The Berkshire Museum To Host In-Person Summer Camps

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Museum announced this week that it plans to host 14 summer camp programs at its South Street location beginning June 28. 
 
The museum has offered summer camps to area children for over a decade, pausing in 2020 to offer digital camp experiences due to COVID-19. Registration begins Feb. 12 for Berkshire Museum members and March 18 for the general public at berkshiremuseum.org/programs/camp.
 
"Encouraged by the availability of vaccines, we're hopeful that conditions will permit in-person programming by early summer," said Berkshire Museum Executive Director Jeff Rodgers. "We take Coronavirus very seriously and are making careful plans to ensure the safety of everyone; but we also believe it is critical that our kids are allowed to be kids, that summer is made fun again, and that our campers have opportunities to play together, explore new ideas, and discover life-long passions for science, culture, and learning."
 
Fourteen programs based in the museum’s interdisciplinary mix of art, science, and history are split into two categories: morning sessions designed for campers entering grades one and two, and afternoon sessions created to challenge campers entering grades three to six. This year’s week-long day camp programs include:
 
For grades 1 and 2
  • Animal Adventures
  • Bits and Bobs
  • It’s Electric!
  • Junior Archaeologists
  • Kitchen Ka-Boom!
  • LEGO Engineers
  • Our Living World
  • Physics of Fun
 
For grades 3 to 6
  • Animation
  • Between the Lines
  • Create with Code
  • CSI: Monster Hunter
  • Movie Camp
  • Renaissance Kid
This year’s camp programs will follow all state and local guidelines and implement new measures to fight the spread of COVID-19 including smaller camp sizes, mandatory face coverings, frequent hand washing and sanitizing, and socially distant activities. Only one camp will take place in the museum at one time, with the morning and afternoon sessions held in two separate rooms to avoid any spread of germs from one camp to the next.
 
Registration for the museum’s week-long, half-day summer camps is $200, or $175 for museum members. Camperships are available through the support of the Katharine L.W. and Winthrop M. Crane, 3D Charitable Foundation. Parents or guardians can call 413.443.7171 ext. 336 to learn more about campership opportunities.
 
In the event that state or local regulations prevent the museum from hosting campers in person this summer, programming will shift to use last summer’s Camp@Home system in which campers receive a kit containing all of the materials needed to complete five days of activities in addition to live and recorded video lessons, virtual camper hangouts, and office hours with expert educators. Registered families will be notified in advance of any changes to camp programming and will have the option to participate in Camp@Home or receive a full refund.
 

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March Is Downtown Pittsfield Restaurant Month

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. has announced Downtown Pittsfield Restaurant Month, a month-long promotion highlighting Pittsfield local downtown restaurants. 
 
Downtown Pittsfield Restaurant Month runs from March 1 to March 31, 2021.
 
People are encouraged to dine local for the month of March and share their support for local restaurants by posting a photo of a dine-in or takeout order on social media with #dinelocal. Particiapnts are encouraged to share the photo with Downtown Pittsfield Restaurant Month's Facebook page by tagging @downtownpittsfieldrestaurantmonth. 
 
 As part of Downtown Pittsfield Restaurant Month, restaurants will offer specials for the month of March. For more information, visit downtownpittsfield.com, follow @downtownpittsfieldrestaurantmonth on Facebook, or call 413-443-6501. 
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