February 22 – 29

Welcome to the last week of February, well if we include Monday – which we did! Once again we have scoured our rolodex, emails and the internet for all of the fun things happenings this week across Hartford County! The weeks starts off with National Margarita Day! I have free passes for the Connecticut Home Show that starts on Friday and runs through the weekend, contact me for your free passes (limited supply).

Monday, February 22:

National Margarita Day!

4:15 – 5pm: Art Days! Today’s class is an arctic science art class featuring an iceberg excavation. We will chisel, melt and chop through our own icebergs to uncover some frozen treasures inside. 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 required for this free event. City Steam Brewery, Hartford.

Tuesday, February 23:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Around The World: Greece (Toddler Class) Greece, here we come! Join us as we create some delicious Greek recipes, including homemade chicken gyros with fresh tzatziki. For dessert? Greek yogurt blueberry muffins! $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Reoccurs on Friday, March 26th. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

{Last Call} 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. $10 per child and $5 for siblings. A general release form is required for non-members. The Gymnastics Training Center, Simsbury.


Wednesday, February 24:

10 – 11am: Children’s Nature Class: Blizzard! It’s so cold outside!  How do animals survive heavy snow, ice and cold weather?  Are you prepared when it’s snowing and the lights go out?  Learn what animals do during a storm and we will prepare by making our own emergency kit. Ages 1/5 – 4. $15 per child. Addiitonal Nature Program runs on March 2, March 16 and March 23. Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury.

{Last Call} 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. Weather dependent. $12 per non-member. Winding Trails, Farmington.

6 – 8pm: Blazing Quasars and Blazing Trails: A Journey of Discovery Join us for an evening reception and talk with Jedidah Isler, Ph.D., NSF Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow at Vanderbilt University. Building upon her passions for both science and promoting the empowerment of underrepresented groups in STEM fields, Dr. Isler will share her stories and observations of what it means to see the world around us without limits. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford.

Wednesday, February 24 – Sunday, February 28:

Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: I Hate Hamlet A young and successful television actor relocates to New York, where he rents a marvelous, gothic apartment. With his television career in limbo, the actor is offered the opportunity to play Hamlet onstage, but there’s one problem: He hates Hamlet. His dilemma deepens with the entrance of John Barrymore’s ghost, who arrives intoxicated and in full costume to the apartment that once was his. The contrast between the two actors, the towering, dissipated Barrymore whose Hamlet was the greatest of his time, and Andrew Rally, hot young television star, leads to a wildly funny duel over women, art, success, duty, television, and yes, the apartment. Sunday matinees are followed by a talk back with the cast. Previews on February 24th and 25th; all seats $15. February 26: wine and cheese reception before the show. Special Tuesday matinee on March 8th at 2pm. Runs until March 13th. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

Thursday, February 25:

1 – 2pm: Brain and Balance Booster Get creative with our fun-filled and interactive physical and cognitive challenges that stimulate and develop brain and balance function. Free and open to the community. No registration required. Mandell JCC; Zachs Campus, West Hartford.

5:30 – 7:30pm: Beatrice & Eleanor – Why would Eleanor Roosevelt come to Auerfarm? Please join us as Dr. Tracey Wilson will be giving a speech on the special relationship between Beatrice Auerbach Fox and Eleanor Roosevelt. This speaking is free to the public and will start at 5:30pm. Auerfarm, Bloomfield.


{PTO} 7 – 9pm: PJ Library Parents Nite Out Meet up with other PJ Library parents for an evening of friendship. Enjoy a beer on us! Joe Pizza, Simsbury.

7 – 9pm: Little Failure: An Evening with Gary Shteyngart Charter Oak Cultural Center and The Center for Judaic Studies at UCONN are proud to co-present a conversation with author Gary Shteyngart will be led by Sasha Senderovich. Sasha Senderovich is an Assistant Professor of Russian Studies and Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Free, seating space is limited so please register. Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford.

Thursday, February 25 – Sunday, February 28:

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2pm and Sunday at 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 20th. Hartford Stage, Hartford.


Friday, February 26:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Around The World: Greece (Toddler Class) Greece, here we come! Join us as we create some delicious Greek recipes, including homemade chicken gyros with fresh tzatziki. For dessert? Greek yogurt blueberry muffins! $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

10 – 11:30am: Montessori Infant/Parent Class A Montessori education is among the best in the world. Charter Oak’s Montessori program will encourage ways to promote language, movement, independence and self-discipline. Help to support your child’s natural curiosity and developmental needs. Charter Oak, with the support of Christ Church Cathedral, is offering free classes to Hartford parents and their infants. Each class provides 12 instructional hours for parents and their infants. Registration is required. Rawson Elementary School, Hartford.

6 – 8pm: Around The World: Greece Greece, here we come! Join us as we create some delicious Greek recipes, including homemade chicken gyros with fresh tzatziki and a yummy cucumber salad. For dessert? Homemade baklava! Nuts will be used in today’s class! $25 per child. Ages 6-12. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

6:30 – 8pm: Sweaty Girls Night Out Get dressed for a night out! Move, laugh and sweat the night away as we take you through a variety of group exercise classes. Enjoy access to the Women’s Health Spa. Light refreshments served. $15 per person. Space is limited. Register in advance. Mandell JCC; Zachs Campus, West Hartford.

{PTO} 7 – 10pm: Winter Snowball for Adults The holidays are over and the rushing and stressing are behind us. Come join Winding Trails with your friends and loved ones to celebrate the annual Winter Snowball. We will supply the music and atmosphere. You just need to supply your own food and beverages. Reserve your spot today, or call and complete someone elses table. $20 per person. Winding Trails, Farmington.

8pm: CT Cage Match Knucklepuck, Hat & Damn Fool compete to head-to-head and the audience decides the winner! Knucklepuck: Four crazy kids from Connecticut team up to annihilate an audience member’s suggestion through teamwork, physicality, and a lot of crazy. Hat: Connecticut-based improv group formed in July 2015 and specializes in unique longform improv. As self proclaimed poets, artists and geniuses, Hat’s members bring fun, logic and silliness to the stage. Dam Fool: Once upon a time, a trio of improvisers naively began practicing in public parks in central Connecticut. Over time, others were pulled in like moths to a flame, and Damn Fools was formed. There were no survivors. $10 per ticket. Carriage House Theater, Hartford.

Friday, February 26 – Saturday, February 27:

1:30 – 3:30pm: Weekend Family Walks This winter join Miss Judy for a fun weekend afternoon of learning something new about the great outdoors. The program format is an indoor introduction about the days topic followed by a hands-on outdoor activity to try out what you learned. Dress in layers so you can be comfortable for the indoor introduction and to be warm enough for the outdoor activity. Saturday programs include Active Winter Animals in February to learn about what these animals do in winter; and Early Spring Discovery in March to explore what animals and plant are appearing now that winter is finished. Sunday programs include Winter Tree Identification in February to identify trees by their branching and bark; and Maple Sugaring Season in March to learn about the traditional maple sugaring season, which extends from late February into March, with a tasting of some local syrup. $10 per family. Reoccurs on Saturday-Sunday, March 12-13. Winding Trails, Farmington.

6 – 9pm: Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours We reprise our popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours for some winter fun. The Mark Twain House has been featured on Syfy Channel’s Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel’s My Ghost Story. On these tours participants will hear all these creepy tales – and learn about Mark Twain’s own interest in the supernatural. Filled with haunted history, dark tales and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing. Prior to the tour, we’ll be showing the short film Ghost Tour, which was filmed in The Mark Twain House. The tours sell out fast, so be sure to call soon to make your reservations! The tours are tsponsored by Tsunami Tsolutions. Tickets are $22 for adults; $17 for members; and $15 for children 16 and under (recommended ages 10 and up.) Mark Twain House, Hartford.

7:30pm: Mysterious 44 An ultra-modern take on a fiendishly old tale! The Mysterious Stranger is the final novel attempted by the American author Mark Twain. He worked on it periodically from 1897 through 1908. The body of work is a serious social commentary by Twain addressing his ideas of the Moral Sense and the “damned human race”. Twain wrote multiple versions of the story; each is unfinished and involves a supernatural character called “Satan” or “No. 44”. Now, a contemporary opera, presented in collaboration with the Hartford Opera Theater (HOT), has been based on The Mysterious Stranger.  Come see the U.S. premiere of “Mysterious 44” by British composer Kevin Malone.  The production is directed by Kristy Chambrelli, conducted by Hot’s music director Joe Hodge, and feature the HOT debut of interactive multimedia designer Jarrod Ratcliffe. Tickets are $25. Snowdate: Sunday, February 28th. Mark Twain House, Hartford.

Friday, February 26 – Sunday, February 28:

Friday from 3-8pm, Saturday from 10am – 8pm and Sunday from 10am – 5pm: Connecticut Home Show As Connecticut’s largest and longest running Home and Remodeling Show, the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Central Connecticut offers residents of Connecticut and western Massachusetts a one-stop shopping experience in home products and services. You will be able to find a wide variety of home improvement, building, and remodeling exhibits from featuring local and national vendors featuring thousands of ideas for your home and yard. Because this is the show that is produced locally by the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Central Connecticut, you have the confidence knowing that this home show represents many of our members and the people we do business with everyday. $12 per adult, children 17 and under are free. The Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford.

We have free tickets to the CT Home Show, email us at momfordcounty@gmail.com with Connecticut Home Show in the subject line to arrange for your free passes.

Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: What if? is a musical theater revue of songs about characters in conflict and at crossroads—characters making choices, standing up for what they believe in, and becoming their true selves—all told through passionate, heartfelt, and sometimes even comical songs. What would you do in their places? Adults $15, child/student $13. Hole in the Wall Theater, New Britain.

Saturday, February 27:

8am – 12pm: 5th Annual Maple Sugaring and Pancake Breakfast Join us at Indian Rock for a freshly made pancake breakfast with assorted toppings and pure maple syrup.  Enjoy a hay ride, visit the farm animals, and see how maple syrup is created – from taps to vats. Sample local maple syrup, also available for purchase. Adults $10, Children $10 (2-10), Children under 2 are free. Indian Rock Nature Preserve, Bristol.

9am – 4:30pm: Pancake Breakfast Auerfarm will be holding a Pancake Breakfast and an open house Maple Sugaring demonstration. The open house runs from 9-11am and costs $10/person or $15/family. During the open house, you will take a self guided walk to see how the maple trees are tapped. Then it’s off to the sugarhouse to see the evaporation process where the sap turns to syrup. Enjoy a warm pancake with real maple syrup after and tour our new classrooms. We will also be holding two sit down Pancake Breakfasts at 12:30 and 3:30. These will be limited to 30 people per Breakfast. These will consist of a more formal sit down meal complete with carving stations, as well as guided tours to the maple trees and sugarhouse. Sit by the fire after your meal or explore the farm! The cost will be $25 per person. Auerfarm, Bloomfield.

9am – 4pm: Speak Up at CHS: All-Day Storytelling Workshop with Matt Dicks Speak Up co-founder Matthew Dicks will be teaching a day-long workshop on the art of storytelling. This is a workshop designed for people with little or no any previous storytelling experience and seeks to meet the goals of a wide range of participants. While many workshop graduates have gone on to tell stories on stage for Speak Up, The Moth, and other storytelling organizations, most students take this beginner-level workshop with no desire to ever take the stage. People want to learn about storytelling for personal and professional development, to meet new people, to improve communication skills, to develop their writing ability, to challenge themselves, to finally get the attention of grandchildren and colleagues, and to try something new. Click here to learn more. Registration is $85 for Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) members and $95 for non-members (lunch is not included, but there will be a lunch break). Register online. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.

10am: Brisk Winter Walk Meet Jim Woodworth and Goodwin College’s Bruce Morton, Program Director of Environmental Studies, at the Putnam Park parking lot, 100 Great Meadow Road, just north of the Putnam Bridge. We’ll peel away the centuries to imagine the river bank before the bridge, and explore the 300+ acre Crow Point property owned by Goodwin College. We’ll observe the process of nature reclaiming the land and waterways excavated for fill to build the highway across the ancient farmland and wetlands of the great meadows. Dress for the weather and ground conditions. Many places will be muddy. Weather and water conditions may revise or cancel. This area is used for hunting, so wear an orange vest if you have one. Free. Putnam Park, Wethersfield.

10am – 12pm: Great Meadow Walks Join Jim Woodworth and Bruce Morton for an informative walk around Hockanum Meadows. This hike will last aprox 2 hours. CT Audubon, Glastonbury.

10:30am – 1pm: Geologist Pin Program for Webelos Scouts Webelos will earn all the requirements for the Geologist Activity Pin by participating in a 2- to 3-hour program by a BSA National Camp School Certified, Ecology and Conservation Instructor. $15 per scout. The Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury.

10:30am and 1pm: Da Vinci Saturday Youth Workshops Join us for Leonardo da Vinci-inspired hands-on youth workshops in our Da Vinci Workshop space inside the Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion traveling exhibit! Kids will put their creativity to the test as they design and create their own machines and inventions to overcome obstacles. Sign up for our January 30th workshop, or save money and time by pre-registering for all three of our workshops in January, February, and March! See the descriptions below. Flying Machines: Da Vinci designed a flying machine 400 years before the helicopter first took flight. Come design and launch your very own flying machine, and once it is airborne design a parachute to help it land safely back on the ground. Up, up, and away! Children in grades 3 through 5 (8–11 years old). $20 per session or $45 for all three sessions. Day-of Drop-in: $10 in addition to General Admission price. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford.

11am – 12pm, 1 – 2pm and 3 – 4pm: Behind-the-Scenes Tour: G. Fox & Co., Hartford’s Iconic Department Store Shopping in Hartford in the 1950s through the 1990s was synonymous with its largest downtown department store. Come browse through the CHS’s collection of G. Fox memorabilia, store displays, and G. Fox & Co. branded products from scotch to toilet paper! Share your own pleasant memories of tea in the Connecticut Room, back-to-school shopping and the holiday decorations that made your visit special. Visit storage and collection areas not normally open to the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut. Tours last approximately 1 hour and are appropriate for ages 12 and up. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. $10 for CHS members, $15 for non-members. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.

11am – 12pm: Can You Make a Medicine? Kristen Wiglesworth, Principal Scientist at Pfizer with Making Medicine. Picture yourself as a scientist. Design a molecule and learn the role of chemistry in making medicines. Connecticut Scienc Center, Hartford.

1 – 2pm: American Girl Doll T-Shirt Design & Yoga! Themed after one of our recent birthday parties, join us along with your favorite American Girl Doll (or special friend) to design matching t-shirts for you and your friend.  After our designs are finished we will practice some special doll and me partner yoga poses and finish with a dance party! Ages 5 – 10. $30 per child. Imagine Studio, West Hartford.

1 – 3pm: Animal Tracks In the classroom using mounted animals and a Powerpoint presentation, our Naturalist will cover how to spot and identify animal tracks.  We will then venture out on our Red Trail to put our knowledge to work. $7 non-members. Barnes Nature Center, Bristol.

1 – 3pm: Witchcraft Program January 2016 marks the 352nd anniversary of the last executions for witchcraft in Connecticut. Learn about Connecticut’s role in the history of New England witchcraft prosecutions and listen to an author describe the research methods she used to gather information for her book on Connecticut’s first witchcraft victim. At 1:00 Executive Director Lisa Johnson will introduce the audience to the history of Connecticut’s witchcraft trials. At 1:30, author Beth M. Caruso will talk about her book, One of Windsor: The Untold Story of America’s First Witch Hanging, a work of historical fiction published in November 2015. Ms. Caruso will autograph copies of her book, which will be for sale in the museum’s shop. $5 a person. Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington.

2 – 3pm: Exhibit Tour of Beatrice Fox Auerbach: The Woman, Her World & Her Wardrobe Join us for a guided tour of our Beatrice Fox Auerbach: The Woman, Her World, & Her Wardrobe exhibition every Saturday at 2:00 pm. Free for CHS members, Included with the cost of admission for non-members. Runs until April 30th. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.


6 – 9pm: Explore the Night Walk Miss Judy invites you to bring your friends and family for a fun night of learning about the great outdoors. The general format includes an inside introduction to the evening program, an outside walk, a warm fire with Smores or something baked in the fire, a short walk outside to check the night sky, and of course family socializing with other night explorers. Dress in layers for the weather conditions that day it can get very cold on these winter nights. Because of unknown winter conditions, the Winter Exploration outside walk format will vary based on snow andice conditions during February. Hopefully we can include some snowshoeing and ice skating each evening. The Welcoming Spring program in March will have us exploring the wetlands and forest for the sounds of spring peepers and wood frogs along with glimpses of early spring plants. Reoccurs on March 12. $25 per family. Winding Trails, Farmington.


7 – 9pm: ScavenJer Dash Kids and teens are invited to partake in a ScavenJer Dash throughout the entire JCC building. Teams will strategize ways to complete the race with clues directing them to the finish line. This fun competition is open to the public and concludes with a sundae party in the Chase Family Gallery. Grades 6 and up, teams of 2 – $18 per team if registered before 2/21 ($25 per team after February 21). Non-participants, Sundae Reception $2. Mandell JCC; Zachs Campus, West Hartford.

Saturday, February 27 – Sunday, February 28:

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 28:

1 – 3pm: CFPA Ramble: Cheney Railroad History Walk Join us for an easy walk along this former railroad, built in 1869 to connect the Cheney silk mills to the main rail line in the North End. At 2.5 miles, this was the shortest private freight-and-passenger railroad in the United States now owned by the Manchester Land Conservation Trust. Join us to learn about the history of the railroad and the Cheney silk mills. Meet at Fuss & O’Neill and our walk will start on the street and then proceed onto the railroad. Depending on weather and trail conditions, the hike will be between 3 and 5 miles. Extreme weather cancels. Free. Cheney Railroad Trail, Manchester.

1 – 3:30pm: Couples Workshop Join two of West Hartford Yoga’s senior teachers, Shankara and Carissa, for this fun, relaxing and rewarding time with your partner. This workshop includes easy partner yoga as well as restful and restorative poses. We will practice light facial and foot massage techniques with each other designed to help us relax and feel more open and connected to one another. We will explore comfortable, easy relating and communication exercises to improve the way we respond to each other. These simple techniques will help build your foundation for better partnership and teamwork. You will go home feeling reconnected and rejuvenated along with more tools for building successful communication and interaction. No yoga experience necessary. Couples, partners and friends only, please register as a pair. $65 per couple. West Hartford Yoga, West Hartford.

3 – 4pm: What is a Kalevala Day? Well join Kasha Breau at the Glastonbury Center to find out all about the songs, poetry and lore of Finland, and how Kalevala Day started. CT Audubon, Glastonbury.

3 – 7pm: Colonial Hearth-Cooked Winter Dinner Roll up your sleeves and help to prepare a Colonial winter dinner on the open hearth, then sit down for a feast to enjoy the meal together. The evening will include a nighttime tour of the 1720 historic house, period dancing, singing, and parlour games. Costumed interpreters will play the roles of guests and servers, as they bring the year 1775 to life. Prepare for lively conversation about the events of the day! Here what’s on the menu: Roasted chicken, roasted root vegetables, cymlin pie, assorted breads, hand-curned butter, chutney, Henrietta pudding, hand-whipped cream, truffles, syllabub, ale, wine & cider. Registration is required. Admission is $65 per person for non-members and $55 per person for members. Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington.

5pm: Hartford Wolf Pack vs Lehigh Valley Phantoms Post-Game Skate: Bring your skates to the game, and stick around after the final horn sounds to skate on the ice at the XL Center.

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 this page with redundancy – but these are also some fun things to do too!

If you don’t mind the drive, check out our parent site, Momecticut – puts the Mom into Connecticut! We list events that are worth the drive, and are looking for publishers to do what we doing in Hartford and Fairfield County (launching March 1st), in other counties of Connecticut.