At long last spring has sprung! I'm looking forward to the return of warmer temperatures this weekend and plan to be outdoors as much as possible whether enjoying a carnival, exploring a national park, hunting for some spring apples, or even trying our hands at fishing. If your older kids have a theatrical bent, they'll love the campiness of "Little Shop of Horrors" at Curtain Call in Stamford through the end of April (younger kids will likely prefer Chicken Dance in Old Saybrook).
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"Little Shop of Horrors" at Curtain Call—Stamford
Older kids will enjoy this campy musical about a plant that wants to take over the world. The 2:00 pm Sunday matinee is ideal for children. (Note: the actors move throughout the theater during the performance which might frighten younger children). Through April 30th.
Day Out with Thomas at the Essex Steam Train—Essex
This annual event in Essex is a must visit for fans of Thomas, Percy, and the other engines visiting from Sodor. In addition to plenty of steam and diesel fun, the day includes carnival rides, face painting, storytelling, and more. (Tickets are sold out for this weekend, but some remain for the following two weekends, particularly in the afternoon.) Through May 1st.
This annual carnival on the grounds of Hillcrest Middle School has it all: rides, games, and carnival food. The $25 all-you-can-ride wristband is a bargain. Wednesday-Sunday.
Mystic Spirit Week at Mystic Aquarium—Mystic
Celebrate all things Mystic at the Mystic Aquarium. Every day from 10 am to 2 pm, there will be information about Mystic Aquarium’s local conservation programs, nautical knots from Mystic Knotworks, a blown glass art display from Jeffrey P’an Studios, and arts and crafts and musical performances. Penguins Café will also have daily dining specials. Through April 20th.
Saturday, April 16
Junior Ranger Day at Weir Farm—Wilton
Weir Park, Connecticut's only national park, doesn't open for the season until May 1st, but in honor of National Parks Week, you can get a preview of their Junior Ranger and other programs this Saturday. Free.
Avon Library's Comic Convention—Avon
Do you have a child who is a gamer or loves comic books? Then head over to the Avon Public Library for the second Avon ComicCon for a day full of workshops, lectures, and vendor exhibits. Free.
Youth Fishing Derby—Glastonbury
The young anglers in your family can compete in a variety of categories including the biggest, smallest, first and most trout caught in this free, fun fishing derby. (If you need something with a little more instruction, check out the CT DEEP Care Fishing Class at the White Conservation Center, which is also being held on Saturday and is also free--although registration is required.)
Lyman Orchards' Spring Apple Hunt—Middlefield
What happens at an apple orchard in the spring? Reserve a spot in this event at Lyman Orchards and find out! Kiddos can search for apples in a hay maze, get their faces painted, watch a magic show, enjoy a pony ride, and participate in craft activities. Preregistration is required.
GRock Tween Dance Class—Stamford
GRock (short for Girls Rock) is a monthly dance class for tweens that features the music and choreography that kids want to learn--as well as a craft project. Preregistration recommended.
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Sunday, April 17
Chicken Dance—Old Saybrook
Marge and Lola are two barnyard chickens on a mission to win the barnyard talent contest first prize of two tickets to see the great Elvis Poultry in concert. Will they successfully face their challengers and, against all odds, win the contest?
CancerCare Walk/Run for Hope—Greenwich
This fundraiser presents the opportunity to do some good while enjoying the fabulous Greenwich Point Park on what's forecasted to be a beautiful day. There is a 5K and a 1/2 mile kid's fun run.
These 50 minute concerts are designed to inspire children and their parents. The focus of this performance is "Expressing Emotions in Romantic Music" and will include pieces by Mozart, Schoenberg, and Brahms. Free, but reservations are required.
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Photo courtesy of Lyman Orchards.