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 – 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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Happenings: December 24 – 31

Welcome to your 7-day Momecast™ a event forecast for Moms (and Dads) of what to do and where to go throughout Hartford County! School is out and activities are in – including vacation camps for parents that need the extra sets of hands or kids who need to just stay busy. Let’s face it all of those Holiday gifts will be opened before you know it! New Year’s Eve celebrations are in the air – including some family-friendly options listed below. Merry Christmas from our family to yours, we will see you next year!

Thursday, December 24:

10am – 12pm: Drop off Christmas Eve Event You can get some last minute cleaning, shopping, cooking while kids make some spa or art related presents for their loved ones and wrap them!.  We’ll dance, play and have a healthy snack too. Ages 3-10.  Drop off only. $40 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

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2pm: A Christmas Carol The magic of Charles Dickens’ heart-warming classic returns for its 18th season. Come see Connecticut’s favorite family holiday tradition and spend some time with Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they bring A Christmas Carol to life on stage. Running time: Approximately 1 hour, 45 minutes with one intermission. Recommended ages: 8 and up. Ticket Prices: $25-85. Hartford Stage, Hartford.

Thursday, December 24 – Saturday, December 26:

Tuesdays to Saturdays (except Christmas) from 10am – 4pm: Hill-Stead for the Holidays You’ll feel like an invited guest when you tour the country house, decorated for the holidays. Immerse yourself in the Pope family’s holiday celebrations.  View objects from family archives as well as decorations inspired by early 20th century traditions. Runs through Sunday, January 31. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington.

Thursday, December 24 – Thursday, December 31:

Thursday – Friday from 12pm – 4pm, Saturday – Thursday from 11am – 8pm: Winterfest Hartford Free ice skating and skate rentals return to Bushnell Park. Learn to skate program on Saturdays at 10-11am. Children under the age of sixteen must be accompanied by an adult. The Bushnell Carousel from Friday – Sunday from 11am – 5pm. Runs through Sunday, January 24. Bushnell Park, Hartford.

Thursday, December 24 – Sunday, December 27:

Thursday at 12:30pm, Saturday at 12pm and 2:30pm, Sunday at 1pm 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. This is a family-friendly program and perfect for all ages. Runs through Friday, January 1. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford.

4pm – Midnight: 44th Annual Hartford Festival of Light Hartford Festival of Light has become a not-to-be-missed event for the thousands who turn out on Constitution Plaza each year to sing carols, enjoy musical entertainment and witness the spectacle that is the illumination of more than a quarter of a million tiny white lights. Runs through Wednesday, January 6. Constitution Plaza, Hartford.

{Last Call} Sunday – Thursday from 5-9pm and Friday-Saturday from 5-10pm: Holiday Light Fantasia is a much loved Greater Hartford tradition and this season’s destination. The 2-mile show transforms Goodwin Park into a drive-through wonderland of holiday spirit with a beautiful collection of over 1 million lights. Whimsical holiday scenes, familiar characters and local tributes shine bright in larger-than-life lighted scenes and 200 individual displays. Lighted animations celebrate not only Christmas, but Hanukkah, New Years and Three Kings Day. Click here for a $3 coupon. Military Appreciation Night is on Tuesday, December 29th where free admission is given to veterans and active service personnel when they show a valid military or veteran association issued ID. Runs through Friday, January 1. Goodwin Park, Hartford.

Friday, December 25:

6:30am – 4pm: Make Christmas Day a Mitzvah Day! Lend a helping hand and volunteer in the community on December 25. The Salvation Army delivers over 1,500 holiday meals to Greater Hartford’s elderly population. Assembly Line Workers: 6:30-9:00am: Scoop all food items into individual containers. Children over 12 are welcome. Meal Delivery Drivers: 9:30-10:30am: Deliver meals directly to 7-10 recipients’ homes throughout Hartford, East Hartford, West Hartford, Wethersfield, Newington, and Manchester. Great for families! Clean-Up Crew: 9:30-10:30am: Stack chairs, tear down tables, sweep and mop floors once the holiday meals have been delivered. Children of all ages are welcome under parental supervision. Mercy House: 11:00am-1:00pm: Serve the Christmas meal in resident dining room. Volunteers over 16 are welcome. Hebrew Health Care: Two-hour shifts from 8am-4pm: Various responsibilities include meal delivery, mail delivery, laundry, activities with residents, office work. Children of all ages are welcome under parental supervision. Mandell JCC: 11:30am-12:30pm: Make holiday cards to be included in care packages for Jewish soldiers serving in the U.S. armed forces.

Friday, December 25  – Sunday, December 27:

Saturday from 10am – 4pm and Sunday from 1 – 4pm: The Three Centuries of Christmas enchanting, historic view of holidays past begins in the Silas Deane House, circa 1770, where New Year’s Day was the main holiday, rather than Christmas, due to the Puritanical customs that lingered in New England. The house reflects the preparations for the Deane’s “New Years’ Day Calling,” when prominent gentlemen in the community would call on the lady of the household. It was also the day when individuals who owed the family money would meet privately with the master of the house to settle their debts or make a New Year’s resolution to provide goods or services to settle their accounts in the coming year. The Isaac Stevens House is decorated to depict the holiday celebrations of a middle-class household during the early to mid-1800s, when many of the Christmas traditions known today were adopted in New England. The “best” parlor features a charming table-top tree decorated with candles, gilded eggshells and edible treats, in keeping with the era. At the Joseph Webb House visitors are dazzled by decorations typical of the early 20th century, a period of stunning decoration and celebration. The home is prepared for a Christmas open house that was typical of the times, including a sumptuous dessert buffet set up in the dining parlor. The culmination of several weeks’ work, the lavishness of the dessert and decorations could make or break the hostess’ reputation. Decorations include three Christmas trees, evergreen roping, fresh greens, fruit, and a collection of period ornaments. Also featured are a fine collection of antique iron toys from the late 19th and early 20th century and a charming Victorian doll house. Admission is $12 adult, $6 children, $28 family (2 adults, 2 children). Runs until Sunday, January 3. Webb-Deanne Stevens Museum, Wethersfield.

Saturday, December 26 – Sunday, December 27:

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{Last Call} Thursday – Wednesday at 7:30pm, Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday at 2pm and 7:30pm: A Christmas Carol The magic of Charles Dickens’ heart-warming classic returns for its 18th season. Come see Connecticut’s favorite family holiday tradition and spend some time with Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they bring A Christmas Carol to life on stage. Running time: Approximately 1 hour, 45 minutes with one intermission. Recommended ages: 8 and up. Ticket Prices: $25-85. Hartford Stage, Hartford.

Saturday, December 26 – Wednesday, December 30:

{Last Call} 6 – 9pm: WinterFest The Connecticut Trolley Museum once again pushes the limits to treat you and yours to an evening of entertainment and seasonal exhilaration! Ride the antique traction through the “Tunnel of Lights” tripping on our open electrical chariot (The Montréaler) or another open car – 3 miles of cool breezes under the starlit heavens. Or cozy down in an enclosed trolley for the warmer, dashing through the snow, rail trip. Stroll through the Teresalee Bertinuson Visitor Center where the functioning and enchanting model train layouts will take your mind on a flight of fancy. The “halls are decked” with the proverbial “boughs of holly” and there are enough decorations to satisfy any souls need for visual Holiday splendor. The youngsters can sit on Santa’s lap and receive a gift. The best part is the cost. You can do and see so much for so little and all while your dollars go right back into trolley-restoration and Museum upkeep that will keep us moving forward. Connecticut Trolley Museum, Windsor.

Saturday, December 26:

10am: Sensory Friendly Film featuring Star Wars: The Force Awakens AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to bring you unique movie showings where you can feel free to be you! We turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing!

{Last Call} 1 – 2pm: Tree Tours Join us for a festive tour of the mini trees on display and the holiday décor with a member of the Museum staff. After your tour take in the Victorian splendor of the Moser Library while enjoying holiday cookies and hot chocolate. Tours will meet in the lobby. Guided by the Holiday Decorators. Note: Tours subject to volunteer docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

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. Parking in a small lot off Glen Road near intersection with Spring St. Check signs carefully before parking. Free, just come.

Saturday, December 26 – Sunday, December 27:

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Sunday, December 27:

2pm: Holiday Classics: Little Women Louisa May Alcott’s autobiographical account of her life with her three sisters in Concord, Massachusetts in the 1860’s. Watch the trailer here. 1933. USA. 115 min. Not Rated. Directed by George Cukor. Starring Katharine Hepburn and Joan Bennett. Free admission to film. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford.

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2 – 6pm: 2015 Kwanzaa Celebration Join us as we host our annual Kwanzaa Celebration with our friends at Sankofa Kuumba Cultural Art Consortium. The celebration will include contributions from Iron Poets, Studio 8Sixty, PUP, Hartford PDDD and Mind Evolution. Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford.

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4pm: Kwanzaa, an African-American holiday observed each winter, encourages the traditional values of family, community, responsibility, commerce and self-improvement. The celebration is open to people of all ages, races, cultures and faiths, and all are invited. Tickets: $15, $10 for students. Trinity-on-Main, New Britain.

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7:30pm: WWE Live Holiday Tour John Cena vs. Alberrto Del Rio – United States Championship Match – Dean Ambrose vs. Kevin Owens – Intercontinental Championship Match -. Also see your favorite WWE Superstars Including: Big Show, Mark Henry, The Dudley Boyz, Tommy Dreamer, Ric Flair, Stardust, Ryback, Rusev, The Miz, Paige Charlotte and many more! XL Center, Hartford.

Monday, December 28:

8:45am – 4pm: Vacation Science Camp: Animal Babies Campers will meet a variety of baby animals that live at the Museum. We will create play areas for our baby animals and learn about the interesting ways animal parents care for and protect their young. The New Children’s Museum, West Hartford.

9:30 – 11:30am (ages 5 -7) and 12:30 – 2:30pm (ages 8-12): LEGO Jedi Engineering Young Jedi will explore worlds far, far away and engineering principles right in front of them. Defeat the Empire by designing and refining LEGO X-Wings, R2-units and settlements on far-flung edges of the galaxy. $40 per Resident, $45 per Non-Resident. Elmwood Community Center, West Hartford.

9:30am – 1:30pm: Babysitting 101 Pre-babysitters ages 10 – 13 can receive a Babysitter Safety Certificate of Completion when you take this entry level course intended to teach age appropriate skills necessary to care for children of all ages using team babysitting, mother’s helpers and individual babysitting concepts. $65 Resident, $70 Non-Resident. Register on-line. Elmwood Community Center, West Hartford.

10am – 2pm: Aero Modeling Workshop Build and test fly your own balsa airplane model. This workshop is designed for children ages 8-14. All children must be accompanied by an adult, and there is a $5 cost per model kit. First come, first serve. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks.

11am – 4pm: Winter Wonderland Make a mouse clock with the Clock & Watch Museum at the Bristol Historical Society’s first-ever children’s Winter Wonderland program! Enjoy a performance of “Frozen,” face painting, cooking classes, the magic of science, fun with mathematics, and many other activities. A snow date is scheduled for Tuesday, December 29. Bristol Historical Society, Bristol.

1 – 2:30pm: Kidz Art Scene – Lovable Puppy For little ones under the age of 6 you may want to have them help an adult painter and make a masterpiece together! Parents are required to be in attendance at the event. $20 per canvas. Doors open at 12:30pm. Scene Art Bar, Unionville.

6:30 – 8pm: The First 5 Things To Do When Pregnant Michal will help you make important decisions early in pregnancy, such as place of birth, the choice of health care providers. And an introduction to the medical and business aspects of maternity care that you will encounter. Free but RSVP as space is limited. Babies R Us, West Hartford.

Monday, December 28 – Wednesday, December 30:

9am – 6pm: Vacation Station Don’t miss out on free multi-site vacation activities for school age children, youth, and families. Reserve your ticket today by calling 860-647-3164 to register. Pre-registration is encouraged for all stations, but not required. Supplies, materials, and space may be limited. Get your ticket stamped at any three of the six vacation stations and redeem it for a free gift! Mahoney Station, Nathan Hale Station, Community Y Station, MHS Pool Station, Teen Center Station and Youth Service Station.

11am: Let It Snow All ages are invited to join us for our festive full-dome musical planetarium presentation to get everyone in the holiday spirit!  Festive visual dome animations are set to the holiday classics from Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, The Eurythmics, Burl Ives, Chuck Berry and more with the spectacular grand finale from the Trans Siberian Orchestra! Of course we’ll also take audiences on a live tour of the night sky.  Learn about the constellations, planets and deep sky objects visible during this holiday season. Glastonbury Planetarium, Glastonbury.

2pm: Season of Light This show traces the history and development of many of the world’s most endearing holiday customs, all of which involve lighting up the winter season — from the burning Yule log, sparkling Christmas tree lights and candles in windows, to the lighting of luminarias in the American Southwest and the traditional ritual of the Hanukkah Menorah. ‘Season of Light’ also recounts the historical religious and cultural rituals practiced during the time of winter solstice — not only Christian and Jewish, but also Celtic, Nordic, Roman, Irish, Mexican and Hopi. It also takes a look at some of our more light-hearted seasonal traditions: from gift-giving and kissing under the mistletoe, to songs about lords a-leaping and ladies dancing, and the custom of decking the halls with greenery and candles. St. Nicholas, Sinterklaas, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, and Santa Claus all drop by as well. Naturally, there is some astronomy in ‘Season of Light’. Audiences learn a selection of Northern hemisphere winter constellations, and find out why we even have seasons, as we demonstrate the Sun’s path across the sky throughout the year, and the Earth’s tilt and orbit around the Sun. And of course, the program explores the possible astronomical explanations for a ‘Star over Bethlehem’ in the last quarter of the show: comets, meteors, novae and supernovae, and planetary conjunctions. Glastonbury Planetarium, Glastonbury.

Monday, December 28 – Thursday, December 31:

8am – 5pm: Preschool Camp: Happy Hibernation As the days get  colder and days seem shorter, the animal world is preparing for the winter days ahead. Embrace your inner bear and get ready to learn all about hibernation. Come for a a day or for the whole week! The New Children’s Museum, West Hartford.

9am – 12pm: Winter Wild Ever wonder where the animals go in the winter or how the snow and ice form! If so, here is a winter vacation program for you! Each day will be full of discovery & winter adventure. Daily Rate: $40 non-members, four-day rate: $150 non-members. Pre-registration with payment required. School Vacation Programs for Grades K – 5. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

9am – 12pm (Session 1) and 1 – 4pm (Session 2): Winter Wonderland Workshops Monday Session I: Let it Snow I Make a sparkling snowman treat box and fill it with goodies. Bake delicious snowflake butter cookies. Monday Session 2: Let it Snow II Create a cotton ball frame or wreath to hang on your wall. Make a penguin ornament and learn some fun penguin facts. Tuesday Session 1: Doll Making Girls and boys will create dolls! Fabric and yarn dolls, gingham dolls, handkerchief dolls, or all three! All materials provided. Tuesday Session 2: Fun with Cork Children will be creative making trivets and coasters out of cork They will make their own design and decorate them. Wednesday Session 1: Hearth Cooking Hearth Cooking, a child’s favorite. Young cooks will use colonial period recipes and cook over an open hearth the old-fashioned way! Wednesday Session 2: Jewelry Making Children will have lots of fun making dyed pasta bead jewelry. Necklaces, bracelets, chokers, and head bands! Not for eating! Thursday Session 1: Happy New Year Create a miniature New Year’s Eve Ball to drop at midnight while wearing the New Year’s hat that you made and use the festive noisemaker to celebrate bringing in the New Year! Noah Webster House, West Hartford.

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9am – 4pm: Critter Camp This camp will focus on the how living things prepare for and survive winter. Learn how to call and track animals, visit winter dens, observe wildlife from blinds and much more. $120 (Windsor residents), $130 (non-residents). Registration required. Northwest Park and Nature Center, Windsor.

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Tuesday, December 29:

10am – 4pm: Open Cockpit Climb aboard real aircraft including helicopters, jet fighters and WWII era aircraft. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks.

12 – 2:30pm: OM for the Holidays – Hatha Yoga for Kids! Drop off the kids for an intro to Hatha Yoga for Kids with Mandee Morris! We are limited to the number of kids we can have in the room, so book right away. Bikram Yoga, Glastonbury.

1 – 2:30pm: Kidz Art Scene – Happy Penguin For little ones under the age of 6 you may want to have them help an adult painter and make a masterpiece together! Parents are required to be in attendance at the event. $20 per canvas. Doors open at 12:30pm. Scene Art Bar, Unionville.

2 – 4pm: Winter Break Family Program: Discover Your Roots Discover the stories of your unique history with a family tree activity! Kids and adults will work together to make a family tree of the people and stories that make up their family. This drop in program is included with general admission. CT Historical Society, Hartford.

6 – 8pm: 6th Annual Holiday Party Join us for a fun, family friendly evening of music and fun activities to celebrate the holiday season! Face painting, balloon art, dancing and much more! Please note that this year that a few of the activities have a moderate cost. Cost: $15 per family to attend. Wethersfield United Methodist Church, Wethersfield.

7pm: Wolf Pack vs. Portland Pirates Scout Night: Discounted tickets and special Scout Night patches for scout groups. Tickets and patches must be reserved in advance through a Wolf Pack Account Executive. XL Center, Hartford.

Tuesday, December 29 – Wednesday, December 30:

10:30am – 12:30pm: Art Adventures: Photocollage What better way to say goodbye to 2015 than by capturing your year in pictures with a stunning photo collage! Join Rashmi Talpade, an internationally exhibiting artist whose own photo collages are now part of the Museum’s collection, to learn collage techniques for artfully combining photographic images onto canvas boards to create a textural composition. Print your own photographs beforehand and bring them along to personalize the project as a lasting family memory. Family members are encouraged to sign up together and create collaborative projects. Ages 6 and up. $18 non-members for two day session. NBMAA, New Britain.

{Last Call} Tuesday – Wednesday at 12:30pm: Let It Snow: A Christmas Musical Journey in the Planetarium combines animated holiday images with classic Christmas music under the Travelers Science Dome. This is a family-friendly program and perfect for all ages. Runs through Friday, January 1. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford.

Tuesday, December 29 – Thursday, December 31:

9am – 12pm: Winter Camp Camp is open to children ages two through five. Our little campers are led through a variety of gym, art and music activities by a team of nurturing and energetic instructors. Potty training not required. Our theme is Winter Luau! Romp n’ Roll, Wethersfield.

Wednesday, December 30:

11am – 12pm: Winter Break Story Time We will be hosting a story time and build event for a fun activity over the Christmas break. We will be reading the story The Three Little Pigs after which the children will have an opportunity to build a lego house. They can choose any pieces from our bulk tables to build their very own wolf proof lego house. The cost for the event is $12 and they get to bring home their creation. There are limited spots available and they are first come first serve. You may purchase your spot in advance. This event is for children age 5 and up. Bricks & Minifigs, Southington.

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2 – 3:30pm: Pop-in & Make a Robot Have the kids home from school? Calling all engineers, designers and artists to create fantastic, far-out robots! Use flexible and shiny materials to build three-dimensional sculptures with space-age purposes and personalities. The Art Truck, Glastonbury.

2 – 4pm: Winter Break Family Program: Scrapbook Day Share the best stories of 2015 with a scrapbook! We’ll provide the scrapbooking supplies, and we invite kids and families to bring their creativity and memorable photos and create a scrapbook of your favorite family moments. This drop in program is included with general admission. CT Historical Society, Hartford.

4 – 6pm: Mandell JCC Annual Summer Job Fair The Mandell JCC will host a Summer 2016 Job Fair for individuals 16 and older seeking employment. There are a variety of openings for summer programs at the Mandell JCC’s summer sites, including Camp Shalom, a day camp in Windsor and The Swim & Tennis Club in Bloomfield. Open positions include: lifeguards, swim instructors, chefs and cooks, front desk staff, snack bar, camp counselors, and more. Reoccurs on Tuesday, January 6 from 4:30 – 6:30pm. Mandell JCC, Zachs Campus, West Hartford.

Wednesday, December 30 – Thursday, December 31:

10am – 3pm: LEGO Flying Machine Contest Children ages 3-12 are encouraged to build their own “Futuristic” flying machine. Prizes will be awarded for each age category and winners need not be present to win. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks.

Thursday, December 31:

7:30 – 9:30 am: Members Only Pancake Breakfast All Imagine Nation members are invited to join us for a delicious complimentary hearty pancake breakfast. Breakfast will be served from 8-9:30am at the Imagine Cafe. Pre-registration is not required. Imagine Nation Museum, Bristol.

9:30am – 2pm: Celebrations Around the World Join us as we ring in the New Year celebrating cultures and traditions from around the globe. March in our very own New Year’s parade at 11:30am. Following the parade, gather in Imagine Nation Times Square and count down for the ball drop at 12 noon! Imagine Nation Museum, Bristol.

10am – 12pm: Winter Break Family Program: Make a New Year’s Good Luck Bag How does your family celebrate the New Year? Do you have a special tradition you share every year? We’ll be making “good luck bags” filled with good luck charms used by families around the world every New Year’s Eve. After you’ve decorated and filled your bag, take it home and open it at night to ring in a happy and lucky new year. This drop in program is included with general admission. CT Historical Society, Hartford.

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10am – 1pm: New Year’s Eve Noon Countdown Included with the cost of admission. The New Children’s Museum, West Hartford.

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10am – Midnight: 27th First Night Hartford First Night is a celebration of the New Year through the arts. It is an alcohol free, family-friendly, public celebration that marks the passage from the old year to the new with art, ritual and festivity. The day is a multicultural, artistically unique New Year’s experience with countless professional musicians, artists, performance groups and exhibits that inspire thousands of people of all ages to attend each year. It’s also an affordable way for everyone to ring in the New Year. The day includes two spectacular fireworks shows at 6pmand midnight in Bushnell Park that can be seen throughout the city by thousands of residents and visitors. Venues such as the Public Library, City Hall, The Old State House, State House Square, Wadsworth Atheneum, Center Church and Charter Oak Cultural Center, The Bushnell Carousel and more  participate in the fun by welcoming the public on this New Year’s Eve holiday. Click here for the event schedule and here for the music schedule. Click here to find out where to purchase wristbands. $12 Adults, $3 Ages 3-15 and free admission Ages 2 and under.

10:30am -12:15pm: Noon Year’s Eve Bash All ages. Parents stay. $25 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

6:30 – 8pm: New Year’s Rockin’ Skate Come join us at Veterans Memorial Skating Rink for our early countdown to the New Year! DJ FRO will be here to take your requests! Join us again on New Year’s Day for our DJ Skate to continue the party! Regular DJ SKATE admission rates and skate rental fees apply. Veterans Memorial Ice Skating Rink, West Hartford.

9pm – 1am: New Year’s Eve Ball Ring in 2016 with the New Britain Museum of American Art! The night will include entrance to our galleries and special exhibits, music from Nekita Waller, dancing with DJ Cajar, open wine and beer bar, $5 specialty drinks, and champagne toast at midnight, as well as the opportunity to watch the ball drop! Café on the Park will be open from 9-11:30 p.m. with a special New Year’s Eve menu available for purchase. For exclusive VIP access including a seated dinner from 8-9pm in the galleries catered by Riverhouse Catering, and early admittance to the party, tickets are available at $100. $50 Members, $55 non-Members, $100 VIP Access. NBMAA, New Britain.

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 – but these are some awesome things to do too.