A selection of events planned for youngsters and their families — * see other calendar listings for more comprehensive coverage of area performances and activities.
Magic Show, Wed., July 19, 2 p.m., Stratford Library, 2203 Main St.; for ages 4 and up. Magician Jay Reidy. Reg. at stratfordlibrary.org or 203-385-4165.
Comic Mime Robert Rivest, Wed., July 19, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Cos Cob Library, 5 Sinawoy Rd. Info: 203-622-6883.
Palace Theatre’s Kids Showcase Circus Skills, Thurs., July 20, 10:30 a.m., Yerwood Center, 90 Fairfield Ave., Stamford. Dozens of children from across Fairfield County to showcase circus skills, such as juggling, acrobatics, spinning plates, rope twirling, physical comedy and classic slapstick. Info: palacestamford.org
Stepping Stones Museum, 303 West Ave., Norwalk. Mega Summer Robotics Week, through July 23. Info: steppingstonesmuseum.org or call 203-899-0606.
Paint, Draw & More! daytime art camps are offered through Redding Parks & Recreation at Georgetown School of the Arts Studio, through July 21 for ages 5-8 and 9-13; $304 per week and through Wilton Continuing Education at same location, July 24-28, for same age groups and cost. Camps are also offered through recreation departments in Brookfield, Newtown, Norwalk and Stamford. Info: paintdrawmore.com
Friends of Autistic People, French Farm Family Fun, Sun., July 23, 1-4 p.m., French Farm Foundation, 516 Lake Ave., Greenwich; picnicking, face painting, hunting for peacock feathers, chickens, black sheep, exploring labyrinth, musical interactive storytelling. Free adm with suggested donation. RSVP: 203-661-8510.
Wilton Farmer’s Baseball Team Workshop for Kids, Sat., July 22, 11-12:30, Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Rd.; museum educator Lola Chen and exhibition curator Nick Foster to walk kids through the current exhibition Farm Team: 50 Years of Wilton Baseball, which traces the story of the Farmers, Wilton’s small town baseball team. Kids invited to dress up in baseball gear and make their own baseball card. Snack included, which children to help prepare. Suggested for ages 6-12. Fee: members $10 per child, maximum $25 per family; non-members $15 per child, max. $35 per family. Reg at [email protected] or 203-762-7257.
Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay St./Rte. 22, Katonah, N.Y.; katonahmuseum.org or 914-232-9555: Family Day: Wonderful Weaving, Sun., July 23, noon-4. Movement, yarn, and “up-cycled” materials woven together in celebration of rug-inspired crafts. Interactive demonstration by artist Constance Old, create woven and hooked art pieces, and participate in collaborative dance with rhythmic motion of weaving led by choreographer and dancer, Maria Colaco. Free and open to public. Info: katonahmuseum.org or: 914-232-9555.
Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University offers Summer Camp Intensives at $180 per week in graffiti (July 24-27, for ages 10 and up), singing for the stage (July 30-Aug. 3; Aug. 7-10, for ages 11 and up), and bass (Aug. 28). Reg. at quickcenter.com/education, in person at box office Mon.-Fri., noon-4:30 p.m., or 203-254-4010.
The Amazing Max, Tues., July 25, 10:30 a.m., Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford.Described as “high-energy, interactive and all-round silly magic show” that’s recommended for ages 3 and up. Tickets $8 at palacestamford.org or 203-325-4466.
Build Your Own Skyscraper, Tues., July 25, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Cos Cob Library, 5 Sinawoy Rd., Cos Cob. Drop-in session for ages 5 and up with architect/artists Aga Cichy. Info: 203-622-6883.
Cartoon Drawing Demonstration, Wed., July 26, 4-4:45 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton Center. Watching mermaids. fairies, pirates, spacemen and more come to life on a sketchpad. Attendees to leave with quick sketch made on spot. Program offered by high school graduate Emma Keating, who plans to study film at Purchase College. She creates own animated movies; her animated short Saving Me has won several awards. No reg., no fee. For children of all ages and their families. Info: wiltonlibrary.org or 203-762-3950.
Harry Potter Book Group, Thurs., July 27, 6:30 p.m., Stratford Library, 2203 Main St. For Harry Potter readers ages 8 to adult. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, part 2. Craft, discussion and snack provided. New members welcome. Reg. at stratfordlibrary.org or 203-385-4165.
Colonial Cookery and Customs workshop for kids, Sat., July 29, 11-12:30 p.m., Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Rd. Focus on fruit flummery. Museum educator Lola Chen to show kids (suggested ages 6-12) how to make the soft, custardy dessert in a mold. Members $10, nonmembers $15. Reg. at [email protected] or 203-762-7257.
Library LEGO Club, July 29, 1:30 p.m., Stratford Library, 2203 Main St.; for ages 5-12. Reg. at stratfordlibrary.org or 203-385-4155.
The Discovery Museum, 4450 Park Ave., Bridgeport; discouverymuseum.org or 203-372-3521; Tues.-Sun., 10-5; open Mon. for summer, 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. Summer STEM programs; reg. still open. The Discovery School of Science & Wizardry, Sun. July 30; see Bill of Fairs. Origami Interpretations, through November.
Light Up a T-Shirt for Teens, Wed., Aug. 2, 3-5 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton Center. Creating design on t-shirt, then get acquainted with light-up wearables by sewing with conductive thread and using LEDs and coin cell battery holders. Reg. required at wiltonlibrary.org or 203-762-6342.
Anime Club for teens, Wed., Aug. 9, 4-5 p.m., Stratford Library, 2203 Main St. Teens invited to discuss anime and manga, view movies and share their artwork in Lovell Room. Info: Teen Department at 203-385-4167.
Stepping Stones Museum for Children (303 West Ave., Norwalk) summer camp program for children ages 5-8, Mon. through Fri., through Aug. 14-18, half-day and full-day sessions. Schedule and themes: Coding and Robotics; July 24-28: Animation Station: Fairies, Dragons and Wizards; Aug. 14-18: Astronomy. Info and reg. at 203-899-0606, x247.
Loft Artists Association in Stamford, Summer Art Workshop Program for children ages 7 to 14, through Aug. 19; explorations in clay, robot recyclables, beading, multimedia landscapes, printmaking, nature collage and more, taught by LAA’s professional, award-winning artists. No adm. charge but advanced online reg. required at loftartists.com.
Drop-in Summer Crafts, each Mon. through Aug. 21, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton Center. Each week crafts tied into summer reading theme of Wind, Water and World; also original coloring sheet by staff member Shayna Simpson. No reg. required, all ages. Caregivers must stay with children under 8; 8-12 caregivers must stay building. Info: wiltonlibrary.org
Aspiring Authors, Mon., Aug. 24, 4 p.m., Stratford Library, 2203 Main St.; for ages 8-12. Bring notepad and pencil. Reg. at stratfordlibrary.org or 203-385-4165.
1000 Books for Kindergarten, through Aug. 25, Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton Center. Children who are not yet entering kindergarten may still participate for summer and beyond. Special bonus prize for visiting library each week. Wilton Library’s Water, Wind & World Summer Reading Program, through Aug. 25; children may still register. Drop-in storytimes, activities, entertainment programs, animal visits and more. Explore New Worlds Summer Reading Program for Teens and Tweens, through Aug. 31; for kids entering grades 6-12. Info: wiltonlibrary.org or 203-762-3950.
Summer Camp for Future Filmmakers at Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd., Ridgefield; day camp sessions, July 31-Aug. 11 for ages 12-15; info: ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.
Colonial Boot Camp, Aug. 28-Sept. 1, Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Rd., 203-762-7257. Suggested for ages 6-10/grades 1-5; $225 nonmembers, $175 members; reg. with Lola Chen, [email protected].
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 North Water St., Norwalk; 203-852-0700 or maritimeaquarium.org; open daily, summer hours 10-6 (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas); sharks, seals, river otters, sea turtles, jellies and more than 100 other species; Marine Lab, Ocean Playspace for toddlers, seal feedings at 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 and 3:45 p.m. daily. Fish Tales for preschoolers, Wed., 10:15-11 a.m. Special exhibits: Meerkats, Meet the Dragon and new for summer, Flamingoes, through Labor Day. Journey with Jellies offers new permanent displays of local and exotic species of jellies. TGIF Cruises Fridays, 6:30 p.m., Sunset Cruise each Sat. at 7, $29.95 ($19.95 members); Marine Life Encounter Cruises at 1 p.m., except Tues.; $29.95 ($24.95), all adv. reg. IMAX Movies: Amazon Adventure, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily through July 30, Jean-Michael Cousteau’s Secret Ocean at noon and 3 p.m., Dream Big at 2 p.m. and National Parks Adventure at 1 and 5 p.m. Dunkirk opens July 20; tickets available now ($15 adults, students and seniors, $12 children). One exhibit and daytime IMAX included with paid aquarium adm: $22.95 for adults; $20.95 for youths (13-17) and seniors (65+); and $15.95 for children (3-12); free for kids under 3 and members. Reservations: maritimeaquarium.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.
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.
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., Thurs., 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. Rare Amur tiger named Changbai. Two lynx kittens celebrated, both girls. Discovering New Species lecture, July 19, 7 p.m. Chris Rowlands with singing, dancing, puppets, stories, etc., July 26-Aug. 6. AARP Free Fridays through Sept. 29.
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: Story Lab for Young Explorers Tues. and Thurs., 10:30-11 a.m. New Art Lab projects, Straw Logic Puzzles and Life Cycle Crowns. EverWonder has joined Blue Star Museums, collaboration that offers free adm. to active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
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.
Wolf Conservation Center, South Salem, N.Y.; adv. reg. required, nywolf.org.
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 North Water St., Norwalk; 203-852-0700 or maritimeaquarium.org; open daily, summer hours 10-6 (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas); sharks, seals, river otters, sea turtles, jellies and more than 100 other species; Marine Lab, Ocean Playspace for toddlers, seal feedings at 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 and 3:45 p.m. daily. Fish Tales for preschoolers, Wed., 10:15-11 a.m. Special exhibits: Meerkats, Meet the Dragon and new for summer, Flamingoes, through Labor Day. Journey with Jellies offers new permanent displays of local and exotic species of jellies. TGIF Cruises Fridays, 6:30 p.m., Sunset Cruise each Sat. at 7, $29.95 ($19.95 members); Marine Life Encounter Cruises at 1 p.m., except Tues.; $29.95 ($24.95), all adv. reg. Central Long Island Sound Lighthouse Cruise, July 15, $70 ($60). Family Sleepover, July 15, $90 adults, $80 children ($75, $65). IMAX Movies: Amazon Adventure, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily through July 30, Jean-Michael Cousteau’s Secret Ocean at noon and 3 p.m., Dream Big at 2 p.m. and National Parks Adventure at 1 and 5 p.m. Dunkirk opens July 20; tickets available now ($15 adults, students and seniors, $12 children). One exhibit and daytime IMAX included with paid aquarium adm: $22.95 for adults; $20.95 for youths (13-17) and seniors (65+); and $15.95 for children (3-12); free for kids under 3 and members. Reservations: maritimeaquarium.org.
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.
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.
Brookfield Craft Center, 286 Whisconier Rd.; brookfieldcraft.org: classes, open studios in clay, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal. Gallery Shop open Sat., 11-6, and Sun., 11-5. Blacksmithing, bladesmithing, jewelry making, glass arts, ceramics, weaving and fiber arts, woodturning and more. Info: brookfieldcraft.org or 203-775-4526.
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, One Museum Drive, Greenwich; brucemuseum.org or 203-869-0376: $7/adults, $6/students and seniors, free/under 5, free adm. for all on TuesdaysEvery Tues., 1:30 p.m., and Fri., 12:30 p.m., Docent-led Exhibition Tour; Marine Tank Animal Feeding, every Tues. and Fri., 2:30-2:45 p.m. Spring into Summer with Andy Warhol and Friends,Quick Center for the Arts at through Sept. 3. Ongoing exhibit: iCreate, through July 30. Last Days of Pangea: In the Footsteps of the Dinosaurs, through July 16. Seaside Center open Tues.-Sun., 11-5, through Sept. 4. Science Sunday, July 9 and 30, 1-3 p.m. Family Gallery Tours, July 9, 23 and 30, 11:30-12:15; Bruce Beginnings, Tues., July 11, 18, 25, 11:45-1:45. Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film, part 1, Wed., July 12, 10:30-12:45; part two, July 19, same time.
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. Jim and Jane Henson: Creative Work, Creative Play, April 5-Oct. 8, Storehouse Gallery.
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: