July 6 – 12

Welcome to the first full week of July! Below we have highlighted what to do over the next week in Hartford County! Check back often as we update daily.

Monday, July 6:

{National} Mondays from 10am – 12pm: Passport to Imagination: Patterned Pinwheel 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.

Mondays from 6 – 8pm: Main Stage Mondays First and third Mondays nights at A.C. Petersen’s is musical. While you enjoy your favorite meal and/or ice cream, you’ll be entertained by performers from past productions at Playhouse on Park. The performers will sing their favorite show tunes, while helping to wait on your tables. There is no additional fee for the entertainment but tips are encouraged. AC Peterson Farms, West Hartford.

Tuesday, July 7 – Wednesday, July 8:

{National} Tuesdays – Wednesdays at 10am: Free Summer Movies 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, July 7 – Thursday, July 9:

{Free} Tuesdays – Thursdays at 10am: Free Summer Movies: Rio 2 Doors open at 9am. Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. Free. Spotlight Theatres, Hartford.

Tuesday, July 7:

Tuesday from 9:30am – 5pm: Extreme Ice Cream Day Enjoy a single scoop sugar cone for $1. Imagine Nation Museum, Bristol.

Tuesday at 11am: A Surprise for Giraffe and Elephant Storytime Join us for Storytime where we will be reading A Surprise for Giraffe and Elephant by Paul Gude and Bulldozer’s Big Day by Candace Fleming. Coloring activities will take place immediately after the story! Free. The Shoppes at Farmington Valley, Barnes & Noble, Canton.

Tuesdays from 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 from 6 – 8pm: Kid’s Entertainment Series: The Steve Taylor Puppets and The Amazing Andy Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy an evening of free entertainment. All ages are welcome! Rain location. Free. Community Pavillion, Plantsville.

Tuesdays at 6:30pm: Keeney Kooler Concerts: Tirebiter 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 from 7 – 8:30pm: Rockin Out: 80’s Dance Party 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 motown 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 from 7 – 9:30pm: Vision Collage Workshop: “Your Essential Self.”  Join us for a journey toward self-discovery through collage. We’ll will begin with a gentle, guided meditation to help you connect with your inner voice. Following, you will create a visual representation of your authentic self, your innate gifts and unique vision. What qualities do you bring to the world? How can you express yourself more authentically? Is there an aspect of yourself that longs to awaken? Practice the art of allowing during this judgment free and playful experience and meet your amazing and creative self. $25 per person. Scene Art Bar, Unionville.

Wednesday, July 8 – Sunday, July 12:

{Parents Time Out} Wednesdays – Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays at 8pm, Sundays 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. Sunday is Talk Back with the Cast after the show. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

Wednesday, July 10:

Wednesday from 10am – 12pm: Making Jewelry Women and men wore jewelry in Colonial times. Make your own jewelry from an assortment of materials to take home for yourself or for a gift. Admission is $10. Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington.

{National} Wednesdays from 10am – 12pm: Passport to Imagination: Travel Memory 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.

Wednesday from 2 – 3pm: Butterfly Tea Party You are invited to a Butterfly Tea Party in the Butterfly Garden at Roaring Brook Nature Center from 2pm to 3pm  Dress in your butterfly attire, make a set of antennae to match, then waltz out to the Butterfly Garden for some tea, lemonade and cookies!  Meet our resident butterflies and caterpillars, make a butterfly craft, and more. Free with the cost of admission. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

Wednesdays from 2 – 3pm: Story and Craft at the Museum Beat the heat this summer with story-time at the Connecticut Historical Society! Children will listen to a reading of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and make an Eric Carle-themed craft to take home. After the program, try out the hands-on activities in the museum galleries. Children 5 and under and Connecticut Historical Society members are free. Connecticut Historical Society Museum & Library, Hartford.

Wednesday at 6:30pm: Fun Runs These runs are a great way for the whole family to keep in shape! We offer two course lengths: a traditional 5k (3.1 miles) and a shorter 3k (about 2 miles) for younger kids and beginners. Both races are free. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to sign the program waiver. Cross Country Trails (behind John Wallace Middle School), Newington.

Wednesdays from 6:30 – 8pm: Summer Concerts Raindate: Thursday night. Elizabeth Park, West Hartford.

Thursday, July 9 – Saturday, July 11:

Thursday – Saturday: Windsor Locks Fire Department Annual Carnival

Thursday, July 9 – Sunday, July 12:

Thursday from 4 – 12pm, Friday from 8am – 2am, Saturday from 8am – 2am and Sunday from 8am – 6pm: ConnectiCon is a multi-genre pop culture convention, the convention’s focus is on all things pop culture and does every genre of pop culture in as big a way as possible. Adults Friday: $40, Saturday $50 and Sunday $30, children ages 6 –12 are half price and children under 6 are free. $10 off with Military ID. Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford.

Thursday from 11am – 8pm, Friday – Saturday from 11am – 10pm: Riverfest Food Truck Festival Almost every major city has a Food Truck Festival! Now the food truck explosion comes to Hartford at Riverfront Recapture’s annual Riverfest.This three-day event will feature some of the best mobile culinary cuisine in the region accompanied by live entertainment, family fun, and of course spectacular fireworks! Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford.

Thursday, July 9:

Thursday from 10 – 11:30am or 12:30 – 2pm: Summer Workshop Series: Insect Mania Investigate the unique characteristics of insects as we hover, hiss and hop. Workshops for ages 3 – 8, encourage and support literacy, music, science and art. Adult must be onsite during workshop, participation is optional. Registration required. $10 per child, does not include museum admission. Imagine Nation Museum, Bristol.

Thursdays from 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.

Thursday from 5:30 – 7:30pm: Sunset Sounds Concert Series If you dig the sound of driving, twanging guitar instrumentals and vocals that sing about surf, sand, and sunny weather, The Aquatudes are sure to delight with their classic surf-rock, rockabilly, and early rock ‘n roll favorites. Butler-McCook House & Garden, Hartford.

Thursday at 6pm: Walk Around Old Wethersfield Our popular walking tours are back. All tours are free to members and children under 16; $5 for non-members. Tours are cancelled if it rains. Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, Old Wethersfield.

Thursday from 6 – 9pm: Open House Join us for a wine tasting and come see what we are all about! Wine tasting available for $5 per person. Face painting will be available for the kids for $5 per child. It’s carnival week for Tunxis Hose Company No. 1 and a portion of the proceeds will go to Tunxis Hose Company No. 1. Scene Art Bar, Unionville.

Thursdays from 6:30 – 8:30pm: Summer Concerts Windsor Town Green, Windsor.

Thursdays at 7pm: Concerts on the Green Bloomfield Town Green (across from town hall), Bloomfield.

Friday, July 10 – Sunday, July 12:

Friday from 5 – 11pm, Saturday from 10am – 10:30pm, Sunday from 10am – 10:30pm: Enfield 4th of July Festival All children’s activities and concerts are free. Free Shuttle Bus Service, will run between the Enfield Square Mall and the Enfield Town Green.

Friday at 7:05pm: New Britain Rock Cats vs. New Hampshire Fisher Cats Promotion: Come celebrate the release of Minions movie with the Rock Cats. Post-game fireworks. Saturday at 7:05pm: Promotion: Appearance by Cailou. Sunday at 1:35pm: Promotion: Fans 12 and under are invited to run the bases like the pros after the game concludes.

{Parents Time Out} Paint Nights Fridays from 7 – 9:30pm, Saturdays from 8 – 10:30pm and Sundays from 5 – 7:30pm. Friday: Beach Chairs, Saturday: Beach Cottage and Sunday: Sunflower. 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.

Friday, July 10:

{National} Fridays from 10am – 12pm: Passport to Imagination: Faux Stained Glass 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.

Fridfay at 5pm: Summer Sizzle: It Happened One Night Live music and an à la carte dinner in the Gengras Courtyard, followed by a classic comedy at sundown – all starring couples possessing great onscreen chemistry. Music and dinner begin at 5 pm, followed by the movie at approximately 8:15 pm. Held indoors in the event of inclement weather. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Ar, Hartford.

Friday from 6 – 8pm: 50’s Sock Hop Party Come dressed in your favorite 50’s outfit and let’s get rockin’! We will prepare a “Burger and Fry Pot Pie,” Cherry Coke Cupcakes and of course, we will have to wash all that down with a milkshake. $25 gift card will be awarded to best 50’s-inspried outfit! Ages 6-12. $25 per Child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

{Parents Time Out} Fridays from 6:30 – 9:30pm: Outdoor Movie: Chef Rated R. Free. Goodwin Park, Hartford.

Friday at 7:30pm: 20 Seasons in Simsbury Celebrate two decades of summer music and memories with the best of the Talcott Mountain Music Festival conducted by Michael Lankester, former HSO Music Director and first-ever Talcott Mountain Music Festival conductor. Featured music will include all the fan-favorites – classical treasures, blockbuster movie soundtracks, the best of Broadway, and a few special surprises. Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows, Simsbury. Raindate: 7/11.

Friday at 9:30pm: The Windsor Locks Fire Department Annual Fireworks Display is one of the best and most popular in the area and is part of our annual carnival in July. Raindate 7/11. Veteran’s Memorial Park, Windsor Locks.

Saturday, July 11:

Saturday at 8am: Red Dress Run A 5K run/walk exclusively for women of all ages and abilities to celebrate women’s fitness. The 3.1 mile route starts and finishes in the beautiful Elizabeth Park Rose Garden (with over 15,000 roses in full bloom!) and travels through shade covered residential streets on wide, well paved roads. Bring your nonperishable food donation. Elizebeth Park, Hartford.

{National} Saturdays at 10am: Kids Cooking Class: Cooking with Salt Salt is an amazing way to bring out the flavors in everything you cook. We’ll teach you how to cook on a salt plate, from Chicken and Corn Quesadillas to Chocolate Chip Cookies! Then we’ll teach you how to use different flavored salts on your favorite foods, from popcorn to veggies skewers. Suitable for ages 8-13. Class times vary by store location. Call to reserve your spot. Free. Williams-Sonoma locations.

{National} Saturday at 10am: Black Widow’s Sky Cycle Our Avengers Summer continues this week with Black Widow! Register your child and they can build this Sky Cycle inspired by “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble!” Watch the Animated Series Sunday Mornings on Disney XD! Lowe’s Home Improvement locations.

Saturday at 10am: Walk Around Old Wethersfield Our popular walking tours are back. All tours are free to members and children under 16; $5 for non-members. Tours are cancelled if it rains. Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, Old Wethersfield.

{National} Saturdays from 10am – 12pm: Kids Club: Foam Printing 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, Michaels locations.

{Free} Saturday from 10am – 1pm: Second Saturdays: Paper Play Make a pulp paper sculpture and think about paper’s endless possibilities! Explore art with your family, encourage creativity, and expand your imagination through conversation and discovery. Each program is free and includes hands-on art projects, tours for families, live music, and engaging fun through film, theater and dance. Join us the second Saturday of every month year-round! Free family tours at 10:30am, 11am and 11:30am – tours last 30 minutes. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford.

Saturday from 10am – 2pm: Genealogy Road Show From 10 – 11am., Edwin Strickland will give an optional presentation in the Society’s library called “The Mythical Trunk in the Attic”. The program designed for beginners and anyone who wants a refresher is designed around an old trunk filled with some of his own family artifacts – things you are likely to find stored in your home: a family bible, copies of birth, death, and marriage certificates, obituary clippings, photograph albums, inscribed napkin rings. He will show you how these artifacts and documents are pieces of a fascinating puzzle that shows you where you came from and who you are. Each attendee gets an individual consultation with a one of the specialists. Cost for program includes one consultation and optional presentation. Cost is $6 for adults and $5 for students. Additional consultations are available and extra. Schedule your appointment in advance by calling Windsor Historical Society at (860) 688-3813. Windsor Historical Society, Windsor.

Saturday from 10am – 4pm: Open Studio During every first Saturday of every month the artists open their studios to everyone and anyone interested to see what goes on behind those doors at the Farmington Valley Arts Center. Step into the colorful world of a painter, illustrator, sculptor, potter, jeweler, photographer, chair caner, print- or furniture-maker and be swept away by their ingenious creations. Farmington Valley Arts Center, Avon.

Saturday at 11am: A Surprise for Giraffe and Elephant Storytime Join us for Storytime where we will be reading A Surprise for Giraffe and Elephant by Paul Gude and Bulldozer’s Big Day by Candace Fleming. Coloring activities will take place immediately after the story! The Shoppes at Farmington Valley, Barbes & Noble, Canton.

{National} Saturday from 11am – 7pm: Free Slurpee Day While supplies last get a free small slurpee at participating 7-Eleven locations.

Saturday from 1:30 – 3:30pm: Attic Tour Join us once again for our ever-popular attic tour! Jack will lead guests on a rare, behind-the-scenes look of the Phelps’ servant & attic spaces. View objects & collections from the 18th-early 20th century. Phelps-Hathaway House & Garden, Suffield.

Saturdays from 6 – 8pm: Outdoor Movie: The BoxTrolls Come early for pre-show entertainment from 6-8pm. The movies starts at sunset. Rated PG and run time 100 minutes. The Shoppes at Farmington Valley, Canton.

Saturday from 7 – 11pm: Cocktails, BBQ & Fireworks Celebrate summer with a fun, family-friendly evening at the Connecticut Science Center! Enjoy fantastic food and drinks as well as a one-of-kind viewing of the Riverfest Fireworks over the Connecticut River. Tickets are still available: purchase yours today! Cocktails, BBQ & Fireworks is presented by US Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford.

Sunday, July 12:

Sunday at 7am: Poker Bike Ride Participants choose from a 15-, 25-, or 50-mile bike ride through the Farmington Valley. The ride kicks off at our summer site, The Swim & Tennis Club. After the ride, enjoy a pasta lunch and use of The Swim & Tennis Club. $50 for adults, $$15 kids. Click here for the brochure. The Swim & Tennis Club, Bloomfield.

{National & Parent Time Out} Sunday at 1pm: Technique Class: Cooking with Salt Cooking on a salt plate can enhance the flavor of all types of food. We’ll show you the versatility of the salt plate by preparing Coconut Curry Shrimp Skewers, Beef Teppanyaki, and Tin Roof Sundaes. We’ll also share an overview of different types of salt and how to use them in your favorite recipes. Class times vary by store location. Call to reserve your spot. Free. Williams-Sonoma locations.

Sunday from 1 – 2pm: Mystic Paper Beasts Present Sky Tails Join the Windsor Art Center for masked performance theatre for all ages.  The tales told by the Mystic Paper Beasts Theatre Company are original and re-told dreams and myths of transformation expressed through humor and dance while wearing witty and whimsical masks. The Beasts invite viewers to join them for SkyTails, a one-woman performance of a series of Native Ameican stories having to do with the sky, with beginnings, and with flourishings. Geared for grades K-5 and appropriate for family audiences and the young at heart! A performance not to be missed! Suggested donation: $10 per family. Windsor Art Center, Windsor.

Sunday from 1 – 4pm: Poetry Festival Open House Join us for a special Sunken Garden Poetry Festival Open House. You can 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. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington.

Sunday at 2pm: Connecticut Harp Circle Performance The Circle plays a blend of Celtic, a little bit of Swedish, Jewish and Turkish music as well. The Harp Circle is a musical ensemble featuring a variety of Celtic or Folk Harps played by a diverse group of 9 Harpers. Refreshments and light fair compliments of Artist Tree Tea House will be served as a High Tea including cucumber sandwiches and Jasmine and Lavender Iced Tea Lemonade. Museum admission is $6 per person for adults, $5.50 for Seniors, and $3.50 for children. Cookies and snacks will also be compliments of the museum to ensure a lovely afternoon. Join in the mood and wear a special hat if you like! Reservations are strongly suggested as this has a limit of seating for this event. The concert is free with admission. New England Carousel Museum, Bristol.

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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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