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Things to Do With Kids in Fairfield on June 17

June 17, 2015   |    

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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, June 17, 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 June 17. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Fairfield, check out our complete calendar of events

Mushrooms - Garden Education Center
Through June 17, 2015 - Cos Cob

Children enjoy eco-friendly activities outside in good weather and inside in bad weather. Parent/caregiver participation.

Nature Sprouts: A Mommy & Me Program for ages 18 months to 4 years old - Greenwich Audubon Society
Through June 24, 2015 - Greenwich

Enjoy short hikes, stories and crafts. Children connect to the natural world in developmentally appropriate ways. To register, contact Susan Matthews at 203-930-1387 ext. 387 or

Learn to Code with Dash and Dot - Wilton Library
Through June 24, 2015 - Wilton

Children in grades 3 and 4 are invited to join this new coding program. Using two different robots, Dash and Dot, kids will have the chance to explore click-and-drag coding and computer programming. Each week there will be a new challenge for the kids to work on in teams. Space is limited, registration is required for children.

Children's Garden Club - Wilton Library
Through June 26, 2015 - Wilton

Children are invited to join this weekly Garden Club. Throughout the spring, summer, and fall children plan, plant, tend, and eat fruits and vegetables in a raised-bed garden. This is a fun activity for the whole family. Contact the head of the Children's Library, Andrea Falkner, for more information and to sign up for the program: or ext. 225.

Minecraft Club - Wilton Library
Through June 27, 2015 - 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. Please note: 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 staff member. Registration required.

Kuba Textiles: Geometry in Form, Space, and Time - Neuberger Museum of Art
Through June 28, 2015 - Purchase

Exhibitions on Kuba textiles have been few. Fewer still have examined the tradition of splendid, long Kuba skirts and overskirts; and none have drawn upon the two great early collections of the Royal Museum of Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium, and the William Henry Sheppard collection at Hampton University, Virginia, that provide textiles of documented date and provenance. Kuba Textiles: Geometry in Form, Space, and Time will, for the first time, bring together unique holdings in this field and contrast documented early Kuba textiles with textiles attributed to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The exhibition will lay the foundation of a standard of comparison and historical trajectory for an in-depth evaluation of Kuba textiles. It will establish a cultural context, and illustrate the continued presence and visual language of Kuba design beyond the Kingdom of the Kuba in the twentieth century. The exhibition will feature approximately eighty pieces, including approximately thirty-two splendid skirts and overskirts, textiles that range in length from a 48-inch fragment to a 356-inch full skirt. A fully illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition, with essays by curator Marie-Therese Brincard; Dr. Patricia Darish, independent scholar; Dr. Christraud Geary, Teel Senior Curator of African and Oceanic Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Christina Giuntini, conservator, Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Dr. Verena Traeger, University of Vienna; and Dr. Julien Volper, Associate Curator, Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale Tervuren. Organized by the Neuberger Museum of Art of Purchase College, SUNY, and curated by Consultant Curator for the African Collection, Marie-Therese Brincard. On view March 1 through June 28, 2015.

Family Gallery Tour - Bruce Museum
Through June 28, 2015 - Greenwich

Join a Museum educator on an interactive, discussion-based tour of the Museum's current exhibitions. No reservations.

Focus Under 40 - Rowayton Arts Center
Through June 28, 2015 - Rowayton

Juried exhibit of works in all media by artists ages 16-39. opening reception from 4-6pm on Sunday, June 7.

Exploring the Five Senses - Wilton Library
Through June 29, 2015 - Wilton

Listen very carefully. Look here and there. Taste something sweet..... or sour. Touch something slimy, sticky or prickly. Get a whiff of this. Every Monday during the month of June children will explore one of the five senses through experimentation and hands-on activities as well as read-a-louds and some fun videos. Registration required.

Teen Maker Mondays - Westport Library
Through June 29, 2015 - Westport

Each Maker Monday features a different hands-on, creative activity. Register online at

Meerkats - Maritime Aquarium
Through June 30, 2015 - 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 14-June 30, 2015.

Marine Tank Animal Feeding - Bruce Museum
Through June 30, 2015 - Greenwich

Learn about the live animals– crabs, fish, oysters, and more – all found the Long Island Sound. No reservation required.

Toddler Tours - Bruce Museum
Through June 30, 2015 - Greenwich

Explore the Museum's collections and exhibitions through picture books and hands-on activities. The topics will rotate between science and art weekly. No advanced registration is required.

iCreate 2015 - Bruce Museum
Through July 16, 2015 - Greenwich

This annual exhibition features 2-dimensional fine art from area high school students.

The Summer Theatre of New Canaan Presents Charlotte's Web - Waveny Park
Through August 08, 2015 - New Canaan

This production of Charlotte’s Web begins after a restless first night in the Zuckerman family barn, where a naive young pig named Wilbur meets a witty and resourceful spider named Charlotte. When Wilbur learns of some unsettling plans for his future, Charlotte takes it upon her spinnerets and her trusty web to save him.

Everything STEMs from Reading Summer Reading Program Registration - Wilton Library
Through August 23, 2015 - Wilton

Children will sign up to show how much reading they can do. There will be benchmark prizes and children will be able to keep track of their progress online using the new Wandoo Reader. The online program is a game this year. Can you help the robot power up? You will earn credits by reading, and then you can use the credits to upgrade your robot.

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Fest - Boscobel House and Gardens
Through September 01, 2015 - Garrison

Don't miss the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Performances include Winter's Tale, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Arabian Nights, An Iliad, and The Tempest. Celebrating its 29th season, the dramatic views of the Hudson combine theater and nature in a beautiful setting. Get the details at

Picture the Moment: The spring 2015 International Children's art exhibit - Maritime Aquarium - Imax Theater Lobby
Through September 01, 2015 - Norwalk

Creative Connections, a Norwalk-based non-profit international cultural education organization, presents the spring 2015 International Children's art exhibit. The public exhibit features 120 select art pieces by students in Fairfield County and schools in 20 countries.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Barrymore Theater
Through September 06, 2015 - Times Square Theater District

This acclaimed National Theatre production brings Mark Haddon's internationally best-selling novel to life, and has wowed critics. Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor's dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever. The show transferred to London's West End, following a sold-out run at the National's Cottesloe Theatre in 2012. The production received seven 2013 Olivier Awards, including Best New Play and continues to play to sold-out houses at the Gielgud Theatre in London. Check out this record-breaking theatrical phenomenon before it sells out.

Born to Be Wild - Maritime Aquarium - IMAX Theater
Through September 07, 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.

Great White Shark - Maritime Aquarium - IMAX
Through September 07, 2015 - 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. September 2-November 26.

Humpback Whales - IMAX Theater, Maritime Aquarium
Through September 07, 2015 - Norwalk

Narrated by actor Ewan McGregor, this appealing film takes audiences to Alaska, Hawaii and the Kingdom of Tonga for a close-up look at how these whales communicate, sing, feed, play and take care of their young. Humpbacks were nearly driven to extinction 50 years ago, but today are making a steady recovery. Join a team of researchers as they seek out what makes humpbacks the most acrobatic of all whales, why only the males sing, and why these intelligent 50-foot, 48-ton animals migrate more than 6,000 miles every year. February 13-May 21, 2015.

Butterflies Special Exhibit - Maritime Aquarium
Through September 07, 2015 - Norwalk

Enter an environment all aflutter with tropical butterflies in "Butterfly Landing," a special walk-through encounter. Walk among beautiful butterflies and some of them may even choose to land on your head or arm.

IMAX film: Flight of the Butterflies - IMAX Theater, Maritime Aquarium
Through September 07, 2015 - Norwalk

Follow the incredible year-long migration cycle of millions of monarch butterflies from Canada, across the U.S. and into Mexico, in this compelling film.

Mega Making - Stepping Stones Museum
Through September 07, 2015 - Norwalk

Using real materials and real tools, young makers can explore art, textiles, construction and woodworking, tinkering and gadgets and a variety of materials, techniques and projects. Staff members help children and families get started, whether it's working a needle and thread for the first time, practicing using wrenches and screwdrivers, tinkering with batteries and buzzers or picking out the perfect artist medium.

New Family Thrill Ride: Frantic - Quassy Amusement Park
Through October 04, 2015 - Middlebury

Eight riders are swung back and forth on a huge pendulum while the circular seating platform spins. Frantic continues to swing until momentum carries riders over the top for a series of 360-degree flips.

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.

Dragons: Real or Myth - Maritime Aquarium
Through February 11, 2016 - Norwalk

Dragons are very real but none of them breathe fire. While they're often a creature in mythological tales, you can find dragons living today--on land and in the sea as you'll discover in this fun new exhibit which features animals that have the word dragon in their names. Visitors encounter such species as: dragon moray eels; the seahorse cousin called the weedy sea dragon; and terrestrial lizards like black dragons, flying dragons, sailfin dragons, bearded dragons, frilled dragons and more. In addition to highlighting the unique characteristics of these animals, the exhibit will explore the facts and fiction of mythological dragons and their roles in cultures throughout time. Visitors will be encouraged to find similarities between the displayed live creatures and the dragons of lore. February 14, 2015 -Feb 11, 2016.

Animal Feedings 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.

Pump It Up's Sensory Friendly Bounce Time - Pump It Up of Norwalk
Through January 01, 2018 - Norwalk

The music is low, and the lights aren't flashing. Just bouncing, jumping and sliding.

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.

Cho's Taekwondo Relay For Life Fundraiser Tag Sale and Free Classes - Cho's Taekwondo
Through May 30, 3015 - Greenwich

Cho's Taekwondo in Greenwich, CT is hosting a tag sale/fundraiser event in support of the 2015 Greenwich Relay for Life. Free classes also being offered all morning (10:15am 4-6 yr olds, 11:00am 7+ yr olds, 12:00pm Teen/adults).

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