Weekly Happenings 11/12-11/16

National Novel Writing Month happens every November! It’s a fun, seat-of-your-pants writing event where the challenge is to complete an entire novel in just 30 days. For one month, you get to lock away your inner editor, let your imagination take over, and just create! That means participants begin writing November 1 and must finish by midnight, November 30. The word-count goal for our adult program is 50,000 words, but the Young Writers Program allows 17-and-under participants to set reasonable, yet challenging, individual word-count goals.

Wednesday, November 12; Polliwogs (ages 1½-4) meet from 10-11am and Discoverers (ages 5-9) from 4-5 pm | Going Nuts: Acorns and Squirrels | Squirrels have been getting ready for winter for a while by burying their acorns.  Why do they do that?  Where else do they store them and what do they eat in the winter months.  Gray squirrel, shake your little tail. Additional classes offered on 11/19 and 12/10.

Thursday, November 13-Sunday, November 16, 11/21-23 | Manchester | South Pacific | Our November production will be the first-ever LTM staging of the classic musical, South Pacific. Based on James A. Michener’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1947 book, Tales of the South Pacific, the play features wonderful, memorable music by Rodgers and Hammerstein, including the classic “Some Enchanted Evening.” Way ahead of its time, the play was one of the first to explore the topic of interracial romance and prejudices, but doing so with humor and great compassion. Still popular today, the play was revived on Broadway in 2008 and was a critical success, winning seven Tony Awards.

Friday, November 14 5:30-8:30pm | West Hartford | Parents Night Out | Need an evening without the kids? My Gym’s Parents’ Night Out gives our parents the opportunity to take a well-deserved break. Go out for a night on the town feeling confident that your little ones are safe and having the time of their lives with their favorite My Gym teachers. This incredible evening for your children is filled with a variety of fun games, rides and activities, and they won’t want the night to end! And don’t worry about food – we’ll take care of that too!!

Friday, November 14 at 7pm | Saturday, November 15 at 7pm | Sunday, November 16 at 2pm | New Britain | Rumpelstiltskin | An adaptation of the Brothers Grimm magical taleabout a mischievous dwarf and one big, golden lie! The play stars children ages 6 through 9 from throughout Connecticut, and it is appropriate for audiences of all ages. $8 adults, $6 children.

Saturday, November 15 from 10am-2pm | Bristol | Wild About Animals Festival | Join us as we celebrate with a variety of furry, feathered, and scaly creatures & learn about their habitats.  Live animal demonstrations will be presented by local organizations throughout the museum. Pet a pony, rabbit, tortoise and snake. See chickens, degus, turkeys and more!  Play animal games and make fun animal crafts. Admission of $6 per person, museum members and children under one year of age are free.

Saturday, November 15 10am-12pm | Kids & Keyboards | Hartford | Young music-lovers (and those who love them!) will enjoy Kids & Keyboards, a free, hands-on event hosted by the Friends of Bach. Students can explore the harpsichord, clavichord, organ, and other keyboard instruments important in Bach’s time. The event is free, but registration is required. Please call the office at 860-293-0567 to register.

Saturday, November 15 & Sunday, November 16 | 11am – 5pm | Hartford City-Wide | Open Studio Weekend | Open Studio Weekend, when art studios, galleries, educational institutions, art-related businesses and other creative group locations open to the public. It is a collaboration designed to promote the local arts community, the artists themselves and their work and to bring people into the neighborhoods of our capital city for an enjoyable, educational and inspiring event. We suggest planning your Saturday and Sunday by visiting a handful of venues each day. Free parking is available at most venues. Shuttle buses routes and schedules will be available soon. Food & Drinks are available at most locations. Click here to find participating venues.

Saturday, November 15 at 1pm, 4pm and 7pm | Hartford | Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival | Mickey Mouse and his band of friends, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy will be performing in a music mash-up of mega proportions when Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival debuts in Hartford, CT. Concert goers will hear greatest hits from the blockbuster movies Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story remixed to rock, pop, reggae, hip-hop, jazz and country, among other jams.

Saturday, November 15 at 8pm | New Britain | We will have our regularly scheduled free show in our planetarium. Join us for a free observing session directly afterward the planetarium show (observing is weather permitting: we need a clear sky).

Sunday, November 16 from 9am-4pm | West Hartford | Tellebration | As part of the Connecticut Storytelling Center’s month-long celebration of Storytelling, TCM will welcome storyteller Ann Shapiro for a special program from 1:00-1:45. Ann will bring her kid-friendly folk tales and music to the museum, with stories about animals, gardens, the ocean, and the adventures of Anansi the Spider. The Children’s Museum staff gets in on the storytelling spirit, too. Hear the stories behind one of the constellations at each of the day’s planetarium shows, learn the stories behind our animals and how they came to live in our wildlife sanctuary, and from 2:00 – 4:00, visitors can create their own tales — then combine creativity with engineering by building shadow puppets to share their stories.

Sunday, November 16 from 12pm until 3pm | Glastonbury | Colonial Glassenbury Thanksgiving | The house will be open and full of demonstrations conveying the hustle and bustle of the holiday. There will be tours of the 1755 Connecticut River valley mansion, two of the barns, and the new tobacco shed will be open. You’ll see how vegetables would have been preserved, as well as some examples of heirloom vegetables that are similar to some of the veggies that would have been available to the colonial house wife. The fire will be going and you’ll see demonstrations of some of the treats that a family might have enjoyed on their Thanksgiving table that aren’t commonly eaten today. The cooking demonstration will include chicken pie, which was one of the great delicacies, which visitors can sample, as well as a Marlborough Pudding. So bring the family and friends, travel back in time to Colonial Glassenbury, and come home for the biggest holiday of the year because Thanksgiving is Here!

Sunday, November 16 from 2-4pm | Lego Build | See what your child or grandchild can build with 40,000 Lego bricks on a cold Sunday afternoon. A free Lego build will be held on at the Scout Hall Youth Center, 28 Abbe Rd., E Windsor, CT. All creations must be left behind for the next build and adults must accompany their child.

Through Sunday, November 16 | Hartford | Hamlet | Following his critically-acclaimed productions of The Tempest, Twelfth Night and Macbeth, Darko Tresnjak takes on Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Hamlet. A Danish prince returns home to find his father killed, and his mother marrying the murderer. When his father’s ghost rises to demand retribution, Hamlet is put in an impossible situation. In this opulent, Elizabethan staging, Hamlet’s tragic tale of revenge gets the full-on, terrifying — and bloody — treatment.

Through November 17th | Hartford | Danny and the Deep Blue Sea | The setting is a rundown bar in the Bronx, where two of society’s rejects, Danny and Roberta, strike up a halting conversation over their beer. He is a brooding, self-loathing young man who resorts more to violence than reason; she is a divorced, guilt-ridden young woman whose troubled teenage son is now being cared for by her parents. Danny, whose fellow truck drivers call him “the animal,” seems incapable of tender emotion, while Roberta, who is still haunted by the memory of an ugly sexual incident involving her father, is distrustful of men in general. And yet, as their initial reserve begins to melt, and they decide to spend the night together, the possibility of a genuine and meaningful relationship begins to emerge—the first for both of them. In the end there are no facile, easy answers, but thanks to the playwright’s skill and compassion, both characters are able to probe within themselves to find an exorcism and forgiveness that, while painfully achieved, offers the hope of a future touched, at last, with more than the bitterness and loneliness that had been their lot before their fateful meeting.

Through Sunday, November 23 | Hartford | Wicked | Back by “popular” demand. Variety calls Wicked “a cultural phenomenon,” and it continues to break box office records across North America. Winner of over 100 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, Wicked is “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times). Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One – born with emerald green skin – is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete – and completely satisfying – musical in a long time” (USA Today). Recommended for children 8 and older. Children under 4 not permitted, Hartford.

Through December 24 | West Hartford | Experience the Ice Palace | At West Farms Mall In celebration of the November 18 release of the Disney Frozen Sing-Along Edition on DVD & Digital HD, West Farms presents a Frozen Ice Palace experience. The Ice Palace will feature characters from the number one animated film of all time, Disney Frozen. This much-loved, interactive holiday display features the art of Anna, Elsa and their friends Olaf, Kristoff and Sven, plus a 30 foot Ice Palace with falling snow, a light show and other activities for the whole family. Interactive globes will showcase scenes such as Anna & Elsa ice skating with Olaf, plus Anna, Kristoff & Sven on their quest to find Elsa on the North Mountain. Adults & children alike will enjoy leaving their hand print in ice at The Icy Hand Print experience, seeing how they compare in size to Sven & Olaf and having their photo taken with Olaf at the Ice Throne. End your magical journey at the Ice Palace with a visit to Santa and a special Disney Frozen Look-and-Find book!

Through January 15 | Online | Tickets go on sale for Kids on Broadway in NYC. On Kids’ Night on Broadway, young people age 6-18 can see a participating Broadway show for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult.

Don’t forget to check out our reoccurring activity page. And if you like to plan ahead check out our page on holiday happenings.

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