March 9 – 15

Below are a list of things to do around CT; all are worth the drive, for the second week of March. Check out our activities page for re-occurring things to do across CT on the daily, weekly or monthly regular.

Now through March 16th Stamford Restaurant Week Dine like a champion during Winter Restaurant Week featuring specially priced menus from 32 Stamford Downtown restaurants. Lunches range from $10.15-$20.15 and dinners range from $15.15 to $30.15.

Now through April 4th Easter Bunny Photos Visit the Easter Bunny for Photos and a Free Gift! Hours: Monday-Thursday: 10am-8pm, Friday & Saturday: 10am-9pm, Sunday: 11am-7pm. Danbury Fair Mall, Danbury.

Monday, March 9:

10am – 12pm: Plant Doctor: Seed Starting Workshop Starting your own vegetable or flower garden seeds can be rewarding. This hands-on workshop will cover techniques and time lines for a successful garden. Bring your own seeds, we will provide the soil, pots and expertise. $15 per non-member. Garden Education Center of Greenwich; Greenwich.

4pm: Paddington A young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family, who read the label around his neck and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist. $6 per person. Ridgefield Playhouse; Ridgefield.

6:30 – 8:30pm: Free Scrapbooking 101 Class Learn the basics of scrapbooking as you create a page incorporating paint, paper, stamps and stencils. Supplies not included. All Michael’s Locations.

Tuesday, March 10:

6:30 – 8:30pm: Free Jewelry 101 Class Learn the foundations of jewelry making—bead stringing, crimping and forming wire loops—as you make a beautiful ribbon and pearl bead necklace. Supplies not included. All Michael’s Locations.

7 – 9pm: Brush & Bordeaux Painting Class with Artist Betsy DeMarco Join us for painting, wine, and hors d’oeuvres. Local artist and art teacher Betsy DeMarco guides the process of painting your own masterpiece. Acrylic paints, food, wine, and aprons provided. All artistic levels welcome! Adults only. $30. JCC of Greater New Haven; Woodbridge.

Tuesday, March 10 – Wednesday, March 11:

3pm: Paddington – See details above. Ridgefield Playhouse; Ridgefield.

Wednesday, March 11:

10am: The Rainbow Fish With her lovely coloring and shimmering scales, the Rainbow Fish is used to being the most beautiful creature in the ocean. So when the other fish ask her for some silver scales, she refuses. How can she sacrifice the one thing that makes her so unique? Will some good advice from the wise old Octopus persuade the Rainbow Fish to share her gifts with those around her? ArtsPower has turned Marcus Pfister’s bestselling book into a delightful and touching musical about the value of sharing true friendship with others. $10 per person. Ridgefield Playhouse; Ridgefield.

11am – 12pm: Official 15th Birthday Join us for special activities and celebrations as Stepping Stones officially turns 15. Stepping Stones Museum; Norwalk.

12:15pm: The Rainbow Fish – See details above. Ridgefield Playhouse; Ridgefield.

Thursday, March 12:

10am: Cirque Ziva is a fast-paced, technically innovative and beautifully presented new show. The large cast and spectacular set designs illustrate the best of Chang’s brand of artistic merit, high productive value and sold commitment to cultural exchange. The best of a time honored tradition, some 25 centuries old, meets modern movement and expression in a gorgeous, innovative cirque performance. The Golden Dragons are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as one of the premiere Chinese acrobatic companies touring today. Their Broadway debut earned two Drama Desk Award nominations and audiences on five continents have sat in stunned amazement at their impossible feats. This is a show of spellbinding artistry that will entertain and delight audiences of all ages! $10 per person. Ridgefield Playhouse; Ridgefield.

10:30am: Sal Gilbertie, Cooking with Microgreens Tiny veggies and herbs that pack a huge nutritional punch! Microgreens are young plants that are harvested soon after germination. Cooking with Microgreens gives you all the information you need to grow these delicious and nutritious plants. You’ll get to know many of the most popular varieties, their growing specifics and flavor profiles. $45 per non-member. Garden Education Center of Greenwich; Greenwich.

12pm: Cirque Ziva – See details above. Ridgefield Playhouse; Ridgefield.

5 – 7pm: Star 99.9 and Fairfield Hyundai present “Taste of Home“. Doors open at 5pm for the exhibitor showcase featuring free samples, demonstrations and door prizes. Be sure to enter to win free groceries provided by Big Y World Class Market. $15 per person. Webster Bank Arena; Bridgeport.

7 – 8:30pm: Talking with our Children and Grandchildren about Anti-Semitism Panel Participants: Marji-Lipshez Shapiro, Associate Director of Education, Anti-Defamation League, Dr. Hadar Lubin, Psychiatrist, and Co-director of Post Traumatic Stress Center of New Haven, Moderator Robyn Teplitzky, Director Annual Giving Hamden Hall Country Day School. Pre-register but free. JCC of Greater New Haven; Woodbridge.

Friday, March 13:

3:30 – 6pm: Friday Afternoon Artists Drop off your 8-12 year olds for an afternoon exploration with art inspired by nature. Each session we will hike, observe, journal and create. Opportunities to learn about specific artists and naturalists will be included. This interdisciplinary class will be challenging, educational and fun. Ages 8-12. $20 non-member. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center: Mystic.

4 – 5pm: Fireside Stories By popular demand, we are extending Fireside Stories! The winter is made for storytelling. End your week relaxing by the fire with your family. Every Friday we’ll have the fire going and stories to share for children of all ages, plus rhymes and songs! Ages: Families with children up to age 8. Led by: Amy Stich. Free for Members, $5 Non-Members. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center; Mystic.

7 – 8pm: Wine with Wiggles It’s last call to meet Mr. Wiggles, the Nature Center’s awesome opossum that was rescued from a car strike last July and raised by a DPNC educator. Mr. Wiggles has become a wonderful ambassador for wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, and for his species as well. learn about opossum’s adaptations and unique attributes, and have a chance to meet Mr. Wiggles in person. Adult beverages and snacks. $12.75 member/$15 non-member. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center; Mystic.

8pm: Join Greenwich comedian Jane Condon (NBC’s Last Comic Standing) and Caroline’s on Broadway regular Maureen Langan as they bring a decidedly Irish flavor to our Laughtrax Comedy Series just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! The Palace Theatre; Stamford.

Saturday, March 14 – Sunday, March 15:

11am and 1pm: St. Patrick’s Day Workshops An event just for kids! Create a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day confection treat in the Apple Barrel. Space is limited. Pre-paid reservations required. Lyman Orchards; Middlefield.

12 – 5pm: Maple Sugaring Come by the farm and see us make maple syrup! Come watch the wood-fired evaporator boil away, see the buckets on the trees, and visit the barnyard animals. Warrup’s Farm; Redding.

12pm – dusk: Skate Park Opens Enjoy free skating on opening weekend. Graham Dickinson Spirit Skate Park; Ridgefield.

(Reoccurs) 1- 4pm: Maple Syrup Demonstrations Everyone is welcome to drop by as Flanders staff and volunteers will demonstrate turning sap into syrup with an entertaining mix of science, stories and humor. $3 per person. Flanders Nature Center; Flanders.

Saturday, March 14:

Highlight: Milford St Patrick’s Parade and Essex go Bragh Irish Parade & Festival

9 – 11am: Accessibility Day Free admission for families of children with special needs. Enjoy the museum’s engaging exhibits, mingle with other families and learn with your child in a safe, welcoming, ADA compliant environment. An Open Arms program. This event is open to all special needs families, no registration is needed. Free. Stepping Stones Museum; Norwalk.

10am: Pancake Party Let’s have a pancake party! We’ll make the batter and flip some flapjacks. You can personalize yours with some good-for-you foods like walnuts, coconut and flax. We’ll also teach you how to make a hazelnut-chocolate spread, to top everything off. Suitable for ages 5–13. Free. Williams Sonoma Locations.

10am: Monster Jam featuring El Toro Loco Be sure to register your child to build this Monster Jam project featuring El Toro Loco! Lowes of Torrington, Derby, Wallingford, Cromwell, New Haven, Orange, Milford, Danbury, Waterford and Lisbon. Free. Click here for more info.

10am – 1pm: Maple Syrup Festival and Pancake Brunch Celebrate the sweet bounty of Winter! See our tapped trees, taste raw sap, sample fresh maple syrup, and warm up by a campfire. Free admission, $8 brunch. Ages 3 and under are free. Common Ground; New Haven.

10am – 3pm: Planting for the Planet Visit the Zoo today to learn how climate change is impacting our local community, wildlife populations a world away, and what actions you can take to reduce your carbon footprint. Get an event passport at Zoo admissions to get stamped at several stations; completed passports can enter for a chance to win one of three prizes! Roger Williams Park Zoo; Bridgeport.

10am – 4pm: 9th Annual Maple Festival Come watch and learn how we make pure maple syrup and other confections from the sap of a maple tree. This event will have various activities throughout the day including observation of the evaporator boiling the sap all day long, sugar candy making demonstration, a sugar-on-snow eat, classes, tours, slideshow, video, tree tapping demonstration, live music, maple kettle corn, kids’ activities, and much more! Pancakes, sausage, coffee  and more are served all day. Check back just before the event for a listing of the days activities with a detailed schedule. We usually have specific times for classes, storytime, tree tapping, and sugar-on-snow eat, but no matter what time of day you show up there will be something fun going on! Attire: Please come dressed for the weather! Boots are recommended for the touring the sugar maples, tree tapping demonstration, and for walking from your car to the sugarhouse. Bring umbrellas if it is raining. Weather: This event is held rain or shine. In the event of a severe snowstorm it will be postponed to the following week. Free. Sweet Wind Farm; East Hartland.

11am: Mustache Baby Participate in a fun-filled Storytime deaturing Mustache Baby – aka Baby Billy. Barnes & Noble of North Haven, Milford, Stamford, Westport, Waterbury and Danbury.

11am: Knife Skills With spring produce sprouting up at farmers’ markets, this is the perfect time to refresh your knife skills. Join us and learn how to chop, slice and dice seasonal fruits and vegetables like a pro. We’ll also offer complimentary knife sharpening services in this class. Free. Williams-Sonoma Locations.

11am: St. Patrick’s Day Workshops – See details above. Lyman Orchards; Middlefield.

12pm: Rapunzel A new “twist” on the classic tale by the Brothers Grimm about the girl with the long golden hair. When the young Rapunzel has been locked in a tower by an enchantress, it takes a handsome young prince to help her escape, and that’s just the beginning of the story! Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair. Downtown Cabaret Children’s Theatre; Bridgeport.

12 – 5pm: Maple Sugaring – See details above. Warrup’s Farm; Redding.

12:00 pm – dusk: Skate Park Opens – See details above. Graham Dickinson Spirit Skate Park; Ridgefield.

1pm: St. Patrick’s Day Workshops – See details above. Lyman Orchards; Middlefield.

1 – 2pm: Natural Beauty Products Many beauty products contain ingredients that are not healthy for your skin. In this introductory class, learn how to make a wholesome and revitalizing Hand & Body Scrub with Aloe and Sugar!  Supplies are provided for the class, as well as hand-outs, list of suggested reading and some suppliers contact information. Program taught by Kate Geary of Derma Faire LLC, a local health and beauty business that specializes in natural and organic body care. products.  Arrive ready to relax; leave with hands that enjoyed a Spa Quality experience and the ability to make more for yourself any time! $25 per non-member. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center; Mystic.

1– 2pm: Maple Syrup Open House Come experience a New England tradition: turning sap into syrup! The history and process of making syrup is fascinating. Kids and families will have an opportunity to tap a tree, take the maple syrup taste test, learn about Native American, colonial, and modern methods of making syrup and, of course, taste Ambler Farm’s very own maple syrup over vanilla ice cream. Ambler Farm; Wilton.

1 – 4pm: Maple Syrup Demonstrations – See details above. Flanders Nature Center; Flanders.

1 – 4pm: Family Day – Exploring Impressionism Family Days will be held five times during the 2014-15 academic year. Free and open to all, these are generally held on the Second Saturday of the month. The remaining calendar and themes for 2015 are as follows: Saturday, March 14 – Exploring Expressionism Saturday, June 6 – Ruffs & Cuffs: Costume & Culture in Renaissance Art. On these Saturdays, the museum is open to the general public from 12-5 pm with activities for children and families from 1-4 pm. Join us for drop-in craft activities, child-friendly gallery talks, and story time in the museum. Free and open to the public. Fairfield University Musuem; Fairfield.

2pm: Back to Basics: Beekeeping 101 Learn the basics to start your own hive. Take a close-up look at the queen, workers, and drones with bee keeper Dawn Sotir. See it all first hand inside the Nature Center’s observation hive. Free; please register. Ansonia Nature & Recreation Center; Ansonia.

2 – 2:30pm: The Wolf Conservation Center Wolves of North America with Atka Enjoy a visit from members of the Wolf Conservation Center. Learn about the mythology, biology and ecology of wolves in North America, and visit with an Ambassador wolf named Atka. Stepping Stones Museum; Norwalk.

2:30pm: Rapunzel – Details above. Downtown Cabaret Children’s Theatre; Bridgeport.

5:30 – 8:30pm: Nature Night Out Take a grownup night out while your children enjoy a night with nature! Each evening, we’ll provide dinner and nature fun inside and out. Children can choose the excitement of a night hike or cozy stories inside, and then we’ll all meet up for s’mores by the fire. Dress your child for outside and send a flashlight. Ages 5-12. $30 non-member, $15 sibling. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center; Mystic.

7:30pm: Ariana Grande initially landed at the top with her first full-length album for Republic Records, Yours Truly. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, Billboard Digital Albums Chart and iTunes Overall Albums Chart. Moreover, it yielded the game-changing pop smash “The Way” featuring Mac Miller. One of 2013’s defining songs, the single went double-platinum, hit the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 and reached #1 on the iTunes Overall Top Songs Chart. In the aftermath, she was named “Best New Artist” at the American Music Awards in 2013. Grande’s magnetic charm, impressive voice and astounding presence have enchanted millions of fans worldwide. 2014 saw her reach incredible heights right out of the gate. The first single from her sophomore album, “Problem” featuring Iggy Azalea, saw her become the “youngest woman to debut with over 400K sold first-week”. In addition to ranking as the 5th “highest digital song debut for a female artist” and 9th highest ever, the platinum smash debuted at #1 in 65 countries, topping the iTunes overall Top Songs and Pop Songs charts for four weeks. Other accolades followed throughout the year, with Grande winning “Favorite Breakout Artist” at the People’s Choice Awards 2014, the “Young Influencer Award” at the iHeartRadio Music Awards, the “Radio Disney Chart Topper Award,” “Choice Female Artist” and “Choice Single – ‘Problem'” at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards, and more. At the 2014 MTV VMAs, “Problem” was named “Best Pop Video” as well. In 2014, she also became the first woman in history and the first artist since Michael Jackson to simultaneously have three songs in the Top 6 of the Digital Songs Chart. Still, the future looks brighter than ever as her star continues to rise. Mohegan Sun; Uncasville.

Sunday, March 15:

Highlight: St. Patrick’s Parade; New Haven, CT  – Click here for details. 3rd Annual Shamrock Run for the Goal; Brookfield, CT – Click here for details. O’Putnam 5K; Putnam, CT – Click here for details.

11am: St. Patrick’s Day Workshops – See details above. Lyman Orchards; Middlefield.

11am – 12pm: 15 on the 15th Join us on the 15th of each month as we celebrate the museum’s 15th Birthday in 2015. Each month through December, we have a special activity to honor 15 years of Stepping Stones Museum experiences – the official birthday being March 11, 2015. Stepping Stones; Norwalk.

11am – 3pm: Kidologie Getting Ready for Summer Fair (Snowdate March 22) Families attending will enjoy free live entertainment, free giveaways, free goody bags (supplies limited) as well as free hands-on activities and demonstrations from participating local family-friendly businesses. Reed Intermediate School; Newtown. {We will be here, come say hello!}

11am: St. Patrick’s Day Classic Sign up to compete in a 4 Mile Road Race, 2 Mile Fitness Walk, 1 Mile Youth Race & Family Fun Run, 1/2 Mile Kids Fun Run or come to watch. Jennings Beach; Fairfield.

12pm: Rapunzel – Details above. Downtown Cabaret Children’s Theatre; Bridgeport.

12 – 5pm: Maple Sugaring – See details above. Warrup’s Farm; Redding.

12pm – dusk: Skate Park Opens – See details above. Graham Dickinson Spirit Skate Park; Ridgefield.

1pm: St. Patrick’s Day Workshops – See details above. Lyman Orchards; Middlefield.

1pm: Fly Guy & Other Stories Sure to be a treat for the young ones, seven delightful stories come to life in Theatreworks USA’s musical revue featuring highlights “Fly Guy Meets Fly Girl,” “Diary of a Work,” and “Fluffy the Classroom Guinea Pig.” Recommended ages 4 and up. $16 Adults, $10 Children 12 and under. The Kate; Old Saybrook.

1 – 2:30: Irish Family Culture Day Children’s activities including storytelling. Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center, Danbury.

1 – 3pm: Gardening for Kids Join us for a fun afternoon at the farm!  Learn how to plant seeds in the spring, weed and water crops throughout the summer, and harvest delicious fruits and vegetables in the fall. This gardening program involves fun, hands-on activities that will teach children how to properly care for a garden through the year, and ends with a harvest dinner in the fall! Spaces limited. Call early to register! Age 7 and up. $10 non-member. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center; Mystic.

1 – 3:30pm: Maple Sugar Open House If you missed our Maple Sugar Festival Weekend or if you just can’t get enough maple syrup, join us for one last look at our 2015 syrup production season. The Sugarhouse will be open from 1 to 3 pm for visitors to see how we produce our pure maple syrup. We’ll also have a tapping demo at 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm. Join us at 3 pm for our favorite winter treat: vanilla ice cream with maple syrup (while supplies last)! Stamford Museum & Nature Center; Stamford.

1 – 4pm: Maple Syrup Demonstrations – See details above. Flanders Nature Center; Flanders.

2pm: Healthy Living Series Join us for the last of our 3-part healthy living series. We’ll learn about growing healthy food from Jeff Rubelmann, healthy homesteader and certified permaculturist. We will focus on the interactions in soil, creating and building rich healthy soil, pH, soil fertilizers, compost teas, 18-day compost method, and worm farms. This class is just in time to apply some of these techniques and knowledge to your 2015 garden season. Free; please pre-register. Ansonia Nature & Recreation Center; Ansonia.

2:30pm: Rapunzel – Details above. Downtown Cabaret Children’s Theatre; Bridgeport.

3pm: Squawk: The Amazing Bird Show Spend an afternoon with amazing amazons, magnificent macaws, an incredible conure and one kooky cockatoo!These feathered professionals have more going for them than just their good looks. These birds will amaze you with their unusual talents such as painting, mind reading, performing card tricks, solving math problems and so much more. These incredible parrots have worked all over the US and have been seen by more than 2 million people at their live performances as well as appearing on television’s Late Show with David Letterman, Animal Planet, and America’s Got Talent. Adults $20, Kids $15. The Palace Danbury, Danbury.

3pm: Ballerina Princess Party New England Ballet Company presents a Ballerina Princess Party! Attend the “Ballerina Princess Party” dressed in your favorite Princess or Dance attire! See a magical performance by the beautiful Ballerina Royalty of New England Ballet Company. Learn a “Court” dance with Princess Linda and make a “Princess” craft! Birthday parties are welcome!  Bring your Brownie and Girl Scout troops! Reserved seating: $15. The Bijou Theatre; Bridgeport.

6:30 – 7:30pm: Sunset Beach Combing Ranger Russ leads a walk along the beach to see what has washed up and watch a beautiful sunset, bring your camera for all the amazing views. Meigs Point Nature Center; Madison.

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