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.
Photo by Ashon Avent.
2019 Walk to End Lupus Now Sunday, June 2 • East Hartford
The 2019 Walk to End Lupus Now returns to Rentschler Field in East Hartford on Sunday, June 2. Experience firsthand the power of the movement to end this disease. Everyone can participate in this leisurely 3-mile walk. The day also includes face painting, DJ music and entertainment, light snacks and refreshments.
Check-in is at 2 p.m., followed by a Zumba warmup at 2:30 p.m. and the opening ceremony at 2:45 p.m. The walk begins at 3 p.m. Registration is free, but fundraising is encouraged. Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field is located at 615 Silver Lane. For more information, visit support.lupus.org.
CT Open House Day Saturday, June 8 •
Everyone can discover and rediscover the state’s exciting arts, history and tourism offerings during the 15th Annual Open House Day on Saturday, June 8. 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 www.ctvisit.com.
Drumming About You with Bob Bloom.
International Festival of
and Ideas June 8-22 •
The International Festival of Arts and Ideas returns to New Haven on June 8-22. 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 at 1:15 p.m. include:
Box City on June 8 and 9.
Ken Waldman & The Secret Visitors (June 11)
Bob Bloom: Drumming About You (June 12)
Liz McNicholl: Drum and Song Jamboree (June 14)
Tiare Kahana: South Pacific Island Rhythms, Storytelling and Mythology (June 18)
Eshu Bumpus: African and African-American Tales (June 19).
Other venues and costs vary per event. See the website for a complete schedule and tickets. For more information, visit www.artidea.org.
Stamford KIC IT Races Sunday, June 23 •
For a day packed with family fun, come to the Stamford KIC IT Races on Sunday, June 23 at Cummings Park.
Adults start the morning off with either the Olympic or Sprint Triathlon.
In the afternoon, kids, ages 7-15, will get ready for the Kids Tri.
At 12:30 p.m., ages 7-10 will swim 50 meters, bike 2.4 miles and run .5 miles; ages 11-15 will swim 150 meters, bike 4.8 miles, and run 1 mile.
Enjoy post-race fun with music, entertainment, food and more. The Olympic and Sprint Tris begin at 7 a.m. The cost for the Olympic Tri is $145-$165; Sprint Tri is $75-$85; and the kids tri is $40. Proceeds benefit Kids in Crisis. Cummings Park is located on Shippan Avenue. For more information, call 860-652-8866 or visit www.kicitraces.org.
Grand Opening of the Transformed Westport Library Sunday, June 23 •
Gather on the new front steps of the Westport Library’s Jesup Green entrance for the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the transformed Westport Library on Sunday, June 23 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Then, march up the steps into the library with the Hartford Hot Several Brass Band.
Entertainment includes sword swallower, strongman and sideshow showman Adam RealMan and the Coney Island Circus Sideshow. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, participate in building an enormous newspaper cocoon, make your own butterfly and much more.
Admission is free. The Westport Library is located at 20 Jesup Road. For more information, call 203-291-4800 or visit westportlibrary.org.