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TODAY'S FAMILY & KIDS ACTIVITIES IN FAIRFIELD-AUG 29

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by Directories Editor August 29, 2014

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Daily activities for kids and the family are abound in Fairfield County! Whether you want to spend the day with your children at a zoo, a museum, or just outdoors, we've got it all here. Want to see what's going on next weekend or when you have those few days off? Check out the NY Metro Parents' calendar!

School's Out/Art's In - Katonah Museum of Art
August 29, 2014 - Katonah

An art program for children ages 3-12 held on school vacation days in the Museum's Learning Center. Each day a teaching artist leads different art projects inspired by the current exhibition, "ICELAND: Artists Respond to Place." Children will enjoy creative projects inspired by the contemporary art of Iceland, building with natural materials, trying their hands at plein air painting, and creating collaged landscapes. Children and their adult caregivers can drop in any time between 10am-3pm.

Fireworks! - Playland Park
August 29, 2014 - Rye

Fireworks displays every Wednesday and Friday night, through August 29. Insider Tips: Avoid Playland Parkway if you're driving - use Boston Post Road and other local roads. You can skip paying entrance fees and watch the fireworks from the beach boardwalk or the grass embankments leading down to the Playland parking area.

Observatory Visitors' Night - Stamford Museum and Nature Center
August 29, 2014 - Stamford

View the sky through a 22-inch research telescope, weather permitting. Program suitable for ages 5 and older. The Stamford Observatory entrance is located off Scofieldtown Rd.

Jump-N-Jam: Tween Night - Pump It Up
August 29, 2014 - Norwalk

Drop the kids off for some socialization, bouncing, games, karaoke and more. Admission includes 1 slice of pizza and a beverage. For children ages 9-14.

Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies - Yale Peabody Museum
Through August 30, 2014 - New Haven

This family-friendly exhibition features amazing collections of dinosaur eggs, nests, embryos and young with video presentations summarizing the latest findings of dinosaur experts. It will be on view from February 8 through August 30, 2014.

Summer Exhibit - Maritime Garage Gallery
Through August 30, 2014 - Norwalk

The Norwalk Parking Authority's Art in Parking Places presents "Vicarious" as the Maritime Garage Gallery's summer exhibit. "Vicarious" will display art that suggests seeing things through someone else's eyes, exploring another personality, a new lifestyle or place, or working in a different medium. Exhibiting artists include Ingrid Baron (Fairfield), Bobbie Bernstein (Westport), Hu Lindsay (Norwalk). The Maritime Garage Gallery is part of the Parking Authority's "Art in Parking Places" initiative, an effort to support art in public spaces making Norwalk a more vibrant destination. May 29-August 30, 2014.

Sweet Sounds of Summer - FREE Live Music - Saugatuck Sweets -
Through August 30, 2014 - Westport

Saugatuck Sweets is providing a Sweet Sounds of Summer music series in the plaza adjacent to their store and the scenic Saugatuck River. Weather permitting, local musical acts will perform every Friday and Saturday night throughout the summer. June 6-August 30, 2014.

Marine Life Study Cruises - Maritime Aquarium
Through August 31, 2014 - Norwalk

Cruise out for close encounters with crabs, fish, squid and always a few surprises when you come aboard The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk's research vessel for a new season of Marine Life Study Cruises. These outings reveal what is, to many, a surprising diversity of marine life just off the shores of Long Island Sound. Aquarium educators put participants to work in collecting and examining animals from all levels of the water column: tiny wriggly plankton gathered at the surface (and viewed with a videomicroscope), little crabs and worms grabbed from the muddy bottom, and an always-unique variety of fish, crabs, squid, lobsters and surprises brought up in the Oceanic's trawl net. Aquarium Study Cruises are good for ages 8 and older. Advance reservations are strongly recommended. Walk-up tickets will be sold, space permitting. April 26-August 31.

Jiggle A Jelly - Maritime Aquarium
Through August 31, 2014 - Norwalk

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is turning conventional beach wisdom upside down by inviting its visitors to do something they?ve been told not to do all their lives: touch a jellyfish. The ?Jiggle A Jelly? touch tank lets visitors safely touch live moon jellyfish, one of the most common species in Long Island Sound. The special exhibit will be open near the Aquarium's Jellyfish Culture Lab aily in July and August. The exhibit runs through August 31.

Tales of Two Cities: New York & Beijing - Bruce Museum
Through August 31, 2014 - Greenwich

This exhibition focuses on two of the world's leading centers of art – New York and Beijing – and offers a visual pairing of five New York-based artists with five Beijing-based artists. The ten artists have been engaged in five different global, cross-cultural, artistic dialogues over the course of two years about issues ranging from political and social upheaval to materials and techniques. May 3-August 31,2014.

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival presents 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona' - Boscobel
Through August 31, 2014 - Garrison

Shakespeare's gleeful, yet provocative, examination of friendship and young love features jealous lovers, a cross-dressing heroine, a hysterical clown, and the best role for a dog ever! Boscobel's grounds open for picnicking two hours before the show; bring your own food or enjoy prepared foods available for purchase on site. For information or to purchase tickets, visit hvshakespeare.org. Each summer, HVSF presents three plays in repertory under a spectacular open-air theatre tent overlooking the Hudson River in Garrison. HVSF's actors take the starch out of Shakespeare, creating exuberant productions on a spare, earthen stage, with the river and mountains as a breathtaking backdrop. Before the show, you can picnic on the manicured lawns, relax at the cafe, or stroll through formal gardens. A truly one-of-a-kind theatre experience.

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival presents 'Othello' - Boscobel
Through August 31, 2014 - Garrison

Othello, newly married to Desdemona, is appointed leader of a major military operation. Iago, passed over for promotion by Othello in favor of the younger Cassio, persuades Othello that Cassio and Desdemona are having an affair, with devastating consequences. Boscobel's grounds open for picnicking two hours before the show; bring your own food or enjoy prepared foods available for purchase on site. For information or to purchase tickets, visit hvshakespeare.org. Each summer, HVSF presents three plays in repertory under a spectacular open-air theatre tent overlooking the Hudson River in Garrison. HVSF's actors take the starch out of Shakespeare, creating exuberant productions on a spare, earthen stage, with the river and mountains as a breathtaking backdrop. Before the show, you can picnic on the manicured lawns, relax at the cafe, or stroll through formal gardens. A truly one-of-a-kind theatre experience.

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival presents 'The Liar' - Boscobel
Through August 31, 2014 - Garrison

"The Liar," by David Ives, is adapted from the comedy by Pierre Corneille, and directed by Russell Treyz. Take one young man who cannot tell the truth, and his manservant who cannot tell a lie; add two beautiful young women, and a jealous lover - then sit back to enjoy the hilarious consequences in this brilliantly witty adaptation of this classic comedy. Boscobel's grounds open for picnicking two hours before the show; bring your own food or enjoy prepared foods available for purchase on site. For information or to purchase tickets, visit hvshakespeare.org. Each summer, HVSF presents three plays in repertory under a spectacular open-air theatre tent overlooking the Hudson River in Garrison. HVSF's actors take the starch out of Shakespeare, creating exuberant productions on a spare, earthen stage, with the river and mountains as a breathtaking backdrop. Before the show, you can picnic on the manicured lawns, relax at the cafe, or stroll through formal gardens. A truly one-of-a-kind theatre experience.

Mindbender Mansion and The Adventures of Mr. Potato Head - Connecticut Science Center
Through August 31, 2014 - Hartford

Enter a fantastically puzzling world of clues, challenges, games and interactive brain teasers that will challenge and delight puzzlers of all ages. Then, embark on an adventure around the globe on a jungle safari, an archaeological dig, under the sea, and in outer space with Mr. Potato Head. Mindbender Mansion and The Adventures of Mr. Potato Head� are included with a purchase of General Admission. June 8 - August 31.

New and Improved Healthyville - Stepping Stones Museum
Through September 01, 2014 - Norwalk

Enjoy updated versions of old favorites such as riding a bike next to a skeleton, shopping for foods in the market and brushing a giant mouth, while new activities allow children to explore even more about fitness and nutrition. Study circulation and digestion, learn about go/slow/whoa foods, play food detective, get an up-close look at a giant nose, row a boat in tandem with a skeleton and create a warm up and cool down routine. Children and adults will have hands-on opportunities to explore topics in ways that help them understand their bodies, understand the importance of making healthy choices and apply concepts in everyday situations. February 1, 2014-September 1, 2014.

Lorikeets - Maritime Aquarium
Through September 01, 2014 - Norwalk

Back by popular demand, the lorikeets return to the Aquarium for the summer. Laugh and a squawk with beautiful tropical birds that will sip food right out of your hands. The exhibit will feature about a dozen varieties of lorikeets, which are colorful medium-sized parrots native to the south Pacific (SE Asia, eastern Australia, Polynesia). They're naturally found in rain forests and woodlands, but also in wooded urban areas, where they primarily feed on the nectars of various blossoms and fruits. Lorikeets are specially adapted to their sweet diet through their specialized tongue. When the tongue is extended, tiny appendages called papillae stand up like bristles, expanding the tongue's surface area and allowing the birds to collect more nectar. May 24-September 1, 2014.

EXHIBITIONS TREEHOUSES: LOOK WHO'S LIVING IN THE TREES! - Stamford Museum & Nature Center
Through September 01, 2014 - Stamford

Hidden in the leaves, snug in the trunk or burrowed under the roots, what types of animals actually live in a tree? Bring the family to this summer exhibition and find out just who and what lives in a tree. This exhibition encourages visitors to get up close and explore the variety of life forms that live in trees. Go inside two interactive, indoor Treehouses and travel across the multi-story Observation Bridge. Complete a scavenger hunt by spotting animals through periscope and stereoscopic viewfinders. Investigators can follow animal tracking clues and those with happy feet can dance-dance to a light-floor forest soundtrack. Future field scientists can "climb" from tree to tree to discover the variety of habitats that trees provide for animals and then scramble up into the Crow's Nest for a closer view. June 20-September 1, 2014.

Journey to the South Pacific - Maritime Aquarium - IMAX Theater
Through September 01, 2014 - Norwalk

Narrated by Academy Award�-winner Cate Blanchett, "Journey to the South Pacific" will take moviegoers on a breathtaking IMAX� adventure to the lush tropical islands of remote West Papua, where life flourishes above and below the sea. Join Jawi, a young island boy, as he leads a journey of discovery to this magical place where he encounters whale sharks, sea turtles, manta rays and other iconic creatures of the sea. Home to more than 2,000 species of sea life, this exotic locale features the most diverse marine ecosystem on Earth. An uplifting story of hope and celebration, "Journey to the South Pacific" highlights the importance of living in balance with the ocean planet we all call home.

Blue Star Program - Bruce Museum
Through September 01, 2014 - Greenwich

The museum is participating in the Blue Star Program which provides free admission for the nation's active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families. May 25-September 1.

Conservation Quest®Maze - Beardsley Zoo
Through September 01, 2014 - Bridgeport

Thanks to funding from Energize ConnecticutSM, an initiative dedicated to empowering Connecticut citizens to make smart energy choices, Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo and Stepping Stones Museum for Children are teaming up to bring an exciting educational experience to Connecticut's only zoo's this summer. A temporary addition to the zoo's educational offerings, the museum's Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo and Stepping Stones Museum for Children invite visitors to take a fun, interactive journey through the Conservation QuestMaze. The maze teaches children and families valuable lessons about energy - what it is, where it comes from, how it's used, and why it's so important to use it wisely. The 2,200-square-foot, visually spectacular maze, which is located near the carousel, provides facts and challenges visitors to take responsibility by using less energy. Only by making good choices can visitors find their way out of the maze. They also are encouraged to make personal commitments to conserve energy, protect the planet, and promote healthy living. Enjoying the maze is included in the price of zoo admission. Through September 1, 2014.

Groundbreakers: Great American Gardens and The Women Who Designed Them - New York Botanical Garden
Through September 07, 2014 - Bronx

Celebrate great American gardens of the early 20th century and the extraordinary women who designed them. This garden-wide exhibition celebrates early 20th-century America's most influential women in landscape architecture and design, as well as garden photography. Experience Mrs. Rockefeller's Garden in the Haupt Conservatory - an exquisite evocation of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in Maine - and through the many exhibition components offered that embrace poetry, music, and photography, discover the innovative work and significant contributions of these women to American history and culture. Through Sep. 7.

Exhibition: Mandy Greer: The Ecstatic Moment - Hudson River Museum
Through September 14, 2014 - Yonkers

Seattle-based artist Mandy Greer installs a fantasy world at the Hudson River Museum, awash in color, laced with glittering chandeliers, and alive with birds and figures draped in costume in her first New York solo exhibition. "Mandy Greer: The Ecstatic Moment" opens May 7 and runs through September 14, 2014. Mandy's work is inspired by a range of elements, a mix of fairy tales and mythology, as well as the magic and mundane in everyday life. Using fabrics and objects from the natural world, she creates a fantastical world with sewing machine and crochet hook as her tools.

Family Adventures - Focusing on Nature - New York Botanical Garden
Through September 19, 2014 - Bronx

The Everett Children's Adventure Garden is a fun, beautiful space that captures the imagination of children, and brings out their inner explorer. Children are invited to learn about the natural world around us, and investigate how technology has changed the way we view it. They will explore the world through a "new lens," while learning about how observations of nature have been shared throughout time. Through Sept. 19.

'The Wizard of Oz' - Westchester Broadway Theatre
Through September 21, 2014 - Elmsford

Developed from the ever popular MGM screenplay, the musical is an enchanting adaptation of the movie classic, and contains all the beloved songs from the Oscar-winning movie score, among them: "Over The Rainbow," "Ding, Dong, The Witch Is Dead," "If I Only Had A Brain," "We're Off To See The Wizard," and "The Merry Old Land Of Oz." Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy, and her little dog Toto, as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their hearts' desires. Watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West and her winged monkeys as you rediscover the story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for the whole family. Through Sept. 21.

The 1750 Ogden House Tours - Fairfield Museum and History Center
Through September 28, 2014 - Fairfield

Enjoy docent-led tours of the 1750 Ogden House and see how people lived in the 18th century. The house is furnished with period objects including textiles and fine pieces of furniture. Take a stroll through the kitchen garden, generously maintained by the Fairfield Garden Club, and view plantings used in colonial times. The Ogden House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Sundays, June 1-September 28, 2014.

The Katonah Museum of Art presents ICELAND: Artists Respond to Place - Katonah Museum of Art
Through September 28, 2014 - Katonah

The austere, beguiling landscape of Iceland functions as muse and material for its artists. Innately attuned to dramatic physical changes and extreme solar rhythms, Icelandic artists carry within them a heightened awareness of the environment as a dynamic, living entity. This is the first museum exhibition in the United States to focus exclusively on the rich and complex relationship of contemporary Icelandic artists to the singular geography of their island nation. This KMA-originated exhibition showcases twelve artists whose works cover a broad range of formal approaches and media, including painting, photography, sculpture, site-specific wall-drawings, and video installation. All artwork in the exhibition dates from the past ten years. The featured artists are Birgir Andresson, Eggert Petursson, Egill Saebjornsson, Einar Falur Ingolfsson, Georg Guoni Hauksson, Guojon Ketilsson, Guorun Einarsdottir, Katrin Sigurdardottir, Olafur Eliasson, Ragna Robertsdottir, Ruri, and Pordis Alda Siguroardottir. The exhibition is curated by Pari Stave. In the Beitzel and Righter Galleries. Through Sep. 28.

The ARt of Zero: Heinz Mack, Otto Piene, Gunther Uecker & Friends - Neuberger Museum of Art
Through September 28, 2014 - Purchase

In the wake of devastation wrought by World War II, European artists who called themselves Group Zero, attempted to re-harmonize the relationship between humankind and nature, proclaiming the "zero hour" of postwar art. In the 1950s, two of the artists -- Heinz Mack and Otto Piene -- developed a new visual language to create "new art for a new age," exploring light, movement, and structure, using materials and technology taken from science and industry. Representing the "incommensurable zone in which the old state turns to the new," these artists used the meaning of the number "zero" to signify "nothing," an erasure of the past; and its circular form to represent "everything," a promise for the future of humanity, art, and technology. Works by Getulio Alviani, Hartmut Bohm, Enrico Castellani, Gianni Colombo, Lucio Fontana, Heinz Mack, Almir Mavignier, Henk Peeters, Otto Piene, George Rickey, Jesus Rafael Soto, Jean Tinguely, Luis Tomasello, and Gunther Uecker in The Art of Zero are selected from the permanent collection of the Neuberger Museum of Art. The Art of Zero is organized by the Neuberger Museum of Art of Purchase College, SUNY, and curated by Assistant Curator Avis Larson. July 13 through Sep. 28.

Sheffield Island Lighthouse - Sheffield Island
Through September 28, 2014 - Norwalk

Sheffield Island with its historic 146-year-old lighthouse, beaches and wildlife refuge offers abundant summer fun for visitors. Visitors can board the Seaport Association's 45-foot C.J. Toth catamaran for a cruise to the island then tour the lighthouse, observe wildlife in their natural habitat in the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, hunt for shells along the beach, dine on a picnic lunch, play on the lawns around the lighthouse and just have a good time. The lighthouse is open to visitors for daily tours, however, the tower section of the lighthouse is closed for renovations.During your time on the island, you may want to enjoy a picnic lunch you brought along and take in the spectacular view of the harbor from its most recognized gateway. Sheffield Island is a rocky outcrop with rolling terrain and the docking facilities do not meet ADA regulations. Every effort has been made to minimize non-compliance. The gangway leading from the dock to the island is wide enough to accommodate a standard wheelchair. The gangway incline (steepness) is determined by the height of the tide; at low tide it is steeper than at high tide. Due to liability concerns, the Sheffield Island staff is disallowed to assist with lifting or pushing a wheelchair or stroller. It will be important for the physically challenged to travel with a companion abled to assist them. When making reservations, leave contact information that will be available for day of trip as you may need to be contacted if there is a change due to weather conditions. June 26-September 28.

Growing Up in Fairfield: Memories and Milestones - Fairfield Museum and History Center
Through October 02, 2014 - Fairfield

Explore how growing up in Fairfield has changed over the years with rare mementos including yearbooks, letter jackets, and photographs. July 3-October 2.

Dinosaur Safari: Mysteries Revealed - Bronx Zoo
Through November 02, 2014 - Bronx

Dinos are back at the Zoo, bigger and badder! The attraction includes a ride through the Cretaceous and Jurassic periods with more than two-dozen animatronic dinosaurs up to 40 feet long which move, snarl, roar, and spit. Board a paleontologist's wagon for a trip back in time. Dig for fossils at a field site and explore artifacts. Take a tour through the pre-historic world at Erth's Dinosaur Zoo. Dinosaur Safari: Mysteries Revealed includes a ride through a two-acre area of the zoo, and highlights the physical or behavioral adaptations many share with species that are alive today. This limited engagement runs through November 2, and will be included in the Total Experience Ticket. Special events will take place all spring and summer. Tickets can be purchased in advance at bronxzoo.com.

In the Garden of Sonic Delights - Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
Through November 02, 2014 - Katonah

"In the Garden of Sonic Delights" is a major exhibition of sound art woven into the fabric of Westchester County, NY. Centered at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, the exhibition spans six of the region's most dynamic cultural institutions and features fifteen commissioned, site-specific artworks by some of the world's most sought-after artists working in the medium of sound. Each artist has drawn inspiration from their chosen location, creating work that is mindful of the natural and human-made sounds and systems already present in the environment, while engaging each site's unique characteristics, be they acoustic, historic, architectural, or aesthetic. Over the five-month duration of the exhibition, the artworks will be transformed in their context, in tandem with the passing of the day and the change in seasons, rewarding many return visits. In the Garden of Sonic Delights reveals the power of sound to galvanize our perceptions, encourage participation, elevate awareness, and foster reflection. Open June 7 through Nov. 2.

Rowayton and the Purple Crayon: Celebrating the Creative Culture of 1950s Rowayton - Rowayton Historical Society
Through November 26, 2014 - Rowayton

In the stories of Harold and the Purple Crayon, everything Harold draws become real. These delightful picture book classics are imaginative and joyful and are now part of a new exhibit at the Rowayton Historical Society. Designed to inform and delight visitors of all ages, the exhibition will feature the work of Jim Flora, Ruth Krauss, Crockett Johnson, and Maurice Sendak. These Rowayton residents were celebrated authors and illustrators and created some of America's most beloved children's literature. Visiting the exhibition, you will be transported back in time, reliving childhood favorites such as A Hole is to Dig, Harold and the Purple Crayon, the Fabulous Firework Family, Where the Wild Things Are, and the groundbreaking comic strip Barnaby. Marvel at Jim Flora's playful and energetic illustrations. Delight in the grotesque fanged monsters from Where the Wild Things Are, and consider how their forms concerned parents when it was first published. Savor the whimsical genius of the husband-and-wife team Ruth Krauss and Crockett Johnson and learn how their political views caused them to come under FBI scrutiny. May 25-November 26,2014.

Meerkats - Maritime Aquarium
Through December 31, 2014 - Norwalk

Meerkats are members of the mongoose family that live in social ?mobs? in the Kalahari Desert, in the southern African nations of Botswana and South Africa. No mere cats, meerkats are fascinating for living in structured but cooperative societies, including a foraging strategy where adults take turns standing guard upright on their hind feet, watching for predators, while the others eat. The meerkats? exhibit offers opportunities for climbing, digging and exploring, with several feeding locations to keep them on the alert for incoming crickets. A viewing bubble lets visitors pop up right among the meerkats. February 1-December 31, 2014.

Pump It Up's Sensory Friendly Bounce Time - Pump It Up Norwalk
Through December 31, 2014 - Norwalk

No loud music or flashing lights -- just lots of fun bouncing, jumping and sliding. Tuesdays and Saturdays, through December 31.

Animal Feeding at Earthplace - Earthplace
Through January 01, 2015 - Westport

Ever wonder what you feed a turkey vulture? Curious about how a box turtle chews with no teeth? Join Earthplace staff in the Animal Hall and Connecticut Birds of Prey exhibit for scheduled feeding times. Earthplace staff will be able to answer all your questions while giving each of the animals their daily meal. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays watch the animals in Animal Hall get fed. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays it's time to feed the Birds of Prey. The activity takes place year-round.

John Ruppert's Yellow Orb/Homage to Van Gogh - Katonah Museum of Art
Through May 31, 2015 - Katonah

Yellow Orb/Homage to Van Gogh, created by sculptor John Ruppert specifically for the Katonah Museum of Art campus, will be on view on the front lawn of the KMA. Ruppert transforms prison-grade chain link fabric into large, vessel-like forms. Chain link typically connotes danger and boundaries; it is a commercial product intended to confine, protect, and keep out. The material reflects the urban environs of Ruppert's Baltimore studio, and is one that the artist often employs for his sculptures. The industrial fencing is an unexpected element in the bucolic landscape of the Katonah Museum of Art. Also surprising is its intense yellow color, which is luminous and joyful. The woven wire mesh creates shifting optical patterns that animate the work in surprising ways. On view through May 31, 2015. The Katonah Museum of Art (KMA), located at 134 Jay St. (Route 22) in Katonah, NY, is a cultural destination offering changing exhibitions that feature art from all cultures and time periods. The Museum attracts visitors from Westchester and Fairfield Counties, as well as the larger tri-state region. Located at the northern end of Katonah's "Museum Mile" just off of Route 22, and neighboring John Jay Homestead and Caramoor, the Katonah Museum of Art is a two-minute taxi ride from the Katonah Metro North train station. The KMA offers lectures, workshops, concerts, and other events for a general audience, as well as innovative and substantive programs for over 100 member schools. The Learning Center is an interactive space where children can come on a daily basis to explore and create art. Among the many programs for children and families are Stroller Tours, Family Days, Saturday Story Time, Schools Out/Arts In vacation day programs, and art classes for children ages 3-12. The Museum's innovative Arte Juntos/Art Together program for new immigrant families has been recognized as a model program by the federal government. The KMA mounts ten exhibitions per year in its main galleries, Sculpture Garden, and Learning Center. Influential modernist architect Edward Larrabee Barnes designed the 10,000-square-foot building. On view through May 31, 2015 during Museum hours: Sunday: 12-5pm; Tuesday through Saturday: 10am-5pm. Closed Monday.

Toy Boat-Making Workshop - Maritime Aquarium
Through December 31, 2015 - Norwalk

Visit the toy boat-making area on weekends for a fun 20-minute boat-building project. Build and decorate a toy sailboat to take home as a special keepsake of your visit. Saturdays and Sundays year-round.

Creating Community: Exploring 375 Years of Our Past - Fairfield Museum and History Center
Through December 31, 2015 - Fairfield

This new, hands-on exhibit invites visitors to look inside a Native American wigwam, climb into an American Revolution fort, decipher spy code, and learn how factories fueled the area's growth. Young and old alike will enjoy learning how people worked, lived, and built a community over time by exploring original objects, individual stories, and engaging activities. October 27 2013-December 31, 2015.

Africa: From the Desert to the Sea - Maritime Aquarium
Through December 31, 2015 - Norwalk

Explore the aquatic wonders of Africa, including amazing fish from the Nile River, the lakes of Africa's Great Rift Valley and the Red Sea. Species highlighted include exotic air-breathing lungfish that can survive for a year if their waterhole goes dry, and colorful cichlids and coral reef species that shine in shimmering rainbows. January 1 2014 - December 31, 2015.

Born to Be Wild - Maritime Aquarium
Through June 30, 2024 - Norwalk

Academy-Award winner Morgan Freeman lends his voice to this film which follows orphaned baby orangutans and elephants, and the people who rescue and raise them for eventual release back into the wild. Through June 30,2014.


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