August 31: FREE Fun Friday, FREE admission all day for all, Old Sturbridge Village, EcoTarium, Norman Rockwell Museum, Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, USS Constitution Museum, Cape Ann Museum, Griffin Museum of Photography, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, The Mary Baker Eddy Library and Mapparium, FREE.
August 31: Kidleidoscope, 10:30-11:30 a.m., snakes themed story, games, craft geared to ages 3-6 but siblings and friends welcome, Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, FREE.
August 31: Big E Kids Fun Run, 6:30 p.m., run down the Avenue of States, for kids ages 10 and under, use link to register, Eastern States Exposition, 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield. Admission: FREE with a donation of a new or gently used children's book.
I’m feeling this pretty hard right now after such a rough gardening season. I hope my pumpkin patch makes up for my rotten lettuce and cracked tomatoes. How did your garden grow this year? #growyourown
August 24: FREE Fun Friday, FREE admission all day for all, Harvard Museums of Science and Culture, Buttonwood Park Zoo, MASS MoCA, Heritage Museums & Garden, Cape Cod Children's Museum, Smith College Museum of Art, The Old Manse, Emily Dickinson Museum, Hull Life Savings Museum, Museum of African American History FREE.
August 24: Books and Blooms, 10 a.m., storytime and craft, The Mount, 2 Plunkett St., Lenox, FREE.
August 24-25: Chicopee Downtown Get Down, starts Friday a noon, see link for schedule, live entertainment, bike rodeo, 5K road race, kids' activities, crafts, vendors, food, Downtown Chicopee, intersection of Exchange, Center and Springfield streets, FREE admission.
August 24: Create Recycled Paper Chickens, 1-6 p.m., drop in any time, all ages welcome, collaborative art project with a visiting artist, Sunderland Public Library, 20 School St., Sunderland, FREE.
August 24-25: Westfield Food Fest, starts Friday at 5 p.m., see link for schedule, food, live music, car show, kids' activities, Elm Street, Westfield, FREE admission.
August 25: Springfield Public Schools Back to School Celebration, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., FREE backpacks with school supplies, entertainment, BBQ lunch, Springfield Public School staff meet and greet, Blunt Park, Roosevelt Street, Springfield, FREE for Springfield Public School students and their families.
August 25: Yoga Storytime, 10 a.m., music, snacks, craft, BYO stuffed animal to practice yoga too, Westhampton Public Library, 1 North Road, Westhampton, FREE.
August 25: Bushnell Carousel Turns 104, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., family entertainment, birthday cake, FREE rides all day, face painting, train rides, magicians, balloon twisters, character performers, Bushnell Park, 1 Jewell St., Hartford, CT, FREE.
August 25: Monarch Butterfly Story Walk, 1 p.m., learn about the migratory journey, Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, FREE.
August 25: Tropical Pain Reveal Art, 1-3 p.m., for ages 3 and up, purchase the canvas and all other supplies to complete the project are provided, all Michael's Craft stores. Admission: cost of canvas.
August 17: FREE Fun Friday, FREE admission all day for all, JFK Library and Presidential Museum, Plimoth Plantation, Commonwealth Museum, Lynn Museum, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Fort Devens Museum, Fruitlands Museum, Old State House, Berkshire Museum, Museum of the First Corps of Cadets, FREE.
August 17: Books and Blooms, 10 a.m., storytime and craft, The Mount, 2 Plunkett St., Lenox, FREE.
August 17: Kidleidoscope, 10:30-11:30 a.m., turtles themed story, games, craft geared to ages 3-6 but siblings and friends welcome, Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, FREE.
August 17: Families Dance Together, 5 - 6 p.m., intergenerational dance experience, for kids ages 4 and up and adults, Jacob's Pillow, 358 George Carter Road, Beckett. Admission: $5/adults, $3 children.
August 17: Trolls Outdoor Movie Screening, 8:30 p.m., BYO chair or blanket, free popcorn & water while it lasts, Szot Park, 927 Sgt. Tracy Drive, Chicopee, FREE.
August 18: Berkshire County 4H Youth Fair, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., hall exhibits, live entertainment, animals, games, crafts, more, Berkshire County 4H Fairgrounds, Utility Drive, off of Holmes Road, Pittsfield, FREE.
August 18: Beavers at Laughing Brook, 10-11:30 a.m., beaver education program with nature walk, Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Main Street, Hampden. Admission: $7/person (use link to register).
August 18: Kindergarten Day, 10 a.m. - noon, kindergartners and their families are welcome to visit the museum for hands on activities and kindergarten information, Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield, FREE.
August 18: Bee and Honey Day, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., free craft, bee and honey vendors, observe a bee hive, scavenger hunt, more, Yankee Candle Village, 25 Greenfield Road, South Deerfield, FREE admission.
August 18: Fairy House Day on Avenue A, noon-5 p.m., help make a miniature fairy village, story hour, puppet show, music, butterfly release, crafts, more, Downtown Turners Falls (Carneigie Library, Great Falls Discovery Center, Peskeomskut Park) FREE.
August 18: FREE Hike & Yoga, 2-3:15 p.m., all ages and abilities welcome, rain cancels, Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, 309 Holmes Road, Pittsfield, FREE.
August 18: Ferdinand Outdoor Movie Night, 8 p.m., BYO blanket or chairs, ice cream and snacks available for purchase, Gran Val Scoop, 221 Granby Road, Granville, FREE.
This is our last "What to do with the kids tomorrow" post for this summer. I hope these posts helped make Summer 2018 a little more memorable and helped your family find new adventures. Keep following along with our monthly events calendar and "What to do with the kids this weekend" posts all year long to discover all the best FREE and low cost family fun in the area.
August 14: Yo-Yo School, 4:30 p.m., BYO yo-yo or purchase one on site to learn yo-yo tricks, A2Z Science and Learning Store, 57 King St., Northampton, FREE.
August 14: Yoga in the Park, 6 p.m., children ages 10 and up welcome with a guardian, all abilities welcome, Acre Lawn (near Pavilion Annex), Stanley Park, 400 Western Ave., Westfield. Admission: suggested $5 donation to benefit the park, see link to register.
August 14: $2 Tuesday, 5-8 p.m., $2 skate admission, $2 skate rental, $2 games of lazer tag, Interskate 91 North, Hampshire Mall, Hadley.
August 14: Unlimited Tuesday, 5:30-8 p.m., unlimited skating, lazer tag, pizza, and PlayQuest, Interskate 91 South, 2043 Boston Road, Wilbraham. Admission: $11/person (skate rental is additional $4.17 if needed).
August 14: Tuesdays on the Trail, 6 p.m., group walk or bike ride on the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail, set your own pace but enjoy the camaraderie of a group and local special guests, all ages welcome, Columbia Greenway Rail Trail, Main Street trail ramp (near Stop & Shop), Downtown Westfield, FREE.
August 13: Drop in Playgroup, 10:30 a.m., for babies age birth through three and their grown ups, Storrs Library, 693 Longmeadow St., Longmeadow, FREE.
August 13: Junior Ranger Program, 10:30 a.m., earn your Mass Parks Pass Junior Ranger badge, for ages 8-11, use link to register, Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, FREE.
August 13: Drumming Class, 11 a.m. (Family Class -- ages under 10 with adult) & 1 p.m. (ages 10 and up), West African & Caribbean drum classes, Berkshire Athenaeum, One Wendall Avenue, Pittsfield, FREE.
August 13: Cocoa Movie Screening, 2 p.m., snacks and drinks provided, Westfield Athenaeum, 6 Elm St., Westfield, FREE.
August 10: FREE Fun Friday, FREE admission all day for all, Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park, The Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Jacob's Pillow, Cahoon Museum of American Art, Nichols House Museum, Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, Wenham Museum, Fuller Craft Museum, The Greenway Carousel, Freedom Trail Foundation, FREE.
August 10: Friday Mornings for Children, 10 a.m., Ed Pop's Comedy Magic Show, Beveridge Pavilion, Stanley Park, 400 Western Ave., Westfield, FREE.
August 10: Books and Blooms, 10 a.m., storytime and craft, The Mount, 2 Plunkett St., Lenox, FREE.
August 10-12: East Coast Gem & Mineral Show, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., (Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.), Eastern State Exposition, 1305 Memorial Drive, West Springfield. Admission: $8/adults, FREE for kids under 12 with paid adult admission.
August 10: FREE Second Friday, 4-6 p.m., create a reverse glass painting, free museum tours, Smith College Museum of Art, Route 9, Northampton, FREE.
August 10: Families Dance Together, 5 - 6 p.m., intergenerational dance experience, for kids ages 4 and up and adults, Jacob's Pillow, 358 George Carter Road, Beckett. Admission: $5/adults, $3 children.
Valerie Smart is a average mom trying to raise average kids. She is passionate about unplugged parenting and providing her girls with an old-fashioned childhood full of outdoor play, unstructured time, creative pursuits, and making family time a priority. She is attempting to swim against the tide of hyper competitive parenting that has become the norm today. Comments and suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for visiting!