Saturday, April 30th:
8:30am – 12pm: Tri-Town Walk Like MADD We walk to end drunk driving. Will you take up the fight by joining us at Walk Like MADD? It is your chance to do something about drunk driving in our community. This year, thousands of people in over 60 cities around the nation will participate in 5k events to eliminate drunk driving from our roadways. You can help MADD eliminate drunk driving by signing up for a Walk Like MADD event near you as a walker, team captain, or volunteer. You can even be involved without attending the event by signing up as a virtual walker or making a donation to another walker or team. ~ North Haven
9am – 1pm: Trail Blazing Work Party Have you ever hiked a trail and wondered, “Who paints these trees blue?” Well, it soon could be you! The signature Blue Blazes help hikers follow our trails, and every year, the blazes need maintenance. Come join CPFA for a trail blazing work party on the beautiful Chatfield Trail. Bring water and snacks, wear old clothes and boots, and supplies will be provided. Kindly sign up below to help us plan accordingly. ~Killingworth
9am – 3pm: Junior Conservation Ambassador Youth currently enrolled in grades 3 – 6, are invited to this special training. Learn natural history topics and ways to share your knowledge and interest in the outdoors with others. Rain or Shine. ~ Meriden
9am – 4pm: 107th Annual Sheep, Wool and Fiber Festival The Connecticut Sheep, Wool and Fiber Festival celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2009 and we are off to a great start for our next century. The festival, started in 1909 by the CT Sheep Breeders Association as a program “to promote the keeping of sheep in Connecticut”, has evolved and expanded into a premier sheep and fiber festival. This event is a delightful agricultural and learning experience for the general public as well as shepherds and fiber enthusiasts. Rain or Shine ~ Vernon
9:30 – 10:30am: Early Childhood Education: Trailside Stories Hike to a special location each week for a story in the wood! Stories will come alive in the meadow, under the trees, and beside the brook! Families with children up to age 8. ~ Mystic
10am: American Girl: Pizza Party Let’s get together to make pizza dough and sauce from scratch, then top it with fun, yummy toppings! $40 per child. Join Williams-Sonoma and American Girl for a hands-on cooking class. Space is limited. Call or visit your local store for more details.
10am: Connecticut Festival of Indie Games Tabletop gaming has enjoyed a massive resurgence in recent years – many people still believe that “spending time” means actually getting together in the same room as one another! The festival is designed to bring people of all ages together. Most featured games are playable with children ages 10 and up. Many of the games featured at the festival have yet to be launched, so you will be seeing and playing games with their designers, before the general public can get their hands on them! Support the “little guy” – this festival is dedicated to highlighting independent (“indie”) game designers, the moral equivalent of “mom and pop shops” for the gaming industry. Our featured designers are mostly from Connecticut and surrounding states. ~ New Haven
10am – 2pm: Summer Camp Open House Plan your children’s summer camp experiences now. Visit Mystic Seaport Saturday, April 30, 2016 and learn about the Museum’s variety of summer camps, including day camps, overnight camps, and day sailing programs. Education Department staff will be available to answer any questions and help you determine which camp is the best fit for your child. Camp registrations processed at the Open House will receive a 10 percent discount on the camp price. ~ Mystic
10am – 4pm: Earth Day Celebration Every day is Earth Day at the Nature Center! We invite everyone to honor Mother Earth with our Friends of the Ansonia Nature Center co-hosting this annual event. Enjoy hikes, live animals, environmental exhibitors and much more! Join one of our naturalists for a wildflower walk too. Food and snacks available from local vendors. All ages welcome, young and old—bring family and friends. ~ Ansonia
11am: Night at the Stadium Storytime A baseball stadium comes to life in this magical picture book written by Phil Bildner and illustrated by Tom Booth from the publishing imprint of legendary sports icon and role model Derek Jeter. Join us for Storytime featuring Night at the Stadium. ~ Barnes & Noble
11am – 2pm: Sixth Annual Family Stroll & Festival This annual family event aims to educate the New Haven community on the benefits of high-quality early childhood education, and create a space for family fun. The Fair Haven Family Stroll & Festival is a partnership of FCFC and Elm City Montessori School. FCFC invites families and members of the extended New Haven community to participate in a stroll around the river. The day’s events include live music, family friendly activities, arts and crafts and games. ~ New Haven
1 – 2pm: Tomato Secrets Join Coogan Farm Manager, Craig Floyd, and learn some special techniques to get the most out of your tomatoes. Learn tips for planting your tomatoes, staking them, and providing companion plants that will enhance the flavor of the tomato ~ Mystic
2 – 3:30pm: Sing & Dance with Ms. Bergin! Come celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Nature Center’s Preschool! Join us for a special afternoon concert at Coogan Farm with original songs performed by Bergin O’Malley! Enjoy cake, lemonade and meet some of our resident animals. Proceeds will benefit the Preschool and its Scholarship Program, which provides tuition assistance for preschool families. ~ Mystic
2pm and 7pm: Circus of Joy Circophony Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater and Circophony Youth Circus present Circus of Joy: Finding Happiness in Who You Are. The eleven members of Circus of Joy are all trained circus performers between the ages of 12 and 17. Circophony is a teen circus training and performance program co-run by Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater and Artfarm. Circus of Joy Circus of Joy is an original piece of circus theater that addresses issues of mental health, self-image, and the development of resilience in children and teens. Circophony director Dic Wheeler and Lead Trainer Allison McDermott developed the show in collaboration with the cast members, using their experiences, aspirations and struggles to develop a circus story built around finding happiness within yourself and in your own circumstances. The show is filled with juggling, stilting, acrobatics, roman ladders, physical comedy, hoop diving, and music, and the performances highlight individual journeys through doubt and darkness that each performer makes in finding a way to self- appreciation and confidence. ~ Middletown.
7:30pm: Zootopia In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy. ~ Barkhamsted
9:40pm: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a ragtag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance. ~ Barkhamsted
Saturday, April 30th – Sunday, May 1st:
Saturday from 9am – 5pm and Sunday from 9am – 1pm: The Connecticut Kids Closet What happens when over 100 parents gather to recycle their children’s outgrown clothes and gear? You get the most organized “event” you have ever seen with 20,000 – 30,000 items set up and organized with our great online management system! Clothes, toys, baby gear, sports, costumes, games, outdoor toys, furniture, purses for mom, shoes and so much more! Sizes infant up to Jr’s! ~ Ansonia
Saturday from 10am – 9pm and Sunday from 10am – 5pm: The Meriden Daffodil Festival began as a community event 37 years ago and has grown into one of Connecticut’s premier celebrations. With food, crafts, music, fireworks, amusements and a parade that has to be seen to be believed, the Daffodil Festival is a springtime fun fest for old and young, couples and singles, families and friends. ~ Meriden
11am – 5pm: $45 Carload Weekend We’re hosting a $45 Carload Weekend this Saturday and Sunday! Up to 10 persons in ONE car receive an all-day ride wristband for only $45, parking included.
Sunday, May 1st:
1 – 4pm: Long Distance Guided Hike Start the spring off right with one of Elaine Koza’s long-distance guided hikes! Enjoy the company of fellow hikers and get some great outdoor exercise. Expect a 5-7 mile hike. Guide Goodwin Docent Elaine Koza has completed all the New England 4000+ foot elevation hikes, and has hiked all the highest peaks in the 48 contiguous states. Elaine hikes with her Australian Sheppard, Shalee. Friendly dogs are welcome to join the hike. ~ Hampton
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