A Waning Winterfest
The last day to take advantage of the free skating at Hartford’s Bushnell Park is Sunday. Jan. 7, Hours 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. At the other end of the park, the carousel offers $1 rides on weekends. winterfesthartford.com.
The Aliens Are Leaving Us
The Connecticut Science Center’s “Alien Worlds and Androids” exhibit acknowledges the fine line between science fiction and science fact with tons of information about robotics, artificial intelligence, the solar system and more. Also scattered throughout the gallery are replications of movie characters that have inspired both love and fear in generations of science fiction fans.
But, alas, the aliens leave the Science Center in just a few days. It runs through Jan 7 at 250 Columbus Blvd. in Hartford. Included in regular admission rates: $16.95 for ages 3 to 17; $23.95 for adults; $21.95 seniors. Members free. ctsciencecenter.org
The hectic holidays — and the family drama that comes with them — are behind us, so perhaps its a good time for some friendly board-game competition with friends, or even strangers.
The Board Room Cafe, 514 Main St., Middletown, is open Tuesday through Friday from 3 to 11 p.m.; Saturday noon to midnight; and Sundays noon to 8 p.m. Game fee is $5 a day. Events this week include MGT Friday-Might Magic, Go Club, Try a Game Tuesday, Dungeons and Dragons, and more. Event info at boardroomct.com and 860-788-7824.
Winter Brews And BBQ
Bear’s BBQ Smokehouse will be parked outside Hog River Brewing, 1429 Park St., Hartford, on Jan. 6, from 6:30 to 11 p.m. as part of a fundraiser for Conard High School Safe Graduation. Tickets ($25; $10 for nondrinkers) include two drinks from Hog River's rotating list of craft beers and all-local guest taps of hard ciders and wines. Food purchases separate. hogriverbrewing.com
At its bar and bar tables only, The Flying Monkey, 20 Lindbergh Dr., Hartford, hosts happy hour Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 6 p.m. There are selected $3 beers, $5 house wines, $6 cocktails and intriguing $3 to $6 food items, including those wings ($5), Bourbon-glazed sirloin skewers ($6), fried mozzarella ($5), fried shrimp in sriracha cream sauce ($6), a prosciutto mozzarella and tomato salad ($6), and numerous other treats. 860-726-4971 and theflyingmonkeygrill.com
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