September 25 – 27

Below we have highlighted our Momecast™ – a mom’s forecast of what to do and where to go this weekend across Connecticut, except Hartford County – 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!

Friday, September 25:

3:30 – 5:30pm: Hearth Cooking Workshop for Youth Youth ages 11 and up are invited to participate in a hearth cooking workshop where they will prepare dinner in the historic kitchen of the Hempstead House. Hempsted staff members will lead the students in preparing a tasty dinner of contemporary and modern fare – including a dessert pie over the hearth. Students will get to try 18th century cooking methods and kitchen chores. New London historian and Hempsted Houses staff member Sally Ryan will be in the kitchen sharing fun tales of the past. The workshop starts at 3:30 pm and is free for youth, but space is limited.

5:30 – 8pm: Durham Fair Hike Join us for a short (~0.5 mile) and occasionally steep hike up Mt. Pisgah. We will hike up, have a picnic dinner, and enjoy the sunset and the lights of the fair (including the Ferris Wheel). We will hike down on an old road with flashlights as needed. Please wear sturdy shoes, bring a flashlight and your own picnic dinner. Registration is required, please contact leader at the information provided below. Please arrive 5 to 10 minutes early to sign in. We will depart promptly at 5:30pm.

8pm: Laughtrax with Angelo Lozada Hailed as one of the Top 50 Latino comics in the U.S., Bronx native Angelo attributes his upbringing in the boogie-down for his comedic stylings. His career has included stand-up, sketch comedy, writing, theater and film. His television stand-up credits include NBC’s Showtime at the Apollo, BET’s Comic View, SiTV’s Latino Laugh Festival, and most recently, Martin Lawrence Presents: First Amendment on the STARZ cable television network. Proud to perform in English and Spanish, Lozada enjoys using his Puerto Rican heritage to unite folks of all backgrounds to understand the human experience through laughter. Tickets $15 plus fees.

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.

Friday, September 25 – Saturday, September 26:

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6pm – 9am: The Great Girl Scout Campout at Camp Murray in East Haven! Join other girls and have fun giggling and pearing out into the night sky. $10 per girl, $7 per adult. Fee includes patch for girls.

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Friday 7 – 10:30pm, Saturday 11:30am – 10pm: Greenwich Wine and Food Festival boasts incredible local culinary experts from both Westchester and Fairfield Counties and beyond, including James Beard award-winning chefs. The festival offers grand, savory tastings and intriguing demonstrations from more than 200 exclusive food, wine and spirit vendors. This fifth annual festival will also once again feature top musical performances. Over 8,000 guests will attend this unique luxury festival. Must be 21 or older to attend all festival events. Infants and strollers prohibited.

7 – 9:30pm: Haunted Corn Maze A moderately scary walk through the corn maze brimming with spooks in the dark. Created by the Young Friends of Hale, this annual event features a different maze every year. Last tour leaves at 8:30pm. Not recommended for small children. Sunday rain date. $8 per person; $25 per family.  Nathan Hale Homestead, Coventry.

Friday, September 25 – Sunday, September 27:

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Friday 9am – 10pm, Saturday 9am – 11pm, Sunday 9am – 7pm: The 96th Annual Durham Fair Live entertainment, rides and games on the Midway, first-class animal competitions and discovery events on the Corn Stalk Stage along with a trove of crafts, exhibits, shopping and fun food. Yum!

{Hop, Skip and a Jump} Friday from 11am – 10pm, Saturday from 10am – 11pm and Sunday 11am – 10pm: The Big E Admission: $15 Adults, children (ages 6 -12) $10, kids 5 and under are free. Parking $10.

Saturday, September 26:

Museum Day Live In the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission everyday, Museum Day Live is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live ticket for free. The Museum Day Live ticket provides free admission for two people.

9am – 3pm: Celebrating Agriculture is a fun, free educational day showcasing the benefits agriculture provides to the region, as well as the challenges farms face today. A day filled with agricultural displays, family events, food and entertainment! The Harvester 5K race, sponsored by the Woodstock Education Foundation, will take place at the horse area entrance on Stonebridge Road, with registration at 7:30am.

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10am: Sensory Friendly Film: Hotel Transylvania 2 AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to bring you unique movie showings where you can feel free to be you! We turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing!

10am: Fire Truck with Safety Cards Fire Safety Month is coming up in October. Bring your kids into Lowe’s this Saturday and they can build this awesome Fire Truck!

10 – 11am: Family-friendly Hike Join us on a leisurely hile, while we observe nature’s preperations for colder weather. Stroller-friendly but uneven surfaces.

10am – 1pm: Open House Families can come see Neighborhood Music School in action by visiting a variety of classes and studios, and participating in several fun activities, including early childhood music and movement classes (for children five and under), live music, a scavenger hunt, the instrument “petting zoo,” where children can try out many different instruments and there will also be face painting.

10am – 3pm: Civil War Reenactment The Coley Homestead will be transformed into a Civil War encampment site and will include cooking demonstrations, camp building and displays of tools, weapons, textiles and period dress.

10am – 5pm: Grand Memories Day Grandparents deserve another day of celebration so we are offering free admission for Grandparents all day.We will be showcasing the Grand Opening of our newest special exhibit, Broken? Fix It!, teaching our younger generation how much fun it is to fix something, rather than throw it away. View the Past and Present display showcasing familiar objects that have transformed over time; like the typewriter and the iPad, the telephone and the iPhone!

11am – 4pm: The 16th Annual Brooksvale Fall Festival Come for horse drawn hay rides, tractor drawn wagon rides, pony rides, The Reptile House, children’s activities, environmental education booths, lively music, great food and more!

11am – 5pm: The 34th Annual Family Nature Day Our annual celebration of Mother Nature is a must for folks of all ages. Brain Bradley, Skyhunters in Flight will be here with his beautiful hawks and falcons. Creature Teachers offers The Nature of My Backyard featuring a cavalcade of animals native to our area like Woodchuck, Gray Fox, and even a Fisher! Learn about our imperiled allies as Gerri Griswold, teaches you about bats. Riverside Reptiles’ Brian Kleinman is perhaps the greatest mind in reptiles in our state. Come visit the many friends he’ll be bringing along. Meet the North American Porcupine! Music provided by Robert Messore and Switch Factory will make your heart soar. The day is filled with live animals, guided nature walks, information booths, horse drawn wagon rides. Admission: $6, children under 12 are free!

12 – 3pm: The Day the Mustache Took Over David and Nathan are twin brothers who just can’t seem to keep a babysitter around for long-they’ve had 347 after all. Or is it 734? Either way there’s got to be someone who can handle these two. Enter: Martin Healey Discount, or “Murray Poopins” as the boys dub him. When they first meet, Martin is all business-well, business and a very bushy mustache. The boys must brush their teeth and clean their rooms and there is absolutely no television allowed. But is there more to Martin than meets the eye? When David and Nathan’s parents leave, the twins aren’t the only ones acting like children. From the hilarious mind of Alan Katz comes a brand-new series with a cast of characters that will tickle more than your upper lip. Perfect for ages 7-10.

3 – 4pm: Nature Hike The Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center will lead a hike at the Preston Nature Preserve, as part of the 10th annual Scarecrow Festival. Nature hike is rain or shine. Free.

4 – 6pm: Nursery Style Event Join us for the ultimate event for new and expecting parents! Enjoy 10% off of your purchase, complimentary nursery design advice and samples from our partners at Noodle & Boo and Boppy. Plus enter for a chance to win a stroller or a $500 gift card to Pottery Barn Kids! Call your local store to RSVP.

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4 – 8:30pm: 57 Fest Colchester community members have long known what CNN/Money Magazine officially recognized in 2005: Colchester is a fantastic place to live, work, play, and grow. In its July 2005 issue, the magazine ranked Colchester as the 57th best place to live in the country. We welcome one and all to spend the day at the park enjoying all it has to offer, including special activities and shows planned for that day, as well as the year round facilities, such as the playgrounds, sports facilities, skate park and more!

5 – 9pm: Annual Auction and Family Fundraiser! Come for the Auction, stay for the fun! Our biggest event of the year, the 11th ‘Annual Auction and Family “Fun”raiser’ will feature dancing, music, food, games and of course our amazing animals! Chili cook off, pirate and fairy party, games for kids, demonstrations and more. $25 donation, kids under 16 are  free.

5:30 – 8:30pm: Nature Night Out Have a grown-up night out and let the children have a night out 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 enjoy s’mores around the fire. Dress your child for outside and send a flashlight. $30 nonmember, $15 extra sibling. Ages 5 – 12.

7 – 10pm: The Haunted Isle is rated S “spooky” and is recommended for adults and mature children that do not have any health issues! Good walking shoes are required (absolutely no high heels) as the Isle is a dark wooded path with many twists and turns. Be sure you can handle the frights of the Haunted Isle – there are no refunds. No children under age 5 permitted in the Haunted Isle – no exceptions. The Haunted Isle experience consists of a short trolley car ride (about 5 minutes each way), which will drop you off at the Isle itself, where you will be walking along an un-lit trail through the woods where our ghouls, goblins and ghosts will do their best to scare you. Plan to spend at least an hour at the Isle exclusive of time spent waiting in line. Tickets are $12 – 20 per person. Reoccurs October 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24 and 30.

Saturday, September 26 – Sunday, September 27:

11am – 4pm: Scarecrow Festival We provide everything you need to make a scarecrow. Head, shirt, pants and all the hay to fill it. It is a fun activity for all ages. $20 per scarecrow.

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11am – 5pm: 3rd Annual Southern Connecticut Women’s Expo This is also a unique forum for women to be empowered with education, networking, knowledge and improved health opportunities. This event attracts thousands of women that want to shop for the latest products and services in fashion, beauty, health, nutrition, fitness, financial planning, careers, home, education and much more! Admission price is $10, kids 12 and under are free. Parking fee of $5. Click here for a free VIP Pass which must be printed and brought with you to the Expo. Saturday from 12 – 3pm Meet Heather Thomson of Real Housewives of New York and Sunday from 12 – 3pm meet Mac Scorpio from General Hospital.

12 – 6pm: 24th Annual Oktoberfest Great German food, live music, dancing and more.

Sunday, September 27:

8:15am: Fun Run and Family Day is dedicated to fitness and fun for the whole family with races through beautiful, scenic Rowayton followed by a fall family fun day at Bayley Beach. The day begins with a 100-yard dash for our littlest athletes, followed by a 1-mile run that families can walk or run together. Our stroller-friendly, chip-timed 5K race will bring you through one of the area’s most beautiful routes. Please see our registration page to create your own sponsorship site so friends and family can support you and your little ones! Once the races are complete, please join us for a fall family fun day with food trucks, face painting, dunk tank, inflatable obstacle course, balloon animals, games, prizes, and more.

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11:15am – 12pm: Fashion Goes Gold Stand out with a unique gold bow or tie to show your support for the families affected by childhood cancer awareness. Strut your stuff and show off your new bling during our dance party.

1pm: T-shirt Transformation Workshop Old t-shirts will be recycled and repurposed into functional, usable toys, bags, and fashion accessories. Participants are also encouraged to create a T-shirt Transformation Dog Toy. All toys created that day will be donated to Pet Animal Welfare Society, Inc. of Norwalk. Recommended for ages 12 and older. Materials will be provided. $30 per person.

1pm: Housatonic Heritage Walk Join Great Mountain Forest’s manager Jody Bronson, along with GMF board member and forest ecologist Charlie Canham on a walk that begins at a sugarbush management area, then pass through a pine plantation, upland hardwoods, a hemlock stand, old pasture, and end at a New England cottontail rabbit habitat cut area. Learn about forestry, wildlife, forest ecology, invasive species, and rabbit habitat restoration, as well as historical points and past land use. We will meet at the Great Mountain Forest’s Childs Center. The walk begins promptly at 1 p.m. We will hike about 1.5 miles. Wear hiking boots or sturdy shoes and bring water. Free but RSVP required.

1 – 4pm: The Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center’s Wild Mushroom Festival returns for its 14th year! Local chefs and vendors displaying their culinary skills with all things mushroom – sweet and savory! Tickets are $20 per adult (includes 10 food tickets) and $10 per child (13 and under; includes 5 food tickets). Ages 2 and under are free (no strollers please). Additional food tickets on sale at the festival for $1 each.

1 – 4pm: Honey Day at the 1750 Ogden House Celebrate the colonial legacy of the honey bee and learn about beekeeping, enjoy sun tea and refreshments. Make family-friendly crafts and learn about the Colonial Kitchen Garden with volunteers from the Fairfield Garden Club. Non-Members; $5 Adults, $3 Children, free for children 5 and under.

4:30 – 6pm: Stream Hunters From mayflies to salamanders, there is a great world beneath the rocks and leaves of the stream! Join Stamford Museum & Nature Center staff for a chance to explore Poorhouse Brook by walking a few different parts of the stream to see what we can find from amphibians and macroinvertebrates to the fish that call it home. Please be prepared to walk in the stream; water shoes are recommended. Space is limited please RSVP. $8 per person.

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4:30 – 7pm: 3rd Annual Wild Family Event Private zoo access, carousel rides, face painting and more. Music by School of Rock all in support of The Tiny Miracles Foundation. Event Tickets are $10 per person; kids under 2 are free.

6 – 7pm: Full Moon Hike Enjoy a walk around The Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center. Walks take place even on overcast nights, and are suitable for adults and older, interested children. Steady rain cancels. Free.

Tuesday, September 29:

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6:30pm: The Wiggles Since 1991, Australian based children’s entertainment group, The Wiggles, have been amusing youngsters worldwide with their singing and dancing routines. The Rock n’ Roll Preschool Tour features songs from their new Rock n’ Roll Preschool CD and DVD. This release will top the charts of every home! You’ll shake to “That’s the Sound of Rock & Roll”, rise and shine with “Wake Up!”, swing along as you “Dance with Emma” and be the coolest kid in preschool with “I Want a Leather Jacket.” The Rock n’ Roll Preschool Tour mixes some of these new hits with Wiggles classics such as “Hot Potato!”, “Rock-a-Bye Your Bea” and “Do the Propeller.” The fab four of fun for under-fives will, of course, be joined by Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus! The Palace, Stamford.

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