March 1 – 7

Welcome to the first week of March, well after today; since it’s Leap Year Day! Below we have highlighted some of the best things to do this week in Hartford County! Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss, scroll below to learn a little more about the author from our friends at the Noah Webster House. Our friends at the Mark Twain House & Museum are hosting some furry-focused events this week. If you are dog-lover; you sure will love these events intended for grownups but all about dogs. The Easter Bunny is hopping into town this week, so get an head start on those pictures – make many excuses to wear those adorable Easter outfits and get your moneys worth! March Madness is about and many venues are getting into the Saint Patrick’s Day spirit with drink inspired events and festivities – 21 and over only though – best to ring grandma early in the week or secure that sitter before someone else does.

Tuesday, March 1:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Book and a Bite! Today we will be reading “But No Elephants” written by Jerry Smath. We will create some yummy snacks including elephant sandwiches and crispy peanut butter balls to go along with the book! Nuts will be used in today’s class! Ages 2-5. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult. Reoccurs on Friday, March 4th. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

10am and 12pm: Frindle Nicholas Allen has plenty of ideas. Who can forget the time he turned his third-grade classroom into a tropical island, or the times he fooled his teacher by chirping like a blackbird? But now Nick’s in fifth grade, and it looks like his days as a troublemaker are over. Everyone knows that Mrs. Granger, the language arts teacher, has X-ray vision, and nobody gets away with anything in her classroom. To make matters worse, she’s also a fanatic about the dictionary, which is hopelessly boring to Nick. But when Nick learns an interesting tidbit about words and where they come from, it inspires his greatest plan yet: to invent a new word. From now on, a pen is no longer a pen — it’s a Frindle. It doesn’t take long for Frindle to take root, and soon the excitement spreads well beyond his school and town. His parents and Mrs. Granger would like Nick to put an end to all this nonsense. But frindle doesn’t belong to Nick anymore. All he can do now is sit back and watch what happens. This quirky, imaginative tale about creative thought and the power of words will have your young audience inventing their own words. Grades 3-6.  The Bushnell, Hartford.

10:30 – 11:15am: March 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, March 2:

Today is Dr. Seuss’s birthday – what better way to celebrate than to read? Did you know Dr. Seuss author, Dr. Theodor Geisel, would be 112 this year? As Dr. Seuss, Geisel forever changed the way children’s books were written and continues to inspire generations; his legacy lives on in the pages of his books that encourage us to use our imaginations and be silly! ~ Noah Webster House, West Hartford.

10 – 11am: Springtails! What are these tiny insects that live through the winter hopping around on warm winter days on the snow?  Springtails are sometimes called snow fleas.  Where we can find these jumpers in Earle Park? Future classes are on March 16th and 23rd. Children ages 1.5 – 4. Fees are $15 for non-members. Please call to pre-register. The Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury.vdsvdsvds

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7pm: The Making of a Mensch So many PJ books teach our children what it means to be a mensch (a good person). Learn with Rabbi Debra Cantor how to use Jewish values to build your children’s character. Watch the Moxie Institute’s video, The Making of a Mensch, and make a plan for your family on ways to improve the lives of others and the community by learning to improve yourself. Free and open to the community. RSVP. Mandell JCC, West Hartford.

Wednesday, March 2 – Sunday, March 6:

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. Special Tuesday matinee on March 8th at 2pm. Runs until March 13th. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

Thursday, March 3:

{PTO} 5:30 – 8pm: An Evening with Richard Blanco Join us for a rare opportunity to experience poet Richard Blanco in the intimate setting of Hill-Stead’s period rooms. Richard Blanco is the fifth inaugural poet in US history. Born in Madrid to Cuban-exiled parents and raised in Miami, the negotiation of cultural identity and place characterize his body of work. He is the author of three poetry collections: Looking for the Gulf Motel, Directions to the Beach of the Dead, and City of a Hundred Fires; and two memoirs: The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood and For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey. He performed at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival in 2004 and 2014. This event is presented by the Live Poets Society and all proceeds will benefit the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival. 5:30pm: Wine and hors d’oeuvres, 6:15pm: Live piano music. 6:40pm: Readings from Hill-Stead’s poetry collection, 7pm: Poetry reading by Richard Blanco. Tickets $100 per person. Seating is extremely limited. Tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington.

6:30 – 7:30pm: The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center presents Spirit Friends: Spiritualism and Suffrage, a free public program with author Susan Campbell. A former columnist for the Hartford Courant, Campbell is author of the biography Tempest-Tossed: The Spirit of Isabella Beecher Hooker. Isabella had a deep interest in spiritualism, and with her husband, John Hooker, participated in séances in their home in Hartford’s Nook Farm neighborhood. Spiritualism is the belief that spirits of the dead are able to communicate with the living. The movement flourished from the 1840s to 1920s both in the United States and Europe. Many prominent spiritualists were women who also supported abolition of slavery and women’s suffrage. Harriet Beecher Stowe was herself a spiritualist, her belief helping ease the pain of losing four of seven children during her lifetime. The paranormal occasionally showed up in her writing as well; she included a ghost story in Uncle Tom’s Cabin, her most famous work written in 1852. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford.

7pm: From the Mouth of Dogs: What Our Pets Teach Us About Life, Death, and Being Human What is it that dogs have done to earn the title of “man’s best friend”? And more broadly, how have all of our furry, feathered, and four-legged brethren managed to enrich our lives? Why do we love them? What can we learn from them? And why is it so difficult to say good-bye? Join B.J. Hollars as he attempts to find out—beginning with an ancient dog cemetery in Ashkelon, Israel, and moving to the present day. Hollars’s firsthand reports recount a range of stories: the arduous existence of a shelter officer, a woman’s relentless attempt to found a senior-dog adoption facility, a family’s struggle to create a one-of-a-kind orthotic for its bulldog, and the particular bond between a blind woman and her Seeing Eye dog. The book culminates with Hollars’s own cross-country journey to Hartsdale Pet Cemetery—the country’s largest and oldest pet cemetery—to begin the long-overdue process of laying his own childhood dog to rest. Through these stories, Hollars reveals much about our pets but even more about the humans who share their lives, providing a much-needed reminder that the world would be a better place if we took a few cues from man’s best friends. Free event followed by a book sale and signing. Reservations are recommended. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

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Thursday, March 3 – Sunday, March 6:

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, March 4:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Book and a Bite! Today we will be reading “But No Elephants” written by Jerry Smath. We will create some yummy snacks including elephant sandwiches and crispy peanut butter balls to go along with the book! Nuts will be used in today’s class! Ages 2-5. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult. Reoccurs on Friday, March 4th. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

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6 – 7pm: Poetry Night This event provides an opportunity for students to share original poetry or read something by a favorite author. Contact Bob Eckert if your child is between the ages of five and twelve and would like to appear on stage. Just provide his or her full name, age, the title, and the author of your poem. This event is free and open to the public. Please join us as a performer or as a member of the audience. Lutz Children’s Museum, Manchester.

6 – 8pm: Let’s Bake a Cake Today we will use our baking skills and bake our own cake from scratch. We will also make homemade frosting and learn decorating techniques in order to decorate our cake! Pizza will be served for dinner. $25 per child. Ages 6 -12. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

{PTO} 6 – 9:30pm: The First Annual Bark Twain Bash It’s the Cats Meow to benefit The Mark Twain House & Kenway’s Cause, Inc. Animal Rescue. An evening of celebrating our four-legged friends! Includes cocktails, food, puppies from Fidelco, the Hartford’s Animal Control and Hartford’s K9 Officers, a band and dancing. Special guest B.J. Hollars, author of From The Mouth of Dogs. $30 per person. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

Friday, March 4 – Saturday, March 26:

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Monday-Saturday from 10am – 8pm and Sunday from 11am – 6pm: Photos with the Easter Bunny at Bunnyville Stop by Bunnyville in Center Court and have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny March 4 – 26. Photo packages start at just $22. West Farms Mall, West Farms.

Monday – Friday from 11am – 8pm and Sunday from 11am – 6pm: Photos with the Easter Bunny Hop on over to visit with the Easter Bunny! Pre-order photos to get double the prints and save. See the Easter Bunny the smart way! Save over 30% on your photo package by pre-purchasing online. Plus, save even more when you make a reservation to visit before March 24. Photo purchase and reservations are not required to visit the Easter Bunny. Friday, March 25, Saturday, March 19 and 26 extended hours from 10am – 9pm. The Easter Bunny may take occasional carrot breaks. Pet Nights: Monday, March 14 and 21 from 5pm – close. Cats and dogs only, please. The Shoppes at Buckland Hills, Manchester.

Friday, March 4 – Sunday, March 6:

Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Forbidden Broadway is the long-running Off-Broadway hit musical revue where Broadway’s greatest musical legends meet Broadway’s greatest satirist.  Join us In this loving, hilarious, and endlessly entertaining tribute to some of the theatre’s greatest stars and songwriters, spoofing Annie, Les Miz, Mama Mia, West Side Story, Hairspray, Wicked, Rent, Fiddler and more! Reoccurs on March 10-12 at 8pm. Farmington Valley Stage Company, Collinsville.

Saturday, March 5:

8am & 9am: Green Eggs & Ham Breakfast A Birthday Celebration of Dr. Seuss and a breakfast for the whole family. Scrambled eggs, ham, toast, juice & coffee. Adults $6, children (ages 8 and up) $6, children under 8 are $4. Salmon Brook Park, Granby.

10am – 1pm: Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Come celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America at CHS! Join us for a reading of the Dr. Seuss book Great Day for Up! at 10:15, 11:15 and 12:15. After the story, make your own Dr. Seuss themed craft to take home. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.

10am – 1pm: The Teddy Bear Health Clinic offers a fun and interactive way for children to become familiar with visiting a hospital or their pediatrician. Children should bring their teddy bear or stuffed animal for a health check-up provided by medical professionals.  Families can visit hands-on stations to learn about developmental health and wellness lifestyles. Activities for the day include a teddy bear repair station, teddy bear wellness checkup, nutrition, oral hygiene, crafts, hands-on activities and more! Imagine Nation, Bristol.

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10am – 9:30pm: Zootopia Event Calling all mammals for a Zootopia in-Store Event! Get to know the characters from Zootopia while you become a Junior Zootopia officer and help solve a case! All trainees will receive a free giveaway! Minimum age for participation is 3 years. Event limited based on store capacity. No lineups prior to 30 minutes before event begins. Event subject to change or cancellation without notice. While supplies last. Zootopia in-store event only at select locations. Check with your local Store for details. Ask a Cast Member for details when you arrive. West Farms Mall; Disney Store, West Hartford.

1 – 3pm: Seuss Day 2016, a day in honor of author, Dr. Theodor Geisel. In the spirit of literacy, the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society is hosting free fun Dr. Seuss themed kid’s activities. At 1pm, 2pm and 3pm, there will be a Cat in the Hat story time, followed by fun crafts, a snack, and Dr. Seuss videos on a big movie screen! The first 10 guests per time slot will receive a free Dr. Seuss book (first come, first served; one book per family), courtesy of the non-profit Reach Out & Read Connecticut. Noah Webster House, West Hartford.

1 – 5pm: Open Studio Celebrate and enjoy the studio with free classes, snacks, and nutritional consults! Arrive 15-20 minutes early to check in and get your spot for classes. Click here for the class schedule. No registration required. West Hartford Yoga, West Hartford.

{Reoccurs} 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 2pm. Free for CHS members, Included with the cost of admission for non-members. Runs until April 30th. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.

6 – 9pm: Taste of Windsor If you love food and drink, join other foodies at the sixth annual First Town Downtown (FTDT) Taste of Windsor. The evening will be filled with a wide variety of appetizers and main dish samplings donated by Windsor’s own unique restaurants – Bart’s Beanery, Bear’s Smokehouse, Concorde’s, Dom’s Broad Street Eatery, Get Baked, Izote Southwest Grill, Jim’s Pizza, Menchies Frozen Yogurt, Moneta Moments, The Bean @226, Union Street Tavern and Windsor Asian Bistro! You’ll also enjoy a wine tasting by Bert’s Spirit Shop of Windsor Locks & beer tastings by Broad Brook Brewery of East Windsor and Back East Brewery of Bloomfield and mixed cocktails by Waypoint Spirits of Bloomfield. Back by popular demand is Windsor’s favorite singing duo, The Fence Incident who will be providing music throughout the night! Tickets are $40 in advance. $45 at the door. Loomis Chaffee’s Dining Hall, Windsor.

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7 – 10pm: Speak Up Join us for an evening of true stories – both humorous and heartfelt – centered on the theme “Driven.” A combination of Speak Up storytellers, as well as selected storytellers from the Kingswood Oxford community, will take the stage for an evening of humor, drama, and surprise. The goal of Speak Up is to bring the craft of live storytelling to the greater Hartford area while entertaining audiences with stories about the human condition. All stories are 6-8 minutes long and are guaranteed to make you laugh, cry, and think. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit KO student groups who qualify for national and international speaking events. Kingswood Oxford School; 7 – 10pm: Speak Up Join us for an evening of true stories – both humorous and heartfelt – centered on the theme “Driven.” A combination of Speak Up storytellers, as well as selected storytellers from the Kingswood Oxford community, will take the stage for an evening of humor, drama, and surprise. The goal of Speak Up is to bring the craft of live storytelling to the greater Hartford area while entertaining audiences with stories about the human condition. All stories are 6-8 minutes long and are guaranteed to make you laugh, cry, and think. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit KO student groups who qualify for national and international speaking events. Kingswood Oxford School; Roberts Theater, West Hartford.

8pm: The Science of Our Minds Neuroscience is the exciting new frontier of scientific discovery. Our expert Forum panelists will discuss life-changing developments in neuroscience that advance our understanding of brain development, aging, disease, and injury, as well as memory, personality and relationships, and addiction. Panelists: Susan Cain; author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts, Lisa Genova – Neuroscientist; author of Still Alice and Dacher Keltner – Professor of Psychology; expert on the science of morality, power, and emotion. Moderated by John Dankosky. Tickets starting at $30. The Bushnell, Hartford.

Saturday, March 5 – Sunday, March 6:

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.

Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday 12 – 5pm: Watch Maple Syrup Being Made Guests can enjoy complementary Hot Maple Coffee and Hot Chocolate and also sample our products. Runs until March 30th. Rain or shine. Lamothe’s Sugar House, Burlington.

Sunday, March 6:

10am: Indoor Sprint Triathlon Challenge Try this fun fitness challenge. Compete as an individual or get your family and friends together, with each member doing one leg of the event. Swim 20 minutes (any stroke), bike for 20 minutes on a guided course on our Spinning bikes, and run/walk for 20 minutes on a treadmill. $25 per person. $15 per student. #36 per team. Registration by March 4th. Mandell JCC, West Hartford.

10:30am – 12pm: Zumba-a-thon Join our team of Zumba instructors for an extra energizing morning of Zumba. Free and open to the community. Mandell JCC, West Hartford.

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1 – 3pm: Maple Day! Celebrate the sugaring season! Watch a tree being tapped, learn about how syrup is made, try your hand at crafts and activities, and tour the 1720 house to find out what Colonial folk did with maple syrup. Historical re-enactor Dennis Picard will demonstrate 19th-century sap boiling on the grounds of the museum. No registration is necessary. Admission is $3 a person. Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington.

3pm: Drumming Circle II Susan Kirschner-Robinson is offering another session of drumming, dance, chants, and song for families with children of all ages. Susan is the JCC’s Early Childhood Center’s music, creative movement, and drama teacher. $5 per family in advance / $10 at the door.  Registration preferred by Thursday, March 3rd. Mandell JCC, West Hartford.

6:30pm: Faust Connecticut’s most performing opera company, the Connecticut Lyric Opera returns to Infinity Hall to present “Faust,” one of the most frequently performed operas in opera houses all over the world, including the MET in New York. The fully staged production of Charles Gounod’s masterpiece will feature The Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra conducted by Maestro Adrian Sylveen. Tickets $39-69. Infinity Music Hall, Hartford.

{PTO} 7 – 9pm: Clybourne Park Auditions Little Theatre of Manchester is seeking to cast an African-American man, an African-American woman, three Caucasian men, and two Caucasian women (ages ranging from late 20’s to late 40’s) for a June production of Bruce Norris’s explosive, Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning comedy-drama Clybourne Park. The play’s two acts are 50 years apart; each actor will play a different character in each of the acts. Auditioners will read selections from each act. More information on the play and the rehearsal and performance schedule can be found at below. Reoccurs on Tuesday, March 8. Callbacks: Wednesday, March 9th if needed. Cheney Hall, Manchester.

7:30pm: Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage This lavish production includes an impressive live symphony orchestra and international special solo instruments. People of all ages and backgrounds will experience the franchise’s groundbreaking and wildly popular musical achievements while the most iconic Star Trek film and TV footage is simultaneously beamed in high definition to a 40 foot wide screen. The concert will feature some of the greatest music written for the franchise including music from Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan; Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek: Insurrection, Star Trek: The Next Generation; Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and much more. This never-before-seen concert event is perfect for music lovers, filmgoers, science-fiction fans and anyone looking for an exciting and unique concert experience. The Bushnell, Hartford.

Monday, March 7:

1 – 2:30pm: Messy Science Volcanoes Little Scientists will make their own mini volcanoes, and watch them erupt during this super messy, super fun activity! Ages 3-6. Drop off class. $25 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

3:15 – 4pm: Kids Yoga With their ability to learn through moving, touching and physically experiencing, kids can adapt quickly to the discipline that yoga offers, opening themselves up to develop balance, social skills, and lasting friendships. Yoga can help children learn how to be more peaceful, more patient, and more healthy. Who knew that having so much fun on the mat can be an amazing way to prepare your child for school, adolescence and, eventually, adulthood! $10 per child, no registration required. Ages 4-8. West Hartford Yoga, 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 this page with redundancy – but these are also some fun things to do too!

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