Family Fun Calendar - May 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.

Photo by Claudia James.

The Illusionists
May 4, 5 and 6 • Hartford

Get ready for a mind-blowing spectacular when you come to the Bushnell in Hartford to see The Illusionists on Friday, May 4 through Sunday, May 6. The jaw dropping talents of five of the most incredible Illusionists on Earth will dazzle audiences of all ages. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.

Performances are at 8 p.m. on Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday; and 1 and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $22.50-$103.50. The Bushnell is located at 166 Capitol Avenue. For more information, call 860-987-5900 or visit

Photo by Sandy Stone.

Tiger Trot Family Fun Walk
Saturday, May 5 • Bridgeport

Be the first to roar through the zoo when you join the Tiger Trot, a family-friendly walk, on Saturday, May 5 at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport. Kids can participate in fun and fundraising by walking or trotting by the animal exhibits. There will also be special activities and all-day admission to the zoo. Enjoy face painting, giveaways, music and even more surprises. All walkers receive an event t-shirt; and prizes will be awarded to the top fundraisers.

Registration begins at 8 a.m.; the 1-mile family walk kicks off at 8:30 a.m. Registration is $22 for adults; $12 for children, ages 3-11; and free for ages 2 and under. Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is located at 1875 Noble Avenue. For more information, call 203-394-6563 or visit

Race in the Park
Saturday, May 12 • New Britain

Be one of the thousands that gather to advance the fight against breast cancer when you join the Race in the Park on Saturday, May 12 at Walnut Hill Park in New Britain. Choose the 5K run, the 1-mile walk or the 4K walk. There’s also Kids’ Challenge Races (either 1-mile or 1/2-mile). This family-friendly event features a Touch-A-Truck, Kids Expo, games, activities and Home Depot’s Build in the Park for kids 12 and under.

Registration begins at 6:30 a.m.; Kids Challenge starts at 8:45 a.m.; followed by the run at 9:15 a.m. Registration is $30 for adults until May 4; and $36 after that date. Kids are $15. One hundred percent of all funds raised goes toward breast cancer research. Walnut Hill Park is located at 184 West Main Street. For more information, call 860-652-8866 or visit   

Family Program: Exploring Artism
Saturday, May 19 • New Haven

The Yale Center for British Art in New Haven presents a special program for families with children, ages 5-12, on the autism spectrum. Kids will look at artwork in the center’s galleries, followed by an activity in a museum classroom. While the needs of individuals with autism are considered in the design of this program, it is also intended to be fun for parents, siblings, caregivers and other relatives, too.

The program takes place from 10:30 a.m.-noon. Admission is free, but pre-registration is required. The Yale Center for British Art is located at 1080 Chapel Street. For more information call 203-432-2858 or visit   

Rowayton Memorial Day Parade
Sunday, May 27 • Rowayton

Stand up and cheer for the Rowayton Memorial Day Parade on Sunday, May 27 beginning at the Rowayton Community Center. Wave as the Roton and Brien McMahon marching bands pass by, in addition to the scouts and Little Leaguers. Volunteer fire fighters and others will make their way from the library to McKinley Street to Rowayton Avenue, ending at the Veterans’ Cannon. Then, be part of the ceremony that honors those who have died in service to the country. After the parade, stroll to the firehouse for hot dogs and soda.

The parade steps off at noon. The Rowayton Community Center is located at 33 Highland Avenue. For more information, visit




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