June 29 – July 5

June is ending and July is beginning all is the same week! This week we are celebrating Independence Day! Thank you to all of the women and men who serve and have served our country and to their families who standby while they are serving. Below we have highlighted what to do over the next week in Hartford County! Check back often as we update daily.

Monday, June 29:

Monday at 12:30 – 2:30pm: Magic Show First build a fairy house out of natural materials in our back yard enclosure. Plus learn how to make your own little fairy to take home. Then watch an exciting performance by Mr. Magic the Magician. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. $3 per person. New Britain Youth Museum, New Britain.

Monday at 6 – 8pm: Bristol Blues Baseball Meet the Blues players and mascot. Bring an item to autograph or purchase merchandise here. $8 per child, adults are free. Call to RSVP. Jump-n-Jammin, Bristol.

Tuesday, June 30:

Tuesday at 10:30am: You Nest Here With Me Storytime Like a baby bird, your nest can be anywhere there’s you and me. Come join Ms. Sue and friends for Storytime. Click here to learn more about this book. Enfield Commons; Barnes & Noble, Enfield.

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 – 3pm: Join us this summer at the Noah Webster House for a “Bookworm Adventure” workshop where children explore language and literacy through storytelling, the use of a felt board to illustrate what they have learned, and activities that will make the story come to life. This is a teacher-led program using Noah Webster’s House, the Museum, and our hands-on discovery space to inspire children to love to read at this critical stage of learning! Children must be toilet trained. Ages 3 – 6. Noah Webster House, West Hartford.

Tuesdays at 6 – 8pm: Kid’s Entertainment Series: The Great Leone and Motion Man Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy an evening of free entertainment. All ages are welcome! Rain location. Free. Community Pavillion (pine Grove), Plantsville.

Tuesdays at 6:30pm: Keeney Kooler Concerts Bring your lawn chair, blanket and a snack to enjoy live music on a summer evening. In case of rain, concerts will be held in the Keeney Ballroom. Free. Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, Wethersfield.

Tuesdays at 7 – 8:30pm: Rockin Out: 50’s and 60’s: Bristol Parks and Recreation invite families and people of all ages to come out and enjoy the wide variety of music offered each week ranging from country, high energy rock & pop, classic mowtown and so much more! There are plenty of seats at the amphitheater but we encourage you to bring lawn chairs, a blanket and snacks to enjoy a picnic in the park to the backdrop of amazing bands. Free. Rockwell Park Amphitheatre, Bristol.

Tuesday, June 30 – Wednesday, July 1:

{National} Tuesdays – Wednesdays at 10am: Free Summer Movies featuring How to Train Your Dragon 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.

{Parents Time Out} Tuesday – Wednesday at 7:30pm: 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, June 30 – Sunday, July 5:

{Reoccurring & Parents Night Out} Tuesday at 2pm, Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday at 8pm, Sunday at 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. Tuesday is a special matinee. Saturday is Open Mic after the show and Sunday is Talk Back with the Cast after the show. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

Wednesday, July 1:

Wednesday at 12pm: Conversation with Glennon Join us for a discussion and Q&A session with Glennon Doyle Melton, author of the New York Times Bestselling Memoir, Carry On, Warrior and founder of the on-line community at Momastery. Admission for the event is $40 and includes a paperback copy of Carry On, Warrior. Doors open at 10:30am and the event will begins noon, followed by a reception with Glennon at 1pm. Hartford Marriott Downtown, Hartford.

Wednesday at 7pm: “The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House” with author Kate Andersen Brower A remarkable history with elements of both In the President’s Secret Service and The Butler, The Residence offers an intimate account of the service staff of the White House, from the Kennedys to the Obamas. America’s First Families are unknowable in many ways. No one has insight into their true character like the people who serve their meals and make their beds every day. Full of stories and details by turns dramatic, humorous, and heartwarming, The Residence reveals daily life in the White House as it is really lived through the voices of the maids, butlers, cooks, florists, doormen, engineers, and others who tend to the needs of the President and First Family. Combining incredible first-person anecdotes from extensive interviews with scores of White House staff members—many speaking for the first time—with archival research, Kate Andersen Brower tells their story. She reveals the intimacy between the First Family and the people who serve them, as well as tension that has shaken the staff over the decades. From the housekeeper and engineer who fell in love while serving President Reagan to Jackie Kennedy’s private moment of grief with a beloved staffer after her husband’s assassination to the tumultuous days surrounding President Nixon’s resignation and President Clinton’s impeachment battle, The Residence is full of surprising and moving details that illuminate day-to-day life at the White House. Followed by a book sale and signing. This is a free event but reservations are recommended. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

Thursday, July 2 – Sunday, July 5:

{Parenting Time Out} Paint Nights Thursday – Friday at 7 – 9:30pm and Sunday at 5 – 7:30pm. Thursday: American Flag (family-friendly), Friday: Beach Chairs and Sunday: Golf Anyone. 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. $25 – $40 per painter. Scene Art Bar, Unionville.

Thursday, July 2 – Monday, July 6:

Thursday at 9am: Bookfair Please join us for 2Moms on a Mission bookfair. Event will be held every day from Thursday July 2 to Monday July 6. Come support our local non-profit group achieve their goals. Enfield Commons, Barnes & Noble, Enfield.

Thursday, July 2:

Thursday at 10am: Get Pop-Cutltured: Throwback Thursday 1950s Join us for a nostalgic journey and relive iconic moments in pop culture from the 1950s. Explore the books, toys, games, music, movies, TV and fashion that shaped the decade and participate in a fun-filled Hula Hoop contest. The Shoppes at Farmington Valley; Barnes & Noble, Canton.

Thursday at 11am: Get Pop-Cultured: Throwback Thursday 1950s Storytime Bring the little ones and join for a nostalgic Storytime. Children of all ages are welcome, Storytime will feature picture books published in the 1950s with a craft activity to follow. Barnes & Noble of Farmington and Glastonbury.

Thursday at 3pm: Get Pop-Cultured: Throwback Thursday 1950s Join us for a nostalgic journey and relive iconic moments in pop culture from the 1950s. Explore the books, toys, games, music, movies, TV and fashion that shaped the decade and participate in a fun-filled Hula Hoop contest. Somserset Square; Barnes & Noble, Glastonbury.

Thursday at 5:30pm: Get Pop-Cultured: Hip Hop/Sock Hop Demonstration by Amore Dance Studio Join us for a back to the 50’s sock hop dance performance by Amore Dance Studio of Enfield. Enfield Commons, Barnes & Noble, Enfield.

{Parents Time Out} Thursday at 5:45 – 8pm: Open Mic Night The first Thursday of every month, Open Mic Night invites poets, musicians, comedians, and performers to make our galleries your stage as you share your work in this mutually supportive community. Open Mic Night is free with general admission, and will be hosted by local artist the Poet Amin. Sign-ups will begin at 5:45pm and performances will start at 6pm and continue until 8pm. Each open mic slot is 20 minutes. Participants are required to bring any necessary equipment. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

Thursday at 6pm: Get Pop-Cultured: Throwback Thursday Join us for a nostalgic journey as we relive the most iconic moments in pop culture from the 1950s. We will be featuring a hooping demonstration and hosting a Hula Hoop contest for all ages. Barnes & Noble of Enfield and Farmington.

Friday, July 3:

Friday at 4 – 10pm: The 32nd James Dutch Fogarty Independence Day Celebration The Mohegan Sun All-Stars will highlight the festivities that include children’s games, music, food and fireworks. Tickets for the annual Chicken BBQ ($10) are now on sale at the Town Hall Customer Service and Information Center. Price includes 1/2 chicken, cole slaw, roll, baked potato, watermelon and beverage. Fireworks begin at 9:30pm. The scheduled rain date is Sunday, July 5 (call 860-647-3162 for rain delay update). Manchester Community College, Manchester.

Friday at 5:30 – 8pm: First Friday features live music performed by local and nationally known musicians. Attendees have the opportunity to view the Museum’s premier permanent collection, which includes 300 years of American art. Experience art activities and have intriguing gallery talks while you mix and mingle with other art and musical performance lovers. Hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, and soda will also be served during the event. $15 non-Members, $3 for beer and wine, $5 specialty drinks, soda is free. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

Fridays at 6:30 – 9:30pm: Outdoor Movie: Sandlot Rated PG. Free. Goodwin Park, Hartford.

Friday at 7:05pm: New Britain Rock Cats vs. Reading Fightin Phils Come to the game in your red, white, and blue and celebrate the Fourth of July with the Rock Cats!

Friday at 7:30pm: Celebrate America: Led by guest conductor and Simsbury High grad Eric Dudley and featuring the Asylum Hill Congregational Church Choir, this program will feature such patriotic favorites as “The Star Spangled Banner,” “Armed Forces Salute,” Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” and Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.” Plus, music of the Americas including spirituals, South American folk music, Dixieland, and more. Stay for fireworks following the concert! $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. Raindate: 7/4. Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center, Simsbury.

Saturday, July 4:

Saturday at 9am – 12pm: Kids Workshop Learn to Build a Minions Scooter Come learn how to build a Minions Scooter. All kid get to keep their craft, receive a free certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Free hands-on workshops; designed for children ages 5 – 12. Home Depot locations.

Saturday at 10am: Get Pop-Cultured: Magic Tree House-Dinosaurs Before Dark Welcome, young dinosaur hunters! At this dig site, fun will never go extinct, with activities, giveaways and a special offer. Barnes & Noble of Enfield, Glastonbury, Farmington and Canton.

{National} Saturdays at 10am: Jr. Chef Class: Berry Pies and Crisps Join us to make a lattice-crusted blueberry pie and a berry fruit crisp! Kids will learn how to roll out pastry dough, cut a lattice crust, and use seasonal fruit to create delicious filling for their favorite desserts. Suitable for ages 5-13. Williams-Sonoma locations.

Saturday at Sundown: Independence Day Fireworks Watch our legendary fireworks display over the lake, free with park admission! Lake Compounce, Bristol.

Sunday, July 5:

Sunday at 1pm: First Sunday Many, many years ago when you traveled someplace, you added a new sticker from your destination to your suitcase—an eventually it would be covered. Join us when we revive this old tradition and make travel stickers for today’s destinations. Prior to the activity gather in the museum to look at old luggage from the collection and see the world-wide travel stickers on Theodate’s husband’s suitcase and steamer trunk. Free with museum membership or admission. Hill-Stead Musuem, Farmington.

{National} Sundays at 1pm: Free Technique Class: The Perfect Roast Chicken Using a vertical chicken roaster creates juicy, perfectly cooked chicken every time. We’ll show you two easy recipes for cooking your chicken, as well as an easy side dish of roasted potatoes and veggies to serve with it. Times can vary by location. Williams Sonoma locations.

Sunday at 2pm: Get Pop-Cultured: Outlander Fans of Outlander are invited to be transported to the intriguing world of bestselling author Diana Gabaldon with trivia, giveaways and more. Barnes & Noble of Farmington, Glastonbury, Enfield and Canton.

Sunday from 2 – 4pm: Happy Birthday USA Patriotic sing-along honoring our veterans and celebrating the USA. Cake and refreshments served. Farmington Community Center, Unionville.

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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.

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