Week 6 of 52

Monday, February 6th:

4:30 – 6:45pm: Creative Kids Children will be introduced to theatre through creative play. Exercises and games will focus on acting, story telling, puppetry, music, and movement. A story will often be included. By the end of the class, students should be using their bodies and voices to start to create characters. Though the emphasis of the class will be on developing skills and not on a final performance, family and friends are invited to the last class to see students present a short script. The 4:30 – 5:30pm class is for all kindergarteners and first grade students who are new to the program. The 5:45 – 6:45pm class is for first grade students who have already participated in the program and for all second grade students. Classes run weekly until March 20th. No class 2/20. Snow day 3/27. Fee: $120 for 9 classes; pro-rated if you join late. There is a once a year additional $15 registration fee. Playhouse on Park, Hartford

6:30 – 8:30pm: Paper Crafting Class Make a clever Valentine’s Day card featuring a bouquet of paper roses. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $31. Michael’s locations

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7 – 10pm: Intermediate Improvisation This class continues work on the fundamental principles of improvisation while introducing more short-form improv games. We will focus on concepts such as status, tilt and re-incorporation and we will explore using the environment and non-linear narrative. The emphasis will be on character work, creating narratives and playing with commitment. Performance at the end of class. Introduction to Improv or permission form the instructor. For ages 18 and up. Classes runs until March 6th. Class Show: March 7th. $200 for semester; pro-rated if you join late. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

10pm: 86’D-A Culinary Collision 16 Chefs,8 Battle Rounds, Secret restaurants with open kitchens (all located within a 5 mile radius of Hartford). 2 Surprise Chefs battle it out at each round. Portion of the proceeds will be given to End Hunger CT. Three guest judges will choose one winner per round. Judging is based on originality, flavor, plating, and cleanliness of their station. You, our guests, get to watch the whole thing unfold. Cheer them on while enjoying cocktails and apps. $20 (plus online fees), $25 at the door. Savoy Pizza, West Hartford

Tuesday, February 7th:

{Last Call} 10 – 10:45am and 12:30 – 1:15pm: Winter Little Adventures Join the fun! This 5-session program is designed for your 4 – 5 year olds. Each week your child will spend 45 minutes doing a variety of activities such as the outdoor bouldering wall, snow fort building, cross-country skiing, ice skating or tubing as well as participating in team building activities and other winter themed programs. Activity choice will depend on weather. Registration is required by 3 days prior to start of session. $60 per session. Winding Trails, Farmington

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12pm: Meet the Experts Class Come join us and our department experts as we discuss everything you need to know about creating and finishing your registry. Our experts will inform you about all the products baby will need from every department in our store. Free. Babies R Us, Manchester

5:30 – 7pm: Actor Performance Training Program This class is for middle school students who are interested in improving their acting and performance technique. This class will be broken into three units to allow for in-depth study of various acting topics. Students will first study improv and ensemble building, then will move on to an in-depth study of creating a character using techniques for voice and body. For the final unit, students will be asked to incorporate what they have learned throughout the year into a devised theatre piece. The program will conclude with a showcase where they perform their original ensemble-generated performance. This class is for fifth graders who have already taken a Playhouse on Park acting class and have permission from the instructor, plus all sixth through eighth grade students. Fee: $600; pro-rated if you join late. Classes run until May 30th. (No class 2/21, 4/11). Snow days: 3/21, 6/6. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

6 – 8pm: Mixology 101 Come to our first ever Mixology 101 class at the distillery next Tuesday from 6-8pm! Mixologist extraordinaire Dave Rudman from Drinking Things will lead everyone through the basics of making a great cocktail. You ‘ll also enjoy cocktail samples and pizza bites. This will be great fun, educational, and delicious! $20 per person. Hartford Flavor Company, Hartford [Event on Facebook]

6:30 – 8:30pm: Jewelry Class Make a bohemian chevron necklace with aqua and amber glass beads. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $18. Michael’s locations

Wayne's World 25th Anniversary February 7th in select theatres. Featuring a discussion with the director and select cast.

7 – 9pm: Heart Needle Felting Workshop In this workshop you’ll learn how to create hearts by Needle Felting. You’ll be able to choose your wool color to make a heart and will be able to add designs to make it colorful and unique. A special barbed needle tool is used to create shapes from the wool. These hearts make great Valentine’s Day gifts. This special workshop is open to everyone age 9 and up. $35 per person. CT Art SChool STudio, South Windsor

7:30pm: Sunset Baby Talkback Tuesdays An intimate, post show chat with the cast and special guests. Seats $40-65, student rush $15. Reoccurs Feb 14th. Theaterworks, Hartford 

Tuesday, 2/7 – Sunday, 2/19:

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Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday Matinee at 2:30pm: Sunset Baby A powerful and honest story of one woman’s journey from a hard existence to her own liberation. Sunset Baby is an energetic, daring look at the point where the personal and political collide. From one of the most exciting young voices in American theater, this dynamic new play about fathers and daughters sears with wit and wisdom and the politics of freedom. Runs until February 19th. Seats $40-65, student rush $15. Special Event: Tuesday at 7:30pm: Talkback Tuesdays An intimate, post show chat with the cast and special guests. Reoccurs Feb 14th. Theaterworks, Hartford

The Comedy of Errors

{Last Call} Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Wednesday at 2pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2pm: Comedy of Errors A Madcap, Midwinter, Musical Extravaganza! 22 actors. 2 pairs of twins. 1 crazy day. Shake the midwinter blues away with Shakespeare’s zaniest comedy, performed by a lively ensemble of actors, singers, dancers, musicians and acrobats. Opa! Tresnjak sets The Comedy of Errors on a sun-kissed island off the coast of Greece in 1965. The production will feature both international songs from the era and exotic dance numbers. The Bard’s zaniest comedy, in which two sets of twins separated at birth find themselves in the same city on the same day, leads to a string of mistaken identities, over-the-top slapstick and false accusations. Recommended for ages 12 and up. 90 minutes with no intermission. Runs until February 12th. Ticket prices $25-90, students $20. Hartford Stage, Hartford

Wednesday, February 8th:

11am and 1pm: Living History Tours with George Griffin George Griffin, Mark Twain’s butler, is our “most requested” Living History character, and it’s easy to see why. Samuel Clemens said of George, “He was well-built, shrewd, wise, polite, always good-natured, honest, religious, a cautious truth-speaker, devoted friend to the family, champion of its interests, a sort of idol to the children … He had the respect, and I may say, the warm friendly regard of every visiting intimate of our house. There was nothing commonplace about George.” George served the Clemens family for seventeen years. Take a tour with George, and be prepared to be entertained! Reoccurs on 2/16, 2/23 and 2/26. Tickets are $25 for adults, $17 for children ages 6 to 16. Mark Twain House, Hartford

4 – 6:15pm: Young Actor Training Students will participate in games, exercises, and scenes to allow them to gain comfort and technique in portraying a character onstage. Topics will include basic scene work, story telling, puppetry, and movement. Though the emphasis of the class will be on developing skills and not on a final performance, family and friends are invited to the last class to see students present poems, monologues, or scenes. 4-5pm: Grades 3-4. 5:15-6:15pm: Grades 4-5. Fee $120 for winter session, runs until March 8th; pro-rated if you join late. $15 Annual registration fee. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

5:30 – 7pm: Panel Discussion: Innovation Today Connecticut is home to cutting-edge industries, technologies, and business models. Join the discussion to catch up on the latest advances and find out why Connecticut is a good place for innovation to flourish. This program is presented in conjunction with our exhibit Connecticut Innovates! – Presented by Connecticut Innovations. This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested by February 3. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford [Event on Facebook]

6 – 8pm: Wednesday Night 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. Rentals will also be available. Registration is required by noon on Tuesday. Please pay at ski center. $12 per person. Reoccurs weekly until February 22nd. Winding Trails, Farmington

6 – 8pm: Winter Writers Workshops with Hank Herman Is your New Year’s Resolution to wrap up that writing project you put on hold when the holidays hit? Have an idea you’ve been meaning to get started on, but haven’t gotten around to? Need a little push from a classroom structure to get you going? Appreciate feedback from other motivated writers, and from a professional instructor? Here’s your answer! Whether you’re working on memoir, essay, kids fiction, humor — or anything else; Winter Writers Workshop is perfect for you. Registration limited to eight. Six-week writing workshop runs Wednesdays until February 22nd. $300. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford

7pm: Bottle, Bottles, and More Bottles Where to begin? Let us help you in the process of understanding all the different options. Picking a bottle type. Choosing a bottle shape. Selecting a nipple size and flow. Free. Babies R Us, Manchester

Thursday, February 9th

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. Age infant – 3 with a parent. Fee is per parent/child pair, one additional child at half-fee. Westmoor Park, West Hartford

3 – 4pm: Austin House Visit Located two miles from the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford’s West End, the Austin House, a National Historic Landmark, is the largest object in the Wadsworth Atheneum’s collection and is the former home of A. Everett “Chick” Austin, Jr., the museum’s director from 1927–1944. With a $25 contribution to the Sarah Goodwin Austin Memorial Fund, guests are invited to visit the Austin House and also receive same-day admission to the Wadsworth Atheneum. Advance reservations are required, and groups are limited to 12 visitors. Guests will meet their docent at the Austin House, located at 130 Scarborough Street, Hartford.

4 – 5pm and 6 – 7pm: Valentine’s Day Workshop: Sweetest Goodies Join Stew Leonard’s and celebrate this sweet holiday! In today’s workshop, we will make a chocolate dipped marshmallow wand and decorate three Valentine’s Day-themed cupcakes. Ages 2-12. $10 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

4:15 – 5pm: Valentine’s Day Candy Making Come to TLGT and make some delicious Valentine’s chocolates with Ms. Suzanne. After the chocolates have cooled, we will put them in a beautiful heart-shaped box for Valentine’s Day. $30 per child. Ages 5-10. Drop off class. The Little Green Tambourin, Canton

6pm: Full Dome Film: Habitat Earth Living networks connect and support life forms large and small — from colonies of tiny microbes and populations of massive whales to ever-expanding human societies. In the California Academy of Sciences’ 2015 original planetarium show, Habitat Earth, discover what it means to live in today’s connected world. Through stunning visualizations of the natural world, dive below the ocean’s surface to explore the dynamic relationships found in kelp forest ecosystems, travel beneath the forest floor to see how Earth’s tallest trees rely on tiny fungi to survive, and journey to new heights to witness the intricate intersection between human and ecological networks. The show details the ways humans fit into this ever-evolving story of connection. And along the way, audiences will learn more about what we can do to ensure that our cohabitation with the natural world leaves a healthy, sustainable planet for generations to come. All ages. Reoccurs on 2/23 at 5:30 and 7pm. $5 per person, plus online transaction fee of $1.25. GEHMS Planetarium, Glastonbury

6pm: My Love Affair with the Brain: The Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond Enrichment, plasticity – capabilities of the brain we now take for granted – were the scientific battleground where Dr. Marian Diamond decisively challenged the old view and changed forever our paradigm for understanding the brain … and all our lives as well. What she revealed about the brain allows us to get the most out of our brain, not just as children but for our entire lives. Her YouTube lecture series has almost 2 million hits. She did the first-ever scientific analysis of the most famous brain ever, Albert Einstein. She is a beloved professor, worthy role model especially for women and girls in science, and all round brain-whisperer. The documentary is part biography, part scientific adventure story, part inspirational tale – filmed over 5 years. It will be launched on TV, on the web and with a public-engagement-in-science educational campaign centering on the brain, the delights of scientific curiosity and the possibilities of a life in science. Before the film, Wendy Suzuki, Ph.D., Professor of Neural Science and psychology at New York University, will speak on the effects of exercise on the brain. The film’s co-director Catherine Ryan will field Q&A after the film via Skype. $11 per person, $7 students with ID. Real Art Ways, Hartford

6 – 8pm: Adult Cooking Class: “Modern Mediterranean” Seared Salmon with Mediterranean Lentils, Brussels sprouts skewers with balsamic reduction, stacked beet salad, chocolate-fig truffles. Sign up at Customer service. Space is limited! $20 per person Shop Rite, Manchester

6:10 – 7:10pm: New My Gym Sports Class Our new Sports and Games class with Mr. Nate and Mr. Ashan starts February 9th and will run every Thursday from 6:10-7:10pm. This is a fundamental sports and games class for kids ages 4-8 years. And come on, it’s gonna be blast, it’s Nate and Ashan… My Gym, West Hartford

7pm: This Trip Will Change Your Life: Author Signing With Jennifer B. Monahan Join us as we welcome author Jennifer Monahan to the store to discuss and sign her new book This Trip Will Change Your Life: A Shaman’s Story of Spirit Evolution. Barnes & Noble, Blue Back Aquare, West Hartford

7 – 8:30pm: The Bobcat – Connecticut’s Secretive Wild Cat A presentation with Paul Colburn, Master Wildlife Conservationist. The program will focus on the natural history of bobcats in CT, an overview of bobcat habitat, diet, behavior, reproduction, and current research efforts. Bobcat artifacts are shared with the audience. Free. Northwest Park, Windsor

Thursday, 2/9 – Sunday, 2/11:

Hartford Boat Show Over 250 Boats and Watercraft, 150 Exhibitors, Demonstration Pool, Boating Lifestyle Area and Boating Personalities to be Featured on Two Levels of the Connecticut Convention Center. Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford [Event on Facebook]

Friday, February 10th:

8am – 1pm and 3 – 5pm: Taste of Tu B’Shevat Stop by the Member Services Center for a taste of traditional foods eaten on Tu B’Shevat. Free and open to the community. Mandell JCC, West Hartford

8:45 – 9:15am: Free Pilates Reformer Demo Class Always wanted to try Pilates? The free introductory class will introduce you to the Pilates reformer while performing basic Pilates postures and exercises. We at The Posture Bar , want all of our clients to feel comfortable adjusting the foot bar and changing the springs during the group reformer classes and this class is designed to do just that . You will learn a few of the Basic Exercise series on the Reformer allowing you to feel longer leaner and stronger! Free. The Posture Bar, Farmington

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30 – 12:30pm: Valentine’s Day Treats (Toddler Class) Let’s get into the Valentine’s Day spirit and fall in love with today’s recipes! We will make cherry pie pops, red velvet cake balls, and hand-dipped chocolate covered strawberries! Each child will also create a love bug craft stick. Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Reoccurs on Saturday, 2/11 from 9 – 10am and 11am – 12pm. Stew Leonard’s, Newington


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12 – 1pm: Lunchtime Lecture Love is in the air! Curator Kristen Wands will highlight a February 26, 1890 dance card owned by a mystery lady. Learn about the role of dances in courting, dance etiquette, and the young men with whom our lass danced. Bring your lunch & the museum will provide beverages & dessert. $3 for non-members. Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington



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5:30 – 8:30pm: Parents’ Night Out! Need an evening without the kids? My Gym’s Parents’ Night Out gives our parents the opportunity to take a well-deserved break. Go out for a night on the town feeling confident that your little ones are safe and having the time of their lives with their favorite My Gym teachers. This incredible evening for your children is filled with a variety of fun games, rides and activities, and they won’t want the night to end! And don’t worry about food – we’ll take care of that too! Pizza dinner is always included! $40 1st child, half off siblings! My Gym, West Hartford 

6 – 9pm: Parents’ Night Out Get your children ready to party with some of their favorite My Gym teachers! Treat your little one to 3 fun hours of games, activities, pizza, fun, and a movie! What a great chance for you to enjoy an evening out while your little ones are surrounded by their My Gym friends and teachers. Kids ages 2 and up. $35 per child, sibling discount. My Gym, Glastonbury 

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6:30 – 7pm: Sips and Scripts: The Vagina Monologues UNCorked is getting a facelift this year — and a new name — and you’re invited to Sips and Scripts! You bring the wine, we’ll provide the glasses, hors d’oeuvres, works by local artisans, raffle items, music and mingling with members of the cast of The Vagina Monologues. Wear red to mark this V-Day event. $25 ticket includes admission to the Friday, February 10th opening night performance of The Vagina Monologues at 7:30pm. Limited space. Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford

6:30 – 9pm: Mommy Son Valentine’s Dance Join us looking your best for music, dancing, crafts and a free photo booth! The dance is geared for boys ages 5-12 years old. All positive role models are welcome, not just Mom! $20 per couple, $5 for each additional person. Boys & Girls Club of Bristol Family Center, Bristol

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7 – 7:45pm: Clue Mystery Murder Tours of the Mark Twain House Clue Murder Mystery Tours take participants through the various rooms (secret passageway, conservatory, billiards room, and more) of the Twain house — and some of the author’s favorite literary characters — as part of the game. Who killed that varmint Pap Finn? Was it Tom Sawyer in the Library with the Wrench? Merlin in the Billiard Room with the Knife? The Pauper in the Kitchen with the Rope? Play our live-action version of the classic board game Clue in an hour-long tour featuring the famed comedy troupe Sea Tea Improv as Twain’s beloved characters/suspects. Clue Tours provide all the murder, mayhem, and merriment you expect in a whodunit. Our Clue Tours were featured on an episode of the Travel Channel show “Wackiest Tours!” Tickets are $24; children 6 to 17 are $15. Mark Twain House, Hartford

7 – 8pm: Owl Prowl in Earle Park We will walk our trails, call to the owls and see what hoots back! While we cannot guarantee a response from the wild owls, you will immerse yourself in owl habitat and learn about why owls are so cool and help keep our habitats healthy. And you do get to see Cookie, our resident barred owl! Please bring your flashlights and dress accordingly: appropriate footwear required, no dress shoes or sandals. Adults: $10, children under 12 half price. Space is limited; Please call to reserve your spot. Earle Park, Glastonbury

7:30 – 8:45pm: ‘Snow Wading” Moon – Family Night Hike Join us for a guided hike through the snowy woods. This month’s moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Snow Moon because the heaviest snows usually fell during this time of the year. If there is deep snow, bring your own snow shoes or borrow ours. $7 per person. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

Friday, 2/10 – Saturday 2/11:

6 – 8pm: Valentine’s Day Treats Let’s get into the Valentine’s Day spirit and fall in love with today’s recipes! We will make cherry pie pops, red velvet cheesecake brownies, red velvet cake balls, strawberry white chocolate chip cookies, and hand-dipped chocolate covered strawberries. Ages 6-12. $25 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

7pm: The Vagina Monologues Eve Ensler’s groundbreaking play, The Vagina Monologues, is a series of monologues about women and their bodies, including texts on sex, love and rape. Adrienne Marie, a veteran of previous productions, signs on this year as director! V-Day is a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls. Proceeds benefit My Sister’s Place, Interval House and Connecticut Trans-advocacy. Tickets: $5-15. Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford

Friday, 2/10 – Sunday, 2/12:

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College Retreat: The Light of Simplicity The pace of college can often leave students with the need to rest and reflect in a sacred space. On this weekend retreat for college students, we explore the retreat season theme and offer a variety of workshops to strengthen faith through learning and small-group discussion. The retreat is centered on the liturgy of the Church and enhancing the experience of community among college students. The retreat begins on Friday evening with a buffet dinner from 6-7:30 p.m. and concludes with Sunday brunch at noon. $75 per person. Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, West Hartford

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{Last Call} Friday – Saturday 7pm and Sunday at 2pm: Simsbury High School Presents “42nd Street” Simsbury High School Presents “42nd Street”, an upbeat, funny, and flashy Broadway classic. Simsbury High School,  Simsbury

Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Love Letters is the story of a 50-year correspondence between Melissa Gardner and her childhood-friend-turned-love-interest Andrew Makepeace Ladd III. Simply staged, it is a touching romance shared through old-fashioned pen and paper. Tickets: $15-17. Farmington Valley Stage Company, Canton

Friday, 2/10 – Saturday, 2/18:

8pm: Travesties What do you get when you combine Oscar Wilde, Monty Python, and the political and emotional turmoils of a century ago? If you’re the beloved playwright Sir Tom Stoppard, you get Travesties, a jubilant, poetically beautiful comedy celebrating how important the creative arts are to humankind. Hole in the Wall Theater is proud to invite you to this carnival of farcical hi-jinks, impassioned debates, vaudeville acts, and other theatrical surprises. Runs until February 18th. $20 adults, $15 students. Hole in the Wall Theater, New Britain [Event on Facebook]

Friday, 2/10 – Sunday, 2/19:

Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Calendar Girls This revealing comedy, inspired by the Hollywood hit movie, opens LTM’s 2017 Season. When your husband dies, Annie and her Yorkshire Women’s Institute members come together to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room by posing for a calendar…completely in the nude. Positioned behind flowers, cakes, and knitting projects, the women discover what it means to be confident in their own skin and the shining beauty within themselves and each other. Based on a true story, this hilarious play will leave you feeling better about life than when you entered the theater. Both the VIP and General seating sections are first-come, first-served. VIP seats are in the first six rows of the house. Single tickets for comedies and dramas are $25 VIP or $19 for general section seating. Little Theatre of Manchester, Manchester

Saturday, February 11th:

9 – 10am: Sensory Saturday Imagine Nation is open an hour early for children with special needs and their families. In addition to our multisensory interactive exhibits, which invite children to touch, discover and create, the museum is modified into a sensory friendly environment with lowered lighting and sound. Admission: $7, children under 7 are free. Imagine Nation Museum, Bristol

9 – 10am and 11am – 12pm: Valentine’s Day Treats (Toddler Class) Let’s get into the Valentine’s Day spirit and fall in love with today’s recipes! We will make cherry pie pops, red velvet cake balls, and hand-dipped chocolate covered strawberries! Each child will also create a love bug craft stick. Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Stew Leonard’s, Newington

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9:15am: Valentine Brownies Learn to personalize on a brownie using a decorator tip and icing. Supplies are required for this class, when you register online you will be prompted to download the supply list. $35 per kid. Jo-Ann, Newington and Manchester

10am: American Girl: Valentine’s Day Crepe Party Let’s have a crepe party! Crepes are super-fun to make, and you can finish them with whatever tasty fillings and toppings you’d like, such as chocolate, fresh fruit or jam. Then serve them to your family and friends on Valentine’s Day. Suitable for ages 8–13. Price: $30 (includes Crepe Pan Set). Williams-Sonoma

10 – 11:30am: Easy Bath Updates In this workshop, you will learn the skills to upgrade your bath, including how to place a vanity cabinet, adjust your plumbing connections, and set in the vanity top and caulk it into place. Additionally, you will learn to remove old vanity lights and install a new ones and then install wall-mounted bath accessories like towel and toilet tissue holders to complete the look. Free. Home Depot

10am – 1pm: Second Saturdays: Postcards from Japan Explore Japan’s past and present through a unique dance performance. Create a nature-inspired postcard to take home or send to a friend! As always, museum admission is free during Second Saturdays activities! Free Family Tours: ABCs: Art, Books, Connections: 10:30–11am, Ask About Art, 11am–noon: Eyes on Art Family Tour: 11:30am–Noon. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford [Event on Facebook]

10am – 1pm: Happy Hearts Scavenger Hunt A fun-filled scavenger hunt around the museum studios using a list of clues that will get everyone’s brains working and hearts pumping! Imagine Nation Museum, Bristol [Event on Facebook]

Valentines Day Storytime

11am: Lars the Little Polar Bear is the beloved star of a children’s book “Little Polar Bear and the Whales” authored by Hans de Beer in 2008. It’s the perfect basis for a full dome show to teach young children about nature, climate change — and a little astronomy. What happens when a frisky little polar bear named Lars ventures out on the first day of spring? He explores his Arctic home, meets new friends, and saves some endangered whales. The first part of the show features illustrations from the book, enhanced by clever animations. Lars spends the first day of spring exploring near his home, discovering a ship wreck, and cavorting with a cormorant. Then, he makes friends with a group of beluga whales and a giant sperm whale. When Lars learns that the whales are being hunted by a whaling ship, he finds a place for them to hide in a nearby bay. After the whalers leave, melting ice traps the whales in the bay. It’s up to Lars to save them by coming up with a clever way to help them escape. The story ends with Lars and his friends making plans to meet again someday in the future. After the show brings Lars’s adventure story to life, it takes on a documentary flair, with a tour of the Arctic. We visit some of the animals who live there, through photographs taken by scientists on polar expeditions. We learn about how real polar bears live, why they have small ears and tails, what they eat, and how the melting of Arctic sea ice is affecting their habitat. A short star talk section introduces the Arctic night sky, the constellations Ursa Major and Ursa Minor, as well as Polaris, the North Star, and the star patterns of the Big and Little Dipper. Visually surrounded by icebergs as they explore Lars’s home, children are touched by the beauty of the Arctic. Throughout the show, young audiences gain a positive appreciation of nature and learn that the polar bear’s wonderful habitat is well worth preserving. All ages. $5 per person, plus online transaction fee of $1.25. GEHMS Planetarium, Glastonbury

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11am – 12pm: Baby’s First Birthday Event Is your baby turning one soon? Join us in store to celebrate this milestone with free activities, giveaways and inspiration for planning baby’s big day. Plus, meet local parents—and their babies, too! Our Baby’s First Birthday events are held the second Saturday of every month! Can’t make it to this one? Be sure to come to the next! Free. Babies R Us

11am – 1pm: Car Seat Check Up Have your car seat checked free of charge by an experienced car seat Technician! There’s 4 out of 5 chance your child is not as secure as you think. Be sure that yours isn’t one of them! Free. Babies R Us, West Hartford

11am – 3pm: Community Digitization Day for World War I Photographs and Artifacts Bring your family’s World War treasures to show us. We’ll record your family’s information, and scan and photograph your artifacts. The digital images will become part of the Connecticut Digital Archives for all to see. If your family was living in Windsor during World War I, scans or loans of your family photographs, records, or artifacts could become part of Windsor Historical Society’s upcoming exhibition. Learn about the best ways to preserve your family treasures from preservation specialist Donia Conn. Windsor Historical Society Curator Kristen Wands and Archivist Michelle Tom will also be available to answer your questions. Snowdate: 2/18. Adults $8, students $6, children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Windsor Historical Society, Windsor 

12pm: Viscera: Author Signing With Gabriel Squailia Join us as we welcome author Gabriel Squailia to the store for a signing of his second novel. In Viscera, a woman with strange abilities travels across a bizarre war-torn land in an inventive and gruesomely comic fantasy tale. Barnes & Noble, Blue Back Square, West Hartford

1pm: Kids’ Valentine Fortune Cookies Learn to trace, cut and assemble paper fortune cookies. Supplies are required for this class, when you register online you will be prompted to download the supply list. $25 per child. Jo-Ann, Newington


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1 – 4pm: Doll and Me Tea Spend an afternoon with your favorite doll! You and a favorite friend will enjoy a snack, make a special Valentine and play games. Dress up is encouraged! This drop off program is recommended for children ages 6-11. $25 per child. Registration is required. Noah Webster House, West Hartford [Event on Facebook]

5:30 – 9pm: Parent’s Night Out Big fun on the Big Screen. Inflatables, zany games, gymnastics, pizza and a movie on our 9-foot screen keep your children entertained while you enjoy an evening out! Don’t forget to bring your pillow and blanket to cuddle up in for the movie! $30 per child, discount for siblings. Gymnastics Training Center, Simsbury

6pm: Hearts and Wine: Valentine’s Gourmet Dinner Join us for a delicious buffet dinner prepared by Holy Family’s talented chef, Joe Ethier. Along with dinner, local wine educator and Chief Grape Officer of WineTimeCT, Laureen Guerriero, will offer her expertise and include three wines to complement the meal courses. Appetizers begin at 6pm. View Menu. Couples and singles are most welcome. Offering: $150 per couple; $75 per person. Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, West Hartford


6:30 – 8pm: Family Skate Night Join us on Walton Pond for an evening of family fun under the lights. There will be a hockey shoot out and skating games for all ages. Or just come out to enjoy a night on the ice with music, a roaring fire, hot chocolate, hotdogs, and more. This program will be held weather permitting. Registration is required at least 3 days prior to the start of the program. $15 per family. Winding Trails, Farmington

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6 – 9pm: Explore the Night Walks Miss Judy invites you to bring your friends and family for a fun night of learning about the great outdoors. The general format includes an inside introduction to the evening program, an outside walk, a warm fire with smores or something baked in the fire, a short walk outside to check the night sky, and of course family socializing with other night explorers. Dress in layers for the weather conditions that day it can get very cold on these winter nights. Because of unknown winter conditions, the Winter Exploration outside walk format will vary based on snow and ice conditions during February. Hopefully we can include some snowshoeing and ice skating each evening. Registration is required 3 days before the date of the event. Reoccurs on March 11th. $25 per family. Winding Trails, Farmington

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7 – 9pm: Full Moon Snowshoe Hike Snowshoe through the moonlit trails and through the sparkling snow. The Nature Center will be open for evening snowshoeing. Headlamps and flashlights are permitted, but not a necessity. We will enjoy hot chocolate at the end of our adventure. Please register to reserve equipment, space is limited. $10 per Windsor resident, $15 per non-resident. Snow conditions permitting. Northwest Park, Windsor

7 – 9pm: George Washington’s Birthday Ball Wethersfield Historical Society will celebrate George Washington’s 285th birthday in the manner Wethersfield residents would have ball-logo in his heyday – with a ball! Join traditional dance caller Patricia Campbell in the Keeney Ballroom for authentic 18th century country dancing to live period music. This is a participatory event for reenactors and other interested participants. No prior dance experience is necessary! 18th century period clothing or festive attire is requested; BYOB. Tickets are $10 and are on sale either online here or in person at the Old Academy, 150 Main Street, 10 am – 4 pm Tuesday – Friday. Space is limited, so buy your tickets early!

7 – 11pm: Parents Night Out Light-fare dinner and two-bite desserts will be served. Coffee, water and soft drinks provided. BYOB. Raffles, auction and dancing with James & the Untold Riches! A fundraising event to benefit Conard Safe Grad. Tickets $25, $30 at the door. West Hartford Town Hall, West Hartford

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Saturday, 2/11 – Sunday, 2/12

Classes Open House Saturday & Sunday 2/11 - 2/12 from 11a - 3p. Browse Classes.

1:30 – 3:30pm: Nature’s Secrets on the Weekend This winter join Miss Judy for a fun weekend afternoon of learning something new about the great outdoors. The program format is an indoor introduction about the day’s topic followed by a hands-on outdoor activity to try out what you learned. Dress in layers so you can be comfortable for the indoor introduction and be warm enough for the outdoor activity. Saturday programs include Winter Twigs and Bark in February to learn how to identify common trees during the winter. Sunday programs include who’s out and about during winter in February to learn about the active winter animals. Registration is required 3 days before the date of the event. Reoccurs on March 11-12. $10 per family. Winding Trails, Farmington

Saturday, 2/11 – Sunday, 2/12:

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Sunday, February 12th:

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10am – 5pm: Sensory Friendly Day The Science Center is an exciting place, bustling with loud sounds and bright lights…but we’re lowering the volume and dimming the lights for Sensory Friendly Day. Get ready for an exciting day of fantastic sensory-friendly fun courtesy of The Miracle League of Connecticut! Groups with special needs programs and families with children on the autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities will enjoy tons of kids’ activities, arts and crafts, and live gallery science demonstrations. Tickets will be available online for $14 each or at the door for $16.95 each. 1:1 aides are always free. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford

11am: Pack n Play Building Race Come and see who can build a pack-n-play the fastest and win a prize. Share baby stories and have fun. Free. Babies R Us, Manchester

11am – 4pm: Families Learn Together: The Science of Small Each month, we will explore a different theme with educational demonstrations, hands-on activities, and fun take-away projects to encourage learning at home. Many of our days will feature guest educators, scientists, artists and other professionals within their fields. Admission: adults $14.75, children (ages 2-12) $13.75. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

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11:30am – 4pm: 38th Annual Famous Macaroni Dinner Wethersfield UNICO is holding our famous macaroni dinner to raise money for our amazing scholarship program. We award scholarships to high school seniors who reside in Wethersfield & Rocky Hill. Dinner includes pasta with homemade sauce and meatballs, salad, garlic bread, and drinks! Cannoli’s are available for purchase as well. Adults $12, kids (12 and under) $7. Wethersfield Community Center, Wethersfield

12 – 4pm: Family Sunday: Victorian Valentines Discover the history of Victorian Era Valentines. Make & take your own love note home at this family event! Adults $6, children $5. All admissions include a free ride on our working carousel. The New England Carousel Museum, Bristol [Event on Facebook]

1pm: Learn to Crochet for Kids Crochet passion begins here with these personalized monogrammed tags. Intended for children 8 years & older. Supplies are required for this class, when you register online you will be prompted to download the supply list. $35 per kid. Jo-Ann, Manchester

1pm: Brisk Winter Walk Meet Jim Woodworth and Goodwin College’s Bruce Morton, Program Director of Environmental Studies to explore our Wilson-Carvalho and Hockanum Meadows parcels in the “Wethersfield Triangle” of land marooned on the east side by the meandering of the river. Goodwin College students are studying environmental science here, experimenting with invasive species control and habitat enhancement. Hockanum Park, East Hartford 

1pm: Kids’ Valentine Treats Learn to use a decorating bag and tip to create sweet messages on envelope-shaped cookies. Supplies are required for this class, when you register online you will be prompted to download the supply list. $35 per child. Jo-Ann, Manchester

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1 – 3:30pm: Hearts Galore! A Valentine Craft for Children. Drop in and make a fancy heart for a special someone! Free. Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington

1:30pm: Learn to Crochet for Kids Crochet passion begins here with these personalized monogrammed tags. Intended for children 8 years & older. Supplies are required for this class, when you register online you will be prompted to download the supply list. $35 per kid. Jo-Ann, Newington

2 – 3:30pm: Teen Class Teens can learn a new embroidery stitch as they make cute emoji pins. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $5. Michael’s locations

4pm: Art & Music To celebrate the recent beautiful renovation of the Wadsworth Atheneum, CONCORA will present a program at the museum wih repertoire inspired by the artwork itself. Small ensembles will sing in the various galleries, with music related to the artworks in each room, such as choral music of Claude Debussy alongside Impressionist paintings, colonial songs by William Billings near art by 18th century American artists, and much more. The concert features the premiere of a commissioned choral work by Connecticut composer Ellen Gilson Voth, inspired by paintings of the Hudson River School, including Connecticut-born artist Frederic Church. The event concludes with a concert by the full choir in the stunning Morgan Great Hall. $10-55 per person. The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

7pm: Jewish Book Festival – Melissa Fay Greene Melissa Fay Greene’s The Underdogs: Children, Dogs,and the Power of Unconditional Love, tells the story of Karen Shirk, felled at age 24 by a neuromuscular disease and who was turned down by every service dog agency in the country because she was “too disabled.” A thousand state-of-the-art dogs later, Karen’s service dog academy, 4 Paws for Ability, is restoring broken children and their families to life. Written with characteristic insight, humanity, humor, and irrepressible joy, The Underdogs is a compassionate exploration of our attachment to dogs, what constitutes a productive life, and what can be accomplished with unconditional love. $20 per person. Mandell JCC, West Hartford

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February 16 – 21

Welcome to the third full of February! Once again we have scoured our rolodex and the internet for all of the fun things happenings this week across Hartford County! With many schools closed on Monday and Tuesday or some the whole week through – we have many options for those parents who work and may need a camp day or those just looking for something to do – we’ve got you covered! Check the links provided for weather delays and cancellations before heading out.

Tuesday, February 16:

8am – 4pm: Contraption Factory Go, go, gadget! Simple machines have been around for thousands of years, and were used to help construct the pyramids and Stonehenge. Explore the uses of levers, pulleys, and inclined planes. Build these machines to help solve a series of challenges that await you! Ages 6 – 12. $68 per child. $3 discount for Hartford employees. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford.

8am – 5pm: Preschool Camp: A Winter Wonderland Enjoy the beauty of winter without the cold. Create snowy landscapes that sparkle, learn about critters that love the cold and, if the weather permits, paint some snow. Campers will also enjoy a popular winter-themed Planetarium show. $85 per child. The New Children’s Museum, West Hartford.

8:45 – 4pm: Vacation Science Camp: Afloat and Aloft Many inventions help us stay afloat and fly when traveling on solid ground isn’t possible. Campers will create contraptions that travel in water and air including rockets and sailboats. Children in grades 1-5. $70 per child. The New Children’s Museum, West Hartford.

9am – 12pm: Nature Carnival Fun with snow and ice, animal tracking and; depending upon weather conditions, snowshoeing or even maple sugaring will be part of this two-day vacation program. Grades K-5. $40 per child. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

9am – 12pm: Hearth Cooking, a child’s favorite. Young cooks will use colonial period recipes and cook over an open hearth the old-fashioned way! The program fee is $25 per child, per workshop, and $20 for museum members. Bring a bagged lunch when registering kids for both sessions! We are a peanut free facility. Please pack your child a snack. Noah Webster House, West Hartford.

9am – 12pm: Winter Break Cooking Camp Join us for a day of dancing, baking, art and yoga activities! $40 per child. Ages 3-6. Extended day from 12-1pm for an additional $10. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

10am – 4pm: National Engineers Day & GE Makers Lab Opening Join GE and Imagine Nation as they unveil the GE Makers Lab – a makerspace dedicated to nurturing young children’s interest in invention, innovation and manufacturing. The GE Makers Lab will be unveiled at 10am as part of Imagine Nation’s annual-Engineer’s Day celebration. More than 20 local GE engineers will lead hands-on activities that introduce kids to the fun and challenge of engineering, such as making batteries out of lemons, constructing parachutes and testing them in a wind tunnel and designing egg drop structures. Imagine Nation Museum, Bristol.

10am – 5pm: The Great Paper Airplane Contest Put your paper airplane folding skills to the test! Using only a single sheet of paper, contestants will construct and fly a paper airplane for distance. Prizes for the greatest distance in three age categories will be awarded, and contestants need not be present to win. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks.

10:30 – 11:15am: February Family Playtime! Looking for a fun indoor activity to do with your1-5 year old on these cold 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 2/23. $10 per child and $5 for siblings. A general release form is required for non-members. The Gymnastics Training Center, Simsbury.

12 – 3pm: Visiting Artist at The New Children’s Museum Explore color themes and the science behind chromatography with Connecticut art educator, Adrienne Brown! Learn about how water can mix and bleed colors together through interesting patterns and effects while creating your own silly, kooky, or scary monster mask. Adrienne Brown is a local art educator with a passion for working with children. She is a former Education Coordinator and ParkArt Instructor for Real Art Ways, and has taught art programs for ConnectiKids, Community Access to the Arts, and several local schools. Adrienne recently completed her M.Ed. in Special Education with a focus on working with visually impaired students. Included with the cost of admission. For kids of all Ages. The New Children’s Museum, West Hartford.

1 – 4pm: Sampler of Colonial Life Kids experience first-hand the many sides of colonial life! They will dress in colonial costume, tour the historic house, attend a one-room schoolhouse, play colonial games, learn a colonial dance and do colonial chores such as carding wool and processing flax.  The program fee is $25 per child, per workshop, and $20 for museum members. Bring a bagged lunch when registering kids for both sessions! We are a peanut free facility. Please pack your child a snack. Noah Webster House, West Hartford.

3:30 – 5pm: Sing A Long With Snow White Join Snow White for an afternoon of singing, games, photo opportunities and more! Apples and chocolate dipped apples will be served for snack. Whimsical Wishes will be providing the entertainment! Get your singing voices ready. $30 per child. Register online. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

Wednesday, February 17:

10am – 5pm: Nose Art Design Workshop Learn about the unique history of airplane nose art and create a custom nose art design for one of NEAM’s historic aircraft. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks.

{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.

7pm: Shock Treatment No other artist captures the drama and fragility of the AIDS era as Karen Finley does in her 1990 classic book Shock Treatment. “The Black Sheep,” “We Keep Our Victims Ready,” “I Was Never Expected to Be Talented,”- these are some of the seminal works which excoriated homophobia and misogyny at a time when artists and writers were under attack for challenging the status quo. This twenty-fifth anniversary expanded edition features a new introduction in which Finley reflects on publishing her first book as she became internationally known for being denied an NEA grant because of perceived obscenity in her work. She traces her journey from art school to burlesque gigs to the San Francisco North Beach literary scene. A new poem reminds us of Finley’s disarming ability to respond to the era’s most challenging issues with grace and humor. Book sale and signing to follow talk. Free. The Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

Wednesday, February 17 – Sunday, February 21:

1:30pm: The Family Tour A hands-on experiencefor kids 5-12 with an adult. Learn how Stowe’s words changed the world and how you can too! $10 per person, discount for groups of 5 or more. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford.

Thursday, February 18:

10am – 5pm: Kites in Flight Workshop Discover the science of how kites fly, construct a kite using an array of materials, and test your creation at our indoor flight station. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks.

5:30 – 7:15pm: Criminal Justice Reform in Connecticut Join the conversation with featured guests: Mike Lawlor, CT Under Secretary for Criminal Justice Policy and Planning and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice in the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences at the University of New Haven. And Iran Nazario, Compass Youth Collaborative. Free. Stowe Visitor Center, Hartford.

8pm: Hot 93.7 presents Love & Laughter – the Ultimate Lover’s Night Out. The event brings together the best of Music and Comedy for a date night you won’t want to miss. As an artist who needs no introduction, Brian McKnight has earned himself a spot in contemporary music history. He has released 13 albums to date, with several going 2 and 3x platinum and he has sold over 20 million albums worldwide. In addition to being a singer, songwriter and producer, McKnight is also a multi-instrumentalist who plays nine instruments including piano, guitar, bass, drums, percussions, trombone, tuba, flugelhorn and trumpet. Gary Owen has been entertaining America for more than a decade with his side-splitting comedy. Having performed to sold-out audiences in all the major comedy clubs and theatres across the country, Owen is one of America’s most loved comedians.Gary is one of the stars of the Screen Gems comedy “Think Like A Man Too” and co-starred in the original film “Think Like A Man,” both opening at #1 at the box office. He was last seen co-starring in the Universal comedy “Ride Along” with Ice Cube and Kevin Hart. On the small screen, Gary starred last season in TruTV’s funny video/sketch show “Upload” which he co-hosted with Shaquille O’Neal. The Bushnell, Hartford.

Thursday, February 18 – Sunday, February 21:

Thursday from 10am – 7pm, Friday from 10am – 8pm, Saturday from 10am – 8pm and Sunday from 10am – 5pm: 35th Annual Flower & Garden Show The Convention Center will be transformed into a breathtaking event for floral and garden enthusiast. Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford.

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2pm and Sunday at 7:30pm: Romeo & Juliet Director Darko Tresnjak follows up his spectacular production of Hamlet with Shakespeare’s most popular play. The intense feud between the Montague and Capulet families devastates the city of Verona and foreshadows tragic consequences for young Romeo and Juliet. Revenge, passion and a secret marriage lead the world’s most famous star-crossed lovers to a harrowing end. Runs until March 20. Hartford Stage, Hartford.

Friday, February 19:

10am – 5pm: LEGO Flying Machine Contest Back by popular demand! Create your own imaginative LEGO flying machine and enter to win prizes from our Wings ‘N Things Gift Shop. Prizes will be awarded in three age categories and builders need not be present to win. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks.

5:30 – 8pm: Kids Night Out – Pasta Making Kids will make home made pasta dough and roll it out for a delicious dinner.  We’ll also make a fresh salad with homemade, sweet salad dressing and cheesy garlic bread. Ages 6 – 12. $40 per child. Register online. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

6 – 8:30pm: 3rd Annual Craft Sippin’ in New Britain Beat the winter blues and join us for the tasting event of the season! Sample and sip the finest local craft beers throughout the Museum’s galleries! The Museum gives thanks to Hartford Distributors for lining up this year’s list of distinguished breweries that will be sure to wow your taste buds. In addition to the beer, food, and music, there will be a do-it-yourself studio component in which guests can get creative in making their own coasters. Not feeling crafty? You can also enjoy playing video games on our large projector! New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

7 – 8:30pm: Full Moon Hike Dress warmly as we’ll head to the open field for some moon gazing, astronomy and listening for great horned owls, to be followed by hot cider and cookies in the Nature Center auditorium. This program is not geared for young children. Participants should dress for cold evening temperatures! Pre-registration is required. $7 per person. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

9pm: Hot Chocolate Soul is a delicate balance of music, comedy and poetry with a live band featuring Karl Browne’s Smooth Improvisation. The Bushnell, Hartford.

Friday, February 19 – Sunday, February 21:

Boeing-Boeing

Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Boeing Boeing Bernard, living in Paris, is engaged to Gabriella…and to Gloria…and to Gretchen. With his housekeeper reluctantly playing romantic air-traffic controller, he successfully juggles three gorgeous flight attendant fiancées. But when a new double-speed Super Boeing arrives and changes flight schedules, we quickly learn that one woman is all Bernard can handle! Fasten your seatbelts for the Tony Award-winning comedy! Runs until 2/21. $19 for General Seating. Little Theatre of Manchester at Cheney Hall, Manchester.

Saturday, February 20:

10 – 11am: All Aboard: Trains for Kids Windsor Historical Society’s meeting room will be transformed with model railroads and train-oriented play tables.  Bob Bell in costume as the Railroad Baron leads the fun. Play with Lionel and G-scale sized trains, learn some secret train whistle codes and get your own whistle to take home, make a paper engineer’s hat and play a piston game showing how a steam locomotive works. Learn how railroads got started and how locomotives and train cars changed over the years. Appropriate for families with pre-K through grade 3 children. Limited enrollment. Adults $6, children $4. Snowdate: 2/21 from 2-3pm. Windsor Historical Society, Windsor.

{National} 12 – 2pm: Quest to Power Up Visit any US Toys “R” Us store for a Lego Nexo Knights building event! Build and take home an exclusive build and join the quest to collect up to 7 Nexo powers in the store!

1 – 2pm: Remembering G. Fox & Co.: Hartford’s Iconic Department Store In the 1950s, just about every major city had a landmark department store. In Connecticut, it was G. Fox & Co in Hartford! This presentation will bring you back in time to Fox’s heyday as we go from floor to floor and recall departments ranging from accessories on the “street” floor, to designer dresses on 6, and ending at Toyland on 11. You’ll also learn about Beatrice Fox Auerbach, the remarkable woman who made every visit to Fox’s so enjoyable and set the standard for customer service. We promise to stir pleasant memories of date nut bread in the Connecticut Room, back-to-school shopping, and the wonderful Christmas season at G. Fox & Co.! A 45-minute presentation by Joe Waxman, CHS Member & Volunteer, will be followed by Exhibit Tours of Beatrice Fox Auerbach: The Woman, Her World & Her Wardrobe at 2:00 pm. Refreshments will be provided. $8 per person. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.

2pm: All About Whales and Dolphins Come meet Don Sineti, singer-songwriter and award-winning marine mammal illustrator, at the Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury. He will be presenting an interactive program on whales and dolphins, including songs, stories, artifacts, whale art and a hands-on experience with how whales stay warm. Proceeds will benefit the educational programs at the Connecticut Audubon Society Center. Admission will be $14 for non-members, with children 1/2 price. Family maximum will be $40 for non-members. CT Audubon, Glastonbury.

Saturday at 2pm and 7pm: The Harlem Globetrotters are preparing for their most epic tour in history, as the world famous team celebrates its 90th anniversary world tour, with over 320 games in North America alone.  A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to witness the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages.  The Globetrotters will tip off their historic 90th year of smiles, sportsmanship and service in the fall of 2015. XL Center, Hartford.

2 – 4pm: Hands-On History Workshop: Fashion From Silk Gloves to Skinny Jeans Discover the history of fashion with an interactive workshop designed just for kids! Take a trip through time as we explore the historic fashion in our museum exhibits and go behind-the-scenes to our costume storage to examine the changing styles in clothes (and underclothes!). Students will try out the science behind the preservation of historic clothing and make their own fashion flipbook designs to take home. This program is appropriate for students ages 10-14. The cost is $8 per student for members and $10 per student for non-members (no cost for parents or guardians). Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.

7pm: Clue Tours of the Mark Twain House will be offered in a special, one-night-only edition, using the various rooms (secret passageway, conservatory, billiards room, and more) of the Twain house – and some of the author’s favorite literary characters – as part of the game. Who killed that varmint Pap Finn? Was it Tom Sawyer in the Library with the Wrench? Merlin in the Billiard Room with the Knife? The Pauper in the Kitchen with the Rope? Play our live-action version of the classic board game Clue in an hour-long tour featuring the famed comedy troupe Sea Tea Improv as Twain’s beloved characters and suspects. Clue Tours provide all the murder, mayhem and merriment you expect in a whodunit. Our Clue Tours were featured on an episode of the Travel Channel show Wackiest Tours! Reservations are required, and tours sell out, so please book early. Tickets are $22; children 6 to 17 are $15. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

7pm: The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour Good things come to those who wait. This year’s World Tour showcases the very best mountain filmmakers, allowing you to experience the stories that inspire us to continue exploring our environments.The Banff Centre’s Banff Mountain Film Festival is the one of the most prestigious mountain festivals in the world. Hot on the heels of the festival held every fall in Banff, Alberta, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour hits the road with stops planned in about 450 communities and 40 countries across the globe. The Bushnell, Hartford.

7:30pm: Hartford Indepedent Chamber Orchestra forges an innovative musical path, championing non-standard repertoire for chamber orchestra in performances throughout Greater Hartford. $20 per person. The Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

7:30pm: Speak Up Salon show is an intimate and interactive night of storytelling. The four storytellers will tell 8-10 minute stories with the theme of Unexpected. The first half of the show features two of the storytellers, followed by a question-and-answer session, during which the audience and the host can ask questions about the stories. The evening is hosted by Speak Up co-founder and Executive Director Elysha Dicks. Following a 10-minute intermission, the second half of the show will feature an interactive storytelling game. It requires the storyteller to generate a brand new, true story on the spot based upon prompts provided by the audience. Following this interactive game, the final two storytellers tell their stories, and the evening ends with a final question-and-answer session. Matthew Dicks, the co-founder and Creative Director of Speak Up said, “It’s a night of storytelling where the audience is given a voice and even some say in what stories are told.  This is high stakes storytelling without a net. You never know what will happen!” Doors open at 7pm. $15 per person. Space is limited. Noah Webster House, West Hartford.

7:30 – 10pm: Celebrate the Best of Broadway Come on along and listen to the lullabies of Broadway! Connecticut’s own Goodspeed Musicals is known the world over as the home of the American musical. Join the HSO, Goodspeed Resident Music Director and Conductor Michael O’Flaherty, and special guests as they celebrate 70 years of Tony® Award-winning music. This one-night-only, blockbuster performance will spotlight the best of Broadway through the years. Tickets: $19-66. The Bushnell, Hartford.

Saturday, February 20 – Sunday, February 21:

10am – 4pm: Open Sugarhouse at Northwest Park Learn the art and skill of maple sugaring from Chuck Drake, our sugarhouse expert. Admission is free. Reoccurs Saturday – Sunday until 3/26. Northwest Park, Windsor.

Saturday from 11am – 6pm and Sunday from 11am – 4pm: 31st Annual Bristol Home & Business Expo Some of the highlights of the 2016 Home & Business Expo are: over a hundred vendors, a special kid’s alley activity section, food and snacks, free appraisals and a silent auction from Tim’s Auctions, plus a huge craft fair! Admission $6, Children 12 and under are free. Bristol Eastern High School, Bristol.

Sunday, February 21:

9am – 1pm: Sketch Comedy Lab Created by Jeff Giliberto and Will Niedmann, Sketch Comedy Lab is designed to teach your son or daughter all the basics they need to create a funny and smart comedy sketch. The class starts with a quick introduction to the basics of sketch comedy. Once the students have learned the basics, they break up into groups and start writing their very own comedy sketches, with the help from our experts. After, the students will perform and record their sketches. All of this in one day! From there the Sketch Comedy Lab staff will edit the videos and post them on the Imagine Studio YouTube page. $40 per child. Ages 9 -14. Imagine Studio, West Hartford.

10:30 – 11:30am: You, Your Baby, and the Senses Join Sarah Laub, Certified Aroma Touch Technique Therapist and Wellness Consultant, to learn how to use many senses to soothe your baby, relieve stress for parent and baby, and bond together using a variety of calming oils and techniques. Free and open to the community. RSVP. Mandell JCC, Zachs Campus, West Hartford.

10:30am – 12pm: Sunday Funday Join us for a special Sunday Open Play complete with bubbles, painting, dancing and snack!  Complimentary coffee will be served for the adults! $20 per child. Parent participation required. All Ages. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

12 – 1:30pm: Newbie Yoga Yoga is a practice that addresses the mind, body and soul.  However, attending a yoga class without any prior knowledge or experience can be intimidating. This workshop is intended for those wishing to explore this ancient practice. Learn basic poses in sitting, standing and lying positions. Experience a “mini” practice of breathing, simple sequences of poses, balance and restorative poses and meditation. Free and open to the community. Mandell JCC, Zachs Campus, West Hartford.

12 – 4pm: “The Art of the Wedding” Bridal Show will feature local wedding vendors and a fashion show by Kathy Faber Designs at 3pm. There will also be fabulous vintage wedding dresses on display. This free event is the perfect opportunity for attendees to meet some of the best wedding vendors in the area. Brides are encouraged to bring their fiancés, bridesmaids, family and friends to this fun and advantageous afternoon. The New England Carousel Museum, Bristol.

1 – 3pm: Baking the Best Cheesecake Mary Hyde has been baking her famous Almond Brittle cheesecake for years.  To be a recipient of one of these delectable treats or a plain cheesecake of your own, join us for a hands-on baking class. Bring a mixing bowl and utensils. Spring pan and ingredients included BYOB. RSVP by 2/17. Snowdate 2/28. $25 per person. Indian Rock Nature Preserve, Bristol.

3pm: Sonar Saves Pet Adoption Day Come to the game to take a look at some of Sonar’s lovable little friends that are in need of a good home with a caring family. XL Center, Hartford.

Monday, February 22:

6 – 8:30pm: Boards and Commissions on Tap This panel discussion will offer information on how to get involved in shaping your community by joining a local town Board or Commission, as well as the roles and responsibilities of these entities. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with town representatives from various Boards and Commissions in the Metro Hartford region. Mayor Dan Drew of Middletown and Mayor Luke Bronin of Hartford will both speak briefly on the need for increased participation of young professionals in public service, as well as the positive impacts this participation can have on policy. Registration is encouraged for this free event. City Steam Brewery, Hartford.

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! Check back often as we update on the regular.

If you don’t mind the drive, check out our parent site, Momecticut – puts the Mom into Connecticut! We list events that are worth the drive, and are looking for publishers to do what we do in Hartford County, in other counties of CT.

February 8 – 15

Welcome to the second full week of February. Once again we have scoured our rolodex and the internet for all of the fun things happenings this week across Hartford County! This week is extra special because it is Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day, so get out and celebrate – with the kids or without the kids; either way make it memorable. No School on Monday for President’s Day with many schools also closed on Tuesday or some the whole week through – we have many options for those parents who work and may need a camp day or those just looking for something to do – we’ve got you covered! Check the links provided for weather delays and cancellations before heading out.

Monday, February 8:

4:15 – 5pm: Paint like Pollock We will learn a little bit about the artist Jackson Pollock and his famous splatter painting before making some ourselves. $20 per child. Imagine Studio, West Hartford.

6 – 8:30pm: Boards and Commissions on Tap This panel discussion will offer information on how to get involved in shaping your community by joining a local town Board or Commission, as well as the roles and responsibilities of these entities. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with town representatives from various Boards and Commissions in the Metro Hartford region. Mayor Dan Drew of Middletown and Mayor Luke Bronin of Hartford will both speak briefly on the need for increased participation of young professionals in public service, as well as the positive impacts this participation can have on policy. Registration is encouraged for this free event. City Steam Brewery, Hartford.

Monday, February 8 – Friday, February 12:

10am – 5pm: Love our Animals Join us as we celebrate Valentine’s Week with our wonderful animals. Each day we will make special Valentines for our animals and loved ones. Special visit with the animal of the day. Monday – Frogs, Tuesday – Lizards, Wednesday – Raptors, Thursday – Turtles and Friday – Snakes. Crafts and animal demo included with the cost of admission to the Nature Center. No need to pre-register. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

Tuesday, February 9:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Mardi Gras Party for Toddlers Join us as we celebrate Mardi Gras at Stew Leonard’s! We’ll make some traditional New Orleans recipes, including homemade beignets and Jambalaya. ages 2 -5. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

10:30 – 11:15am: February Family Playtime! Looking for a fun indoor activity to do with your1-5 year old on these cold 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; 2/16 and 2/23. $10 per child and $5 for siblings. A general release form is required for non-members. The Gymnastics Training Center, Simsbury.

4:30 – 6pm: School Age Cookie Baking Budding Chefs will bake our famous chocolate chip cookies from scratch! Ages 6-12. Drop Off. $30 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

{PTO} 7:30pm: Playwrights On Park is a new and exciting artistic endeavor for Playhouse on Park. Our mission is to develop and produce original plays and musicals, to foster emerging and established playwrights, and to become a leader in new play development. We aim to help establish the Greater Hartford Area as a premiere destination for the cultivation and exploration of innovative theatrical work. Let it Come Down by Eve Lederman Inspired by deposition transcripts from a malpractice case, Let It Come Down portrays the relationship between patient and therapist as a seductive love more powerful and volatile than any romance. Rachel is exploring family secrets with her maternal therapist, but when the doctor faces a lawsuit for abruptly terminating treatment, she paints Rachel as violent and an explosive, life-altering battle ensues. This tale of betrayal ignites a dialogue about the dynamics of therapy and the blurry line between obsession and love. $5 general admission. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

Tuesday, February 9 – Sunday, February 14:

{PTO} Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 1pm and 6:30pm: Love Letters Andrew Makepeace Ladd III wrote his first letter to Melissa Gardner to tell her she looked like a lost princess. They were both seven years old. For the next fifty years, through personal triumphs and despair, through wars and marriages and children and careers, they poured out the secrets of their hearts to each other. They defied a fate that schemed to keep them apart, and lived for the one most meaningful thing, their undying love for each other. Starring Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal, directed by Gregory Mosher and written by celebrated playwright A.R. Gurney. Don’t miss this enduring romance about first loves and second chances. The Bushnell, Hartford.

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{Last Call} Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2:30pm: 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. TheaterWorks, Hartford.

Wednesday, February 10:

9:15 – 10:15am: Valentine’s Day Cupcake Decorating Join us for a morning of decorating delicious cupcakes! Registering for this event entitles you to $5 off admission to Open Play running afterward. $25 per child. All ages. Parent participation is required. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

12 – 1pm: The Super Bowl: Advertising, Masculinity & Sports Culture Stowe Salons at Lunch meet monthly at Noon. We’re talking about social justice issues making news. Please join us and share your perspective and ideas for creating positive change in our city, state and nation. A great opportunity to network with other change makers. Bring your lunch or pick up food at the Nook Farm Nook next door at Mark Twain House & Museum. Free. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford.

{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.

Wednesday, February 10 – Sunday, February 14:

{Last Call} Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, 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 WWII, 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 11:

4:30 – 6pm: Valentine’s Day Chocolate Making Your little love with have a blast dipping all sorts off yummy foods in chocolate and packaging them in a fancy box! Drop off Ages 6-12, younger siblings welcome. $35 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

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5:30 – 8pm: Make a Valentine for Hartford! Join Hartford Preservation Alliance at Hartford rints for Happy Hour and make a Valentine for one of Hartford’s endangered historic buildings. Suggested donation: $25. Hartford Prints, Hartford.

6 – 8pm: BYOB and Paint a Pair of Champagne Flutes for Valentine’s Day Learn the art of painting on glass while designing a pair of champagne flutes with the help of talented Art Truck staff. We provide everything needed so you can enjoy a fun, creative evening with friends. BYOB and snacks and relax in our no-pressure studio filled with paints, stencils, paint pens and lots of fun samples. Our studio is your studio. $30 per person. The Art Truck Party Studio & Creativity Lounge, Glastonbury.

Thursday, February 11 – Sunday, February 14:

Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm and 7:30pm: Romeo & Juliet Director Darko Tresnjak follows up his spectacular production of Hamlet with Shakespeare’s most popular play. The intense feud between the Montague and Capulet families devastates the city of Verona and foreshadows tragic consequences for young Romeo and Juliet. Revenge, passion and a secret marriage lead the world’s most famous star-crossed lovers to a harrowing end. Runs until March 20. Hartford Stage, Hartford.

Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm: Love Notes Musical love tales and beautiful choreography take center stage in this program that will feature romantic selections and dancers, both human (dancers from the Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory) and puppet (created by the masterful minds of the UConn Puppet Arts Program). Visual artist Maria Rud will create astounding art right before your very eyes.  The program features works by Wagner, Prokofiev, Debussy, Saint-Saëns, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven. Bring your loved one for a special Valentines’ night out! Belding Theater at The Bushnell. Hartford.

Friday, February 12:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Let’s Celebrate Valentine’s Day Let’s celebrate this sweet holiday with some sweet treats! We will make red velvet whoopee pies and heart shaped fruit dipped in chocolate. Kids will also roll and decorate homemade truffles! Ages 2 -5. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

10 – 11am: Valentine’s Day Party Come celebrate Valentine’s Day with a party at the museum! We will play games, enjoy a treat, meet an animal, and make a card for someone you love. Enjoy the activity stations at your own pace. Let’s all wear red and pink too! Ages 2-5 with caregiver. $6 per non-member. Lutz Children’s Museum, Manchester.

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4 – 5pm: Valentine’s Day Celebration Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the ones you love: your friends at LCM of course! Join us for a fun-filled hour of activities, games, crafts, treats, and meeting an animal too. You can wear red or pink to be festive. Ages 4-10 with a caregiver. $6 per non-member. Lutz Children’s Museum, Manchester.

5:30 – 8:30pm: Parent’s Night Out! Need an evening without the kids? My Gym’s Parents’ Night Out gives our parents the opportunity to take a well-deserved break. Go out for a night on the town feeling confident that your little ones are safe and having the time of their lives with their favorite My Gym teachers. This incredible evening for your children is filled with a variety of fun games, rides and activities, and they won’t want the night to end! And don’t worry about food – we’ll take care of that too! Ages 2.5 and up. Non-Members pay $40 per child, half off siblings! My Gym, Enfield.

6pm: Darwin Day – Natural Selection February 12, 2016 is International Darwin Day. Ever since Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species it has changed our view of biology, cosmology and the scientific process. We’ll honor Charles Darwin’s work with a showing of the visually stunning Natural Selection. Witness the thrill of scientific discovery by seeing the world through Darwin’s eyes, make observations of exotic natural scenery and let the pieces of the scientific puzzle slowly but surely fall into place. Follow Darwin’s reasoning to reveal this simple and beautiful mechanism that explains the evolution of life on Earth. Using the dome we’ll will also learn the basics of navigation and how sailors and explorers have used the stars to travel across great distances just as Darwin did on his voyage. In addition, we’ll features some fun hands-on activities and live interaction during the show. Recommended ages: 8 and up. Glastonbury Planetarium, Glastonbury.

6 – 8pm: Valentine’s Day Workshop Let’s make a special treat for a special someone! This workshop will be held in 30 minute intervals. Each child will create half dozen chocolate covered strawberries with yummy toppings. In addition, you will be able to create a personalized Valentine’s Day greeting card! Ages 4-12. $10 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

6 – 10pm: Valentine’s Day Parents’ Night Out Celebrate your Valentine’s Day with no kids and no worries. Canton Parks and Recreation is providing an evening of activities for your kids while you enjoy a night out. Kids will be supervised and entertained for the evening with arts and crafts, games and more! Valentine snacks and refreshments included. Ages 5-13. $25per child. Canton Community Center, Canton.

6:30 – 8pm: Therapeutic Thai Massage for Couples Thai massage and partner yoga combined can enrich our relationships, deepen our connection and help us feel more radiant and open-hearted. Therapeutic Thai massage is a yoga-like form of bodywork practiced fully-clothed on a mat. We will explore a Massage sequence which can be practiced almost anywhere with minimal equipment, and incorporate a fun and easy series of partner yoga practices. Students will both give and receive Thai massage as we embrace lightheartedness, grounding, and loving-kindness. Supporting our partner through Thai Massage we will be guided into some opening therapeutic stretches. Learn how you and your partner can ease each others tensions, cleanse and align the body, mind, heart & practice metta & love and kindness with each other through Partner Thai Massage. $24 per person. Yoga Center of Collinsville, Collinsville.

6:30 – 9pm: Mommy Son Valentine Dance Mom, bring out your best dress, have your son(s) put on his best clothes, and come enjoy desserts, games, dancing and a photo booth! Ideal for ages 5-12 years old. Adults $10, youth $5. Boys & Girls Club of Bristol Family Center, Bristol.

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{PTO} 8 – 11pm: Museum After Dark: Mardi Gras Enjoy a drink with friends, explore our galleries and special exhibitions, dance to local musicians and DJs, and unwind in a creative environment. M.A.D. Mardi Gras will include tracks spun by DJ zErp, live music from River City Slim and the Zydeco Hogs, and food available for purchase from The Cheese Truck and Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes. Admission includes entrance to our galleries and special exhibits, music, dancing, and beer and wine. $25 per person. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

Friday, February 12 – Saturday, February 13:

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{Last Call} 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? Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, Berlin.

{Last Call} Friday – Saturday at 8pm: 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. Free parking is available in the Chestnut Street garage next to the new police station. Hole in the Wall Theater, New Britain.

Friday, February 12 – Sunday, February 14:

Friday from 12 – 8pm, Saturday from 10am – 7pm and Sunday from 10am – 5pm: 19th Annual Fishing & Hunting Show Bring the whole Family for a fun filled day of entertainment! Fly casting lessons, kids bass casting competition by The Connecticut Bass Federation, Archery Range plus hunting safety information. There will be hundreds of booths lining the aisles containing the latest products for both fishing and hunting enthusiasts.  Learn about the newest equipment from some of the top manufacturers and reps, retail vendors, public service exhibits, charter boat captains, plus fishing boats and more! Adults $12, children $4, under 5 are free. Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford.

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Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Boeing Boeing Bernard, living in Paris, is engaged to Gabriella…and to Gloria…and to Gretchen. With his housekeeper reluctantly playing romantic air-traffic controller, he successfully juggles three gorgeous flight attendant fiancées. But when a new double-speed Super Boeing arrives and changes flight schedules, we quickly learn that one woman is all Bernard can handle! Fasten your seatbelts for the Tony Award-winning comedy! Runs until 2/21. $19 for General Seating. Little Theatre of Manchester at Cheney Hall, Manchester.

Saturday, February 13:

9:30 – 10:30am: Let’s Celebrate Valentine’s Day Let’s celebrate this sweet holiday with some sweet treats! We will make red velvet whoopee pies and heart shaped fruit dipped in chocolate. Kids will also roll and decorate homemade truffles! Ages 2 -5. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

10am: Open House Located on a unique mountaintop site in Avon, Talcott Mountain Academy (TMA) is a co-educational, independent day school for students in grades K-8. Since 1983, TMA has offered an exciting, multi-faceted and integrated curriculum which is dedicated to preparing intellectually excited young people for a full and productive life in a technologically-oriented world. Our diverse student body is racially and culturally mixed, and the ratio of students to teachers is less than 8:1. Experience the TMA difference first hand. RSVP. Talcott Mountain Academy, Avon.

10 – 11am: Valentine The Clown Valentine will entertain children with Valentine stories, silly games and face painting. Refreshments will be served. Space will be limited to 40 children with parents. $6 per child. Registration is required. Town Hall Auditorium, Burlington.

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10am – 4pm: Make a Valentine Children will create a Valentine Giving Tree for Mom or Dad that can be treasured for years. Create a Valentine for the one you love! Older children and adults can make a Rustic Valentine Wall Hanging that is sure to make anyone feel loved! $10 per person. Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center, Bristol.

10am – 4pm: Open Cockpit Day Get up close and personal as you climb aboard selected aircraft from our incredible collection. From helicopters to jets this is your chance to take the stick, check the instruments and create your imagination-powered adventure. Open aircraft include the Vietnam War era “Huey” helicopter; the North American F-100 Super Sabre jet fighter; the Coast Guard HH-52 rescue helicopter; the Lockheed F-104C Starfighter, and many more. Visitors can also meet a re-enactor portraying Professor Silas Brooks from 11am to 3pm, Connecticut’s most famous aeronaut who first flew over Hartford in a giant hot air balloon in 1854. Brooks became nationally known and made over 180 balloon flights before retiring from the skies in 1894, nine years before the Wright Brothers first flight. Brook’s 1854 balloon basket is on display at the museum, and is the nation’s oldest aviation artifact. Visitors can also experience our spectral imaging mini-theater in which Brooks travels through time to observe a century of aviation innovation in Connecticut. From hot air ships to the space age, it’s all here at the New England Air Museum! In addition, visitors can also participate in hands-on activities, take a flying lesson on the Flight Sim Spot high tech flight simulators or fly the Ercoupe full-motion flight simulator built from a real aircraft. The event will be held inside the Museum’s three large, heated display hangars. Sneakers or rubber-soled shoes are recommended. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks.

11am: Hartford Art Sled Derby Build a one of a kind artistic snow sled and get together with a few hundred of your closest friends! Share, encourage, and cheer each other on as we all go sledding together! Here’s how to build an Art Sled. Step 1: Grab an already existing sled, or anything that will slide on the snow. Step 2: Be Creative! Add decorations, sculpture, lights, flags, banners, fabric, construction, anything you want! Step 3: Bring your Art Sled to the park. Step 4: Slide down the Hill! There will be judges and awards, in many different categories, we’re open to suggestions. Elizabeth Park Overlook on Prospect Ave, Hartford.

11am – 1pm: Valentine Crafts for Kids Gather up your littlest loves and head over to Hartford Prints! for our Valentine’s Day edition of Crafts for Kids. Kids can create their own special Valentines while mom and dad take a minute to do grab some Valentines of their own. All supplies included; $5 suggested donation. Hartford Prints, Hartford.

1 – 2:30pm: History Bites: Chocolate! Chocolate has a long and ancient history, including an association with love. Here’s your opportunity to learn about chocolate in all its wonderful aspects AND make an assortment of chocolate truffles to  give to your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day! We’ll also taste different varieties of hot chocolate. $12 per person. Registration required. Stanley Whitman House, Farmington.

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2:30pm: Zula Patrol – Down to Earth While on a routine fossil-hunting expedition, The Zula Patrol turns up evidence that the villainous Deliria Delight has been travelling back in time to Earth’s prehistoric past to illegally dump her company’s toxic trash. The Zula Patrollers must find and catch her, before her actions cause catastrophic consequences. In the process, our heroes learn all about the formation and development of Earth, and the life forms who call it home. Recommended ages: 5 – 8 and their families. Glastonbury Planetarium, Glastonbury.

4 – 5:30pm: Partner Yoga With the assistance of our partners, we’ll playfully take turns within yoga postures to help deepen our experience. We’ll also learn postures to be in together using our bodies and sense of balance to support one another with ease. Bring a loved one, friend or family member! Partner yoga is a wonderful, easy way to deepen your own sensitivity to one another. Stay after class for a glass of wine, some snacks, and social time together. $24 per person. Yoga Center of Collinsville, Collinsville.

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5:30 – 8:30pm: Kids 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. $35 per child, discount for siblings. Romp n’ Roll, Wethersfield.

5:30 – 9pm: Valentines Day Parent’s Night Out! Join us for tons of the fun!  Open gym, games, pizza, and a big screen movie!  Don’t forget to bring a pillow and a blanket to cuddle up with during the movie. For children 4 years and older (children need not be currently enrolled). Cost: $40 per child. Discount for siblings. The Gymnastics Training Center, Simsbury.

6 – 7:30pm: Let’s Celebrate Valentine’s Day! Let’s celebrate this sweet holiday with some sweet treats! We will make red velvet whoopee pies and heart shaped fruit dipped in chocolate. Kids will also roll and decorate homemade truffles! Ages 6 – 12. $25 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

7:30pm: Romancing the Stars Celebrate Valentine’s Day by learning some of the many love stories told in the tapestry of the stars of the night sky.  Hear the heroic story of Perseus and Andromeda, the Japanese story of Orihime and Hikoboshi, and the classic Native American tale of Algon and the Pleiades. Feel the romance between Orion and Artemis and the jealous love of Zeus and Callisto. Join us under the stars for romance, storytelling and myth. Recommended ages: 9 and up. Glastonbury Planetarium, Glastonbury.

8pm: Titanic This show will not sink! We know, we know, you’ve heard THAT one before, but this time we mean it. You’ve seen the movie, maybe it made it you laugh, cry, cringe or all three. Now see our spin on it. In this original sketch show, our hearts will go on as writers and actors from Sea Tea Improv & the CT Improv community bring to life scenes that were perhaps just outside of James Cameron’s original scope for the movie. If you’re one of those “I’ve never seen Titanic” types, then take our word for it, this is exactly how things went down. The movie was rated PG-13, the show is too. $10 tickets. HartBeat Ensemble’s Carriage House Theater, Hartford.

8 – 10:30pm: Live Music, Wine Glass Painting and Optional Wine & Dessert Tasting Join us for a special event where you can create two hand-painted wine glasses for your Valentine or yourself!  You can even personalize them with a monogram if you choose.  The cost is $30.00 per person and includes 2 all purpose traditional wine glasses, an artist to help guide you along the way and a special treat of enjoying the sounds of live acoustic folk music by Trin and Travis.  Pre-registration required.  Grab your spouse, date or your girlfriends and enjoy a relaxing evening of art, wine and live music! Optional Wine Tasting and desserts – wine tasting and desserts will be offered for an additional $15 per person should you choose to enhance your evening.  Walk-in’s welcome! Just want to chill out and enjoy relaxing acoustic music?  Stop by anytime between 8-10pm to check out Trin and Travis Acoustic folk music. Doors open at 7:30pm. Wine glass instruction begins at 8pm. $30 per person. Scene Art Bar, Unionville.

Saturday, February 13 – Sunday, February 14:

10am – 4pm: Open Sugarhouse at Northwest Park Learn the art and skill of maple sugaring from Chuck Drake, our sugarhouse expert. Admission is free. Reoccurs Saturday-Sunday until 3/26. Northwest Park, Windsor.

Sunday, February 14:

9 – 10am: Yoga for Couples A yoga session for couples, to celebrate together a special Valentine’s day. The basic definition of yoga is yoke or union — the work of uniting your mind, body and spirit. The benefits of practicing yoga with a partner are endless, including improved levels of communication, deeper expressions of postures and the encouragement of trust. $20. Culteavo, Unionville.

10:30am – 12pm: Valentine’s Day Chocolate Fondue Party Because what’s better than dipping stuff in chocolate? All ages. Parent participation required. $25 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

12 – 4 pm: The Annual Great Backyard Bird Count is a citizen science project that is easy and fun for all ages! Join us at the Barnes Nature Center as we count birds at our feeders and around our building.  We will keep a tally of the number of individual birds, by species, that we see throughout the day. The results will be entered on the board at the Center.  The information gathered by participants help scientists track changes in bird populations. Free. Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center, Bristol.

12:30 – 2:30pm: Valentine’s Family Day – Heart Tree Bring your kids, sweetheart, friends or come on your own for a step-by-step painting class along with music and lots of fun. We provide all of the paint and supplies you’ll need to make your masterpiece. The background and heart leaf colors of this fun and whimsical tree can be unique for each painting. Family members joining us can each leave with a unique creation and have a series of tree paintings of various colors to display at home. Our teaching artist will guide you, step-by-step, through the painting and will make sure that you stay on track and complete your masterpiece by the end of class. Our goal is for you to have fun, relax and enjoy – and our teaching artists love to help you make the painting uniquely yours! Doors open at 12pm. $20 per canvas. Scene Art Bar, Unionville.

1pm and 3pm: A SweetART Workshop to Celebrate Valentine’s Day Gather the family and head to our Glastonbury Studio & Creativity Lounge for a creative treat. Step up to our Valentine’s Photo Stage while wearing sweet & silly props. We’ll snap and print your family photo to take home in a hot pink or red frame. Next, paint edible artworks – two cookies and one marshmallow lollipop – to keep or give to your sweetheart. All ages are welcome. $25 per person. The Art Truck Party Studio & Creativity Lounge, Glastonbury.

1 – 3pm: Sweet ‘H’art’ Valentine’s Day Looking for a unique date idea for Valentine’s Day this year? Put the ’art’ in ’sweetheart’ and join us with your significant other in our galleries on February 14 for a private reception complete with lavish chocolate-covered strawberries, white caramel hot chocolate, champagne, and more. Following the reception will be a guided tour of works in our collection conveying love connections—guests will explore a variety of relationships in art. At 3 p.m. participants are welcomed to join our ongoing Sunday Music Series: this month will feature a special musical performance of love songs by Monika Krajewski and Natasha Ulyanovski. $30 for non-Members. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

2 – 2:45pm: Tea Pairing with Chocolate It is well known that chocolate is our friend in good and bad times, and that cocoa is rich in health benefits. When you pair chocolate with teas, you are in for a feast of antioxidants and vitamins, and the proper combination can enhance the taste of chocolate. Chocolate and tea lovers, don’t miss this event! RSVP. $15 per person. Culteavo, Unionville.

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4 – 6pm: Valentine’s Day Evening Open House Visit Hill-Stead Museum before Valentine’s Day dinner with your special someone! Enjoy a toast with sparkling wine in the carriage porch before you learn about Hill-Stead love stories from the past and view “objects of affection” on display just for Valentine’s Day. Included with the cost of admission. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington.

4 – 6:30pm: Art, Champagne & Chocolates Join us for a special Valentine’s Day Class where you will be inspired to create our couples Wine Pour painting accompanied by a complimentary glass of champagne and chocolates. For couples, the painting will be done on two separate canvases – one with the wine glass and the other with the bottle. This class is not just for couples – this painting can also be done on a single panel too. We provide all of the paint and supplies you’ll need to make your masterpiece. Doors open at 3:30pm. $35 per person. Scene Art Bar, Unionville.

4 – 5:30pm: Chi Massage for Couples Join us for a fun and relaxing afternoon where you will learn how to feel your Qi (life force energy) activate your healing touch, and learn how to give your partner a deeply relaxing, energy balancing acupressure massage. You and your partner will enjoy learning and practicing several qigong methods that include: •Basic qigong exercises to calm your mind and melt away tension while energizing your body, fun Qi-feeling experiments to activate your healing touch, and techniques to give your partner a deeply relaxing and total body energy balancing treatment. No experience necessary. Dress comfortably and bring your love, a yoga mat, and some water. $24 per person. Yoga Center of Collinsville, Collinsville.

6:30 – 8pm: Partner Yoga Join Kathy and Jessie for a playful and relaxing evening of connection. Through movement, music, breath, play and touch, you and your partner will share an amazing experience of trust, communication and intimacy in a different way. Partner Yoga is a great way to strengthen a bond and dig deeper into a relationship. This style of practice explores and invites awareness, openness, patience, communication, and balance surrounding your relationship. No previous yoga experience is required; bring a friend, a loved one, a sibling or anyone you feel a connection with or want to begin or deepen a connection with. $45 per couple. Be.Yoga, Avon.

Monday, February 15:

8am – 4pm: Lights! Color! Science! “Hue” wants to investigate colors? We do! Explore the color spectrum, including those we normally cannot see. Take a spin on the color wheel and become a mixing master. Wear your brightest colors and come have a psychedelic time! Ages 6 – 12. $68 per child. $3 discount for Hartford employees. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford.

8am – 5pm: Preschool Camp: A Winter Wonderland Enjoy the beauty of winter without the cold. Create snowy landscapes that sparkle, learn about critters that love the cold and, if the weather permits, paint some snow. Campers will also enjoy a popular winter-themed Planetarium show. $85 per child. The New Children’s Museum, West Hartford.

8:45 – 4pm: Vacation Science Camp: Desert Animals Many of the animals living in our animal sanctuary can be found in deserts around the world. Campers will meet our fennec foxes, bearded  dragons, desert tortoises, blue tonged skinks and learn about the adaptations that allow them to live in the desert. Children in grades 1-5. $70 per child. The New Children’s Museum, West Hartford.

9am – 12pm: President’s Day Camp My Gym camp is simply the best! Children participate in energizing fitness games, noncompetitive gymnastics, arts and crafts, music and so much more. Each camp program is uniquely designed to keep your children moving and active, as we emphasize physical development and personal success. Our themes and programs change daily, so no two camp days at My Gym are ever the same. $40 per child. My Gym, West Hartford.

9am – 12pm: Knit, Knit, Knit! Spool knitting, finger knitting, and knit and purl! Basic knitting stiches to make a scarf and/or belt. All materials are provided. The museum offers this series of workshops for kids during February school vacation week. The program fee is $25 per child, per workshop. Bring a bagged lunch when registering kids for both sessions! We are a peanut free facility. Please pack your child a snack. Registration is required. Noah Webster House, West Hartford.

9am – 12pm: Nature Carnival Fun with snow and ice, animal tracking and; depending upon weather conditions, snowshoeing or even maple sugaring will be part of this two-day vacation program. Grades K-5. $40 per child. Reoccurs on 2/16.

9:30am – 5pm: President’s Day Join us in celebrating President’s Day! We will be open all day with three floors to explore! Children will learn about this holiday and our country’s leaders.  A variety of educational activities will be held throughout the day in the studios. Imagine Nation Museum, Bristol.

10am – 4pm: Candle-Dipping Entertain your children on Presidents’ Day  with Candle-Dipping at Windsor Historical Society. The Society’s Hands-On-History Learning Center will be open, and you can use your engineering skills to build toothpick and marshmallow structures. Afterwards, explore the totally-touchable Strong-Howard House, take a Scavenger Hunt through our main exhibit galleries, and view Layers of Home, an exhibition created by Windsor High School students. $6 adults, $4 children or $12 per family. Windsor Historical Society, Windsor.

10am – 5pm: Open for President’s Day Connecticut Science Center, Hartford.

11am – 3pm: President’s Day at NEAM The New England Air Museum will hold family fun school vacation week programs from through February 21st. A variety of activities will be offered daily including hands-on Build and Fly Challenges, open cockpit experiences aboard real aircraft, aircraft quests, and more! The Museum’s Flight Sim Spot will also be open daily between 11am and 3pm. The Flight Sim Spot allows visitors to use state-of-the-art simulators using real cockpit controls and suitable for ages 8 and up. In addition, docents will be on hand to interact with the visitors. Additional activities are scheduled for the following days: Aero Modeling Workshop Build and fly an AMA Delta Dart model airplane with help from our expert aero modelers. Requires the purchase of a $5 Delta Dart kit. Modelers must be age 10 or older. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks.

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12 – 3pm: Family Day with Arts for Learning Connecticut The Museum presents a fun and educational Family Day partnered with Arts for Learning Connecticut! The event will provide a variety of art activities for children of all ages and is free with Museum admission. Included with the cost of admission. Included with the cost of admission. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

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1 – 3pm & 3 – 5pm: Drop-in Gym Time Children ages 11 and up can enjoy some drop in gym time. $10 per child. The Mandell JCC Valley Sports & Community Center, Canton.

1 – 4pm: No Sew Blanket & Pillow Making Create a fleece tie blanket to keep you warm and your own no sew pillow out of material and stuffing. Personalize it with decorations that you make. The museum offers this series of workshops for kids during February school vacation week. The program fee is $25 per child, per workshop. Bring a bagged lunch when registering kids for both sessions! We are a peanut free facility. Please pack your child a snack. Registration is required. Noah Webster House, West Hartford.

1:30pm: The Family Tour A hands-on experience for kids 5-12 with an adult. Learn how Stowe’s words changed the world and how you can too! $12 per person. $5 per fifth person and greater (up to 10). Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford.

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! Check back often as we update on the regular.