Family Fun Calendar - January 2018

Each month Connecticut Parent Magazine runs an extensive Family Fun Calendar, featuring events throughout Connecticut. All encompassing and comprehensive, it is a section our readers consistently look to and rely on to plan their family activities for the month. Below is just a small sampling of what is currently being showcased. These events mirror our Editor's Picks, and the events that lead off the current edition of the Family Fun Calendar.

Winter Weekend
January 19-21 • Mashantucket

Before the Red Sox head down to Florida for Spring Training they’re heading to Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket for the 4th annual Winter Weekend on Friday, January 19, Saturday, January 20 and Sunday, January 21. This is your chance to collect player and alumni autographs, have your photo taken with a team member, attend a special screening of The Sandlot and more. Definitely check out the Family Fun Zone with games and activities for kids of all ages.

Tickets are $20-$105 with additional charges for some special events. Foxwoods Resort Casino is located at 350 Trolley Line Boulevard. For more information, call 800-369-9663 or visit

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Winterfest Ice Skating
January 1 and 2 • Hartford

It’s time to break out those new skates you got for the holidays and come to the Winterfest Ice Rink on the east side of Bushnell Park, near the Pump House, in Hartford on Monday, January 1 and Tuesday, January 2. Ring in the New Year with a spin on the ice. If you don’t have your own skates, don’t worry because there are free skate rentals at the Skate Shack until 7:15 p.m.

Skate from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Admission is free. Bushnell Park is located on Jewell Street. For more information, visit 

Cardboard Explosion!
Sunday, January 14 • Stamford

Photo courtesy of Puppet Showplace Theater.

Get ready for a one-of-a-kind puppetry experience when you come to the Palace Theatre in Stamford to see Cardboard Explosion! on Sunday, January 14 at 3 p.m. With help from the audience, puppeteer Brad Shur transforms simple cardboard shapes into elaborate puppet characters, and then brings them to life right before your eyes. Get ready to outsmart dragons, choose-your-own superpower and train adorable animal sidekicks in this fun show.

Tickets are $12.50. The Stamford Palace Theatre is located at 61 Atlantic Street. For more information, call 203-325-4466 or visit 

Babar the Elephant
Saturday, January 20 • New Haven

Members of the The New Haven Symphony Orchestra bring one of your favorite stories to life when they perform Babar the Elephant on Saturday, January 20 at 2 p.m. at the Davis Street School in New Haven. This lively and interactive chamber concert is perfect for introducing children, ages 3-9, to the instruments of the orchestra. Pianist William Braun will play Poulenc’s whimsical L’Histoire de Babar, while Really Inventive Stuff’s vaudeville actor Michael Boudewyns narrates the tale about the King of the Elephants.

Admission is free. Davis Street School is located at 35 Davis Street. For more information, call 203-865-0831 or visit

Taste of Fairfield: Winter Goodness
Sunday, January 28 • Fairfield

Your tummy will thank you when you come to Taste of Fairfield — Winter Goodness on Sunday, January 28 from noon-4 p.m. at the Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield. Restaurants, markets and all things food come together for everyone to enjoy. The focus will be on comfort food, party food and goodies to serve at a Super Bowl party. There will be music, fun and roving entertainment.

Admission is $50 in advance; day-of-the-event tickets, if available, are $60; kids 15 and under are $20. A VIP pass is $100 in advance and $110 on January 28. Proceeds from the Chances to Win program benefit Operation Hope. Brooklawn Country Club is located at 500 Algonquin Road. For more information, call 203-431-1708, ext. 111 or visit





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