20 Fun Things to Do in Connecticut this November

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

Find fun and low-cost things to do with kids in Fairfield County, CT this November, including school break activities, family shows, and holiday events in Bridgeport, Fairfield, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Ridgefield, Stamford, Trumbull, and Westport.


harvest hayride at beardsley zooHarvest Hay Rides

Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport

Nov. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25

On weekends throughout the month, visitors can take a spin around the Beardsley Zoo on a stack of hay.


kids in a leaf pileElection Day Events

Nov. 6

Wondering what to do with the kids on their day off from school? Here’s a roundup of 5 fun Election Day activities for kids in Fairfield, New Canaan, Stamford, and Westport.


the frog prince puppetsThe Frog Prince and Other Tales

Stepping Stones Museum, Norwalk

Nov. 10 and 12-16

Handcrafted puppets take center stage in this show, in which four tales filled with fantasy and lively scenery set the stage for an enjoyable holiday presentation.



holiday lighthouse at festival of lighthouses2012 Festival of Lighthouses Contest

The Maritime Aquarium, Norwalk

Opens Nov. 10

Twenty-four handcrafted lighthouses are on display during this year's Festival of Lighthouses Contest. Follow these homemade structures through the galleries and cast a vote for your favorite. The builder who receives the most votes receives $1,500 at an awards ceremony.


the ugly ducklingThe Ugly Duckling

Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield

Nov. 11

In this production of The Ugly Duckling, a misfit duck finds companionship with a Burmese mole and a bald eagle with a head full of hair.


Veterans Day Family Scavenger Hunt

Fairfield Museum and History Center, Fairfield

Nov. 12

Discover stories of Fairfield’s soldiers and more on a Veterans Day Family Scavenger Hunt at the Fairfield Museum and History Center.


women's 2012 olympics gold medal gymnastics teamKellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions

XL Center, Hartford

Nov. 17

Fresh off the winner’s podium at the London Olympics, gold medal-winner Gabby Douglas and her fellow team members perform with the Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions. They are joined by 2008 Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin as well as men and women from the 2011 World Championships. This national tour allows these athletes to demonstrate why they are some of the best gymnasts in the world.


Polar Express moviePolar Express on the Big Screen

IMAX Theater at The Maritime Aquarium, Norwalk

Nov. 17 – Jan. 1, 2013

Get into the holiday spirit a little early and watch The Polar Express, the story of a young boy whose doubts about the existence of Santa Claus  melt away during a trip by train to the North Pole on Christmas Eve.


St. Jude Give Thanks WalkSt. Jude Give thanks. Walk.

Westfield Trumbull, Trumbull

Nov. 17

The mall takes on a new purpose for St. Jude Give thanks. Walk. Leave your credit cards at home and put on your tracksuit as you walk through the mall to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. St. Jude is committed to providing free health care for children and to advance cures and means of prevention for pediatric diseases through research and treatment.


origami paper cranesOrigami Paper Crane Workshop

Fairfield University Bookstore, Fairfield

Nov. 17

In this workshop, visitors ages 10 and older can learn how to fold paper to make origami cranes that will decorate the Christmas tree at the Fairfield University Bookstore.


All Aboard with Bill Probert LEGO train exhibitAll Aboard with Bill Probert and Friends III

Stamford Museum and Nature Center, Stamford

Opens Nov. 17

LEGO and train lovers and everyone in between should make their way to All Aboard with Bill Probert and Friends III, on display at the Bendel Mansion at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center. Bill Probert has created a railroad scene that contains pastoral and urban scenes along with visual puns and even a few weeds and carefully tended gardens. Four winners of the Stamford Museum and Nature Center’s All Aboard competition will have their creations on display as well.


thanksgiving day race in southport ctThanksgiving Events

Nov. 19-24

See our roundup of 5 fun Thanksgiving-themed events for kids in Fairfield, New Canaan, Southport, and Wilton.



greenwich reindeer festivalGreenwich Reindeer Festival and Santa's Workshop

McArdle’s Florist & Garden, Greenwich

Nov. 23 – Dec. 24

If you thought reindeer were only legends, you were mistaken. Meet a few live ones at the fourth annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival and Santa’s Workshop while you visit Santa and have your photo taken with him.


John Huston arctic explorerArctic Explorers

The Maritime Aquarium, Norwalk

Nov. 29

Learn the motivation behind two men who walked across hundreds of miles of the Canadian Arctic in a lecture by arctic explorers John Huston and Toby Thorleifsson. The two men talk about their 90-day journey by foot across 630 miles of frigid and isolated Arctic wilderness.


More Fun

Find even more fun and low-cost family activities in Fairfield County and the NYC area in our full, searchable calendar of events.