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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN FAIRFIELD ON OCTOBER 18

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by Daily Kids Events Editor October 18, 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, October 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 October 18. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Fairfield, check out our complete calendar of events

Behind-the-Scenes Tour - Maritime Aquarium
October 18, 2014 - Norwalk

Stops include the Aquarium's "fish kitchen," where 18 tons of fish a year is prepared and above the 110,000-gallon Open Ocean tank, where the dorsal fins of 8-foot sand tiger sharks cut through the water's surface. Participants must be at least 10 years old; under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. For reservations call ext. 2206.

Fall Marine Life Study Cruises - Maritime Aquarium
October 18, 2014 - Norwalk

Cruise out for close encounters with crabs, fish, squid and learn about a surprising diversity of marine life just off our shores in Long Island Sound. Aquarium educators put participants to work in collecting and examining animals from all levels of the water column. Fall is a beautiful time to be on the water, as reflections on the surface double the reds, oranges and yellows of autumn back on shore. Advance reservations strongly recommended.

Harvest Festival Weekend - Stamford Museum and Nature Center
October 18, 2014 - Stamford

Enjoy apple cider demonstrations, a scarecrow contest, pumpkin carving, and fun activities for the whole family. Wear a costume and participate in the daily costume parade. Other activities include farm animal demonstrations, face-painting, live music with Jay and Ray, storytelling with Ms. Karen, and children�s crafts. Hayride and apple slingshot tickets will be available for purchase, and the Museum Galleries will be open. The SM&NC Sunday Farm Market will be open. There will be an assortment of local food trucks with food for sale

Spooky Nighttime Adventures - The New York Botanical Garden
October 18, 2014 - Bronx

Grab a ConEdison flashlight and explore the exhibit as you travel along the Whole Foods Market Trick-or-Treat Trail after dark. Listen for critters of the night or sit in on a spooky ghost story. Capture a family photo with larger-than-life skeletons and costumed characters. For those who dare, see the giant pumpkin displays illuminated in the darkness and journey along the meandering Mitsubishi Wild Wetland Trail. Then decorate a gourd and take home carving tips. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended.

Giant Pumpkin Carving Weekend - The New York Botanical Garden
October 18, 2014 - Bronx

Watch Master Carver Ray Villafane and his team transform giant and unusual pumpkins into zombies and other unearthly creatures. Enjoy daily Q & A sessions from 12-4pm with the carvers, who will share how they come up with their creative ideas to transform the giant pumpkins into works of art, while the growers of these giant gourds tell of the unique techniques used to make them so big. Additional roaming guides will be on hand to answer questions throughout the day.

Canvas Painting - Bonsai Tree (ages 8-14) - Trumbull Nature and Arts Center
October 18, 2014 - Trumbull

From the beginner to the experienced student, this 2-hour class in acrylic on canvas will guide and teach students to approach the painting process with confidence.

Third Saturdays: Family Art Experiences:Art of the 1920s - Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
October 18, 2014 - Ridgefield

Travel back to the roaring twenties as The Aldrich joins The Big Read program, featuring iconic novel The Great Gatsby, presented by Ridgefield Library and the Ridgefield Playhouse. Be inspired by the work of Surrealist artists Max Ernst, Juan Miró, Salvador Dalí, and René Magritte, and paint an expressive landscape and dreamlike world.

The Enchanted Castle - Burr Homestead
October 18, 2014 - Fairfield

Parents and their children can tour seven fantasy theme rooms: Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz, The Little Mermaid, Candy land, The Pirates of the Carribean and Aladdin. This event is designed for children 2-10 years of age. Funds raised at the Castle benefit The Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers at Bridgeport Hospital supporting specialized programs such as Cancer Therapy, Fit and Healthy Kids Program, Women's Health program, Music Therapy, specialized equipment and scholarships.

Scarecrows on Parade - Beardsley Zoo
October 18, 2014 - Bridgeport

Check out the scarecrow competition and vote for your favorites.

Howl-O-Ween - Beardsley Zoo
October 18, 2014 - Bridgeport

Calling all ghosts and goblins. Come and spend a truly fun and frightful evening at the Zoo featuring a "Greek Mythology" Hayride, Haunted Farmyard, Gruesome Greenhouse, and magic show by Jim Sisti. Tickets also include face painting, and of course, candy. Event recommended for children ages 6-12, however, some of the "scarier" activities of the evening may be better suited for children ages 8+. To purchase advance tickets, call Amanda Bolanos at(203) 394-6574.

The Haunted Pumpkin Garden - The New York Botanical Garden
Through October 31, 2014 - Bronx

The Haunted Pumpkin Garden is open all day for exploration, with guided activities from 1:30-5:30pm weekdays and 10am-5:30pm weekends. Each day, children can play inside a "gourd-geous" Pumpkin House; go on a scavenger hunt for fall fruits; look for wiggly worms under a rotting log; put on their own performance in the Pumpkin Puppet Theater; read spooky stories; and watch pumpkin seeds sprout in a germination chamber. On weekends, children can read spooky stories and enjoy Halloween parades that travel throughout the Children's Adventure Garden. Sept. 20 through Oct. 31.

Irving's Legend - Philipsburg Manor/Old Dutch Church
Through November 01, 2014 - Sleepy Hollow

Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk offers a dramatic reading of Washington Irving's classic tale, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," featuring the Headless Horseman, Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones, and Katrina Van Tassel. Flavored with live spooky organ music by Jim Keyes, Kruk's spellbinding storytelling captivates all audiences. Recommended for ages 10 and older. Event takes place at the Old Dutch Church, just across the street from Philipsburg Manor. Oct. 4-5, 10-12, 17-19, 24-26, 31, and Nov. 1. Admission for this 45-minute performance by timed ticket only, which must be purchased in advance at hudsonvalley.org/events/irvings-legend. Please note: Parking for this event is at Philipsburg Manor, 381 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow.

Horseman's Hollow 2014 - Philipsburg Manor
Through November 01, 2014 - Sleepy Hollow

Taking the tale of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to its darkest extremes, Horseman's Hollow returns for a third year of highly entertaining haunted mayhem, now expanded by popular demand to 13 evenings. Philipsburg Manor transforms into a terrifying landscape ruled by the undead, the evil, and the insane. Visitors begin walking a haunted trail, stumbling upon scary scenes of a town driven mad by the Headless Horseman. The Hollow's unfortunate inhabitants are all too ready to keep visitors from ever leaving. Creatures, human and otherwise, lurk in the shadows, ready to terrify the unsuspecting, while incredible special effects disorient and unsettle. Elaborate costumes and the work of award-wining feature-film makeup artists make it all too real. Those who survive the trail must still negotiate a twisted maze of horrors too terrible to describe, only to end up in the lair of the Horseman where a party is being thrown in his honor. Heads will definitely roll...maybe even your own! Attracting widespread media attention including a feature on CBS national news, this event is NOT suitable for small children or the timid, but it is one of Westchester's premier haunted attractions, right in the heart of the village of Sleepy Hollow. WARNING: This event is NOT suitable for adults who are claustrophobic, have heart or respiratory conditions, are prone to seizures, or have other chronic health conditions. Recommended for ages 10 and older. Oct. 4-5, 10-12, 17-19, 24-26, 31, and Nov. 1. All admissions are by timed ticket only, which must be purchased in advance at hudsonvalley.org/events/horsemans-hollow.

Scared by the Sound Haunted House & The Terror Trail - Playland Amusement Park
Through November 01, 2014 - Rye

Be afraid. Be very afraid. Zombies, ghouls, ghosts and creeps eagerly await you when the "Scared by the Sound" Haunted House returns to Playland Park in Rye, beginning Saturday, Oct. 4. Visitors are invited into the 10,000-square-foot haunt, which features the Crypt Walk, Haunted Wine Cellar, Creepy Morgue, Tunnels of Doom, plus some all-new scenes. In addition, test your survival skills in the all new outdoor Black-Out Maze. From Oct. 4 to Nov. 1, hours for Scared by the Sound are Fridays: 8-11pm, Saturdays: 7-11pm, Sundays: 7-10pm, and Friday and Saturday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1: 7-11pm. Light refreshments and beverages will be available for sale each evening. Admission for "Scared by the Sound" is $16. Go to scaredbythesound.com to purchase tickets online by credit card. In-park ticket purchases will be by cash only (ATM onsite). Call 914-906-0818 for general information and corporate and group sales. The event is not recommended for children younger than 10 alone or with an adult, nor is it advised that persons with medical conditions or those adversely affected by strobe lighting or fog attend. "Scared by the Sound" is held rain or shine, and parking for the attraction is free. Please note that the park's amusement rides will not be open. Enter the attraction area near the Fountain Plaza entrance. "Scared by the Sound" is presented by After Dark Attractions, LLC. Playland, a Westchester County Park, can be reached via the New England Thruway (I-95), Playland Parkway exit 19. For more information, visit scaredbythesound.com or call 1-877-SCARY-FUN.

Dinosaur Safari: Mysteries Revealed - Bronx Zoo
Through November 02, 2014 - Bronx

Dinos are back at the Zoo, bigger and badder! The attraction includes a ride through the Cretaceous and Jurassic periods with more than two-dozen animatronic dinosaurs up to 40 feet long which move, snarl, roar, and spit. Board a paleontologist's wagon for a trip back in time. Dig for fossils at a field site and explore artifacts. Take a tour through the pre-historic world at Erth's Dinosaur Zoo. Dinosaur Safari: Mysteries Revealed includes a ride through a two-acre area of the zoo, and highlights the physical or behavioral adaptations many share with species that are alive today. This limited engagement runs through November 2, and will be included in the Total Experience Ticket. Special events will take place all spring and summer. Tickets can be purchased in advance at bronxzoo.com.

In the Garden of Sonic Delights - Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
Through November 02, 2014 - Katonah

"In the Garden of Sonic Delights" is a major exhibition of sound art woven into the fabric of Westchester County, NY. Centered at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, the exhibition spans six of the region's most dynamic cultural institutions and features fifteen commissioned, site-specific artworks by some of the world's most sought-after artists working in the medium of sound. Each artist has drawn inspiration from their chosen location, creating work that is mindful of the natural and human-made sounds and systems already present in the environment, while engaging each site's unique characteristics, be they acoustic, historic, architectural, or aesthetic. Over the five-month duration of the exhibition, the artworks will be transformed in their context, in tandem with the passing of the day and the change in seasons, rewarding many return visits. In the Garden of Sonic Delights reveals the power of sound to galvanize our perceptions, encourage participation, elevate awareness, and foster reflection. Open June 7 through Nov. 2.

The Legend Behind the 'Legend' - Washington Irving's Sunnyside
Through November 02, 2014 - Irvington

During October, Sunnyside celebrates its connection to Washington Irving's classic tale, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." A daytime visit to Sunnyside is the perfect prelude to an evening at the Blaze, Horseman's Hollow, or Irving's "Legend." Irving's fascinating home - a colorful blend of architectural styles - will showcase numerous objects related to Irving's famous story. Visitors can enjoy a shadow puppet performance of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and experience one of Irving's spooky tales on a walk through the woods. Recommended for all ages. Admission is by timed tours which begin at 10am. Last tour at 3pm each day. Buy tickets in advance at hudsonvalley.org/events/legend-behind-legend. Oct. 4-5, 11-13, 18-19, 25-26, 31, and Nov. 1-2.

Boo at the Zoo - Bronx Zoo
Through November 02, 2014 - Bronx

Celebrate a New York Halloween tradition with safe, family-friendly activities. Annual favorites include jack-o'-lantern illumination, Creatures of the Night walkthrough experience; 3-D pumpkin carving demos and displays, hay maze, broadway cast member appearances, costume parade, music, magic, crafts, and more, with some additional Halloween surprises! An eerie walk-through experience - Jack-O'-Lantern Illumination - Creatures of the Night will take over the exhibits in the former World of Darkness, creating a one-of-a-kind, illuminated Halloween display. Broadway cast members from plays including Pippin, Motown, Cinderella, On the Town, and the Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe will make special appearances. Entertainment will include original musical revue Carnival of Extraordinary Animals and encore performances from magician David Levitan, and the musical group, Gigi and the Lend me a Hand Band All Boo at the Zoo activities are included with the price of admission with the exception of Dinosaur Safari and the Jack-O'-Lantern Illumination; both are included with the Total Experience Ticket. Visit bronxzoo.com for the full schedule.

EXHIBITION: The Smithsonian Institution's THE WAY WE WORKED - Stamford Museum & Nature Center
Through November 04, 2014 - Stamford

The Way We Worked is a fund and nostalgic look back at the history of working people in America. It draws from the rich photographic collections at the National Archives to illustrate the changes in the workforce and work environments. Interactive videos, audio features, graphics and work-related objects offer multiple interpretive opportunities for visitors within the colorful panels of photographs. Audio components share workers? stories about changes in their industries, coping with new tools and technologies, and confronting workplace challenges. Films follow workers onto the job in a variety of settings. Visitors will be able to relate their own work experiences to those highlighted in the exhibition. September 20-November 4.

The Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze - NOW EXTENDED THROUGH NOV. 16! - Van Cortlandt Manor
Through November 09, 2014 - Croton-on-Hudson

The tri-state area's biggest, most exciting, most electrifying Halloween event returns for a whopping 28 nights in 2014! See more than 5,000 individually hand-carved, illuminated Jack O' Lanterns in this elaborate walk-through experience. Meander through an historic, 18th-century riverside landscape and discover a breathtaking display - all made of jack o' lanterns! Walk through a covered bridge adorned with jack o' lanterns on all sides - even the ceiling! - and emerge to the sight of Sleepy Hollow Country's most iconic inhabitant, the Headless Horseman! Oooh and ahh at intricate pumpkin portraits of characters from Washington Irving's famous tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Tumbling acrobats and circus characters will put a smile on your face, and a special 10th anniversary pumpkin cake will whet your appetite for...more pumpkins! Witness the incredible sight of gourd-filled Jack-in-the-Boxes springing up and bouncing around. See slithering ground snakes, a giant spider web, and go gaga over a collection of shrunken Little Monsters. Gaze in amazement at a working doomsday grandfather clock. A giant sea serpent adds some hiss to the Undersea Aquarium while comical, squash-eating Venus pumpkin traps sprout in the garden. Blaze's perennially popular Jurassic Park includes a triceratops, a pterodactyl, a brontosaurus, and a T-Rex! Gawk at more Jack O' Lanterns than ever before. Tens of thousands of visitors experienced last year's Blaze', which was sold out EVERY NIGHT! Complete with sound effects, elaborate synchronized lighting and the second volume of an all-original soundtrack by recording artist Richard Christy, this not-to-be-missed spectacle is the area's most innovative Halloween happening. Recommended for all ages. All admissions are by timed ticket only, which must be purchased in advance. Buy tickets online at hudsonvalley.org/events/blaze or call 914-366-6900. Oct. 4-5, 10-13, 16-19, 23-31, Nov. 1-2, 6-9, and 14-16.

Great White Shark - Maritime Aquarium - IMAX
Through November 26, 2014 - 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.

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar - Maritime Aquarium - IMAX Theater
Through November 26, 2014 - Norwalk

The creative forces behind the popular IMAX movie "Born to Be Wild" come together again. Writer-producer Drew Fellman, filmmaker David Douglas and narrator Morgan Freeman team up again for a whirlwind romp through the island nation off Africa's eastern coast. Lemurs are a unique line of primates that have been bounding around on the island paradise ? and only on that single island paradise ? after arriving there millions of years ago. But now habitat destruction is a serious threat to lemurs' existence. The film follows Dr. Patricia Wright, a professor of biological anthropology whose lifelong mission is to help these unusual creatures survive in the modern world. September 2-November 26, 2014

Rowayton and the Purple Crayon: Celebrating the Creative Culture of 1950s Rowayton - Rowayton Historical Society
Through November 26, 2014 - Rowayton

In the stories of Harold and the Purple Crayon, everything Harold draws become real. These delightful picture book classics are imaginative and joyful and are now part of a new exhibit at the Rowayton Historical Society. Designed to inform and delight visitors of all ages, the exhibition will feature the work of Jim Flora, Ruth Krauss, Crockett Johnson, and Maurice Sendak. These Rowayton residents were celebrated authors and illustrators and created some of America's most beloved children's literature. Visiting the exhibition, you will be transported back in time, reliving childhood favorites such as A Hole is to Dig, Harold and the Purple Crayon, the Fabulous Firework Family, Where the Wild Things Are, and the groundbreaking comic strip Barnaby. Marvel at Jim Flora's playful and energetic illustrations. Delight in the grotesque fanged monsters from Where the Wild Things Are, and consider how their forms concerned parents when it was first published. Savor the whimsical genius of the husband-and-wife team Ruth Krauss and Crockett Johnson and learn how their political views caused them to come under FBI scrutiny. May 25-November 26,2014.

Journey to the South Pacific - Maritime Aquarium - IMAX Theater
Through November 26, 2014 - Norwalk

Narrated by Academy Award-winner Cate Blanchett, "Journey to the South Pacific" will take moviegoers to the lush tropical islands of remote West Papua. Join Jawi, a young island boy, as he leads a journey of discovery to this magical place where he encounters whale sharks, sea turtles, manta rays and other iconic creatures of the sea. Home to more than 2,000 species of sea life, this exotic locale features the most diverse marine ecosystem on Earth. An uplifting story of hope and celebration, "Journey to the South Pacific" highlights the importance of living in balance with the ocean planet we all call home. September 2-November 26.

'South Pacific' - Westchester Broadway Theatre
Through November 30, 2014 - Elmsford

Rodgers and Hammerstein's award-winning "South Pacific" is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "Tales of the South Pacific," by James A. Michener. The musical is set on an island paradise during World War II and tells two parallel love stories set against the dangers of prejudice and war. The classic but timely musical showcases the importance of valuing diversity. The original 1949 play won 10 Tony Awards and set the stage for a highly successful movie version in 1958 starring Rossano Brazzi, and Mitzi Gaynor. The score contains many of the most recognizable songs in Broadway history, including "Some Enchanted Evening," "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair," "I'm In Love With a Wonderful Guy," and "There Is Nothing Like a Dame." Through Nov. 30.

Harvest Hay Rides - Beardsley Zoo
Through November 30, 2014 - Bridgeport

Take a hay ride through the zoo. Rides begin at the W.O.L.F. Cabin. Saturday, Sundays and school holidays October 1-November 30.

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.

Animal Feeding at Earthplace - Earthplace
Through January 01, 2015 - 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Story and Animal Program - Earthplace
Through August 10, 2015 - Westport

Children 5 and younger can visit Earthplace every week for story time and an animal encounter. Thursdays and Fridays year-round.

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.

Born to Be Wild - Maritime Aquarium
Through June 30, 2024 - 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 June 30,2014.

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