Weekly Happenings: Monday, February 2nd – Monday, February 9th

PTO: Parent Time Out:

Tuesday, February 3  Sunday, February 8 Nice Work If You Can Get It It’s the Roaring Twenties and a cast of outrageous characters gather in New York to celebrate the wedding of wealthy playboy Jimmy Winter. But things don’t go as planned when the playboy meets Billie Bendix, a bubbly and feisty bootlegger who melts his heart. The champagne flows and the gin fizzes in the hilarious, Tony winning musical comedy Nice Work If You Can Get It. This brand-new musical features a treasure trove of George and Ira Gershwin’s most beloved, instantly recognizable tunes set in a fresh and funny song-and-dance spectacular with a book by Tony winner Joe DiPietro (Memphis) and direction and choreography by three-time Tony winner Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes). Nice Work If You Can Get It is filled to the brim with classic songs, including “But Not For Me,” “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “I’ve Got a Crush on You” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.” This sparkling, madcap tale combines laughter, romance and high-stepping Broadway magic for an evening bursting with girls, glamour and the glorious songs of Gershwin! Hartford, CT.

Thursday, February 5 – Sunday, February 8: Private Lives Amanda: vivacious, sexy, sophisticated. And Elyot: virile, charming, seductive. The epitome of a 1930′s cosmopolitan couple. Until the divorce. Five years later, they are horrified — yet intrigued — to bump into each other while honeymooning in a French hotel with their new spouses. With its stinging barbs and clever wit, Private Lives is Noel Coward’s finest and funniest comedy. Recommended for ages 14 and up. Hartford, CT. We have been invited to check out this production and can’t wait to share our recap with you. Hartford, CT.

Reoccurs Tuesday through Sunday, March 1 Dancing Lessons A new and quirky romantic comedy Starring Andrew Benator and host of TV’s Trading Spaces, Paige Davis. A man with Asperger’s seeks the instruction of a Broadway dancer, now sidelined with injuries. As their relationship unfolds, they’re caught off-guard by surprising discoveries – both hilarious and heartwarming. A touching story about finding love in unexpected places from the author who brought us Becoming Dr. Ruth and Freud’s Last Session. We have been invited to Press Night and can’t wait to share our recap with you. Hartford, CT. Stay tuned for our review!


Monday, February 2:

6:00 pm – 8:00 am: “Chuckles” is keenly aware of her celebrity status as Connecticut’s official groundhog. You may only see her sleeping, but that is because she is up all night consulting with meteorologists, examining satellite photos and reading her farmer’s almanac. Please join museum members, local dignitaries, and the media as Chuckles makes her annual prediction at sunrise. Free. Manchester, CT.


Tuesday, February 3:

5:00 pm: Zabawa Po Polsku Polish language playgroup. Storytime, craft, and playtime. Parents and children of all ages. Free. New Britain, CT.

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Special Needs Night On the first and third Tuesday of every month, Flight holds an exclusive jump time for our jumpers with special needs. Jumpers with special needs jump for $8/hour. One caretaker jumps free with each special needs ticket purchase. Each additional Family member jumps for $9/hour. New Britain, CT.

{PTO} 7:30 pm: Dancing Lessons – See above for details. Note: Talk Back Tuesday’s


Wednesday, February 4:

11:30 am: The 7th Annual Parenting Conference Building Resilience: Giving Kids Roots & Wings 7:00-9:00pm: Authentic Success: Raising Youth to Thrive $20 per session, $30 for both sessions. 3:00-4:30pm A special workshop to enable teens to think about what they really need to achieve success. Free. West Hartford, CT.

{MTO: Mommy Time Out} 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Paint to Sip Create unique painted glass art works with gentle guidance from Art Truck staff in our tranquil new space in Glastonbury Town Center. Experiment with unique stencils and carefully curated specialty paints and pens. Sip complimentary teas, coffees or cocoa while sampling from a sweet and savory treat bar, including artisan chocolates. Price includes two paintable glasses of your choice, beverages, edibles, tote bag and an Art Truck coupon. $25 per person (regularly $50 per person) Special introductory offer for February! Use Promo Code: WPJF25 when booking! Glastonbury, CT.

{PTO} 7:30 pm: Nice Work If You Can Get It – See details above.

{PTO} 7:30 pm: Dancing Lessons – See details above.


Thursday, February 5:

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm: Those Were the Days: Reliving the 1940s This program takes a look at life in Connecticut in the 1940s. See how the world looked to a child growing up in a time when kids were free to roam. Recall when radio held center stage and big-band sound dominated music and how World War II changed everything. You’ll also learn about the amazing things revealed in the 1940 U.S. Census. Bristol, CT.

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Make Artsy Fruit Plates Children are invited to learn about the holiday of Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish Holiday, the New Year for Trees, all while creating an artistic fruit plate! Free. West Hartford, CT.

{PTO} 7: 30pm: Nice Work If You Can Get It – See details above.

{PTO} 7:30 pm: Private Lives – See details above.

{PTO} 7:30 pm: Dancing Lessons – See details above.

Thursday, February 5 – Sunday, February 8 (Thursday 4-9pm, Friday 12-9pm, Saturday 10am-9pm, Sunday 10am-5pm) Hartford Boat Show Welcome to the beautiful waters of Connecticut! Did you know that there have never been more ways to enjoy the stunning shoreline, cruise the winding rivers or play on our many inland lakes than are now available? And you can see them all at the 46th Annual Hartford Boat Show! Mark Your Calendars for an exciting and fresh new approach to Boating in Connecticut! And while you’re at the Show, also enjoy numerous seminars, special events and appearances and activities for children and adults alike! Adult $12, Children under 12 are free. Hartford, CT.


Friday, February 6:

It’s the National Go Red for Women Day! Show your support for the American Heart Association by wearing red and making a donation! We’ll be collecting donations on February 6 to go straight to our CT chapter of the American Heart Association! Whole Foods, West Hartford, CT.

Hartford Boat Show – See above for details.

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm It’s National Frozen Yogurt Day! Come in for Free frozen yogurt at Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt! Get a free 6 oz frozen yogurt for National Frozen Yogurt Day! Yum! Free. Windsor, CT.

{MTO: Mommy Time Out} 5:30 pm: Wine, Women and Witty Conversation You bring the wine, we’ll provide the glasses, hors d’oeuvres, works by local artisans, raffle items, music and mingling with members of the cast of “The Vagina Monologues.” Wear red to mark this V-Day event. $25 ticket includes admission to Friday night’s performance of The Vagina Monologues at 7:30pm. Hartford, CT.

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm: Family Skate Night with Sonar of the Hartford Wolfpack Join us on Walton Pond for an evening of fun under the lights. Hartford Wolfpack’s Sonar will be on hand to greet the kids. There will be music, a roaring fire, hot chocolate, hotdogs and more. This program will be held weather permitting. Snowdate: Friday, February 13. Non-member family: $15. Farmington, CT.

{MTO: Mommy Time Out} 7:30 pm: The Vagina Monologues Eve Ensler’s groundbreaking play is a series of monologues about women and their bodies, including texts on sex, love and rape. The Rev. Bridget Fidler  of the First Church of Christ, Congregational in Suffield, debuts as director.   The production is part of VDay, which raises money for groups working to end violence against women. $25 ticket includes admission to Friday night’s Wine, Women and Witty Conversation at 5:30pm. Hartford, CT.

{PTO} 8:00 pm: Nice Work If You Can Get It – See details above.

{PTO} 8:00 pm: Private Lives – See details above.

{PTO} 8:00 pm: Dancing Lessons – See details above.


Saturday, February 7:

7:00 am – 8:00 pm: Make Time for Love Stop by Get Baked and make a card for the upcoming holiday. Free. Windsor, CT.

9:00 am: Learn How to Build a Heart Box Come learn how to build a heart box in time for Valentine’s Day! Free hands-on workshops; designed for children ages 5 – 12. All kid get to keep their craft, receive a certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin. Kids Workshop activities are scheduled on a first come/first served basis. Free. Home Depot Locations: Bristol, Glastonbury, West Hartford, Southington, Berlin, Bloomfield, New Hartford, Manchester, Enfield, CT.

10:00 am – 1:00 pm: Valentines for Kids Instead of buying your Valentine’s Day cards this year, join us to create unique and personal cards inspired by Valentines from long ago. Bring your own supplies or use those that we provide. This program is great for all ages! Free. Hartford, CT.

10:00 am – 1:00 pm: Join us in our Pratt Street Store for a little love and an awesome time making and decorating Valentines. Crafty kids can make cards and decorations for their family and friends, or just to keep! Glitter and glue sticks included, just bring your imaginations! Suggested donation $5. Hartford, CT.

10:00am to 3:00pm: Valentine’s Day Crafts Make gifts for loved ones-—Candy dishes, t-shirts, heart jewelry and more. Projects begin at $2 and up. Glastonbury, CT.

11:00 am: Ready Rabbit Gets Ready! Storytime Join us for a Storytime and activities featuring Ready Rabbit Gets Ready and see if he is able to get ready for school in time. Barnes & Noble of Manchester, Canton, Farmington, West Hartford, Glastonbury and Enfield.

12:00 pm: Join us for Sean Stellato, Author of No Backing Down! Join us for a special signing and presentation by Sean Stellato, author of No Backing Down: The Story of the 1994 Salem High School Football Team. He will sign books and hand out a special gift with a book purchase. Canton, CT.

Pizmon Weekend – See above for details.

Hartford Boat Show – See above for details.

12:00 pm 2:00 pm: Join us from for some sweet fun! We’re hostng our Annual Chocolate Fest complete with free samples, raffles, a kid’s craft with Susty Party, a Barbershop Quartet performing, and specal guests, the folks from the NoRA Cupcake truck will be sampling and selling! West Hartford, CT.

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Valentine’s Event Make your own special treats for your sweetheart. Play dress up and sparkle your hair with red tinsel or a red hair extension. Take fun photos in our photobooth and enhoy a manicure. $25 per person. Farmington, CT.

1 – 4pm: Valentine Mailbox Bring the whole family together to create something special. Decorate a special Valentine’s Day mailbox to hold cards from classmates, friends and sweethearts. Just $10 per box, supplies included. Michael’s locations.

2:00 pm: Monster Jam – See details below.

{PTO} 2:00 pm: Private Lives – See details above.

{PTO} 2:00 pm: Nice Work If You Can Get It – See details above.

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Family Winter Survival What do you do if you get lost in the woods in winter? Learn what basic supplies you may need to survive a night outdoors. Program includes fire building and shelter construction. Dress for winter weather. Not geared for children under 9. Cost: $7 nonmembers; $20/family. Pre-registration required. Canton, CT.

2:30 pm: Dancing Lessons – See details above. Note: Students are free during Matinee.

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm: Yoga PJ Party Wear your PJ’s and come enjoy some relaxing yoga before bed. We will make lavender eye pillows and enjoy a bedtime snack of milk and cookies. You will go home ready for a restful nights sleep. $20 per person. Ages 5-12. West Hartford, CT

7:30 pm: Monster Jam – See details below.

{MTO: Mommy Time Out} 7:30 pm: The Vagina Monologues Eve Ensler’s groundbreaking play is a series of monologues about women and their bodies, including texts on sex, love and rape. The Rev. Bridget Fidler of the First Church of Christ, Congregational in Suffield, debuts as director. The production is part of VDay, which raises money for groups working to end violence against women. $25 per person. Hartford, CT.

{PTO} 8:00 pm: Nice Work If You Can Get It – See details above.

{PTO} 8:00 pm: Private Lives – See details above.

{PTO} 8:00 pm: Dancing Lessons – See details above.


All Weekend:

Friday, February 6 – Sunday, February 8 Pizmon Weekend Pizmon is the co-ed Jewish acappella group from Columbia, Barnard, and the Jewish Theological Seminary. Pizmon sings a variety of music generes for all ages and tastes. February 6, Friday night service with Family style Shabbat dinner at 6:30 pm. Cost: $15/adult dinner, $8/child dinner. February 7, Saturday morning Shabbat Experience for Religious School students. Saturday Evening Concert at 7:30 pm with dessert and coffee. Cost: $15/adult, $5/child. If attending both Shabbat dinner and the concert the cost is $25/adult, $10/child. February 8, Sunday morning with JT Connect. West Hartford, CT.

Saturday, February 7 – Sunday, February 8 (Saturday: 2pm & 7:30pm, Sunday: 2pm) Monster Jam returns to Hartford! Feld Motor Sports is pleased to announce that Monster Jam, the world’s premier Monster Jam truck series, will return to the XL Center February 7th – 8th. The event will feature popular trucks such Max-D driven by Tom Meents, Crushstation driven by Greg Winchenbach, Storm Damage driven by Tim Mente, Hurricane Force driven by Steven Thompson, Trasher, driven by Pat Summa, Stinger driven by Zane Rettew, Instigator driven by Paul Breaud and Backdraft driven by Ty Cornelius. This year, Meents, the sport’s only 11-time World Champion and most successful competitor of the Monster Jam World Final era will be part of the Hartford line-up making it one of the most highly anticipated events of the season. *The Pit Party that gives fans the opportunity to view the trucks up close and meet the drivers, will take place on Saturday, February 7 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Tickets are $10. Approximately 12 feet tall and about 12 feet wide, Monster Jam trucks are custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds. Built for short, high-powered bursts of speed, monster trucks generate 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower and are capable of speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. Monster Jam trucks can fly up to 125 to 130 feet (a distance greater than 14 cars side by side) and up to 35 feet in the air. Hartford, CT.


Sunday, February 8:

7:00 am  2:00 pm: Make Time for Love Stop by Get Baked and make a card for the upcoming holiday. Free. Windsor, CT.

9:30 am  11:00 am: Test Drive Preschool Join us for a morning filled with free activities for kids. Tour our facility and visit classrooms. Meet the staff; Preschool Music with Susan Kirschner-Robinson, 9:30–10:00am; Stories and Activities in the Family Room Parenting Center; Tumbling Time for Tots, 10:30–11:00am. Free and open to the community. West Hartford, CT.

10:00 am – 10:45 am: Mother/Child Yoga: A family friendly yoga class for moms to bring their little ones. Kids ages 5 and under are welcome to join us for this class. Exercises will be geared for moms and their littlest ones, while older kids are invited to join in the action. Tunnels, ribbons and balance beams will be set up in the back of the room for kids to explore while mommy practices. Fee is for mother only, kids are free! $10 per mom. West Hartford, CT.

10:00 am – 11:00 am Sensory Sunday On the second Sunday of each month we are open only to children with special needs and their families. In addition to our multi-sensory interactive exhibits, which invite children to touch, discover and create, the museum is modified into a sensory friendly environment with lowered lighting and sound. At 11am the museum opens to the general public. Reduced admission is $5 per person. Bristol, CT.

Pizmon Weekend – See above for details.

Hartford Boat Show – See above for details.

12:00pm – 2:00 pm: Cheerleading Workshop Ever wanted to learn how tough cheerleading really is? It’s not just about the pom poms and can-can kicks! These days, some colleges offer scholarships for cheerleading up to almost $10,000 a year! This sport develops your child into a well-rounded individual who learns the value of teamwork and the meaning to work towards a common goal. Come to Imagine Studio to learn the basics of cheerleading, taught by Conard High School Cheerleading Captain, Cassidy Kotyla. We will do everything from cheers, jumps, dances, motions, and maybe even some stunting! Ages 5-14 welcome! Please wear comfortable work out clothes and sneakers. West Hartford, CT.

{PTO} 1:00 pm: Nice Work If You Can Get It – See details above.

2:00 pm: Monster Jam – See above for details.

{PTO} 2:00 pm: Private Lives – See above for details.

{PTO} 2:30 pm: Dancing Lessons – See details above.

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm: {Note: Reoccurs February 22} Music Circle Let’s get together with good friends and connect through the universal language of music. Wet Hartford, CT.

{PTO} 6:30 pm: Nice Work If You Can Get It – See above for details.


Monday, February 9:

10:00 am – 5:00 pm: Monday – Beautiful Bugs Join us as we celebrate Valentine’s Week with our wonderful animals. Each day we will make special Valentines for our animals and loved ones. Special visit with the animal of the day. Crafts and animal demo free with admission to the Nature Center.


Save the Date:

Saturday, February 21, 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm: The iconic Harlem Globetrotters are coming to the XL Center in Hartford, CT with their unrivaled family show, featuring some of the greatest athletes on the planet. With incredible ball handling wizardry, amazing rim-rattling dunks and trick shots, side-splitting comedy and unequaled on-court fan interaction, this must-see event is guaranteed to entertain the whole family creating memories that will last a lifetime. Join Globetrotter stars after the game where they will stay for an autograph, photograph and high five session for fans (subject to availability). The Globetrotters will face a great challenge this year, as the infamous Washington Generals are more determined than ever to beat the Globetrotters. The Generals, the last team to beat the Globetrotters, are now coached by a former member of that 1971 team. They are on a mission and will do whatever it takes to win, with a new strategy that is sure to give the Globetrotters a run for their money. Click here for details on the performances. Enter our giveaway for a chance to win a family four-pack of tickets, subscribers only. Click here to become a subscriber now.

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