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2010-11 FAIRFIELD COUNTY, CT, FAMILY RESOURCE GUIDE - SECTION 1

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FAIRFIELD COUNTY, CT  

Check out our comprehensive 2010-2011 guide to services and resources for kids and families in Fairfield County, CT. You'll find information on schools, camps, after school and sports programs, family activities, birthday party venues and entertainers, and much more, all in your area! 

 

ADOPTION/FOSTER CARE

 

NAFI CONNECTICUT, INC/MTFC PROGRAM
70 New Canaan Ave, Norwalk
(203) 229-9755 x210
www.nafi.com

NAFI CT is a multi-service agency that provides programming, consultation and individualized support services for youth, families and adults in a variety of settings. Foster care, developmental services and treatment for individuals with developmental needs, residential treatment, in-home services and consultation are the broad scope divisions which make up NAFI CT. From high levels of residential care to in-home individualized wraparound services, NAFI's continuum of services touches all towns and cities across Connecticut. Be the bridge to a child's future...become a foster parent.

 

 

BIRTHDAY PARTIES

 

BOUNCE U STRATFORD
305 Hathaway Dr, Stratford
203-375-2700; Email stratford.ct@bounceu.com; www.bounceu.com

At BounceU of Stratford, we specialize in perfect party ideas. With our amazing inflatable structures, unbeatable customer service, and clean, climate-controlled environment, all you really have to do is show up and take pictures. Throwing a private party here couldn't be easier-just give us a call, choose one of our popular packages, and let us take care of the food, the cleanup, and everything else. Kids flip for our unbelievably cool bounce stadiums but they also can't get enough of the games, the food, and sharing the spotlight with family and friends.

 

FAIRFIELD ICE ACADEMY
85 Mill Plain Rd, Fairfield
(203) 610-8155; www.fairfieldiceacademy.com

The brand new Fairfield Ice Academy will host The "coolest" camps this summer. We will offer a weekly Learn to Skate Camp for ages 4-9 which includes a skating lesson, Friday Ice Show, games, crafts and weekly Critter Caravan visits. Rental skates and snacks are also included. There are weekly Hockey Camps for players ages 4-9. Camp includes skills, drills, mini-games, snacks and drinks. There are also public skate hours for kids to practice the skills they learn in camp! For more information call or visit the website.

 

FLEUR DE LIS ACADEMY
27 Danbury Rd (Rte. 7), Wilton
(203) 210-7155; www.fleurdelisacademy.com

Sweet Soirees at Fleur de Lis Academy offer unforgettable thematic celebrations with meticulous details for children and moms to be. Guests enjoy exclusive use of the grand Belle Vue ballroom and facility. We provide complete planning, coordination and execution of your event. Two party hostesses, a personalized welcome sign and place cards, and coordinated dress-up costumes for everyone ensure a stress-free and exciting party. We enjoy arranging every detail from table linens to charming keepsakes. Choose from a large selection of our signature Sweet Soirees including: Fashion Runway, Mystical Mermaids and more.

 

FUNFUZION AT NEW ROC CITY
19 Le Count Place (Exit 16 off I-95), New Rochelle
(914) 637-7575 x223; www.funfuziononline.com

Westchester's largest indoor entertainment megaplex specializing in birthday parties for children (and adults) of all ages, corporate events, bar/bat mitzvahs, private celebrations and more. Featuring video games, prize center, rides, laser tag, glow-bowling and mini-golf, billiards, and go-karting. The world's greatest birthday is an interactive experience not to be missed. Bowling parties and leagues are fun for all!

 

KIDS IN SPORTS
New York City & Greenwich, CT
PO Box G, Gracie Station, NYC
(212) 744-4900; info@kisnyc.com
www.kisnyc.com

Founded over a decade ago, Kids In Sports is a premier developmental sports program (baseball, basketball, soccer, volleyball, floor hockey and lacrosse) for children 12 months to 12- years-old, offering classes, camps, and birthday parties. With a small instructor-student ratio, dedicated coaches ensure each child receives the attention they need. Balance, coordination and separation skills are cultivated in an organized and structured setting. Kids run, jump and play, planting the seed for a love of physical activity that carries over into adulthood. Gather eight friends together and you can create your own class!

 

MAKE & MINGLE
63 Unquowa Rd (Donnelly Walk), Fairfield
(203) 292-8668; www.makeandmingle.com

Crafty, creative, artsy? Have your next birthday party at Make & Mingle, a fun fabric and crafts store in downtown Fairfield. Make your own mixed-media collage, embellish a tote, or design some accessories. Great for kids ages six and up. Make & Mingle will provide all materials including crafts, snacks, drinks, cupcakes, invitations, and party favors. Also available: sewing, embellishing, and screen-printing classes for kids, teens, and adults. Special workshops for schools, scouts, and ladies night out. For more information visit our website.

 

MAUI WOWI HAWAIIAN SMOOTHIES
(203) 904-6365; Email mauiwowiconnecticut@yahoo.com

Kosher certified #1 juice bar in the world in 2005, Weight Watchers Points® program! Add some island attitude to your next graduation party, bar mitzvah, fundraiser or any event. Let us make a "vacation in a cup" at your next event.

 

MUSIC THEATRE OF CONNECTICUT
246 Post Rd East, Westport
(203) 454-3883; www.musictheatreofct.org

Music Theatre of Connecticut is the best place in Westport to have a birthday party! MTC presents the MTV of birthday parties-starring you. You pick your favorite up-tempo song, we choreograph and make you the star; you dance, we film, and you get a DVD. Book your party today. Fairfield Parent Magazine discount: $295 for up to 12 kids (usually $325). Mention Code FP295 when booking. (Offer expires 12/31/10.) Call or visit our website.

 

MY THREE SONS
62 Wall St, Norwalk
(203) 838-3013; www.mythreesonsfun.com

My Three Sons has been providing quality family entertainment for 19 years. They are open to the public every day to entertain the whole family with their Soft Play Gym, laser tag, Balladium, children's rides, video simulators, and an extensive selection of fun redemption games that you can win tickets for over 380 different prize items. My Three Sons is most noted for its birthday parties. They will provide your guest's pizza, cake, beverages, goody bags, and all your party supplies. Even the invitations are free. Take a virtual tour on their website.

 

NEXT DIMENSION GYMNASTICS
25 Lindeman Dr, Trumbull
(203) 372-3222; www.ndgymnastics.com

Next Dimension Gymnastics offers a great alternative to home birthday parties! Enjoy exclusive use of our 15,000 square foot facility, and join us for one of the most unforgettable birthday parties ever. This means more fun for the kids and less work for you. Your birthday child will receive a t-shirt and a special birthday gymnastics medal. We will provide tablecloths, plates, napkins and utensil for your party. Book your party today.

 

PLAYLAND AMUSEMENT PARK
Playland Parkway, Rye
(914) 813-7000; www.ryeplayland.org

Have some fun today! Playland features over 50 rides and attractions, including the famous Dragon Coaster and the ever-popular Kiddyland for the younger set. Strolling entertainers and musical revues entertain visitors throughout the day, and free concerts add to the fun on select summer evenings. Spectacular fireworks explode across the sky on Wednesdays and Fridays in July and August. Close and easy to get to, located on Long Island Sound. A great place for a special birthday celebration-call or book online today.

 

PUMP IT UP - NORWALK
145 Main St, Norwalk
(203) 838-5867; www.pumpitupparty.com/ct/norwalk/home-p1q100066.htm

Pump It Up is Fairfield County's newest premier birthday party center. We are conveniently located just minutes from I-95 and the Merritt Parkway, on Route 7-Main Street in Norwalk. Pump It Up features large, oversized interactive inflatables (bounce houses, slides, obstacle course, jousting arena, rock climbing wall and more). Perfect for more than birthday parties; we host field trips, team parties, troop and scout fitness programs, youth group gatherings, special needs events, corporate team events, holiday parties and much more. All of our parties are 100% private.

 

SEW, CREATE & CELEBRATE, LLC
Silvermine (Norwalk/New Canaan)
(203) 847-2561; www.classesforkids.com

Our sewing parties teach how to make American Girl doll clothes, colorful decorated pillows, silly dolls, etc. Each child learns sewing basics and gets to bring home a finished project. At the Stuff-A-Plush party, they each get to choose one of our many cute animals, stuff it, decorate it's t-shirt, etc. At Plastercraft parties, they choose two pieces to paint and glitter plus craft a piece of their own and bring them all right home. Parties are held at our cheery Silvermine studio or brought to your own location.

 

SWEET REXIES
1552 Post Road, Fairfield
(203) 254-3254; www.sweetrexies.com
Plenty of free parking

As one of the best places in Fairfield County for kids' parties, Sweet Rexies offers several fun ideas to help create the perfect party theme for your child. All of our kids' parties include face painting and temporary tattoos, a craft of your choice, decorations, balloons, age appropriate games, pizza and drinks, make your own ice cream sundaes, candy favors and prize giveaways. Please contact the store directly for additional information or to reserve a date. Call early as we only hold kids' parties at limited times and dates book up quickly.

 

UNITED ATHLETIC CENTERS
176 Linwood Ave, Fairfield
1330 Honeysport Rd. Ext, Stratford
105 Raton Dr, Milford
28 Hamilton Park Rd, Waterbury
(866) 526-7081; www.unitedathleticcenters.com

At United Athletic Centers, it is our desire to always make it a fun experience. Bring your family to have the best birthday party with us. We provide one hour on the field and thirty minutes in the party area. Choose from various plans to meet your needs. Select from our traditional soccer party or a variety of other sports such as baseball or flag football. Prices start as low as $185. Call us today or log onto our website.

 

 

CAMPS

 

ALLIANCE FRANCAISE OF GREENWICH
299 Greenwich Ave, 2nd Fl, Greenwich
(203) 629-2301; www.afgreenwich.org

As part of the Alliance Française's world renowned international network, the Alliance Française of Greenwich has been offering the highest quality of French instruction for over 30 years. We focus on developing communication skills through total immersion in French by use of audio-visual methods. AFG offers adults and children classes, playtime groups, summer immersion camp and bilingual program "Ecole du samedi."

 

THE BARNUM MUSEUM
820 Main St, Bridgeport
(203) 331-1104; www.barnum-museum.org

Offering programs just for children this summer. Come to one, come to all! Tuesdays, July 13 and 27 from 1pm-2pm: Barnum Kids Tour-What do you want to be? Take a tour of an exhibit that highlights the fascinating life of P.T. Barnum. Learn about Barnum's multitude careers and make a craft.

 

CAMP LANDMARK
Redding and Westport Locations
(203) 894-1800; www.landmarkpreschool.org

Landmark Preschools will offer its highly successful camp program for children ages three to five. Weekly sessions are theme-based and instructed by veteran Landmark Preschool educators. Sessions begin June 21 and end on July 23 on the Westport campus and August 6 on the Redding campus, and run daily from 9am to 2pm. Themes include fun with cooking, pirates, princes and princesses, carnival craze week, animals of the world, stars and stripes, and more. Activities include arts and crafts, creative movement, outside water play, story time, songs and more.

 

CRYSTAL THEATRE SUMMER THEATRE CAMPS
Norwalk
(203) 847-4850; www.crystaltheatre.org

Crystal Theatre offers four distinct camp options. Join us this summer for one of three different productions in July or our popular Multi Arts camps offered in two sessions. All camps take place at either the Ben Franklin Theater or at Cranbury Park in Norwalk. Multi Arts classes take place both inside and out and students are divided by age (entering 1st-3rd & entering 4th-8th) with each age group presenting their own shows. Classes include watercolors, arts and crafts, scene study, contemporary dance, theatre improvisation, outdoor games and musical theatre. Sign up early!

 

CURTAIN CALL, INC.
1349 Newfield Ave, Stamford
(203) 329-8207 x16; www.curtaincallinc.com

Curtain Call is the non-profit theatrical production company in residence at The Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, providing year-round performances and educational programs. Summer is a time for kids, to "act out" and what better way than in Curtain Call's Summerstock Workshop programs, full-day curriculums for ages 6 through 16, and our Summer Youth Theatre for ages 10 to 21. Our professional facilities and experienced faculty provide the perfect environment for kids to "act out" this summer!

 

THE ISCOVERY MUSEUM
4450 Park Ave, Bridgeport
(203) 372-3521 x133; www.discoverymuseum.org

The Discovery Museum offers seven weeklong summer programs from July 5 through August 20. Our programs are designed for students entering grades K-8. Whether your child is interested in exploring dinosaurs, studying space, learning about animation or photography, designing jewelry or becoming a mad scientist, we have the perfect program. K-1 programs meet from 9am to 1:30pm; grades 2 and up meet from 9am to 3:30pm. Extended day is available until 5pm if needed.

 

EARTHPLACE SUMMER CAMP
10 Woodside Lane, Westport
(203) 227-7253; www.earthplace.org

Hike, climb, dig, paddle, explore, discover, learn! Preschoolers through teens will love the hands-on, active learning Earthplace Summer Camp program. Each week, campers delve into a different nature-related theme in age-appropriate depth. Sign up for one or more sessions. Trail walks, indoor and outdoor games, activities, family campfires and exploration of different habitats on a 62-acre wildlife sanctuary. Field trips for grades 1-6. Some sessions include canoeing for grades 3-6 and camping on-site for grades 5-6. Week-long sleep away expedition for grades 5-9. Knowledgeable, enthusiastic professional staff. June 21-August 13.

 

FAIRFIELD ICE ACADEMY
85 Mill Plain Rd, Fairfield
(203) 610-8155; www.fairfieldiceacademy.com

The brand new Fairfield Ice Academy will host The "coolest" camps this summer. We will offer a weekly Learn to Skate camp for ages 4-9 which includes a skating lesson, Friday ice show, games, crafts and weekly Critter Caravan visits. Rental skates and snacks are also included. There are weekly hockey camps for players ages 4-9. Camp includes skills, drills, mini-games, snacks and drinks. There are also public skate hours for kids to practice the skills they learn in camp! For more information call or visit the website.

 

FAIRFIELD MUSEUM AND HISTORY CENTER
370 Beach Rd, Fairfield
(203) 259-1598; www.fairfieldhs.org

It's not too late to register for July and August summer camps at the Fairfield Museum and History Center. The camps, which cover grades 1-8, are led by the education staff, who have combined experience spanning more than 30 years in museum education, history and art. Staff are trained in CPR, and enrollment is kept to low student/teacher ratio. Students should bring lunch for the extended session. Contact our education department at for more information and registration or check our website for online forms and more programs.

 

FLASH POINTE DANCE
1981 Post Rd, Fairfield
(203) 259-1600; www.flashpointedance.com

Summer camp is a great way to sample a variety of dance styles with a minimum commitment. Our camps are designed to give the dancers a taste of several dance styles, and each session will be a new experience with changes in instructors and choreography each week. Additionally, we offer our Summer Intensives Tuesday and Thursday evenings for more advanced dancers, designed to keep them at top performance levels. Summer Intensives are paid for with class cards - use them as needed so you can still enjoy some getaway time this summer.

 

GYMNASTICS AND CHEERLEADING ACADEMY OF CONNECTICUT
85 Mill Plain Rd, Fairfield
(203) 610-8200; www.ctgymandcheer.com

Gymnastics & Cheerleading Academy of CT is running nine weekly summer gymnastics camps for ages 3-11. Camp will be from Monday through Friday, 9am until 12 noon starting June 28. Each camp week will have a unique theme. Campers will learn new skills and have an opportunity to try out all the different gymnastics equipment, including time jumping into the foam pits and bouncing on the trampolines. In addition to the gymnastic camp, the gym will be offering a variety of gymnastic, cheerleading, and tumbling classes and clinics.

 

HARBOR LIGHT FOUNDATION, INC.
303 Linwood Ave, Fairfield
Camp Location: 2465 Easton Turnpike, Fairfield

www.harborlightfoundation.org

Harbor Light Foundation is a CT based non-profit organization dedicated to providing fun, safe and beneficial programming for children. In the summer they offer a traditional day camp located in Fairfield: Harbor Light Summer Adventures! Harbor Light implements themed-based weeks throughout the summer that encourage team-building, leadership, and social skills building. This weekly camp is great for all children 4-12 years of age. Kids will love our weekly themes, field trips and fun and caring staff. Harbor Light reserves a small percentage of space each summer for children with special needs.

 

HOLIDAY HILL DAY CAMP
(203) 387-CAMP (2267); www.holidayhilldaycamp.com

Holiday Hill is a paradise of country surroundings with more than 200 acres of meadows, woodlands and lake area. It is also notable for resort-like facilities that are not at all typical of the average day camp. Our trained, certified staff members teach fun and varied activities. The small counselor to camper ratio encourages the development of diverse skills by working in small, intimate groups and encouraging each camper. Learning to take risks is an important part of growth and development. Holiday Hill provides a safe, comfortable environment for children to take that extra step toward making them more confident.

 

LION HILL FARM
1020 Sport Hill Rd, Easton
(203) 268-0098; Email lionhillfarm@gmail.com; www.lionhillfarm.com

Lion Hill Farm is a great place where kids learn to ride and care for horses. We offer year-round instruction with summer programs and after school classes, a summer camp riding program, a competitive horse show series, birthday parties, boarding, horse leases and adult lessons. Our program emphasizes safety, love and care for horses and fun. Beginner riders learn in a safe and encouraging environment. Advanced riders are challenged to learn something new. On 23 park-like acres, the farm has a large outdoor riding ring and an indoor arena for inclement weather.

 

THE MARITIME AQUARIUM AT NORWALK
10 N. Water St, Norwalk
(203) 852-9700; www.maritimeaquarium.org

Children 6- to 12-years-old will discover the fun side of scientific inquiry in "Sound Scientists," a series of summer programs at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. Plunge into exciting age-appropriate activities in our private classrooms, cool exhibits and immersive IMAX movies. Topics vary by session. One-week programs run July 12-16 through August 16-20. Cost: $385. Times are 9:30am-3:30pm. Optional pre- and post-care available. Call or go online.

 

SEW, CREATE & CELEBRATE, LLC
Silvermine (Norwalk/New Canaan)
(203) 847-2561; www.classesforkids.com

There's still time this summer to give your child the gift of learning to sew. It's big fun, especially when they get to say "I made it myself!" Our flexible schedule allows you to come for a day, a week, or just when in town for a little while. Most classes are 10:30am-noon or 1pm-2:30pm. We encourage each student's creativity in fabric and they can start on the sewing machine as young as age 7. Beautiful, simple projects get brought home after each class. We also offer sewing birthday parties and after-school lessons.

 

UNITED ATHLETIC CENTERS
176 Linwood Ave, Fairfield
1330 Honeysport Rd. Ext, Stratford
105 Raton Dr, Milford
28 Hamilton Park Rd, Waterbury
(866) 526-7081; www.unitedathleticcenters.com

Beat the heat and join in the fun at United Athletic Centers this summer. UAC Summer Programs are a great way for your child to grow in the sport he or she loves. We offer introduction to a variety of sports and also offer fun-filled camps with varied activities and challenges. Soccer is the main focus over all other sports; with professional coaching, your child is sure to learn, no matter what skill lever he or she has reached. We also offer indoor or outdoor camps, making it an ideal advantage on hot or rainy days.

 

WESTPORT ACADEMY OF DANCE
345 Post Rd West, Westport
(203) 226-9987; www.westportdance.com

Westport's Academy of Dance has been teaching classical ballet, modern, jazz, and tap to children and teens for over 30 years. Our program includes classes for all ages and levels of ability. A consultation and tour of our newly renovated studios are available by appointment. Please visit our website for more information and to view photo and video galleries. The Academy will be offering camps for all ages this summer, from pre-K through grade 6 and up. Contact the studio with any questions or for assistance placing your dancer in to an appropriate program.

 

WORLD CHAMPION TAEKWONDO
Westport (203) 454-8222
Fairfield (203) 319-1333
Ridgefield (203) 431-4555
www.bigkick.com

Give your children a fun and positive way to spend their summer break. We have a summer special: $79 for 3 weeks or $99 for 6 weeks with a free uniform and summer camp! Visit us in Fairfield, Westport and Ridgefield.

 

YALE PEABODY MUSEUM SUMMER CAMPS
170 Whitney Ave, New Haven
(203) 432-6646 New Haven camps
(203) 737-3065 Orange camps
www.peabody.yale.edu/events/camps

The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History offers weeklong summer day camps for children in grades 1-9. These hands-on, science-based programs feature the Peabody's extensive dinosaur, geology, anthropology and natural history collections. Camps meet at the Museum in New Haven from July 12 to August 20, and at Yale's West Campus in Orange from August 2-27. Visit the Yale Peabody Museum's Summer Programs website for a complete list of camps and registration information.

 

 

CHILDCARE/DAYCARE/AFTERCARE

 

APPLE TREE PRESCHOOL
131 Strawberry Hill Ave, Norwalk
(203) 866-8933

 

Apple Tree Preschool provides a preschool environment for children ages 3-5 all year long. We are fully licensed with the State of Connecticut, providing a very friendly, caring and supportive environment. We offer extended day, partial day and nursery day. Flexible hours run from 7am to 5:30am. Children can be enrolled from two-to five days per week. Our program runs winter, spring, summer and fall. Summer option is available. Call Gerri Calka Flewellyn.

 

CONNECTICUT DOMESTICS, LLC
179 Post Rd West, Westport
(203) 227-7564; www.yournannyagency.com/www.connecticutdomestics.com

Connecticut Domestics, LLC is a full service nanny placement agency located in Westport. There is never an application fee, we offer a two year replacement policy, a 5% placement fee, video interviews and detailed background checks. Working with the INA, we offer a basic nanny exam to all nannies prior to placement and we also offer professional personality tests. We are members of the INA, Westport Chamber of Commerce, NAEYC and a BBB accredited company. Please visit our website to see how we really try to make a difference.

 

LITTLE PEOPLE LEARNING CENTER
992 Danbury Rd (RTE7), Wilton; (203) 544-7575
6 Federal Rd, Danbury; (203) 798-1981

 

LPLC has two convenient locations in Danbury and our newest location in Wilton (Route 7). We offer care for children ages 6 weeks to 6-years-old. We not only offer quality childcare but also an educational program which follows the Connecticut benchmarks created by state. Full and part time care are available in our infant, toddler and preschool rooms. We have a morning preschool program that runs from September through June. We feature two separate outside play areas with developmentally appropriate play equipment, climbers, a sand box and riding toys.

 

 

 

CLASSES/PROGRAMS:

ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT

 

ALLIANCE FRANCAISE OF GREENWICH
299 Greenwich Ave, 2nd Fl, Greenwich
(203) 629-2301
www.afgreenwich.org

As part of the Alliance Française's world renowned international network, the Alliance Française of Greenwich has been offering the highest quality of French instruction for over 30 years. We focus on developing communication skills through total immersion in French by use of audio-visual methods. AFG offers adults and children classes, playtime groups, summer immersion camp and bilingual program "Ecole du samedi."

 

THE GERMAN SCHOOL OF CONNECTICUT
Rippowam Middle School, 381 High Ridge Rd, Stamford
(203) 792-2795; www.germanschoolct.org

The German School of Connecticut is a friendly center for German language and culture, with a high-quality educational program for children of all ages and adults. Students at all levels, from beginner through native speaker, are matched with dedicated, professional teachers to learn, improve and maintain German language skills. We foster a strong academic growth and a wider worldview for all students in a fun, stimulating atmosphere. GSC meets on Saturday mornings during the school year.

 

LITTLE FRIENDS
25 Valley Drive, Greenwich
(203) 861-6549

 

Family-owned and operated, Little Friends of Greenwich, run by Verna Esposito, provides childcare and early childhood education for ages 6 weeks to 5 years. "We provide a safe, loving and fun environment for children," Esposito says. "We follow the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) guidelines." Open Monday-Friday 6:30am-6:30pm. Year round rolling admissions.

 

THE TUTORING CENTER
5 River Road, Wilton
(203) 842-0137; Email wiltonct@tutoringcenter.com; www.tutoringcenter.com

The Tutoring Center is the only after-school learning center that rapidly increases a child's academic skills, while improving attention span, concentration and focus using our unique intensive One-To-One instruction. We offer programs for grades Pre-K to 12 in reading, writing, math, algebra, geometry, study skills and test preparations. Our individualized programs start with a free diagnostic assessment and test consultation. Additionally, we guarantee results and absolutely no contracts. Call, email or visit us for additional information.

 

TUTORING MATCH
205 Sunset Ave, Fairfield
(203) 366-3396; www.tutoringmatch.com

Since 1999, Tutoring Match has been "match-making" one-on-one in-home tutorials in Fairfield, New Haven and Westchester counties. With a network of 300+ professionals, TM personalizes academic assistance in all subjects for all ages. With a state-of-the-art website, TM now offers instant, online tutoring with whiteboard technology and customer support 24/7.

 

VILLA MARIA SCHOOL
16 Sky Meadow Dr, Stamford
(203) 322-5886; www.villamariaedu.org

Villa Maria's mission is to develop the full potential of students who are learning disabled. We do this by providing an education that will help children who learn differently acquire knowledge, develop skills, and increase the self-acceptance and self-esteem necessary to become responsible adults; by advocating for and promoting understanding of learning disabilities; and by working to eliminate prejudice and discrimination. We believe that education for those with learning disabilities must be patient, compassionate and creative, affirm the dignity and giftedness of each person, and promote the acceptance of diversity.

 

 

CLASSES/PROGRAMS:

DANCE

 

ATTITUDE DANCE AND ACTIVE WEAR
330 Westport Ave, Norwalk
(203) 838-4002; www.littlemissattitude.net

Shop in our new location for children and adult dance and gymnastic apparel. We have a huge selection of dance shoes, leotards, skating apparel, t-shirts, tank tops, hair accessories, jewelry and great gift ideas for little dancers and gymnasts! We specialize in pointe shoe fittings.

 

CALECO BALLET STUDIO
At Union Hall, 2 Keeler Lane, North Salem
P.O. Box 386, Brewster
(845) 519-8858; www.calecoballetstudio.com

Artistic Directors Maria Calegari and Bart Cook are acclaimed former principal dancers for New York City Ballet, whose experience permeates their teaching and their passion for dance touches every student. They and their well-credentialed faculty work in the studio with students of all ages-3 to young adult-- teaching ballet technique, creative movement and performance skills. Maria and Bart are also invited to train professional companies the world over in ballets by famed choreographers George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins.

 

FLASH POINTE DANCE
1981 Post Rd, Fairfield
(203) 259-1600; Email ckgkava@aol.com; www.flashpointedance.com

Flash Pointe Dance was created to provide an environment where the art of dance and movement can be appreciated and shared. It is our intent to offer a supportive environment to discover the hottest new trends as well as the most pristine classics to all ages, pre-school through adult, dance and fitness. We offer classical ballet and story ballet, contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, break dance, Broadway and rhythm tap, lyrical, yoga, body sculpt, Itsy Bitsy Yoga, Pilates, Latin, musical theater, partnering.

 

FLEUR DE LIS ACADEMY
27 Danbury Rd (Rte. 7), Wilton
(203) 210-7155; www.fleurdelisacademy.com

Fleur de Lis Academy offers two distinct divisions: Encore Performing Arts Center and First Impressions: Modern Manners and Contemporary Etiquette. All of our programs all specially developed for children, tweens and young adults to enjoy fun classes while developing self-esteem and confidence. Encore offers superior dance instruction in a nurturing environment to encourage grace, poise, pride and a love of dance. Whimsical and storybook dance lessons begin at 2-years-old. The dance program includes classical ballet, pointe, lyrical, Broadway, Jazz Funk, contemporary ballet, hip hop, and Mommy and Me.

 

WESTPORT ACADEMY OF DANCE
345 Post Rd West, Westport
(203) 226-9987; www.westportdance.com

Westport's Academy of Dance has been teaching classical ballet, modern, jazz, and tap to children and teens for over 30 years. Our program includes classes for all ages and levels of ability. A consultation and tour of our newly renovated studios are available by appointment. Please visit our website for more information and to view photo and video galleries. The Academy will be offering camps for all ages this summer, from pre-K through grade 6 and up. Contact the studio with any questions or for assistance placing your dancer in to an appropriate program.

 

 

CLASSES/PROGRAMS:

GYMNASTICS

 

GYMNASTICS AND CHEERLEADING ACADEMY OF CONNECTICUT
85 Mill Plain Rd, Fairfield
(203) 610-8200; www.ctgymandcheer.com

Now open! Brand new state-of-the-art facility in downtown Fairfield featuring recreational and competitive gymnastics and cheerleading. We offer a top notch facility with the industry's newest and safest equipment including an in-ground tumbletrak and trampolines and foam block pits. Our 16,500 square foot facility with 21 foot ceilings is the largest in the Northeast. Our enthusiastic and well trained instructors pay close attention to your child's abilities. Classes are offered for boys and girls from 18 months through high school. Cheerleading classes and All-Star teams are available for ages 4 through 19.

 

NEXT DIMENSION GYMNASTICS
25 Lindeman Dr, Trumbull
(203) 372-3222; www.ndgymnastics.com

Next Dimension Gymnastics Summer Camp Program will be offering 5 different sessions of summer camp in 2010 due to the popularity of the program. We are licensed by the state of Connecticut for our summer camp program. Half day or full day options are available. Your child will have a great time playing games, crafts, dancing, and of course...lots of gymnastics! With the fun and excitement beginning everyday at 9:30am, the campers will definitely enjoy the activities and go home smiling. Every camper receives a Next Dimension Gymnastics t-shirt.

 

 

CLASSES/PROGRAMS:

HORSEBACK RIDING

 

LION HILL FARM
1020 Sport Hill Rd, Easton
(203) 268-0098; Email lionhillfarm@gmail.com; www.lionhillfarm.com

Lion Hill Farm is a great place where kids learn to ride and care for horses. We offer year-round instruction with summer programs and after school classes, a summer camp riding program, a competitive horse show series, birthday parties, boarding, horse leases and adult lessons. Our program emphasizes safety, love and care for horses and fun. Beginner riders learn in a safe and encouraging environment. Advanced riders are challenged to learn something new. On 23 park-like acres, the farm has a large outdoor riding ring and an indoor arena for inclement weather.

 

 

CLASSES/PROGRAMS:

MARTIAL ARTS

 

WORLD CHAMPION TAEKWONDO
Westport (203) 454-8222
Fairfield (203) 319-1333
Ridgefield (203) 431-4555
www.bigkick.com

World Champion Taekwondo success stories! "Zander is one of the first students to listen to the directions! Zander has shown improvement by following directions and getting right to his work. He is also friendly, kind, considerate, polite, and helpful to his peers. I know I can always count on Zander to help throughout the day." -KeriAnn V., 2nd grade teacher of Fairfield student. And "World Champion Taekwondo has been a wonderful experience for our child. Positive reinforcement and strong leadership keep him encouraged and enthusiastic to achieve." - Kathryn C.

 

 

CLASSES/PROGRAMS:

MUSIC

 

SHARPS AND FLATS
31 Bailey Ave, Ridgefield
(203) 438-3300; www.sfmusic.biz

Music lessons and rentals featuring piano, strings and woodwinds. We offer 30, 40, and 60 minute private lessons as well as 40 minute semi private lessons (2 students) that incorporate music theory, technique, sight-playing, and ear training. Morning, afternoon, evening, and weekend scheduling options are offered including special performance opportunities, judging events, spring recital and summer programs. Summer is the perfect time to start lessons. Come visit us today!

 

 

CLASSES/PROGRAMS:

SKATING

 

FAIRFIELD ICE ACADEMY
85 Mill Plain Rd, Fairfield
(203) 610-8155; www.fairfieldiceacademy.com

The brand new Fairfield Ice Academy will host The "coolest" camps this summer. We will offer a weekly Learn to Skate Camp for ages 4-9 which includes a skating lesson, Friday Ice Show, games, crafts and weekly Critter Caravan visits. Rental skates and snacks are also included. There are weekly Hockey Camps for players ages 4-9. Camp includes skills, drills, mini-games, snacks and drinks. There are also public skate hours for kids to practice the skills they learn in camp! For more information call or visit the website.

 

 

CLASSES/PROGRAMS:

SPORTS & FITNESS

 

CALECO BALLET STUDIO
At Union Hall, 2 Keeler Lane, North Salem
P.O. Box 386, Brewster
(845) 519-8858; www.calecoballetstudio.com

Artistic Directors Maria Calegari and Bart Cook are acclaimed former principal dancers for New York City Ballet, whose experience permeates their teaching and their passion for dance touches every student. They and their well-credentialed faculty work in the studio with students of all ages-3 to young adult-- teaching ballet technique, creative movement and performance skills. Maria and Bart are also invited to train professional companies the world over in ballets by famed choreographers George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins.

 

KIDS IN SPORTS
New York City & Greenwich, CT
PO Box G, Gracie Station, NYC
(212) 744-4900; info@kisnyc.com
www.kisnyc.com

Founded over a decade ago, Kids In Sports is a premier developmental sports program (baseball, basketball, soccer, volleyball, floor hockey and lacrosse) for children 12 months to 12- years-old, offering classes, camps, and birthday parties. With a small instructor-student ratio, dedicated coaches ensure each child receives the attention they need. Balance, coordination and separation skills are cultivated in an organized and structured setting. Kids run, jump and play, planting the seed for a love of physical activity that carries over into adulthood. Gather eight friends together and you can create your own class!

 

 

CLASSES/PROGRAMS:

SWIMMING

 

INFANT SWIMMING RESOURCE
(203) 795-9600; www.isrinstrcutors.com/denablum

Using ISR's self-rescue swimming method, children as young as 6 months can learn to save themselves from drowning. In a country where drowning is the #1 killer of infants and toddlers under the age of 4, parents cannot afford to choose a swimming lesson method that fails to teach their child self-rescue skills. At ISR, we integrate skills that are developmentally appropriate for young children, teaching them to save their own lives while building the confidence that can lead to a lifetime of fun in and around the water.

 

 

CLASSES/PROGRAMS:

THEATER

 

CENTER STAGE THEATRE
181 Post Rd West, Westport
(203) 341-9659; www.cstcompany.com

Multi-award winning theatre school that awakens your children's dreams through the utilization of theatre principles in a safe, nurturing environment. In just one session, your child will be instilled with a new sense of self-belief and self-advocacy ultimately culminating with the showcasing of his/her strengths center stage. To accomplish this, we've assembled the finest Broadway actors, award-winning directors, and industry professionals. At Center Stage, your children will work with the best so that they can be the best. See our ad and call to schedule an interview.

 

CURTAIN CALL, INC.
1349 Newfield Ave, Stamford
Administration: (203) 329-8207
Box Office: (203) 461-6358
www.curtaincallinc.com

Curtain Call is Stamford's longest-running community theatre, providing year-round performances and exciting creative opportunities. Educational workshops are available for ages 5 through adult, after school, evenings and on weekends in acting, comedy, improvisation, musical theatre, on-camera, Shakespeare...and more! Our faculty consists of area professionals dedicated to inspiring and nurturing the community in the performing arts. We can also create a special workshop for your before or after school program. For more information, contact our Education Director.

 

 

FAMILY ACTIVITIES

 

THE BARNUM MUSEUM
820 Main St, Bridgeport
(203) 331-1104; www.barnum-museum.org

The 200th Birthday Bash will be held Monday, July 5 from noon to 3pm, celebrating the birthday of Phineas Taylor Barnum, born July 5, 1810 in Bethel CT. During 2010 The Barnum Museum will chronicle the life and times of this extraordinary showman and the history of Bridgeport where Barnum served as Mayor. For a complete listing of anniversary year events celebrating this amazing-and sometimes outrageous-showman, civic leader and politician, visit the website. The original museum building, owned by the City of Bridgeport is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

 

THE DISCOVERY MUSEUM
4450 Park Ave, Bridgeport
(203) 372-3521 x133; www.discoverymuseum.org

The goal of The Discovery Museum is simple: tap the natural wonder of young visitors and help adult visitors reconnect with the childhood wonder they lost. The museum's main galleries are currently exhibiting "Dinosaur Revolution," a travelling exhibit from Minotaur Mazes. Permanent exhibits include a new green energy exhibit with state of the art, interactive dioramas. Light, sound and space exhibits round out the offerings. Daily planetarium shows for both very young and older audiences are included in the cost of admission.

 

FAIRFIELD MUSEUM AND HISTORY CENTER
370 Beach Rd, Fairfield
(203) 259-1598; www.fairfieldhistoricalsociety.org

Museum hours: Monday-Friday 10am-4pm; Saturday and Sunday noon-4pm. Town Ball Picnic: Wednesday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m. Bring a picnic dinner and join us at the museum for a picnic, giveaways and more from the Bridgeport Bluefish staff and a good old fashioned summer evening of town ball, a casual game with no foul territory-all struck balls are played. Learn about rounders, soaking and one-out, all out. This free evening is co-sponsored with FCBuzz.org. For information, contact the museum.

 

FUNFUZION AT NEW ROC CITY
19 Le Count Place (Exit 16 off I-95), New Rochelle
(914) 637-7575 x223; www.funfuziononline.com

Westchester's largest indoor entertainment megaplex specializing in birthday parties for children (and adults) of all ages, corporate events, bar/bat mitzvahs, private celebrations and more. Featuring video games, prize center, rides, laser tag, glow-bowling and mini-golf, billiards, and go-karting. The world's greatest birthday is an interactive experience not to be missed. Bowling parties and leagues are fun for all!

 

THE MARITIME AQUARIUM AT NORWALK
10 N. Water St, Norwalk
(203) 852-9700; www.maritimeaquarium.org

Get close to two of Africa's most entertaining species in special exhibits at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. "Meerkats" features a small mob of critters that are "soooo cuuuuuuute!" And don't miss a moment with the comical "African Penguins." Both exhibits connect to a third- "Africa: From the Desert to the Sea"- and they're all included with general admission. Plus, sharks, seals, sea turtles, river otters, jellyfish and more. Include an amazing movie in Connecticut's largest IMAX Theater. Call or visit the website.

 

MY THREE SONS
62 Wall St, Norwalk
(203) 838-3013; www.mythreesonsfun.com

My Three Sons has been providing quality family entertainment for 19 years. They are open to the public every day to entertain the whole family with their Soft Play Gym, laser tag, Balladium, children's rides, video simulators, and an extensive selection of fun redemption games that you can win tickets for over 380 different prize items. My Three Sons is most noted for its birthday parties. They will provide your guest's pizza, cake, beverages, goody bags, and all your party supplies. Even the invitations are free. Take a virtual tour on their website.

 

PLAYLAND AMUSEMENT PARK
Playland Parkway, Rye
(914) 813-7000; www.ryeplayland.org

Have some fun today! Playland features over 50 rides and attractions, including the famous Dragon Coaster and the ever-popular Kiddyland for the younger set. Strolling entertainers and musical revues entertain visitors throughout the day, and free concerts add to the fun on select summer evenings. Spectacular fireworks explode across the sky on Wednesdays and Fridays in July and August. Close and easy to get to, located on Long Island Sound. A great place for a special birthday celebration-call or book online today.

 

PUMP IT UP - NORWALK
145 Main St, Norwalk
(203) 838-5867; www.pumpitupparty.com/ct/norwalk/home-p1q100066.htm

Pump It Up is Fairfield County's newest premier birthday party center. We are conveniently located just minutes from I-95 and the Merritt Parkway, on Route 7-Main Street in Norwalk. Pump It Up features large, oversized interactive inflatables (bounce houses, slides, obstacle course, jousting arena, rock climbing wall and more). Perfect for more than birthday parties; we host field trips, team parties, troop and scout fitness programs, youth group gatherings, special needs events, corporate team events, holiday parties and much more. All of our parties are 100% private.

 

RAILROAD MUSEUM OF NEW ENGLAND AND NAUGATUCK RAILROAD (THE)
Thomaston Station, btw. Exit 38 & 40, Thomaston
(860) 283-7245 (RAIL); www.rmne.org

The Railroad Museum of New England and Naugatuck Railroad announces our 2010 season, May through December. Please check our website for schedule, special events and fares. Select Tuesdays, 10am. Select Saturdays and Sundays noon and 2pm. Departures rain or shine from Thomaston Station. Affordable family fun. Call for more information and to purchase tickets. Visit the website for special events, dates and times, including our Fall Foliage trains and Harvest Pumpkin Festival (October), Santa Express (December), and Northern Lights Limited (December, Friday-Sunday 5pm and 7pm, $22 per person).

 

SILVERMAN'S FARM
451 Sport Hill Rd, Easton
(203) 261-3306; www.silvermansfarm.com

Pick your own peaches and apples at Silverman's Farm. Call in early July for peach picking times. We feature a pick-your-own orchard with scenic tractor rides to the picking area. Kids and adults love to visit our rustic animal farm and talk to the animals! See, pet and feed the llamas, sheep, goats, fallow deer, emus, long-horn cattle, and exotic birds. Visit our "Three Little Pigs," New England's largest goat walk and our newest baby alpacas. Shade and picnic benches are available. See you this summer at Silverman's Farm.

 

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