March 23 – 29

This week seems to be all about space, the start of egg hunt season and the extension 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. Check back often because we add-on regularly and have a bunnyrific week.

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.

Tuesday, March 24:

9:30 am – 10:30 am and 11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Toddler Class: Easter “Bird” Houses Think gingerbread houses, but with marshmallow peeps! Kids will have a great time making and decorating their own birdhouses and decorating, frosting some egg shaped cookies. $15 per child, $10 per sibling. Ages 2-5. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

10:30 am: Snowmen All Year Imagine a snowman that could stay with you all year! Would you teach him to fly a kite? Go swimming at a pool? Join us for this magical story today. Free. Barnes & Noble, Enfield.

11 am: Rocket Writes a Story We will be reading Rocket Writes a Story and Duck and Goose by Tad Hills. There will be a coloring activity immediately after! Free. Barnes & Noble, Canton.

Wednesday, March 25 – Sunday, March 29:

{Reoccurs} Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm. 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. Stay tuned for our review.

Wednesday, March 25:

11 am: Springtime Flowers It has been a long winter, but spring is just around the corner! With spring we can enjoy warmer weather, more sunshine and, of course, flowers! Join us as we celebrate the season with our favorite books about spring. Stay for our fun-filled craft, too. Free. Barnes & Noble, Manchester.

6 – 10 pm: Why STEM Needs Women An evening with science evangelist and co-author of Newton’s Football: The Science Behind America’s Game Dr. Ainissa G. Ramirez, Ph.D. Enjoy a reception and hear an inspiring talk showcasing the work of female superheroes in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), while getting in touch with your inner superhero. Tickets: $25 adults, $18 students and Science Center members. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford.

Thursday, March 26:

5:30 – 7 pm: Special Needs Summer Camp Fair A presentation on Summer Camps and Recreations, Activities for Children with Special Needs. A light meal, childcare and transportation will be provided to Hartford families only. For more information or to RSVP contact: Kim Greene at (860) 548-9959 at ext. 308 or Noemi Rodriguez at ext. 306. African Caribbean American Parents of Children with Disabilities, Hartford.

6:30 – 8:30 pm: Grapevine Wreath Create an on-trend wreath at our Make It with Michaels Workshop. Our associates will meet you in the classroom with all the supplies you need and be there to help you complete your wreath. Only $25 per wreath when you make it in the store! Michaels Stores.

Friday, March 27 – Sunday, 29th:

Every year, Princess and the Prom collects hundreds of fashionable, new or nearly new prom dresses and accessories. We welcome all Connecticut high school girls who are in financial need of a prom dress. No proof of financial need is required – we trust you to determine your own need. Simply attend the Gown Giveaway Event and walk out with a dress and an accessory that you love – all for free! Registration is required for our event. Please remember to bring the following: pre-registration ticket, valid High School Photo ID. Princess & the Prom; Hilton Garden Inn, Windsor.

Friday at 7 pm, Saturday at 1:30 pm and Sunday at 1:30 pm. Honk! Jr. is based on “The Ugly Duckling,” by Hans Christian Anderson, with book and lyrics by Anthony Drewe and music by George Stiles. Honk! Jr. is fun for all ages and reminds us celebrate individuality and bullying can be uglier than the most awkward-looking duckling. Honk! Jr. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International of New York and tells the story of Ugly, who-because of her different looks and behavior-is outcast by many of the barnyard animals. Her mother, however, tries desperately to defend Ugly, as her duckling siblings tease her. Separated from her loyal mother, and pursued by a hungry cat, Ugly must find her way home, while finding real friendship and discovering her true beauty. Tickets: $12 for adults and $6 for children under 16 years old. Tickets are available at the door or by calling (860) 233-3669 ext 309 for reservations. The Universalist Church, West Hartford.

Friday, March 27:

9:30 am – 10:30 am: Toddler Class: Easter “Bird” Houses – See details above. $15 per child, $10 per sibling. Ages 2-5. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

10 – 10:45 am: 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! This program is included with museum admission! Imagine Nation, Bristol.

6:00 – 7:30 pm: Easter Treats Kids will decorate an Easter basket cupcake and bake and decorate some egg shaped cookies. $15 per child. Ages 6-12. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

7 pm: Bad Dog Flash Flash sniffs shoes, licks shoes, gnaws shoes. Uh-no … your shoes? Free. Barnes & Noble, Enfield.

7 – 8:30pm: Talk to the Animals with the Animal Embassy We are pleased to invite Animal Embassy, from Stamford, which is dedicated to fostering an individual’s appreciation and respect for the natural world and the incredible diversity of life on earth. Join them for this educational and entertaining program which will take families around the world with a unique group of rescued animals, representing diverse habitats. They will help children to interpret and even mimic some of the many ways of animal communication. Participants will learn to grunt like a hippo, roar like a lion, or trumpet like an elephant. We can learn a lot from our animal friends if we listen carefully and observe behavioral cues. Together we will unravel some of the mysteries of animal communication! Meet live Animal Ambassadors such as a large Green iguana or Argentine Black and White Tegu, an Arizona Mountain King snake, an Eclectus parrot or a Spectacled owl, an African bullfrog (the second largest species in the world!), a Pink-toed tarantula and more! Registration is required 3 days prior to the event. Free. Winding Trails; Garmany Hall, Farmington.

{Pre/Teen Night Out} 7 – 9 pm: Pajama Jam Dance with DJ Paulie This dance is for our friends, high school and older. Prepare to party in your PJs. Pajamas are the dress code so find your footsies and flannels to dance the night away. Popcorn and pop will make this mini-slumber party a blast for everyone! Pre-registration is required, no tickets will be sold the night of the event. Visit or call ECC at 860-561-8160 to register. Elmwood Community Center, West Hartford.

7:30 – 9pm: Owl Prowl Listen and look for barred owls and other nocturnal creatures along our trails. Pre-registration is required for this program as space is limited. Not geared for very young children. Cost: $7 per person. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

Saturday, March 28:

10 am: Eggs-cellent Eggs Eggs aren’t just yummy to eat—they’re also good for you! Learn some basic egg-cooking techniques pluseggs-traordinary ways to enjoy those hard-boiled eggs that you’ve decorated. Suitable for ages 5 – 13. Free. Williams Sonoma Store; West Farms Mall, West Hartford.

10am: Baby’s First Easter Come in store and celebrate your special somebunny’s first Easter with us. Bring baby dressed in your favorite Easter outfit and enjoy some “egg-celent” activities! A Bunny Hop with giveaways and prizes you’ll find along the way. Capture the day’s fun by taking pictures by our Easter backdrop. Free. Babies R Us Locations.

10 am to 1 pm: Teddy Bear Health Clinic Bring your favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal to our Wellness Studio for a check-up! Visit the Stitching Station, Healthy Eating, Dental Health and so many more throughout the museum. A great day to ask experts about developmental health and wellness lifestyles. Free for members. Imagine Nation, Bristol.

10 am – 5 pm: Opening Day Join us on our Opening Day! The museum will officially re-open to the public for our 2015 season, and we are celebrating by offering free admission, refreshments, craft activities, and scavenger hunts to all visitors. Free. American Clock & Watch Museum, Bristol.

10:30 am: Village Gate, an independent retirement community in Farmington, invites the public to its third annual Easter Egg Hunt. This family-friendly event includes a traditional hunt for candy-filled eggs, springtime refreshments, and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Guests are encouraged to bring baskets for egg collection and a camera for photographs. Rain or shine. To RSVP, or to learn more, please call (860) 676-8626. Village Gate, Farmington.

10:30 am – 12:30 pm: Check Out These Chicks! Easter Cookies for Kids Learn how to decorate chick cookies in their Easter best! Gain hands-on experience as you ice cookies, and then add colorful details with piped stars, dots and shells with buttercream icing. Materials list available online. Ages 8 and up. $15 per child. Michael’s, Manchester.

11 am: Duck & Goose Storytime featuring New York Times bestselling children’s book Duck & Goose. Duck doesn’t much care for Goose at first, and Goose isn’t fond of Duck. But both want the egg that each claims to be his. Free. Barnes & Noble of Canton, Farmington and Glastonbury.

11 am – 12 pm: Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Sports Spectacular A perfect tour for fans of March Madness or those who are more than ready for Opening Day, this look at the glories of Connecticut’s sporting heritage will make you cheer. 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. Tickets are $15 for non-members and $10 for members and are available online. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library, Hartford.

1 – 3 pm: Kids Painting – Majestic Butterfly Create a majestic butterfly with paint. Pick up new painting techniques that you can use to build your creative skills. Ages 6 and up. $15 per child. Michael’s, New Britain.

Sunday, March 29:

10 am – 4 pm: Space Expo Today you have the opportunity to experience aerospace science and technology, and to meet pioneers from the aerospace industry. Featured guests include space explorers, scientists and engineers:  UTC Aerospace Systems, the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Aldrich Astronomical Society, the National Weather Service, the CATO Rocketry Club, NASA Ambassadors, One Giant Leap, the Clay Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, U.S. Space Camp, Society of Women Engineers, Daniel Barstow of TERC and Windows on Earth, Space Station Academy and Apollo 13 Mission Engineers. Activities include: Meet R2D2, touch a 70 pound meteorite, learn about the atmosphere and geology of Mars from a NASA scientist, design and build a rocket, hear the true story of Apollo 13, ride a Segway and try on a space suit. You will also be able to meet retired NASA Astronaut, Dr. Donald A. Thomas. He will be giving presentations at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks.

{Mommy Time Out} 11 am: Brunch Entertaining A casual weekend brunch is a wonderful way to spend time with friends. Discover how to take your brunch fare to a whole new level with classic favorites plus innovative new recipes. We’ll also teach you some great make-ahead dishes. Free. Williams Sonoma Store; West Farms Mall, West Hartford.

11 am – 3 pm: NASA Space Day It’s a day of super spacey fun! Taste astronaut ice cream, participate in galactic Live Gallery Science demonstrations, see a stunning space-themed 3D movie, and much more. Younger space fans will love space-themed stories at 1:15pm and 3:30pm. Sponsored by the Connecticut Space Grant Consortium. Be sure to catch the normal story time at 11:30am and 1pm and the science demos at 11am – 1pm and 2 – 4pm. Standard admission applies. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford.

11 am – 3 pm: Scout Day Join us for a space-themed Scout day full of extra special space activities. Navigate a scouts-only scavenger hunt to earn an out-of-this-world Science Center patch! This is a brand new patch designed just for this day of intergalactic scouting fun. $12 in advance, $14.95 at the door. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford.

1 – 3 pm: Family Day at the Art Gallery will be offered in conjunction with the current exhibition, “A Night at the Opera: Caricatures by Enrico Caruso,” featuring caricatures drawn by operatic tenor Enrico Caruso during the early 1900s. Also displayed will be story illustrations from books and early 20th century magazines. The pieces capture moments of dramatic interaction between characters and lead us to imagine what will happen next. Family Day will feature a variety of activities inspired by the works of art on view. Activity stations will include free caricatures, bookmaking, a matching game, magnetic storytelling, and a seek-and-find in the Art Gallery. Snacks will also be provided. Come meet the characters portrayed and imagine new stories in which they interact! The Art Gallery at the University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford.

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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