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FREE THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN FAIRFIELD WEEK OF MARCH 18

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by Kids Events Editor March 18, 2013

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FREE Events for 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

Literary Littles - Wilton Library
March 18, 2013 - Wilton

Independent listeners ages 4-6 years come for stories, short films, songs and crafts. No registration necessary.

Knowledge is Power: How & Why to Advocate for Your Child with Special Needs - Norwalk City Hall
March 18, 2013 - Norwalk

Dana A Jonson, Esq., a special education attorney in private practice and a former special education teacher, will help you understand the importance of advocating effectively so your child can receive appropriate special education services. Attorney Jonson specializes in helping families of children with disabilities through the special education process, including representing them at IEP meetings, mediation and due process hearings and in Federal court. Co-sponsored by SPED*NET Wilton, Norwalk SPED Partners, and Norwalk Public Schools.

Wilton Clergy Association Lecture Series: How Can this Generation Speak to the Next about Violence in Society? - Wilton Library
March 19, 2013 - Wilton

In the aftermath of Sandy Hook, this 3-part lecture series sponsored by the Wilton Clergy Association and Wilton Library addresses longer term answers/solutions to violence in our communities. Registration highly recommended.

Literary Littles - Wilton Library
March 19, 2013 - Wilton

Independent listeners ages 4-6 years come for stories, short films, songs and crafts. No registration necessary.

Terrific Tales for Twos and Threes - Wilton Library
March 19, 2013 - Wilton

Children and their caregivers sing songs, listen to stories, and enjoy playtime together while building literacy and social skills. No registration necessary.

Look, Listen and Learn - Wilton Library
March 19, 2013 - Wilton

Children aged 3-4 gain pre-reading skills and learn how to participate in a group setting with stories, singing songs and acting out finger plays and rhymes. No registration required.

P J Story Time - Main - Fairfield Public Library
March 19, 2013 - Fairfield

Join Children's Librarian Cindyb for quiet evening time at the Library with stories and songs. For families with children ages 2-6. Wear your PJs and bring a favorite stuffed friend.

Book Blast! - Fairfield Public Library
March 19, 2013 - Fairfield

At this special meeting of the monthly book club the discussion revolves around the book Wonder, which is the book selection for this month's One Book One Town program. There will be snacks as well. Teens grades 6-8.

I.E.P. Tune-Up – Common Core State Standards to the Rescue - The offices of Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge
March 19, 2013 - Ridgefield

Bring your child’s I.E.P., a colored pen, yellow highlighter – and your vision for the next 12 months. It’s mark-up time and not too early to plan for, or request, your child’s next P.P.T. Together with Special Education Advocate Linda Talbert, align your child’s I.E.P. to Connecticut’s recently adopted Common Core State Standards.

Parent Zone: How to Talk to Your Child While Reading - Stepping Stones Museum
March 20, 2013 - Norwalk

Learn to ask questions that guide children to follow a book's storyline and text in this parents only workshop. Free childcare is available for children 3 and older. Free dinner included. Limited space. Registration required.

Make Dog Biscuits for Homeless Animals - Pequot Library
March 20, 2013 - Southport

Make a special treat for a dog who lives in a shelter. Call ext. 18 to register for this program.

Poetry in Motion Rehearsals - Wilton Library
March 20, 2013 - Wilton

Rehearsals for Poetry in Motion performance. Snow date: Thursday, March 14.

Books for Babies - Wilton Library
March 20, 2013 - Wilton

This program offers songs, play, and gentle stories geared for babies under 12 months old. No registration necessary.

Wonderful Ones and Twos with Caregivers - Wilton Library
March 20, 2013 - 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 times. No registration necessary.

Eyes, Ears, and Feet: How Animals Use Their Senses - Wilton Library
March 20, 2013 - Wilton

Children ages 3-4 are invited to meet some live animals. Earthplace of Westport will visit for a lesson about animal senses. Count a spider's eyes, find a frog's circular ears, discover what snake smell with, and much more. This program is a great way for children to meet different animals and practice important skills like counting, and shape recognition. Registration required.

Newbery Club - Wilton Library
March 20, 2013 - Wilton

Children in grades 4-6 are invited to join this new monthly book club which introduces children to Newbery Award winning books. The book for March's discussion is The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, which won the Newbery in 2009. Read the book and spend a fun hour at the Library with crafts, questions, snacks, and activities. Registration required.

40th annual juried Student Show - Stamford Art Association
Through March 21, 2013 - Stamford

Fourteen Fairfield County high schools will have junior and seniors present multimedia work that has been selected by art teachers. The opening reception is Sunday, March 3, 4-6pm.

The Hobbit: The Game - Wilton Library
March 21, 2013 - Wilton

Saddle your pony and sharpen your battleaxe -- it's time for tabletop adventure. Participants will play the parts of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield or one of the dozen dwarves in pencil-and-paper role play action. Reenact the journeys of Bilbo and company, or go 'off-map' entirely and blaze your own trail. Add in Bombur-sized snacks and you have all the ingredients for a tale that the bards will tell for an Age. Grades 4-6 with a caregiver in the building. Registration required.

Poetry in Motion Dress Rehearsal - Wilton Library
March 21, 2013 - Wilton

Dress rehearsal for kids in grades 6–12 participating in the Poetry in Motion performance on March 22 and March 23.

Summer Programs for Children with Special Needs - Resource Fairs - Ferguson Library Auditorium
March 21, 2013 - Stamford

The CT Family Support Network (CTFSN) will be sponsoring a resource fair for families who have a child with special needs. There will be representatives from summer camps, recreation programs, and other organizations who support children with special needs. For more information, contact Karleen Craddock at [email protected]

downUNDER Peeps Dioramas - Fairfield Woods Branch Library
Through March 21, 2013 - Fairfield

Insert those tasty marshmallow critters into a scenic diorama at the fourth annual Peeps extravaganza. Prizes will be awarded for creativity. Grades 6-12.

An Evening with David Harrell - Fairfield Public Library
March 21, 2013 - Fairfield

Actor and disability advocate David Harrell was born without his right hand. He will talk about what it is like to grow up with a physical difference that sets you apart from others.

End the Struggle - Brain Balance Achievement Center
March 21, 2013 - Norwalk

This lecture is for parents of children age 4-17 that are struggling with academic, behavior, emotional or sensory issues. Gain a comprehensive understanding and deeper insight into the issues and challenges that these children are facing. Dr. Goldenberg will explain the underlying causes of: ADHD, Dyslexia, Learning Disabilities, and Autism Spectrum Disorgers. Learn how this Drug Free approach can improve behavioral outcomes at home and at school. Seating is limited. Please RSVP by calling 203-847-3000.

Children's Garden Club - Wilton Library
March 22, 2013 - Wilton

Children in grades K and up are invited to join this weekly Garden Club. Throughout the spring, summer, and fall the club will plan, plant, tend, and eat fruits and vegetables from a raised-bed garden. During this meeting, help plan the garden and prepare for springtime planting. This is an 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: [email protected] or call x225.

Legos in the Library - Fairfield Woods Branch Library
March 22, 2013 - Fairfield

Drop in, bring a friend, and create with a mega selection of Legos. Grades K-5.

downUNDER Premieres - Fairfield Woods Branch Library
March 22, 2013 - Fairfield

Unwind after a week at school. Watch a new to DVD movie and share snacks with friends in the downUnder Teen Center. Grades 6-12.

Family Art Project: Up Pops Spring! - Wave Hill
March 23, 2013 - Bronx

Look around and see the very early signs of spring. Guest artist Moses Ros shows participants how to use the everyday cardboard container as a springboard for handmade stamps in fantastic, nature-inspired, pop-up collages and mobiles that celebrate the budding season.

Minecraft Club - Wilton Library
March 23, 2013 - Wilton

With Minecraft, worlds made out of individual blocks are generated. Players can build anything, mine anything, create anything, and interact with other players. The only limit is your imagination. A server for the Wilton Library has been set up with a virtual world where the Minecraft community in Wilton can meet. Minecraft enthusiasts are welcome to join the Minecraft Computer Club to discuss and play everything Minecraft in the Children's Library. Appropriate for children ages 8 and up. Minecraft is a subscription-based, online game. Players must bring their own laptops and create their own accounts. Registration required.

Tales to Tails - Wilton Library
March 23, 2013 - Wilton

ROAR's (Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue) Therapy Dog Program bring therapy dogs to the library for children to read to them. The use of trained therapy dogs in reading programs can result in children who feel comfortable reading out loud, read more often, attempt more difficult books, and actually look forward to reading. Children must read independently to participate in this program. Registration required.

Saturday Story Time - Fairfield Woods Branch Library
March 23, 2013 - Fairfield

Children ages 3-5 are invited to this story hour with an adult for seasonal picture books, finger plays and songs.

Dog Tales! - Fairfield Public Library
March 23, 2013 - Fairfield

Children will have the opportunity to read with Reading Education Assistance dogs who would like to listen. Each child will have 15-minute sessions over six weeks. Proven to build confidence and improve reading skills. Grades K-5. Special registration, by phone or in person only, is required for this program. Registration begins, Monday, February 18.

Women's History Month Celebration - Discovery Museum
March 23, 2013 - Bridgeport

Dozens of women in STEM (Science, Technology,Engineering and Mathematics)careers will talk to visitors about what they do and how they got to where they are today.

Colleen Browning: The Early Works - Bellarmine Museum of Art
Through March 24, 2013 - Fairfield

Artist Colleen Browning (1918-2003), a National Academician, played a significant role in America's contemporary realist movement in the years after 1950. Fairfield University rediscovers and celebrates the career of this Anglo-American Realist painter. January 24-March 24, 2013.

Colleen Browning: A Brush with Magic - Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery
Through March 24, 2013 - Fairfield

Artist Colleen Browning (1918-2003), a National Academician, played a significant role in America's contemporary realist movement in the years after 1950. Fairfield University rediscovers and celebrates the career of this Anglo-American Realist painter. The Thomas J. Walsh Gallery offers a selection of compelling oil paintings created in the years after 1960. January 24-March 24, 2013.

Literary Littles - Wilton Library
March 25, 2013 - Wilton

Independent listeners ages 4-6 years come for stories, short films, songs and crafts. No registration necessary.

Whodunit? Book Club - Wilton Library
March 25, 2013 - Wilton

Kids in grades 2 and 3 are invited to join this mystery book club. Children will have the opportunity to meet and discuss The Hardy Boys Secret Files: Trouble at the Arcade by Franklin Dixon. Snacks will be provided, along with fun detective activities. Parents and guardians must be in the library.

Open Craft Mondays - Fairfield Public Library
March 25, 2013 - Fairfield

Drop by the Library to make a seasonal and fun craft. Open to all ages while supplies last.

Pajama Program - Office of the Superintendent - Bridgeport Public Schools
Through March 30, 2013 - Bridgeport

Help a child stay warm and cozy by donating new pajamas and/or a book. Pajama Program is a 501(3)c not-for-profit organization providing new pajamas and books to children many of whom are waiting to be adopted.

Transformations 2 - Loft Artist Association
Through April 21, 2013 - Stamford

The exhibit will showcase the Loft Artists Association's members, as they exhibit their new creations from older artworks, recycled household items and other goodies, being used in an imaginative piece of art. Some items on display will include sea glass, newspapers, junk mail, old tools, and organic gems from the sea and earth. March 22-April 21, 2013.

downUNDER Nutmeg Week - Fairfield Woods Branch Library
Through April 25, 2013 - Fairfield

Cast your ballot for 2013 Teen Nutmeg nominated books and celebrate this year's selections by making a zombie (stuffed toy), solving codes and other book-inspired crafts in the downUnder Teen Center. Grades 6-12.

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