Week 15 of 52

Monday, April 10th

9am – 12pm: Make a Terrarium and Birdhouse For both boys and girls. Spring has sprung! Grow your own herbs from seed in clay pots painted in chalkboard paint. Use chalk to identify what you’ve planted. Paint a pet rock for your garden and make a birdhouse or birdfeeder too! Kids ages 7 –12. $25 per child. Noah Webster House, West Hartford

10am – 2pm: LEGO Flying Machine Contests Children ages 3-12 will construct a 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. Adults $12.50, children (ages 4-11) $7, children under 3 are free. Reoccurs on Friday, 4/21. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks

12 – 3pm: Monarch butterflies There are approximately 20,000 species of butterflies in the world, but the Monarch butterfly, with its brilliant orange and black wings, is among the most easily recognizable of the species. Learn what makes this species unique, and create your own butterfly to take home. Adults $14.75, children ages 2-12 $13.75, under 2 is free. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

1 – 4pm: Press-and-Dry Spring Flowers What a better way to preserve the beautiful blooms of spring than to press them into pictures to keep inside all year round! Flower pressing is very simple, and fun! Make a bookmark out of dried flowers too! Kids ages 7 –12. $25 per child. Noah Webster House, West Hartford

4 – 8pm: Pet Photos with the Easter Bunny Dick’s Sporting Goods Court at The Shoppes at Buckland Hills, Manchester 

Monday, April 10th – Thursday, April 13th

9am – 12pm: Spring Fever! Join us for a week of morning fun & exploration in forest, field, and pond looking for wildlife at Roaring Brook Nature Center. Learn how animals know that spring has arrived. $40 per child. Grades K-5. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

Monday, April 10th – Friday, April 14th

10am – 4pm: Spring Vacation Time Take as many trolley rides as you would like operated by period dressed motormen. Learn historic information about each car you ride and how the museum began. Inside the Visitor Center you will find more static trolley cars and artifacts, a theater showing a short film about trolleys and a gift shop to buy that ‘special’ souvenir. You will be able to make your own Jr. Motorman Hat. Self navigate through the Visitors Center using a Scavenger Hunt procedure. Dress-up as a Motorman in the Imagination Center! On the same grounds is the Connecticut Fire Museum complete with antique fire trucks and apparatus. Adults, children (ages 4-12) $10, children 3 and under are free. The Connecticut Trolley Museum, East Windsor

Monday, April 10th – Saturday, April 15th

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Monday – Saturday: 10am – 8pm, Sunday: 11am – 6pm: Visit the Easter Bunny Visit Bunnyville in Center Court and have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny through April 15. Photo packages start at just $23 and everyone who visits receives a free gift! Click here for a review of our recent visit. Westfarms Mall, West Hartford

Monday – Thursday from 11am – 8pm, Saturday from 10am – 9pm and Sunday from 11am – 6pm: Hop on in for Easter Bunny Photos He’s soft, he’s fluffy and he’s ready for his close-up! Come meet the Easter Bunny and pose for an unforgettable photo. Our convenient online reservations make it easy to enjoy this annual family tradition. No need to stress or hunt for the best deal — just book online and pre-purchase a photo package to save over 30% and get double the prints. Plus, for a limited time, you can save even more on Easter pictures by visiting early! Runs until April 15th. Dick’s Sporting Goods Court at The Shoppes at Buckland Hills, Manchester 

Tuesday, April 11th

9am – 12pm: Hearth Cooking A child’s favorite. Young cooks will use colonial recipes and cook over an open hearth the old-fashioned way! Kids ages 7 –12. $25 per child. Noah Webster House, West Hartford

9:30 – 10:30am: Little Brooke Trail Runners Club Whether you are a novice or a comfortable trail runner this club if for you. Even if you can only run-walk, you will be taught how to build up your stamina and eventually run longer. Running trails is easier on the joints and works all muscle groups all while building up your cardio fitness. For the beginners, you will learn how to navigate the trails and have fun. Run with trail runner expert, Andrea Buono, each week to help you sharpen your skills. This club is about having fun, enjoying nature, meeting new trail runners, building friendships and learning the joy of trail running. Each week Andrea will teach you a new skill on how to better your running. All abilities are welcome. No special equipment required. We run in all kinds of weather. Ages 13 and up. $25 per person. Meet at the Lodge. Runs until Tuesday, May 23rd. Winding Trails, Farmington

10am – 2pm: Constellation Viewer Make & Take Workshop Discover the secrets of the night sky, learn the history of constellations, and build your own paper portal to the stars. Adults $12.50, children (ages 4-11) $7, children under 3 are free. Reoccurs on Tuesday, 4/18. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks

10am – 3pm: Colonial Cooking and Playtime for Children Hearth cooking class for kids 8 to 14, who prepare and enjoy a simple meal together. A variety of colonial toys and games will later be enjoyed. Reservations required. $20. Welles-Shipman-Ward House, Glastonbury

10:30am – 12pm: Drop off Open Play While Ms. Suzanne is away, Mr. Josh and Ms. Hailey will open up the studio for a fun morning of Open Play at TLGT. Drop of your child to play with the toys, paint beautiful masterpieces and see what other fun things Mr. Josh and Ms. Hailey have planned. Suggested ages 4-8, $20 per child ($15 for each additional sibling). The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

12 – 3pm: Dinosaurs Did you know Stegosaurus dinosaurs were about the size of a bus but their brains were only the size of ping pong balls? Join us as we bring dinosaurs back to life and create our own dinosaur collages with paint and collage materials. Adults $14.75, children ages 2-12 $13.75, under 2 is free. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

1 – 4pm: Colonial Ragdolls Hand make a traditional colonial rag doll out of scraps of material or fabric. They are one of the most ancient children’s toys in existence. Kids ages 7 –12. $25 per child. Noah Webster House, West Hartford

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2 – 4pm: Spring Break ART-ifact Discovery: Woven Wonders Kids can weave through our exhibits and find the woven treasures hidden in our museum. Create your own woven ART-ifact from yarn or paper. This drop-in program is great for ages 6 to 10. $4 for students. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford

4 – 5:30pm: Easter Extravaganza Children age 8 and under will be given a map of Stew Leonard’s and a bag to collect Easter treats from costumed characters throughout the store, including Wow the Cow, Cynthia Chick, and Daphne Duck among others. After the Extravaganza is complete, parents are invited to take photos of their children with the Easter Bunny. Each child will receive prizes ranging from candy and board games to toys and gift cards. Four lucky children will win the Extravaganza’s top prizes: four $50 gift cards to Build-A-Bear, The LEGO Store, Barnes & Noble, and Toys-R-Us! Parents please note: some of the candy included in the eggs may contain peanuts. The Easter Extravaganza is free to the community; however, due to the popularity of this event in years past, this will be a ticketed event. Customers may pick up their complimentary tickets at the customer service desk at Stew Leonard’s in Newington starting March 1, 2017. The event is limited to a maximum of 500 children age 8 and under. Parents and caregivers do not need tickets. Stew Leonard’s, Newington



6 – 7pm: FAQ’s For the Organic Vegetable Garden Join us for a series of open discussions in the Vegetable Garden at Westmoor Park. Bring your questions, concerns, puzzles, and queries, along with photos of your garden, and photos of any problems, insects, or diseases, and we will tackle them in order. Each session will have a timely seasonal topic, such as which plants to plant when, but any questions or discussion would be welcome. For adults and families. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. All participants must be registered. April 4: Starting seeds under lights and soil testing. No class July 4. Runs until August 1st, co class July 4th. $9 a class, $36 a session. Westmoor Park, West Hartford

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7:30pm: Talkback Tuesdays: Next to Normal An intimate, post show chat with the cast and special guests. Reoccurs on 4/18 and 4/25. Theaterworks, Hartford

7:30 – 10pm: Finding Absolute Brightness: How Today’s Youth Can Battle Bullying and Depression This panel discussion will highlight signs of depression, isolation, and bullying in adolescents and how family, friends and the community might spot risk factors before the teen makes negative, and sometimes irreversible, choices. Moderated by Laura M. I. Saunders, Psy.D. ABPP, staff psychologist for Young Adult Services at the Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital. Post show discussion. Show is at 7:30pm. Discussion is at 9pm. Hartford Stage

Tuesday, April 11th – Sunday, May 7th

Wednesday, April 12th:

9am – 12pm: Bath Bombs and Bath Salts Make your own bath bomb that is fragrant and colorful. To make your bath even more luxurious make a jar of bath salts. Both make awesome Mother’s Day Gifts. Kids ages 7 –12. $25 per child. Noah Webster House, West Hartford

10am – 2pm: Pinwheel Props Make & Take Workshop What do pinwheels and propellers have in common? Find out by building your own paper pinwheel with the NEAM Public Programs Team. Reoccurs on Wednesday, 4/19. Adults $12.50, children (ages 4-11) $7, children under 3 are free. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks

12 – 3pm: Paper Marbling The art of marbling was started in the 1100’s when they were used for decorative purposes, and as a background for official documents. We’ll show you the science and art of how to create your own marbleized paper. Adults $14.75, children ages 2-12 $13.75, under 2 is free. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

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1 – 4pm: Dyeing Workshop Learn how dye was made in colonial times, then dye a handkerchief using Sharpie pens! Kids ages 7 –12. $25 per child. Noah Webster House, West Hartford

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2 – 4pm: Spring Break ART-ifact Discovery: Super Stencils Kids can learn about the stenciled designs found in the chairs, chests, and other wood ART-ifacts in the Making Connecticut exhibit. Use these designs or invent your own design and stencil a box to take home. This drop-in program is great for ages 6 to 10. $4 for students. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford

4 – 7pm: Grandparents Bingo Dinner Grandparents are invited to bring their grandchildren to the Senior Center to enjoy dinner, bingo games, and prizes! Doors open at 4pm, and dinner will be served from 4:30-5:30. Bingo will be played from 5:45-7pm. Grandparents Bingo Dinner is free and registration is limited to the first 100 people. This event is sponsored by the Senior Services, Youth Services Bureau, and the Recreation Department. Register online or at the Recreation and Leisure Services Office. 

4:30 – 5:30pm: Firehouse Friends Club is a program for preschoolers and features a weekly story, safety topic, and age appropriate craft activity. $7 per day or $30 for the whole series. Participants can register in advance for the entire program or attend as a drop-in on a weekly basis if there is space. Reoccurs weekly until April 26th. The New England Carousel Museum, Bristol

5:30 – 6:30pm: Mix-it-Up is designed for elementary school aged children and each week students will learn a new art technique or material. All art supplies are included and children who register in advance for the full program will receive a free sketch book. $12 per day or $60 for the whole series. Participants can register in advance for the entire program or attend as a drop-in on a weekly basis if there is space. Reoccurs weekly until April 26th. The New England Carousel Museum, Bristol

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6:30pm: Film & Speaker: “Loving” Join us for the fourth in a series of films and speakers on Shaping Social Change: Loving. Nancy Buirski, the film’s producer, will speak before the film. Loving is the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a married interracial couple whose challenge of their anti-miscegenation arrest led to a legal battle ending at the U.S. Supreme Court.  Tickets available at the door: $9. Reoccurs on Sunday at 2pm. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

6:30 – 7:30pm: Girls in Stride is a new running program for girls ages 6 to 14. It’s a non-competitive training program designed for all levels of runners to introduce girls to the sport of running, help them gain confidence, build self-esteem and lead them to a path of health and fitness. This fun and empowering training program will prepare the girls for the Shad Derby 5K Road Race in May. The program includes a T-shirt and training journal and it meets Wednesdays through May 17th. $75. L.P. Wilson Community Center, Windsor

7 – 8pm: Animals in World War I Please join us for a special program about animals who served in World War I. The Great War (as World War I was called before the Second World War) was known for new and brutal techniques of warfare, made possible by tanks, machine guns, aircraft, and poison gas. Horses, essential to elite cavalry units in past conflicts, remained indispensable for transporting supplies and ammunition over roads that drivers of gasoline-powered vehicles found impassible. Wireless communication units existed but were bulky and sometimes unreliable. Homing pigeons were valued so much as messengers that imprisonment and heavy fines were imposed on those who wounded or killed them. Dogs served as messengers, Red Cross auxiliaries, sentries, rat killers in the trenches, and mascots. This program is being offered in conjunction with the exhibit “The Changing Face of War: Windsor Responds to World War I” partially supported by Connecticut Humanities, on view in the Society’s meeting room through September 20th. Join Society Director Christine Ermenc as she tells their stories at 7pm. Prepare to fall in love with “Sergeant” Stubby, Connecticut’s highly decorated canine World War I veteran who even received a medal of bravery from General Pershing. And starting at 6:30pm, representatives from local animal shelters including Windsor’s Connecticut Cat Connection and East Hartford’s Protectors of Animals will be available to talk with you about their good work and tempt you to enhance your life with a new animal companion. Come at 6:30pm to see the exhibition and speak with shelter representatives at no charge. Cost for the 7pm lecture is $6 adults, $5 students, and $4 for volunteers associated with our local animal shelters.

7:30pm: TheaterWorks Out Help us make TheaterWorks the newest destination for LGBT friends and family. With specialty cocktails, food to grub on… and maybe a few extra curricular activities? Let loose and see an awesome show. TheaterWorks, Hartford

Wednesday, April 12th – Friday, April 14th:

9am – 4pm: School Vacation Week Activities Lots to do for children to celebrate the coming of spring! Drop in for an art scavenger hunt and build a “stone” wall, paint a birdhouse and plant a flower pot to take home. Join us for Thomas Jefferson’s birthday party on Thursday, April 13, from 1-2:30, when we’ll have cake (naturally), party hats and games to celebrate our third President! Drop-in activities, no registration required. Free. Stanley Whitman House, Farmington

Wednesday, April 12th- Sunday, April 16th:

Wednesday – Friday from 1-4pm, Saturday from 1am – 4pm and Sunday from 1-4pm: Eggs, Eggs, Eggs! Spring Scavenger Hunt Spring is the season of eggs – bird eggs, frog eggs, turtle eggs, fish eggs! Help us find them and learn about the animals that laid them and the nests they have built to hold them. Find the hidden nests around the Nature Center, then head out on the trails on a scavenger hunt to see where eggs will be laid this spring. Cost: Scavenger hunt maps free with admission to the Nature Center. No need to preregister. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

Thursday, April 13th

9 – 10:30am: Walk, Talk & Gawk – Adult Nature Walks Come join Miss Judy for a casual exploration as we walk along some of our many trails. We’ll talk about what we see or some nature topics in the news. Sometimes we’ll stop to gawk at an interesting find alongside a trail. A different route and topic is planned for each day. Always dress for the weather and wear a good pair of walking shoes. Registration is required by 3 days prior to the start of the program. Reoccurs until April 27th. $6 per person. Winding Trails, Nature’s Porch, Farmington

9 – 10:30am: Kinder Robotics is a first-level course in robotics. If your child has experience building with LEGO bricks, but has never done robotics, this is the class for them! Help your child begin to explore the world of robotics by building simple electro mechanical machines like drills, magic wands, robotic frogs, and more. In addition to gears and pulleys, kids also learn about sensors and motors. Your child is sure to have fun and start becoming comfortable with technology from a very young age. $18 per child. Unitarian Universalist Church, West Hartford

9am – 12pm: Hearth Cooking 2 A child’s favorite. Young cooks will use colonial recipes and cook over an open hearth the old-fashioned way! Kids ages 7 –12. $25 per child. Noah Webster House, West Hartford

10am – 2pm: Rocket Balloons Discover the history of rocketry by designing, building and racing your own rocket balloon down our rocket race track. Reoccurs on Thursday, 4/20. Adults $12.50, children (ages 4-11) $7, children under 3 are free. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks

11am – 12:30pm: LEGO Minecraft Travel to the Nether with Snapology, but watch out for those creepers! Come join us as we bring Minecraft to life using LEGO bricks. Create your own world, including animals, creepers and your very own Minecraft character. LEGO Minecraft is so fun for kids, Snapology has created three levels… Basic, Advanced, and Epic! Students having already taken Basic, will be lead thru Advanced; Students having already taken Advanced, will be lead thru Epic! Students will be grouped together with their level. Ages 5-14. 1.5 Hours. $18 per child. Unitarian Universalist Church, West Hartford

12 – 3pm: The Night Sky The constellation Ursa Major contains the group of stars commonly called the Big Dipper. Learn why Ursa Major is called the Great Bear, as we create our own constellation to take home. Adults $14.75, children ages 2-12 $13.75, under 2 is free. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

1 – 2:30pm: School Vacation Week Activities Join us for Thomas Jefferson’s birthday party on Thursday, April 13, from 1-2:30, when we’ll have cake (naturally), party hats and games to celebrate our third President! Drop-in activity, no registration required. Free. Stanley Whitman House, Farmington

1 – 2:30pm: Animation Studio – Minecraft; Batman; Star Wars Create your own amazing movies with LEGO Stop-Motion Animation! Students work in teams to create their own storyboard; build LEGO landscapes and scenes; position and photograph movement of their minifigs; and produce their movie on a computer complete with dialogue and sound effects. All necessary equipment including computers, cameras, tripods, backdrops, software, lighting, and audio equipment are provided. Participants have access to the newest LEGO sets from Batman; Star Wars® Rogue One; Minecraft and others to use in the production of their videos. Movies are uploaded to a secure site to share with family and friends! No previous movie-making experience is necessary. Parents are highly encouraged to participate in the fun! 1.5-hours. Ages 7+. $18 per child. Unitarian Universalist Church, West Hartford

1 – 4pm: No Sew Blanket & Pillow Making Create a fleece tie blanket to snuggle and your own no sew pillow out of material and stuffing. Personalize it with decorations that you make. Kids ages 7 –12. $25 per child. Noah Webster House, West Hartford

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2 – 4pm: Spring Break ART-ifact Discovery: Elegant Embroidery Kids can explore the world of elegant costumes and colorful embroidery. Get inspired by the clothing and needlework in the exhibits, and design and “sew” your own kid-friendly needlework. This drop-in program is great for ages 6 to 10. $4 for students. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford

3 – 4:30pm: MegaMachines Robotics Robotics inspired by the biggest and baddest machines on the planet! Come on an adventure building and programming functional robots using LEGO bricks in this super-fun program. Build different robots each day! Learning is enhanced through the use of LEGO We Do 2.0 and laptop computers in this class! Ages 7+. $18 per child. Unitarian Universalist Church, West Hartford

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5 – 8pm: The Know Good Market is an open-air street food destination designed to promote the collective culture of Hartford. Featuring tastes from local restaurants and food trucks, fresh produce from Knox and live music, the Know Good Market offers an experience of raw community celebration. The market was inspired by the eclectic entrepreneurship of the Parkville neighborhood and seeks to engage the community’s heart and stomach. Parkville, Hartford

5:30 – 6:30pm: Little Brooke Trail Runners Club Whether you are a novice or a comfortable trail runner this club if for you. Even if you can only run-walk, you will be taught how to build up your stamina and eventually run longer. Running trails is easier on the joints and works all muscle groups all while building up your cardio fitness. For the beginners, you will learn how to navigate the trails and have fun. Run with trail runner expert, Andrea Buono, each week to help you sharpen your skills. This club is about having fun, enjoying nature, meeting new trail runners, building friendships and learning the joy of trail running. Each week Andrea will teach you a new skill on how to better your running. All abilities are welcome. No special equipment required. We run in all kinds of weather. Ages 13 and up. $25 per person. Meet at the Lodge. Runs until Tuesday, May 25th. Winding Trails, Farmington

5:30 – 7:30pm: April Business After Hours Join the West Hartford Chamber of Commerce on Thursday April 13th at Wiremold-Legrand. Food, drink and tours of the facility! $20 per non-member. 

6:30 – 8:30pm: Girls Night Out Laugh and learn alongside your girlfriends as our instructor walks you through the steps of preparing an elegant menu that’s ideal for spring entertaining. You’ll easily master techniques for making the most of fresh, seasonal ingredients—from creating a savory soufflé to transforming cauliflower into a deliciously healthy “risotto.” We’ll show you how to enhance flavors with salt-block cooking and make tasty, individual-size cakes (for built-in portion control). Plus, our instructor will share entertaining tips and tricks that will have you hosting with confidence in no time. Best of Spring Menu: Spring Pea Soufflé, Salt Block Salmon Niscoise, Creamy Cauliflower “Risotto” and Lemon Lavender Mini Bundt Cakes. Ages 18 and up. $69 per person. Sur la Table, Canton

7:30pm: Post-Show Book Signings with James Lecesne James Lecesne will personally sign copies of his young adult novel, Absolute Brightness, following the 7:30pm show. The novel inspired The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey. Hartford Stage

Thursday, April 13th – Saturday, April 15th:

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Friday, April 14th

9am – 12pm: Pizza Making in a Hearth Oven Back by popular demand! Kids love pizza! They love making pizza! They love eating pizza! Make and bake pizza the traditional way in our historic beehive oven, colonial style. Kids ages 7 –12. $25 per child. Noah Webster House, West Hartford

9am – 12pm: Easter Egg Painter Robotics Snapology Celebrates Easter the LEGO way! Keep the kids learning when they are off from school on Good Friday in this fun and engaging class of Kinder Robotics Easter Egg Painter. Kids will learn how to build their own Easter Egg Painter Robot out of LEGO bricks and then use it to paint their Easter Eggs. Pre-made Easter Egg Painter Robot stations will also be available to ensure everyone gets to paint their eggs! This event is open to all ages. Free. Unitarian Universalist Church, West Hartford

9am – 12pm: Easter Build Snapology celebrates Easter… the LEGO way! Keep the kids engaged when they are off from school on Good Friday. We’ll keep them having fun and challenged creating LEGO builds like Easter eggs, bunnies, chicks, and more! Younger children use DUPLO bricks. Older children use LEGO bricks. Adult kids can use whatever they want! Come by anytime; stay as long as you like. Free. Unitarian Universalist Church, West Hartford

10am – 1pm: Annual Easter Egg Hunt Weather permitting, Easter eggs will be spread out all over the grounds outside of the Nature Center, so kids bring your favorite basket to collect eggs and earn a surprise! A great event for families with young children. Admission is $5 per child. Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center, Bristol

10am – 12pm: Bugs and Blossoms Mini-Camp While Ms. Suzanne is away, Mr. Josh and Ms. Hailey will be leading this awesome mini-camp to get everyone ready for spring. Let’s dig in the dirt, paint a rock bug to decorate your garden, and make seed bombs! We have specially chosen wildflower seeds native to our area so the seed bombs will be beneficial to our bees! Suggested ages 4-10, $30 per child ($20 for each additional sibling). The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

10:30am – 2:30pm: 3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt & Easter Bunny Visit Participating children will be divided into the following age groups: Ages 1-5 and Ages 6-10. Children will collect one of five different colored eggs and exchange those eggs for a goody bag to take home. To ensure the safety of all visitors, it is requested that parents remain with their children at all times during the Egg Hunt. Strollers will not be permitted in the egg hunt areas, and there will be a limited number of goody bags available on a first come, first served basis. Although the Egg Hunt will run continuously from 11:00am to 1:00pm, to ensure there is enough fun for everyone, children and families will only be permitted to participate in one round of egg hunting. In addition to the Easter Egg Hunt, the Easter Bunny will be at the Museum greeting visitors from 10:30am-12:00pm and again from 1:00-2:30pm. Adults $12.50, children (ages 4-11) $7, children under 3 are free. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks

11am – 2pm: Easter Baking Workshop Celebrate Easter with a variety of fresh-baked treats right from your own kitchen. In this 3-hour hands-on workshop, our instructor will walk you through the steps for working with yeast and making an enriched dough from scratch. You’ll laugh and learn alongside classmates as you practice shaping traditional hot cross buns and creating classic babka with the perfect chocolate swirl. Plus, our instructor will share secrets for transforming fresh spring rhubarb and homemade custard into a show-stopping Easter dessert. After mastering a few essentials, you’ll look forward to introducing friends and family to Easter favorites from around the world. Menu: Hot Cross Buns, Rhubarb-Vanilla Custard Tart and Chocolate Babka. Ages 18 and up. $69 per person. Sur la Table, Canton

11:15am – 1:30pm: Easter Egg Hunt 11:15am – 11:45am: 0-3 year olds (parent helpers welcome), 12pm – 12:30pm: 4 – 6 year olds, 1pm – 1:30pm: 7 – 9 year olds. Free of charge. Crystal Bees, Southington

12 – 3pm: Insects and Arachnids Learn the differences between the two as we make our own spiders, ladybugs, and dragonflies. Adults $14.75, children ages 2-12 $13.75, under 2 is free. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

1 – 4pm: Food Preservation In colonial days vegetables were either pickled or dried. Fruits were made into jellies or jams, dried, or soaked in alcohol. In this workshop children will do both and take home what they made. Kids ages 7 –12. $25 per child. Noah Webster House, West Hartford

2 – 4pm: Spring Break ART-ifact Discovery: Marvelous Metal Kids can can discover how metal is transformed into swords, lanterns, and other metal ART-ifacts. Design and make a punched tin lantern to take home. This drop-in program is great for ages 6 to 10. $4 for students. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford

3 – 4:30pm: Easter Rabbit Robotics Snapology Celebrates Easter the LEGO way! Keep the kids learning when they are off from school on Good Friday in this fun and engaging class of Easter Bunny Rabbit Robotics. Kids build bunny or rabbit models using LEGO Technic engineering sets and then get them moving and jumping using gears and motors. Ages 4-7 use Kinder Robotics sets; Ages 7+ add sensors, laptops, and controls using WeDo Robotics. Unitarian Universalist Church, West Hartford

Friday, April 14th – Saturday, April 15th: 

7pm: Reaction Bubble Dance Performance What does the physical distance between us mean? Reaction Bubble is an installation that includes custom electronics, video, ceramic sculpture, and choreography, and this presentation is the culmination of a four-year collaboration. The artists who worked together to create Reaction Bubble are the team of LoVid (Tali Hinkis and Kyle Lapidus), choreographer Deborah Goffe, and ceramicist Matthew Towers. Real Art Ways introduced the artists to each other in 2012. In the Performance component of the exhibition, five dancers interact with the Reaction Bubble installation and each other as they explore the impact and significance of Public Space, Social Space, Personal Space and Intimate Space. Real Art Ways, Hartford

Friday, April 14th – Sunday, April 23rd

Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Godspell Parables vibrantly come to life in this most beloved family-friendly musical based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew. Follow Jesus and his disciples as they create a community and teach tolerance and kindness through lessons intertwined with an eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville. The 2012 revival version is updated with contemporary references and features dazzling new arrangements of Stephen Schwartz’s (composer of Wicked and Pippin) score, include the songs “Day by Day,” “All Good Gifts,” and “Beautiful City.” Runs until April 23rd. $25 General admission, $30 VIP. Little Theatre of Manchester at Cheney Hall

Saturday, April 15th

9am – 12:15pm: Easter Egg Hunt 9am – 9:45am: children ages 3 and under, 10:15-11am and 11:30am – 12:15pm: all ages (up to 10). $10 per child. You must pre-register for this event. Space is limited. This event is non-refundable. My Gym, West Hartford



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11am – 2:30pm: Whose Egg Is It? Egg Hunt Spring has sprung! Learn about the birds that are returning to Connecticut after a cold winter while joining in a fun egg hunt! Take a short hike and search for brightly colored eggs filled with treats as well as decorated and camouflaged eggs that resemble wild bird eggs which are all carefully hidden along the trails. Identify the bird eggs you find and help place them in the appropriate (artificial) nest with the help of our bird ID chart. $5 per egg collector. Northwest Park & Nature Center, Windsor

11am – 2pm: 21st Annual Easter Egg Hunt Follow the Easter Bunny to Farmington Miniature Golf & Ice Cream Parlor on Route 4 where kids can hunt for over 15,000 Easter Eggs filled with chocolate and prizes with your $3 donation to Our Companions Animal Rescue. The Hunt is hosted by WRCH’s Mike Stacy with start times as follows: 11:15am: ages 2 and under, 12pm: 3 and 4 year olds, 12:45pm: 5 – 6 year olds (children only – no parents), 1:15pm: 7 -9 year olds (children only – no parents), 2pm: Sensory-friendly and all accessible (adults as needed). Everyone can enjoy tons of family fun from 11am to 2pm: meet Mike Stacy from Lite 100.5 WRCH, face painting (tips accepted), bounce house (donations accepted), $3 tie-dye vanilla ice cream cones, pictures with the Easter Bunny for $8 and take a ride aboard the Roaming Railroad for $3 per ride. Bring your Easter Basket and your appetite! The Ice Cream Parlor will be open scooping up over 40 delicious flavors of hard and soft serve ice cream and frozen yogurt. Hungry for lunch? Enjoy hot dogs and soft pretzels! And don’t miss Pat’s Famous “Tacos in a Bag”! 

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8-9:30pm: Comedy Night Patty Rosborough (Co-headliner) is one of the top headlining comics in the country with her hard hitting, high‐energy style of comedy. She got her start in New York City appearing with the improv troupe, ‘Future Schlock’ and in the Off-Broadway production of ‘Gay Dracula,’ a campy romp where she bared it all. Dr. Jay Sutay (Co-headliner) the self-proclaimed “Hardest Working Pediatrician in Comedy”, is a frustrated pediatrician from South Windsor, CT, who brings his tales from the exam rooms, his experience working with kids and their parents, as well as his own tribulations as the father of two daughters to his stand up comedy. His cutting and sometimes incisive commentary about society, parenting and raising kids, has left audiences laughing. $15. BYOB. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

Saturday, April 14th – Sunday, April 15th:

11am – 3pm: Easter Bunny Fun Days Join the Connecticut Trolley Museum for a day of family fun. The Easter Bunny will be roaming the grounds and posing for pictures. Each child will receive an extra-large Easter egg full of goodies when they complete an Easter Egg Scavenger hunt. Additionally, there will be face painting and a make and take art craft. Adults $12, children (ages 4-12) $10, children under 3 are $3. Reoccurs 4/14-15. Connecticut Trolley Museum, East Windsor

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Sunday, April 16th

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6:30pm: Film & Speaker: “Loving” Join us for the fourth in a series of films and speakers on Shaping Social Change: Loving. Nancy Buirski, the film’s producer, will speak before the film. Loving is the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a married interracial couple whose challenge of their anti-miscegenation arrest led to a legal battle ending at the U.S. Supreme Court.  Tickets available at the door: $9. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

2pm and 7:30pm: Open Captioned Performances: The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey For patrons who are deaf or have hearing loss. Free with admission.

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