Jul 28, 2014

Puzzles, a Parade and Cats!

This weekly column will help you plan something to do with the family this week.

Puzzles, a Parade and Cats!

Glad you clicked on our new Grab & Go Kids Planner!

We've assembled a weekly calendar of kid-friendly activities and new places to try out with children.

Each week, we'll give you the info on the five best family activities or events for the week.

You're time-pressed enough, so we're happy to do the research and find the best things to do and places to go, both locally and within reasonable striking distance.

Look for the kids’ planner each Tuesday, and help us build the planner with your own suggestions and tips — just add them to the comment box. Even if you disagree with our picks, let us know. We want to hear from you!

Free Saturday at the Museum

Where/When: Storrs-CT State Museum of Natural History, March 12, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Why Go: Drop in "to join in a fun hands-on activity and explore your world through experimentation and observation. Recommended for students in grades 1 through 5, accompanied by an adult."

Pricing: Free.

 Kids' Puzzle Building Contest

Where/When: Enfield Public Library March 11 at 3:30 p.m.

Why Go: Drop in after school and work in teams to complete a jigsaw puzzle. Prizes will be awarded. Children ages 6 years and older are welcome.

Pricing: Free.

 40th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade

Where/When: Hartford, March 12 at 11 a.m.

Why Go: Come celebrate St. Patrick's Day with your friends and enjoy a whimsical parade that will feature marching bands, bagpipes, fife and drum corps and dozens of parade marchers and politicians.

Pricing: Free.


• Video Games in Motion

Where/When: Wilson Branch Library, 365 Windsor Ave., Windsor
Why Go: Kids in grades 4 to 10 are invited to join the Wilson Branch Library for a drop-in, free-play video game event. Wii on the big screen will take place from 3:30pm - 5:00pm. All levels of players are welcome for this free event.
Pricing: Free

•  Cats! Cats! Cats!

Where/When: Lutz Children's Museum-Manchester, March 15, 4-5 p.m.

Why Go: Kids ages 5-10 are invited to the Lutz Museum to learn all about cats; what they're thinking, why they like catnip, why they cough up hairballs, why their eyes shine in the dark, why they scratch furniture, why they like playing with string and more. Kids will even make a cat toy.

Pricing: The cost of the program is $13 for members and $15 for non-members. Call 860-643-0949 to register or visit them online at www.lutzmuseum.org.

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