THINGS TO DO! Weekend Edition: January 12 to January 15

We had a long weekend last week; and now again, we have another long weekend with Monday off.  I don’t think we have a normal school week in this house for like another month! And add in all these colds and coughs, I feel like this kid is always home!  It’s definitely putting a damper on our explorations and I’m squeezing them in when he gets better for all of one day.  At least the weather is not as insanely frigid! (I really hope I didn’t jinx that!) 

This weekend’s calendar of events includes Monday since it is a long weekend.  There are some great activities this weekend, including some amazing offerings by several museums in Hartford for free admission in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  

We have a great review coming next week for an indoor play center. And I’m hoping we will get to make a special trip this weekend down to the shore for an upcoming review. Crossing my fingers we are all healthy by Sunday! 

Enjoy the long weekend everyone! 

**Remember, New England weather is unpredictable. Always confirm an event is taking place by either visiting the provided link or calling the venue! 


Friday, January 12, 2018

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 4 p.m., enjoy stories in the snow throughout the day, and guides hikes at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.  Hikes and crafts are free with admission.

At 10 a.m., enjoy an introduction to the joy of art and the wonder of museums for the littlest of visitors. There will be singing, sharing, stories, dancing, creating art and more! Preregistration is recommended. Free with museum admission.

At 10 a.m., explore the basics of different genres of dance while focusing on basic counting skills! Classes are free with admission but they are on a first come, first serve basis! For ages 2 to 3. 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 5 p.m., come create with clay during either a one hour workshop or a half hour preschool workshop. Preschool workshops are offered at 10 a.m. and are recommended for ages 2 to 5.  Call ahead for reservations! 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 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., Arts from the Heart will be offering a free trial class and a chance to check out their new space and meet the newest teacher.  Space is limited, please RSVP!

At 10:30 a.m., enjoy this multi-sensory playgroup that may get messy! For ages 4 and under. Drop in. See our Blog Post.

At 11 a.m., experiment with materials selected especially for young explorers in the art studio. Including with museum admission.  See our Blog Post.

At 11 a.m., learn dance basics while focusing on basic counting skills! Classes are free with admission but they are on a first come, first serve basis! For 3 to 5. 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.

At 1 p.m., drop in for a showing of Despicable Me 3 and enjoy free popcorn! See our Blog Post.

From 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., come out for open play in the bounce houses, foam pit, obstacle course and more. Admission is $15 and includes 60 minutes in each gym. See our Blog Post

At 4 p.m., play theater games and learn some of the fundamentals of stage performance! Classes are free with admission but they are on a first come, first serve basis! For ages 5 to 10. See our Blog Post.

At 6:30 p.m., bring the whole family for fun, free bingo. Drop in. See our Blog Post.

At 7 p.m., drop in for an evening of family movie fun. This week they will be showing Zootopia.

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

 

Saturday, January 13, 2018  

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 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., explore mirrors in art, enjoy music, family tours, and much more! Admission is free.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy open cockpit day and special activities including a chance to climb aboard historic aircraft, flight simulators, build and fly challenges, and more! There will also be a plastic scale model show. All activities are free with museum admission. See our Blog Post.

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 12 p.m., come out and make a snowman page turner with the kids! The cost is $2 per project, including supplies.  For ages 3 and up. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., come create with clay during either a one hour workshop or a half hour preschool workshop. Preschool workshops are offered at 10 a.m. and are recommended for ages 2 to 5.  Call ahead for reservations! 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.

At 10:30 a.m., families are welcome for a screening of Captain Underpants. 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., enjoy an inclusive playgroup for children of all abilities featuring sensory play, fine and gross motor activities and social skill building. For ages birth to 5. Drop in. See our Blog Post.

At 11 a.m., drop in for storytime and listen to the story: Paddington. A fun activity will follow. Drop in. Free. Check your local store for storytime hours.  

From 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., celebrate this one-derful milestone with free activities, giveaways, and great ideas for planning your little one’s big day.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., warm up and bring your A-game to the Aquarium for fun games including checkers, bananagrams, 4-in-a-row and more! Free with museum admission. See our Blog Post.

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 2:50 p.m. to 4:20 p.m., come out for public skating at the rink. Admission is $7 and skate rental is $3. 

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

 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

From 12 a.m. to 5 p.m., come create with clay during either a one hour workshop or a half hour preschool workshop. Call ahead for reservations! See our Blog Post.

From 1:35 p.m. to 3:05 p.m., come out for public skating at the rink. Admission is $7 and skate rental is $3. 

From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., drop in for an afternoon art project. For all ages. Drop in. See our Blog Post.

From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., the 150 ft tubing hill is open for FREE community tubing! Tubes, helmets and hot chocolate are provided! Helmets MUST be worn. 

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

From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., enjoy complimentary marshmallows, graham crackers, chocolate and sticks along with hot chocolate for the kiddos at the outdoor fireplace.

 

 Monday, January 15, 2018 – Martin Luther King Day (No School)

From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., drop the kids off for three hours of play including snacks. The cost is $30 and is open to non-members. For ages 2.5 and up (must be potty trained). Register online.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy stories in the snow throughout the day, and guides hikes at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.  Hikes and crafts are free with admission.

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 4 p.m., explore the newly renovated Stowe House through free tours, family arts and crafts in the Visitors Center, ring bells at noon for peace, and more.  Bring new bath towels and feminine hygiene products to donate to emergency shelters.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., come create with clay during either a one hour workshop or a half hour preschool workshop. Preschool workshops are offered at 10 a.m. and are recommended for ages 2 to 5.  Call ahead for reservations! See our Blog Post.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the museum will be open for play including a special event at 11 a.m.: Mad Science Space Travel.  See our Blog Post

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the museum will be celebrating the community with free admission. Enjoy a day of art-making, performances, tours and more.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the museum will be open for play all day.  All attendees enter the museum at kid’s pricing (this price will be for all weekend).  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 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., come enjoy music, song and dance performances that will provide inspiration and reflection on the legacy of Dr. King.  Free and open to the public.

From 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., the museum will be offering free admission for all and a variety of activities all day.

From 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., enjoy ice skating while the rink is open to the public!

From 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., come out for public skating at the rink. Admission is $7 and skate rental is $3. 

 

 

 

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