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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN FAIRFIELD ON JUNE 17

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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

Toy Boat-Making Workshop - Maritime Aquarium
June 17, 2012 - Norwalk

Visit the toy boat-making area for a 20-minute boat-building project. Build and decorate a toy sailboat to take home as a special keepsake of your visit.

Father's Day at the Museum - Stepping Stones Museum
June 17, 2012 - Norwalk

Dads get in free all day today.

Family Art Project: Tees for Dad and Me - Wave Hill
June 17, 2012 - Bronx

Participants will explore and sketch Wave Hill's gardens and woodlands, then put their favorite image onto two T-shirts with fabric markers and special crayons - one for themselves, one for Dad.

Dig! Plant! Grow! Hands-On Guided Activities: Global Gardens Harvest Celebration - New York Botanical Garden
June 17, 2012 - Bronx

Kids can earn stamps in their passport by exploring the Global Gardens and taking part in fun activities: Meet the gardeners, play games, create crafts, sample salads or pickles, and watch cooking demonstrations.

Clearwater Hudson River Revival - Croton Point Park
June 17, 2012 - Croton-on-Hudson

The country's oldest music and environmental festival designed to inspire, educate, and activate the next generation of environmental leaders. Performers include Arlo Guthrie, Ani DiFranco, Tom Chapin, Tom Paxton, Ollabelle, Peter Yarrow, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Iron, Bela Fleck, and many others. There will be sloop and schooner sails, a juried craft show, a green living expo, jugglers, clowns, and the Arm-of-the-Sea Puppet Theatre, and lots of activities, adventures, and explorations for all ages. Day and weekend tickets available.

Father's Day at Beardsley Zoo - Beardsley Zoo
June 17, 2012 - Bridgeport

Beardsley Zoo is celebrating all dads today. Spend quality time with dad this Father's Day - join him at the Zoo today and he gets in free. While at the Zoo, be sure to visit some of our animal dads, Rizzo the North American otter, Hampton the Guinea hog, and D.J. the Pronghorn, to name a few.

Summer Tours: The 1750 Ogden House - Ogden House
June 17, 2012 - Fairfield

Enjoy docent-led tours of the 1750 Ogden House and see how people lived in the 18th century.

Sunday Explorers Drop-In Programming - Stamford Museum & Nature Center
June 17, 2012 - Stamford

Every Sunday, 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.

Advancing Nature Photography - Audubon Greenwich
June 17, 2012 - Greenwich

This is a great chance to get outdoors with others, share photography tips, and witness the wilderness hiding just outside your backdoor. Hikes will be led by professional photographer, Dan Burns, and are co-sponsored by the Photography Club of Lower Fair?eld County. Sites will include the main sanctuary and others in the region. RSVP for trip location and rain updates. Contact Jeff at x239.

iCreate - Bruce Museum
Through June 24, 2012 - Greenwich

The exhibition features 40 prize-winning works by regional high school students. The juried selection of two-dimensional pieces features paintings, drawings, mixed media, and hand-drawn or hand-painted digital works.

Animal Tales Extravaganza - Bronx Zoo
Through June 30, 2012 - Bronx

On weekends in April, May, and June, visitors to the zoo can enjoy author readings, animal-themed musical theater, character meet-and-greets, craft activities, and rain forest character parades. This year's headliners will include Yo Gabba Gabba, Curious George, Marvel's Avengers, Disney's Choo Choo Soul, Nickelodeon's Dora & Diego, and more! Plus a special story book reading with actor LeVar Burton of "Reading Rainbow," and appearance by Academy Award winner Alan Menken. Each weekend of Animal Tales Extravaganza includes an array of activities for families and children. The zoo's Dancing Crane Pavilion will be transformed into an intimate storytime corner, presented by Plum Organics. Zoo-goers can take a break and read from a wide variety of animal-themed books from Simon & Schuster, Candlewick Press, and Hyperion. Children can then stage their own animal tale with a puppet they create at the Bright Horizons Early Education & Preschools crafts area. Visit bronxzoo.com for a detailed schedule of showtimes and appearances.

Art Exhibit - Suzuki Music School of Westport
Through July 01, 2012 - Westport

Four renowned Connecticut artists compliment the walls of the music school with their landscapes, still lifes, and portrait paintings.

Teen Summer Reading Program - Wilton Library
Through August 11, 2012 - Wilton

Teens entering grades 7 through 12 can sign up for the summer reading program. Each week, kids can come in, record their books they have read and enter their names into a weekly raffle. Kids can fill in more information to get a 2nd raffle ticket. Kids participating in 4 of the 7 weeks are eligible for the grand prize. Check out upcoming events in July and August on the website.

The Games: The Science of Sport - The Bruce Museum
Through August 12, 2012 - Greenwich

This interactive exhibition about the Olympics features SuperBodies, a cutting-edge 3D animation and original video production presented in both a big screen video and mobile app game formats. Also featured is hands-on exploratory stations and athletic gear including boxing gloves, javelins, and timing and other devices that record participants' strength and reaction times. Also on view will be pins and collector memorabilia from past Olympic Games.

Wilton Library's Medieval Summer Nights Read - Wilton Library
Through August 22, 2012 - Wilton

For this summer reading program, children of all ages enjoy crafts, story times, large group programs, and small group programs as well as movies. For the Knights Read Challenge, kids are encouraged to read 40 picture/early reader books or 4,000 pages over the summer and keep a reading log of their age appropriate books. Those who complete the quest will be knighted by the Royal Court at the festival at the end of the summer. Knights will receive a T-shirt. Registration required in-person. Program runs through August 22.

T.G.I.S. Saturday Drop-In - Fairfield Ludlowe High - Adaptive Recreation
Through August 25, 2012 - Fairfield

This drop-in meets on Saturdays for the entire year and is a social group for the physically and/or cognitively challenged. Activities include dancing, bowling or just hanging out with friends. Each Saturday is themed around a special event or holiday and may include games, recreation, movies or a craft. Meet in room 269.

Blue Star Museum - Mashantucket Pequot Museum
Through September 01, 2012 - Mashantucket

The museum is a proud participant of the Blue Star Museums program. Blue Star Museums offer free admission to active duty military personnel and their immediate families. The Museum is open Wednesdays through Saturdays only.

The Olympic Games: Art, Culture and Sport - Bruce Museum
Through September 02, 2012 - Greenwich

This exhibition compares the ancient and modern Olympiads through objects, art, science and technology and follows the sports that have endured since antiquity ? footraces, wrestling, boxing, and the ancient pentathlon events of long jump, javelin, discus, sprints, and wrestling. A custom-built six-foot mini-diorama recreates one of the earliest Greek stadiums with 1,200 miniature participants. The exhibit is complemented by the interactive exhibition "The Games: The Science of Sport." On view May 12 through September 2.

Dinosaurs Unearthed Exhibit - Connecticut Science Center
Through September 02, 2012 - Hartford

Experience what it was like to stomp and roar with the largest reptiles the world has ever seen. Learn how these massive creatures were unearthed after millions of years and what scientists are doing to further their research on the fossils they find. May 3-Sep 2, 2012

Landscape-Scene/Re-seen - Westport Arts Center
Through September 02, 2012 - Westport

Twenty major contemporary photographers from the Andrew and Christine Hall Collection explore the way we look at landscapes today as they are impacted by man's footprint. June 15-September 2, 2012

Your House, My House - Discovery Museum and Planetarium
Through September 02, 2012 - Bridgeport

Journey into the homes of people from around the world. Children step into three model homes: a Mongolian herder's ger, an m'bure from the tropics of Fiji and a stilt house from a Malaysian fishing village. Activities in the house settings help children make connections between what happens in their own homes and what happens in these houses. March 27-September 2, 2012.

Africa: From the Desert to the Sea - Maritime Aquarium
Through September 03, 2012 - Norwalk

Learn about the importance of habitat preservation and conservation while observing such exotic African species as the air-breathing lungfish and electric catfish that use bioelectric radar to sense surroundings and zap their food.

Meerkats - Maritime Aquarium
Through September 03, 2012 - Norwalk

Six sibling meerkats visit from the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City. Windows will offer close up views into their underground burrows as well as viewing bubbles to see above ground. These animals will be familiar to anyone who has seen the Lion King.

Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World - IMAX Theater, Maritime Aquarium
Through September 03, 2012 - Norwalk

Explore an underwater universe inhabited by such creatures as Liopleurodon and long-necked Elasmosaurss, enormous animals that were ruling the seas before dinosaurs conquered the earth. Encounter the gigantic Shonisaurus, the T-Rex of the sea. Jan 12-Sep 3, 2012.

Search for the Great Sharks - IMAX Theater, Maritime Aquarium
Through September 03, 2012 - Norwalk

Join shark experts Dr. Eugenie Clark and Rodney Fox on a round-the-globe expedition for close encounters with some of the world's largest sharks, including whale sharks and great whites. Jan 3-Sep 3, 2012.

To the Arctic - IMAX Theater, Maritime Aquarium
Through September 03, 2012 - Norwalk

The changing climate of the earth has effected people and animals that call the Artic home. See the impact on polar bears, a migrating herd of caribou and walruses. Meryl Streep narrates.

White Alligator - Maritime Aquarium
Through September 03, 2012 - Norwalk

See a very rare 8-foot-long white alligator. Of some 5 million or so American alligators thought to be alive, fewer than 100 are albino. The alligator will be visiting the aquarium through Sept. 3.

Born to Be Wild - Maritime Aquarium
Through September 03, 2012 - 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. April 25-Sep 3, 2012.

Summer Visitors to the Zoo--Giant Tortoises - Beardsley Zoo
Through September 03, 2012 - Bridgeport

Two giant tortoises are visiting from Cameron Park Zoo in Waco, TX. "Professor," a Galapagos tortoise, weighs 416 pounds, and "Skipper," an Aldabra tortoise weighs 537 pounds and is celebrating his 90th birthday this year. June 4-August 31, 2012.

Gilded Age Magic - Hudson River Museum
Through September 09, 2012 - Yonkers

Modern stage magic has its roots in the Gilded Age showmanship of Harry Keller (1849-1922), who performed around the world but made Yonkers his home between tours. With his theatrical spectacles, Keller founded a "Royal Dynasty" of American magicians including Harry Houdini (1874-1926), a friend and colleague of Keller's later years, and Howard Thurston (1869-1936), with whom Keller toured at the end of his career. These modern magicians cultivated a debonair stage persona that set them apart from earlier traveling sideshow artists, who dressed and posed as traditional Chinese conjurers. Despite the supernatural imagery on their posters, these magicians were not occultists but entertainers. Part of their audience appeal was the mystery of how their illusions were accomplished, not any claims to supernatural powers. The exhibition will feature vintage theatrical posters, costumes, and magic ephemera from little-seen private collections, as well as planned performances in the galleries by local magician Benjamin Levy and others. Through September 9.

Blue Man Group – Making Waves - Stepping Stones Museum
Through September 09, 2012 - Norwalk

This exhibit is a playful, multisensory exploration of sound and interactive entertainment for the whole family. Utilizing extraordinary speaker technology, the exhibit features the dynamic Blue Man Group as a guide to the science of sound. On view May 19-September 9, 2012.

Avenue ZOO - Bronx Zoo
Through September 09, 2012 - Bronx

Running each weekend during Animal Tales Extravaganza and beyond, Avenue ZOO - featuring a guest appearance by Kate Monster, the beloved puppet star of the Tony Award-winning musical "AVENUE Q" - will take place on the zoo's Asia Plaza Stage. Avenue ZOO highlights the importance of wildlife conservation in a fun, entertaining way. It is a musical tale in which Kate Monster meets exotic animals and discovers that though they may seem strange and different, they are not so scary after all. Avenue ZOO performances will be at 12:30pm and 2:30pm each weekend day through Sunday, Sept. 9. Highlights of this season's main stage entertainment include: Marvel's Avengers: Heroes Saving the Earth featuring Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and HULK; Nickelodeon's Dora and Diego: We Did It!; Sportacus from Sprout's Lazytown; Disney's Choo-Choo Soul with Genevieve; Ferdinand the Bull; Barney Sing-Along; Super Sprowtz; and Spider-Man.

Sensory Bounce - BounceU
Through September 28, 2012 - Stratford

This is a program for children and adults with Sensory Integration Dysfunction, Autism, and other disabilities with a Sensory component. Teachers work on balance and coordination, auditory and tactile sensitivity, strength building, motor coordination, cooperative play, turn-taking, and social and verbal skills. The class meets on Wednesdays.

Drop-In Nature Activities: Observe and Create - New York Botanical Garden, Everett Children's Adventure Garden
Through September 30, 2012 - Bronx

Kids can let their inner Monet run wild and be inspired by nature to create art in all its different forms. Movement, music, drawing, and painting abound in this outdoor studio for children. Stop by Inspiration Station to play an outdoor marimba. Paint with water and experiment with colors in the Color Clash Studio. Step inside to experiment with the engineering behind some of Monet's most classic of subjects: water lilies. Through September 30.

Observe & Create - Children's Outdoor Nature Explorations - The New York Botanical Garden
Through September 30, 2012 - Bronx

Kids can let their inner Monet run wild and be inspired by nature to create art in all different forms. Movement, music, drawing, and painting abound in this outdoor studio for children. Stop by Inspiration Station to play an outdoor marimba. Paint with water and experiment with colors in the Color Clash Studio. Step inside to experiment with the engineering behind aquatic plants. Nature is art, and kids can discover it at the Everett Children's Adventure Garden.

"Monet's Garden" - The New York Botanical Garden
Through October 21, 2012 - Bronx

This stunning tribute to French Impressionist Claude Monet showcases a seasonally changing interpretation of the garden that inspired his art. In addition, two rarely seen paintings by the artist will be on view, and films, concerts, poetry readings, and hands-on art for kids will provide rich insight into the life and work of this renowned master.

Tours - Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate
Through November 04, 2012 - Sleepy Hollow

Kykuit, the six-story stone house and rolling hilltop estate that served as home to four generations of Rockefellers, is open to visitors beginning Saturday, May 5, through Sunday, Nov. 4. Tours are available daily throughout the season except Tuesdays. Kykuit's modern and classical art collection, architecture, and expansive gardens are consistently rated the top attraction in the lower Hudson Valley, and draw tens of thousands of visitors annually. Kykuit, which means "lookout" in Dutch, includes a six-story stone house, multiple terraced gardens, art galleries, outdoor classical and modern sculpture, and commanding Hudson River views. Its hilltop location overlooking the Hudson River and the Palisades is 500 feet above sea level. Visitors to Kykuit learn the story of the Rockefellers, beginning with John D. Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil, whose business acumen made him the richest man in America in his day. He later became the country's first great philanthropist. By his death in 1937, he had given away more than half his fortune through various philanthropic programs. Visitors can choose from four tours: Classic, Grand, Timesaver, and Selected Highlights. The Classic, ideal for first-time visitors, is a shorter experience than the comprehensive, three-hour Grand. Besides the mansion, both of these tours include time in Kykuit's art galleries, gardens, and Coach Barn, with its collection of horse-drawn carriages, vintage automobiles, and equestrian equipment. The 90-minute Timesaver is ideal for those on tighter schedules, while Selected Highlights maximizes time in the gardens. Visitors can buy tickets online in advance, choosing the exact tour, time, and date they want to visit. Tickets are on sale at hudsonvalley.org. Historic Hudson Valley recommends advanced ticket buying, particularly for weekend tours, which fill up quickly. Besides online, tickets may be purchased by calling 914-631-8200 (service charge additional) or at the Kykuit Visitor Center at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow. All tours start at the Kykuit Visitor Center; doors open at 9am.

Big Food: Health, Culture and the Evolution of Eating - Yale Peabody Museum
Through November 28, 2012 - New Haven

In this multi-media exhibit, visitors explore the challenge of fulfilling our nutritional and physical needs.

Nature Explore Classroom - Bartlett Arboretum
Through December 31, 2012 - Stamford

Children are invited to spend unhurried hours exploring the natural world in a fun and safe environment. The outdoor classroom includes areas for art, music and movement, climbing and crawling, building, and playing. Additionally, the Bartlett features the best of what Connecticut's native landscape has to offer including wetlands and boardwalks, woodland walking trails, varied wildlife, and native habitats. February 6-December 31, 2012.

Recovery in Action - Barnum Museum
Through December 31, 2012 - Bridgeport

The museum is now partially reopened two days a week while reparations are made on the museum which was hit by a tornado in 2010. A unique exhibition, Recovery in Action, will be presented on Thursdays and Fridays in the People's United Bank Gallery. Visitors gain insight into the complexities of a disaster recovery in a museum setting. The museum's collection of unique artifacts, including Tom Thumb's miniature carriages and P.T. Barnum's ornate furniture, will be among the many items on view.

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