February 9 – February 15

Monday, February 9 – Saturday, February 14:

10:00 am – 5:00 pm: Love Our Animals 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. Animal demos at 11:00 am & 4:00 pm. Monday – Beautiful Bugs, Tuesday – Fantastic Frogs, Wednesday – Terrific Turtles, Thursday – Splendid Snakes, Friday – Radiant Raptors, Saturday – Out Lovable Critters.

Tuesday, February 10:

9:30 – 10:30 am & 11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Toddler Class: Valentine’s Day Treats The sweetest holiday ever! We will make delicious heart-shaped treat and chocolate kiss cookies to share with our loved ones. Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Newington, CT.

10:30 am: Please, Mr. Panda Storytime! Enfield, CT.

11:00 am: You Are My I Love You Storytime Join us for a special Storytime and coloring activity! Canton, CT.

{PTO} 7:30 pm: Dancing LessonsA 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 were invited to Press Night and can’t wait to share our recap with you. Stay tuned for our review! Hartford, CT. Note: Talk Back Tuesday’s

Wednesday, February 11:

{PTO: Parent Time Out} 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Paint, sip and create! Create unique painted glass art works with gentle guidance from Art Truck staff in our tranquil new space in Glastonbury Town Center. Experiment with carefully curated specialty paints, pens, stencils and more as you design your own pair of wine, martini or beer glasses in a casual open studio atmosphere. Work at your own pace to get in touch with your inner artist while socializing and sampling complimentary teas, coffees, and sweet and savory treats, including artisan chocolates. Price includes two paintable glasses of your choice, non-alcoholic beverages, edibles, tote bag and an Art Truck coupon. $25 per person. Glastonbury, CT.

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

Thursday, February 12:

10:00 am-12:00 pm: Community Open Play Feel free to come in with your children and spend some time playing with toys, have a snack, and participate in a story or craft. New Britain, CT.

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm: Valentine’s Day Crafts and Candy Making! We’ll do a Valentine’s Day craft and cover berries, pretzels and more in chocolate.Kids will decorate a beautiful heart-shaped box to store their goodies! Ages 5 to 10 years. $30 per child. $20 for siblings. Canton, CT.

{PTO: Parent Time Out} 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Learn the art of painting on glass while designing your own martini glass with the guidance of talented Art Truck staff in this beautiful wine and spirit store. We provide everything needed so you can enjoy a fun, creative evening with friends. All Wine Etc. workshops also include a tasting of hand selected wines, beers or cocktails! $25 per person. Granby, CT.

7:00 pm: Read It & Sleep Wear your cozy clothes and bring your parents for our monthly “Read It and Sleep. ”This month’s reader is Tracy ‘MindEvolution’ Caldwell. She is a local poet and activist. She’ll be reading “Trust Me, Jack’s Beanstalk Stinks!: The Story of Jack and the Beanstalk as Told by the Giant  (The Other Side of the Story)” written by Eric Braun, illustrated by Cristian Bernardini. Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. Each family can take home a copy of the book. Hartford, CT.

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

Friday, February 13 – Sunday, Feburary 15:

Friday – Sunday (Friday 12-8pm, Saturday 10am-7pm, Sunday 10am-5pm): 18th Annual Northeast Fishing & Hunting Show There will be hundreds of booths lining the aisles containing the latest products for both fishing and hunting enthusiasts.  Learn about the newest equipment from some of the top manufacturers and reps, retail vendors, public service exhibits, charter boat captains, plus fishing boats and more! For kids: Fly casting lessons, kids bass casting competition by The Connecticut Bass Federation, Archery Range plus hunting safety information. Adults: $12, Children $4 (ages 5-12), Children under 5: free. Hartford, CT.

Friday – Sunday: (Friday/Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm) Is He Dead? The first major production in Connecticut!  Starving artist Jean-François Millet is an amazingly talented painter, but, like all living geniuses, his work is unappreciated.  Scheming with the help of his colleagues, he stages his own death in order to increase the value of his paintings.  The big question:  if he’s dead, how can he collect his riches? The answer:  Put on a dress and return as his sister, of course! This fast-paced comedy by the granddaddy of American Humor, Mark Twain, is a combination of the Marx Brothers, Three Stooges and RuPaul’s Drag Race.  Premiered almost 100 years after Twain’s death, this “new” show is incredibly ironic! Manchester, CT.

Friday, February 13:

9:30 am – 10:30 am: Toddler Class: Valentine’s Day Treats The sweetest holiday ever! We will make delicious heart-shaped treat and chocolate kiss cookies to share with our loved ones. Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Newington, CT.

10:00 am – 11:45 am: Mommy and Me Valentine’s Day Open Play and Chocolate Cupcake Decorating We’ll paint a Valentine’s Day craft, decorate a delicious, homemade chocolate cupcake with homemade frosting and fresh berries, sing, dance and play with our awesome open play toys! Ages 1 and up. Caregiver Participation required. $20 per child. $15 for siblings. Canton, CT.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm: Valentine’s Day Party Celebrate love in our community with crafts, games, treats and open play. New Britain, CT.

10:00 am – 1:00 pm: Elmo’s 3rd Birthday Bash! We are celebrating Elmo’s Birthday twice! Join us on Friday February 13th or Saturday February 14th between 10am-1pm! Meet the huggable, lovable Elmo and a Sesame Street friend while we sing and dance as we celebrate Elmo’s 3rd birthday! Create and enjoy an Elmo cupcake for $2! The letter of the day is “E.” The number of the day is “3.” The color of the day is red! Wear Elmo’s favorite color red for a prize! $10 per guest, children under 1 are free. Bristol, CT.

10:45 am – 11:30 am: Valentine’s Day Paint, Play & Namaste! Join us for a special Valentine’s Edition of Paint, Play & Namaste!  We will make Valentine’s Day Crafts, read a loving book and do some special yoga poses with the ones we love!  Ages 2.5 to 4! $15 per child. West Hartford, CT.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Toddler Class: Valentine’s Day Treats – See details above.

{PTO: Parents Night Out} 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch with Romance Writers Join us for lunch to take a break and enjoy an intimate setting and conversation with authors Katy Lee and Nan Rossiter. Seating is limited. Katy Lee is the author of five published novels. She likes to say she writes higher purpose stories at high-speed because her suspenseful romances thrill, inspire, and satisfy the reader—from the edge of their seat. Her Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense novels, Warning Signs and Grave Danger, both received the highest 4 1/2 star rating from Romantic Times Book Reviews, making them fantastic keepers! Nan Parson Rossiter began writing and illustrating books for children, including Rugby & Rosie, winner of Nebraska’s Golden Sower Award, and most recently, The Fo’c’sle: Henry Beston’s Outermost House. In 2011, Nan published her first novel, The Gin & Chowder Club. She is also the author of Words Get In The Way, More Than You Know, Under A Summer Sky, and a short Christmas story in the anthology, Making Spirits Bright. Her newest novel, Nantucket, will be released in August. Snowdate: February 16. $20 plus tax and processing. Hartford, CT.

12:00 pm – 8:00 pm: 18th Annual Northeast Fishing & Hunting Show

{PTO: Parents Night Out} 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm: Valentine’s Day Kids Night Out! We’ll bake a Valentine’s Day dessert, order pizza and do crafts, dance and play! Ages 3 and up. $35 per child. $30 for siblings. Canton, CT.

7:00 pm: There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose! You won’t believe why this old lady swallowed a rose, some lace, some glitter, candy a jewel, some hearts and a card! Enfield, CT.

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Read It & Sleep Get comfy with a cup of hot chocolate and snacks, and listen as a children’s book is read by a guest reader. As a special treat the first 25 families take home a coy of the book. Come in your pajamas. Free. Hartford, CT.

7:30 pm: Merging A Dance Concert showcases work generated within the Arts Academy dance department’s curriculum. This concert features choreography by faculty members Jeanne Giroir, Lynn Peterson, Corrine Bates, Christopher LaFleche and Christine Perry as well as a revival from Hartford based Works/Laura Glenn Dance. The concert unites the beauty and artistry of dance with technique and discipline as the dancers navigate a developing repertoire. $10 Adult; $5 Students. Hartford, CT.

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

8:00 pm: Is He Dead? – See details above.

Saturday, February 14:

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 – 4:00 pm: New Exhibit Opening: FramEd Step into Art! In line with The New Children’s Museum’s mission to incorporate Art into STEM learning (“Full STEAM Ahead”), our latest exhibit will feature artwork that literally comes off the canvas! Visitors will experience art like never before as they are transported to environments that encourage discovery and learning. Children of all ages will delight in the interactivity of each exhibit piece. Travel to the Canadian Rockies in 1916. Visit south of the border and create your own chalk mural. Learn about rural life at the turn of the century. See the Mona Lisa, or at least of gallery of Mona Lisa parodies. Create your own art gallery. Build a three-dimensional pattern puzzle. And even ride a gigantic chicken! West Hartford, CT.

9:30 am – 10:30 am: Toddler Class: Valentine’s Day Treats The sweetest holiday ever! We will make delicious heart-shaped treat and chocolate kiss cookies to share with our loved ones. Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Newington, CT.

10:00 am – 11:30 am: Saturday Valentine’s Day Messy Cooking Class! Bring your little love to bake home-made chocolate cup cakes, dip organic fruit in chocolate, dance, play and do a Valentine’s Day Craft! All ages!  $30 per chef.  Sibling chefs $25. Canton, CT.

10:00 am – 1:00 pm: Elmo’s 3rd Birthday Bash!  – See details above.

10:00 am – 1:00 pm: Second Saturdays for Families Explore art with your family, encourage creativity, and expand your imagination through conversation and discovery. Each program is free and includes hands-on art projects, tours for families, live music, and engaging fun through film, theater and dance. Join us the second Saturday of every month year-round! Hartford, CT.

10:00 am – 7:00 pm: 18th Annual Northeast Fishing & Hunting Show – See details above.

11:00 am: Hartford Art Sled Derby! Be Creative! Have Fun! Go Sledding! How to build an “Art Sled.” Step 1: Grab an already existing sled, or anything that will slide on the snow. Step 2: Have Fun! Step 3: Be Creative! Add decorations, sculpture, lights, flags, banners, fabric, construction, Anything you want. Step 4: Have Fun! Step 5: Bring your art sled to the park. Step 6: Have fun! Step 7: Slide down the Hill! So, as you can see, it’s all about fun. There will be judges and awards, in many different categories. Free. Hartford, CT.

11:00 am: I Love You Just Like This! Join us for Valentine’s Day Storytime and activities featuring I Love You Just Like This! There are many ways to say “I love you” – and Elmo and his Sesame Street friends are ready to tell you. Glastonbury, Canton, Enfield, Farmington, CT.

11:00 am – 12:30 pm: Valentine’s Day We will make heart-shaped pizzas, cupcakes with a special treat inside them, and chocolate heart pretzel pops. Ages 6 and up. $24 per child. Newington, CT.

11:00 am – 2:00 pm: Staff Scientist Lyn Wojick with Magical Minerals: Adventures in Geology: Discover unique minerals and rocks through hands-on investigations. Check out crystals in geodes and explore many more of Earth’s treasures. Find fossils and bring in your own rock or mineral sample to look at with scientific tools! Hartford, CT.

11:30 am: Author Janice Petrie: The Bumpy Lumpy Horseshoe Crab Bring the kids to meet Jantice Petrie and her sea creatures! We will have Storytime with Janice and hear all about the sea creatures, too! Show and tell will follow. Enfield, CT.

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Family Fun on Valentine’s Day! Indulge your sweet tooth while creating edible works of art with your kids. Paint a cookie and sculpt a cupcake using colorful sprays, gels, sprinkles and candies. Have your cake and eat it, too while practicing your confectionery skills! $10 per person. Glastonbury, CT.

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Happy Valentine’s Day Talk and Workshop at Windsor Historical Society with Director Christine Ermenc. Why do we celebrate Valentine’s Day and what is the meaning behind the symbols we see on historic valentines? Get answers from the intricate Valentines of the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries shown in a PowerPoint presentation. Then if you care to, create a valentine masterpiece for someone special inspired by your own imagination and the historic valentines in the presentation, using a valentine kit with beads, feathers, sequins, doilies, ribbons and more. Delectable chocolates and valentine treats served.  Cost: $10. Windsor, CT.

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

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Valentine’s Day Party! Parents enjoy a wonderful valentine’s date while your kids are having a fun evening as well! Our party will include pizza dinner and a special homemade valentines dessert, have a dance party, and make a special valentine craft. Ages 4 – 12 are welcome. $25 per child. West Hartford, CT.

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Valentine’s Day Kids’ Night Bring the kids to the museum for an evening of exploration and fun while you go our to dinner or have an evening to yourself. Pizza will be served for dinner. Ages 3-10. $24 per child. Kensington CT.

7:00 pm: He Loves Me A musical cabaret featuring Broadway’s greatest love songs! $15 per show or $25 for both shows. New Britain, CT.

7:30 pm: Merging – See details above.

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

8:00 pm: Is He Dead? – See details above.

Sunday, February 15:

10:00 am – 4:00 pm: Open Cockpit The Air Museum is holding another of our popular open cockpit days on Sunday, February 15. Museum visitors will be permitted to climb into the cockpits of up to eight vintage aircraft, a full-motion flight simulator and one static flight simulator. The open cockpits include: the Vietnam era Bell UH-1B “Huey” helicopter, the North American F-100 Super Sabre jet fighter, the Coast Guard HU-25 Falcon, the Lockheed F-104C Starfighter and more.Museum educators will provide hands-on activities for younger visitors and the Museum’s Flight Sim Spot full-flight simulator experience will be available throughout most of the day. The event will be held inside the Museum’s three large, heated display hangars. Aviation Alive: Red Haired Flying Daredevil An original play by Alison Moncrief Bromage about the Connecticut aviation pioneer and daredevil Charles Hamilton will be preformed at the Air Museum. Performances will by as 11:30 am and 1:30 pm Admission is $12 for ages 12 and up and $6.50 for ages 4 to 11. Children under 3 are admitted free. Windsor Locks, CT.

10:00 am – 5:00 pm: 18th Annual Northeast Fishing & Hunting Show – See details above.

1:00pm: Birds are descendants of dinosaurs. Come and meet some relatives of dinosaurs during a visit from Horizon Wings, a non-profit wildlife rehabilitation center. The program will feature four Birds of Prey including an Eagle. Tickets are available with admission for no additional charge on the day of the show at 9 am. The 45 minute program is recommended for ages 5 and older. Space is limited to 100 visitors. The program is sponsored by the Friends of Dinosaur Park and Arboretum. Rocky Hill, CT.

1:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Martha Washington’s Gingerbread To honor George Washington’s upcoming birthday, historical interpreter Georgia Exner will bake his favorite gingerbread on the open-hearth! Beverages & gingerbread will be served! Farmington, CT.

2:00 pm: Is He Dead? – See details above.

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

7:00 pm: She Loves Me Not A musical cabaret featuring some of Broadway’s greatest anti-love songs. $15 per show or $25 for both shows. New Britain, CT.

Monday, February 16:

9:30 am – 11:00 am: Pajama Party Breakfast February break has begun and who feels like getting out of your jammies? Let’s start out your school vacation with sausage, egg and cheese toll-ups, mini cinnamon roll muffins, bacon hearts and homemade home fries. Wear your pajamas and stay comfy! Ages 6 and up. $25 per child. Newington, CT.

9:30 am – 5:00 pm: President’s Day! Spend the day with us at the museum celebrating this great holiday! Learn what it takes to be president of the United States and make a craft honoring Abe Lincoln or George Washington in celebration of President’s Day! What would you do if you were president? Take a picture with an image of President Washington & President Obama! Bristol, CT.

10:00 am – 4:00 pm: Wondering how to entertain your children on President’s Day? Bring them to Candle-Dipping at Windsor Historical Society. We’ll provide different colors to make each candle unique.  The Society’s Hands-On-History Learning Center will be open where children can try on reproduction colonial clothing, try out a child-sized rope bed, or “milk” Flavia the cow. Use your engineering skills to build a toothpick-and-marshmallow replica of the Strong-Howard House or get creative and design a structure of your own. Take a Scavenger Hunt through our main exhibit galleries, try out the replica Native American canoe, and watch a working model of the Windsor Locks Canal. Cost: $5 adults, $3 children or $10 per family.  Snow Date: Tuesday, February 17. Windsor, CT.

10:00 am – 3:00 pm: Lego Contest Step into a room full of LEGOs and create a “Space Exploration” flying machine.” The program is for ages 3-12 and prizes will be awarded for each age category: 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Windsor Locks, CT.

12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Open House Celebrate President’s Day with a family trip to Hill-Stead. Usually closed to the public on Mondays, the museum will be open for this special event. Tour the museum at your own pace 12–3 pm, enjoying the winter exhibition, “The Art of Collecting: Alfred Atmore Pope & Randolph Linsly Simpson,” and participate in the following activities: 12–1 pm: Children’s Activities: Create a sculpture or design a postcard in the Makeshift Theater. 1–2 pm: Contemporary dance performance by Dimensional Dance, followed by a short dance lesson by Dimensional Dance’s Ruth Lewis, for children and adults. 2–3 pm: Children’s Activities: Create a sculpture or design a postcard in the Makeshift Theater. Admission is $5 for children ages 3–12; $6 for adults accompanied by a child; free for children under 2 and for members of Hill-Stead Museum.

Through February 21, The Great Trade-In event is an ideal opportunity for parents (and other caregivers) to take stock of their baby and toddler gear and update it according to the latest safety requirements. The Great Trade-In event is a national program that provides our customers the opportunity to trade-in specific baby products in exchange for savings on a new item. The program also serves to call attention to used baby items still in circulation that may have been recalled and other concerns raised by older or used products. This could include products that have been damaged or others where advances in product safety have rendered older models non-compliant with the latest standards. You can trade-in any qualifying gear or furniture item at any of our Toys”R”Us or Babies”R”Us stores nationwide, regardless of whether you purchased the item from one of our stores. Babies R Us locations.

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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