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

Who Lives in the Great Salt Marsh?, guided walk in Great Salt Marsh Island Preserve, Aspetuck Land Trust program, Sat., Sept. 9, 8-9:30 a.m. Fairfield Audubon Society naturalist Colleen Noyes to lead walk at low tide. Terrain: easy; mud. Open to public; children welcome. Meeting at picnic tables above playground, overlooking salt marsh. Parking: Ash Creek Open Space at end of Turney Rd., Fairfield; past gatehouse, immediate left, through boaters parking area to open space parking. RSVP: [email protected]

Farmer’s Cheese Workshop for Kids, Sat., Sept. 9, 11-12:30 p.m., Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Rd. Museum educator Lola Chen to talking with children about history of cheese, and kids to make some farmer’s cheese as their workshop project. Farmer’s cheese to make snack served on soda biscuits, which kids will also make. 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.  

St. Mary Movie Night Under the Stars, Sat., Sept. 9, 5:30-9:30 p.m., outside Parish Hall, 185 High Ridge Rd., Ridgefield; Hidden Figures starts 7:15; bring chairs; food trucks, family lawn games and contests. Free adm.

Anime Club for teens, Wed., Sept. 13, 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.

Language of Flowers Workshop for Kids, Sat., Sept. 16, 11-12:30, Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Rd. Museum educator Lola Chen to talking with children about pressed flowers, and about the “language of flowers.” Kids to learn how to prepare and flatten florals for their project, a botanical book cover. Snack of flower-shaped iced sugar cookies included, which children will 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. Info: wiltonhistorical.org

Third Saturdays: Free Community Day, Sept. 16, 10-3 p.m., family-friendly art-making workshop, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield. Museum will be closed for installation, so this workshop will take place on porch of Old Hundred building. Teaching artist Lisa Scroggins guide attendees in designing their own Tony Matelli-inspired artwork, using etchings and photographs of ancient sculptures for collage bases; fruits, plants and vegetables as inspiration for drawings; and a range of materials to add colors and patterns.

Friends of Greenwich Point’s Children’s Arts & Music Celebration, Sat., Sept. 16, 12-4 p.m., Seaside Garden, Greenwich Point, 108 Sound Beach Ave., Old Greenwich. Free event for young families including live music featuring Jay & Ray and Bash the Trash, live theater production of Ojibwe & the Dreamer, face painting, games, instrument-making workshop for children using recycled materials and parade showcasing these creative works. Info: friendsofgreenwichpoint.org or Facebook page.

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

*The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 North Water St., Norwalk; 203-852-0700 or maritimeaquarium.org; open daily, 10-5 (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, Fri., 10:15-11 a.m. Special exhibits: Meerkats, Dragons, Journey with Jellies displays of local and exotic species. TGIF Cruises, 6 p.m. Sept. 8-29 and Sunset Cruise each Sat., Sept. 23 and 30, $29.95 ($19.95 members); Marine Life Encounter Cruises at 1 p.m., most Sat. and Sun. in Sept and Oct., $29.95 ($24.95). Central Long Island Sound Lighthouse Cruise, Sat., Sept. 16, 10 a.m., $70 ($60). IMAX Movies: Jean-Michael Cousteau’s Secret Ocean at 11 and 2 p.m., Dream Big at noon and 4 p.m., Amazon Adventure, 1 and 3 p.m. weekdays, 3 p.m. weekends, Beavers, 1 p.m. Sat. and Sun.; all through Nov. 22. 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. Additional discounts for senior citizens throughout Sept. Sensory-Friendly Morning, Sun., Sept. 10, 8-noon: Lights to be lowered, and music and other sounds turned down or off. Selected IMAX movie with lower volume and theater lights less dim. Normal adm prices apply.

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 leopard exhibit offers enhanced viewing area. Five spur-thigh tortoises (Geochelone sulcata) making their home at zoo this summer.

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 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 every 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. George Wharton Edwards (1859-1950): Illustrator, Painter, Writer, Nov. 25. 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. Bruce Beginnings, Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26, 11-11:45 a.m. and 1-1:45 p.m. Family Gallery Tour, Sept. 10, 17, 24, 11:30-12:15. Art Adventures: Colorful Illustrations, Sept. 10, 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: