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Looking for fun fall events in Connecticut? Our list of fun and low-cost things to do with kids in September includes harvest festivals, a storybook pajama party, and more in Fairfield, Greenwich, Mystic, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Westport, and beyond.
Earthplace, WestportSept. 15
At Family Volunteer Day, families are invited to share the satisfaction and accomplishment of community service. Projects are suitable for all ages and may include light trail maintenance, invasive species removal, or program preparation. FREE!
Fairfield Ludlowe High School, FairfieldSept. 15
At the Junior Women’s Club of Fairfield Annual Touch-A-Truck Event, children are invited to climb up and into various moving vehicles. There will also be a bounce house, characters to meet, and face painting. Roaming Railroad returns to provide a scenic tour of the grounds. Proceeds benefit the club’s scholarship fund for high school students.
Chelsea Piers Connecticut, StamfordSept. 21-22
It’s all about your health at the Stamford Hospital’s Health Wellness & Sports Expo 2013, taking place at Chelsea Piers. Exhibits will offer information on nutrition, weight management, children’s health, fitness, alternative medicine, and even your financial health. FREE!
Stamford Museum and Nature Center, StamfordOpens Sept. 21
The United States may have been born under the mighty pens of such patriots as Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, but American history goes further back. Introduce your children to a simpler time, when Indians roamed the American Wilderness—before and after the United States came into being—at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center’s exhibit By Her Hand: Art of Native American Women & The Photographs of Edward S. Curtis. Learn about the Native American women who transformed everyday objects with artistic flair, and see how natural resources were combined with trade goods to produce art during the cultural and economic changes at the turn of the last century. The works, from the Stamford Museum & Nature Center’s permanent collection, are being paired with the iconic photographs of Edward S. Curtis, who captured the last vestiges of traditional Native American culture in the western United States. This exhibition offers an opportunity to experience the Native American message of beauty, heart, and spirit.
Stamford Museum and Nature Center, StamfordSept. 22
Discover what lies beneath the rocks and leaves of the stream in Outdoor Adventures: Stream Hunters. A local naturalist takes visitors on a walk to explore Poorhouse Brook for amphibians, fish, and other critters. Water shoes are recommended, as the walk will likely end up in the stream. Registration and pre-payment are required.
Staples High School, WestportSept. 22
Get your kids off the couch and onto the track at the Westport Weston Family Y Strong Kids Triathlon. Not only will each child get a T-shirt and medal for participating, they’ll also get their heart and blood pumping. As an added bonus, proceeds from the event benefit the YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign, which enables the Y to offer its services to the local community regardless of age, income, or background.
Mystic Seaport, MysticSept. 22
More than 100 authentic pre-1930 cars, trucks, and motorcycles will be on display at Mystic Seaport’s Antique Vehicle Show. A grand parade of the vehicles will make its way through the Seaport at the end of the day.
Stepping Stones Museum, NorwalkSept. 27
Curious George may or may not be wearing pajamas, but children are invited to wear theirs to a Storybook Pajama Party. Everyone’s favorite monkey will make an appearance, and children will enjoy story time, crafts, snacks, and a musical parade. Registration required.
Stepping Stones Museum, NorwalkOpens Sept. 28
Stepping Stones’ latest travelling exhibit will have you running in circles….literally. The interactive exhibit Secrets of Circles offers 18 hands-on components, inviting visitors to climb into a circular boat, play and pretend in a market full of circles from around the globe, and make objects spin using colorful gears. Children will learn how math, science, and engineering come into play with circles.
Participating museums throughout Connecticut and the U.S.Sept. 28
Take advantage of free museum admission at the ninth annual Museum Day Live!, scheduled for Sept. 28. The event is taking place across the country in the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, DC-based facilities, which offer free admission every day. Head to smithsonian.com/museumdaylive to find a list of participating museums in Connecticut and surrounding communities and to download a Museum Day Live! ticket, which grants free access to two people per household.
Fairfield, Greenwich, Hartford, Middlebury, New CanaanThroughout September
When you think of fairs and festivals, summer usually comes to mind. Luckily for Fairfield residents, fall offers more festivities, offering a soft landing to offset back-to-school-blues and the effects that cooler temperatures and shorter days may bring on.
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Karen Demeter lives in Fairfield County, CT with her husband and three children. Karen is the regional editor of Fairfield Parent and Suffolk Parent magazines and an expert on kids' and family activities in Fairfield and on Long Island. See More.
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