May 11 – 17

Welcome to the second week in May! 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.

Tuesday, May 12:

5:30pm: Together at the Table Family Dinner was created as a way to make live theater accessible to more families, and to introduce young audience members to the Playhouse in a warm and informal atmosphere.  Families are invited to enjoy a communal dinner in the Playhouse’s Lucille Lortel White Barn Center (adjacent to the theater) and a casual conversation about the show before attending a performance. $10 per person. Westport County Playhouse, Westport.

Wednesday, May 13:

5:30 – 8:30pm: Spring Food Stroll Streets of downtown filled with strollers celebrating New London’s best food and music. Participants experience a vibrant downtown New London filled with people, music, good cheer and welcoming businesses. Tickets purchased online can be picked up on the day of the stroll from 10am at Harris Place, 165 State Street, New London. Tickets are available for purchase the day of in person starting at 10am until they sell out. Harris Place, New London.

Thursday, May 14 – Sunday, May 17:

Thursday – Friday from 6-10pm, Saturday from 12-10pm and Sunday from 12-2pm and 4-8pm. 39th Annual Carnival Bethel Municipal Green, Bethel.

Thursday – Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm and Sunday at 2pm. Footloose Inspired by the 1984 movie, Footloose thrilled Broadway audiences for nearly two years. It’s a story of American spirit. A carefree city teen, transplanted to a conservative rural town where rock ‘n’ roll and dancing are forbidden, takes on the authorities, makes all the right moves, and wins the girl. To the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score and augmented with dynamic new songs for the stage musical, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind. Seven Angels Theatre, Waterbury.

Thursday, May 14:

4pm: Veggiecation and Whole Foods Market have partnered to bring a free Healthy Kids Cooking Class to the community. Together with a Veggiecation instructor, kids will help prepare two simple, plant-based recipes. Free. Whole Foods Market, Danbury.

Friday, May 15 – Saturday, May 16:

Friday 4:30 – 9:30pm and Saturday 11am – 5pm Mystic Food Truck Rally Get your taste buds ready to scour the rally to see who holds up on the lineup. Mystic Aquarium Parking Lot, Mystic.

Friday, May 15 – Sunday May 17:

Friday at 7:05pm, Saturday at 1:05pm and 8:05pm and Sunday at 1:35pm. Bridgeport Bluefish versus Camden Riversharks Ballpark at Harbor Yard, Bridgeport.

Holy Family Church Carnival Friday 6-10 pm, Saturday 1-10 pm, Sunday 1-5 pm. Holly Family Church, Fairfield.

{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.

Friday, May 15:

10am – 5pm: National NASCAR Day Come celebrate National NASCAR Day and build a clothespin racer at EverWonder.  Ranger Nate will also be in the house. EverWonder Museum, Newtown.

3:30 – 5pm: Family Organic Garden Program Food Corps and Ansonia Nature Center will lead fun, family-friendly activities in our organic garden. Learn about growing a variety of fruits and vegetables. Dress appropriately; keep in mind you might get water and/or soil on your clothing. Closed-toe shoes, please! Free with the potential to take home fresh local produce! Ansonia Nature & Recreation Center, Ansonia.

5 – 6:30pm: Is This Place Haunted? Is the Joshua Hempsted House Haunted? Ghost hunters will be doing research in our 1678 house – the oldest in New London – tonight. Join us beforehand for a presentation, discussion and refeshments. Suggested donation $10 per person. Hempsted Houses, New London.

{Parenting Time Out} 5 – 9pm: A Kid’s Night at the Nature Center Children will build a campfire, cook hotdogs and s’mores, take a flashlight hike and look at constellations. Ages 6 -10. Darien Nature Center, Darien.

6 – 8:30pm: Tween Night Out Grab a friend and head down to the Pottery Factory, to enjoy a night of canvas painting! You will be given step-by-step instructions from one of our experienced and enthusiastic Creative Specialists. And you will leave with a beautiful creation that you can truly say you painted yourself! This event is designed for tweens 8 and older. $29 per tween. The Pottery Factory, Brookfield.

{Parenting Time Out} 6:30 – 9pm: Game Night Out An evening of fun and games for children while parents take the night off. Animal trivia, bingo and crafts are some of the activities planned. We will provide snack and drinks. $20 per session per child. For children ages 5 and up. Connecticut Audubon Society, Fairfield.

7 – 8pm: Five Favorite Local Hikes 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. LL Bean, Danbury.

Saturday, May 16 – Sunday, May 17:

10am – 5pm: 30th Annual Outdoor Crafts Festival Come and enjoy the Bruce Museum’s 30th Annual Outdoor Crafts Festival. More than 70 craft artists from all over the country, many of them new to the show, will be on the Museum grounds to show you and discuss their work. Fine contemporary craft, including ceramics, fiber, jewelry, glass, wood, metal, paper arts and leather, will all be available for purchase. There will also be family craft activities, live music and delicious food. Admission: $8. Children under 5 are free. Bruce Museum, Greenwich.

11am – 3pm: Spring on the Farm Festival Weekend Watch as the flock of sheep gets its annual shearing and learn about what happens with their wooly coats. See firsthand how to turn wool into felt or yarn, among a variety of other hands-on demonstrations. There will be activities for all ages including llama trekking, face painting, crafts, live music, and a plant and herb sale. There will be hayride tickets for purchase, and our museum galleries will be open with our Dinotopia exhibition. $10 per person, children 3 and under are free. Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford.

12 – 1pm: Camping Essentials Ever wonder what you need to go camping or why you need it? Come learn what you need, why you need it and how to use it, from our experienced experts. Free. LL Bean, Danbury.

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.

1:30 – 2:30pm: Introduction to Hiking and Backpacking Thinking about heading out on the trail, but not sure how to begin? Our experts will help you understand the gear you need and provide helpful tips for choosing your route and traveling in comfort. Free. LL Bean, Danbury.

Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm. The Tony Award-winning Matilda the Musical is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Shubert Theater, New Haven.

Saturday, May 16:

9am – 2pm: Touch-A-Truck Children will be able to climb, steer, blow horns, and imagine, in an amazing array of trucks.  There will be an antique fire truck, smoke truck, bucket truck, cement mixer, satellite truck, Humvee, paramedic van, police cruiser, limousine, aerial lift truck, and a Crest Ford truck.  Children can climb various vehicles, sit in the driver’s seat and discover the world of trucks. They will be able to reach the sky in a cherry picker, see, touch, and interact with big trucks and learn their functions. This unique event will feature large trucks and heavy equipment from law enforcement, fire departments, commercial companies, industrial companies, and rental companies. Admission is $4 per person. Children age two and under are admitted free of charge. Raindate Sunday, May 17. McCook Point Park, Niantic.

9am – 5pm: Celebrate Northwest Connecticut Carnival rides and games. Children under 12 are free, $5 for adults. Goshen Fairgrounds, Goshen.

10am: Top Your Tacos: Kids Cooking Class Whether you prefer crunchy tacos or soft ones, the toppings are the best part. We’ll show you how to make fresh salsa, great guacamole and other fun toppings for a taco dinner. You’ll impress your family when you prepare these at home. Suitable for ages 9 –13. Class size is limited – call your local store to register. Williams Sonoma locations.

10am – 3pm: Spring Open House Come celebrate spring with the horses. Pony rides for small children, (from 12-2pm) boutique sale, tack sale, silent auction, hourly tours! Raindate Sunday. H.O.R.S.E. of CT, Washington.

10am – 4pm: Farm Day Celebration Capturing the sights, sounds, and smells of a real New England Farm, Flanders’ Farm Day is an annual favorite for families. Again this year there will be great food, live music and lots of family-friendly entertainment that will take place on the grounds throughout the day. Come celebrate the great outdoors and get a taste of the farming life! The event will be held rain or shine. $5 per person; children under 2 years old are free. Van Vleck Farm and Nature Sanctuary, Woodbury.

10am – 5pm: The 6th Annual Fairy Festival celebrates art, music, history and nature through a wide variety of activities, exhibits and crafts for adults and children of all ages. Family $25, adult $10, child (ages 6-12) $8, children under 6 are free.  Come in costume and get a $2 coupon valid at the festival. Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden, Bethlehem.

11am: Ballet Cat Storytime Join us for Storytime and activities featuring our Picture Book of the Month, Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret. In this intriguing story, once Ballet Cat and Sparkles the Pony share their secrets, will their friendship end or be stronger than ever? Click here to learn more about this book. Free. Barnes & Noble select locations.

11am – 12pm: Ballard Park Tour of Trees When you visit Ballard Park, do you ever wonder what type of trees are there? Join us for a walk through it with Ridgefield’s Tree Warden, John Pinchbeck and find out. Free. Ballard Park, Ridgefield.

11am – 12pm: Mommy and Me – Three Ninja Pigs Looking for something fun for the kids to do on a Saturday morning? Sign up for some fun with with a story and pottery painting. During this Mommy and Me we will be reading The Three Ninja Pigs.  After the story children will be able to paint “Igpay” our most popular pig. This event is appropriate for children ages 3 and up. $17.95 per mom. The Pottery Factory, Brookfield.

11am – 1pm: Barn Raising Day A Hands-on History Day for all ages! Experience life in a real wigwam, raise a child-size barn, try your hand at spoke shaving, see a blacksmith at his forge, weave on a loom and savor and learn about hearth cooking. Wilton Historical Society, Wilton.

11am – 3pm: The Tashua Springtacular Spring Fair Carnival games, karate instruction, zumba, arts and crafts, bounce house, face painting, fish toss and more. Tashua Elementary School, Trumbull.

11am – 4pm: May Fair Please join us as we celebrate the return of the growing season and New Pond Farm’s 30th Anniversary! Our verdant pastures and early spring gardens will provide a beautiful backdrop for activities such as Maypole dancing, sheep shearing, horse-drawn hayrides, and many others. Meet and learn about calves, chickens, and roosters. Meet a beekeeper and view the industrious bees that pollinate our flowers and inhabit our observation hive. Enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by Redding’s Girl Scouts, while you try your hand at some natural crafts. $5 per person, $20 per family, children under 3 are free. New Pond Farm, West Redding.

12 – 7pm: Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Wine – Spring Festival Live music, flower making demo, container planting demo, wine tasting and barrel samples, food vendors and cookbook signings. Admission is: $20 per person (pre-paid), at the door: $25 per person, children under 12 free. Hopkins Vineyard, New Preston.

1 – 4pm: Family Day Join us for our first free Family Day of the season! To celebrate the opening of our new exhibit on woman suffrage, Ballots for Both, we will have lots of suffrage-themed games, crafts, tours, and activities for the whole family. Some of the activities are as follows: 1:00pm, Storytime; 1:30, Guided tour of “The Lure of the Litchfield Hills”; 2:30, Storytime; 3:30, Guided tour of the Tapping Reeve House. Admission to these programs and both the Litchfield History Museum and Tapping Reeve House is free on Family Day. Litchfield History Museum, Litchfield.

1 – 6pm: Music Fest Local musicians will play throughout the day. Admission is free. RMAC, Ridgefield.

2pm: Cinderella – Dance Me A Story Prepare to lose yourself in the magic, the excitement, the experience of dance, special effects and an interactive set. get ready to expect the unexpected. Cinderella is edge of your seat entertainment, for the whole family. Mashantucket Pequot Museum Theater, Mystic.

2 – 3pm: Explore Redwing Pond Join the Nature Center staff for a fun afternoon catching frogs and other inhabitants of Redwing Pond. We’ll start with a brief talk on the vertebrates and invertebrates who inhabit the pond and learn how to identify them. Use our collection equipment to help us catch, observe and release these critters. Free but please pre-register. Ansonia Nature Center & Recreation Center, Ansonia.

2 – 3:30pm: Native American Writing Join us for some Native American games, meet an animal that was used as a calendar, hike through the Beech grove and create your own story using Native American symbols. 1st grade and up. $15/per child. Woodcock Nature Center, Wilton.

4 – 8pm: Rock the Dock The event promises to be fun for the whole family with food, music by local artists, the Old School Band and the Extras Band. Walk-on tours of the ferry and giveaways. Norwalk Seaport Association, Norwalk.

7 – 8pm: Five Favorite Local Hikes – See details above.

Sunday, May 17:

{Mommy Time Out} 11am: Southwestern Spice: Technique Class Fresh chiles and unique spices are the keys to creating a Mexican meal with a little Tex-Mex flair. From braised meat for tacos to fresh side dishes, you’ll learn how to whip up a Southwestern-inspired meal that’s packed with flavor—it’s perfect for parties, potlucks and even weeknight dinners. Class size is limited – call your local store to register. Williams Sonoma locations. Note: store times can vary.

12:30 – 3:30pm: Spring Fling at French Farm Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to enjoy a fun-filled afternoon for the entire family at French Farm. Featured on the burgeoning agenda: sheep-shearing, spinning and beekeeping demonstrations, an heirloom vegetable plant sale and music by popular bluegrass/swing band Too Blue from 12:30 to 3:30 pm. Stroll the magnificent gardens where the exquisite peonies will be in bloom, visit the farm animals and learn more about the exotic inhabitants of the chicken coop. Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy a rare chance to explore a living work of art right in your own backyard. Rain or Shine. $15 for adults, $10 for children, free for children under 2. Reservations are required. Greenwich Historical Society, Cos Cob.

1pm: Walk on the Wild Side A nature program and walk with live animals presented along part of the nature trail. Free. Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, Westbrook.

1pm: Sunshine Road Concert Get ready to dance, sing & smile as together we make it a “Sunshine Day!”  Please note, this is a “Standing Room” concert and is an interactive program for children. The Sunshine Road Show is an interactive blast of musical fun for the whole family!  With a mix of influences from Caribbean to 70’s pop-rock, their sound is referred to as, “a little bit of sunshine and a little bit of rock and roll.” Created in 1999 by David Verdosci with the help of his wife and kids, The Sunshine Road’s brand of music and smiles – designed to be uplifting and refreshing – has been shared with thousands of families throughout the country. Tickets are $10 and standing room only. Warner Theatre, Torrington.

1 – 4pm: Open House New and returning campers and their families are invited to join us for our open house! Come try out some activities like the climbing tower, face painting, sports fields, and 40′ inflatable obstacle course*. Many of our staff will be there to answer questions, give tours, and meet the campers. Boulder Ridge Day Camp, Barkhamsted.

2pm: A History of Land and Tigers Zoo Executive Director, Gregg Dancho will present a program about this National Register site’s early history, beginning with the gift of land to the City of Bridgeport in the 1880s, and its transformation to a professionally-staffed, accredited zoo. Dancho’s talk will also discuss how zoo-keeping philosophies have changed over the years. He began his career there as a volunteer and worked his way up to become park director in 1983. Beardsley Zoo, with more than 150 acres, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It began acquiring wild animals as inhabitants in the 1920’s and was officially transformed into a zoo in the 1980’s. Dancho will explain the parks’ philosophies on acquiring and keeping wild animals as well as information about the many conservation actions in place at the zoo. $5 Suggested Donation. Free for kids under 12. Beardsley Park and Zoo,, Bridgeport.

2 – 3:30pm: Walking Tour: Hempsted Historic District New London City Historian Sally Ryan, who is also our site historian, will share the stories of one of the city’s earliest African-American neighborhoods. $10 per person. Hempsted Houses, New London.

3:45 – 5pm: I Spy… Ice Cream! An I Spy Nature Adventure followed by making our own home-made ice cream. Ages 5-7. $20 per person. JCC, Greenwich.

As you can see we do not cover events in Hartford County – which is because we have a publisher exclusive to that area, click here to be directed there. Want to start an edition of In the Mom Know where you live? Let us know! We are a up and coming not-for-profit franchisee.

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