July 13 – 19

Welcome to the second 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 13 – Friday, July 18:

Mill Pond Park Extravaganza Week: Join us for a wonderful day at the Park. Additional hours for the rides! Activities for children include a playground carnival, petting zoo, theater presentations, arts & crafts, games and rides. Free admission and free parking for everyone! Mill Pond Park, Newington.

Monday, July 13:

Crayon & Watercolor Painting

Mondays (until 7/27) from 10am – 12pm: Passport to Imagination: Crayon & Watercolor Painting 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 three sessions. Michael’s locations.

Monday at 12:05pm: New Britain Rock Cats vs. New Hampshire Fisher Cats

Paper Crafting 101

Monday from 6:30 – 8:30pm: Paper Crafting 101 Use one of our Tim Holtz Idea-Ology kits to create a project with Old World charm. Meet us in the classroom, and our associates will help you shop for supplies. Free with the cost of supplies. Michaels locations.

Tuesday, July 14 – Wednesday, July 15:

Free Summer Movies

Tuesdays – Wednesdays (until 8/19) at 10am: Free Summer Movies featuring Mr. Peabody & Sherman. 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 14 – Thursday, July 16:

Tuesdays – Thursdays (until 8/27) at 10am: Free Summer Movies: Mr. Peabody & Sherman Doors open at 9am. Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. Free. Spotlight Theatres, Hartford.

Tuesday, July 14:

Tuesday from 9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Quick and Health Snack Meal for Toddlers Having a busy summer? Always going in too many directions? Today we will be making chicken & rice patties, which are a great make-ahead, healthy snack to eat on the go. Children ages 2–5 with a parent. $15 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

Tuesdays (until 8/18) 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.

Tuesday from 6 – 7:30pm: A Teddy Bear Picnic Grab your favorite bear, a picnic supper and a blanket and join us on the lawn by the gazebo at the Elwood Community Center. We will bring the ice cream (served at 6:20pm) and the entertainment. Free. Elwood Community Center, West Hartford.

Tuesdays (until 8/18) from 6 – 8pm: Kid’s Entertainment Series featuring “Mr. Magic,” Rich Rothstein and Fun with Hoops. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy an evening of free entertainment. All ages are welcome! Rain location. Free. Community Pavilion, Plantsville.

Tuesdays (until 7/22) 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 (until 8/18) from 7 – 8:30pm: Outdoor Concerts: Country Bristol Parks and Recreation invite families and people of all ages to come out and enjoy the wide variety of music offered each week! 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.

Wednesday, July 15 – Sunday, July 19:

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 15:

Pinch Pot Monster

Wednesdays (until 7/29) from 10am – 12pm: Passport to Imagination: Pinch Pot Monster 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 three sessions. Michael’s locations.

Wednesday from 10am – 12pm: Tinsmithing Colonial tinsmiths made lots of useful and beautiul items, from cups to lanterns. Learn about the tinsmith’s trade and make a pierced tin lantern of your own to take home. For ages 8 years and older. $10 per person. Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington.

Wednesdays (until 7/29) 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 (until 8/12) 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 (until 8/12) from 6:30 – 8pm: Summer Concerts Raindate: Thursday night. Elizabeth Park, West Hartford.

Wednesday from 7 – 10pm: Outdoor Movie: Apollo 13 Inspired by the Space Suit displayed in the exhibit, we’ll take our own trip to the Moon with Tom Hanks in this classic tale of space adventure. Rated PG. Join us on the lawn, and bring a picnic. Come early for free admission to Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories at 7:00 pm. The movie will start at dusk. Raindate is Wednesday, July 22. Admission is free. Connecticut Historical Society Museum & Library, Hartford.

Thursday, July 16 – Sunday, July 19:

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{Parents Time Out} Paint Nights Thursday from 7:30 – 10pm, Saturday – Sunday from 7 – 9:30pm, Sunday from 5 – 7:30pm: Thursday: Singles Paint Night with the Date Doctor, Friday: Flip Flops in the Sand, Saturday: Starry Night, Sunday: Entwined Tulips. Perfect for when your flying solo, girls night out or couples night out. 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. Savings Alert: Book your August paint session by July 31st and save 20% on all adult public painting sessions just enter promo code AUGOFFER20.

Thursday, July 16:

Thursdays (until 8/20) 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  – 7pm: Ice Cream Social Come enjoy some Rita’s ice cream! Join our Goddard School families, as well as some prospective families at our Ice Cream Social! Enroll now for Fall, openings are limited and enrollment specials are being offered during the event! Please RSVP. The Goddard School, Farmington.

Thursday from 6:30 – 8pm: Do-It-Herself Workshop Learn to Build a Storage Ottoman Learn how to build a rolling storage cart designed by DIY blogger Ana White. Tips on designing, assembly and finishing. Free. Home Depot locations.

Thursdays (until 8/27) from 6:30 – 8:30pm: Summer Concerts Windsor Town Green, Windsor.

Thursdays (until 8/6) at 7pm: Concerts on the Green Bloomfield Town Green (across from town hall), Bloomfield.

Thursday from 7 – 8:30pm: Rhinoceros Conservation Rhino horn is worth more in its weight than gold or cocaine, making it more valuable than the drug trade for highly organized crime syndicates involved in poaching these animals. Samantha Corbett, recent UConn graduate with a degree in Natural Resources and a concentration in Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation Planning, will share what she learned about these rare and endangered animals while working for the summer in a rhino orphanage in South Africa. Donations to The Legend Rhino Orphanage will be accepted in lieu of admission for this program. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

{Parents Time Out} Thursday at 8pm: Jazz Festival Kick-Off Concert Come meet Tony Succar and experience a sample of the Unity Tribute to Michael Jackson and salsa dancing. You can even get a lesson if you need one! $19 Orchestra level and $34 Mezzanine. Infinity Music Hall & Bistro, Hartford.

Friday, July 17 – Sunday, July 19:

The 24th Annual Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz The tradition continues in 2015 in Bushnell Park, America’s oldest public park, when the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz will presented its 24th annual event of three nights and two days of hot and cool jazz on the Performance Pavilion and the Friends of the Festival Arch Stage, featuring great artists from around the world and the USA, as well as young and up-and-coming performers from the local region. Connecticut’s State Capitol Building and Hartford’s skyline provide a beautiful, dramatic backdrop as the sun sets and the stars rise in the night sky and on stage.

Friday, July 17:

Tissue Paper Art

Fridays (until 7/31) from 10am – 12pm: Passport to Imagination: 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 three sessions. Michael’s locations.

Friday from 4 – 7pm: Candy Land Carnival Join us as we turn Rockwell Park into a Candy Land dream! Pool games, music, floats, carnival games, snow cones, popcorn, candy Land themed contests, paddleboats at the lagoon and more. Admission is free but there is a $1 charge for snacks and paddleboat rides. Rockwell Park, Bristol.

Friday 5:30 – 8:30pm: Parent’s Night Out! 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 per child, half off of siblings. Members get a discount. My Gym, West Hartford.

Fridays from 6:30 – 9:30pm: Outdoor Movie: Book of Life Rated PG. Free. Pope Park, Hartford.

Fridays (until 8/26) from 7 – 9pm: Summer Concert Series Manchester Band Shell, Manchester.

Talcott Music Festival

Friday at 7:30pm: Outdoor Concert: Classical Night Fever Get ready to dance to the disco hits of the 1970s – complete with bell-bottoms, big hair, wild polyester suits, and some of the coolest platform shoes this side of the Milky Way. It’s a feel-good musical extravaganza conducted by Hartford Symphony Orchestra Music Director Carolyn Kuan! Raindate: 7/18. Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows, Simsbury.

Saturday, July 18 – Sunday, July 19:

Saturday at 2pm and 7pm, Sunday at 1pm and 6pm: Cirus Smikrus Dig into another serving of Circus Smirkus! This season, we follow a new recipe to whet your appetite, exploring the culinary arts and food’s fantastic flavors in our Big Top bistro. It’s a multiple course menu with acrobatic hors d’oeuvres, juggling sous chefs, sweet and sour unicycles, and high frying aerialists. Every delicious discovery is freshly baked fun, spiced with excitement, sautéed in silliness, with a pinch of whimsy. Something taste funny? Must be the clowns! So grab your fork and tuck in your napkin for a tasty triumph, as Circus Smirkus proudly presents the 2015 Big Top Tour: Bon Appétit! Adults $21, children (ages 2–12) $17. Practice Athletic Field, South Windsor.

Saturday, July 18:

Saturday from 9:30 – 10:30am: Quick and Health Snack Meal for Toddlers Having a busy summer? Always going in too many directions? Today we will be making chicken & rice patties, which are a great make-ahead, healthy snack to eat on the go. Children ages 2–5 with a parent. $15 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

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. Call to reserve your spot. Free. Williams-Sonoma locations.

Saturday at 10am: Sensory Friendly Films featuring Minions Theatre auditoriums have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing! AMC; Plainville 20, Hartford.

Minion Wood Frame

Saturdays from 10am – 12pm: Kids Club: Minion Wood Frame 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.

Saturday 10am – 10pm: The 34th Annual Extravaganza Arts, crafts, paddleboat rides, entertainment, carnival rides, food vendors, adult beer garden. Fireworks at 9:30pm. Pay one price bracelets of $25. Mill Pond Road, Newington.

Saturday from 11am  – 12pm and from 2 – 3pm: Secrets of the Veeder House Tour When Asylum Avenue still passed through cow pastures, Curtis Veeder built a grand home with an elevator, central vacuum, and even an indoor car wash. This special tour highlights features of the 1928 house that is now the Connecticut Historical Society that are not regularly accessible to the public. Come unlock the secrets of the Veeder House and learn more about the historic house and the history of its West End neighborhood. Tours last approximately 45 minutes and are appropriate for ages 12 and up. Tour price includes general admission. Space is limited. Reservations are recommended. $4–8 non-members Connecticut Historical Society Museum & Library, Hartford.

Saturday from 1 – 2:30pm: Compass Trek Discover woodland plants, flowers, birds, insects, frogs, and a host of other cool things! Bring your own compass or borrow one of ours. $5 per person. Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center, Bristol.

Saturday from 1 – 4pm: Writing Workshop: “Omit Needless Words“: Reacquaint yourself with Strunk & White’s classic guide to clear writing, The Elements of Style. We’ll dig deep into the deceptively spare text, reminding ourselves of the fundamentals of clear, strong writing. We’ll work on paring our own writing samples, learning to kill our darlings and discovering the joy of the simple, declarative sentence. Please avail yourself of a copy and review it before class so we can launch right in. $40 per person. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

Saturday at 1:30pm: Butterfly Walk A lesson will be provided on the basics of butterfly identification, including tips on distinguishing the various butterfly families. Back by popular demand, Wildlife Division Natural Resource Educator Laura Rogers-Castro will provide participants with a lesson on the basics to butterfly identification, including tips on distinguishing the various butterfly families. Following a brief indoor program, Laura will guide the group on a walk to identify the local butterfly fauna at Sessions Woods. Meet in the classroom located in the exhibit room of the Education Center. Pre-registration is required. Free. Sessions Woods, Burlington.

Saturday from 3:30  – 8:30pm: 1st Annual Blueberry Jam Four bands, family drum circle, hayrides, blueberry crsip and enough pick your own berries to give you a blue berry ache. Music runs from 4–8:30pm. Bring a picnic to enjoy on the farm. Free admission and activities. Auerfarm Farm, Bloomfield.

Saturday from 5:30 – 8:30pm: Kids Night Out Parents get an evening to themselves while the children get to run, play, dance and create their own masterpiece with our energetic instructors. The evening also includes a pizza party dinner and ends with our famous bubble dance party. A perfect evening indeed. Ages 2 through 5.  Children do not need to be potty trained. $35 per child, discount for siblings and enrolled members. Romp n’Roll, Wethersfield.

Saturdays (until 8/22) from 6 – 8pm: Outdoor Movie: 101 Dalmations Come early for pre-show entertainment from 6–8pm. The movies starts at sunset. Rated G and run time 103 minutes. Free. The Shoppes at Farmington Valley, Canton.

Saturday at 7:30pm: Connecticut Ballet in the Park Connecticut Ballet’s Summer Dance Caravan comes to Hartford with another exciting evening of classical and contemporary ballets. Artistic Director Brett Raphael serves as narrator as the company’s professional dancers dazzle and delight guests. Raindate: 7/19. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford.

Sunday, July 19:

Sunday at 9am: Northern Exposure Ride The Farmington Valley Trails Council will host a leisurely ride north from Iron Horse Blvd in Simsbury to Congamond Lakes in Massachusetts, with your host, Mary-Jane Gately. Approximately 33 miles, the ride will use the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail north and a few quiet roads. There are no hills. We’ll have lunch (bring your own) at the lake and ride back to Simsbury. A $20 donation is requested. Bring adequate water and snacks. RSVP.

Sunday from 11am – 2pm: Jazz Festival Brunch featuring Kim Scott Enjoy brunch at Infinity Bistro Hartford and then head to the Music Hall to listen to the sounds of one of the most sought after flutists in both the classical and jazz fields, Kim Scott! Brunch is $19 per person and does not include tax, gratuity nor drinks. Infinity Music Hall & Bistro, Hartford.

Sunday at 1pm: Technique ClassCooking 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 at 1pm: Honk! Jr. Presented by the Mandell JCC’s Theater Camp, Honk! Jr. tells the much loved story of The Ugly Duckling. $10-12 per ticket. Mandell JCC, West Hartford.

Sunday at 2pm: Reading of Pierce A reading of the new historical drama Pierceby Jacques Lamarre, featuring Rebecca Meakin, Virginia Wolf, Jomarie Pipolo, Ed Bernstein and Marisa Clement. Franklin Pierce, the 14th President of the United States, is one of the least studied chief executives in American history. His wife, First Lady Jane Pierce, is one of the most tragic figures to ever take up residence in the White House. After unspeakable misfortunes shower down on frail Jane Pierce of Amherst, New Hampshire, she is thrust on the public stage in front of a nation about to be torn into Civil War. Can she overcome her grief to assume her duties as First Lady? Tickets are $10. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

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Savings Alert:

Now through July 31st book your August paint session and save 20% on all adult public painting sessions just enter promo code AUGOFFER20 when you register online.

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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