Things to Do! Weekend Edition: December 15, 2017 – December 17, 2017

We’re in the home stretch!

Only 10 more days until Christmas!

But the holiday events still continue to roll in! You’ll find plenty of Santa sightings, holiday events and winter festivities throughout the region.  And if this list isn’t enough, you can find the regularly occurring events in our Holiday Guide

Of course, this recent blast of cold air is a good reminder of all the indoor fun you can have in this area- there are plenty of activities this weekend to keep you inside and warm! And you can find even more here!

I will be posting one more special holiday review tomorrow – to help my last minute friends find a Christmas Tree!  

Next week, I will post a full week calendar on Sunday to get you through to December 24, along with a special guide later in the week to help you survive winter break will also be coming. But then I will be taking a little holiday break from posting on the blog! There are cookies that need baking, presents that need wrapping and mommy’s sanity is about to go out the window! ‘Tis the season! 

Enjoy this last weekend before the holidays! 

 

Friday, December 15, 2017

At 9:30 a.m., enjoy simple stories, songs, movement, finger play, open playtime and art. For ages 12 to 24 months. 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

From 10 a.m. to 12 p.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 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 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 this inclusive playgroup for children of all abilities featuring sensory play, fine and gross motor activities, and social skill building. For all ages. Drop in. See our Blog Post.

At 10:30 a.m., babies and toddlers will enjoy reading, singing, playing and rhyming during this storytime. For ages 0 to 2. 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.

From 11 a.m. to 12 p.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 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., meet at Luanns to coordinate groups and then head out with Ellington High School Choir to sing to seniors in the community. Make sure to come back to the bakery for coffee, punch and cookies!

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

 

Saturday, December 16, 2017  

From 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., enjoy a free breakfast brought to you by Enfield High School and JFK Middle School.  Santa will also be there for pictures! Please consider bringing a donation of a non-perishable item for the Enfield Food Shelf and Loaves & Fishes.

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 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., enjoy a breakfast buffet and a chance to visit with Santa. Adults are $7 and children under 12 are $3. Tickets available by calling Troiano Oil or stopping by in person; or can be purchased at the door.

At 10 a.m., children ages 3 and up with at least one adult family member are invited to enjoy stories, music and activities! Drop in. See our Blog Post.

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., come dressed to impress with your ugly sweater gear. There will be contests, food sampling, raffles and more! See our Blog Post.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Santa is coming to TSI for photos, gifts and more!

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy a full day of exhibits, BINGO, meet and greet with the Grinch and Santa, and fun in Playland. Included with museum admission.

From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Santa will be stopping by Heritage Woods so the children can take a picture with him, and enjoy some goodies! Free.

From 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., come see Santa and his special guest, Belle and be sure to bring your camera! There will be cookies and cocoa for all!

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., come visit Santa, see the farm animals, and play in the classrooms that will be set up for young children (ages 2 to 8). There will be cocoa and warm soup! Free.

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 10:30 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., enjoy this music and movement program with songs, games and movement! For ages 1 to 4. Drop in. See our Blog Post.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., bring the kids and family for a FREE photo with Santa.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., meet Rudolph and his friend Bumble as they visit the aquarium! Take photos, walk through the watery winter wonderland and make sure to go watch Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D. Included with museum admission. See our Blog Post

At 11 a.m., drop in for storytime and listen to the story: River Rose and the Magical Christmas. 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 11:30 a.m., Santa will be reading stories, and then there will be a book signing by The Grinch at the end. Remember to bring your cameras!

From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., be part of the most epic snow day EVER! There will even be a snowball fight! See our Blog Post

From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Santa will be bringing treats, listening to wishes and posing for pictures! See our Blog Post.

From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., stop by the YMCA for this indoor farmers’ market featuring local vendors and artisans!

At 3 p.m., enjoy an improve comedy show with the family! Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for youth. See our Blog Post.

From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., enjoy an afternoon of cookies with Mrs. Claus, crafts with the elves, a visit with Santa and more! Please bring a new, unwrapped toy, or a cash donation. Open to the public.

At 5:30 p.m., the parade will go down Main Street from the EW Middle School, with all activities taking place at the Broad Brook Fire House after the parade. Enjoy hay rides, carols, arts and crafts, cocoa, raffles and more! Santa will also be there!

From 7:10 p.m. to 8:40 p.m., enjoy ice skating while the rink is open to the public!

 

Sunday, December 17, 2017   

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., hike 2.5 miles at a casual pace along navigable woodland trails. There will be hot mulled cider on the way back at a gift shop on the property. If there is snow, plan to bring cross-country skies, snowshoes and/or a sled to pull along the little ones. Please dress accordingly and bring water.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., meet Rudolph and his friend Bumble as they visit the aquarium! Take photos, walk through the watery winter wonderland and make sure to go watch Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D. Included with museum admission. See our Blog Post

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., explore the Festival of Lights (free with museum admission) as well as special performances and activities throughout the day.

From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., meet a Patriots Cheerleaders at the mall as they sign their new calendar. Calendars on sale for $20.

At 1 p.m., come meet Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves at Cindy’s Soap Cottage at the Waterside Shops. There will be pizza, finger sandwiches, hot cocoa, tasty goodies, prizes and more! And it’s all free!

From 4:10 p.m. to 5:40 p.m., enjoy ice skating while the rink is open to the public!

 

 

 

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