April 23 – 24

We put the ♥ into where you live! Scroll below to find what to do and where to go this weekend in Connecticut; except for in Hartford County, click here and for in Fairfield County, click here. We are looking for one undercover mother in each city and town of Connecticut to help spread the word about our wonderful community resource and to help us find more fun things to do where you live. Inquire today!

Saturday, April 23rd:

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 years and up) and $20.95 child (10 years 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. ~ Mystic


9:30 – 10:30am: Early Childhood Education: Trailside Stories Hike to a special location each week for a story in the wood! Stories will come alive in the meadow, under the trees, and beside the brook! Families with children up to age 8. $6 per person cost. ~ Mystic

10am – 12pm: Dig Into Nature: Spring Flowers Studies show that outdoor free play for our children is more important than ever. We will explore the forest looking for animal signs, dig in the dirt, play nature games, and let the spirit of adventure guide us through this great new program. Join us for a fun morning in a safe, supportive, natural environment. Join us for a fun, free program for New London County residents! Children ages 4-12 who live in New London County A drop-off program for children who want to explore the natural world ~ Mystic

10am – 3pm: Annual Earth Day Celebration In honor of Earth Day, Energize Connecticut Center invites you to discover the important role energy plays in our daily lives! During the free Earth Day Celebration, family-friendly entertainment and educational, energy-focused activities are scheduled throughout the day, including: Animal Embassy, Bash the Trash Environmental Arts, Mad Science, energy and earth themed face painting, Danny Magic, Billy the Clown, and much more. ~ North Haven

(National) 11am: Where’s the Party? Storytime A heartwarming story with adorable art, this irresistibly charming picture book debut invites readers to meet Georgie and friends and find the answer to the most important question of the day: Where’s the Party? Join us to find out at Storytime featuring Where’s the Party? Activities to follow. ~ Barnes & Noble Stores


11am – 4pm: Woodbury Earth Day Celebrate wholesome and sustainable living by joining us for the 21st annual Woodbury Earth Day. There will be demonstrations, local craftsmen, unique vendors, activities, live music and more! Free admission.~ Woodbury

11am- 4pm: Earth Day Celebration This annual event will feature a fascinating “meet and greet” program with live raptors by A Place Called Hope from 12-3pm. Gary Nolf from the World Atlatl Association and Friends of the Office of State Archaeology (FOSA) will demonstrate the atlatl from 11am to 1pm-public participation is invited. A guided nature walk at 1pm from the Meigs Point Nature Center led by Don Rankin (FOSA) will cover geology and archaeology of the Park as well as stops to talk about the ospreys and seals, both current residents in the park.Additionally there will be mineralogy, geology, and archaeology exhibits with interpreters. Enjoy the distinct sound of the Native American flute, as played by local enthusiast Scott Shuffit. ~ Madison

{National} 1 – 3pm: Wilton Tie-Dye Treats Demo In this free demo, our instructors will show you how to use fondant and buttercream icing to decorate tie-dye T-shirt cookies and swirled cupcakes. ~ Michael’s Stores

1 – 3pm: Leaping Frogs and Slithering Salamanders Amphibians lead a double life from pond to land. We will examine the various life stages of different species from frogs to salamanders, learn when and where they lay their eggs, as well as head out to explore nature center wetlands. Wear boots and clothes that can get a little muddy. We’ll provide nets and collection jars for gentle, up-close study. Adults and families with children ages 6 and up.  $8 per person. ~ Mystic.

1:30pm: Peter Rabbit Tales Using fantastic masks, whimsical puppets, gorgeous scenery and original music, the magical, marvelous World of Beatrix Potter comes alive on stage! In celebration of Beatrix Potter’s 150th birthday anniversary, this production follows the adventures of Peter Rabbit, his sister Flopsy and his cousin Benjamin as they hop out of the pages of a story book and into this live theatrical play. And of course, they all live happily ever after. ~ New Haven

6pm: Woodcock Cocktail Party Learn about the comical little woodland bird also known as the Timberdoodle. After a brief talk over hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic libations, we’ll set out with Gerri Griswold in search of the Woodcock and its fascinating mating display, one of ornithology’s greatest treats. Cost: $20. Group size is limited to 20. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. ~ Litchfield

6:30 – 9pm: Taste of Italy Invite a friend or special someone to join you for a fun and delicious evening based on the foods of Italy. Our Resident Chef will guide you while you work in groups to create a sensational Italian meal. You will learn techniques such as how to make a creamy risotto, sear steak, make a perfect pan sauce, and more. This is a meal that you will want to make again for a night when you want to impress your company.  Taste of Italy will be a hands-on cooking class. Bring a bottle of wine or your favorite beverage and join us. This class will feature: Crositini with caramelized shallots, balsamic fig jam and gorgonzola, Creamy risotto with asparagus and parmesan, Rib eye steaks with a marsala pan sauce and Tiramisu with orange zest and dark chocolate curls ~ Orange

7pm and 8:30pm: The Naked Magic Show Following sold out shows and rave reviews in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the USA the world’s boldest and cheekiest magic show “The Naked Magic Show” is coming to New London for two performances – one night only! This boisterous R-rated magic show, strips away the top hats and capes, promising full frontal illusions. Good magicians don’t need sleeves and great magicians don’t need pants. This show proves just that! ~ New London

8pm: Acapalooza Choate’s a cappella groups are showcased in a special evening dedicated to generating support for elementary school music education. This event is free and open to the public. Suggested donation of $15 benefits the Student Music Lesson Scholarship Fund. ~ Wallingford

8 – 10pm: Story City Troupe Story City is a troupe of storytellers based in the Hartford, CT area and trained by Matt Dicks, one of The Moth’s champion storytellers. Story City Troupe uses The Moth Formula: all are true, personal stories, often funny, sometimes amazing, poignant or ironic and based on a single theme for the evening. The troupe members range in age from their 20’s to their 70’s, proving you can come up with a good story at any age. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll identify! ~ Middletown

Saturday, April 23rd – Sunday, April 24th:


11am – 5pm: $45 Carload Weekend Quassy kicks off its 108th season with a $45 carload special. Up to 10 persons in a vehicle receive an all-day ride wristband for only $45, parking included. Egg hunt for prizes at 3pm on Sunday, April 24. ~ Middlebury




Sunday, April 24th:


11am – 2pm: Girl Scout Day at Mystic Aquarium Come join in on the fun as you visit the Mystic Aquarium and enjoy the awesome activities that have been developed for you. This event is organized by the Girl Scouts of Connecticut. ~ Mystic


12 – 2:30pm: Croissant Workshop Homemade croissants are not easy to find these days.  So, if you love croissants and would like to learn how to make them yourself, join us for this workshop. Our Chef Instructor will teach you the secrets of making buttery, flaky croissants; and after making croissant dough, the class will make three different fillings to satisfy everyone’s favorite type. Croissant Workshop will be a hands-on cooking class.  Bring a bottle of wine or your favorite beverage and join us. This class will feature: Croissant Dough, Pain au Chocolate, Almond Filled Croissant and Ham & Cheese Croissants. ~ Orange

12 – 4:30pm: The 43rd Annual Cherry Blossom Festival Free Festival entertainment includes: live music, live dancing performances, arts & crafts, pet-friendly areas, vendors. Festival rain date is May 1st. ~ New Haven

1 – 4pm: Daffodil Day A plethora of daffodils might be in bloom to greet visitors as they follow the entrance drive leading to the Beaux Art style mansion for this annual celebration of spring. Guests are encouraged to enjoy the meadows planted by volunteers over the last decade. Throughout the afternoon, there will be numerous activities for visitors wishing to celebrate spring. Afternoon activities include kite flying, live music, and a dog parade (bring your family pooch!).Participate in our first ever Daffodil Dash – A Field Day for the Whole Family.  Docents will lead guided tours of the Mansion providing a narrative that details the history of the Estate. Furniture donated by the Wadsworth Family will be on display in the History Room. Follow and feast on the food truck craze in the oval. ~ Middletown

{National} 2 – 3:30pm: Coloring Time For Adults Try your hand at the most relaxing trend in arts and crafts. We’ll provide the supplies; all you have to do is show up and color! ~ Michael’s Stores

2 – 4pm: Concert for Conservation Celebrate the Nature Center’s 70th anniversary with a special edition of this annual afternoon of classical music! Violinist (and Stonington native) Hilary Castle will bring along special guest artists to benefit the Nature Center’s educational programs and celebrate 70 years of conservation and education. Light refreshments. $25 adults, $5 for students. ~ Union Baptist Church, Mystic.

4pm: Verdi’s Rigoletto Connecticut Lyric Opera presents Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto is a spectacular fast-paced story of seduction, love, ridicule and tragic death, with powerful music, that has often been cited as Verdi’s best! With Full Orchestra. In Italian with English supertitles. ~ New London

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