Ready for the shortest day of the year?  Winter Solstice is December 21 at 11:28 AM in the Northern Hemisphere, 11:27 a.m. in Hartford Connecticut.  We’ve picked out some “winter” events for kids to enjoy this weekend in CT!

Learn about the traditions of the world to welcome in the beginning of winter and the longest night of the year with the Connecticut Audubon Society.  Celebrations take place at the centers in Fairfield and Glastonbury – welcome in the beginning of winter and the longest night of the year with songs, dance, stories, music and a huge bonfire.

Drum in the Winter Solstice Saturday at the Ansonia Nature Center. Participants are invited to bring their percussion instruments, as well as a canned good for Spooner House. Organizers advise dressing for the cold. *FREE* but registration is required.

Visit quintessential Mystic in the evening this year to experience old fashioned holiday magic with your children.  Plan on a full visit by going to the planetarium for their seasonal programs “Star of Bethlehem” and “Winter Lights” – read program descriptions and schedule online www.mysticseaport.org/planetarium.

Celebrate winter by watching the sunset on the shortest day of the year! Make and light solstice lanterns and ring in the winter season at the Eleanor Buck Wolf Nature Center in Wethersfield.

Also, we found this nice article published by Rhythms of Play “Ways to Celebrate the Winter Solstice” that educates you and your children together about the solstice, when and why it occurs, and how to celebrate the  with fun ideas, crafts, and activities!

A lot of effort is made to give you accurate information for Winter Solstice 2015 but it’s always best to “be safe than sorry” by calling the organization ahead of your visit!

And remember events added daily so check the Kidtivity Events Calendar for more weekend happenings and fun things to do with kids in CT every day of the year. 

 

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