THINGS TO DO! Weekend of August 10-12, 2018

This humidity… I don’t even have curly hair and I still feel like an alpaca. It’s definitely making things difficult for our outings. Neither one of us want to be outside for too long. We’ve been exploring the indoor activities or we live in our pool.  And this weekend doesn’t look any better. Hopefully you can handle the heat better than I do! There are plenty of outdoor activities going on this weekend; but if you are like me, then you’ll like the indoor options out there as well! 

We are counting down the days until school though and I’m trying to make the most of what is left of this summer!  I hope you are enjoying the last few weeks as well!

I’ll be back with our weekday guide on Sunday; and then I’ll be posting our 2018 Carnival & Fair Guide. Yes, Carnival season is really here! 

Have a great weekend! 


Friday, August 10, 2018

All day enjoy free admission to Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park, The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Jacob’s Pillow, Cahoon Museum of American Art, Nichols House Museum, Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, Wenham Museum, Fuller Craft Museum, The Greenway Carousel and Freedom Trail® Foundation.

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., explore and learn about gems, minerals and fossils at the wonderful event! Admission is $8; children under 12 are free with a paid adult.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., come to the museum to explore indoors and then head outside to the “beach”. There will be TONS of sand for building sandcastles, water to splash and play in and more! Bring your beach chairs, towels, bathing suits, pails and shovels! Admission is $10 (library passes not accepted for this event). See our Blog Post.

At 10 a.m., get ready to make silly faces, wiggle your arms, stomp your feet and make art as you learn about famous Expressionist painters from Germany and America! For ages 2 to 3. Free with admission. See our Blog Post

From 10 a.m. to 4:30 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 a.m., celebrate the end of summer with ice cream and a magic show by Mike Bent! For all ages. Drop in. See our Blog Post.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., enjoy a fun day of activities including a chance to meet Clifford the Big Red Dog and the Cat in the Hat; puppy playland, bubble party, science adventures and much more. There will also be special shows and a roaming railroad. Free with museum admission.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., drop in for hands-on, family fun including open cockpit experiences, build and fly activities, flight science demonstrations, storytime and much more! 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., 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., come play with the library’s Legos and Duplos. For ages 3 and up. 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 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 a.m., drop in to borrow a discovery kit to tinker around with the family while visiting the library. See our Blog Post.

At 10:30 a.m., learn about your feelings, practice facial expressions and paint, collage, build dance and sing while learning about German expressionists and the American Abstract Expressionists that followed! For ages 3 to 5. Free with admission. See our Blog Post

At 10:30 a.m., come watch Acrobat Li Liu perform hand balancing, ribbon dancing, and much more in this hands-on show! Ice cream will be served at 10:30 a.m. Drop in. See our Blog Post.

At 10:30 a.m., come listen to the story Elmore, with the author and then stay for a book signing! Free with museum admission. See our Blog Post.

At 11 a.m., explore artwork from German Expressionists and American Abstract Expressionist Movements! For ages 5 to 10. Free with admission. See our Blog Post

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., test your creative skills with LEGOs. The best creation win a prize! See our Blog Post.

At 11:30 a.m., drop in with your little one for an informal gathering with toys, conversation and a brief program of finger games and music, geared towards newborns to 12 months. See our Blog Post.

From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy a family film at the library! Drop in. See our Blog Post.

At 1 p.m., drop by for a showing of Rock-A-Doodle with the kids. This is a free event and is open to the public. Popcorn will be served. See our Blog Post.

At 1 p.m., come watch an incredible super hero family on the big screen! Bring the family; popcorn will be served! Drop in. See our Blog Post.

At 1:30 p.m., watch a movie and play games to go along with it. All ages. See our Blog Post.

At 2 p.m., enjoy a large screen showing of the family favorite 101 Dalmations. Drop in. for ages 3 and up. See our Blog Post.

At 2 p.m., come listen to the story Grandma’s Purse, with the author and then stay for a book signing! Free with museum admission. See our Blog Post.

At 2 p.m., bring your family and watch a movie! Quiet snacks are allowed. Drop in.  See our Blog Post.

At 4:30 p.m., the Windsor Youth Services Bureau and Windsor Police Department invite families to come out and play at their annual Community Block Party! Enjoy carnival games, crafts, face painting, basketball, music, bounce-house, food and more! Admission is a school snack donation for Weekend Wheels.

 At 6:30 p.m., enjoy storytime and a special craft with your child.  Free.

At 7:05 p.m., watch the Yard Goats take on Bowie Baysox!! Tonight the Yard Goats will be teaming up with the Pancreatic Cancer Network to turn the ballpark purple! Fans are encouraged to wear purple. Tonight is also Los Chivos Night and there will be post-game Fireworks! See our Blog Post.

From 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., come float around on some pool noodles! Bring your pool noodles or purchase one at VMP for $1. (Pool noodles are only allowed on these designated nights and times).

At 7:30 p.m., enjoy pre-show activities and then a showing of Cars 3 at dusk.

At 8 p.m., enjoy a free screening of Leap!  Bring a blanket and enjoy the film!

At 9 p.m., bring chairs, blankets and snacks for an outdoor viewing of Aristocats. If it rains, the movie will move inside at 6:30 p.m. See our Blog Post.

 

 Saturday, August 11, 2018 

All weekend make sure to do your shopping because there will be no sales tax on school supplies and most other purchases priced up to $2,500. Exceptions include restaurant meals, cars, and all forms of tobacco.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., shop the town wide tag sale! Find the map online at the Wood Memorial Library & Museum.

From 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Avon Volunteer Fire Department! Pumper, rescue, and ladder trucks will all be there. All ages welcome!

THIS EVENT WAS MOVED INDOORS! From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., dress for a mess and enjoy the many ways to make a mess! This event is hosted by Manchester Plays On and is open to families with children aged PreK to 5th Grade.

At 10 a.m., celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Program with a bang – and a beat or two! The exceptional Dennis Cotton will show you how to become a functioning rhythm orchestra…and let your drumming spirit fly. All ages are invited. Drop in. See our Blog Post.

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., explore and learn about gems, minerals and fossils at the wonderful event! Admission is $8; children under 12 are free with a paid adult.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., come to the museum to explore indoors and then head outside to the “beach”. There will be TONS of sand for building sandcastles, water to splash and play in and more! Bring your beach chairs, towels, bathing suits, pails and shovels! Admission is $10 (library passes not accepted for this event). See our Blog Post.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., enjoy family time at the museum with free admission! This week learn about a historic Hartford family, create a family portrait of your own, take a family tour, and work as a team to build an enormous outdoor sculpture.

THIS EVENT IS STILL ON! BRING AN UMBRELLA. ADMISSION IS FREE. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., come out for pick your own, roasted corn, kids activities, Mardi Parti food truck, live music and face painting! See our Blog Post.

From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., come make Back to School Crafts! For ages 3 and up.  The project cost is $2 for ages 3 and up, and $5 for ages 6 and up. See our Blog Post.

At 10 a.m., Yankee Candle is celebrating its fans with a day full of fun and special deals! The first 1,000 fans receive a scratch ticket and EVERYONE is a winner! Make your Yankee Candle Tie Dyed t-shirt, play the fragrance personality game, raffles, and more! 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.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., meet Curious George while exploring his new interactive, hands on exhibit! Included with museum admission. See our Blog Post.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., drop by the new Hummus & Pita Co., and enjoy a block party with tons of fun for the family including: a chickpea themed dunk tank, face painting, raffles prizes and a falafel eating contest  with a $200 cash prize for the first place winner! There will also be free falafel pitas from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and samples of their iconic signature hummus-based dessert offerings passed out!

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Sikorsky HeliVenture Team will be joining us at the Connecticut Science Center to help us explore the science that makes helicopter flight possible. Visitors will get to design, build, and test their own aircraft alongside Sikorsky engineers and then test their creation in the wind tunnel. See our Blog Post.

At 11 a.m., enjoy the exotic world of reptiles and get up close and personal with snakes and other creatures! Free show!

From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., come celebrate and support local entrepreneurs! There will be over 300 amazing booths of businesses all from Connecticut! Admission is only $10 for adults, children under 12 are free. Parking is free. There will be face painting as well as carnival rides for a nominal fee.

At 11 a.m., drop in for storytime and listen to the story A is for Astronaut & A Place for Pluto.  A fun activity will follow. Drop in. Free. Check your local store for storytime hours.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., come enjoy a hay ride through the scenic dairy farm. The wagons leave at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The cost is $5.50 per person (children under 3 are free).

From 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., join the East Windsor Historical Society in celebrating the expansion of their Museums on the Green located at 115 Scantic Road, East Windsor. Enjoy free ice cream provided by Tulmeadow Farm Store, pony rides for the kids, tractors and small engine displays as well as tractor and horse drawn wagon rides, and much more! Free.

At 6:05 p.m., watch the Yard Goats take on Bowie Baysox!! Tonight there will be an appearance by the PJ Masks and also post-game Fireworks! See our Blog Post.

At 7 p.m., gates open for a showing of ET on the lawn at the farm. Showtime is at 8:30 p.m. Bring a blanket and a picnic. Cost is $15 per carload.

 

 Sunday, August 12, 2018

All weekend make sure to do your shopping because there will be no sales tax on school supplies and most other purchases priced up to $2,500. Exceptions include restaurant meals, cars, and all forms of tobacco.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., explore and learn about gems, minerals and fossils at the wonderful event! Admission is $8; children under 12 are free with a paid adult.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., meet Curious George while exploring his new interactive, hands on exhibit! Included with museum admission. See our Blog Post.

From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., come celebrate and support local entrepreneurs! There will be over 300 amazing booths of businesses all from Connecticut! Admission is only $10 for adults, children under 12 are free. Parking is free. There will be face painting as well as carnival rides for a nominal fee.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., bring the kids for this fun quarter auction to win some KID stuff! Admission is $5. You’ll also need to bring a roll or 2 of quarters to play. Doors open at 11, auction begins promptly at noon. Peanut butter and jellies, and goldfish for sale for lunch!

From 12 p.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 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., drop by for an open house tour of this beautifully restored one-room schoolhouse. Open to the public. Free.

At 5:05 p.m., watch the Yard Goats take on Bowie Baysox!! Tonight is Key Bank Night, Steamed Cheeseburger Night and kids can run the bases after the game! See our Blog Post.

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