Family Fun Calendar - March 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.
Sea Turtle Nursery
Photo courtesy of The Maritime Aquarium.
Visit the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk to see the new permanent exhibit Sea Turtle Nursery. You will be able to follow a rescued baby loggerhead sea turtle through its first year of life as the aquarium raises it for release into the Atlantic Ocean this fall. The guest sea turtle is part of a loan program of the North Carolina Aquarium, where young turtles who didn’t make it out of their nests are rescued and raised for a year at loan institutions. The turtles will be returned to North Carolina the following fall for release into the Gulf Stream.
Visit the aquarium daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The exhibit is free with admission. The Maritime Aquarium is located at 10 North Water Street. For more information, call 203-852-0700 or visit www.maritimeaquarium.org.
Family Program: Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!
Saturday, March 3 •
Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday and NEA’s Read Across America Day at the Connecticut Historical Society on Saturday, March 3 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Listen to a reading of Green Eggs and Ham at 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. and learn that weird things can surprise you if you give them a try! Kids can create wacky colorful “food” of the future, and look at funny little oddballs of the past. Then, take a funky historic recipe to try out at home.
This drop-in program is free and great for all ages. The Connecticut Historical Society is located at 1 Elizabeth Street. For more information, call 860-236-5621, ext. 222 or visit chs.org.
Overnights at the CT Science Center
Saturday, March 10 •
If you thought spending the day at the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford was fun, wait until you’re there when the lights go out! On Saturday, March 10, enjoy a rare opportunity to stay at the science center overnight. Explore the exhibits, discover special programs and set up camp in front of your favorite display during this exclusive after-hours experience. The theme for this overnight is Space.
Come to the science center at 6 p.m. on Saturday and stay until 8 a.m. on Sunday. The cost is $55/person and is geared for families with children, ages 5-12. The Connecticut Science Center is located at 250 Columbus Boulevard. For more information, call 860-520-2117 or visit ctsciencecenter.org.
Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Sunday, March 11 •
Photo by Leo Connors.
Cead Mile Failte — “a hundred thousand welcomes!” The St. Patrick’s Day Parade marches into New Haven on Sunday, March 11. The excitement begins on the New Haven Green even before the parade steps off at 1:30 p.m. from Chapel Street at Sherman Avenue. Pre-parade festivities at the Family Fun Zone (starting at 11:30 a.m.) include live musical performances, crafts, face-painting, games and more. Then, line the 1.5-mile parade route and watch as it proceeds to Church Street, then Grove Street and ends on Orange Street. The Grand Marshal, Patrick J. Smith, leads the largest single-day spectator event in Connecticut.
For more information, visit www.stpatricksdayparade.org.
Casey Carle’s BubbleMania
Sunday, March 11 •
Combining spontaneous comedy, jazzy music and brilliant bubbling, Casey Carle’s BubbleMania comes to the Palace Theatre in Stamford on Sunday, March 11 at 3 p.m. Carle delights audiences with fantastic fog-filled bubble sculptures, a cube bubble, funky foam and bubble ping-pong. He even traps an audience member (or two) inside a gigantic soap bubble, and watch as thousands of bubbles fill the stage!
Other Playtime at the Palace Shows shows in March include Jay and Ray: Jams for Fams on Sunday, March 4 and Story Pirates: The Stuck in the Stone Age Tour on Sunday, March 25. Tickets are $12.50. The Stamford Palace Theatre is located at 61 Atlantic Street. For more information, call 203-325-4466 or visit www.palacestamford.org.