March 9 – 15

This week seems to be all about maple syrup and Saint Patrick’s Day. 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. And check back often because we add-on regularly.

Tuesday, March 10:

10:30am: Little Elliot Storytime Elliot is about to find out that life is full of sweet surprises that come in the smallest of packages. Click here to learn more about this book. Free. Barnes & Noble, Enfield.

11am: Tuesday Storytime: Smick! We will be reading Smick! by Doreen Cronin and Mustache Baby by Bridget Heos. There will be a coloring activity immediately after! Free. Barnes & Noble, Canton.

The Disney Store offers almost daily activities in the store for children ages three and up. Wednesday, March 11 – Mike’s Trivia at 6:30 pm. Friday, March 13 – Storytime at 7:00 pm. Saturday, March 14 – Art of Animation at 12:30 pm and Sunday, March 15 – Storytime at 11:30 am.

Wednesday, March 11:

11am: Lucky Leprechauns Storytime Help us celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a little early with a little green and a lot of fun! We will be reading some of our favorite books and hope that you let us know your favorite too! Stay for the fun-filled craft to follow. Free. Barnes & Noble, Manchester.

6:30pm: Mike’s Trivia at West Farms Disney Store, West Hartford. – See details above.

7pm: Breastfeeding Class Join us as a Certified Lactation Consultant offers professional advice and practical tips to help prepare new and expectant moms for a successful nursing experience. Bring your questions! Class topics may include: benefits of breastfeeding for mom and baby, nutrition for moms during breastfeeding, frequency and duration of feedings, how to tell if baby’s getting sufficient nutrition, pumping and storing breast milk, common breastfeeding concerns, breastfeeding support. Free. Babies R Us, Manchester.

Friday, March 13 – Sunday, March 15:

The Easter Bunny comes into town at the West Farms Mall in West Hartford through April 4th. Come on down to have your picture taken Monday through Saturday from 10am to 8pm and Sunday 11am to 6pm. The Easter Bunny will take brief carrot breaks throughout the day.

{Re-occurs} Charlotte’s Web The Children’s Literature Association named Charlotte’s Web “the best American children’s book of the past two hundred years!” It’s the story of Wilbur, the irresistible young pig who desperately wants to avoid the butcher; Fern, a girl who understands what animals say to each other; Templeton, the gluttonous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed; the Zuckerman family; the Arables; and, most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who proves to be “a true friend and a good writer.” Determined to save Wilbur, Charlotte begins her campaign with the “miracle” of her web in which she writes, “Some pig.” It’s the beginning of a victorious campaign which ultimately ends with the now-safe Wilbur doing what is most important to Charlotte. NCTC Performing Arts Theatre, Newington.

{Reoccurs} Gypsy is the ultimate story of a hard to please stage mother. Join Rose, June and Louise as they travel across the United States during the 1920′s, when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born. Jule Styne’s music and Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics include popular hits such as: Let Me Entertain You, Some People, You’ll Never Get Away from Me, If Momma Was Married, All I Need Is the Girl, Everything’s Coming Up Roses, You Gotta Get A Gimmick and Together Wherever We Go. This fantastic musical highlights one of the most frightening aspects of show business. $25 per ticket. Connecticut Theatre Company, New Britain.

{Re-occurs} 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. Canton Town Hall Theater; Collinsville

Friday, March 13:

9:30am – 10:30am: A Toddler Class: St. Patrick’s Day We will make green mac ‘n cheese, decorate lucky charms cupcakes and enjoy some Patty’s Day punch! Ages 2-5. $15 per child, siblings $10. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

{Re-occurs} 10am – 10:45am: Yoga for Youngsters! Join us on Friday mornings during March for Yoga for Youngsters! Each session will begin with a story reading followed by a yoga sequence based on the story. While listening to relaxing music children will learn kid-friendly poses that make their body feel great, and put their mind at ease. Yoga mats will be provided for each child and parents are welcome to participate, but please bring your own mat! Share the fun with your child and experience the physical and mental benefits of yoga for yourself! Imagine Nation Children’s Museum, Bristol.

10am – 8pm: Take your picture with The Easter Bunny at West Farms Mall, West Hartford.

5:30pm – 8:30pm: Parents Night Out Drop your kids off for three hours of nonstop fun at My Gym. Activities include games, rides, songs, dance, relays, practice & play, and more! Dinner included! Perfect for children ages 2.5 and up, potty-trained, please. $40 for non-members. $20 per sibling. My Gym, West Hartford.

6pm – 8pm: St. Patrick’s Day We will make a healthy Sheppard’s Pie, decorate an Irish cupcake, have green snacks and enjoy some Patty’s Day punch. Ages 6-12. $25 per child Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

7pm: There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover Storytime Just in time for Saint Patrick’s Day, join Ms. Sue for holiday fun and crafts. Click here to learn more about the book. Free. Barnes & Noble, Enfield.

7pm: Storytime at West Farms Disney Store, West Hartford. – See details above.

7pm: 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 readers. As a special treat the first 25 families take home a free copy of the book. Come in your pajamas. Free. Charter Oak Cultural Center; Hartford.

{Re-occurs} 7pm: Charlotte’s Web – See details above. NCTC Performing Arts Theatre, Newington.

{Reoccurs} 7pm: Gypsy – See details above. Connecticut Theatre Company, New Britain.

7:30 – 9:30pm: The Mark Twain House and Museum presents An Evening of Celtic Magic with Daniel Green Wolf in The Mark Twain Museum Auditorium. Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, we are delighted to have the comedic storytelling of Daniel Green Wolf back at the Mark Twain House, to perform for both young and old! The Magic of Daniel Green Wolf is a show that takes highly visual magic, theatrical storytelling, exhilarating Irish music, interactive comedy, and thrilling danger and wraps it in a Celtic Theme that has been described as “A Witty, Modern-Day Celtic Viking. Like James Joyce with a Broad Sword.” Tickets are $20 per person. The Mark Twain House and Museum, Hartford.

8pm: Explorers and Adventurers What drives a person to explore, to venture out into worlds unknown? What motivates a person to endure, to keep moving forward in the face of tremendous personal hardship and risk? Diana Nyad braved the open ocean, dangerous jellyfish, and sharks in her quest to complete the longest individual swim in the world. In September 2013, after a 30-year retirement and four previous attempts, Nyad successfully swam 110 miles non-stop from Cuba to Florida without the use of a shark cage. As a 26-year-old, inexperienced hiker, Cheryl Strayed embarked on a solo journey on the Pacific Crest Trail, traversing 1,100 miles over the course of three months. Paul Nicklen ventures to some of the planet’s most remote and harshest environments – the Yukon wilderness, ancient Mayan caves in the Yucatan, Antarctica – to capture breathtaking images of the natural world. Join us for an evening of inspiration and empowerment with our remarkable panel, whose stories, insights, and examples will spark the adventurers within us all. The Bushnell, Hartford.

{Re-occurs} 8pm: Critic’s Choice – See details above. Canton Town Hall Theater; Collinsville

Saturday, March 14:

8am – 9pm: Spirit Festival The Spirit Festival National Competition is a true national championship for all-star cheerleading in the Northeast. Adults $20, Kids (6-11) $15, under 5 are free. Connecticut, Convention Center, Hartford.

9am – 1pm: Maple Sugaring & Pancake Breakfast Watch the syrup making process from start to finish. Guided walks through our maple grove to see how syrup is made. Compare sap, syrup and store brought syrup. Walks, demonstrations and crafts. Rain or Shine. Adult $8, Children (ages 2-11) $6, under 2 are free. Enjoy a pancake breakfast. New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Park, Kensington.

9am – 7pm: The North Central Connecticut Chamber of Commerce’s 46th Annual Home & Product Show After a long cold winter, it’s time to Think Spring! Visit local experts who can help with everything from landscaping to home improvement. $3 per adult, children under 16 are free. Asnuntuck Community College, Enfield.

10am: Pancake Party Let’s have a pancake party! We’ll make the batter and flip some flapjacks. You can personalize yours with some good-for-you foods like walnuts, coconut and flax. We’ll also teach you how to make a hazelnut-chocolate spread, to top everything off. Suitable for ages 5–13. Free. Williams Sonoma; South Windsor, West Hartford.

10am – 1pm: Second Saturdays: Circus Dreams 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! Step right up and take a “ride” on a carousel animal and decorate your own! Listen to hand-cranked organs playing authentic Coney tunes, catch the short film Rube and Mandy at Coney Island in the theater, enjoy a magic show by Professor Phineas Feelgood’s World of Magic, and a Balloonathon! Free Family Tours: 10:30 – 11 am: ABCs: Art, Books, Connections, 11 am – noon: Ask About Art and 11:30 am – noon: Eyes on Art Family Tour. Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford.

10am – 8pm: Take your picture with The Easter Bunny at West Farms Mall, West Hartford.

11am: Mustache Baby Participate in a fun-filled storytime featuring Mustache Baby – aka Baby Billy. Free. Barnes & Noble of Canton, Enfield, Glastonbury, Farmington, West Hartford and Manchester.

12:30pm: Art of Animation at the West Farms Disney Store, West Hartford. – See details above.

{Re-occurs} 2pm: Charlotte’s Web – See details above. NCTC Performing Arts Theatre, Newington.

2 – 4pm: Barn Fun Get your horse and farm fix with our monthly Barn Fun sessions. Each two-hour session will include activities such as: grooming time with the horses, stall cleaning, feeding all the animals, and learning about seasonal activities on the farm. $15 per child. Maple View Farm, Granby.

6pm: You Can’t Do That at NBYT! Join NBYT to celebrate its fifth birthday! Act One includes a variety of performances plus improv from NBYT’s new troupe, SquishyTown Asylum. Act Two is karaoke for audience participation! This year the event will also include several raffles of family prizes! And of course we’ll have birthday cake and other desserts! We’ll also bring back the cash mocktail bar! Doors open at 6:00 pm, performances begin at 7:00 pm. Raffle drawings will follow intermission. Tickets are $10 for individuals, and families of three or more are only $25! Tickets will be available at the door. Berlin Congregational Church Hall, Berlin.

6pm – 9pm: Taste of Windsor If you love food and drink, join other foodies at the fifth annual First Town Downtown (FTDT) Taste of Windsor on Saturday, March 14th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm in Loomis Chaffee’s Dining Hall. The evening will be filled with a wide variety of appetizers and main dish samplings donated by Windsor’s own unique restaurants. Tickets are $40 in advance.

{Re-occurs} 7pm: Charlotte’s Web – See details above. NCTC Performing Arts Theatre, Newington.

{Reoccurs} 7pm: Gypsy – See details above. Connecticut Theatre Company, New Britain.

{Re-occurs} 8pm: Critic’s Choice – See details above. Canton Town Hall Theater; Collinsville

Sunday, March 15:

8am – 9pm: Spirit Festival The Spirit Festival National Competition is a true national championship for all-star cheerleading in the Northeast. Adults $20, Kids (6-11) $15, under 5 are free. Connecticut, Convention Center, Hartford.

8am – 10pm: Costume Day! Dress in the costume of your choice. Ski Sundown, East Hartford.

10am – 4pm: Open Cockpit Day 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. There will also be two performances of Alison Moncrief Bromage’s original play, Red Haired Flying Devil, based on Connecticut aviation pioneer and daredevil Charles Hamilton. Shows are scheduled for 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks.

10am – 5pm: The North Central Connecticut Chamber of Commerce’s 46th Annual Home & Product Show After a long cold winter, it’s time to Think Spring! Visit local experts who can help with everything from landscaping to home improvement. $3 per adult, children under 16 are free. Asnuntuck Community College, Enfield.

11am – 3pm: Kidologie Just in time for summer, Kidologie brings together under one roof kid-friendly businesses offering information on social, recreational, cultural, and educational activities and programs to assist families in planning how they will spend their warm summer months. The fun packed and educational event attracts more than 1,500 attendees and 70 local and regional exhibitors. Unique to this location is its two stages providing continuous entertainment by leading area performers. The event also includes free hands-on activities for children, free signature goody bags for families (while supplies last), giveaways, and a special ‘golden ticket’ grand prize all-inclusive family vacation to Woodloch Resort. With ample free parking, affordable family admission, and food service trucks, this is the place to be! $15 per family with coupon or online with code: KID1003. Reed Elementary School, Newtown.

11am – 6pm: Take your picture with The Easter Bunny at West Farms Mall, West Hartford.

11:30am: Storytime at the West Farms Mall Disney Store, West Hartford. – See details above.

12pm – 2pm: Family Sunday: Carousel Cookie Creation Family Sundays are back at the New England Carousel Museum! These monthly programs are designed to give children and families a chance to flash their creativity in a fun and educational setting. Many of the carousel animals in the museum are adorned with beautiful colors and fabulous jewels. On Sunday, March 15th, families can use these creatures as inspiration to decorate their very own edible carousel horses! Visitors will use frosting, sprinkles, candies, and more to bring a batch of cookies to life. After eating their special treats, they will enjoy a ride on the Museum’s working carousel and a trip through the Museum’s exhibits, including a collection of over 100 antique carousel pieces and the Museum of Fire History. Adults $6, Children $5, Members Free. The New England Carousel Museum, Bristol.

1 – 2pm and 2-3pm: Wearin’ of the Green Family Photo Fun Create a green get-up from a variety of St. Patrick’s Day themed props and costumes, including green moustaches, boas, scarves, glasses, head bobbles, hats, and more and strike a pose in our groovy green photo booth. Decorate a lucky leprechaun wand and find your pot of gold. Take home photos, wands and green moustaches to continue St. Patty’s Day celebrations. So, gather the gang, go green and join the fun! $15 per person (children and adults). The Art Truck, Glastonbury.

1 – 4pm: Julie’s House A special tour of the historic house from the point of view of Julia Roper, an Irish immigrant who lived in the house from 1865-83. Experience Julia’s story through actors portraying people of her time. Tour includes an orientation to the updated research reconstructing Julia’s life and legacy! Stanley-Whitman House; Farmington.

{Re-occurs} 2pm: Charlotte’s Web – See details above. NCTC Performing Arts Theatre, Newington.

{Re-occurs} 2pm: Critic’s Choice – See details above. Canton Town Hall Theater; Collinsville

{Reoccurs} 2pm: Gypsy – See details above. Connecticut Theatre Company, New Britain.

{Re-occurs} 7pm: Charlotte’s Web – See details above. NCTC Performing Arts Theatre, Newington.

Looking for more to do? CT has plenty, check out our sister site, Momecticut if you wish to cover more ground.

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