Things to Do! Weekend Edition: November 17, 2017 – November 19, 2017

It’s the weekend before Thanksgiving! Before you fill up on turkey and stuffing and pie, you’ll want to check out the great activities this weekend! 

Christmas is in the air! Santa arrives at many malls this weekend (he’s already at a few places).  Christmas, Santa and other holidays events are all over the place. Watch for our Holiday Guide coming on Tuesday, if you are ready to really get into the holiday spirit! 

You’ll still find a few places holding on to the last bit of fall with harvest celebrations if you are not ready for the Christmas holiday quite yet! I know I like to eat my turkey first, before I think about wrapping presents, signing 50+ Christmas cards, pulling out ten totes of decorations and chasing my three year old around the mall Santa  display! Phew! I’m exhausted just thinking about it! 

We’ll be heading off for a special event ourselves this weekend, and I’ll be sharing that soon! 

Enjoy the weekend everyone, the fun is about to start! 

Friday, November 17, 2017

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

At 10 a.m., explore the colors of fall and the natural world around us. For ages 2 to 3. Included with museum admission. 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 10:30 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.

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 years old. Drop in. See our Blog Post.

From 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., children can experiment with materials selected especially for young explorers in the art studio. Free 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 11 a.m., have fun exploring the natural world as you paint, weave, and become printmakers with leaves, acorns and grasses. For ages 3 to 5. Included with museum admission. See our Blog Post.

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 4 p.m., have fun exploring the natural world as you paint, weave, and become printmakers with leaves, acorns and grasses. For ages 5 to 10. Included with museum admission. See our Blog Post.

At 6:30 p.m., come out for a family movie night and watch Cars 3. Bring your own snacks! Drop in.  See our Blog Post.

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

 

Saturday, November 18, 2017  

Starting at 7:30 a.m., come out for a fun day with the family including the Little Manchester Road Race, music, exhibitions, family activities and more!

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 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., stop by for a festive celebration of your little one’s first visit from Santa. Enjoy holiday activities, photo ops, giveaways and more! Reserve a spot online now!

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 12 p.m., enjoy harvest crafts (fall wreaths and pumpkin turkey decorations), donuts and cider, and Rusty the miniature horse at this festival of events for adults and children. Drop in. See our Blog Post.

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.

From 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., come meet Paddington himself and enjoy a special Paddington storytime hosted by Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore and Citizens Bank to promote the CT Coalition to End Homelessness’s be homeful project to end family homelessness in Connecticut.

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 for children ages 1 to 4. Sing songs, play games and move to the beat! Drop in.  See our Blog Post.

From 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., design and paint encouraging messages on rocks to hide around town for other people to find! Drop in. All ages. See our Blog Post.

At 11 a.m., drop in for storytime and listen to the story: Bear Says Thanks. 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 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., drop by for a parade with Santa and the Ludlow High School Marching band!

At 12 p.m., welcome Santa at the Target entrance when he arrives by the Thompsonville Fire Truck. Parade with him to his Candy Court!

From 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Santa will arrive via the Kringle Express Train at approximately 1:30 p.m. Enjoy entertainment, food, live music, activities for the kids, carolers, raffles, cookie decorating and more!

At 2 p.m., enjoy a storytime with author Angela DiTerlizzi as she reads her book I Wanna Be a Cowgirl. Free with museum admission. See our Blog Post.

At 3 p.m., enjoy an hour long improve comedy show it the family. This is geared for ages 5 to 12. Tickets are $10 Adult / $5 Youth (Members: $9 Adult / $4.50 Youth) and can be purchased ahead of time at the admissions desk or by phone. See our Blog Post.

At 5 p.m., watch Santa and Mrs. Claus light up the huge tree at Yankee Candle Village surrounded by carolers and snow (yes they promise snow!). Come early and enjoy holiday activities including live music, cocoa and treats, visit with elves, ice carvings, wagon rides, dog sled rides and more! See our Blog Post.

From 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., enjoy ice skating while the rink is open to the public!

 

Sunday, November 19, 2017   

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., come to the Tolland Fire Department Training Center for pictures with Santa in support of the Tolland Christmas Tour! Photo spots can be booked online but walk-ins are also welcome.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., come out for this can’t miss fall event! There will be local artisans, wineries, food products, food trucks, pumpkin painting, live music and more!

From 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., come meet Paddington himself and enjoy a special Paddington storytime hosted by Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore and Citizens Bank to promote the CT Coalition to End Homelessness’s be homeful project to end family homelessness in Connecticut.  Today’s event will also feature a special appearance by R.W. Alley, illustrator of the classic Paddington Bear books! 

At 2 p.m., enjoy a storytime with author Will Hillenbrand as he reads his book Treasures from the Collection: A 15 Year Celebration and two picture books he illustrated: Jane Yolen’s  This Little Piggy  and Maureen Wright’s Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep! Free with museum admission. See our Blog Post.

 

 

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