Week 52

Welcome to your 7-day event forecast for Moms (and Dads) of what to do and where to go throughout Hartford County! School is out, which means activities are in. Let’s face it all of those Holiday gifts will be opened before you know it, or may have already been opened (including the 500-piece ones)! New Year’s Eve celebrations are in the air – including some family-friendly options listed below. Happy New Year from our family to yours!

Monday, December 26th:

9am – 4pm: Learn About Lars Make Cotton ball polar bears and learn about insulation. Included with the cost of admission. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

10am – 2pm: Aviation Art Station Using an array of art making materials, visitors will create imaginative works of aviation art to take home. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks

1 – 4pm: As part of our Extended Holiday Hours, Hill-Stead Museum will be open to tour at your leisure on Sunday, January 1 from 1 to 4 pm. See the house all dressed up for the holidays. Our holiday décor will feature thematic trees and lush greenery as well as a bit of “sparkle and glitz.” Included with the cost of admission. Reoccurs on 12/31 from 10am – 4pm and on 1/1 from 1-4pm. Hill-stead, Farmington

Monday, 12/26 – Friday 12/30:

10am – 4pm: Winter Wonderful Vacation Programs Get the kids together and join us at the New England Carousel Museum and Museum of Fire History during winter vacation this December. Experience a little bit of seasonal magic with our winter wonderful decor. Each day will feature an all ages drop-in craft, story-time at noon and 2pm followed by a guided tour for children, free rides on our indoor carousel, and fire safety and classic children’s movies all day. Winter Wonderful vacation days are included with the cost of museum admission. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Monday, 12/26: Snowflake Garland, Tuesday, 12/27: Geometric Firetruck shapes, Wednesday, 12/28: Create & Design your own Carousel Animal, Thursday, 12/29: Carousel horse Finger Puppets and Friday, 12/30: Dalmatian Pup Cups, Adults $6, Children $3.50 (age 4-14) Children $2 (age 1-3). The New England Carousel Museum, Bristol

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! The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

{Last Call} 6 – 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. Connecticut Trolley Museum, East Windsor

Monday, 12/26 – Friday, 1/31:

10am – 4pm: Frozen Family Fun Learn how animals survive winter cold, make six-sided snowflakes, and hike the trails around the Nature Center to find frozen treasures. Go outside on a frozen scavenger hunt. No need to pre-register. Outdoor scavenger hunt, activities, and crafts maps included with the cost of admission to the Nature Center. Admission: adults $6 and children $4.  Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

Monday, 12/26 – Sunday, 1/1:

{Last Call} Sunday – Thursday from 5 – 9pm and Friday – Saturday from 5 – 10pm: Holiday Light Fantasia is a much loved Greater Hartford tradition and this season’s destination. The 2-mile show transforms Goodwin Park into a drive-through wonderland of holiday spirit with a beautiful collection of over 1 million lights. Whimsical holiday scenes, familiar characters and local tributes shine bright in larger-than-life lighted scenes and 200 individual displays.  Lighted animations celebrate not only Christmas, but Hanukkah, New Years and Three Kings Day. Admission $15 per car. Visit their website for a $3 off coupon. Military Appreciation Night is on Tuesday, December 27th. Free admission to veterans and active service personnel when they show a valid military or veteran association issued ID. Goodwin Park, Hartford

Monday, 12/26 – Sunday, 1/8:

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Monday – Friday from 11am – 8pm and Saturday – Sunday from 12 -4pm: Winterfest Stop by and enjoy free skating and free skate rentals in the beautiful Bushnell Park. Bushnell Park, Hartford

Monday, 12/26 – Tuesday, 1/31:

Monday – Saturday at 10:30am and 3:30pm, Sunday only at 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. Note: Closed Christmas Day. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

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

Tuesday, December 27th:

9am – 12pm: Sock Snowmen & Sock Puppets Create funny little sock snowman when it’s too cold to build one outside. Children have been making sock puppets since the beginning of time! What’s especially fun about sock puppets is that each one can be unique and individual so they each are special characters. Put on a puppet show. December School Vacation activities for kids ages 7 –12. Noah Webster House, West Hartford

9am – 12pm: Winter Camp Bring a little bit more joy to your holiday season by attending Romp n’ Roll’s Winter Camp. Winter Camp will be held on Tuesday, December 27th and Thursday, December 29th. Specifically designed for children 2 through 5 years of age; no potty training required! Each day of camp includes action-packed, kid-tested activities – ranging from gym, to art, music, and more as well as a healthy nut-free snack and drink! Our winter camp is based around a Winter Luau theme, intended to expand your child’s learning and experiences while keeping camp fresh and fun! Kids will pretend the hot sun is back with beach limbo and volleyball, create a summer-themed art project, and that’s just the start! $35 per day. Romp n’ Roll, Wethersfield

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: New Year’s Eve Appetizer Party! Let’s celebrate the New Year by whipping up some of our favorite appetizers, including layered taco dip, mini pizza bites and loaded potato skins! Ages 2-5. $15 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

9am – 4pm: Let It Snow Make a snow globe, cut out snowflakes and participate in storytime. Included with the cost of admission. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

10am – 2pm: Aeromodeling Workshop Build and test fly your own balsa airplane model with our expert aeromodelers! This workshop is designed for children ages 8 and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult, and there is a $5 cost per model kit. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks

12:30 – 2pm: Co-Create Over Winter Break: Winter Wonderland Recycled While kids are home from school this winter break, make art with your little ones at Family Art Adventures! This three-day workshop allows your family to keep plans flexible as we feature different drop-in activities each day. Both teaching artists and Museum educators will lead workshops to teach students various unique mediums ranging from origami to sculpture made from found materials! Museum educators will lead Tuesday’s eco-friendly class, teaching students and their guardians to reduce, reuse, and recycle creatively by making winter-themed sculptures with found materials. Ages 6 and up. Drop-in participation welcome. Pre-registration recommended. Non-member $12, members $7. New Britain Museum of American Art

1 – 4pm: Gingerbread House Workshop If you missed our 10th annual gingerbread house workshop earlier this month, this is your chance to construct your own masterpiece using homemade gingerbread, fresh icing, and delicious candies. December School Vacation activities for kids ages 7 –12. Noah Webster House, West Hartford

5 – 9pm: Holiday Light Fantasia: Military Appreciation Night Free admission to veterans and active service personnel when they show a valid military or veteran association issued ID. Goodwin Park, Hartford

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Tuesday, 12/27 – Thursday, 12/29:

11am – 12:30pm and 5:30 – 7pm: Laser Holidays All ages are invited to join us for our festive laser musical planetarium presentation to get everyone in the holiday spirit! This popular program features a mix of everyone’s favorite holiday music, from the classical to the modern, all set to fantastic laser artwork. Laser Holidays is a fun affair for everyone and gives new meaning to the term “holiday lights” – holiday laser lights! Of course we’ll also take audiences on a live tour of the night sky. Learn about the constellations, planets and deep sky objects visible during this holiday season. Glastonbury East Hartford Magnet School Planetarium

2 – 3:30pm: Season of Light Sky Show This presentation traces the history and development of many of the world’s most endearing holiday customs, all of which involve lighting up the winter season — from the burning Yule log, sparkling Christmas tree lights and candles in windows, to the lighting of luminaries in the American Southwest and the traditional ritual of the Hanukkah Menorah. The show also recounts the historical religious and cultural rituals practiced during the time of winter solstice — not only Christian and Jewish, but also Celtic, Nordic, Roman, Irish, Mexican and Hopi. It also takes a look at some of our more light-hearted seasonal traditions: from gift-giving and kissing under the mistletoe, to songs about lords a-leaping and ladies dancing, and the custom of decking the halls with greenery and candles. St. Nicholas, Sinterklaas, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, and Santa Claus all drop by as well. Naturally, there is some astronomy in Season of Light. Audiences learn a selection of Northern hemisphere winter constellations, and find out why we even have seasons, as we demonstrate the Sun’s path across the sky throughout the year, and the Earth’s tilt and orbit around the Sun. And of course, the program explores the possible astronomical explanations for a “Star over Bethlehem” in the last quarter of the show: comets, meteors, novae and supernovae, and planetary conjunctions. Season of Light is visually rich, culturally inclusive, musically satisfying, and soothing as a warm drink on a cold winter’s night — and the perfect program for that end-of-the-year program slot! Ages 12 and up. Glastonbury East Hartford Magnet School Planetarium

7 – 8:30pm: Laser Show: Dark Side of the Moon Laser rock is back for a short time. Enjoy Pink Floyd’s 1973 album of Dark Side of the Moon choreographed to brilliant laser light and full-dome effects. Dark Side of the Moon is one of the most startling and bizarre laser light shows of all time! Considered by many critics to be the album that brought the commercial breakthrough to Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon offers a mixture of psychedelic, rock and jazz sounds. Ages 10 and up. Glastonbury East Hartford Magnet School Planetarium

Tuesday, 12/27 – Friday, 12/30:

9am – 4pm: Wonderful Wildlife Camp Campers will join staff in learning about the diversity of wildlife in various climates of the world. Hands-on activities, stories, explorations, crafts, and games will allow for the campers to develop a deep understanding of the importance of taking care of wildlife and the ecosystem in which they live. This is a hands-on educational and fun week. The cost is $120 for Windsor residents and $130 for non-residents. Northwest Park, Windsor

1 – 4pm: Winter Wonderland Workshop using LEGO In this workshop we will apply engineering, architecture, creativity and fun to create a magical Winter Wonderland! Build motorized contraptions like snowmobiles, gondolas, or a hilltop village, slopes for LEGO skiers and sledders. These workshops are run by expertly trained and background checked staff from Play-Well TEKnologies. Apple Barn, West Simsbury

Tuesday, 12/27 – Sunday, 1/1:

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 1pm and 6:30pm: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Fifteen‐year‐old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth‐shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever. Tickets: $29.50-95.50. The Bushnell, Hartford

Tuesday, 12/27 – Wednesday, 1/11:

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. Note: Closed Christmas Day. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington

Wednesday, December 28th:

9am – 12pm: Colonial Rag Dolls Hand make a traditional colonial rag doll our of scraps of material or fabric. They are one of the most ancient children’s toys in existence. December School Vacation activities for kids ages 7 –12. Noah Webster House, West Hartford

9am – 4pm: Staying Warm When It’s Cold Make hand warmers and learn how animals stay warm. Included with the cost of admission. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

10am – 2pm: Rocket Balloons Discover the history of rocketry by designing, building and racing your very own rocket balloon down our rocket race track. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks

10:30am – 1:30pm: Brick Builder’s Club Each month we will let your kids raid our bulk tables and build something awesome! They can unleash their imaginations and free build or use one of our suggestions. December’s theme – Holidays. The cost is $10 per child and they get to bring home their creation. It is for ages 5 and up. Call ahead or stop by to pre-register. Spots are limited. Bricks & Minifigs, Southington

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12:15 – 1:30pm: Brunch & Learn with Senator Chris Murphy Join us for a delicious bagel lunch, after which U.S. Senator Chris Murphy will discuss “What’s Next for Congress.” Senator Murphy, the junior U.S. Senator for Connecticut, has dedicated his career to public service as an advocate for Connecticut families. He’s been a strong voice in the Senate fighting for job creation, affordable health care, education, sensible gun laws, and a forward-looking foreign policy. $7 per person, $5 JCC members. Mandell JCC, West Hartford

12:30 – 2pm: Co-Create Over Winter Break: Dori-gami! While kids are home from school this winter break, make art with your little ones at Family Art Adventures! This three-day workshop allows your family to keep plans flexible as we feature different drop-in activities each day. Both teaching artists and Museum educators will lead workshops to teach students various unique mediums ranging from origami to sculpture made from found materials! Join teaching artist Dori Melowicz on Wednesday to create a variety of objects and animals from a single piece of paper! Learn the basics of origami, an art of paper-folding often associated with Japanese culture and a fun, yet challenging, technique for all ages! Ages 6 and up. Drop-in participation welcome. Pre-registration recommended. Non-member $12, Members $7. New Britain Museum of American Art

1 – 4pm: Say Cheese Kid’s won’t believe how easy it is to make your own cheese! We’ll make a lemon-herb cheese spread served with homemade crackers, and make mozzarella that can be rolled into balls! December School Vacation activities for kids ages 7 –12. Noah Webster House, West Hartford

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2 – 4pm: Winter Break Program: Build It Better! Looking for something to do with the kids during winter break? Visit the CHS and help us build a city! Choose your material, either LEGO bricks or modeling clay, and use your creativity to design a building to add to our city. The drop-in program is great for ages 5 and up. Free for members, included with the cost of admission for non-members. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford

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Wednesday, 12/28 – Thursday, 12/29:

{Last Call} 1pm: Pinkalicious the Musical This is the tale, based on the popular book by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann, of Pinkalicious, who can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe – a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this pink predicament. Pinkalicious the Musical is about learning the power of self-control and the importance of moderation. Recommended for ages 3 and up. Visit AC Petersen Farms before or after the show receive a free “Pinkalicious Ice Cream Cup” with the purchase of a kid’s meal! Make your own special cupcake by printing out this coloring page and bringing with you to the theatre! Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

Wednesday, 12/28 – Saturday, 12/31:

{Last Call} Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday at 8pm and Saturday from 8pm – 1am: Mama D’s Christmas Stocking We are the bow tied around your brightly wrapped present, the gleaming star atop your tannenbaum, the high note in your Jingle Bell Rock, and the surprise at the very bottom of your stocking. We are Mama D’s Outrageous Romp, a celebration of all things sexy and bawdy in an evening of music, dance and comedy. Mama D is back and outrageous as ever, and this time she’s planning a show with a holiday twist. Come in from the cold as we heat things up at the Playhouse and celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with Mama D’s Christmas Stocking! So what can audience members expect? Some things nice, but mostly naughty! You’ll experience a night filled with laughter as the crew of sultry performers give the gift of laughter, entertainment and merriment. It’ll be nuttier than your weird Aunt Sophie’s fruitcake! And feel free to bring some spiked eggnog as this event is BYOB. This show is not for everyone. We’re rude, we’re crude and we’re partially nude!  $25 per person. New Year’s Eve only: Finish out 2016 and ring in the New Year – Mama D style! Join us for a night of fun, games, food, drink, live music, sexy dancing, outrageous comedy, lots of New Year’s Eve cheer and a special performance of Mama D’s Christmas Stocking! This special New Year’s Eve event includes: a cocktail party with beer, wine and hearty hors d’oeuvres from 8pm – 9:30pm; a special performance of Mama D’s Christmas Stocking beginning at 9:30pm; champagne toast at midnight; coffee and dessert; and dancing til’ 1am. Must be 21 to attend. $60 per person. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

Thursday, December 29th:

9am – 12pm: Paper Making One of the things we use most often in school ….is paper! You will save trees by making your own recycled paper. Make a copy book out of homemade paper. December School Vacation activities for kids ages 7 –12. Noah Webster House, West Hartford

9am – 12pm: Winter Camp Bring a little bit more joy to your holiday season by attending Romp n’ Roll’s Winter Camp. Specifically designed for children 2 through 5 years of age; no potty training required! Each day of camp includes action-packed, kid-tested activities – ranging from gym, to art, music, and more as well as a healthy nut-free snack and drink! Our winter camp is based around a Winter Luau theme, intended to expand your child’s learning and experiences while keeping camp fresh and fun! Kids will pretend the hot sun is back with beach limbo and volleyball, create a summer-themed art project, and that’s just the start! $35 per day. Romp n’ Roll, Wethersfield

9am – 4pm: The Northern Lights Find out the about the Northern Lights and create a stained glass window craft. Included with the cost of admission. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

10am – 2pm: Frisbee Flight Learn the science behind how frisbees fly by building and launching your own paper plate frisbee to take home. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks

12:30 – 2pm: Co-Create Over Winter Break: Loretta’s Luminous Mobiles While kids are home from school this winter break, make art with your little ones at Family Art Adventures! This three-day workshop allows your family to keep plans flexible as we feature different drop-in activities each day. Both teaching artists and Museum educators will lead workshops to teach students various unique mediums ranging from origami to sculpture made from found materials! Beat the gray skies of winter by playing with color! Educator and Museum docent Loretta Eason will lead participants through the basics of color theory and sculpture by constructing mobiles, much like the kinetic artwork of Alexander Calder, out of cardstock. Ages 6 and up. Drop-in participation welcome. Pre-registration recommended. Non-member $12, members $7. New Britain Museum of American Art

1 – 2:40pm and 4 – 5:40pm: The Polar Express Join us during winter break for a screening of The Polar Express, an inspiring film based on the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. The film tells the tale of a doubting young boy who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole. He embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Included with the cost of admission. New Britain Museum of American Art

1 – 4pm: Pizza Making in a Hearth Oven Kid’s love pizza! They love making pizza! They love eating pizza! Make and bake pizza the traditional way in our historic bee hive oven, colonial style. December School Vacation activities for kids ages 7 –12. Noah Webster House, West Hartford

3 – 5pm: Kidz Art Scene: Snowman Kids, get creative at Scene Art Bar/Kidz Art Scene and join us for a step-by-step painting class along with music, perfect for the whole family, ages 7 and up! We provide all of the paint and supplies you’ll need to make your 12×16 canvas masterpiece. Doors open at 2:30pm, instruction begins at 3pm. $24.99. Scene Art Bar, Unionville

7pm: How to Wear a Baby Carrier We will show you how to wear your infant carrier and the different styles we have in store. Come try them on and see what works best for you. Babies R Us, Manchester

Friday, December 30th:

9am – 12pm: Hearth Cooking A child’s favorite. Young cooks will use colonial period recipes and cook over an open-hearth the old-fashioned way! December School Vacation activities for kids ages 7 –12. Noah Webster House, West Hartford

9am – 4pm: Fireworks Learn about the history of fireworks and paint some fireworks. Included with the cost of admission. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am- 12:30pm: New Year’s Eve Appetizer Party! Let’s celebrate the New Year by whipping up some of our favorite appetizers, including layered taco dip, mini pizza bites and loaded potato skins! Ages 2-5. $15 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

10am – 2pm: LEGO Flying Machine Contest Back by popular demand! Children ages 3-12 will construct their very own futuristic flying machine using the New England Air Museum’s collection of LEGOs. Prizes will be awarded in three age categories, and winners need not be present to win. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks

1 – 4pm: Happy New Year! Create a miniature New Year’s Eve Ball to drop at midnight while wearing the New Year’s hat that you made, and use the festive noisemaker, and New Year’s Eve Popper to celebrate bringing in the New Year! December School Vacation activities for kids ages 7 –12. Noah Webster House, West Hartford

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2 – 4pm: Winter Break Program: Engineer It Better! Visit the CHS during winter break for an afternoon of innovation and creativity, and work with your family to engineer a structure that can support weight. Come up with a design, plan it out using paper, pencil, or LEGO bricks, then choose from a variety of materials, like straws, toothpicks, and newspapers, to build your structure. See if you can build something that will support a book, a box, or even you! The drop-in program is great for ages 5 and up. Free for members, included with the cost of admission for non-members. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford

3 – 5pm: Kidz Art Scene: Penguin Kids, get creative at Scene Art Bar/Kidz Art Scene and join us for a step-by-step painting class along with music, perfect for the whole family, ages 7 and up! We provide all of the paint and supplies you’ll need to make your 12×16 canvas masterpiece. Doors open at 2:30pm, instruction begins at 3pm. $24.99. Scene Art Bar, Unionville

6 – 8pm: New Year’s Eve Appetizer Party! Let’s celebrate the New Year by whipping up some of our favorite appetizers, including layered taco dip, mini-pizza bites, Swedish meatballs, loaded potato skins, and cheesy garlic crescent bombs! Ages 6 – 12. $25 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

Saturday, December 31st:

9am – 4pm: Ring in the New Year Help us countdown to 2017 as the “Ball” drops, make party hats, and noisemakers, and celebrate with sparkling cider and snacks! The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

10am – 4pm: As part of our Extended Holiday Hours, Hill-Stead Museum will be open to tour at your leisure on Sunday, January 1 from 1 to 4 pm. See the house all dressed up for the holidays. Our holiday décor will feature thematic trees and lush greenery as well as a bit of “sparkle and glitz.” Included with the cost of admission. Reoccurs on 1/1 from 1-4pm. Hill-stead, Farmington

10:30am – 2pm: 11th Annual Celebrations Around the World Ring in the new year celebrating cultures from around the globe! The festivities will include creating confetti, masks, and noisemakers and a visit from Father Time, with lots of music and dancing. March in our very own New Year’s parade at 11:30am. Following the parade, gather in Imagine Nation Times Square and count down for the ball drop at 12:00 noon! Admission is $12 per person, $6 for members, Please note Library and ACM passes will not be accepted for this event. Please note: Imagine Nation will close for the day at 2pm. Imagine Nation Museum Early Learning Center. Bristol

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2pm – Midnight: First Night Hartford The day includes two spectacular fireworks shows in Bushnell Park at 6pm and 12am (midnight) viewed throughout the city by thousands of visitors and residents. First Night Hartford is sober, safe, and for the family. This event is all day long. Many visitors travel from-out-of-state, out-of-town, or just want a place to relax during the all day event. Downtown Hartford

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8pm – 1am: Mama D’s Christmas Stocking Finish out 2016 and ring in the New Year – Mama D style! Join us for a night of fun, games, food, drink, live music, sexy dancing, outrageous comedy, lots of New Year’s Eve cheer and a special performance of Mama D’s Christmas Stocking! This special New Year’s Eve event includes: a cocktail party with beer, wine and hearty hors d’oeuvres from 8pm – 9:30pm; a special performance of Mama D’s Christmas Stocking beginning at 9:30pm; champagne toast at midnight; coffee and dessert; and dancing til’ 1am. Must be 21 to attend. $60 per person. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

9:30pm – 1am: Museum After Dark Ring in 2017 with the New Britain Museum of American Art! Dance to today’s hottest hits spun by DJ Cajar and music by band Mission Zero, become inspired by our galleries and special exhibitions as you set resolutions, and enjoy a champagne toast at midnight as you watch the ball drop! A special menu will be available for purchase from 9:30-11:30 p.m. We are also offering the opportunity for guests to indulge in exclusive VIP access, which features a seated dinner from 7-9 p.m. in the galleries; VIP tickets are limited. All food is provided by Riverhouse Catering. $50 per members, $75 per non-members, Dinner $100. New Britain Museum of American Art

Saturday, 12/31 – Sunday, 1/1:

{Last Call} Saturdays from 10am – 4pm and Sundays from 1 – 4pm: Three Centuries of Christmas The 2015 season kicks off with the lively Webb-Deane-Stevens Holiday Preview Party on Friday, December 11, from 5 to 8pm. Guests will delight in a candlelight preview of the dazzling holiday decorations throughout the museum, stroll from house to house enjoying delicious food, wine, ale, and live holiday music, and chat with Mr. and Mrs. Silas Deane, Mrs. Claus, and guides in period dress. Admission is $30 at the door. Evening-candlelight tours of the three elegantly appointed, historic houses—featuring guides in period dress sharing the fascinating history of Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission is $12 adult, $6 children, $28 family (2 adults, 2 children). Webb-Deane-Stevens, Wethersfield

Sunday, January 1st:

1 – 3pm: First Day Hike The East Windsor American Heritage River Commission is hosting their 7th annual New Year’s Day hike. Come explore the 2.5 mile loop trail. Hike steps off at 1pm in the parking area at end of Melrose Road. Dress appropriately for weather and proper footwear for conditions. Some parts of the trail include log bridge crossings and hilly terrain. Donations will be collected for our local food pantry (human and pet items). Scantic River State Park, Broad Brook

1 – 4pm: As part of our Extended Holiday Hours, Hill-Stead Museum will be open to tour at your leisure on Sunday, January 1 from 1 to 4 pm. See the house all dressed up for the holidays. Our 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, Farmington

5 – 6pm: Free Community Yoga Classes Unwind from the weekend and refresh for the upcoming week with Restorative poses aimed to open your body while calm the mind for relaxation. This slow flow includes stretching and self massage to help release tension in key areas that are persistently problem areas, not often addressed in a typical yoga practice. Try our complimentary community class to better understand your own body alignment, find your balance, and edge. Total Body, Hartford

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