FRIDAY, AUG. 14
‘EXPLORE AND LEARN WITH ‘DORA THE EXPLORER’ ON THE CONNECTICUT DINO TRAIL. 12 to 2 p.m. Meet and greet and photographs with families. Lake Compounce, 186 Enterprise Dr., Bristol.
FUN DAY. Hosted by Plainville Recreation Department. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Grand finale to summer programs. Activities include face painting, spin art, thumbprints, tattoos, a dunker, tissue flowers, pony rides, button maker. Structured to serve children 3 to 11. Activities from 1 to 2 p.m. Magic show with Great Leone to follow. Norton Park, Plainville. Admission is free. Small charge for refreshments, balloons.
SUNDAY, AUG. 16
FAMILY SUNDAYS. 12 to 2 p.m. Origami Creations, learn the art of paper sculpture by folding paper into these Japanese inspired art creations. New England Carousel Museum, 95 Riverside Ave., Bristol. Admission, $5 for children. $6 for adults. Free for members. All admissions include free ride on working carousel and entry to all museum exhibits. (860) 585-5411. Facebook.com/CarouselMuseum
THURSDAY, AUG. 20
SUMMER READING FINALE WITH MAD SCIENCE’S ‘THE SCIENCE OF HEROES.’ 6:30 p.m. How do superheroes do what they do? Mad Science will show with a wacky, creative presentation. Celebrate your summer reading at this special event. All-ages. Free. Open to the public. Plainville Public Library, 56 East Main St., Plainville.
‘COUNTDOWN TO KINDERGARTEN.’ 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Children will meet other children, hear going to school stories, ride in a school bus, make school crafts, meet kindergarten teacher, receive a free lunch. Parents will have opportunity to meet kindergarten teacher and find out what children will experience during the first year of school. Free. Registration required. Bristol Public Library, 5 High St., Bristol. Call Children’s Department at Bristol Public Library. (860) 584-7787, ext. 2021. Sponsored by the library, Bristol School Readiness Council, and Imagine Nation A Museum Early Learning Center.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 11
BACK TO SCHOOL FAMILY NIGHT. Presented by Bristol Parks and Recreation Department. 6:30 p.m. “Frozen.” Pre-show entertainment featuring Les Julian. Sponsored by First Bristol Federal Credit Union. Muzzy Field, Bristol. Advance ticets are $1 per person and available at Parks and Recreation, 111 North Main St., Bristol, the Dennis Malone Aquatics center, 325 Mix St., Bristol and the First Bristol Federal Credit Union, 25 North St. and 902 Stafford Ave., Bristol. Tickets at the gate will be $3 per person. JessiePetroka@ci.Bristol.Ct.us, (860) 584-6160.
SEPT. 19, OCT. 8, OCT. 24
ST. PAUL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE. Saturdays, 10 and 11:30 a.m. Thursday, 7 p.m. Tour the building. Meet faculty. (Placement exam is Saturday, Nov. 21 at 8 a.m.) St. Paul Catholic High School, 1001 Stafford Ave., Bristol. Pre-register. SPCHS.net, email@example.com, (860) 584-0911.
NOW thru AUG. 21
FREE SUMMER MEALS. Breakfast, 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. Lunch, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m Offered by CTMeals. Meals include fresh fruits, salads, milk, sandwiches, more. Norton Park, Plainville. For other sites, dial 2-1-1 or visit CTSummerFood.org. No pre-registration necessary.