March 15 – 21

Scroll below for our Tuesday through Monday guide of what to do and where to go for Moms, couples, kids and for the whole family across Connecticut. If you enjoy what it is your seeing, please share us with your friends! The best compliment we can receive is from a referral. For re-occurring activities, please click here.


Tuesday, March 15:

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. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

10:30 – 11:15am: March Family Playtime! Looking for a fun indoor activity to do with your 1-5 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.


5:30pm: An Evening With D. Watkins The Beast Side: Living and Dying While Black in America. Hear D. Watkins, an award-winning writer and educator, in conversation with WNPR’s John Dankosky. Watkins is a columnist for Salon magazine and his work has been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, NPR, The Rolling Stone, The Huffington Post, Aeon, AlterNet, The City Paper and other magazines. Watkins has been featured on Meet the Press and has been a reoccurring guest on CNN, NPR’s Monday Morning, Tell Me More, The Real News Network, Huff Post Live and The Marc Steiner Show who described Watkins as being “A brilliant phenomenon that needs to be heard.” Johns Hopkins Magazine writes, “Watkins storytelling is filling a void that mainstream journalism has left behind.” He has lectured at countless events and programs around the country. Watkins was the winner of Baltimore Magazine’s “Best Writer,” award for 2015 and featured in the Baltimore Business Journal as being one of the top 40 under 40 to watch. Watkins currently holds a Master’s in Education from Johns Hopkins University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Baltimore. He is a professor at Goucher University and runs a creative writing workshop at the Baltimore Free School. Watkins’ lives in east Baltimore. His debut essay collection The Beast Side, is available wherever books are sold. His memoir Cook Up, will be published by Grand Central in 2016. $20 includes light supper before performance. Mark Twain Museum Center, Hartford.

6 – 7:30pm: Fermenting Vegetables Workshop Come learn how to create your own ‘kraut! A basic introduction to vegetable fermentation. During Fermentation Night you will have the opportunity to: Create your very own jar of sauerkraut. Learn the process of fermenting vegetables and the benefits of consuming fermented foods. Sample a variety of fermented foods. Get a head start on your journey as a vegetable fermentologist. Admission is $10 to reserve a spot, please RSVP. Talcott Family Chiropractic & TFC Health Foods, Farmington.

6:30pm: Maple Whiskey & Maple Syrup Join your friends for our annual series of fun, educational events for the 21 and over crowd! Share a specialty drink and bite with friends and adjourn to the Sturgess Room for an engaging discussion. On your pancakes, on your waffles, or even in your whiskey, maple syrup makes everything taste better! Join us for a delicious evening where you will discover everything there is to know about the making of maple syrup from seed to your breakfast table. The lecture will include a visit to our Sugar Shack where you will learn about the process and see where all the sugary magic happens. Non-Member $40. New Canaan Nature Center, New Canaan.

6:30 – 8pm: Science Lecture: The Lost World of Fossil Lake: Snapshots from Deep Time Dr. Lance Grande, Negaunee Distinguished Service Curator, The Field Museum of Natural History. Light refreshments at 6:30pm. Lecture begins promptly at 7pm. $15 fee for non-members. Reservations are required. Bruce Museum, Greenwich.

Tuesday, March 15 – Sunday, March 20:

{PTO} Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2:30pm: Sex with Strangers Olivia is an attractive 30-something with a writing career that never took off. Ethan is a young writer whose online journals of “sexcapades” are the buzz of the blogosphere. As their attraction heats up, both confront the dark side of ambition and the trouble of reinventing yourself when the past is only a click away. This show contains two characters with intense physical chemistry. 2 hours (including intermission). March 15th is Open Seating: Throw out the rule book. In this fully assigned house all seats are up for grabs – at the most affordable price. Call early for your favorite seat! $40-65 per tickets. Runs until April 17th. TheaterWorks, Hartford.

Wednesday, March 16:

10 – 11am: Equinox We are almost half way to summer, when the day and night times are equal at 12 hours. Will there be any sign of spring in the park?  We will go searching for flowers, insects, tree buds or plants beginning to sprout. Children ages 1.5 to 4 with a parent or caretaker. $15 per child. The Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury.

11:30am – 1pm: Fairy Tales and Happy Trails – Jack and the Beanstalk Fairy tales are steeped in nature. This brand new program puts a natural spin on all of your favorite fairy tales! We’ll read a book, make a craft, and take a hike. Learn about gardens and plant a bean seed to bring home! Bring your own picnic lunch. Ages 3-5. $10 per non-member. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic.

1 – 2:30pm: Drop Off Open Play! All play! All the time! Music and  bubbles too! Please pack a snack as we will not provide snack at this event. Drop-off for children ages 3-5. $20 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

6:30 – 8:30pm: Water Quality: From Ground to Sound Join us for an eye-opening panel discussion that looks at pollution in our local bays and rivers, and what you can do about it. Panelists for the evening include: Dr. Jamie Vaudrey, University of Connecticut, David Prescott, Save the Bay, Chris Freeman, Clean Up Sound and Harbors. The panel will begin promptly at 6:45pm. A cash bar and hors d’oeuvres will follow. Free but registration is required. Mystic Awuarium, Mystic.

7pm: An Evening of Celtic Magic with Daniel Green Wolf Faith and Begorra Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, we are delighted to have the comedic storytelling of Daniel Green Wolf back at the Mark Twain Museum Center, to perform for both young and old! Daniel Green Wolf is an award-winning magician, writer, creator, and slightly mad Irishman. Daniel has been voted as one of the Top Five Solo Variety Acts in the United States by the Renaissance Festival Podcast & Renaissance Magazine for five years in a row. The Magic of Daniel Green Wolf is a show that takes highly visual magic, theatrical storytelling, exhilarating Irish music, interactive comedy, and thrilling danger and wraps it in a Celtic theme that has been described as “a witty, modern-day Celtic Viking. Like James Joyce with a Broad Sword.” Tickets are $15. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

{MNO} 7:15 – 9:30pm: Ladies Night Out! Roadmap to Home Organization Simplify, Declutter and Exhale. Where do I start? What needs to go? What should stay? How do I enlist help so it is not a solo job? Come join us to find out! Hit the pause button and design an intentional plan you can implement immediately. Tips on how to design an organized system for a variety of areas in your home. Tips on how to maintain the systems you put in place aka Create a team of helpers! Determine what holds you back and what will empower your organizational changes so they last. Motivation to turn home chaos and clutter into a soft-relaxing place to land at the end of your day. Be You Bravely welcomes Guest Expert and Home Organizer from Simplify with Intention, Melissa Dumont! $40 per person. The Pasta Company, Avon.

Thursday, March 17:

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

7am – 7pm: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with us by wearing your best green gear to get a short stack of buttermilk pancakes for just $1. Dine-in only. Offer valid per person, per order. Not valid with any other offer, discount, or coupon. For a limited time at participating IHOP restaurants.

9am – 2pm: St. Paddy’s Day Hike Hike trails in the forest and by the water. Explore the east side of the Connecticut River in Old Lyme and East Lyme at Watch Rock and Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve in search of the birds and critters of late winter. We will find a warm location for lunch in between hikes. $75 per person.

9am – 4pm: St. Patrick’s Day Time to shake your shamrock, grove your green and ease down the road to the Zoo. Kids in the Irish spirit wearing anything green today will be admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. One free child admission per adult. Don’t miss our educational Green Animal scavenger hunt while you’re here. Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport.

10 – 11am: Open House See first-hand what purposeful play means at Zion’s Hill Preschool – take a sneak peak into our classrooms, meet our amazing teachers and get a glimpse of what a day in the life looks like at our community oriented school. The mini classes are designed for children ages 2 and 3. A caregiver is required to attend. Please RSVP.  Zion’s Hill Preschool, Wilton.

12pm: Greater Bridgeport St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

1 – 2:30pm: Super Hero Training! It’s a bird, it’s a plane…no,  it’s super Suzanne! Does your child want to learn how to be a real super hero? I will train them with yoga, stories and movement. We will all create our own super hero masks too! Don’t miss this one! Drop-off for children ages 3-6. $25 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

{PTO} 6 – 9pm: Writing in Mark Twain’s Library Sometimes, what we need to write our great novel, or even just a good page, is just a little peace and quiet. Throw in some inspiration from Hartford’s favorite author and we’d call that a successful evening. That’s why we’re host “Writing in Mark Twain’s Library.” Sign up for a writing session in the Clemens family home: participants will have the house to yourselves. Feel inspired by the beautiful sounds of the fountain in the family conservatory; rest your eyes upon Twain’s bookshelves as you ponder your next word. You’ll spend three hours of quiet in the historic library of our very own Sam Clemens. No doubt you’ll begin your own masterpiece. This is not a writing course- by popular demand, this program is uninterrupted writing time in the Twain House. A mini-residency of sorts. All funds from this program go towards preserving and restoring the house. $50 per person. Mark Twain’s Library, Hartford.

{PTO} 6pm: March Creative Cocktail Hour represents the best of everything Real Art Ways has to give: innovative art, invigorating music, and hundreds of the most interesting and open-minded people to share the experience. Real Art Ways, Hartford.

{PTO} 6:30pm: Three Many Cooks Dinner Metro Bis will welcome acclaimed cookbook author Pam Anderson and her daughters, Maggy Keet and Sharon Damelio for a five course dinner paired with wines. Three Many Cooks: One Mom, Two Daughters: Their Shared Stories of Food, Faith & Family ladles out the highs and lows, the kitchen disasters and culinary triumphs, the bitter fights and lasting love. Click here to learn more about this cookbook. Of course, these stories would not be complete without a selection of treasured recipes that nurtured relationships, ended feuds, and expanded repertoires, recipes that evoke forgiveness, memory, passion, and perseverance: Pumpkin-Walnut Scones, baked by dueling sisters; Grilled Lemon Chicken, made legendary by Pam’s father at every backyard cookout; Chicken Vindaloo that Maggy whipped up in a boat galley in the Caribbean; Carrot Cake obsessively perfected by Sharon for the wedding of friends; and many more. Sometimes irreverent, sometimes reflective, always honest, this collection illustrates three women’s individual and shared search for a faith that confirms what they know to be true: The divine is often found hovering not over an altar but around the stove and kitchen table. So hop on a bar stool at the kitchen island and join them to commiserate, laugh, and, of course, eat! Click here for the menu. $82 per person or $148 per couple excluding tax and gratuity including a signed copy of Three Many Cooks. The Simsbury 1820 House; Metro Bis Restaurant, Simsbury.

6:30pm: Skygazing & Storytelling Join us at the Talcott Mountain Science Center to learn the stories behind the stars and hear the legends that ancient cultures created to explain the constellations. Arrive at 6:30 pm and begin the evening in the Captain Alan M. Bean Hypospherium for an enlightening tour of the celestial bodies that will be visible to us in the night sky, along with a unique narrative that will provide insight on the myths and folklore behind the constellations we admire today. Afterwards, we’ll head outdoors for a short walk to our final skygazing destination atop Talcott Mountain. With a wide array of telescopes at our disposal, we’ll be looking for stars, planets, including Jupiter, and other celestial gems.$8 per person. RSVP. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held on Friday, March 18. Talcott Mountain Science Center, Avon.

{PTO} 6:30 – 8:30pm: Painting with Alcohol Inks Learn a fun painting technique during a relaxing and creative night out with artist Lis-el Crowley. While sipping a glass of wine and nibbling on goodies, you will be shown a freeform and easy technique for applying pigmented inks to special paper. The inks flow and mingle, creating spectacular effects. The inks can be manipulated with brushes, palette knives and even blown on with straws to create beautiful patterns. From abstract to realistic, the paintings created will be vibrant and exciting to see. Whether you are a “creatively challenged” individual or an experienced artist, you will find new ways to express yourself with this fantastic medium and technique. Fee: $35 includes materials, wine and refreshments. Art Parties are filled on a first come first serve basis. Payment in full is required with registration. Farmington Valley Arts Center, Avon.


7pm: Raising Backyard Chickens Back by popular demand: One Man’s Journey with a “Bunch of Dumb Clucks” – Ever wonder what it takes to raise backyard chickens? This presentation includes all aspects of raising these amazing creatures. Bil Mikulewicz (Discovery Center Board of Trustees Advisor), a four year veteran in keeping chickens, will walk you through all the steps of getting and establishing a home for these fascinating (and occasionally lovingly frustrating) feathered creatures. Bil will relate bits of history, humor, and draw on his experiences to relate which matters are really important to consider when becoming a chicken farmer. Perhaps he will even ‘egg’ you on to start your own journey with these very interesting and unique animals. Free. Cannon Grange, Wilton.

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

7:30pm: Catapult As seen on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, Catapult Entertainment presents an evening of moving and funny stories created through the magic of their incredible shadow transformations. It is theater, dance and magic in an amazing bravura demonstration of what the human body and imagination can accomplish. Proceeds benefit the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford. The Bushnell, Hartford.

{PTO} 8pm: Boston Irish Comedians St Patty’s Day Spectacular This St. Patrick’s day, four of Boston’s funniest comics are shipping in from the most Irish city in America to deliver to you, your own personal keg of laughs. The Boston Comedy Festival is one the country’s major comedy events. Contenders come from all around the world, many having serious comedy special and late night talk show credentials. So come down to the Hall this St. Paddy’s Day, we promise you’ll be laughing your Shamrocks off!! $25-35 per person. Infinity Music Hall, Hartford.


Thursday, March 17 – Saturday, March 19:

Thursday – Saturday at 7pm and Saturday at 1pm: Grand Hotel The Waterbury Arts Magnet School Theatre Department presents Broadway’s five-time Tony Award-winning musical Grand Hotel. The musical takes place over the course of a weekend at the illustrious Grand Hotel in 1928 Berlin, where the lives of its eccentric guests intersect and change forever. An aging ballerina, a dying bookkeeper, a destitute baron and a typist with dreams of Hollywood success are just a few of the memorable guests that add life to this Broadway lost treasure. $18 per ticket. Palace Theater, Waterbury.

Thursday -Saturday at 7pm and Saturday at 2pm: HJMS Presents The Lion King Jr. Come celebrate the circle of life with the Lion King! Thursday’s performance is a sensory-friendly performance. $5 per ticket – all ages. Tickets are sold at the door only. All seating is General Admission. Simsbury High School, Simsbury.


Thursday, March 17 – Sunday, March 20:


{Last Call} 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. Hartford Stage, Hartford.



Friday, March 18:

9:30 -10:30am and 11:30am -12:30pm: Happy Easter! Toddler Class! It’s that time of year again! Kids will decorate bunny cookies and dye Easter eggs. Each child will also make a recycled bird house to take home! Ages 2-5. Reoccurs on Tuesday, March 22. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult) Stew Leonard’s, Newington.



5:30 – 7:15pm: Criminal Justice Reform in Connecticut Join the conversation with featured guests: Mike Lawlor, CT Under Secretary for Criminal Justice Policy and Planning and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice in the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences at the University of New Haven. Iran Nazario, Compass Youth Collaborative. Food for Thought: Malloy’s Second Chance Society Bill. Free. Register in advance. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford.

5:30 – 8:30pm: Parents’ Night Out Need an evening without the kids? My Gym’s Parents’ Night Out gives our parents the opportunity to take a well-deserved break. Go out for a night on the town feeling confident that your little ones are safe and having the time of their lives with their favorite My Gym teachers. This incredible evening for your children is filled with a variety of fun games, rides and activities, and they won’t want the night to end! And don’t worry about food – we’ll take care of that too! Ages 2.5 and up! $40 per child, half off siblings! My Gym, West Hartford.

6 – 8pm: Happy Easter! It’s that time of year again! Kids will bake and decorate bunny cookies, make chocolate bird nests, and dye Easter eggs. Each child will also make a recycled bird house to take home! Ages 6-12. $25 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

6 – 8pm: March Community Dinner Enjoy a special meal with friends and neighbors, featuring a performance by The Bridgeport Boys Choir. This affordable dining experience promises expansive winter views and excellent company. The evening will take place in the River building’s Commons—a 6,900 square foot glass room appointed with social community tables built from trees harvested on the grounds, comfortable sofas, and a coffee bar serving our very own Heavenly Roast. Stop by the West Barn to participate in the free after-dinner discussion Conversation by the River with Walter E. Luckett, Jr. Please note, tickets purchased at the Commons the night of the dinner will be $15 for adults, and $10 for kids. Grace Farms, New Canaan.

6 and 8pm: Tavern Night: A Taste of Ireland Sláinte! The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society will offer its annual St. Patrick’s Day Tavern Night on the evening of Friday, March 18, 2016. A Taste of Ireland includes a traditional dinner, drinks, and live entertainment. Sittings will be offered at 6 and 8pm. Guests will enjoy a delicious meal including homemade Guinness Steak Pie, green beans, pickled beets, Irish soda bread and apple pandowdy for dessert. New this year, the Coogan School of Irish Dance of West Hartford, CT will demonstrate some traditional Irish step dancing for the crowd. After dinner, singer Tom Hooker Hanford will regale the audience with eighteenth-century tavern songs and Irish selections. Musician, artist, storyteller, and performer extraordinaire, Hanford not only has a beautiful voice, but also plays violin and guitar. At the end of the evening, guests will be invited to play historic tavern games such as Skittles, Captain’s Mistress and Shove Ha’penny in the lantern-lit circa 1748 birthplace of Noah Webster. Tickets are $35 per person. The price includes dinner, one complimentary drink (beer or wine), live entertainment, and tavern games. Noah Webster House, West Hartford.

6 – 10pm: Tween Night – Hippie Individual Tapestry and Zen & Pen Coloring Pages! Includes Pizza and Sundaes $40 Ages 10-13. Village Center for the Arts, New Milford.

6:30 – 8pm: Flashlight East Egg Hunt Hop to it. For an Easter Egg Hunt in the dark! Bring the children and a flashlight to the Flashlight Egg Hunt and search for all of the eggs and candy. All children ages 1-12 are welcome. Enjoy an evening filled with joy, arts & crafts and games. Bring your own camera and get your picture with the Easter Bunny! Town Green, Windsor.


{Daddy and Me} 6:30 – 9pm: Dudes’ Night Out Dad, find you favorite sports apparel and come enjoy a Dudes’ Night Out at the Club with your son! Free throw contests, sports themed carnival games, March madness brackets, indoor golf, jump houses and more! Stadium Style Food will be for sale! Ideal for ages 5-12 years old. $10 Adults, $5 Youth. Boys & Girls Club of Bristol Family Center, Bristol.

{PTO} 7pm and 10pm: Comedy Night 90 minutes of laughs! Stephanie Peters In just one year, Stephanie skyrocketed from playing tiny clubs in Boston’s suburbs to strutting her own brand of bawdiness in Leary’s “Comics Come Home” benefit, where she shared the limelight with Clarke, Wright and Jay Mohr. Peters then won the Marshall’s Women in Comedy festival, which crowned her one of the top “new” female comics in the country. John Perrotta known as “the Italian Don Rickles!” He has been performing stand-up since 1991 and is known for his rapid-fire delivery of one-liners and his ability to improv off any audience. John has headlined at many comedy clubs including the Comedy Connection, Catch A Rising Star, Joker’s Wild, Nick’s Comedy Stop, Dick Doherty’s Comedy Clubs, and more. Doors open 30 minutes prior to show. BYOB. $15 reserved seating. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

7pm: Dances to Celebrate Spring is Connecticut Dance School’s annual fundraising gala, featuring ballet and modern dance performances by students in advanced level classes. For over 40 years, Connecticut Dance School, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, has offered ballet training of the highest standard to students throughout Fairfield County. Through the generous donations of supporters, we are able to provide scholarships to students in need as well as stage an annual performance of The Nutcracker for Bridgeport public school students. Join Connecticut Dance School for an evening of dance and celebration! $40 Adults, $10 for Youth. Westport Country Playhouse, Westport.

7 – 8:30pm: Amazing Animal Adaptions This is a free program provided by monies donated through the Winding Trails Fund. We are pleased to have Animal Embassy and their incredible live Animal Ambassadors for this interactive and educational presentation. Families will meet a variety of animals from around the world, representing numerous habitats and reflecting the amazing diversity of life on Earth. We will learn how habitats provide animals with all that they need to survive: food, shelter, water, air, and space. We’ll also discover how animals have adapted to unending environmental challenges in their own unique ways with special physical and behavioral attributes. With live Animal Ambassadors, we will see some of these amazing adaptations as we meet animals such as a Red-foot Tortoise or African Sulcata Tortoise, Australian White’s Tree Frogs, and Solomon Islands Monkey-Tailed Skink, a Carpet Python, a Flemish Giant Rabbit and more! Registration is required 3 days prior to the event. Free. Winding Trails, Farmington.

7 – 9pm: The Messenger at the Center at Glastonbury! The Messenger, a new documentary by award-winning filmmaker Sy Rynard, is an artful investigation into the causes of songbird mass depletion and the compassionate people who are working to turn the tide. The film takes viewers on a visually stunning journey, revealing how the problems facing birds also pose daunting implications for our planet and ourselves. Admittance is $10 for non-members. The Center at Glastonbury, Glastonbury.

7:15pm: Wolf Pack vs. Portland Pirates XL Center, Hartford.

7:30 – 8:30pm: Owls of the Night Springtime is a great time of year to hear owls in the forest! Meet a few of DPNC’s rehabilitated owls before heading out to listen and look for these spirited birds as they call out to defend their territories. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight. Meet at the nature center. Adults and families with children ages 8 and up. $10 per non-member. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic.

8pm: Jessica Lynn, the country girl from New York being hailed as “Country Music’s fastest rising star,” the “new woman in Country Music,” and “Shania’s successor,” has in this past year made a name for herself amongst Country Music’s elite. This past year, her second full length PBS television special “Jessica Lynn – Takin’ Over – Live at The Paramount,” went nationwide and was seen by millions across America. The show has run alongside her still airing 2014 debut concert television special, “This Much Fun – Live from the Winery at St. George,” making Jessica Lynn one of only a few artists to ever have two nationwide television special airing at the same time! Come early, meet new people, and have a beer on us! One free beer compliments of City Steam Brewery for each ticket purchased. Hang out with friends and be one of the first to hear these talented musicians in an intimate venue! Tickets: $25. Visit Bareburger for dinner the night of the show and enjoy a complimentary glass of house wine or draft beer with your entrée when you show your ticket! Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield.

8pm: 17th Annual Flashlight Egg Hunt A twist on the traditional egg hunt, our Flashlight Egg Hunt is open to students in grades 3 – 5. The hunt will be held on the grounds of Town Hall at 8pm sharp, and will last approximately 20 minutes. All participants must bring their own flashlights. Bags will be provided for collecting. Call the Parks and Recreation office to pre-register. Cost is $1 per student. Pay on the evening of the hunt in front of the Town Hall. Town Hall, Ridgefield.

Friday, March 18 – Saturday, March 19:


{Last Call} Friday – Saturday at 8pm: And Then There Were None Ten guilty strangers are trapped on an island. One by one, they are accused of murder. One by one, they start to die! In this superlative mystery comedy statuettes of little soldier boys on the mantel of a house on an island off the coast of Devon fall to the floor and break one by one as those in the house succumb to a diabolical avenger. A nursery rhyme tells how each of the ten “soldiers” met his death until there were none. Eight guests who have never met each other or their apparently absent host and hostess are lured to the island and, along with the two house servants, marooned. A mysterious voice accuses each of having gotten away with murder and then one drops dead – poisoned. One down and nine to go! The excitement never lets up in this classic thriller by one of the world’s most loved authors – she is only outsold by the Bible and Shakespeare. Runs weekends until March 19. $20 per ticket (plus online service fees). The Brookfield Theatre for the Arts, Brookfield.

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. 12734193_909612745801576_4876311482912360932_n{Last Call} Friday – Saturday at 8pm: And Then There Were None Ten guilty strangers are trapped on an island. One by one, they are accused of murder. One by one, they start to die! In this superlative mystery comedy statuettes of little soldier boys on the mantel of a house on an island off the coast of Devon fall to the floor and break one by one as those in the house succumb to a diabolical avenger. A nursery rhyme tells how each of the ten “soldiers” met his death until there were none. Eight guests who have never met each other or their apparently absent host and hostess are lured to the island and, along with the two house servants, marooned. A mysterious voice accuses each of having gotten away with murder and then one drops dead – poisoned. One down and nine to go! The excitement never lets up in this classic thriller by one of the world’s most loved authors – she is only outsold by the Bible and Shakespeare. Runs weekends until March 19. $20 per ticket (plus online service fees). The Brookfield Theatre for the Arts, Brookfield.

Friday, March 18 – Sunday, March 20:

Friday from 11am – 5pm, Saturday from 9am – 5pm, Sunday from 9am – 4pm: Connecticut Golf Show A hugely popular game, the Short Game Central, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings & ESPN 97.9, allows you to chip an Almost Golf Ball into holes of all sizes on the airborne banner. Make it through a hole to win a prize. Prizes include rounds of golf, gift certificates and more!  Tee it high and let it fly at the Long Drive Challenge! Test out a new driver and hit it long for your chance to win terrific prizes! With separate divisions for men, women and seniors, and two sessions each day, everyone has a chance to win! Each day of the Show, attendees can compete for prizes competing in the KP Challenge. Test your putting abilities at the Harte Infiniti Putting Challenge. Sink a putt to win fantastic prizes, and be invited back, free of charge, to the putting championship held Sunday afternoon at 3pm. The grand prize winner will receive a one-year membership to Crestview Country Club! The Hartford Courant Main Stage will be a hub of activity all weekend, featuring free seminars on golf instruction, fitness and more. Guests and schedules to be announced soon! Using the latest in technology and teaching techniques, professionals will be giving free lessons all weekend long at the Golf Show. Come out and get tips and tricks from local professionals to help strengthen your golf game. We have a fun day in store for kids at our Show on Saturday. Kids activities featured throughout the show where they can learn how to improve their golf game, hear from professionals and compete for prizes! Also, all kids get a Passport Card to play our interactive games for free and are eligible to win a prize! Kids come by the Junior Golfer Area presented by The First Tee of Connecticut. Get free lessons for your junior golfer and learn more about the benefits of being a First Tee member. Adults $13. Kids under 12 are free. Purchase ticket on-line and get a bonus round of golf to Keney Park Golf Course. Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford.

Friday – Saturday at 7pm and Saturday – Sunday at 2pm: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. This “tale as old as time” is filled with spectacular costume and set opportunities, or even more simply staged, Disney’s Beauty And the Beast offers a great opportunity to bring your entire community together for family theatre at its best. $14-18 per ticket.  Newtown High School Drama; Newtown High School, Newtown.

Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday – Sunday at 5pm and 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.

Saturday, March 19:

8 – 11am: Breakfast with the Bunny Ticket price includes: Breakfast Buffet, $5 Power Card, and visit with the Easter Bunny! $17.99 per person. Dave & Buster’s, Manchester.

8 – 11am: Pancakes with the Easter Bunny! The best breakfast in town will be served in the cafeteria of the Silvermine School on Perry Avenue. There will be games and face painting for the kids, too! Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children. Silvermine School, Norwalk.

8am – 12pm: Pancake Breakfast with the Bunny The Easter Bunny is hopping his way to the South Windsor Fire Department to make one of his final public appearances before the big day. In addition to a free picture with the Easter Bunny, there will be face painting, kids’ crafts and more. The event is sponsored by the South Windsor Jaycees. South Windsor Fire Department, South Windsor.

9am: Easter Egg Hunt This magical experience takes place on the historic property and sprawling grounds of Waveny Park. It includes 10,000 Easter Eggs, the Dixie Land Band, bounce houses, bunny ears, face painting, photo opportunities with Mr. & Mrs. Bunny and lots and lots of cupcakes! The Easter Egg Hunt starts at 10:30am. In the event of inclement weather the Easter Egg Hunt will take place on the same day at New Canaan High School. All proceeds benefit the Young Women’s League grant recipients including The Mercy Learning Center of Bridgeport and Open Door Shelter of Norwalk. Waveny Park, New Canaan.

9am and 10:30am: Bunny Breakfast Join the team at Stew’s for a special Bunny Breakfast hosted by the Easter Bunny and his friends! Stew Leonard’s chefs will offer a breakfast of seasonal fruit, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, french toast sticks with syrup, assorted bagels, doughnut holes, and juice and coffee. Each child will receive a complimentary copy of Stewie the Duck Learns to Swim, Easter coloring sheets, and will be able to take a photo with the Easter Bunny. Reservations for the Bunny Breakfast must be made in advance at Customer Service. Adults and children age 12 and over will be charged $9.99/each and children age 11 and younger will be charged $7.99/each. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.


9:30 – 10:30am: Egg Hunt Wear your prettiest or funniest spring bonnet and come join the Easter Bunny at The Hollow! Take your child’s photo before or after they race to fill their basket with chocolate eggs hidden in the park! This is lots of fun for children up to 10 years old. Easter Bunny will arrive at 9:30. Egg Hunt starts at 10am. Monetary and non-perishable food donations for the Woodbury Food Bank will be collected. Rain or shine. Hollow Park, Woodbury.

10am: Nature Preschool Open House Give your child the gift of a magical childhood in nature. Join us at the preschool to learn more about our unique nature based program. Meet our animals, explore the classroom and find out how we infuse nature into our comprehensive program while preparing your child for kindergarten in a fun and engaging way. Free. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic.

10am: Bethel Parks & Rec Annual Easter Egg Hunt Join the Parks and Recreation Department at the Municipal Center Gym for their Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Additional activities include a visit from the Easter Bunny and the annual jellybean counting contest.  Stop by the office now through March 19th to make a guess. They will announce the winner at the conclusion of the Easter Egg Hunt. The event is free and open to children in preschool to 4th grade. Municipal Center Gym, Bethel.


10 – 11:30am: Saturday Morning Hike – Greenman Trail It’s a great day to get outside!  Join us for an interpretive trail walk through the forests and fields. A knowledgeable Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center educator will point out seasonal plants and animals. Wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots, and bring a water bottle. Adults and older children. Historic trail from Mystic Seaport up to and across Coogan Farm. Meet in Mystic Seaport’s secondary parking lot. $10 per non-member. Mystic Seaport North Parking, Mystic.

10 – 11:30am: Open House Join us at Talcott Mountain Academy for fun, hands-on science activities and an informational tour of the campus. RSVP. Talcott Mountain Academy, Avon.

10 – 11:30am: Open House Join us at our Open House for the Kindergarten and Parent and Child classes! The Clover Hill School, Norwalk.

10am – 12pm: Fairytale Breakfast Meet the characters from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Newtown High School Drama and get their autographs! Dancing, Crafts and Delicious Treats! Each young guest will receive a gift bag with an autograph book and a special pen. $15 per person. Newtown High School, Newtown.


10am – 1pm: Maple Syrup Festival The Maple Festival is a yearly tradition that celebrates our favorite Springtime forest product: maple syrup! See our tapped trees, taste raw sap, and sample fresh maple syrup. Learn about our wood-fired evaporator and warm up by a campfire in the woods. This year we will have maple confections provided by Tony’s Orangeside Donut Truck! All ages welcome. Suggested donation: $5 per person; $10 per family. Common Ground, New Haven.

10am – 1pm: Geocaching Adventures! Join us on a geocaching adventure in Trumbull’s own Old Mine Park! Just like Werner used mathematical calculations to determine coordinates in the book, “All the Light We Cannot See”, we will search for mineralogy themed caches using the latest in GPS technology. These special caches will only be available during this exclusive, One Book, One Town event. Our instructor will teach us how to use the free app, Geocaching Intro, and guide us on our geocaching search. Register online. Free. Families with children 4 and up. Trumbull Nature & Arts Center, Trumbull.

10am – 2pm: Easter Egg Hunt and Photos with the Easter Bunny Have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny and go on an Easter Egg hunt outside of the dealership (weather permitting, inside if it rains). TSI Harley Davidson, Ellington.

10am – 4pm: MapleFest On-going guided 45-minute tours will lead visitors through the Center’s sugaring operation, including a working sugarhouse and a re-creation of Native American and early colonial sugaring methods.  Participants can watch as pure sugar maple sap is collected from the trees and turned into delicious maple syrup.  Admission for the event is $6 adults and $4 children (2 and under free.) Wear warm clothes and boots, as much of the tour is outdoors. National Audubon Society, Sharon.

10:30am – 1:30pm: Syrup Saturday & Pancake Brunch Bring the whole family and join us out by the Sugar Shack as we celebrate the bounty from this year’s Syrup Season! The day will include tree tapping demos, a real maple sap “boil down” using sap from our resident Nature Center maples, plus a look into the past of historic and native methods of producing Maple Syrup. And of course we’ll be serving up flapjacks, syrup and an array of tasty toppings (fruit, chocolate chips, and more!) at our famously delicious Pancake Brunch. Take a Real v. Fake Syrup taste test and gather ’round the campfire to share tall tales of this winter’s adventures while roasting a marshmallow or two! This event is primarily outdoors, although brunch is indoors. $12 per person. Kids 2 and under are free. New Canaan Nature Center, New Canaan.

12472535_942845635764647_7656970679039674455_n10:30am – 2:30pm: Girls Take Flight Workshop Join us for a fun-filled day of hands-on, girl-led STEM activities including open cockpit experiences inside real aircraft, scientific demonstrations, focused experiments, and much more! Girls will discover the science of how airplanes fly, test their engineering skills through the design and construction of an aircraft, and experience the thrills of flight with our Flight Sim Spot flight simulators. The workshops are designed for Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes and can assist girls with earning Field Day, Independence and/or Playing the Part Badges. The cost is $15 per girl, $12.50 per accompanying adult. Up to 25 girls per workshop. Fees include admission to the Museum. Advance registration is required; there is no registration the day of the event. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks.

11am: When Spring Comes Storytime Spring is in the air … you can smell it, hear it and feel it – and you can read it! Join us to celebrate spring’s arrival featuring the title When Spring Comes. Activities will round out the fun. Select Barnes & Noble locations. Times may vary by location.

11am: A Celebration Of Dance Megan Boyd and the Naugatuck Valley Community College dancers will be performing a dance demonstration. Imagine Nation, Bristol.

11am: Johnny’s Jog for Charity is inspired by a young child, Johnny Moran, who has bravely battled an unknown neuromuscular condition since birth. With the unending love and support of so many individuals and organizations, Johnny continues to persevere through life’s many challenges. The vision of “Johnny’s Jog for Charity” is to bring the community together with a grand St. Patrick’s Day themed event benefitting local non-profit children’s organizations, so they can continue to provide assistance to children and their families. 5K Event for families and friends to run, walk, push strollers or to simply be festive and support our cause. Enjoy bagpipers, Irish music and dancing, face-painting and more… including prizes for best Irish garb! Registration begins at 9:30am. Free Parking is available at the Town Hall Lot.

11am: Leo Lionni Storytime Hosted by GCC Students Gateway Community College Early Childhood Education Language Arts and Literacy Students are presenting story hour at Milford Barnes & Noble. The featured author at this story hour is Leo Lionni, a very popular author for ages 2 to 8. Books by Leo Lionni will be read, and there will be creative and exciting hands-on activities for all children to be involved in. Barnes & Noble, Milford.

11am: When Spring Comes Storytime Spring is in the air … you can smell it, hear it and feel it – and you can read it! Join us to celebrate spring’s arrival featuring the title When Spring Comes. Activities will round out the fun. Barnes & Noble, Farmington, Canton, West Hartford, Glastonbury, Manchester and Enfield.

11am: Easter Egg Hunt Children ages 10 and under enjoy a Easter Egg Hunt. Foote Park, Branford.

11am – 11:15am: Free Annual Egg Scramble The Easter Bunny is coming to town! Children will collect eggs, meet the Easter Bunny and enjoy springtime in the park. This free event is cosponsored by the Ridgefield Rotary Club. Rain/snow date: Sunday, March 20 at 12pm. Ballard Park, Ridgefield.

11 – 11:30am: Easter Egg Hunt Join us for this fun event to find different pieces of wrapped candy. Three different fields around the Recreation Center will be used to “hide” the candy for the kids to find, Each field will be for a different age group. Age groups will be 2-5 year olds on McMurray Field, Kindergarten & 1st graders on the Middle school field, and 2nd and 3rd graders on the Town Green. Please bring a basket to put the goodies in. Ages 2-11. $5 per non-resident. Residents are free. Recreation Center, Old Saybrook.

11am – 12pm: Baby’s First Easter Event Bring your baby in a cute Easter outfit & enjoy activities, giveaways, photo-op fun & more! Plus, learn creative ways to build baby’s first Easter basket. Sponsored by Pampers. Select Babies R Us locations.

11am – 2pm: Annual Easter Party & Egg Hunt! The Easter Bunny is visiting the farm! There will be games, face painting an Easter egg hunt and lots of fun for everyone! Rain/Snow/Mud date is 3/26. $10 per participating child. Due to parking, this event can sell out so buy your tickets now! Ray of Light Farm, East Haddam.

12 – 1pm: 20th Annual Egg Hunt Join the Brookfield Parks & Recreation Department for the 20th Annual Egg Hunt on the grounds of Town Hall. Additional features include a jelly bean counting contest, and an appearance by a special bunny guest. Bags will be provided for egg collecting. Please call the Parks and Recreation Office to pre-register. Cost is $1 per child that you’ll pay on the day of the hunt in the lobby of Town Hall. Age Divisions:  under 3 at 12pm,  3- 4 year olds at 12:15pm, 5 – 6 year olds at 12:30pm and  7 – 8 year olds at 12:45pm. Be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes early for your age division!  Rain date is Sunday, March 20. Town Hall, Brookfield.

12:30 – 3:30pm: Saving Animals the Beardsley Way Discover fascinating species, meet remarkable people and explore how they are making a difference by protecting and saving animals every day at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, through Connecticut, and around the world. Through a range of conservation presentations and informal question and answer sessions, attendees will get a peek at the little-known and award-winning conservation work at Connecticut’s only accredited zoo. $10 Admission. Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport.

1pm: Easter Egg Hunt This event is geared towards pre-school children to 3rd graders. Presented by the Town Youth Council and Fairfield Parks & Recreation Department. Call the Recreation Hotline in case of inclement weather on the morning of the event. $1 per person donation is requested to benefit a Town Youth Council fundraiser. South Pine Creek Soccer Field, Fairfield.

1 – 3pm: Author Event Featuring Keisha Mayo Keisha Mayo is the author of the non-fiction page turner Deceived. Deceived is an inspirational book that was written to encourage men as well as woman who are going through difficult times. Come to the store  to meet Keisha and pick up a signed copy of the book! Click here to learn more about this book. Barnes & Noble, Milford.

1 – 3pm: Easter Egg Canvas Bring your little makers to this family-friendly Easter event to create a one-of-a-kind mixed media art piece. Buy the canvas and the rest of the supplies are free. Michael’s Locations.

1 – 3pm: Create a Nest Box Learn from a bird feeding expert how to create a backyard birding paradise! We will discuss how to choose from the different types of feeders and seed, troubleshoot common problems and discuss how to build bird boxes. Bird box designs will be available to take home. We provide coffee and snacks. Free. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic.

1 – 3pm: Bounce-O-Rama You’ll spring into summer at our Bounce-o-Rama event. We’re setting up all three of our bounce houses in our gymnasium so children can jump, play, and shake off their winter blues. Free. Ridgefield Rereation Center, Ridgefield.

1 – 2:30pm and 2:30 – 4pm: Family Day: Renaissance Princes and Princesses Family Day activities include arts & crafts and a child friendly gallery tour designed for ages 4-10. The Bellarmine Museum of Art is free and open to the public from 1-4 pm so that you may enjoy our exhibition, Edward Koren: The Capricious Line. Bellarmine Museum of Art at Fairfield University, Fairfield.

1 – 5pm: Learn Pysanky: The Ukrainian Art of Egg Decoration Discover the art of making Pysanky—intricately decorated Ukrainian Easter eggs. These colorful ornaments are created with a batik method using a stylus, hot wax, and dyes. Students will learn about the history and symbolism behind traditional Pysanky patterns and experiment with their own styles, creating works of art that make wonderful ornaments and gifts. Adults and teens welcomed! Children under 10 must be accompanied by a parent. $59 per person.  Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven.

1:30 – 2:30pm: Build a Birdfeeder There’s nothing like a handmade feeder to get birds of a feather flocking together — to your yard. We’ll show you several ways to upcycle everyday recyclable finds and materials from nature to make feeders that your feathered friends will love. $10 per participant. Pre-registration is required. Center at Fairfield, Fairfield.

2 – 4pm: My Little Pony and Littlest Pet Shop Swap Share your collection and swap ponies and pet you’ve been looking for. Get exclusive free My Little Pony and Littles Pet Shop collector’s posters. Show your creativity with 2 free coloring pages. Play with cool, My Little Pony and Littlest Pet Shop products. Plus get a coupon to save $5 on your My Little Pony or Littlest Pet Shop purchase of $25 to use in store the day of the event. Event intended for children, ages 6 and up. Parental supervision required at all times. All giveaways and event materials are available while supplies last and distributed to participating children only. Limit one per child. Quantities limited; no rain checks. Toys R Us locations.

3pm: Batman v Superman Superhero Faceoff Join us for a chance to vote for your favorite superhero as they face off against the biggest villains. All ages are welcome. Barnes & Noble, Waterbury.

5pm: Food & Film: Chef Our popular Food & Film series continues with a screening of Chef at 5 pm, followed by dinner at 7 pm. A chef who loses his restaurant job starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, all while piecing his personal life back together. 2014. USA. 114 min. Rated R. Dramatic Comedy. Directed by Jon Favreau. Starring Jon Favreau, John Leguizamo, Sofia Vergara, and Scarlett Johansson. Admission includes the film and meal; regular film admission applies for guests not attending dinner. Click here to view the dinner menu. Dinner reservations required, click here to purchase tickets. Film-only tickets are sold at the door. $40-45 per person. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford.

6pm: Celebrating Simsbury’s Irish Immigrants Join us for Irish food in the tavern followed by Rick Spencer and a program of Irish music in the ballroom. BYOB. $25 per person. Reservations needed. Simsbury Historical Society, Simsbury.

6 – 7:30pm: Easter Workshop Join us for our Easter workshop! This workshop will be held in 30 minute intervals. Each child will decorate Easter themed cookies. In addition, kids will be able to design and dye Easter eggs to take home. Ages 2-12.  $10 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

6pm: “The Godfather” Fundraiser Pay your respects to one of cinema’s greatest films – and support the Aquarium and the Italian-American Police Society of Southern Connecticut – in this special fund-raising screening. Sponsored by Winfield Street Italian Deli, this special event comes just a few days after the 44th anniversary of Francis Ford Coppola’s masterful film, which won three Academy Awards, including Best Picture. “The Godfather” is 2 hours and 55 minutes long, and is rated R for strong violence, language and some sexuality/nudity. Tickets include a 6pm reception with signature 3-foot Italian combo sandwiches from Winfield Street Italian Deli. Movie starts at 7pm. The Maritime Aquarium, Norwalk.

6 – 9pm: A Night at the Peabody Museum Join us after hours for our annual family night event. See the Museum come alive with games, crafts, scavenger hunts, live animals and some special surprises! Costumes are encouraged. Cost is $18 for non-members; advance purchase required.  All tickets are non-refundable. Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, New Haven.

6 – 10pm: Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours We reprise our popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours for some winter fun. The Mark Twain House has been featured on Syfy Channel’s Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel’s My Ghost Story. On these tours participants will hear all these creepy tales – and learn about Mark Twain’s own interest in the supernatural. Filled with haunted history, dark tales and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing. Prior to the tour, we’ll be showing the short film Ghost Tour, which was filmed in The Mark Twain House. The tours sell out fast, so be sure to make your reservations! Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for children 16 and under (recommended ages 10 and up.) Mark Twain House, Hartford.

6 – 10pm: An Evening in The Spirit of Ireland Embrace your Irish spirit with an Irish Whiskey flight, traditional Irish fare and live music. Guests must be 21 years or older to attend! Advanced reservations a must! Tickets will not be available at the door. Mystic Yachting Center, Mystic.

{PTO} 6pm – 10pm: The Hartford Stage “Party in the Paint Shop” gala has been heralded as the hottest party in town. Theatrical, fun, and full of surprises, it is not just another black tie dinner. The gala raises essential funds for Hartford Stage’s artistic and educational programs. Mark your calendar now and be a part of this unforgettable night! $300 per person. The Hartford Stage Scene Shop, Hartford.


{PTO} 6:30 – 10pm: The Ballet Ball From Degas to Dior, don your dancing shoes at The Ballet Ball! See spectacular performances featuring Albano Ballet dancers and participate in period ballroom dance — lesson included! The Ballet Ball is a 21 and over event (ID is required for liquid delights). Dress: as fabulously as possible (black tie optional). $50 per person. Hill-Stead, Farmington.


7pm: You Can’t Do That at NBYT! is a celebration-entertainment-once a year event! Join NBYT to celebrate its 6th birthday! Performances this year will include musical and non-musical entertainment including NBYT’s teen improv troupe, SquishyTown Asylum. Gift certificates to NBYT will be raffled including one for the full cost of participation in NBYT’s summer musical! And of course we’ll have birthday cake and other desserts! We’ll also bring back the cash mocktail bar! Doors open at 6pm. Raffle drawings will follow intermission. Tickets are $10 for individuals, and families of three or more are only $25! Tickets will be available at the door. New Britain-Berlin YMCA, New Britain.

7pm: Batman v Superman Day Join us for Batman v Superman Day to celebrate the upcoming theatrical release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Trivia event sponsored by DC Entertainment for teens and adults. Enter for a chance to win prizes and giveaways. Fun for the entire family. Select Barnes & Noble locations. Times may vary by location.

7pm: Tom Tomorrow Mega-Book Launch! Tom Tomorrow will discuss his life and career in the world of political comics. The moderator will be Gil Roth, podcaster of “Virtual Memories.” Tom Tomorrow (Dan Perkins) lives outside New Haven, Connecticut with his wife (a professor of modern political history at Yale University) and their twelve year old son.  His weekly cartoon, This Modern World,  appears online at The Nation, and Daily Kos, and in approximately 80 papers across the country.   His cartoons have also been featured in New York Times, The New Yorker,  The Nation, U.S. News & World Report, Esquire, The Economist,  and numerous other publications. Followed by a book sale and signing. Co-presented with Real Art Ways. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

7pm: Wolf Pack vs. Springfield Falcons XL Center, Hartford.

7:30pm: An Evening with Groucho Award-winning actor/director/playwright Frank Ferrante recreates his PBS, New York and London acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx in this fast paced 90 minutes of hilarity. The two-act comedy consists of the best Groucho one-liners, anecdotes and songs including “Hooray For Captain Spalding,” and “Lydia, the Tattooed Lady.” The audience literally becomes part of the show as Ferrante ad-libs his way throughout the performance in grand Groucho style. A show perfect for all ages! Tickets $40. Visit Gallo Ristorante for dinner the night of the show and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine with your entrée when you show your ticket! Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridegfield.

7:30pm: Wallingford Symphony Orchestra – Vive la France! Featuring guest and Choate alumnus Ayako Tsuruta ’89 on piano, this performance will be sure to delight the whole family. Adults $27,Students $15, Children 5 and under are free. Choate Rosemary Hall; Arts Center Main Stage, Wallingford.

7:30 – 9:30pm: ScavenJer Dash Friends and families are invited to partake in a ScavenJer Dash throughout the entire JCC building. Teams will strategize ways to complete the race with clues directing them to the finish line. This fun competition is open to the public and concludes with a sundae party in the Chase Family Gallery. Teams of 4 – $36 per team ($42 per team after March 11). Each team must have at least one adult. Non-participants, Sundae Reception – $2. Zachs Campus, West Hartford.

8pm: Multi-talented comedian Tracy Morgan is back at it announcing the “Tracy Morgan: Picking up the Pieces” tour, his latest major multi-city standup tour starting in February 2016. After a triumphant return to the Hollywood stage at this year’s Emmy Awards and a visit to his old stomping grounds at SNL, audiences can look forward to the entertainer doing what he does best: bringing bags loads of funny and making people laugh. Foxwoods, Mashantucket.



Saturday, March 19 – Sunday, March 20:

10am – 4pm: Hebron Maple Festival Food, live music, face painting, sugar house tours and demonstrations, a quilt show,  and so much more will fill your weekend with fun, laughter and all things maple. This year’s festival is sure to be a crowd pleaser with activities and demonstrations to please every age. Local sugar houses will be open to the public for tours and demonstrations. Learn about the gathering of the sap from the trees to the process of how maple syrup is made and ends up on our breakfast tables. Parking is at THAM High School, a free shuttle is available to the festival.

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 Saturday from 11am – 4pm: The Connecticut Spring Antiques Show has long been the premier destination for those interested in quality early American furniture and decorative arts. The show, which has continuously attracted serious buyers, is a great venue for novice collectors and visitors interested in learning about the outstanding merchandise offered. Most of the dealers have been exhibiting at the show for years and they are always willing to impart their expertise and passion for Americana. The show’s exhibiting dealers are among the most distinguished and well-known in the industry. Tickets are $15 and are good for both days of the show. There is an on-site tea room and bar and free secure parking. Adults age 35 and under free admission on Sunday. Hartford Armory, Hartford.

Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday 12 – 5pm: Watch Maple Syrup Being Made Guests can enjoy complementary Hot Maple Coffee and Hot Chocolate and also sample our products. Reoccurs Saturday – Sunday until 3/30. Rain or shine. Lamothe’s Sugar House, Burlington.

Saturday from 10am – 7pm and Sunday from 10am – 6pm: Kids Fun Fair & Zoo Our kids fun fairs, held year-round up and down the east coast, are a fun, friendly, and safe place to bring your family! We have rides, games, face painting, petting zoo and a unique chance to interact with exotic animals. Children 12 and under free with coupon. Free children coupons are available at local businesses or at front box office during event. Price for adults online $10, at the door $16. Rides: Single ticket $1.50, 12 tickets $15, 24 tickets $30 and 36 tickets $45. Animal rides are 5 tickets. Kiddy rides are 2 tickets.  XL Center, Hartford.

10:30am – 4:30pm: Easter Bunny Trolley Families will ride a 100-year-old beautifully restored trolley to meet the Easter Bunny on his very own trolley car! There will be springtime crafts too! Plan on spending about an hour minimum at the museum to visit the Bunny, complete the crafts and of course take lots of pictures! Additional historic trolleys will be on display for you to walk through and explore. Trolleys leave every half hour. Reoccurs on March 25-26. Adults: $10, Children (2-15): $6, Children under 2 are Free. No reservations needed. The Shore Line Trolley Museum, East Haven.

11am – 3pm: March Minion Madness Minions are taking over the Connecticut Science Center! Meet the Minions and celebrate the lovable goggle-wearing villains for minion-maniacal fun. Get inspired in Da Vinci’s Workshop, and explore simple machines that every Minion and human will love. Enjoy tons of Minion-inspired activities and fun for all ages. Plus, see Minions 3D on the big screen in our theater! Advance tickets are recommended. Special advance online-only pricing: General Admission $12.95 Youth (ages 3-17), $17.95 Adult (18 and over). Combo Ticket includes Movie $17.95 Youth (ages 3-17) and $24.95 Adult (18 and over). Connecticut Science Center, Hartford.


11am – 11am: Marathon Reading of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center is pleased to present its fourth Marathon Reading of Stowe’s anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Stowe’s book changed how Americans viewed slavery, galvanized the abolition movement and contributed to the outbreak of the Civil War. Join us as we read the story aloud, much like readers of the National Era encountering the moving and inspiring tale for the first time. The Marathon Reading commemorates the story’s 1852 publishing as a book that would go on to become an international bestseller translated into dozens of languages. Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin will kick off the reading which opens on the Shelby plantation in Kentucky as two enslaved people, Tom, a strong religious man, and 4-year old Harry, are sold to pay Shelby family debts. From that moment to approximately 24 hours later when Harry and his mother Eliza escape to Canada and Tom dies by order of Simon Legree, nearly 100 readers each will have read a short passage from the novel. Some will have read in foreign languages, followed by that same passage in English. At the end, some hardy souls will have stayed for the whole adventure. Volunteer to read aloud from this moving and inspiring tale just as thousands did in 19th-century parlors. As Uncle Tom’s Cabin is widely read internationally, we encourage people from both inside and outside the U.S. to volunteer to read in languages other than English. If you can’t be here in person, you can read via Skype. Sign up for a 10-minute reading – in English or other languages including signing. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford.

12pm: James and the Giant Peach A story of magic, friendship, and adventure based on the famous work of Roald Dahl. When a magic potion causes a peach to grow to the size of a house, a curious young boy named James can’t help but crawl inside to discover a world he never dreamed of. Little does James know his story has just begun as he, the peach, and his newfound friends take off on the adventure of a lifetime. Our Children’s Theatre shows approximately run 75-80 minutes with a 10 minute intermission. The theatre opens 90 minutes prior to every show. Doors open 30 minutes prior to every show. Runs until April 3rd. Downtown Cabaret Theatre, Bridgeport.

{Last Call} 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! Warrup’s Farm, Redding.

12:30 – 3:30pm: Easter Bunny Trains Admission includes: ride through our railyard on a vintage train, visit with the Easter Bunny in his special railroad car, small gift for children from the Easter Bunny, temporary tattoos, coloring station, Thomas the Train play table and Museum exhibits. Trains depart every 30 minutes. Reoccurs on Friday, March 25th and Saturday, March 26th. $10 per person. Children under 2 are free. Reservations suggested. Free parking at Metro North Danbury Station Sunday only. Additional parking at Patriot Garage. Ask to get your ticket stamped for $1 off. The Danbury Railway Museum, Danbury.

Saturday at 1pm and Sunday at 2pm: 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 April 3rd at 1pm. Tickets are $24.95. Capacity is limited to 25 so advance reservations are strongly recommended.

{Last Call} 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! Warrup’s Farm, Redding.

{Last Call} 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. $3 per person. Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust, Woodbury.

Sunday, March 20:

9 – 10:30am: Sensitive Easter Bunny Westfield Meriden will host “Sensitive Easter Bunny,” an opportunity for children with Autism and other special needs (and their siblings) to visit with the Easter Bunny in a more soothing and sensory-friendly environment. During our “Sensitive Bunny,” event families will enjoy a quiet visit with the Easter Bunny supported by no overhead mall radio or audible music from nearby stores, no long lines, and lower shopper traffic. In order to create a special experience for each family, event tickets are limited and each family must register in advance for a specific 30 min time slot  (9 – 9:30am, 9:30 – 10am, or 10 – 10:30am). Each time slot is available on a first come first serve basis. The Easter Set is located in Center Court on the first floor. For easy access, we recommend parking on the ground level of the parking garage next to Boscov’s. Regular packages and pricing from Cherry Hill Photo apply, ranging from $23-$47. Westfield, Meriden.

10 – 11:30am: Mommy and Me Easter Egg Dying, Basket Decorating and Egg Hunt All ages. $35 per family. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

10 – 11:30am: Maple Sugaring Participate in one of the oldest New England traditions.  This class will take you through the whole process of making maple syrup from beginning to end, so you can do it at home. We will identify maple trees, tap a tree, collect and boil sap, and even taste the finished product. Fee is $10 per person. Outdoor Program; dress for the outdoors. Must be at least 5 to attend. Westmoor Park, West Hartford.

10am – 1pm: Purim & Pancakes Come dressed in costume, get ready for Purim and enjoy pancakes with a fun twist with our friends at Summerwood. Co-sponsored by PJ Library, the Family Room and Solomon Schechter Day School. Free and open to the community. RSVP. Hoffman Summerwood, West Hartford.


11am – 1pm: Family Art Day: All About Toys is a chance for kids and their families to explore how to design their own toys and how to use toys in unusual and unforgettable artworks! The entire Westport Arts Center gallery space will be transformed into project stations for kids of all ages. You and your children will build, design, color and create unique works of art during a fun-filled day! In addition to the exciting day of creating, the finalists of our Fifth Annual Toymakers Competition will be interviewed by a panel of judges and winners will be announced. $10 per child, children under 2 and adults free. Westport Arts Center, Westport.



12:30pm: O’Hartford 5K Get your Irish Up! O’Hartford 5K and Wee Mile o’fficially caps off Hartford’s weekend St. Patrick’s festivities. Join in this moving party through downtown streets. Costumes encouraged! Prizes awarded to the most uniquely dressed participants. Irish bagpipers, Celtic fiddlers, refreshments and Thomas Hooker’s beer all waiting for you! Event held rain or shine! Kids Run starts at 12:30pm and the 5K starts at 1pm. Wee Mile $10, 5K Kids (ages 5-17) $20, 5K (ages 18-22) $30 and Adults $35.

1pm: Curiosity Concert Boys like Peter are not afraid of wolves. Sergei Prokofiev’s timeless tale of boy vs. wolf comes to life in Really Inventive Stuff’s signature performance featuring actor Michael Boudewyns. A fully-staged vaudeville-inspired solo performance hailed by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “immensely like-able” and “using simplicity as a form of genius.” Guaranteed to engage and inspire imaginations of all ages. You will also hear selections from Disney and Harry Potter films, and a movement of Jacques Ibert’s woodwind quintet “Trois Pièces Brèves.” Presented in association with the Ashforth Children’s Concert Series. Greenwich Library, Greenwich.

1pm: Spring Baking Spring is in the air, and that brings out the baker in all of us. We’ll whip up some sweet treats that will make wonderful additions to your springtime gatherings. We’ll also share tips and tricks that will take your baking skills to the next levels. Time can vary per location. Williams Sonoma Stores.

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1pm and 4pm: Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey Join Marvin, the mouse for a cosmic adventure. Constantly bullied and picked on by the “cool” rats, he is labeled as a looser and a geek. To get away from the continuous badgering, Marvin retreats into his science books and a world of fantasy. He longs to have adventures and to be the hero. Will Marvin make his dreams come true and experience the glory and acceptance he craves? All Family Festivities events are approximately one hour in length. Recommended for ages 5 and up. All tickets: $20. Westport Country Playhouse, Westport.

{Last Call} 2pm: The Mandell JCC’s Youth Theater Program is proud to present Beauty and the Beast, Jr. Snowdate: Tuesday, March 22nd at 7pm. $14 per adult, $10 per student. Mandell JCC, Zachs Campus, West Hartford.

2pm: Sunday Afternoon Family Concert Series Plan now to join us to hear Nancy Tucker blend outrageous squeaky-clean comedy, spirited guitar instrumentals and moving songs of human experience in a show for people of all ages. $14 ($40 family max) for non-members, ½-price for children under 12. The Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury.

2pm: House Talks Own an older home? Want to learn about preservation options? Co-sponsored by the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. Ellsworth Visitor Center, Simsbury.

2 – 4pm: Pink Party Hill-Stead Museum invites everyone ages 4 and up to a Pink Party—inspired by French artist Edgar Degas’ Dancers in Pink. Wear your favorite pink outfit and learn more about Degas’ famous dancers. This family-friendly event features a performance by dancers from the acclaimed Albano Ballet and a tour of Hill-Stead Museum, including rarely-seen prints by Degas. Light refreshments included with program fee. $15 per person, include admission to the Museum. Hill-Stead, Farmington.

2 – 4:30pm: Gungywamp Tours Gungywamp is an area of both natural and cultural interest. It has rocky ridges, glacial erratics and swamps along with enigmatic stone shelters and structures whose use and origin are open to interpretation. Come along on a walk through the woods and see if you can penetrate the mysteries of Gungywamp. Adults and families who are comfortable walking approximately 2 miles over uneven terrain.  Pre-registration required; directions for parking will be given at registration. $15 per non-member.

3pm: Playtime at the Palace: Silent Slapstick Your kids will laugh themselves silly at this program of uproarious ’20’s comedy films, presented with a live pianist! Lincoln Center’s famous silent film accompanist/historian, Ben Model, improvises original scores for 3 short slapstick silent comedies – an ideal opportunity to introduce youngsters to inventive visual humor. Presented in the Palace Cinema! $10 per ticket plus per-ticket fees. The Palace Theatre, Stamford.

3 – 4:15pm: Mother & Daughter Yoga Workshop Come strengthen your mother-daughter bond over yoga! Join instructor Danielle Brown and her daughter, Gigi, for a workshop focusing on mindfulness training to restore the body and mind! Explore the fundamentals of yoga, including: sun salutations, standing poses, balancing postures, seated & reclining poses, backbends, core isolation and strengthening. For ages 7-11. Non-members: $30 for both mother and daughter. $5 per extra child or friend. Register at the front desk to reserve a spot. Darien YMCA, Darien.

4pm: Khalda Logan Dance Scholarship Benefit 10th annual benefit performance produced by Connecticut Ballet in support of scholarships for talented Danbury public school youth at the middle and high school level. Foundational or acceleration training scholarship monies are awarded following open auditions in May of each year. Area dance schools and studios including Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance, 5678! Dance Arts, SAS School of Dance, Vitti’s Dance Studio, Fineline Theater Arts, Connecticut Ballet Center and Monroe Dance Academy provide an exciting showcase of dance of many genres. This year’s event will feature the art of tap and will include a special video produced for the occasion by a former KLDS winner, Kelly Gleason, currently touring in 42nd Street. $15 at the door, children 12 and under – $5. Broadview Middle School, Danbury.

Monday, March 21:

1:30 – 3:30pm: Bugs and Blossoms Indoor Garden Party! Does your child have a green thumb? Do they love to play in the dirt and catch bugs? They will love planting a seed, painting a pot and creating their own 3-D bug ! If it’s nice out, we will get into our outdoor garden! If not, no worries we will bring the outdoors inside! Drop-off. Ages 3-5. $30 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

3:30 – 5:30pm: Outdoor Play at the Coogan Farm We’re bringing recess back to the farm!  In the hustle and bustle of today’s world, research shows the importance of outdoor free play for our children. We will hike through the forest looking for animal signs, build shelters and campfires, play games and let the spirit of adventure guide us through this fun afterschool program. Join us for an active afternoon in a safe, supportive, natural environment. Ages 8 and up. $23 per non-member. Coogan Farm, Mystic.

5 – 8pm: Pet Nights Do you want your pet to have a picture with the Easter Bunny? Here is your chance. Cats and dogs only, please. The Shoppes at Buckland Hills, Manchester.

6 – 9pm: Spay it Forward Local beers and great wines along with wonderful food and a Silent Auction. All funds will go towards funding Connecticut Shelters/Rescues Spaying and Neutering. Tickets are available online or at the door. $25 per person. This includes 1 Free drink along with unlimited hot hor duerves. The Blue Hound Tap Room, Ivoryton.


Be sure to check out more fun things to on our activities page. These are usually fun activities that reoccur each week or month – we just don’t want to inundate this page with redundancy – but these are also some fun things to do too!

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