Family Fun Calendar - July 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.

Photo courtesy of Newtown Parks and Recreation.

Summer Jam Concerts
Tuesdays through August 1 • Newtown

Pack a picnic dinner, bring the family and some friends to the 2017 Summer Jam Concerts that take place Tuesdays nights through August 1 at the Dickinson Park Bandshell in Newtown. Listen to the New England-based folk quartet Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem on July 11, enjoy Tim Kubart as he performs indie pop for all ages on July 18, and tap your toes to Alex and the Kaleidoscope on July 25. Don’t miss Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights on August 1.

Concerts begin at 6 p.m. and admission is free. The Dickinson Park Bandshell is located at 50 Elm Drive. For more information, visit

Photo by Ron Gustafson.

Annual 3-D Fireworks Spectacular
Tuesday, July 4 • Middlebury

Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury will host their annual 3-D Fireworks Spectacular over Lake Quassapaug on Tuesday, July 4 at 10:15 p.m. The fireworks are unique because Quassy sells special viewing glasses to benefit Healthy Eyes Alliance. The glasses are only sold at the park, beginning on the afternoon of July 4, until they are sold out.

The park opens at 11 a.m. Quassy Beach and Splash Away Bay waterpark will be open until 7 p.m., with the remainder of the park staying open until after the evening fireworks. Fireworks are free with park admission. Quassy Amusement Park is located at 2132 Middlebury Road. For more information, call 800-FOR-PARK or visit

Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival
July 13-30 • West Hartford

This summer, Capital Classics will stage Shakespeare’s comedy Love’s Labour’s Lost for the Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival, outdoors on the grounds of the University of Saint Joseph from July 13 through July 30. Laugh as a cast of characters stumble and bumble their way in pursuit of love with true Shakespearean silliness and joy. Come early and enjoy pre-show entertainment.

Performances are on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for seniors and students; and $15 for adults. University of Saint Joseph is located at 1678 Asylum Avenue. For more information, call 860-231-5555 or visit

Outdoor Movie: Finding Dory
Saturday, July 15 • Norwalk

There’s something fishy going on at Shady Beach in Norwalk when you spread out your blanket to watch Finding Dory on Saturday, July 15 at 6 p.m. There is no better place to watch a movie about a blue tang and her clown fish friends than right by the water! Kids will enjoy free face painting before the movie starts.

The movie begins at dusk. Admission is free, but there is a $10 parking fee for cars without a Norwalk beach sticker. Shady Beach is located on Canfield Road. For more information and weather cancellation, call 203-854-7938 or visit

Animal Embassy
Wednesday, July 26 • Madison

Come to the E.C. Scranton Memorial Library in Madison for a hands-on educational and entertaining experience when Animal Embassy visits on Wednesday, July 26 from 10-11 a.m. During Nature’s Architects, be amazed by the talents of a diverse group of Animal Ambassadors that build complicated structures. Study the architectural feats of nest building, burrow making and web spinning. Then, see how the structures created by some animals help others to survive.

Admission is free. The E.C. Scranton Memorial Library is located at 801 Boston Post Road. For more information, call 203-245-8722 or visit



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