Events around CT – January 2015

Thursday, January 1st –  Saturday, January 6th, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm: Clock Making Activities! Looking for a fun activity to do with your child during holiday break? Come and make your very own clock! Choose a design or make your own with craft materials. A special clock you make yourself to display or give to someone special. For more information or to make a reservation please call (203) 346-5722 or email cconti@timexpo.com.

Reoccurs through February 17, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm: 21st Annual Train Show! The magic returns with the 21st Annual Holiday Train Show.  The family-friendly exhibit, created by train artist Steve Cryan, features more trains, new scenery, and lots of surprises to be found in the fully operational 26-foot model train layout.  Visitors are challenged to complete the I SPY Scavenger Hunt of various objects hidden within the settings while the smaller visitor set can get hands-on at an American Flyer and Lionel Train layout designed for toddler size viewing.  The exhibit is a true locomotive extravaganza and a perfect outing for train fans and all who are young at heart.This year features special displays on cabooses and the railroad navies as well as Steve Cryan’s original art. Essex, CT.

{Reoccurs} Wednesdays – Saturdays, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm & Sundays, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm: The Great Trains Exhibit features multiple train layouts with tiny towns and landscapes, complete with a multitude of buildings, tunnels and two working Ferris Wheels! Enchants visitors of all ages with lots of buttons to push and whistles to activate. Thomas the Tank Engine activity room for youngest guests. Adults $10, Children are free. Wilton, CT

{Reoccurs} Through Monday, January 19th: Make plans to visit and see the amazing entries in our 13th annual “Festival of Lighthouses Contest.”  Lighthouses are new each year! This year’s exhibit showcases 24 large model lighthouses, built by local artists, families, individuals and students, daily through Jan. 19. The holiday display works like a juried art show except that you and thousands of other Maritime Aquarium visitors are the jury. Follow these creative beacons through our galleries and then vote for your favorite. The lighthouse with the most visitor votes will win the $1,500 first-place prize. There are other cash prizes for second- through sixth-places. Come and place your vote! Norwalk, CT.

Friday January 2nd, 7:00 pm:

Happy Pig Day Storytime: Join us for Storytime of Happy Pig Day by Mo Willems, an ‘Elephant & Piggie’ book at Canton Barnes & Noble.

{Reoccurs} Saturdays: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm and  Sundays: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm though January 18th: The Eli Whitney Museum’s annual hands on exhibition of American Flyer Trains features Classic toy trains produced by New Haven’s A.C. Gilbert Company that still run beautifully after 50 years. Admission is free. Wooden trains to construct are $10.

Saturday, January 3rd:

10:00 am – 12:00 pm: A Billion Bricks Lego Trucks, Trains & Spaceships: Bendel Speedway! Build and race a LEGO brick car. Recommended for ages 6 and up, space is limited. Stamford, CT.

11:00 am – 3:00 pm: Beary Warm Earmuffs: Lakeshore Learning Center of Hamden offers up free crafts for kids ages 3 and up every Saturday.

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: A Billion Bricks Lego Trucks, Trains & Spaceships: Bendel Speedway! Build and race a LEGO brick car. Recommended for ages 6 and up, space is limited. Stamford, CT.

4:00 pm: Don’t miss our American Girl Club Meeting at the Canton Barnes & Noble by the Children’s Department stage. Join us for a free discussion of Happy New Year, Julie followed by a craft and refreshments. Dolls and friends are always welcome.

Sunday, January 4th:

10:00 am – 12:00 pm: A Billion Bricks Lego Trucks, Trains & Spaceships: Flying Machines! Build and fly a LEGO brick helicopter or spaceship. Space is limited. Stamford, CT.

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Guilford Art Center is pleased to invite all community members to a free Open Arts Day. The Art Center’s studios and classrooms will be open with instructor artists demonstrating their crafts and offering hands-on art projects. Visitors are invited to try out an art form (or two or three!) they want to learn more about, including, Pottery, Blacksmithing, Sewing, Drawing, Beading, Kids’ classes and more. Open Arts Day coincides with the final day of Guilford Art Center’s Artistry: American Craft for the Holidays, open 12-5pm. No reservations or registration are necessary, and all activities are free of charge.

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: A Billion Bricks Lego Trucks, Trains & Spaceships: Flying Machines! Build and fly a LEGO brick helicopter or spaceship. Space is limited. Stamford, CT.

Monday, January 5th from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm:

Full Moon Walk! The Full Wolf Moon rises at 5:25 pm. Join the walk at the Stonington Land Trust’s Thomas Miner Preserve! These monthly walks take place even on overcast evenings and are suitable for adults and older children.  Steady rain cancels.  Meet at designated location. Meet at parking area on East side of Taugwonk Road.  Moderate terrain, medium pace. Stonington, CT.

Tuesday, January 6th:

9:30 am – 11:00 am: Meet at main entrance, along Fishtown Road. Easy terrain, slow pace. Led by DPNC naturalists, the Pequotsepos Hikers meet twice a month, on alternating Tuesdays and Saturdays. Join us for one, all, or as many as you wish.  Babies in front or back carriers are welcome. Steady rain cancels. Please call DPNC in advance if you wish to carpool. Meet at hike locations. Adult/Family. $10 non-members. Groton, CT.

10:30 am: How to Bake a Book! Turn up the heat – bubbles quicken. And then my plot begins to thicken. Join one lucky girl as she learns the recipe for making the perfect story at Enfield Barnes & Noble. Free.

11:00 am: Little Red Writing Storytime: Join us for Storytime and activities in the Children’s Department of Canton Barnes & Noble. We will read Little Red Writing and Please, Mr. Panda. Free.

5:00 pm: Learn how to build a LEGO Alien and space dog model and take it home – for free! Quantities are limited to approximately 250 per store and offer is good while supplies last only. Models are not for sale and cannot be purchased. One per child. Event is open to children ages 6-14 only.

4:00 – 5:00 pm or 5:00 – 6:00 pm: Kids know there’s more than one way to play, and that’s why we’re bringing 3D printing into the mix. Educational and downright fun, this class lets kids play while learning and designing in 3D thanks to easy to use software. A MakerBot instructor will help children make individual 3D prints on our very own MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer. At $10 per child, it’s easy to get your kids creating today. $10 per child. Greenwich, CT.

Wednesday, January 7th, 4:00 – 5:00 pm or 5:00 – 6:00 pm:

Kids know there’s more than one way to play, and that’s why we’re bringing 3D printing into the mix. Educational and downright fun, this class lets kids play while learning and designing in 3D thanks to easy to use software. A MakerBot instructor will help children make individual 3D prints on our very own MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer. At $10 per child, it’s easy to get your kids creating today. $10 per child. Greenwich, CT.

Thursday, January 8th:

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm: MakerBot’s Greenwich retail store is happy to offer a place for students to work on their class or club projects after school! In our “Study Hall” students will be able to use our Replicator Desktop 3D Printers to bring their school and club projects to life. With the expertise of our Retail Operators – students will learn how to become ‘makers’ in no time. Print time is limited to 5 hours, at a MakerBot Study Hall exclusive rate of $5 per half hour. Access is first come, first served and based on availability. Greenwich, CT.

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Get Into It! The museum stays open late with free admission and activities. Norwalk, CT.

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm: Make it with Michaels Workshop: Vintage Crate! Create a crate that’s storage and décor in one. We’ll guide you through making a plain wooden crate pretty with chalky paint, vintage style stencils, and simple distressing techniques. Free with the cost of supplies.

7:00 pm: STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique – an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages! Matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters and more fill the stage with energizing beat at STOMP, the inventive and invigorating stage show that’s dance, music and theatrical performance blended together in one electrifying rhythm. Stamford, CT.

Friday, January 9th:

4:00 – 5:00pm: The winter is made for storytelling. End your week relaxing by the fire with your family. Every Friday we’ll have the fire going and stories to share for children of all ages. Each week will be filled with different stories, rhymes and songs, and the magic of a crackling fire! Ages: Families with children up to age 8. Led by: Amy Stich. $5 Non-Members. Mystic, CT.

7:00 pm: Black Holes: The End of Space and Time! Head to the Observatory for a real treat to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by enjoying a presentation on Black Holes: The End of Space and Time, followed by a visit to view the night sky through our 22-inch research telescope. The presentation portion of the program will be held rain or shine. Viewing hours are weather permitting. Non-Members: $5 Adults, $3 Children (5-17). Stamford, CT.

Saturday, January 10th:

9:00 am – 11:00 am: Accessibility Day! Free admission for families of children with special needs. Enjoy the museum’s engaging exhibits, mingle with other families and learn with your child in a safe, welcoming, ADA compliant environment. This event is open to all special needs families, no registration is needed. Norwalk, CT.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm: Michaels Kids Club – Stitched Felt Bag! Sew much fun! Take home a completed project. Just $2 per 30-minute session – including supplies. Ages 3 and up.

11:00 am: Join us as most Barnes & Nobles for a free Storytime and Activities featuring Please, Mr. Panda! This clever picture book about manners will delight children and endear them to Mr. Panda. Stay tuned for our upcoming book review and giveaway!

11:00 am – 3:00 pm: Open House it with Michaels: Creative Classes Open House! Discover hidden talents this new year! Stop by to meet our talented instructors and sign up to take a class. Free.

11:00 am – 3:00 pm: Sweet Dream Catcher: Lakeshore Learning Center of Hamden offers up free crafts for kids ages 3 and up every Saturday.

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm: The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant! Michael Boudewyns and Sara Valentine from Really Inventive Stuff bring the tale of Babar the elephant to life! 1:30 pm: Instrument Discovery Zone, 2:00 pm: Family Concert, 3:00 pm: Afternoon Snack. New Haven, CT.

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm: Celebrate the Magic of the Season! Celebrate the magic of the season at our “Happy New Year” Party. We keep the museum open late just for you and your guests. Dance party with special performances, guest appearances from museum characters and special guest. Light snacks, door prizes and more. Registration is required. Norwalk, CT.

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm: Parents Night Out! Take a grownup night out while your children enjoy a night with nature! Each evening, we’ll provide dinner and nature fun inside and out. Children can choose the excitement of a night hike or cozy stories inside, and then we’ll all meet up for s’mores by the fire. Dress your child for outside and send a flashlight. Ages 5-12 (drop off). $30 non-member, $15 extra sibling. Mystic, CT.

Saturday, January 10th – Sunday, January 11th at 3:00 pm: Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, Guys and Dolls Jr. introduces us to colorful characters who have become legends in the musical theatre canon: Sarah Brown, the up­right but uptight “mission doll,”; Sky Masterson, the slick, high-rolling gambler who woos her on a bet and ends up falling in love; Adelaide, a nightclub performer whose chronic flu is brought on by the fact she’s been engaged to the same man for 14 years; and Nathan Detroit, her devoted fiancé, desperate as always to find a spot for his infamous floating dice game. Westport, CT.

Saturday, January 10th – Sunday, January 18th: Educator Appreciation Days at Barnes & Noble of West Hartford and Milford. Join us for local Educator Appreciation Days. Pre-K to 12 educators save 25% on classroom and personal purchases and 10% on Cafe consumables. Plus special savings on new NOOK devices.

{Reoccurs Weekends} Saturday, January 10th – Sunday, February 15th at 12:00 pm: Family Fun Trio (Chicken Little, The Ugly Duckling, and The Three Pigs) The actors aren’t at the theatre! What do we do? Cancel the show? Of course not. As the old saying goes: The show must go on, and luckily the Italiano Players are here to save the day. Armed with a caravan full of fun props and costumes, this eccentric troupe of traveling performers are here to perform not one, not two, but three classic children’s tales the only way they know how: Cabaret style! This show is chock full of magic, mayhem, and music as the performers bounce from story to story to tell the tales of The Ugly Duckling, Chicken Little, and The Three Little Pigs in this fun and completely unique Cabaret original. Children’s shows usually run no longer than 75-80 minutes with a 10 minute intermission. Bridgeport, CT.

Sunday, January 11th:

9:00 am – 12:00 pm: The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness and Avon Theatre in Stamford are pleased to announce a special sneak preview of the movie Paddington to be held January 11th at 9 am. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for children, and will benefit be homeful, a bold new campaign designed to end family homelessness in America. Stamford, CT.

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm: JCC Youth Theatre Auditions for the Phanton Tollbooth for children 8 to 18 years old. Come down and audition! Show Date- Sunday March 29th. Woodbridge, CT.

3:00 pm: Using eye-popping circus skills honed at the Big Apple Circus, Mr. Fish proves that science can be fun by performing amazing tricks involving boomerangs, bubbles, bull whips, balloons, eggs & more! Discover the concepts of friction, velocity and inertia by witnessing a tablecloth safely pulled out from under various objects. Learn about the structure of Roman arches through the juggling of eggs. Find out about aerodynamics from flying boomerangs. Science is finally fun! Adults $15, children $10. Stamford, CT.

Sunday, January 11th – Saturday, January 17th:

Free 7 day pass includes: group classes, basketball, racquetball, pool and fitness center. Our Open House is the kick-off to a “Free Fit and Fun” week at the JCC! Join us for free exercise classes and demos, Bagels & Books, Yeladim tours, Youth Theatre Auditions and more! Learn about JCC membership benefits and take advantage of membership specials! Register to download a free pass for you and your friends. Woodbridge, CT.

Monday, January 12 – Sunday, January 18:

Museum Children Free Week! Free admission to children ages twelve and under when accompanied by an adult. Litchfield, CT.

Monday, January 12th, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm:

Make it with Michaels: Scrapbooking 101 Intro Class! Learn the basics of Scrapbooking! Featuring new and exclusive Project Life products designed from Heidi Swapp’s latest collections. This back-to-basics approach is so simple it’s revolutionary! Free with cost of supplies.

Tuesday, January 13th:

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Make it with Michaels: Jewelry 101 Intro Class! Create standout style. Tassels are a fun way to add interest to any project. Learn the basics of bead stringing while making your own suede tassels. Free with the cost of supplies.

7:00 pm: Brush & Bordeaux with Betsy DeMarco. Join us for painting, wine, and hors d’oeuvres. Local artist and art teacher Betsy DeMarco guides the process of painting your own masterpiece. 21+. Acrylic paints, food, wine, and aprons provided. All artistic levels welcome! $30 per person. New Haven, CT.

Wednesday, January 14th, 9:00 am – 10:00 am:

Stroller Tour! New moms, dads and caregivers with babies welcome for a guided tour of Museum exhibitions. No registration needed. Greenwich, CT.

Thursday, January 15 – Sunday, January 31: The Wiz! Featuring an electrifying and dynamic ensemble cast, this soulful modern retelling of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz originally won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.  The score by Charlie Smalls includes the beloved hits “Ease on Down the Road”, “Brand New Day”, and “Home”.  A great show for all ages! Bridgeport, CT.

Thursday, January 15th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm:

Make it with Michaels Workshop: Canvas Décor! Unleash your inner Jackson Pollock! Our crafting experts will teach you how to create a custom canvas with 3D textured modeling paste and acrylic paint. Free with the cost of supplies.

Friday, January 16th:

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm: {Parents Night Out} Calling all tweens! Village Center for the Arts will be hosting a Tween Night just for all of you who want to create special art from books! Altered Book Tween Night! Secret compartments, popups, and amazing supplies make altered books a truly special piece of artwork. And of course we’ll also be enjoying pizza and make your own ice cream sundaes! So get ready, get set and let’s have an adventurous, creative night filled with cool projects, happiness and excitement! $40 per tween. Milford, CT.

6:00pm – 7:00pm: Star Gazing! Bring you telescope or look threw one of ours and view the amazing night ski at Hammonassett. Inclement Weather date:  January 17th at 6:00 pm. Madison, CT.

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Yoga PJ Party! Kids should wear their pajamas to this special Friday night class! We’ll take a fantastical yoga adventure, have a yoga story, create vision boards, play lots of yoga games and dance up a storm! Milk and cookies will be served after the class, then sweet dreams to follow! $30/non-member. Ages: 5-12 years old. Greenwich, CT.

7:30 pm: Outlaws! Frustrated with Washington and hard-up for cash, Jesse James and his brother Frank take matters into their own hands robbing banks, courting the press, and killing anyone who gets in their way. Alternating between sprawling epic and intimate family drama, Outlaws examines the blurred lines between hero and villain, bravery and recklessness, and man and god. East Haddam, CT.

Saturday, January 17th:

9:30 am – 12:00 pm: Time Jumpers: From Dinos to Demille! Children will have the opportunity to move from prehistoric times, through ancient Egypt, to Medieval Europe, to old time Hollywood, hopping across time and space in a theatrical time travel adventure. They’ll learn how to: become dinosaurs. build their own crowns and princess hats, make coats of arms, create the soundscapes for silent movies and more! Over the course of the day, through the various activities, kids will get a glimpse into the inner workings of the props, costumes and scene shops, and take a fun acting workshop with a member of the Long Wharf Theatre artistic team. Activities are designed to be appropriate for ages three and up. There is a $5 suggested donation per family. A $10 donation gets entry plus a chance to win one of our family-friendly prizes! New Haven, CT.

10:00 am: Free: Junior Chef Classes: Better Burgers! There’s nothing like a juicy burger that you’ve helped to make—and then get to eat! Join us and learn how to make delicious burgers along with some great toppings. With a little adult help, you can be in charge of a burger dinner! Suitable for ages 9–13. Williams-Sonoma Stores – Locations can vary.

10:30 am – 12:00 pm: Ice Fishing! The Andover Lake Property Association will bring the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Fisheries “Family Ice Fishing Class” to Andover at the Old Firehouse on Center Street. The class will be conducted by certified DEEP Aquatic Resources Education instructors. It will be a classroom environment that will teach students about ice fishing equipment, bait, techniques, terminology, rules and regulations as well as ethics and sportsmanship and where to fish and what they might catch. This Family Ice Fishing class is for everyone ages 7 and up. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The class is open to all and is free of charge. Pre-registration for the class is required as class size is limited. Andover, CT.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm: Michaels Kids Club – Freeze Frame! Snowflake it yourself! Come by and take home a completed project. Just $2 per 30-minute session – including supplies. Ages 3 and up

10:00 am – 12:00 pm: A Billion Bricks Lego Trucks, Trains & Spaceships: Lights! Camera! Action! LEGO animation with I LUG NY facilitators. Led by Alex Kobbs, of KooberzStudios. Learn and film stop action animation with LEGO creations and mini figures. Recommended for ages 10 and up, space is limited. Stamford, CT.

11:00 am: Join Barnes & Noble of Glastonbury and Stamford for a free Storytime and activities featuring Hug Machine. This book with humorous illustrations is a wonderful feel-good story, sure to entertain the young and old!

11:00 am – 3:00 pm: Crafty Cataplut – Lakeshore Learning Center of Hamden offers up free crafts for kids ages 3 and up every Saturday.

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Demo it with Michaels – Art Skills Demo! Learn to make an eye catching title for your science fair poster!

2:00 pm: Join our super fun registry party! Get a chance to see and win a must have item for baby! We’re raffling off over 10 Moms Love It Award winning items. Get expert advise on preparing for baby. Meet and mingle with other parents-to-be. Start a registry or add to your current registry where you can take advantage of endless earnings and earn up to 10% back on purchases from your registry!

2:00 pm – 400 pm: A Billion Bricks Lego Trucks, Trains & Spaceships: Lights! Camera! Action! LEGO animation with I LUG NY facilitators. Led by Alex Kobbs, of KooberzStudios. Learn and film stop action animation with LEGO creations and mini figures. Recommended for ages 10 and up, space is limited. Stamford, CT.

7:30 pm: The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes! Howard Barnes is a perfectly average man, until he discovers that his life has become a musical. Equal parts satire, romantic comedy, and love letter to the American musical, The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes is a musical for people who love musical theater, and their spouses who hate it. East Haddam, CT.

Sunday, January 18th:

8:00 am – 9:00 am: Pancakes with Penguins! They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why not spend it with the penguins at Mystic Aquarium? Plan ahead and reserve your tickets for Pancakes with Penguins, a fun event to kick-start your day. Your breakfast experience will include a visit by African Penguins and our mascot “Petey the Penguin.”  $25 per adult, $21 per child. Admission to aquarium is $10. Mystic, CT.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm: A Billion Bricks Lego Trucks, Trains & Spaceships: Lights! Camera! Action! LEGO animation with I LUG NY facilitators. Led by Alex Kobbs, of KooberzStudios. Learn and film stop action animation with LEGO creations and mini figures. Recommended for ages 10 and up, space is limited. Stamford, CT.

11:00 am: Harold and the Purple Crayon! Take a wild ride as Harold jets to Mars (shooting stars, spaceships!), joins a circus (he walks a tightrope!), and meets a king in an enchanted garden (of course, there’s a dragon). The “Harold” books have captivated families for more than fifty years, celebrating the imagination of children and the unique way they see the world. That’s why Enchantment, one of America’s most innovative producers of original theater works for children and families, has adapted these wonderful stories for the stage. Using all the elements of its signature style, which combines life-size puppets, masks, magic and music, Enchantment’s production will delight and amaze you, from children starting at Harold’s age to grandparents – anyone, in fact, whose heart is young and adventurous. Bring your book and get it signed by Harold after the show! Have your photo taken with Scooby Doo in the lobby! Tickets $15 per person. Ridgefield, CT.

12:00 – 3:30 pm: Join us for our 6th Annual Teen Summit event celebrating the legacy of Dr. King. In this interactive workshop, teens from all over Connecticut will come together to showcase their talents in effort to promote social and environmental justice. Free pizza, certificates of participation, and prizes are included! New Haven, CT.

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm {Reoccurs Monday, January 19, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm}: 19th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy of Environmental and Social Justice 2015! The Yale Peabody Museum will open its doors once again in honor of Dr. King and his efforts to ensure environmental and social justice among all people. The weekend’s activities will include world-class performances and educational activities for visitors of all ages. New Haven, CT.

1:00 pm: For Tonight! When their parents die of a mysterious illness in their small Welsh village, surviving siblings Thomas, Haydon, and Nettie are forced to fend for themselves. Inspired by the gypsies who once shared their home, Haydon heads off to Liverpool, guitar in hand, to find what he’s been missing. There he meets Mirela who speaks to his wandering soul. Through a riveting indie-rock/folk score, “For Tonight” explores the indelible power of home. East Haddam, CT.

1:00 pm:  “Dragon King” by the Tanglewood Puppets. The Tanglewood Puppets provide shows for all ages and all occasions! All shows are created by Mac McCord to provide a unique experience, designed to delight the audience. Hamden, CT.

1:00 pm: Stella, Queen of the Snow tells the story of two children as they spend the day playing in the snow. The forest, snowballs, snow angels and the mysterious white stuff itself provide fuel for Sam’s questions and Stella’s answers as they discover the world of winter together. This hour-long production will feature the whimsical puppets, striking scenic effects and evocative original music that have earned international recognition for Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. Recommended for ages 3-7. Westport, CT.

1:00 pm – 3:00pm: Family Studio Workshop: Relief Printing! Families explore the process of making fine art while using quality art-making supplies and discussing current exhibitions. All ages. Fee per person: $15 non-members. Greenwich, CT.

2:00 pm: Harold and the Purple Crayon! (See details above)

2:00 pm – 400 pm: A Billion Bricks Lego Trucks, Trains & Spaceships: Lights! Camera! Action! LEGO animation with I LUG NY facilitators. Led by Alex Kobbs, of KooberzStudios. Learn and film stop action animation with LEGO creations and mini figures. Recommended for ages 10 and up, space is limited. Stamford, CT.

3:00 pm: Lecture: Connecticut Families of the Revolution! Author Mark Baker will be at the Historical Society to discuss his new book Connecticut Families of the Revolution: American Forebears from Burr to Wolcott. Many of the Revolution’s prominent families hailed from the Nutmeg State, and Baker explores the experience of the women and men who fought and preserved life on the homefront during this conflict. $5 for non-members. Litchfield, CT.

4:00 pm: Stella, Queen of the Snow (See details above)

Monday. January 19th:

9:00 am – 4:00 pm: The Zoo is honoring the civil rights leader’s life and achievments by offering $5 Admission all day! Bridgeport, CT.

9:30 am – 4:30 pm: Dream Poetry Workshop, ages 6-10 years old Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream. Do you have a dream? Come to a poetry workshop and learn to turn your dreams into words through poetry! 60-minute workshop: 10-11am Preregistration required. Limit 12 students. Admission, plus $2. Niantic, CT.

10:00 am – 2:00 pm: Wilton Historical Society will celebrate Peace, Love & Understanding on Martin Luther King Day with a program for children ingrades K – 5. This happening will  include yoga, cooperative building and role playing games.  Become a Peacemaker as we learn 60’s folk songs, create world globes from maps, make love beads and peace sign wreaths while learning the origins of the peace symbols. Learn about the civil rights leader and how he inspired Westporters  to become involved in the battle for racial equality. To register for the Martin Luther King Day program at the Westport Historical Society call (203) 222-1424. Cost: $45 for members, $55 for non-members. Additional siblings are $10 off. Pizza lunch will be served. Wilton, CT.

10:00 am – 4:00 pm: 19th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy of Environmental and Social Justice 2015! (Details above). In addition storytelling from Noon to 4:00 pm. New Haven, CT.

10:00 am – 4:00 pm: Bright Star Theatre Company performs “Freedom Songs” at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. Family activities in the Education Workshop throughout the day. All activities are free with Museum admission.Freedom Songs: The Music of Black History. Join our energetic actors in this entertaining musical revue of the history of Black music!  From the work songs of slavery (“Hoe Emma Hoe”) and the hymns of the Underground Railroad (“Follow the Drinking Gourd”) to the blues of Beale Street and the anthems of the Civil Rights Movement, music has always been an integral part of our nation’s past. In this production, our actor/singers tell the stories behind these famous and forgotten hymns, worksongs and musical styles while sampling songs that spread across continents, genres and centuries. Greenwich, CT.

11:00 am – 3:00 pm: Winter Break Out Day: How’s It Move? From trains to tarantulas and rockets to rabbits, explore how different things move from point A to point B. Explore animal motion from galloping horses to slithering snakes, try to stay dry in a centripetal force challenge, launch some rockets, and get moving with hikes on the winter trails. Discover how the constellations ‘move’ in the winter sky in the planetarium. The new LEGO exhibition, A Billion Bricks: Trucks, Trains & Spaceships, will also have plenty of great action. At the end of the day, make a move to join us at 2:30 pm for S’mores on the Meadow. Stamford, CT.

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm: The New Haven Museum is pleased to participate in the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History MLK weekend celebration by serving as the host location for this afternoon’s programs presented by professional storytellers Joy Donaldson – 12:30pm; Waltrina Kirkland Mullins – 1:30pm and  Karen Johnson – 2:30pm.  New Haven, CT. Free.

Thursday, January 22nd, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm:

Make it with Michaels Workshop: Word Canvas! Create your own inspiration. Using stickers as a stencil for your favorite phrase or quote, we’ll show you how to make a cool canvas with 3D paints. Free with the cost of supplies.

Friday, January 23rd:

7:30 pm – 9:30 pm: On 1.23 we’re hosting a Teen Night for 6th-8th Graders, featuring swimming, aqua hoops, free climbing on our Aquatic Climbing Wall, sports, games, socializing and more wholesome fun at the Family Y. $20 non-members. Westport, CT.

Saturday, January 24nd:

10:00 am: Junior Chef Classes: Fun Finger Foods! In this class, it’s A-OK to eat with your fingers—no forks required! We’ll teach you how to make scrumptious finger foods that are great for snacks, lunch and dinner. What could be more fun? Suitable for ages 9–13. Free. Williams-Sonoma Stores – Locations can vary.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm: Michaels Kids Club – Mardi Gras Mask! It’s a piece of (King’s) cake! Come by and take home a completed project. Just $2 per 30-minute session – including supplies. Ages 3 and up.

10:30 am – 12:30 pm: “Snow White” Children of all ages and their families are invited to a one-of-a-kind performance of Snow White by German master puppeteer and actor Matthias Kuchta. The Brothers Grimm fairy tale will be performed with bizarre, life-size, and “very human” like creatures. Kuchta’s multi-faceted performance will invite the audience to experience a unique theater production. Waterbury, CT.

11:00 am – 3:00 pm: My Friends Photo Board – Lakeshore Learning Center of Hamden offers up free crafts for kids ages 3 and up every Saturday.

12:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Spring Open House! Treat the kids to free music & dance!This free event includes an “instrument petting zoo,” where younger children can try out real instruments. There will be special interactive activities and free classes, including dance (jazz, creative dance, ballet and modern) and early childhood music and movement classes which explore rhythm, motor, aural and social skills for young children. New Haven, CT.

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm: Join the new LEGO Club Meeting! Meet other club members and share your building skills, learn how to build the January mini model and use your creativity to add even more to it. Plus, you can take your creation home! This exclusive event has limited space and availability varies by store, so sign up early! Registration is $10 per child. Open to children ages 6-14. Registration begins January 1!

7:30 pm – 9:30 pm: We’re hosting a Youth Night for 4th-5th Graders, featuring swimming, aqua hoops, free climbing on our Aquatic Climbing Wall), sports, games, socializing and more wholesome fun at the Family Y. $20 non-members. Westport, CT.

Sunday, January 25th:

10:00 am to 7:00 pm: The Chocolate Expo! One of the largest consumer-oriented chocolate events in the United States, will feature some 30+ vendors who will offer FREE tastings and sales of their products. They’ll be set up throughout the Aquarium’s galleries. Expo producer Marvin Baum said Chocolate Expo is for people who are serious about chocolate and unique specialty foods. “Think of the chocolate tastings in the way you might think of a wine tasting at a winery: you get a small sample to try and you often get to talk with the person who made the product,” Baum said. “If you like what you’ve tasted, you can purchase that product directly at the show for yourself or to give as gifts. ”Expo/Aquarium visitors will find not only traditional and gourmet chocolates, but also unique offerings like chocolate tarts, chocolate-covered pretzels, chocolate balsamic dressing, chocolate-covered bacon and even chocolate-scented bath soaps. But Chocolate Expo isn’t entirely about chocolate. $15 Adults, $10 Kids. Norwalk, CT.

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Family Fun Sunday! Join Save the Children, CT Challenge, Alex’s Lemonade and many other amazing brands and organizations on January 25th for a day of face painting, magic, dress up, mini manicures and much more! Get busy on the dance floor with the famous Baby Loves Disco DJ. Have a blast in the Kidville Posh Tot Play Land. Discover the Child’s Clinic Sensory Play for our children with special needs. Tech play for the little gamers. Shopping for mom and a “Dad’s Den” sports bar for the score watcher! A Photo contest and meet Toys R’ Us Geoffrey the Giraffe and Sharkey from Sharkey’s Cuts For Kids! Family Fun Day Sunday is proudly presented by Celebrity Baby Trends. Enjoy 9,500 square feet of fun, pampering and family togetherness! Greenwich, CT.

Wednesday, January 28th at 10:00 am:

Story Time for Toddlers: The Colors of Us! Preschool-aged children and their caregivers are invited to read The Colors of Us by Karen Katz with a museum educator followed by a rainbow inspired portrait activity in the Studio. Portraits will be made using construction paper, scissors and glue. RSVP by contacting 203.753.0381, ext. 130 or email informationdesk@MattatuckMuseum.org. Waterbury, CT.

Thursday, January 29th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm:

Make it with Michaels Workshop: Renew Your Treasure with DecoArt! Good as new! Let us show you how to upcycle anything with soft, chalky paint and wax. Customize one of our unfinished wood items or revamp that vintage treasure you nabbed at the neighbor’s estate sale. Free with the cost of supplies.

Saturday, January 31st:

10:00 am – 12:00 pm: Michaels Kids Club – Valentine’s Frame! You wood love it! Come by for our Wooden Valentine’s Frame event and take home a completed project. Just $2 per 30-minute session – including supplies.

10:00 am: Free: Junior Chef Classes: No-Bake Valentine’s Treats! Valentine’s Day treats are the tasty topic of the next class designed by Jennifer Tyler Lee, creator of the award-winning food game Crunch a Color and author of The 52 New Foods Challenge cookbook. Together we’ll make three easy, no-bake treats that are perfect Valentine’s Day! Suitable for ages 5–13. Williams-Sonoma Stores – Locations can vary.

11:00 am – 3:00 pm: Masquerade Mask – Lakeshore Learning Center of Hamden offers up free crafts for kids ages 3 and up every Saturday.

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