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HK Rec. Dept: Science, Cooking, and a Christmas in Newport Bus Trip

Submitted by Josselyn Salafia.

For more information on any of these programs, please call the HK Recreation Department at 860-345-8334 or visit us on-line at

Science Outreach

The Haddam-Killingworth Recreation Department has the Children’s Museum of SE CT coming to HK. These programs are a mix of science demonstration and hands-on activities for boys and girls ages 3 – 5 and boys and girls in grades K-4. The fee is $22. The topics include:
Comets & Meteors – Is a shooting star really a star? Learn all about where “shooting stars” come from and what they are made of! We’ll explore the difference between celestial bodies and try to “melt” our own comets as we uncover the meteoroids inside! This workshop will be held on Wednesday, December 4 at the HK Central Office room A-117 from 1:15 – 2:00 p.m. There will also be a workshop for Boys and Girls in grades K-5, Wednesday, December 4 at Burr Elementary School and on Thursday, December 5 at Killingworth Elementary School from 3:30 – 4:15 p.m.

Young Chefs of HK

The HK Recreation Department is offering some fun cooking classes this fall. Young Chefs is for boys and girls in grades 1 – 5. It meets from 4:15 – 5:45 p.m. at the HKHS B-112. The fee is $28. (non-residents add $5). It is a unique culinary experience which will offer cooking classes to children in a safe environment that will encourage discovery and creativity. Each visit will be a new experience with fresh monthly themes and exciting new programs. Students sharpen their skills by employing the mantra, “Mise en Place” which, in the cooking world, translates into “Everything in its place.” Young chefs will learn basics in kitchen safety, proper food handling, food preparation, cooking and baking techniques, presentation, and so much more! At the end of each workshop the young chef will leave with a packet of info on how to recreate what we made in class and tasty treats for their family to try. December 4, 2019 – learn how to make snowman cupcakes and stuffed shells for the family. This time of year is very busy so let’s learn how to make an entree and dessert we can serve for a holiday meal.

Christmas in Newport Featuring LaSalette Shrine

The HK Recreation Department is offering a trip to Newport, RI on Thursday, December 5, 2019.

Visit one of the Newport Preservation Society mansions that is elegantly decorated for the holidays in magnificent splendor. Patrons will either visit THE BREAKERS or MARBLE HOUSE (tour’s choice). Next depart for the Old Grist Mill Tavern in Seekonk, MA for lunch. The building is a rare relic of Pre-Revolutionary New England that was designed to grind the grain raised by colonial farmers and has a fabulous view. Meal choices include Baked Stuffed Chicken, Baked Scrod or Prime Rib. After lunch, the last stop will be LaSalette Shrine in Attleboro, MA where you will attend a mass and enjoy a dazzling display of Christmas lights that will fill your hearts with the true meaning of the holiday season. Fee is $129 per person. The fee includes Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation, admission to one of the mansions, complete luncheon, visit to LaSalette Shrine & driver’s gratuity.

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