I'm writing this while I wait to hear whether my kids' school will preemptively call a snow day ahead of the 6+ inches of snow currently forecast to fall tomorrow, so I will confess that I'm not entirely in a springtime frame of mind. Yet. But as I flip through the camera roll of last springtime adventures for inspiration, I'm recalling some uniquely Connecticut spring fun from bucolic ice cream stands to melodious evening hikes to marine life cruises. Below you'll find a list of some wonderful things to do in Fairfield County this spring – and whether you’re wearing mittens or flip flops, we bet you'll have a blast!
1. Signs of Spring Family Playdate
Celebrate the arrival of spring at Greenwich Audubon with a puppet show, games, music, a scavenger hunt, and more!
2. "Annie" at Curtain Call
The sun will come out at this beloved family musical at this very family friendly venue on the grounds of the Sterling Farms complex (but get your tickets soon--the matinee performances are nearly sold out!).
3. Opening Day at Ferris Acres Creamery
It doesn't get anymore bucolic than this: enjoy your homemade ice cream in the middle of a picturesque farm.
4. Aquarium Cruises
The Seal Spotting cruise season concludes in early April, and then the Aquarium will offer its educational Marine Life Study cruises to the general public on most Saturdays and Sundays beginning in May. Participants must be at least 42” tall. On board, children and adults will learn about the species and ecology of the sound.
5. Silverman’s Farm
Spring is baby season at the farm! Visit Silverman's animals, including goats, emus, and buffalo. When you’re done visiting with the animals, pop into the farm market for one of their delicious pies.
6. Earth Day at Grace Farms
Celebrate biodiversity and living in harmony with nature at this family-friendly event that includes hikes, animal adventures, and arts and crafts. Free.
7. Annual Dogwood Festival
Greenfield Congregational Church is the place to be to celebrate the lovely dogwood, with arts and crafts, delicious food, children's games, and even a family running event, the Dogwood Dash. Free admission.
8. St. Mark’s May Fair
St. Mark’s Church in New Canaan hosts its annual May Fair on the second weekend of May. Fairgoers will enjoy food, rides, and games during "Friday Night Lights" and all day Saturday.
9. Party for the Planet
Spring is a great time to visit the zoo – and what better day than Earth Day, where there will be a variety of earth and family-friendly activities, including the opportunity to learn about the various Citizen Scientist programs that families can participate in at the zoo and beyond.
10. Take-a-Hike Week
Get outside all week with a series of self-guided adventures and activities at Stamford Museum and Nature Center. Each day will spotlight a different theme!
11. Annual Volunteer Firemen's Association Carnival
Support first responders while having a blast at this two-week carnival event that includes rides from Tufano Amusements and tasty midway treats.
12. Pancake Breakfast and Sheep Shearing
Celebrate spring with a special breakfast with some of Ambler Farm's own maple syrup and then visit with the farm animals as they prepare for the warmer summer weather. Advance registration required.
13. The Annual Frog Frolic
This country fair is a fundraiser for the Mark Twain Library that takes its inspiration from Twain's short story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. Spend the day enjoying food, family, friends and, of course, fun and games. Parking and admission are free.
14. Spring Peepers Night Hike
Explore the magic of spring at the New Canaan Nature Center as you visit vernal pools and ponds to listen for the peeps & croaks of frogs and other amphibians that let us know spring is in full swing.
15. Touch a Truck
Your kids will enjoy bouncy castles, live music, miniature golf, and exploring all manner of trucks at this annual event sponsored by the Junior League of Greenwich.
Photo courtesy of Connecticut Lifestyles