UPDATED March 2017: Presenting the best things to do with your family in Fairfield County, CT, this spring. We've narrowed our list to the annual events that offer the most fun every year, including the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Greenwich, Bridgeport Bluefish baseball games, and a visit from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
1. Tap a tree and make maple syrup.
Learn how sap is harvested and made into that sweet stuff we all love to put on our pancakes during the Maple Sugar Festival weekend at Stamford Museum & Nature Center in early March. The weekend includes crafts, music, scavenger hunts, and, of course, a pancake brunch. Find similar events in the area, too.
2. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
Approaching its 40th year, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Greenwich is sponsored by the Greenwich Hibernian Association and held on a Sunday near the Irish holiday. The parade features bands, scouting groups, cultural groups, and more that march from Town Hall down Greenwich Avenue. Plus, check for more holiday events.
3. Smell the daffodils
The Meriden Daffodil Festival at Hubbard Park (in nearby New Haven County) is a must in the spring. Highlights include children’s activities, entertainment, and a parade.
4. Get up close with talon-ted creatures.
Learn all about living raptors at a Birds of Prey Experience at the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, NY, in late April. Under the supervision of a professional falconer, kids can meet and even hold one of these magnificent birds.
5. Go on an egg hunt.
Hop to the Spring Celebration and Egg Hunt at Woodcock Nature Center in Wilton, where kids go on an egg-hunting hike and then color their eggs and create spring-themed crafts. The timing of this event depends when Easter falls. Search for more Easter egg hunts on our calendar.
6. Hang out at a museum after hours.
A Night at the Peabody Museum features fun-filled games, crafts, and various other activities, including a scavenger hunt and the chance to meet live animals in the museum after hours.
7. Celebrate Earth Day.
Learn about everything from animals to ecosystems at Westport’s Earthplace. Take in the wonders of Animal Hall and outdoor bird enclosures, plus take a stroll on one of the facility’s many trails, including the wheelchair-accessible Wheels-in-the-Woods IV, a universal design nature trail. Fun trail activities include letter boxes, tree ID, and word hunting. You can also bring your Earth Day spirit to community cleanup events—check our volunteering guide for details.
8. Catch a baseball game.
Catch the Bridgeport Bluefish in a minor league baseball game at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard. The season usually kicks off in late April and runs through the end of the summer. Find more area ballparks here.
9. Get creative at the Maker Faire.
The Westport Maker Faire at Westport Library in late April showcases invention, creativity, and resourcefulness, celebrating the maker mindset in a hands-on environment.
10. Check out the Danbury Kids Expo.
At the Danbury Kids Expo in late April or early May, parents can explore a vast array of local child- and family-oriented products and services. There are also shows and entertainment for kids in attendance.
11. Spend a day riding and sliding at an amusement park.
Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury opens for the season in late April or early May. Get your thrills on The Wooden Warrior roller coaster and Free Fall ’N’ Drop tower, or check out Splash Away Bay Water Park and Quassy Beach for some water fun. Find more amusement parks in CT and beyond.
12. Take in some light art.
If your family is fond of the annual Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, they’ll love Lightscapes, an incredible nighttime display of sculpture, light, sound, and special effects created by the Blaze artists and on display in May at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson, NY.
13. Build a sand castle for a good cause.
Who doesn’t love to build sand castles? At the annual Castles in the Sand event at Compo Beach in Westport, adults and children are invited to bring shovels, buckets, and whatever else they need to create castles, frogs, cars, and anything else they can imagine. Proceeds from the event—typically held in mid-May—benefit the programs of Homes with Hope, which include local shelters for women with children.
14. Celebrate National Train Day!
Celebrate National Train Day (typically the second weekend in May) with a ride on the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat in nearby Essex (Middlesex County). If you’re lucky, Thomas the Tank Engine might stop by for a special visit! And find more places to take a train ride in our area.
15. See May flowers in bloom.
May’s Fairfield Dogwood Festival at Greenfield Hill Congregational Church showcases the beautiful dogwood trees in bloom. The festival features concerts and activities include a barbecue, kids’ crafts, and games.
16. Visit animals on the farm.
Stamford Museum & Nature Center has hosted its annual Spring on the Farm Festival Weekend for more than 50 years. This popular event is typically scheduled for mid-May and includes sheep-shearing demonstrations, storytelling, face painting, crafts, a plant and herb sale, hayrides, and a chance to meet the new baby animals on Heckscher Farm. Find more nature centers, zoos, and gardens in our area.
17. DIY crafty fun.
The Bruce Museum’s annual, weekend-long Outdoor Crafts Festival in mid-May features fine contemporary crafts for sale as well as family craft activities, live music, and delicious food.
18. Honor veterans on Memorial Day.
Watch the Memorial Day Parade as it marches through Fairfield, honoring our national and local veterans. After the parade, bring your picnic baskets and blankets to the Fairfield Museum and History Center for its annual Memorial Day Community Picnic.
19. Gather your mini farmhands for a day with the animals.
Take a day trip to nearby Putnam County in May for Little Folk Farm Days at Green Chimneys in Brewster, NY. Kids can ride the ponies, watch live shows, do crafts, and play games.
20. Hang out with Robin Hood and his merry men.
Visit the old English village of Nottingham and Sherwood Forest right here in Guilford, along the Long Island Sound shoreline, when the Robin Hood Springtime Festival returns to the Guilford Fairgrounds (nearby in New Haven County). Held over several weekends in May, this family-friendly Renaissance fair features continuous shows, games of skill, jousting, a knighting ceremony, and a marketplace filled with handcrafted goods.
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