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					                                      Family Fun in Mansfield
                                        May, June, July & August 2009

                                                   Special Notes
●   Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry (486-4605) (bimp.uconn.edu) is located on the UConn Depot Campus and is
    open to the public Fri., Sat. & Sun. 12 noon – 5 pm, April 26 through Nov. 29, and by appointment at other times. Don’t
    miss BIMP’s 2 exciting new exhibits, Toy Theatres of the World and Titeres y Mascaras, an exploration of masks and
    puppets from Latino culure. Look for special programs in the coming months.
●   Community School of the Arts (486-1073) (csa.uconn.edu) offers a wide variety of music, art and theater programs for
    children of all ages. Call for a copy of the Summer 2009 program brochure.
●   CT State Museum of Natural History & CT Archaeology Center (486-4460) (mnh.uconn.edu) has a multi-media exhibit,
    Human's Nature: A Closer Look at the Relationship Between People and the Environment. The Museum is open Wed.-
    Fri., 10am-4pm (closed Saturday-Tuesday). Call for a copy of the Summer 2009 program brochure, which includes several
    programs for children, including the exciting family-friendly CT State BioBlitz June 13 (see below)!
●   Gurleyville Gristmill (429-9671 or 429-9032) (joshuaslandtrust.org), located on Stonemill Rd. in the Gurleyville section of
    Mansfield, is owned and operated by Joshua's Trust, and is open Sundays from mid-May through mid-October.
●   Husky Heritage Sports Museum (486-2240) (uconnalumni.com), in the UConn Alumni Center, brings alive remarkable
    images & stories of UConn's winning teams, determined coaches & gifted student-athletes, and is open Mon.-Fri., 8am-5pm.
●   Mansfield Historical Society (429-6575) (mansfieldct-history.org) is open Thurs. and Sun. 1:30-4:30pm,May 31- Sept.27.
    New exhibits include: history of the First Baptist Church; Gurleyville & the Gurleyville family; textiles in 1800 & 1900.
●   Mansfield Parks and Recreation Dept. (429-3015) (mansfieldct.org) has many classes, programs and activities for young
    children. Check the Summer 2009 brochure sent to every household for information about summer camps, Community
    Gardens, kayak rentals, backyard game equipment rentals, fee waivers for eligible Mansfield residents, and so much more!
●   Mansfield Public Library (423-2501) (biblio.org/mansfield) is a treasure-trove of free books and other media for children
    and families. Call or check the library’s website for the schedule of story hours and other events for children and families.
    And check out the Summer Reading Program (June 22-Aug. 21).
●   Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum (486-2712) (uconnhuskies.com) is open for general skating over most of the summer; call
    or check the website for schedule. Check out skating lessons for ages 4 and up starting May 11!
●   Storrs Farmers Market (storrsfarmersmarket@gmail.com), located in the Mansfield Town Hall parking lot, is open
    Saturdays from May 2-Nov. 21, 3-6pm. Check out what's new: entertainment, education & cooking demonstrations, plus
    special events and activities for kids!
●   UConn Co-op (486-5027) (bookstore.uconn.edu) has a large selection of children’s books. Check the website or phone for
    summer programs and events for children.
●   UConn EEB (=Ecology & Evolutionary Biology) Greenhouses (486-4052) (eeb.uconn.edu/), on the UConn campus, house
    a huge collection of live plants from all over the world. Open to the public: Mon.-Fri. 8am-4pm.
●   UConn Student Activities Programs (486-3423) (summerprograms.uconn.edu/) sponsors TON of FUN TUESDAYS: every
    Tuesday in July & August ice cream & novelties, 11:30am-1:30pm, Student Union North Apron.
●   William Benton Museum of Art (486-1705) (benton.uconn.edu) is open Thurs. & Fri., 10am-4:30pm, Sat. & Sun. 1-4:30pm
    (closed July 3-8). Exhibits that would be appropriate/fun/interesting for young children (June 6-Aug.9): A Touch of Humor;
    and Puppets from the Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry. Check the website or call to find out about family-friendly
    events and films on weekends, and courtyard concerts on weekdays at 12noon.

              For more information about the events listed in this calendar, check the following sources:
CSA = Community School of the Arts (UConn) (486-1073) (csa.uconn.edu)
CSMNH = CT State Museum of Natural History & CT Archaeology Center (UConn) (486-4460) (mnh.uconn.edu)
EOS = E.O.Smith High School (487-0877) (eosmith.org)
MHS = Mansfield Historical Society ( 429-6575) (mansfieldct-history.org)
MMS = Mansfield Middle School (429-9341)
MPL = Mansfield Public Library (423-2501) (biblio.org/mansfield)
MPRD = Mansfield Parks and Recreation Department (429-3015) (mansfieldct.org)

              Many of the following programs require advance registration and/or fees. Call ahead!
Fee waivers are available to eligible Mansfield residents for most Mansfield Parks and Recreation Department
programs (429-3015). Scholarships may be available for other fee-based programs listed here.


                                Summer Vacation Camps, Programs, Workshops, Activities
Contact: Community School of the Arts (486-1073; csa.uconn.edu); CT State Museum of Natural History & CT Archaeology
Center (486-4460; mnh.uconn.edu); Holiday Hill Day Camp (423-1375; holidayrecreation.com); Kids are Scientists Too (KAST)
(486-9219; kast.uconn.edu); Mansfield Parks & Recreation Dept. (429-3315; mansfieldct.org); Mansfield Public Library (429-
2501; biblio.org/mansfield); Oak Grove Montessori School’s Camp Summer Fun (456-1031; campsummerfun2009.com)



                                                         MAY 2009
May 1 (Fri.), 6-9pm – Drop-in Family Spring Fun Night: pool and gym fun, games and more! (all ages) (MPRD)
May 2 (Sat.), 9am-12n – House and garden plants + baked goods and other foods for sale @ First Church of Christ (423-9008)
May 2 (Sat.), 10am-3pm – Mt. Hope Montessori School Spring Fair: free fun for the whole family! (rain date: May 9) (423-1070)
May 3 (Sun.), 1-2pm – Meet the Mt. Hope River; discover spring along the river with a naturalist (all ages w/adult) (MPRD)
May 6 (Wed.), 7pm – Spring Band Concert by Mansfield Middle School students MMS auditorium (MMS)
May 7 (Th.), 7pm – Spring Chorus Concert by E.O. Smith H.S.students (EOS)
May 9 (Sat.), 4-9pm – Parents’ Night Out/Kids’ Night Out: fun for kids in grades K-5 @ the Community Center! (MPRD)
May 12 (Tues.), 7pm – Spring Band & Jazz Band Concert by E.O. Smith H.S. Students (EOS)
May 14 (Th.), 6:30-9:30pm – FREE Mansfield Day at the Community Center; swim, use gym, play games (all ages) (MPRD)
May 13 (Wed.), 7pm – Spring Orchestra Concert by Mansfield Middle School students in the MMS auditorium (MMS)
May 16 (Sat.), 8am-2pm – Southeast Elementary School PTO tag sale fundraiser. Donations needed! (423-1611)
May 16 (Sat.), 10am-12n – Archaeology @ the Henry Whitfield State Museum, Guilford (all ages w/adult) (CSMNH)
May 16 (Sat.), 10:30am – Garden Gate Club plant sale at Buchanan Center/Mansfield Library; Go Green! (423-8810)
May 16 (Sat.), 1-3pm – Willimantic River Greenway Midriver Trail; enjoy a guided walk along a section of this river (MPRD)
May 20 (Wed.), 7pm – Spring Choral Concert by Mansfield Middle School students in the MMS auditorium (MMS)
May 21 (Th.), 7pm – Spring Orchestra Concert by E.O. Smith H.S. Students in the EOS auditorium (EOS)
May 23 (Sat.), 10am-12n – A Visit to the UConn EcoGarden; sustainable agriculture right here! (all ages w/adult) (CSMNH)
May 25 (Mon.), 9am – Memorial Day parade and observances in Mansfield Center (429-3302)
May 27 (Wed.), 6:30pm – Beginning Band Concert by MMS and elementary school students in MMS auditorium (MMS)
May 30 (Sat.), 10am-2pm – Goodwin Elementary School Annual Fun Fair, rain or shine; lots of fun for all ages (429-6316)
May 30 (Sat.), 6-9pm – Drop-in Family Spring Fun Night: pool and gym fun, games and more! (all ages) (MPRD)
May 30 (Sat.), 3pm – Mansfield Library annual plant swap @ Buchanan Center: bring some, take some! Go Green! (MPL)
May 31(Sun.), 1:30-4:30pm – Opening of the Mansfield Historical Society for the 2009 season; special activities! (MHS)


                                                        JUNE 2009

June 4 (Th.) & June 5 (Fri..), 7:30pm – Performance of slapstick The Love of Three Oranges by EOSmith Drama Club (EOS)
June 5 (Fri.), 4-6pm – Goodwin Elementary School celebrates its 50th birthday with an Open House (rain date: 6/10) (429-6316)
June 6 (Sat.), 8am-12m – Day 1 in an Advanced Alien Civilization: walking tour of NYC with experienced guide (MPRD)
June 6 (Sat.), 9am-4pm – Friends of the Mansfield Library Book Sale @ Buchanan Center; LOTS of children's books! (MPL)
June 6 (Sat.), 10am – CT Trails Day walk through the site of the future Storrs Center (rain cancels) (429-2740)
June 6 (Sat.), 10am -- CT Trails Day easy family 2-mile hike on Mansfield Hollow State Park’s Red Trail (429-1043)
June 6 (Sat.), 10am-12n – Farming the Sound: shellfish farming (aquaculture) @ Groton/Noank (ages 6 & up w/adult) (CSMNH)
June 6 (Sat.), 1-2pm – Schoolhouse Brook Park on CT Trails Day: explore late spring with a naturalist (all ages w/adult) (MPRD)
June 6 (Sat.), 1:30pm – Performance of slapstick comedy The Love of Three Oranges by EOSmith Drama Club (EOS)
June 7 (Sun.), 9am-3pm – Friends of the Mansfield Library Book Sale @ Buchanan Center; LOTS of children's books! (MPL)
June 7 (Sun.), 1-3pm – A Visit to Cato Corner Farm; see how some very special cheese is made! (ages 8 & up w/adult) (CSMNH)
June 7 (Sun.), 3pm – Choral concert by Take Note! to benefit its outreach efforts @ First Church of Christ Mans. Ctr. (429-7749)
June 12 (Fri.), 6-9pm – Drop-in Family Spring Fun Night: pool and gym fun, games and more! (all ages) (MPRD)
June 13 (Sat.), 10am-3pm – 10-Year Anniversary CT State BioBlitz @ Keney Park & Goodwin College, Hartford (CSMNH)
June 14 (Sun.), 12n-3pm – FREE Mansfield Day at the Community Center; swim, use gym, play games (all ages) (MPRD)
June 22 (Mon.), 6:15pm – Free carillon concert on the lawn of the Storrs Congregational Church + desserts for sale (429-9382)
June 24 (Wed.), 7pm – Storyteller Diane Postoian presents stories for children (ages 5 & up) (MPL)
June 26 (Fri.), 1-3pm – Afternoon @ the Museum: Meet Your Breakfast & play with your food! (grades 1-5 w/adult) (CSMNH)
June 27 (Sat.), 10am-12n – Beekeeping – A Sweet Idea; see beehives & taste UConn honey! (ages 6 & up w/adult) (CSMNH)
June 27 (Sat.), 6-9pm -- Drop-in Family Summer Fun Night: pool and gym fun, games and more! (all ages) (MPRD)
June 28 (Sun.), 1:30-3:30pm – Foods from the Landscape: visit CT DEP’s Backyard Habitat program (all ages w/adult) (CSMNH)


                                                        JULY 2009

July 1 (Wed.), 6:30-9pm -- Drop-in Family Summer Fun Night: pool and gym fun, games and more! (all ages) (MPRD)
July 9 (Th), 6:30-8pm – Dr. Ya Ya’s Gumbo Party; free, fun family concert @ Community Center (MPRD)
July 11 (Sat.), 9am-12n – Open Wheels: Make a bowl for the Pottery Sale Fundraiser; call to reserve a time (ages 6 & up) (CSA)
July 15(Wed.), 6:30-9pm -- Drop-in Family Summer Fun Night: pool and gym fun, games and more! (all ages) (MPRD)
July 15 (Wed.), 6:30-9pm – FREE Mansfield Day at the Community Center; swim, use gym, play games (all ages) (MPRD)
July 16 (Th.), 6:30-8pm – 21st Anniversary Kidsville Kuckoo Revue; free, fun family concert @ Community Center (MPRD)
July 17 (Fri.), 1-3pm -- Afternoon @ the Museum: Meet Your Lunch & play with your food! (grades 1-5 w/adult) (CSMNH)
July 18 (Sat.), 10:30am – Nappy Puppets presents “Father Goose’s Tales” (all ages welcome) (MPL)
July 18 (Sat.), 8am-12n – 4th Annual Tour de Mansfield: bike tour for all ages and distances+ barbecue (rain date: 7/25) (MPRD)
July 18 (Sat.), 10am-14pm – Project O: In the Lab & Out to Sea at Avery Point; BYO picnic (ages 6 & up w/adult) (CSMNH)
July 20 (Mon.), 6:15pm – Free carillon concert on the lawn of the Storrs Congregational Church + desserts for sale (429-9382)
July 23 (Thurs.), 6:30-8pm – Les Julian: free, fun family concert @ Community Center (MPRD)
July 25 (Sat.), 8am-c.3pm – 2009 K-9/Canine Olympics (fundraiser) on the UConn Depot Campus, Rte. 44; fun for all! (486-4800)
July 25 (Sat.), 12n-2:30pm – Pottery Sale Fundraiser @ CSA for the Community School of the Arts Scholarship Fund (CSA)
July 26 (Sun.), 7am-c.7pm – Bus trip: Whale Watch (!!!) out of Plymouth, MA; register by July 3 (all ages with adult) (MPRD)
July 29 (Wed.), 6:30-9pm -- Drop-in Family Summer Fun Night: pool and gym fun, games and more! (all ages) (MPRD)
July 30 (Th.), 6:30-8pm – Shaded Soul: free, fun family concert @ Community Center (MPRD)


                                                      AUGUST 2009

Aug. 1 (Sat.), 10:30am – Dave Fry presents a Family Singalong (all ages welcome) (MPL)
Aug. 1 (Sat.), 7-9pm – Bats Alive! See and learn about fascinating and beneficial bats (ages 6 & up with adult) (CSMNH)
Aug. 8 (Sat.), 12n-3pm – FREE Mansfield Day at the Community Center; swim, use gym, play games (all ages) (MPRD)
Aug. 15 (Sat.), 8am-c.9pm – Whale Watch; look for whales from a boat out of Plymouth, MA!!! (all ages with adult) (CSMNH)
Aug. 21 (Fri), 1-3pm – Afternoon @ the Museum: Meet Your Dinner & play with your food! (grades 1-5 w/adult) (CSMNH)
Aug. 23 (Wed.), 6:30-9pm -- Drop-in Family Summer Fun Night: pool and gym fun, games and more! (all ages) (MPRD)
Aug. 30 (Sun.), 9:30am-c. 7:30pm – James Taylor at Tanglewood; bus trip to 2:30pm concert on the lawn (MPRD)




Family Fun in Mansfield is compiled by Becky Lehmann for Mansfield Advocates for Children). Please contact her (423-5807;
slehmann@snet.net) if you wish to suggest items for future editions. Publication of Family Fun in Mansfield is supported by a
grant from the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Foundation.