March 2 – 8

This week seems to be all about Dr. Seuss and maple syrup. Below are some events that we have found to do across Hartford County. Be sure to check out our list of regularly re-occurring activities for even more things to do.

Monday, March 2:

7pm: Join us for a special event celebrating Read Across America Day! Participate in Storytime and activities featuring Dr. Seuss favorites Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham. Free. Manchester

Tuesday, March 3:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Toddler Class: Book and a Bit Help us celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday as we read some of our favorite books and create some recipes to go along with the theme. Cupcakes and deviled eggs are on the menu! Ages 2-5. $15 per child/$10 per sibling. Newington

5 – 9:30pm: Monthly Mini Model Build Visit your local Lego Store on the first Tuesday of every month and you can learn how to build a cool mini model, and take it home – for free! Quantities are limited and offer is good while supplies last only. Models are not for sale and cannot be purchased. One free per child. Event is open to children ages 6 to 14 only. Free. West Hartford

6– 8pm: Handling Children’s Anger This workshop will focus on common causes of childhood frustration and anger, and the impact of a child’s emotional, social and intellectual development on his ability to manage his anger. Together we will brainstorm strategies to help your child learn to express anger in more socially appropriate ways. $6 per person. Bristol

Wednesday, March 4:

10am and 12pm: Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad This stirring drama with music is a classic tribute to the great American who freed herself and hundreds of her people from the bonds of slavery. Her courage helped to change the world. Share her adventurous life with your students in this accurate and deeply moving musical history lesson. Hartford

11am: Dr. Seuss Silliness Storytime Join us as we continue celebrating Dr. Seuss and our Read Across America celebration! We will be reading our favorite Dr. Seuss tales and let us know yours! Stay for the fun-filled craft to follow. Manchester

12-1pm: Lunchtime Lecture: The Letters of Julian Hawthorne Kate Rodgers will describe her work transcribing the letters of Julian Hawthorne, housed in the museum’s archives. Hawthorne, son of the famous writer, wrote to Marion Alethe Morton from 1866-69. Farmington

12pm: Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad – See details above. Hartford

6 – 8pm: Cross Country Skiing for Adults Novice to expert, young or old, all ski enthusiasts are encouraged to join us on Wednesday evenings, weather permitting, for an evening of skiing. You have the option of racing others, racing for personal time, or simply skiing for your own fitness. Rentals will also be available for $10. Farmington

7pm: Fiesta Purim Ole’ Build your own burrito bar, kids crafts and activities, jalepeno eating contest, salsa dance instruction, mechanical bull and more. Tickets: Adults $12, Children (3-12) $8. Purchase tickets in advance. West Hartford

Thursday, March 5:

4 – 6:30pm: Tink’s New Movie Premier Party Join Tink in celebrating her new movie release with games, singing, dancing, snack and a craft! Stay for a special viewing of the movie from 5-6:30pm. $30 per child. Canton

6pm: The Invisible Women A lecture/recital organized by board president and musicologist Penny Brandt will feature a discussion of the ways in which women’s contributions to music have historically been overlooked, accompanied by performances of music that would not exist without the contributions of women. Topics include the recently controversial claim that some of Johann Sebastian Bach’s music was composed by his wife, the valuation of women as the objects of art rather than its creators, and the impact of slavery on the anonymity of composers of African-American spirituals. Guest performers include cellist Maria Martinez, vocalists Alika Hope, Amelia Nagoski, Anna Hayrapetyan, and Kathleen Shimeta, and composer and WCFest founder Heather Seaton. Unlike our other events, this lecture/recital is free to the public. Come find out what our festival is all about! Centinel Hill Hall is on the 11th floor at Capital Community College. Free. Hartford

6 – 8pm: Power Struggles Between Parent and Child This group will explore the reasons behind power struggles between parents and children – teaching parents to think objectively about children’s sometimes manipulative ploys to “get their way.” The workshop will then outline strategies that parents can use to manage their own behaviors as well as their children’s. This workshop will explore parenting techniques referenced in the book “I Never Get Anything – How to Keep Your Kids From Running Your Life.” $10 per person. Bristol

6:30 – 7:30pm: Do you know who your ancestors are? An introduction to Genealogy Do you know where your ancestors are? Introduction to Genealogy is for beginning genealogists as well as for those who need to brush up on their research skills.Topics covered include: how to get started with family genealogy, best genealogical research practices, types of genealogical sources, electronic websites available to the genealogist, tips and tricks for getting over that “brick wall,”collecting and preserving your family history. Hartford

6:30 – 8:30pm: Wine and Chocolate Tasting A Wine and Chocolate Fundraiser to raise money for youth initiatives in the community. $20 per person. West Hartford

6:30 – 8:30pm: Crazy for Cupcakes Make amazing cupcakes for any occasion! No experience necessary. Supplies not included. Materials list available online. Recommended for adults. $10 per person. Manchester

7pm: The Wizard of Oz Youth Theater Production $14 Adults, $10 Students. West Hartford

7:30pm: How To Break A hip-hop play about being ill by HartBeat Ensemble. $15 Adults, $10 Students. Hartford

7:30 – 10pm: Rent The celebrated music theatre phenomenon that captured the spirit of a generation of young artists in New York’s East Village. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and multiple Tony Awards on Broadway. Tickets are $20 with discounts for students. West Hartford

Friday, March 6:

9:30 – 10:30am: Toddler Class: Book and a Bit Help us celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday as we read some of our favorite books and create some recipes to go along with the theme. Cupcakes and deviled eggs are on the menu! Ages 2-5. $15 per child/$10 per sibling. Newington

{Re-occurs} 10am: Yoga for Youngsters! Get little bodies moving! Drop-in Friday mornings during March. Listen to relaxing music and stretch your body into fun, kid-friendly poses. Learn moves that make your body feel great and put your mind at ease. Bristol

12 – 5pm: The 15th Annual Latino Expo, connects you to business, jobs, education and healthcare. Bring your family and friends. Admission is free, the stage is filled with music and dance. Discover what you need to know, meet with colleges and trade schools, learn how to buy a home, there is something for everyone. Looking for a new job, there will be companies looking for you. Free. Hartford

5 – 8pm: Brews for a Cause! Join us for a night of beer, food and fun – all for a good cause! It’s all happening Friday, March 6 from 5-8pm (come early to avoid the lines!) at the Thomas Hooker Brewery, located at 16 Tobey Street in Bloomfield. It’s only $10 and half the entrance will go directly to the Whole Planet Foundation! Bloomfield

6 – 8pm: Come, Let’s Bake a Cake Each child will bake a cake from scratch and learn different piping techniques as they frost and decorate their own creation. The cake will be brought home to enjoy with your family. Pizza will be provided for dinner. Ages 6-12. $25 per child. Newington

6:30 – 9pm: From The Vine Perfect pairings for Spring time! Tantalize your taste buds with a rich assortment of wines specially selected for the season. Nibble on light hors d’oeuvres and desserts while dropping in tickets for the door prize and auction items. $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Guests must be 21 years of age or older. Proceeds support the museum’s educational initiatives! Bristol

7 – 10pm: Skiing under the stars! Does this atmosphere sound good to you? If you answered yes, then you’ll want to join us for this unique program. Weather permitting, fellow skiers will gather the 1st Friday of the month for a special guided ski tour of our trail system followed by a wine, cheese, and refreshments. The warmth of a roaring fire, light fare and conversation will surely make this a memorable event. This program is not for beginner skiers. Weather permitting. $25 per person. Rentals are available for an additional $10 that can be paid at the rental center. Farmington

7:30pm: Peter Pan You won’t want to miss this collaboration that is like no other. Good Co Theater and Granby Middle High School, directed by Nikki Currie Huggard and Karen Kudish, have selected some top-notch high schoolers, middle schoolers and elementary students to perform in their rendition of Peter Pan. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students available online, and at the door. There will also be (limited) patron seating at $25 up front and center available only at Granby Pharmacy. Granby

7:30pm: How To Break – See details above. Hartford

7:30 – 10pm: Rent – See details above. West Hartford

{Re-occurs} 8pm: Critic’s Choice As The New York Times describes it: The hero is a drama critic.  What is the most searching way to test this paragon’s integrity?  Have his wife write a play.  A stinker…naturally.  He heckles the little woman, tells her she won’t finish the play, and when it is completed, candidly informs her that it is awful.  And what’s worst of all, he insists that on opening night he will do his duty like a man; he’ll review the play himself.  There you have the beginnings of the problem.  What will he do…protect his marriage or his integrity?  You’ll laugh your head off all the way to the answer. Collinsville

Saturday, March 7 – Sunday, March 8:

Museums on Us Bank of America cardholders can take advantage of access to the following museums the first full weekend of every month: Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain and The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford.

Saturday, March 7:

9:30 – 10:30am: Toddler Class: Book and a Bit Help us celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday as we read some of our favorite books and create some recipes to go along with the theme. Cupcakes and deviled eggs are on the menu! Ages 2-5. $15 per child/$10 per sibling. Newington

10am – 1pm: Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Help us celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America at CHS. Join us for a reading of the Dr. Seuss classic, Fox in Socks, at 10:15, 11:15 and 12:15. After the story, make your own Dr. Seuss themed craft. Free. Hartford

10am – 4pm: Museums on Us – See details above. Farmington

10am – 4pm: March Madness Girl Scout Troops will be sponsoring booth with intercative displays or demos to show the public how girls are shaping the future. 11am Opening Cermony, 1pm Fashion Show, 2:30pm Vita 4 Band performing. Free child ID programs, swaps and come to learn more about the girl scouts. Enfield 

10am – 5pm: Museums on Us – See details above. New Britain & Hartford

11am: Once Upon a Cloud Storytime Join us for storytime featuring our picture book of the month. Celeste wants to give her mother something special, but what? Join Celeste on her journey to find the perfect gift! Free. Manchester, Canton, Enfield, Glastonbury, Farmington and West Hartford locations.

11am – 3pm: Brr! It’s freezing outside, but it’s FROZEN at the Connecticut Science Center! Celebrate all things Frozen with a day of snowy science activities. Wintry science activities include: sing along with Elsa, Anna, and Kristoff, have your face painted with Frozen-inspired face art, create a solar oven using a pizza box, build a snowman inside the Science Center, watch as ice sculptures are made right before your eyes, see the science behind bubbles made with dry ice and use your fingers to make ice just like Elsa. Hartford

1 – 4pm: Make It With Michaels Party Grab your pals and bring them to Michaels for an afternoon of creative fun. We’ve got lots of fabulous springtime projects to try, and we can’t wait for you to join us. The First 25 Customers will receive our Party Booklet full of project instructions and a coupon for 20% off your entire purchase!  All of Michaels locations.

3pm and 7:30pm: Peter Pan – See details above. Granby

3:30pm: Hartford Wolf Pack vs Hershey Bears The first 2000 fans will receive a Wolf Pack Player Bobble Head. Discounted tickets and special Scout Night patches for scout groups. Hartford

5pm: Martinis for Mutts $15 gets you a martini glass and one martini. Bristol

7pm: The Wizard of Oz Youth Theater Production West Hartford

7:30pm: Peter Pan – See details above. Granby

7:30pm: How To Break – See details above. Hartford

7:30pm: Off the Grid Catch three audience favorites and one exciting new section from full-length dance based on “The Odyssey.” $10 per person. West Hartford

7:30 – 10pm: Rent – See details above. West Hartford

{Re-occurs} 8pm: Critic’s Choice – See details above. Collinsville

Sunday, March 8:

10am – 4pm: Museums on Us – See details above. Farmington

10am – 5pm: Museums on Us – See details above. Hartford

12 – 4pm: Maple Day Learn how Maple Syrup is made, watch a tree being tapped, tour the house, discover the story of CT’s Snowy Owls, work on crafts and enjoy cookies made on the Open Hearth or in the shape of the snowy owl with special guests in our Colonial setting. But there will be no sap if it’s too cold! $3/person. Farmington

12 – 5pm: 15th Annual Latino Expo – See details above. Hartford

12 – 5pm: Museums on Us – See details above. New Britain

1pm: The Wizard of Oz Youth Theater Production West Hartford

1-2:30pm: Westmoor Park Maple Sugaring All children (ages 5 and up only) must be accompanied by a pre-registered adult. Participate in one of the oldest New England traditions. This class will take you through the whole process of making maple syrup from beginning to end, so you can do it at home. We will identify maple trees, tap a tree, collect and boil sap, and even taste the finished product. Outdoor Program; dress for the outdoors. $10 per person. West Hartford

{Re-occurs} 2pm: Critic’s Choice – See details above. Collinsville

2pm: How To Break – See details above. Hartford

2 – 3pm: Maple Sugaring in Your Own Backyard Our annual demonstration teaches you how to make maple syrup the easy way. We’ll cover the entire process from identifying the tree to the best part – tasting the final product. Cost: $6 nonmembers; $3 for children. Canton

3pm: Peter Pan – See details above. Granby

3 – 5:30pm: Rent – See details above. West Hartford

4pm: Off the Grid – See details above. West Hartford

5pm: The Wizard of Oz Youth Theater Production West Hartford

For events outside of Hartford County, check out our sister site, Momecticut by clicking here.

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