Hope everyone had a great Christmas! The holiday cheer continues with a lineup of events for kids Here is a roundup of all the activities for the weekend in CT:

 

Image may contain: textFri, Jan 10 (6:30 PM), Family Fun Night (Manchester, CT)
Join us for our first Family Fun Night of the season – Line Dance Party! We’ll Chicken Dance, Hokey Pokey, Baby Shark, Electric Slide, Cha Cha Slide, Macarena, Cupid Shuffle, Cotton-Eyed Joe, Freeze Dance Hand Jive, YMCA, Alley Cat, The Nutbush, Watch Me, The Wobble, The Git Up, Hands Up, The Twist, Hot Hot Hot!

Family Fun Nights are based on the idea that, when it comes to creating connections, “fun comes first.” These events provide families a positive, no cost opportunity for connection, recreation and fond memories to last a lifetime.

Family Fun Nights are aimed at providing families an opportunity to connect with their children and each other around creative, play-based, and/or educational opportunities and activities. Families in attendance have children in early childhood (under age 10), but, families with older children and older siblings also are invited to attend. All events are free and open to the public.

More info here

 

Image may contain: sky, night, cloud and textFriday Jan 10  6:45 PM- 9:00 PM: Moonlight Hike (South Windsor, CT)
Join South Windsor Walk & Wheel Ways members for a Moonlight Walk through Nevers Park on Friday, January 10. Meet at 6:45 PM at the Rotary Pavilion (55 Chief Ryan Way) for a cup of hot chocolate while staying warm around the fire pit. Then embark on a 1.5 mile walk through Nevers Park. The walk begins at 7:00 PM. If there is snow, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are welcomed. Please bring a flashlight, family and friends! Check the cancelation hotline (860-648-6349) if the weather is questionable.
More info here

 

DJ Skate Nights

Friday Jan 10, 7 PM- 8:45 PM: DJ Skate Nights (Veteran Memorial Skating Rink, West Hartford, CT)
Go Ice skating for all ages at DJ Skate Nights with the hottest tunes playing!  Veterans Memorial Skating Rink is a friendly, clean, safe, and comfortable environment for everyone and currently offers the most public skating sessions in the area.
Rental skates available at an additional charge of $4.00
More info here

 

 

Fri, Dec 27, Sat Dec 28,  (6 PM-9 PM) (Recurring event): Northern Lights (Mystic, CT)
This December, Mystic Aquarium lights up during Northern Light! A sea of lights leads the way through a mesmerizing journey along the Aquarium’s outdoor pathways. See Arctic animals in a whole new light – quite literally – as you stroll to theatric music in search of hand-crafted lanterns that bring Arctic animals to life!
Snap selfies and meet the Snow Sisters every Thursday, Father Christmas on Fridays and Petey the Penguin each Saturday. Pulling inspiration from the most spectacular natural light display there is – the aurora borealis – Northern Lights is sure to be just as magical and inspiring.
Tickets now on sale!
More info here

Free Learn To Skate Every Saturday Bushnell Park Hartford Connecticut

Winterfest Hartford (Bushnell Park, Hartford)
Winterfest Hartford returns to Bushnell Park for its 10th year of free ice skating, free skate rentals, free learn to skate classes and more.
The rink is open daily from 11 am – 8 pm, through January 20, 2020, with the following exceptions:
December 24: 12 – 4 pm
December 25: 12 – 4 pm
December 31: 11 am – 12 pm
The rink may be closed for inclement weather; cancellations will be posted on social media and on winterfesthartford.com. The rink will be closed when there is a parking ban in effect for the city.
More Info here

 

Fridays, Dec 27-Aug 14, 9:30 AM-11 AM: Playful Learners Playgroup at Imagine Nation (Bristol, CT)
Families with children ages 36 months and under are invited to the weekly Playful Learners Playgroup at Imagine Nation!
Participants receive half-price admission and may enjoy access to all museum studios.
Playful Learners Playgroup begins with gross motor free play in Imagine Nation’s Kinetic Studio from 9:30-10:30am. An age-appropriate staff-facilitated workshop is held at 10:30am
Admission for Playful Learners Playgroup is $5.00 per person, Imagine Nation Members and children under one are FREE!
Check www.imaginenation.org/calendar for the full Playful Learners schedule

 

Saturdays, Dec 28-Jan 18, 10 AM-11 AM (Recurring event): Learn to skate (Hartford, CT)
Want to learn how to skate this winter? Head to the Winterfest Hartford rink in Bushnell Park for Free Learn To Skate Every Saturday from Champions Skating Centers instructors. Lessons are open to future skaters of all ages, and the skates are free too.
Skating lessons will be held on Saturdays beginning December 7, and be offered every weekend through the close of Winterfest Hartford (December 7, 14, 21, 28, January 4, 11 & 18).
Arrive early to get your free skate rentals. All skaters must fill out a waiver before their lesson.
More info here

 

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Saturday, Dec 28 (2:30 PM-4 PM), Pajama Party (Bristol, CT)
Wear your PJs to the Manross Public library in Bristol for this cozy party! Play games, do crafts, and enjoy snacks. All ages. Drop in anytime.
Please register in advance by calling (860) 584-7790.
More info here

 

 

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Saturday, Dec 28 (11 AM-12:30 PM), Kwanzaa Festival 2019 (Hartford, CT)
Celebrate Kwanzaa Festival 2019 at Hartford Downtown Library in Hartford in Children’s Room. Celebrate family, community, and culture at our Kwanzaa Celebration! Join us on Dec. 28th for an afternoon of music, dancing, crafts, and soul food!
Event Highlights:
•The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa with Sankofa Cultural Arts & Sista Nandi
•African Jewelry Making with Jackie Bright
•African Drumming and Dance with Master Drummer Inara Ramin
•Kwanzaa inspired Arts & Crafts
•Soul Food Dinner
More info here

 

Saturday, Dec 28 (12 PM-4:30 PM), Family Paint Time “Playful Penguin” (Southington, CT)
Bring your family in to participate in a fun and easy step-by-step session led by a talented instructor from Art Studio of Connecticut. You will be provided all of the supplies you’ll need to create your work of art! UPGRADE YOUR CANVAS SIZE TO A 16X20 FOR JUST $10 MORE…BYOB studio, bring whatever you would like to eat or drink!
Please arrive 5 mins early to grab a drink and find a seat. Instruction begins promptly at 11 AM.
More info here

 

Saturday, Dec 28 (5 PM-8 PM), Winter Trail of Lights Walk (Plainfield, CT)
Come meet the horses and walk the lighted trail. This is a dirt trail the horses use. We are going to decorate it with Christmas lights so people can walk the trail and see the lights. The horses will be at the barn where you can enjoy meeting them while you have some Hot Coco. These are older/injured/retired horses that were either owner surrenders or rescued from the kill pen, they are not riding horses. They are so wonderful. They love attention. You can read about our rescues here https://www.hayburrinn.org/horse-profiles/ (nonprofit)
*No Smoking, No alcohol and no pets allowed. 

 

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Sunday, Dec 29 (2 PM-5 PM), Holiday Ball with Snow Sisters (New Britain, CT)
Spend the Sunday with your favorite princesses at the No Boundaries Youth Theater! Sing, dance and celebrate the holidays with your favorite Sisters & their friends!  Plenty of free parking! Light refreshments will be served.
Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/holiday-ball-with-the-snow-sisters-tickets-84835119125 for tickets.
Half of the proceeds will be going to charity!
More info here

 

 

Image may contain: snow, plant, sky, tree, outdoor and natureSunday, Dec 29 (2 PM-4 PM), Nature Playdate (New Haven, CT)
Enjoy some outdoor playtime at our monthly Nature Playdate! .
*Visit the chickens
*Build a fort in the woods
*Cook some bannock to eat over a campfire
*Enjoy some sunshine and fresh air!
*There will also have fruit and veggie treats for feeding to the farm animals! You are welcome to bring your own lettuce and other greens, carrots, and sliced apples. FREE, and open to children of all ages. No RSVP required.Children must attend with and be supervised by an adult, and all ages are welcome.
More info here