Berkshire Family Fun: July 2014

Berkshire County Highlights for Families:
July 2014

“I moved to Western MA a year ago and this website is my resource for most of our family outings. I look at it weekly to plan an adventure and have used it as my ‘summer fun’ planning guide this year. I appreciate the work you are doing to collect this information and it has made a huge difference in my understanding of the variety and cultural diversity there is to offer in this area!” – Erica Cruz (Adams, MA)

Find out about community events and learning opportunities happening throughout Berkshire County for the month of July. We’ll be adding to this list as the month progresses, so be sure to check back each week. Do you have an event you’d like to include in this list? Email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.

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.

List of Weekly Suggested Events

Featured Event: Hilltown Families friends from Simple Diaper & Linen will now be offering their weekly diaper service options to families in South Berkshire County starting the first week in August! Sign up early and save $10 on your start-up fee by using the code ‘early-berk’. They are hosting a cloth diaper 101 workshop at Life Works Studio in Great Barrington on Sunday, July 27th from 2:30-4:30 to explain the ins and outs of cloth and compostable diapering, as well as procedures with the service and to register new families. Click here for more info.


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Family Resource Center, a program of Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc., has a playground and park guide for northern Berkshire County.  They also have a Playground Scavenger Hunt game families has participate in together while exploring the different playgrounds, parks and trails in and around northern Berkshire.

ADAMS

Saturday, July 26, 3pm – HISTORY: The Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum presents a reenactment by historian Dennis Farley – “James White: Temperance Reformer” at the Adams Visitors Center. White was a very vocal reformer of the 1800s. Older students interested in history will enjoy seeing this reenactment and learning about the temperance movement. 413-743-7121. 3 Hoosac Street. Adams, MA. (FREE)

Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum. 413-743-7121. 67 East Road. Adams, MA.

CHESHIRE

FLORIDA

Abbot School — 56 North Country Road.

HANCOCK

Hancock Shaker Village. 1843 W Housatonic St. 413-443-0188

LANESBOROUGH

Wednesday, July 9, REGISTRATION DEADLINE – Mount Greylock State Reservation’s free Junior Ranger Program for kids ages 8-12 teaches kids about the outdoors and how to care for nature. There will be hikes and hands-on activities that explore geology, water, climate, plants, and animals. The program runs every Thursday from 10am-12noon on July 10, 17, 24, 31, and August 7 and 14. Children must be accompanied by a parent. Call to sign up. 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 9, 6pm – NATURE STUDIES: Learn how to promote biodiversity in your own backyard with Leslie Reed-Evans of the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation on July 9 at Bascom Lodge. The talk will focus on improving habitats for native species of birds, insects, and plants. Best for older students interested in nature and biology. Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 10, 3pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Kick off summer reading at the Lanesborough Public Library with a live animal program by Teaching Creatures. This fun and engaging program will introduce kids to animals and teach them about their characteristics. Registration is required. 413-442-0222. 83 Main Street. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 16, 6pm – LOCAL FOOD: Cricket Creek will be at Bascom Lodge to discuss their artisanal cheeses made locally in the Berkshires. Older students and cheese-lovers will enjoy this event. Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 27, 4pm-6pm – ARTS & CRAFTS/NATURE STUDIES: Join Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center for an evergreen craft workshop on the summit of Mt. Greylock. Come make your own Balsam Fir tree balm and evergreen sachet. Go for a short walk and learn how to identify these trees. 30 Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. $$

Wednesday, July 30, 6pm – MUSIC/DANCE: “Blues and Tap: A Cultural Intersection” takes place at Bascom Lodge and features blues music and tap dance, performed by Robin O’Herin and Stefanie Weber. Enjoy the performance while learning about the intersections of these two art forms. 413-743-1591. 30 Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 31, 3pm – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Come to the Lanesborough Public Library for Sciencetellers, a show that combines storytelling, comedy, and science experiments. Please pre-register. 413-442-0222. 83 Main Street. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)

Bascom Lodge 413-743-1591. 30 Rockwell Road.

Lanesborough Library — 413-499-5981. 83 North Main Street.

Mt. Greylock — 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road.

MONTEREY

Saturday, July 5, 1pm-4:30pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Celebrate and learn about the history of Tyringham and Monterey at the Bidwell House Museum. There will be colonial reenactors, live music, children’s activities, a baking contest, author talks, historic craft demonstrations, and more. 413-528-6888. 100 Art School Road. Monterey, MA.

Ashintully — 413-298-3239. Sodom Road

NORTH ADAMS

Wednesdays, 6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: Enjoy summer, live music, family, and friends at North Adams‘ summer concerts at Windsor Lake. 413-662-3000. North Adams, MA.

Thursdays, 6pm-7pm – PLAYGROUP: Kindergarteners can attend a playgroup at the Haskins Center’s playground through August 28! Kids can come enjoy playing, hearing stories, having fun, and making friends. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Saturdays, 9am-1pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: The North Adams Farmers’ Market opens through October 25. Come to the St. Anthony Municipal parking lot for fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat, flowers, and more! 413-664-6180. St. Anthony Drive & Route 8. North Adams, MA.

Wednesday, July 2, 6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: Enjoy summer, live music, family, and friends at North Adams‘ summer concerts at Windsor Lake. 413-662-3000. North Adams, MA.

Thursday, July 3, 8:30pm – MOVIE: Enjoy a classic movie in a unique setting with MASS MoCA at their Movie at the Airport event at Harriman-West Airport. They will screen Apollo 13 (1995; rated PG), the Oscar-winning film about the 1970 mission to the moon. The grounds open at 7pm for food and drinks. 413-662-2111. 836 State Road. North Adams, MA. $$

Friday, July 4, 9:30pm – FIREWORKS: : Annual fireworks celebration following the 4th of July SteepleCats game. North Adams, MA (FREE)

Wednesday, July 9, 6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: Enjoy summer, live music, family, and friends at North Adams‘ summer concerts at Windsor Lake. 413-662-3000. North Adams, MA.

Friday, July 11, 6pm – LAWN CONCERT: Pack a picnic blanket and chairs and enjoy a concert by Champagne Jam at the North Adams Public Library! This is part of the library’s Music at the Mansion summer lawn concert series. 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 19, 11:30am – MUSIC STUDIES/INNOVATIVE MUSIC: Bang on a Can is a music organization that performs classical, eclectic, and innovative music in a festival at MASS MoCA each year. The whole family is invited to play along with Bang on a Can faculty and fellows at MASS MoCA’s Club B-10. They will bring unique and everyday instruments to demonstrate and let you play along with. Learn about different musical styles and techniques at this exciting interactive performance. 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way. North Adams, MA. >$

Friday, July 25, 6pm – LAWN CONCERT: Pack a picnic blanket and chairs and enjoy a concert by Cosby Gibson and Tom Staude at the North Adams Public Library! This is part of the library’s Music at the Mansion summer lawn concert series. 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Natural Bridge State Park — 413-663-6392. McCauley Road..

Western Gateway Heritage State Park — 115 State Street, Building 4.

North Adams Public Library. 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street.

MASS MoCA. 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way.

WILLIAMSTOWN

Saturdays, 10am – NATURE STUDIES: Come to Sheep Hill on Saturdays in July and August this summer for free drop-in nature programs with our summer interpretive naturalist, Maria Dunlavey! Children and adults of all ages are welcome. Come to watch the birds, catch pond critters, identify butterflies and wildflowers in the meadow, or explore the old farm buildings and the Dietze Interpretive Center. General schedule is for pond activities at 10am and meadow walk at 11am. Times and activities are flexible and subject to participant interest. The programs are free and open to the public. Please note there is no program July 26.   You can also check out tjheir guided nature hikes to WRLF properties on most summer Saturday afternoons.  For more information visit www.wrlf.org . 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Friday, July 4, 10am – PARADE/CELEBRATION: The Williamstown Theatre Festival holds their annual Fourth of July celebration. At 10am, hear WTF actors read the Declaration of Independence and the British reply at the Williams College Museum of Art, then enjoy the parade, which begins at 11am. 413-597-3400. Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 6, 5pm-8pm; Sunday, July 13, 5pm-8pm; Sunday, July 20, 5pm-8pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Come to Williamstown’s Summer Sundays for hands-on art activities, live music, pony rides, food, yoga, and more. Stick around for Images Cinema’s Family Flicks Under the Stars outdoor movie program. Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 6, 8pm – OUTDOOR MOVIE: Join Images Cinema on Morgan Lawn for Family Flicks Under the Stars. This week, come see A Hard Day’s Night (1964; not rated), a musical comedy film about a day in the life of The Beatles. The OK Chorale will perform Beatles music from 8pm-8:30pm. 413-458-5612. Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 10, 8pm – SUMMER CELEBRATION: Looking for a fun event for the whole family? Bring the family to the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation’s Firefly Hike, Music, and Campfire (rescheduled from Thursday, July 3). Families can go on a hike in search of fireflies, hear a live performance by local musician Mike Quinones, roast marshmallows, and spend time with friends and community members. This event is a great opportunity to become acquainted with the Sheep Hill property and the work being done by the WRLF. It is also a unique and engaging low-cost event for the entire family.  413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road. Williamstown, MA. >$

Saturday, July 12, 10:30am – THEATER: The Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Saturday Morning Live family workshops are back for a third season! Kids ages 8-14 and their families can attend free, hands-on workshops that explore the artistic and technical aspects of the Festival. Please call for reservations. Takes place at Main Stage Lobby. 413-597-3400. 1000 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 13, 1pm-3pm – INSECT STUDIES: Explore Mountain Meadow Preserve and search for butterflies with The Trustees of Reservations and naturalist Pam Weatherbee. You can learn about different native butterflies and see the forests, fields, wetlands, and wildflower meadow of the preserve. 413-458-3135. Mason Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 13, 3pm-5:30pm – LAWN CONCERT/NATURE STUDIES: Enjoy live music in a beautiful outdoor setting with The Trustees of Reservations’ Second Sunday Lawn Concerts at Field Farm. Each month features a different musician and style of music. From 3pm-4pm, you can attend a guided nature walk (no cost) and explore the grounds and trails at Field Farm. 413-532-1631 x11. 554 Sloan Road. Williamstown, MA. >$

Sunday, July 13, 8pm – OUTDOOR MOVIE: Join Images Cinema on Morgan Lawn for Family Flicks Under the Stars. This week, come see Casablanca (1942; rated PG), the classic romantic drama starring Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart. 413-458-5612. Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 16, 7:30pm – THEATER: The Williamstown Theatre Festival presents a free outdoor performance of Robin Hood at Poker Flats Field. Pack a picnic dinner and bring the whole family to enjoy this funny adaptation of the classic tale. 413-458-3200. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 17, 7:30pm – THEATER: The Williamstown Theatre Festival presents a free outdoor performance of Robin Hood at Poker Flats Field. Pack a picnic dinner and bring the whole family to enjoy this funny adaptation of the classic tale. 413-458-3200. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Friday, July 18, 7:30pm – THEATER: The Williamstown Theatre Festival presents a free outdoor performance of Robin Hood at Poker Flats Field. Pack a picnic dinner and bring the whole family to enjoy this funny adaptation of the classic tale. 413-458-3200. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 19, 1pm-4pm – HIKING: Families can join the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation for a guided interpretive hike on the Fitch Trail. Look for signs of land use history, see an old growth maple stand, and enjoy the beautiful Fitch Memorial Woodlands. This hike is moderate, two miles, and appropriate for all ages. 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 19, 7:30pm – THEATER: The Williamstown Theatre Festival presents a free outdoor performance of Robin Hood at Poker Flats Field. Pack a picnic dinner and bring the whole family to enjoy this funny adaptation of the classic tale. 413-458-3200. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 20, 8pm – OUTDOOR MOVIE: Join Images Cinema on Morgan Lawn for Family Flicks Under the Stars. This week, come see Mary Poppins (1964), the classic family film about a magic nanny played by Julie Andrews. 413-458-5612. Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 22; Wednesday, July 23; Thursday, July 24; Friday, July 25; 7:30pm – THEATER: The Williamstown Theatre Festival presents a free outdoor performance of Robin Hood at Poker Flats Field. Pack a picnic dinner and bring the whole family to enjoy this funny adaptation of the classic tale. 413-458-3200. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 26, 10:30am – THEATER: The Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Saturday Morning Live family workshops are back for a third season! Kids ages 8-14 and their families can attend free, hands-on workshops that explore the artistic and technical aspects of the Festival. Please call for reservations. Takes place at Main Stage Lobby. 413-597-3400. 1000 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 27, 5pm-8pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Come to Williamstown’s Summer Sundays for hands-on art activities, live music, pony rides, food, yoga, and more. Stick around for Images Cinema’s Family Flicks Under the Stars outdoor movie program. Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 27, 8pm – OUTDOOR MOVIE: Join Images Cinema on Morgan Lawn for Family Flicks Under the Stars. This week, come see Jurassic Park (1993; rated PG-13), about an island full of cloned dinosaurs, directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the book by Michael Crichton 413-458-5612. Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 30, 6pm – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Kids can come to the Milne Public Library for a performance by Ed the Wizard. 413-458-5369. 1095 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 31, 1pm-4pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Join the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation at Sheep Hill for an ice cream social and open house! Activities include crafts, an interpretive hike, and more! Explore Sheep Hill and learn more about WRLF and what they do. 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road. Williamstown, MA. >$

Images Cinema. 413-458-5612. 50 Spring Street.

The Clark 413-458-2303. 225 South Street.

Milne Library 413-458-5369. 1095 Main Street.

Sweet Brook Farm — 413-884-4246. 580 Oblong Road.

Williams College Museum of Art — 413-597-2376. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive.

Williamstown Youth Center — 413-458-5925. 270 Cole Avenue.

WINDSOR

Saturday, July 26, DUSK – ASTRONOMY: Want to learn about astronomy first-hand? Join The Trustees of Reservations and the Arunah Hill Natural Science Center for an evening of stargazing and searching for moons, planets, galaxies, and more at Notchview! Please call to pre-register. 413-532-1631 x10. Route 9. Windsor, MA. (FREE)

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BECKET

Wednesdays-Fridays, 6:15pm – DANCE: Come to Jacob’s Pillow for their Inside/Out Performances – free, outdoor performances by different dancers, showcasing the talent of the Festival’s many dancers and choreographers. Students of all ages who enjoy dance would love these performances, which take place every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday until August 23. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)

Fridays, 5pm – DANCE: Join Jacob’s Pillow Dance for a free PillowTalk every Friday and Saturday until August 23. Hear choreographers, writers, filmmakers, and cultural experts give behind-the-scenes insight into the Festival and the world of professional dance. Free and open to the public. 413-243-9919. 258 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 2, 4:15pm & 8:15pm – DANCE: Jacob’s Pillow presents Bleu!, an interactive dance performance for all ages by Compagnia T.P.O. Through light, animation, and music, this performance explores an underwater world of mythical sea creatures and ancient legends. Audience members of all ages are welcome to come onstage and participate in the performance. This unique and exciting show can get young kids interested in dance and theater. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. $$

Friday, July 4, 3pm-7pm – DANCE: Jacob’s Pillow Dance is offering an afternoon of free activities for families as part of Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays! There will be kids’ dance activities, a kid-friendly tour of the grounds, a free outdoor performance by Yin Yue Dance Company, arts and crafts, stories, family dance classes, and more. This is a great chance for families to explore Jacob’s Pillow together! 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)

Friday, July 4, 4:15pm & 8:15pm – DANCE: Jacob’s Pillow presents Bleu!, an interactive dance performance for all ages by Compagnia T.P.O. Through light, animation, and music, this performance explores an underwater world of mythical sea creatures and ancient legends. Audience members of all ages are welcome to come onstage and participate in the performance. This unique and exciting show can get young kids interested in dance and theater. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. $$

Saturday, July 5, 11:15am, 3:15pm, & 8:15pm – DANCE: Jacob’s Pillow presents Bleu!, an interactive dance performance for all ages by Compagnia T.P.O. Through light, animation, and music, this performance explores an underwater world of mythical sea creatures and ancient legends. Audience members of all ages are welcome to come onstage and participate in the performance. This unique and exciting show can get young kids interested in dance and theater. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. $$

Sunday, July 6, 9am-12noon; Sunday, July 6, 11:15am & 3:15pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Explore Buckley-Dunton Lake in October Mountain State Forest with Mass Audubon! Learn about the beavers and herons that live there, see the pond’s coves and inlets, see boreal plant communities, and look for animals like moose and porcupines. This program is open to ages 10 and up (with an adult). Registration is required; directions given upon registration. 413-637-0320. Becket, MA. $$$

DALTON

Tuesday, July 8, 10am-11am; Tuesday, July 15, 10am-11am; Tuesday, July 22, 10am-11am – STEM/ARTS: Kids ages 3-6 can come to the Dalton Free Public Library for a weekly program focused on integrating science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. There will be storytime, arts and crafts, and a snack. 413-684-6112. 462 Main Street. Dalton, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 10, 10am-11am; Thursday, July 17, 10am-11am; Thursday, July 24, 10am-11am – STORYTIME: Kids ages 0-5 can enjoy storytime at the Dalton Free Public Library every Thursday from July 10 until August 7. Come by for stories, snacks, and crafts. 413-684-6112. 462 Main Street. Dalton, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 16, 1pm-2pm – WRITING: Kids ages 7-10 can attend a writer’s workshop at the Dalton Free Public Library every Wednesday from July 16 through August 20. Here kids can explore the joy of fiction writing, narratives, poetry, and more. This is a great environment for kids to practice and discuss writing – the workshop is led by Sarah DiFazio, a 2nd-grade teacher and speech and language pathologist. 413-684-6112. 462 Main Street. Dalton, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 23, 1pm-2pm – WRITING: Kids ages 7-10 can attend a writer’s workshop at the Dalton Free Public Library every Wednesday from July 16 through August 20. Here kids can explore the joy of fiction writing, narratives, poetry, and more. This is a great environment for kids to practice and discuss writing – the workshop is led by Sarah DiFazio, a 2nd-grade teacher and speech and language pathologist. 413-684-6112. 462 Main Street. Dalton, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 27, 9am-12noon – NATURE STUDIES: Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center will lead a natural and cultural history hike at the Boulders. Come explore this local natural area and learn about its history. Dalton, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 29, 10am-11am – STEM/ARTS: Kids ages 3-6 can come to the Dalton Free Public Library for a weekly program focused on integrating science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. There will be storytime, arts and crafts, and a snack. 413-684-6112. 462 Main Street. Dalton, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 30, 1pm-2pm – WRITING: Kids ages 7-10 can attend a writer’s workshop at the Dalton Free Public Library every Wednesday from July 16 through August 20. Here kids can explore the joy of fiction writing, narratives, poetry, and more. This is a great environment for kids to practice and discuss writing – the workshop is led by Sarah DiFazio, a 2nd-grade teacher and speech and language pathologist. 413-684-6112. 462 Main Street. Dalton, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 31, 10am-11am – STORYTIME: Kids ages 0-5 can enjoy storytime at the Dalton Free Public Library every Thursday from July 10 until August 7. Come by for stories, snacks, and crafts. 413-684-6112. 462 Main Street. Dalton, MA. (FREE)

Crane Museum of Papermaking — Visit the Crane Museum of Papermaking to learn about the history of papermaking at Crane since the early 1800’s. Located on the banks of the Housatonic River, the building itself is a museum! This is a great opportunity to learn about local history. The museum is open weekdays from 1-5pm. — 413-684-2600. 30 South Street. (FREE)

HINSDALE

LEE

Monday, July 7, 14, 21, and 28, 10:30am-11:30am – STEM: South Berkshire Kids is offering a STEM program for kids ages 3-7 at the Lee Library on July 7, 14, 21, and 28. Come by for fun STEM learning activities. 413-464-5095. 100 Main Street. Lee, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 9, 10am-1pm – HIKING: Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a hike at Basin Pond. This easy, 2.5-mile hike takes you on a loop trail that borders October Mountain State Forest and includes stonework, an old dam, and an overlook of Basin Pond. 413-499-0596. Becket Road. Lee, MA.

Friday, July 11, 7pm; Saturday, July 12, 2pm & 7pm; Friday, July 18, 7pm; Saturday, July 19, 2pm & 7pm – THEATER: Spectrum Playhouse presents a production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, designed and performed by students from the CIP Berkshire Center. This classic Broadway comedy musical takes place in ancient Rome and tells the story of a slave who tries to gain freedom by helping his master win the heart of a woman. 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street. Lee, MA. $

Thursday, July 17, 11am-12noon – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Ed the Wizard will be at the Lee Library sharing his magical secrets and showing his Alchemy Laboratory. 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street. Lee, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 26, 11am-12noon – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Kids can enjoy a singalong with Old Mac-John-ald at the Lee Library, performed by John McKinstry. 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street. Lee, MA. (FREE)

Monday, July 28, 10:30am-11:30am – STEM: South Berkshire Kids is offering a STEM program for kids ages 3-7 at the Lee Library on July 7, 14, 21, and 28. Come by for fun STEM learning activities. 413-464-5095. 100 Main Street. Lee, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 30, 11am-12noon – STORYTIME: Kids can come to the Lee Library for a dinosaur storytime and craft. 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street. Lee, MA. (FREE)

LENOX

Everyday – SWIMMING: The Lenox Sunny Beach is open. Lifeguards will be on duty every day from 10am-4pm. Bathrooms will be locked at 8pm. Please remember NO DOGS at the beach, NO ALCOHOL, and if you plan to kayak, canoe or boating of any kind please use the boat ramp just past the Cork ‘n Hearth. NO CAMPS OR BUSES please. Any questions please contact Kim Graham, Director of the LCC at 413-637-5530.

Wednesdays, 5pm-6pm – LANGUAGE ARTS/HISTORY: Enjoy summer afternoons on The Mount‘s terrace and hear Edith Wharton’s short stories read aloud by professional actors. Runs through August. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. (>$)

Saturday, July 5, 11am-12noon – PUPPETRY: Kids can learn about puppetry at Spectrum Playhouse during a shadow puppet workshop with local puppeteer Dr. Marmalade! Make your own shadow puppets and create a story! 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street. Lee, MA.

Sunday, July 6, 10am – HISTORY: Learn about the roles, relationships, living conditions, and working expectations of the 20 servants who staffed The Mount and its property each summer on a Backstairs Tour. Those who are interested in history and want to know more about class dynamics in the late 1800s and early 1900s will enjoy this tour. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. $$

Sunday, July 6, 1pm – MUSIC: The Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood presents Watch and Play, a program designed to engage kids ages 3-10 in Tanglewood’s musical experience. Musicians will present an interactive musical performance in order to teach kids about musical concepts, instruments, and concert themes. This program is free with tickets to the Sunday afternoon performance. 617-266-1200. 297 West Street. Lenox, MA. $$-$$$

Monday, July 7, 7pm – LOCAL HISTORY: You may know about Edith Wharton’s home, The Mount, but did you know that it’s considered to be 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. Not recommended for children under 12. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 413-551-5100. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. $$

Thursday, July 10, 4pm – HISTORY: Learn about the roles, relationships, living conditions, and working expectations of the 20 servants who staffed The Mount and its property each summer on a Backstairs Tour. Those who are interested in history and want to know more about class dynamics in the late 1800s and early 1900s will enjoy this tour. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. $$

Saturday, July 12, 10am-12noon – PLANT STUDIES: Mass Audubon and botanist Joe Strauch are holding a Fern Foray at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary on July 12. Discover the many different fern species at Pleasant Valley and learn about their evolutionary history and how to identify them. Cost includes a Fern Finder booklet. Registration is required. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. $$

Saturday, July 12, 4pm-6pm – HISTORY: See Sally Mummey perform “Mary Todd Lincoln: An Unconventional Woman” at Ventfort Hall on July 12. Mummey will wear authentic 1860s clothing and will tell the story of Mary Todd Lincoln’s life, including her childhood, courtship and marriage to Abraham Lincoln, motherhood, the road to the White House, her political interests, and her life after the assassination of her husband. This show offers unique insight into Mary Todd Lincoln’s life and would be interesting to older students who want to learn more about U.S. history. Tickets can be purchased in advance. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. $$-$$$

Sunday, July 13, 10am – HISTORY: Learn about the roles, relationships, living conditions, and working expectations of the 20 servants who staffed The Mount and its property each summer on a Backstairs Tour. Those who are interested in history and want to know more about class dynamics in the late 1800s and early 1900s will enjoy this tour. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. $$

Sunday, July 13, 1pm – MUSIC: The Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood presents Watch and Play, a program designed to engage kids ages 3-10 in Tanglewood’s musical experience. Musicians will present an interactive musical performance in order to teach kids about musical concepts, instruments, and concert themes. This program is free with tickets to the Sunday afternoon performance. 617-266-1200. 297 West Street. Lenox, MA. $$-$$$

Monday, July 14, 7pm – LOCAL HISTORY: You may know about Edith Wharton’s home, The Mount, but did you know that it’s considered to be 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. Not recommended for children under 12. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 413-551-5100. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. $$

Thursday, July 17, 5pm-8pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Lenox residents of all ages can attend a free community evening at The Mount on July 17. Pack a picnic and enjoy the grounds or purchase food from the cafe, play some bingo, and explore the house, grounds, and exhibitions. Transportation is available – call for info. 413-637-5535. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 17, 7pm – FILM/LOCAL HISTORY: Ventfort Hall presents “Ventfort Films: A Berkshire Connection,” a series focusing on films that are in some way connected to the Berkshires. This week, come see Cider House Rules (1999; rated PG-13), part of which was filmed at Ventfort Hall! Tjasa Sprague, who worked on the set of the film, will tell about her experiences working with the crew. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION $)

Thursday, July 17, 11am – PUPPETRY: Summer reading program participants can attend a performance by Lionheart Puppets at the Lenox Library on July 17. The group will put on a production of “The Reluctant Dragon.” 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 19, 9am-2pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: The Housatonic Valley Association is offering a free paddle trip on the Housatonic River! Adults and teens can paddle a section of the river that will be affected by the proposed PCB removal. Enjoy the river and learn about PCB removal proposal and timeline. More information available on the Housatonic Valley Association website. Registration is required; space is limited. 413-394-9796. New Lenox Road. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 20, 10am – HISTORY: Learn about the roles, relationships, living conditions, and working expectations of the 20 servants who staffed The Mount and its property each summer on a Backstairs Tour. Those who are interested in history and want to know more about class dynamics in the late 1800s and early 1900s will enjoy this tour. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. $$

Sunday, July 20, 4pm-6pm – FASHION/HISTORY: Learn about fashion and history at Ventfort Hall’s Flemish Renaissance Fashion Show: The Splendor of Couture.” Costume designer Jared Aswegen is creating fourteen costumes based on men’s and women’s clothing of the 15th Century. Many of Aswegen’s designs were inspired by the art of Jan van Eyck, Hans Memling, and Rogier van der Weyden. Older students interested in fashion, history, and art will enjoy this fashion show of accurate and elaborate period costumes. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. $$$

Monday, July 21, 7pm – LOCAL HISTORY: You may know about Edith Wharton’s home, The Mount, but did you know that it’s considered to be 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. Not recommended for children under 12. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 413-551-5100. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. $$

Thursday, July 24, 4pm – HISTORY: Learn about the roles, relationships, living conditions, and working expectations of the 20 servants who staffed The Mount and its property each summer on a Backstairs Tour. Those who are interested in history and want to know more about class dynamics in the late 1800s and early 1900s will enjoy this tour. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. $$

Thursday, July 24, 7pm – FILM/LOCAL HISTORY: Ventfort Hall presents “Ventfort Films: A Berkshire Connection,” a series focusing on films that are in some way connected to the Berkshires. This week, come see Glory (1989; rated R), a film about Colonel Robert Gould Shaw of the Union Army, who was married to Annie Haggerty, whose family owned Vent Fort (now Ventfort Hall). 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION $)

Saturday, July 26, 6:30pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Mass Audubon is holding their 6th Annual Crickets Gala, “Butterflies, Beavers, and Bonfire,” at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. The event features a live jazz quartet, food trucks, wine and craft beer, a silent auction and more. Please purchase tickets in advance. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. $$$

Sunday, July 27, 10am – HISTORY: Learn about the roles, relationships, living conditions, and working expectations of the 20 servants who staffed The Mount and its property each summer on a Backstairs Tour. Those who are interested in history and want to know more about class dynamics in the late 1800s and early 1900s will enjoy this tour. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. $$

Monday, July 28, 7pm – LOCAL HISTORY: You may know about Edith Wharton’s home, The Mount, but did you know that it’s considered to be 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. Not recommended for children under 12. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 413-551-5100. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. $$

Wednesday, July 30, 10am-12noon – HIKING: Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for an easy hike at Stevens Glen. 413-499-0596. Lenox Branch Road. Lenox, MA.

Thursday, July 31, 11am – STEM: Come to the Lenox Library for a performance by Sciencetellers! They will perform a fun interactive program that combines storytelling, comedy, and science experiments. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 31, 7pm – FILM/LOCAL HISTORY: Ventfort Hall presents “Ventfort Films: A Berkshire Connection,” a series focusing on films that are in some way connected to the Berkshires. This week, come see Alice’s Restaurant (1969; rated R), a film about Arlo Guthrie, part of which is set in Stockbridge. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION $)

eduKaytion Golf – Junior K-Kamps ♦ eduKaytion golf Junior K-Kamps, under the direction of Kay McMahon, LPGA Hall of Fame, are designed for juniors of all levels wishing to learn the game of golf or improve his or her skills through games, drills, on-course play, and lots of fun. “Developing life skills by developing a game of a lifetime!” Nine K-Kamps are offered weekly M-Th through the summer of 2014.
Dates: Jun 30-Aug 28; Age/Grade Range: 6-16yo
Contact: 518-669-1551 ♦ kay@edukaytiongolf.comwww.edukaytiongolf.com

Berkshire Montessori Summer Wonder ♦ Explore the wonder of summer! Building on Montessori methods, the summer programs inspire joyful learning and exploration. The 40-acre campus is home to a variety of natural habitats waiting to be discovered. The summer program encompasses art, movement, music, and science through exploration of the natural world. Create culinary delights from the organic gardens and make masterpieces using nature’s palette. The Montessori School of the Berkshire’s summer program features two-week sessions for Children’s House ages 3-6, and one-week sessions for Elementary ages 6-12. Session themes include: Fantastic Flora & Fauna, Digging the Great Outdoors, Passport Around the World, The Stories Within Us, Wellness Warriors, Camp Zig Zag, and more.
Dates: Jun 23-Aug 15; Age/Grade Range: 3-12yo
Contact: 413-637-3662 ♦ kehr@berkshiremontessori.orgberkshiremontessori.org/summer

Lenox Library — 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street.

Lenox Historical Society — Main Street.

PITTSFIELD

Tuesday, July 1, 1pm – STEM: The Berkshire Athenaeum presents a science program by Keith Michael Johnson – “Science Isn’t Always Pretty.” He will do show and tell, share fun facts, and more. This event is great for kids 5 and up and connects with the summer reading theme of “Fizz, Boom, Read!” 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA.

Wednesday, July 2, 1pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: The Berkshire Athenaeum is offering a craft activity for kids ages 5-12. “Smart as Einstein’s Hair” is the activity and it is connected to the summer reading program. Registration is required. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA.

Friday, July 4, 10am – PARADE: Celebrate Independence Day in Downtown Pittsfield at their annual parade. This year’s theme is “Made in America.” Rain or shine. Downtown. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 5, TBA – CULINARY ARTS: Kids and adults can learn to cook traditional Shaker meals at Hancock Shaker Village! Learn about whole grains, eating in season, food preservation, fermentation, and more. This is a great way for kids to learn about cooking while spending time with a parent. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Saturday, July 5, 10:30am-11:30am – ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids ages 2-5 and an adult can participate in an Art Lab at the Berkshire Museum on July 5. Come build fine motor skills and improve language by using paintbrushes, learning colors and techniques, and more. Space is limited; call to register. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171 x10. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Monday, July 7, 2pm – THEATER: The Berkshire Theatre Group presents “Irving Berlin on Broadway and in Hollywood” as part of their Ellenoff Musical Theatre Series. BTG Acting Apprentice Company members will perform some of Berlin’s most famous songs from the 1910s to the 1960s. Students interested in musical theater will enjoy seeing this performance of classic Broadway tunes! Takes place at the Colonial Theatre. 413-997-4444. 111 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION $)

Tuesday, July 8, 1pm – DRAWING/PERFORMANCE: Cartoonist Paul Merklein will be at the Berkshire Athenaeum for “Paul Merklein Draws Superhero Faces!” Come see him draw the faces of famous superheroes, and maybe even some audience members! 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 9, 1pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: The Berkshire Athenaeum will have a craft activity for kids ages 5-12 – “Weather, Up, Down, All Around.” Space is limited; registration required. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 12, 9:30am-11:30am – ART/HISTORY: Middle schoolers can explore the intersection of art and history at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead with the Berkshire Historical Society. Kids can use objects from the Historical Society’s collection to curate an exhibit with the theme of “Art and Industry” that will be on display for one week. Students who are interested in history and art would enjoy this event, which helps forge connections between the two. 413-442-1793. 780 Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 12, 11am-12noon – ANIMAL STUDIES: Creature Teachers will be at the Berkshire Museum on July 12 for Animals Up Close! Come learn about and see interesting animals like tropical birds, a green tree python, a gray fox, a fisher, a woodchuck, a coatimundi, and an alligator. Those who like animals will enjoy this fun and educational program! Seats can be reserved in advance. Cost includes museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Saturday, July 12, 1pm-5pm – INSECT STUDIES: The Caterpillar Lab will visit the Berkshire Museum on July 12 with over 50 different species of native caterpillars and their host plants. Biologist and educator Sam Jaffe will teach you all about the caterpillars and their fascinating adaptations. Free with museum admission. Check with your local library to see if they have museum passes available. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Saturday, July 12, 4pm-5:30pm – STEAM: Discover the connections between art and science at the Berkshire Museum’s “Where Art and Science Meet: A Conversation” with contemporary artist Paul Villinski, scientist Dr. Rudi Mattoni, and gallery owner/arts professional Sally Morgan Lehman. They will discuss environmental issues, species extinction and human intervention, the interface between science and art, and the role of fine art in affecting societal change. Older students interested in art and science will enjoy this discussion. Free with museum admission – check with your local library to see if you can check out a museum pass! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Monday, July 14, 2pm – THEATER: The Berkshire Theatre Group presents Very Good Eddie as part of their Ellenoff Musical Theatre Series. This Tony Award-winning Jerome Kern musical was very popular in the early 1900s and tells the story of two mismatched couples. This performance would be best for older students and adults interested in musical theater. Takes place at the Colonial Theatre. 413-997-4444. 111 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION $)

Tuesday, July 15, 1pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids ages 5-12 can do a craft activity at the Berkshire Athenaeum on July 15. Come make noisemakers and test them out! Registration is required. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 15, 7pm – SPORTS: Enjoy America’s pastime this summer at one of the Pittsfield Suns’ home games at Wahconah Park! Come watch the game and eat classic ballpark food. A full schedule of the team’s home and away games can be found on the Pittsfield Suns website. 413-445-7867. 105 Wahconah Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Wednesday, July 16, 7pm – SPORTS: Enjoy America’s pastime this summer at one of the Pittsfield Suns’ home games at Wahconah Park! Come watch the game and eat classic ballpark food. A full schedule of the team’s home and away games can be found on the Pittsfield Suns website. 413-445-7867. 105 Wahconah Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Thursday, July 17, 5pm-8pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Upstreet Pittsfield’s family friendly street festival, 3rd.Thursdays, happens every third Thursday until October! This Thursday’s theme is “All the World’s a Stage.” Come celebrate and explore Pittsfield while participating in fun activities, watching theater performances, and eating great food. This event also kicks off Pittsfield’s Shakespeare in the Park series, which runs from July 17-27. 413-499-9348. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

Thursday, July 17, 1pm – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Join the Berkshire Athenaeum for “Comedy and Magic,” a performance by Robb Preskins. All ages will enjoy this hilarious magic show! 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 17, 8pm – THEATER: Pittsfield’s Shakespeare in the Park kicks off on July 17 and runs Thursday-Sunday until July 27. This year, you can come see A Midsummer Night’s Dream for free at Springside Park. The show features a cast of local actors and kids and is a great chance for the whole family to experience this classic Shakespeare romantic comedy in a lovely outdoor setting. There will be free, interactive workshops at 6pm before the Saturday and Sunday shows. 874 North Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, July 18, 7pm – SPORTS: Enjoy America’s pastime this summer at one of the Pittsfield Suns’ home games at Wahconah Park! Come watch the game and eat classic ballpark food. A full schedule of the team’s home and away games can be found on the Pittsfield Suns website. 413-445-7867. 105 Wahconah Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Saturday, July 19, 9:30am-11:30am – ART/HISTORY: Middle schoolers can explore the intersection of art and history at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead with the Berkshire Historical Society. Kids can use objects from the Historical Society’s collection to curate an exhibit with the theme of “Art and Industry” that will be on display for one week. Students who are interested in history and art would enjoy this event, which helps forge connections between the two. 413-442-1793. 780 Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 19, 10am-4pm – FAIR: The third Saturday of June, July, August, and September, attend the Country Fair at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead. There will be crafters, food, activities, and music. 413-442-1793. 780 Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA.

Saturday, July 19, 12noon-6pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The annual Gather-In Festival is taking place at Pitt Park. Held by the Berkshire County chapter of the NAACP, Gather-In is the Berkshires’ only traditionally African-American festival. There will be music, games, activities for kids, dance, food vendors, raffles, and more. The event is open to all. 413-841-0542. Columbus Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 19, 1pm-5pm – REPAIR CAFE: Do you want to learn more about fixing things? Or do you have a broken item that you would like someone else to fix? Then come to the Pittsfield Repair Cafe, which takes place in the basement of St. Stephen’s Church. Repair Cafes encourage people to repair what they already own, instead of tossing it in the trash and buying a new one, therefore supporting sustainability. They also encourage collaborative consumption, in which people share their skills and services with one another to teach, help, etc. 67 East Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 19, 7pm – SPORTS: Enjoy America’s pastime this summer at one of the Pittsfield Suns’ home games at Wahconah Park! Come watch the game and eat classic ballpark food. A full schedule of the team’s home and away games can be found on the Pittsfield Suns website. 413-445-7867. 105 Wahconah Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Saturday, July 19, 7pm-9pm – POETRY: The Berkshire Museum is hosting a Poetry Slam WordXWord Preseason Event. Come see a performance poetry competition for a spot in the semifinals and WordXWord. This event is best for adults and older teens – there may be adult language and themes. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 19, 8pm – THEATER: Pittsfield’s Shakespeare in the Park kicks off on July 17 and runs Thursday-Sunday until July 27. This year, you can come see A Midsummer Night’s Dream for free at Springside Park. The show features a cast of local actors and kids and is a great chance for the whole family to experience this classic Shakespeare romantic comedy in a lovely outdoor setting. There will be free, interactive workshops at 6pm before the Saturday and Sunday shows. 874 North Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 20, 8pm – THEATER: Pittsfield’s Shakespeare in the Park kicks off on July 17 and runs Thursday-Sunday until July 27. This year, you can come see A Midsummer Night’s Dream for free at Springside Park. The show features a cast of local actors and kids and is a great chance for the whole family to experience this classic Shakespeare romantic comedy in a lovely outdoor setting. There will be free, interactive workshops at 6pm before the Saturday and Sunday shows. 874 North Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 23, 2pm & 7pm – THEATER: Come see a performance of Hairspray JR. by the Barrington Stage Company at the Berkshire Museum. This performance is based on the film and Tony Award-winning musical and is appropriate for kids ages 5 and up. Children under age 5 are not permitted at the performance. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Wednesday, July 23, 7pm – SPORTS: Enjoy America’s pastime this summer at one of the Pittsfield Suns’ home games at Wahconah Park! Come watch the game and eat classic ballpark food. A full schedule of the team’s home and away games can be found on the Pittsfield Suns website. 413-445-7867. 105 Wahconah Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Thursday, July 24, 2pm & 7pm – THEATER: Come see a performance of Hairspray JR. by the Barrington Stage Company at the Berkshire Museum. This performance is based on the film and Tony Award-winning musical and is appropriate for kids ages 5 and up. Children under age 5 are not permitted at the performance. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Thursday, July 24, 8pm – THEATER: Pittsfield’s Shakespeare in the Park kicks off on July 17 and runs Thursday-Sunday until July 27. This year, you can come see A Midsummer Night’s Dream for free at Springside Park. The show features a cast of local actors and kids and is a great chance for the whole family to experience this classic Shakespeare romantic comedy in a lovely outdoor setting. There will be free, interactive workshops at 6pm before the Saturday and Sunday shows. 874 North Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, July 25, 7pm – SPORTS: Enjoy America’s pastime this summer at one of the Pittsfield Suns’ home games at Wahconah Park! Come watch the game and eat classic ballpark food. A full schedule of the team’s home and away games can be found on the Pittsfield Suns website. 413-445-7867. 105 Wahconah Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Friday, July 25, 7pm – THEATER: Come see a performance of Hairspray JR. by the Barrington Stage Company at the Berkshire Museum. This performance is based on the film and Tony Award-winning musical and is appropriate for kids ages 5 and up. Children under age 5 are not permitted at the performance. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Friday, July 25, 8pm – THEATER: Pittsfield’s Shakespeare in the Park kicks off on July 17 and runs Thursday-Sunday until July 27. This year, you can come see A Midsummer Night’s Dream for free at Springside Park. The show features a cast of local actors and kids and is a great chance for the whole family to experience this classic Shakespeare romantic comedy in a lovely outdoor setting. There will be free, interactive workshops at 6pm before the Saturday and Sunday shows. 874 North Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 26, 9:30am-11:30am – ART/HISTORY: Middle schoolers can explore the intersection of art and history at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead with the Berkshire Historical Society. Kids can use objects from the Historical Society’s collection to curate an exhibit with the theme of “Art and Industry” that will be on display for one week. Students who are interested in history and art would enjoy this event, which helps forge connections between the two. 413-442-1793. 780 Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 26, 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. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Saturday, July 26, 12:30pm & 3:30pm – THEATER: Come see a performance of Hairspray JR. by the Barrington Stage Company at the Berkshire Museum. This performance is based on the film and Tony Award-winning musical and is appropriate for kids ages 5 and up. Children under age 5 are not permitted at the performance. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Saturday, July 26, 7pm – SPORTS: Enjoy America’s pastime this summer at one of the Pittsfield Suns’ home games at Wahconah Park! Come watch the game and eat classic ballpark food. A full schedule of the team’s home and away games can be found on the Pittsfield Suns website. 413-445-7867. 105 Wahconah Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Saturday, July 26, 8pm – THEATER: Pittsfield’s Shakespeare in the Park kicks off on July 17 and runs Thursday-Sunday until July 27. This year, you can come see A Midsummer Night’s Dream for free at Springside Park. The show features a cast of local actors and kids and is a great chance for the whole family to experience this classic Shakespeare romantic comedy in a lovely outdoor setting. There will be free, interactive workshops at 6pm before the Saturday and Sunday shows. 874 North Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 27, 2pm – THEATER: Come see a performance of Hairspray JR. by the Barrington Stage Company at the Berkshire Museum. This performance is based on the film and Tony Award-winning musical and is appropriate for kids ages 5 and up. Children under age 5 are not permitted at the performance. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Sunday, July 27, 8pm – THEATER: Pittsfield’s Shakespeare in the Park kicks off on July 17 and runs Thursday-Sunday until July 27. This year, you can come see A Midsummer Night’s Dream for free at Springside Park. The show features a cast of local actors and kids and is a great chance for the whole family to experience this classic Shakespeare romantic comedy in a lovely outdoor setting. There will be free, interactive workshops at 6pm before the Saturday and Sunday shows. 874 North Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Monday, July 28, 1pm – THEATER: Come see a performance of Hairspray JR. by the Barrington Stage Company at the Berkshire Museum. This performance is based on the film and Tony Award-winning musical and is appropriate for kids ages 5 and up. Children under age 5 are not permitted at the performance. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Wednesday, July 30, 2pm & 7pm – THEATER: Come see a performance of Hairspray JR. by the Barrington Stage Company at the Berkshire Museum. This performance is based on the film and Tony Award-winning musical and is appropriate for kids ages 5 and up. Children under age 5 are not permitted at the performance. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Thursday, July 31, 2pm & 7pm – THEATER: Come see a performance of Hairspray JR. by the Barrington Stage Company at the Berkshire Museum. This performance is based on the film and Tony Award-winning musical and is appropriate for kids ages 5 and up. Children under age 5 are not permitted at the performance. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Thursday, July 31, 7pm – SPORTS: Enjoy America’s pastime this summer at one of the Pittsfield Suns’ home games at Wahconah Park! Come watch the game and eat classic ballpark food. A full schedule of the team’s home and away games can be found on the Pittsfield Suns website. 413-445-7867. 105 Wahconah Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

The Berkshire Athenaeum 413-499-4809. 1 Wendell Avenue.

Berkshire Humane Society 413-447-7878. 214 Barker Road.

Downtown Pittsfield Farmers’ Market. First Street. P

Herman Melville’s Arrowhead. 413-442-1793. 780 Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA.

Barrington Stage Company’s KidsAct! Summer Theatre Camps ♦ KidsAct! gives kids, ages 7-14, the opportunity to work with experienced theatre instructors as they write, rehearse and perform in their own original plays & musicals. NEW this summer KidsAct! is offering a special two-week program, DramaKids! (7/7-18), which will focus on building acting and improv skills through fun theatre games as well as the creation of original plays. The second session, BroadwayKids! (7/21-8/8) will add the elements of music and movement as students work with professional theatre artists to learn music and choreography to Broadway songs, which they will perform as a part of their original musical. Register for both sessions and save $100! Classes meet M-F, 9 AM-3PM at: Zion Church, 74 First Street, Pittsfield.
Dates: Jul 7-Aug 8; Age/Grade Range: 7-14yo
Contact: 413-499-5446 ♦ education@barringtonstageco.orgbarringtonstageco.org/education/kidsact

Berkshire Museum Summer Camps ♦ The Berkshire Museum has something for every child this summer. The exciting array of camps allow kids to express their creative sides, to explore and innovate, and to discover their inner superstar. Each camp runs for one week in either full or half day sessions and focuses on one exciting theme. The 2014 Camp themes are: Animation; Butterflies; On Stage with Berkshire Theatre Group; CSI: Ancient Crimes; Icky, Messy, and Gooey; Movies; Pond; Junior Naturalist; Robot Olympics; and Kitchen Ka-Boom. Camps are designed for children in kindergarten through grade 6.
Dates: Jun 30-Aug 22; Age/Grade Range: K-6th
Contact: 413-443-7171 ♦ frontdesk@berkshiremuseum.orgberkshiremuseum.org

Rock On ♦ All levels and all instruments. Performance. Music. Production. Technology. Music Video Production. To compliment their Performance and Songwriting components, Rock On is expanding its workshops in Music Production Technology for live and digital recording. Students will work in the music computer lab to learn the use of industry standard recording software. They will gain hands on experience using such programs as Pro Tools, Logic, and Reason to create their own electronic music compositions. They will also set up a live recording studio in which students will alternate in the role of music producer, engineer, and performer.
Dates: Jul 14-Jul 25; Age/Grade Range: 8-21yo
Contact: 413-499-1733 ♦ rockonworkshopma@gmail.comrockonworkshop.org

Arrowhead — 413-442-1793. 780 Holmes Road.

Berkshire Music School — 413-442-1411. 30 Wendell Ave.

Colonial Theatre — 413-298-5576. 111 South Street.

First Friday Artswalk — Downtown.

RICHMOND

Saturday, July 26, 10am-1pm – HIKING/NATURE STUDIES: Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a hike at Hollow Fields. Enjoy the beautiful fields and views of Yokun Ridge and discover how vegetation and other factors affect soil health. Older students interesting in the outdoors and ecology will enjoy this moderate hike. 413-499-0596. Perry’s Peak Road. Richmond, MA.

Hilltop Orchard — Route 295.

ACT NOW MOVIExperienc ♦ ACT NOW is an exciting and fun improvisational movie-making summer program for girls, ages 10-14, designed to promote self-esteem, problem solving, and teamwork. Guided by professional coaches and program alums, ACT NOW players create an improvised movie through the “MOVIExperience”: improvisation, location scouting, storytelling, casting, and filming their movie. No acting or movie-making experience is required. Each playshop will take place from 9 am to 4 pm, with the movie premiere on Friday afternoon. ACT NOW offers four week-long MOVIExperience Playshops in Richmond (Berkshire County), Amherst, Northampton, & Greenfield. Since 2000, when ACT NOW was founded, more than 700 girls have collectively made more than 40 movies.
Dates: Jul 7-Aug 8; Age/Grade Range: 10-14yo
Contact: 413-584-1310 x302 ♦ cparrish@actnowmovies.orgactnowmovies

STOCKBRIDGE

Wednesday, July 2, 3pm-7pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: The Housatonic Valley Association is offering a free paddle trip on the Housatonic River! Families with children ages 6 and up can paddle through Historic Stockbridge and see the Stockbridge Country Club and the Norman Rockwell Museum, learn about the River’s fascinating wildlife, and more. More information available on the Housatonic Valley Association website. Registration is required; space is limited. 413-394-9796. Park Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 5, 4pm-5pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Discover the fascinating history of the Stockbridge Gilded Age cottages at the Stockbridge Library’s third cemetery tour of the season – “Stockbridge Cottages: Who, When, and Why.” Come to Stockbridge Cemetery to learn who built the cottages, as well as when, where, and why they were built. The tour also examines some of the new businesses made possible by the cottage lifestyle. These cemetery tours are a fun way to learn about the history of Stockbridge. 413-298-5501. Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. >$

Saturday, July 12, 1pm – HISTORY: Explore Naumkeag’s mansions and learn how the property’s servants of the past lived and worked on an “Apples and Pears: Upstairs-Downstairs Tour.” Older students who want to learn more about Gilded Age history will enjoy this tour. Please call to RSVP. 413-298-8138. 5 Prospect Hill Road. Stockbridge, MA. $$

Chesterwood — 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road

TYRINGHAM

WASHINGTON

WEST STOCKBRIDGE

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Wednesday, July 2, 10am-11am – LITERACY: You and your child can work together to develop pre-reading skills at the “Every Child Ready to Read” workshop. The workshop is for kids birth-age through five years and runs every Wednesday from July 2 until July 30(five meetings). The workshop includes a literacy workshop, storytime, and playgroup. This is a great chance to introduce your young child to the world of reading! Registration is required and you must register for the full five-week session. 413-464-5095. 442 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 5, 11:30am-12:15pm – STEM: Families with kids in preschool-3rd grade can come to the Mason Library for SIK Science. Come learn about science and have fun making bouncy balls! 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Saturday, July 5, 6pm – MUSIC/HISTORY: The Aston Magna Music Festival presents “Music From a Turbulent 17th Century England” at Daniel Arts Center at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. The performance features galliards, laments, and sonatas from before and after the English Civil War, performed with vocals, organ, theorbo, lute, baroque violins, and viola de gamba. Older students interested in music studies would enjoy this performance. Kids 16 and under get in free with a paying adult. Student ticket prices also available. 800-595-4849. 84 Alford Road. Great Barrington, MA. $$$

Tuesday, July 8, 11:15am-12:15am – ARTS & CRAFTS/CULTURAL STUDIES: Kids ages 7 and up can learn about Native American rain sticks and make their own at the Mason Library. Registration is required. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Friday, July 11, 6:15pm-7:15pm – STEM: Kids can come to the Mason Library for a “Fire and Ice,” a presentation by Mad Science. See magic tricks and exciting chemistry experiments at this science program for all kids in K-6. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Saturday, July 12, 11am-3pm – CELEBRATION: The Berkshire Humane Society is holding a 4th Birthday Celebration for Purradise, their cat adoption center. In addition to animals being up for adoption, there will be face painting, kids’ games and activities, a bake sale, and more. 413-717-4244. 301 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA.

Friday, July 18, 4:30pm-7:15pm – TEEN MOVIE: Teens can come to the Mason Library to see The Dark Knight Rises (2012; rated PG-13), the final installment in the Batman film trilogy. 413-464-5095. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 19, 11:30am-12:15pm – STEM: Families with kids in preschool-3rd grade can come to the Mason Library for SIK Science. Come learn about science and have fun making duct tape boats. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Tuesday, July 22, 1:30pm-2:30pm – STEM: Ages 9 and up can explore mathematical concepts at theMason Library on July 22. Come learn about Fibonacci and the Fibonacci sequence. Registration is required. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 26, 1:30pm-2:30pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Learn about reptiles at Mason Library with a program by Rhonda’s Reptiles. Ask questions about these interesting animals and meet some at the library. 413-464-5095. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 27, 2:30-4:30pm – CLOTH DIAPERING: Hilltown Families friends from Simple Diaper & Linen will now be offering their weekly diaper service options to families in South Berkshire County starting the first week in August! Sign up early and save $10 on your start-up fee by using the code ‘early-berk’. They are hosting a cloth diaper 101 workshop at Life Works Studio in Great Barrington on Sunday, July 27th from 2:30-4:30 to explain the ins and outs of cloth and compostable diapering, as well as procedures with the service and to register new families. Click here for more info.

Thursday, July 31, 6:15pm-7pm – STEM: Enjoy an interactive show by Sciencetellers at the Mason Library! See experiments using dry ice, flash paper, exploding bottles, and more as Sciencetellers bring stories to life. Best for kids in K-5. 413-464-5095. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Action Adventures Day Camp ♦ Join Action Adventures Day Camp this summer for a fun-filled recreational day camp with a different theme each week! For children entering 1st grade to age 12. Each week has its own unique theme that drives the week’s activities. A typical day includes crafts, projects, games, group activities, swimming, sports and outdoor experiences. Their focus is on activities that foster critical thinking and development of self awareness, respect, tolerance, empathy, honesty and kindness. Financial assistance available. Camp runs all summer, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.. Price per week: $225 Members, $299 Guests. State vouchers accepted.
Dates: Jun 25-Aug 29; Age/Grade Range: 1st grade-12yo
Contact: 413-528-2810 ♦ rmanning@berkshiresouth.orgberkshiresouth.org

Berkshire South Regional Community Center — 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road.

Great Barrington Historical Society — South Main Street.

The Guthrie Center — 413-644-9288. 2 Van Deusenville Road.

Great Barrington Riverwalk — Church and River Streets.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — 413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street.

Mason Library — 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street.

HOUSATONIC

Tuesday, July 1, 10am-11:30am; Saturday, July 12, 10:30am-12noon; Wednesday, July 23, 1pm-2:30pm – 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 about this order of insects, Lepidoptera, and gain skills in finding and even identifying butterflies and caterpillars and by learning about their host plants. 413-274-3433. 342 North Plain Road. Housatonic, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 12, 2pm-4pm – STEM: The Ramsdell Library presents “Robots on the Run,” a workshop for kids ages 10 and up presented by the Rhode Island Computer Museum. Kids can learn about basic circuits and how to build a simple robot using programmable electronics, including blinking lights, motors, sounds, and more. Registration is required. 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street. Housatonic, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 23, 3pm-4pm – STEM: Have you ever wondered what oobleck is, from Dr. Seuss’ Bartholomew and the Oobleck? Come to the Ramsdell Library to make your own oobleck with library staff! Registration is required. 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street. Housatonic, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 30, 3pm-4pm – STEM: Join Ramsdell Library for an afternoon of fun science experiments. See the cool reactions that can occur when you combine milk, food coloring, and dish soap. 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street. Housatonic, MA. (FREE)

MONTEREY

Bidwell House Museum — 413-528-6888. 100 Art School Road.

NEW MARLBOROUGH

Wednesday, July 23, 10am-2pm – HIKING/ANIMAL STUDIES: Explore Steepletop and learn wildlife tracking skills with the Berkshire Natural Resources Council. Learn where and how to look for animal tracks and sign and learn how to identify these. This hike is off-trail and intermediate, best for older teens and adults. 413-499-0596. New Marlborough-Monterey Road. New Marlborough, MA.

Cookson State Forest — Hotchkiss Road.

New Marlborough Library — 413-664-0104. 1 Mill River-Great Barrington Road.

OTIS

Saturday, July 5, 10am-3pm – CULTURAL STUDIES: Medicine Mammals will present a program on Native American traditional and contemporary music, drumming, dance, and storytelling at Mountain View Campground. This program also includes a talk about wild animals in our state, and there will even be some animals present that are being rehabilitated! All ages will enjoy this fun and educational program. 413-269-8928. Route 8. Otis, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 9, 9am-12noon – PAINTING: Teens ages 16 and older can attend a free watercolor workshop at Otis Town Hall with local artist Sylvia Foster. Participants will learn how to paint flowers. All materials are provided and there is no charge for the workshop. This is a great opportunity for teens who are interested in art or painting to try their hand at watercolor and get some valuable instruction. Email sylbilfoster@gmail.com or call to register/more for more information. Registration is required. 772-785-6547. 1 North Main Road. Otis, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 12, 10am-3:30pm – FAIR: The Otis Library and Museum is holding their annual Library Country Fair on July 12 from 10am-3:30pm on the Village Green in front of the library. Stop by for craft vendors, a book sale, food, and more. 413-269-0109. 48 North Main Road. Otis, MA.

Saturday, July 19, 9am-12noon – PAINTING: Teens ages 16 and older can attend a free watercolor workshop at Otis Town Hall with local artist Sylvia Foster. Participants will learn how to paint flowers. All materials are provided and there is no charge for the workshop. This is a great opportunity for teens who are interested in art or painting to try their hand at watercolor and get some valuable instruction. Email sylbilfoster@gmail.com or call to register/more for more information. Registration is required. 772-785-6547. 1 North Main Road. Otis, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 26, 9am-3pm – FESTIVAL: The 7th Annual Otis Arts Festival takes place July 26 at Farmington River Elementary School. Over 50 artisans and craftspeople will be displaying pottery, leather, fiber, oil and watercolor paintings, photography, quilts, jewelry, wood crafts, and more. Moonshine Holler will perform traditional American music from 12noon-2pm and the Heldeberg Marionettes will be at the Festival with their puppets from 10am-2pm. 413-269-4251. 555 North Main Road. Otis, MA.

SANDISFIELD

SHEFFIELD

Thursday, July 10, 3pm-4:30pm – SUMMER READING: Kick off summer reading at Bushnell-Sage Library on July 10. Come play with slime and pick up your summer reading log. 413-229-7004. 48 Main Street. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 12, 10am-12noon – INSECT STUDIES: Search for and learn about insects at Bartholomew’s Cobble on July 12! This catch-and-release program will have families walking around Bartholomew’s Cobble in search of interesting insects. Please pre-register. 413-229-8600. 105 Weatogue Road. Sheffield, MA. >$

Thursday, July 17, 3pm-4:30pm – STEM: Have fun with physics Bushnell-Sage Library on July 17. Kids can come learn all about physics through hands-on activities. 413-229-7004. 48 Main Street. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 24, 3pm-4:30pm – NATURE STUDIES: Explore Bartholomew’s Cobble with the Bushnell-Sage Library on July 24. Kids in grades 1-5 can come explore nature and learn about plants and animals. 413-229-7004. 48 Main Street. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 26, 10am-12noon – ANIMAL STUDIES: Families can learn about and search for reptiles and amphibians with The Trustees of Reservations at Bartholomew’s Cobble. Learn about the habits and habitats of these creatures and have fun exploring. Please pre-register. 413-229-8600. 105 Weatogue Road. Sheffield, MA. >$

Saturday, July 26, 10am-3pm – HISTORY: The Sheffield Historical Society has the Milt Barnum All American Tool Exhibit on display through August 17 at the Old Stone Store. Come see and learn about historic tools used for a variety of trades at this fascinating exhibit. 413-229-2694. Main Street. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 27, 10am-3pm – HISTORY: The Sheffield Historical Society has the Milt Barnum All American Tool Exhibit on display through August 17 at the Old Stone Store. Come see and learn about historic tools used for a variety of trades at this fascinating exhibit. 413-229-2694. Main Street. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Sheffield Historical Society. 413-229-2694. 91 Main St.

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