May 18 – 25

Welcome to the third 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.

Monday, May 18:

5:15 – 7pm: Diving Clinic Come meet Dominique Diezi, an accomplished swimmer who represented Switzerland in the Olympics and partake in a diving clinic with her. $35 per swimmer. JCC of Greater New Haven, Woodbridge. Thanks to the JCC of Greater New Haven for submitting!

Tuesday, May 19 – Saturday, May 23:

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm. 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. Click here to save 25% on shows Tuesday-Thursday when you are purchasing 4 tickets. Shubert Theater, New Haven.

Tuesday, May 19:

6pm: Meet Caillou! May through August Westfield Family hosts a meet and greet with your favorite television characters, guests can also enjoy crafts. free. Westfield Meriden, Meriden.

Wednesday, May 20:

4 – 7pm: Destination Newtown Meet local Businesses, enjoy a variety of treats, live music and entertainment. Free admission. Rock Ridge Country Club, Newtown.

{Mommy Time Out} 6:30pm: Spring Into Fashion At 6:30pm enjoy shopping with Lyn Evans Potpourri Design, make-up applications from Adam Broderick Salon and Spa, cookies courtesy of Elizabella’s and X-rated Fusion Liqueur tasting courtesy of Campari Americ. At 7:30pm our “Celebrity Models” strut their stuff with some of the most beautiful, versatile and fashion forward clothing in town! $25 all seats. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield.

Thursday, May 21:

11am: The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jeff Brown’s beloved children’s book, “Flat Stanley,” was written in 1964 and has become a literary and pop cultural phenomenon. The musical stage adaptation is a fun, Broadway- style musical comedy about the value of being different and the importance of family. $10 per ticket. The Palace Theatre, Stamford.

5:30 – 8:30pm: Art About Town brings hundreds of original works of art to shop and restaurant windows, turning the downtown Westport shopping district into one continuous gallery for strolling, appreciating, and purchasing unique, original and undiscovered art. Main Street will be traffic free and filled with art, live entertainment, al fresco dining, and fun for the whole family. Downtown Westport, CT.

Friday, May 22 – Sunday, May 23:

{Re-ocurrs} 11am – 3pm: Celebrate Long Island Sound Day Stop by the station to learn about the serious issue of marine debris (especially plastic bags and plastic water bottles), take a pledge to do your part to use re-usable water bottles and shopping bags. Rain can wash excess fertilizer, dog feces and other pollutants off our lawns. But where does it all end up? Yes, in Long Island Sound. Stop by our Water Quality Station to watch this happen in a tabletop demonstration, and to learn the best place to wash your car and the best way to maintain a healthy lawn and a healthy Sound. Plus, touch a live diamondback terrapin, and purchase a soil testing kit (cost for kit is $1) that will give you an analysis of your lawn from the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. The Maritime Aquarium, Norwalk

Friday and Saturday 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 at 7:05pm, Saturday at 6:05pm and Sunday at 1:35pm. Sugar Land Skeeters vs Bridgeport Bluefish Promotions: Friday – Bluefish to honor local teachers and school employees with special offers, while fans have an opportunity to show appreciation by sponsoring the night. Players will wear Superhero Jerseys modeled after Avengers, courtesy of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Saturday – Bluefish will honor Television Series with an appearance from star Desiree Hartsock and new husband Chris Siegfried, who appeared on Season 9 of the Bachelorette. Chris, a former professional baseball pitcher, will be in uniform for the Bluefish. Sunday – Come out and celebrate Bluefish Manager Ricky VanAsselberg’s Birthday. The first 500 fans will receive a train whistle, presented by AMTRAK.

{Re-occurs} Annual Danbury City Fair Friday, 5/22: 5-10pm, Saturday, 5/23: 12-10pm, Sunday, 5/24: 12-10pm. 4 tickets $5, 22 tickets $20 and unlimited $25. $3 off wristband with coupon from Guest Services or receipt from a mall store. Danbury Fair Mall, Danbury.

Friday, May 22:

{Parenting Time Out} 6 – 8pm: Kids Night Out – Delicious Donut Looking for something fun for the kids to do on a Friday night? Drop them off at the Pottery Factory for a fun filled evening. You can use that time to have a little fun too! Kids will create a 12×12 canvas of the Delicious Donut. $29 per child. The Pottery Factory, Brookfield.

{Parenting Time Out} 6:30pm: Playhouse Happy Hour Join us for a pre-show bash on the patio! Enjoy great food, beer, wine and cocktails, plus cool music and fun prizes. Tickets: $25 includes Happy Hour and performance. Westport Country Playhouse, Westport.

7pm: Romeo & Juliet Stamford Ballet dancers from the pre-professional program of The Ballet School of Stamford will perform two classical ballets, Les Sylphides staged for our performance by Assistant Artistic Director Heather Hawk and faculty member Eric Otto to the music of Frederic Chopin. Adults $19 and up and children $9 and up. The Palace Theatre, Stamford.

7:30pm: Guys and Dolls This Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner–set in Damon Runyan’s mythical New York City–is an oddball romantic comedy considered by many to be the perfect musical! “The show that defines Broadway dazzle!” – The New York Times. Garde Arts Center, New London.

Saturday, May 23 – Monday, May 25:

10am – 5pm: Heroes Weekend This Memorial Day weekend, the Dinosaur Place at Nature’s Art Village is honoring the American heroes who keep us safe every day with free park admission! Members of Military, Police, Fire and EMT are free to enter the Dinosaur Place and their accompanying family will receive 10 percent off admission! Nature’s Art Village, Montville.

{Reoccurs} 11am – 7pm: There is magic and revelry all around as you step into the past at The Robin Hood Springtime Festival. Here you can leave your cares behind in a place where your spirits will be boosted and fond memories will be made. Now is your chance to discover for yourself why this charming fair has become a New England family tradition. While you’re with us rub elbows with Robin Hood, Maid Marion, Friar Tuck, Little John, nobles, peasants, jousting knights, fire-eaters, magicians, jesters, and numerous interactive characters that breathe life into the village. Rain or shine. $17 per adult, $10 per child (ages 7-15). The North Haven Fairgrounds, North Haven.

Saturday, May 23 – Sunday, May 24:

9am – 5pm: Salute to Summer Celebrate the warm weather 19th-century style by taking part in vintage lawn games, making ice cream the old-fashioned way, and playing a game of 1876 baseball. Participate in a friendly game of tug-of-war and gather friends for a relay race. Get out on the water with a rental from our Boathouse and try your hand at rowing a whaleboat and throwing a harpoon. Explore exhibits, climb aboard historic vessels, and take a horse-and-carriage ride. Relax inside the Treworgy Planetarium and learn about the stars of summer. Children can build a toy boat keepsake, explore the Discovery Barn, and take part in other hands-on activities designed just for them. Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic.

Saturday, May 23:

9am: Farm Tour If you have ever been curious about sustainable agriculture, join us for our farm tour. This morning walk provides and insiders look at the different operations on the Hickories – animals, vegetables, fruits, and organic soil care. Talk with one of our farmers as you learn about organic food and agriculture in your home town. $10 per person. Space limited. The Hickories, Ridgefield.

9:30 – 10:30am: Trailside Stories Hike to a special location each week for a story in the woods!  Stories will come alive in the meadow, forest, and by the brook as we explore the woods in spring time. Ages: Families with children up to age 8. $5 non-Member. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic.

10am: 52 New Foods Presents Ice Cream Shop Scream for ice cream! Discover how easy it is to create unique ice cream flavors with just a few ingredients and easy techniques. Use your imagination and come up with your own tasty blends. Suitable for ages 5 –13. Free. Williams Sonona locations.

{Raindate: Sunday, 5/24} 10am – 2pm: Down on the Farm Music, pony rides, petting zoo, travel to treetops, farmers market, face painting, photo booth, games and more. Darien Nature Center, Darien.

10am – 2:30pm: 15th Annual Great Pootatuck Duck Race This Newtown Lions Club event will include vendors, local groups and organizations, food and refreshments, local first responders, live music and performances, culminating in dropping of thousands of rubber ducks into Pootatuck River. Rain or shine. Sandy Hook Center, Newtown.

{Parenting Time Out} 10 – 11:30am: Painting Outdoors Appreciate the outdoors even more by learning how to paint it! Landscape painter Richard Worth will show you how to look at nature and to paint it on canvas. You’ll improve your ability to see the natural world more clearly, draw what you see, and then paint it with oils! $20 per person per class. Materials included. Register in advance. CT Audubon Society, Fairfield.

10am – 12pm: Kid’s Club at Michael’s Red White and Blue Craft Stick Flag Drop in. Take home a completed project. Just $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative craft fun. Ages 3 and up $2 per child. Michael’s locations.

10am – 3pm: Meet the Octonauts Captain Barnacles, one of the bravest polar bears you will ever meet, and Kwazii Kitten, the daredevil kitty with a mysterious pirate past, are coming ashore to meet you! Free with admission. Mystic Aquarium, Mystic. Thanks to Mystic Aquarium for submitting!

11am: Dragons Love Tacos This scrumptious New York Times bestseller has a whole lot of kick! Dragons love all kinds of tacos and salsa, but watch out for the spicy salsa. Barnes & Noble of North Haven, Milford, Waterbury, Westport and Danbury.

11:30am – 1pm: Pond Exploration Get outside this Memorial Day Weekend! Come experience one of our most popular programs – pond dipping at Duck Pond! We’ll use nets and buckets to search for fish, turtles, frogs and aquatic invertebrates for gentle, up close study. Wear clothes that can get a little muddy! $7 non-member. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic.

2pm: Author Event with Lauren Frankel “Hyacinth Girls” Book Talk & Signing ~ A debut novel about teenage friendship and bullying. Fairfield University Bookstore; 2nd floor, Fairfield. Thanks to Fairfield University for submitting!

2 – 3:30pm: Turtle Time Learn about turtle natural history, nesting behavior, how to help protect turtles, and meet some of our local turtle species. Then join our naturalist for a hike to Mead Lake in search of nesting turtles. All ages. Register in advance. Audubon Greenwich, Greenwich.

2 – 3:30pm: Did Dinosaurs Have Red Feathers? Presented by Daniel Thomas of Massey University in New Zealand. $15 per non-members. Bruce Museum, Greenwich.

Sunday, May 24:

{Times vary per location} Memorial Day BBQ: Technique Class Welcome summer by hosting a backyard barbecue on Memorial Day. In this class we’ll cover grilling basics including classic barbecued chicken and show you how to give meat a flavor boost with spicy and beer-based sauces. We’ll also share a few of our favorite side dishes. Free. Williams-Sonoma locations.

{Daddy Time Out} 11am – 2pm: Sunday Royals Car Show $5 admission in advance $10 at the gate. Children 12 and under, Veterans and Military are free. Rain or shine. Lime Rock Park, Lakeville.

1-3pm: Family Studio Workshop: Art from Recycled Materials Families explore the process of making fine art while using quality art-making supplies and discussing current exhibitions. All ages. $15 per person. Bruce Museum, Greenwich.

Monday, May 25:

8 – 9:30am: Open House Visit the historic building on our Main Street campus prior to the start of the parade. Free. Danbury Museum & Historical Society, Danbury.

11am – 3pm: Memorial Day BBQ & Family FunFest Games, crafts and food. Free admission. First Presbyterian Church, New Canaan.

11:30am – 3pm: Annual Memorial Day Picnic Medad Stone Tavern Food, Music, Animals, and Games. Free will donations accepted. Medad Stone Tavern, Guilford.

12:30pm: 21st Annual Housatonic Duck Race Adopt your duck today – only $5! Tickets can be purchased at Cramer & Anderson, Famiily First Chiropractic, Lennie’s Florist, Rings End, NM VNA, H.H. Taylor, Action Glass, Union Savings Bank, Fire Control, Holiday Restaurant and Achorn’s Liquor. Rain or shine. Young’s Field, New Milford.

{Re-occurs} 6pm: Cruise Night Every Monday evening, Classic Hits 98.7 WNLC sponsors Ocean Beach Park’s “Cruise Night” show Enjoy a parade of antique cars and other interesting vehicles and the sounds of a Live DJ spinning classic music. Parking and admission is free. Ocean Beach Park, New London.

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.

We always provide the links for your convenience and encourage you to check the event listing directly for any changes, re-schedules or typos (cause I am not a robot), before heading out.

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