Observing the Arts: Celebrate snowmen; Solve the ‘Underground Lab Mystery’

The Imagine Nation Museum invites families to celebrate snowmen on Dec. 28.
Author Rick Labadia will talk about his two books: “What Can a Snowman Count?” and “What Can a Snowman Wear? A Snowman Alphabet.”
Kids can have fun with snowmen, and create a snow creature out of shaving cream in the Imagine It! Art Area.
The program will be from 11 a.m. to noon Dec. 28.
The children’s museum is also gearing up to celebrate the New Year with the “8th Annual Celebrations Around the World!” The event, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 31, celebrates cultures and traditions from around the globe.
Participants can create a party hat and noisemakers, and enjoy music, dancing and more. Visitors can march in a parade at 11:30 a.m. And gather in “Imagine Nation Times Square” for the ball to drop at noon. Admission is $7; members and children one year old and younger are free.
For more information about Imagine Nation Museum, located at One Pleasant Street, call (860) 314-1400 or visit www.imaginenation.org.
HOLIDAY FUN: Ronnie Spector’s “Best Christmas Party Ever!” will be at 8 p.m. Saturday at Mohegan Sun’s Wolf Den. Spector’s Christmas recordings, featured on the 1963 album “A Christmas Gift for You,” are staples of the holiday season. The free show is for ages 21 years and older. For more information, visit www.mohegansun.com.
SCIENCE MYSTERY: The Southington Public Library’s children’s department will host an “Underground Lab Mystery” at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 28.
In the program, a hidden underground laboratory on the outskirts of town holds secrets. Kids can witness surprising discoveries, experience showers of smoke-filled bubbles and popping potions.
The program is for children ages 6 years and older. In-person registration is required for this event.
TEEN IDOL: Justin Bieber is coming to Hartford’s XL Center next summer, for a show on July 18. This will be the second time Bieber has performed at the XL Center. The singer appeared in October 2009, playing to a sold-out crowd.
Tickets are $95, $79.50, $59.50 and $45 and if not sold out, are available via Ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster locations.
VIP packages will also be available for the upcoming tour. Packages include tickets, Meet & Greets, photo opportunities with the star, autographed memorabilia, VIP merchandise, and more. For information on VIP packages, visit www.aeglive.com.
TIX ON SALE: Daughtry and 3 Doors Down team up for a joint headlining tour that stops at Mohegan Sun on Feb. 17.
Tickets are $35 and go on sale at 10 a.m. today. Log on to Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster outlets, call (800) 745-3000.
CHILDREN’S THEATER GROUP: Children who are in grade 3 through age 12 years old are invited to register for the Southington Public Library’s “Theater Games” programs, set for Jan. 7 as well as Jan. 14. The program is at 4 p.m. each day; kids can register for one or both dates.
An audition for this year’s children’s play will be at 4 p.m. Jan. 28. In order to audition, children must have attended at least one “Theater Games” class. For more information, call (860) 628-0947 ext. 3.
MORE NEW SHOWS: Modern rockers Skillet will perform at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville on Jan. 12. Tickets are $29.50 and are available at Ticketmaster.com and via phone at (800) 745-3000.
Bowzer returns to Mohegan Sun for the “Ultimate Doo-Wop Party Volume XII” in the Mohegan Sun Arena at 3 p.m. Jan. 20. The line-up includes Bowzer and the The Stingrays, Jay Black, Kenny Vance and The Planotones, Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, Jay Siegel’s Tokens, The Orlons, Linda Jansen, and Lenny Welch. Special guests Johnny Contardo and Lennie Baker will also appear with Bowzer for a mini-Sha Na Na Reunion.
Tickets are $35 and $25. Call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or visit Ticketmaster.com.
Matisyahu will give an acoustic performance at Hartford’s Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 17. For tickets, call (860) 987-5900 or visit www.bushnell.org.
Comedian Eddie Izzard will be at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods in Ledyard on Feb. 15. Izzard was last seen as Grandpa Munster in NBC’s “Mockingbird Lane.” Last year, he lent his voice to Disney’s “Cars 2” animated film.
Tickets are $45, $55 and $65 and are available online at www.comixatfoxwoods.com by calling (800) 200-2882.
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