April 27 – May 3

Welcome to the last work week in April and the first full weekend in May! We do not like to be redundant, so click here for activities that are mundane – some of these occur once a month too.

Monday, April 27:

9am – 11am: Farm Days for Young Children Children under five and their families are invited to a fun morning of farm and forest activities lead by Common Ground educators. Dig for worms in the children’s garden; visit the animal yards and meet friendly chickens, sheep, pigs and more; explore using your sense in the forest. $10 per family. No RSVP required. Common Ground, New Haven.

1 – 2:30pm: Taste of Tinkergarten Come join us for a sample of what Tinkergarten class is all about. You’ll get to experience the flow of a class and a sample of the fun learning activities we enjoy each week. Parents, join your child or send your child with another caregiver and learn more about the experience by email. Ages 18 months to 5 years. Free. Selleck Woods, Darien.

Tuesday, April 28:

4:30pm – 6pm: ArtSmart Patterned Planters A perfect Mother’s Day garden gift! Coffee cans transform into cool planters. Potting soil, flower seed packet and hand painted “garden marker” complete the gift. Ages 7 and up. $15 per child. Trumbull Nature and Arts Center, Trumbull.

7:30pm – 8:30pm: Five Favorite Local Hikes Clinic Looking for some great local places to hike and explore? Join our experts to learn about local parks, preserves and other hidden gems you can hike all year long. After a brief introduction, our knowledgeable staff will tell you about five of the area’s best hikes, outlining the trail’s location, length, difficulty, terrain and notable highlights. They’ll share some suggestions about how to prepare for your adventure, including what to bring and what to wear. You’ll also to have a chance to see what gear we recommend in order to stay safe and comfortable while out on a hiking adventure. Free. L.L. Bean, Danbury.

Thursday, April 30:

3pm – 8pm: Free Cone Day at Carvel. Junior soft serve cup or cone. Carvel Locations.

5:30pm: Daughters of the Samurai In 1871, five young girls were sent by the Japanese government to the United States. Their mission: learn Western ways and return to help nurture a new generation of enlightened men to lead Japan. Raised in traditional samurai households during the turmoil of civil war, three of these unusual ambassadors—Sutematsu Yamakawa, Shige Nagai, and Ume Tsuda—grew up as typical American schoolgirls. Ten years later, they returned to Japan—a land grown foreign to them—determined to revolutionize women’s education. Yale and New Haven play an important role in this story, and Nimura found archival material both in Sterling Library’s Manuscripts and Archives, and at the New Haven Museum. Book signing to follow. Yale University; Peabody Museum of Natural History, New Haven.

7:30pm – 8:30pm: Fitness and Training Apps Discover the best apps for helping you get fit and maximize your training. Numerous mobile apps have been developed for both iPhone and Android smartphone platforms to support personal training and fitness goals. The trouble is how do you find the one that’s best suited for the needs of your activities. We’ll introduce you to over two dozen apps we think are the best taking the guess work out of finding the right app for your favorite activity. We’ll briefly explain what the app offers, its cost and the phone you’ll need to run it. Plus our experts will be on-hand to help answer any questions you might have. Free. L.L. Bean, Danbury.

Friday, May 1:

12pm – 4pm: Enchanted Garden Month Stroll through the gardens and listen for the wind chimes, look for the fairies, the return of the monarch butterflies and the opening of the monarch waystation. Find the wishing tree. Sit in the enchanted magnolia grove. The house will feature floral displays and fairy garden houses for the month of May. Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden, Bethlehem.

4pm – 7pm: Bright Pink Meet and greet and photo opportunity with The Cabbage Patch Kids, mini makeover from Paul Mitchelle Salon, craft station, face painting, balloon art, photo station, samples, giveaways ands more. $5 donation per person. Westfield Meriden, Meriden.

6pm: First Friday As always, each First Fridays event will feature great live entertainment, avariety of art vendors lining the streets, fun and interactive art projects, andstimulating events hosted by such downtown galleries as: Arts & Framing and the Sochor Gallery, The Empty Spaces Project Gallery, Sawmill Pottery and Silver Circle Gallery. We invite you to stroll the streets, take in the sightsand sounds and discover why Putnam is the hub for arts & culture in Northeast Connecticut. Downtown, Putnam.

7:30pm: Cinderella Italiano A high energy musical panto version of Cinderella, set in Italy where Cinderella meets a Godmother with an offer she can’t refuse! Ba-da-bing, ba-da-boom, it’s a ball! $18 online, $20 at the door. Milford Center for the Arts, Milford.

8pm – 9:30pm Full Moon Hike Hike the lower fields by the light of the full moon then warm up by the campfire with marshmallows. Bring a flashlight. Free. Pratt Nature Center, New Milford.

Friday, May 1 – Sunday, May 3:

Friday from 10am-5pm, Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sunday from 12pm-5pm. Dogwood Festival Children’s Art and Games continue to be a big hit for the youngsters, so bring the kids to the playground for some good old fashioned fun! There will be a craft tent, bounce house, face painter, cotton candy, and carnival games with prizes on Saturday and Sunday! The Dogwood Dash is a two-mile family fun run around Greenfield Hill, and our mini Dash is for kids age 2 through 7 years old (in three age-appropriate categories.). Both take place on the Saturday morning of The Dogwood Festival. Greenfield Hill Congregational Church, Fairfield.

Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 2pm and 7pm and Sunday at 2pm. The Wizard of Oz The Mitchell College Drama Society presents a musical production of the classic family tale, The Wizard of Oz. Come join Dorothy, her dog Toto, and her friends the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, and the Tin Man on a journey down the yellow brick road to see the Wizard of Oz. The cast features students from Mitchell College along with faculty, staff and members of the community. In addition, children from New London’s Nathan Hale Magnet School will be playing Munchkins. Children (under 12) $8, Adults: $12. Mitchell College Clarke Center, New London.

Saturday, May 2 – Sunday, May 3:

10am – 12pm: Summer Camp Open House Channel 3 Kids Camp, Andover.

12pm – 6pm: $40 Car Load Days Quassy kicks off its 107th season with a $40 carload special. Up to 10 persons in a vehicle receive an all-day ride wristband for only $40, parking included. Offer valid both days with rides open noon to 6 p.m. Annual Egg Hunt for prizes at 3 pm, Sunday, April 26. Spirit Song on the Carousel Theatre stage both days starting at noon and meet and greets with Peter Rabbit. Quassy Amusement Park, Middlebury.

Saturday and Sunday at 12pm and 2:30pm. Willy Wonka Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to life in this one of a kind stage adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which features all the fun and mayhem you’ve come to expect from the Cabaret Children’s Company. Downtown Cabaret Children’s Theatre, Bridgeport.

Saturday, May 2:

10am – 12pm: First Free Saturday at Lyman Allyn Art Museum – New London

10am – 5pm: 12th Annual Community Day It is a great time to gather family and friends for a day of exciting programs, exceptional art, and beautiful views. Visitors of all ages will enjoy exploring the exhibition, Peter Halley: Big Paintings, wandering through historic gardens, playing gallery games, making art, visiting an artist’s studio, or just strolling along the Lieutenant River. There are plenty of special activities too! Visitors can create a variety of hands-on craft projects from 11am to 4pm, take home a one-of-a-kind treasure from April’s Balloon Creations at no charge, from 11am to 3pm, and be amazed by the magic shows of Brian Miller at 11:30am and 2:30pm. There’s even a Looking-to-Learn Tour for families at 1pm.Visitors can also enjoy the restored Griswold House, where artists painted directly on the doors and wall panels over one hundred years ago – there’s no other place like it in America! Free. Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme.

11:30am – 1pm: Children’s Book Week Writing Contest Winners Budding writers from grades 3-8 were encouraged to enter an essay contest judged by three of Westport’s accomplished children’s authors; Christine Pakkala, Tommy Greenwald and Michaela MacColl. Guest authors will discuss their writing style and answer questions from young writers. Categories: Grades 3-5, write 250 words or less; Grades 6-8, write 500 words or less. Theme: Springtime in Fairfield County. Writers told us the “one thing” you love most about springtime in Fairfield County. Come and hear who the winners are. Fairfield University Bookstore, Fairfield.

1pm: Skippyjon Jones Based on the book by Judy Schachner, Skippyjon Jones is an enchanting musical about unleashing your powerful imagination and following your dreams. Sometimes Skippyjon pretends to be a bird, sometimes he pretends to be a llama, and sometimes he pretends to be a whale. Anything but a Siamese cat! Recommended for grades K-4. $16 adults, $10 children 12 and under. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, Old Saybrook.

2pm: The Bully Bullies are coming to the Ivoryton Playhouse! They’re going to teach more than 1,200 students a lesson that is bound to be an enjoyable one as the Ivoryton Playhouse stages a production of The Bully, a musical that crosses live theatre with an important social message. The Bully, an Off Broadway musical written for elementary school-aged children, addresses the sensitive issue of mean-spirited behavior in a way that captivates and influences kids, speaking to them on their own terms about a subject that truly matters. All tickets $14. Ivoryton Playhouse, Ivoryton.

2pm – 3:30pm: Free Embroiderery Workshop The Fairfield County Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America will present a series of free workshops at the Wilton Historical Society on three Saturdays in May; May 2, 9 and 30. The program consists of three sessions, each one and a half hours long, taught by an experienced principal teacher with at least two aides. All volunteers are members of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America, and are talented embroiderers in their own right. The students will finish their projects during the three classes, and will be given a certificate of completion. These workshops are appropriate for grades 4 and up. Or bring your work in progress and any questions you may have. All skill levels are welcome. Space is limited, so don’t delay in registering. Free. Wilton Historical Society, Wilton.

7pm – 8:30pm: By Special Request We are celebrating this momentous anniversary season by singing our favorite songs of the past 20 years. The program for our May concert has been chosen by our choristers, families and audience—past and present—by request. The list of music includes many of the selections we have performed over the years. We are excited to bring back some old favorites! $15-20. Norwalk Concert Hall, Norwalk.

8pm – 9:30pm: Campfire and Stargazing Come sit with us by the campfire and enjoy s’mores and intergalactic stories while members of The Astronomical Society of New Haven lead us in looking through telescopes to check out the Moon, deep sky objects like Galaxies, star clusters, and nebulas – and maybe even a few planets. This event will take place in clear weather only. All ages welcome to the event, however, telescope viewing is for ages 7 and up. $10 per family. Trumbull Nature and Arts Center, Trumbull.

9am – 4pm: 7th Annual Donkey and Mule Festival There will be over twenty classes throughout the day including halter, showmanship, coon jumping, costume, driving, riding and obstacles. Along with the Donkey & Mule Show, there will be wagon rides running throughout the day on a guided tour of the orchard with beautiful views of the apple trees in blossom. In addition, there will be face painting, a moon bounce, kid’s crafts, story times, vendors and wine tasting for the adults. Free. Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market & Winery, Guilford.

Sunday, May 3:

7am: 2nd Annual Rock the Gauntlet 5K Obstacles Race Rock the Gauntlet is part of the Denali Gauntlet Race Series. Denali’s Run the Gauntlet is held in the Fall each year on the Connecticut Shoreline. Rock the Gauntlet features a 5K course with 15-20 man-made and natural obstacles. After the race, participants are invited to enjoy a post-race party featuring food, refreshments and live entertainment. East Rock Park, New Haven.

7:45am: 4th Annual Redding Road Race New Pond Farm,West Redding.

7:45am – 11am: Greenwich Walk/Run for Hope Help support CancerCare’s free, professional services, available to anyone facing a cancer diagnosis. Bringing together friends, families, and community members, Walk/Run for Hope is CancerCare’s largest fundraising event. Join us as we walk or run to celebrate survivors, support those who are facing cancer and remember those who we have lost. Greenwich Point, Greenwich.

9am: The 1st Sunday Bird Walk at Greenwich Point Park is free for all and is held in collaboration with Bruce Museum, Wild Wings and Audubon Greenwich. Suitable for all skills and ages, simply bring binoculars, and weather-appropriate gear. Free. Greenwich Point Park, Greenwich.

10am – 5 pm: Kidologie Dives Into a Summer of Fun and Learning 50 kid-friendly exhibitors offer information on social, recreational, cultural and educational activities. Enjoy a day chock full of ideas for your family to get the very most out of summer.  All this is included with the Aquarium’s sharks, seals, touch experiences and amazing animals. On this special day the Aquarium offers fun learning opportunities, outdoor entertainment and discount coupons to the Aquarium gift shop. Free Aquarium + Event admission for one child with each paying adult. Plus you can enjoy strolling entertainers, hands-on activities for children, signature goody bags for families, giveaways, discounts and a chance to win a grand prize all-inclusive family vacation to Woodloch resort. The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Norwalk.

12pm – 4pm: Green Day Celebrate spring at Earthplace with a ton of exciting activities for the whole family! Dig into a pond study, reach into a Long Island Sound touch tank, enjoy guided trail walks, experience animal encounters, tie dye t-shirts with natural materials, (small fee applies), make nature crafts and, grab a front row seat for the debut of our new monthly animal program, “Winged Wonders!” Get an up-close view of our raptors outside their enclosures while our Naturalists tell us all about these amazing birds of prey. We’ll also have some great grub for purchase from food trucks Fire Engine Pizza Co, LobsterCraft, Valencia, Bounty and The Buzz Truck and the Nursery School will sponsor a free ice cream social. $5 per person. Earthplace, Westport.

1pm: Cinco de Mayo We will be serving bison tacos and taking a wagon ride to see the bison in their field. There will also be a piñata and games for the children. $10 per person. Creamery Brook Bison, Brooklyn.

1pm – 4pm First Free Sunday at New Haven Museum – New Haven

1:30pm – 4pm: Summer Camp Open House Camp Katoya in Milford, Camp An-Se-Ox in Oxford and Camp Aspetuck in Weston.

2pm: Cinderella Italiano A high energy musical panto version of Cinderella, set in Italy where Cinderella meets a Godmother with an offer she can’t refuse! Ba-da-bing, ba-da-boom, it’s a ball! $18 online, $20 at the door. Milford Center for the Arts, Milford.

2pm and 5pm: Super Zeros Join a misfit group of misplaced super kids as they learn what it takes to become a hero and save the day.  With some help from the audience they might just make it out changed for the better. Tickets are $15. The Bijou Theatre, Bridgeport.

4pm – 6pm: Community Lag B’Omer Cookout Join the JCC and the wider Greater New Haven community as we celebrate the mystical holiday of Lag B’Omer with games a cookout and so much more! Free. JCC of Greater New Haven, Woodbridge.

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