Family Programs & Special Events

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Pooch Pageant
(All Ages)
Calling all kids and their canines. Can your dog balance a biscuit on his nose? Is she the smallest dog in town? Show off your pooch in a spirited show at the Hubbard Green on Wednesday, September 6th at 6:00 p.m. (Rain date: Thursday, September 7). Choose two out of the six categories: best behaved, best trick, smallest, largest, best looking, and best costume. Registration required by calling (860)652-7679 by Tuesday, September 5. Free.

The Locker Room Open House
Don’t let the added cost of equipment stop you from playing the game! Hartwell Soccer in conjunction with Parks and Recreation and Social Services has put together a sports equipment recycling program. Gently used equipment is being made available FREE OF CHARGE to players who need assistance with getting the right equipment to play sports. Please join us on Thursday, September 21 from 4:00-6:30 p.m. for an open house event! The Locker Room currently has soccer, baseball and basketball items available as well as some miscellaneous sports equipment. If you cannot make this event or for more information please contact the Academy Teen Center at (860)652- 7838 or e-mail at

Donations are also currently being accepted for all sports. Equipment can be brought to the Academy Teen Center on Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays between 3:00-6:30 p.m. A donation bin is also available for your convenience during off hours.

Bike Boulevard Scavenger Hunt
On Sunday, October 15th between 8:30-11:30 a.m., come and explore some of Glastonbury's bicycle friendly roads and take part in the Bike Boulevard Scavenger Hunt. You'll be on the look-out for "secret" pit-stops through the local streets to collect tickets to enter into prize drawings. The more "secret" pit-stops you locate, the greater your chances of winning a prize - including a brand new bike from Bicycles East!

The “secret” pit‐stops will be located on sidewalks and street corners anywhere in the bicycle friendly section of Glastonbury in the map below. Once you find one “secret” stop, you might get a hint or two to help locate another stop. We’ll give you all your first hint here though – look on the map for parks and public places.

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While there is no set course to follow, choose from the following options this year:

  1. Explore the roads at your own pace from whatever starting and ending destinations you choose.
  2. Bring your Bike and park in our "Preferred Parking" area in the Academy Back Parking Lot and start your adventure from there. Feel free to leave your car while you visit the Apple Harvest Festival!
  3. New this year, we will also be offering a Bike Rodeo and Safety Demo from 8:30-10:30 a.m. in the Academy back parking lot. Weave your bike through some terrific obstacles, learn about basic bike safety and get a participation certificate (scouts you can use this towards earning your cycling badge)!

The “secret” pit‐stops will open at 8:30 a.m. and will close at 11:30 a.m., so take as much or as little time as you want to collect your tickets.Just be sure to give yourself enough time to make it to the Apple Festival by 12:15 p.m. for the prize drawing.

Roaming bike mechanics will be out and about to lend a hand, but this is not a group ride. Riders must abide by all traffic rules and will be expected to share the roads. This is a free event and no pre-registration is required. However, prizes will be announced at the Apple Festival, so in order to claim a prize, participants will need to purchase a ticket to the festival. Please contact with any questions about the event.

Santa’s 3.5 Mile Run
A fun, family oriented race, sponsored by Quality Name Plate, Inc. and the Parks and Recreation Department. Costume division featured. Come dressed in your wildest Christmas costume and enjoy the holiday spirit. Race begins at noon. Disposable chip timing by The Last Mile Race Services! First 150 to register on-line or by mail will receive a FREE Santa’s Run long sleeve shirt. You cannot register using this brochure. A portion of race proceeds will be donated to Glastonbury Fuel Bank.

Special Events
Santas Run            210028-AA

FEE:                            10.00 pre-registration (October 11-November 5); $15.00 (November 6-December 1);
                                    $20.00 (Day-of-Race)
DATE:                         Sunday, December 3 Snowdate, December 10)
REGISTRATION:        Pre-registration begins Wednesday, October 11th on-line at and by mail
                                    ONLY. Walk-in registration will begin on Monday, November 6.
LOCATION:                Glastonbury High School