March 16 – 22

Below are a list of things to do around CT; all are worth the drive, for the third 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 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 16:

2 – 2:45 pm: Native American Legends and Craft Storytelling played a vital role with maintaining the oral traditions of Native American. Come spend an afternoon listening to legends and make a fun craft to bring home. Ages 4-5. $8 per non-member. New Pond Farm, West Redding.

{Reoccurs) 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.

4 – 5pm: Native American Legends and Craft Storytelling played a vital role with maintaining the oral traditions of Native American. Come spend an afternoon listening to legends and make a fun craft to bring home. Ages 6-12. $8 per non-member. New Pond Farm, West Redding.

{Parents Time Out} 7:30pm: Astronomy 101 Have you ever looked up at the night sky and been overwhelmed by all the stars? Learn some tricks of stargazing and learn how to identify the brightest stars and constellations. This program will cover star life cycles and basic “star movement” patterns. If the skies are clear, we’ll step out at the end for some star gazing. Led by Molly Check. Adults. $15 non-member. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic.

Tuesday, March 17:

9am – 4pm: Enjoy 15 percent off admission if you wear green on St. Patrick’s Day at the Zoo. Connecticut Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport.

4pm (also at 7pm): Paddington – See details above.

4 – 8pm: Southern Connecticut College Fair Come and see Guest Speaker Rob Franek, Senior VP, Publisher of the Princeton Review and Author of The Best 379 Colleges & Best Value Colleges. He will be discussing “How to Choose – and Get In To – the College Best for You,” Free. Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport.

6:30 – 7:30pm: Woodcock Walk Learn all about Scolopax minor and then take a walk to search for this mysterious member of the sandpiper family.  If we’re lucky, we will witness the spectacular springtime mating display of the American woodcock,  or Timberdoodle. Adults/Kids ages 8 and up. $7 non-member. Coogan Farm, Mystic.

7pm: Paddington – See details above.

Thursday, March 19:

4pm: Paddington – See details above.

{Mommy Time Out} 5 – 6pm: Cocktails & Conversations Ladies, please join us in the Living Room for cocktails and girl talk about raising your modern Jewish or interfaith family. This is the place to learn about the holidays and how to adapt it to fit your family’s needs. Age: 21 and up. JCC of Greater New Haven, Woodbridge.

6:30 – 8pm: Monthly Do-It-Herself Workshop Installing a Tile Backsplash Calculate square footage and prep backsplash areas. Learn how to set, cut and grout tile. Free. Home Depot Locations.

6:30 – 7:30pm: Connecticut’s Bats with Christina J. Kocer Join CT Department of Environmental Protection’s Christina J. Kocer for an enlightening evening learning about bats and why they are extremely necessary for and beneficial to our environment. This presentation will provide general information about bats of Connecticut, clear up many misconceptions and provide some information about White-­Nose Syndrome and what can be done to help stop its spread.  This program is appropriate for ages 10 and up. $20/non-­member. New Pond Farm, West Redding.

Friday, March 20:

7 – 8:30am: Vernal Equinox at Manatuck Signs of Spring are appearing in the meadows, woodlands, and streams!  Join us for an early morning exploration to witness the awakening of Spring. Adult/family. $5 non-member. Manatuck Preserve, Stonington.

2 – 4pm: Story Time with the Very Hungry Caterpillar Stop in for some pictures, crafts and a story to celebrate the first official day of spring! Breakwater Books, Guilford.

4 – 5:30pm: CFPA Ramble: Frog Fridays with The Flanagan-Brown Boys Bring your curiosity! We will observe the amazing transformations that occur in vernal pools during several guided outings throughout the spring. Come to one outing or come to many, to see a wonderful array of creatures found in vernal pools this time of year; including frogs, salamander and frog eggs, tadpoles, salamanders, fairy shrimp, insect larvae, and more! Viewing scopes will be available. Free but RSVP. Highlawn Forest, Middlefield.

6 – 8:30 pm: Curious George Families can enjoy an evening at the museum and a compelling reading of the tale in front of a large screen showing the pages in the book for all to see. After the story, the reading is brought to life when children meet the storybook character. Hands-on themed activities for children of every age take place all evening throughout the museum. An end-of-night musical parade featuring the storybook character concludes our fun-filled evening. With themed activities galore, you can customize your own yellow hat, make music shakers, Curious George puppets and more! Come in your PJs and listen to a favorite story. Space is limited, registration required. $17 per non-member. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Norwalk.

6:30 – 8 pm: Frog Watch USA Volunteer Training Join us as Jim Sirch, Coordinator of Public Education at Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, speaks on behalf of FrogWatch USA – a citizen-science program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) that provides individuals, groups, and families with an opportunity to learn about wetlands in their communities and report data on the calls of local frogs and toads. Volunteers collect data during evenings throughout the spring and summer. Join us for an evening of training and to become a certified Frog Watcher! Free. New Pond Farm, West Redding.

7 – 9pm: Woodland Wonders from the Wild An enlightening, entertaining and educational look at some of the plants that we overlook on our woodland hikes. Some of the most interesting and unusual wildflowers are growing in our own backyards right under our noses. Join native plant expert Barry Glick for a fascinating wild wander into the wonderful world of woodland wildflowers. RSVP required. $20 per non-member. Rain or Shine. East-Conn Conference Center, Hampton.

7:30 – 9pm: Owl Prowl It’s breeding season for many of the owls in Connecticut! Meet a few of DPNC’s resident owls before heading out to listen and look for this spirited birds as they call out to attract mates and defend territories. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight. $7 non-member. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic.

Saturday, March 21 – Sunday, March 22:

10am – 4pm: Hebron Maple Festival Self-tours, demonstrations and a variety of maple products at each of these local sugar houses. Crafts, activities, face painting, food, snacks and more… Free. Hebron, CT.

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.

(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; Woodbury.

Saturday, March 21:

9am – 12pm: Finding Your Way with Map and Compass Participants will explore the Goodwin Natural Area of the Arboretum, north of Gallows Lane. After learning a few basics of navigation, explorers will set out in groups on self-designated hikes to visit 8 points of interest. A prize will be awarded to the first group that makes it back with treasures scavenged from the locations. Wear sturdy shoes and long pants appropriate for hiking. Ages 8 through adult; children under 16 must be accompanied by adult. Free. Connecticut College, New London.

9am – 1pm: Celebrate Spring with the Birds! Celebrate spring with the birds!  Join us for a fun morning of bird watching. We will record the avian visitors at our feeders and around the center. Results will be submitted to the Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology via the eBird online checklist. Our naturalist will provide binoculars and field guides, and help with identification. $8 adult/$5 child.  Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic.

10am: Easter Baking The Easter Bunny will stop in his tracks when he spies this adorable little cake you’ve baked and decorated in his own likeness! We bet that your parents will ask you to make one for everyone at your holiday table. Suitable for ages 5 – 13. Free. Williams-Sonoma Stores.

10am – 12pm Pysanky Eggs Learn the art and craft of an old Ukrainian decorating tradition. Using a wax resist dying method you will learn the delicate meditative craft of Pysanky and take home beautiful eggs to decorate your home. 6-12 years of age. $15/Non-member child. New Pond Farm, West Redding.

10am – 1pm: Backyard Chickens Learn the basics of raising chickens in your own backyard: breed selection, chick care, feeding, and housing. Classroom lecture will run from 10am – 12pm followed by a walk from 12pm – 1pm through our chicken yards to site examples of what we learned in class.This workshop is $6 – $12 per person, RSVP required. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Common Ground, New Haven.

10am – 4pm: MapleFest On-going guided 45-minute tours will lead visitors through the Center’s sugaring operation, including a working sugarhouse and a re-creation of Native American and early colonial sugaring methods.  Participants can watch as pure sugar maple sap is collected from the trees and turned into delicious maple syrup. Wear boots, as our trail is often snow-covered or muddy! $6 adults, $4 children 12 and under (under 2 free). Sharon Audubon Center, Sharon.

10am – 4pm: Hebron Maple Festival – See details above.

10:30am – 1:30pm: Syrup Saturday & Pancake Brunch Bring the whole family and join us out by the Sugar Shack as we celebrate the bounty from this year’s Syrup Season! The day will include tree tapping demos, a real maple sap “boil down” using sap from our resident Nature Center maples, plus a look into the past of historic and native methods of producing Maple Syrup. Put your woodsmen skills to the test with our Second Annual Family Lumberjack Challenge! Try your hand at wood heaving (how far can you throw a log of firewood?), before tackling our firewood stacking competition. Does your family have what it takes to complete our entire log rolling obstacle course? Join us to find out!And of course we’ll be serving up flapjacks, syrup and an array of tasty toppings (fruit, chocolate chips, and more!) at our famously delicious Pancake Brunch. Take a Real v. Fake Syrup taste test, gather round the campfire to share tall tales of this winter’s adventures (and roast a marshmallow or two!), and try your hand at some maple-themed crafts. In fine syruping tradition we’ll also have an assortment of delicious maple treats and bottles of NCNC Maple Syrup for sale in our Nature Shop! This event is primarily outdoors, although brunch is indoors. Activities will run throughout the day. Non-Members: $12/person. Kids 2 and under are free. New Canaan Nature Center, New Canaan.

11am: YMCA Easter EGG-Stravaganza Bring the family out for a good old fashioned egg hunt. The Easter Bunny has reserved a spot at the Y and he is looking forward to meeting your child! Activities include age appropriate egg hunts, family fun crafts and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Cost is $5 per child. Middlesex YMCA, Middletown.

11am (Also at 2pm): The Jungle Book Adapted from the Book by Rudyard Kipling.  Join young Mowgli as he learns the ‘Laws’ of the jungle in this time-honored adventure.  With the help of friends like the black panther, Bagheera, and Baloo the lovable bear, Mowgli learns about friendship and survival. Cheer as Mowgli faces his fear and foils his nemesis the tiger Shere Khan. This musical version of Rudyard Kipling’s classic will delight both the young and the young at heart.  Come be part of the adventure! $15 per person. Recommended for ages 4 and up.  The Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield.

11am: Edmund Unravels Join us for a story and fun activities! Click here to learn more about this book and author. Free. Barnes & Noble, Milford.

11am – 12:30pm: CFPA Ramble: Slow Foot Ramble Leave the adrenaline rush of speed behind and give your senses time to absorb the wonders of nature. Called shinrin roku or forest bathing in Japan, mindful walking by others and delightful by many, Slow Foot Rambles emphasize the journey, not the destination. It is an observational and sensory walk to immerse ourselves in the ambiance of nature and connect with our surroundings. Join volunteer CFPA Ramble Guide Cris Staubach on an easy and slow-paced walk. No dogs, please. Extreme weather cancels. Free. Steward B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, Westbrook.

{Reoccurs} 12pm (Also at 2:30pm): 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.

1pm: Tuck Everlasting’s 40th Anniversary Author Natalie Babbitt will present a book signing and talk about Tuck Everlasting at East Shore Middle School’s Bookfair. Excerpts of the book will be read aloud by actor Samuel Fisher Babbitt. A performance of what Mae’s trial might look like. Click here to learn more about this book. Barnes & Noble, Milford.

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. Free. Ambler Farm; Wilton.

1 – 3pm: Grow Your Own Pizza Garden Learn how to grow a pizza garden with Master Gardener Vicky McCarthy. Whether you are a newbie or seasoned veteran, Vicky will show you the best way to grow your own herbs and vegetables. First 25 registrants will receive starter pots to take home. Free. Trumbull Nature and Arts Center, Trumbull.

1 – 4pm: Easter Bunny T-Shirt Bring the whole family together to create something special. $10 per shirt, includes supplies. Michael’s Locations.

1 – 4pm: Maple Syrup Demonstrations – See details above.

2pm: The Jungle Book – See details above.

2 – 4pm: Bunny Tales Tea Party Enjoy an English-style tea party celebrating Beatrix Potter’s life and work. Meet the real-life animals that inspired Miss Potter’s beloved characters such as Jemima Puddle Duck, Mr. Jeremy Fisher, Mrs.Tiggy Winkle, and Peter Rabbit. Tea-time delights made from the fruits and veggies like the ones grown in Mr. McGregor’s garden will be served. An activity and storytime are also planned. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Space is limited. Herbal tea graciously provided by Teavana. Non-Members: $35 per person. Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford.

{Reoccurs} 2:30pm: Rapunzel – See details above.

6pm: The Bolshoi Ballet in HD: Swan Lake With Tchaikovsky’s famous, lyrical score, Swan Lake depicts the tragic love between Princess Odette and Prince Siegfried, and will no doubt be performed to perfection by the unparalleled virtuosity of Russia’s great Bolshoi Ballet. This universal and enchanting masterpiece of love, deception and drama is a must. In the leading parts — Svetlana Zakharova, Denis Rodkin and Artemy Belyakov. Adults $25, free for students 18 and under! The Ridegfield Playhouse, Ridgefield.

{Parents Time Out} 8pm: Laugh for LAX Get ready to laugh when the Danbury High School Girls’ Lacrosse Program hosts their comedy fundraiser at The Palace Danbury. Danbury’s historic theatre will feature the very funny and very talented Johnny Lampert and Sherry Davey on the Palace stage for a night of side-splitting laughter. $35 per ticket. The Palace Danbury, Danbury.

Sunday, March 22:

Highlight: St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Greenwich

Time: To Be Confirmed Easter Baking From a classic carrot cake to scrumptious cookies and charming bunny cakes, we’ll show you how to bake some sweet Easter treats. They’ll make a festive finish to a brunch or dinner, or an egg hunt party for the kids. Williams Sonoma Stores.

8am: March Guided Bird Walk Welcome Spring by looking and listening to the newly arriving song makers. This month’s guided bird walk will explore the shorelines of Lake Mamanasco – All Ability Levels Welcomed! Garden of Ideas, Ridgefield

10am – 4pm: Hebron Maple Festival – See details above.

11am – 12:30pm: Marble Run Madness Come join us for a morning of constructing, experimenting and exploring! In this workshop your job will be to design a unique marble track that defies gravity! You will use recycled cardboard to create ramps, runs and drops that help your marble find it’s way to the bottom. The marble that takes the longest to get to the bottom of the ramp wins! Registration is required. Grades K-6. $40 per child. Trumbull Nature and Arts Center, Trumbull.

12 – 5pm: Maple Sugaring – See details above.

{Reoccurs} 12pm (Also at 2:30pm): Rapunzel – See details above.

1 – 4pm: Diane W. Darst Learning to Look Family Day: Northern Baroque Splendor This program is designed especially for families and children to foster appreciation and understanding of art related to current Museum exhibitions and based on the Learning to Look curriculum developed by Diane W. Darst and Sue Ann Massey Williamson. Today’s program will be presented in conjunction with the Bruce Museum exhibition Northern Baroque Splendor.  The lessons are presented by a Learning to Look instructor at 1:15 pm and repeated at 2:15 pm. There will be painting activities in the Education Workshop. All activities are free with Museum admission, fully accessible, and suitable for people of all abilities and ages. Bruce Museum, Greenwich.

1 – 4pm: Maple Syrup Demonstrations – See details above.

2pm: As seen on The Tonight Show, Letterman, and America’s Got Talent, Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is a blend of unique comedy, world championship juggling, and the extraordinary talents of performing pets. His amazing cast of dogs and cats have been rescued from animal shelters and transformed in Vegas stars! Back by popular demand. Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts; University of Connecticut, Storrs.

2 – 3pm: St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and learn about Irish folklore as we search for hidden clues in Ballard Park. All children who participate in the hunt will receive a prize. $7 per person. Ballard Park Gazebo, Ridgefield.

2 – 4pm: Communities of Color: By Land and Sea As Native people across New England lost nearly all of their reservation lands, Indians privately purchased property. In many cases, forming connecting communities and neighborhoods of color – from rural to urban, and even out to sea. In fact, hundreds of Indian men sought work off the coast – forming new kinds of communities among themselves as they traveled the world, interacting with other indigenous peoples. Join Dr. Jason Mancini, interim director at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center, as he explores the many experiences local Native people historically navigated – by land and by sea. Museum Admission: $8 Adults; $5 Children (3-12 yrs). The Institute for American Indian Studies, Washington.

{Parents Time Out} 2 – 4pm: Healthy Art, Healthy Heart We’ll explore trails seeking inspiration from nature to write about, draw or photograph. Bring your journal, sketch pad, art supplies and/or camera; DPNC will provide supplemental art supplies. Adults. $15 non-member. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic.

{Reoccurs} 2:30pm: Rapunzel – See details above.

3pm: Bari Koral Family Rock Band Refreshing simplicity and tuneful bounce mark this collection of splendid pop-rock songs for the wee set from singer-songwriter Bari Koral, who can write a clap-along song with the best of them (“Clap It!) and capture a young child’s “I’m a big kid now,” lunch-packing pride (“Backpack Song”) with her expressive pop soprano. Adults $15, Children $10. The Palace Theatre, Stamford. Subscribers save 20% by entering code MOMMY at checkout.

6pm: Fifth Harmony “I can feel a wave beginning behind this group,” said The X Factor creator and judge Simon Cowell before Fifth Harmony performed their version of Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” on the show last year. Cowell decided that individual contestants Dinah Jane Hansen, Lauren Jauregui, Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, and Camila Cabello were too special to let go, so at the end of the show’s Boot Camp week, the five young women became Fifth Harmony. With their show-stopping vocals, undeniable charisma, and genuine sisterly bond, the “fearsome fivesome” endeared themselves to viewers across the country. Fifth Harmony delivered electrifying versions of Adele’s “Set Fire To The Rain,” Ellie Goulding’s “Anything Can Happen,” and Demi Lovato’s “Give Your Heart A Break.” Featuring Jacob Whitesides, Jasmine V and Mohogany Lox. Foxwoods, Mashantucket.

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