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Take advantage of Fairfield County's annual Open House Day, which takes place on June 12 this year, when residents receive free admission and special discounts at several local attractions.


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   I've lived in Fairfield County for a dozen years and never knew there is an annual Open House Day in June. This means discounts and free admissions and special events at various venues across Connecticut. This year it's on June 12. Take advantage, as it only happens once a year.


   At the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport, get $1 off regular admission: $8; $5 children 4-17. 10am-4:30pm. Barnum Museum, 829 Main Street, Bridgeport. 203-331-1104. www.barnum-museum.org.

   At the Discovery Museum of Science in Bridgeport, visitors receive one free child's admission with one paying adult. 10am-5pm. $8.50, children 5-17, $5. Discovery Museum, 820 Main Street, Bridgeport. 203-372-3521. www.discoverymuseum.org.

   At the Bush-Holley Historic Site, visitors receive two-for-one admission. Bush-Holley Historic Site, 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob. 203-869-6899. www.hstg.org.

   At the Danbury Railway Museum, enjoy a free hot dog and special event honoring Owney, the mascot of the Railway Post Office. There will be children's stories and activities and special tours of the post office car; each child will receive a souvenir Owney postcard. Free hot dogs. 10am-5pm. $6, children 3-12 $4, under 3 FREE. Danbury Railway Museum, 120 White Street, Danbury. 203-778-8337. www.danburyrail.org.

   Visitors to the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk receive $2 off an Adventure pass with proof of Connecticut residency. 10am-5pm. $11.75, children 2-12 $9.75. Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 North Water Street, Norwalk. 203-852-0700. www.maritimeaquarium.org.

   Take a trip to the Sheffield Island Lighthouse. Tickets are reduced to half price. $10, $5 children 4-12. Departures at 11am, 2pm and 3:30pm. Reservations required. Sheffield Island Lighthouse, Southstreet Seaport, corner of Washington and North Water Streets, Norwalk. 203-838-9444. www.seaport.org.

   The first 100 visitors to the Stepping Stones Museum for Children receive FREE admission, so line up early. 9am-5pm. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Avenue, Norwalk. 203-899-0606. www.steppingstonesmuseum.org.

   Enjoy art and FREE admission at the Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery located on the Fairfield University Campus. 11am-5pm. Quick Center for the Arts, 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield. 203-254-4000. www.quickcenter.com.

   It's worth a trip to Hartford for a day of FREE activities at the Mark Twain House and Museum. Come see a variety of Hartford area arts and cultural organizations. There will be theater, music, dance, storytelling, and more. Tours of the Mark Twain House will be available for regular admission. 9:30am-5:30pm. $15, children 6-16 $9. Mark Twain House and Museum, 351 Farmington Avenue, Hartford. 860-247-0998. www.marktwainhouse.org.

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