A Community Conversation with Hilltown Families
Roundtable Discussion: Creative Free Play in a Commercialized World
Tuesday, Feb 7th from 6-7:30pm at Cup & Top Cafe

Come together as a community on Tuesday, February 7th at 6pm in Florence, MA to casually discuss some of the challenges families and educators face in an age of rampant commercialism and ubiquitous technology, while brainstorming together on ideas and strategies for preserving non-commercialized creative free play for our children.

Hilltown Families will host a free informal roundtable discussion for parents, educators and community members interested in a dialogue about creative free play in a commercialized world on Tuesday, February 7th from 6-7:30pm at Cup & Top Cafe in Florence, MA, sponsored by Hilltown Families and the Northampton Public Schools.

On the heels of the holiday season, with another commercialized holiday approaching on Feb 14th (Valentine’s Day), Hilltown Families invites parents, educators and community members to come together to informally discuss some of the challenges we face in an age of rampant commercialism and ubiquitous technology, while brainstorming together on ideas and strategies for preserving non-commercialized creative free play for our children. This free roundtable discussion will take place at Cup & Top Cafe.

Participants are warmly welcomed to purchase dinner from the cafe through 6:30pm (gluten-free & nut-free options available). Free childcare is available in the cafe’s playspace. To sign up for childcare, email hilltownfamilies@gmail.com.

Hilltown Families roundtable discussions are part of a series of Community Conversations presented by Hilltown Families that invites the community to engage in conversations about raising healthy children including helping children develop a positive sense of self and empathy for others and the world around them. This evenings roundtable discussion is a continuation of the presentation Hilltown Families hosted before the holidays with with Dr. Susan Linn (follow link to read more), author of The Case for Make Believe and Consuming Kids, and is co-sponsored by the Northampton Public Schools/CFCE through a grant from the MA Department of Early Education and Care.

ABOUT HILLTOWN FAMILIES

Hilltown Families is an award winning online grassroots communication network for families living in Western Massachusetts:  www.HilltownFamilies.org. Founded in 2005 by long time activist and Hilltown mother, Sienna Wildfield, Hilltown Families serves thousands of families in the Highlands Region of Western Massachusetts, including the Hilltowns, Pioneer Valley and parts of the Berkshires.

Through a dynamic award-winning web site, social networking, listserv, podcast, online bulletin boards, and collaborations with civic and nonprofit groups, Hilltown Families connects community and organizations through out Western Massachusetts by helping residents share ideas, organize activities, support and supplement their children’s education, and increase participation in community life.  Find out more at www.HilltownFamilies.org.

[Image credit: (ccl) Monette Enriquez]

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