Spring School Vacation in the Berkshires

Spring in the Berkshires is delightful and a perfect place to enjoy Spring Break with the family!  The maple sap is flowing; baby animals are entering the world. The greening of foliage engenders a sense of renewal unlike any other time of year. Come discover all the possibilities the Berkshires has in store during the most-welcomed season of all.

Ongoing

Bisque, Beads & Beyond, Pittsfield
www.bisquebeadsandbeyond.com
A walk-in full service kiln fired art center featuring fused glass, paint your own pottery and bead shop. Custom jewelry & gifts. Great kids programs!

Animagic – Museum of Animation, Special Effects and Art, Lee
www.mambor.com
View technologies from the movies like The Matrix, X-Men, Predator & Chicken Run. See a real Academy Award. Make your animation movie. Call for appointment.

Zip Line Canopy Tours, Charlemont
www.zoaroutdoor.com
Looking for a great spring adventure with the kids while they are on Spring vacation? How does flying through the trees sound? Our Zip Line Canopy Tours are open and offer views through the forest as the trees begin to bud. Visit our website for special deals.

Kidspace @ MASS MoCA, North Adams
www.massmoca.org
Visitors to Kidspace at MASS MoCA will find themselves surrounded by artistic renderings of sea creatures, plant-life, and other natural elements when Under the Sea features six internationally-acclaimed artists who explore the ocean as habitat, myth, and a necessary element of life on earth. Through various themes and innovative materials, the artists examine the mystery and power of the ocean as well as the catastrophic consequences of our abuse of this natural resource. 11am – 5pm daily.

Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens, South Deerfield
www.magicwings.com
Year-round. 3000+ dancing butterflies in an indoor tropical garden. Food Court, Monarchs Restaurant, gift shop.

Shakespeare and the Language that Shaped the World, Lenox
www.shakespeare.org
A whirlwind tour through the life, times and work of William Shakespeare featuring six actors, a few props and a truckload of historical information and scenes from Shakespeare’s plays. This hysterical, fast-paced presentation is designed to introduce kids and adults to Shakespeare through his stories, characters and words—with a bit of sword-fighting and clowning thrown in for good measure. Whether you are a newbie to Shakespeare’s works or a connoisseur, Shakespeare and the Language that Shaped a World is sure to satisfy the young and young at heart! See website for schedule.

Yankee Candle Village
www.yankeecandle.com
Celebrate Spring during April school vacation week – Bring your family to Yankee Candle Village for special performances, magic shows, crafts with Santa and more! See website for more information.

Events

April 13 – 21, 2013
School Vacation Fun….and Cookies!
www.clarkart.edu
Lions and Tigers and Museum, Oh My! looks at art from the perspective of four kids of museums: an art museum, a living history museum, a science museum, and a natural history museum. Museums of all kinds can inspire—and satisfy—curiosity. Come to the Clark, visit Lions and Tigers and Museums, Oh My! and GET CURIOUS! Kids visiting receive a coupon for a free cookie at the Clark Café!

April 14 – May 5, 2013
Baby Animals on the Shaker Farm, Pittsfield
www.hancockshakervillage.com
It’s a 3-week barnyard birthday party for the new lambs, piglets, calves and chicks that will be filling the famous Round Stone Barn! Come celebrate and give a warm welcome to these new fuzzy friends. Stroll through our heirloom gardens, play in our hands-on Discovery Room, and explore our historic buildings. Kids 12 and under are admitted FREE! 10am – 4pm.

April 15 – 19, 2013
The Wonder of Wordless Picture Books, Stockbridge
www.nrm.org
Let the picture tell the story! At Norman Rockwell Museum, create your own picture book in our hands-on workshops. Come once or all week. Free with Museum admission. 1pm – 5pm.

April 16, 2013
Animals Up Close: The Red Coatimundi, Pittsfield
www.berkshiremuseum.org
Encounter remarkable animals from around the world, presented by the W.I.L.D. Center & Zoological Park of New England, and learn how to support efforts to protect the habitats and unique environments these animals need to survive. Species featured include the Red Coatimundi, Giant Flemish Rabbit, American Alligator, Australian Argus Monitor, Prehensile-tailed Porcupine, Goliath Bird-eating Tarantula, and Arctic Fox. 1pm. Tickets: $15 adult ($5 members); $8 child ($3 members). Includes Museum admission. Advance tickets 413.443.7171 x10.

April 16 – 19, 2013
School Vacation Week–Spring Stampede
www.massaudubon.org
Spring comes late to the Berkshires, and we’ll be out in the great outdoors looking for new plant growth, bird arrivals, and emerging amphibians and reptiles. We’ll play outdoors as much as possible. Dress for the weather, wear mud boots, and bring a lunch and two snacks each day. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox. Registration is required. 413-637-0320.

April 18 – 20, 2013
Berkshire Children’s Theatre, Pittsfield
www.berkshiremuseum.org
A talented group of young actors presents another lively musical show. Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. Tickets: $15 adult ($5 members); $8 child ($3 members). Includes Museum admission.

April 19, 2013
Aquarium Adventures, Pittsfield
www.berkshiremuseum.org
This special addition of our popular toddler program features a reading of Doctor Seuss’s The Lorax. 11am.

April 20, 2013
Zoom! A Special Family Day Event, Stockbridge
www.nrm.org
At Norman Rockwell Museum take an exciting journey from a farm to a ship, a city street, and a desert island through the art of Istvan Banyai, and his picture books, “Zoom!” “Re-Zoom!” and “REM.” Meet the artist and enjoy readings, demonstrations, workshops, and signings. Fun for all ages. Free with museum admission. 1-4 p.m.

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