February Calendar

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FEBRUARY 2010 ........................................................................................................................................................

Monday 1
Chinese New Year Projects: CreativeWorks for Children, 3 Canal Court, Avon. 1:30-2:30PM. Ages 3-7. Get ready for the year of the tiger! Design your own Chinese lantern and other festive crafts! $10/person. 860/677-7910, www.creativeworksforchildren.com Also February 2nd
Ends of the Earth - From Penguins to Polar Bears: Connecticut Science Center, 250 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford. Your expedition begins at the crystal, snow cap region of the Arctic and continues at the frozen wonderland of Antarctica. Come explore a polar bear den, walk and slide like a penguin, study skeletal remains, weigh yourself on a polar bear scale and even step inside a replica polar explorers’ cabin and watch tales of their adventures. 860/SCI-ENCE, www.ctsciencecenter.org
Disney's The Lion King: The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, 166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford. Experience the phenomenon of Disney’s THE LION KING. Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by award-winning director Julie Taymor, whose visual images for this show you’ll remember forever. Thrill to the pulsating rhythms of the African Pridelands and an unforgettable score including Elton John and Tim Rice’s Oscar®-winning song “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” and “Circle of Life.” Let your imagination run wild at the Tony® Award-winning Broadway sensation Newsweek calls “a landmark event in entertainment.” www.thebushnell.org. Through February 14
February 2
Happy Groundhog Day!: Lutz Children's Museum, 247 S. Main St., Manchester 6-7:30AM. "Chuckles" is keenly aware of her celebrity status as Connecticut's official groundhog. You may only see her sleeping, but that is because she is up all night long consulting with meteorologists, examining satellite photos, and reading her farmer's almanac. Please join us for Chuckles annual prediction at sunrise (7:02AM). Then stay for a bite to eat before heading to work or school!. FREE 860/643-0949, www.lutzmuseum.org
It's Groundhog Day!: CT Audubon Society, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury. 10-11AM. Ages 3-5. Will Mr. Groundhog see his shadow? Does he really tell us how long winter will be? We’ll read a story about the groundhog and see a puppet show. 860/633-8402
Thursday 4
Little Groundhogs: Lutz Children's Museum, 247 S. Main St., Manchester 10-11AM or 1-2PM. Ages 3-5. Come and fine out if Chuckles saw her shadow and learn more about how Groundhog Day became a holiday. $10/members, $13/non-members. 860/643-0949, www.lutzmuseum.org
Friday 5
Chinese New Year Party: CreativeWorks for Children, 3 Canal Court, Avon. 9-11AM or 1-3PM. Ages 3-7. During this exciting program, we will watch "fireworks", do a dragon dance, and eat snack with chopsticks! Festive crafts too! $25/person, 860/677-7910, www.creativeworksforchildren.com
A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters – Little Theatre of Manchester, Manchester, CT will kick off its 50th anniversary year with a special weekend of on Friday, February 5 starring Mike Zizka and Ginny Freese and on Saturday, February 6, starring Colin McEnroe and Debi Freund. Each show begins at 8 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at the Cheney Hall box office for $15 each. As an extra treat, patrons can pay an additional $5 to have their special “love” message printed and secretly posted at Cheney Hall for their partner to find during intermission. Information on this can be obtained when ordering tickets. Information on this and all Cheney Hall activities can be found by calling the box office at 860-647-9824 or on line at www.cheneyhall.org.
Groundhog for a Day!: Lutz Children's Museum, 247 S. Main St., Manchester 10AM or 11AM. Ages 2-3 with caregiver. "Chuckles" may only have to work one day a year, but predicting the weather can be hard work! Become a groundhog for a day and see what it is like to pop out of a hole and look for your shadow. We will also learn what groundhogs eat! $7/members, $10/non-members. 860/643-0949, www.lutzmuseum.org
Chocolate Factory - Family Fun Night: Imagine Nation Museum, One Pleasant Street, Bristol. 5-8PM. Golden Ticket prize search and a fountain of chocolate! And don't worry about dinner! Pizza, ice cream treats, snacks and more are sold in our Old Fashioned soda fountain! $6/person, FREE/members. 860/314-1400, www.imaginenation.org
Saturday 6
Valentine's Day Card Workshop: Connecticut Historical Society, One Elizabeth Street, Hartford. 10AM-1PM. Create unique and personal cards inspired by Valentines from long ago. Bring your own supplies or use those that we provide. FREE. 860/236-5621 x222, www.chs.org
Monster Jam: XL Center, One Civic Center Plaza, Hartford. 2PM. These colorful larger-than-life beasts are sure to capture the hearts of both the young and the old! www.xlcenter.com. Also February 7th at 2PM
Craft & Carry Workshop- Everything Valentine's Day: Teach Art 2 Me, 122 Naubuc Avenue, Glastonbury. 10AM-3PM. Valentine's Day: cards, jewelry, jewelry boxes, paper flowers and vases, frames and more. 860/633-1696, www.teachart2me.com
Why Do I? Connecticut State Museum of Natural History at Uconn, 1:30 - 3:30. Investigate why we have two eyes, two ears, two nostrils, and other paired organs in this look at the senses of the human body. How are our senses similar to some anials, and how do they differ from some others? You will use each of your senses to orient yourself and to identify things around you. Then, using special techniques, try using the senses of some other species for conparison. Learn how our senseshelp us survive, while having a lot of fun! recommended for students in grades 1 - 5 accompanied by an adult. FREE 860/486-4460 www.mnh.uconn.edu
Groundhog and Valentine's Day Nature Walk: Hill-Stead Museum, 35 Mountain Road, Farmington. 1PM . How are Groundhog Day and Valentine's Day related? Bring your sweetie(s) and find out! There is a lot to learn about groundhogs as well as affairs of the heart, and estate naturalist Diane Tucker is eager to share. Walk the grounds, track animals, even see some signs of spring. $3/members, $5/members-to-be! 860/677-0174, www.hillstead.org.
13th Annual Mid-Winter Chocolate Fest: First Congregational Church, 554 Main Street, Portland. 1-4:30PM. Chocolate Mousse Cafe, children's crafts, baked goods, candy, gift items, and more! FREE. 860/342-1111
Sunday 7
Farmington Witchcraft Movie: Stanley-Whitman House, 37 High Street, Farmington. 1PM. In 1663, a Farmington woman named Mary Barnes was executed for witchcraft. Her story has remained a mystery – until now. After years of research and planning, Stanley-Whitman House has produced a film about Mary Barnes and her tragic fate. 860/677-9222 x305, www.stanleywhitman.org
SuperBOWL Sunday: CT Audubon Society, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury. 2-3PM. No, this is not about football—it's about the natural history of some of CT’s owls! Mary Beth Kaezer from Horizon Wings will bring live owls for our warm-up alternative to the Super Bowl. $8/person, $4/child under 8. CAS Members; $10/person $5/child under 8. 860/633-8402
Tuesday 9
Pizza and Pages: Wethersfield Public Library, 515 Silas Deane Highway, Wethersfield. 6:30PM. Ages 8-11. Nutmeg Award Book Discussion Series with a light supper. RR. 860/529-2665, www.wethersfieldlibrary.org
Gotta Have Heart: Lutz Children's Museum, 247 S. Main St., Manchester 4-5PM. Ages 5+. Valentine's Day is all about little red hearts, but the heart in our body looks a little different. What is it shaped like? How big is it? Is it even red? This class will take a look at a real animal heart to help answer all of these tough questions. $10/members, $13/non-members. 860/643-0949, www.lutzmuseum.org
Celebrate Chocolate: Stanley-Whitman House, 37 High Street, Farmington. 10-11AM. Ages 3-5. Chocolate was a celebrated sweet among 18th-century colonists. Preschoolers learn the history of chocolate, and sample different types of chocolate, then Miss Marcie will lead the class in making a chocolate treat. Some activities may be messy; children should dress appropriately. RR. 860/677-9222, www.stanleywhitman.org
Thursday 11
Mardi Gras Masks!: Lutz Children's Museum, 247 S. Main St., Manchester 4-5PM. Ages 5+. Mardi Gras, also knows as Fat Tuesday, is a celebration that takes place in New Orleans each year. We will examine history, traditions, and culture of this festive holiday as we make fun masks! Materials included. $13/members, $16/non-members. 860/643-0949, www.lutzmuseum.org
Friday 12
Chinese New Year's Celebration: The Children's Museum, 950 Trout Brook Drive, West Hartford. Come and celebrate the Chinese New Year! Crafts and exhibits. 860/231-2830, www.thechildrensmuseumct.org
Valentine's Day Extravaganza: CreativeWorks for Children, 3 Canal Court, Avon. 9-11AM or 1-3PM. Ages 3-7. Decorate heart cookies, make beautiful Valentine's Day projects, dress up in gorgeous pink and white gowns, play games, and much more! $25/person, 860/677-7910, www.creativeworksforchildren.com
Valentine's Day Party: Lutz Children's Museum, 247 S. Main St., Manchester 10-11AM, and 1-2PM. Ages 3-5. Come celebrate Valentine's Day at the museum. We will learn all about this loving holiday as we create Valentines Day art, play games, and more! Don't forget to wear red or pink! $10/members, $13/non-members. 860/643-0949, www.lutzmuseum.org
Saturday 13
Valentine's Day Tea Party: Stanley-Whitman House, 37 High Street, Farmington. 11:30AM-1PM. Ages 5-10 with adult or caregiver. You are invited to the museum to explore the history and culture behind this popular Colonial beverage. You will learn proper tea party etiquette then enjoy ‘formal’ tea, finger sandwiches, and desserts. End the day by making your own mixture of herbal tea to take home.RR. 860/677-9222, www.stanleywhitman.org
A Very Valentine-y Party: Mary Cheney Library, 586 Main Street, Manchester. 10:30AM. Join us for a special Valentine's Day celebration! FREE. 860/645-0577
Winter Vacation Week/Washington's Birthday: Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, MA. 9:30AM-4PM. Celebrate Presidents' Day by learning how early New Englanders honored the nation's first great American hero. Special activities for Presidents' Day Weekend (get your history here!) and all week, plus plan on skating (bring yours), sledding (please use ours), and sleigh rides ― weather permitting. www.osv.org Through February 21st
Valentine's Day Cake Decorating Workshop Lyman Orchards, Rtes. 147 & 157, Middlefield. 11AM and 1PM. Children will love decorating a delicious heart-shaped cake with icing, candies, and more. Class size limited to 18 children. Parents, sign up early - this fun workshop fills quickly! $10 workshop fee per child. 860/349-.6043, www.lymanorchards.com
BIG Y Kids Fair: Connecticut Expo Center, 265 Reverend Moody Overpass Hartford, CT 10am - 5pm. Fun, entertainment, exhibits, prizes and ore are what you get at the BIG Y "Kids Fair" in Hartford. There will be many hands-on activities for families with babies and toddlers as well as older children There will be celel rity appearances, roving magicians, animals, coloring stations, educational exhibits and vendors. 8$ adults with 50% off with big Y card 4$ Kids 12 and under (with a free ride included jenksproductions.co/kidsfair.html
Come Meet Winnie the Pooh and Tigger!!! Connecticut Golf Land and Games, 95 Hartford Turnpike, Route 83, Vernon, CT 06066 12:00pm- 4:00pm (860) 643-2654 www.ctgolfland.com
Valentine's Day Truffles: Stanley-Whitman House, 37 High Street, Farmington. 3-5PM. Adults only please. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the one you love by making decadent chocolate truffles with Judy Witzke, the museum’s resident open-hearth cook. Ms. Witzke will talk about the different varieties of chocolate then lead participants step-by-step through the truffle-making process. Participants will take home a variety of truffles and a set of recipes. RR. 860/677-9222, www.stanleywhitman.org
Sunday 14
Valentine's Day Brunch: Lyman Orchards, Rtes. 147 & 157, Middlefield. Seatings 10AM, 11:15AM, 12:30PM. 1:45PM. Treat that special someone to a memorable Valentine's Day in one of Connecticut's most historic family homes! We are hosting a special Valentine's Day Brunch at the Lyman Homestead. Chefs Mike Welch and Marc Gadoury have created a special menu for the occasion which includes an Omelet Station, a Carving Station, and delicious desserts from the Apple Barrel Bakery. RR. 860/349-.6043, www.lymanorchards.com
Valentine's Hearth Cooking: Noah Webster House, 227 South Main Street, West Hartford. 2-4PM. Make Valentine’s treats over the open hearth! RR. 860/521-5362 x21, www.noahwebsterhouse.org
Meet Daisy the Pig: The Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut (CMSECT), 409 Main St., invites families to the museum to meet Daisy the pig The day starts at noon with special pig-themed Valentine’s Day activities and ends with a special program with Farmer Minor and Daisy at 1 pm $3/ member, $5/ non-member, with a family maximum fee of $20 member, $25 non-member. Space is limited; to register, call (860) 691-1111. www. childrensmuseumsect.org.
Monday 15
LEGO Contest: New England Air Museum, Bradley Intl. Airport, Windsor Locks. 10AM-4PM. Ages 3-12. Come and be creative with LEGOs!!! Bring your own or use ours. Prizes will be awarded for each age group at the end of the day! 860/623-3305, www.neam.org
Tuesday 16
Mini-Open Cockpit: New England Air Museum, Bradley Intl. Airport, Windsor Locks. 10AM-4PM. Climb into the cockpits of 8 aircraft. Reminder all cockpits close at 4PM. 860/623-3305, www.neam.org
Winter Workshops for Wippersnappers!: Noah Webster House, 227 South Main Street, West Hartford. 2-4PM. Join us for a variety of workshops during winter vacation week―sew a sachet pillow, gingerbread & cocoa, mosaic paper & glass jar, calligraphy & stationery. RR. 860/521-5362 x14, www.noahwebsterhouse.org
Wednesday 17
Victorian Vacation Day: Connecticut Historical Society, One Elizabeth Street, Hartford. 11AM-3PM. Step back in history to Victorian times. Stop by for one or two activities or bring a bag lunch and stay for the whole day! Calling Card Workshop, 11AM-1PM, Parlor Games, 11AM-1PM, Performance by Kandie Carle as the Victorian Lady, 1-2PM, Tea Party, 2-3PM $6/adults, $3/seniors & students, FREE/members and children under 6. 860/236-5621 x222, www.chs.org
Aero Modeling Workshop: New England Air Museum, Bradley Intl. Airport, Windsor Locks. 10AM-3PM. Ages 8-14. Children will build and fly their own models. Adult must accompany children. Adults pay regular admission, children $10 (includes model). 860/623-3305,www.neam.org
Harlem Globetrotters: MassMutual Center, 1277 Main Street, Springfield, MA 7PM. Expose your family to something truly unique – the Harlem Globetrotters! It’s an entertainment experience unlike anything you’ve seen before, filled with incredible ball handling, high-flying dunks, fan interaction and hilarious antics by some of the world’s greatest athletes and entertainers. 413/787-6610, www.massmutualcenter.com. Also February 18th at 7pm
Thursday 18
Shipwrecks - Three's A Charm: New London Maritime Society, 150 Bank Street, New London. 6:30-8PM. Join diver and New England shipwreck sleuth, Mark Munro, for a thrilling talk about his investigation of a shipwreck in Fisher's Island Sound. $10/non-members, $8/members. 860/447-2501, www.nlmaritimesociety.org
Metalsmith for a Day!: Stanley-Whitman House, 37 High Street, Farmington. 2-3:30PM. Ages 8-10. Silversmiths and goldsmiths made fancy objects out of gold and silver, including teapots, spoons, and jewelry. Tinsmiths made household items including candle molds, trays, and canteens from tin. Examine a variety of objects made from various metals from the museum’s collection then try being a metalsmith by creating your own tin lantern and a metalrubbed picture. All materials included. RR. 860/677-9222, www.stanleywhitman.org
Pirate Adventure: Stanley-Whitman House, 37 High Street, Farmington. 11AM-Noon. Ages 4-7.The pirates return this February and you have permission to come aboard and learn what life was like on a pirate ship. Learn how to dress like a pirate, and ward off scurvy, then end the morning with a treasure hunt for pirate booty. RR. 860/677-9222, www.stanleywhitman.org
Plastic Model Workshop: New England Air Museum, Bradley Intl. Airport, Windsor Locks. 10AM-3PM. Ages 8-14. Each child will build their own model under the supervision of an experienced model builder. Adult must accompany children. Adults pay regular admission, children $15 (includes model). 860/623-3305, www.neam.org

29th Annual Connecticut Flower and Garden Show: The Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford. Explore over 250 booths overflowing with fresh flowers, plants, herbs, bulbs, seeds and garden accessories, design and horticulture competitions, landscaped gardens, seminars, and special educational exhibits. Thurs - Sat, 10am - 8pm Sun, 10am - 6pm www.ctflowershow.com Through Feb 21st
Friday 19
Chess Club: Enfield Public Library - Pearl Street Branch, Enfield. 3:30PM. Are you a young chess player looking for an opponent, or have you always wanted to learn to play chess? Chess at the Pearl is for beginners as well as experienced players. Refreshments will be served. RR. 860/253-6433, www.enfieldpubliclibrary.org
Family Fun Day: New England Air Museum, Bradley Intl. Airport, Windsor Locks. 10AM-4PM. A variety of programs and hands on activities for the entire family! The Lutz Childrens Museum will provide a live animal demonstration at 11AM. FREE with admission. 860/623-3305, ,www.neam.org
Lyman's 38th Annual Winterfest: Lyman Orchards, Rtes. 147 & 157, Middlefield. Come celebrate the fun side of winter! Internationally renowned ice carver and former national champion Bill Covitz and the snow-making experts at Ski Sundown, one of Connecticut's premier family skiing facilities, partner with us again this year in presenting a one-of-a-kind fun-packed weekend! No where else in Connecticut will you find, all in one place, such magnificent ice artistry, high-flying aerial stunts on skis and snowboards, lovable Siberian Husky Dogs performing sled dog mushing demonstrations, and Lyman's great food―all bundled into a full weekend of family fun! Indoor and outdoor activites also include all the free food samples you can eat, horsedrawn wagon rides, Igloo-making demonstrations, a fruit tree pruning demonstration in our orchards, an apple pie baking workshop for children, free raffles, and much more! 860/349-.6043, www.lymanorchards.com Through February 21st
Saturday 20
Tavern Night: Noah Webster House, 227 South Main Street, West Hartford. 5:30 and 7:30PM sittings. Tavern Night is one of the museum’s most popular adult programs! An evening of food, drink, and entertainment, Tavern Night brings visitors back to a simpler time - delicious home-cooked foods, traditional beverages, tavern games, and early American music make the night. Each evening ends with a variety of traditional tavern games. $25/person for members, $30/person for non-members. 860/521-5362, www.noahwebsterhouse.org
Beach Party: Children's Museum of Southeastern CT, 409 Main Street, Niantic. 11AM-3PM. A limbo contest, jammin’ tunes and a cookout – what a way to beat the chill of winter and wrap up your February vacation week!! FREE with admission. 860/691-1111, www.childrensmuseumsect.org
Sunday 21
Open Cockpit: New England Air Museum, Bradley Intl. Airport, Windsor Locks. Your chance to play pilot for the day. Climb into the cockpits of 10 aircraft including the Corsair, the F-100 Super Sabre, the Huey helicopter and more. There will be a special presentation at 1:00 p.m. by Ed Buckbee who has been involved with America's Space Program since 1959. He will talk about NASA's programs - past, present and future. He will have books for sale and to autograph. Additional craft activities for children and a food vendor will be on site all day. Reminder all cockpits close at 4PM. 860/623-3305, www.neam.org
Tuesday 23
Maple Syrup Time: CT Audubon Society, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury. 4-5PM. Ages 5-9. Ah! Maple syrup and pancakes are a real New England favorite. The sap is flowing in the sugar maple trees. Find out the secret of making maple syrup and try some tasty maple treats. 860/633-8402
Wednesday 24
Preschool Art and Nature Adventures: Hill-Stead Museum, 35 Mountain Road, Farmington. 10-11AM . Ages 4-7. Art, nature, gardens and preschoolers combine to create a program full of fun and creativity. We will explore a different piece of the museum's art collection through stories, tours, nature hikes, and art activities. In the first class, in honor of the Gee's Bend exhibition, preschoolers will visit the museum to view key pieces of artwork, including the quilts. They will then create a special project using the quilts as inspiration. RR. 860/677-4787 ext 142., www.hillstead.org.
Disney on Ice: MassMutual Center, 1277 Main Street, Springfield, MA. Join the ocean-sized adventure of the curious clownfish Nemo, his overprotective father Marlin and their absent-minded yet lovable pal Dory as Disney On Ice immerses you in a vibrant aquatic world in Disney On Ice presents Disney/Pixar's Finding Nemo. Follow alongside Marlin and Dory on a daring search of the big blue. Ride the current with "super-dude" turtle Crush and make waves with Nemo's new friends the Tank Gang as they plot an escape from the dentist's aquarium in this whale of a tale full of laughter and fun! 413/787-6610, www.massmutualcenter.com. Through February 28th
Maple Syrup Time: CT Audubon Society, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury. 10-11AM. Ages 3-5. Ah! Maple syrup and pancakes are a real New England favorite. The sap is flowing in the sugar maple trees. Find out the secret of making maple syrup and try some tasty maple treats. 860/633-8402
Friday 26
Nickelodeon Presents Storytime Live! With Dora and Friends Oakdale Theater, Wallingford, CT 7pm Come play along with your favorite preschool pals live on stage. Leap into Fairytale Land with “Dora the Explorer,” journey through Filthingham with “The Backyardigans,” hop into Wonderland with “Wonder Pets!,” and join the Monkey King’s celebration with “Ni Hao, Kai-lan.” Hosted by Moose and Zee, Nickelodeon’s musical adventure, STORYTIME LIVE features four of the top-rated preschool shows on television today and is sure to be the hit live show you and your family have been waiting for! www.livenation.com Also Feb 27 and 28th.