Week 12 of 52

Monday, March 20th

Minifigure Swap Monday Bring one of your own Minifigures, or visit the Build a Minifigure station to create and buy new ones! Then, you’ll get to meet up with other fans and trade for new Minifigures. It’s a fun way to switch up your collection! Plus, get one FREE minifigure when you buy a Build A Minifigure 3 pack! Offer available only at the LEGO Store on March 20. Open to kids ages 6-14 only. LEGO Stores

1:30 – 3pm: Homeschool Days Making Maps and Laying Out Landscapes By exploring our featured exhibition Vistas del Sur: Traveler Artists’ Landscapes of Latin America from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection, we will decipher the similarities and differences between map-making and the subject genre of landscape art. In the studio, we’ll then creatively think about map-making, and which aspects of a landscape are important to include as we make our own with pencil, crayon, and marker! $10/child. One adult free with each child registrant, $15 for additional adults, children under 5 are free. New Britain Museum of American Art

6:30 – 8:30pm: Make a Woven Clutch Learn how to use a loom to weave a stylish tartan clutch. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $54. Michaels

Monday, March 20th – Sunday, March 26th:

Tuesday, March 21st


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5:30 – 7:30pm: Irish Pub Grub You don’t have to be Irish to appreciate this menu. We’ll turn our kitchens into pub-food central with these twists on traditional Irish fare. Menu: Irish Soda Bread, Beef and Cabbage Roll-Ups and Baked Fish and Chips. ShopRite, Bristol

6:15pm: Amore Amari: Love the Dark Side of the Cocktail The word amaro literally means “bitter” in Italian. And that’s just what we are celebrating, to varying degrees. Made by infusing a neutral spirit or wine with a blend of botanicals, Amaro is always aged in either a barrel or a bottle. Each expression uses a very specific recipe of ingredients like herbs, flowers, bark, and citrus peels to create its own unique character, which varies greatly based on where it’s produced. Tempered by adding sugar, some Amari are sweeter than others, but all have an underlying herbal bitterness, creating the intense and refreshing flavor that has made it such a popular drink in Europe, and now is highlighted as a key cocktail ingredient by the modern bartender. While many countries have their own versions of the liqueur, Italy produces some of the best. This menu is designed to highlight the best of both worlds, with Amari cocktails by Anthony DeVito and a pairing menu to match by Chef Michael Touranjoe. $85 per person plus tax and gratuity. Max’s, Glastonbury

6:30 – 8:30pm: Make a Daisy Floral Arrangement Arrange brightly colored daisies and ranunculus in a container of your choice. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $52. Michaels

6:30pm: A Napa Valley Wine Dinner Dubbed “one of the world’s greatest wineries” by wine critic Robert M. Parker, Jr., Shafer Vineyards was established in 1972, by John Shafer. Later joined by his son Doug and winemaker Elias Fernandez, this team has created some of the most iconic and consistent wines to come out of Napa for the past 40 years. We are very pleased to present this selection of current releases, showcased alongside Chef Hunter Morton’s menu. $120 per perosn plus tax and gratuity. Max’s Oyster Bar, West Hartford

Wednesday, March 22nd:

10-11am: Budding Naturalists Preschool children ages 1-4 are not too young to be aware and inspired by the world around them, so start your child on the right foot with a love of nature. As a mom, dad, grandparent or caregiver, you can experience the joy of exploration with your child – a joy you can continue at home. Dress for the weather; we will spend about 30-45 minutes outdoors. These are the ideal ages for nature to impact the health benefits on children’s brain development, eyesight, and disposition. Studies show that children who spend time outdoors are happier, healthier, and smarter. Reoccurs on 3/29. Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury

10am – 12pm: Outdoor Adventures Each class will feature an exciting new topic from insects to farm animals. There will be crafts and stories too! Dress to be outdoors in all weather conditions. Child must be 3 and toilet trained on the first day of class. $22 per child. Westmoor Park, West Hartford

10:45 – 11:45am: Stroller Hike These guided nature walks will open new doors to discovery for you and your child to share. Bring a stroller or wagon for a walk outside. Dress to be outdoors in all weather conditions. $11 per parent/child pair, 1/2 price for second child. Westmoor Park, West Hartford


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3:30 – 5pm: After School Nature Club We will explore our natural world at Earle Park to entertain and educate your child. Activities will include making habitat and animal observations, journaling, drawing, photography and recording data. Studies show that spending time outdoors increases children’s test scores and creativity, improves focus and is great for their health – plus they will be awed by the world around them. Dress them for the weather; they will spend about 30-45 minutes outdoors. Students ages 5 -9. Reoccurs on 3/29. $15 per child. The Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury

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 Caousel 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 Caousel Museum, Bristol

5 – 7pm: The Changing Face of War: Windsor Responds to World War I Exhibit Opening and Talk This exhibition covers life on the battlefront and on the home front. At its center are six recently-donated recruitment posters, complementing the Society’s rich World War I-era collections of photographs, postcards, correspondence to and from the battlefront, uniforms, and gear. Discover the stories of Windsor residents like Harold Loomer who etched the names of all of the bases where he served onto his mess kit. Hudson Pelton kept the guidebook he was issued, orienting soldiers to Camp Merritt in New York, where he trained before serving overseas. Infantryman Fred Kibbe’s letters document his disillusion with the realities of warfare. When Reverend William B. Cornish died of influenza while serving as a chaplain at Camp Devens, MA, his wife received a black armband with an embroidered gold star and laurels. Their stories and more will show how Windsor residents responded to and were affected by the Great War. View the exhibition, enjoy refreshments, and hear Curator Kristen Wands, Librarian and Archivist Michelle Tom, and Education and Outreach Coordinator John Mooney who will speak briefly at 6pm. Windsor Historical Society

6pm: March Cookbook Club Food, Health and Happiness by Oprah Winfrey On the menu: Garden Greens with Lemon Vinaigrette, Chef Mei Lin’s Turkey Lasagna, and Coconut Lime Sorbet $75 per person includes a copy of Food, Health and Happiness by Oprah Winfrey and a special gift! Williams-Sonoma

6:30 – 8:30pm: ECCS Workshop – Brain Development in Early Childhood The Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington is holding this free workshop for parents and childcare providers. Join us to learn about brain development in early childhood. The latest brain research on young children from birth to age 4. Toxic stress and adversity and it’s effect on brain development. Techniques and activities that can be done to support early brain development in home and in the classroom.  Presented by Allison Logan, the Early Childhood Project Manager of United Way of Coastal Fairfield County. Childcare will be provided for those who register online in advance. Hatton School, Media Center, Southington

Wednesday, March 22nd – Sunday, March 26th:

Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Thursday at 1pm, Friday-Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 1pm and 6:30pm: Jersey Boys This is the story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30! Jersey Boys is not recommended for children under the age of 12 due to strong “profane, authentic Jersey” language. The show contains smoke, gun shots, strobe lights, drug references and sexual situations. $22.50-78.50. The Bushnell, Hartford 

Thursday, March 23rd

10:45 – 11:45am: Gentle Touch Learn with your child to approach critters with a “gentle touch.” We will introduce you to the various animals on our farm and in the Discovery Room. $11 per parent/child pair, 1.2 free for additional children. Westmoor Park, West Hartford


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5:30pm and 7pm: To Space and Back The international award-winning To Space & Back takes audiences on an incredible journey from the far reaches of our known universe to our own planet. It is an extraordinary story of human ingenuity and incredible engineering, describing how the technology that transports us through space is paving the way for the devices and apps we use every day. Space — our greatest adventure, is shaping our daily lives. It’s shrinking the world into a gadget that fits into the palm of your hand — but it doesn’t stop there. This is the amazing story of how space exploration is now part of our everyday life. What’s happening above is coming back down to Earth! The show explores the way each of us has been changed by the discoveries made by the international space program. From the devices we use every day to the tools that are breaking new ground in medicine and engineering, we can thank space exploration for making our modern lives possible. Discover how space exploration is shaping your world… discover To Space & Back. Glastonbury Planeterium

5:30 – 8pm: America Rising: The Arts Of The Gilded Age Connecticut filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton of 217 Films return to the NBMAA for the CT premier of their latest film, America Rising: The Arts of the Gilded Age. This film tells the story of the painting, sculpture, music, and literature of America’s renaissance period and the tremendous outpouring of artistic endeavors that occurred between and related to the deaths of Abraham Lincoln in 1865 and Mark Twain in 1910. Employing more than 90 paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculpture by important American artists such as John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, Alfred Stieglitz, and Augustus Saint-Gaudens, writer/director Michael Maglaras tells the story of the rising of American society through the voices of some of its most creative spirits. $25 for non-members. New Britain Museum of American Art


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6 – 7:30pm: Unpacking Islamophobia What is Islamophobia? How is it harmful? What can we do about it? In the wake of an increase in hate crimes against U.S. Muslims, join the conversation with featured guests: Aida Mansoor, Muslim Coalition of Connecticut; Imam Sami Aziz, Wesleyan University and Common Ground Services; and Vjosa Qerimi, Common Ground Services. Sosical time begins at 5:30pm, Program starts at 6:15pm. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford

6 – 8pm: Where are the Women Architects Book discussion, Meet the Author: Despina Stratigakos, Architectural Historian, University of Buffalo Join Despina Stratigakos for an engaging discussion of her new book, Where Are the Women Architects? She will delve into the story of women’s stagnating numbers in a profession that remains a male citadel, and explore how a new generation of activists is fighting back, grabbing headlines, and building coalitions that promise to bring about change. For a century and a half, women have been proving their passion and talent for building and, in recent decades, their enrollment in architecture schools has soared. Yet the number of women working as architects remains stubbornly low, and the higher one looks in the profession, the scarcer women become. Law and medicine, two equally demanding and traditionally male professions, have been much more successful in retaining and integrating women. So why do women still struggle to keep a toehold in architecture? This program is part of the Connecticut Science Center’s Women in Science initiative. Founding Sponsor: Petit Family Foundation. Additional support provided by Voya Financial, and TD Charitable Foundation. Admission: $10 Adults, $5 Members, Corporate Members, Seniors, Students. There will be a cash bar. Admission includes access to the Engineering Earth exhibit and one drink ticket. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford

7 – 9pm: Adrianne Greenbaum: “Farewell To the Homeland: Poyln” The 12th Annual Celebration of Jewish Arts and Culture continues with flutist Adrianne Greenbaum and Fleytmusik performing the program “Farewell to the Homeland: Polyn.” The concert is being presented in collaboration with the UCONN Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life. A tiny shtetl in Dubiecko, Poland; three generations of a family klezmer band; post shabbos torchlight parade to Belzer rebbe; 1934 Bar Mitzvah on a boat to America; family members live or die in Holocaust; Jewish music manuscripts found in family violin case. Fast forward to 2009, Adrianne Greenbaum and Sharon Frant Brooks make a miraculous shidduk/shidduch, Greenbaum transcribes the many scribbled pages of music, travels to Poland and performs a few of the tunes at the cemetary, and finally, “FleytMuzik’s” musicians perform these works that were alive in early 19th c. Poland, with the full musical story coming to fruition today. Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford

Friday, March 24th

5 – 8pm: Kid’s Night Out – Carnival Step right up! Come enjoy a TLGT Carnival! After dinner we’ll enjoy some carnival treats like popcorn and snow cones (made with juice, no artificial dyes). We will also play lots of fun carnival games and enjoy bubbles and dancing. Ages 4-10. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

6 – 10pm: Orice Jenkins Hartford native, singer-songwriter, Orice Jenkins’ credits growing up in a Black Catholic church as the source of his love for unorthodox arrangements. Orice’s first love was Hip-Hop. His second love was Jazz. He identifies with soul music above all, but studies classical music. When he allows himself to make music without restrictions, the result strikes a chord in the hearts of all kinds of people and enables him to be on stage with musicians such as Stanley Jordan, Jane Monheit, Eddie Henderson, and Doug Wimbish. Now in his early 20’s, Orice’s new album, “Soar”, branches out to neo-soul interpretations of jazz classics, arrangements of songs written by public figures extending from James Weldon Johnson to Drake and Kanye West, and traditional covers of Stevie Wonder tunes and American Songbook masterpieces. Orice possesses a broad and diverse musical vocabulary far beyond his years that is steeped in the African-American tradition, while leading an equally gifted group of young talented musicians and vocalists. Admission is $15 at the door.

6:30 – 9pm: Dudes’ Night Out Join us in your favorite sports team apparel for sports themed games, march madness brackets, a free photo booth and more! Geared for boys ages 5-12. All positive role models are welcome, not just Dad! $25 per pair, $10 extra guest. Boys & Girls Club of Bristol


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8pm: The 100 Women of Color Black Tie Gala & Awards will celebrate the power of Family, Friends, and the Community as we honor the past, present, and the future. This gala will recognize the contributions that Women in business, education, entrepreneurship, entertainment, government, and service have made to impact the lives of those throughout their communities from Stamford, CT to Springfield, MA. $53.50-68.50. The Bushnell, Hartford

Friday, March 24th – Saturday, March 25th:


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Friday, March 24th – Sunday, March 26th



Friday, March 24th – Saturday, April 15th:


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Friday, March 24th – Saturday, April 30th:


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Saturday, March 25th

8am – 11am: Friends of Northwest Park Pancake Breakfast Bring an appetite for a full breakfast of pancakes and sausage smothered in 100% pure maple syrup made right at Windsor’s very own Northwest Park. Refreshment choices include orange juice, coffee, tea and hot chocolate. $6 for adults and $4 for children under 12 years of age and children under 3 are free. Northwest Park, Windsor

9am – 3pm: Dinosaurs From chicken-like “compys” to giants who could dwarf your house, dinosaurs are still some of the coolest creatures who have ever lived. We’ll cast tracks, see how they lived, uncover some “fossils” and you’ll get to take home some hand-crafted and decorated paper dinosaurs or dinosaur parts (warning – you may need a bigger refrigerator door!) Grades K-3. $200 for three sessions. Talcott Mountain Science Center, Avon



9:30 – 11:30am: Intro to English Paper Piecing Have you jumped into the hexie craze yet?! English Paper Piecing (EPP) is a great sewing skill to have, requiring no more than some fabric scraps, thread, needle and paper templates. It’s the perfect project to do in front of the tv or on the go. We’ll learn the basic hexagon shape that’s so popular in Grandmother’s Garden. $45. Hartford Stitch

9:30am – 3:30pm: “Money Matters” Youth Summit is a conference for high school teenagers. Money Matters will feature interactive workshops exploring banking (including electronic banking), applying for auto and student loans, understanding your paycheck and taxes, an introduction to investing, and much more. Participants will also have the opportunity to sign up for a checking account. This conference will include breakfast, door prizes, lunch, and many take home lessons about how to manage your money. This program is free and registration is limited to the first 70 people. Windsor Community Center

10 – 11:30am: Installing Wall Tile Get the skills you need to install wall tile. This workshop will show you the tools and supplies you need to install wall tile. Then, an Associate will guide you through developing a plan for tiling, preparing the wall to set the tile in place. Lastly, you’ll see how to mortar in the tile and seal it like a pro. Home Depot

10am – 12pm: Easter Bunny Breakfast Bring the kids to meet the Easter Bunny! We will cook a delicious brunch while families do an Easter craft. The Easter Bunny will drop in for a visit to meet the children and take pictures. This is a great opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny in a small, low-key setting and take some beautiful pictures to show friends and family. $30 per child ($20 for each additional sibling). The Little Green Tambourine, Canton



10:30am – 12pm: Intro to Indoor Rowing Indoor rowing is “the workout you won’t stop hearing about in 2017,” and our community rowing program, Riverfront Recapture Rowing, is doing their part by offering a free intro to erging class. If you’re interested in learning the correct techniques and getting in a great total body, low impact workout, this is the class for you. No experience necessary. $10 suggested donation. Riverfront Boathouse, Riverside Park, Hartford


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11am – 12pm and 1 – 2pm: Behind-the-Scenes Tour: 100 Years of Connecticut Fashion Whether it is a yellow silk dress worn to Lincoln’s inaugural ball, or a psychedelic maxi dress from the 1960s, our costume collection tells the story of women’s fashion in Connecticut. We’ll share that story with everything from wedding dresses to corsets, but we’ll also explore how women worked to secure their health, freedom, and political participation, a story that shouldn’t be eclipsed by what they wore. Visit storage and collection areas not normally open to the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut. Tours last approximately 1 hour and are appropriate for ages 12 and up. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Connecticut Historical Society., Hartford

11am – 2pm: Baby’s First Easter Event Come celebrate with us in store! Bring your little bunny in for fun, free activities, including crafts, ideas for creating Baby’s First Easter basket, giveaways and photo ops! Reservations preferred, but walk-ins are always welcome. Babies R Us



1pm: Citizen Science Workshop: Project BudBurst Join Master Naturalist Lea Kessler Shaw and Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Howard Becker for a workshop, Project BudBurst: People Watching Plants, Contributing to Research. Learn about the project’s goals and procedures, go outside to observe plants in the Center’s native plant garden and beautiful adjacent Earle Park, and learn how to report your observations on the Project BudBurst website. Connecticut Audubon Society Center, Glastonbury

1pm: The Cold War Above and Below Paul Giguere, a former Major with the U. S Air Force and member of the Strategic Air Command, navigator on the B-29 and B-52, and Carl Stidsen, retired Deputy Missile Combat Crew Commander of the Titan II Missile Squadron, discuss their personal experiences with nuclear weaponry during the Cold War. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks



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4pm: Celtic Fire! Through a blend of song, poetry and instrumental music, CitySingers of Hartford will celebrate the timeless Celtic soul. A perpetual flame burning in every church and monastery in Celtic Ireland, Scotland and Wales symbolizes a sense of the Divine that is present in all areas of life and nurtures a passion for language, literature and music. Our program brings a broad spectrum of music spanning from ancient Eastern chant to indigenous melody, including sacred and devotional music that have their roots in original folksongs. Selections will reflect not only Celtic music from the British Isles, but melodies originating in the Celtic region of Galicia (northern Spain), Norway and other parts of Europe. Instrumental tunes and accompaniments (including reels and jigs!) will feature Celtic musicians known throughout our region for their mastery of Irish harp, wooden flute, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, concertina, bodhrán, double bass, pipe organ and highland pipes. Devotional poetry focused on daily life rhythms and visual effects will enhance a multi-dimensional experience for descendants from this heritage and those entranced by the Celtic culture. We invite the richness of this tradition to ignite your soul as the Celtic fire burns on… St. John’s Episcopal Church in West Hartford

4-7pm: Pasta Supper Come support your local volunteer fire company and have a great pasta dinner. Adults $8, children $5 (ages 12 and under). Tunxis Hose Company, Unionville


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6 – 9pm: The 9th Annual Wine Tasting Benefit Sample over 50 varieties of wines, spirits & beers! Enjoy live music from Brutunes while eating foods from J Restaurant, Little Mark’s Big BBQ and many more. Meet your favorite radio personality, Rachel Lutzker. This event sells out every year, so plan on buying your tickets early. You must be over 21 to attend this event. $40 per person. Riverfront Community Center, Glastonbury




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Saturday, March 25th – Sunday, March 26th:


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Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 11am – 4pm: The Connecticut Spring Antiques Show The annual Connecticut Spring Antiques Show has long been the premier destination for those interested in quality early American furniture and decorative arts. The show, which has continuously attracted serious buyers, is a great venue for novice collectors and visitors interested in learning about the outstanding merchandise offered. Most of the dealers have been exhibiting at the show for years and they are always willing to impart their expertise and passion for Americana. The show’s exhibiting dealers are among the most distinguished and well-known in the industry. Tickets are $15 and are good for both days of the show. There is an on-site tea room and bar and free secure parking. Adults age 35 and under free admission on Sunday.


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Sunday, March 26th

10:30am: Johnny’s Jog for Charity is inspired by the short but powerful life of Johnny Moran. Johnny was born with Wieacker Wolff Syndrome, a rare debilitating condition that affects the central and peripheral nervous systems. Johnny’s spirit of strength and love rose far above his many limitations. His positive attitude toward life affected all who came to know him. The goal of Johnny’s Jog for Charity 5K is to continue to share Johnny’s spirit by bringing the community together with a grand St. Patrick’s Day themed event benefiting 3 local non-profit children’s charities. Blue Back Square, West Hartford



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1pm: The Cold War “Above and Below” Paul Giguere, a former Major with the U. S Air Force and member of the Strategic Air Command, navigator on the B-29 and B-52, and Carl Stidsen, retired Deputy Missile Combat Crew Commander of the Titan II Missile Squadron, discuss their personal experiences with nuclear weaponry during the Cold War. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks

1 – 3pm: Planning with Michaels We’ll bring the supplies, you bring the creativity and your planner to personalize – and learn how to make a washi tape bookmark. Do you have extra planner gear you’re not using? Bring it to our classroom and share with your fellow makers! Michaels



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Week 11 of 52

This week is chock full of fun things to do across the county – some events worth the mention are: Meet the Cast of Next to Normal premiering at Theaterworks in Hartford on the 24th – April 30th, Cirque Du Soleil at the XL Center, March Madness Fundraiser at Thomas Hooker Brewery, A Taste of Ireland at Noah Webster House, Celebrate St. Patty’s at Playhouse on Park, City Steam March Madness Brewfest, Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and Theresa Caputo LIVE at the Bushnell, Maple Sugaring at Westmoor Park, Children’s Safety Fair at the Children’s Museum, O’Hartford 5K, The Ballet Ball and Pink Party at the Hill-Stead Museum, Wild Kratts Animal Exhibition at CT Science Center, Princess Tea at Bushnell Park Carousel, All Things Green at Barnes Nature Center and Susy’s Birthday Party at the Mark Twain House.

Monday, March 13th

10am – 1:15pm: Homeschool Day Homeschool Days at the Connecticut Historical Society offer programs specifically designed for homeschool families. These events give families the opportunity to enjoy engaging, educational workshops, tour our galleries, and connect with other homeschool families. Short workshops around a variety of topics are taught throughout the day. Families may sign up for as many or as few classes as they like, and workshops appropriate for different ages are available at each session. Workshops are hands-on and participatory, and many include a take-home element. Each workshop is $5 per student for CHS members and $8 per student for non-members. For the full-day (three workshops), the fee is $12 for CHS members and $20 for non-members. The fee for parents is $4 for the day. Parents must remain in the building at all times. Maximum cost of $75 per family. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford

Monday, 3.13 – Friday, 3.17:

10am – 1pm: DUPLO Building Inspiration How many ways can you use LEGO DUPLO bricks? Whether you’re planning a birthday party or taking a road trip, drop into the LEGO Store before 1pm for 10 minutes of DUPLO building inspiration. Just for attending, you’ll receive a special DUPLO set and Inspiration Guide! LEGO, West Farms, Farmington

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Tuesday, March 14th

Snow Day

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Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2pm: Cloud 9 Unexpected trysts. Gender swaps. Role reversals. Power plays. Victorian repression clashes with liberal expression as we follow a British family from colonial Africa to London in the 1970s. Caryl Churchill’s provocative comedy explores the ever-changing world of sexual politics as it asks what it takes for each of us to reach our own Cloud 9. Cloud 9 was Caryl Churchill’s first international hit. Some of the British playwright’s other works include Top Girls, Mad Forest, Love and Information, A Number and Serious Money. The Guardian recently wrote that Churchill “now shares with Tom Stoppard the title of Britain’s most significant living dramatist.” Runs until Sunday, March 19th. Recommended for ages 17 and up. Special Event: Tuesday: AfterWords Discussion Join members of the cast and our Artistic staff for a free discussion, immediately following the Tuesday 7:30pm performance. Saturday: 2pm: Audio Described Performances For patrons who are blind or have low vision. Hartford Stage

Wednesday, March 15th:

10-11am: Budding Naturalists Preschool children ages 1-4 are not too young to be aware and inspired by the world around them, so start your child on the right foot with a love of nature. As a mom, dad, grandparent or caregiver, you can experience the joy of exploration with your child – a joy you can continue at home. Dress for the weather; we will spend about 30-45 minutes outdoors. These are the ideal ages for nature to impact the health benefits on children’s brain development, eyesight, and disposition. Studies show that children who spend time outdoors are happier, healthier, and smarter. Reoccurs on 3/22 and 3/29. Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury

11am – 12:30pm: Adult Coffee Club: Brain Fitness Dr. Sarah Raskin, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Trinity College joins us at the Connecticut Science Center to discuss activities to help maintain cognitive functioning while enjoying coffee, puzzles, and games. From games to music to diet, learn how to maintain mental sharpness. Following the event, enjoy full access to our hands-on exhibits. Presented by AARP. Registration is $15 per person; coffee and tea are included. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford

3:30 – 5pm: After School Nature Club We will explore our natural world at Earle Park to entertain and educate your child. Activities will include making habitat and animal observations, journaling, drawing, photography and recording data. Studies show that spending time outdoors increases children’s test scores and creativity, improves focus and is great for their health – plus they will be awed by the world around them. Dress them for the weather; they will spend about 30-45 minutes outdoors. Students ages 5 -9. Reoccurs on 3/22 and 3/29. $15 per child. The Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury

6:30pm: An Evening with Rabbit Goody, Textile Historian Join us for an evening with Rabbit Goody, an internationally-known textile researcher, lecturer and teacher, who will give a short, informal talk on the 19th-century arts & crafts aesthetic. Wine and light bites will be served before the program. While the 18th-century saltbox cottage has changed significantly over the years of private ownership, photos from the 1890s will be on display to show how it looked in Theodate’s day. This program will be held in Theodate Pope’s former home at 13 High Street, Farmington. To attend, join the DASG today! Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington

6:30 – 8:30pm: Make a Collar Necklace Create an on-trend necklace featuring natural stone beads. The first 15 guests will receive a special gift! Buy the strung beads and the rest of your supplies are free. Michaels

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Thursday, March 16th

10:30am – 12pm: Thistle Hill Weavers Goes to the Movies featuring Rabbit Goody Textile Historian Join Rabbit Goody, Owner, Designer, and Master Weaver of Thistle Hill Weavers, a custom weaving mill providing historical reproductions to the museum field, the film industry, designers and homeowners, and custom woven textiles to designers. Thistle Hill Weavers’ commissions include film and televisions projects such as Titanic, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Cinderella Man, John Adams, Boardwalk Empire, Transformers, No Country for Old Men and Indiana Jones. For Indiana Jones, Rabbit developed 15 identical versions of the doctor’s cape, each distressed to varying degrees to represent the character’s wear and tear over the course of the story! $15 per person. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington

5:30 – 6pm: St. Patrick’s Day Kids Cookie Decorating Come and have the kids join us for some simple and delicious cookie decorating for St Patrick’s Day. Kids love cookies and being creative so come join us for a little of both. Cost is only $2.00 per cookie. RSVP. Comstock Ferre, Wethersfield



6 – 8pm: Author Visit: Pachinko Min Jin Lee will appear “in conversation” with WAMC’s Joe Donahue at this event. Admission is free. Books will be available for purchase. The White Hart, Salisbury


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6:30pm: Film & Speaker: “Moonlight” Join us for the third in a series of films and speakers on Shaping Social Change: Moonlight. The 2017 Academy Award winner for Best Picture, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough Miami neighborhood. Rated R. Running Time: 111 minutes. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

6:30 – 8pm: Learn to Build a Vertical Herb Garden Learn to build a vertical herb garden. Join our associate -lead demonstration and watch as we demonstrate how to use carpenter’s tools to measure and cut the wood to create a beautiful and space-saving veritcal herb garden. In addition, the associate will also demonstrate the safe use of common project tools like saws, nail guns and sanders. When we are done, we will help you shop for everything you need to create your own project at home. The Home Depot Workshops are designed to provide a mix of associate led instruction, demonstration, and some hands-on learning. Materials can be purchased to make your own project. Home Depot

6:30 – 8:30pm: Make an Instax Frame Use decorative paper and stickers to personalize a frame for your favorite instant photo. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $19. Michaels

6 – 8:30pm: M&R Ladies Night Craft Beer Event Dave Herlicka from White Birch Brewery coming from New Hampshire to sample us on his assortment of Berliner Weisse. Other breweries in the mix will be Allagash, Ballast Point, Lord Hobo and our special guests, Outer light Brewing out of Groton. Happy to announce that O’live a Little will be pairing a variety of cheeses to pair with your beer, and Heather from the Bee’s Knees of Avon will be providing the food. $10 at the door. M&R Liquors, South Windsor

6:30pm: Not My Mother’s Kitchen Dinner at Metro Bis Metro Bis looks forward to welcoming Rob Chirico author of Not My Mother’s Kitchen: Rediscovering Italian-American Cooking through Stories and Recipes for a five course, wine dinner featuring recipes from his book. Metro Bis Restaurant, Simsbury



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Thursday, 3/16 – Saturday, 3/18:

Pops 'n Jazz 2017

7:30pm: Pops ‘n Jazz The 59th annual production of Pops ‘n Jazz, featuring Hall High School’s acclaimed jazz bands, dancers, and singers, will open on Friday, March 10, with additional performances March 16, 17 and 18.



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7:30pm: Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man This romantic comedy takes the audience on a hilarious and wild ride where no topic is taboo and the insider ‘tips’ come straight from the source: a gay man. $19.50-69.50. The Bushnell, Hartford

Thursday, 3/16 – Sunday, 3/26:



Friday, March 17th

Purchase your Beauty and the Beast Movie Tickets – On Sale Now!

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: St. Patty’s Day Celebration (Toddler Class) Let’s celebrate the luck of the Irish! Today we will prepare homemade Irish Shepherd’s Pie and decorate festive cupcakes! Each child will create a Shamrock craft to take home as well. Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Reoccurs on Saturday 9-10am and 11am – 12pm. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

12 – 1:30pm: Sweet Tweets This little bunny loves his feathered friend. The simple design is easier for young artists to paint, and the background color can be changed to match room decor. $25 per canvas. My Own Masterpiece, Rocky Hill

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5 – 8pm: Kid’s Night Out – Spa Party Kids (boys welcome too of course) will enjoy sipping smoothies while they soak their feet in the tub. They will giggle with delight as we gently scrub their little toes and feet with a homemade, all natural sugar scrub! We’ll let them prepare an oatmeal facial which they will get to remove with hot towels! Kids will also get their fingernails painted if they want (please remove polish before arriving), do a craft, dance, do yoga and more! If that isn’t enough, they will also learn how to make home-made pasta and will all get a chance to roll out the noodles and we’ll cook up some delicious pasta for dinner! Bread and salad will be served as a side dish along with an apple and an ice cream sundae for dessert. Suggested ages 5-10 (drop off). $45 per child ($35 for siblings). The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

5:30 – 7:30pm: Party for St. Paddy Celebrate the Irish with a St. Patrick’s Day menu filled with good-for-you greens. From basil to spinach, we’ll use great green ingredients that little leprechauns will love. Menu: Pot-of-Gold Pesto Pasta Green Beans with Creamy Chipotle Dip Green Velvet Pancakes. What to expect: Learn how to cook pasta like a pro. Discover the standard breading procedure. What gives red velvet its distinctive flavor? Find out now. ShopRite, Manchester

6pm and 8pm: Tavern Night: A Taste of Ireland Sláinte! The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society will offer its annual St. Patrick’s Day Tavern Night. A Taste of Ireland includes a traditional dinner, drinks, and live entertainment. Sittings will be offered at 6 and 8pm. Guests will enjoy a delicious meal including homemade Guinness Steak Pie, green beans, pickled beets, Irish soda bread, and apple pandowdy for dessert. New this year, the Coogan School of Irish Dance of West Hartford, CT will demonstrate some traditional Irish step dancing for the crowd. After dinner, singer Tom Hooker Hanford will regale the audience with “A Rovin’”eighteenth-century tavern songs and Irish selections. Musician, artist, storyteller, and performer extraordinaire, Hanford not only has a beautiful voice, but also plays violin and guitar. At the end of the evening, guests will be invited to play historic tavern games such as Skittles, Captain’s Mistress, and Shove Ha’penny in the lantern-lit circa 1748 birthplace of Noah Webster. Tickets are $35 per person. The price includes dinner, one complimentary drink (beer or wine), live entertainment, and tavern games. Additional beer and wine will be available for purchase. Noah Webster House, West Hartford

6 – 8pm: Let’s Celebrate Spring Let’s welcome spring time with a menu full of fun, refreshing food! On the menu: springtime veggie pasta primavera, tomato cucumber avocado salad, lemon crumble bars, and homemade watermelon lemonade. Ages 6-12. $25 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

6:30 – 8:30pm: Date Night: Ireland Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day–invite your special someone to a hands-on class where you’ll explore classic and contemporary Irish cuisine. Our instructor will show you techniques for everything from braising cabbage and making fluffy mashed potatoes to enhancing salmon with a Guinness and maple glaze. You’ll enjoy working alongside your date and other couples, honing knife skills as you prepare a traditional Irish soup. When it’s time for dessert, we’ll share secrets for making a decadent chocolate cake spiked with Irish whisky. Menu: Irish Apple and Parsnip Soup – Guinness and Maple Glazed Salmon – Potato Mash with Braised Cabbage (Colcannon) – Bittersweet Chocolate Irish Whiskey Cake. $79 per person. Sur La Table, Canton


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7 – 9pm: 4 Lead Clover Dance Come share your lucky clovers, rabbits feet and other lucky charms with all your friends at ECC as we celebrate Irish culture in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Green and gold are the colors for tonight and we’ll have a DJ playing all your favorite tunes. No blarney! Ages 18 and up. $14 per person. Elmwood Community Center, West Hartford

7 – 9pm: Read It and Sleep: Ada Twist, Scientist Like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie, scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. What would you do with a problem like this? Not afraid of failure, Ada embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But, this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. Touching on themes of never giving up and problem solving, Ada comes to learn that her questions might not always lead to answers, but rather to more questions. She may never find the source of the stink, but with a supportive family and the space to figure it out, she’ll be able to feed her curiosity in the ways a young scientist should. Iggy Peck and Rosie Revere have earned their places among the most beloved children’s characters, and they have inspired countless kids and adults to follow their dreams and passions. Now in her own charming and witty picture book, determined Ada Twist, with her boundless curiosity for science and love of the question “Why?,” is destined to join these two favorites. The book is the perfect tool to remind both young girls and women that they have the intelligence and perseverance to achieve their dreams. Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford


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7:30pm: Theresa Caputo LIVE! The Experience “The Experience” brings Theresa face-to-face with her fans, as she lets spirit guide her through the audience. $39.75-79.95. The Bushnell, Hartford


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Friday, 3/17 – Saturday, 3/18:

6 – 8pm: St. Patty’s Day Celebration Let’s celebrate the luck of the Irish! Today we will prepare homemade Irish Shepherd’s Pie and corned beef sliders as well as bake and decorate festive cupcakes. Ages 6-12.  $25 per child, Stew Leonard’s, Newington

7:30pm: Martha Redbone’s Bone Hill Band Presented as a dramatic musical work with a cast of 8 actors/musicians, Bone Hill: The Concert is a devised, interdisciplinary theater work inspired by Martha Redbone’s family lineage in the Appalachian Mountains. An epic story of one woman’s return to her homeland on Black Mountain and the coal mines of Harlan County, KY where her family have dwelled for centuries. $25 adults, $15 youth. Autorino Center for the Arts, Hoffman Auditorium, West Hartford


Friday, 3/17 – Saturday, 3/18:


8pm: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Six spellers enter: one speller leaves victorious! With an engaging, tuneful score by William Finn and a sweet, funny book by Rachel Sheinkin, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee causes audiences to fall in love, both with the show itself and its “perspicacious,” “jocular,” and “effervescent” spellers. Farmington Valley Stage Company, Avon


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7pm: Cinderella Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the new Broadway adaptation of the classic musical. This contemporary take on the classic tale features Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner”, “Impossible/It’s Possible”, and “Ten Minutes Age”, as performed by Conard students. Tickets $15-18. Conard High School Auditorium, West Hartford

Saturday, March 18th

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9 – 10am and 11am – 12pm: St. Patty’s Day Celebration (Toddler Class) Let’s celebrate the luck of the Irish! Today we will prepare homemade Irish Shepherd’s Pie and decorate festive cupcakes! Each child will create a Shamrock craft to take home as well. Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Stew Leonard’s, Newington

9:15am: 15th Annual Shamrock Run & Walk at Chippens Hill Middle School in Bristol

9:30 – 10:15am: Family Yoga Come do Yoga at Imagine Studio and bring the whole family! We will practice our breathing, do a basic yoga flow and stretch, play some games and have some fun! No previous yoga experience necessary! $12 for the whole family! Imagine Studio, West Hartford

10 – 11:30am: Maple Sugaring Participate in one of the oldest New England traditions. This class will take you through the whole process of making maple syrup from beginning to end, so you can do it at home. We will identify maple trees, tap a tree, collect and boil sap, and even taste the finished product. Must be at least 5 to attend; all children must be accompanied by a pre-registered adult. $10 per person. Outdoor Program; dress for the outdoors. Westmoor Park, West Hartford

10 – 11:30am: Installing Ceiling Fans Get the skills you need to tackle ceiling fan purchase and installation. We will get you up to speed on fan styles and features, including the energy star options currently available. Then you will learn the basics of installing ceiling fans both with and without light kits. Last, you will get valuable safety tips around wiring ceiling fans. Home Depot


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12:30pm: O’ Hartford 5K This 3.1 mile moving party through downtown Hartford starts and ends in Bushnell Park where a craft brew pub featuring four Connecticut breweries welcomes runners and spectators. Get your Irish up with bagpipers, Irish Step Dancers, refreshments and beer! O’Hartford 5K and Wee Mile o’fficially caps off St. Patrick’s festivities – costumes encouraged! Prizes awarded to the most uniquely dressed participants.

1pm: Hartford Men’s Lacrosse vs. UMass Minutemen at Al-Marzook Field at Alumni Stadium in West Hartford 

1 – 2pm: Artist Talk with Gus Mazzocca The Windsor Art Center is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition entitled MULTIPLES: Printmaking featuring Gus Mazzocca with works by Michael Siporin Levine and Matthew Clay-Robison, which will run March 11 through April 22nd. This exhibition includes works from the career of UConn Professor Emeritus Gus Mazzocca, an internationally-exhibited printmaker-artist, as well as two of his former UConn printmaking students and current working artists, Michael Siporin Levine and York Gallery Director and artist, Matthew Clay-Robison. Windsor Art Center

1 – 2:45pm: CFPA Ramble: Highland Park History Hike Come learn about the history of the Highland Park area and the Case Brothers National Historic District while visiting properties protected by the Manchester Land Conservation Trust. We will visit the paper mill and mansion areas. Starting at the trailhead on Spring Street, we will plan to hike 1.5 miles. For participants who want a more strenuous event, we will make the bumpy and steep hike to the summit of Case Mountain; where, on a clear day, Heublein Tower is visible to the west. Be sure to bring water and wear sturdy sneakers or hiking boots. No dogs, please. Free. Case Mountain Trails, Manchester

1 – 3pm: Doll Spa Party Bring your favorite doll to TLGT for a doll spa party! We’ll have doll “baths”, a hair style station for dolls and kids, nail painting, a tea party and cupcake decorating. Come pamper your doll and yourself for an afternoon at TLGT! Suggested ages 4-9 (drop off), $35 per child ($25 for each additional sibling). The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

2pm: Audio Described Performance: Cloud 9 For patrons who are blind or have low vision. Hartford Stage

6pm: The Magic of Trinity Our 3rd Annual Excellence Dinner is a wonderful night filled with great food and entertainment. You can learn about Trinity Academy. Be entertained with a magic show from Four-Handed Illusions, Boston’s #1 rated Theater Group. $150 per person. Bond Ballroom, Hartford

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6pm: You Can’t do That at NBYT! The evening will include performances, games, desserts, a cash mocktail bar, raffles, and lots and lots of fun! One raffle prize will even be for the full cost of participation in NBYT’s summer musical, The Lion King Jr! Admission is free, donations will be accepted. New Britain Youth Theater, Berlin

6 – 8pm: Tale as Old as Time Capture this timeless moment of love. Inspired by the Beauty and the Beast movie, come and paint the beast’s rose with friends at My Own Masterpiece. $35 per canvas. My Own Masterpiece, Rocky Hill




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7 – 11pm: Chaparrals The Chaparrals play a blend of country and country rock music from the 50’s & 60’s that is fun and danceable. Whether you bring a friend or come alone, you will enjoy a nice night out with good music and great people. Are you celebrating a birthday? Anniversary? Retirement? Just want to get together with friends? This is a perfect, affordable event to do just that. Admission is $12 per person. Doors open at 6:15pm. Dance all night long or just sit and toe tap, either way, it is a great evening. Snacks and set-ups are available for sale, BYOB. Reservations are strongly suggested as this is a very popular event. Pre-paid tables of 8 people may be reserved; walk-ins are welcome if there is space. The New England Carousel Museum, Bristol


7:30pm: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe When four English children step through an old wardrobe, they discover a magical world where it is always winter and never Christmas. There in Narnia, the children meet talking animals and mythical creatures who reveal that it is the White Witch who keeps the country under her icy thumb. With the help of Aslan, the great lion and true king, the Pevensies must fight to end the Witch’s reign and restore summer to Narnia. C.S. Lewis’ classic tale of good versus evil is brought to life in this whimsical and moving stage adaptation. The Master’s School, West Simsbury


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7:30pm: The Music of U2 Singer Brody Dolyniuk and conductor Brent Havens lead the band and the HSO through a classic night of U2 performed as you’ve never heard it before! $25-75. The Bushnell, Hartford


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8pm: Comedy Night Vicky Kuperman is a Moscow-born Boston native, New York City rat-packer and recently named “one of 12 new comedians to watch” on The Huffington Post. In 2014, she published her debut (comedic) novel, “The Russian Drop,” and released her debut comedy album “When I Could Feel,” out on iTunes, streaming on Pandora, Spotify and playing on SiriusXM’s Raw Dog comedy channel. She performed her Off-Broadway one-hour solo stand-up show to packed houses for five nights at the 2014 United Solo Theatre Festival, where she won “Best Stand-up of the Fest.” Tommy Gooch was born in Brooklyn, & was raised and still resides in Staten Island, NY. His ranting self-deprecating, family-oriented style of comedy has traveled & succeeded with audiences for years. Tommy’s natural loveable off the cuff comedy always makes him a favorite for a Feature Act & Headliner. Tommy’s specialization in audience interaction, always makes him a crowd favorite. BYOB. $15 for floor and $35 for seating. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford


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8pm: Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra at Lincoln Theatre in West Hartford

Saturday, 3/18 – Sunday, 3/19:


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11am – 3pm: Wild Kratts Animal Expedition Prepare for a wild adventure! Flex your creature powers with Wild Kratts-themed activities like animal face painting, a meet-and-greet with Jimmy and Aviva, and animal arts and crafts with the Art Truck. Don’t miss a larger-than-life stage show with Wildlife Encounters, where you’ll see animals you’ve never seen before. They’re so wild,you won’t believe they’re real! Animals may vary by show. The Wildlife Encounters show requires a separate ticket. Show times are 11am, 12pm, 2pm, and 3pm. Please note that the Kratt brothers will not appear at this event. $21.95 adults and $14.95 youth (3-18). Connecticut Science Center, Hartford

Sunday, March 19th

10 – 11am and 12 – 1pm: Gallery Talks Please join the Museum and Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro to enjoy an in-depth look into our current featured exhibition Vistas del Sur: Traveler Artists’ Landscapes of Latin America from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection. Pérez-Barreiro holds a Masters of Art in Latin American Studies and Art History and a PhD in Latin American Art History. $20 for non-members, $8 for members. New Britain Museum of American Art



11am – 1pm: Barbie You Can Be a Chef: Sweet Treats Barbie teaches her friends that “You Can Be Anything” and we’ve created a special class to inspire young bakers (ages 7 – 12) to discover their talents. First, our instructor will teach class attendees a few kitchen fundamentals: following recipes, measuring, mixing, and working safely in the kitchen. Then kids will get hands-on in the kitchen, discovering secrets for working with puff pastry, expressing their creativity baking and frosting colorful confetti cupcakes and, finally, making a yummy homemade chocolate sauce; perfect for dipping fresh, seasonal fruit. That’s not all! Each student gets to take home a Barbie goodie bag, including a perfect pink apron and measuring cups for young bakers to create delicious treats and practice their newly learned skills at home. Students are encouraged to bring their favorite Barbie to join in the fun because You Can Be Anything with your friends by your side! Menu: Braided Apple Pastries – Rainbow Confetti Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting – Chocolate Dipped Strawberries Ages 7-12. $49 per child. Sur La Table, Canton


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12 – 3pm: All Things Green Wear your green today and help us celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Join us in a scavenger hunt to find the treasure under the rainbow! Fun Irish facts, crafts and yummy desserts are all part of this day! $5 per child. Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center, Bristol

1 – 2:30pm: Susy’s Birthday Party! Registered guests will attend a special birthday celebration in the Carriage House Barn and meet costumed characters, including Mark Twain, his wife Livy, and their daughter and birthday girl Susy Clemens. Party activities include Victorian parlor games, crafts, birthday cake, story time, and mini-tours of the Mark Twain House. Tickets are $5 per person. This event is geared to elementary school-aged children, grades 3 to 6, and their caregivers. Reservations are required. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford



2pm: Connecticut Youth Symphony Please join us to hear one of New England’s finest youth orchestras perform advanced repertoire under the direction of Daniel D’Addio. This performance is free and open to the public but tickets must be reserved. University of Hartford, Lincoln Theater, West Hartford

2 – 3pm: Maple Sugaring in Your Own Backyard Our annual demonstration teaches you how to make maple syrup the easy way. We’ll cover the entire process from identifying the tree to the best part – tasting the final product. Cost: $6 adults, $4 children. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

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2 – 4pm: Pink Party Hill-Stead Museum invites everyone ages 4 and up to a Pink Party—inspired by French artist Edgar Degas’ Dancers in Pink. Wear your favorite pink outfit and learn more about Degas’ famous dancers. This family friendly event features a performance by dancers from the acclaimed Albano Ballet and a tour of Hill-Stead Museum, including rarely seen prints by Degas. Light refreshments included with program fee. $15 per person, includes admission to the Museum. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington


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4pm: Making the Old New CONCORA returns to Trinity College Chapel, where last year a sold-out audience thrilled to the acoustic miracles of Renaissance motets and masses sung by a small choral ensemble beneath the soaring arches of the Chapel’s Gothic cathedral-esque architecture. This year’s program offers more Renaissance motets and madrigals paired with newer music inspired by the originals. Motets and madrigals by Renaissance “top forty” composers such as Morley, Vecchi, and Tallis will contrast with and complement choral music by renowned contemporary composers William Hawley, Eric Whitacre, and Martin Sedek. The concert features Eleanor Daley’s haunting Requiem, perfectly suited to this remarkable space. Trinity Chapel at Trinity College, Hartford

4pm: The Jolly Beggars are back by popular demand for an afternoon of Celtic music, storytelling, reels and jigs. Tickets are $12, or $10 for historical society members. This concert is presented bistro style, so BYO drinks and snacks. Wethersfield Historical Society

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Week 47

Thanksgiving week is here, which means most schools close early on Wednesday and families can enjoy a extended 4-day weekend! In case your staying local, we have a ton of fun options for things to do; whether as a family or just for the adults or kids. Santa has hit the pavements, which means you will see him and his entourage all over the place especially and most are starting this Friday. We have already experienced Santa and his flight academy at West Farms Mall, and it’s a not to miss experience. Avoid the lines (like we did) and make reservations in advance. Work off the turkey with a 5K, with many options available. Lots of Black Friday camp options for parents trying to get some shopping in; even if its online, we won’t tell.

Monday, November 21st:

10 – 11:30am: Open Play Come enjoy all the studio has to offer Monday Mornings. There will be dress up, gross motor equipment, art supplies, play dough and more! The cost for open play this year will be canned goods in November. Imagine Studio, West Hartford

1:30 – 3pm: Storytelling Across Traditions Join us for the November installation of our Homeschool class as we celebrate Native American History Month by learning about artistic traditions practiced by tribes represented in the Museum’s collection. We will visit our Hudson River School and Art of the American West galleries and discuss how different cultures create art that records history and tells stories. In the studio, we will create personal narratives borrowing from Plains American Indian traditions of record keeping. Ages 5–14. $10 per child non-Members. $5 per child Members. No charge for accompanying adults and children under 5. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain

Monday, November 21st – Saturday, December 24th:

Santa’s Flight Academy Santa’s Flight Academy is a wholly interactive and magical hero’s journey that transforms children into key members of Santa’s Flight Crew. Create memorable and sharable moments for families, including the Flight Suit Visualizer and the Flight Navigation Station. Experience a powerful and magical snow and light show inside Santa’s sleigh, and, of course, a visit with Santa Claus. West Farms Mall, West Hartford

Tuesday, November 22nd:

11am – 1pm: Day of Thanks Celebrate the season of gratitude! Come and have a delicious Thanksgiving meal with your child in the Imagine Nation Cafe and take a trip to the museum art studio and make a leaf for our “Thankful Tree.” Members only. Imagine Nation, Bristol

6:30 – 8:30pm: Cookie Decorating Class Create classic holiday treats with gingerbread shapes and icing. Supplies not included. Cost of supplies up to $5. Michael’s locations

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Tuesday, November 22nd – Wednesday, November 23rd:

{Last Call} Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2:30pm: Relativity In 1902 Albert and Mileva Einstein had a baby daughter. After 1904, she was never seen or spoken of again. When a young reporter confronts Einstein years later in Princeton, Einstein must face his greatest challenge: his past. Relativity explores the bonds of family and the cost of genius. To be a great man, does one first need to be a good man? From the playwright that brought you Freud’s Last Session, Dance Lesson and Becoming Dr. Ruth. Runtime: 90 minutes (no intermission). Seats: $60-75, student rush $15. Theaterworks, Hartford

Tuesday, November 22nd – Saturday, December 31st:

Tuesday – Thursday at 12pm (Closed Thanksgiving), Friday – Sunday at 12pm and 2:30pm: Let It Snow: A Christmas Musical Journey in the Planetarium combines animated holiday images with classic Christmas music under the Travelers Science Dome Planetarium. This is a family-friendly program and perfect for all ages. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

Wednesday, November 23rd:

4 – 7pm: Kid’s Night Out We’ll make delicious pizza for dinner and a yummy dessert to bring home for Thanksgiving.  We will also make centerpieces to decorate the table with. This is the perfect opportunity for parents to finish any last minute errands or prep for Thanksgiving dinner! Ages 3-9 (drop off). $45,  The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

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8pm: Jeff Peva and Friends Back by extreme popular demand, one of CT’s favorite Six-String Slinging Sons, Jeff Pevar his bringing a crew of the area’s best musicians!! Before you stuff your gullet this Thanksgiving, make a little room grooving the night away. Those of you who’ve seen these shows, know that every time Jeff hits the stage, he leaves it all out there. Price: $24 – $39. Infinity Music Hall, Hartford

Thursday, November 24th:

6:45am: 12th Annual Malibu Fitness Thanksgiving 5K Malibu Fitness is happy to bring you the 12th annual Malibu Fitness Thanksgiving 5K to be held at Malibu Fitness in Farmington. We are proud to donate 100% of the proceeds to several charities including programs for injured veterans, Channel 3 Kids Camp, and various other local causes. We hope all of the families and returning individual runners will once again support us and come out to run or walk. Malibu Fitness, Farmington

10am: 80th Annual Manchester Road Race Beginning in 1927, the Manchester Road Race started with just twelve runners. Today, there are more than 15,000 registered runners and walkers. In 1961, the first woman ran the Manchester Road Race. Manchester, CT

Thursday, November 24th – Sunday, January 1st:

Friday, November 25th:

9am – 12pm: Black Friday Cooking Camp We will be having a pizza challenge!  We will have a number of different toppings that kids can use to make an amazing pizza. $45. Ages 4-10 (drop off). Extended Day: 12:-12:50, extra $10. Bring a nut-free lunch to enjoy. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

9am – 12pm: Black Friday Camp Go get that shopping done! We will be playing games, doing arts and crafts, eating snack and much more! $40 per child. My Gym, West Hartford

10 – 11:30am: In Junior Creator, kids participate in organized play activities designed to promote the development of creativity, social interaction, and expression. Kids utilize DUPLO bricks; engage in pretend situations; sing songs and nursery rhymes; learn letters, numbers, colors, and more. You’ll be amazed at the improvement you’ll see in your child’s fine motor skills after just a few visits to Snapology. Ages 3-6. $12 per child. Unitarian Universalist Church, West Hartford

11am – 1pm: Family Fun: Holiday Tamales In this special hands-on class, little chefs will work alongside their special adult to learn all about this fun tradition. Together, you’ll learn secrets for creating authentic tamales—from making fresh masa (dough) and classic fillings to creating a creamy pureed sauce. Plus, our instructor will walk you through the steps for wrapping tamales and steaming them to perfection. Make the holidays extra special by creating amazing tamales—and precious memories—with your little loved ones. The recipes in this class are simplified to fit the skills of young learners. The class is for children and their special adult to work as a team learning this fun, family tradition. Class price is per person, children must be accompanied by a paying adult. $49 per person. Sur la Table, Canton

11am – 3pm: Santa Claus Visit & Behind the Scenes Tours Santa Claus will meet with children in a helicopter. Photos are encouraged, and Santa will distribute a special gift to each child. Children and families will also have the opportunity to create holiday cards for members of the U.S. military. All cards will be distributed to active military servicemen and women stationed overseas during the holiday season. Additional family fun activities include hands-on Build & Fly Challenges, Aircraft Quest Scavenger Hunts, and computerized Flight Simulators. The museum will also offer special “Behind the Scenes” tours of the Restoration Facility that day, giving visitors the rare opportunity to take a close-up look at current aircraft restoration projects. The Douglas DC-3 passenger aircraft, the wide bodied Burnelli CBY-3 Loadmaster, and vintage aircraft engines will be among the restoration projects on display. The New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks

12 – 1:30pm: Snapology Engineers Build super-cool models like Race Cars, Catapults, and more that use gears, axles, and pulleys. Kids work in teams under guided instruction to build a different model using LEGO Technic bricks. This class is designed for children of all ages and building abilities to build together. Classes include free-building time to promote creativity. 1.5 hours. Ages 7-12. $20 per child. Unitarian Universalist Church, West Hartford

1pm – 3pm: Black Friday Science Camp We will be making a volcano, bubbles and more! $30. Ages 4-10 (drop off). Extended Day: 12:15-1:00, $10, Bring a nut-free lunch to enjoy. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

2 – 5pm: Star Wars Animation Studio Create amazing movies with stop motion animation using LEGO bricks in this special 3-hour Camp on Black Friday. Participants will have access to premium Star Wars LEGO sets including the Death Star, Millennium Falcon, and swarms of Stormtroopers. We also have all of the newest Star Wars Rogue One sets. Participants will work in teams to produce their very own movie complete with dialogue and sound effects. Parents are encouraged to sign-up with their Child to share in their Star Wars movie-creation experience! All movies are then uploaded to a secure site for family and friends to see how cool they are! Limited to 20-seats. Ages 7 and up. Unitarian Universalist Church, West Hartford

4 – 6pm: Tree Lighting featuring Santa Claus Santa Claus will make his first appearance of the season and will arrive at Stew’s on a truck from the Newington Fire Department, which will be decked out in holiday trim. Join the Newington High School choir along with Wow the Cow, Cynthia the Chick and Daphne the Duck while Santa and his helpers greet children and distribute candy canes to families. Children will also enjoy complimentary face painting, cookies, and hot cocoa. Event begins at 4pm and the tree will be lit at 5pm. No sign up necessary as this is a free event. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

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Friday, November 25th – Sunday, November 27th:

Friday – Saturday from 10am – 4pm and Sunday from 1 – 4pm: Turkey Daze! How well do you really know Meleagris gallopavo, the wild turkey from which the domesticated version at your Thanksgiving dinner was derived? What is a turkey’s snood? What is a Jake? Do turkeys have beards? Do turkeys have beards?  Outdoor scavenger hunt maps included with the cost of admission to the Nature Center. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

5 – 9pm: Winterfest and the Tunnel of Lights Join hundreds of others and start a family tradition of coming for a trolley ride during the holiday season. Whether you ride a closed car or brave the cold to ride the open “electric sleigh,” we promise you a good time and one that you’ll remember for years. Join your motormen in singing traditional Christmas carols as the trolley makes its way through the “Tunnel of Lights”. When you return, head inside the Visitors Center which has been transformed into a Winter Wonderland complete with model trains, decorations galore and you can even buy a delicious cup of hot cocoa to sip as you enjoy the entertainment. Additionally, meet and pose for a picture with Santa. Santa will also have a gift for each child. Reoccurs on Friday-Sunday in December as well as from 6-9pm Monday, 12/28-Friday, 12/30. Connecticut Trolley Museum, East Windsor

Friday, November 25th – Sunday, December 18th:

Fridays 5 – 9pm, Saturdays & Sundays 4 – 9pm: It’s not The Holidays until you visit Holiday Lights! The park will be covered in lights, thousands of bulbs and spectacular light shows every half hour set to music. A selection of children’s and family rides will be open. Holiday Lights features a 100-foot-tall Christmas tree, the largest in Connecticut! And, there will be a nightly tree ceremony featuring special guests at opening each night. Lake Compounce, Bristol

Friday, November 25th – Friday, December 30th:

The production runs November 25 to December 30. Weeknight and evening performances begin at 7:30pm Saturday, Sunday, and select weekday matinees begin at 2pm. Hartford Stage will host “Tiny Tim’s Holiday Food Drive” to benefit Hands on Hartford’s MANNA Community Pantry and Backpack Nutrition Program . The food drive will begin on Thursday, November 17 and continue through the run of A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – Friday, November 25 through Friday, December 30. Hartford Stage, Hartford

Friday, November 25th – Saturday, December 31st:

Friday – Sunday at 10:30am and 3:30pm: Lars the Little Polar Bear is a story about a young polar bear who explores his arctic home, meeting friends along the way. Children will learn about the arctic climate, the animals that live here, and how to find the Big and Little Dipper in the night sky. Select Friday showings: 11/25, 12/23. Schedule changes the week of Saturday, 12/24-12/31 with daily showings (except Christmas Day). The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

Friday – Sunday at 1pm: The Sky Tonight Using the planetarium’s digital projection system, astronomy educators take visitors on a live tour of the current night sky. Learn how to find visible planets and star patterns.  This show changes with the current season! Select Fridays: 11/25, 12/23 and 30. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

Friday, November 25th – Wednesday, January 11th:

Tuesday – Saturday from 10am – 4pm: Hill-Stead for the Holidays Beginning the day after Thanksgiving and continuing through early January, the former Pope family mansion is decorated for the holidays. Hill-Stead’s holiday décor will feature thematic trees and lush greenery as well as a bit of “sparkle and glitz.” Included with the cost of admission. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington

Starting Friday, November 25th:

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11am – 8pm: Winterfest presented by ConnectiCare, officially opens on Friday, November 25th. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day hours are 12 – 4pm. Stop by and enjoy free skating and free skate rentals in the beautiful Bushnell Park. Bushnell Park, Hartford

Saturday, November 26th:

9am – 12pm: Black Friday Picture Frame Ornament Take a shopping break and join our hands-on workshop where you and your child can build a keepsake for your holiday memories! You’ll work together to create a picture frame ornament, perfect for adding some personalized decoration to your Christmas tree. Once the ornament is built, your child can decorate it with paint & add their own photo of family fun. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a free certificate of achievement, a workshop apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Home Depot locations

10am – 4pm: Kids Carnival This one-of-a-kind day of fun for children will feature carousel rides, magic shows, face painting, arts and crafts, carnival games, prizes, balloon animals, representatives from other Bristol non-profit organizations, and much more. The colorful displays of the Museum, the festive rainbow of games, balloons, various carousel animals, circus memorabilia, and magic will enchant the child in your hearts! Children are free, adults are $6, and all admissions include free access to all of the day’s activities. The New England Carousel Museum, Bristol

1 – 2:45pm: CFPA Ramble: Highland Park History Hike Come learn about the history of the Highland Park area and the Case Brothers National Historic District while visiting properties protected by the Manchester Land Conservation Trust. We will visit the paper mill and mansion areas.Starting at the trailhead on Spring Street, we will plan to hike 1.5 miles. For participants who want a more strenuous event, we will make the bumpy and steep hike to the summit of Case Mountain; where, on a clear day, Heublein Tower is visible to the west.Be sure to bring water and wear sturdy sneakers or hiking boots. No dogs, please. Case Mountain Trails, Manchester

2 – 3pm: Exhibit Tours of Connecticut Innovates! Join us for a guided tour of Connecticut Innovates presented by Connecticut Innovations. Free for members, included with the cost of admission for non-members. Reoccurs until March 25th. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford

4:30 – 8pm: Simsbury Celebrates is a free Community Holiday Celebration, traditionally held the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  This year, we are Celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the event with a variety of events, culminating with a spectacular fireworks show on Iron Horse Boulevard. Simsbury, CT

Saturday, November 26th – Sunday, November 27th:

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Sunday, November 27th:

10:30am – 2:30pm: Jazz Brunch: Nekita Waller Enjoy a delicious brunch set to the music of Nekita Waller. 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 10:30am and one at 12:30pm. The brunch buffet features the Chef’s egg dish of the day, homefries, root vegetable hash, bacon, sausage, bagels and assorted cream cheeses, Belgian waffles with fixins’, and assorted breakfast pastries. Gratuity not included. $35 per non-member, $25 per member. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

2pm: Film: Planes, Trains & Automobiles Two very different men, who are forced to travel together, struggle to get home for Thanksgiving. 1987. USA. 93 min. Rated R. Starring Steve Martin and John Candy. Directed by John Hughes. Film included with the cost of admission. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

3 – 5pm: Santa Sunday! Bring your letters to Santa and his Elf! Carousel Rides, Crafts and Games, Holiday Decorations and Take a photo with Santa. Free Admission. The New England Carousel Museum, Bristol

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Sunday, November 27th – Saturday, December 3rd:

Wednesday – Friday from 9am – 4pm and Saturday – Sunday from 12-4pm: Holiday Shop For unique and personal gifts, do your shopping at the museum’s Holiday Shop, which features handcrafted items and one-of-a-kind treasures. The Holiday Shop will open Sunday, November 27, from 11am-4pm with special activities such as free gift wrapping, refreshments and tours of the festively-decorated historic house. The shop will be remain open from November 27 through December 23 during regular public hours (as displayed above). Stanley-Whitman, Farmington

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Monday, September 26th:

10am – 3pm: Homeschool Day We’ll be open exclusively for homeschoolers and their families with a variety of activities including: Hands-on Build & Fly Challenges Interactive Flight Science Demos Open Cockpit Experiences Flight Simulators Aircraft Quests, and more!

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Tuesday, September 27th:

9am – 5pm: Day Trip to the Furniture Study of the Yale University Art Gallery with Curator-led Tour Join members of the CHS Decorative Arts Council on a special bus trip to the Furniture Study of the Yale University Art Gallery. Our visit will begin with a tour of Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650-1830, led by exhibit curator Patricia E. Kane, the Friends of American Arts at Yale Curator of American Decorative Arts. After a break for a delicious lunch, we will enjoy a guided tour of the Furniture Study, which houses more than 1,000 works from the Gallery’s collection of American Decorative Arts. You won’t want to miss this wonderful small group tour experience. Lunch is included with the tour.

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: “A” is for Apple! (Toddler Class) Today we will have our very own candy apple bar! We will also make caramel apple oatmeal cookies with drizzled icing and apple pie bites. Ages 2-5.

{Last Call} 1 – 1:45pm: Baby & Me Yoga Kara Simard is your guide as you explore fun ways to interact and bond with your baby! This series class is designed for any caregiver and their baby ages 6 weeks to pre-crawling. We will focus on infant developmental techniques and poses as well as ways for us caregivers to squeeze some precious yoga into our baby-filled days.

4 – 6:30pm: Odyssey Course Days This new element if the first of its kind in Connecticut. Comprised of ten telephone poles at 40 feet high with a series of multiple elements that will challenge and thrill all ages. This element is unique because it is designed to be climbed in a group. This allows for an individual challenge while having the support of a group to help you through each activity. Ages 10 and up. Reoccurs on 10/27.

5:30 – 6:30pm: Salons by Stowe: Food Justice Join the Stowe Center and the West End Farmer’s Market in a facilitated conversation on food justice on Clemens Green. What is food justice? How can we challenge inequities in our food system? How does food access connect to other social justice issues? What can you do to take action?

7:30pm: HONEY LaBREA – The Lonely Thetan Scienomics: Valid religion, self-help technology, or insidious cult? For washed-up Hollywood has-been Honey LaBrea, L.Ron Hubbard’s church promises career rejuvenation in a spa-like atmosphere… or does it? Follow Honey’s adventures as she goes deeper into the church than anyone thought possible and discover how hard it is to go clear when you have a dirty mind.

Tuesday, September 27th – Sunday, October 2nd:

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm and 7:30pm: Queens for a Year Molly Solinas, a young Marine Corps Officer, unexpectedly returns to her family home in Virginia, bringing with her an even younger female Private. Four generations of women who’ve served their country in the Marines clash during what at first appears to be a post-deployment vacation – but is revealed to be much more. An arresting new play from one of the writers of the TV series ‘Army Wives.’ Recommended for ages 14 and up. Approximate Running Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes, plus intermission. Tickets $25-90. All Regular Season Student Seats $20. Sunday at 2pm: Audio Described Performances For patrons who are blind or have low vision. Runs until October 2nd.

Wednesday, September 28th:

11am – 2pm: I Am An Artist Day Discover your inner artist through creative and interactive experiences with local arts organizations and artists! Here are just a few examples of the exciting activities of the day: Continue reading

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Monday, September 5th:

9 – 11am: Big Wheel Derby Help find a “cure for sure” for Glycogen Storage Disease (GSD), a rare Jewish genetic disease. All proceeds benefit Alyssa’s Angel Fund. The morning includes: Ride around the track, martial arts demo, dance-a-thon with DJ Paul and crafts. $18 per family.

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Tuesday, September 6th:

12:45 – 3pm: Adult Coffee Club: The Life of Leonardo da Vinci Join us to learn about Leonardo da Vinci’s life through a presentation and a tour of the Science Center’s traveling exhibit, Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion. Afterwards, participate in a sketching activity, or feel free to explore the other galleries on your own. Event price includes coffee & tea, presentation, guided tour, sketching and admission to all the Science Center galleries. The Life of Leonardo da Vinci presented by Dorothy Keller, Arts Professor and Historian at the University of Saint Joseph. $15 per person. Space is limited and preregistration is required.

1 – 1:45pm: Baby & Me Yoga Kara Simard is your guide as you explore fun ways to interact and bond with your baby! This series class is designed for any caregiver and their baby ages 6 weeks to pre-crawling. We will focus on infant developmental techniques and poses as well as ways for us caregivers to squeeze some precious yoga into our baby-filled days. Reoccurs on 9/13, 9/20 and 9/27.

1 – 2pm: Art Exploration This is a drop-off class but parents are also welcome to stay. $20 per child. Kids ages 3-5.

5:30 – 6:30pm: Salons by Stowe: Food Justice Join the Stowe Center and the West End Farmer’s Market in a facilitated conversation on food justice on Clemens Green. What is food justice? How can we challenge inequities in our food system? How does food access connect to other social justice issues? What can you do to take action? Food for Thought: Food + Justice= Democracy Ladonna Redmond, Building the case for racial equity in the food system, and Why food belongs in our discussions of race. Raindate: 9/27.

Wednesday, September 7th:

9:30 – 10:30am: Toddler Time This is not a drop-off class. $20 per child (babies welcome to join siblings at no additional cost). Ages 18 months- 2.11 years.

10:30am – 12pm: Open Play is designed to supplement your child’s day with some good old fashioned play time in a fun, friendly and super clean environment. Caregivers and children ages 1 to 5 will enjoy exploring art with our sticky paint and “Fundough.” You and your child will also engage in unstructured activities such as dramatic play, puzzles, doll house, cars, train table, tunnels, dress up, bubbles, dancing and more! $15 per child. Reoccurs until October 19th.

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{Last Call} 12 – 1pm: Audio Feed Ten consecutive Wednesdays of free, lunchtime music on Constitution Plaza (by the big fountain). You bring a lunch and we’ll supply the music.

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3 – 5pm: Become a Museum Guide! Do you enjoy art, architecture, history, and sharing stories and information with people? If so, you might have what it takes to become one of our marvelous Museum Guides! Registration is currently being accepted for the Hill-Stead Museum Guide Training Course.  Learn about our Museum Guide program at this Information Session. While training and materials are free, guides are required to become Hill-Stead Museum members. New guide training starts September 12. Required training sessions will be held on Mondays from 9am to 12pm.

5:30 – 8:30pm: HYPE Get HYPEd is a casual event that offers an opportunity to network with other young professionals. Join us for Get HYPEd at The Polish National Home and bring your business cards for your chance to win a prize! Registration is not required for this free event.

Thursday, September 8th:

10 – 11:30am: Mommy and Me Messy Cupcakes! Join us with your toddler or preschooler for a morning filled with baking, dancing, art, play and cupcake decorating! Registration is required.

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5:30 – 7pm: An Evening with Maya Jeffereis Listen as artist Maya Jeffereis discusses her current installation, Fallout Shelter, which is based upon a found United States Navy training exercise. This video installation explores moral values through the decision of choosing six of ten people to survive in a post-apocalyptical hypothetical scenario. After some discussion, she will invite the audience to take on the roles of members in this fictional society and participate in the same experiment.

5:30 – 7:30pm: Veranda Views and Cocktails Join us at Hill-Stead to mingle with friends and watch the sun set from the Veranda. Celebrate the last days of summer with savory samplings from Cure Restaurant, signature cocktails from Hartford Flavor Company, plus wine, beer, and other refreshing beverages. Space is limited, so register early. This is a free event for Hill-Stead Museum Members.

5:30 – 8:30pm: Sunset Sounds Garden Concert Series Bring a picnic dinner & enjoy music in the lovely setting of the Butler-McCook historic garden on the 2nd Thursday of the month through September on the Richard P. Garmany Fund Music & Education Terrace at the Amos Bull House. Tours of the first floor of the Butler-McCook House & Garden are available, as well as tours of the Amos Bull House. River City Slim & the Zydeco Hogs will kick-off the series. The Hartford natives blend R&B with Gulf-Coast blues to bring an authentic Louisiana zydeco sound to the Northeast. July brings the Red Hot Horns who use many different musical genres, from soul, pop, R&B, to jazz, Motown and funk. Taking over in August, Amy Gallatin & the Stillwaters play rocking bluegrass blended with jazz and influenced by country singers such as Loretta Lynn & blues singers like BB King. Hartford’s very own Professors of Sweet Sweet Music will wrap up the season. All concerts are free and open to the community.

6 – 8pm: Make it Now, Freeze for Later Forget all about weeknight dinner stress, and stock your freezer with our weekend-made meals. We will share our easiest tips for safely storing pre-made dishes. Menu: Homemade Frozen Burritos Make-Ahead Cauliflower Chowder Freezer Spinach–Artichoke Pasta What to Expect: Find out about cooking and handling leftovers safely. Work side-by-side with chefs to create a soup from scratch. Learn important pasta cooking tips.

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6:30pm: Quick-Fix Gluten Free Dinner at Metro Bis Join Metro Bis for a five course, wine dinner featuring Robert M. Landolphi, author of Quick-Fix Gluten Free. Divided into nine sections delving into everything from appetizers and breakfast to hearty, internationally inspired dishes, fan favorite comfort foods and decadent sweets and treats, Quick-Fix Gluten Free offers 100 fast and easily prepared recipes for crave-worthy dishes like Cinnamon Dusted French Toast, Kickin’ Paella, Gnocchi with Roasted Garlic Butter and Parmesan Cheese, and Aunt Lil’s Rich and Creamy Cheesecake. With a focus on fast, fresh and flavorful, these contemporary dishes are simple enough for everyday meals and delicious enough to serve to anyone–whether they are on a gluten-free diet or not.

7 – 8:30pm: Author Talk & Book Signing Join us as author Amy Hughes discusses Spectacles of Reform: Theater and Activism in 19th Century America. In the nineteenth century, long before film and television brought us explosions, car chases, and narrow escapes, it was America’s theaters that thrilled audiences, with “sensation scenes” of speeding trains, burning buildings, and endangered bodies, often in melodramas extolling the virtues of temperance, abolition, and women’s suffrage. Amy E. Hughes scrutinizes these peculiar intersections of spectacle and reform, revealing the crucial role that spectacle has played in American activism and how it has remained central to the dramaturgy of reform. Hughes is Assistant Professor of Theater History and Criticism, Brooklyn College (CUNY).

Thursday, September 8th – Sunday, September 11th:

Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm and 7:30pm: Queens for a Year Molly Solinas, a young Marine Corps Officer, unexpectedly returns to her family home in Virginia, bringing with her an even younger female Private. Four generations of women who’ve served their country in the Marines clash during what at first appears to be a post-deployment vacation – but is revealed to be much more. An arresting new play from one of the writers of the TV series ‘Army Wives.’ Recommended for ages 14 and up. Approximate Running Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes, plus intermission. Tickets $25-90. All Regular Season Student Seats $20. Includes all fees. Prices subject to change without notice. Student tickets by phone only, please. Please call for Student Matinee Rates. Runs until October 2nd.

Friday, September 9th:

5pm: Harvest Dinner Under the Stars Proceeds from this celebration of Connecticut-grown foods will help support our mission to conserve Connecticut’s environment through science-based education that focuses on the state’s bird populations and their habitats, by enabling us to continue to offer a dynamic mix of nature programs, classes and events where people of all ages learn about environmental awareness, conservation and respect for our natural world.

5:30 – 8:30pm: Kid’s Night Out Every kid deserves a special night out…and so do you! That’s why we created Kid’s Night Out. Parents get an evening to themselves while the children get to run, play, dance and create their own masterpiece with our energetic instructors. The evening also includes a pizza party dinner and ends with our famous bubble dance party. A perfect evening indeed… Ages 2 through 5. Children do not need to be potty trained.

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7pm: Acoustic Night Come and enjoy some great music at Winding Trails in the tranquil forest around Walton Pond. This series will highlight some of the great local musical talent we have in the area. Each evening will showcase three performers. Food and refreshments will be available for sale or feel free to bring you own. These programs will be held rain or shine. Registration is not required.

7pm: Read It and Sleep:”Spaghetti on a Hot Dog Bun” Read It and Sleep is our monthy children’s book reading event. Snuggle in for the reading of a wonderful children’s book, while enjoying cookies and hot chocolate. September’s book is ‘Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun” by Maria Dismondy and Kim Shaw.

Sunset: Free Movies in Riverside Park: The Bee Movie Join us for free movies in Riverside Park, presented by Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ! Movies will begin at sunset, arrive early and order your dinner from Bear Force One, the Bear’s BBQ food truck.

Friday, September 9 – Sunday, September 11:

Saturday, September 10th:

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9:30am: FVTC Farm to Farm Tour Join us for our third annual Farm To Farm Tour as we travel the scenic back roads of Simsbury for about 30 miles and stop at local farms. You will be given the opportunity to purchase goodies along the way. A sag wagon to carry your purchases back to your vehicles will again be available. FVTC Farm to Farm Tour Date: 9/10/2016 Time: 9:30:00 AM Rain date: September 11. Join us for our third annual Farm To Farm Tour as we travel the scenic back roads of Simsbury for about 30 miles and stop at local farms. You will be given the opportunity to purchase goodies along the way. A sag wagon to carry your purchases back to your vehicles will again be available. This is a casual ride appropriate for all levels of cyclists. A $20 donation is requested. The ride will depart promptly at 9:30 AM from Iron Horse Blvd and Jim Gallagher Way. Registration open at 8:45. Must complete waiver to ride. Raindate: 9/11.

9:30am – 4:30pm: Speak Up at CHS: All-Day Beginning Storytelling Workshop with Matt Dicks Speak Up co-founder and 23-time Moth StorySLAM and 4-time GrandSLAM champion Matthew Dicks will be teaching a day-long workshop on the art of storytelling. This is a workshop designed for people with little or no any previous storytelling experience and seeks to meet the goals of a wide range of participants. While many workshop graduates have gone on to tell stories on stage for Speak Up, The Moth, and other storytelling organizations, most students take this beginner-level workshop with no desire to ever take the stage. People want to learn about storytelling for personal and professional development, to meet new people, to improve communication skills, to develop their writing ability, to challenge themselves, to finally get the attention of grandchildren and colleagues, and to try something new.

10am – 12pm: Mystery Scavenger Hunt It’s time to solve another mystery! Learn about Cedar Hill while deciphering creative clues that direct you around the historic sections of the cemetery. Teams of up to four people each compete in the fun. Once teams have collected all the clues, it’s time to solve the mystery. It’s a race to the finish, as prizes (and bragging rights) will be awarded to teams who solve the mystery the fastest. Reservations are required. $5 per person.

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10:30am and 1:30pm: Digging Deeper Tour Seconds after the nine-pound musket is raised to Anthony Riccio’s shoulder onlookers are momentarily riveted by a brilliant flash, billowing smoke and a resounding blast. As the scent of gunpowder clears, a connection with the past is made; the sense of living history is complete. Riccio’s 18th-century musket demonstration serves as the finale of the new “Revolutionary Soldier” Digging Deeper Tour at the Webb-Deane-Stevens (WDS) Museum. Offering an in-depth view of the life of a typical Continental soldier. Admission is $15 per person. Space is limited and advance-ticket purchase is recommended.

11am: Dr. Brian Jones, Connecticut State Archaeologist, will speak at the Oliver Ellsworth Homestead. The program “Connecticut’s Earliest European Settlers: Recent Finds from Windsor and Glastonbury” includes excavations for the exact location of the palisade built in Windsor in the 1600s and a possible site of the trading post constructed in 1633. Tour the Oliver Ellsworth Homestead after the presentation ($5).

1 – 3pm: Inversion Workshops: Forearm Balance and Tripod Headstand Inverted poses, where your head is below your heart, are considered to be among the most powerful poses for daily practice due to their profound effect on your body’s physical and emotional health.

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3pm: Stowe House Preservation Tour Explore behind the scenes of the $3.3 million preservation project in Hartford’s Harriet Beecher Stowe House, an 1871 National Historic Landmark where the internationally famous author lived from 1873-1896. Learn about project planning, packing, moving and storing historic collections, and new discoveries about Stowe’s interiors. $12 per person.

3:15 – 4:45pm: Veterans Memorial Ice Skating Rink Grand Re-Opening Bring your family to check out our newly renovated ice surface, lobby, pro shop, and party rooms. Face painting, giveaways, and balloons for the kids! Skate rental fees apply.

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7 – 9pm: Riverfront Summer Pops The Middletown Symphonic Band is committed to the preservation of live concert band music. The band was established to give both professional and amateur musicians an opportunity to practice and perform together. They perform in Great River Park on 9/10. Rain date: 9/11.

Saturday, September 10th – Sunday, September 11th:

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Sunday, September 11th:

9:30 – 11:30am: Wild, Edible, Useful and Medicinal Plants The 2-hour walking tour of the grounds is suitable for adults and kids. With cultivated areas, meadows, fields, disturbed habitats, woods, plus a river, all with their own flora, there will be plenty of surprises in store on this tour.

10 – 11:30am: Take a Walk to Discover Moses & Liverworts Come join Steve Messier, Winding Trails’ volunteer botanist, to discover more about the mosses and liverworts that inhabit Winding Trails property. Visit areas along the Poplar Swamp Brook to discover luxuriant poodle moss growth on white oaks and many varieties of sphagnum mosses and liverworts in the hemlock grove above Trout Pond. Always dress for the weather and wear a good pair of walking shoes.

10am – 2:30pm: Adult and Teen Mountain Bike Skills Clinic Take your riding to the next level. Get faster times on your bike course at the Triathlon Series, and transition to your run with more energy. We will focus on the 5-mile course. Experience course recon, technical drills and transition practice. Bring your questions! Mountain Bikes only please (no hybrids). Clipless pedals recommended. Helmet is mandatory. Jimena Florit Dolzadelli is a two time Olympian, and four time NORBA Champion. Registration is required by three days prior to event. Ages 13 and up. $15 per person.

11am – 12:30pm: HYPE Intro to Yoga Join us for an intro to yoga with HYPE’s very own Personal & Professional Development Committee member Aaron Eicoff! A certified yoga instructor, Aaron will lead attendees in an invigorating vinyasa flow in one of Hartford’s most beautiful public spaces. Prepare to sweat as you integrate movement and breathe with a creative, eclectic blend of many yogic traditions and styles. Modifications of postures are made to accommodate everyone, allowing both beginning and advanced students the opportunity to enjoy a satisfying, accessible, and energetic experience. Perfect for those who want it all! All you’ll need is a mat or towel, and a bottle of water. Space is limited, so please email RSVP to reserve your spot today!

1 – 4pm: Family Day: Grandparents Day Celebration Bring your family to the Museum to celebrate Grandparents Day! Festivities will include drop-in art activities, a live animal show by The Children’s Museum, and music by the Bedlam Brothers String Band. By using a variety of mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and insects The Children’s Museum will educate audiences about warm- and cold-blooded creatures and the interactions between different members of the animal kingdom. Kids can get inspired by the lizard presentation for the following chameleon-inspired camouflage collage! The Children’s Museum will bring their animal show on the road to delight multiple generations of visitors here at the NBMAA. Anytime during the day, join us for a drop-in art activity in the American Savings Foundation Art & Education Center to create a ’Camouflage Collage!’ Explore the temperature of color using color-changing reptiles and works from our collection as inspiration. Learn about warm and cool colors, and how to use them to create a wild collage made of various shapes, textures, and hues. With your little ones, color and collage your way to depict a cool-blue chameleon or a red-hot reptile in this multi-media workshop! Stop by the Stanley Works Center to listen to the Bedlam Brothers String Band play an eclectic mix of great old-time American roots music, Celtic music, fiddle tunes, and a mix of traditional and contemporary folk music. The Brothers play a wide mix of instruments, including banjo, fiddle, guitar, bass, hammered, dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, accordion, slide guitar, bones, concertina, and more. The varied mix of instruments will delight audience members of all ages.

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January 29 – February 4

Welcome to your 7-day Momecast™ – an event forecast for Moms (and Dads) of what to do and where to go throughout Hartford County; with the kids, without the kids and for the whole family! If you do not mind the drive, check out what to do across the state by visiting our parent site, Momecticut. Does your middle schooler or high schooler like to write? Wouldn’t it be like killing two birds with one stone if they won a writing contest to add to their college application(s) and won their teacher a monetary prize? In addition, for all of the writers in us consider taking your stab at a Haiku for a share to win your partner (or yourself) a massage. The next 7 days features some fun happenings from a boating show, to graveyard shift tours, to the Taste Of Hartford. Fill your calendar in with all the fun, not-to-miss happenings in our area. Have a sitter? Consider seeing a show – with so many to choose from; scroll below. Check back often as we update on the regular.

Announcements:

3rd Annual Haiku Contest: Write a haiku about love by February 12th for a chance to win a free 1-hr massage from Massage Envy in Canton for your sweetie. Need a haiku refresher? It’s a 17 syllable poem in three lines of 5, 7 and 5 syllables, like this: “Love is in the air Even the chill of winter Can’t lessen the warmth.” Visit Massage Envy’s Facebook fanpage to enter!

My Favorite Teacher Contest: Middle and High School Students write an essay, poem, or thank-you letter (500 words or less, in English on 8.5″ x 11″ white paper) sharing how a teacher has influenced their life and why they appreciate and admire them. Participating schools will collect the essays and provide them to their local Barnes & Noble store representative. Deadline for entries is March 1, 2016. Winners are selected, and the local store and community celebrations begin! If your school is not participating in the contest and you would like your teacher to be considered for the local and regional award as well as the national Barnes & Noble Teacher of the Year Award, please submit your signed entry form in person or by mail to your local store. Forms must be postmarked by March 1, 2016 and can be sent to any Barnes & Noble store near you (a complete list of stores is available here). A store representative will ensure it is entered into the pool of entries for the awards.

Friday, January 29:

5:30 – 7:30pm: Kids Night Out Kids will enjoy a night of dancing, play, and art activities while their grown ups enjoy a night out!  A pasta dinner will be served! Ages 4-8. Drop off. $35 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, North Canton.

5:45pm: PJ Library Pasta Shabbat Together we will light the candles and say the blessings over wine and challah to welcome in Shabbat. Enjoy a warm pasta dinner with family and friends. PJ stories will be read. RSVP to Member Services by Wednesday, January 27. $10 per adult; $5 per child. Mandell JCC;  Zachs Campus, West Hartford.

7pm: Biscuit Time for bed, Biscuit! Woof, woof! It’s Biscuit’s bedtime, but this little yellow puppy doesn’t want to sleep. He thinks it’s time to play. Before Biscuit gets into bed, he wants one more thing – a snack, a story, a hug, a kiss. When will Biscuit fall asleep? Barnes & Noble, Enfield.

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7pm: SquishyTown Asylum Improv The improv group, which performs short comic scenes without a script (often based on audience suggestions), is made up of eight performers who have previously taken an improv class with the youth theater company. Despite their young ages—ranging from 12 to 16—each of the members have been performing on stage for years. The group describes their improv performances as “crazy,” “pandemonium,” and “both silly and slightly terrifying.” Performances are appropriate for all ages. A donation of $5 is suggested for admission, and tickets will be available at the door only. New Britain-Berlin YMCA, New Britain.

7pm: Projector 1.4 is the final installment of a series that has incorporated the manipulation of light, sound, space, and the human form into performances across the city and state. Using projected images and original scores, the interaction between the dancers, the projected image, and the audience blurs the boundary between performer and viewer. Blending original music, fashion, visual media, light and sound installation with contemporary dance, Hartford-based performance group TNMOT AZTRO‘s Projector series is an utterly unique mix of elements that originate with local artists. $10 per person, $5 students. Also on Sunday at 5pm. Real Arts Ways, Hartford.

7:30pm: LEGO Skyline and Architecture Studio Build Adults and teenagers (ages 14 and up) are invited to help build our new LEGO Skyline in-store display and enjoy a LEGO Architecture build with Architecture Studio bricks afterward. Free. Barnes & Noble, Enfield.

Friday, January 29 – Saturday, January 30:

Friday – Saturday from 6 – 9pm: Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours We reprise our popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours for some winter fun. The Mark Twain House has been featured on Syfy Channel’s Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel’s My Ghost Story. On these tours participants will hear all these creepy tales — and learn about Mark Twain’s own interest in the supernatural. Filled with haunted history, dark tales and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing. Prior to the tour, we’ll be showing the short film Ghost Tour, which was filmed in The Mark Twain House. Tickets are $22 for adults; $17 for members; and $15 for children 16 and under (recommended ages 10 and up.) Click here for tickets. The Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

Friday, January 29 – Sunday, January 31:

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Friday 12 – 9pm, Saturday 10am – 9pm and Sunday 10am – 5pm: Hartford Boat Show Boats to Fish, Ski, Cruise, Sail and Paddle are all under one roof on two levels. From Center Consoles to Cruisers, Personal Watercraft to Pontoons Find the latest in power options, service centers and marinas, and accessories to take home! Experience a weekend of special events and special characters. Meet authors who share their best in nautical adventures. Let the Annapolis School of Seamanship broaden your boating skills and enter contests that test your boating trivia or your fishing prowess. Fish against your friends and other Show guests to hook Sailfish, Mahi, Salmon, Bass & Trout! Adults and Kids categories. Like to be powered by your own strength? Check out the great selection of paddle sports – new to the Hartford Boat Show! Watch how they work in the new Paddler’s Paradise Demo Pool. Yoga demonstrations, Stand Up Paddling techniques and more. General Admission $10 online. $12 on-site, Dual Day Pass $18 online, $24 on-site. Kids 12 and under are free with an adult. Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford.

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Thursday – Friday 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Lint! The Musical Phoebe’s got a problem… No matter where she goes, no matter what she does, she is constantly finding herself in a musical. While this wouldn’t be a problem to some folks, Phoebe tries to escape by taking a job in a laundromat. Everything is fine until one day Phoebe looks up and sees the audience, the lights, everything. Biz, Fab, and Cheer; three muses rise up out of the washers and explain to Phoebe that there is no escaping this musical until she finishes the show and follows the rules to get there. Reluctantly, and with more than a little sarcasm, Phoebe enlists the help of Gary, a pathetic cuckold who was just minding his own business. Jack and Jill enter and the race to finish the musical begins. Along the way, they encounter Heinrich von Baddie, Phoebe’s boss and the representation of villainy in the play. Faced with impending doom (and marriage) Phoebe and her new friends sing themselves through many different emotions and stories, culminating in the classic confrontation of good and evil: a landlord wearing lederhosen and a government agent wearing a jet-pack. Reoccurs on 2/5-6 and 2/12-13. The Friday, 1/29 performance is our Pay What You Can Night. Free parking is available in the Chestnut Street garage next to the new police station. Hole in the Wall Theater, New Britain.

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{Last Call} Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Saturday – Sunday at 2pm: The Body of an American “If you do this, I will own you forever.” Canadian photojournalist Paul Watson is haunted by the words he heard a dead soldier say as he took the photo that would win him the Pulitzer Prize and reshape American foreign policy. Playwright Dan O’Brien, struggling with ghosts of his own, reaches out to Watson, and the two forge a friendship as they reckon with the traumas that have shaped their lives. The Body of an American is a bold, radically theatrical and poetic true story that ranges from Afghanistan and Iraq to the Canadian High Arctic. Runs through Sunday, January 31. Hartford Stage, Hartford.

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{PTO} Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: The Chosen A standing-room-only hit wherever it has played, this award-winning adaptation from the award-winning novel is the story of two boys, two fathers and two very different Jewish communities—”five blocks and a world apart”—in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in the 1940s. Set against the backdrop of WW II, the revelation of the Holocaust, and the desperate struggle of Zionism, The Chosen remains not essentially political or religious but deeply human. This is a story of friendship, family and difficult choices that we must all make on the path to understanding, respect and reconciliation. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

Friday, January 29 – Sunday, February 7:

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Taste of Hartford’s winter edition returns January 25 through February 7, with prix-fixe menus at several city restaurants. Participating restaurants will serve multi-course meals (lunch, dinner, or both) for $20.16 to $30.16, depending on the offering. Click here for a list of participating restaurants.

Friday, January 29 – Sunday, January 31:

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Friday – Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 2pm: Into the Woods James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless yet relevant piece and rare modern classic. The Tony Award-winning book and score are both enchanting and touching.The story follows a Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend the King’s Festival and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.One of Sondheim’s most popular works, Into The Woods is a musically sophisticated show with the opportunity to feature actors adept at dark comedy. Designers will especially enjoy highlighting the fantastical elements of this magical word. Reoccurs on 2/5-6 and 2/7. $15 per ticket. Simsbury High School, Simsbury.

Friday, January 29- Sunday, January 31 & Tuesday, February 2 – Thursday, February 4:

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{PTO} Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2:30pm and Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm: Buyer & Cellar An outrageous comedy about the price of fame, the cost of things and the oddest of odd jobs. An under-employed Los Angeles actor goes to work in Barbra Streisand’s Malibu basement. Hilarity ensues as we puzzle over the solitude of celebrity and the melancholy that lurks beneath it. Runs until Sunday, February 14. TheaterWorks, Hartford.

Saturday, January 30:

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9:30am – 2:30pm: Daring Daisy Day “Wow, look at all those other Daisies? I’m really a part of something really big!” This is what girls will say at this Level Day. In small groups, girls practice making new friends, try some Girl Scout Traditions, dabble in S.T.E.M., play games, and have fun! Girls will leave with memories, new skills, ideas to continue the fun, and a special patch for the day.Grown-ups, we didn?t forget about you! For half of the event you’ll be with the girls, assisting and seeing what they’re doing. The other half you?ll be able to do your own networking and choose from various workshops. Topics will vary, but will help you guide the girls further in these areas and in life. A snack and patch are included in this event. Bring a bag lunch. $15 girls and $12 adults. Lincoln Culinary Institute, Hartford.

10 – 11am, 11am – 12pm and 1 – 2pm: Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Treasures from the CHS Collection Don’t miss a minute of history on our upcoming Behind-the-Scenes tours. We offer four themed tours, so that every tour covers different time periods and interests. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.

{Adults Only} 10am – 12pm: Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic This program is designed for certified CT rehabilitators or people seeking certification who are 18 and up. This clinic will be focusing on birds. We will go over their anatomy, different medical procedures, wing wrapping and wildlife rescue techniques. By invitation only. Call the Nature Center to receive an invitation. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

{Boy Scouts Only} 10:30am – 1pm: Geologist Pin Program for Webelos Scouts The Connecticut Audubon Society in Glastonbury is offering a three hour program on Geology for scouts. Webelos Scouts will earn all the requirements for the Geologist Activity by participating in a 2 or 3 hour program from a BSA National Camp School Certified, Ecology and Conservation Instructor. Scouts will have the experience of matching minerals and to their popular public products based on properties, and many hands on experiences with the materials. This program is limited to the first 15 scouts that sign up. You may bring snacks and lunch but please do not bring peanut or tree nut based foods. The Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury.

11am: Groundhog Storytime At this Storytime we will feature two titles Groundhog’s Dilemma and Groundhog’s Day Off. Groundhog’s Dilemma: After Groundhog announces six more weeks of winter, half his animal friends are disappointed, while the other half are excited. Each animal asks Groundhog to make his prediction in their favor the following year. Rather than being truthful about the fact that he just “calls it like he sees it,” he leads them to believe he can control the weather, accepting their gifts of food and favor. On the next Groundhog Day, he finally admits he made promises he couldn’t keep because he was trying to please everyone and makes amends. Groundhog’s Day Off: Every year, people ask Groundhog the same, boring old question. Is spring around the corner? Or are we doomed to more winter? Sure, they care about his shadow, but what about him and his interests? He’s had enough! Groundhog packs his bags and sets out for a much-needed vacation. Now the town is holding auditions to find someone to fill his spot. None of the animals seem right for the job, though. Not Elephant, not Ostrich, and most certainly not Puppy. No one has Groundhog’s flair for the dramatic, but is it too late to woo him back into the spotlight? Free. Barnes & Noble of Canton, Enfield, Farmington, Glastonbury, Manchester and West Hartford.

1 – 3pm: Wilton Valentine Candy and Cupcake Event Discover how easy it is to create sweet Valentine cupcakes topped with colorful icing and delicious candy decorations that you can make yourself. Michael’s locations.

1 – 3pm: CFPA Ramble: Cheney Railroad History Walk Join us for an easy walk along this former railroad, built in 1869 to connect the Cheney silk mills to the main rail line in the North End. At 2.5 miles, this was the shortest private freight-and-passenger railroad in the United States. We will meet at the North End of Main Street in Manchester, on the north side (right) of Farr’s Sporting Good store. From there, we will hike along the 1-mile portion owned by the Manchester Land Conservation Trust and, depending on the weather, on to Center Springs Park, and to the new footbridge overlooking Broad Street, which will take about two hours round trip. Come discover the history of the railroad, including a chance to see maps and historic pictures. A railroad favor will be given to children participating in the walk. No dogs, please. Extreme weather cancels. Free. Cheney Railroad Trail, Manchester.

1 – 3pm: Menopause Gracefully Hot topics! Night sweats, memory glitches, weight gain, hot flashes, insomnia and missing libidos. Join us for this informational workshop on navigating naturally and gracefully the journey through peri-menopause and menopause and beyond. You will learn: Natural remedies for common peri-menopausal and menopausal symptoms. Yoga techniques for easing anxiety, depression and for calming the nervous system. Bio-Identical Hormones, the risks, the benefits and when it may be an appropriate choice. Breath work for cooling the body, bringing joy, calming anxiety and balancing the nervous system. This workshop is appropriate for any woman over 40 and with any level of yoga experience. You’ll leave with a renewed confidence and understanding of what you may be experiencing and the knowledge of a health practitioner who has guided hundreds of women through this life transition. Be Yoga, Avon.

1 – 3pm: Doll & Me Tea The day will include afternoon tea, games and crafts for 18” dolls. Each child will create a lace crown or pirate hat for themselves and their doll and some delicious looking clay food for their doll. After crafts, a tea party will take place in the museum’s reproduction 18th-century kitchen.  Children can try tea or have some old-fashioned lemonade along with some delicious cookies.  They will also try historic games like Lookabout, Pass the Slipper, and Change Seats. All children ages 6-11 and their dolls are invited to attend this program. The Doll and Me Tea is $20 per child. Children are invited to wear a fancy outfit or costume. Registration is required. Click here to register. Noah Webster House, West Hartford.

1 – 4:30pm: Cabin Fever Festival The event will kick off with a large bonfire to warm everyone up. This is a wonderful winter event for the whole family, which includes contests, games and prizes, such as, snowball throwing, miniature snowman building and the popular adult/child sled pull race. Cross country skis and snowshoes will be available for rent at $5.00/each. Hamburgers, chili and other refreshments will be for sale. Tell your friends and family. The cost is $3.00 per person (Windsor residents), $5.00 per person (non-residents), children age 2 and under are free. Northwest Park, Windsor.

2pm: LEGO Skyline and Architecture Studio Build Adults and teenagers (ages 14 and up) are invited to help build our new LEGO Skyline in-store display and enjoy a LEGO Architecture build with Architecture Studio bricks afterward. Free. Barnes & Noble of Farmington and Manchester.

2pm: Music to Warm the Winter Away Concert Join us for this eclectic concert for audiences young and old. Hear a variety of music including classical works, pop/rock arrangements, traditional folk songs and more! Tickets are $15, children 12 and under are free. East Granby High School, East Granby.

7pm: Hartford Wolf Pack Family Outing Join us for a fun-filled family activity at a Hartford Wolf Pack game. Be ready to cheer on our home team! Game against the Saint John’s Ice Caps. Tickets: $21 per adult, $10 per child (12 and under). Contact the JCC to get in on their group tickets. XL Center, Hartford.

8pm: Cesar Millan Live! During his nine-season run as host of the hit series “Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan,” he rehabilitated hundreds of aggressive, scared, lazy, compulsive and jealous dogs, as well as the families that were usually in the dark about how their own behavior contributed to their dogs’ quirky traits. Tickets $58.50-$85. The Bushnell, Hartford.

Saturday, January 30 – Sunday, January 31:

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{PTO} 8pm: The Last 5 Years This modern emotionally, powerful and intimate musical chronicles the five-year life of a young couple who fall in and out of love, from meeting to break-up and from break-up to meeting. The Last Five Years uses a unique form of storytelling; Cathy, the woman, tells her story at the end of the relationship and works backwards while Jamie, the man, tells his side of the story from the beginning of the relationship and goes forward. The two characters only meet once, at their wedding in the middle of the show. It ask the questions can time heal or does healing take time? Runs through 2/13. Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, Berlin.

Sunday, January 31:

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10am – 4pm: A Jewish Book Festival Signature Event 3 inspiring authors. 1 motivational day. An ASL Interpeter will be present for the entire day. Tickets: $20. Purchase tickets online. Mandell JCC; Zachs Campus, West Hartford.

{Last Call} 12:30 – 3:30pm: Hearthside Afternoon Warm yourself by the fire, play a board game or read a book, and enjoy a warm winter beverage. Games and toys will be on hand for adults and children, including our pint-sized Colonial fireplace and Tunxis wigwam. Self-guided tours of the 1720 historic house will be available. Admission is free. Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington.

1:30 – 3pm: Groundhog Day Hike Will the Groundhog see his shadow and what does it really mean? Walk gently through the forest to uncover the mysteries of wildlife habitats in mid-winter. $6 non-members; half-price for children. Pre-registration is not required. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

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2pm: Biscuit the Dog Visits Farmington Barnes & Noble! Please bring the little ones for a special Sunday Storytime. Biscuit the Dog that everyone loves will be here. Story time is accompanied by a costume character and a special craft, no sign up necessary! Barnes & Noble, Farmington.

3pm: LEGO Skyline and Architecture Studio Build Adults and teenagers (ages 14 and up) are invited to help build our new LEGO Skyline in-store display and enjoy a LEGO Architecture build with Architecture Studio bricks afterward. Free. Barnes & Noble, Canton.

3 – 5:30pm: Personalized Wood Sign Class Join us to create your own 15.5 X 22.5 Monogram Established Wood Sign! We customize the materials for you and take you step by step to create a gorgeous piece for your home or for a gift!   Choose from a variety of paint colors in the workshop. Doors open at 2:30pm, instruction begins at 3:00pm. $60 per person. Scene Art Bar, Unionville.

7pm: Projector 1.4 is the final installment of a series that has incorporated the manipulation of light, sound, space, and the human form into performances across the city and state. Using projected images and original scores, the interaction between the dancers, the projected image, and the audience blurs the boundary between performer and viewer. Blending original music, fashion, visual media, light and sound installation with contemporary dance, Hartford-based performance group TNMOT AZTRO‘s Projector series is an utterly unique mix of elements that originate with local artists. $10 per person, $5 students. Real Arts Ways, Hartford.

Monday, February 2:

6am – 5pm: Groundhog Day Prediction The Lutz Children’s Museum is proud to be the home of the official Connecticut state groundhog. Hundreds of dedicated fans gather at the museum each year on Groundhog Day to hear her prediction. The museum will open to the public at 6am on Groundhog Day. Coffee and breakfast foods will be served while we await her arrival at about 6:4am. Admission is free from 6 – 9am. The museum will remain open to the public until 5pm so that everyone will have the opportunity to visit the celebrity groundhog. “Connecticut Chuckles VIII” is approximately three years old. She has lived at the Lutz Children’s Museum since she was discovered injured and orphaned as a baby. Her doctor determined that she would not be able to survive in the wild, opening the door to a new career in meteorology. The Lutz Children’s Museum, Manchester.

6 – 7:30pm: Kennedy Middle School and Zing Fit Zumba are partnering for Zumba for a Cause to raise funds for Planting Pencils. Planting Pencils is the new educational, non-profit organization started by 13-year-old Ishaan Patel of Southington that is dedicated to the right of every child to have access to education. One pencil, one book, one child at a time… We can make a difference together! The class is fun for all ages! 100% of the proceeds will benefit the charity. Registration begins at 5:45 pm. $10 per person. Kennedy Middle School, Plantsville.

Monday, February 1 – Monday, February 29:

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Tuesday, February 2:

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10:30 – 11:15am: February Family Playtime! Looking for a fun indoor activity to do with your1-5 year old on thesecold winter days? Then why don’t you join us for our Family Playtime. This is an open gym forum where children accompanied by a caretaker can explore the many obstacle courses on the floor, the balance beam, the vault, the bars and the pit. Family Playtime is for  children ages 1-5 years of age with caretaker participation. Non-members are welcome. Reoccurs on Tuesday, 2/9, 2/16 and 2/23. $10 per child and $5 for each additional child (in the same family). A general release form is required for non-members. The Gymnastics Training Center, Simsbury.

3:30 – 4:45pm: Ooey Gooey Science Little Scientists will enjoy lots of sensory play as they make slime and play with goo! Ages 3-5. $25 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, North Canton.

7 – 8pm: Connecticut’s Slave Ships and Human Memory The Logbooks: Connecticut’s Slave Ships and Human Memory. Come to this thought-provoking presentation by author Anne Farrow who paints a vivid picture of 18th-century Connecticut slave trading, using three long-neglected ship’s logbooks and other primary sources. Farrow explores the idea that if our history is incomplete, then collectively we have forgotten who we are – a loss similar to the dementia her mother battled as Anne was researching and writing this book. $6 adults, $5 seniors and students, $4 members. Snowdate: February 3, 7-8pm. Windsor Historical Society, Windsor.

Wednesday, February 3:

{PTO} 6 – 8pm: Cross Country Skiing for Adults Novice to expert, young or old, all ski enthusiasts are encouraged to join us on Wednesday evenings, weather permitting, for an evening of skiing. You have the option of racing others, racing for personal time, or simply skiing for your own fitness. The ski center will be open for your convenience. Rentals will also be available. Registration is required by noon on Tuesday. Runs until 2/24. $12 per non-member. Winding Trails, Farmington.

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{PTO} 7:30pm: The Chosen A standing-room-only hit wherever it has played, this award-winning adaptation from the award-winning novel is the story of two boys, two fathers and two very different Jewish communities—”five blocks and a world apart”—in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in the 1940s. Set against the backdrop of WW II, the revelation of the Holocaust, and the desperate struggle of Zionism, The Chosen remains not essentially political or religious but deeply human. This is a story of friendship, family and difficult choices that we must all make on the path to understanding, respect and reconciliation. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

Thursday, February 4:

{Last Call} 11 – 11:45am: Arts & Crafts for Preschoolers Come join us for a fun-filled creative class that will stir your preschooler’s imaginations. Every week your child will enjoy an hour of creative arts and crafts projects that they will be able to take home and show off to the entire family. Ages 3-5. $30 per child. Winding Trails, Farmington.

9:15 – 10:30am: Messy Bubble Science Who doesn’t love bubbles?  Little Scientists will experiment with bubbles, make art with bubbles, and blow big bubbles! Ages 3-5. $25 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, North Canton.

{Last Call} 4 – 4:45pm: Young Scientists Join us to explore the mysteries of biology! We are about to dive into science and ask questions about the world around us. Using the steps of the scientific method we will answer questions like: how do plants grow? How do animals stay warm outside in winter months? We will explore these questions and many more in Young Scientists! Ages 5-10. Lutz Children’s Museum, Manchester.

7 – 9pm: PJ Library Parents Nite Out Meet up with other PJ Library parents for an evening of friendship. Enjoy a beer on us! Joe Pizza, Simsbury.

Be sure to check out more fun things to on our activities page. These are usually fun activities that reoccur each week or month – we just don’t want to inundate up this page with redundancy – but these are some fun things to do too!

Plan Ahead:

Monday, February 8: 10 – 11:15am: Open Play! We will have gross motor toys, play dough, sensory, dancing and bubbles!  Perfect for little ones age 8 months and up! Drop in!  No need to register, $8 per child, $10 for siblings. Cash only please. Imagine Studio, West Hartford.

7-Day Happenings: 10/29 – 11/4

Below we have highlighted our weekly Momecast™ – a mom’s 7-day forecast of what to do and where to go across Hartford County. Click on the links below to be directed to the event listing directly.

Thursday, October 29:

9 – 10:30am: Adult Nature Walk 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. Winding Trails, Farmington.

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10 – 11:30am: Goblin Gathering Costume Party Join us for games, treats, a ghostly project and a story by our resident witch. Register in advance as seating is limited. $7 per person. Elmwood Community Center, West Hartford.

4 – 5pm: Daisy’s Birthday Party Join us for Daisy the Pigs Birthday Party. Daisy the Pot Bellied Pig is famous around the Country for inspiring children to read! Join us for a book reading led by Farmer Minor and enjoy a special Birthday Treat! Imagine Nation Museum, Bristol.

5 – 7:30pm: An Old Fashioned Halloween for Children Wear your Halloween costume and visit the museum – if you dare! Make your way through a spooky labyrinth of icky sights, sounds and experiences to get to a treat on the other end!  Admission is a non-perishable food for “Halloween Against Hunger,” benefitting the Farmington Food Pantry. Drop-in any time between 5 and 7:15 pm. This program is for children 12 years old and younger. Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington.

6 – 9pm: Intro to Letterpress infused with Craft Beer This evening is a look inside the HP! studio. You’ll be guided through the basics of letterpress printing by Kaitlin Lennon while sipping on local craft beer. Each person will carve and print their own postcard design on our 4T Vandercook press, and when finished you’ll have a stack of handmade postcards to bring home and show off to your friends. $55 (includes supplies, pints and 20 postcard prints). Great for designers, beer lovers, letter writers + makers. Hartford Prints, Hartford.

Thursday, October 29 – Friday, October 30:

7:30pm: Capital Classics presents The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Play Prepared to be scared with this radio theatre performance of Washington Irving’s classic “Legend of Sleepy Hollow”! Watch as the Capital Classics performers and a sound effect specialist put on a show made for radio right in front of your eyes (while making sure your head stays intact!) “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” is Irving’s comic masterpiece, a ghostly tale about things that go bump in the night. The specter in question here is the mysterious Headless Horseman, said to be a Hessian trooper who lost his head in a nearby battle. Each night he roams the countryside in search of it. The unlikely hero in this tale is Ichabod Crane, an itinerant schoolmaster, who is attempting to win the heart of the town’s most beautiful woman. Two short films will proceed the production: Ghost Tour (filmed in The Mark Twain House) and an excerpt from Night of The Musical Dead (a “proof of concept film” scene and song. The survivors of a zombie apocalypse trapped in a remote farm house learn their fate via a special report on television.) Friday’s performance of Sleepy Hollow will be ASL interpreted. Tickets are $20. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

Thursday, October 29 – Saturday, October 31:

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Sbarro’s Halloween Freebie Anyone wearing Halloween costumes can enjoy a free NY slice of pepperoni or cheese pizza with any five dollar purchase. This offer will be valid at participating eateries. If you are interested to know if your local eatery is participating, please call in advance.

Thursday, October 29 – Sunday, November 1:

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{Last Call} Thursday – Friday from 4 – 9pm, Saturday from 11am – 9pm and Sunday from 11am – 8pm: Haunted Miniature Golf Every year in October things get super-duper spooky for our Annual Haunted Miniature Golf event to benefit the Farmington Valley Visitor Association. Admission is $10. Farmington Miniature Golf & Ice Cream Parlor, Farmington.

Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm: Jimmy and Lorraine is a meditation on the American political climate of the late 50’s and early 60’s through the lens of two significant artists of the time, James Baldwin and Lorraine Hansberry. Writer Talvin Wilks through his research and collaboration with HartBeat Ensemble members, including director Brian Jennings, will develop this new work and explore the lives of these two artists and social activists. Through insights from Jimmy and Lorraine, this new play hopes to hold up a mirror to America’s history and shed light on the issues of race, art and politics in an ever-changing multicultural society. $15 on 10/29 only, $25 general admission, $20 students. Carriage Theater, Hartford.

Thursday, October 29 – Wednesday, November 4:

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Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2:30pm, Tuesday – Wednesday at 7:30pm: Third College professor Laurie Jameson’s well-ordered life is thrown into disarray when she accuses a student of plagiarism. In the wake of her accusation, she is forced to question her aggressively feminist ideology and family relations. A witty and wry cautionary tale about the danger of becoming the very thing you fear most. Playing until November 11.

Friday, October 30:

9:30- 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Toddler Halloween Cooking Class Children will decorate Halloween-themed cupcakes, including candy corn, witches, and black cats! We will also decorate a mini pumpkin. Ages 2-5. $15 per child or $25 for two siblings (parent must accompany child). Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

10 – 11am and 4pm – 5pm: Halloween Costume Party Enjoy a Halloween story, craft, activities, games, prizes and goodies. A creepy crawly animal will be joining the party too. All participants must be accompanies by a caregiver. Pre-registration recommended. $15 per person. Lutz Children’s Museum, Manchester.

11 – 11:45am: Halloween Dance Party Come in costume for a very special Halloween Open Play and Dance Party. Ages 1 & Up, $10 per child. Imagine Studio, West Hartford.

2 – 4pm and 6 – 8pm: Rompy’s Halloween Bash! Bring your little pumpkins to Romp n’ Roll for a not-so-scary good time. Join us for a night of Halloween fun including crafts, games, activities and a special gift to take home! We encourage everyone to dress up, but please no glitter or restricting costumes. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. $15 per child; $7 for each additional siblings. Romp n’ Roll, Wethersfield.

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4 – 6pm: Center-Wide Trick-or-Treat Visit participating stores and restaurants and be sure to stop in the Village Green to receive a special treat for the kids. Come early! Treats available while supplies last. The Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk, Windsor.

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{Last Call} Gates open at 5pm: The Haunted Graveyard begins at dusk. Rides open during the Haunted Graveyard include Boulder Dash, Zoomerang, Ghost Hunt, Twister, American Flyers, Bumper Cars, Wipe Out, Thunder N’ Lightning, Rev-O-Lution, Wave Swinger, Carousel, Down Time, Giant Wheel, Pirate Ship, Sky Coaster (additional charge) and Zoomers Gas N’ Go. Do you have an amazing costume? Do you like photographs of yourself in costume in unique and interesting surroundings? Do you want not one but two chances to win up to $500? If you answered yes to any of these questions, The Haunted Graveyard Cosplay or Costume Contests are for you! Tickets Haunted Graveyard only $25 per adult, $20 per child (ages 11 and younger), combo with rides $27 per adult, children $25. Parking is $8. Lake Compounce, Bristol. Save time waiting on-line by buying your tickets online, limited quantity available.

5 – 8pm: The New Children’s Museum’s Annual Halloween Spectacular Join us for frighteningly fun festivities for the whole family! Trick-or-treat throughout the museum for spooky prizes; make some hauntingly fun take-home crafts; meet some creatures of the night; view a special planetarium show… and much more! Come as you aren’t, costumes encouraged! This event is perfect for the younger children who aren’t quite ready to trick-or-treat around the neighborhood or the older kids who just want another excuse to wear their costume! There’s something for everyone! $10 per person. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

5:30 – 8:30pm: Halloween Kid’s Night Out Parents can enjoy a night out on the town while the kids enjoy a fun night at the Little Green Tambourine. Ages 3 – 7. $35 per child.

6 – 7:30pm: Halloween Party A ghoulishly good time! Children will decorate Halloween cupcakes and other ghoulish treats. Ages 6 and up (parent does not have to accompany child). $25 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

6 – 8pm: Halloween Bash Food, frights, fun and it’s free! Charter Oak Cultural Center is throwing a Halloween Bash this year that promises to be a frightfully good time! Our sanctuary will be turned into a spooky playground with treats, music, games, scary stories and other Halloween fun. Come in costume and we’ll have a boo-tiful time!

{Last Call} 6 – 8:45pm: West Hartford Hauntings Tours will leave every 15 minutes. Guests will be escorted through the stones by a dearly-departed guide, who will tell their own tale on the journey. This year’s stories include those of eleven year old Pearl Ogden, who accidentally hit Benjamin Bishop while driving a horse-drawn wagon. Hauntings Director Sarah St. Germain said of the tale, “Bishop was a big man in town in the late 19th century. He was a member of the CT House of Representatives and the Town Assessor. The Courant printed that Mr. Bishop was ‘knocked down, the wheels going over him and bruising him severely’. You have to feel bad for this 11-year-old who was probably running errands for her family and hits this important man!” Other stories include those of the Eusens, who were killed in a train accident in 1864 and Mr. and Mrs. Flannigan,  who were also killed by trains in separate incidents. “Train accidents happened more often and could be much worse than they are today. Some of the newspaper descriptions are grisly,” said St. Germain. Due to some frightening content, it is suggested that participants be age 10 or over. Ticket prices are $9 for children 17 and under and $13 for adults. Raindate of 11/1. North Cemetery, West Hartford.

6 – 9pm: Parents Night Out Need a night out on your own? Canton Parks and Recreation is now offering special Friday evening drop off program on select dates for youth ages 5-13 held at the Canton Community Center. Kids will enjoy movies, board games, crafts and more while parents are off enjoying a night to themselves. Refreshments and snacks will be served. Pre-registration is required.

{Last Call} 6 – 10pm: Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours We reprise our popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours for some winter fun. The Mark Twain House has been featured on Syfy Channel’s Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel’s My Ghost Story. On these tours participants will hear all these creepy tales and learn about Mark Twain’s own interest in the supernatural. Filled with haunted history, dark tales and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing. Tours are on the hour every hour from 6-9pm. Space is limited.

{Last Call} 6:30 – 9:30pm: Corn Maze After Dark Explore the corn maze after dark! As the sun goes down the corn maze presents a more challenging adventure. The corn maze is family friendly after dark entertainment, no haunting or scaring your friends please. Bring your own flashlight and let the adventure begin! Last ticket sold at 8pm but maze closes at 9:30pm. Browns Harvest, Windsor.

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{Last Call} 7 – 9:30pm: Rails To The Darkside The line opened in 1906 and every Halloween since, strange happenings have occurred during the cold crisp nights of October along the tracks where the cemetery used to be. Many old timers say that the spirits of the dead won’t let anyone forget that they were moved from their final resting place. Others say it is nothing but people’s “imagination”, that there is nothing to worry about. But most wise people know the truth. The lost souls are unhappy that they were moved against their will and they will get their revenge. And so we provide 9 nights of trolley runs through this area, tempting fate and stirring any lost souls that may be waiting to finalize their transition after these many, many years. Strange sightings have been made and verified by the screaming few as they abruptly leave our Museum. Move quickly lads and lassies – getting trapped in the wrong place may lead to unexpected and unpleasant consequences. Adults $16, children 12 and under $12.

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8pm: Improv at the Playhouse A no holds barred competition where three improv teams compete head-to-head for a cash prize — and you decide the winner!  Only one team will be victorious and your vote counts! The winner returns to defend their title at the next show of the series. Bring your friends and come vote for the best improv team in this one to one matchup. Doors open 30 minutes prior to show. BYOB. $10 general admission seating. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

8 – 11pm: 9th Annual Halloween Bash Put on your spookiest, most creative costume and enjoy a drink with friends, explore our galleries and new exhibitions, dance to local musicians and DJs, and be creative in a collaborative art project. Museum After Dark parties at the New Britain Museum of American Art are a great way to network with other young professionals and unwind for the weekend. Our Halloween Bash will include entertainment from DJ Jon Eastman, live music from West End Blend, food available from Cheesy Street Grill, and a tasting from local Black Hog Brewery. Admission includes entrance to our galleries and special exhibits, beer and wine, music and dancing. $25 per non-member. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

Friday, October 30 – Saturday, October 31:

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{Last Call} 7:30pm: An Otherworldly Tour Did you know that Harriet Beecher Stowe attended séances and visited mediums to communicate with departed family members?  Like many 19th-century Americans, she had an open mind about connecting with those who were no longer living. Explore Stowe’s involvement with the paranormal and learn about investigations by the SyFy Channel’s Ghost Hunters at Spirits at Stowe. Stowe’s interest in spiritualism helped to ease the pain of losing four of seven children during her lifetime. The paranormal occasionally showed up in her writing as well; she included a ghost story in Uncle Tom’s Cabin, her most famous work written in 1852. During the Spirits at Stowe tour, an interpreter will share stories about the famous author and describe unexplained events from past and present, all conducted in the dark by flashlight. Visitors will learn about the five reported deaths in the 1871 Gothic Revival home where she lived for 23 years. Stowe herself died in an upstairs bedroom in 1897 at age 86. Tour Stowe’s home in the dark and learn about 19th century spiritualism and the paranormal in Hartford. $18 per person. Appropriate for ages 12 and up.

{Last Call} Friday – Saturday at 8pm & Saturday at Midnight: Rocky Horror Show The Phoenix Theater company will be presenting its annual production of Richard O’Brien’s classic “Rocky Horror Show.” This production is a traditional interpretation of the stage and screen classic including all of the audience-participation of the movie with the fun and excitement of a live stage show! Come join us for some Halloween fun to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the iconic movie version of this campy, creepy, cult classic! Trinity on Main, New Britain.

Friday, October 30 – Sunday, November 1:

Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 1pm and 6:30pm: Mamma Mia! The ultimate feel-good show that combines ABBA’s greatest hits, with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. Whether it’s your first visit or your fourteenth, see the show that has the whole world coming back for more, because every time feels like the first time at Mamma Mia! 2 hours, 30 minutes, including one intermission. The Bushnell, Hartford.

{Last Call} 7 – 10pm: The Witch’s Dungeon Original movie props will be on display from ET, the Exorcist, Raiders of the Lost Arc, Mars Attacks, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Planet of the Apes and more. Not recommended for children under 7 years old. Donation: $5 per person.

Friday, October 30 – Wednesday, November 4:

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Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm, Sunday at 2pm, Tuesday – Wednesday at 7:30pm: Rear Window Murder is in the eye of the beholder. A sweltering New York summer. A man confined to his wheelchair spends hour after hour watching his neighbors. Is he imagining things, or has he witnessed a murder? A thrilling adaptation of the classic crime story—“Rear Window” by Cornell Woolrich—that inspired the Alfred Hitchcock film. Keith Reddin’s plays include Frame 312, Life and Limb and Rum and Coke. Show runs until Sunday, 11/15. Sold out but standing room only tickets are available online only.

Saturday, October 31:

9am – 11am: Halloween Day Character Breakfast Stew Leonard’s in Newington will host a Halloween breakfast with our most beloved costumed characters including Wow the Cow! The farm-fresh menu will feature bacon, eggs, sausage, bagels, donuts fresh fruit, orange juice, milk, coffee and tea. There are two seating times (9am and 10am). Adult tickets cost $12.99 and children age 12 and under are $9.99. Children and parents are encouraged to dress up in their Halloween costumes!

10am – 12pm or 1 – 3pm: Hobgoblin Fair What “critters” will appear on our trails this Halloween? Join us for our annual Hobgoblin Fair held this year on Halloween. The Fair features the ‘Track & Treat’ walk, children’s crafts, cupcake decorating, face painting, a Country Kitchen of yummy homemade items, and a delicious lunch of homemade soup, bread and apple cider. Suitable for children ages 3 – 8. Children are encouraged to wear costumes if suitable for walking in the woods and participating in the craft activities. Parents should plan to stay with their children. Please note that there are no refunds and participants should attend the session for which they register. Cost: $8.00 children; $4 adults. Fee includes our featured ‘Track & Treat’ walk, all crafts, and face painting. Other activities available for an additional charge. Register in advance as space is limited. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

12pm: Trunk or Treat is a fun, safe, interactive Halloween event! People gather in a large parking lot (Simsbury Farms), go all out decorating the trunks of their car, and kids are able to trick or treat by going from trunk to trunk! Like trick or treating in your own neighborhood, but the houses are so much closer! Pre-registration for a parking space is required. Prizes will be awarded to families for the best decorated trunks. We will also have Halloween stories and fun with the Simsbury Library, an inflatable slide donated by Bounce About Inflatables, and so much more! Car entrance, trunk decorating and library fun will begin at 12pm. Trick or treating will begin at 1:30pm.

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12 – 6pm: Simsbury Spooktacular Chili Challenge Bring the kids in costume for trick-or-treating among our vendors. Live entertainment, chili competition and beer, wine and hard cider tasting. $10 per person, children 10 and under are free. Bring two non-perishable food items to save $2 per person. Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center, Simsbury.

1 – 2:15pm: Salter’s Pond Adventure Enjoy a slow to moderately paced hike on the loop trail at Salter’s Pond with some historic commentary at this former millpond. Salter’s Pond got its name from Lorenzo T. Salter who, in partnership with Mr. Strong, founded the Salter and Strong Paper Mill, which became Lydall Paper Mill. The pond and adjacent land is owned by the Manchester Land Conservation Trust. Many “North Enders” learned to swim at this pond before the modern pool was built. Come enjoy a walk down memory lane. The walk may be wet depending on the weather, and hikers should wear sturdy waterproof footwear. The route is not mountainous, but does have stairs and bumpy spots, where roots stick out, so participants need to be agile.

4 – 6pm: Owl-O-Ween Party On Halloween mad science, live owls, snakes and bugs will make this Owl-O-Ween party one to remember. There will be a walk in the woods or graveyard, sticky things to touch, crafts, caramel apples and more – a real old-fashioned Halloween party! Every child will leave with a small goody bag.  Come in costume (optional) and join the fun! Halloween fun for toddlers to age 14. The Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury.

5:30 – 7:30pm: Nightmare on Broad Street First Town Downtown invites you to enjoy a nightmarish evening on and near the Town Green as you visit area businesses that will hand out some ghoulish treats and some scary surprises. Check out Jack the Court Jester doing magic tricks. Sit on a bale of hay and watch “Spookley the Square Pumpkin.” Go on a hayride. Have your picture taken with a Halloween Ghoul and more!

7pm and 10pm: Comedy Night Phil Selman (headliner) is the comedian that comedians come to see on their night off! Phil has played the national and international comedy club circuit. He’s been seen in four major motion pictures, including the soon-to-be released horror-comedy film Blood Night and appeared on over twenty television shows, including the Showtime original series Californication. Phil has also made guest appearances on Comedy Central and MTV and been heard on over one-hundred radio shows across the country. Also check out his hilarious Comic Genius blog. Nicky Sunshine (middle act) – a force to be reckoned with in the world of comedy.  She has starred in and produced several comedy shows in major NYC venues like Times Square Arts Center, Broadway Comedy Club, Stand-Up NY and New York Comedy Club. Jess Miller (Emcee) Besides performing at the prestigious Caroline’s on Broadway in NYC, Jess produces her own comedy shows in Massachusetts. This funny lady has also performed in a number of plays and musicals including The Vagina Monologues, Rent, Little Shop of Horrors and more. 90 minutes of laughs! Doors open 30 minutes before the show. $15 reserved seating. BYOB. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

7:30pm: Howl-o-ween Join the Wolf Pack for some Howl-O-Ween fun vs the Providence Bruins!

Saturday, October 31 – Sunday, November 1:

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1 and 4pm: The Three Little Pigs Embark on a charming and witty adventure with three little pigs as they battle the big bad wolf!   From Stiles and Drewe, the award-winning musical team behind Honk! and Broadway’s Mary Poppins, comes The Three Little Pigs, a “very curly musical tail” that is perfect for the whole family! This new version of the classic story is full of catchy songs, clever rhymes and silly charm, but also has some very smart things to say about home and family. When the pigpen starts to look like a real sty, Mama says it’s time to leave and build something new. Help Cha, Siu and Bao watch for wolves while they use hay, sticks and bricks to make it in a big, bad world. Runtime is approximately 55 minutes. Recommended for ages 3 and up. Reoccurs on 11/7-8. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

Monday, November 2:

10 – 11:15am: Free Open Play Join us for dancing, bubbles, sensory play, art, gross motor play, dress up, socializing and more! Monday mornings every Monday in November. Perfect for ages 10 months – 5 years. Pre-registration not required.  Each play time is free (in November) with the donation of a canned food item for the West Hartford Food Bank.

Tuesday, November 3:

10am – 4pm: All About Owls Drop in between 10am and 4pm and have a hoot! Watch an owl documentary, get to know our resident owls, make an owl craft, go on an owl scavenger hunt, dissect an owl pellet, and more. Program and crafts free with admission to the Nature Center. Scavenger Hunt Maps $2 each. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

7:30pm: An evening with Giada De Laurentiis Giada De Laurentiis is the Emmy Award-winning star of Food Network’s Everyday Italian, Giada at Home, and Giada in Italy; a judge on Food Network Star; a contributing correspondent for NBC’s Today show; editor-in-chief of a weekly digital magazine, Giada and author of seven New York Times bestselling books. Plus Giada recently celebrated the 1-year anniversary of her acclaimed Las Vegas restaurant. Her newest cookbook Happy Cooking, is one of the most highly anticipated cookbooks of the year! Joined by a moderator, Giada will share her inspiration for her Happy Cooking. An audience Q&A will immediately follow each interview. Don’t miss your chance to see Giada live on stage during her upcoming book tour! The Bushnell, Hartford.

Tuesday, November 4 – Wednesday, November 5:

10am – 4pm: Scholastic Book Fair Book Fairs are family events. We know inspiring a love of reading begins at home, so we offer resources to support parents with the reading development of their children. Runs through Saturday, November 7th.  Imagine Nation Museum, Bristol.

Wednesday, November 4:

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10am and 2:30pm: The Three Little Pigs Embark on a charming and witty adventure with three little pigs as they battle the big bad wolf!   From Stiles and Drewe, the award-winning musical team behind Honk! and Broadway’s Mary Poppins, comes The Three Little Pigs, a “very curly musical tail” that is perfect for the whole family! This new version of the classic story is full of catchy songs, clever rhymes and silly charm, but also has some very smart things to say about home and family. When the pigpen starts to look like a real sty, Mama says it’s time to leave and build something new. Help Cha, Siu and Bao watch for wolves while they use hay, sticks and bricks to make it in a big, bad world. Runtime is approximately 55 minutes. Recommended for ages 3 and up. Reoccurs on 11/7-8. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

11am: School Day Game Hey teachers, take a break from the classroom and teach your kids in a way they’ll never forget.

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6 – 8pm: Ladies & Landmark An evening of hand crafted wines from acclaimed landmark Vineyards. 10 years of 90+ scores and small production chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Sonoma. Grab you friends for a relaxed evening of wine and perfectly paired small plates. Interested in learning about wines? Renowned Master Sommelier, Joseph Spellman. Rooftop120, Glastonbury.

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7 – 9:30pm: Paint Night Fundraiser A portion of the night’s proceeds will go to the Lake Garda PSTA. $40 per canvas. Scene Art Bar, Unionville.

Be sure to check out more fun things to on our activities page. These are usually fun things that reoccur each week or month – we just don’t want to cloud up this page with redundancy.

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