditional Celtic music, along with French, Canadian, and Cajun tunes as well. ($$$)
Mason Library — 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street.
Ongoing: Wednesdays from 10:15-11am it’s story time for preK kids. Includes stories, songs, and crafts. In the afternoon on Wednesdays from 3-5pm, the library screens classic films. The “Mason Matinee” is best for tweens/teens and adults – call to find out what’s playing
Matrushka Toys and Gifts — 818-287-1237. 309 Main Street.
Saturday, March 23rd from 10:30 and 11am: The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School presents a puppet play at Matrushka Toys and Gifts! The early childhood program’s marionettes will be used to share the story The Straw Broom, about little gnomes who learn how to care for their home. The show features handmade puppets, paired with a beautiful telling of the story. (FREE)
Ramsdell Library — 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street.
Saturday, March 23rd at 11:30am-12noon: Bring your imagination to the Ramsdell Library for LEGO Club – kids can build with regular sized LEGO blocks or Duplos. LEGO play is great for budding engineers and designers – they can experiment with basic principles of physics and architecture. (FREE)
Wednesday, March 27th from 3:30-4:30pm: Learn some basic Spanish at the Ramsdell Library! The class is designed for kids, and families should call to find out more about space and fees. (<$)
New Marlborough Library — 413-664-0104. 1 Mill River-Great Barrington Road.
Saturday, March 23rd at 10:30am: The library will host a Spring Egg Hunt at the New Marlborough Central School for children up to 11yo. BYO basket and camera to take photos with the Easter Bunny. 413-229-6668. – Rain/Snow Date: 3/24, 1pm
Otis Library — 413-269-0109. 48 North Main Road.
Sunday, March 24th from 2-5pm: Young writers are invited to a workshop with Berkshire Magazine editor Anastasia Stanmeyer at the Otis Library! Stanmeyer will guide participants through exercises useful for crafting new stories, and will help budding authors work on their creative process, too! Participants are encouraged to bring writing samples. Not only is the workshop a chance to grow as a writer, but it’s also a chance to connect with other creative minds! (FREE)
Mount Everett Regional High School — 413-229-8778. 491 Berkshire School Road.
Saturday, March 23rd & Sunday, March 24th at 6:30pm: Mount Everett Regional High School presents Steven Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd tonight at the Consolati Performing Arts Center! The suspenseful musical follows a 19th century London exile in his quest for revenge against the judge who framed him. ($)