February 1 – 7

Below we have highlighted our Momecast™ – an event forecast for Moms (and Dads) of what to do and where to go across Connecticut this week; except for events in Hartford County – click here for those! Scroll below to find unique things to do this first week in February across the state! The question of the week is will the groundhogs predictions be? Check back often as we update regularly.

Monday, February 1:

{PTO} 1:15 – 2:30pm: Greenwich Decorative Arts Society Lecture “The Villas of Andrea Palladio” by Witold Rybczynski, Martin and Margy Meyerson Professor Emeritus of Urbanism, University of Pennsylvania. With his simple, gracious, perfectly proportioned villas, Andrea Palladio elevated the architecture of the private house into an art form during the late sixteenth century. In his illustrated talk, Witold Rybczynski takes us on a tour of ten of the master’s villas in the Veneto. Learn how Palladio reacted to different sites and clients and why he continues to fascinate us today. Witold Rybczynski is the author of The Perfect House: A Journey with the Renaissance Master Andrea Palladio, and the prize-winning A Clearing in the Distance: Frederick Law Olmsted and America in the Nineteenth Century. He is the winner of the 2014 National Design Award for Design Mind. Admission for non-members of the Greenwich Decorative Arts Society is $25. Space is limited. RSVP. Refreshments immediately following the lecture. Bruce Museum, Greenwich.

5:10pm: Try Hockey for Free Winter Garden Ice Arena will provide skates, helmets and all equipment your child will need to try hockey! Open to any boy or girl ages 4-7 who is not participating in one of our hockey programs. Discover the great sport of hockey on us! Register in advance. Winter Garden Ice Arena, Ridgefield.

Monday, February 1 – Saturday, February 6:

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Tuesday, February 2:

Groundhog Day!

11:30am – 12:30pm: Groundhog’s Day How many more days of winter? Make your own prediction and complete a groundhog craft. Don’t forget to visit our shadow room for some shadow fun! Included with the cost of admission. Children’s Museum of Southeastern CT, Niantic.

11am: Mommy and Me Valentine’s Day Workshop We will make a plate with a hand print with various painting techniques, like stickers, sponging, tape and fingerprints. Also on Saturday, 2/6 at 10am. Hands on Pottery, Fairfield.

4pm: Barnes & Noble, Jr. Activity and Storytime Come and join us for a special Barnes & Noble, Junior afternoon Storytime featuring Groundhog’s Day Off and a Groundhog Craft after. Barnes & Noble, North Haven.

Tuesday, February 2 – Sunday, February 7:

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{Last Call} 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. Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven.

Wednesday, February 3:

{PTO} 10:30 – 11:45am: Craft in America Screening: Community 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.

Thursday, February 4:

6pm: Harry Potter Book Night Dear Muggles, Witches, and Wizards, you are cordially invited to A Night of Spells, a special Harry Potter Book Night party. We promise you a night of wizarding fun and the chance to discover and share the magical world of Harry Potter. Please leave your broomsticks at the door and keep your wands at the ready! It’s time to pass the magic on. Join us for: games, trivia, Scavenger Hunt, raffle prizes and more! Free. R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison.

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{PTO} 6 – 9pm: 8th Annual Chocolate, Dessert & Wine Tasting Event Chef Plum will be the master of ceremonies for the evening; this dynamic Food Network regular and owner of Plum Luv Foods will be sharing tips and tricks to make your Valentine’s Day extra special! Plus- more than 70 exhibitors will offer tastings of savory bites, sweet treats, exotic beverages and elixirs, plus, the Valentine Boutique will have great gifts for your sweetheart or you. Bring your Valentine, family, friends and colleagues for a fun night out! Attendees must be 21-years of age or older. 100% of ticket sales benefit the shelter. The Marriott Hotel & Spa, Stamford.

{PTO} 7:30pm: Mardi Gras Concert New Orleans wunderkind Trombone Shorty and his band, Orleans Avenue, know how to electrify a crowd with their infectious, high-voltage blend of “supafunkrock.” An “unstoppable force” (New York Times) in today’s music scene, Shorty brings all the rock star swagger with serious chops to back it up. Get ready for a brash and bold music party that’ll have you dancing all night long. Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, Mansfield.

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{PTO} 8pm: The legendary sketch and improv comedy theater returns to the Shubert with Hooking Up with The Second City, a must-see new show all about relationships featuring hilarious sketches, songs and world-famous improvisation from Chicago’s best and brightest. This gaspingly funny revue is a modern mix of romance, rancor and everything in between–and makes mirth out of all the crazy things we do for love. Shubert Theatre, New Haven.

Friday, February 5:

10am: Nature’s Child: Groundhogs If groundhogs in Connecticut could talk, they’d ask why people are waking up their relative in Pennsylvania! Learn about their sleeping habits and hear a short story, make a craft, and walk to their den site. $6 per child, adults come for free. Please pre-register for this class. Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center, Ansonia.

11am – 12:30pm: Theater Tour Get an all access pass to explore nine decades of onstage history and backstage mystique during the Palace Theater’s monthly guided venue tours. Each tour is approximately 90-minutes and is led by a specially trained group of engaging volunteers well-versed in the theater’s rich history, architectural design and entertaining anecdotal information. In addition to exploring the theater, patrons will also have the opportunity to walk across the stage (when available), visit the star dressing rooms and view the venue’s hidden backstage murals. Admission is $5 per person. Due to the tours’ increasing popularity, reservations are now required in advance. Palace Theater,

4:30 – 8pm: Dollar Night An affordable Friday night at the Museum due to the generosity of Electric Boat Employees Community Service Association. $1 per person over 1 year old. Children’s Museum of Southeastern CT, Niantic.

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5:30 – 9pm: A Taste of Carnaval Please join EHC!, Chef George Mendes, and the University of New Haven Hospitality & Tourism Dept. on Friday, February 5th for the hottest event of the year – A Taste of Carnaval: Love is a Full Plate. All proceeds benefit End Hunger Connecticut! and allow us to continue our fight to end hunger for children, families, and seniors in each one of Connecticut’s 169 towns. Cocktail hour includes a cooking demo and cookbook signing by Michelin-Star chef George Mendes. The four course dinner includes recipes inspired by Chef George Mendes, paired cocktails, dessert, live music, live and silent auctions. Complimentary My Portugal cookbooks with purchase of ticket.  Tickets are available for cocktails and dinner or for the cocktail event solely. $30-120. Alumni Lounge, University of New Haven, New Haven.

{KNO} 6 – 8pm: Kids Night Out – Hunny Bunny This little bunny wants to play peek-a-boo! $29 per child. The Pottery Factory, Brookfield.

{PTO} 7 – 9pm: Conversations at the River with Greg Zehner: Chasing Joy Life is tough, demanding, and often unfair. Yet, many faith traditions call upon us to be joyful. But, joy is elusive. We all get grumpy, unhappy, and depressed. In this First Friday session, we will explore how can we have joy.  Is it something that we can simply attain by trying harder or is it deeper than that? Join us for a thought-provoking discussion with Grace Farms Foundation Board Member Greg Zehner who will present faith-based topics and share insights from his personal study. Greg is a former partner of Goldman Sachs who became a pastor after leaving the firm in 2000. He holds a masters and bachelors in electrical engineering from MIT and a masters of divinity from Yale. Greg lived in New Canaan, Connecticut, for ten years before moving to Park City, Utah, where he currently resides. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Free. Grace Farms, New Canaan.

Friday, February 5 – Saturday, February 6:

{PTO} Friday at 8pm and Saturday at 2pm: 42nd Street The quintessential backstage musical comedy classic, 42nd Street is the song and dance fable of Broadway with an American Dream story and includes some of the greatest songs ever written, such as “We’re In The Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off To Buffalo,” “Dames,” “I Only Have Eyes For You” and of course “42nd Street.” Based on a novel by Bradford Ropes and Busby Berkeley’s 1933 movie, 42nd Street tells the story of a starry-eyed young dancer named Peggy Sawyer who leaves her Allentown home and comes to New York to audition for the new Broadway musical Pretty Lady. When the star breaks her ankle, Peggy takes over and becomes a star. Tickets $40-75 plus per-ticket fees. Savings Alert: Buy one ticket get one free when you use code STREET at purchase! Limited quantity: applies to $40 and $50 tickets. Palace Stamford, Stamford.

Saturday, February 6:

Take Your Child to the Library Day!

5th Annual Take Your Child to the Library Day (TYCLD) is an international initiative that encourages families everywhere to take their children to their local library. Launched in 2011 right here in Connecticut by librarians Nadine Lipman (Waterford Public Library, retired) and Caitlin Augusta (Stratford Library) with artist Nancy Elizabeth Wallace, TYCLD raises community awareness about the importance of the library in the life of a child, and promotes library services and programs for children and families. TYCLD is officially held on the first Saturday in February – but the date is flexible! TYCLD celebrations may take place on any date(s) in February – it’s up to your library.

9:30am – 12:30pm: Merit Badge Day for Boy Scouts Sustainability – Learn about growing areas of careers and technology centered on sustainable design and supporting sustainable action. The morning is full of hands on activities and investigations to involve you in the process. What is your footprint on this Earth? How can your choices in water use, food selection, energy use and trash impact natural resources. Take part in a morning to help you evaluate the power of choice in making decisions now and in the future. To register, please call to check space availability and to obtain a registration form. Kellogg Environmental Center, Derby.

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10am: Live Raptor Show Presented by Ranger Russ Miller, Director of Meigs Point Nature Center. Come and see which selection of snakes, turtles and lizards he will have on hand for this Live Reptile Show. St. Andrew’s Church, Madison.

10am: Mommy and Me Valentine’s Day Workshop We will make a plate with a hand print with various painting techniques, like stickers, sponging, tape and fingerprints. Hands on Pottery, Fairfield.

10 – 11am: Will you be my Valentine? Join NYFS as we celebrate Valentines Day! Sing songs, enjoy sweet treats and create special valentines for your friends and family. Open to children 2 to 5 years old. $12 per child. Pre-registration is required. Newtown Youth & Family Services, Newtown.

10 – 11am: Big Backyard Bird Count Please join our workshop and learn
about what is needed to participate in a nationwide bird count to be conducted from your house between the following dates: Feb. 13-16. It is very citizen friendly once you understand the steps involved- fun for the whole family. Free. New Pond Farm, West Redding.

10am or 1pm: Maple Syrup Tap-a-Tree Learn the science and history of maple syruping by being a hands-on part of the process. On that day you will choose a tree and hang your bucket that will collect sap. We will send regular updates on the running of the sap so you can come to the Farm to collect sap from your tree. We will boil down the sap in our sugar shack and send each family home with their very own bottle of Ambler Farm maple syrup. The season runs from early February to mid-March. Maple syrup production is winter farming and is therefore, weather dependent. A typical season is five weeks long. If you are traveling during February or March, we will collect sap for you. $65 per non-member family. Enrollment limited to 110 families. This program sold out quickly in previous years, so please do not wait to sign up! Register here. Friends of Ambler Farm, Wilton.

10am – 12pm: Valentine’s Day Craft Party Be ours this Valentine’s Day! Join the Giant Steps’ crew in making Valentine’s Day crafts for all the sweethearts in your life ❤ This morning is sure to be sweet – filled with love, crafts, and yummy treats. Take home what you create. Fun for all ages. Free. Giant Steps, Fairfield.

10am – 1pm: Build a Rollercoaster The event is a collaboration between SWE CT and Robotics and Beyond. The target age is 10-15 years old. Free. The Maxx, New Milford.

10am – 3pm: Winter Festival Come out and enjoy a day full of outdoor adventure.  Activities will include ice fishing, snowshoeing, tracking, ice safety rescue demonstrations, a bonfire complete with a marshmallow roast and storytelling, and much more! This program is free and no registration is required. Burr Pond State Park, Torrington.

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10am – 12:30pm: History Day Workshop At this informal workshop, get advice on your History Day project from historians and researchers from across the state, including several who have served as History Day judges. Discuss your ideas and challenges one-on-one and hear suggestions on where to go with your research and presentation ideas. Find out what historians look for when they do their own research, what questions they ask as they explore a topic, and what they look for in evaluating History Day project. Learn how to focus your research and how to make your argument effective using the best sources of evidence. The Fairfield Museum supports teachers and students interested in Connecticut History Day, part of the National History Day program for students in grades 6-12. Admission is free. RSVP. Fairfield Museum, Fairfield.

{PTO} 10:30 – 12pm: Aligned with Source A Spiritual & Holistic Healer from India, Annaita is experienced in applying varied healing modalities to a wide range of situations. In these inter-active workshops, Annaita seeks to empower, sharing her deep understanding of life, holism and spirituality, enabling you to rise above life’s challenges, live a healthy, fulfilled & confident life. Life is never easy and change must come from within. In today’s environment of hardship, ill-health, corruption and inequality it is often difficult to see the Light. The purpose of this workshop is to empower you to see yours. Be the change you wish to see. All you need is Willingness. Suggested Minimum Donation: $5. The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts & Cultural Center, Middletown.

11am: Silly Wonderful You Storytime From bestselling author Sherri Duskey Rinker and award-winning artist Patrick McDonnell comes this funny and tender love letter from a parent to a child. Silly Wonderful You expresses how life is so new and different and filled with love with a little one around. Click here to learn more about this book selection. Barnes & Noble, North Haven.

11am: Feeding Frenzy Come see what’s on the menu for lunch. Maybe there will be a tasty tiny morsel for a mouse, or a cricket for a tree frog or perhaps you’ll see an owl eat a special treat! Join us for an up close look as our naturalist and animal caretakers feed some of our resident animals at Center at Fairfield. They’ll share some cool animal facts, too! When it’s feeding time animal habitats come to life. It’s a great time to observe animal behaviors. All ages welcome. Free. CT Audubon, Fairfield.

{PTO} 11am – 2pm: Sweets For Your Sweetie Reinvented Love Grandma’s old recipes but recognize they are a cholesterol nightmare. Get acquainted with some readily available ingredients as you learn to convert family recipes favorites into healthy desserts. Morning treats—muffins and breakfast bars. Cookies re-invented—a new spin on a few traditional recipes, jam dots, almond cookies, chocolate chips. Some vegan, some vegetarian. Kids will love them as will adults Pie Crusts made vegan. A fruit galette will be made using seasonal fruits. Chocolate cake, either vegan or vegetarian with a vegan ganache. Snowdate: Sunday, 2/7 from 1-4pm. Price $75. Silo, Litchfield Hills.

12 – 2pm: Bethel Historical Society celebrate beloved children’s author, Laura Ingalls Wilder. Activities include making butter, dolls, crafts and sugar in the snow (weather permitting). Stories, songs, dancing, food and more. Ages 5 and up. $12 per non-member. 1842 Second Meeting House, Bethel.

1pm: Ice Skating on Beaver Pond Pack your blades and head out to the beautiful Five Ponds trails for an afternoon of old fashioned ice skating! Bring your own mug for hot chocolate. Gerri will find something to feed you as a treat for braving the elements! Meet at the trailhead parking area at the intersections of Routes 63/61. Free but donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses. White Memorial Conservation Center, Litchfield.

1pm: Magic appears when “Matias the Magician”  takes the stage to present lots of interactive fun and unforgettable tricks. This show that will challenge your imagination in delightful ways. Admission is $2 for children; $3 for adults. Thornton Wilder Hall, Miller Cultural Complex, Hamden.

1 – 3pm: Animal Tracks and Trails Animals leave behind clues that give us glimpses into their lives. Join us as we search the fields and forests for signs of animal life – tracks, trails, scat, homes, and more! We’ll play nature games that help teach about the local animals of CT, and we’ll be sure to visit with some of our live animals as well. Dress for the weather. Families. $10 per non-member. Coogan Farm, Mystic.

1 – 3pm: Fun Family Craft Time: Chalkboard Frames Gather your family and friends and join us for an afternoon of fun. We will decorate sweet heart-shaped frames with chalkboard paint and chalk markers, just in time for Valentine’s Day! Supplies are included when you buy the frame. Michael’s locations.

2pm: Creative Kids Decorate and learn to use this popular toy that has Chinese origins! For children ages 2 and older. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Norwalk.

2pm: Illustrates Aesop’s Fables Did the fox get the grapes? Make a big book of Aesop’s Fables, and find out! Children’s book illustrator, ANC Ranger Amie Ziner, will guide you through illustrating a series of 6 stories, using the Nature Center’s real animal specimens. Easy step-by-step instruction will help you create 6 acrylic paintings, featuring animals, nature, and a lesson in each story! Attend all 6 classes to complete the book, or just one class for a single fable. Appropriate for people with some painting experience, ages 10 to adult, who are able to follow the instruction with some supervision. At the end of each 2-hour class you will have a page for your book, including the text of the story. The story for Week 3 is “Belling the Cat.”.” Individual lessons $20 each. The fee includes: acrylic paint, an acrylic painting board, 2 brushes, a water container, paper towels and a pencil. Reoccurs on 2/20, 3/12 and 3/26. Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center, Ansonia.

2 – 3pm: Ferdinand the Bull The Family Concert Series provides a lively introduction to the orchestra through interactive concerts designed just for children. NHSO ensembles celebrate centuries of fairy tales through music and finish “happily ever after” with a beautiful lullaby that you can sing again at home. Be sure to wear your favorite PJs and slippers and bring your beloved stuffed animal to this musical pajama party in your neighborhood! Strings are the focus of our second Family Concert, which begins with a short medley taken from Robert Schumann’s Album for the Young. Connecticut soprano Ann Rhodes narrates the beloved childhood tale Ferdinand the Bull before singing a selection from American composer Aaron Copland’s Old American Songs. The concert ends with the familiar, lilting waltz melody from Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty. Free. Davis Street School, New Haven.

{PTO} 2 – 3pm: Practicing Empathy: Performance & Discussion with Bill T. Jones Join Tony Award and National Medal of Arts Award-winning director, choreographer and dancer, Bill T. Jones for the debut of a new collaborative work developed at Grace Farms exploring modes of Empathy through artistic collaboration. Enjoy performances by dancers Talli Jackson and Rena Butler and musicians led by drummer Jake Goldbas: percussionist Obanilu Allende, woodwind artist Pawan Benjamin, vocalist Julia Easterlin, and pianist Samora Pinderhughes. Culminating three days of art-making and conversation, this collaborative ensemble will seek, through collaboration, to discover and promote practices of empathy required for the work of advancing justice in our world. Join us for the performance and conversation. Free. Grace Farms, New Canaan.

{PTO} 2:30 – 5pm: 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. Firefly Family Yoga, Ridgefield.

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6 – 8:30pm: Winter Wonderland Children’s Ball Calling all little princes and princesses! Stepping Stones transforms into a snow-kissed wonderland to welcome little princes. On this magical evening, dress up in your finest, watch a special hula hoop dance performance and try out cool LED hoops, learn dance moves, pose for the “paparazzi” and enjoy winter-themed activities, games and more. Come hungry and enjoy a marvelous “candlelight” dinner with your very special dates – fantastic dinner options are available for purchase in our café. Our Wonderland Ball Menu includes a side salad, a choice of entrée and side, plus dessert! In case of inclement weather, a snow date of February 13 has been set. Non-members $15 per person (before 2/4), $17 per person (after 2/4). Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Norwalk.

{PTO} 6 – 9:30pm: Super Brew Saturday Kick your Super Bowl weekend off with the ultimate tailgate party, Super Brew Saturday, and help us draft Connecticut’s favorite beer by voting for the beers you like the best. Ticket purchasers will sample beer from local, regional and national brewers and home brewers too. Checkout some of the artisan vendors and purchase the best Super Bowl style food around! The ultimate Super Bowl Tailgate happens tonight inside the warm, dry friendly confines of the Warsaw Park Pavilion! Wear your favorite teams jersey, and get ready to vote for your favorite beers….it’s Super Brew Saturday. $30 in advance, $40 at the door. Warsaw Park, Ansonia.

6:30 – 9:30pm: Depot Winter Party We will be celebrating the Lunar New Year (Year of the Monkey!) and supporting the youth of Darien.  We hope you can join us at the DCA for a fun evening of cocktails, appetizers by Browne & Co and a DJ.  Most importantly we will have Depot Youth on hand to tell you why The Darien Depot Youth Center is so important to them and our town. Silent and live auctions. $125 per person. The Dairen Community Association, Darien.

{PTO} 7 – 8pm: The Free At Last Players will be presenting ‘The Players of Oz’: The story of Dorothy – who suffers from mental illness.  Join Dorothy as she walks down the purple-brick road away from the stigma of mental illness. Along the way, she meets a color cast of characters with whom she shares her journey.  The one act play consists of songs adapted from the original which address the concerns of the mentally ill. The Free At Last Players are a performance troupe dedicated to combating the stigma of mental illness.  Founded in 1990, the group has performed all over Connecticut and the United States with shows consisting of songs, poems and skits created by the group’s members. Join the Free At Last Players in their effort to educate society with regard to the true nature of mental illness. Audiences have been wowed by the performances and have laughed along with the cast of performers – so come and join us! Suggested $5 donation. The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts & Cultural Center, Middletown.

7 – 9pm: Brilliantly Broadway West Side Story, Matilda, Newsies, and Hairspsray are the exciting musicals featured in this season’s celebration of Broadway! In addition to rousing choruses, student soloists will offer their unique interpretations of the songs we all love. The fantastic FCCC orchestra will join us on stage and add its own pizzazz to this not-to-be-missed evening of story and song! What’s more, the spotlight will shine on our annual Silent Auction taking place in the theater lobby before the concert and during intermission! $15-20. Klein Memorial Auditorium, Bridgeport.

7:35pm: Danbury Titans vs Port Huron Adults: $15.50 plus fee and Kids $10.75 plus fee. Danbury Ice Arena, Danbury.

Saturday, February 6 – Sunday, February 7:

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.

{PTO} Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Rock of Ages takes you back to the times of big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair! This Tony Award -nominated Broadway musical features the hits of bands including Journey, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, and others. It’s the tail end of the big, bad 1980s in Hollywood, and the party has been raging hard. Aqua Net, Lycra, lace and liquor flow freely at one of the Sunset Strips last legendary venues, a place where sex machine Stacee Jaxx takes the stage and scantily clad groupies line up to turn their fantasies into reality. Amidst the madness, aspiring rock star (and resident toilet cleaner) Drew longs to take the stage as the next big thing (and longs for small-town girl Sherri, fresh off the bus from Kansas with stars in her eyes). But the rock and roll fairy-tale is about to end when German developers sweep into town with plans to turn the fabled Strip into just another capitalist strip mall. Can Drew, Sherri and the gang save the strip–and themselves–before it’s too late? Only the music of hit bands Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake and more hold the answer. This production contains mild adult language and situations. May not be suitable for young audiences. Reoccurs on 12/12/-14. Warner Theatre, Torrington.

Sunday, February 7:

Superbowl Sunday!

9 – 11:30am: First Sunday Bird Walk Enjoy a leisurely outdoor walk to learn about the migrating and resident wild birds. Bring binoculars and meet on the beach near the southern concession stand. Free. No reservations required. Greenwich Point Park, Old Greenwich.

10am – 12pm: Wildlife Tracking Club Three Red Trees School of Natural Living’s Andrew Dobos and Deneen Bernier take you on a wildlife tracking walk through the winter woods.  There are always clues left behind by the animals for us to decipher, telling a story of their habits and lives.  Get to know our beloved wildlife that much better. Children should be accompanied by an adult and all should dress extra warm and wear good boots!  You never know where the animals have been! Meet in front of the Museum. Free but donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses. White Memorial Conservation Center, Litchfield.

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10:30 – 11:15am: Character Brunch Bagel brunches for the whole family, inspired by PJ Library books. Learn, play and grow through interactive story time and sing-a longs! Today’s character brunch will be with Sammy Spider’s First Mitzvah by Sylvia A. Rouss in the JCC Community Room. JCC of Greater New Haven, Woodbridge.

11am – 1pm: Superbowl Drop-Off Party for Kids Parents, need time to get ready for your Superbowl plans this evening?  Drop the kids off with us for 2 hours of Football themed fun and games! $25 per child. Jack and Allie’s, Vernon.

11am – 2pm: Winter Carnival fun abounds at Ski Sundown! Join us for special treats, activities and entertainment, celebrating our favorite season – Winter! Featuring Valentine the Clown, face painting, balloon animals, free popcorn and cotton candy, and more! Ski Sundown, New Hartford.

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11am – 3pm Kick off your Super Sunday at MacChilifest! Don’t sit around all day waiting for the big game to start at 6:30pm. Enjoy unlimited sampling of over 20 different chilis and mac ‘n cheese entries from 17 local restaurants and two local firehouses. Your vote will determines the best in three categories: Beef Chili, Creative Chili and Mac ‘n Cheese.  Tickets are just $15 adults, $5 kids (6-12) and can be bought online or at the door. Get into the tailgate spirit and wear your favorite team jersey and enjoy the sounds of the Sacred Heart University band who will pump you up for the game later that night. Brought to you by the same folks that bring you Chowdafest! Bedford Middle School, Westport.

11:30am – 1pm: Valentines Crafting Party Join us for another fun event. For our Valentines crafting we will be making handmade cards. There will be all kinds of stamps and paper punches out for you to explore and create with. Children can follow a guided step by step painting or enjoy painting freely on canvas boards. Suitable for all ages. Cost $15. The Giggling Pig Art Studio, Shelton.

12pm: Big Game Bounce Enjoy 90-minutes of bounce time then go to the party room to watch the Puppy Bowl and have some dog bone shaped cookies with a drink. Activity and coloring sheets to be provided. BounceU, North Branford.

1pm: Snowshoe Sunday Become an animal detective! Learn to look for clues in nature and uncover some fascinating signs that our local wildlife left behind. Dress for cold weather and bring your snowshoes too. Free; please register. Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center, Ansonia.

1pm: Mixed Media Valentines with Meg Birmingham Using paper, ribbon, fabric, yarn, lace, string, doily, mesh, glitter, feathers, buttons. You can glue, cut, color, stamp, stencil, sew, paint, punch, emboss, quill, tape to fashion elegant one of a kind cards to give, send, share or save (for any other occasion) to give to friends, family or maybe just for your own pleasure. Create original envelopes. There will be time to make several. There is no limit to what you can do with a myriad of materials and a head full of ideas. No experience is necessary. We will supply materials, supplies and use of tools. You can bring photos or anything else entirely special to you that you would like to include in your cards. Designed for ages 8 and up. Reoccurs on 2/10 at 6:30pm for adults only. Fee: $50. Eli Whitney Museum, Hamden.

1 – 3pm: Young People’s Workshop Throughout his career, artist Jim Dine has created different series of paintings about hearts, a universal symbol of love. Inspired by his works, we will explore various drawing, stamping, pastels and watercolor resist techniques to create vibrant, expressive heart-shaped and heart-themed art! $29 per child. All materials included. Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven.

1 – 3pm: Snowshoeing dates back to 6,000 years ago when it was used by Inuit ancestors to migrate from Asia to North America. One of the most ancient forms of transportation, snowshoeing has now developed into a winter sport loved by many. Join Naturalist Emma Lorusso and see the winter landscape in a new way—above the snow! Both beginners and experienced snowshoers welcome. A limited amount of snowshoes are available to borrow upon request, we have both adult and children’s pairs. To reserve a pair, please contact the Goodwin office. Free, RSVP recommended. This free event is jointly sponsored by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA), Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) Division of Parks, and Friends of Goodwin Forest. Goodwin Forest Conservation Education Center, Hampton.

1 – 3pm: Footprints in the Snow: Tracking and Survival Hike Who left this track, that scat, and this feather? During this walk, decipher clues created by wildlife, telling the story of their habits and lives. Certified wildlife trackers Andy Dobos and Deneen Bernier of Three Red Trees School of Natural Living will lead you through the winter woods to discover how animals live and demonstrate skills ancient peoples employed to survive during the winter months. Please call for reservations. $15 adults and $6 children. The Institute For American Indian Studies, Washington.

1 – 4pm: Astronomy Family Day Fun family activities in celebration of Astronomy Month featuring Starlab Planetarium. Workshops presented by Science Plus, Inc. Co-sponsored by the Astronomical Society of Greenwich. Free and no registration required. Bruce Museum, Greenwich.

{PTO} 1:30 – 3pm: Cooking at Coogan: Open Fire Cooking Join us for a beginners program on campfire cooking.  Learn the basics of fire building and cooking around, in, and on the campfire. We’ll make a variety of delicious treats to enjoy! Adults only. $25 per non-member. Coogan Farm, Mystic.

1:30 – 3pm: Valentine’s Day Cookie Event Come and create delicious masterpieces frosted and sprinkled with Valentine’s Day themes! All ages. Supplies are limited. Registration is required. Free. Trumbull Nature and Arts Center, Trumbull.

1:30 – 3:30pm: Community Mitzvah Day During Super Sunday roll up your sleeves to help our greater Stamford community during UJF Super Sunday, which raises critical funds for local, national and international Jewish causes. Various local Jewish organizations will spearhead different mitzvah projects to benefit those in need. Everyone from toddlers to seniors are invited to make a difference! -Donate gently used children’s books for the Stamford Public Education Foundation for Stamford children in need-Bring in teen and adult books to be sent to Africa-Bring in kosher non-perishable food items for the JFS Kosher Food Pantry-Make lasagna for the New Covenant House Soup Kitchen-Make Shabbat candles for senior adults to celebrate Shabbat. Stamford JCC, Stamford.

1:30 – 4pm: First Sunday Science This month’s topic is: Where Have All The Scallops Gone? Learn about this shellfish once common in Long Island Sound. Why did it disappear? Will it return? Family activities throughout the afternoon and talks by experts in the field. Free. Bruce Museum Seaside Center; Greenwich Point Park, Old Greenwich.

2pm: Sewing a Fox Pillow These sewing classes are for children 7–10 years old accompanied by an adult. In today’s class, each child will sew a fox pillow. $15. Materials are included. Please pre-register, as space is limited. Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center, Ansonia.

2 – 4pm: Valentine’s Tea Spend a cozy afternoon with your little Valentine at our annual Tea! Enjoy platters of delicious sandwiches and sweets galore, and have fun making a craft to take home. The Tea is a popular event and sells out quickly, so reserve your spot soon! $20 per adult and $10 per child. Friends of Ambler Farm, Wilton.

{PTO} 2 – 4pm: Designing Dishes – Spread the Love! Love is in the air and we’re Spreading the Love! You’ll be proud to tell all your friends and family that you made this adorable platter yourself. We’ll walk you step by step through the process of creating this piece on our Rim Dinner Plate. $29 per person. The Pottery Factory, Brookfield.

{PTO} 4 – 6pm: Glass Van Gogh – Hearts Bring your friends down to the Pottery Factory, along with your favorite bottle of wine or beverage, and enjoy an evening of wine glass painting of this versatile heart design.  You will be given step-by-step instructions from one of our experienced and enthusiastic Creative Specialists.  And you will leave with two(2) beautiful wine glasses that you can enjoy for years to come.  Excellent selection of stemmed and stemless glasses to choose from. $29 per person. The Pottery Factory, Brookfield.

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