Suggested Events for July 18th-24th, 2015

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

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Through Sep 6

This summer, experience Curious George – Let’s Get Curious!, the new blockbuster exhibit at the Springfield Museums! Follow George on his mischievous adventures through his neighborhood, a fully interactive construction site, a farmhouse, and even a rocket ship to the stars! Along the way, kids ages 3 through 7 will learn important math and science lessons to keep the learning going this summer. May 23- September 6 at the Springfield Science Museum. Parking is free. For more information, visit: www.springfieldmuseums.org.<

Every Thurs

The Amherst Business improvement District (BID) is thrilled to announce the launch of Kendrick Park Summer Concert Series. The concerts feature local musicians and are scheduled for every Thursday on July 16, July 23, July 30 (Family Night), and August 6 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm in Kendrick Park in downtown Amherst. Musical acts from a variety of genres will play. All concerts during Amherst BID’s Downtown Beats are free and open to the public. Food will not be sold at the concerts. Attendees are encouraged to purchase food and drinks at the many delicious restaurants surrounding both concert venues. For more information about the Amherst BID and upcoming events, visit www.amherstdowntown.com

Jul 18

It’s Circus Time at the Emily Dickinson Museum! On Saturday, July 18, the Emily Dickinson Museum presents “Creatures of Bliss and Mystery: A 19th-Century Children’s Circus” from 1 to 4 pm. All are welcome to this Family Day! Admission is $5 for families and free for Museum members. Activities include songs and stories with Tim Van Egmond; an Imaginary Tea Party with Emily, the Fairy Queen; the Circus Parade; and young writer readings from “Writing with Miss Emily” camp, a program for children at the Jones Library. Other activities include face-painting, children’s tours of the Homestead, 19th century games, and kid-friendly crafts. For details and complete schedule, visit www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/events. Questions? email EDMprograms@EmilyDickinsonMuseum.org or call 413-542-2034.

Jul 22-25

Sooooo a long while ago, a very cool kitty asked a young lass, “How would you like to be a hero?” The girl had nothing better to do, so she nodded. The adventure begins. The basic rule: when in doubt always trust the cat. Puss is one clever kitty; she’ll show us how to get from empty pockets to the height of adventure. PaintBox Theatre—Northampton’s theatre of imagination and improvisation for all ages—continues its season with Puss in Boots. Performances are Wed., July 22 – Sat., July 25, 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. daily, at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street. Tickets: $10 at the door or at BrownPaperTickets.com. Group discounts: call 413-923-7159. Stay tuned for Treasure Island, August 5-8. PaintBoxTheatre.com.

All Summer

Rent a summer cottage on the Lower Highland Lake in the heart of the Hilltowns for a relaxing family get-away! Located in Goshen, MA, 3 unique summer cottages are for rent by the week. Ideal for families, artists & reunions, there are many weeks still available this summer. Fondly called the ”Goshen Ocean,” the lake offers swimming, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, wind surfing, & fishing. A favorite with the kids is the trampoline raft! The lake abuts the 1500 acre DAR State Forest that has miles of marked hiking & mountain bike trails. No need to drive to Maine to get away; Goshen Summer Rentals are only 25 mins from downtown Northampton & across the lake from Camp Howe! Last minute inquiries welcome. www.goshensummerrentals.com 413-695-3874

Aug 6

Join us on Thursday, Aug 6 from 6-8pm for a meaningful time 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 Thursday, Aug 6 , 6-8pm, Potluck and Volunteer. (Bring your favorite dish to share.) Families may stay for all or some of the event. Space is limited. Pre-registration required. Click here to sign up! Hatfield, MA (VOLUNTEER)

Sep 27

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts will once again be holding their 5th Annual Will Bike 4 Food charity cycling event on Sunday, September 27th. You have the opportunity to support their community by riding as an individual or forming a team. Starting a team (4 or more) with your friends and family is an easy way to help feed our neighbors in need! With multiple courses to choose from—a 3.5, 10, 25, 50 or 100 mile loop—riders of all ages and levels can get involved. This year’s event will include a new location (Hatfield Lions Club Pavilion), new routes, and the biggest after-party yet with food, beverages, games and live music. To register, or to learn more about Will Bike 4 Food, visit their website at www.willbike4food.org.

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
July 18th-24th, 2015

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Saturday, July 18th

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. Awaken Joy Episode with Lucy Kalantari! Join Lucy as she presents a collection of songs that are bound to put a skip in your step and a smile on your face. 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 8 years!

Saturday, July 18. (TBA) — COMMUNITY SERVICE
Water chestnut is an invasive plant that is choking up local waterways and wreaking havoc on native plants and animals. Join folks from the Connecticut River Watershed Council to get out and remove these plants! There are many plants to pull out, but they come out easily. Many hands make light work! Anyone interested in this type of work is invited to contact the Council for additional dates and locations throughout the summer. Registration requested. 413-772-2020. Oxbow, Northampton, MA and Lake Warner, North Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 18. 9am-12pm — PAINTING
Artist Sylvia Foster will lead participants in a watercolor painting class that focuses on different techniques for representing snow. Sponsored by the Otis Cultural Council. Registration required.772-785-6547. Otis Town Hall, Otis, MA. (< $)

Saturday, July 18. 9am-12pm — NATIVE PLANTS
A diverse array of native plants surrounds us in Western Massachusetts, yet many of us cannot name, much less identify, most of these species. It’s hard to value something when we don’t even know it exists! Come out to explore the woods at Just Roots‘ Exploring Wild Plants program with naturalist Ted Watt to learn the names, distinctive characteristics, and uses of many of our native plants. Registration required. 413-325-8969. 34 Glenbrook Drive, Greenfield, MA. (< $)

Saturday, July 18. 9am-5pm — CULTURAL FESTIVAL
Whether your family traces its roots to Scotland or not, there is so much to see, learn, and enjoy at the 22nd Annual Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival! Catch a glimpse into Highland society life from 1314-1746, watch competitive Highland games, dances, piping, and drumming events, view sheep herding, and learn about dog obedience. Live bands will play Scottish music throughout the day, and there will be Gaelic song and genealogy workshops as well. Of course, there will be haggis for anyone who wants to partake! Rain or shine. 413-862-8095. Look Park, 300 North Main Street, Florence, MA. ($)

Saturday, July 18. 9:30am-12:30pm — STEM
Create an interactive machine and program it for a cool exploration of the ways in which coding interfaces with the physical world. In this Scratch/WeDo workshop by Holyoke Codes, participants will use LEGO robotics kits that are programmable using Scratch, a visual programming language. Ages 7 and up; all levels of experience welcome. Registration required. Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, 100 Bigelow Street, Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 18. 9:30am-4pm — GARDENING
Garden-based learning doesn’t need to be limited to a garden plot.  Discover the gardens of Pittsfield on a self-guided tour of residents’ garden plots. Now in its 17th year, each tour offers a look at a different selection of gardens, so those who have participated before will still have a lot to discover this time around! Most of the gardens are handicap accessible as well. Event will go on, rain or shine. Tickets available online or at many downtown Pittsfield businesses. 413-443-1832. Pittsfield, MA. ($) — Read more about garden-based learning in our post, Learning through the Lens of Gardens.

Saturday, July 18. 10am-12pm — NATIVE FAUNA
Explore the forests and fields of Bartholomew’s Cobble, a Trustees of Reservations property, in search of the reptiles that call this region home. A naturalist will lead the exploration, teach participants about reptiles’ life histories, share a plethora of fun facts, and help children hold different animals. Registration required. 413-229-8600. 105 Weatogue Road, Sheffield, MA. (< $)

Saturday, July 18. 10am-1pm — BOTANY
Bug Hill Farm presents its third annual wild edibles luncheon, plant walk, and workshop. Participants will see kitchen demos, learn new recipes, and taste delicious dishes made with wild edibles. Rain date July 19. 413-628-3980. 502 Bug Hill Road, Ashfield, MA. ($$; FREE for children under 12)

Saturday, July 18. 10am-1pm — ART
Museum adventures await your family at the  Amherst College‘s Mead Art Museum.  Find out all the adventures they have to offer during “Meet at the Mead,” a family-centered event featuring art-making, scavenger hunts, and more. 413-542-2355. 41 Quadrangle Drive, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 18. 10am-2pm — COMMUNITY SUPPORT/KNITTING
Can you knit, crochet, or sew? Put your skills to a very special and important use at the Eastern States Expo‘s Caps for Kids event. Participants will make hats for children ages 5 to 18 who are attending Camp Rising Sun this summer, and who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy. Some yarn, hooks, and needles will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own supplies. Premade hats will be accepted as well. Rain or shine (indoor area will be available). 413-205-5015. Storrowton Village Green, 1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 18. 10am – 3pm — CANOEING
What better way to spend a summer day than paddling down a river, taking in stunning views of Western Massachusetts’ hills and farmland and observing native animals? This canoe trip, led by the Housatonic Valley Association, will take you through Great Barrington into Sheffield to see the covered bridge. BYO canoe or use one provided by the HVA. Preregistration required. 413-394-9796. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 18. 10am-4pm — LOCAL HISTORY
Back in the 1700s, were residents of Massachusetts doomed to suffer through hot, humid summers, or did they have ways to escape the heat? What could they do to keep their produce from wilting and rotting in the summer months? Visit Historic Deerfield‘s hourly Hot Weather, Cold Hearth presentations to learn how early New Englanders made the most of their summer months. 413-775-7127. 84B Old Main Street, Deerfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, July 18. 10am-4pm — HISTORY
Experience a slice of life from the Civil War era at the William Cullen Bryant Homestead. THis immersive experience will include Civil War reenactors, cooking demos, storytelling, singing, crafts, a quilt show, children’s activities, and more! 413-532-1631 x 10. 207 Bryant Road, Cummington, MA. (< $)

Saturday, July 18. 10:30am-11:30am — FARMING/STEM
Some call Barstow’s Longview Farm a farm of the future because of its cutting edge, “green” practices and use of technological innovations. Take a wagon tour and see how robots can milk cows and how energy is generated from manure! You can even enjoy some fresh, local food and ice cream for lunch afterwards at Barstow’s own store and bakery. Registration required. Proceeds support Kestrel Land Trust. 413-549-1097. 172 Hockanum Road, Hadley, MA. (< $)

Saturday, July 18. 10:30am-12pm — STEAM
Children from infancy through age 10 can try out the STEAM program hosted by the Pittsfield CFCE at the Berkshire Athenaeum. Activities will focus on hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts, and math activities. 413-499-9480 x 5. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 18. 11am-2pm– COOKING
Helping make a meal can get a picky eater to try new foods, and kids who are already adventurous eaters benefit from meal preparation as they refine their motor skills, pay attention to details, and practice new procedures. Help your kids get excited about cooking and healthy eating when local author Deanna Cook presents a hands-on workshop to celebrate the release of her new children’s cookbook, Cooking Class. Families will learn to make sushi, spring rolls, and lettuce wraps, and each family will receive a copy of the cookbook to take home. Hosted by the Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

Saturday, July 18. 11:30am — MUSIC
MASS MoCA hosts its Bang on a Can festival July 15-July 31, with a special event for children on July 18. Kids Can Too! allows children to participate in experimental music making with their parents and the Bang on a Can faculty and fellows. This performance-presentation-experience is wildly popular, loud, and fun. Advance ticket purchase recommended. 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA. (< $)

Saturday, July 18. 1pm/4pm/7pm — CIRCUS
The Zoppe Family Circus, an Italian family circus with roots back to 1842, brings its traditional one-ring circus to town July 17-July 19. The whole performance is organized around a central story, and includes clowning, acrobatics, equestrian showmanship, and audience participation. Arrive early or stay late to experience Circus Alley which features games, food, and a dunk tank. Proceeds benefit the Great Barrington Fairgrounds and the Berkshire South Regional Community Center. 413-528-2810. Great Barrington Fairgrounds, 659 South Main Street, Great Barrington, MA. ($$)

Saturday, July 18. 1pm – 2pm — ANIMAL BEHAVIOR
Have you ever watched a chipmunk go about its daily activities? Gathering food, dodging hawks and other predators, and creating/maintaining a sheltered space take up almost all of its waking hours! Participants can try their hand at animal survival in today’s “Just Survive” program, in which they will assume the identities of different animals in different habitats and face realistic survival challenges of life in the wild. Hosted by the Springfield Science Museum at the Zoo in Forest Park. 413-733-2251. 302 Sumner Avenue, Springfield, MA. (< $)

Saturday, July 18. 1pm-4pm — STORYTELLING
Comic and graphic novel fans of all ages will enjoy an afternoon of talks and workshops at the Norman Rockwell Museum‘s Comic Connections program. Several noted cartoonists will facilitate the sessions! 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA. ($)

Saturday, July 18. 1pm-4pm — CIRCUS
Transport your family back to the 19th century at the Emily Dickinson Museum‘s “Creatures of Bliss and Mystery” children’s circus. Activities include songs and stories with Tim Van Egmond, an imaginary tea party with Emily, a circus parade, and young writer readings from “Writing with Miss Emily” camp! 413-542-2034. 280 Main Street, Amherst, MA. (< $)

Saturday, July 18. 2pm — MUSICAL
Starlight’s Youth Theatre presents Mary Poppins at the Academy of Music Theatre. Everyone’s favorite practically perfect nanny takes the stage in this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical adventure!  Featuring a multi-age cast and welcoming adult friends from the stages of Connecticut, New York and The Pioneer Valley, this magical production of Mary Poppins is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, and delightful dance numbers. Join in the fun and “You may find a you there that you never knew was yours!” 413-584-9032 x105 274. Main Street, Northampton, MA ($)

Saturday, July 18. 2pm — DANCE
Pioneer Valley Ballet’s Flux Choreolab engages audiences with its nontraditional dance performances. View several choreographed works including EIGHTsongs/SIXdances, Into It, and Breed at this special Berkshire Museum performance. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, July 18. 3:30pm — COOKING
Ice cream is a tasty summer treat, but all of those cones can add up to a big expense! Why not make your own ice cream instead, and learn about the science behind ice cream making while you’re at it? In this workshop at the Berkshire Co-Op Market, kids will build personalized ice cream makers, then use them to create custom ice cream flavors. Registration required. 413-528-9697 x 10. 42 Bridge Street, Great Barrington, MA. (< $)

Saturday, July 18. 5pm-10pm — PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT
Hancock Shaker Village is hosting a “Back to Our Roots” gala with cocktails, dinner, and outdoor dancing. The dinner will feature locally-sourced food prepared over an open fire, beautiful flowers picked from the Village’s gardens, and music by the Lucky Five Jazz Band. There will be live and silent auctions as well. Proceeds will benefit Hancock Shaker Village’s programs. Advance ticket purchase recommended. 413-443-0188 x 0. 1843 West Housatonic Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($$$)

Saturday, July 18. 6:30pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Following the Westhampton Historical Commission’s Chicken BBQ, the Westhampton Public LIbrary will host a lawn concert by Kitchen Party. This band’s music is a mix of traditional Celtic, old time, and bluegrass, and you can expect plenty of audience participation! Rain location is Westhampton Town Hall. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road, Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 18, 6:35pm – BASEBALL: Spend the evening at the ballpark at a Valley Blue Sox home game! See the schedule for more info. The Blue Sox are a great option for close-to-home baseball games. 500 Beech Street. Holyoke, MA. ($)

Saturday, July 18. 7pm — MUSICAL
Starlight’s Youth Theatre presents Mary Poppins at the Academy of Music Theatre. Everyone’s favorite practically perfect nanny takes the stage in this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical adventure! Featuring a multi-age cast and welcoming adult friends from the stages of Connecticut, New York and The Pioneer Valley, this magical production of Mary Poppins is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, and delightful dance numbers. Join in the fun and “You may find a you there that you never knew was yours!” 413-584-9032 x105 274. Main Street, Northampton, MA ($)

Saturday, July 18, 7pm – BASEBALL: Head to the Wahconah Park this summer for a Pittsfield Suns home game! See the schedule for more info. 413-445-7867. Wahconah Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, July 18. 7:30pm — THEATRE
The outdoor grounds at the Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies provides an ideal backdrop for Hampshire Shakespeare Company‘s performance of Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor! Please arrive early to purchase your ticket and be in your seat by 7:30. In the event of rain, the performance will be moved indoors. 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. ($)

Saturday, July 18. DUSK – ASTRONOMY: Want to learn about astronomy first-hand? Join the Trustees of Reservations and the Arunah Hill Natural Science Center for an evening of stargazing and searching for moons, planets, galaxies, and more at Notchview! Please call to pre-register. 413-532-1631 x10. Route 9. Windsor, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 18. 8pm — CONCERT
The fourth annual Yidstock Festival of New Yiddish Music offers opportunities to enjoy music you might not encounter elsewhere, and to learn about and celebrate Jewish culture. This year’s festival runs July 16-19 at the Yiddish Book Center and features both legendary performers and up-and-coming artists. Saturday’s concert features Socalled and Special Guests. Those interested in related talks and workshops should view the full schedule of events. Advance ticket purchase recommended. 413-256-4900 x 114. 1021 West Street, Amherst, MA. ($$)

Saturday, July 18. 8pm — OUTDOOR THEATRE
Romeo and Juliet is this year’s production for Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park, and it will be performed in the brand new pavilion at the First Street Common. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and settle in for a night of entertainment under the stars! Runs Thursdays-Sundays through August 2. 413-367-4253. 874 North Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 18. 8pm – 11:30pm — COMMUNITY DANCE
Experience the joy of contra dance, a social folk dance that resembles square dancing, hosted by Lenox Contra Dance. Bring a partner or find one at the dance! This week’s music is by Tidal Wave. A great opportunity to get to know children, adults, and elders in your community. Beginners are encouraged to attend! 413-528-4007. 65 Walker Street, Lenox, MA. (< $)

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Sunday, July 19th

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 over 8 years of archived shows.

Sunday, July 19. (TBA) — COMMUNITY SERVICE
Water chestnut is an invasive plant that is choking up local waterways and wreaking havoc on native plants and animals. Join folks from the Connecticut River Watershed Council to get out and remove these plants! There are many plants to pull out, but they come out easily. Many hands make light work! Anyone interested in this type of work is invited to contact the Council for additional dates and locations throughout the summer. Registration requested. 413-584-4176. Fitzgerald Lake, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 19. 8:30am-11:30am — CANOEING & NATURAL HISTORY
The Housatonic River and its banks are home to many plant and animal species, but many of these areas are in need of protection and restoration. Learn about the river’s past, present, and future as you explore the meandering Housatonic via canoe with a knowledgeable guide. Bald eagles may soar overhead, and a variety of landscapes will be visible, too. Paddles, PFDs, and boats will be provided. Meets at Bartholomew’s Cobble, a Trustees of Reservations property. Registration required. 413-229-8600. 105 Weatogue Road, Sheffield, MA. ($$)

Sunday, July 19.11:30am-2:30pm — GARDENING
Explore the gardens of Pittsfield on a self-guided tour of residents’ garden plots. Now in its 17th year, each tour offers a look at a different selection of gardens, so those who have participated before will still have a lot to discover this time around! Most of the gardens are handicap accessible as well. Event will go on, rain or shine. Tickets available online or at many downtown Pittsfield businesses. 413-443-1832. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Sunday, July 19. 12pm/3pm/7:30pm — CONCERT
The fourth annual Yidstock Festival of New Yiddish Music offers opportunities to enjoy music you might not encounter elsewhere, and to learn about and celebrate Jewish culture. This year’s festival runs July 16-19 at the Yiddish Book Center and features both legendary performers and up-and-coming artists. Sunday’s noon concert features Klezperanto, Sklamberg & the Shepherds take the stage at 3pm, and the Yidstock All-Stars with Frank London close out the festival with a performance at 7:30pm. Those interested in related talks and workshops should view the full schedule of events. Advance ticket purchase recommended. 413-256-4900 x 114. 1021 West Street, Amherst, MA. ($$)

Sunday, July 19. 1pm — ART HISTORY
Explore the artwork of “Renaissance Man” Fred Marcellino on a guided tour led by the Eric Carle Museum‘s chief curator, Ellen Keiter. This exhibition includes some truly wonderful works of art, many of which will be familiar to those who love picture books, including the original art for Puss in Boots (1990) for which Marcellino won a Caledcott. I PDP available for participants. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA (< $)

Sunday, July 19. 1pm — MUSICAL PERFORMANCE
Tanglewood‘s Watch and Play program gives children ages 3-10 the opportunity to listen to and interact with a variety of orchestral instruments and musical arrangements. The setting is casual and welcoming, and children are encouraged to converse with musicians to explore their music-related curiosities. Pre-registration required. 413-637-5180. The Shed at Tanglewood, 297 West Street, Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 19. 1pm-4pm — LOCAL AGRICULTURE
Celebrate 100 years of the Clark family’s fruit growing efforts at the Clarkdale Centennial Open House. Visitors can enjoy free facepainting, cider, cake, and ice cream. Learn about the farm’s history from Tom and Ben, take a guided orchard walk, and peruse the mini farmers’ market, too! 413-772-6797. 303 Upper Road, Deerfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 19. 2pm/5pm — CIRCUS
The Zoppe Family Circus, an Italian family circus with roots back to 1842, brings its traditional one-ring circus to town July 17-July 19. The whole performance is organized around a central story, and includes clowning, acrobatics, equestrian showmanship, and audience participation. Arrive early or stay late to experience Circus Alley which features games, food, and a dunk tank. Proceeds benefit the Great Barrington Fairgrounds and the Berkshire South Regional Community Center. 413-528-2810. Great Barrington Fairgrounds, 659 South Main Street, Great Barrington, MA. ($$)

Sunday, July 19, 4pm – BASEBALL: Head to the Wahconah Park this summer for a Pittsfield Suns home game! See the schedule for more info. 413-445-7867. Wahconah Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Sunday, July 19. 5:30pm – 7:30pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Music, family, friends, picnic food, a big lawn blanket…what’s not to love about summer’s outdoor concerts? Each Sunday through the remainder of July and August, Chesterwood will be hosting its annual contemporary American music festival series, Chesterfest! The festival kicks off this week with performers Dan Blakeslee and Jonah Sky. Come out and enjoy the beautiful grounds and fabulous tunes! 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road, Stockbridge, MA. (Adults = $; 17 & under = FREE)

Sunday, July 19. 7:30pm — THEATRE
The outdoor grounds at the Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies provides an ideal backdrop for Hampshire Shakespeare Company‘s performance of Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor! Please arrive early to purchase your ticket and be in your seat by 7:30. In the event of rain, the performance will be moved indoors. 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. ($)

Sunday, July 19. 8pm-9pm — OUTDOOR THEATRE
Good theatre allows us to gain a better understanding of ourselves and others. This year’s Ko Festival of Performance centers around the theme “New Homeland: Strangers, Newcomers, & Neighbors in a New America” and offers diverse perspectives on the immigrant experience in America. In Sunday’s performance, the Mettawee River Theatre Company presents scenes and songs from four decades of their productions. Giant puppets, masks, figures, and live music will be included in the performance. No dogs, please. 413-542-3750. Observatory Lawn (off of Snell Street), Amherst College, Amherst, MA. (< $)

Sunday, July 19. DUSK — OUTDOOR MOVIE
You bring the blankets and chairs, Images Cinema provides the movie and concession stand! Now in its ninth year, the Family Flicks Under the Stars film series will run on Sunday evenings throughout July. This week’s film is Viva Las Vegas (1964). Those wishing to participate in a yoga class beforehand are invited to arrive at 7pm and bring a mat. In case of rain, film will be shown at 8pm at Images Cinema and yoga will be cancelled. 413-458-1039. Morgan Lawn, Spring Street, Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

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Monday, July 20th

Monday, July 20. 10am — NEW PARENTS/ EXERCISE
Have a baby? Whether your day is off to a fabulous start or you’re encountering some challenges, some fresh air and exercise will do you both a world of good! Meet other parents of babies, walk with your stroller along a level track, and refuel with water and snacks at this morning walking program sponsored by Child Care of the Berkshires. Attendees will receive a free pedometer to track their daily steps, too! 413-664-4821 x 10. Walking track near Noel Field, North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Monday, July 20. 11am — ART & MOVEMENT
Children can improve their coordination, focus, and kindness through art and movement! This “Moving with the Animals” class at the Forbes Library provides a session of Tai Chi exercises and some time for self-expression through Chinese brush painting. 413-587-1010. 20 West Street, Northampton, MA. (DONATION)

Monday, July 20. 12pm-4:30pm — HISTORY/FIBER ARTS
Did you know that silk played an important role in Deerfield’s history? Visit Historic Deerfield‘s Silken Threads and Shimmering Cloth presentations to learn all about the silk industry. Check out the live silkworm exhibit, reel silk from a cocoon, and try painting on silk fabric! Many examples of silken cloths and embroideries will be on display throughout the museum as well. This hands-on learning opportunity will be available daily through August 13, 2015. 413-775-7127. 84B Old Main Street, Deerfield, MA. ($)

Monday, July 20. 1pm — ARTS & CRAFTS
Kids ages 5-12 are invited to the Berkshire Athenaeum to make superhero belts, a fun craft that follows the summer reading theme, “Every Hero has a Story.” Registration required. 413-499-9480 x 5. 1 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Monday, July 20. 7pm – 7:45pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
The Tilton Library presents outdoor Monday Night Music performances throughout the summer months, featuring local musicians! This week, multi-instrumentalist Robie Bones will play an impressive array of instruments and invite audience members to participate in a rhythm jam. 413-665-4683. 75 North Main Street, South Deerfield, MA. (FREE)

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

  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Parents/caregivers and young children can attend a gym fun group at West Stockbridge Town Hall, held by South Berkshire Kids. This playgroup focuses on social and physical play and meets every Monday through July 2015. 413-464-5095. 21 State Line Road. West Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center will have a playgroup every Monday this summer at Safety Village in Florence. 413-582-2636. Bridge Road. Florence, MA.
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: Children ages 8 and under can attend a playgroup at the Meekins Library the first and third Monday of each month. Enjoy stories, games, crafts, and more at this fun playgroup. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-12:30pm – PLAYGROUP: The Belchertown Family Center is open during the summer months on Monday and Thursdays for drop-in activities for infants, preschoolers, and their caregivers. 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – KNITTING: The Sunderland Public Library has a knitting group on most Mondays year-round. The group is open to knitters of all levels and ages. Great intergenerational activity to do with young homeschoolers. Runs most Mondays. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Join the Pittsfield CFCE for “Fun on the Farm” every Monday through August 31st at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead. 413-499-4809. 780 Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA.
  • 10am-11am – STORIES & MUSIC: Visit the M.N. Spear Memorial Library for Tales and Tunes, a fun year-round gathering of young children and their caregivers featuring stories and music. 413-259-1213. 10 Cooleyville Road, Shutesbury, MA. (FREE) (JULY & AUGUST)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center‘s Monday Play and Learn Group will meet at Linear Park through the summer months. 413-664-4821. Off of Rt 43/Water Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Come to Books and Babies at the East Longmeadow Public Library every Monday. Kids ages 2 and under can hear stories, see fingerplays, and have fun together. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA.
  • 10:30am – MUSIC: Infants, toddlers, and preschoolers can attend Music for Little Ones at the Pelham Library every Monday year-round. 413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Kids can come to the Forbes Library for a fun storytime every Monday. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Storrs Library offers a drop-in playgroup for kids ages 3 and under every Monday morning, ongoing. Come hear a story, sing songs, and enjoy free play. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Young kids can come to tummy time at the Forbes Library every Monday. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am – LEGOS: Children ages 6 and up are invited to the Sunderland Public Library with a caregiver to build LEGO creations through July. Each week features a different theme. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)
  • 12pm — LITERACY: The Springfield City Library is hosting many hero-themed events this summer as a part of its summer reading program. Try out the Superhero Box Car Challenge (East Forest Park branch) which invites families to turn an ordinary cardboard box into an imaginative car. What a great way to practice brainstorming and engineering together! You might try out the Traveling Heroes Paper Dolls program (East Springfield branch) in which you make a paper doll, mail it to someone, and the recipient takes photos of the paper doll tagging along with them for a week. All library locations will also have a rhyming scavenger hunt for children aged 5 and up to complete. 413-263-6828. 220 State Street (central branch), Springfield, MA (FREE)
  • 1pm-2:30pm – PARENTING SUPPORT: Are you helping raise your grandchildren, nieces & nephews, or other family members? Join others who are doing so at a parenting support group every third Monday of the month at the Williamsburg Senior Center. Childcare available if you call in advance. 413-563-1981. 141 Main Street, Haydenville, MA. (FREE)
  • 2pm-3pm — ARTS & CRAFTS: The West Springfield Public Library hosts a “maker” group for kids ages 6-9. Runs through July 27. Please register by calling 413-736-4561 x 3. 511 Main Street, West Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 2pm-4pm – MOVIE: Each Monday through August 3, the Westfield Athenaeum will be showing a different family movie (rated G or PG). 413-562-6158 x 5. 6 Elm Street, Westfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm — LITERATURE:The Mount hosts its popular literature-related lecture series each Monday through the end of August. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox, MA. ($$)
  • 5pm-6pm – COMMUNITY MEAL: Community supper every Monday at Berkshire South Regional Community Center. Donations accepted, as well as food item donations for local food banks. Ongoing (no suppers on 9/1, 11/24 or 12/29). 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm-6:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Child Care of the Berkshires is sponsoring a summer playgroup for children walking through age 6 at Monument Square Playground (Haskins Center). In case of rain, meet in the gym. 413-663-6593. 210 State Street, North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm-7pm – STORYTIME: Kids can unwind at the end of the day at the Montague Center Library‘s ongoing weekly evening storytime. Kids are welcome to come to the storytime in their pajamas. 413-367-2852. 17 Center Street. Montague, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm-7:30pm – PARENTING: Parents of transgender, gender nonconforming, or questioning children are invited to participate in a new support group that meets on the first Monday of every month (excepting Labor Day). 413-695-7686. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

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Tuesday, July 21st

Tuesday, July 21. 10am — CHILDREN’S THEATRE
Every Tuesday morning through the summer, Look Park features children’s shows in the beautiful Pines Theater (or the Garden House Tent in case of rain). Today, the Little Red Wagon theatre tour stops in to entertain children with its clever performances! 413-584-5457. 300 North Main Street, Florence, MA. (< $)

Tuesday, July 21. 10am-12pm — ART
You and your children can practice self-expression and enjoy being outdoors when you participate in the Normal Rockwell Museum‘s Summer Sketch Club together. Participants should bring a sketchbook or drawing pad; other art supplies will be provided. Sunscreen, insect repellent, and water bottle recommended. Ages 7 and up. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. (< $)

Tuesday, July 21. 10:30am – 11:30am — NATIVE FAUNA
Children who come to understand and value nature often carry that perspective into adulthood. Give the children in your life a strong, early connection to the world around them through activities like Kidleidoscope Tuesdays at the Great Falls Discovery Center! Children ages 3-6 and their caregivers are invited to visit for a story, game, and craft related to the natural world. Today’s topic will be bees and flowers. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 21. 11am – 1pm — ZOOKEEPING
Celebrate Zookeeper Week at the Zoo in Forest Park this week! Activities will include animal feedings, keeper talks, and encounters with the zoo’s animal ambassadors. 413-733-2251. 302 Sumner Avenue, Springfield, MA. (< $)

Tuesday, July 21. 2pm — MAGIC & COMEDY
“Team Magic” is Greg McAdams and his trusty pup, Axel. Together they provide a unique entertainment experience that blends comedy, magic, and audience participation. Spend time with Team Magic at the Forbes Library for an afternoon of laughter and fun! 413-587-1010. 20 West Street, Northampton, MA. (DONATION)

Tuesday, July 21. 3pm – 4pm — CRAFT/LITERACY/STORYTELLING
Sometimes it is the simplest prompts that evoke the most interesting stories. This week at the Odyssey Bookshop‘s Camp Odyssey Craft Camp, local author, artist, and educator, Emily Neuburger, will lead participants in creating story disks. If you’ve never seen one, a story disk looks like a wooden coin with a simple drawing on it. Imagine reaching into a satchel full of story disks and drawing out one depicting a rain cloud, one with an elephant, and one with a kite…and then creating a story that incorporates all three elements! This activity ignites the imagination, invites creativity, and is wonderful to try together as a family, at a birthday party, on a playdate, or on a long car ride! Older children may attend on their own; children as young as 4 are welcome if a caretaker accompanies them. Pre-registration required. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street, South Hadley, MA. (< $)

Tuesday, July 21. 4pm — UPCYCLING
Plastic bags + heat from an iron + a little bit of instruction = cool, functional, upcycled wallet! Bring your own plastic bags and wrappers, or use some from the ample supply that will be provided at this upcycling workshop, compliments of the Whately Library. Lou Leelyn of Lou’s Upcycles will lead the session, which is appropriate for ages 8 and up. Pre-registration required. 413-665-2170. 202 Chestnut Plain Road, Whately, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 21. 5:30pm-7pm — STEM
Create fun and interesting games and animations using Scratch and pen tools at this workshop by Holyoke Codes. Knowledgeable volunteers will be on site to support participants as they learn how to use the tools. Registration required. Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, 100 Bigelow Street, Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 21. 6pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Whether you bring your own picnic dinner or plan to partake of the tasty BBQ offerings on site, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to spend an evening on the grounds of the Clark Art Institute, dining and being entertained by some fine live music! This week features Daddy-O!, a band that plays a plethora of rock and roll, doo wop, R&B, and pop tunes that you’re sure to recognize! 413-458-0471. 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 21. 6pm — MOVIE
The Pittsfield CFCE hosts a family movie night at the Berkshire Athenaeum. This week’s film will be BIg Hero 6 (PG, 2014). 413-499-9480 x 5. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 21, 6:30pm – BASEBALL
See the North Adams Steeple Cats play at Joe Wolfe Field for a close-to-home summer baseball game. See their schedule for a full list of games. 310 State Street. North Adams, MA. (>$)

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

  • TBA – VOLUNTEERING: Grow and share your gardening skills in the gardens of Naumkeag and the Mission House, properties of the Trustees of Reservations. Volunteers will be thanked with free admission to special lectures and workshops. Runs Tuesdays through August 25, 2015. 413-532-1631 x 19. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12:30pm – VOLUNTEERING: Help improve the Trustees of Reservations trails at Notchview with the property’s Trail Team. A variety of opportunities are available, from light work to heavy maintenance and construction. Runs second and fourth Tuesdays through October 2015. 413-532-1631 x 19. Route 9, Windsor, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12pm – DROP-IN PLAYTIME: The Amherst Family Center will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays in the month of July for visitors to enjoy a drop-in playspace. Appropriate for young children with a caregiver. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, 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 – OUTDOOR PLAYTIME: The Ware Family Center organizes a Tuesday outdoor playgroup for children and their caregivers through the summer months at Beauregard Park (the “pool park”). 413-967-8127. Ware, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-10:45 — STORYTIME: The West Springfield Public Library hosts a preschool storytime for children ages 3-5 with a caregiver. Runs through July 28. Please register by calling 413-736-4561 x 3. 511 Main Street, West Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – STORYTIME: Join the Greenfield Public Library for a weekly storytime year-round! 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 for preschoolers every Tuesday. During the summer months this group will meet at the Kemp Park playground off of East Main Street in North Adams. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30pm – PLAYGROUP: The Westhampton Public Library will have a baby and toddler play time every Tuesday at 11am. They also offer a playgroup for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month which begins at 10am. Kids can come play with toys, do a craft, read a book, and make new friends at this fun playgroup, year-round. 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-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Through the summer months, Easthampton Family Center families can meet up this summer at the outdoor playgroup Tuesdays at Nonotuck Park Playground (1 Daley Field Rd, Easthampton). 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 – NATURE STUDIES: Children ages 3-6 and their parents are invited to the Great Falls Discovery Center’s Kidleidoscope event! Kidleidoscope focuses on teaching young children about the natural world using the theme “we share our home.” Activities include stories, interactive games, and crafts. Runs every Tuesday through October 6. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, 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 every Tuesday, 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-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-4:30pm – LEGOS: The Meekins Library has a new LEGO club which meets in the Hawks Hayden Room every Tuesday. Designed with kids ages 5-11 in mind, but everyone is welcome! 413-268-7488. 2 Williams Street, Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm – MOVIE: Families are invited to watch a G- or PG-rated movie at the Sunderland Public Library through July. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm – LITERACY/GAMES: Meet up with other community members at the Monson Library each Tuesday for a game of Scrabble! 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE)
  • 8pm – ASTRONOMY: The Milham Planetarium at Williams College will be open to the public for a planetarium viewing every Tuesday and Thursday through August 11. 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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Wednesday, Date

Wednesday, July 22. 9am — YOGA
Teens and adults are invited to the Spear Memorial Library for a yoga class taught by Jeannette Stockton, a certified yoga teacher who summers in Shutesbury. Please bring a yoga mat. 413-259-1213. 10 Cooleyville Road, Shutesbury, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 22. 10am — OUTDOOR CONCERT
The South Hadley Family Center hosts its annual children’s concert series in Buttery Brook Park through the month of July. This week’s performance will be by Roger Tincknell. Light concessions will be available for purchase, and there will be a raffle, too! In case of rain, the performance will be held in Town Hall. 413-533-7096. 123 Willimansett Street, South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 22. 10am — NATIVE FAUNA
Bobolinks are declining in numbers nationwide, but they can be found in relative abundance at the Bullitt Reservation, a Trustees of Reservations property. The beautiful Baltimore checkerspot butterfly should be flitting across the fields here as well! Bring your binoculars for a fun morning of wildlife viewing. 413-584-6353. 332 Bullitt Road, Ashfield, MA. (< $)

Wednesday, July 22. 10am-11:30am — ART
Exploring and creating art with your child provides great opportunities for interesting conversations, and also provides him or her with the valuable experience of watching you learn and try new things. The Norman Rockwell Museum‘s “Creating Together” program includes an inspiring exploration of the galleries and opportunities to make art together. Appropriate for children ages 4 and up. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA. (< $)

Wednesday, July 22. 10am-12pm — GARDENING
Would you like to create gorgeous floral arrangements to adorn your home and share with friends and family? The Native Floral Arranging Workshop offered by Project Native through Berkshire Community College will teach you how to do just that! Learn how to collect, condition, and arrange specimens in a variety of containers. Bring 2-3 containers, pruners, scissors, a hat, sunscreen, gloves, water bottle, and closed-toe shoes. Rain or shine! Registration requested. 413-274-3433. 342 North Plain Road, Housatonic, MA. ($$)

Wednesday, July 22. 10:30am — MAGIC SHOW
Jody Scalise brings his energetic physical comedy, mime, magic, circus, and illusion performance to the Adams Free Library for a show to entertain all ages! 413-743-8345. 92 Park Street, Adams, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 22. 10:30am — THEATRE
The Junie B. Jones book series comes to life on stage with a lively performance by NCTKids! Performances will run July 22-July 25. 413-585-3220. Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, Green Street, Northampton, MA. ($)

Wednesday, July 22. 10:30am & 1pm — THEATRE
Paintbox Theatre presents the classic tale, Puss in Boots daily from Wednesday, July 22-Saturday, July 25. Kids will get a kick out of the adventures a boy has as he follows a clever cat on the road from rags to riches. Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street, Northampton, MA. ($)

Wednesday, July 22. 11am — CONCERT
Experience West African music performed by Akwaaba Drum & Dance Ensemble at the Springfield Museums‘ Summer Spectacular family concert series. 413-263-6800 x 322. Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA. ($)

Wednesday, July 22. 11am – 1pm — ZOOKEEPING
Celebrate Zookeeper Week at the Zoo in Forest Park this week! Activities will include animal feedings, keeper talks, and encounters with the zoo’s animal ambassadors. 413-733-2251. 302 Sumner Avenue, Springfield, MA. (< $)

Wednesday, July 22. 2pm & 7pm — THEATRE
The Barrington Stage Company presents a young audiences version of Shrek the Musical Wednesdays through Mondays from July 22-August 9. Children age 3 and up may attend Family Saturday performances; all other performances are for children age 5 and up. 413-443-7171. Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Wednesday, July 22. 2pm-3pm — BEEKEEPING
Bees are an essential part of local ecosystems but some of their populations continue to decline. If you would like like to to learn more about bees or have considered backyard beekeeping, check out this event at the Williston Memorial Library! 413-527-1031. 9 Park Street, Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 22. 5:30pm-6:30pm — ARTS & CRAFTS
Make super hero costumes and celebrate Heath’s local heroes at the Heath Free Public Library‘s summer crafts program. Open to children ages 5-12 and their families. 413-337-4934. Heath Fairgrounds, Heath, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 22. 6pm — STEAM
Children ages 3-6 are invited to the Spear Memorial Library for Steamrollin’ Summer fun, a hands-on science/technology/engineering/art/math (STEAM) program. Children should be accompanied by a caregiver and wear clothes that can get messy. 413-259-1213. 10 Cooleyville Road, Shutesbury, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 22. 6pm-8:30pm — COMMUNITY SERVICE
Water chestnut is an invasive plant that is choking up local waterways and wreaking havoc on native plants and animals. Join folks from the Connecticut River Watershed Council to get out and remove these plants! There are many plants to pull out, but they come out easily. Many hands make light work! Anyone interested in this type of work is invited to contact the Council for additional dates and locations throughout the summer. Registration requested. 800-859-2960. Barton Cove, Gill, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 22. 6:30pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Charles Neville and Youssoupha Sidibe will perform at this week’s Wednesday Folk Traditions concert at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum. Those wishing to picnic or secure a preferred seat may arrive as early as 5pm. 413-584-4699. 130 River Drive, Hadley, MA. ($)

Wednesday, July 22, 6:35pm – BASEBALL
Spend the evening at the ballpark at a Valley Blue Sox home game! See the schedule for more info. The Blue Sox are a great option for close-to-home baseball games. 500 Beech Street. Holyoke, MA. ($)

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

  • ALL DAY – GAMES/RIDES: Every Wednesday this summer at Look Park all attractions are half price! Bring the family and have some outdoor summer fun. 413-584-5457. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA. ($)
  • 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 – 11:30am – STORYTIME: Young children and their caregivers can visit the Leverett Library on Wednesdays through the summer for storytime with Julie Stepanek. 413-548-9220. 75 Montague Road, Leverett, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – 11:30am – STORYTIME: Young children and their caregivers can visit the Wendell Free Library on Wednesdays through the summer for storytime with Sylvia Wetherby. 978-544-3559. 7 Wendell Depot Road, Wendell, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Frontier Regional CFCE has a new playgroup that will meet Wednesdays through August 12 for kids ages 0-6 and their families. Rain cancels. 413-665-1151 x 46. Conway Park, Conway, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-1pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: The West Springfield Public Library‘s “Make It/Take It” drop-in summer program gives kids an opportunity to craft to their hearts’ content! While there, stop by the “Wild Guess Jar” which is actually not for wild, out-of-the-blue, guesses, but which invokes children’s higher thinking skills in challenging them to come up with thoughtful estimations of the number of items within the container! 413-736-4561 x 3. 511 Main Street, West Springfield, 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-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! During the summer, the group will meet at various locations throughout the community to learn about and celebrate our local heroes. Please check the library schedule in advance for location information! 413-267-3866. 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)
  • 2:30pm-3:30pm — ARTS & CRAFTS: The West Springfield Public Library hosts a “maker” program for kids ages 10 and up. Runs through July 29. Please register by calling 413-736-4561 x 3. 511 Main Street, West Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 2:30pm-4pm — LOCAL HEROES: Meet Ashfield’s own heroes Wednesdays through August 12 at the Belding Memorial Library. Open to children of any age. 413-628-4414. 344 Main Street, Ashfield, 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.
  • 4:15pm-5:15pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Visit the Mason Library for afternoon crafting sessions designed for children ages 8 and up during the month of July. Younger children may participate if an adult accompanies them. Preregistration encouraged. 231 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 5pm-6pm – SHORT STORIES: Edith Wharton’s stories will be read aloud at The Mount by professional actors, highlighting her gift for social satire through the end of August. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox, MA. (< $)
  • 6:15pm — DANCE PERFORMANCE: People of all ages will enjoy the amazing variety of dance performances at Jacob’s Pillow’s Inside/Out series this summer. These outdoor performances will be held Wednesday through Saturday nights through August 29, and feature a great diversity of dance styles and companies. 413-243-0745. 358 George Carter Road, Becket, 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-8:30pm – CONCERT: The Shelburne Falls Military Band hosts a series of Wednesday evening concerts through August 23. Concerts are family-friendly and allow kids to be up close to the musicians where they can see how different instruments are played. Location changes each week but will be within western Franklin County, 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 – GHOST TOUR: Tour the most haunted parts of Edith Wharton’s estate at The Mount. Content is scary/spooky and not suitable for children under 12 through end of August. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox, 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, July 23rd

Thursday, July 23. 10am — MOVIE
A $1 movie in an air-conditioned theatre on a hot summer day? Yes, please! Cinemark‘s Summer Movie Clubhouse shows G- and PG-rated movies on Thursdays throughout the summer. Today’s movie is Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (G, 2011). 413-587-4237. Hampshire Mall, 367 Russell Street, Hadley, MA. (< $)

Thursday, July 23. 10:30am — MUSIC & MOVEMENT
One component of happy days and happy kids is lots of physical activity! Encourage your little ones to get moving by attending the West Springfield Public Library‘s “Music and Movement with Scott” program, where they will dance and sing their way into a happier day (and perhaps a better night’s sleep!). 413-736-4561. 511 Main Street, West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 23. 10:30am — THEATRE
The Junie B. Jones book series comes to life on stage with a lively performance by NCTKids! Performances will run July 22-July 25. 413-585-3220. Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, Green Street, Northampton, MA. ($)

Thursday, July 23. 10:30am & 1pm — THEATRE
Paintbox Theatre presents the classic tale, Puss in Boots daily from Wednesday, July 22 through Saturday, July 25. Kids will get a kick out of the adventures a boy has as he follows a clever cat on the road from rags to riches. Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street, Northampton, MA. ($)

Thursday, July 23. 11am — PUPPETRY
The Puppet People will perform The Last Dragon at the Springfield Museums‘ Summer Spectacular family concert series. Their hand-crafted puppets, original scripts, and unique puppetry styles are sure to delight audiences! 413-263-6800 x 322. Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA. ($)

Thursday, July 23. 11am – 1pm — ZOOKEEPING
Celebrate Zookeeper Week at the Zoo in Forest Park this week! Activities will include animal feedings, keeper talks, and encounters with the zoo’s animal ambassadors. 413-733-2251. 302 Sumner Avenue, Springfield, MA. (< $)

Thursday, July 23. 2:30pm — HISTORY/ARCHITECTURE
The Norman Rockwell Museum‘s 36 acres are dotted with many interesting historical buildings. Tour the property and explore the structures and their stories with a knowledgeable guide from the museum. Appropriate for older students and adults. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA. ($)

Thursday, July 23. 5:30pm — LECTURE/CHILDREN’S BOOKS
“You Must Be Kidding” is a program at the Norman Rockwell Museum that takes participants on an historical tour through the history of the relationship between children’s books and cartoonists. Author and book historian Leonard Marcus will lead the session. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA. ($)

Thursday, July 23. 5:30pm-7pm — STEM
Drop in to a Holyoke Codes Lab Night any Thursday in July to try out LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robotics kits, Scratch projects, learn a programming language, and much more! These unstructured sessions allow participants to meet one another, collaborate, ask questions of experienced volunteers, and explore a variety of coding-related activities. All ages welcome. Registration requested. Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, 100 Bigelow Street, Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 23. 5:30pm – 8pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Grab a blanket and some friends and head to a concert at Kendrick Park, sponsored by the Amherst Business Improvement District! Tonight’s performance will feature Abe Loomis & Mike Sweet. 413-345-2945. downtown Amherst, MA. FREE

Thursday, July 23. 6pm-7pm — BOOK TALK
Children encounter all sorts of heroes –from ones with magical powers to those who might sneak by, unnoticed–in their adventures with reading. This summer, the target”_blank”>Tilton Library is hosting several book talks (with pizza!) in their children’s room. These are open to everyone but will be of most interest and value to participants who have read the book in question. Tonight’s talk focuses on Rowan Hood (Springer). Please sign up in advance if you plan to attend and would like pizza. 413-665-4683. 75 North Main Street, South Deerfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 23. 6pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Every Thursday through the summer, the Angel Park Quiet Reflections Garden will host concerts for all to enjoy on its peaceful grounds. A wide array of talented local musicians will be featured. 413-575-9707. 23 Main Street, Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 23, 6pm-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Coop Concerts Summer Concert Series takes place weekly at Greenfield Energy Park. 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, July 23. 6:30pm – 8pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Take your family, a friend, or a neighbor to a concert at the gazebo on South Hadley‘s town common this summer and enjoy a variety of music from local artists. Tonight’s performance features the Soul Sensations. Rain date 7/26. 413-538-5017. Route 47 & Route 116, South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 23. 8pm — OUTDOOR THEATRE
Romeo and Juliet is this year’s production for Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park, and it will be performed in the brand new pavilion at the First Street Common. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and settle in for a night of entertainment under the stars! Runs Thursdays-Sundays through August 2. 413-367-4253. 874 North Street,Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

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

  • 9am-12pm – DROP-IN PLAYTIME: The Amherst Family Center will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays in the month of July for visitors to enjoy a drop-in playspace. Appropriate for young children with a caregiver. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12pm – VOLUNTEERING: Help monitor and care for the trails at Bartholomew’s Cobble, a Trustees of Reservations property. Runs Thursdays through November 26, 2015. Contact conservation ranger Rene Wendell for more details. 413-229-8600. 105 Weatogue Road, Sheffield, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-12:30pm – PLAYGROUP: The Belchertown Family Center is open during the summer months on Mondays and Thursdays for drop-in activities for infants, preschoolers, and their caregivers. 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, 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 – STORY & CRAFT TIME: Children ages 3-6 are invited to the Sunderland Public Library with a caregiver to listen to stories and do a fun craft. Through July. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, 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)
  • 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)
  • 2pm – HISTORY: Children and their families are invited to explore the rooms of Naumkeag house, a Trustees of Reservations property, through the eyes of those who lived there. Fun, outdoor lawn games will be available from 11am-4pm, too! Program runs Thursdays through August 27, 2015. 413-339-3239. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, MA. ($)
  • 2pm-3pm – STEM: The West Springfield Public Library hosts a hands-on science program for kids ages 9-15. Runs through July 30. Please register by calling 413-736-4561 x 3. 511 Main Street, West Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 2pm-4pm – KNITTING: Knitting provides an excellent base for intergenerational skill sharing every Thursday. Bring your current project or one you’ve been meaning to start! All levels of knitters are welcome at this Thursday knitting circle, hosted at Dottie’s Coffee Lounge. 413-443-1792. 444 North Street, Pittsfield, 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)
  • 5pm-8pm – OUTDOOR CONCERT: Stunning scenery, sunsets, and great music await you at the Naumkeag at Night concert series which runs Thursdays through September 17, 2015. Sponsored by the Trustees of Reservations. Bring a picnic dinner and a blanket! 413-339-3239. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, MA. ($)
  • 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)
  • 6:15pm — DANCE PERFORMANCE: People of all ages will enjoy the amazing variety of dance performances at Jacob’s Pillow’s Inside/Out series this summer. These outdoor performances will be held Wednesday through Saturday nights through August 29, and feature a great diversity of dance styles and companies. 413-243-0745. 358 George Carter Road, Becket, 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)
  • 8pm – ASTRONOMY: The Milham Planetarium at Williams College will be open to the public for a planetarium viewing every Tuesday and Thursday from through August 11. 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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Friday, July 24th

Friday, July 24. 10:30am — THEATRE
The Junie B. Jones book series comes to life on stage with a lively performance by NCTKids! Performances will run July 22-July 25. 413-585-3220. Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, Green Street, Northampton, MA. ($)

Friday, July 24. 10:30am & 1pm — THEATRE
Paintbox Theatre presents the classic tale, Puss in Boots daily from Wednesday, July 22-Saturday, July 25. Kids will get a kick out of the adventures a boy has as he follows a clever cat on the road from rags to riches. Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street, Northampton, MA. ($)

Friday, July 24. 11am — CONCERT
Join Grammy-nominated musician, Mister G, at the Springfield Museums to celebrate the release of his latest album, Los Animales! If you’ve never been to a Mister G show, prepare to be wowed, and to dance and sing all concert long! It’s great fun for parents and kids alike. Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA. ($)

Friday, July 24. 11am – 1pm — ZOOKEEPING
Celebrate Zookeeper Week at the Zoo in Forest Park this week! Activities will include animal feedings, keeper talks, and encounters with the zoo’s animal ambassadors. 413-733-2251. 302 Sumner Avenue, Springfield, MA. (< $)

Friday, July 24. 4pm-10pm — COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
Yankee Doodle Days is a weekend-long community celebration for all ages, sponsored by the Friends of the Charlemont Fairgrounds. Friday’s events include games, a petting zoo, a tractor display, an oxen pull, hooping, and chainsaw carving> There will be food and craft vendors throughout the evening, and a DJ to provide excellent music. Be sure to stay for the Atlas fireworks show at 9:30pm! Charlemont Fairgrounds, Charlemont, MA. (< $)

Friday, July 24. 5pm-10:15pm — NATIVE FAUNA & NATURALIST SKILLS
Project Native launches its Weekend with Wildlife with a fabulous series of evening events. From 5pm-8pm, visitors may tour the butterfly house, learn ways to attract native pollinators to their gardens, and enjoy tasty hors d’oeuvres. At 9pm, go exploring on the farm with environmental education interns who will teach about night vision, constellations, nocturnal wildlife, and how to night hike! Raindate Saturday, July 25. 413-274-3433. 342 North Plain Road, Housatonic, MA. (DONATIONS)

Friday, July 24. 6:30pm-8pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Deerfield Recreation presents its Concerts on the Common series on the South Deerfield Town Common. This week features Wildcat O’Halloran. In case of rain, concert will be held in Deerfield Town Hall. 413-665-1404. Conway Street, South Deerfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, July 24, 7pm – BASEBALL
Head to the Wahconah Park this summer for a Pittsfield Suns home game! See the schedule for more info. 413-445-7867. Wahconah Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Friday, July 24. 7pm — COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
Southwick Days offers a weekend of family fun from Friday, July 24-Sunday, July 26. Enjoy the start of the festivities Friday night with a performance of live music and a fireworks show (rain date 7/25). 413-579-4585. Southwick Recreation Center, 64 Powder Mill Road, Southwick, MA. (FREE)

Friday, July 24. 8pm — OUTDOOR MOVIE
Roads? Where you’re going you don’t need roads! (Just a picnic blanket, some snacks, and your friends and family…). Arrive early to get a good seat for the Greenfield Recreation Department‘s outdoor, big-screen showing of Back to the Future (PG). Green River Swimming Area, Nash Mill Road, Greenfield, MA. (< $)

Friday, July 24. 8pm — OUTDOOR THEATRE
Romeo and Juliet is this year’s production for Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park, and it will be performed in the brand new pavilion at the First Street Common. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and settle in for a night of entertainment under the stars! Runs Thursdays-Sundays through August 2. 413-367-4253. 874 North Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, July 24. 8pm — THEATRE
Double Edge Theatre presents a preview of Once a Blue Moon, an indoor/outdoor traveling spectacle in which audience members will traverse hills, pastures, riverbanks, and gardens as they follow performers through a magical realism tale. Previews run through July 26; performances run July 29-August 23. Rain or shine. 413-628-0277. 948 Conway Road, Ashfield, MA. ($)

Friday, July 24. DUSK — OUTDOOR MOVIE
The city of Pittsfield hosts family movies at Clapp Park throughout the summer. This week’s movie is Big Hero 6 (PG, 2014). Rain cancels. 413-499-9370. West Housatonic Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

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

  • (varies) – MUSEUMS: The Highland Street Foundation will once again sponsor Free Fun Fridays, a program which offers free admission to museums and cultural venues throughout our area. Seventy institutions are participating over the course of the summer! How many will you visit? From art to science to history to music, there’s something for everyone in the family on their calendar through August. 617-969-8900. Locations vary. (FREE)
  • 8am – FRENCH: Parlez-vous français? If so, join others to share pastries and conversation on The Mount‘s terrace this summer through August. RSVP en français á petit.dejeuner.francais@gmail.com. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox, 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 – 11am – PLAYGROUP: Drop in to play at the Bridge Street School to enjoy their toys, playspace, new friends, and air conditioning this summer, sponsored in part by the Northampton Parents Center! No group on 7/3 nor 8/28. 413-587-1471. Preschool classroom, 2 Parsons Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30-11:30 – PLAYGROUP: Folks who enjoyed the Tuesday playgroup at Sunderland Elementary School during the school year can enjoy the same program this summer on Friday mornings instead. This group is hosted by the Frontier Regional Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Program. 413-665-1151 x 46. 1 Swampfield Drive, Sunderland, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-12:30pm – OUTDOOR PLAYGROUP: The Belchertown Family Center will host summer meet-ups at the town beach each Friday for infants, preschoolers, and their caregivers. 413-283-7594. Town Beach Road (Route 9 & Federal Street) Belchertown, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – STEM: Preschool-aged kids can come to the Stockbridge Library for fun STEM-related activities on Fridays through the month of July. 413-298-5501. 2 Depot Street. Stockbridge, 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. During the summer months, this group meets at Russell Field in Adams (500 Harmony Street). 413-664-4821. East Street. Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Frontier Regional CFCE has a new playgroup that will meet Fridays through August 14 for kids ages 0-6 and their families. Rain or shine. 413-665-1151 x 46. Sunderland Elementary School, Swampfield Drive, Sunderland, 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-12pm – OUTDOOR PLAYGROUP: The Community Network for Children will host nature-based outdoor playgroups this summer, each week featuring a different STEAM-related activity and free book! Appropriate for children 8 and younger. Meets rain or shine at the Northfield Mountain Recreation & Environmental Center. 978-544-5157. 99 Millers Falls Road (Route 63), Northfield, 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 – 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)
  • 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)
  • 11am-11:30am – MUSEUM-BASED PLAY: Visit the Berkshire Museum for WeeMuse Adventures, a weekly program that will feature songs, stories, scavenger hunts, playtime, and more. Intended audience is children 18 months – 3 years with a caregiver; siblings welcome. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($)
  • 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)
  • 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. ($)
  • 3pm – THEATRE: Every Friday through August 21, the Williamstown Theatre Festival presents readings of bold new works from leading playwrights. Appropriate for older students and adults. Nikos Stage, 1000 Main Street, Williamstown, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION)
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm – MINECRAFT: The Storrs Library has a Minecraft Club for kids in grades 3 and up every Friday. Call to sign up. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm-6:30pm – BOOK GROUP: 2nd and 3rd graders who love reading can attend the Hatfield Public Library‘s Kid Book Club every Friday. Kids can hang out together, recommend books to one another, do book-related activities, and enjoy a pizza dinner. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm-6:30pm – BOOK GROUP: Tweens in grades 4-6 can attend the Hatfield Public Library‘s B-Tween the Lines Book Club every Friday. Kids can hang out together, recommend books to one another, do book-related activities, write reviews, interview authors, and enjoy a pizza dinner. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm-8pm – GAMES: Game night happens at A2Z Science and Learning Store. Stop by on a Friday night to meet up with others and try out new games. Suitable for older children and teens. Ongoing. 413-586-1611. 57 King Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm-8:30pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Parents/caregivers can drop off kids ages 3-12 at Berkshire South Regional Community Center while you enjoy date night! Kids will enjoy swimming, activities, pizza, and stories. Cost includes pizza dinner. Reservations required at least 48 hours in advance. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. ($)
  • 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. ($)
  • 6:15pm — DANCE PERFORMANCE: People of all ages will enjoy the amazing variety of dance performances at Jacob’s Pillow’s Inside/Out series this summer. These outdoor performances will be held Wednesday through Saturday nights through August 29, and feature a great diversity of dance styles and companies. 413-243-0745. 358 George Carter Road, Becket, MA. (FREE)
  • 8:30pm – MOVIE: The Northfield Drive-In is open every Friday and Saturday night this summer! Come see summer blockbusters in a classic setting at the Drive-In, which is one of New England’s few remaining drive-in theaters. See their website for the summer movie schedule. 603-239-4054. 981 Northfield Road. Hinsdale, NH. ($)

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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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