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Fireworks Schedule – Splurge!

Because one night of fireworks is never enough here is a schedule for towns in our area. I am in the den listening to a local show’s booming celebration as I write this…I think it is Danbury, which is almost a half hour away!  Some of the shows listed below require tickets that must be purchased in advance.

Don’t forget the bug spray.

Bring a picnic. Enjoy!


Sunday July 1st

Darien, Darien High School

Tuesday July 3rd

Norwalk, Shady Beach
Canfield Rd
East Norwalk, Calf Pasture Beach
$20 per car, Raindate July 5th

Westport, Compo Beach
Compo Beach Rd
$30 per car. Advanced tickets required for parking. Can be purchased at Police Station & Parks and Rec Office.
Raindate July 5th

Wednesday July 4th

Fairfield, Jennings or Penfield Beach
Raindate July 5th

New Canaan, Waveny Park
South Avenue
Passes are available for purchase in advance at the Rec Office at Waveny House. $30 per car for residents and $60 per car for non residents. OUCH!

Rowayton, Bayley Beach
11 Rocky Point Road, Norwalk
$20 for those without beach sticker
Raindate July 5th

Ridgefield, Ridgefield High School
700 North Salem Road
$15 per car, tickets on sale at Town Hall & Ancona’s Market
Raindate July 7th

Weston, Weston Middle School
135 School Road
Gates open at 4:30pm for Music, Magician and BBQ before the fireworks. $5 admission fee per person. No charge for ages 4 and younger.

Wilton, Wilton High School Athletic Complex
Route 7
$20 per car, tickets can be purchased on site

Saturday July 7th

Old Greenwich, Binney Park
Sound Beach Ave
Raindate July 8th
No Charge, if you can find parking! We have relatives in the area so we sneak in.






Events for the weekend of June 21st 2012

Here are some events that I hope inspire you to get out and enjoy the summer!


Red Tricycle has a great article with 50 things to do with kids in New York City this summer. Check it out.

Thur – Fri, 10am-4pm & Sat – Sun, 1-4pm
Take Part in Art Free!
Weir Farm National Historical Site
735 Nod Hill Rd, Wilton

Good Food & Farm Animals:
Saturday 10:30am-4pm
Ambler Farm
Saturday Farm Stand

More Animals:
Thursdays: If it’s a scorcher (over 90 degrees Fahrenheit), receive one free child admission with one paying adult.
June 23: Animal Enrichment Day, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
June 23 – 30: Family Favorite Chris Rowlands LIVE, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm daily
Beardsley Zoo
Bridgeport, CT

Outdoor Theater(bring bugspray):
The Wizard of Oz
June 16 – July 7  Thu/Fri/Sat  8pm &  Sun 3pm
Waveny Park Theater Festival
New Canaan, CT


June 24
Six60, PJ Pacifico
Bayley Beach, 11 Pine Point Rd, Rowayton CT

June 21, 7pm
Bill Evan’s Soulgrass
June 26, 7pm
CHIRP, Ballard Park in Ridgefield

June 25
Gary Clark Jr, 8pm $55
Ridgefield Playhouse

Outdoor Theater(bring bugspray):
My Fair Lady
June 16 – July 7  Thu/Fri/Sat  8pm &  Sun 3pm
Waveny Park Theater Festival
New Canaan, CT

Romeo & Juliet
Shakespeare on the Sound
Greenwich: June 26-July 8
Rowayton: July 18-29
shows are free and start at 7:30pm.

Welcome Summer 2012!

I’m back again! I’m like a neighborhood squirrel who you thought you got rid of, but I’m back to steal your birds seed again…or just to provide you with some tidbits of information on some happenings in the area.

This time around I’ll separate each posting into family events and date night events, since my husband and I are going to try to spend more one on one time together this summer.

As always if you want to share an event, be a guest blogger or have any comments at all, good or bad, please feel free to comment here or send me an email.


President’s Day Break

Not going away next week? No problem! There’s plenty to do around Fairfield County and NYC and besides, the weather’s been great. You could practically wear flip flops, well almost.

Let’s Dress Up in New Canaan is offering morning sessions but some are sold out so call soon! 10am-1pm $40 per day

Woodcock Nature Center is also offering morning camp for kids ages 4-8. 9am-noon. $35 for members, $38 non-members

Ridgefield Rec Center also has a camp with arts and crafts and gymnasium time on Tues the 21st only. 9am – noon $30 members, $40 non-members

Free with Admission:
Earthplace in Westport is offering fun programs free with admission. See website for dates and times.

Mommypoppins has some great destination ideas.

Have a great week!

Weekend Events Dec 2-4

GINGERBREAD House Tours Check out this blog for a schedule of Gingerbread events from Stamford to Kent!

There are also many opportunities to visit with Santa this weekend…

Holiday Stroll offers carriage rides, ice sculpting and other free events on Fri Dec 2, 6-10pm and Sat Dec 3, 12-7pm

On Fri Dec 2 Santa will arrive by firetruck at 5:30pm to kick of Wilton’s Holiday Stroll, another free event.

Christmas Tree Festival
$10 Adult $5 Child
Fri Dec 2. 1-4pm       Sat Dec 3, 10am-5pm        Sun Dec 4, 10am-4pm

Danbury Railway Museum’s Santa Trains
$9 per person (age 2 and up)
Sun Dec 4, every half hour from 12:30-3:30pm (future dates also available)

The Avon in Stamford
Sat Dec 3, 12pm
Polar Express
They are also showing the new Muppet Movie (not free)

Holiday Shopping
School of Art Holiday Sale – Silvermine Arts Center
Sat Dec 3, 10am -4pm

Holiday 2011 Gift Guide for KIDS

Here it is folks…the “all local” gift giving guide for the kids in your life. Go ahead, spoil ’em! I will continue to update and add to the list so check back.

Featured Merchant
Age of Reason (at Stepping Stones and in downtown Westport.) Dina suggests the following toys this year: Tegu Blocks, DoodleMark (created by a Wiltonian!), Magna-Tiles and Working Trucks, Tenzi (created by two Stamford guys), MasterKitz, LoopDeDoo . Check them out online but please buy them from Dina at Age of Reason or your local independent toy dealer. There are tons of other wonderful toys to be had at the shop and lots of great help and advice.

Age of Reason at Stepping Stones and in downtown Westport
Giant Steps in Fairfield
The Toy Chest in Wilton, Ridgefield and New Canaan
Wooden toys made in Kensington CT by Larry Brautigam
Custom Jigsaw puzzles made in East Haddam CT

Sports Gear
Outdoor Sports in Wilton
New Canaan Ski & Sport in New Canaan and Ridgefield

Chocolates & Other Sweet Treats
Deborah Ann’s Sweet Shoppe in Ridgefield
Scoops in Wilton
Galaxy Cookies in South Norwalk
Sweet Rexies in Fairfield (they have holiday Chocolate Covered Oreos)

An event at Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk,
Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport
Woodbury Ski Area for skiing and snow tubing
Paint Pottery or Bead at Art & Soul in New Canaan or Art on Fire in Wilton
Create at Make and Mingle in Fairfield or JAM in Norwalk
A day at the Theater in Stamford, Bridgeport or Ridgefield

Experiences for tweens and teens
GoKarting at Stratford Speedway
LaserTag, MiniGolf, Batting Cages and more at Sports Center of CT in Shelton

Libraries in Wilton, Ridgefield, Weston or your local library
Firehouses in Wilton, Ridgefield, Weston or your local firehouse
build On in Stamford
Wildlife in Crisis of Weston

Thanksgiving Weekend Events

Since this is a holiday weekend I listed some events that are a bit farther away. Explore, have fun and let me know about your experiences!

Being Elmo at Avon Theater Film Center
Fri Nov 25 – Sun Nov 27, at noon each day
Adults $10, Kids $8

Cirque D’Or at Stamford Center for the Arts
Sat Nov 26, 2pm
Tickets $10-$40

Planetarium Show at The Discovery Center
Fri Nov 25 – Sun Nov 27, times vary
free with admission (kids 3 and up $8, adults $9.50)

Washington CT
Storytelling at Institute for American Indian Studies and Research
Sun Nov 27, 1:30pm
Adults $10, Children $6

Science Santa at The CT Science Center
Fri Nov 25 – Sun Nov 27, 11am – 3pm
Cost not stated on website  (boo!) Admission $14 for kids 4 and up, Adults $17

West Hartford
Fennec Fox Pups at The Children’s Museum of CT
Sat Nov 26 9am – 4pm & Sun Nov 27 11am – 4pm
Ages 2 and up $11

Thomaston, CT
Northern Lights Limited Train Ride with the Naugatuck Railroad
Sat Nov 26 – Dec 23 (weekends), 5pm & 7pm
Tickets $25 for ages 3 and up

New York City
Holiday Windows 2011 Macy’s, Saks, Bloomingdales and more
Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Children’s Museum of Manhattan
Staten Island Children’s Museum