Hope everyone had a Happy Halloween! And now we look forward to welcome the holiday season! These events are sure to brighten up your weekend and get you in the Holiday spirit!

Oakdale Theatre Wallingford CT

Disney Junior Holiday Party! (Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, CT)

Sunday Nov10

12 PM-2 PM

Disney Junior Holiday Party! Is a dazzling musical wonderland where children and their families can sing and dance along to their favorite Disney Junior songs plus holiday classics with their favorite Disney friends, including Mickey & Minnie Mouse, the Puppy Dog Pals, Vampirina and many more, plus a special visit from Santa Claus!
More info here.

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Connecticut Science Center (Hartford, CT)

Nov 9-Nov 10

All day

Calling all Military families! The Connecticut Science Center is honoring service personnel all weekend long, starting on November 9 with FREE General Admission for Veterans and Active Duty Military. This includes reservists and retired personnel. Accompanying family will also receive 50% off their General Admission. Bring everyone out for a day of FUN! Explore four floors of hands-on science with more than 165 hands-on exhibits, including our new permanent exhibition Our Changing Earth and new traveling exhibit, Mazes & Brain Games.

Please note, the Science Center will be CLOSED on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11.

Santa Welcome Celebration(Danbury Fair Mall, Danbury, CT)

Saturday Nov 9

11 AM-12 PM

Head to the Danbury Mall this Saturday for  an interactive children’s show featuring Rudolph, Mrs. Claus and Jack Frost as they team up to find Rudolph’s special ornament before Christmas.

Live Music, Parade to Santa, High-Flying Acrobatics, Children’s Activities and Holiday Face Painting.

More info here.

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A Tribute to our Veterans, Servicemen & Servicewomen (New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks, CT)

Saturday Nov 9

10 AM-3 PM

Bring your family for this opportunity to meet & talk one-on-one with veterans of military conflicts. Included in the program will be re-enactors from WWII, Visitors to the Museum will have representatives from Soldier On, and CT Veterans Affairs office. An area will be set aside for children to make holiday cards for our veterans.

At 12:30 p.m. Serene Hackle will be speaking on her book Skipper Goes to War. A heartwarming tale of a beloved Cocker Spaniel and his relationship with a B-17 bomber crew in the thick of World War II.

Visitors are encouraged to bring new personal hygiene products that will be donated to a local veterans’ home.

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The Nutcracker Carnival (West Hartford, CT)

Saturday Nov 9

2 PM-4 PM

The Nutcracker Carnival is coming to town! Hosted by Kingswood Oxford school in West Hartford, join the fun and play Nutcracker inspired carnival games including Russian Ring Toss, Sugar Plum Pop, Olè Chocolatè, Knock ‘Em Down, and more! Carnival goers will also be able to get their picture taken with Clara, their faces painted at Fritz’s Fave Paint, and decorate their very own Snowflake ornament to take home! Come prepared to win amazing prizes such as gift cards and free tickets to BTC’s production of The Nutcracker!

 

Christmas in Connecticut Holiday Gift Expo (Naugatuck, CT).

Sunday Nov10

9 AM-4 PM

Shop from 200 vendors with products from every category imaginable.
There will be food trucks on site for food and drinks, face painting for kids and pictures with Santa

Admission is $ 6 for adults, $ 5 for seniors 65 and older and kids 12 and under are Free.

Come join us for the kick off to the holiday season at the show where you can find something for everyone on your list!

More info here

 

Fall into Fun Family Weekend II (Bridgeport, CT)

Nov 9-Nov 11

9 AM- 4 PM

Spend time outdoors with your family in the Zoo this weekend and enjoy  the last few days of fall before it gets too chilly!
With a fun maze to navigate, story-times, scavenger hunts, Critter Chats, face painting, crafts, pumpkin pie and apple cider, all in celebration of fall, it’s the weekend families won’t want to miss. Children can also meet Storybook Princesses who will be signing autographs and posing for photos from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on November 9 and 10. Please check the detail schedule here
Guests will enjoy seeing the dozens of decorated scarecrows on the lawn in front of the Victorian Greenhouse and hear Animal Talks from the Zoo’s Education staff.

On Monday, November 11, veterans receive free admission, with a 20% discount for their families.

 

Phantom Trail Half Marathon/10K and Trail One-Miler (Winding Trails, Farmington CT)

Sunday Nov 10

8:30 AM

The Monster Mile is a one-mile trail run open to all ages. Costumes are encouraged (there will be awards!!). The Trail Half Marathon/10K is a timed race with a 2-person relay team option for the Half Marathon.

All registered athletes will receive a T-shirt, Finishing Medal, and Swag.

Starting this year, the Phantom Trail Race will be working with the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter to raise awareness and funds for the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. All proceeds from the Phantom Trail Half Marathon and Monster Mile will go directly to the Alzheimer’s Association

See details here.

 

Neighborhood Toy Store Day (New Britain, CT)

Saturday, Nov 10

9 AM-2 PM

Join your neighborhood toy store – Amato’s, for a fun Saturday and support your local neighborhood businesses to help the community. There will be Activity Stations for all ages, raffles, giveaways throughout the day. Lunch from Roma’s of New Britain will be served from Noon-2!

Please bring a non-perishable food item for our local food pantry and be entered in a drawing for a Made in the USA Beka Double-Sided Easel.

 

Playful Learners Playgroup at Imagine Nation (Bristol, CT)

Fridays, Nov 8-Aug 14

9:30 AM-11 AM

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

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Great Children’s Read (West Hartford, CT)

Sunday Nov 10

9:30 AM-11 AM

Bring your children for this morning of fun for book loving families!

Children’s favorites will be read aloud by some very special JCC “super stars.”

• Scholastic Book Fair
• Make Your Own Snack
• As this event takes place on Veteran’s weekend, please bring in full size toiletries to be donated to the V.A. Hospital in honor of our veteran’s service.

FREE & Open to the Community!

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ART FUN with Laura Marks (West Hartford, CT)

Saturday Nov 9

10:30 AM-11:30 AM

Children ages 3-6 with their parents are invited to the Noah Webster Library Story Room on Saturday mornings to enjoy art activities focusing on senses and patterns with instructor Laura Marks.

Registration required: register (for one or all) online (http://bit.ly/2qZu9H1) or by phone at 860.561.6980. Sessions are Saturdays, November 9, 23, December 7 & 21 and run 10:30 to 11:15 am.

 

OWL PROWL (Northwest Park & Nature Center, Windsor, CT)

Saturday Nov 9

6:30 PM-11:30 PM

Give a hoot about these magnificent birds with an informative session on the lives of Connecticut’s native owls. This program begins promptly at 6:30 PM with a 30 minute owl walk with owl calling session and concludes with a live owl presentation by Horizon Wings Raptor Rehabilitation and Education

Recommended for ages 8+. Registration required. Space is limited.
$8.00 per person (Windsor residents), $10.00 (nonresidents)
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