Family Fun Calendar - August 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.
Orange Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival
August 3-6 •
Looking for a hot time with family fun for everyone? Then come to the Orange Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival on Thursday, August 3 through Sunday, August 6 at the Orange Fairgrounds in Orange. The weekend is filled with great rides, including a kiddieland for the youngsters, fun shows, entertainment, raffles and more. Stay late on Friday and Saturday nights for a spectacular fireworks display!
Carnival hours are from 5-11 p.m. on Thursday; 5 p.m.-midnight on Friday; noon-midnight on Saturday; and noon-5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission and parking are free. Ride bracelets are available for $28. Orange Fairgrounds is located at 525 Orange Center Road. For more information, call 203-891-1052 or visit www.orangevfd.com/carnival.
August 9, 16 and 30 •
Students, ages 7-15, who love building can come to the Danbury Library on Wednesdays, August 9, 16 and 30 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. for Junior Engineers. This weekly program alternates weeks of LEGO® building sessions with weeks of engineering workshops. There will be different activities each week. Come and build together!
Admission is free. The Danbury Library is located at 170 Main Street. For more information, call 203-797-4505 or visit danburylibrary.overdrive.com.
Photo courtesy of Daymark.
Outdoor Concert: Daymark
Thursday, August 17 •
Come to the Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford on Thursday, August 17 for their Outdoor Concert series featuring Daymark. This dynamic trio, playing Celtic fiddle, flute, pipes and guitar, is led by Connecticut fiddler Dan Foster. The trio honors traditional Irish and Scottish instruments and tunes that have journeyed from their original homelands to Northern England, Canada and the U.S. They merge their influences into folk music that is very much up-to-date.
The grounds open at 5 p.m. and the concert takes place from 6-7:30 p.m. Admission is free. Connecticut Historical Society is located at 1 Elizabeth Street. For more information, call 860-236-5621 or visit www.chs.org.
Great American Eclipse
Monday, August 21 •
Celebrate the solar eclipse at Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk on Monday, August 21 from 1-5 p.m. View the eclipse at the museum and join in the festivities. The party will happen regardless of the weather, which will only affect the viewing of the solar eclipse.
The event is free with museum admission, which is $15 for adults and children; $10 for seniors over 62; and free for children under 1, members and active duty military personnel and their families within the same household. Stepping Stones Museum for Children is located at 303 West Avenue. For more information, call 203-899-0606 or visit www.steppingstonesmuseum.org.
Photo by Steve McLaughlin, Hartford Marathon Foundation.
Old Wethersfield 5K and 10K
Sunday, August 27 •
The Old Wethersfield 5K and 10K returns to Cove Park in Wethersfield on Sunday, August 27. The 5K and 10K are USATF certified courses that run along the historic streets of Old Wethersfield. The routes are flat and fast, ending along a non-paved trail in Wethersfield Cove. Children, ages 2-11, can participate in the HMF FitKids event and run either a 1/4-mile, 1/2-mile or 1-mile fun run.
The races start at 8:30 a.m.; and the HMF FitKids runs begin at 10 a.m. The costs are $15-$30 for the 5K; $40-$45 for the 10K; and $10 for the HMF FitKids Run. Cove Park is located at the corner of Garden and State streets. For more information, call 860-652-8866 or visit www.hartfordmarathon.com.