Kids listings for May 2

MAY 2, 23


KID’S KRAFTS. Fridays, 10:30 a.m. Heather Fontaine presents a hands-on program is designed for children ages 3 to 5 and features age appropriate craft activities. Plainville Public Library, 56 East Main St., Plainville. Free. Register for one or both. (860) 793-1450.




ANNUAL SAFETY FAIR FOR KIDS. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free bike helmets to children, donated by the Bristol Elks and Bristol Pediatric Center, bike helmet fittings, child identification kids, safety information, safety crafts, bike riding rodeo. Bristol Public Library, Children’s Department, 5 High St., Bristol. (860) 584-7787, ext. 2021,


ARM KNITTING FOR TEENS AND THEIR MOMS. 12:30 to 2 p.m. Bring your mother or another adults or a friend. Make an infinity scarf. No experience necessary. Manross Memorial Library, 260 Central St., Forestville. No charge for program but registration is required and limited., (8600 584-7790.



WEE JAMBOREE. 11 a.m. A sing-along musical program of children’s songs. Local resident Chris Sinacore will bring his ukulele and lead the sing-a-long. Plainville Public Library, 56 East Main St., Plainville. Drop-in. No registration required. Aimed at children ages 2 to 5 and their caregivers, but siblings are welcome. (860) 793-1450.


MAY 3-11


‘A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD.’ “The Young Audiences Series at Playhouse on Park.” Follows the two friends—the very cheerful Frog and the rather grumpy Toad—in their adventures through the four seasons. 70 minutes long, appropriate for ages 3 and up. Cast meet and great afterward. Playhouse on Park, 244 Park Rd., WestHartford., (860) 523-5900 ext. 10.




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.


INDIAN ROCK NATURE PRESERVE SUMMER CAMP OPEN HOUSE. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Learn about everything Indian Rock has to offer. Experience a hayride that will stop at Indian Rock’s program areas and buildings where staff will provide an informal tour. Indian Rock Preserve is owned and operated by the Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut. Children in kindergarten through 12th grade can participate in swimming, canoeing, kayaking, archery, hiking, arts and crafts, Native American living, farm life, nature studies, animal husbandry, more. Weekly sessions run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Before and after care available. Indian Rock Preserve, Route 69, Bristol. 10 percent discount if you register prior to June 1. (860) 583-1234.


GIRL SCOUTS HOLD OPEN HOUSE AT CAMP CARLSON. 1 to 4 p.m. For girls and families to attend and discover the summer capmp programs for girls entering grades 1 to 12. Camp Carlson, 400 Willis st., Bristol. 1-800-922-2770 ext. 3313.




‘CULTIVATING CREATIVITY,’ A SPRING ART SHOW. 6 to 8 p.m. Three floors of Imagine Nation will include a Gallery Walk featuring both children’s and area artists’ work. Free healthy snacks will be provided by the Bristol School Readiness Council and the Bristol Early Childhood Alliance. Participants are invited to cross the street to the Bristol Board of Education, 129 Church St., Bristol to view the artwork created by BristolPublic School faculty and students in grades 1 to 12. Imagine Nation, 1 Pleasant St., Bristol. (860) 314-1400, (860) 582-1480.




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., (860) 584-7790,




TOUCH A TRUCK. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary and the Southington Parks and Recreation Dept. Construction, rescue, military, and other vehicles. Face painting. Music. Refreshments. Southington Conservation Commission will also be on site handing out free seedlings. Southington Drive-in, 935 Meriden-Waterbury Tnpk., Southington. $3 for children and $1 for adults.




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-reduction 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 JUNE 2


PLAY AND LEARN GROUP. Mondays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. except for school holidays. Held by the Parent and Child Center. Helps families meet other parents and children under the age of 5. Offers school readiness skills before children enter kindergarten. Hubbell School, cafeteria, 90 West Washington St., Bristol. Open only to Bristol families. (860) 585-3895,


NOW thru MAY 12


FAMILY ZUMBA SERIES. Mondays, 5:15 to 6 p.m. Held by the Parent and child Center. Stafford Elementary School, 212 Louisiana Ave., Bristol. Pre-register. Funded by a Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation grant and a donation by pediatrician Dr. Susan Adeyinka. (860) 585-3895,




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. Wheeler Regional YMCA, 149 Farmington Ave., Plainville.


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.