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

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

Downtown Cabaret Children’s Company, 263 Golden Hill St., Bridgeport; tickets $23/adults, $19/children; mycabaret.org or 203-576-1636 x0: Little Red Riding Hood, March 5-April 2, Sat.-Sun. at noon and 2:30.

Project Music and King School present “El Sistema: Building and Connecting Communities through Music,” a concert featuring guest students from the Baltimore Symphony OrchKids, Intake, the Charter Oak Cultural Center, Bravo Waterbury! and the Funky Dawgz Brass Band on Wed., April 12, 7 p.m., at King School Performing Arts Center, 1450 Newfield Ave., Stamford, free adm., no reg. necessary.

Kids Catch the Wind! on Thurs., April 20, 4 to 5 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd. “Windy” stories and wind related activities for K-2 grades; registration required; online at wiltonlibrary,org or 203-762-3950.

Song of Mulan to be presented by Virginia Repertory Theater, Sun., April 23, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., tickets $15; Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge; ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795. Kids may have their picture taken with Mulan before the show.

The Little Prince, Sun., April 23, 3 p.m., Quick Center for the Arts, 1073 N. Benson Rd., Fairfield, tickets $20, online at quickcenter.fairfield.edu or box office: 203-254-4010 or 1-877-ARTS-396.

House at Pooh Corner, May 6, 2 p.m., The Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge; ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795. $15.

NATURE

* Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 N. Water St., adm. $22.95 for adults, $20.95 for youth (13-17) and seniors, $15.95 for children 3-12 (includes an IMAX movie); 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, daily July and August, 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. Fish Tales, storytime for preschoolers each Wed. from 10:15-11 a.m.

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, $12.95, $11.95, $10.95; info., 203-852-0700 or maritimeaquarium.org: Feb. 17-June 30: Dream Big: Engineering Our World, new IMAX movie opening Feb. 17, daily at 11 and 2; Born to Be Wild, weekdays only, Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean, and National Park Adventure.

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.

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.

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.

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; Around the World Creative Kids, programs Sat. at 2; steppingstonesmuseum.org or call 203-899-0606.

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 (Heckscher WILD! new live exotic animal exhibit); Bendel Mansion (main building), Mon.-Sat., 9-5, Sun., 11-5. Powerful, Yet Fragile: Connecticut’s Waterways, Images by Women Photographers of Connecticut, Sat., Feb. 18-Mon., May 29.

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.

EverWonder Children’s Museum, 31 Pecks Lane, Newtown; open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; adm. $7 for visitors older than 1; info., everwondermuseum.org:

The Discovery Museum, 4450 Park Ave., Bridgeport; discoverymuseum.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 missions for groups 15-30, res. required (schools, scouts, corporate team building, birthday parties); scout science badge classes; exhibits and daily Planetarium shows; weekend workshops.

MUSEUMS, Etc.

The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, open Mon., Wed.-Sat., 10-5, Fri., 10-7, May 29-Sept. 4, Sun., 12-4; $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; 203-438-4519 or aldrichart.org: Group tours avail. by appointment, 203-438-4519 or email [email protected] Spotlight tours every Mon. and third Sat. of each month, 1-2 p.m.; Third Saturdays Family Workshops, free, 10-noon for ages 2-5, 1 to 3 p.m. for ages 6-10. Camp Aldrich artist Erika Rohde on many ways to use paint, Sat., April 15, free for all. Glass Bending Workshop with Suzanne McClelland and Dorie Guthrie, Thurs., April 27, 6 to 8 p.m., for ages 14 and up, $50 ($40 members).

Keeler Tavern Museum, 132 Main St., Ridgefield; 203-438-5485 or keelertavernmuseum.org; open 1-4 p.m., Sat., Sun., & Wed., last tour at 3:30; closed during January; Feb. 1-Dec. 31; $8/adults, $5/srs., youth under 18 and students w/ID; 300 years of Ridgefield history.

New Canaan Historical Society, 13 Oenoke Ridge (Rte. 124), in the Town House Gallery; Tues.-Fri., 9:30-4:30, Sat., 9:30-12:30; 203-966-1776 or nchistory.org: Americans at Play, how people spent their leisure time in the late 1800s and 1900s, and the sport attire that went along with their favorite pastimes; From the Archives: D. Putnam Brinley, works by the impressionist and mural painter.

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.

The Bruce Museum, Tues.-Sun., 10 to 5; $7/adults, $6/students and seniors, free/under 5, free adm. for all on Tuesdays;  One Museum Drive, Greenwich, 203-869-0376: Last Days of Pangea: In the Footsteps of the Dinosaurs, Nov. 19-July 16; Alfred Sisley (1839-1899): Impressionist Master, Jan. 21-May 2, first retrospective in more than 20 years, organized by the Bruce Museum and the Hôtel de Caumont Centre d’Art in Aix-en-Provence, France. Canvas and Cast: Highlights from the Bruce Museum’s Art Collection, Feb. 11-June 11.

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; danburyrail.org:  adm. $6 per person, age 3 and up; Train Rides $3 extra (weekends April-Nov.); call for special events adm. rates; winter hours: Wed.-Sat., 10-4, Sun., 12-4; (summer hours: Mon.-Sat., 10-5, Sun., 12-5); tour vintage equipment such as 1907 steam engine, 1910 Railway Post Office car, 1973 caboose, 1953 Rail Diesel Car; vintage diesels on display.

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.

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.

Katonah Museum of Art, open Tues.-Sat., 10-5, Sun. 12-5;  adm. $10; srs. (60+) and students, $5; under 12/free; Rte. 22/134 Jay St., Katonah, N.Y., 914-232-9555, www.katonahmuseum.org:  Picturing Love: Photography’s Pursuit of Intimacy, March 19-June 25.