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!
Adoption: Everything You Need to Know - Port Chester- Rye Brook Library
May 19, 2014 - Port Chester
A free event open to anyone interested in or involved with the adoption process, including professionals, community members, expectant parents, adoptive or prospective adoptive parents, and adoptees. Learn about the domestic and international adoption process, and meet the staff of Forever Families Through Adoption (FFTA). FFTA is authorized in CT and NY. No registration necessary. For information, contact Kate at 914-939-1180, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whodunit? Book Club - Wilton Library
May 19, 2014 - Wilton
Children in grades 2 and 3 will meet and discuss mystery books as a group. The book for May is From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L.Konigsburg. Snacks will be provided with fun detective activities. Parents and guardians must remain in the Library.
MAKER MONDAYS - Westport Library
May 19, 2014 - Westport
Each Maker Monday will feature a different hands-on, creative activity, that will be announced the week before. Register online for each workshop. Join anytime. For grades 6-9.
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.
- $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 email@example.com. 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.
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.
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.