Family Fun Calendar - June 2017

Each month Connecticut Parent Magazine runs an extensive Family Fun Calendar, featuring events throughout Connecticut. All encompassing and comprehensive, it is a section our readers consistently look to and rely on to plan their family activities for the month. Below is just a small sampling of what is currently being showcased. These events mirror our Editor's Picks, and the events that lead off the current edition of the Family Fun Calendar.

International Festival of Arts and Ideas
June 3-24 • New Haven

LEO The Anti-Gravity Show photo by Heiko Kalmbach.

The International Festival of Arts and Ideas returns to New Haven on June 3-24. The celebration features headline events, idea lectures, free walking, bike, exhibition and food tours, in addition to family programs, concerts and more.

Free events on the green include: The Rejuvenary River Circus on Tuesday, June 20 at 2:30 p.m.; Soro Bindi on Wednesday, June 21 at 2:30 p.m.; Open Ring Circus on Thursday, June 22 at 6:30 p.m.; and Ginga Brasileira on Friday, June 23 at 2:30 p.m. Also, Box City on June 17 and 18.

Other venues and costs vary per event. See the website for a complete schedule and tickets. For more information, visit

Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat
June 3-11 • West Hartford

Become transported into the world you’ve always imagined when you come to Playhouse on Park in West Hartford to see Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat from Saturday, June 3 through Sunday, June 11. From the moment his tall red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that the Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met.

Performances are at 1 and 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays; and 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday. A Sensory Friendly show is at 10 a.m. on June 3. Tickets are $16-$18. Playhouse on Park is located at 244 Park Road. For more information, call 860-523-5900, ext. 10 or visit

Connecticut Food Bank 5K Miles for Meals
Sunday, June 4 • Norwalk

Photo supplied by Connecticut Food Bank

Enjoy the 2nd annual 5K Miles for Meals, that benefits the Connecticut Food Bank, on Sunday, June 4 at Veteran’s Park in Norwalk. This flat 5K course travels through the park and the scenic Norwalk waterfront. Celebrate after the race with a party that includes music, food, refreshments, awards and more.

Registration begins at 7 a.m.; and the 5K starts at 8:30 a.m. The party begins at 9 a.m. The cost is $32. Veteran’s Park is located at 42 Seaview Avenue. For more information, call 203-481-5933 or visit

CT Open House Day
Saturday, June 10 • Statewide

Everyone can discover and rediscover the state’s exciting arts, history and tourism offerings during the 13th Annual Open House Day on Saturday, June 10. Various museums and historical sites will be open offering discounted or free admission, special exhibits and activities. Showcasing Connecticut’s diverse cultural world, enjoy relaxing, active or nature-oriented programs, and even discover a favorite new attraction.

Connecticut Open House Day specials and hours of operation vary by property. The annual event is coordinated by the Connecticut Office of Tourism. For more information and a list of venues, call 888-CTVISIT or visit

Yankee Doodle Fair
June 15-18 • Westport

Westport Woman’s Club presents their annual fun-for-the-whole family Yankee Doodle Fair on Thursday, June 15 through Sunday, June 18 on the grounds of the Westport Woman’s Club in Westport. The day includes amusement rides, sand art, face painting, international food, psychic readings, bake sale, touch-a-boat, take-a-chance drawing, performances, thrift shop and more. Proceeds benefit local charities and scholarships.

Visit the fair from 6-10 p.m. on Thursday and Friday; from 1-10 p.m. on Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free; a pay-one-price unlimited ride wristband is available. Westport Woman’s Club is located at 44 Imperial Avenue. For more information, call 203-227-4240 or visit



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