March 16 – 22

This week seems to be all about Saint Patrick’s Day, the Easter Bunny and the end of winter. 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.

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.

The Easter Bunny is coming to town! Hop on down to the Shoppes at Buckland Hills to a capture a family memory with an Easter photo. Monday through Saturday from 11am to 8pm and Sunday from 11am to 6pm.

Through Sunday, March 22nd the Mandell LCC in Hartford is celebrating the Hartford Jewish Film Festival. To learn more about these 19 international Jewish storytelling hits played across 10 days, click here.

Monday, March 16:

5:30 – 6:30pm: Informational Session about the new Montessori Parent/Infant Class A Montessori education is among the best in the world. Charter Oak’s Montessori program will encourage ways to promote language, movement, independence and self-discipline. Help to support your child’s natural curiosity and developmental needs. Join us for an information session about this high-quality, free program. Dinner will be generously provided by volunteers from Beth-El Temple. We will also have a drumming workshop for any older kids, so bring the whole family. Free. Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford.

Tuesday, March 17:

9:30am – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: 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, $10 per sibling. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

10am and 12pm: Dog Loves Books Louise Yates’ New York Times Best Seller comes to life in ArtsPower’s newest musical about the irresistible Dog who loves everything about books. In fact, he loves books so much that he decides to open up his own bookstore. Once the store opens for business, no customers come. Dog is alone in his store. But, he soon realizes that when he is surrounded by books, he is never alone. Dog begins to read the books in his store and discovers that when customers finally come in to his store, he knows exactly which books to recommend. ArtsPower’s delightful new musical celebrates the power of the imagination and the satisfaction that comes when you share books with others. Grades: Pre-K–2. The Bushnell, Hartford.

10:30am: That’s What Leprechauns Do Storytime A perfect story for Saint Patrick’s Day. There are leprechauns, a rainbow, a pot of gold and a lively fun tale! Free. Barnes & Noble, Enfield.

11am: I Don’t Want to Be a Frog Storytime We will be reading I Don’t Want to Be a Frog by Dev Petty and Edmund Unravels by Andrew Kolb. There will be a coloring activity immediately after! Free. Barnes & Noble, Canton.

2 – 3pm: Family Program: Story and Crafts at the Museum Join us for story-time at the Connecticut Historical Society to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! 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 members are free. Connecticut Historical Museum, Hartford.

3:45 – 5pm: St Patrick’s Slithery Snakes Grades K – 5. $12.50 per non-member. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

Wednesday, March 18:

3:45 – 5pm: Where the Wild Things Were Grades 4 and up. $12.50 per non-member. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

Thursday, March 19:

3:45 – 5pm: The Bears Are Back in Town Spring is coming and some animals are returning after their winter holiday in warmer areas. Find out who is returning, where they have been, and when we can expect to see them at the Nature Center. K-3. $12.50 per non-member. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

6pm: Outrageous and Courageous: Connecticut Women and the Fight for Suffrage Lecture begins at 6:30 pm in the Webb Barn and will be preceded by a wine reception at 6pm. Admission to the lecture is free, with a suggested per-drink donation of $5. Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, Wethersfield.

{Mommy Time Out} 6:30 – 8pm: Monthly Do-It-Herself Workshop Installing a Tile Backsplash Calculate square footage and prep backsplash areas. Learn how to set, cut and grout tile. Free. Home Depot Locations.

Friday, March 20 – Sunday, March 22:

{Daddy Time Out} Connecticut Golf Show Friday 11am-5pm, Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 9am-4pm. Adults $14, children 12 and under are free. Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford.

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. Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 10am, 2pm and 7pm and Sunday at 2pm. NCTC Performing Arts Theatre, Newington.

{Reoccurs} DIGITS It’s stop/time dance theater’s 12th original production. You can “count” on a good time: a variety of musical and dancing, lots of tapping feet and a live band. Can you dig it? Stop/time dance theater’s annual music and dance extravaganza is always a crowd pleaser. Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets are $25-35 per person. Students save $2 per ticket. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

Friday, March 20:

{Parents Time Out} 6 – 10pm: Kid’s Night Out This is the ultimate night out for any kid! Tons of games, pizza, an ice cream sundae bar, a big screen movie, and endless amounts of fun await you here at the Trails. This program has evolved into a very popular kid’s event and space fills up quickly. So parents plan your night out and send the kids here for theirs. Head on over to the Trails for a night out that you will never forget. Sorry, parents not allowed! Please bring clothing that is appropriate for outdoor (weather dependent) and indoor play as well as provide a sleeping bag/blanket and pillow for the movie. $25 per non-member. Winding Trails, Farmington.

7pm: Cat & Bunny Storytime Cat and Bunny, Bunny and Cat. It’s has always been the two of them, daydreaming, having adventures, playing their games. Until the day someone else asks, “Can I play?” This story captures the charm of first friendships. Free. Barnes & Noble, Enfield.

Saturday, March 21 – Sunday, March 22:

Commerford Fun Fair Our kids fun fairs, held year-round up and down the east coast, are a fun, friendly, and safe place to bring your family! We have rides, games, and a unique chance to interact with exotic animals. Saturday 10am – 7pm, Sunday 10am – 6pm  Children 12 and under free with coupon. Price for adults online $10. Price for adults at the event $15. Rides are extra for ticket ride prices, click here. XL Center, Hartford.

Saturday, March 21:

Highlight: Hartford’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

8 – 11 am: Annual Pancake Breakfast The sugarhouse will be open for tours and a pancake breakfast. $6 for adults, $4 for children 12 and under. Northwest Park, West Hartford.

10am: Easter Baking The Easter Bunny will stop in his tracks when he spies this adorable little cake you’ve baked and decorated in his own likeness! We bet that your parents will ask you to make one for everyone at your holiday table. Suitable for ages 5 – 13. Free. Williams-Sonoma Stores.

10am – 12pm: Ladybug Dash Come to the ultimate play date with kid-friendly entertainment and fun, including; cool crafts, great games,music, plentiful prizes, captivating cupcakes – all for your little ones to enjoy.Ideal for boys and girls ages 1-8 years. If you are under one years of age or a parent, you attend free! Henry James Middle School, Simsbury.

10am – 1pm: Spring Spectacular Come experience Spring as it is celebrated by cultures around the world! Paint cherry blossom branches, dance around the May pole, make a kite, wear green to receive a prize and much more! Imagine Nation, Bristol.

10am – 2pm: Family Friends Fun Day Everyone is invited to take a tour and enjoy activities throughout the day. Go on a scavenger hunt in the Temple of Trash, reuse materials to make a new work of art, see a single-stream recycling center and more. Children 2 and under are free, adults and children over age 2 are $4. MIRA Trash Museum, Hartford.

10am – 3pm: Sheep Shearing Bring your family down to the barns at Hill-Stead Museum to watch the folks from Clatter Ridge Farm shear the sheep, weather permitting and sheep be willing! Hillstead Museum, Farmington.

10am – 4pm: The 23rd Annual Home and Business Showcase and The Taste of Newington Newington High School, Newington.

11am: Join us for a special Storytime featuring Edmund Unravels. Edmund is ready to discover the wonders of the world and go on new adventures. Activities to follow. Free. Barnes & Noble of Canton, Enfield, Farmington, Glastonbury, West Hartford and Manchester.

11am: “Johnny’s Jog for Charity” is inspired by a young child, Johnny Moran, who has bravely battled an unknown neuromuscular condition since birth. With the unending love and support of so many individuals and organizations, Johnny continues to persevere through life’s many challenges. The vision of “Johnny’s Jog for Charity” is to bring the community together with a grand St. Patrick’s Day themed event benefitting local non-profit children’s organizations, so they can continue to provide assistance to children and their families. 5K. Registration is at 9:30am. West Hartford Town Hall, West Hartford.

1 – 4pm: Easter Bunny T-Shirt Bring the whole family together to create something special. $10 per shirt, includes supplies. Michael’s Locations.

{Parents Time Out} 5:30 – 8:00: March Parent Night Out! The Artful Scientist: Join Ms Courtney from The Clever Crayon for a night packed with science and yoga fun. We will have a blast making silly putty and mini rainbow eruptions! After a quick pizza break the artful scientists will love making their own ice cream for dessert before heading to the dance room to “experiment” with some yoga poses and games! $30 per child. Ages 5 – 12. Imagine Studio, West Hartford.

6 – 9pm: Explore the Night Walks Miss Judy invites you to bring your friends and family for a fun night of learning about the great outdoors. The general format includes an inside introduction to the evening program, an outside walk, a warm fire with smores or something baked in the fire, a short walk outside to check the night sky, and of course family socializing with other night explorers. Dress in layers for the weather conditions that day it can get very cold on these winter nights. The Hoping for Spring program in March will have us exploring the wetlands and forest for the sounds of spring peepers and wood frogs along with glimpses of early spring plants. Winding Trails, Farmington.

{Parents Time Out} 7 – 10pm: Raise the Roof! Party Live Auction, silent auction, owl prowl, good food, live music, animal demos, stargazing, fire pit, and much more, weather permitting! This is an adults, 21 and over only event. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

Sunday, March 22:

Highlight: Max’s O’Hartford 5K

9:30 – 10:45 am: (Raindate 3/29) Easter Egg Hunt First, your children will enjoy an Easter performance about the virtue of Patience, “What to Do While You’re Waiting.” Then, we will join the Easter bunny on the back lawn for a big Easter Egg Hunt! BYOB – bring your own basket. Free. Riverfront Family Church, Glastonbury.

10 – 10:45am: Mommy and Me Yoga A family friendly yoga class for moms to bring their little ones. Kids ages 4 and under (open to all ages  too) 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. This unique class will transition smoothly from kid friendly yoga to vinyasa sequences for moms. A special savasana treat for moms, when kids leave to color and do art work the last few minutes of class. $12 per mom. Fee is for mother only, kids are free! Imagine Studio, West Hartford.

11 – 11:45 am: Mother/Tween or Teen Yoga Parents and their tween or teenage child come and enjoy a relaxing yoga class together! Parents join free with a registered child! $12 per child. Imagine Studio, West Hartford.

10:30am and 1:30pm: Imagination Movers Flying toilet paper! Smoking trash cans! Catchy poprock music! It can only mean one thing: the coolest kid’s rock band in the world is coming to Infinity Hall Hartford! The Emmy-winning Imagination Movers will embark on their first U.S. concert tour in two years to support their new CD/DVD release “Licensed to Move.” The New Orleans-based Movers (Rich Collins, Scott Durbin, Dave Poche and Scott “Smitty” Smith) are known around the world for their hit preschool TV series seen on the Disney Junior cable channel and they are currently developing a new animated TV series called “Super Movers” in collaboration with 9 Story Entertainment. The Movers deliver a highly exhilarating and exciting rock concert experience where Kids and parents will sing along with the Movers’ hooky choruses, learn ridiculous dances and have a blast doing it! Infinity Music Hall, Hartford.

(Mommy Time Out} 11am: Easter Baking From a classic carrot cake to scrumptious cookies and charming bunny cakes, we’ll show you how to bake some sweet Easter treats. They’ll make a festive finish to a brunch or dinner, or an egg hunt party for the kids. Free. Williams Sonoma Stores.

1:30pm: Imagination Movers – See details above.

1:30 – 3pm: Sunday Family Walks – Nature’s Secrets This winter join Miss Judy for a fun weekend afternoon of learning something new about the great outdoors. The program format is an indoor introduction about the days topic followed by a hands-on outdoor activity to try out what you learned. Dress in layers so you can be comfortable for the indoor introduction and to be warm enough for the outdoor activity. Sunday programs include Early Spring Plants in March to learn about the strategies of these early spring bloomers and where to locate them. $10 per non-member family. Winding Trails, Farmington.

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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