Berkshire County Highlights for Families:
April 6th-19th, 2013
It’s spring time and the baby animals are arriving at the Hancock Shaker Village, the Berkshire Museum is getting ready for school vacation week and storywalks are happening all around central Berkshire County!
Find out about these events and other community events and learning opportunities happening throughout Berkshire County through April 19th, 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.
All Saints Episcopal Church — 59 Summer Street.
Saturday, April 6th from 4-8pm : Have your kids ever dreamed of singing for a huge audience? Now is the time for them to get their start! Kids ages 7 and older (as well as adults of all ages!) are invited to audition for Berkshire Idol, and annual singing competition that helps to raise money for community organizations. The final competition will be divided into age categories, which helps to lay the competitive playing field. Those interested should prepare a song to sing a capella for a panel of judges. Auditions will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church. (FREE)
Greylock Bowl and Golf — 41 Roberts Drive.
Saturday, April 6th from 7-11pm: Disco and bowling are so fun that combining the two should be almost criminal – but it’s not! The Mt. Greylock After Prom Committee is hosting disco bowling at Greylock Bowl and Golf – tickets include three games, shoes, and one drink ticket. Tickets available in advance. ($$)
Childcare of the Berkshires — 413-664-4821. 210 State Street.
Download CCB’s Family Resource Center Calendar for April 2013.
Haskins Center — 413-664-4821. 210 State Street.
Wednesday, April 17th from 10am-12noon: Little kids love big trucks! In the parking lot behind the Haskins Building, trucks of all shapes and sizes will be waiting to be touched and explored. Bring your young explores and learn about fire trucks, ambulances, school buses, tractors, dump trucks, and others! (FREE)
MASS MoCA — 413-662-2111. 1040 Mass Moca Way. North Adams. MA
MASS MoCA is offering a Spring Break Art Detox series of 3 workshops during school vacation week, April 17-19 from 9-11am, for kids ages 5-12yo. Each session will offer two art projects that focus on themes of recycling and giving back to nature, in celebration of Earth Day (4/22). Youth participants will spend three days upcycling, planting seeds, making bird houses, seed bombs and pinwheels… great eco-friendly fun with conservation and upcycling themes. Space is limited and participants must preregister by Friday, April 5th.
Mill City Productions
Fridays, April 19th & 26th at 7pm, Saturdays, April 20th & 27th at 2pm and 7pm and Sundays, April 21st & 28th at 2pm: Mill City Production performance of the classic children’s story, James and the Giant Peach from the book by Roald Dahl and dramatized by Richard R. George. An adaptation of the 1961 children’s book, this production is sure to delight both children and adults alike. The cast features 13 local actors and features Charlie Waltermire as James. Performances will take place at Mill City’s Theatre at Building 4N (next to the Visitor’s Center) in the Western Gateway Heritage State Park. ($) www.millcityproductions.org
Williams College — 413-597-2188. 829 Main Street.
Monday, April 8th at 6:30pm: Older students interested in the history of early explorations in scientific principles can learn about early chemistry tonight at Williams College! Lawrence Principe, professor of chemistry and the history of science and technology at Johns Hopkins University, will present a lecture titled, “Alchemy’s Secrets Revealed.” Though alchemy is now viewed as a somewhat ridiculous pursuit, based on its emphasis on magical properties, the practice does have some scientific legitimacy – and it’s fairly fascinating! Takes place in Room 3, Griffin Hall. 413-597-4277. (FREE)
Friday, April 12th & Friday, April 19th at 7:30pm: Students from Williams College’s astronomy program present a planetarium show tonight! Held at the Milham Planetarium, the show will teach families about the many shiny things they see in the sky at night – they’re not all stars and planets! Depending on weather conditions, observing may take place after the show. 413-597-3131. (FREE)
Saturday, April 13th at 7:30am: Spend the morning with the Hoffman Bird Club! This morning’s BBYB (Birding Beyond Your Backyard) adventure will take birders with little experience on an exploration of Williams College’s Eph Pond. Families can learn to search for typical woodland birds and migrating songbirds often found in the Berkshires. Meet on the athletic fields at the college. 413-458-4908. 880 Main Street. (FREE)
Notchview —413-532-1631. Old Route 9.
Saturday, April 13th at dusk: Stargaze in style at Notchview tonight! Members of Arunah Hill Natural Science Center, along with the Trustees of Reservations, are offering an opportunity for community members to try out powerful telescopes. Families can look at – and learn to identify – stars, planets, galaxies, meteors, and more! Registration requested.
Wahconah Regional High School — 413-684-1330. 150 Windsor Road.
Thursday, April 4th – Saturday, April 6th 2pm and 7:30pm: Wahconah Regional High School’s Apollonian Players present Legally Blonde, a musical stage version of the movie and novel of the same name. Follow ditsy-yet-successful California girl Elle Woods on her quest to win back her law-school-bound boyfriend – her mishaps and misguided decisions always miraculously work out in her favor, and she learns some important lessons, too. Takes place at the school’s auditorium. ($)
Lee Library – 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street.
Saturday, April 13th at 11am : The Lee Library is screening, “Rise of the Guardians.” (PG) (FREE)
Tuesday, April 16th from 4-5pm: “Tuesdays with Toby the Reading Dog.” Free copies of The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle will be given out to children who read the book to Toby (or have some help in reading!) to our big cuddly chocolate lab! (FREE)
Thursday, April 18th from 10:30-11am: “Thursday Morning Toddler Story Time.” Will read The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle and distribute free copies to children who attend. (FREE)
Spectrum Playhouse — 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street.
Saturday, April 6th at 11am-12noon: Terry a la Berry presents a show just for kids at the Spectrum Playhouse! Enjoy fun kids’ music as part of the theater’s Family First Saturday series.
Downtown Lenox — 413-528-0721. 18 Main Street.
Thursday, April 18th from 11am-4pm: Wee Read Berkshire County brings a storywalk to downtown Lenox today! This year’s story is Eric Carle’s The Tiny Seed, a story about the growth of a seed into a beautiful sunflower. The storywalk begins at the library, and families will walk throughout town in order to read all of the pages. Pair the storywalk with some seed planting at home! (FREE)
Lenox Library — 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street.
Thursday, April 11th from 6:30-8pm: Residents of Lenox are invited to attend “You Make the Difference: Lenox Town Government 101” at The Lenox Library. Participants can learn from this interactive event the workings of town government, find out how to get questions answered, and learn about the volunteer committees and boards that Lenox relies on to keep the town running. The hands-on evening will include a scavenger hunt between the public and committee members to discover the process of working with and being a part of town government. (FREE)
Friday, April 19th from 7:30-9pm: The Lenox Library will host Astronomer, Rick Costell for an evening on the stars! In the Welles Gallery, families can learn the basics of astronomy and then venture outside after dark to view the night sky through telescopes on the lawn. A great way to introduce your kids to astronomy! (FREE)
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary – 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road.
Saturday, April 13th from 1:30-3pm: Learn to build a bat house at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary! Having a bat house at home is a great eco-friendly way to control bug populations, plus bats are fascinating creatures! Families will learn to build (and actually construct!) a house, and will also learn about the needs of local bat populations. ($)
Wednesday, April 17th from 6-8pm: Search for salamanders at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary at sunset. Woodland salamanders spend their days under logs, stones, and other objects, venturing out only in the cool of the evening. Search the woodlands for these newtlike amphibians and learn about their habitat, the importance of preserving it and the interesting lives of salamanders. 413-637-0329. ($)
Berkshire Athenaeum — 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue.
Thursday, April 18th at 1pm: Denis Cormier, Commander – 7th Mass Regiment presents: “Hands-on-History of the American Revolutionary War” at the Berkshire Athenaeum. Participants can examine many original and reproduction artifacts and soldier uniforms and ask questions about their design and function. Open to all ages. (FREE)
Berkshire Museum — 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Rte. 7.
Friday-Monday, April 5th-8th at 7pm, and Monday, April 8th at 1:30pm: 50 million people in the U.S.—one in five children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. And of the 50 million facing hunger, 135,000 live right here in Western Massachusetts. A Place at the Table, a new film exploring the issue of hunger in America and uncovering possible solutions, will be screened at the Little Cinema at the Berkshire Museum.
Saturday, April 13th at 11am What is it like to be like a bat, using echolocation to move throughout the world? Give it a try today at the Berkshire Museum! Families can test out the BatBot, an echolocation simulator built using the same technology used in new cars’ back-up cameras. It’s not exactly the same as true bat-sense, but navigating through the maze of obstacles nevertheless remains challenging! (FREE with museum admission)
Tuesday, April 16th from 1-2pm: Have you ever seen a red coatimundi? He’s a small furry animal, and he’s very interesting! Meet the coatimundi, along with other fascinating creatures from all over the globe, at the Berkshire Museum today! The WILD Center and Zoological Park presents Animals Up Close, a unique opportunity for kids to learn about wildlife. ($$)
Thursday, April 18th & Friday, April 19th from 11am-12noon: Berkshire Children’s Theater presents Kids Love Broadway II at the Berkshire Museum! Part of the museum’s special school vacation week events, the show is a revue of the actors’ favorite Broadway classics – a must-see for musical-loving kiddos. ($)
Friday, April 19th from 11am-12noon: Explore the Berkshire Museum’s aquarium to learn all about the many different aquatic creatures who call the museum their home. There will be lots of ways to learn, including a scavenger hunt, an animal meet-and-greet, songs, and stories – including a special reading of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax in celebration of Earth Day. (FREE with museum admission)
Colonial Theatre — 413-298-5576. 111 South Street.
Sunday, April 7th at 2pm: Jimmy Sturr, winner of 18 Grammy awards, bring his genre-changing Polka music to the Colonial Theater this afternoon! Treat yourself to a Sunday matinee of the best Polka in the country. Sturr, sometimes called the King of Polka, has performed with more mainstream artists like Arlo Guthrie and Willie Nelson, and brings his Polka orchestra to today’s show. Supplement music studies with this great show! ($$$)
Hancock Shaker Village — 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic.
Saturday, April 13th – Sunday, May 5th from 10am-4pm: Springtime brings new things – new leaves, new flowers, and of course – new babies! Visit Hancock Shaker Village to see the newly born farm animals – families will be able to get up close and personal on a Behind-the-Scenes Farm Tour! There will be piglets, chicks, lambs, calves, and more to watch and learn about, and families can tour the village and learn about Shaker history and culture after they’ve met the creatures. ($$)
Lichtenstein Center for the Arts — 413-499-9348. 28 Renne Avenue.
Sunday, April 7th from 12noon-5pm: Have your kids ever dreamed of singing for a huge audience? Now is the time for them to get their start! Kids ages 7 and older (as well as adults of all ages!) are invited to audition for Berkshire Idol, and annual singing competition that helps to raise money for community organizations. The final competition will be divided into age categories, which helps to lay the competitive playing field. Those interested should prepare a song to sing a capella for a panel of judges. Tonight’s auditions will be held at Lichtenstein Center for the Arts. (FREE)
Terpsichore Dance Center — 413-344-3693. 395 North Street.
Sunday, April 14th at 2pm: Is your family considering homeschooling as an alternative to traditional school settings? Learn about the challenges and – more importantly – benefits of homeschooling today at a Berkshire homeschool meet and greet! Homeschool parents and kids from all over the area will be at the event – it’s a great opportunity for homeschool families to build connections for learning collaboration, and for those considering homeschooling to get firsthand information on the process. (FREE)
Treehouse— 413-344-4435. 305 North Street.
Saturday, April 6th at 10am: Family literacy program, Wee Read, takes place at TREEHOUSE. Parents can help their children with literacy development by engaging in literacy practices. Call by 4pm on Friday, 4/5, to RSVP. (FREE)
Berkshire Botanical Garden — 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road.
Monday, April 15th from 10-11:30am: Wee Read Berkshire County brings a storywalk to the Berkshire Botanical Garden! The Wee Read read is Eric Carle’s The Tiny Seed – a seasonally appropriate book that teaches kids how seeds turn into plants. There will be a reading of the book at 10:30am, and families can come at any time during the event to explore the garden while walking from page to page of the book. The storywalk’s location is perfect – kids will learn about plant growth and the importance of seeds while being surrounded by plants of all kinds! 413-528-0721. (FREE)
Norman Rockwell Museum — 413-931-2221. 9 Route 183.
Monday, April 15th-Friday, April 19th from 1-5pm: Visit the Norman Rockwell Museum to create your very own picture book! Along with a chance to view and learn about works of art by Norman Rockwell and other talented artists, families can take part in a hands-on workshop in the art studio where they’ll learn to make their own books to take home. (FREE with museum admission)
Berkshire South Community Center – 15 Crissey Road.
Friday, April 12th-Sunday, April 14th at 7pm – Great Barrington Waldorf High School presents William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. A Winter’s Tale is an idle tale with a happy ending, told round the fire in the old days in winter time, when there was peaceful indoor work to do such as mending and repairing. The script has been edited from the original and is suitable for ages 8 and up. Sunday matinee performance at 2:30pm. Takes place at Berkshire South Community Center. ($)
Community Health Programs — 413-464-5095. 444 Stockbridge Road.
Tuesday, April 9th at 6:30pm: Money is an important topic in families – parents have to figure out how to manage it (and spread it out to cover lots of things!), and kids have to learn its value and skills for saving it. Community Health Programs is offering a workshop tonight titled, “Moneysense: Family Finance,” where parents will learn about everything from successful budgeting strategies to teaching their kids about savings and wise spending. Registration required, childcare available by request. (FREE)
Downtown Great Barrington — 323 Main Street.
Wednesday, April 17th from 10-11:30am: Wee Read Berkshire County brings a storywalk to downtown Great Barrington! The book featured is Eric Carle’s The Tiny Seed, a seasonally appropriate story about the life and growth of a seed. The walk begins at Subway, and families will walk through town in order to read all of the pages! Pair the storywalk with some seed starting at home. (FREE)
Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School — 413-528-4015. 35 West Plain Road.
Saturday, April 6th at 10am: The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School’s marionette troupe presents The Frog Prince at the school’s early childhood building. Performed by educators from the program, the show features beautifully crafted and expertly manipulated puppets. Playtime will follow the show, and while kiddos explore, parents can learn more about GBRSS’ programs.
Mason Library — 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street.
Thursday, April 18th from 11-11:45am: Author/illustrator Mark Crilley will teach kids ages 8+ about the art of crafting a story this morning at the Mason Library! Kids will learn about the writing process, as well as the steps to take towards illustrating a story.
Friday, April 19th from 3:30-5:30pm: The Mason Library will be screening “Wolf Children” for their club meeting today. Japanese snacks & door prizes! 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA (FREE)
TriPlex Cinema — 413-528-8885. 70 Railroad Street.
Sunday, April 7th from 10am-10pm: Project Native, a non-profit farm dedicated to environmental education and sustainability, is hosting their annual film festival today at the TriPlex Cinema. Films will be screened all day long, offering a variety of opportunities for families to learn about a variety of environmental issues, international projects, and more. The morning screening is a kids’ screening, and includes a few short kid-friendly nature films, and films for older students will be shown throughout the rest of the day. Whether you see one film or all of them, the festival is an opportunity to learn about important issues facing communities worldwide. ($)
Ramsdell Library — 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street.
Saturday, April 13th at 10:30am: The Forest Park Zoo on the Go will be visiting the Ramsdell Library. They will exploring animal adaptation, discussing their habitats, taking a look at their behavior and what they eat, and highlighting their status in the wild. Families can come, meet these animals up close and ask questions. (FREE)
Bartholomew’s Cobble — 413-229-8600. Weatogue Road.
Saturday, April 13th from 10am-12noon: Vernal pools are teeming with life during the month of April. Join the Trustees of Reservations for a visit to a large vernal pool where participants will look for signs of life and learn how to identify, and protect, these important but temporary ponds in your own community. Come prepared to get wet and muddy! You’ll leave with pointers on how to protect these important ecosystems. Pre-register. ($)
Bushnell-Sage Library – 413-229-7004. 48 Main Street.
Thursday, April 18th at 1-2:30pm: The Bushnell-Sage Library will host a reptile event for families to come and learn about and visit with live a Green Iguana, Albino Burmese Python, Bearded Dragon, and an American Alligator! Learn about their habitats, defense mechanisms and how they live. (FREE)