June 1 – 7

Welcome to the first full week of June. With only a couple of 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 7 days across Hartford County. Check back often as we update our content as often as our wardrobes.

Tuesday, June 2 – Sunday, June 7:

{Reoccurs} Tuesday – Thursday @ 7:30pm, Friday @ 8pm, Saturday @ 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. Talk back Tuesday’s, an insightful post-show conversation with the cast after the show. On Saturday TheaterWorks offers a free student matinee, which includes students, faculty or staff with a valid school ID. TheaterWorks, Hartford.

{Reoccurs} Tuesday @ 7:30pm, Wednesday @ 2pm and 7:30pm, Thursday @ 7:30pm, Friday @ 8pm, Saturday @ 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. The Saturday at 2pm showing is free for patrons who are blind or have low vision. Hartford Stage offers 50% discount on all tickets to active duty and veteran military personnel and their immediate families. Hartford Stage, Hartford. “I had the opportunity to see this play this past Saturday night and wow it was an extraordinary display of super-talent from a full cast of dancing, singing and comically promiscuous top-notch actors! Laugh Out Loud entertainment the two act play through delivering a brilliant performance setting the bar high by Hartford Stage.”

Tuesday, June 2:

Tuesday @ 9:30am – 11:30am: It’s Raining Donuts! We will be making donut holes and a glaze frosting from scratch. Then, we will get our creative juices flowing and load up the donuts with fun toppings. Each child will take home a dozen in a special box. Choose a session: 9:30 am – 10:30 am or 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. Ages 2-5. $15 per child, siblings $10. Stew Leonard’s Newington.

Tuesday @ 10:30am: Penguin on Vacation Poor Penguin needs a vacation, do you? Click here to learn more about this book. Free. Enfield Commons; Barnes & Noble, Enfield.

Wednesday, June 3 – Saturday, June 6:

Wednesday – Friday @ 6-10pm and Saturday @ 5-10pm: 36th Annual St. Mary’s Carnival For more than 30 years, the St. Mary’s Carnival has brought friends and families together for fun, food and entertainment. It is the largest family-focused event in the area and year after year, our event attracts thousands of individuals from the Farmington Valley. Proceeds from the carnival go to a variety of organizations including our school, Youth Ministry programs, Religious Education program, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Habitat for Humanity and Knights of Columbus. St. Mary’s Field, Simsbury.

Wednesday, June 3:

{Reoccurs} Wednesday @ 11am: Outdoor Storytime Join Mrs. Moody at Rotary Park Playground for Storytime! We will enjoy songs, stories, bubbles and parachute fun. Ages 2 and up with a caregiver. Reoccurs through June. Free. Weather permitting. Rotary Park Playground, Simsbury.

Wednesday @ 7pm: The Twain Shall Meet: The Mysterious Legacy of Samuel L. Clemens’ Granddaughter Did famous author Mark Twain’s only surviving child, Clara, and her daughter, Nina Clemens Gabrilowitsch, take a life-long secret to their graves? After extensive research, and using techniques from genetic genealogy, “The Twain Shall Meet” authors believe the answer is a resounding “yes.” If you thought you knew everything about Samuel Langhorne Clemens’ family, this book will be a page-turning eye opener. This work of nonfiction takes the reader on a mesmerizing and heartwarming journey into the tangled universe of mother-daughter relationships as co-authors Susan Bailey and genealogist and historic researcher Deborah Gosselin seek to uncover the identity of Bailey’s mother—a quest that leads them straight into the heart of Clara’s and Nina’s world. Free. The Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

Thursday, May 4:

{Reoccurs monthly} Thursday @ 5 – 8pm: First Thursday Join us the first Thursday of every month for extended exhibition hours, music, cocktails, food, art activities, a film & more! Join us for an homage to the rich culture of Peru with folk music and dancing by Inca Son and Peru Folklore CT, Peruvian snacks and handicrafts, and a talk by Ambassador Carlos Zapata, Consul General of Peru. Stay for an 8 pm film, La Teta Asustada (The Milk of Sorrow). Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford.

Thursday, June 4 – Sunday, June 7:

{Parenting Time Out} Paint Nights Thursday and Saturday @ 7 – 9:30pm, Friday @ 8-10pm and Sunday @ 5 – 7:30pm. Thursday: Lotus, Friday: Flip Flops in the San, Saturday: Sunflower, Sunday: Rainbow Tree. Perfect for a Moms Night Out or a date night option. If you have a few friends, include a note when you register to reserve a table or seating together. $35 – $40 per painter. Scene Art Bar, Unionville.

Thursday @ 5-10pm, Friday @ 11am-11pm, Saturday 11am- 12pm and Sunday @12-5pm: St. George’s Annual Greek Festival Live music, dance, entertainment and food. St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Hartford.

Friday, June 5 – Sunday, June 7:

New Britain Rock Cats vs. Akron RubberDucks Promotions: Friday @ 6:35pm – Kids Character Series and post-game fireworks. Saturday @ 6:35pm – Military Appreciation Night and Camo Baseball Cap Giveaway to the first 1,000 fans. Sunday @ 1:35pm – ALS Awareness Night and Fans 12 and under are invited to run the bases like the pros after the game concludes. Rock Cats Stadium, New Britain.

Friday, June 5:

Friday @ 8am – 12pm: Celebrate National Donut Day at Stew’s! National Donut Day is Friday, June 5 and Stew Leonard’s is celebrating! We’ll be giving out a free freshly made apple cider donut to all of our customers. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

Friday @ 9:30am – 11:30am: It’s Raining Donuts! We will be making donut holes and a glaze frosting from scratch. Then, we will get our creative juices flowing and load up the donuts with fun toppings. Each child will take home a dozen in a special box. Choose a session: 9:30 am – 10:30 am or 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. Ages 2-5. $15 per child, siblings $10. Stew Leonard’s Newington.

Friday @ 5:30 – 7pm: Members Only Family Walk & Stroll Imagine Nation Museum members are invited to bring the whole family out for a walk or stroll through the park! It’s a great way to exercise as a whole family! A park trail map is provided. After your adventure enjoy dinner in the park as well! Then head down the road to Imagine Nation for an after dinner ice cream treat and discovery time. Free. Click here to become a member. Imagine Nation Museum, Bristol.

Friday @ 6 – 8pm: It’s Raining Donuts! Have you ever wanted to have your own bakery? Well today we will make all sorts of yummy donuts along with special glazes and frosting. Add your favorite toppings and take some home to your family. Dinner will be served. Ages 6-12. $25 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

Friday @ 7pm: The Foot Book It’s one of our very favorite books here at Banes & Noble! The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss is a classic and sure to make your children laugh. Click here to learn more about this book. Free. Enfield Commons; Barnes & Noble, Enfield.

Saturday, June 6 – Sunday, June 7:

{National} Time Varies: Trail Weekend With 225 registered events, CT Trails Weekend offers something for all ages and ability levels. From climbs to mountain summits to easy sidewalk strolls. Click here to find your local walk or hike, there are just too many to list all of them. Some have wheelchair access.

Saturday @ 10am – 6pm and Sunday @ 12 – 6pm: Celebrate West Hartford The two-day community fair presents businesses, civic and service organizations, recreation groups and charitable foundations a way to increase public awareness of their important work. Celebrate West Hartford also provides festival attendees with a wide range of family activities – a highly rated juried arts & crafts show, food, entertainment, games, carnival rides, and a certified 5K road race. There is no admission charge for the event and many of the activities are free. West Hartford Town Hall, West Hartford.

Saturday and Sunday @ 4pm: Legends of Twain: Quips, Quotes & River Songs CitySingers of Hartford will be giving snapshots of Mark Twain’s life through a blend of music, narrative and drama. Twain’s writings that reflect his life and times in Hartford and beyond will be enriched by CitySingers’ performance of river songs and music that Twain heard and especially enjoyed. Also featured will be a the moving Civil War anthem “Maryland, My Maryland,” a reading from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and spirituals associated with the Underground Railroad, a cause“ close to home” for Twain and his neighbor Harriet Beecher Stowe. And to make the scenario complete, John Pogson, nationally known impersonator of Twain, will deliver a running commentary of famous quips and quotes from the literary legend himself! Tickets are $10  per adult and $7 for students. The Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

Saturday, June 6:

{National} Saturday @ 9am – 12pm: Learn to Build a Load ‘n Go Truck All kid get to keep their craft, receive a certificate of achievement, a workshop apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Ages 5 – 12. Free. Home Depot location.

Saturday @ 9am – 5pm: Free First Saturday Explore our new exhibit Connecticut: 50 Objects / 50 Stories with an educator-led tour designed especially for kids! Get a close look at a Pequot arrow point, a 1970s space suit, and other objects from Connecticut! Tours will be held at 10:15 am, 2:15 pm and 3:15 pm. After the tour, enjoy some arts and crafts inspired by objects in the exhibit. Free admission to the museum galleries all day. CT Historical Society, Hartford.

Saturday @ 9:30am – 10:30am: It’s Raining Donuts! We will be making donut holes and a glaze frosting from scratch. Then, we will get our creative juices flowing and load up the donuts with fun toppings. Each child will take home a dozen in a special box. Ages 2-5. $15 per child, siblings $10. Stew Leonard’s Newington.

{National} Saturday @ 10am: Summer Sides: BBQ Helper Eating outside is so much fun in the summer. We’ll show you how to make some tasty sidedishes that you can prepare for your family’s next outdoor party. Mom and Dad will lovehaving a helper in the kitchen! Suitable for ages 9–13. Free. Williams Sonoma location.

{National} Saturday @ 10am – 12pm: Kids Club – Father’s Day Craftstick Card Drop in. 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: A Sporting Chance for Youth Day Youth of all ages and abilities can come to Hartford’s Riverside Park to try rowing, fishing, volleyball, football, soccer, climbing wall, orienteering, golf, baseball, basketball, cricket, mountain biking, and more, all for free! Riverside Park, Hartford.

Saturday @ 10 – 4pm: Tom Sawyer Day: Adventures Abroad Mark Twain was well known for his international travels.  His first book was The Innocents Abroad. And he wrote a sequel to his autobiographical novel The Adventures of  Tom Sawyer called Tom Sawyer Abroad.  The Museum’s 2015 exhibition is “Travel is Fatal To Prejudice: Mark Twain’s Journeys Abroad,” chronicling Twain’s adventures around the globe. The free event will include pony rides, a petting zoo, live music, games, arts & crafts, the Mark Twain Players from Hartford Stage, food trucks, and much more fun & entertainment! Free. Discount tours of the Mark Twain House will be available at $10 for adults and seniors and $5 for children. The Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

{National} Saturday @ 11am: Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Storytime and activities. Barnes & Noble of West Hartford, Enfield, Farmington, Manchester, Glastonbury.

{National} Saturday @ 11am – 3pm: Creative Classes Open House Stop by to meet our talented instructors and sign up for a class. All classes 50% off when you register today. Michael’s locations.

Saturday @ 1pm: Ralph Nader Return to Sender: Unanswered Letters to the President, 2003-2014. Click here to learn more about this book. Free. The Shoppes at Farmington Valley; Barnes & Noble, Farmington.

Saturday @ 1 – 2:30pm: East Coast Greenway Adventure We will walk at a moderate pace from Charter Oak Park to the Highland Park section of Manchester, and return on the same route. Rain or shine. Free. Charter Oak Park, Manchester.

Saturday @ 3 and 7pm: Echoes of Sinatra: A Celebration of a Man & His Music This exciting and entertaining production celebrates the life of American icon, Francis Albert Sinatra. $20 per person. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford.

Saturday @ 3:30pm: Come watch the New England NightMare Women’s football team take on the Baltimore Burn. Ticket prices are only $5. Jack O’Brien Stadium, Windsor.

Saturday @ 4-8pm: Country Dance & Picnic Stanley-Whitman House is hosting a “Country Dance & Picnic” to benefit the museum. This spirited event features country dancing to the music of “Wry Bred,” with caller Bill Fischer (amateurs welcome!). Guests are encouraged to bring their own creative picnic dinners (you may win a prize!). This event will take place under a big tent on the grounds of Miss Porter’s School. Want to “country up” your outfit for the event? Families are encouraged to attend! Click here to register. Adults $25, Children (ages 13 –  18) $10 and children under 12 are free. Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington.

Saturday @ Sunset Frozen Southington residents pay $10 a carload; non-residents $15 a carload and walk-ins pay $2 a person (please bring lawn chairs). Gates open at 6pm. Southington Drive-In, Southington.

Saturday @ 7:30pm: Disney in Concert Timeless images synchronized with live music will transport you to your favorite Disney musical moments. Bring the whole family to see Disney’s beloved animation and hear the HSO perform arrangements from early classics to recent releases, including The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins, Tarzan, and others. $22.50 per person. The Bushnell; William H. Mortensen Hall, Hartford.

Sunday, June 7:

Sunday at 9am: Family Nature Walk Come explore Hungerford’s trails as we talk about habitats, plants and animals that are found here. New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Park, Berlin.

Sunday @ 10:30am: Sensory Walk Smell, touch and even taste some of the plants found among the forest and meadow at Hungerford Park. We will discuss common plants found along the trail as well as  learn some interested facts about them. New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Park, Berlin.

Sunday @ 10am – 5pm: 29th Annual NEAM Auto Show and Aircraft Exhibit This is a non-judged fun meet for all makes and models, foreign and domestic, antique, classic, special interest, sports cars and street rods. Show car admission is $10 and includes the driver and passengers. Admission (included museum and auto show) Adults $12, Children (ages 4-11) $6.50, 3 and under free. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks.

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 @ 12 – 4pm: First Sunday Tour the collection at your own pace—linger in front of your favorite painting, examine the stairway prints in detail, or take in the many decorative arts objects that are not focused on during our regular guided tours. Museum Guides are always stationed throughout the period rooms to answer your questions and engage you in stimulating conversation. Gallery talks at 1pm offer an additional experience to learn more. At 1pm kids can enjoy a summertime tea party and story time in the museum’s Sunken Garden, click here for more details. Free with admission. Hillstead Museum, Farmington.

{National} Time Varies: BBQ at Home You don’t need a smoker to pull off this impressive barbecue meal—it’s easy and tastes just like the real thing. We’ll show you how to make slow-cooked favorites like pulled pork and pork ribs. Free. Williams Sonoma locations.

Sunday @ 1pm: All About Frogs We will start with a look at our collection of live frogs and toads and then proceed outside in search of amphibians in the wild. $7 Adults, $5 Children. Barnes Nature Center, Bristol.

Sunday @ 1 – 2:15pm: Center Springs Park History Walk This hike will follow a 1-mile loop trail in a 55-acre urban park in the center of Manchester. Come discover dramatic geographical features, including gorge and brook, as we walk at an easy pace. This historic park was a gift to the Town of Manchester by the Cheney and Hilliard families—who owned silk and woolen mills nearby. There was once a clock factory, which used a water wheel powered by Bigelow Brook. The trail is hilly and sometimes wet in spots. An extra 0.5-mile option to see the Cheney Railroad will also be offered. Rain or shine. Free. Center Springs Park, Manchester.

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

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