March 30 – April 5

This week seems to be all about Easter, egg hunts and prepping for Spring vacation. BTW have you heard of this fun scavenger egg hunt? Below are some unique events that we have found to do across the County. Be sure to check out our list of regularly re-occurring activities for even more things to do on the daily. Check back often because we add-on regularly and have a bunnyrific week.

Through April 26; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm and Sunday at 2pm. The Pianist of Willesden Lane Based on the book The Children of Willesden Lane by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen adapted and directed by Hershey Felder. Running Time: 90 minutes with no intermission. Recommended for adults and children ages 12 and up. Tickets $25-85. Hartford Stage, Hartford.

Monday, March 30:

8:30am – 1pm: Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Can You Hear Me Now? Children will learn about the various ways people in history communicated. From telephones to old time radio shows, from letter writing to printing presses, our Keeney Kids will be immersed in how we all came to interconnect and how it have evolved until now. Keeney Kids from grades 1-6 will explore Wethersfield history through historical activities, tours, stories, and games at the Wethersfield Museum at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center and surrounding historic sites. $25 for non-members. Wethersfield Historical Society, Wethersfield.

Tuesday, March 31:

8:30am – 1pm: Locked Up! Wethersfield State Prison Children will learn about a day in the life of a prisoner during the time when the castle on the cove, the Wethersfield Prison was still standing. They will learn about the daily life and struggles that prisoners had to endure and the contributions to society that impacted the community in a positive way. Keeney Kids from grades 1-6 will explore Wethersfield history through historical activities, tours, stories, and games at the Wethersfield Museum at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center and surrounding historic sites. $25 for non-members. Wethersfield Historical Society, Wethersfield.

10:30am: Bunnies!!! Storytime for little ones has never been this exciting! When a friendly monster spots a group of bunnies in the woods, his delight is contagious! And when they’re gone, how he misses them so! With bright illustrations and a simple text, this is the most fun type of read aloud and one that mirrors most every toddler’s emotional life. Free. Barnes & Noble, Enfield.

11am: Passover Storytime Join us in the Children’s Department for a special Passover Storytime with volunteers from the Mandell JCC. We will read a couple of books, sing songs and have a craft! Free. Barnes & Noble, Canton.

Wednesday, April 1:

It’s April Fool’s Day. What will you do to your kids today to fool them? What will your kids do to fool you? Send us your story to momfordcounty@gmail.com and we will sift through for the best one.

6:30pm: Canton Community Nursery School Bookfair Do you need to make some purchases at Barnes & Noble? Come in during this special time and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Community Nursery School. Barnes & Noble, Canton.

11am: April Fools Storytime Join us for a fun and wacky storytime as we celebrate April Fools in style! We will read some of our favorite foolish picture books for everyone to enjoy. Stay for the fun-filled craft to follow! Barnes & Noble, Manchester.

Thursday, April 2:

It’s World Autism Awareness Day: Wear blue for that special someone in your life who is or has a loved one affected by autism. Register online to show your support.

{Parenting Time Out} 10 – 11:30am: Easter Egg Fun Enjoy some parenting time off while you drop off your little one for some fun. Dye Easter eggs, decorate a basket and go on a hunt for treats. $30 per child. $20 for siblings. Ages 4 and up. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

10am – 7pm: Jump for Autism Come down to your local jump center to support Autism. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to local Autistic organizations. $10 for kids ages 2-8, children under 2 are $6, adults free. Jump-n-Jammin, Bristol.

12:30 – 3pm: Easter Fun Come decorate an Easter egg, make an Easter craft and enjoy a holiday treat. Free. The New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Park, Kensington.

{Parenting Time Out} 5 – 8pm: First Thursday: Call of the Wild Join us the first Thursday of every month for extended exhibition hours, music, cocktails, food, art activities, a film and more! Get back to your roots and join us for a celebration of the natural world. Enjoy live music by The Kenn Morr Band, a 3 in 30 talk in the galleries focusing on artworks that depict nature, a reading of poems from Daniel Wolff’s The Names of Birds, and more! At 8pm stay for a screening of the 2014 film Wild. $5 for non-members, free for students with ID. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford.

6:30pm: Flashlight Egg Hunt Hop on down to the Town Green for an Easter Egg Hunt in the dark. Bring the children and a flashlight to search for all the eggs and candy. All children the ages of 1-12 are welcome. Enjoy an evening filled with arts, crafts and games. The Egg Hunt will begin at 7:30pm. Bring your own camera and get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny! Town Green, Windsor.

Friday, April 3 – Sunday, April 5:

Friday-Saturday; 10am – 4pm and Sunday; 1 – 4pm : Scavenger Egg Hunt Spring is the season of eggs – bird eggs, frog eggs, turtle eggs, fish eggs!  Help us find them and learn about the animals that laid them. We have scattered eggs around the trail and inside the Nature Center for you to find. Scavenger Hunt Map will be sold in Nature Center Store for $2 to the Nature Center. No need to pre-register. Adults $6, children $4. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

Friday, April 3:

10 – 11:30am: Mommy and Me Easter Egg Fun Enjoy some Easter time with your little one. Dye Easter eggs, decorate a basket and go on a hunt for treats. $30 per child. $20 for siblings. Ages 1 and up. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

10am – 1pm: 44th Annual Imperial Oil Egg Hunt Children will “hunt” for plastic filled eggs, meet the spring bunny. Ages 2 at 10am, Age 3 at 10:15am, Age 4 at 10:30am, Grade K at 10:45am, Grade 1 at 11am and Grade 2 at 11:15am. In conjunction with the Egg Hunt, the S.W. Community Women’s Club will sponsor the “Kids’ Fair” at the High School from 10am to 1pm. Kids Fair includes games, prizes and fun for the entire family. Rain or Shine! Free but a non-perishable food item is encouraged. South Windsor High School, South Windsor.

10am – 1pm: Annual Easter Egg Hunt Kids can enjoy an open field egg hunt, kids activities, a candy-free event. Kids bring your own basket. $5 per child, children under 1 are free. Heavy rain or snow will cancel the outdoor egg hunt only. Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center, Bristol.

10am – 12pm or 1:30-3:30pm: Bunny Jump & Egg Hunt Egg Hunt, crafts, snacks, jumping and pics with the Easter Bunny. Don’t forget your cameras. $12 per child. Jump-n-Jammin, Bristol.

11am – 3pm: Easter Bunny Visit & Easter Egg Hunt The egg hunt will run from 11am to 11:30am for children ages 1-10. One adult is permitted to assist children ages 1-6. Limit of five eggs per child; parents are requested to monitor, observe and take photos, but encourage the kids to find eggs on their own; all participants need to bring their own basket. In addition to the Easter Egg Hunt, visit with the Easter Bunny and pose for pictures from 11am to 3pm. Don’t forget your cameras! $12 per adults, $6.50 for children ages 4-11, children under 3 are free. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks.

{Parenting Time Off} 1 – 3:30pm: Good Friday Cooking and Art Camp Drop the kids off for some parenting time off. They will have an art and cooking good time. $40 per child. $30 for siblings. Ages 4 and up. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

{Parenting Time Out} 5:30 – 8pm: First Friday features live music performed by local and nationally known musicians. Attendees have the opportunity to view the Museum’s premier permanent collection, which includes 300 years of American art. Experience art activities and have intriguing gallery talks while you mix and mingle with other art and musical performance lovers. Hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, and soda will also be served during the event. $10 for Museum members, $15 non-Members $3 for beer and wine, $5 specialty drinks, soda is free. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

7pm: The Story of the Easter Bunny Everyone knows the Easter Bunny comes every year with a basket of painted eggs and chocolates. But who is the Easter Bunny and what is his story? Free. Barnes & Noble, Enfield.

Saturday, April 4 – Sunday, April 5:

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, April 4:

9am – 12pm: Mountain Egg Hunt starts at 9am. The Easter Bunny has hidden eggs on all trails (except the Stairway), including a special Golden!  Find an egg, open it – it may contain candy, or it may be redeemable for a special prize – take your numbered prize slip to the Egg Hunt table on the deck  to exchange for your prize! 1 prize egg per person. Need a lift ticket or pass, and be on skis or snowboard  to participate. For the little ones, ages 5 and under: look for the Easter Bunny hopping around the deck with treats! Ski Sundown, New Hartford.

9am – 12pm: Chalkboard Planter Stand Each month the Home Depot offers a free kids workshop designed for kids ages 5-12. All kid get to keep their craft, receive a free certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Free. Home Depot Locations. {We will be there!}

9am – 5pm: First Saturday Free admission to the museum galleries all day. From 11am – 1 pm children will make a craft inspired by traditional decorative arts from Connecticut. Try your hand at stenciling, or create your own embroidery design! Please note that free admission does not include the Waterman Research Center. Free. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford. {We will be here!}

10am: Community Easter Egg Hunt Bring a basket for an egg hunt and enjoy some activities. Accepting non-perishable donations in lieu of admission fee. Westminster Presybterian Egg Hunt, West Hartford.

10am – 5pm: Happy Birthday NBMAA! This year marks the 112th birthday of the Museum and you’re invited to the party! Come and celebrate with festive self-guided activities, and free admission for all. Participate in a giant “birthday cake” collage in the art studio where you don’t have to be a baker to tape, glue, and draw to participate. While the cake is not edible, the Museum will have cupcakes for sale! Stop by the DIY cupcake collar station and dress your cupcake in fantastic fashions before eating it. The ArtLab will also be packed with activities where you can play dress up, take a breather in the reading nook, and try out exhibit-inspired art projects. See the Front Desk for a free copy of our bilingual family gallery guide, Art Elements. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain. {We will be here!}

10:30am – 12:30pm: Easter Eggstravaganza Come join us as welcome spring at Hungerford. Hear an Easter story in the gazebo, visit with our rabbits and hunt for Easter surprises. Ages 10 and under: 10:45am: 4 years old and under and 11:45am: 5 years old and up. Bring your Easter basket to collect eggs. Number of eggs to be collected by each hunter may be limited. The New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Park, Kensington.

11am – 2pm: 19th Annual Easter Egg Hunt Kids (ages up to 9 years of age) can hunt for over 15,000 Easter Eggs filled with chocolate and prizes with your $1 donation to the Our Companions Domestic Animal Sanctuary. Enjoy tons of more family fun with face painting with Sparkle the Clown, ice cream, bounce house and pictures with the Easter Bunny!  Farmington Miniature Golf & Ice Cream Parlor, Farmington.

Sunday, April 5:

1 – 4:30pm: Easter Day Jump Jump off all of the sugar from the Easter Bunny! $10 for kids ages 2-8, children under 2 are $6, adults free. Jump-n-Jammin, Bristol.

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

Plan Ahead:

Friday, April 10 from 5-8pm & Saturday, April 11 from 9am- 2pm: Sale of a Whale Children’s Consignment Sale; sell or donate your children’s gently used clothes, toys and gear; then when this date hits come and shop; others people unused goods can be your new treasures. Avon Junior Women’s Club, Avon Senior Center, Avon.

{Parents Time Out} Friday, April 10 from 7 – 10:30pm & Saturday, April 11 from 12pm – 4pm, Reception: 7:30pm – 8:00pm and Dining and Dessert: 8:00pm – 11:00pm: Sip, Savor & Stroll Indulge in a culinary celebration! Tickets range from $110-225. Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford.

Saturday, April 25 at 2pm: Happy Mealtime Event Whether you’re breastfeeding, bottle-feeding, or spoon-feeding, from newborns to new nibblers, you’ll find advice and products on feeding favorites and mealtime must-haves right here! Free. Babies R Us locations.

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