Find fun and low-cost things to do with kids in Fairfield County, CT this November, including school break activities, family shows, and holiday events in Bridgeport, Fairfield, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Ridgefield, Stamford, Trumbull, and Westport.
Harvest Hay Rides
Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport
Nov. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25
On weekends throughout the month, visitors can take a spin around the Beardsley Zoo on a stack of hay.
Election Day Events
Wondering what to do with the kids on their day off from school? Here’s a roundup of 5 fun Election Day activities for kids in Fairfield, New Canaan, Stamford, and Westport.
The Frog Prince and Other Tales
Stepping Stones Museum, Norwalk
Nov. 10 and 12-16
Handcrafted puppets take center stage in this show, in which four tales filled with fantasy and lively scenery set the stage for an enjoyable holiday presentation.
2012 Festival of Lighthouses Contest
The Maritime Aquarium, Norwalk
Opens Nov. 10
Twenty-four handcrafted lighthouses are on display during this year's Festival of Lighthouses Contest. Follow these homemade structures through the galleries and cast a vote for your favorite. The builder who receives the most votes receives $1,500 at an awards ceremony.
The Ugly Duckling
Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield
In this production of The Ugly Duckling, a misfit duck finds companionship with a Burmese mole and a bald eagle with a head full of hair.
Veterans Day Family Scavenger Hunt
Fairfield Museum and History Center, Fairfield
Discover stories of Fairfield’s soldiers and more on a Veterans Day Family Scavenger Hunt at the Fairfield Museum and History Center.
Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions
XL Center, Hartford
Fresh off the winner’s podium at the London Olympics, gold medal-winner Gabby Douglas and her fellow team members perform with the Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions. They are joined by 2008 Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin as well as men and women from the 2011 World Championships. This national tour allows these athletes to demonstrate why they are some of the best gymnasts in the world.
Polar Express on the Big Screen
IMAX Theater at The Maritime Aquarium, Norwalk
Nov. 17 – Jan. 1, 2013
Get into the holiday spirit a little early and watch The Polar Express, the story of a young boy whose doubts about the existence of Santa Claus melt away during a trip by train to the North Pole on Christmas Eve.
St. Jude Give thanks. Walk.
Westfield Trumbull, Trumbull
The mall takes on a new purpose for St. Jude Give thanks. Walk. Leave your credit cards at home and put on your tracksuit as you walk through the mall to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. St. Jude is committed to providing free health care for children and to advance cures and means of prevention for pediatric diseases through research and treatment.
Origami Paper Crane Workshop
Fairfield University Bookstore, Fairfield
In this workshop, visitors ages 10 and older can learn how to fold paper to make origami cranes that will decorate the Christmas tree at the Fairfield University Bookstore.
All Aboard with Bill Probert and Friends III
Stamford Museum and Nature Center, Stamford
Opens Nov. 17
LEGO and train lovers and everyone in between should make their way to All Aboard with Bill Probert and Friends III, on display at the Bendel Mansion at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center. Bill Probert has created a railroad scene that contains pastoral and urban scenes along with visual puns and even a few weeds and carefully tended gardens. Four winners of the Stamford Museum and Nature Center’s All Aboard competition will have their creations on display as well.
See our roundup of 5 fun Thanksgiving-themed events for kids in Fairfield, New Canaan, Southport, and Wilton.
Greenwich Reindeer Festival and Santa's Workshop
McArdle’s Florist & Garden, Greenwich
Nov. 23 – Dec. 24
If you thought reindeer were only legends, you were mistaken. Meet a few live ones at the fourth annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival and Santa’s Workshop while you visit Santa and have your photo taken with him.
The Maritime Aquarium, Norwalk
Learn the motivation behind two men who walked across hundreds of miles of the Canadian Arctic in a lecture by arctic explorers John Huston and Toby Thorleifsson. The two men talk about their 90-day journey by foot across 630 miles of frigid and isolated Arctic wilderness.
Find even more fun and low-cost family activities in Fairfield County and the NYC area in our full, searchable calendar of events.