May 26 – 31

Welcome to the last full week of May. We get to enjoy five full weekends in May which makes it a special month! This past weekend was the unofficial start of Summer. With only a few weeks left of school, we hope to become your one-stop resource for things to do when your kids are not in school. Below we have highlighted what to do over the next 6 days across Hartford County. Check back often as we update our content as often as our wardrobes.

Tuesday, May 26:

Tuesday @ 10:30am: You Can Do It Bert! This is Bert’s big day. He is well prepared, mentally and physically. But he might need some encouragement. Click here to learn more about this book selection. Enfield Commons, Barnes & Noble, Enfield.

Tuesday @ 11am: Izzy & Oscar Storytime Join us for a special storytime with coloring activities to follow. Click here to learn more about this book selection. The Shoppes at Farmington Valley; Barnes & Noble, Canton.

Wednesday, May 27:

Wednesday @ 11am: Mischief and Fun Join us for a fun-filled Storytime as we read about our favorite fun and mischievous characters. Stay for the craft to follow! Click here to learn more about this book selection. The Shoppes at Buckland Hills; Barnes & Noble, Manchester.

{Reoccurs} Wednesday @ 8pm: Magic, Puzzles, and Mind Games is a 60 min performance that features world class sleight-of-hand magic mixed with laugh-out-loud humor and tons of audience interaction. Get a $10 power card with unlimited video play with your ticket! Doors open at 7pm for guests to order food and beverages from Dave & Buster’s amazing menu, and the show begins at 8pm. Limited 30 seats! While the show is intended for adult audiences, it is clean and appropriate for ages 12 and up. $21.76 – $32.24 per ticket. Dave & Buster’s, Manchester.

Thursday, May 28 – Sunday, May 31:

{Parenting Time Out} Thursday – Sunday: 7 – 9:30pm: Thursday – Saturday and Sunday: 5 – 7:30pm. Thursday: Cocktails on the Beach, Friday: Green Boat, Saturday: Monets Water Lillies and Sunday: Pair of Pears. Perfect for a Moms Night Out or a date night. If you have a few friends, include a note when you register to reserve table or seating together. Use promo code: SUNDAYSAVER for this Sunday’s paint session. Until 5/31 save 20% when booking a June paint night by using promo code: JUNEOFFER20. Scene Art Bar, Unionville.

{Reoccurs} Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm and Sunday at 2pm. Kiss Me Kate A renowned director of Shakespeare and musical comedy, Darko Tresnjak brings his two passions together in this new revival of Kiss Me, Kate. Director of our current Broadway smash, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Darko promises a Kiss Me, Kate like none before. Hartford Stage, Hartford.

{Reoccurs} Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2:30pm and 8pm and Sunday at 2:30pm. Good People Welcome to Southie, a neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo and this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills. Margie Walsh has just lost another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, she thinks an old fling might be her ticket out. With humor and grace, Pulitzer Prize winner Lindsay-Abaire explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America. TheaterWorks, Hartford.

Thursday, May 28:

Thursday, @ 10am – 9pm: Support New Britain Youth Theater at Blue Back Square! New Britain Youth Theater (NBYT) will host a Spring Fling Fundraiser at Barnes & Noble and Moe’s Southwest Grill in Blue Back Square in West Hartford center. A day full of entertainment at Barnes & Noble will begin at 10am and continue until 9pm. Families can enjoy a meal at Moe’s Southwest Grill and support NBYT from the hours of 5pm to 8pm. There is no cost to attend the fundraising event, but all purchases made at either or both locations can benefit NBYT, with up to 15% of the sale’s purchase being donated when NBYT is mentioned at the register. A schedule of family-friendly events at Barnes & Noble will include: Story Time reading of the abridged “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz “and “make-your-own” ruby slipper and yellow-brick road craft activity at 10:30am; Improv Performances by NBYT’s Teen Improv Troupe, SquishyTown Asylum at 12:15pm and 5:15pm; “Bringing Books to Life” with NBYT staff reading and leading children in acting out Dr. Seuss’s “Horton Hears a Who” at 3:30pm; a preview of scenes from the upcoming production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at 6pm; a Pajama Story Hour with soothing and magical bedtime stories at 7pm. Blue Back Square, West Hartford.

{National} Thursday @ 6:30 – 8:30pm: Fashion Fix: Jewelry Repair and Restyle Mend or restyle your broken baubles at Michaels. Our associates will be on hand to show you how. Free with the cost of supplies. Michael’s locations.

Friday, May 29 – Sunday, May 30:

Friday – Saturday @ 6:35pm and Sunday @ 1:35pm: New Britain Rock Cats vs New Hampshire Fisher Cats Promotions: Friday: Bring Your Grandkids to the Game Night. Appearance by Sully from Monsters Ince and a Minion from Despicable Me. Come to the game and get your picture taken with Sully and one of the Minions from Despicable Me. Saturday: Come to the ballpark dressed in your favorite Halloween costume and automatically be entered to win great prizes! All winners will be picked at random by Rock Cats Staff. Sunday: Fans 12 and under are invited to run the bases like the pros after the game concludes. Come decked out in all your purple gear and support future stars of the Colorado Rockies.

Friday at 8pm, Saturday @ 2pm and 8pm and Sunday @ 1pm and 6:30pm: Once Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Once is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, Once tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights… but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, Once draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It’s an unforgettable story about going for your dreams and the power of music to connect us all. Contains some adult language, generally recommended for ages 10 and up. Student rush tickets (half off ticket prices) are available for all remaining performances except Saturday evening. Tickets available 2 hours before curtain only. Must purchase in person at the box office with valid student ID. The Bushnell, Hartford.

Friday, May 29th:

Friday @ 9am – 4pm: Winged Wonders Opens Join us for the first Butterfly Release of the season when our Winged Wonders Butterfly House officially opens to the public. Free with admission. The New Children’s Museum, West Hartford.

Friday @ 4 – 8pm: 54th Annual Children’s Fair Kids can enjoy games, touch a truck, a bounce house, face painting, cake walk, live music and more. Cherry Brook Primary School, Canton.

Friday @ 6 – 8pm: Shabbat in the Park Celebrate Shabbat in beautiful Elizabeth Park. Bring a picnic lunch, enjoy outdoor crafts and activities. Free and open to the community. Elizabeth Park, West Hartford.

{Mommy Time Out} Friday @ 6:30 – 8:30pm: Wreaths Made Easy Greet guests with do-it-yourself style. Learn how to make a customized wreath with scrapbook paper and supplies. Adult class. $25 per person. Michael’s, Berlin and Enfield.

{Parenting Time Out} Friday @ 6:30 – 9:30pm: Parents Night Out You want a night out; they just want to have fun. It’s more fun and proabley less than hiring a sitter. Prepayment and preregistration are required as space is limited. $25 per child, $5 sibling discount. BounceU, Rocky Hill.

Saturday, May 30 – Sunday, May 31:

Saturday @ 7:30pm and Sunday @ 3pm: Hartford Opera Theater, Inc. continues its fifth season with a double bill of Gian Carlo Menotti’s, “The Old Maid and the Thief” and Dan Shore’s “An Embarrassing Position.” In a sleepy town, a spinster, Miss Todd, and her maid, Laetitia, are intrigued when a handsome beggar shows up at their door. They are doubly intrigued when they later find out that a convict matching the beggars’ description has escaped from the local prison. The two are smitten with him and, thinking he is the convict, are determined to protect him from the police. When he doesn’t return her advances, a fed-up Miss Todd goes to turn him in to the police but Laetitia convinces him to run away with her just in time. Conceived for the radio, The Old Maid and the Thief, by Gian Carlo Menotti premiered on NBC radio in 1939. Adults $15-25 and students $10. Aetna Theater, The Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford.

Saturday, May 30:

Saturday @ 9 – 10am: Tour the Farmington River Power Company and Rainbow Fish Ladder Dams in the Rainbow area have harnessed waterpower from 1825 to this day.  Take this rare opportunity to tour the Rainbow Dam and Fish Ladder and the Farmington River Power Company built by Stanley Works in 1925.  You will see historic photographs and learn how the turbines and generators work with Don Zessin, Plant Manager. Then view migrating fish, observe how a fish ladder and fish traps operate, and learn more about the habits of migrating fish in Connecticut from State DEEP staff. Cost: $6 adults, $5 students. Limited enrollment; reserve your spot the Friday before by contacting the Windsor Historical Society at (860) 688-3813.

Saturday @ 9 – 10am: Petite Nutrition’s Parents’ Sugar Challenge Start your summer off right. Learn all the names of sugar, how to detect them on ingredient lists, and go sugar-free for two weeks. See how you feel when you replace added sugar in your diet with wholesome food. Join us for two sessions plus supportive emails, so we can help you kick the sugar habit and energize your life! Workshops are offered at our office in West Hartford. $30 to attend ($5 discount for following us on 2 of 4: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest; or subscribing to our blog. These workshops are for adults only – to empower you to feed your families better (unfortunately no childcare available).

{National} Saturday @ 10am: Sensory Friendly Films featuring Tomorrowland Theatre auditoriums have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing! AMC; Plainville 20, Hartford.

{National} Saturday @ 10am: Eat Your Veggies! Join us for a veg-tacular class and learn how to make vegetables the star of the plate. They’re delicious—we promise! Discover what’s in season at the farmers’ market and how to select veggies that are ripe and ready to eat. We’ll show you some fun and easy ways to serve them. Then head home and prepare your favorites for your family. Suitable for ages 5 –13. Free. Williams Sonoma locations.

Saturday @ 10 – 11:30am: Cedar Hill Cemetery: Lest We Forget–Infectious Diseases from 1850-1918 Cholera infantum, the bloody flux, ague, putrid fever, filth disease, consumption – and the treatments that sometimes sounded just as terrifying. Join Evelyn Bollert, Program Volunteer for the Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation, who will lead a walking tour that explores the fearsome infectious diseases that afflicted Cedar Hill families as germ theory slowly supplanted the miasmas theory of disease. Advance registration required. Cost: $15. Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation, Hartford.

{National & Re-occurs} Saturday @ 10am – 12pm: Kid’s Club at Michael’s DIY Paper Fans Take home a completed project. Just $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative craft fun. Ages 3 and up $2 per child. Michael’s locations.

 

Saturday @ 10am – 3pm: Rainbow Fishway Open House View actively migrating fish, observe how a fish ladder operates, learn about life histories of migrating fish in Connecticut. Free. Rainbow Dam Fishway, Windsor.

{National} Saturday @ 11am: Peanut Butter & Cupcake What’s a little piece of bread to do when he’s feeling lonely? Find a friend, of course! And that’s exactly what Peanut Butter tried to do in Peanut Butter & Cupcake. Enjoy a storytime and activity to celebrate this monthly Barnes & Noble children’s book selection. Barnes & Noble of Canton, Farmington, Manchester and West Hartford.

{Kids Time In} Saturday @ 12 – 2pm: Wilton At the Beach Cupcakes for Kids Dive right in for decorating fun and learn how to pipe starfish, puffer fish, and other sea creatures on cupcakes! Kids will learn how to use piped dots, outlines and other easy techniques to complete these underwater friends. Recommended for kids ages 8-12. $15 per child. Michael’s, Berlin and Enfield.

Saturday @ 12 – 3pm: Springtime Steampunk Social: An afternoon of Tea, Steam, Songs and Sweets Steampunk will once again invade The Mark Twain House & Museum in the form of an old-fashioned tea party in Hal Holbrook Hall. On Saturday, May 30, from 12pm to 3pm, guests are invited to come in costume, try some tea, and hobnob with delightful members of the Steampunk community. This Steampunk Social, hosted by Grymm Studios, features Nikki Woolfolk, Author & Chocolatier, the musical styling of Venus Lens Cap, plus a showing of the award winning short film 1873: the Insidious Intrigue by Chronophotograph Studios. The event will include a Victorian-style afternoon tea with delectable treats. Attendees are encouraged to come in costume, but it is not required. Tours of The Mark Twain House will be available at 11am and at 3pm. Tickets are $15. The tour is an additional $5. The Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

Saturday @ 12 – 4pm: Open Farm Visit our diversified farm for a fun, family day of farm tours and activities. Sub Edge Farm, Farmington.

Saturday @ 5pm: Fireworks at Cove Park Fireworks sponsored by the Wethersfield Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Town of Wethersfield. Cove Park, Wethersfield.

Saturday @ 6:30 – 8:30pm: Riverfront Swing Night The Farmington Bank Community Concert Series brings you Simply Swing, an amazing 10-piece swing orchestra recreating dance-able favorites and memories from the Big Band and Swing Dance eras. Bring your chair, picnic, and dancing shoes – this is music you’ll want to move and groove to. Great River Park, East Hartford.

Sunday, May 31

{National & Parenting Time Out} Sunday @ 1pm: {Times vary per location} The Beer Revolution Beer is taking on a life of its own in the culinary world. We’ve partnered with Anchor Brewing Company to celebrate all things beer. Using beer-based sauces, we’ll prepare savory braises, grilled fare and scrumptious side dishes, and offer tips on serving our favorite brews. Free. Williams Sonoma locations.

{Kids Time In} Sunday @ 12 – 2pm: Wilton At the Beach Cupcakes for Kids Dive right in for decorating fun and learn how to pipe starfish, puffer fish, and other sea creatures on cupcakes! Kids will learn how to use piped dots, outlines and other easy techniques to complete these underwater friends. Recommended for kids ages 8-12. $15 per child. Michael’s, Manchester.

Sunday @ 1pm: Family Nature Walk Bring the whole family for an enjoyable afternoon in the woods. Join us for a fun family walk on the trails of the Barnes Nature Center. We will look for birds, mammals, insects, frogs and a whole host of other cool things! Dress appropriately and wear shoes suitable for walking on a nature trail. Rain or Shine $7 for adults, $5 for children. Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center, Bristol.

Sunday @ 1 – 5pm: Hartford Earth Festival Celebrate the Earth at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza with fantastic musicians on the Main Stage, such as the Hartford Steel Symphony and the Meadows Brothers. Kids will enjoy musicians, Cyril the eco magician, and more at Inspiration Station from 2 – 4:30. Plus, check out great exhibits on different environmental topics, learn about the work your favorite organizations are doing, and eat tasty, local food! Free. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford.

Sunday @ 2 – 4pm: A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Don’t be late for this very important date! Follow the White Rabbit to a tea party with Wonderland craft activities at the American Clock & Watch Museum! Pre-registration is required. The price is the same for adults and children $5 and includes crafts, snacks, and tea, of course! American Clock & Watch Museum, Bristol.

Sunday @ 3:30pm: Kids Triathlon Challenge Three age groups: 6-8 year olds – Swim 25/75 yards – Bike 1 mile – Run 1/4 mile, 9-10 year olds – Swim 50/150 yards – Bike 2 miles – Run 1/2 mile and 11-14 year olds – Swim 100/200 yards – Bike 3 miles – Run 1 mile. Must register by May 27. JCC, West Hartford.

If you don’t mind getting outside of Hartford County, click here to be directed to our state-wide site, Momecticut.

We always provide the links for your convenience and encourage you to check the event listing directly for any changes, re-schedules or typos (cause I am not a robot), before heading out.

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