April 4 – 10

Monday, April 4th:

11am: 1st Five Things To Do When Your Pregnant Michal will help you make important decisions early in pregnancy, such as place of birth, the choice of health care providers. And an introduction to the medical and business aspects of maternity care that you will encounter.

4 – 5:30pm: Donut Making Class Let’s make egg-free baked donuts! With no trans-fats or chemicals, these donuts are delicious but don’t leave you feeling yucky afterwards. The kids will bring a small box of homemade donuts home to share! Children ages 3 – 9pm.

7pm: Mandell JCC Film Festival screening of “Are You Joking?” Twenty-something New Yorker Barb Schwartz (Sas Goldberg) somehow ended up in a life that kinda sucks. She has a paralegal job she hates, a drab studio apartment on Roosevelt Island, and an overbearing family who never lets her forget she’s still single. When she is reunited with her childhood BFF, ballet dancer Billy (Jake Wilson), she is inspired to turn her life around by revisiting her first love: comedy. Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with the star of the film, Sas Goldberg. Julia Pistell will moderate. A reception will be held afterwards.

Tuesday, April 5th:

10 – 10:30am: Planet Earth Together we will read stories about the earth and its creatures, learn about the planet, sing songs, and make musical instruments from repurposed materials! In this series, we will discover what it means to be a Recycling Superhero. Ages 2-3.

10:30am: There’s a Giraffe in My Soup What could be worse than a giraffe in your soup? Maybe an alligator in your entrée, an elephant on the table, or an ostrich in your dish? Silliness is the soup du jour in this laugh-out-loud picture book.

4:30 – 6:30pm: TLGT Teen is the only teen led program that offers cooking, music, art, improv, team building, fundraising and so much more! Cooking is a part of every meeting as they will make their own snack. Although teens will ultimately decide what direction to take this group into, we will be working on project “Movie Star” a gala to benefit a local charity for children. They will help secure donations, plan activities, make decorations, prepare food, plan entertainment. There is no cost for this group and we encourage you to invite friends and family. If you would like to make donations to the group, a $10 donation would be greatly appreciated to help pay for cooking ingredients, art supplies, etc. All teen are welcome.

{National} 6:30 – 8:30pm: Cupcake Decorating Class Learn cupcake decorating basics like how to fill a decorating bag, color icing and create swirls. Supplies not included. Cost of supplies up to $13.

7pm: An Evening with Ute Wartenberg Kagan, Executive Director of the American Numismatic Society To celebrate the 2016 release of the Mark Twain Commemorative Gold and Silver coins, we are pleased to present Ute Wartenberg Kagan, Executive Director of the American Numismatic Society, who will discuss all things coins and coin collecting. Ute Wartenberg Kagan, whose research interest focus on ancient Greek coinage, has spent most of her academic career in the museum world. Since 1999 she has been the Executive Director of the American Numismatic Society and from 1991 to 1998 she worked as Curator of Greek Coins in the British Museum in London. She has organized many exhibitions in the British Museum and the ANS, including Drachmas, Doubloons and Dollars, The History of Money, which was opened at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in January 2002 by Alan Greenspan and attracted around 30,000 visitors. This is a free event. Reservations are recommended.

Tuesday, April 5th – Wednesday, April 6th:

{National} LEGO Monthly Mini Model Build Learn how to build a cool mini model at the store, and take it home after – for free! Quantities are limited and offer is good while supplies last only. Models must be built in store, are not for sale and cannot be purchased. Ask a Brick Specialist for details. Due to safety and build experience standards, builders must be between the ages of 6-14 to participate. The mini model must be completely built in store. Registration is on a first come first serve basis and quantities are limited. Stores will no longer accept walk ups on the night of the event.

Tuesday, April 5th – Sunday, April 17th:

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). $40-65 per tickets. Runs until April 17th.

Wednesday, April 6th:

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9:15 – 10:15am: Silly Science Volcanoes You and your little one (any age) will love making your own volcano, painting it and then erupting it! We’ll even make a volcano hat to take home! The volcanoes are disposable, so don’t worry, we won’t send you home with a drippy mess! $25 per child. Siblings $20.

9:30 – 10am: Mommy & Me at Nature for 2’s and 3’s First discoveries with nature are meant to be an exploration using one’s senses in the outdoors. Join Miss Judy as you and your child take a short expedition outside and explore. A story with nature objects to touch will be part of the activity. Dress with good walking shoes and clothes that can get a little dirty so we can explore, rain or shine. Registration is required by 3 days prior to the program. Reoccurs on Wednesday, April 13th.

11am: If You Give a Pig a Pancake Join us to read If You Give a Pig a Pancake! Activities and crafts will follow. Like us on Facebook to stay up to date on the latest products, promotions, and events! Barnes & Noble, Manchester.

12 – 1pm: Stowe Salons at Lunch: Having Our Say Salon featured guests are actors in the Hartford Stage production of Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years. Following a brief presentation by Salon guests and video clips from Having Their Say: Generations in Conversation, the audience is invited to join the discussion. Having Their Say, a Hartford Stage community project, features African-American teen girls interviewing African-American women over the age of 70. The senior women shared an understanding of the forces that shaped them all. Brenda Pressley’s Broadway credits include The Lyons, The American Plan, Cats and Dreamgirls. On television, Pressley appeared on “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: SVU” and “New York Undercover,” and she starred opposite Olivia Cole in Oprah Winfrey’s “Brewster Place.” Olivia Cole won an Emmy Award for her performance in the 1977 miniseries “Roots,” and was nominated for an Emmy Award for “Backstairs at the White House.” Her many Broadway credits include The School for Scandal, You Can’t Take It With You and The Merchant of Venice.

5:30pm: Seema Sharma on Twain & India Fulbright scholar Seema Sharma, a professor of English Literature at Jai Hind College in Mumbai, India,  will speak on “Mark Twain and India.” During his round-the-world trip in the 1890s, which led to his final great travel work Following the Equator, Twain traversed the country, which he called “ the cradle for human race, birthplace of human speech, mother of history, grandmother of legend and great grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and instructive materials in the history are treasured here.” A $5 donation is requested and reservations are recommended.

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7pm: Bottles, Bottles, and more Bottles Where to begin? Let us help you in the process of understanding all the different options. Picking a bottle type. Choosing a bottle shape. Selecting a nipple size and flow. Babies R Us, Manchester.

7 – 9pm: Butterflies in My Backyard A Lecture by Victor DeMasi, Yale Peabody Museum. Know more about history of our native butterfly species, impact of climate change and invasive species, demise of the Monarch Butterfly and growing butterfly gardens to promote diversity. Brought to you by the Land Heritage Coalition of Glastonbury and the Connecticut Audubon Society of Glastonbury.

Wednesday, April 6 – Sunday, April 10th:

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Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Superstition Explore the world of black cats, pinky swears, ladders and sidewalk cracks as Playhouse On Park’s dance company-in-residence presents their annual music and dance extravaganza. Runs until April 10th.

Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 7:30pm: Having Our Say 103-year-old Sadie Delany and 101-year-old Bessie Delany were the daughters of a former slave, grew up in the Jim Crow South, lived in Harlem during its renaissance, and had professional careers as a teacher and a dentist, respectively. While they make dinner to remember their father’s birthday, the two sisters tell us the story of the last century, as they lived it. History at its most immediate, and poignant. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Running time: 2 hours, including 2 intermissions. Runs until Sunday, 4/24.

Thursday, April 7th:

9 – 10:30am: Walk, Talk and Gawk an Adult Nature Walk Come join Miss Judy for a casual exploration as we walk along some of our many trails. We’ll talk about what we see or some nature topics in the news. Sometimes we’ll stop to gawk at an interesting find alongside a trail. A different route and topic is planned for each day. Always dress for the weather and wear a good pair of walking shoes. Registration is required by 3 days prior to the start of the program. Reoccurs on Thursday, April 14th.

4:30 – 6pm: Ariel’s Picnic on the Beach Join us for singing, bubbles, limbo, dancing and a picnic dinner! Please pack a nut free dinner. $30 per child. Siblings $20. All ages are welcome!

5:30- 7pm: Student Activists Speak Out How can young people effect change? How can we support them in the fight for social justice? Salons at Stowe focuses on student activism on high school and college campuses. The Salon featured guests: Tony Roy, Social Studies teacher, Connecticut River Academy, students from Connecticut River Academy, students from Trinity Colleges. Food for thought: Student Activism is Serious Business 
by Roxane Gay and The Other Student Activists by Melinda D. Anderson.

6:30pm: Word Art & Wine: Paint a Vase Get ready for spring by painting lovely glass vases for fresh flowers. Use your imagination to decide what to paint, it could be flowers or a word or two added to personalize your piece.  This program will be led by Barbara Laurain, a 42-year veteran teacher of creative writing, language arts, and crafts who holds a master’s degree in creative arts. She has taught craft classes in adult education settings and various craft stores along with selling custom jewelry and purses through ABC crafts. Her creativity can also be seen in her set and costume designs for the South Windsor High School Drama Department.

7pm: Pucks and Balls and the Public Good It’s spring and the Hartford Yard Goats are to start their maiden voyage. It’s also 25 years since, with an $18 million public investment, the Connecticut Tennis Center opened in New Haven and quickly grew up to be a white elephant whose wheezy signature event, the New Haven Open, was recently bought by the state. And 20 years ago, the Hartford Whalers began their fateful final season, although their logo lives on in America’s most coveted defunct sports franchise merchandise. Does spending taxpayer money on pro sports really help the people who foot the bill? Are their better uses for our money? Let’s talk about that.

7pm: 10 Steps to Mastering Maternity This ten-step system helps parents learn how to advocate for themselves to get their needs met while navigating the maternity system. Michal will teach expectant families important skills and tools to help them find their birth community, build their birth team, and make informed healthcare decisions.

7 – 10pm: Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom A queen who runs away with her slave, joining her fate to her beloved servant’s. Brides who abandon their weddings and join a shipful of sailors. Men who go courting, only to get taunted or tossed down a well. These wild rides and fantastic yarns spring from Ladino tradition, from songs and stories carried by Sephardic Jews as they moved from Spain and settled along the Mediterranean’s northern coast to Greece and Turkey. In multicultural metropolises like Sarajevo, in picturesque island towns like Rhodes, Jewish culture-bearers recounted the romantic escapades and derring do of a cast of characters worthy of a cutthroat fantasy novel. Multi-instrumentalist, singer, and skilled arranger Guy Mendilow and his four musical collaborators leap into this world in Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom. The intertwining music and storytelling conjure an imagi-nation lost to war and upheaval, recorded in a language that blends archaic Spanish with Arabic, Hebrew, and Greek. By digging deep into Sephardic scholarship and revitalizing the sound recorded on gritty field recordings, Mendilow and company bring tales to life, intertwining voices, percussion, and soulful playing to render these songs in all their color, drama, and heart.

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Thursday, April 7th – Saturday, April 9th:

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Thursday from 7 – 9:30pm, Friday from 7 – 10:30pm, Saturday from 12 – 4pm and Saturday Gala from 7:30 – 11pm: Savor – A celebration of Wine, Food & Spirits Savor the Legends: Join Savor for a Kentucky style soiree and taste all five years of Pappy from 10 – 23! Plan B kicks off the Savor weekend with a delicious Kentucky inspired menu, bourbon cocktails and more. Don’t miss this legendary night presented by Plan B! Savor’s Grand Tasting: a two-day celebration, will spotlight top talent in the culinary industry including Robert Irvine, host of Restaurant: Impossible on Food Network. Chef Irvine will be joined by other celebrated chefs and world renowned vintners sharing their expertise. Tickets to The Grand Tasting are all-inclusive, where guests will sample bold cuisine, stylish wines, world-craft beers and the leading trends in inspired spirits. A fantastic line-up of chefs will perform on the Savor Culinary Demonstration Stage and share their signature recipes and trade secrets with you! Savor in Style Charity Gala: hosted by Robert Irvine, will feature some of the nation’s top chefs and highly successful regional chefs paired with well-respected winemakers. Following a Champagne Reception, these masters will lavish guests with their sumptuous creations, where every dish will be paired with an exceptional wine or other luscious libation. Don’t miss your chance to see artistic genius up-close! A portion of Savor’s proceeds will be donated to charity: Savor is a proud supporter of the Robert Irvine Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that honors the men and women defending our country. Savor the Legends: $125 online or $150 at the door. Grand Tasting Sessions: $110 online or $125 at the door. Savor in Style Charity Gala: $160 online or $175 at the door. Tickets available at the door unless sold out in advance.

Thursday, April 7th – Sunday, May 1st:

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Friday, April 8th:

10 – 10:45am: Our Planet How can you help save the planet? Learn what it means to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle in this series class. Each class we will read stories, play green themed games and make crafts from repurposed items. Let’s become superheroes for planet earth! Ages 3 -5.

5:30 – 8:30pm: Kid’s 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 for one child, discount for siblings.

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 1st child, half off siblings. My Gym of West Hartford and Enfield.

5:30 – 9pm: 32nd Annual Windsor Chamber Cares Auction Lots of great auction items are up for auction  including: wine packages, restaurant gift certificates, theater tickets, travel to exotic locales and much more. Tickets are $45 per person including hot hors d’oeuvres, carving stations, pasta stations and more.

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7pm: Teeny Tiny Toady Oh, no! Teeny’s mama is stuck in a bucket! What’s a toad to do? Hurry home for help, of course! Her big, strong brothers rush to save the day, but … uh-oh! Soon they’re in trouble, too! Who’s left to rescue the family?

Friday, April 8th – Saturday, April 9th:

Friday at 7pm, Saturday 9 -11:30am and 12 – 1pm: Semi Annual Spring Consignment Sale! If you’ve never been then you have to check it out! And if you’ve come before then you know why you have to come back! Must be a seller to enter. $7 admission for Friday night and Saturday morning, free on Saturday from 12-1pm.

Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 2pm: Mr. Toad’s Mad Adventure In this delightful adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s book The Wind in the Willows, Toad of Toad Hall is an eccentric but likable chap given to ’crazes.’ His latest craze involves motorcars.  Unfortunately, he smashes them up as fast as he gets them.  He even steals one for a wild ride over the countryside.  Naturally, this gets him into a great deal of trouble.  His dear friends Badger, Rat, and Mole do their best to help, but their efforts aren’t enough, and Toad ends up in prison…  after an uproarious courtroom scene.  His imprisonment couldn’t please his enemies, the weasels, more, as they quickly take over Toad Hall and trash the place.  After the jailer’s daughter helps Toad escape from prison, he and his friends devise a clever scheme to recapture Toad Hall from the weasels once and for all!

Friday, April 8th – Sunday, April 24th:

Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Company Hilarious, resonating and thoroughly enjoyable, the Tony-winning musical comedy Company, book by George Furth with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, debuted in 1970. Featuring some of Sondheim’s best-known songs, the original production was nominated for a record-setting fourteen Tony Awards and won six! It is his 35th birthday, and Bobby is still single, unable to commit to a serious relationship though he is clearly desirous of one. Enter five couples—all at different stages of marriage—who are his best friends, and three girlfriends. In the hilarious array of interactions, Bobby has to consider one of life’s greatest questions: “What’s it really all about?” Company, one of the first musicals to deal with adult themes and relationships, is stylized as a concept musical, composed of short vignettes following no specific chronological order but all linked back to Bobby’s 35th birthday party. With a quirky, funny storyline, a refreshingly different approach, and some of Sondheim’s best work in musical comedy, Company is sure to light a spark in your lives this April. Runs until April 24th.

Friday, April 8th – Sunday, April 10th:

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Friday – Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 2pm: Penny & the Pirates An an original play, by the writers of last season’s Unlocked: The True Story of Rapunzel, about a young girl who joins a band of pirates on an adventure to find an unusual buried treasure! Adults $8. Children $6.

Saturday, April 9th:

8:30 – 11:30am: Boy Scout Troop 149 Pancake Breakfast Come and enjoy a delicious Pancake Breakfast hosted by Boy Scout Troop 149 at Trinity United Methodist Church. Eat in or take-out available. All you can eat pancakes. $6 per adult, $4 for children 12 and under.

{National} 9am: Educator Appreciation Days Pre-K through 12th grade educators join us for deeper discounts, special demonstrations of Dash, the amazing coding robot from Wonder Workshop, and a new, exclusive Barnes & Noble product from littleBits education, plus much more. Also, get a Coding Kit from DK publishing (while supplies last) and enter for a chance to win a selection of DK books (ARV $4,000). April 9 through April 17.

9am – 5pm: Free 1810 Day A day-long program to deepen understanding of 1810 lifeways we interpret at our  prize-winning Strong-Howard House, where yes, you really CAN touch everything! Attendees are free to come and go throughout the day and sample presentations of most interest to them. The day includes slideshow  presentations, demonstrations of furniture making and hearth cooking, musical and living history performances, and a walking tour of the historic Palisado Green and Cemetery. Cost: free but register by April 8th so we know how much food to prepare.

{National} 11am: Let’s Play Storytime It’s only a yellow dot … but what a dot it is! Readers won’t be able to resist this jaunty, adventurous dot, nor its invitation to play along. Join us for Storytime featuring Let’s Play. Activities will round out the fun.

{National} 11am: Sibling Registry Event Becoming a sibling for the first time is a very special event Include the big brother, sister when starting the Registry process and make them just as excited for your new family edition! -Arts and crafts for the kids while Mom is learning about the Registry Process and completing paper work. -Out and about scanning for that special blanket, toy or stuffed animal for the new baby -Once completed scanning for day, each child (3-8 years old) leaves with a craft for themselves and a little gift for their new sibling from them! Pre-registration Required.

{National} 12 – 1pm: What’s Hot for Kids – Shopkins Swap Does your little one collect Shopkins? They can bring their collection to our Shopkins Swap to trade with other kids and make new friends in the process.

1pm: My Pet Rocks Learn to use a pompom maker to create a pet friend. Supplies are required for this class, click on the supplies tab below to download the supply list.

1 – 3pm: Life in a Vernal Pool A great program for adults and young adults who want the opportunity to explore and learn more about this unique habitat. Participants will learn to identify a vernal pool, hear the importance of these habitats on the environment, and also get a chance to see what obligate species have already inhabited for the season! Get down and dirty in the name of science! Recommended for ages 10 and above. $10 (resident), $15 (non-resident).

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1 – 4pm: Reach for the Stars at the Book Launch Party! There will be activities for the kids, games for all ages, music, giveaways, snacks, sketch sessions by the illustrator, book readings by the author – with more activities added all the time! You will have the opportunity to meet the author, Kevin Fleming, and the Illustrator, Christa Whitten, and get your copies of Reach for the Stars signed by each. Pre-purchase your copies along with your registration to guarantee we have them in stock!  Copies will be available for sale at the door, until supplies run out! Additionally, Kevin and Christa are proud to team up with Link To Libraries to allow attendees to donate copies of Reach for the Stars to schools and programs in areas where access to books is difficult. Link to Libraries is a non-profit organization that has donated books to over 400 sites in Western Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, and New York. Christa and Kevin would love to use the launch event to donate hundreds of books to children who need them most, so please consider helping the cause during your registration.

6 – 8pm: Taste of Culture is a multi-sensory exploration of West Hartford culture: a three-course meal featuring the cuisines and entertainment of three prominent West Hartford cultures.The first course will feature appetizers by Cora Cora. The restaurant serves Peruvian favorites and introduces the American palette to unique and delicious flavor combinations. During this course, the Kuskalla Peru Dancers will entertain diners. Course two will feature Indian cuisine from East West Restaurant on Park Road in West Hartford, as well as traditional Indian music and dancing. Bombay Olive, known for its Nepalese and Persian delicacies, will present the final course, dessert, accompanied by traditional Nepalese dancing.Tickets are $50. This includes a 3-course meal, two complimentary drinks, and live entertainment. Additional beverages will be available for purchase. A valid ID is required for alcoholic drinks. Proceeds will support the educational missions of both Hello! West Hartford and the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society.

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Saturday, April 9th – Sunday, April 10th:

Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 4pm: Emerson Theater Collaborative presents King Arthur in Contemporary Connecticut – A Radio Play By James C. Ferguson A hilarious twist on Twain’s classic A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, this new play finds the legendary king magically transported forward in time to modern day Connecticut.  Can Arthur, Merlin, Lancelot and the nefarious Morgan Le Fay negotiate the complexities of life in the age of internet, smart phones, and casinos in the Nutmeg State?

Sunday, April 10th:

8:30am: Baby Registry Completion Event Join our exclusive event for registrants who are approaching their due date of late April to early May and want to use their completion coupon! There will be one on one assistance, swag bags with great samples, raffles, and even some light refreshments. You will also have the opportunity to add additional items to your registry so you can receive the discount. Please contact Lorianna or Victor for additional information and to get signed up for this great event.

9am: Educator Appreciation Days Pre-K through 12 Educators join us for deeper discounts, special demonstrations of Dash, the amazing coding robot from Wonder Workshop, and a new, exclusive Barnes & Noble product from littleBits education, plus much more. Also, get a Coding Kit from DK publishing (while supplies last) and enter for a chance to win a selection of DK books (ARV $4,000).

10am: 1st Annual 5K Run/Walk Amy’s Angels is a non-profit organization that provides comprehensive short and long term assistance to individuals and their families dealing with debilitating effects of serious illness or injury. Race day registration opens at 9am.  Race will be held rain or shine!  Walkers & strollers please start at the back!

10am: Bottles, Bottles, and more Bottles Where to begin? Let us help you in the process of understanding all the different options. Picking a bottle type. Choosing a bottle shape. Selecting a nipple size and flow.

11am: Sibling Registry Event Becoming a sibling for the first time is a very special event Include the big brother, sister when starting the Registry process and make them just as excited for your new family edition! Arts and crafts for the kids while Mom is learning about the Registry Process and completing paper work. Out and about scanning for that special blanket, toy or stuffed animal for the new baby. Once completed scanning for day, each child (3-8 years old) leaves with a craft for themselves and a little gift for their new sibling from them! Pre-registration Required.

11:30am – 2pm: Playing on the Spectrum Autism Families CONNECTicut’s original, signature program. Each four-week session serves dozens of children with autism ages 3 to 13, as well as their siblings in their own Sibling Club. The goal is for children to exercise in a safe, appropriate environment where they can make friends, practice social skills and master basic sports skills. 11:30am – 12:20pm (ages 3-6) 12:30 – 1:20pm (ages 7-9) and 1:30 – 2:20pm (ages 10-13), simultaneous Sibling Club for each time slot. $40 per child, $10 per sibling. Runs Sundays until April 24th.

12 – 2pm: Family Sunday Join us for the return of Family Sunday at the New England Carousel Museum! This monthly event features a children’s craft activity that changes each month. This month we will be making windsocks!  Along with participating in our craft activity, visitors will also get to tour the Museum and take a ride on our carousel. This is a great way for families to spend the day together and making wonderful memories! Admission to Family Sunday is $6 for adults and $5 for children, and includes the price of the craft.

1 – 2:30pm: Tea Tours Take a tour of the ca.1720 historic house with a knowledgeable guide, then enjoy traditional tea and sweets in the Colonial-era Whitman Tavern.

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. We will meet at the North End of Main Street in Manchester, on the north side (right) of Farr’s Sporting Good store. From there, we will hike along the 1-mile portion owned by the Manchester Land Conservation Trust and, depending on the weather, on to Center Springs Park, and to the new footbridge overlooking Broad Street, which will take about two hours round trip. Come discover the history of the railroad, including a chance to see maps and historic pictures. A railroad favor will be given to children participating in the walk. No dogs, please.

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We are looking for more hands on deck, if you are a mom who is very familiar with your local community and would like to represent your town or city, please reach out.