Things to Do! Weekend Edition – November 3, 2017 – November 5, 2017

We are officially in November.  Fall activities are winding down; holidays are approaching. Things are quieting down throughout the area but there are still some great options for the weekend. You will NOT be bored even with the cooler weather approaching! 

This weekend you will find some of the usual events including Home Depot’s Kid Workshop Day, Open Play at a variety of indoor places, and family days at several local museums. I’ve also included some new additions of regularly occuring events including sensory friendly day at Chuck E. Cheese in Manchester. 

The WGBY Fan Fest will be held this weekend, and if you plan ahead you can buy tickets online now. 

If you are interested in the Hartford Region Open Choice or CREC magnet schools for your child, make sure to check out their Open House on Saturday at Dunkin Donut Park.  

I’ve also included a Featured event of the week, so make sure you check that out below! 

And a reminder, we FALL BACK on Sunday morning.  So remember to set those clocks back for that extra hour of sleep you won’t be getting anyway, because you’re a parent.  

Enjoy the weekend! 

OUR PICK OF THE WEEKEND!

The 25th Annual Connecticut Children’s Book Fair at Rome Commons Ballroom at UCONN

Enjoy two full days of book sales and signings, presentations with authors including Pat Schories (creator of Biscuit) and Marc Brown (creator of Mary McScary), character meet and greets with Clifford the Big Red Dog, Biscuit the Dog and Curious George, crafts and storytimes, and much more! This great event is an opportunity for children, aspiring artists and writers, parents, educators and collectors to meet their favorite authors and illustrators. There is also a Breakfast on both mornings with your favorite book characters at the Rome Commons Dining Hall; admission is $8 for adults and kids 12+ (free for kids 11 and under). Please register early for the breakfast.


Friday, November 3, 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

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 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., children and adults are welcome to join Ms. Stephanie in the Friends Café for a special storytime. There will be an activity/free play after the storytime. For all ages.  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., children ages 0 to 2 will enjoy this storytime with songs, rhymes and stories. Drop in. See our Blog Post.

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

From 11 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 7 p.m., enjoy storytime and a special craft with your child. Free.

 

Saturday, November 4, 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., children can build a custom wooden Humvee to honor all those that have served in our country. Each child will get to keep their craft, receive a free certificate of achievement, a workshop apron, and a commemorative pin. Free. Register online.

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 4 p.m., enjoy two full days of book sales, crafts, story times, character meet and greets, author book signings, presentations and more!

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy this great day with character meet and greets, live animals, songs and dancing, and more! Tickets are available at the door but can you purchased early online. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children (children under 12 months are free).  

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., come learn about magnet schools and the Hartford Region Open Choice program, speak with school representatives and complete an application. Kids can also meet Chew Chew and Chomper, run the bases and enjoy free popcorn! There will also be face painting and balloon animals!

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: Bruce’s Big Move. 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., meet author Chanavia Haddock while she reads her book Miracle.  A book signing will follow. Free with museum admission. See our Blog Post.

At 6:30 p.m., enjoy a 30 minute owl walk with an owl calling session, and a live owl presentation. For ages 6 and up. Registration required. $8 per person (Windsor residents) or $10 per person (non-residents).

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

**REMEMBER TO FALL BACK! CLOCKS GO BACK ONE HOUR WITH THE END OF DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME! 

 

Sunday, November 5, 2017   

From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., enjoy less crowds and noise, dimmed lighting, limited appearances by Chuck E. and more to ensure your child has a fun-filled visit. 

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy two full days of book sales, crafts, story times, character meet and greets, author book signings, presentations and more!

From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., families are invited to explore Hill-Stead, create an art project, enjoy self-guided tours and take part in a scavenger, play in Hill-Stead’s natural playground of hiking trails, gardens and walking paths and more. Free with museum admission.

At 4:30 p.m., enjoy an autumn lantern walk to welcome the shift in daylight and the transition to Winter. There will be tea lights for lighting, please bring a mason jar or even a flashlight! The event is free and open to anyone. Reserve your spot online here.

 

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