Week 47

Thanksgiving week is here, which means most schools close early on Wednesday and families can enjoy a extended 4-day weekend! In case your staying local, we have a ton of fun options for things to do; whether as a family or just for the adults or kids. Santa has hit the pavements, which means you will see him and his entourage all over the place especially and most are starting this Friday. We have already experienced Santa and his flight academy at West Farms Mall, and it’s a not to miss experience. Avoid the lines (like we did) and make reservations in advance. Work off the turkey with a 5K, with many options available. Lots of Black Friday camp options for parents trying to get some shopping in; even if its online, we won’t tell.

Monday, November 21st:

10 – 11:30am: Open Play Come enjoy all the studio has to offer Monday Mornings. There will be dress up, gross motor equipment, art supplies, play dough and more! The cost for open play this year will be canned goods in November. Imagine Studio, West Hartford

1:30 – 3pm: Storytelling Across Traditions Join us for the November installation of our Homeschool class as we celebrate Native American History Month by learning about artistic traditions practiced by tribes represented in the Museum’s collection. We will visit our Hudson River School and Art of the American West galleries and discuss how different cultures create art that records history and tells stories. In the studio, we will create personal narratives borrowing from Plains American Indian traditions of record keeping. Ages 5–14. $10 per child non-Members. $5 per child Members. No charge for accompanying adults and children under 5. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain

Monday, November 21st – Saturday, December 24th:

Santa’s Flight Academy Santa’s Flight Academy is a wholly interactive and magical hero’s journey that transforms children into key members of Santa’s Flight Crew. Create memorable and sharable moments for families, including the Flight Suit Visualizer and the Flight Navigation Station. Experience a powerful and magical snow and light show inside Santa’s sleigh, and, of course, a visit with Santa Claus. West Farms Mall, West Hartford

Tuesday, November 22nd:

11am – 1pm: Day of Thanks Celebrate the season of gratitude! Come and have a delicious Thanksgiving meal with your child in the Imagine Nation Cafe and take a trip to the museum art studio and make a leaf for our “Thankful Tree.” Members only. Imagine Nation, Bristol

6:30 – 8:30pm: Cookie Decorating Class Create classic holiday treats with gingerbread shapes and icing. Supplies not included. Cost of supplies up to $5. Michael’s locations

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Tuesday, November 22nd – Wednesday, November 23rd:

{Last Call} Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2:30pm: Relativity In 1902 Albert and Mileva Einstein had a baby daughter. After 1904, she was never seen or spoken of again. When a young reporter confronts Einstein years later in Princeton, Einstein must face his greatest challenge: his past. Relativity explores the bonds of family and the cost of genius. To be a great man, does one first need to be a good man? From the playwright that brought you Freud’s Last Session, Dance Lesson and Becoming Dr. Ruth. Runtime: 90 minutes (no intermission). Seats: $60-75, student rush $15. Theaterworks, Hartford

Tuesday, November 22nd – Saturday, December 31st:

Tuesday – Thursday at 12pm (Closed Thanksgiving), Friday – Sunday at 12pm and 2:30pm: Let It Snow: A Christmas Musical Journey in the Planetarium combines animated holiday images with classic Christmas music under the Travelers Science Dome Planetarium. This is a family-friendly program and perfect for all ages. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

Wednesday, November 23rd:

4 – 7pm: Kid’s Night Out We’ll make delicious pizza for dinner and a yummy dessert to bring home for Thanksgiving.  We will also make centerpieces to decorate the table with. This is the perfect opportunity for parents to finish any last minute errands or prep for Thanksgiving dinner! Ages 3-9 (drop off). $45,  The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

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8pm: Jeff Peva and Friends Back by extreme popular demand, one of CT’s favorite Six-String Slinging Sons, Jeff Pevar his bringing a crew of the area’s best musicians!! Before you stuff your gullet this Thanksgiving, make a little room grooving the night away. Those of you who’ve seen these shows, know that every time Jeff hits the stage, he leaves it all out there. Price: $24 – $39. Infinity Music Hall, Hartford

Thursday, November 24th:

6:45am: 12th Annual Malibu Fitness Thanksgiving 5K Malibu Fitness is happy to bring you the 12th annual Malibu Fitness Thanksgiving 5K to be held at Malibu Fitness in Farmington. We are proud to donate 100% of the proceeds to several charities including programs for injured veterans, Channel 3 Kids Camp, and various other local causes. We hope all of the families and returning individual runners will once again support us and come out to run or walk. Malibu Fitness, Farmington

10am: 80th Annual Manchester Road Race Beginning in 1927, the Manchester Road Race started with just twelve runners. Today, there are more than 15,000 registered runners and walkers. In 1961, the first woman ran the Manchester Road Race. Manchester, CT

Thursday, November 24th – Sunday, January 1st:

Friday, November 25th:

9am – 12pm: Black Friday Cooking Camp We will be having a pizza challenge!  We will have a number of different toppings that kids can use to make an amazing pizza. $45. Ages 4-10 (drop off). Extended Day: 12:-12:50, extra $10. Bring a nut-free lunch to enjoy. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

9am – 12pm: Black Friday Camp Go get that shopping done! We will be playing games, doing arts and crafts, eating snack and much more! $40 per child. My Gym, West Hartford

10 – 11:30am: In Junior Creator, kids participate in organized play activities designed to promote the development of creativity, social interaction, and expression. Kids utilize DUPLO bricks; engage in pretend situations; sing songs and nursery rhymes; learn letters, numbers, colors, and more. You’ll be amazed at the improvement you’ll see in your child’s fine motor skills after just a few visits to Snapology. Ages 3-6. $12 per child. Unitarian Universalist Church, West Hartford

11am – 1pm: Family Fun: Holiday Tamales In this special hands-on class, little chefs will work alongside their special adult to learn all about this fun tradition. Together, you’ll learn secrets for creating authentic tamales—from making fresh masa (dough) and classic fillings to creating a creamy pureed sauce. Plus, our instructor will walk you through the steps for wrapping tamales and steaming them to perfection. Make the holidays extra special by creating amazing tamales—and precious memories—with your little loved ones. The recipes in this class are simplified to fit the skills of young learners. The class is for children and their special adult to work as a team learning this fun, family tradition. Class price is per person, children must be accompanied by a paying adult. $49 per person. Sur la Table, Canton

11am – 3pm: Santa Claus Visit & Behind the Scenes Tours Santa Claus will meet with children in a helicopter. Photos are encouraged, and Santa will distribute a special gift to each child. Children and families will also have the opportunity to create holiday cards for members of the U.S. military. All cards will be distributed to active military servicemen and women stationed overseas during the holiday season. Additional family fun activities include hands-on Build & Fly Challenges, Aircraft Quest Scavenger Hunts, and computerized Flight Simulators. The museum will also offer special “Behind the Scenes” tours of the Restoration Facility that day, giving visitors the rare opportunity to take a close-up look at current aircraft restoration projects. The Douglas DC-3 passenger aircraft, the wide bodied Burnelli CBY-3 Loadmaster, and vintage aircraft engines will be among the restoration projects on display. The New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks

12 – 1:30pm: Snapology Engineers Build super-cool models like Race Cars, Catapults, and more that use gears, axles, and pulleys. Kids work in teams under guided instruction to build a different model using LEGO Technic bricks. This class is designed for children of all ages and building abilities to build together. Classes include free-building time to promote creativity. 1.5 hours. Ages 7-12. $20 per child. Unitarian Universalist Church, West Hartford

1pm – 3pm: Black Friday Science Camp We will be making a volcano, bubbles and more! $30. Ages 4-10 (drop off). Extended Day: 12:15-1:00, $10, Bring a nut-free lunch to enjoy. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

2 – 5pm: Star Wars Animation Studio Create amazing movies with stop motion animation using LEGO bricks in this special 3-hour Camp on Black Friday. Participants will have access to premium Star Wars LEGO sets including the Death Star, Millennium Falcon, and swarms of Stormtroopers. We also have all of the newest Star Wars Rogue One sets. Participants will work in teams to produce their very own movie complete with dialogue and sound effects. Parents are encouraged to sign-up with their Child to share in their Star Wars movie-creation experience! All movies are then uploaded to a secure site for family and friends to see how cool they are! Limited to 20-seats. Ages 7 and up. Unitarian Universalist Church, West Hartford

4 – 6pm: Tree Lighting featuring Santa Claus Santa Claus will make his first appearance of the season and will arrive at Stew’s on a truck from the Newington Fire Department, which will be decked out in holiday trim. Join the Newington High School choir along with Wow the Cow, Cynthia the Chick and Daphne the Duck while Santa and his helpers greet children and distribute candy canes to families. Children will also enjoy complimentary face painting, cookies, and hot cocoa. Event begins at 4pm and the tree will be lit at 5pm. No sign up necessary as this is a free event. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

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Friday, November 25th – Sunday, November 27th:

Friday – Saturday from 10am – 4pm and Sunday from 1 – 4pm: Turkey Daze! How well do you really know Meleagris gallopavo, the wild turkey from which the domesticated version at your Thanksgiving dinner was derived? What is a turkey’s snood? What is a Jake? Do turkeys have beards? Do turkeys have beards?  Outdoor scavenger hunt maps included with the cost of admission to the Nature Center. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

5 – 9pm: Winterfest and the Tunnel of Lights Join hundreds of others and start a family tradition of coming for a trolley ride during the holiday season. Whether you ride a closed car or brave the cold to ride the open “electric sleigh,” we promise you a good time and one that you’ll remember for years. Join your motormen in singing traditional Christmas carols as the trolley makes its way through the “Tunnel of Lights”. When you return, head inside the Visitors Center which has been transformed into a Winter Wonderland complete with model trains, decorations galore and you can even buy a delicious cup of hot cocoa to sip as you enjoy the entertainment. Additionally, meet and pose for a picture with Santa. Santa will also have a gift for each child. Reoccurs on Friday-Sunday in December as well as from 6-9pm Monday, 12/28-Friday, 12/30. Connecticut Trolley Museum, East Windsor

Friday, November 25th – Sunday, December 18th:

Fridays 5 – 9pm, Saturdays & Sundays 4 – 9pm: It’s not The Holidays until you visit Holiday Lights! The park will be covered in lights, thousands of bulbs and spectacular light shows every half hour set to music. A selection of children’s and family rides will be open. Holiday Lights features a 100-foot-tall Christmas tree, the largest in Connecticut! And, there will be a nightly tree ceremony featuring special guests at opening each night. Lake Compounce, Bristol

Friday, November 25th – Friday, December 30th:

The production runs November 25 to December 30. Weeknight and evening performances begin at 7:30pm Saturday, Sunday, and select weekday matinees begin at 2pm. Hartford Stage will host “Tiny Tim’s Holiday Food Drive” to benefit Hands on Hartford’s MANNA Community Pantry and Backpack Nutrition Program . The food drive will begin on Thursday, November 17 and continue through the run of A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – Friday, November 25 through Friday, December 30. Hartford Stage, Hartford

Friday, November 25th – Saturday, December 31st:

Friday – Sunday at 10:30am and 3:30pm: Lars the Little Polar Bear is a story about a young polar bear who explores his arctic home, meeting friends along the way. Children will learn about the arctic climate, the animals that live here, and how to find the Big and Little Dipper in the night sky. Select Friday showings: 11/25, 12/23. Schedule changes the week of Saturday, 12/24-12/31 with daily showings (except Christmas Day). The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

Friday – Sunday at 1pm: The Sky Tonight Using the planetarium’s digital projection system, astronomy educators take visitors on a live tour of the current night sky. Learn how to find visible planets and star patterns.  This show changes with the current season! Select Fridays: 11/25, 12/23 and 30. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

Friday, November 25th – Wednesday, January 11th:

Tuesday – Saturday from 10am – 4pm: Hill-Stead for the Holidays Beginning the day after Thanksgiving and continuing through early January, the former Pope family mansion is decorated for the holidays. Hill-Stead’s holiday décor will feature thematic trees and lush greenery as well as a bit of “sparkle and glitz.” Included with the cost of admission. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington

Starting Friday, November 25th:


11am – 8pm: Winterfest presented by ConnectiCare, officially opens on Friday, November 25th. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day hours are 12 – 4pm. Stop by and enjoy free skating and free skate rentals in the beautiful Bushnell Park. Bushnell Park, Hartford

Saturday, November 26th:

9am – 12pm: Black Friday Picture Frame Ornament Take a shopping break and join our hands-on workshop where you and your child can build a keepsake for your holiday memories! You’ll work together to create a picture frame ornament, perfect for adding some personalized decoration to your Christmas tree. Once the ornament is built, your child can decorate it with paint & add their own photo of family fun. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a free certificate of achievement, a workshop apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Home Depot locations

10am – 4pm: Kids Carnival This one-of-a-kind day of fun for children will feature carousel rides, magic shows, face painting, arts and crafts, carnival games, prizes, balloon animals, representatives from other Bristol non-profit organizations, and much more. The colorful displays of the Museum, the festive rainbow of games, balloons, various carousel animals, circus memorabilia, and magic will enchant the child in your hearts! Children are free, adults are $6, and all admissions include free access to all of the day’s activities. The New England Carousel Museum, Bristol

1 – 2:45pm: CFPA Ramble: Highland Park History Hike Come learn about the history of the Highland Park area and the Case Brothers National Historic District while visiting properties protected by the Manchester Land Conservation Trust. We will visit the paper mill and mansion areas.Starting at the trailhead on Spring Street, we will plan to hike 1.5 miles. For participants who want a more strenuous event, we will make the bumpy and steep hike to the summit of Case Mountain; where, on a clear day, Heublein Tower is visible to the west.Be sure to bring water and wear sturdy sneakers or hiking boots. No dogs, please. Case Mountain Trails, Manchester

2 – 3pm: Exhibit Tours of Connecticut Innovates! Join us for a guided tour of Connecticut Innovates presented by Connecticut Innovations. Free for members, included with the cost of admission for non-members. Reoccurs until March 25th. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford

4:30 – 8pm: Simsbury Celebrates is a free Community Holiday Celebration, traditionally held the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  This year, we are Celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the event with a variety of events, culminating with a spectacular fireworks show on Iron Horse Boulevard. Simsbury, CT

Saturday, November 26th – Sunday, November 27th:

Saturday, November 26th – Sunday, December 11th:

Sunday, November 27th:

10:30am – 2:30pm: Jazz Brunch: Nekita Waller Enjoy a delicious brunch set to the music of Nekita Waller. After, explore the galleries on your own or take a tour with a docent. Tickets include museum admission, jazz, brunch, and one complimentary bloody mary or mimosa. There are two seatings, one at 10:30am and one at 12:30pm. The brunch buffet features the Chef’s egg dish of the day, homefries, root vegetable hash, bacon, sausage, bagels and assorted cream cheeses, Belgian waffles with fixins’, and assorted breakfast pastries. Gratuity not included. $35 per non-member, $25 per member. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

2pm: Film: Planes, Trains & Automobiles Two very different men, who are forced to travel together, struggle to get home for Thanksgiving. 1987. USA. 93 min. Rated R. Starring Steve Martin and John Candy. Directed by John Hughes. Film included with the cost of admission. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

3 – 5pm: Santa Sunday! Bring your letters to Santa and his Elf! Carousel Rides, Crafts and Games, Holiday Decorations and Take a photo with Santa. Free Admission. The New England Carousel Museum, Bristol

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Sunday, November 27th – Saturday, December 3rd:

Wednesday – Friday from 9am – 4pm and Saturday – Sunday from 12-4pm: Holiday Shop For unique and personal gifts, do your shopping at the museum’s Holiday Shop, which features handcrafted items and one-of-a-kind treasures. The Holiday Shop will open Sunday, November 27, from 11am-4pm with special activities such as free gift wrapping, refreshments and tours of the festively-decorated historic house. The shop will be remain open from November 27 through December 23 during regular public hours (as displayed above). Stanley-Whitman, Farmington

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