THINGS TO DO! Week of November 20 to November 26

Gobble Gobble Y’all!  It’s  Thanksgiving week! 

Most of us will see the kids home early on Wednesday; and they’ll be home for a long weekend until Monday.  Of course, Thursday will have us all busy. Since I normally post my weekend schedule on Thursdays, I decided to take a little holiday myself. As such, this THINGS TO DO schedule runs from Monday through next Sunday.  I will not be posting my usual weekend post on Thursday.  So, you’ll be able to make all your holiday weekend plans ahead of time! 

You’ll find less library activities this week because of the holiday; but open play is still up and running at most places during the first half of the week. And then starting Friday, you will see there are TONS of Christmas activities including sightings of Santa every where.  

I will be publishing my Holiday Guide in the next couple of days. It will include tons of ideas for celebrating the season.  Watch for that soon! 

Monday, November 20, 2017

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

From 10 a.m. to 2 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 10:30 a.m., children ages birth to 4 are invited to play and have fun with new friends during this one hour of free play. Drop in. See our Blog Post.

At 10:30 a.m., drop in for a half hour of songs, movement and rhymes with your children, ages birth to 24 months. Drop in. See our Blog Post.

                                     

Tuesday, November 21, 2017  

From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., bring your little ones (crawlers to age 4) for an open play session with ball pits, bounce house, climbing toys and much more! Admission is just $5 per child! See our Blog Post.

From 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., the playgroup is open to all children ages 0 to 6. Children are free to explore the gym, play and socialize with other children. The cost is $5 per child. See our  Blog Post.

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

At 10:30 a.m., enjoy stories, songs and rhymes in Spanish! All ages.Drop in. See our Blog Post.

At 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m., bring in your favorite stuffed animal to get a free check-up by our vet staff and learn how you can protect and care for other animals!  Free for museum members and with general admission. See our Blog Post.

At 10:30 a.m., drop in for stories, songs, finger plays and a craft. For ages 3 to 5. See our Blog Post.

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

At 10:30 a.m., drop in for a storytime with stories, songs, a short book-related movie, a snack and a special craft. For ages 3 and up. 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 1 p.m., drop in for a new program for children 2 and up. This drop in program will incorporate fun activities STEAM concepts. See our Blog Post.

 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

From 10 a.m. to 2 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., learn the differences between different habitats. For ages 2 to 3. Included with museum admission. See our Blog Post.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., children can bounce for only $10. Parents and children under 2 are free. Remember your socks! See our Blog Post

At 10 a.m., bring your curious little ones to explore a new theme every week. All ages welcome but best for 4 and under. Included with museum admission. See our Blog Post.

From 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., the playgroup is open to all children ages 0 to 6. Children are free to explore the gym, play and socialize with other children. The cost is $5 per child. See our  Blog Post.

At 11 a.m., learn about biomes and explore the animals and plants adapted to live there. For ages 3 to 5. Included with museum admission. See our Blog Post.

At 4 p.m., explore different biomes and learn about plans and animals, as well as the impact of humans. For ages 5 to 10. Included with museum admission. See our Blog Post.

From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., drive through the park and enjoy over 650,000 lights along the three mile drive. Enjoy admission for $6 per car TONIGHT ONLY.

 

Thursday, November 23, 2017

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! 

 

Friday, November 24, 2017

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

From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., bring your little ones (crawlers to age 4) for an open play session with ball pits, bounce house, climbing toys and much more! Admission is just $5 per child! 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 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 a.m. to 2 p.m., stop by to decorate a medal ribbon and write a thank you note that will be handed out at military bases and healthcare facilities.  A donation of $5 per medal covers all necessary supplies, printing and postage.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., enjoy a full day of fun with a Gingerbread House exhibit, art activities, a chance to meet the Grinch, storytimes and more! Free with museum admission.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., line the streets and watch the Cat in the Hat and a few of his inflatable friends lead the way for Santa who will be traveling on Springfield Fire Department’s Ladder #1. The parade steps off at Main Street and Lyman Street and proceeds down Main Street to Mill Street.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., stop by Tower Square and enjoy free entertainment including Tanglewood Marionettes, Hilby the German Juggle Boy, Magician David Garritty, Minion, Olaf the Snowman, Princesses Elsa & Anna, The Talking Tree, the Yuletide Carolers and the Springfield Boys & Girls Club’s Festival of Trees!

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Santa Claus will meet with children in a helicopter! Photos are encouraged, and each child will receive a special gift. There will also be special activity stations throughout the day, as well as a “Behind the Scenes” tour look of the Restoration Facility from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. See our Blog Post.

From 11:10 a.m. to 12:40 p.m., enjoy ice skating while the rink is open to the public!

At 3:45 p.m., see what you can build in an hour with Legos, Duplos, Keva Planks and Roominates! All ages. Drop in. See our Blog Post.

At 4 p.m., Santa Claus will make his first appearance of the season and will arrive on a truck from the Newington Fire Department. Join the Newington High School choir with special characters from Stew’s while Santa greets the children and hands out candy canes. Children will also enjoy complimentary cookies and cocoa. The tree will be lit at 5 p.m. Free. No registration required.

From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Quadrangle will sparkle and shimmer with this beautiful outdoor lights display! Santa will be making an appearance, as well as the Grinch. Enjoy train rides, holiday music, special exhibits, warm cider and cookies, and more!

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

 

Saturday, November 25, 2017  

From 9 a.m. to 10 a.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.

From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., bring the kids for this hands-on workshop where they can create holiday picture frame that doubles as a Christmas ornament!  All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Free. Register online

At 9 a.m., kick off the holidays with a full day of fun including carolers, wagon rides, magic shows, ballet performances of the Nutcracker and more! And of course, watch for the big moment when Santa arrives via helicopter at 10 a.m! See our Blog Post

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., enjoy special events all day including a chance to feed baby alpacas, performances by the Simsbury High Holiday Cabaret, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, free popcorn and refreshments all day and more!

From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., bring your little ones (crawlers to age 4) for an open play session with ball pits, bounce house, climbing toys and much more! Admission is just $5 per child! See our Blog Post.

At 10 a.m., come out to the farm all day and enjoy the alpacas, the new farm store and free refreshments! Bring the family!

At 10 a.m., drop in for stories, music and activities with the family. For ages 3 and up. 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 11 a.m., drop in for storytime and listen to the story: Everything is Mama. A fun activity will follow. Drop in. Free. Check your local store for storytime hours.  

At 11 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 2 p.m., enjoy a storytime with author Aaron Becker as he reads his book The Journey Trilogy. Free with museum admission. See our Blog Post.

From 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., enjoy a variety of events, culminating with a fireworks show on Iron Horse Boulevard.  Make sure to check out the event schedule to plan your night!

At 6:30 p.m., the parade steps off from the Tolland Senior Center, traveling up Route 74 through the Tolland Green and end at the old Parker School.  Refreshments, awards and a bonfire will follow after the parade.

 

Sunday, November 26, 2017   

From 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., enjoy a fun day on the farm including wagon rides. Reservations are being taken for the rides; and cost $5 per person.

From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., learn and have fun through hands-on play during Sensory Sunday. Activities may include sensory boxes, finger painting, playdough and more! All ages. Drop in.  See our Blog Post.

From 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., enjoy ice skating while the rink is open to the public!

At 4:30 p.m., the holiday season kicks off with the annual Trees in the Rigging Community Carol Sing and Boat Parade.  There will be a traditional, lantern lit carol stroll down Main Street, followed by a parade of vessel along the Connecticut River. The best viewing is from the lawn of the Connecticut River Museum. Santa and his elves will arrive by one of the parade boats to visit with the children on the lawn of the museum.

 

 

 

 

 

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