Week 6 of 52

Monday, February 6th:

4:30 – 6:45pm: Creative Kids Children will be introduced to theatre through creative play. Exercises and games will focus on acting, story telling, puppetry, music, and movement. A story will often be included. By the end of the class, students should be using their bodies and voices to start to create characters. Though the emphasis of the class will be on developing skills and not on a final performance, family and friends are invited to the last class to see students present a short script. The 4:30 – 5:30pm class is for all kindergarteners and first grade students who are new to the program. The 5:45 – 6:45pm class is for first grade students who have already participated in the program and for all second grade students. Classes run weekly until March 20th. No class 2/20. Snow day 3/27. Fee: $120 for 9 classes; pro-rated if you join late. There is a once a year additional $15 registration fee. Playhouse on Park, Hartford

6:30 – 8:30pm: Paper Crafting Class Make a clever Valentine’s Day card featuring a bouquet of paper roses. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $31. Michael’s locations

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7 – 10pm: Intermediate Improvisation This class continues work on the fundamental principles of improvisation while introducing more short-form improv games. We will focus on concepts such as status, tilt and re-incorporation and we will explore using the environment and non-linear narrative. The emphasis will be on character work, creating narratives and playing with commitment. Performance at the end of class. Introduction to Improv or permission form the instructor. For ages 18 and up. Classes runs until March 6th. Class Show: March 7th. $200 for semester; pro-rated if you join late. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

10pm: 86’D-A Culinary Collision 16 Chefs,8 Battle Rounds, Secret restaurants with open kitchens (all located within a 5 mile radius of Hartford). 2 Surprise Chefs battle it out at each round. Portion of the proceeds will be given to End Hunger CT. Three guest judges will choose one winner per round. Judging is based on originality, flavor, plating, and cleanliness of their station. You, our guests, get to watch the whole thing unfold. Cheer them on while enjoying cocktails and apps. $20 (plus online fees), $25 at the door. Savoy Pizza, West Hartford

Tuesday, February 7th:

{Last Call} 10 – 10:45am and 12:30 – 1:15pm: Winter Little Adventures Join the fun! This 5-session program is designed for your 4 – 5 year olds. Each week your child will spend 45 minutes doing a variety of activities such as the outdoor bouldering wall, snow fort building, cross-country skiing, ice skating or tubing as well as participating in team building activities and other winter themed programs. Activity choice will depend on weather. Registration is required by 3 days prior to start of session. $60 per session. Winding Trails, Farmington

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12pm: Meet the Experts Class Come join us and our department experts as we discuss everything you need to know about creating and finishing your registry. Our experts will inform you about all the products baby will need from every department in our store. Free. Babies R Us, Manchester

5:30 – 7pm: Actor Performance Training Program This class is for middle school students who are interested in improving their acting and performance technique. This class will be broken into three units to allow for in-depth study of various acting topics. Students will first study improv and ensemble building, then will move on to an in-depth study of creating a character using techniques for voice and body. For the final unit, students will be asked to incorporate what they have learned throughout the year into a devised theatre piece. The program will conclude with a showcase where they perform their original ensemble-generated performance. This class is for fifth graders who have already taken a Playhouse on Park acting class and have permission from the instructor, plus all sixth through eighth grade students. Fee: $600; pro-rated if you join late. Classes run until May 30th. (No class 2/21, 4/11). Snow days: 3/21, 6/6. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

6 – 8pm: Mixology 101 Come to our first ever Mixology 101 class at the distillery next Tuesday from 6-8pm! Mixologist extraordinaire Dave Rudman from Drinking Things will lead everyone through the basics of making a great cocktail. You ‘ll also enjoy cocktail samples and pizza bites. This will be great fun, educational, and delicious! $20 per person. Hartford Flavor Company, Hartford [Event on Facebook]

6:30 – 8:30pm: Jewelry Class Make a bohemian chevron necklace with aqua and amber glass beads. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $18. Michael’s locations

Wayne's World 25th Anniversary February 7th in select theatres. Featuring a discussion with the director and select cast.

7 – 9pm: Heart Needle Felting Workshop In this workshop you’ll learn how to create hearts by Needle Felting. You’ll be able to choose your wool color to make a heart and will be able to add designs to make it colorful and unique. A special barbed needle tool is used to create shapes from the wool. These hearts make great Valentine’s Day gifts. This special workshop is open to everyone age 9 and up. $35 per person. CT Art SChool STudio, South Windsor

7:30pm: Sunset Baby Talkback Tuesdays An intimate, post show chat with the cast and special guests. Seats $40-65, student rush $15. Reoccurs Feb 14th. Theaterworks, Hartford 

Tuesday, 2/7 – Sunday, 2/19:

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Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday Matinee at 2:30pm: Sunset Baby A powerful and honest story of one woman’s journey from a hard existence to her own liberation. Sunset Baby is an energetic, daring look at the point where the personal and political collide. From one of the most exciting young voices in American theater, this dynamic new play about fathers and daughters sears with wit and wisdom and the politics of freedom. Runs until February 19th. Seats $40-65, student rush $15. Special Event: Tuesday at 7:30pm: Talkback Tuesdays An intimate, post show chat with the cast and special guests. Reoccurs Feb 14th. Theaterworks, Hartford

The Comedy of Errors

{Last Call} Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Wednesday at 2pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2pm: Comedy of Errors A Madcap, Midwinter, Musical Extravaganza! 22 actors. 2 pairs of twins. 1 crazy day. Shake the midwinter blues away with Shakespeare’s zaniest comedy, performed by a lively ensemble of actors, singers, dancers, musicians and acrobats. Opa! Tresnjak sets The Comedy of Errors on a sun-kissed island off the coast of Greece in 1965. The production will feature both international songs from the era and exotic dance numbers. The Bard’s zaniest comedy, in which two sets of twins separated at birth find themselves in the same city on the same day, leads to a string of mistaken identities, over-the-top slapstick and false accusations. Recommended for ages 12 and up. 90 minutes with no intermission. Runs until February 12th. Ticket prices $25-90, students $20. Hartford Stage, Hartford

Wednesday, February 8th:

11am and 1pm: Living History Tours with George Griffin George Griffin, Mark Twain’s butler, is our “most requested” Living History character, and it’s easy to see why. Samuel Clemens said of George, “He was well-built, shrewd, wise, polite, always good-natured, honest, religious, a cautious truth-speaker, devoted friend to the family, champion of its interests, a sort of idol to the children … He had the respect, and I may say, the warm friendly regard of every visiting intimate of our house. There was nothing commonplace about George.” George served the Clemens family for seventeen years. Take a tour with George, and be prepared to be entertained! Reoccurs on 2/16, 2/23 and 2/26. Tickets are $25 for adults, $17 for children ages 6 to 16. Mark Twain House, Hartford

4 – 6:15pm: Young Actor Training Students will participate in games, exercises, and scenes to allow them to gain comfort and technique in portraying a character onstage. Topics will include basic scene work, story telling, puppetry, and movement. Though the emphasis of the class will be on developing skills and not on a final performance, family and friends are invited to the last class to see students present poems, monologues, or scenes. 4-5pm: Grades 3-4. 5:15-6:15pm: Grades 4-5. Fee $120 for winter session, runs until March 8th; pro-rated if you join late. $15 Annual registration fee. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

5:30 – 7pm: Panel Discussion: Innovation Today Connecticut is home to cutting-edge industries, technologies, and business models. Join the discussion to catch up on the latest advances and find out why Connecticut is a good place for innovation to flourish. This program is presented in conjunction with our exhibit Connecticut Innovates! – Presented by Connecticut Innovations. This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested by February 3. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford [Event on Facebook]

6 – 8pm: Wednesday Night Cross Country Skiing for Adults Novice to expert, young or old, all ski enthusiasts are encouraged to join us on Wednesday evenings, weather permitting, for an evening of skiing. You have the option of racing others, racing for personal time, or simply skiing for your own fitness. Rentals will also be available. Registration is required by noon on Tuesday. Please pay at ski center. $12 per person. Reoccurs weekly until February 22nd. Winding Trails, Farmington

6 – 8pm: Winter Writers Workshops with Hank Herman Is your New Year’s Resolution to wrap up that writing project you put on hold when the holidays hit? Have an idea you’ve been meaning to get started on, but haven’t gotten around to? Need a little push from a classroom structure to get you going? Appreciate feedback from other motivated writers, and from a professional instructor? Here’s your answer! Whether you’re working on memoir, essay, kids fiction, humor — or anything else; Winter Writers Workshop is perfect for you. Registration limited to eight. Six-week writing workshop runs Wednesdays until February 22nd. $300. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford

7pm: Bottle, 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. Free. Babies R Us, Manchester

Thursday, February 9th

10:45 – 11:45am: Gentle Touch Learn with your child to approach critters with a “gentle touch.” We will introduce you to the various animals on our farm and in the Discovery Room. Age infant – 3 with a parent. Fee is per parent/child pair, one additional child at half-fee. Westmoor Park, West Hartford

3 – 4pm: Austin House Visit Located two miles from the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford’s West End, the Austin House, a National Historic Landmark, is the largest object in the Wadsworth Atheneum’s collection and is the former home of A. Everett “Chick” Austin, Jr., the museum’s director from 1927–1944. With a $25 contribution to the Sarah Goodwin Austin Memorial Fund, guests are invited to visit the Austin House and also receive same-day admission to the Wadsworth Atheneum. Advance reservations are required, and groups are limited to 12 visitors. Guests will meet their docent at the Austin House, located at 130 Scarborough Street, Hartford.

4 – 5pm and 6 – 7pm: Valentine’s Day Workshop: Sweetest Goodies Join Stew Leonard’s and celebrate this sweet holiday! In today’s workshop, we will make a chocolate dipped marshmallow wand and decorate three Valentine’s Day-themed cupcakes. Ages 2-12. $10 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

4:15 – 5pm: Valentine’s Day Candy Making Come to TLGT and make some delicious Valentine’s chocolates with Ms. Suzanne. After the chocolates have cooled, we will put them in a beautiful heart-shaped box for Valentine’s Day. $30 per child. Ages 5-10. Drop off class. The Little Green Tambourin, Canton

6pm: Full Dome Film: Habitat Earth Living networks connect and support life forms large and small — from colonies of tiny microbes and populations of massive whales to ever-expanding human societies. In the California Academy of Sciences’ 2015 original planetarium show, Habitat Earth, discover what it means to live in today’s connected world. Through stunning visualizations of the natural world, dive below the ocean’s surface to explore the dynamic relationships found in kelp forest ecosystems, travel beneath the forest floor to see how Earth’s tallest trees rely on tiny fungi to survive, and journey to new heights to witness the intricate intersection between human and ecological networks. The show details the ways humans fit into this ever-evolving story of connection. And along the way, audiences will learn more about what we can do to ensure that our cohabitation with the natural world leaves a healthy, sustainable planet for generations to come. All ages. Reoccurs on 2/23 at 5:30 and 7pm. $5 per person, plus online transaction fee of $1.25. GEHMS Planetarium, Glastonbury

6pm: My Love Affair with the Brain: The Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond Enrichment, plasticity – capabilities of the brain we now take for granted – were the scientific battleground where Dr. Marian Diamond decisively challenged the old view and changed forever our paradigm for understanding the brain … and all our lives as well. What she revealed about the brain allows us to get the most out of our brain, not just as children but for our entire lives. Her YouTube lecture series has almost 2 million hits. She did the first-ever scientific analysis of the most famous brain ever, Albert Einstein. She is a beloved professor, worthy role model especially for women and girls in science, and all round brain-whisperer. The documentary is part biography, part scientific adventure story, part inspirational tale – filmed over 5 years. It will be launched on TV, on the web and with a public-engagement-in-science educational campaign centering on the brain, the delights of scientific curiosity and the possibilities of a life in science. Before the film, Wendy Suzuki, Ph.D., Professor of Neural Science and psychology at New York University, will speak on the effects of exercise on the brain. The film’s co-director Catherine Ryan will field Q&A after the film via Skype. $11 per person, $7 students with ID. Real Art Ways, Hartford

6 – 8pm: Adult Cooking Class: “Modern Mediterranean” Seared Salmon with Mediterranean Lentils, Brussels sprouts skewers with balsamic reduction, stacked beet salad, chocolate-fig truffles. Sign up at Customer service. Space is limited! $20 per person Shop Rite, Manchester

6:10 – 7:10pm: New My Gym Sports Class Our new Sports and Games class with Mr. Nate and Mr. Ashan starts February 9th and will run every Thursday from 6:10-7:10pm. This is a fundamental sports and games class for kids ages 4-8 years. And come on, it’s gonna be blast, it’s Nate and Ashan… My Gym, West Hartford

7pm: This Trip Will Change Your Life: Author Signing With Jennifer B. Monahan Join us as we welcome author Jennifer Monahan to the store to discuss and sign her new book This Trip Will Change Your Life: A Shaman’s Story of Spirit Evolution. Barnes & Noble, Blue Back Aquare, West Hartford

7 – 8:30pm: The Bobcat – Connecticut’s Secretive Wild Cat A presentation with Paul Colburn, Master Wildlife Conservationist. The program will focus on the natural history of bobcats in CT, an overview of bobcat habitat, diet, behavior, reproduction, and current research efforts. Bobcat artifacts are shared with the audience. Free. Northwest Park, Windsor

Thursday, 2/9 – Sunday, 2/11:

Hartford Boat Show Over 250 Boats and Watercraft, 150 Exhibitors, Demonstration Pool, Boating Lifestyle Area and Boating Personalities to be Featured on Two Levels of the Connecticut Convention Center. Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford [Event on Facebook]

Friday, February 10th:

8am – 1pm and 3 – 5pm: Taste of Tu B’Shevat Stop by the Member Services Center for a taste of traditional foods eaten on Tu B’Shevat. Free and open to the community. Mandell JCC, West Hartford

8:45 – 9:15am: Free Pilates Reformer Demo Class Always wanted to try Pilates? The free introductory class will introduce you to the Pilates reformer while performing basic Pilates postures and exercises. We at The Posture Bar , want all of our clients to feel comfortable adjusting the foot bar and changing the springs during the group reformer classes and this class is designed to do just that . You will learn a few of the Basic Exercise series on the Reformer allowing you to feel longer leaner and stronger! Free. The Posture Bar, Farmington

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30 – 12:30pm: Valentine’s Day Treats (Toddler Class) Let’s get into the Valentine’s Day spirit and fall in love with today’s recipes! We will make cherry pie pops, red velvet cake balls, and hand-dipped chocolate covered strawberries! Each child will also create a love bug craft stick. Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Reoccurs on Saturday, 2/11 from 9 – 10am and 11am – 12pm. Stew Leonard’s, Newington


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12 – 1pm: Lunchtime Lecture Love is in the air! Curator Kristen Wands will highlight a February 26, 1890 dance card owned by a mystery lady. Learn about the role of dances in courting, dance etiquette, and the young men with whom our lass danced. Bring your lunch & the museum will provide beverages & dessert. $3 for non-members. Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington



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5:30 – 8:30pm: Parents’ 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! Pizza dinner is always included! $40 1st child, half off siblings! My Gym, West Hartford 

6 – 9pm: Parents’ Night Out Get your children ready to party with some of their favorite My Gym teachers! Treat your little one to 3 fun hours of games, activities, pizza, fun, and a movie! What a great chance for you to enjoy an evening out while your little ones are surrounded by their My Gym friends and teachers. Kids ages 2 and up. $35 per child, sibling discount. My Gym, Glastonbury 

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6:30 – 7pm: Sips and Scripts: The Vagina Monologues UNCorked is getting a facelift this year — and a new name — and you’re invited to Sips and Scripts! You bring the wine, we’ll provide the glasses, hors d’oeuvres, works by local artisans, raffle items, music and mingling with members of the cast of The Vagina Monologues. Wear red to mark this V-Day event. $25 ticket includes admission to the Friday, February 10th opening night performance of The Vagina Monologues at 7:30pm. Limited space. Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford

6:30 – 9pm: Mommy Son Valentine’s Dance Join us looking your best for music, dancing, crafts and a free photo booth! The dance is geared for boys ages 5-12 years old. All positive role models are welcome, not just Mom! $20 per couple, $5 for each additional person. Boys & Girls Club of Bristol Family Center, Bristol

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7 – 7:45pm: Clue Mystery Murder Tours of the Mark Twain House Clue Murder Mystery Tours take participants through the various rooms (secret passageway, conservatory, billiards room, and more) of the Twain house — and some of the author’s favorite literary characters — as part of the game. Who killed that varmint Pap Finn? Was it Tom Sawyer in the Library with the Wrench? Merlin in the Billiard Room with the Knife? The Pauper in the Kitchen with the Rope? Play our live-action version of the classic board game Clue in an hour-long tour featuring the famed comedy troupe Sea Tea Improv as Twain’s beloved characters/suspects. Clue Tours provide all the murder, mayhem, and merriment you expect in a whodunit. Our Clue Tours were featured on an episode of the Travel Channel show “Wackiest Tours!” Tickets are $24; children 6 to 17 are $15. Mark Twain House, Hartford

7 – 8pm: Owl Prowl in Earle Park We will walk our trails, call to the owls and see what hoots back! While we cannot guarantee a response from the wild owls, you will immerse yourself in owl habitat and learn about why owls are so cool and help keep our habitats healthy. And you do get to see Cookie, our resident barred owl! Please bring your flashlights and dress accordingly: appropriate footwear required, no dress shoes or sandals. Adults: $10, children under 12 half price. Space is limited; Please call to reserve your spot. Earle Park, Glastonbury

7:30 – 8:45pm: ‘Snow Wading” Moon – Family Night Hike Join us for a guided hike through the snowy woods. This month’s moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Snow Moon because the heaviest snows usually fell during this time of the year. If there is deep snow, bring your own snow shoes or borrow ours. $7 per person. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

Friday, 2/10 – Saturday 2/11:

6 – 8pm: Valentine’s Day Treats Let’s get into the Valentine’s Day spirit and fall in love with today’s recipes! We will make cherry pie pops, red velvet cheesecake brownies, red velvet cake balls, strawberry white chocolate chip cookies, and hand-dipped chocolate covered strawberries. Ages 6-12. $25 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

7pm: The Vagina Monologues Eve Ensler’s groundbreaking play, The Vagina Monologues, is a series of monologues about women and their bodies, including texts on sex, love and rape. Adrienne Marie, a veteran of previous productions, signs on this year as director! V-Day is a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls. Proceeds benefit My Sister’s Place, Interval House and Connecticut Trans-advocacy. Tickets: $5-15. Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford

Friday, 2/10 – Sunday, 2/12:

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College Retreat: The Light of Simplicity The pace of college can often leave students with the need to rest and reflect in a sacred space. On this weekend retreat for college students, we explore the retreat season theme and offer a variety of workshops to strengthen faith through learning and small-group discussion. The retreat is centered on the liturgy of the Church and enhancing the experience of community among college students. The retreat begins on Friday evening with a buffet dinner from 6-7:30 p.m. and concludes with Sunday brunch at noon. $75 per person. Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, West Hartford

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{Last Call} Friday – Saturday 7pm and Sunday at 2pm: Simsbury High School Presents “42nd Street” Simsbury High School Presents “42nd Street”, an upbeat, funny, and flashy Broadway classic. Simsbury High School,  Simsbury

Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Love Letters is the story of a 50-year correspondence between Melissa Gardner and her childhood-friend-turned-love-interest Andrew Makepeace Ladd III. Simply staged, it is a touching romance shared through old-fashioned pen and paper. Tickets: $15-17. Farmington Valley Stage Company, Canton

Friday, 2/10 – Saturday, 2/18:

8pm: Travesties What do you get when you combine Oscar Wilde, Monty Python, and the political and emotional turmoils of a century ago? If you’re the beloved playwright Sir Tom Stoppard, you get Travesties, a jubilant, poetically beautiful comedy celebrating how important the creative arts are to humankind. Hole in the Wall Theater is proud to invite you to this carnival of farcical hi-jinks, impassioned debates, vaudeville acts, and other theatrical surprises. Runs until February 18th. $20 adults, $15 students. Hole in the Wall Theater, New Britain [Event on Facebook]

Friday, 2/10 – Sunday, 2/19:

Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Calendar Girls This revealing comedy, inspired by the Hollywood hit movie, opens LTM’s 2017 Season. When your husband dies, Annie and her Yorkshire Women’s Institute members come together to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room by posing for a calendar…completely in the nude. Positioned behind flowers, cakes, and knitting projects, the women discover what it means to be confident in their own skin and the shining beauty within themselves and each other. Based on a true story, this hilarious play will leave you feeling better about life than when you entered the theater. Both the VIP and General seating sections are first-come, first-served. VIP seats are in the first six rows of the house. Single tickets for comedies and dramas are $25 VIP or $19 for general section seating. Little Theatre of Manchester, Manchester

Saturday, February 11th:

9 – 10am: Sensory Saturday Imagine Nation is open an hour early for children with special needs and their families. In addition to our multisensory interactive exhibits, which invite children to touch, discover and create, the museum is modified into a sensory friendly environment with lowered lighting and sound. Admission: $7, children under 7 are free. Imagine Nation Museum, Bristol

9 – 10am and 11am – 12pm: Valentine’s Day Treats (Toddler Class) Let’s get into the Valentine’s Day spirit and fall in love with today’s recipes! We will make cherry pie pops, red velvet cake balls, and hand-dipped chocolate covered strawberries! Each child will also create a love bug craft stick. Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Stew Leonard’s, Newington

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9:15am: Valentine Brownies Learn to personalize on a brownie using a decorator tip and icing. Supplies are required for this class, when you register online you will be prompted to download the supply list. $35 per kid. Jo-Ann, Newington and Manchester

10am: American Girl: Valentine’s Day Crepe Party Let’s have a crepe party! Crepes are super-fun to make, and you can finish them with whatever tasty fillings and toppings you’d like, such as chocolate, fresh fruit or jam. Then serve them to your family and friends on Valentine’s Day. Suitable for ages 8–13. Price: $30 (includes Crepe Pan Set). Williams-Sonoma

10 – 11:30am: Easy Bath Updates In this workshop, you will learn the skills to upgrade your bath, including how to place a vanity cabinet, adjust your plumbing connections, and set in the vanity top and caulk it into place. Additionally, you will learn to remove old vanity lights and install a new ones and then install wall-mounted bath accessories like towel and toilet tissue holders to complete the look. Free. Home Depot

10am – 1pm: Second Saturdays: Postcards from Japan Explore Japan’s past and present through a unique dance performance. Create a nature-inspired postcard to take home or send to a friend! As always, museum admission is free during Second Saturdays activities! Free Family Tours: ABCs: Art, Books, Connections: 10:30–11am, Ask About Art, 11am–noon: Eyes on Art Family Tour: 11:30am–Noon. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford [Event on Facebook]

10am – 1pm: Happy Hearts Scavenger Hunt A fun-filled scavenger hunt around the museum studios using a list of clues that will get everyone’s brains working and hearts pumping! Imagine Nation Museum, Bristol [Event on Facebook]

Valentines Day Storytime

11am: Lars the Little Polar Bear is the beloved star of a children’s book “Little Polar Bear and the Whales” authored by Hans de Beer in 2008. It’s the perfect basis for a full dome show to teach young children about nature, climate change — and a little astronomy. What happens when a frisky little polar bear named Lars ventures out on the first day of spring? He explores his Arctic home, meets new friends, and saves some endangered whales. The first part of the show features illustrations from the book, enhanced by clever animations. Lars spends the first day of spring exploring near his home, discovering a ship wreck, and cavorting with a cormorant. Then, he makes friends with a group of beluga whales and a giant sperm whale. When Lars learns that the whales are being hunted by a whaling ship, he finds a place for them to hide in a nearby bay. After the whalers leave, melting ice traps the whales in the bay. It’s up to Lars to save them by coming up with a clever way to help them escape. The story ends with Lars and his friends making plans to meet again someday in the future. After the show brings Lars’s adventure story to life, it takes on a documentary flair, with a tour of the Arctic. We visit some of the animals who live there, through photographs taken by scientists on polar expeditions. We learn about how real polar bears live, why they have small ears and tails, what they eat, and how the melting of Arctic sea ice is affecting their habitat. A short star talk section introduces the Arctic night sky, the constellations Ursa Major and Ursa Minor, as well as Polaris, the North Star, and the star patterns of the Big and Little Dipper. Visually surrounded by icebergs as they explore Lars’s home, children are touched by the beauty of the Arctic. Throughout the show, young audiences gain a positive appreciation of nature and learn that the polar bear’s wonderful habitat is well worth preserving. All ages. $5 per person, plus online transaction fee of $1.25. GEHMS Planetarium, Glastonbury

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11am – 12pm: Baby’s First Birthday Event Is your baby turning one soon? Join us in store to celebrate this milestone with free activities, giveaways and inspiration for planning baby’s big day. Plus, meet local parents—and their babies, too! Our Baby’s First Birthday events are held the second Saturday of every month! Can’t make it to this one? Be sure to come to the next! Free. Babies R Us

11am – 1pm: Car Seat Check Up Have your car seat checked free of charge by an experienced car seat Technician! There’s 4 out of 5 chance your child is not as secure as you think. Be sure that yours isn’t one of them! Free. Babies R Us, West Hartford

11am – 3pm: Community Digitization Day for World War I Photographs and Artifacts Bring your family’s World War treasures to show us. We’ll record your family’s information, and scan and photograph your artifacts. The digital images will become part of the Connecticut Digital Archives for all to see. If your family was living in Windsor during World War I, scans or loans of your family photographs, records, or artifacts could become part of Windsor Historical Society’s upcoming exhibition. Learn about the best ways to preserve your family treasures from preservation specialist Donia Conn. Windsor Historical Society Curator Kristen Wands and Archivist Michelle Tom will also be available to answer your questions. Snowdate: 2/18. Adults $8, students $6, children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Windsor Historical Society, Windsor 

12pm: Viscera: Author Signing With Gabriel Squailia Join us as we welcome author Gabriel Squailia to the store for a signing of his second novel. In Viscera, a woman with strange abilities travels across a bizarre war-torn land in an inventive and gruesomely comic fantasy tale. Barnes & Noble, Blue Back Square, West Hartford

1pm: Kids’ Valentine Fortune Cookies Learn to trace, cut and assemble paper fortune cookies. Supplies are required for this class, when you register online you will be prompted to download the supply list. $25 per child. Jo-Ann, Newington


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1 – 4pm: Doll and Me Tea Spend an afternoon with your favorite doll! You and a favorite friend will enjoy a snack, make a special Valentine and play games. Dress up is encouraged! This drop off program is recommended for children ages 6-11. $25 per child. Registration is required. Noah Webster House, West Hartford [Event on Facebook]

5:30 – 9pm: Parent’s Night Out Big fun on the Big Screen. Inflatables, zany games, gymnastics, pizza and a movie on our 9-foot screen keep your children entertained while you enjoy an evening out! Don’t forget to bring your pillow and blanket to cuddle up in for the movie! $30 per child, discount for siblings. Gymnastics Training Center, Simsbury

6pm: Hearts and Wine: Valentine’s Gourmet Dinner Join us for a delicious buffet dinner prepared by Holy Family’s talented chef, Joe Ethier. Along with dinner, local wine educator and Chief Grape Officer of WineTimeCT, Laureen Guerriero, will offer her expertise and include three wines to complement the meal courses. Appetizers begin at 6pm. View Menu. Couples and singles are most welcome. Offering: $150 per couple; $75 per person. Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, West Hartford


6:30 – 8pm: Family Skate Night Join us on Walton Pond for an evening of family fun under the lights. There will be a hockey shoot out and skating games for all ages. Or just come out to enjoy a night on the ice with music, a roaring fire, hot chocolate, hotdogs, and more. This program will be held weather permitting. Registration is required at least 3 days prior to the start of the program. $15 per family. Winding Trails, Farmington

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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 February. Hopefully we can include some snowshoeing and ice skating each evening. Registration is required 3 days before the date of the event. Reoccurs on March 11th. $25 per family. Winding Trails, Farmington

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7 – 9pm: Full Moon Snowshoe Hike Snowshoe through the moonlit trails and through the sparkling snow. The Nature Center will be open for evening snowshoeing. Headlamps and flashlights are permitted, but not a necessity. We will enjoy hot chocolate at the end of our adventure. Please register to reserve equipment, space is limited. $10 per Windsor resident, $15 per non-resident. Snow conditions permitting. Northwest Park, Windsor

7 – 9pm: George Washington’s Birthday Ball Wethersfield Historical Society will celebrate George Washington’s 285th birthday in the manner Wethersfield residents would have ball-logo in his heyday – with a ball! Join traditional dance caller Patricia Campbell in the Keeney Ballroom for authentic 18th century country dancing to live period music. This is a participatory event for reenactors and other interested participants. No prior dance experience is necessary! 18th century period clothing or festive attire is requested; BYOB. Tickets are $10 and are on sale either online here or in person at the Old Academy, 150 Main Street, 10 am – 4 pm Tuesday – Friday. Space is limited, so buy your tickets early!

7 – 11pm: Parents Night Out Light-fare dinner and two-bite desserts will be served. Coffee, water and soft drinks provided. BYOB. Raffles, auction and dancing with James & the Untold Riches! A fundraising event to benefit Conard Safe Grad. Tickets $25, $30 at the door. West Hartford Town Hall, West Hartford

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Saturday, 2/11 – Sunday, 2/12

Classes Open House Saturday & Sunday 2/11 - 2/12 from 11a - 3p. Browse Classes.

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 Winter Twigs and Bark in February to learn how to identify common trees during the winter. Sunday programs include who’s out and about during winter in February to learn about the active winter animals. Registration is required 3 days before the date of the event. Reoccurs on March 11-12. $10 per family. Winding Trails, Farmington

Saturday, 2/11 – Sunday, 2/12:

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Sunday, February 12th:

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10am – 5pm: Sensory Friendly Day The Science Center is an exciting place, bustling with loud sounds and bright lights…but we’re lowering the volume and dimming the lights for Sensory Friendly Day. Get ready for an exciting day of fantastic sensory-friendly fun courtesy of The Miracle League of Connecticut! Groups with special needs programs and families with children on the autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities will enjoy tons of kids’ activities, arts and crafts, and live gallery science demonstrations. Tickets will be available online for $14 each or at the door for $16.95 each. 1:1 aides are always free. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford

11am: Pack n Play Building Race Come and see who can build a pack-n-play the fastest and win a prize. Share baby stories and have fun. Free. Babies R Us, Manchester

11am – 4pm: Families Learn Together: The Science of Small 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. Admission: adults $14.75, children (ages 2-12) $13.75. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

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11:30am – 4pm: 38th Annual Famous Macaroni Dinner Wethersfield UNICO is holding our famous macaroni dinner to raise money for our amazing scholarship program. We award scholarships to high school seniors who reside in Wethersfield & Rocky Hill. Dinner includes pasta with homemade sauce and meatballs, salad, garlic bread, and drinks! Cannoli’s are available for purchase as well. Adults $12, kids (12 and under) $7. Wethersfield Community Center, Wethersfield

12 – 4pm: Family Sunday: Victorian Valentines Discover the history of Victorian Era Valentines. Make & take your own love note home at this family event! Adults $6, children $5. All admissions include a free ride on our working carousel. The New England Carousel Museum, Bristol [Event on Facebook]

1pm: Learn to Crochet for Kids Crochet passion begins here with these personalized monogrammed tags. Intended for children 8 years & older. Supplies are required for this class, when you register online you will be prompted to download the supply list. $35 per kid. Jo-Ann, Manchester

1pm: Brisk Winter Walk Meet Jim Woodworth and Goodwin College’s Bruce Morton, Program Director of Environmental Studies to explore our Wilson-Carvalho and Hockanum Meadows parcels in the “Wethersfield Triangle” of land marooned on the east side by the meandering of the river. Goodwin College students are studying environmental science here, experimenting with invasive species control and habitat enhancement. Hockanum Park, East Hartford 

1pm: Kids’ Valentine Treats Learn to use a decorating bag and tip to create sweet messages on envelope-shaped cookies. Supplies are required for this class, when you register online you will be prompted to download the supply list. $35 per child. Jo-Ann, Manchester

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1 – 3:30pm: Hearts Galore! A Valentine Craft for Children. Drop in and make a fancy heart for a special someone! Free. Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington

1:30pm: Learn to Crochet for Kids Crochet passion begins here with these personalized monogrammed tags. Intended for children 8 years & older. Supplies are required for this class, when you register online you will be prompted to download the supply list. $35 per kid. Jo-Ann, Newington

2 – 3:30pm: Teen Class Teens can learn a new embroidery stitch as they make cute emoji pins. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $5. Michael’s locations

4pm: Art & Music To celebrate the recent beautiful renovation of the Wadsworth Atheneum, CONCORA will present a program at the museum wih repertoire inspired by the artwork itself. Small ensembles will sing in the various galleries, with music related to the artworks in each room, such as choral music of Claude Debussy alongside Impressionist paintings, colonial songs by William Billings near art by 18th century American artists, and much more. The concert features the premiere of a commissioned choral work by Connecticut composer Ellen Gilson Voth, inspired by paintings of the Hudson River School, including Connecticut-born artist Frederic Church. The event concludes with a concert by the full choir in the stunning Morgan Great Hall. $10-55 per person. The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

7pm: Jewish Book Festival – Melissa Fay Greene Melissa Fay Greene’s The Underdogs: Children, Dogs,and the Power of Unconditional Love, tells the story of Karen Shirk, felled at age 24 by a neuromuscular disease and who was turned down by every service dog agency in the country because she was “too disabled.” A thousand state-of-the-art dogs later, Karen’s service dog academy, 4 Paws for Ability, is restoring broken children and their families to life. Written with characteristic insight, humanity, humor, and irrepressible joy, The Underdogs is a compassionate exploration of our attachment to dogs, what constitutes a productive life, and what can be accomplished with unconditional love. $20 per person. Mandell JCC, West Hartford

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