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-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.
STORY TIME FOR TODDLERS. 10 a.m. This month’s program will focus on “Story Quilts.’ Children will explore the quilts, works on paper, fabric sculptures, and paintings by Faith Ringgold and Aminah Robinson. Mattatuck Musem, 144 West Main St., Waterbury. Free with admission the museum, $7 for adults and $6 for seniors. MattatuckMuseum.org, (203) 753-0381 ext. 130.
‘THE FAULT IN OUR STARS’ PARTY. 12:30 to 2 p.m. Come celebrate the release of “The Fault In Our Stars,” based on the book of John Green. The book is available in the Manross Memorial Library. For teens 12 to 18. Manross Memorial Library, 260 Central St., Forestville. (860) 584-7790. firstname.lastname@example.org
JUNE 23-JULY 18
SUMMER YOUTH ART. Full or half day art experience for children 5 to 12. Mattatuck Museum, 144 West Main St., Waterbury. Half day sessions are $65 for members, $130 for non-members, full-day sessions are $130 for members, and $260 for non-members. Supervised after care available 3:30 to 5 p.m. (203) 753-0381 ext. 114, mmalcolm@mattatuckMuseum.org
MAY 31-JUNE 1
‘JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH.’ Performed by New Britain Youth Theater. Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Stars children ages 8 through 14 and is appropriate for audiences of all ages. Cast and crew of 34 children comes from New Britain, Avon, Berlin, Bristol, East Hampton, East Windsor, Farmington, Middletown, Plainville, Southington, Terryville, West Hartford, and Windsor. Trinity-On-Main Performance center, 69 Main St., New Britain. $13 for adults, $11 for children, students, and seniors. (860) 515-8115, NBYT.org
SUMMER SOFTBALL CLINIC. General skills from 9 a.m. to noon. Pitchers and catchers, 12:30 to 3 p.m. For players ages 8-16. Held by USA Elite Training, LLC. BartlemPark, Cheshire. USAEliteTraining.com, (203) 439-0565.
JULY 7-11, JULY 14-18, JULY 21-25
HANDS-ON PERMACULTURE PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN AGES 3 TO 13. 9 a.m. to 11: 50 a.m. for Little Sprouts and Explorers and Visionaries until 3:30 p.m. Three week program held by the Sustainable Farm School. Entails holistic learning that will engage a child’s mind, body, and spirit. Together, the group will work toward completing a permaculture landscape design for the Quaker Meeting House. Students may register for one, two, or all three weeks. Age groups: Little Sprouts (3-6), Explorers (7-10), and Visionaries (10-13). Quaker Meeting House, 144 South Quaker Lane, West Hartford. $200 per week for Explorers and Visionaries, and $125 for Little Sprouts. SustainableFarmSchool.com, (860) 577-0883, email@example.com
CHALLENGE QUEST. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For ages 9 to 18. Fun and respectful atmosphere to challenge yourself to reach your potential. High school students, who successfully complete the week-long program, may participate in a four day, three night camping excursion, Aug. 9 to Aug. 12. PineLake Challenge Course, Bristol. Applications at Bristol Youth Services or download copy at the city of Bristol’s website. Mail completed applications to Bristol Youth Services, attn: Cindy M. Oliveras-Cyr, 51 High St., Bristol. (860) 314-4689.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org