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Amelia Park Children’s Museum
Amelia Park Children’s Museum in Westfield has exhibits that encourage and inspire a child’s imagination while helping them learn about the world around them – and beyond! (Check out their space exploration exhibit!) Children of all ages can build, pretend they are a doctor or nurse, become a teller in the bank exhibit, have fun while moving and exercising or simply for one of the special activities. Featured weekday events include story, craft & science hours. They also have several special events throughout the year.

Amherst Astronomy Association
A non-profit public-service association for astronomy, science and education, appropriate for all ages, located in Amherst, MA. Free public observations and events offered, including astronomy day, comets, crescent moon, eclipse, equinox, full moon rising, planets, solar, solstice and more.

Becket, MA, Art Center – Young People’s Program
A multi-arts program in Becket, MA, for young people ages 5-14, that offers students an opportunity to work with highly experienced staff in a low key nurturing environment. Scholarships are available for full-time Hilltown residents.

Berkshire Botanical Garden
The Berkshire Botanical Garden is a not-for-profit, membership-supported, educational institution located in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, a lively center for horticulture, educational programs, and community events. The Garden’s major programs include the expansion of its youth education programs which nurture children’s interest in nature and teach grassroots environmentalism to school children in Berkshire County and the contiguous tri-state area For more information concerning the Garden’s programs, special events and other activities, please call 413-298-3926.

Berkshire Museum
The Berkshire Museum was founded in 1903 and is located in Pittsfield, MA. At the Berkshire Museum, you will find: Thirteen galleries, aquarium featuring a touch tank, 291 seat air conditioned theater, classrooms, refrigerator Art Gallery exhibits children’s artwork, wacky Vend-O-Mat that offers both fun and snacks, the Museum Store features unique, affordable items for the whole family, including a large selection of educational games and toys for kids. The mission of the Berkshire Museum is to enrich, inspire and educate through interactions with the arts, history and the natural world.

Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum
10 Willow Creek Road Lenox, MA. (413) 637-2210

Berkshire Theatre Festival (BTF PLAYS!)
Located in Stockbridge, MA, and the home of BTF PLAYS! which presents family programming. Vist their website for local performing dates.

Bidwell House Museum
The museum, set in the Berkshire hills (Monterey, MA), is an elegant Georgian saltbox originally built circa 1750 as a parsonage. Authentically restored, filled with antiques and surrounded by beautiful grounds and hiking trails.

Books – Suggested titles for discovering Massachusetts

Bright Nights at Forest Park
An illuminating 2.5 mile drive through Springfield’s Forest Park, featuring 500,000 lights in dozens of amazing displays.

Bryant Homestead
Families and friends have been enjoying picnics on this country estate above the Westfield River Valley since William Cullen Bryant and his kin were in residence more than a century ago in Cummington, MA. Keep the tradition alive at the picnic tables alongside the house or spread a blanket.

Buckland Historical Society
Upper Street in Buckland, MA. (978) 745-0184

Chamber Music in Deerfield/Northampton

Chapel Brook
Delight in this intimate series of chutes, punctuated by crystal clear pools that are ideal for wading enthusiasts. You can even drop into the pools via natural “water slides,” in Ashfield, MA. A tip from locals: even on the hottest days, the brook’s waters remain ice cold!

Chesterfield Gorge
Carved from an ancient rock face on the East Branch of the Westfield River (a federally designated Wild and Scenic waterway) this natural wonder is one of the most dramatic waterfalls in the region in West Chesterfield, MA.  Best of all, the 70-foot falls plunge is just a short walk from the parking lot.

Chesterwood
The country home, studio and gardens of America’s foremost sculptor of public monuments, Daniel Chester French (1850-1931). Situated on 122 acres in the idyllic hamlet of Glendale near Stockbridge, MA, the property and buildings were donated to the National Trust for Historic Preservation by French’s daughter, Margaret French Cresson (1889-1973).

Children’s Museum
Located in Holyoke, MA, the museum features a permanent health and wellness exhibit called “The Body Playground” that includes “The Wellness Climber”, a two-story climbing structure representing the digestive and respiratory systems; “Body of Water”, a water play area symbolic of the human circulatory system; “Aortic Orchestra”, a place where a child’s own heartbeat is digitally recorded so that he or she can play real instruments to the amplified beat; and “The Hearin’ Now”, a completely darkened sensory maze which children crawl through using their senses of hearing and touch. Also featured are hands-on discovery exhibits about art, science, and the world; paper-making workshops run by children (a tribute to Holyoke’s important paper industry and history); giant puzzles; microscopes; a theater complete with a costume trunk, and the CMTV-40 studio for kids. Other exhibits include “Cityscape”, featuring an urban park and book-mobile; and “The Scientific Co.” with giant bubblemakers, a kaleidoscope table, and a sand pendulum.

Choral Arts (Western Massachusetts Choral Arts Calendar)

Coco Key Water Resort
Take a break from Western Mass winter and head to an indoor water park.  Nearby locations include Boston & Fitchburg, MA and Waterbury, CT.

The Colonial Theatre
A restored Colonial Theatre will become a vital cultural force in Pittsfield and Berkshire County. The Colonial will provide a venue for local and regional performers, ensembles and theater groups, as well as national touring artists. Programming at the Colonial will include nights of comedy, jazz, blues, folk and rock concerts, evenings of dance, Broadway shows, screening of foreign and classic films, lectures by authors and world-renown speakers, family entertainment, and country, classical, gospel, and classical performances.

Cultural Pittsfield
The City of Pittsfield, located in the center of culturally-rich Berkshire County, features the Tony Award-winning Barrington Stage Company and its groundbreaking Musical Theatre Lab; the leading living history center for Shaker culture, Hancock Shaker Village, the world-class historically renovated Colonial Theatre, the rich collections in art, natural history and science of the Berkshire Museum, and much more!

Cup & Top
A cafe located in Florence, MA, that loves families! They have frequently host free Saturday morning family concerts, and the food’s kid friendly and healthy too, including gluten-free muffins & scones.

DAR State Forest
A popular swimming beach, shady picnic area and a group picnic pavilion, located in the eastern foothills of the Berkshires in Goshen, MA, discover 15 miles of mixed-use trails through northern hardwood-conifer forest. Climb the Goshen fire tower for spectacular views of the Connecticut River Valley and into five states. The campground offers 51 wooded campsites featuring modern comfort stations with showers and a private beach.

Discovery Museum
The Discovery Museums, located in Acton, Massachusetts, just west of Boston, are two separate but complementary museums filled with exciting, interactive exhibits for children of all ages using focused spaces and hands-on activities inviting exploration and discovery. At lunch or snack time you can visit one of the many area restaurants or, weather permitting, you can take advantage of our outdoor picnic tables.

Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden
Located in Springfield, MA. The Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden is now open at the Springfield Museums in Springfield, Theodor Seuss Geisel’s home town. Lark Grey Dimond-Cates, Geisel’s step-daughter, sculpted the large bronze sculptures of Dr. Seuss and his most beloved characters. Clustered together at the corner of the Quadrangle green near the Springfield Library are several large groupings: Theodor Geisel at his drawing board with the Cat in the Hat at his side; a 14-foot Horton the Elephant stepping out of an open book, accompanied by Thing One, Thing Two, Sam-I-Am, Sally, her brother, and Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose; and a storytelling chair, backed by a 10-foot-tall book with the text of Oh, the Places You’ll Go! with Gertrude McFuzz perched on top and the Grinch and his dog, Max, peeking around the side.

Eastfield Mall – Children’s Summer Theatre
Located in Springfield, MA, Eastfield Mall hosts a free “Children’s Summer Theatre” program. Perfect for those rainy or HOT Saturday’s in the summer.

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Located in Amherst, MA, and founded in part by Eric Carle, the renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, including the 1969 classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is the first full-scale museum in this country devoted to national and international picture book art, conceived and built with the aim of celebrating the art that we are first exposed to as children. The Museum features three Galleries dedicated to rotating exhibitions of picture book art, a hands-on Art Studio, an Auditorium for performances and lectures, a comfortable Library for reading and storytelling, a Café serving simple and delicious fare, and a Museum Shop stocked with creative gifts and old and new picture book favorites.

Field Farm
In Williamstown, MA, explore four miles of trails past fields, wander through manicured gardens graced by modern sculptures, and discover New England’s youngest historic house museum.

Flywheel
Flywheel is a non-profit, volunteer-run community arts space open to all in Easthampton, MA. Their activities range from family concerts to experimental works. Worth a perusal to see when any events suited for the young viewing audience is coming up.

Field Trips
An on-line resource that list local (and national) destinations to go on a field trip with your familiy.

Glendale Falls
Dramatic and remote, this long series of cascades feeds into the Middle Branch of the Westfield River, flowing deep within a Highlands valley in Middlefield, MA. Native brook trout rest in hidden pools below the falls, which is boisterous with spring snowmelt, but quiet by mid-summer.

Hancock Shaker Village
Hancock Shaker Village, Inc., is a private, not-for-profit educational organization that preserves and presents to the public the Shakers’ legacy at their community in Hancock, Massachusetts (near Pittsfield).

Hitchcock Center for the Environment
The Hitchcock Center for the Environment’s (Amherst, MA) mission is to foster a greater awareness and understanding of our natural world and to develop environmentally literate citizens. We offer natural history programs for people of all ages and backgrounds. We are committed to excellence in science education and work extensively in school systems throughout western Massachusetts training educators to be more effective science teachers.

Historic Deerfield
At Historic Deerfield children and their families can enjoy a trip through time at the Wells-Thorne house, a visit to the one-room schoolhouse, or using the looms at Hall Tavern. A special activity pack is also available to enhance the outdoor experience of the Blake Meadow Walk. Starting May 10, each weekend from noon to 4:00 pm families can visit the History Workshop where they will enjoy dressing up like an 18th century family, participating in games, using reproduction artifacts, and making a project to take home. Check our program calendar for other opportunities including open hearth cooking demonstrations, performances, and our monthly Hands-on History events.

Ice Skating in Western MAJacob’s Pillow
Located in Beckett, MA. Specializes in dance performances. Visit this link for family events.

Knack: The Art of Clever Reuse
Knack is a creative reuse center located in Easthampton, MA. Families can attend weekly drop-in craft workshops, purchase green arts & craft supplies, and learn about the art of reuse in an inspiring and welcoming environment.

Look Park
150 acres of park located in Florence, MA. Includes water park, play structures, open fields, bike path, paddle boats, and more.

Lupa Zoo
Located in Ludlow, MA, Lupa Zoo is a conservation and education institution demonstrating. Pony rides, bears, giraffes and zebras are just a few of the attractions at Lupa Zoo.

Manhan Rail Trail
Nestled in the heart of the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, Easthampton’s Manhan Rail Trail offers unique recreational opportunities to people of all ages and interests. Bike, jog, roller blade, cross country ski or simply enjoy a leisurely stroll on what was once a viable rail corridor. The 4.2 mile (off-road) paved trail was completed in 2003 after 10 years of planning and fundraising. It is proposed that eventually, the trail will connect all the way from New Haven, Connecticut to Northampton, Massachusetts and beyond.

Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory & Gardens
An 18,400-square foot facility in Deerfield, MA, that includes a 8,000-sq. ft. glass conservatory filled with butterflies, moths and tropical vegetation. The sun shines through the glass walls and heats up the conservatory to an 80-degree tropical-like environment all year round. The heart-shaped pond with Japanese koi graces the center of the conservatory. The sound of the waterfall, peaceful music and hundreds of butterflies fluttering freely through the air creates a tranquil and serene atmosphere.

Memorial Hall Museum
8 Memorial Street, Deerfield, MA. (413) 774-3768

Middlefield Museum
The Middlefield Historical Society has announced hours for the Middlefield Museum for the 2006 season. The Museum will be open on Saturday, Sept 2nd from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 7th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The museum is also open anytime by appointment by calling 413-623-8904. Items in the museum reflect life in a hilltown agricultural community.

The Mount Estate & Gardens
Lenox, MA.  Free admission for kids 18yo and under.

Mount Greylock State Reservation
In Lanesborough, MA, at 3,491 feet, Mount Greylock is the highest point in Massachusetts. Rising above the surrounding Berkshire landscape, dramatic views of 60-90 miles distant may be seen. It became Massachusetts’ first wilderness state park, acquired by the Commonwealth in 1898, to preserve its natural environment for public enjoyment. Wild and rugged yet intimate and accessible, Mount Greylock rewards the visitor exploring this special place of scenic and natural beauty.

Mullins Center (UMass)
Featuring sporting and skating events, concerts, family shows, and trade shows. at UMass in Amherst, MA (413) 545-3001.

Museums10.org
Museums 10 puts ten Western Massachusetts museums all together in one spectacular location for you: great art from every period, fascinating historical sites, world class collections of rocks and dinosaur bones illustrating the geologic history of the Connecticut River Valley, and books.

Natural Bridge State Park
In North Adams, discover a geologic wonder at this 48 acre park. Examine the only naturally formed white marble arch and man-made white marble dam in North America, and tour an abandoned marble quarry. The “natural bridge” for which the park is named, according to geologists, is 550 million year old bedrock marble, carved into an arch by the force of glacial melt water over 13,000 years ago; one of the best places in New England to demonstrate the effects of glaciation. The bridge spans rushing Hudson Brook as it twists and tumbles through a steep 60-foot deep gorge.

Naumkeag
In Stockbridge, MA, experience Gilded-Age style and splendor at this marvelous estate, renowned for its elegant gardens and rare Berkshire “Cottage.”

New England Air Museum
The New England Air Museum in Windsor, CT, is dedicated to the teaching and preservation of aviation history and technology

Nimble Arts Trapese & Circus School
Located in Brattleboro, VT. They offer instruction to the beginner through advanced acrobat & aerialist from ages 1 1/2 to 106, offering intensive private training, workshops & ongoing lessons in Brattleboro, Vermont, as well as teach at host organizations around the world & intensive private instruction & act creation for the aspiring professional or enthusiast. Instruction is offered in many disciplines including solo, duo, swinging & flying trapeze, web, fabric, cerceau (hoop) & rope as well as partner acrobatics, contortion, handstands, Chinese pole & clowning/character development.

Norman Rockwell Museum
Norman Rockwell Museum (Stockbridge, MA) houses the world’s largest and most significant collection of original Rockwell art.

Parade of the Big Balloons
Towards the end of November, Springfield welcomes Santa Claus in style, as dozens of marching and musical contingents accompany the Cat in the Hat and other balloon giants along Main Street.

Peach Festival
In Wilbraham, MA every August. In their 20th year.

Pittsfield, MA, Office of Cultural Development
The City of Pittsfield, located in the center of culturally-rich Berkshire County, features the Tony Award-winning Barrington Stage Company and its groundbreaking Musical Theatre Lab; the leading living history center for Shaker culture, Hancock Shaker Village, the world-class historically renovated Colonial Theatre, the rich collections in art, natural history and science of the Berkshire Museum, and much more!

Red Gate Farm
Located in Buckland, MA. 413.625.9503

Sandisfield Arts Center
The Sandisfield Arts Center provides cultural and educational programs for families and children.

Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum
The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum, in Shelburne Falls, MA, is dedicated to preserving and operating Shelburne Falls & Colrain Street Railway Combine No. 10. They have a collection of railroad and trolley artifacts and pictures, as well as a 0-4-0T Baldwin steam locomotive, an ex-CV Caboose and several other pieces of rolling stock.

Six Flags New England
Amusement park in Springfield, MA.

Smith College Botanical Gardens (Kids Corner)
Smith’s Botanic Garden in Northampton, MA, includes thousands of plants, of course, and not just those grown under glass in the Lyman Conservatory or outdoors in various not-so-secret gardens. Smith also hosts several yearly botanical events, including the flower bulb exhibit and the Chrysanthemum exhibit.

Snow Farm

Snow Farm offers studio craft workshops for adults and teens.  Try glassblowing, ceramics, weaving, landscape painting,  and much more.  Their facility in Williamsburg is a blend of historic and modern buildings with professionally equipped studios and simple dorms. Local residents are welcome to come for days only.  Their inter-generational weekends are a great gathering place for family members of different ages and with different interests.  They also welcome high school students to an intensive studio experience for 2 – 4 weeks in the summer.

Southwick’s Zoo
A privately owned zoon located in Mendon, MA. Home to over 500 wild animals featuring more than 100 varied species, many of which are endangered.

Springfield Museums
A welcoming committee of Dr. Seuss characters greets you at New England’s own “mini Smithsonian” – four outstanding museums filled with art, science and history, plus the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden. Kids will especially love the Springfield Science Museum where they’ll encounter a life-size Tyrannosaurus rex, a volcano they can crawl through, live animals, and hands-on exhibits and activities. Then they can visit the Hasbro Games Art Discovery Center at the museum next door and try on costumes and make art projects. Young children will also enjoy SeussScape, a small playroom outfitted with Dr. Seuss books and toys. Four museums. One admission fee. Free parking. Endless fun 1.800.625.7738.

Steady Lane Farm
Located in Ashfield, MA. “We hope to grow organic and biodynamic hay, flowers, herbs, beef, lamb and wool. We intend to also grow healthy soil and to be neighborly. We try to farm with respect for animals, soil, water, other farmers, neighbors, and customers.”

Tanglewood
In Lenox, MA, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Enjoy the sounds of the Boston Pops, James Taylor, David Brubeck, New York Philharmonic, music of Weber, Berlioz and Tchaikovsky, Juilliard String Quartet just to name a few. Tanglewood’s property consisting of 210 acres. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, food and wine to accompany the music .

The Fine Arts Center (UMass)
Performances of classical, jazz, country and pop. Performers from all over the world are drawn to the center at UMass in Amherst, MA. Art exhibits and artists receptions.

The Zoo in Forest Park & Education Center
Located in Springfield, MA. The Forest Park Zoo, located in Forest Park, a 735 acre woodland park in Springfield, features exotic and indigenous animals representing a large variety of species found throughout the world and in North America. Experience the world of exotic animals and local wildlife as never before. Take a train trip around the park, explore freshwater pond life, learn about endangered animals and captive breeding programs. Get to know the creatures that frequent your backyard, and visit a Heritage Breeds Barn. Shop in our unique gift shop for unusual, educational, or whimsical gift items. Enjoy the gardens, seasonal exhibits, programs, and events.

Tregellys Fiber Farm
Located in Hawley, MA, Tregellys Fiber Farm is the home to numerous exotic animals, including: Angora goats, Llamas, Alpacas, Yaks, Icelandic, Navajo Churro, Soay, Jacob, Shetland, and Karakul Sheep, White Galloway Cattle, Dzo and Dzomo’s, Black Angus and Jersey Cattle, 7 Dogs, 5 Cats, Ducks, Geese, Chickens, Turkeys, Pheasants, White Peacocks and a Poitou and a mini Donkey. Tregellys is now becoming a stopping place for Tibetan Monks who tour North America. A Tibetan Stupa was built in 2004. Buddhist, or not, all are welcome to visit and walk around the Stupa for good luck. The aim at Tregellys is to share knowledge and love of primitive and heritage breeds. You might only have seen some of these animals in zoos, but in fact they continue to have agricultural use around the world.

Visit Western Mass
The official web site for finding FUN in Western Mass.

Westfield’s Children’s Museum
A learning place where hands-on exhibits invite children to experiment, create and play through activities in Westfield, MA. Adults and children can share in the excitement of learning and discovering the city and the world in which we live.

Wistariahurst Museum
Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke, MA, seeks to preserve the home, landscape and material culture of the Skinner family and promote an appreciation of history and culture through educational programs, exhibits and special events.

The Yellow House
The Yellow House n downtown Palmer, MA, is a not-for-profit community center for learning, offering a wide range of lifelong learning classes and special events – up to 400 classes each year in a beautifully refurbished yellow Victorian house. All ages are welcome, depending on the class.

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  1. May 19, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    EVERY SUNDAY

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      Every Sunday from 8:30am-4pm – PLANT STUDIES: Warm up at the Smith College’s Lyman Conservatory & Plant House! Not only is it a dry/warm destination on a wet/cold day, but there are loads of learning opportunities awaiting you! They offer an audio tour for both kids and adults, and a “Woods of the World” display that features panels of wood from over 170 trees from all around the world! With ten different indoor exhibits to explore, the learning possibilities offered by the conservatory are endless. 413-585-2740. 16 College Lane on the Smith College campus. Northampton, MA (FREE/Donations)

      9:30am-4:30pm — LOCAL HISTORY: The Flynt Center of Early New England Life at Historic Deerfield is open every Saturday and Sunday through 4/10. Visitors can enjoy current exhibitions and “The Museum’s Attic” gallery. 413-774-5581. Old Main Street, Deerfield, MA. (FREE Members and Deerfield Residents, $ Non-members)

      Every Sunday from 10am-3pm — OUTDOOR ADVENTURES/SNOWSHOEING: Strap on snowshoes and get some exercise and fresh air at Bartholomew’s Cobble on Snowshoe Sundays, now through March 6, 2016. The Visitor Center will be open, with hot cocoa to enjoy after your trek. Snowshoes available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis. 413-298-3239 x3013. 105 Weatogue Road, Sheffield, MA. (FREE Members, <$ Non-members)

      1st Sunday from 10am-5pm – ART MUSEUM: The Clark Art Institute in the Berkshires houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. The museum’s “First Sundays Free” program. Adult admission (normally $20) is free on the first Sunday of every month through May 4, 2016. Galleries are open 10am to 5pm. 413-458-2303. 225 South St., Williamstown, MA (FREE)

      One Sunday a month from 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Community Network for Children hosts a playgroup for newborns through preschool-aged children with their families at the Erving Elementary school one Sunday per month through June 30, 2016 (check their web site for when). It may not run during school holiday periods and in inclement weather; please call ahead to check. 413-423-3326. 28 Northfield Road, Erving, MA. (FREE)

      Every Sunday from 10:30am-4pm – HISTORY: Learn about historic trades at Historic Deerfield every Saturday and Sunday at their Historic Trades Demonstrations. Visitors can learn about trades such as tinsmithing, blacksmithing, dressmaking, shoemaking, silversmithing, tailoring, pottery, coopering, and many others. Free with admission. 413-774-5581. 84B Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. ($)

      Every Sunday from 11am-2pm – STEM: Families can explore the Springfield Science Museum and meet the Roving Scientist for demonstrations and hands-on science activities. Free with museum admission. Every Sunday. Museum passes available at some local libraries. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. ($$)

      Every Sunday from 11am-8pm – GO-KARTING: Every Sunday is Family Day at Pioneer Valley Indoor Karting! Ages 8 and up can come enjoy driving around the indoor racetrack. Teens and kids under age 18 must have a guardian present or have waiver signed. This is a great indoor activity for the cold winter months & rainy weekends! 413-446-7845. 10 West Street. West Hatfield, MA. ($$)

      1st & 3rd Sunday from 12pm-3pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Why did so many Danes settle in Granville in the late 1800’s? What were their daily lives like? What were the contributions of this early Danish colony on Granville and surrounding towns? The NCCHP Museum at the Drum Shop hosts tours and an exhibit which features many old Danish artifacts including shipping trunks, wooden shoes, household items and pictures and information about these families. This event takes place on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month. 413-357-6321. NCCHP Museum, 42 Water St., Granville, MA.. (<$)

      Every Sunday from 12pm-5pm – STEM: The Berkshire Museum’s Spark!Lab is open for drop in play. In Spark!Lab, everyone is an inventor! Spark!Lab is a hands-on, creative laboratory that engages children and families in the process of innovation: try the variety of activities, from creating a wheeled vehicle to experimenting with percussion to assembling safe electrical circuits. Visitors of all ages can work together to combine skills and ideas to create inventions with real-world applications. 413-443-7171. Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield, MA. (FREE with museum admission)

      4th Sunday from 1pm-3pm — NATURE WALK: Nature walks provide the perfect opportunity for discovery – you never know what you might learn – it is all dependent on what you encounter during that particular time. Young, old, novice and seasoned naturalists are all welcome for The Hitchcock Center’s nature walk around larch Hill. Every fourth Sunday. Registration required. 413-256-6006. 525 South Pleasant St., Amherst, MA. (FREE)

      3rd Sunday from 1pm-4pm – MAKERSPACE: Are you a maker, or do you know someone who is? Every third Sunday, the Open Tech Skills Lab is open for folks to drop in and work on projects, share and discuss ideas, and collaborate on group creations. Bring your project, computer, and/or components, or just stop in to see what others are doing. This unstructured lab time does not include any formal instruction and is intended for people ages 16 and older. Younger children may attend if they are accompanied by an adult who will be working alongside them for the duration of their time in the lab. Call for address. 413-896-6866. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

      3rd Sunday from 2pm-4pm – SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a support group for mothers of children with autism at the Trinity Church of Shelburne Falls on the third Sunday of each month. Mothers can come share their experiences in a safe environment at this support group. Call for more information. 413-834-4791. 17 Severance Street. Shelburne Falls, MA.

      Last Sunday from 2pm-6pm – BOARD GAMES: Families can come play new and classic board games at Modern Myths the last Sunday of each month. Beginners welcome. All ages. $5 entry fee that is returned to you as store credit. 413-582-6973. 34 Bridge Street #4. Northampton, MA. (>$)

      2nd Sunday from 3pm-5pm – PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group the second Sunday of each month at the MotherWoman Office. This group is for those who are parenting older children after the loss of a baby or for those who is parenting a child who has joined the family after a loss. Email ehenyey@gmail.com for more information. 413-387-0703. 220 Russell Street. Hadley, MA.

      2nd Sunday from 3pm-6pm – KNITTING: Come to the Meekins Library the second Sunday of each month for Yarn Spinners! Bring your needles and yarn and share tips and tricks with others. Open to all skill levels. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)

      4th Sunday from 3:30pm-7pm – DANCE: The fourth Sunday of every month, Earthdance holds a Contact Improvisation class and jam. All dance levels are welcome to come learn this dance form and then experiment with it in a jam format. 413-634-5678. 252 Prospect Street. Plainfield, MA. ($$)

      4th Sunday at 7pm – IMPROV: Happier Valley Comedy presents Sunday Improv Fun Time the fourth Sunday of each month at the Arts Block. All are welcome to come play improv games or watch. 289 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (< $)

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  2. May 19, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    EVERY SATURDAY

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    Updated: Jan 26, 2016

    TBA – THEATER: Theater group for young kids every Saturday at the Worthington Library. 413-238-5565. 1 Huntington Road. Worthington, MA. (FREE)

    8:30am-4pm – PLANT STUDIES: Warm up at the Smith College’s Lyman Conservatory & Plant House! Not only is it a dry/warm destination on a wet/cold day, but there are loads of learning opportunities awaiting you! They offer an audio tour for both kids and adults, and a “Woods of the World” display that features panels of wood from over 170 trees from all around the world! With ten different indoor exhibits to explore, the learning possibilities offered by the conservatory are endless. 413-585-2740. 16 College Lane on the Smith College campus. Northampton, MA (FREE/Donations)

    9:30am-10am; 12noon-12:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids can come to the Tilton Library on the first and third Saturdays of each month for “Make It,” an arts and crafts event. Please call to RSVP. 413-665-4683. 75 North Main Street. South Deerfield, MA. (FREE)

    9:30am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Papas playgroup meets at the Community Action Family Center the first Saturday of each month. The playgroup is for kids birth-age to six and their fathers. 90 Federal Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

    9:30am-12:30pm — CRAFTS: Drop by the Youth Department at the Emily Williston Memorial Library the fourth Saturday of each month for a special craft project with Angela. Appropriate for all ages, but very young kids might need help. No registration required. 413-527-1031. 9 Park Street, Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

    9:30am-4:30pm — LOCAL HISTORY: The Flynt Center of Early New England Life at Historic Deerfield is open every Saturday and Sunday through 4/10. Visitors can enjoy current exhibitions and “The Museum’s Attic” gallery. 413-774-5581. Old Main Street, Deerfield, MA. (FREE Members and Deerfield Residents, $ Non-members)

    10am-12pm – GAMES: Those who enjoy games will enjoy meeting up with others to play cards, role-playing games, board games, and more at the Westhampton Public Library. The first Saturday of every month will feature video games. 413-527-5386. 1 North Street, Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

    10am-2pm – GAMES: Need a fun rainy day activity? Spend Saturday mornings at The Quarters for Super Cereal Saturday. Unlimited cereal, cartoons, and unlimited tokens for vintage arcade games. Call to confirm: 413-429-4263. 8 Railroad Street. Hadley, MA. ($)

    10am-2pm — LOCAL FOOD/FARMERS’ MARKET: Locally grown food is still available in the winter. Meet your local farmers, and maybe a friend or two, at the Farmers’ Market at Forest Park, every second and fourth Saturday through April. Inside the old monkey house. 413-737-1724. Forest Park, Springfield, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

    10am – 5pm – STEM: The Berkshire Museum’s Spark!Lab is open for drop in play. In Spark!Lab, everyone is an inventor! Spark!Lab is a hands-on, creative laboratory that engages children and families in the process of innovation: try the variety of activities, from creating a wheeled vehicle to experimenting with percussion to assembling safe electrical circuits. Visitors of all ages can work together to combine skills and ideas to create inventions with real-world applications. 413-443-7171. Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield, MA. (FREE with museum admission)

    10:30am – STORYTIME: Storytime for families with young children every Saturday at the Belding Memorial Library. 413-628-4414. 344 Main Street. Ashfield, MA. (FREE)

    10:30am – STORYTIME: Kids ages 2 and up can enjoy storytime at the S. White Dickinson Memorial Library the first Saturday of every month. There will be stories, songs, puppets, and crafts. 413-665-2170. 202 Chestnut Plain Road. Whately, MA. (FREE)

    10:30am-11:30am – STORYTIME: Kids in kindergarten and first grade are invited to the Hatfield Public Library for Stories, Sweets, and Someone Special, which takes place the first Saturday of each month. There will be stories and activities for kids, and coffee, doughnuts, and juice for all. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)

    10:30am-11:30am – LEGOS: Every Saturday is LEGO Club for ages 6 and up at the Sunderland Public Library. Come play with LEGOs and make new friends. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

    10:30am-11:30am – ARTS & CRAFTS: Ages 4 and up can do creative art projects at “Fun with Fine Arts,” a program hosted by the Ramsdell Library every Saturday. 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street. Housatonic, MA. (FREE)

    10:30am-11:30am – KNITTING: Knitters of all ages and skill levels can work on knitting projects together at the Ramsdell Library‘s “Knit ‘n Stitch” group every Saturday. Offer knitting advice or get help on projects at this weekly program. 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street. Housatonic, MA. (FREE)

    10:30am-12noon – LOCAL HISTORY: The Springfield Museums host a monthly walking tour through downtown Springfield the second Saturday of each month. Join historians and experts on this enlightening walks. Best for those interested in local history. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (>$)

    10:30am-12pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Interested in learning more about the history of Springfield as you tour the city on foot with a knowledgeable guide? Participate in the Springfield Museums‘ monthly walking tours, which take place on the second Saturday of each month. This year’s tours focus on the street locations that were photographed by the WPA 75 years ago. 800-625-7738. Museum welcome center, 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA. (< $)

    10:30am-12pm — STEM: Play and learn through exposure to “STEAM” at the Berkshire Athenaeum on the third Saturday of the month! This integrated approach to learning offers children and their caregivers a chance to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math (STEAM) and builds inquiry skills. Children under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult, age 18 or older, at all times. 413-499-9480 x5. Berkshire Athenaeum/Pittsfield Library, 1 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

    10:30am-4pm – HISTORY: Learn about historic trades at Historic Deerfield every Saturday and Sunday at their Historic Trades Demonstrations. Visitors can learn about trades such as tinsmithing, blacksmithing, dressmaking, shoemaking, silversmithing, tailoring, pottery, coopering, and many others. Free with admission. 413-774-5581. 84B Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. ($)

    11am – LEGO: LEGO Club the last Saturday of each month at the Carnegie Library. 413-863-3214. 201 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

    11am – STORYTIME: All ages can come to storyhour at the Huntington Public Library the second and fourth Saturday of every month. Storyhour includes a story, craft, and a snack. 413-667-3506. Huntington, MA. (FREE)

    11am-12noon – LEGO: Have a blast with LEGOs at the Forest Park Branch Library every Saturday. 413-263-6843. 380 Belmont Avenue. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

    11am-12noon – BOOK GROUP: The second Saturday of each month, tweens and teens can attend a horror fiction book club at the East Forest Park Branch Library. Come discuss your favorite books with your peers at this fun monthly event. 413-263-6836. 122 Island Pond Road. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

    11:30am – WRITING GROUP: Want to share your stories? Listen to others’ stories? This event at the Emily Williston Memorial Library is open to kids and adults alike and focuses on awakening the storyteller within everyone. Meets the third Saturday of the month. Emily Williston Memorial Library, 9 Park St., Easthampton, MA (FREE)

    12:30pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Visit the Berkshire Museum for Chow Time, a weekly program every Saturday that offers an interactive look at what it takes to feed the animals (like fish, turtles, and a skink!) who live at the museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($)

    1:00pm-3pm – SCIENCE FICTION: In this article about the meaning and power of Doctor Who, James Cornish sums up the most important messages of this British science-fiction TV program: the notion that “we all have boundless potential and need only the right stimulus to unlock it and help us become something greater” and also “there’s no point in being grown up if you can’t be childish sometimes.” Forbes Library presents the weekly Forbes Doctor Who Club, where you can release your inner fan with like-minded Doctor Who aficionados. 413-587-1011. 20 West St., Northampton, MA (FREE)

    1pm-3pm – LEGOS: Kids ages 5 and up can attend the Cushman Library‘s LEGO Club, which takes place the second Saturday of each month. Come to the library to get creative with LEGOs and have fun playing with friends. 413-648-5402. 28 Church Street. Bernardston, MA. (FREE)

    1:30pm – STORYTIME: The Springfield Central Library is offering a story and craft time for ages 3-10. Every Saturday. 413-263-6828 x471. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

    2pm-3:30pm — STEM: Come to the Jones Library Makerspace, a place to create, invent, and learn, every second and fourth Saturday of the month. Creative tools and equipment, from robotics and coding programs to craft supplies, provided. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

    2pm-4pm – CHESS: The Goodwin Memorial Library is offering a chess club for kids and teens the second Saturday of each month. Space is limited; call to sign up. 413-584-7451. Route 47 & Route 9. Hadley, MA.

    3pm – 4:30pm – STEM: Playing with LEGOs is about much more than you might initially think! Children can use their imagination to create fantastical designs, use science, technology engineering and math (STEM!) concepts and apply this kind of inquiry-based exploration to other activities – in and outside of school. The LEGO Lady at Jones Library invites you to explore with LEGOs in monthly Saturday sessions. Ages 5 and up. 413-259-3091. Jones Library, 43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

    3pm-4:30pm – STORYTIME: The Jones Library is offering a Spanish Story Hour the second Saturday of each month. 3-6 year olds can come hear stories in Spanish – great for Spanish speakers or for kids who want to learn! 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

    3:30pm-5pm – CHESS: The Jones Library offers chess club the first Saturday of each month. All ages, all levels. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA.

    4pm-5pm — INTERGENERATIONAL/UNICYCLES: The Saturday Afternoon Unicycle Club meets weekly at Berkcirque Circus School of the Berkshires. Bring your own unicycle or borrow one of theirs. For ages 8 and up (including adults). No experience necessary. 413-429-4215. 115 Gas House Lane, Great Barrington, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION <$)

    5:00pm-8:00pm – ARTS & COMMUNITY: Every second Saturday of the month, head to Art Walk Easthampton, a monthly showcase of galleries, artists, restaurants, shops and small businesses in the heart of the Pioneer Valley. Downtown Easthampton. Ample free parking is available at the Municipal Building Parking Lot at 50 Payson Ave. There is also a parking lot centrally located on Cottage St. 413-529-1425.Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

    7pm – DANCE: The Springfield JCC invites middle schoolers to its Saturday Night Live social event, which takes place every other Saturday beginning in November 2015 and continuing through February 2016. Activities include dancing, socializing, and playing games. Refreshments will be available for purchase as well. 413-739-4715 x 322. 1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield, MA. (< $)

    8pm-1am – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Gateway CIty Arts hosts a monthly tango lesson and dance on the second Saturday of the month. The dancing will be what tango dancers call a “milonga”; all levels are welcome and no partner is necessary. First-time attendees who just want to observe may do so free of charge. 413-210-1097. 92-114 Race Street, Holyoke, MA. ($)

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  3. grace said,

    February 10, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    great web site!
    Grace

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  4. July 7, 2011 at 4:56 am

    Day Trip from Western MA:
    Montshire Museum of Science (Norwich, VT) http://www.montshire.org

    The average visit to the Montshire Museum is three hours, though many visitors “make a day of it” by bringing a picnic lunch or dinner. Particularly in warmer months, when water exhibits in Science Park are flowing (May 1-October 11, 2010), people of all ages will find plenty to see and do at the Museum. Over 100 acres of walking trails beckon with intriguing exhibits and vistas of the Connecticut River Valley.

    The Montshire is conveniently located just off I-91 (watch for the “Museum of Science” signs), at exit 13 in Norwich, VT, five miles north of White River Junction. The Museum is directly across the Connecticut River from Hanover, NH, home of Dartmouth College.

    Visitors will find more than 100 hands-on exhibits on natural and physical sciences, ecology, and technology. Outside the Museum are several walking trails, exhibits and observation areas to enjoy. During warmer months, picnic tables are available for eating outside.

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  5. May 30, 2011 at 5:59 am

    Massachusetts Forest and Parks Trails
    http://www.mass.gov/dcr/recreate/trails.htm

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  6. May 13, 2010 at 4:40 am

    Things to do in the Berkshires

    Williamstown Theatre Festival http://www.wtfestival.org/
    Berkshire Theatre Festival http://www.berkshiretheatre.org/
    The Berkshire Fringe http://berkshirefringe.org/
    Tanglewood http://www.bso.org/bso/index.jsp?id=bcat5240070
    Jacob’s Pillow Dance http://www.jacobspillow.org/
    Berkshire Choral Festival http://www.choralfest.org/
    3rd Thursdays in Pittsfield http://www.pittsfield.com/departments.asp?ID=239

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  7. March 13, 2010 at 9:35 am

    The Clark Art Museum in Williamstown, MA
    http://www.clarkart.edu

    MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA
    http://www.massmoca.org

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  8. January 28, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Maple Corner Farm Cross Country Ski Center in Granville, MA
    http://www.stumpsprouts.com/xcskimass/maple.php

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  9. Gail said,

    January 9, 2007 at 8:49 pm

    Great Website! Found just what I was looking for…..a plan for a special day with my granddaughter tomorrow. The Eric Carle Museum will be perfect and I found links to so many more fun spots!
    Anyone with kids in Westerm Mass should bookmark this site!

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