Stroller Tour - Bruce Museum
December 17, 2014 - Greenwich
Take a guided tour of Museum exhibitions and collections before the museum is open to the public. Crying babies are welcome. Discussion encouraged. No registration needed.
Music Time - Suzuki Babies - Stepping Stones Museum
December 17, 2014 - Norwalk
Suzuki Early Childhood Education Classes, with Gretchen Grube of Talent Education Suzuki School (TESS) introduces song, creative movement, familiar nursery rhymes, percussion instruments to develop a child's musical ability. For children ages three and under, and their adult. 15 students max. Free with admission, but tickets required from the Welcome Desk.
Winter Tales for Babies - Wilton Library
December 17, 2014 - Wilton
Bring your wonderful baby to this infant friendly program for songs, play and gentle stories geared for babies under 12 months old. This is an excellent forum to meet other new parents in the area. No registration, no fee.
Wonderful Ones and Twos - Wilton Library
December 17, 2014 - Wilton
This program is a sharing time for 1 and 2 year-olds and their caregivers. The emphasis is on books, with some songs and toy time. No registration, no program fee.
3D Makers - Holiday Gifts - Wilton Library
December 17, 2014 - Wilton
Design and print your very own 3D object. During this class you will get hands on experience using a 3D design website. Library staff will be by your side to assist you. Designs should be no more than 1mb and can be picked up on another day if they take a long time to print. For ages 8-12. Registration required.
Leap n learn dance program - Westport dance center
December 17, 2014 - Westport
Westport Dance Center is offering a new program starting Jan 5 for ages 3-7. Call to reserve a free trial class for your child.
World Series of Dreidel - Stamford JCC
December 17, 2014 - Stamford
Join the JCC’s first World Series of Dreidel, a Chanukah party for families. Everyone will receive gelt and a chance to spin the dreidel, with prizes given to the top eight finishers. Other games, snacks and holidays crafts will also be part of the fun. Dinner, including pizza, latkes and sufganiyot, will be served. Pre-registration is required by December 15.
Music for Aardvarks - Greenwich Reform Synagogue
December 17, 2014 - Riverside
Free Trial Class. Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals is the innovative spirited music program from New York, geared towards babies and toddlers up to 5 years old. With influences of rock, blues, jazz and pop, Music for Aardvarks is a refreshing alternative to the traditional music class for kids. These fun classes incorporate singing, dancing, musical storytelling, and instrumental jam sessions. It is intelligent music that everyone can enjoy.Registered classes begin January 5.
TOY DRIVE - Temple Sholom
Through December 21, 2014 - Greenwich
Donate new, unwrapped toys to David's Closet at Stamford Hospital. Collection bins will be in the lobby from Nov. 28–December 21.
Ride a Vintage Train to Visit Santa Claus - Danbury Railway Museum
Through December 21, 2014 - Danbury
That portly gent from the North Pole will once again pay a visit to the Danbury Railway Museum and you can take a ride in a vintage train through the historic railyard to visit him. The event will take place on Saturdays and Sundays, December 7, 13-14, and 20-21. Trains will depart every half-hour from 12:00pm to 3:30pm on Saturdays; 12:30pm to 3:30pm on Sundays. Each child will receive a small gift from Santa. Based on the popularity of this event the past couple of years, reservations are suggested. A special one-night-only event on Saturday, December 20 at 4:30pm: Take an evening ride through the lighted railyard! The short train ride in a fully-restored 1953 New Haven Railroad Rail Diesel Car (RDC) will take you through the railyard, past the only powered turntable in Connecticut — recently listed on the National Historic Register — and over 70 vintage railroad cars, locomotives and many unique pieces of railroad history. The train ride will terminate at Santa's own private railcar where you'll be greeted by Mrs. Claus and Santa's helpers in Toyland. Of course, the exhibits and multiple operating model train layouts inside the restored 1903 Danbury station will also be open as will the be the well-stocked gift shop. Also inside the station, you’ll find free hot chocolate, temporary tattoos and other activities for the little ones. The Danbury Railway Museum is a non-profit organization, staffed solely by volunteers, and is dedicated to the preservation of, and education about, railroad history. The museum is located in the restored 1903 Danbury Station and rail yard at 120 White Street, Danbury, CT. For further information, visit the Web site at http://www.danburyrail.org, e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the museum at 203-778-8337.
Wilton Library Holiday Book Sale - Wilton Library
Through December 23, 2014 - Wilton
The library's holiday book sale in the gallery is a seasonal delight. Bargains can be found - most of the items are new or like-new condition, making a terrific opportunity for holiday gift-giving. Items include an immense variety of books, unopened CDs and DVDs, children's books and a huge assortment of art books. As items are sold, new ones appear daily, thanks to the hard-working book sale volunteers, who always seem to have an un-ending supply of tantalizing offerings. All sales support the library. December 1-December 23, 2014.
6th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa's Workshop - McArdle's Florist & Garden Center
Through December 24, 2014 - Greenwich
Families can visit the reindeer and have their photo taken with Santa at his special workshop. Adults, children, company employees and even pets are welcome. November 28-December 24, 2014. Reindeer only available through December 23.
'The North Pole Adventure' a DreamWorks DreamPlace at Westchester's Ridge Hill - Westchester's Ridge Hill - Yonkers
Through December 24, 2014 - Yonkers
This interactive holiday experience is designed by Westchester's Ridge Hill and DreamWorks Animation to revolutionize a visit to Santa and eliminate long waiting lines. The walk-through starts with Shrek, ends with Santa, and seamlessly blends storytelling with cutting-edge technology. The unique, family adventure will culminate in a private, personalized meeting with Santa, complete with photos in the classic style. Bonus: no long lines! Families will be able to schedule visits through a dedicated smartphone app seven days a week, beginning Thursday, Nov. 6 through Wednesday, Dec. 24.
About Westchester's Ridge Hill
Westchester's Ridge Hill is a regional destination for the very best shopping, dining, and entertainment Westchester has to offer. Patterned after a classic downtown with a lush town square, it features a children's play area, dancing fountains, and a trolley - the Westchester's Ridge Hill Express. Shopping, dining, and entertainment options at Ridge Hill include National Amusements Showcase Cinema de Lux - a 12-screen movie theater featuring a restaurant, bar, and children's playroom, REI, and Dick's Sporting Goods, and Lord & Taylor, as well as popular brands and retailers like Apple, The Art of Shaving, Auntie Anne's Pretzels, Bath & Body Works, Bonefish Grill, Brio Tuscan Grille, Brooks Brothers Flatiron Shop, Charming Charlie, The Cheesecake Factory, Clarks, Desigual, Express, Elevation Burger, Francesca's Collections, Gap, GapKids, Guitar Center, Havana Central, H&M, LA Fitness, Lefteris Gyro, The Limited, LL Bean, Old Navy, Orvis, Pandora, Republic of Couture, Sephora, South Moon Under, Subway, Sur La Table, Texas de Brazil, TJ Maxx, Vera Bradley, Verizon/Go Wireless, Victoria's Secret, White House/Black Market, Whole Foods Market, and Yard House. LegoLand Discovery Center, Haagen-Dazs, and a two-level UNIQLO are now open.
Located at Exit 6A off the New York State Thruway and at the Tuckahoe Road West exit from the Sprain Brook Parkway, the shopping and dining haven is easily accessible to millions of Westchester, Putnam, and Metropolitan-area residents and visitors. Westchester's Ridge Hill features 160,000 square feet of office space - approximately 110,000 square feet of which is occupied by WESTMED Medical Group, as well as an urgent care center. Learn more at westchestersridgehill.com.
20th Holiday Gift Show - Rowayton Arts Center
Through December 24, 2014 - Rowayton
Unique holiday gifts, decorations and collectibles by some of Fairfield County's finest artists and craftspeople. Sale helps support RAC's year-round education and community programs.
Santa Dives with Sharks - Maritime Aquarium
Through December 24, 2014 - Norwalk
On select dates in December, Santa Claus will join The Maritime Aquarium's dive team to demonstrate that sharks aren't the blood-thirsty killers of myth. Santa will strap on scuba gear and enter the Aquarium's 110,000-gallon "Ocean Beyond the Sound" exhibit, which is home to 7-foot sand tiger and lemon sharks. Check the Aquarium's website (under "Fun & Learning," then "Special Events") to confirm the dates when Santa can pull himself away from the North Pole.
Meerkats - Maritime Aquarium
Through December 31, 2014 - Norwalk
Meerkats are members of the mongoose family that live in social ?mobs? in the Kalahari Desert, in the southern African nations of Botswana and South Africa. No mere cats, meerkats are fascinating for living in structured but cooperative societies, including a foraging strategy where adults take turns standing guard upright on their hind feet, watching for predators, while the others eat.
The meerkats? exhibit offers opportunities for climbing, digging and exploring, with several feeding locations to keep them on the alert for incoming crickets. A viewing bubble lets visitors pop up right among the meerkats. February 1-December 31, 2014.
Pump It Up's Sensory Friendly Bounce Time - Pump It Up Norwalk
Through December 31, 2014 - Norwalk
No loud music or flashing lights -- just lots of fun bouncing, jumping and sliding. Tuesdays and Saturdays, through December 31.
Making Space - Stepping Stones Museum
Through December 31, 2014 - Norwalk
Children have an amazing sense of play, imagination, discovery, creativity and problem-solving. When given simple materials, their ideas can be brought to life in the form of artistic and useful inventions. Just think about how much fun your children have with a cardboard box at home – it becomes a car, a boat, an island, a time travel machine, a cave and on and on. In the spirit of our ongoing mission of lifelong learning, Making Space encourages creative experimentation and play. Oct 1- December 31.
Join the Quest! - Stepping Stones Museum
Through December 31, 2014 - Norwalk
In this fun and interactive exhibit you will learn about
energy – what it is, where it comes from, how we use it and why it's so important to use it wisely. See for yourself how simple actions can make a big difference for families, communities and the planet. October 1-December 31, 2014.
'The Polar Express - IMAX Theater, Maritime Aquarium
Through January 01, 2015 - Norwalk
See this popular holiday film about a young boy who doubts the existence of Santa Claus and gets taken on a magical Christmas Eve trip to the North Pole. November 28-January 1, 2015.
Silver Penny Photography Show - Oscar's Deli
Through January 01, 2015 - Westport
Westport photographer Irene Penny of Silver Penny Photography presents her vivid local beach scenes and playful children's portraits at Oscar's Deli. On view November 1-January 1, 2015.
The Katonah Museum of Art presents Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor - Katonah Museum of Art
Through January 04, 2015 - Katonah
The striking duality of deadly weaponry forged with artistic beauty is on full display in "Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor." With 63 works by master craftsmen from the 13th to 20th centuries, the exhibition features five full sets of armor, masks, helmets, and warrior hats. Remarkable weapons include long and short swords, daggers, and examples of early Japanese rifles.
The exhibition also showcases a pair of 17th-century folding screens by a Kano school artist, depicting battle scenes from the famous Tale of the Heike, one of the greatest warrior epics in Japanese literature that marks the dawn of samurai honor, valor, and fortitude. On view from Oct. 12, 2014 through Jan. 4, 2015.
In the Beitzel and Righter Galleries.
Holiday Express Train Show - Fairfield Museum and History Center
Through January 04, 2015 - Fairfield
Kids and adults will delight in the magic of model trains winding around a winter wonderland of spectacular trees and beautiful holiday scenery. Closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Exhibit from from December 6-January 4, 2015.
Farmers, Warriors, Builders: The Hidden Life of Ants - Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
Through January 04, 2015 - New Haven
With complex and wildly diverse lifestyles, ants are everywhere, living lives mostly hidden from plain sight. The exhibit highlights the lives of ants—hunting, communicating, dealing with disease and agriculture—and chronicles the work of entomologists in the field today. In addition to the large-scale color photographs, the exhibition features hands-on displays, including oversized ant models, and you'll come face-to-face with beautiful insect fossils preserved in amber, ant predators, live ant colonies, and live antlions. Oct 1-Jan 4, 2015.
On Exhibit: Accused: Fairfield's Witchcraft Trials - Fairfield Museum and History Center
Through January 05, 2015 - Fairfield
Learn about the dramatic story of witchcraft trials that took place in Fairfield in the 1650s and 1690s through artist Jakob Crane graphic novel. September 25-January 5, 2015.
This Leads to Fire: From Nonconfirmism to Global Capitalism, Selections from the Kolodzei Art Foundation Collection - Neuberger Museum of Art
Through January 07, 2015 - Purchase
The Kolodzei Art Foundation is one of the most extensive collections of nonconformist and contemporary Russian art in the world.
This Leads to Fire will include works ranging from the 1950s through the period of Glasnost and contemporary art, and will be organized into five parts that explore the origins of nonconformist art, the developments of Moscow conceptualism and Sots Art, the influence of the Russian avant-garde in geometric abstraction, and the coercive legacy of Socialist Realism.
The exhibition will familiarize viewers with an important and under-appreciated body of work, and demonstrate the challenges these artists still pose to both mainstream Russian culture and the globalized art world. The exhibition is curated by Sarah Warren, Assisant Professor of Art History at Purchase College, the State University of New York. September 15, 2014 through January 7, 2015.
The Discovery Museum presents 'CREATURES' - Discovery Museum
Through January 12, 2015 - Bridgeport
Colorful shapes and marks are incorporated into the whimsical designs in each piece of Susan Frey's artwork. The animals, insects and fish have been suspended between the real and imagined world, into playful compositions for the whole family to enjoy. Through January 12, 2015.
Exhibit: The Pequot War and the Founding of Fairfield, 1637-1639 - Fairfield Museum and History Center
Through January 18, 2015 - Fairfield
A collaboration with the Mashantucket Pequot Museum, this exhibit presents the story of the Pequot War in 1637, which led to Fairfield becoming established as an English settlement. Learn about the final battle in Southport and explore the current archaeology that is uncovering new facts about this epic conflict. October 18-January 15, 2015.
2014 Festival of Lighthouses Contest - Maritime Aquarium
Through January 19, 2015 - Norwalk
As many as 24 imaginative, handcrafted lighthouses will shine in The Maritime Aquarium's 13th annual "Festival of Lighthouses Contest". Visitors can follow the beacons through the aquarium galleries and then cast a vote for their favorite. The builder of the lighthouse with the most visitor votes wins $1,500.
The lighthouses will be the creations of regional artists, crafts people and just individuals, families or friends with an idea. Lighthouses must be 3 to 6 feet tall and have a working light – pretty much beyond that, it's up to the creators' imaginations. Some entries will come in as scale models of real lighthouses. Others may be highly artistic, comically imaginative or puzzlingly abstract. Lighthouses in past years have been made out of such materials as furnace filters, paper clips, candy and gingerbread.
EXHIBITIONS: A BILLION BRICKS 2: LEGO® Trains, Planes and Rocket Ships! - Stamford Museum and Nature Center
Through January 25, 2015 - Stamford
Trains, planes and rocket ships made from LEGO® will speed through the Stamford Museum galleries throughout the holiday season. November 22 - January 25, 2015.
Sunday Explorers - Stamford Museum & Nature Center
Through February 22, 2015 - Stamford
The education staff offers a hands-on, interactive exploration of the Museum's many favorite features. Each week focuses on a different topic and includes self-guided and staff-led activities which run throughout the time period. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free with gate admission. No class 12/21 or 12/28. Through February 22, 2015.
Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body - Connecticut Science Center
Through March 08, 2015 - Hartford
Bodies can be pretty gross—they're crusty, stinky, and slimy…but do you know why? Explore the good, the bad, and the downright ugly behind the ways your body keeps you healthy in Grossology. Slide through a huge intestine, climb an oozy skin wall, tour an enormous nose, smell icky bodily smells and more. October 4-March 8, 2015
Born to Be Wild - Maritime Aquarium
Through May 21, 2015 - 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 May 21,2015.
John Ruppert's Yellow Orb/Homage to Van Gogh - Katonah Museum of Art
Through May 31, 2015 - Katonah
Yellow Orb/Homage to Van Gogh, created by sculptor John Ruppert specifically for the Katonah Museum of Art campus, will be on view on the front lawn of the KMA.
Ruppert transforms prison-grade chain link fabric into large, vessel-like forms. Chain link typically connotes danger and boundaries; it is a commercial product intended to confine, protect, and keep out. The material reflects the urban environs of Ruppert's Baltimore studio, and is one that the artist often employs for his sculptures. The industrial fencing is an unexpected element in the bucolic landscape of the Katonah Museum of Art. Also surprising is its intense yellow color, which is luminous and joyful. The woven wire mesh creates shifting optical patterns that animate the work in surprising ways.
On view through May 31, 2015.
The Katonah Museum of Art (KMA), located at 134 Jay St. (Route 22) in Katonah, NY, is a cultural destination offering changing exhibitions that feature art from all cultures and time periods. The Museum attracts visitors from Westchester and Fairfield Counties, as well as the larger tri-state region. Located at the northern end of Katonah's "Museum Mile" just off of Route 22, and neighboring John Jay Homestead and Caramoor, the Katonah Museum of Art is a two-minute taxi ride from the Katonah Metro North train station.
The KMA offers lectures, workshops, concerts, and other events for a general audience, as well as innovative and substantive programs for over 100 member schools. The Learning Center is an interactive space where children can come on a daily basis to explore and create art. Among the many programs for children and families are Stroller Tours, Family Days, Saturday Story Time, Schools Out/Arts In vacation day programs, and art classes for children ages 3-12. The Museum's innovative Arte Juntos/Art Together program for new immigrant families has been recognized as a model program by the federal government.
The KMA mounts ten exhibitions per year in its main galleries, Sculpture Garden, and Learning Center. Influential modernist architect Edward Larrabee Barnes designed the 10,000-square-foot building.
On view through May 31, 2015 during Museum hours: Sunday: 12-5pm; Tuesday through Saturday: 10am-5pm. Closed Monday.
Toy Boat-Making Workshop - Maritime Aquarium
Through December 31, 2015 - Norwalk
Visit the toy boat-making area on weekends for a fun 20-minute boat-building project. Build and decorate a toy sailboat to take home as a special keepsake of your visit. Saturdays and Sundays year-round.
Creating Community: Exploring 375 Years of Our Past - Fairfield Museum and History Center
Through December 31, 2015 - Fairfield
This new, hands-on exhibit invites visitors to look inside a Native American wigwam, climb into an American Revolution fort, decipher spy code, and learn how factories fueled the area's growth. Young and old alike will enjoy learning how people worked, lived, and built a community over time by exploring original objects, individual stories, and engaging activities. October 27 2013-December 31, 2015.
Africa: From the Desert to the Sea - Maritime Aquarium
Through December 31, 2015 - Norwalk
Explore the aquatic wonders of Africa, including amazing fish from the Nile River, the lakes of Africa's Great Rift Valley and the Red Sea. Species highlighted include exotic air-breathing lungfish that can survive for a year if their waterhole goes dry, and colorful cichlids and coral reef species that shine in shimmering rainbows. January 1 2014 - December 31, 2015.
Animal Feeding at Earthplace - Earthplace
Through January 01, 2018 - 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.
Story and Animal Program - Earthplace
Through August 10, 2018 - Westport
Children 5 and younger can visit Earthplace every week for story time and an animal encounter. Thursdays and Fridays year-round.