Saturday, February 17, 2018
Public Access

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10:00am [10:00am] Branford: Mini-Maker Table
Join us every Friday and Saturday for a mini-maker project from our MakerLab! Every month we will feature a quick project or new piece of equipment to mess around with. The results may have you leaving with something to physically take home OR just the satisfaction that you were able to create a circuit, power on an Arduino or thread a sewing machine. The projects are easy, meant for all ages and 100% drop-in. It is just up to you to find out which floor we are featuring the project on and drop on by. Registration for this table is not required – just come ready to tinker, play and create!

[10:00am] Glastonbury: Together Time Tales
Everyone is invited to put down the technology and fully participate in this family-oriented storytime that is fun for young and old. A simple craft will follow each themed storytime. Together Time Tales is offered the third Saturday of the month through May 2018. No registration is needed.

[10:00am] New Haven: Family Day - Poets and Painters
Find an artwork that lets your imagination run wild! Build a poem, dance a song. Bring all of your family and friends along! Come one, come all for art-making, music, poetry, and fun. No registration is required. Costumes encouraged!

[10:00am] New Haven: Lunarfest - Chinese New Year
Celebrate the Year of the Dog and the Chinese New Year in New Haven as the New Haven museum teams with the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University and the Yale-China Association, to co-host Lunarfest 2018. The event offers fascinating hands-on workshops, talks, and performances for all ages. All activities are free and open to the public, but space is limited for some activities. Lunarfest begins at 10 a.m. with a colorful lion dance and performances on Whitney Avenue, between Grove Street and Trumbull Street, and onto Audubon Street, and remarks by Mayor Toni Harp. Yale mascot Handsome Dan will join revelers in the parade up Whitney Avenue. From there, the fun moves indoors at 1 pm to three locations: New Haven Museum (114 Whitney Ave.), The Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University, Luce Hall (34 Hillhouse Ave), and the Yale-China Association (442 Temple St). Activities include children’s arts and crafts; calligraphy; music; dance lessons, paper-lantern making; language classes; cooking demonstrations; poetry; theatre; exhibits, and more. The theme of Lunarfest 2018 is "People-to-People," reflecting a spirit of cross-cultural dialogue, specifically between the American and Chinese cultures. People-to-People also underscores the commonality of all people. Regardless of an individual’s culture, there are innate aspects of the human experience that connect us all around the world--humor, food, art, music, literature. This year’s festival will focus on promoting what brings us together—people-to-people. The New Haven Museum has been collecting, preserving and interpreting the history and heritage of Greater New Haven since its inception as the New Haven Colony Historical Society in 1862. Located in downtown New Haven at 114 Whitney Avenue, the Museum brings more than 375 years of New Haven history to life through its collections, exhibitions, programs and outreach. For more information visit www.newhavenmuseum.org. The Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University promotes education about East Asia both in the college curricula and through lectures and workshops, conferences, cultural events, and educational activities open to faculty, students, K-16 educators, and the general public. Support for this day of Chinese arts and cultural programming has been provided by a Title VI National Resource Center Grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The Yale-China Association inspires people to learn and serve together. Founded in 1901 by graduates of Yale University, Yale-China fosters long-term relationships that improve education, health, and cultural understanding in China and the United States. Yale-China envisions a U.S.-China relationship of mutual understanding and profound respect nurtured by collaboration among individuals and institutions.

[10:10am] Rocky Hill: Playgroup
Join us at 10:15 am for stories, songs and more with Miss Cathy. Stay for free play with a special set of toys in the Stepney Room. For babies, toddlers and preschoolers with an adult. Registration not required.

[10:30am] Middletown: Story Time
Join us for story Time at Wesleyan R.J. Julia Bookstore!

[10:30am] Old Saybrook: Meet Moana Story Time
This is a special story time led by one of your favorite characters -- Moana! She will have a story, games,and glitter tattoos for you, along with a photo op for your mom, dad, or special caregiver. Ages 3-10. Pre-register: 860-395-3184

[2:00pm] New Haven: "The Tortoise and the Hare"
These lively and interactive chamber concerts are perfect for introducing your 3-9 year olds to the instruments of the orchestra. The New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s Brass Quintet joins forces with Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo for an afternoon of animals and music. Study how the motion of these musical selections mimics how animals move in real life!