March 23 – 29

Below are a list of things to do around CT; all are worth the drive, for the last full 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.

Now through April 4 Easter Bunny Photos Visit the Easter Bunny for Photos. Hours: Monday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm, Sunday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. The Easter Bunny will take brief carrot breaks throughout the day. Stamford Town Center, Stamford.

Now through April 4, have your Photos taken with The Easter Bunny Hop to It!  Don’t Miss The Easter Bunny! This year, skip the line and book your family’s reservation with the Easter Bunny online. It’s free and we’ll even e-mail or text you a reminder of your special date. The Easter Bunny will be in Old Navy Court on the following dates: Through 3-29: Monday – Thursday: 11am – 8pm, Friday & Saturday: 10am – 8pm, Sunday:  11am – 6pm. 3/30 – 4/3: Monday – Thursday: 10am – 8pm, Friday & Saturday: 10am – 8:30pm. Crystal Mall,  Waterford.

Now through April 3 enjoy visits with the Easter Bunny at your local Zoo. Hop along the bunny trail to Our House in the Big Backyard where you can get an eco-friendly craft, and take your very own picture with the Easter Bunny! Zoo visitors can purchase tickets at the main Zoo entrance, or as they enter the event. The event runs on March 28 & 29 from 10am to 12pm (noon) and 1pm to 3 pm, and on April 3 & 4 from 10am to 12pm (noon) and 1pm to 4 pm. The price, in addition to general Zoo admission, is $10 for children ages 3-12, and $5 for toddlers ages 2 and under; parents visit the Easter Bunny for free! The visiting area is fully accessible. Pre-registration is not required for the visits. Roger Williams Park Zoo, Bridgeport.

Monday, March 23:

10 am – 12 pm: Plant Doctor: Houseplant Remedies The winter months cam be hard on your houseplants. Fresh soil and a new pot is the perfect remedy. Bring in your favorite plants for some TLC. Please notify us if your plant is in a pot larger than 8″, so we can have the appropriate container on hand. $15 per non-member. Garden Education Center of Greenwich, Greenwich.

Tuesday, March 24:

7pm: The Bear Reality Bear cubs will be a few weeks old, snug and warm in a den with their mothers when Felicia Ortner, a wildlife biologist who specializes in Ursus Americanus, comes to Madison to talk about Black Bears in Connecticut. Felicia has been studying about bears for nearly 30 years. In the mid 1990’s Felicia turned her passion for learning about bears into a passion for teaching about them. She developed an education program called The Bear Reality. In 2008 the Connecticut DEEP and The Bear Reality came together and Felicia began presenting bear education programs on behalf of the DEEP. Join the Friends of Hammonasset and Felicia at the Memorial Town Hall for this informative program. The Friends of Hammonasset will conduct a brief business meeting before Felicia begins her presentation. Refreshments will be served. Memorial Town Hall; Madison.

Wednesday, March 25:

3:30 – 5:00 pm: American Girl Mystery Club Part I: A Thief in the Theater Join us for the first part of our American Girl Mystery Club! In this exciting book, Kit volunteers at a local theater and discovers more drama than she bargained for! Following the discussion, we will play detective games relating to the story. The registration fee includes a copy of the book. Participants will read the first seven chapters for this session, then finish the book for the second session on April 8. $7 for non-members per session. Ages 8 and up. Litchfield History Museum, Litchfield.

7 – 9 pm: Finding Your Voice as a Parent Special Education Advocacy Workshop Join Attorney Lawrence Berliner and special education advocate Tiffany Katz for a free workshop to help parents through the special education process. Free. The Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven-Shoreline, Guilford.

Thursday, March 26:

4-5pm: Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt Children age 9 and under will be given a map of Stew Leonard’s and a bag to collect eggs from costumed characters throughout the store, including Wow the Cow, Cynthia Chick, and Daphne Duck among others.Each egg contains prizes ranging from candy and board games to toys and gift cards. One lucky child will win the Egg Hunt’s top prize: a $250 gift card to Tumble Jungle! Parents please note: some of the candy included in the eggs may contain peanuts. After the Egg Hunt is complete, parents are invited to take photos of their children with the Easter Bunny. The Easter Egg Hunt Eggs-Travaganza is free to the community. Free. Stew Leonard’s, Norwalk.

6:30 – 8:30 pm: Grapevine Wreath Create an on-trend wreath at our Make It with Michaels Workshop. Our associates will meet you in the classroom with all the supplies you need and be there to help you complete your wreath. Only$25 per wreath when you make it in the store! Michaels Stores.

6:30 – 8:30 pm: Kids Painting – Fluffy Little Puppy Paint a cute and fluffy little puppy. Learn basic techniques, develop new skills and express yourself creatively. Supplies not included. $15 per child. Ages 6 and up. Michaels, Waterford.

Friday, March 27:

{Parents Time Out} American Girl Doll Event Parents have a date night while kids have fun at Sparklicious. Bring your American Girl Doll and enjoy dinner, a tea party with cookies, crafts, American girl doll games, watch an American doll movie with popcorn and more. Ages 4 – 12. $42 per child plus tax. Sparklicious, Redding.

Friday, March 27 – Sunday, March 29:

Friday 11 am – 7 pm, Saturday 10 am – 6pm and Sunday 11 am – 7pm.  Lego Creation Nation Help us build a huge map of the United States brick by brick. Then build your own creation and add it to the nation! You’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement just for participating! Free. Danbury Fair Mall; Center Court, Danbury.

Friday at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 2 pm and 5:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. The Brothers Grimm and a Showgirl This super fun, wildly imaginative new family musical delivers all of your fairy takes performed by the Grimm Brothers themselves. Oh, and there’s a showgirl! Featuring spoofs and goofs of Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty and more. Its the most ridiculously entertaining happy ever after show you will ever see. $18 online, $20 at the door. Milford Center for the Arts, Milford.

Saturday, March 28 – Sunday, March 29:

10 am – 4 pm: Greater Vernon Holistic Healthfest The Vernon Youth Services Bureau and Conscious CT invite you to join us at our seventh holistic health fair. The purpose of the fair is to educate area families about natural health alternatives, holistic modalities, and services available regionally. The fair features workshops, demonstrations, two exhibit halls and a Café. Exhibits focus on health and wellness, with vendors offering gifts, crafts, and artwork. Healthfest includes exhibitors, vendors, workshops and an author’s table. Admission is $5 adults, children under 16 free with a parent. Vernon Center Middle School, Vernon.

{Reoccurs} 10:30 am – 4 pm: Easter Bunny Trolley The Easter Bunny will be at the Shore Line Trolley Museum. Families will ride a 100-year-old beautifully restored trolley to meet the Easter Bunny on his very own trolley car! There will be springtime crafts too! Additional historic trolleys will be on display for you to walk through and explore. Trolley leaves every half hour. Adults $10, children ages 2-15 $6, children under 2 are free. Shore Line Trolley Museum, East Haven.

12 pm and 2:30 pm: 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.

{Reoccurs} 12:30 – 3:30 pm: Easter Bunny Trains Admission includes: Ride through our railyard on a vintage train, visit with the Easter Bunny in his special railroad car, small gift for children from the Easter Bunny, temporary tattoos, coloring station, Thomas play table, and Museum exhibits. Trains depart every 30 minutes from 12:30-3:30. $10 for ages 2 and up, under 2 are free. The Danbury Railway Museum, Danbury.

Friday 12:30-3:45pm, Saturday 11am-3:15 (Reoccurs on Thursday, April 2) The Great Egg Hunt and Spring Celebration Join us for The Great Egg Hunt 2015 and Spring Celebration. Our Egg Hunt programs are for smaller groups (25 per hunt) and will explore the miracle of Springtime. Meet warm and fuzzy spring animals (baby chicks and rabbits, plus our friends from Hop Along Hollow – a Rabbit Rescue group) and enjoy the spring weather with a self-guided scavenger hunt on our wooded trails. Up for more of a challenge? Try your hand at our Spoon and Egg Obstacle Course. Eggs will contain nature-themed prizes and nut-free sweets. Rain or shine. BYOB (Bring Your Own Basket). Ages: Ages 2 – 10. Non-Members: $15 per child. New Canaan Nature Center, New Canaan.

Saturday, March 28:

8 – 11 am: Pancakes with the Easter Bunny! Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children. Silvermine Elementary School, Norwalk.

9 am: Bunny Breakfast Join the team at Stew’s for a special Bunny Breakfast, hosted by none other than the Easter Bunny himself. Stew Leonard’s chefs will offer a breakfast of fruit, bacon, sausage, eggs, hash browns, pancakes, juice and coffee. Each child will receive a Stewie the Duck book as well as Easter Coloring Activity sheets. Children are also welcome to take a photo with the Easter Bunny and Stew’s costumed characters. Reservations for the Bunny Breakfast must be made in advance at Customer Service. Attendees age 12 and older will be charged $9.99/each and children age 11 and younger will be charged $7.99/each. Stew Leonard’s, Danbury.

9:30 am: Egg Hunt Wear your prettiest or funniest spring bonnet and come join the Easter Bunny at The Hollow! Take your child’s photo before or after they race to fill their basket with chocolate eggs hidden in the park! This is lots of fun for children up to 10 years old. Rain or shine. Hollow Park, Woodbury.

9:30 – 11:30 am: Home Garden Workshop Now is the time to start planning for your home garden. Jonathan Kirschner, Ambler Farm’s Director of Agriculture, is offering this workshop to guide you on your way to the most bountiful home garden. He will walk through the steps that he takes at Ambler Farm and how to adapt these processes to your own garden. $30 per non-member. Ambler Farm, Wilton.

9:45 – 11:15 am: Pilobolus’s Family Saturday’s Workshop is for kids, parents, grandparents, and family friends. Participants will be moving together in new and interesting ways, thinking creatively, and making fun physical shapes and sequences together. The hour and a half includes warm-up, exercises in physical collaboration, sharing and group conversation, mingling and lots of play. The Pilobolus Family Workshop is accessible for anyone with any movement ability, from those who are athletically ambitious to those who are physically cautious, including people with physical disabilities, and even little babies! $25 per family. Washington Club Hall, Washington.

10 am: Baby’s First Easter Come in store and celebrate your special some bunny’s first Easter with us. Bring baby dressed in your favorite Easter outfit and enjoy some “egg-celent” activities! A Bunny Hop with giveaways and prizes you’ll find along the way. Capture the day’s fun by taking pictures by our Easter backdrop. Free. Babies R Us Locations.

10 am: Eggs-cellent Eggs Eggs aren’t just yummy to eat—they’re also good for you! Learn some basic egg-cooking techniques pluseggs-traordinary ways to enjoy those hard-boiled eggs that you’ve decorated. Suitable for ages 5 – 13. Williams-Sonoma Stores.

10 am – 1 pm: 5th Annual Easter Egg Hunt The Easter Bunny is stopping off at Giant Steps to hide thousands of eggs for you to find. Join us for a morning filled with super fun Easter themed crafts and a Easter Egg Hunt Giant Steps Style. Free. Recommended for ages 2-10. Giant Steps, Fairfield.

10 am – 3:45 pm: Spiderman Bring your camera and strike your best superhero pose with Spider-Man. Sessions times are 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Mystic Aquarium, Mystic.

10:30 am – 12 pm: Growing Your Family Please join us for this seminar which will provide valuable information for people who are considering expanding their families, and want to learn about their options. Topics include: What is Secondary Infertility? How long should I try on my own before seeing a specialist? Tools for dealing with social pressure to expand your family. Free AMH Fertility Test to help determine timing. Free. RMA of Connecticut, Norwalk.

11 am: Duck & Goose Storytime In this popular series, Duck doesn’t care much for Goose at first, and Goose isn’t fond of Duck. But both want the egg that each claims to be his. Free. Barnes & Noble of Danbury, Milford, North Haven, Stamford and Westport.

11 am – 2 pm: Annual Easter Party and Egg Hunt Join us for a fun filled time. Ongoing egg hunt so everyone gets to hunt for eggs. Games and activities for everyone to enjoy. We hope to have the Pony Train back again. $10 per child. Ray of Light Farm, East Haddam.

11 am – 3 pm: Swords and Stories: A Celebration of Japan and its History Join us as we celebrate the opening of the temporary exhibition Samurai and the Culture of Japan’s Great Peace.  Through more than 150 objects, many of which have never been on display, this exhibition will explore the fascinating history of the samurai from their violent beginnings to the 250-year Great Peace that marked the final period of their reign.  We’ll have games, craft activities, a scavenger hunt and performances.  Come and learn about the samurai and Japanese culture. The Yale Peabody Museum, New Haven.

12 – 3:30 pm: Spring Celebration and Egg Hunt Come to Woodcock Nature Center for a day of family fun during our Spring Celebration and Egg Hunt! Journey down our quarter mile driveway on a hayride to the trails to go on an egg-hunting hike. Next meander over to our scenic Pavilion to color collected eggs, whip up some seasonal nature-crafts to celebrate the arrival of spring then visit the resident animals in the Nature Center. Bring a basket to hold your eggs and dress for the weather that day – you’ll be outside, drizzle or shine (If there is heavy rain/thunder and lightning, rain date of Sunday, March 29th will apply). Recommended for ages 2-7, but all are welcome. Reservations and prepayment are required (non-refundable): $12 per child for Members; $15 per child for Non-members. Families will need to sign up for an arrival time slot, which will allow staff to restock eggs and ensure that the parking on Deer Run and the hay ride do not get too congested. The time slots are: 12-12:30; 12:45-1:15; 1:30-2; 2:15-2:45 and 3-3:30. Woodcock Nature Center, Wilton.

{Reoccurs} 12:30 – 3 pm: Wild Saturday’s Discover our newest addition to Heckscher Farm — Heckscher Wild! Meet some of our animals up close and create lunch for some, too. Don’t forget to visit our river otters, Bert and Edie, to see them get their lunch. All programs, except for otter feeding, will meet at the Heckscher Wild! exhibit. Otter feeding will meet at the Otter Pond. Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford.

1 pm: Easter Egg Hunt The Easter Bunny will be hopping by for a visit with the Children! This event is geared towards pre-school children to 3rd graders. $1 donation. South Pine Creek Soccer Field, Fairfield.

1 pm: Easter Egg Hunt The Easter Bunny will arrive on a Fire Truck. Children 12 and under, bring your basket. Free. Banksville Community House, Greenwich.

7 pm: Winter Astronomy Did you ever wonder how a star is born? Come to learn on a great night with “Bobcat” Carruthers and members of the New Haven Astronomical Society. Find out about the life and death of stars and the different types of stars in our universe. Venture outside (weather permitting) to view not only the stars but also Jupiter and its moons. Free but please pre-register. Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center, Ansonia.

7 – 8 pm: Fireside Stories Join Ranger Russ for fun and educational stories for all ages, Bring a marshmallow stick and dress warmly. Meigs Point Nature Center, Madison.

7 – 8:30 pm Comedy Illusionist Ben Pratt! Award winning illusionist Ben Pratt is coming to Bethel for one night only! The show is a perfect family evening out, suitable for all ages. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for children, or $30 for the whole family. Bethel Arts Center, Bethel.

{Parents Time Out} 7 pm: The Breakfast Club 30th Anniversary Edition See the newly restored film on the Big Screen – now in HD!
 7pm – 80s Party in the lobby! And get out your hairspray, leg warmers and neon – because the best 80s costume wins a prize!  Remember those amazingly awful 80s cocktails? We’ll be serving them up – from Singapore Slings to Alabama Slammers – in the lobby bar with a live DJ to totally rock out to the 80s! Movie plays at 8pm. Tickets are $12.50. The Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield.

Sunday, March 29:

9 – 11 am: Caring Bunny provides a subdued and welcoming environment for children with special needs and their families. This year, skip the line and book your family’s reservation with the Easter Bunny online. It’s free and we’ll even e-mail or text you a reminder of your special date. Crystal Mall, Waterford.

11 am – 3 pm: Egg Hunt Safari Join this “eggcellent” safari at Roger Williams Park Zoo! Follow the clues to different locations around the Zoo to claim your eggs. When your hunting is through, collect a treat and enjoy the rest of our festive spring activities. The last Scavenger Hunt card given out at 2:30pm and is free with Zoo admission. Please Note: Guests are strongly encouraged to bring their own egg collection bags, because the Zoo does not provide bags for this event. Roger Williams Park Zoo, Bridgeport.

11:45 am – 2 pm: The Westport Weston Family YMCA will host the 11th Annual Team Brent St. Baldrick’s Celebration. In what has become an iconic, ongoing effort to raise awareness and funds to help fight childhood cancer, participants in a St. Baldrick’s event shave their heads in exchange for donations. Taking place in the Family YMCA’s Gymnasium this free community-wide event will feature opening ceremonies with MSG Sportscaster Deb Placey and live entertainment from DJ E-Train, plus head painting, complementary studio photography and lots of special attention for our “shavees.”What’s more, our Baldrick’s guests are welcome to stay and use the Family YMCA for the day. Young children can enjoy our Kids’ Club and Fort Mack playscape. Bring swim suits and towels and have fun in our shallow warm-water family pool, with its Splash Pad play area for pre-swimmers, Aqua Hoops for teens and tweens and more. The Family YMCA’s 14-ft. tall Aquatic Climbing Wall – the first in the state of Connecticut – will also be available for play in the deep end of the 10-lane lap pool. Attendees are encouraged to pre-register for the event at http://www.stbaldricks.org/events/TeamBrent. Westport Weston Family YMCA, Westport.

12:30 – 3 pm: Passover Palooza! Kids of all ages will use their 5 senses to recreate the Passover story, make Passover treats and participate in holiday-themed obstacle courses! $7 nonmembers. JCC of Greater New Haven, Woodbridge.

1 pm: Rainbow Fish With her 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. Join us as ArtsPower turn this beloved children’s book into a touching musical about the value of sharing true friendship with others. Recommended K-2. $16 Adults/$10 Children 12 and under. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, Old Saybrook.

1 pm (Also at 4 pm): Curious George Join the inquisitive, lovable little monkey Curious George, star of books, movies and the award winning PBS television show in this delightful new musical. All–You-Can-Eat Meatball Day came just once a year. George had been waiting all month for that day, a day almost bigger than his birthday! On Meatball Day, George helped his friend Chef Pisghetti cook some delicious meatballs, and serve them to the hungry crowd. But this year, the crowd had vanished! Something was keeping people away. Something pretty big. And that “something” was Phinneas T. Lightspeed and his speedy Meatballs O’Matic machine. In despair, Chef Pisghetti vows to cook no more. Determined to help his friend, George goes on a mission to enter the Chef’s meatballs in the world-famous Golden Meatball Contest…in Rome. With every swing and flip, George takes the audience through a fun-filled adventure in which he learns more about Rome…and meatballs…and the “secret ingredient” to cooking! Recommended for ages 4-8. Westport Country Playhouse, Westport.

1 – 4 pm: 13th Annual Chocolate to the Rescue Help families and children experiencing homelessness while enjoying the region’s finest chocolate! Sample mouthwatering chocolate delicacies from local restaurants, bakeries, caterers, and chocolatiers. Vote for your favorite chocolate creation. $30 per ticket. Inn at Middletown, Middletown.

1 – 4 pm: Artifact Identification Day Looking for someone to provide you with information about an artifact that you found or inherited? Bring it to our Artifact Identification Day! Adults $8, Children (3-12) $5. The Institute of American Indian Studies, Washington.

1:30 – 2:30 pm: Nature Trail Easter Egg Hunt Come to the nature center to search for Easter eggs on our nature trails. All Ages. Free but pre-registration required. Trumbull Nature & Arts Center, Trumbull.

2 pm: Fly Guy Meets Fly Girl and other Stories Based on the best-selling stories, Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold and Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin, this one-hour musical follows the adventures of some of our favorite bugs. Appropriate for ages 4 and up. Adults $15, children 12 and under $10. Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford.

2 – 4 pm: Check Out These Chicks! Easter Cookies for Kids Learn how to decorate chick cookies in their Easter best! Gain hands-on experience as you ice cookies, and then add colorful details with piped stars, dots and shells with buttercream icing. Materials List available online. Ages 8 and up. $15 per child. Michaels, Lisbon.

2 – 5 pm: Needle Felting: Bunnies Join us at the Golden Button on Sunday March 29th at 2 pm to create 3-D bunny sculptures. Needle felting is an easy-to-learn craft in which a barbed needle is used to sculpt wool into anything imaginable. In March’s class students will create a 4-5″, 3 dimensional felted bunny. Cost: $40 (Save $5 by bringing your own needles and foam). To register call Kate at the Golden Button at 203-910-9948. The Golden Button, Woodbury.

3 pm: Ivy + Bean, The Musical Based on the New York Times best-selling children’s books series by author Annie Barrows and Illustrator Sophie Blackall, Ivy + Bean, The Musical is the story of an unexpected friendship between two very different second graders. Bean is loud, wild and goofy. Ivy is quiet and full of ideas. But when Bean plays a joke on her sister, and needs a place to hide, Ivy comes to the rescue. When the two become a team, there’s mischief and laughter at every turn—along with lessons to be learned about the challenges and joy of family, friendship, and love. $15 (Recommended for ages 6-11). Fairfield University; Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield.

3 pm: Playtime: Magical Stories From tales of fairies who help through magical songs, to the spellbinding tales of a poor fisherman who catches an unbelievable catch, to the notorious tale of Finn Mac Cumhail’s (Finn McCool) fearless son who discovers the fountain of youth, these are stories that families will be remembering and quite possibly telling, for years to come. Adults and Kids $15 per person. The Palace Theatre, Stamford. Momecticut fans save 20% by entering code MOMMY at checkout.

4 pm: Curious George – See details above at 1 pm.

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