June 15 – 21

Welcome to the third week of June. Below we have highlighted what to do over the next 7 days across Hartford County. This week it’s all about School’s Out, Summer Solstice and Father’s Day! Check back often as we update our content as often as our wardrobes.

Savings Alert:

Now through Labor Day save $10 when you sign up for a family membership. Member benefits include: discounts on classes, birthday parties and certain special events. Discount on tickets for our pumpkin trail walk. Free admission to Hungerford. New Britain Youth Museum; Hungerford Park, Kensington.

The July Calendar has arrived at the new art bar, Scene Art Bar in Unionville! Book your July session by June 30th and save 20% on public painting sessions – enter promo code JULYOFFER20 during online registration (not valid for previous reservations, private parties or fundraisers).

Monday, June 15:

{National} Monday @ 10am – 12pm: Passport to Imagination: Pirate Doubloon Necklace & Pirate Eye Patch. Join us in our store classrooms on an imaginary seven-week road trip from the beach to the county fair and beyond, with fun kids’ crafts at each stop. $5 per session or $12 for 3 sessions. Michael’s locations.

Tuesday, June 16 – Thursday, June 18:

Tuesday – Thursday @ 6:35pm: New Britain Rock Cats vs Bowie Baysox Promotions: Tuesday Family Pack: Order before Tuesday and get 4 hot dogs, 4 waters, 4 popcorns and 4 reserved tickets for $40. All packages purchased the night of the game will be $48. Family Packs must be purchased over the phone or at the Rock Cats Box Office only. Wednesday: Harry Potter Night, Food drive, Town of Newington Night, Winning Wednesday – lucky fans will be chosen to win special prizes throughout the game. Rock Cat Stadium, New Britain.

Tuesday, June 16 – Sunday, June 21:

{Reoccurring} 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.

Wednesday, June 17 – Sunday, June 21:

{Reoccurring} 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 and drug use. Tickets start at $15. Saturday is Open Mic after the show and Sunday is Talk Back with the Cast after the show. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

Wednesday, June 17:

Wednesday @ 9:45am – 4:30pm: The Mark Twain House Tour The only way to experience the interior of this iconic home – named one of the Ten Best Historic Homes in the World by National Geographic –  is to go on one of our professionally interpreted guided tours. The tour is a 45-60 minute walking tour of Mark Twain’s spectacular three-story historic house. Adults $19, children $11.  The Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

{National} Wednesday @ 10am – 12pm: Passport to Imagination: Spyglass & Treasure Map. Join us in our store classrooms on an imaginary seven-week road trip from the beach to the county fair and beyond, with fun kids’ crafts at each stop. $5 per session or $12 for 3 sessions. Michael’s locations.

{Reoccurring} 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. Weather permitting. Free. Rotary Park Playground, Simsbury.

Wednesday @ 7pm: The Other People in Norman Rockwell’s America is an eye opener for everyone who loves Norman Rockwell, everyone who dislikes Norman Rockwell, and for all those people who never thought much about Norman Rockwell because they believed Norman Rockwell never thought much about them. This book will expand the way you think about Norman Rockwell. Free but registration is encouraged. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford.

Wednesday @ 7:30pm: A Conversation with Best-Selling Author James Patterson Continuing The Mark Twain House & Museum’s tradition of presenting the best-selling authors of all time, it’s a pleasure to announce that James Patterson will appearing in Hartford as a benefit for the museum. Ticket prices are $60. Immanuel Congregational Church, Hartford.

Thursday, June 18 – Sunday, June 21:

{Parenting Time Out} Paint Nights Thursday – Saturday @ 7 – 9:30pm and Sunday @ 5 – 7:30pm. Thursday: Flip Flops in the Sand, Friday: Kissing in the Rain, Saturday: Scenic Farmington Valley and Sunday: Pair of Pears. Perfect for a Moms Night Out, 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 18:

{Dance Moms} Thursday @ 6pm: Asylum Hill Artists present a Premiere Modern Dance Performance Black Boy Jungle focuses on the claiming (and re-claiming) of our unique identities. America is home to immigrants from all over the world, and our diversity encourages the questioning of both our personal and national identities. What is the American dream? Who’s to say there is only one? Do our ethnic backgrounds, beliefs and theories become esoteric due to overarching societal views and our aesthetically driven culture? $20 per ticket. Town & County Club, Hartford.

{Parents Time Out} Thursday @ 5:30 – 8:30pm: 10th Annual Summer Solstice in the Park Join us for an evening of music (with special guests Hartford Hot Several), cocktails, and delicious food – all for a good cause! Summer Solstice in the Park is the Bushnell Park Foundation’s annual fundraiser, benefiting BPF’s work of preserving, protecting and promoting the beauty that is Bushnell Park. So come dance, tour the Arch and enjoy a beautiful night downtown. &75 per person. Bushnell Park, Hartford.

{National} Thursday @ 6:30 – 8pm: Learn to Build an Outdoor Serving Station at Home Depot’s Monthly Do-It-Herself Workshops. Learn to make a serving station with step-by-step instructions. Become more familiar with the power tools used in creating this outdoor oasis. Free. Home Depot Locations.

Thursday @ 6pm: Creative Cocktail Hour Real Art Ways, Hartford.

Friday, June 19 – Sunday, June 21:

Friday – Saturday @ 7:30pm and Sunday @ 2pm: Jimmy & Lorraine Jimmy and Lorraine is a meditation on the American political climate of the late 50’s and early 60’s through the lens of two significant artists of the time, James Baldwin and Lorraine Hansberry. Writer Talvin Wilks through his research and collaboration with HartBeat Ensemble members, including director Brian Jennings, will develop this new work and explore the lives of these two artists and social activists. Through insights from Jimmy and Lorraine, this new play hopes to hold up a mirror to America’s history and shed light on the issues of race, art and politics in an ever-changing multicultural society. Carriage House Theater, Hartford.

{Reoccurring} Friday – Saturday @ 8pm and Sunday @ 2pm: Moon Over Buffalo by Ken Ludwig follows in the footsteps of last season’s smash hit Noises Off! It’s a delightful farce, offers a little sexual innuendo and a bit of slapstick. You’ll enjoy the period time-frame, drinking and womanizing male star, justifiably jealous wife, young stage manager desperately trying to keep things together, important person(s) in the audience, at least one character who’s passed out and is believed missing and non-actors forced to become actors. Little Theatre of Manchester at Cheney Hall, Manchester.

Friday, June 19:

{National} Friday @ 10am – 12pm: Passport to Imagination: Parrot Puppet. Join us in our store classrooms on an imaginary seven-week road trip from the beach to the county fair and beyond, with fun kids’ crafts at each stop. $5 per session or $12 for 3 sessions. Michael’s locations.

Friday @ 11:30am – 12:30pm: Father’s Day Breakfast Let’s get some yummy ideas to make dear old dad for Father’s Day. We will start off with a breakfast roll-up sandwich and finish off with maple bacon muffins to take home for dad. Ages 2 -5. $15 per child, $10 per sibling. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

Friday @ 5:30 – 8:30pm: Parent’s Night Out: Ninja Warrior Night Need an evening without the kids? My Gym’s Parents’ Night Out gives our parents the opportunity to take a well-deserved break. Go out for a night on the town feeling confident that your little ones are safe and having the time of their lives with their favorite My Gym teachers. This incredible evening for your children is filled with a variety of fun games, rides and activities, and they won’t want the night to end! And don’t worry about food – we’ll take care of that too! Ages 2.5 and up. Non-members $40, half-price siblings. My Gym, Enfield.

Friday @ 6 – 8pm: Parents Night Out School’s out so let the fun begin! Join Ms Courtney from The Clever Crayon for a Parent Night Out, glow in the dark extravaganza! We will start by making lava lamps and glow in the dark slime before heading into the dance room for some glow in the dark yoga games! We will break for pizza and decorate some cupcakes with, you guessed it, glow in the dark frosting! Ages 5 and up. $30 per child. Imagine Studio, West Hartford.

Friday @ 6:30 – 9:30pm: Outdoor Movie: Paddington Free. Goodwin Park, Hartford.

{Reoccurring} Friday @ 7 – 9pm: Broadway Cabaret The Playhouse Cabaret Singers from West Hartford’s Playhouse On Park present an evening of Broadway show tunes, jazz standards and more. Relax and enjoy complimentary cheese, crackers and crudités. Avon Old Farms Hotel, Avon.

Friday @ 7:30pm: The Mark Twain House & Museum continues “The MOuTH,” a storytelling series with WNPR personality Chion Wolf. Come hear and tell stories (pre-selected} on the theme “On Vacation – Stories About What Went Down When You Put Your Feet Up.” The event is in no way a competition, just storytelling in front of friends in a museum dedicated to Mark Twain, one of our country’s best storytellers. $5 per person. The Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

Saturday, June 20:

Saturday @ 8am: Backyard Birding by Ear Workshop Have you ever wondered what birds you are hearing in your backyard while gardening or relaxing on your deck?  Bird songs are not hard to learn if you know what to listen to.  Knowing what birds you are hearing can be very rewarding and an easy way to identify many bird species. Join Executive Director Scott Heth as we discover the world of bird songs through multi-media and live birds while enjoying a hot beverage and breakfast treats. Non-members $20. Indian Rock Nature Preserve, Bristol.

Saturday @ 8:30am: Miles for Miracles 5K and Family Walk and Fun Run All proceeds will benefit Children’s Medical Center Foundation. Registration begins at 7:30 am on race day. Adults $25 on race day. Children under 12 are $10 to register. Children under 5 are free. Mortensen Riverfront Park, Hartford.

Saturday @ 9am: Kids Who Tri Succeed Triathlon Batterson Park Beach, Farmington.

Saturday @ 9 – 11am: Father’s Day Breakfast Invite your dad (or grandpa) in for a special breakfast! You will start by preparing a delicious twist on an egg sandwich and finish off with some maple bacon muffins with maple cream cheese. Coffee and juice will be served along with breakfast at 10:30 am. Ages 6 – 12. $25 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

Saturday @ 9 -11am: Junior Golf Clinic Free. Rockledge Gold Club, West Hartford.

Saturday @ 9:30am – 3pm: Vintage Motorcar Festival Klingberg Family Center, New Britain.

{National} Saturday @ 10am: Father’s Day Fun with Dad Discover some great gift ideas for Dad on Father’s Day! You’ll learn how to use everything from the latest kitchen gadgets to our favorite ice cream maker, which turns out awesome frozen desserts. Then you can create a delicious treat that Dad and the rest of the family will enjoy. Suitable for ages 5–13. Free. Williams-Sonoma locations.

Saturday @ 10am: Butterfly Walk Search for butterflies with Roy Zartarian and the Connecticut Butterfly Association. Cedar Hill Cemetery supports a significant butterfly population, with nearly 20 species spotted here, including the illusive Hackberry Emperor. Connecticut Butterfly Association volunteers will help find and net butterflies for viewing. Appropriate hiking shoes, long pants and bug repellent are recommended. Free. Cedar Hill Cemetery & Foundation, Hartford.

{National} Saturday @ 10am – 12pm: Kids Club: Popsicle Book 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.

{Daddy Time Out} Saturday @ 10am – 1pm: Mantastic Beard Contest Celebrate with us! We’ve invited some of our favorite vendors to share tasty treats and men’s body care samples. We’ll kick off our first annual beard contest at high noon! We will doante to the winners favorite charity! Everyone is welcome but those wanting to enter the beard contest please register by emailing Rachael.Silva@wholefoods.com. Whole Food, Glastonbury.

{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: Father’s Day Craft Come on down to Brown’s and design and take home a mug for Dad. Kids can enjoy face painting and a bouncy slide. Watch a food demo from local chef, Jordan from Bobby V’s from 11:30-12:30. Pick some fresh strawberries. $5 per child. Browns Harvest, Windsor.

Saturday @ 11am – 1:45pm: Free Poetry Reading featuring Catherine Hoyser and students from the University of Saint Joseph. Free. Whole Foods Market Bishops Corner, West Hartford.

Saturday @ 11am – 3pm: Summer Solstice Sculpture Walk Children’s art show, artist demonstrations, music, food and awards reception at 2pm. $5 Adults, $3 Children (ages 2-12) Children under 2 and members are free. The New Britain Youth Museum; Hungerford Park, Kensington.

{National} Saturday @ 12 – 2pm: Get ready for some colossal fun! Keep the dinosaurs inside the park when you come in store to make and take a free Mini Lego Jurassic World Gate! Event intended for children, ages 5 and up. Parental supervision required at all times. All giveaways and event materials available while supplies last and distributed to participating children only. Limit one per child. Quantities limited; no rain checks. FreeToys R Us locations.

Saturday @ 12 – 2pm: Celebrate Summer! We’re taking the party outside! Enjoy free sampling, raffles and fun! Arethusa is even sampling ice cream! Whole Foods Market Bishops Corner, West Hartford.

Saturday @ 12 – 4pm: Healthy Fiesta A turn key multi-cultural health, wellness and empowerment party for the entire family. On this day: free screenings, free healthy lunch, games, kids pavillion, zumba and martial arts demonstrations, live DJ, empowerment pavillions and more. Asylum Hill Boys & Girls Club, Hartford.

Saturday @ 4 – 8pm: World Music Day Stroll the streets of West Hartford and discover what’s new on the music scene/ West Hartford Center, West Hartford.

Saturday @ 4 – 11pm: 16th Annual Black-eyed & Bluesfest Free admission. Bushnell Park, Hartford.

Saturday @ 6:15pm: Corey’s Catsup & Mustard 5K Run & Charity Walk The fight against Parkinson’s Disease is the reason Hartford Marathon has teamed up with Corey’s Catsup & Mustard, one of Manchester’s most popular eateries. Hartford Marathon is producing a 5K and Corey’s is in charge of the post-race block party on Main Street. The run will feature Manchester’s famous Main Street and portions of the East Coast Greenway. Start and finish in front of Corey’s Catsup & Mustard. They’ll fire up the grills and tap some cold kegs. It’s all for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research. Not up for the 5K, but still want to support the cause? A charity walk around Center Park will take place concurrently with the run. Main Street, Manchester.

Sunday, June 21:

Sunday @ 10am – 4pm: Father’s Day Open Cockpit Treat your dad to an Open Cockpit Day at the New England Air Museum for Father’s Day! The Air Museum is holding its last Open Cockpit Day until the Fall on June 21, 2015.another of our popular open cockpit days on Sunday, March 15. Museum visitors will be permitted to climb into the cockpits of up to eight vintage aircraft, a full-motion flight simulator and two static flight simulators. The open cockpits include: the Vietnam era Bell UH-1B “Huey” helicopter, the North American F-100 Super Sabre jet fighter, the Coast Guard HU-25 “Falcon,” the Lockheed F-104C “Starfighter,” the A-10 “Warthog,” and more. Air Museum educators will provide hands-on activities for younger visitors and the Museum’s Flight Sim Spot full-flight simulator experience will be available throughout most of the day. For the convenience of visitors, a food vendor will be on site serving sandwiches, snacks and beverages. The event will be held inside the Museum’s three large, display hangars. There will also be two performances of Alison Moncrief Bromage’s original play, Red Haired Flying Devil, based on Connecticut aviation pioneer and daredevil Charles Hamilton. Shows are scheduled for 11:30am and 1:30pm. Admission is $12 for ages 12 and up, $6.50 for ages 4 to 11. Children under 3 are admitted free. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks.

Sunday @ 10am – 5pm: Father’s Day Celebration Dads rule at the Connecticut Science Center! All dads receive free General Admission this Father’s Day. Treat your dad to a day of fun and exploration. General Admission includes all four floors of hands-on exhibits, including the Extreme Dinosaurs exhibit. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford.

Sunday @ 11am – 8pm: Father’s Day Dad’s will be treated to a special locally brewed beer tasting and education courtesy of Back East Brewery of Bloomfield, CT. The Connecticut Street Rod Association will be displaying classic cars for our fathers this Father’s Day! The cars featured are either original vehicles or replicas of those pre 1940! Lake Compounce, Bristol.

Sunday @ 11am and 12:30pm: Sunday Jazz Brunch is the ideal way to relax and enjoy some of Hartford’s best live jazz music. The Wadsworth Atheneum Cafe setting is intimate and cozy, the perfect spot to connect with family and friends. Afterward, visit the latest special exhibition and take a docent-guided tour of the museum. The buffet brunch includes a complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa, the chef’s specialty egg entree such as a frittata or quiche, thick cut bacon and homefries, seasonal French toast, sliced roasted turkey breast, seasonal fruit, tossed salad, roasted vegetables, and assorted breakfast sweet breads and muffins. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford.

Sunday @ 12 – 5pm: Free Tours for Dads On Father’s Day, Dads 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. Before or after your tour, enjoy 15% off in our Museum Store with books and gifts for everyone; including last-minute gifts for Dad. Last tour is at 4:30pm. All Dads and Hartford residents are admitted free.

Sunday @ 12 – 5pm Festival of India Bushnell Park, Hartford.

Sunday @ 12 – Sunset: The Hike to the Mic -“Music and Arts Happening” will reward hikers to the Heublein Tower with great musical entertainment, food vendors and family fun. This event will be a great way to celebrate Father’s Day and the Summer Solstice and for those who attend to enjoy the “royal view” from one of Connecticut’s premier hiking destinations. Rain or shine. Donation suggested event, free if you choose. The Friends of Heublein Tower, Simsbury.

{National} Sunday @ 1pm: Indoor-Outdoor Pizza Whether cooked on a backyard grill or baked in the oven, pizzas are a delicious way to showcase summer produce. Learn how to make classic pizza dough and a gluten-free variation, along with two seasonal pizzas; one savory and one sweet.. Class times can vary per location. Free. William-Sonoma locations.

Saturday @ 1pm: Celebrate Parkville! To help us keep getting to know our neighbors, Real Art Ways is throwing another free, outdoor celebration of community pride! This summer also marks the 25th year of our Arts in the (Day) Park program, offered to kids in our surrounding neighborhood. So from 1 PM to 4 PM, George Day Park will kick off with art and music workshops for kids. Expect plenty of art making workshops taught by local teachers, funky instrument and jewelry creation with Hartford Hot Several and Arbor Street Potters, gardening, basketball, face painting and food trucks galore! Then from 5 PM to 8 PM, come by the rear of Real Art Ways for more food trucks and a free concert, featuring Rebellum, the new-ten piece avant funk & roll splinter cell of one of our favorite groups Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber and then the seven-piece Afro Puerto Rican jazz combo, Papo Va’zquez Mighty Pirates Troubadours! Real Art Ways, Hartford.

Sunday @ 1 – 2pm and 3 – 4pm: A Father’s Day Workshop The whole family will enjoy creating super-bots together using a variety of fun and shiny materials. First, build your bot, then select some super hero props and pose for a family photo then top it all off by decorating and eating your own super cupcake. $20 per person in advance. Space is limited; pre-registration is strongly suggested. The Art Truck, Glastonbury.

Sunday @ 1:30 – 2:30pm: Summer Solstice Father’s Day Hike Join us on the first day of summer for guided walk on the Quarry Trail and learn about the history of the land before it became Werner’s Woods. $6 per adults, $3 per child. Dads admitted free. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

Sunday @ 2 – 4pm:  Riverwood Poetry Series presents its annual Social Justice Reading with poets Ocean Vuong and Rachel Wiley. A Q&A session follows the reading. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford.

Sunday @ 7pm: Father’s Day Comedy Show Free. City Steam Brewery Cafe, Hartford.

Sunday @ 8pm: Summer Solstice Celebration & Bonfire Join us to welcome in the longest day of the year and summer’s light and warmth with songs, dance, stories, music and a huge bonfire. Learn about traditions used to celebrate the longest day of the year, when the sun shines directly over the Tropic of Cancer. If you like, bring a story, song, chant, reading or something to share. Enjoy a light snack. $12 non-members, $6 for children under 12 years of age. Audubon Center, Glastonbury.

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