Happenings: January 11 – 17

Below we have highlighted our Momecast™ – a mom’s forecast of what to do and where to go across Connecticut for the next 7 days; except for Hartford County – click here for Hartford happenings! We promote things to do for Moms, couples, kids and for the entire family! We list it because it’s worth the drive, don’t you agree? Want to help us find events in your town/city? Consider becoming an Momecticut Ambassador or Publisher today!

Monday, January 11:

9:30 – 10:15am: Sing-Along Storytime Play instruments and sing along to classic and contemporary children’s books. The program incorporates music in the early literacy process. Ages 0-5. Free and open to the community! JCC of Greater New Haven, Woodbridge.

7pm: Raising a Strong, Compassionate Child is presented by author Lisa Miller, who will spiritual child discuss the importance of helping children connect to the broader world beyond themselves. Ms. Miller will highlight extensive scientific research on the link between spirituality and physical, social and emotional well-being. Copies of The Spiritual Child will be available for sale and signing at the event. Please register to reserve your space. Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield.

Tuesday, January 12:

6:30 – 8pm: The Subtlety of Snakes & 1/4 billion Years of Lizard Evolution Snakes and other “lizards” (collectively known as Squamata) make up a diverse reptile group whose origins lie in the Triassic, approximately 245 million years ago. Modern squamates include nearly 10,000 species ranging in size from 1.3 inches (some geckos and chameleons) to the 250-pound Komodo Dragons and 20-foot Green Anacondas. The fossil record shows us that bear-sized lizards recently lived in Australia, 45-foot-long snakes lived in South America 55 million years ago, and bus-sized lizards swam the seas during the time of Tyrannosaurus rex. This amazing group of reptiles is the subject of numerous recent scientific studies and ongoing paleontological, ecological, and even medical research. Come join us as we explore the evolution and diversity of alotta Squamata — looking at recent paleontological discoveries and tackling questions about how lizards turned into snakes. Dr. Jack Conrad, Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy, New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine. Light refreshments at 6:30 pm. Lecture begins promptly at 7:00 pm. Lecture is free to Bruce Museum members, $15 fee for non-members, at the door. Reservations are required. Bruce Museum, Greenwich.

7:30 – 8:30pm: Picky Eaters Workshop Do you have a child who is a picky eater? Are meals becoming a power struggle between you and your child? Do you wonder how you will get your child to eat healthy foods? Are you worried that your child has or will soon have a nutritional deficiency because of their eating habits? Join other parents like you and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Meg Whitbeck, for a fun and informative workshop on Picky Eating. Learn what your child’s nutritional needs are, and identify the difference between normal eating behaviors and behaviors that may indicate an underlying issue. Explore proven strategies that will both broaden the variety of foods eaten, and promote lifelong healthy eating behaviors. Discuss the issues that you face and leave the workshop with resources and healthy recipes that can be used right away to move away from meal struggles towards quality family time around the dinner table. This workshop is $20, please bring your spouse for free! Firefly Family Yoga, Ridgefield.

Wednesday, January 13:

9 – 10am: Stroller Tour One Wednesday a month, new moms, dads, and caregivers are invited to participate in a guided tour of the Museum’s exhibitions and collections before the museum is open to the public. Crying babies are welcome and discussion will be encouraged! This program is free with general admission (general admission is free until 3/13) and no advanced registration is required. Bruce Museum, Greenwich.

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9 – 11:30am: Kindermorning Experience the rhythm of the morning as you explore the Early Childhood world with all your senses. You and your 3- to 6 year old child can enjoy a sample Waldorf Early Childhood class: joyful play, beautiful watercolor painting, seasonal songs, creative movement, and a nutritious snack. RSVP. Housatonic Valley Waldorf School, Newtown.

11 – 11:45am: Preschool Music and Movement Miss Diana will be back with her instruments and games designed to encourage your child’s love of music. This program is free with your museum admission and always fills up quickly – don’t miss out! Admission $6, children under 1 are free. KidsPlay, Torrington.

2:15 – 3:15pm: Happily Ever After Tea Party Come dressed as your favorite fairy tale character and enjoy an afternoon of tea/lemonade, snacks, stories and crafts. Ages 2 to 5. Cost: $10. Newtown Youth & Family Services, Sandy Hook.

Thursday, January 14:

9 – 10:30am: Open House Hamden Hall Country Day School, Hamden.

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5 – 6:30pm: Girl’s Night Out Terrarium Workshop Gather your friends for an evening in the greenhouse, where you’ll enjoy a glass of wine and light snacks before crafting your own terrarium. Our décor specialist will share tips for creating a terrain specialty—a verdant terrarium that brings your favorite plants indoors. Choose from our wide selection of plants, vessels, and seasonal embellishments to create your garden. Reservations are required. $40 per person. Cost includes instruction, basic potting materials, a glass of wine, and snacks. Vessels, plants, and embellishments must be purchased separately during the workshop. $40 per person. Terrain, Westport.

5:30 – 7:30pm: Young Professionals Happy Hour For young adults age 21 and up. Enjojy a beer tasting with local brewery Two Roads of Stratford, CT. A representative from the brewery will talk about the beer varieties. All galleries will be open and museum staff will give tours. $5 in advance, $10 at the door. Click here to pay online. Bruce Museum, Greenwich.

Thursday, January 14 – Sunday, January 17:

8pm: Deathtrap The Saybrook Stage Company is excited to return to The Kate with Deathtrap – both a thriller and a comedy. An ingeniously constructed play that masterfully combines gasp-inducing thrills with spontaneous laughter. This rare combination will have you scared at one moment and laughing seconds later. Set in a comfortable Connecticut home; a once successful playwright is struggling to overcome a dry spell which has resulted in a string of failures and a shortage of funds. He comes across a brilliant thriller written by a young writer and borrowing from his devious machinations as an author of thrillers, an insane plan is hatched to end his drought. The once-popular writer is prepared to go to any length to improve his fortunes which provides the twists and turns and sudden shock that keeps audiences spellbound until the very last minute. Deathtrap is one of the great popular Broadway successes having won eight prestigious awards when it opened in 1978 including the Tony Award for Best Play. It ran for almost five years and almost 1,800 performances. The rare combination of comedy and suspense make it a favorite even today-almost forty years since it first opened. The Kate, Old Saybrook.

Friday, January 15:

10 – 11:15am: Taste of Tinkergarten Come join us for a sample of what Tinkergarten class is all about. You’ll get to experience the flow of a class and a sample of the fun learning activities we enjoy each week. Parents, join your child or send your child with another caregiver and learn more about the experience by email. Free. Eisenhower Park, Milford.

10am – 5pm: Science Lab: Rain Clouds Come explore weather science while making your very own rain cloud! What is a rain cloud? A rain cloud, also known as a nimbus cloud, is a cloud that produces precipitation and are formed at low altitudes. Included with the cost of admission. EverWonder Children’s Museum, Newtown.

7pm: The Naugatuck River This Naugatuck River Revival Group (NRRG) movie shows our river like never before. You will see it from its beginning in Torrington to its tide waters, where it meets the Housatonic River, and view what it is like in, over and under the river. The Naugatuck River, suitable for both children and adults, is a glimpse into a planned documentary called The Last Refuge and features the wildlife and people who use the river. You will see songbirds bathing and get close to eagles, owls, and salmon. You will meet two ancient creatures: lamprey and elvers (baby eels). Trapped at the Kinneytown Dam in Seymour, these elvers traveled thousands of miles from the Sargasso Sea to grow to lengths of over 3 feet. If they survive they will stay in the Naugatuck for the next 20-30 years before returning to the Sargasso to breed. Come close to one of the oldest predators on Earth: the peregrine falcon. Watch volunteers struggle to clean the river. See unique views of the new 6.4 million dollar Tingue Dam Bypass. Ansonia Nature Center, Ansonia.

Saturday, January 16:

9am – 1pm: Eagle Viewing Trish Kevalis, the lead teacher-naturalist at our Center at Fairfield, will be there with three of our raptors (probably a hawk, an owl and a falcon). Shepaug Recreation Area, Southbury.

10am and 1pm: Nature Stroll Come for a stroll through the woods at the West Rock Nature Center. Come and enjoy nature during the cooler months. Free. West Rock Nature Center, New Haven.

10am – 12pm: Whoo Eats What? Book Release Party While Margaret the Barn Owl is preening her feathers, she notices a kooky hands-on science teacher collecting owl pellets in the woods. Margaret later observes a captivating Dissecting Owl Pellets class. Some of the students are enthusiastic, while others think the owl pellets are disgusting and look like a cat’s hairballs! Will their curiosity take over and lead them to discover whooo eats what? Book signing and purchase available. Make your own owl snack. Owl pellet dissection. Click here to learn more about this book. Old Town Hall, Woodbury.

10am – 3pm: Family Ice Fishing Workshop The Connecticut (DEEP)Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Fisheries Division sponsors this program for the fifth year in a row. Families and individuals age nine and up are welcome to attend this unique event which is part of the DEEP’s CARE (Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education) program. The class is taught by certified volunteer instructors and it’s fun! All fishing tackle and course materials are provided absolutely free! Classroom 10am – 12pm and Ice Fishing 12pm – 3pm. Pre-registration is required. White Memorial Conservation Center, Litchfield.

10am – 12pm (Ages 2-5) 1 – 3pm (Ages 6-10): Community Painting Exchange: Workshop See your creation on the walls of The Aldrich as part of an innovative project that invites visitors to think about painting in a whole new way. Choose one (or more) of these challenges: paint without a paintbrush, paint something you have never painted before, paint without using paint, paint something you have never seen before. Create your 8 1/2 x 11” masterpiece at The Aldrich during this or upcoming workshops or at home. Completed paintings must be dropped off at the Museum between March 5 and 12. The painting exchange will be held on Saturday, March 19. Everyone who made a painting will be given one to bring home! Save the date for our next painting exchange workshop on Monday, February 15 or just drop in while visiting the Museum. The Aldrich, Ridgefield.

10am – 4:50pm: Family Game Days This January, get your game on! Explore all of your favorite exhibits and compete with family and friends with supersized games. Turn yourself into a human pretzel during a round of Get Knotted and watch out for tumbling blocks when playing Giant Tower. Try to get one, two, three, four in a row before your opponent or construct your own aquarium out of huge building blocks. We even have jumbo Snakes and Ladders for the younger Aquarium guests to join in the fun. Included with the cost of general admission. Runs until Saturday, January 30th. Mystic Aquarium, Mystic.

10:30am – 12:30pm: Slide It, Shoot It, Smack It: Winter Sports! What type of games did early Native Americans play in the winter? There were team and individual contests of skill and games of chance. Spend the morning having some family fun playing traditional games such as snowsnake, shinney, and archery! We’ll end around a campfire in our replicated Algonkian Village enjoying hot chocolate and roasting marshmallows.  Snow Required! Call for information! Museum Admission: $8 Adults; $6 Seniors; $5 Children (ages 3-12). The Institute For American Indian Studies, Washington.

11am: Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes Storytime Pete goes walking down the street wearing his brand new white shoes. Along the way, his shoes change from white to red to blue to brown to WET as he steps in piles of strawberries, blueberries and other big messes! This delightful book is a special value of the month for only $7.99 (regularly priced $17.99) for a limited time only December 26 through February 15 or while supplies last. Participating Barnes & Noble locations.

12pm: How Animals Move Join Ranger Jess to learn how rabbits hop, snakes slither, and birds fly. Enjoy our weekly Creature Feature with the added silliness of mimicry. Free. Ansonia Nature Center, Ansonia.

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2pm and 4:30pm: Three Little Birds A New Reggae Children’s Musical based on the story by Cedella Marley Bob Marley’s songs are known the world over for their powerful message of love, peace, and harmony. Now a whole new generation can discover his most joyous songs. Colorful costumes and Jamaican culture characterize this Reggae children’s musical based on the book by Cedella Marley with Music and lyrics by Bob Marley. Directed by Nick Olcott, The Three Little Birds tells a tale of triumph over anxiety. Parents will love the music by Bob Marley, who is ranked #11 on Rolling Stone Greatest Artists of All Time, and children will love the abundantly bright colors that hit you from the first entrance into the theater! The show includes a handful of Marley’s most famous tunes including the aforementioned Three Little Birds, Jammin’, Roots Rock Reggae, and Is This Love. Recommended for 4 and up. Adults $25, Children $20. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield.

{Tween Night Out} 6 – 10pm: Tween Night Create and Edible Wreath and antuque a glass jar! Grab some friends join us for a evening of creative fun! Tweens (10-13 year olds). $40 in advance, $45 at the door. Includes supplies. pizza and ice cream sundaes. Village Center for the Arts, Newtown.

Saturday, January 16 – Sunday, January 17:

Saturdays: from 10am – 3pm and Sundays from 12 – 5pm: American Flyer Trains Classic toy trains produced by New Haven’s A.C. Gilbert Company that still run beautifully after 50 years. Runs until 1/18. Admission is free. If you would like to construct a wooden train, the cost if $10. Click here to learn more. Eli Whitney Museum, Hamden.

12pm: Jungle Book It’s a rock and roll party in the middle of the jungle with all your favorite party animals! A young orphan named Mowgli has been raised by animals his whole life, but the jungle is no longer safe for him and it is time for him to make his way back to his village. With the help of some unconventional friends Mowgli soon learns the true meaning of home and family. Our Children’s Theatre shows approximately run 75-80 minutes with a 10 minute intermission. Runs until February 14. Adults $23, Children $19. Downtown Cabaret Theatre Company, Bridgeport.

2 – 4pm: Skulls, Skins, and Scat! Bobcats, coyotes, and bears! Oh, My! You won’t want to miss this wildlife collection of preserved mounts and pelts, skulls, and sign of wildlife found in northeast Connecticut. Learn about their tracks and sign, and our Citizen Science Wildlife Tracking and Monitoring Program. $10 non-members. The Connecticut Audubon Society, Pomfret Center.

Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm: Magnificently Mozart What’s not to love in an All-Mozart program featuring twenty five year old violin virtuoso Benjamin Beilman! Ben is a recipient of several prestigious awards including the Avery Fisher Career Grant. Do not miss this rising star violinist who will be joining Stamford Symphony performing a Mozart violin concerto. Twenty-five year old American violinist Benjamin Beilman is winning plaudits in both North America and Europe for his passionate performances and deep rich tone, which the Washington Post called “mightily impressive” and the New York Times described as “muscular with a glint of violence”. The Times also praised his “handsome technique, burnished sound, and quiet confidence [which] showed why he has come so far so fast.” Join us for a free Behind the Baton lecture onstage, pre-concert with our Music Director Eckart Preu, guest soloists and/or members of the Stamford Symphony. Families with children ages 7-12 are invited to come one hour early (at 2pm) to our Sunday Orchestra Classics concerts to participate in a special program designed especially for kids. The program, led by our enthusiastic and talented music educator, is an interactive, informative and fun session that previews the coming concert and discusses relevant musical topics. Participants will have a chance to meet and hear from the soloist of the day, or one of the Stamford Symphony musicians, and will receive a MusiKids Program Book, designed especially for our younger audience members, including the concert program information, articles written by our musicians, concert etiquette tips, and musical games and puzzles. Palace Theatre, Stamford.

Saturday, January 16 – Saturday, January 23:

Taste of Middlesex County The inaugural restaurant week is designed to highlight the numerous and diverse dining experiences within the greater Middlesex region. Taste of Middlesex County will feature a fixed price three-course meal for just $20.16, (does not include beverages, tax or gratuity). Click here for a list of restaurants.

Saturday, January 16 – Sunday, January 24:

10am – 5pm: Celebrate Whales See what it’s like to stand beside – and inside – a life-size humpback whale, part of the special fun as we Celebrate Whales Jan. 16-24. During this special week, we welcome a life-sized 45-foot inflatable whale in our central Newman’s Own Hall. Included with the cost of general admission. The Maritime Aquarium, Norwalk.

Sunday, January 17:

10am – 4:50pm: Trainer Days This January, bring your most riveting marine animal questions to Mystic Aquarium’s Trainer Days. Every Sunday starting January 10, get to know some of the extraordinary trainers who care for our belugas, penguins, seals, sea lions, sharks, alligators and more! Meet a different trainer every half-hour between 10:30am and 2:30pm in front of the underwater viewing windows of the Foxwoods Marine Theater right on the main floor. Guests will learn what each Aquarium trainer’s daily schedule looks like – from food prep to hands-on enrichment opportunities and even routine medical exams – our trainers do it all. Find out what it takes to work as an animal trainer and understand how their dedicated work with the animals at Mystic Aquarium impacts other animal populations locally and globally. Who knows, you may even enjoy a special guest or demonstration! Runs until Sunday, January 31. Included with the cost of general admission. Mystic Aquarium, Mystic.

12 – 2:30pm: Teen Summit Join us for our 7th annual Teen Summit event celebrating the legacy of Dr. King. In this interactive workshop, teens from all over Connecticut will come together to participate with the dynamic motivational speaker, Hashim Garrett of Breaking the Cycle of Violence Through Forgiveness in an effort to promote social and environmental justice. Free pizza and certificates of participation awarded! Peabody Museum of Natural History, New Haven.

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3pm: MLK Commemoration Join members of the Westport community & beyond as we commemorate the life & work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This poignant and engaging afternoon will include choral music by the Serendipity Chorale & the Staples High School Orphenians, a dramatic presentation of Dr. King’s words by students from the Regional Center for the Arts, and a keynote address by Professor Marilyn Ford (Quinnipiac University). No RSVP required. Childcare activities will be available. Westport County Playhouse, Westport.

Sunday, January 17 – Monday, January 18:

Sunday from 12 – 4pm and Monday from 10am – 4pm: 20th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s Legacy of Environmental and Social Justice 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. Click here for a schedule of events. The Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University, New Haven.

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