Central Berkshire County

Family and Kid Friendly Activities and Events in Central Berkshire County, Things to Do in the Berkshires, Western Massachusetts

Pittsfield families invited to sign up to receive a call from the Northpole and Santa

PITTSFIELD — The Pittsfield Department of Community Development Recreation Program will be conducting the annual North Pole Calling Program, a special call from Santa, Wednesday, Dec. 17 and Thursday, Dec. 18 from 5–7:30 p.m. Last year, over 184 children were called by Santa. Sign up forms will be sent home with Pittsfield children in kindergarten,(…)

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We’ve got a pair of tickets to Mary Verdi’s Christmas at the Colonial to giveaway!

PITTSFIELD — For Berkshire singer/songwriter Mary Verdi, preparations for Christmas begin in August. Carols are hummed, and holiday decorations retrieved from their storage places, as planning for the artist’s annual “Christmas at the Colonial” celebration commences. And now Mary and a variety of special guests are prepared to take the stage on Nov. 29 at(…)

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Volunteers and items needed for holiday gift bag distribution to BMC psychiatric wards

PITTSFIELD — The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Berkshire County invites members of the community to participate in the annual holiday collection and distribution of gift bags to patients in the psychiatric wards at Berkshire Medical Center. NAMI Berkshire County is accepting items including warm winter hats, gloves, socks, travel size toiletries, nail care(…)

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Over 1000 parents and children attend the Berkshires Museum’s 2014 Pajama Night [PHOTO GALLERY}

Over 1000 parents and children attend the Berkshires Museum’s 2014 Pajama Night [PHOTO GALLERY}

PITTSFIELD —Hundreds of families gathered at the Berkshire Museum last night for its WeeMuse Pajama Party, where guest readers shared stories, artists and kids created amazing works of art in the museum’s Crane Room, and we even caught some sweet interactions between Magic Treehouse author Mary Pope Osborne and some of her fans. Did we(…)

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Weekend Lowdown: Nov. 7-9

THE BERKSHIRES — Whether your children are teens, homeschooled, preschoolers or middle school-aged children the calendars are brimming with activities for all ages. From art to science to films and more, I’m cutting to the chase today and bringing you my BFF Picks for the weekend right away. For more events and activities go to(…)

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Berkshire Museum to host third annual WeeMuse Pajama Party Friday, Nov. 7

November is Family Literacy Month in Massachusetts and to celebrate the Berkshire Museum will host its annual WeeMuse Pajama Night this Friday, Nov. 7, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. WeeMuse Pajama Night is presented in collaboration with the Pittsfield Transition Team. WeeMuse Pajama Night is sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union. Additional support is provided by Berkshire United(…)

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Pittsfield library kicks off food for fines program

PITTSFIELD — Once again the Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield’s public library, will offer a modified fines amnesty through Saturday, Nov. 29. During this four-week period the library will accept nonperishable food items in lieu of paying fines for overdue books. According to Library Director Ron Latham, “This ‘Food for Fines’ initiative has become an annual tradition(…)

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Berkshire Family Focus Shout-out: Pittsfield High school students unite against bullying

Berkshire Family Focus Shout-out: Pittsfield High school students unite against bullying

PITTSFIELD — We’d like to send a Berkshire Family Focus shout-out to Pittsfield High School’s SADD student group and the Pittsfield Prevention Partnership. On Oct. 22, Students Against Destructive Decisions at Pittsfield High School, in collaboration with the Pittsfield Prevention Partnership, wore orange as part of National Bullying Prevention Month to spread awareness on Unity Day.(…)

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Weekend Lowdown: Oct. 31-Nov. 2

THE BERKSHIRES — This weekend’s lowdown is all about Halloween — trick-or-treat times, Halloween parties, library celebrations and more. And we’ve even thrown in a few non-Halloween shows, fundraisers and free family days. So here is your short and sweet BFF Picks for the weekend. Remember you can always find more family events and activities(…)

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Pittsfield Halloween Parade 2014 [PHOTO GALLERY]

Pittsfield Halloween Parade 2014 [PHOTO GALLERY]

PITTSFIELD — The 70th annual Pittsfield Halloween Parade took place last night along Tyler Street and the costumed participants and parade-goers were out in enormous numbers. From parade floats, bands and marchers to creepy, cute, and just plain bizarre costumes, we’ve got it all right here courtesy of our roving photographer Susan Geller. So if you(…)

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