Avoid the elements and make sure everyone has a great time with these local Greenwich events and escapes around town.
No. 1: Girl talk
Celebrate Galentine’s Day with a feel-good movie. Gloria Gaynor:
I Will Survive is the story of the disco legend who, for five decades, has inspired millions with the words of her signature hit. However, the singer herself only understood the lyrics when she hit rock bottom at age sixty-five. The film is about reinvention, the power of faith and one woman’s magnificent second act. “I am finally at a place of joy and self-fulfillment, and I am ready to share my secret to not only surviving, but thriving, with the world,” says Gaynor. For one special night, Tuesday, February 13, you can see this film in theaters nationwide. It’s the perfect way to celebrate Galentine’s Day with your friends and family. It celebrates the power of friendship, music, faith and the message that it’s never too late to change the course of your life. And if that’s not enough to convince you, it has 100 percent positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. gloriagaynoriwillsurvivemovie.com
No. 2: The Little Ones
Honey Joe’s Family Coffeehouse in downtown Stamford is a specialty café catering to all ages. On the menu is a variety of delicious coffees, kid-friendly drinks, pastries, sandwiches and more. In addition to Honey Joe’s spacious seating area, it offers a large play area designed for children to explore so parents and caregivers can kick back and relax. Enjoy a separate soft play area in the Den for the littlest explorers. (Intended for crawlers and early walkers only.)
5 Broad St., Unit 2B, Stamford. honeyjoescoffee.com
No. 3: Adrenaline Junkies
Bigger kids can escape the cold and enjoy fourteen lanes of bowling and extensive arcade options at RPM. But the big draw is the brand new, state of the art multi-level racing track—3,000 feet of adrenaline pumping excitement, three levels of vertical elevation, lightning-fast straightaways, ninety-degree hairpin turns and spiraling ramps. Thrill-seekers will have a ball.
600 West Avenue, Stamford. rpmraceway.com.
No. 4: Family Ice Time
Dorothy Hamill is a town-owned ice rink that’s open from early September through mid-March. The rink offers a variety of ice-skating activities and programs for all ages. Public sessions are scheduled through March 16. Grab the kids and enjoy some family time on the ice. Kids under four and adults over sixty-five: free; ages five through fifteen: $8; ages sixteen through sixty-four: $10 greenwichct.gov
No. 5: Cozy Up
Meli-Melo is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary. A local favorite on the Avenue since 1992, this is the perfect spot to warm up on a cold day. Enjoy delicious soups, crépes, sandwiches and more. After lunch, stroll across the street to Diane’s Books and find a few good reads for you and your family to cozy up with at home
Images: Gloria Gaynor: Storyville Entertainment; ice skating: Aleksei Potov – stock.adobe.com; all others contributed