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Family To-Do List

  • The Snowflake Fairy

  • Dr. Marmalade will offer an all-ages show at the Forbes Library during Northampton’s First Night. SUBMITTED PHOTO


Thursday, December 28, 2017
First Night fun

Sunday marks the 33rd annual First Night celebration in Northampton. This citywide New Year’s Eve festival of the arts has something for everyone at 20 downtown venues. The event kicks off at noon with a variety of family-friendly performances and activities including jugglers, puppets, magicians, sing-alongs and other musical entertainment.

Fireworks at 6:15, from the roof of the central parking garage, top off the afternoon and signal the start of the evening festivities. The evening hours feature more live entertainment and dancing culminating outside the Hotel Northampton with the city’s unique count-up and ball-raising.

For more information, view the Daily Hampshire Gazette First Night 2018 special section or visit the firstnight website.

Boogie down on New Year’s Day

Parents and kids can start the new year off dancing Monday morning at the New Year’s Day party presented by the Hilltown Families and the Flywheel Arts Collective, at Flywheel, 43 Main St., Easthampton.

A free pancake breakfast will be served beginning at 10 a.m. Revelers then can join DJ Youthelectronix for dancing. A puppet show will round out the festivities, which end at noon.

This pay-what-you-can event is a fundraiser for both Flywheel and Hilltown Families, two non-profit organizations.

For more information visit www.HilltownFamilies.org.

Sing-along with the Snowflake Fairy

On Jan. 3, families can sing, play and move along with the Snowflake Fairy, also known as Su Eaton, at her “Moovin’ and Groovin’ interactive concert” at the Sun Studio in Arts and Industry Building 221 Pine St., Florence.  The event, which takes place monthly, begins at 10 a.m.

Tickets are $5 to $15. For more information, call 617-623-3521.

Teen talk

There will be three free events in January aimed at teenagers and their parents or guardians.

On Jan. 4, the Northampton Prevention Coalition will host a showing of the documentary “Screenagers” about how submersion in the digital world affects youth.

It begins at 7 p.m. in the Northampton High School Auditorium, 380 Elm St., Northampton.

The film focuses on how social media, video gaming and other forms of instant gratification media impact kids’ social, emotional, and neurological development and how to set limits.

Parents, guardians and kids are encouraged to attend together to enrich the discussion.

On Jan. 18, “Generation Zapped” will be shown at the Jones Library, 43 Amity St., Amherst, at 6:30 p.m.

A discussion will follow the film that focuses on the potential health risks associated with children being exposed to radiation every school day in wifi classrooms.

Finally, Dr. Ruth Potee of Greenfield, an expert in adolescent and adult addiction, will give a talk Jan. 19 on  “The Teen Brain and Risk Taking,” at 6:30 p.m. at the Northampton High School auditorium, Elm Street, Northampton. Northampton police officer Adam VanBuskirk also will be on hand.

Potee will discuss why teens and pre-teens are at a greater risk for developing an addiction and how adults can guide them into making healthy decisions.

Adults are encouraged to bring their children.