SATURDAY, OCT. 11
GLOBAL CARDBOARD CHALLENGE. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. A celebration of child creativity and the role of communities in fostering imaginative play inspired by the film “Caine’s Arcade.” www.CainesArcade.com. Cardboard and a variety mechanics will be provided. Children and families can collaborate to design and build original creations using their imaginations. Imagine Nation Museum, A Museum Early Learning Center, 1 Pleasant St., Bristol. Free with museum admission. (860) 314-1400.
SECOND SATURDAYS FOR FAMILIES. ‘ADVENTURES AND EXPEDITIONS.’ 1 to 4 p.m. Look at Walton Ford’s painting in the Connections Gallery that recalls an expedition to the North Pole, then create an illustrated map and journal to document your journey. Free family tours. The Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main St., Hartford. TheWadsworth.org
MONDAY, OCT. 13
IMAGINE NATION, A MUSEUM LEARNING CENTER OPEN FOR COLUMBUS DAY. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Informal studio workshops facilitated by early childhood educators at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. Workshops included with museum admission. Imagine Nation, One Pleasant St., Bristol. (860) 314-1400. ImagineNationMuseum.org
‘FOODPLAY.’ Presented by Bristol-Burlington Health District in partnership with the Bristol School System. 12 one hour shows in eight primary grade schools in Bristol for students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade. Presented by Emmy-Award winning Foodplay Productions. About health eating. Funded by a federal Preventative Health and Health Services Block Grand. Foodplay.com
NOW thru DEC. 12
STORY TIME AND READING CLUBS. Various times. Bristol Public Library, 5 High St., Bristol. Manross Memorial Library, 260 Central St., Forestville. Registration required for some. For details, go to BristolLib.com. (860) 584-7787, or (860) 584-7790.
NOW thru OCT. 27
FAMILY ZUMBA. Held by the Parent and Child Center of Bristol Hospital. Mondays, 5:15 to 6 p.m. For families with children 4 and up. Stafford Elementary School gymnasium, 212 Lousiana Ave., Bristol (Oct. 20 class at Bristol Public Library, 5 High St., Bristol). Free. Only open to families with children 18 or young. Register. (860) 585-3895, cgaray@BristolHospital.org
NOW thru NOV. 10
PLAY AND LEARN GROUP. Held by the Parent and Child Center, 9 Prospect St., Bristol. 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Meet other parents and children under the age of 5 for early learning activities to help children develop school readiness skills prior to entering kindergarten. Story time, craft activities, free play, etc. The Parent and Child Center, 9 Prospect St., Bristol. Free. Open to Bristol families with children age 5 or younger.
STORY TIME SESSIONS. Every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m., 2 year olds; every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., 3, 4, 5 year olds; every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m., Sensory Tots, 2 to 5 year olds; every Wednesday at 1 p.m., 3, 4, 5 year olds; every Thursday at 9:30 a.m., Baby Time, 0-12 months. Manross Memorial Library, 260 Central St., Forestville. Register. (860) 584-7790.
NOW thru MAY 2015
‘BANANAS SPLIT, TOO.’ Offered by Bristol Youth Services. 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays. An 11-week support group for children of divorce, separated, or of a single parent family. Group will participate in activities geared toward developing communication, coping skills, identifying feelings, and understanding family transitions in a healthy way. For children 5 to 6, 7 to 8, 9 to 11. Bristol Youth Services, 51 High St., Bristol. Register. (860) 314-4690.
STORY TIME. 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. Weekends and holidays. For children 6 and under. Connecticut Science Center, 250 Columbus Blvd., Hartford. Free with the purchase of a general admission ticket. Children under 3 free. (860) SCIENCE, www.CTScienceCenter.org
LIVE SCIENCE DEMONSTRATIONS. Weekends, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fun, interactive live science demonstrations. Connecticut Science Center, 250 Columbus Blvd., Hartford. Free with the purchase of a general admission ticket. (860) SCIENCE, www.CTScienceCenter.org