May GoList: Best Things To Do with Kids in Connecticut

Mommy Poppins Connecticut Go To List: Best Events Happening in CT

May brings Mother's Day and Memorial Day weekend, which we all know marks the unofficial beginning of summer. Everywhere you turn throughout the month, there are fairs and festivals. Here are 21 of our favorite things to do with kids in Connecticut this May. If you click through to the full listings, you can add them to your calendar. Of course, our Event Calendar always has more fun listed each and every day. Have fun planning!

May the Fourth Be With You, Norwalk
Thursday, May 4 - Sunday, May 7

Celebrate sci-fi, science and space with a weekend of space-themed fun and learning. Come dressed as your favorite character or show off your favorite sci-fi tee shirt.

Family Sleepover at the Maritime Aquarium, Norwalk
Friday, May 5

Bunk down among the sharks, fish, jellies and other creatures as the Maritime Aquarium hosts a fun Family Sleepover.

March Farms Opening Weekend, Bethlehem
Friday, May 5

The Market, Hayloft Playscape and Pond Side Animal Yard will open for the season.

The House at Pooh Corner, Ridgefield
Saturday, May 6

Piglet, Tigger, Christopher Robin, and that lovable bear called Winnie-the-Pooh lift our spirits and warm our hearts in this charming production, faithfully based on the A. A. Milne classic of the same name.
Connecticut Antique Machinery Association 13th Annual Spring Power-Up and Open House!, Kent
Saturday, May 6

If you love mechanical things, the Spring Power-Up is for you. This open house showcases their extensive collection of steam and internal combustion engines and tractors. There will be food and fun for the family.
Ballerina Swan & Carnival of the Animals, Old Saybrook
Saturday, May 6 - Sunday, May 7
Laugh and cry as Sophie the swan follows her dream, leaving the safety of her home on the water to find humorous escapades in the ballet classroom. The ballet concludes with breathtaking variations from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake.
The Pequabuck River Duck Race, Bristol 
Sunday, May 7
Enjoy a community block party complete with children's games, craft fair, vendors and food! A DJ will keep you entertained while you wait for your duck to cross the finish line.

Community Free Day at the Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme
Sunday, May 7

Visitors can tour the art exhibitions and historic Florence Griswold House for free. Balloon art, magic shows, family tours are all part of the day.

Dogwood Festival, Fairfield
Friday, May 12 - Sunday May 14
For over 80 years, members of Greenfield Hill Congregational Church and thousands across Fairfield County have celebrated the beauty of spring with the Dogwood Festival. The Dogwood Festival offers a variety of entertainment for all ages featuring local history and culture. Admission is FREE and proceeds benefit charities near and far.

Heroes Day/Art in the Park, Middlebury
Saturday, May 13

Sidewalk chalk art competition for elementary, middle and high school teams. First responders and military personnel honored throughout the day.

Mother's Day at the Mystic Aquarium, Mystic
Saturday May 13 - Sunday, May 14

Moms receive free admission to Mystic Aquarium with the purchase of a full-price ticket. Treat Mom to a fun-filled day where she can be a kid again!

The Hindley Happening, Darien
Saturday, May 13

The event includes carnival rides, games, cotton candy and snow cones, as well as a silent auction that includes donations from local merchants and individuals that range from fabulous vacations to personal training sessions to sporting event tickets.

H.O.R.S.E Spring Open House, New Preston
Saturday, May 13

Visit with the horses, boutique sale, tack sale, silent auction, and hourly tours.

Robin Hood Springtime Festival, New Haven
Saturday, May 13 - Monday, May 29

Bring the family to this Medieval Festival and learn the steps of courtly dance. Challenge the Black Knight to a duel and take arms in their “Smite the Knight” ring located at the Hitting & Stabbing Emporium. Stroll down the Kids Alley for games designed for younger guests. Win an award and get knighted!

Run Like a Mother 5K, Ridgefield
Sunday, May 14

A 5K women's only race with a 1 mile kid's run. It's a race and celebration of Mother's Day, fun and fitness with a great post race event.

Mother's Day Brunch at Mill River Park, Stamford
Sunday, May 14
Reserve a table for your family in the brand new Carousel Pavilion at Mill River Park. Your Mother's Day Brunch ticket includes an all you can eat hot and cold buffet meal as well as unlimited rides on the Carousel.

Annual Spring on the Farm Stamford Museum and Nature Center, Stamford
Saturday, May 20 - Sunday, May 21

Meet the latest additions to the Heckscher Farm family at Spring on the Farm. Watch as their flock of sheep gets its annual shearing and learn about what happens with their wooly coats. See firsthand how to turn wool into felt or yarn, among a variety of other hands-on demonstrations. There will be activities for all ages including storytelling, face painting, crafts, a plant and herb sale, and more.

Willimantic Riverfest, Windham
Saturday, May 20

RiverFest is a day long celebration of the Willimantic River that includes paddling, biking, and hiking. Food will be available from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Dionysos Greek Festival, New Britain
Friday, May 26 - Sunday, May 28

Homemade pastitsio, moussaka, spanakopita, and so much more. Greek music and greek dancers, don't miss all of the fun!

Revolutionary War Encampment, Wethersfield
Saturday, May 27

Start Memorial Day Weekend off with a 'bang" at the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum. Demonstrations include 18th Century medicine, open fire cooking, camp life, and musket firing.

Decoration Day at Mystic Seaport, Mystic
Monday, May 29

Mystic Seaport will pay tribute to fallen Civil War soldiers during the Museum’s annual Decoration Day ceremony. Activities are planned throughout the day.