July 27 – August 2

Welcome to the last days of July and to the beginning of August! Below we have highlighted what to do over the next week in Hartford County! All of the events listed below are one-time events or events that have an expiration date, for re-occurring activities click here. Check back often as we update daily.

Monday, July 27:

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Monday 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.

Mondays (until 8/10) from 6 – 9:30pm: Monday Night Jazz the nation’s longest-running free jazz concert series, returns to downtown Hartford’s Bushnell Park for its 48th consecutive season. Bushnell Park, Hartford.

Tuesday, July 28 – Wednesday, July 29:

Tuesdays – Wednesdays (until 8/19) at 10am: Free Summer Movies Bowtie Cinemas offers free movies for kids. Seating limited to theater capacity, tickets issued on a first come, first serve basis. Free for kids. Bowtie Cinemas, Hartford.

Tuesday, July 28 – Thursday, July 30:

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

Tuesday – Thursday from 10am – 12pm and 1 – 3pm: Free YouthSpark Summer Camps at Microsoft Kids ages 8 and older get hands-on experience with the latest technology as they learn how to code, create games, and use their creativity and imagination. This summer’s four camps are all-new, with two designed for coding beginners and two for intermediates looking to take their skills to the next level with Project Spark, Kodu, and TouchDevelop, and more. Each camp run four consecutive days, and last two hours per day. While your child is in camp, parents can learn about online safety for their kids, try out a Surface 3, get a PC tune-up, and more. Please note: The parent, legal guardian or authorized adult caregiver of every camp participant under 18 must sign a Participation Agreement on the first day of camp and remain in the Microsoft store for the duration of the event. West Farms Mall; Microsoft Store, Farmington.

Tuesday, July 28 – Sunday, August 2:

{Parents Time Out} Tuesdays – Thursdays at 7:30pm: Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2:30pm and 8pm and Sundays at 2:30pm (until 8/23): I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers For more than 20 years, Hollywood “superagent” Sue Mengers’ clients were the talk of the town – Barbra Streisand, Faye Dunaway and Burt Reynolds to name a few. In this funny new play, Sue invites you into her Beverly Hills home for an evening of dish and all the inside showbiz stories that only she could tell. More names will be dropped and secrets divulged as this wickedly brash woman reveals how she went from a non-English speaking Jewish immigrant to a film industry power-broker. It was a fabulous career while it lasted. Tuesday (7/28) is no reserved seating. Tuesdays (8/4 – 8/18) is Talk Back Tuesdays. Wednesday, 8/5 is pay what you can pay day. Wednesday (8/5) Pay what you can pay Wednesdays. Theaterworks, Hartford.

Tuesday, July 28:

Tuesday from 10am – 12pm: Summer Workshop Series: Clay Play Using authentic clay tools, learn to seam, score, smooth and vent your very own sculpture! Workshops are for ages 3-8, encourage and support literacy, music, science and art.$10 per child. Children under one year are free.  Imagine Nation Museum, Bristol.

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.

Tuesdays (until 8/18) from 6 – 8pmKid’s Entertainment Series Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy an evening of free entertainment. All ages are welcome! Rain location. Free. Community Pavilion, Plantsville.

Tuesday at 7pm: Get Pop-Cultured: What Pet Should We Get? In celebration of the newest from Dr. Seuss, fans of all ages are invited to help us decide what pet we should get. Storytime with activities to follow. Select Barnes & Noble locations.

Tuesday at 7pm: The Two State Delusion The Mark Twain House & Museum and the World Affairs Council of Connecticut presents an evening about the ongoing conflict in the Middle East. A leading reconciliation expert argues that a two-state solution is no longer a viable path to create lasting peace in Israel and Palestine. Author Padraig O’Malley will be on hand to launch his new book The Two-State Delusion: Israel and Palestine – A Tale of Two Narratives. This program will be moderated by Norton Mezvinsky, Professor of History Emeritus from Central Connecticut State University. This book launch, which is followed by a book sale and signing, is a free event. Reservations are required. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

Tuesdays (until 8/18) from 7 – 8:30pmOutdoor Concerts 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. Memorial Boulevard, Bristol.

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Wednesday, July 29 – Friday, July 31:

Wednesdays – Fridays (until 8/7) from 9 – 10:30am: Interactive Storytelling Join us at Apple Camp for three-day workshops where kids ages 8 to 12 bring their imaginations to life. They’ll learn to make movies or create interactive books complete with their own illustrations and sound effects. And each workshop ends with the Apple Camp Showcase so campers can share their finished projects. Register online. Space is limited. The Apple Store, West Farms Mall; Farmington.

Wednesdays – Fridays (until 8/7) from 11am – 12:30pm: Stories in Motion Join us at Apple Camp for three-day workshops where kids ages 8 to 12 bring their imaginations to life. They’ll learn to make movies or create interactive books complete with their own illustrations and sound effects. And each workshop ends with the Apple Camp Showcase so campers can share their finished projects. Bring a digital camera or digital video camera if you’re coming to the Stories in Motion with iMovie workshop. If you don’t have your own, we can provide one. Register online. Space is limited. The Apple Store, West Farms Mall; Farmington.

Wednesday, July 29:

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Wednesday 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.

Wednesday from 10am – 12pm: Colonial Games Let’s play! Colonial families made their own toys, from clay marbles to corncob checkers. We’ll try out many of them and have a good time! Then you’ll make a “cup and ball” toy of your own to take home. For ages 8 years and younger. $10 per child. Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington.

Wednesday from 11am – 12pm: 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. Connecticut Historical Society Museum & Library, Hartford.

Wednesday from 11am – 2pm: Connecticut Sun Day Learn some new moves during a day of hands-on FUN with professional WNBA players and coaches! It’s a rare chance to interact with our awesome Connecticut Sun players in the Connecticut Science Center’s galleries. Tickets are $22 per person and include a Connecticut Sun Voucher to redeem for any available 2015 home game! Connecticut Science Center, Hartford.

Wednesdays from 12 – 1pm: Stowe Salons at Lunch meet Wednesdays at Noon in July and August. We’re talking about social justice issues making news. This week, we’ll look at race and racism in popular culture. Here is one instance: Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj Do you know of others? Please join us and share your perspective and ideas for creating positive change in our city, state and nation. Bring your lunch or pick up food at the Nook Farm Nook next door at Mark Twain House & Museum. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford.

Wednesday 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 from 2 – 3:30pm: Nature Games Day Join us for an afternoon of indoor and outdoor nature games for the whole family. Water games, camouflage games, silly games – there will be games galore! Door prizes! Dress for the weather, bring water if the weather is hot. Included with the cost of admission. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

Wednesday at 5pm: Speed Build Challenge Participate in a LEGO Minifigure Speed Build Challenge! See if you can build the most LEGO Minifigures in one minute. The fastest builder will win a Build A Minifigure 3-pack! Plus, bring your passport book to receive a special stamp. This event will begin at 5pm and is open to children ages 6-14 only. No purchase or sign-up necessary. See a Brick Specialist for details. LEGO store locations.

Wednesdays (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.

Wednesday from 6 – 7:30pm: Canvas and Cupcakes Come on down to our painting class and decorate a cupcake to go with the theme. This evening’s painting will be the moon and stars. Ages 5 – 12. $30 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

Wednesday from 6 – 7:30pm: Evening Walking Tour: The Beautiful Mile Enjoy a walking tour down the “beautiful mile” – Farmington’s Main Street – and see how the historic buildings and streetscapes tell the stories of this remarkable town. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water for drinking!  Admission is $10 a person. Meet at the gazebo on the Farmington Village Green (at the corner of Route 4 and Route 10).

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

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Thursday, July 30 – Friday, July 31:

Thursday – Friday at 7:05pm: New Britain Rock Cats vs Erie SeaWolves

Thursday, July 30 – Sunday, August 2:

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{Parents Time Out} Thursday from 7:30 – 10pm, Saturday – Sunday from 7 – 9:30pm, Sunday from 5 – 7:30pm: Paint Nights Thursday: Lighthouse, Friday: Kissing in the Rain, Saturday: Rainbow Tree, Sunday: Roses. 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. $25–$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.

Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays (until 8/9) at 5:30pm: Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival production of Romeo and Juliet Capital Classics Theatre Company celebrates its 25th anniversary season with a new festival name and the staging of Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s tragic tale of two star-crossed lovers), which will run for three weekends, outdoors on the grounds of the University of Saint Joseph. Shakespeare’s classic romantic tragedy is set “in a world where violence is a virtue and cruelty is currency, and where two loving souls find hope in each other and desperately try to survive,” said Director Geoffrey Sheehan about the play. The Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival will also feature pre-show entertainment, including the Elizabethan Consort, lectures by local professors and more. Plus, on Thursday nights, the Festival will feature its Youth in Community Arts program with pre-show performances by local student arts organizations. Tickets can always be purchased without reservations at the box office starting 60 minutes before our shows. Be sure to bring your blanket and picnic basket to really enjoy the outdoor experience. Snacks and drinks are also on sale before each performance and during the intermission. Shows will always go on – rain or shine. If it rains, before or during the performance, the show will be moved inside the University’s Hoffman Auditorium. Tickets: $15 Adult, $10 Student, $10 Military.

Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm: West Side Story Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City, as two young idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs: the “American” Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence, and prejudice is both heart-wrenching and relevant as it is told through iconic songs such as, “Something’s Coming,” “I Feel Pretty,” and “Somewhere”. With a powerful and poignant book by Arthur Laurents and a score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim that is widely regarded as one of the best ever written, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. Tickets are $16 each and all seating is reserved. Northwest Catholic High School, West Hartford.

Thursday, July 30:

Thursday from 10am – 2pm: Summer Workshop Series: Mobile Masters Manipulate wire and assorted materials into a free-hanging work of art. Workshops are for ages 3-8, encourage and support literacy, music, science and art. Adult must be on site, participation is optional. Registration required. $10 per child. Imagine Nation Museum, Bristol.

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 I scream, you scream, did someone say FREE ice cream? The Summer heat is on its way, but we’ve got you covered (in sprinkles,that is)! The Mark Twain House & Museum invites everyone in for its 7th annual free Ice Cream Social on the Nook Farm Nook patio. Come on down and enjoy delicious frozen treats, sundaes with your favorite toppings ,and maybe some old fashioned lemonade from ‘Huck’s Lem’nade Stand’ served up by The Friends of The Mark Twain House & Museum! If that’s not enough, how about a triple scoop of entertainment? There will be music by local artists Horizon Blue, face painting, and a bubble making station too! Top it all off with arts and crafts and a story time for the little ones, and you’ve got a cool, fun filled recipe fit for the whole family! Mark Twain House & Museum; Nook Farm, Hartford.

Thursdays (until 8/6) from 6 – 8pm: East Hartford Sounds of Summer Concert The Town of East Hartford Parks and Recreation Department brings the Sounds of Summer Concerts to East Hartford’s Great River Park amphitheater this summer. Grab a blanket or lawn chair, pack a picnic and watch the river roll by as you enjoy live music in this family-friendly atmosphere. Rain location: East Hartford Community Cultural Center. Great River Park, East Hartford.

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 at 7pm: Clue Tours will be offered in a special, one-night-only edition at The Mark Twain House & Museum, using the various rooms (secret passageway, conservatory, billiards room, and more) of the Twain house — and some of the author’s favorite literary characters — as part of the game. Play our live-action version of the classic board game CLUE in an hour-long tour featuring the famed comedy troupe SEA TEA IMPROV as Twain’s beloved characters/suspects. CLUE Tours provide all the murder, mayhem and merriment you expect in a whodunit. Our Clue Tours were featured on an episode of the Travel Channel show Wackiest Tours! Reservations are required. Tickets are $22 per person, children ages 6 – 17 are $15. Tours step off every 15 minutes.  Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

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Friday, July 31 – Saturday, August 1:

Friday – Saturday from 6 – 10pm: The Wilson Carnival sponsored by the Wilson Volunteer Fire Company on the Wilson redevelopment sight across the street from the Roger Wolcott School. The carnival will have the traditional rides, games, and everyone’s favorite Wilson Fire Company cook shack.

{Parents Time Out} Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm: SLAG The capital city’s freshest choreographic endeavor, The Now Unboxing Project, is proud to announce SLAG, a culmination of summer residency pieces in its first ever evening length showing. GUNK (World Premiere) explores life as a gay man in present times. Audiences are challenged to learn a new perspective to the sounds of queer artists. With group dances inspired by dancing at the club, statements on political power and focus on the LGBT community, GUNK is a non-linear commentary on current events, encouraging self-love and love for others. PAS DE DRAG (World Premiere) takes a look at the Grand Pas structure found in classical ballet and translates it to the world of vaudeville jazz and beyond. Comedic, sharp, and swiftly upbeat, this vaudevillian duo promises to leave onlookers laughing. Performances are recommended 16 and up! $15 per ticket. $5 seats for those who cannot afford more. The Dirt Salon, Hartford.

Fridays – Saturdays (until 9/5) at 8pm: I Left my Heart A jazzy new musical revue tribute to the man Sinatra called “the greatest singer in the world,” Tony Bennett. Go wild over the four decades of music that Bennett recorded, from his early top-40 hits, jazz recordings with Basie, Stan Getz, and Bill Evans, to his torch songs, film scores, all the way to his now infamous MTV unplugged, which introduced him to a whole new generation of listeners. I Left my Heart promises to be an unforgettable walk down memory lane, and a don’t miss for anyone who ever loved the music of George and Ira Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, Rogers and Hart, or Cole Porter! A thrilling score of 40 standards all recorded by Bennett, including “Stranger In Paradise,” “Top Hat, White Tie And Tails,” “The Best Is Yet To Come,” “The Good Life,” “Rags To Riches,” and his best-known hit, “I Left My Heart In San Francisco.” Bring your own beverages and food. No performances 8/14 – 15. $30 per ticket. Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, Berlin.

Friday, July 31 – Sunday, August 2:

{Reoccurs} Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday – Sunday at 1:05pm and 7:30pm: Beyond the Brick: A LEGO Brickumentary Since the birth of their trademark toy in 1958, The LEGO Group has produced over 400 billion bricks. But more and more, LEGO bricks aren’t just for kids, and some take them very seriously. Adult Fans of LEGO around the globe are unashamedly declaring their love of the brick, brick artists are creating stunning and surprising creations, and LEGO master builders are building human scale and larger structures. LEGO bricks are being used educationally, therapeutically, and have provided a universal system for human creativity and our innate desire “to build.” This documentary playfully delves into the extraordinary impact of the LEGO brick, its massive global fan base, and the innovative uses for it that has sprung up around the world. On Friday, from 6:30 – 7:30pm enjoy a brick and brews event; play and create with the world of Legos and then at 7:30pm watch Beyond The Brick: A Lego Brickumentary! On Saturday, August 1 after the 1:05 PM screening, Play-Wells TEKnologies will bring barrels of Legos to build with plenty of hands-on components for the whole family. There will also be a free raffle for a LEGO set valued at $30! Friday $5, Saturday – Sunday $11 per person. Real Art Ways, Hartford.

Friday – Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm: Beyond the Picket Fence Three best friends watch their parents struggle with issues of justice in the workplace – and are forced to make some hard choices of their own. Tickets are $5. Hartbeat Ensemble; Carriage House Theater, Hartford.

Friday – Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm: Seussical The Musical $15 per ticket. $12 per child under the age of 12. East Hartford Middle School, East Hartford.

Friday, July 31:

Friday from 9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Toddler Class Tired of the same old cereal for breakfast? It IS the most important meal of the day, so this morning we will give you a couple new ideas to bring to the table in the morning, including Breakfast Banana Pops and Juicy Peach Muffins, made from local, in-season peaches! Ages 2 – 5. $15 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

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Friday 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 at 5:45pm: Shabbat Dinner Enjoy Shabbat dinner on the back porch. Guests can enjoy the facility after dinner. All families invited. $10 per adult, $8 for children under 10. Mandell JCC Swim & Tennis Club, West Hartford.

{Parents Time Out} Friday from 6 – 9pm: Friday Night Lights Come join our “Friday night lights” movie night event ! Take a night off while your kids have a blast with us Snacks and activity during our showing of lilo and stitch in our luau lounge. Little Ms. Bella Boutique, Farmington.

Fridays (until 8/21) from 6:30 – 9:30pm: Outdoor Movie: Mrs. Doubtfire Rated PG-13. Free. Elizabeth Park, West Hartford.

Friday at 7pm: Get Pop-Cultured: Dr. Seuss Spectacular Join us in our final celebration of Get Pop-Cultured as we celebrate the beloved Dr. Seuss. Fans young and old are welcome, there’s fun to be done! Storytime with craft and activities to follow. Dress as your favorite Dr. Seuss character! Note: Farmington is at 6pm. Select Barnes & Noble locations.

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

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Saturday, August 1 – Sunday, August 2:

Saturday – Sunday: Museums on Us Bank of America Cardholders can get in free to participating museums.

Saturday, August 1:

Saturday from 9am – 12pm: Chalkboard Door Hanger Come learn how to make a chalkboard door hanger. Free hands-on workshops; designed for children ages 5 – 12. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a free certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Home Depot locations.

Saturday from 9:30 – 10:30am: Toddler Class Tired of the same old cereal for breakfast? It IS the most important meal of the day, so this morning we will give you a couple new ideas to bring to the table in the morning, including Breakfast Banana Pops and Juicy Peach Muffins, made from local, in-season peaches! Ages 2 – 5. $15 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

Saturdays at 10am: Kids Cooking Class Tomatoes are ripe and ready for eating and cooking this summer! Join us and learn to make some delicious dishes that are sure to impress your family. You’ll also learn some fun facts about tomatoes. Suitable for ages 8–13. Suitable for ages 5 – 13. Call to reserve your spot. Free. Williams-Sonoma locations.

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Saturdays from 10am – 12pm: Kids Club 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 from 10am – 12pm: CFPA Ramble: Interior Sand Plains Adventure Join us on an adventure as we walk through upland forest and wetlands to unusual interior sand plains. We will look for rare insects and vegetation not common in interior Connecticut. This little used park is home to interesting wildlife that we may encounter or see signs of them such as tracks in the sand. We will also examine pitch pines for evidence of the new insect invader, southern pine beetle. We will meet in the commuter lot located just west of the I-291 junction with Rt. 218 (Putnam Hwy) in the back of the lot near a bus shelter where a trail leads us about 1.5 miles to the sand dunes. This trail is fairly level but can be overgrown in places. This trail can be muddy as well so dress appropriately. Free. RSVP recommended. Matianuck State Park, Windsor.

Saturday at 10am – 2pm: Family Program: Toys and Treats Backyard Party Join us on the Connecticut Historical Society lawn for all your favorite childhood games! Enjoy everything from hopscotch to hula hoop, and play them with your kids, parents or grandparents. From 11am to 2pm, an ice cream truck will be available to purchase a frozen treat to finish off a classic summer day. Connecticut Historical Society Museum & Library, Hartford.

Saturday at 11am: If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t! Bring in the little ones and enjoy a rousing tale of why it might not be a good idea to bring an alligator to school for show-and-tell! Activities to follow; all ages welcome. Select Barnes & Noble locations.

Saturday from 1 – 11pm: Taste of the Caribbean & Jerk Festival Authentic Caribbean cuisine, cool island beverages, spectacular costumes and dance, and island rhythms bring a festive Caribbean atmosphere to the Riverfront. Raindate: 8/2. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford.

Saturday from 1:30 – 3:30pm: 1st Saturday Attic Tours Join us once again this year for our ever-popular attic tours with Jack Cown. On the first Saturday of each month, Jack will lead guests on a rare, behind-the-scenes look of the Phelps’ servant & attic spaces. View objects and collections from the 18th-early 20th century. Regular admission applies. Phelps-Hathaway House & Garden, Suffield.

Saturday at 6pm: Summer Sizzle Under the Stars! 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. Admission: $9, students $8. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford.

Saturdays (until 8/22) from 6 – 8pmOutdoor Movie:  Toy Story Come early for pre-show entertainment. The movies starts at sunset. Free. The Shoppes at Farmington Valley, Canton.

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Sunday, August 2:

Sunday from 11am – 4pm: Cruisin’ on Main Street is a one-day cruise and show for antique and classic cars, trucks, sports cars and street rods twenty-five years old and prior. A one-mile stretch of Main Street in historic Downtown Manchester, CT closes for Cruisin’ creating a plaza-like viewing area where attendees can stroll the street and take-in the art and engineering of our automotive history. While the cars are clearly the stars, Cruisin’ on Main Street strives to provide a full range of activities and amenities to event attendees. Food, music, sponsors exhibits and shopping enhance the experience of strolling Main St. to view a magnificent mile of vintage vehicles. The Cruisin’ Bazaar will return to the Forest Street Lot this year. Cruisin’ 2015 offers more music and fun then ever before with 3 DJ locations, live performances by surf bands and a jazz/contemporary music duo, and dance demos. The Cruisin’ Committee added two new special attractions that will provide fun photo ops for all ages: the Bigfoot Monster Truck and the 28 foot tall Michelin Man, ”Mr. Bib”.

Sundays at 1pm: Technique Class Summer gardens are at their prime in August, offering a wealth of inspiration in the kitchen. Tomatoes are ripe and ready at last, and we’re hungry to use them in everything! Join us for homemade Zucchini, Tomato and Ricotta Herbed Lasagna, plus tomato sauce prepared two ways. Class times vary by store location. Call to reserve your spot. Free. Williams-Sonoma locations.

Sunday from 1 – 3pm: Sunday Gardens On the 1st Sunday of each month join our staff in the Jacob Weidemann designed-garden at 1 and 2 pm. Learn about the history of the garden, its importance to Mrs. McCook and what is currently blooming. $12 per person. Butler-McCook House & Garden, Hartford.

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