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February 5-7, 2016

Especially for Kids

Come to the Kids Fair, Hartford for one stop shopping for all the latest products for growing families. Plus, entertainment, celebrity appearances, and loads of activities for families with busy babies and toddlers (Saturday-Sunday). Witness eagles, hawks and various waterfowl in action at the Shepaug Dam Bald Eagle Observation Area, Southbury. Dress warm and bring binoculars (Saturday-Sunday). Leave the kids with their favorite babysitter and head out to the Connecticut Coast & Country Winter Wine Trail, various locations Greater New Haven (Saturday-Sunday).

Stay at the Courtyard by Marriott – Cromwell and experience their Snow Tubing at Powder Ridge package. Offer includes: overnight accommodations; $20 food credit for use in the Bistro; two lift tickets, helmet and tube for two hours of snow-tubing at Powder Ridge Park, Middlefield. Rates from: $169.00

More activities to engage in:
Foxwoods Rink & Winter Patio – Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket 06378
Enjoy skating seven days a week on the smooth ice of the outdoor rink. The trees surrounding the rink are decorated with more than 100,000 lights. After skating, enjoy a hot chocolate while relaxing in an Adirondack chair set by one of four outdoor fireplaces (Monday-Sunday).

“42nd Street” – The Palace Theatre, Stamford 06901
Live the story of starry-eyed young dancer named Peggy Sawyer who leaves her Allentown home and comes to New York to audition for the new Broadway musical "Pretty Lady." When the star breaks her ankle, Peggy takes over and becomes a star (Friday-Saturday).

Saturday Afternoon Family Entertainment Series: Matias the Magician - Thornton Wilder Hall at Miller Cultural Complex, Hamden 06518
See Matias take the stage to present lots of interactive fun and unforgettable tricks. This show challenges your imagination in delightful ways (Saturday).

WinterFest – Appalachian Tails Pet, Glastonbury 06033
Have fun with the entire family, plus friendly pets welcome. See live ice sculpture carvings, meet the Connecticut Valley Siberian Husky Sled Team, see live sled demonstrations, raffles, give aways, and more (Saturday).

Monster Jam – XL Center, Hartford 06103
Hear the roar of Monster Jam trucks; custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires. Built for short, high-powered bursts of speed, monster trucks generate 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower and are capable of speeds of up to 100 miles per hour (Saturday-Sunday).

These highlights represent just a sampling of the many exciting events taking place across Connecticut this weekend. For more information about these and other entertaining activities, use the Events Quick Search by clicking on the Advanced Search link under the search box on the top right side of the page.


This Weekend in Connecticut
February 5-7, 2016

February 5-7 – Holiday Train Show - Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main St., Essex, 06426. Time: Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Please call ahead to see if the museum is open. The family-friendly exhibit, created by train artist Steve Cryan, features more trains, new scenery, and lots of surprises to be found in the fully operational 26-foot model train layout. Admission: Free with museum admission. (860) 767-8269

February 5-7 – XOXO: A Sale of Valentines - Creative Arts Workshop, 80 Audubon St., New Haven, 06510. Time: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-noon. Shop for one-of-a-kind cards, boxes, and gifts handmade by the Studio Binders of Creative Arts Workshop. Admission: Free. (203) 562-4927

February 5-7 - "Painting in Four Takes" - The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main St., Ridgefield, 06877. Time: Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m. For the first time in over twenty years, The Aldrich will dedicate all of its galleries to painting. This series of solo exhibitions provide a window into the practices of four engaging artists, Steven DiBenedetto, Hayal Pozanti, Julia Rommel, and Ruth Root, who imbue painting with relevance and character. Admission: Free with museum admission. (203) 431-2700

February 6 – Super Brew Saturday - Warsaw Park, 119 Pulaski Hwy., Ansonia, 06401. Time: 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Kick your Super Bowl weekend off with the ultimate tailgate party, and help draft Connecticut’s favorite beer by voting for the beers you like the best. Ticket purchasers will sample beer from local, regional and national brewers and home brewers too. Wear your favorite team’s jersey, and get ready to vote for your favorite beers….it’s Super Brew Saturday. Admission: $20. (800) 801-FEST

February 6 – Family Program: Valentines for Kids - Connecticut Historical Society, 1 Elizabeth St., Hartford, 06105. Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Instead of buying your Valentine’s Day cards this year, create old-fashioned, hand-made cards based on Valentines from long ago. Bring your own supplies or use those that we provide. This free program is great for all ages. Admission: Free. (860) 236-5621

February 6 – Aquarium After Dark: Family Fun Event - Mystic Aquarium, 55 Coogan Blvd., Mystic, 06355. Time: 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Find out what sea lions, penguins, and belugas do at night during the winter. This family-friendly event includes a complimentary sea lion show, visit from one of the African penguins, meet and greet with Petey the Penguin, trainer talk at the beluga exhibit and hands-on activities. Enjoy kid-approved treats, desserts and a beverage bar and be sure to commemorate your visit with a souvenir. Admission: General admission $25.95, children (1-10) $21.95, under 1 free. (860) 572-5955 This Event has been cancelled.

February 7 – MacChiliFest - Bedford Middle School, 88 North Ave., Westport, 06880. Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Go in on the fun this pre-Super Bowl tradition and enjoy unlimited samplings of more than 20 different chili and mac'n cheese entries where your vote determines the best. Get into the tailgate spirit and wear your favorite team jersey and enjoy the sounds of the Sacred Heart University band. Admission: Adults $15, children (6-12) $5. (203) 216-8452

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