Celebrate Japanese Girl’s Day with a Mother/Daughter Tea

Hilltown Families and CAM present a special Mother/Daughter Tea this Friday, February 29th at 4pm, just prior to Japan’s National Girls Day at the Children’s Art Museum in Shelburne Falls, MA (same building as the Trolley Museum).

This Mother/Daughter Tea is a community celebration to honor happiness and health of our girls. Peach Blossom tea and symbolic snacks will be served. Participants are encouraged to dress festively and to bring a snack to share, especially snacks that are pink (implies peach flowers), white (implies snow), and green (implies new growth) foods, fruit, sweet rice cakes, and vegetable sushi.

Collectively, participants can create a display to honor girls with small objects, pictures or poems brought from home. All are welcome to add to the display and to offer a word or two about their contribution.

Japan’s National Girls Day is also know as the Japanese Doll Festival, or Hinamatsuri. Girls are welcomed to bring along their favorite doll. Our craft will be Kokeshi Dolls, traditional wooden Japanese dolls (pictured above). All ages are welcomed. Pre-registration is required ($). Click here reserve your spot, or call 413.625.2030.

Suggested Titles:

  • Japanese Celebrations: Cherry Blossoms, Lanterns And Stars! by Betty Reynolds
  • Tea Ceremony: Asian arts & crafts for creative kids by Shozo Sato, Alice Ogura Sato, Masturah Jeffrey (Illustrator)
  • Best-Loved Children’s Songs from Japanby Yoko Imoto
  • Girl’s Day in Hawaii with Yuki-chanby Tokie Ikeda Ching, Sets Arai (Illustrator)

Published in: on February 27, 2008 at 4:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

This week at CAM- VACATION WEEK!



A morning of Simple Puppets and Storytelling. $8

All ages welcome (under 7 years must bring an adult)

***Call to register 413 625 2030 and check in about the weather***




All ages welcome (under 7 years must bring an adult)

***Call to register 413 625 2030 and check in about the weather***



ART AND CULTURE: Paper Dolls Around the World. Come and Make paper dolls while exploring colors and textiles from around the world. $10


All ages welcome (under 7 years must bring an adult)

***Call to register 413 625 2030 and check in about the weather***

Published in: on February 16, 2008 at 12:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

This week at CAM

Friday Feb 8th   Valentine card and Gift Making
4-6pm    $10 per family
All ages (under 7 years must bring an adult)


Sunday Feb 10th  Matryoska Madness   (co-sponsored by Hilltown families)
10am-12:30pm pm $18 (per doll set made)
Spend an afternoon listening to magical stories and making your own Matryoska Dolls(these are the Russian Nesting dolls)  
All ages (under 7 years must bring an adult) 
**A few spaces still available** 


 Sunday Feb 10th Canto for Kids with Laurie Davidson and Tom Carroll
A Bilingual Concert
 3pm $10 per family All ages
Performing traditional and original songs in English and Spanish, Canto for Kids engages young children and their parents in an interactive program that is both fun and educational. The program encourages participation through catchy melodies, simple phrases, and movement.  Come sing along and have fun! 

Please call to register for all classes and events
413 625 2030


Published in: on February 4, 2008 at 5:19 am  Leave a Comment  

Sand Mandalas and Prayer Flags

Here are a few photos from todays class creating Sand Mandalas and Prayer Flags.Here is a list of some of the books we read (thanks Erica!)




Published in: on February 3, 2008 at 5:42 am  Leave a Comment  

POSTPONED AND RESCHEDULED:Exploring Tibetan Culture with Sand Mandalas


Exploring Tibetan Culture with Sand Mandalas








Published in: on February 1, 2008 at 2:05 pm  Leave a Comment