Week 34

Monday, August 22nd:

11am – 3:30pm: Make a Paper Trolley Model Make a Paper Model of our People Movers. This is a make and take craft activity and is included with the cost of museum admission. Reoccurs on 8/29.

4 – 6pm: The Pooch Plunge! Everyone’s favorite dog swim returns, the day after the Town pools close for the season. Dogs must be currently licensed with tags. $5 entrance fee per dog, per session. Dogs must be accompanied and controlled by their owners.

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6:30 – 8:30pm: No-Sew Tasseled Tote Pillow Turn a plain tote into a pillow with just a needle, yarn and some fabric paint. Supplies not included. Cost of supplies up to $21.

Tuesday, August 23rd:

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6 – 9pm: Farm, Field, Faith & Food; A Farm Field Trip and Cooking Class Bloom is teaming up with Chef Cathy for a fun and educational night out at the Farm. Our evening will begin with a field trip to L.E.A.F (Leaf Educational Agricultural Farm) in Southington. We will meet farmer Mark, take a mini tour of the farm, do a little “pick your own,” and create a bountiful basket full of fresh and unique farm foods just for you! We will then head over to Bloom where we will prep, cook, and package our farm fresh goodies. The evening will be full of cooking tips and tricks, tastings, recipes, and much more. You’ll discover new and refreshing methods for preparing your old favorites. Plus, you’ll learn to expand your palette as Chef Cathy introduces you to some of the more unfamiliar and obscure veggies – including how to purchase, prep, and cook these uncommon, yet wonderful foods. We will conclude our evening with a “Thank You Mother Earth” Meditation. Come experience and savor the earth’s bounty as together we practice love of the Earth, love of Self, and love of each other with some of nature’s most beautiful gifts.web_openhouse

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6:30 – 8:30pm: Fall Floral Dried Arrangement Learn floral-arranging basics and make a gorgeous fall centerpiece with dried florals. Supplies not included. Cost of supplies up to $47.

Tuesday, August 23rd – Wednesday, August 24th:

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Wednesday, August 24th:

10am – 12pm: Open Play Back to School Bash Can you believe how fast this Summer went by? It’s just about time for some serious back to school shopping, and to enjoy the last days of summer as much as we can- We’d like to help! Miss Emily will host a special drop off open play so that kids can enjoy full access to all the toys at TLGT, music, dancing, a light show a bubble machine, and outside time in our beautiful garden while caregivers can shop for school supplies! This event is open to all children who are potty trained and comfortable with being dropped off! $25 per child.

10am – 2pm: Dog Days of Summer Beat the heat and come indoors to meet a variety of tail wagging friends and learn about the loveable canine.

{Free} 10:30am: Pollinators Take a look into the world of pollinators! Learn about important bees, butterflies, moths, flies, and beetles visiting flowers here! Laura.rogers-castro@ct.gov Details: Children and their caregivers are welcome to join Wildlife Division Natural Resource Educator Laura Rogers-Castro for a look into the world of pollination! Participants will learn about the important bees, butterflies, moths, flies, and beetles visiting the flowers at Sessions Woods. This program is most appropriate for children over 10 years old and will include a 1-mile walk. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

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{Free} 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. Reoccurs until 9/13.

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{Free} 5 – 7pm: Carnival Traditions Dr. Milla Riggio, James J. Goodwin Professor of English, Trinity College, will present an illustrated lecture and lead a discussion of Carnival traditions examining the roots, significance, and activities of Carnival in the Caribbean and its expressions in Hartford over the 53 years of community celebrations here. Registration is required for this free program.

5 – 8pm: End of Summer Adventure Pre-register online and enter into raffle! Win Back to School Treasure Chest filled with school supplies!

Wednesday, August 24th – Sunday, August 28th:

11am – 3:30pm: Make a Paper Trolley Model Make a Paper Model of our People Movers. This is a make and take craft activity and is included with the cost of museum admission. Reoccurs from 8/24-28 and 8/31.

Thursday, August 25th:

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{Last Call} 5:30 – 8pm: Pop-up Bar During the months of July and August, join the NBMAA on Thursdays for a Pop-up Bar on the Park! Enjoy refreshingly cold beer, wine, and craft cocktails—inspired by works in our collection—amidst the warm summer weather on our café terrace. Overlooking Walnut Hill Park, the night also includes various lawn/board games, so come ready to drink and play! Drinks are $5, cash bar only.

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6:30 – 8:30pm: Fire & Hops The evening will feature four courses of food, each paired with a beer specifically picked to enhance the culinary experience. The evening begins with a welcome beer cocktail and then moves through four courses. Local craft beer from Black Hog Brewing Co. of Oxford will be featured. Iron & Grain Co. founder, Tate Norden, selected Black Hog for many of the pairings because they are “talented and innovative brewers” with an eye toward pairing beer with food. Iron & Grain Co. is one of West Hartford’s newest mobile food establishments. The food truck is housed in a refurbished 1959 Chevy Viking and comes complete with a wood fired oven to cook fresh and locally sourced foods over an open flame. Chef Adam Belward is a veteran who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan is a graduate from the Culinary Institute of America. Tickets are $60, and the price includes all food and drink during the evening. Seating is limited for this one-night-only event. You must be 21 years or older to participate in the event and valid ID will be required. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society. RSVP on Facebook. Buy tickets online today! $60

6:30 – 8:30pm: Inspired Bowls The latest trend in food isn’t even an ingredient—we’re talking about bowl food. Together we’ll whip up soba noodle bowls, and even make dessert in bowls. Menu: Chicken Power Bowls with Tahini Dressing, Vanilla Bean–Quinoa Pudding, Steak and Soba Noodle Bowls. What to Expect: Learn all about soba noodles and the health benefits of buckwheat. Discover how to use a vanilla bean. Find out how to make pudding from scratch (with a secret ingredient).

7 – 8pm: Windsor Woman’s Club Membership Open House The Windsor Woman’s Club of Connecticut and GFWC is looking for new members who are interested in being involved in serving our community, making new friends, reacquainting with old, and enjoying a variety of social activities. We welcome members from as far away as 15 miles from Windsor who are not a member of another GFWC woman’s club.

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7:30pm: Outdoor Movie: Holiday In this romantic comedy, a young man (Grant) falls in love with a girl (Doris Nolan) from a wealthy family. His unusual plan to go on an extended holiday for the early years of his life is met with skepticism by everyone except for his fiancée’s eccentric sister (Hepburn) and long-suffering brother (Lew Ayres). Well-received by critics, Holiday is the third of four films featuring Hepburn and Grant. The movie will be shown on an outdoor screen on the sprawling lawn between the community mausoleums. Bring a blanket or chair to enjoy the show. Raindate: Friday, August 26th.

8pm: Mary Chapin Carpenter with Lucy Wainwright-Roche Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and 2012 Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Mary Chapin Carpenter returns to Infinity Hall’s Hartford stage for a one night only performance with her band. For over thirty years Mary Chapin Carpenter has been a beloved staple of the popular music scene with 14 albums, several that have gone gold and multi-platinum, and her two dozen hits including “Shut Up And Kiss Me,” ”Passionate Kisses,” “I Feel Lucky” and “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her.” She has numerous CMA, ACM and Grammy awards and is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame. She is the only artist to win four Grammys in a row for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. Carpenter’s new album ‘The Things That We Are Made Of’ is receiving widespread critical acclaim.

Friday, August 26th:

12 – 2pm: Mud Pie Bakery Experience mud-pie making fun and create a variety of pies in all shapes and sizes in our outdoor bakery!

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5 – 8pm: Kids Night Out Kids ages 3-10 will make their own pizza from scratch and have it for dinner! While our creations are in the oven, we’ll do fun art activities, dance to music and a light show, play with bubbles, and more!

5:30 – 7:30pm: Olympic Appetites Calling all little athletes. The 2016 Summer Olympic Games are here! Bring the fun home with this collection of fun- and flavor-packed Olympic-inspired recipes, including dessert. Menu: Olympic Bagel Rings, Stars and Stripes Salad, Pineapple Gold Medal Rings. What to Expect: Uncover what it means to eat the rainbow. Discover “what is an emulsion?” Learn how to temper chocolate.

Sunset: Free Movies in Riverside Park: Big 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.

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Friday, August 26th – Saturday, August 27th:

6 – 10pm: Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours We reprise our popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours for some summer 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. $22 with discounts available for members and children.

8pm: Improvaganza Two nights jam-packed with improv! Come see your favorite groups and new performers take the stage at Playhouse on Park. Featuring improv groups from around Connecticut and beyond, it is sure to be a riotous romp of comedy.

8pm: The Fantasticks There’s always time to remember this funny and romantic tale about a boy, a girl, their two fathers and a love that grows with each season. At the heart of this breathtaking show lies poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication with purity and simplicity. The Fantasticks is a timeless tale — full of magic and moonlight — of a young boy and girl who fall madly in love, but soon grow restless and disillusioned. Matt, played by Jordan Duvall, and Luisa, played by Jillian Caillouette, are in love and find their relationship challenged by their intruding fathers, played by Russell Fish and George Lombardo, and a bandit narrator known as El Gallo played by Jon Escobar. Two corky theatrical actors Henry and Mortimer, played by Dave Wall and James J Moran, and a Mute, Sue Emond, complete the cast of characters. This tender coming-of-age story with beautiful music and a dose of nostalgia is a guaranteed treat for parents and children alike. Runs until September 24th.

Friday, August 26th – Sunday, August 28th:

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{Last Call} Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night Brother and sister Viola and Sebastian—who are not only very close but look a great deal alike—have been shipwrecked in a violent storm, and both think the other dead. Now seemingly alone in a foreign country, Viola dresses as her brother for protection and adopts the name “Cesario,” becoming a trusted friend and confidante to Count Orsino. Count Orsino is madly in love with Lady Olivia, who is in mourning due to her brother’s recent death, which she uses as an excuse to avoid seeing the count, whom she does not love. Orsino sends “Cesario” to do his wooing, but Viola’s a little too good at her job and finds herself in the middle of a messy love triangle: Olivia falls in love with “Cesario” (who we know is Viola), but Viola can’t return Oliva’s favors because she has fallen in love with the Duke! Things get more complicated when a moronic nobleman, Sir Andrew Aguecheek, and a self-important servant, Malvolio, get caught up in the schemes of Lady Olivia’s uncle, the alcoholic Sir Toby Belch, who leads both Aguecheek and Malvolio to believe Olivia loves them. Furthermore, Sebastian, Oliva’s twin brother, surfaces in the area causing more confusion in this tale of mistaken identities! Runs until August 28th. Picnic on the patio before every performance.

Saturday, August 27th:

10am: Mushroom Walk Join Joe Lenoce of Connecticut Valley Mycological Society in search of mushrooms at Cedar Hill. During this educational hunt, Joe will discuss the basic types of fungi, where to find them and proper methods of collecting. After the walk, he will review identification resources while identifying any fungi collected.

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10am – 1pm: Mindfulness Painting Class Join artist Noel G. Coonce for this mindfulness-themed painting workshop. Discover how painting can be used for mindfulness practice. The focus of this three hour class will be painting in acrylic. The materials are included in the course cost. This is a one-time workshop class. Registration is greatly encouraged so that we can make sure there are enough materials available. Class cost is $50.00, includes all materials.

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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 pom pom paper clip.

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6 – 8pm: 67th Annual Peach Festival The proceeds for this event are used to support the mission of the Utilities Fire Department. The event would not be possible without the community involvement in the annual tradition of the peach peeling, which marks the beginning of this event. Your $5 Peach Festival ticket provides you with a delicious bowl of mouth-watering peach shortcake, admission to the event, and the opportunity to win one of several door prizes.

6 – 9pm: Explore the Night Walk Get outside on Saturday nights with Miss Judy for an educational walk with hands-on activities with your family and friends. After the walk, return to make a fire, roast a few marshmallows, and enjoy some lively conversation. On those nights when it becomes fully dark, we walk to the recreation fields to view the night sky for seasonal constellation identification and to view special celestial events. Come prepared for the weather by wearing a pair of good hiking shoes and a pair of water boots or shoes are recommended.

7:30pm: Speak Up is an evening of true stories centered on a common theme, told by storytellers chosen for their skill and expertise. This remarkable event, brought to Real Art Ways by Matthew and Elysha Dicks, celebrates the craft of live storytelling in the Greater Hartford area. All stories are 5-10 minutes long, and may not be suitable for young kids. The theme of the evening is “Power.”

Saturday, August 27th – Sunday, August 28th:

Sunday, August 28th:

8:30am: The Old Wethersfield 5K and 10K are USAT&F certified courses that run along the historic streets of Old Wethersfield. The 10K is a double-loop course and the 5K is one-loop. Both finish along the scenic Wethersfield Cove.

9am – 12pm: Cycle and Stroll Residents of all ages are invited to “take to the streets” for a car-free summer morning in West Hartford Center. The town’s first-ever “Center Streets” event will close traffic on four roads that form a rectangular loop around the central business district: Farmington Avenue, South Main Street, Memorial Road Extension, and LaSalle Road. Ride your bicycle or scooter, or take a stroll down the street, without automobiles. Families with young children are especially welcome. Participating stores will be open, there will be food for sale, and live music will be performed all morning.

5pm: Jinta La Mvta East meets West with Jinta La Mvta, Tokyo’s Premiere Klezmer Band. Considered the “epicenter of the Tokyo underground scene,” Jinta La Mvta combines Japanese street music chindon and jinta as its backbone.

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March 30 – April 5

This week seems to be all about Easter, egg hunts and prepping for Spring vacation. BTW have you heard of this fun scavenger egg hunt? Below are some unique events that we have found to do across the County. Be sure to check out our list of regularly re-occurring activities for even more things to do on the daily. Check back often because we add-on regularly and have a bunnyrific week.

Through April 26; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm and Sunday at 2pm. The Pianist of Willesden Lane Based on the book The Children of Willesden Lane by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen adapted and directed by Hershey Felder. Running Time: 90 minutes with no intermission. Recommended for adults and children ages 12 and up. Tickets $25-85. Hartford Stage, Hartford.

Monday, March 30:

8:30am – 1pm: Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Can You Hear Me Now? Children will learn about the various ways people in history communicated. From telephones to old time radio shows, from letter writing to printing presses, our Keeney Kids will be immersed in how we all came to interconnect and how it have evolved until now. Keeney Kids from grades 1-6 will explore Wethersfield history through historical activities, tours, stories, and games at the Wethersfield Museum at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center and surrounding historic sites. $25 for non-members. Wethersfield Historical Society, Wethersfield.

Tuesday, March 31:

8:30am – 1pm: Locked Up! Wethersfield State Prison Children will learn about a day in the life of a prisoner during the time when the castle on the cove, the Wethersfield Prison was still standing. They will learn about the daily life and struggles that prisoners had to endure and the contributions to society that impacted the community in a positive way. Keeney Kids from grades 1-6 will explore Wethersfield history through historical activities, tours, stories, and games at the Wethersfield Museum at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center and surrounding historic sites. $25 for non-members. Wethersfield Historical Society, Wethersfield.

10:30am: Bunnies!!! Storytime for little ones has never been this exciting! When a friendly monster spots a group of bunnies in the woods, his delight is contagious! And when they’re gone, how he misses them so! With bright illustrations and a simple text, this is the most fun type of read aloud and one that mirrors most every toddler’s emotional life. Free. Barnes & Noble, Enfield.

11am: Passover Storytime Join us in the Children’s Department for a special Passover Storytime with volunteers from the Mandell JCC. We will read a couple of books, sing songs and have a craft! Free. Barnes & Noble, Canton.

Wednesday, April 1:

It’s April Fool’s Day. What will you do to your kids today to fool them? What will your kids do to fool you? Send us your story to momfordcounty@gmail.com and we will sift through for the best one.

6:30pm: Canton Community Nursery School Bookfair Do you need to make some purchases at Barnes & Noble? Come in during this special time and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Community Nursery School. Barnes & Noble, Canton.

11am: April Fools Storytime Join us for a fun and wacky storytime as we celebrate April Fools in style! We will read some of our favorite foolish picture books for everyone to enjoy. Stay for the fun-filled craft to follow! Barnes & Noble, Manchester.

Thursday, April 2:

It’s World Autism Awareness Day: Wear blue for that special someone in your life who is or has a loved one affected by autism. Register online to show your support.

{Parenting Time Out} 10 – 11:30am: Easter Egg Fun Enjoy some parenting time off while you drop off your little one for some fun. Dye Easter eggs, decorate a basket and go on a hunt for treats. $30 per child. $20 for siblings. Ages 4 and up. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

10am – 7pm: Jump for Autism Come down to your local jump center to support Autism. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to local Autistic organizations. $10 for kids ages 2-8, children under 2 are $6, adults free. Jump-n-Jammin, Bristol.

12:30 – 3pm: Easter Fun Come decorate an Easter egg, make an Easter craft and enjoy a holiday treat. Free. The New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Park, Kensington.

{Parenting Time Out} 5 – 8pm: First Thursday: Call of the Wild Join us the first Thursday of every month for extended exhibition hours, music, cocktails, food, art activities, a film and more! Get back to your roots and join us for a celebration of the natural world. Enjoy live music by The Kenn Morr Band, a 3 in 30 talk in the galleries focusing on artworks that depict nature, a reading of poems from Daniel Wolff’s The Names of Birds, and more! At 8pm stay for a screening of the 2014 film Wild. $5 for non-members, free for students with ID. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford.

6:30pm: Flashlight Egg Hunt Hop on down to the Town Green for an Easter Egg Hunt in the dark. Bring the children and a flashlight to search for all the eggs and candy. All children the ages of 1-12 are welcome. Enjoy an evening filled with arts, crafts and games. The Egg Hunt will begin at 7:30pm. Bring your own camera and get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny! Town Green, Windsor.

Friday, April 3 – Sunday, April 5:

Friday-Saturday; 10am – 4pm and Sunday; 1 – 4pm : Scavenger Egg Hunt Spring is the season of eggs – bird eggs, frog eggs, turtle eggs, fish eggs!  Help us find them and learn about the animals that laid them. We have scattered eggs around the trail and inside the Nature Center for you to find. Scavenger Hunt Map will be sold in Nature Center Store for $2 to the Nature Center. No need to pre-register. Adults $6, children $4. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

Friday, April 3:

10 – 11:30am: Mommy and Me Easter Egg Fun Enjoy some Easter time with your little one. Dye Easter eggs, decorate a basket and go on a hunt for treats. $30 per child. $20 for siblings. Ages 1 and up. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

10am – 1pm: 44th Annual Imperial Oil Egg Hunt Children will “hunt” for plastic filled eggs, meet the spring bunny. Ages 2 at 10am, Age 3 at 10:15am, Age 4 at 10:30am, Grade K at 10:45am, Grade 1 at 11am and Grade 2 at 11:15am. In conjunction with the Egg Hunt, the S.W. Community Women’s Club will sponsor the “Kids’ Fair” at the High School from 10am to 1pm. Kids Fair includes games, prizes and fun for the entire family. Rain or Shine! Free but a non-perishable food item is encouraged. South Windsor High School, South Windsor.

10am – 1pm: Annual Easter Egg Hunt Kids can enjoy an open field egg hunt, kids activities, a candy-free event. Kids bring your own basket. $5 per child, children under 1 are free. Heavy rain or snow will cancel the outdoor egg hunt only. Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center, Bristol.

10am – 12pm or 1:30-3:30pm: Bunny Jump & Egg Hunt Egg Hunt, crafts, snacks, jumping and pics with the Easter Bunny. Don’t forget your cameras. $12 per child. Jump-n-Jammin, Bristol.

11am – 3pm: Easter Bunny Visit & Easter Egg Hunt The egg hunt will run from 11am to 11:30am for children ages 1-10. One adult is permitted to assist children ages 1-6. Limit of five eggs per child; parents are requested to monitor, observe and take photos, but encourage the kids to find eggs on their own; all participants need to bring their own basket. In addition to the Easter Egg Hunt, visit with the Easter Bunny and pose for pictures from 11am to 3pm. Don’t forget your cameras! $12 per adults, $6.50 for children ages 4-11, children under 3 are free. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks.

{Parenting Time Off} 1 – 3:30pm: Good Friday Cooking and Art Camp Drop the kids off for some parenting time off. They will have an art and cooking good time. $40 per child. $30 for siblings. Ages 4 and up. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

{Parenting Time Out} 5:30 – 8pm: First Friday features live music performed by local and nationally known musicians. Attendees have the opportunity to view the Museum’s premier permanent collection, which includes 300 years of American art. Experience art activities and have intriguing gallery talks while you mix and mingle with other art and musical performance lovers. Hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, and soda will also be served during the event. $10 for Museum members, $15 non-Members $3 for beer and wine, $5 specialty drinks, soda is free. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

7pm: The Story of the Easter Bunny Everyone knows the Easter Bunny comes every year with a basket of painted eggs and chocolates. But who is the Easter Bunny and what is his story? Free. Barnes & Noble, Enfield.

Saturday, April 4 – Sunday, April 5:

Museums on Us Bank of America cardholders can take advantage of access to the following museums the first full weekend of every month: Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain and The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford.

Saturday, April 4:

9am – 12pm: Mountain Egg Hunt starts at 9am. The Easter Bunny has hidden eggs on all trails (except the Stairway), including a special Golden!  Find an egg, open it – it may contain candy, or it may be redeemable for a special prize – take your numbered prize slip to the Egg Hunt table on the deck  to exchange for your prize! 1 prize egg per person. Need a lift ticket or pass, and be on skis or snowboard  to participate. For the little ones, ages 5 and under: look for the Easter Bunny hopping around the deck with treats! Ski Sundown, New Hartford.

9am – 12pm: Chalkboard Planter Stand Each month the Home Depot offers a free kids workshop designed for kids ages 5-12. All kid get to keep their craft, receive a free certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Free. Home Depot Locations. {We will be there!}

9am – 5pm: First Saturday Free admission to the museum galleries all day. From 11am – 1 pm children will make a craft inspired by traditional decorative arts from Connecticut. Try your hand at stenciling, or create your own embroidery design! Please note that free admission does not include the Waterman Research Center. Free. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford. {We will be here!}

10am: Community Easter Egg Hunt Bring a basket for an egg hunt and enjoy some activities. Accepting non-perishable donations in lieu of admission fee. Westminster Presybterian Egg Hunt, West Hartford.

10am – 5pm: Happy Birthday NBMAA! This year marks the 112th birthday of the Museum and you’re invited to the party! Come and celebrate with festive self-guided activities, and free admission for all. Participate in a giant “birthday cake” collage in the art studio where you don’t have to be a baker to tape, glue, and draw to participate. While the cake is not edible, the Museum will have cupcakes for sale! Stop by the DIY cupcake collar station and dress your cupcake in fantastic fashions before eating it. The ArtLab will also be packed with activities where you can play dress up, take a breather in the reading nook, and try out exhibit-inspired art projects. See the Front Desk for a free copy of our bilingual family gallery guide, Art Elements. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain. {We will be here!}

10:30am – 12:30pm: Easter Eggstravaganza Come join us as welcome spring at Hungerford. Hear an Easter story in the gazebo, visit with our rabbits and hunt for Easter surprises. Ages 10 and under: 10:45am: 4 years old and under and 11:45am: 5 years old and up. Bring your Easter basket to collect eggs. Number of eggs to be collected by each hunter may be limited. The New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Park, Kensington.

11am – 2pm: 19th Annual Easter Egg Hunt Kids (ages up to 9 years of age) can hunt for over 15,000 Easter Eggs filled with chocolate and prizes with your $1 donation to the Our Companions Domestic Animal Sanctuary. Enjoy tons of more family fun with face painting with Sparkle the Clown, ice cream, bounce house and pictures with the Easter Bunny!  Farmington Miniature Golf & Ice Cream Parlor, Farmington.

Sunday, April 5:

1 – 4:30pm: Easter Day Jump Jump off all of the sugar from the Easter Bunny! $10 for kids ages 2-8, children under 2 are $6, adults free. Jump-n-Jammin, Bristol.

Looking for more to do? CT has plenty, check out our sister site, Momecticut if you wish to cover more ground.

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Friday, April 10 from 5-8pm & Saturday, April 11 from 9am- 2pm: Sale of a Whale Children’s Consignment Sale; sell or donate your children’s gently used clothes, toys and gear; then when this date hits come and shop; others people unused goods can be your new treasures. Avon Junior Women’s Club, Avon Senior Center, Avon.

{Parents Time Out} Friday, April 10 from 7 – 10:30pm & Saturday, April 11 from 12pm – 4pm, Reception: 7:30pm – 8:00pm and Dining and Dessert: 8:00pm – 11:00pm: Sip, Savor & Stroll Indulge in a culinary celebration! Tickets range from $110-225. Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford.

Saturday, April 25 at 2pm: Happy Mealtime Event Whether you’re breastfeeding, bottle-feeding, or spoon-feeding, from newborns to new nibblers, you’ll find advice and products on feeding favorites and mealtime must-haves right here! Free. Babies R Us locations.