April 20 – 26

Welcome to the third week in Hartford County, it’s Earth Day and my birthday too.

Here is alittle FYI on us: We publish events submitted to our website, events that we have scoured the internet and emails for and include places that we love to visit below; which are all happening over the next 7 days. We always publish our own ideas of where to go and what to do; our content is never swayed by monetary conflicts of interest. So if you appreciate that please be kind enough to refer us to your family (friends and family) and be sure to let the places below know that we referred you.

Click here for things to do that are reoccurring. We do not like to be redundant, so click here for activities that are mundane – some of these occur once a month too.

Check back often we often make additions as the week progresses.

Monday, April 20 – Wednesday, April 22:

10am – 5pm: Open Cockpits and Museum Tours View and sit in the cockpit of 2-4 aircraft and tour the Museum with our knowledgeable docents. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks.

Monday, April 20:

6:35pm: New Britain Rock Cats vs. Portland Sea Dogs Promotion: 90-minute pre-game ballpark buffet for an additional $11 per person. Buffet starts one hour before game time.

Tuesday, April 21:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Celebrate Our Planet Let’s celebrate Earth Day by making a flower pot dessert.  We will even plant some herbs in a recyclable container to use in your home kitchen. Children ages 2-4, parents must be present. $15 per child, $10 per sibling. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

10:30am: Storytime Laura Wall has created a sweet story about an unusual and heartwarming friendship that will delight readers again and again. Join Sue for a reading of Goose and crafts. Free. Barnes & Noble, Enfield.

11am: Storytime We will be reading “Rex Finds an Egg! Egg! Egg!” and Hooray for Hoppy! Coloring activities will immediately follow the story reading. Free. Barnes & Noble, Canton.

12 – 1pm: Exploring Connecticut and the Slave Trade Join acclaimed writer and independent historian, Anne Farrow, as she discusses her new book, “The Logbooks Connecticut’s Slave Ships and Human Memory.” Farrow has spent the last decade exploring the content and the meaning of a set of 18th-century New London slave ships’ logbooks. Her book explores the Africa’s (a slave ship) three voyages in 1757, including a journey from New London to the tiny island of Bence in Sierra Leone to take on fresh water and slaves. These voyages, documented by the ship owner’s son, unearth new realities of Connecticut’s slave trade and question how we could have forgotten this part of our past so completely. Following Farrow’s talk, she will be joined by Dr. Robert Wolff, Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University, and Dr. Allegra di Bonaventura, author of “For Adam’s Sake: A Family Saga in Colonial New England,” for a panel discussion moderated by the Connecticut Network’s (CT-N) Diane Smith. Following the program, there will be a book signing with Ms. Farrow and Dr. di Bonaventura. This program is co-sponsored with the Stanley Whitman House. Registration is encouraged, but not required. Connecticut’s Old State House, Hartford.

5 – 8:30pm: Flatbread Pizza Night Fundraiser for the Nature Center Bring your friends, bring your family for dinner at Flatbread’s at The Shoppes at the Farmington Valley. A percentage of the pizza sales supports the Nature Center. Flatbread’s, Canton.

6:35pm: New Britain Rock Cats vs. Portland Sea Dogs Order before Tuesday and get 4 hot dogs, 4 beverages, 4 popcorns and 4 reserved tickets for $40. All packages purchased the night of the game will be $48. Family 4 Packs must be purchased over the phone or at the Rock Cats Box Office only.

Wednesday, April 22:

{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.

9:30am – 5pm: Earth Day Celebrate the Earth! Enjoy leaf rubbing, paper making and grass seed planting. Take home your hand-made creations! Imagine Nation Museum, Bristol.

2 – 5pm: Earth Day Event participation by CT maple sugar producers, Windsor gardening club, Eastern CT beekeepers, Ducks Unlimited, Audubon, Windsor Conservation Commission, Newgate Farms, and so many more. There will be raffle prizes and giveaways. Come down to the town green from 2-5pm on April 22 and have some fun. Come out and see the birds of prey 3-4pm. See the living dragons show 4-5pm. Town Green, Windsor.

5:30pm: Movie Screening Benefit for Riverfront: Lost Rivers Once flowing through nearly every developed city in the world, rivers provided the infrastructure upon which modern metropolises were built. Lost Rivers leads us down the drain into vast underground museums of urban development. Guided by intrepid groups of subterranean explorers, we will see the hidden river networks of London, Brescia (Italy), Montreal and Toronto, as they reveal the buried waterways that house the secrets of each city’s past. Exploring recent initiatives to resurface and revitalize these forgotten waterways in Yonkers and Seoul, this movie brings to life an aspect of urban ecology that has long been kept secret. A pre-screening reception including hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, and soft drinks included in your ticket purchase. Spotlight Theatres, Hartford.

6:30 – 7:30pm: From Hula Hoops to High Fashion: G. Fox in the 1950s In the 1950s, just about every major city had a landmark department store. In Connecticut, it was G. Fox & Co in Hartford! This presentation will bring you back in time to Fox’s heyday as we go from floor to floor and recall departments ranging from accessories on the “street” floor, to designer dresses on 6, and ending at Toyland on 11. You’ll also learn about Beatrice Fox Auerbach, the remarkable woman who made every visit to Fox’s so enjoyable and set the standard for customer service. We promise to stir pleasant memories of date nut bread in the Connecticut Room, back-to-school shopping, and the wonderful Christmas season at G. Fox & Co. Connecticut Historical Society & Museum, Hartford.

{Mommy Time Out} 6:30 – 8:30pm: Crazy for Cupcakes Make amazing cupcakes for any occasion! No experience necessary. Supplies not included. Materials List online. $10 per person. Michael’s, Manchester.

Thursday, April 23 – Sunday, April 26:

{Mommy Time Out} Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm. Gross Domestic Product When a trailblazing senator holds a public forum to unveil her new economic agenda for mothers in America, she is slapped with realities that are far more harsh than she could have imagined. $15 general admission, $10 students. Carriage House Theater, Hartford.

Thursday, April 23:

6:30 – 8:30pm: Make It with Michael’s Workshop: Crayon Flowerpot Surprise a beloved teacher with this cute, colorful flower pot. $15 per flowerpot, including supplies. Michael’s Locations.

10am – 3pm: Great LEGO Race Build a vehicle out of LEGO bricks that can race down a ramp. The quickest wins! 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.

Friday, April 24 – Sunday, April 26:

Friday 6 – 9pm, Saturday 10am – 7pm and Sunday 11am – 5pm. American Fine Craft Show For three days the XL Center in downtown Hartford will be transformed into 130 galleries presenting extraordinary works direct from the makers’ studios. The XL Center comes alive with the very best wood, weaving, wearable art, museum quality blown glass, mixed media, one-of-a-kind furniture, jewelry for all budgets, & ceramics. Friday night is the Preview Night and is $50. Includes wine, hors d’oeuvres, and a $20 Gift Certificate, redeemable on a purchase of $100 or more that evening. Preview Tickets include admission to all three days of the show. Adult: $14, student: $6, weekend pass: $15, children under 10 are free. XL Center, Hartford.

Friday, April 24th:

9:30 – 10:30am: Celebrate Our Planet – See details above.

10am – 5pm: Straw Rocket Competition Using a compressed air launcher, design a rocket built around a drinking straw and launch it to a specific target. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks.

6 – 7:30pm: Celebrate our Planet Let’s celebrate Earth Day by making a “Compost Cupcake.” We will even plant some herbs in a recyclable container to use in your home kitchen. Ages 6 -12. $15 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

{Parenting Time Out} 6pm: Sixth Annual War of the Words Fundraiser Could you spell butyraceous if you weren’t looking right at it? And could you define it? Most people would probably just guess, but at Webster’s War of the Words, it could mean the winning points! Emceed by NBC 30 News Anchor Brad Drazen, the evening will include live music, hearty appetizers, a cash bar, and live and silent auctions. The featured entertainment for the night will be a game show focusing on language and culture. $60 per person. A portion of the ticket price is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law and will help to support the Noah Webster House & Museum school programs. West Hartford Town Hall, West Hartford.

7pm: Storytime Let me ask you something… if you could be any animal in the world, what would it be? Probably not a frog, right? I don’t want to be a frog. Free. Barnes & Noble, Enfield.

{Parent Time Out} 8pm: Life in Color – Big Bang World Tour What is anticipated to be a 130 city tour in over 50 countries, aims to answer the age-old questions: How did color come to be? Fans can learn about the origins of paint through the almighty “Paint Factory”. This year we will give our fans a new experience that will bring them through a journey on how COLOR was created. So get your tickets to your city and prepare for the countdown to the BIG BANG! 18 years of age and up. XL Center, Hartford.

Saturday, April 25:

7 – 9am: Weekend Bird Walk An early morning walk through Werner’s Woods provides welcome sights and sounds for beginning birders as well as those with more experience in the field. Bird walks are not geared for younger children. Bring binoculars and dress for wet ground underfoot. $5 non-members. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

9am – 12pm: Family Fishing Derby The Family Fishing Derby is open to boys and girls ages 3 through 15 years old. Bring your whole family to participate in this wonderful springtime event. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. In case of inclement weather, please call our program hotline at 860-665-8686. You must provide your own fishing equipment. This event is free! Mill Pond Park Pond, Newington.

9am – 3pm: Family Bass Fishing Class and Practice This Family Fishing Class is for families with girls and boys that are 9 years and older and individuals that already have some fishing experience and want to learn how to target bass. This free class expands your knowledge of large and small mouth bass and provides techniques needed to catch these predator fish. The C.A.R.E. program has taught over 185,000 people since 1986. Certified volunteer instructors will pass along their knowledge and expertise that has been learned through years of bass angling. This all day program offers an introduction in the morning to get you ready for the fishing practice held that afternoon. Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite fishing rod and reel for the event. Schedule: 9am to 11am: Class, 11am to 11:30am: Outside Demonstration, 11:30am to 12pm: Lunch, 12pm to 3pm: Fishing Practice. Free but register. Winding Trails, Farmington.

9am – 4pm: Astronomy Day Celebrate Astronomy Day with planetarium shows, special space-related activities and demonstrations! Adults: $14.75 and children 2-12. The New Children’s Museum, West Hartford.

9am – 5pm: Earth Day Visitors can enjoy pony rides, tractor hayrides, petting zoo, live music, bounce house, face painting and more… Admission $3 includes a free cup of grain for animal feeding. Raindate: 4/26. Flamig Farm, Simsbury.

9:30 – 10:30am: Celebrate Our Planet – See details above.

10am: Junior Chef: Baking Bundts Bundt cakes are more popular than ever—and you will be, too, when you bake one for your family! In this class, we’ll make different flavors and sizes of Bundt cakes, then finish them with three scrumptious glazes: vanilla, chocolate ganache and lemon. Suitable for ages 5 – 13. Free. Williams Sonoma Locations.

10am – 12pm: Healthy Kids Day Join us on Spring’s Opening Day for a fun-filled morning celebrating Healthy Living with the Y! Petting zoo, bounce house, planting station, face painting, goody bags, hula hoop contest and more. Free. YMCA Locations.

10am – 1pm: Un-Frozen Festival Join Elsa, Anna and Olaf as we celebrate springtime! Enjoy fun activities throughout our frozen and un-frozen kingdom. Ice skate on our pond, have snowball fights, play in Elsa’s ice castle, create flower blossoms and participate in a sing-along at 10:30am & 12:00pm. $10/Non-members. Imagine Nation Museum, Bristol.

10am – 2pm: Earth Day Celebration See MIRA’s single-stream recycling center. Do scavenger hunts in the Temple of Trash. Reuse materials to make a new work of art. Discover how recycling saves energy. Operate a toy conveyor belt. Discover new exhibits in Discovery Room. See a 10-minute Disney movie, Recycle Rex. Meet red wigglers and learn about compost. $4 per person, children under 2 are free. The CRRA Trash Museum, Hartford.

10am – 3pm: 26th Annual Earth Fair Enjoy a variety of family and child friendly activities, bring your camera for lots of photo opportunities. Animals, theater, children’s parade, May Pole dance and much more. Birds of prey and snake demonstrations. $3 per person. Center at Glastonbury, Glastonbury.

10am – 4pm: Simsbury Innovation Fair A day full of engaging and educational activities for the whole family taking place in three great locations. The day’s activities will be held at various locations, including Simsbury Center, Simsbury High School, and Simsbury’s North Village.

11am: Saturday Storytime: The Bumpy, Lumpy Horseshoe Crab With the Author Janice Petrie author of children’s book The Bumpy, Lumpy Horsehoe Crab will be reading her book to the kids. She will also have a special sea creature show and tell and be available for book signings! Free. Barnes & Noble, Canton.

11am – 3pm: Creative Classes Open House Make It with Michael’s! Stop by; meet our talented instructors and sign up to take a class. Michael’s, New Britain, Manchester and Berlin.

11am – 3pm: Community Resources Expo Windsor Early Childhood Council invites you to a resource fair about many of the family resources for families. Raindate: 5/2. Town Green, Windsor.

1 – 3pm: Puppetry, Behind the Stage Go behind the stage to see how the art of puppetry happens, building characters, and bringing them to life. Bart Roccoberton, Jr. is the Director of the Puppet Arts Program and Associate Professor of Dramatic Arts in Puppetry at the University of Connecticut. Welles-Turner Memorial Library, Glastonbury.

2pm: Happy Mealtime 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.

3 – 5pm: Family Day – Bring the Kids! Come join us and bring the family for a step-by-step painting class. We provide all of the paint and supplies you’ll need to make your masterpiece. Our teaching artist will guide you, step-by-step, through the painting and will make sure that you stay on track and complete your masterpiece by the end of class. Our goal is for you to have fun, relax and enjoy time with your family  – and our teaching artists love to help you make the painting uniquely yours! Price is per canvas. For little ones under the age of 5 you may want to have them help an adult painter and make a masterpiece together! $25 per canvas. Scene Art Bar, Farmington. Stay tuned for our review.

5 – 8pm: Family Portrait for Mom Have your family portrait taken as a gift for Mother’s Day. Bring any members of your family, including pets. Professional photographer John Garaventa will donate the sitting fee to help support the Lutz Children’s Museum. You pay just $25 for a ten minute photo session. You will receive one 5X7” photo in time for Mother’s Day. Framing and additional images are available. Lutz Children’s Museum, Manchester .

7pm: Hartford Wolf Pack Game Souvenir cup giveaway, while supplies last. XL Center, Hartford.

Sunday, April 26:

10:30am: Simsbury River Run – 5k, 10k and Kids Race Free kid’s activities at 10:30 am sponsored by the Farmington Valley YMCA. In addition, there is a 1-Mile Kid’s Run at 11:30 am for ages 5-14. Registration is required to participate in the 1-Mile Kids Run.

10:45am – 2pm: Litttle Poland Festival Food, shopping, activities for kids, entertainment, music and more… Photo opportunities with Stanley the Dragon, Pierogi the Penguin, the Incredible Hulk, Stuart the Minion, Monster Mike, and Darth Vader throughout the festival. Free. Broad Street, New Britain.

{Mommy Time Out} 11am: Spring into Action with Vitamix Spring into action with your Vitamix. We’ve partnered with The Blender Girl, Tess Masters, to give you expert tips and tricks on how to make the most of this powerful machine by preparing delicious and healthful recipes, including soups, smoothies and nut butters.

11:30am – 3:30pm: Ceramics Days The Children’s Museum’s commitment to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) has brought the Framed exhibit to our museum. Now, we’ll have a special day devoted to the art and science of ceramics! Learn about the properties of pottery, the minerals in glazes, and how a kiln works care of specialists from The Claypen. And get ready to try ceramics experiments with magnets, conductivity and buoyancy. Plus: see a small object float in midair, thanks to a special ceramic and superconductivity! The Claypen will also have ceramic figures for sale that you can paint yourself. (Cost varies by item, and can be picked up after being glazed at The Claypen’s location in West Hartford Center.) The New Children’s Museum, West Hartford.

12 – 2pm: Banners Made Easy Make it a banner celebration. Use on-trend materials, like burlap and jute, to create stylish, one-of-a-kind banners that are great for parties, decor and so much more. $25 per person. Michael’s, Berlin.

12 – 2pm: Open Barn Day Join us for our annual Open Barn Day, we’ll have tours, crafts and time to meet our lesson horses. Maple View Farm, Granby.

1 – 2:45pm: Cheney Railroad History Walk Join us for an easy, but bumpy, walk along this former railroad, built-in 1869 to connect the Cheney silk mills to the main rail line in the North End. At 2.5 miles, this was the shortest private freight-and-passenger railroad in the United States. Extreme weather cancels. Free. Main Street, Manchester.

2pm: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Brett Raphael’s new production brings to life Shakespeare’s classic tale of comic mismatches, lovers quarrels, and fairy dust in a delightful two-act ballet. Join Titania, Oberon, and Puck in a breathtaking spectacle suitable for all ages. Kids under 12 go free on Sundays! One ticket per accompanying adult available in person or by calling the box office only. Belding Theater; The Bushnell, Hartford.

For ideas of things to do outside of Hartford County click here.

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