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TODAY'S FAMILY & KIDS ACTIVITIES IN FAIRFIELD-JUL 6

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by Directories Editor July 6, 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!

iCreate: Teen Art - Bruce Museum
Through July 06, 2014 - Greenwich

iCreate: Teen Art is an exhibition organized by the Bruce Museum's Youth Committee, Youth@Bruce. A final selection of approximately 35 artworks will be displayed in the Bruce Museum Lecture Gallery along with a digital presentation of all entries. Submissions are open to all regional high school students and a partner school in China.

MERRILEE MANNERLY, A Magnificent New Musical - Summer Theatre of New Canaan
July 06, 2014 - New Canaan

Merrilee Mannerly A Magnificent New Musical is a fun exciting new musical with lively music, dancing and lots of laughs. Merrilee Mannerly loves good manners - in fact, she's practically an expert. Imagine Merrilee's surprise when a princess from a land of no manners moves in next door and invites her to a birthday party. With her grandmother's magnificent Manifesto of Manners in hand, Merrilee Mannerly is ready to help her new friend, Princess Posy, host the best party ever.

LITTLE MERMAID - Summer Theatre of New Canaan
July 06, 2014 - New Canaan

In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince Prince Eric that she's the girl with the enchanting voice.

Animal Meet & Greet - Stamford Museum and Nature Center
July 06, 2014 - Stamford

Meet a farm animal up close. From goats to guinea pigs and lambs to leopard geckos, see which animals call the nature center home. The program is approximately 15-20 minutes and will meet at the Outdoor Classroom by the Otter Pond. In inclement weather, meet at Overbrook Nature Center.

Wolf Pup 101 - Wolf Conservation Center
July 06, 2014 - South Salem

Celebrate the arrival of the WCC's new ambassador wolf pup! Enjoy learning about the mythology, biology and ecology of wolf families and discover why spring is a special time for packs in North America. Whether the wolves are living on the Arctic tundra or the high desert of the southwest, wolf families are out searching for prey to help their new pups flourish. Guests will visit Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa, and Zephyr, as well as the WCC's critically endangered red wolves. The new Ambassador wolf pup will also be on view so don't forget a camera! Pre-registration is required. Information and registration are available at nywolf.org.

Family Art Project: Marvelous Mushrooms - Wave Hill
July 06, 2014 - Bronx

Visiting artist Jan Mun shows different kinds of mushrooms and explains how they can help the environment. Join in a group project to make an outdoor, mushroom fairy-ring. As a special treat, get your own mushroom starter kit and watch your mushrooms grow at home.

Burning of Fairfield Walking Tours - Fairfield Museum and History Center
July 06, 2014 - Fairfield

Stroll back in time, exploring the history and events surrounding the attack on Fairfield by the British on July 7, 1779. View significant sites on the historic Town Green and listen to first-person accounts read by costumed interpreters. Pre-registration required. Call 203-259-1598 to register.

'Mary Poppins' - Westchester Broadway Theatre
Through July 27, 2014 - Elmsford

One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a hit musical! Mary Poppins is the story of a mysterious nanny who magically appears at the Banks household in Edwardian London to care for Jane and Michael Banks. Adventure abounds as she then whisks them away to meet chimney sweeps, shopkeepers, and more. The show features an irresistible story, breathtaking dance numbers, and beloved songs such as "Chim Chim Cher-ee," "A Spoonful of Sugar," and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." The New York Post called it "a perfect piece of musical theater." It received 7 Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, and winning for Best Scenic Design. Believe in the magic of Mary Poppins and discover a world where anything can happen if you let it!

Quassy Bucket Brigade:The Beat Is On! - Quassy Amusement Park
Through July 27, 2014 - Middlebury

Enjoy this new show at the Carousel Theatre stage featuring three percussionists. The troupe will also perform strolling shows. The drum team performs daily except for Mondays. July 4-July 27.

CONSIDERING REALITY: Emerging Artists from Staples H.S. - Westport Library
Through July 31, 2014 - Westport

A mixed-media show of work by 14 artists from Staples High School. May 1-July 31, 2014, 2014.

Rainforest Reptiles - Beardsley Zoo
Through July 31, 2014 - Bridgeport

Rainforest Reptile Shows features exotic crawlers, unusual slitherers, and fascinating creepers, all of which are creatures of the rainforest. Experience direct contact with live animals, artifacts, and fascinating stories about these unusual animals and their natural habitats. Tuesdays-Sundays, July 1-July 31.

Stag Kids Summer Reading Program - Fairfield University Bookstore
Through July 31, 2014 - Fairfield

Choose books from a wide selection and read what you love. Read a book, complete the entry form and drop it off in the kid's area. No limit to number of entries. Prizes include Quick Center gift certificate for a family of 4 to a family fun series performance, bookstore gift card and more. July 1-July 31.

The EverWonder Experience - EverWonder Children's Museum
Through July 31, 2014 - Newtown

The EverWonder Experience, a smaller version of what may some day become a permanent museum, is open to the public on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Children are invited to participate in science and art activities, as well as to enjoy a hands-on exhibit entitled “Cool Moves: The Artistry of Motion”. Check out the newest addition- "Wind Over Water". Appropriate for children through age 12. July 1-July 31.

Hairspray - Summer Theatre of New Canaan
Through August 03, 2014 - New Canaan

It's 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire -- to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, all without denting her 'do. Hairspray, winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, is a family-friendly musical piled bouffant high with laughter, romance, and tuneful songs. June 21-August 3.

Story and Animal Program - Earthplace
Through August 10, 2014 - Westport

Children 5 and younger can visit Earthplace every week for story time and an animal encounter. Thursdays and Fridays year-round.

Roy R. Neuberger Exhibition Prize 2014 - Robin Rhode: Animating the Everyday - Neuberger Museum of Art
Through August 10, 2014 - Purchase

The Neuberger Museum of Art of Purchase College is organizing "Robin Rhode: Animating the Everyday," a ten-year survey of the work of the South African-born, Berlin-based artist. Curated by Helaine Posner, senior curator of contemporary art, and Purchase College professor, Louise Yelin, the exhibition will be on view from May 4 through Aug. 10. "Animating the Everyday" focuses on the digital videos that Rhode identifies as "animations," and the photographic series that correspond to or complement the time-based work. These animations articulate drawing and movement; juxtapose sound and image; recycle everyday objects such as bicycles, chairs, musical instruments, and sports equipment; and re-fashion artistic precursors and contemporaries such as Marcel Duchamp, Gerrit Rietveld, Mies van der Rohe, William Kentridge, and Richard Serra. Produced in studios, in the streets, and in Rhode's parents' yard in Johannesburg, the animations and photographs feature an uncanny conjunction of the familiar and the strange, and vividly stage the perils and delights of everyday life. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue with essays by the co-curators; by Tom Gunning, Professor in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago; and by Leora Maltz-Leca, Assistant Professor of contemporary art and visual culture at RISD who focuses on South African art. Throughout his life, Museum founder Roy R. Neuberger was devoted to supporting and promoting the work of contemporary artists. Following that important vision, the Neuberger Museum of Art awards the Neuberger Prize every two years to an artist for an early career survey and catalogue. The Prize is a critical component of the Museum's commitment to support innovative, international art and artists in the early stages of their career. Projects of past Neuberger Prize recipients Tania Bruguera and Dana Schutz were met with great critical acclaim. In the third installment of this signature program, the Neuberger Prize will be awarded to an artist whose identity will soon be announced.

Teen Summer Reading Program at Wilton Library - Wilton Library
Through August 15, 2014 - Wilton

The Teen Summer Reading Program runs for eight weeks. Weekly, teens entering grades 6-12 can access EVANCED, the online program to record the number of pages read. There will be a weekly drawing for $10 gift certificates. The end-of-summer grand prize will be a $100 AmEx Gift Card. For more details, stop by Teen Services or call 203-762-3950. June 20-August 15, 2014.

Wilton Library Summer Reading Program - Wilton Library
Through August 15, 2014 - Wilton

For Wilton Library Summer Reading Program kids can register all summer long for the summer reading program. They will receive prizes for every 10 books or 500 pages they read. The theme for the summer reading program is Mythical, Magical Summer Reading. July 1-August 15.

Wilton Library Teen Summer Reading Program - Wilton Library
Through August 15, 2014 - Wilton

Weekly teens entering grades 6-12 can access EVANCED, the online program to record the number of pages read. There will be a weekly drawing for $10 gift certificates. The end-of-summer grand prize will be a $100 AmEx Gift Card. For more details, stop by Teen Services or call 203-762-3950, ext. 243. July 1-August 15.

Summer Vacation Jump-N-Art Fun at Pump It Up - Pump It Up Norwalk
Through August 19, 2014 - Norwalk

Every weekday during the summer, children ages 4-12 can be dropped off for a day of games, prizes, fun crafts projects, snack plus bouncing, sliding fun, with themes like Magic Castle, Wild World of Animals, Island Adventure, Jeepers Creepers in the Garden and much more. Check the website for more information. Children must be potty trained. Monday-Friday, June 23-August 19, 2014.

SECOND ANNUAL TEEN PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST - Westport Library
Through August 20, 2014 - Westport

Open to Connecticut residents in grades 6-12. Post your submissions to westportlibraryphotocontest.tumblr.com. July 1- August 20. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, August 27.

When Modern Was Contemporary: The Roy R. Neuberger Collection, - Neuberger Museum of Art
Through August 25, 2014 - Purchase

At the time it was assembled, the Roy R. Neuberger Collection, the cornerstone of the collection of the Neuberger Museum of Art, was considered by many to be the most important private collection of contemporary American art in the world. Built mainly between the early 1940s and 1960s, the Collection is strongest in materials that describe the evolution of modernism in the visual arts of North America between the end of World War I and the onset of the Cold War. Remarkably, most of the works that Neuberger acquired at the height of his collecting in the 1940s and 1950s were purchased within a month to a year or two of their execution dates, reflecting Neuberger's commitment to support living artists. The exhibition and permanent collection catalogue, both entitled "When Modern Was Contemporary: The Roy R. Neuberger Collection," will feature works by artists such as Milton Avery, Romare Bearden, Alexander Calder, Arthur Dove, Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko. The catalogue will contain contributions by Neuberger curators, Purchase College faculty, and outside authors. Edited and organized by Chief Curator Tracy Fitzpatrick. On view May 11 through Aug. 25.

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.

Living History tours - Vanderbilt Museum
Through September 01, 2014 - Centerport

Living History tours are given every saturday and sunday, beginning on Memorial Day weekend and running through Labor Day weekend. Historical characters, as well as household staff, are portrayed by Museum staff member-actors, in costume and in character -- in Downton Abbey fashion -- as upstairs guests and downstairs servants. The stories visitors hear are taken from the oral histories of local people who worked on the Vanderbilt household staff. The 45-minute tours are a summer highlight at the Mansion. Visitors step into a time machine where they might meet aviation pioneer Howard Hughes, fashion designer Coco Chanel or the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. They were among Willie and Rosamund Vanderbilt's prominent friends, and were summer house guests of the family. Weekends, May 24-September 1.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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