Suggested Events for May 23rd-29th, 2015

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

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Summer Camps in Western MA

Nearly 60 summer camps & programs, in and around western MA, to choose from!!!

Check out our featured post, 2015 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA for a comprehensive list of summer camps & programs in the region! Summer opportunities featured range from music, art, farming, theater, dance, science, nature, sports, speaking, yoga, rock ‘n roll… to traditional summer day or overnight camps/programs! There’s something for all ages, toddlers to teens! Check it out and start making your summer plans! — Do you have a summer camp or program you’d like to have included in our comprehensive list? Find out how you can submit your listing HERE.

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May 23

This Memorial Day weekend make your memories at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst! The Berkshire Theatre Group presents Atlantis, Lost! And Other Legends of the Strange Waves on Saturday, May 23 at 11am & 1pm. Atlantis, Lost! is a collection of stories about historical wonders and the waters of the world. This assortment of wet and wonderful tales includes the lost civilization of Atlantis, the life of a pirate, the origin of surfing and the Loch Ness monster. Ride the strange waves and discover a whole new view of the world through these inspired episodes of modern mythology. Tickets are $6.50 (Members $5.50) and may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling 413-658-1126. www.carlemuseum.org

Jun 6

Renowned ecologist & educator Tom Wessel is coming to Ashfield on June 6 as part of the Bug Hill Farm On-Farm Workshop Summer Series. Set on 50 acres of fields, forest & trails, Bug Hill Farm is a certified organic, PYO uncommon fruit & edible flower farmstead, crafting healthy value-added products in their commercial kitchen. Serving as an educational center for visitors interested in the complementary aspects of ecological restoration, sustainable small-scale farming & local micro- businesses, the farm serves as a model for environmental, agricultural & social sustainability. Wessels is just one of many talented workshop presenters hosted by the farm. Find out about this series & to register at www.bughillfarm.org, or call 413-628-3980.

Jun 26-Jul 27

Share the local Hilltown summer experience with a student from Spain and receive a camp discount/voucher & stipend (Total $1,000). Students personally screened and placed in host families with children of same ages & interests to create a strong connection. Local organizers Joe Bock & Paula Garcia are always close-by & in touch to ensure a successful experience. Attending a camp during the stay? Better! Get a discount/rebate in addition to $700 stipend. Paperwork for student done/paid by organizers. Hosts also invited to Six Flags & New York City trip. Many references available. Great way to make a friend from Spain, have fun & represent the Hilltown community. Jun 26-Jul 27 joe.homestaysusa@gmail.com 413-203-1371 homestaysusa.org

Jul 21-27

ibmeThis summer teens can unplug & tune in at Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme), July 21-27, at Powell House in Old Chatham, NY. Teaching mindfulness helps lay down the foundation for a successful life by building emotional resiliency, developing self-awareness, and strengthening communication skills. iBme teen retreats offer a life transforming experience in the serenity of nature through meditation & mindfulness that is both interactive & fun. Teens return home having learned valuable skills and techniques to calm and focus their minds. Supporting diversity, iBme welcomes all backgrounds & abilities. Affordable financing for all families. No teen is turned away due to lack of funds. For info/register: 978-254-7082. contact@ibme.info.

Jun 27

Join us on Saturday, June 27 from 10am-12noon for a meaningful morning volunteering with your family and your community! Free and open to everyone!

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts & Hilltown Families present Family Volunteer Days! Each month, families are invited to attend a monthly volunteer session to help sort food, take part in educational activities, and learn how to take actions to help fight hunger. This is an opportunity for Hilltown Families participating families to volunteer together with their community, engaged in service-based learning while supporting an important local cause! Family Volunteer Days are held once a month and are open to everyone. Our next Family Volunteer Day takes place on Saturday, June 27th, 10am-12noon, Farming with Friends at Mountain View Farm. Families may stay for all or some of the event. Space is limited. Pre-registration required. Click here to sign up! Hatfield, MA (VOLUNTEER) (Sponsored by Hilltown Tree & Garden)

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May 23rd-29th, 2015

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Events Happening in the Hilltowns

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Ongoing Saturday Events

Hilltown Family Variety Show9-10am – HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Amelia Robinson of Mil’s Trills celebrates family, friends, and being a part of the community with a show themed, “Everyone Together Now!”, which also happens to be the name of her debut album! Joined by co-hosts Lorenzo and her nephew Gilad, this show is packed with hits from your favorite artists from around the world, even as far as the Australian outback! Encore of Saturday’s broadcast airs Sunday morning from 7-8am and podcast is posted here on Hilltown Families immediately following Sunday’s broadcast. Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcasts anytime. Click here to choose from over 7 years!

Saturday, May 23, 7am-8:30am – BIRD STUDIES: Older students and adults can join Mass Audubon at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary for Early-Morning Birding. Birders of all levels will look for migrating species and learn how to identify them. Pre-registration is required. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Road. Easthampton, MA. (>$)

Saturday, May 23, 7am-9am – BIRD STUDIES: The Broad Brook Coalition is offering a birding program with Bob Zimmermann at Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area. Search for returning migratory songbirds on this walk. North Farms Road. Florence, MA.

Saturday, May 23, 7am-10am – BIRD STUDIES: Join Mass Audubon and naturalist John Green for a bird walk at Graves Farm. Self-directed older students and adults can come search for unique migrating birds while walking an easy two-mile loop. Registration is required. 413-584-3009. Adams Road. Williamsburg, MA. ($$)

Saturday, May 23, 9am-12noon – HIKING: Join the Naturalists’ Club for a hike at High Ledges in Shelburne. Older students and adults can attend this moderate, two-mile hike that features lovely views and a chance to spot some spring wildflowers. Call Dave and Suzy Gallup to sign up. Meet at Table and Vine parking lot in West Springfield. 413-525-4697. Route 5. West Springfield, MA.

Saturday, May 23, 9am-3pm – TAG SALE: The Town of Otis Community Tag Sale is May 23 at Otis Ridge Ski Mountain Parking Center. This is a great chance to find neat items like collectibles, furniture, crafts, household items, and other treasures. 413-269-4008. Route 23. Otis, MA.

Saturday, May 23, 9am-4pm – FAIR/AGRICULTURE/FIBER ARTS: The Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair takes place at the Cummington Fairgrounds on May 23 and 24. There will be demonstrations, hands-on activities, exhibits, animal shows/trials, food, and more. All ages will enjoy seeing the animals and learning about wool, how it is obtained, and the many ways it can be used. 97 Fairgrounds Road. Cummington, MA. (>$)

Saturday, May 23, 9:30am-12:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Stop by the Emily Williston Memorial Library Youth Department to make flower pins! 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 23, 9:30am-5pm – HISTORY: Learn about sheep shearing and the many uses for wool at Old Sturbridge Village’s Wool Days, May 23, 24, and 25. Families can see a herding demonstration, watch the sheep get their annual shearing, and watch costumed historians go through the process of preparing wool to be used as a textile. You can even dye your own yarn, knit or crochet scarves for deployed soldiers, meet animals, and learn about wool from llamas and alpacas. This fun event can teach kids and adults of all ages about each stage of wool production. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. ($$)

Saturday, May 23, 10am – FAMILY MOVIE: Families can spend a Saturday morning at the movies at Amherst Cinema‘s screening of Spirited Away (2003; rated PG). Kids and adults alike will love seeing this animated film on the big screen. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (>$)

Saturday, May 23, 10am-1pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Celebrate World Turtle Day with Mass Audubon at Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary on May 23. All ages can attend this event and learn about Massachusetts’ ten native turtle species, see a live turtle, play turtle games, do turtle crafts, and visit a vernal pool. You can also learn about turtle conservation and our state’s endangered turtle species. Registration is required. 413-584-3009. Main Street. Hampden, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 23, 10am-3pm – COMMUNITY FESTIVAL: The Lenox Rhubarb Festival takes place May 23 at the library reading park! Come celebrate all things rhubarb at this fun festival. There will be delicious rhubarb foods, activities, and more. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA.

Saturday, May 23, 10am-4pm – HISTORY/FOOD STUDIES: Discover the history of cooking in America at Historic Deerfield’s Open Hearth Cooking series. Museum visitors can learn about cooking from scratch and explore old cookbooks. Drop in anytime. Takes place in the Visitor Center in Hall Tavern Kitchen. 413-774-5581. Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, May 23, 10am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Chesterwood, the country home, studios, and gardens of public sculptor Daniel Chester French, opens for the season on May 23. Come explore the grounds and see a special exhibition, “Boston Sculptors Gallery at Chesterwood 2015,” which features sculptures by contemporary sculptors. Chesterwood is a great place to learn about history and art in the Berkshires. 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($$)

Saturday, May 23, 10am-5pm – ART/CULTURAL STUDIES: The Berkshire Museum’s newest exhibition, Immortal Present: Art and East Asia will be on view from May 23 through September 7. The exhibit illuminates the rich and diverse legacy of East Asian art and includes scroll paintings, sculptures, screens, prints, netsuke, and other fine and decorative art objects. There will also be works by more than 20 contemporary artists with ties to Asia. This is a great opportunity to see art from China, Japan, Korea, and other places. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, May 23, 10am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The Springfield Museums’ new exhibition opens at the Science Museum on May 23. “Curious George: Let’s Get Curious!” is all about Curious George. The book series and TV show come to life in this exhibit, which helps teach STEM topics through hands-on activities and play. The exhibit will be up through September 6. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. ($$)

Saturday, May 23, 10:30am – STORYTIME/PLANT STUDIES: Families with young children can attend a special story hour at the Belding Memorial Library. “Flower Fun: Rainbow Garden Workshop” features a story about flowers and then kids can help plant a rainbow garden. 413-628-4414. 344 Main Street. Ashfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 23, 10:30am-12noon – STEAM: Full STEAM Ahead at the Berkshire Athenaeum! Infants to early elementary-aged students can attend this fun playgroup that focuses on science, technology, engineering, art, and math. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 23, 11am-11pm – KIELBASA FESTIVAL: Ask anyone who lived in Chicopee, MA from the 1970s to the 1990s about the World Kielbasa Festival, chances are their story will start with a smile. At its peak in the 80s, 65,000 people would flock to the rear parking lot of the Fairfield Mall (currently the Chicopee Marketplace) to take part in a four day celebration of Kielbasa, Polka music, and all things Chicopee. The K-Fest was a source of pride for Chicopee residents, and a genuine Chicopee tradition. The 2015 Chicopee Kielbasa Festival is happening at Szot Park. Chicopee, MA

Saturday, May 23, 11am-4pm – STORYWALK: The Lenox Library‘s annual StoryWalk takes place May 23 around town. This year’s book is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin. Participants will receive a map instructing them to begin at Roche Reading Park, then to proceed to 15 Lenox businesses, then end up in the library’s Children’s Room. There will be a free book for each child, and readings of the story at 11:30am and 2:30pm. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 23, 11am & 1pm – PERFORMANCE: The Berkshire Theatre Group presents Atlantis, Lost! And Other Legends of the Strange Waves at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Arts. Atlantis, Lost! is a collection of stories about historical wonders and the waters of the world. This assortment of wet and wonderful tales includes the lost civilization of Atlantis, the life of a pirate, the origin of surfing and the Loch Ness monster. 413-658-1126. 125 W Bay Road. Amherst, MA (>$)

Saturday, May 23, 1pm-3pm – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Come to the Dinosaur Footprints and get your hands dirty while learning about invasive species! The Garlic Mustard Grab is a great outdoor community service activity for all ages. Garlic mustard is an invasive species that threatens butterflies, jack-in-the-pulpit, native oak seedlings, and more. You can help prevent these negative impacts by helping the Trustees of Reservations in removing garlic mustard from the Dinosaur Footprints. Call to register. 413-532-1631 x21. Route 5. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 23, 3pm – CONCERT/FILM: The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center presents a screening of Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928; rated G), accompanied by live music performed by Dan Zanes. All ages will love seeing this Buster Keaton comedy on the big screen and hearing Zanes’ exciting musical accompaniment. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street. Great Barrington, MA. ($$)

Saturday, May 23, 3:30pm – DIY KIDS: Kinetic Sand Workshop at Berkshire Co-Op Market. What is kinetic sand? It acts like wet sand you would play with at the beach but is mess free! In this workshop, learn how to make this sand from scratch. You’ll have fun making all the sand castles you want without leaving a sandy residue on your hands or toys. Sign up: 413.528.9697 x1 Berkshire Co-Op Market. 42 Bridge Street. Great Barrington, MA (FREE)

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Sunday, May 24th, 2015

Ongoing Sunday Events

Hilltown Family Variety Show7-8am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) airs encores the Hilltown Family Variety Show every Sunday morning. commercial-free family radio. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcast anytime. Click here to see 7 years of archived shows.

9am-4pm – FAIR/AGRICULTURE/FIBER ARTS: The Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair takes place at the Cummington Fairgrounds on May 23 and 24. There will be demonstrations, hands-on activities, exhibits, animal shows/trials, food, and more. All ages will enjoy seeing the animals and learning about wool, how it is obtained, and the many ways it can be used. 97 Fairgrounds Road. Cummington, MA. (>$)

Sunday, May 24, 9:30am-5pm – HISTORY: Learn about sheep shearing and the many uses for wool at Old Sturbridge Village’s Wool Days, May 23, 24, and 25. Families can see a herding demonstration, watch the sheep get their annual shearing, and watch costumed historians go through the process of preparing wool to be used as a textile. You can even dye your own yarn, knit or crochet scarves for deployed soldiers, meet animals, and learn about wool from llamas and alpacas. This fun event can teach kids and adults of all ages about each stage of wool production. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. ($$)

Sunday, May 24, 10am-12noon – PLANT STUDIES: The Broad Brook Coalition is offering a wildflower walk with Janet Bissell at Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area. Search for spring ephemerals and learn the natural history and folklore of these plants. Participants can also learn about invasive species and how they impact biodiversity. Cooke Avenue. Northampton, MA.

Sunday, May 24, 11am-12noon – FAMILY HIKE: The Berkshire Natural Resources Council is hosting a family hike at Housatonic Flats on May 24. The whole family (even the dog!) can attend this easy-going hike along a mowed path with great views. This is a great chance for the whole family to spend time together outdoors! 413-499-0596. Route 7. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 23, 11am-11pm – KIELBASA FESTIVAL: Ask anyone who lived in Chicopee, MA from the 1970s to the 1990s about the World Kielbasa Festival, chances are their story will start with a smile. At its peak in the 80s, 65,000 people would flock to the rear parking lot of the Fairfield Mall (currently the Chicopee Marketplace) to take part in a four day celebration of Kielbasa, Polka music, and all things Chicopee. The K-Fest was a source of pride for Chicopee residents, and a genuine Chicopee tradition. The 2015 Chicopee Kielbasa Festival is happening at Szot Park. Chicopee, MA

Sunday, May 24, 12noon-1pm – PLANT STUDIES: Learn about vegetatively propagating field-grown perennials with Milk and Honey Herbs at their Open Farm and Plant Sale Day. Best for self-directed students interested in plants. 413-253-8076. 163 Leverett Road. Shutesbury, MA.

Sunday, May 24, 1:45pm – HISTORY: The Hatfield Historical Society‘s new exhibit, “Surviving World War II: V-Mail, Snapshots, and Cigars Help Ease the Hardships and Heartache,” opens on May 24. The exhibit will teach about the role of servicemen and women in World War II, and what helped them get through the war. The exhibit would be of interest to older students who like history and want to learn more about World War II. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA.

Sunday, May 24, 2pm – HISTORY/AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES: Celebrate the legacy of Sojourner Truth, learn about her life and activism, and recognize two local high school students who will be receiving the Sojourner Truth Scholarship for Social Justice at the 13th Annual Sojourner Truth Celebration. There will be a walking tour of Sojourner Truth’s Florence (12noon) before the celebration. Older students interested in history, social justice, and activism would benefit from attending this event. Park Street & Pine Street. Florence, MA.

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Monday, May 25th, 2015

Monday, May 25, TBA – MEMORIAL DAY/PICNIC: The Blandford Memorial Day parade and picnic take place at Veterans’ Memorial Park and Town Hall. Celebrate Memorial Day with community members! Blandford, MA.

Monday, May 25, 9:30am-5pm – HISTORY: Learn about sheep shearing and the many uses for wool at Old Sturbridge Village’s Wool Days, May 23, 24, and 25. Families can see a herding demonstration, watch the sheep get their annual shearing, and watch costumed historians go through the process of preparing wool to be used as a textile. You can even dye your own yarn, knit or crochet scarves for deployed soldiers, meet animals, and learn about wool from llamas and alpacas. This fun event can teach kids and adults of all ages about each stage of wool production. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. ($$)

Monday, May 25, 10am – MEMORIAL DAY/PARADE: Chester’s annual Memorial Day parade begins at Town Hall at 10am. Chester, MA.

Monday, May 25, 10am – MEMORIAL DAY/PARADE: Celebrate Memorial Day at the annual Memorial Day Parade in Florence. Local sports teams march in the parade, which goes through the town center. Florence, MA.

Monday, May 25, 10am – MEMORIAL DAY/PARADE: The Chicopee Memorial Day Parade begins on Exchange Street and ends at the Chicopee Veterans’ Memorial Plaza. There will be a ceremony at the Plaza following the parade. Celebrate Memorial Day and support local veterans at this annual parade and ceremony. Chicopee, MA.

Saturday, May 23, 12noon-10pm – KIELBASA FESTIVAL: Ask anyone who lived in Chicopee, MA from the 1970s to the 1990s about the World Kielbasa Festival, chances are their story will start with a smile. At its peak in the 80s, 65,000 people would flock to the rear parking lot of the Fairfield Mall (currently the Chicopee Marketplace) to take part in a four day celebration of Kielbasa, Polka music, and all things Chicopee. The K-Fest was a source of pride for Chicopee residents, and a genuine Chicopee tradition. The 2015 Chicopee Kielbasa Festival is happening at Szot Park. Chicopee, MA

Monday, May 25, 1pm – MEMORIAL DAY/PARADE: The Ware Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony takes place Memorial Day at Veterans’ Park. Ware, MA.

Monday, May 25, 2pm – MEMORIAL DAY: Celebrate Memorial Day at the Springfield Armory! The Coast Guard Dixieland Jazz Band will perform songs to honor our military at this event. 413-734-8551. 1 Armory Square. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Monday, May 25, 2pm – MEMORIAL DAY/PARADE: There will be a Memorial Day parade in Russell on May 25. The parade will go down Main Street to the Russell Cemetery and Green, where there will be a presentation. Main Street. Russell, MA.

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Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Tuesday, May 26, 10am – STORYTIME: Kids ages 6 months to 35 months can come to the Westfield Athenaeum for Little Ones Library Time, which includes crafts, songs, fingerplays, and playtime. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, May 26, 6pm-8pm – CULINARY ARTS: Learn about cooking with wild foods and their health benefits with Just Roots at the Greenfield Community Farm. Herbalist Brittany Nickerson will teach this workshop, which will teach participants how to eat seasonally with foraged wild foods. Participants will learn about identifying, harvesting, and cooking with edible wild plants. Best for self-directed older students and adults. Register in advance. 413-325-8969. 34 Glenbrook Drive, Apt 1B. Greenfield, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION >$-$)

ONGOING FOR TUESDAY (To add your free ongoing event/activity here, email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org)

  • 8:45am-10:15am – PLAYGROUP: The Community Network for Children will hold a playgroup at the Swift River School every Tuesday. 978-544-5157. 201 Wendell Road. New Salem, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Belchertown Family Center is open Tuesday-Friday from 9am-12noon for drop-in activities for infants, preschoolers, and their caregivers. 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center is open every Monday through Friday, 9am-12noon. Drop in for playgroups and activities for young children (ages 0-5) and caregivers. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: Join the Pittsfield CFCE every Tuesday for a playgroup at Egremont Elementary School. 413-499-4809. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup for young kids ages birth-preK at the Dickinson Memorial Library with Deb Wood features fun toys and more! Every Tuesday. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can come to the South Hadley Family Center every Monday-Thursday for playgroup, music, crafts, circle and more. The Center follows the South Hadley Schools’ calendar. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center will be open Monday-Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, toys, books, activities, and more. Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can drop in to meet and play with others. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, Lower Level. Northampton, MA. (DONATION)
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Come to the Goodwin Memorial Library every Tuesday for storytime! Runs all year. 413-584-7451. Route 47 & Route 9. Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – STORYTIME: Join the Greenfield Public Library for a weekly storytime! This event includes stories, songs, fingerplays, and crafts for kids age five and under. 413-772-1544 x5. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 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)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Westhampton Public Library will have a playgroup for toddlers and preschoolers every Tuesday. Kids can come play with toys, do a craft, read a book, and make new friends at this fun playgroup. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – LITERACY: Kids ages 2-5 can attend a literacy group at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Westfield. Come with a parent or caregiver and practice reading skills! Runs every Tuesday. 413-568-5242. 28 West Silver Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Parents/caregivers and young children can attend a weekly playgroup every Tuesday through June 2015 at Otis Town Hall, held by South Berkshire Kids. 413-464-5095. 1 North Main Road. Otis, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Easthampton Family Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday for drop-in playgroup and activities for kids ages 5 and under. The Family Center follows the Easthampton Public Schools schedule. 413-527-5496. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Preschoolers can attend a fun storytime at the Chicopee Public Library the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. Come for songs, finger plays, movement, stories, activities, and crafts. 413-594-1800 x107. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11am – MUSIC: The Hubbard Library is offering a music program for preschoolers every Tuesday. Come for singing, clapping, and dancing. 413-583-5646. 24 Center Street. Ludlow, MA. (FREE)
  • 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)
  • 11am-11:30am – STORYTIME: The Lenox Library is offering a storytime for toddlers ages 18 months to 3 years every Tuesday. This storytime follows the school district schedule. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Westhampton Public Library is holding a baby and toddler playtime every Tuesday. Come to the library and meet other kids and parents. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 1:30pm-6:30pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: Northampton’s Tuesday Market runs through the summer and fall. Tuesday Market features delicious local fruits, vegetables, bread, syrup, fish, honey, and much more! Come each Tuesday for food, community, and entertainment. Takes place between Thornes Market and the parking garage. Downtown. Northampton, MA.
  • 2pm – FILM: Amherst Cinema offers weekly matinees on Tuesdays especially for people with babies! This is a great chance to get out and see a movie without having to worry about finding a sitter. Check their website to see what’s playing each week. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. >$
  • 3pm-4:30pm – VIDEO GAMES: Teens and tweens can drop into the Brightwood Library‘s video games event. Come play Wii games with friends and enjoy snacks. 413-263-6805. 359 Plainfield Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 3pm-5pm – GAMES: Kids can play Magic the Gathering every Tuesday at Comics N’ More. A great chance for kids to make new friends with similar interests and learn how to play this fun card game! 413-529-0800. 31 Union Street. Easthampton, MA.
  • 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)
  • 3:30pm-5:30pm – LIBRARY GROUP: Teens can come to the Lilly Library‘s Teen Scene every Tuesday for games, projects, crafts, movies, and more. Stop by for fun activities and friends! 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-5pm – LEGO: Kids ages 7-12 can have fun and get creative with LEGOs at the Indian Orchard Branch Library every Tuesday. Call to sign up. 413-263-6846. 44 Oak Street. Indian Orchard, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm-7pm – KARATE: Free shotokan karate classes are offered every Tuesday and Thursday at Northfield Elementary School for all ages. More info available here. 802-451-0303. 104 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 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)
  • 6:30pm – STORYTIME: It’s Pajama Storytime at the Monson Free Library! Wear your pajamas and enjoy stories and fun. Happens the 2nd Tuesday of each month. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm – STORYTIME: Kids can come to the Holyoke Public Library every Tuesday evening for storytime with Jason. This program includes stories, songs, fingerplays, and more. 413-420-8105. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

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Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Wednesday, May 27, 9am-12noon – PLANT STUDIES: Mass Audubon and botanist Connie Parks will lead a wildflower walk at High Ledges. Come see amazing views of the Deerfield River Valley and Mount Greylock while searching for native flora and fauna. Best for adults and older students/teens. Registration is required. 413-584-3009. Patten Road. Shelburne, MA. ($)

Wednesday, May 27, 4pm-5pm – BOOK CLUB: The Lee Library is hosting a book club on May 27 and a movie to accompany the book on May 30. Read Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower and then attend a screening of the film on May 30 at 11am. Teens and adults are welcome to attend this “book vs. movie” program. 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street. Lee, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, May 27, 4pm-6pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Want to learn how to canoe? The Housatonic Valley Association is offering a free introduction to canoeing program on a flatwater section of the Housatonic River in Lee. Families with kids ages 10 and up are welcome to attend this program to learn the basics of canoeing. All equipment provided. Call to pre-register. 413-394-9796. Lee, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, May 27, 6pm – CONCERT: Southern Berkshire Regional School District musical groups will perform in a concert at the Thomas A. Consolatti Performing Arts Center at Mt. Everett High School on May 27. The Undermountain Elementary 5th and 6th grade bands and jazz lab will perform at 6pm, followed by the Mt. Everett Junior High band, jazz band, and high school band. 491 Berkshire School Road. Sheffield, MA.

Wednesday, May 27, 8:30pm – OUTDOOR MOVIE: Cinema Northampton presents a screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981; rated PG) on the lawn of the Forbes Library! Come see this classic Indiana Jones movie outdoors on the big screen. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

ONGOING FOR WEDNESDAY (To add your free ongoing event/activity here, email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org)

  • 9am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Collaborative for Educational Services is offering a parent-child playgroup every Wednesday at the First Congregational Church of Hatfield. Come play and learn together at this fun playgroup! 413-586-4998. 41 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Belchertown Family Center is open Tuesday-Friday from 9am-12noon for drop-in activities for infants, preschoolers, and their caregivers. 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center is open every Monday through Friday, 9am-12noon. Drop in for playgroups and activities for young children (ages 0-5) and caregivers. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can come to the South Hadley Family Center every Monday-Thursday for playgroup, music, crafts, circle and more. The Center follows the South Hadley Schools’ calendar. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center will be open Monday-Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, toys, books, activities, and more. Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can drop in to meet and play with others. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, Lower Level. Northampton, MA. (DONATION)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: There will be playgroup at the Cummington Family Center every Wednesday and Friday through May. The playgroups are parent-run, which means that the first parent to arrive can set up toys and make coffee/tea. 33 Main Street. Cummington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Parents and their preschoolers can come to the Westhampton Public Library for coffee and storytime every Wednesday. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: Stop by the Westhampton Public Library on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month for playgroup. Storytime, games, and arts and crafts are featured. For kids 8 and under. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA.
  • 10am-10:45am – STORYTIME: Kids can come to the Holyoke Public Library every Monday and Wednesday at 10am for stories with Nathan! 413-420-8105. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
  • 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)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: South Berkshire Kids is offering a playgroup every Wednesday at the Lenox Community Center. Come for play, crafts, activities, stories, and more. 413-464-5095. 65 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Community Network for Children will hold a playgroup at the Wendell Library every Wednesday. 978-544-5157. 7 Wendell Depot Road. Wendell, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Community Network for Children will hold a playgroup at the Erving Public Library every Wednesday. 978-544-5157. 17 Moore Street. Erving, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:15am – STORYTIME: The Wilbraham Public Library holds a weekly storytime for ages 2-3 ½ every Wednesday OR Thursday. There will be fun stories and crafts. 413-596-6141. 25 Crane Park Drive. Wilbraham, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Meekins Library librarian, Rochelle Wildfong, will host a story time in the children’s department every Wednesday, all year round. Fingerplays, songs, picture books, and circle games for pre-schoolers and their caregivers. After story hour, take the kids sledding behind the school, then head down to Bread Euphoria for a warm something to eat & drink! A delightful way to spend a Wednesday morning in the Hilltowns with your preK kids! 413-268-7472. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, MA (FREE)
  • 10:30am – HIKING: Join Hike It Baby every Wednesday through June 24 at 10:30am for an easy hike along the trails of the Hitchcock Center for the Environment. The whole family will enjoy this weekly kid-led hike! 301-906-4700. 525 South Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA.
  • 10:30am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Stop by the Edwards Library on the first and third Wednesday of each month for playgroup. Storytime, games, and arts and crafts are featured. For kids 8 and under. 30 East Street. Southampton, MA.
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Storytime for ages 3-8 at the Mason Square Branch Library. Come every Wednesday for stories, songs, and crafts. 413-263-6853. 765 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: It’s storytime at the Monson Free Library for kids ages 2-5! Come by for stories, snacks, crafts, and fun. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE)
  • 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)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – STORYTIME: The Community Network for Children offers a story hour every Wednesday at the Leverett Library. Children ages 5 and under can come for music, movement, books, and hands-on activities. 978-544-5157. 75 Montague Road. Leverett, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12noon – STORYTIME: Preschool storyhour every Wednesday at the Dickinson Memorial Library with Ruthanne Paulson includes stories, music, movement, crafts, and a snack. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 12noon-1:30pm – PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: Every Wednesday there will be a support group for pregnant and postpartum mothers of children ages 0-5 at Square One’s Family Square, facilitated by MotherWoman. This group is a great place to talk about motherhood in a safe and confidential space. Childcare provided. 413-858-3122. 1095 Main Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 1pm-2:30pm – MOTHER SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group every Wednesday at Midwifery Care of Holyoke. Expectant mothers and moms of babies under age 1 can come discuss all aspects of motherhood. 413-534-2700. 230 Maple Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
  • 1pm-2:30pm – PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: Parents, caregivers, and grandparents are invited to attend a Parents Supporting Parents Support Group every Wednesday at the Salasin Center. 413-775-0010. 474 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 1:30pm – NATURE STUDIES: Preschool-aged kids can attend Kidleidoscope every Wednesday at Natural Bridge State Park. This weekly program features forest-themed educational activities. 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 3pm-4pm – MANGA/COMICS: Teens who love anime, manga, and comics can come to the Forest Park Branch Library for discussions, activities, games, and more. Repeats the third Wednesday of each month. 413-263-6843. 380 Belmont Avenue. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 3pm-5:30pm – MAKER SPACE: Every Wednesday, Amherst Media hosts a drop-in group for makers of all ages and experience levels. Whether you’re working on computer programming, tech projects, knitting, other projects, or are just curious, stop by and check it out! 413-259-3300. 246 College Street. Amherst, MA.
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm – LEGOS: The Berkshire Athenaeum hosts LEGO Club on the third Wednesday of each month. Kids can use LEGOs to experiment with basic principles of architecture, physics, and design. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm – STORYTIME: All ages can enjoy stories and a craft at the Cushman Library‘s weekly story hour. 413-648-5402. 28 Church Street. Bernardston, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm – CHESS: The East Longmeadow Public Library holds a chess club for kids ages 6-14 every Wednesday afternoon. Come improve your chess skills by playing with peers of all levels. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-5pm – WRITING: Forbes Library holds a writing group for children and young adults the third Wednesday of each month. Come do some free writing, story workshopping, and do exercises to beat writer’s block. All ages welcome. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm-7:30pm – KNITTING: The Cushman Library‘s knitting group runs every Wednesday night. Come hang out with knitters of all ages and share knitting advice. 413-648-5402. 28 Church Street. Bernardston, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm – KNITTING: Come to the Goodwin Memorial Library every Wednesday evening for knitting group. All levels are welcome, making this is a great chance to share knitting tips and tricks with other knitters of all ages. Runs all year. 413-584-7451. Route 47 & Route 9. Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm-7:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Teens ages 12-18 can come to the Goodwin Memorial Library every other “odd” Wednesday for craft night. 413-584-7451. Route 47 & Route 9. Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm-7:30pm – GAMES: Teens ages 12-18 can come to the Goodwin Memorial Library every other “even” Wednesday for game night. 413-584-7451. Route 47 & Route 9. Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm – STORYTIME: Pajama storytime for kids ages 3-6 at the East Longmeadow Library. Runs every Wednesday evening. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 7pm-9pm – PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group the fourth Wednesday of each month in Conference Room D at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. This is a bereavement group for infant and pregnancy loss. Please contact emptyarmsbereavement@gmail.com for more information. 413-387-0703. 30 Locust Street. Northampton, MA.
  • 7pm-9pm – PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group the second Wednesday of each month in the Owl and Raven Community Space. The group is for mothers and partners who have experience the loss of a baby through miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. Please email lexi.walters@gmail.com for more information. 413-387-0703. 2 Conz Street, Unit 42. Northampton, MA.
  • 7:30pm-10:30pm – DANCE: Beginners and people of all skill levels can come dance the night away at Downtown Amherst Contra! This is a great way to have fun and meet new people in a low-pressure environment. Beginners can show up at 7 for a learning session. Best for teens and adults. Every Wednesday except the second Wednesday of each month. 99 Main Street. Amherst, MA. $

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Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Thursday, May 28, 10am – STORYTIME: Two and three year olds are invited to the Westfield Athenaeum for Terrific Twos & Threes, a storytime that includes crafts, songs, and stories. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, May 28, 12:15pm – HISTORY/NARRATIVE: This week’s Museums a la Carte lecture at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts is, “Springfield’s Immigrants: Then & Now,” with historian Frances Gagnon. She will discuss immigration to Springfield from 1636 to today. Best for older students. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (>$)

Thursday, May 28, 3pm-4:30pm – GAMES: May 28 is game day at the Westfield Athenaeum! Come by for Wii, Rock Band, board games, and card games. Feel free to bring games from home to share. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, May 28, 4pm-6:30pm – PICNIC: Join the Northampton Parents Center for their End of Year Picnic at Look Park! This picnic is a potluck for NPC families and community members – bring a dish to share and enjoy spending time with friends. 413-582-2636. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA.

Thursday, May 28, 5pm-7pm – COMMUNITY MEAL: TRIAD of Williamsburg is hosting a Baked Potato Dinner Fundraiser on May 28 at the Williamsburg Congregational Church. Proceeds go towards TRIAD, the health and safety fair, and other activities that benefit seniors. Tickets available at the pharmacy and at Tilly’s. 4 North Main Street. Williamsburg, MA. (>$)

Thursday, May 28, 6pm-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Coop Concerts Summer Concert Series takes place weekly at Greenfield Energy Park. This week’s show is Coop in the Round, a special performance to kick off the concert season. Bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic dinner with family and friends while listening to exciting live music. 50 Miles Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, May 28, 6:30pm – ART: There will be an ArtSalon at Gateway City Arts on May 28. Artists from the Pioneer Valley will present in Pecha Kucha format (20 slides, each 20 seconds) about their work. There will be food by Holyoke Hummus Company as well as a cash bar. ArtSalons are a great chance to learn about local artists and their work. 413-650-2670. 92-114 Race Street. Holyoke, MA. (>$)

Thursday, May 28, 7pm-9pm – MUSIC STUDIES: Music ensembles and classes from the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts school will perform in BRAVO! at the Academy of Music on May 28 and 29. Come see these talented students perform pieces they’ve been working on all year at this exciting performance. Tickets available in advance. 413-584-9032. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA. ($)

ONGOING FOR THURSDAYS (To add your free ongoing event/activity here, email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org)

  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Belchertown Family Center is open Tuesday-Friday from 9am-12noon for drop-in activities for infants, preschoolers, and their caregivers. 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center is open every Monday through Friday, 9am-12noon. Drop in for playgroups and activities for young children (ages 0-5) and caregivers. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: South Berkshire Kids is offering a weekly playgroup at the Richmond Consolidated School. 413-464-5095. 1831 State Road. Richmond, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: Parents/caregivers and kids ages 18 months to 3 years can attend a Toddler Steps program at the CHP Family Services Building, held by South Berkshire Kids. The program features circle time, stories, songs, crafts, and play, and runs every Thursday through June 2015. 413-464-5095. 442 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can come to the South Hadley Family Center every Monday-Thursday for playgroup, music, crafts, circle and more. The Center follows the South Hadley Schools’ calendar. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center will be open Monday-Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, toys, books, activities, and more. Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can drop in to meet and play with others. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, Lower Level. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – MUSIC: The Goodwin Memorial Library will have a Lunatunes program every Thursday for babies and toddlers. Young kids and their parents/caregivers can come to the library for music, songs, and fingerplays. 413-584-7451. Route 47 & Route 9. Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Gateway Family Center is offering a drop-in “Baby Steps” program for infants 0-1 years, as well as their siblings and caregivers. Runs every Thursday. 413-667-2203 x3. 9 Russell Road. Huntington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Join the Pittsfield CFCE at the Berkshire Athenaeum for a weekly Play and Learn group. 413-499-4809. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup every Thursday in Goshen Town Hall. There will be storytime, crafts, projects, and more. 42 Main Street. Goshen, MA.
  • 10:15am – STORYTIME: The Wilbraham Public Library holds a weekly storytime for ages 2-3 ½ every Wednesday OR Thursday. There will be fun stories and crafts. 413-596-6141. 25 Crane Park Drive. Wilbraham, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:15am – STORYTIME: Storytime for toddlers (ages 2-5) every Thursday at the Ramsdell Library. 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street. Housatonic, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – STORYTIME: Join the Emily Williston Memorial Library for storytime every Thursday! There will be snacks, stories, and crafts. 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – MUSIC: The Jones Library will offer a preschool storytime every Thursday. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: The Hatfield Public Library holds a storytime for kids 5 and under every Thursday! Come to the library for stories and fun. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-11:45am – STORYTIME/ARTS & CRAFTS: The Lenox Library is offering Story Craft for kids ages 3-5, with stories and crafts. This program follows the school district schedule. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
  • 11:15am – STORYTIME: The Wilbraham Public Library holds a weekly storytime for ages 3 ½-5 every Thursday. There will be fun stories and crafts. 413-596-6141. 25 Crane Park Drive. Wilbraham, MA. (FREE)
  • 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)
  • 12:30pm-2:30pm – MOTHER SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group every third Thursday at Scantic Valley YMCA. Mothers of babies 12 months and under can come talk about motherhood at this monthly program. 413-583-3527. 45 Post Office Park. Wilbraham, MA. (FREE)
  • 1pm-3pm – PLAYGROUP: Babies can have fun and make friends at the Forbes Library‘s weekly baby playgroup. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 1:30pm-2:30pm – STORYTIME/BILINGUAL: Little ones can come to the Brightwood Library every Thursday for a bilingual story club (English and Spanish). Come sing, dance, play, hear stories in English and Spanish, and meet new friends. 413-263-6805. 359 Plainfield Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 2:30pm-4:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: The Hatfield Public Library holds a weekly Crafting Club for ages 5 and up every Thursday! Come to the library and get creative at this fun program. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 3:30pm-4:45pm – MINECRAFT: Tweens and teens can attend Minecraft Club at the Indian Orchard Branch Library every Thursday. Come make new friends and trade Minecraft tips and tricks! 413-263-6846. 44 Oak Street. Indian Orchard, MA. (FREE)
  • 3:30pm-5pm – CHESS: Every second and fourth Thursday, kids are invited to the Mason Library for chess. There will be no instruction provided, so this event is best for kids who already have an understanding of the game. This is a great place to come play with peers, make new friends, and improve your chess skills in a relaxed and supportive environment. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-5pm – STORYTIME: The Hubbard Library is offering a storytime for students ages 5-8. Every Thursday. 413-583-5646. 24 Center Street. Ludlow, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-8pm – GAMES/LEGOS: Families can have fun every Thursday at Gaylord Memorial Library‘s game and LEGO night! Stop by for board games, puzzles, LEGOs, and more. 413-538-5047. 47 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 4:30-6pm – COMMUNITY MEAL/MOVIE: The Amherst Survival Center serves a free community meal every Thursday and screens a film for the community to enjoy together. Bring your family and come enjoy an evening with your community while learning about the work of the ASC! 413-549-3968. 138 Sunderland Road. North Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 5pm-6:30pm – LEGO: Kids ages 6 and up can have fun and get creative with LEGOs at the Mason Square Branch Library‘s LEGO Club every Thursday. Call to sign up. 413-263-6853. 765 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm – SKILLSHARE/CRAFT GROUP: The Haberdashery holds a Chat ‘n Do every Thursday at 5:30pm. Bring a project you are working on and chat with others, hash out ideas, ask advice, offer tips, and more. This is a good opportunity for intergenerational skill sharing! 413-527-1638. 52 Union Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm-8pm – KNITTING: Spruce up your knitting skills and spend time with community members of all ages at the Dickinson Memorial Library‘s knitting group every Thursday evening. All skill levels are welcome. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 7pm-7:30pm – STORYTIME: The Hubbard Library will have a “Tuck Me In” storytime for ages 3-7 the first Thursday of each month. Kids can come to the library in pajamas and enjoy this bedtime-themed storytime. Registration is required. 413-583-5646. 24 Center Street. Ludlow, MA. (FREE)

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Friday, May 29th, 2015

  • Friday, May 29, 7am-9am – 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. (>$)
  • Friday, May 29, 10am – STORYTIME: Four and five year olds are invited to the Westfield Athenaeum for Fantastic Fours & Fives, a storytime that includes crafts, songs, fingerplays, and stories. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)
  • Friday, May 29, 11am-12:50pm – ICE SKATING: The Mullins Center is offering Home School Skating Fridays in May and June! Home school students of all ages (accompanied by an adult) can come ice skate and meet other home school students. 200 Commonwealth Avenue. Amherst, MA. (>$)
  • Friday, May 29, 4pm-7pm – PICNIC: Celebrate Spring with the Easthampton Family Center at their annual picnic at Nonotuck Park. There will be a bounce house, games, crafts, music, a StoryWalk, and more – fun for the whole family! Please bring a food item to share. There will be hot dogs, hamburgers, and refreshments provided by EFC. 413-527-5496. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)
  • Friday, May 29, 6:15pm-8pm – FAMILY MOVIE: The Mason Library is screening Song of the Sea (2014; rated PG) on May 29. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • Friday, May 29, 7pm-9pm – OPEN MIC: Spectrum Playhouse will have an Open Mic Night on May 29. Come perform music or poetry and see other local performers as well. 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street. Lee, MA. (>$)
  • Friday, May 29, 7pm-9pm – MUSIC STUDIES: Music ensembles and classes from the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts school will perform in BRAVO! at the Academy of Music on May 28 and 29. Come see these talented students perform pieces they’ve been working on all year at this exciting performance. Tickets available in advance. 413-584-9032. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA. ($)

ONGOING FOR FRIDAY (To add your free ongoing event/activity here, email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org)

  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center is open every Monday through Friday, 9am-12noon. Drop in for playgroups and activities for young children (ages 0-5) and caregivers. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-4:30pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Get outside this winter at Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center! The trails are open most Wednesdays through Sundays during the winter months for snowshoeing and cross country skiing. 800-859-2960. 99 Millers Falls Road. Northfield, MA.
  • 9:30am – WRITING: The Edwards Public Library‘s Writing Group meets every Friday. Older students with a passion for writing of any style can attend this supportive intergenerational group. 413-527-9480. 30 East Street. Southampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: There will be playgroup at the Cummington Family Center every Wednesday and Friday through May. The playgroups are parent-run, which means that the first parent to arrive can set up toys and make coffee/tea. 33 Main Street. Cummington, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents’ Center is holding a weekly playgroup in Hadley every Friday at Whole Children. 413-582-2636. 41 Russell Street. Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:45am-11:15am – MOTHER SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group every Friday at the UMass Amherst Family Center. Expectant mothers and moms of infants through preschoolers can attend this group to discuss all aspects of motherhood. Childcare provided for ages 4 and under. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: Stop by the Chesterfield Community Center on the first and third Friday of each month for playgroup. Storytime, games, and arts and crafts are featured. For kids 8 and under. 400 Main Road. Chesterfield, MA.
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Preschool-aged kids can come to the Stockbridge Library for StoryCraft, a storytime and craft time with Miss Vicky! Siblings are welcome. 413-298-5501. 2 Depot Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)
  • 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)
  • 10am & 2pm – GEOLOGY: Learn about the fascinating geology of Natural Bridge State Park at their Marvelous Marble Tour every Friday at 10am & 2pm. Join a park interpreter for an easy walk around the park exploring its geologic history and the remains of the 19th- and 20th-century marble quarry that once operated on the grounds. All ages will enjoy exploring the park and learning some interesting local geology. 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – STORYTIME: The Hubbard Library is offering a storytime for young children to help them learn the letters of the alphabet using stories, flash cards, and fun activities. Please register for each week individually. 413-583-5646. 24 Center Street. Ludlow, MA. (FREE)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: There will be a playgroup focused on motor skills with a song and story at the Anne T. Dunphy School gym every Friday through June 19. All ages welcome. 1 Petticoat Hill Road. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – MOTHER SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group every Friday at the Community Action Family Center. Expectant mothers and moms of infants can attend this group to discuss adjustment to motherhood. Childcare provided; babies in arms welcome. 413-387-0703. 220 Russell Street. Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – MOTHER SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group every Friday at the MotherWoman Office. Expectant mothers and moms of infants through preschoolers can attend this group to discuss all aspects of motherhood. Childcare provided for ages 4 and under. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – COMPUTER TECH: Learn about computers and get help with basic programs at the Carnegie Library on Fridays. Call the library to sign up for a 30-minute time slot. 413-863-3214. 1 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Parents/caregivers and young children can attend Skip and Dip at the Berkshire South Regional Community Center, held by South Berkshire Kids. This group consists of splash pool and gym time and runs every Friday through June 2015. 413-464-5095. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Easthampton Family Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday for drop-in playgroup and activities for kids ages 5 and under. The Family Center follows the Easthampton Public Schools schedule. 413-527-5496. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Every Friday is Bounce and Rhyme Storytime at the Monson Free Library! Kids 2 ½ and younger can come enjoy stories, songs, and rhymes. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – MOVEMENT: The Chicopee Public Library holds a weekly Music and Movement program for kids ages 5 and under every Friday. Come have fun moving, singing, and dancing. 413-594-1800. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Parents/caregivers and young children can attend an art and nature playgroup at the CHP Campus, held by South Berkshire Kids. Runs every Friday through June 2015. 413-464-5095. 442 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – STORYTIME: Young kids can attend a weekly storyhour at the Pelham Library every Friday. Come enjoy stories and crafts. 413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-12:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Kids in kindergarten and younger can attend a free playgroup every Friday through May 2015 at the Granby Free Public Library. 413-467-3320. 297 East State Street. Granby, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Preschoolers can attend storytime every Friday at Griswold Memorial Library. Come for stories, crafts, and a snack. 413-624-3619. 12 Main Road. Colrain, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-11:45am – STORYTIME: Join the Greenfield Public Library for “Mother Goose on the Loose,” a program for ages 3 and under that features hands-on fun with songs, rhymes, and activities. 413-772-1544 x5. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 11:30am-1:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Parents/caregivers and their babies, ages 0-15 months, can come to “Welcome Baby” every Friday at the Storrs Library. This program, run by Pathways for Parents, is all about the importance of reading, music, and interactive play. Call to sign up. 413-565-4182. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 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)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Families can attend the “Family Frolic Storytime” every Friday at Gaylord Memorial Library! Enjoy stories, musical plays, and crafts. 413-538-5047. 47 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Kids ages 3-6 can come to the Sunderland Public Library for stories, songs, finger plays, and crafts every Friday morning. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)
  • 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. ($)
  • 1:30pm-5:30pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: The Easthampton Winter Farmers’ Market will be in the Eastworks Building every Friday all winter. Come by for local veggies, meat, apples, yarn, baked goods, syrup, skin care products, and more. 116 Pleasant Street. Easthampton, MA. (MARKET)
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm – MINECRAFT: The Storrs Library has a Minecraft Club for kids in grades 3 and up every Friday. Call to sign up. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm-6:30pm – BOOK GROUP: 2nd and 3rd graders who love reading can attend the Hatfield Public Library‘s Kid Book Club every Friday. Kids can hang out together, recommend books to one another, do book-related activities, and enjoy a pizza dinner. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm-6:30pm – BOOK GROUP: Tweens in grades 4-6 can attend the Hatfield Public Library‘s B-Tween the Lines Book Club every Friday. Kids can hang out together, recommend books to one another, do book-related activities, write reviews, interview authors, and enjoy a pizza dinner. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm-9pm – MUSIC/ARTS & CRAFTS: ArtALIVE will host Concerts, Crafts, and Conversation every Friday night. Local musicians will perform and there will be open crafts. 413-222-5366. 35 South Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. ($)
  • 7:30pm – ASTRONOMY: The Springfield Science Museum and the Stars Club host a public observing program in the Tolman Auditorium at the Museum on the first Friday of each month (not held Jun-Aug.). See a slide show, view the night sky in their large rooftop observatory, ask questions, and learn about the night sky. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (>$)
  • 8pm – ASTRONOMY: The Milham Planetarium at Williams College will be open to the public for a planetarium show every Friday through May 1 (except 3/20, 3/27, and 4/3). You can learn about the motions of the planets, the phases of the moon, comets, and much more! Reservations recommended. 413-597-2188. 829 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

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Hilltown Families’ list of Weekly Suggested Events is supported in part by a grant from the Amherst, Ashfield, Bernardston, Chesterfield, Conway, Erving, Goshen, Heath, Holyoke, Leyden, Pelham, Shutesbury, South Hadley, Warwick, Williamsburg and Worthington Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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