February 8 – 15

Welcome to the second full week of February. Once again we have scoured our rolodex and the internet for all of the fun things happenings this week across Hartford County! This week is extra special because it is Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day, so get out and celebrate – with the kids or without the kids; either way make it memorable. No School on Monday for President’s Day with many schools also closed on Tuesday or some the whole week through – we have many options for those parents who work and may need a camp day or those just looking for something to do – we’ve got you covered! Check the links provided for weather delays and cancellations before heading out.

Monday, February 8:

4:15 – 5pm: Paint like Pollock We will learn a little bit about the artist Jackson Pollock and his famous splatter painting before making some ourselves. $20 per child. Imagine Studio, West Hartford.

6 – 8:30pm: Boards and Commissions on Tap This panel discussion will offer information on how to get involved in shaping your community by joining a local town Board or Commission, as well as the roles and responsibilities of these entities. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with town representatives from various Boards and Commissions in the Metro Hartford region. Mayor Dan Drew of Middletown and Mayor Luke Bronin of Hartford will both speak briefly on the need for increased participation of young professionals in public service, as well as the positive impacts this participation can have on policy. Registration is encouraged for this free event. City Steam Brewery, Hartford.

Monday, February 8 – Friday, February 12:

10am – 5pm: Love our Animals Join us as we celebrate Valentine’s Week with our wonderful animals. Each day we will make special Valentines for our animals and loved ones. Special visit with the animal of the day. Monday – Frogs, Tuesday – Lizards, Wednesday – Raptors, Thursday – Turtles and Friday – Snakes. Crafts and animal demo included with the cost of admission to the Nature Center. No need to pre-register. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

Tuesday, February 9:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Mardi Gras Party for Toddlers Join us as we celebrate Mardi Gras at Stew Leonard’s! We’ll make some traditional New Orleans recipes, including homemade beignets and Jambalaya. ages 2 -5. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

10:30 – 11:15am: February Family Playtime! Looking for a fun indoor activity to do with your1-5 year old on these cold winter days? Then why don’t you join us for our Family Playtime. This is an open gym forum where children accompanied by a caretaker can explore the many obstacle courses on the floor, the balance beam, the vault, the bars and the pit. Family Playtime is for children ages 1-5 years of age with caretaker participation. Non-members are welcome. Reoccurs on Tuesday; 2/16 and 2/23. $10 per child and $5 for siblings. A general release form is required for non-members. The Gymnastics Training Center, Simsbury.

4:30 – 6pm: School Age Cookie Baking Budding Chefs will bake our famous chocolate chip cookies from scratch! Ages 6-12. Drop Off. $30 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

{PTO} 7:30pm: Playwrights On Park is a new and exciting artistic endeavor for Playhouse on Park. Our mission is to develop and produce original plays and musicals, to foster emerging and established playwrights, and to become a leader in new play development. We aim to help establish the Greater Hartford Area as a premiere destination for the cultivation and exploration of innovative theatrical work. Let it Come Down by Eve Lederman Inspired by deposition transcripts from a malpractice case, Let It Come Down portrays the relationship between patient and therapist as a seductive love more powerful and volatile than any romance. Rachel is exploring family secrets with her maternal therapist, but when the doctor faces a lawsuit for abruptly terminating treatment, she paints Rachel as violent and an explosive, life-altering battle ensues. This tale of betrayal ignites a dialogue about the dynamics of therapy and the blurry line between obsession and love. $5 general admission. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

Tuesday, February 9 – Sunday, February 14:

{PTO} Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 1pm and 6:30pm: Love Letters Andrew Makepeace Ladd III wrote his first letter to Melissa Gardner to tell her she looked like a lost princess. They were both seven years old. For the next fifty years, through personal triumphs and despair, through wars and marriages and children and careers, they poured out the secrets of their hearts to each other. They defied a fate that schemed to keep them apart, and lived for the one most meaningful thing, their undying love for each other. Starring Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal, directed by Gregory Mosher and written by celebrated playwright A.R. Gurney. Don’t miss this enduring romance about first loves and second chances. The Bushnell, Hartford.

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{Last Call} Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2:30pm: Buyer & Cellar An outrageous comedy about the price of fame, the cost of things and the oddest of odd jobs. An under-employed Los Angeles actor goes to work in Barbra Streisand’s Malibu basement. Hilarity ensues as we puzzle over the solitude of celebrity and the melancholy that lurks beneath it. TheaterWorks, Hartford.

Wednesday, February 10:

9:15 – 10:15am: Valentine’s Day Cupcake Decorating Join us for a morning of decorating delicious cupcakes! Registering for this event entitles you to $5 off admission to Open Play running afterward. $25 per child. All ages. Parent participation is required. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

12 – 1pm: The Super Bowl: Advertising, Masculinity & Sports Culture Stowe Salons at Lunch meet monthly at Noon. We’re talking about social justice issues making news. Please join us and share your perspective and ideas for creating positive change in our city, state and nation. A great opportunity to network with other change makers. Bring your lunch or pick up food at the Nook Farm Nook next door at Mark Twain House & Museum. Free. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford.

{PTO} 6 – 8pm: Cross Country Skiing for Adults Novice to expert, young or old, all ski enthusiasts are encouraged to join us on Wednesday evenings, weather permitting, for an evening of skiing. You have the option of racing others, racing for personal time, or simply skiing for your own fitness. The ski center will be open for your convenience. Rentals will also be available. Registration is required by noon on Tuesday. Runs until 2/24. $12 per non-member. Winding Trails, Farmington.

Wednesday, February 10 – Sunday, February 14:

{Last Call} Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: The Chosen A standing-room-only hit wherever it has played, this award-winning adaptation from the award-winning novel is the story of two boys, two fathers and two very different Jewish communities—”five blocks and a world apart”—in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in the 1940s. Set against the backdrop of WWII, the revelation of the Holocaust, and the desperate struggle of Zionism, The Chosen remains not essentially political or religious but deeply human. This is a story of friendship, family and difficult choices that we must all make on the path to understanding, respect and reconciliation. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

Thursday, February 11:

4:30 – 6pm: Valentine’s Day Chocolate Making Your little love with have a blast dipping all sorts off yummy foods in chocolate and packaging them in a fancy box! Drop off Ages 6-12, younger siblings welcome. $35 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

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5:30 – 8pm: Make a Valentine for Hartford! Join Hartford Preservation Alliance at Hartford rints for Happy Hour and make a Valentine for one of Hartford’s endangered historic buildings. Suggested donation: $25. Hartford Prints, Hartford.

6 – 8pm: BYOB and Paint a Pair of Champagne Flutes for Valentine’s Day Learn the art of painting on glass while designing a pair of champagne flutes with the help of talented Art Truck staff. We provide everything needed so you can enjoy a fun, creative evening with friends. BYOB and snacks and relax in our no-pressure studio filled with paints, stencils, paint pens and lots of fun samples. Our studio is your studio. $30 per person. The Art Truck Party Studio & Creativity Lounge, Glastonbury.

Thursday, February 11 – Sunday, February 14:

Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm and 7:30pm: Romeo & Juliet Director Darko Tresnjak follows up his spectacular production of Hamlet with Shakespeare’s most popular play. The intense feud between the Montague and Capulet families devastates the city of Verona and foreshadows tragic consequences for young Romeo and Juliet. Revenge, passion and a secret marriage lead the world’s most famous star-crossed lovers to a harrowing end. Runs until March 20. Hartford Stage, Hartford.

Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm: Love Notes Musical love tales and beautiful choreography take center stage in this program that will feature romantic selections and dancers, both human (dancers from the Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory) and puppet (created by the masterful minds of the UConn Puppet Arts Program). Visual artist Maria Rud will create astounding art right before your very eyes.  The program features works by Wagner, Prokofiev, Debussy, Saint-Saëns, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven. Bring your loved one for a special Valentines’ night out! Belding Theater at The Bushnell. Hartford.

Friday, February 12:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Let’s Celebrate Valentine’s Day Let’s celebrate this sweet holiday with some sweet treats! We will make red velvet whoopee pies and heart shaped fruit dipped in chocolate. Kids will also roll and decorate homemade truffles! Ages 2 -5. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

10 – 11am: Valentine’s Day Party Come celebrate Valentine’s Day with a party at the museum! We will play games, enjoy a treat, meet an animal, and make a card for someone you love. Enjoy the activity stations at your own pace. Let’s all wear red and pink too! Ages 2-5 with caregiver. $6 per non-member. Lutz Children’s Museum, Manchester.

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4 – 5pm: Valentine’s Day Celebration Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the ones you love: your friends at LCM of course! Join us for a fun-filled hour of activities, games, crafts, treats, and meeting an animal too. You can wear red or pink to be festive. Ages 4-10 with a caregiver. $6 per non-member. Lutz Children’s Museum, Manchester.

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 pay $40 per child, half off siblings! My Gym, Enfield.

6pm: Darwin Day – Natural Selection February 12, 2016 is International Darwin Day. Ever since Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species it has changed our view of biology, cosmology and the scientific process. We’ll honor Charles Darwin’s work with a showing of the visually stunning Natural Selection. Witness the thrill of scientific discovery by seeing the world through Darwin’s eyes, make observations of exotic natural scenery and let the pieces of the scientific puzzle slowly but surely fall into place. Follow Darwin’s reasoning to reveal this simple and beautiful mechanism that explains the evolution of life on Earth. Using the dome we’ll will also learn the basics of navigation and how sailors and explorers have used the stars to travel across great distances just as Darwin did on his voyage. In addition, we’ll features some fun hands-on activities and live interaction during the show. Recommended ages: 8 and up. Glastonbury Planetarium, Glastonbury.

6 – 8pm: Valentine’s Day Workshop Let’s make a special treat for a special someone! This workshop will be held in 30 minute intervals. Each child will create half dozen chocolate covered strawberries with yummy toppings. In addition, you will be able to create a personalized Valentine’s Day greeting card! Ages 4-12. $10 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

6 – 10pm: Valentine’s Day Parents’ Night Out Celebrate your Valentine’s Day with no kids and no worries. Canton Parks and Recreation is providing an evening of activities for your kids while you enjoy a night out. Kids will be supervised and entertained for the evening with arts and crafts, games and more! Valentine snacks and refreshments included. Ages 5-13. $25per child. Canton Community Center, Canton.

6:30 – 8pm: Therapeutic Thai Massage for Couples Thai massage and partner yoga combined can enrich our relationships, deepen our connection and help us feel more radiant and open-hearted. Therapeutic Thai massage is a yoga-like form of bodywork practiced fully-clothed on a mat. We will explore a Massage sequence which can be practiced almost anywhere with minimal equipment, and incorporate a fun and easy series of partner yoga practices. Students will both give and receive Thai massage as we embrace lightheartedness, grounding, and loving-kindness. Supporting our partner through Thai Massage we will be guided into some opening therapeutic stretches. Learn how you and your partner can ease each others tensions, cleanse and align the body, mind, heart & practice metta & love and kindness with each other through Partner Thai Massage. $24 per person. Yoga Center of Collinsville, Collinsville.

6:30 – 9pm: Mommy Son Valentine Dance Mom, bring out your best dress, have your son(s) put on his best clothes, and come enjoy desserts, games, dancing and a photo booth! Ideal for ages 5-12 years old. Adults $10, youth $5. Boys & Girls Club of Bristol Family Center, Bristol.

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{PTO} 8 – 11pm: Museum After Dark: Mardi Gras Enjoy a drink with friends, explore our galleries and special exhibitions, dance to local musicians and DJs, and unwind in a creative environment. M.A.D. Mardi Gras will include tracks spun by DJ zErp, live music from River City Slim and the Zydeco Hogs, and food available for purchase from The Cheese Truck and Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes. Admission includes entrance to our galleries and special exhibits, music, dancing, and beer and wine. $25 per person. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

Friday, February 12 – Saturday, February 13:

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{Last Call} 8pm: The Last 5 Years This modern emotionally, powerful and intimate musical chronicles the five-year life of a young couple who fall in and out of love, from meeting to break-up and from break-up to meeting. The Last Five Years uses a unique form of storytelling; Cathy, the woman, tells her story at the end of the relationship and works backwards while Jamie, the man, tells his side of the story from the beginning of the relationship and goes forward. The two characters only meet once, at their wedding in the middle of the show. It ask the questions can time heal or does healing take time? Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, Berlin.

{Last Call} Friday – Saturday at 8pm: Lint! The Musical Phoebe’s got a problem… No matter where she goes, no matter what she does, she is constantly finding herself in a musical. While this wouldn’t be a problem to some folks, Phoebe tries to escape by taking a job in a laundromat. Everything is fine until one day Phoebe looks up and sees the audience, the lights, everything. Biz, Fab, and Cheer; three muses rise up out of the washers and explain to Phoebe that there is no escaping this musical until she finishes the show and follows the rules to get there. Reluctantly, and with more than a little sarcasm, Phoebe enlists the help of Gary, a pathetic cuckold who was just minding his own business. Jack and Jill enter and the race to finish the musical begins. Along the way, they encounter Heinrich von Baddie, Phoebe’s boss and the representation of villainy in the play. Faced with impending doom (and marriage) Phoebe and her new friends sing themselves through many different emotions and stories, culminating in the classic confrontation of good and evil: a landlord wearing lederhosen and a government agent wearing a jet-pack. Free parking is available in the Chestnut Street garage next to the new police station. Hole in the Wall Theater, New Britain.

Friday, February 12 – Sunday, February 14:

Friday from 12 – 8pm, Saturday from 10am – 7pm and Sunday from 10am – 5pm: 19th Annual Fishing & Hunting Show Bring the whole Family for a fun filled day of entertainment! Fly casting lessons, kids bass casting competition by The Connecticut Bass Federation, Archery Range plus hunting safety information. There will be hundreds of booths lining the aisles containing the latest products for both fishing and hunting enthusiasts.  Learn about the newest equipment from some of the top manufacturers and reps, retail vendors, public service exhibits, charter boat captains, plus fishing boats and more! Adults $12, children $4, under 5 are free. Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford.

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Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Boeing Boeing Bernard, living in Paris, is engaged to Gabriella…and to Gloria…and to Gretchen. With his housekeeper reluctantly playing romantic air-traffic controller, he successfully juggles three gorgeous flight attendant fiancées. But when a new double-speed Super Boeing arrives and changes flight schedules, we quickly learn that one woman is all Bernard can handle! Fasten your seatbelts for the Tony Award-winning comedy! Runs until 2/21. $19 for General Seating. Little Theatre of Manchester at Cheney Hall, Manchester.

Saturday, February 13:

9:30 – 10:30am: Let’s Celebrate Valentine’s Day Let’s celebrate this sweet holiday with some sweet treats! We will make red velvet whoopee pies and heart shaped fruit dipped in chocolate. Kids will also roll and decorate homemade truffles! Ages 2 -5. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

10am: Open House Located on a unique mountaintop site in Avon, Talcott Mountain Academy (TMA) is a co-educational, independent day school for students in grades K-8. Since 1983, TMA has offered an exciting, multi-faceted and integrated curriculum which is dedicated to preparing intellectually excited young people for a full and productive life in a technologically-oriented world. Our diverse student body is racially and culturally mixed, and the ratio of students to teachers is less than 8:1. Experience the TMA difference first hand. RSVP. Talcott Mountain Academy, Avon.

10 – 11am: Valentine The Clown Valentine will entertain children with Valentine stories, silly games and face painting. Refreshments will be served. Space will be limited to 40 children with parents. $6 per child. Registration is required. Town Hall Auditorium, Burlington.

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10am – 4pm: Make a Valentine Children will create a Valentine Giving Tree for Mom or Dad that can be treasured for years. Create a Valentine for the one you love! Older children and adults can make a Rustic Valentine Wall Hanging that is sure to make anyone feel loved! $10 per person. Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center, Bristol.

10am – 4pm: Open Cockpit Day Get up close and personal as you climb aboard selected aircraft from our incredible collection. From helicopters to jets this is your chance to take the stick, check the instruments and create your imagination-powered adventure. Open aircraft include the Vietnam War era “Huey” helicopter; the North American F-100 Super Sabre jet fighter; the Coast Guard HH-52 rescue helicopter; the Lockheed F-104C Starfighter, and many more. Visitors can also meet a re-enactor portraying Professor Silas Brooks from 11am to 3pm, Connecticut’s most famous aeronaut who first flew over Hartford in a giant hot air balloon in 1854. Brooks became nationally known and made over 180 balloon flights before retiring from the skies in 1894, nine years before the Wright Brothers first flight. Brook’s 1854 balloon basket is on display at the museum, and is the nation’s oldest aviation artifact. Visitors can also experience our spectral imaging mini-theater in which Brooks travels through time to observe a century of aviation innovation in Connecticut. From hot air ships to the space age, it’s all here at the New England Air Museum! In addition, visitors can also participate in hands-on activities, take a flying lesson on the Flight Sim Spot high tech flight simulators or fly the Ercoupe full-motion flight simulator built from a real aircraft. The event will be held inside the Museum’s three large, heated display hangars. Sneakers or rubber-soled shoes are recommended. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks.

11am: Hartford Art Sled Derby Build a one of a kind artistic snow sled and get together with a few hundred of your closest friends! Share, encourage, and cheer each other on as we all go sledding together! Here’s how to build an Art Sled. Step 1: Grab an already existing sled, or anything that will slide on the snow. Step 2: Be Creative! Add decorations, sculpture, lights, flags, banners, fabric, construction, anything you want! Step 3: Bring your Art Sled to the park. Step 4: Slide down the Hill! There will be judges and awards, in many different categories, we’re open to suggestions. Elizabeth Park Overlook on Prospect Ave, Hartford.

11am – 1pm: Valentine Crafts for Kids Gather up your littlest loves and head over to Hartford Prints! for our Valentine’s Day edition of Crafts for Kids. Kids can create their own special Valentines while mom and dad take a minute to do grab some Valentines of their own. All supplies included; $5 suggested donation. Hartford Prints, Hartford.

1 – 2:30pm: History Bites: Chocolate! Chocolate has a long and ancient history, including an association with love. Here’s your opportunity to learn about chocolate in all its wonderful aspects AND make an assortment of chocolate truffles to  give to your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day! We’ll also taste different varieties of hot chocolate. $12 per person. Registration required. Stanley Whitman House, Farmington.

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2:30pm: Zula Patrol – Down to Earth While on a routine fossil-hunting expedition, The Zula Patrol turns up evidence that the villainous Deliria Delight has been travelling back in time to Earth’s prehistoric past to illegally dump her company’s toxic trash. The Zula Patrollers must find and catch her, before her actions cause catastrophic consequences. In the process, our heroes learn all about the formation and development of Earth, and the life forms who call it home. Recommended ages: 5 – 8 and their families. Glastonbury Planetarium, Glastonbury.

4 – 5:30pm: Partner Yoga With the assistance of our partners, we’ll playfully take turns within yoga postures to help deepen our experience. We’ll also learn postures to be in together using our bodies and sense of balance to support one another with ease. Bring a loved one, friend or family member! Partner yoga is a wonderful, easy way to deepen your own sensitivity to one another. Stay after class for a glass of wine, some snacks, and social time together. $24 per person. Yoga Center of Collinsville, Collinsville.

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5:30 – 8:30pm: Kids Night Out Every kid deserves a special night out…and so do you! That’s why we created Kid’s 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. Romp n’ Roll, Wethersfield.

5:30 – 9pm: Valentines Day Parent’s Night Out! Join us for tons of the fun!  Open gym, games, pizza, and a big screen movie!  Don’t forget to bring a pillow and a blanket to cuddle up with during the movie. For children 4 years and older (children need not be currently enrolled). Cost: $40 per child. Discount for siblings. The Gymnastics Training Center, Simsbury.

6 – 7:30pm: Let’s Celebrate Valentine’s Day! Let’s celebrate this sweet holiday with some sweet treats! We will make red velvet whoopee pies and heart shaped fruit dipped in chocolate. Kids will also roll and decorate homemade truffles! Ages 6 – 12. $25 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

7:30pm: Romancing the Stars Celebrate Valentine’s Day by learning some of the many love stories told in the tapestry of the stars of the night sky.  Hear the heroic story of Perseus and Andromeda, the Japanese story of Orihime and Hikoboshi, and the classic Native American tale of Algon and the Pleiades. Feel the romance between Orion and Artemis and the jealous love of Zeus and Callisto. Join us under the stars for romance, storytelling and myth. Recommended ages: 9 and up. Glastonbury Planetarium, Glastonbury.

8pm: Titanic This show will not sink! We know, we know, you’ve heard THAT one before, but this time we mean it. You’ve seen the movie, maybe it made it you laugh, cry, cringe or all three. Now see our spin on it. In this original sketch show, our hearts will go on as writers and actors from Sea Tea Improv & the CT Improv community bring to life scenes that were perhaps just outside of James Cameron’s original scope for the movie. If you’re one of those “I’ve never seen Titanic” types, then take our word for it, this is exactly how things went down. The movie was rated PG-13, the show is too. $10 tickets. HartBeat Ensemble’s Carriage House Theater, Hartford.

8 – 10:30pm: Live Music, Wine Glass Painting and Optional Wine & Dessert Tasting Join us for a special event where you can create two hand-painted wine glasses for your Valentine or yourself!  You can even personalize them with a monogram if you choose.  The cost is $30.00 per person and includes 2 all purpose traditional wine glasses, an artist to help guide you along the way and a special treat of enjoying the sounds of live acoustic folk music by Trin and Travis.  Pre-registration required.  Grab your spouse, date or your girlfriends and enjoy a relaxing evening of art, wine and live music! Optional Wine Tasting and desserts – wine tasting and desserts will be offered for an additional $15 per person should you choose to enhance your evening.  Walk-in’s welcome! Just want to chill out and enjoy relaxing acoustic music?  Stop by anytime between 8-10pm to check out Trin and Travis Acoustic folk music. Doors open at 7:30pm. Wine glass instruction begins at 8pm. $30 per person. Scene Art Bar, Unionville.

Saturday, February 13 – Sunday, February 14:

10am – 4pm: Open Sugarhouse at Northwest Park Learn the art and skill of maple sugaring from Chuck Drake, our sugarhouse expert. Admission is free. Reoccurs Saturday-Sunday until 3/26. Northwest Park, Windsor.

Sunday, February 14:

9 – 10am: Yoga for Couples A yoga session for couples, to celebrate together a special Valentine’s day. The basic definition of yoga is yoke or union — the work of uniting your mind, body and spirit. The benefits of practicing yoga with a partner are endless, including improved levels of communication, deeper expressions of postures and the encouragement of trust. $20. Culteavo, Unionville.

10:30am – 12pm: Valentine’s Day Chocolate Fondue Party Because what’s better than dipping stuff in chocolate? All ages. Parent participation required. $25 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

12 – 4 pm: The Annual Great Backyard Bird Count is a citizen science project that is easy and fun for all ages! Join us at the Barnes Nature Center as we count birds at our feeders and around our building.  We will keep a tally of the number of individual birds, by species, that we see throughout the day. The results will be entered on the board at the Center.  The information gathered by participants help scientists track changes in bird populations. Free. Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center, Bristol.

12:30 – 2:30pm: Valentine’s Family Day – Heart Tree Bring your kids, sweetheart, friends or come on your own for a step-by-step painting class along with music and lots of fun. We provide all of the paint and supplies you’ll need to make your masterpiece. The background and heart leaf colors of this fun and whimsical tree can be unique for each painting. Family members joining us can each leave with a unique creation and have a series of tree paintings of various colors to display at home. Our teaching artist will guide you, step-by-step, through the painting and will make sure that you stay on track and complete your masterpiece by the end of class. Our goal is for you to have fun, relax and enjoy – and our teaching artists love to help you make the painting uniquely yours! Doors open at 12pm. $20 per canvas. Scene Art Bar, Unionville.

1pm and 3pm: A SweetART Workshop to Celebrate Valentine’s Day Gather the family and head to our Glastonbury Studio & Creativity Lounge for a creative treat. Step up to our Valentine’s Photo Stage while wearing sweet & silly props. We’ll snap and print your family photo to take home in a hot pink or red frame. Next, paint edible artworks – two cookies and one marshmallow lollipop – to keep or give to your sweetheart. All ages are welcome. $25 per person. The Art Truck Party Studio & Creativity Lounge, Glastonbury.

1 – 3pm: Sweet ‘H’art’ Valentine’s Day Looking for a unique date idea for Valentine’s Day this year? Put the ’art’ in ’sweetheart’ and join us with your significant other in our galleries on February 14 for a private reception complete with lavish chocolate-covered strawberries, white caramel hot chocolate, champagne, and more. Following the reception will be a guided tour of works in our collection conveying love connections—guests will explore a variety of relationships in art. At 3 p.m. participants are welcomed to join our ongoing Sunday Music Series: this month will feature a special musical performance of love songs by Monika Krajewski and Natasha Ulyanovski. $30 for non-Members. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

2 – 2:45pm: Tea Pairing with Chocolate It is well known that chocolate is our friend in good and bad times, and that cocoa is rich in health benefits. When you pair chocolate with teas, you are in for a feast of antioxidants and vitamins, and the proper combination can enhance the taste of chocolate. Chocolate and tea lovers, don’t miss this event! RSVP. $15 per person. Culteavo, Unionville.

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4 – 6pm: Valentine’s Day Evening Open House Visit Hill-Stead Museum before Valentine’s Day dinner with your special someone! Enjoy a toast with sparkling wine in the carriage porch before you learn about Hill-Stead love stories from the past and view “objects of affection” on display just for Valentine’s Day. Included with the cost of admission. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington.

4 – 6:30pm: Art, Champagne & Chocolates Join us for a special Valentine’s Day Class where you will be inspired to create our couples Wine Pour painting accompanied by a complimentary glass of champagne and chocolates. For couples, the painting will be done on two separate canvases – one with the wine glass and the other with the bottle. This class is not just for couples – this painting can also be done on a single panel too. We provide all of the paint and supplies you’ll need to make your masterpiece. Doors open at 3:30pm. $35 per person. Scene Art Bar, Unionville.

4 – 5:30pm: Chi Massage for Couples Join us for a fun and relaxing afternoon where you will learn how to feel your Qi (life force energy) activate your healing touch, and learn how to give your partner a deeply relaxing, energy balancing acupressure massage. You and your partner will enjoy learning and practicing several qigong methods that include: •Basic qigong exercises to calm your mind and melt away tension while energizing your body, fun Qi-feeling experiments to activate your healing touch, and techniques to give your partner a deeply relaxing and total body energy balancing treatment. No experience necessary. Dress comfortably and bring your love, a yoga mat, and some water. $24 per person. Yoga Center of Collinsville, Collinsville.

6:30 – 8pm: Partner Yoga Join Kathy and Jessie for a playful and relaxing evening of connection. Through movement, music, breath, play and touch, you and your partner will share an amazing experience of trust, communication and intimacy in a different way. Partner Yoga is a great way to strengthen a bond and dig deeper into a relationship. This style of practice explores and invites awareness, openness, patience, communication, and balance surrounding your relationship. No previous yoga experience is required; bring a friend, a loved one, a sibling or anyone you feel a connection with or want to begin or deepen a connection with. $45 per couple. Be.Yoga, Avon.

Monday, February 15:

8am – 4pm: Lights! Color! Science! “Hue” wants to investigate colors? We do! Explore the color spectrum, including those we normally cannot see. Take a spin on the color wheel and become a mixing master. Wear your brightest colors and come have a psychedelic time! Ages 6 – 12. $68 per child. $3 discount for Hartford employees. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford.

8am – 5pm: Preschool Camp: A Winter Wonderland Enjoy the beauty of winter without the cold. Create snowy landscapes that sparkle, learn about critters that love the cold and, if the weather permits, paint some snow. Campers will also enjoy a popular winter-themed Planetarium show. $85 per child. The New Children’s Museum, West Hartford.

8:45 – 4pm: Vacation Science Camp: Desert Animals Many of the animals living in our animal sanctuary can be found in deserts around the world. Campers will meet our fennec foxes, bearded  dragons, desert tortoises, blue tonged skinks and learn about the adaptations that allow them to live in the desert. Children in grades 1-5. $70 per child. The New Children’s Museum, West Hartford.

9am – 12pm: President’s Day Camp My Gym camp is simply the best! Children participate in energizing fitness games, noncompetitive gymnastics, arts and crafts, music and so much more. Each camp program is uniquely designed to keep your children moving and active, as we emphasize physical development and personal success. Our themes and programs change daily, so no two camp days at My Gym are ever the same. $40 per child. My Gym, West Hartford.

9am – 12pm: Knit, Knit, Knit! Spool knitting, finger knitting, and knit and purl! Basic knitting stiches to make a scarf and/or belt. All materials are provided. The museum offers this series of workshops for kids during February school vacation week. The program fee is $25 per child, per workshop. Bring a bagged lunch when registering kids for both sessions! We are a peanut free facility. Please pack your child a snack. Registration is required. Noah Webster House, West Hartford.

9am – 12pm: Nature Carnival Fun with snow and ice, animal tracking and; depending upon weather conditions, snowshoeing or even maple sugaring will be part of this two-day vacation program. Grades K-5. $40 per child. Reoccurs on 2/16.

9:30am – 5pm: President’s Day Join us in celebrating President’s Day! We will be open all day with three floors to explore! Children will learn about this holiday and our country’s leaders.  A variety of educational activities will be held throughout the day in the studios. Imagine Nation Museum, Bristol.

10am – 4pm: Candle-Dipping Entertain your children on Presidents’ Day  with Candle-Dipping at Windsor Historical Society. The Society’s Hands-On-History Learning Center will be open, and you can use your engineering skills to build toothpick and marshmallow structures. Afterwards, explore the totally-touchable Strong-Howard House, take a Scavenger Hunt through our main exhibit galleries, and view Layers of Home, an exhibition created by Windsor High School students. $6 adults, $4 children or $12 per family. Windsor Historical Society, Windsor.

10am – 5pm: Open for President’s Day Connecticut Science Center, Hartford.

11am – 3pm: President’s Day at NEAM The New England Air Museum will hold family fun school vacation week programs from through February 21st. A variety of activities will be offered daily including hands-on Build and Fly Challenges, open cockpit experiences aboard real aircraft, aircraft quests, and more! The Museum’s Flight Sim Spot will also be open daily between 11am and 3pm. The Flight Sim Spot allows visitors to use state-of-the-art simulators using real cockpit controls and suitable for ages 8 and up. In addition, docents will be on hand to interact with the visitors. Additional activities are scheduled for the following days: Aero Modeling Workshop Build and fly an AMA Delta Dart model airplane with help from our expert aero modelers. Requires the purchase of a $5 Delta Dart kit. Modelers must be age 10 or older. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks.

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12 – 3pm: Family Day with Arts for Learning Connecticut The Museum presents a fun and educational Family Day partnered with Arts for Learning Connecticut! The event will provide a variety of art activities for children of all ages and is free with Museum admission. Included with the cost of admission. Included with the cost of admission. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

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1 – 3pm & 3 – 5pm: Drop-in Gym Time Children ages 11 and up can enjoy some drop in gym time. $10 per child. The Mandell JCC Valley Sports & Community Center, Canton.

1 – 4pm: No Sew Blanket & Pillow Making Create a fleece tie blanket to keep you warm and your own no sew pillow out of material and stuffing. Personalize it with decorations that you make. The museum offers this series of workshops for kids during February school vacation week. The program fee is $25 per child, per workshop. Bring a bagged lunch when registering kids for both sessions! We are a peanut free facility. Please pack your child a snack. Registration is required. Noah Webster House, West Hartford.

1:30pm: The Family Tour A hands-on experience for kids 5-12 with an adult. Learn how Stowe’s words changed the world and how you can too! $12 per person. $5 per fifth person and greater (up to 10). Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford.

Be sure to check out more fun things to on our activities page. These are usually fun activities that reoccur each week or month – we just don’t want to inundate up this page with redundancy – but these are some fun things to do too! Check back often as we update on the regular.