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!
BEAUTY and The BEAST - Downtown Cabaret Theatre
February 03, 2013 - Bridgeport
Writer and director Maria Vee's comical and modernized version of the classic musical takes place long ago in an unusual and far away land, where a bullying Prince and his entire castle have been put under a magical enchantment. Close by in the French village of Fromagerie-by-the Sea, Beauty ? who likes to be called B- is bored with village life but finds unexpected adventures when she becomes a prisoner in the Prince's outlandish castle.
'The Color Purple - The Musical About Love - White Plains Performing Arts Center
February 03, 2013 - White Plains
A soul-stirring musical based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the film by Steven Spielberg. Set to a joyous score featuring jazz, ragtime, gospel and blues, "The Color Purple" is a story of hope, a testament to the healing power of love, and a celebration of life. Adapted for the stage by Marsha Norman, with music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray. Recommended for ages 10 and older. Directed by Jeremy Quinn with musical direction by Stephen Ferri.
Family Art Project: March Out the Mardi Gras - Wave Hill
February 03, 2013 - Bronx
Join visiting native New Orleans artist and instructor Paul Deo to make a colorful parasol, hat, nature mask, or funky bead necklace. Then join an imaginative indoor parade to create the sights, colors, and sounds of the Mardi Gras.
PURCHASING EVENT - Norwalk Inn
Through February 03, 2013 - Norwalk
Receive cash on the spot for your gently used, quality kids' stuff. Infant to size 10 clothes, toys, books, high chairs, strollers, play yards, boots, shoes, bouncies, and costumes.Sponsored by Kid Around Resale. 203.858.0329, www.kidaroundresale.com.
Winter Creature Cruises - Maritime Aquarium
February 03, 2013 - Norwalk
These cruises seek out the harbor seals, gray seals and even harp seals that have been coming down into the Sound in growing numbers each winter. Educators on board the research vessel Oceanic point out these federally protected marine mammals and talk about their natural histories. They'll also help identify such winter waterfowl as buffleheads, mergansers and Old Squaws.
Bring binoculars and plenty of warm clothes. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Space is limited so advance reservations are strongly recommended. Walk-up tickets will be sold, space permitting. The cruises depart from the dock outside the Aquarium's IMAX movie theater. For reservations or more details, call ext. 2206.
THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE - Fairfield Theatre Company
February 03, 2013 - Fairfield
At Creekwood Elementary, the day of the big race is approaching. Harvey Hare has always ruled the roost but this year there is a new competitor--Tommy Tortoise. Based on Aesop's fable, the classic story gets a new and comic spin in this contemporary musical tale of bullying and self-acceptance. For tickets go to nctcompany.org.
Songs of the Civil War - Greenwich Public Library
February 03, 2013 - Greenwich
Brought back by popular demand, songs and readings from the Civil War era will explore the lyrical history of the War Between the States, looking at both the Union and Confederate musical lexicon played on authentic period instruments—drums, banjo, fiddle, harmonica, concertina, bugle and guitar. The events is suitable for adults and middle and high school students. Reservations are strongly suggested. Call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10 to reserve.
Chowdafest - Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard
February 03, 2013 - Bridgeport
Chowdafest is the premier soup & chowder competition where you are the judge. Sample over 30 different decadent chowder, soup & bisques then rate your favorites. A family and foodie event like no other that benefits Connecticut Food Bank. Kick off your “SOUP”er Bowl Sunday by joining thousands of other fans on Sunday Feb 3, 2013 at the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard between 11:00am – 4:00pm. Adults are just $10 and children 6-12 are just $5, kids 5 or under are free. Tickets can be purchased at the Webster Bank Arena the day of the event.
Over 320 award winning and critically acclaimed restaurants from around the state are competing for your vote. Enjoy the SHU marching band that will pump you up for the big game later that night. Bring a non-perishable food item and be entered in a raffle for a $200 Stop & Shop gift card. Kids get free chef hats to decorate, stickers and temporary tattoos.
Faces and Figures - Stamford Art Association
Through February 07, 2013 - Stamford
An open juried art exhibit for distinguished and creative expression depicting faces and figures at the Stamford Art Association. This year's juror is local artist and teacher, Eddie Nino. January 13 - February 7, 2013.
Young Artists 2013 - Katonah Museum of Art
Through February 10, 2013 - Katonah
Marking its 30th year, the Young Artists exhibition showcases the extraordinary talents of 300 seniors from the Museum's member high schools in Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Dutchess, and Fairfield counties. Concurrently on view are the exhibitions "Young Artists and Writers: Thinking Through Art," based on a program that uses the KMA's exhibitions to engage students' observation, critical thinking, writing, and artistic skills through encounters with original art, and "Make Your Mark," a show of younger students' work in the Learning Center. Together, the three exhibitions and their related programs have become an annual event in which community and family come together to celebrate children's art. February 3 through February 10, 2013.
Westport Arts Center presents TOY DESIGN COMPETITION - Westport Arts Center
Through February 11, 2013 - Westport
Inspired by WAC's upcoming exhibition, "William Wegman: The Traveler," WAC seeks toy designs conceived by children ages 5-12 for a juried contest. Submit up to three concepts, be it a manipulative toy, action figures, game, or animated robots. A maximum level of creativity, playfulness, fantasy, humor, and imagination are strongly encouraged. Entries due February 11.
Promise of Freedom: The Emancipation Proclamation - Fairfield Museum and History Center
Through February 24, 2013 - Fairfield
Exhibit and programs commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and its significance over time, featuring Abraham Lincoln's signed copy, rare slavery artifacts, prints, political cartoons and more. Visitors who present a ticket stub from the film "Lincoln", will receive $2 off of an adult admission to the exhibition. Through February 24,2013.
Seasons of Change: Global Warming in Your Backyard - Yale Peabody Museum
Through February 24, 2013 - New Haven
This interactive traveling exhibit illustrates how climate change is impacting the landscape of New England over the changing of the seasons. As you explore the exhibit, you'll get a chance to find out how climate change is affecting the people of New England; share your thoughts about what aspects you might miss most about New England's current climate; compare coastal flooding today with projections for the year 2100 and control a global climate change simulation. December 15 2012-February 24, 2013.
Caribbean Garden at The New York Botanical Garden - The New York Botanical Garden
Through February 24, 2013 - Bronx
Take refuge from winter by retreating to Tropical Paradise - a showcase of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory's permanent collection, including orange-yellow crotons, fuchsia bromeliads, and rosy-red hibiscus. You'll feel like you are on vacation without leaving New York.
View The Beauty of Paradise: A Photographic Tour during regular Garden hours. See a photographic display of tropical paradises around the world. Learn about plants and flowers found in tropical climes through a display of exceptional photographs from the prestigious International Garden Photographer of the Year Contest, of which the Botanical Garden is the US partner. Access additional details about the displayed photographs via your smartphone.
Inside the cozy Discovery Center in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden, kids of all ages can take a closer look at the differences between tropical and temperate plants in Tropical Discoveries and Wintertime Wonders. Pot up a specimen plant to take home and compare its characteristics with foliage in your neighborhood; make bark rubbings, count tree rings, and head back into the winter garden with a field notebook to discover the vital sparks of life that lie just below the surface of this quiet season. On view January 19-February 24.
Please confirm hours on the day of your visit by calling 718-817-8700.
Let It Snow! Children's Book Art - Bruce Museum
Through February 24, 2013 - Greenwich
This family-friendly exhibition of winter scenes from children's books features more than thirty original artworks from favorite illustrators, including many living in the Connecticut region such as Lizzy Rockwell, Jennifer Thermes and Wendell Minor.
The snowy season is depicted in vivid winter landscapes, frolicking animals, and popular sports and games such as sledding, ice skating, and snowball fights. Displayed works present the range of media available to illustrators, including pen and ink, colored pencil, oil, watercolor, gouache, papercut, collage, and digital media. December 1, 2012-February 24 ,2013.
Expressions 2013 - Rowayton Arts Center
Through February 24, 2013 - Rowayton
High-quality works by some of the region's finest artists will be on view at this juried all-media exhibition.
Colleen Browning: The Early Works - Bellarmine Museum of Art
Through March 24, 2013 - Fairfield
Artist Colleen Browning (1918-2003), a National Academician, played a significant role in America's contemporary realist movement in the years after 1950. Fairfield University rediscovers and celebrates the career of this Anglo-American Realist painter. January 24-March 24, 2013.
Colleen Browning: A Brush with Magic - Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery
Through March 24, 2013 - Fairfield
Artist Colleen Browning (1918-2003), a National Academician, played a significant role in America's contemporary realist movement in the years after 1950. Fairfield University rediscovers and celebrates the career of this Anglo-American Realist painter. The Thomas J. Walsh Gallery offers a selection of compelling oil paintings created in the years after 1960. January 24-March 24, 2013.
Pajama Program - Office of the Superintendent - Bridgeport Public Schools
Through March 30, 2013 - Bridgeport
Help a child stay warm and cozy by donating new pajamas and/or a book. Pajama Program is a 501(3)c not-for-profit organization providing new pajamas and books to children many of whom are waiting to be adopted.
Magnificent Trees of The New York Botanical Garden - New York Botanical Garden
Through April 14, 2013 - Bronx
Larry Lederman, landscape photographer and member of NYBG's Board of Advisors, has spent years walking the garden grounds to observe and photograph trees and vistas in all seasons and at all times of day. Lush images featuring their diversity and visual impact are on view in the gallery space.
The New York Botanical Garden is home to more than 30,000 trees, some in woodland, some in groves, and some standing in solitary majesty. Magnificent Trees is lavishly illustrated with photographs by Larry Lederman and accompanied by descriptions by Todd A. Forrest, Arthur Ross vice president for horticulture and living collections at the garden. An authority on the diverse species present across the 250-acre landscape, Forrest details their fascinating histories -- from their vital role in Native American life and culture to their function in neutral territory during the Revolutionary War. Lederman captures their grandeur in hundreds of stunning images and portrays their diversity with photographs that reveal the trees in myriad fascinating perspectives: in landscape views that convey the garden's genius loci; portraits illustrating the architecture and profound visual impact of select trees; remarkable details of flowers, fruit, leaves, and bark; and impressionistic images, abstract in character yet beautiful in composition.
Chinasaurs: Dinosaur Discoveries from China - Bruce Museum
Through April 21, 2013 - Greenwich
This exhibition features skeletons, skulls, nests and eggs of more than a dozen rare Asian dinosaurs, some highlighting new evidence of the close relationship between birds and dinosaurs. January 26, 2013-April 21, 2013.
Identity: An Exhibition of You! - Connecticut Science Center
Through April 21, 2013 - Hartford
Each visitor's own identity is front and center. The personalized experience allows you to look at your own fingerprints, see your personality as a musical spectrum, investigate where your brain stores your identity, map your social connections, and throughout the exhibition, see yourself from new perspectives: your future self, your symmetrical self, and yourself as a new gender or ethnicity. January 18, 2013-April 21, 2013.
Framed: Step into Art - Stepping Stones Museum
Through May 12, 2013 - Norwalk
Children can enter the framework of famous paintings and experience art by as they physically enter a scene and are encouraged to interpret, express and connect with art. They can ride a giant chicken attached to a wagon, set up a camp in the Canadian Rockies, prepare dinner for a group of hungry farmers. They can become an art gallery director, selecting and exhibiting art in their own gallery, as well as explore the exhibit through Art Hunt Cards. The exhibit was produced by the Minnesota Children's Museum for the members of the Youth Museum Exhibit Collaborative (YMEC). Through May 12, 2013.
The Panoramic River: the Hudson and the Thames - Hudson River Museum
Through May 19, 2013 - Yonkers
In the late 18th century, British artists developed the large-scale panorama, which became a popular form of entertainment in Europe and the United States. The Hudson River Museum's exhibition, "The Panoramic River: the Hudson and the Thames," explores the panoramic vista as the ideal expression for a new, all-embracing way of seeing the landscape that influenced how the public and artists perceived it as well. By the early 19th century, painters such as Robert Havell Jr. worked to express this panoramic perspective in their choice and depiction of vistas. Havell and other artists in the exhibition such as Thomas Cole, Jasper Cropsey, and John Kensett, favored the chain of cities, suburbs, and countryside along these two rivers, where horizontal planes and historical associations gave form to both artistic and cultural expression.
"The Panoramic River" features loans from museums, galleries, and private collections. Museums lending paintings include: Baltimore Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Fenimore Art Museum, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College; Maryland State Archives; Metropolitan Museum of Art; The New-York Historical Society; and Princeton University Art Museum.
"The Panoramic River" is organized by Hudson River Museum co-curators Bartholomew Bland, Director of Curatorial Affairs, and Laura Vookles, Chief Curator of Collections. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with additional essays by Pat Hardy, Curator of Paintings, Prints and Drawings, Museum of London, and Geoff Snell, Doctoral Student, University of Sussex and the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, England.
The exhibition and the accompanying catalogue have been made possible by a generous grant from the Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts, Inc. On view through May 19, 2013.
Manolo Valdes Monumental Sculptures - The New York Botanical Garden
Through May 26, 2013 - Bronx
Drawing inspiration from the natural landscape of the Botanical Garden, seven towering sculptures by acclaimed Spanish artist Manolo Valdes showcase the relationship between art and nature.
Born to Be Wild - Maritime Aquarium
Through June 20, 2013 - 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 20, 2013.
The Last Reef: Cities Beneath the Sea - IMAX Theater, Maritime Aquarium
Through June 20, 2013 - Norwalk
Coral reefs are considered exotic, distant places with little or no connection to our everyday world. Yet every reef is a living city beneath the sea, with a parallel existence to ours. Maritime Aquarium audiences will recognize scenes from New York City as the film compares reef communities to human communities. The film?s imagery immerses audiences in reef communities, among familiar dolphins, sharks and rays but also lesser-known species, such as crocodile fish, colorful nudibranchs and delicate flatworms. January 18-June 20, 2013.
Sharks - IMAX Theater, Maritime Aquarium
Through June 20, 2013 - Norwalk
This film offers an unflinching look at the ocean's ultimate predator with an emphasis on why shark populations are dropping. A sea turtle with a British accent help make this a family-friendly show, even for the youngest members. January 18-June 20, 2013.
Meerkats - Maritime Aquarium
Through September 02, 2013 - 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. Through September 2, 2013.
Sensory Bounce - BounceU
Through September 28, 2013 - Stratford
This is a program for children and adults with sensory integration dysfunction, autism, and other disabilities with a sensory component. Teachers work on balance and coordination, auditory and tactile sensitivity, strength building, motor coordination, cooperative play, turn-taking, and social and verbal skills.