A selection of events planned for youngsters and their families — see other calendar listings for more comprehensive coverage of area performances and activities.


Band Together Spread Music Now Concert Fund-Raiser to benefit KEYS (Kids Empowered by Your Support, Inc.), Sat., May 30, 6:30 p.m., Fairfield Theatre Company, 70 Sanford St., Fairfield; fairfieldtheatre.org or 203-259-1036.

CHIRP 2015, free concerts at 7 p.m., in Ballard Park, off Main St., Ridgefield; chirpct.org; rain phone number, 203-431-2760 (after 4 p.m.); lawn seating, donations appreciated:  Della Mae, Tues., June 2; Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys, Tues., June 9; Professor Louie & The Crowmatix, Tues., June 16; Barefoot Moment, Tues., June 23; C.J. Chenier & His Red Hot Louisiana Band, Tues., June 30.

Innovation Day celebrating the STEAM movement (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math), Sat., May 30, 11-3; Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd.; wiltonlibrary.org or 203-762-3950.

Lightscapes 2015 at Van Cortlandt Manor, presented by Historic Hudson Valley, May 1-31, Fri.-Sun. evenings during May (first entry at 8:15; 8:30 for final three weekends); family-friendly walk-through experience featuring sculpture, light, music and special effects; rain or shine, timed ticket only; 16/adults, $12/children 3-17, free under 3; 525 South Riverside Ave., Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.; hudsonvalley.org or 914-366-6900.

Robin Hood Springtime Festival, Sat., Sun. and Memorial Day, May 23-June 7, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., gen. adm. $17, youth $10; 6 and under free; at the North Haven Fairgrounds, 300 Washington Ave., North Haven; robinhoodsfaire.com.

Curiosity Concerts, Season 2 of free family classical music concert series; space limited at many venues and adv. reg. is required, visit curiosityconcerts.org: upcoming concerts Sat., May 30 at 2 p.m., with the Greenwich Library’s Ashforth Children’s Concert Series, featuring the chamber ensemble Decoda, “101 Ways to Transform a Tune,” focusing on Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet; final concert, June 20.

Sticks + Stones, new musical performed by kids and teens, Fri., May 29, 7 p.m., and Sat., May 30, 1 p.m., tickets $10; TheatreWorks New Milford, 5 Brookside Ave.; res., theatreworks.us/kids.php.

Fountain Music Series at the First Congregational Church, Main St. at West Lane, Ridgefield; firstcongregational.com or 203-438-8077: The True Story of Cinderella by Warren Martin, Sun., May 31, 4 p.m.

Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra Spring Concert, Sun., May 31, 4 p.m., featuring 3 ensembles; post-concert recept. honoring departing musical director Petko Dimitrov and welcoming new director Eric Mahl; Scotts Ridge Middle School Auditorium, 700 North Salem Rd./Rte. 116, Ridgefield; tickets $15, $10 for seniors and children under 12, avail. at the door; info., wctyo.org

Downtown Cabaret Theatre DCT Jr. Summer Program: Rapunzel Jr., for children entering grades 1-6, June 29-July 19; Into the Woods Jr., for entering grades 6-12, prgram June 22-July 26;  263 Golden Hill St., Bridgeport; info., mycabaret.org.

Music Theatre of Connecticut Show Choir MTGlee, auditions for grades 9-12, Mon., June 1, 4-6 p.m., at the MTC, 509 Westport Ave.(Rte. 1), Norwalk; rehearsals June 22-July 2; performances at Westport Fireworks July 3, Levitt Pavilion in Westport on July 5, and with the Norwalk Symphony at a Pops Concert in Cranbury Park, Norwalk, on July 12; tuition $425; info., audition time, 203-454-3883.


Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr St., Fairfield; adm. $2/adults, $1/children; 203-259-6305 x109 or ctaudubon.org: 155-acre wildlife sanctuary, 7 miles of trails through woodlands, streams, meadows, marshes, ponds, open daily dawn to dusk; Birds of Prey compound; nature center w/exhibits and Nature Store, open Mon.-Sat., 10-3.

New Canaan Nature Center, 144 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, 203-966-9577; satellite site for NY Botanical Garden programs (800-322-6924); buildings open Mon.-Sat., 9-4 (closed major holidays);  Saturday Explorers Club, 2 Sat./month for ages 6 and up and families, 1:30-2:45; First Saturdays, 1st Sat. of the month, free guided activities for visitors, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Free Live Animal Presentations, Sat. at 3, lasting 15-20 min., dif. animal each week.

Darien Nature Center, 120 Brookside Rd.; free adm. Mon.-Fri., 9-4; Sat., 9-1; 203-655-7459: Ongoing exhibits.

Devil’s Den/Lucius Pond Ordway Preserve, a Nature Conservancy property, 33 Pent Rd., Weston; open dawn to dusk to passive recreation; 20 miles of trails; info., concerns, 860-455-0716; natureconservancy.org.

Woodcock Nature Center, 56 Deer Run Rd., Wilton; center open 9:30-5, Tues.-Sat., two-plus miles of trails open daily, dawn to dusk; reg. in advance for programs, 203-762-7280; www.woodcocknature center.org.

* The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 North Water St., Norwalk; 203-852-0700 or maritimeaquarium.org; open daily, 10-5 (till 6 in July and August; closed Thanksgiving and Christmas); $19.95 adults, $17.95, youth (13-17) & seniors, $12.95 children 3-12 (various combination passes avail. incl. IMAX theater): sharks, seals, river otters, sea turtles, jellies and more than 100 other species; Marine Lab, Ocean Playspace for toddlers, seal feedings at 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 and 3:45 p.m. daily; Shark & Ray Touch Pool in the new Sharks & Rays Gallery; Meerkats, special exhibit; Jiggle A Jelly,  touch-a-jellyfish exhibit, weekends. 2015 International Children’s Art Exhibit, Picture the Moment, presented by Creative Connections, May 14-Sept. 1, 120 selected works.

* IMAX Theater at the Maritime Aquarium, 10 North Water St., Norwalk; daytime films, $9.50/adults, $8.50/srs. and youths (13-17), $7/age 3-12; Hollywood films, $11.50, $10.50, $9.50;  info., 203-852-0700 or maritimeaquarium.org: Island of Lemurs: Madagascar, at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.; Born to Be Wild, noon; Great White Sharks, 2 p.m. Humpback Whales, new IMAX film presented by PacificLife, narrated by Ewan McGregor, 3 p.m.; Flight of the Butterflies, at 11a.m. and 1 and 4 p.m.; May 22-June 30. 40th Anniversary Screening of Jaws, Sun., June 14, 1 p.m., tickets still avail. by res., 203-852-0700 x2206

Audubon Greenwich, 528 Riversville Rd., Greenwich;  program fees: $5/adults, $3/children, srs. (incl. adm. to Center & Grounds); trails open dawn to dusk weekends; Kimberlin Nature Center open daily, 9-5; nature store open Tues.-Sat., 9-5; 203-869-5272 or email greenwichcenter@audubon.org. Spring Bird Walks in April and May: Wed., 7-8:30 a.m. at Fairchild Wildflower Garden parking area, North Porchuck Rd., and Sat., 7-8:45 a.m. at the parking area on Riversville Rd.; Nature Sprouts: A Mommy & Me Program, for ages 18 mon.-4 yrs., Wed., 3:30-4:30 p.m., May 6-June 24, $30/family/wk.;  Trip: Meadows & Marshlands, Rye, N.Y., Sat., May 30, for ages 8 and up, res., 203-930-1353 or email tgilman@audubon.org; Sustainable Food & Farm Expo 2015, 10-5, gen. adm. $15-$25, tasting sessions $10 extra per session, all ages (adv. tickets recommended for tastings), 203-930-1349.

Garden Education Center of Greenwich, 130 Bible St., Cos Cob; gecgreenwich.org or 203-869-9242: Mushrooms — Nature Play with Caregivers — Up to 3 Years Old, various Wednesdays through June 17, 9-10 a.m.; Family Nature Play, third Sundays, all ages, 2-4 p.m.

Stepping Stones Museum, 303 West Ave., Norwalk; open daily 10-5, Memorial Day-Labor Day, and Tues.-Sun., Labor Day through Memorial Day; adm. $15/adults and children (under 1, free), $10/srs.; Early Childhood  Classes for ages 6 mon.-6 yrs. and After School Adventures for grades 3-12, reg. online; other ongoing events; Around the World Creative Kids, programs Sat. at 2; steppingstonesmuseum.org or call 203-899-0606. Get Into It! FREE, Thur., June 4, 5-8 p.m.

Stamford Museum and Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Rd., Stamford; adm. $10/adults, $8/srs. (65+), $6/students (18+ valid ID), $5/children 4-17; 203-322-1646 or www.stamfordmuseum.org: Heckscher Farm, daily, 9-5 (Animal Embassy open Tues.-Sun., 10-2); Bendel Mansion (main building), Mon.-Sat., 9-5, Sun., 11-5.

Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center, 10 Woodside Lane, Westport; open Mon.-Sat., 9-5, Sun., 1-4 (closed major holidays); adm. $7/adults, $5/ages 1-12 & srs.; free adm. to trails and property, daily 7 a.m.-dusk; interactive nature museum, live wildlife; Story and Animal Program, Thur.-Fri., 10-10:30 a.m., age 5 and younger, free w/adm.; Nature Encounters, every Sat. at 2:30, free w/adm.; Animal Feeding, Mon., Wed., Fri. at 11 a.m., Animal Hall, and Tues., Thur., Sat., Birds of Prey at 4 p.m., free w/adm.; 203-227-7253; earthplace.org.

Connecticut Audubon Society, 314 Unquowa Rd., Fairfield; ctaudubon.org or 203-259-0416: Summer Camp Registration, programs in Pomfret, Glastonbury, Milford Point and Fairfield; info. at ctaudubon.org/summercamp; Spring Fling Nature Nursery Classes at CT Audubon Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr St., Mon., March 23-May 18, 10-10:45 a.m., ages 2-3 w/participating adult. After-School Nature Club for grades K-2, Thur., May 28, 3:45-5:15 p.m., $14/session, pre-reg. two days in adv. required; Thursday Morning Bird Walks with Milan Bull, Thur., May 7-June 11, 6:30-7:30 a.m., cancelled if rain, res., 203-259-6305 x109. Connecticut Trails Day Event, Sat., June 6, walks at 10, 11:30 or 1, pre-reg. recommended, also sturdy footwear, cancelled only for heavy rain. Name That Tree, A Family Learning Experience and Challenge, Sat., June 13, 20 or 27, 10-11:30 a.m., $8/person, pre-reg. required.

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport; adm. $14/adults, $11/children 3-11 and seniors, free for children under 3; open daily 9 to 4; Carousel, daily 9-4; Peacock Cafe, daily 9-4; Gift Shop, daily 9:30-4; New World Tropics Building, daily 10:30-3:30; 203-394-6565, www.beardsleyzoo.org.

Wolf Conservation Center, South Salem, N.Y.; pre-reg. online required for all programs, nywolf.org: Evening Howl for “Pups” of All Ages, Sat., May 30, 7 p.m., Sat., June 6, 7 p.m., $16/adults, $13/children under 12; Wolves of North America, Sat., May 30, 11 a.m., Sat., June 6, 11 a.m., Sun., June 7, 2 p.m., Sat., June 13, 11 a.m., $13/adults, $11/children under 12; Sleeping with Wolves, Fri., May 29, 6 p.m., to Sat., May 30, 8:30 a.m., Fri., June 5, 6 p.m., thorugh Sat., June 6, 8:30 a.m., Fri., June 12, 6 p.m., to Sat., June 13, 8:30 a.m., $285/4-person tent, $150/singles, byo tent; Pack Chat for Kids, Sun., May 31, 11 a.m., Sun., June 7, 11 a.m., $13/adults, $11/under 12; Saving a Species — An Inside Look at the WCC’s Endangered Species Program, Sat., May 30, 2 p.m., $13/adults, $11/under 12; Sunset Photo Session, Sun., May 31, 6-sunsent, $100, very limited space.

Norwalk River Watershed Association: Marsh and Woodland Walk at Woodcock Nature Center to celebrate National Trails Day, Sun., June 7, 2 p.m.; leaves from center at 54 Deer Run Rd., Wilton; reg. by email to info@norwalkriver.org or call 877-NRWA-INFO; Hike at Weir Farm to Celebrate National Trails Day, Sat., June 6, 10 to noon, reg. required to 203-834-1896 x28.


The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, open Mon. and Wed.-Sat., 10-5, Sun., 12-5 (also Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, Presidents’ Day and Good Friday); $10/adults and $5/srs.; free adm. for full-time teachers and students in grades K-12, and for active-service military families; free for all on Tuesdays;  Family Drop-In Hours, third weekend of every month in the Education Center, free w/gen. adm.; Homeschool Workshop: Cut, Collage, Create, Fri., May 29, 10-11:30 a.m.; Camp Aldrich, week-long summer art camps, for students in grades entering one through 10, July 13-Aug. 14, $300/week, call for info. or visit website. Group tours avail. by appointment, 203-438-4519 or email grouptours@aldrichart.org. Circumstance Series: shows run through Oct. 25; — Virginia Poundstone: Flower Mutations, Nancy Shaver: Reconciliation, Ruby Sky Stiler: Ghost Versions, Penelope Umbrico: Avoiding the Sun, Elif Uras: Nicaea, B. Wurtz: Four Collections; pre-reception brunch for members with the trustees, curators and artists from noon to 2.

Keeler Tavern Museum, 132 Main St., Ridgefield; 203-438-5485: tour hours, Wed., Sat., and Sun., 1-4, last tour at 3:30 (closed Easter Sunday, Independence Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas; no tours or gift shop during January);  special exhibits in the Cass Gilbert Dining Room; adults/$8, srs., youth under 18, students 2/ID/$5.

Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Halpin Lane; 203-438-8863: classes for kids, teens and adults, call for info. or visit website, rgoa.org.

Weir Farm National Historic Site, 735 Nod Hill Rd., Wilton, 203-834-1896 or www.nps.gov/wefa: grounds open daily dawn to dusk; art programs, Junior Ranger activities, visitor center, museum store, historic house and studios; open Wed.-Sun. 10-4 (May 1-Oct. 31); Weir House Tours, offered Wed.-Sun. at 11 a.m., 1, 2, and 3 p.m. (May 1-Oct. 31), reg. required; group tours and field trips offered, reg. required.

Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Road (Route 7), 203-762-7257: period rooms in the Betts-Sturges-Blackmar House, Betts Store, offering unique American-made items, from fine art to jewelry, books to redware, toys and more;  gift shop; Tues.-Sat., 10-4.

New Canaan Historical Society, 13 Oenoke Ridge; 203-966-1776 or nchistory.org.

Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum, Mathews Park, 295 West Ave., Norwalk; open for tours Wed.-Sun., at noon, 1, 2, and 3; adm. $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for children (under 8 free); info., lockwoodmathewsmansion.com or 203-838-9799; closed till early April.

Westport Arts Center, 51 Riverside Ave.; 203-222-7070 or westportartscenter.org: gallery hours are Mon. to Sat., 10-5, Sun., 12-4; info., 203-222-7070.

The Bruce Museum, One Museum Dr., Greenwich; 203-869-0376 or brucemuseum.org: Docent-led Exhibition Tour, every Friday at 12:30 p.m., no res. required. (Re)Discovering the ‘New World’: Maps and Sea Charts from the Age of Exploration, Feb. 7-June 7, 30 maps and charts from 1511 to 1757. Madagascar: Ghosts of the Past, carnivorous dinosaurs, crcocodiles and more, April 11-Nov. 8, in the science gallery. Florence Henri: Modernist Photographs from the Collection of the Bruce Museum, 26 works donated by Rick Wester and Jennifer Garvin, May 2-June 14; Walls of Color: The Murals of Hans Hofmann, May 2-Sept. 6.

Greenwich Historical Society, Bush-Holley Historic Site, 39 Strickland Rd., Cos Cob; open Fri.-Sun., 12-4 (docent-led tours at 1, 2 and 3);  203-869-6899, ext. 10 or www.hstg.org; adm. to gallery, visitor ctr. & house museum, $10/adults, $8/srs. and students, under 6 free (half-price on opening day); group tours at $7/person avail. on public and non-public days; library and archives open Wed.-Thur., 10-4; adm. offices open Mon.-Fri., 9-5; gallery hours Wed.-Sun., 12-4.

Weston Historical Society, 104 Weston Rd. (Rte. 57); westonhistoricalsociety.org: Landmark Homes of Weston Across Four Centuries, exhibit April 26-July 16; Documentary Film Series and Lecture, Sun., May 31 at 2:30 at the historical society.

Danbury Railway Museum, 120 White St., Danbury; 203-778-8337; danbury.org/drm: adm. $6/adults, $5/srs., students, $4/children (3-12); open Wed.-Sat., 10-4, Sun., 12-4.

Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Rd., behind the old Town Hall; open daily, 10-4; research library open Tues.-Fri., 10-4; adults, $5, students w/ ID, $3, children 5 and under, free; info., www.fairfieldhs.org or 203-259-1598. Creating Community: Exploring 375 Years of Our Past, ongoing exhibit. Fashion and Fantasy: 250 Years of Wedding Dresses, Feb. 19-May 31; Creating Community: Exploring 375 Years of Our Past, ongoing exhibit. IMAGES 2015, May 14-July 19.

Barnum Museum, 820 Main Street, Bridgeport; 203-331-1104 x100 or visit barnum-museum.org: Recovery in Action, Thur.-Fri., 11-3, free adm.,  enter through double doors at rear of historic building.

John Jay Homestead State Historic Site, Rte. 22, Katonah, N.Y.; 914-232-5651 or www.johnjayhomestead.org: guided tours offered Tues.-Sat., 10-4; Sun., 11-4; $7/adults, $5/srs., students, free up to age 12.