A selection of events planned for youngsters and their families — see other calendar listings for more comprehensive coverage of area performances and activities.
SPECIAL EVENTS
Easter Bunny Trains at the Danbury Railway Museum, Fri.-Sat., April 3-4, trains leave every 30 min. from 12:30 to 3:30; adm. $10 (age 2 and over); res. suggested, danburyrail.org; 120 White St., Danbury; info., danburyrail.org or call 203-778-8337.
Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza Sat., April 4, 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m., for ages 8 and under, includes egg hunt, spring crafts, and food; $15/child for non-members; $5/adult; rain or shine; pre-reg. and pre-pay by April 2; Connecticut Audubon Society’s Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street; 203-259-6305 x109.
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 April 12, May 30, June 20.
NATURE
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. Evening Peeper Prowl, Fri., April 10, 7-8:30 p.m., $8, pre-reg. by April 8; Badge Bonanza for Boy and Girl Scouts, Sat., April 25, 9-noon, CT Audubon Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr St., pre-reg. required, fee of $10 per badge, 203-259-6305 x109 or email jguenther@ctaudubon.org.
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.  Summer Camp registration begins by end of January for weekly sessions, June 8-Aug. 7. Vernal Pool Study, Sat., April 4, 6:15 till after dark, for age 14 to adult, donations welcome, pre-reg. by noon day before.
* 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.  Seal Pups series for children 3-4 w/parent or guardian, Wed., April 1-29, 2-2:45 p.m. or Thur., April 2-30, 9:30-10:15 a.m., $150 (each add’l child w/same caregiver, $100, to max. 4). Spring Vacation Adventures, programs for ages 6-8 and 9-12, April 13-17, 9:30 to 4 (pre- and post-care avail.); sign up by day ($100) or for the week ($450).
* IMAX Theater at the Maritime Aquarium, 10 North Water St., Norwalk; daytime films, $9.50/adults, $8.50/srs., $7/2-12; 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; Journey to the South Pacific, at 1 and 3 p.m.; Great White Sharks, 2 p.m.
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.  Birding 101 Workshop: Bird Watching Basics, sat., April 4, 9:30-noon, adults and interested youth, $12/adults, res. requested; Springtime Sunset and Moonlight Walk, Sat., April 4, 7:45-9:15 p.m., ages 7 and up, reg. limited, res. requested.
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.  Pollinators — Second Sundays: Lettuce Challenge Showcase, Sun., April 12, 2-4 p.m. for ages 12-17 yrs.
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., April 2, 5-8 p.m.; Egg-straordinary Egg-stravaganza, Sat., April 4, 10:30-12:30; Around the World: Performance Series, Boogie Chillun Sings Motown Music, Sat., April 11, 2 p.m.; Accessability Day, Sat., April 11, 9-11 a.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. Observatory Visitors’ Night, Fri. at 8:30 for ages 5 and older, adults $3, children (5-17) $2. Take-a-Hike Week, Tues., March 31-Thur., April 2.
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’s Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport; adm. $14/adults, $10/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.
Planetarium Show/Telescope Viewing, Sat., April 11 and 25, show at 7, viewing at 8; Sat., May 9, show at 7:30, viewing at 8:30; Westside Observatory and Planetarium on the Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Ext., Danbury; info., wcsu.edu/starwatch or 203-837-8672.
Wolf Conservation Center, South Salem, N.Y.; pre-reg. online required for all programs, nywolf.org: Pack Chat for Kids! (4-8), Sun., April 12, 11 a.m., $13/adults, $11/children under 12; Evening Howl for “Pups” of All Ages, Sat., Fri., April 10, 6:30 p.m., Sat., April 11, 6 p.m., for families, $16/adults, $13/children under 12;  Evening Howl for Adults Only, Fri., April 3, 6:30 p.m., for ages 21+, $20; Egg Hunt with Wolves, Sat., April 4, 11 a.m., $13/adults, $11/children under 12; Full Moon Wolf Walk, Sat., April 4, 7:30 p.m., $20/person. Wolves of North America, Sat., April 11, 11 a.m., $13/adults, $11/children under 12. Sunset Photo Session, Sun., April 12, 5 p.m.-sunset, $100/person.
MUSEUMS, Etc.
The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, open Tues.-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.;  Group tours avail. by appointment, 203-438-4519 or email grouptours@aldrichart.org.
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; Burlingham House Visitor Ctr., Wed.-Sun., 9-5; call for info. on tours. Admin. offices open Mon.-Fri., 9-5; info., incl. current program and tour sched., call or visit Web site.
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: Spring Break Workshops: Colonial Gardens and Herb Lore, Tues., April 7, Colonial Good Ways, Pickling and Preserving, Wed., April 8, Candle-Making, Thur., April 9, School House Rock, Fri., April 10; sessions from 9 to noon, for ages 8-11, $30/workshop, res. required two days in advance.
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.
Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place; westporthistory.org or 203-222-1424: Party Like It’s 1799, spring break history programs, Tues.-Thur., April 14-16, 10-2, ages 5-11, reg. required, $175.
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.
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.
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. Mobilizing the Home Front: Posters from World War II, Jan. 16-May 10. Creating Community: Exploring 375 Years of Our Past, ongoing exhibit.
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.
Katonah Museum of Art, Rte. 22 at Jay St., Katonah, N.Y.,  open Tues.-Sat., 10-5, Sun. 12-5; adm. free 10 a.m. to noon Tues.-Fri.; adm. $10; srs. (60+) and students, $5 (under 12/free), 914-232-9555: Target Picture Story Saturdays, Sat. at 10:30, with guest readers, free; See-and-Do Art Activities, ages 3 and up (accomp. by an adult), Sat. at 1, Sun. at 1:30, free.  Drop-in Art Program for Kids, Tues., March 31, to Fri., April 3, 10 to 3, for children age 3 and up (under 6 with an adult), age 7 and older, adult must be in the museum; $8/child, regular adm. for adults.
Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, 149 Girdle Ridge Rd., Katonah, N.Y.; 91-232-1252 or caramoor.org:  Rosen House Tours, 50-min. tours by appointment throughout the year, for adults and children 12+, $10/adults, free/children.
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.