May 4 – 10

Welcome to the first full week in May! May is a great month because we have 5 weekends of family fun to exhaust your family with! Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day are some extra exciting days of the month! Below we have highlighted things to do for the next 7 days around Connecticut! Check back often as we add on as often as we change our wardrobes.

Monday, May 4:

4 – 5:30pm: Animal Antics Each week, learn about a different animal that is native to New England. Learn about their unique adaptations, habitat requirements, and ecosystem connections while exploring the forest, fields, and wetlands! Drop off program, ages 7-16. $7 nonmembers. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic.

Tuesday, May 5 – Sunday, May 10:

{Parenting Time Out} Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 3pm. The Liar Dorante, a first-rate fabulist, has a gift for stretching the truth. But when he falls in love he begins to weave an increasingly intricate web of lies that even he can’t keep up with. David Ives (Broadway’s Venus in Fur and Lives of the Saints) sets the scene for a hilarious misadventure of romance that’s short on truth but long on laughter. Westport Playhouse, Wesport.

Wednesday, May 6:

9am: Open House Hamden Hall Country Day School, Hamden.

Thursday, May 7 – Sunday, May 10:

Thursday 10am-9pm, Friday 10am-11pm, Saturday 10am-12am, Sunday 11am-3pm. Greek Festival Free admission and parking. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Waterbury.

Thursday, May 7:

5 – 8pm: Get Into It The museum stays open late with free admission and activities. Free. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Norwalk.

5:30 – 7pm: Lecture: Early American Herbs Cookbook Author Katie Barney Moose will present a free talk and cooking demonstration, “Early American Herbs,” on Thursday, May 7, at 5:30pm, at the Boathouse of the Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street, Essex. Mrs. Moose will speak on early food history leading up the War of 1812, discussing what was consumed during that time period and how it was provided. A cooking demonstration will include foods typical of the era. Mrs. Moose has authored several regional cookbooks from the Chesapeake Bay through New England. Admission is free and open to the public. Connecticut River Museum, Essex.

Friday, May 8 – Saturday, May 9:

ArtWalk The Westville Village ArtWalk is a free, annual, community-based arts festival that spans three blocks in Historic Westville Village and Edgewood Park, New Haven, CT every Mother’s Day weekend. Featuring a full day of live music, art exhibitions and demonstrations, interactive art-making for kids and adults, theater performances, walking tours, and a 30+ vendor Artist & Artisan Market, ArtWalk traditionally draws between 8,000-10,000 visitors. This is a superbly fun day for kids and adults of all ages.

Friday, May 8:

10:30am: The Berenstain Bears in Family Matters the Musical The Berenstain Bears have enchanted young readers for generations. Now, Matt Murphy Productions presents a fun-filled new musical that weaves together three of Stan and Jan Berenstain’s most popular books: The Berenstain Bears Learn about Strangers, The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food and The Berenstain Bears’ Trouble at School. There’s trouble in the treehouse… Papa Bear can’t stop eating junk food, Brother Bear’s grades are slipping, and Sister Bear still has a lot to learn about talking to strangers. Thankfully, we can always depend on Mama Bear and her loving patience to help set things right. After all, this is one bear tree house where family truly matters! Lyman Center, New Haven.

6 – 8:30pm: Storybook Pajama Party If You Give a Pig a Pancake What happens when you give a pig a pancake? Find out! Listen to this bedtime story in your PJs, meet Pig and enjoy the activities throughout the museum. Registration required. $15-17 per non-member. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Norwalk.

6:15 – 9:15pm: Parents Night Out The second Friday night of every month Pump It Up closes for a Parents Night Out. Children ages 4-12 (must be fully potty trained). $20 per child. Pump It Up, Norwalk.

7:30pm: Astronomy Night: Galaxies and Dark Matter Head to the Observatory for a real treat to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by enjoying a presentation on the Galaxies and Dark Matter, followed by a visit to view the night sky through our 22-inch research telescope. The presentation portion of the program will be held rain or shine. Viewing hours are weather permitting. Adults $5, Children (5-17) $3. No children under 5 please. Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford.

{Parenting Time Out} 8pm: Gotta Dance! Join us for a dazzling romp through Broadway musicals and the great dance numbers that made musical theatre history! If you liked “Broadway Backstage!” at The Playhouse, “Gotta Dance!” will blow you away. This is the perfect show for fans of Broadway and dance. From “Oklahoma!” to “Mamma Mia!” – see how dance has evolved on Broadway over the decades. From Agnes de Mille to Bob Fosse to Jerome Robbins, iconic choreography has made stars of dancers and forged the path of Broadway musical theatre. Gotta Dance features six leading Broadway dancers – backed up by two Broadway vocalists and a live band – performing Broadway’s most sensational show-off dances of all time. Celebrity and Tony Award Winning choreographers make video appearances to share backstage stories and their favorite clips of blockbuster dance performances. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield.

Saturday, May 9 – Sunday, May 10:

10am – 4:30pm: Neighbor Appreciation Weekend Neighbor Appreciation weekend includes free Steam Train and Riverboat rides for residents in 5 towns along the Valley Railroad’s operating line: Essex, Deep River, Chester, Haddam, and Old Saybrook. Neighbor Appreciation includes our Saybrook Special, departing Essex Station southbound at 10am. Passengers may elect a 1-hour train ride or 2 1/2-hour train and boat ride at 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm, or a 1-hour train ride at 3:30pm. Essex, Deep River, Chester, Haddam, and Old Saybrook residents ride free!

10am – 5pm: Burning of the Ships Day The historic British Raid on Essex comes to life in Essex Village and at the Connecticut River Museum. The festivities with the annual Burning of the Ships Commemoration Parade presented by Essex’s own Sailing Masters of 1812 Fife & Drums corps. The parade kicks off at EssexTown Hall where the Sailing Masters will be joined by other regional fife and drums corps. From there, they will march down Main Street to perform a short “muster” and commemoration ceremony at water’s edge. At the conclusion of the parade,activities will take place on the Connecticut River Museum lawn and docks including children’s activities and historic re-enactors and colonial weaponry demonstrations, all honoring the 1814 attack that destroyed the privateer vessels in Essex. All lawn activities are free to the public. Connecticut River Museum, Essex.

{Reoccurs} 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.

12:30pm and 2pm: Chocolate Experience and Tour Tours take place in our Presentation Room where, through a multi-media and interactive session, you learn about the origins of chocolate and how it gets from Bean to Bar and then from Bar to Box. Tastings and demonstrations, including a behind-the-scenes look into the factory via remote controlled camera, complete the experience. Of course, participants will also sample special daily selections. Participants have the opportunity to make their own chocolate bar with toppings they choose. A full tour experience is $10 per person or $5 if you do not make your own bar. Fascia’s Chocolates, Waterbury.

{Reoccurs} Friday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm. Great Disney Classics will touch hearts in every generation with music from: The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Aladdin, Frozen, Lady and the Tramp, The Jungle Book, Toy Story, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas, The Aristocats and many more! Cabaret seating please bring food, beverage and friends! $25 per person. Recommended for kids over 8 years of age. The First Congregational Church of Old Greenwich, Old Greenwich.

Saturday, May 9:

8am: May Guided Bird Walk May 9th is International Migratory Bird Day! Share the morning with us as we watch some of the migratory birds that have just arrived to spend the summer here in Connecticut. All ages welcome. Free. Weir Farm, Ridgefield.

{Single Mommy Time Out} 8:15am – 12:30pm: Second Saturday Workshops are held on the Second Saturday of each month. This is a one time workshop, not a series of workshops. This workshop is designed to help women take the next step, no matter where they are in the process of untying the knot. Second Saturday deals with the legal, financial, family and personal issues of divorce in a logical, yet compassionate way. With the guidance of trained professionals, workshop participants gain greater understanding of the confusing divorce process. The fee is $35 but the information is priceless! Southport Congregational Church Library, Southport.

9am: Farm Tour If you have ever been curious about sustainable agriculture, join us for our farm tour. A morning walk provides and insiders look at the different operations on The Hickories – animals, vegetables, fruits, greenhouse growing and organic soil care. Talk with one of our farmers as you learn about organic food and agriculture in your home town. Sustainable food production in our town means understanding the specific ecology and the specific landscape here in Ridgefield. Come to get to know your food system, your farmer, and you town’s agricultural heritage. Free to CSA members, non-members $10. Space limited. The Hickories, Ridgefield.

9am – 12pm: Barnyard Babies The Ellington Market opens with a theme of Barnyard Babies. Arbor Park, Ellington.

9am – 3pm: The Great Park Pursuit Fishing on the pond, fish sampling, fish stocking, a fish fry, guided hikes, crafts, games and other activities. Free. Gay City State Park, Hebron.

10am: Junior Golf Day Join us at The Golf Center for a fun family day filled with golf activities, food, games and more! A fun and free introductory golf experience for juniors of all ages! The goal of the day is to have fun playing a variety of games and challenges, while showcasing all the different ways your child can enjoy the game of a lifetime. Meet our staff and learn about the different programs available for your child. We will have something fore everyone! Juniors play free with a paying adult!  Free clinics at 10:15: Short Game Clinic and at 12:15 Full Swing Clinic. Putting, short game and full swing challenges to test your skills! Win Prizes! How fast do you swing the club? How far do you hit the ball? Are your clubs right for you? Visit the Launch Monitor station on the driving range so you can see your stats. Lyman Orchards; Golf Center, Middletown.

10am – 12pm: Mother’s Day Craft Party! She’s Sweet. She’s Kind. She’s Beautiful. She’s your Mom! Why not make her feel extra special this Mother’s Day, by making her a Giant Steps’ craft! Morning filled with crafts for the special ladies in your life! No registration required. Free.  Giant Steps, Fairfield.

10am: Puppet Time with Bella Monster Join Bella Monster, musician and teacher Derek Waldron, and puppeteer and teaching artist Brenda Huggins for a 45min session of sing-a-long and movement activities, dramatic play, and puppet shows. Children will learn basics of music including tempo, dynamics, rhythm and pitch in a hands-on environment designed to engage very young learners. Ages 5 and under. $20 for an adult/child pair, $5 per additional participant. Waldron’s Studio 88, Willimantic.

10am: Mother’s Day Planter Your child will have a great time building this kit! It also makes the perfect Mother’s Day gift! Free. Lowe’s Home Improvement.

10am – 2:45pm: National Train Day Admission includes: free rides on the Railyard Local and Turntable, children’s activities, museum exhibits, tours of equipment and more… $6 adult; $4 Age 3 – 12 and under 3, free.  The Danbury Railway Museum, Danbury.

11am: Mom School Storytime In celebration of Mother’s Day, join us for a special Storytime featuring Mom School and How to Babysit a Grandma. Barnes & Noble, Danbury.

11am and 1pm: Mother’s Day Cake Decorating Workshop for Children Kids will love decorating a delicious fresh-baked cake, just for Mom! This hands-on workshop takes place in the Apple Barrel. All decorating materials are provided, including tons of frosting, special candies, and a delicious pre-made cake. Bring your camera! Workshop fee is $15 per child. Reservations are required. Lyman Orchards, Middletown.

11am – 4pm: 17th Annual Duck Race Beacon Hose Co., Beacon Falls.

12pm: Feet to the Fire: Riverfront Encounter Spend an afternoon at Feet to the Fire: Riverfront Encounter, featuring live music, visual art installations, plein air painters, a kids’ activity zone, environmental education exhibits, as well as a craft fair and farmer’s market–all designed to bring you closer to the rich culture, history, and science of the Connecticut River. This event celebrates the river as a source of cultural inspiration and creativity. Kids activities, kids live music and more. Harbor Park, Middletown.

12 – 5pm: Mother’s Day Special Come to Miranda Vineyard on Mother’s Day, do a tasting or a glass of wine and Mom gets hers free. Live music. Wine and Chocolate pairings. Miranda Vineyard, Goshen.

12 – 6pm: Festival of the Arts Annual chalk art competition on the park walkways, jazz bands performing, trash can art judging. ‘Q’ Pon Day with discount pre-sale all-day ride wristbands. Quassy, Middlebury.

1 – 4pm: International Migratory Bird Day Festival It’s for the birds! Join us for a fun afternoon of “Restoring Habitat and Restoring Birds.” Observe and record bird species seen at the feeders and along the trails, and meet some of the DPNC bird ambassadors. Activities include a story and crafts for the younger crowd, and hikes on the hour (1pm, 2pm & 3pm). Invasive removal projects ongoing throughout day. Build a bird feeder to take home! $10 per non-member. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic.

2pm and 5:30pm: 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.

2 – 4pm and 4 – 6pm: Mother’s Day Tea Bring your mother or other to tea at the Nathan Hale Homestead. Learn about 18th-century tea etiquette and enjoy treats that would have been served before the American Revolution. $12 per person. Nathan Hale Homestead, Coventry.

4pm: Author Story Time with Susan Hood Children’s picture book author, Susan Hood, will read to kids ages 3 and up during Kids Story Time. “Mission: New Baby” after the story make a Mother’s Day craft to take home to mom. Fairfield University Bookstore, Fairfield.

{Mommy Time Out} 5 – 8pm: Indulge Join Simon Malls for a special night just for Moms – along with various retailers, restaurants and local vendors for an eveing of music, fun, entertainment and shopping. Don’t miss out on the raffles and special deals just for Moms! Swag bags will be given out to the first 100 Moms through the registration line! Crystal Mall, Waterford.

Sunday, May 10:

8am: Run like a Mother Ridgefield, CT.

8am: Norwalk Mother’s Day 10K Calf Pasture Beach, Norwalk.

8am: Mother’s Day Bird Walk Bring your mother or grandmother out to see the assorted colorful birds of spring. Many species can be found by this date including bobolinks and scarlet tanagers. $10 non- members; Mothers free! Connecticut Audubon Society, Pomfret Center.

8:30am: Race for the Cure participants can run or walk this 5k route through Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park to raise funds for the local fight against breast cancer. Race for the Cure is a fun day for the whole family! Sherwood Island State Park, Westport.

8:30am – 12pm: Mother’s Day Bike Ride For more than a decade, Greenwich families have woken up early on Mother’s Day and instead of making mom breakfast in bed, have headed out for a morning of fresh air, exercise and family fun. Started by Greenwich Safe Cycling as a way to educate kids and adults about good biking behavior, how to share the road and how to maintain safe equipment, the ever-growing event is now run by the Old Greenwich- Riverside Community Center. Old Greenwich Elementary School, Greenwich.

9:30am: Vernon Mothers Day Dash Henry Park, Vernon.

9:30 – 11am: Second Sunday Hike Scheduled on the second Sunday of every month, these 1.5 hour guide hikes will move along at a moderate pace and include brief stops to observe nature and take photos along the way. A great way to the Audubon Greenwich trails and a bit of natural history, too. All ages are welcome but hikes might be most suitable for energetic children 7 years and older. Audubon Greenwich; Kimberlin Nature Education Center, Greenwich.

10am: Mother’s Day Hike Enjoy a comfortable trail walk through field and forest with a good bird-watching habitat. Mothers bring the kids – kids bring your mother! Somers Town Hall, Somers.

11am – 5pm: Mother’s Day at Sunset Meadow Vineyards Bring Mom to Sunset Meadow this Mother’s Day and when you do a tasting, Mom’s will be on us! Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen.

12 – 4pm: Moms Ride Free Mom rides free with child’s paid admission The Danbury Railway Museum, Danbury.

12 – 6pm: Mother’s Day Special Free ride wristband and dinner for mom, with paid child. Child must purchase all-day wristband and mom receives wristband and chicken dinner voucher. Quassy Park. Middlebury.

1 – 3pm: Mother’s Day at The MATT Participants of all ages are invited to join artist Erika Devries as she talks about her neon sculpture on view, Lovely and Amazing. Afterwards she will guide us in Hooponopono, an ancient Hawaiian prayer or blessing as each participant is invited to share something about their mother. Participants will handle Erika’s “energy ball” and take away one of Erika’s hand-made temporary tattoos. The Mattatuck Historical Society, Waterbury.

1:30 – 2:30pm: The Legend of Daniel Boone – Hear a tale about Daniel Boone and then make an animal tracking diary to help you learn about the animals in your neighborhood. Limited space – tickets required from the welcome desk. For ages 5 and older. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Norwalk.

2 – 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.

2 – 4pm: Pollinators: Create a Gift for Mother’s Day We play with aquaponics, hydroponics, plant grafting, composting, and more. Experiments in the learning garden and classroom will improve our yield in our Neighbor to Neighbor garden donations. Your work is showcased during field trips for younger students. We are explore the Pineum as creative and active stewards of our green spaces. Ages 12-17. $15 per session. Garden Education Center of Greenwich, Cos Cob.

4 – 5:30pm: Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk Join us on Mother’s Day afternoon for this walk. We’ll look for Solomon Seal, dwarf ginseng, anemones, and wild sarsparilla among others! Mothers and Grandmothers enjoy free admission all day to the Nature Center! Led by Maggie Jones. $5 non-members. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic.

5pm: 10th Annual Young Playwrights Festival Six student written plays have been selected to be developed and presented for this festival. Free. The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Waterford.

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