Berkshire Family Fun: April 2015

Berkshire County Highlights for Families:
April 2015

Find out about community events and learning opportunities happening throughout Berkshire County for the month of April. 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.

“I love Hilltown Families! I live in Berkshire County and am much more aware of fun family events in the surrounding towns to take my daughter too… My daughter has enjoyed so many events we would not have known about.” – Rebecca Heath (Pittsfield, MA)


Berkshire Family Fun is also supported in part by a grant from the Monterey, Northern Berkshire, Pittsfield and Windsor Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


North Berkshire

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ADAMS

  • Fridays, 10am-11am – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Play and Learn Group for ages walking to 5 every Friday at the Adams Youth Center. 413-664-4821. East Street. Adams, MA. (FREE)

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

CHESHIRE

Wednesday, April 15, 9am-12noon – SWAP: Berkshire homeschoolers are having a curriculum swap at the First Baptist Church of Cheshire on April 15. Donate educational materials you no longer need and find pre-owned curriculum materials for next year. Swap for books, unused workbooks, teacher’s manuals, educational games, DVDs, and more. 32 North Street. Cheshire, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 18, 11am & 3pm – EASTER EGG HUNT: Whitney’s Farm Market hosts their annual Easter egg hunt.   11 am – ages 5 and under 3pm – ages 6 and up. BYO basket! 413-442-4749. 1775 South State Rd. Cheshire, MA (FREE)

FLORIDA

Abbot School — 56 North Country Road.

HANCOCK

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

LANESBOROUGH

  • Fridays, 10am – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Play and Learn Group every Friday at Lanesborough Town Hall. 413-664-4821. 83 North 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

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

Ashintully — 413-298-3239. Sodom Road

NORTH ADAMS

Thursday, April 9, 7:30pm – PSYCHOLOGY/MAGIC: When a magician performs a trick, they rely on how an audience thinks and engages with their act. This enables them to control the attention of the audience, manipulate their memories and even influence the choices they make. Why they are able to do this is buried deep within the depths of psychology. At MASS MoCA, the screening of “Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay” is the captivating result of this curious conundrum: a mesmerizing journey into the world of modern magic. Followed by a Q&A with the documentary film maker. 413-662-2111. 1040 Mass Moca Way.North Adams, MA (>$)

Monday, April 20-Frioday, April 24, 11am-5pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: MASS MoCA will have hands-on spring art activities for kids at their ArtBar during school vacation week! Visit the museum and come do a fun art project! Free with museum admission. 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way. North Adams, MA. ($$)

Tuesday, April 21, 6pm-7pm – PARENT-CHILD PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Dad and Me Gym Time program on April 21 in the Haskins Center gym. Dads and kids (walking to age 8) can come for some fun gym games and activities. Drop-in anytime. 413-663-6593. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, April 22, 10am-12noon – TOUCH-A-TRUCK: Child Care of the Berkshires will have a Touch a Truck event on April 22 in the parking lot next to Noel Field in North Adams. Kids can come meet their favorite trucks – snow plows, tractors, police cars, fire engines, and more! 413-664-4821. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

  • Mondays, 5:30pm-6:30pm – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Gym Group for ages walking to 8yr every Monday at the Haskins Center. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • Tuesdays, 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Play and Learn Group every Tuesday at the Haskins Center. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • Tuesdays, 3:30pm-4:30pm – LEGOS: The Family Resource Center is offering a LEGO group for ages 4-8 the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. 413-664-4821. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • Tuesdays, 5:30pm-6:30pm – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Play and Learn Group every Tuesday evening at the Greylock Apartments’ Community Room for children walking age to age 5. 413-664-4821. Angeli Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • Wednesdays 10am-11am – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Play and Learn Group for toddlers at the Haskins Center. For ages 1-2.5. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • Thursdays 11:30am-12:30pm – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Gym Group for ages walking to 5 every Thursday at the Haskins Center. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink. 413-664-8185. 1267 South Church Street.

North Adams Farmers’ Market 413-664-6180. St. Anthony Drive & Route 8.

Western Gateway Heritage State Park 413-663-6312. 115 State Street.

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

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

Haskins Community Center 413-664-4821. 210 State Street.

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

WILLIAMSTOWN

Monday, April 6, 7pm – FILM: As part of their Classic Series, Images Cinema will screen The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975; rated R). The film is a cult classic musical. The film series is a rare chance to catch these classic movies on the big screen. Best for older teens interested in film studies. 413-458-5612. 50 Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. ($)

Thursday, April 9, 5:15pm-6:30pm – HEALTH/WELLNESS: Wild Oats Market is offering a workshop with Emily Celeste Watts entitled, “Eating with the Season: Ayurvedic Recipes, Herbs and Spices to Support the Transition into Spring.” All are welcome to attend this workshop and learn about Ayurvedic techniques and recipes. Call or stop by the front desk to sign up. 413-458-8060. 320 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 11, 9:30am-12:30pm – HISTORY/RESTORATION: The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation and the Williamstown Historical Museum are working together to restore an antique horse-drawn worksled. Older students can assist with the restoration and can learn about the sled and what it was used for in the past. 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road. Williamstown, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Monday, April 13, 7pm – FILM STUDIES/CULTURAL STUDIES: Williams College presents the South Asian Film Series: Highlights of Indian Cinema 1955-2013. Film fans can come see key films from the past six decades at this series. On April 13, see Pather Panchali, which tells the story of a poor family in Bengal. Older students will enjoy this film series, and can learn about both the history of film and Indian culture through the screenings. Takes place in Paresky Center Auditorium. 413-597-3131. 39 Chapin Hall Drive. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, April 14, 7:30pm – CULINARY ARTS/FOOD HISTORY: Anne Willan will present, “The Cookbook Tree of Life: An Overview of the History of Cookbooks Through Four Centuries and Half a Dozen Languages,” at Williams College’s Griffin Hall, room 7 on April 14. Willian has experience as a teacher, cookbook author, culinary historian, and food columnist, and her talk would appeal to older students interested in food studies, culinary arts, books, and food history. 413-597-4277. 844 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 18, 8pm – MUSIC STUDIES: The Williams College Percussion Ensemble will perform in Chapin Hall on April 18. They will perform new music as well as works from the 20th Century. Students interested in music will enjoy the performance. 62 Chapin Hall Drive. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Monday, April 27, 7pm – FILM: As part of their Classic Series, Images Cinema will screen Blade Runner (1982; rated R). This Ridley Scott-directed film is a classic dystopian sci-fi flick. The film series is a rare chance to catch these classic movies on the big screen. Best for older teens interested in film studies. 413-458-5612. 50 Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. ($)

Friday, April 24, 3pm-4pm – ART HISTORY: William College Professor Chris Waters will present a talk on Machine Age Modernism at the Clark Art Museum on April 24. Professor Waters will provide a social and cultural historical framework for prints from the Daniel Cowin Collection. Older students interested in art history would enjoy this talk. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Friday, April 24, 8pm – MUSIC STUDIES: The Berkshire Symphony will perform in Williams College’s Chapin Hall on April 24. The Symphony consists of talented Williams students who were selected by a panel of judges. There will be a pre-concert talk by conductor Ronald Feldman and student soloists (7:15pm). Older students interested in music would enjoy the talk and performance. 62 Chapin Hall Drive. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

  • Mondays, 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Play and Learn Group every Monday at the Williamstown Youth Center. 413-664-4821. School Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
  • First Friday of the Month, 10am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc. is offering a free baby group for babies and caretakers at the Williamstown Youth Center the first Friday of every month. 413-663-6593. School Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

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

Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road.

Clark Art Institute 413-458-2303. 225 South Street.

Images Cinema. 413-458-5612. 50 Spring 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

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Central Berkshire

Becket | Dalton | Hinsdale | Lee | Lenox | Peru | Pittsfield | Richmond | Stockbridge | Tyringham | Washington | West Stockbridge

North Berkshire | South Berkshire

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BECKET

DALTON

Dalton Free Public Library 0 413-684-6112. 462 Main Street.

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)

Saturday, April 18, 11am-10pm – GAMES: April 18 is All Day Game Day at 2 Flights Up! Come to this fun day of tabletop games. There will be two sessions of schedules events (11am-4pm and 5pm-10pm), as well as a game library. Feel free to bring games from home as well! 413-553-3533. 399 Main Street. Dalton, MA. (>$)

HINSDALE

Thursday, April 23, 1pm-4:30pm – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Community members can help clean up Hinsdale’s Old Mill Trail on April 23. Help clear winter debris, pick up trash, replace lost trail markers, weed, mulch, and more at this community service event. This trail cleanup event is a great chance to get young community members involved in volunteering and doing community service projects. 413-394-9796. Hinsdale, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

LEE

Wednesday, April 1, 10:30am-11:15am – LITERACY: You and your child can work together to develop pre-reading skills at the Lee Library’s “Every Child Ready to Read” workshop. The workshop is for kids birth-age through five years and runs every Wednesday from April 1 through May 6 (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. 100 Main Street. Lee, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 18, 11am-12noon – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Nutshell Playhouse presents a special performance – Nutshellapalooza! There will be music, puppets, clowns, stories, pirates, and more! Kids of all ages are welcome to enjoy this imaginative show. Takes place at Spectrum Playhouse. 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street. Lee, MA. (>$)

Spectrum Playhouse – 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street.

South Berkshire Kids – 413-464-5095. 100 Main Street.

Lee Library – 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street.

LENOX

Saturday, April 4, 11am – EASTER EGG HUNT: The Lenox Community Center will host an Easter Egg Scramble in Lilac Park. Arrive early to line up, and bring your own Easter basket. The Easter Bunny will be there too, so bring your cameras! If it is raining, the Easter Egg Hunt will be held in Lenox Community Center. 413-637-5530. Lilac Park. Main Street. Lenox, MA (FREE)

Saturday, April 4, 1pm-3pm – PLAY: There will be an Intergenerational Playshop at the Lenox Community Center on April 4. Ages 6 and up (grown-ups too!) can come have fun with creative movement, non-competitive games, music, relaxation strategies, and imagination. 413-528-5732. 65 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 11, 9:30am-11am – LEGOS: The Lenox Library is holding a LEGO Build-a-thon for ages 5-14. Kids can bring their own LEGOs to the library and create “Things That Go” with them. Participants should be able to explain and demonstrate how their model moves – a great way to engage kids with STEM while they’re having fun building with LEGOs! Registration is required. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Friday, April 17, 10am – THEATER: Homeschool students can attend a performance of Hamlet at Shakespeare and Company on April 17. This is a great chance to see Shakespeare’s famous tragedy at an affordable price. Call for more information and tickets. 413-637-1199 x131. 70 Kemble Street. Lenox, MA. ($)

Saturday, April 18, 9am-1pm – VOLUNTEER: Mass Audubon needs your help getting Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary ready for the busy summer and fall seasons! All ages can come help out with a variety of tasks and then enjoy a pizza lunch. This is a great opportunity to teach students the value of volunteer work and the work that goes into maintaining and preserving our local natural areas. Call to register. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Saturday, April 18, 8pm-11:30pm – CONTRA DANCE: Lenox’s monthly contra dance takes place April 18 at the Lenox Community Center. There will be music and a caller. Families can come dance together at this fun series – there will be an introduction for beginners and all dances will be taught. 65 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($)

Sunday, April 19, 4pm – CONSERVATION: This month’s installment of the Lenox Library’s Distinguished Lecture Series is “Culture, Community, and Conservation in the Housatonic Valley,” presented by Canon Stephen Paul Booth. Booth will discuss how natural resources compete with residential and commercial interests, and what can be done to protect this important watershed. This talk would appeal to older students who are interested in conservation and sustainability. 413-637-2630. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Friday, April 24, 7pm – NATURE EDUCATION: Jon Young, founder of the Wilderness Awareness School, will present a talk titled “Deep Nature Connection” at the Lenox Community Center on April 24. Young will discuss native mentoring techniques from around the world and how these can help modern field ecology. Older students and adults who are interested in nature education can learn from this talk. 518-794-6687. 65 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION $$)

Summer at Berkshire Montessori

Lenox Dale, MA ♦ The 40-acre campus is home to a variety of natural habitats waiting to be discovered! Summer at Berkshire Montessori encompasses art, movement, music, and science through exploration of the natural world. Each day, children will discover new and fun ways to explore the outdoors, making use of our woodland trails and organic garden. MSB offers two-week sessions for ages 3-6, and one-week sessions for ages 6-12. Session themes include: Comic Book Camp, Glorious Gardeners, Art Imitates Nature, Mapping My World, The Doctrine of Signatures, and much more!
Dates: Jun 22-Aug 14; 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.

The Mount – 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street.

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary – 472 West Mountain Road.

Shakespeare and Company – 413-637-3353. 70 Kemble Street.

Ventfort Hall – 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street.

PERU

PITTSFIELD

Saturday, April 4, 10:30am-12noon – EASTER EGG HUNT: Celebrate Easter at Pittsfield’s Easter Egg Scramble! Pittsfield kids ages 2-9 can bring their own baskets and have fun hunting for eggs, hanging out with friends and family, and meeting the Easter Bunny! Takes place at Morningside Community School. 100 Burbank Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 11, 10am-11am – CULINARY ARTS: Visitors to the Berkshire Museum can learn to make their own cheese at the Learner’s Lab! Suzy Konecky of Cricket Creek Farm will teach you how to make ricotta cheese. Best for older students interested in culinary arts. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Sunday, April 12, 2pm – FILM/FOOD STUDIES: The Berkshire Museum is screening A Place at the Table (2012; rated PG) on April 12. This documentary is about food insecurity in the United States and what can be done to solve the issue forever. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion. This film would best for older students who are interested in food availability and security in the US. Please bring a nonperishable food item to donate. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, April 14, 1:30pm-2:30pm – MUSIC: Homeschool students who are interested in music can attend a drumming class with Otha Day in Pittsfield. No experience is necessary, and this is a great opportunity for students to learn from a skilled drummer. Email berksierra@aol.com for more information. Pittsfield, MA.

Friday, April 17, 8am-10am – BIRD STUDIES: Learn about birds and search the skies for different migrant species with Mass Audubon at Canoe Meadows. Come every week to see how the species change as spring progresses! 413-637-0320. Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (>$)

Friday, April 24, 8am-10am – BIRD STUDIES: Learn about birds and search the skies for different migrant species with Mass Audubon at Canoe Meadows. Come every week to see how the species change as spring progresses! 413-637-0320. Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (>$)

Borrow a Kill-A-Watt Kit from Berkshire Athenaeum Ongoing during normal library hours. Pittsfield, MA. Have you ever wondered just how much electricity your appliances are using? Many people in Western Massachusetts have been feeling pinched this winter from the electricity rate increases. One of the best ways to keep costs low is to increase your home’s energy efficiency. To help with this, EverSource, National Grid, and the MassSave program have partnered with the Berkshire Athenaeum to let patrons borrow a Kill-A-Watt kit. The Kill-A-Watt kit allows you to measure the electrical draw of your household appliances. You can calculate from the measurement how much things like that extra fridge in the basement may be costing you and try to curb energy usage in your home and save money. It can also be a great way to teach your children about energy consumption and what you can do as a family to limit the amount of electricity you use!  For more information or to take out a Kill-A-Watt Kit, please stop by the Athenaeum circulation desk during regular library hours. The Kill-A-Watt kits can be borrowed for three weeks at a time with your CWMARS library card. Berkshire Athenaeum Pittsfield’s Public Library, 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (Free to the public).

Friday, April 10, 8am-10am – BIRD STUDIES: Learn about birds and search the skies for different migrant species with Mass Audubon at Canoe Meadows. Come every week to see how the species change as spring progresses! 413-637-0320. Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (>$)

Saturday, April 11, 10am-11am – CULINARY ARTS: Visitors to the Berkshire Museum can learn to make their own cheese at the Learner’s Lab! Suzy Konecky of Cricket Creek Farm will teach you how to make ricotta cheese. Best for older students interested in culinary arts. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, April 11, 10am-4pm – HISTORY/ANIMAL STUDIES: Hancock Shaker Village opens for the season on April 11! Visitors can explore the historic Village and meet the new baby animals – lambs, piglets, calves, goats, chicks, and ducklings. Learn about farm chores, crafts, gardening, and more at this fun event. Baby Animals runs daily through May 3. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Friday, April 17, 8am-10am – BIRD STUDIES: Learn about birds and search the skies for different migrant species with Mass Audubon at Canoe Meadows. Come every week to see how the species change as spring progresses! 413-637-0320. Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (>$)

Saturday, April 18, 10:30am-11:30am – PHOTOGRAPHY: Photographer Sally Eagle will show photographs from her recent trip to Cuba at the Berkshire Museum through her presentation, “Cuba at the Turning Point.” The photographs show the everyday lives of Cubans as the country goes through yet another historic transition. Older students interested in photography will enjoy this talk. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, April 18, 11am & 1pm – CHILDREN’S CONCERT: As part of their Baby Animals celebration, Hancock Shaker Village presents a concert with David Grover! Kids will love this fun folk concert. Free with admission. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

Saturday, April 18, 6pm – FUNDRAISER: Support Moments House at their 5th Annual Slice of Life Pizza Competition! All ages can attend this fundraiser and vote on the best pizza in Berkshire County. This delicious community service opportunity raises money for Moments House and also features live music. Tickets available in advance. 413-443-6800. 34 Depot Street, Suite 301. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

Monday, April 20, 1pm-2pm – BIRD STUDIES: Learn all about North American birds of prey at a presentation by Julie Anne Collier of Wingmasters at the Berkshire Museum. Collier will bring five birds of prey with her, and you can learn about the birds’ hunting adaptations, conservation efforts to protect them, their behavior, and more. This program is great for anyone hoping to learn more about eagles, hawks, owls, and falcons! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

Tuesday, April 21, 1pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Creature Teachers will present “Animals Around the World” at the Berkshire Athenaeum on April 21. Learn about animals from all over the world, their habitats, and more. Kids ages 5 and up will love this presentation, which features live exotic animals. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, April 23, 11am & 2pm – THEATER: Berkshire Children’s Theater presents a production of Sleeping Beauty during school vacation week at the Berkshire Museum. All ages will love this family-friendly musical! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Friday, April 24, 8am-10am – BIRD STUDIES: Learn about birds and search the skies for different migrant species with Mass Audubon at Canoe Meadows. Come every week to see how the species change as spring progresses! 413-637-0320. Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (>$)

Friday, April 24, 11am & 2pm – THEATER: Berkshire Children’s Theater presents a production of Sleeping Beauty during school vacation week at the Berkshire Museum. All ages will love this family-friendly musical! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

  • Saturdays, 12:30pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: It’s chow time at the Berkshire Museum! Come watch museum staff some of the aquarium’s most exciting residents. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $
  • Fridays, 11am-11:30am – STORYTIME: The Berkshire Museum’s weekly Museum Adventures program features stories, songs, dancing, play time, scavenger hunts, and more, and is open to kids 18 months to 3 years. It’s a great way for young kids to explore some of what the museum has to offer! Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $
  • Wednesdays, 10:30am-11am – STEM: The Berkshire Museum is offering a Parent/Child STEM Session the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Come explore science, technology, engineering, and math through books, hands-on activities, and play. Registration is required. 413-443-7171 x21. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • Mondays, 10am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Join the Pittsfield CFCE for “Fun on the Farm” every Monday at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead. 413-499-4809. 780 Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA.
  • Tuesdays, 9:30am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: Join the Pittsfield CFCE every Tuesday for a playgroup at Egremont Elementary School. 413-499-4809. Pittsfield, MA.

Berkshire Museum Summer Camps

Pittsfield, MA ♦ This summer the Berkshire Museum presents an exciting variety of summer camp offerings, including hands-on experiences in robotics, theater, animation, forensics, natural science, and even magic! All of our camps reflect the interdisciplinary focus of the Museum by combining STEM skills with creative experiences. Whether your child is a budding star of the stage or a future robotics engineer (or both!) we’ve got the program for them! One week sessions include half and full day options for kids entering Kindergarten through 6th grade. New this summer is a counselor-in-training program for teens age 13 and up.
Dates: Jun 29-Aug 21; Age/Grade Range: K-6th grade
Contact: 413-443-7171 x360 ♦ frontdesk@berkshiremuseum.orgberkshiremuseum.org

KidsAct!

Pittsfield, MA ♦ KidsAct! gives young performers, ages 7-14, the opportunity to work with experienced theatre instructors as they create, rehearse and perform their own original plays & musicals. The two-week DramaKids! program (6/29-7/10 or 8/3-14), focuses on building acting and improv skills through fun theatre games as well as the creation of original plays. The three-week BroadwayKids! program (7/13-31) adds the elements of music and movement as students work with professional theatre artists to learn Broadway songs and dance numbers as a part of their original musical. Register for two or more sessions and save 10%! Classes meet M-F, 9 AM-3PM at: Zion Church, 74 First Street, Pittsfield. Extended-care available from 7:30AM – 5:30PM
Dates: Jun 29 – Aug 14; Age/Grade Range: 7-14yo
Contact: 413-997-6112 ♦ education@barringtonstageco.orgwww.barringtonstageco.org

Rock On

Pittsfield, MA ♦ Rock On is launching a new String Chamber Music Program directed by violinist Alla Zerniskaya. For violin, viola, cello & double bass players, String Chamber Music will run parallel to Rock On programs in rock, blues & jazz for guitar, bass, keyboards, brass, winds, & drums. At Rock On, the emphasis is on developing musicianship through ensemble playing. All levels are welcome. Instrument training classes are held daily. Crossover workshops are offered in different musical genres to bring students together in large ensembles to further expand knowledge, increase creativity, & enhance technical skills. Workshops in Songwriting, Recording Technology, & Technical Theater are open to all students. Beginners welcome! Berkshire Community College.
Dates: Jul 13-Jul 24; Age/Grade Range: 8-21yo
Contact: 413-329-2280 ♦ rockonworkshopma@gmail.comrockonworkshop.org

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

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

Berkshire Lyric Theatre – 413-499-0258

Berkshire Museum – 413-443-7171 x10. 39 South Street.

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

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

Downtown Pittsfield Farmers’ Market. First Street.

First Friday Artswalk — Downtown.

Hancock Shaker Village – 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street.

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

RICHMOND

Hilltop Orchard — Route 295.

STOCKBRIDGE

Saturday, April 4, 11am – EASTER EGG HUNT/STORYTIME: Join the Stockbridge Library for a special storytime and Easter Egg Hunt. Have fun searching for eggs and hearing an Easter story. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, April 9, 5:30pm – ART/GOVERNMENT: Learn about free speech at the Norman Rockwell Museum’s “Four Freedoms Forum: The Pen and the Sword: Visual Imagery and Freedom of Expression.” This discussion will engage older students and adults in the topic of free speech and the role of artist as social commentator. Older students with an interest in government and art can learn from this lecture and discussion, and can come with questions of their own to examine during the program. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Friday, April 10, 2:30pm-3:30pm – ART HISTORY: Learn the stories behind some of Norman Rockwell’s most famous paintings at the Norman Rockwell Museum with Curator of Education Tom Daly. Best for older students interested in art. Free with museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. ($$)

Saturday, April 18, 8am-10am – BIRD STUDIES: Learn how to identify birds on a bird walk at Jackson Pond with the Berkshire Natural Resources Council and the Hoffmann Bird Club. Walk around this wetland and learn about common bird species and how to tell them apart. 413-499-0596. Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 18, 7:30pm; Sunday, April 19, 2pm – THEATER: The Berkshire Waldorf High School presents a production of Arsenic and Old Lace this April at the Unicorn Theatre. Students from the class of 2015 will act in this production of Joseph Kesselring’s 1939 comedy classic. Older students would enjoy this theater performance. Tickets available in advance. 413-298-3800. Route 7. Stockbridge, MA. ($$)

Monday, April 20-Friday, April 24, 1pm-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: For school vacation week, the Norman Rockwell Museum will have special activities every day. Visit the museum of tours, hands-on art-making activities, and performances. Free with museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. ($$)

Berkshire Botanical Garden 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road.

Chesterwood — 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road

Norman Rockwell Museum – 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183.

The Stockbridge Library, Museum, and Archives – 413-298-5501. 18 Main Street.

TYRINGHAM

Ashintully Gardens. 413-298-3239. Sodem Road.

WASHINGTON

WEST STOCKBRIDGE

West Stockbridge Public Library – 413-232-0300 x308. 21 State Line Road.

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Thursday, April 2, 10:30am-11:15am – EGG HUNT: There will be a Treasure Egg Hunt for ages 3-5 at the Mason Library! Children can decorate their own bags and search for eggs with prizes inside. Whoever finds the golden egg wins an extra special prize! Please register in advance. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Saturday, April 4, TBA – EASTER EGG HUNT: There will an Easter Egg Hunt at Ski Butternut on April! Come to the mountain and search for 30 plastic eggs – if you find one, bring it to the office and claim a prize! 413-528-2000. 380 State Road. Great Barrington, MA.

Wednesday, April 8, 7am-8am – BIRD STUDIES: Learn how to identify common birds with the Berkshire Natural Resources Council on a walk at Housatonic Flats. The walk is on flat, level terrain along the Housatonic River and would be great for students interested in learning more about birds. 413-499-0596. Route 7. Great Barrington, MA.

Saturday, April 11, 10am-3pm – FOOD STUDIES: Bard College at Simon’s Rock Center for Food Studies and The Nutrition Center present the ThinkFOOD Conference on April 11 in Kellogg Music Center. This year’s theme is “The Future of Food Activism: Issues and Answers to Hunger in the Berkshires,” and there will be two panel presentations and keynote address by Andrew Morehouse, director of the Food Bank of Western MA. Older students who are interested in food studies and accessibility can attend this conference and learn about food security issues that affect community members right here in western Massachusetts. Register in advance. 413-528-7247. 84 Alford Road. Great Barrington, MA. ($$)

Saturday, April 11, 10:30am – PUPPETRY: Community members are invited to a free puppet play, “Little Rabbit Finds Spring,” in the GBRSS Early Childhood building as part of the Rudolf Steiner School’s free puppet play series. 413-528-4015. 35 West Plain Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 11, 7pm – ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES/FILM: Project Native’s Environmental Film Festival kicks off on April 11 at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center with a screening of Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story (2014; not rated), a documentary about how much food goes to waste in America. Filmmakers Jen Rustemeyer and Grant Baldwin will be present to answer questions after the screening. Tickets can be reserved in advance. 413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, April 12, 10am-8pm – ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES/FILM: Project Native’s Environmental Film Festival continues on April 12 at the Triplex Cinema. Award-winning documentaries about a variety of current environmental issues will be screened all day at the theater, and older students and adults interested in these topics will enjoy learning about the issues and seeing these fascinating films. The first two films of the day are Deepo: A Fish Story and Watermelon Magic, which will be screened in 3D and are appropriate for children and families. A full list of films can be found on Project Native’s website, which is linked to above. Seating is limited. 413-274-3433. 70 Railroad Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, April 12, 3pm – MUSIC: The South Berkshire Concert Series presents Frederic Chiu performing a solo piano recital at McConnell Theater in the Daniel Arts Center on the Bard College at Simon’s Rock campus. Chiu will perform “Classical Smackdown: Claude Debussy vs. Sergei Prokofiev,” which allows audience members to voice their opinions on which composer would win if they faced off head-to-head. Students with audience skills who are interested in classical music will enjoy this unique performance. 413-644-4400. 84 Alford Road. Great Barrington, MA.

Wednesday, April 15, 10am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center presents a performance of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites, by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. Kids in preschool through grade 3 will enjoy this performance, which brings Carle’s classic stories to life. Call for more information on this and other school-time field trip performances at Mahaiwe. 413-644-9040 x105. 14 Castle Street. Great Barrington, MA. (>$)

Saturday, April 18, 11am-12noon – INSECT STUDIES: Learn about bees and beekeeping at the Mason Library on April 18. Master Beekeeper Jan Johnson will present “Bees, Beekeeping, and the Environment,” a talk about bees and their importance as pollinators to many plants. This talk would be great for older students who want to learn more about beekeeping. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, April 19, 3pm – CONCERT: Bard College at Simon’s Rock’s Alumni Concert Series presents a performance by Emily Kalish on April 19. She will perform “A Recital of New Music for Solo Violin,” which would appeal to students with audience skills who are interested in music and orchestra. Takes place in Kellogg Music Center. 413-644-4400. 84 Alford Road. Great Barrington, MA.

Friday, April 24, 6:15pm-8pm – FAMILY MOVIE: The Mason Library will screen a movie for families on April 24. Call the library for the movie title. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

  • Fridays, 12noon-1pm – CLOTH DIAPERS: Simple Diaper and Linen is offering a Cloth Diaper 101 workshop at Life Works Studio. Come learn the ins and outs of cloth diapering and get information on Simple Diaper and Linen’s new diaper service in Southern Berkshire County. 413-749-6232. 50 Castle Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • Tuesdays, 10:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: South Berkshire Kids is offering a Brain Builder Play and Learn Group at the Mason Library every Tuesday. Kids ages birth to age 5 can come read, sing, play, and talk, with a focus on STEM concepts and early literacy. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Action Adventures Day Camp

Great Barrington, MA ♦ 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. The 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, $295 Guests. State Vouchers accepted.
Dates: Jun 29-Aug 21; Age/Grade Range: 1st grade-12yo
Contact: 413-528-2810 ♦ rbaxendale@berkshiresouth.orgwww.berkshiresouth.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.

South Berkshire Kids – 413-464-5095. 444 Old Stockbridge Road.

HOUSATONIC

Project Native – 413-274-3433. 342 North Plain Road.

Ramsdell Library – 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street.

MONTEREY

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

NEW MARLBOROUGH

Cookson State Forest — Hotchkiss Road.

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

OTIS

Friday, April 3, REGISTRATION DEADLINE – EASTER EGG HUNT: The Easter Egg Hunt and Games event takes place at Otis Town Hall on April 18 at 10am. All are invited to bring their own basket and enjoy a morning of fun and games. Call or email otisrec@verizon.net to register by April 3. 413-269-4541. 1 North Main Road. Otis, MA. (FREE)

Otis Library and Museum – 413-269-0109. 48 North Main Road.

SANDISFIELD

SHEFFIELD

Friday, April 10, 7pm – MUSIC HISTORY: Did you know that one of the first American songwriters of popular music came from Sheffield? George F. Root had over 35 “hits” in the middle of the 19th century, most of which were written during and were about the Civil War. This includes the iconic “The Battle Cry of Freedom.” Root’s descendant Ann Elizabeth Barnes will be giving a presentation about him, “Music In The Air: the Life and Music of George Frederick Root,” taking you on a multi-media journey through the Civil War in narrative, song and slide presentation to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the war’s end. The presentation will include a live musical performance by Larry Wallach and Graham and Barbara Dean. 413-229-2694. Dewey Hall, 91 Main St. Sheffield, MA (FREE)

Saturday, April 11, 10am-12noon – VERNAL POOLS: Come get muddy and learn about vernal pools with The Trustees of Reservations at Bartholomew’s Cobble! April is when vernal pools come alive, and they are home to many unique plants and animals. Discover some of the amphibians that live here, and search for wood frog and salamander egg masses, fairy shrimp, and fingernail clams. This program is for kids and adults. Please pre-register. 413-229-8600. 105 Weatogue Road. Sheffield, MA. ($)

Bushnell-Sage Library – 413-229-7004. 48 Main Street.

Bartholomew’s Cobble – 413-229-8600. 105 Weatogue Road.

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

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