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Things to Do With Kids in Fairfield on March 18

March 18, 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, March 18, 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 March 18. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Fairfield, check out our complete calendar of events

Books for Babies - Wilton Library
Through March 18, 2015 - Wilton

Bring your baby to this infant friendly program for songs, playtime and gentle stories geared for babies under 12 months old. This is an excellent forum to meet other new parents in the area. This program runs for 11 Wednesdays. No registration, no fee.

Wonderful Ones and Twos - Wilton Library
Through March 18, 2015 - 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.

GIRLS' ROBOTICS CLUB - Westport Library
Through March 18, 2015 - Westport

Practice programming Nancy and Vincent, the Library's robots. Bring a program you have created, or work with others to make the robots walk, talk, dance and more. Open to girls aged 8-12. Bring a laptop with the Choregraphe software installed. Register online at westportlibrary.org.

Gearapalooza - Magic Beans
March 18, 2015 - Fairfield

Presented by Bump Club and Beyond and Dr. Smith's Diaper Ointment, Gearapalooza is the ultimate baby gear and registry event for expectant parents seeking information on the latest baby products. Parents-to-be will have the opportunity to experience many of the premium baby brands before a comprehensive presentation from The BabyGuy Jamie Grayson on strollers, car seats, car seat safety, crib mattresses, breast pumps, carriers and more. To purchase tickets visit Bump Club and Beyond's websitee bumpclubandbeyond.com/gearapalooza.

Mother Goose on the Loose Registration - Wilton Library
Through March 19, 2015 - Wilton

Children ages 6 months to 2 years old will sing songs, listen to stories, move to music, and learn nursery rhymes. This research-based program is intended to help infants and toddlers develop early literacy skills in an active and fun environment. Felt boards, puppets, instruments, and props will be used. In an effort to create a small, consistent group experience, this program uses a lottery system for registration. Lottery registration forms are available at the Children's Library desk starting December 2014 and must be returned by January 8, 2015. Patrons will be notified via email if they receive a spot. The program runs Thursdays, Jan 15-March 19, 2015.

Design and print your very own 3D object - Wilton Library
Through March 25, 2015 - Wilton

During this class you will get hands on experience using a 3D design website with library staff to assist. Registration required for each date.

Itsy Bitsy Playgroup at Temple Sholom - Temple Sholom
Through March 25, 2015 - Greenwich

Gather with moms just like you and nourish your need for community. Bond with other mothers and babies during music time and gross motor play. Sessions are Free and are led by Music Specialist Sarah Fradkin. Registration is required. You do not need to be a member of Temple Sholom to participate. To attend or for more information contact: sarah.fradkin@templesholom.com.

Minecraft Club - Wilton Library
Through March 28, 2015 - Wilton

Kids ages 8 can 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. Players must bring their own laptop and create their own account. Visit the Children's Desk with a valid library card to be registered.

Beyond Brushwork - Rowayton Arts Center
Through March 28, 2015 - Rowayton

Exhibit of computer art, drawings, mixed media, pastels and prints. March 1-March 28.

Rapunzel - Downtown Cabaret Theatre
Through March 29, 2015 - Bridgeport

A new “twist” on the classic tale by the Brothers Grimm about the girl with the long golden hair. When the young Rapunzel has been locked in a tower by an enchantress, it takes a handsome young prince to help her escape, and that’s just the beginning of the story! Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair.

Maker Monday - Westport Library
Through March 30, 2015 - Westport

Each Maker Monday features a different hands-on, creative activity. Register online. For grades 6-9.

Tuesday Toddler Tour - Bruce Museum
Through March 31, 2015 - 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.

Pack Chat for Kids (ages 4-8) - Wolf Conservation Center
Through March 31, 2015 - South Salem

An excellent introduction to wolves for families with young children. Guests visit Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa, Nikai, and Zephyr, as well as the center's other endangered wolves. Don't forget a camera. Pre-registration required.

'Camelot' - Westchester Broadway Theatre
Through April 05, 2015 - Elmsford

One of history's greatest love stories and Lerner and Loewe's timeless masterpiece. King Arthur and his new queen, Guinevere, rule their kingdom with ideals of chivalry and peace, but the arrival of Sir Lancelot threatens the foundation of the realm in one of the most fabled love triangles of all time. Revel in the glorious music including, "If Ever I Would Leave You," "The Lusty Month of May," "How to Handle a Woman," "I Loved You Once in Silence," and "What Do the Simple Folk Do?". Directed and choreographed by Broadway's Richard Sabellico, this new, intimate production focuses on the dynamic, rich, and intense characters in this most regal of American musicals. Jan. 29 through Apr. 5.

The Orchid Show: Chandeliers - New York Botanical Garden
Through April 19, 2015 - Bronx

Elaborate and kaleidoscopic hanging displays throughout the galleries of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory explode with orchids in an amazing array of colors, shapes, sizes, and textures.

Mobilizing the Home Front: Posters from World War II - Fairfield Museum and History Center
Through May 10, 2015 - Fairfield

In honor of the 70th anniversary of VE day, this exhibition features World War II posters that were used to raise support for the war effort at home. Part of a large propaganda effort on the part of the U.S. government, the posters utilized strong messages and iconography, linking efforts on the home front to the military campaigns in Europe and Asia. In essence, every American, soldier or civilian, was enlisted to help win the war. Through May 10.

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.

Humpback Whales - Maritime Aquarium
Through May 21, 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.

Dinotopia: The Fantastical Art of James Gurney - Stamford Museum and Nature Center
Through May 25, 2015 - Stamford

This fascinating exhibition features 59 original oil paintings from the The New York Times bestseller Dinotopia: A Land Apart From Time, Dinotopia: The World Beneath (1995), and Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara (2007) by James Gurney. The fantastical art of contemporary artist, James Gurney, was inspired by a childhood fascination with archaeology, dinosaurs, lost civilizations, and art. His big break as an illustrator came from National Geographic magazine with a series of challenging assignments working with scientists and historians to recreate ancient worlds; a project that inspired the conceptual framework for Dinotopia. Also included are the artist's preliminary studies, reference photos, and handmade scale-models. For fossil fans and dinosaur devotees, a variety of specimens from the Paleontology Collection of the Stamford Museum will also be exhibited. February 14-May 25, 2015.

Stepping Stones Travelling Exhibit: My Sky - Stepping Stones Museum for Children
Through May 30, 2015 - Norwalk

Look up and explore the sun, the moon and the stars. Get your hands on an enormous 5-foot wide model of the moon. Explore close-up images of what the Sun looked like on your birthday last year. Invent your own new constellations and get to know the sky like never before. Families are given the chance to practice science skills such as observing, communicating, noticing patterns, predicting, imagining and more — skills that are fundamental to astronomy, scientists and engineers and are used every day. Touch craters, mountains and valleys on a giant moon. Sit by a campfire and watch the stars race across the sky. Observe beautiful solar events like flares, eclipses and even solar tornados. Learn about what causes the phases of the Moon. Meet scientists, artists and other people who are inspired by the sky. Funded by NASA and created through a partnership between Boston Children’s Museum and Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. January 31- May 30, 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.

Fashion & Fantasy: 250 Years of Wedding Dresses - Fairfield Museum and History Center
Through May 31, 2015 - Fairfield

This exhibition highlights the changing styles of wedding gowns over several centuries, from 18th-century silk and military-inspired Civil War dresses to the ubiquitous white dress of today. By looking at wedding fashion, the exhibition will examine how the idea of “the big day” has developed over time. February 19-May 31.

Special Arts - Westport Arts Center
Through June 05, 2015 - Westport

A dynamic, high quality arts program adapted for students of all abilities, ages 7 and up, who may need individualized attention in the classroom including children with special needs. Contact the Arts Center to register for this class so that they can discuss your child's needs. Winter II (Feb. 13-April 10). Spring (April 24-June 5).

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.

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.

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.

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 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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