BRISTOL - On the day honoring family matriarchs, families of all ages, colors, shapes and sizes found one place where these differences had no relevance.
Mothers and their children enjoyed hand-painted horses, whimsical art creations and listened to cheerful music at the New England Carousel Museum Sunday, where moms also welcomed free admission.
“This was the only place we could find where moms get in free today,” pointed out Angelina Capalbo, who brought along her daughter Sofia Georgiadis, 7.
Mother and daughter were joined by Capalbo’s sister Virginia Russo and her daughters, Sienna, 9, and Elianna, 10.
The girls rode the miniature carousel twice before settling at the craft table to decorate picture frames for their moms. Tour guide-in-training Sam Stone took their photographs, which she printed to put inside the frames.
“We’re both single moms so we wanted to make the day entertaining for the kids too,” Capalbo explained.
She runs Momford.com, a website for parents in Hartford County, showcasing different events and family-friendly places to visit. Sunday’s trip to the carousel museum will be an upcoming feature.
Mother’s Day has a different kind of significance for Capalbo and Russo, as single mothers.
“Maybe the kids are a little bit better behaved, otherwise it’s like any other day,” Capablo said. “National Clean your Room Day fell during this past week which was nice.”
The girls discussed what they loved about their moms as they made them gifts.
“My mom is very kind, sweet and generous,” Sofia said. “I told her that yesterday and today. She’s my BFF.”
Sienna listed what she appreciates most about her mom.
“She buys us stuff and she cooks for us.”
“I love my mom because she takes care of us and she’s the best mom ever,” Elianna added.
Southington residents Susan and Peter Spang also visited the museum Sunday, but without their children.
“We have a son who has a 5-month-old and a wife so it’s her first Mother’s Day,” Peter pointed out. “Our daughter lives in the Boston area.”
The family is planning a big gathering and wanted to check out the museum as a potential venue.
Staff rent out a large banquet room on the second floor for events.
Local families had their choice of several Mother’s Day outings in the area, including a brunch at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and an afternoon painting class at the Barnes Nature Center.
Erica Schmitt can be reached at 860-801-5097, or firstname.lastname@example.org.