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TODAY'S FAMILY & KIDS ACTIVITIES IN FAIRFIELD-MAY 10

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by Directories Editor May 10, 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!

SPRING BIRDING - Audubon Greenwich
May 10, 2014 - Greenwich

Morning bird walks are a spring tradition. Get out and enjoy two local 'birding' hot spots. No charge or RSVP required. Bring binoculars and/or camera. Loaner binoculars may be available. Call Ted Gilman at x230 with any questions. Saturdays meet in Audubon Greenwich parking area on Riversville Road. Wednesdays meet at Fairchild Wildflower Garden parking area on North Porchuck Road.

Rowayton Carnival - Rowayton Elementary School
Through May 10, 2014 - Rowayton

The Rowayton School PTA is proud to announce the annual Rowayton School Carnival. Hosted on the fields of Rowayton Elementary School, the Carnival is one of the top fundraisers for the school and offers something for everyone with fantastic rides by Rainbow Carnival, popular kids’ games, a delicious assortment of food ranging from nearby restaurants to food trucks and a raffle. All proceeds raised from the Carnival go directly to support the local school including enrichment programs and educational technologies.

Family Art Project: Sachets and Floral Fantasy for Mother's Day - Wave Hill
May 10, 2014 - Bronx

Honor Mom with paper flowers, sachets and unique flowery gifts. Participants will make a fragrant sachet filled with lavender, tied with ribbon and bows, and decorated with buds. Visiting artist Lina Puerta will help families create unique jewelry out of paper beads, found objects, and other materials from nature. Free, and admission to the grounds is free until 12pm.

13th Annual Castles in the Sand - Compo Beach
May 10, 2014 - Westport

Celebrate an afternoon of family, fun, friends, and the community while raising funds to support the homeless and other neighbors in need. Adults and children of all ages are invited to join in the contest. Event proceeds will benefit the programs of Homes with Hope including the Gillespie Center and Hoskins? Place, emergency shelter for single men and women; the Bacharach Community, emergency shelter for women and children; and its Permanent Supportive Housing programs throughout the Westport and Norwalk areas. Registration information for the event can be found on the Homes with Hope website hwhct.org.

Playland Opening Day - Rye Playland
May 10, 2014 - Rye

Get ready to zoom, spin, splash, swing, and soar your way through acres of amusement park rides from the cooling log flume, to the famous Dragon Coaster, and all your other favorites, as Playland Amusement Park in Rye hosts its opening day, Saturday, May 10.) Rain date for opening day is Saturday, May 17.) The fun gets underway with a parade and entertainment beginning at 11am, and rides opening at noon. Special opening day admission is $15, which is good for unlimited rides until the park closes at 7pm. Admissions go on sale at 10:30am. The opening celebration begins with strolling entertainment at the Fountain Plaza at 11am, followed by a traditional parade with the Port Chester High School Marching Band accompanied by local dignitaries, staff, and Playland's mascot, Coaster the Dragon. Grab a seat in front of the Music Tower Theater stage to hear the band Reunion perform hit sounds from the '50s, '60s and '70s. at 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm. Erik's Reptile Edventures will educate and entertain with his animal ambassadors, featuring Wally the five-foot-long American alligator. Shows take place in Kiddyland and at the Music Tower Theater stage; show times will be posted in the park. Playland's Kiddyland DJ will entertain with the "Play it DJ" show, in four performances at 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, and 6pm. Kids will move, groove, and be smooth as the DJ plays their favorite dance tunes. Rain date for opening day is Saturday, May 17. Special opening day admission is $15, which is good for unlimited rides until the park closes at 7pm. Admission Prices: - $15 Weekends: May 10, 11, 17, 18, and 23: $15 unlimited rides; $15 Junior (under 48"). - Starting Friday, May 23: $30 unlimited rides; $20 Junior (under 48"); Spectator admission (no rides) is free for Westchester County residents and $10 for non-residents. Season Passes: - $95 for unlimited rides all season, with a $15 discount for Westchester residents. - $35 for spectator admission all season (no rides), for non-residents of Westchester County. Acceptable proof of Westchester residency is a Westchester County Park Pass; New York State driver's license or non-driver ID; or a photo ID or report card from a Westchester County school. Playland's pre-season schedule is 12-7pm, Saturdays and Sundays until Memorial Day weekend, after which the spring schedule begins. For the season schedule go to ryeplayland.org or call the park at 914-813-7000. Use the website link to join the Playland E-Club and receive valuable discounts all season long. Note: In a piece of great news, the boardwalk, which suffered major damage during Hurricane Sandy, is open again. Construction continues on the Ice Casino. A scheduled reopening date for the Ice Casino has not been announced.

International Migratory Bird Day Celebration - Greenwich Audubon Society
May 10, 2014 - Greenwich

Start the morning off at 6:30am with a traditional bird walk and breakfast. Later in the morning, at 9am, there will be a bird day celebration for children. Information on events for the day can be found on line. RSVP required for walk and breakfast to greenwichcenter@audubon.org or Jeff at 203-869-5272 x239.

International Migratory Bird Day Celebration - Greenwich Audubon Society
May 10, 2014 - Greenwich

Start the morning off at 6:30am with a traditional bird walk and breakfast. Later in the morning, at 9am, there will be a bird day celebration for children. Information on events for the day can be found on line. RSVP required for walk and breakfast to greenwichcenter@audubon.org or Jeff at 203-869-5272 x239.

Mother's Day Program - Stratford Library
May 10, 2014 - Stratford

A special Mother's Day event featuring Librarian and Author Martha Simpson who will read from her book, "What Not to Give Your Mom on Mother's Day". Reading is followed by craft program for children to design their own Mother's Day gifts.

Minecraft Club - Wilton Library
May 10, 2014 - Wilton

Kids ages 8 and up are invited to join Wilton Library's Minecraft Computer Club. A server for Fairfield County has been set up with a virtual world where the Minecraft community in Wilton can meet and the club welcomes the enthusiasts. Minecraft is a subscription-based, online game. Players must bring their own laptop and create their own account. Handheld devices are not recommended because they run a Minecraft app that does not work with the same server. To be added to the Fairfield County server you must visit the Children's Desk with a valid library card to be registered. Caretakers must sign in their child with a staff member. If the child is not present and signed in by 10:10, the place may be given to a waitlisted child. Registration required.

Norwalk Symphony Orchestra - Wilton Library
May 10, 2014 - Wilton

Children ages 3-10 and their families get to experience hands-on participation with percussion instruments. Advance registration suggested.

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive for Operation Hope of Fairfield - Fairfield Theatre Company
May 10, 2014 - Fairfield

Every second Saturday in May letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America deliver much more than mail when they walk and drive along their postal routes. They also collect the generous food donations from their postal customers who participate in the NALC Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive - the largest one-day food drive in the nation and probably the world. Carriers collect non-perishable food donations left by mailboxes and in post offices and deliver them to local community food banks, pantries and shelters. The Postal workers will drop the collections at the Fairfield Theatre Company. Volunteers are needed to load the items into the warehouse and then move it to the pantry at Operation Hope.

LIGHTSCAPES - Van Cortlandt Ma or
May 10, 2014 - Croton-on-Hudson

The creators of the Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze present an exciting, new experience: An immersive journey into a springtime garden fantasy featuring colorful creatures and fantastic flowers. Van Cortlandt Manor springs to life during this incredible nighttime display of sculpture, light, sound, and special effects. Walk through a rainbow and emerge from a bubbly haze into a dreamland of curiosities spread throughout this historic landscape as far as the eye can see. Reclaimed elements serve as eco-friendly building blocks for intergalactic flora and friendly woodland creatures. Otherworldly mushrooms, floating fairies, and beautiful butterflies are among the thousands of treasures you'll find. State-of-the-art illumination will highlight these incredible works of art and showcase Van Cortlandt Manor's natural landscape and specimen trees. Featuring all-original sculpture designed and handmade on site by the team that brings you the Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze, LIGHTSCAPES is an elegantly enchanting evening event that brightens Van Cortlandt Manor like never before. Appropriate for all ages. All admissions are by timed ticket only, which must be purchased in advance. Buy tickets online at hudsonvalley.org before April 10 for substantial discounts or call 914-631-8200. May 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-25, and 30-31.

Kids Story Time with Author Susan Hood-- ROOTING FOR YOU - Fairfield University Bookstore
May 10, 2014 - Fairfield

Susan Hood, author of the new children's picture book, Rooting for You, will read to kids ages 3 and up. The story is about a bored but hesitant little seedling who decides to send out a tiny exploratory shoot. Kids will get the chance to decorate a small pot and plant some seeds of their own. Reserve your child's spot, call ext. 501 or email: FairfieldUBookstoreEvents@gmail.com.

Mother's Day Weekend at the Connecticut Science Center: Pancake Breakfast with Curious George - Connecticut Science Center
May 10, 2014 - Hartford

Celebrate Mother's Day Weekend Connecticut Science Center style. Families can enjoy a first-ever pancake breakfast while hanging out with Curious George. When you're finished with breakfast, experience all the fun of spring including face painting, a bounce house, a photo booth and Bubblemania.

Connecticut Science Center Spring Fling: Jungle - Connecticut Science Center
May 10, 2014 - Hartford

Take a trip to the jungle inside the Connecticut Science Center. Meet Curious George, have your face painted, jump around in a bounce house, see live animals, pose in a photo booth and experience Casey Carle's internationally touring bubble extravaganza, Bubblemania.

Fairfield County Children's Choir presents: Singing American--A Celebration of The Great American Songbook - Fairfield Warde High School
May 10, 2014 - Fairfield

Three hundred young choristers will demonstrate and celebrate the positive power of this body of uniquely American songs. The composers who gave rise to what has become known as the Great American Songbook translated positive values and an optimistic spirit into the soundtrack of American life. Their songs offered hope of better days during the Great Depression, built morale during two world wars, and helped build social bridges within our culture. The music of George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, and Richard Rodgers will be featured.

Accessibility Day - Stepping Stones Museum
May 10, 2014 - Norwalk

Free admission for families of children with special needs. An Open Arms program.

Around the World Creative Kids - Stepping Stones Museum
May 10, 2014 - Norwalk

This month's Around the World Destination is Russia. Make your own matryoshka doll, also known as a Russian nesting doll. Tickets required. Limited space. For ages 2 and older.

Bird Banding Demonstration - Birdcraft Museum in Fairfield
May 10, 2014 - Fairfield

Come celebrate the return of migratory birds during International Migratory Bird Day 2014. Master bander Judy Richardson and her team of licensed banders will demonstrate all aspects of the bird banding process throughout the morning.

Aladdin - Downtown Cabaret Theatre
May 10, 2014 - Bridgeport

Take a ride on a magic carpet ride to a mystical land of genies, sorcerers, and musical comedy. This Cabaret original tells the classic story of Aladdin and the Genie of the lamp as they try to win the heart of the beautiful Princess Adrianna while hiding from the evil magician, Abanazer. Loaded with music, physical comedy, and fun characters, this production is sure to grant your cabaret wishes.

Shrek the Musical - Downtown Cabaret Theatre
May 10, 2014 - Bridgeport

Shrek, based on the Oscar® winning DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of everyone's favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage. In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre — not a handsome prince — shows up to rescue a feisty princess. It's part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone.

Young Adult Author Michaela MacColl presents ALWAYS EMILY - Fairfield University Bookstore
May 10, 2014 - Fairfield

Young adult author Michaela MacColl will be on hand to meet and greet customers and sign copies of her new book, ALWAYS EMILY—a Modern Historical novel full of intrigue and romance for the young adult reader. In ALWAYS EMILY, MacColl has drawn upon her own love of writing and reading to craft a suspenseful tale inspired by the real-life Emily and Charlotte Bronte, young writers who would grow up to author several of the most enduring English novels of all time.

Mother's Day Weekend Garden Party - New York Botanical Garden
Through May 11, 2014 - Bronx

Treat mom to the day out she deserves, with a vintage twist! Celebrate Mother's Day with a garden party for the whole family featuring live music, games, casual picnicking, and more - all surrounded by a spectacular spring landscape. Kids can make an afternoon of crafting birds' nests, Mother's Day cards, and giant chalk drawings in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden, fly kites, or play croquet. Hop between visiting food trucks and snack vendors, with beer and wine available for adults to purchase. From 11am-5pm on Daffodil Hill, Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra bring the music of the 1920s and early 1930s to the Garden. From 11am-5pm at the Azalea Garden Overlook, vintage-style photographer R. A. Friedman will be on hand to snap pictures of your family with the brilliant Azalea Garden as your backdrop. From 11am-5pm, have a go at favorite garden party games like badminton and croquet. If the wind is right, fly a kite! New this year, take part in a hula hooping contest, or challenge your family to a game on the NYBG's new giant chess boards. There will be a Mother's Day Brunch Sunday, May 11 in the Garden Terrace Room. Advance reservations are required. Take Afternoon Tea on the Stone Mill Terrace. Light refreshments will be available for purchase this weekend. Enjoy a stop for tea and treats alongside the babbling Bronx River. Enjoy Tours and Walks, learn about birds and butterflies, and explore the Native Plant Garden and Azalea Garden. Additional programs will take place throughout the Garden. View the full list of programs and events at nybg.org/exhibitions/2014/festivals/mothers-day-weekend/mother-day-events.php.

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.

Extreme Habitats: Into the Deep Sea - Bruce Museum
Through May 31, 2014 - Greenwich

This exhibition explores the vast and extraordinary deep sea by examining both the highly adapted survival strategies utilized by creatures of the deep and the technology that enables researchers to record ground-breaking observations. Museum visitors are encouraged to view bioluminescent inhabitants of the twilight zone of the sea, discover the extremophiles that inhabit a hydrothermal vent, witness the bizarre appearances and adaptations of deep-sea species, and learn about the technology that makes deep-sea explorations possible.

Playland Pre-Season - Rye Playland
Through May 31, 2014 - Rye

Get ready to zoom, spin, splash, swing, and soar your way through acres of amusement park rides from the cooling log flume, to the famous Dragon Coaster, and all your other favorites, as Playland Amusement Park in Rye hosts its opening day, Saturday, May 10. Special opening day admission is $15, which is good for unlimited rides until the park closes at 7pm. Admission Prices (May 11-23): - $15 Pre-Season Weekends: May 10, 11, 17, 18, and 23: $15 unlimited rides; $15 Junior (under 48"). - Starting Saturday, May 24: $30 unlimited rides; $20 Junior (under 48"); Spectator admission (no rides) is free for Westchester County residents and $10 for non-residents. Season Passes: - $95 for unlimited rides all season, with a $15 discount for Westchester residents. - $35 for spectator admission all season (no rides), for non-residents of Westchester County. Acceptable proof of Westchester residency is a Westchester County Park Pass; New York State driver's license or non-driver ID; or a photo ID or report card from a Westchester County school. Playland's pre-season schedule is 12-7pm, Saturdays and Sundays until Memorial Day weekend, after which the spring schedule begins. For the season schedule go to ryeplayland.org or call the park at 914-813-7000. Use the website link to join the Playland E-Club and receive valuable discounts all season long. Note: In a piece of great news, the boardwalk, which suffered major damage during Hurricane Sandy, is open again. Construction continues on the Ice Casino. A scheduled reopening date for the Ice Casino has not been announced.

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

The EverWonder Experience, a miniature version of what may become a permanent museum, is open to the public on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Children are invited to come and participate in science and art activities, as well as to enjoy a hands-on exhibit entitled “Cool Moves: The Artistry of Motion”. Check out a new addition- "Wind Over Water". Appropriate for children through age 12. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, May 1-May 31,2014.

The Katonah Museum of Art presents Jasper Johns & John Lund: Masters in the Print Studio - Katonah Museum of Art
Through June 15, 2014 - Katonah

The Katonah Museum of Art presents "Jasper Johns & John Lund: Masters in the Print Studio," the first in-depth exhibition to focus on the collaboration between the iconic American artist and his master printer. An extraordinary, little-known story unfolds in the exhibition "Jasper Johns & John Lund: Masters in the Print Studio" Over the past 30 years Johns and Lund have forged a rare artistic collaboration: side-by-side, master printer Lund has helped one of America's foremost living artists achieve precisely the desired effect he seeks in his prints, 47 of which are featured in the exhibition. This is the first museum exhibition to explore these two masters' working relationship. Johns is one of the most prominent and prolific printmakers of the 20th and 21st centuries. While he has collaborated with several master printers during his long career, his relationship with Lund is unique due to the exclusive nature of their working process. Johns and Lund first worked together in 1973 at Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE), the fine art print publisher, where Lund was a lithography printer, working with art world luminaries including Robert Rauschenberg, Larry Rivers, and James Rosenquist. A decade later Lund became integral to Johns's printmaking process as the sole printer to work on the artist's intaglio prints. In 1996 Lund and his family moved into a home on Johns's rural Connecticut property, establishing a private print studio and becoming his on-site master printer. Together they have created over 70 editions, the vast majority of which are made with intaglio techniques, including etching and aquatint. The imagery in the prints is often related to paintings Johns is in the process of creating, or has just completed. There are two layers of singular ability involved in making these prints - the technical and the artistic. Lund's expert skill is a means by which Johns achieves his creative vision. The exhibition's chronological installation includes the seminal series The Seasons (1987); Flag on Orange (1998), the first edition published under Johns's own Low Road Studio imprint; and the Shrinky Dink series (2011-12), which references elements from The Seasons while featuring new imagery. This one-on-one relationship is uncommon in the print world. Says Lund, "It's more solitary and concentrated but, hopefully, the result is an instinctual feel for the intention of the artist, knowing what the artist is looking at, and what I can do to make it all happen." The luxury of having his own print studio permits Johns the freedom of extended experimentation and exploration. Says Lund, "We've made spontaneous monoprints, worked out 'what if' issues, used printmaking elements that end up as drawings, used equipment and/or print techniques in his paintings - it can be very fluid since I'm just down the hall. In between projects or even in the middle of a print, I never know what Jasper might walk in and ask for..." Johns' print and painting studios are housed in the same converted carriage barn; their proximity permits the artists' effortless movement between the different techniques. The exhibition offers an exclusive glimpse into Johns' private print studio through a selection of recent photographs. "This is a story that's never been publicly told," says exhibition curator Ellen Keiter. While many of the works featured in "Jasper Johns & John Lund: Masters in the Print Studio" have been included in other museum and gallery exhibitions, they have not been viewed through the lens of these two masters' working relationship. Process is explored in proofs and plates, and Lund's personal photographs of Johns at work are also on display. "Mr. Johns is a famously private person," says Keiter. "I believe it is out of respect for Lund and his untold contributions that Mr. Johns has granted us open access to his print studio." Interim executive director, Belinda Roth, adds: "We are delighted to bring this new perspective to Jasper Johns' scholarship. The works on display form a telling representation of the second half of his printmaking career. We're equally proud to recognize John Lund and his singular role in contemporary printmaking." The exhibition "Jasper Johns & John Lund: Masters in the Print Studio" will be on view at the Katonah Museum through June 15, 2014. In connection with the exhibition, the Museum will publish an illustrated catalogue with an essay by Wendy Weitman, former curator in the Department of Prints and Illustrated Books at MoMA, and now an independent curator.

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.

FACE TO FACE: Portraits from WAPAC as It Turns 50 - Westport Library
Through June 26, 2014 - Westport

An exhibit of more than 20 portraits from the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection in celebration of WSPAC's 50th anniversary year. May 1-June 26, 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. Through June 30,2014.

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.

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar - Maritime Aquarium - IMAX Theater
Through June 30, 2014 - Norwalk

The creative forces behind the popular IMAX movie "Born to Be Wild" come together again. Writer-producer Drew Fellman, filmmaker David Douglas and narrator Morgan Freeman team up again for a whirlwind romp through the island nation off Africa's eastern coast. Lemurs are a unique line of primates that have been bounding around on the island paradise – and only on that single island paradise – after arriving there millions of years ago. But now habitat destruction is a serious threat to lemurs' existence. The film follows Dr. Patricia Wright, a professor of biological anthropology whose lifelong mission is to help these unusual creatures survive in the modern world. April 4-June 30, 2014.

Exhibit of Laurel House artists - Government Center
Through June 30, 2014 - Stamford

In recognition of May is Mental Health Awareness Month, The Mayor's Gallery will host an exhibit featuring over thirty works of art created by Laurel House artists. While the Laurel House's Art Workshop meets to draw and paint, the focus is on camaraderie and a sense of belonging. The group is made up of caring, non-judgmental individuals of varying ages and backgrounds who are happy to see each other. From its beginnings in 1984, where a dozen people a day would drop in for a couple of hours of mutual support and fellowship, Laurel House has grown into a full service psychiatric rehabilitation program and Resource Center, assisting nearly 700 people a year on their paths to recovery. For more information call Barbara Rossi 203-324-7734 or email brossi@laurelhouse.net. May 5-June 30, 2014.

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.

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.

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.

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, 2014.

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 on weekends and holidays in May and June, and daily in July and August. May 1- August 31, 2014.

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.

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.

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.

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 June 30,2014.


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