A selection of events planned for youngsters and their families — see other calendar listings for more comprehensive coverage of area performances and activities.


Fourth annual Touch A Truck community event in Wilton at Middlebrook School, 131 School Road, Sat., Sept. 19, 11-3; trucks of all types, plus pony rides, bouncy house, face painting, concessions and music by Wilton Steel Band; silent hour, 11-12; $30 per family; info: 203-762-8001.

Ocean Litera-“Sea” weekend, Sept. 19 and 20; discounted admission for donation of new or gently used children’s book or books at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 North Water St., Norwalk; 203-852-0700 or maritimeaquarium.org. Story reading to kids.

Public Sails Aboard the Schooner Soundwaters, two-hour public sails, June 26-Sept. 30; Afternoon Sails, great for families, must be 5 or older, $35/adults, $20/children 5-12; Sunset Sails for adults, byo dinner and beverage, $35/person; departures from various locations incl. Stamford, Port Jefferson Greenwich, Bridgeport; schedule and more information at soundwaters.org.

Family Sukkot Celebration, a Stamford JCC dinner celebrating the harvest season, Thurs., Oct. 1, 5:30-7, in JCC Sukkah, 1035 Newfield Ave, Stamford; free for community; info: 203-487-0974, [email protected] or stamfordjcc.org.


Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr St., Fairfield; adm. $2/adults, $1/children; 203-259-6305 x109 or ctaudubon.org: 155-acre wildlife sanctuary, 7 miles of trails through woodlands, streams, meadows, marshes, ponds, open daily dawn to dusk; Birds of Prey compound; nature center w/exhibits and Nature Store, open Mon.-Sat., 10-3. After-School Nature Club, for K-2 grades, 3:45-5:15, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Nov. 5, 12, 19.

New Canaan Nature Center, 144 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, 203-966-9577; satellite site for NY Botanical Garden programs (800-322-6924); buildings open Mon.-Sat., 9-4 (closed major holidays);  Saturday Explorers Club, 2 Sat./month for ages 6 and up and families, 1:30-2:45; First Saturdays, 1st Sat. of the month, free guided activities for visitors, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Free Live Animal Presentations, Sat. at 3, lasting 15-20 min., dif. animal each week.

Darien Nature Center, 120 Brookside Rd.; free adm. Mon.-Fri., 9-4; Sat., 9-1; 203-655-7459: Ongoing exhibits.

Devil’s Den/Lucius Pond Ordway Preserve, a Nature Conservancy property, 33 Pent Rd., Weston; open dawn to dusk to passive recreation; 20 miles of trails; info., concerns, 860-455-0716; natureconservancy.org.

The Garden of Ideas, 653 North Salem Rd./Rte. 116, Ridgefield; gardenofideas.com or 203-431-9914: Garden Fun for Toddlers, ages 2-4 with caregiver, every Thur., Sept. 3-24, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., $5/family, drop in activities in the gardens, lunch avail. for purchase or BYO; Fruits of the Garden — Basic Cooking Class, monthly May-November with Chef Susie Buckley, for families (age 8 and up), adv. res. required, Sat., Oct. 3, Nov. 7, 1-2:30 p.m., $25/person (age 8-12 free, max 2 kids per family).

Woodcock Nature Center, 56 Deer Run Rd., Wilton; center open 9:30-5, Tues.-Sat., two-plus miles of trails open daily, dawn to dusk; reg. in advance for programs, 203-762-7280; www.woodcocknature center.org.

Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 N. Water St., adm. $19.95 for adults, $17.95 for youth (13-17) and seniors, $12.95 for children 3-12; open 10-5 daily (till 6, July and August);  info., 203-852-0700, ext. 2206: Jiggle A Jelly, special touch-a-jellyfish exhibit, weekends September-June, free w/museum adm.;  Toy Boat Workshop on Saturdays and Sundays (daily during July and August) between 11 and 3, 20-min. workshop, $5/child, no res. required. Marine Life Study Cruises on the new hybrid-electric research vessel, departing 1 p.m. Sept. 2-7 and then at 1 p.m. Sat.-Sun. in September and October; passengers must be 42 inches tall min., under 18 must be accomp. by an adult; $29.95, adv. res. strongly recommended. Seal Pups, weekly mommy-and-me-type series for ages 3 and 4, Tues., 2-2:45 p.m., Sept. 15-Oct. 13, cost $125; A House for Hermit Crab, for kids 3-4, Sat., Sept. 19, 8-10 a.m.; Shark Safari, for kids 8-10, Sat., Sept. 19, 11:30-12:30; Feeding Time: Sat., Sept. 26, 8-10 a.m., includes light breakfast in the Cascade Café and then rounds with the Aquarium staff as they feed the hungry animals, $45/adults, $25/child 12 and younger, must be 5 and older, adv. reg. required.

IMAX Theater at the Maritime Aquarium, 10 North Water St., Norwalk; daytime films, $9.50/adults, $8.50/srs. and youths (13-17), $7/age 3-12; Hollywood films, $11.50, $10.50, $9.50;  info., 203-852-0700 or maritimeaquarium.org: Humpback Whales at 11 and 3; Born to Be Wild at noon; Great White Sharks at 1 and 4 and Flight of the Butterflies at 2, Sept. 8-Nov. 24.

Audubon Greenwich, 528 Riversville Rd., Greenwich;  program fees: $5/adults, $3/children, srs. (incl. adm. to Center & Grounds); trails open dawn to dusk weekends; Kimberlin Nature Center open daily, 9-5; nature store open Tues.-Sat., 9-5; 203-869-5272 or email [email protected]

Stepping Stones Museum, 303 West Ave., Norwalk; open daily 10-5, Memorial Day-Labor Day, and Tues.-Sun., Labor Day through Memorial Day; adm. $15/adults and children (under 1, free), $10/srs.; Early Childhood  Classes for ages 6 mon.-6 yrs. and After School Adventures for grades 3-12, reg. online; other ongoing events;  steppingstonesmuseum.org or call 203-899-0606. Worldwide Day of Play All Day, Sat., Sept. 19, 10-5; Weekend Zumba Kids, Sun., Sept. 20, 1 p.m.; Grand opening of new exhibit/experience, Broken? Fix It!, on Sat., Sept. 26; Family Concert: TESS Mixed Ensemble, Sat., Sept. 26, 3 p.m.; Get Into It! FREE, Thur., Oct. 1, 5-8 p.m.; Around the World: Creative Kids, Autumn Beauty, Sat., Oct. 3, 2 p.m.

Stamford Museum and Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Rd., Stamford; adm. $10/adults, $8/srs. (65+), $6/students (18+ valid ID), $5/children 4-17; 203-322-1646 or www.stamfordmuseum.org: Heckscher Farm, daily, 9-5 (Animal Embassy open Tues.-Sun., 10-2); Bendel Mansion (main building), Mon.-Sat., 9-5, Sun., 11-5.

Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center, 10 Woodside Lane, Westport; open Mon.-Sat., 9-5, Sun., 1-4 (closed major holidays); adm. $7/adults, $5/ages 1-12 & srs.; free adm. to trails and property, daily 7 a.m.-dusk; interactive nature museum, live wildlife; Story and Animal Program, Thur.-Fri., 10-10:30 a.m., age 5 and younger, free w/adm.; Nature Encounters, every Sat. at 2:30, free w/adm.; Animal Feeding, Mon., Wed., Fri. at 11 a.m., Animal Hall, and Tues., Thur., Sat., Birds of Prey at 4 p.m., free w/adm.; 203-227-7253; earthplace.org.

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport; adm. $14/adults, $11/children 3-11 and seniors, free for children under 3; open daily 9 to 4; Carousel, daily 9-4; Peacock Cafe, daily 9-4; Gift Shop, daily 9:30-4; New World Tropics Building, daily 10:30-3:30; 203-394-6565, www.beardsleyzoo.org.

The Discovery Museum, 4450 Park Ave., Bridgeport; discouverymuseum.org or 203-372-3521; Tues.-Sun., 10-5;  open Mon. for most school holidays, plus school and homeschool groups with a reservation; museum and planetarium, $10 adults, $8 children, seniors, students, free under 2; Challenger Learning Center, simulated space missons for groups 15-30, res. required (schools, scouts, corporate teambuilding, birthday parties); scout science badge classes; exhibits and daily Planetarium shows; weekend workshops.

* Wolf Conservation Center, South Salem, N.Y.; pre-reg. online required for all programs, nywolf.org: Evening Howl for “Pups” of All Ages, Sat., Sept. 19, 6 p.m., $16/adults, $13/children under 12; Wolves of North America, Sat., Sept. 19, 11 a.m., Sat., Sept. 26, 11 a.m., $13/adults, $11/children under 12; Sleeping with Wolves, Fri., Sept. 18, 5 p.m., to Sat., Sept. 19, 8:30 a.m., Sat., Sept. 26, 5 p.m. to Sun., Sept. 27, 8:30 a.m., $285/4-person tent, $150/singles, byo tent; Pack Chat for Kids, Sun., Sept. 20, 11 a.m., Sun., Sept. 27, 11 a.m., $13/adults, $11/children under 12; Storytime with the Wolves, Thur., Sept. 10, 9-10:30 a.m., Sun., Sept. 20, 9-10:30 a.m., Wed., Sept. 30, 9-10:30  a.m., $13/adults, $10/children (rec. for ages 2-5); Wolves: Recovery and Challenges, Sun., Sept. 20, 2 p.m.; Full Moon Wolf Walk, Sun., Sept. 27, 7 p.m., $20/person.


The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, open Mon. and Wed.-Sat., 10-5, Sun., 12-5; $10/adults and $5/srs.; free adm. for full-time teachers and students in grades K-12, and for active-service military families; free for all on Tuesdays; Group tours avail. by appointment, 203-438-4519 or email [email protected] tours every Mon. and third Sat. of each month, 1-2 p.m. Circumstance Series: shows run through Oct. 25 — Virginia Poundstone: Flower Mutations, Nancy Shaver: Reconciliation, Ruby Sky Stiler: Ghost Versions, Penelope Umbrico: Avoiding the Sun, Elif Uras: Nicaea, B. Wurtz: Four Collections. The Seven Deadly Sins: Sloth, multi-channel video exhibition by Mats Bigert and Sina Najafi, July 19-Sept. 19, part of the collaborative exhibits by the Fairfield/Westchester Museum Alliance. Third Saturdays Family Workshops, free, 10-noon for ages 2-5, 1 to 3 p.m. for ages 6-10; Afternoon Studios: Wed., Sept. 23, 2-4 p.m., Fabulous Foliage;  Young Artist Happenings for middle and high school students, Studio Visit: Artist James Prosek, Thur., Sept. 17, 5-6 p.m., Portfolio Workshop with Penelope Umbrico, Wed., Sept. 30, 6-7:30 pm.; Homeschool Workshop, Fri., Sept. 25, 10-11:30 a.m.; Welcome Party for new Ridgefield Supt. of Schools Dr. Karen Baldwin, Fri., Sept. 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m., family-friendly event, free, RSVP to [email protected]

Keeler Tavern Museum, 132 Main St., Ridgefield; 203-438-5485: tour hours, Wed., Sat., and Sun., 1-4, last tour at 3:30 (closed Easter Sunday, Independence Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas; no tours or gift shop during January);  special exhibits in the Cass Gilbert Dining Room; adults/$8, srs., youth under 18, students 2/ID/$5.

Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Halpin Lane; 203-438-8863: classes for kids, teens and adults, call for info. or visit website, rgoa.org.

Weir Farm National Historic Site, 735 Nod Hill Rd., Wilton, 203-834-1896 or www.nps.gov/wefa: grounds open daily dawn to dusk; art programs, Junior Ranger activities, visitor center, museum store, historic house and studios; open Wed.-Sun. 10-4 (May 1-Oct. 31); Weir House Tours, offered Wed.-Sun. at 11 a.m., 1, 2, and 3 p.m. (May 1-Oct. 31), reg. required; group tours and field trips offered, reg. required.

Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Road (Route 7), 203-762-7257: period rooms in the Betts-Sturges-Blackmar House, Betts Store, offering unique American-made items, from fine art to jewelry, books to redware, toys and more;  gift shop; Tues.-Sat., 10-4.

Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum, Mathews Park, 295 West Ave., Norwalk; open for tours Wed.-Sun., at noon, 1, 2, and 3; adm. $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for children (under 8 free); info., lockwoodmathewsmansion.com or 203-838-9799.

Westport Arts Center, 51 Riverside Ave.; 203-222-7070 or westportartscenter.org: gallery hours are Mon. to Sat., 10-5, Sun., 12-4; info., 203-222-7070.

The Bruce Museum, One Museum Dr., Greenwich; 203-869-0376 or brucemuseum.org: Docent-led Exhibition Tour, every Friday at 12:30 p.m., no res. required. Madagascar: Ghosts of the Past, carnivorous dinosaurs, crcocodiles and more, April 11-Nov. 8, in the science gallery.

Greenwich Historical Society, Bush-Holley Historic Site, 39 Strickland Rd., Cos Cob; open Fri.-Sun., 12-4 (docent-led tours at 1, 2 and 3);  203-869-6899, ext. 10 or www.hstg.org; adm. to gallery, visitor ctr. & house museum, $10/adults, $8/srs. and students, under 6 free (half-price on opening day); group tours at $7/person avail. on public and non-public days; library and archives open Wed.-Thur., 10-4; adm. offices open Mon.-Fri., 9-5; gallery hours Wed.-Sun., 12-4.

Danbury Railway Museum, 120 White St., Danbury; 203-778-8337; danbury.org/drm: adm. $6/adults, $5/srs., students, $4/children (3-12); open Wed.-Sat., 10-4, Sun., 12-4.

Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Rd., behind the old Town Hall; open daily, 10-4; research library open Tues.-Fri., 10-4; adults, $5, students w/ ID, $3, children 5 and under, free; info., www.fairfieldhs.org or 203-259-1598. Creating Community: Exploring 375 Years of Our Past, ongoing exhibit. Fairfield’s Fairways: 120 Years of Golf, June 11-Oct. 4. Tee-It-Up Tuesday, Sept. 29, 11-noon, free, for children and young adults.

Barnum Museum, 820 Main Street, Bridgeport; 203-331-1104 x100 or visit barnum-museum.org: Recovery in Action, Thur.-Fri., 11-3, free adm.,  enter through double doors at rear of historic building.

John Jay Homestead State Historic Site, Rte. 22, Katonah, N.Y.; 914-232-5651 or www.johnjayhomestead.org: guided tours offered Tues.-Sat., 10-4; Sun., 11-4; $7/adults, $5/srs., students, free up to age 12.