FRIDAY, APRIL 4
FIRST FRIDAY FAMILY FESTIVAL PEEP AND THE BIG WIDE WORLD. 5 to 8 p.m. Cluck and chirp with live chickens and chicks. Build sturdy structures and racing ramps, experiment with marshmallow peeps, build K’nex cars and race marshmallow Peeps, craft a baby chick. Picture yourself as a Quack, chirp, or peep. Wear yellow and get a prize. Reduced admission of $6 per person, children under 1 are free. ACM and library passes are not accepted for this event. Pizza and ice cream will be available for purchase at the old-fashioned Soda Fountain. (860) 314-1400.
SATURDAY, APRIL 5
ANNUAL EASTER PARTY FOR CHILDREN. Sponsored by Quota Club of Bristol, assisted by Bristol Community Organization. 10 a.m. to noon. Prospect United MethodistChurch, 99 Summer St., Bristol.
DECORATE THE MANROSS LIBRARY TEEN DEPARTMENT. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For ages 12 to 18. Show your artistic side by painting an old book cart, and painting book ends. Manross Library, Lower Level, 260 Central St., Forestville. Registration required. (860) 584-7790. Sararay@ci.bristol.ct.us
EASTER GALA. Sponsored by the Bristol Public Library and the BristolParks and Recreation Department. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Children can get their photograph taken in a spring setting with a big rabbit (by Angel Moon Photography) for $10. Photographs include a frame children can decorate with stamps and stickers, create spring crafts, play fun games, decorate eggs (bring your own hard-boiled eggs to color), face painting, magic show with Bob Conrad. Everything but the photographs are free. Free tickets available at the Children’s Department. Bristol Public Library, 5 High St., Bristol. (860) 584-7787, ext. 2021, (860) 584-6160.
FREE CHILDREN’S ART WORKSHOP. Sponsored by Southington Arts and Crafts Association. 10 a.m. to noon. For ages 6 to 12. Children will create their own short stories and illustrate them. Discuussion of simple book construction and a choice of drawing materials and art papers. Drawing skills not a prerequisite. Choice of subject may be realistic, abstract or fantasy character, wild creature or event. Children can arrive with some ideas in mind. Materials provided free of charge. The Orchards Community Room, 34 Hobart St., Southington. Register in advance. (203) 699-9497.
ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT. 11 a.m. Candy, crafts, games, photographs with the Easter Bunny, and prizes. Concessions available. FaithBibleChurch, Unionville Avenue and Northwest Drive, Plainville.
THURSDAY, APRIL 10
CHOOSY SUZY’S BULLY PREVENTION SHOW. 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Based on the book “Stick Up for Yourself,” it belnds hip humor, magic, and music with serious practical suggestions to help children discover the secrets of becoming “bully proof.” The Palace, 100 East Main St., Waterbury. $10. PalaceTheaterct.org, (203) 346-2011.
APRIL 11, MAY 9
DROP-IN GAME FRIDAYS FOR TEENS. 3 to 4 p.m. Teens are invited to drop-in and play games. Bring your own or use the library’s. Manross Memorial Library, main level, 260 Central St., Forestville. www.BristolLib.com, (860) 584-7790, firstname.lastname@example.org
HALF-DAY APRIL VACATION CAMP. Held by Bristol Parks and Recreation Department. Monday to Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon. Team games, sports, crafts, and more. Program will go outside depending on the weather. Stafford School gym, Louisiana Drive, Bristol. Single day for $10, all four days for $30. Register. www.BristolRec.com, (860) 584-6160, or in person at the Bristol Parks and Recreation Department, City Hall, second floor, 111 North Main St., Bristol. JoshuaMedeiros@ci.ct.us,.
SATURDAY, APRIL 26
TAILS OF JOY READING EDUCATION ASSISTANCE DOGS. Saturdays, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Each child may sign-up for a 15 minute session, one child per session. There also will be a “make and take” dog craft project provided by the library. Manross Memorial Library, 260 Central St., Forestville. No cost but registration required. (860) 584-7790.
SUNDAY, MAY 4
PITCH, HIT, AND RUN. Competition for area youth sponsored by Bristol Sports Hall of Fame. 11 a.m. Boys and girls divided into four age divisions, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14. Advance through four levels of competition including Team Championships at Major League ballparks, and the national finals at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game. The individual pitching, hitting, and running champions, along with the All-Around champion in each age and gender group at the local competition will be awarded and advance to the sectional level of competition. Participants should bring a copy of their birth certificate and have their parent or guardian fill out a registration/ waiver form prior to the start of the competition. McCabe Waters Little League, adjacent to Rockwell Park, Bristol. Contact Mark Ziogas. Mzioagas@aahzs.com
SATURDAY, MAY 31
FAMILY FEST 2014. Presented by PlainvilleSchool Readiness, Plainville Family Resource Network, Friends of the Library. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Touch a Truck, magician, clowns, special visitors, musical entertainment, arts and crafts activities, stress-reductin activities/ ideas for families to sample and take home, local business/agencies with information, free drawings, books. For all ages. PlainvilleHigh School, Robert Holcomb Way, Plainville. (860) 747-3321, (860) 793-6304.
NOW thru APRIL 7
SPRING STORY TIME. 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, 2-year-olds; Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. or Wednesdays at 1 p.m., 3, 4, and 5 year olds. Tuesdays at 1:45 p.m., Play and Learn for 3- and 4-year-olds. Thursdays at 9:30 a.m., Baby Time for 0 to 12 months. Thursdays at 10:30 a.m., Sensory Story Tots, for 2- to 5-year-olds. Manross Memorial Library, 260 Central St., Forestville. No story time on days when Bristol Public Schools are not in session. Register at the library or call (860) 584-7790.
DROP IN FITNESS. Sundays, 8:45 to 10:30 a.m. Wheeler Regional YMCA, 149 Farmington Ave., Plainville.
FAMILY FITNESS. Sundays, 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. Wheeler Regional YMCA, 149 Farmington Ave., Plainville.
TEEN STRENGTH. Sundays, 12 to 1 p.m. Wheeler Regional YMCA, 149 Farmington Ave., Plainville.
SPIN CLASS. Mondays, 4 to 4:45 p.m. Wheeler Regional YMCA, 149 Farmington Ave., Plainville.
DROP IN FITNESS. Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wheeler Regional YMCA, 149 Farmington Ave., Plainville.
O’COURSE AND RUN CLUB. Wednesdays, 4:30 to 5:15 p.m.
TEEN STRENGTH. Thursdays, 5 to 6 p.m. Wheeler Regional YMCA, 149 Farmington Ave., Plainville.
DANCE. Saturdays, 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For ages 5 to 9. Wheeler Regional YMCA, 149 Farmington Ave., Plainville.
DANCE. Saturdays, 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Ages 10 to 14. Wheeler Regional YMCA, 149 Farmington Ave., Plainville.