The Bushnell Park carousel celebrates its 99th birthday with a family day Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., The day’s entertainment will include face painters, balloon twisters, costumed characters and free rides all day. Information: www.thecarouselmuseum.org.
Winterfest Hartford opens in Bushnell Park today and free activities include tours of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch from 3 to 5 p.m., a ribbon-cutting ceremony and caroling at 5:30 p.m., free skate rentals and ice skating until 10 p.m. and photos with Santa from 6 to 7 p.m. Information: www.Hartford.com.
There is such a thing as a free lunch. Dunkin’ Donuts and Foodshare are offering a free picnic lunch in Hartford’s Bushnell Park (near the carousel) on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to anyone who makes a donation of $1 or more to Foodshare. Be one of the first 200 guests and you’ll get a free Dunkin’ Donuts luch tote as well. Along with free food, the event includes music, games, face painting, and balloons and giveaways. (Offer valid for the first 750 guests, while supplies last).