February 9 – 15

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 second week in February across the state! Check back often as we update regularly.

Savings Alert:

Mystic Aquarium from Thursday, February 11 through Monday, February 15, buy one adult admission, get one free! Or, keep the romance alive all year with a Mystic Aquarium Membership. Save $14 when you purchase a couple’s membership and receive an entry to win a sea lion kiss for your sweetheart! Click here to learn more.

Tuesday, February 9:

6 – 9pm: FrogWatch USA Citizen Scientist Training Did you know that in just 10 minutes a week, you can help scientists collect valuable information on local amphibian populations? Following this three-hour workshop, participants will become certified FrogWatch volunteers trained in local amphibian vocalizations and ready to take charge of your own field and submit data into a national survey. No fee but registration required – Participants must be at least 15 years of age. Registration is required as space is limited. Mystic Aquarium, Mystic.

7pm: What Is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)? This presentation on ADHD will focus on: understanding the current symptom presentation and diagnosis of ADHD, new research and views of ADHD, the causes of ADHD and how it affects the brain. The reported myths versus facts of ADHD. Free of charge. Snacks and drinks provided. Stamford JCC, Stamford.

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Wednesday, February 10:

{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.

{PTO} 1 – 4pm: Women of the Woods Hike Women of the Woods or WoW has monthly gatherings for women to enable them to connect with the natural world. Most gatherings are hikes in the woods of central Connecticut. In addition to hiking we take the time to admire the beauty around us, experience some quiet time in nature, and enjoy each others company. Women, join us for this Women of the Woods hike at Wadsworth Falls State Park. We will visit both the big and little falls. If it has been cold, we will likely be treated by amazing ice formations on the little falls. We will hike 2 to 4 miles depending on the conditions. Free but RSVP required. Wadsworth Falls State Park, Middletown.

{PTO} 5:30 – 7pm: Valentine’s Ménage à Trois This program will bring together amazing olive oils from Capizzano Olive Oils in Westerly, including truffles made with Favalosa extra virgin olive oil and raspberry aged balsamic vinegar. Sip a Balsamic Spritzer while sampling delectable dark chocolate and sea salt caramels from Hauser Chocolatiers in Westerly. Add to that decadent mix some locally produced red wines and you’ve got a match made in heaven!Cheeses from Cheese Boro Whey in Stonington’s Velvet Mill and other hors d’oeuvres promise to get you and your Valentine in the mood! Cost for this program – which includes a sunset walk at the start to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of a late winter evening – is $30 per couple for members (add a third for $15). Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic.

{PTO} 6:30pm: 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 your partner, children, 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. Adults only. Fee: $50. Eli Whitney Museum, Hamden.

Thursday, February 11:

10am – 12pm: Forestry For Landowners: Introduction This will be the first of several sessions discussing basic forestry concepts and skills used in Connecticut. The woodland backdrop to life in our state is often taken for granted. However, it was shaped from human activity as far back as the Native Americans. This program will explore how Connecticut came to be nearly 60% forested and how foresters from the time of James L. Goodwin to modern day have helped shape and protect this valuable resource. All are welcome to this indoor program. Inclement weather postpones, call for more information. Free. Goodwin Forest Conservation Education Center, Hampton.

11am – 12pm: PJ Library on The Road Join PJ Library and LJ from the JCC on the road for a free interactive story time and hands-on activities that the whole family will enjoy! These activities are fun for all ages! Please join us at the Woodbridge Town Library for this special story time event! Space and supplies are limited. Click here to register. Woodbridge Town Library, Woodbridge.

11:30am – 3pm: Valentine’s Day Tea This Valentine’s Day, grab a friend and treat yourselves to this lovely, quintessential British tea complete with freshly-baked and homemade goodies – heart shapes included of course – while tucked away from the cold in our beautiful historic home. Enjoy scones with jam and clotted cream, tea sandwiches, and homemade cakes and pastries. Register in advance. $30 per person. Darien Community Association, Darien.

12 – 3pm: Victorian Valentine’s Day Tea Patricia Funt Oxman of Patricia Funt Antiques will speak on the subject of the history of scent and its important role in the world of love connections. Two tea seatings ar 12 or 2pm. Speaker is at 1pm. $15 per non-member. New Canaan Historical Society, New Canaan.

4 – 4:45pm: Will you be my Sweetheart Just in time for Valentines Day, learn how to make sweet treats using chocolate as the main ingredient. There will be more than enough treats to sample as well as take some home to share with your special Valentine, or keep for yourself. Please let us know if you have any food allergies. Ages 11-14. $12. Newtown Youth & Family Services, Sandy Hook.

{PTO} 5:30 – 8:30pm: Canvas & Vino The evening begins with an inspirational peek at how some of Mystic Aquarium’s animals use painting as an enrichment activity. Get up-close to these marvelous creatures and learn about their species during a private meet-and-greet session. Guests will be entered into a raffle to win the animal masterpiece created at the start of the event. Enjoy light snacks as an instructor from TDP Art Studios guides each artist through the creation of a beautiful animal-themed painting. And remember, you’re being creative for a cause. Experience a behind-the-scenes enrichment activity uniquely designed to help sharpen the mind of Mystic Aquarium’s sea lions. Learn about this fascinating species while a trainer guides the sea lion through the creation of a one-of-a-kind piece of art. This 21+ event includes light hors d’oeuvres, two free glasses of wine and cash bar. $65 per person. Mystic Aquarium, Mystic.

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{PTO} 7 – 9pm: Brush & Bordeaux Cozy up in the JCC Living Room with a glass of wine and a paint brush. Decompress as artist Betsy DeMarco leads you through a relaxing evening of step-by-step masterpiece creation. By the end of the night, you will have a finished product to be proud of and a few stories for the memory books. Registration includes apron, paint, wine, and light hors d’oeuvres. $30 per person. Ages 21 and over. JCC of Greater New Haven, Woodbridge.

Friday, February 12:

8am – 6pm: Grand Prix New York Come suit up and put the pedal the metal! Fulfill your need for speed at Grand Prix New York Go Kart Racing. An authentic race track experience like no other. Parental waivers are required. Grades 6-8. $90 per student. Register online. Drop-ins are welcome if space allows and require an additional $10 fee. Stamford JCC, Stamford.

10 – 11:30am: Animal Tracks and Traces While it may seem too cold for any living creature to survive outside in February, many animals are scurrying all around our northern forests and fields. Go on a mystery hunt for tracks and other signs of winter animals venturing out in the snow. Create a fun craft to help you remember the tracks you saw. This is an indoor and outdoor program. Please dress appropriately for the weather including your footwear. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For children ages 3 to 5. Fee: $10 Bauer Park, Madison.

11am – 3pm: Family Focus: Gear Up! What do you want to be when you grow up? Enter the 375 years of history in the Creating Community exhibition to enjoy fun, hands-on activities. Experience a day in the life of a Native American, a Patriot, a sailor, or gold miner. The world is full of possibilities! Ages 5 and up. Included with the cost of admission. Fairfield Museum, Fairfield.

3 – 8pm: Family Valentine Night Family Swim from 3:30-5:45pm and 6:35-8pm. Drop in crafts from 4:30-6:30pm. Game room open from 4:30-6:30pm. Order take out and enjoy it in our family center. $10 per non-member adult. Middlesex YMCA, Middletown.

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.

4 – 5:30pm: Valentine’s Day Children’s Tea & Crafts Join us for our most popular after-school workshop! Make a special Valentine’s Day craft in the Victorian tradition to give or keep. Prepare and enjoy your own traditional tea with tasty treats. Children ages 5-11. $20 per non-member. Reservations are required. New Canaan Historical Society, New Canaan.

6 – 9pm: Valentine Kids’ Night Out Drop your kids off at Spark Arts for the evening so you can get an early start on celebrating Valentine’s weekend! The kids’ night out will include: A valentine’s art project, pizza dinner, games and movies. Activities for all ages. $20 per child at the door. RSVP by Thursday 2/11.  Ages 3 and up. Spark Arts, Bethel.

{PTO} 8pm: Laughtrax: Ladies of Laughter is about providing funny women the opportunity to showcase their unique styles of humor.  Our mission is to encourage and promote new and professional comediennes from all walks of life to share their humor with audiences.  We also produce a variety of workshops to provide basic tools of developing a comedy routine, based on your life experiences. Robin Fox is a winner of the 2012 Ladies of Laughter Competition held at Gotham Comedy Club, NYC. Original and funny, she talks from her heart about the frustrations of suburban living, marriage, and raising a family. Robin has been on We Entertainment television and on Lifetime TV. Robin was a “Hot Topic” of Conversation on ABC’s “The View.” Linda Belt is a New Jersey native (a comedy routine in itself). She moved to CT in 1987 where she became a suburban pillar of the community attending PTO meetings and baseball games. Linda became very tired holding up that pillar and instead holds her own as a professional stand up comic. Her humor touches on the absurdities of modern life and explores marriage, sex, parenting and social mores, in other words: any subject she feels like discussing! The Palace Theatre, Stamford.

Friday, February 12 – Saturday, February 13:

Friday from 12- 3pm and Saturday from 12 -4pm: Open Art Pick from lots of wonderful Valentine arts and craft projects! Create a one-of-a-kind gift for someone you love. Make some beautiful handmade cards to mail out just in time for Valentines Day! Bring your important addresses, and pop them into our special mailbox to be sent off right away. Make an awesome Wooden Heart Wall Hanging for someone you love and more. Or just do some painting! Prices range from $12-$22 per project. All ages welcome. The Golden Button, Woodbury.

Friday, February 12 – Sunday, February 14:

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JumpFest A Salisbury tradition for 90 years, this all-volunteer organization has fostered the exhilarating sport of ski jumping among all ages and generations. SWSA continues to improve its snowmaking capabilities, ensuring that the Eastern National Ski Jumping Championships will remain an annual event in Salisbury, CT.

Friday – Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 2pm: You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown Based on the comic strip by Charles M. Schulz, this show is a typical day in the life of Charlie Brown.  It is full of fun little moments from Valentine’s Day to the baseball season, from wild optimism to utter despair.   Along with Charlie is his pal Snoopy, Sally, Schroeder, Lucy and Linus. This show will have an all-adult (high-school age and above) cast.  Please note that this is the full length play (2 Acts, 1 intermission). Somers High School, Somers.

Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 5pm and 8:15pm and Sunday at 5pm: The Great Gatsby Based on the 1925 novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby follows a cast of characters living in Long Island in the summer of 1922. The story primarily concerns the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his quixotic passion and obsession for the beautiful former debutante Daisy Buchanan. Considered to be Fitzgerald’s masterpiece, THE GREAT GATSBY creates a portrait of the Roaring Twenties and one man’s pursuit of the American Dream. Join us on opening night in costume! We invite all audience members to come dressed in your Gatsby-style, jazz-age finest! Opening Night Only: A costume contest for audience members will take place at 7:15pm prior to the start of the show and prozes will be awarded! $23 per ticket, students $18. Runs until 2/21. Downtown Cabaret Theatre Company, Bridgeport.

Saturday, February 13:

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10am: Live Raptile 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 – 12pm: Become a Bona fide Backyard Bird Counter! February 12 – 16 is the Annual Great Backyard Bird Count, coordinated by The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, among others. Want to take part in this nationwide citizen science effort? It’s easy! Join us on Saturday morning for a brief lesson, led by Education Director Carrie Szwed, on how to identify some common birds that visit our yards and feeders during winter. Then, we’ll practice our newfound ID skills by observing what birds come to our Bird-Feeding Station outside the windows of the Nature Museum. Members of Litchfield Hills Audubon Society’s Junior Audubon Club will be on hand to assist with identifying birds and using binoculars. Lastly, we’ll officially record our observations by reporting our data to eBird. There you have it – you’ll be a bona fide backyard bird counter. Once you’ve learned these steps, you can participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count at home too! Included with the cost of admission. White Memorial Conservation Center, Litchfield.

10am – 12pm: American Girl Valentine Tea Let’s celebrate Valentine’s Day with heart inspired American Girl crafts. Bring your favorite doll if you wish! For ages 5 and up. $20 per child. Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau, Old Lyme.

10am – 2pm: Adopt-A-Tree Families get a chance each year to adopt the New Canaan Nature Center’s sugar maple trees and enjoy the nature center from a unique and exciting perspective where they actually participate fully in this time honored tradition of New England. The New Canaan Nature Center (NCNC) taps nearly 50 trees throughout the property with some trees being robust enough to handle 2-3 taps each! Syrup families come for one time block to take part in choosing and tapping a tree for the season (takes approximately 45-60 minutes). Participants then collect sap 1-3 times a week (depending on sap flow conditions) for the entire syrup season (typically 4-6 weeks) and take part in boil downs where real maple syrup is made right here at NCNC. At the end of the season, all participants will be invited to our Maple Syrup Pot-Luck Dinner on a date to be determined, where each family will receive their own bottle of New Canaan Nature Center maple syrup. We will also showcase participants’ culinary prowess and creativity as everyone is encouraged to bring a maple syrup themed food item to the pot-luck.Participants in this unique program are also invited to attend our March 19th Syrup Saturday Festival – a pancake brunch with tons of fun syrup-related activities! Please note, due to the nature of the syrup season, sap collection can last 4-7 weeks typically. It all depends on the weather conditions! The cost to participate in this program is $75 per family. Multiple families can adopt the same tree and share the cost. However at the end of the program, only one jar of syrup is provided. New Canaan Nature Center, New Canaan.

10am – 10pm: 6th Annual Putnam Fire & Ice Festival If you’re looking for something special & romantic to do on Valentine’s Day this year, then this is for you! Ice sculptures, ice luminarias, live ice carving demonstrations, fire torches, fire dancing performances, fantastic food and drink, live entertainment, and more! The public is invited to experience more than two dozen ice carvings, glowing fire torches, fire dancing performances, and a chocolate sculpting and molding contest. There will be plenty of ways to keep warm, with dinner and drink specials available at local restaurants. The festival also provides an opportunity for newcomers to discover the many shops and galleries of Putnam. For families, there will be an appearance of two favorite animated characters, sure to thaw any “frozen” hearts. The event will also include photo boards with famous couples from history and pop culture. Sure to please the sweet tooth of all ages, milk and dark chocolate Fire & Ice candy bars will be available for purchase, with prizes hidden under the wrappers of select bars. As the sun goes down, luminaria will fill downtown Putnam with an ambient glow. Fire torches will help light the way as Main Street transforms into a romantic setting for the perfect Valentine’s Day celebration. Adding to the spectacle of the festival, visitors will be wowed by Fire Dancer Elektra as she performs from 5 to 9pm It is sure to be another impressive day of ice carvings, fire performances, chocolate sculptures, and so much more!

10:30am: Rachel Skullcap This show is a new original collection of pirate-themed puppet stories featuring the young and fearless pirate, “Rachel Skullcap.” Ideal for all ages, this performance includes three short plays: “The Pirate and the Parrot,” “The Pig Who Would Be Pirate,” and “The Brave Princess.” Tickets can be purchased at the door for $8 each. (children under 2 are free.) Each show is about an hour long including a ‘meet-and-greet’ with the puppets. After each performance, children and their parents are always invited to play in our gymnasium to burn off some energy before heading home.” Reoccurs on 2/20 with Sir George and the Dragon. Washington Montessori School, New Preston.

12 – 1:15pm: Prenatal Partner Yoga This interactive workshop empowers, supports and celebrates a couple’s discovery process through birth and beyond. Connect with your partner and your baby while learning ways to effectively cope with your body’s changes and prepare for the demands of labor and delivery. Parents-to-be will learn gentle, partner-assisted stretches to ease the common discomforts of pregnancy and manage labor, along with breathing practices to calm and focus the mind. No prior yoga experience necessary. This workshop is suitable for all stages of pregnancy. Call for pricing. Firefly Family Yoga, Ridgefield.

12 – 3pm: Asian New Year Celebration Join your Zoo friends in celebrating the Year of the Monkey with special stories, crafts, a children’s parade and many more fun activities. Snowdate is 2/20. Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport.

1 – 2pm: Growing in the Greenhouse Come to the Coogan Farm and enjoy the warmth of our greenhouse as we start our spring seeds! Coogan Farm Manager, Craig Floyd, will teach you the basics of starting seeds and provide you with an opportunity to get your hands dirty while helping out the Giving Garden. Beginners and experienced gardeners welcome! Free. Coogan Farm, Mystic.

2pm: Meet the North American Porcupine You may know CT DEEP Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator Gerri Griswold as The Bat Lady but did you know she also moonlights as The Porcupine Lady? Meet the world’s third largest rodent (not Gerri but an unreleaseable Quill Pig named The New One), in this one hour program which addresses the natural history of one of Connecticut’s most under-appreciated mammals! Free but donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses. White Memorial Conservation Center, Litchfield.

4pm: The Kissing Hand Storytime Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a story, craft and snack for kids ages 3 and up. RSVP. Fairfield University Bookstore, Fairfield.

5:30 – 8:30pm: Nature Night Out Have a grown-up night out and let the children have a night out with nature. Our enthusiastic and knowledgeable educators will provide a fun, educational and entertaining program! Enjoy games, team building activities, exhibit exploration, a night hike, and lots of fun! We provide dinner and s’mores around the fire.  Dress in warm layers and bring a flashlight. Ages 5-12. Non-member child per class: $30, Additional non-member child per class: $15. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic.

6 – 9pm: Kids Night Out Drop the kids off at The Golden Button for a very special Valentine’s Inspired Night (so you and your big Valentine can have a date!) Children 4 and up will create an awesome Valentine sculpture, A very special piece of jewelry from their artwork! and some special Valentines for the ones they love! So much fun! If you need a little longer you can leave the kids until 9pm to read some books and make some more fun treasures to bring home. Wear pjs and bring a blanket! 2 hours: $35 for one child or $55 for two. Or stay until 9pm for just $10 more per child. The Golden Button, Woodbury.

6 – 9pm: Valentine`s Parent Night Drop Off Includes: make your own bath fizz bomb, scented bouncy ball, hand sanitizer, bubble bath, and soap. Also includes a body glitter tattoo. Choice of hair extension, polish and design or make your own slime. $59.95 per child. Sundae Spa, Milford or Waterbury.

{PTO} 6:30 – 9:30pm: South African Wine Dinner Join us in celebrating our African penguins with a South African Wine Dinner amidst our beautiful indoor exhibits. Enjoy exceptional South African wines and delicious food by Ocean Blue Catering. This would be a great date night! $69.95 per person, all inclusive. Attendees must be 21 or older. Mystic Aquarium, Mystic.

7pm: The Peanuts Movie Snoopy embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemesis, while his best pal Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest back home to win the love of his life. Rated G. Free. Edmond Town Hall, Newtown.

{PTO} 7 – 10pm: Dirty Date Night This is a two day course where you will throw one piece of pottery on the wheel and trim the base during the second visit. No experience necessary. Glazing occurs on your own during Open Studio. Clear instructions aon glazing are included in the course. You will complete two finished pieces. Bring nut-free nibbles and drinks to share. Bring a hand towel, hair pulled back, water-safe shoes and trim fingernails. Second class is on Saturday, 2/20 from 7 – 9:30pm. Village Center for the Arts, New Milford.

7:35pm: Danbury Titans vs Brewster Adults $15.50 plus fee, Kids $10/75 plus fee. Danbury Ice Arena, Danbury.

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Saturday, February 13 – Sunday, February 14:

10am – 2pm: Tropical Sunsation We’re turning up the heat and taking a vacation from winter! Float among our tropical exhibits inside and enjoy various activities throughout the week including special animal appearances, music, contests, games and more. Reocurrs 2/15-2/21. Mystic Aquarium, Mystic.

Saturday from 10am – 8pm and Sunday from 10am – 6pm: HBRA of Fairfield County Home Show Find experts, inspiration and more at the Home Show, our goal is simple: to inspire, motivate and excite you for your upcoming home improvement – whether it’s a minor renovation or a major remodel. Our events feature a wide selection of home improvement professionals in a fun, interactive environment. After meeting with and comparing our expert exhibitors, we know you’ll be inspired and motivated to start planning with confidence. More importantly, we want you to be excited for all the fantastic possibilities that come with your project! When it’s all said and done and you’re ready to celebrate your home, we’ll do a little celebrating ourselves, knowing we had some part in it. The Home Show! It’s everything for, in and around your home and so much more! Free admission and free parking. Chelsea Piers Connecticut, Stamford.

{Last Call} 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.

Saturdau – Sunday at 2:30pm and Saturday at 7:30pm: Shen Yun Inspired by the spirit of an ancient culture, Shen Yun Performing Arts brings to life classical Chinese dance and music in a gloriously colorful and exhilarating show. With an elite company of dancers, singers, and musicians, the New York-based Shen Yun returns to Palace Theater. The company’s masterful choreography and graceful routines range from grand classical processions to ethnic and folk dances, with gorgeously costumed dancers moving in stunning synchronized patterns. Its themes are drawn from the pages of history as well as our world today. State-of-the-art backdrops conjure celestial palaces and pastoral vistas, while groundbreaking music combines the best of Chinese and Western composition. Taking inspiration from ancient heroic legends and modern courageous tales, the breathtaking beauty of Shen Yun Performing Arts is not to be missed. Palace Theater, Waterbury.

{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.

Saturday, February 13 – Monday, February 15:

10am – 4pm: Winter’s Aweigh Join us as we celebrate the winter season during Presidents’ Day Weekend. All children ages 17 and younger will receive free admission when accompanied by a paying adult. Watch as three breeds of winter working dogs demonstrate various work tasks: Newfoundlands will visit Saturday, February 13; Saint Bernards will be on grounds Sunday, February 14; and Malamutes will visit Monday, February 15. Explore the Museum’s 19th-century seafaring village and exhibits, including the award-winning “Ships, Clocks & Stars” and “Voyaging in the Wake of the Whalers.” Try your hand at a 19th-century printing press and create a winter scene. Explore the winter sky inside the Treworgy Planetarium and learn how mariners navigated the seas guided by the stars. Children are invited to: visit the Children’s Museum for crafts and winter storytime, make a sailor’s valentine, explore a sea chest, build a toy boat keepsake ($5 fee) and get a kids’-eye-view of the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan. Mystic Seaport, Mystic.

11am and 2pm: The Eagle Flyer is a unique 2-1/2 hour eco-excursion in the Connecticut River Valley. Trees stripped of their foliage afford clear views of the surrounding forest and the Connecticut River; wildlife can be observed from the cozy confines of the vintage rail cars. Master Wildlife Conservationists from CT’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) will be on board to share their knowledge of the wildlife that calls the Connecticut River Valley home. The Eagle Flyer is pulled by our vintage diesel engine and departs from Essex Station. The train will make stops at Deep River, Chester, and Haddam Station to pick up passengers. First Class seating offers individual leather back chairs and cash food and beverage service at your seat. Coach seating offers padded back bench seating and the opportunity to walk to the onboard dining car for food and beverage purchases. Click here for arrival and departure times at other stations. First class tickets: $40 and under 2 are free and coach tickets: $25 adults, $15 child and under 2 are free. Reoccurs 2/21-21.

Saturday, February 13 – Tuesday, February 16:

10am – 4pm: Dinosaur Days From the 150-million-year-old Brontosaurus skeleton in the Great Hall to the award-winning, life-sized sculpture of Torosaurus outside, dinosaurs and the Yale Peabody Museum go hand in hand. Join us for our annual celebration of paleontology and dinosaurs. There will be plenty of hands-on activities for the whole family, including our famous fossil dig and an extensive fossil touch table. And you’ll have the chance to meet paleontology graduate students and professionals and learn about their interesting research. Don’t miss it! Click here for a schedule of events. Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University, New Haven.

10am – 5pm: Presidents “Rock” Weekend Celebrate President’s Day with free family-friendly activities all weekend long. Free activities include balloon twisting, a scavenger hunt, Rock Bingo* and more! These special free events are offered in addition to the ticketed adventures waiting in Discovery Depot, including Digging for Gems, Panning for “Gold” and Unearthing Dinosaur Bones! *Rock Bingo is free with the purchase of a ticket to The Jackpot Mine. Jackpot Mine Tickets cost $12.99 + tax. Discovery Depot at Nature’s Art Village, Montville.

Sunday, February 14:

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 for anyone 11 years and up and $20.95 child (10 years and under). Mystic Aquarium, Mystic.

9am – 4pm: Valentine’s Day Show your honey some love! Anyone wearing red today gets 15% off of admission. Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport.

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11:30am – 2pm: I Love Audubon Day Join us for a tasty tribute to the National Audubon Society. Enjoy taste-testing stations of chocolates, coffees, and homemade Valentine-themed baked goods. Participants receive 10% off earth-friendly chocolates and coffees in our nature store. Other activities will include: a short Audubon film, family nature hikes, and Valentine’s Day crafts. All ages welcome. $20/family. Please RSVP. Audubon, Greenwich.

{PTO} 1 – 3pm or 4 – 6pm: Make a pair of Wine Glasses You will make the base of the wine glass on the pottery wheel. Each person makes 2 wine glasses. Bring wine and snacks to enjoy. $65 per person or $120 per couple. Discount for groups. Village Center for the Arts, New Milford.

1 – 4pm: Mort Schindel’s Weston Woods To celebrate the creative genius of Weston Woods founder Mort Schindel and his enormous contributions to fostering children’s literacy, the Weston Historical Society takes pride in presenting a three-dimensional program. The program will appeal to the entire family and will feature an exhibition with a treasure-trove of artifacts from Weston Woods supported with a series of spellbinding children’s videos and a series of fascinating lectures on animation filmmaking. The colorful videos, with their beloved characters, will entice young school age children. The historic process of turning stories into films will fascinate older kids, and adults will be interested in the Literacy Caravan bookmobile with its vintage filmmaking equipment films that bring to life the books from their childhood. The creativity of Weston’s own Mort Schindel and his Weston Woods collection will be on full display, demonstrating how Mort developed an industry in a town that has no “industry.” Examples of his pioneering work in children’s media will include the development of his unique “iconographic technique,” which is a method of animating video cells for famed books such as Where the Wild Things Are, Strega Nona and other stories. The exhibition will also display the vintage cameras, production equipment, and storyboards that were used and that foreshadowed the digital age. Weston Historical Society, Weston.

3:30 – 4:30pm: Live Birds of Prey Show Connecticut River Museum will host a Live Birds of Prey program given by Horizon Wings, a Raptor rehabilitation and education organization. This program is free and open to the public and will feature a Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Red-tailed Hawk and Screech Owl. This program takes place at Essex Town Hall, in the auditorium. Seating is first come, first served. Free. Essex Town Hall, Essex.

5:05pm: Danbury Titans vs Dayton Adults $15.50 plus fee, Kids $10/75 plus fee. Danbury Ice Arena, Danbury.

7pm – 9:30am: Valentine’s Day Family Overnight It’s always fun to visit the Mystic Aquarium, but spending the night  sleeping next to the elusive octopus or the soaring rays makes it an adventure!Come and join us as we celebrate a very special day, Valentine’s Day, family style as we celebrate the animals that we have all come to love. We will all have fun going on an outdoor tour in the dark looking for some of our “sweet hearts”, peeking behind the scenes, learning about some of our cool exhibit animals, completing a special  scavenger hunt and a fun fishy valentine’s day craft! Adults $60, youth $50. Mystic Aquarium, Mystic.

Monday, February 15:

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9:30 – 11:15am: Drop-Off Playdate Come join us for a sparkly, fun playdate. Craft, storytime, snack, dancing and so much fun. We will be painting so wear clothes that can get messy.  Ages 3-7. $25 per child plus tax. Sparklicious, Redding.

10am – 12pm: Snow Buddies Through games and activities Naturalist Emma Lorusso will teach how snow and ice is formed. Then we will have our own fun in the snow! Depending on how much snow has formed, we may make an igloo, have snowball fights, build snowmen or play footprint tag!  And no snow-time adventure would be complete without hot cocoa, which will be provided.  Come join in on the fun! Dress appropriately: 2 pairs of wool socks, snowpants, waterproof jackets, waterproof gloves, extra clothes etc.  Bring your own sled and other snow toys to share. Free. RSVP required. Goodwin Forest Conservation Education Center, Hampton.

10am – 2pm: Summer Camp Open House Come on in and learn more about our drop-off summer camp offerings. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Norwalk.

11am: President’s Day No School for the kiddos, stop in for a special President’s Day StoryTime and President’s Bingo! Free. Jack and Allie’s, Vernon.

11am – 12:30pm: Drop-In Activities Come on in and learn more about our summer camp offerings. Enjoy “Summer in February” and participate in Luau themed activities: paint a “Palm” Tree, create an ocean mural, build a boat, make coconut bead necklaces, make castanets and kazoos. Free with museum admission, but a $3 materials fee may apply to select activities. Included with the cost of museum admission, but a $3 materials fee may apply to select activities. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Norwalk.

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