Family Fun Calendar - July 2018

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.

Red, White and Blue Scavenger Hunt
Wednesday, July 4 • Bridgeport

Visit CT’s Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport on Wednesday, July 4 and celebrate Independence Day with the Red, White and Blue Scavenger Hunt. Throughout the afternoon enjoy an educational/ natural history talk, Animal Bytes, at the Bald Eagle exhibit — with lots of Q & A. Then, head off on a scavenger hunt featuring the zoo’s naturally red, white and blue animals. See Snowy Owls, Red pandas, Blue Poison Dart frogs and more.

Visit the zoo from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Events are free with admission, which is $15 for ages 12 and up; $12 for ages 3-11; $11 for seniors, 62 and up; and free for kids under 3 and members. CT’s Beardsley Zoo is located at 1875 Noble Avenue. For more information, call 203-394-6563 or visit

Photo courtesy of Riverfront Recapture.

Riverfront Fireworks
Saturday, July 14 • Hartford

Riverfront Fireworks are back for 2018, and you can see them from either Great River Park in East Hartford or Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in Hartford on Saturday, July 14. Start the night off with a concert at 7 p.m. on either side of the river. Then, prepare to be amazed by the show when one of Connecticut’s largest Independence Day fireworks displays ignites at 9 p.m.

Admission is free. Great River Park is located at 301 East River Drive. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza is at 300 Columbus Boulevard. For more information, call 860-713-3131 or visit

The Bauer Park Family Sailing Regatta
Sunday, July 15 • Madison

Drift on over to Bauer Park in Madison on Sunday, July 15 from 10 a.m.-noon and you can build and sail your own boat! Collect natural materials from the Woodland Trail, and using only these items from nature and your imagination, you will construct miniature boats to sail and race on the Bauer Pond in the annual Bauer Yacht Regatta. This is best for families with children, ages 5 and up. Kids must be accompanied by an adult.

Admission is $5. Bauer Park is located at 257 Copse Road. For more information, call 203-245-5623 or visit

Photo courtesy of JB Sports.

Citizens Bank 5K Summer Fun Run
Wednesday, July 18 • Middletown

Sprint to Middletown on Wednesday, July 18 and get ready for a unique, family-oriented festival and road race! The 5K runs through the downtown streets looping around Wesleyan University. Kids can join the fun with a half-mile run on Main Street. Come early for the festival, which features street performers, ARTFARM’s Circus for a Fragile Planet, a moonwalk and a giant slide. And, there’s a post-race party with entertainment!

Registration begins at 4:30 p.m., followed by the Kids’ Fun Run at 6:30 p.m. and the 5K at 6:45 p.m. The cost is $28 for the 5K; $18 for students; $8 for the Fun Run; and kids from Middletown can run in the kids’ race for free. The runs begin at Citizens Bank, 225 Main Street. For more information, call 203-481-5933 or visit

Reel Science: Honey I Shrunk the Kids
Friday, July 20 • Westport

The Westport Library is teaming up with Earthplace to give you a new way to look at science when you come to Reel Science on Friday, July 20 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Earthplace in Westport. Enjoy the program that pairs a screening of the popular movie, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, with a science-focused introduction exploring the ecology of backyards. Professionals from the worlds of science and technology will answer the questions: What kind of life is in your backyard? Why is that life important? And what can you do to ensure that the living things in your backyard are well cared for?

Admission is free. Earthplace is located at 10 Woodside Lane. For more information, call 203-291-4800 or visit



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