Fairfield County Calendar Highlights: Activities for Kids and Families - March 2010

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

Easter egg huntMarch's Holiday Fun

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day and Easter at these nearby events this month.


Music from Ireland

Hailing from historic County Waterford, Danu's St. Patrick's Day concert features a mix of ancient Irish music and new fare. March 7 at 3pm. All ages. $30-$40. Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield University, 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield. 203-254-4010. www.quickcenter.com


St. Patrick's Celebrations at the Library

Come to the Wilton Library for Drop-in St. Patrick's Day Crafts during regular library hours and make a craft to take home. Then at 4pm, Library assistant Ms. Keogh shares Irish tales of leprechauns, giants and more at

St. Patrick's Day Tales. No registration necessary. March 17. FREE. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton. 203-762-3950. www.wiltonlibrary.org.


Wear Green to the Zoo

Kids wearing anything green will have the luck o' the Irish on their side and get into the zoo FREE when accompanied by a paying adult. March 17. 9am-4pm. All ages. Beardsley Zoo,1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport. 203-394-6565. www.beardsleyzoo.org.


Eggs in the Basket

Prepare for Easter at Eggstatic Eggs by discussing the tradition of egg decoration through the ages. Each participant will decorate a basket of eggs to take home. Refreshments will be served. Pre-registration required. March 25. 3:45-4:45pm. $15. Darien Historical Society, 45 Old Kings Highway North, Darien. 203-655-9233. www.historical.darien.org.

Come to the Audubon Society in Fairfield for an Egg Hung & Breakfast. Events include spring crafts, live animals, and a visit from a "Very Special Rabbit." Bring your own baskets. Pre-registration and pre-payment required at time of registration. March 27. 9:30am and 1:30pm. All ages. $14 child, $11 adult, under 2 FREE. Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield. 203-259-6305. www.ctaudubon.org/visit/fairfield.htm.

Come to the Woodcock Nature Center for Eggs in Your Basket, where a hayride takes you and your children to trails where kids can go on an egg-hunting hike. Afterwards they'll color them using all-natural dyes. Dress warmly and bring a basket. Non-refundable. Reservations and prepayment required. March 28. 1pm. Contact the center for pricing. Woodcock Nature Center, 56 Deer Run Road, Wilton. 203-762-7280. www.woodcocknaturecenter.org.

Meet the Bunny

Enjoy pictures with the Easter Bunny, free face painting, caricatures, an inflatables play area, an Amerfican Idol Contest, and entertainment all day at the WEBE 108 Norwalk Kids Fest. March 28 at 10am. $6; free children under 12. Wilton High School - Field House, 395 Danbury Road, Wilton.



amphibian walk by Norwalk River Watershed Association


Watch Your Step

Dave Havens of the Norwalk River Watershed Association gives a short introduction about amphibians and how to spot them before taking participants on a Spring Amphibian Walk. See salamanders, newts, frogs, and toads springing to life in vernal ponds. Wear tall waterproof boots. Meet at St. Luke's School in New Canaan at the first parking lot on the right, behind the ball field. March 7, 1-3pm. For more information: 877-NRWA-INFO. www.norwalkriver.org.




WACky Family DayBonding Over Art

   The Westport Arts Center brings children and parents together with their WACky Family Day. Create projects using a variety of multimedia materials. Contemporary art exhibitions in the galleries along with kid-friendly live music provide the inspiration. March 7. 2-4pm. $10 per child; free adults and children under 2. Westport Arts Center, 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport. 203-222-7070. www.westportartscenter.org.



Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Fairfield County, CTHappy Birthday, Stepping Stones!

   Enjoy free admission at the museum's Happy Birthday Stepping Stones! celebration. Activities include face painting, art and crafts, and birthday cake. March 13, 10am-5pm. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Avenue, Norwalk. 203-899-0606. www.steppingstonesmuseum.org.



hummingbirdHummingbird Habitats

   Get tips for attracting local hummingbirds to your garden in Hummingbirds: Our Feathered Gems, at the Audubon in Greenwich. With more than 330 species in the Americas, hummingbirds are the second largest family of birds. Learn about their ability to fly backwards, vertically and laterally, as well as their capacity to raise and lower their heart rate and body temperature to survive cold nights.  View pictures of hummingbirds in habitats ranging from tropical forests to the Andes Mountains. March 14. 3:30pm. $10 suggested donation. Audubon Greenwich, 613 Riversville Road, Greenwich. 203-869-5272. www.greenwich.audubon.org.



Ginger Katz, founder of The Courage to SpeakDrug-Free Teens

    The Courage to Speak, an organization begun by Ginger Katz, who lost her son to drugs, presents its 6th Annual Empowering Youth to be Drug Free Family Night. The event enlists the cooperation of home, school, and community to encourage youths to stay off drugs. Speakers include students who participated in the Courage to Speak curriculum as well as Norwalk's mayor, chief of police and school superintendent. March 16. Dinner at 5:30pm, presentation at 6:30pm. West Rocks Middle School, 81 West Norwalk Road, Norwalk. 203-831-9700. www.couragetospeak.org.



Carrie Underwood



Carrie in Concert

Carrie Underwood performs such hits as "Cowboy Cassanova" and "Mama's Song" at the Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport on March 16 at 7:30pm. Special guests include Craig Morgan and Sons of Sylvia. Ages: TW, TE, AD. $35-$55. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com, the Arena CLICK IT or TICKET Box Office, or by phone: 800-745-3000. 600 Main Street, Bridgeport. 203-368-1000. www.arenaatharboryard.com.




Penguins at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, CTEnjoy Nature This Month

   There's a lot to explore at the Maritime Aquarium.


African Underwater Safari looks at the marine life of Africa and discovers how the continent's fish face environmental challenges similar to those faced by the fish in the Long Island Sound. See fish and reptiles from the Nile River, the lakes of Africa's Great Rift Valley, the Red Sea, and Africa's shorelines, including the ecosystem of Madagascar. Through June 2010. All ages.

   Then visit the new colony of African penguins in a new outdoor exhibit, Penguins, offering views above and below the water. Through December 2010. All ages.

   A new permanent exhibit, Go Fish: Long Island Sound & Beyond, explains how we can learn to "Respect the Fish" by exploring our fascination with catching, eating, and protecting fish in the Sound. A new 30,000-gallon tank houses some of the largest species native to the Sound. A variety of hands-on and multimedia activities enhances the experience. All ages.

   At the Maritime's IMAX Theater, you can swim with some of the planet's most unusual creatures, from the wolf eel to the giant Pacific octopus, in Deep Sea, an undersea exploration narrated by actors Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet. Through March 18. Noon and 2pm.

   Or you can discover the Mysteries of the Great Lakes and learn why these bodies of water are a vital resource for our country's social and economic vitality. Learn about the wildlife that lives in and around the lakes. Featuring music by Gordon Lightfoot. 11am, 1pm, and 3pm.

   The museum is open daily 10am-5pm. Admission is $11.75, children 2-12 $9.75. IMAX tickets are  $9, $6.50 kids 2-12 and seniors. Maritime Aquarium, 10 North Water Street, Norwalk. 203-852-0700. www.maritimeaquarium.org.


Curious George



Monkeying Around

Get your child's photo taken with Curious George at Stepping Stones Museum for Children's family fun night, March 19 and 20. The evening starts at 6pm and will also include a light dinner, hands-on activities, and storytime. For reservations, call 203-899-0606, ext. 247. Ages: TOD, YE, AD. $12; free children under 1. 303 West Avenue, Norwalk. 203-899-0606. www.steppingstonesmuseum.org.




Exploring Orchestra; kidsNose to Nose with a Violin

   Young children are encouraged to get up close and personal with musicians and their instruments in Exploring the Orchestra: Hop! Discover which instruments honk, whistle, pluck, or bang. Expect visitors from Heckscher Farm. March 21, 1pm and 2:30pm. $15, children $8. Stamford Museum and Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford. 203-322-1646‎. www.stamfordmuseum.org.




Annie is playing at the Shubert Theater in New Haven


On Stage This Month

   Based on the comic book, Annie features all the songs and dance from the 1977 original Broadway production. March 5, 7:30pm; March 6, 2pm and 7pm; March 7, 1pm and 6pm. All ages. $15-$68. Shubert Theatre, 247 College Street, New Haven. 203-562-5666. www.shubert.com.

   Little Red Running Shoes is a pop musical version of the classic Little Red Riding Hood story. Saturdays and Sundays, March 6-April 11. 12pm and 2:30pm. $15.50. Downtown Cabaret Theatre, 263 Golden Hill Street, Bridgeport. 203-576-1636. www.dtcab.com.



A Night at the Museum


A Night at the Museum

 Come experience a museum afterhours when you visit A Night at the Peabody Museum. Walk the Great Hall of Dinosaurs and visit behind-the-scenes collections normally closed to the public. Hunt for souvenirs and prizes, and enjoy games, crafts, and face painting. Live critters such as a Red-Footed tortoise, tarantula, hissing roaches, and snakes will add atmosphere to the evening. March 27. 6-9pm. $18; advance ticket purchase required. Yale Peabody Museum, 170 Whitney Avenue, New Haven. 203-432-5050. www.peabody.yale.edu.



A Diorama Takes Shape: Bringing the Genius of James Perry Wilson to LifeA Blank Canvas

   Over the course of two months, visitors will see a diorama created before their eyes in A Diorama Takes Shape: Bringing the Genius of James Perry Wilson to Life. The scene depicted is the celebrated warbler migration at Point Pelee in southwestern Ontario. Visitors can observe as Michael Anderson and trained volunteers preparing plants and other foreground elements for the newly acquired painting by diorama artist Wilson. Through April 25. Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday noon-5pm. $7, children 3-18 $5. Yale Peabody Museum, 170 Whitney Avenue, New Haven. 203-432-5050. www.peabody.yale.edu.



One of the many moving sculptures at the Gerberich's Gadgetry exhibit at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center.What's Up in Museums and Galleries

   Visit Print What, an exhibit of printed works by members of the Loft Artists Association, offered in conjunction with free printmaking workshops. View a collection of monoprints, etchings, photographs, lithographs and silkscreens. Free weekend print workshops will be offered on Saturday, March 13. Exhibit runs through March 21. $5 donation suggested. Friday-Sunday, noon-5pm. Loft Artists Association, 845 Canal Street, Stamford. 203-323-4153. www.loftartists.com.

   Gerberich's Gadgetry: Art That Moves is a compilation of works reflecting a 25-year artistic career. Described as "analog work for the digital age," Gerberich's artwork asks us to step back from the frenzy and let the clanking, clanging motion of each piece take us on a tour of our own memories as filtered through his imagination. Through May 23. Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 11am-5pm. $8, $4 ages 4-17. Stamford Museum and Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford. 203-322-1646. www.stamfordmuseum.org.

   The Mystic Seaport's Building America's Canals is a hands-on exhibit divided into sections relating to key canal structures: locks, masonry arches, cranes, and aqueducts. Build your own canal, use model cranes to load and unload cargo from canal boats, or try a computer game in which you build and operate a lock, complete with virtual dynamite. Through October 11. Winter hours are Thursday-Sunday, 10am-4pm. All ages. $24, $15 ages 6-17. Mystic Seaport: Museum of America and the Sea, 75 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic. 888-973-2767. www.mysticseaport.org.






Bill BlaggHocus Pocus

Step out of reality for a few hours with Bill Blagg III, who combines magic and illusions with special effects to baffle and amaze his audiences. Watch out - he may select you to float in mid-air. March 6. 4pm and 7pm. $30, children under 12 $25. The Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, Ridgefield. 203-438-5795. www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org.



Monster JamRev Up Your Engines

   Watch Gravedigger, Spiderman, Thrasher, and Bad Habit reach speeds of up to 100 miles per hour and fly up to 125 feet at Monster Jam. Weighing in at over 10,000 pounds and sitting atop 66-inch-tall tires, these trucks are built for short, high-powered bursts of speed. March 13, 2pm and 7:30pm; March 14, 2pm. $20.25, children $10.25. Tickets are available through the Arena CLICK IT or TICKET box office, ticketmaster.com, or charge by phone 1-800-745-3000. Arena at Harbor Yard, 600 Main Street, Bridgeport. 203-345-2300. www.arenaatharboryard.com.



Maritime Aquarium at NorwalkMorning 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 a year is prepared. 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. March 20. 8:15am. $30. The Maritime Aquarium, 10 N. Water Street, Norwalk. 203-852-0700 ext. 2206. www.MaritimeAquarium.org.