We visited the Connecticut Science Center recently and wanted to share with you some insider information that we took away from our visit.
Did You Know:
- The quietest time to visit, is when the weather is nice outside and in the late afternoons (school/camp groups who are visiting, usually arrive around 10am and leave around 2pm) so anytime after 2pm would be ideal, please note closing time is at 5pm.
- You can bring your own lunch (check out the gorgeous outdoor seating)! Milk your visit and take a stroll on the Riverfront!
- Psst, while you are there, check out the Solar and Wind Powered Air Monitoring Station. You can also order lunch at Subway (located inside the Science Center) and try the Subway app for convenient ordering (downtime is uptime).
- Bike Racks are available, which you can also use for a stroller – just remember to bring a lock. Note: There are also small indoor lockers available during your visit.
- Save room for dessert because there is a Froyo World on site.
- Over the Summer also be sure to stop and enjoy the rooftop garden – perfect time to get some sun, while little one’s nap.
- You can just see a movie! No need to pay for admission to the Science Center to do so.
- Did you know they have overnights? Yes, and the next one is on Friday, October 20th.
Have you seen their new Butterfly Exhibit yet?
Their Alien Worlds & Androids Exhibit opens this Saturday!
The kids have no school on Columbus Day, come check it out!
The Science Center recognizes:
- Homeschoolers: Tuesday – Sunday from 10am – 5pm and admission is $11 per person (proper homeschool identification is required) and movies are $6 per person. Discovery Center Programs for K-9 are also available for 10 students for an additional $7.50 per person and they can be run at 9:45am, 11am, 12:15pm, 1:30pm and 2:45pm. Homeschoolers also save 15% on all memberships.
- Scouts: Come on a special just for Scouts (Scout Day) or take advantage of Scout Group Pricing and come any day with your troop for a visit full of hands-on fun.
- Scouts Day: Scouts visiting on special days will experience additional fun programming including Live Science. Complete the scout activity for the day and receive a brand new Connecticut Science Center Fun Patch. New patches are created for each event. Collect them all. The next Scout Day will be on December 9-10th and it’s on Robotics.
- Group Outings: Come any day with 10 or more participants and benefit from group pricing. Invite your child’s classmates or organize a group playdate!
- Special Needs: Sensory-friendly days for those with special needs. The next sensory friendly day is on Wednesday, October 4th. You will also save $2.95 if you purchase your ticket in advance and online.
General admission is $23.95 for an adult and $16.95 for a child (ages 3-17). Children under 2 are always free.
- If you plan on visiting the Science Center at least three times in one year, a membership may be worth it.
- If you want to experience your first visit before deciding, pay normal admission and you have 30 days to decide to become a member and just pay the difference.
- If you decide the day off you will save $10 if you become a member before you leave.
The Science Center also has many perks for its members.
- unlimited admission all year with no extra charge for special events;
- your membership is fully tax-deductible as the Science Center in a non-profit organization;
- you receive flat rate parking which is $5 no matter how long you stay;
- the Science Center has rotating reciprocals with other museums; now until October 2017 it is the Connecticut Beardsley Zoo, so you can get in there for free; the future reciprocal museum is Mystic Aquarium at Norwalk in January 2018, then in March it’s the Mystic Aquarium.
- the Science Center hosts previews of new exhibits exclusively for members;
- express entry – skip the line even during the busiest times;
- movies are $2 less at $5;
- if you decide to sign up for a camp, birthday party or purchase something from the gift shop or Froyo World you will save 10% with your membership card.
- you also get discounts at local area restaurants: Bear’s Smokehouse, City Steam Brewery, The Blind Pig, Qdoba, Ted’s Montana Grill and Vivo Seasonal Trattoria.
Hartford residents got free admission to the Science Center for the month of August, which was available through the Hartford Public Library.
There is a gift shop on site, and a few interesting things about it are:
They carry an exclusive collection for Science Centers only.
They are currently carrying an exclusive Hello Kitty Collection.
One of their biggest sellers is the Himalayan Rock Salt Lamps!
Take a selfie with their LEGO statue – yes they also sell LEGO products.
As part of the Dino Trail, they carry hundreds of dinosaur related products!
We thought the Venus Fly trap was pretty cool and it reminded me of the Little Shop of Horrors!
I visited on a Monday afternoon and was able to find two-hour street parking for $2.
The parking meter kiosks also display local event info – or of course you have Momford County!
The Connecticut Science Center also offers ample programs for adults including workshops, luncheons, teacher training, as well as an annual gala and a quarterly Museum After Dark Program, which they call Liquid Lounge.
Summer is the time for Farmers Markets, and we have found every market in Hartford County and shared their schedule and vendors with you. We have highlighted in bold the vendors that are based here in our county, show them extra love and be mindful that they are local year round, even after the market season ends.
Avon – Mondays, July 3rd – August 28th from 4-7pm featuring local Oma’s Pride, as well as George Hall Farm (Simsbury), Rose’s Berry Farm (South Glastonbury), Shenstone Farm (South Glastonbury), Café Louise (West Hartford), Bassette Farm (Glastonbury), Woodland Farm (South Glastonbury), Barden Farm (New Hartford), Dolce Vita Gelato (New Britain), Bristol’s Farm, CT Gourmet Bread (Willimantic), Sweet Pea Cheese (North Granby), Ridge Runner Soaps (Harwinton), Broad Brook Beef and Tonn’s Orchard (Terryville).
Berlin – Saturdays, June 10th – September 23rd from 9am – 1pm.
Bloomfield – Saturdays, July 1st – October 28th from 10am – 1pm.
Bristol – Saturdays, June 10th – September 30th from 10am – 1pm.
Collinsville – Sundays, June 11th – October 22nd from 10am – 1pm featuring Blue Moon Farm (Harwington), Deeply Rooted Farms (Harwington), Gresczyk Farms (New Hartford), Hard Rain Farm, Hartford Baking Company (West Hartford), Lamothe’s Sugar House (Burlington), Lost Ruby Farm (Norfolk), Maple View Farm (Harwington), Ridge Runner Soap (Harwington), Salsa Loca (East Granby), Sunset Meadow Vineyards (Goshen), Syme Family Farm (Broad Brook), Wild Carrot Farm (Bantam). Follow Collinsville Farmers Market on Facebook.
East Granby – Wednesdays, June 15th – August 31st from 3-6pm.
East Hartford – Fridays, July 8th – October 28th from 9am – 1pm.
East Windsor – Sundays, June 25th – September 24th from 11am – 2pm.
Enfield – Wednesdays, July 12th – October 11th from 4-8pm.
Farmington – Fridays, July 7th – August 25th from 3-6pm featuring locals Tutenago, Jilly Bean Farm, as well as Better Baking by Beth (Torrington), Chet’s Italian Ice (New Britain), cinder + salt (Middletown/Canton), Maple Breeze Farm (Westbrook), Beading Adventures (Simsbury), Maple View Farm (Harwington), The Olive Oil Factory (Waterbury), Tonn’s Orchards (Burlington/Terryville), Twelve Springs (East Hartford), and Woodland Farm (South Glastonbury).
Glastonbury – Wednesdays, June 28th – October 25th from 4-7pm featuring locals Melzen Pet Supply, Roasted Bean Coffee Roaster, Killam & Bassette Farmstead, Beckett Farm, Brasato Food Truck, Bednarz Farm, and Ginger & Pickles Baking Co, as well as Blessed Creek Soaps (Suffield), Blinking Owl Art Pottery & Artwork, Body & Beyond Massage Therapy & Energy Cleansing, Granny’s Pies Factory Pies (East Hartford), Hardcore Sweet Food Truck (Manchester/Oakville), Hartford Baking Company (West Hartford), Home Prep Products, June’s Knits Upcycled Crafts, Knot by Knot Macramé Jewelry, Penfield Farm (Portland), Ridge Runner Soaps (Harwinton) and Sweet Seidners Bake Shop (Woodbridge). Follow the Glastonbury Farmers Market on Facebook.
Hartford (West End) – Tuesdays, June – September from 4-7pm and October from 3-6pm featuring locals Michael’s Veggies, Pan de Oro Chips, Integrated Life Therapy, Wild Yonder, Zipped and Printed, and Naturally Dogs and Cats, as well as Sweet Acre Farm (Lebanon), Little Acre Farm (Glastonbury), Riverview Farm (Coventry), Copper Hill Farm (Somers), Chet’s Italian Ice (New Britain), Let’s Start From Scratch (Simsbury), Get Baked (Windsor), The Quark Side, JusTEAn (New Haven), Blue Earth Compost (West Hartford), Tiny Acre Farm (Woodstock), Fresh Wraps (West Hartford), Hartford Prints, Iron and Grain (West Hartford), G-Monkey Food Truck (Durham) and Home Prep Products.
Hartford (Billings Forge) – Thursdays, June 1st – October 26th from 11am – 2pm featuring locals Bioessential Greens, N2 Coffee, Dee’s Flavors, as well as Beckett Farms (Glastonbury), Carrot Top Kitchens Redding), Chet’s Italian Ice (New Britain), Granny’s Pie Factory (East Hartford), Gresczyk Farm (New Hartford), Maple View Farm (Harwington), Rose’s Berry Farm (South Glastonbury), Sun Valley Farm (Enfield), Sweet Madeline’s (Glastonbury), Sweet Pea Farm (Redding), NoRA Cupcakes (West Hartford/Middletown) and G-Monkey (Durham).
Hartford (Frog Hollow) – Monday’s & Fridays from July 10th – October July 10 from 3 – 6pm
Manchester – Wednesdays, June 21st – October 4th from 5-8pm.
Plainville – Fridays, June 30th – September 15th from 3-6pm.
South Windsor – Saturdays, June – October from 10am – 1pm featuring locals Bordua Farm, Rasham Restaurant, and Wapping Fair as well as Sylvia’s Hot Dogs (Windsor) Barton Farm (Hampton), Burke Ridge Farm (Ellington), Creative Living Community (Manchester), Draghi Farms (Glastonbury), Easy Pickin’s (Enfield), George Hall Farm (Simsbury), Killam & Bassette Farmstead (Glastonbury), Meadow Stone Farm, Mosher Farm (Broad Brook), Syme Family Farm (Broad Brook), Thompson Street Farm (South Glastonbury), Chet’s Italian Ice (New Britain), Defiore Ravioli Shop (Rocky Hill), Granny’s Pie Factory (East Hartford), Great Harvest Bread Co. (Vernon), Jeff’s Kettle Corn (Tolland), LaBrioche French Bakery (Vernon), Roasted Bean (Glastonbury), Skeleton Key BBQ (Coventry), Sylvia’s Hot Dogs & Sausage (Windsor), Steve’s NY Style Bagels (Manchester), Hartford Courant, Never Dull Moment (Coventry), Old Thyme Country Candles and MJ Gems. Follow the South Windsor Farmers Market on Facebook.
Suffield – Saturdays, Juny 17th – October 7th from 9am – 12pm featuring locals Bielonko Farm, Maplewoods Farm, Merry Mite Wild Gardens, Cupola Hollow Farm (West Suffield), as well as Easy Pickin’s (Enfield), Organic Body Solutions, Bold by Tina (Enfield) and Terrariums by Grace.
West Hartford – Tuesdays, June to October from 9am – 1pm, Thursdays, from 11am – 3pm and Saturdays from 9am – 1pm featuring Newgate Farms (Windsor), Upper Forty Farm (Cromwell), Four Mile River Farm (Old Lyme), Hall’s Farm (Simsbury), Sweet Pea Farm (Redding), Woodland Farm (South Glastonbury), Howard’s Bread (Centerbrook) and Chet’s Italian Ice (New Britain). Follow the West Hartford Farmer’s Market on Facebook.
West Hartford (Bishops Corner) – Saturdays, June 3rd – September 30th from 10am – 1pm featuring locals Iron & Grain, Café Louise Catering, Adamah Farm, Here is Good Designs, Roadside Flowers Hartford, and UCONN Extension Master Gardeners as well as The George Hall Farm (Simsbury), Sweet Harmony Café & Bakery (Middletown), Georoots (North Canton), Little Farm on Main (Bethlehem), Mara’s Bake Shop, RMS Growers (Granby), O’live a Little (Canton/South Windsor, Muddy Roots Farm (Wallingford), Anderson’s Sugarhouse Tree (East Haddam), Turtle Designs, Maid Organic (Bristol) and Liquid Nirvana (Avon/Glastonbury). Follow the West Hartford Bishops Corner Market on Facebook.
Wethersfield – Thursdays, May 18th – October 19th from 3-6pm featuring locals Old Wethersfield Country Store, Red Onion Gardens, and Ginger’s Jellies & Jams, and Woodland Farm (South Glastonbury) as well as Cugno’s Farm (Colchester), Killam & Bassette Farmstead (Glastonbury), Shenstone Farm (South Glastonbury), Phoenix Farm (Cromwell), The Bread and Breakfast (Bristol), Sweet Madeline’s (Glastonbury), CT Gourmet Bread (Windham), Granny’s Pie Factory (East Hartford), Sixpence Pie Company (Southington), Sweet Pea Cheese (North Granby), Broad Brook Beef, Chet’s Italian Ice (New Britain), Sugar Maple Farms (Lebanon), Dragon’s Blood Elixir (Woodstock), Hillhome Country Products (Norfolk), Aurora Borealis Designs (West Hartford), Debbye Rosen Pottery, Wholly Goat Farm (Hebron) and Rotters Potters (Glastonbury).
Windsor – Thursdays, June 29th – October 19th from 3:30-6:30pm featuring locals: Farmers of Southern New England, Forgotten Acres Farm, One Song Biscotti, Stefan Farms, Summer’s Sweetest Watermelon, Windsor Garden Club, Windsor Public Library and the Windsor Woman’s Club, and Beckett Farm (Glastonbury), Beldotti Bakery (Stamford), Blessed Creek Soaps (Suffield), Fanciful Flowers (Windsor Locks), RL Apothecary, Sweet Harmony Cafe & Bakery (Middletown), Sweet Pea Cheese (North Granby), Walter Murkowicz’s Seasonal Produce (Windsor Locks).
Windsor Locks – Tuesday, June 27th – September 26th from 4-7pm.
Number One: Farmington is home to our publisher, Angelina Capalbo – without her, no Momford County! Just joking, I am definitely not as cool as the WestFarms Mall, which despite claims it’s in West Hartford, I have verified with Farmington Town Hall that 3/4 of the Mall sits in Farmington. Macy’s (located in the Westfarms Mall) the fifth largest employer in Farmington – along with UConn Health Center, ConnectiCare, TRUMPF and United Technologies. Technically, Macy’s is located in West Hartford but that is how WestFarms got their name – West Hartford + Farmington = WestFarms. Speaking of shopping, we also have some retail gems here: the Design Forum, Green Trails Market – an all organic market for dog food, Vivid Hue, Happiest and several others. But back to the beginning, if you live in Farmington (or Unionville) and want to show some support for our publisher and resident, sign up to receive our emails.
Number Two: Farmington has amazing trails. It has a National Scenic Trail, two trails on the Farmington Valley Greenway, eight historic trails connecting to at least five eras, several handicapped trails to fishing piers, and a number of short hikes through Farmington’s forests and of course, the Freedom Trail – where 10 properties are also listed as historical landmarks and lastly, six historic walks through Unionville and Farmington – Shade Swamp Sanctuary (I hear) is also a site not to miss.
Number Three: No reason to go to West Hartford with restaurants like CURE, Tap Rock, Butcher and Bakers, Apricot’s and George’s – all with outdoor seating, Olive Bar, 4 Eat and Drink, Wooden Tap, and we also have a nightclub and a gorgeous banquet facility, the Farmington Gardens and Farmington Polo Club which is also home to the Farmington Polo Grounds – which hosts the annual Dream Ride event. They say Polo is making a comeback along with disc sports. And for the kids, several awesome pizza joints in town, Naples, Artistica, Joey Garlic’s and George’s. For tea drinkers, we have Culteavo – they also have a seasonal location at the Hill-Stead!
Number Four: State of the art sports facility training center, Farmington Sports Arena and Tunxis Meade Park.
Number Six: Two miniature golf courses; one in Farmington and one in Unionville – the later one also offers free bike rentals, golf courses (Westwoods, Farmington Woods and Tunxis), an art bar (check out our experience) an Escape Room and a year-round nature center and lake, Winding Trails.
Number Seven: Lots of gyms and fitness centers including a 24/7 gym, Malibu Fitness, LA Fitness, Amped, Valley Fitness, kickboxing and Crossfit as well as a personal trainer and an athletic club. Pilates: The Posture Bar, SOMA Movement Studio. Yoga: Bikram Yoga, SOMA Movement Studio and ZEN Yoga Barre.
Number Eight: Education – Home to the Village Nursery School, a Montessori School (1 – 6 years of age), Miss. Porter’s (high school), Connecticut School of Broadcasting and Tunxis Community College (a two-year college) as well as UConn’s School of Medicine and Dentistry – and UConn Health Center and in general easy access to a multitude of medical care providers across the spectrum.
Number Nine: Clubs and Organizations – Farmington Field Club – we are members – click here to learn more according to us, Farmington Country Club – which has a reciprocal membership partnership with Farmington Field Club (FFC), the Farmington Club, Farmington Farms, the Exchange Club of Farmington, the Rotary Club of Farmington and the Farmington Chamber of Commerce.
Since 1964, the Farmington Field Club in Farmington, CT has offered opportunities for adults and children to socialize, join teams, play tennis, swim, take lessons, or just relax and have fun. The Farmington Field Club is a family-oriented recreation facility. It consists of six tennis courts, three platform (paddle) tennis courts, three pools (general swimming, wading and diving), a children’s play area, a picnic area, locker rooms and a clubhouse facility. A wide range of activities and lessons are available in the tennis, swim and paddle areas.
The Farmington Field Club offers three pools to its members and their guests. Toddlers and young children enjoy a circular wading pool. The enclosed area also include swings, a plastic climber, and water toys to keep even the most active tot occupied. The center attraction of the pool area is a six-lane, 25-meter pool, ranging in depth from 3 to 5 feet. One lane is always reserved for lap swimming, and the rest of the pool is available for recreational use. The separate diving pool is perfect for practicing dives and playing supervised games. The pool area offers large awnings with lounge chairs underneath, for those who prefer shade from the sun.
The dedicated staff of lifeguards on duty ensure the safety of all swimmers. Dressing rooms and showers are conveniently located adjacent to the pool area.
The pool is open Memorial Day through Labor Day, with additional hours through mid-September, weather permitting. Swim teams, clubs and lessons are available including diving lessons for juniors.
Throughout the year the Field Club hosts a variety of social events for members and guests to get together. The club has a lovely outdoor patio seating area with a commercial grill for the use of our members and for club events. Family events include barbeques on Opening Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day, with pool and tennis games for kids, and ice-cream sundaes. The club also hosts a special Awards Night family dinner at the end of July. For adults only, we offer an annual mid-summer party, with cocktails, a catered dinner, and entertainment. Junior team members especially look forward to the annual Lake Compounce day trip and a camp-out sleepover night at the club.
Just for Kids:
For kids of all ages, drop-in programs are offered daily throughout the season. FFC staff members lead the kids through a fun and organized craft project in the shaded picnic area. And every day and all day, traditional ice cream treats are sold for $1 each at the paddle hut. Kids sit together on the grassy lawn and enjoy a refreshing break from the sun.
The tennis courts are open daily, from early morning until dusk. Members can view and book their courts through our website. Teams for men, women and mixed doubles as well as junior and children are available. Group tennis clinics are offered daily to adults and children at all levels of play. Private lessons are also available and are a great way to focus on a specific skill with the undivided attention of an instructor.
While the pool is closed for the winter season, the paddle courts are open. They are available for play throughout the fall, winter, and spring months. A 800 square foot, all season lodge features ample viewing, couches, TV, fireplace, and a small kitchen area! This serves as a great warming hut for paddle players and the host site for all of their events and tournaments.
1. Family, which includes:
a) Regular Family – husband and wife and dependent children under the age of 25 residing in the same household.
b) Young Adult Family – husband and/or wife 40 or younger that have dependent children under the age of 25 residing in the same household.
c) Head-of-household – a single parent and dependent children under the age of 25 residing in the same household.
Annual Dues are $1,200 but do not include the following: 1. Annual Capital Assessment of $250, Annual Guest Fee of $125 (then you can bring guests), Initiation Fee $400-600* and a Bond $1,000 (refundable when a new family joins after you leave the club). *The Club is waiving 16 more Initiation Fees for New Members, first come-first serve. They love referrals; for every new member you refer, you will receive $100 off of your annual dues, $50 for each additional referral up to 5 per year. Visa and MasterCard credit cards are accepted. Payment options available on request.
They also have individual memberships available.
Farmington Field Club has partnered up with local Farmington Country Club and members of FFC can order food to be delivered to the club. In addition, memberships can be extended to members of FFC and vice versa.
Visit the Easter Bunny at Westfarms now through Saturday, April 15th in Center Court.
Our family had a chance to meet the Easter Bunny and snap some photos with him.
We love the holiday experiences at Westfarms Mall, it’s super close to home and is an easy in and easy out! Our digital photo was sent via text to us before we even left the mall. Bunnyville is more than just photos with the Easter Bunny, it really makes visitors feel like Spring has sprung!
More than meets the eye, the beautiful Spring colors make a beautiful backdrop from all around Bunnyville. While pictures with the Easter Bunny are only for their photographic crew’s lense, pictures around bunnyville are encouraged, here are some that we snapped. Snap yours and seal it with a #bunnyville2017.
Walk around the perimeter and on the Starbucks side you will see a growth chart! Snap a pic to see how much your little one has grown! #bunnyville2017
Little ones, can take a spin on the way out or in of their photo experience! A little extra treat for smiles with the soft bunny.
Our little bunny enjoyed her picture with the official bunny! Thanks to the Westfarms Mall for accommodating us, we received a complimentary photo session during our visit.
Details if you haven’t had your photo taken yet:
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am to 8pm and Sunday 11am to 6pm:
Photo Package Pricing:
A. Four (4) 5x7s, four (4) 4x6s, four (4) 3x5s, eight (8) wallets, a free digital download: $46
B. Two (2) 5x7s, two (2) 4x6s, two (2) 3x5s, eight (8) wallets, a free digital download: $40
C. One (1) 5×7, two (2) 4x6s, two (2) 3x5s, six (6) wallets, two (2) photos keychains: $35
D. One (1) 5×7, two (2) 4x6s, four (4) Wallets: $28
E. Two (2) 4 x 6s: $23
Digital download add-on: Add to any photo package and receive four (4) free wallets! Digital download: $10
Bonus: Receive a voucher for one complimentary Lovepop card.
Beat the winter blues and join us for the tasting event of the season! Sample and sip craft beers and enjoy the Museum’s galleries at our 4th Annual Craft Sippin’ in New Britain! The Museum gives thanks to Hartford Distributors for lining up this year’s list of distinguished breweries that will be sure to please every type of beer fan.
Each guest will receive a souvenir NBMAA Craft Sippin’ tasting glass upon entry for unlimited 2 oz. tastings of beer.
Breweries: Brooklyn Brewery, Goose Island/Golden Road/Elysian/Blue Point, Long Trail/Otter Creek, Relic, Lagunitas, Ballast Point, Willimantic Brewing Co., Dogfish Head, Thomas Hooker, Sam Adams, Twisted Tea, Angry Orchard, Back East Brewing Co., Hog River Brewing Co., Two Roads Brewing Co,. Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Counter Weight Brewing Co., Alvarium Beer Co., and Sierra Nevada.
Music: Now for Ages is an indie-pop duo whose members Katie Donnelly and Erik Lindblad met five years ago while attending Endicott College in Beverly, MA. They were in several bands throughout college and decided after graduation to pursue music as a duo. Over the past year they have been writing, recording, and performing throughout New England. Now for Ages recently released an EP.
DIY: In addition to the beer, food, and music, there will be a do-it-yourself studio component in which guests can get creative in making their own coasters.
Purchase tickets here.
In addition to their year-round production offerings, Playhouse on Park in West Hartford is also proud to offer a variety of educational offerings for grades K – Adult. Theater education strengthens self-confidence, team building, listening and responding skills, and can instill a lifelong passion for the arts. Playhouse on Park strives to teach students theater technique in a professional and comfortable environment.
Youth Class Offerings:
Creative Kids (Grades K-1): Children will be introduced to theater 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. This class is for all kindergartners and for first grade students who are new to the program. Mondays, 4:30 – 5:30pm, Fee: $120. There is a once a year additional $15 registration fee. Classes start Monday, January 9th and run until March 20th. No class on January 16th and February 20th. Snow day March 27th.
Creative Kids Plus (Grades 1-2): Children will continue to study theater 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 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. This class is for first grade students who have already participated in the program, and for all second grade students. Mondays, 5:45 – 6:45pm. Fee: $120. There is a once a year additional $15 registration fee. Classes start Monday, January 9th. Classes start Monday, January 9th and run until March 20th. No class on January 16th and February 20th. Snow day March 27th.
Young Actors (Grades 3-4): 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. This class is for all third grade students and for fourth graders who are new to the program. Wednesdays, 4– 5pm. Fee: $120. There is a once a year additional $15 registration fee. Classes start Wednesday, January 11th and run until March 8th. Snow day March 15th.
Young Actors Plus (Grades 4-5): Students will participate in games, exercises, and scenes to allow them to increase their 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. This class is for fourth grade students who have already participated in the program, and for all fifth grade students. Wednesdays, 5:15 – 6:15pm. Fee: $120. There is a once a year additional $15 registration fee. Classes start Wednesday, January 11th and run until March 8th. Snow day March 15th.
Actor Performance Training Program (Grades 5-8): 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 theater 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. Tuesdays, 5:30 – 7pm. Fee: $600. There is a once a year additional $15 registration fee. Classes started on October 4th and run until May 30th. No class February 21st, March 21st, April 11th, and June 6th. Snow days: March 21st and June 6th.
Adult Class Offering:
Adult 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. Prerequisite: Introduction to Improv or permission form the instructor. For ages 18 and up. Mondays, January 16th – March 6th, 2017 from 7-10pm. Cost of semester – $200. Class Show: March 7th. In case of snow cancellation, final class will be March 13 with class show on March 14.
Private Acting Lessons: Individualized coaching with the Artistic Director are available.
Visit their website for more information or to register your child today or yourself, in person 15 minutes before the start of a class, Tuesday – Friday from 10am – 6pm at or by phone (860) 523-5900 ext. 10. Playhouse on Park is located at 244 Park Road, West Hartford, CT 06119.
In cases of inclement weather, Playhouse on Park educational programs follow the West Hartford Public School schedule. If West Hartford Schools close early or are closed for the day, Playhouse on Park classes will not run, and the missed class will be rescheduled.
In an effort, to better acclimate myself with this venue and their educational offerings, my daughter will be enrolled in the Winter Session of Creative Kids Plus and we will share our insight on their program both with the venue and our readers.
In addition, they are happy to work with you to customize a program that might be right for your school, boy scout or girl scout troop, or organization; whether it is for a weekly class, a summer program, an internship, a master class, a field trip, or a workshop.