Friday, December 25, 2009

Off For The Holidays

I'm so sorry that I didn't post this earlier, but...in case you haven't already guessed...NHK will be taking a little holiday break for the Holidays. We'll see you in the New Year!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

What's Going On This Weekend?

December 12 - Killingworth
Killingworth Lights Spectacular, 18 Wolf Hollow Lane. Come walk through the famous Gorski family lights display. See Santa, enjoy homemade cookies and cocoa, listen to carols, and go on a sleigh ride weather permitting. 4-7 pm. $7.00 per family. www.killingworthwomensorg.org (860) 663-2176

December 12 - Madison
1st Annual Snowflake 5k Charity Fun Run and Kids' Jinglebell Jaunt. Hammonassett State Park, I-95 exit 62. The park's run course is very flat and winds past salt marshes and dunes with spectacular views of Long Island Sound. Charities to be supported will be The CT Food Bank, Madison Arts Barn, ABC House and The Cove. $25 pre-registration/ $30 race day / $5 kids. 9:30 am. Visit us online for more information at www.madisonnewcomersct.com.

December 13 – Trumbull
A Seasonal Celebration in Song & Dance - The Center, 23 Priscilla Place. Performance consisting of a "winter ballet" and holiday music. 1 pm. Admission: $5. (203) 452-5065

December 13 & 20 - Middlefield
Holiday Brunch with Santa. Lyman Homestead, 3 Lyman Rd. Enjoy a special holiday brunch with Santa and Mrs. Claus in the historic Lyman Homestead. Admission. 10 am-2 pm. Reservations required. www.lymanorchards.com (866) 349-6015

And let's not forget about these ongoing December events!

December 5-6, 12-13, 19-20 - East Haven
Holiday Lights on the Trolley. Shore Line Trolley Museum, 17 River Street. Enjoy the holiday lights display while riding a cozy, heated trolley. Admission: Adults $8, seniors $6, children (2-15) $4. 6 9 pm. (203) 467-6927

December 5-6, 12-13, 19-20 - East Haven
Santa on the Trolley. Shore Line Trolley Museum, 17 River St. Ride cozy, heated trolleys to visit Santa and see model train layouts. Each child receives a gift, refreshments, and unlimited rides. 10:30 am -5 pm. $6, children (2-15) $4. (203) 467-6927

Ongoing - February 14 - Essex
Holiday Train Show Exhibit. Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main St. Features an operating model railroad that is bigger and better than ever and promises to bring out the child in everyone. Admission: Adults $8, seniors $7, children (6-12) $5, under 6 free. Tue.-Sun. 10 AM - 5 PM. www.ctrivermuseum.org 860-767-8269

Ongoing - December 31 - New Haven
Fantasy of Lights. Lighthouse Park, Lighthouse Rd. Drive through an enchanting land of sparkling lights and spectacular holiday light displays. Delights children and adults of all ages. Sun.-Thu. 5 pm - 9 pm, Fri. and Sat. 5 pm -10 pm. Admission: Vehicles $10; mini-bus $25, bus $50. (203) 777-2000

Ongoing - December 24 – New Haven
Celebration of American Crafts Holiday Exhibition. Creative Arts Workshop, 80 Audubon St. Holiday exhibition and sale of fine contemporary crafts by more than 300 artists from across the America. Features glass, pottery, jewelry, fibers, wood furnishings and more. Mon.-Sat. 11 AM-6 PM, Thu. 11 AM- 8 PM, Sun. 1-5 PM, Dec. 24 11 AM-2 PM. Free. 203-562-4927

Ongoing - December 31 - Oakdale
The 12 Dinosaurs of Christmas at The Dinosaur Place, 1650 Hartford New London Tpke (Rte. 85). View dinosaurs in ways unlike any other and spend quality time with the family during the holiday season. 11 AM - 4 PM, weekends only Nov. 27-Dec. 20, daily Dec. 26-31. www.thedinosaurplace.com 860-443-4367

Ongoing - January 10 – Old Lyme
The Magic of Christmas: A Holiday Celebration. Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St. Miss Florence Artist Trees decorated with the work of more than 100 artists from across the country, themed Fantasy Trees, and the historic house decorated for a 1910 Christmas. Admission: Adults $9, seniors $8, students $7, children (12 and under) free. Tue.-Sat. 10 AM-5 PM, Sun. 1 PM-5 PM www.florencegriswoldmuseum.org 860- 434-5542

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Christmas Fairs!

There were so many events happening this weekend, we decided to make a special post just for the Christmas fairs!

Dec. 5 - New Haven
19th Annual Holiday Family Fun and Book Fair at United Community Nursery School! Huge book sale, silent auction, tons of live entertainment, craftmaking, lunch, bake sale and MORE! 323 Temple Street, New Haven. $4 admission for ages 2 and up. 10am-2:30pm. For more info, visit our previous post!

December 5 – Branford
Christmas Fair. First Congregational Church, 1009 Main St. Homemade gifts, ornaments, jewelry, glassware, toys, baked goods, homemade candy, decorated wreaths and swags. Lunch available. 9 am-3 pm. Free. (203) 488-7201

December 5 - Clinton
Christmas Fair. The First Church of Christ, Congregational, Route One. Handcraft exhibitors and church booths will be featured throughout two floors of the church building. Light lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. No admission charge, open to the public, ample free parking, handicapped accessible. 9:00 am-3 pm www.firstchurchclinton.org (860) 669-5735

December 5 - Essex
"Christmas On The Hill" Fair at First Congregational Church, 6 Methodist Hill. Unique, hand-crafted holiday gifts such as knitted hats, gloves and baby blankets; hand-made designer aprons; wood products for Dad and a variety of other crafts. Other items available for sale include jewelry; decorated live wreaths, swags and garlands; designer decor items, including MacKenzie-Childs bulbs and stockings, children's gifts and home-baked Christmas cookies in holiday tins. The highlight of the fair is the silent auction featuring many gifts such as a one-person Pelican Kayak and paddles; jewelry; a mink jacket; designer table trees; a Chocolate Lover's Bucket; 5 dozen new golf balls in a basket; and a gift certificate for dining at The Gris. Free. 9 am – 4 pm. www.essexucc.org (860) 767-8097


December 5 – Wallingford
Christmas Fair. First Congregational Church, 23 South Main St. Yesterday’s treasures, silent auction, holiday crafts, nostalgic aromas, lunch available. Free. 9 am – 3 pm. (203) 265-1691

Be sure check out our "What's Going On This Weekend" post to see all the other amazing events going on!

What's Going On This Weekend?

TONS--that's what!

Here are our featured events:

Dec. 5 - New Haven
19th Annual Holiday Family Fun and Book Fair at United Community Nursery School! Huge book sale, silent auction, tons of live entertainment, craftmaking, lunch, bake sale and MORE! 323 Temple Street, New Haven. $4 admission for ages 2 and up. 10am-2:30pm. For more info, visit our previous post!

Dec. 6 - New Haven
FREE Family Day at Yale! The Yale University Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art invites families to a special day to participate in art-making activities, storytelling, and tours for children ages 4-10. Light refreshments will be served. For more info, visit our previous post.

Dec. 6 - Woodstock, CT
The Bowen's 1887 Christmas Celebration! Roseland Cottage conducts its eighth annual holiday tour of the museum on Sunday, December 6, 12:00-4:00 p.m. Admission is free. Donations are welcomed. For more info, visit our previous post.

And here are several other things that are going on this weekend!


December 4 - Ansonia
Mom, Dad and Me. Ansonia Nature Center, 10 Deerfield Road. A preschool program for 3 to 5 year old children with an adult Ready or not Here Comes Winter! Learn about how the animals in our park get ready for the cold winter months ahead. Includes a story, craft and short hike. 10 am or 1 pm. Material Fee. www.ansonianaturecenter.org (203) 736-1053

December 4 - Chester
Holiday Night at Town Center. Tree lighting and caroling; several shops, restaurants, and galleries open for special events. Admission: Free. 5 – 8 pm. www.visit-chester.com (860) 526-0013

December 4 - Guilford
Firelight Festival - Henry Whitfield State Museum, Old Whitfield St. Follow the luminaria to an outdoor fire to roast marshmallows, make s'mores and roast chestnuts. Tour the 1639 house and the exhibit "Holidaxe: The Real Story of Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas," then make an ornament. Admission: Adults $4, seniors $3, children (6-17) $2.50, under 6 free. 4 -8 pm. www.cultureandtourism.org (203) 453-2457

December 4 - Guilford
Lighting of the Tree. Guilford Town Green. The holiday season is ushered in on the Town Green with the singing of carols and the lighting of the tree. A tradition for over 50 years, Guilfordites, friends and visitors gather together in celebration of the season. Many organizations plan events this same evening such as the "Candlelite Walk on Broad Street", craft exhibits, holiday concerts and church suppers. An evening filled with sights and sounds around the Guilford Green. Lighting of the Tree is sponsored by the Guilford Chamber of Commerce. www.guilfordct.com (203) 453-9677

December 4 – Old Saybrook
21st Annual Saybrook Stroll. Holiday Fun on Main Street. A free street wide celebration of the Holiday Season. Special activities sponsored by local businesses. Come enjoy the food, music, hayride and more! Event goes on rain/snow/sleet or clear skies. Hope to see you there! 5- 9 pm. (860) 388-3266

December 4-6 - Guilford
"The Magic Toy Shop" 16th annual production presented by Starship Dance Theater. Nathanael Greene Community Center, 32 Church St. Co-Sponsored by Guilford Parks and Recreation Dept. Founded in 1988 by Joyce DiLauro, its artistic director and choreographer, Starship Dance Theater is a nonprofit organization serving the shoreline communities. Starship Dance Theater auditions artists of all ages to perform multiple professional productions each year. "The Magic Toyshop" one of Starship's largest events is known throughout the region for its lavish sets and costumes, engaging and humorous choreography and storyline, and "equal opportunity inclusiveness" in the composition of its cast. Friday-7:30 pm, Saturday-4:30 and 7:00 pm, Sunday- 2:00 pm General Admission $15 / At the door $18 (203) 453-2516 or (203) 453-8068

December 4-6 - Hartford
Christmas Craft Expo - Connecticut Expo Center, 265 Reverend Moody Overpass. More than 250 vendors offering American made arts and crafts. Sample dozens of specialty foods and live holiday music. 10 am-6 pm, Sat. 10 am-5 pm, Sun. 10 am-4 pm. Admission: $7, children (under 14) free. One admission is good for all 3 days. (603) 332-2616

December 4 -6 – Milford
Christmas in the Mansion, Lauralton Hall, 200 High St. Features more than 50 distinguished exhibitors who display their products ranging from floral and gift boutiques to gourmet delectables, juried crafts. Fri. 10 am-8 pm, Sat. 10 am-5 pm, Sun. 11 am-4 pm. Admission: Adults $6, seniors and children $4. (203) 877-2786

December 5 - Ellington
Ellington Winterfest. Ellington town green gazebo bordering Church & Main Streets and Route 140. Winterfest includes visits from Santa & Mrs. Claus, Frosty the Snowman, and Rudolph. Event also includes Tree-Lighting Ceremony; Torchlight Parade; Gingerbread House Contest; variety of entertainment and refreshments at various venues around Ellington's village green. 4-7 pm. Free. (860) 306-8746

December 5 – Meriden
Chorale Connecticut Winter Concert. First United Methodist Church, 159 East Main St. Program includes Hebrew praise songs, Spanish carols and lullabies reminiscent of Christmas in the Southeast. Harpist and guitar accompaniment adds spice to the joyous evening. 7:30 pm. Adults $20, seniors $15, children (12 and under) free with donation of a canned good. (860) 621-1653

December 5-6, 12-13, 19-20 - East Haven
Holiday Lights on the Trolley. Shore Line Trolley Museum, 17 River Street. Enjoy the holiday lights display while riding a cozy, heated trolley. Admission: Adults $8, seniors $6, children (2-15) $4. 6 9 pm. (203) 467-6927

December 5-6, 12-13, 19-20 - East Haven
Santa on the Trolley. Shore Line Trolley Museum, 17 River St. Ride cozy, heated trolleys to visit Santa and see model train layouts. Each child receives a gift, refreshments, and unlimited rides. 10:30 am -5 pm. $6, children (2-15) $4. (203) 467-6927

December 5-6 – Westbrook
"Messiah" St. Mark Church, 222 McVeagh Rd. 100 voice chorus, with professional orchestra and soloist, directed by Barry Asch. Admission Charged. Sat. 8 pm, Sun. 3 .m. (860) 434-9135

December 6 - Ansonia
Papoose Parade. Ansonia Nature Center, 10 Deerfield Road. Keeping warm and Healthy! This is an easy hike with your little ones in a back or front pack. Enjoy outdoor exercise and fresh air. 2 pm. FREE. www.ansonianaturecenter.org (203) 736-1053

December 6 – Clinton
14th Annual Christmas in Clinton. Clinton Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with several civic organizations, will host the 14th annual Christmas in Clinton. A wide variety of activities are planned along East and West Main Street with Santa arriving at Andrews Memorial Town Hall and the lighting of the Christmas tree at 4:30 p.m. Petting Zoo from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m., Pierson School. Christmas Bazaar by Shoreline Community Women. 2-6 pm. www.clintonct.com (860) 669-3889

December 6 – Guilford
Festival of Lights. Women & Family Life Center, 96 Fair Street. In partnership with the PJ Library of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, welcome the holiday season and learn about Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights. Children and families are welcome to join the fun, stories, music, crafts and sufganiyot (doughnuts!). 2 - 4 pm. Free. www.womenandfamilylifecenter.org (203) 458-6699

December 6 – Hamden
Holiday Hike & Social. Sleeping Giant State Park, off Rte. 10. A hour-and-a-half hike, wear comfortable shoes, bring snacks and water. Free. Hike begins at 1:30, social and caroling 3 pm. (203) 272-7841

December 6 – Middlebury
Santa & Mrs. Claus. Golden Age of Trucking Museum, 1101 Southford Rd. Santa and Mrs. Clause arrive in their antique truck with a gift for each child, get your picture taken with Santa, holiday craft making, cookies and caroling. 1-3 pm. Family, $20, adults $7, seniors $7, children $5, 2 and under free. (203) 577-2181

And let's not forget about these ongoing December events!

Ongoing - February 14 - Essex
Holiday Train Show Exhibit. Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main St. Features an operating model railroad that is bigger and better than ever and promises to bring out the child in everyone. Admission: Adults $8, seniors $7, children (6-12) $5, under 6 free. Tue.-Sun. 10 AM - 5 PM. www.ctrivermuseum.org 860-767-8269

Ongoing - December 31 - New Haven
Fantasy of Lights. Lighthouse Park, Lighthouse Rd. Drive through an enchanting land of sparkling lights and spectacular holiday light displays. Delights children and adults of all ages. Sun.-Thu. 5 pm - 9 pm, Fri. and Sat. 5 pm -10 pm. Admission: Vehicles $10; mini-bus $25, bus $50. (203) 777-2000

Ongoing - December 24 – New Haven
Celebration of American Crafts Holiday Exhibition. Creative Arts Workshop, 80 Audubon St. Holiday exhibition and sale of fine contemporary crafts by more than 300 artists from across the America. Features glass, pottery, jewelry, fibers, wood furnishings and more. Mon.-Sat. 11 AM-6 PM, Thu. 11 AM- 8 PM, Sun. 1-5 PM, Dec. 24 11 AM-2 PM. Free. 203-562-4927

Ongoing - December 31 - Oakdale
The 12 Dinosaurs of Christmas at The Dinosaur Place, 1650 Hartford New London Tpke (Rte. 85). View dinosaurs in ways unlike any other and spend quality time with the family during the holiday season. 11 AM - 4 PM, weekends only Nov. 27-Dec. 20, daily Dec. 26-31. www.thedinosaurplace.com 860-443-4367

Ongoing - January 10 – Old Lyme
The Magic of Christmas: A Holiday Celebration. Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St. Miss Florence Artist Trees decorated with the work of more than 100 artists from across the country, themed Fantasy Trees, and the historic house decorated for a 1910 Christmas. Admission: Adults $9, seniors $8, students $7, children (12 and under) free. Tue.-Sat. 10 AM-5 PM, Sun. 1 PM-5 PM www.florencegriswoldmuseum.org 860- 434-5542

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

OWC Playgroup This Week

We just received word from the church that they will need our usual playgroup space on Friday to set up for their holiday fair this weekend. We thought that, rather than cancel playgroup altogether, we would just plan to meet at Bassett Park and make this a BYOSnack day. So far, the weather report says it should be clear, but pretty chilly. Hopefully it will stay that way! If the forecast changes, I'll be sure to post an update.

For those of you who are new to playgroup, Bassett Park (aka Larry's Playground) is located on the corner of Waite St. and Ridge Rd. To view a map, click here. We'll set up at the picnic bench by the sandbox.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Holiday Family Fun and Book Fair!

UNITED COMMUNITY NURSERY SCHOOL'S
19th Annual Holiday
FAMILY FUN & BOOK FAIR
Saturday, Dec 5th
10:00am - 2:30pm

GIANT SILENT AUCTION
HUGE SCHOLASTIC BOOK SALE

ENTERTAINMENT
includes:
Lonesome Sparrows w/ James velvet and Johnny Memphis (folk/roots)
Dean Falcone from the Shellye Valuskas Experience (pop/rock)
Chris Arnott & Friends (comedy and ukulele)
The Mangold Heisers (music and dance)
Roxi Fox Holiday Puppet Show
Tyler Trudeau (pop/rock)
The Wayfarers (folk)

Craftmaking for kids, lunch, bake sale, and more!

323 Temple Street
$4 admission ages 2 and up - covers all entertainment and craftmaking

All proceeds benefit the non-profit children's programs at United Community Nursery School

Sandbox Threads Week Long Sale!

For those of you who don't know, Sandbox Threads is a fantastic online store, started by a stay-at-home dad who was tired of searching high and low for cool clothes for his son. We are big, big fans!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

City of New Haven Tree Lighting!

After posting about the Upper State Street Tree Lighting, I thought I'd better find out when New Haven is having their annual tree lighting. It's a good thing I did, because it is this week!

The City of New Haven will present its annual holiday tree lighting ceremony on the historic Green Thursday, December 3. The free family-fun event kicks off downtown’s holiday season at 5:30pm with live performances by Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School, Fair Haven School and Unity Boys Choir. The program will be co-hosted by WTNH News Channel 8/MyTV 9’s own Gil Simmons and Desiree Fontaine. Santa, Ronald McDonald and other special guests will lend a hand to illuminate the tree.

From 4-8pm there will be a host of free activities for children to enjoy– carousel rides, tug & train rides, letter writing to Santa with an express mail box for deliveries to the North Pole and the opportunity to be part of the “Alpine Safari” by riding on one of four mechanical animals, free of charge. There will also be holiday crafts, popcorn and free hayrides around the Green for all to enjoy. After the tree is lit, children can visit and take photos with Santa until 7:30PM.

For more information, click here.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Tree Lighting!

Upper State Street-New Haven is hosting a tree lighting festival You're invited! It's the 2nd Annual Upper State Street Tree Lighting! Join us Wed, Dec.2@5:30~State and East St by Chestnut Fine Foods~for holiday cheer! Come, come one and all!

Santa will be joining us to light the TREE (rumor has it the reindeer have been replaced and he'll be riding in on a firetruck!)...plus enjoy live holiday music and plenty of holiday sweet treats, compliments of Chestnut Fine Foods.

And help others in our community while you're celebrating!
Donations of non-perishable food items are appreciated and will be collected at the tree lighting. OR drop off your donations at L'Orcio restaurant during business hours. (203) 777-6670 All donations will support the Community Soup Kitchen.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

What's Going On This Thanksgiving Weekend?

Just in case any of you can peel your bodies off the sofa after stuffing yourselves silly...

November 27-January 9 - New Haven
The Eli Whitney Museum's annual hands on exhibition of American Flyer Trains opens Friday November 27th at noon. Classic toy trains produced by New Haven's A.C. Gilbert Company that still run beautifully after 50 years. Admission: Free Wooden trains to contruct: $9 American Flyer Curator: Walter Zawalich Principal Artist: Hunter Nesbitt Spence Principal Model Maker: Mike Dunn A.C. Gilbert purchased, redesigned and produced American Flyer trains relatively late in his career. It was also relatively late in the history of American railroads. Airports and highways were reshaping American geography. Gilbert’s trains recollected past power and glory of rail. Gilbert's trains recollected the power and glory of his life. Our Holiday Train Exhibit will follow that journey.

November 7-December 24 – New Haven
Celebration of American Crafts Holiday Exhibition. Creative Arts Workshop, 80 Audubon St. Holiday exhibition and sale of fine contemporary crafts by more than 300 artists from across the America. Features glass, pottery, jewelry, fibers, wood furnishings and more. Mon.-Sat. 11 AM-6 PM, Thu. 11 AM- 8 PM, Sun. 1-5 PM, Dec. 24 11 AM-2 PM. Free. 203-562-4927

November 19-December 31 – New Haven
Fantasy of Lights, Lighthouse Park, Lighthouse Rd. Drive through an enchanting land of sparkling lights and spectacular holiday light displays. Delights children and adults of all ages. Admission: Vehicles $10; mini-bus $25, bus $50. Sun.-Thu. 5-9 PM., Fri. and Sat. 5-10 PM. 203-777-2000

November 20-February 14 - Essex
Holiday Train Show Exhibit. Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main St. Features an operating model railroad that is bigger and better than ever and promises to bring out the child in everyone. Admission: Adults $8, seniors $7, children (6-12) $5, under 6 free. Tue.-Sun. 10 AM - 5 PM. www.ctrivermuseum.org 860-767-8269

November 21-January 10 – Old Lyme
The Magic of Christmas: A Holiday Celebration. Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St. Miss Florence Artist Trees decorated with the work of more than 100 artists from across the country, themed Fantasy Trees, and the historic house decorated for a 1910 Christmas. Admission: Adults $9, seniors $8, students $7, children (12 and under) free. Tue.-Sat. 10 AM-5 PM, Sun. 1 PM-5 PM www.florencegriswoldmuseum.org 860- 434-5542

November 26 - Branford
Rotary Y Run & Walk 5K at Walsh Intermediate School, Damascus Road. Flat course with picturesque views of a golf course and town park. Starts at 8:30 AM. 203-481-5933

November 27-December 12 - Middletown
Wesleyan Potters Exhibit & Sale, 350 South Main St. One of the oldest juried craft show in the country, highlighting work by its members plus more than 200 talented American artisans in every craft field. Daily 10 AM-5 PM, Thu. & Fri. 10 AM-8 PM. Free. www.wesleyanpotters.com 860-347-5925

November 27-28 - Mystic
Field Days at Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Ave. (Rte. 27). Participate in 19th-century games, make crafts in the Children's Museum and explore the autumn sky under the planetarium dome. 10 AM-4 PM. Museum admission. 888-973-2767

November 27-December 31 - Oakdale
The 12 Dinosaurs of Christmas at The Dinosaur Place, 1650 Hartford New London Tpke (Rte. 85). View dinosaurs in ways unlike any other and spend quality time with the family during the holiday season. 11 AM - 4 PM, weekends only Nov. 27-Dec. 20, daily Dec. 26-31. www.thedinosaurplace.com 860-443-4367

November 28-29, Dec. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20 – East Haven
Holiday Lights on the Trolley. Shore Line Trolley Museum, 17 River St. Enjoy the holiday lights display while riding a cozy, heated trolley. Adults $8, seniors $6, children (2-15) $4. 6 PM-9 PM. 203-467-6927

November 29 - Essex
Trees in the Rigging. Town Hall & Connecticut River Museum, Main St. Event includes traditional lantern-lit stroll down Main Street joined by a parade of antique cards and the Sailing Master of 1812 Fife and Drum Corps. Followed by a lighted boat parade and a visit from Santa. 4:30 PM. Free. www.ctrivermuseum.org 860-767-8269

November 29 – Orange
Wagon Rides with Santa at Maple View Farm, 603 Orange Center Rd. Enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride with Santa at this historic farm along with hot chocolate and cookies. 10 AM-4 PM. $5. 203-799-6495

Monday, November 23, 2009

Family Day At Yale!

YALE UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUMS HOST A SPECIAL DAY FOR FAMILIES
Two Museums, Twice the Fun

WHAT
The Yale University Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art invites the public to a special Family Day

WHEN
Sunday, December 6, 1:00-3:30 PM

WHERE
Yale University Art Gallery
1111 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT 06511
203.432.0600
Artgallery.yale.edu

And

Yale Center for British Art
1080 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06511
203.432.2800
Ycba.yale.edu

DESCRIPTION
The Yale University Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art invites families to a special day to participate in art-making activities, storytelling, and tours for children ages 4-10. Light refreshments will be served.

WHO
Everyone is invited; activities are aimed toward young children and families. FREE

Calling All Parents!

I've recently come across a number of restaurants in the area who offer one of the most magical, magnificent menu possibilities ever: Kids Eat Free. It has occurred to me that there are probably several places that offer this special treat to families, which is why I've decided to put together a list to post on NHK blog.

If you know of any CT restaurants where Kids Eat Free, please leave a comment or send us an email at newhavenkids@gmail.com and we'll add it to the list. Thank you!

ps
Please include all restaurants--anything and everything from fancy schmancy to Boston Market (which is on the list, by the way).

The Bowen’s 1887 Christmas Celebration

Woodstock, Connecticut - Roseland Cottage conducts its eighth annual holiday tour of the museum on Sunday, December 6, 12:00-4:00 p.m. Admission is free. Donations are welcomed.

This special tour highlights the traditions, food and festivities that were a part of the Bowen family holiday celebration. During this once-a-year program, costumed interpreters lead visitors through the first-floor of the museum, decorated with the finest Victorian trimmings, and share holiday stories from the written accounts of the Bowen family Christmas of 1887. In the adjacent Carriage Barn, the Roseland Cottage gift shop is open, and refreshments and readings from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol are available.

Appointments for group tours (10 or more people) of the holiday-decorated museum can made through January 10 for a fee of $5 per person. Call 860-928-4074 for more information.

New this year – The Woodstock Academy’s Project Graduation Committee holds a holiday sale in the Roseland Cottage carriage barn. Wreaths, holiday treats and baked good are available. All proceeds from the sale support the Woodstock Academy’s 2010 “Class Night" celebration, an all night, chaperoned, substance-free celebration for the graduating seniors.

Roseland Cottage, located at 556 Route 169 in Woodstock, Connecticut, is one of thirty-six properties owned and operated by Historic New England. For more information visit www.HistoricNewEngland.org or call Roseland Cottage at 860-928-4074.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Last Minute Addition To Weekend Plans!

2009 UBS Parade Spectacular!
Presented by Stamford Town Center and The Advocate
November 22, 2009, 12 noon in Stamford Downtown

From what I hear, this is a giant balloon parade, not unlike those in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Last year, there was an enormous turnout (around 100,000 people) so you might want to get there early!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Free Thursday Evening At Stepping Stones!

Thursday, November 19th
Get Into It! FREE -- The Road to Healthyville!
Children learn how food gives their bodies energy to be active and grow strong. Through hands-on interactive games, children will learn about the different food groups and building a healthy meal. Activities include Growing up Fit and Healthy story time, playing the Fruits and Vegetables Matching Game and building a skeleton. Sponsored by GE Capital Real Estate. Enjoy FREE admission to Stepping Stones Museum from 5:00-8:00.

What's Going On This Weekend?

November 19-December 31 – New Haven
Fantasy of Lights, Lighthouse Park, Lighthouse Rd. Drive through an enchanting land of sparkling lights and spectacular holiday light displays. Delights children and adults of all ages. Admission: Vehicles $10; mini-bus $25, bus $50. Sun.-Thu. 5-9 PM., Fri. and Sat. 5-10 PM. 203-777-2000

November 20-February 14 - Essex
Holiday Train Show Exhibit. Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main St. Features an operating model railroad that is bigger and better than ever and promises to bring out the child in everyone. Admission: Adults $8, seniors $7, children (6-12) $5, under 6 free. Tue.-Sun. 10 AM - 5 PM. www.ctrivermuseum.org 860-767-8269

November 21 - New Haven
The CT Children's Museum presents Saturdays at 2. This week's book is "Stone Soup" by Marcia Brown, and read by Max Malmquist, Teacher.

November 21 - Norwalk
Stepping Stones Museum presents: Tellebration! Join Ann Shapiro and Marcia Hupp from the Connecticut Storytelling Center as they share stories about Australia. This program is part of Tellebration!, a statewide event celebrating the joy of story. 2:30-3:15 pm.

November 21-22 - Branford/Guilford/Madison
Shoreline Arts Trail Open Studio Weekend. 40 artists open their studios to display their work. Maps available at each studio and each town library, the Guilford Arts Center. Free. 10 AM-4 PM. 203-481-3505

November 21- Meriden
Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair. Augusta Curtis Cultural Center, 175 East Main St. Enjoy an artistic extravaganza of arts, crafts and baked goods all for sale. Free. 10 AM-9 PM. 203-639-2856

November 21-January 10 – Old Lyme
The Magic of Christmas: A Holiday Celebration. Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St. Miss Florence Artist Trees decorated with the work of more than 100 artists from across the country, themed Fantasy Trees, and the historic house decorated for a 1910 Christmas. Admission: Adults $9, seniors $8, students $7, children (12 and under) free. Tue.-Sat. 10 AM-5 PM, Sun. 1 PM-5 PM www.florencegriswoldmuseum.org 860- 434-5542

November 21 - Waterbury
Mini Holiday Greek Food Festival, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 937 Chase Pkwy. Greek food, pastries and music. Free. 11 AM- 7 PM. 203-754-5189

November 22 - Guilford
Art Together Family Workshop: Pinch Pot Favors. Guilford Art Center, Route 77. Spend time with family & friends one Sunday per month & discover your creative side together. We provide the materials, you decide what to create and bring your art home. This week, decorate your Thanksgiving table with candy-filled clay place markers. 1-2:30 PM. $8 per person; registration required. 203-453-5947

November 22 – Waterbury
"Ode to Joy". Fine Arts Center at Naugatuck Valley Community College, 750 Chase Pkwy. The Waterbury Symphony Orchestra presents Beethoven's Symphony #9, composed by the great master near the end of his career. 3 PM. Admission: $5-$40. www.waterburysymphony.org 203-574-4283

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

What's Going On This Weekend?

November 13 - Norwalk
Family Fun Night with Winnie the Pooh! Join us for an evening of fun for the whole family with Winnie the Pooh. Evening includes dinner, hands-on activities, storytime and a photo with Winnie the Pooh. Members $10/person. Non-members $12/person. Children under one are free. Call 203.899.0606, ext. 247 or go to steppingstonesmuseum.org for reservations. 6:00-8:30 pm.

November 14 – New Haven
Imagination Movers. Shubert Theatre, 247 College Street. Live From The Idea Warehouse Tour. With a hit Disney Channel series geared towards preschoolers and a newly released Walt Disney Records CD under their belt, the wildly popular kid-pop quartet Imagination Movers will launch “Live From The Idea Warehouse Tour,” their first-ever U.S. concert theater tour! This all-new stage show is based on the hit "Imagination Movers" TV show which airs on Disney Channel's Playhouse Disney. 203-562-5666

November 14 - New Haven
The CT Children's Museum presents Saturdays at 2. This week's book is "I Know an Old Lady who Swallowed a Pie" by Alison Jackson and performed by George Melillo, Musician.

November 14-Brooklyn, CT
Turkey Time at Creamery Brook Bison, 19 Purvis Rd. Take a wagon ride to the bison. Warm up after with hot cider and cookies (children get to decorate them). Complete the day with a turkey demonstration project for children 12 years and under. Admission: $9. www.creamerybrookbison.net 860-779-0837

November 14 - Fairfield
Holiday Train Show Model Building. Hobby Town USA, 847 Post Rd. Build and paint a wooden model train building which will be displayed in Christmas Town as part of the Fairfield Museum's Holiday Express Train Show. 10 AM-2 PM. Admission: $15. 203-259-1598

November 14 and 15 - Essex
Day out with Thomas! 9 am - 4 pm. Take a 25 minute ride on a full sized Thomas the Tank Engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt, enjoy storytelling, live music and much more! Tickets $18 for ages 2 and up.

November 14 - Norwalk
Special storytimes with Winnie the Pooh at Stepping Stones Museum. 11:30-12:00 and 2:30-3:00.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Maclaren Stroller Recall

Apparently 1 million Maclaren strollers were recalled today for a faulty hinge that actually lopped off tiny kid fingers. Comforting, huh? If you are wondering what you should do if you have one of the recalled models (Volo, Triumph, Quest Sport, Quest Mod, Techno XT, Techno XLR, Twin Triumph, Twin Techno and Easy Traveller), Maclaren is telling people to immediately stop using the product and contact them to obtain a kit which includes hinge covers.

To read more about the recall, visit the Maclaren website. There you will find the contact info to obtain your kit.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

For Your Budding Astronauts

I found this cool website that tells you when you can watch the space shuttle fly by. Click Here and select your city. Once you do that, you'll find a list of dates and the times when you'll be able to see the shuttle. It even gives you the coordinates and the duration of time it will be visible. Here is New Haven's Schedule.

FYI: From what I hear, you should try to find a date and time with a longer duration, because it can be difficult to spot. It has been described as a bright horizontal line that looks larger than a plane and moves quickly and steadily.

Pretty cool, huh? Anyone know if the Yale telescopes might be open to the public so we can get an even better view?

UPDATE!

Thanks so much to NHK reader sbj for this tip:

Yale Observatory is open every Tuesday night, with viewings through telescope, weather permitting. See: http://www.astro.yale.edu/observatory/welcome

That would mean the next date would be Nov 17 when shuttle visible


And just to clarify, you don't need a telescope to see the shuttle, but it is sure to give you a better view!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

What's Going On This Weekend?

November 6-8 - Madison
4th Annual Fair Earth Bazaar at the Mercy Center at Madison, 167 Neck Road. New England's largest Fair Trade marketplace, offering thousands of unique, beautiful and reasonably priced items--jewelry, accessories, baskets, clothing, home goods, food and much more. Handcrafted by artisans in dozens of developing nations in Africa, the Pacific Rim, Asia, the Middle East, Central and South America, all items will be Fair Trade, ensuring that workers enjoy fair wages and fair working conditions. Come and shop the world at Mercy Center. Friday, 4-8 PM, Saturday 9 AM-5 PM, Sunday 11 AM-3 PM. Admission $5.00. www.mercybythesea.org 203-245-0401

Novermber 7 - New Haven
The CT Children's Museum presents Saturdays at 2. This week's book is "The Doorbell Rang" by Pat Hutchins, and performed by Children’s Theater Stage & Story Troupe.

November 7 - Branford
Holiday Fair and Silent Auction 2009. The United Methodist Church, 811 East Main Street. SILENT AUCTION, BRAND NEW Kids’ Corner, Everyone’s Favorite Granny’s Cellar/Treasures and Bake shoppe. Branford Police “Smoke Trailer” & Police Officer Ron Washington with “Kid Care ID” umcbranford@snet.net WWW.GBGM-UMC.ORG/UMCBRANFORD 8am to 2pm Free or 203-488-0549
November 7-December 24 – New Haven
Celebration of American Crafts Holiday Exhibition. Creative Arts Workshop, 80 Audubon St. Holiday exhibition and sale of fine contemporary crafts by more than 300 artists from across the America. Features glass, pottery, jewelry, fibers, wood furnishings and more. Mon.-Sat. 11 AM-6 PM, Thu. 11 AM- 8 PM, Sun. 1-5 PM, Dec. 24 11 AM-2 PM. Free. 203-562-4927

November 7 – Oxford
Arts & Crafts Show. Oxford Center School, Rte. 67. Juried show featuring all original and handmade, refreshments. Free. 10 AM -4 PM. 203- 888-0363

November 7 - Norwalk
Stepping Stones Museum presents Creative Kids.Learn about the Aboriginal people from Australia through their distinctive art style. 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

November 8 - Norwalk
Help us grow! Join us for the first Stepping Stones Step & Stroll-a-Thon to raise funds and show your support for the museum’s Growing Together Community Campaign. 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

November 8 – Hamden
Fall Hikers’ Hike at Sleeping Giant State Park off Rte. 10. A strenuous hike over rough terrain, suggested for experience hikers only. 10 AM. Free. 203-272-7841

November 8 - Madison
Open House. The Country School, 341 Opening Hill Rd. The Country School is a coeducational independent school for Preschool children to Grade 8. See for yourself how our exceptional and dedicated faculty give our students an education that lasts a lifetime! Free 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
www.thecountryschool.org admission@thecountryschool.org 203-421-3113

November 8 - Windsor Locks
Women Take Flight. New England Air Museum, 36 Perimeter Rd. (Rte. 75). Meet women in all fields of aviation. Presentations, short films and spend time talking with women who work in the aviation industry. Food vendors on site all day. 10 AM-5 PM. Adults $10, seniors $9, children (4-11) $5, 3 and under free. www.neam.org 860- 623-3305

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Happy Birthday To Us!



I just realized that New Haven Kids is one year old today! Here's to many more!

What's Going On This Weekend?

October 29-November 1 - Bridgeport
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents “OVER THE TOP”. Arena at Harbor Yard, 600 Main Street. A wacky and whimsical circus spectacular where dogs fly, Asian elephants skip, hop and groove and one courageous man stands eye-to-eye with a pack of powerful Bengal tigers. Circus Celebrities help rev-up the motorcycle madness featuring one cycle on a high wire and seven speeding riders in a Globe of Steel. Extraordinary aerial acts fill the arena sky with a rare double-decker trapeze and Chinese acrobats propelling through the air. And, with the audience participation, this circus really goes OVER THE TOP. www.arenaatharboryard.com Come one hour early to meet our animals and performers at the All Access pre-show - FREE to all ticketholders! www.arenaatharboryard.com 203-345-2400

October 30 - New Haven
Friday Night Fright Flick at East Rock Park! Join us on Friday October 30th at 7:00 p.m. to watch a DOUBLE FEATURE! "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" & "Nightmare Before Christmas"! The movies will be shown on College Park at the corner of Orange and Cold Spring Streets. COME IN COSTUME! Especially the kids! We will have a parade before showing the movie. ALL children in costume will receive a goody bag!Brought to you by SoHu New Haven.

October 30 - Chester
Halloween Pumpkin Festival and Parade, Main Street, Chester Center. Halloween Pumpkin Festival and Parade. Pumpkin carving contest along with Costumed Art Gallery Openings. www.visit-chester.com 860-526-2077

October 31 - Branford
Our favorite event of the year has been rescheduled for Halloween day! Touch-a-Truck. United Way of Greater New Haven/Town of Branford Touch-A-Truck. Branford High School, 185 East Main Street, Branford. Event provides the opportunity for children to get up close and personal with their favorite vehicles in a safe and protected environment. Admission: Donation of diapers to be distributed to various non-profits. Time: 10 AM-2 PM. www.uwgnh.org 203-772-2010

October 31 – New Haven
The Natural History of Witches and Wizards: A Peabody Halloween. Yale Peabody Museum, Whitney Avenue. Live owls, snakes, spiders and more! Join us for our annual celebration of some of the animals and nature-based traditions associated with Halloween. Most nocturnal animals, often on the witch's brew ingredient list, are remarkably adapted to darkness, functioning just as easily as we can in daylight. Come learn about these "spooky" animals, among them spiders and snakes. And don't miss some of the strangest-looking specimens, from our collection rooms, that rarely see the light of day. We'll have mask-making and other fun activities for kids. For a complete schedule, visit www.peabody.yale.edu/events closer to the date. 10 AM-4 PM. See you there! www.yale.edu/peabody 203-432-5050

November 1 – Fairfield
"Seussical". Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield University, 1073 North Benson Rd. Dr. Seuss's tales hit the stage in this unforgettable musical adventure by Broadway veterans Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. 1 PM & 3 PM. www.quickcenter.com Call for tickets. 203-254-4010

November 1 - Meriden
Pumpkins, Pumpkins and More Pumpkins. Solomon Goffe House, 677 North Colony St. The ladies of the house will be baking on the hearth a variety of pumpkin dishes. Admission: $2. 1:30-4:30 PM. 203-634-9088

Friday, October 23, 2009

Don't Forget!!! OWC Tag Sale and Bake Sale Tomorrow!

The OWC Playgroup Tag Sale and Bake Sale is tomorrow!
9:00-2:00. Rain or Shine!!!

FYI: The forecast calls for rain, so the plan is to have it inside the church, in the basement. Come in the main entrance and immediately turn right to go down the stairs.

I was there setting up this morning and there is a ton of great stuff for sale! (I was tempted to buy it all).

There is a ton of baby stuff and kids stuff! Clothes, toys, books, cds, dvds + videos, strollers + gear, maternity wear and MUCH more!

They will also be raffling off fantastic items, such as Music Together classes, kids' yoga classes and beauty treatments!

Coffee and baked goods will be for sale from 9:00 am on, so come have some breakfast and SHOP!

The First Baptist Church, located on the corner of Livingston and Edwards Streets in New Haven's East Rock neighborhood.

If you have any questions, please contact OWC Playgroup at owcplaygroup@gmail.com .

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Climate Change Rally

Come to the New Haven Green for a climate change rally this Saturday, October 24th. If you're worried about climate change, please consider stopping by to show your
support! Rain or Shine! (They will use the roofed stage on the green for sheltering kids and art projects, in the event of rain.)

Where: New Haven Green
When: Saturday 3-5pm
What: Rally to raise awareness about climate change

Main Event:
At 3:50 PM the coalition of rally organizers will help to form a large
"350" comprised of participants standing in formation across the
Green. This display will be photographed from above, posted on the
www.350.org website, and sent to elected officials to draw attention
to the long term goal of returning the earth's atmosphere to 350 ppm
carbon dioxide following the clean energy transition.

Also Featuring:
Live music, free coffee donated by Blue State, baked goods donated by
SoNo Baking Company, facepainting and art-projects for kids, and
speeches and information from local environmental groups.

Why 350?:
Scientists say that 350 parts per million carbon dioxide in the
atmosphere is the safe limit for humanity. The bad news is we are
currently at 390 ppm. The good news is there are lots of ways we can
return the atmosphere to below the safe limit. More information at
www.350.org.

What's Going On This Weekend?

Don't forget about the OWC Playgroup Tag Sale and Bake Sale!
Saturday, Oct. 24th from 9:00-2:00. Rain or Shine!!!
The First Baptist Church, located on the corner of Livingston and Edwards Streets in New Haven's East Rock neighborhood.
Tons of baby stuff and kids stuff! Clothes, toys, books, cds, dvds + videos, strollers + gear, maternity wear and MUCH more!
They will also be raffling off fantastic items, such as Music Together classes, kids' yoga classes and beauty treatments!
This is a sale not to be missed. Donations accepted! If you have any questions, please contact OWC Playgroup at owcplaygroup@gmail.com .

Also going on this weekend:

October 24 - Ansonia
Autumn Fest. Ansonia Nature & Recreation Center, 10 Deerfield La. Features hay rides with a storyteller, crafts, pumpkin carving, hay maze and nature programs, refreshments. 10 AM-4 PM. Free admission. 203-736-1053

October 24 - Ivoryton
Ivortyon Village Pumpkin Festival on the Ivoryton Green. Public is encouraged to get creative with their pumpkin carving. Registration takes place on the Ivoryton Green from 9 AM-1 PM. Pumpkins then will be displayed from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. In the past, the event had more than 250 Jack-O-Lanterns decorating the Green. Entertainment and haunted woods. Free admission. 860-767-4340

October 24 - Madison
Songs For Uganda. Daniel Hand High School, 286 Green Hill Road. This benefit concert features the award winning a cappella group from DHHS "Encore," singer Kailin Garrity, and a spotlight on the Destiny Africa Children's Choir from Kampala, Uganda. Drums, dance, songs, raffle prizes and FUN! All proceeds benefit the work of nonprofit, Call To Care Uganda, and will also be shared with the orphans in the children's choir. A night of culture and fun...while helping other children globally! Special guest host for the evening is WTNH's Desiree Fontaine.6:30PM
$7 suggested donation www.calltocareuganda.org (203) 245-3932

October 24 - Middlebury
Harvest Festival at the Golden Age of Trucking Museum, 1101 Southford Rd. Pumpkin patch, decorate a pumpkin, costume parade, Dimples the Clown will be there, refreshments and truck rides. 11 AM - 3 PM. Adults $8, seniors $7, children $5, $20 family. 203-577-2181

October 24-25 - Shelton
24th annual UNICEF Children’s Festival. Jones Family Farms, 130 Beardsley Road. One of our most exciting weekends. Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes, get their faces painted, and take part in gourd tosses, pumpkin decorating, sing-a longs, wagon rides, and other fun activities. www.jonesfamilyfarms.com 203-929-8425

October 25 - Bridgeport
Boo at the Zoo: Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Avenue. This spooktacular afternoon includes music, harvest hay rides, face painters, our Scarecrow competition, and Haunted Farmyard, which is guaranteed to delight and fright all those who pass through!!! If you are under 12, in costume and are accompanied by a paying adult, you get in to the Zoo for FREE! “Boo at the Zoo” is free with admission to the Zoo. Noon – 3:00 P.M. www.beardsleyzoo.org 203-394-6565

October 25 - Guilford
Art Together Family Workshop: Making Masks, Guilford Art Center, Route 77. Spend time with family & friends one Sunday per month & discover your creative side together. We provide the materials, you decide what to create & bring your art home. This week, create your own mask & be the hit of your Halloween party/trick or treating. 1-2:30 PM. $8 per person; registration required. 203-453-5947

October 25 - Higganum
Pumpkin Run 5K. Higganum Green. 5K kids' run. Race begins 1 p.m. Free. www.hartfordmarathon.com 860-652-8866

Sunday, October 18, 2009

New Babies Class Added To Music Together!

Music Together "Babies Class" - Infants under 8 months:

The "Babies" class will start on Weds Oct 21st at 10:30am and will run for 8 weeks, at the First Presbyterian Church, 704 Whitney Ave, New Haven.

For more details, please call 203-691-9759, or visit us on the web at www.MusicalFolk.com

Every child’s music development benefits from early exposure to music and movement. Because the early months are so important, Music Together offers a one-semester introduction to Music Together. The music activities and materials are specially designed for parents who want to learn as much as possible about music development in infants. Meet other parents of newborns and learn some fascinating music activities you can recreate at home with your baby.

Friday, October 16, 2009

OWC Tag Sale Postponed!

Due to the weather forecast, OneWorld Community Playgroup has decided to move the sale to the rain date of Saturday,Oct. 24th from 9:00am to 2:00 pm. If it should rain again next Saturday, the tag sale will be moved inside. So it will happen on that date no matter what! By the way, I was there this morning as people dropped things off and there are some really great things coming in!

Everything else stays the same:
The First Baptist Church, located on the corner of Livingston and Edwards Streets in New Haven's East Rock neighborhood.
Tons of baby stuff and kids stuff! Clothes, toys, books, cds, dvds + videos, strollers + gear, maternity wear and MUCH more!
They will also be raffling off fantastic items, such as a 10-week semester of Music Together classes! And a month of kids' yoga classes from Blend!
This is a sale not to be missed.
Donations accepted!
If you have any questions, please contact OWC Playgroup at owcplaygroup@gmail.com .

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

What's Going On This Weekend?

First of all, don't forget about the OWC Playgroup Tag Sale and Bake Sale!
Saturday, Oct. 17th (rain date: Oct. 24th) from 9:00am to 2:00 pm.
The First Baptist Church, located on the corner of Livingston and Edwards Streets in New Haven's East Rock neighborhood.
Tons of baby stuff and kids stuff! Clothes, toys, books, cds, dvds + videos, strollers + gear, maternity wear and MUCH more!
They will also be raffling off fantastic items, such as a 10-week semester of Music Together classes! And a month of kids' yoga classes from Blend!
This is a sale not to be missed.
Donations accepted!
If you have any questions, please contact OWC Playgroup at owcplaygroup@gmail.com .

What else is going on this weekend?

October 16-17, 22-24, 28-29 - Old Saybrook
Old SayBrOOk Fire Dept 12th Annual Haunted Hayride, Clark Memorial (Fireman's) Field, 210 Elm Street & Ingham Hill Rd. All year long, the volunteer fire department puts out fires, but during Halloween, its volunteers ignite a "blaze" of scary proportions for all to enjoy. A possessed tractor-drawn hay wagon leads visitors into the deep, dark, demented woods of Scary Old SayBrOOk. For more than 40 minutes, you will venture into the ghastly world of ghosts, goblins, and ghouls. In the eerie fog, you'll be frightened by the bone-chilling sounds of creatures of the night. 7 PM. Adults $10, Children under 12 - $5.00 www.oldsaybrookfire.com 860-857-5300

October 16-17, 23-24 - Norwalk
Monster Mash. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Mathews Park, 303 West Ave. Come in costume and celebrate this "spooktacular" party with live animals, art activities, a Halloween maze, tasty treats, games, dancing and storytelling. 6-8 PM. Admission: $12 per person, children (under one) free. www.steppingstonesmuseum.org 203-899-0606

October 17 & 18 - New Haven
American Girl Fashion Shows to Benefit the James Blackstone Memorial Library. Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale, 155 Temple Street. The American Girl Fashion Show is a fun-filled event for girls and their families, friends and favorite dolls! Celebrate the experience of being a girl, whether yesterday or today, through a colorful presentation of historical and contemporary fashions. Enjoy refreshments and a marketplace! 2 shows/day. $40 general, $50 for VIP seats www.uwgnh.org/americangirlfs 203-488-1441 x 325

October 17 – Guilford
Guilford Civic Women´s Harvest Festival on the Guilford Green. Fun for the Whole Family: Crafts Fair, Children's Games, Silent Auction, click here for details on our Beautiful Baby and Precious Pets contest, Food, Pizza, Burgers, etc, and of course…our FAMOUS APPLE CRISP. 10 AM – 4 PM. www.guilfordcivicwomen.com

October 17 - Killingworth
FAAN's "Walk for Food Allergy", Chatfield Hollow State Park. 12 PM start time, registration starts at 11 AM. The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network is sponsoring their 6th annual Walkathon to increase awareness about food allergies and to raise money for research and education. www.foodallergy.org
203-910-3472

October 16-17, 23-24 - East Haven
Graveyard Express at Shore Line Trolley Museum, 17 River St. Spooky, fun Halloween trolley ride after dark. Come in costume and expect the unexpected. Admission: $10, if in costume $8. 6:30-9:30 PM. 203-467-6927

October 17-18, 24-25 - Brooklyn
Pumpkin Hayride. Creamery Brook Bison, 19 Purvis Rd. Take a covered wagon ride to see the bison. On the way back at the pumpkin patch, pick your own pumpkin. You can decorate the pumpkin back at the farm. Sat. 11 AM, Sun. 1:30 PM. Admission: $10. 860-779-0837

October 17-18, 24-25 - East Haven
Pumpkin Patch at the Shore Line Trolley Museum, 17 River St. Ride the trolley to the pumpkin patch, children select a pumpkin to decorate. Unlimited trolley rides, refreshments and more. 11 AM-4 PM. Admission: Adults $8, seniors $6, children (2-15) $5. 203-467-6927

October 17 – New Haven
Earth Science Rocks! Yale Peabody Museum, Whitney Avenue. From October 11 to 17—Earth Science Week 2009—people all over the United States and beyond will be exploring the many fascinating topics within the earth sciences. This year’s theme, "Understanding Climate," aims to promote scientific understanding of a timely, vital topic: Earth’s climate. Kids will discover the joy of breaking open a geode to unlock a miniature treasure chest of crystals no one has ever seen. Join us for games and craft activities for the whole family. 10 AM-2 PM. www.yale.edu/peabody 203-432-5050

October 18 – Hamden
Fall Foliage Hike at Sleeping Giant State Park off Rte. 10. Wear comfortable shoes, bring snacks and water, as desired. 1:30 PM. Free. 203-272-7841

October 18 – Mansfield
"Harold & the Purple Crayon", Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, University of Connecticut, 2132 Hillside Rd. "One night, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight." With only an oversized purple crayon, he draws a path to follow, a landscape to discover, and landmarks to guide him back. A blend of magic, mask, pantomime, puppetry and original music brings this delightful tale to life, creating the wondrous sense that anything is possible. 1 PM & 3 PM. Admission: Call for ticket information. 860- 486-4226

October 18 – Windsor Locks
Open Cockpit Sunday. New England Air Museum, 36 Perimeter Rd. (Rte. 75). More than a dozen aircraft open to climb into and play pilot. Additional activities on site and food available all day. Adults $10, seniors $9, children (4-11) $5, 3 and under free. 10 AM- 5 PM. www.neam.org 860-623-3305

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Movie In The Park

Save The Date!

Friday Night Fright Flick at East Rock Park! Join us on Friday October 30th at 7:00 p.m. to watch a DOUBLE FEATURE!

"It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" & "Nightmare Before Christmas"!

The movies will be shown on College Park at the corner of Orange and Cold Spring Streets. COME IN COSTUME! Especially the kids! We will have a parade before showing the movie. ALL children in costume will receive a goody bag!

Brought to you by SoHu New Haven.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Two AMAZING Kids' Tag Sales!

As a mom who buys pretty much everything for my child (soon to be children) second-hand, I feel a bit like a tag sale connoisseur. This is why I feel it is my duty to tell you about these two unbelievable sales coming up. Here's the thing. Sometimes you go to a tag sale that advertises tons of kids stuff and there isn't much of anything, or it's all for one age group. That is not the case with these sales. Here's the info:

OneWorld Community Playgroup Tag Sale and Bake Sale
Saturday, Oct. 17th (rain date: Oct. 24th) from 9:00am to 2:00 pm.
The First Baptist Church, located on the corner of Livingston and Edwards Streets in New Haven's East Rock neighborhood.
Tons of baby stuff and kids stuff! Clothes, toys, books, cds, dvds + videos, strollers + gear, maternity wear and MUCH more!
They will also be raffling off fantastic items, such as a 10-week semester of Music Together classes! And a month of kids' yoga classes from Blend!
This is a sale not to be missed.
Donations accepted!
If you have any questions, please contact OWC Playgroup at owcplaygroup@gmail.com .

Mothers of Multiples Tag Sale
Saturday, October 24th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
St. Thomas the Apostle, located at 208 East Avenue in Norwalk, CT.
Cash only! No strollers allowed.
Public Admission Charge $1.00.
Infant to pre-teen clothing, toys, equipment and maternity items.

Help these to great groups! Come out and shop!

Laurie Berkner!!

Laurie Berkner will be performing at the Shubert in New Haven on 11/8/09! Tickets go on sale today at 10am. See here for more details. Or just skip the details and go right to Shubert's website to buy your tickets! Cause really...do the details matter?! It's Laurie Berkner people.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

What's Going On This Weekend?

Don't forget our previous post about another touch-a-truck event in New Haven this Saturday!

October 9-11 - Cromwell
Art is ... 2009, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 100 Berlin Rd. National cloth doll exhibition, a mixed media market for rubber stamping, scrapbooking, art dolls, collage, felting, quilting need and more. Fri. 9-11 PM, Sat. noon-7 PM Sun. 10 AM-2 PM. Admission: $2 donation. 646-251-4849

October 9 - 11 - Portland
Portland Fair, Portland Fairgrounds. Animal Exhibits, Breads and Pastry, Crafts and Collections, Needlework, Photography, Vegetables and Fruit, Canned Goods, Flowers, Youth Divisions. www.portlandfair.com 860-342-3550

October 10 - Middlebury
Irish Festival at Quassy Amusement Park, Rte. 64. Great food, entertainment and drink. Free admission, parking $5. Noon-6 PM. www.quassy.com 203-758-2913

October 10 – Milford
Milford Coop Preschool Children's Fair, Milford Town Green. Annual children's fall fair - featuring kid's crafts- karate demonstration- live entertainment- book fair- and much more. Kids Crafts, Scholastic Book Fair, Jammy the Gentle Clown, Martial Arts Demonstration, Food & Entertainment. 10 AM-4 PM. Oct 11-raindate. Free. 203-874-5869

October 10 – Old Saybrook
Fall Outdoor Fair. North Cove Outfitters, 75 Main Street. Join us for a fun filled day with plenty to do for the entire family. Sales Throughout the store, Optics Tent, Fly Casting Pool, Activities Tent... 11:00 Wind over Wings- Live Birds, 12 Noon Fish Rubbing by Jack Brown, 2 PM Wind Over Wings- Live Birds. For Kids... Fish Rubbings Demo. There's Fun For Everyone! 10 AM – 4 PM. www.northcove.com 860-388-6585

October 10-11 – Old Saybrook
11th Anniversary Apple Festival - Craft Fair Old Saybrook Middle School, Sheffield Street. Brought to you by The Old Saybrook Woman's Club. Featuring Connecticut Grown Apples, Home Baked Apple Goods, Hot Dogs, Sauerkraut, Chili, Apple Cider, Coffee, Cold Drinks, Apple Basket Raffle, Jams, Jewelry, Scarves, Handbags , Clothing , Dolls, Children's Author, Books, Good News Clown with Balloons, Candles / Body & Home Care, Herbal Products, Dried Flowers , Hand-Blown Glass , Seasonal Decorations, Mixed Media, Greeting Cards, Mums, Photography and more! All profits support the Woman's Club Scholarship and Autism Projects. 9 AM-4 PM. 860-388-0121

October 10-11 - Clinton and the Shoreline
Autumn Art Trail & Arts Festival at Clinton Landing, 54 East Main St. Outdoor arts festival includes painters and crafters exhibiting and selling their work. Music and food vendors. After the festival, use your $10 weekend pass, heading out on the Autumn Art Trail with colorful program and map in hand. Explore private studios of well-known and emerging artists in Clinton, Durham, Ivoryton, Killingworth and Madison. Representational and modern painters, sculptors, crafters. www.artscenterkillingworth.org 11 AM-5 PM. Admission: Festival free, Trail $10. 860-663-5593

October 10-11 - Old Lyme
Foals & Foliage Open Barn Weekend at McCulloch Farm, 100 Whippoorwill Rd. The state's oldest private Morgan breeding farm welcomes guests to pet foals and see the stallions and mares, demonstrations, hiking, refreshments. 10 AM-4:30 PM. Free. www.whippoorwillmorgans.com 860-434-7355

October 10-12 - Oakdale
Monty Mania Fall Festival. The Dinosaur Place, 1650 Hartford New London Tpke (Rte. 85). Celebrate with Monty, the mascot T-Rex for his 9th birthday celebration. Festival is filled with free events. 11 AM-5 PM. Free. www.thedinosaurplace.com 860-443-4367

October 10-November 1 – Old Lyme
Lyme Art Colony's “Wee Faerie Village" at the Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St. Two dozen artists and designers construct a creative Faerie Village in the nooks and crannies of the 11-acre estate of the museum. Tue.-Sat. 10 AM-5 PM, Sun. 1-5 PM. Adults $9, seniors $8, students $7, children (12 and under) free. www.florencegriswoldmuseum.org 860-434-5542

October 10, 17, 24, 31-Wethersfield
Tales of Witchcraft & Tombstones. Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, 211 Main Street. Tours begin in the Buttolph-Williams House, which was home to the characters that were portrayed in the book "The Witch of Blackbird Pond," which Elizabeth George Spear wrote while living in Wethersfield. Guides explore the lives of the women and men who were convicted of witchcraft and what life was like for them and their neighbors. Following the house tour, visitors enter the Ancient Burying Ground where the headstones tell many tales and learn about some of the interesting residents of the cemetery. Adults $8, seniors $7, children (5-18) $4. $20 per family (two adults and children). Tours are limited to 16 people. 10 AM & 3 PM. www.webb-deane-stevens.org. 860-529-0612

October 11-12 - Brooklyn
Where the Buffalo Roam. Creamery Brook Bison, 19 Purvis Rd. Take a walk to see the bison and their handling facilities. At the end of the walk, warm up with a sample of bison chili. Wear sturdy shoes that can get dirty. Free. 10 AM. www.creamerybrookbison.ne 860-779-0837

October 11 - Essex
Dogs on the Dock Parade & Competition. Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main St. Canine parade on the waterfront with prizes awarded for best costume, best owner look-alike, best dock jumping and more.
Parade begins at 1 PM. Free to spectators. www.ctrivermuseum.org 860-767-8269

October 11 - Hamden
East End Hike. Sleeping Giant State Park off Rte. 10. Wear comfortable shoes, bring snacks and water, as desired. 1:30 PM. Free. 203-272-7841

October 11 - Norwalk
Sol y Canto El Doble De Amigos: Twice as Many Friends. Stepping Stones Museum for Children Mathews Park, 303 West Ave. Family concert with interactive and highlight rhythms like calypso, reggae, plena, son and more. 5 PM. $15, children (under one) free. 203-899-0606

October 11 - Orange
Model Train Show. High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Rd. Operating train layouts, vendors, railroad memorabilia, door prizes, dining car. Adults $5, students (12-18) $1, under 12 free. 9:30 AM-3:30 PM. 203-932-0185

Saturday, October 3, 2009

No Branford Touch A Truck Today

We are sorry to tell you so late- we just discovered it upon arrival- but today's touch a truck event was canceled because of the rain...even though they said rain or shine. Yeah...we're writing our letter of complaint now.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

'Tis The Season For Trucks!

Thank you to the Mothers & More of Greater New Haven for the following information:

What does an Ambulance, a School Bus, a Dump Truck, an Oil Truck and MANY more trucks and vehicles have in common??? Can't figure it out? Well it's a TOUCH A TRUCK event!!

Saturday, October 10th at the Chevrolet Theater Parking Lot. 9am-1pm. Admission is $5.00 per child, kids under 1yr are free! Rain or Shine. We'll hope for sun, but splash in the rain if we have to in our rain coats and rain boots to see, sit and touch all the trucks and vehicles that will be there! What else would you do on an early Saturday morning but bring your kids to our event so the next time they yell in the car, "MOM, THERE'S A DUMP TRUCK!!" as you drive by one, you can say "Yes and you just saw, sat and touched one too! Plus a lot more"

Mark your calendars right now so you won't forget and be sure to bring your cameras so you can post all your pics on Facebook later to show your friends how much fun our Touch a Truck event was!!

Sponsored by Mothers & More of Greater New Haven. Questions about the event? email respo9603@yahoo.com .

Mothers and More of Greater New Haven Open House

Thursday, October 8, 7:30pm, Hamden Government Center, 2750 Dixwell Avenue
Come and meet other moms!
The topic of the meeting is Frugal Moms – Living on One Salary
Free raffle, refreshments and goody bags.
Mothers & More is a non-profit organization, offering day and evening events, including: mom & tot activities, age specific playgroups, book club, community outreach programs, latte ladies, family parties, mom’s night out, and more!
Monthly evening meetings held first Thursday of the month at the Hamden government center.
For additional information contact mothersandmoregnh@hotmail.com or visit mothersandmoregnh.tripod.com

What's Going On This Weekend?

Ongoing – November 1 - Middlefield
Corn Maze at Lyman Orchards, Jct. Rtes. 147 & 157. Explore four acres of towering cornstalks and two miles of winding pathways. Wed.-Fri. 3-5:30 PM; Sat., Sun. and holidays 10 AM-5:30 PM. Adults $9, children (4-12) $5, under 4 free. www.lymanorchards.com 866-349-6015

September 30-October 31 - Guilford
Holidaze: The Real Story of Halloween, Thanksgiving & Christmas. Henry Whitfield State Museum, 248 Old Whitfield St. Discover why Christmas was once outlawed in Connecticut, the myths behind the first Thanksgiving, and how All Hallow's Eve became a night of costume and candy. Adults $4, seniors $3, children (6-17) $2.50. under 6 free. Wed., Sat and Sun. 10 AM-4:30 PM. www.cultureandtourism.org 203-453-2457

October 2-31 - Bristol
The Haunted Graveyard. Lake Compounce Theme Park, 822 Lake Ave. A mammoth walk-through attraction featuring six haunted houses and a graveyard all linked by a labyrinth of terrifying trails with 17 adult rides operating. Call for schedule and rates. www.LakeCompounce.com 860-583-3300

October 2-4 - East Berlin
Berlin Fair, Berlin Fairgrounds, 430 Beckley Road. Daily entertainment, exhibits, animal pulls, power pulls, food choices freshly prepared by the Berlin Lions Club and numerous local churches and non-profit organizations. Visit www.ctberlinfair.com for complete schedule. Adults $12, Seniors (62+) $8, Children (11 and Under) FREE. 9 AM-10 PM. 860-828-0063

October 2-4, 9-11 - Southington
Apple Harvest Festival, On and around Town Green. Street festival showcasing the local apple harvest and the people of the community over two weekends. Events include parade, carnival, children's activities, food booths, arts and crafts fair, 5K and 2K race, and more. Fri. 6-9 PM, Sat. 9 AM-9 PM, Sun. 9 AM- 5 PM. Free. www.appleharvestfestival.com 860- 276-8461

October 3 - New Haven
The CT Children's Museum in New Haven is back with their weekly storytime series, "Saturdays at Two." This week's book is the classic "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" by Marta Mata, performed by Children’s Theater Stage & Story Troupe. 2:00 pm.

October 3 – Branford
Our favorite event of the year! Touch-a-Truck. United Way of Greater New Haven/Town of Branford Touch-A-Truck. Branford High School, 185 East Main Street, Branford. Event provides the opportunity for children to get up close and personal with their favorite vehicles in a safe and protected environment. Admission: Donation of diapers to be distributed to various non-profits. Time: 10 AM-2 PM. www.uwgnh.org 203-772-2010

October 3 - Norwalk
Stepping Stones Museum presents: Creative Kids Culture & Dance. Discover the traditional dance of Guanacaste province of Costa Rica and their rhythmic costal music. Learn about indigenous folklore, dance and culture from the sierra of Ecuador.

October 3 – Coventry
Haunted Corn Maze. Nathan Hale Homestead, 2299 South Street. Watch out for spooky surprises around every corner! Bring your flashlights and leave your scaredy-pants at home as our maze is taken over by things that go bump in the night! Not recommended for small children. Cost: $8 / $25 for families (2 adults and any number of children) 7 PM www.ctlandmarks.org 860-742-6917

October 3-4 – Madison
Hammonasset Festival, Hammonasset Beach State Park, Meigs Point Pavillion. Two-day festival honoring Native American lifestyles and the environment. Featuring Native American dancing, drumming, environmental education, Peabody Museum, Sierra Club, Inst. of American Indian Studies, falconry, Joseph FireCrow, Nichole Frechette, McGeepa Project, and much more. 10 AM-5 PM.

October 3 - Stony Creek
4 Mile Road Race & Half-Mile Kids Run. Stony Creek Fire Rescue Company #5. 5K and .3 mile Children’s Run. Great family day with children's activities and cookout. 9 AM. 203-481-5933

October 3-4, 10-11 - Bristol
Chrysanthemum Festival. A town-wide celebration, honoring the brilliant flowering of chrysanthemums with a opening ceremony and crowning of Miss Mum, parade, Family Weekend, food fest, carnival, arts and crafts, house tours, auto show, Oktoberfest, and more. Free. 860-584-9456

October 3-4, 10-12, 17-18 – Hebron
Connecticut Renaissance Fair, Hebron Lions Fairgrounds, 347 Gilead Rd. (Rte. 85). Experience an enchanted re-creation of a 400 year-old agricultural festival. Dress as you would at any agricultural fair and step back to the age of King Arthur. Watch knights joust on the field of honor and enjoy over 40 hours of themed entertainment. Explore New England's largest Medieval Marketplace and taste a king's feast. 10 AM-6 PM. Adults $16, children (5-12) $8, under 5 free. 860-478-5954

October 4 - Meriden
Cornhusk Dolls. Solomon Goffe House, 677 North Colony St. Learn how to make these cute dolls of the past. 1:30 PM- 4:30 PM. Admission: $2. 203-634-9088

October 4 – New Haven
Family Day-Yale Tennis Center, 45 Yale Ave. Events include a 5K run, .3 miles fun run for kids and a two mile walk, along with moon walk, kids activities, cookout and much more. 10 AM-noon. Admission: In advance, adults $20, children $10. Day of event, adults $25, children $15. 203-688-4081

October 4 - Shelton
Shelton Day Festival, Howe Ave. Continuous entertainment with live bands, dancing and demonstrations; food, craft and interactive booths; children's activities.10 AM-5 PM. Free. 203-567-0252

Sunday, September 27, 2009

This Ain't Your Average Touch-A-Truck...

Omigosh, omigosh, omigosh, OMIGOSH!!!! It's back! The event my family has not-so-patiently waited all year for is BACK!

October 3 – Branford
Touch-a-Truck. United Way of Greater New Haven/Town of Branford Touch-A-Truck. Branford High School, 185 East Main Street, Branford. Event provides the opportunity for children to get up close and personal with their favorite vehicles in a safe and protected environment. Admission: Donation of diapers to be distributed to various non-profits. Time: 10 AM-2 PM. www.uwgnh.org 203-772-2010

Okay, people, here's the deal. This is not your regular old, run-of-the-mill, touch a few trucks kind of touch-a-truck event. This is the mother of all touch-a-truck events. You skeptics out there may think that I am overreacting, but I assure you, I am not. We're talking every construction and municipal vehicle you can think of (and almost all that my truck obsessed 2-year-old can name--almost...). We're talking tractors, school buses, street cleaners, fire engines, back hoes, MAC trucks--everything you can think of--all just sitting in a giant parking lot, waiting for your kid to climb, touch, and honk them.

Clearly my kid loved it so much that its return is the most exciting thing to happen to me in months.

(Oh my God, that is so sad.)

We'll see you there! I'll be the mom wiping drool away from my kid's mouth. I'm not kidding. It's going to be like giving Homer Simpson a friggin' donut.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Save The Date-- OWC Tag Sale Fundraiser!

Save the date for the first ever OneWorld Community Playgroup Tag Sale and Bake Sale!

Date: Saturday, October 17, 2009
Time: 9am - 2pm
Place: First Baptist Church of New Haven (corner of Livingston and Edwards Sts. in East Rock)
Rain Date: TBD

The sale will focus on children's items and maternity clothes.

Check back in soon for more details!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

What's Going On This Weekend?

September 5 - November 1 - Middlefield
Corn Maze, Lyman Orchards, Jct. Rtes. 147 & 157. Explore four acres of towering cornstalks and two miles of winding pathways. Admission: Adults $9, children (4-12) $5, under 4 free. Wed.-Fri. 3.-5:30 PM.; Sat., Sun. and holidays 10 AM-5:30 PM. www.lymanorchards.com (866) 349-6015

September 25-27 - Durham
Durham Fair. The state’s largest agricultural fair with nationally-known country music performers, thousands of exhibits, midway, lots of food. An old-time country fair in a typical New England village. Admission: Adults $15, seniors $13, children (11 and under) free. Fri.-Sat. 9 AM-11 PM, Sun. 9 AM-7 PM www.durhamfair.com (860) 349-9495

September 26 - New Haven
The CT Children's Museum in New Haven is back with their weekly storytime series, "Saturdays at Two." This week's book is the classic "Caps for Sale" by Esphyr Slobodkina, read by teacher, Max Malmquist.

September 26-27 - Milford
Meet the Artists & Artisans Fall Show, Milford Green, Broad St. Juried show with 200 artists and artisans displaying, demonstrating and discussing their original works. Classical music entertainment, food court. 10 AM-5 PM. Free. www.meettheartistsandartisans.com (203) 874-5672

September 27 – Hamden
Fall Wildflower Hike, Sleeping Giant State Park off Rte. 10. About a 3 hour hike, wear comfortable shoes, bring snacks and water. Free. 1:30 PM. (203) 272-7841


September 27 - North Haven
Pediatrics Plus*pc Fall Open House. Pediatrics Plus, 13 Peck Street. Join the staff at Pediatrics Plus for a fun and informative Open House Event!
• Free AMBER Alert/Missing Child Photo ID Cards • Clown and Balloon Figures • Face Painting • Refreshments • Prizes • Meet the Clinicians • Flu & H1N1 (Swine Flu) Information Booth • Sports Safety & Concussion Management Booth. 1-3 PM. Free and Open to the Public. www.PediatricsPlus.net
(203) 239-4627

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Reminder: Family Yoga Benefit Class This Saturday

At Fresh Yoga in New Haven
To Benefit New Haven's
One World Community Playgroup!

Saturday September 19th 4 - 5 PM

Join Peg Oliveria and help support the One World Community Playgroup.

This is a class for parents and children.

$10 donation suggested but not required.

All ages Welcome.

Play and Do Yoga!

To learn more about our generous instructor, Peg Oliveria, click here.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

What's Going On This Weekend?

Don't forget our previous posts about the Baby Sign Language Classes and the Benefit Family Yoga Class--BOTH happening this weekend!

In addition...

September 18, 19, 20 –Guilford
Guilford Fair, Guilford Fairgrounds, Lovers Lane. The 2nd oldest agricultural fair in CT. Competitive exhibits for livestock, baking, canned goods, fruits & vegetables, flowers, needlework, arts and crafts, photography, educational exhibits and demonstrations, a farm museum, stage entertainment, novelty contests, commercial exhibits, carnival midway, petting zoo, high-quality food concessions. www.guilfordfair.org 203-453-3543

September 19-20 - Haddam
Antique Tractor & Engine Show, Haddam Meadows State Park, Rte. 154. Working displays of antique gas engines, steam engines, tractors and other antique machinery. Tractor parades, games, kids' pedal pull contest, blacksmith exhibits, demonstrations, food. 8 AM-4 PM. Free. (860) 347-5774

September 19 - New Haven
Chilifest! East Shore Park, Woodward Ave. Family fun for everyone with food, entertainment, pony rides, classic cars, children's activities and chili tasting. 10 AM-5 PM. Free admission, $6 for Tasting Kits. (203) 387-7700

September 19 - New Haven
The CT Children's Museum in New Haven is back with their weekly storytime series, "Saturdays at Two." This week's book is "How to Make an Apple Pie" by Marjorie Priceman, and read by Nicole Berube of CitySeed.

September 19 - Norwalk
Shadow Puppets at Stepping Stones Museum! Shadow puppets are very popular in China. Learn about this entertaining art form and make your own puppet. 2:30 pm.

September 20 - New Haven
Sunday in the Park. Edgerton Park, Whitney Ave. at Cliff St. Event for the entire family with children’s games, pony rides, music, book sale, silent auction, white elephant sale. 11 AM - 5 PM. Free. (203) 624-9377

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Baby Sign Language Classes

Pediatrics Plus, a North Haven pediatric office, will be offering a baby sign language class designed for infants/toddlers up to 3 years old with their parents. The class will be taught by Eileen Baker, who has taught many baby sign classes around Connecticut.

The class will be held over three Saturday mornings - Sep 19 and 26 and Oct 3. The cost is $35 for all three sessions (you are required to attend all three, but the price remains the same). It is open to the public, but you do need to call to register. To register or for more information, parents can call our
office at (203) 239-4627.

Pediatrics Plus is located at 13 Peck Street in North Haven.
Check back for future Pediatrics Plus events and classes, such as lectures on pediatric topics and CPR classes.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

What's Going On This Weekend?

Holy stuff to do this weekend, Batman! Why is it that there is always a ton to do when the kids are back in school?

September 9-13 – Hebron
Hebron Harvest Fair, Hebron Lion's Fairgrounds, 347 Gilead St. (Rte. 85). Major agricultural fair with livestock shows, midway, exhibits, continuous stage entertainment, magic show, small animal barns, arts and crafts, food and product booths. Thu. 4-11 PM, Fri. noon-12 PM, Sat. 9 AM-11 PM, Sun. 9 AM-8 PM. Adults $10, children (under 12) free. (860) 228-0892

September 10-13 – North Haven
North Haven Fair. North Haven Fairground, Rte 5, 300 Washington Ave. Large agricultural fair featuring animal and agricultural exhibits, entertainment, vendors, rides and food. Arts and crafts, petting zoo, pony rides. Enjoy live music and special attractions. Call for entertainment line-up and admission prices. Thu 5-10PM, Fri 3-11PM, Sat 10AM-11PM, Sun 10AM-8PM. $9 Adults, children under 12 free with adult. www.northhaven-fair.com 203-239-3700

September 11-13 – East Norwalk
Norwalk Oyster Festival, Veteran's Memorial Park. Waterfront festival celebrates Long Island Sound's seafaring past. Events include live entertainment, arts and crafts, vintage vessels, demonstrations, juried crafters, international food court, exhibits, Kid's Cove. Admission: Adults $12, children (under 12) $3. Fri. 6 PM-11 PM, Sat. 11 AM-11 PM, Sun. 11 AM-8 PM. (203) 838-9444

September 11-13 - New Haven
Connecticut Folk Festival & Green Expo. Southern Connecticut State University, Crescent St.
Edgerton Park, Cliff St. Musical and environmental events including concerts, Grassy Hill Song Circle, green job fair, bicycle Tour des Farms, green exhibits, vendors and educational programming. Admission varies by event – Call for schedule. (203) 512-7614

September 12 - Old Lyme
High Hopes Family Hoedown. High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, 36 Town Woods Road, Old Lyme. Games and firefighter competitions. Outback Steakhouse BBQ dinner. Music by Smokehouse and riding demonstrations. 2 - 8:00 pm. $25 adults, $5 kids 6-12, under 6 free. www.highhopestr.org (860) 434-1974

September 12 - Middletown
Ryan Woods Autism Foundation Music Festival. Union Park, Main St. Music entertainment for the entire family, along with a petting zoo, sensory station, face painting. 11 AM-6 PM. Admission: Free. (860) 346-8777

September 12 - New Hartford
Big Wheels at Brodie. Brodie Park 550 West Hill Road Children will have the opportunity to explore vehicles with BIG WHEELS. They can also build items such as trucks, toolboxes and birdhouses at The Home Depot Builder’s Workshop. 11:00 AM, $5.00 child, adults free, www.friendsofbrodie.org
860-238-7305

September 13 – Hamden
Geology-of-the-Giant Hike. Sleeping Giant State Park off Rte. 10. About a 3 hour hike, wear comfortable shoes, bring snacks and water. Admission: Free. Hike begins at 1:30 p.m. (203) 272-7841

September 13 - Norwalk
Bring the grandparents to Stepping Stones museum on Sunday for Grandparents Day! (They'll get in for free.) Stick around to see The Jimmies perform at 5:00pm.

September 13- Woodbridge
Shalom New Haven Jewish Community Fair, JCC of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Road. Live music & family fun activities such as pony rides, face painting, jugglers, shofar making workshop ($10/shofar), Schooner, Inc. Teach Tank with live animals from Long Island Sound, Neighborhood Music School musical petting zoo, New Haven Fire Department's Smoke Trailer and more! 12-4pm Free. www.jccnh.org 203-387-2424 x310

Benefit Class: Family Yoga

At Fresh Yoga in New Haven
To Benefit New Haven's
One World Community Playgroup!

Saturday September 19th 4 - 5 PM

Join Peg Oliveria and help support the One World Community Playgroup.

This is a class for parents and children.

$10 donation suggested but not required.

All ages Welcome.

Play and Do Yoga!

To learn more about our generous instructor, Peg Oliveria, click here.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

What's Going On This (Long) Weekend?

September 4 - New Haven
Don't forget about the movie in East Rock Park! For more info, visit our previous post.

September 1-6 – New Haven
Shakespeare in the Park, Edgerton Park, 75 Cliff St. Two classic plays will be featured in rotating repertory: Moliere’s “The Imaginary Invalid” and Philip Barry’s “Holiday.” Bring a blanket and picnic. Free with suggested donations. 7:30 PM. www.elmshakespeare.org (203) 393-1436

September 5-7 - Norwalk
Stepping Stones Museum has two great events going on!
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Touch-A-Truck! Celebrate the opening of our new Build It! exhibit with Touch-a-Truck.
Sept. 5 only: 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Creative Kids Cooking! Make a festive dragon out of healthy and tasty foods.

Sept 4 - 7 - Orange
Odessey: A Greek Festival
Celebrating Greek food, music and culture. Includes live music, dancing, marketplace vendors, kid's area, church tours and lectures. St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Rd.

September 4-7 - East Hampton
Haddam Neck Fair, 26 Quarry Hill Rd. Major agricultural fair featuring baking contest, tractor pulling, horse show, road race, exhibits, family entertainment, midway, truck and tracker pulls. Fri. 4 -10 PM, Sat. & Sun. 7:30 AM-10 PM, Mon. 7:30 AM-6 PM. General admission $7, children (under 12) free. (860) 267-5922

September 5 - November 1 - Middlefield
Corn Maze, Lyman Orchards, Jct. Rtes. 147 & 157. Explore four acres of towering cornstalks and two miles of winding pathways. Admission: Adults $9, children (4-12) $5, under 4 free. Wed.-Fri. 3.-5:30 PM.; Sat., Sun. and holidays 10 AM-5:30 PM. www.lymanorchards.com (866) 349-6015

September 6 – Meriden
Treasures of the Past, Solomon Goffe House, 677 North Colony St.Learn about some of the artifacts an archeologist has found around this old home. Admission: $2.00, 1:30 PM-4:30 PM. (203) 634-9088

Also, check out what kidHaven has listed on their things to do for this weekend!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Movie In The Park!

Come out this Friday, September 4th, to the College Woods section of East Rock Park for the first (of hopefully many) outdoor movies in East Rock.

The inaugural movie is...*drumroll*...The Princess Bride! The movie starts at 8:00 p.m. but feel free to come early, bring a picnic basket, and enjoy dinner and a movie under the stars!

Oh yeah--did I mention that it's free? Cause it's totally free!

This stroke of brilliance comes from the SoHu block watch community group. For more info about them, click here.

Music Together Registration and Free Demo

New Haven's Music Together program (aka: Musical Folk) is growing rapidly and they've added some new times to the Fall schedule. The new "semester" begins in a couple of weeks, so if you want to enroll your child, visit their website: musicalfolk.com

I've posted in the past about how much I love this program and I just can't recommend it enough!

If you are interested in finding out what this program is all about, there is a free demo class on Tuesday, Sept. 8th at 9:30 am at Blend in Branford. For more info, click here.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

What's Going On This Weekend?

August 29 - New Haven
Summer’s Last Roar at Peabody Museum. Free admission all day! Last chance to see two hands-on exhibits, plus hands-on activities in the galleries!

August 28-30 – Chester
Chester Fair, Chester Fairgrounds, Rte. 154. Major agricultural fair with livestock/animal shows and pulls, garden tractor pull, flowers, arts and crafts, baking contests, midway, children’s games, musical entertainment, lots of food. Fri. 5-11 PM, Sat. 8 AM-11 PM, Sun. 9 AM-6 PM. Admission charged. www.chesterfair.org (860) 526-5947

August 30 - Shelton
Family Fun Day ~ Benefiting the Connecticut Down Syndrome Congress. The Boys & Girls Club, 1 Positive Place. A fun-filled family event featuring touch-a-truck, food, moonbounce, carnival games, crafts, face painting, and MUCH more. Silent auction and raffle with great prizes. All proceeds will go to the Connecticut Down Syndrome Congress. 10 AM $20 per family/$5 individual. cdsc_kim@yahoo.com (203) 996-5983

Save The Date!

September 20 - New Haven
Sunday in the Park. Edgerton Park, Whitney Ave. at Cliff St. Event for the entire family with children’s games, pony rides, music, book sale, silent auction, white elephant sale. 11 AM - 5 PM. Free. (203) 624-9377

This family festival is always so much fun and is not to be missed--so save the date!

kidHaven

As it explains in our tag line above, New Haven Kids was started because I heard too many CT moms complaining that they were googling their lives away to find something to do with their children. I wanted so badly for someone to start a website or blog to help us all out; a one-stop-shop of sorts. When I couldn't find one, I started one myself (recruiting some of my mom friends in the process). My one goal was to help parents like me to get out of their rut...

This is why I am so excited to tell you about another new blog out there for CT parents with young children: kidHaven. Kim, kidHaven's blogging mom, posts some great info about the area, in addition to fun at-home activities and craft ideas.

Check it out: kidhaven.wordpress.com

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Toddler Tunes: Just Kidding!

I just received word that Robert is back in town a bit earlier than planned and is having Toddler Tunes as usual today at 11:15!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

No Toddler Tunes This Week

FYI: There will be no Toddler Tunes this Wednesday, August 26th. As far as I know, it should be back on as usual next week.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Lowes Build and Grow clinics

Lowes is hosting 2 awesome Build and Grow clinics. Sign up to attend and not only will your kids get to make a cool project, they get a cutesy little apron and set of goggles too. (Did I just say cutesy? Yes I did.) First one takes place tomorrow at 10 am!
Kudos Lowes. This is pretty cool.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Tantrum Salon

There is a new children's hair salon in Hamden called Tantrum Salon and we LOVE them!

I took my son for his first haircut last week and not only did he get an adorable cut (he looks like such a big boy!), but the ladies at Tantrum were amazing. They met us at the door with warm smiles and did whatever they could to help him feel comfortable. The woman who cut his hair offered him a "super hero cape" (with the body of a cartoon super hero on the front so his head looked like it was on the super hero's body), and when he didn't like that it covered his hands, she quickly flipped it around so it looked like a real super hero cape. His stylist then worked at lightening speed and was completely finished in about 10 minutes. At the end, he got a cute little certificate saying that he was brave during his first haircut. He also got a lollipop and a bottle of bubbles, which he was understandably more impressed by than the certificate.

Now let me tell you what I really liked about this place. We all know the chain kid salons where there are crazy colors everywhere and music and TVs and little rocket chairs for them to sit in. These places might work like a charm for your kid, but I knew mine would want to jump right out of his rocket and run around to see all the excitement. He would be totally overstimulated. This is not Tantrum. This place looks like a real salon. Sure, there is a play area in front, kid's books in the waiting area, fun capes to wear over their clothes, and TVs at each station should you want your child to watch Elmo to help keep him still (FYI: I did)--but it really felt like a real salon. The decor is nice, clean...and normal. They had regular salon chairs with booster seats and seat belts. I didn't feel like I was tricking him into anything. He knew he was there to get his hair cut (he goes with me every month, after all), and he was fine with it--and if he hadn't been fine with it, there were lollipops and Elmo to help. In other words, it was the best of both worlds.

So go check out Tantrum Salon and support your local small businesses!

What's Going On This Weekend?

August 14-15 - Milford
Milford Oyster Festival, Milford Center & Harbor. A festival filled with arts and crafts, harbor activities, entertainment for all ages, colorful tents with food and beverages, classic car show, canoe and kayak races, children’s games, national and local entertainers. Fri. 5 PM -9 PM, Sat. 10 AM-6 PM. Free. www.milfordoysterfestival.org (203) 878-5363

August 15 - Guilford
Ye Olde Country Fair, North Guilford Congregational Church, 159 Ledge Hill Road. Old-fashioned country fair featuring auction under the tent with professional auctioneer, white elephant, toys, books, children’s games, Little Toot Train Rides, linens, pantry shelf, plants, jewelry, silent auction, peach shortcake, homemade food and more. 10-4. Free Admission. 203-457-0581

August 15 - Middlefield
Peach Fest. Lyman Orchards, Jct. Rtes. 147 & 157Celebrate the tree ripened peaches with horse drawn rides, live music, breakfast on the deck, pie eating contests and more. 9 AM-6 PM Free. www.lymanorchards.com (866) 349-6015

August 16 - Norwalk
Celebration Sundays Performance Series with Souled Out. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Ave. Enjoy Souled Out and their Motown and More show in the Gullquist Family Celebration Courtyard. Souled Out brings the biggest and most memorable hits from Motown and entertains in a way that both wows the audience and captures the hearts of all ages. Call (203) 899-0606, ext. 247 or go to steppingstonesmuseum.org for reservations. Ice cream sundaes will be available for purchase. Museum galleries are closed during the event. 5:00 PM Tickets $15/person. Children under one get in free. www.steppingstonesmuseum.org (203) 899-0606