May 4 – 10

Welcome to the first full week in May! May is a great month because we have 5 weekends of family fun to exhaust your family with! Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day are some extra exciting days of the month! Below we have highlighted things to do for the next 7 days in Hartford County! Check back often as we add on as often as we change our wardrobes.

Tuesday, May 5:

{Reoccurs} 9:30am – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Toddler Class: Mother’s Day Tea Party We request the honor of your presence at this tea party to celebrate Mother’s Day. Little ones will prepare tea sandwiches, mini yogurt parfaits and make a special gift for you. We are bringing out the fine china, so it’s a class you won’t want to miss! Ages 2 -5. $15 per child, Siblings $10. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

10am and 12pm: The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Stanley Lambchop is just like everyone else. That’s the problem. For Stanley, life is too normal. He wants to travel the world, do something amazing, something no one’s ever seen before. Careful what you wish for, Stanley! One night, the bulletin board on the wall above Stanley’s bed comes loose and falls – right on top of Stanley! The next morning, Stanley Lambchop wakes up flat. Not just a little flat…really, REALLY flat! In a whirlwind musical travelogue, Stanley – the ultimate exchange student – explores the globe and learns that heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Grades: 3 – 6. Maxwell M. & Ruth R. Belding Theater, Hartford.

10:30am: I Love Mom Storytime Some smiles are sun smiles, run for a mile smiles, but no one’s smile is wider, brighter, than my mom’s smile. This celebration of moms and motherhood is perfect for snuggled-up reading. Barnes & Noble, Enfield.

11am: Mom School Storytime In celebration of Mother’s Day, join us for a special Storytime featuring Mom School and How to Babysit a Grandma. Barnes & Noble, Danbury.

12pm: The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley – See details above.

Wednesday, May 6 – Sunday, May 10:

Wednesday – Thursday at 7pm, Friday at 10:30am and 7pm, Saturday at 11am, 3pm and 7pm and Sunday at 1pm and 5pm. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus Xtreme – It’s time for your family to be amazed by all the x-traordinary things you know and love about America’s favorite live family entertainment experience. Be astonished by un-xpected circus spectacles you’ve never seen before and that can’t be seen anywhere else but at The Greatest Show On Earth® . Get ready for an x-hilarating adventure with x-traordinary circus artists and magnificent x-otic animals! It’s time to awaken the spirit of Children Of All Ages and stir the imagination of your family! Ringling Bros. Presents Circus Xtreme. It’s time to have xtreme fun with your family!  Don’t miss the All Access Pre-Show! Starts one-hour prior to showtime available to all ticket-holders. See animals up close, visit with performers, get autographs, try on costumes, and enjoy the circus fun. Go behind the scenes at the Animal Open House. Open to all ticket-holders, one and 1/2 hours prior to showtime. Learn about circus animals, see how they live, eat, and play. XL Center, Hartford.

Wednesday, May 6:

10am – 11am: Flowers This program is designed for children ages 1.5 to 4. Let’s make some flowers and find out what kinds of flowers are blooming this month. Decorate a flower pot and plant a flower to take home with you! $13 for non-members. CT Audubon Society Center, Glastonbury.

Thursday, May 7:

{Parenting Time Out} 5pm – 8pm: First Thursday Block Party: Dreamland In conjunction with Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, join us outside on the Alfred E. Burr Memorial (aka Burr Mall) and enjoy live music by Howard Fishman and Biting Fish Brass Band, performances by the Coney Island Circus Sideshow—direct from Coney Island USA including a fire eater, snake charmer and sword swallower—boardwalk snacks, and more! At 7 pm listen to a reading of the memoir All That and So Much More, by West Hartford native Bernice Schaefer, who grew up in Brooklyn. This event is free for Hartford residents! And, the first 100 people will each receive one complimentary beer. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford.

{Fashion Time Out} 7 – 8pm: From Bonnets to Bell Bottoms: A Century of Connecticut Fashion Whether it has been passed down, owned for years, or just purchased yesterday, our clothing speaks volumes about who we are, what we do, and the world in which we live. See how much fashion has changed and what has stayed the same from the Civil War to the swinging sixties. CT Historical Society, Hartford.

Friday, May 8 – Saturday, May 9:

10am – 4pm: May Market Hill-Stead welcomes the arrival of spring with its signature two-day gardening and arts and crafts event. More than 70 exhibitors will be on hand to offer beautiful hand-made artisan crafts, a fine selection of unique flowers, perennials, food and entertainment, children’s activities, and noted speakers on lifestyle and gardening subjects. This festive offering is a community favorite. It is traditionally held on the Friday and Saturday before Mother’s Day and takes place rain or shine. $15 admission per person for both days. Save $3 if you purchase in advance. Workshops and lectures are an additional charge. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington.

{Parenting Time Out} 7:15pm: It’s a Bird It’s a Plane It’s Superman It seems like a typical day in Metropolis while some bank robbers attempt to knock over the local vault, Superman flies out of the sky and captures them, and the citizens feel wonderfully safe. But there are darker plots brewing. Superman’s efforts to defeat Dr. Abner Sedgwick, a ten-time Nobel Prize-losing scientist who seeks toavenge the scientific world’s dismissal of his brilliance by attempting to destroy the world’s symbol of good. Additionally, Superman comes into romantic conflict with Max Mencken, a columnist for the Daily Planet newspaper, who resents Lois Lane’s attraction to Superman. Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, Berlin.

{Parenting Time Out} Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm. A Louisiana Skankee in Connecticut Court Varla is portrayed by actor Jeffrey Roberson.  As Varla Jean, Jeffery has filled cabarets and concert halls across the world including the Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, the New York Public Theater, London’s Soho Theatre and LA’s Renberg Theatre. Jeffery wrote and starred in the short Improve Your History with Varla Jean: Stonewall, for the launch of the MTV’s television network Logo and was also seen in their One Night Standup: Dragtastic special. In addition, Jeffery starred in the musical Lucky Guy opposite Leslie Jordan in New York at the Little Schubert in spring 2011 prompting The New York Times to rave, “If Carol Burnett and Harvey Korman had stood in front of the right pair of funhouse mirrors, they might have resembled Ms. Merman and Mr. Jordan in stature as well as comedic talent”. Adults only. Mark Twain Musem, Hartford.

Friday, May 8 – Sunday, May 10:

(Reoccurs} 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.

(Reoccurs} Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday and Sunday at 3:15pm and 7:30pm 3 Hearts A touching and tense drama about destiny, connections, and passion, 3 Hearts presents a headily romantic look at a classic love triangle. One night in provincial France, Marc meets Sylvie after missing his train back to Paris. A thwarted plan for a second meeting sends each in a separate direction – Sylvie reunites with her ex and leaves France; Marc falls in love and marries. What neither knows is that Marc’s new bride is Sylvie’s sister, Sophie. Upon Sylvie’s return to France, the spark between her and Marc is reignited in ways that will forever alter the relationships between sister to sister and husband to wife. French with English subtitles. 106 minutes. Real Art Ways, Hartford.

Friday, May 8:

{Reoccurs} 9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Toddler Class: Mother’s Day Tea Party We request the honor of your presence at this tea party to celebrate Mother’s Day. Little ones will prepare tea sandwiches, mini yogurt parfaits and make a special gift for you. We are bringing out the fine china, so it’s a class you won’t want to miss! Ages 2 -5. $15 per child, Siblings $10. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

6 – 9pm: Teen Night & Open Mic Join us for Teen Night and Open Mic and make art, play games, eat free food, and enjoy performances by teen musicians, poets, actors and more! Admission is free for all high school students with ID. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford.

6 – 9pm: Mother’s Day Market Join Hartford Prints! and Hartford Flavor Company as they launch their new line of Wild Moon Liqueurs! Hartford Flavor Company is offering free tastings of their delicious artisanal liqueurs. With flavors like rose, cucumber, and lavender, Wild Moon is truly a sip of fresh air. We’re also hosting some of our favorite vendors for a pop up Mother’s Day Market! While you’re tasting what spring has to offer, you can snag the perfect gift for mom. Hartford Prints, Hartford.

6 – 10pm: Kids Night Out This is the ultimate night out for any kid! Tons of games, pizza, an ice cream sundae bar, a big screen movie, and endless amounts of fun await you here at the Trails. This program has evolved into a very popular kid’s event and space fills up quickly. So parents plan your night out and send the kids here for theirs. Head on over to the Trails for a night out that you will never forget. Sorry, parents not allowed! Please bring clothing that is appropriate for outdoor (weather dependent) and indoor play as well as provide a sleeping bag/blanket and pillow for the movie. $25 per non-member. Winding Trails, Farmington.

7pm: Acoustic Night at Winding Trails Come and enjoy some great music at Winding Trails in the tranquil forest around Walton Pond. This series will highlight some of the great local musical talent we have in the area. Each evening will showcase three performers. Food and refreshments will be available for sale or feel free to bring you own. These programs will be held rain or shine. $6 for Adults, $4 for Children (ages 3 to 15). Winding Trails, Farmington.

7pm: Dinosaur vs. Mommy Storytime Dinosaur is spending the day with Mommy. Roar! He helps wake her up, go shopping and takes care of the laundry. By bath time, it looks like mommy is down for the count. Is one little red dinosaur just too much help for any mommy? Barnes & Noble, Enfield.

{Parents Time Out} 8:30 – 10:30pm: Mother’s Day Weekend Comedy Show Trinity-on-Main, New Britain.

Saturday, May 9 – Sunday, May 10:

11am – 7pm: Opening Weekend at Lake Compounce

Saturday, May 9:

Stamp Out Hunger On the morning of Saturday, May 9, just set out your non-perishable food items well before your letter carrier’s normal pick-up time. Note that he or she will be delivering and collecting mail as usual, on top of collecting food donations, so that pickup time could be slightly later than usual.

8 – 11am: The CT Race in the Park takes place every May on the Saturday before Mother’s Day in New Britain’s historic Walnut Hill Park. Each year, thousands join the Race Day events to honor survivors, remember loved ones, celebrate life and most importantly, raise vital funds for the fight again breast cancer in Connecticut. Walnut Hill Park, New Britain.

{Girls Time Out} 8am – 5pm: #BeautyByMe is a girls-only Hackathon hosted by the Connecticut Science Center. Middle and high school girls will collaborate to develop original apps that help young people confront powerful media messages about how they should look. The event will begin with opening remarks from actress, high-fashion model, and app developer Lyndsey Scott, who will share insights on the challenges of being a woman in the computer science field and reflections on ideas of beauty from around the world. $35 per participant (includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, and t-shirt). Connecticut Science Center, Hartford.

9am – 4pm: Shad Derby Arts & Crafts Fair Windsor Town Green, Windsor.

9:30 – 10:30am: Toddler Class: Mother’s Day Tea Party We request the honor of your presence at this tea party to celebrate Mother’s Day. Little ones will prepare tea sandwiches, mini yogurt parfaits and make a special gift for you. We are bringing out the fine china, so it’s a class you won’t want to miss! Ages 2 -5. $15 per child, Siblings $10. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

10am: CycloFemme A National Day that celebrates Women on Bicycles all around the world. Scheduled Rides: 3 mile slow paced ride suitable for new riders and a 15 mile, faster paced ride for more experienced riders. Bicycle Cellar, Simsbury.

10am: Mother’s Day Planter Your child will have a great time building this kit! It also makes the perfect Mother’s Day gift! Free. Lowe’s Home Improvement.

10am – 2:15pm: Winding Trails Campus Tour Are you new to Winding Trails and not quite sure where everything is? Then this extensive tour of the park is just for you. Learn about the history of Winding Trails, where all the facilities are, and where the “special” spots can be found. This tour will be on a tractor drawn wagon. Free. Winding Trails, Farmington.

10am – 3pm: Hands On Art Day Enjoy lots of arts and craft activities. Spin art, caricatures, comic pages, crafts, painting, digital photography, 3-D fishing, art projects and more. Free. Halcomb Farm, West Granby.

11am: Mom School Storytime In celebration of Mother’s Day, join us for a special Storytime featuring Mom School and How to Babysit a Grandma. Barnes & Noble of Farmington, Glastonbury, Enfield, Canton.

11am – 12pm: Haute History: A Vintage-Inspired Fashion Show Come see mannequins dressed in fabulous gowns dating from the 1910s, learn how those vintage looks inspire today’s fashions, and let our runway models show you how to add vintage touches to your own wardrobe. Connecticut Historical Society will curate a small pop-up exhibit to accompany Haute History that will feature costumes from the 1910s through 1970s that will serve as inspiration for the looks presented on the catwalk. We will project additional images of costumes from our collection on the wall behind the stage, and offer commentary that explains the design and history of the collection pieces and connects them to today’s runway looks provided by Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets. Visitors will be able to tour the pop-up exhibit before and after the fashion show, enjoy light refreshments, and tour the museum galleries to make a perfect Mother’s Day weekend outing.Tickets are $20 for CHS Members and $25 for non-members. Connecticut Historical Museum, Hartford. Giveaway Alert: Momford County Subscribers can enter our giveaway for free admission for up to 10 fans. Click here to enter our giveaway.

11am – 2pm: Cardmaking Workshop for Mother’s Day Bring your little loves down to the Hartford Prints to create a beautiful card for mom. Kids will create their very own hand-made card for mom- and everyone know those are the best kind! We’ll also be taking care of the cleanup, so what could be better? Paper and art supplies provided- just bring your imagination! Donations welcome. Hartford Prints, Hartford.

11am – 2pm: Spring Open House Design your own flower pot, plant included, face painting, slide (weather permitting). $5 per child. Browns Harvest, Windsor.

12:30 – 3:30pm: Family Day: Mom’s the Word The New Britain Museum of American Art cordially invites you to join us for a day of Mother’s Day activities. For the youngest visitors, start the day off with our Art Start and Art Explorers programs as they make Mother’s Day themed projects. Take part in our first annual teddy bear tea party! Come dressed for the occasion and bring your best stuffed animal friend for light refreshments and a tasty selection of treats. Create a colorful and festive placemat to use for your place setting and take it home as a souvenir of the day. Spend the day with us as we honor mothers and celebrate all she gives to her family. You will be sure to leave with a smile and a beautiful memory. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

1 – 5pm: Rising Pint Brewfest This event will showcase over 50 American Craft Breweries, Macro-Breweries, and imported beers from around the world. Rentschler Field, East Hartford.

2 – 4pm: Barn Fun Get your horse and farm fix with our monthly Barn Fun sessions. Each two-hour session will include activities such as: grooming time with the horses, stall cleaning, feeding all the animals, and learning about seasonal activities on the farm. Parents can drop off or stay and learn as well! New, old and current students are welcome. Advance registration required. $15 per kid per session. Maple View Farm, Granby.

2 – 4pm: Mother’s Day Tea with Mrs. Phelps Honor that dear person in your life (or just yourself!) with a Mother’s Day Tea. Mrs. Phelps will guide you through her gardens, stopping along the way to learn about the herbs that made her favorite beverages.  She will also explain the history of tea & its importance during the Revolutionary War.  Return to the lovely Summer House or, in inclement weather, the Visitor’s Center, for wide array of tea sandwiches, scones with jam & cakes popular during the period. A selection of teas will also be offered. $20 per adult, $10 young adult (ages 8-18). Phelps-Hathaway House & Garden, Suffield.

6 – 9pm: Explore the Night Walk Get outside on Saturday nights with Miss Judy for an educational walk with hands-on activities with your family and friends. After the walk, return to make a fire, roast a few marshmallows, and enjoy some lively conversation. On those nights when it becomes fully dark, we walk to the recreation fields to view the night sky for seasonal constellation identification and to view special celestial events. Come prepared for the weather by wearing a pair of good hiking shoes and a pair of water boots or shoes are recommended. $25 per family. Winding Trails, Farmington.

{Parenting Time Out} 8pm: Lead Underwriter: Connecticut Humanities Join us for an evening of unforgettable conversation with two of today’s most accomplished authors. David McCullough and Stacy Schiff make history come alive with the stories of the compelling people who shaped history. Between them they have three Pulitzer Prizes and have written about the lives and times of Harry Truman, Cleopatra, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, the Salem witch trials, and so much more. CT Forum; The Bushnell, Hartford.

Sunday, May 10:

10am – 5pm: Moms Visit for free on Mother’s Day We appreciate moms, and we’re showing it: moms visit for free all day on Mother’s Day. Treat your mom to a fun-filled day of hands-on activities and Live Gallery Science demonstrations. See our newest blockbuster traveling exhibit, Extreme Dinosaurs, share the spectacular views from our Rooftop Garden and take in a science-themed tale during Story Time at 1:15pm and 3:30pm. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford.

11am – 4:30pm: Mothers ride free with paid child admission. Ct Troller Museum, Windsor.

11am – 5pm: Moms are free on Mother’s Day! On Mother’s Day all Mom’s receive complimentary admission! Let’s all create an artful bouquet of flowers! Imagine Nation Musuem, Bristol.

12 – 4pm: Mothers Get in Free! This Mother’s Day, bring Mom to the museum! In celebration of the special day, all Moms get in free! Children under 6 are also free. Adults $7, children (6-18) $4. Stanley-Whitman Museum, Farmington.

12 – 5pm: Free Admission for Moms on Mother’s Day Harriet Beecher Stowe was a working mother of 7 children, squeezing in time to write to help support her family. On Mother’s Day, we honor mothers who work inside and outside the home with special savings at the Stowe Center. Moms enjoy free admission for a Stowe House tour. The whole family will be inspired by the life of the woman whose words changed the world. Last tour steps off at 4:30pm. Free for Moms and Hartford residents. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford.

12 – 5pm: Free Admission for Moms on Mother’s Day The New Britain Museum of American Art offers free admission for all Mothers on Mother’s Day. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

12:15pm: Mother’s Day Brunch & Daisy Days Painting Event Do something out of the ordinary this Mother’s Day and come join us for a special Mother’s Day Event which includes a brunch buffet and a step-by-step painting class. Price includes the brunch buffet and the painting class. Please note that we must have a minimum of 10 participants to hold this event. $50 per person. Scene Art Bar, Unionville.

1 – 3pm: Annual Mother’s Day Wildflower Talk and Walk Connecticut has a myriad of spring wildflowers. Find out why they bloom in the spring, where to find them, how they got their names and what makes these plants so special. Join us for a special lecture at 1 pm and at 2 pm for a guided walk through our woods and our native plant gardens looking for wildflowers. $6 nonmembers; children half-price. Moms admitted free. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

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