June 15 – 21

Welcome to the second week of June. Below we have highlighted what to do over the next 7 days across Connecticut. This week is all about Schools Out, Summer Solstice and Father’s Day! Check back often as we update our content as often as our wardrobes. As you can see we do not cover events in Hartford County – which is because we have a publisher exclusive to that county, click here to be directed there.

Daily through Sunday, June 28:

{Reoccurring} Daily @ 4:30 – 7:15pm: Shakespeare on the Sound presents The First Folio Kids Corner! Spend the Whole Afternoon Exploring Shakespearean Fun! Pinkney Park, Norwalk.

{Reoccurring} Daily @ 7pm: All’s Well That Ends Well The provocative challenge to the conventions of gender unfolds under the stars in the natural outdoor amphitheater of the park in Rowayton where a family festive audience assembles on blankets and low-slung deck chairs with picnic baskets crammed with goodies. Admission is free and so is parking nearby. At the same time, donations are collected at the gate, $20 suggested for adults, $10 for seniors and students. Reserved seating is also available for $50. The production runs Tuesdays through Sundays—Mondays are dark as they say in the theater—with patrons permitted to stake out space on the grounds with a blanket or deck chair starting at 4 pm, 3 ½ hours before the curtain. Most nights, one hour in advance,  there is a special preview presentation for children. Pinkney Park, Norwalk.

Monday, June 15:

{National} Monday @ 10am – 12pm: Passport to Imagination Pirate Doubloon Necklace & Pirate Eye Patch. Join us in our store classrooms on an imaginary seven-week road trip from the beach to the county fair and beyond, with fun kids’ crafts at each stop. $5 per session or $12 for 3 sessions. Michael’s locations.

{Reoccurring} Monday @ 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.

Tuesday, June 15 – Sunday, June 21:

{Reoccurring} Tuesday @ 7:30pm, Wednesday – Thursday @ 2pm and 7:30pm, Friday @ 8pm, Saturday @ 3 and 8pm and Sunday @ 2 and 6:30pm: Guys and Dolls Luck be a lady tonight! Times Square’s most colorful characters make their first appearance at Goodspeed in a brassy new staging of the American musical comedy classic. The bet of a lifetime puts a hardboiled gambler in the arms of a Save-a-Soul mission worker in the neon-kissed valentine to the saints and sinners of New York. The alleys echo with the swinging sound of “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat,” “A Bushel and a Peck,” “If I Were a Bell” and more. Bring your dice along! $15 tickets with valid student ID available beginning at 10 am on any Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, Saturday, or Sunday for that evening’s performance. Rated G. Goodspeed Opera House, East Haddam.

Tuesday, June 16:

{National & Weekly} 10 – 11:30am: Storytime at Pottery Barn Kids Join us each week for story time as we read aloud some of your favorite books. Become a book club member and receive a special gift after attending five-story times. Free. Pottery Barn Kids locations.

Tuesday @ 1 – 11:30am: PJ Party in the Park Experience the intimate joy of Sukey Molloy’s award-winning music and movement play themes when she appears in concert with her band and Sunshine character friends, Sunny and Tick Tock. Suggested ages 5 and under. Bruce Park, The Rose Garden Gazebo, Greenwich.

{Mommy Time Out} Tuesday @ 2 – 4pm: Mozzarella Cheese Making Try your hand at cheese making! Join this beginner level class and learn the basics of cheese making. Make and taste fresh mozzarella cheese during the program, and leave with recipes and experience to make your own cheese! Adults only. $12 per non-member. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic.

Tuesday @ 6pm: Meet Garfield & Odie Join us each month from May through August for our fun-filled WFamily Summer Nights program. Enjoy meet & greets with your favorite television characters, crafts, and receive special offers and meal deals from participating stores and restaurants. Westfield Mall, Meriden.

Tuesday @ 6 – 9pm: Family Horseshoe Crab Walk Head to the beach and witness these “living fossils” gather during our nighttime Family Horseshoe Crab Walk. Be prepared to get your feet wet and hike a distance as you help count the animals and learn about the role they play in our ecosystem. This joint program will also have staff from the Mystic Aquarium. $5 per person. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic.

{Reoccurring} Tuesday @ 7pm: CHIRP Concert Happenings in Ridgefield’s Parks Ballard Park, Ridgefield.

{Reoccurring} Tuesday @ 7pm: Summer Sunset Concerts Paradise Green, Stratford.

Tuesday @ 7 – 8:30pm: Family Fun Night Come discover the Nature Center! This family friendly program is designed for out-of-town visitors. Explore the pond and trails for critters, meet some of the live animals that live at the nature center, and end the program with marshmallows around the campfire! All ages welcome. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic.

Wednesday, June 17:

{National} Wednesday @ 10am – 12pm: Passport to Imagination Spyglass & Treasure Map. Join us in our store classrooms on an imaginary seven-week road trip from the beach to the county fair and beyond, with fun kids’ crafts at each stop. $5 per session or $12 for 3 sessions. Michael’s locations.

Wednesday @ 5 – 7pm: Grill & Chill Summer Concert Series Come out to the JCC Patio to enjoy some free live music and Kosher BBQ by Abel’s available for purchase! JCC of Greater New Haven, Woodbridge. Thank you to the JCC of Greater New Haven for submitting this event.

Thursday, June 18:

{National} Thursday @ 10am: The nation’s top water safety and training organizations are joining forces to present The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, to build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to help prevent drowning. On June 18th, waterparks, pools and other aquatic facilities around the globe will host local lessons at 10 am wherever you are in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record. Find a local waterpark, pool or aquatics center by you that is participating to sign up.

{Parents Time Out} Thursday @ 2 – 3:15 and 4 – 5:15pm: Father’s Day Craft Event Drop off event for children ages 3-5 (2-3:15pm) and ages 5 and up (4-5:15) where kids can make a #1 Dad plaque, decorate a gift bag, card and cookie for dad. Enjoy a snack and storytime. Sparklicious, Redding.

Thursday @ 3 – 4:15pm: Come join us for a free Taste of Tinkergarten. You’ll get to see, first hand, what a class feels like and how we inspire authentic, play-based learning for children. This free class is designed for children 18 months through five years old and a treasured adult. Mill River Park, Stamford.

{Reoccurring} Thursday @ 6 – 9 pm: 3rd Annual Street Fest Five stages simultaneously host a wide variety of music and entertainment while over 100 vendors showcase a variety of handcrafted goods and services. Willimantic’s diversity really shines through in the delicious authentic international cuisine. Enjoy locally produced artwork, beer, music, and soda. Street performers and free children’s activities abound!  Main Street, Willimantic.

{Parents Time Out} Thursday @ 6 – 10pm: MATT by Night is a summer-time third Thursdays after-hours program for greater Waterbury’s artistic community of young professionals. Developed in conjunction with the Museum’s art and history collections and special exhibitions, each program will include a variety of live music, DJs, hands-on art-making, food and drinks. Non-members $15. Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury.

{Parents Time Out} Thursday @ 6:30pm: Wildflowers & Whiskey Sours Start the summer off with a blast of color! Hear about how wildflowers in the woods, alongside roadways, and even in our own backyards provide beauty and inspiration, are beneficial for promoting biodiversity, supporting healthy habitats and pollinators, and preserving our natural heritage. Beverages, cocktails and bites will be served. $40 non-members. New Canaan Nature Center, New Canaan.

{Mommy Time Out & National} Thursday @ 6:30 – 8pm: Learn to Build an Outdoor Serving Station at Home Depot’s Monthly Do-It-Herself Workshops. Learn to make a serving station with step-by-step instructions. Become more familiar with the power tools used in creating this outdoor oasis. Free. Home Depot Locations.

Friday, June 19 – Saturday, June 20:

Friday – Saturday @ 4 and 6:30pm: The 6th Annual Zerbini Family Circus Join us under the big top on Saxe Middle School field for the 6th Annual New Canaan Family Circus featuring the famous Zerbini family!  Kick off summer with aerialists, clowns, acrobats, jugglers, camel rides, food and fun for the entire family! All proceeds from the event benefit youth programming in New Canaan including financial assistance at the New Canaan YMCA and the Kiwanis Club of New Canaan’s community fund. $20 in advance, $25 at the door, kids 2 and under are free. Saxe Middle School Field, New Canaan.

Friday, June 19 – Sunday, June 21:

Friday @ 6 – 11pm, Saturday @ 12 – 11pm an Sunday @ 12 – 7:30pm: Fairfield County Irish Festival $12 per day, $20 per 3-day pass, $10 for students, children under 14 are free when accompanied by an adult. Fairfield University, Fairfield.

Friday @ 6 – 9pm, Saturday @ 9am – 9:30pm and Sunday @ 9am – 4pm: Branford Festival Kids’ activities take place on the back part of the Green. Rides, rock wall, inflatables, face painting and much more! Tickets for rides are $1 each. Sunday at 2:30pm is the Got Talent portion of the entertainment. Saturday will offer a craft and business expo. Special Ticket rate of 40 tickets for $35 can be used all weekend long. Father’s Day discount Wristbands good for all rides all day on Sunday only and are $15 each.

{Reoccurring} Friday @ 5:30 – 8pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am – 9pm: The International Festival of Arts & Ideas is a 15-day extravaganza of performing arts, lectures, and conversations that takes over theaters and open spaces in New Haven, Connecticut each June. More than 80% of Festival events are completely free!

{Reoccurring} Friday – Sunday @ 7:15 – 11:30pm: Once Upon a Mattress “We Have An Opening for a Princess!” Do you think you could pass Queen Aggravain’s tests and marry the loveable mama’s boy, Prince Dauntless the Drab? “Many Moons Ago” the minstrel witnessed the true story of the Princess and the Pea and this summer he will bring the timeless fairytale to the Richter Stage, with all it’s hidden secrets! Join the Knights and Ladies-in-Waiting as they hope for the right Princess to come along. She may be “Shy,” and far from “The Swamps of Home” but everyone is sure to live “Happily Ever After!” Richter, Danbury.

Friday @ 2 – 10pm, Saturday – Sunday @ 10am – 10pm: 10th Annual Goshen Stampede Three days of fun featuring two rodeos, two derbies, three-day music fest with featuring the Cadillac Three, the Tri-State Truck Pulls with Amateur and Professional Drivers, fireworks, free petting zoo, food, vendors, and so much more. Adults $12 online, $14 at the gate, Youth (ages 10-17) $8 online, $10 at the gate, Children (under 10) $6 at gate or free with coupon or paid adult. Veterans & Active Duty Free Admission with Military ID. Oshen Fair Grounds, Goshen.

Friday, June 19:

{National} Friday @ 10am – 12pm: Passport to Imagination: Parrot Puppet. Join us in our store classrooms on an imaginary seven-week road trip from the beach to the county fair and beyond, with fun kids’ crafts at each stop. $5 per session or $12 for 3 sessions. Michael’s locations.

Friday @ 1pm: The East Lyme Puppetry Project Presents “The Pirate, the Princess, and the Pea” By Crabgrass Puppet Theater. All tickets are $5. East Lyme Community Center, East Lyme.

Friday @ 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 and Recreation Center, Ansonia.

{Reoccurring} Friday @ 4:30 – 5:30pm: Campfire Stories Want the campfire without all the camping gear? End your week with relaxing around the campfire with your family. Every Friday we’ll have the fire going and stories to share. Each week will be filled with different stories, rhymes and songs, and the magic of a crackling campfire! For families with children up to 8. $5 for non-members. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic.

Friday @ 6 – 7:30pm: Eat Like a Reptile! Start with a short hike on the grounds to look for signs of local reptiles then get a special evening tour of the new Heckscher Wild! exhibit. Discover the many things that reptiles like to eat by helping to feed them. We’ll make salads for our tortoises and veggie-loving lizards and give our carnivorous lizards their meals of bugs or meat. Learn what reptiles around the world like to eat. We’ll get to have our own special treats too! Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. $8 per non-member. Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford.

{Parents Time Out} Friday @ 6 – 8pm: Cocktails with the Whales Looking for fun after work? Chill out with the coolest crowd in town! Our Arctic Coast belugas play as you mingle to live music and savor our new signature drink and “on the fly” menu. Tickets $10 online or $20 at the door. Adults must be 21 or older. Mystic Aquarium, Mystic.

Friday @ 6pm – Overnight: Family Camping Camping out at Common Ground is a great way to connect with nature without leaving the city. Bring a picnic dinner, roast marshmallows over the campfire, and take an optional guided night hike through West Rock. On Saturday morning you and your family help feed the farm animals and enjoy a farm fresh breakfast including eggs from our chickens and other seasonal foods from the farm. Camping experience not necessary, and all ages are welcome! Use our wooden lean-tos, borrow one of our tents, or bring your own. $10 per person (ages 3 and under are free). Pre-Registration required. Common Ground, New Haven.

{Parents Time Out} Friday @ 6 – 8pm: Kids Night Out! Drop your kids off for a fun time at Happy Hands with paint, and pizza and a movie. $45 per child, 10% off for siblings. Happy Hands Art & Pottery Studio, Wilton.

{Tweens Night Out} Friday @ 6 – 8pm: Electric Zebra 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. The Pottery Factory, Brookfield.

Friday @ 7 – 8pm: Butterflies and their Gardens Learn about the life histories of our local butterflies and moths, and how to attract them. John Himmelman is the author of A Monarch Butterfly’s Life. He is a naturalist and the author/illustrator of nearly 80 books for children and for grown up kids on various nature topics. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic.

Friday @ 8:30pm: Outdoor Movie: Annie Join us outside for a free movie and popcorn under the stars. Bring your lawn chairs and your blankets!! Baldwin Plaza, Downtown Bridgeport.

Saturday, June 20 – Sunday, June 21:

Saturday – Sunday: Celebrate Dad at Mystic Celebrate Dad with a trip to Mystic Aquarium! We are offering fathers free admission with a full-paid child admission Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21. Just print and bring this coupon! This special Father’s Day offer is available for in-person ticket purchases only and cannot be combined with any other offer. Additional tickets can be purchased in person or online.  Mystic Aquarium, Mystic.

{Reoccurring} Saturday at 10am and Sunday at 11am: Charlotte’s Web Generations of children and parents have enjoyed the book Charlotte’s Web. In this theatre for a young audience play we begin after a restless first night in the Zuckerman family barn, a wide-eyed young pig named Wilbur meets a witty and resourceful spider named Charlotte. When Wilbur learns through his fellow barnyard creatures of some unsettling plans for his future, Charlotte takes it upon her spinnerets and her trusty web to save him. This magical tale of what it means to be a good writer and a good friend features the much-loved characters created by E.B. White. Free Dad tickets online when purchased with child tickets or at the theatre box office day of performance! The Summer Theatre of New Canaan, New Canaan.

Saturday – Sunday @ 10:30am – 4:30pm: Guest Operator Weekend If you’ve always wanted to run a streetcar or subway train, take advantage of this opportunity at the Shore Line Trolley Museum by signing up for the Guest Operator program. You’ll be given an overview of operating principles by one of our instructors. Then it will be your turn to take the handles and operate solo! Don’t worry, you won’t have any regular passengers, just you, your instructor, and your invited guests. $60 per family. Guest Operation on a trolley car includes your individual admission, admission for up to three invited guests, and one year’s individual membership for yourself at the museum at the Associate level. You’ll also receive a photo-certificate of completion, suitable for framing. Guest Operation is scheduled by advance reservation only. Payment of a deposit is required at the time of your reservation. The Shore Line Trolley Museum, East Haven.

Saturday @ 10am – 5pm, Sunday @ 12 – 5pm: 44th Annual Strawberry Festival We have over 75 juried exhibitors, local artists, strawberry shortcake, strawberry pies, baked goods, children’s games & live entertainment. So come and join us for a fun-filled weekend! Monroe Congregational Church, Monroe.

Saturday @ 10am – 10pm & Sunday @ 10am – 8pm: Soupstock Music and Arts Festival is the annual fundraising event for the Mary A. Schmecker Turtle Shell Fund. This family oriented event features many fun-filled sights, sounds and tastes to entertain the whole family. The kids zone is nearly half the field in size and full of stuff for kids to do from Arts & Crafts to the Hoop Zone to our own Drum Circle, we’ve got a super fun day planned for all the youngings. Veteran’s Memorial Park, Shelton.

{Reoccurring} Saturday – Sunday @ 11am – 6pm and Saturday @ 7 – 9pm: Midsummer Fantasy Renaissance Faire Welcome Lords and Ladies! Come and Join Us for a day of exciting adventures for the whole family! Explore an interactive fantasy world set in a time long ago where elves, fairies, orcs, goblins, animal-kin, dwarves, and magic are real. $16 for adults (ages 15 and up), $11 young adults (ages 10-14), $6 children (ages 5-9), free for children 5 and under. Warsaw Park, Ansonia.

Saturday 1 – 10pm and Sunday 1 – 5pm: Yankee Doodle Fair Carnival rides with Pay One Price (POP) bracelets, face painting, sand art and more. Free admission. Westport.

{Parents Time Out} Friday – Saturday @ 8pm and Saturday – Sunday @ 2pm: Calendar Girls Adapted by Tim Firth from his smash hit Miramax film of the same name, it is based on an inspiring true story that is both poignant and hilarious. A group of extraordinary women, members of a very ordinary Yorkshire Women’s Institute, spark a global phenomenon by persuading one another to pose au natural for a charity calendar with a difference! As interest snowballs, the Calendar Girls find themselves revealing more than they’d ever planned. $42 Adults, Students $20, Children (12 and under) $15. Ivoryton Playhouse, Ivoryton.

{Parents Time Out} Friday – Saturday @ 8pm and Saturday – Sunday @ 3pm: And a Nightingale Sang England on the Eve of WWII. The working-class Stott family spend their days gabbing, singing songs, and soldiering on despite their meager rations. When Helen, the eldest daughter, finds herself unexpectedly courted by a soldier on leave she can’t believe her new-found joy. No man has ever found her of interest. Immediate, touching, and filled with humor, And a Nightingale Sang weaves a beautiful story of one family’s perseverance through uncertain times. $25 for patrons under 35. $50 and up. Westport County Playhouse, Westport.

Saturday, June 20:

Saturday @ 9am – 12pm: Wing Ding Parade for Kids The best day ever begins with free face painting, tattoos, arts & crafts, music, various street performers, clowns, magicians and so much more! Be sure to dress in costume, and decorate your strollers, wagons, boxes – anything you can push or pull – to join in the fun of our Wing Ding Parade! We will award prizes for the best and most creative floats. Includes free admission to the Zoo until 12 noon. Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport.

Saturday @ 9:30 – 11am: Father & Child Build and Paint a bird house feeder with your father. $15 Per Kit. Space is Limited. The Giggling Pig Art Studio, Shelton.

{National} Saturday @ 10am: Father’s Day Fun with Dad Discover some great gift ideas for Dad on Father’s Day! You’ll learn how to use everything from the latest kitchen gadgets to our favorite ice cream maker, which turns out awesome frozen desserts. Then you can create a delicious treat that Dad and the rest of the family will enjoy. Suitable for ages 5–13. Free. Williams-Sonoma locations.

Saturday @ 10am: Protecting Pollinators – Butterflies, Bees, and Blooms Join us for this exciting, family-friendly program!  Bring your children and learn how pollinators do their job, view a frame of living honey bees (behind glass!), and stroll with us through the habitats of the Garden of Ideas in search of pollinators at work. $5 is per person and includes a plant and seed packet to use at home. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Garden of Ideas, Ridegfield.

{National} Saturday @ 10am – 12pm: Kids Club: Popsicle Book Drop in. Take home a completed project. Just $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative craft fun. Ages 3 and up. Michael’s locations.

Saturday @ 10am – 2pm: Father’s Day Fun Community resource providers will be present. Rain or Shine. Kenosia Park, Danbury.

Saturday @ 10am – 3pm: Sid & Scrat are coming to Mystic Aquarium! Meet Scrat, Ice Age’s resident nut-crazed sabre-toothed squirrel, and his buddy Sid, the sloth with a heart of gold. Then, head to the 4-D theater to join Scrat as he time travels in his zaniest adventure to date, Ice Age No Time For Nuts 4-D. Scrat battles a wonky time-machine that has zapped his beloved nut, and with buddies Manny, Diego and especially Sid along for the ride, the laughs are right on time in this custom 4-D special effects extravaganza! This meet and greet is included with the price of general admission. Mystic Aquarium, Mystic.

Saturday @ 10am – 4pm: The Disney Store Re-Grand Opening Celebration The Disney Store has re-opened with new magic and wonder… Meet Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse from 12-4pm. Danbury Fair; Disney Store, Danbury.

Saturday @ 10am – 4pm: 78th Annual Cheshire Strawberry Festival and Craft Fair This traditional New England festival will be featuring farm-fresh strawberry shortcake along with grilled foods, handmade crafts, amusements and entertainment that are fun for the entire family. You can enjoy amusements for the young and young at heart. There are games for toddlers, face painting, and three types of inflatables that all children love. The event stage will be featuring a variety of live musical entertainment throughout the day. Church Green, Downtown Cheshire.

Saturday @ 10am – 5pm: Father’s Day Craft Looking for a Father’s Day gift for Dad? We are making hand print art and homemade Father’s Day cards. EverWonder Children’s Museum, Newtown.

Saturday @ 10am – 7pm: World of Colors Concert Featuring an array of entertainments, as well as food and craft, the event promises an unique journey around our planet. Over 20 countries will be represented on the stage. Danbury City Center Geen, Danbury.

Saturday @ 10:30am – 2:30pm: Hop, Skip & a 5K Run Harbor Point Waterfront, Stamford.

{National} Saturday @ 11am: Touch the Brightest Star A companion to the popular and acclaimed Tap the Magic Tree. In this interactive bedtime story, touch, tap, blink, whisper and more to make magic happen in the nighttime sky. Free. Select Barnes & Noble locations.

{National & Reoccurring} Saturday @ 11am – 3pm: Free Crafts Kids can make a Father’s Day craft for Dad. Ages 3 and up. Free. Lakeshore Learning Center, Hamden.

Saturday @ 11am – 4pm: Family Farm Day All-Wright Acres, Bethlehem.

Saturday @ 11:30am – 7pm: Downtown Stamford Food Truck Rodeo & Music Fest Enjoy more than 15 food trucks as well as live DJ’s, performances, bounce houses, children s games, ballroom and etc… Downtown Stamford.

{National} Saturday @ 12 – 2pm: Get ready for some colossal fun! Keep the dinosaurs inside the park when you come in store to make and take a free Mini Lego Jurassic World Gate! Event intended for children, ages 5 and up. Parental supervision required at all times. All giveaways and event materials available while supplies last and distributed to participating children only. Limit one per child. Quantities limited; no rain checks. FreeToys R Us locations.

Saturday @ 12 – 4pm: The Monarch Butterfly Waystation Join us for the 2015 season opening of the Caroline Ferriday Monarch Butterfly Waystation, presented by the Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden and the Bethlehem Land Trust. Meet a giant butterfly and hear all its habits, anatomy, preferred food sources, life cycle, migration and the many dangers it currently faces. A child friendly program on the life cycle and feeding habits of a butterfly will take place at both 1 pm and 3 pm. Each session is followed by a releasing of butterflies into the garden. Feed the butterflies in an enclosed screened in tent, get a butterfly tattoo, or have your face painted! Sing and dance to the butterfly song in the activity ring. Crafts and games for children will be happening all afternoon. Walk through the monarch sanctuary and follow the Butterfly Trail between the Bethlehem Land Trust’s Bellamy Preserve and the Ferriday Garden exploring the milkweed and nectar plants that butterflies depend on. Learn which plants to grow in your garden to attract these beautiful creatures. Plant a nectar plants to take home, or purchase host and nectar plants available for sale. Admission is $5 adults; $3 children; children under 5 years of age are free. Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden, Bethlehem.

Saturday @ 1 – pm and 3 – 4pm: “A Journey Around the World” by Ants in Your Pants Anthony the Ant discovers puppet stories and traditions of the globe. Ana Craciun and Kalob Martinez, MFA students in the UConn Puppet Arts Program, create an entertaining and informative performance for globetrotters of all ages. Admission is $5 for children, $7 for adults. Ballard Institute Theater, Storrs.

Saturday @ 1 – 4pm: Free Family Day Join us for our June free Family Day! To honor the birthday of Sarah Pierce, the founder of the Litchfield Female Academy, we will have games and crafts relating to the LFA and life in Litchfield during the late 18th and early 19th centuries! Enjoy outdoor drawing lessons with local illustrator Elizabeth Wolff at 1:30 and 3 pm and tea with Miss Sarah Pierce herself. Admission to the programs and the Litchfield History Museum and Tapping Reeve House are free on Family Day. Litchfield History Museum and Tapping Reeve House, Litchfield.

Saturday @ 2 – 3pm: Little Ferries, Big Magic This unique fairy tale magic show has both a fairy theme and an environmental message about protecting the wilderness. Cyril the sorcerer—the Merlin of environmental magic—is delighted to perform this show as a way to remind young and old alike that just as we need our homes, so do creatures in the wild. Free family program. Please call to register. Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center, Ansonia.

Saturday @ 2 – 3pm: Pollinator Safari Did you know that pollinators provide us with a cornucopia of fruits, vegetables and other products? Learn about the insects and other animals we depend on. The program will begin indoors and continue on the trails. Ages 5 and up. RSVP requested. Audubon, Greenwich.

Saturday @ 5 – 9pm: Double Header C’mon down and cheer for the Danbury Westerners as they take on the New Bedford Bay Sox! Rogers Park, Danbury.

Saturday @ 5 – 10pm: Summerfest will feature a southern-style barbeque, family fun activities, and musical entertainment. Norfield Congregational Church, Weston.

{Parents Time Out} Saturday @ 5:30 – 8:30pm: Nature Night Out Take a grownup night out while your children enjoy a night with nature! We’ll provide dinner and nature fun inside and out. Children can choose the excitement of a night hike or cozy stories inside, and then we’ll all meet up for s’mores by the fire. Dress your child for outside and send a flashlight. Drop off program, ages 5-12. $30 non-member, $15 per sibling. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic.

{Parent Time Out} Saturday @ 5 – 7pm: Cocktails and Clams In celebration of clean water and the work Harbor Watch does to protect Long Island Sound, join us for the marquee social event on the Sound in Fairfield County! Unlimited raw bar straight off the fishing boat. Signature cocktail, wine & beer and Live music. Adults only. $75 per person. Norm Bloom & Son’s, Norwalk. We will be here!

{Parents Time Out} Saturday @ 6-8:30pm: Third Anniversary Art Party and Wine Tasting Come help us celebrate Vernon Community Arts Center’s third anniversary at Cassidy Hill Vineyard! Enjoy a variety of wines and hors d’oeuvres while listening to the music of guitar duo Judy Handler and Mark Levesque. Plein air paintings, created on site that day, will be on display and for sale. You will have an opportunity to place bids in a silent auction featuring unique items from our gift store. This will be a lovely evening and the perfect way to support the VCAC and welcome summer! $35 non-members. 21 and over. Cassidy Hill Vineyard, Coventry.

{Parents Time Out} Saturday @ 7pm: Kevin James, producer, co-writer, and star of the hit comedies Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Zookeeper and the recently released Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, can also be seen in the upcoming ensemble sci-fi comedy Pixels. James began his career as a stand-up on the Long Island comedy scene. After being discovered at the 1996 Montreal Comedy Festival, he signed a network development deal to create his own sitcom. The King of Queens, which premiered in 1998, ran for nine seasons on CBS with James staring and executive producing, and it garnered him an Emmy nomination in 2006 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. The show concluded its run in 2007 but continues to air daily in syndication across the country and around the world. In 2001, James brought his stand-up act to TV with Sweat the Small Stuff, a one-hour special for Comedy Central. In 2005, Kevin James and Ray Romano executive produced and starred in the HBO Sports Special Making the Cut: The Road to Pebble Beach; a documentary about the Pebble Beach Pro Am Golf Tournament that was nominated for a Sports Emmy. James made his feature film debut in 2005 in Columbia Pictures’ Hitch starring opposite Will Smith. Since, James headlined Here Comes The Boom, and starred alongside Adam Sandler in Grown Ups, Grown Ups 2, and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. In addition to his on-camera work, James’s voice has been featured in the animated films Barnyard for Nick Movies, as well as Monster House, Hotel Transylvania, and its upcoming sequel for Sony Pictures Animation. Tickets $48 and up. The Palace Theatre. Stamford.

Saturday @ 7 – 8pm: Band Concerts in the Park Enjoy four evenings (subsequently on Fridays) of great family entertainment are free and open to the public. In the event of inclement weather, concerts are cancelled. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets. Riverside Park, Thompson.

Saturday @ 8pm: A Twist of Lemmon Bring Dad To The Kate on Father’s Day Weekend for the Jack Lemmon Tribute “A Twist of Lemmon” starring his son Chris Lemmon! “Twist” is based on Chris Lemmon’s book “A Twist of Lemmon” which tells the story of a beloved Hollywood icon, his dad, Jack Lemmon. Jack starred in over 60 films, was nominated for 8 Academy Awards and won 2 Oscars. One for “Mister Roberts” for Best Supporting Actor and the other for “Save the Tiger” for Best Actor. He tells Jack’s story in his father’s voice and chronicles his life from birth until his death in 2001 at the age of 76. He’ll have you crying and laughing with his stories about Jack’s relationships both on and off the screen with producers, directors and legends like James Cagney, Gregory Peck, Marilyn Monroe and of course his best friend Walter Matthau. The Kate, Old Saybrook.

{Parents Time Out} Saturday @ 8 -10pm: The Cat’s Meow Based on the true story of a mysterious Hollywood death, The Cat’s Meow offers a fascinating cross section of Jazz Era characters who intersect for one notorious weekend on board William Randolph Hearst’s yacht in 1924. The play was adapted for film in 2002, with a screenplay by the author, directed by Peter Bogdanovich, and starring Kirsten Dunst, Eddie Izzard, and Edward Herrmann. Weekend guests include: Charlie Chaplin, who has been carrying on with movie star Marion Davies, a secret known to Davies’ paramour, the married – and much older — Hearst; and movie mogul Thomas Ince, who is hoping to revive his flagging fortunes by forming a partnership with Hearst. Playing with fire, Ince tries to convince Hearst that he can handle both Marion’s movie career… and her private life as well. During its 1997 Los Angeles premiere, audiences and critics were both entertained and moved by this darkly comic morality play, laced with clandestine romance, Hollywood excess, and steadily heating tensions, which erupt in a shocking act of violence. $20 per ticket. Center for the Arts, Milford.

Sunday, June 21:

Sunday @ 10:15am: 35th Annual Branford Road Race

Sunday @ 11am – 2pm: Summer Solstice Celebration Take a hike in the forest to see what kinds of animals are out and about, view summer constellations in our planetarium, and create art using the sun. Meet animals whose habitats would be celebrating their winter solstice while we are greeting summer and say welcome to the warm weather with a chance to make our favorite S’mores over a campfire from 1 to 2 pm. Free with admission. Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford.

Sunday @ 11am – 5pm: Redding Fire Department’s 100th Year Celebration Enjoy games, crafts, entertainment, live music, dancing, dunk tank, donut eating and pie baking contests and a family photo booth. Free admission. Town Green, Redding.

{National} Sunday @ 1pm: Indoor-Outdoor Pizza Whether cooked on a backyard grill or baked in the oven, pizzas are a delicious way to showcase summer produce. Learn how to make classic pizza dough and a gluten-free variation, along with two seasonal pizzas—one savory and one sweet. Class times can vary per location. Free. William-Sonoma locations.

Sunday @ 1pm and 2:30pm: Father’s Day BBQ Picnic Celebrate Dad on his day and bring him to Lyman Orchards for a mouth-watering barbecue picnic. Prepared by our Apple Barrel chefs, the Father’s Day dinner provides a delightful complement of traditional BBQ fare, including chicken, fall-off-the-bone ribs and pulled pork from Lyman’s new Smoke House, burgers and hotdogs. All guests receive a token for a small bucket of golf balls for The Golf Center Driving Range. Adults $29.95, children (ages 6-12) $14.95, children under 5 are free. Pricing does not include 18% gratuity and CT Sales Tax. Lyman Orchards, Middletown.

Sunday @ 1 – 3pm: Gardening for Kids Join us for a fun afternoon at the farm!  Learn how to plant seeds in the spring, weed and water crops throughout the summer, and harvest delicious fruits and vegetables in the fall.  This gardening program involves fun, hands-on activities that will teach children how to properly care for a garden through the year! Spaces limited. Call early to register! $10 non-member. Coogan Farm, Mystic.

Sunday @ 1 – 4pm: Experience the Sound: From Streams Through Soil to Sea This event is a great opportunity to learn about all the park has to offer. Whether you are interested in history, ecology, environmental stewardship, or outdoor sports, this event has something for you! Activities will take place around the Innis Arden Cottage and the Old Greenwich Yacht Club and it’s docks at Greenwich Point. A free shuttle bus will be available to take participants back and forth between the two areas. Greenwich Point, Greenwich.

Sunday @ 1:30-2:15pm: History on Wheels With Greenwich Cove as the historic backdrop, we will once again participate in ?Experience the Sound,? a yearly celebration at Greenwich Point that showcases local organizations and educational institutions that care for and promote coastal marine life, nature, outdoor recreational pursuits, town history and the environment. This year?s ?History on Wheels? program will be linked to the celebration of Greenwich?s 375th birthday and will focus on key events in the history of the Point, including current initiatives by the Greenwich Point Conservancy to restore public buildings and native habitats. Participants will meet at the first parking lot on the right after entering the park. The group will then cycle around the point stopping at various locations to hear stories, take a closer look at some of the ruins and see vintage photos from the Historical Society?s collection. Participants must bring their own bikes and helmets, and a water bottle is highly recommended. There will be an activity with prizes for children. The program is free, and no park pass is required. Greenwich Point, Greenwich.

Sunday @ 2 – 4pm: Frog Frenzy! Warming temperatures bring out the amphibians! Join us as we explore nearby wetlands for salamanders, frogs and toads! Wear boots & clothes that can get a little muddy. We’ll provide nets and collection jars for gentle, up-close study. Free admission for all Fathers and Grandfathers! Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic.

Sunday @ 7 – 8:30pm: Summer Solstice Father’s Day Walk at Lantern Hill Nature’s evening symphony of birds, and spectacular views over the CT woodlands all give us a reason to celebrate the first day of Summer and Father’s Day. Remember, dads and granddads get free admission at the Nature Center all day! Lantern Hill, Mystic.

{Parents Time Out} Sunday @ 7 – 10pm: 4th Annual Seals on the Rocks Taking place on Father’s Day, this event is the perfect way to celebrate Dad’s with strong hands and a soft heart. Mingle with family and friends among our outdoor exhibits while enjoying a cash bar. Also on tap for the evening’s festivities is Mystic Aquarium’s first ever Seals on the Rocks Cornhole tournament for a chance to win the custom-made, aquarium-themed game set. This fun night out will support the Animal Rescue Clinic. Seals on the Rocks is a 21+ event. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Mystic Aquarium for $25 or at the door for $30. Entry to the Cornhole tournament is an additional $15. Mystic Aquarium, Mystic.

If Westchester County, New York isn’t too far for you or you don’t mind the commute onto Long Island, check out our sister sites. For our Westchester County site click here and for our Long Island site click here.

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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