Suggested Events for August 8th-14th, 2015

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Aug 8

Get your groove on! Hilltown Families & Flywheel are hosting a Saturday Block Party for Kids at Millside Park in Easthampton on August 8! DJ Youthelectronix will DJ a dance party (and if you’ve been to our winter dance parties, you know how much fun these are!), Robbins-Zust Family Marionettes will be performing the classic fairytale “Firebird,” and we’ll have juice boxes galore!!! This summertime family celebration is a fundraiser for both Flywheel & Hilltown Families, with a “pay what you can” admission to attend. Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to invite your neighbors to join us too! — Rain location: Flywheel.

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Aug 5-8

Ahoy there maties! The adventure starts with a mysterious map. Could X mark the spot for buried treasure? Add in pirates and a stranger and the plot thickens. Now you’re off to the high seas. Adventure, skullduggery, secrets, promises broken, and even a couple of laughs. Welcome to PaintBox Theatre’s Treasure Island—the adventure of a lifetime! Long John Silver ordered that you to come dressed as a pirate. (They need a crew!) Performances are Wednesday, August 5 – Saturday, August 8, 10:30am and 1:00pm. daily, at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street. Tickets: $10 at the door or at BrownPaperTickets.com. Group discounts: call 413-923-7159. PaintBoxTheatre.com.

Aug 8 & 15

Vortex Dance Fitness Studio in Easthampton is holding an Open House on Aug 8 from 4:30-6pm and Aug 15 from 11am-1pm for all to come see the studio and talk about kid classes. Vortex teaches cabaret style dance which is a mix of jazz, ballet, lyrical, and hip-hop, in a fun, friendly atmosphere. Classes are designed to teach some technique and get students moving, connecting their physical, mental, and emotional selves for optimum well-being. They use a cooperative not competitive approach and hope to foster new friendships while having a wonderful time getting a great workout! Vortex is located on the 2nd floor of the Eastworks Building in Suite 251 right above Riff’s Restaurant in Easthampton, MA. www.vortexdancestudio.com.

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.

Sept 12

Join us on Saturday, Sept 12 from 9-11:30am 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 Saturday, Sept 12 , 9-11:30am, for Hunger Action Month in Hatfield. Families may stay for all or some of the event. Space is limited. Pre-registration required. Click here to sign up! Hatfield, MA (VOLUNTEER)

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August 8th-14th, 2015

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Saturday, August 8th

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, August 8. (TBA) — COMMUNITY SERVICE & NATURAL RESOURCES
The Housatonic River (“beyond the mountain place” in Mohican) is a lovely stretch of water for boating, and used to be a wonderful place to fish, as well as to observe native plants and animals. The river is rebounding from intense pollution, and continues to need human intervention to return to a healthy state. Meet up with members of the Housatonic Valley Association to help clean up the West Branch of the river by gathering trash along its banks and shores. Trash bags, work gloves, and drinking water will be provided, and all volunteers can partake of breakfast treats from Panera and lunch from BlueQ! Wear old shoes or muck boots, and bring a water bottle, sunscreen, and hat. 413-394-9796. West Branch of the Housatonic River, Pittsfield, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Saturday, August 8. 7am-5pm — COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
Celebrate local Hilltown culture at the Littleville Fair, a classic agricultural fair, which runs August 7-9. Saturday features a community breakfast, oxen draws, truck pulls, games, farm animals, clowns, fiddlers, and a barbeque dinner. 413-568-7133. 15 Kinnebrook Road, Chester, MA. (< $; FREE for children 12 and under)

Saturday, August 8. 10am — HISTORY WALK
Families can explore local connections to important moments in national history by participating in walking tours of Florence, offered by the Sojourner Truth Memorial Committee. Held monthly, tours weave stories together with exploration of local landmarks to make for a place-based exploration of history. The walks begin at the Sojourner Truth statue and will last about 1.5 hours. Park & Pine Streets, Florence, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 8. 10am — FILM STUDIES
Amherst Cinema‘s Family Films Series has an animal theme for the month of August! This week’s film is Winged Migration (G, 2001). Nominated for an Academy Award, this documentary focuses on the migratory patterns of birds across all seven continents. Innovative filming techniques enable viewers to feel as though they are flying along with the birds! 413-253-2547 x 6. 28 Amity Street, Amherst, MA. (< $)

Saturday, August 8. 10am-12pm — NATIVE FAUNA & NATURALIST SKILLS
Kids who have fun in nature often report positive feelings about and actions towards the Earth– qualities that are essential to develop as we raise responsible stewards of this planet! On its Family Fun Day, Project Native invites families to come out to the farm for a fun-filled morning of making seed balls, going on bug safaris, exploring nature up close, and more. Rain date: Sunday, August 9. 413-274-3433. 342 North Plain Road, Housatonic, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 8. 10am-12pm — COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
Flywheel Arts Collective and Hilltown Families are partnering to host a first-ever outdoor summer block party for kids! Bring some friends and get ready to meet plenty of new families, too, as we all gather to dance, eat, play, and enjoy fabulous entertainment by the Robbins-Zust Marionettes. DJ Youthelectronix will provide the music, a mix skillfully selected to be enjoyable to both children and adults. This fundraiser, which will support both organizations, will be run with a “pay what you can” admission. Rain location: Flywheel, 43 Main Street, Easthampton, MA. 413-527-9800. Millside Park, Pleasant Street, Easthampton, MA. (DONATION)

Saturday, August 8. 10am-12pm — COLLABORATIVE PLAY
Imagination Playground ™ offers unique play equipment that encourages its users to create, communicate, and collaborate. You may have seen the large, blue, dense foam building elements before! Visitors to the Berkshire Museum will be able to play with these fun, interactive pieces during their visit. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, August 8. 10am-2:45pm — HISTORY & GAMING
It is common to encounter battle scenes in movies, tv shows, and books, and some people may have witnessed historical reenactments of battles by trained actors, but have you ever seen famous battles recreated using detailed miniature figures? Here is your chance to do so! Visit the Mason Library and learn about the battles in a whole new way. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 8. 10:30am & 1pm — THEATRE
Pirates have long captured kids’ imagination with their legendary adventures on the high seas. Invite your children to dress up as a pirate and attend one of Paintbox Theatre‘s performances of Treasure Island, which runs August 5-8. 413-923-7159. Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street, Northampton, MA. (< $)

Saturday, August 8. 10:30am-11:30am — NATURE STUDIES
Learning to identify plants and animals builds essential thinking skills and a sense of pride in and respect for our natural environment. Explore the canal-side rail trail with a DCR park interpreter from the Great Falls Discovery Center and learn how to use a field guide and binoculars! All ages are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 8. 11am-10pm — COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
Enjoy time with your community in the midst of excellent music and many local offerings at the second annual Springfield Jazz and Roots Festival. Presented by Blues to Green, this festival runs throughout the day, entertaining guests with live jazz, gospel, blues, funk, and more! Itl will also feature many local food vendors, dance and theatre performances by local artists, arts and crafts created by area artisans, and music workshops. Listen, learn, and link up with folks throughout the community! 413-219-8229. Court Square (Court Street & City Hall Plaza), Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 8. 11am – 1pm — STEM
When you quickly tap oobleck, a mixture of cornstarch and water, your finger strikes the surface and bounces right back up. Must be a solid! Then you tip over your dish of oobleck and it oozes across the kitchen table. Guess it’s a liquid? In fact, oobleck and other such substances are non-Newtonian fluids: a special type of matter that possesses some properties of both solids and liquids. Visit the Zoo in Forest Park today to make and explore a variety of oozy, gooey, wacky substances! 413-733-2251. 302 Sumner Avenue, Springfield, MA. (< $)

Saturday, August 8. 12pm-4pm — HISTORY & SPORTS
When you think of an Olympic sport, perhaps downhill skiing, diving, or gymnastics comes to mind, but croquet? Yes! Croquet was once an Olympic sport, and it was exceptionally fashionable to play the game on private lawns throughout New England. Learn how to play croquet with the help of representatives from the U.S. Croquet Association at the Stockbridge Library‘s “Wicket Good Fun” afternoon. Equipment for children and adults will be provided. Visitors may also tour the Merwin House and learn about the sports they played. Croquet is free for all; those wearing all white get free house tours, too! 860-928-4074. 14 Main Street, Stockbridge, MA

Saturday, August 8. 12pm-5pm — BOTANY
The Berkshire Botanical Garden‘s Grow Show is back! Gardeners of all ages and experience are invited to submit their plants for inclusion in this celebration of horticulture. Visitors can marvel at the diversity of plants, investigate their structural details, consider the aesthetics of floral arrangements, and gain new appreciations for growth and conservation of a diversity of species. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, MA. ($; FREE for children under 12)

Saturday, August 8. 12pm-5pm — COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
Celebrate baseball and enjoy some old time fun at Ware Heritage Day! Kids can decorate strollers, doll carriages, and bikes for a parade and contest, and there will be plenty of old fashioned games for everyone to play. At 1pm, the baseball game between the Dirigo Ball club (Maine) and the Mudville Ball Club (Holliston, MA) begins, and later in the afternoon there will be a pick-up softball game. Vendor and food booths will be on site, too. 413-283-2418. Memorial Field, Ware, MA. (FREE; parking by DONATION)

Saturday, August 8. 1pm — LITERACY
Has your child been keeping track of his or her reading this summer? Celebrate your child’s summer of reading with games, prizes, crafts, and ice cream sundaes at the Whately Library‘s “Fun in the Sun” event. All are welcome to wear their favorite superhero costumes! 413-665-2170. 202 Chestnut Plain Road, Whately, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 8. 1pm-7pm — MUSIC FESTIVAL
Local musicians will perform all afternoon at the first annual Shelburne Falls Music Fest, Flying Feet and Tapping Toes! There will be many types of music, from jazz to country to folk, and local restaurants and shops will have special offers throughout the day. The Bridge of Flowers Road Race takes place on the morning of the festival, making a perfect pairing of events to celebrate and enjoy with your community! 413-625-2526. Stage on Deerfield Avenue, Shelburne Falls, MA. (DONATION)

Saturday, August 8. 2pm — FILM STUDIES & LEGOS
Are LEGOs just toys, or are they something more? A LEGO Brickumentary, showing at Images Cinema, will wow all LEGO fans as it explores the history and creative uses of these iconic building bricks. Lots of LEGOs will be available to play with 30 minutes before the show, and a Q & A with Steven Miller, Williams College Math Professor and LEGO-building record-holder, will take place after the show. People are also encouraged to bring in gently-used LEGOs for the LEGO drive to benefit North Adams’ UNO Community Center. Donate LEGOs and receive free popcorn! 413-458-1039. 50 Spring Street, Williamstown, MA. (< $)

Saturday, August 8. 2pm-4:30pm — 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)

Saturday, August 8. 4:30-6pm — OPEN HOUSE/DANCE STUDIO
Vortex Dance Fitness Studio is holding an Open House all to come see the studio and talk about kid classes. Vortex teaches cabaret style dance which is a mix of jazz, ballet, lyrical, and hip-hop, in a fun, friendly atmosphere. They use a cooperative not competitive approach and hope to foster new friendships while having a wonderful time getting a great workout!  2nd floor of the Eastworks Building, Suite 251. Easthampton, MA (FREE)

Saturday, August 8. 5pm-8pm — ART WALK
Traffic calming aims to slow and/or reduce vehicle traffic to improve the safety of cyclists and pedestrians. Speed bumps and narrow lanes are traditional traffic calming strategies, but Art Walk Easthampton has launched an innovative, art-focused approach. One component is “Elevate Art: Quilts on Stilts with a Slow Stitch Sit-Along.” At this event, people on stilts will parade on sidewalks and through crosswalks in downtown Easthampton. Handwork artists will accompany the stilt-walkers, creating art as they go! Witness this art phenomenon, and enjoy the calming pace and sense of intentionality it brings. Another component of the event will be a crosswalk-focused performance by StarHeart, a group focused on MOIOULA (Moments of Intentional or Unintentional Live Art). Hard to picture it? Experience it to find out what it’s all about! At this art walk, folks will also be able to meet artist Amy Johnquest, who will be transforming a city utility box into a work of art, enjoy music by the Well-Tempered Ukes, and much more! 413-529-1425. Downtown Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 7. 7pm — THEATRE
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe has captured the imagination of countless children and adults. Watch the story come alive with the magic, artistry, and athleticism of trapeze arts in the Hilltown Youth Theatre‘s presentation of this classic C. S. Lewis tale at the Academy at Charlemont. 413-339-4912. 1359 Route 2, Charlemont, MA. (DONATION)

Saturday, August 8. 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. ($$)

Saturday, August 8. 8pm — MUSIC & DANCING
Do you love traditional Latin music from the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, and South America? Are you eager to dance when you hear lively music, or are you interested in learning and trying out new dance moves? Trio Candela‘s live performance will entertain and energize you! Thistle & Mirth, 54 West Street, Pittsfield, MA. (DONATION)

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

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Sunday, August 9th

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, August 9. 8am-5pm — BLUEBERRY PICKING
Picking summertime berries is a part of many families’ summer traditions. If organic blueberries are next on your list, Summit Farm is the place for you! Stop in any day of the week through September! Call beforehand to ensure that conditions are good for picking. 413-634-5024. 131 Summit Street, Plainfield, MA. ($)

Sunday, August 9. 7am-5pm — COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
Celebrate local Hilltown culture at the Littleville Fair, a classic agricultural fair, which runs August 7-9. Sunday features a DJ, horse pulls, a turkey dinner, and a raffle. 413-568-7133. 15 Kinnebrook Road, Chester, MA. (< $; FREE for children 12 and under)

Sunday, August 9. 10am-5pm — BOTANY
The Berkshire Botanical Garden‘s Grow Show is back! Gardeners of all ages and experience are invited to submit their plants for inclusion in this celebration of horticulture. Visitors can marvel at the diversity of plants, investigate their structural details, consider the aesthetics of floral arrangements, and gain new appreciations for growth and conservation of a diversity of species. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, MA. ($; FREE for children under 12)

Sunday, August 9. 12pm-3pm — FIRST AID & BOTANY
Herbs have been used for centuries to treat wounds and speed healing. The Herbal First Aid class at Just Roots will help participants learn basic first aid skills for use in the home and in nature, including remedies for common injuries and conditions. Registration required. 413-325-8969. 34 Glenbrook Drive, Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, August 9. 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 an adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit, a magical tale about toys who come to life when the lights are out. Reservations strongly recommended. 413-747-7797. 131 Elm Street, West Springfield, MA. (< $)

Sunday, August 9. 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, August 9. 1pm-4pm — LOCAL HISTORY
One room school houses are full of magic. They transport you to another era, and invite you to imagine the scenes that took place within their walls years ago. Thanks to the Huntington Historical Society‘s open house, folks are invited to visit the Norwich Bridge Schoolhouse Museum where they may explore collections of books, documents, maps, artifacts, and clothing from yesteryear. Refreshments will be served as well. 413-667-3453. Corner of Worthington and Littleville Roads, Huntington, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, August 9. 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, August 9. 2pm-4pm — LOCAL HISTORY
What better way to gain a sense of everyday life in the 18th century than to visit a variety of buildings from that time and examine the many artifacts housed within? The Buckland Historical Society‘s properties- a former school house, a furnished 1775 saltbox house, a 1779 English barn, and a shoemaker’s shop-are open to all during this special open house event. 413-625-9763. 20 Upper Street, Buckland Center, MA, and 129 Route 112, Buckland, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, August 9. 2:30pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
You’ve likely heard a mandolin before, but few have encountered mandolas, mandocellos, and bass mandolins! Experience what an entire orchestra of mandolins sounds like at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum when the Springfield Mandolin Orchestra gives a special Sunday afternoon performance. The repertoire will include renaissance, baroque, and classical works. 413-584-4699. 130 River Drive, Hadley, MA. ($)

Sunday, August 9. 5:30pm-7:30pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Chesterwood presents Chesterfest, a series of concerts celebrating Americana music, on Sunday evenings through August 30. Grounds open at 5pm; beverages and barbeque food will be available for purchase. Rain or shine (concerts and seating are under a giant tent). 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road, Stockbridge, MA. ($; children under 17 FREE)

Sunday, August 9, 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)

Sunday, August 9. 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. ($$)

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Monday, August 10th

Monday, August 10. 8:15am-9:15am — EXERCISE & PARENTING SUPPORT
Hike It Baby hikes are designed to allow parents and caregivers opportunities to exercise together in stroller- and other child carrier-friendly ways. Older children are welcome to walk along with the adults, too. Come out for some mood-lifting exercise and social support! This walk around downtown Belchertown will be about 1 mile long. Parking is available behind the BUUC church or in the town lot at the end of the common. 301-906-4700. Canon by the War Memorials, Belchertown Common, Belchertown, MA. (FREE)

Monday, August 10. 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 an adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit, a magical tale about toys who come to life when the lights are out. Reservations strongly recommended. 413-747-7797. 131 Elm Street, West Springfield, MA. (< $)

Monday, August 10. 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, August 10. 1pm-4pm — BABYSITTING COURSE
Whether your older child is ready to care for his/her younger siblings or would like to become your neighborhood’s go-to babysitter, a basic course in child care skills is a must. The Forbes Library is hosting a babysitter training course for students ages 11 and older which will address safety, basic first aid, infant care, toddler care, hygiene, and how to run a babysitting business. Participants will receive a workbook and a certificate of completion. Registration required. 413-587-1010. 20 West Street, Northampton, MA. ($$)

Monday, August 10. 2pm – 4pm — STEM
Appropos of the extremely snowy winter we had, the Boston Museum of Science is at the Sunderland Public Library today to host its hands-on workshop, “Blizzards: Outwit the Elements”! Participants will be given blizzard-related design challenges (e.g., save skiers from an avalanche, create a storm shelter) and an array of materials with which to create and test their solutions. Ages 5 and up. Preregistration recommended. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street, Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Monday, August 10. 2pm-4pm — LITERACY & MUSIC
The Lee Library‘s summer reading program hosts a finale event, “Itsy Bitsy Spider-Man: A Heroic Climb.” Children are invited to dance, sing, wear costumes, and participate in the funny performance of “The Itsy Bitsy Spider.” Prizes and reading certificates will be awarded after the performance, followed by an ice cream sundae party! 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street, Lee, MA. (FREE)

Monday, August 10. 6:30pm-8pm — DRUMMING WORKSHOP
Hand drums can produce a wide variety of sounds in the hands of a skilled master drummer. Beginning and experienced drummers alike are invited to a hand drum class led by Baba Joe Platz. Nigerian, Congolese, and Cuban drum techniques will be addressed. If you have a conga or ashieko, please bring it. If you need a drum, include this information when you register with Aimee at Tamarack Hollow. Appropriate for mature teens and adults. Scholarships available. The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Avenue, Pittsfield, MA. ($)

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

  • 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)
  • 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. ($)
  • 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, August 11th

Tuesday, August 11. 8am-5pm — ART
The Easthampton Art Guild, meets weekly to create art, share with, and learn from each other. A variety of works by Guild members are now on display at Easthampton’s City Hall Gallery, with the mission of “bringing art to the community and the community to art.” Visitors may stop in Mondays-Thursdays through September 30, 2015. 413-529-1425. 50 Payson Avenue, Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, August 11. 9:30am-11am — EXERCISE & PARENTING SUPPORT
Hike It Baby hikes are designed to allow parents and caregivers opportunities to exercise together in stroller- and other child carrier-friendly ways. Older children are welcome, too. This event is an organized playgroup at the new School Street splash park. Wear water shoes, bring a towel, and have swim diapers for tiny tots. Parking is available on Corey Street or in the School Street lot. 455 Corey Street, Agawam, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, August 11. 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 an adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit, a magical tale about toys who come to life when the lights are out. Reservations strongly recommended. 413-747-7797. 131 Elm Street, West Springfield, MA. (< $)

Tuesday, August 11. 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 rabbits. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, August 11. 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, August 11. 3pm – 4pm — ARTS & CRAFTS
Night lights and lanterns can bring peace to a child who does not like the dark, provide a centerpiece around which family and friends can gather, or help light the way on a nighttime backyard adventure! This week at the Odyssey Bookshop‘s Camp Odyssey Craft Camp, kids will create night lights or lanterns to use however they like. Ages 5 and up. Pre-registration required. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street, South Hadley, MA. (< $)

Tuesday, August 11. 6:30pm — MUSIC
Is there someone in your family who has been wanting to learn the ukulele? This instrument’s lilting sounds are hard to resist! Teens and adults are invited to the Storrs Library for a learn-to-play-the-ukulele workshop with Julieann Stepanek. Participants may bring their own ukuleles or borrow one at the session. Registration required. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

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

  • TBA – COMMUNITY SERVICE: 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 – COMMUNITY SERVICE: 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)
  • 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-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)
  • 12:30pm-2pm – TECHOLOGY SUPPORT: The Storrs Library’s Tech Tuesday ongoing, drop-in sessions allow folks to receive coaching in various skills with which they’ve been needing support. Learn how to use your new computer, send email, operate an e-reader, and more. Bring your phone, e-reader, or other relevant device. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, 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 – 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)
  • 6pm – PARENTING & CLIMATE CHANGE: Mothers Out Front is a group of “mothers and others” who are concerned about climate change and passionate about creating a cleaner energy future for future generations. Learn more about the group’s work and meet other parents with whom to share your stories, hopes, and fears at their monthly climate support gatherings, held every 2nd Tuesday and 4th Thursday of the month. RSVP via the MOF site. Sunderland, MA (Tuesdays) and Florence, MA (Thursdays). (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, August 12th

Wednesday, August 12. 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 an adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit, a magical tale about toys who come to life when the lights are out. Reservations strongly recommended. 413-747-7797. 131 Elm Street, West Springfield, MA. (< $)

Wednesday, August 12. 10:30am — EXERCISE & PARENTING SUPPORT
Hike It Baby hikes are designed to allow parents and caregivers opportunities to exercise together in stroller- and other child carrier-friendly ways. Older children are welcome, too. This child-led walk will follow the level nature trails at the Hitchcock Center and will be appropriately paced for little legs. Everyone will be encouraged to stop and explore the environment along the way! 301-906-4700. 525 South Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 12. 11am — MAGIC SHOW
Malik the Magic Guy brings his entertaining performance to the Agawam Cultural Council‘s KidsFest. Rain cancels. Come back this evening for a SummerFest concert featuring country music artists Mickey Guyton and Kelsea Ballerini! Veteran’s Green (corner of School Street & Main Street), Agawam, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 12. 12pm — MOVIE
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (PG, 2012) will be the feature at this week’s Family Feature Films program at the Berkshire Athenaeum. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 413-499-9480 x 5. 1 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 12. 4:30pm-6pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Visit Naumkeag, a Trustees of Reservations property, for Watermelon Wednesdays! Visitors will enjoy juicy watermelon as well as an entertaining performance by Talking Hands Theatre. Reservations encouraged. 413-298-8138. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, MA. ($; FREE for children)

Wednesday, August 12. 5pm-7pm — LITERACY & SCIENCE
Children who have participated in the summer reading program are invited, with their families, to a cookout to celebrate their reading accomplishments. The Emily Williston Memorial Library will provide burgers, hot dogs, and watermelon, and participants are encouraged to bring food or drink to share. At 6pm, educators from the Boston Science Museum will share their “Science Magic” show. Reservations requested. 413-529-1605. Pavillion #4, Nonotuck Park, Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 12. 6:30pm-8:30pm — NATIVE FAUNA
From afar, a beaver dam looks like a big pile of sticks, but a closer examination reveals careful construction and cool inner architecture! Through the creation of dams, beavers have had profound effects on plant, animal, and microbial communities across the country. Learn more about our country’s largest rodent at the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, a Mass Audubon property. Wear long pants, long sleeves, and a hat, and bring binoculars if you have them. Suitable for children 3-12 years old. 413-637-0320. 472 W Mountain Road, Lenox, MA. (< $)

Wednesday, August 12. 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 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)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Meekins Library librarian & storyteller, 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-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.
  • 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)
  • 6:30pm-7:30pm – STORYTIME: Wednesdays through August 19 the Arms Library hosts an “Every Hero Has a Story” bedtime story and snack time for children and their families. Children are invited to wear their pajamas. 413-625-0306. 60 Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls, 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.
  • 7pm-9pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: The Creacion Latin Big Band has open practice sessions every first and third Wednesdays. Enjoy salsa, cha cha, mambo, and more, and enjoy food and drink from the beer garden, too. Audience members are invited to dance to their hearts’ content! 413-650-2670. Gateway City Arts, 92-114 Race Street, Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
  • 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, August 13th

Thursday, August 13. 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 Rio 2 (G, 2014). 413-587-4237. Hampshire Mall, 367 Russell Street, Hadley, MA. (< $)

Thursday, August 13. 1pm —
The Berkshire Music School brings its “Sing Along Fun” program to the Berkshire Athenaeum. This program is intended for children ages 5 and older with a caregiver. 413-499-9480 x 5. 1 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 13. 2pm — READING CELEBRATION
Celebrate this year’s summer reading program with a party at the Adams Free Library. Master storyteller Tom McCabe will be there to entertain audiences with his clever and engaging tales! 413-743-8345. 92 Park Street, Adams, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 13. 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, August 13. 6pm-7:30pm — PARENTING & GRIEF SUPPORT
Do you know a child who is grieving? Do you feel prepared to deal with your child’s grief process? The Garden, a center for grieving children and teens of the Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice, will present a program on using different types of books to help children deal with grief. This program, held at the Westhampton Library, is for adults only. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road, Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 13. 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 Lindsey Labelle. Rain date 8/16. 413-538-5017. Route 47 & Route 116, South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 13. 6:30pm-8pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Folk and blues band Woodford Way performs the Huntington Summer Music Series concert this week. Bring a lawn chair and partake of the local bake sale goods, too! In case of rain, performance will be held inside Stanton Hall. 413-667-5563. Huntington Gazebo (Routes 20 & 112), Huntington, MA

Thursday, August 13. 7pm — THEATRE
Mary Poppins is full of magical moments you will remember from when you first saw the story on screen or stage. Share the story and songs of everyone’s favorite nanny with the children in your life at the Berkshire Theatre Group‘s production of Mary Poppins. This tenth annual production of the show will include over 100 talented Berkshire County natives in fabulously choreographed song and dance numbers! Runs August 13 – August 23. This performance is a preview before the opening night on Friday, August 14. 413-997-4444. Colonial Theatre, 111 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($-$$)

Thursday, August 13. 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 – 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.
  • 10am-12pm – CRAFT & STORYTIME: Thursdays through August 20 the Arms Library hosts an “Every Hero Has a Story” craft and storytime for children and their families. 413-625-0306. 60 Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls, 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)
  • 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-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 – PARENTING & CLIMATE CHANGE: Mothers Out Front is a group of “mothers and others” who are concerned about climate change and passionate about creating a cleaner energy future for future generations. Learn more about the group’s work and meet other parents with whom to share your stories, hopes, and fears at their monthly climate support gatherings, held every 2nd Tuesday and 4th Thursday of the month. RSVP via the MOF site. Sunderland, MA (Tuesdays) and Florence, MA (Thursdays). (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)

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Friday, August 14th

Friday, August 14. 10am-12pm — COMMUNITY SERVICE
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)

Friday, August 14. 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, August 14. 11am —BIOLOGY
We may live far from tropical rainforests, but these ecosystems have profound effects on our daily lives and overall health. Many are struggling due to oil extraction and climate change-related effects, and their animal populations are facing challenges, too. Learn about some of the creatures who call tropical rainforests home when Rick Roth, the Creature Teacher, brings his animal friends to the Berkshire Botanical Garden. Meet a coatimundi, peccary, macaw, kinkajou, and others, and find new ways to appreciate Earth’s biodiversity. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, MA. ($; FREE for children under 12)

Friday, August 14. 4pm — AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Aggie Fair season is upon us! Don’t let these weekend events pass you by without exploring one with your family! The Middlefield Fair, which runs August 14-16, features a diesel truck pull, and old-fashioned midway, and a fun night of karaoke on the first night. Learn more about agricultural fairs at Hilltown Families’ posts about youth aggie fair participation and the fairs’ multidisciplinary learning opportunities. 413-623-6027. 7 Bell Road, Middlefield, MA. (< $)

Friday, August 14. 4pm-8pm — ART APPRECIATION & CREATION
Tour the Smith College Museum of Art on “free second Friday”, then create art inspired by what you’ve seen! Light refreshments will be offered at 5pm, and a guided conversation exploring a particular work of art starts at 6pm. 413-585-2760. 20 Elm Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 14. 5pm-8:30pm — OUTDOOR THEATRE
Look Park invites everyone to join them for a rousing performance of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Arrive at 5pm with a blanket to find a seat and mingle with the comedy’s characters. The performance starts at 6pm. 413-584-5457. 300 North Main Street, Florence, MA. (< $ per car for parking)

Friday, August 14. 6pm – 7:30pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Grab a blanket and some friends and head to an Amherst Community Band concert at Sweetser Park, sponsored by the Amherst Business Improvement District! 413-345-2945. Lessee Street, Amherst, MA. FREE

Friday, August 14. 7pm — THEATRE
Mary Poppins is full of magical moments you will remember from when you first saw the story on screen or stage. Share the story and songs of everyone’s favorite nanny with the children in your life at the Berkshire Theatre Group‘s production of Mary Poppins. This tenth annual production of the show will include over 100 talented Berkshire County natives in fabulously choreographed song and dance numbers! Runs August 13 – August 23. 413-997-4444. Colonial Theatre, 111 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($-$$)

Friday, August 14. 7pm — LOCAL HISTORY
Many of us take our refrigerators for granted until a power outage strikes and our food begins to spoil. Well before the days of modern refrigerators, food preservation was facilitated (for those who could afford it) by chunks of ice. In the 19th century, ice harvesting from ponds and lakes was a booming industry in New England! Check out the unique tools of the trade and hear stories from ice harvests and exporting ventures at the Goshen Historical Society‘s Ice Harvesting program. 413-268-7120. Town Hall, 42 Main Street, Goshen, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 14. 7pm — OUTDOOR THEATRE
The Hampshire Shakespeare Company‘s talented young company (comprised of local youth ages 13-18) performs Romeo and Juliet at the Renaissance Center’s lovely outdoor performance space August 14-16. The box office will open at 6pm, and audience members are asked to arrive early to purchase tickets and find seats before 7pm. Chairs are provided and folks are welcome to bring blankets to sit on if they prefer. In the event of rain, performance will be moved indoors. 413-534-3789. 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. ($)

Friday, August 14. 7pm-9pm — MUSIC
Each month, the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center host an evening coffeehouse featuring local musicians and refreshments. This month, the classic guitar duo, Mark and Beverly Davis, bring their lovely music to the event. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 14. 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 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 – VOLUNTEERING/LITERACY: The Gaylord Memorial Library is looking for pre-teen and teen volunteers to help set up crafts, read stories to younger children, and shelve books on Friday mornings during the summer months. Those interested should stop by the library to fill out a volunteer application. 413-538-5047. 47 College Street, South Hadley, MA. (VOLUNTEER)
  • 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-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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