August 7 – 13

Monday, August 7th

{Reoccurs} 10am: Free Summer Movies: The Lego Movie Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. Free. Runs until 8/21. Spotlight Theatres, Hartford.

{Reoccurs} 10am: Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse: Sing featuring $1 movies in Enfield and Manchester (Runs until 8/23)

1 – 4pm: Slooh Airstream Bus Launches Transcontinental Road Trip In anticipation of the celestial event of the century, Slooh, the CT-based leading media brand in outer space, is trekking across the country in the Slooh Mobile Observatory, from Connecticut to Stanley, ID, where they will capture and broadcast the total solar eclipse live on August 21st. Slooh will kick off their incredible journey from the Connecticut Science Center! During their journey west, Slooh will share their excitement and educate the public about the eclipse. Come check their unbelievable telescopes and the air stream bus that will take them on their journey. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford

{Reoccurs} 6pm – 9pm: Monday Night Jazz: Matt and Atla DeChamplain and Clifton Anderson at Bushnell Park in Hartford (Runs until 8/14)

{Reoccurs} 7pm: Outdoor Summer Concerts: Little Big Band in Manchester (Runs until 8/21) 

Monday, August 7th – Friday, August 16th:

1 – 5pm: Park Art Making art in the park. Neighborhood kids have been making art, music and friends since 1990. Now in it’s 27th year, Park Art takes place at George Day Park, located just across from 56 Arbor Street. Real Art Ways offers free hands-on summertime art workshops for kids. There’s a different project every day, from paper making to painting, pottery and collage. Along with art classes, the park is home to regular basketball games and tournaments, a fun spray pan for staying cool, jungle gym, and raised bed community gardens. Park Art concludes with our finale and exhibit on August 16th, 2017. Classes run Monday through Friday, 1-5 PM. Elementary school teacher and veteran Park Art teacher Lauren will be joining us for her 5th summer. Runs until 8/16. Real Art Ways, Hartford

Monday – Sunday (except Friday) until October 9th:



Tuesday, August 8th:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Crazy Homemade Donuts Today, we will prepare homemade donuts from scratch with yummy flavored icing! We will bake and decorate them with a variety of toppings. $15 per child. Ages 2-5. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

{Reoccurs} 10am: Free Summer Movies: The Lego Movie Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. Free. Runs until 8/21. Spotlight Theatres, Hartford



1:30 – 3pm: Teddy Bear Picnic & Story Time Bring your favorite teddy bear & a bagged lunch/snack for a picnic in our butterfly garden — we will supply the lemonade and cookies. Make a bear craft, learn what our local bears are doing this time of the year, and more…. Admission to the Nature Center is included with admission. Pre-registration not required. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

4pm: Winding Trails Kids Triathlon is a friendly event where the seeds of our sport start to grow. Ages 5-7 and ages 8-10. $5 non-members. Winding Trails, Farmington

5 – 9:30pm: Pediatric First Aid American Heart Association Heartsaver Courses are classroom, video-based, instructor-led courses designed for anyone with little or no medical training who needs a course completion card for job, regulatory (for example, OSHA), or other requirements. These courses can also be taken by anyone who wants to be prepared for an emergency in any setting. Students receive a course completion card that is valid for 2 years. This course teaches students to respond to and manage illnesses and injuries in a child or infant in the first few minutes until professional help arrives. Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive a Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid course completion card that is valid for 2 years. Connecticut Children’s Medical Center UTC Family Resource Center, Hartford

{Reoccuring} 6pm: Sun is Shining Concert Series: We Happy Few First Church, West Hartford (Runs until 8/29)

{Reoccurs} 6 – 7pm: WIP into Shape Looking for a different way to work out? We’re bringing WIP Fitness to the plaza for free, weekly workouts. Their motivating instructors will show you how to build muscle in this anything but traditional boot camp style class using bands, body weight, and the plaza itself. This class is accessible to all levels. Free. Tuesdays through August. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford

6 – 8pm: Casual Croquet Join us for some casual croquet on the West Lawn along with fabulous sunset view (weather permitting). BYO picnic and beverages if you would like to lay on the grass in between swings or just relax and be a spectator. Register in advance. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington

6:30 – 8:30pm: Make Bling Out Accessories Add bling to sunglasses. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $34. Michaels

{Reoccurs} 7 – 8:30pm: Summer Concert Series: Johnny Tripps & The Revelators (Blues/Rock) at Rockwell Park in Bristol (Runs until 8/22)



{Reoccurs} 7:30pm: Talkback Tuesdays An intimate, post show chat with the cast and special guests. Runs until August 22nd. Theaterworks, Hartford

Tuesdays – Wednesdays until August 16th:

Tuesdays – Wednesdays (until 8/16) at 10am: Free Summer Movies: Hotel Transylvania 2 Bowtie Cinemas offers free movies for kids. Seating limited to theater capacity, tickets issued on a first come, first serve basis. Free for kids. Bowtie Cinemas, Hartford.

Tuesdays – Sundays until August 27th



Wednesday, August 9th:

10am: Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse: Sing featuring $1 movies in Manchester (Runs until 8/23)

10am – 12pm: Animals that Scurry Among Us This walk and talk includes fun facts about woodchucks, beavers, squirrels, chipmunks, and more! Geared toward families with children ages 5 years and older. Meet at the flagpole in front of the Education Center. An adult must accompany children under 12 years old, no pets allowed. Session Woods WMA, Burlington

10am – 12pm and 2 – 4pm: Canvas and Cookies-Emoji Style Today, our instructors will teach us how to paint an emoji canvas step by step. In addition, we will make and decorate homemade sugar cookies to match our canvas! $20 per child. Ages 5-12. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

{Reoccurs} 11:30am – 12pm: Gallery Story Hour Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their little ones to join NBMAA Education staff for story time in the galleries! Each week, the Museum will feature a different story book and gallery to introduce children and families to the power of fusing literature with art. Appropriate for ages 7 and younger; drop-in participation is welcome. Runs until 8/16. NBMAA, New Britain

12 – 1pm: Salons at Lunch Join the conversation on immigration: Who “deserves” to immigrate to America? Join the conversation about social justice issues making news. Share your perspectives and ideas for creating positive change in our city, state and nation. A great opportunity to network with other change makers. Previous topics have included “Talking to Kids About Race and Racism,” “Why are we reluctant to address slavery?”, “Black Lives Matter vs. All Lives Matter,” “Race in Popular Culture,” and “The Confederate Flag.” Bring your lunch or pick up food at the Nook Farm Nook next door at Mark Twain House & Museum.



{Last Call} 12:30 – 1pm: Midday Meditation Take a few moments for yourself with some midday meditation on the Riverwalk. Learn the practice of mindfulness from instructor Liz Bacon. To get to this location, proceed from Mortensen Riverfront Plaza down the terrace stairs, turn left and follow the walkway under the Founders Bridge. Class will be held on the grass near the Howard Fromson sculpture, Amie. Free. Riverwalk North, Hartford

{Reoccurs} 12:30 – 1:30pm: Potter on the Plaza Join us on the plaza for a magical summer read-aloud of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Muggles welcome. Runs through August 30th. Free. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford

2:30 – 3:30pm: A Musical Journey Join us for a multi-cultural journey with exotic instruments from around the globe! Our unique Museum Studios and events are best for youth ages 2-8. This event is included in the $10/person admission fee. Imagine Nation, Bristol


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{Reoccurs} 5:30 – 6:30pm: Yoga in the Park Join WHY every Wednesday evening throughout the summer for an all levels, fun yoga class. Bring your yoga mat, towel and water bottle. Free. Runs until August 23rd. Eisenhower Park, West Hartford

{Reoccurs} 6 – 7pm: Yoga Flow on the River We’ve partnered with Hartford Sweat to bring free yoga to the riverfront! Join us every Wednesday night for Yoga Flow on the River. Stretch and strengthen your body and mind in this class designed to link movement with breath, allowing you to unwind and connect. This class is accessible to all bodies. Please bring your yoga mat! Free. Runs until August 30th. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford

6pm: Wheels on Wednesday Bike West Hartford, Inc. will be leading group bicycle rides on selected Wednesday evenings through August to acquaint cyclists with popular local cycling routes and promote community cycling in a non-competitive atmosphere. Rides will generally be between 10 – 20 miles with a few shorter rides suitable for families and longer rides for more experienced cyclists. Most rides will be exclusively within West Hartford, with some exceptions, including a ride to Duncaster Road in Bloomfield. Riders with varying levels of experience and pace will be grouped to promote safe and enjoyable cycling. No one will be left behind without the benefit of a ‘sweep’ rider. All those wishing to participate in rides will be required to have a helmet and sign a liability release waiver. Lights on bikes are strongly encouraged. All rides will start in the early evening at Town Hall parking lot outside the main entrance in the rear of the building.



{Reoccurs} 6:30 – 8pm: Summer Concert Series: Mighty Soul Drivers (runs until August 16th with raindates on Thursdays) at Elizabeth Park in West Hartford

{Reoccurs} 7pm: Outdoor Summer Concerts: Irish Night in Manchester (Runs until 8/23)

7:30 – 8:45pm: Wednesday ‘Crepuscular’ Walk Many animals become more active in the cooler crepuscular (twilight) hours. In past years we’ve seen and heard a wide range of creatures on our evening walks. What will we find this summer?! Cost: $6 non-members, children $3 non-members. Flashlight and long sleeves recommended. Pre-registration not required. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

Thursday, August 10th:

{Reoccurs} 10am: Free Summer Movies: The Lego Movie Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. Free. Runs until 8/21. Spotlight Theatres, Hartford.

2:30 – 3:30pm: Hula Show for Kids Join us for an interactive Polynesian Hula Show by our friend Kawai who was born and raised in Hawaii! Our unique Museum Studios and events are best for youth ages 2-8. This event is included in the $10/person admission fee. Imagine Nation, Bristol

4 – 7pm: Pop Up Bar Visit the pop up bar and join tours of the two summer special exhibitions beginning at 5pm. Brandy Culp, Richard Koopman Curator of American Decorative Arts, will lead a tour of Simply Splendid: Rediscovering American Design. Patricia Hickson, Emily Hall Tremaine Curator of Contemporary Art, will lead a tour of Hand-Painted Pop! Art and Appropriation, 1961 to Now. Free admission, tours, and snacks, with drinks available for purchase. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford


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5 – 8pm: Know Good Market Food, music, vendors. Parkville, Hartford




{Reoccurs} 6pm: Sounds of Summer Concerts: Soul Sound Revue The Sounds of Summer concert series brings six free, family friendly concerts to Great River Park this summer! Runs through August 10th. Great River Park, East Hartford

6 – 7pm: Amazing Reptiles & Amphibians Winding Trails is pleased to invite Adam Harris, the seasoned herpetologist and owner of Harris in Wonderland, to visit us this summer. He will bring a selection of amazing reptiles and amphibians from all corners of the globe. Experience a visit with a giant land tortoise from Africa, learn amazing facts about frogs, see the special features of the Australian bearded dragon and more! This is a free program provided by monies donated through the Trails Fund. Winding Trails, Farmington

6 – 9pm: Open House Are you new to Yoga and want to try it out? Do you love Yoga and want to try out a new studio? Join Soma for nine [free] Yoga, Ayurveda, and wellness classes at our Open House! Reserve your spot in class or by phone. Soma Movement Studio, Unionville

6:30 – 8pm: Sunset Notables Tour Foundation Director, Beverly Lucas leads this evening walking tour through the historic memorial grounds featuring some of Cedar Hill Cemetery’s most notable residents and monuments. Highlights include the monuments of General Griffin Stedman, Katharine Hepburn and Mark Howard. Participants will enjoy watching the sun set over Cedar Mountain during the walk. $5 per person. The tour begins at the flagpole at the end of the entrance drive. Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation, Hartford



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{Reoccurs} 6:30 – 8pm: Summer Concert Series: Ball in the House at Mills Pond Park in Canton (Runs until 8/17)

{Reoccurs} 6:30 – 8:30pm: Summer Concerts: Farmington Valley Band at Windsor Town Green (Runs until August 17th with raindates on the following Tuesday)



6:30 – 10:30pm: BBQ, Bluegrass & Brews A casually elegant home-style dinner on the farm featuring Max’s version of Southern (CT) Hospitality, with local brews, great food and a good dose of Bluegrass. On Thursday, August 10th, join us for BBQ, Brews & Bluegrass. Explore hyper-local craft beer and dine on sinfully good BBQ, exquisitely prepared on the farm by Max’s Oyster Bar’s Executive Chef Hunter Morton. This is one pickin’ party that you don’t want to miss! Tickets are $99 and all-inclusive except for Eventbrite processing fees. By purchasing this ticket, you are also making a donation to the CT Farmland Trust. Rosedale Farms & Vineyards, Simsbury


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{Reoccurs} 7 – 9pm: Music on the Green: Pocket Full of Soul in Southington (Runs until September 6th with a raindate on Thursdays)



Friday, August 11th:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Crazy Homemade Donuts Today, we will prepare homemade donuts from scratch with yummy flavored icing! We will bake and decorate them with a variety of toppings. $15 per child. Ages 2-5. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

10am – 4:30pm: Passengers from the Past Take a ride back in time and enjoy the trolley experience as it was during the heyday of the trolley era. Guests will be invited to partake in the historical recreation of the trolley era by coming dressed for the part. Come dressed as if you were living in any decade from 1890-1920. Adults $10, children $7 (ages 4-12). Connecticut Trolley Museum, East Windsor

11am – 12pm: Drum Circle with Jami Ray Feel and hear the rhythm and beats with an interactive drum circle led by Jami Ray. Jami show and teaches the participants different techniques to create different sounds on the drum. Imagine Nation, Bristol

12:30pm: Pop Up Improv Hartford’s own Sea Tea Improv will bring pop-up improv to the river this summer. They’ll put on a fully improvised comedy show based on your ideas– just like you might see on “Whose Line is It Anyway,” “Wildn’ Out,” or at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Come just to laugh, to jump on stage or to shout out your ideas and see them spun into comedy gold.

{Reoccurs} 12:30 – 1:30pm: Lunchtime Drive Bring your golf club to work, or borrow one of ours and hit a fish food golf balls out of the park (and into the river). Cost: 2 balls for $5 or 7 for $15. Runs until July 28th. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford

2pm: Living Dragons Brian Kleinman of Riverside Reptiles will be on hand with some very special guests for a presentation on lizards. Cost: $4 children, $6 adults Pre-registration is not required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

4:30 – 7:30pm: Community Block Party in the Park Enjoy carnival games, crafts, face painting, basketball hoops, music, bounce-house, Touch-A-Truck, and food! There will also be some prizes and giveaways. Deerfield Park, Windsor

5pm: Summer Sizzle: Dial M for Murder This summer’s outdoor film series celebrates the exhibition Hand-Painted Pop! Art and Appropriation, 1961 to Now. Enjoy live music and à la carte dinner service prepared by the Museum Café beginning at 5 pm, with films beginning at sundown (approximately 8:15 pm). Please note that portable chairs and coolers are prohibited. The program will move indoors during inclement weather. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford


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5:30 – 8:30pm: Glow Stick Dance Party 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!! Ages 2.5 and up. $30 per child. Half-off siblings. My Gym, Enfield & West Hartford


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6 – 8pm: Crazy Homemade Donuts Today, we will prepare homemade donuts from scratch with yummy flavored icing! We will bake and decorate them with a variety of toppings. $20 per child. Ages 6-12. Stew Leonard’s, Newington


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{Reoccurs} 7pm: Outdoor Summer Concerts: Shaded Soul in Manchester (Runs until 8/18)

7 – 7:45pm: Clue Mystery Murder 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? Tickets are $24; museum members are $17; children 6 to 17 are $15. Mark Twain House, Hartford




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Saturday, August 12th:

{Reoccurs} 8 – 9am: Yoga in the Park Join WHY every Saturday morning throughout the summer for an all levels, fun yoga class. Bring your yoga mat, towel and water bottle. Runs until August 23rd. Free. Fernridge Park, West Hartford

9 – 10am: Crazy Homemade Donuts Today, we will prepare homemade donuts from scratch with yummy flavored icing! We will bake and decorate them with a variety of toppings. $15 per child. Ages 2-5. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

10 – 11:30am: Going Native Many invasive plants are garden plants that have escaped into the wild. Learn why native plants are better for our gardens and our wild areas. Cost: Admission to the Nature Center (members free). Preregistration required. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton


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10am – 1pm: Second Saturdays: Cut & Paste Create a new work of art using images from magazines and comic books, then explore the special exhibitions with a docent to discover more cut-and-pasted patterns. As always, museum admission is free during Second Saturdays activities! Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

11am – 12pm: Baby’s First Birthday 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


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Saturday, August 12th – Sunday, August 13th


Educator Appreciation Days


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Sunday, August 13th:

7:45am: 5th Annual Bristol Half Marathon and 10K in Bristol

10 – 11:30am: Take a Walk Learn what plants from grasses to flowers are found within the one year old field at Winding Trails. Winding Trails, Farmington

1 – 3pm: Princess Tea Hear ye, hear ye! All little princesses across the land are invited to enjoy an afternoon of magic and fantasy at The Bushnell Park Carousel’s Princess Tea. This enchanted tea party for children and their parents will feature cookies and juices, wand craft, story time, carousel rides, magic, balloons and a guest Princess. The Princess Tea is priced at $15 per child and $5 per adult. Prince Charmings, Tiaras and royal dress is highly encouraged. Bushnell Carousel, Hartford



{Reoccurs} 4 – 5pm: Summer Fun Party Visit one of our summer fun parties, happening all summer long! This is a parent-supervised event open to all ages. 1 month to 11 years. Runs until August 27th. My Gym, Glastonbury 

3 – 5pm: Auditions for Bunnicula at The Arts at Angeloria’s, Southington


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