Black Friday Alternatives to the Mall in Western MA, 2018

Smart Black Friday Alternatives to the Mall

Download a copy of Learning Ahead: Cultural Itinerary for Western MA for Nov/Dec. (38 page PDF) for the holiday season.

SELECT YOUR OWN TREE
Local Organic Christmas Trees! Justamere Tree Farm in Worthington, MA, has cut your own and pre-cut Christmas trees available Friday, Saturday, & Sunday after Thanksgiving, and weekends in December. Come by the farm between the hours of 9am-4pm to select your very own locally grown Christmas Tree. Their gift shop, in the post and beam barn, will feature their very own artisanal maple products for sale. Also, handcrafted wreaths and swags made on the farm are available. Experience a wonderful destination and a beautiful drive into the Hilltowns, creating a new tradition with your family. Visit them at www.justameretreefarm.com/trees for more information & directions or email them at welch@justameretreefarm.com.

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Black Friday Alternatives to the Mall in Western MA, 2017

Smart Black Friday Alternatives to the Mall

See our Black Friday special segment on Mass Appeal: Click Here. Also, download a copy of Learning Ahead: Cultural Itinerary for Western MA for Nov/Dec. (38 page PDF) for the holiday season.

SHOP AT A MUSEUM
The Carle Museum Bookshop Holiday Sale! Shop local and save 15-50% off Friday, November 24 through Sunday, November 26 on unique toys, art supplies, and books signed by your favorite authors and artists. The museum has items for the whole family—picture book art t-shirts, tote bags, even Very Hungry Caterpillar socks and The Pigeon socks! They make it easy. Enjoy free parking. There is no admission price to shop in what Parents’ Choice calls “the very best bookstore for picture books in the entire world.” Become a member and save an additional 15% off. Save this weekend at The Carle – and give books – the gift that keeps on giving. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 W. Bay Road, Amherst, MA. www.carlemuseum.org

SELECT YOUR OWN TREE
Local Organic Christmas Trees! Justamere Tree Farm in Worthington, MA, has cut your own and pre-cut Christmas trees available Friday, Saturday, & Sunday after Thanksgiving, and weekends in December. Come by the farm between the hours of 9am-4pm to select your very own locally grown Christmas Tree. Their gift shop, in the post and beam barn, will feature their very own artisanal maple products for sale. Also, handcrafted wreaths and swags made on the farm are available. Experience a wonderful destination and a beautiful drive into the Hilltowns, creating a new tradition with your family. Visit them at www.justameretreefarm.com/trees for more information & directions or email them at welch@justameretreefarm.com.

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10 Black Friday Alternatives to the Mall in Western MA, 2016

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10 Smart Black Friday Alternatives to the Mall
Friday, November 25th, 2016

In addition to community events for Black Friday, a self-initiated family activity might include visiting a local tree farm and cutting your own evergreen for the holidays. Linking the holidays and environmental science, an examination of evergreen tree farming can help children learn about a non-food related form of sustainable farming. Tree farming contributes to oxygen production, provides food and habitat for variety of animal species, and doesn’t have a huge impact on the location in which it takes place. Read more in our post, Local Christmas Tree Farms: A Lens Into Environmental Science.

In Amherst at 1pm and 2:30pm
Families who love Eric Carle’s artwork have the chance to see some of them brought to life by Picture Book Theater! The group will be performing The Very Quiet Cricket and The Lamb and The Butterfly, at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Each family will receive a copy of Carle’s The Very Quiet Cricket during the show. Older kids and parents will be able to think about how the theater troupe interpreted and performed their adaptation of a heavily visual story. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. (<$)

In Cummington from 10am-12noon
Artists often draw upon time spent in nature, and natural scenes, as inspiration from their works. You are invited to do the same at William Cullen Bryant Homestead. For “Green Friday,” enjoy a guided hike to explore the Old Growth Forest. Walk leaders will read poetry inspired by the grounds, look at examples of nature drawings, and sketch some trees. Bring a sketchbook and pencil. For information call The Trustees at 413-628-4485 x3. 413-532-1631. 207 Bryant Road. Cummington, MA. (FREE)

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10 Black Friday Alternatives to the Mall in Western MA, 2015

10 Smart Black Friday Alternatives to the Mall
Friday, November 27th, 2015

The annual Moonlight Magic holiday stroll will be kicking off the holiday season in the village of Shelburne Falls on Black Friday! Stroll the Village with your family and enjoy local shopping and holiday fun!

In Deerfield from 9:30am-4:30pm
Opt-out of Black Friday chaos, and instead let Historic Deerfield be your destination for handmade, heartfelt giving in preparation for the holiday season. On the Day of Giving, every museum visitor will have the opportunity to handcraft a special gift using simple or natural materials. Historic trade demonstrations of paper marbling and redware pottery-making will provide inspiration for handcrafted gifts. Works by paper marblers Regina and Dan St. John and redware potter Stephen Earp will be available for purchase at the Museum Gift Shop and Bookstore.The Day of Giving kicks off the museum’s support of the Community Action Holiday Gift Program. Visitors can bring unwrapped gifts for children up to 18 years old until December 13. 413-774-5581. 84B Old Main Street, ($)

In Sturbridge from 9:30am-5pm
Just in time for your holiday shopping, Old Sturbridge Village‘s Winter Market offers unique items from more than 30 juried craft vendors offering the finest hand-made treasures for the special people on your list. Marvel at diverse creations including pottery, paper goods, arts and crafts, treats for your pets, ornaments, gourmet foods, artisan jewelry, and gorgeous home accessories. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. (FREE Members, <$ Non-members, MARKET/SALE)

In Williamsburg from 10am-4pm
Glassblowing is an ancient art form, dating back at least 2,000 years with origins in Jerusalem, spreading to the Roman Empire in the 1st century BC. Originally, the craft of blowing glass was used for utilitarian purposes, like containers, table wear and window glass. It wasn’t until the late 60s was glassblowing was raised to the level of art, lead by German artist, Hans Godo Frabel. Make your own glass ornament at the Snow Farm. No advance sign up necessary. Check in at the Hot Shop when you arrive to be placed on the list, do a little shopping or have lunch, then come back to the shop when it’s your turn. No experience necessary;ages 8 and up. 413-268-3101. 5 Clary Road. ($$)

In Lee from 10am-4pm
May the force be with you at the Star Wars Marathon at the Lee Library. Bring your comfy soccer chair; bring lunch. At 10am: A New Hope (PG, 1977). At 12:15: The Empire Strikes Back (PG, 1980). At 2:30: Return of the Jedi (PG, 1983). Children under 12 must be supervised. Brown bag snacks and lunches welcome. 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street. (FREE)

In Springfield from 10am-5pm
Celebrate the season and Dr. Seuss at the opening of “Seussian Holiday,” the Springfield Science Museum‘s sixth annual gingerbread exhibition and competition! See incredible creations by bakery shops, restaurants, schools, and area residents. The gingerbread creations will be displayed until January 3. There will also be festively decorated holiday trees, enchanting lights, and a backdrop of beautifully painted murals representing popular Seussian characters and stories in anticipation of the opening of The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum in fall 2016. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street. ($$)

In Sunderland at 11am
The Forest Park Zoo’s “Zoo on the Go” program will give a special presentation at the Sunderland Public Library. Educators will bring a variety of zoo animals so children can see them up close and learn all about their behaviors, diets, adaptations, conservation statuses, and natural habitats. Children will be able to ask questions and, in some cases, touch the animals. Perfect for children in pre-school through elementary school. Space is limited, so please pre-register. 413-665 2642. 20 School Street. (FREE)

In Springfield at 11am
Since 1991, the Spirit of Springfield has helped welcome Santa Claus to town with The Parade of the Big Balloons. Springfield’s own 75-foot inflatable “Cat in the Hat,” a few of his inflatable friends, bands, and colorful contingents will promenade down Main Street, entertaining young and old alike. 413-733-3800. Main Street from Lyman Street to Locust Street. (FREE)

In Amherst at 2pm and 3pm
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is pleased to present Picture Book Theatre featuring Eric Carle’s “Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” said the Sloth and Rooster’s Off To See The World. Directed by founder Therese Brady Donohue, Picture Book Theatre is now in its 10th season and is known for adapting picture books into puppets and dance productions suitable for all ages, especially the very young. 413-658-1126. 125 West Bay Road. ($)

In Shelburne Falls from 4pm-9pm
The annual Moonlight Magic will be kicking off the holiday season in the village of Shelburne Falls! See the Lighting of the Village, meet Santa, hear local vocalists and instrumental groups, purchase from street vendors, go on trolley rides, and more. A great post Thanksgiving holiday tradition! (FREE)

In Great Barrington from 6:15pm-8:30pm
Children may be little, but their feelings are often anything but! Explore the inner emotional world of a child in Inside Out (PG, 2015). This film, screened as part of the Mason Library‘s Family Films program, tells the story of Riley, an 11-year-old girl who is uprooted from her Midwest life to move to San Francisco. Her emotions –joy, fear, anger, disgust, and sadness– are featured characters in the film, sharing with the audience Riley’s experience with navigating a new city, house, school, and relationships. This movie shares important messages about our healthy, human need to feel and express a wide range of emotions, and provides countless opportunities to exercise empathy. Pre-registration required. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. (FREE)

15 Black Friday Alternatives to the Mall in Western MA

15 Smart Black Friday Alternatives to the Mall
Friday, November 28th, 2014

The annual Moonlight Magic holiday stroll will be kicking off the holiday season in the village of Shelburne Falls on Black Friday! Stroll the Village with your family and enjoy local shopping and holiday fun!

  1. The Springfield Museums’  “Holiday Wonderland and Lighting of the Quadrangle” begins on Black Friday, with special exhibitions, performances, and hands-on art activities.
  2. Zoo on the Go will be at Sunderland Public Library with an educational program that brings live animals, artifacts, and other educational materials.
  3. Discover the art of glass blowing at Snow Farm by making your own glass ornament during their annual Seconds Sale in Williamsburg.
  4. Join the Berkshire Museum on a wildlife expedition through the galleries with this year’s “Festival of Trees 2014 On Safari” in Pittsfield.
  5. Learn about the historic trade of paper marbling and redware potter at Historic Deerfield.
  6. The Spirit of Springfield’s annual Tower Square Parade of the Big Balloons is on Black Friday, an exciting big balloon street!
  7. See Leo Lionni’s stories come to life at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst with a performance of Tico and the Golden Wings and Geraldine the Music Mouse with puppets and dancers.
  8. Moonlight Magic will be kicking off the holiday season in the village of Shelburne Falls with a lighting of the village, Santa, music, street performances, and more!
  9. Bright Nights at Forest Park in Springfield returns this season for holiday fun!  Bring the whole family to come see the beautiful holiday light display.
  10. Get your bodies moving post Thanksgiving and enjoy time ice skating on Black Friday!  There are several open skates to choose from, including: Smead Skating Arena in Springfield; Collins/Moylan Arena in Greenfield; Fitzpatrick Skating Arena in Holyoke; and UMass Mullins Center in Amherst.
  11. If you want some Santa time, but want to skip the mall, Santa will be arriving by helicopter at  Amelia Park Children’s Museum in Westfield, by firetruck to the Hotel Northampton
  12. Bring the family to KidSpace at MASS MoCA in North Adams to see their current exhibit, It’s Only Human. Before heading out, download their gallery guide for this exhibit and get ready to explore the pedagogical concept of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and ART!)
  13. Discover how New Englanders of the past cooked their Thanksgiving meals at Historic Deerfield’s Open Hearth Cooking Demonstrations.
  14. The New England Air Museum is holding their annual Santa visit and behind-the-scenes event. Photos with Santa and a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum in Windsor Locks, CT.
  15. Spend Thanksgiving weekend at Old Sturbridge Village and learn about Thanksgiving customs of the 19th Century.

 

 

 

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