Check out these local activities and events for children and families scheduled during the month of July in Fairfield County, CT. Whether you're looking to celebrate Independence Day, catch a kid-friendly show, or just enjoy the great outdoors, we've got all the information a Fairfield County family needs.
Celebrate the Fourth
As early as 1777, Philadelphia was celebrating Independence Day with bonfires, bells and fireworks. Now, 233 years later, we're still enjoying the sounds and sights of Independence Day, these days with concerts, parades and, as always, fireworks.
Come to Calf Pasture Beach and Shady Beach in Norwalk for the town's Summer Concert Series and Fireworks. At Calf Pasture, beginning at 5:30pm, catch The Amazing Andy Show. Then at 6:30pm, the Bossy Frog Band entertains kids and adults alike. At Shady Beach, 6pm is D.J. Nuzzo and 8pm is the Bill Genuario Band. Fireworks immediately follow the concerts. $20 for cars without a Norwalk beach sticker. Calf Pasture Beach, 48 Calf Pasture Beach Road, Norwalk. 203-854-7806. www.norwalkct.org/recparkconcerts.htm.
March down Fairfield in a patriotic parade, hosted by the Fairfield Museum and History Center. Decorate your bicycle, doll carriage, wagon, scooter or any other vehicle you want to wheel in the parade. Afterwards, make your own flag and cool off with a popsicle. 10am. FREE. Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road, Fairfield. 203-259-1598. www.fairfieldhs.org.
Grab viewing glasses and catch Quassy Amusement Park's 3-D fireworks presentation. Proceeds from the event benefit Prevent Blindness Tri-State, which provides eye health and safety programs and services. Fireworks after sunset. Parking $7, viewing glasses $1. Quassy Amusement Park, 2132 Middlebury Road, Middlebury. 203-758-2913. www.quassy.com.
Come to Ridgefield High School for the town's fireworks. 6pm. 700 North Salem Road, Ridgefield. www.ridgefieldct.org.
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation sponsors the annual Fireworks Extravaganza at Sailfest 2010. 9:20pm. FREE. www.sailfest.org/content/fireworks.asp.
Happy Birthday, Mr. Barnum!
Celebrate P.T. Barnum's life at Barnum's Birthday Bash: A Celebration 200 Years in the Making, with crafts, face painting, clowns, balloon creations, plus a humorous story at 1pm featuring Joe Barney as Barnum. July 5; starts at noon. All ages. $5; $3 children; free for children under 4. Any child with a July 5 birthday enjoys free admission with a friend as well as a complimentary one-year membership to Barnum's Kids Club.
Barnum Museum, 820 Main Street, Bridgeport. For more information, call 203-331-1104 or visit www.barnum-museum.org.
231 Years Ago on this Day...
Costumed volunteers recreate the events leading up to the attack of Fairfield by the British in Burning of Fairfield Twilight Walking Tour. Hear stories and visit significant sites on the town green. Pre-registration required. July 7. 6:30pm. $10. Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road, Fairfield. 203-259-598 www.fairfieldhs.org.
Winnie the Pooh and You
Stepping Stones Museum for Children's Family Fun Night with Winnie the Pooh takes place July 9 at 6pm, with dinner, hands-on activities, story time, and a photo with Pooh. Ages: preschool and young elementary. $12; free for children under 1. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Mathews Park, 303 West Avenue, Norwalk. For more information, call 203-899-0606 or visit www.steppingstonesmuseum.org.
Wheelin' Around the Museum
Grab your bike, helmet and a picnic dinner for a ride around paved paths, during Bike Nights at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center. Stop at the playground for a slide and a swing, watch as the animals settle in for the night, and end the evening at the Observatory for the "Astronomy Nights" presentation and a peek through the 22-inch telescope. Children must be accompanied by an adult. July 16 and July 30, 5pm (cancelled in the event of rain). $5. Stamford Museum and Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford. 203-325-1407; www.stamfordmuseum.org.
Morning at the Maritime
Wake up early and take a Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Maritime Aquarium before it opens. You'll get an insider's look at how the staff meets the food and water needs of some 2,000 resident animals. Stop at the fish kitchen where 18 tons of fish are prepared each year. Hover above the 110,000-gallon Open Ocean tank where you may see the dorsal fins of a sand tiger. Learn the delicate requirements of jellyfish and perhaps get the chance to hand-feed the cow-nosed rays. Participants must be at least 10 years of age. Reservations recommended. Limited to 25 people. July 17. 8:15am. $30 includes museum admission. The Maritime Aquarium, 10 North Water Street, Norwalk. 203-852-0700 ext. 2206. www.MaritimeAquarium.org.
The Beardsley Zoo provides its New England Farmyard Stage for performances of Jack and the Beanstalk: The True Story, presented by Connecticut Free Shakespeare. July 22-25, July 28-31. 12:30-1:30pm. Free with admission of $11, children 3-11 $9. Beardsley Zoo, 875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport. 203-394-6565. www.beardsleyzoo.org.
The Smithsonian Institution presents the temporary exhibit, Earth From Space, at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center. Forty-one satellite images demonstrate the biological diversity of our world, weather phenomena and the human footprint. Find out how satellites work and what their purposes are. There is also a digital video globe. Through August 8. Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 11am-5pm. $8, $6 children 4-17. Stamford Museum and Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford. 203-322-1646. www.stamfordmuseum.org.
Follow the Yellow Brick Road
Young performers from the Missoula Children's Theatre enact a variety of classic stories at the Quick Center on the Fairfield University campus. The first performance of the season will be The Wizard of Oz, on Fridays, July 9-August 13 at 7:30pm. $15. Check the website for details on more performances. Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield University, 200 Barlow Road, Fairfield. 203-254-4010. firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Stamford Museum and Nature Center is bringing back Otterly Amazing, when otter keepers offer a variety of hands-on activities and demonstrations, including feeding, to the public. The event takes place in the outdoor classroom adjacent to the Otter Pond. Mondays and Fridays throughout July and August. 12:30-1:15pm. Free with gate admission of $8, $6 children 4-17. Stamford Museum and Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford. 203-322-1646. www.stamfordmuseum.org.
At Work on the Farm
Come to the Stamford Museum and Nature Center for "Animals in Action," an interactive presentation showing the handling and training of some of the resident farm animals. See a working oxen team, learn how to teach a goat to become a pack animal, and watch lambs taught to lead and horses to stand quietly. Meet at the chicken coop. Wednesdays throughout July and August. 2pm. Free with admission of $8, $6 children 4-17. Stamford Museum and Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford. 203-322-1646. www.stamfordmuseum.org.
Turn off the Lights
A new permanent exhibit at the Discovery Museum, Energy, is designed to educate young people about different sources of energy and how to conserve it. Kiosks, interactive dioramas, and videos cover all forms including fossil fuels, wind, hydro and solar. Open Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 12-5pm. $8.50, $7 children over 5. The Discovery Museum, 4450 Park Avenue, Bridgeport. 203-372-3521. www.discoverymuseum.org.
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