Things to Do! Weekend Edition: December 8, 2017 – December 10, 2017

Oh boy, so I heard the “S” word today… 

Snow. 

There is snow in the forecast for Saturday.  What will that mean? Who knows! It’s New England. It could be nothing; it could be a dusting; it could mean everything planned on Saturday is canceled. We won’t know until the snow starts falling. 

Hopefully, the weekend will go on because there are SO many great events on Saturday and Sunday! I never thought I would finish this calendar because I kept finding more and more … and more! 

And of course, you’ll still want to reference my Holiday Guide for all the ongoing activities including places to find Santa, holiday festivals, train rides and much more! 

I am really hoping I’ll be able to get my Christmas tree this Saturday.  I let my husband talk me into waiting last weekend… he may be chopping down a tree in the snow because of that. 

Enjoy the weekend, and of course, now that the weather is getting more unpredictable, I want to just remind everyone to ALWAYS click on the links provided to confirm the event (or call the venue).  I don’t always update cancellations, which is why I try to link the original events on this list! 

And make sure to watch for our post on Tuesday – if you are looking for photos with Santa, we have a new review that will help you out! 


Friday, December 8, 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., children ages 5 and under can enjoy jumping on the trampolines and in the foam pit, with a parent, at this special Super Hero Toddler Time! 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 8 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., share art with your babies at this special program including guided gallery explorations and a sensory play session.  Strollers are welcome. Drop in participation is welcome. Free with museum admission.

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 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., stroll through Olde Mistick Village’s winter wonderland at night when over 4,000 luminaries light the walkways of the Village and Mystic Aquarium. Enjoy holiday decorations, shopping and live music! Bring a non-perishable food item for each visitor and enjoy free admission to the Aquarium and get your picture taken with Santa!

From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., drop by for photos with Santa while donned in your festive PJ’s!

At 6 p.m., come in your PJs, hear some holiday stories, sing some songs and maybe even enjoy a special visitor! Geared toward preschoolers.

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

 

Saturday, December 9, 2017  

From 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., enjoy a breakfast with a special guest! Santa will also be available for pictures. No reservations. Free. Donations accepted.

At 9 a.m., stop by to share some holiday spirit and visit with Santa. Guests will enjoy cookies and milk with Santa, make an ornament and get a chance to write Santa a letter. Please pre-register!

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.

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.

At 10 a.m., see what you can build in an hour with the library’s huge collection of building materials! All ages. Drop in. See our Blog Post.

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., 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 to Flower Power with your friends and family to enjoy a great breakfast with Santa! Enjoy pancakes, hot chocolate, popcorn and more!

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., stop by to stock the cruiser with toys and food; enjoy Victorian carolers, ice sculpture demonstrations, an ugly sweater stroll and more!

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 inclusive playgroup for children of all abilities featuring sensory play, fine and gross moto activities, and social skill building. For all ages. Drop in. See our Blog Post.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy horse drawn hay rides, hot apple crisp and cocoa while getting in the holiday spirit! See our Blog Post.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., join Quiz and learn how robots work and why they are important in our daily lives. Get hands on with activities like coding, Cubelets, bot building, flight simulators and more! Included with museum admission. 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

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Hartford Yard Goats will host their first ever Winterfest. This is a free event open to the public and will include behind the scene tours, arts and crafts, face painting, cookie decorating, and much more! The Yard Goats will also be collecting non-perishable food items for Hands on Hartford’s food pantry. See our Blog Post.

At 11 a.m., drop in for storytime and listen to the story: Olaf’s Frozen Adventure Big Golden Book. 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.

From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Foxwoods and Mystic Aquarium will be letting you get up close and personal with the penguins! Free.

From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., be part of the most epic snow day EVER! There will even be a snowball fight! See our Blog Post

At 2 p.m., enjoy cookies and milk with Santa, and a special reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Free.

From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., celebrate the holiday season with the Parade of Lights (stepping off at 5 p.m.), music, performances, visits with Snata, shopping, live Nativity, Mega Truck Meet n’ Greet, bonfire, tree lighting ceremony and more!

From 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 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!

Bounce From 4 p.m. to 5:30, South Windsor residents are invited to skate with Santa! Parents are recommended to skate with the children, or at least remain on premises. Helmets strongly suggested. Bring your camera! Admission cost is a new unwrapped toy to be donated to Toys for Tots.

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

 

Sunday, December 10, 2017   

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., take the holiday hay wagon to Santa’s house for a photo with Santa. Enjoy the indoor hall of decorated Christmas trees, send letters to Santa and enjoy a live animal exhibit. There will be a bake sale, a gift shop and holiday craft center. Admission is $8 per person (children one and under are free).

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., join Quiz and learn how robots work and why they are important in our daily lives. Get hands on with activities like coding, Cubelets, bot building, flight simulators and more! Included with museum admission. See our Blog Post.

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 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., The Chabad Hebrew School invites the public to a pre-Chanukah workshop at Lowe’s to create a brand new menorah! All paticipants will get to take home their menorah. This event is free. Information for RSVP’ing can be found on the Facebook event page.

From 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., enjoy free admission all day at the museum during the community HoliDay! Drop into the ArtLab to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa with activities; enjoy the Ballet Theatre Company and music from the Whitechapel Handbell Choir of First Church West Hartford.

At 12:30 p.m., celebrate the start of the Christmas Village with a parade that proceeds from the Armory, along Main Street, up Mason Street to the Christmas Village!

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

At 2 p.m., join Matt Tavares as he reads his book, Red and Lulu at the library.  Included with museum admission. See our Blog Post.

At 2 p.m., discover what you can create using air-dry modeling clay! For all ages. Drop in. See our Blog Post.

At 3 p.m., join the fun at this Hanukkah Painting Party led by the Giggling Pig and hosted by the PJ Library! Dress for a mess! Suggested donation is $8 per child. RSVP, space is limited.

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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