FRIDAY, MAY 16
ALADDIN JR. 7:30 p.m. ThomastonCenterSchool Sixth Grade Drama Club. Thomaston Opera House, 158 Main St., Thomaston. $8 for students and children, $13 for adults. (860) 283-6250.
SATURDAY, MAY 17
BRISTOL YOUTH LACROSSE ‘ANNUAL LAX DAY.’ 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Lacrosse games throughout the day, food vendors, entertainment, more. Bristol Eastern High School, 632 King St., Bristol. Rain or shine.
FAMILY NATURE WALK. CANCELLED 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Rain date is May 18, 1 to 3 p.m.). Embark on a leisure walk in search of signs of spring. Dress appropriately and wear shoes suitable for walking on a nature trail. After, enjoy hot dogs on an open fire. Indian Rock Nature Preserve, 501 Wolcott Rd., Bristol. For members, $5 per person, maximum, $20 per family. For non-members, adults are $10 and children 12 and under $5. Maximum of $30 per family. (860) 583-1234.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 21
“GETTING READY FOR PRESCHOOL.” 5:30 to 7 p.m. Children ages 2 ½ to 4 are welcome to attend. Light meal. Parent and Child Center, 9 Prospect St., Bristol. Free. Pre-register. (860) 585-3895, firstname.lastname@example.org. Families in center’s Nurture Families Network program will be given priority registration.
FRIDAY, MAY 23
KID’S KRAFTS. Fridays, 10:30 a.m. Heather Fontaine presents a hands-on program is designed for children ages 3 to 5 and features age appropriate craft activities. Plainville Public Library, 56 East Main St., Plainville. Free. Register for one or both. (860) 793-1450.
SATURDAY, MAY 31
FAMILY FEST 2014. Presented by PlainvilleSchool Readiness, Plainville Family Resource Network, Friends of the Library. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Touch a Truck, magician, clowns, special visitors, musical entertainment, arts and crafts activities, stress-reduction activities/ ideas for families to sample and take home, local business/agencies with information, free drawings, books. For all ages. PlainvilleHigh School, Robert Holcomb Way, Plainville. (860) 747-3321, (860) 793-6304.
SUMMER SOFTBALL CLINIC. General skills from 9 a.m. to noon. Pitchers and catchers, 12:30 to 3 p.m. For players ages 8-16. Held by USA Elite Training, LLC. BartlemPark, Cheshire. USAEliteTraining.com, (203) 439-0565.
JULY 7-11, JULY 14-18, JULY 21-25
HANDS-ON PERMACULTURE PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN AGES 3 TO 13. 9 a.m. to 11: 50 a.m. for Little Sprouts and Explorers and Visionaries until 3:30 p.m. Three week program held by the Sustainable Farm School. Entails holistic learning that will engage a child’s mind, body, and spirit. Together, the group will work toward completing a permaculture landscape design for the Quaker Meeting House. Students may register for one, two, or all three weeks. Age groups: Little Sprouts (3-6), Explorers (7-10), and Visionaries (10-13). Quaker Meeting House, 144 South Quaker Lane, West Hartford. $200 per week for Explorers and Visionaries, and $125 for Little Sprouts. SustainableFarmSchool.com, (860) 577-0883, email@example.com
CHALLENGE QUEST. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For ages 9 to 18. Fun and respectful atmosphere to challenge yourself to reach your potential. High school students, who successfully complete the week-long program, may participate in a four day, three night camping excursion, Aug. 9 to Aug. 12. PineLake Challenge Course, Bristol. Applications at Bristol Youth Services or download copy at the city of Bristol’s website. Mail completed applications to Bristol Youth Services, attn: Cindy M. Oliveras-Cyr, 51 High St., Bristol. (860) 314-4689.
NOW thru JUNE 2
PLAY AND LEARN GROUP. Mondays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. except for school holidays. Held by the Parent and Child Center. Helps families meet other parents and children under the age of 5. Offers school readiness skills before children enter kindergarten. Hubbell School, cafeteria, 90 West Washington St., Bristol. Open only to Bristol families. (860) 585-3895, firstname.lastname@example.org