Family Programs & Special Events

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Hip Pickles Drum Band
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Appropriate for Preschool-Elementary Age Children
Smith Middle School Auditorium - 11:00 a.m. FREE
Come experience the most fun that you can squeeze into 45 minutes. Interactive fun for Kids - Pickle-Mania Dance Contest, Vocal Idol, the Big Ha Ha laughing Contest, Audience drum jam on stage and MORE! Be awed by the amazing high energy drumming by the 6-time World Champion Hip Pickles.

Songs & Silly Stuff
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Appropriate for Preschool-Elementary Age Children
Smith Middle School Auditorium - 11:00 a.m. FREE
Songs and Silly Stuff with Professor Paddy-Whack is an exciting, one-man carnival of fun. Featuring Rick Adam and his One Man Junk Band, the program includes: sing-a-longs, musical saw, amazing juggling, baffling rope tricks and hand shadows sure to inspire flash light fun! Perfect family entertainment!

Locker Room Open House
Thursday, March 22 from 4:00-6:30 p.m.
Academy Teen Center (2143 Main St.)
Come shop for FREE! The Locker Room currently has soccer cleats, shin guards, soccer balls, baseball cleats, basketball shoes and, basketballs. If you’re unable to attend the open house and are in need of equipment please contact Mandee Morris at (860)652-7838 (or e-mail Have equipment that’s too small? Donations and Trade-Ins appreciated!

“After” Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs
Egg Hunt begins promptly at 10:00 a.m. at the Riverfront Park (200 Welles Street, Glastonbury) on Saturday, April 7th. Event will be held rain or shine. Over 6,000 eggs will be hidden. Every egg contains a treat or prize for you and your dog (Donated by Melzen Pet Supply) including gift certificates and other surprises. Cost is $10/dog. Dogs must be on leash with up to date rabies tag or certification. No aggressive dogs please.

Family Ice Fishing Clinic
(All Ages-Under 10 Must be Accompanied by Adult)
This DEEP sponsored clinic is taught by state certified volunteer instructors through the Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) Program. It is designed to introduce you to the wintertime sport of ice fishing. All those who attend are invited to join the DEEP at their Annual Family Ice Fishing Derby on Coventry Lake, January 28th. The Derby is only open to those who attend an Ice Fishing class and is free.

Fishing Clinic
Ice Fishing Clinic                     410009-BB

Fee:                   FREE
Meets:               Thursday 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location:           Gideon Welles Cafeteria
Dates:               Thursday, January 11 (Snow Date: January 18)

Beginning Fisherman Clinic
All Ages-Under 10 Must be Accompanied by an Adult.
The DEEP’s Bureau of Fisheries will instruct about identifying fish, techniques and safety. Materials and equipment will be provided. FREE!

Fishing Clinic
Beginning Fisherman’s Clinic                 410009-AA

Fee:                    FREE
Meets:                6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location:            Hebron Avenue Cafeteria
Dates:                Tuesday & Thursday, April 3 & 5

Youth Fishing Derby
(Youth ages 4 through 15)
Compete for the biggest, smallest, first and most trout caught, or just enjoy a morning of fishing with your child on Saturday, April 21, 8:00-10:00 a.m. at J.B. Williams Pond. Prizes raffled every 15 minutes. Four age categories: 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, 13-15. No bait restrictions. No physical parental assistance allowed except baiting & casting. Pre- registration not required. FREE.