The Berkshire Museum in downtown Pittsfield devotes the last Saturday of each month to "Kitchen Ka-Boom," a hands-on program for children accompanied by adults that satisfies kids' innate curiosity for learning how things work. With a different topic each session, the museum's very own "mad scientists" use common household products to demonstrate science experiments that explore phenomena such as gravity and chemical reactions.
Over the past few months, experiments have included creating slime from borax and white glue, writing with homemade invisible ink, dropping raw eggs encased in custom-designed protective contraptions from the second floor of the museum, and making rockets powered by Alka-Seltzer -- when it comes to science experiments, the messier the better! Kids have also learned about the properties of polymers that make up everyday plastic bags and balloons, and the surprising strength of folded paper.
This Saturday's program begins at 11 a.m. and is included in regular museum admission of $13 adults, $6 children. Adults must accompany children, and reservations are recommended as space is limited.
Information: www.berkshiremuseum.org, (413) 443-7171.
Shakespeare & Company
Introduce kids to the world and words of the Bard in a performance of "Shakespeare and the Language that Shaped a World" (also known as SLAW) at Shakespeare & Company's Bernstein Theatre in Lenox.
Beginning at the family-friendly time of 1 p.m. on Saturday and continuing on various dates through April 28, a troupe of six actors that include Ryan Winkles and performers fresh from the recent hilarious production of "The Liar" will lead audiences of all ages on a tour of scenes from Shakespeare, from "Hamlet" to "Romeo and Juliet," interspersed with sword-fighting and clown work, both authentic mainstays of Shakespeare's plays since Elizabethan times.
A hands-on workshop on the theme of "The Comedy of Errors" will follow each 45 minute performance of SLAW, letting audience members experience for themselves what it is like to act in Shakespearean scenes. Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult during the workshop.
Tickets for the combined performance and workshop cost $5 for kids and $10 for adults, with a maximum of $30 for a family of up to six people. Information: www.shakespeare.org, (413) 637-3533.
On Saturday, hordes of local youngsters will descend on Morningside Community School in Pittsfield, hoping to fill their baskets with colorful eggs as they take part in a beloved community tradition that has spanned generations. For the past seven decades, area children have looked forward each spring to seeking out the coveted golden egg at the Easter Egg Scramble, now known as the "Eggstravaganza Egg Scramble" in order to be more inclusive.
The 69th annual event is divided into timed age groups: 10:30 a.m. for 9 year olds, 10:40 a.m. for ages 7 and 8, 10:55 a.m. for 5 and 6 year olds, 11:10 a.m. for ages 3 and 4, and 11:25 a.m. for the littlest 2-year-old egg gatherers.
One lucky winner in each group who finds the elusive golden egg hidden among the hundreds of colored ones scattered all around will claim a special prize donated by Greylock Federal Credit Union.
As an egg-stra special treat, the Easter Bunny will pay a personal visit to meet little ones and pose for holiday photos, so be sure to bring a camera as well as a basket to use for collecting eggs.
The scramble is organized by the City of Pittsfield's Community Development Recreation Program and will take place rain or shine. The event is free. Information: (413) 499-9370.