Week 19 of 52

Monday, May 8th

National Women’s Checkup Day and Have A Coke Day!



6:30- 8:30pm: Make Mom A Watercolor Card Make a watercolor Mother’s Day card featuring pretty paper flowers. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $20. Michaels

Tuesday, May 9th

National Sleepover Day – we enjoyed our sleepover at the CT Science Center recently! Have you ever had a sleepover in a public place? Tell us about it @MomfordCounty #NationalSleepoverDay

9 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 1pm: Mother’s Day Breakfast Cooking Class Today we will prepare breakfast for mom; fruit breakfast pastries, sweet blueberry muffins and mini yogurt parfaits. At the end of class, breakfast will be served on Stew Leonard’s very own fine china with coffee, tea, or orange juice! Ages 2-5. Stew Leonard’s, Newington


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6:30 – 8:30pm: Make Mom A Metal Stamped Bracelet Create a beaded stretch bracelet with a stamped metal charm. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $27. Michaels


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Wednesday, May 10th:

National Clean Up Your Room Day! Before and After pics please @MomfordCounty #NationalCleanYourRoomDay

7 – 8:30am: Warbler Wednesdays join us to explore the world of birds on this guided bird walk around the prime bird habitat at Indian Rock Nature Preserve. Learn songs and how to identify some of the common and not so common bird species with experts in the field of ornithology. Bring your binoculars! Free. Indian Rock Nature Preserve, Bristol

10am: Open House Come visit to see what makes SYC a unique environment for preschool children to explore, discover and learn about their world. The School for Young Children at the University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford


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1 – 2:30pm: Art and Literature The Anatomy Lesson by Nina Siegal The Museum is pleased to host a lively discussion about Nina Siegal’s fictional novel The Anatomy Lesson. Set in a 24-hour period in a 1632 Amsterdam, this imagined back-story to Rembrant’s first renowned work, a portrayal of a doctor explaining the musculature of a corpse’s arm to budding medical professionals, is told through several points of view, building to a dramatic conclusion about the young Dutch artist’s final composition. Siegal received her Masters in Fine Arts from Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop and has covered fine art and culture for The New York Times, Bloomberg News, W, Art in America, and much more. The discussion will be led by Terry Gianzinetti; the author will not be present. NBMAA, New Britain

2:30 – 4pm: Annual Flowering Basket Make your Mom a flowering basket. In this class you will learn how to select and plant annuals to give you blooming color from spring to summer. We will also cover the care of tour annual basket that you will take home to enjoy. $17 per child. Ages 7-13. Westmoor Park, West Hartford

6 – 7:30pm: Eastern Coyote (Coywolf) in Connecticut Among other interesting things, we’ll learn that coyotes become more aggressive during whelping season, which typically ends by late May but sometimes extends into June and that people should be mindful of the animals in hiking areas, especially when walking their dogs. $10 per person. The Connecticut Audubon Society Center, Glastonbury



6 – 8pm: Race, Religion and Response – what’s at issue in West Hartford? The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society and Connecticut Humanities will offer a special two-part Community Forum to look at the history of different races and religions in our community and how we can respond to the issues facing this diversity today. Free and open to the public. West Hartford Town Hall Auditorium


6 – 9pm: Crisp Meets Crispy Unwind with us Wednesday 5/10 as we pop open some bubbly for a special class—pairing crisp vino with crispy eats! Chef Xavier is creating a special menu and a selection of espumosos have been carefully selected by our local somm Rebecca Farrah. The crispy feast will include 8 types of wine and 5 passes tapas. Space is limited. Reservations are non-refundable and non-transferable. Ticket includes tax and gratuity. Ticket holders must be 21 years of age or older. $44.88 per person. Barcelona Wine Bar, West Hartford

6:30 – 8:30pm: Make Mom Salt Art Use table salt, glue and watercolor paints to make colorful art. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $20. Michaels

7:30pm: Tony Bennett Tony Bennett’s life and philosophy is the embodiment of the Great American Story. Having just celebrated his 90th birthday on August 3rd 2016, his career as the pre-eminent singer of the 20th and 21st centuries is unprecedented. He continues to be embraced and loved by audiences of all generations. With worldwide record sales in the millions, and dozens of platinum and gold albums to his credit, Tony Bennett is a musician who touches the hearts and souls of audiences with his legendary vocals and charming stage presence. His long list of achievements, spanning over 60 years, includes nineteen Grammy Awards, including the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, making this artist a true international treasure. His signature tunes, such as “Steppin’ Out With My Baby” and “I Left My Heart In San Francisco” form part of the fabric of American music culture. Ticket prices include a donation to Exploring the Arts, Inc. The Bushnell, Hartford


Wednesday, May 10th – Sunday, May 14th:



Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Last Train to Nibroc In December 1940, an eastbound cross-country train carries the bodies of the great American writers Nathanael West and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Also on board is May, who shares her seat with a charming young flyer, Raleigh. Religious and bookish, May plans to be a missionary. Raleigh has been given a medical discharge and, inspired by West and Fitzgerald, is heading to New York to be a writer. Discovering they are from neighboring Appalachian towns, Raleigh decides to change trains for Kentucky, promising to take May to the next Nibroc Festival. A funny, touching portrait of two people searching for happiness, this simply staged romance played to critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Off-Broadway. Tickets: $25-40. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

Thursday, May 11th

5pm: The Innocents Abroad: A Virtual Tour Kevin Mac Donnell will take the audience on a virtual tour of the Middle East, following the exact route of Mark Twain and his fellow pilgrims on board the steamship Quaker City in 1867. Each stop along the way will be illustrated with original photographs taken by one of the pilgrims (many previously unpublished), excerpts from previously unpublished letters and diaries, and relics gathered by one of the pilgrims that have never been shown before, along with other original artifacts and materials that will bring the historcal experience alive. Mark Twain’s experiences on the Quaker City Excursion resulted in his second book (and first bestseller) The Innocents Abroad, in 1869. Mac Donnell’s virtual recreation of that excursion is the first attempt to bring this historic event alive outside of print. Kevin Mac Donnell has built the largest private collection of Mark Twain artifacts in the world. He has spoken and written extensively about Mark Twain and about his collection, and has consulted on exhibitions related to Twain. He is also the co-editor of Mark Twain and Youth: Studies in His Life and Writings (Bloomsbury, 2016). This event is presented at no cost but reservations are highly suggested. Mark Twain House, Hartford

5:30 – 7:30pm: Cultural Cocktail Hour Join us on the 2nd Thursday of the month for art exhibitions by local artists! Free with a suggested $5 food & beverage donation. Butler-McCook House & Garden, Hartford


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6pm: Flight of the Butterflies & Aurora Storm The monarch butterfly is a true marvel of nature. Weighing less than a penny, it makes one of the longest migrations on Earth across a continent to a place it has never known. It’s a natural history epic. It’s a compelling detective story. It’s a scientific adventure at its best. It took Dr. Fred Urquhart almost 40 years to discover the monarch butterflies’ secret hideaway and prove the most incredible migration on Earth. Following the year-long annual migration cycle of the butterflies, the award-winning production team filmed hundreds of millions of monarchs in their remote overwintering sanctuaries in Mexico in 2011 and again in 2012 and also along their migratory routes from Canada, across the U.S. and into Mexico. The technology of planetarium immerses you in the astounding migration experience as two generations of the butterflies migrate north and then a Super Generation miraculously finds its way from Canada to a few isolated mountaintops in Mexico – to a place it has never been! Also featured will the planetarium short film, Aurora Storm. Aurora Storm is an 11-minute NASA-funded fulldome show about the captivating northern lights. Narrated by two Athabascan Alaska natives this show melds science and technology with literature and a multicultural look at the aurorae. Experience the dazzling aurorae through the eyes of scientists, photographers and local inhabitants who share their traditional views of this phenomenon. After the show, if the sky is clear, we’ll have our telescopes out for views of Jupiter, Mars and more. Glastonbury Planetarium

6 – 8pm: Connecticut Celebrates National Foster Care Month An opportunity for people all across the nation to focus on the year-round needs of American children and youth in foster care. Listen to beautiful testimonies shared by parents and foster parents, who came together for the love of a child. Imagine Nation Museum, Bristol


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6:30 – 8:30pm: Make Mom Woven Wall Décor Make your own loom and use it to create a unique wall hanging. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $31. Michaels





6:30 – 8:30pm: Family Fishing Course Learn all you need to know about fish and fishing. Spend time learning from experienced Instructors in the classroom, and then go on a fishing trip! Local recreation departments, libraries, and outdoor education centers host many of these classes. Mill Pond, Newington

7pm: A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens Author Signing With Joani Geltman Join us as we welcome author and parenting expert Joani Geltman, MSW to the store for a discussion and signing of her book A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens. The author has over 30 years of experience as a clinician, parenting coach, professor, and public speaker. She’ll share her Top Five parenting tips with the audience and answer questions. Barnes & Noble, Blue Back Square, West Hartford

8pm: The Naked Magicians Following sold out shows and rave reviews in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the USA the world’s boldest and cheekiest magic show “The Naked Magic Show” is coming to the Bushnell in Hartford. This boisterous R-rated magic show, strips away the top hats and capes, promising full frontal illusions. Good magicians don’t need sleeves and great magicians don’t need pants. VIP tickets include premium seating, meet and greet, and photo opportunity. The Bushnell, Hartford

Thursday, May 11th – Saturday, May 13th



National High School Mock Trial Competition Each year approximately 30,000 students participate in local high school mock trial competitions throughout the United States, Guam, South Korea, and the Northern Mariana Islands. From May 11 to 13, 2017 Civics First will host the best teams from each of these states and territories at the 2017 National High School Mock Trial Championship in Hartford, CT. Between four rounds and two full days of competitions, students, coaches, parents and supporters will have an opportunity to enjoy nightly events and take in all the sights, sounds, flavors and culture that Hartford has to offer! Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford

Thursday, May 11th – Sunday, June 11th


Heartbreak House


Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm and 7:30pm: Heartbreak House is Shaw’s comic and caustic masterpiece about the venerable Captain Shotover, his daughters, one liberal, the other conservative, and a household full of bickering guests in a home that’s like a ship – or a country – charting uncertain waters. When the beautiful but impoverished Ellie Dunn arrives, she gets a lesson in romance, politics, and the art of navigation. Shaw’s most ambitious and prophetic achievement, Heartbreak House is set in England in 1914, but its themes and concerns reach across the twentieth century well into our own age. Other works by Shaw include Pygmalion, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Saint Joan, Major Barbara and Arms and the Man. Students $20, Tickets: $25-90. 

Friday, May 12th:

National Odometer Day! – Read your odometer and tell us your mileage @MomfordCounty #NationalOdometerDay

9 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 1pm: Mother’s Day Breakfast Cooking Class Today we will prepare breakfast for mom; fruit breakfast pastries, sweet blueberry muffins and mini yogurt parfaits. At the end of class, breakfast will be served on Stew Leonard’s very own fine china with coffee, tea, or orange juice! Ages 2-5. Stew Leonard’s, Newington



10am and 12pm: Seussical “Oh, the thinks you can think” when Dr. Seuss’ best-loved stories collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper! Adapted from the Broadway version, this adaptation especially for young audiences features ten actors and enhanced production values. Seussical is TheatreworksUSA’ biggest show ever! Recommended for grades K – 5. Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature-Based, Music, Relationships & Family. Lincoln Theater, West Hartford

10:30am – 12pm: Mother’s Day Open Play Come to a special TLGT Mother’s Day Open Play! We will have planters out to decorate and plant some sunflower seeds in. We will also have a special snack and coffee available for the caregivers. Suggested ages 1-5 with caregiver. $15 per child ($10 for each additional sibling). The Little Green Tambourine, Canton



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5:30 – 8:30pm: Parent’s 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! Ages 2.5 and up. $40 per child, half off siblings. My Gym, West Hartford & Enfield

6 – 7:30pm: Mother & Daughter Yoga This class is a great way to kick off Mother’s Day Weekend! New Steps Dance & Fitness Center, Glastonbury

6 – 9pm: Parents’ Night Out is a 3 hour drop off program designed to keep your kids active and entertained while you enjoy some time to yourself! Open to members and nonmembers ages 2-8! $35 per child, discount for siblings. My Gym, Glastonbury


6:30 – 8:30pm: Make Mom Handprint Art Dads and kids work together to turn a handprint into a Mother’s Day gift. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $20 Michaels




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7 – 7:45pm: Clue Murder Mystery House 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!” Reservations are required, and tours sell out, so please book early. Tickets are $24; museum members are $17; children 6 to 17 are $15.

7 – 8:30am: Spring Migration Bird Walks Take a short walk along the trails of Earle Park during the spring migration period, when many resident birds return and others migrate through on their way to points north. Reoccurs on 5/19. The Connecticut Audubon Center, Glastonbury

7 – 8:30pm: Spring Morning Bird Walks in Earle Park Take a short walk along the trails of Earle Park during the spring migration period, when many resident birds return and others migrate through on their way to points north. Non-members $5. The Connecticut Audubon Center, Glastonbury

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7:30pm: 92nd Annual Spring Concert Music Program: Blue Skies, Soon I Will Be Done, Shenandoah, New York, Sound of Silence, Memory, Summertime, The Promise of Living, Homeward Bound, and Broadway Blockbusters. Admission and parking are free, but we do ask that you donate non-perishable food items. The Bushnell, Hartford



Friday, May 12th – Saturday, May 13th

5:30 – 8pm: Mother’s Day Dinner Cooking Class Tonight we will be prepare dinner for Mom; homemade lasagna, tossed garden salad, buttery garlic knots and a layered strawberry trifle for dessert. Kids will also learn how to lay a proper table setting. Moms/guardians are asked to join for dinner at 7:30 p.m. One mom/guardian per child please! Ages 6-12. Stew Leonard’s, Newington


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Friday, May 12th – Sunday, May 14th

Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm: Russian Intensity The spotlight is on Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s own concertmaster, Leonid Sigal, in this concert featuring the works of Russian composers. Alexander Borodin died before he finished his Prince Igor opera; it was Rimsky-Korsakov and Glazunov who completed the work for him after he passed, with Glazunov composing much of the Overture. Glazunov’s Concerto for Violin in A minor was written at the height of the composer’s fame, while he was spending time at his summer home in Oserki. The pastoral setting inspired the lyrical mood of the concerto, which is superbly imagined and vivacious. Tchaikovsky’s great Symphony No. 4 was dedicated to his patroness, Nadezhda von Meck; he claimed she would find in it “an echo of your most intimate thoughts and emotions.” With the theme of Fate running throughout, Symphony No. 4 is emotionally and musically complex. The Koski Memorial Concert. Please join us for a pre-concert talk one hour prior to curtain each day. The Bushnell, Hartford

Friday, May 12th – Sunday, May 21st:


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Saturday, May 13th

National Apple Pie Day and National Babysitter’s Day! We love apple pies from Granny’s Pie Factory in East Hartford – quick shout out! 

6:30 – 8am: Bird Walk Join Jay Kaplan from Roaring Brook Nature Center for his annual bird walk at Cedar Hill Cemetery. Jay will lead participants through our ornamental foreground in search of resident and migratory birds. Appropriate hiking shoes and binoculars are strongly recommended. Meet near the bridge along the entrance drive. Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation, Hartford


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8 – 10:30am: Bird Migration Celebration Spring means the birds are heading north for the summer! All around the world, people are celebrating International Bird Migration Day as we watch for our winged friends. Come to Westmoor Park for a special guided bird hike with Audubon volunteer Larry Lunden, followed by bagels and coffee in the Hunter Room, where you will also learn about attracting birds and other wildlife to your backyard. $5 per person. Ages 5 and up. Westmoor Park, West Hartford

8:30 – 10am: Mother’s Day Breakfast Cooking Class Today we will prepare breakfast for mom; fruit breakfast pastries, sweet blueberry muffins and mini yogurt parfaits. At the end of class, breakfast will be served on Stew Leonard’s very own fine china with coffee, tea, or orange juice! Ages 2-5. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

8:45 – 11am: Race in the Park Each year, thousands gather to participate in race day festivities and events while honoring survivors, remembering loved ones, celebrating life and most importantly, raising much needed funds to advance the fight against breast cancer in Connecticut. By joining The Race, pledging your support or becoming a valuable sponsor, you help raise awareness and funds to support the fight against breast cancer. 100% raised in Connecticut. 100% stays in Connecticut. Join The Race. Join the cause. Walnut Hill Park, New Britain



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 is $7, children under one are free. Imagine Nation Museum Early Learning Center, Bristol

9am – 11am: Perennial Garden Basics This class will look at all the angles concerning installation and maintenance of a perennial garden. A hands-on demonstration will follow an indoor discussion. Ages 18 and up. Westmoor Park, West Hartford

9am – 12pm: Family Fishing Festival Join us at Fernridge Park on Connecticut’s Free Fishing Day for a morning festival focused on learning how to fish. There will be learning stations to explore, games, casting lessons, and fishing for the whole family! Bring your own gear for a fun morning at Fernridge Park. This event is free, but please pre-register. Ages 3 and up. Westmoor Park, West Hartford

9am – 12pm: Family Fishing Event Join us on Connecticut’s Free Fishing Day for a morning festival focused on learning how to fish. There will be learning stations to explore, raffles, casting lessons, and fishing for the whole family! Bring your own gear for a fun morning at Fernridge Park.. This event is free, but please pre-register. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Limited to the first 200 entrants, pre-registration required. Fernridge Park, West Hartford

9am – 12 pm and 1 – 4pm: Open House! Join us for our Spring Open House! My Gym invites you to explore our immaculate, state-of-the-art facility. We’ll have games, music, puppet shows, giveaways, raffles, and more! My Gym, West Hartford

9am – 3pm: May Market Goodbye winter, hello spring! Now in its 40th year, the Suffield Garden Club’s May Market officially marks the beginning of the planting season. Beautify your garden with a variety of plants, trees & shrubs. Win the teacup raffle, take home homemade desserts, or find a unique Mother’s Day gift. Peruse home décor & local crafts to chase away the winter blues. Phelps-Hatheway House & Garden, Suffield


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10 – 11:30am: Wildflower Walk Come out to Northwest Park for a Wildflower Walk with Steve Messier of the Connecticut Botanical Society. This hour and a half walking tour of the grounds is suitable for those ages 12 and above. Registration is required. Northwest Park, Windsor

10am – 1pm: Second Saturday’s Learn about creatures big and small, and see how many you can spot in works of art. 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



10am – 4pm: Annual Spring Fair and Rocks for All Ages Fun for the whole family! Live music, guided nature hikes, live animals, food, pond discovery, and more! Activities and exhibits by the Bristol Rotary Club, the Bristol Garden Club and other vendors. The Bristol and Meriden Gem and Mineral Clubs are collaborating for this family-friendly event by presenting “Rocks for All Ages” which will consist of stations that focus on different aspects of the Earth Sciences. Earth Science can be fun! Free. Indian Rock Nature Preserve, Bristol



10:30am and 1pm: Antiques 101 – Digging Deeper Tour If you’ve wondered whether the dining set you inherited is really an antique, or merely dreamt of hitting it big on “Antiques Roadshow,” the new “Antiques 101” Digging Deeper Tour at the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum could prove helpful. Tickets are $20. Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, Wethersfield

11am: Flight of the Butterflies & Aurora Storm The monarch butterfly is a true marvel of nature. Weighing less than a penny, it makes one of the longest migrations on Earth across a continent to a place it has never known. It’s a natural history epic. It’s a compelling detective story. It’s a scientific adventure at its best. It took Dr. Fred Urquhart almost 40 years to discover the monarch butterflies’ secret hideaway and prove the most incredible migration on Earth. Following the year-long annual migration cycle of the butterflies, the award-winning production team filmed hundreds of millions of monarchs in their remote overwintering sanctuaries in Mexico in 2011 and again in 2012 and also along their migratory routes from Canada, across the U.S. and into Mexico. The technology of planetarium immerses you in the astounding migration experience as two generations of the butterflies migrate north and then a Super Generation miraculously finds its way from Canada to a few isolated mountaintops in Mexico – to a place it has never been! Also featured will the planetarium short film, Aurora Storm. Aurora Storm is an 11-minute NASA-funded fulldome show about the captivating northern lights. Narrated by two Athabascan Alaska natives this show melds science and technology with literature and a multicultural look at the aurorae. Experience the dazzling aurorae through the eyes of scientists, photographers and local inhabitants who share their traditional views of this phenomenon. After the show, if the sky is clear, we’ll have our telescopes out for views of Jupiter, Mars and more. Glastonbury Planetarium


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11am – 2pm: Baby’s First Birthday Event Is your baby turning one soon? Join us in store to celebrate this milestone with free activities, giveaways and great gift ideas 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! Babies R Us 

1pm: The Nature of the American Woodsman Please join us to learn about John James Audubon from Gregory Nobles, who recently published a book on JJA, and, as part of his book tour, will be here for a talk, reading and book signing. $5 per person. The Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury


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5:30 – 8:30pm: Kids Night Out Kids will enjoy different sports games, challenges and contests, crafts and board games, pizza and snacks. $30 per child,  $50 per family. Valley Sports Community Center, Canton

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! Children ages 4 years and up are welcome. $30 per child, sibling discount. Gymnastics Training Center, Simsbury


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6:30 – 8:30pm: Family Fishing Course Learn all you need to know about fish and fishing. Spend time learning from experienced Instructors in the classroom, and then go on a fishing trip! Local recreation departments, libraries, and outdoor education centers host many of these classes. Mill Pond, Newington



7pm: A Mother’s Day Celebration starring Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, and Anita Wilson. The perfect Mother’s Day gift and way to celebrate all mothers. The Bushnell, Hartford

8pm: Russian Romantics Please join the Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra in their final classical concert of the year. An evening of your favorite Russian Romantics: Glinka, Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninoff! Hoffman Auditorium, University of St. Joseph, West Hartford

Saturday, May 13th – Sunday, May 14th


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11am – 7pm: Buy One Get One Admission Available for purchase online only. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Both tickets must be used the same day. Reoccurs on 5/20-21. Lake Compounce, Bristol

Sunday, May 14th

Happy Mother’s Day – from our house to yours!

7am – 11:30am: Mother’s Day Family Breakfast Show your mother, grandmother, or even great grandmother how much she means to you and treat her to a great breakfast down at the firehouse! Everyone is invited to come enjoy a home-style breakfast of eggs to order, french toast, homefried potatoes, ham, sausage, rolls, juice, milk, coffee and tea. Adults – $8, children under 12 – $5. Tunxis Hose Firehouse, Unionville


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10:30am and 12:30pm: Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch Enjoy a delicious brunch set to the music of the Jonathan Chatfield Trio featuring Theresa Wright. After, explore the galleries on your own or take a tour with a docent. Tickets include museum admission, jazz, brunch, and one complimentary bloody mary or mimosa. There are two seatings, one at 10:30 am and one at 12:30 pm. $35 per person. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

10:30am – 4pm: Mom’s and Grandmom’s Enter Free and if the day is warm and sunny you all will have to deal with the pleasures of drifting back in time as these early 20th century vehicles sway and purr their way down a mile and a half of track into the newly-budding spring countryside. Adults $10, children (ages 4-12) $7, children under 3 are free. Connecticut Trolley Museum, East Windsor


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11am – 4pm: Mother’s Day 2017 Treat Mom to art, brunch, and live classical music this Mother’s day! On Sunday, May 14, mothers can enjoy free admission all day, a special brunch by Riverhouse Catering at the Museum’s Café on the Park, and a performance by Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra. Riverhouse’s three-course Mother’s Day brunch will begin with a traditional Caesar salad, with the choice of crepes, a frittata, or soba noodle salad for the second course, and a strawberry Bavarian cream for dessert. Brunch is fixed at $25 per person and does not require reservations. Mothers and their families can also enjoy a live performance by Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra. Consisting of Cathryn Cummings (horn), Jordan Jacobson (trombone), and Allison Lazur (tuba), the group will present Music for Low Brass Instruments, including works by John Stevens, Johannes Ghiselin, Hidas Frigyes, and Anton Bruckner. Well known for their masterful performance of non-standard chamber orchestra repertoire, the Orchestra offers a unique music experience, making for an unforgettable Mother’s Day. Free admission for Mother’s. $25 brunch. NBMAA, New Britain

11am – 7pm: Mother’s Day A day all about mom. Relax, you deserve it! Sunday May 14th, join us for a Mother’s Day celebration. Arts and Crafts for kids! And fresh fruit and sangria for mom from 12pm-3pm! Bring mom to celebrate with us, buy a regular admission ticket, and get one free. Online only. Lake Compounce, Bristol



12 – 1:30pm: Mother’s Day Play Day! This Mother’s Day, bring the whole family in for themed games and activities, crafts, and some tasty treats! $20 per child. My Gym, Glastonbury


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12 – 4pm: Family Sunday Photo and Frame This monthly event features a children’s craft activity that changes each month. This month we are celebrating Mother’s Day with a craft that is sure to be cherished. Participants will pose for a photo in our beautiful main gallery and then decorate a frame to hold their photo. In honor of the holiday, all mothers get in free when accompanied by their children. Along with participating in our craft activity, visitors can tour the Museum and ride our carousel. This is a great way for families to spend the day together and make wonderful memories! Admission to Family Sunday is $6 for adults and $5 for children, and includes the price of the craft. Free admission for mothers in honor of Mother’s Day. The New England Carousel Museum, Bristol

12 – 5pm: Free Admission for Moms on Mother’s Day Harriet Beecher Stowe was a working mother of 7 children, squeezing in time to write to help support her family. On Mother’s Day, we honor mothers who work inside and outside the home with special savings at the Stowe Center. Moms enjoy free admission for a Stowe Center tour. The whole family will be inspired by the life of the woman whose words changed the world. Last tour steps off at 4:30pm. Before or after your tour, shop our Museum Store with books and gifts for everyone; including last minute gifts for Mom at 10% off. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford




1pm: Mother’s Day Tea Celebrate spring & our beautiful lilacs! Mrs. Phelps will offer a light tea in the Summer House & speak of the significant social & political role that tea played during the Revolutionary War & the years that followed. A tour of the house & gardens concludes with a traditional tea service featuring savory sandwiches, scones with homemade lemon curd & jam, a festive cake & many pots of tea! Honor your mother or beloved with this unique experience at one of Connecticut’s most lovely settings; young guests are welcome to don a period costume. Reservations required. $25 per adult; $15 per child. Phelps-Hatheway House & Garden, Suffield

1 – 3:30pm: Annual Mother’s Day Wildflower Talk & Walk Connecticut has a myriad of spring wildflowers. Find out why they bloom in the spring, where to find them, how they got their names and what makes these plants so special. Join us for a special lecture from 1 pm to 2 pm followed at 2 pm by a guided walk through our woods and our native plant gardens looking for wildflowers. Geared for all ages. Cost: Adults $6; children half-price. Moms admitted free. Pre-registration not required. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

3 – 5pm: Mother’s Day Afternoon Painting Mothers, bring your daughter, son, husband, grandparent, or best friend for a fun afternoon paint class! Singles are welcome too! Each attendee will have their own canvas to paint while the instructor guides your way to a beautiful masterpiece that can stand alone or be combined with your guests to make an entire painting! All ages welcome, but recommended for children over age 5. Mother’s Day sweets will be available. $35 per pair, $25 per individual. Indian Rock Nature Preserve, Bristol



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