April 13 – 19

Welcome to the second week of April, most schools are on Spring Break so this will be the perfect time for you to frequent our site for ideas of what to do and where to go while the kids are out of school. Below are some unique events that we have found to do across the County for the next 7 days; some are for your kids, others are meant for just parents and most are family-friendly. Be sure to check out our list of regularly re-occurring activities for even more things to do on the daily (or sometimes monthly) and check back often as we add-on regularly.

Now through Sunday, April 19:

Educator Appreciation Days Pre-K to 12th grade educators save 25% off list price on classroom and personal purchases, 10% on cafe purchases and 10$ off any new NOOK devices. Discounts valid in store or online.

Now through Sunday, 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.

{Parenting Time Out} Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturday at 2:30pm and Sunday at 8pm and Sundays at 2:30pm. Playing the Assassin In a compelling story about a man’s honor, his legacy and his humanity, Frank Baker, a retired NFL star is down on his luck. Now, he’s offered the chance of a lifetime – an interview on CBS before the Super Bowl. But just when he thinks his luck has changed, Baker and his interviewer are blindsided by secrets and revelations. Inspired by a true story, this new play looks closely at hero worship, race, atonement and legacy. How will you be remembered? 80 minutes (no intermission). Theaterworks, Hartford.

Monday, April 13:

1 – 2pm: Adventure Storytime Adults and children can participate in a shared story with a craft and short walk. Ages 2-5. $6 per family or $3 per child. Register in advance. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

6-8pm: Special Main Stage Monday Are you looking for something do do with the kids next week? Join us for a special Mainstage Monday. Meet Anna and Elsa and enjoy the songs from Frozen. A.C. Petersen, West Hartford.

6:30 – 8:30pm: Free Intro Class: Paper Crafting 101 Learn the basics of paper crafting as you create paper lanterns with bows and tassels—perfect for your next celebration! Meet us in the classroom, and our Associates will help you shop for supplies. Free with cost of supplies. Michael’s Locations.

Monday, April 13 – Tuesday, April 14:

10am – 4pm: Fantastic Flying Machines LEGO Contest Step into a room full of LEGOs and let your creativity take wings The program is for ages 3-12. Prizes will be awarded for each age category: 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Winners do not need to be present to win. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks.

Monday, April 13 – Thursday, April 16:

11am -11:45 or  1 – 1:45pm: April Vacation Week Monday: Pinwheel Painting. Tuesday: Paper Pinata. Wedesday: Little Robots. Thursday: Music Makers. $5 per child plus admission. Imagine Nation Museum, Bristol.

Monday, April 13 – Friday, April 17:

9am – 12pm and/or 1-4pm: School Vacation at Noah Webster House The Museum offers a series of workshops for kids during April school vacation week. On each day, there will be two 3-hour workshops for kids ages 7-12. Pack a snack. Bring a bagged lunch when registering kids for both sessions. The program fee is $25 per child, per workshop. Registration is required. Ages 7-12. Monday, 9 am to noon: Make a Terrarium and Birdhouse Spring has sprung!  Grow your own herbs by creating a garden in a jar! Take your terrarium home and watch your garden grow. Paint a pet rock for your garden and make a birdhouse or birdfeeder too! 1 to 4pm: No Sew Pillow Making Create your own no sew pillow out of material and stuffing. Personalize it with decorations that you make. Make a change purse or billfold out of felt. Tuesday, 9 am to noon:  Painting with Sharpies: All you need is a plain ceramic mug, a couple of Sharpie markers, a toasty oven and you have your own personal mug! Enjoy this fun workshop! Later, make your own “calm down jar” using a jar, glitter, and glue; shake it and enjoy. 1 to 4 pm:  Colonial Shadow Plays Noah’s New Americans, a colonial history club, will entertain you with their Paul Revere’s Ride Shadow Play. Then create your own shadow play after making silhouette shadow puppets! Wednesday, 9 am to noon: Hearth Cooking Colonial kids couldn’t just grab a snack from the fridge!  Young cooks will use colonial period recipes and cook over an open hearth the old-fashioned way! 1 pm to 4 pm: Painted Fabric Silhouettes Painted fabric silhouettes are a clever and creative way to brighten up your wall! You will use canvas, fabric, paper silhouettes, and paint. Get as creative as you want! Thursday, 9 am to noon: Scarf Beading Create a small scarf or bandana out of material and beads. For both boys and girls! 1 pm to 4 pm: Learn Dyeing Methods Learn how dye was made in colonial times, then dye a handkerchief using Sharpie pens! Friday, 9 am to noon: Paper Flower Making Decoupage a jar or vase and make different paper flowers to celebrate the arrival of spring! 1 to 4 pm: Sampler of Colonial Life Kids experience first-hand the many sides of colonial life! They will dress in colonial costume, tour the historic house, attend a one-room schoolhouse, play colonial games, learn a colonial dance and do colonial chores such as carding wool and processing flax. Noah Webster House, West Hartford.

11am – 4pm Spring Break Family Activities School’s out! Join us for 5 days of fun at the Carousel Museum! We will be open hosting fun and exciting activities for the whole family to enjoy. Each day will feature Museum tours, scavenger hunts, movie showings, and a unique craft for every day of your vacation. Craft Schedule: Monday, April 13th: Make your own Birdfeeder. Tuesday, April 14th: Spin Art. Wednesday, April 15th: Hilarious Handpuppets. Thursday, April 16th: Tote Bag Decorating. Friday, April 17th, Create a Cut Out. Adults are $6, children are $5, and members are free! The New England Carousel Museum, Bristol.

Tuesday, April 14:

10am – 1pm: Kids in Jerusha’s Kitchen: Colonial Cooking for Kids Children ages 8 thru 12 are invited to prepare and enjoy a simple colonial style meal with their fellow peers. Leading this hands on class will be curator Lin Scarduzio. She’ll be dressed in her colonial best portraying Jerusha Welles, wife of original owner of the 1755 Connecticut Valley River mansion, known today as the Welles-Shipman-Ward House. When children will arrive at 10am they’ll begin preparing their lunch which will be an ancient 18th century macaroni and cheese recipe. Macaroni and cheese was a highly fashionable food in late 18th century Paris. It is believed that our third president Mr. Thomas Jefferson very much enjoyed this meal while over in Paris; so much so that he brought the recipe back to the newly born states. It is also believed he first introduced this dish at the President’s house in 1802. The macaroni and cheese meal that the children will cook is old fashion, and not your grandmother’s old fashion, but 18th century old fashion.  Of course, the dish that Jefferson ate and introduced is nothing like the boxed version we are familiar with today. Kids will use the museums interactive early American tools such as hand made bowls, rolling pins, wooden whisks, knifes (not sharp), spoons and of course the large open hearth. There were no refrigerators, microwaves, or stoves so the macaroni and cheese will be prepared in the fireplace just like it would have been back during Jerusha Welles and Thomas Jefferson’s time.  This hands on cooking class that lets children see and feel what it’s like to prepare and enjoy a meal in during Revolutionary times. Admission is $15.00 and advance registration for this event is required. Space is limited.  First Come, first served. Wells-Shipman-Ward House, Glastonbury.

12 – 8pm: Free Cone Day Well it’s our way to celebrate and say thanks for another year of support, and we’ve kept it up every year since, spreading the peace, love & ice cream around the globe! Ben & Jerry’s Locations.

10:30am: A Surprise for Giraffe and Elephant Elephant has a lot to say about surprises – about surprise alphine horns, serenades, surprise toboggans and surprise parties. Join us and find out what Giraffe has to say! Free. Barnes & Noble, Enfield.

6 – 7:30pm: Paint, Sip Create at The Hidden Vine Join The Art Truck at The Hidden Vine Wine Bar and Bistro, tucked away in Newington’s Market Square to enjoy an evening out without the typical bar atmosphere. Learn the art of painting on glass while designing a glass with the help of talented Art Truck staff. We provide everything needed so you can enjoy a fun, creative evening with friends! Dinner will also be available (additional fee). The Art Truck; Newington Market Square, Newington.

6:30pm: An Evening with Cristina Henríquez The Book of Unknown Americans is a novel which tells the story of a boy and girl who fall in love. Two families whose hopes collide with destiny. An extraordinary novel that offers a resonant new definition of what it means to be American. Suspenseful, funny and warm, rich in spirit and humanity, The Book of Unknown Americans is a new American classic. Renbroook School, West Hartford.

6:30 – 8:30pm: Free Intro Class: Jewelry 101 Learn basic jewelry-making skills as you create a stylish necklace using a variety of cords, beads and chains. Meet us in the classroom, and our Associates will help you shop for supplies. Free with cost of supplies. Michael’s Locations.

Tuesday, April 14 – Thursday, February 16:

10:30am – 12pm: Summer in Spring The snow may still be melting, but artist and educator Inez Faillace is ready to make summer happen in the art studio! In collaboration with New Britain Youth Theater, Inez will draw out your dramatic side with clever projects inspired by William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In preparation for the outdoor summer performance at the NBMAA, Art Adventurers will learn all about this fantasy play and its characters by designing and producing the costumes and stage props for this special production. Participants will showcase their creations to family and friends in a parade at the end of the program. Discover the silly side of Shakespeare with delightful fun that will sweep away the “shadows” … and your winter blues! Ages 6 and up. $18 per non-member. Pre-registration required. NBMAA, New Britain.

2 – 4pm: Spring Break Family Program: A Day in the Life of a Historical Kid! Looking for a fun activity for the whole family to do over spring break? Come to the Connecticut Historical Society and experience what life was like for kids long ago. We’ll be stepping into a different time period each day, with a different set of hands-on activities, crafts, and daily life activities for each time period. See how many of the day’s activities you can complete! Tuesday, April 14: A Day in the Life of a Native American Kid. Wednesday, April 15: A Day in the Life of a Colonial Kid. Thursday, April 16: A Day in the Life of a Kid from the Civil War. Friday, April 17: A Day in the Life of a Kid from World War II. Connecticut Historical Society & Museum, Hartford.

Tuesday, April 14 – Friday, April 17:

12:30 – 3:30pm: Mask Making Come view some of the ancient masks in our collection and make one of your own to take home. A snack will also be services. Free. The New Britain Youth Museum, New Britain.

Tuesday, April 14 – Sunday, April 19:

9am – 4pm: April Vacation Programs During spring break, special activities will be presented each day. These include films, animal demonstrations, track talks, guided nature walks, and craft area projects. Dinosaur State Park, Rocky Hill.

Wednesday, April 15:

8:45 – 10:30am: Open House Our Open House events showcase how Renbrook brings Learning to Life. Parents and students are invited to join tours of the school, tailored to specific grade levels, meet faculty and see classes in action. Members of the Admission Office will be available to answer questions about the application process and financial aid. Renbrook School, West Hartford.

{Parenting Time Out} 9 – 10:30am: Adult Nature Walk Come join Miss Judy for a casual exploration as we walk along some of our many trails. We’ll talk about what we see or some nature topics in the news. Sometimes we’ll stop to gawk at an interesting find alongside a trail. A different route and topic is planned for each day. Always dress for the weather and wear a good pair of walking shoes. Registration is required by 3 days prior to the start of the program. $6 per non-member. Winding Trails, Farmington.

10am – 5pm: Parachute Drop Design a parachute that will remain airborne for as long as possible and dropped within a landing zone from the very top of one of our giant aircraft hangers. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks.

11am – 1pm: Sushi Making Class: We will begin our day with a trip to our Sushi Department to watch our chefs make some of our most popular rolls, then we will grab some ingredients go up to our kitchen and make it for ourselves.  We will also make a cucumber salad and a crispy banana sushi roll up for dessert. Parents please note: peanut Butter will be used in this class. Ages 6-12. $25 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

1:30pm: Movies at the Museum Mr. Peabody and Sherman is the time-travelling adventures of an advanced canine and his adopted son! Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington.

Thursday, April 16:

9:30 – 10:15am: Mommy & Me Nature First discoveries with nature are meant to be an exploration using one’s senses in the outdoors. Join Miss Judy as you and your child (ages 2-3) take a short expedition outside and explore. A story with nature objects to touch will be part of the activity. Dress with good walking shoes and clothes that can get a little dirty so we can explore, rain or shine. Registration is required by 3 days prior to the program. $9 per family. Winding Trails, Farmington.

10am – 4pm: Open Cockpit The Air Museum will host an Open Cockpit program allowing you to experience the right stuff! Up to eight aircraft will be open including helicopters, jet fighters and WWII aircraft. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks.

10:30 – 11:30am: Nature Rangers Miss Judy takes your children on a journey of active outdoor exploration to new places. Learn about insects and other creatures as you catch them at Walton Pond. Discover fall leaves and why animals are flying south, storing food, and going to sleep. These plus many other activities will be offered during each session. Dress them with good walking shoes, bring water boots and choose clothes that can get dirty so we can explore, rain or shine. Registration is required by 3 days prior to the start of each session. $10 per non-member. Winding Trails, Farmington.

11am and 1pm: Riverside Reptiles will present 45-minute programs featuring a variety of live reptiles. Come and meet some interesting animals who resemble dinosaurs. Tickets are available with admission for no additional charge on the day of the show at 9 am. The program is recommended for ages 5 and older. Space is limited to 100 visitors. The program is sponsored by the Friends of Dinosaur Park and Arboretum. Dinosaur State Park, Rocky Hill.

12 – 1pm: Herstory During the years that the Old State House served as the state capitol, and later when it served as Hartford City Hall, women had few political rights, but that did not stop them from contributing to society both in the home and in the public arena. Join us in this one hour lunch-time tour of the Old State House to hear some of these women’s stories and how they influenced the world around them. The Old State House is part of the Connecticut Women’s Heritage Trail “where women’s stories are being recovered, retold and reinterpreted to educate and inspire new generations of women and girls.” General admission applies. Connecticut’s Old State House, Hartford.

6:35pm: Opening Game: New Britain Rock Cats vs. New Hampshire Fisher Cats Promotions: 2015 Magnet Schedule Giveaway to the first 5,000 fans. Order before Thursday and get 4 hot dogs, 4 beverages, 4 popcorns, & 4 reserved tickets for $40. All packages purchased the night of the game will be $48. New Britain Stadium at Willow Brook Park, New Britain.

Friday, April 17 – Saturday, April 18:

7:30pm: Lighthouse Hartford-based performance ensemble Judy Dworin Performance Project performs Lighthouse, exploring why lighthouses still hold a fascination in a world that is increasingly dominated by technology, and addresses the need for human connection in a modern world. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford.

Friday, April 17 – Sunday, April 19:

Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 2 and 7pm and Sunday at 2pm. Unlocked The True Story of Runpunzel An NBYT original and world premiere production! Unlocked: The True Story of Rapunzel is a fun retelling of the classic fairy tale with Rapunzel, her prince, the witch, anda crew of unexpected characters from other stories. Adults $8, Children $6. NBYT at New Britain-Berlin YMCA, New Britain.

Friday, April 17:

Aero Modeling Workshop Build your own flying machine and give it a test flight through our massive hanger. First-come, first-serve basis. This activity takes about an hour and a half to complete. Children ages 8-14 can build and fly their own models. All children must be accompanied by an adult. There is a $5 cost for the kit. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks.

11am – 1pm: Gourmet Pizza and Brownie Class In this class, we will take a trip to the Cheese Department to watch Fresh Mozzarella being made. Then we will come back to the kitchen and prepare our own Pizza Margharita and Caprese Salad. Dessert will be gourmet brownies you create yourself, choose from our many flavors and fixin’s to create delicious brownies to take home to your family. Ages 6-12. $25 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

2pm: Free Kid’s Cooking Class: Healthy Spring Snacks Have your little ones join us for some fun, building their own edible  “garden” with our Healthy Eating Specialist Jaime! Kids will make their own healthy “dirt cup” and even try “ants on a log!” This class is free, just call customer service to hold your spot, as space is limited. Whole Foods, (Bishops Corner) West Hartford.

{Parenting Time Out} 6:30 – 9pm: Shad Derby Fest Wine & Beer Tasting Proceeds will benefit Windsor charities, including scholarships for high school seniors. $30 at the door. Birch Meadow, Bloomfield.

6:35pm: New Britain Rock Cats vs New Hampshire Fisher Cats Promotions: 2015 Calendar Giveaway to the first 1,000 fans presented by Holiday Inn Express Southington. Photo Opportunity with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy presented by Over the Top Kids Parties. New Britain Stadium at Willow Brook Park, New Britain.

7pm: Spot Live! Storytime Spot’s First Walk Hey kids, bring your friends with you to Storytime and come meet Spot live! Free. Barnes & Noble, Enfield.

7pm: Hartford Wolf Pack Game: Hartford Wolf Pack vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers Appreciation Night: We’ve got the best fans in the AHL! For our last regular season game, we’re paying tribute to all the great fans that have supported us throughout the 2014-15 Season. Savings Alert: Fridays: $1 hot dogs and $2 beers until the start of the 2nd Period. Children under 2 years of age are free. XL Center, Hartford.

Saturday, April 18:

9am: Reid’s Run Join us for Reid’s Run, a 5K run benefiting the Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Run Race awards for overall male & overall female; Age group awards for top male/female in various age groups including: 10 & u, 11 – 15, 16 – 19 and adults age brackets. T-shirts available for the first 150 participants registered. $25.00 Pre-Registration $30.00 Race Day Registration. Winding Trail, Farmington.

9am: Enfield HS Baseball Scholarship Book Fair We have a whole day of children’s events, an author signing and costume character. All are being sponsored by the team for graduating seniors who are off to college in the fall! Ask any bookseller how you can show your support. Barnes & Noble, Enfield.

9am – 12pm: E-Cycle Get some spring cleaning done for Earth Day! Bring your unwanted, old or broken electronics. Green Monster Recycling will safely dispose of them, helping reduce e-waste! Here is a list of some items we can collect: televisions, computers, printers, laptops, cellphones, cables, wires, cords, VCR’s, DVD players, tapes, CD’s, cassettes, records, radios, stereos, CD players, video games, VHS tapes, plastic, metals, any electronics with a battery or cord. Free. Whole Foods, (Bishops Corner) West Hartford.

9am – 4pm: Spring Clean-Up Wear your old clothes, bring a rake, gloves, and plenty of energy! Indoor and outdoor clean-up gets us ready for our Earth Fair, 9-4, refreshments provided. Center at Glastonbury, Glastonbury.

10am: Junior Chef: DIY Homemade Drinks Making fresh fruit and vegetable drinks is a fun and healthful way to entice your kids into the kitchen. Join us and learn how to whip up smoothies, juices, fruit slushies and more. Suitable for ages 5-13. Free. Williams Sonoma Stores.

10am – 12pm: Summer Camp Open House This is a great time to learn about our summer camp, take a guided tour of our facilities, meet our Executive Director, Summer Camp staff and Counselors, and ask questions. Visitors will experience a hayride that will stop at Indian Rock’s programmatic areas and buildings where staff will provide an informal tour.   Included will be: the Orchard House, Pebble House, Fuller F. Barnes Education Center, traditional Native American Wigwams, Indian Rock’s two swimming areas, the archery station, with an archery demonstration, and the farm: complete with sheep, a cow, chickens, turkeys, a rabbit and a pig.  Seasoned camp staff and counselors will be available to answer questions about each session and a camp registration table will be open as well. Indian Rock Nature Preserve, Bristol.

10am – 2pm: Earth-a-Palooza Celebrate Earth Day with South Windsor High School Environmental Club. Come jump on the inflatable’s, play games, make nature arts and crafts, and reverse tie-dying—bring an old colored T-shirt! Take a pledge to make our world a greener place! (Raindate 4/16) Timothy Edwards Middle School, South Windsor.

11am: Aqualicious Pinkalicious and her family go on a trip to the beach for a day of sun, fun, and sand castles. Find out all of the “pinkamazing” things to do at the seashore. Free. Barnes & Noble of Farmington, Enfield, Glastonbury, Canton.

1pm & 4pm: Dinosaur Train Live! Buddy’s Big Adventure embraces and celebrates the fascination that preschoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains. The series encourages basic scientific thinking skills as the audience learns about life science, natural history and paleontology. Based on the television show, “Dinosaur Train” created by Craig Bartlett, produced by The Jim Henson Company. Come join Buddy, Tiny, King, Don and more in this fun-filled, interactive and immersive live trip back in time to an age when dinosaurs roamed the earth….and rode in trains! $22.20-$38.50 per person. The Bushnell, Hartford.

1:35pm: New Britain Rock Cats vs. New Hampshire Fisher Cats Promotions: Bark in the Park Are you a dog owner? This your chance to bring your dog out to New Britain Stadium to enjoy a Rock Cats game! Military Kids Appreciate Day. New Britain Stadium at Willow Brook Park, New Britain.

2pm: Come Meet Spot Join us in Children’s Department for a Storytime and meet the one and only classic story book character Spot the dog! Free. Barnes & Noble, Enfield.

2 – 4pm: Kids Painting Create a majestic butterfly with paint. Pick up new painting techniques that you can use to build your creative skills. $15 per child. Michael’s, New Britain.

Sunday, April 19:

11am: Coffee – Be Your Own Barista If all those choices of coffee and machines seem a bit bewildering, this is the class for you! We’ll discuss a variety of brewing methods, from pour-over to French press and espresso. You’ll taste coffees prepared in different machines, including the new Breville Grind Control Coffee Maker, and discover how various coffee roasts and grinds affect the finished drink. After this class, you’ll be a barista in your own home. Free. Williams Sonoma Stores.

11am – 3:30pm: Earth Day Eco-Market This outdoor eco-market will have earth friendly businesses, artisans and naturally made products. In between City Hall and the Wadsworth, Hartford.

1 – 3pm: Hartford Trashion Fashion Show Get ready for an experience in art and awareness like no other! You don’t want to miss this event. It’s our 5th season and we want to celebrate the Hartford community! Join us for an one of a kind runway with all designs in our show are made from materials that would otherwise be in the waste stream. Featuring all new designs by past designers, professional designers and students. $10 per person. Hartford City Hall, Hartford.

1 – 4pm: Textile Arts Day No need to travel all the way to Williamsburg to experience early America, because the Historical Society of Glastonbury is always bringing history back to life right here in Connecticut. Today the Historical Society of Glastonbury will be dressed in their colonial best demonstrating 18th century crafts and trades. These crafts and trades were anything but a pastime for American settlers. These trades and crafts were their livelihood and a necessity of life. Demonstrations will include weaving, counted cross stitch, drop spindle, crewel embroidery, left handed knitting, and much more.  Some of the demonstrations also include workshops. Learn about how people lived in the 18th century and gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for life 200 years ago. This is an event for anyone and everyone. So spend an afternoon with the Historical Society of Glastonbury taking in demonstrations, participating in workshops, and learning the history of historic trades and crafts of early America. $5 admission per person includes demonstrations, entrance to the Welles-Shipman-Ward house, property, and barns.  Small materials fee payable to instructors for workshops. Visit www.hsgct.org for a complete list of demonstrations and workshops. Museum on the Green, Glastonbury.

1:15 – 2:30pm: Birdhouse Building Workshop Bring a 2# coffee can or a #10 food can plus a wire coat hanger for each birdhouse. Non-Members: $10/per person or $30/family. Indian Rock Nature Preserve Fuller F. Barnes Education Center, Bristol.

Plan Ahead:

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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