Stepping Stones Museum for Children - North Pole Comes to Stepping Stones

12/19/2014 to 12/24/2014

Mathews Park, 303 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT Phone: 203 899 0606.

11:00 am – noon, 3:00 – 4:00 pm Santa and his friends Frosty, Reindeer and Penguin will be flying in to spread holiday cheer! Bring your camera to capture the magic.

Astronomy Nights: Night Sky Landscapes: Photography by Starlight

12/19/2014 to 12/19/2014

39 Scofieldtown Rd, Stamford, CT 06903. Phone: 203.977.6521.

Head to the Observatory for a real treat to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by enjoying a presentation on Night Sky Landscapes: Photography by Starlight, followed by a visit to view the night sky through our 22-inch research telescope. The presentation portion of the program will be held rain or shine. Viewing hours are weather permitting. Members: Free | Non-Members: Adults $5, Children (5-17) $3. For more information call 203.977-6521, e-mail info@stamfordmuseum.org or visit www.stamfordmuseum.org

* * * * Stamford Museum & Nature Center is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of art, the natural and agricultural sciences, and history. The Museum is a vital cultural and educational resource for the community, and a focal point for family activity through exhibitions, educational programs and special events.

Bartlett Arboretum American Orchid Society Auction & Party

12/20/2014

151 Brookdale Rd., Stamford, CT Phone: 203-322-6971.

Preview: 9:30 and Auction: 10:30

Wilton Historical Society Make your own felt ornament

12/20/2014

224 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT Phone: 203-762-7257 .

Members: $5 per child ($15 max. per member family). Non Members: $10 per child ($30 max. per non-member family). 11 am - 1pm in the 1860s Abbott Barn.

Stepping Stones Museum for Children - Holiday Handbell Performance

12/20/2014

Mathews Park, 303 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT Phone: 203 899 0606.

2:00 - 2:30 PM. Enjoy the sounds of the season during an enchanting holiday handbell performance by Shelton's Trinity Lutheran Church Bell Choir. Free with museum admission.

Greenwich Historical Society Hosts Treasure Hunt Holiday Performances

12/20/2014

39 Strickland Rd., Cos Cob, CT 06807. Phone: 203-869-6899.

Treasure Hunt Holiday Performances by No Strings Marionette Company  All aboard for a swashbuckling treasure hunt! When young Jim is lured out to sea in search of adventure, a wild storm throws him overboard, and an unexpected underwater odyssey begins. With an enchanted kiss from a young mermaid, Jewel, Jim is able to breathe under water. Together they meet a host of amazing sea creatures, but also discover that King Neptune's domain is threatened by pollution. See how Jim and his companions encourage everyone to take better care of the sea so that all the creatures above and below can live in harmony. This family program includes a 30-minute marionette show followed by a Q session where everyone has an opportunity to touch and ask questions about the marionettes. There will be a craft program in the Vanderbilt Education Center where children can create their own "underwater creatures." No Strings Marionette Company is a two-puppeteer touring marionette theater, concentrating on performance pieces for family audiences. Each production is created in-house. They perform primarily in New England, New York and New Jersey, and also teach their craft to a wide range of people through puppet-making workshops and residencies. Saturday, December 20, 2014; One-hour programs at 1:00 and 3:00 pm. Vanderbilt Education Center. Members: $10; nonmembers: $15. Space is limited.

Weston Historical Society An Old Fashioned Weston Christmas.

12/21/2014

104 Weston Road, Weston, CT Phone: (203) 226-1804.

1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Santa is coming to town and bringing Mrs. Claus and Elf and when he lands on Sunday, December 21 at the Weston Historical Society he will greet and talk to children. The man in the bright red suit will take time out of his busy schedule on Dec. 21 from 1 to 4 pm. to pose for photos. Children are invited to enjoy cookies with Santa.

Wesport Horse & Buggy Rides

12/21/2014 to 12/22/2014

Main Street, Westport, CT

WDMA will offer complimentary horse & buggy rides throughout downtown Westport. The festive, holiday atmosphere of downtown will be enhanced by carols from local school choirs and other groups, hot cider/cocoa sales to benefit local youth groups and a strolling Santa. Most activities will take place between Noon and 3:00pm. Main Street, Westport.

Winter Solstice Celebration

12/21/2014 to 12/21/2014

39 Scofieldtown Rd, Stamford, CT 06903. Phone: 203.977.6521.

Celebrate the shortest day of the year and nature in winter! Discover how animals prepare and survive in the winter, explore the winter sky in our planetarium, make your own snow, have an indoor 'snowball' fight, and take a winter tour of Heckscher Farm. End your day with a chance to roast a tasty treat over the campfire! Members: Free | Non-Members: Free with gate admission. For more information call 203.977-6521, e-mail info@stamfordmuseum.org or visit www.stamfordmuseum.org

* * * * Stamford Museum & Nature Center is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of art, the natural and agricultural sciences, and history. The Museum is a vital cultural and educational resource for the community, and a focal point for family activity through exhibitions, educational programs and special events.

The Discovery Museum and Planetarium - Join & explore the secrets of snowflakes, discover the world of micro-photography

12/22/2014 to 01/04/2015

4450 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT Phone: 203-372-3521.

Join us and explore the secrets of snowflakes, discover the world of micro-photography in our special Nikon exhibit, and celebrate the season! Take-home activities for children, Planetarium shows, and family fun! HOLIDAY SCHEDULE: Now open daily through December 23, 10am-5pm Closed December 24 and 25 Open December 26 through 30, 10am-5pm Open until 2pm December 31
Closed January 1 Open January 2 through 4, 10am-5pm