June 8 – 14

Welcome to the second week of June. Below we have highlighted what to do over the next 7 days across Hartford County. Parents, plan a Parenting Time Out by checking out a show! TheaterWorks, Hartford Stage, Playhouse on Park or the Bushnell are serving up some great shows this week. Or get cozy in front of a paintbrush (and a glass of vino) at Scene Art Bar in Unionville! This week it’s all about the Strawberry (about the Strawberry – no troubles) and CT Open House Day! Check back often as we update our content as often as our wardrobes.

Monday, June 8:

{National} Monday @ 6:30 – 8:30pm: Intro to Paper Crafting 101 Learn the basics of paper crafting as you create a gift card holder, paper bow, treat box and small gift box. Meet us in the classroom, and our Associates will help you shop for supplies. Free with cost of supplies. Michael’s locations.

Tuesday, June 9 – Sunday, June 14:

{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. TheaterWorks, Hartford.

Tuesday – 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 and wow it was an extraordinary display of super-talent from a cast full of dancing, singing and comically promiscuous top-notch actors! The two act ensemble delivers a non-stop Laugh Out Loud entertainment through; a brilliant performance setting the bar high for guests by the Hartford Stage.”

Tuesday, June 9:

{National} Tuesday @ 6:30 – 8:30pm: Intro to Jewelry 101 Learn the basics of jewelry making as you create a nautical bracelet just in time for summer. Meet us in the classroom, and our Associates will help you shop for supplies. Free with cost of supplies. Michael’s locations.

Wednesday, June 10 – Sunday, June 14:

Wednesday – Thursday @ 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday @ 8pm, Sunday @ 2pm: HAIR puts rock music and the culture that went with it on stage. The show has a strong effect on everyone, and acts as a bridge between generations and viewpoints. What looks like incredible chaos is actually organized chaos.  Phenomenal musical numbers include Aquarius, Good Morning Starshine, I Believe in Love, Hair, I Got Life and What a Piece of Work is Man. This show has a vitality, a timelessness and a meaning that outlives the late 1960’s and early 1970’s in America. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. Recommended for ages 16 and up due to strong language, nudity, drug use. Tickets start at $15. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

Wednesday, June 10:

{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 @ 12 – 1pm: Lunchtime Lecture: It’s a Grand Old Flag! Education Coordinator and textile expert Joann Zeisner will show and talk about two antique flags in the museum’s collection. Bring a sandwich; beverages and dessert will be provided. Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington.

Wednesday @ 1 – 3pm: The Secret History of Wonder Woman written by Jill Lepore Trace the captivating history of Wonder Woman in Jill Lepore’s novel The Secret History of Wonder Woman. After working with the never before seen private papers of William Moulton Marston, Lepore has uncovered the hidden history of Wonder Woman’s creator, and the autobiographical clues embedded within her character. Meet with Pat Hickox and examine the place of the women’s suffrage campaigns during the early 1900s and throughout the century. No registration required. The authors will not be present. $12 per adult, $8 for students and children under 12 are free. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

Wednesday @ 7pm: Breastfeeding Class Join us as a Certified Lactation Consultant offers professional advice and practical tips to help prepare new and expectant moms for a successful nursing experience. Bring your questions! Babies R Us, Manchester.

Wednesday @ 7:45pm: Discovering the Night Sky Join us at Barnes Nature Center as we look to the sky to view and learn about the moon, planets, and stars. Astronomers from Slooh Community Observatory will be on hand with telescopes and guidance in viewing and learning more about the night sky.  Come early to view the moon and planets.  Once the sky darkens, we will shift our attention to the stars.  Come take a look through telescopes to truly discover our night sky! Free. Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center, Bristol.

Wednesday @ 8pm: CT Forum Backstage with the Creators of SERIAL, Sarah Koenig & Julie Snyder. This special event is a live presentation about the hit podcast SERIAL. Using some of their favorite tape, Host Sarah Koenig and Producer Julie Snyder will tell personal behind-the-scenes stories, explain how they constructed certain episodes, and allow the audience to follow the ups and downs of creating a new form of modern journalism. Tickets starting at $39. The Bushnell; William H. Mortensen Hall, Hartford.

Thursday, June 11 – Saturday, June 13:

Thursday – Saturday @ 8pm also Saturday @ 3pm: Men Are From Mars – Women Are From Venus LIVE!, the one-man fusion of theater and stand-up starring John Frusciante and based on the New York Times #1 best-selling book of the last decade by John Gray, is back by popular demand to The Bushnell! Moving swiftly through a series of vignettes, the show covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom. After beginning in Paris in 2007, Men are From Mars–Women are From Venus LIVE! has been seen by more than one million people around Europe. It debuted in the United States in February 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina and played at The Bushnell in May 2014 to capacity crowds. This hysterical show will have couples elbowing each other all evening as they see themselves on stage. Sexy and fast paced, this show is definitely for adults, but will leave audiences laughing and giggling like little kids! John Frusciante is a comedian and writer living in NYC. He is a member of the Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company and has performed for audiences all across the country. John can be seen regularly at the UCB Theatre in New York City and can be heard as a contributor on the hit podcast Citizen Radio. In 2014, John co-headlined the Addicted to Friendship tour with Jamie Kilstein in major cities across the country. He has also made multiple appearances on Conan. The Bushnell; Maxwell M. & Ruth R. Belding Theater, Hartford. Savings Alert: Momford County fans use code VENUS15 for half-priced tickets.

Thursday, June 11 – Sunday, June 13:

{Parenting Time Out} Paint Nights Thursday – Saturday @ 7 – 9:30pm and Sunday @ 6 – 8:30pm. Thursday: Cocktails on the beach, Friday: Scenic Farmington River, Saturday: Water Lilies and Sunday: Singles Paint Night with the Date Doctor. Perfect for a Moms Night Out or a date night or date-less 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, June 11:

Thursday @ 8:30am – 6pm: Domestic Tours Trip to New York Botanical Gardens (Queens) and The Bronx Museum of the Arts Don’t miss this New York Botanical garden special exhibit! Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life at the New York Botanical Garden will focus on the artist’s engagement with nature in her native country of Mexico and a stop at The Bronx Museum of the Arts will round out the day. Trip departs the NBMAA at 8:30 am and returns for 6pm. Reservations can be made with Friendship Tours at (800) 243-1630. $89 per person non-members.

Thursday @ 5:30pm: The Art of Weather Former NBC30 Meteorologist Art Horn will present this unique program on the depiction of weather in art. The talk will feature NBMAA paintings that illustrate views of the sky. Horn will explain what types of clouds are portrayed, and what the sky’s condition shows us about weather during that time. This lecture will have you looking at paintings in a completely new and different way. $12 per adult, $8 for students and children under 12 are free. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

Friday, June 12 – Sunday, June 14:

Friday – Saturday @ 7:30pm and Saturday-Sunday @ 2pm: The Swan Princess The Hartt School Community Division will present the world premiere of the ballet, The Swan Princess, featuring a newly adapted score by Jessica Rudman and original choreography by Susannah Marchese. Ticket prices are $30 for adults; $15 for children 12 and under; and $20 for students with ID. University of Hartford; Alfred C. Fuller Music Center F Millard Auditorium, West Hartford.

Friday, June 12:

Friday at @ 10 – 11am: Museum & Me: Playdates with Art In this new program, parents and caregivers learn how to share art with their babies and toddlers by recognizing and responding to signs of visual stimulation. Led by Museum educators and docents, the program focuses on a different theme each class through stories, guided gallery explorations, and a sensory play session. Parents and caregivers participate at every stage, so come ready to enjoy a special museum visit with your little one. Museum admission includes entrance to the class, as well as a “coffee break” during the play session. Strollers are welcome, and the spacious Stanley Works Center will be available for the duration of the class for anyone needing a break with their child. Front carriers are suggested for babies. Ages 0-2. $12 per adult, $8 for students and children under 12 are free. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

{Parenting Time Out} Friday @ 6:30 – 9pm: Wine & Roses You are cordially invited to attend the Elizabeth Park Conservancy’s Annual Fundraiser celebrating America’s Oldest Public Rose Garden. Cocktail reception, silent and live auction. Starting at $75 per person. Pond House Cafe; Elizabeth Park, Hartford.

Friday @ 8pm: Mike Super NBC’s “Phenomenon” Winner, mystifier Mike Super is bringing his incredible show to Hartford!! Come see the magic show that has amazed everyone from Ellen DeGeneres to Criss Angel!! Infinity Music Hall, Hartford.

Saturday, June 13:

Connecticut Open House Day Connecticut residents are invited to discover – and rediscover – the state’s exciting arts, history and tourism offerings with a variety of special incentives, such as discounted or free admission, free gifts or special exhibits and activities. Open House Day is a great way for you to experience all the state has to offer and to encourage you to become Connecticut Ambassadors who take pride in sharing your new discoveries with visiting family and friends. The annual event is coordinated by the Connecticut Office of Tourism, a division of the Department of Economic & Community Development. Click here for a listing by city, there are too many to list.

7:45am: Bronx Zoo Trip Your ticket includes coach bus transportation, admission to the zoo, plus the Bug Carousel, New 4D Theatre, Jungle World, Wild Asia Monorail and the Zoo Shuttle. Kid-friendly movies and activities will be provided on the bus, but all ages are welcome. Bus leaves promptly at 8am. $65 per non-member. Lutz Children’s Museum, Manchester.

9am – 5pm: Open House Day The Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.

Saturday @ 9am – 5:30pm: The South Windsor Strawberry Festival Little Miss Strawberry Pageant: this fun, non-competitive event brings out the creative flaire of children and moms alike! Come see the tinniest (newborns) to our bigger girls (age 7-8) and ages in between show off their strawberry themed outfits. These little cuties really kick off the festival! Festival includes a craft show, face painting, a petting zoo, tractor and hay rides, a magic show, strolling balloon art and live music. Click here to view the schedule as activities start at different times. Rain or shine. Nevers Road Park, South Windsor.

{National} Saturday @ 10am: Kid’s Workshop Iron Man’s Avenjet The Avengers are coming to Lowe’s! Bring in your child to build Iron Man’s Avenjet as part of our “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble” Summer series. Free. Lowe’s Home Improvement locations.

{National} Saturday @ 10am: I Love Zoku Join us for some frosty Zoku fun! The amazing Zoku products turn out everything from quick and easy pops to slushies and ice cream. If you’d like, you can pre-order your choice of a Zoku pop maker, slushie maker or ice cream maker. We’ll have it frozen and ready for you to create a cool work of art. Suitable for ages 5–13. Free. Williams-Sonoma locations.

{National} Saturday @ 10am – 12pm: Father’s Day Duck Tape Frame Drop in. Take home a completed project. Just $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative craft fun. Ages 3 and up. Michael’s locations.

Saturday @ 10am – 12pm: CT Open House Day at Imagine Nation Children’s Museum Music’s in the air and art is all around! Head outdoors to our Learning Park for creative fun in the sun. Get inspired by some tunes while kicking off your shoes and try painting – with your feet! Or maybe bang on our instruments to create music of your own! We are offering a 20% discount on admission from 11am-3pm! Adults and children $10, children 12 months and under are free. Imagine Nation, Bristol.

Saturday @ 10am – 2pm: Clay’s Critters Barnes Nature Center will present an up close look at various reptiles and other critters for kids of all ages. Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center, Bristol.

Saturday @ 10am – 4pm: Juneteenth Family Day: Stories & Songs of Freedom Join us to celebrate African American art and culture and to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth with free, family-friendly performances, art-making, tours, and more! Presented with the Amistad Center for Art & Culture. Free. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford.

Saturday @ 10am – 4pm: Strawberry Festival This festival features a craft fair, live entertainment, a car show, children’s games, touch-a-truck at 11:30am, free pony rides at 11am and 1pm and a magic show at 3pm. Free admission. Rain or shine. New Horizons Village, Unionville.

Saturday @ 10am – 5pm: CT Open House Day The New England Carousel Museum is offering free admission to children and free carousel rides all day long from 10am to 5pm, accompanied by an adult. Adult admission is $6 per person. The New England Carousel Museum, Bristol.

{National} Saturday @ 11am: Touch the Brightest Star A companion to the popular and acclaimed Tap the Magic Tree! In this interactive bedtime story, touch, tap, blink, whisper and more to make magic happen in the nighttime sky. Free. Select Barnes & Noble locations.

Saturday @ 11am – 6pm: Festival on the Hill Live entertainment, games, bounce house ($1 per child), free face painting, free balloons, free nature program and activities. Food available for purchase. Free admission and parking. Rain or shine. Kensington Congregational Church, Kensington.

Saturday @ 11am – 6pm: 11th Annual Spring Festival The 1970s themed festivities kick off will be lots of fun activities, including a couples-only dance contest complete with cash prizes (for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners), food, entertainment, and hay rides. Please note: there is a $10 registration fee to participate in the couples-only dance contest, which can be paid via PayPal, registration forms can be submitted through email. Participants can register up to an hour before the event. Admission is free, but please be prepared to pay for rides and food. Ebony Horsewomen, Hartford.

Saturday @ 11am – 6pm: 2nd Annual Impact Fest Are you looking for great music, delicious food, family friendly activities and just an amazing event to have fun? ImPACT Fest is the place to be! Get info about the cultural resources and services the city has to offer. “ImpactFest hosts a celebration which showcases the diversity and vitality of Hartford. We are the champions of our shared cultural services and city resources.

Saturday @ 12 – 3pm: Open House and Touch-A-Truck Manchester will be celebrating Heritage Day while tourism sites statewide are promoting Open House CT. We will enthusiastically embrace both events by offering our visitors free admission from 12–5pm and the opportunity to see and climb inside a variety of big trucks between 12–3pm. Come and join the fun! Free. Lutz Children’s Museum, Manchester.

{National} Saturday @ 1 – 4pm: Fun Family Craft Time: Father’s Day Tie-Dye Tee Spend some craft time with Dad this year and create a colorful T-shirt. $7 per shirt, including supplies. Michael’s locations.

Saturday @ 4 – 7pm: White Night Jazz music under the stars, bring your own appetizer and beverage of choice, museum is open free of charge, scavenger hunt for families, and everyone dresses in white! This annual event is not only a fun celebration, but a great way to kick off the start of the summer! Free. American Clock & Watch Museum, Bristol.

Saturday @ 4pm: Family Day and Movie Night Family activities start at 4pm with games, hayrides barn tours and crafts. Movie: Babe begins at 7:30pm. Bring your own picnics, blankets and chairs. Free. Auer Farm, Bloomfield.

Saturday @ 7:30 – 9pm: Sea Tea Improv Featuring smaller groups made of members of Sea Tea Improv and friends! Teams include: Wow! Sure. (Julia Pistell & Greg Ludovici), School’s Out (Laura Manasewich & Casey Grambo), Special Projects Initiative (Patrick McGuire & Daniel Davidson), Brain’s Song (Brian Hines & Brian Quagan) and I’m Not Yelling! (Helena Morris & Tim Seibel). Come spend an evening out in the city with Connecticut’s improv comedy professionals. Parking is available for free at the Mark Twain House and Museum lot, just across the street from the Carriage House Theater. Tickets are just $10. Carriage House Theater, Hartford.

Sunday, June 14:

Sunday @ 7:15am – 8:25am: Down and Dirty Obstacle Course Riverside Park, Hartford.

{National} Sunday @ 1pm: Father’s Day Feast Make Dad a meal he’ll remember by cooking the perfect burgers and piling them high with all the fixin’s. We’ll teach you the techniques and tricks for preparing flavorful burgers, including stuffed ones with savory fillings, plus creative ideas for garnishing them. Class times can vary per location. Free. William-Sonoma locations.

Sunday @ 2pm: Wild Kratts — Live!, based on the hit animated PBS television series, is an all new stage show that is selling out theaters around the U.S. Stars Martin and Chris Kratt step out live on stage in a classic Wild Kratts story that features fan-favorite Creature Power Suites, hilarious pratfalls and amazing animal “wow facts.” $16.50-$42.50 per ticket. $100 VIP ticket includes premium seating and post-show meet and greet with the Kratt brothers. The Bushnell; William H. Mortensen Hall, Hartford.

Sunday @ 2 – 3pm: A Talk with a Nutritional Herbalist The use of herbs and plants is an ancient skill, practiced by Native Americans and Europeans who settled Connecticut. Gloria Masse, a certified Nutritional Herbalist and owner of Unionville Organic Market, will talk about contemporary uses of herbs in food, personal care, household items and even pet therapy. After her talk, stroll through the museum’s authentic 18th-century Dooryard Gardens to see what plants Colonial families grew and used in their daily lives. Attendees will receive a 15% off coupon to use at Unionville Organic Market, located at 37 Mill Street, Unionville. Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington.

Sunday @ 2 – 4pm: Animal Show on the Go is a Portland, CT based exotic animal rescue. Animals include scaly reptiles, slimy amphibians, creepy arthropods, birds and super furry mammals. The animals travel to schools, libraries, museums and private functions to teach about ecology and pet ownership. Learn about the natural world with a CT DEEP Master Wildlife Conservationist who has over 15 years experience in environmental education. Visit the Old Town Hall Museum while you are here – it’s free too! Old Town Hall Museum, Enfield.

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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