SATURDAY, OCT. 18
SUNDAY SCHOOL PUMPKIN FESTIVAL. 3 to 7 p.m. 2:45 p.m., register your carved pumpkin and/or scarecrow to enter into the contest. 3 p.m., festival begins. Games and activities, crafts, pumpkin rolls, more. 6 p.m., pumpkin lighting and judging begins. 6:30 p.m., awards. Plainville United Metodist Church, 56 Redstone Hill, Plainville. Free. Donation of “white” and school items for the Plainville Food Pantry also will be accepted.
SUNDAY, OCT. 19
FAMILY SUNDAYS AT THE CAROUSEL MUSEUM. 2 p.m. Fall foliage handprint trees. Explore the museum. Ride the carousel to finish the visit. New England Carousel Museum, 95 Riverside Ave., Bristol. $6, adults. $5, children 2 to 14. Free, children under 2. (860) 585-5411. education@TheCarouselMuseum.org
SATURDAY, OCT. 25
19TH ANNUAL ‘HALLOWEEN AT THE Y.’ 6 to 8 p.m. Haunted House, children’s Halloween fun zone, costume parade and contest, Halloween crafts, refreshments, Halloween trick and treats. Wheeler YMCA, 149 Farmington Ave., Plainville. Free but bring a non-perishable food donation to benefit the Plainville Food Pantry. (860) 793-9631.
OCT. 27-NOV. 1
PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST. Benefit for the food pantry. Wednesday and Saturday, 12 to 2:30 p.m. and Monday through Saturday, 4 to 8 p.m. Vote for the best carved pumpkin. Cost is $2 for adults. $1 for members and senior citizens and children over 5. Children under 5 are free but must be accompanied by an adult. Plainville Historic Center, 29 Pierce St., Plainville. (860) 747-6577. (Handicapped accessible.)
NOW thru DEC. 12
STORY TIME AND READING CLUBS. Various times. Bristol Public Library, 5 High St., Bristol. Manross Memorial Library, 260 Central St., Forestville. Registration required for some. For details, go to BristolLib.com. (860) 584-7787, or (860) 584-7790.
NOW thru OCT. 27
FAMILY ZUMBA. Held by the Parent and Child Center of Bristol Hospital. Mondays, 5:15 to 6 p.m. For families with children 4 and up. Stafford Elementary School gymnasium, 212 Lousiana Ave., Bristol (Oct. 20 class at Bristol Public Library, 5 High St., Bristol). Free. Only open to families with children 18 or young. Register. (860) 585-3895, cgaray@BristolHospital.org
NOW thru NOV. 10
PLAY AND LEARN GROUP. Held by the Parent and Child Center, 9 Prospect St., Bristol. 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Meet other parents and children under the age of 5 for early learning activities to help children develop school readiness skills prior to entering kindergarten. Story time, craft activities, free play, etc. The Parent and Child Center, 9 Prospect St., Bristol. Free. Open to Bristol families with children age 5 or younger.
NOW thru DEC. 11
STORY TIME SESSIONS. Every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m., 2 year olds; every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., 3, 4, 5 year olds; every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m., Sensory Tots, 2 to 5 year olds; every Wednesday at 1 p.m., 3, 4, 5 year olds; every Thursday at 9:30 a.m., Baby Time, 0-12 months. Manross Memorial Library, 260 Central St., Forestville. Register. (860) 584-7790.
NOW thru MAY 2015
‘BANANAS SPLIT, TOO.’ Offered by Bristol Youth Services. 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays. An 11-week support group for children of divorce, separated, or of a single parent family. Group will participate in activities geared toward developing communication, coping skills, identifying feelings, and understanding family transitions in a healthy way. For children 5 to 6, 7 to 8, 9 to 11. Bristol Youth Services, 51 High St., Bristol. Register. (860) 314-4690.
STORY TIME. 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. Weekends and holidays. For children 6 and under. Connecticut Science Center, 250 Columbus Blvd., Hartford. Free with the purchase of a general admission ticket. Children under 3 free. (860) SCIENCE, www.CTScienceCenter.org
LIVE SCIENCE DEMONSTRATIONS. Weekends, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fun, interactive live science demonstrations. Connecticut Science Center, 250 Columbus Blvd., Hartford. Free with the purchase of a general admission ticket. (860) SCIENCE, www.CTScienceCenter.org