70 Suggested Events in Western MA: February 16-22, 2019

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Summer Camp

Debut deadline:
February 28, 2019

MARKET YOUR SUMMER CAMP: In an effort to connect families with summer camps & programs in the region, Hilltown Families is offering camps and programs a chance to partner with us in their online marketing with a special enhanced publicity offer. On Wednesday, March 6th, 2019, Hilltown Families will be featuring summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special directory: 2019 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.

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Home School Sale

Share the love! Take 20% off in Oak Meadow’s bookstore Feb 14 to 28. Oak Meadow’s flexible K-12 homeschooling curriculum provides a comprehensive educational experience, delivered with imagination and heart. The curriculum includes weekly lesson plans for a full year and can be customized to meet your student’s needs and interests. Purchase complete packages for K-8 or individual courses for high school or stock up on other supplies to support your homeschooling journey. Share the love and tell your friends about this sweet discount! To learn more, sign up on our website for a Virtual Info Session, or send questions to info@oakmeadow.com and a friendly educational counselor contact you.

Children only get one preschool experience. Experience The Common School in Amherst. The Common School, serving children ages 3-12 years, has two preschool classrooms for children ages 3-5 years. These classrooms provide strong student/teacher ratios, a diverse and inclusive community, opportunities for experiential learning, a stellar social and emotional curriculum, environmental awareness, play based learning, significant time spent outdoors and many resources, such as an extensive library, music and movement class. Call for a tour 413-256-8989 and visit the website at www.commonschool.org.

Feb 18-22

Let your imagination soar at the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, CT during February School Vacation Week! Explore three exhibit hangars filled w/over 60 historic aircraft & experience the wonders of flight through daily hands-on activities including Build & Fly Challenges, interactive Flight Science Demos and computerized Flight Simulators. Visitors can also take to the skies at the museum’s Virtual Flight Center using advanced, three screen yoke & pedal flight simulators (ages 10w+). Additional learning opportunities include a Model Airplane Workshop (Feb 18), LEGO Flying Machine Contest (Feb 19), Foam Flyer Challenge (Feb 20), Fun with Constellation Viewers (Feb 21) and Straw Glider Challenge (Feb 22). More info at www.neam.org.

Feb 18 – 22

During February School Vacation Week, children ages 4-12 will be joining Multi-Arts in Amherst & Northampton for an exciting artistic journey, tapping into creativity and broadens horizons. Multi-Arts is a non-profit arts program dedicated to educating, inspiring, and delighting youth in the performance and visual arts. During the week of Feb18-22, six professional artists will be working with participating children, sharing their talents, and inspiring them to immerse themselves in art, theater, music, dance, miming, and more. Join in for 1 or 2 days, or the entire week. Full day & two half day options available. Financial aid is available. For more info, visit www.multi-arts.org, email info@multi-arts.org or call 413-584-7951. Space is limited.

Feb 23

Visit Look Park, February 23, 11am-3pm for the Winter Carnival. Bring your Christmas tree to add to the Christmas Tree Burn. The 413Eats Food Truck and Girl Scouts will be here for all of your snacking needs! To warm up grab a hula hoop from Hoop Joy or send your kids to the bounce houses to jump around for a bit! Enjoy carnival games, cookies, and hot cider! Learn about sled dog racing from the Hilltown Sleddogs with an informational session about sleddog racing from 11am- 12pm and 1pm-2pm, and first come, first serve rides to kids from 12pm-1pm and 2pm-3pm. Sleddog rides will end at the time listed to allow dogs to rest. Vehicle entrance fee does apply. Wristbands for unlimited games $10. Individual tickets $.50 cents. $5 Vehicle Entrance Fee.

Jun 23 – Aug 19

Rowe Center Summer Camps ♦ Rowe Center Youth Summer Camps have been touching the hearts and minds of young people since 1924. Nestled in the beautiful foothills of the Berkshires, Rowe Summer Camps offer activities that balance individual freedom & responsibility to the community in a fun, relaxed, creative, energetic environment. The camps are overnight, co-ed, and for ages 8-19: Jr. High Camp (13-15yo) is from Jun 23-Jul 13. Young People’s Camp 1 (ages 8-10yo) is from Jul 14-20; Young People’s Camp 2 (9-11yo) is from Jul 21-27; Young People’s Camp 3 (11-13yo) 1-week session is from Jul 14-20; Young People’s Camp 3 (11-13yo) 2-week session is from Jul 14-27. Sr. High Camp (16-19yo) is from Jul 28-Aug 17. Camp costs are on a sliding fee scale. Scholarships available. Dates: Jun 23-Aug 19; Age Range of Campers: 8-19yo; Contact: 413-339-4954 ♦ cara@rowecenter.orgrowecenter.org; Location: Rowe, MA.

Debut deadline:
February 28, 2019

MARKET YOUR SUMMER CAMP: In an effort to connect families with summer camps & programs in the region, Hilltown Families is offering camps and programs a chance to partner with us in their online marketing with a special enhanced publicity offer. On Wednesday, March 6th, 2019, Hilltown Families will be featuring summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special directory: 2019 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
February 16-22, 2019

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Events Happening in the Hilltowns


SATURDAY

Saturday, February 16, 9-10am – Hilltown Family Variety Show. Commercial-free family radio. Award Wining Peruvian-American Kindie Rocker, Twinkle Time, shares her favorite message…L-O-V-E…LOVE! This week, Twinkle’s spinning the best family music with songs teaching kids about spreading love, peace, and happiness, globally! Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Click here select from over 12 years of archived shows!

Saturday, February 16, 9am-1pm – Winter Raptors of the Connecticut River Valley at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Easthampton, MA.

Saturday, February 16, 10am -Making and Tinkering: Hands-On Science & Engineering. As the first step to engineering and design, making and tinkering is all about taking things apart to see how they work, finding out what you can make out of loose parts, and most of all, trial and error! Ages 8-11. Dickinson Memorial Library. Northfield, MA.

Saturday, February 16, 10-11:30am – Tracking and Wildlife Signs at Mass Audubon’s Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary. Hampden, MA.

Saturday, February 16, 10am-12noon – Lenox Mountain Summit Hike at Pleasant Valley. Strap on snowshoes or microspikes for a hike to the wintery summit of Lenox Mountain to track wildlife, identify trees by their bark, and take in a 50-mile view from the top. Registration required. Ages 16+. Lenox, MA.

Saturday, February 16, 10am-2pm – Like games? Of course, you do! Come play your favorite game, or find a new favorite at the library! Play Scrabble, Chess, Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Jenga, and more! Games for all ages from 10am-12noon. Games for ages 10 & older from 12noon-2pm. Meekins Library. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams St, Williamsburg, MA.

Saturday, February 16, 10am-4pm – North Adams Winterfest. North Adams, MA.

Saturday, February 16, 10:30am – Folks from Mass Audubon will be at the Stockbridge Library to help folks learn about common local birds that live right in our backyards as well as how to feed them, identify them, and keep them returning from year to year. Best for older students and families. Stockbridge Library. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street, Stockbridge, MA.

Saturday, February 16, 11am-12noon – Tanglewood Marionettes presents “The Fairy Circus.” Watch as the puppets perform fantastic circus acts. West Springfield Public Library. 413-736-4561. 200 Park St, West Springfield, MA.

Saturday, February 16, 11am-12midnight – Downtown Turners Falls Winter Fun Event, a village-wide winter event filled with art exhibits, live music, shows, and shopping. 413-835-1390. Downtown Turners Falls, MA.

Saturday, February 16, 11am-3pm – West Springfield 6th Annual Mayoral Winter Carnival. Puppet show, book sale, horse-drawn sleigh rides, sledding, ice skating, Touch A Truck, and many more learning and community building events! Mittineague Park. 413 -263 -3284.1695 Westfield St., West Springfield, MA.

Saturday, February 16, 12:30-3pm – Pleasant Valley Snowshoe Hike. Strap on snowshoes or microspikes for a hike around the sanctuary trails, tracking wildlife and watching for animal activity around ponds, streams, meadows, and woodlands. Ages 16+. Registration required. Lenox, MA.

Saturday, February 16, 1pm – London Theatre Live Broadcast: Julie. Called “provocative and profound,” this story follows the wild and newly single Julie in a power game that rapidly descends into a savage fight for survival. This showing transcends traditional theater in that audiences will be watching the production via live broadcast from the National Theatre in London. Julie allows us to experience theater through a different lens and brings the magic of international theater to our local community! The Clark Institute, 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA

Saturday, February 16, 1-4pm – “Guerrilla Gardening Tactics” at Laughing Dog Farm. This is an intro-level class for any inspired grower, chef, “foodie” or wannabe seeking to produce amazing reliably, nutrient-dense food, around the calendar, on backyard plots, rooftops, in containers, passive solar hoop houses, etc., under a variety of “marginal” and real-life conditions. 413-863-8696. Gill, MA.

Saturday, February 16, 3pm – The Sunderland Public Library’s popular Short Story Series, where talented, local actors read short stories to a live audience, continues with two stories by acclaimed African-American writers: Langston Hughes and Gloria Naylor. Sunderland Public Library. 20 School Street, Sunderland, MA.

Saturday, February 16, 4-9pm – Chinese New Year Dinner Public at Shiro Kitchen & Asian Market. Share delicious food with Wei Wei and Harry, the owners of Shiro Kitchen and Asian Market, and explore the Market. They’ll be serving traditional Chinese, home-cooked dishes served buffet style. Call to RSVP. Shiro Kitchen & Asian Market. 413-528-1898. 105 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA.

Saturday, February 16, 6pm – Moonlight hike hosted by the Woodland Trails Committee in partnership with the Hilltown Land Trust. Call for directions. 413-268-3372. Williamsburg, MA.

Saturday, February 16, 6-10pm – Father Daughter Dance at Pizazz Dance Studio. Greenfield, MA.

Saturday, February 16, 7-10pm – Montague Square Dance at the Montague Common Hall. Calling by Bob Livingston, music by the House Band. Beginners and kids always welcome, all dances will be taught. Montague Square Dance. montaguesquaredance@gmail.com. 34 Main St Montague, MA.


SUNDAY

Sunday, February 16, 7-8am – Hilltown Family Variety Show. Commercial-free family radio. Award Wining Peruvian-American Kindie Rocker, Twinkle Time, shares her favorite message…L-O-V-E…LOVE! This week, Twinkle’s spinning the best family music with songs teaching kids about spreading love, peace, and happiness, globally! Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Click here select from over 12 years of archived shows!

Sunday, February 17 – National Random Acts of Kindness Day is today, a day that encourages acts of kindness. This is a great day to explore the theme of kindness with our most recent literary guide. Kindness comes in many forms and can be rewarding in many ways. Most of all, it has an incredibly positive impact on those around you. Exploring titles with a theme of kindness presents opportunities to learn about and discuss ways to show kindness to people, animals, the earth, and ourselves. Check out the titles we’re featuring and download your free guide: Literature in Context: A Literary Guide for Valentine’s Day & Kindness.

Sunday, February 17, 11am-5pm – Art Exhibit: “Pop! Icons of American Culture from the Smithsonian.” Explore the ways popular culture has played a major role in influencing and expressing the sentiments of generations of Americans. This special exhibit showcases a variety of artifacts on loan from the extensive collections of the Smithsonian, including the Superman and Lois Lane costumes worn by Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder. Borrow free museum passes from your local library. Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA.

Sunday, February 17, 12-4pm – Art Exhibit: Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials. The story of plastic is as complex as the polymer chains that make up its unique material properties. Plastic Entanglements brings together sixty works by thirty contemporary artists to explore the environmental, aesthetic, and technological entanglements of our ongoing love affair with this paradoxical, infinitely malleable substance. Both miraculous and malignant, ephemeral yet relentlessly present, plastic infiltrates our global networks, our planet, and even our bodies. Smith College Museum of Art. 413-585-2760. 20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace. Northampton, MA.

Sunday, February 17, 1-4pm – Youth photography workshop for ages 8-12. Taught by Tim Trelease and students from Deerfield Academy, this free workshop will be a fun way to learn photography skills in a group environment. All equipment will be provided for the class. Registration required. Artspace Community Arts Center. 413-772-6811. 15 Mill St., Greenfield, MA.

Sunday, February 17, 1-4:30pm – Cabin Fever Seed Swap! Drop in and bring seeds- any seeds: ones you’ve saved yourself or extras from seed packets. Also, bring gardening/ plant/growing-related items you’d like to swap. Nothing to trade? There will be seeds to give away, thanks to High Mowing Seeds in Vermont. Great place to exchange ideas, wisdom, experience, knowledge, questions, curiosity, and excitement with local growers. Green Fields Market. 170 Main Street. Greenfield, MA

Sunday, February 17, 2pm – Clark Art Institute Grounds Manager and horticulturist Matthew Noyes leads “Inhabiting the Landscape: Winter at the Clark,” a walk-and-talk focused on the museum’s approach to winterizing its 140-acre campus. Take in the beauty of the Berkshire winter on the museum grounds while learning about how the Clark balances fine art aesthetics with a commitment to environmental responsibility, and discover the many opportunities for seasonal fun on Stone Hill. After the guided walk, borrow a pair of snowshoes and explore the campus on your own! Clark Art Institute. 413-458-2303. 225 South St, Williamstown, MA.


MONDAY

During February School Vacation Week, children ages 4-12 will be joining Multi-Arts in Amherst & Northampton for an exciting artistic journey, tapping into creativity and broadens horizons. Multi-Arts is a non-profit arts program dedicated to educating, inspiring, and delighting youth in the performance and visual arts. During the week of Feb18-22, six professional artists will be working with participating children, sharing their talents, and inspiring them to immerse themselves in art, theater, music, dance, miming, and more. Join in for 1 or 2 days, or the entire week. Full day & two half day options available. Financial aid is available. For more info, visit www.multi-arts.org, email info@multi-arts.org or call 413-584-7951. Space is limited.

Monday, February 18, 10am-5pm – Let your imagination soar at the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, CT during February School Vacation Week! Explore three exhibit hangars filled w/over 60 historic aircraft & experience the wonders of flight through daily hands-on activities including Build & Fly Challenges, interactive Flight Science Demos and computerized Flight Simulators. Visitors can also take to the skies at the museum’s Virtual Flight Center using advanced, three screen yoke & pedal flight simulators (ages 10w+). Additional learning opportunities include a Model Airplane Workshop (Feb 18), LEGO Flying Machine Contest (Feb 19), Foam Flyer Challenge (Feb 20), Fun with Constellation Viewers (Feb 21) and Straw Glider Challenge (Feb 22). More info at www.neam.org.

Monday, February 18, 11am – Screening of “The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales.” Academy of Music Theatre. 274 Main St, Northampton, MA.

Monday, February 18, 12noon-1:15p – Looney Tunes Revue at Amherst Cinema. Amherst, MA.

Monday, February 18, 1-4pm – Drop-In Art Programs from 1-4pm. Presidents’ Day Talk: Rockwell’s Presidents from 1:30-2:30pm. Norman Rockwell Museum. Stockbridge, MA.

Monday, February 18, 1-4pm – Basic Nature Drawing Skills at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Easthampton, MA.

Monday, February 18, 2pm – Jungle Jim Presents, “Harry Potter Hogwarts Academy.” The Harry Potter Hogwarts Academy Training is a fully-interactive program that prepares participants to become wizards themselves. Professor Jungle-Flick teaches children how to perform their magic, play some Quidditch and even learn Defense against the Dark Arts. Borrow free museum passes from your local library. Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA.

Monday, February 18, 6-7:15pm – Mindful Parenting Drop-In Group at It Takes a Village. Cummington, MA.


TUESDAY

Whole Children is pleased to offer a February School Vacation Program with two separate sections for school age kids ages 7 to 12 and for teens ages 13 to 17. The program will be offered Tuesday through Friday, February 19-22 from 9 am to 3 pm. Come experience 4-days of fun games and activities! There will be a mix of everything “Whole Children” at this camp – board games, gym games, video games, Pokémon, LEGO and K’nex Building, Manga, Anime, karaoke, cooking, and a movie! Enjoy your favorites or try something new! There will be free-choice and opt-out/quiet time opportunities too! Price: $195, Franklin/Hampshire DDS Price: $150. To register, visit http://bit.ly/WCFebRegistration or call 413-585-8010.

Tuesday, February 19, 10am-5pm -Let your imagination soar at the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, CT during February School Vacation Week! Explore three exhibit hangars filled w/over 60 historic aircraft & experience the wonders of flight through daily hands-on activities including Build & Fly Challenges, interactive Flight Science Demos and computerized Flight Simulators. Visitors can also take to the skies at the museum’s Virtual Flight Center using advanced, three screen yoke & pedal flight simulators (ages 10w+). Additional learning opportunities include a Model Airplane Workshop (Feb 18), LEGO Flying Machine Contest (Feb 19), Foam Flyer Challenge (Feb 20), Fun with Constellation Viewers (Feb 21) and Straw Glider Challenge (Feb 22). More info at www.neam.org.

Tuesday, February 19, 11am – Screening of “Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver.” Academy of Music Theatre. 274 Main St, Northampton, MA.

Tuesday, February 19, 12noon-1:15p – Looney Tunes Revue at Amherst Cinema. Amherst, MA.

Tuesday, February 19, 1-4pm – Drop-In Art Programs at Norman Rockwell Museum. Stockbridge, MA.

Tuesday, February 19, 2pm – Magician Matt Roberts, a funny and astonishing family for all ages. Borrow free museum passes from your local library. Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA.

Tuesday, February 19, 2-3pm – Winter Birds Program for Youth. A reading of Birds in Winter, accompanied by a lesson on what birds you might see during the cold months. All participants will make a bird feeder to take home. Ages 6-10. North Adams Public Library. 413-662-3133. 74 Church St, North Adams, MA.

Tuesday, February 19, 6:15-7:15pm – PJ Party with Roger Tincknell; an interactive Family Concert. Remember to wear your PJs! All ages, and bedtime stuffies, are welcome. Light refreshments will be available. Emily Williston Memorial Library. 413-527-1031. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA.

Tuesday, February 19, 6:30pm – Special PJ Night at the Library! Join the East Longmeadow Library for a fun-filled evening of hockey activities, stories & crafts! Help them, along with the Boston Bruins, collect new PJ’s for local kids in need. Bring a new pair of PJ’s (any size) to storytime for a chance to win a 4-pack of tickets to the Springfield Thunderbirds. East Longmeadow Public Library. 413-525-5432. 60 Center Square, East Longmeadow, MA.

Tuesday, February 19, 6:30pm – Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Stockbridge. Have you ever driven down streets in historic Stockbridge, passed an interesting house, and wondered why it was there and who had lived in it? Behind Closed Doors: “At Home in Stockbridge” is a program series which features current Stockbridge homeowners talking about the families who lived in their houses before them. Each program will include stories of two existing homes, as well as one other home that has been lost over the years. Stockbridge Library. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street, Stockbridge, MA.

Tuesday, February 19, 6:30-8pm – Moonlight Owl and Wildlife Prowl at Canoe Meadows Wildlife. Enjoy a moonlit evening listening and watching for owls and other nocturnal wildlife; exploring fields, forests, and wetlands, learning about animal adaptations for night hunting. Ages 7-18. Registration required. Pittsfield, MA.


WEDNESDAY

Wednesday, February 20, 10am-5pm – Let your imagination soar at the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, CT during February School Vacation Week! Explore three exhibit hangars filled w/over 60 historic aircraft & experience the wonders of flight through daily hands-on activities including Build & Fly Challenges, interactive Flight Science Demos and computerized Flight Simulators. Visitors can also take to the skies at the museum’s Virtual Flight Center using advanced, three screen yoke & pedal flight simulators (ages 10w+). Additional learning opportunities include a Model Airplane Workshop (Feb 18), LEGO Flying Machine Contest (Feb 19), Foam Flyer Challenge (Feb 20), Fun with Constellation Viewers (Feb 21) and Straw Glider Challenge (Feb 22). More info at www.neam.org.

Wednesday, February 20, 10:30am – Go on an African Safari! Join the Granby Library for a safari adventure in Kenya. Spot an elephant or prowling lion with Alice and Philip Denette as your guide. Kids are also welcome to make clay safari animals. Granby Free Public Library. 413-467-3320. 297 East State Street. Granby, MA.

Wednesday, February 20, 10:30am – Open Sledding & Swim. Hill behind JFK Middle School, come for sledding on the hill, followed by an open swim at the JFK Middle School pool. Must bring own sled! This event is snow pending. JFK Middle School. Northampton, MA.

Wednesday, February 20, 11am – Screening of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” Academy of Music Theatre. 274 Main St, Northampton, MA.

Wednesday, February 20, 12noon-1:15p – Looney Tunes Revue at Amherst Cinema. Amherst, MA.

Wednesday, February 20, 1-2:30pm – Hands-On STEM activities for homeschoolers of all ages at the Carnegie Library. Call to register. Carnegie Public Library. 413-863-3214. 201 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA.

Wednesday, February 20, 1-2:30pm – Free Public Ice Skating at Boys & Girls Club Of The Berkshires. Pittsfield, MA.

Wednesday, February 20, 1-4pm – Drop-In Art Programs at Norman Rockwell Museum. Stockbridge, MA.

Wednesday, February 20, 2pm – Magician Eric Benton leads us into a world of silly tricks and whimsical mysteries. Borrow free museum passes from your local library. Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA.

Wednesday, February 20, 3:30-4:15pm – Decorate Snowflakes for the Senior Center at the library. Make a snowflake that will decorate the Senior Center. All materials provided. Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton, MA.

Wednesday, February 20, 6:30pm – Have you ever wandered through the woods and wondered who had been there before you? In Massachusetts, many parks and trails have been carved out of historical sites. Author Alison O’Leary, an award-winning journalist and coauthor of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s new guide Best Day Hikes Near Boston, will share her favorites. Using maps and historic photos, she describes several day trip destinations with historical significance and exciting features in Massachusetts. Westfield Athenaeum. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street, Westfield, MA.


THURSDAY

Thursday, February 21, 10am-12pm – Open Basketball at JFK Middle School Gym (enter through rear doors by tennis courts). Join others to shoot around or play a scrimmage with friends ages 10 -14. A staff member will be at the gym to supervise and run scrimmages. JFK Middle School. Northampton, MA.

Thursday, February 21, 10am-5pm – Let your imagination soar at the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, CT during February School Vacation Week! Explore three exhibit hangars filled w/over 60 historic aircraft & experience the wonders of flight through daily hands-on activities including Build & Fly Challenges, interactive Flight Science Demos and computerized Flight Simulators. Visitors can also take to the skies at the museum’s Virtual Flight Center using advanced, three screen yoke & pedal flight simulators (ages 10w+). Additional learning opportunities include a Model Airplane Workshop (Feb 18), LEGO Flying Machine Contest (Feb 19), Foam Flyer Challenge (Feb 20), Fun with Constellation Viewers (Feb 21) and Straw Glider Challenge (Feb 22). More info at www.neam.org.

Thursday, February 21, 11am – Screening of “Lu Over the Wall.” Academy of Music Theatre. 274 Main St, Northampton, MA.

Thursday, February 21, 12noon-1:15p – Looney Tunes Revue at Amherst Cinema. Amherst, MA.

Thursday, February 21, 12-3pm – Harry Potter Holiday. Spend the afternoon traveling to Hogwarts castle to celebrate all things Harry Potter. Activities, crafts, and refreshments provided. Costumes encouraged. North Adams Public Library. 413-662-3133. 74 Church St, North Adams, MA.

Thursday, February 21, 1:30-2:30pm – Discovering Trees. Trees are all around us; they shade us on our walks, they hold up birds’ nests in their branches, they pop with color in the springtime, they inspire our creativity and wonder. But sometimes we forget they’re there at all! This winter break, join SCA service members to rediscover the magic of trees. Give your wholehearted attention to these gentle giants, and take home some reminders of what trees mean to us. Dress for outdoor weather. Ages 5-Adults. Great Falls Discovery Center. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA.

Thursday, February 21, 2pm – Fran Flynn Magician Extraordinaire. Performance features audience participation, quick wit, one-liners, a dove, and a special appearance by “Snuggles,” a very real and very friendly magical rabbit. Borrow free museum passes from your local library. Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA.

Thursday, February 21, 2:30-3:30pm – The Springfield Symphony Orchestra’s Musical Petting Zoo is a fun and informative hands-on traveling exhibit of musical instruments that will pay a visit to the Huntington Library. After an introduction to the instruments, participants get a chance to bow a violin, blow a horn or tap out a rhythm on a drum. Here’s your chance to try an instrument in a judgment-free zone that encourages exploration and excitement! The Huntington Public Library. 413-512-5206. 7 E Main St, Huntington, MA.

Thursday, February 21, 5:30-6:30pm – Four Freedoms Forum: The Transformative Power of Art at Norman Rockwell Museum. Stockbridge, MA.

Thursday, February 21, 6-7:30pm – Science Cafe. This month, “The Origins and Future of Language.” If you make a sound and nobody understands it, does it count as language? Are humans the only ones who use language? Are Emojis language? Hear a scientific panel discuss and debate the biological basis of language, ways it can go wrong, and where language may be headed in the future. The Taroom. 1 Mill Valley Road, SuiteC, Hadley, MA.

Thursday, February 21, 7-8pm – Symmetry in Art & Science. All are invited to the Mead Art Museum for a talk on symmetry with Amherst College Assistant Professor of Chemistry Chris Durr. Come learn more about a chemist’s perspective on symmetry, structure, and time. Attendees will walk away with a greater understanding of how scientific principles play out visually in their galleries. Mead Art Museum. 41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA.


FRIDAY

Friday, February 22, 10am-5pm – Let your imagination soar at the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, CT during February School Vacation Week! Explore three exhibit hangars filled w/over 60 historic aircraft & experience the wonders of flight through daily hands-on activities including Build & Fly Challenges, interactive Flight Science Demos and computerized Flight Simulators. Visitors can also take to the skies at the museum’s Virtual Flight Center using advanced, three screen yoke & pedal flight simulators (ages 10w+). Additional learning opportunities include a Model Airplane Workshop (Feb 18), LEGO Flying Machine Contest (Feb 19), Foam Flyer Challenge (Feb 20), Fun with Constellation Viewers (Feb 21) and Straw Glider Challenge (Feb 22). More info at www.neam.org.

Friday, February 22, 10:30–11:30am – Kidleidoscope Story Hour: Snakes. Come learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. Program includes a story, interactive games, and a craft to introduce young children to wildlife along the river. Meet in the Great Hall. For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Siblings and friends welcome. Great Falls Discovery Center. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA.

Friday, February 22, 11:30am – Theatre Mobile presents”Tall-Tales from Big-Fib.” Paul Strickland and Erika Kate MacDonald just got back from visiting their zany Uncle False, who live in Big-Fib Trailer-Park cul-de-sac. Big-Fib is WAY down south, down there just off the coast of Factual. Join Erika and Paul as they tell you some of their favorite Tall-Tales, songs and more in this Family Friendly Fun-tastic show! Gateway City Arts. 413-650-2670. 92 Race St, Holyoke, MA.

Friday, February 22, 11am – Screening of “Kubo and the Two Strings.” Academy of Music Theatre. 274 Main St, Northampton, MA.

Friday, February 22, 12noon-1:15pm – Looney Tunes Revue at Amherst Cinema. Amherst, MA.

Friday, February 22, 1-3pm – Comic Book Workshop. Artist, Madeline Dye, will be offering a 2-hour workshop covering subjects related to the creation of comics and zines for teens. Registration is required. Berkshire Athenaeum. 1 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield, MA.

Friday, February 22, 1-4pm – Drop-In Art Programs at Norman Rockwell Museum. Stockbridge, MA.

Friday, February 22, 1:30pm – Braille Storytime at the Forbes Library. Enjoy a Braille Storytime with Barbara Black, and meet her guide dog, Miss Pie! Barbara will talk about a day-in-the-life for her dog, share a favorite book, and answer questions. They’ll also have a collection of Braille children’s books available for check out. Ages 2-8. Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton, MA.

Friday, February 22, 2pm – Malik the Magic Guy, a laugh-filled magic show featuring magic with sports equipment, sleight of hand, and other fun surprises. Borrow free museum passes from your local library. Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA.

Friday, February 22, 2:30pm – Jungle Jim’s Harry Potter Hogwarts Academy Training, a fully-interactive program preparing participants to become wizards themselves! Professor Jungle-Flick teaches children how to perform their magic, play some Quidditch, and even learn Defense Against the Dark Arts. Ages 5-11. North Adams Public Library. 413-662-3133. 74 Church St, North Adams, MA.


Hilltown Families’ list of Suggested Events is supported in part by grants from the Amherst, Bernardston, Chester, Hatfield, Heath, Montgomery, Rowe, Russell, South Hadley, and Springfield Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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