Below we have highlighted our Momecast™ – a mom’s forecast of what to do and where to go for the next seven days across Connecticut, except Hartford – click here for Hartford happenings! We promote things for Moms to do; as well as events and activities for couples, kids and for the entire family!
Wednesday, August 26 – Sunday, August 30:
8pm: Shakespeare in the Park: Twelfth Night Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets to set up on the grass. Edgerton Park, New Haven.
Thursday, August 27:
10am – 1pm: Passport to Wellness Fair The event, hosted by wellness experts at New Milford Hospital, will feature Plow to Plate cooking demonstrations and taste tests; Integrative Medicine sessions including hypnotherapy, reflexology, acupuncture and therapeutic touch; blood pressure screenings; Lyme disease information and prevention tips; and Family Fun activities such as the Pratt Nature Center’s “Muddy Footprints” seedling workshop. Litchfield Community Center, Litchfield.
4 – 9pm: Drool Baby Expo Finding the right baby gear can be a challenge: when you’re welcoming a very special new little person into your life, you want everything you use to care for them to be just. Absolutely. Perfect. But there are zillions of options – how do you pick what’s right for you? At the Drool Baby Expo, you can engage with the people who are passionate about building the best products for babies, and learn about the tremendous care that goes into creating each stroller, car seat, or crib. You can compare products side-by-side, explore the features you need (and discover which ones you don’t), and you can leave the expo feeling like a newly-minted gear expert, with a boost in confidence for the road ahead! Raffles, savings on baby gear and meet other expectant parents. $15 – 75 per person. Hyatt Regency, Greenwich.
6:30 – 8:30pm: Make It with Michaels Personalize a Charmalong charm bracelet. $15 per bracelet, including supplies. Michaels locations.
Thursday, August 27 – Saturday, August 30:
Brooklyn Fair Thursday from 4 – 11pm, Friday – Saturday from 8am – 11pm and Sunday from 8 – 6pm. $10 per adults, Military $4 discount on Friday, children under 12 are free. Pay one price rides $25 per bracelet. Bracelets valid Thursday 4pm – close, Friday 12 – 5pm and Sunday from 11am – 6pm.
Thursday 6 – 10pm, Friday 6pm – 10:30pm and Saturday from 5 – 10:30pm: Saint Jude Italian Festival Carnival rides by Stewart Amusement. Bracelet night each night. Ride all rides for $25. Free admission and free parking. Saint Jude, Monroe.
Friday, August 28:
6 – 8:30pm: Storybook Pajama Party Raggedy Ann was “born” in Norwalk, from the mind of Johnny Gruelle, an American artist, political cartoonist and writer of children’s books. Gruelle lived nearby in the Silvermine section of Norwalk from 1910 to 1931. As one legend goes, he drew a face on a worn rag doll’s fabric for his daughter Marcella. The Raggedy Ann name was conceived by combining the titles of two poems by James Whitcomb Riley – The Raggedy Man and Little Orphan Annie. Johhny wrote and illustrated more than 40 Raggedy Ann and Andy books. The Norwalk Historical Society has generously lent its collection of Raggedy Ann and Andy memorabilia, including original dolls, books, a lunchbox and more for a special exhibit at Stepping Stones in celebration of Raggedy Ann’s 100th birthday. Join us and listen to a bedtime story in your PJs, meet Raggedy Ann, enjoy story-related activities throughout the museum, explore the special exhibit memorabilia and get your face painted like Raggedy Ann or Andy. Families can enjoy an evening at the museum and a compelling reading of the tale in front of a large screen showing the pages in the book for all to see. After the story, the reading is brought to life when children meet the storybook character (don’t forget to bring your camera). Hands-on themed activities for children of every age take place all evening throughout the museum. An end-of-night musical parade featuring the storybook character concludes our fun-filled evening. Space is limited, registration required. $15-17 per person.
8pm: Friday Night Summer Symphony Join us at the Coogan Farm to enjoy nature’s fireworks! We’ll spend a relaxing evening with the fireflies, night insects, and frogs. Bring your family and friends to enjoy a hot summer night the way it should be – out of doors. Coogan Farm, Mystic.
8 – 9:30pm: Full Moon Hike Hike the lower fields by the light of the full moon then warm up by the campfire with marshmallows. Bring a flashlight. Free. Pratt Nature Center, New Milford.
Friday, August 28 – Sunday, August 30:
Chester Fair Friday 6 – 11pm, Saturday 8am – 11pm and Sunday from 9am – 6pm. Admission: $8, children under 12 are free. 3-day pass $21. Ride wristbands Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday 10am – closing. Free parking.
Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 3pm and 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Murder for Two is the perfect blend of music, mayhem and murder! In this hilarious 90-minute show, 2 performers play 13 roles—not to mention the piano—in a witty and winking homage to old-fashioned murder mysteries. This highly theatrical whodunit is a zany blend of classic musical comedy and madcap mystery loaded with killer laughs. Murder for Two is appropriate for ages 8 to 98! Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven.
Saturday, August 29:
9am – 5pm: Superhero Day Calling all Superheroes! Mystic Aquarium needs you to help protect our ocean planet. We’ve brought superheros such as Spiderman, Batman, Ant-Man and Hulk here to meet you. Now’s your chance to bring your own superheros to meet us! Children ages 12 and under, dressed as their favorite superhero, receive free admission with the purchase of one full-priced paid adult ticket at the gate. Our everyday campus heroes will help increase your superpower to defend the ocean, with adventure at every turn. Maybe you’ll get to see the belugas exhibit their super ability to swim backwards! Watch the penguins plunge into the water where they can swim as fast as 15 miles per hour. See if you can telepathically will the frogfish to move. Be fearless – stare a 6 foot alligator in the eye; touch a reptile, shark, or even feed a stingray. Whatever you do for Superhero Day at Mystic Aquarium, come prepared to have fun! Tickets must be purchased at gate to take advantage this super offer! Mystic Aquarium, Mystic.
10am: Junior Chef Class Who doesn’t love pizza! Kids will have a blast rolling out the dough and topping their pizzas as they please. We’ll bake them off and dig in to the best pizza ever! In this class we’ll be featuring Golden Boy Pizza’s San Francilian-style focaccia pizza. Suitable for ages 5–13. Free. Registration is required. Williams-Sonoma locations.
10am – 12pm: Kids Club They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project and take home a finished masterpiece. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. $2 per child, supplies included. Michael’s locations.
10am – 12pm: Kayak to Cockenoe Island Join us for our annual kayak tour to Cockenoe Island, a 28 acre island one mile off the coast of Westport. The tour will be led by David Park, board member of the Norwalk River Watershed Association and author of the guidebook “Kayaking in and around the Norwalk Islands”. The tour group will land on the island for a stroll and hear about how the Saugatuck River watershed effects the water quality of Long Island Sound and wildlife of the Norwalk Islands. Cockenoe Island is of particular interest because of the current conservation efforts and successful nesting colonies of egrets, herons and terns. Intermediate level kayak ability is required. Registration is required, limited number of boats. $20 fee per boat. Kayak rentals available from Longshore Sailing School. Longshore Sailing School; Longshore Park, Westport
10am – 12pm: Nature Fairies & Gnomes – Summer Celebration! Open your imagination and discover the magic of the woods! During this great new program, hear a story about Nature Fairies, make a fun craft, and head outside to create a fairy house in the woods. Nature Fairies are the champions of the Earth and can teach you how to be a Nature Defender. Enjoy our Nature Fairy programs throughout the year as we explore the changing seasons! Ages 5-12. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic.
10am – 4pm: Summer’s Last Roar To mark the end of summer, the Museum opens its doors once again for a free day. In addition to all our permanent and temporary exhibitions, visitors will have a chance to win door prizes, see puppet shows at 11:00 am and Noon, and interact with our SciCarts throughout the exhibit halls. Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, New Haven.
11am – 3pm A Day in the 17th Century Woodlands Enter our Algonkian village to learn about Northeastern Woodland life in the 1600s! From herbs and medicinals, to warfare and firearms, our featured interpreters are skilled primitive technologists and artisans who will transport visitors to a time long ago. $8 Adults, $5 Children. The Institute For American Indian Studies, Washington.
1 – 2pm: Life in the Eastern Woodlands This program focuses on Native American life before permanent European contact. We will see items that would have been part of daily life, such as bark baskets, cups, bowls, stone axes, spoons, bows and arrows, and assorted animal pelts and skins. Register in advance. Free. Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center, Ansonia.
2pm: Happy Bonding Get breastfeeding tips & learn about products & solutions to fit your life. Meet & share ideas with expecting & new moms. Plus, enjoy giveaways & prizes. While supplies last. Babies R Us locations.
5:30 – 8:30pm: Nature Night Out Take a grownup night out while your children enjoy a night with nature! Each evening, 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 per child, $15 per sibling. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic.
5:30 – 9:30pm: Dinner and Movie Night for Charity Entrance donation is $20 a car which includes the movie, Mrs. Doubtfire, and popcorn. Please bring your lawn chairs and blankets. The event is rain or shine with an indoor option. Mt. Saint John, Deep River.
7 – 8pm: Full Moon Hikes These monthly walks take place even on overcast evenings are suitable for adults and older children. Steady rain cancels. Meet in parking area, off of Hazelnut Hill Road, Groton, CT. Groton Open Space Association. Adults and older children. Sheep Farm, Groton.
7:30 – 8:30pm: Sturgeon Moon Hike Join our rangers for this nighttime exploration of the park’s trails. We’ll follow the moonlight through the forest and field environments in this adventure geared for adults and children. Wear sturdy shoes. Enjoy a summer fire too! $1 per person. Register in advance. Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center, Ansonia.
Saturday. August 29 – Sunday, August 30:
Saturday from 10am – 10pm, Sunday from 10am – 6pm: Schemitzun Join our social dances, or watch our exhibition dancers and contestants move with skill and power to the ancient rhythms of our grandfather drum! Experience 17th c. life in a living Eastern Woodland Village environment! Between our certified Native American Craft vendors at our Powwow and the craft stores located at Native Nations at Foxwoods and the Trading Post at the Pequot Museum, we offer beautiful and distinctive handmade products straight from Indian Country! Shuttle service available from Mashantucket Pequot Museum, Foxwoods Resort Casino, The Fox Tower and Two Trees Inn. Mashantucket Reservation, Mashantucket.
Sunday, August 30:
10am – 2pm: Family Fun Day Join us for a fun day of free activities. Family friendly vendors, food trucks, bounce house, crafts and more! Music demonstration and performances presented by Fairfield School of Music. All proceeds from this event go to The Giggling Pig’s Family Foundation which helps to sponsor children attend our classes, camps, lessons, and more. The Giggling Pig, Shelton.
10am – 4pm: 83rd Annual Agricultural Fair Cannon Grange hosts an authentic agricultural fair that heartily recalls Wilton’s rural past. This is a true family-oriented event, with events and activities throughout the day for young and old to enjoy in a beautiful setting along the Norwalk River and in the historic Cannon Grange Hall. Cannon Grange, Wilton.
10am – 4pm: Open Air Market & Festival Music, carriage rides from 10am – 2pm, face painters, tours and vendors. A Shuttle will run between Snow School and the Mansion. The Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate, Middletown.
10am – 5pm: 3rd Annual Artists & Artisans in Paradise A day of art, music, poetry for the family to enjoy. Paradise Green Park, Stratford.
11am – 5pm: The Annual Southern New England Kosher BBQ Championship and Craft Fair The competition, which is for both barbecue enthusiast as well as casual backyard grillers, is sanctioned by the World Kosher BBQ Championship in Memphis, Tennessee and hosted by Congregation Beth El in Fairfield, CT. The craft fair, consisting of over 40 artisans from around the Northeast area, will once again grace the front yard of the grounds filling it with creatively made objects such as jewelry, clothing, artwork, home decor and much more. With approximately 30 BBQ teams, entertainment throughout the day, kosher eats, kids’ play zone and activities too. Taking place completely outdoors, it’s fun, food and activity for the whole family! Congregation Beth El, Fairfield.
1pm: Technique Class With the abundance of garden-fresh ingredients, summer is the perfect time to make pizza. We’ll demonstrate how to prepare a classic pizza with a crisp crust as well as a focaccia-style one. We’ll share some of our favorite tips for making savory pizza any night of the week. In this class we’ll be featuring Golden Boy Pizza’s San Francilian-style focaccia pizza. Free. Registration is required. Class time can vary by store. Williams-Sonoma locations.
1 – 6pm: German Bierfest & Pig Roast Rain or Shine. Adults $5, children 18 and under are free. Tickets available at the door. Harugari German American Club, West Haven.
1pm: Bernie Williams & Friends Charity Softball Game Yankees #51 returns to The Ridgefield Playhouse for a Charity Softball Game and Concert! The centerfield was a beloved member of the Yankees and had his number 51 retired earlier this year. His accolades include: four World Series wins, four Gold Glove awards, American League Championship Series MVP award and five appearances on the American League All Star Team. Watch Bernie and his all-stars including Mickey Rivers Former New York Yankee and World Series Champion in a charity softball game in the baseball field adjacent to the Playhouse with surprise guests to be announced! Proceeds benefit Hillside Food Outreach and The Ridgefield Playhouse Arts for Everyone Program! To purchase a ticket for $20 to the game only, click here!
4 – 6pm: Ice Cream Social Colonial toys for the kids to play Ice cream donated by Tasty Waves. New Milford Historical Society & Museum, New Milford.
Tuesday, September 1:
7:30 – 8:30pm: Clinic: Tick Identification and Prevention Safety is always a top priority. Come learn how to prevent your exposure to ticks and how to safely remove them when you are on an outdoor adventure. Register online. Free. L.L.Bean, Danbury.
Tuesday, September 1 – Wednesday, September 2:
5pm: Lego Diver Visit your local Lego Store on the first Tuesday and Wednesday of every month and you can learn how to build a cool mini model, and take it home – for free! Register online. Due to safety and build experience standards, builders must be between the ages of 6-14 to participate. The mini model must be completely built in store. Registration is on a first come first serve basis and quantities are limited. Lego Stores.
Tuesday, September 1 – Saturday, September 6:
Tuesday – Friday from 6 – 11pm and Saturday from 2 – 11pm: St. Leo Fair Gently easing Stamford out of the summer with bright lights, fried dough, and spinning rides for over 30 years. Free admission. St. Leo Parish, Stamford.
8pm: Shakespeare in the Park: Twelfth Night Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets to set up on the grass. Edgerton Park, New Haven.
Wednesday, September 2:
9:30 – 10:15am: Mommy & Me Storytime Hear special themed books hand-selected to delight your child. Listen, Laugh, Sing, Smile – the perfect activity for you or your mom group. One of Giant Steps most popular weekly events! Ages 1-5 recommended. Giant Steps, Fairfield.
6 – 9pm: Adult, Child & Infant CPR Certification Class Bridgeport Hospital offers this and other self-care classes each month. Pre-registration is required. $65 per person. Bridgeport Hospital, Bridgeport.
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