Our list of 15 fun and low-cost things to do with kids in Connecticut this April includes Pirate Days in Mystic; Earth Day events in Bridgeport, Norwalk, Stamford, and Westport; and family shows in Bridgeport, New Haven, Ridgefield, and Westport.
Draw On Workshop
Loft Artist Association, Stamford
April 6 and 13
The walls at the Loft Artist Association are covered with paper for the Draw-On workshop, a family-friendly event co-sponsored by the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield. Art supplies are provided. All you have to bring is your imagination and creativity as you create your very own masterpiece on the papered walls. Artists from LAA will be on hand to answer questions and provide individual help. FREE!
The Little Engine that Could on Stage
Westport Country Playhouse, Westport
A positive attitude goes a long way in The Little Engine that Could Earns Her Whistle, a musical based on the classic book by Watty Piper. Little Blue Engine must convince Big Silver, and herself, that despite her small size, she is able to pull the big cars on the main line track.
Pirate Days in Mystic
Mystic Seaport, Mystic
April 9-10 and 16-17
Point your compass east and head to Mystic for Pirate Days, where high-spirited activities include a treasure hunt, walking the plank, and trying to pin the patch on the pirate. Learn how pirates navigated the high seas at a Planetarium program and make a souvenir to take home. You may even get a roaming pirate to smile for a photo.
Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival
Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport
Imagine all your favorite Disney characters singing your favorite Disney songs. Now imagine those songs completely remixed to the sounds of hip hop, pop, swing, reggae, rock and country. Mickey and 25 of his closest pals hit the stage in Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival to perform all of the most popular Disney tunes. Ariel, Sebastian, Ursula, Aladdin, Woody, Buzz and, of course, Minnie Mouse, Donald, and Goofy are just a few of the many familiar voices and faces that make an appearance.
Thumbelina on Stage
Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield
It’s a big world for pint-sized Thumbelina but with toad, fish, field mouse, mole, and swallow in tow, she faces her adventures head on in this musical based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale.
Celebrate Earth Day
Bridgeport, Norwalk, Stamford, Westport
We’ve rounded up 5 fun ways to celebrate Earth Day 2013 in Fairfield County, CT, including a zoo party in Bridgeport, family volunteer project in Stamford, special story time at the aquarium in Norwalk, and green crafting activities in Westport and nearby in the Bronx.
Hatched from Eggs Family Day
Bruce Museum, Greenwich
You may not find out which came first but at Hatched from Eggs Family Day, you will learn a lot of other interesting facts about birds and eggs. Activities include a gallery hunt through the “Eggs-hibitions” exhibit and craft activities focusing on animals that hatch from eggs. Erik Callendar of Erik’s Reptile Edventures gives a presentation on live egg-laying animals and Bill Robinson presents a program on live birds of prey.
April School Vacation Program
Fairfield Museum and History Center, Fairfield
The Fairfield Museum and History Center invites children to visit for April Vacation Programs: Art for Everyone! during their break from school. Children ages 7-11 explore the museum’s latest exhibition featuring paintings of the Connecticut landscape and shore. Then they create an art project based on a particular theme.
Say Farewell to the African Penguins
Maritime Aquarium, Norwalk
Through April 21
The African Penguins at the Maritime Aquarium have been on exhibit over the last several years, but are leaving at the end of this month. Here’s your last chance to bid them a fond farewell (or hello if this is your first visit!). You’ll learn that penguins can be from temperate South Africa as well as the South Pole and while they may waddle awkwardly on land, they are graceful in the water and always come dressed ready for a party.
Band Jam 2013
Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield
The Ridgefield Playhouse hosts this year’s Band Jam 2013 where the best middle school and high school bands compete before an audience and a panel of industry professionals.
Raffi in Concert
The Shubert Theater, New Haven
With his gentle voice and clever, catchy lyrics, Raffi has entertained audiences of all ages since 1976 when his first album, Singable Songs for the Very Young first came out with favorites like “Baby Beluga,” “Down by the Bay,” and “Bananaphone.” Hear him in person at the Shubert Theater. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Centre for Child Honouring, a communications hub and training ground founded by Raffi to foster global awareness of children’s issues.
Catch a minor league baseball game this spring or summer
For even more fun and low-cost family activities in Connecticut and the NYC area, search our full calendar of events