Event Calendar

There are many events held throughout the year in support of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Whether you are looking for a family friendly event or an adult’s night out, it’s a great way to show your support to local businesses & organizations that support the programs and services we provide. Find an event and mark your calendar!

Jan
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Arthur Murray’s Dance-a-Thon @ Arthur Murray Dance Centers (2 locations below)
Jan 11 – Jan 12 all-day

Dance, Dance, Dance

Join the Arthur Murray Dance Centers of Westfarms and Bloomfield for a dance-a-thon Friday, Jan. 11 and Saturday, Jan. 12. This event will be filled with nonstop dancing, group classes and a crazy fun atmosphere where you can let loose and dance the day and night away! All are welcome to participate, so grab your spouse or a friend or two and reserve your spot today. Hours vary by location, please see below for details and contact information.

Dance lessons are $85, and $30 from each paid registration will benefit Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Arthur Murray Dance Center is dedicated to teaching a healthy, active lifestyle to young people.


WestFarms (New Britain):

12-hour event: Lessons start at 12 pm on January 11th
info@amwestfarms.com
860-224-0625

Bloomfield:

24-hour event: Lessons start at 10 am on January 11th
info@ambloomfield.com
860-286-2847

Feb
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Lunar New Year @ Panda Express
Feb 5 @ 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Panda Express Invites Guests To Welcome Good Fortune Together In 2019

As ambassadors of Chinese culture, Panda Express welcomes individuals across the nation to join the annual celebration of Lunar New Year, a holiday steeped in tradition, symbolism and cultural storytelling. “The spirit of Lunar New Year is at the heart of what Panda Express commits to doing every day in our restaurants and communities, which is to bring family and friends together through food and shared experiences,” said Peggy Cherng, co-chair and co-chief executive officer of Panda Restaurant Group. “The hope for our Lunar New Year celebration is to broaden the understanding and appreciation for a holiday that honors respect for others and time with family. We believe this is a universal message to which everyone can relate.”

On February 5th, visit Panda Express at the I-95 Service Plaza in Milford or at the Tanger Outlets at Foxwoods to join in the celebration and see what surprises Panda Express has in store… Maybe there will be lucky red envelopes! Panda Express encourages guests to round-up their total at the register, with proceeds to support Connecitcut Children’s.


In 2017, Connecticut Panda Express locations in Milford and Mashantucket contributed more than $5,400 to Connecticut Children’s. They have been a dedicated supporter of Connecticut Children’s since 2014, having raised more than $32,000 through their partnership with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Mar
20
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Dairy Queen Free Cone Day
Mar 20 all-day

Enjoy the first day of spring with Dairy Queen®!

At participating Dairy Queen® locations throughout Connecticut, fans will enjoy a free small vanilla soft-serve cone with the signature curl on top (limit one per customer while supplies last). Stores will be collecting donations in support of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center through their partnership with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Celebrating more than 30 years and $125 million raised for local kids!
Dairy Queen® loves kids. Whether its kids’ sports teams celebrating at our restaurants after games, children enjoying dinner with their parents or teenagers visiting for cool treats at the end of a date, DQ® and kids go hand in hand. And if these cherished youngsters ever become sick or injured, we want to help assure they have the best medical care available. That’s why the DQ® system has been a proud national partner of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 1984.


Participating Locations

(check with your local DQ® location for participation details)

Manchester
Milford
Norwich
Plainville

May
4
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The Mother of Markets @ Elm Ridge Park
May 4 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Mother of Markets - artisan market
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Take part in the 2nd Annual Mother of Markets and its family-friendly activities all day!

The Mother of Markets is a market for all and is focused on the amazing hand crafted artisans of Connecticut. Please join us on Saturday, May 4, 2019 (rain date Sunday, May 5, 2019) at the beautiful Elm Ridge Park in Rocky Hill, Connecticut. This is bound to be an event you will not want to miss!

There will be over 50 local artisans joining us, including potters, artists, woodworkers, jewelry makers, bag and clothing designers, vintage decoration and upcycle and repurposed goods. Support local farmer’s favorites with homemade jams, artisan cheeses, hot sauces, baked goods, plants … and so much more! There will be a variety of delicious food trucks, live music, face painters and additional entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. The Mother of Markets will also be hosting a raffle of epic proportions in support of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

Free parking and free admission. Visit Facebook for updates on The Mother of Markets and don’t forget to ‘Like’ Rusted Nail Salvage on Facebook!


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Jul
25
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Dairy Queen® Miracle Treat Day @ Participating Dairy Queen's throughout Connecticut
Jul 25 all-day

Bring healing and happiness to local kids.

Guests visiting local DQ locations supporting Connecticut Children’s can purchase a paper Miracle Balloon to publicly pledge support and receive $2 or $5 in discount coupons good for food or treat on their next visit.



Celebrating more than 30 years and $125 million raised for local kids!

Dairy Queen® loves kids. Whether its kids’ sports teams celebrating at our restaurants after games, children enjoying dinner with their parents or teenagers visiting for cool treats at the end of a date, DQ® and kids go hand in hand. And if these cherished youngsters ever become sick or injured, we want to help assure they have the best medical care available. That’s why the DQ system has been a proud national partner of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) since 1984.

The founders of the Dairy Queen® system were men and women who introduced a new kind of dessert treat and, in the process, developed the foundation of the franchising industry. The history of the DQ® system is a story of a unique product that created an industry. Visit DQ online.

Aug
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Cups For Kids
Aug 1 – Aug 31 all-day

Cumberland Farms Cups For KidsChill out this summer with a cold beverage from the Chill Zone while supporting Connecticut Children’s Medical Center! Cumberland Farms’ “Cups for Kids” campaign will donate 5 cents from every Chill Zone or HYPERFREEZE™ beverage purchased at participating Connecticut and Western Massachusetts locations during the month of August to benefit patient care at Connecticut Children’s!

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Cups for Kids for Connecticut Children's
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Aug
2
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Ace Hardware Bucket Days @ Participating Locations throughout Connecticut, excluding Fairfield County
Aug 2 – Aug 4 all-day

Make a $5 donation to Connecticut Children’s, your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, and get a five gallon bucket and 20% off whatever fits in it, with normal exclusions. Please see stores for details.

Since becoming a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals partner in 1991, Ace Hardware has raised more than $100 million for local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country. This success stems from the creative fundraising efforts of the Ace Hardware Foundation and the generous contributions of Ace retailers, customers, vendor partners and team members.


Participating Locations

Branford Building Supplies, Branford
Larsen Ace Hardware, Canton
R W Hine Ace Hardware, Cheshire
Steward’s Ace Hardware, Clinton
Hope Ace Hardware, Colchester
East Hampton Ace Hardware East Hampton
Katz Ace Hardware, Glastonbury
Hebron Ace Hardware, Hebron
Ace Hardware of Kent, Kent
Ace Home Center Middletown
Ace Home Center, Norwich
Ace Hardware, Oxford
Ace Hardware, Rocky Hill
Rocky’s Ace Hardware, Vernon
Larsen Ace Hardware, West Hartford
Windsor Ace Hardware, Windsor
Ace Hardware, Woodbury

Aug
3
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Lyman Orchards Sunflower Maze @ Lyman Orchards
Aug 3 – Aug 25 all-day

Can you tell me how to get to the Sesame Street Sunflower Maze?

Come and play. Everything’s A-OK.

Come get lost in Lyman Orchard’s sunflower maze! While wandering you can learn more about the history of Big Bird, Elmo, Ernie & Bert, Oscar the Grouch, and more. The words to the Sesame Street opening jingle apply to the Sunflower Maze. Sunny Day. Sweepin’ the clouds away. On my way to where the air is sweet. And with more than 350,000 red and yellow sunflowers immersing guests in a 360-degree environment, it’s a wonderful experience for children and adults alike. Get lost in this 2.5-acre maze as yellow finches and beautiful butterflies fly around.

Open Daily 9:00 am – 5:00 pm from August 3 through August 25.

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$1 of each admission is donated to in support of pediatric cancer patients at Connecticut Children’s. Over the past 12 years, supporters of the maze have helped Lyman Orchards contribute $107,092 to the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Connecticut Children’s.