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by Karen Demeter June 27, 2013

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Find the top things to do this month with kids in the NYC area in our Calendar of Events

Check out our list of fun and low-cost things to do with kids in Fairfield County, CT this July, including a visit with camels in Bridgeport, an Egg Fair in Greenwich, and more family events in Fairfield, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Westport, and beyond.


independence day in mystic ctHappy Fourth of July!

Throughout Connecticut
July 4

This year, our country celebrates its 237th birthday. Independence Day is one of the few holidays that everyone in the country can share as we attend parades, watch fireworks, and maybe participate in a family-friendly history lesson to remind us of what was involved in creating a democracy in an era of monarchies. Check out our list of family-friendly Fourth events near you.



south pacific'South Pacific'

Summer Theatre Festival at Waveny Park, New Canaan
Through July 13

Paradise comes to New Canaan as South Pacific washes ashore at Waveny Park. The award-winning Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, set during World War II, follows parallel love stories that are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war.


fairfield ct town hall green walking tourTown Hall Green Walking Tour

Fairfield Museum and History Center, Fairfield
July 13

Discover the town of Fairfield’s fascinating colonial history when you take a Town Hall Green Walking Tour. Learn about the establishment of the town’s original “four squares” in 1639 and about the historic 1779 British invasion. There was even a “witch-dunking experiment” at Edwards pond. You’ll learn plenty of other town tidbits on this tour suitable for all ages.


taikoza japanese drummingTaikoza Japanese Drumming

Stepping Stones Museum, 303 West Ave., Norwalk
July 20

Each month, the Stepping Stones Museum introduces young visitors to different cultures by highlighting a different country. This month it’s Japan, and the museum will host Taikoza Japanese Drumming performers. Visitors will enjoy this visual and musical art form that features powerful rhythms of the Taiko drums, stringed instruments, metal percussion, and bamboo flutes.


point to point compo beach swimPoint to Point Compo Beach Swim

Compo Beach, Westport
July 20

Break out your bathing suit for the 35th annual Point to Point Compo Beach Swim. Children and adults can test their swimming prowess in the (hopefully) warm waters of the Sound. The kids swim takes place is a fun shallow-water event. Older participants swim a 1-mile open-water race. There will be prizes for participants in the kids’ swim as well as for the top three men’s and women’s swimmers in each of 15 age groups. July 20. 8am. Kids swim 10am. $45; $20 kids’ swim. Compo Beach, Compo Beach Road, Westport. 203-226-8981. westporty.org.


egg fair day bruce museum ctEgg Fair Day

Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich
July 21

Eggs are the star attraction at the Bruce Museum's Egg Fair Day. Children enjoy an egg hunt on the museum’s grounds, participate in egg-themed crafts and activities in the workshop, and get to touch a live chicken when they visit a poultry petting zoo. Head into the museum to visit Eggs-hibition, the museum’s current exhibit (on display through Oct. 20) that spotlights the history and beauty of eggs.


things with wings night hike stamford ctThings With Wings Night Hike

Stamford Museum and Nature Center, Stamford
July 26

While you drift off to sleep, some creatures are just waking up. Learn about them during the Things with Wings Night Hike, when educators will lead visitors on an evening hike in search of nocturnal winged creatures like bats, lightning bugs, and moths. Registration and pre-payment is required; call 203-977-6521. Recommended for ages 6 and older.


children's art show ctInternational Children's Art Show

Maritime Aquarium, Norwalk
Through Sept. 2

The halls outside the IMAX Theater at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk are transformed into a gallery for the International Children’s Art Show in which young artists from 22 countries, ranging in age from 8-16, represent their culture through paintings. The theme of the 2013 show is “Illuminate! Bringing My Culture to Light.” The artists, including some from numerous Fairfield County Schools, were asked to share a cultural belief or value that is meaningful to them and to include a natural, man-made or symbolic source of light. FREE! (enter through the IMAX Theater entrance)


farm school stamford ctA Day in a Farmer's Life

Stamford Museum and Nature Center, Stamford
Through Aug. 14

Learn what it takes to be a farmer at A Day in a Farmer’s Life. The nature center’s staff will be on hand to show the diversity of farm life and how to take care of the animals and the environment through various activities. Some of the hands-on programs include milking, grooming, and caring for baby animals. The program runs for 30-45 minutes. Meet at the Chicken Coop.


reading makes cents ctReading Makes Cent$

Connecticut State Libraries
Through Aug. 16

CHET, Connecticut’s 529 College Savings Plan, is partnering with the Connecticut State Library for Reading Makes Cent$, a program to encourage children to read this summer through their local library’s summer reading program. Parents have a chance to win a $250 CHET direct-sold account towards paying for their child’s future college education. The winner’s library will also receive $250 to support children’s programs. For more information on the program and for an online entry form, go to aboutchet.com. Forms can also be filled out at your local participating library. Forms must be completed before Aug. 16.


camels at beardsley zoo ctKissable Camels

Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport
Through Sept. 2

Toby and Goliath, two visiting Dromedary camels, invite children and adults to climb aboard for a ride and a photograph. These Kissable Camels have just one hump, so hang on and smile as you get your photo taken. Children younger than 6 require an accompanying adult rider. The camels are visiting through Sept. 2, and you can meet them during regular zoo hours: 9am-3:30pm daily.


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