Week 1 of 52

Monday, January 2nd:

8am – 3pm: Fitness Frenzy Start your New Year with fitness and activities for the whole family. For one day only we are opening our doors to the entire community to share in the fitness and fun. Work out in our state-of-the-art Fitness Center with cardio equipment and weight room. Bring your swim suit and splash around in our 25-yard indoor lap pool, training pool, and whirlpool. Try out one of our renowned Group Exercise classes, or two, or three! Including Spinning, Zumba, Yoga, BodyPump and more. Shoot hoops in our gymnasium, complete with basketball courts. Free and open to the community. No registration required. Mandell JCC, West Hartford

1 – 2:30pm: Storybook Cooking Ms. Suzanne is adding a new twist to her preschool cooking class this session! She has decided to combine stories and cooking. Each week the class will read a food themed story and then make a recipe to correspond with the story. We are going to be trying new recipes and practicing our skills in the kitchen. Gluten free options are often available with prior notification. As always, our studio and our recipes are nut free. Classes are taught by Ms. Suzanne and Mr. Josh. $30 per class. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

1 – 4pm: First Birthday Bash Celebrate our first year in the Valley with a big Birthday Party! Birthday party games, basketball contests, family yoga, bounce house fun, face painting, DIY cupcake bar, pre-school games, goodie bags, DJ games and more! Free and open to the community! Mandell JCC Valley Sports & Community Center, Canton

Monday, 1/2 – Wednesday, 1/8:


{Last Call} 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, 1/2 – 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. 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, January 3rd:

6:30 – 8:30pm: Cookie Decorating Class Learn how to create sweet designs on cookies with buttercream icing and sprinkles. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $31. Michaels

Tuesday, 1/3 – Wednesday, 1/11:

Tuesday – Saturday from 10am – 4pm: Hill-Stead for the Holidays 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

Wednesday, January 4th:

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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

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Thursday, January 5th:

9am – 4pm: Bird Day Learn about winter birds in Connecticut. Included with the cost of admission. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

4:15 – 6pm: Rainbow Cooking and Science We will be making a beautiful rainbow cake with a rainbow surprise inside! Each child will make one colored layer of the cake. While the cake is baking, we will explore rainbows through science. Ages 5 – 10. Drop-off class. $25 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

4:30 – 7pm: Summer Job Fair  There are plenty of job openings in our summer programs, including at Camp Shalom, Campareenah, and The Swim & Tennis Club. Available positions: Lifeguards Swim Instructors Chefs & Cooks Snack Bar Front Desk Camp Counselors and more. Mandell JCC, West Hartford

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Friday, January 6th:

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Friday, 1/6 – Saturday, 1/7:

8pm: Miss Abigail’s Guide To Dating, Mating, & Marriage Dr. Ruth meets Emily Post in this raucous comedy! Miss Abigail’s Guide To Dating, Mating, & Marriage puts the audience in the middle of a live session with Miss Abigail, played by Julie Lemos, the most sought-after relationship expert to the stars. With the help from her sexy sidekick Paco, played by Jon Escobar, they’ll answer any and every one of your questions as they offer up Miss Abigail’s outrageously funny “how-to’s” on dating, mating and marriage including – how to perfect your kiss (it’s all about lip position), what you should and should not talk about on a date (don’t mention you’re a dungeon master until the third or fourth date) and much more. Kick back and relax as Miss Abigail provides the expertise she honed before booty calls and speed-dating ruled – before the divorce rate wasn’t 50% and when ‘fidelity’ was more than an investment firm! You’ll improve your love life and strengthen your relationships well beyond her session. Oh, andyou’re sure to be laughing about love all night long – that’s the Miss Abigail guarantee! Runs until 2/4. Doors open at 7:15pm. CT Cabaret Theatre, Berlin

Friday, 1/6 – Sunday, 1/8:

Friday at 6:30pm, Saturday at 3pm and 6:30pm and Sunday at 1:30pm and 5pm: Boar’s Head & Yule Log Festival One of the highlights of the Music and Arts Ministry of Asylum Hill Congregational Church is the annual Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival—a celebration of Epiphany through music, dancing, pageantry and live animals. Demand is heavy for the 4,000 available tickets. The addition of local dance ensembles and a fresh approach to music and staging, as well as the addition of court visitors from other lands enables the festival to showcase other music and cultural organizations brings and brings renewed energy and vision to the festival. This culminating event of the holiday season continues to attract new people to this active and friendly church. All are invited to Drew Hall after the performance for a gala reception where the ferocious boar’s head, the mince pie and many of the festival properties are on display. Asylum Hill Congregational Church, Hartford

Saturday, January 7th:

9am – 3pm: Inventions Find out what’s inside those busted devices at home. Bring in stuff for our take-apart lab, and while we can’t guarantee we can get it running, we will find out how it ticks. You’ll learn how to make simple machines and complex gadgets with LEGO and you can even earn a “PrimeTime Patent” for your invention! $200 for three weeks of classes. Talcott Mountain Science Center, Avon

9am – 4pm: Old Rock Day Learn about rocks and fossils as we look forward to our new dinosaur exhibit in February. Included with the cost of admission. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

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10 – 11:30am: CitySTRONG Connecticut Led by celebrity trainers Erin Oprea and Shawn Booth, CitySTRONG combines the camaraderie of group workouts with the best outdoor spaces in your city. Get a killer workout from these two pros while experiencing your city in a totally new way: as a gym. $40, VIP $75. Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford

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Educator Appreciation Days

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11am: Baby’s First Birthday Is your baby turning “1” soon? Join us in store to celebrate this milestone with fun activities & giveaways. Plus, find all the baby’s first birthday solutions to make the special day perfect from keepsakes and outfits to gifts and party supplies. Babies R Us, Manchester

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1 – 2pm: Free Intro to Yoga Feel better. Get stronger. Breathe deeper. Start now! Not sure where to start? We offer a free Introduction to Yoga class one Saturday each month from 1:00-2:00 pm. Our teachers will introduce you to basic yoga postures and techniques, and you will have an opportunity to visit our warm and spacious studios. Bring a friend (or two!) and chill out afterwards in our lounge. No experience required. No registration required. Please arrive 15 minutes early to secure your space! West Hartford Yoga

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6 – 9pm: Explore the Night Walks Miss Judy invites you to bring your friends and family for a fun night of learning about the great outdoors. The general format includes an inside introduction to the evening program, an outside walk, a warm fire with Smores or something baked in the fire, a short walk outside to check the night sky, and of course family socializing with other night explorers. Dress in layers for the weather conditions that day it can get very cold on these winter nights. Because of unknown winter conditions, the Winter Exploration outside walk format will vary based on snow and ice conditions during January and February. Hopefully we can include some snowshoeing and ice skating each evening. The Welcoming Spring program in March will have us exploring the wetlands and forest for the sounds of spring peepers and wood frogs along with glimpses of early spring plants. Registration is required 3 days before the date of the event. $25 per non-member family. Winding Trails, Farmington

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Saturday, January 7th – Sunday, January 8th:

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1:30 – 3:30pm: Nature’s Secrets on the Weekend This winter join Miss Judy for a fun weekend afternoon of learning something new about the great outdoors. The program format is an indoor introduction about the day’s topic followed by a hands-on outdoor activity to try out what you learned. Dress in layers so you can be comfortable for the indoor introduction and be warm enough for the outdoor activity. Saturday programs include Just Sleeping Winter Away in January for those curious about the animals that hibernate. Sunday programs include Wood Ducks at Winding Trails in January to discover the history of wood ducks in Connecticut, their mating displays, and how we monitor them. $10 per non-member family. Winding Trails, Farmington

Sunday, January 8th:

8:30 – 10am: Registry Completion Event The big day is almost here! Have you gotten everything you need and want? We want to give you the opportunity to come in and make those final purchases at our exclusive event. Bring in your 10% completion coupon to make your purchase with our assistance. We will open the doors exclusively for you and to add to the excitement and each guest will receive a swag bags filled with free giveaways! If you have not received your completion coupon yet but want to attend we will have one waiting for you at the store! You are able to bring friends and family with you as well. We look forward to seeing you at the event! Babies R Us, Manchester

10:30am – 2:30pm: Brunch with Hiroya Tsukamoto In celebration of Utamaro and the Lure of Japan, enjoy a special Sunday brunch in the Museum Café featuring live music by Japanese composer, singer, and guitarist Hiroya Tsukamoto. Tickets include museum admission. There are two seatings, one at 10:30 am and one at 12:30 pm. 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. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

11am- 4pm: Families Learn Together: Blast Off Each month, we will explore a different theme with educational demonstrations, hands-on activities, and fun take-away projects to encourage learning at home. Many of our days will feature guest educators, scientists, artists and other professionals within their fields. The theme for January 8 is title “Blast Off” and will feature planetarium shows that focus on space travel and exploration, live astronomy shows in our Starlab and making straw rockets for the younger crowd. The planetarium shows will include Secret of the Cardboard Rocket, Astronaut, Back to the Moon for Good, and From the Blue Planet to the Red Planet. Starlab is a portable planetarium and provides a unique experience to look in-depth at the unspoiled night sky. Families will get a chance to travel the solar system to meet your planetary neighbors as they journey to exotic worlds and strange moons. Included with the cost of admission. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

11am – 4pm: House Plant Appreciation Day Come learn about plants. Included with the cost of admission. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

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3pm: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE! The legacy of the beloved “Mister Rogers Neighborhood” lives on with the award- winning television series, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, from The Fred Rogers Company and PBS KIDS. Now, Daniel and his friends are hopping aboard the trolley to delight live audiences with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE! Donning his iconic red sweater, Daniel invites the audience on an interactive musical adventure as he and his friends explore their much-loved Neighborhood of Make-Believe. Through the show’s familiar themes and music, the neighbors share stories of friendship, helping others and celebrating new experiences in this live theatrical production filled with singing, dancing, laughter and “grr-ific” surprises that will warm the hearts of multiple generations. VIP tickets include access to a post show Meet and Greet with Daniel and friends! The Bushnell, Hartford

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