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Things to Do With Kids in Fairfield on December 30

December 30, 2014   |    

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free and low-cost things to do with kids in Fairfield Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Fairfield today, December 30, including fun activities and events the whole family can enjoy. See what's going on today in Fairfield's museums, galleries, and libraries for some educational fun; in the parks, for outdoor and nature activities; and in the theaters, for children's concerts and performances. Plus, get details and directions on any street fairs or holiday festivals happening December 30. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Fairfield, check out our complete calendar of events

School's Out/Art's In - Katonah Museum of Art
December 30, 2014 - Katonah

Looking for creative fun for kids when schools are closed? In this recurring art program for children ages 3-12 held on school vacation days in the museum's Learning Center, teaching artists introduce different projects inspired by the current exhibition, Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor, including kimono dolls, origami, masks, and Japanese-inspired cards. Children ages 3 and older and their adult caregivers can drop in any time between 10am-3pm.

Disney's The Little Mermaid - White Plains Performing Arts Center
December 30, 2014 - White Plains

Based on the popular Disney animated film, The Little Mermaid tells the story of a beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, who longs to leave her home in a magical kingdom beneath the sea to live in the world above. The timeless tale has an irresistible score by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, and includes the hit songs "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl," and "Part of Your World." For tickets or information about special family four-packs, call 914-328-1600 or visit wppac.com.

Toddler Tour - Bruce Museum
December 30, 2014 - Greenwich

Explore the museum's collections through picture books and hands-on activities. Each week offers a different theme. No reservation required. For ages 3-5 with an adult.

School Vacation Workshop: New Year's Celebrations - Bruce Museum
December 30, 2014 - Greenwich

Students in grades K-5 explore the Museum's collections and exhibitions and create their own unique art work. Advance registration required. Call 203-413-6744.

Irving Berlin's White Christmas - Shubert Theater
December 30, 2014 - New Haven

Irving Berlin's White Christmas, the stage adaptation of the beloved classic film, is full of dancing, romance, laughter and memorable hits like "Happy Holiday," "Sisters," "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep" and the unforgettable title song.

Fun Workshop: Terrific Trains - Fairfield Museum and History Center
December 30, 2014 - Fairfield

Build a wooden model train and paint it your own way. Pre-registration required.

Family Movie Special: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial - Westport Library
December 30, 2014 - Westport

Steven Spielberg's science fiction classic about a lonely child who helps a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home. (1982, 115 mins.)

Holiday Magic - Mystic Seaport
December 30, 2014 - Mystic

Special family-fun activities will include an Abracadabra Magic Workshop, 19th-century magic shows, planetarium programs, crafts and story time in the Children's Museum, and special tours of the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan.

Seal Spotting Cruises - Maritime Aquarium
December 30, 2014 - Norwalk

Hop aboard the Aquarium's new research vessel with hybrid-electric propulsion. The vessel is bigger, quieter and greener than the Aquarium's former boat. Among it' many amenities is a large climate-controlled indoor classroom space, so participants in the Aquarium's winter Seal Spotting Cruises won't have to brave as much time outside on a chilly rear deck.The Maritime Aquarium's annual Seal Spotting Cruises seek out the harbor seals and gray seals that come down into the Sound each winter. Educators on board the R/V Spirit of the Sound will point out these federally protected marine mammals and talk about their natural histories. They'll also help identify such winter waterfowl as buffleheads, mergansers and long-tailed ducks. Passengers must be at least 42 inches tall. Bring binoculars and warm clothes. Advance reservations are strongly recommended. Walk-up tickets will be sold, space permitting. Visit the website or call ext. 2206 for tickets.

School Vacation Week: Kul Aktiviteter - Stepping Stones Museum
December 30, 2014 - Norwalk

Each day brings a new Swedish-themed activity. Kul Aktiviteter means fun activities.

Pump It Up's Jump-N-Art - Pump It Up Norwalk
December 30, 2014 - Norwalk

Kids spend part of their time laughing, bouncing and playing games and part of their time exploring their inner Rembrandts. For ages 4-12. (4 years must be out of diapers and fully potty trained).

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.

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