Berkshire County Highlights for Families: June 2013
Find out about community events and learning opportunities happening throughout Berkshire County for the month of June. We’ll be adding to this list as the month progresses, so be sure to check back each week:
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.
Saturday, June 1st from 8am-10:30am – NATURE STUDIES: The Natural Resources Conservation Service is holding an informational birding and land management walk. Attendees will walk through shrub, old field, thicket, and mature forest habitat while learning about the ways in which they can create and maintain these habitats. Best for older students or adults. 413-443-1776 x3. Bliss Road. Florida, MA. (FREE)
June 29th from 9am-1pm – NATURE STUDIES: Learn about old growth forests and Civilian Conservation Corps-era plantations on a hike through Monroe State Forest with Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center and the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire. The hike is four miles along the Spruce Hill Trail to the Raycroft Outlook, where there are spectacular views of the Deerfield River Valley. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register and to find out the meeting place. Florida, MA. (FREE)
Saturdays at 10am – HIKING: Mount Greylock State Reservation’s Nice and Easy Hikes are geared toward seniors but are open to all ages. Explore the Reservation while learning about things like plants, animals, and natural history. Call for meeting place info. 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, June 1st from 10am-12noon – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: National Trails Day Hike at Mount Greylock State Reservation. Join a DCR Park Interpreter for an easy- paced, two-hour, three-mile hike between Jones Nose and Rounds Rock. May include tree and plant identification, birding and local history, depending on the interests of the hikers. Wear appropriate clothing for the weather, sturdy walking shoes and hiking poles are recommended, but not required. Bring water and a snack. Rain or shine, but in the event of severe weather the hike is cancelled. 413-99-4262. Visitor Center. 30 Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA
Wednesdays & Saturdays from 8am-2pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: The Berkshire Farmers’ Market sells local food and goods from all over Berkshire County. Old State Road & Route 8. Lanesborough, MA. MARKET/SALE
Saturday, June 22nd at 9pm – ASTRONOMY: Explore the night sky from the highest natural point in Massachusetts! Mt. Greylock Public Star Parties provide an opportunity for anyone to observe the night sky using a variety of different telescopes. The summit of Mt. Greylock is an excellent place to view the stars and planets because of its low light pollution and low horizons. Meet at the summit near the War Memorial Tower. 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)
Wednesday, June 26th from 10am-12noon – NATURE STUDIES: Explore Constitution Hill with the Berkshire Natural Resources Council. In addition to being a beautiful natural area, this site is the location of an historic bonfire that celebrated Massachusetts’ ratification of the Constitution, as well as the location of humorist Josh Billings’ historic homestead. This easygoing hike is for people of all ages who want to explore the outdoors and some of Western Massachusetts’ interesting historic sites. 413-499-0596. Bridge Street. Lanesborough, MA.
Thursday, June 6th at 9:30am & 12:30pm – CULTURAL STUDIES/MUSIC: Join MassMOCA for the final installment of their Art Assemblies interactive concert series! Mexican folk band Radio Jarocho will perform and teach students the steps and movements of traditional fandango dances, as well as demonstrate “rasgueado” guitar picking techniques and percussion rhythms. This is a fun way for kids to learn about music and this form of lively Spanish dance. Performance for pre-K to 3rd grade students begins at 9:30. Performance for 4th-8th grade students begins at 12:30. School and homeschool groups, as well as individuals, are welcome to attend. Reservations are encouraged. 413-664-4481 x8109. 87 Marshall Street. North Adams, MA. >$
Saturday, June 15th from 11am-1pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Celebrate FREEDOM, the newest exhibition in Kidspace at MASS MoCA. There will be snacks, art-making, activities, and an opportunity to interact with the exhibiting artists. FREEDOM: Just Another Word For… is Kidspace @ MASS MoCA’s contribution to this year’s three-museum project, Words & Images. The exhibition is a visual exploration of how words and art can have multiple meanings. It includes work by Xu Bing, Long-Bin Chen, Gonkar Gyatso, Ran Hwang, Ang Tsherin Sherpa, and Roger Shimomura, and features opportunities for children to develop their own interpretations and words to describe the work on view. 413-662-2111. 1040 Mass Moca Way. North Adams. MA ($)
Saturday, June 15th at 2pm – FAMILY CONCERT: After the Kidspace opening of FREEDOM: Just Another Word For at MASS MoCA, come together for a fun and lively family concert with Bubble Do Beatles. A show of shockingly accurate Beatles covers, performed by the soulful pop-rock outfit, Bubble will inspire moms, dads, and kids to twist and shout. Singing along is encouraged. 413-662-2111. 1040 Mass Moca Way. North Adams. MA ($)
Tuesday, June 18th from 5:30pm-7:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Parents of young children, join Child Care of the Berkshires for ABC Read With Me, a workshop focused on promoting literacy and teaching young children to love reading. The workshop is based on the book Help Me Get Ready to Read. Come to the workshop and share a meal, learn different techniques for promoting literacy, and explore children’s books. Parents will create felt boards and even receive books to take home! Please call to register. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
Wednesday, June 19th from 5pm-7pm – WORKSHOP: Healthy North Berkshire is an event for people living in the Northern Berkshires to come learn about how food is accessed within the community. There will be panelists from Women, Infants, and Children, the school lunch program, local farms, farmer’s markets, grocery stores, and local free meal sites. This workshop is a place to learn about food in the community and how best to access healthy food. Please register. 413-663-7588. 107 Main Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, June 22nd at 2pm – FIRE SCIENCE: Learn the history and science of nature’s most dynamic element – fire. Western Gateway Heritage State Park presents “The Nature of Fire,” a lecture held in conjunction with their summer exhibit, “Wildfire!” This illustrated lecture acts as a sort of introduction to the exhibit, which covers all aspects of wildfire, from causes to management. Best for older students. 413-663-6312. 115 State Street, Building #4. North Adams, MA.
Friday, June 28th from 10am-6pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: As part of Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays, MASS MoCA will have free admission today! Visitors can explore the museum and see all exhibits, including Kidspace, MASS MoCA’s child-centered art gallery and hands-on studio. Please call for more information. 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
Sunday, June 30th from 12noon-9pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The second annual Crystal Hard Hat Canal Street Family Fair is here! Come out to support Shriners Hospitals for Children and find fun for the whole family. There will be games, antique cars and motorcycles, live music, karaoke, vendors, a raffle, and more. 55 Union Street. North Adams, MA. FUNDRAISER
Saturdays from 9am-1pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: The Williamstown Farmers’ Market is a great place to find local produce, meats, cheeses, crafts, and jewelry. Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. MARKET/SALE
Saturday, June 8th from 12noon-2pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Visit Williamstown’s Field Farm for an open house at the Folly House, an example of post-modernist architecture surrounded by fields, woods, and wetlands, as well as both the Berkshire and Taconic mountain ranges. This is a chance to see interesting natural areas as well as a unique historic home. 413-684-0148. 554 Sloan Road. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
Thursday, June 13th at 2pm – THEATER: Join the Clark Art Institute for a viewing of The Audience, screened by London’s National Theatre Live. The Audience stars Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II and focuses on her weekly private meetings with her twelve Prime Ministers. The play is best for adults and older students. 413-458-0524. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. $$
Saturday, June 22nd from 12noon & 1pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Visit Williamstown’s Field Farm for a tour of the Folly House, an example of post-modernist architecture surrounded by fields, woods, and wetlands, as well as both the Berkshire and Taconic mountain ranges. This is a chance to see interesting natural areas as well as a unique historic home. 413-684-0148. 554 Sloan Road. Williamstown, MA. $
Friday, June 28th at 8pm – JAZZ/PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: New Orleans’ own legends the Preservation Hall Jazz Band are playing The Clark tonight! Playing both Dixieland and traditional jazz, the group represents the historic Preservation Hall’s decades-long musical tradition. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. ($$$)
Saturday, June 29th from 8pm-10pm – NATURE STUDIES: The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is hosting a Firefly Hike and Campfire for the whole family at Sheep Hill. Bring blankets and curl up with family near the fire while eating s’mores and listening to stories told by the three-generational Leamon boys. There will also be nature crafts for children and a hike to search for fireflies. 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road. Williamstown, MA. >$
Sunday, June 30th from 11am-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Americana Family Day at The Clark! Families will have the opportunity to go back in time to experience some of the sights and sounds of nineteenth-century America as painted by George Inness and Winslow Homer. Sing along to performances by a troupe of sea shanty men, enter the pie-eating contest, learn to fly-fish, paint with watercolors, stand on the deck of a ship, play lawn games from the 1800s—and much more. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA (FREE)
Sunday, June 2nd from 9am-12:30pm – NATURE STUDIES/LOCAL HISTORY: Celebrate National Trails Day and go for a ghost town hike through Tamarack Hollow and Windsor State Forest. Learn about local history by exploring 19th Century cellar holes, stone walls, an old dairy farm, and what’s left of the Babbitt Axe factory. Best for adults and children 8 and over. Registration required. 413-584-3009. 1515 Savoy Hollow Road. Windsor, MA. $
Saturday, June 22nd from 8am-12noon – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Come out to Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center for a volunteer work day. Tamarack Hollow is a newly-formed non-profit and needs help clearing land and trails so they can build their center in the near future. 413-522-1505. 1515 Savoy Hollow Road. Windsor, MA. (FREE)
Wednesdays-Saturdays at 6:15pm – OUTDOOR PERFORMANCE: Jacob’s Pillow Outdoor Inside/Out Performances are popular with all ages. Enjoy a variety of dance companies and styles on the new Henry J. Leir Stage at the breathtaking Marcia and Seymour Simon Performance Space, Wednesdays-Saturdays at 6:15pm:
- Jamal Jackson Dance Company: Wednesday, June 19 at 6:15pm
- Oyo Oro Afro-Cuban Dance Ensemble: Thursday, June 20 at 6:15pm
- inDance: Friday, June 21 at 6:15pm
- The School at Jacob’s Pillow Ballet Program: Saturday, June 22 at 6:15pm
- Naomi Goldberg Haas/Dances for a Variable Population: Wednesday, June 26 at 6:15pm
- Peridance Contemporary Dance Company: Thursday, June 27 at 6:15pm
- Jeremy McQueen: Friday, June 28 at 6:15pm
- The School at Jacob’s Pillow Movin’ Commercial Program: Saturday, June 29 at 6:15pm
413-243-9919. 385 George Carter Road. Becket, MA (FREE)
Wednesday, June 19th at 4:30pm – HISTORY/CULTURAL STUDIES: Kick off the official opening day of the 2013 Lift Ev’ry Voice Festival with a free guided tour of Jacob’s Pillow, a National Historic Landmark and a historic stop on the Underground Railroad. This tour highlights African-American history at the Pillow, and will be led by Norton Owen, Director of Preservation. Meet him at the bell outside the Ted Shawn Theatre. For more information about the Lift Ev’ry Voice Festival and a full schedule of events, see their website. 413-841-0519. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)
Friday, June 21st from 7pm-10pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Celebrate the Summer Solstice with the Becket Arts Center! There will be flag-painting, dancing, a potluck, a lemonade and iced tea stand, and a silent auction. 413-623-6635. 7 Brooker Hill Road. Becket, MA.
Wednesday-Friday, June 5th-7th from 6pm-9pm – CARNIVAL: The annual Dalton Carnival, organized by the Dalton Community Recreation Association, features games, rides, food, and more! This is fun for the whole family and is an opportunity to get out and socialize with others in the community. 413-684-0260. 258 North Street. Dalton, MA.
Saturday, June 8th & Sunday, June 9th from 12noon-10pm – CARNIVAL: The annual Dalton Carnival, organized by the Dalton Community Recreation Association, features games, rides, food, and more! This is fun for the whole family and is an opportunity to get out and socialize with others in the community. Wristband day runs today from 12noon-5pm and fireworks are Saturday night. Firemen’s Muster is Sunday. 413-684-0260. 258 North Street. Dalton, MA.
Friday, June 28th from 10am-12noon – LIBRARY ADVENTURES: Dalton Free Public Library hosts “Diggers, Dumpers and Rescuers” at the Dalton First Congregational Church as part of the “Dig into Reading” summer reading program. Climb on and explore your favorite big vehicles, fire engines, police cars, and construction trucks. 413-684-6112. Dalton, MA (FREE)
Saturday, June 1st from 11am-12noon – FAMILY THEATER: Join the Spectrum Playhouse for the Family First Saturday Series. This month’s performance is by Jonathan Kruk, a master storyteller and performer. 413-394-5023 x12. 20 Franklin Street. Lee, MA.
Friday, June 14th from 7pm-9pm – CONCERT/CULTURAL STUDIES: Gaia Roots will perform drum music from all over the world for people of all ages at the Spectrum Playhouse. Using a variety of percussion instruments, Gaia Roots drums, dances, and sings while immersing the audience in world music. 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street. Lee, MA. >$
Fridays from 1pm-5pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: The Lenox Farmers’ Market features vendors from all over Berkshire County as well as the Hudson River Valley. Vendors sell all kinds of local foods and goods, as well as lunch foods. 413-528-8950. 70 Kemble Street. Lenox, MA. MARKET/SALE
Saturday, June 8th from 10am-4pm – NATURE STUDIES: Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is hosting a Family Fun Day! Activities include nature crafts, a puppet show by the Gerwick Puppeteers, music by George Wilson, a live raptor program, nature walks, and beekeeping information sessions. This event provides fun, educational activities to help families connect with and explore their local Mass Audubon sanctuary. 413-637-0320. 142 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
Sunday, June 9th from 11am-3pm: COMMUNITY DAY: Bring the family and spend the day at The Mount! Tour the house, explore the gardens and trails, and enjoy the surroundings. Scavenger hunts, story times, and other activities throughout the day. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA
Wednesday, June 12th from 7:30pm-9pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Join Mass Audobon at the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary for an evening tour of the beaver ponds. Visitors can look for beavers and other animals while learning about their natural history and how they have shaped the landscape over time. This is an exciting opportunity for nature lovers or anyone who wishes to learn more about local wildlife. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. $
Thursday, June 13th from 4-5pm – HISTORY: At The Mount, historian Gordon Campbell tells the engagingly and sometimes eccentric tale of the 18th century hermit-in-the-garden craze and how hermits and hermitages live on in the art, literature, and drama of our own day. Best for older students. Book signing to follow. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA
Saturday, June 15th from 9am-11am – ANIMAL STUDIES: Join Mass Audobon at the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary for “Chirps, Cheeps, and Warbles – Birding by Ear.” This bird walk is for beginner or intermediate birders looking to improve their auditory identification skills. The walk is for older students and adults. Bring binoculars and a field guide if possible. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. >$
Friday, June 21st from 10am-12noon – ENTOMOLOGY: Join Mass Audobon at the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary for an Insect Safari! Kids 8 and up are welcome to come explore the sanctuary while looking for insects like butterflies, moths, dragonflies, and damselflies. This is a fun way for kids to get up close to insects while learning new things about them. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. >$
Monday, June 24th from 7:30pm-9pm – LOCAL HISTORY: You may know about Edith Wharton’s home, the Mount, but did you know that it’s haunted? Come see for yourself on one of the Mount’s ghost tours. The tour will take you through the stables and the main house, where you will learn about and even witness the property’s haunted creaks and footsteps. Please see website for more information and to buy tickets. Not recommended for children under 12. 413-551-5100. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. $$
Friday, June 28th from 3pm-6pm – FAMILY FESTIVAL: As part of the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays, Tanglewood will hold a Family Fun Fest for children of all ages. Kids can participate in an educational scavenger hunt, try out orchestral instruments at the Instrument Playground, do arts and crafts activities, and watch performances and demonstrations by representatives from various museums and theatrical or musical groups. Please register in advance. 617-266-1200. 297 West Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
The City of Pittsfield Department of Community Development Recreation Program has announced the return of the Just for Kicks program. The City of Pittsfield and Pittsfield Soccer Club have teamed up for this FREE, program which features instructors from Sports Domain Academy introducing and teaching youth the basics of soccer including the components, rules, and etiquette. Just for Kicks will be a week long program July 8 to July 12, 2013 for Pittsfield children ages 5 to 11. The program will run from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm that Monday through Friday at Clapp Park on West Housatonic Street. Pre-registration is required, and is first come, first serve; the number of participants will be limited to 60. Forms are available at the Department of Community Development in room 205 of City Hall, or online at www.cityofpittsfield.org
All Summer – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Experience one, two, or three Pittsfield museums — Hancock Shaker Village, Berkshire Museum, and Herman Melville’s Arrowhead — at a discount this summer. The three well-known Berkshire destinations have once again joined forces to offer this discount admission program, now in its second year. Visit any of the three venues and purchase a full-price adult general admission ticket to be eligible for a discount good for $3 off an adult ticket at the other two museums.
Saturday from 9am-1pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: Come to the all-new Downtown Pittsfield Farmers’ Market! This brand new market features fresh, local food, live music, dance, and performances, and is open to all members of the community. 413-443-6501. First Street parking lot. Pittsfield, MA. MARKET/SALE
Saturday, June 1st from 8:30am-2:30pm – STEM: CET’s Junior Solar Sprint takes place at Reid Middle School. The JSS is part of a national program in which middle school students design, build and race model cars powered by the sun. They are encouraged to integrate math, science and technology principles with their creativity in a fun hands-on educational program that stimulates enthusiasm for science at a crucial stage in their education.Teams are recognized for excellence in craftsmanship, technical merit, innovation and performance, as well as best use of recycled materials. 950 North Street. Pittsfield, MA
Saturday, June 1st at 8pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: The Berkshire Theatre Group is holding a benefit concert at the Colonial Theatre for Community Resources for People with Autism, featuring Sherri James Buxton, the Bob Shepherd Trio, Charles Neville, and Paul Green. This event is a wonderful opportunity to see live jazz music and to support a local organization dedicated to providing resources for individuals with autism. 413-997-4444. 111 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FUNDRAISER)
Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30pm – LITERACY: Berkshire Athenaeum offers literacy program for parents and children. hese sessions will help parents help their children develop early literacy practices: talking, singing, reading, writing and playing. Fun with Science & Math happens on Tuesday, June 4th and Parent Workshop with a separate programming for kids happens on Tuesday, June 25th. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)
Wednesday, June 5th from 6-8pm & Thursday, June 6th from 9:30-11:30am – PARENT WORKSHOP: Early literacy workshop designed for guardians and volunteers in literacy programs will be held at Berkshire County Head Start. Join authors, Susan Marx and Barbara Kasok of “The Practical Guide for Reading Aloud to Children During Their First Five Years” to will how to raise reading-ready children who love books and learning by demonstrating how to use parenting & reading strategies to read aloud effectively to young children. Childcare available. RSVP. 413-499-4809. 1 Meadow Lane. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)
Saturday, June 8th from 10am-7pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Get Outdoors @ Springside Park on National Get Outdoors Day. Family fun, live music and educational opportunities. The Springside House will be open to the public for a one day only exhibit of city artifacts & archival material: “Open Spaces: A century in Pittsfields parks & recreational life.” Pittsfield, MA (FREE)
Monday, June 10th at 10:30am – SPORTS: Berkshire Homeschoolers has organized “school day” at Wahconah Park to see the Pittsfield Suns play the Nashua Silver Knights. This is a great opportunity to get kids interested in sports by seeing a collegiate league baseball game. 143 Wahconah Street. Pittsfield, MA. >$
Saturday, June 15th: REGISTRATION DEADLINE: The Department of Conservation and Recreation is holding a Project Learning Tree Educator Workshop to teach educators how best to integrate environmental education into existing curriculum. The workshop is on June 25th from 9am-1pm. Pre-registration is required. 413-584-6788. 740 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $
Saturday, June 15th from 9am-1pm – LOCAL FOOD/FAMILY DAY: It’s Family Fun Day at the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market. The Berkshire Athenaeum will lead a StoryWalk and a planting activity using the book Making Vegetable Soup. There will also be storytime at 11am. Kids can come to the market and enjoy fresh food while participating in fun activities! 413-443-6501. First Street parking lot. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)/MARKET
Saturday, June 15th from 7pm-11pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Berkshire Ballroom is holding a ballroom dance with a free swing lesson! Try something new on date night and dance the night away with live DJ music. 413-684-1510. 116 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$
Thursday, June 20th from 5pm-8pm – COMMUNITY: Upstreet Pittsfield’s family friendly street festival, 3rd.Thursdays, returns for its 7th year! This Thursday’s theme is “Play Ball!” Come celebrate America’s pastime and explore Pittsfield while participating in fun activities, watching performances, and eating great food. 413-499-9348. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)
Saturday, June 22nd from 9am-1pm – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Gather the whole family for one of Berkshire Environmental Action Team’s Housatonic River Cleanups! Spend quality time together while doing community service, learning about a local watershed, and volunteering to do good for both the river and its surrounding human and nonhuman communities. Meet at Wahconah Park. 413-230-7321. 143 Wahconah Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, June 22nd from 10am-12noon – NATURE STUDIES: Learn about water and ecology at Science in the Parks with science educator Lisa Provencher! This a great chance for kids to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) during the summer months. Students will have the opportunity to collect water samples and run pH tests, identify aquatic plants, and look for insects and amphibians. This program also teaches the importance of environmental stewardship and the value of local parks. 413-499-0692. West Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, June 22nd at 1pm – LOCAL HISTORY WALK: Learn local history and celebrate Rev. Samuel Harrison, the chaplain of the all-black 54th regiment during the Civil War, at Lift Ev’ry Voice Festival’s Faith and Freedom Walk. The walk will begin at the Harrison House Museum in Pittsfield and end at the Second Congregational Church where Rev. Harrison was a pastor. Will Singleton, Ed.D., president of the NAACP Berkshire County Chapter, will speak after the walk. 413-841-0519. 82 Third St. Pittsfield, MA. FREE
Saturday, June 22nd & 29th from 10am-12noon – SCIENCE/NATURE: Science educator Lisa Provencher is holding a Science in the Parks event every Saturday from June 22-August 17 this summer, an great opportunity for young students to use their local parks to further their understanding of ecology through science based methods. Kids of all ages can come to four different parks around Pittsfield, MA and learn about watersheds and their impact on local ecology at this free program.
June 24th-28th from 9-11am – SPORTS: The City of Pittsfield Department of Community Development Recreation Program hosts Sticks for Kids. for Pittsfield children ages 6-11yo. Sticks for Kids is a program meant to introduce and teach youth the basics of golf including the fundamentals, rules, and etiquette. It also is a program meant to ensure youth would have the opportunity and access to learn the game of golf. Limited supply of junior golf clubs will be available if participants do not have them. Space is limited to 100 participants and pre-registration is required, and is first come, first serve by June 14. Pittsfield High School. 413-499-9370. 300 East Street. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)
Saturday, June 29th at 11am – CHEMISTRY: Be a mad scientist at the Berkshire Museum! Along with the help of the museum’s very own crazy chemist, kids can learn how to do exciting and surprising (and safe!) experiments with regular household materials. Kitchen Kaboom! is totally kid-safe, but adults must accompany participating scientists. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE with museum admission)
Saturday, June 29th from 10am-12noon – NATURE STUDIES: Learn about water and ecology at Science in the Parks with science educator Lisa Provencher! This a great chance for kids to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) during the summer months. Students will have the opportunity to collect water samples and run pH tests, identify aquatic plants, and look for insects and amphibians. This program also teaches the importance of environmental stewardship and the value of local parks. 413-499-0692. West Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
Wednesday, June 12th from 8am-10am – NATURE STUDIES: Join Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a hike on their newest reserve – the former Shaw property. The property is 139 acres of field and forest with views of surrounding mountains. 413-499-0596. Perrys Peak Road. Richmond, MA.
Thursdays at 2pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Take a tour of Naumkeag to learn all about its history! The Trustees of Reservations are offering a kid-friendly tour of the historic location. 413-298-3239. 5 Prospect Hill Road. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)
Thursdays at 3pm – CROQUET: Learn to play croquet on the lawn at Naumkeag! Kid-friendly and lots of fun. 413-298-3239. 5 Prospect Hill Road. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, June 8th at 4pm: LOCAL HISTORY: Stockbridge History Museum hosts a cemetery walk to tour and learn about local history through past residents. This month’s theme is, “Where Do I Get That? Stockbridge Work and Business, 1875.” Meet in the Proctor Hall Parking Lot. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA (FREE)
Sunday, June 9th from 1-4pm – OPENING: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Creation of a Classic opens at the Norman Rockwell Museum. Enjoy a magical afternoon with special guest Lella Smith, Creative Director, Walt Disney Company Animation Research library. Ms. Smith will explain the story of this hallmark film’s development, through the original drawings and paintings, animation cels, props, costumes, and clips on view in the exhibition. The afternoon will include a book-signing, performances and readings, art activities, costumed characters, and festive refreshments. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA (FREE w/Museum Admission)
Saturday, June 15th from 7am-9am – NATURE STUDIES: Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for an Old Colonial Road bird walk on the Yokun Ridge Reserve. This easygoing hike will take you through wetlands, mature hardwood forests, and a spruce/pine plantation. Meet at Stockbridge Bowl boat launch. 413-499-0596. Route 183. Stockbridge, MA.
Monday, June 17th from 10am-5pm – HISTORY: Join the Trustees of Reservations for Naumkeag House and Gardens Community Day! Tour the house and explore the grounds, including the Blue Steps, Moon Gate, and Afternoon Garden. There will be a Garden Adventure for kids at 2pm and croquet on Oak Lawn at 3pm. Come experience this historical landmark and take in the beauty of the grounds. 413-298-3239. 5 Prospect Hill Road. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)
Friday, June 21st at 10am – STORYTIME: Come to The Stockbridge Library for Stories in the Grass on the library’s front lawn! Pre-school aged kids can come and enjoy songs, stories, and fun summer activities. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA.
Saturday, June 22nd at 2pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Stockbridge History Museum located in the Stockbridge Library will host a living museum today with a program called, Tea with Abigail. Abigail Williams (1721 – 1791 ) will be receiving callers for tea in the Library’s Bement Room . Nineteenth and early twentieth century Stockbridge ladies (all in period costumes) will be stopping by for tea and local gossip of their times. Tables will be set up so guests may partake of refreshments as well as listen to and join in the conversation. A fun, interactive way for older students to learn about local history. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA (>$)
Friday, June 28th at 1pm – STORYTIME: “Dig Into Reading” with the Stockbridge Library at their summer reading kick-off event featuring Davis Bates! Bates is a professional storyteller who will share songs and stories about gardening, nature, family, and more. “Dig Into Reading” is a national summer reading program to help kids develop language skills and learn to enjoy reading. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA.
Thursdays from 3pm-7pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: The West Stockbridge Farmers’ Market has everything from local food to petting zoos, live music, and games for kids. 413-232-4600. Harris Street. West Stockbridge, MA. MARKET/SALE
Saturdays from 9am-1pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: The Great Barrington Farmers’ Market’s 25 vendors all come from Western Massachusetts and eastern New York state. They sell veggies, jams, maple syrup, meat, seedlings, eggs, cheese, and so much more! 413-528-8950. Castle Street. Great Barrington, MA. MARKET/SALE
Saturday, June 1st at 11:15am & 1:45pm – FILM/SUSTAINABILITY: : Come to the Berkshire International Film Festival for the showing of “GMO OMG,” a film about genetically modified foods and the loss of seed diversity in our food system. Director Jeremy Siefert explored the way food laboratory modifications affected his children and sustained future of our planet. GMO OMG follows one family’s struggle to live and eat without participating in an unhealthy, unjust, and destructive food system. How are your own family’s choices affecting the environment and the dinner table? 90 minutes. 413-528-8885, 413-358-4780. Various theatre locations, Great Barrington, MA ($)
Sunday, June 2nd at 10am – FILM: Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center presents BIFF 2013 Kid Flix Mix. Enjoy a colorful collection of short films from around the world, hand-picked as audience and jury favorites from the 2012 New York International Children’s Film Festival. Ages 4-8. 413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street. Great Barrington, MA (FREE)
Tuesday, June 4th at 6:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Avoid Summer Brain Drain with Meagan Lendendecker from the Montessori School of the Berkshires at the CHP campus. With the summer months approaching, we could all use a little inspiration for how to keep our kids entertained and engaged. Explore ways to cultivate your child’s social-emotional skills, intellectual clarity, and intrinsic motivation, all through the process of play! Free childcare available. 413-464-5095. 444 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA (FREE)
Monday, June 10th from 4:45pm-6:45pm – THEATER: Join the Mason Library for the Mason Family Cirkus! You can explore your theatrical side by coming with creative ideas in mind so you can write and star in your own play. 413-623-0216. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA.
Saturday, June 15th at 10am – PLANT STUDIES: Kids age 6 and up are invited on a tree identification walk around Fountain Pond State Park with Department of Conservation and Recreation staff. Learn the basics of identifying trees and other native plants. Meet at the gazebo located behind Berkshire South Regional Community Center. Registration is required. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, June 15th from 11am-6pm – HISTORY: Celebrate “Ending Slavery: A Juneteenth Celebration” at The Du Bois Center. There will be performances by Magpie, who will perform folk songs from their newest album, and the Pittsfield Youth Alive Step Team. Ulysses S. Grant scholar and performer Steve Trimm will also be there, along with authors such as David Levinson and Scott Christianson. Join the Center for reflection, commemoration, and celebration. 413-644-9595. 684 South Main Street. Great Barrington, MA.
Saturday, June 22nd from 11:30am-12:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: The Mason Library is holding “The Dirt on Dirt Family Event.” This event is best for kids ages 4 and up and is all about worms! Build a worm farm, play with gummy worms, interact with live worms, and participate in a worm race. Registration is required. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, June 22nd from 12noon – 4pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The Berkshire Co-op Market is hosting a Summer Solstice Bash at Memorial Field (next to the co-op). There will be live music, great food, local vendors (including a first time collaboration with Berkshire Flea – a locally based artisan flea market), Kids activities and more. Events include a kids concert with David Grover, MYO hula hoops & butter, and delicious food. 413-528-9697. 42 Bridge Street. Great Barrington, MA (FREE)
Thursday, June 27th from 11:15am-12:15am – ARTS & CRAFTS: Do you love superheroes? What about plants? Make a superhero terrarium at the Mason Library! Kids ages 7-10 will learn the art of terrarium-making and can put a favorite superhero action figure into their newly-made terrariums. Registration is required. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, June 29th from 10:30am-11:30am – ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids can exercise their creativity and art skills at the Ramsdell Library during a story cube activity. Draw illustrations on the cubes, roll them like dice, and create stories as you go! Please register in advance. 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street. Housatonic, MA.
Saturday, June 29th from 11:30am-12:30pm – ARCHAEOLOGY: Are your kids interested in learning about archaeology? Kids ages 5 and up can come to the Mason Library to learn about mummies, write in hieroglyphics, make cave painting, and discover treasures. This event connects nicely with the “Dig Into Reading” summer reading program being held at libraries all over Western Massachusetts. Please register in advance. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA.
Sunday, June 30th 10am-11am – INSECT STUDIES: Contribute to Project Native’s Butterfly House by attending a Summer Butterfly and Bug Safari! Walk the grounds looking for butterflies, caterpillars, and eggs to relocate to the Butterfly House. Learn more about Lepidoptera by gaining skill in finding and even identifying butterflies and by learning to identify host plants. 413-274-3433. 342 North Plain Road. Housatonic, MA.
Sunday, June 9th from 1pm-3:30pm – NATURE STUDIES: Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a walk through the 1200-acre Steepletop Reserve. Explore Steepletop’s woods and wetlands while walking its old carriage roads. 413-499-0596. New Marlborough Monterey Road. New Marlborough, MA.
Saturdays from 9am-1pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: Come to the Otis Farmers’ Market for fresh food and local goods! This market is known for its special events, such as Tie Dye Day, Hot Diggity Dog Day, and petting zoo days, which occur throughout the season. 413-357-9919. 2000 East Otis Road. Otis, MA. MARKET/SALE
Saturday, June 22nd at 6pm – LAWN CONCERT: The Otis Cultural Council is holding a Sup’ and Swing Concert and picnic dinner at Isaac Walton Field. Wanda Houston and the Skeletones will perform New Orleans jazz, rhythm, blues, soul, and swing, so come prepared to dance and enjoy a picnic dinner with family and friends. 413-269-4251. Tannery Road & Route 8. Otis, MA. (FREE)
Monday, June 24th from 4pm-5pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Mammals are an incredible group of species including many different creatures from bats to whales to humans. At roughly 5,400 species, there is a lot to learn about mammals! Join Teaching Creatures at Tolland State Forest for a workshop on mammals, where you can learn about animal behavior and ecology and even meet a few special mammals. 413-269-6002. 410 Tolland Road. East Otis, MA.
Sunday, June 9th from 10am-12:30pm – NATURE STUDIES: Explore the banks of the Clam River with the Berkshire Natural Resources Council to explore potential routes for the new trail. You can learn about the River while adventuring in the forests surrounding it. This is also a neat way to learn about making trails and selecting sites for them. 413-499-0596. Hammertown Road. Sandisfield, MA.
Fridays from 2:30pm-6:30pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: Come to the Sheffield Farmers’ Market for local food, music, and recipes. 413-717-5722. 125 South Main Street. Sheffield, MA. MARKET/SALE
Sunday, June 16th from 8:30am-11:30am – NATURAL HISTORY/OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Canoe the Housatonic River through Bartholomew’s Cobble on a Father’s Day canoe trip. Participants will learn about the river’s habitats and history while experiencing the many sights and sounds offered by this beautiful part of New England. 413-229-8600. 105 Weatogue Road. Sheffield, MA. $$