June 22 – 28

Welcome to the last full week of June! School is out and camp is in! Below we have highlighted what to do over the next week in Hartford County!

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 21:

Monday @ 10 – 11:30am: Red White and Blue Cupcake baking and decorating class. $30 per child. Siblings $20. Parent participation required. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

Paper Sailboat
Paper Sailboat

{National & Reoccurring} Monday @ 10am – 12pm: Passport to Imagination: Paper Sailboat $5 per session or $12 for 3 sessions. 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. Michael’s locations.

Tuesday, June 23 – Wednesday, June 24:

{National & Reoccurring } Tuesday – Wednesday @ 10am: Free Summer Movies featuring Rio 2 From June 23rd to August 19th Bowtie Cinemas offers free movies for kids. Seating limited to theatre capacity, tickets issued on a first come, first serve basis. Free for kids. Bowtie Cinemas, Hartford.

Tuesday, June 23 – Sunday, June 28:

{Parents Time Out} 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.

{Parents Time Out} Tuesday – Thursday @ 7:30pm, Friday @ 8pm, Saturday @ 2pm and 8pm and Sunday @ 1pm and 6:30pm: Kinky Boots With songs by Grammy and Tony winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Sons. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Sons. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos. The Bushnell; William H. Mortensen Hall, Hartford.

Tuesday, June 23:

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How to Grow a Friend

Tuesday @ 10:30am: How to Grow a Friend Storytime Tend your friendships and watch them grow. Making a friend takes patience, care and space to bloom. Click here to learn more about this book. Free. Enfield Commons, Barnes & Noble, Enfield.

{Reoccurring} Tuesday @ 7 – 8:30pm: Simple Swing—Big Band and Swing Rockin’ Out at Rockwell Ampitheatre.

Orion and the Dark
Orion and the Dark

Tuesday @ 11am: Orion and the Dark Storytime Join us for Storytime where we read Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett and There’s Something in the Attic by Mercer Mayer. Orion is scared of a lot of things, but most of all he’s scared of the dark. Click here to learn more about this book. Free. The Shoppes at Farmington Valley; Barnes & Noble, Canton.

{Girls Time Out} Tuesday @ 7pm: Women and Higher Education West Hartford has always prided itself on its excellence in education. Dr. Jennifer Cote will discuss the history of women and higher education in West Hartford. In 1932, the Sisters of Mercy of Connecticut established the Hartford area’s first liberal arts college for women in West Hartford. It wasn’t until 1965 that the Town had its first female principal in a secondary school and 2009 that the Town hired a female Superintendent of Public Schools. Cote will tell the stories of local women and colleges, and the town that shaped them. Each lecture is free, though a $5 donation to the museum is appreciated. Noah Webster House, West Hartford.

Wednesday, June 23 – Sunday, June 28:

Hair

{Reoccurring & Parents Night Out} 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 23:

Felt Picnic
Felt Picnic

{National & Reoccurring} Wednesday @ 10am – 12pm: Passport to Imagination: Felt Picnic 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 @ 5:30 – 6:30pm: The Art of Light and Water Following a short annual meeting at Windsor Historical Society, enjoy wine and cheese while viewing photographer Tom Cameron’s photographic images of the Farmington River in a PowerPoint presentation. Cameron wades, kayaks, snowshoes and trudges out with his digital camera in all seasons. He will share thoughts about key elements for interesting pictures, and how development can enhance an image, as well as showing a map of the River and providing an overview of photograph locations. You might discover some new spots to explore this summer! Cost: $6 adults, $5 students. Windsor Historical Society, Windsor.

Wednesday @ 7pm: Mark Twain In China Mark Twain has had an intriguing relationship with China that is not as widely known as it should be. Although he never visited the country, he played a significant role in speaking for the Chinese people both at home and abroad. After his death, his Chinese adventures did not come to an end, for his body of works continued to travel through China in translation throughout the twentieth century. Were Twain alive today, he would be elated to know that he is widely studied and admired there, and that Adventures of Huckleberry Finn alone has gone through no less than ninety different Chinese translations, traversing China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Looking at Twain in various Chinese contexts—his response to events involving the American Chinese community and to the Chinese across the Pacific, his posthumous journey through translation, and China’s reception of the author and his work, Mark Twain in China points to the repercussions of Twain in a global theater. It highlights the cultural specificity of concepts such as “race,” “nation,” and “empire,” and helps us rethink their alternative legacies in countries with dramatically different racial and cultural dynamics from the United States. Followed by a book sale and signing. This is a free event but reservations are recommended. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

Thursday, June 24 – Friday, June 25:

Thursday – Friday @ 7pm and Sunday @ 2pm: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Join fireflies and fairies for an evening under the stars (or afternoon under the skies) for Shakespeare’s most popular comedy, combining upper-class nobles, laborers-turned-actors, love-struck teens, and a world of mischievous fairies who collide in a cluster of magical spells, mistaken identity, wedding preparations, and a hilarious play-within-a-play. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs to sit on, and make your own fairy gear with NBMAA educators prior to each performance. Free. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

Thursday, June 24 – Sunday, June 28:

{Parenting Time Out} Paint Nights Thursday – Saturday @ 7 – 9:30pm and Sunday @ 5 – 7:30pm. Thursday: Entwined Tulips, Friday: Tree Love, Saturday:  Scenic Farmington River and Sunday: West Cornwall Bridge. 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 – Friday @ 10am – 3:30pm and Saturday – Sunday @ 12 – 3:30pm: “Fifi,” the last fully operational Boeing B-29 Superfortress, is making its way back to Connecticut and will be here on display. “Fifi” will fly at 9:00 am and 10:30 am on Saturday and Sunday only. Tickets for this event must be purchased at the Air Museum. Ticket prices are $20 for adults and seniors, and $15 for children ages 4-11, children under 3 are free. The charge for Museum members is $7 for the shuttle fee and ramp access. The cost includes admission to the Museum, shuttle bus transportation to the aircraft display and ramp access. Visitors will not be allowed to enter the ramp area without a Museum ticket. The Museum will open at 9:30 am Wednesday to Friday and at 8:30 am on the weekend. The last tickets will be sold each day at 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 25:

Thursday @ 11am – 3pm: 2nd Annual Kids Fest The event will feature community providers, face painting, balloon art, a bounce house, a petting zoo, along with many more activities. Free. City Hall, Hartford.

Thursday @ 5:30 – 7:30pm: Book Talk: Charles A. Teale Sr. Join us at the Amos Bull House to hear about Hartford Legend Walter “Doc” Hurley, who helped hundreds of boys reach their college dreams. Biographer Charles Teale, one of the many whose lives were touched by Doc Hurley, will share stories of the coach, mentor & philanthropist. After dropping out of high school, Chief Teale was directed by “Doc” Hurley to get a college education, to accomplish this, he developed a system of learning, understanding & remembering information called “The Tools of Learning” which can be found in his latest book entitled “Chief Teale’s the Tools of Learning”. Reservations recommended. Free event with proceeds from “The Making of a Legend” benefiting the Doc Hurley Scholarship Fund. Butler-McCook House & Garden, Hartford.

Thursday @ 6 – 8pm: Riverfront Scramble #1 The Hartford Marathon Scrambles are the fun way to kick off summer weekends! Costumes encouraged! Awards for best costumes at every Scramble! Runners battle wet sand, dirt paths, rocky hills, grassy knolls, stair climbs and even a little asphalt… and then enjoy beer, food and a band at the end! Adults $30, Young Adult (Ages 18-22) $25, Kids (ages 5 -17) $15. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford.

Momogram Sign
Monogram Sign

{National} Thursday @ 6:30 – 8:30pm: Make It: Monogram Sign Personalize a pretty door hanger with a daisy initial. $20 per project, supplies included. Michael’s locations.

Friday, June 26 – Saturday, June 27:

Friday – Sunday @ 9:30am – 5pm: Frozen Science Fever Don’t miss our biggest and best Disney-inspired event yet! Sing along with Elsa, Anna, and Kristoff at our spectacular stage show, make your own snow with Olaf, and more. Plus, we’ll be playing the animated sensation Frozen all day long. From 11am – 4pm: Make your own snow with Olaf, meet Conderella and her animals, read stories with Belle, glow in the dark dance with Jake and Captain Hook and see amazing stiltwalkers in the Science Alley. For an additional fee see a stage show with showtimes at at 10am, 11:30am, 2pm, 3:30pm and 5pm. $37 Adults, $32 Children. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford.

Friday – Saturday @ 6pm, 7pm, 8pm and 9pm: Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours We reprise our popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours for some summer fun. The Mark Twain House has been featured on Syfy Channel’s Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel’s My Ghost Story. On these tours participants will hear about these investigations — and learn about Mark Twain’s own interest in the supernatural. Filled with haunted history, dark tales and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing.Tours are $22 for adults, $17 for members, and $15 for children. The Mark Twain House, Hartford.

Friday, June 26 – Sunday, June 28:

Moon Over Buffalo
Moon Over Buffalo

{Reoccurring & Parents Time Out} 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 26:

Fun Fishing Game
Fun Fishing Game

{National & Reoccurring} Friday @ 10am – 12pm: Passport to Imagination: Fun Fishing Game 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 @ 5pm: A Special Night with Treat Williams and Rex Reed Kick off the summer film series with a conversation between actor, producer, and director Treat Williams and film critic Rex Reed. A surprise screening of a film starring Williams follows the onstage chat. From 5-6pm: Cash bar reception with Treat Williams and Rex Reed. $25; Members $22. Reception admission includes the conversation and film. From 6-7pm onstage conversation. At 7pm film screening. Conversation and film admission only: $12; Seniors and students $11; Members $10; Insider Access or above $5. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford.

Friday @ 6 – 7:30pm: Canvas and Cupcake Class To kick off the summer, we will paint a beach scene on an 11×14 canvas and decorate a matching cupcake. Register in advance. $30 per child. Ages 6 -12. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

{Reoccurring} Friday @ 6:30 – 9:30pm: Outdoor Movie: Willy Wonka Free. Goodwin Park, Hartford.

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By Mouse & Frog

Friday @ 7pm: By Mouse and Frog Storytime One morning mouse woke up bright and early to write a brand new story with frog! Join us for this fun-filled story and crafts. Click here to learn more about this book. Free. Enfield Commons, Barnes & Noble, Enfield.

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Talcott Music Festival

Friday @ 7:30pm: Mambo Kings: From the sultry melancholy of Astor Piazzolla and the burning Afro Cuban jazz of Tito Puente, to the rhythmic playfulness of Dave Brubeck and the pop strains of The Beatles, the Mambo Kings will take you on a worldwide Latin jazz tour. $20 for lawn seating, $40 for table seating per person. Stop by the family tent for fun, music-themed activities before each concert (6pm – 7:15pm). Parking on-site is $10 per vehicle. Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center, Simsbury. Comment by clicking here to enter to win a family four pack of tickets to see this.

Saturday, June 27:

{National} Saturday @ 10am: Happy Places Event Get inspired to design your dream nursery. Plus, create your baby registry. Enjoy great prizes and giveaway, meet other parents and share ideas. All giveaways and event materials available while supplies last and distributed to participants only. Quantities limited; no rain checks. Free. Select Babies R Us locations.

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Lowe’s Build & Grow

Saturday @ 10am: Kids Clinic: Captain America Motorcyle The Avengers are back this week with Captain America! Register your child and they can build a motorcycle inspired by “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble!” Watch the Animated Series Sunday Mornings on Disney XD! Lowe’s Home Improvement locations.

{National} Saturday @ 10 – 11:30am: Baking with Grace Join Williams-Sonoma and American Girl for a hands-on baking class inspired by Grace—the 2015 Girl of the Year! Each student will learn Grace’s favorite French Madeleine recipe, then finish the pastries with dark chocolate, white chocolate, and a few other toppings. We’ll also make and decorate sugar cookies from scratch. Each child will take home a special American Girl goodie bag! $30 per child. Suitable for ages 8–12. Call your local Williams-Sonoma store to sign up. Class size is limited to 12 students. Williams-Sonoma locations.

Pie Tick-Tac-Toe Game
Pie Tick-Tac-Toe Game

{National & Reoccurring} Saturday @ 10am – 12pm: Kids Club: Pie Tick-Tac-Toe Game Drop in and 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.

Orion and the Dark
Orion and the Dark

Saturday @ 10am – 4pm: Summer Siesta! Ease into summer under the palm trees! Touch the warm sand and seashells, design a fragrant floral lei, challenge yourself under our limbo stick and learn to hula dance. Join in on the Island Drum Workshop for $5 per child from 11-11:45am! Create rhythmic island music on your very own hand-made drum. Free for members. Imagine Nation Museum, Bristol.

Saturday @ 11am: Orion and the Dark Storytime Join us for Storytime where we read Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett and There’s Something in the Attic by Mercer Mayer. Orion is scared of a lot of things, but most of all he’s scared of the dark. Click here to learn more about this book. Free. Barnes & Noble of Farmington, Canton and Glastonbury.

Saturday @ 11am – 5pm: The Sneaker Convention Great Hall at Union Station, Hartford.

The Magical You
The Magical You

Saturday @ 1pm: Local author Heather Goetz will be in the Children’s Department to read her book The Magical World of You. Her book answers the one question that all children are curious about: what happened on the day that I was born? Click here to learn more about this book. Free. The Shoppes at Farmington Valley, Barnes & Noble, Canton.

Saturday @ 1- 4pm: Clifford the Dog In the spirit of literacy, join Clifford the Big Red Dog at the museum for an afternoon of fun kid’s activities! At 1, , and 3pm, there will be Clifford the Big Red Dog story time, followed by fun crafts and a snack, plus watch Clifford the Big Red Dog videos on a big movie screen. The first 100 guests receive a free Clifford the Big Red Dog book (first come, first served; one book per family)! Noah Webster House, West Hartford.

Saturday @ 6pm: Farm to Street Presented by Hartford Steam Boiler, hosted by Hartford Prints!, ON20, and Hartford Food System is a pop-up community event celebrating our city and our streets. Local fare, culture, and industry will meet on one of Hartford’s most interesting blocks for a farm-to-street outdoor dinner. General Admission tickets are $35 each. VIP tickets are available for $60 each and include a private tour of Hartford Food System’s urban farm. A local, seasonal first course and dessert, catered by ON20, are included in ticket price. Beer brewed by Back East Brewing Co. and wine from T Edward Wines are included as well. All guests are inspired to BYOD – “Bring Your Own Dinner.” All tickets are sold online. No tickets will be sold at the event. Pratt Street, Hartford.

Saturday @ 7pm: Deven Green, the star of Betty Bowers: America’s Best Christian and the Welcome to My Parody videos on YouTube, brings her electric ukulele lounge act to the Webster Bank Museum Center at the Mark Twain House & Museum! Join us for one of the funniest, most subversive comediennes working today. Opening for Deven is the Survivors Swing Band–the oldest member is 94! Plus they’ll be joining Deven for a number or two. $20 per non-member. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

Saturday @ 7pm: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Join fireflies and fairies for an evening under the stars (or afternoon under the skies) for Shakespeare’s most popular comedy, combining upper-class nobles, laborers-turned-actors, love-struck teens, and a world of mischievous fairies who collide in a cluster of magical spells, mistaken identity, wedding preparations, and a hilarious play-within-a-play. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs to sit on, and make your own fairy gear with NBMAA educators prior to each performance. Free. Barnes Museum, Southington.

Sunday, June 28:

Sunday @ 9am – 3pm: Consorso Ferrari Join us for a premiere car show hosted by the Ferrari Club of America/New England Region. For one day only, West Hartford Center is transformed into an amazing display of exotic Italian automobiles. All to benefit Connecticut Children’s Medical Center! West Hartford Center, West Hartford.

Sunday @ 12 – 4pm: A Celebration of Art & Culture In partnership with the West End Farmers Market, the Asylum Hill Outdoor Marketplace features work by local artist on display and available to purchase. This Market, as a part of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Garden Day, will feature interactive performances from HARTT School Graduates, Asylum Quartet. Additional dates at the West End Market feature live entertainment by talented Asylum Hill performers include Hartford City Ballet, MC Self Suffice, and jazz-funk duo Warren Bird & Saskia Laroo. Free. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford.

{National} Sunday @ 1pm: Fourth of July Cookout A red, white and blue motif pairs perfectly with a menu of all-American foods cooked on the grill and ultra-creative desserts in star-spangled colors. This menu is wonderful for sharing with family and friends—a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Times may vary per location. Free. Williams-Sonoma locations.

Sunday @ 1 – 3pm: Hat Making & Tea Party Visit the Isham-Terry House & enjoy a spot of tea! A proper tea party requires a proper hat. Jackie McKinney will lead you in a hat making project & you will have a hat like they wore at Prince William & Kate’s wedding. Stay for tea & a house tour! Hat Making & Tea: $45 per person. Already have a Hat? $25 per person (tea only). Isham-Terry House, Hartford.

Sunday @ 1 – 4pm: Militia Day All men between the ages of 16 and 60 are summoned to drill in preparation for attack! In addition to tours of the barns, sheds, lovely Connecticut River Valley “mansion”, and a cooking demonstration in the grand fireplace, a train band will drill in the yard. Ye Olde Lebanon Towne Militia Co. will be in full costume portraying a local militia unit, something in which every able bodied man, ranging from young teen to seniors, was required to serve. The drill will be a 1775 drill, learned from the British army. The “milish” will be clad with muskets, cartridge boxes, hats, and canteens. Enjoy an afternoon of watching a battle unfold before your eyes, musket firing demonstrations an artillery demonstrations. Learn about 18th century surgical techniques, textile production woodworking and pewter casting. Admission is $5 per person and families 5 or more are $20. The Historical Society of Glastonbury, Glastonbury.

Sunday @ 2pm: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Join fireflies and fairies for an evening under the stars (or afternoon under the skies) for Shakespeare’s most popular comedy, combining upper-class nobles, laborers-turned-actors, love-struck teens, and a world of mischievous fairies who collide in a cluster of magical spells, mistaken identity, wedding preparations, and a hilarious play-within-a-play. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs to sit on, and make your own fairy gear with NBMAA educators prior to each performance. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

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