April 6 – 12

Below are a list of things to do around CT; all are worth the drive, as we welcome the first full week of April and prepare for the onset Spring. Check out our activities page for re-occurring things to do across CT on the daily, weekly or monthly regular. Check back often as we update this page daily!

Tuesday, April 7 – Friday, April 10:

9am – 12pm: Spring Break Workshops will be available for children ages 8 through 11 years old. A story and craft program with a colonial slant. Each day, children will explore a different historical building on our property. Topics that will be covered this spring include colonial gardens and herb lore, colonial foodways, candle dipping and school days. Children will engage in arts-and-crafts projects, have a snack and play traditional colonial games. In addition, they will learn a little about how children lived in colonial times. The program costs $25/session for members and $30/session for non-members. New Canaan Historical Society, New Canaan.

6pm: Movie Night: Unacceptable Levels Unacceptable Levels, a film about chemicals in our bodies and how they got there, examines the unseen threat of toxic chemicals in our daily lives as seen through the eyes of filmmaker & father Ed Brown. Featuring testimonies of experts including Ralph Nader, Stacy Malkan, Christopher Gavigan, and Ken Cook, Brown weaves a compelling narrative with tremendous visual impact. Over 80,000 chemicals flow through our system of commerce, many going straight into our bodies; even our unborn children are affected. Due to this constant exposure, approximately 200 synthetic industrial chemicals interact with our cells every single day. Until recently, modern science really didn’t understand longterm impacts, but that is changing. Globally, disease rates are on the rise. Theories about the causes abound, yet the issues are complex and often muddied by the maneuvering of political and corporate interests.(76 minutes run time with Q&A following the screening Director Ed Brown via Skype!) Appriopraite for mature tweens, teens and adults. $10 per person. The Garden Education Center of Greenwich, Greenwich.

Wednesday, April 8:

3:30 – 5pm: American Girl Mystery Club Part II: A Thief in the Theater Join us for the second part of our American Girl Mystery Club! the first part of this book club takes place on March 25. In this exciting book, Kit volunteers at a local theater and discovers more drama than she bargained for! Following the discussion, we will play detective games relating to the story. The registration fee includes a copy of the book. Ages 8 and up. $7 for non-members. Litchfield History Museum, Litchfield.

6 – 8pm: Maritime Author Series with Walter Ansel The Whaleboat: A Study of Design, Construction and Use From 1850 to 2014 is back in print, and updated by author Willits Ansel’s son, Walter, and Walter’s daughter, Evelyn. The revised edition of The Whaleboat is the definitive source for information on this important workboat type. Written by former Mystic Seaport shipwright Will Ansel, its 147 pages include drawings and specifications of five common whaleboat rigs, as well as whaleboat line drawings and construction drawings. $20 per non-member. Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic

Friday, April 10:

7 – 8:30pm: Peeper Prowl Come listen with us for spring peepers in our marsh and look for secretive animals like the spotted salamander. Children must be accompanied by an adult. $8 per non-members. The Connecticut Audubon Society; Center at Fairfield, Fairfield.

Friday, April 10 – Sunday, April 12:

Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 3pm and 8 pm and Sunday at 2 pm and 6:30pm. {Reoccurs} Guys and Dolls Luck be a lady tonight! Times Square’s most colorful characters make their first appearance at Goodspeed in a brassy new staging of the American musical comedy classic. The bet of a lifetime puts a hardboiled gambler in the arms of a Save-a-Soul mission worker in the neon-kissed valentine to the saints and sinners of New York. The alleys echo with the swinging sound of “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat,” “A Bushel and a Peck,” “If I Were a Bell” and more. Bring your dice along! Goodspeed Opera House, East Haddam.

Saturday, April 11 – Sunday, April 12:

Saturday 9:30am – 5pm and Sunday 10am – 4:30pm: 42nd Annual New Haven Mineral Show $5 donation. Children under 12 are free with an adult. Click here for the flyer. Amity Regional Middle School, Orange.

1pm: Icebreaker Pete and Chris Amusements are New England’s only two-man kid’s magic show. They give an ultra high-energy performance that capture’s kid’s attention, and doesn’t let go! Come and take part in the show! Chris and Presto Pete will also be putting on their two-man kids’ comedy show throughout the weekend. Visit the Kids Korner on the Midway at 1pm on Saturday and Sunday to see them perform! Adults $46, children $10 (ages 6-14), children 5 and under are free. Thompson Speedway, Thompson.

Saturday, April 11:

8am – 2pm: Clean Up Day Join a group or work independently. All are welcome to help! Bags and gloves provided. Enjoy Chili and hotdogs after the work is done (around noon) at Hollow Park. Free. Hollow Park, Woodbury.

{Mommy Time Out} 8:15am – 12:30pm: A Divorce Workshop This is a one time workshop, not a series of workshops. This workshop is designed to help women take the next step, no matter where they are in the process of untying the knot. Second Saturday deals with the legal, financial, family and personal issues of divorce in a logical, yet compassionate way. With the guidance of trained professionals, workshop participants gain greater understanding of the confusing divorce process. $35 per person. Southport Congregational Church Library, Southport.

9am: 5th Annual Dino Egg Hunt Monty’s hopping down the dinosaur trail, and he’s hiding Dino Eggs for you to find. Hunt for hundreds of Dino Eggs in different locations throughout The Dinosaur Place at Nature’s Art Village. Egg hunts are separated by age from 1-12. $14.99 admission, $3.50 dino egg hunt participant. Costs do not include tax. Raindate: 4/18. The Dinosaur Place at Nature’s Art Village, Montville.

10am: See-It-Grow Spring is here and it’s time to start gardening! Your child will love learning about plants and watching them grow with this great kit! Free. Lowe’s Stores.

10am: Puppet Time Join Bella Monster, musician and teacher Derek Waldron, and puppeteer and teaching artist Brenda Huggins for a 45min session of sing-a-long and movement activities, dramatic play, and puppet shows. Children will learn basics of music including tempo, dynamics, rhythm and pitch in a hands-on environment designed to engage very young learners. Ages 5 and under. $20 per adult/child pair, $5 per additional participant. Waldron’s Studio 88, Willimantic.

10 – 11:30am: Wake Up Sleepy Critters Take a hike around the nature center to look for hibernating animal habitats, read a story, and make a cute craft! Grades K-3. $15 per child. Pre-registration required. Trumbull Nature and Arts Center, Trumbull.

11am: The annual Kite Flying Festival returns to Greenwich point Beach each spring in April. The Festival is sponsored by the Greenwich Arts Council and the Town Department of Parks and Recreation. Participants are encouraged to bring kites of all shapes and sizes, made of plastic, paper or fabric, and may join in a free raffle for gift certificates to Smart Kids Toys. Special award ribbons are given to all high fliers. Raindate: 4/12 at Noon. Free. Greenwich Point Beach, Greenwich.

12pm: National Theatre in HD: Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery, broadcast live from the National Theatre. It’s a dark, stormy night. The stars are out. Jim, the inn-keeper’s granddaughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor’s feet sits a huge sea-chest, full of secrets. Jim invites him in – and her dangerous voyage begins. Suitable for children ages 10 and up. $25 per non-members, students $15 and free for children under 18. The Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield.

12:15 -1pm: Saturday Spring Walk Hike the trails with us as we look and listen for signs of spring! Skunk cabbage, migrating birds, peepers calling. We’ll roll logs looking for insects and salamanders, too! $3 for non-members. The Connecticut Audubon Society; Center at Fairfield, Fairfield.

1 and 3pm: “Hao Bang Ah, Sheep!” by Chinese Theatre Works This performance, written and directed by Kuang-Yu Fong and Stephen Kaplin (a UConn Puppet Arts alumnus), features a jolly selection of hand-puppet vignettes, many based on popular songs and well-known Chinese sayings. While some parts of the program are performed in Chinese, all include English translations and explanations.The audience will be introduced to other animals of the Chinese zodiac, and also learn about Chinese New Year customs and foods. Audience participation makes this Chinese culture and language-learning experience accessible to even the youngest audience member. Ticket costs: Adults: $10; Students: $7; Kids: $5. Storrs Campus Ballard Institute Theater, Storrs Center.

2pm: Around the World: Performance Series Boogie Chillun’: Motown Music – Move, dance and sing along to the soulful Motown sounds of the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Motown Records founder, Berry Gordy. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Norwalk.

4pm- 7pm: 2015 Season Kick-Off Block Party Our 2015 Season is right around the corner and to celebrate, we’re throwing open the doors of the theater and bringing you delectable local fare. Come get the “Backstage Experience” and see the theater through an actor’s eyes. Beaver Beer tasting, four local food trucks in one spot: Bodega, Christophe’s Crepes, LobsterCraft, and Skinny Pines Pizza; will have food available for purchase. Complimentary custard from Shake Shack. Live music by David & Chenot. Fun games and activities for adults and kids alike. Free and open to the public. Westport Country Playhouse, Westport.

7:30pm: Yale Concert Band: Music of Lithuania and America Free. Woolsey Hall, New Haven.

Sunday, April 12:

7:45am: Julia’s Run for Children Race begins and ends on Yale University’s Cross Campus. Participants are welcome to run, jog, or walk. Click here to learn more about Julia’s Run. Time: 7:45-9:45am: Registration, bib and t-shirt pickup at Woolsey Hall, Cross Campus, 9:30am: Fun Run (0.7 miles) ages 12 and under, 10am: Main Run/Walk (4 miles) Post-race: Awards ceremony, refreshments, and raffle. Yale University’s Cross Campus New Haven.

10:45am: Chester Spring Carnivale 10:30am – 1pm: 25th annual Ice Carving Demonstration. Professional ice sculptors, plus college students of ice carving, will be hard at work turning their blocks of ice into sculptures. 11am – 1pm: 15th annual “Chilly Chili Cook Off” at the Chester Fire House. $5 admission lets you taste all the different chilis cooked and served by restaurants, caterers and fire departments. You can vote for your favorite fire department chili, favorite restaurant chili, most original chili, and best dressed chili serving table. Beverages will be sold. All proceeds go to the Chester Hose Company. 2pm: 14th Annual Tractor Parade through Chester Center (beginning at North Quarter Park at intersection of Rte. 154 and Main Street). All sizes, all ages, all manufacturers – tractors are driven through the town center in a long parade. You never knew there were so many tractors in the Connecticut River Valley! Carnivale beads and balloons handed out through town. Free face painting. The Chester Museum at The Mill will be open at no charge, offering a place to explore Chester history. Photo booth will be at Maple and Main Gallery of Fine Art. Come in, dress up with the supplied props, and get your picture taken with your friends. Donation requested to benefit Carnivale. Chester Center, 1 Main Street, Chester.

1 – 3pm: Summer Camp Open House JCC Day Camps offers the most enriching day camping experience! We welcome you to visit our facility and enjoy a day of s’mores around the campfire. Learn about JCC Day Camps, tour the facility and have  a taste of summer. After the open house, try our indoor facility, pool,  playscape and gym for free until 6 pm! Free. JCC, New Haven.

1:30 – 2pm: Around the World: Show Me a Tale Paul Bunyan: A Tall Tale – Using clay and paint to make a bas relief, recreate the landscapes of Paul and Babe’s territory. Tickets required. Limited space. For ages 5 and older. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Norwalk.

2 – 4pm: Break the Hate: Responding to Anti-Semitism on Campus 2 – 3 pm: Keynote speaker. 3- 4:30pm: High school students are invited for pizza and a series of speed-stations during which they can engage with current college students in conversations about their personal campus experiences. Stations will also include videos and other visual aids to facilitate their understanding of the issues and learning strategies for how-to-repond. S’mores end the day’s program. The event is free, but space is limited, and registration is required. Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, Woodbridge.

2 – 4pm: Open House Are still trying to decide if Camp Jewell YMCA is right for your child? Is this your child’s first overnight experience at a summer camp? To ease any concerns that you or your child might have, Camp Jewell YMCA hosts open houses at camp three times during the year. At our open house you can ask staff questions, tour the facility, view the summer menu, and watch a slide show presentation. A few activity areas are also open for fun! Camp Jewel, Colebrook.

3pm: Second Movement Concert Series Our Resident Pianist, Miki Sawada, performs the music of Charles Ives & Martin Bresnick, and Music Haven students in the “NewMusic4Us” piano trio premiere a piece by Yale grad student Ben Wallace, as well as a repeat performance of the music of Gabriel Bolaños —  written especially for them! Admission: Pay-what-you-ca​n (suggested: $5-$15). Firehouse 12, New Haven.

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