39 Scofieldtown Road
Stamford, CT 06903
Description: Enjoy hayrides, apple cider demonstrations, a scarecrow contest and pumpkin carving. Wear a costume and participate in a parade led by a special guest. Also, meet the newest members of Heckscher Farm - two female guinea hogs - and help name them. Festival visitors can submit suggestions for the piglets' names for "Name Our Pigs" Challenge. Those who suggest the winning names will receive free admission for four to the farm's upcoming family festivals in March and May.
Other activities include an apple slingshot, farm animal demonstrations, face-painting, storytelling, and children's crafts.
Venue Description: The Stamford Museum & Nature Center is dedicated to bringing art, agricultural and natural sciences, and history to the community. SM&NC offers family fun through exhibits, educational programs, and special events. At the Overbrook Nature Center, visitors can explore more than 80 acres of nature trails or join in an informative program with one of the center's naturalists. Opened in the fall of 2006, the Wheels in the Woods Trail #7 is an accessible nature trail that meanders alongside the Poorhouse Brook and through the established hardwood forest. Heckscher Farm offers the sights, sounds, and smells of active farm life. The Animal Embassy Building houses a collection of non-releasable exotic animal ambassadors. There are a variety of programs designed for children to develop an understanding of wildlife and their environment. Each Friday, weather permitting, visitors can enjoy viewing the moon, planets, and deep space objects through the 22-inch research telescope at the Observatory ($3; $2 children). Nature's Playground in the woods is a great place for kids and parents to scale a spider's web to a tree house with a lookout, then wind their way down a tubular slide or zoom down the otter slide. Seating with tables for picnicking or projects and benches are provided all around the SM&NC.
The Stamford Museum & Nature Center is located at 39 Scofieldtown Road in Stamford. Admission is $10; $8 seniors; $6 students (with valid ID); $5 children ages 4-17; free for children 3 and younger. For hours and more info: 203-322-1646 or stamfordmuseum.org.
Upcoming Events at Stamford Museum and Nature Center: