I have to confess that my household is struggling a bit in the first week back to reality: We've forgotten our school and routines and are trying to find our groove. I'm looking forward to a weekend of downtime and plenty of fun, perhaps with a little ice skating or eagle watching or maybe event a little yoga (serenity now!).
It is a wonderful weekend to explore the Stamford Museum and Nature Center. LEGO and super hero fans alike will be thrilled to see the Billion Bricks: LEGO Super Heroes in Gotham exhibit, as well as special planetarium show on Sunday and, weather permitting, a visit to the animals on Heckscher Farm. If your interests are more inclined to marine life, check out the Celebrate Whales exhibit at the Maritime Aquarium where you can walk through a 43-foot long inflatable humpback whale.
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Disney On Ice Presents Dream Big—Bridgeport
Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport will be filled with your favorite Disney characters from over the years, from Tinker Bell to Ariel, Rapunzel to Tiana and more. Thursday-Sunday.
You can ice skate for free at the Winterfest rink near the pump house on the park's east side. Even skate rentals are free! On Saturday from 10am-11am free lessons will be available (arrive early if you're planning to rent skates). Daily through January 22nd. Free.
When you stand next to a 43-foot inflatable humpback whale you will get a real sense of the creatures’ size, especially since some humpbacks can grow even bigger. Have your phone ready for a whale of a selfie, and you can even go inside the whale to see its internal organs, including its lungs, heart and stomach. Daily through January 16th. Included with Aquarium admission.
Bald Eagle Viewing—Southbury
The Shepaug Hydroelectric Dam is a fantastic vantage point from which to view the the largest concentration of wintering eagles in Connecticut as they perch, fish, and fly at this site on the Housatonic River. A limited number of scopes are available on site, but visitors are encouraged to bring binoculars. Free, but reservations are required.
A Billion Bricks: LEGO Super Heroes in Gotham—Stamford
If your kids are as excited about the upcoming LEGO Batman movie as mine are, they will love this exhibit that recreates a fantasy Gotham City featuring some of the most iconic buildings in New York City. LEGO trains, trams, and subways will travel over, under, and around a totally new LEGO landscape where superheroes will save the day. In addition, there are interactive family workshops on Saturday and Sunday (note: both require preregistration and additional fees), as well as a drop-in planetarium program on Sunday. Daily through February 5th.
Saturday January 7
Family Game Day—Mystic
Every Saturday in January you can find giant, family friendly games alongside the regular exhibits at the Mystic Aquarium. It's a great way for the whole family to engage mind and body on a chilly winter day. Included with Aquarium Admission.
Family Nature Adventure: Breakfast with the Animals—New Canaan
What do animals eat for breakfast? Find out at the New Canaan Nature Center, where over 40 ambassador animals must be fed every day. With a little help from the naturalists, kids will have a chance to help feed the animals. Preregistraion required.
Yoga with Your American Girl Doll—Ridgefield
Kids can grab their favorite dolls and head to Firefly Family Yoga to develop their yoga practice together. Preregistration required.
Candle Dipping Worksop—Wilton
The Wilton Historical Society will take children back to Colonial times when candles served as the only source of light in the evening and most families created “dipped” candles from beeswax, tallow, or wax made from bayberries. Preregistration required.
Learn and Play History—Windsor
Explore the Windsor Historical Society where there will be scavenger hunts, crafting stations, and more to entertain even the youngest visitors. Free.
All Saturday Events
Sunday January 8
12th Night Celebration—Derby
Take a trip back in time where costumed docents will lead you through a 17th century house by costumed docents. Try mulled cider and punch alongside the buffet which would have been served in the house during the American Revolution.
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood--Live!—Hartford
The beloved PBS Kids television show will come to life on stage at the Bushnell for an interactive musical adventure in the Land of Make Believe.
Winter Stars Planetarium Show—Stamford
Head to the planetarium at th Stamford Museum & Nature Center to take a virtual tour of the constellations and planets in our galaxy and learn how to recognize common winter constellations. Included with museum admission.
"Out with the Old" Take it Apart Workshop—Westport
Join Westport Library Maker in Residence Mike Altis to explore the insides of machines, learn about tools, and possibly create your own machine! (Bring in some of your old or broken electronics to take them apart and explore them together). Free.
All Sunday Events
Enjoy the weekend!
Photo: Courtesy of the Maritime Aquarium.