Welcome to your 7-day Momecast™ of what to do and where to go throughout Hartford County! We have combined all of our Holiday fun into one area of our site for you. Click here to check it out – many events have already started! Enjoy your week; may it be full of giving in honor of Giving Tuesday and may your Holiday preparations come underway joyfully – starting with the 25 days of Christmas.
Friday, November 27:
9am – 12pm: Black Friday Wacky Science Camp You can get first minute shopping, while kids make some science related fun! Ages 4-10. $40 per child.
9am – 2pm: Holiday Kick-Off: Kids Cooking and Craft Class Parents can take advantage of Black Friday’s shopping deals by dropping off their little ones at Stew’s for a day of crafting and cooking. From breakfast recipes to holiday crafts, your child will be as busy as a bee! Ages 4-12. $50 per child.
10am – 4pm: Holiday Open House Looking for something to do with your houseguests? Join us for the annual day after Thanksgiving “walk-off the turkey” open house. Get some fresh air and take a brisk walk on the beautiful grounds of Hill-Stead, then share time with your family and friends enjoying the new holiday decorations inside the Museum. Free with museum membership or admission.
10am – 5pm: Santa’s Visit & Behind the Scenes Tour Santa will be making his annual visit to the Air Museum to meet and pose for photos with children. Santa will also have a gift for each child. On this day the Museum will also be conducting ‘Behind-the-Scenes” tours which will give visitors the opportunity to take a close-up look at some of the current restoration projects including the P-51D Mustang Racer, the Douglas DC-3 passenger aircraft, the Boeing B-29 Superfortress, a U.S. Navy Blimp Car from WWII, Burnelli CBY-3, several vintage engines and more. You will also be able to tour the Museum’s extensive research library collection which is not normally open to the public.
10:30am and 3:30pm: Lars the Little Polar Bear is a story about a young polar bear who explores his arctic home, meeting friends along the way. Children will learn about the arctic climate, the animals that live here, and how to find the Big and Little Dipper in the night sky.
11am – 2pm: Family Open Studios: Black Out! With the opening of our new Art Studios comes a program designed to make the creative process fun and accessible to all ages. Family Open Studios is free and requires no artistic ability whatsoever! Let our volunteer educators tap into your creative side with simple, experimental projects inspired by a variety of artists, from Gilbert Stuart to Sol LeWitt. Join us on the day after Thanksgiving as we give new meaning to “Black Friday” by creating multimedia artworks that celebrate the color black.
5 – 7pm: Santa Claus Comes to Stew’s! Santa Claus will make his first appearance of the season and will arrive at Stew’s on a truck from the Newington Fire Department, which will be decked out in holiday trim. Join the Newington High School choir along with Wow the Cow, Cynthia the Chick and Daphne the Duck while Santa and his helpers greet children and distribute candy canes to families. Face painting will be offered too! Santa will make regular appearances at the store November 27 – December 24 from 3 – 6pm Monday through Friday and from 11am – 6pm on Saturday and Sunday.
7 – 8:30pm: Holiday Performance at Lake Compounce We are pleased to be returning to Lake Compounce for the 2nd year to perform at their Holiday Lights Festival! Harmony on the Sound Chorus will do two half hour performances, at 7 and 8pm. Come on out, have your picture taken with Santa, and listen to some holiday harmonies!
7pm: Hartford Wolf Pack vs Springfield Falcons Flashback Friday: Flashback to 1997 as the The Wolf Pack play in our original blue jerseys; the jerseys will be auctioned off at 2nd intermission. Black Friday: Didn’t get that gift you were looking for during your holiday shopping? We’ve got you covered! The Wolf Pack will give away some of the holiday season’s hot gift items as prizes during the game. Teddy Bear Toss: Bring a Teddy Bear to the game and throw it on the ice after the Wolf Pack score their first goal.
Friday, November 27 – Sunday, November 29:
Friday – Saturday from 10am – 4pm and Sunday from 1 – 4pm: Turkey Days! How well do you really know Meleagris gallopavo, the wild turkey from which the domesticated version at your Thanksgiving dinner was derived? What is a turkey’s snood? What is a Jake? Do turkeys’ really have beards? Join us for a turkey scavenger hunt and quiz. Program and crafts free with admission to the Nature Center. Scavenger Hunt Maps $2 each.
10am – 5pm: Black Friday Weekend Kick off the holidays at the Connecticut Science Center! We’re open Friday, November 27 through Sunday, November 29. The first 100 kids to visit each day will receive a souvenir compliments of Disney Pixar’s new film, The Good Dinosaur! Available while supplies last, no purchase necessary. Get here early to secure your souvenir!
Friday from 5 -10pm, Saturday from 11am – 5pm and Sunday from 12 – 4pm: Christkindlmarkt Enjoy traditional German music, dancing and pageantry including the daily lightning of the Christmas tree, carolers and a visit from Sr. Nicholas. Vendors will be offering German imports and handcrafted items. Partake of authentic German food, homemade desserts and a variety of beverages including beer and Gluhwein.
Saturday, November 28:
Small Business Saturday – Shop small to show your love! https://www.facebook.com/SmallBusinessSaturday/
9am – 12pm: Build A School House Bank Start a project with the kids that you can take to the bank! With the School House Bank Workshop at The Home Depot, teach them the basics of working with tools, while letting them take pride in building a functional object to keep.
11am: Scout Elf Return Boot Camp To celebrate The Elf on the Shelf tradition we will be hosting a Scout Elf Return Boot Camp featuring fun activities children and families can to do prepare for their Elf’s return this holiday season. Barnes & Noble of Farmington, Canton and Enfield.
1pm: Cheney Railroad History Walk Hikers will have an easy, fairly flat, walk along the former railroad, built in 1869 to connect the Cheney silk mills to the main rail line in the North End. At 2.5 miles, it was the shortest private freight-and-passenger railroad in the United States. We will hike at a moderate pace along the one-mile portion owned by the Manchester Land Conservation Trust and, depending on the weather, on to Center Springs Park, which will take about 1¾ to 2 hours round trip. Participants will hear about the history of the railroad and see maps and old pictures. A special favor will be given to children who attend the hike, co-sponsored by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association’s Hike CT program, and open to all. We will hike if light rain but bring an umbrella but extreme weather cancels. No dogs, please. Free.
4:30 – 6pm: Raising Berlin’s 7th Annual Tree Lighting Join Raising Berlin and the Fire Departments of Berlin, East Berlin, Kensington & South Kensington along with Santa & Mrs. Claus for an wonderful start to the Holiday Season in town! Toy and food drive, please consider bringing an unwrapped toy and/or a non-perishable food item to help.
4 – 8:30pm: Simsbury Celebrates is a free Community Holiday Celebration, traditionally held the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year, we are Celebrating the 14th Anniversary of the event with a variety of events, culminating with a spectacular fireworks show on Iron Horse Boulevard.
Saturday, November 28 – Sunday, November 29:
Saturday from 9:30am – 1pm and Sunday from 9:30am – 3pm: Brunch With Santa The cost of brunch includes a gingerbread house and a picture with Santa.
Sunday, November 29:
9:30am- 3pm: 35th Annual Szopka Festival & Competition Polish National Home, Hartford.
1 – 2:30pm and 3 – 4:30pm: Make a Glittering Cupcake Ornament Paint and sprinkle a cupcake ornament to keep or perhaps give as a gift to a special someone. Join us at this festive family workshop for ages 6 and up. $15 per child.
3 – 5pm: Santa Sunday Bring your letters to Santa and his Elf. Free admission for children, free carousel rides, take a photo with Santa. Kids can enjoy crafts, games and fun! Adults $6.
3 and 7:30pm: Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) brings their 2015 Winter Tour featuring one of the group’s beloved Yuletide tales, “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” to the XL Center.
Monday, November 30:
Cyber Monday – biggest online shopping day of the year!
10-11:15am: Free Open Play Join us for our last canned food donation open play!
7pm: Mark Twain 180th Birthday A Play by Mark Twain, William Dean Howells & Jacques Lamarre Well over a century before Steampunk and “the walking dead” stories were in vogue, Mark Twain and his pal William Dean Howells wrote a play that contained elements of both. Sadly, Colonel Sellers as a Scientist proved to be dead on arrival in 1883. The New York Tribune review called it, ““a miserable lot of twaddle with neither dramatic construction or reason.” Ouch! In 2015, playwright (and Mark Twain House staff member) Jacques Lamarre exhumes this wayward footnote in Twain’s career as a Steampunk-Zombie mash-up comedy. Colonel Mulberry Sellers has hit upon a sure-fire way to reverse his family’s fortunes: an invention that reanimates the dead! What could go wrong and what better way to celebrate Mark Twain’s birthday than resurrecting one of his lost pieces? Added bonuses: we unveil the soon-to-be-released Mark Twain Commemorative coin designs and enjoy a birthday cake in honor of “the Lincoln of our Literature!” Tickets are $10.
Tuesday, December 1:
Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back http://www.givingtuesday.org/
9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30 – 12:30pm: Frosty the Snowman Toddler Class Children will celebrate this snowy season by creating their own Frosty the Snowman cupcake and ornament! Each child will be able to take home a snowman jar filled with hot cocoa and marshmallows too! Ages 2-5. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Reoccurs on Friday and Saturday (only 9:30-10:30am).
12 – 1pm: Taking Care of Our Own: The History of Philanthropy in CT Take time during this season of giving to learn about the major impact philanthropy has had on Connecticut lives. Eugene Leach, Professor Emeritus at Trinity College, will explore how private giving “helped civilize Hartford.” After his talk, participate in a conversation about the changing face of philanthropy in the 21st century with Professor Leach, Deborah Rothstein, VP for Development and Donor Engagement at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and Pastor A.J. Johnson of the Urban Hope Refuge Church.
Tuesday, December 1 – Saturday, December 12:
The Twelve Days of Finders Keeper Look for clues on this event page each day to find beautifully decorated rocks created and donated by local artists. Don’t miss the fun!
Wednesday, December 2:
7:30 – 9am: Holiday Breakfast to benefit the Windsor Food and Fuel Bank Holiday Breakfast to benefit the Windsor Food and Fuel Bank. Admission: Gift Card or $20 Cash Donation. Bart’s Beanery, Windsor.
8:45–10:30am: Early Learning Center Open House This event showcases how Renbrook brings Learning to Life in our youngest grades. Parents are invited to join tours of the school, meet teachers, current parents, and hear from our Head of School and educational leaders. Members of the Admission Office will be available to answer questions about the application process and financial assistance. RSVP.
9am – 12pm: Parent’s Morning Out is a 3-hour drop off program each week for busy moms and dads to grocery shop, workout, or relax with a cup of coffee and friends! While you’re out getting your errands done, the kids will have a blast creating fun art projects, playing instruments, doing parachute activities, singing songs, dancing…and who knows what else Rompy has in store for them? Ages 2 through 5. Children do not need to be potty trained.
4 – 4:45pm: Nutcracker Story Ballet Join Miss Karla as we read and dance through the pages of the Nutcracker Story. Ages 3 -7. Reoccurs on 12/9.
6 – 8pm: Rooftop 120 Merry Martini Lab Join Tyler and Nadine as they host Rooftop 120’s Merry Martini Lab. Learn how to make festive cocktails while snacking on Nosh 120’s fantastic food! RSVP.
7pm-9pm: Sip & Sew: Mug Cozy This is a party, much like a “Paint Night”! No experience is necessary. We take care of all the fussy stuff: cutting, prepping, machine and tools, and clean up!You get to make as many cozies as you can and we include a mug. Make a dent in your gifts this year while enjoying a cocktail (BYOB) and having fun. You’re going to love this project! Ages: 18+. Hello! $48 per person. Click here to view the event on Facebook too. Artisan Shop + Studio, Simsbury.
7:30pm: DIY Chanukah with Rita Brownstein A fun holiday workshop where you’ll learn great ideas to beautify all your Jewish holidays. After a presentation, there will be a hands-on workshop creating paper stars and dreidels to take home and use throughout Chanukah. Rita Miller Brownstein is the author of the best-selling books Jewish Holiday Style and Jewish Weddings. She is the former art director for House Beautiful and Good Housekeeping magazines, and currently blogs at designmegillah.com. Co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford’s Pearl Society. $10 per person.
Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm: Passing Strange From singer-songwriter and performance artist Stew comes Passing Strange, a daring musical that takes you on a journey across boundaries of place, identity and theatrical convention. Stew brings us the story of a young bohemian who charts a course for “the real” through sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. Loaded with soulful lyrics and overflowing with passion, the show takes us from black middle-class America to Amsterdam, Berlin and beyond on a journey towards personal and artistic authenticity. Passing Strange won multiple Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Musical and a Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical in 2008. Previews on December 2nd and 3rd; all seats $15. Opening Night: December 4 – wine and cheese reception before the show. Sunday matinee features a talkback with the cast after the show. Runs until Sunday, December 20.
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