July 6 – 12

Welcome to the first full week of July! Below we have highlighted what to do over the next week across Connecticut! Check back often as we update daily.

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.

Monday, July 6:

{National} Mondays from 10am – 12pm: Passport to Imagination: Patterned Pinwheel 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.

Monday from 10am – 12pm: Blackbeard the Pirate Auditions Those auditioning should arrive at 10 am and plan to stay for the full two hours. Some of the cast members will be asked to stay for a rehearsal immediately following the audition. The Kate, Old Saybrook.

Mondays at 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, July 7 – Wednesday, July 8:

{National} Tuesdays – Wednesdays at 9:30am: Free Summer Movies Free admission with two movies to choose from each day. Marquee Cinemas, Westbrook.

{National} Tuesday – Wednesday at 10am: Free Summer Movies From June 23rd to August 19th Bowtie Cinemas offers free movies for kids. Seating limited to theatre capacity, tickets issued on a first come, first serve basis. Free for kids. Select Bowtie Cinemas, Trumbull and Stamford.

(National} Tuesdays – Wednesdays at 10am: Summer Movie Express Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office and all movies start at 10am and are rated G or PG. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute. Select Regal Cinemas.

Tuesday, July 7:

Tuesdays at 10am: Kids Club: Powered by Nat Geo Kids The Danbury Fair Kids Club is a great opportunity for your child to learn in a fun, and interactive setting. We’ve teamed up with National Geographic Kids to create activities and games that focus on discovery through play. There will an interactive show, craft, and balloon animal or face painting. Durant’s will be here with an inflatable for the kids to enjoy! Danbury Fair Mall, Danbury.

Tuesdays from 10 – 10:30am: Stories by the Sea A family storytime for all ages at Darien’s Weed Beach Park, Darien.

Tuesdays at 12pm: Summer Jamp Children’s Concert Series Bring a blanket or some lawn chairs, picnic lunch and your friends for a fun and toe-tapping good time! Concerts are free of charge, thanks to the generosity of Claris Construction, Inc. and our additional community sponsors. Concerts are for ages 0-99, all are welcome!

Tuesdays at 12pm: Summer Tunes at the Old Mine Ruins Grab your lunch and a blanket and join us for concerts at Old Mine Park, Upper Pavilion, at 12 noon. All music is geared toward children ages one to ten. Participation will be encouraged.

Tuesday from 3 – 4:15pm: Taste of Tinkergarten 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 (and a great time for all)! This free class is designed for children 18 months through five years old and a treasured adult. Mill River Park, Stamford.

Tuesdays at 7pm: CHIRP Concert Happenings in Ridgefield’s Parks Ballard Park, Ridgefield.

Tuesdays at 7pm: Summer Sunset Concerts Paradise Green, Stratford.

Tuesdays at Sunset: Groton Cinemas Beach Blanket Movie Series featuring “Into the Woods.” Every Tuesday evening enjoy a free movie in the open night air from the comfort of your beach blanket. Our normal parking charge is always in effect and only $6 on weeknights. Movie is Rated PG and runtime is 125 minutes. Ocean Beach Park, New London.

Wednesday, July 8 – Saturday, July 11:

Wednesday – Saturday from 6 – 11pm: 44th Annual Carnival Buy a wristband for unlimited rides for $24. Click here to print out a coupon for $2 off of wristbands on Saturday night – Westbrook

Wednesday, July 8:

{National} Wednesday at 10am: Bookworm Wednesdays Just bring a book report with you to the select Bookworm Wednesdays movie and that’s your price of admission! Download the Book Report by clicking here. Children under six who accompany a participant and adults who accompany a participant receive free admittance to the Bookworm Wednesdays movie and do not need to submit a book report. This week’s selection is Rio 2. Select Showcase Cinemas.

Wednesday from 10 – 11am: Story Time for Toddlers: Tick Tock, The Mouse Ran Up the Clock Pre-school aged children and their caregivers are invited to explore the museum’s clock collection and read The Clock Struck One: A Time-telling Tale by Trudy Harris with a museum educator. Afterwards join us in the Studio to create your own crafty clock using paper plates, fasteners and other materials. Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury.

{National} Wednesdays from 10am – 12pm: Passport to Imagination: Travel Memory Game 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 from 10am – 5pm: Winter in July Calling all snow birds! Winter in July? Yes, we’re playing with snow in the middle of summer! Come learn about the different seasons and weather patterns while making snow in the EverWonder classroom. EverWonder Children’s Museum, Newtown.

Wednesdays at 10:30am: SOB Kids Day Every Wednesday children ages 4-10 are invited to take part in a crafting activity. Ocean Beach Park, New London.

Wednesdays at 12:30pm: Peanut Butter Jam Concerts Picnic performances for kids featuring Wayne from Maine. Pack a picnic and journey down for a children’s musical celebration! Sherman Green, Fairfield.

Wednesdays from 6:30 – 8:30pm: Concert Series at Dabury Fair Mall.

Thursday, July 9 – Saturday, July 11:

Thursday – Sunday: GreenwichDarien Sidewalk Sales & Family Fun Days More than 60 Retailers and Vendors come to the sidewalks. Greenwich: Live music, face painting and balloon artist for kids. Darien: Bounce houses, Amazing Andy on Stilts, free face painting with Ela and The Depot Teens, “Storm” and “B.B.” Mascot appearances, free Deadly Grounds Coffee, touch-a-truck, hot dog truck and fire house roast, free activity for kids at chamber tent, free balloons, food and live music! Rain or shine.

Thursday, July 9 – Sunday, July 12:

Thursday – Sunday: North Stonington Agricultural Fair This is the 50th North Stonington Agricultural Fair, providing the finest in entertainment, food, and wholesome fun for the whole family. Enjoy and learn about farm life – see tractor and animal pulls, view beautiful arts and crafts and award-winning vegetables, fruits, and baked goods. Admission Adults $8, Children $5 and children under 12 are free.

{Reoccurring} Thursday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 4pm: Legally Blonde The Musical A fabulously fun international award-winning musical follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery, and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. This action-packed musical explodes on the stage with memorable songs and dynamic dances. Equal parts hilarious and heart-warming warming, this musical is so much fun it should be illegal! The Summer Theatre of New Canaan, New Canaan.

Thursday, July 9:

Thursdays from 11am – 1pm: Garden Fun for Toddlers The Garden of Ideas offers Garden Fun for Toddlers every Thursday this summer – facilitated play for parents and their toddlers, including drop-in activities, marsh, meadow and woodland exploration, a stone maze, and vegetable fields, along with free play in the sand-box. Experience nature through the eyes of your child. Bring your own lunch or purchase at the Vegetable stand. $5 per family. Garden of Ideas, Ridgefield.

Thursday from 11am – 3pm: Powwow! This annual educational powwow will be an unforgettable experience for you and your family. Emcee Wayne Reels (Mashantucket Pequot) explains the different dances, powwow etiquette, and the significance this cultural gathering holds for Native people. See dancers in their colorful regalia. Join in a social dance and visit with Native artists as they demonstrate and sell works of art. Try some Native cuisine for lunch. Gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the powwow experience and how it helps sustain a sense of community for America’s first people. Included with the cost of admission. The Pequot Museum, Mashantucket.

Thursdays from 6 – 9pm: 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.

Thursdays at 6:30pm: Sock Hop Check out DJ Bill Rinowski starting at 6:30. Bill always has lots of games with prizes as well as surprises for all kids. Our normal parking charge is always in effect and only $6 on weeknights. Ocean Beach Park, New London.

Thursdays at 6:30pm: Summer Concerts: Grab a blanket or some lawn chairs and bring your friends and family for an enjoyable evening with great music! Concerts are free of charge and everyone is invited! Dickinson Park Bandshell, Newtown.

Friday, July 10 – Sunday, July 12:

Friday from 12 – 11pm, Saturday from 10am – 11pm and Sunday 9am – 6pm: SailFest Music, shopping, food, demonstrations, boat rides, lighthouse tours, fireworks and more.

{Reoccurring} Friday – Sunday at 3pm: The Cat in the Hat “Everyone’s favorite cat comes to mischievous life in this theatrical adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic. The Cat In The Hat will bring out the childhood imagination for viewers of all ages, and is the perfect show to bring the whole family to. $15 per ticket. VPA MainStage Theater, Danbury.

Friday, July 10:

{National} Fridays from 10am – 12pm: Passport to Imagination: Faux Stained Glass 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.

Fridays at 7pm: Movies in the Park: Heavyweights The movie will begin as soon as the sun sets. All Friday night films will either take place in a park or feature an outdoor recreational activity. Mill River Park, Stamford.

Saturday, July 11 – Sunday, July 12:

Saturday at 10am and Sunday at 11am: Cinderella, A Fairy’s Tale Our tale is introduced by Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother as we follow one girl’s journey of kindness, courage,  and self-empowerment that eventually enables her to become a benevolent leader in her kingdom. This fun witty new adaptation of this great tale, with larger than life characters, new contemporaray songs and audience participation. A great summer theatre experience for all. Stage side picnic tables for 6 perfect for parties and small groups. Meet Cinderella, the Prince and all the characters following the show! The Summer Theatre of New Canaan, New Canaan.

Saturdays at 2pm and Sunday at 1pm: 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. The Summer Theatre of New Canaan, New Canaan.

Saturday, July 11:

Saturday from 9 – 10am: Taste of Tinkergarten 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 (and a great time for all)! This free class is designed for children 18 months through five years old and a treasured adult. Mill River Park, Stamford.

Saturday from 9:30 – 11am: Parent & Child Summer Painting Enjoy a summer morning painting with your child. $15 per Canvas board (flat) or $25 per stretched canvas. Must register in advance. The Giggling Pig Art Studio, Shelton.

{National} Saturdays at 10am: Kids Cooking Class: Cooking with Salt Salt is an amazing way to bring out the flavors in everything you cook. We’ll teach you how to cook on a salt plate, from Chicken and Corn Quesadillas to Chocolate Chip Cookies! Then we’ll teach you how to use different flavored salts on your favorite foods, from popcorn to veggies skewers. Suitable for ages 8-13. Class times vary by store location. Call to reserve your spot. Free. Williams-Sonoma locations.

{National} Saturday at 10am: Black Widow’s Sky Cycle Our Avengers Summer continues this week with Black Widow! Register your child and they can build this Sky Cycle inspired by “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble!” Watch the Animated Series Sunday Mornings on Disney XD! Lowe’s Home Improvement locations.

{National} Saturdays from 10am – 12pm: Kids Club: Foam Printing Drop in and take home a completed project. Just $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative craft fun. Ages 3 and up. $2 per child, Michaels locations.

Saturday from 10am – 12pm: Kidgits Barnyard Bash There will be a petting zoo, pony rides, a moonbounce, arts & crafts, and so much more! Local businesses including Gymboree, JCPenny Portrait, VCA New London Animal Hospital, Margaritas of Mystic, and Kids Quest of Mohegan Sun will all be participating in the event. The event is free for Kidgits members! Not already a Kidgits Club member? Sign up at the event, online or at guest services anytime for a whole year for just $5! Crystal Mall, Waterford.

Saturday from 10am – 2pm. The Washington Green Fair This summer festival will include a gigantic tag sale, Yankee bakery, ladies accessories booth, plant pavilion, Jumpy House, horse wagon rides, used book emporium, and live auction. In addition, fair-goers can enjoy food for breakfast and lunch. All Fair proceeds will be used for the maintenance of the historic Washington Green and Meetinghouse. Only White Elephant tag sale will be open early at 9am. Washington Town Green, Washington.

{National} Saturday from 11am – 7pm: Free Slurpee Day While supplies last get a free small slurpee at participating 7-Eleven locations.

Saturday from 11am – 10pm: Bridgeport Arts Fest The Bridgeport Arts Fest is a one day celebration of local and original art, artists, crafters, community organizations and performers that takes place in downtown Bridgeport at historic McLevy Green from 10am to 6pm, and is followed immediately by the After-Party from 6-11pm. The Arts Fest is a family and community-friendly affair and is free to attend. In addition to artists, you’ll enjoy live entertainment, activities, demonstrations and area food and drinks.

Saturdays at 11am: Musicals at Richter’s Fairy Tale Theater is now in its seventeenth season of theater for children. Performing on the lovely grounds of Wooster School, parents and their children enjoy a different story each Saturday morning in July. Prior to the show, each child has the opportunity to meet, and receive a special gift from, Mother Goose as well as participate in a craft activity related to that day’s performance. Each show is interactive with song and movement, and many of the children in the audience join the actors onstage to become part of the story. With birthday celebrations during intermission, a visit to Fairy Tale theater will undoubtedly be memorable for the whole family. Families are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets for performance seating. Grounds open at 10:30 am and performance at 11am. All tickets are $5. Rain or shine. Richter Arts Center, Danbury.

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

Saturday from 11am – 3pm: RCA River Ramble This annual tradition brings our community together for a day of fun and festivity at one of the town’s most cherished landmarks; Pinkney Park. For kids and young adults, there are plenty of fun games and activities on Five Mile River such as the petting zoo, bouncy castle, giant water slide, obstacle course, face painting and the ever-popular dunk tank. Entertainment for the adults includes a wide variety of local vendors selling art, accessories, jewelry, gifts and Rowayton logo gear.  This year we are looking to add some exciting new events.  Our live and silent auctions feature items you can’t get anywhere else! The food tent by Pinkney House features our famous raw bar, hamburgers, hot dogs and chili. Wash it all down with a cold beer, juice or soda while music and laughter fill the air throughout the day. Pinkney Park, Rowayton.

{Reoccurring} Saturday at 12pm: The Wizard of Oz Join Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Lion as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road through Oz to find the Wizard sharing one adventure after another. A perfect summer show for young families. Picnics, parties and munchkins welcome!  Talented cast of 9 actors and some special puppets perform all the roles. Great fun for all ages! The Summer Theatre of New Canaan, New Canaan.

Saturday from 12 – 3pm: Family Fun Day Join us for our annual Family Fun Day, a down-home family event for kids/families of all ages. In addition to festive food trucks and farmyard lawn games, there will be a petting zoo, face painting and a pie-eating contest that appeals to teens! Wakeman Town Farm, Westport.

Saturday at 12 and 2:30pm: Blackbeard the Pirate What starts as a lazy day at the beach, quickly turns into mystery and adventure when the search for Blackbeard’s treasure begins! Tales both past and present launch a group of Beach Bums to action in search of untold riches. Before our tale is told, a cast of colorful characters begin to reveal the secrets of Blackbeard’s amazing treasure. Can we trust a group of crabby Crabs or melodious Mermaids? Do the scary Seaweed Creatures or savvy Sailors know where “X” marks the spot? Will the precocious Parrots or cantankerous Crocodiles lead the way? And just who is Jolly Rodger and how does he know Sam the Clam!? Most of all, where has Blackbeard and his crew hidden their legendary treasure? Grab some sun screen, come on down to the beach and get ready to solve the mystery of Blackbeard the Pirate! $16 adults, $10 children (12 and under). The Kate, Old Saybrook.

Saturdays from 4 – 7pm: Summer Concert Series Walnut Beach, Milford.

Saturday from 5 – 9pm: 7th Annual Car, Motorcycle and Truck Show Raindate: 7/18. Spectators are free. Bring any canned goods and non-perishable items for the New Milford Food Bank. Union Savings Bank, New Milford.

Saturdays from 7 – 10pm: Movies in the Park: Boxtrolls Eggs, an orphan, lives with the Boxtrolls – a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who inhabit a cavern beneath the city of Cheesebridge. When villainous Archibald Snutcher forms a plan to get rid of the pretty harmless beings, Eggs decides to go above ground, where he meets and befriends the feisty Winnifred. Together, Eggs and Winnifred devise a daring plan to save the Boxtrolls from extermination. All Saturday movie nights will begin at 7PM on the Grand Steps with entertainment. The movie will begin as soon as the sun sets. Mill River Park, Stamford.

Saturday at 9pm: Fireworks Sheehan High School, Wallingford.

Sunday, July 12:

{National & Parent Time Out} Sunday at 1pm: Technique Class: Cooking with Salt Cooking on a salt plate can enhance the flavor of all types of food. We’ll show you the versatility of the salt plate by preparing Coconut Curry Shrimp Skewers, Beef Teppanyaki, and Tin Roof Sundaes. We’ll also share an overview of different types of salt and how to use them in your favorite recipes. Class times vary by store location. Call to reserve your spot. Free. Williams-Sonoma locations.

Sunday from 3 – 5pm: Norwalk Symphony Broadway Pops Concert Norwalk Symphony is giving back to the community by providing a free concert with Broadway and TV stars. Also includes Crystal Theatre singers and Musical Theatre of CT as well as the Norwalk Youth Symphony. Fun for the whole family! Cranbury Park, Norwalk.

Sundays from 5 – 8pm: Summer Music Sundays Mystic Seaport is extending the summer weekend experience and will offer complimentary after-hours Museum admission to all Sunday evening visitors in July and August. Stroll through Museum grounds and along the waterfront. Relax with friends while dining outdoors at Schaefer’s Spouter Tavern and listen to live music beginning at 5:30pm. Mystic Seaport, 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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