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Theater tickets make perfect gifts and The Bushnell has lots of great

upcoming shows. In January see Anastasia. Come back in February

for Shen Yun, Blippi Live and Jesus Christ Superstar, which runs

through March. Also in March, you’ll really enjoy Nick Jr. Live. Get

ready for the Blue Man Group in April, along with Rosie Revere,

Engineer and Friends and the Okee Dokee Brothers. You won’t want to

miss Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live: Neighbor Day in May. Located at

166 Capitol Avenue in Hartford. Call 860-987-5900 or visit www.bushnell.org

for tickets.

It’s the Season of Science and the gift of a membership to the

Connecticut Science Center will be treasured all year long.

Membership includes unlimited general admission, express entry,

exclusive member previews and special events, 10 percent off

purchases at the Gift Shop, Froyo World, Vacation Camp and

birthday parties and $5 movies. The Connecticut Science Center is

located at 250 Columbus Boulevard in Hartford. You can buy a membership online at ctsciencecenter.org.

Join hundreds of others in the area and start a family tradition of an enchanting trolley ride during the holiday season. The Connecticut Trolley Museum in East Windsor will take you on a journey to thrill all ages. Explore the Winter Wonderland at the Visitors Center, take photos with Santa (who will have a gift for each child), sing traditional Christmas carols, and more. Admission: $15 for adults; $14 for seniors; $11 for children ages 4-12; and $4 for children 3 and under. Give the gift of museum membership this year. Visit www.ct-trolley.org for more information.

The Garde Arts Center presents the best in live theater such as: Broadway musicals, celebrated authors and family-friendly special events. The Atlantic Broadband 2020 Winter Cinema Series features Oscar-nominated films on the giant screen. P:ACE — Partners: Arts, Community & Education — strategically links Garde events with artists, students and community organizations. Programs include: Dominion Energy Schooltime Performance Series, Summer on Stage, Passport to Literacy 2020, New London Talent Show X, Community Coalition for Children and a multitude of regional and state partnerships. Located at 325 State Street in New London. Call 860-444-7373, ext. 1 or visit www.gardearts.org for tickets.

Do you have a musician in your family? Then it’s time to

visit Music and Arts for the perfect gift. They offer

convenient rental plans for students of all ages. The

stores are also outfitted with studios, so students can

take lessons while having access to all the supplies they

need to succeed. Lessons are available for every type of

musician and instrument, including students with special

needs or unique interests. If something goes wrong, visit the Repair Shop with technicians who are well-trained professionals. Music and Arts has various locations throughout Connecticut. Visit stores.musicarts.com/states/ct for more information.

If you need a present that the entire family will love, a gift certificate to The Ridgefield Playhouse is the answer. Start with Masters of Illusion in February and then in March see Acrobats of China — The New Shanghai Circus, Mike Super — 2.OH!, Chicken Dance and Ms. President US. There’s more magic in April with Reza — Edge of Illusion, then get ready for Splash ‘N Boots in May. June features Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in Concert. Located at 80 East Ridge in Ridgefield. Call 203-438-5795 or visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org for tickets.

Put a new spin on the holidays this year and take a

leap with a gift of skating lessons at Stamford Twin

Rinks. Offering two NHL-sized ice rinks for hockey,

figure skating, free skate and more, Twin Rinks focuses

on providing the finest hockey and skating instruction, challenging competition and enjoyable activities for all ages and skill levels. Looking for something extra? Try a gift certificate to their full service Pro Shop, where you can find all of your skating needs. Located at 1063 Hope Street in Stamford. Call 203-968-9000 or visit stamfordtwinrinks.com.

A world of hands-on learning awaits at Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk, with exhibits designed to spark children’s curiosity, imagination and interests by engaging them in playful explorations of interactive learning experiences and shared moments of discovery. Give the gift of membership this holiday season! A membership to Stepping Stones is a gift the whole family can enjoy with endless excitement and amazement that makes learning fun all year long. Stepping Stones offers a variety of daily activities for the holiday season and beyond so plan your visit today. Visit www.steppingstonesmuseum.org.