If you’re tired of doing the same old puzzles and watching reruns of Nickelodeon cartoons, then you’re not alone. Patch has some ideas for those of you out there with kids to entertain! Check out our ideas in this week’s planner of kid-friendly activities.
FAMILY BEST BETS OF THE WEEK
WHERE/WHEN: Wednesday and Friday at 11 a.m. at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum in Ledyard.
WHY GO: Your kids will love the cute, waddling penguin visitors from the Mystic Aquarium! And don’t deny it, you’ll love them, too.
PRICING: Admission to the event is free with museum admission; free to museum members.
WHERE/WHEN: Saturday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Raymond Library in Montville.
WHY GO: Children are invited to sign up for reading times and share stories with therapy dogs! The dogs will love it, and surely the kids will, too. If you can’t make it to this event, bring the kids to local pet shops or shelters to catch up with some furry friends!
PRICING: There is no charge, but reading slots are limited.
WHERE/WHEN: Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Crystal Mall in Waterford in front of Old Navy.
WHY GO: It’s a win-win situation! Bring the kids to the mall for some story time and monkey-themed activities and maybe they’ll behave when you drag them to a couple of stores.
PRICING: Bring some gently used books to be donated to the Madonna Place in Norwich.
WHERE/WHEN: Saturday from 12 to 4 p.m. at the Old Mistick Village in Mystic.
WHY GO: There’s a ton of free family activities—guitar program, dog demonstration, music, owls from the nature center and more! Plus, chowder. Lots of it.
PRICING: Events are free, but chowder samples are $1 each, $5 for 7 or $10 for 15.
WHERE/WHEN: Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Weller and Clarke Centers at Mitchell College in New London.
WHY GO: Because the event is sure to instill your children’s love of books. And it’s an excuse to wear those funny-looking tall, striped hats.
PRICING: A donation of at least one book per family is requested as admission. Otherwise the cost is $5 per family.