Free and Fun Things to Do With Kids in CT This Weekend: Hayrides, Fairs and Teddy Bears 9/29-30

Things to Do in Connecticut With Kids This Weekend: September 28-30

In my house we don't just carve a pumpkin in October.  We head to the pumpkin patch and fill an entire wagon with those orange gourds.  Our favorite farms are those where you can cut them right off the vine. We choose all shapes and sizes and sometimes like to speculate about what the pumpkins remind us of.  My favorite find last year was a pair of small pumpkins, one perfectly orange and round and the other a taller oval shape that I couldn't help but imagine would make the perfect "Bert and Ernie" Sesame Street themed pumpkins.  When we get home from our collecting trip we break out the yarn, pipe cleaners, paint, google eyes and of course our imaginations and turn that pile of pumpkins into creatures.  Past pumpkins have been transformed into a witch, mummy, spider, ghost - the possibilities are endless.

We've compiled lists of area farms where you can choose the perfect pumpkins for your porch and many of them offer additional activities like corn mazes, hayrides and my family's favorite - apple cider donuts.  Get the scoop here on area pumpkin patches in Western CT and Fairfield County. It looks as though it may be a cloudy weekend, but in the Northwest Corner of CT the fall foliage is definitely starting its glorious display. Kent, CT has been named the #1 Fall Foliage town in all of New England by Yankee magazine for two years in a row. Great place for a daytrip this time of year.

Connecticut has so many great museums to visit and this weekend you can visit one for FREE!  Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live! is offering 2 free tickets per household to 20 CT museums this Saturday.  To receive the free ticket vouchers you must visit the website and they will be emailed to you to print off.  Check their website for a list of participating museums.

Among the highlights of this weekend's festivals is the Connecticut Renaissance Festival in Hebron.  From the moment you walk through the front gates, myth and merriment come alive as the legend of King Arthur unfolds before your eyes.  Win 4 Tickets to attend the CT Renaissance Faire. Giveaway ends this Saturday. Also taking place this weekend are the Connecticut Antique Machinery Association's (CAMA) Fall Festival in Kent and Southington's Apple Harvest Festival.  Read about our daytrip to CAMA and the Sloane Stanley museum here. For more fall fairs to visit, read our post on Fall Festivals and Fairs in Hartford County. You can see the Tanglewood Marionette's perform at 1pm on Saturday at the 11th Annual Litchfield Craft Faire.

Join in on a free city-wide celebration on Saturday at Envisionfest in Hartford.  There will be hundreds of entertainment options in Bushnell Park and along the new GreenWalk.  At 1pm you can be part of an attempt to break the world record for the largest zumba class, previously set by 3,105 participants in Australia.

The Halloween Hayride Spooktacular at The Stew Leonards Norwalk Store makes its maiden voyage this Saturday.  For only $1 per person your family can take a 15 minute ride through more than 20 vignettes that include popular t.v. and movie characters.  The FREE Halloween Hayride at Stew's Danbury location is up and running as well.

The Connecticut Science Center opens a new fall exhibit "Strange Matter"  this weekend.  Here you can explore the amazing and sometimes bizarre world of modern materials. The CT Science Center is offering Pay-As-You-Wish admission on Saturday!

Kids can bring their Teddy in for a check up and become familiar with medical professionals and procedures in a fun and relaxed way at Greenwich Hospital's Free Teddy Bear Clinic on Sunday.  Depending on the diagnosis, bears and other fuzzy friends may receive x-rays, ultrasounds, surgery,  splints or stitches. 

Introduce kids to what school was like long ago with a visit to events at the Little Red School House in Newtown or the Barkhamstead Historical Society's One Room School House on Sunday.  At each event kids can play old fashioned games and participate in learning activities.

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Enjoy this beautiful Autumn weekend with your family.