Suggested Events for July 25th-31th, 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 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.

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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July 25th-31st, 2015

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Saturday, July 25, 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. 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 25. (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. Brickyard area, Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 25. 8am-9pm — COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
Yankee Doodle Days is a weekend-long community celebration for all ages, sponsored by the Friends of the Charlemont Fairgrounds. Saturday’s events include water games, a petting zoo, chainsaw carving, a quilt show, a tractor pull, juggling, birds of prey, tethered balloon rides, and –the main event–the Charlemont 250th anniversary parade (which begins at 10:30am)! Charlemont Fairgrounds, Charlemont, MA. (< $)

Saturday, July 25. 9am-12pm — HIKING
Do your kids love scavenger hunts? Combine their enjoyment of seeking out treasures with a fun family hike on the Hoosac Range hosted by the Berkshire Natural Resources Council. All ages are welcome, and there will be prizes for everyone! The hike is approximately two miles long, and participants are asked to bring a camera to “collect” the scavenger hunt items. 413-499-0596. Route 2, immediately past the Wigwam Cabins, BNRC Hoosac Range Reserve trailhead, North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 25. 9am-3pm — COMMUNITY FESTIVAL
The Otis Cultural Council hosts the town’s 8th annual Arts Festival at Farmington River Elementary School today. Last year’s festival included over 50 artists and makers! Don’t miss Moonshine Holler’s fiddle performance from 12pm-2pm. 413-269-4674. 555 North Main Road, Otis, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 25. 10am — FILM STUDIES
Are you and your children animal lovers? If so, Duma (PG, 2005), a tale about the special bond between a boy and the cheetah cub he raises, might be a movie for you! This film is offered as part of Amherst Cinema‘s Family Film Series. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street, Amherst, MA. (< $)

Saturday, July 25. 10am-11am — COOKING
Do you love dumplings? Learn how to assemble, shape, and cook a variety of dumplings in a Berkshire Museum-hosted workshop led by chef Sabrina Tan, who owns popular Pittsfield restaurant Flavours of Malaysia. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, July 25. 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 25. 10am-5pm — POTTERY
Have you held or eaten out of a handmade bowl? The different vessels from which we eat affect our experience of the food, and also connect us to the people who made them and the land from which the materials were harvested. Meet the artists who create some of the nation’s most beautiful and interesting pottery at this year’s Hilltown 6 pottery tour. Those who come out to experience the it will be rewarded with tours of artists’ workshops, kilns, and showrooms, and can observe demonstrations of various pottery techniques, too. A dozen guest artists will join in this year’s tour, inviting you to explore corners of the Hilltowns you may never have known existed! Cell phone reception can be spotty along the tour, so be sure to print out your map and schedule before you leave home! Runs on Sunday, July 26th as well. Throughout the Hilltowns, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 25. 10am-9pm — COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
The South Hadley Falls Fest brings people together to enjoy music, art, and each other, and aims to promote cultural and community diversity through the arts. There will be live music throughout the day, and plenty of activities for families and children including ukelele lessons, make-your-own instruments, lawn games, origami, karaoke, and bracelet making! Food and beverage vendors will be on site, and artisans will be selling their wares as well. Rain or shine. 413-535-8861. South Hadley Falls, South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 25. 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. ($)

Saturday, July 25. 10:30am & 1pm — THEATRE
Paintbox Theatre presents the classic tale, Puss in Boots for two final performances. 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. ($)

Saturday, July 25. 10:30am-7pm — COMMUNITY HIKE & PICNIC
The Appalachian Trail winds its way from Maine to Georgia, with a beautiful stretch through the westernmost part of our state. Come out to enjoy one of four different hikes along the AT (two are “adventurous”, one is moderate in difficulty, and the fourth is an easy, all-ages loop trail) on this third annual Appalachian Trail Hike and Community Picnic, hosted by the Great Barrington Appalachian Trail Community. At the end of your hike, join your fellow hikers for a potluck picnic dinner beside Benedict Pond. It’s fun to meet thru-hikers (those who start at one end of the trail and hike to the other end in one continuous trip!) here, and if you bring enough food to share, you’ll make lots of new friends with interesting stories! Swimming at the pond is an option, and there will be a big campfire for all to enjoy. Registration required. 413-528-8002. 69 Blue Hill Road, Monterey, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 25. 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. (< $)

Saturday, July 25. 11am-3pm — HISTORY
Laura Ingalls Wilder spent her life in the midwest, but her family roots reach back to New England. Learn more about her ancestry, celebrate her life and writings, and gain a better appreciation of what life was like for 19th century pioneers at Storrowton Village Museum‘s “Little House” Family Day. Visitors can dip candles, use a washboard, visit the mercantile, and attend lessons at a one-room schoolhouse. There will also be a fashion show highlighting formal and everyday wear of 19th century New Englanders and pioneers. Those who wear period-appropriate costumes will be eligible to win a best costume prize! 413-205-5051. 1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, July 25. 11am-4pm — NATIVE FAUNA
Caterpillars possess an impressive array of adaptations that enhance their chances of survival, including warning coloration, inflatable horns, offensive odors, and squeaking noises! As part of its Weekend with Wildlife program, Project Native hosts Sam Jaffe and The Caterpillar Lab, enabling visitors to learn all about these small but fascinating creatures while viewing them at close range. 413-274-3433. 342 North Plain Road, Housatonic, MA. (DONATIONS)

Saturday, July 25. 12pm-6pm — COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
Southwick Days offers a weekend of family fun from Friday, July 24-Sunday, July 26. Saturday’s events include a BBQ competition, a fireman’s parade, rides, and games. 413-579-4585. Southwick Recreation Center, 64 Powder Mill Road, Southwick, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 25. 1pm — THEATRE
Robin Hood and his merry men bring their mischief and heroism to the Berkshire Athenaeum for a special performance by the Hampstead Stage Company. Suggested for children ages 5 and up. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. 413-499-9480 x 5. 1 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 25, 1pm-3pm CULINARY ARTS
Yogurt, kefir, and certain simple cheeses are great for adding probiotics into your family’s meals. Learn how to make these tasty dairy-based foods at The Haberdashery‘s “Fermenting Dairy” workshop. For those who are interested, there will be a follow up course later this summer on how to make other fermented foods (kombucha, wild-fermented soda). 413-527-1638. 52 Union Street, Easthampton, MA. ($$)

Saturday, July 25, 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 25, 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 25. 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 25. 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. ($)

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Sunday, July 26 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 over 8 years of archived shows.

Sunday, July 26. 9am-6pm — COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
Yankee Doodle Days is a weekend-long community celebration for all ages, sponsored by the Friends of the Charlemont Fairgrounds. Sunday’s events include games, a petting zoo, chainsaw carving, a quilt show, a kids’ pedal tractor pull and bike parade, and a demolition derby! Charlemont Fairgrounds, Charlemont, MA. (< $)

Sunday, July 26. 10am-3pm — COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
Southwick Days offers a weekend of family fun from Friday, July 24-Sunday, July 26. Sunday’s events include a vintage baseball game, car show, rides, and games. 413-579-4585. Southwick Recreation Center, 64 Powder Mill Road, Southwick, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 26. 10am-5pm — POTTERY
Have you held or eaten out of a handmade bowl? The different vessels from which we eat affect our experience of the food, and also connect us to the people who made them and the land from which the materials were harvested. Meet the artists who create some of the nation’s most beautiful and interesting pottery at this year’s Hilltown 6 pottery tour. Those who come out to experience the it will be rewarded with tours of artists’ workshops, kilns, and showrooms, and can observe demonstrations of various pottery techniques, too. A dozen guest artists will join in this year’s tour, inviting you to explore corners of the Hilltowns you may never have known existed! Cell phone reception can be spotty along the tour, so be sure to print out your map and schedule before you leave home! Runs on Sunday, July 26th as well. Throughout the Hilltowns, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 26. 11am & 1pm — NATIVE FAUNA
Julie Anne Collier of Wingmaster will present a birds of prey program (including six different species of live birds) as part of Project Native‘s Weekend with Wildlife program. If you’re not already smitten with saw-whet owls, you will be the moment you set eyes on one! Topics will include food webs, adaptations, and modern threats to the birds’ wellbeing. 413-274-3433. 342 North Plain Road, Housatonic, MA. (DONATIONS)

Sunday, July 26. 11am-4pm — MULTI-ARTS CELEBRATION
The Clark Art Institute is hosting its popular Family Day! This year’s theme is Van Gogh and Nature, and includes activities for all ages such as terrarium making, drawing, group mural creation, a Provence-inspired market, and live jazz. Food vendors will also be on site. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 26. 1pm-3pm — CULINARY ARTS
Dive into a hands-on course in jam-making with Melody, the co-founder of The Haberdashery. Participants will make a jam and use a water bath canning method. Fruit depends on seasonal availability. 413-527-1638. 52 Union Street, Easthampton, MA. ($$)

Sunday, July 26. 1pm-4pm — ENTOMOLOGY & FIBER ARTS
Entomologist Faith Deering presents her interactive silkworm exhibit, Spinning a Silken Story where visitors can view live silkworms, practice reeling a cocoon, and learn more about silk’s role in our local history. 413-584-6011. Historic Northampton, 46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 26. 2pm-4pm — LOCAL HISTORY
The Charles Gillet Cigar Factory, built in 1892, is the last surviving building of its kind in the valley. It is one of two museums operated by the Southwick Historical Society, and provides visitors with a unique opportunity to learn about a manufacturing process that was important in our region in another era. The Southwick Historical Society also runs the Joseph Moore House, a structure that was built in 1751 by Joseph Moore, who lost his life in the Revolutionary War. Visit both of these museums at an open house this summer or fall, and savor the interesting artifacts and ephemera they hold while touring with a docent! Open house dates: 7/26, 8/9, 8/23, 9/13, 9/27, 10/11, and 10/25. 413-569-0275. 86 College Highway, Southwick, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 26. 2pm-4pm — LOCAL HISTORY
The Buckland Historical Society is hosting an open house so that visitors may explore the structures and artifacts in four interesting locations: a former schoolhouse, a furnished 1775 saltbox house, a 1779 English barn, and a shoemaker’s shop. 413-625-9763. 20 Upper Street and 129 Route 112, Buckland, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 26. 2pm-5pm — FORAGING
Learn how to identify, prepare, and use wild plants for food and medicinal applications in this workshop with Aimee Gelinas, founder of the Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center. Pre-registration required. Mount Greylock, Lanesborough, MA. ($)

Sunday, July 26. 2pm & 6:30pm — THEATRE
Good theatre can transport us to other places and times, and helps us develop new understandings of ourselves and others. Introduce your children to these joys of theatre through one of the Majestic Children’s Theatre performances this summer. This week features Aesop’s (Oh So Slightly) Updated Fables, an entertaining mix of moral tales, presented in a silly, seemingly-improvised manner that kids adore. Reservations strongly recommended. 413-747-7797. 131 Elm Street, West Springfield, MA. (< $)

Sunday, July 26. 3pm-5pm — CHILDBIRTH
Parents-to-be and all others interested in doula care for pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period are invited to a Meet the Doulas session hosted by Green RIver Doulas. Several doulas will be available to discuss the care they provide and to answer any questions you may have. Children welcome, too! Third floor of Thornes Marketplace, 150 Main Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 26, 5:05pm – 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. ($)

Sunday, July 26. 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! Come out and enjoy the beautiful grounds and fabulous tunes! 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road, Stockbridge, MA. (Adults = $; 17 & under = FREE)

Sunday, July 26. 6pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Kim & Reggie Harris will be performing their socially conscious folk rock music tonight at the Greenfield Energy Park, hosted by the Greenfield Recreation Department. 413-772-1553. 50 Miles Street, Greenfield, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION)

Sunday, July 26. 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)

Sunday, July 26. 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. ($)

Sunday, July 26. 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 Pretty in Pink (PG-13, 1986). 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 27 2015

Monday, July 27. 10am/1pm/6:30pm — THEATRE
Good theatre can transport us to other places and times, and helps us develop new understandings of ourselves and others. Introduce your children to these joys of theatre through one of the Majestic Children’s Theatre performances this summer. This week features Aesop’s (Oh So Slightly) Updated Fables, an entertaining mix of moral tales, presented in a silly, seemingly-improvised manner that kids adore. Reservations strongly recommended. 413-747-7797. 131 Elm Street, West Springfield, MA. (< $)

Monday, July 27. 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 27. 6pm-7pm — CONCERT
Roger Tincknell brings his “Water, Water Everywhere!” family performance and interactive music program to the South Hadley Public Library. 413-538-5045. 2 Canal Street, South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Monday, July 27. 7pm — FILM STUDIES
Who spends their free time recreating the Vietnam War? What draws recreators to this intense and charged pursuit? TonightIn Country, a film about the men of Delta 2/5(R), will be presented by its creator, filmmaker Meaghan O’Hara as a part of Hampshire College’s Creative Media Institute at Amherst Cinema. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street, Amherst, MA. (< $)

Monday, July 27. 7pm – 7:45pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
The target”_blank”>Tilton Library presents outdoor Monday Night Music performances throughout the summer months, featuring local musicians! This week, acoustic duo And the Neighbors will be on the lawn to share beautiful Appalachia-inspired songs. 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.
  • 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)
  • 1:30pm — PUPPETRY: The Berkshire Museum invites children and their families to the Immortal Present: Art and East Asia galleries for a shadow puppet program every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday in July and August. Participants will watch a shadow puppet show and make their own puppets, too! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($)
  • 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 28 2015

Tuesday, July 28. 10am — PUPPET SHOW
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, Caravan Puppets brings its “Timeless Tales” program to the park, featuring multicultural stories, diverse puppetry styles, beautiful staging, original music, and positive messages! 413-584-5457. 300 North Main Street, Florence, MA. (< $)

Tuesday, July 28. 10am — LITERACY
A new Dr. Seuss book?! It’s true! The Springfield Museums will celebrate the release of this book, What Pet Should I Get?, with a special event including an appearance by the Cat in the Hat himself. Given the pet theme, Dakin Humane Society will also be present to share information about pet adoption. 413-263-6800 x 459. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 28. 10am & 1pm — THEATRE
Good theatre can transport us to other places and times, and helps us develop new understandings of ourselves and others. Introduce your children to these joys of theatre through one of the Majestic Children’s Theatre performances this summer. This week features Aesop’s (Oh So Slightly) Updated Fables, an entertaining mix of moral tales, presented in a silly, seemingly-improvised manner that kids adore. Reservations strongly recommended. 413-747-7797. 131 Elm Street, West Springfield, MA. (< $)

Tuesday, July 28. 10am-12pm — ART
You and your children can practice self-expression and enjoy being outdoors when you participate in the Norman 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 28. 10am-12pm — VOLUNTEERING
Gardening allows you to connect with the Earth, and gardening with others allows you to build connections with folks in your community, too. Then there’s the satisfaction of helping grow food, and the improved understanding of the origins of our foods! Food for All Amherst offers several fabulous volunteer opportunities throughout the summer in which you and your children can help with planting, seeding, and weeding. Light refreshments provided. Mass Agricultural Learning Center, 911 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 28. 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 skunks. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 28. 10:30am-12pm — NATIVE FAUNA & NATURALIST SKILLS
Basic naturalist skills are fun to develop and will serve a person for a lifetime! Learning to use a hand lens helps develop fine motor skills and increases one’s ability to observe, and subsequently, describe objects. Discovering how a field guide is organized and how it is used helps one establish a stronger understanding of systems of classification and allows for lots of practice with comparing and contrasting. Project Native‘s Bug & Butterfly Safaris invite children to develop and practice these skills as they traverse fields in search of eggs, caterpillars, and butterflies to relocate into the Butterfly House. All ages welcome; all children should be accompanied by an adult. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water, insect repellent, and sunscreen. Rain cancels. 413-274-3433. 342 North Plain Road, Housatonic, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 28. 3pm — MAGIC SHOW
Ed the Wizard brings his amazing magic show to the Adams Free Library for a show to entertain all ages! 413-743-8345. 92 Park Street, Adams, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 28. 3pm – 4pm — COOKING
It’s a chocolate dipping bonanza! This week at the Odyssey Bookshop‘s Camp Odyssey Craft Camp, kids will join cookbook author, Deanna Cook, in making (and eating) chocolate-dipped treats. Ages 3 and up; parents must accompany younger children. Pre-registration required. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street, South Hadley, MA. (< $)

Tuesday, July 28. 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 gypsy swing, jazz, and fusion band, Occidental Gypsy, a band named by the Boston Globe as a “best bet for weekend entertainment.” 413-458-0471. 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 28. 6:30pm — BEEKEEPING
Have you wondered about ways to support native bee populations or been interested in harvesting honey? Dan Conlan of Warm Colors Apiary offers an introduction to bees and beekeeping in the Pioneer Valley, sponsored by the Storrs Library. Registration required. 413-565-4181 x 1620. 693 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 28. 7pm-8:30pm — CULINARY ARTS
Research continues to demonstrate the amazing ways in which bacteria affect our bodies in positive ways. Lactose acidophilus are the bacteria that give pickles that wonderful sour quality, and they also promote healthy digestion and immunity! Learn all about pickling and other means of food fermentation at the Westhampton Public Library‘s Picklefest. If you’d like to do some advance reading, check out Wild Fermentation by Sandor Katz. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road, Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

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 – LOCAL HISTORY & MUSIC: Visitors to Tanglewood may participate in a free, guided walking tour of the campus most Tuesdays (1:30pm), Wednesdays (10:30am), Saturdays (1:30pm), and Sundays (12:30pm; for concert ticket holders only) through the summer. Tours begin at the Visitors Center/Tanglewood Manor House. Rain or shine. 413-637-5393. 297 West Street, Lenox, 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 Librarythrough July. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm – LITERACY/GAMES: Meet up with other community members at the Monson Libraryeach 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, July 29, 2015

Wednesday, July 29. 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 Miss Leticia. 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 29. 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 29. 11am — PUPPETRY
Cactushead Puppets performs a modern adaptation of Little Red Riding Hood as a part of the Springfield Museums‘ Summer Spectacular family concert series. The show will feature both hand puppets and shadow puppets. 413-263-6800 x 322. Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA. ($)

Wednesday, July 29. 1pm — CONCERT
Soprano Beth Canterbury presents a hero-themed concert to enrich this year’s summer reading program at the Berkshire Athenaeum. The performance, Hero Songs: A Family Concert of Songs from American Wars, is suggested for children ages 5 and up. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. 413-499-9480 x 5. 1 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 29. 4:30pm-6pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Visit Naumkeag, a Trustees of Reservations property, for Watermelon Wednesdays! Visitors will enjoy juicy watermelon, entertaining theatre, and lively music by Shiprock & Anchor Dog. Reservations encouraged. 413-298-8138. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, MA. ($; FREE for children)

Wednesday, July 29. 5:30pm — PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT
Dining in the center of Main Street with hundreds of others, all dressed in white? Great Barrington’s Downtown Promotion Committee is sponsoring this unique “Dig & Dine” event. Chefs from some of the area’s most popular restaurants will collaborate to create a three-course meal that will be served to diners at tables along Main Street, and all diners are asked to wear white from head to toe. The town’s Main Street Reconstruction Project is well underway, and this event gives community members a reason to celebrate together despite the temporary dust and disruption to their downtown. Advance ticket purchase required. 413-528-0511. Main Street, Great Barrington, MA. ($$)

Wednesday, July 29. 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 29. 6pm-8pm — ADVENTURE PLAY
Do you have fond childhood memories of playing with friends and siblings in a local stream, building structures from objects you found in the yard or on a hike, and participating in rich, imaginative play? Help your own children unplug and explore in a free-form, adventure play-based space at this pop-up adventure playground hosted by The Play Workshop. After a fun session of play, stick around for an 8:30pm outdoor presentation of The Goonies (PG, 1985), compliments of the Cinema Northampton collaboration. 413-588-2208. Maines Field, 570 Riverside Drive, Florence, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 29, 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. (>$)

Wednesday, July 29. 6:30pm — OUTDOOR MOVIE
The Chicopee Parks and Rec Department will show The Sponge Bob Movie (PG, 2015) as a part of its outdoor summer movie series. 413-594-3481. Szot Park Stadium, 100 Bemis Avenue, Chicopee, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 29, 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. ($)

Wednesday, July 29. 7:30pm — OPERA
Do you have a favorite aria, or is opera a new genre for you? The Berkshire Opera Festival offers folks–opera lovers and newbies alike– a wonderful opportunity to explore and enjoy opera music at a concert featuring some of opera’s greatest arias and ensembles. Audience members will be invited to stay afterwards for an interactive discussion about the opera company and its future plans. Reservations required. 646-559-0453. Ventfort Hall, 104 Walker Street, Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 29. 8pm — THEATRE
Double Edge Theatre presents 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. Performances run Wednesdays-Sundays, July 29-August 23. Rain or shine. 413-628-0277. 948 Conway Road, Ashfield, MA. ($$)

ONGOING FOR WEDNESDAY (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 Libraryevery 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)
  • 10:30am – 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 – LOCAL HISTORY & MUSIC: Visitors to Tanglewood may participate in a free, guided walking tour of the campus most Tuesdays (1:30pm), Wednesdays (10:30am), Saturdays (1:30pm), and Sundays (12:30pm; for concert ticket holders only) through the summer. Tours begin at the Visitors Center/Tanglewood Manor House. Rain or shine. 413-637-5393. 297 West Street, Lenox, 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)
  • 1:30pm — PUPPETRY: The Berkshire Museum invites children and their families to the Immortal Present: Art and East Asia galleries for a shadow puppet program every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday in July and August. Participants will watch a shadow puppet show and make their own puppets, too! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($)
  • 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 30, 2015

Thursday, July 30. 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 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Daysr (PG, 2012). 413-587-4237. Hampshire Mall, 367 Russell Street, Hadley, MA. (< $)

Thursday, July 30. 10:30am — LITERACY
What makes a hero? Ed the Wizard takes a “magical” look at answers to this question in “Reading is Magic,” a program hosted by the West Springfield Public Library! Appropriate for children ages 4 and up. 413-736-4561. 511 Main Street, West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 30. 11am — PUPPETRY
The Puppet People will perform The Firebird as a part of 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 30. 2pm — THEATRE
The Barrington Stage Company presents an autism-friendly, young audiences version of Shrek the Musical. This theatre company’s autism-friendly performances are designed to be more accessible and enjoyable for individuals on the autism spectrum or with sensory sensitivities, and are also great for families who prefer a more relaxed, informal environment. In addition, tickets are 100% refundable if a family finds they are unable to attend the day of the performance. Audience members will find that sounds and light effects are adjusted, extra seating room is available, a social story is provided, tablets/smartphones can be used as communication devices, and break spaces are available for anyone who needs time away from the performance space. Ages 5-18. 413-443-7171. Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Thursday, July 30. 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 30. 2:30pm – 3:30pm — OUTDOOR MUSIC CELEBRATION/HISTORY
Explore America’s musical roots through a community celebration of blues artists at the Mason Library. Percussionist, educator, and author Craig Harris will lead Drum Away the Blues, an all-ages, multicultural, participatory celebration which pays homage to influential American musicians like Louis Armstrong, Pete Seeger, and Ray Charles. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 30. 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 30. 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 Avi Jacobs & Mr. G. 413-345-2945. downtown Amherst, MA. FREE

Thursday, July 30. 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 30. 6pm-7pm — PUPPET SHOW
Caravan Puppets brings an entertaining puppet show for all ages to the Granby Free Public Library. Each puppet show they present is designed to help children feel like they can be a storytelling puppeteer, too! 413-467-3320. 297 East State Street, Granby, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 30, 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 30. 6:30pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Thursday evenings through the summer, the Westhampton Public LIbrary hosts its “Field of Dreams” concert series. Tonight’s concert features Moonshine Holler, a Berkshire-based duo that plays American southern roots music. Rain location is Westhampton Town Hall. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road, Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 30. 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 Chill. Rain date 8/2. 413-538-5017. Route 47 & Route 116, South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 30, 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. ($)

Thursday, July 30, 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. ($)

Thursday, July 30. 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)

Thursday, July 30. 8pm — THEATRE
Double Edge Theatre presents 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. Performances run Wednesdays-Sundays, July 29-August 23. Rain or shine. 413-628-0277. 948 Conway Road, Ashfield, MA. ($$)

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-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup every Thursday in Goshen Town Hall. There will be storytime, crafts, projects, and more. 42 Main Street. Goshen, MA.
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 1:30pm — PUPPETRY: The Berkshire Museum invites children and their families to the Immortal Present: Art and East Asia galleries for a shadow puppet program every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday in July and August. Participants will watch a shadow puppet show and make their own puppets, too! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($)
  • 1:30pm-2:30pm – STORYTIME/BILINGUAL: Little ones can come to the Brightwood Library every Thursday for a bilingual story club (English and Spanish). Come sing, dance, play, hear stories in English and Spanish, and meet new friends. 413-263-6805. 359 Plainfield Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 2pm – HISTORY: Children and their families are invited to explore the rooms of Naumkeag house, a Trustees of Reservations property, through the eyes of those who lived there. Fun, outdoor lawn games will be available from 11am-4pm, too! Program runs Thursdays through August 27, 2015. 413-339-3239. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, MA. ($)
  • 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. ($)
  • 5pm-8pm – ART: The galleries at Williams College Museum of Art are open late on Thursdays in July and August. The patio, with its beautiful views of the Berkshires, will be open late, too, for those who wish to relax and enjoy the scenery. 413-597-2429. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive #2, Williamstown, 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)
  • 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 31, 2015

Friday, July 31. 10:30am-12pm — NATIVE FAUNA & NATURALIST SKILLS
Basic naturalist skills are fun to develop and will serve a person for a lifetime! Learning to use a hand lens helps develop fine motor skills and increases one’s ability to observe, and subsequently, describe objects. Discovering how a field guide is organized and how it is used helps one establish a stronger understanding of systems of classification and allows for lots of practice with comparing and contrasting. Project Native‘s Bug & Butterfly Safaris invite children to develop and practice these skills as they traverse fields in search of eggs, caterpillars, and butterflies to relocate into the Butterfly House. All ages welcome; all children should be accompanied by an adult. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water, insect repellent, and sunscreen. Rain cancels. 413-274-3433. 342 North Plain Road, Housatonic, MA. (FREE)

Friday, July 31, 11am – MUSIC: Join the Sunderland Public Library for ukulele fun with Julie Stepanek. There will be music, movement, and ukuleles at this program. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Friday, July 31. 11am — COMEDY & MAGIC
Mike Bent will perform his popular “Abrakidabra” comedy and magic show as a part of the Springfield Museums‘ Summer Spectacular family concert series. Voted Boston’s best children’s entertainer by Nickelodeon, Mike has a strong following due to his captivating and entertaining performances. 413-263-6800 x 322. Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA. ($)

Friday, July 31. 3pm-5pm — NATURE CELEBRATION
Explore a pond, try out an interpretive hike, and enjoy a bowl of locally made ice cream served with local fruits at the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation‘s annual summer celebration! There will be activities for all ages, and the new Dietze Interpretive Center will be open for visitors as well. Rain or shine. 413-458-2494. Sheep Hill, Route 7, Williamstown, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION)

Friday, July 31. 6:30pm-8pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Deerfield Recreation presents its Concerts on the Common series on the South Deerfield Town Common. This week features the Art Steele Blues Trio. In case of rain, concert will be held in Deerfield Town Hall. 413-665-1404. Conway Street, South Deerfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, July 31, 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. ($)

Friday, July 31. 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 31. 8pm — THEATRE
Double Edge Theatre presents 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. Performances run Wednesdays-Sundays, July 29-August 23. Rain or shine. 413-628-0277. 948 Conway Road, Ashfield, MA. ($$)

Friday, July 31. DUSK — OUTDOOR MOVIE
The city of Pittsfield hosts family movies at Clapp Park throughout the summer. This week’s movie is The Lego Movie (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 – 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-11am – PERFORMANCES: Stanley Park hosts a variety of performers every Friday morning through August 7, 2015. Chairs are provided; bring a blanket if your child would like to sit right in front of the stage. 413-568-9312. Beveridge Pavillion Annex, 400 Western Avenue, Westfield, 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-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 every Friday 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. ($)
  • 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)
  • 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-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 every Friday! 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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