Find fun and low-cost things to do with your family in Fairfield County, CT this October, including the Ringling Bros. circus in Bridgeport, a superheroes-inspired exhibit in Stamford, an Enchanted Castle in Fairfield, and family-friendly Halloween events throughout the county.
Stamford Museum and Nature Center, Stamford
Oct. 7 and 14
The Stamford Museum and Nature Center opened its Wheels in the Woods Trail in the fall of 2006. The accessible trail meanders alongside the Poorhouse Brook and through the center’s mature hardwood forest. It is designed for families and children of all abilities who can stop to observe birds eating at the birdfeeders while listening to the brook as it crashes downstream. Walk the trail anytime, but on Oct. 7 and 14 there is a self-guided activity walk.
Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport
Children ages 22 months to 4 years can meet live animals at Zoo Tots, a 45-minute program at the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport that also offers animal-related stories, crafts, and activities.
Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield
The Pushcart Players, an award-winning professional ensemble, will perform Happily Ever After: A Cinderella Tale accompanied by a full orchestra.
Halloween may not be an official holiday, but try telling that to the millions of children (and adults) who start planning their costumes on Nov. 1—of the year before. Satisfy your craving for creepy creatures, spooky stories, and haunted hayrides at these family-friendly events and visit nymetroparents.com/halloween for more spooky fun, including tons of giveaways!
Tokeneke Middle School, Darien
Enter the haunted house if you dare at the Tokeneke Pumpkin Carnival, an annual event that benefits the Tokeneke Elementary School Enrichment Program. Other activities include amusement park rides, games, rock climbing, and a Toddler Terrain. FREE!
Pequot Library, Southport,
Michael Albert is known for his pop art that uses packaging everyone can recognize. In Brandscapes! Pop Art Collage Workshop, Albert leads kids ages 5-15 (younger children must be accompanied by an adult) in making landscape compositions and nature scenes out of empty cereal boxes. Bring your own cereal boxes. Every participant receives a signed pop art poster. Reservations required. FREE!
Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard, Bridgeport
P.T. Barnum’s Greatest Show on Earth returns to his hometown when Fully Charged, a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey production, presents acrobats and animals under the big top. Animal trainer Tabayara communicates with animals allowing him to ride galloping stallions and manage four-ton Asian elephants. Guillermo performs a 360-degree, flying-forward somersault, three stories in the air. The Fernandez Brothers hop aboard the Twin Turbines of Steel to execute extreme jumps and twists inside the moving wheels.
Burr Homestead, Fairfield
Oct. 20-21, 24-29
Near the end of the month, the Burr Homestead is transformed into The Enchanted Castle, an annual fundraiser for Bridgeport Hospital’s Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers. Children and adults are invited to tour the castle’s themed rooms where they’ll receive treats and meet characters from Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Candyland, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Pirates of the Caribbean, and The Wizard of Oz. Proceeds benefit the Albin Centers’ special programs, equipment, therapy, and therapist scholarships.
Calf Pasture Beach, Norwalk
Take an early evening walk for Light the Night, a family-friendly event designed not only to raise money and awareness for blood cancer but to provide inspiration as well. In addition to live entertainment, music, food, and face painting, there will be a parade with walkers carrying white balloons for survivors, red for supporters, and gold in memory of loved ones lost to cancer. Admission is free, but any participants who raise $100 or more will receive a T-shirt and a wristband entitling them to complimentary food and refreshments.
IMAX Theater at Maritime Aquarium, Norwalk
You may have seen Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971; 100 minutes; rated G) before, but chances are you haven’t seen it on a screen that’s as tall as a six-story building. Roald Dahl’s classic story of a mysterious chocolate factory owner (Gene Wilder) who decides to give a tour to five lucky winners of a candy-bar contest becomes larger than life on this gigantic screen.
Stamford Museum and Nature Center, Stamford
Through Nov. 4
If your children have a soft spot for superheroes and science fiction, they won’t be able to resist Flash Gordon and the Heroes of the Universe. The exhibit not only showcases artwork by illustrators Alex Raymond and Al Williamson, it also displays artwork and memorabilia of space adventure creations from Buck Rogers to Star Wars.
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