February 16 – 22

Monday, February 16:

9:30am – 11am: 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 m – 5pm: 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.

10am – 4pm: 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.

10am – 3pm: 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.

11am: The Eagle Flyer is a unique 2-1/2 hour eco-excursion in the Connecticut River Valley. Trees stripped of their foliage afford clear views of the surrounding forest and the Connecticut River; wildlife can be observed from the cozy confines of the vintage rail cars.Our vintage diesel engine will depart from Essex Station and make local station stops at Deep River, Chester and Haddam. Master Wildlife Conservationists from CT’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) will be on board to share their knowledge of the wildlife that calls the Connecticut River Valley home.

12pm – 2pm: Yummy Spa Spend your day off from school getting pampered! Make your own yummy facials with Chow Bella. After your facial enjoy your custom-made sugar scrub to use while you get a manicure and then take it home for a treat to use later. $45 per child. Farmington, CT.

12pm – 3pm 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.

1:30pm: Family Tour Just in time for school vacation, the Stowe Center offers a new Family Tour, daily at 1:30 PM from February 14-22. The tour is also offered every weekend at 1:30 PM. Stowe House in Snow. The Family Tour is an interactive hands-on tour of Stowe’s home that uses storytelling, historic photographs and letters, and journaling to bring the 19th century’s most famous female author/activist to life for kids 5-12. Learn how Stowe’s words changed the world and how you can too! Hartford, CT

2pm: The Eagle Flyer – See details above.

Check out list of daily activities for some more things to do but since it is a Holiday call ahead before you head out to ensure the activity is still running.

Tuesday, February 17:

2pm – 3pm: Family Program: Story and Crafts at the Museum Join us for story-time at the Connecticut Historical Society to celebrate African-American History Month.  Children will listen to a story, make a simple craft to take home, and have time to explore our hands-on exhibits. Children 5 and under and CHS members are free. Hartford, CT.

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

Wednesday, February 18:

9:30am to 5pm: Water Wednesday! Come in and celebrate Water Wednesday with us!Learn about sinking, floating and absorption.Build a boat in our art studio and enjoy playing in our water studio! Bristol, CT.

10am – 11am: Snow & Snowflakes There are no two snowflakes that are alike. Where does snow come from? It’s so much fun to play in. Have fun making a few big snowflakes to decorate your home , if there’s enough snow outside, we will make a snow person. Glastonbury, CT.

10am – 2pm: Aero Modeling Workshop This program is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. The activity takes about an hour and a half to complete. Children ages 8-14 can build and fly their own models. All children must be accompanied by an adult. There is a $5 cost for the kit. Windsor Locks, CT.

11am: I Like Myself Join us for a special Storytime as we discuss the many things that make us unique and special! We will be reading stories that will help children grow their self-esteem. Stay for the fun-filled craft to follow! Free. Manchester, CT.

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

Thursday, February 19 – Sunday, February 22:

The 34th Annual Connecticut Flower and Garden Show Over the past three decades, The Connecticut Flower & Garden Show has grown into one of the premier Flower & Garden Shows on the East Coast, and has outgrown two previous venues. Hartford, CT.

9:30am to 5pm: Thinking Thursday! Join us for Thinking Thursday! We will learn all about the brain & play classic BRAIN games including memory, Simon says, and tongue twisters! Bristol, CT.

11am – 4pm: Open Cockpit The Museum will host an Open Cockpit program with up to eight aircraft to be open including helicopters, an airliner, a jet fighter and a WWII aircraft. Windsor Locks, CT.

Thursday, February 19:

10am – 7pm: The 34th Annual Connecticut Flower and Garden Show – See details above.

12pm – 1pm: A Great Storm Swept Under Us The OSH is one of the more than 130 sites on Connecticut’s Freedom Trail. Enjoy a one hour tour of the OSH on African American history. Discover the story of the famous Amistad trials of 1839, learn about slavery in our state, and discover how some citizens fought to overcome the status quo. http://ctfreedo​mtrail.org/. The Connecticut Freedom Trail documents and designates sites that embody the struggle toward freedom and human dignity, celebrate the accomplishments of the state’s African American community. Hartford, CT.

4pm – 5pm: The Wizard’s School of Magic Students will learn five magic tricks from Tom O’Brien, a full-time professional magician, whose credits includeappearances on the Fox 61 Morning Show and WFSB’s Better Connecticut. Tom is a master at his craft andis a wonderful and entertaining teacher as well. Students will receive a magic kit and magic wand! Children ages 5-10. $20 per workshop. Glastonbury, CT.

6pm: In The Community: Courageous Community Conversations Join Mothers United Against Violence and representatives of the Hartford police to enhance relationships between the police and the community. Mothers United Against Violence is a grass roots movement dedicated to saving lives in our communities. Representatives from the group were featured guests at January’s Salons at Stowe: Has Racial Inequality Reached the Tipping Point? Hartford, CT.

6pm – 7:30pm: Building Arts & Culture in Downtown Hartford: Opening Reception for Satellite Exhibit at TheaterWorks The satellite exhibit visually explores the presence of arts and culture organizations in downtown Hartford with an emphasis on how they were affected by urban renewal projects beginning in the 1950s. Artist Bob Gregson will share his memories of Hartford’s late-1970s arts scene that include his role as a founder of Sidewalk Inc., “Thursday is a Work of Art, ” and “art attacks” that included everything from spontaneous dance performances to giant Happy Faces wishing passersby “Have a Nice Day!” Light refreshments will be served. Free. Hartford, CT.

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

Friday, February 20 – Sunday, February 22:

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.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer The NBYT Teen Company performs a musical adaptation of one of the best-loved stories in American literature! $15 Adults, $13 Children. Hartford, CT.

Friday, February 20:

9:30 am – 5pm: Fruity Friday! See and taste fruit in its dried form!  Investigate the seedy insides of fruit and create a cluster of grapes to add to our grape vine! Bristol, CT.

10am – 8pm: The 34th Annual Connecticut Flower and Garden Show – See details above.

11am – 4pm: Straw Rocket Competition Design a rocket built around a straw that will fly to a specified target using a compressed air launcher. Winsdor Locks, CT.

1pm: 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 a.m. 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.

{PTO: Parents Night Out} 5:30pm – 8:30pm: Kids Night In Reconnect over a romantic Four Course Festa Italiana dinner at Olive Garden. And, all while the kids enjoy a night of fitness and fun with supervised active play at My Gym West Hartford for free! West Hartford, CT.

6pm – 7:30pm: Canvas and Cupcakes Do you have a budding artist on your hands? If so, come on down to our painting class and decorate a cupcake to go with the theme. Tonight we will paint a winter white polar bear! Ages 5 and up. $30 per child. Newington, CT.

7pm: Storytime and Meet Cookie Mouse Come see Cookie Mouse Live at Storytime tonight! Free. Enfield, CT.

7:05pm: UCONN vs New Hampshire Huskies will face New Hampshire in a home-and-home next weekend. Hartford, CT.

7:30pm: An Evening of Smiles Six Greater Hartford playwrights present an evening of original comedies to benefit a great cause.  The featured playwrights, whose work has been seen on stages both locally and nationally, are Bill Arnold (Attack of the Space Nymphos from Uranus, Lint – The Musical!), Cody Daigle (In the Bones, Why We Fall), Jeffrey Kagan-McCann (My Gay Son’s Wedding, Once in a Blue Moon), Scott Stephen Kegler (Whacked, A Cup of Joe at the Iffy Fish), Jacques Lamarre (I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti, Christmas on the Rocks), and March Schrader (Pressing, Sitting).  The evening will feature new one-act plays guaranteed to make you smile. Proceeds will benefit the Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective and Charter Oak Cultural Center.  Join us.  Following the program, there will be a reception with the writers, cast and Rob Velasquez. $20. Hartford, CT.

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

8pm: Is He Dead? – See details above.

8pm: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – See details above.

SaturdayFebruary 21: 11am – 6 pm & Sunday, February 22: 11am – 4 pm: 30th Annual Bristol Home & Business Expo Join us for this exciting event! Some of the highlights of the 2015 Home & Business Expo are: over a hundred vendors, kid’s activities from Home Depot and Bristol Boys & Girls Club and Family Center, a visit from the mascots from the New Britain Rock Cats, the Hartford Wolfpack and Lake Compounce plus a huge craft fair with over 50 vendors! Adults $6, Children 12 & under Free. Bristol, CT.

Saturday, February 21:

8am – 2pm: Fishing CT’s 1st Annual Ice Fishing Tournament Adult Entry Fee $25, Kids (15 and under) $10. Wethersfield, CT.

9am: Brisk Winter Walk The Great Meadows Conservation Trust has scheduled a series of free winter walks for 2015, co-sponsored with the Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury and the Eleanor Buck Wolf Nature Center in Wethersfield. Dress for the weather and ground conditions. Many places will be muddy. Weather and water conditions may revise or cancel. Free. Wethersfield, CT.

9am – 1pm: Brownie Troop 66893 will be running a community event in celebration of Girl Scout Thinking Day (a day to think about people around the world) at the Burlington Town Hall. This year’s theme is “creating peace through partnerships”. This is an event in two parts; you may come to one or both parts. From 9-11am we will be showcasing the ways people connect and help each other around the world.  Kids can get their “passports” stamped at each country and do crafts and activities. From 11:30am to 1pm we’ll be hosting a Sole Hope shoe cutting party.  Sole Hope is an organization that provides shoes to people in Uganda who suffer from jiggers, which is a debilitating but preventable foot condition.  We’ll be cutting shoe patterns out of denim material and packaging them together. Burlington, CT.

10am, 12:30pm & 3pm: Auerfarm Maple Fest! Seatings include a visit to the sugarbush and sugar shack to follow the sugaring process from tree to table. Sugaring equipment demonstrations include hydrometers, a brace and bit and syrup grading kit. $15 Adults, $10 Children. West Hartford, CT.

10am: Winter Carnival and Cardboard Box Race A great day of events and activities for the entire family!!  Come out and enjoy the atmosphere with great food on our outdoor deck and music provided by DJ Butch Gray!!  “Sonar” from Hartford Wolf Pack will be here for a visit at 11:00 am so bring your camera.  Face Painting by Lori is in the Alpine Eatery from 11:00-3:00 pm.You won’t want to miss our famous Cardboard Box Race- make a sled or be a spectator, either way you’re sure to have a blast!!  Line up your vehicle at 3:00 pm at the bottom of the Thunderbolt Triple to be judged by the experts at Alpine Haus in Wethersfield.  The race will begin at 4:00 pm. Prizes will be awarded for the Best Construction, Fastest Time, and Overall Presentation(costumes are encouraged!!).  The Grand Prize Winner will take home $100 cash and a Trophy! To be a part of the Cardboard Box Race you must register your vehicle by 1:00pm the day of the event with our signed Race Waiver. Southington, CT.

10am – 8pm: The 34th Annual Connecticut Flower and Garden Show – See details above.

11am: Click, Clack, Peep! Storytime and Activities Join us for Storytime and activities featuring Click, Clack, Peep! From the award-winning creator of Click, Clack, Moo comes an adorable story of a cute little duckling that won’t quiet down! Free. Farmington, Canton, Glastonbury and West Hartford locations.

11am – 12pm: Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Amistad and Beyond Explore African-American history through the artifacts and manuscripts that tell the story of the Amistad, Connecticut abolitionists, and the long fight for civil rights. The tour will offer special access to Charlotte Cowles’ letters describing her interactions with the Africans from the Amistad who lived for several months in her home town of Farmington, Connecticut. Visit storage and collection areas not normally open to the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut. Tours last approximately 1 hour and are appropriate for ages 12 and up. Hartford, CT.

12pm – 2pm: Free Samples Join us to try recipes from “Liberation Soup,” the Whole Planet Foundation cookbook. Make sure to pick up your copy of the book as well, all proceeds going to the Whole Planet Foundation! West Hartford, CT.

12:30pm & 3pm: Auerfarm Maple Fest! – See details above.

1pm – 2:15pm: CFPA Ramble: Salter’s Pond Adventure Enjoy a slow to moderately paced hike with some historic commentary at this former millpond. Salter’s Pond got its name from Lorenzo T. Salter who, in partnership with Mr. Strong, founded the Salter and Strong Paper Mill, which became Lydall Paper Mill. The pond and adjacent land is owned by the Manchester Land Conservation Trust. Many “North Enders” learned to swim at this pond before the modern pool was built. Come enjoy a walk down memory lane.The walk may be wet depending on the weather, and hikers should wear sturdy waterproof footwear. The route is not mountainous, but does have stairs and bumpy spots, where roots stick out, so participants need to be agile. The walk will take about 1-1/4 hours round trip. Free. Manchester, CT.

2pm: 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. Hartford, CT.

2pm: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – See details above.

2pm – 3pm: Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Amistad and Beyond Explore African-American history through the artifacts and manuscripts that tell the story of the Amistad, Connecticut abolitionists, and the long fight for civil rights. The tour will offer special access to Charlotte Cowles’ letters describing her interactions with the Africans from the Amistad who lived for several months in her home town of Farmington, Connecticut. Visit storage and collection areas not normally open to the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut. Tours last approximately 1 hour and are appropriate for ages 12 and up. Hartford, CT.

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

3pm: Auerfarm Maple Fest! – See details above.

7pm: Harlem Globetrotters – See details above.

8pm: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – See details above.

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

Through Saturday, 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.

Sunday, February 22:

10:30am – 3:30pm: Healthy Family Funfest Please join us for an incredibly exciting and fun day filled with health information, speakers, screenings, demonstrations and activities for everyone from children to seniors. Plantsville, CT.

10am – 5pm: The 34th Annual Connecticut Flower and Garden Show – See details above.

11am – 4pm: 14th Annual Bridal Expo Jenks Productions, Inc. will transform the Hartford XL Center into a Bridal Wonderland with over 100 breathtaking displays to help you plan your wedding. DJs, food samplings from bakeries and caterers, vacation packages, photographers & videographers, day spas and beauticians, wedding consultants, jewelers, florists, stationers, banquet facilities and hotels, gowns and formal wear are just a few of the many companies with whom you can plan your dream wedding in just one visit to the Hartford Bridal Show Expo. Whether you’re planning a small, intimate affair or a lavish, extravagant event, you’ll find everything you need to make it special at the Hartford Bridal Expo! Ticket prices $12. Hartford, CT.

1pm-2pm: Read Across America… It’s Dr. Seuss’ Birthday! Join us on Sunday March 1st as we celebrate Read Across America Day! Encourage a child in your life to gain a passion for reading. Celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss, create silly rhymes & listen to story time. Bristol, CT.

1pm – 3pm: Penguin Pals Cookies! Decorate cookie penguins dressed in a variety of colorful styles! You’ll use easy decorating techniques such as zigzags, bows and rosettes to create amazing clothes and details. Recommended for all skill levels. Materials List: Penguin shaped cookie cutter, 12″ Disposable Decorating Bags, Round Decorating Tip 3, Round Decorating Tip 5, Star Decorating Tip 14, Multi-Opening Tip 233, 9” Tapered Spatula, Standard Couplers, White Decorator Icing – 1 lb, Blk Icing Color and more… Ages 15 and up. $15 per person. Manchester, CT.

2pm: Magic Show Professional magician Derek will have you mesmerized by his tricks and illusions. If you are lucky, he may even teach you a trick. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. West Hartford, CT.

2pm: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – See details above.

3pm: Faith & Family Night Hartford Wolf Pack vs. Wilkes-Barre Penguins Discounted tickets for all church and faith groups. Tickets and patches must be reserved in advance through a Wolf Pack Account Executive.

3pm – 4:30pm: Kids Crochet 3 – Animal Pouch Take a walk on the wild side. Make this crafty critter pouch. Kids will learn to crochet a chain stitch, foundation row, single crochet stitch and sew. Supplies not included. $15 per child. New Britain, CT.

 

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