Suggested Events for April 13th-19th, 2013

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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Thank you to everyone who joined Hilltown Families at the Art Garden in Shelbune Fall last Friday night for Flowers for Friends. Families had a lovely time painting pots & planting them with spring blossoms to pass along to others… spreading kindness one blossom at a time! (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Suggest EventIf you have a community event, educational program or service opportunity for youth/families 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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Volunteer with your family to help local non-profits — a one of a kind event for families to volunteer together while educating children about animal welfare, conservation efforts and the value of community service.

On Saturday, May 4th from 10am-1pm: FAMILY COMMUNITY SERVICE EVENT: Join Hilltown Families for a Saturday morning of volunteering together with your family during our spring Family Community Service Event to be held at Leeds Elementary School. We will be offering seven volunteer stations for families to participate in hands-on service projects for ALL AGES that support animal welfare organizations, conservation efforts and food security. Find out more and preregister here: Hilltown Families’ Family Community Service Event: May 4th! Northampton, MA (FREE)

BULLETIN BOARD

Apr 14 & 15

Academy of Music TheatreThe Academy of Music Theatre will present their fifth annual Puppet Festival, April 14th and 15th. There will be two performances to delight young children and their families. Tanglewood Marionettes will stage the first show, The Dragon King, on April 14th at 2 p.m. The acclaimed, award-winning National Marionette Theatre will perform their production of Pinocchio, on April 15th at 10 a.m. All shows are approximately fifty minutes and puppeteers will answer questions from the audience following the performance. All tickets are $5 (box office fees apply) – Academy Box Office,Tuesday-Friday from 3pm-6pm or by phoning 413-584-9032 x105 or online at www.academyofmusictheatre.com. For ages 4 and up.

Apr 15 & 18

Celebrate spring in the garden over school vacation! Plan Your Family’s Garden Workshop, Monday April 15 10am-12pm & Thursday April 18 10am-12pm with Sweet Roots Gardens in South Deerfield, MA. Learn to grow a garden with your child over spring vacation! This 2- part workshop will help you plan, design and leave with the tools to begin digging up your home garden. Learn to build a raised bed garden, techniques for planting seeds with little ones and how to make theme gardens. Hands on garden and craft activities for kids. You will leave with a plan for your garden that includes a colorful set of cards and map to play with at home. For more info or to register, go to www.sweetrootsgardens.com or email saracoblyn@gmail.com.

Apr 16

On Tuesday April 16, CityStage in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts will turn into a live petting zoo like no other with Erth’s Dinosaur Petting Zoo! With the Springfield Museums onsite with an interactive Dinosaur exhibit between the 10am and 2pm performances, and near-by restaurants, it’s the perfect Spring Break Day Trip for Hilltown Families! Erth’s awesome prehistoric creatures, from cute baby dinos to teeth-gnashing giants, will take to the stage for three performances only at 10am, 2pm and 6pm! Dinosaur Petting Zoo allows heaps of interaction for kids and adults while they travel with Erth’s multi-faceted performers on a journey through prehistoric ages. Tickets are $20 and are available by phone at (413) 788-7033 or online HERE.

Apr 20

For Earth Day, just change the diaper you use. Thousands of cloth diapers will be changed around the globe to build awareness of the cloth diaper movement! Help create a new Guiness World Record for the most cloth diapers changed at one time! Sat April 20th. Doors open at 10am, change happens promptly at 11am. Everyone’s welcome! It’s FREE to attend. Door prizes, raffles, info tables, snacks, and plenty of cloth diapering tips, tools, and treasures to be had! Learn how-to cloth diaper if you are curious at heart! This is event is hosted by Simple Diaper & Linen at 418 Dwight St. in Holyoke (right across the canal from the Holyoke Children’s Museum). Please contact info@simple.coop with any questions, & visit the Facebook event page to register.

Having a Baby? Our Experts Help You Understand Your Options The staff at Cooley Dickinson’s Childbirth Center know parents lead busy lives. That’s why organizers offer a childbirth education series held weekday evenings and weekends. Each series provide answers to questions about labor, birth, newborn care, breastfeeding, and more. Download the Having a Baby flyer or register at www.cooley-dickinson.org/events Baby is here. Now what? Once baby is born, parents don’t know what to expect. Join Beyond Birth, a group of new parents and babies up to four months old, at Cooley Dickinson Hospital Thursdays from 1–3 pm. A parent education specialist guides the group and answers questions. All are welcome no matter where you gave birth.

SUMMER CAMP: Looking for a summer camp or program in Western MA?  Check out our featured post, 2013 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA for a list that will wow and dazzle you! Summer opportunities range from music, art, farming, theater, dance, science, nature, sports, speaking, yoga, rock ‘n roll… to traditional summer day or overnight camps/programs are featured! There’s something for all ages, toddlers to teens! Check it out and start making your summer plans!

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Hilltown Families is accepting applications for our Fellowship Program. The Fellowship will afford the opportunity to identify the place-based educational value of local events and the importance of community engagement while gaining a better understanding of how community based resources and local organizations can work together to create a network that promotes learning and sustainability of local resources. The program is a two year position open to students or graduates living in Western Massachusetts with an ability to attend weekly meetings in Northampton, MA. Hours per week 10-15. Stipend/Wage: $100/week.


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April 13th-19th, 2013

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Saturday, April 13th, 2013

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. –  Los Angeles based singer/songwriter Francie Kelley will be taking us on a musical safari from our neighborhoods to places far and wide, with uplifting and joyful songs, from her new CD Where Do You Want To Go Today and other favorite artists. Infused with international sounds and rhythms, you’ll be transported to countries such as Ireland, Africa, Jamaica and back home to the heartland. – Encore of Saturday’s broadcast airs Sunday morning from 7-8am and podcast is posted here on Hilltown Families immediately following  Sunday’s broadcast. Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcasts anytime. Click here to choose from nearly 6 years of archived shows!

7:30am – ORNITHOLOGY: 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.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

7:30-11am – FISHING: Fish-loving kids can get their rods, reels, and bait buckets ready for the 27th annual West Springfield Parks and Recreation Fishing Derby!  Open to kids under the age of 15, the event takes place at the city’s Upper Reservoir.  Awards will be given in multiple age brackets.  Kids must bring their own gear.  Amostown Road and Smyrna Street.  West Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

8am – CITIZEN SCIENTIST: Help to re-stock salmon to the Connecticut River watershed!  The Massachusetts Department of Fisheries and Wildlife invites community members to participate in salmon fry releases throughout the spring, helping to boost the number of salmon who call the area home!  Prepare to get wet – waders are available to borrow if you don’t have your own (they’re necessary!).  Today’s release will be in the Dickinson and Munn Brooks in Southwick.  Meet at the Westfield State Commuter Lot to carpool to the location.  508-389-6331.  333 Main Street.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

9am-12noon – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Look Park is open for the season, but the grounds need some attention!  There are leaves & down branches galore from the October blizzard that need to be cleaned up.  Bring your family and come to the park ready to work (BYO rake and gloves).  Your help ensures that the park remains a valued community resource!  413-727-8457.  300 North Main Street.  Florence, MA.  (VOLUNTEER)

9am-4pm – SUSTAINABILITY: Visit Greenfield Community College today for the annual Science and Sustainability Expo!  Open to the public, the event is a showcase of students’ sustainability-related work.  Students in grades 3-12 will display working turbines as entries in the KidWind competition, show off model sustainable homes as part of the Green Dollhouse Challenge, and will share other environmentally friendly and sustainability-related projects.  413-773-7004.  1 College Drive.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

9:30am – DANCE: Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School’s Catalyst and WOFA dance companies present a show just for kids, in partnership with the school’s Dancing for Kids outreach program.  413-584-9032.  274 Main Street.  Northampton, MA.  ($)

9:30-11:30am – STORYWALK: The Hadley Playgroup will host a StoryWalk at the Hadley Elementary School Playing Fields.  413- 587-1471. Hadley, MA (FREE)

10am-12noon – NATURE STUDIES: Vernal pools are teeming with life during the month of April. Join the Trustees of Reservations at Bartholomew’s Cobble 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. 413-229-8600. Sheffield, MA. ($)

10am-12noon – WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD: Northampton’s Week of the Young Child  Children’s festival takes place at the Jackson Street School cafeteria.  There will be brain building games and activities for young children ages 2-7 and their families: Visit a fire truck and a school bus; Play on the playground; Create art; Tumble on mat; go on a Story Walk; and Information for parents. Rain or shine. 413-587-1471. Jackson Street. Northampton, MA (FREE)

10am-2pm – TAG SALE: Rummage sale at the Cummington Village Church today.  Find something new-to-you that is gently used or can be upcycled. 413-634-5084.  Main Street. Cummington, MA (SALE)

10am-2pm – BOOK SALE: At the Worthington Town Hall!  Search through a wide variety of titles to find some great vacation week reads!  160 Huntington Road.  Worthington, MA.  (SALE)

10am-4pm – HISTORY: Immerse yourself in pre-revolutionary New England today at Historic Deerfield!  The annual Patriot’s Day Revolutionary Muster and Parade takes place today, and features all sorts of ways to learn about the beginnings of the Revolutionary War.  Families can meet historical reenactors, who will set up camps filled with American and British soldiers, and a small skirmish will be recreated between the two.  There will also be demonstrations of Colonial crafts, open hearth cooking, and other traditional skills and practices necessary for early American life.  Families can make their own flags to wave during the parade, and can see a reenacted muster take place, too!  It’s a great opportunity for students to learn not only about the events that lead up to the war, but to learn about the culture and customs of the people who made the war happen.  413-775-7214.  Old Main Street.  Deerfield, MA.  ($)

10am-4pm – FARM ADVENTURES: 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.  Music with David Grover and Friends at 11am & 12:30pm.  Baby Animals on the Shaker Farm runs daily through May 5th.  413-443-0188.  1843 West Housatonic Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($$)

10:30am – ANIMAL STUDIES: 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. 413-274-3738.  1087 Main Street.  Housatonic, MA.  (FREE)

10:30am-12noon – INTERGENERATIONAL ART WORKSHOP: The Art Garden is hosting an art workshop for grandparents and grandchildren painting flower pots together to pot spring blossoms in. Leave with your very own potted flower pots! 413-625-2782. 14 Depot Street. Shelburne Falls, MA (FREE)

11am – ANIMAL STUDIES: 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!  413-443-7171.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE with museum admission)

11am-3pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: The Mead Art Museum’s annual Family Fun Day takes place today!  Spring Into Art is a special event where families can take kid-friendly gallery tours, do a self-guided scavenger hunt of the museum’s collections, and do some fun craft projects!  The event presents an opportunity for families to introduce young kids to learning about art at museums – in a fun and relaxed environment!  413-542-5123.  12 Quadrangle Drive.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

1:30-3pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: 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.  413-637-0320.  472 West Mountain Road.  Lenox, MA.  ($)

2 and 7:30pm – THEATER: Westfield State College’s theater department presents Cabaret!  The classic musical follows a young American writer through an adventure in Germany during the late 1920’s.  Takes place on the Dever Stage.  413-454-3926.  333 Western Avenue.  Westfield, MA.  ($)

DUSK –  ASTRONOMY: 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.  413-532-1631.  Old Windsor Road.  Windsor, MA. 

6pm – ROLLER DERBY: The Pair-o-Dice City Rollers take on Bangor Roller Derby, a team from northern Maine, at Amelia Park!  Along with the excitement of the derby, there will be face painting, games, a bake sale, and a special halftime show.  Kids who bring a report card with straight A’s get in for free!  In case of rain (it’s an outdoor game), the event will take place in the gymnasium at South Middle School.  413-568-2503.  21 South Broad Street.  Westfield, MA.  ($)

7pm – THEATER: 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. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA ($)

8pm – MUSIC/CULTURAL STUDIES: The Academy of Music Theatre hosts SonCafe – Salsa and Son Cubano, a performance of Puerto Rican music!  The eight-piece ensemble includes Ralph Irizarry, a famous and much sought-after musician who has played on countless scores and jingles, and has toured with numerous famous singers (including David Byrne!).  413-584-9032.  274 Main Street.  Northampton, MA.  ($$)

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

6-9pm – MUSIC: Enjoy an evening of traditional irish music in the Hilltowns at The Blackburn Inn & Tavern. All-Ireland Fiddle Champion Kira Jewett, T. J. Ezold (flute, accordion, banjo, whistle), and David Meuser (guitar) will be serving up authentic Irish hornpipes, reels, jigs, polkas, waltzes and airs (as well as a song or two). Reservations suggested. 413-238-0144. 144 Huntington Road. Worthington, MA ($)

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Sunday, April 14th, 2013

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. commercial-free family radio. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcast anytime. Click here to see over 5 years of archived shows.

10am-4pm – FARM ADVENTURES: 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.  Baby Animals on the Shaker Farm runs daily through May 5th.  413-443-0188.  1843 West Housatonic Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($$)

11am-6pm – CREATIVE FREE PLAY/SANDBOX: Can’t get away this April vacation to warm sandy location? Take the kids to Eastfield Mall’s giant sandbox found in their Food Court. Great place for kids up to 12yo to enjoy creative free play at this mock-beach. 413-543-8000. 1655 Boston Road. Springfield, MA (FREE)

1pm – MUSIC/CULTURAL STUDIES: Polish music was once very popular in the Pioneer Valley, as Polish settlers made the area their home.  Gary Sredzienski brings an afternoon of the traditional music to the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Hall at St. John’s – enjoy the unique musical style, and learn about its place in Polish culture.  10 Hawley Street.  Northampton, MA.  (DONATION)

1-4pm – COMMUNITY SERVICE:  Looking for a way to give back to your community by volunteering with your family? How about a spring clean-up? Greenfield Energy Park’s opening performance will be its annual spring clean-up. Greenthumbers invites families with children of all ages to come and join the fun. Some tools will be provided, but please bring your favorite clippers, rake, shovel, tarp or bucket. 413-774-5667. Energy Park.  Greenfield, MA (VOLUNTEER)

2pm – HOMESCHOOLING: 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.  Takes place at Terpsichore Dance Center.  413-344-3693.  395 North Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

2pm – MARIONETTES: The Tanglewood Marionettes perform The Dragon King at the Academy of Music Theatre this morning!  The show – for ages 4+ – uses beautiful stringed puppets to tell a traditional Chinese folktale.  In the story, a grandmother journeys to the bottom of the sea to see the Dragon King, to ask why he has allowed her village to suffer a drought.  413-584-9032.  274 Main Street.  Northampton, MA.  ($)

2pm & 7pm – THEATER: 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. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA ($)

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Monday, April 15th, 2013

8am – CITIZEN SCIENTIST: Help to re-stock salmon to the Connecticut River watershed!  The Massachusetts Department of Fisheries and Wildlife invites community members to participate in salmon fry releases throughout the spring, helping to boost the number of salmon who call the area home!  Prepare to get wet – waders are available to borrow if you don’t have your own (they’re necessary!).  Today’s release will be in the Sawmill River.  Meet at the intersection of Routes 47 and 63 to carpool to the location.  508-389-6331.  Montague, MA.  (FREE)

9:30am-4pm – HISTORY: Old Sturbridge Village is celebrating Patriot’s Day with music, demonstrations, and more!  Families can visit the village to immerse themselves in the culture of early New England, and to learn about how the Revolutionary War affected small communities across the area. There will be fife and drum music, musket shooting demonstrations, and lots of hands-on activities where kids can learn about everything from butter to livestock!  800-733-1830.  1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.  Stubridge, MA.  ($)

10am – MARIONETTES: The National Marionette Theater presents  Pinocchio at the Academy of Music Theatre!  The classic tale of a wooden boy comes to life using beautifully made stringed puppets!  Ages 4+.  413-584-9032.  274 Main Street.  Northampton, MA.  ($)

10am-4pm – HISTORY: Visit Historic Deerfield for Three Bags Full: All About Wool, a special museum presentation on sheep shearing and processing wool for use at home.  Families can drop in anytime to see the wool being processed, and to learn about the many uses for wool in early New England life.  Families can even try their hand at a few of the processing steps!  There will also be open hearth cooking demonstrations, where families can learn about the traditional one-pot cooking style of early New Englanders.  413-775-7214.  Old Main Street.  Deerfield, MA.  ($)

10-11:30am – PHOTOGRAPHY: The Kestrel Trust is offering a three-day free nature photography workshop  for kids during vacation week!  Kids ages 8-12 who are interested in learning to take great pictures of their surroundings can sign up to participate in the workshop, lead by Courtney Schumacher.  The class will take place at the same time on Tuesday the 16th and Wednesday the 17th, as well, and each day will have a new outdoor location.  Registration required.  413-549-1097.  Amherst, Hadley, and Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

10-11:30am – LITERACY: 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.  Route 183.  Stockbridge, MA.  (FREE)

10am-12noon – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE/HIKE: Explore the Mount Holyoke Range State Park and search for sure signs of spring with the Massachusetts DCR.  Families will meet at the Notch Visitors Center and then take an easy 2-mile hike along the Alice’s Brook and Trolley Bed trails.  413-584-6788.  1500 West Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

10am-4pm – FARM ADVENTURES: 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.  Baby Animals on the Shaker Farm runs daily through May 5th.  413-443-0188.  1843 West Housatonic Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($$)

10am-7pm – CREATIVE FREE PLAY/SANDBOX: Can’t get away this April vacation to warm sandy location? Take the kids to Eastfield Mall’s giant sandbox found in their Food Court. Great place for kids up to 12yo to enjoy creative free play at this mock-beach. 413-543-8000. 1655 Boston Road. Springfield, MA (FREE)

10:30am-8pm – AMUSEMENT PARK: Six Flags New England is open during spring vacation week. Springfield, MA ($$)

12noon – 4pm: ART CLASSES: The Sunderland Library hosts Altered Books Classes with Jess Greene. Hour long classes begin at 12noon for 5-8yo, 1:30pm for 8-11yo, 3pm for 11-18yo.  Different themes each day. 413-665-2642.  20 School Street.  Sunderland, MA.

1pm – PUPPETS: For school vacation week, the Springfield Museums are offering programs centered around the theme, “Puppets Around the World.”  Today’s performance is The Firebird, a traditional Russian folktale.  There will also be special hands-on activities and science discoveries to be had throughout the museums all day long.  800-625-7738.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA (FREE with museum admission)

1-3pm – HISTORY/CREATIVE FREE PLAY: Spend an afternoon playing as kids would have at the turn of the 19th century!  Wistariahurst Museum is hosting creative play for kids, totally unplugged – there will be lawn games, a scavenger hunt, and lots of other forms of “antique” play.  Dress in costume if you wish!  Registration required.  413-322-5660.  238 Cabot Street.  Holyoke, MA.  (<$)

1-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: 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.  413-931-2221.  9 Route 183.  Stockbridge, MA.  (FREE with museum admission)

6pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Older students can learn about the world’s fastest animals tonight at the OEB Science Cafe!  These animals are not the ones you’d expect – we all know that cheetas are fast, but there are lots of other speedy creatures, too.  The talk will be lead by UMass’ Sheila Patek.  Takes place at Esselon Cafe.  413-585-1515.  99 Russell Street.  Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

ONGOING FOR MONDAYS (As always, please confirm before heading out to these suggestions.)

10-11:30am – DANCEMEDITATION: Healing Through Inward Focused Movement. Delight in dance as meditation, celebration, and self- restoration. Drop out of over-active mind into intuitive embodiment, and awaken your Heart to healing! Held at The Wild Life Sanctuary through May 6th. inneropening@gmail.com. 413-822-2405. 221 Pine Street. Florence, MA ($13 Drop-in)

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Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

8am – CITIZEN SCIENTIST: Help to re-stock salmon to the Connecticut River watershed!  The Massachusetts Department of Fisheries and Wildlife invites community members to participate in salmon fry releases throughout the spring, helping to boost the number of salmon who call the area home!  Prepare to get wet – waders are available to borrow if you don’t have your own (they’re necessary!).  Today’s release will be in the Mill Brook in Charlemont.  Meet at Home Depot to carpool to the location.  508-389-6331.  Route 2.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

9:30am-12noon – LITERACY: Do you like green eggs and ham?  Do you like to read them whenever you can?  Would you, could you read them today, on Dr. Seuss Day, at the Community Action Family Center?  Read Sam I Am, and have playtime and snacks that are all Dr. Seuss themed!  RSVP requested.  413-475-1553.  90 Federal Street.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

9:30am-4pm – HISTORY: Visit Old Sturbridge Village to learn all about 19th century life in New England – and to meet the new baby animals!  There are new lambs, with many more to come, and families can also meet chicks, cows, and other farm animals.  It’s the perfect time of year to visit the village!  Along with animals, there are lots of hands-on activities to take part in and make-and-take early New England crafts.  Families will learn all about the culture and history of early New England!  800-733-1830.  1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.  Sturbridge, MA.  ($)

10am, 2 and 6pm – PALEONTOLOGY: Meet life-like recreations of dinosaurs of all kinds today at Erth’s Dinosaur Petting Zoo!  The Springfield Museums and City Stage are offering this special program, where kids will get up-close-and-personal with ferocious giants and adorable scaly babies alike.  Great for kids who love dinos, the petting zoo will help kids develop a sense of the actual size and scale of dinosaurs.  413-788-7033.  1 Columbus Center.  Springfield, MA.  ($$)

10am – SUPPORT GROUP/BREASTFEEDING: Nursing mothers and babies are invited to attend a meeting of the La Leche League at the Amherst Family Center!  121 North Pleasant Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

10am-4pm – HISTORY: Visit Historic Deerfield for Three Bags Full: All About Wool, a special museum presentation on sheep shearing and processing wool for use at home.  Families can drop in anytime to see the wool being processed, and to learn about the many uses for wool in early New England life.  Families can even try their hand at a few of the processing steps!  There will also be open hearth cooking demonstrations, where families can learn about the traditional one-pot cooking style of early New Englanders.  413-775-7214.  Old Main Street.  Deerfield, MA.  ($)

10am-4pm – FARM ADVENTURES: 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.  Baby Animals on the Shaker Farm runs daily through May 5th.  413-443-0188.  1843 West Housatonic Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($$)

10am-7pm – CREATIVE FREE PLAY/SANDBOX: Can’t get away this April vacation to warm sandy location? Take the kids to Eastfield Mall’s giant sandbox found in their Food Court. Great place for kids up to 12yo to enjoy creative free play at this mock-beach. 413-543-8000. 1655 Boston Road. Springfield, MA (FREE)

10:30am-8pm – AMUSEMENT PARK: Six Flags New England is open during spring vacation week. Springfield, MA ($$)

12noon – 4pm: ART CLASSES: The Sunderland Library hosts Altered Books Classes with Jess Greene. Hour long classes begin at 12noon for 5-8yo, 1:30pm for 8-11yo, 3pm for 11-18yo.  Different themes each day. 413-665-2642.  20 School Street.  Sunderland, MA.

1pm – PUPPETS: For school vacation week, the Springfield Museums are offering programs centered around the theme, “Puppets Around the World.”  Today’s performance is Shadows Around the World, a show entirely performed using shadow puppetry and presented by Nappy’s Puppets.  There will also be special hands-on activities and science discoveries to be had throughout the museums all day long.  800-625-7738.  21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA (FREE with museum admission)

1pm – CRAFTS: Kids in grades 5-8 can visit the East Longmeadow Library this afternoon for crafts and LEGO time!  The creative possibilities are endless.  413-525-5432.  60 Center Square.  East Longmeadow, MA.  (FREE)

1-2pm – ANIMAL ADVENTURES: 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.  413-443-7171.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($$)

1-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: 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.  413-931-2221.  9 Route 183.  Stockbridge, MA.  (FREE with museum admission)

3-5pm – CRAFTS: Visit the Whately Library for an afternoon of chalk art!  Spend some time outside in the spring air and beautify the library’s sidewalks.  413-665-0054.  218 Chestnut Plain Road.  Whately, MA.  (FREE)

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

4-9pm – LECTURE: Spend the evening at pvSustain’s annual celebration, featuring a talk from Judy Wicks, featured in the book Americans Who Tell the Truth, which features citizens who have had the courage to speak out and work to create cultural change (others included in the book include Wendell Berry, Noam Chomsky, and Cesar Chaves).  The event includes a cash bar, dinner, and short talks with community members.  RSVP to cratte@pvpc.org.  Takes place at the Clarion Hotel.  1 Atwood Drive.  Northampton, MA.  ($$$)

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Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

8am – CITIZEN SCIENTIST: Help to re-stock salmon to the Connecticut River watershed!  The Massachusetts Department of Fisheries and Wildlife invites community members to participate in salmon fry releases throughout the spring, helping to boost the number of salmon who call the area home!  Prepare to get wet – waders are available to borrow if you don’t have your own (they’re necessary!).  Today’s release will be in the Bear River in Conway.  Meet at Home Depot to carpool to the location.  508-389-6331.  Route 2.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

9:30am-4pm – HISTORY: Visit Old Sturbridge Village to learn all about 19th century life in New England – and to meet the new baby animals!  There are new lambs, with many more to come, and families can also meet chicks, cows, and other farm animals.  It’s the perfect time of year to visit the village!  Along with animals, there are lots of hands-on activities to take part in and make-and-take early New England crafts.  Families will learn all about the culture and history of early New England!  800-733-1830.  1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.  Sturbridge, MA.  ($)

10am – WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD: Celebrate the Week of the Young Child, hosted by Hampshire Regional CFCE at the Westhampton Library.  Out on the lawn there will be a story walk of the story, “Sheep on a Hike,” along with art activities, baby animals, snacks and play time.  Children 8yo and older can enjoy a movie inside during activites for younger children on the lawn (Raindate: April 18.). 413-527-5386. 1 North Road.  Westhampton, MA (FREE)

10-11:30am – LITERACY: 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.  413-528-0721.  323 Main Street.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE)

10am-12noon – TRUCKS: 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! 210 State Street. North Adams, MA (FREE)

10am-4pm – HISTORY: Visit Historic Deerfield for Three Bags Full: All About Wool, a special museum presentation on sheep shearing and processing wool for use at home.  Families can drop in anytime to see the wool being processed, and to learn about the many uses for wool in early New England life.  Families can even try their hand at a few of the processing steps!  There will also be open hearth cooking demonstrations, where families can learn about the traditional one-pot cooking style of early New Englanders.  413-775-7214.  Old Main Street.  Deerfield, MA.  ($)

10am-4pm – FARM ADVENTURES: 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.  Baby Animals on the Shaker Farm runs daily through May 5th.  413-443-0188.  1843 West Housatonic Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($$)

10am-7pm – CREATIVE FREE PLAY/SANDBOX: Can’t get away this April vacation to warm sandy location? Take the kids to Eastfield Mall’s giant sandbox found in their Food Court. Great place for kids up to 12yo to enjoy creative free play at this mock-beach. 413-543-8000. 1655 Boston Road. Springfield, MA (FREE)

10:30am-8pm – AMUSEMENT PARK: Six Flags New England is open during spring vacation week. Springfield, MA ($$)

11am – STORYTIME: The Northfield Library hosts  stories, songs, and a hands-on project decorating containers and planting seeds. 413-498-2455. 115 Main St. Northfield, MA (FREE)

11 and 11:45am – ANIMAL ADVENTURE: Meet some creatures up close and personal at the East Longmeadow Library!  The Forest Park Zoo’s Zoo on the Go program will be there to share some fascinating zoo residents.  Registration required.  413-525-5432.  60 Center Square.  East Longmeadow, MA.  (FREE)

11am and 2pm – PUPPETS: CactusHead Puppets presents, “The Tale of Juan Bobo,” at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.  Juan Bobo is a silly character – he always tries to do things right, but somehow nearly always ends up with ridiculous results!  Is it possible, then, that he could save the day when something goes wrong?  See the show to find out!  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  (<$)

12noon – 4pm: ART CLASSES: The Sunderland Library hosts Altered Books Classes with Jess Greene. Hour long classes begin at 12noon for 5-8yo, 1:30pm for 8-11yo, 3pm for 11-18yo.  Different themes each day. 413-665-2642.  20 School Street.  Sunderland, MA.

1pm – PUPPETS: For school vacation week, the Springfield Museums are offering programs centered around the theme, “Puppets Around the World.”  Today’s performance is Professor Pennywhistle, a story about a man whose curiosity and enthusiasm take him all around the world!  Presented by the Robert Rogers Puppet Company.  There will also be special hands-on activities and science discoveries to be had throughout the museums all day long.  800-625-7738.  21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA (FREE with museum admission)

1-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: 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.  413-931-2221.  9 Route 183.  Stockbridge, MA.  (FREE with museum admission)

2pm – TEA PARTY: The Monson Library invites all mad children to a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party!  Ages 4+.  Registration required.  413-267-3866.  2 High Street.  Monson, MA.  (FREE)

3-5pm – CRAFTS: Visit the Whately Library to make your own window decals to take home and decorate your house with!  413-665-0054.  218 Chestnut Plain Road.  Whately, MA.  (FREE)

5-6:45pm: COMMUNITY SERVICE: Families with older children can train with the Housatonic Valley Association to be part of their Stream Team Project volunteer crew.  Walk or paddle a stretch of the river and report your findings.  Interest meeting at the Mason Library. 413-394-9796. Great Barrington, MA (VOLUNTEER)

5-8pm – CRAFTS: Finding vacation week at home to be a little less exciting than you’d expected?  Visit the Hatfield Library for some crafts – there are lots of exciting materials to build with!  413-247-9097.  39 Main Street.  Hatfield, MA.  (FREE)

 6-8pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: 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. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA ($)

6:30pm – ORNITHOLOGY: Hoping to be able to identify more of the birds you spot outside your window this summer?  Visit the Emily Williston Library tonight for a presentation on songbirds of the Northeast!  Best for older students and parents, the multimedia presentation will be given by the Easthampton Garden Club and will include information on physical features, sounds, and migratory patterns of these birds.  413-527-1031.  2 Park Street.  Easthampton, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – THEATER: Hatfield Public Schools’ annual spring musical is Godspell!  See local students perform the show at Hatfield Elementary School tonight.  413-247-9060.  Main Street.  Hatfield, MA.  ($)

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Thursday, April 18th, 2013

8am – CITIZEN SCIENTIST: Help to re-stock salmon to the Connecticut River watershed!  The Massachusetts Department of Fisheries and Wildlife invites community members to participate in salmon fry releases throughout the spring, helping to boost the number of salmon who call the area home!  Prepare to get wet – waders are available to borrow if you don’t have your own (they’re necessary!).  Today’s release will be in the Mill Brook in Northfield.  Meet at Home Depot to carpool to the location.  508-389-6331.  Route 2.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

9:30am-4pm – HISTORY: Visit Old Sturbridge Village to learn all about 19th century life in New England – and to meet the new baby animals!  There are new lambs, with many more to come, and families can also meet chicks, cows, and other farm animals.  It’s the perfect time of year to visit the village!  Along with animals, there are lots of hands-on activities to take part in and make-and-take early New England crafts.  Families will learn all about the culture and history of early New England!  800-733-1830.  1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.  Sturbridge, MA.  ($)

10am-1pm – CLIMBING: Try out rock climbing at the Northampton Athletic Club!  This special climbing event is a fundraiser for the Emily Williston Memorial Library’s Summer Ready Program, and is a great opportunity for families to try out the sport – perhaps it will become a new family favorite!  413-527-1031.  306 King Street.  Northampton, MA.  ($)

10am-4pm – HISTORY: Visit Historic Deerfield for Three Bags Full: All About Wool, a special museum presentation on sheep shearing and processing wool for use at home.  Families can drop in anytime to see the wool being processed, and to learn about the many uses for wool in early New England life.  Families can even try their hand at a few of the processing steps!  There will also be open hearth cooking demonstrations, where families can learn about the traditional one-pot cooking style of early New Englanders.  413-775-7214.  Old Main Street.  Deerfield, MA.  ($)

10am-4pm – FARM ADVENTURES: 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.  Baby Animals on the Shaker Farm runs daily through May 5th.  413-443-0188.  1843 West Housatonic Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($$)

10am-7pm – CREATIVE FREE PLAY/SANDBOX: Can’t get away this April vacation to warm sandy location? Take the kids to Eastfield Mall’s giant sandbox found in their Food Court. Great place for kids up to 12yo to enjoy creative free play at this mock-beach. 413-543-8000. 1655 Boston Road. Springfield, MA (FREE)

10:30am-8pm – AMUSEMENT PARK: Six Flags New England is open during spring vacation week. Springfield, MA ($$)

11am and 2pm – PUPPETS: CactusHead Puppets presents, “The Tale of Juan Bobo,” at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.  Juan Bobo is a silly character – he always tries to do things right, but somehow nearly always ends up with ridiculous results!  Is it possible, then, that he could save the day when something goes wrong?  See the show to find out!  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  (<$)

11-11:45am – STORYTELLING: 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.  413-528-2403.  231 Main Street.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE)

11am-12noon – THEATER: 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.  413-443-7171.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($)

11am-4pm – LITERACY: 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!  413-528-0721.  18 Main Street.  Lenox, MA.  (FREE)

12noon-3pm – SPORTS: The Basketball Hall of Fame will have a traveling exhibit at Yankee Candle.  877-636-7707. 25 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA

12noon – 4pm: ART CLASSES: The Sunderland Library hosts Altered Books Classes with Jess Greene. Hour long classes begin at 12noon for 5-8yo, 1:30pm for 8-11yo, 3pm for 11-18yo.  Different themes each day. 413-665-2642.  20 School Street.  Sunderland, MA.

1pm – HISTORY: 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.  413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

1pm – PUPPETS: For school vacation week, the Springfield Museums are offering programs centered around the theme, “Puppets Around the World.”  Today’s performance is Anansi the Spider, a traditional African folktale, presented by the Crabgrass Puppet Theater.  There will also be special hands-on activities and science discoveries to be had throughout the museums all day long.  800-625-7738.  21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA (FREE with museum admission)

1-2:30pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: 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.  413-229-7004. 48 Main Street. Sheffield, MA (FREE)

1-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: 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.  413-931-2221.  9 Route 183.  Stockbridge, MA.  (FREE with museum admission)

4-5pm – COMICS: Modern Myths, a local comic store, is hosting a month-long comic drawing series for kids!  Part of the Paint and Pixel Festival, the series offers weekly hands-on workshops where kids will be able to work on making their own original comics, with the guidance of comic pros!  Ages 5+.  Kids can attend one or all of the events!  413-582-6973.  34 Bridge Street #4.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

3pm – KIDS’ CONCERT: The Palmer-Monson Family Network hosts Jon O’Neill at the Monson Library!  413-267-3866.  2 High Street.  Monson, MA.  (FREE)

3pm – LIBRARY ADVENTURES: The Lanesborough Library will host Henry the Juggler for an afternoon of family fun! 413-499-5981. 83 North Main Street. Lanesborough, MA (FREE)

5-8pm – CRAFTS: Finding vacation week at home to be a little less exciting than you’d expected?  Visit the Hatfield Library for some crafts – there are lots of exciting materials to build with!  413-247-9097.  39 Main Street.  Hatfield, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – THEATER: Hatfield Public Schools’ annual spring musical is Godspell!  See local students perform the show at Hatfield Elementary School tonight.  413-247-9060.  Main Street.  Hatfield, MA.  ($)

ONGOING FOR THURSDAYS (As always, please confirm before heading out to these suggestions.)

12noon – BYOBABY! PILATES: A breast & bottle feeding friendly Pilates Mat Class modified to accommodate for fussiness. Best for babies up to 6mos old, however any age is welcome. 413-586-3504. The Pilates Studio. 104 Russell St (Route 9). Hadley, MA ($15 Drop-in)

1pm – INFANT MOVEMENT: Learn touch and movement based practices & tactical with Lenore Grubinger, tried & true principles to help support your child’s comfort & development. The Pilates Studio. 104 Russell St (Route 9). Hadley, MA ($15 Drop-in)

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Friday, April 19th, 2013

8am – CITIZEN SCIENTIST: Help to re-stock salmon to the Connecticut River watershed!  The Massachusetts Department of Fisheries and Wildlife invites community members to participate in salmon fry releases throughout the spring, helping to boost the number of salmon who call the area home!  Prepare to get wet – waders are available to borrow if you don’t have your own (they’re necessary!).  Today’s release will be in the Mill River in Williamsburg.  Meet at the entrance to the Norwottuck Rail Trail (by the UMass crew facility) to carpool to the location.  508-389-6331.  Damon Road.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

9:30am-4pm – HISTORY: Visit Old Sturbridge Village to learn all about 19th century life in New England – and to meet the new baby animals!  There are new lambs, with many more to come, and families can also meet chicks, cows, and other farm animals.  It’s the perfect time of year to visit the village!  Along with animals, there are lots of hands-on activities to take part in and make-and-take early New England crafts.  Families will learn all about the culture and history of early New England!  800-733-1830.  1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.  Sturbridge, MA.  ($)

10am-4pm – HISTORY: Visit Historic Deerfield for Three Bags Full: All About Wool, a special museum presentation on sheep shearing and processing wool for use at home.  Families can drop in anytime to see the wool being processed, and to learn about the many uses for wool in early New England life.  Families can even try their hand at a few of the processing steps!  There will also be open hearth cooking demonstrations, where families can learn about the traditional one-pot cooking style of early New Englanders.  413-775-7214.  Old Main Street.  Deerfield, MA.  ($)

10am-4pm – FARM ADVENTURES: 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.  Baby Animals on the Shaker Farm runs daily through May 5th.  413-443-0188.  1843 West Housatonic Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($$)

10am-7pm – CREATIVE FREE PLAY/SANDBOX: Can’t get away this April vacation to warm sandy location? Take the kids to Eastfield Mall’s giant sandbox found in their Food Court. Great place for kids up to 12yo to enjoy creative free play at this mock-beach. 413-543-8000. 1655 Boston Road. Springfield, MA (FREE)

10:30am-8pm – AMUSEMENT PARK: Six Flags New England is open during spring vacation week. Springfield, MA ($$)

11am-12noon – THEATER: 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.  413-443-7171.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($)

11am-12noon – AQUARIUM ADVENTURE: 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.  413-443-7171.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE with museum admission)

11am and 2pm – PUPPETS: CactusHead Puppets presents, “The Tale of Juan Bobo,” at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.  Juan Bobo is a silly character – he always tries to do things right, but somehow nearly always ends up with ridiculous results!  Is it possible, then, that he could save the day when something goes wrong?  See the show to find out!  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  (<$)

12noon – 4pm: ART CLASSES: The Sunderland Library hosts Altered Books Classes with Jess Greene. Hour long classes begin at 12noon for 5-8yo, 1:30pm for 8-11yo, 3pm for 11-18yo.  Different themes each day. 413-665-2642.  20 School Street.  Sunderland, MA.

1pm – PUPPETS: For school vacation week, the Springfield Museums are offering programs centered around the theme, “Puppets Around the World.”  Today’s performance is The Dragon King, a traditional Chinese folktale, presented by the Tanglewood Marionettes.  There will also be special hands-on activities and science discoveries to be had throughout the museums all day long.  800-625-7738.  21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA (FREE with museum admission)

1-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: 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.  413-931-2221.  9 Route 183.  Stockbridge, MA.  (FREE with museum admission)

3:30-5:30pm – ANIME CLUB: 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)

5-8pm – CRAFTS: Finding vacation week at home to be a little less exciting than you’d expected?  Visit the Hatfield Library for some crafts – there are lots of exciting materials to build with!  413-247-9097.  39 Main Street.  Hatfield, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – THEATER: 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. North Adams, MA ($)

7pm – THEATER: Hatfield Public Schools’ annual spring musical is Godspell!  See local students perform the show at Hatfield Elementary School tonight.  413-247-9060.  Main Street.  Hatfield, MA.  ($)

7pm – FILM/SUSTAINABILITY: Learn about the health risks that consuming GMO foods poses tonight at a screening of, “Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives,” at the Leverett Town Hall.  Sponsored by NOFA Mass, the film will teach viewers about making health-conscious food choices for a sustainable food system.  9 Montague Road.  Leverett, MA.  (<$)

7:30pm – FAMILY MOVIE: Pothole Pictures is screening “The Muppet Movie” at Memorial Hall.  Puppets at their finest in a great family film, starring Jim Henson’s Muppets. (1979, Rated G). Live music at 7pm. 413-625-3052. 51 Bridge Street. Shelburne Falls, MA ($) 

7:30-8:30pm – ASTRONOMY: 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.  829 Main Street.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

7:30-9pm – ASTRONOMY: The Lenox Library will host Astronomer, Rick Costell for an evening on the stars & planets!  In the Welles Gallery, families can learn the basics of astronomy before venturing outside after dark to view the night sky through telescopes on the lawn.  A great way to introduce your kids to astronomy! 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA (FREE) [CANCELLED]

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