March 15 – 21

Scroll below for our Tuesday through Monday guide of what to do and where to go for Moms, couples, kids and for the whole family. If you are looking for any bunny happenings, we have centralized it all in one place; click here to be directed.

Tuesday, March 15:

9:30 – 11:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: St. Patty’s Day Celebration Let’s celebrate the luck of the Irish! Today we will make Irish soda bread bites and layered shamrock chocolate trifles. Each child will also decorate their very own lucky rainbow cupcakes with a pot of gold on top! Ages 2-5. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

10:30 – 11:15am: March Family Playtime! Looking for a fun indoor activity to do with your 1-5 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.

5:30pm: An Evening With D. Watkins The Beast Side: Living and Dying While Black in America. Hear D. Watkins, an award-winning writer and educator, in conversation with WNPR’s John Dankosky. Watkins is a columnist for Salon magazine and his work has been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, NPR, The Rolling Stone, The Huffington Post, Aeon, AlterNet, The City Paper and other magazines. Watkins has been featured on Meet the Press and has been a reoccurring guest on CNN, NPR’s Monday Morning, Tell Me More, The Real News Network, Huff Post Live and The Marc Steiner Show who described Watkins as being “A brilliant phenomenon that needs to be heard.” Johns Hopkins Magazine writes, “Watkins storytelling is filling a void that mainstream journalism has left behind.” He has lectured at countless events and programs around the country. Watkins was the winner of Baltimore Magazine’s “Best Writer,” award for 2015 and featured in the Baltimore Business Journal as being one of the top 40 under 40 to watch. Watkins currently holds a Master’s in Education from Johns Hopkins University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Baltimore. He is a professor at Goucher University and runs a creative writing workshop at the Baltimore Free School. Watkins’ lives in east Baltimore. His debut essay collection The Beast Side, is available wherever books are sold. His memoir Cook Up, will be published by Grand Central in 2016. $20 includes light supper before performance. Mark Twain Museum Center, Hartford.

6 – 7:30pm: Fermenting Vegetables Workshop Come learn how to create your own ‘kraut! A basic introduction to vegetable fermentation. During Fermentation Night you will have the opportunity to: Create your very own jar of sauerkraut. Learn the process of fermenting vegetables and the benefits of consuming fermented foods. Sample a variety of fermented foods. Get a head start on your journey as a vegetable fermentologist. Admission is $10 to reserve a spot, please RSVP. Talcott Family Chiropractic & TFC Health Foods, Farmington.

Tuesday, March 15 – Sunday, March 20:

{PTO} Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2:30pm: Sex with Strangers Olivia is an attractive 30-something with a writing career that never took off. Ethan is a young writer whose online journals of “sexcapades” are the buzz of the blogosphere. As their attraction heats up, both confront the dark side of ambition and the trouble of reinventing yourself when the past is only a click away. This show contains two characters with intense physical chemistry. 2 hours (including intermission). March 15th is Open Seating: Throw out the rule book. In this fully assigned house all seats are up for grabs – at the most affordable price. Call early for your favorite seat! $40-65 per tickets. Runs until April 17th. TheaterWorks, Hartford.

Wednesday, March 16:

10 – 11am: Equinox We are almost half way to summer, when the day and night times are equal at 12 hours. Will there be any sign of spring in the park?  We will go searching for flowers, insects, tree buds or plants beginning to sprout. Children ages 1.5 to 4 with a parent or caretaker. $15 per child. The Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury.

1 – 2:30pm: Drop Off Open Play! All play! All the time! Music and  bubbles too! Please pack a snack as we will not provide snack at this event. Drop-off for children ages 3-5. $20 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

7pm: An Evening of Celtic Magic with Daniel Green Wolf Faith and Begorra Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, we are delighted to have the comedic storytelling of Daniel Green Wolf back at the Mark Twain Museum Center, to perform for both young and old! Daniel Green Wolf is an award-winning magician, writer, creator, and slightly mad Irishman. Daniel has been voted as one of the Top Five Solo Variety Acts in the United States by the Renaissance Festival Podcast & Renaissance Magazine for five years in a row. The Magic of Daniel Green Wolf is a show that takes highly visual magic, theatrical storytelling, exhilarating Irish music, interactive comedy, and thrilling danger and wraps it in a Celtic theme that has been described as “a witty, modern-day Celtic Viking. Like James Joyce with a Broad Sword.” Tickets are $15. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

{MNO} 7:15 – 9:30pm: Ladies Night Out! Roadmap to Home Organization Simplify, Declutter and Exhale. Where do I start? What needs to go? What should stay? How do I enlist help so it is not a solo job? Come join us to find out! Hit the pause button and design an intentional plan you can implement immediately. Tips on how to design an organized system for a variety of areas in your home. Tips on how to maintain the systems you put in place aka Create a team of helpers! Determine what holds you back and what will empower your organizational changes so they last. Motivation to turn home chaos and clutter into a soft-relaxing place to land at the end of your day. Be You Bravely welcomes Guest Expert and Home Organizer from Simplify with Intention, Melissa Dumont! $40 per person. The Pasta Company, Avon.

Thursday, March 17:

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

7am – 7pm: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with us by wearing your best green gear to get a short stack of buttermilk pancakes for just $1. Dine-in only. Offer valid per person, per order. Not valid with any other offer, discount, or coupon. For a limited time at participating IHOP restaurants.

1 – 2:30pm: Super Hero Training! It’s a bird, it’s a plane…no,  it’s super Suzanne! Does your child want to learn how to be a real super hero? I will train them with yoga, stories and movement. We will all create our own super hero masks too! Don’t miss this one! Drop-off for children ages 3-6. $25 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.


{PTO} 6 – 9pm: Writing in Mark Twain’s Library Sometimes, what we need to write our great novel, or even just a good page, is just a little peace and quiet. Throw in some inspiration from Hartford’s favorite author and we’d call that a successful evening. That’s why we’re host “Writing in Mark Twain’s Library.” Sign up for a writing session in the Clemens family home: participants will have the house to yourselves. Feel inspired by the beautiful sounds of the fountain in the family conservatory; rest your eyes upon Twain’s bookshelves as you ponder your next word. You’ll spend three hours of quiet in the historic library of our very own Sam Clemens. No doubt you’ll begin your own masterpiece. This is not a writing course- by popular demand, this program is uninterrupted writing time in the Twain House. A mini-residency of sorts. All funds from this program go towards preserving and restoring the house. $50 per person. Mark Twain’s Library, Hartford.

{PTO} 6pm: March Creative Cocktail Hour represents the best of everything Real Art Ways has to give: innovative art, invigorating music, and hundreds of the most interesting and open-minded people to share the experience. Real Art Ways, Hartford.

{PTO} 6:30pm: Three Many Cooks Dinner Metro Bis will welcome acclaimed cookbook author Pam Anderson and her daughters, Maggy Keet and Sharon Damelio for a five course dinner paired with wines. Three Many Cooks: One Mom, Two Daughters: Their Shared Stories of Food, Faith & Family ladles out the highs and lows, the kitchen disasters and culinary triumphs, the bitter fights and lasting love. Click here to learn more about this cookbook. Of course, these stories would not be complete without a selection of treasured recipes that nurtured relationships, ended feuds, and expanded repertoires, recipes that evoke forgiveness, memory, passion, and perseverance: Pumpkin-Walnut Scones, baked by dueling sisters; Grilled Lemon Chicken, made legendary by Pam’s father at every backyard cookout; Chicken Vindaloo that Maggy whipped up in a boat galley in the Caribbean; Carrot Cake obsessively perfected by Sharon for the wedding of friends; and many more. Sometimes irreverent, sometimes reflective, always honest, this collection illustrates three women’s individual and shared search for a faith that confirms what they know to be true: The divine is often found hovering not over an altar but around the stove and kitchen table. So hop on a bar stool at the kitchen island and join them to commiserate, laugh, and, of course, eat! Click here for the menu. $82 per person or $148 per couple excluding tax and gratuity including a signed copy of Three Many Cooks. The Simsbury 1820 House; Metro Bis Restaurant, Simsbury.

6:30pm: Skygazing & Storytelling Join us at the Talcott Mountain Science Center to learn the stories behind the stars and hear the legends that ancient cultures created to explain the constellations. Arrive at 6:30 pm and begin the evening in the Captain Alan M. Bean Hypospherium for an enlightening tour of the celestial bodies that will be visible to us in the night sky, along with a unique narrative that will provide insight on the myths and folklore behind the constellations we admire today. Afterwards, we’ll head outdoors for a short walk to our final skygazing destination atop Talcott Mountain. With a wide array of telescopes at our disposal, we’ll be looking for stars, planets, including Jupiter, and other celestial gems.$8 per person. RSVP. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held on Friday, March 18. Talcott Mountain Science Center, Avon.

{PTO} 6:30 – 8:30pm: Painting with Alcohol Inks Learn a fun painting technique during a relaxing and creative night out with artist Lis-el Crowley. While sipping a glass of wine and nibbling on goodies, you will be shown a freeform and easy technique for applying pigmented inks to special paper. The inks flow and mingle, creating spectacular effects. The inks can be manipulated with brushes, palette knives and even blown on with straws to create beautiful patterns. From abstract to realistic, the paintings created will be vibrant and exciting to see. Whether you are a “creatively challenged” individual or an experienced artist, you will find new ways to express yourself with this fantastic medium and technique. Fee: $35 includes materials, wine and refreshments. Art Parties are filled on a first come first serve basis. Payment in full is required with registration. Farmington Valley Arts Center, Avon.


7pm: The Mandell JCC’s Youth Theater Program is proud to present Beauty and the Beast, Jr. Reoccurs on Sunday, March 20th at 2pm. Snowdate: Tuesday, March 22nd at 7pm. $14 per adult, $10 per student. Mandell JCC, Zachs Campus, West Hartford.

7:30pm: Catapult As seen on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, Catapult Entertainment presents an evening of moving and funny stories created through the magic of their incredible shadow transformations. It is theater, dance and magic in an amazing bravura demonstration of what the human body and imagination can accomplish. Proceeds benefit the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford. The Bushnell, Hartford.

{PTO} 8pm: Boston Irish Comedians St Patty’s Day Spectacular This St. Patrick’s day, four of Boston’s funniest comics are shipping in from the most Irish city in America to deliver to you, your own personal keg of laughs. The Boston Comedy Festival is one the country’s major comedy events. Contenders come from all around the world, many having serious comedy special and late night talk show credentials. So come down to the Hall this St. Paddy’s Day, we promise you’ll be laughing your Shamrocks off!! $25-35 per person. Infinity Music Hall, Hartford.

Thursday, March 17 – Saturday, March 19:

Thursday -Saturday at 7pm and Saturday at 2pm: HJMS Presents The Lion King Jr. Come celebrate the circle of life with the Lion King! Thursday’s performance is a sensory-friendly performance. $5 per ticket – all ages. Tickets are sold at the door only. All seating is General Admission. Simsbury High School, Simsbury.

Thursday, March 17 – Sunday, March 20:

{Last Call} 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. Hartford Stage, Hartford.

Friday, March 18:

9:30 -10:30am and 11:30am -12:30pm: Happy Easter! Toddler Class! It’s that time of year again! Kids will decorate bunny cookies and dye Easter eggs. Each child will also make a recycled bird house to take home! Ages 2-5. Reoccurs on Tuesday, March 22. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult) Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

5:30 – 7:15pm: Criminal Justice Reform in Connecticut Join the conversation with featured guests: Mike Lawlor, CT Under Secretary for Criminal Justice Policy and Planning and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice in the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences at the University of New Haven. Iran Nazario, Compass Youth Collaborative. Food for Thought: Malloy’s Second Chance Society Bill. Free. Register in advance. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford.

5:30 – 8:30pm: Parents’ 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! $40 per child, half off siblings! My Gym, West Hartford.

6 – 8pm: Happy Easter! It’s that time of year again! Kids will bake and decorate bunny cookies, make chocolate bird nests, and dye Easter eggs. Each child will also make a recycled bird house to take home! Ages 6-12. $25 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

6 and 8pm: Tavern Night: A Taste of Ireland Sláinte! The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society will offer its annual St. Patrick’s Day Tavern Night on the evening of Friday, March 18, 2016. A Taste of Ireland includes a traditional dinner, drinks, and live entertainment. Sittings will be offered at 6 and 8pm. Guests will enjoy a delicious meal including homemade Guinness Steak Pie, green beans, pickled beets, Irish soda bread and apple pandowdy for dessert. New this year, the Coogan School of Irish Dance of West Hartford, CT will demonstrate some traditional Irish step dancing for the crowd. After dinner, singer Tom Hooker Hanford will regale the audience with eighteenth-century tavern songs and Irish selections. Musician, artist, storyteller, and performer extraordinaire, Hanford not only has a beautiful voice, but also plays violin and guitar. At the end of the evening, guests will be invited to play historic tavern games such as Skittles, Captain’s Mistress and Shove Ha’penny in the lantern-lit circa 1748 birthplace of Noah Webster. Tickets are $35 per person. The price includes dinner, one complimentary drink (beer or wine), live entertainment, and tavern games. Noah Webster House, West Hartford.

6:30 – 8pm: Flashlight East Egg Hunt Hop to it. For an Easter Egg Hunt in the dark! Bring the children and a flashlight to the Flashlight Egg Hunt and search for all of the eggs and candy. All children ages 1-12 are welcome. Enjoy an evening filled with joy, arts & crafts and games. Bring your own camera and get your picture with the Easter Bunny! Town Green, Windsor.


{Daddy and Me} 6:30 – 9pm: Dudes’ Night Out Dad, find you favorite sports apparel and come enjoy a Dudes’ Night Out at the Club with your son! Free throw contests, sports themed carnival games, March madness brackets, indoor golf, jump houses and more! Stadium Style Food will be for sale! Ideal for ages 5-12 years old. $10 Adults, $5 Youth. Boys & Girls Club of Bristol Family Center, Bristol.

7pm: Girl & Gorilla Out and About Girl and Gorilla are best friends. Girl and Gorilla want to play at the park. But how will they get there? They can … hopscotch! Or jump rope! Maybe they can just close their eyes and wish they were there! But when they open their eyes, they are not at the park. Will Girl and Gorilla ever get to play at the park? Barnes & Noble, Enfield.

{PTO} 7pm and 10pm: Comedy Night 90 minutes of laughs! Stephanie Peters In just one year, Stephanie skyrocketed from playing tiny clubs in Boston’s suburbs to strutting her own brand of bawdiness in Leary’s “Comics Come Home” benefit, where she shared the limelight with Clarke, Wright and Jay Mohr. Peters then won the Marshall’s Women in Comedy festival, which crowned her one of the top “new” female comics in the country. John Perrotta known as “the Italian Don Rickles!” He has been performing stand-up since 1991 and is known for his rapid-fire delivery of one-liners and his ability to improv off any audience. John has headlined at many comedy clubs including the Comedy Connection, Catch A Rising Star, Joker’s Wild, Nick’s Comedy Stop, Dick Doherty’s Comedy Clubs, and more. Doors open 30 minutes prior to show. BYOB. $15 reserved seating. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

7 – 8:30pm: Amazing Animal Adaptions This is a free program provided by monies donated through the Winding Trails Trails Fund. We are pleased to have Animal Embassy and their incredible live Animal Ambassadors for this interactive and educational presentation. Families will meet a variety of animals from around the world, representing numerous habitats and reflecting the amazing diversity of life on Earth. We will learn how habitats provide animals with all that they need to survive: food, shelter, water, air, and space. We’ll also discover how animals have adapted to unending environmental challenges in their own unique ways with special physical and behavioral attributes. With live Animal Ambassadors, we will see some of these amazing adaptations as we meet animals such as a Red-foot Tortoise or African Sulcata Tortoise, Australian White’s Tree Frogs, and Solomon Islands Monkey-Tailed Skink, a Carpet Python, a Flemish Giant Rabbit and more! Registration is required 3 days prior to the event. Free. Winding Trails, Farmington.

7 – 9pm: The Messenger at the Center at Glastonbury! The Messenger, a new documentary by award-winning filmmaker Sy Rynard, is an artful investigation into the causes of songbird mass depletion and the compassionate people who are working to turn the tide. The film takes viewers on a visually stunning journey, revealing how the problems facing birds also pose daunting implications for our planet and ourselves. Admittance is $10 for non-members. The Center at Glastonbury, Glastonbury.

7:15pm: Wolf Pack vs. Portland Pirates XL Center, Hartford.

Friday, March 18 – Saturday, March 19:

untitled12734193_909612745801576_4876311482912360932_nFriday, March 18 – Sunday, March 20:

Friday from 11am – 5pm, Saturday from 9am – 5pm, Sunday from 9am – 4pm: Connecticut Golf Show A hugely popular game, the Short Game Central, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings & ESPN 97.9, allows you to chip an Almost Golf Ball into holes of all sizes on the airborne banner. Make it through a hole to win a prize. Prizes include rounds of golf, gift certificates and more!  Tee it high and let it fly at the Long Drive Challenge! Test out a new driver and hit it long for your chance to win terrific prizes! With separate divisions for men, women and seniors, and two sessions each day, everyone has a chance to win! Each day of the Show, attendees can compete for prizes competing in the KP Challenge. Test your putting abilities at the Harte Infiniti Putting Challenge. Sink a putt to win fantastic prizes, and be invited back, free of charge, to the putting championship held Sunday afternoon at 3pm. The grand prize winner will receive a one-year membership to Crestview Country Club! The Hartford Courant Main Stage will be a hub of activity all weekend, featuring free seminars on golf instruction, fitness and more. Guests and schedules to be announced soon! Using the latest in technology and teaching techniques, professionals will be giving free lessons all weekend long at the Golf Show. Come out and get tips and tricks from local professionals to help strengthen your golf game. We have a fun day in store for kids at our Show on Saturday. Kids activities featured through out the show where they can learn how to improve their golf game, hear from professionals and compete for prizes! Also, all kids get a Passport Card to play our interactive games for free and are eligible to win a prize! Kids come by the Junior Golfer Area presented by The First Tee of Connecticut. Get free lessons for your junior golfer and learn more about the benefits of being a First Tee member. Adults $13. Kids under 12 are free. Purchase ticket on-line and get a bonus round of golf to Keney Park Golf Course. Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford.

Saturday, March 19:


8 – 11am: Breakfast with the Bunny Ticket price includes: Breakfast Buffet, $5 Power Card, and visit with the Easter Bunny! $17.99 per person. Dave & Buster’s, Manchester.

8am – 12pm: Pancake Breakfast with the Bunny The Easter Bunny is hopping his way to the South Windsor Fire Department to make one of his final public appearances before the big day. In addition to a free picture with the Easter Bunny, there will be face painting, kids’ crafts and more. The event is sponsored by the South Windsor Jaycees. South Windsor Fire Department, South Windsor.


9am and 10:30am: Bunny Breakfast Join the team at Stew’s for a special Bunny Breakfast hosted by the Easter Bunny and his friends! Stew Leonard’s chefs will offer a breakfast of seasonal fruit, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, french toast sticks with syrup, assorted bagels, doughnut holes, and juice and coffee. Each child will receive a complimentary copy of Stewie the Duck Learns to Swim, Easter coloring sheets, and will be able to take a photo with the Easter Bunny. Reservations for the Bunny Breakfast must be made in advance at Customer Service. Adults and children age 12 and over will be charged $9.99/each and children age 11 and younger will be charged $7.99/each. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

10 – 11:30am: Open House Join us at Talcott Mountain Academy for fun, hands-on science activities and an informational tour of the campus. RSVP. Talcott Mountain Academy, Avon.

10:30am – 2:30pm: Girls Take Flight Workshop Join us for a fun-filled day of hands-on, girl-led STEM activities including open cockpit experiences inside real aircraft, scientific demonstrations, focused experiments, and much more! Girls will discover the science of how airplanes fly, test their engineering skills through the design and construction of an aircraft, and experience the thrills of flight with our Flight Sim Spot flight simulators. The workshops are designed for Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes and can assist girls with earning Field Day, Independence and/or Playing the Part Badges. The cost is $15 per girl, $12.50 per accompanying adult. Up to 25 girls per workshop. Fees include admission to the Museum. Advance registration is required; there is no registration the day of the event. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks.

11am: A Celebration Of Dance Megan Boyd and the Naugatuck Valley Community College dancers will be performing a dance demonstration. Imagine Nation, Bristol.

11am: Johnny’s Jog for Charity is inspired by a young child, Johnny Moran, who has bravely battled an unknown neuromuscular condition since birth. With the unending love and support of so many individuals and organizations, Johnny continues to persevere through life’s many challenges. The vision of “Johnny’s Jog for Charity” is to bring the community together with a grand St. Patrick’s Day themed event benefitting local non-profit children’s organizations, so they can continue to provide assistance to children and their families. 5K Event for families and friends to run, walk, push strollers or to simply be festive and support our cause. Enjoy bagpipers, Irish music and dancing, face-painting and more… including prizes for best Irish garb! Registration begins at 9:30am. Free Parking is available at the Town Hall Lot.

11am: When Spring Comes Storytime Spring is in the air … you can smell it, hear it and feel it – and you can read it! Join us to celebrate spring’s arrival featuring the title When Spring Comes. Activities will round out the fun. Barnes & Noble, Farmington, Canton, West Hartford, Glastonbury, Manchester and Enfield.

11am – 12pm: Baby’s First Easter Event Bring your baby in a cute Easter outfit & enjoy activities, giveaways, photo-op fun & more! Plus, learn creative ways to build baby’s first Easter basket. Sponsored by Pampers. Select Babies R Us locations.

12 – 1pm: Natural Toxin-Free Nails Free workshop taught by Dr Allie. Learn why nail polish and remover are toxic to your health. Each will learn how to apply and remove Jamberry nail wraps. Talcott Family Chiropractic & TFC Health Foods, Farmington.

1 – 3pm: Easter Egg Canvas Bring your little makers to this family-friendly Easter event to create a one-of-a-kind mixed media art piece. Buy the canvas and the rest of the supplies are free. Michaels Locations.

2 – 4pm: My Little Pony and Littlest Pet Shop Swap Share your collection and swap ponies and pet you’ve been looking for. Get exclusive free My Little Pony and Littlest Pet Shop collector’s posters. Show your creativity with 2 free coloring pages. Play with cool, My Little Pony and Littlest Pet Shop products. Plus get a coupon to save $5 on your My Little Pony or Littlest Pet Shop purchase of $25 to use in store the day of the event. Event intended for children, ages 6 and up. Parental supervision required at all times. All giveaways and event materials are available while supplies last and distributed to participating children only. Limit one per child. Quantities limited; no rain checks. Toys R Us locations.

2pm: Batman v Superman Day Join us to celebrate the upcoming theatrical release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on March 25. We will be hosting a special Storytime today. Come in costume to support your favorite hero or villain. Fun for the entire family. Barnes & Noble, Farmington.

3pm: Batman v Superman Day Join us for Batman v Superman Day to celebrate the upcoming theatrical release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Cosplay, games and activities for children ages 5 and up. Enter for a chance to win prizes and giveaways. Fun for the entire family. Barnes & Noble, Canton.

5pm: Food & Film: Chef Our popular Food & Film series continues with a screening of Chef at 5 pm, followed by dinner at 7 pm. A chef who loses his restaurant job starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, all while piecing his personal life back together. 2014. USA. 114 min. Rated R. Dramatic Comedy. Directed by Jon Favreau. Starring Jon Favreau, John Leguizamo, Sofia Vergara, and Scarlett Johansson. Admission includes the film and meal; regular film admission applies for guests not attending dinner. Click here to view the dinner menu. Dinner reservations required, click here to purchase tickets. Film-only tickets are sold at the door. $40-45 per person. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford.

6pm: Celebrating Simsbury’s Irish Immigrants Join us for Irish food in the tavern followed by Rick Spencer and a program of Irish music in the ballroom. BYOB. $25 per person. Reservations needed. Simsbury Historical Society, Simsbury.

6 – 7:30pm: Easter Workshop Join us for our Easter workshop! This workshop will be held in 30 minute intervals. Each child will decorate Easter themed cookies. In addition, kids will be able to design and dye Easter eggs to take home. Ages 2-12.  $10 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

6 – 9pm: 8th Annual Wine Tasting Benefit Join us for a fun evening featuring fine wines, spirits, beers, gourmet coffees, heavy hors d’oeuvres, live music, a tea cup auction and more!  This event has sold out the past several years, so buy your tickets early! Tickets $35 per person (must be 21 to attend). Riverfront Community Center, Glastonbury.

6 – 10pm: 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 make your reservations! Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for children 16 and under (recommended ages 10 and up.) Mark Twain House, Hartford.

{PTO} 6pm – 10pm: The Hartford Stage “Party in the Paint Shop” gala has been heralded as the hottest party in town. Theatrical, fun, and full of surprises, it is not just another black tie dinner. The gala raises essential funds for Hartford Stage’s artistic and educational programs. Mark your calendar now and be a part of this unforgettable night! $300 per person. The Hartford Stage Scene Shop, Hartford.


{PTO} 6:30 – 10pm: The Ballet Ball From Degas to Dior, don your dancing shoes at The Ballet Ball! See spectacular performances featuring Albano Ballet dancers and participate in period ballroom dance — lesson included! The Ballet Ball is a 21 and over event (ID is required for liquid delights). Dress: as fabulously as possible (black tie optional). $50 per person. Hill-Stead, Farmington.


7pm: You Can’t Do That at NBYT! is a celebration-entertainment-once a year event! Join NBYT to celebrate its 6th birthday! Performances this year will include musical and non-musical entertainment including NBYT’s teen improv troupe, SquishyTown Asylum. Gift certificates to NBYT will be raffled including one for the full cost of participation in NBYT’s summer musical! And of course we’ll have birthday cake and other desserts! We’ll also bring back the cash mocktail bar! Doors open at 6pm. Raffle drawings will follow intermission. Tickets are $10 for individuals, and families of three or more are only $25! Tickets will be available at the door. New Britain-Berlin YMCA, New Britain.

7pm: Batman v Superman Day Join us for Batman v Superman Day to celebrate the upcoming theatrical release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Trivia event sponsored by DC Entertainment™ for teens and adults. Enter for a chance to win prizes and giveaways. Fun for the entire family. Barnes & Noble, Farmington, Enfield, Canton, West Hartford, Glastonbury and Manchester.

7pm: Tom Tomorrow Mega-Book Launch! Tom Tomorrow will discuss his life and career in the world of political comics. The moderator will be Gil Roth, podcaster of “Virtual Memories.” Tom Tomorrow (Dan Perkins) lives outside New Haven, Connecticut with his wife (a professor of modern political history at Yale University) and their twelve year old son.  His weekly cartoon, This Modern World,  appears online at The Nation, and Daily Kos, and in approximately 80 papers across the country.   His cartoons have also been featured in New York Times, The New Yorker,  The Nation, U.S. News & World Report, Esquire, The Economist,  and numerous other publications. Followed by a book sale and signing. Co-presented with Real Art Ways. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

7pm: Wolf Pack vs. Springfield Falcons XL Center, Hartford.

7:30 – 9:30pm: ScavenJer Dash Friends and families 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. Teams of 4 – $36 per team ($42 per team after March 11). Each team must have at least one adult. Non-participants $2 for Sundae Reception. Zachs Campus, West Hartford.

Saturday, March 19 – Sunday, March 20:

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 from 10am – 5pm and Saturday from 11am – 4pm: The Connecticut Spring Antiques Show has long been the premier destination for those interested in quality early American furniture and decorative arts. The show, which has continuously attracted serious buyers, is a great venue for novice collectors and visitors interested in learning about the outstanding merchandise offered. Most of the dealers have been exhibiting at the show for years and they are always willing to impart their expertise and passion for Americana. The show’s exhibiting dealers are among the most distinguished and well-known in the industry. Tickets are $15 and are good for both days of the show. There is an on-site tea room and bar and free secure parking. Adults age 35 and under free admission on Sunday. Hartford Armory, Hartford.

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. Reoccurs Saturday – Sunday until 3/30. Rain or shine. Lamothe’s Sugar House, Burlington.

Saturday from 10am – 7pm and Sunday from 10am – 6pm: Kids Fun Fair & Zoo Our kids fun fairs, held year-round up and down the east coast, are a fun, friendly, and safe place to bring your family! We have rides, games, face painting, petting zoo and a unique chance to interact with exotic animals. Children 12 and under free with coupon. Free children coupons are available at local businesses or at front box office during event. Price for adults online $10, at the door $16. Rides: Single ticket $1.50, 12 tickets $15, 24 tickets $30 and 36 tickets $45. Animal rides are 5 tickets. Kiddy rides are 2 tickets.  XL Center, Hartford.

11am – 3pm: March Minion Madness Minions are taking over the Connecticut Science Center! Meet the Minions and celebrate the lovable goggle-wearing villains for minion-maniacal fun. Get inspired in Da Vinci’s Workshop, and explore simple machines that every Minion and human will love. Enjoy tons of Minion-inspired activities and fun for all ages. Plus, see Minions 3D on the big screen in our theater! Advance tickets are recommended. Special advance online-only pricing: General Admission $12.95 Youth (ages 3-17), $17.95 Adult (18 and over). Combo Ticket includes Movie $17.95 Youth (ages 3-17) and $24.95 Adult (18 and over). Connecticut Science Center, Hartford.

11am – 11am: Marathon Reading of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center is pleased to present its fourth Marathon Reading of Stowe’s anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Stowe’s book changed how Americans viewed slavery, galvanized the abolition movement and contributed to the outbreak of the Civil War. Join us as we read the story aloud, much like readers of the National Era encountering the moving and inspiring tale for the first time. The Marathon Reading commemorates the story’s 1852 publishing as a book that would go on to become an international bestseller translated into dozens of languages. Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin will kick off the reading which opens on the Shelby plantation in Kentucky as two enslaved people, Tom, a strong religious man, and 4-year old Harry, are sold to pay Shelby family debts. From that moment to approximately 24 hours later when Harry and his mother Eliza escape to Canada and Tom dies by order of Simon Legree, nearly 100 readers each will have read a short passage from the novel. Some will have read in foreign languages, followed by that same passage in English. At the end, some hardy souls will have stayed for the whole adventure. Volunteer to read aloud from this moving and inspiring tale just as thousands did in 19th-century parlors. As Uncle Tom’s Cabin is widely read internationally, we encourage people from both inside and outside the U.S. to volunteer to read in languages other than English. If you can’t be here in person, you can read via Skype. Sign up for a 10-minute reading – in English or other languages including signing. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford.

Sunday, March 20:

10 – 11:30am: Mommy and Me Easter Egg Dying, Basket Decorating and Egg Hunt All ages. $35 per family. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

10 – 11:30am: Maple Sugaring Participate in one of the oldest New England traditions.  This class will take you through the whole process of making maple syrup from beginning to end, so you can do it at home. We will identify maple trees, tap a tree, collect and boil sap, and even taste the finished product. Fee is $10 per person. Outdoor Program; dress for the outdoors. Must be at least 5 to attend. Westmoor Park, West Hartford.

10am – 1pm: Purim & Pancakes Come dressed in costume, get ready for Purim and enjoy pancakes with a fun twist with our friends at Summerwood. Co-sponsored by PJ Library, the Family Room and Solomon Schechter Day School. Free and open to the community. RSVP. Hoffman Summerwood, West Hartford.

12:30pm: O’Hartford 5K Get your Irish Up! O’Hartford 5K and Wee Mile officially caps off Hartford’s weekend St. Patrick’s festivities. Join in this moving party through downtown streets. Costumes encouraged! Prizes awarded to the most uniquely dressed participants. Irish bagpipers, Celtic fiddlers, refreshments and Thomas Hooker’s beer all waiting for you! Event held rain or shine! Kids Run starts at 12:30pm and the 5K starts at 1pm. Wee Mile $10, 5K Kids (ages 5-17) $20, 5K (ages 18-22) $30 and Adults $35.

{Last Call} 2pm: The Mandell JCC’s Youth Theater Program is proud to present Beauty and the Beast, Jr. Snowdate: Tuesday, March 22nd at 7pm. $14 per adult, $10 per student. Mandell JCC, Zachs Campus, West Hartford.

1pm: Spring Baking Spring is in the air, and that brings out the baker in all of us. We’ll whip up some sweet treats that will make wonderful additions to your springtime gatherings. We’ll also share tips and tricks that will take your baking skills to the next levels. Time can vary per location. Williams Sonoma Stores.

2pm: Sunday Afternoon Family Concert Series Plan now to join us to hear Nancy Tucker blend outrageous squeaky-clean comedy, spirited guitar instrumentals and moving songs of human experience in a show for people of all ages. $14 ($40 family max) for non-members, ½-price for children under 12. The Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury.

2pm: House Talks Own an older home? Want to learn about preservation options? Co-sponsored by the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. Ellsworth Visitor Center, Simsbury.

2 – 4pm: Pink Party Hill-Stead Museum invites everyone ages 4 and up to a Pink Party—inspired by French artist Edgar Degas’ Dancers in Pink. Wear your favorite pink outfit and learn more about Degas’ famous dancers. This family-friendly event features a performance by dancers from the acclaimed Albano Ballet and a tour of Hill-Stead Museum, including rarely-seen prints by Degas. Light refreshments included with program fee. $15 per person, include admission to the Museum. Hill-Stead, Farmington.

Monday, March 21:

1:30 – 3:30pm: Bugs and Blossoms Indoor Garden Party! Does your child have a green thumb? Do they love to play in the dirt and catch bugs? They will love planting a seed, painting a pot and creating their own 3-D bug ! If it’s nice out, we will get into our outdoor garden! If not, no worries we will bring the outdoors inside! Drop-off. Ages 3-5. $30 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

5 – 8pm: Pet Nights Do you want your pet to have a picture with the Easter Bunny? Here is your chance. Cats and dogs only, please. The Shoppes at Buckland Hills, Manchester.

If you don’t mind the drive, check out our parent site, Momecticut – who lists things to do across the entire state, including our sister edition in Fairfield County!