8 PLAY THINGS.
10 ECSO: FRENCH CONNECTIONS.
Pursued by dogs and relentless slave catchers, she followed an escape route laid out by Quakers. For tickets, call 860.444.7373 or visit www.gardearts. org.
6 p.m. at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum, 625 Williams St., New London. “Toys and the Invention of Modern Childhood: Curator’s Lecture.” Join Abigail Van Slyck, guest curator of Play/Things, for an interactive lecture about this new exhibition. Wine and cheese reception at 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for members; $10 general public. Reservations suggested. Call 860.443.2545 ext. 112 or visit www.lymanallyn.org.
9, 23 FAMILY OVERNIGHT,
at the Mystic Aquarium. 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. Ever wonder what the aquarium’s animals do at night? Find out while solving an aquarium mystery. After analyzing clues, guests will play games and tour the exhibits, then pick a place to sleep next to the circling sharks, colorful clownfish or the elusive octopus. Members: $50, adult; $40, child; Non-members: $60, adult; $50, child. Pre-registration is required. Call 860.572.5955 ext. 520 or visit www.mysticaquarium.org.
8 p.m., Garde Arts Center, 325 State St., New London. Toshiyuki Shimada, conductor and music director of Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, leads “Dukas: Fanfare to La Peri,” “Debussy: Prélude à “L’Aprèsmidi d’un faune,” “Mozart: Symphony No. 31 in D Major (Paris), K. 297” and “Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe Suite No. 2 (with chorus).” Also, “Poulenc: Gloria” featuring the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Chorus and Guest Soloist, Mireille Asselin, Soprano. Call 860.444.7373 or visit www.gardearts.org.
10-18 APRIL SCHOOL VACATION DAYS AT MYSTIC SEAPORT.
Create a special spring craft, make your way through a flower scavenger hunt and take part in a family gardening exploration in our Buckingham-Hall garden. Make your own toy boat, print a historical seed packet in our print shop and play 19th-century games on the Village Green. On April 13-14, join us for Pirate Days (additional charges apply) and take part in a treasure hunt, make your own bauble in a pirate souvenir workshop or watch a high seas planetarium program. From April 10-19, join us for our story hour at the Children’s Museum. Along with the story, different hands-on objects relating to the story will be shared. Families are welcome at this free program. Especially for children ages 4 to 7. Call 860.572.5322 or visit www.mysticseaport.org.
11 ART + DESIGN LABS FOR ADULTs,
at the Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme. 2 to 4 p.m. Experience the art lesson “problems” that Sewell Sillman practiced under esteemed teachers such as Josef Albers and later taught at Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, Black Mountain College and the Rhode Island School of Design. Test out color optics, intriguing drawing exercises and time-based creative activities. Explore the brain-teasing drawing exercises that enhance motor skills and eye-hand coordination. Recreate some of Sillman’s exercises in making “fast” and “slow” lines and learn how you can paint time into watercolor. Call 860.434.5542 ext. 109 or visit www.florencegriswoldmusuem.org.
13 STAYING DRY AND PAYING FOR IT:
A free symposium on the costs of coastal living in a changing climate, 7:30 p.m., marine science building, UConn Avery Point, 1080 Shennecossett Road, Groton. Moderator W. Frank Bohlen, professor, Department of Marine Sciences, University of Connecticut. Call 860.405.9262 or visit www.averypoint.uconn.edu.
at the Mystic Aquarium. Come see sharks great and small, and some you may not even realize are sharks. Through activities and games, kids will discover which sharks are the fastest, largest and most docile, as well as the threats sharks are facing in the wild. At our new touch tank, you can even touch a shark as it swims
16 SPRING SCHOOL BREAK ART CLASSES.
Shipbuilding Workshop, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Lyman Allyn Art Museum, 625 Williams St., New London. After viewing the museum’s historic ship collection, students will use wood to construct their own ship. Fabric sails and acrylic paints will be used to transform their creation into a pirate ship or faerie boat. Designed for children ages 7 to 11. Reservations required. Admission is $10 per member child; $12 non-member. Call 860.443.2545 ext. 110 or visit www.lymanallyn. org.
17 EARTH FEST.
Connecticut College hosts its annual celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Tempel Green. The free event will celebrate the environment with information, activities, music, food and fun. Rain date is Sunday, April 18. Call 860.439.5218 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
17 CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL.
Screening of the movie “Big,” 1 to 3 p.m. at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum, 625 Williams St., New London. Free with museum admission. After viewing the feature, starring Tom Hanks, challenge your little ones with a scavenger hunt through the museum galleries. Call 860.443.2545 or visit www.lymanallyn.org.
ART + DESIGN LABS FOR KIDS.
1 to 5 p.m. at the Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme. How fast can you draw? How slow can you paint? See what happens to our paintings and drawings when you try to speed up and slow down our art making just like Sewell Sillman did. Call 860.434.5542 ext. 109 or