April 11 – 17

We put the ♥ into where you live! Scroll below to find what to do and where to go this week in Hartford County! We are looking for one undercover mother in each city and town of Hartford County to help spread the word about our wonderful community resource and to help us find more fun things to do where you live. Inquire today!

Monday, April 11th:

10am – 2pm: Aeromodeling Workshop Fun Build and fly an AMA Delta Dart model airplane with help from our expert aeromodelers. Requires the purchase of a $5 Delta Dart kit. Modelers must be age 10 or older. ~ Winds♥r L♥cks

2 – 3:30pm: Cupcake and Canvas! Join us for a painting session! Today we will be painting a froggy themed canvas and then hop over to decorate frog themed cupcake! Ages 6-12. $20 per child. ~ Newingt♥n

Monday, April 11th – Tuesday, April 12th:

1 – 1:30pm, 2 – 2:30pm and 3 – 3:30pm: Captain and Mrs. Howard are at Home and Request the Honor of Your Presence History truly comes alive as you visit Windsor Historical Society’s Strong-Howard House museum and meet Captain and Mrs. Howard in their 1810 home.   Costumed actors portraying this historic couple will welcome you into their newly renovated historic house, where yes, you CAN touch everything!   Performances vary depending on audience interests and interactions.  Pre-registrations necessary since space is limited inside the house. Contact the Society at 860-688-3813 to make your reservation now!  Walk-ins will be accommodated only as space allows. Cost: $10. ~ Winds♥r

Monday, April 11th – Friday, April 15th:

9am – 12pm: Wildlife Wakes Up! How do animals know that spring has arrived? Join us for a week of morning fun & exploration in forest field and pond. Spend vacation mornings looking for wildlife at Roaring Brook Nature Center. $40 non-members. Pre-registration with payment is required. ~Cant♥n

10am – 5pm: The Connecticut Science Center will be open daily for April School Vacation (April 9–24) from 10AM to 5PM. Enjoy 165+ hands-on exhibits including the newest blockbuster traveling exhibit in our Saint Francis Care Traveling Exhibit Gallery, Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion. Be sure to check out our 3D movies and Vacation Exploration Camps, too! Plus, the first 25 kids who visit each day between April 11 and 15 will receive a complimentary premium item from Disney’s The Jungle Book, in theaters everywhere April 15. Please note: no purchase necessary, one item per child while supplies last. Click here for more info. ♥ford

1 – 4pm: Name that Nest! Many animals are busy preparing nests for the season ahead.  Find the hidden nests around the Nature Center. Join us for a guided spring hike through Werner’s Wood each afternoon at 2 pm. Guided hike free with admission to the Nature Center. ~ Cant♥n

Tuesday, April 12th:

9:30am: Music Together Demo Class This is the essential Music Together class, one that a child can attend from birth through age five through all nine song collections. This basic class follows the recommendations of child development researchers—grouping children of a variety of ages because this fosters natural, family-style learning. Younger children enjoy watching and imitating older ones; older children learn by leading younger ones; and adults are happy because the children in the family can go to class together. Each child participates at his or her own level in singing, moving, chanting, listening, watching, or exploring musical instruments. Any caregivers—parents, grandparents, nanny—can bring the children. The whole family is welcome for this important family music experience. ~ Uni♥nville

10am – 3pm: Paper Boomerangs Discover the science behind how boomerangs fly and build your own boomerang to take home. ~ Winds♥r L♥cks

2 – 4pm: Spring Break Vacation Program: A Day in the Life of a Native American Kids discover what growing up was like in early Native American Connecticut. Help out with a corn-grinding chore, try to “paddle” in a dugout canoe, and play a traditional Native American game. This drop-in program is free with general admission. ♥ford

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5:30 – 10:30pm: Benefit Night at Flatbread Restaurant Bring family and friends for dinner at Flatbread Restaurant in Canton and a portion of your bill will be donated to the museum. There will also be a “teacup auction” to tempt you. All proceeds will go to the museum’s programs for children and youth. ~ Cant♥n

6 – 8pm: Silly for Soft Pretzels! Today we will focus on creating some scrumptious homemade soft pretzels! We will create mini-pizza pretzel bites, dessert pretzels, traditional salted pretzels, and a cheesy sauce for dipping!  In addition, we will whip up some homemade lemonade to wash everything down! Ages 6-12. $25 per child. ~ Newingt♥n

7:30pm: Evenings@7: The Boys in The Band offers free presentations of intimate script-in-hand play readings. Open to the public, these one night only performances are part of Little Theatre’s mission to develop art and artists.  This series, featuring both established plays and musicals and new works, enables local talent to grow in their craft by performing for live audiences in a casual atmosphere with minimal production elements. ~ Manchester

Tuesday, April 12th – Thursday, April 14th:

10:30am – 12:30pm: The Crazy Creatures of Salvador Dalí: Puppetry Workshop with Joan Shackford Looking for something to do this April Vacation Week? Immerse yourself in the wild and wonderful world of Salvador Dalí with puppeteer and teaching artist Joan Shackford! In this three-day session, you’ll create a surrealist puppet inspired by this famous artist’s fantastical creatures, and then bring it to life in a performance for family and friends in our new ArtLab Theater. ~ New Britain

Tuesday, April 12th – Sunday, April 17th:

{Last Call} 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.  ♥ford

Wednesday, April 13th:

10am – 3pm: Pinwheel Helicopters How do pinwheels spin? How do helicopters fly? Learn how by building your own pinwheel helicopter. ~ Winds♥r L♥cks

11am- 2pm: Work Together Wednesday We will begin working together to create a collaborative recycled sculpture using a variety of materials. We are looking for a donation of plastic, wood, and metal. Bring your imagination and help us build our sculpture that will culminate at our Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 23. ~ Brist♥l

12 – 1pm: Stowe Salons at Lunch meet monthly at Noon. We’re talking about social justice issues making news.Check back later for the topic to be discussed. Please join us and share your perspective and ideas for creating positive change in our city, state and nation. A great opportunity to network with other change makers. Bring your lunch or pick up food at the Nook Farm Nook next door at Mark Twain House & Museum.  ♥ford

2 – 4pm: Spring Break Vacation Program: A Day in the Life of a Patriot Kid Join the Patriot cause and see what growing up was like during the Revolutionary War. Help the Continental Army win the War of Independence by decoding a Patriot spy’s letter and making provisions for soldiers. This drop-in program is free with general admission.  ♥ford

3 – 4:30pm: Kids Favorite Breakfast Cereal Recipes! Who doesn’t love breakfast cereal! Today we will be making Lucky Charms crispy treats, Fruity Pebbles cookies and Cocoa Krispies peanut butter bars! Parents note: peanut butter will be used in today’s class. Ages 6-12. $25 per child. ~ Newingt♥n

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6 – 8pm: STEAM: A Catalyst for Entrepreneurial Innovation A panel dialogue about fostering creativity in our everyday lives through STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math) moderated by Steven Dahlberg. Leonardo da Vinci epitomizes interdisciplinary, creative thinking and doing. He was able to imagine and visualize what is “not yet” and bring those ideas to life. He married art and science, as well as the natural world, with technology. Discover the accomplishments of individuals who work at the crossroads of creativity, community, science, and innovation and explore how to bring da Vinci’s creative genius into our everyday lives. Panelists include Kate Emery, CEO of reSET Social Enterprise Trust, and Founder & CEO of the Walker Group; Rich Hollant, Founder & CEO of CO:LAB; and Manon Cox, President & CEO of Protein Sciences. Tickets are $15 for Connecticut Science Center members, students, and seniors, or $25 for non-members; ticket includes admission to reception with light refreshments, one drink ticket, and panel discussion.  ♥ford

7:30pm: An Encore with The Reformed Whores Music & Comedy Duo After taking Hartford by storm with their sold-out engagement last year, Country-Western comedy duo The Reformed Whores return to the scene of the crime at The Mark Twain House & Museum on Wednesday, April 13th at 7:30pm.  Hot on the heels of their debut album Ladies Don’t Spit, these two low-brow sweeties have unleashed their new album, Don’t Beat Around the Bush.  Obviously, this show is for (im)mature older audiences! To learn more and hear samples of their music, visit their website. Tickets are $20.  ♥ford

Wednesday, April 13th – Sunday, April 24th:

{Reoccurs} 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.  ♥ford

Thursday, April 14th:

9:30am – 5pm: Artsy Thursday Our Art Studio will be stocked with lots of creative collage materials and famous artist inspirations.  Try your hand at painting on real canvas, and sign out a digital camera at our front desk to document your visit through photography.  ~ Brist♥l

10am – 3pm: Constellation Viewers Discover the secrets of the night sky, learn the history of constellations, and build your own paper portal to the stars. ~ Winds♥r L♥cks

11am: Volunteer Recruitment Open House Join our sterling group of volunteers! The Mark Twain house is currently looking for volunteers to help in various capacities within the museum. If you are looking for a challenging and engaging volunteer opportunity, The Mark Twain House & Museum might be the perfect match for you. We are always looking for volunteers and interns with the following skills: graphic design, videography and editing, record-keeping/filing, customer service and organizational skills.  ♥ford

12 – 1:30pm: Basket Challenge! Join us on your day off as we challenge our young chefs to a basket challenge!  Kids will have the opportunity to create recipes out of our selected items that will be revealed at the beginning of the class! Ages 6-12. $25 per child. ~ Newingt♥n

2 – 4pm: Spring Break Vacation Program: A Day in the Life of a Factory Kid Explore the life of a kid growing up during the Industrial Revolution. See what immigrating children might have brought with them when they moved to Connecticut, try out a 19th-century factory job, and play with old-fashioned toys. This drop-in program is free with general admission.  ♥ford

7pm: Skygazing Celebrates ‘Reach as High as You Can’ Day Begin the evening with a variety of hands-on activity stations suitable for all ages that will have you exploring different ways to reach new heights–mentally and physically! Watch the sunset from the ridge atop Talcott Mountain and experience an enlightening tour of the night sky in the Captain Alan M. Bean Hypospherium (planetarium). Cap the evening off by skygazing atop Talcott Mountain and enjoy the best evening appearance of Mercury this year! With a wide array of telescopes at our disposal, we’ll also look for stars and other celestial gems. Tickets are $8. RSVP. ~ Av♥n

7 – 9pm: Music Series The HBH Band kicks off the first of the Barnes Nature Center Music Series and features our Director Scott Heth on the keyboard, Drummer Jay Bradley and Vocalist Wanda Houston. Their music covers a wide variety of styles including Jazz, Blues and old-style R&B. Join us for an intimate evening of soulful ballads, up temp swing, and sizzling blues. BYOB. Admission $10 per person. ~ Brist♥l

Thursday, April 14th – Saturday, April 16th:

Thursday – Saturday at 8am: First Robotics New England District Championship Culminating an intense season of qualifying events in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, 64 high school teams prepare to face off in the 2016 FIRST Robotics District Championship taking place on April 15-16. The event is free and open to the public. Teams participating in the NE FIRST New England District Championship Event have been working intensely since January 9 to design, build and program robots they then competed with in this year’s FIRST Robotics Competition game, FIRST STRONGHOLD. In FIRST STRONGHOLD, two alliances of three robots each are on a Quest to breach their opponents’ fortifications, weaken their tower with boulders, and capture the opposing tower. The New England District Championship will determine the NE FIRST champions and the 34 teams that will represent New England at the FIRST Robotics World Championship in St. Louis at the end of April. ♥ford

Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday at 8pm and Saturday at 2pm: Realish Housewives of West Hartford Call your best frenemies now and get tickets for this performance brimming with brawls, booze, and Botox. The Realish Housewives are fully loaded and ready to take on West Hartford…washed down with a big gulp of prosecco. Get ready for loony ladies Rovanka, Claudia Louise, Gwen, Desiree, Brooke and your host Randy to take on the current events and people making headlines in your hometown. The audience even gets in on the act! This is one reality trainwreck that’ll leave you laughing ’til you cry your false eyelashes off!  ♥ford

Thursday, April 14th – Sunday, April 16th:

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Friday, April 15th:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30 – 12:30pm: “The Jungle Book” Release Party! “The Jungle Book” is being released today in theaters! In celebration, we will create some jungle themed recipes.  We will decorate monkey and giraffe cupcakes along with paw print cookies and tiger tails! Parents note: nuts will be used in today’s class. Ages 2-5. $15 per child. ~ Newingt♥n

9:30 – 11:30am: Family Friday We are celebrating families who are at the heart of supporting our youngest learners.  Bring in some family photos and create your very own family tree that you can take home. Everyone receives 1/2 price admission form 9:30am-11:30am.  Join us for a special family lunch from 11am-1pm for $3 per person. ~ Brist♥l

10am – 3pm: LEGO Flying Machine Contest Back by popular demand! Create a fantastic fantasy flying machine and enter to win a prize from our Wings ‘N Things Gift Shop. Contestants need not be present to win. ~Winds♥r L♥cks

2 – 4pm: Spring Break Vacation Program: A Day in the Life of a Groovy 70s Kid Learn what it was like to grow up in the groovy 70s! Try out different toys and games, help out with chores in a 1970s kitchen, and make your own hippie-inspired craft to take home. This drop-in program is free with general admission.  ♥ford

5 – 6pm: “The Jungle Book” Release Party! “The Jungle Book” is being released today in theaters! In celebration, we will create some jungle themed recipes. We will bake and decorate monkey and giraffe cupcakes along with paw print cookies, tiger tails and frozen banana treats! Pizza will be served for dinner! Parents note: nuts will be used in today’s class. Ages 6-12. $25 per child. ~ Newingt♥n

6 – 8pm: Everyday Genius: How Leonardo da Vinci Can Spark Our Creativity Join us on Leonardo da Vinci’s Birthday and celebrate National Creativity Week with us! Work with Steven Dahlberg to take on da Vinci’s worldview, asking “what if?” Redefine your problems and brainstorm creative solutions. Apply creative thinking to bring your projects and dreams from ideation to invention. Bring imagination, a desire to learn, and openness to new ways of thinking. You’ll leave with new creative thinking skills, tools, and resources to apply to your life and work. Steven Dahlberg is director of the Connecticut-based International Centre for Creativity and Imagination, a firm dedicated to applying creativity to improve the well-being of individuals, organizations and communities. Dahlberg has more than 20 years of experience promoting and teaching creative thinking and problem solving in the United States, South Africa, Europe and Asia. Tickets are $25 for Connecticut Science Center members, students, and seniors, and $35 for non-members. Ticket includes workshop and materials, admission to reception with light refreshments, one drink ticket, and entry to the traveling exhibit, Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion. ♥ford

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7:30 – 9pm: Owl Prowls Listen and look for barred owls and other nocturnal creatures along our trails. This hike is not geared for very young children. $7 non-members. Pre-registration is required for this program as space is limited. ~ Cant♥n

Friday, April 15th – Sunday, April 17th:

{Reoccurs} 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. ~ Manchester

Saturday, April 16th:

9am: Reid’s Run is a 5-kilometer run and walk through the pristine woods of Winding Trails in Farmington, Connecticut. Participants of all skill levels are encouraged to run in the trail race or take in the scenery on the non-competitive walk. Please be prepared for weather and ground conditions that are common to trail runs, as this event takes place rain or shine. Registration opens at 8:00am with music and refreshments. The run and walk start at 9:00am, and are followed by an awards ceremony in the outdoor amphitheater featuring age category awards and prizes. Reid’s Run is a wonderful, rewarding celebration that you will enjoy whether you are a serious athlete or simply enjoy the outdoors, supporting a wonderful cause. ~ Farmingt♥n

10am – 12pm: Felted Labyrinth Create a felted finger labyrinth, an effective meditation tool – both in creation and use, through instruction on the technique of needle felting with wool roving. Workshop fee: $30; materials fee: $10. RSVP. ~ Winds♥r

11am: Don’t Touch This Book Storytime Larry the lovable monster from Don’t Push the Button! is back with another hilarious, interactive adventure! I know what you’re thinking: this is a pretty cool-looking book. But… Don’t Touch This Book (Don’t even try it.) Join us for Storytime featuring Don’t Touch This Book! Coloring and activities to follow. ~ Barnes and N♥ble St♥res

11am – 3pm: Creative Classes Open House Learn about upcoming classes and events, meet our talented instructors, take advantage of a special deal, and register early for Camp Creativity. ~ Michaels St♥res

1 – 2:30pm: All About Amphibians! Join us and discover the exciting world of frogs and salamanders. Weather permitting we will go out with nets in hand and visit our pond. Non-members $8. ~ Cant♥n

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6pm: Mark My Words: An Evening with Larry Kramer Larry Kramer is an American playwright, screenwriter, public health advocate, and gay rights activist whose confrontational style of advocacy, while divisive, was credited by many with catalyzing the response to the HIV/AIDS crisis in the United States. He’ll be in conversation about his life, his work, and his latest book The American People: Volume 1: Search for My Heart: A Novel a book he has been working on since 1981, and which was finally published as a novel in 2015. In the book, Kramer asserts that many iconic American historical figures, including George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Mark Twain, were gay. To learn more about Larry’s background click here. This event will be followed by a book sale and signing. Tickets are $25. ♥ford

6pm – 8am: Overnight Excursions at the Connecticut Science Center: Inventing Have you ever wondered what it would be like to visit the Connecticut Science Center at night? Find out at our next Overnight Excursion! Explore our 10 exhibit galleries and settle in for the night at your favorite exhibit. You’ll experience exciting science challenges and activities, meet some of our favorite LIVE animals, see a 3D movie, and more. Overnights are $55 per person and are open to families and groups with children ages 5–12. Click here to learn more about overnights. ♥ford

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7:30pm: Jake Shimabukuro’s Uke Nation In his young career, ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro has already redefined an under-the-radar instrument, been declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone, won accolades from the disparate likes of Eddie Vedder, Perez Hilton and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, wowed TV audiences on Kimmel and Conan, earned comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, and even played for the Queen of England! “Uke” can’t miss this chance to catch Jake live, backed by the big-band rhythms of the HSO conducted by Carolyn Kuan! ♥ford

Sunday, April 17th:

10am – 2pm: FVTC Annual Trail Cleanup Day Volunteers will cover a specific 1-mile stretch of the trail starting from one of five staging areas: Brickyard Road in Farmington; Iron Horse Blvd. in Simsbury; the River Trail Pavilion at Route 4 in Unionville; Copper Hill Road in Granby; and Sperry Park in Avon. We are requesting that volunteers bring gloves, brooms, rakes and clippers. All volunteers are invited to a free barbeque after the clean-up at Flamig Farm in Simsbury from 12 – 3pm. The rain date is Sunday, April 24th. ~ Farmingt♥n, Uni♥nville, Granby and Av♥n

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1 – 2pm: 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. ~ Farmingt♥n

3:30pm: Chocolate Seder Enjoy the highlights of a traditional seder with a chocolatey twist. This program promises delicious fun for the entire family. $18 per family. No walk-ins. RSVP. ~ West ♥ford

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