Things to Do! July 17, 2017 – July 23, 2017

The month of July is flying by! I looked at my summer bucket list a few days ago, and basically, we are still stuck on that first goal. We’ve checked a few things off our list, but I feel like it’s been a crazy month of potty training, way too much stormy weather, and just not enough time to enjoy the fun things in life! I have all these great ideas, and then it rains…  Rain is good, right? 

Many events last week were canceled though because of the rain, but a few reappear this week. There are also plenty of places to play inside, including your local library. Next weekend offers some great outdoor activities, and hopefully the weather cooperates! 

Blueberry season is still in full swing, so make sure you check out our guide. Many farms open in the early morning, so you can in and out of the fields before the heat really kicks in. You can always find a splash pad to cool off at afterwards!  

Enjoy the week everyone! 


*Remember to always verify and confirm the dates/times of an event either through the website link provided, by Facebook, or by phone. 

**I’ve added a dollar sign ($) symbol next to activities that either cost, or are included in a general admission price.  (Activities like farmer’s markets and carnivals that offer free admission are not included, since spending money on items or food is at your discretion!!)

Monday July 17, 2017  

At 10 a.m., enjoy a fun film with the kids for just $1 per person. This week, the movie will be Hotel Transylvania 2 (rated PG).

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., open play is available for everyone. The cost is $10 per child and adults are free with a child. Adults are only allowed with kids under 12. See our Blog Post       

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., children can bounce for only $9. Parents and children under 2 are free. Remember your socks! See our Blog Post   

At 10:30 a.m., children ages 0 to 4 will have a chance to explore Duplos, blocks and STEM toys during this hour long playgroup. Drop in. See our Blog Post.

At 10:30 a.m., children ages birth to 24 months will enjoy songs, movements and rhymes at this special rhyme time. Drop in. See our Blog Post.

At 10:30 a.m., drop in (or register) for this art class where children can learn to express creativity using varied art materials. Admission is $9 for non-members ($7 for members). For ages 6 to 8.

At 10:30 a.m., children will be introduced to sounds, letter recognition and new words that will help your toddler grow into a reader. There will be stories, finger plays, songs, sign language, games, and a simple craft. For ages 2 to 3. Drop in. See our Blog Post.

At 10:30 a.m., drop in (or register) for this art class where children can discover art, listen to stories and explore elements of art. Admission is $7 for non-members ($5 for members). For ages 3 to 5.

At 11 a.m., enjoy a storytime aboard a trolley, followed by a trolley ride! All ages are welcome. Included with museum admission. See our Blog Post.

From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., stop by this wonderful weekly market for your fresh veggies, breads, cheeses, gelato and more! See our Blog Post.

At 7:05 p.m., Hartford takes on Bowie at this home game in the new stadium. Enjoy a free baseball cap for the first 2,000 fans. Buy your tickets now! See our Blog Post.

                                                                                                           

Tuesday July 18, 2017

From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., enjoy 59¢ anniversary pancakes (short stack) all day long. Dine in only.

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., stop by this weekly market in West Hartford Center for locally grown produce and other goods. See our Blog Post.

At 10 a.m., enjoy a classic, multi-cultural show with completely original tales! Admission is $4 for adults, $5 for children, and free for kids 2 and under. See our Blog Post.

At 10 a.m., children ages 2 and 3 will explore dream-like paintings and collages from artists such as Dali, Ernst and Arp, and more. Drop in. Included with museum admission. See our Blog Post.

From 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m., children ages 3 to 5 years are welcome to attend this story hour with songs, movement activities and several stories. Parents are asked to wait in the Children’s area. Drop in and open to the public! Drop in. See our Blog Post.

At 10:15 a.m., enjoy live music, nursery rhymes, finger plays and a read aloud. For infants and babies. Drop in. See our Blog Post.

At 10:15 a.m., enjoy rhymes, songs, activities and books in this storytime for children ages birth to 35 months. Drop in. Blog Post.

At 10:30 a.m., enjoy storytime and a special craft with your child. Free. 

At 10:30 a.m., enjoy a toddler friendly story time followed by a craft. Storytime is held in the food court. Free event. All children will go home with a free book.

At 10:30 a.m., enjoy stories, songs, finger plays and more. For ages 3 to 5. Drop-in. See our Blog Post.

At 10:30 a.m., children ages 2 to 6 can join this weekly session of stories, movement activities and simple crafts. Drop in. See our Blog Post.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., toddler time is a special indoor bounce time for the littles. This is for children ages 6 and under. The cost is $10 for one child and parent for one hour of jump time. Additional children are $8 for one hour.

At 11 a.m., children ages 3 to 5 will explore dream-like paintings and collages from artists such as Dali, Ernst and Arp, and more.. Drop in. Included with museum admission. See our Blog Post.

At 11 a.m., enjoy live music, nursery rhymes, finger plays and a read aloud. For toddlers up to 36 months. Drop in. See our Blog Post.

At 11:30 a.m., enjoy books, songs, rhymes, and a small craft with your child ages 3 to 5. Drop in. Blog Post.

From 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. (note the reduced hours for the holiday), stop by this great market for dairy products, vegetables, and more. Admission to the park is free for Market attendees. See our Blog Post.

At 1 p.m., escape the heat and come watch The Princess and the Frog! Free with museum admission.

At 2 p.m., children will enjoy fairy tales, dragon stories and activities. Ages 3 and up. Drop in. See our Blog Post.

From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., children can bounce for only $9. Parents and children under 2 are free. Remember your socks! See our Blog Post

At 2 p.m., drop in for a special showing of Despicable Me 2 (PG). Popcorn provided; bring your own resealable drink. See our Blog Post.

At 2:30 p.m., tackle a fun engineering challenge using different materials. For grades K-5. Drop in. Blog Post.

From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., stop by Clemens Green for this weekly event to get your fresh vegetables and fruit, plus much more! See our Blog Post.

From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., stop by this weekly market for local grown produce, music and more! See our Blog Post.

At 7:05 p.m., Hartford takes on Bowie at this home game in the new stadium. Enjoy a free coffee mug for the first 3,000 fans, as well as a chance to meet Police Pup and Fire Pup from Paw Patrol and a game of Baseball Bingo. Buy your tickets now! See our Blog Post.

 

Wednesday July 19, 2017

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., open play is available for everyone. The cost is $10 per child and adults are free with a child. Adults are only allowed with kids under 12. See our Blog Post

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., children can bounce for only $9. Parents and children under 2 are free. Remember your socks! See our Blog Post

At 10:30 a.m., enjoy an active music enriched program for children under the age of 5. This will be a noisy half hour of songs, dance, and musical instruments. Drop in. Blog Post.

From 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., drop in for this unique creativity based art experience with clay, collage, paint, markers or pastels. For all ages. Drop in!  See our Blog Post.

At 10:30 a.m., enjoy this program of stories, songs, and movement. For ages 0 to 2. Drop in. See our Blog Post.

At 12:05 p.m., Hartford takes on Bowie at this home game in the new stadium. Enjoy a pennant giveaway for the first 4,000 kids. Buy your tickets now! See our Blog Post.

At 2:30 p.m., learn about the world around you and create fun and unique art projects. For grades K to 5. Drop in. Blog Post.

At 3 p.m., kids ages 5 and up will enjoy this comedian, juggler and magician show! A family fun event! Drop in. See our Blog Post.

From 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., enjoy music, swimming, volleyball, games, a sand castle contest and more! Prizes for the first 20 children in attendance! Pack your beach chairs, blankets and a picnic! Sponsored by the Suffield Parks & Recreation Department. FREE for residents. 

From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., stop by for music, crafters, farmers, bakers and a chance to say hi to Faith the Goat! See our Blog Post.

From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., stop by this weekly even to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables, handmade items, and so much more! See our Blog Post.

At 6 p.m., enjoy a movie and popcorn with the family at the library! Drop-in. See our Blog Post.

At 6:30 p.m., Windsor Federal Savings presents a special concert hosted by East Windsor Parks and Recreation and the Connecticut Trolley Museum.  Enjoy music, kids games, face painting and a great time. Free admission but donations are accepted.

At 6:30 p.m., enjoy Paris, the “Hip Hop Juggler” perform juggling, stunts, comedy and more! Free.

                                 

Thursday July 20, 2017

From 10 a.m. to 12 a.m., come skate, play with scooters, jump in the bounce house and play with other toys during this toddler time.  Admission is $6.75 for children, includes skate rental, use of bounce house, and a snack.  Parents are free, but if you want to rent skates, that will cost extra. See our Blog Post

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., open play is available for everyone. The cost is $10 per child and adults are free with a child. Adults are only allowed with kids under 12. See our Blog Post

From 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., children can bounce for only $9. Parents and children under 2 are free. Remember your socks! See our Blog Post

At 10 a.m., children ages 2 and 3 will explore dream-like paintings and collages from artists such as Dali, Ernst and Arp, and more. Drop in. Included with museum admission. See our Blog Post.

At 10:30 a.m., listen to stories, sing songs, watch a short movie, and do a special craft! For children ages 3 to 8. Drop in. See our Blog Post.

At 10:30 a.m., enjoy stories, sign language, bubbles and finger plays with your little one. After storytime, stay and play with other families. For ages 6 months to 24 months. Drop in. See our Blog Post.

At 10:30 a.m., children ages birth to 2 and a caregiver can enjoy board books, songs, finger plays and a gentle movement. Drop-ins welcome, space permitting. See our Blog Post.

At 11 a.m., stop by the Lower Level near Sears for fun and educational activities for children 12 and under, including art projects, science experiments, performers and more! Receive  a free t-shirt with registration (while supplies last)!

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., stop by this weekly market in West Hartford Center for locally grown produce and other goods. See our Blog Post.

At 11 a.m., children ages 3 to 5 will explore dream-like paintings and collages from artists such as Dali, Ernst and Arp, and more.. Drop in. Included with museum admission. See our Blog Post.

From 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., stop in to create a crab or design a beach towel! See our Blog Post.

From 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., stop by this weekly market for your local produce, meats, plants and more! See our Blog Post.

From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., come enjoy a Hawaiian Christmas celebration with photo ops on Santa’s sleigh, games, cookies and frozen chocolate milk Admission $8 per family (up to 6). See our Blog Post

From 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., enjoy children’s and family entertainment, food giveaways and more. Music by the Undercover starts at 7 p.m.

 

Friday July 21, 2017

Free Fun Fridays offers visitors no-cost admission to a number of museums and venues in Massachusetts all summer long.  This week, enjoy admission to eight different attractions including:

Tanglewood

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Fruitlands Museum, Harvard

From 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., meet at the pick your own apple building for a short wagon right to the blueberry patch, then read a book about all the types of berries grown on the farm. You’ll then get the chance to pick blueberries and do a fun activity! Admission is $10 per child/parent, $3 for each additional child; 12 months and under are Free. Registration is appreciated.

At 9:30 a.m., enjoy simple stories, songs, movement, finger plays, open playtime and art with your little ones, ages 12 to 24 months. Drop in. See our Blog Post.

From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., children ages 3 and up can create a masterpiece with blocks! Drop-in. See our Blog Post.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., open play is available for everyone. The cost is $10 per child and adults are free with a child. Adults are only allowed with kids under 12. See our Blog Post

At 10 a.m., children ages 2 and 3 will explore dream-like paintings and collages from artists such as Dali, Ernst and Arp, and more. Drop in. Included with museum admission. See our Blog Post.

From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., come meet parents and other kids for this fun play time with toys and books. Also held at 10:30 is the baby rhyme time for ages 0 to 2. No registration required, just drop in. See our Blog Post.

From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., drop in for some outdoor play! For ages 0 to 6 with a caregiver. See our Blog Post.

From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., children can bounce for only $9. Parents and children under 2 are free. Remember your socks! See our Blog Post

From 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., drop in for science Fridays and borrow a discovery kit to tinker around with. For children ages 3 to 10 with their families. Drop in. See our Blog Post.

At 10:30 a.m., enjoy stories, songs and summer fun. For ages 4 and up. Drop in!  See our Blog Post.

At 11 a.m., fast forward through the evolution of transportation from trolleys to automobiles to high speed trains.  Included with museum admission. See our Blog Post.

At 11 a.m., children ages 3 to 5 will explore dream-like paintings and collages from artists such as Dali, Ernst and Arp, and more.. Drop in. Included with museum admission. See our Blog Post.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., toddler time is a special indoor bounce time for the littles. This is for children ages 6 and under. The cost is $10 for one child and parent for one hour of jump time. Additional children are $8 for one hour.

At 12 p.m., step inside the Winged Wonders Butterfly House and enjoy the world of butterflies! Every Friday, watch a butterfly be released! Included with museum admission. See our Blog Post.

At 1 p.m., enjoy a marionette show about the Hansel & Gretel. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Free with museum admission.

At 1 p.m., the library will be hosting a family film! Drop in. See our Blog Post.

 At 7 p.m., enjoy storytime and a special craft with your child. Free. 

At sunset, enjoy a free showing of The Princess Bride

At 8:30 p.m., come watch BFG.  Free.

 

Saturday July 22, 2017  

All day enjoy selfies with Santa, free crafts and cookies with Mrs. Claus, free holiday sleigh rides, spin the wheel games and more! See our Blog Post.                        

From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., come on out and cheer on your favorite K-9 team, or teams, from local Police departments, the State Police and the Department of Corrections! Free admission (donations accepted).

From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., come shop at this weekly market with locally grown product, crafts and more! See our Blog Post.

From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., stop by and shop at this great weekly market for your breads, vegetables, fruit, and more! See our Blog Post.

From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., children ages 5 and under can enjoy jumping on the trampolines and in the foam pit, with a parent. Cost is $10 per child, accompanying parent is free. See our  Blog Post.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., stop by this great weekly event for your fruits and vegetable needs, plus grab some baked goodies, plants, fresh meat, and more. This week, celebrate Kids Week with pony rides, a bounce house, a fire truck display, a visit from the Yard Goats mascot and Beauty & the Beast. See our Blog Post.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., drop in and build with different supplies to foster creativity and problem solving skills. Leave your creations to be displayed in the children’s library for the week. For children in grades K-6. Drop in. See our Blog Post.

At 11 a.m., come listen to the story, What Do You Do With a Problem?, and enjoy a fun craft. Free.

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., celebrate the 103th birthday of the Bushnell Park Carousel with family entertainment, birthday cake, and free rides on the carousel all day. There will be face painting, music, carving and painting demonstrations, miniature train rides around Bushnell Park, magicians, balloon twisters and costumed characters (some activities will cost a nominal fee). 

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., celebrate Laura Ingalls Wilder with hands-on activities which hark back to those in the lives of pioneers in the 1800s. Admission is $10 and children must be accompanied by an adult. 

At 11 a.m., take a break from the heat and enjoy the Dog Days of Summer party with magician Ed Popielarcyzk. Free.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., stop by this weekly market for your vegetables and fruits, as well as baked goods and more! See our Blog Post.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy a magical show with Malik the Magic Guy throughout the day! Included with museum admission.

At 1 p.m., drop in with the family for a special showing of the film, The Lego Batman Movie (PG). Children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult. See our Blog Post.

At 2 p.m., enjoy a reading by Deborah Freedman of her books, Shy and This House, Once, followed by a special art activity. Free with museum admission. See our Blog Post.

 

Sunday July 23, 2017 

All day enjoy selfies with Santa, free crafts and cookies with Mrs. Claus, free holiday sleigh rides, spin the wheel games and more! See our Blog Post.                        

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., stop by for some local produce and other great items at this popular weekly market! See our Blog Post.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., shop at this popular and well-loved farmers’ market for vegetables, fruits, breads, meats and more. Make sure to save your appetite for lunch at a food truck! See our Blog Post.

At 12 p.m., come make your own ice cream treat while supplies last. Sponsored by Imperial Oil & Plumbing.

From 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Holyoke Fire Department, Holyoke Police Department, Holyoke Gas & Electric, Action Ambulance and Holyoke Medical Center combine to bring trucks, vehicles, ambulance, safety information and lots of fun for the family. 

From 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., stop by the Enfield Historical Society on Route 5 for a chance to meet some barnyard friends. Free.

At 2 p.m., enjoy a reading by Heather Preusser of her book, A Symphony of Cowbells. Free with museum admission. See our Blog Post.

At 3 p.m., kids of all ages are invited to enjoy a special story from the Book Nook. See our Blog Post.                        

 

 

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