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

Movie Theater Thursdays, 10:15-11:45 a.m. and 2-3:30 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton Center. Aug. 17: Lilo & Stitch (PG), then Moana (PG). Caregivers must stay with children under 8 and in building for under 12. Next: Aug. 24: Beauty and the Beast, animated, (G), then Beauty and the Beast, live action, (PG). Info: wiltonlibrary.org or 203-762-3950.

Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk, which is open daily 10 to 5, will feature Constellation Games on Friday from 2:15 to 2:45 p.m., Planet Marble Painting on Saturday, also 2:15 to 2:45 p.m. and Make Your Own Martian Slime on Sunday from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.  

Energize Connecticut Center concludes Renewable Energy Summer Series Fri., 2-4 p.m, when visitors to center at 122 Universal Drive North, North Haven can learn about water power. Program open to public free of charge. Activities include interacting with water discovery table, building water wheels, demonstration on how hydroelectric power is created and exploring Tidal Marsh Trail adjacent to center. Detalls: Alysse Rodrigues at 203-799-0460, [email protected] or visit energizect.com/free-family-activity-night-solar-energy.

Summer Fun Movies, Sat., 2:30 p.m., Cos Cob Library, 5 Sinawoy Rd. Beauty and the Beast (PG), Aug. 19. Info: 203-622-6883.

Third Saturdays at Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield,  Sat., Aug. 19, adm free, 10-5. Art-making activities in Studio, 10-noon for children ages 2-5; 1-3 p.m. for ages 6-10. Inspired by mind-maps in Beth Campbell’s exhibition, My Potential Future Past, children can experiment with linear drawings with light-colored media on dark paper, and work with lightweight wire to create mobiles that appear like chandeliers, root systems, or family tree. Artists on Artists Exhibition Tour, 3-4 p.m. led by Aldrich teaching artist Jahmane. Final opportunity to see current for solo exhibitions for free: Beth Campbell: My Potential Future Past, Suzanne McClelland: Just Left Feel Right, William Powhida: After the Contemporary, and Kay Rosen: H Is for House. These exhibitions close on Sept. 4.

Make It & Take It Lego, Sat., Aug. 19, 11-2, Children’s Room, Greenwich Library, 101 West Putnam Ave., Greenwich. Drop-in program at Lego table for children ages 4 and up. Info: greenwichlibrary.org or 203-622-7940.

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

Even Wilton Library’s animals are getting prepared for the Eclipse Viewing Party.

Solar Eclipse Party, Mon., Aug. 21, 1-4:30 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd. All ages  welcome. One pair of solar eclipse safety glasses to be available per family attending viewing, while supplies last. Live feed from NASA of full solar eclipse to be shown on big screen in Brubeck Room, plus many activities and sun-themed refreshments. No reg, no fee.

More Solar Eclipse events: Mon., Aug. 21, Stepping Stones Museum in Norwalk hosts viewing of the Great American Eclipse from 1 to 5 p.m. Eclipse Day activities take place at The Discovery Museum in Bridgeport from 10 to 4 and at EverWonder Children’s Museum in Newtown from 11 to 4.

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.

Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University offers Summer Camp Intensives at $180 per week in bass, Aug. 28. Reg. at quickcenter.com/education, in person at box office Mon.-Fri., noon-4:30 p.m., or 203-254-4010.

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].

Celebrating 20 Years of Harry Potter Fundraiser, Tues., Aug. 29, 9-3, Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd. Wilton Center. Children in grades 3-5 to be sorted into the four houses and attend magical classes and fun activities. Lunch donated by Pinocchio Pizza. Adv reg required in person: $50 per child. Details: 203-762-6336.

United Girls Choir auditions being held for girls ages 6-17 from throughout region. Auditions to be held throughout summer; all interested girls eligible to audition. No experience necessary. Chapters in Milford, Shelton and elsewhere. Additional info and appointment dates: 203-787-1244 or email to [email protected]

NATURE

This summer the Maritime Aquarium is home to six Chilean flamingos, a species that’s 4 to 5 feet tall and native to southern South America.

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, through Sept. 4, 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 6:30 p.m., $29.95 ($19.95 members); Marine Life Encounter Cruises at 1 p.m., except Tues., $29.95 ($24.95); Central Long Island Sound Lighthouse Cruise, Aug. 19, $70 ($60); all adv. reg. Family Sleepover, Aug. 19. IMAX Movies: Dunkirk, extended through Aug. 27, 7 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., and 7 & 9:30 p.m. Fri., Sat. and Sun. (No shows Aug. 16). Jean-Michael Cousteau’s Secret Ocean at noon and 3 p.m., Dream Big at 2 and 5 p.m. and National Parks Adventure at 1 p.m. Amazon Adventure, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. (no 11 a.m. show Aug. 3, 9-10, 15-17). All through Labor Day. 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. Music, Aug. 7-13. Astronomy, Aug. 14-20.

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.

One of the pair of American alligators at Beardsley Zoo.

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 leopard exhibit offers enhanced viewing area. Five spur-thigh tortoises (Geochelone sulcata) making their home at zoo this summer. Lecture: Researcher Sarah Walkley shares findings from video and audio recordings of North American River Otter, Aug. 16. 7 p.m., suggested $10 donation. 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.

MUSEUMS, Etc.

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, through Sept. 4, 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 6:30 p.m., $29.95 ($19.95 members); Marine Life Encounter Cruises at 1 p.m., except Tues., $29.95 ($24.95); Central Long Island Sound Lighthouse Cruise, Aug. 19, $70 ($60); all adv. reg. Family Sleepover, Aug. 19. IMAX Movies: Dunkirk, extended through Aug. 27, 7 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., and 7 & 9:30 p.m. Fri., Sat. and Sun. (No show Aug.16). Jean-Michael Cousteau’s Secret Ocean at noon and 3 p.m., Dream Big at 2 and 5 p.m. and National Parks Adventure at 1 p.m. Amazon Adventure, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. (no 11 a.m. show Aug. 3, 9-10, 15-17). All through Labor Day. 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. Third Saturday, Aug. 19, free arts activities and tour of exhibits.

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. New exhibits: Aug, 5-Nov. 25: George Wharton Edwards (1859-1950): Illustrator, Painter, Writer, and Nikon’s Small World, through Oct. 20. Spring into Summer with Andy Warhol and Friends, through Sept. 3. Seaside Center open Tues.-Sun., 11-5, through Sept. 4. Family Gallery Tours, Aug. 20, 11:30-12:15. Art Adventures, Aug. 20, 1-3 p.m.

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: