ONGOING EVENTS FOR KIDS:
RR=Registration Required. Please note that while care has been taken to assure accuracy of ongoing events, details are subject to change, so please call ahead. All telephone numbers are preceded by an 860 area code unless otherwise noted.
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MONDAYS:
Exploration Station/Todder Time:TeachArt2Me, 122 Naubuc Ave., Glastonbury. 9 AM -Noon. Toddlers 2+ and their caregivers explore creative materials. A great opportunity to discover color, texture and concepts. Each day features 3 different project options. $8/hour. 633-1696, www.teachart2me.com Also available Thursdays
Mini-MusicMakers: MusicMakers Academy, 517 Hartford Road, Manchester. 9:30-10:15AM. Music and movement for children birth-5 with their grownup. For pricing information please call 646-3096 or [email protected] www.musicmakersacademy.com Also available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.9:30am ; Mondays 6:15pm; Thursdays 6pm
Crafty Kids: CreativeWorks for Children, 3 Canal Court, Avon. 1:30-2:30PM. Ages 3-7. Join us each Monday afternoon for a festive craft of the season. RR. 677-7910, www.creativeworksforchildren.com
TUESDAYS
Art Start: New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain. 1-1:45PM. Preschoolers and their caregivers discover art together in the museum galleries. $3/members, $5/nonmembers. 229-0257, www.nbmaa.org. Also Saturdays, 11-11:45AM.
Youth Climbing Program: Stone Age Rock Gym, 195 Adams St., Manchester. 4-6PM for ages 6-12 & 6-8PM for ages 11-17. 2 hours of safe, supervised climbing. Full gear included. Fee. 645-0015, www.stoneagerockgym.com. Also Thursdays.
Children's Word Processing: Cromwell Belden Public Library, 39 West Street, Cromwell. 6:30PM. Ages 8-12. This is a general overview of the word processing program. Learn some new tricks! RR. 632-3460.
Crafty Kids: CreativeWorks for Children, 3 Canal Court, Avon. 1:30-2:30PM. Ages 3-7. Join us each Tuesday afternoon for a festive craft of the season. RR. 677-7910, www.creativeworksforchildren.com
WEDNESDAYS
Toddler Time: TeachArt2Me, 122 Naubuc Ave., Glastonbury. 9AM-Noon. Toddlers 2+ and their caregivers explore creative materials. A great opportunity to discover color, texture, and concepts. Each day features 3 different project options. $8/hour. 633-1696, www.teachart2me.com.
Middle School Night: Mary Cheney Library, 586 Main St., Manchester. 6:30PM. Weekly program for middle schoolers. Come check it out! 643-2471.
Society of Young Magicians: Atria Hamilton Heights, One Hamilton Drive, West Hartford 6-7PM 1st & 3rd Wednesdays. A gathering of young magicians (agest 7-17) to practice magic, exchange info., and learn new tricks. Beginners always welcome! 523-9888
Wondrous Wednesdays: Wethersfield Public Library,515 Silas Deane Highway, Wethersfield 2:30PM. RR. 529-2665
Wonderful Wednesdays: Mansfield Public Library, 54 Warrenville Road, Mansfield. 10:30-11:30AM. Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays and simple craft activities. All ages welcome. Children should be accompanied by a caregiver. 423-2501
Science for Homeschoolers: Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut, 409 Main Street, Niantic. Ages 5-8. Classes use inquiry-based teaching techniques that help children develop critical thinking, language, literacy, and social skills. The process includes exploration, questioning, discovery, testing, and understanding. 691-1111, www.childrensmuseumsect.org
Happy Notes: Vinnie's Jump and Jive, 424 Main Street, Middletown. 10:45-11:30AM. Ages 9 months - 4 year. Spend special time with your child, singing, dancing, and playing instruments while fostering your child's math skills and social development. www.childrenshappynotes.com. January 13 - February 24 (no class February 17)
THURSDAYS
Open Studio: TeachArt2Me, 122 Naubuc Ave., Glastonbury. All ages. 5 - 7:30 pm. Come and use our studio and materials to expand your own creativity. Delve into painting, drawing, clay, mixed media crafts and more. A studio monitor will be available to guide you. $10/hr. Most materials included. No registration necessary. www.teachart2me.com
Shake, Rattle, and Read!: Farmington Library, 6 Monteith Dr., Farmington. 2-2:45PM. Ages 3.5-5 are invited to come dance, read, sing, and play. Just drop by—no need to register! 673-6791.
Mini-MusicMakers: Jewish Community Center, Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford. 10:30-11:15AM. Music and movement for children 3-5 with parent or caregiver. For pricing information please call 646-3096 or [email protected]www.musicmakersacademy.com
Mini-MusicMakers: MusicMakers Academy, 517 Hartford Road, Manchester. 6-6:45PM. Music and movement for children 3-5 with parent or caregiver. For pricing information please call 646-3096 or [email protected] www.musicmakersacademy.com
Create a Craft: Wethersfield Public Library, 515 Silas Deane Highway, Wethersfield. Ages 3-12. RR. 529-2665
Toddlers and Preschool Dance: Vinnie's Jump and Jive, 424 Main Street, Middletown. 9:30-10:15AM. Ages 1 - 5 years. 347-6971 x3662 January 21 - February 11
FRIDAYS
FriBrary Time!: East Hampton Public Library, 105 Main St., East Hampton. 3:30PM. Kick off your weekend by joining in some after-school Friday fun at the library! For grades 4-5. 267-6621.
Social Club for Teens with Special Needs: Sponsored by the East Hartford Parks and Recreation Dept., this program is for ages 13+ with special needs. The group meets on Friday nights and participates in a variety of social activities, such as bowling and dancing. RR. Fees vary with each activity. For more information, call 528-1458
Stay and Play: CreativeWorks for Children, 3 Canal Court, Avon. 9-11 or 1-3. Ages 3-7.Join us each Friday afternoon for a fun-filled 1/2 day experience!! RR. 677-7910, www.creativeworksforchildren.com
WEEKENDS
Open Studio: TeachArt2Me, 122 Naubuc Ave.,Glastonbury. All ages. Saturdays, 9:00 am - noon. Come and use our studio and materials to expand your own creativity. Delve into painting, drawing, clay, mixed media crafts and more. A studio monitor will be available to guide you. $10/hr. Most materials included. No registration necessary.www.teachart2me.com
Family Science Adventures: Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards St., Springfield, MA. 11:30AM-3:45PM. Enjoy science demonstrations and hands-on activities. (413) 263-6800, www.springfieldmuseums.org.
Art Explorers: New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain. Saturdays, 10:30AM-Noon. Drop-in program for ages 6-8. $5/members, $7/nonmembers. No charge for chaperones, who must remain in the building. 229-0257, www.nbmaa.org.
Special Needs Social Club: Vernon Teen Center. Various Saturdays. A social and recreational group for ages 9+ with physical or mental challenges. Activities vary and include arts and crafts, sports, games, dancing, and more. Call for details and registration information. 870-3520.
Saturday Morning Art Explorers: Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main St., Hartford. Various Saturdays, 10AM-12:30PM. Children ages 6-10 and their adult companions explore art together in this fun, interactive program. RR. $15/member adult-child pairs, $20/nonmembers, $5/each additional child or adult. Sign up for 3 workshops and SAVE! 278-2670 x3049, www.wadsworthatheneum.org.
Bright Beginnings: Congregation B'Nai Sholom, 26 Church St., Newington. 2 Sundays per month, 11AM-12:15PM. Program for Jewish preschool children and their parents or grandparents. All are invited. Call 667-0826 for schedule.
Shabbat Adventures: Chabad Jewish Center, 25 Harris St., Glastonbury. Third Saturday of the month, 11AM - 12:30PM. Open to all children, this monthly program includes sing-along prayer, interactive Torah games, healthy snacks, and lots of plain old fun. It will be led by experienced, energetic counselors for children which combines community service, hands-on Jewish learning, and loads of fun. RR. 659-2422, www.chabader.com.
Mini-MusicMakers: MusicMakers Academy, 517 Hartford Road, Manchester. 9:30-10:15AM. Music and movement for children 3-5 with parent or caregiver. For pricing information please call 646-3096 or [email protected] www.musicmakersacademy.com
Music Therapy: Rocky Hill Community Center, Rocky Hill. Music therapy is an established healthcare profession that uses music to addres physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs. Sessions are goal oriented and designed based on the specialized nature of each participant in a fun and creative context. RR. For more information, contact Rocky Hill Parks & Recreation at 258-2772. 9:30AM - ages 13+, 11AM - ages 8-12, 12:30PM ages 4-7
Meditation for Adults and Children: Fuller Movement Center, 1477 Park Street, Hartford. 10-11:15AM. Ages 5-12. Start the week off right by learning to increase and maintain a happy, positive mind. These classes include a brief talk, special prayers and guided meditation to help create a calm, peaceful mind. Children’s class includes an arts and crafts activity. $5/adults, $3/children. 268-7251
Familytime: 960 Main Street, Hartford. 9:15AM. Familytime is a 45-minute theatrical worship service just for kids and their families: sing with Kiddancers and Doodle the Dog, hear a positive message about the virtue of “Compassion,” and enjoy a skit by University of Hartford drama students. Free Parking across from Christ Cathedral. 269-3200, www.riverfrontfamilychurch.com December 6th, 13th & 20th
DAILY
Digital Planetarium and Prehistoric Exhibit: Children's Museum, 950 Trout Brook Dr., W. Htfd. Dig into Earth's prehistoric past in the "Excavation Station"--a life-sized juvenile T.Rex, dig pits, and more. Be sure to experience immersive and interactive space shows in the new digital planetarium, The Travelers Space Dome! Open Tues-Sat 10AM-5PM, Sun. Noon-5PM. $8-$11, with members FREE. 231-2824
Lutz Exhibits: Lutz Children’s Museum, 247 South Main St., Manchester. Ongoing child-oriented exhibits. Hours: Tues-Fri 9AM-5PM, Sat & Sun Noon-5PM. $5. 643-0949, www.lutzmuseum.org.
Hands on History Gallery: CT Historical Society, 1 Elizabeth St., Hartford. Learn about some of the reasons why people moved to CT over the years. Hands-on gallery offers interactive activities geared for ages 2-13. Try working a thread machine or sewing tobacco leaves. Dress up and enjoy music, too! Hours: Tues-Sun Noon-5PM. $6/adults, $3/seniors, students & ages 6-17, FREE/under 6 & members. 236-5621, www.chs.org.
Tours and Detours Through Early Connecticut: CT Historical Society, 1 Elizabeth St., Hartford. Exploration of rustic life in Connecticut more than 200 years ago, following the trails of the early settlers. Try on Colonial clothing of the period and experience the American Revolution through a descriptive sound and light gallery. Hours: Tues-Sun Noon-5PM. $6/adults, $3/seniors, students & ages 6-17, FREE/under 6 & members. 236-5621, www.chs.org.
Teach Art 2 Me: Teach Art 2 Me Studios, 122 Naubuc Avenue, Glastonbury. Ongoing classes for children ages 3+ . For more information call Darci at 633-1696 or www.teachart2me.com
NEW Connecticut Science Center: Connecticut Science Center, Grove Street - Downtown Hartford. 10AM-5PM. With 150 hands-on exhibits, a state-of-the-art 3D digital theater, four educational labs, plus daily programs and events, the Connecticut Science Center offers endless exploration for children, teens and adults. Every part of science will be at a visitor's fingertips, from Physics to Forensics, Geology to Astronomy. Admission $16/adults, $14.50/seniors (65+), $13/youth (ages 3-17), FREE/2 and under. www.ctsciencecenter.org