Special Events

SWIM WITH SANTA...Underwater pictures at the pool!
Friday, December 2, 6:30—8:30 PM at the High School Pool|
Join Santa as he takes a dip before his long night of delivering presents.  Santa will be available for underwater photos and will listen to children make their Christmas requests.  A special underwater camera is used and pictures will be emailed to you.  Parks & Recreation staff will also have refreshments and holiday treats as well as crafts and coloring pages. No pre-registration required.  If your child cannot swim, you must provide them with a Coast Guard Approved lifejacket.  American Red Cross certified lifeguards will be on staff. Admission is a new, unwrapped toy!

East Hartford Beautification Commission Holiday Fest Tree Lighting
Friday, Dec. 2nd
6:30— 8:30 PM on the East Hartford Town Green

In conjunction with the East Hartford Parks & Recreation Department, this festive event features a holiday carol sing-along, a visit from Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and a special visit from Santa delivered directly from the North Pole on an East Hartford Fire truck!  Candy canes and hot chocolate will be on hand to keep you warm and cozy.  Free event and open to everyone!

31st Annual Santa’s Visit
Sunday, December 4th
East Hartford Community Cultural Center

Come visit Santa and his helpers for an array of holiday activities designed to get you and your family in the holiday spirit. This event is held in  conjunction with the Beautification Commission’s  Holiday Fest and is also co-sponsored by the Exchange Club and the East Hartford Teen Action Group.  Free and open to everyone.  Pre-registration required by Dec. 1 to guarantee your child a free gift from Santa!  Activity # 10000-35

Disney’s “The AristoCats” Kids
Thursday, Dec. 8th & 9th at 7 PM
Saturday, Dec. 10 at 1 PM

East Hartford Community Cultural Center
Tickets $8 adults, $3 kids 12 and under.  Purchase tickets at the door.
Everybody wants to be a cat in Disney's stage adaptation of the animated classic motion picture.  Based on the beloved Disney film, Disney’s The Aristocats is a non-stop thrill ride of feline fun, complete with unbelievable twists and turns. In Paris, a kind and eccentric millionairess wills her estate to Duchess, her high-society cat, and her three little kittens. Laughs and adventure ensue as the greedy, bumbling butler pulls off the ultimate catnap caper. Now it's up to the rough-and-tumble alley cat, Thomas O'Malley, and his band of swingin' jazz cats to save the day.  Very talented children age 7-14 years old from several communities in the Greater Hartford area will be performing in this Production, which lasts approximately 40 minutes long.  This show is for children and families alike and a wonderful way to spend time with the family! For more info visit Lambtheatricals.org or call 860.432.9890

Sunday, January 8th at 1:30 PM
Click here to register online
Starts and finishes at Langford School, 61 Alps Drive.  Proceeds benefit the East Hartford Police Department Child Safety and Crime Prevention and the Officer Brian Aselton Scholarship Fund.  Divisions include 17 & under, 18 – 29, 30 – 39, 40 – 49, 50 – 59, 60 – 69, 70 – 79, and 80 & up.  Trophies awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in each division for men and women.  Official race apparel available for purchase at the time of registration and the day of the race. Advance registration through Dec. 16, 2016 is $20.00; $25.00 after Dec. 16 and on race day between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Activity# 14001-6

Thursday, March 23, Friday, March 24, Saturday, March 25|
Based on the iconic animated film, with an Academy Award-winning score by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, Disney’s Aladdin KIDS is sure to send audiences soaring on a flying carpet ride filled with romance and adventure. When the street urchin, Aladdin, vies for the attention of the beautiful princess, Jasmine, he uses a genie's magic power to become a prince in order to marry her.  Lago, Jafar, the Genie and more are here in Disney’s Aladdin KIDS, a musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem and the power of love.  Very talented children age 7-15 years old from several communities in the Greater Hartford area will be performing in this Production, which lasts approximately 40 minutes long.  This show is for children and families alike and a wonderful way to spend time with the family!  Performances are Thursday, March 23rd and Friday, March 24th at 7pm and Saturday, March 25th at 1pm at the East Hartford Community Cultural Center, East Hartford Residents:  $8 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Thursday, May 4th at 6:00 PM, McAuliffe Park
Dogs will be taking to the skies…the premier athletic competition for dogs!  It attracts the most entertaining four-legged athletes in the area.  Families are invited to enjoy this unique event and applaud these talented canine athlete entertainers.  For more information about entering the local competition, contact the Parks & Rec Dept. Open to all veteran and novice dogs that can catch a flying disc.  Registration is on site and it is not necessary to have competed previously.  Free to everyone.  Activity # 10014-1, Begins at 6:00 PM at McAuliffe Park

Saturday, April 8
Parks & Recreation and the EHHS Student Council present this wonderful event for children age 10 and younger.  Tickets required and are available in main office of East Hartford High School.

Breakfast with Peter Cottontail
9:30–11:00 AM
What’s better than having pancakes for breakfast?  How about having pancakes with the one and only Peter Cottontail while enjoying fun filled activities such as games, crafts, face painting, raffles and more! EHHS

Spring Egg Hunt
Ages 10 & under, Beginning at 11:00 AM
Ready, Set…GO!  Join us after the Bunny Breakfast for an opportunity to participate in our annual Spring Egg Hunt!  Be sure to bring your own bag or basket to collect as many goodies as you can.  Keep an eye out for the Golden Eggs!  All participants will have an equal opportunity to hunt for eggs by respective age groups.

Saturday, May 13TH FROM 10:00 AM—2:00 PM at the East Hartford Community Cultural Center
Eliza’s Energy Source, The Fitness Creators in cooperation with the Parks & Recreation Department will be hosting this event and you’re invited to join us as we continue to promote healthy choices and health living. We strive to raise awareness on how to live a healthier lifestyle by providing a variety of free screenings, educational materials, healthy products, fitness and cooking demonstrations, and much more.  If you would like to be a vendor please contact:
Eliza Kearse –Westberry
Phone: (860)997-1703