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April 18-20, 2014

Spring Potpourri

This weekend there’s a potpourri of events for every interest. Revel in the twisted, hilarious homage to The Twilight Zone in the world premiere of “A Cup of Joe at the Iffy Fish” at the Hole in the Wall Theater in New Britain (Friday-Saturday). Hop along with the Easter bunny at the Shore Line Trolley Museum’s Easter Bunny Trolley Rides in East Haven (Saturday-Sunday). Or, gear up for Opening Day of Trout Fishing happening State-wide (Saturday).

Looking for a special gift for the children in your life? Then the Adopt a Penguin Package at the Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa is for you. By booking this package, you can help the Mystic Aquarium and their South African partners rescue and raise abandoned baby penguins and be a part of this very important conservation effort.  Package includes: Overnight accommodations; One South African Penguin Adoption Kit; One-adult ticket to the Mystic Aquarium; One "Mr. Popper's Penguins" DVD. Rates from: $249-$539.

Some Easter activities:

Easter Egg Hunt - Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center, Bristol (860) 583-1234
Have the kids bring a favorite basket for an open field egg hunt, please dress appropriately, and parents bring a blanket or a lawn chair.  A candy-free event (Friday).

Ride a Vintage Train to Visit the Easter Bunny - Danbury Railway Museum, Danbury (203) 778-8337
Take a short train ride in a fully-restored 1953 New Haven RR Rail Diesel Car (Budd RDC), with a stop at the Easter Bunny’s special railroad car. The restored train station includes a coloring station, temporary tattoos, Thomas® play table, and the operating model train layouts.  A fully-stocked gift shop will also be open.  Each child will receive a small gift from the Easter Bunny. Reservations are suggested (Friday-Sunday).

Easter Bunny Express - Railroad Museum of New England, Thomaston (860) 283-7245
Celebrate the coming of spring with a scenic train ride on the Naugatuck Railroad including a visit and gift for each child from the Easter Bunny. Reservations recommended (Saturday).

Easter Egg Hunt - Tanger Outlets, Westbrook (860) 399-8656
The hunt will begin at noon in the courtyard in front of J.Crew and will be held by age groups: 0-3, 4-7, 8-12. Please bring a basket or bag for all of your eggs (Saturday).

Easter Egg HuntPEZ Visitor Center, Orange (203) 298-0201
Bring the children 12 years of age and under with their Easter basket and participate in the hunt. The Easter Bunny will be inside form 1 p,m.-2:30 p.m., so bring your cameras. There will be a kids' coloring station where they can draw their own PEZ dispensers (Saturday).

Easter Egg Hunt - Olde Mistick Village, Mystic (860) 536-4941
Have children under 3 meet in the Apple Orchard for an egg hunt at 11:45 a.m.; 3 year olds hunt for eggs at noon sharp in the Apple Orchard; 4 year olds at 12:15; 5-7 year olds at 12:30 p.m.; and 8-10 year olds at 12:45 p.m. After the hunts are over, children can meet with Mr. Bunny in the Gazebo. The annual Easter bonnet pet parade is a highlight.  In the event of rain, all eggs are available at the Gazebo (Saturday).

These highlights represent just a sampling of the many exciting events taking place across Connecticut this weekend. For more information about these and other entertaining activities, use the Events Quick Search on the right side of the page.


This Weekend in Connecticut
April 18-20, 2014

April 18 - Earth Week Celebration - The Dinosaur Place at Nature's Art Village, 1650 Hartford New London Tpke., Oakdale, 06370. Time: Call. The Dinosaur Place at Nature's Art Village invites you to join us in a celebration of planet Earth! The celebration is jam-packed with family-friendly entertainment and hands-on activities. Catch a magic show, visit a live petting zoo, enjoy a disc-dog performance and so much more. Visit for a complete schedule of events. Admission: Free with paid admission to the park. (860) 443-4367

April 18-19 - "Extreme Habitats: Into the Deep Sea" - Bruce Museum, One Museum Dr., Greenwich, 06830.  Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Experience the exhibition that explores the vast and extraordinary deep sea habitats by examining both the highly adapted survival strategies utilized by creatures of the deep and the technology that enables researchers to record ground-breaking observations. Visitors are encouraged to walk into a replica of a deep-sea submersible to view the mesopelafgic (twilight zone) of the sea. Admission: Adults $7, seniors and students (with valid ID) $6, children (under 5) free. (203) 869-0376

April 18-20 - "Somewhere" - Hartford Stage, 50 Church St., Hartford, 06103. Time: Call for schedule. Come watch an east coast premiere. In 1959, West Side Story is storming Broadway, and a movie version is on the way. It fuels the show-business dreams of Inez Candelaria, who works as an usher but hopes that her children will succeed on the other side of the footlights. Admission: $25-$85. (860) 527-5151

April 18-19 – "Steel Magnolias" - Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Rd., Manchester, 06040. Time: 8 p.m. Come, relax and enjoy the play, which revolves around a light group of southern ladies in a small-town beauty parlor, is alternately hilarious and touching, and in the end, deeply revealing of the strength and purposefulness that underlies the antic banter of its characters. If you have seen the movie and you think this is the same, you will be in for a wonderful surprise. Admission: $22-$29. (860) 647-9824

April 18-19 - "The House That Will Not Stand" - Yale Repertory Theatre, 1120 Chapel St., New Haven, 06511. Time: 8 p.m. Witness what happens following the mysterious death of her white lover, Beartrice Albans, a free woman of color in New Orleans in 1836, imposes a six-month period of mourning on herself and her three daughters. But as the summer heat intensifies, a handsome bachelor comes calling, a family secret is revealed, and the foundation of her household is rocked to its core. Admission: $20-$98. Student, senior, and group discounts available (203) 432-1234

April 18-19 – Elected Artists Exhibition & Lyme-Old Lyme Junior Women's Club Art Show - Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme St., Old Lyme, 06371. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Come check out the annual display of Lyme Art Association members displaying their finest work in the historic building's sky-lit main galleries. Admission: Suggested donation. (860) 434-7802

April 18-20 - IMAX movie "Island of Lemurs: Madagascar" - The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 N. Water St., Norwalk, 06854. Time: Daily. Come see as Academy Award-winner Morgan Freeman narrates the new IMAX movie, Island of Lemurs: Madagascar, the incredible true story of nature's greatest explorers. Admission: IMAX: adults $9.50, children (2-12) $7. Additional Aquarium admission optional (203) 852-0700