May 23-June 5, 2020: What do you want to learn today?

100+ Ideas, Resources, & Virtual Events for Learning at Home in Western MA: May 23-June 5, 2020

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With nearly 10,000 opt-in subscribers and 2.6+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational opportunities to explore at home this weekend and next week.

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Sale May 10 – 25

Need some extra help homeschooling? Oak Meadow is here for you. A trusted homeschooling option since 1975, Oak Meadow is offering 20% off all items in their bookstore, May 10-25. Save on K-12 homeschooling curriculum, which provides inspiring learning experiences for creative, motivated students. Or purchase craft supplies, homeschooling resources, books, and more. Shop Mother’s Day through Memorial Day at oakmeadowbookstore.com


Jun 15-Aug 28

Our Place Summer School. Northampton, MA. Our Place Summer School gets kids off the screen and into the green. For 5 days, campers hike, climb, wade, and swim “our place”: the 5 ecoregions of the Nonotuck biome. These activities aren’t just “fun”—they’re designed to increase camper’s perceptual abilities, stimulate their critical thinking skills, inspire their creative imaginations, and counteract “nature deficit disorder.” Through active physical and mental engagement with “our place,” they gain a deep and lasting appreciation of it—and themselves. Students go from site to site—mountains, forests, brooks, industrial brownfields, you name it—enjoying an adventurous, collaborative, inquiry-based investigation into the mysteries of the bios (life) that is where we live: our place! Dates: Jun 15-Aug 28; Age Range of Campers: 6-12yo Contact: 413-320-0522. info@biocitizen.org. ma.biocitizen.org.


Jul 13-Aug 7

Hilltown Youth Theatre Summer Workshop in Charlemont, MA. The 2020 Hilltown Youth Theatre Summer Workshop presents their 10th Outdoor, Traveling Spectacle, Shrek. Aspiring actors, artists, musicians, singers, and set-designers will enjoy 3 weeks of movement, voice training, intensive actor training and work on large apparatus (aerial trapeze, circus silks, stilts, spools) with guest artists from Knighthorse Theatre, Double Edge Theatre, and other luminaries of the Valley’s performing arts community. Located at the Hawlemont School in the foothills of the Berkshires, July 13-Aug 5, Mon-Fri (9am to 4pm) with select evening and WE rehearsals. —”Performances at Berkshire East Mountain Resort: Aug 1-4. No prior acting experience required, generous FA and scholarships available. Their mission is to build supportive, creative communities, and put on great shows! Dates: Jul 13-Aug 7; Age Range of Participants: 10-18yo. Contact: 413-387-8783. hilltownyouth@gmail.com. hilltownyouth.org.


In times of hardship, children’s books are an important resource that helps educate & inspire! With schools and libraries closed, High Five Books, a Florence-based independent bookstore, is rallying to put children’s books into the hands of young readers in need during the stay-at-home advisory. Valley Book Rally has partnered with the teams that coordinate the Community Food Distribution Project to distribute books. Through this project, hundreds of families in western MA receive free bags of food distributed each week. Funds raised via the Valley Book Rally campaign will be used to supplement this distribution. Help them reach their goal in supporting literacy, community connection, and kindness to families in need in Western MA: Valley Book Rally.


In need of a serious spring cleaning? Learn about history through the lens of cleaning! Have you ever heard of “four thieves vinegar?” According to Wikipedia, “This specific vinegar composition is said to have been used during black death epidemic of the medieval period, to prevent the catching of the plague… it was used by rubbing on the hands, ears, and temples from time to time when approaching a plague victim.” Similar herbal vinegars have been used as medicine since the time of Hippocrates. One such formula is used locally by GreenLove Eco Cleaning when cleaning homes, cars, and office spaces. Once the state shutdown order is lifted they can come to your home for a serious deep cleaning with their Formula of the Four Thieves in hand!


In the 19th century, Western MA saw a huge merino sheep boom when many farms purchased Australian sheep for their incredibly soft fleece to produce wool for textiles. Experienced and novice knitters can tap into this rich agricultural history and strengthen a sense of place by purchasing their wool yarn locally. Often, the wool is processed regionally and requires many hands to create it: from the farmer that cares for the animals to the sheep shearer, spinners, and hand-dyers. Sheep to Shawl in Deerfield, an independent shop selling a variety of local yarns produced in the Pioneer Valley and Northern Berkshires, is selling online and offering either curbside pickup or will mail directly: www.sheepandshawl.etsy.com. Buy local, knit local!


PARTNER WITH HILLTOWN FAMILIES: Are you offering virtual classes or lessons? Are you facilitating online social, learning, or entertainment opportunities? Is your local business offering new ways for customer engagement? Partner with Hilltown Families in your online outreach, delivering your message to over 25,000 subscribers, web visitors, and social media followers. Hilltown Families is committed to our community and supporting one another in times of need. Our sponsors and advertising partners allow us to keep delivering this community-based educational resource to our readers for free (since 2005!). Local and online businesses, virtual and local service providers, non-profit organizations, and individuals are encouraged to reach out to find out about our new and exciting opportunities! Contact Sienna at swildfield@hilltownfamilies.org.


SUGGESTED RESOURCES &
LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
May 23-June 5, 2020

Saturday, May 23Sunday, May 24
Monday, May 25Tuesday, May 26Wednesday, May 27
Thursday, May 28Friday, May 29

Saturday, May 30Sunday, May 31
Monday, June 1Tuesday, June 2Wednesday, June 3
Thursday, June 4Friday, June 5

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Resources and opportunities below are shared as a courtesy. While we do our best to share accurate and up-to-date information, please take the time to confirm age appropriateness, registration requirements, and associated costs.

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May 16-29, 2020: What do you want to learn today?

SUGGESTED RESOURCES &
LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
May 16-29, 2020

Saturday, May 16Sunday, May 17
Monday, May 18Tuesday, May 19Wednesday, May 20
Thursday, May 21Friday, May 22

Saturday, May 23Sunday, May 24
Monday, May 25Tuesday, May 26Wednesday, May 27
Thursday, May 28Friday, May 29


FEATURED RESOURCE: DANDELIONS

DANDELION: Looking through the lens of the common dandelion, this week, we explore how wild edibles, naturalized species, and spring flowers can support self-directed and facilitated learning at home. The spring return of dandelion blossoms mark the season and inspires learning that supports interests, sparks curiosity, and connects us to the places we call home.

ACTIVITIES: Associated activities to encourage experiential learning through plant, place, and history include cooking, baking, brewing, mindful observations, journaling, sketching, photography, plant identification, data collection, plant dissection, and video viewing.

RESOURCES: And in addition to the dandelion, other community-based resources highlighted to support learning through the lens of naturalized plant species include native and ornamental plant species, untreated lawns, fields, and meadows, native animal species, grocery stores, brew supply shops, libraries, and book stores.

INTERESTS: So select an interest below to support your learning while strengthening a sense of place:

World HistorySocial StudiesEcologyAgricultureMedicineMythologyCulinary ArtsPastry ArtsBakingBrewingWild EdiblesForagingNutritionFermentationBotanyScientific ProcessBotanical DrawingNature PhotographySTEMGeometryFibonacci SequencePhysicsAerodynamicsBiomimicryFolk ArtFolk MusicFolk MedicineImaginative PlayCreative-Free Play

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100+ Ideas, Resources, & Virtual Events for Learning at Home in Western MA: May 16-29, 2020

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With nearly 10,000 opt-in subscribers and 2.6+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational opportunities to explore at home this weekend and next week.

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Sale May 10 – 25

Need some extra help homeschooling? Oak Meadow is here for you. A trusted homeschooling option since 1975, Oak Meadow is offering 20% off all items in their bookstore, May 10-25. Save on K-12 homeschooling curriculum, which provides inspiring learning experiences for creative, motivated students. Or purchase craft supplies, homeschooling resources, books, and more. Shop Mother’s Day through Memorial Day at oakmeadowbookstore.com.


Virtual Farm Store

This time every year, many families start to think about tending to their gardens, growing their own food, and being able to access locally grown food easily. Gardening connects families with the seasons and is a multidisciplinary activity embedded with learning every step along the way, from botany to soil science to meteorology. At home, gardening can take place in either a garden plot, porch containers, and/or window sills, becoming a learning laboratory for all members of the family. Now is the time to order your plants, and Bare Roots Farm in West Chesterfield is open for pre-orders via their online store. Bare Roots Farm is a locally owned family greenhouse growing useful organic plants. Orders can be picked up at their Farm Stand (329 Ireland Street) beginning the 2nd week of May. Place your order now at Barerootsfarm.com.


Jul 13-Aug 7

Hilltown Youth Theatre Summer Workshop in Charlemont, MA. The 2020 Hilltown Youth Theatre Summer Workshop presents their 10th Outdoor, Traveling Spectacle, Shrek. Aspiring actors, artists, musicians, singers, and set-designers will enjoy 3 weeks of movement, voice training, intensive actor training and work on large apparatus (aerial trapeze, circus silks, stilts, spools) with guest artists from Knighthorse Theatre, Double Edge Theatre, and other luminaries of the Valley’s performing arts community. Located at the Hawlemont School in the foothills of the Berkshires, July 13-Aug 5, Mon-Fri (9am to 4pm) with select evening and WE rehearsals. —”Performances at Berkshire East Mountain Resort: Aug 1-4. No prior acting experience required, generous FA and scholarships available. Their mission is to build supportive, creative communities, and put on great shows! Dates: Jul 13-Aug 7; Age Range of Participants: 10-18yo. Contact: 413-387-8783. hilltownyouth@gmail.com. hilltownyouth.org.


Online Classes

Online Classes. Chad Stewart, former Disney Animator and veteran homeschool Dad, offers Online Animation or Drawing Classes for ages 11-18. Weekly classes are one hour long, and industry professionals complete video reviews of homework as a part of every class they teach. The cost is $350 for the full 12-week session, and the Summer Session begins June 1st. Classes tend to fill up quickly so you can hold your child’s spot with a $50 deposit at the time of registration! Classes are held during Summer, Fall, and Spring Sessions, so if you can’t join them now, check back with again! Chad has worked on films such as Tarzan, Emperor’s New Groove, and The Polar Express, and has much to share with students of his Drawing or Animation Classes. Contact: 661-755-5775. kayla@theanimcourse.com. theanimcourse.com.


PARTNER WITH HILLTOWN FAMILIES: Are you offering virtual classes or lessons? Are you facilitating online social, learning, or entertainment opportunities? Is your local business offering new ways for customer engagement? Partner with Hilltown Families in your online outreach, delivering your message to over 25,000 subscribers, web visitors, and social media followers. Hilltown Families is committed to our community and supporting one another in times of need. Our sponsors and advertising partners allow us to keep delivering this community-based educational resource to our readers for free (since 2005!). Local and online businesses, virtual and local service providers, non-profit organizations, and individuals are encouraged to reach out to find out about our new and exciting opportunities! Contact Sienna at swildfield@hilltownfamilies.org.


SUGGESTED RESOURCES &
LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
May 16-29, 2020

Saturday, May 16Sunday, May 17
Monday, May 18Tuesday, May 19Wednesday, May 20
Thursday, May 21Friday, May 22

Saturday, May 23Sunday, May 24
Monday, May 25Tuesday, May 26Wednesday, May 27
Thursday, May 28Friday, May 29

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May 9-22, 2020: What do you want to learn today?

SUGGESTED RESOURCES &
LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
May 9-22, 2020

Saturday, May 9Sunday, May 10
Monday, May 11Tuesday, May 12Wednesday, May 13
Thursday, May 14Friday, May 15

Saturday, May 16Sunday, May 17
Monday, May 18Tuesday, May 19Wednesday, May 20
Thursday, May 21Friday, May 22


NATURE-BASED LEARNING:
Nature-Based LearningMindfulnessBiomimicryPhenologyGeologyMineralsBiospheresWeather & ErosionMeteorologyGalaxiesWild EdiblesForestsForest EcologySky

LOCAL RESOURCES:
Curly WillowOak MeadowNolumbeka ProjectWalking ToursBecket Land TrustOld Sturbridge VillageBerkshire MuseumCommunity ExpertsSmall BusinessesNortheast Organic Farming Association of MassachusettsFood Bank of Western MASpringfield Symphony OrchestraEmily Dickinson MuseumNorman Rockwell MuseumThe TrusteesNew England Air MuseumVentfort HallHistoric NorthamptonNaumkeagRegreen SpringfieldHitchcock CenterGreat Barrington Land ConservancyJacob’s PillowSmith College Museum of ArtHampden GalleryThe ClarkIS183 Art School of the BerkshiresSpringfield MuseumsCooley Dickinson HospitalMass AudubonBest BuddiesCommon GoodVeteransRiver Valley Co-OpBare Roots FarmHistoric Deerfield

FOOD & FARMING:
Virtual Farm StoreCulinary ArtsEarly American CuisinePie CrustSconesFermented FoodsBackyard ChickensPlant SaleOrganic GardeningFruit TreesAgriculture

MUSIC, ART, THEATER, DANCE STUDIES:
Film StudiesMusic StudiesWest African MusicChorusSymphonyClassical MusicArt StudiesMuseum ToursArt HistoryColor HistorySculpturePrintmakingDr. SeussTheater StudiesPuppet TheaterShakespeareSword FightingDance StudiesWorld Folk DancesContemporary Dance StudiesCanadian StepdanceRock ClimbingMagic

LANGUAGE ARTS:
Language ArtsLiteratureChildren’s LiteratureVirtual MappingCommunication Skills

HISTORY:
HistoryNative American StudiesU.S. HistoryLocal HistoryFood HistoryGuilded AgeRenaissance HistoryGender StudiesWomen’s HistoryFashion HistoryArt HistoryAviation HistoryHistory of Personal HygieneSocial Movements

ANIMALS & INSECTS:
Animal StudiesHerpetologyIchthyologyOrnithologyAmerican WoodcockBobolinkFrogsBird-WatchingPeregrine FalconMarine BiologyOystersRiver HerringMerino SheepEntomologySymbolic RelationshipsBeetlesButterflies

STEM:
ScienceMathKitchen ScienceMolecular GastronomyZymologySTE(A)MAstronomyPsychology

COMMUNITY SERVICE:
Acts of KindnessCommunity ServiceVirtual Food DriveHomelessnessSewing MasksCitizen ScienceNature’s NotebookLight Pollution

EARLY CHILDHOOD:
PreKVision BoardsCreative Free-PlayPlay Ideas


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100+ Ideas, Resources, & Virtual Events for Learning at Home in Western MA: May 9-22, 2020

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With nearly 10,000 opt-in subscribers and 2.6+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational opportunities to explore at home this weekend and next week.

SUBSCRIBE to our eNewsletter to stay up-to-date!
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Sale May 10 – 25

Need some extra help homeschooling? Oak Meadow is here for you. A trusted homeschooling option since 1975, Oak Meadow is offering 20% off all items in their bookstore, May 10-25. Save on K-12 homeschooling curriculum, which provides inspiring learning experiences for creative, motivated students. Or purchase craft supplies, homeschooling resources, books, and more. Shop Mother’s Day through Memorial Day at oakmeadowbookstore.com.


Virtual Farm Store

This time every year, many families start to think about tending to their gardens, growing their own food, and being able to access locally grown food easily. Gardening connects families with the seasons and is a multidisciplinary activity embedded with learning every step along the way, from botany to soil science to meteorology. At home, gardening can take place in either a garden plot, porch containers, and/or window sills, becoming a learning laboratory for all members of the family. Now is the time to order your plants, and Bare Roots Farm in West Chesterfield is open for pre-orders via their online store. Bare Roots Farm is a locally owned family greenhouse growing useful organic plants. Orders can be picked up at their Farm Stand (329 Ireland Street) beginning the 2nd week of May. Place your order now at Barerootsfarm.com.


May 8-10

Are you planning your garden for this spring? Make sure to plant local, organic, and heirloom varieties! Where to get your plants? River Valley Co-op in Northampton, of course! During their annual Mother’s Day Weekend Spring Plant Sale they will be selling flower, veggie, and herb starts for your home garden from local farms, including Windy Ridge Farm, High Meadows Farm, and Bare Roots Farm. A great selection is available at River Valley Co-op during Mother’s Day weekend: May 8th, 9th, 10th from 10am-7pm. River Valley Co-Op. 413-584-2665. 330 N King St, Northampton, MA.


Online Classes

Online Classes. Chad Stewart, former Disney Animator and veteran homeschool Dad, offers Online Animation or Drawing Classes for ages 11-18. Weekly classes are one hour long, and industry professionals complete video reviews of homework as a part of every class they teach. The cost is $350 for the full 12-week session, and the Summer Session begins June 1st. Classes tend to fill up quickly so you can hold your child’s spot with a $50 deposit at the time of registration! Classes are held during Summer, Fall, and Spring Sessions, so if you can’t join them now, check back with again! Chad has worked on films such as Tarzan, Emperor’s New Groove, and The Polar Express, and has much to share with students of his Drawing or Animation Classes. Contact: 661-755-5775. kayla@theanimcourse.com. theanimcourse.com.


Jul 6 – Aug 14

Kamp for Kids. Westfield, MA. Kamp for Kids brings together children with and without disabilities in a unique integrated model that promotes understanding and growth. Kamp activities include a music program, group skits/performances, integrated water activities, expressive arts, outdoor education, and non-competitive sports. As a fully inclusive summer camp, it is our mission to serve a population comprised of both children with disabilities and their typically-developing peers. Not only does this philosophy promote understanding and growth, but it also allows families to keep their children together within one day camp. Dates: Jul 6-Aug 14. Age Range of Campers: 3-22yo. Contact: 413-562-5678. anne.benoit@bhninc.org. www.bhninc.org.


PARTNER WITH HILLTOWN FAMILIES: Are you offering virtual classes or lessons? Are you facilitating online social, learning, or entertainment opportunities? Is your local business offering new ways for customer engagement? Partner with Hilltown Families in your online outreach, delivering your message to over 25,000 subscribers, web visitors, and social media followers. Hilltown Families is committed to our community and supporting one another in times of need. Our sponsors and advertising partners allow us to keep delivering this community-based educational resource to our readers for free (since 2005!). Local and online businesses, virtual and local service providers, non-profit organizations, and individuals are encouraged to reach out to find out about our new and exciting opportunities! Contact Sienna at swildfield@hilltownfamilies.org.


SUGGESTED RESOURCES &
LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
May 9-22, 2020

Saturday, May 9Sunday, May 10
Monday, May 11Tuesday, May 12Wednesday, May 13
Thursday, May 14Friday, May 15

Saturday, May 16Sunday, May 17
Monday, May 18Tuesday, May 19Wednesday, May 20
Thursday, May 21Friday, May 22

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May 2-15, 2020: What do you want to learn today?

SUGGESTED RESOURCES &
LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
May 2-15, 2020

Saturday, April 25Sunday, April 26
Monday, April 27Tuesday, April 28Wednesday, April 29
Thursday, April 30Friday, May 1

Saturday, May 2Sunday, May 3
Monday, May 4Tuesday, May 5Wednesday, May 6
Thursday, May 7Friday, May 8


FOOD & FARMING:
Virtual Farm StoreCulinary ArtsEarly American CuisinePie CrustSconesFermented FoodsBackyard ChickensPlant SaleOrganic GardeningFruit TreesAgriculture

NATURE-BASED LEARNING:
Nature-Based LearningBiomimicryPhenologyGeologyMineralsBiospheresWeather & ErosionMeteorologyGalaxiesWild EdiblesForestsForest EcologySky

ANIMALS & INSECTS:
Animal StudiesHerpetologyIchthyologyOrnithologyAmerican WoodcockBobolinkFrogsBird-WatchingPeregrine FalconMarine BiologyOystersRiver HerringMerino SheepEntomologySymbolic RelationshipsBeetlesButterflies

STEM:
ScienceMathKitchen ScienceMolecular GastronomyZymologySTE(A)MAstronomyPsychology

MUSIC, ART, THEATER, DANCE STUDIES:
Film StudiesMusic StudiesWest African MusicChorusSymphonyClassical MusicArt StudiesMuseum ToursArt HistoryColor HistorySculpturePrintmakingDr. SeussTheater StudiesPuppet TheaterShakespeareSword FightingDance StudiesWorld Folk DancesContemporary Dance StudiesCanadian StepdanceRock ClimbingMagic

LANGUAGE ARTS:
Language ArtsLiteratureNational Poetry MonthEcopoetryPoem in Your Pocket DayChildren’s LiteratureVirtual MappingCommunication Skills

HISTORY:
HistoryNative American StudiesU.S. HistoryLocal HistoryFood HistoryGuilded AgeRenaissance HistoryGender StudiesWomen’s HistoryFashion HistoryArt HistoryAviation HistoryHistory of Personal HygieneSocial Movements

COMMUNITY SERVICE:
Acts of KindnessCommunity ServiceVirtual Food DriveHomelessnessSewing MasksCitizen ScienceNature’s NotebookLight Pollution

LOCAL RESOURCES:
Nolumbeka ProjectWalking ToursBecket Land TrustOld Sturbridge VillageBerkshire MuseumCommunity ExpertsSmall BusinessesNortheast Organic Farming Association of MassachusettsFood Bank of Western MASpringfield Symphony OrchestraEmily Dickinson MuseumNorman Rockwell MuseumThe TrusteesNew England Air MuseumVentfort HallHistoric NorthamptonNaumkeagRegreen SpringfieldHitchcock CenterGreat Barrington Land ConservancyJacob’s PillowSmith College Museum of ArtHampden GalleryThe ClarkIS183 Art School of the BerkshiresSpringfield MuseumsCooley Dickinson HospitalMass AudubonBest BuddiesCommon GoodVeteransCurly WillowRiver Valley Co-OpBare Roots FarmHistoric Deerfield

EARLY CHILDHOOD:
PreKVision BoardsCreative Free-PlayPlay Ideas

OPPORTUNITIES:
Online TutoringOnline Animation ClassCinco De MayoNational Poetry Month


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100+ Ideas, Resources, & Virtual Events for Learning at Home in Western MA: May 2-15, 2020

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With nearly 10,000 opt-in subscribers and 2.6+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational opportunities to explore at home this weekend and next week.

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May 5

Diary of a Wombat Reading Live on Facebook: After having to cancel Monkey Baa Theatre’s production of Diary of Wombat, due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the UMass Fine Arts Center is hosting a digital pajama party with the company for a live event on the FAC’s Facebook page, Tuesday, May 5 at 7pm. Based in Australia, company Director Eva Di Cesare will share a bedtime reading of Diary of a Wombat and also answer questions. As a bedtime story, children are asked to put on their favorite PJs and join in for a wonderful story about Mothball, the naughtiest wombat in Australia. In advance of the reading, the FAC invites young participants to draw a photo of their favorite animal wearing PJs and share it on Facebook during the live event. Those who share will be entered to win a super Wombat prize pack including a copy of the book, stuffed wombat, and swag from our friends at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. For more information, visit www.fineartscenter.com/wombat or the Fine Arts Center’s Facebook page.


Virtual Farm Store

This time every year, many families start to think about tending to their gardens, growing their own food, and being able to access locally grown food easily. Gardening connects families with the seasons and is a multidisciplinary activity embedded with learning every step along the way, from botany to soil science to meteorology. At home, gardening can take place in either a garden plot, porch containers, and/or window sills, becoming a learning laboratory for all members of the family. Now is the time to order your plants, and Bare Roots Farm in West Chesterfield is open for pre-orders via their online store. Bare Roots Farm is a locally owned family greenhouse growing useful organic plants. Orders can be picked up at their Farm Stand (329 Ireland Street) beginning the 2nd week of May. Place your order now at Barerootsfarm.com.


Jul 6-23

Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School Summer Youth Programs. Northampton, MA. Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School is pleased to announce its 2020 Summer Program offerings for students entering grades 6, 7, and 8. Programs include: Entering the World of Cosmetology; Tour de Cuisine: Cultivating the Young Culinarian; Criminal Justice League; Build Your Own Longboard. Weekly programs from July 6-July 23 half-day runs 8:30am- 12:30pm. Full-day programs run 8:30am – 3:30pm. Students can prepare amazing food, practice beauty techniques, build longboards, or learn about law enforcement. For full course descriptions, including which weeks they will run and to register for a Summer Youth Program, please see their website. Dates: Jul 6-23; Age Range of Participants: 11-14yo. Contact: 413-587-1414 x3406. dcarver@smithtec.org. www.smithtec.org/summer.


May 8-10

Are you planning your garden for this spring? Make sure to plant local, organic, and heirloom varieties! Where to get your plants? River Valley Co-op in Northampton, of course! During their annual Mother’s Day Weekend Spring Plant Sale they will be selling flower, veggie, and herb starts for your home garden from local farms, including Windy Ridge Farm, High Meadows Farm, and Bare Roots Farm. A great selection is available at River Valley Co-op during Mother’s Day weekend: May 8th, 9th, 10th from 10am-7pm. River Valley Co-Op. 413-584-2665. 330 N King St, Northampton, MA.


Online Classes

Online Classes. Chad Stewart, former Disney Animator and veteran homeschool Dad, offers Online Animation or Drawing Classes for ages 11-18. Weekly classes are one hour long, and industry professionals complete video reviews of homework as a part of every class they teach. The cost is $350 for the full 12-week session, and the Summer Session begins June 1st. Classes tend to fill up quickly so you can hold your child’s spot with a $50 deposit at the time of registration! Classes are held during Summer, Fall, and Spring Sessions, so if you can’t join them now, check back with again! Chad has worked on films such as Tarzan, Emperor’s New Groove, and The Polar Express, and has much to share with students of his Drawing or Animation Classes. Contact: 661-755-5775. kayla@theanimcourse.com. theanimcourse.com.


PARTNER WITH HILLTOWN FAMILIES: Are you offering virtual classes or lessons? Are you facilitating online social, learning, or entertainment opportunities? Is your local business offering new ways for customer engagement? Partner with Hilltown Families in your online outreach, delivering your message to over 25,000 subscribers, web visitors, and social media followers. Hilltown Families is committed to our community and supporting one another in times of need. Our sponsors and advertising partners allow us to keep delivering this community-based educational resource to our readers for free (since 2005!). Local and online businesses, virtual and local service providers, non-profit organizations, and individuals are encouraged to reach out to find out about our new and exciting opportunities! Contact Sienna at swildfield@hilltownfamilies.org.


SUGGESTED RESOURCES &
LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
May 2-15, 2020

Saturday, May 2Sunday, May 3
Monday, May 4Tuesday, May 5Wednesday, May 6
Thursday, May 7Friday, May 8

Saturday, May 9Sunday, May 10
Monday, May 11Tuesday, May 12Wednesday, May 13
Thursday, May 14Friday, May 15

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Cultural Itinerariesen Español

Check out our Summer Directory for nearly
60 summer camps & programs in and around Western MA!


Resources and opportunities below are shared as a courtesy. While we do our best to share accurate and up-to-date information, please take the time to confirm age appropriateness, registration requirements, and associated costs.

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April 25 – May 8, 2020: What do you want to learn today?

SUGGESTED RESOURCES &
LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
April 25-May 8, 2020

Saturday, April 25Sunday, April 26
Monday, April 27Tuesday, April 28Wednesday, April 29
Thursday, April 30Friday, May 1

Saturday, May 2Sunday, May 3
Monday, May 4Tuesday, May 5Wednesday, May 6
Thursday, May 7Friday, May 8


FOOD & FARMING:
Culinary ArtsEarly American CuisinePie CrustSconesFermented FoodsBackyard ChickensPlant SaleOrganic GardeningFruit TreesAgriculture

NATURE-BASED LEARNING:
Nature-Based LearningPhenologyGeologyBiospheresWeather & ErosionMeteorologyGalaxiesVernal PoolsForestsForest EcologySky

ANIMALS & INSECTS:
Animal StudiesHerpetologyIchthyologyOrnithologyBobolinkFrogsBird-WatchingPeregrine FalconMarine BiologyOystersRiver HerringMerino SheepEntomologySymbolic RelationshipsBeetlesButterflies

STEM:
ScienceMathKitchen ScienceZymologySTE(A)MAstronomy

MUSIC, ART, THEATER, DANCE STUDIES:
Music StudiesSymphonyClassical MusicArt StudiesMuseum ToursArt HistoryColor HistorySculpturePrintmakingDr. SeussTheater StudiesShakespeareSword FightingDance StudiesWorld Folk DancesContemporary Dance StudiesCanadian Stepdance

LANGUAGE ARTS:
Language ArtsLiteratureNational Poetry MonthEcopoetryPoem in Your Pocket DayChildren’s LiteratureCartographyVirtual MappingCommunication Skills

HISTORY:
HistoryU.S. HistoryLocal HistoryFood HistoryGuilded AgeRenaissance HistoryGender StudiesWomen’s HistoryFashion HistoryArt HistoryAviation HistoryHistory of Personal HygieneSocial Movements

COMMUNITY SERVICE:
Community ServiceVirtual Food DriveHomelessnessSewing MasksCitizen ScienceNature’s NotebookLight Pollution

LOCAL RESOURCES:
Walking ToursBecket Land TrustKestrel Land TrustThe TrusteesOld Sturbridge VillageBerkshire MuseumCommunity ExpertsSmall BusinessesNortheast Organic Farming Association of MassachusettsFood Bank of Western MASpringfield Symphony OrchestraEmily Dickinson MuseumNorman Rockwell MuseumThe TrusteesNew England Air MuseumVentfort HallHistoric NorthamptonNaumkeagRegreen SpringfieldHitchcock CenterGreat Barrington Land ConservancyJacob’s PillowSmith College Museum of ArtHampden GalleryThe ClarkIS183 Art School of the BerkshiresSpringfield MuseumsCooley Dickinson HospitalMass AudubonBest BuddiesCommon GoodVeteransCurly WillowRiver Valley Co-Op

EARLY CHILDHOOD:
PreKVision BoardsCreative Free-PlayPlay Ideas

OPPORTUNITIES:
Online TutoringOnline Animation ClassCinco De MayoNational Poetry MonthEarth Day

 


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100+ Ideas, Resources, & Virtual Events for Learning at Home in Western MA: April 25-May 8, 2020

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With nearly 10,000 opt-in subscribers and 2.6+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational opportunities to explore at home this weekend and next week.

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Featured Online Learning Resources

Mention Hilltown Families and receive 20% discount.

ReddPrep online tutoring: Northampton, MA. For more than fifteen years, ReddPrep has been preparing students to excel in school and maximize their scores on standardized tests. They offer a wide range of small classes and individual tutoring programs online for middle and high school students, specializing in standardized test preparation and college admissions counseling. Whether your student needs a little academic support or a full-time college admissions coach, ReddPrep is ready to help. Contact ReddPrep today for a free consultation and to craft an online study plan for your student. Mention Hilltown Families and receive a 20% discount on online tutoring. risher@reddprep.com. www.reddprep.com.


Online Classes

Online Classes. Chad Stewart, former Disney Animator and veteran homeschool Dad, offers Online Animation or Drawing Classes for ages 11-18. Weekly classes are one hour long, and industry professionals complete video reviews of homework as a part of every class they teach. The cost is $350 for the full 12-week session, and the Summer Session begins June 1st. Classes tend to fill up quickly so you can hold your child’s spot with a $50 deposit at the time of registration! Classes are held during Summer, Fall, and Spring Sessions, so if you can’t join them now, check back with again! Chad has worked on films such as Tarzan, Emperor’s New Groove, and The Polar Express, and has much to share with students of his Drawing or Animation Classes. Contact: 661-755-5775. kayla@theanimcourse.com. theanimcourse.com.


May 8-10

Are you planning your garden for this spring? Make sure to plant local, organic, and heirloom varieties! Where to get your plants? River Valley Co-op in Northampton, of course! During their annual Mother’s Day Weekend Spring Plant Sale they will be selling flower, veggie, and herb starts for your home garden from local farms, including Windy Ridge Farm, High Meadows Farm, and Bare Roots Farm. A great selection is available at River Valley Co-op during Mother’s Day weekend: May 8th, 9th, 10th from 10am-7pm. River Valley Co-Op. 413-584-2665. 330 N King St, Northampton, MA.


PARTNER WITH HILLTOWN FAMILIES: Are you offering virtual classes or lessons? Are you facilitating online social, learning, or entertainment opportunities? Is your local business offering new ways for customer engagement? Partner with Hilltown Families in your online outreach, delivering your message to over 25,000 subscribers, web visitors, and social media followers. Hilltown Families is committed to our community and supporting one another in times of need. Our sponsors and advertising partners allow us to keep delivering this community-based educational resource to our readers for free (since 2005!). Local and online businesses, virtual and local service providers, non-profit organizations, and individuals are encouraged to reach out to find out about our new and exciting opportunities!

Check out our Summer Directory for nearly
60 summer camps & programs in and around Western MA!

Featured Summer Programs & Camps

Jul 6-23

Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School Summer Youth Programs. Northampton, MA. Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School is pleased to announce its 2020 Summer Program offerings for students entering grades 6, 7, and 8. Programs include: Entering the World of Cosmetology; Tour de Cuisine: Cultivating the Young Culinarian; Criminal Justice League; Build Your Own Longboard. Weekly programs from July 6-July 23 half-day runs 8:30am- 12:30pm. Full-day programs run 8:30am – 3:30pm. Students can prepare amazing food, practice beauty techniques, build longboards, or learn about law enforcement. For full course descriptions, including which weeks they will run and to register for a Summer Youth Program, please see their website. Dates: Jul 6-23; Age Range of Participants: 11-14yo. Contact: 413-587-1414 x3406. dcarver@smithtec.org. www.smithtec.org/summer.


Jul 6-31

College for Kids. Westfield, MA. College for Kids provides innovative and creative educational programs for kids ages 5-14, promoting and maintaining an enjoyable learning environment. Each week will feature different classes, giving the option for parents to enroll their child in a morning session, afternoon session, or both. College for Kids offers a range of subjects including science, computers, magic, cooking, and the arts. In addition to returning favorites such as Digital Nature Photography, Science Discovery for Curious Kids, Broadway Bound, and The Art of Magic, they are excited to offer brand new classes in 2020 including Pie Making, Charcoal Drawing, Bucket Drumming for Beginners, Biodiversity in the World, and more! Dates: Jul 6-31; Age Range of Participants: 5-14yo. Contact: 413-572-8557. collegeforkids@westfield.ma.edu. westfield.ma.edu/cfk.


SUGGESTED RESOURCES &
LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
April 25-May 8, 2020

Saturday, April 25Sunday, April 26
Monday, April 27Tuesday, April 28Wednesday, April 29
Thursday, April 30Friday, May 1

Saturday, May 2Sunday, May 3
Monday, May 4Tuesday, May 5Wednesday, May 6
Thursday, May 7Friday, May 8

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Class DirectoryPreschool DirectoryBirthday Party Venue Directory
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Resources and opportunities below are shared as a courtesy. While we do our best to share accurate and up-to-date information, please take the time to confirm age appropriateness, registration requirements, and associated costs.

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April 18-24, 2020: What do you want to learn today?

100+ SUGGESTED RESOURCES &
LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
April 18-24, 2020

Saturday, April 18Sunday, April 19
Monday, April 20Tuesday, April 21Wednesday, April 22
Thursday, April 23Friday, April 24

Mark your calendars: Local Virtual Opportunities
Suggest a distant learning event!


LOCAL RESOURCES:
Emily Dickinson MuseumHampden GalleryThe ClarkIS183 Art School of the BerkshiresHancock Shaker VillageNaumkeagSmith College Museum of ArtBike PathsGreat Barrington Land ConservancyRegreen SpringfieldJacob’s PillowHistoric NorthamptonHitchcock CenterCooley Dickinson HospitalVentfort HallSpringfield Symphony OrchestraSpringfield MuseumsBerkshire MuseumNew England Air MuseumNorman Rockwell MuseumMass AudubonThe TrusteesGrow Food NorthamptonScience CafesBest BuddiesGirl ScoutsCurly Willow

MUSIC, DANCE, ART, LANGUAGE:
SculpturePrintmakingFolk ArtVisible MendingMusic StudiesHistoric Blues & Folk MusicContemporary Dance StudiesWorld Folk DancesSymphonyClassical MusicMuseum ToursArt HistoryLanguage ArtPoetryLiteratureCommunication SkillsNational Poetry MonthVirtual MappingCartography

HISTORY & SOCIAL STUDIES:
Walking Tours ♦ Gender StudiesMassachusetts HistoryFashion HistoryGuilded AgeWomen’s HistoryAviation HistoryArt HistoryEarly American CuisineRenaissance HistorySocial MovementsSocial StudiesCultural HistoryHistory of Toilet Paper

FOOD & FOOD SYSTEMS:
Learning in the KitchenInternational FoodsLocal RecipesInternational Rice DishesHoe CakesSconesAgricultureCommunity Sustainable Agriculture

SCIENCES & NATURE-BASED LEARNING:
Dental HygieneStaying HealthySTE(A)MMathematical ReasoningFibonacciMaillard ReactionZymologyMeteorologyAstronomyNASAAeronauticsSundialsSolar FlaresGalaxiesBlack HolesPhenologyBiospheresVernal PoolsForest EcologyWatershed EcologyZoologyOrnithologyIchthyologyHerpetologyEntomologyMarine BiologyBird-WatchingPeregrine FalconBobolinkRiver HerringFrogsButterfliesBeetles

CITIZEN SCIENCE:
Nature’s NotebookSolar Storm WatchGalaxy ZooCoCoRaHSLoss of NightVernal Pools

COMMUNITY SERVICE:
Virtual Food DriveSewing MasksHomelessness

PEOPLE:
Walter CudnohufskySafia ElhilloRobert FrostRobert Strong WoodwardJane AustenShakespeareDr. SeussVeterans


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100+ Ideas, Resources, & Virtual Events for Learning at Home in Western MA: April 18-24, 2020

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With nearly 10,000 opt-in subscribers and 2.6+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational opportunities to explore at home this weekend and next week.

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Stay Connected with Hilltown Families!

Partner with Hilltown Families

50% or more off of our regular prices for advertisers, directory listings, and sponsorships.

SALE: 50% OR MORE OFF! Are you offering virtual classes or lessons? Are you facilitating online social, learning, or entertainment opportunities? Is your local business offering new ways for customer engagement, gift certificates, or curb side delivery? Partner with Hilltown Families in your online outreach, delivering your message to over 25,000 subscribers, web visitors, and social media followers. Offering 50% or more off of our regular advertising options, Hilltown Families is committed to our community and supporting one another in times of need. Our sponsors and advertising partners allow us to keep delivering this community-based educational resource to our readers for free (since 2005!). Local and online businesses, virtual and local service providers, non-profit organizations, and individuals are encouraged to reach out to find out about our new and exciting opportunities!

Featured Online Learning Resources

Mention Hilltown Families and receive 20% discount.

ReddPrep online tutoring: Northampton, MA. For more than fifteen years, ReddPrep has been preparing students to excel in school and maximize their scores on standardized tests. They offer a wide range of small classes and individual tutoring programs online for middle and high school students, specializing in standardized test preparation and college admissions counseling. Whether your student needs a little academic support or a full-time college admissions coach, ReddPrep is ready to help. Contact ReddPrep today for a free consultation and to craft an online study plan for your student. Mention Hilltown Families and receive a 20% discount on online tutoring. risher@reddprep.com. www.reddprep.com.

Online Classes

Online Classes. Chad Stewart, former Disney Animator and veteran homeschool Dad, offers Online Animation or Drawing Classes for ages 11-18. Weekly classes are one hour long, and industry professionals complete video reviews of homework as a part of every class they teach. The cost is $350 for the full 12-week session, and the Summer Session begins June 1st. Classes tend to fill up quickly so you can hold your child’s spot with a $50 deposit at the time of registration! Classes are held during Summer, Fall, and Spring Sessions, so if you can’t join them now, check back with again! Chad has worked on films such as Tarzan, Emperor’s New Groove, and The Polar Express, and has much to share with students of his Drawing or Animation Classes. Contact: 661-755-5775. kayla@theanimcourse.com. theanimcourse.com.

May 8-10

Are you planning your garden for this spring? Make sure to plant local, organic, and heirloom varieties! Where to get your plants? River Valley Co-op in Northampton, of course! During their annual Mother’s Day Weekend Spring Plant Sale they will be selling flower, veggie, and herb starts for your home garden from local farms, including Windy Ridge Farm, High Meadows Farm, and Bare Roots Farm. A great selection is available at River Valley Co-op during Mother’s Day weekend: May 8th, 9th, 10th from 10am-7pm. River Valley Co-Op. 413-584-2665. 330 N King St, Northampton, MA.

Check out our Summer Directory for nearly
60 summer camps & programs in and around Western MA!

Featured Summer Programs & Camps

Jul 6-23

Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School Summer Youth Programs. Northampton, MA. Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School is pleased to announce its 2020 Summer Program offerings for students entering grades 6, 7, and 8. Programs include: Entering the World of Cosmetology; Tour de Cuisine: Cultivating the Young Culinarian; Criminal Justice League; Build Your Own Longboard. Weekly programs from July 6-July 23 half-day runs 8:30am- 12:30pm. Full-day programs run 8:30am – 3:30pm. Students can prepare amazing food, practice beauty techniques, build longboards, or learn about law enforcement. For full course descriptions, including which weeks they will run and to register for a Summer Youth Program, please see their website. Dates: Jul 6-23; Age Range of Participants: 11-14yo. Contact: 413-587-1414 x3406. dcarver@smithtec.org. www.smithtec.org/summer.

Jun 29 – Aug 21

Roots Youth Summer Programs. Westfield, MA. Roots Summer Vacation Programs offer full-day activities for ages 5-12 years old. Regular hours are from 9am-4pm. All summer program attendees will participate in activities at the three major facilities on the Roots campus: 1) Roots Gymnastics Center, 2) Roots Aquatics Center, and 3) Roots Athletics Center. Attendees will rotate between the three facilities each day participating in activities such as gymnastics, swim, soccer and other turf sports, S.T.E.M., crafts, games, water slide, and so much more! Early Drop Off is available at 7:30am, and Late Pick-Up ends at 5pm. Dates: Jun 29-Aug 21; Age Range of Participants: 5-12yo. Contact: 413-562-2333 & 413-568-2782. rootssummer@gmail.com. rootsvacation.com. rootscamp.campbrainregistration.com.

Jul 6-31

College for Kids. Westfield, MA. College for Kids provides innovative and creative educational programs for kids ages 5-14, promoting and maintaining an enjoyable learning environment. Each week will feature different classes, giving the option for parents to enroll their child in a morning session, afternoon session, or both. College for Kids offers a range of subjects including science, computers, magic, cooking, and the arts. In addition to returning favorites such as Digital Nature Photography, Science Discovery for Curious Kids, Broadway Bound, and The Art of Magic, they are excited to offer brand new classes in 2020 including Pie Making, Charcoal Drawing, Bucket Drumming for Beginners, Biodiversity in the World, and more! Dates: Jul 6-31; Age Range of Participants: 5-14yo. Contact: 413-572-8557. collegeforkids@westfield.ma.edu. westfield.ma.edu/cfk.

Jun 8 – Aug 7

Amherst Montessori School Summer Discovery. Amherst, MA. Amherst Montessori’s Summer Discovery offers playful adventures tailored to children ages 12 months to 12 years. Preschool/kindergarten children will have so much fun jumping through sprinklers, playing outside, and exploring weekly themes, including Geology, Insects, Building, and more. Infants/toddlers ages three and below will love AMS’s nurturing environment with outdoor play, songs & movement, water play, and sensory exploration, all with emphasis on building independence. The amazing Michelle Risch leads three weeks of Lego building and creativity with millions of Legos for Elementary children to build wherever their imagination takes them. Varying schedules with extended hours. Dates: Jun 8-Aug 7; Age Range of Participants: 15mos-12yo. Contact: 413-253-3101. sthompson@amherstmontessori.org. amherstmontessori.org.

Jun 26 – Aug 18

Rockin’ the Summer. Goshen, MA. IMA’s residential music programs give girls access to top-notch facilities & instruments, to veteran professional musicians & teachers, and musical exploration & collaboration. Explore Rock ‘n Roll (Jun 24–28; Aug 19-23) offers girls 9-12 opportunity to explore instruments, to begin writing songs, and to participate in a concert. Rock ‘n Roll Performance (Jul 10-19; Jul 24-Aug 2) offers girls 13-19 an opportunity to speak their truth through the medium of rock ‘n roll, gain confidence in performance abilities, improve musicianship, and develop collaborative leadership skills. Studio Recording & Production (Aug 6-16) offers hands-on studio recording seminar for women 16-22 who are ready to record their work and/or interested in engineering and producing. Dates: Jun 26-Aug 18; Age Range of Participants: Girls/Young Women 9-22yo. Contact: 413-268-3074. info@ima.org. www.ima.org.

Jun 29 – Aug 21

Summer at The Academy at Charlemont in Charlemont, MA. The Academy at Charlemont Summer Programs. Multiple programs for grades 3-12 running from late June to late August. Week of June 29-July 3 – Arts and Crafts for grades 3-6, 9am-3pm. Week of July 6-July 10 – Maker’s Camp 8:30am-11:30am and Ultimate Frisbee 12:30pm-3:30pm, grades 7-12. Week of August 3-7 – Music Camp 9am-12pm. Week of August 17-21 – Arts and Crafts for grades 7-12, 9am-12pm. Financial aid is available. Participants are asked to bring water bottles, snacks and/or lunch.Dates: Jun 29-Aug 21; Age Range of Participants: 8-18yo. Contact: 413-339-4912. jmitchell@charlemont.org. www.charlemont.org

Jul 6 – Aug 21

Riotous Youth. Lenox, MA. These fun and inspiring 2-week summer theatre programs introduce students ages 7-17 to Shakespeare’s language, his stories, characters, and themes using imaginative and playful methods. Each session ends with a performance piece based on the kids’ experience of the play, which they share with family, friends, and Company members on the final day of the session. Dates: Jul 6-Aug 21; Age Range of Participants: 7-17yo. Contact: 413-637-1199 x172. mmarchione@shakespeare.org. www.shakespeare.org

Jul 6 – Aug 28

Claws, based out of Northampton, MA.Claws camping trips take students 11-17 into wild places. They climb mountains, ford rivers and sea kayak. Students test their edges and boundaries as they learn skills needed to overcome challenges. They move through fascinating terrain and waters, having fun while practicing mindfulness. They gain the ability to control their thoughts and movements, like seal, fish, and birds, bears, and bobcats do. They learn to read the great patterns of biomes, of weather, witnessing grand forces and elements expressing themselves. Claws go into the wild because the wild is where they can grow—where they can grasp life, grip it tight and carry it aloft. This year they’re going to the White Mountains and Casco Bay in Maine. There are trips to the Sierras, too. Dates: Jul 6-Aug 28; Age Range of Participants: 11-17yo. Contact: 413-320-0522. info@biocitizen.org. ma.biocitizen.org.

Jun 29 – Jul 2

“Brave” Dance Camp with Celtic Heels & Devine Dance in Greenfield, MA. Experience the joy of dance at the “Brave” themed dance camp. Celtic Heels & Devine Dance are offering students the opportunity to attend a four-day workshop incorporating Irish Step, Tap, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, and more. In addition to dance classes, students will create craft projects, learn new rhythms and cadences and improve their balance, posture, and flexibility. With such a variety of styles, there is something for everyone, and a summer workshop is a great way to experience their individually tailored lesson plans as well as the inclusive atmosphere they create with and for their students. Dates: Jun 29-Jul 2; Age Range of Campers: 7-12yo. Contact: 413-475-4726. celticheels@gmail.com. www.CelticHeelsDance.com.

Jun 17 – Aug 9

The Bement School offers summer programs for children from 4 to 15 years old. Children have the opportunity to enjoy the fun of a traditional day camp and help create their own schedule by choosing from our wide range of unique activities. Digging into Nature at Pine Hill provides outdoor education for ages 5-12. The Junior Camp provides a safe, nurturing camp experience for our youngest campers. The Adventure Day Camp offers activity choices that include cooking, movie-making, sports, nature, arts and crafts, and swimming. The Counselor-in-Training program gives young teenagers experience working with children and developing valuable job skills while still enjoying the fun of summer camp. Summer programs run from June 17 to August 9.


SUGGESTED RESOURCES &
LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
April 18-24, 2020

Saturday, April 18Sunday, April 19
Monday, April 20Tuesday, April 21Wednesday, April 22
Thursday, April 23Friday, April 24

Mark your calendars: Local Virtual Opportunities
Suggest a distant learning event!

Subscribe to Our Weekly eNewsletterAdvertising & Partnership Opportunities
Class DirectoryPreschool DirectoryBirthday Party Venue Directory
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Resources and opportunities below are shared as a courtesy. While we do our best to share accurate and up-to-date information, please take the time to confirm age appropriateness, registration requirements, and associated costs.

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April 11-17, 2020: What do you want to learn today?

100+ SUGGESTED RESOURCES &
LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
April 11-17, 2020

Saturday, April 11Sunday, April 12
Monday, April 13Tuesday, April 14Wednesday, April 15
Thursday, April 16Friday, April 17

Mark your calendars: Local Virtual Opportunities
Suggest a distant learning event!


LOCAL RESOURCES
Smith College Museum of ArtBike PathsGreat Barrington Land ConservancyRegreen SpringfieldJacob’s PillowHistoric NorthamptonHitchcock CenterCooley Dickinson HospitalVentfort HallSpringfield Symphony OrchestraSpringfield MuseumsBerkshire MuseumNew England Air MuseumNorman Rockwell MuseumMass AudubonThe TrusteesGrow Food NorthamptonScience CafesBest Buddies

MUSIC, DANCE, ART, LANGUAGE
Folk ArtVisible MendingEaster Eggs ♦  Music StudiesHistoric Blues & Folk MusicContemporary Dance StudiesWorld Folk DancesSymphonyBrahmsMuseum ToursArt StudiesArt HistoryImpressionismSymbolismLanguage ArtPoetryLiteratureCommunication SkillsNational Poetry MonthVirtual MappingCartography

FOOD & FOOD SYSTEMS
Learning in the KitchenInternational FoodsLocal RecipesPancakes Around the WorldInternational Rice DishesChicken Tikka MasalaFermented FoodsKombuchaWaffles HistoryPancake RecipesHoe CakesSconesSolar OvensAgricultureCommunity Sustainable Agriculture

HISTORY & SOCIAL STUDIES
Gender StudiesMassachusetts HistoryFashion HistoryGuilded AgeWomen’s HistoryAviation HistoryFood HistoryArt HistoryEarly American CuisineRenaissance HistorySocial MovementsSocial StudiesCultural HistoryHistory of Toilet PaperSword Fighting

SCIENCES
Dental HygieneStaying HealthySTE(A)MMathematical ReasoningFibonacciMaillard ReactionZymologyMeteorologyAstronomyNASAAeronauticsSolar EnergySundialsSolar FlaresGalaxiesBlack HolesPhenologyBiospheresVernal PoolsForest EcologyWatershed EcologyZoologyOrnithologyIchthyologyHerpetologyEntomologyMarine BiologyBird-WatchingPeregrine FalconBobolinkRiver HerringFrogsButterflies

CITIZEN SCIENCE
Nature’s NotebookSolar Storm WatchGalaxy ZooCoCoRaHSLoss of NightVernal Pools

COMMUNITY SERVICE
Virtual Food DriveSewing MasksHomelessness

PEOPLE
Walter CudnohufskySafia ElhilloRobert FrostRobert Strong WoodwardGustav KlimtJane AustenShakespeareDr. SeussVeterans

 


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100+ Suggested Resources & Learning Opportunities in Western MA: April 11-17, 2020

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With nearly 10,000 opt-in subscribers and 2.6+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational opportunities to explore at home this weekend and next week.

SUBSCRIBE to our eNewsletter to stay up-to-date!
Sneak peaks of our newest podcast.


Stay Connected with Hilltown Families!

Partner with Hilltown Families

50% or more off of our regular prices for advertisers, directory listings, and sponsorships.

SALE: 50% OR MORE OFF! Are you offering virtual classes or lessons? Are you facilitating online social, learning, or entertainment opportunities? Is your local business offering new ways for customer engagement, gift certificates, or curb side delivery? Partner with Hilltown Families in your online outreach, delivering your message to over 25,000 subscribers, web visitors, and social media followers. Offering 50% or more off of our regular advertising options, Hilltown Families is committed to our community and supporting one another in times of need. Our sponsors and advertising partners allow us to keep delivering this community-based educational resource to our readers for free (since 2005!). Local and online businesses, virtual and local service providers, non-profit organizations, and individuals are encouraged to reach out to find out about our new and exciting opportunities!

Featured Summer Programs & Camps

Check out our Summer Directory for nearly
60 summer camps & programs in and around Western MA!

Jun 8 – Aug 7

Amherst Montessori School Summer Discovery. Amherst, MA. Amherst Montessori’s Summer Discovery offers playful adventures tailored to children ages 12 months to 12 years. Preschool/kindergarten children will have so much fun jumping through sprinklers, playing outside, and exploring weekly themes, including Geology, Insects, Building, and more. Infants/toddlers ages three and below will love AMS’s nurturing environment with outdoor play, songs & movement, water play, and sensory exploration, all with emphasis on building independence. The amazing Michelle Risch leads three weeks of Lego building and creativity with millions of Legos for Elementary children to build wherever their imagination takes them. Varying schedules with extended hours. Dates: Jun 8-Aug 7; Age Range of Participants: 15mos-12yo. Contact: 413-253-3101. sthompson@amherstmontessori.org. amherstmontessori.org.

Jun 26 – Aug 18

Rockin’ the Summer. Goshen, MA. IMA’s residential music programs give girls access to top-notch facilities & instruments, to veteran professional musicians & teachers, and musical exploration & collaboration. Explore Rock ‘n Roll (Jun 24–28; Aug 19-23) offers girls 9-12 opportunity to explore instruments, to begin writing songs, and to participate in a concert. Rock ‘n Roll Performance (Jul 10-19; Jul 24-Aug 2) offers girls 13-19 an opportunity to speak their truth through the medium of rock ‘n roll, gain confidence in performance abilities, improve musicianship, and develop collaborative leadership skills. Studio Recording & Production (Aug 6-16) offers hands-on studio recording seminar for women 16-22 who are ready to record their work and/or interested in engineering and producing. Dates: Jun 26-Aug 18; Age Range of Participants: Girls/Young Women 9-22yo. Contact: 413-268-3074. info@ima.org. www.ima.org.

Jun 29 – Aug 21

Summer at The Academy at Charlemont in Charlemont, MA. The Academy at Charlemont Summer Programs. Multiple programs for grades 3-12 running from late June to late August. Week of June 29-July 3 – Arts and Crafts for grades 3-6, 9am-3pm. Week of July 6-July 10 – Maker’s Camp 8:30am-11:30am and Ultimate Frisbee 12:30pm-3:30pm, grades 7-12. Week of August 3-7 – Music Camp 9am-12pm. Week of August 17-21 – Arts and Crafts for grades 7-12, 9am-12pm. Financial aid is available. Participants are asked to bring water bottles, snacks and/or lunch.Dates: Jun 29-Aug 21; Age Range of Participants: 8-18yo. Contact: 413-339-4912. jmitchell@charlemont.org. www.charlemont.org

Jul 6-23

Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School Summer Youth Programs. Northampton, MA. Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School is pleased to announce its 2020 Summer Program offerings for students entering grades 6, 7, and 8. Programs include: Entering the World of Cosmetology; Tour de Cuisine: Cultivating the Young Culinarian; Criminal Justice League; Build Your Own Longboard. Weekly programs from July 6-July 23 half-day runs 8:30am- 12:30pm. Full-day programs run 8:30am – 3:30pm. Students can prepare amazing food, practice beauty techniques, build longboards, or learn about law enforcement. For full course descriptions, including which weeks they will run and to register for a Summer Youth Program, please see their website. Dates: Jul 6-23; Age Range of Participants: 11-14yo. Contact: 413-587-1414 x3406. dcarver@smithtec.org. www.smithtec.org/summer.

Jul 6 – Aug 21

Riotous Youth. Lenox, MA. These fun and inspiring 2-week summer theatre programs introduce students ages 7-17 to Shakespeare’s language, his stories, characters, and themes using imaginative and playful methods. Each session ends with a performance piece based on the kids’ experience of the play, which they share with family, friends, and Company members on the final day of the session. Dates: Jul 6-Aug 21; Age Range of Participants: 7-17yo. Contact: 413-637-1199 x172. mmarchione@shakespeare.org. www.shakespeare.org

Jul 6 – Aug 28

Claws, based out of Northampton, MA.Claws camping trips take students 11-17 into wild places. They climb mountains, ford rivers and sea kayak. Students test their edges and boundaries as they learn skills needed to overcome challenges. They move through fascinating terrain and waters, having fun while practicing mindfulness. They gain the ability to control their thoughts and movements, like seal, fish, and birds, bears, and bobcats do. They learn to read the great patterns of biomes, of weather, witnessing grand forces and elements expressing themselves. Claws go into the wild because the wild is where they can grow—where they can grasp life, grip it tight and carry it aloft. This year they’re going to the White Mountains and Casco Bay in Maine. There are trips to the Sierras, too. Dates: Jul 6-Aug 28; Age Range of Participants: 11-17yo. Contact: 413-320-0522. info@biocitizen.org. ma.biocitizen.org.

Jun 29 – Jul 2

“Brave” Dance Camp with Celtic Heels & Devine Dance in Greenfield, MA. Experience the joy of dance at the “Brave” themed dance camp. Celtic Heels & Devine Dance are offering students the opportunity to attend a four-day workshop incorporating Irish Step, Tap, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, and more. In addition to dance classes, students will create craft projects, learn new rhythms and cadences and improve their balance, posture, and flexibility. With such a variety of styles, there is something for everyone, and a summer workshop is a great way to experience their individually tailored lesson plans as well as the inclusive atmosphere they create with and for their students. Dates: Jun 29-Jul 2; Age Range of Campers: 7-12yo. Contact: 413-475-4726. celticheels@gmail.com. www.CelticHeelsDance.com.

Jul 6 – Aug 21

The Children’s Ballet & Movement Co. Theater & Dance Summer Camp/Summer Dance Intensive in Hadley, MA. The Children’s Ballet & Movement Co. offers two separate dance camps this year! Theater and Dance Summer Camp (ages 4-8) provides a variety of dance forms, arts and crafts, play, swimming, set design and more! Summer Dance Intensive (ages 9-15) offers Ballet, Pre-Pointe/Pointe, Acro Dance, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Yoga, and more! Both camps are Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm with Full Day and Half Day options. Whether your child is new to dance or a seasoned dancer, Children’s Ballet & Movement Co. dance camps are sure to please! Dates: Jul 6-Aug 21; Age Range of Participants: 4-15yo. Contact: 413-478-1944. cassieferr@gmail.com. www.childrensballetmovement.com

Jun 22 – Aug 21

LSSE Summer Sports Programs and Day Camps. Amherst, MA. Spend the summer with Amherst Leisure Services! At the LSSE Sports Programs and Day Camps, children will have the opportunity to participate in arts, crafts, games, nature activities, sports programs, and swimming lessons. Their caring and experienced staff will make this a summer to remember. They offer free breakfast and lunch to Early Adventures and Adventure Playground day campers thanks to the ARPS School Nutrition Department. Visit the LSSE website for more information and to find the perfect sports or day camp for your child. Dates: Jun 22-Aug 21; Age Range of Campers: 5-14yo. Contact: 413-259-3065. lsse@amherstma.gov. LSSE.org.

Jun 22 – Aug 28

Rattlesnake Adventure Camps at Morse Hill Outdoor Center. Shutesbury, MA. This is Morse Hill’s 30th year offering fun outdoor activities that facilitate children’s self-awareness, confidence, trust, communication, problem-solving, & teamwork skills. With a foundation in physical & emotional safety, our programs include on-site low & high ropes courses & team-building initiatives, as well as off-site rock climbing, canoeing, raft building, mountain biking, caving, hiking, & more. The 85-acre property by Lake Wyola in Shutesbury includes bike trails, campsites, cabins, and discovery elements. Transportation is available from Amherst & Northampton. Whether campers choose day, overnight, or expedition camps, they will develop their outdoor skills & knowledge while building relationships with counselors & friends. Dates: Jun 22-Aug 28; Age Range of Campers: 8-18yo. Contact: 413-253-1807. summer@morsehill.com. www.morsehill.com


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April 4-10, 2020: What do you want to learn today?

100+ SUGGESTED RESOURCES &
LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
April 4-10, 2020

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Monday, April 6Tuesday, April 7Wednesday, April 8
Thursday, April 9Friday, April 10

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FOOD & FOOD SYSTEMS
Learning in the KitchenInternational FoodsLocal RecipesPancakes Around the WorldInternational Rice DishesChicken Tikka MasalaFermented FoodsKombuchaWaffles HistoryPancake RecipesHoe CakesSconesSolar Ovens ♦ AgricultureCommunity Sustainable AgricultureMaple Syrup

HISTORY
Women’s HistoryAviation HistoryFood HistoryArt HistoryEarly American CuisineRenaissance HistorySocial MovementsSocial StudiesCultural HistoryHistory of Toilet PaperSword Fighting

MUSIC, DANCE, ART, LANGUAGE
World Folk DancesExperimental MusicSymphonyBrahmsMuseum ToursArt StudiesArt HistoryImpressionismSymbolismLanguage ArtPoetryLiteratureLiterature GuideCommunication SkillsNational Poetry MontyVirtual MappingCartography

SCIENCES
STE(A)MMathematical ReasoningFibonacciMaillard ReactionZymologyMeteorologyAstronomyNASAAeronauticsSolar EnergySundialsSolar FlaresGalaxiesBlack HolesPhenologyBotanyBiospheresVernal PoolsForest EcologyMaple TreesWatershed EcologyZoologyOrnithologyIchthyologyHerpetologyMarine BiologyBird-WatchingPeregrine FalconBobolinkRiver HerringFrogs

CITIZEN SCIENCE
Nature’s NotebookSolar Storm WatchGalaxy ZooCoCoRaHSLoss of NightVernal Pools

COMMUNITY SERVICE
Virtual Food DriveSewing MasksHomelessness

LOCAL RESOURCES
Springfield Symphony OrchestraSpringfield MuseumsBerkshire MuseumNew England Air MuseumNorman Rockwell MuseumMass AudubonThe TrusteesGrow Food NorthamptonScience CafesBest BuddiesSummer Camps

PEOPLE
Robert Strong WoodwardGustav KlimtJane AustenLaurie BerknerShakespeareDr. SeussVeterans


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100+ Suggested Resources & Learning Opportunities in Western MA: April 4-10, 2020

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Check out our Summer Directory for nearly
60 summer camps & programs in and around Western MA!

Featured Summer Programs & Camps

Jun 8 – Aug 7

Amherst Montessori School Summer Discovery. Amherst, MA. Amherst Montessori’s Summer Discovery offers playful adventures tailored to children ages 12 months to 12 years. Preschool/kindergarten children will have so much fun jumping through sprinklers, playing outside, and exploring weekly themes, including Geology, Insects, Building, and more. Infants/toddlers ages three and below will love AMS’s nurturing environment with outdoor play, songs & movement, water play, and sensory exploration, all with emphasis on building independence. The amazing Michelle Risch leads three weeks of Lego building and creativity with millions of Legos for Elementary children to build wherever their imagination takes them. Varying schedules with extended hours. Dates: Jun 8-Aug 7; Age Range of Participants: 15mos-12yo. Contact: 413-253-3101. sthompson@amherstmontessori.org. amherstmontessori.org.

Jun 26 – Aug 18

Rockin’ the Summer. Goshen, MA. IMA’s residential music programs give girls access to top-notch facilities & instruments, to veteran professional musicians & teachers, and musical exploration & collaboration. Explore Rock ‘n Roll (Jun 24–28; Aug 19-23) offers girls 9-12 opportunity to explore instruments, to begin writing songs, and to participate in a concert. Rock ‘n Roll Performance (Jul 10-19; Jul 24-Aug 2) offers girls 13-19 an opportunity to speak their truth through the medium of rock ‘n roll, gain confidence in performance abilities, improve musicianship, and develop collaborative leadership skills. Studio Recording & Production (Aug 6-16) offers hands-on studio recording seminar for women 16-22 who are ready to record their work and/or interested in engineering and producing. Dates: Jun 26-Aug 18; Age Range of Participants: Girls/Young Women 9-22yo. Contact: 413-268-3074. info@ima.org. www.ima.org.

Jun 29 – Aug 21

Summer at The Academy at Charlemont in Charlemont, MA. The Academy at Charlemont Summer Programs. Multiple programs for grades 3-12 running from late June to late August. Week of June 29-July 3 – Arts and Crafts for grades 3-6, 9am-3pm. Week of July 6-July 10 – Maker’s Camp 8:30am-11:30am and Ultimate Frisbee 12:30pm-3:30pm, grades 7-12. Week of August 3-7 – Music Camp 9am-12pm. Week of August 17-21 – Arts and Crafts for grades 7-12, 9am-12pm. Financial aid is available. Participants are asked to bring water bottles, snacks and/or lunch.Dates: Jun 29-Aug 21; Age Range of Participants: 8-18yo. Contact: 413-339-4912. jmitchell@charlemont.org. www.charlemont.org

Jul 6 – Aug 21

Riotous Youth. Lenox, MA. These fun and inspiring 2-week summer theatre programs introduce students ages 7-17 to Shakespeare’s language, his stories, characters, and themes using imaginative and playful methods. Each session ends with a performance piece based on the kids’ experience of the play, which they share with family, friends, and Company members on the final day of the session. Dates: Jul 6-Aug 21; Age Range of Participants: 7-17yo. Contact: 413-637-1199 x172. mmarchione@shakespeare.org. www.shakespeare.org

Jul 6 – Aug 28

Claws, based out of Northampton, MA.Claws camping trips take students 11-17 into wild places. They climb mountains, ford rivers and sea kayak. Students test their edges and boundaries as they learn skills needed to overcome challenges. They move through fascinating terrain and waters, having fun while practicing mindfulness. They gain the ability to control their thoughts and movements, like seal, fish, and birds, bears, and bobcats do. They learn to read the great patterns of biomes, of weather, witnessing grand forces and elements expressing themselves. Claws go into the wild because the wild is where they can grow—where they can grasp life, grip it tight and carry it aloft. This year they’re going to the White Mountains and Casco Bay in Maine. There are trips to the Sierras, too. Dates: Jul 6-Aug 28; Age Range of Participants: 11-17yo. Contact: 413-320-0522. info@biocitizen.org. ma.biocitizen.org.

Jun 29 – Jul 2

“Brave” Dance Camp with Celtic Heels & Devine Dance in Greenfield, MA. Experience the joy of dance at the “Brave” themed dance camp. Celtic Heels & Devine Dance are offering students the opportunity to attend a four-day workshop incorporating Irish Step, Tap, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, and more. In addition to dance classes, students will create craft projects, learn new rhythms and cadences and improve their balance, posture, and flexibility. With such a variety of styles, there is something for everyone, and a summer workshop is a great way to experience their individually tailored lesson plans as well as the inclusive atmosphere they create with and for their students. Dates: Jun 29-Jul 2; Age Range of Campers: 7-12yo. Contact: 413-475-4726. celticheels@gmail.com. www.CelticHeelsDance.com.

Jul 6 – Aug 21

The Children’s Ballet & Movement Co. Theater & Dance Summer Camp/Summer Dance Intensive in Hadley, MA. The Children’s Ballet & Movement Co. offers two separate dance camps this year! Theater and Dance Summer Camp (ages 4-8) provides a variety of dance forms, arts and crafts, play, swimming, set design and more! Summer Dance Intensive (ages 9-15) offers Ballet, Pre-Pointe/Pointe, Acro Dance, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Yoga, and more! Both camps are Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm with Full Day and Half Day options. Whether your child is new to dance or a seasoned dancer, Children’s Ballet & Movement Co. dance camps are sure to please! Dates: Jul 6-Aug 21; Age Range of Participants: 4-15yo. Contact: 413-478-1944. cassieferr@gmail.com. www.childrensballetmovement.com

Jun 22 – Aug 21

LSSE Summer Sports Programs and Day Camps. Amherst, MA. Spend the summer with Amherst Leisure Services! At the LSSE Sports Programs and Day Camps, children will have the opportunity to participate in arts, crafts, games, nature activities, sports programs, and swimming lessons. Their caring and experienced staff will make this a summer to remember. They offer free breakfast and lunch to Early Adventures and Adventure Playground day campers thanks to the ARPS School Nutrition Department. Visit the LSSE website for more information and to find the perfect sports or day camp for your child. Dates: Jun 22-Aug 21; Age Range of Campers: 5-14yo. Contact: 413-259-3065. lsse@amherstma.gov. LSSE.org.

Jun 22 – Aug 28

Rattlesnake Adventure Camps at Morse Hill Outdoor Center. Shutesbury, MA. This is Morse Hill’s 30th year offering fun outdoor activities that facilitate children’s self-awareness, confidence, trust, communication, problem-solving, & teamwork skills. With a foundation in physical & emotional safety, our programs include on-site low & high ropes courses & team-building initiatives, as well as off-site rock climbing, canoeing, raft building, mountain biking, caving, hiking, & more. The 85-acre property by Lake Wyola in Shutesbury includes bike trails, campsites, cabins, and discovery elements. Transportation is available from Amherst & Northampton. Whether campers choose day, overnight, or expedition camps, they will develop their outdoor skills & knowledge while building relationships with counselors & friends. Dates: Jun 22-Aug 28; Age Range of Campers: 8-18yo. Contact: 413-253-1807. summer@morsehill.com. www.morsehill.com


SUGGESTED RESOURCES &
LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
April 4-10, 2020

Saturday, April 4Sunday, April 5
Monday, April 6Tuesday, April 7Wednesday, April 8
Thursday, April 9Friday, April 10

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60 Suggested Resources & Learning Opportunities in Western MA: March 28-April 3, 2020

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With over 9,000 opt-in subscribers and 2.6+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational opportunities to explore at home this weekend and next week.

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Featured Online Events

Mar 28, Mar 29, Apr 9

Signature Sounds Presents announces The Parlor Room Home Sessions: A curated on-line concert series featuring some of their favorite artists. Watch The Suitcase Junket on Fri. March 27 at 8 PM. Little Roots entertain the whole family on Sat. March 28 at 10:30 AM. Jeffrey Foucault performs on Sun. March 29 at 8:00 PM and Mark Erelli on Thurs. April 9 at 8 PM. All show times are EST and more artists are being added all the time. There is no pay wall, but donations are highly encouraged for both the artist and venue. Access all the shows via www.signaturesounds.com/homesessions.

Now Accepting Aps.

Families are invited to discover the warm, welcoming community at Amherst Montessori School, with dedicated teachers, administrators, and fellow parents who strive to create a sense of belonging for each child and family. Set-up a tour, explore the hands-on, child-centered Montessori curriculum, and learn about the engaging community of Amherst Montessori School. Applications for the 2020-21 school year are now being accepted. Schedule options from partial day to full day with extended hours. Set-up a tour by emailing Susanna at sthompson@amherstmontessori.org or by calling 413-253-3101.

Check out our Summer Directory for nearly
60 summer camps & programs in and around Western MA!

Featured Summer Programs & Camps

Jun 29 – Jul 2

“Brave” Dance Camp with Celtic Heels & Devine Dance in Greenfield, MA. Experience the joy of dance at the “Brave” themed dance camp. Celtic Heels & Devine Dance are offering students the opportunity to attend a four-day workshop incorporating Irish Step, Tap, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, and more. In addition to dance classes, students will create craft projects, learn new rhythms and cadences and improve their balance, posture, and flexibility. With such a variety of styles, there is something for everyone, and a summer workshop is a great way to experience their individually tailored lesson plans as well as the inclusive atmosphere they create with and for their students. Dates: Jun 29-Jul 2; Age Range of Campers: 7-12yo. Contact: 413-475-4726. celticheels@gmail.com. www.CelticHeelsDance.com.

Jul 6 – Aug 21

The Children’s Ballet & Movement Co. Theater & Dance Summer Camp/Summer Dance Intensive in Hadley, MA. The Children’s Ballet & Movement Co. offers two separate dance camps this year! Theater and Dance Summer Camp (ages 4-8) provides a variety of dance forms, arts and crafts, play, swimming, set design and more! Summer Dance Intensive (ages 9-15) offers Ballet, Pre-Pointe/Pointe, Acro Dance, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Yoga, and more! Both camps are Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm with Full Day and Half Day options. Whether your child is new to dance or a seasoned dancer, Children’s Ballet & Movement Co. dance camps are sure to please! Dates: Jul 6-Aug 21; Age Range of Participants: 4-15yo. Contact: 413-478-1944. cassieferr@gmail.com. www.childrensballetmovement.com

Jun 22 – Aug 21

LSSE Summer Sports Programs and Day Camps. Amherst, MA. Spend the summer with Amherst Leisure Services! At the LSSE Sports Programs and Day Camps, children will have the opportunity to participate in arts, crafts, games, nature activities, sports programs, and swimming lessons. Their caring and experienced staff will make this a summer to remember. They offer free breakfast and lunch to Early Adventures and Adventure Playground day campers thanks to the ARPS School Nutrition Department. Visit the LSSE website for more information and to find the perfect sports or day camp for your child. Dates: Jun 22-Aug 21; Age Range of Campers: 5-14yo. Contact: 413-259-3065. lsse@amherstma.gov. LSSE.org.

Jun 22 – Aug 28

Rattlesnake Adventure Camps at Morse Hill Outdoor Center. Shutesbury, MA. This is Morse Hill’s 30th year offering fun outdoor activities that facilitate children’s self-awareness, confidence, trust, communication, problem-solving, & teamwork skills. With a foundation in physical & emotional safety, our programs include on-site low & high ropes courses & team-building initiatives, as well as off-site rock climbing, canoeing, raft building, mountain biking, caving, hiking, & more. The 85-acre property by Lake Wyola in Shutesbury includes bike trails, campsites, cabins, and discovery elements. Transportation is available from Amherst & Northampton. Whether campers choose day, overnight, or expedition camps, they will develop their outdoor skills & knowledge while building relationships with counselors & friends. Dates: Jun 22-Aug 28; Age Range of Campers: 8-18yo. Contact: 413-253-1807. summer@morsehill.com. www.morsehill.com

Jun 29 – Aug 21

Summer at The Academy at Charlemont in Charlemont, MA. The Academy at Charlemont Summer Programs. Multiple programs for grades 3-12 running from late June to late August. Week of June 29-July 3 – Arts and Crafts for grades 3-6, 9am-3pm. Week of July 6-July 10 – Maker’s Camp 8:30am-11:30am and Ultimate Frisbee 12:30pm-3:30pm, grades 7-12. Week of August 3-7 – Music Camp 9am-12pm. Week of August 17-21 – Arts and Crafts for grades 7-12, 9am-12pm. Financial aid is available. Participants are asked to bring water bottles, snacks and/or lunch.Dates: Jun 29-Aug 21; Age Range of Participants: 8-18yo. Contact: 413-339-4912. jmitchell@charlemont.org. www.charlemont.org

Jul 6 – Aug 21

Riotous Youth. Lenox, MA. These fun and inspiring 2-week summer theatre programs introduce students ages 7-17 to Shakespeare’s language, his stories, characters, and themes using imaginative and playful methods. Each session ends with a performance piece based on the kids’ experience of the play, which they share with family, friends, and Company members on the final day of the session. Dates: Jul 6-Aug 21; Age Range of Participants: 7-17yo. Contact: 413-637-1199 x172. mmarchione@shakespeare.org. www.shakespeare.org

Jul 6 – Aug 28

Claws, based out of Northampton, MA.Claws camping trips take students 11-17 into wild places. They climb mountains, ford rivers and sea kayak. Students test their edges and boundaries as they learn skills needed to overcome challenges. They move through fascinating terrain and waters, having fun while practicing mindfulness. They gain the ability to control their thoughts and movements, like seal, fish, and birds, bears, and bobcats do. They learn to read the great patterns of biomes, of weather, witnessing grand forces and elements expressing themselves. Claws go into the wild because the wild is where they can grow—where they can grasp life, grip it tight and carry it aloft. This year they’re going to the White Mountains and Casco Bay in Maine. There are trips to the Sierras, too. Dates: Jul 6-Aug 28; Age Range of Participants: 11-17yo. Contact: 413-320-0522. info@biocitizen.org. ma.biocitizen.org.


SUGGESTED RESOURCES &
LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
March 28-April 3, 2020

Saturday, March 28Sunday, March 29
Monday, March 30Tuesday, March 31Wednesday, April 1
Thursday, April 2Friday, April 3

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Subscribe to Our Weekly eNewsletterAdvertising & Partnership Opportunities
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Resources and opportunities below are shared as a courtesy. While we do our best to share accurate and up-to-date information, please take the time to confirm age appropriateness, registration requirements, and associated costs.

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