April 27 – May 3

Welcome to the last work week in April and the first full weekend in May in Hartford County.

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

Wednesday, April 29 – Sunday, May 3:

{Reoccurs} Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm. The Importance of Being Earnest Effervescent romantic exploits meet scintillating social satire in one of the most celebrated comedies of all time. Jack and Algernon pursue countryside adventures and the young ladies who have won their hearts. Mistaken (and falsified!) identities prevail in this delicious comedy of manners until the young gents cross the formidable Lady Bracknell, giving audiences laughs to last a lifetime. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

Wednesday, April 29:

10am – 11am: Turtles Did you know that there are 12 different types of turtles that live in Connecticut? We’ll learn about where turtles live in our state, and then meet some of the turtles that live at the Audubon Center here in Glastonbury! Center at Glastonbury, Glastonbury.

Thursday, April 30:

3pm – 8pm: Free Cone Day at Carvel. Junior soft serve cup or cone. Carvel Locations.

5pm – 7pm: Writing About Race Join the conversation with Dr. William Jelani Cobb, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Africana Studies Institute at University of Connecticut where he specializes in post-Civil War African American history, 20th century American politics and the history of the Cold War. He is a recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright and Ford Foundations. Free. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford.

Friday, May 1 – Saturday, May 2:

All-4-Kids Consignment Sale Presale: Friday 7:30pm – 9pm for registered First-Time Parents (expecting first child or first child under one year). Public Sale: Saturday 8am – 1pm with half price sale from 12pm – 1pm on items marked for discount. Latimer Lane Elementary School, Weatogue (Simsbury).

8pm: Cinderella When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her daughters. Never one to give up hope, Ella’s fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger. Rated PG. $10 ages 13 and up, $5 ages 6-12, children under 5 are free. Friday night carload is $20. Pleasant Valley Drive-in Theatre, Barkhamsted.

Friday, May 1 – Sunday, May 3:

Friday and Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 2pm: Stuart Little adapted by Joseph Robinette, based on the Book by E.B. White. This stage adaptation about a mouse born into an ordinary New York City family keeps all of the charm and excitement of the original story. The many adventures—both big and small—of Stuart Little are brought to life as an ensemble cast plays multiple roles in the life of the mild-mannered mouse trying to survive in a big people’s world. $13 per adult, $11 per child. New Britain Youth Theater; Holmes Elementary School, New Britain.

Friday, May 1:

5:30pm – 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.

{Parents Time Out} 6pm – 10pm: Liquid Lounge: Dino De Mayo Hartford’s hottest night out is going prehistoric for the ULTIMATE Cinco de Mayo party! Join 1000 of your closest friends for a larger-than-life fiesta featuring live music, dancing, liquid delights, and MUCH more. See our newest blockbuster traveling exhibit, Extreme Dinosaurs, while you’re here. Show us your best Cinco de Mayo outfit for a chance to win awesome prizes! $18 per person. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford.

6:35pm: New Britain Rock Cats vs Richmond Flying Squirrels Promotions: photo opportunity with Rafael from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Dora the Explorer, post-game fireworks and come celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Sound of Music with the Rock Cats. New Britain Stadium at Willow Brook Park.

Saturday, May 2 – Sunday, May 3:

9am – 2pm: Kid’s Tag Sale Find great deals on gently used kid stuff and help to support the museum at the same time. You will find tables and tents at the museum filled with everything you need for summer fun. You are likely to find the best selection on Saturday, but everything is 50% off on Sunday. All proceeds help to support educational programs at the museum. Lutz Children’s Museum, Manchester.

Museums on Us – Bank of America Cardholders can get in free to participating museums.

Saturday, May 2:

6:30am – 9am: West Hartford’s Fishing Derby West Hartford’s annual Kids Fishing Derby will be held at Fernridge Park again this year. For children only – ages 5 to 15. No admittance without a ticket. Tickets must be purchased in advance. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Click here for Derby registration form or call the park office. $5 per person. Fernridge Park, West Hartford.

9am: Scantic Spring Splash 24th Annual Canoe and Kayak Race to benefit the Enfield Food Shelf.

9am – 12pm: In Honor of Women Get the 4-1-1 on your D-N-A. Learn about genetic testing for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. A special panel discussion featuring Hartford HealthCare physicians Dr. Heather Einstein and Dr. Kristen Zarfos and Cancer Genetic Counselor Sara Carroll will discuss the role of genetic markers in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Following the presentation, complimentary wellness services will be offered courtesy of Hartford HealthCare and Westfarms’ stores: Athleta, BRIO Tuscan Grille, DAVIDsTEA, L’Occitane, Lord & Taylor, MAC and Yogibo. Pre-registration for the education session is encouraged. West Farms Mall, West Hartford.

9am – 1pm: Earth Day Water Planet Enjoy a pancake breakfast and partake in the Mystic Aquarium Program Pond Exploration. Enjoy face painting and prizes. $8 adults, $6 children. New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Park, Kensington.

10am – 12:30pm: Safety Fair The Bristol Public Library, Bristol Parks and Recreation, Bristol Elks, and CT CHIP present the annual safety fair. Free bike helmets, bike riding rodeo and more. Free. Bristol Main Library, Bristol.

10am – 1pm: Family Program: Connecticut is our Home! Where in Connecticut do you call home? Join us for Free First Saturday as we make a giant map of our favorite places in Connecticut. Using fabric markers and other supplies, kids can add their homes, schools, and other important landmarks to the map. We’ll also be making “history nut” swatches to take home. Free. Connecticut Historical Society Museum & Library, Hartford.

10am – 2pm: Open House and Family Fun Day A free, fun-filled day of family-friendly activities featuring behind-the-scenes tours of the Fidelco campus and puppy, police K9 & Guide Dog demonstrations. Experience what it means to “trust the dog” by taking a blindfold walk with professional Fidelco Certified Trainers and Guide Dogs. Scavenger hunts for all ages, face painting and more. Rain or shine. Free. Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, Bloomfield.

10am – 4pm: Daytrips and Destinations Find the best places to go and things to see right here in CT, throughout the Northeast and beyond! Admission $8. Kids 16 and under are Free! Aqua Turf Club, Plantsville.

11am – 6pm: Samba Fest Join us as Metro Hartford’s urban, suburban and collegiate communities celebrate the region’s rich Brazilian culture. Led by the rhythmic beat from Trinity College’s Samba Ensemble, this event features international and local music: The Ivan Vilela Trio from São Paulo, Brazilian dance workshops with Ginga Brasileira, Trinity Samba Ensemble, GuakiBom Jazz Salsa Ensemble, Trinity Steel Band, Samba Parade open to everyone! Face painting with amazing face art and more. Free. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford.

1pm – 4pm: Family Fun Day Enjoy some family fun activities such as: making a fire without matches, wildlife tracking, storytelling, drumming, nature games, art, wild edible plant hike, music and food. Two Coyotes Wilderness School, Granby.

1:30pm – 3:30pm: First Saturday Attic Tours Join us once again this year for our ever-popular attic tours with Jack Cown.  On the first Saturday of each month, Jack will lead guests on a rare, behind-the-scenes look of the Phelps’ servant & attic spaces.  View objects & collections from the 18th-early 20th century. Regular admission applies. Phelps-Hathaway House & Garden, Suffield.

6:35pm: New Britain Rock Cats vs Richmond Flying Squirrels Promotions: Come out with your Boy Scout troop and spend the night camped out on the field. Come enjoy a Rock Cats game with your family and after the game is over camp out on the field for the night. Fans will have the opportunity to purchase Launch-A-Balls benefiting the Rock Cats Foundation or a local charity. At the conclusion of the game, fans will toss the balls from the stands and try to hit targets on the field to win prizes. New Britain Stadium at Willow Brook Park.

Sunday, May 3:

9am – 12pm: Walk to Cure Arthritis The event features a three-mile and one-mile course, with arthritis information and activities for the entire family. University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford.

10am – 4pm: Pequabuck River Duck Race Craft Fair starts at 10am, block party at 11am includes children’s games and crafts, DJ, music, food and vendors. Duck launch is at 2pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance at a dozen of local places. $5 per ticket. Downtown Forestville.

1 – 3pm: Camp Shalom Open House Come to our Open House and see all that Camp has to offer. Camp Shalom, Windsor.

1 – 4pm: Camp Carlson hosts an Open House Girl Scouts of America; Camp Carlson, Bristol.

1pm – 5pm: Open House All prospective and current camp families are invited to join us for a fun day of camp tours, rock wall climbing, pony rides, great food and catching up with summer friends! High Meadow Day Camp, North Granby.

2pm: Foodshare’s Walk Against Hunger Heartbreak Park, Hartford

3pm: Ode to Nature New Britain Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with New Britain Youth Museum present Ode to Nature. Featuring a performance by CCSU’s DanceCentral and an exhibit of small animals courtesy of New Britain Youth Museum. $20 per ticket. Welte Hall, CCSU, New Britain.

6:35pm: New Britain Rock Cats vs Richmond Flying Squirrels Promotions: Fans 12 and under are invited to run the bases like the pros after the game concludes. Pink Rick Cats Baseball Giveaway to first 1,000 females ages 18 and up. Come out to the ballpark for when the gates open and join 108 Monkeys in right field for a yoga session from 12-12:30pm. New Britain Stadium at Willow Brook Park.

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

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