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This summer, families can take a trip around the world without leaving Fairfield County, CT, with these events that feature people and places near and far.


   Travel to Africa and South America, and find out how the coffee industry impacts the environment, human culture, and world economies at the exhibit Coffee: The World in Your Cup. Through September 19. Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 12-5pm. Closed July 4. $7, children 3-18 $5. Yale Peabody Museum, 170 Whitney Avenue,
New Haven. 203-432-5050.


   Spend the evening picnicking on the lawn of the Pequot Library and learning how to dance the hula at Make a Hawaiian Splash. The presentation includes a percussive music show to demonstrate the history of Hawaii and its culture. Hear stories about fishing, surfing and picking seashells. July 7. Picnic 6pm, performance 6:30-7:30pm. FREE. Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Avenue, Southport. 203-259-0346. www.pequotlibrary.org.


   Head out west and learn how tribes like the Spirit Lake Dakota Sioux and Northern Cheyenne live with nature in harmony. Part of the library's "Go West" summer reading program, Thrilling Thursdays - Native American Drum Circle for Kids, incorporates music and dance to educate children about our country's native people. Ages 5 and up. July 8. 2-3pm. FREE. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton. 203-762-3950. www.wiltonlibrary.org.


Odori Japanese Summer Festival at the Jesup Green in Westport.

   Learn the music and dance of Japan as The Japan Society of Fairfield County presents Bon Odori Japanese Summer Festival, with Taiko drumming, folk dancing and traditional dress. Celebrate the Tanabata Star by writing a wish on a tanzaku, a small piece of paper, and hanging it on a long bamboo pole decorated with origami. July 10 (rain date July 25). 2-4:30pm. FREE. The Japan Society of Fairfield County, Jesup Green at Westport Public Library, Westport. 203-912-3757.


   Children take a musical journey through America in Americana Celebration. New Orleans band Boogie Chillun performs. July 10. 2:30pm. $9, under 1 FREE. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Mathews Park, 303 West Avenue, Norwalk. 203-899-0606. www.steppingstonesmuseum.org.


   Someday we may be able to travel to Venus. In the meantime, we'll have to settle for a presentation about the planet in Venus: The Runaway Greenhouse, part of the museum's "Astronomy Nights" series. July 23. 7:30pm. $3, children 5-17 $2. The Observatory at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford. 203-325-1407.


   Visit seven continents with Amy, a little girl who moves with her family every few years. Katherine Starke's illustrated book, Amy's Travels, is part of the museum's "Travel the World" program. July 25. 2pm. $9, children under 1 FREE. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Mathews Park, 303 West Avenue, Norwalk. 203-899-0606.


   To some people, spending a night outdoors can feel like sleeping on another planet. Find out if you share this sentiment at Summer Family Camp Out. Pitch a tent and have a barbeque dinner. Roam around the center to tour the farm and view the evening sky through the observatory's telescope. Wake up to pancakes served by the museum's staff. July 24-July 25. 5:30pm-10am. $130 parent/child, $40 each additional family member. Pre-registration accepted. Stamford Museum and Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford. 203-325-1407. www.stamfordmuseum.org.

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