March 8 – 14

Welcome to the second week of March! 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! Maple Syrup activities are still underway – make sure your family takes the time to learn about this seasonal process which has strong roots in CT. The Easter Bunny is out and hopping around, get your pictures while there is still time. This week is also extra fun because it is National Pancake Day and Museum Day Live! Lots of extra reasons to eat pancakes (for a good cause) and to check out some local museums while it’s free. For events in Fairfield County only click here, for events in Hartford County only click here. If you would to start a publication in your county, contact us today!

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Monday – Saturday from 10am – 8pm and Sunday from 11am – 6pm: Photos with the Easter Bunny at Bunnyville Stop by Bunnyville in Center Court and have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny March 4 – 26. Photo packages start at just $22. West Farms Mall, West Farms.

Monday – Saturday: 10am to 9pm and Sunday: 11am to 6pm: Easter Bunny Photos The Easter Bunny will take brief carrot breaks throughout the day. Stamford Town Center, Stamford.

Monday – Thursday from 10am – 8pm, Friday- Saturday from 10am – 9pm and Sunday from 11am – 7pm: Easter Bunny Photos Visit the Easter Bunny for Photos and a free gift! The Easter bunny is located on the lower level towards Macy’s. Danbury Fair, Danbury.

Monday – Saturday: 10am – 9pm, Sunday: 11am – 6pm: Visit The Easter Bunny Hop to it! The Easter Bunny is available for visits and Easter photography March 4th – 26th on the lower level in Center Court. Westfield, Meriden.

Weekdays from 11am – 8pm and Saturday – Sunday from 11am – 6pm: Photos with the Easter Bunny Hop on over to visit with the Easter Bunny! Pre-order photos to get double the prints and save. See the Easter Bunny the smart way! Save over 30% on your photo package by pre-purchasing online. Plus, save even more when you make a reservation to visit before March 24. Photo purchase and reservations are not required to visit the Easter Bunny. Friday, March 25, Saturday, March 19 and 26 extended hours from 10am – 9pm. The Easter Bunny may take occasional carrot breaks. Pet Nights: Monday, March 14 and 21 from 5pm – close. Cats and dogs only, please. The Shoppes at Buckland Hills, Manchester.

Wilton Restaurant Week The Wilton Chamber of Commerce will kick off its annual Spring Restaurant Week, beginning Monday, March 7th through Sunday, March 13th. Wilton dining establishments are serving up special prix fixe menus and other culinary selections, plus the opportunity to experience some new restaurants, as well as re-visit favorites.

Tuesday, March 8:

National Pancake Day

7am – 7pm: Pancakes with Purpose Since beginning its National Pancake Day celebration in 2006, IHOP restaurants have raised nearly $20 million to support charities in the communities in which they operate. On March 8, 2016, from 7 AM to 7 PM, guests from around the world will celebrate the eleventh annual National Pancake Day at participating IHOP restaurants and enjoy one free short stack of Buttermilk pancakes*. In return for the free pancakes, guests will be asked to consider leaving a donation for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals or other designated local charities. There is one free short stack per guest. The offer is valid at participating restaurants for dine-in only while supplies last and is not valid with any other offer, special coupon or discount.

10:30 – 11:15am: March Family Playtime! Looking for a fun indoor activity to do with your1-5 year old on these cold winter days? Then why don’t you join us for our Family Playtime. This is an open gym forum where children accompanied by a caretaker can explore the many obstacle courses on the floor, the balance beam, the vault, the bars and the pit. Family Playtime is for children ages 1-5 years of age with caretaker participation. Non-members are welcome. $10 per child and $5 for siblings. A general release form is required for non-members. The Gymnastics Training Center, Simsbury.

2 – 7pm: Blood Drive The American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive on today. Make an appointment on the American Cross website and enter sponsor code MJCC. Mandell JCC, West Hartford.

3 – 5pm: Maple Tapping Take a winter nature walk with the Greenwich Land Trust’s stewardship staff through one of GLT forest preserves. See a maple tapping and syrup boiling demonstration and learn what goes into making the sweet stuff! The process of maple tapping is indigenous to our northern forests and an important part of our local history. During this time of year, the forest is just waking up from a long slumber and we’ll talk about the clever ways plants and wildlife survive the winter. $35 per family. Limited to 50 attendees. Lapham Preserve, Greenwich.

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6:30 – 7:30pm: Girl Scout Info Session – Princess Party! Join the Fun at a Girl Scout Princess Party! Learn about being a Girl Scout and Girl Scout Volunteer! Middlebrook Elementary School, Trumbull.

7 – 9pm: Clybourne Park Auditions Little Theatre of Manchester is seeking to cast an African-American man, an African-American woman, three Caucasian men, and two Caucasian women (ages ranging from late 20’s to late 40’s) for a June production of Bruce Norris’s explosive, Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning comedy-drama Clybourne Park. The play’s two acts are 50 years apart; each actor will play a different character in each of the acts. Auditioners will read selections from each act. More information on the play and the rehearsal and performance schedule can be found at below. Callbacks: Wednesday, March 9th if needed. Cheney Hall, Manchester.

7:30pm: Something Quiet Jayce and Redwine are a lesbian couple living together in a cozy Brooklyn co-op. Their best friend, Marco, is a goldstar and an eternal PhD candidate in Art History at Columbia. When DOMA is overturned, Jayce surprises Redwine by popping the question. And to her surprise, Redwine refuses. Their right to be together tears them apart, leaving Marco without the company of his two best friends…until he comes up with a plan to get them back together. Thus ensues a hilarious interrogation of queer coupling and what it means to defy or define one’s self by that which we deem the status quo. Set on a rooftop in Brooklyn, Something Quiet is a sexy, romantic comedy about the myriad ways we define family and choosing love over politics. $5 admission includes talk back with playwright & cast along with the opportunity to complete an audience response card. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

Tuesday, March 8 – Wednesday, March 9:

10:30am: Zoo Tots Designed for children 22 months to four year of age with an adult may include activities, crafts and live animals. Animal March will explore how animals move. $15 per adult and one child. Call to register and reserve your space. Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport.

Tuesday, March 8 – Sunday, March 13:

{Last Call} Tuesday at 2pm, Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: I Hate Hamlet A young and successful television actor relocates to New York, where he rents a marvelous, gothic apartment. With his television career in limbo, the actor is offered the opportunity to play Hamlet onstage, but there’s one problem: He hates Hamlet. His dilemma deepens with the entrance of John Barrymore’s ghost, who arrives intoxicated and in full costume to the apartment that once was his. The contrast between the two actors, the towering, dissipated Barrymore whose Hamlet was the greatest of his time, and Andrew Rally, hot young television star, leads to a wildly funny duel over women, art, success, duty, television, and yes, the apartment. Sunday matinees are followed by a talk back with the cast. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

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{Last Call} Tuesday – Wednesday at 7pm, Thursday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 3pm and Sunday at 2pm and 7pm: Having Our Say Centenarian sisters Sadie and Bessie Delany welcome us into their home to share an amazing story. They tell us about their eventful lives, how they fought injustices big and small, overcoming the racial strife of the 20th century with their charm, warmth, and dignity intact. They share a personal family tale of people who yearned to do the right thing, and strove towards it with every ounce of their beings. Come have dinner with the Delany’s, and hear the story of our nation. Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven.

Wednesday, March 9:

{Free} 4 – 5pm: Easter Egg Hunt Eggs-Travaganza Children age 9 and under will be given a map of Stew Leonard’s and a bag to collect eggs from costumed characters throughout the store, including Wow the Cow, Cynthia Chick, and Daphne Duck among others. Each egg contains prizes ranging from candy and board games to toys and gift cards. One lucky child will win the Egg Hunt’s top prize: a $250 gift card to Toys R Us! Parents please note: some of the candy included in the eggs may contain peanuts. After the Egg Hunt is complete, parents are invited to take photos of their children with the Easter Bunny. The Easter Egg Hunt Eggs-Travaganza is free to the community. Stew Leonard’s, Norwalk.

5pm: We launch our new pictorial book, Mark Twain’s Hartford, published by Arcadia Books — an exploration of the author’s relationship to the city where they lived for two productive decades. The book draws on the Mark Twain House & Museum archives, with many rarely seen images presented for the first time in print. The author and picture editor for the book, our own Steve Courtney, will present the tale. This is a free event, but a $5.00 donation is requested and reservations are recommended. Mark Twain House, Hartford.

{PTO} 5:30pm: CONNfection Back by popular demand, the Palace Theater and Waterbury Neighborhood Council are excited to present the return of CONNfection, a showcase at the Palace featuring a delicious assortment of Connecticut sourced food, wine and craft beers. The event will feature samples of some of the best homemade products Connecticut has to offer, including pasta, sausages, artisan breads,  specialty condiments desserts and more. Guests will also have the opportunity to sample a variety of craft beers and wine from local breweries and vineyards. Proceeds from the event will be used for the Palace Theater Annual Campaign, as well as by the Waterbury Neighborhood Council for their work on behalf of all Waterbury neighborhoods. Tickets are $25. Palace Theater, Waterbury.

5:30 – 7pm: This is America: A Visual Expedition by Carol M. Highsmith The CHS welcomes photographer Carol M. Highsmith to provide a unique detailed account of her experiences photographing Connecticut and the United States. For 35 years, Carol M. Highsmith, the woman often saluted as “America’s Photographer,” has produced memorable images of life and places across the United States on behalf of our esteemed Library of Congress. There, her collection of 30,000 images is ranked alongside those of historical luminaries including Mathew Brady and Dorothea Lange.  As part of a state-by-state project of a lifetime, Highsmith has explored Connecticut and will describe how her carefully preserved photographs depict 21st-Century America and our state. Highsmith’s exhibition, Connecticut Captured: A 21st Century Look at an American Classic, will be on view and shows the diversity of Connecticut: its charming rolling roads and Colonial villages; its rich maritime heritage; its ubiquitous house museums; and the vestiges of the state’s industrial might and bustling railroads in cities throughout the state. $10 for non-members, wine and cheese reception included. Reservations are requested. Connecticut Historical Society Museum & Library.

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{Free} 7pm: The Making of a Mensch So many PJ books teach our children what it means to be a mensch (a good person). Learn with Rabbi Howard Herman how to use Jewish values to build your children’s character. Watch the Moxie Institute’s video, The Making of a Mensch, and make a plan for your family on ways to improve the lives of others and the community by learning to improve yourself. Free and open to the community. RSVP. Mandell JCC Valley Sports & Community Center, Canton.

Thursday, March 10:

4 – 7pm: Educators Open Classroom Educators and Administrators are invited to dive deep into ocean conservation and education and learn about the wide variety of STEM educational opportunities that Mystic Aquarium has to offer teachers and students. Free for Educators and Education Administrators. Final check-in will be at 5pm. Reservations required. Space is limited, so don’t delay and click the link below to register! Mystic Aquarium, Mystic.

5:30 – 7pm: Historical Firsts Join us to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in the case of the Amistad with a talented first-person interpretation of Sarah Margru by Tammy Denise of Historical Firsts. New Haven Museum, New Haven.

{Free} 5:30 – 7:15pm: Race and Food Access How can we challenge inequities in our food system? How does food access connect to other social justice issues? How can youth lead on this issue? Join the conversation with featured guests from Grow Hartford, a youth leadership and youth organizing program that builds youth leaders in Hartford to challenge racial inequities in our food system and society at large. The event is free. Harriet Beecher Stowe Visitor Center, West Hartford.

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{PTO} 6 – 8pm: Giving Day: Brews & Bites Explore the history of Fairfield and the state past and present through the wide variety of good eats and breweries. Begin with a beer tasting of nearby Two Roads Brewery favorites. Have you ever tried Kuhn’s famous chili? Grab a bite provided by local Keith Kuhn, who continues to carry on this tradition. Following the delectable fare, local authors will discuss their latest books including Lost Restaurants of Fairfield by Patti Woods and Connecticut Beer: A History of Nutmeg State Brewing by Will Siss. Fairfield Museum, Fairfield.

{PTO}  5:30 – 9pm: Big Red for the Arts Celebrate 45 years of community support! We’re celebrating the arts in a new way this year! Join us at Big Red for the Arts to celebrate the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s 45th anniversary and the start of our United Arts Campaign. Discover our one-of-a-kind arts showcase, enjoy dishes from the area’s best restaurants, and sample wines and spirits from around the world. Our featured chef for VIP is Chef Leslie Tripp who brings thirty years of experience in fine dining and membership service to The Hartford Club. Chef Tripp has served as the Executive Chef at Fresh Salt Restaurant at the Saybrook Point Inn for the past five years. A former student of Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France, he is classically trained in culinary arts, pastries, and wines. Our signature United Arts Campaign kick-off event is being reimagined as an arts showcase to celebrate all of the incredible artists and organizations our region has to offer. This is the Arts Council’s largest fundraising event of the year drawing more than 250 local business and arts leaders. All proceeds benefit the United Arts Campaign. $125 per person. VIP $175 per person. The Hartford Club, Hartford.

7pm: An Evening with Azar Nafisi Azar Nafisi is the critically acclaimed author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, a long-running number one New York Times bestseller published in thirty-two languages, and Things I’ve Been Silent About, also a New York Times bestseller. A fellow at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, she has taught at Oxford University and several universities in Tehran. She will also be talking about her newest book The Republic of Imagination: A Life in Books, in which she cites Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as a major influence on her life. This program will be recorded for broadcast on NPR’s Person Place Thing, an interview show based on this idea: people are particularly engaging when they speak not directly about themselves but about something they care about. Guests talk about one person, one place, and one thing that are important to them. The result? Surprising stories from great talkers. The program will be followed by a book sale and signing. Tickets are $30 for the general public. There will be a VIP reception from 5:30-6:30 in the Museum Café. The VIP ticket which includes the meet and greet reception preceding the event is $65. Mark Twain House, Hartford.

7:30pm: Ain’t I a Woman! is a new music theatre work for actress and chamber music trio (cello, piano, percussion). It celebrates the life and times of four powerful African American women: novelist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, ex-slave and abolitionist Sojourner Truth, folk artist Clementine Hunter, and civil rights worker Fannie Lou Hamer. The musical score is drawn from the heartfelt spirituals and blues of the Deep South, the urban vitality of the Jazz Age, and contemporary concert music by African American composers such as Charles Mingus, Thelonius Monk, Max Roach and Diane Monroe. Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, Storrs.

Thursday, March 10 – Sunday, March 13:

Women Composers Festival of Hartford We are pleased to feature Jessica Meyer as our composer-in-residence and Liane Curtis as our Keynote Speaker. Our score call winners and other women composers past and present will also be highlighted. The Nautilus Brass Quintet and Cuatro Puntos are our guest ensembles.  A schedule of events and information about our featured artists can be found at the link above.

Thursday from 5:30-8pm, Friday from 7-8:30pm, Saturday from 2-3:40pm and from 7-8:30pm: Beneath the Gavel is an interactive performance piece about high-end art auctions and the extraordinary adventures that happen when fine art meets ’fine-ance’ Using the artwork from our Permanent Collection as inspiration, Bated Breath Theatre Company will bring the audience into the hushed halls of a high-end auction house and dramatize the undercurrents, mixed motives, and tensions of high-stakes bidding on works of art. Audience members may engage directly in the action if they choose, bidding on works that will be won with fake money. Meanwhile, the differing perspectives of artists, collectors, auctioneers and many others will come together for an experience that is active, hilarious, serious, and immersive. Beneath the Gavel will remind audience members why they love art and will celebrate the artists, curators, dealers, and collectors who bring the excitement to the public. This is the Museum’s third collaboration with Bated Breath Theatre Company. Open night included a reception. Reoccurs on Thursday, March 24th from 7-8:30pm. $25 per person. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2pm and Sunday at 7:30pm: Romeo & Juliet Director Darko Tresnjak follows up his spectacular production of Hamlet with Shakespeare’s most popular play. The intense feud between the Montague and Capulet families devastates the city of Verona and foreshadows tragic consequences for young Romeo and Juliet. Revenge, passion and a secret marriage lead the world’s most famous star-crossed lovers to a harrowing end. Runs until March 20th. Hartford Stage, Hartford.

Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm: Russian Masters Carolyn Kuan and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra interpret the red-hot and icy-cool works of two iconic Russian masters! Inspired by his conducting studies of Haydn and Mozart, Prokofiev’s first symphony is known as the “Classical” and remains one of his most popular and beloved works. Written while in a Soviet safe haven during World War II, Prokofiev described his fifth symphony as “a hymn to free and happy Man, to his mighty powers, his pure and noble spirit.” One of the best-known violin concerti in the repertoire, Tchaikovsky’s is widely considered as one of the most technically difficult works for the instrument. The Bushnell, Hartford.

Friday, March 11:

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9:30 – 11:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: St. Patty’s Day Celebration Let’s celebrate the luck of the Irish! Today we will make Irish soda bread bites and layered shamrock chocolate trifles. Each child will also decorate their very own lucky rainbow cupcakes with a pot of gold on top! Ages 2-5. Reoccurs on Saturday from 9:30-10:30am and on Tuesday, March 15 from 9:30-10:30am and 11:30-12:30pm. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult), Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

{Free} 11am – 12pm: Essential Oils 101 Join us to learn how to use essential oils. Kids are welcome. Free. Imagine Studio, West Hartford.

1 – 2:30pm: Native Plant Program: Rain Gardens Rain gardens can play a significant role in storm water management in residential landscapes. They can reduce flooding & pollution and create valuable habitat for local wildlife. Join Anna Fialkoff, Horticulturist for the New England Wild Flower Society, to learn how to be a steward of your own watershed and create a rain garden with plants that are up for the task and that are best suited for your site. $24 per person. Greenwich Audubon, Greenwich.

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3:30pm and 7pm: Wild Kratts Live! Animated Kratt Brothers, Martin and Chris, “come to real life” in a classically Wild Kratts story. It’s off “To the Creature Rescue!” when the Kratt Brothers activate some fan favorite Creature Power Suits to confront a comic villain. Through hilarious pratfalls and amazing animal ‘wow facts’ the Wild Kratts team rescue their favorite invention from Zach’s clutches so the animals of the creature world are safe once again. No live animals are appearing in this show. The Palace Theatre, Stamford.

{KNO} 5:30 – 8:30pm: Kid’s Night Out Every kid deserves a special night out…and so do you! That’s why we created Kid’s Night Out. Parents get an evening to themselves while the children get to run, play, dance and create their own masterpiece with our energetic instructors. The evening also includes a pizza party dinner and ends with our famous bubble dance party. Ages 2 through 5. Children do not need to be potty trained. $35 for one child. Discount for siblings. Romp n’ Roll, Wethersfield.

6 – 8pm: St. Patty’s Day Celebration Let’s celebrate the luck of the Irish! Today we will make Irish soda bread bites, Irish nachos, and layered shamrock trifles. Each child will also decorate their very own lucky rainbow cupcakes with a pot of gold on top! Ages 6-12. $25 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

6 – 8:30pm: Storybook Pajama Party with Clifford! Celebrating the museum’s Sweet 16 birthday! – Come in your PJs and enjoy birthday party stories and activities. Meet and take photos with BooZoo and Clifford the Big Red Dog, our honored guests! Registration required. $17 per person, children under 1 are free. Stepping Stones, Norwalk.

{KNO} 6 – 9pm: Parents’ Night Out is a 3 hour drop off program designed to keep your kids active and entertained while you have a night out to yourself! Pizza dinner for the kids is included! Children ages 4-10 years (fully potty trained only please). $35 for the 1st child, siblings are $15 each. My Gym, Glastonbury.

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{KNO} 6 – 10pm: Kids Night Out This is the ultimate night out for any kid! Tons of games, pizza, an ice cream sundae bar, a big screen movie, and endless amounts of fun await you here at the Trails. This program has evolved into a very popular kids event and space fills up quickly. So parents plan your night out and send the kids here for theirs. Head on over to the Trails for a night out that you will never forget. Sorry, parents not allowed! Please bring clothing that is appropriate for outdoor (weather dependent) and indoor play as well as provide a sleeping bag/blanket and pillow for the movie. $25 per non-member. Winding Trails, Farmington.

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{PTO} 6 – 10pm: Liquid Lounger: Blarney Ball Hartford’s hottest night out is going out to the ball game–St. Patrick’s Day style! Join 1,000 of your closest friends for games, prizes, dancing, liquid delights, and more. Wow us-and the Hartford Yard Goats mascots, Chompers and Chew Chew -with your pitching skills, pose in our Postcard Photos from Ireland photo booth, dance a jig, and much more. See our newest traveling exhibit, Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion, while you’re here. Show us your finest leprechaun-inspired outfit for a chance to win awesome prizes! Ireland-inspired entertainment includes: live DJ and live music, Celtic temporary tattoos, photo booth, make your own masterpiece with the Art Truck, tastings from Hooker and much more! Liquid Lounge is a 21+ event. ID will be required. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Capacity is limited. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford.

6:30 – 8pm: Sweaty Guys Night Out Grab the guys for some male bonding, a variety workout and a beer! Lite refreshments served. $15 per person. Pre-registration is required. Mandell JCC, West Hartford.

6:30 – 8:30pm: Young Artist Happenings: Painting and Pizza Collaborate, create, and chow down at this event designed for teens by teens. Add your mark to one of three “exquisite corpse” style paintings—large canvases on which each participating artist adds to the communally and spontaneously developed composition. Enjoy pizza, music, and gallery explorations hosted by the Museum’s Young Artist Council. Free; middle and high school students. The Aldrich, Ridgefield.

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7pm: Limoncello-Making Workshop Limoncello is an Italian Liqueur originating in the Naples and Almalfi coast region. Come and learn how to make Limoncello in its traditional form or attempt the many variations that we are famous for! Enjoy some light appetizers, free sangria and limoncello cordials. We will all perform the first step in limoncello-making! We will then demonstrate the second step and give written instructions to take home (which you will then perform 5 days later). We will also provide a fresh mozzarella demonstration! Please bring to the Event: 4 Lemons or 2 Grapefruit or 4 oranges or 6 limes, 1 liter of Grain Alcohol (we recommend Graves), a large open mouth container and 1 peeler. $35 per person. The Wine Press, North Haven.

7 – 8pm: Flashlight Hike Bring one flashlight per person, boots are suggested. We will toast Marshmallows after hike. Fee is $10 per family. Hidden Valley Preserve, New Fairfield.

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Friday, March 11 – Saturday, March 12:

Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 2pm: Rapunzel Rene Shwartzbuckle is cuckoo for a turnip-like vegetable called Rapunzel. When she spots a mouth-watering patch of the plant in Witch Izwitch’s garden, she sends her husband Walt out to ’borrow’ some. Witch Izwitch is certainly not amused! With her diabolical henchmen, the Glumpwarts, she terrorizes Walt into promising her his firstborn child in exchange for his freedom. Fast forward to Rapunzel Shwartzbuckle’s 18th birthday. The Witch and the Glumpwarts show up as promised and whisk poor, innocent Rapunzel away to a tower in the forest. From here, a boisterously entertaining rescue attempt begins! Can Prince Bobby persevere over the powers of evil? Filled with plenty of laughs, this hair-raising tale gives a new twist to an old story and a gentle message about the nature of beauty. NCTC Performing Arts Theatre, Newington.

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{Last Call} Friday – Saturday at 8pm: Forbidden Broadway is the long-running Off-Broadway hit musical revue where Broadway’s greatest musical legends meet Broadway’s greatest satirist.  Join us In this loving, hilarious, and endlessly entertaining tribute to some of the theatre’s greatest stars and songwriters, spoofing Annie, Les Miz, Mama Mia, West Side Story, Hairspray, Wicked, Rent, Fiddler and more! Farmington Valley Stage Company, Collinsville.

Friday, March 11 – Sunday, March 13:

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Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday – Sunday at 5pm, Saturday at 8:15pm: Evita Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical, Evita tells Eva Peron’s passionate and unforgettable meteoric rise from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady. Adored by her people as a champion for the poor, she became one of the most powerful women in the world — while her greed, outsized ambition and fragile health made her one of the most tragic. The musical spawned a hit film featuring Madonna and features some of theater’s most beautiful songs, including “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” “Another Suitcase in Another Hall” and “High Flying, Adored.” Runs until March 26th. Downtown Cabaret Theatre, Bridgeport.

Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm and Sunday at 1pm and 6:30pm: STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique—an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered armfuls of awards and rave reviews and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Year after year, audiences worldwide keep coming back for more of this pulse-pounding electrifying show. As the Boston Globe says, “If you haven’t seen STOMP, GO! If you have seen it, take someone and share the pleasure!” Shubert, New Haven.

Friday, March 11 – Sunday, March 20:

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Saturday, March 12:

Museum Day Live!

8 – 10am: March Guided Bird Walk – Woodpeckers Late winter is great for birding.  Without the leaves on the trees, it is easier to spot them. Woodpeckers are becoming more active now. Since they don’t have a song, their habit of drumming, hammering loudly and rapidly onto some resonating surface like the side of one’s house, is a territorial signal or a mating call. This is the time of year that some woodpeckers are engaged in nest building. They are very particular about location and size and will make several attempts. This is a great serve to other cavity nesting birds such as bluebirds that don’t have the physical ability to make their own. Most of our woodpeckers are resident birds, non-migratory, like the downy and are frequent visitors to our suet feeders. Join us as we search the woodlands for our feathery year-round neighbors. Wear comfortable boots and dress for the weather. Free but donations are accepted. Aldrich Park, Ridgefield.

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{MTO} 8:30am – 12:30pm: A Divorce Workshop This is a one time workshop, not a series of workshops. This workshop is designed to help women who are contemplating or are in the very early stages of the process of untying the knot. Second Saturday deals with the legal, financial, family and personal issues of divorce in a logical, yet compassionate way. With the guidance of trained professionals, workshop participants gain greater understanding of the confusing divorce process. The fee is $35 but the information is priceless! Southport Congregational Church Library, Southport.

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9:30 – 11:30am: St. Patty’s Day Celebration Let’s celebrate the luck of the Irish! Today we will make Irish soda bread bites and layered shamrock chocolate trifles. Each child will also decorate their very own lucky rainbow cupcakes with a pot of gold on top! Ages 2-5. Reoccurs on Tuesday, March 15 from 9:30-10:30am and 11:30-12:30pm. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult), Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

10am: Introduction to Fly Tying Fly fisherman and veteran instructor, Tim Laughlin, will introduce you to the art of fly tying. Create your own woolly bugger. Equipment and materials provided. Space is limited. $20 per non-member child. New Pond Farm, West Redding.

{Free} 10 – 11am: Easter Bunny Arrival Event The amazing Conroy Warren’s Spring Holiday/Bunny Time Musical Show! Come Be A Part of Conroy’s Band on Saturday March 12th at 10am in front of Lower Level XXI Forever! Followed by Sparkles with Bunny Face Painting! And….”Make & Take your own special Spring Bunny Craft! Danbury Fair, Danbury.

{Free} 10am and 11:30am: Leprechaun Hunt Follow the rainbow all the way to Giant Steps for our 6th Annual Leprechaun Hunt. More than 1,000 Leprechauns are hiding, and we need your help to find them. This year, those pesky leprechauns have gotten smarter and sneakier, but with your children’s help, we know we can find them all. Always a fun time and always 100% free! Recommended ages 2-10. Register for the 10am or 11:30am session. Walk-ins allowed at 11:30am only, if space permits. Giant Steps, Fairfield.

10 – 11:30am: Build a Bluebird Birdhouse Learn how to create a nesting habitat for one of Connecticut’s most loved and beneficial birds. Protect this declining species so it can continue to make a comeback! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring a hammer and we will provide all other materials. The cost is $10.00 per box. Registration is required. Northwest Park, Windsor.

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10am – 4pm: 10th Annual Maple Festival Live demonstrations of sap boiling, syrup drawing off, and tree tapping. There will be live music, pancakes, classes, tours, sugar-on-snow eat, and more. Join us for a fun filled day out with the family! Sweet Wind Farm, East Hartland.

10am – 4pm: Open Cockpit & Meet “Howard Bunce” Open aircraft include the Vietnam War era “Huey” helicopter, the North American F-100 Super Sabre jet fighter, the Coast Guard HH-52 rescue helicopter, the Lockheed F-104C Starfighter, and many more. Meet Connecticut aviation pioneer Howard Bunce from 11am to 3pm. Bunce will be brought to life interacting with visitors and presenting his story. In 1912, 17 year-old Bunce built his own airplane which is now on display at the Museum. In addition, visitors can also participate in a hands-on Build and Fly Challenge, view and participate in R/C flight demonstrations by Time Machine Hobby, take a flying lesson on the Flight Sim Spot high tech flight simulators, or fly the Ercoupe full-motion flight simulator built from a real aircraft. The event will be held inside the Museum’s three large, heated display hangars. Sneakers or rubber-soled shoes are recommended. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks.

10am – 5pm: Scout Day at The Maritime Aquarium Come enjoy a day of Scout fun – for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of all levels – at The Maritime Aquarium. Any Girl Scout or Boy Scout wearing her or his uniform to the Aquarium on March 12 receives discounted admission of $11 for the Aquarium, or $15.75 for Aquarium plus a screening of the IMAX movie “National Parks Adventure.” This discount is not available for advance online purchases. Enjoy all of the Aquarium’s great exhibits. Also, stop by bonus “Leave No Trace” activity stations, staffed by local Boy Scouts, to learn how to minimize your impact on the environment. Plus, be among the first to see the new IMAX movie “National Parks Adventure,” months before it opens to the public in May. Six screenings are available March 12 on the hour from 10am to 4pm. Fun for the entire family! The Maritime Aquarium, Norwalk.

{Get In Free} 10am – 5pm: Community Day: Hartford, Farmington, and West Hartford This month, residents of Hartford, Farmington, and West Hartford enjoy an admission free day of gallery viewing and art activities. Visitors can now explore more artwork throughout our recently completed expansion and view works that have been hidden in our collection. You can also bring the family and create your own work of art by joining one of the hands-on art activities taking place in our new studio classrooms. Open Studio: 11am to 2pm. Let our volunteer educators tap into your creative side and create self-portraits with your children inspired by a variety of artists. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

10:30am – 1pm: Free Photos With The Easter Bunny Stop by for family fun and Easter treats and receive a free 4X6 photo courtesy of Katie Settel Photography. Kids, families and pets welcome. No appointment necessary. Splurge, Greenwich.

11am: The 45th Annual Greater Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade The parade begins at Capitol Avenue by the State Capitol, takes a left on Main Street, a left on Asylum, a left on Ford Street, and then ends by the Memorial Arch.

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11am – 1pm: Diaper Derby Calling all crawlers under 12 months: It’s time for our annual baby race! Bring your speedy little ones to the races and enjoy entertainment, prizes, and more. Visit the mall management office to pick up a registration form or email dbotelho@simon.com. Reserve your spot soon, space is limited. Check in is at 10:30am. Crystal Mall, Old Navy Court, Waterford.

12 – 1pm: Spectacular Saturdays! Join us for a fun-filled Saturday! Each week, we will explore a favorite book through dance, drama, music and fun! Each class is taught by one of your favorite characters! You can sign up for all five, or join us for as many as you would like. Today’s Class is The Lorax. $30 per child. Hartford Stage, Hartford.

12 – 1pm: What’s Hot for Kids – Flash Charms Swap Does your tween collect Flash Charms? They can bring their collection to our Flash Charm Swap to trade charms with other kids and make new friends in the process. Michael’s locations.

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1pm: The Lightning Thief Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school…again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. The Kate, Old Saybrook.

1 – 3pm: Spring Scavenger Hunt Explore the fields and forest at Coogan Farm for a list of natural and hidden items. Enjoy a beautiful afternoon outside, searching for the signs of spring that beginning to appear in the woodlands, wetlands and meadows. Families. Coogan Farm, Mystic. $12 per person.

1 – 5pm: Open Studio Celebrate and enjoy the studio with free classes, snacks, and nutritional consults! Arrive 15-20 minutes early to check in and get your spot for classes. Click here for the class schedule. No registration required. West Hartford Yoga, West Hartford.

2pm: Ladies Tea Wear your finest Easter bonnet and enjoy tea, treats, and music. There will be a craft and Easter egg hunt for younger guests. Ages 4 and up. $25 per person. This is a limited capacity event, reservations are required. Keeler Tavern Museum, Ridgefield.

2 – 3pm: St. Patrick’s Scavenger Hunt Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and learn about Irish folklore as we search for hidden clues in Ballard Park. All children who participate in the hunt will receive a prize. Come and join us and learn a “wee bit” about this holiday. We’ll celebrate by searching throughout a part of Ballard Park for clues about St. Patrick, Ireland and Irish folklore. Learn what ‘bodhrans & bones’ are, and why the Irish flag has three colors.  Find the pots of gold left by our tiny (or big) leprechauns. There will be a prize for those who participate in the hunt. Meet by the Gazebo between 2om and 2:30pm. $7 per person. Ballard Park, Ridgefield.

2 – 3:30pm: Buds and Bark – Winter Tree ID It is fun (and useful) to know your backyard neighbors – the different species of trees that grow in our area. The winter landscape is a system of functional beauty and mechanical precision constantly in action, most fully expressed in trees. Winter is the best time to look at buds, leaf scars, bark, catkins and other clues to tree identification, and to meet our neighbors the oaks, hickories, maples, birches and their relatives. $9 per person. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic.

2 – 3:30pm: Family Songbird Nestbox Workshop Learn to host bird families in your own backyard. Discover a wide variety of nestboxes and the birds that use them. Discuss nestbox placement and maintenance. Program is $5 per non-member. Families wishing to build their own nestbox should pre-order a kit by calling our Nature Store. $30 non-member). Registrar in advance. Audubon Greenwich, Greenwich.

2 – 4pm: Hands-On History Workshop: Photography from Stereographs to Snapchat Explore the history behind your Instagram filters in this hands-on workshop designed just for kids! We’ll go behind-the-scenes to see how photography has evolved over the years and make our own pinhole cameras and zoetropes to take home. We’ll then look at photography today as we try out documentary photography around the museum. Please note: students participating in this workshop are required to bring a device with a camera. This program is appropriate for students ages 10-14. The cost is $8 per student for members and $10 per student for non-members (no cost for parents or guardians). Space is limited and pre-registration is required.  Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.

{KTO} 2 – 4pm: Barn Fun Get your horse and farm fix with our monthly Barn Fun sessions. Each two-hour session will include activities such as: grooming time with the horses, stall cleaning, feeding all the animals, and learning about seasonal activities on the farm. $15 per kid per session. Parents can drop off their 5-12 year old or stay and learn as well (younger kids are welcome, but programs will be geared to 5-12 year olds. Parents need to stay with anyone under 5)! New, old and current students are welcome. Advance registration required. Maple View Farm, Granby.

{KNO} 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. Ages 5-12 (drop off). Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic.

{KNO} 5:30 – 9pm: Parent’s Night Out Big fun on the Big Screen. Inflatables, Zany Games, Gymnastics, Pizza and a Movie on our 9 foot screen keep your children entertained while you enjoy an evening out! Don’t forget to bring your pillow and blanket to cuddle up in for the movie! Children ages 4 years and up are welcome. $30 per child. Gymnastics Training Center, Simsbury.

6pm: 6th Annual New London Youth Talent Show Back for its sixth run, the NLYTS brings you an utterly amazing talent showcase of young artists from all across Southeastern CT. With special guest act, Braiden Sunshine (The Voice season 9 semifinalist) and broadcasting live in the Lobby, radio station Jammin 107.7. Tickets: $10. Garde Arts Center, New London.

{PTO} 6pm: Cocktails, Tapas, Flamenco & Concert Join us in the Upper lobby of the Palace Theatre  for a festive evening of exotic sounds and tastes that will transport you to Spain! Spanish Tapas will be catered by Barcelona Restaurant. Flamenco dancing by Yohanna Escamilla.$100 per person includes cocktails, tapas, flamenco and a premium seat to the 8pm concert. Already have a concert ticket? $75 per person includes cocktails, tapas & flamenco. Space is limited. Palace Theatre, Stamford.

6 – 9pm: Explore the Nights Walk Miss Judy invites you to bring your friends and family for a fun night of learning about the great outdoors. The general format includes an inside introduction to the evening program, an outside walk, a warm fire with Smores or something baked in the fire, a short walk outside to check the night sky, and of course family socializing with other night explorers. Dress in layers for the weather conditions that day it can get very cold on these winter nights. The Welcoming Spring program in March will have us exploring the wetlands and forest for the sounds of spring peepers and wood frogs along with glimpses of early spring plants. Winding Trails, Farmington.

{PTO} 6:30pm: Homage to Fromage — Everything French! Paying tribute to our comrades in France, this event will feature 100% French wines and cuisine. Fromage in Old Saybrook will provide an eclectic selection of cheese to enjoy during cocktail hour including a narrative by Christine Chesanek, proprietor of Fromage. Seaside Wines in Old Saybrook as well as Perrier- Jouët Champagne will also be helping us celebrate this evening honoring France. $99.50 per person plus tax & service charge. The Saybrook Point Inn, Old Saybrook.

7 – 9pm: 7th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Concert The Irish band Cead Mile Fealte returns for our 10th annual celebration of Celtic music and culture! Seating is limited and registration is required. Admission is $15 per person. A complimentary glass of wine or cider will be served before the concert. Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington.

7pm: March Astronomy Jupiter with its atmospheric bands and bright moons take command of the night sky. View Ursa Major, Ursa Minor, Draco the Dragon, and Cassiopeia the Queen. The 3-day-old moon will provide some dramatic vistas. There will be a mini lesson of what will be seen will be given in the classroom of the Education building at 7pm. This should help our audience, especially the children, better understand what they are to look for when they are out at Astronomy Hill. The mini lesson is included in the fee. $6 per non-member and $24 max. per non-member family.  If the sky looks cloudy, please call after 4pm for program status. New Pond Farm, West Redding.

7pm: An Evening of Music and Wildlife Photography with Gary Melnysyn Spend an evening full of beautiful art, music, and food as Conservation Center favorite, Gary Melnysyn tickles your senses with beautiful wildlife images taken during his tenure as a park ranger at Yellowstone and sings some of your favorite songs to boot! How much talent can one person have? Tuck into a chili and cornbread supper before the program. Bring your own place setting and BYOB! $20 per person. Register in advance. White Memorial Conservation Center, Litchfield.

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{PTO} 7:30 – 11pm: It’s a Tequila Tasting! The Weston Historical Society has teamed with Diageo’s Don Julio Brand to present our second annual tasting – this time it’s tequila! We are very thankful to Don Julio for providing: a variety of tequilas for tasting, a tequila ambassador who will present the tasting, margaritas and old-fashioned cocktails, a selection of wine and craft beers. Our event will be catered by Marcia Selden Catering & Events, a premier local caterer who will provide great Hors D’oeuvres, Latin Tapas and Dessert! We’ll have terrific raffle prizes, namely a private cocktail party for 20 catered by Marcia Selden Catering and the opportunity for three lucky golfers to join Russ Golden, one of our Board Members, for a round of golf and lunch at Rolling Hills Country Club. $70 per person. Weston Historical Society Museum, Weston.

Saturday, March 12 – Sunday, March 13:

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10am – 4pm: Open Sugarhouse at Northwest Park Learn the art and skill of maple sugaring from Chuck Drake, our sugarhouse expert. Admission is free. Reoccurs Saturday – Sunday until 3/26. Northwest Park, Windsor.

Saturday from 10am – 5pm and Sunday from 12 – 5pm: Watch Maple Syrup Being Made Guests can enjoy complementary Hot Maple Coffee and Hot Chocolate and also sample our products. Runs until March 30th. Rain or shine. Lamothe’s Sugar House, Burlington.

Saturday at 10:30am, 2pm and 5:30pm and Sunday at 1pm and 4:30pm: Sesame Street Live: Let’s Dance Hosted by two live performers, Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance!” offers an up-close, interactive experience like you’ve never experienced before! You, the audience, are invited to dance as all of your favorite Sesame Street friends join you on the floor – dancing with fans of all ages! In addition to ongoing dance parties, Elmo uses his imagination to “Do the Robot,” Cookie Monster teaches all ‘feets’ to dance, and Ernie shares the fun of dance with the Sesame Street favorite “Shake Your Head One Time.” Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford.

12 – 5pm: Maple Sugaring Demonstration We welcome you to the sugar house the first 3 weekends in March from noon-5 for free maple sugaring demonstrations. You will see how the collected, slightly sweet sap becomes pure maple syrup. We’ll have some 2015 syrup stock on hand to sell, along with some maple sugar candies that we make fresh each week. Dress warmly and wear mud boots! Reoccurs March 19-20. Warrup’s Farm, Redding.

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12 – 6pm: Free Admission at Skate Park Everyone gets in free at the Graham Dickinson Spirit Skate Park. Graham Dickinson Spirit Skate Park, Ridgefield.

1 – 4pm: Maple Syrup Demonstrations Everyone is welcomed to drop by as Flanders staff and volunteers will demonstrate turning sap into syrup with an entertaining mix of science, stories and humor. Reoccurs until March 20th. $3 per person. Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust, Woodbury.

1:30 – 3:30pm: Weekend Family Walks This winter join Miss Judy for a fun weekend afternoon of learning something new about the great outdoors. The program format is an indoor introduction about the days topic followed by a hands-on outdoor activity to try out what you learned. Dress in layers so you can be comfortable for the indoor introduction and to be warm enough for the outdoor activity. Saturday programs include an Early Spring Discovery in March to explore what animals and plant are appearing now that winter is finished. Sunday programs include Maple Sugaring Season in March to learn about the traditional maple sugaring season, with a tasting of some local syrup. Winding Trails, Farmington.

Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 2pm: The Mandell JCC’s Youth Theater Program is proud to present Beauty and the Beast, Jr. Reoccurs on Thursday, March 17th at 7pm and Sunday, March 20th at 2pm. Snowdate: Tuesday, March 22nd at 7pm. $14 per adult, $10 per student. Mandell JCC, Zachs Campus, West Hartford.

Friday from 7 – 8pm and Saturday from 1-4pm: A Warm Winter Evening with the Howards Windsor Historical Society’s hands-on Strong-Howard House is magical at night. Actors Walter Mantani and Susan Buchholz, portraying Captain Nathaniel Howard and his wife, Ann, will welcome you into their home and show you around. Neighborhood friends of theirs will prepare hot mulled cider over the hearth for you, as well as Ann’s famous shortbread cookies and perhaps some other treats! Cost: $8 adults and $4 students. Snow dates: March 19 and 20, 1-4 pm. Windsor Historical Society, Windsor.

Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Lost in Yonkers By America’s great comic playwright, this memory play is set in a Yonkers in 1942. The hit Broadway production featured Irene Worth, Mercedes Ruehl and Kevin Spacey in award-winning performances. Bella is 35-years-old, mentally challenged and living at home with her mother, stern Grandma Kurnitz. As the play opens, ne’r do-well son Eddie deposits his two young sons on the old lady’s doorstep. He is financially strapped and taking to the road as a salesman. The boys are left to contend with Grandma, with Bella and her secret romance, and with Louie, her brother, a small-time hoodlum in a strange new world called Yonkers. Nancy Marine Studio Theatre, Torrington.

Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm: Spanish Nights & Carmen Enjoy a night of Spanish passion including Bizet’s Carmen. Free Behind the Baton lecture one hour pre-concert with our conductor. Free interactive MusiKids program on Sundays at 2pm. All individuals 35 and under will enjoy tickets at 50% off, call the Box Office to take advantage of this offer. All kids 18 and under are free on Sundays with an accompanying adult, call the Box Office to take advantage of this offer. All families with children ages 4 and up are welcome to our Sunday matinee performances and MusiKids programs. The Palace Theatre, Stamford.

Sunday, March 13:

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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 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., 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 yrs & up) and $20.95 child (10yrs and under). Don’t want to leave? Aquarium admission tickets can be purchased for an additional $10 each. Tickets must be used the same day. Purchase tickets online. Mystic Aquarium, Mystic.

9am: Seal-Spotting and Birding Cruises Cruise out with us in hopes of spotting some of the seals that come into Long Island Sound each winter. We’ll seek out the seals to observe them near the Norwalk Islands as they “haul out” to rest on rocks exposed at low tide. During the 2.5-hour cruises, educators will talk about the seals’ natural histories and use artifacts to discuss seal anatomy. And they’ll discuss what happens with the Sound’s marine population during the winter: who stays, who migrates out and who migrates in (besides the seals). These cruises also give birders unique “on-the-water” access to see and photograph visiting winter waterfowl, such as buffleheads, mergansers, Brant geese and long-tailed ducks. Binoculars will be provided. R/V Spirit of the Sound has a climate-controlled cabin.  All participants must be at least 42 inches tall. Reoccurs on March 19th at 1pm, March 20th at 2pmand April 3rd at 1pm. Tickets are $24.95. Capacity is limited to 25 so advance reservations are strongly recommended.

9am – 12pm: “Kids for Wish Kids” Ski-A-Thon The person with the most runs in each age group will win a prize!  Awards will be given in 5 age categories (6 and under, 7-12, 13-17, 18-49, 50+). Minimum donation of $10 to enter.  (Lift ticket not included with entry). Teacup auction with great prizes!  Drawing starts at 1pm. Must be present to win. Ski Sundown, New Hartford.

10am: Pirate Octopus Join us at our studio for this amazing painting party designed for families! Ticket price includes all paint supplies, instruction, aprons and a take-home canvas. Painting starts at 10:15am. $25 per person. New Haven.

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10 – 11am: Caring Bunny provides a subdued and welcoming environment for children with special needs and their families. Crystal Mall, Waterford.

{Free} 10am – 3pm: Think Green! Wear your green today and help us celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!  A few of the activities include Sweet treats, crafts for kids and adults, a treasure hunt to find the pot of gold and learning about Irish symbols and their meanings. Free. Barnes Nature Center, Bristol.

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{Teen Time Out} 10:30am – 12pm: Hipstory Join Israeli artist Amit Shimoni as he presents his illustration series, “Hipstory.” Amit Shimoni is a young Israeli artist based in Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel. He is a graduate of the 2014 class for visual communications in the Bezalel Academy of Art & Design. Free and open to all teens. A fun art project will follow presentation. Emanuel Synagogue, West Hartford.

10:30am (Kids Fun Run) and 11am (5 Mile Run and 2 Mile Walk): The 24th Annual Leprechaun 5-Miler This scenic 5 Mile race is laid out along Madison’s picturesque shoreline on Middle Beach Road for one of the flattest and fastest 5-Milers anywhere. Not up for 5 miles? Try our 2 mile fitness walk along some of the same famous coastline. Got young kids? Get them started on a lifelong path of healthy activities by getting them away from the TV and outside for an exhilarating race with their friends in our Kids Fun Run! After the race, enjoy a cup of hot clam chowder donated by a local favorite, Lenny & Joe’s. Stay healthy with water and fruit from Robert’s Food Center, cider from Bishop’s Orchards or enjoy delicious gourmet bagels from Cohen’s. Madison Surf Club, Madison.

11am – 4pm: 2nd Annual Heritage Day Events for kids throughout the afternoon. Demonstrations by our dancers and musicians as well. Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center, Danbury.

11:30am – 1pm: The Story of the Easter Bunny Looking for something fun for the kids to do on a Sunday morning? Sign up for some fun with a story pottery painting. Everyone knows that the Easter Bunny comes every year with a basket of painted eggs and chocolates. But who is the Easter Bunny, and what is his story? At last, the famous bunny’s secrets are revealed in this delightful tale perfect for springtime!  After reading this fun story we’ll paint a Chocolate Easter Bunny.  He’ll be ready for pickup in a week. $18 per person. The Pottery Factory, Brookfield.

12 – 1pm and 2 – 3pm: Rainforest Reptile Program Have you ever wanted to meet a live crocodile or alligator? Spend an unforgettable afternoon with dynamic conservation educator and herpetologist Michael Ralbovsky from Rain Forest Reptiles. Michael travels across the United States introducing students of all ages to the marvels and mysteries of ancient reptiles. He will introduce us to an awesome group of live crocodilians and he will also be bringing a special guest, Bert, NPF’s beloved African Spurred Tortoise, whom he adopted back in September – we can’t wait to see her again! Michael, his wife Joannie, and their trained staff care for over 200 exotic reptiles, they serve as consultants for zoological parks across the country, and they provide animals for television, working
with shows on the Discovery Channel and the Animal Planet, including Jeff Corwin’s Animal Quest. Michael’s love and respect for reptiles are infectious- come and
be amazed! $15 per person. Limited seating available for both programs, please call to register. New Pond Farm, Redding.

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1 – 4pm: Friends of Long Hill Tea Guests at the Wadsworth Mansion will be treated to a three course tea menu prepared by Kim’s Cottage Confections and estate tea from The Green Room in the East and West ballrooms, where Clarence and Katharine Wadsworth frequently hosted their own lavish parties. Each table will be personally set and decorated by members of the Friends of Long Hill. Invited vendors will be selling unique items in the loggia. Seating is limited; reservations can be made by contacting the Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate. Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate, Middletown.

1 – 4pm: Maple Sugar Madness Demonstration Glastonbury native Mark Packard will take you through the maple sugar making process. Along with the watching the sap transform as it boils in a large 2’x4’ pan, on our granite fire pit, you will be able to explore the property and check out the sugar bush on the hill where the trees are tapped. You’ll get to learn and see first hand how delicious maple syrup transforms from sap from a tree to syrup and ask any questions you may have along the way. The sap that is prepared and boiled during the demonstration won’t complete while you’re there. BUT inside the Welles-Shipman-Ward House, pancakes will be cooked on the open hearth using an 18th century “receipt” and served with authentic native syrup – so you will get a taste of the final product. In addition to learning how to make maple syrup, Donald Preli of Beltown Orchards will be onsite providing an apple tree pruning demonstration at 2:00pm. This is a great opportunity to take advantage of if you are interested in harvesting your apple trees. By the end of the day you’ll be ready to make your own maple syrup and tend to your own apple tree orchard. This is a great family event! All ages are welcome. Admission is only $5 per person. Snowdate: 3/20. Welles-Shipman-Ward House, Glastonbury.

1:30pm: The Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade The 2016 Parade travels the traditional route, beginning on Chapel Street at Sherman Avenue, and ending on Grove Street at Orange Street. The Parade route travels Southeast on Chapel Street, to the end of the Green, where it turns left onto Church Street. It follows Church Street to Grove Street, where it turns right, and end at Orange Street. The Parade Route is 1.5 miles.

1:30pm: 11th Annual Saint Patrick’s Celebration Concert Ringrose, Freeman & Friends, Featuring All-Ireland Champion John Whelan, playing traditional Irish music of the hearth and pub – plus dancers from the Griffith Irish Dance Academy! Come early for an Irish Brunch and a Guinness. $28 adult and $15 students.

1:30 – 2:30pm: Easter Egg Hunt Come join the TNAC Student Leadership team for an outdoor scavenger hunt for eggs. Candy inside every egg! Some candy may contain traces of nuts. All ages are welcome. Free but donations are welcome. Trumbull Nature and Arts Center, Trumbull.

2pm: Imago Theatre – ZooZoo This creature-centric spectacle and zoo-circus mash-up, set to an original score, combines Cirque du Soleil-evoking acrobatics with Mummenschanz-like mime to create a madcap revue of illusion, comedy and fun hailed by critics and family audiences alike. ZooZoo presents a menagerie like no other. Fire-fly bug eyes, hungry anteaters, introverted frogs, cantankerous polar bears, insomniac hippos and tricky penguins fill the stage with wit, wonder and mesmerizing Felliniesque mayhem. Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, Storrs.

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2 – 3pm: Maple Sugaring in Your Own Backyard Our annual demonstration teaches you how to make maple syrup the easy way. We’ll cover the entire process from identifying the tree to the best part – tasting the final product. $6 nonmembers; $3 for children. Pre-registration is not required. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

{Free} 2 – 3:15pm: Mianus River Gorge Lecture and Book Signing Photographer William Abranowicz discusses a year photographing the Mianus River Gorge. William Abranowicz has been a photographer for nearly 40 years. His work is included in public, corporate, and private collections throughout the world, including The National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Museum, The National Portrait Gallery in London, The Getty Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Menil Collection Library, Bibliothèque Nationale, The International Center of Photography, The Museum of Art at RISD, The Newark Museum, The Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, and the Goulandris Museum in Greece. Reservations suggested. Free. Bruce Museum, Greenwich.

3pm: Lecture: Maple Sugaring: Keeping it Real in New England Author David Leff will be at the Historical Society to talk about his new book on the history and culture of maple syrup. Through interviews with sugarmakers, Leff takes an intimate look at this New England favorite. The lecture will be followed by a tasting of maple syrup from Litchfield’s own Brookside Farm II. Register in advance. $5 per person. Litchfield History Museum

4 – 6pm: Egg Hunt Oval Plate Bring your friends down to the Pottery Factory and enjoy an afternoon of guided pottery painting. Designing Dishes is a great event where we’ll teach you tips and tricks to get a perfect piece of pottery painted every time. Our Egg Hunt plate use designer art tape to achieve this fun look. We’ll take you step by step though the process. Bring your favorite beverage, talk to friends and enjoy a relaxing afternoon. $29 per person. The Pottery Factory, Ridgefield.

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5:30pm: Hipstory Join Israeli artist Amit Shimoni as he presents his illustration series, “Hipstory.” Amit Shimoni is a young Israeli artist based in Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel. He is a graduate of the 2014 class for visual communications in the Bezalel Academy of Art & Design. Free and open to the community. The first 20 people to RSVP to this event will get a free ticket to the 7:00pm Book Festival event, “All Who Go Do Not Return.” Mandell JCC, West Hartford.

7pm: Jewish Book Festival One man’s moving and revealing account of growing up Hasidic, and his harrowing struggles with his loss of faith, family, and community. $20 per person. Mandell JCC, West Hartford.

Sunday, March 13 – Tuesday, March 15:

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Monday, March 14:

10 – 11:15am: Craft and Social Change in America Sara Reisman will address the place of art in communities, examining how art in all its forms can intersect with social justice efforts. From the role of public art in a community context to artist initiated community-based initiatives, Reisman proposes that art can have an impact on political engagement and participation, from local communities to the development of policy. Reisman will speak about her work with the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, her experiences commissioning public art for New York City, in addition to examples of socially engaged artistic projects beyond of her current work at the foundation. $7 per person. No advance registration is required. Bruce Museum, Greenwich.

10 – 11:30am: CELC Science Share Day! Come support our student scientists as they share their work. Projects include: Bovine Methane Collector, BullyCheck Software, Fastest Running Shoe, and more! Free and Open to the Public! RSVP. CELC, Branford.

{PTO} 7pm: The Cocktail Hour John, a playwright, returns to his family’s house, bringing with him a new play which he has written about them. His purpose is to obtain their permission to proceed with production, but his wealthy, very proper parents are cautious. They are disturbed by the bluntness of modern plays. Their confrontation takes place during the ritual of the cocktail hour, and as the martinis flow so do the recriminations and revelations, both funny and poignant. With unfailing warmth and humor, they manage to convert pained resignation into cautious but hopeful anticipation. Westport Country Playhouse, Westport.

7:30pm: Celtic Crossings Phil Coulter from Derry, Northern Ireland and Andy Cooney from New York join forces on this rare North American tour that brings together two icons in Irish Music from two different worlds. Celtic Crossings promises an evening of Celtic tranquility and the great songs of Phil Coulter, sung by the magnificent voice of Andy Cooney, with special guest Geraldine Branagan, and the Irish Pops Ensemble. The Bushnell, Hartford.

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