Suggested Events for Feb 18th-24th, 2012

Discover fun and educational events happening this week in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast.


The 15th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count takes place from February 17th-20th this year! If your kids have off for winter vacation week, this is a fun way to keep them learning and unplugged while out of school. Click on photo for more info. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Suggest EventIf you have a family friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, post your event on our “Suggest An Event” page. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending.

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Ice Skating in Western MAIn the morning on Saturday, February 18th at 10am or 12noon in Berkshire Co. – FAMILY FILM: Share with your kids international films today at Images Cinema! The cinema is screening, “Lotte from Gadgetville,” an animated children’s movie from Estonia. The movie tells the story of Lotte, and the adventures she has learning about the many inventions created in her village. 413-458-5612. 50 Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. ($)

In the afternoon on Saturday, February 18th at 2pm in Franklin Co. – FAMILY THEATER: The New Renaissance Players perform Treasure Island at the Shea Theater! The show is a high-energy pirate adventure appropriate for families with slightly older kids (some parts are scary!). 413-863-2281. 71 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. ($)

In the evening on Saturday, February 18th at 7:30pm in Hampshire Co. – THEATER/HISTORY: Old Deerfield Productions is presenting the premier of the new folk opera, “Truth,” which tells the story of former slave, abolitionist, and women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth. Kids with audience skills can supplement studies of American History by seeing the show. Seeing the show could be a great way to start a family dialogue about abolition and how it fits into the larger topic of human rights. Takes place at the Academy of Music. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA. ($)

All day on Sunday, February 19th from 9am-5pm in Hampden Co. – HISTORY: The Springfield Armory is a National Historic Site where visitors can learn about the role of the armory within American history. This week beginning today there are special programs for families for school vacation! Along with the regular exhibits and learning opportunities, there will be a firearms scavenger hunt, an outdoor tour to look at architecture and building markings, and more! 413-734-8551. 1 Armory Square. Springfield, MA. (FREE)


Flywheel Saturday Morning Music Party

Family concert with UNCLE ROCK at Flywheel in Easthampton on Saturday, March 10th at 10am. Presented by Hilltown Families, No Nap Happy Hour Series and Flywheel.

Saturday, February 25 from 10-11am in the Pioneer Valley – PUPPETS: Tom Knight is performing a puppet show at Hatfield Elementary School this morning! The show is designed for pre-school aged kids and their families and is sponsored by the Collaborative for Educational Services. 413-586-4998. 33 Main Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, February 25 from 10:30am-12:30pm in the Berkshires – STORYWALK: The North Adams Public Library has arranged a storywalk through downtown North Adams! It will be around until March 3rd for families to visit anytime, but this particular Sunday morning there will be a special craft at the library accompanying the story Annie and the Wild Animals by Western MA author, Jan Brett. 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, February 26 from 1:30-4:30pm – FAMILY FUN: Northampton Recreation is hosting a fun family afternoon as part of Fabulous February! There will be ice cream and games of bingo beginning at 1:30, then open swim time beginning at 2:30. Younger kids can practice matching and identifying numbers by playing bingo, and kids of all ages (and adults!) can get some great exercise and swimming practice for summer during pool time. 413-587-1040. 100 Bridge Road. Florence, MA. (<$)


CHILDCARE OPENINGS: Little Bear Learn & Care, a high quality childcare program serving the Greater Easthampton Area, has limited openings available in their infant and two year classrooms. Offering childcare for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, Little Bear’s welcoming family atmosphere and creative free play environment supports the critical brain-building development of a child’s first five years of life, building a foundation of valuable social/emotional adeptness for later learning. Through basic sign language, modeling and role playing, Little Bear encourages the development of healthy communication skills. To schedule a visit or to find out more about current openings, call 413-203-1776, or visit online at

FAMILY CONCERT: Sunnyside Children’s Center Presents… R.O.C.K…Paper…Blizzard! Rock those winter blues away, eat pizza with your pals, make art, and try to win our Rock Paper Scissors Championship! Come spend the morning with the Valley’s own rockin’ family music band, The Royal Order of Chords & Keys (R.O.C.K.), with Aric Bieganek on vocals and guitar, Hans Dalhaus on drums and David Picchi on bass. Featured on the Meltdown Stage at the 2011 Green River Festival, together they form the hardest rocking band for families in the world. Sunday, February 19th from 10:30am-12noon at the Florence Community Center. Tickets just $5 per person ($25 maximum per family). All proceeds fund the Sunnyside financial aid fund for families in need.

SCHOOL VACATION WEEK: This February vacation join The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA for live performances, art making, gallery exhibitions, scavenger hunts, and story times! There will be live performances of The Ugly Ducking in the auditorium by the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts School, Feb. 21 – 24 at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. $6 ($5 members). And while school might be out for some, kids can still learn about history through a new art exhibition, We Are The Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball, paintings by Kadir Nelson, and by creating timelines in the art studio, highlighting significant events and journeys from the past. The museum will be open on President’s Day! For more information please visit: or call 413-658-1100.

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS: Accepting applications for fall 2012. The Bement School founded in 1925 and located in Deerfield is a co-educational junior boarding and day school serving 245 students in kindergarten through grade 9. Bement’s rich, traditional curriculum motivates and challenges students with strong academics, a renowned fine arts program, and a diverse athletic program. Students participate in athletics and fine arts daily. The pervasive atmosphere at Bement is that of a family, learning and living together. Bement actively seeks an academically diverse, international, and multi-cultural student body. For information on how to apply, financial aid, or to arrange a visit to campus, call 413-774-7061

HILLTOWN IDOLS: Coming soon: Hilltown Idols! An adult & child karaoke competition/fundraiser for the Cultural Arts Committee (CAC) of the Williamsburg Schools. Auditions are Sat., 3/3, with the Final Performance on Sat., 3/10 at 7pm at the Dunphy School in Williamsburg. The competition is open to children & adults from near and far! There are four competition groups: Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, & Adults. Prizes will be awarded to winners. Entry fee for contestants in Grades 3-12 is $5.00 & $25.00 for adults. Register by 3/2! Tickets for audience members on 3/3 are $2/individual or $5/family for the day. Tickets for the Final Performance on 3/10 are $5(Ages 3-18), $10(Adults), or $20 per family. See for details.

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ADOPTIVE PARENTS: Berkshire Children and Families (BCF) is hosting a workshop for families interested in learning more about adopting a child. Prospective adoptive parents can learn about available children, as well as the process of applying to adopt. The process includes undergoing MAPP (Model Approach to Partnership in Parenting) Training, as well as a homestudy. If approved after applying, adoptive parents are able to adopt children from within the state’s DCF system. There are many children in need of families- if you’re interested in considering adoption, feel free to attend! The workshop will take place on Tuesday, Feburary 21st from 5:30-7pm at the BCF office (200 Russell Street) in Hadley. Questions can be directed to Linda Dugas at 413-584-5690.

Feb 18th—Feb 24th, 2012


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