Weather your coming to the Berkshires to perform on the Main Stage @ Third Thursday Street Festival or to visit Jiminy Peak’s Mountain & Adventure Park, the best place to stay is at the Crowne Plaza Hotel located in Pittsfield Massachusetts. This student friendly hotel has interior corridors, a large indoor heated swimming pool, on-site restaurants and banquet space, free ample bus parking and an abundance of attractions within walking distance. As the largest hotel in the Berkshires with 111 double bedded rooms, and discounted student group rates available, the Crowne Plaza Hotel is ideal for your next student trip.

For more information please contact Tracie Barry, SYTA Member and Director of Sales by submitting the RFP Form or call 413-553-2182, email: tbarry@berkshirecrowne.com.

Spring School Vacation in the Berkshires
by the Berkshires Visitors Bureau
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.

Events Schedule

April 14 – May 5, 2013
Hancock Shaker Village
Baby Animals on the Shaker Farm, Pittsfield
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
Norman Rockwell Museum
The Wonder of Wordless Picture Books, Stockbridge
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
Berkshire Museum
Animals Up Close: The Red Coatimundi, Pittsfield
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 18 – 20, 2013
Berkshire Museum
Berkshire Children’s Theatre, Pittsfield
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
Berkshire Museum
Aquarium Adventures, Pittsfield
This special addition of our popular toddler program features a reading of Doctor Seuss’s The Lorax. 11am.

April 20, 2013
Norman Rockwell Museum
Zoom! A Special Family Day Event, Stockbridge
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.

Ongoing Activities

Bisque Beads and Beyond
Bisque, Beads & Beyond, Pittsfield
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
Animagic – Museum of Animation, Special Effects and Art, Lee
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.

Zoar Outdoor
Zip Line Canopy Tours, Charlemont
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.

The Clark
Kidspace @ The Clark, Williamstown
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!

MASS MoCA
Kidspace @ MASS MoCA, North Adams
Featuring ten internationally-acclaimed artists, the works in Curiosity represent a wide range of materials and explore themes that many children are curious about, such as dinosaurs, superheroes, ninjas, cowboys, monsters, and fantasy. The Art Cabaret, an art-making studio, will serve up inspiring art materials for children to explore at café-style seating.

Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory & Gardens
Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens, South Deerfield
Year-round. 4000+ dancing butterflies in an indoor tropical garden. Food Court, Monarchs Restaurant, gift shop.

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