We’re filling our Spring calendar with a slew of fun events: Neon After Dark: Neon Night at Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 4/6: Neon lights up a night of after-hours activities at the Wadsworth. The festivities kick off with a tour of Keith Sonnier: Three Neons/Three Decades followed by a Poetry Slam and reading. The rest of the evening’s activities include DJ Jamm, art-making, ART-CAPADE scavenger hunt, neon body art and a neon costume contest. Complimentary snacks, cash bar and free Insomnia Cookies. 5th Annual Shoreline Chamber Chili Challenge for a Cause, 4/8: Stroll the downtown Branford green and sample some of the Shoreline’s best Chilis. This fun event is a competition between local Branford restaurants. Each of the restaurant Chefs will be cooking for a charity of their choice. Ray of Light Farm Annual Easter Egg Hunt, 4/9: Head to Ray Of Light Farm for Easter fun. There will be games and basket raffles, wagon rides for the whole family. Meet the Easter bunny and hunt for eggs. MIX Turns 9! Celebration, 4/8: Celebrate Mix Design Store’s 9th Birthday. Wendy, Jennifer and Betsy will be serving their famous MIXtinis as well as some delicious local goodies and offering 20% off one item. Take Pictures with the Easter Bunny at The Bowerbird, 4/9: Bring your kids and your camera for a DIY photoshoot with the Easter Bunny at The Bowerbird. April Vacation Week Workshops for Kids at CT River Museum, 4/10 – 4/14: The Museum’s education department offers five days of fun and educational workshops for kids ages 6-12 over the April vacation week. Every day offers a different focus, from history to science. April Vacation Workshops at GAC, 4/10 – 4/13: Keep the whole family busy with clay, sewing and building workshops at Guilford Art Center during April vacation. Vacation Fun: Become an Explorer at the Children’s Museum in Niantic, 4/10: Ready. Set. Explore! Each day a different museum exhibit will be the focus. Visitors carry out a scavenger hunt of that exhibit and, upon completion, each child can receive a prize to take home! Free with museum admission. Pirate Day at Mystic Seaport, 4/11 & 4/12: Head to Mystic Seaport for a day of family fun, kid-friendly pirates and high spirited activities. Decipher clues on a treasure map to find concealed pirates and the final hidden treasure. Learn how pirates of old navigated the open seas at our High Seas Planetarium Show and create your own pirate souvenir to take home (best for ages 4-10). Guilford Art Center Designers Circus, 4/13 – 4/15: Designers Circus is an “under the radar” sale, featuring new boutique women’s clothing at wholesale prices that are 50-90% below regular retail prices. Shoppers will find creative fashions and accessories from over 70 domestic and international craftswomen and small-scale designers. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center Easter Egg Hunt, 4/14: Kids can hunt for eggs and then paint wooden ones at the Woodland Easter Egg hunt. Also join in crafts, play games and meet the Wild Bunny. Easter Sunday Brunch at Kensington’s Restaurant At The Spa at Norwich Inn, 4/16: Gather the whole family and head to The Spa at Norwich Inn for Chef Lee Masten’s Easter Brunch on April 16th at Kensington’s Restaurant. The menu will feature a chef-attended omelet station, raw bar, and carving stations. Choose from a variety of elegant salads and hearty seafood chowder or French Onion Soup. Swing! A Swingin’ Spring Benefit for Community Music School, 4/22: Dance to the greatest hits of the swing era while supporting the Community Music School’s Annual Fundraiser. Enjoy a lively cocktail hour with passed hors d’oeuvres and silent auction. The party continues with gourmet food stations, dancing, and fabulous musical entertainment with a traditional big band. Indoor Rock Climbing Gym Just for Kids at Central Rock Gym in Glastonbury 4/23: This 2-hour event for kids ages 4-12 includes an instructional lesson lead by certified Central Rock Staff members, all climbing gear, and an hour and a half of climbing. Climbers will get to climb under the supervision and guidance of trained, professional CRG staff members. Daffodil Day at the Wadsworth Mansion, 4/23 – 4/30: A plethora of daffodils will be in bloom for this annual celebration of spring. Activities include kite flying, a dog parade and The Daffodil Dash- A Field Day For The Whole Family. Food trucks on hand for snacks and lunch. RENT at The Shubert, 4/28 – 30: Tickets are on sale now! A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love. Simsbury Flea & Smorgasbord, 4/29: Find antiques, arts & crafts, jewelry, home decor, food trucks and live music at this mammoth market at Simsbury Meadows. May Market at Hill-Stead Museum, 5/6 & 5/7: The museum celebrates the arrival of Spring with its signature home, garden and gourmet benefit event featuring more than 64 artisan exhibitors and specialty plant vendors, plus a Museum Open House. Yoga Tribe Festival Connecticut, 5/7: This one-day yoga and music festival at The Sanctuary in East Haddam will be full of yoga classes, workshops, shopping (Athleta Trunk show and local vendors), food, live music, circus yoga, guided hikes, and sweat lodge ceremonies. The festival closes with a kirtan concert featuring Marigold Mantra Groove Band and a bonfire (BYOB). Rock the Gauntlet 5K Obstacle Race, 5/7: 15 – 20 man-made and natural obstacles to overcome at New Haven’s East Rock Park, plus a post-race party with refreshments and live entertainment. The Most Beautiful Room in New York at Long Wharf Theater, 5/3 – 5/28: From the brilliant minds of The New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik and award-winning composer David Shire comes a joyful new musical about a tiny family restaurant. David Kaplan is a chef’s chef, making beautiful, simple food of uncompromising quality in his lovely Union Square restaurant. But in the crowded, cutthroat and expensive Manhattan food scene, is that enough to survive and compete with the next big thing? Will David sacrifice his pride (and perhaps his happy marriage) to save his beloved little restaurant? Eastern Connecticut Ballet Presents Ballerina Swan and Carnival of the Animals at The Kate, 5/6: Sophie the swan follows her dream leaving the safety of her home on the water to humorous escapades in the ballet classroom. The ballet concludes with breathtaking variations from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. Also presenting Carnival of the Animals: Lions, birds and fish will frolic on stage in Camille Saint-Saen’s musical masterpiece, completing this unique, double-bill family event. Child & Family Agency’s 63nd Annual Sale, 5/11 – 5 /13: Find jewelry, furniture, linens, toys, sporting goods, clothes and more at this “whale of a sale” to benefit children’s needs in New London, Middlesex and Eastern New Haven counties. Buy a treasure, help a child! 3rd Annual Made In Connecticut Expo, 5/13 & 5/14: 300 Made in CT companies, plus food trucks plus craft beer and wine from local vineyards and breweries provide a weekend’s worth of entertainment at the Farmington Polo Grounds. Mystic Food Truck Rally, 5/19 & 5/20: Ocean Blue Catering presents the 2nd Annual Mystic Food Truck Rally! 2 days of glorious food at the Mystic Aquarium Parking Lot in Mystic, CT. Guests can indulge in an eclectic selection of gourmet cuisine prepared by local food truck chefs from Connecticut and Rhode Island. Bring your family, friends, and appetite! The lineup includes the famous Ted’s steamed cheeseburgers, smoothies, cannolis, taffy and so much more Kick Off Summer Party at Stonington Vineyards, 5/20 & 5/21: Wine tastings, DJ Joey G spinning tunes, plus oysters, food trucks and more. Annie at The Garde, 5/23: Don’t miss Annie at Garde Arts Theater! This production of ANNIE promises to be brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Tour de Lyme! 5/21: Hope you’ll join The E List team for this lovely ride through the rolling countryside of Lyme to benefit the Lyme Land Conservation Trust. Routes available for all levels of riders (including a family ride) and mountain bike or road bike routes. Relax at Ashlawn Farm and enjoy food trucks – G-Zen, Caseus, Frank’s Wood Fired Mobile Pizza and Four Mile River Farm. Culinary Showdown at Jonathan Edwards, 5/21: Jonathan Edwards brings together a collection of chefs from CT and RI who’ll pair a small bite with JE Wines. Each Chef prepares a small signature dish using at least one ingredient sourced from a local farm. Attendees will eat and drink their way to a winner of Best Restaurant Overall and Best State Overall. Antiques & Appraisal Day, Old Saybrook, 6/3: 70 vendors will be in attendance and appraisals conducted at this wildly popular annual event at the Hart House Campus of the Old Saybrook Historical Society. Garden Fest at The Florence Griswold Museum, 6/9 – 6/18: This annual highly anticipated event features a flower show, plant sale, garden talks, the festive Garden Luncheon (get your tickets, it’s always a sellout!), a trip to the NY Botanical Gardens and more (plus Cafe Flo opens for the season on May 2).