THINGS TO DO! Weekend of November 23-25, 2018

Hopefully we have all recovered from our turkey coma and early morning shopping.  We may or may not have been at Target at midnight… 

Now, we can talk Christmas and the holiday season! And it is officially in full swing in Connecticut. You’ll find Santa’s big arrivals all over the state, winter festivals, light displays and many more holiday festivities! One of our favorite things to do is check out the decorated tree displays – there is one at the Enfield Square and two up in Springfield opening this weekend! 

We’re sad to see a special piece of Enfield closing – and if you are familiar with Jumping Clay, you will be too. This weekend will be their last workshop weekend.  They will be sorely missed here in Enfield! 

Our Christmas guide will be releasing this weekend — so make sure you keep an eye out for that! It’s a big list this year! 

Enjoy this weekend everyone – have some family fun and maybe grab a few deals at the stores! 


Friday, November 23, 2018

At 10 a.m., come play a game of BINGO! For ages 5 and up.  Drop in.  See our Blog Post.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., take a road trip on Black Friday and enjoy free admission to the zoo! Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate.

From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., enjoy a full day of fun including a gingerbread display, music, chacacter greetings, photo booth, singalong and the lighting of the Quadrangle at 5 p.m. All activities are included with museum admission.

From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., enjoy this fun tradition at one of the largest gingerbread festivals in New England! Musical performances, story time and craft events, even visits from Santa will be scattered throughout the festival providing patrons with an uplifting, peaceful and creative break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. 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 9 p.m., become an official member of the flight crew and enjoy a special visit with Santa. Receive a personalized Cadet Badge, try on a virtual flight suit, dance in the snow, and more! Santa’s Flight Academy is free, and a variety of photo packages are available for purchase. 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 a.m., enjoy a festival of beautifully decorated trees and take a chance to win one of them! Admission is only $2 (children 12 and under are free).

From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., the Springfield Boys and Girls Club welcome you to the festival of trees at the MassMutual Center. Enjoy free admission until 3 p.m., as well as a marionette performance at 12 p.m. Try your luck by entering a raffle to win one of 130 differently decorated trees.

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.

At 10:30 a.m., enjoy songs, circle time and a craft. For ages birth to 4. Drop in. See our Blog Post.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Santa will be at the museum in a Seaguard helicopter to meet with children. Photos are encouraged and Santa will distribute a special gift to each child. There will be additional family activities as well as the popular Behind the Scenes tours. See our Blog Post.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., enjoy this annual tradition as the big balloons parade down Main Street!

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

At 3 p.m., don’t miss this special holiday movie presentation in the theater at the science center! Tickets are an extra $5! See our Blog Post.

From 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., stop by and enjoy the beautifully decorated trees that you can win by raffle. There will also be kids crafts and a 50/50 raffle. Admission is free. See our Blog Post.

At 3:45 p.m., come see what you can build in an hour with Legos, Duplos, Roominates and Keva Planks. All ages. Drop in.  See our Blog Post.

At 4 p.m., come enjoy the magic of the season by taking a trip around Look Park for their light display! Admission is free but donations are welcome! See our Blog Post.

At 4:30 p.m., Santa will make his first appearance at Stew’s on a firetruck! Join the Newington High School choir and band while Santa greets children. Children will also enjoy complimentary cookies and hot cocoa. The tree will be lit at 5 p.m. No registration necessary.

From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., enjoy a trolley ride along the rail decked with Christmas lights and sing traditional Christmas carols as you ride. Inside the visitors center, enjoy a Winter Wonderland with model trains, decorations and hot cocoa for sale. All activities included with admission. See our Blog Post.

From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., wear your pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal, and enjoy more hours of play! For guests that bring in a new pair of children’s pajamas, the museum will give everyone in your family $2 off admission. Preregistration recommended! See our Blog Post.

At 5:45 p.m., the parade will step off from Memorial Park and head towards JIllson Square. At the end of the parade, there will be caroling, the lighting of the Christmas Tree and a visit from Santa.

At 7 p.m., drop in for storytime at night.  A fun activity will follow. Drop in. Free. Check your local store for storytime hours.

 

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Starting at 9 a.m., the elves will start the fun and kick off a magical season! Santa will be flying in on a helicopter 10 a.m.; then you can enjoy festive singalongs and dancing with the elves, free antler hats for kids (while supplies last), free wagon rides and much more! See our Blog Post.

From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., children are invited to make a gingerbread ornament! All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Register online.

From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., come and get your picture taken with Santa! There will be Christmas crafts all day. Photos with Santa are $10 and include a frame the kids can decorate.

At 10 a.m., enjoy a festival of beautifully decorated trees and take a chance to win one of them! Admission is only $2 (children 12 and under are free).

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., enjoy this fun tradition at one of the largest gingerbread festivals in New England! Musical performances, story time and craft events, even visits from Santa will be scattered throughout the festival providing patrons with an uplifting, peaceful and creative break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. See our Blog Post.

From 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., become an official member of the flight crew and enjoy a special visit with Santa. Receive a personalized Cadet Badge, try on a virtual flight suit, dance in the snow, and more! Santa’s Flight Academy is free, and a variety of photo packages are available for purchase. 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 5 p.m., come create with clay during either a one hour workshop or a half hour preschool workshop.  This is their LAST WEEKEND before they close!!   Call ahead for reservations! See our Blog Post.

At 11 a.m., drop in for storytime and listen to the story Mickey Mouse Goes Christmas Shopping!  A fun activity will follow. Drop in. Free. Check your local store for storytime hours.

From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., stop by and enjoy the beautifully decorated trees that you can win by raffle. There will also be kids crafts and a 50/50 raffle. Admission is free. See our Blog Post.

At 3 p.m., don’t miss this special holiday movie presentation in the theater at the science center! Tickets are an extra $5! See our Blog Post.

From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., kick start the holiday season with some family fun including horse drawn carriage rides, complimentary hot cider and cocoa, shopping and the arrival of Santa on the firetruck for the lighting of the tree on Liberty Green.

At 4 p.m., come enjoy the magic of the season by taking a trip around Look Park for their light display! Admission is free but donations are welcome! See our Blog Post.

From 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., enjoy a great night for the family with live music, fun and games for the kids, great food, demonstrations, a firetruck parade, fireworks and much more!

From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., enjoy a trolley ride along the rail decked with Christmas lights and sing traditional Christmas carols as you ride. Inside the visitors center, enjoy a Winter Wonderland with model trains, decorations and hot cocoa for sale. All activities included with admission. See our Blog Post.

From 5:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., enjoy a parade followed by entertainment, a visit from Santa, a silent auction, roaming railway, horse and wagon rides, magician, and much more!

 

Sunday, November 25, 2018

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Reka and Zeya are turning one, so come celebrate these beautiful tigers! The day will include two presentations in the Research Station (at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.), cake and hot chocolate for guests (at noon), special birthday enrichment gifts for the cubs, and Tiger Talks in front of the tiger habitat all day. The first 500 guests get a free tiger bookmark. Included with zoo admission. See our Blog Post.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., enjoy shopping and a chance to take some pictures with the animals who will be adorned in their holiday finest for pictures!

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., enjoy this fun tradition at one of the largest gingerbread festivals in New England! Musical performances, story time and craft events, even visits from Santa will be scattered throughout the festival providing patrons with an uplifting, peaceful and creative break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. See our Blog Post.

At 10 a.m., enjoy a festival of beautifully decorated trees and take a chance to win one of them! Admission is only $2 (children 12 and under are free).

From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., become an official member of the flight crew and enjoy a special visit with Santa. Receive a personalized Cadet Badge, try on a virtual flight suit, dance in the snow, and more! Santa’s Flight Academy is free, and a variety of photo packages are available for purchase. See our Blog Post.

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., stop by and enjoy the beautifully decorated trees that you can win by raffle. There will also be kids crafts and a 50/50 raffle. Admission is free. See our Blog Post.

From 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus for free. every child gets a goodie from Santa. Take pictures with Santa, and enjoy some free popcorn and cookies. Please bring a new unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots.

From 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., come create with clay during either a one hour workshop or a half hour preschool workshop. This is their LAST WEEKEND before they close!!   Call ahead for reservations! See our Blog Post

From 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., come by the ranch and meet some of the rescue horses. Sit by the bonfire to warm up and enjoy free hot cocoa and coffee. There will also be a free kids craft table. Free.

At 2 p.m., learn and have fun through hands-on play including sensory boxes, finger painting, playdough and more! All ages.  Drop in. See our Blog Post.

From 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., enjoy a wonderful tradition of family fun and activities including the tree lighting!

At 3 p.m., don’t miss this special holiday movie presentation in the theater at the science center! Tickets are an extra $5! See our Blog Post.

From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., bring your camera and take a photo with Santa, or just visit with him.  Enjoy free carousel rides. Admission is free for children and $1 for adults.

At 4 p.m., come enjoy the magic of the season by taking a trip around Look Park for their light display! Admission is free but donations are welcome! See our Blog Post.

From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., enjoy a trolley ride along the rail decked with Christmas lights and sing traditional Christmas carols as you ride. Inside the visitors center, enjoy a Winter Wonderland with model trains, decorations and hot cocoa for sale. All activities included with admission. See our Blog Post.

 

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