January 25 – 31

Below we have highlighted our Momecast™ – an event forecast for Moms (and Dads) of what to do and where to go across Connecticut for the next 7 days; except for Hartford County – click here for Hartford happenings! Scroll below for unique things to do this last week in January across the state! From storytimes, to dinners and lectures, workshops to snow-inspired activities; many outdoors! Momecticut navigates our way around the state to find the best things to do. You will also find some events that were re-scheduled from Winter Storm Anna. Check back often as we update regularly.

Monday, January 25:

9:30 – 11am: Early Childhood Education: Chickadees Explore the DPNC with your little one in our classic parent and child class. Activities, circle time, and time outside bring nature to life for your child! Ages 2-5, with a caregiver. Led by Marianne Goddard. $10 per non-member. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic.

12 – 1:15pm: Book Club As our studio family continues to grow, we would like to start a group to take on subjects that bring meaning and connection to our lives. We plan to meet monthly at the studio to share our thoughts and opinions of the reading for that month. The books will be posted on the FFY website. If you miss a month, just catch up and join us the following month! Our January book will be: The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks. Firefly Family Yoga, Ridgefield.

1:30 – 3pm: Emotional Well-Being with Essential Oils Join us to find out how nature’s solutions can help you naturally combat stress and sleep issues, increase your energy and vitality, improve your immune system, support your digestion, respiratory and muscular health, all while protecting and restoring ourselves with the power of plants through doTERRA essential oils. In this workshop, we will explore how we can apply oils to increase focus, mental acuity, combat negative feelings that can lead to pain, inflammation and an overall diminished state of well being. Free. Firefly Family Yoga, Ridgefield.

6:30 – 8:30pm: Arm Knitting Class Create a cozy cowl using just your arms and some yarn. Supplies not included. Cost of supplies up to $15. Michael’s locations.

7 – 8pm: Girl Scout Info Session Attention Girls and Families! Join us at Girl Scout Sign Up Night! Do you want to have experiences that inspire high-fives and smiles, that make today amazing and the future exciting? We are actively looking to get new troops started! Do you want to do something amazing?! You have the opportunity to create an everlasting adventure for your daughter! Apply to be a Troop Leader today! (training and mentoring provided) Find out more at Girl Scout Fun Night! Snow date: Monday, February 1, 2016 RSVP required. Tri Beach Recreation Center, Milford.

7:30pm: Sing Your Story is a celebration of local music connecting Benjamin Scheuer’s personal and powerful The Lion at Long Wharf Theatre with the multitude of stories and musical talent of the Greater New Haven area. This event is the culmination of a state-wide songwriting competition. The top 10 artists will perform and the winner will be announced live. $5 per ticket. Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven.

Monday, January 25 – Tuesday, January 26:

7:30pm: A Taste of Italy Gioacchino Passalaqua, our Italian food exporter and native Sicilian is coming back to Connecticut and this time, he’s bringing along one of Sicily’s top chefs. Claudio Ruta is a Michelin star recipient for his restaurant La Fenice in Ragusa, Sicily. With the assistance of Gioacchino, Claudio will showcase some of Italy’s most talked about foods in an artfully crafted 4-course dinner. We’ll have a chance to talk to Gioacchino and Claudio about the foods, regions and tours of Italy. To accommodate our special guests, we’ll be transforming Palmer’s Market into a pop-up restaurant. Dinner starts at 7:30pm and tickets are $80 per person. We recommend arriving a few minutes early to check in and find your seat. Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours prior to the night of the dinner in order to receive a full refund. Does not include tax or 18% gratuity. BYOB. Seating is extremely limited. Click here to view the flyer. Palmer’s Market, Darien.

Tuesday, January 26:

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4pm: Penguin’s Big Adventure Activity and Storytime Come and join us for a special Barnes & Noble, Junior afternoon Storytime featuring a special story and fun craft. Barnes & Noble; North Haven Crossing, North Haven.

5:45 – 6:45pm: Yoga in the Galleries Wind down from your busy day with a relaxing yet challenging one-hour yoga class in a gallery that features works from the Museum’s collections of early American or modern and contemporary art. Beginners and intermediate yogis welcome to this basic Hatha yoga class. Instructors vary. Bring your own mat. $12 per non-member. The Mattatuck Historical Society, Waterbury.

6 – 8pm: Ice Fishing 101 The Goodwin Conservation Center is hosting an Ice Fishing Class. Certified volunteer instructors will teach you everything you need to know to get started fishing. The Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) program has been teaching people of CT about water, fish, and fishing since 1986! Certified This indoor class will consist of two hours; topics will include safety, equipment, clothing, fish identification and ecology, life under the ice. This program will be preparation for you to try all the new things you learned at the fishing derby in Coventry on Saturday, January 30. James L. Goodwin Conservation Center, Goodwin.

6:30 – 8:30pm: Floral Class Create a gorgeous floral arrangement featuring magnolia, lotus pods and berries. Supplies not included. Cost of supplies up to $61. Michael’s locations.

7pm: Maple Sugaring Info Session Maple sugaring time, a New England tradition will be starting soon! Each year Flanders taps and collects sap from dozens of trees both here at the nature center and around town. We invite anyone with an interest in maple sugaring with us this year to attend a volunteer information meeting at the Studio. Refreshments will be served. Tapping day, weather permitting, is scheduled for Saturday, February 6th. No experience is needed and all ages and families are welcome to come to help out! Free and open to the public. Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust, Woodbury.

7:15 – 8:30pm: Intro to Yoga Have you been curious to try a yoga class but felt a bit intimidated to jump into a class?  Do you think you’re too inflexible or type A to be able to make it through a class? Well, here is your chance to give it a try in a room full of people just like you!  In this class we will work together and learn some beginning poses, breathing techniques and even enjoy the stillness of true relaxation at the end. All body types and personalities are welcome! This workshop will be 75 minutes long. The cost is $25. Firefly Family Yoga, Ridgefield.

7:30 – 8:30pm: Nutrition for a Healthy Pregnancy Learn what nutrients and calorie amounts your body needs during each trimester of pregnancy! This fun class explores easy and affordable ways to meet your growing baby’s demands while maintaining a healthy rate of weight gain and coping with pesky pregnancy woes like morning sickness, bloating, constipation and fatigue. We will discuss why specific nutrients such as DHA, Folic Acid, Calcium and Iron are so important and what foods are the best sources for these nutrients. Time to answer your questions is built-in for a total workshop time of 60-70 minutes. Cost: $20. Firefly Family Yoga, Ridgefield.

Tuesday, January 26 – Sunday, January 31:

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Tuesday – Wednesday at 7pm, Wednesday at 2pm, Thursday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 3pm and Sunday at 2pm: The Lion Benjamin Scheuer uses his guitar—actually, six guitars—in The Lion, a wholly original musical experience of one man’s gripping coming-of-age story. The award-winning songwriter inspires and disarms with his raw wit and emotional depth as he leads you on his heartfelt journey to manhood, discovering redemption through the power of music. His surprising story is about courage. His songs are how he finds it. Much like its hero, The Lion mixes power and beauty in a one of a kind experience. Runs until 2/7. Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven.

Wednesday, January 27:

9:30 – 10:30am: Stress Reduction with Guided Meditation Are you living your life on autopilot? Are you looking to change gears? Join us for this 60 minute workshop in guided group mediation and learn to develop your capacity to focus in meaningful ways. Learn how to tap into your unique strengths and hidden inner resources. Not only will you leave the workshop feeling relaxed, restored, grounded and focused, you will have concrete stress reduction methods that you can use every day. $25 per person. Reoccurs on Saturday, 2/6 from 2:30 – 5pm. Firefly Family Yoga, Ridgefield.

10:30 – 11:45am: Craft in America Screening: Landscape The films in this 7-part, Peabody Award-winning series highlight America’s rich cultural history and the ways in which artisans use crafts to grapple with contemporary issues. Each film is 50 minutes long, and followed by 15 minutes of Q&A with Bruce Museum staff. Free with Museum admission. No advance registration required. A new film each week, runs until 3/2. Bruce Museum, Greenwich.

11 – 11:45am: Preschool Science – Ice and Snow Discovery Our KidsPlay team will bring the snow and ice inside to help enlighten and entertain your little one. Included with the cost of admission. KidsPlay, Torrington.

2 – 3pm: Journey Into the World of Tea Take a sensory journey into the world of tea. Explore the history and culture, taste the different varietals and experience the various methods of steeping fine teas. $35 per person. Grace Farms, New Canaan.

6 – 7pm: Girl Scout Info Session Attention Girls and Families! Join us at Girl Scout Sign Up Night! Do you want to have experiences that inspire high-fives and smiles, that make today amazing and the future exciting? We are actively looking to get new troops started! Do you want to do something amazing?! You have the opportunity to create an everlasting adventure for your daughter! Apply to be a Troop Leader today! (training and mentoring provided). Find out more at Girl Scout Fun Night! Apply to be a Troop Leader today! (training and mentoring provided), Margaret Egan Center, Milford.

6:30pm: DEEP Ice Fishing The Nature Center is offering a free ice fishing class, taught by certified instructors from the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) CT Aquatic Resources Education (C.A.R.E.). These experienced fishermen volunteer to share their experience and expertise with anyone wanting to learn. The classroom instruction covers the basics of equipment, safety, dress, rules and regulations, and species identification. Participants will then have two opportunities to practice what they learned in class: First, a state-wide ice fishing derby held in Coventry on Saturday, January 30, in which all equipment, bait, and instruction are provided free of charge; second, a “No Child Left Inside” fishing event at Burr Pond State Park in Torrington on the following Saturday, February 6. Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center, Ansonia.

7pm: Bridgeport Sound Tigers vs. Springfield Falcons at the Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport.

7 – 8:30pm: The Transformation of Coogan Farm Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center executive director Maggie Jones will give a slideshow and talk on the transformation of Coogan Farm over the last 400 years, from one of Mystic’s original homesteads to a vibrant agricultural enterprise to Connecticut’s newest public park. Since the Nature Center took ownership in the fall of 2013, the farmhouse and barn have undergone extensive renovations to become a welcome center and creative arts center, and the Hamm Pavilion Outdoor Classroom has been built up the hill. Admission is free, and the talk is open to the public. Pre-registration is appreciated. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic.

Thursday, January 28:

5:15 – 7pm: Working Trains: A Talk by Steve Cryan Join train expert and artist Steve Cryan for his annual lecture regarding train, tugboat and other industrial history of the river valley. This year’s talk will focus on working trains, clearing rails, circus trains, and more! These lectures are always informative and entertaining. Steve will be available from 5:15 – 5:45pm in the Train Show exhibit on the 3rd floor of the museum for conversation. At 5:45pm the lecture will take place in the Museum Boathouse. Advance reservations strongly suggested! Limited seating. Non-members $5 per person. Connecticut River Museum, Essex.

5:30 – 6:30pm: Supper & Song with Your Favorite Toys This JCC Family Place Supper & Song, presented by The Center Women of The J, features our very own Center Women cast members performing as some of your favorite toys from their upcoming musical production of Toy Stories. Pizza and salad will be served to kids and adults. Come play with us — but don’t play with your food! Register online. Non-members $14. Stamford JCC, Stamford.

{PTO} 6 – 8pm: Museum After Dark events feature exhibit openings, community forums, and presentations by authors, scholars, artists, and historians, with ample opportunities for socializing and networking. The evening begins with a wine and cheese reception from 6pm to 6:45pm followed by a short program and discussion. Bring along your friends and colleagues for this unique opportunity to view the Fairfield Museum’s exhibitions after hours. Unless otherwise noted Museum Members are Free; Non-Members: $5. Fairfield Museum, Fairfield.

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6:30 – 7:30pm: The Endangered Lion Lecture Luke Hunter is the President and Chief Conservation Officer of Panthera. At Panthera, Dr. Hunter oversees the organization’s field programs around the world and supervises the scientific priorities of Panthera’s critical conservation work. His current projects include the longest running ecological studies on African leopards, reducing human-lion conflict in Africa, and working with the Iranian Department of Environment to conserve Asiatic cheetahs and leopards. He has contributed to over 140 scientific papers and popular articles, and has written seven books including Cheetah (2003), Cats of Africa: Behavior, Ecology and Conservation (2006) and Field Guide to Carnivores of the World (2011) which has been translated into Chinese, French and German editions. His latest book, Wild Cats of the World was published by Bloomsbury in 2015. Galleries open at 5pm, Lecture starts at 6:30pm. RSVP. Bruce Museum, Greenwich.

7pm: Fairfield University Men’s Basketball vs. Canisius College at the Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport.

7 – 8pm: Step Write Up Everything you need to know about the new SAT (but were afraid to ask). Join us as veteran tutor, Henry Hecht, breaks down the verbal sections of the test to help parents and students decide which test – the SAT or ACT – is the right one to take. Register online. Stamford JCC, Stamford.

Thursday, January 28 – Saturday, January 30:

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Thursday – Friday at 8pm and Staurday at 8pm and 10pm: Bonnie McFarlane hails from Northern Canada but is still always cold. A national headlining comedian, McFarlane’s radio and television credits includes an HBO special, two comedy central specials, three Letterman appearances, a Tonight Show appearance, the Howard Stern Show and a regular on the Opie and Anthony/Jimmy radio show. The Huffington Post listed McFarlane as the number one funniest female you should know. Marie Claire Magazine said she is one of the 50 Funniest Women Right Now. Paste Magazine chose the podcast she does with her husband, Rich Vos as one of the Top Ten best comedy podcasts today. It’s called My Wife Hates Me. McFarlane also co-hosts a national radio show on Sirius XM with her husband based on the podcast. Bonnie has written a book for Harper Collins that will be coming out in 2015 called: You’re Better Than Me. Her comedy has been described as sly, inventive and edgy. HuffPo referred to her crowd work as “the best in the biz.” She is active on social media and was singled out by several online publications as one of the top people you should be following on Twitter. Mohegan Sun; COMIX Comedy, Uncasville.

Thursday, January 28 – Sunday, January 31:

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Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm and Sunday at 1pm and 6:30pm: Once Winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Once is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor and musicians who play their own instruments onstage, Once tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights… but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, ONCE draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It’s an unforgettable story about going for your dreams… not living in fear… and the power of music to connect all of us. Click here for a sneak preview. Shubert Theatre, New Haven.

Friday, January 29:

4 – 5pm: Early Childhood Education: Fireside Stories End your week relaxing by the fire with your family.  We’ll have stories, rhymes and songs, and the magic of a crackling fire!  For families with children up to 6 years old. $5 per person cost. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic.

Friday, January 29 – Sunday, January 31:

Friday 6 – 9pm, Saturday 11:30am – 11pm and Sunday 12 – 5pm: 13th Annual Sun WineFest Featuring beer, wine, specialty spirits and delectable dishes, this weekend has something for everyone. Wine and beer enthusiasts can select from over 1,000 brands or enjoy tastings of specialty sponsor spirits. Foodies can sample signature dishes from the region’s most highly rated restaurants. The Main Culinary Stage is the backdrop for two days of celebrity chef demonstrations along with fun-filled contests. Mohegan Sun, Uncasville.

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Friday, January 29 – Saturday, February 6:

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Saturday, January 30 – Sunday, January 31:

8am – 4pm: Safety Awareness You’ve probably heard of the saying, “Safety First.” Well, “Safety First” is extremely important when it comes to skiing and snowboarding. To help make the skiing and snowboarding experience as safe and enjoyable as possible, the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) created a responsibility Code. Click here to learn the code. This weekend we will be kicking off multiple safety awareness activities and if you know the code you can win! Guest Services “Know the Code” intercepts.  You may be quizzed by one of our mountain ambassadors in an orange jacket!  Win treats and small prizes just by knowing one tenet of the code! Chairlift safety demonstrations by members of our Ski Patrol on the deck. Special helmet stickers to all “kids with lids” (helmets) while supplies last. Enter to win gift cards and prizes in our Safety Awareness Contest drawing. “Helmet Hair” contest. If you get some crazy, messy hair when you take your helmet off, snap a photo of it in front of our Trail Map (top of  mountain or in the base area) or a Ski Sundown know the code banner and email it to Ski Sundown.  We’ll post the photos on Facebook and will pick a winner in each of these three categories for some sweet swag packs:  Best Adult 18+ Helmet Hair, Best Youth 12-17 Helmet Hair, and Best Kid 11 and under Helmet Hair. Make sure to include your name, age and brand of helmet you wear! Deadline to submit photo is Monday, February 15, 2016. Ski Sundown, New Hartford.

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.

12 – 5pm: Winterfest Live Music Release of our 2016 wine – Apricot Moon. Roaming wine pairing – wine paired with tapas, cheese or chocolate in different rooms at the Vineyard. Come and beat the winter blues. $30 per person. Haight-Brown Vineyards, Litchfield.

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Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 10am, 1pm and 4pm: The Center Women Present: Toy Stories Maya loves toys but just can’t decide what to buy. Lucky for her, all the toys at the toy store come alive to help her choose. Along the way, the new friends sing, dance, and learn some important lessons. This original musical features songs set to tunes you know and love.  The book is written by Janice Chaikelson Steinberg, with lyrics by Chaikelson Steinberg and Darren Molovinsky. Reservations required. Suggested donation: $5 per child, $10 per adult. Stamford JCC, Stamford.

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Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 3pm: Hansel and Gretel brings to life the famous German fairy tale as told by the Brothers Grimm. A brother and sister take a journey through the woods that leads them to a house made of candy, inhabited by a fearsome witch. General Admission $20. Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, Storrs.

Saturday, January 30:

8 – 9:30am: Pancakes with Penguins! 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.” Breakfast is served buffet style and includes pancakes with assorted toppings, scrambled eggs, sausage and various beverages. If you prefer or need Gluten-free pancakes, please call our reservation line and let them know. They’ll pass the word along to the Chef, who’ll make sure your needs are met. Tickets are $24.95 adult (11 years & up) and $20.95 child (10 years and under). Mystic Aquarium, Mystic.

8:45am: Bald Eagle Viewing Come join us for an eagle watch at the Shepaug Dam recreation area in Southbury. A time slot has been reserved for the Flanders group and a docent will be on hand to help us with viewing and to answer questions about America’s national symbol. There is a limited number of spotting scopes available at the site, so feel free to bring binoculars, spotting scopes and cameras. Space limited. Must pre-register online. $5 per person. Meet in the commuter parking lot at Exit 14 off I-84 at 8:45am to car pool to the viewing site.

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9am – 12pm: The Dream Factory Registration is at 9am and festivities begin at 9:30am. Come behind the scenes of Long Wharf Theatre as we take you on an adventure. The Dream Factory is a magical place where dreams are carefully crafted for all the children of the world. Every now and then, this whimsical factory goes a little wacky! We need your help to get the factory back up and running, so we can keep bringing dreams to life. Will you come help us solve this dreamy dilemma? Through a series of interactive games, crafts, and workshops, kids will help save the Dream Factory and experience the magic of building live theatre. Along the way, kids and parents will get to explore the inside of Long Wharf Theatre, where we bring dreams to life on stage. Activities are designed to be appropriate for kids (and parents!) of all ages. Pajamas are strongly encouraged! $5 suggested donation per family. $10 donation will get you entry and a chance to win a prize. Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven.

9:30 – 10:15am: Preschool Poetry: Rhymes for Winter Discover the joy of rhyming, miming, and memorizing poems with your child in the Library! This month’s participatory and fun reading will feature John Updike’s “January” and Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Beyond Winter.” Join us as we sing-song new life into these and other classic poems. Free. Grace Farms, New Canaan.

10am – 12:30pm: Seal Splash One of the most rewarding sounds for the staff and volunteers in the Animal Rescue Program is a SPLASH! From the first splash of a healing seal entering the med to pool to the ultimate dive into the ocean on release day, a splash means success. Not to mention the splash of hundreds of brave volunteers hitting the water at Eastern Point Beach! Plunge time is at 12pm. It’s the coolest thing you’ll do all year! Become a “splasher” and take the plunge to raise money for Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Program!  Before you take the plunge, warm up with friends and family with a cup of hot chocolate. Plus, meet our Animal Rescue Team to learn more about the Animal Rescue Program. Register online. Zbierski House, Groton.

{Last Call} 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. Mystic Aquarium, Mystic.

11am: Groundhog Day Storytime Join us for a special Storytime celebrating Groundhog Day! At this Storytime we will feature two titles Groundhog’s Dilemma and Groundhog Day Off. Barnes & Noble of Waterbury and Milford.

11am – 2pm: Cut It Out: The Local History and Practice of Ice Harvesting Ice harvested from Bantam Lake was used for refrigeration throughout the year. Begin in the Museum with a visit to the Ice House display, then head outdoors for a walk down the Lake Trail to visit the old ice house ruins. The program culminates with our own “Cut Ups”, Carrie Szwed, Jeff Greenwood, James Fischer, and Gerri Griswold demonstrating how ice was cut and moved using the same tools and methods. Dress for the weather. We will be walking and standing on Ongley Pond for extended periods of time. Wear warm boots and prepare for wind and sun. Hot beverages and treats will be provided to fortify you! Free but donations are always welcome. White Memorial Conservation Center, Litchfield.

11am – 3pm: Winterfest This fun family day will include animal encounters, trail walks and winter-themed crafts such as snow painting, bird feeders, winter collages, snow catchers, snow flakes and more! We’ll also have a warm, cozy campfire with s’mores and hot chocolate! $5 per person. Earthplace, Westport.

(Re-Scheduled to 2/13) 12pm: Slope Style Competition Slopestyle is a winter sport in which athletes ski or snowboard down a course including a variety of obstacles including rails, jumps and other terrain park features. Points are scored for amplitude, originality and quality of tricks. Registration starts at 10am and the competition starts at noon. Prizes include $50 Powder Ridge gift cards for the winners – provided by Safe Harbor – plus all competitors are eligible for raffle prizes including gift cards and cool swag. Both skiers and snowboarders are welcome! Age Categories: Skiers or snowboarders ages 12 and under and 13 and over. All events at Powder Ridge are weather dependent! Compete for free if you’re a Season Pass holder or just purchase a Lift Pass! Powder Ridge Park, Middlefield.

12:30 – 1:30pm: Tummy Time Bring your baby (birth – 6 months) and join Occupational Therapist Amanda Michel as she breaks down the developmental importance and significance of “tummy time”. This 60 minute workshop will be chock full of information and ideas. $25 per person. Firefly Family Yoga, Ridgefield.

1pm: Snowshoeing Clinic Join Program Director
Tim Laughlin to learn about different types of snowshoes, which style is right for you, and how to dress for snowshoeing. Snow conditions permitting, we’ll try out snowshoes in our pasture. Thanks to L.L. Bean, we now have several pairs of adult and youth snowshoes to loan you, but please bring your own if you have them. $8 per non-member (max. $32 per non-member family). New Pond Farm, West Redding.

1 – 3pm: CFPA Ramble: Winter Tree Walk for Beginners Ever look at a tree and then get, well, “stumped” when you tried to figure out what it was? That can happen to even the best experts! But there are clues that we can use to help us more accurately identify the trees we see around us. Join fellow tree-observer and volunteer CFPA Ramble Guide Lynn Kochiss on the first walk of a series designed to help beginners unravel the mysteries of tree identification. This walk, which is suitable for children 8 and older, teens and adults, will focus on using bark, twigs and buds as clues. It will be approximately 1.5 to 2 miles long, with frequent stops to look at the forest. Dress for the weather in comfortable layers. Also, the trail may be muddy or slippery, so please wear appropriate footwear. Feel free to bring binoculars and field guides if you have them, or borrow ours. Extreme weather cancels. Free. RSVP recommended. CFPA Headquarters, Middlefield.

1 – 3pm: Science Sunday: Fossils A drop-in program designed for children aged 3 and up and their families. Participants will explore simple science theories and subjects while partaking in fun, kid-friendly science experiments, projects and crafts inspired by the Museum’s collections and exhibitions. This program is free with general admission and no advance registration is required. Bruce Museum, Greenwich.

1 – 3pm: Wilton Valentine Candy and Cupcake Event Discover how easy it is to create sweet Valentine cupcakes topped with colorful icing and delicious candy decorations that you can make yourself. Michael’s locations.

1:30pm: “Healthy Body – Healthy Weight: The secrets to improving your body composition permanently” Weight loss is both incredibly simple as well as incredibly complex. Once we know why it has been difficult to maintain a healthy body weight we know exactly the most effective and long lasting methods to get you where you want to be. This approach will help you look at every aspect of your person and your life, from metabolic irregularities to emotional obstacles. The most important thing to remember about weight loss is that it is about more than just losing some extra pounds. It is about creating a healthy life and body, wherein the pounds happen to vanish on their own. It is not about being deprived or doing things you do not want to. It is about putting yourself first and loving yourself enough to make your health a priority. 60 minute lecture followed by 30 Minutes of Q&A. Free. Pre-registration required as space is limited. Essex Wellness Center, Essex.

1:30 – 4pm: Water Color Workshop with Betsy Rogers-Knox: Birds in Winter Create a simple step-by-step winter scene of local birds on a branch using several different watercolor techniques. All levels welcome. All supplies included. For ages 10 and up. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Non-members: $45. White Memorial Conservation Center, Litchfield.

2pm: LEGO Skyline and Architecture Studio Build Adults and teenagers (ages 14 and up) are invited to help build our new LEGO Skyline in-store display and enjoy a LEGO Architecture build with Architecture Studio bricks afterward. Barnes & Noble, Milford.

2 – 5pm: Black History Month Kick-Off Celebration Join us at the Mattatuck Museum for a lively celebration of musical performances and inspirational stories for the start of Black History Month in Waterbury. Children and families will have an opportunity to celebrate and honor the important contributions African Americans have made and continue to make to the history of the United States. The festivities will include keynote speaker, Jahana Hayes, CT Teacher of the Year 2016, and musical performances by The Spiritual Souls, Bravo! Waterbury, and the Waterbury Youth Chorus choir. Afterwards, join our museum educators for a guided tour of the Museum’s History exhibit and a hands-on art making lesson. Register online. Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury.

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2:30 (2nd-6th grade) and 6:30pm (7th-12th grade): You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown $10 per ticket, $5 for children 5 years and under. The Auditorium at Bethel High School, Bethel.

2:30 – 4:30pm: Saturday Family Matinee: Toy Story Plan a popcorn playdate at the Grace Farms! This free cinema series will present animated shorts and feature films that underscore life lessons connected to our core initiatives—nature, arts, justice, community, and faith. This week’s motion picture is Into The Woods. Movie selections are best suited for 8 to 14 year olds, but all ages are welcome. Parents are encouraged to stay with their children. Come early for our Kids Open Art Studio series, where artists of all ages can collaborate and create every Saturday in the West Barn. Free. Grace Farms, New Canaan.

6pm: Keynote Talk with Author James McBride New York Times bestselling author and musician James McBride discusses his book Miracle at St. Anna. Set in Italy during WWII and based on true events, it is the story of a six-year-old Italian orphan who befriends a shy, giant Negro soldier of the all-black 92nd Infantry Buffalo Division. The two are joined with three other soldiers and are trapped in an Italian village as the German army closes in. Book sale and signing to follow! Westport Country Playhouse, Westport.

6 – 10pm: The Ice Carnival A temporary carnival midway of games and interactive fun in the Hygienic Art Park in New London, CT. Free and open to the public! Games, fortune, and surprises await you in the dark of night. The Ice Carnival is produced by Amy Hannum and the Carnies. Hygienic Art Park, New London.

6:30 – 8pm: Owl Moon Night Hike Let the light of the full moon be your guide as we explore magic in the woods and unravel the myriad mysteries of our nocturnal neighbors – the owls. Owl Moon is what we call the full moon nearest start of the mating season for Great Horned Owls who typically start their calling in late January when the end of winter seems so far away. We’ll discover how owls use their keen senses to navigate the night and learn first-hand how they can hunt in the dark. We’ll even “give a hoot” and try our luck at some owl call-ins to see if we can bring our feathered friends in closer for observation. Program will include an interactive night hike and live owl presentation. Participants will have a chance to interact with naturalists and ask questions with a warm cup of cocoa after the outdoor walk. Come dressed for the cold night weather and able to be outdoors for at least 1 hour. Space is limited – register early to guarantee your spot! $10 per non-member. New Canaan Nature Center, New Canaan.

7pm: Bridgeport Sound Tigers vs. Albany Devils at the Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport.

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7 – 11pm: A Taste of Honey Join us as hundreds of community members come to schmooze, celebrate learning, and enjoy Jewish life in our community. Registration is at 7pm, Session I-II from 8 – 9:45pm and coffee and desert from 10:15-11am. Session I: Dr. Hoffman is an accomplished scholar and has published articles in eight languages and four continents, and he has written or edited more than 40 books. He has received the National Jewish Book Award twice (2007 and 2011) and has lectured in prestigious settings including the University of Notre Dame and the Yale Divinity School. Session II: Dr. Kurtzer has a Ph.D. in Jewish Studies from Harvard University and a Master of Arts in Religion from Brown University. He is an alumnus of the Wexner Graduate and Bronfman Youth Fellowship programs. Dr. Kurtzer is the author of “Shuva: The Future of the Jewish Past,” and he writes and teaches on the central challenges facing Jewish life in both America and Israel. To download a brochure, click here. Cost: $18 per person, students $12. Snowdate: 2/6. JCC of Greater New Haven, Woodbridge.

7:35pm: Danbury Titans vs. Brewster Bulldogs Join us for local FHL hockey as the Danbury Titans battle the Brewster Bulldogs. A portion of your ticket purchase will benefit Pegasus! Adult tickets are $14.50 and children’s (10 and under) tickets are $10. Danbury Ice Arena, Danbury.

Sunday, January 31:

{Last Call} 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! Included with the cost of general admission. Mystic Aquarium, Mystic.

10am – 7pm: Chocolate Expo Shop for sweets for your sweetie or for yourself among sharks, seals, sea turtles and other marine animals when The Chocolate Expo takes over The Maritime Aquarium. The Chocolate Expo, one of the largest consumer-oriented chocolate events in the United States, features about 40 of the region’s best chocolatiers and specialty-food vendors offering tastings and sales of their products. They’ll be set up throughout the Aquarium’s galleries. The Maritime Aquarium stays open two hours longer than normal and at a lower admission price than normal – making the event an outstanding value. Expo/Aquarium visitors enjoy not only traditional and gourmet chocolates – plus the always-popular chocolate fountain – but also unique offerings like chocolate tarts, chocolate-covered pretzels, chocolate-covered bacon, chocolate crepes and waffles, and even chocolate-infused Brussels sprouts. Click here for a full list of expected vendors. $15 adult and $10 children. The Maritime Aquarium, Norwalk.

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1 and 4pm: Chicken Dance Marge and Lola, two barnyard chickens, are on a mission to win the barnyard talent contest first prize of two tickets to see the great Elvis Poultry in concert. But first, they must present a performance that will score higher than a flock of very talented ducks who seem to have the contest locked up. Can Marge and Lola face their challengers and win the talent contest? Our Family Festivities Series introduces the next generation to theater and provides the perfect entertainment for children, parents and grandparents to share together. Click here for the trailer. All Family Festivities events are approximately one hour in length. Recommended for grades K-2. All tickets: $20. Please note that due to fire code regulations, every person who enters the theater must have a ticket. This includes infants and children sitting on laps. Westport Country Playhouse, Westport.

1 – 1:30pm: Weekend Zumba Zumba Kids is popping up on a Sunday! Join our fitness party as you dance your way to a healthy future! No age limit. Included with the cost of museum admission. Note: Zumba Kids regularly occurs on Wednesdays at 2:30pm. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Norwalk.

1 – 3pm: Nature Crafts: Paper Snowflakes Join us for an afternoon of crafting and learn how to make paper snowflakes! Every snowflake is different and you can experiment with how to make very simple or very intricate designs during this program! For both children and adults alike! If you would like, you could bring an exacto-knife and mat for more intricate designs, but scissors and all other materials will be provided! Recommended for children 7 and up. James L. Goodwin Conservation Center, Goodwin.

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2pm: LEGO Skyline and Architecture Studio Build Adults and teenagers (ages 14 and up) are invited to help build our new LEGO Skyline in-store display and enjoy a LEGO Architecture build with Architecture Studio bricks afterward. Barnes & Noble, Westport.

2pm: Storytime With Spot! Join us in welcoming everyone’s favorite curious pup – Spot! We’ll enjoy hearing stories of Spot’s adventures, coloring sheets and a special craft perfect for all preschoolers and toddlers. Don’t forget your camera for photo opportunities with Spot! Barnes & Noble; Danbury Square, Danbury.

2pm: Stitching Mittens Create a pair of mittens, and keep your phalanges from freezing this winter! Join Ranger Dan in making good use of scrap wool, and stitch yourself a pair of winter mittens. Pre-registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult who can assist in the construction. Materials Fee: $5. Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center, Ansonia.

2pm: How Greenways Enhance Communities? What are the benefits of greenways? How could the purchase of the Aquarion property enable Woodbury to extend the successful Middlebury greenway through Woodbury? Bruce Donald, President of the Farmington Valley Trails Council and Chairman of CT Greenways Council, will lead this program on the recreational and health benefits of greenways on communities and individuals as well as the economic benefit for businesses and property values. He will share data on and success stories for greenways in Connecticut and nationally including recent survey results for the Middlebury greenway. Information will be shared on the route of a possible extension of the Middlebury greenway through Flanders and Woodbury Reservoir properties and ways in which the greenway could be constructed. Free but registration is required. Register online. Woodbury Senior Center, Woodbury.

2 – 5pm: Studio at the Matt: Drawing the Figure All level adult artists are invited to the Museum’s drop-in life drawing session. Led by Post University art instructor Sheri Schwartz, the Museum will provide a nude figure model for a class devoted to exploring the fundamentals of capturing the figure, including chiaroscuro, gesture drawing, portraiture, proportion, and fore-shortening. Artists are invited to bring their own drawing materials and equipment. Short exercises and demonstration for the first 30 minutes followed by 2.5 hours of the model posing. Non-members $25, student with college ID $10. The Mattatuck Historical Society, Waterbury.

4pm: Fire & Ice Benefit Flash Pointe Dance of Fairfield presents the Fire & Ice Benefit. This year the beneficiaries are The Pilot House of Fairfield providing assistance and services to special needs children, and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. The performances will include the Flash Pointe Dance Company, Crew and Competition Team. Amazing sports and performance tickets and autographed items will be available at the raffle and live auction (starting at 3pm), as well as some wonderful gift baskets filled with donations from our local merchants. Join us to support 2 great causes and go home with a treasure for yourself. Tickets in advance: $28-48. Day of Performance $35-55. Westport Country Playhouse, Westport.

6pm: DanceFest is a unique, two-weekend experience for young dancers to take master classes and perform original choreography on one of the world’s greatest dance stages, The Harman Stage at The Palace Theatre. Master classes are offered in seven different genres taught by international faculty who teach at prestigious dance schools and universities and for dance companies throughout the US and Europe. They are directors, choreographers and performers in music videos, fashion shows and MTV Award shows and are models for print ads and television commercials. Many are starring in Broadway Musicals, and are performers with world-renowned ballet companies such as New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. DanceFest 2016 culminates with The Student Festival Performance featuring over 350 dancers from dance schools and youth serving organizations performing exciting choreography by dance school directors, dance teachers and guest choreographers. $33 per ticket.

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7pm: New England Black Wolves vs. Buffalo Bandits Tickets $15-50. Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville.

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