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TODAY'S FAMILY & KIDS ACTIVITIES IN FAIRFIELD-MAR 30

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by Directories Editor March 30, 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!

Silent Slapstick - Stamford's Palace Theatre
March 30, 2014 - Stamford

Featuring silent film accompanist and historian Ben Model, your kids will laugh themselves silly at this program of uproarious ?20s comedy films, presented with a live pianist. Lincoln Center's famous silent film accompanist/historian Ben Model will present 3 short slapstick silent comedies -- an ideal opportunity to introduce youngsters to inventive visual humor. Presented in the Palace Cinema.

Jack and the Giant - Fairfield Theatre Company
March 30, 2014 - Fairfield

The world premiere of an NCTC original written and directed by the same writer who brought you The Tortoise And The Hare, this uniquely theatrical experience tells a tale of mythical creatures, century-long battles, and the curiosity of a boy named Jack. When the mysterious Luna descends to the boy's village, she reveals to him and his maternal father, a retired army general, that one young giant survived the battle and still lives on the hill. Along with Luna and Jack's good friend, Amelia, the group sets out on an adventure to find the giant...an adventure they will never forget. GET TICKETS HERE: SATURDAY, MARCH 22 BUY TICKETS SUNDAY, MARCH 23 BUY TICKETS SATURDAY, MARCH 29 BUY TICKETS SUNDAY, MARCH 30 BUY TICKETS

11th Annual Lower Hudson Valley Engineering EXPO - White Plains High School
March 30, 2014 - White Plains

See and learn how everything is made, from robots to bridges, buildings, cars, and cell phones. Chances are whatever you do today, an engineer had a role in it. Find out how engineering impacts what we eat, how we work, play, learn, travel, communicate, and stay healthy, at the 11th Annual Lower Hudson Valley Engineering EXPO on Sunday, March 30th, at White Plains High School. This fun, hands-on learning event is free. Doors open at 11am, and the EXPO runs until 4pm at White Plains High School, 550 North Street in White Plains. Free parking is provided and food/beverages will be available for purchase. Plus, there will be plenty of giveaways and prizes, including Apple iPads and Microsoft Surfaces. More information is available at beanengineer.org, and on facebook/lowerhudsonvalleyengineeringexpo. More than 100 engineering exhibitors are participating, including representatives from over 40 of the region's leading learning institutions such as as Rutgers, Cornell, Columbia, Penn State, Villanova, Manhattan, RPI, and SUNY. All fields of engineering will be featured: Civil, Structural, Chemical, Electrical, Biomedical, Computer, Mechanical, Petrochemical, Environmental, Materials and Nuclear. Engineering EXPO founder and organizer Malcolm McLaren, president and CEO of McLaren Engineering Group of West Nyack, NY says engineering ranks No. 1 in career opportunities for college graduates, and he encourages parents of children as young as middle schoolers to attend Engineering EXPO to expose them to the field. "Engineers play a key role in virtually everything we do," McLaren says. "However, US businesses are experiencing a shortage of engineers, with 89% saying they have difficulty filling engineering positions. Our country and economy needs many more trained engineers, and the EXPO is designed to help meet this demand by encouraging more students to pursue engineering studies." "If you have a child with an aptitude and interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), it would be a Sunday very well spent March 30th at the Engineering EXPO," McLaren says. Last year the Expo, which is FREE, drew a record 1,800 students and parents from Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Bergen, and Fairfield counties, and the Bronx. New this year is a middle school "Off the Grid contest" and a Rube Goldberg "Zip It Good" competition for high school students.

Animals of the Dark Family Day - Bruce Museum
March 30, 2014 - Greenwich

Explore the exhibition In the Dark: Animal Survival Strategies to find out which animals are adapted to being active at nighttime. Make your own night-creature crafts in the workshop! At 2pm and again at 4pm, see Live Night Creatures with animal specialist Rob Mies from the Organization for Bat Conservation, who will explain about some animals that live in the night such as owls, bats, and sloths. All activities are suitable for students of all abilities.

STOMP - Shubert Theater
March 30, 2014 - New Haven

The young performers use everything but conventional percussion instruments – trashcans, brooms, matchboxes – to fill the stage with compelling and infectious rhythms. With no spoken word, Stomp is perfect for people of all ages, languages, and cultures.

Family Art Project: Garden Designs - Wave Hill
March 30, 2014 - Bronx

Visit the various garden areas of Wave Hill and consider which one might be your ideal garden to take home. Then, use textured paper and flower images to create a garden design to your own specifications. Free with Grounds Admission.

TWEEN/TEEN LIFESHOP: 'Real Girls. Real Life. Real Talk' - Westport Library
March 30, 2014 - Westport

This fun, interactive "lifeshop" for tweens/teens led by teen empowerment coach Julie Brower is designed to inspire you to live a life you love, in a body you love. Register online at westportlibrary.org. For grades 6-9.

The Great Letterboxing History Hunt - Wilton Historical Society
March 30, 2014 - Wilton

Eight Fairfield County historical organizations have banded together to create the Great Letterboxing History Hunt. The event begins on March 29 and ends on April 6 with a festive family get-together at the Wilton Historical Society. This is how it works: Each participant carries with them a 'signature' stamp and a logbook (provided). Starting at any of the historical societies, the object is to go to each location, and once there, follow clues to find a letterbox hidden on the property. Inside the letterbox is a journal and a stamp; like a passport, the participant stamps the location stamp in his/her logbook, and in turn stamps the journal in the letterbox with their signature stamp. Participants have a week to go on the Great Letterboxing History Hunt. Those who make it to all eight locations and stamp the letterbox journals will get a prize. They will also be entered in a drawing for a grand prize, to be awarded at the closing event at the Wilton Historical Society from 4-5 on Sunday, April 6. This event is collaboration between the Fairfield Museum and History Center, the Historical Society of Easton, the New Canaan Historical Society, the Norwalk Historical Society, Ridgefield's Keeler Tavern Museum, the Weston Historical Society, the Westport Historical Society, and the Wilton Historical Society. March 29-April 6, 2014.

Solar System Sundays - Stamford Museum and Nature Center
March 30, 2014 - Stamford

After viewing NASA's images in the museum's newest exhibition, take a trip through the solar system and night sky in the planetarium. Programs have limited seating; doors will open 15 minutes before program start time. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

'Tornado Alley' - Maritime Aquarium
Through April 03, 2014 - Norwalk

This film invites the audience to follow along with a daring team of "storm chasers" as they work to understand the origins and evolution of tornadoes. Sean Casey, star of the Discovery Channel's "Storm Chasers" reality series, leads this mission to document one of Earth's most awe-inspiring events - the birth of a tornado. Through April 3, 2014.

Nano Days - Stepping Stones Museum
Through April 06, 2014 - Norwalk

Experience the miniscule world of nanoscience, where the smallest elements have the greatest impact. March 29-April 6.

Mother Goose on the Loose Registration - Wilton Library
Through April 07, 2014 - Wilton

Children ages 6 months to 2 years old will sing songs, listen to stories, move to music, and learn nursery rhymes. Mother Goose on the Loose is a research-based program intended to help infants and toddlers develop early literacy skills in an active and fun environment. Felt boards, puppets, instruments, and props will be used. In an effort to create a small, consistent group experience, this program uses a lottery system for registration. Lottery registration forms are available at the Children's Library desk starting March 17, 2014 and must be returned by April 7, 2014. Patrons will be notified via email if they receive a spot. The program runs April 10-May 29, 2014. There will be two time slots: 10:15-10:45am and 11-11:30am.

In The Dark: Animal Survival Strategies - Bruce Museum
Through April 13, 2014 - Greenwich

In this immersive, entertaining, and family-friendly exhibition, people of all ages will discover how animals, including humans, adapt to living in the dark. The show features natural dioramas of caves, deep soil, nighttime forest and desert, along with mechanical, electronic and digital interactives. This exhibition is organized by the Cincinnati Museum Center. January 25-April 13, 2014.

A Very Wild West Show - Loft Artist Association
Through April 13, 2014 - Stamford

Loft Artist member Susan Frey says a jar of gum tree green acrylic paint and a book of Native American portraits were the beginnings of her two-and-a-half-year series of acrylic paintings, drawings, and collages that makes up ?A Very Wild West Show? exhibition. She visited many parts of the American West in the past 35 years, and this vast part of the country is intriguing, with its beautiful and sometimes austere landscapes. Cowboy and American Indian lore is full of myth and imagery. March 15-April 13, 2014.

Touch A Jellyfish - Maritime Aquarium
Through April 20, 2014 - Norwalk

The Maritime Aquarium 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. This special exhibit will let visitors safely touch live moon jellyfish, one of the most common species in Long Island Sound. Open weekends, holidays and school vacation weeks January 18–April 20.

Exhibition: Six Ladders - Katonah Museum of Art
Through April 21, 2014 - Katonah

Bright swaths of vibrant colors transform the Katonah Museum of Art's exterior in its newest outdoor exhibition, "Six Ladders," by artist Andrea Lilienthal. Lilienthal created a series of giant bamboo ladders for the Museum's stately Sculpture Garden that are whimsical and enigmatic; their brilliant colors electrify the natural surroundings. Five ladders, with their cheerful colors and playful patterns, lean against the Museum's enormous spruce trees in various positions and at different angles. On the building's facade, a sixth, 30-foot ladder extends just short of the roofline - its form and ribbons of color energizing the wall and lending sculptural dimension to the flat expanse. Each of the ladders are hand-constructed from sturdy commercial bamboo, harvested in China, and painted with high-gloss outdoor enamel paint from Holland. Their surfaces are smooth and reflective, in contrast to the course-textured tree bark. According to Katonah Museum of Art Curator Ellen Keiter, "These are not functional structures - their bottom rungs are too high to mount and the ladders fail to reach the top of their intended destinations. These are instead beautiful works of art; Andrea Lilienthal responds to the inherent geometry of ladders and the repetitive rhythm of their rungs. She finds beauty in their simple, minimalist construction." "Lilienthal's ladders instill a sense of wonder and suggest that seemingly unreachable goals can be attained," she says. Keiter explains that bamboo is a hollow-stemmed, woody plant that "bows, sways, and splits, so slight imperfections, even substantial cracks, add distinctive character to each ladder. No two ladders are painted the same, yet their similarly saturated hues coalesce into a lively visual harmony." She adds, "The bands of luscious color wrap around the bamboo like candy confections, and bright confetti patterns alternate with stark black-and-white designs. A causal link exists between the artificial colors and the natural bamboo. On one ladder, Lilienthal painted white rings around the growth nodes of the bamboo; on another, the nodes demarcate the lengths of painted blue and orange sections." Says Lilienthal: "These magnificent and mysterious trees [at the Katonah Museum of Art], whose tops are not even visible, dwarf the people and furniture below. In response to their super scale, I chose the ladder, a form with human scale and multiple readings: utilitarian ancient, mythic, and universal. The severe and stately trees support the bamboo ladders in an implied partnership; rooted and stable, the trees assist the ladders in their attempt to ascend. But ultimately, how do you mount an 80-foot Norwegian spruce tree? My answer was to climb it with imagination, affirming our connection to the natural world." Lilienthal has used bamboo in her artistic practice for several years. In earlier installations, she aligned multiple painted, wrapped, or taped bamboo poles along a wall - works awash in color, but still relatable in size. However, her current exhibition at the Katonah Museum of Art is in keeping with the majesty, diameter, and spacing of the giant spruce trees. Adding to the intrigue of this exhibition are enlarged photographs of the Garden's spruce trees displayed in the Museum's two west windows adjacent to the lone 30-foot ladder. On first impression, the images appear as reflections. In this way, Lilienthal reinforces the relationship between the ladders and the trees while further playing with the viewers' perceptions and expectations. Historically, ladders carry rich and universal associations. In many faiths and fables, ladders are a symbol of ascent, of travel, of reaching upward. In modern times, they represent progress and growth, allowing us to reach higher than we would otherwise be able to go. Ladders symbolize elevation: from darkness to light, from ignorance to knowledge, and from the material to the spiritual. They are featured in art from prehistoric cave paintings to contemporary times. Jacob's Ladder, the metaphysical passage between heaven and earth, is mentioned in the first book of the Bible, and is represented in such disparate media as Renaissance paintings and popular video games. There is a popular African-American spiritual, "We Are Climbing Jacob's Ladder," Eric Carl's beloved children's picture book, "Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me," and innumerable colloquialisms regarding "the ladder of success." On view through April 21, 2014 during Museum hours: Sundays: 12-5pm; Tuesdays through Saturdays: 10am-5pm. Closed Mondays.

The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary - New York Botanical Garden
Through April 21, 2014 - Bronx

A mosaic of classic and exotic orchids greets visitors in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory - a living design inspiration taking its cues from a modernist Key West estate garden. Throughout the exhibition, varied events and activities capture the artistic and cultural appeal of the Keys through live weekend music, a curated poetry walk, Orchid Evenings, and more. During The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary, step out of the bustling city and into the Florida Keys, where the dramatic beauty of a flourishing tropical garden is amplified by vibrant architecture to recall this particular island's charm and ambience. The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory's sprawling glasshouse galleries are transformed into a modernist Key West estate garden inspired by a garden originally designed by award-winning landscape architect Raymond Jungles for Susan Henshaw Jones, who is President of the Museum of the City of New York, and Judge Richard K. Eaton. Immerse yourself in an effusion of orchids blooming among still, geometric reflecting pools, soaring angular pergolas, and sleek benches.

'Thingamabob' Exhibit - Maritime Garage Gallery
Through April 25, 2014 - Norwalk

Machines, gadgets and all things technology inspire the artwork at a new exhibit at the Maritime Garage Gallery.“Thingamabob” features art that is in the eye of the mechanically inclined in a group show of artists, including John Jackson of Jefferson, New York, Tom Hlas of Norfolk, CT, Lewis Schaffer from Ridgefield, Deborah Rauh from Westport, Sara Roche from Weston, and others. The Maritime Garage Gallery is part of the Norwalk Parking Authority’s “Art in Parking Places” initiative, an effort to support art in public spaces making Norwalk a more vibrant destination. January 29-April 25, 2014.

Exhibition--Garden Party - Greenwich Art Society Gallery
Through April 26, 2014 - Greenwich

The Garden Party theme is the inspiration for artwork by artists from the Society, many of whom are present or former students of the Society's Studio School.

Wonder Women of Fairfield - Fairfield Museum and History Center
Through April 28, 2014 - Fairfield

Discover the vision and determination of Fairfield's most famous women, who forged new avenues of achievement not open to earlier generations. Through portraits, biographical information, objects and documents,the exhibit highlights the fascinating lives of notable women who helped build and shape our community, including Pepperidge Farm founder Margaret Rudkin and Connecticut Audubon Society founder Mabel Osgood Wright February 27-April 28, 2014.

Fairfield's Rockin' Top Ten - Fairfield Museum and History Center
Through April 28, 2014 - Fairfield

This interactive exhibition takes a look at some of America's most renowned musicians—such as Keith Richards, David Brubeck, Jose Feliciano and Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth--who have called Fairfield and surrounding communities home and have shaped our musical legacy. March 1-April 28, 2014.

The Greenwich Art Society presents 'The Art of Lina Morielli' - Greenwich Hospital - Garden Cafe
Through April 30, 2014 - Greenwich

This exhibition is comprised of paintings and mixed media from the artist's personal collection. February 1 – April 30 at the Garden Café at Greenwich Hospital. Lina Morielli was born in Montreal, grew up in Darien, CT and is a graduate of Parsons School of Design. As an artist/arts activist she has been in involved in many aspects of the local art scene in the Stamford area for over twenty years. She was president of Stamford's Loft Artists Association and received three City Arts Partnership Program grants to produce their Annual Open Studios and Performance Series. February 1-April 30,2014.

LOST EGYPT: ANCIENT SECRETS, MODERN SCIENCE - Connecticut Science Center
Through May 04, 2014 - Hartford

Lost Egypt blends ancient artifacts and hands-on activities to create a learning experience for families, students, and all those with a passion for Egypt and Egyptology. The interactive exhibit features real human and animal mummies, as well as mummy scans and forensic facial reconstructions. Visitors can explore a re-creation of an Egyptian tomb and see authentic art and artifacts from the daily life and funerary culture of ancient Egypt, plus the first ever life-size rapid prototype of a mummy in a stage of "unwrapping". They can also build a pyramid, sit atop a friendly camel and read hieroglyphics as ancient Egyptians did thousands of years ago. Feb 1- May 4, 2014.

Forrest Bess: Seeing Things Invisible - Neuberger Museum of Art
Through May 18, 2014 - Purchase

Self-described "visionary" artist Forrest Bess (1911-1977) is a unique figure in the history of American art. He eked a meager living fishing and selling bait by day in Bay City Texas, while, in his free time, he read, wrote, and painted prolifically. He created an extraordinary body of mostly small-scale canvases rich with enigmatic symbolism based on symbols he saw in his dreams. Bess drew meaning for these symbols from various disciplines such as medicine, psychology, anthropology, and philosophy, eventually formulating a theory, which he referred to as his "thesis," that the unification of male and female within one's body could produce immortality. Despite his remote location, Bess gained recognition in the New York art community, showing his work between 1950 and 1967 with the prominent artist and dealer Betty Parsons. "Forrest Bess: Seeing Things Invisible" is organized by the Menil Collection, curated by Assistant Curator, Clare Elliott, in collaboration with contemporary artist Robert Gober, expanding on a project he created for the 2012 Whitney Biennial. It will feature a selection of over 40 paintings, along with rare works on paper and selected letters, and will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue. At the Neuberger Museum the exhibition is organized by Chief Curator Tracy Fitzpatrick. Through May 14.

The Art of Video Games - Hudson River Museum
Through May 18, 2014 - Yonkers

One of the first major exhibitions to explore the 40-year evolution of video games as an artistic medium, "The Art of Video Games" focuses on the medium's striking graphics, creative storytelling, and player interactivity. Organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the exhibition travels to the Hudson River Museum for its only appearance in the New York Metro area, from Feb. 15-May 18. "The Art of Video Games" features the most influential artists and designers across five eras of game development, from early pioneers to the contemporary artists, who created some of the best games for 20 gaming systems that range from the Atari VCS to PlayStation 3. Video games - a compelling and influential form of narrative art - use player participation to tell stories and engage audiences in the same way as film, animation, and performance. The exhibition features 80 video games selected with the help of the public to demonstrate the evolution of the medium. The games are presented through still images, video footage, and video interviews with developers and artists, historic game consoles, and large prints of in-game screen shots. Five featured games are available for visitors to play (Pac-Man, Super Mario Brothers, The Secret of Monkey Island, Myst, and Flower), which show how players interact with the virtual worlds, highlighting the innovative techniques that set the standard for many subsequent games. "Video games are a prevalent and increasingly expressive medium within modern society," said Chris Melissinos, former chief gaming officer for Sun Microsystems, founder of Past Pixels, and guest curator of the exhibition. "In the 40 years since the introduction of the first home video game, the field has attracted exceptional artistic talent. Video games, which include classic components of art, offer designers a previously unprecedented method of communicating with and engaging audiences by including a new element, the player, who completes the vivid, experiential art form by personally interacting with the game elements." Visitors to the exhibition are greeted by excerpts from selected games projected 12 feet high, accompanied by a chipmusic soundtrack by 8 Bit Weapon and ComputeHer, including "The Art of Video Games Anthem," recorded by 8 Bit Weapon specifically for the exhibition. An interior gallery includes a series of short videos showing the range of emotional responses players have while interacting with games. The Smithsonian invited the public to help select the video games in the exhibition. A pool of 240 games was selected by Melissinos and an advisory group consisting of game developers, designers, industry pioneers, and journalists. More than 3.7 million votes were cast by 119,000 people in 175 countries. "The Art of Video Games" is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum with generous support from the Entertainment Software Association Foundation; Sheila Duignan and Mike Wilkins; Shelby and Frederick Gans; Mark Lamia; Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk; Rose Family Foundation; Betty and Lloyd Schermer; and Neil Young. Promotional support is provided by the Entertainment Consumers Association. The C.F. Foundation in Atlanta supports the museum's traveling exhibition program, "Treasures to Go." On view through May 18, 2014.

BLACK-WHITE-COLOR-LIGHT: The Art of Rick Shaefer & The Sun as Art: NASA Photographs - Stamford Museum and Nature Center
Through May 27, 2014 - Stamford

The science behind the perception of color is explored in this two-part exhibition. Colossal black charcoal drawings on white velum capture the intricate details of two precious natural resources: bison and trees. Artist Rick Shaefer, from Fairfield, juxtaposes the majesty and frailty of nature in his life-size renditions with an injection of humor from his crows: a cast of characters atop a fence. The second part of this exhibition involves twenty stunning, full-color, high-resolution images of the sun demonstrates the color spectrum of light. QR codes allow visitors to scan and learn more about the dramatic images captured by NASA scientists ? some of which have been "modified" to suggest familiar forms and images. The brainchild of Dr. Steele Hill, a media specialist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland; the images showcase the incredible details of the sun in a unique way. An interactive light box allows visitors to mix color shadows with body movement to experience the range of color in the light spectrum. Our world is awash in color and light, highlighted by the nuances of shadow, contrast and darkness. How does the light from the sun influence the way we perceive color? How is our imagination challenged by black and white imagery? These questions are explored in our exhibition, Black, White, Color, Light. March 22-May 27, 2014.

Pasture to Pond: Connecticut Impressionism - Bruce Museum
Through June 21, 2014 - Greenwich

Drawn from the permanent collection of the Bruce Museum, private collectors, area museums, and the trade, this exhibition speaks to the quality and beauty of this perennially popular art and celebrates Connecticut's role as the birthplace of American Impressionism. Tour Connecticut's landscapes through the canvases of American Impressionist artists including Childe Hassam, J. Alden Weir, John Henry Twachtman, Leonard Ochtman and others. March 22- June 21, 2014.

Great White Shark - Maritime Aquarium - IMAX
Through June 30, 2014 - Norwalk

No other modern animal may command both fear and fascination as much as the great white shark ? but The Maritime Aquarium's new IMAX?film suggests, instead, that these predators mainly need help and respect. This film unravels the mystery of the creature by telling the true story of its role atop the oceanic food chain. "Our mission is to change people's attitudes toward the great white," said Steve McNicholas, co-director of the film. "It's not the menacing, evil predator it's made out to be. It's simply performing its crucial role at the top of the ocean's food chain. Great whites are not monsters any more than the polar bears or lions that we revere." The 40-minute film takes viewers around the world to great-white hotspots and examines the animals through the eyes of several people whose lives and work have become inextricably linked to the great white, including shark expert Michael Rutzen, who openly scuba dives among them. October 11-April 3, 2014.

Sensory Jump Time - Pump It Up Norwalk
Through June 30, 2014 - Norwalk

Pump It Up has partnered with Autism Speaks to offer Sensory Jump Time, a program for all children on the autism spectrum. They have created a sensory-friendly environment specific to the Sensory Jump Time program. Children who attend have the opportunity to make new friends, jump, slide and play sensory-friendly games within a controlled, safe environment. This program is open to children on the autism spectrum and their siblings only. Advanced registration is encouraged as this program is not open to the general public in order to provide a safe environment for the children. Pump It Up is a proud supporter of Autism Speaks. The program takes place on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Fun & Games with Miss Melissa at Pump It Up Norwalk - Pump It Up Norwalk
Through June 30, 2014 - Norwalk

Children enjoy a select mix of games, stories, crafts or other fun filled activity depending on the theme Miss Melissa has planned for that day. Takes place Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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-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 April 3,2014.


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