Ansonia Nature Center - WINTER NATURE DAYS

12/27/2016 to 12/29/2016

10 Deerfield Rd., Ansonia, CT Phone: 203-736-1053.

10 am–2 pm For children who love the outdoors and wildlife. These popular educational classes are designed for children 5 to 10 years old. We'll have a chance to explore the park's 150 acres and visit a variety of habitats. Come join new and old friends, play games, create beautiful and useful items using natural objects, and even go for a sled ride if we have snow. TUITION: $30/day ($90 for all 3 days) for priority students (Ansonia residents and current family-level FANCI members); $35/day ($105 for all 3 days) all others. Please come in to register in advance by December 16.

Maritime Aquarium’s “Feeding Time” program

12/28/2016

10 North Water St., Norwalk, CT Phone: (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206.

The Aquarium's "Feeding Time" program on Wed., Dec. 28 goes "backstage" before the popular family attraction opens for the day. This fun experience gives participants exclusive access to some of their favorite marine animals by letting them join educators and the animal-husbandry staff during morning rounds. Opportunities include: • Feeling the vacuuming power of rays on your palm as you offer morsels in the Shark & Ray Touch Pool. • Hand-feeding a horseshoe crab and diamondback terrapin. • Going above the Aquarium's 110,000-gallon Ocean Beyond the Sound exhibit to watch as Aquarium staff feed the 7-foot sharks prowling just below your feet. Toss in some bonus food for the sharks and the exhibit's rays and other fish. • Attending a private seal feeding open only to "Feeding Time" participants. "Feeding Time" participants get fed too: the program starts at 8 a.m. with a hot breakfast in the Aquarium's Cascade Café. Advance registration is required. Call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206, or register online at www.maritimeaquarium.org (under Public Programs).

Audubon Center at Fairfield School Vacation Fun

12/28/2016 to 12/29/2016

2325 Burr Street. , Fairfield, CT

School is out but the Center at Fairfield is in session for vacation fun. Both outdoors and indoors, a variety of nature-based offerings are planned for each day. Weather permitting, we'll head outside to explore and observe nature on the trails. After all the fresh air, we'll come inside to meet animal friends, make crafts, play games and then settle in for a movie on the big screen. Snack will be provided; please send a nut-free lunch. Members $45/child per day, non-members $50/child per day. Pre-registration required. To register call 203-259-6305 ext. 109 - See more at: http://www.ctaudubon.org/2016/10/30093/#sthash.X4zrvnNs.IWhBc7Tu.dpuf

Maritime Aquarium's New Year's Eve Family Fun

12/31/2016

10 North Water St., Norwalk, CT Phone: 203-852-0700.

3 to 7 p.m. (we're open 2 extra hours!) Cost: most bonus offerings free with admission. We want our final hours of 2016 to be among the best – and longest – of the year, so we're staying open longer and offering special family entertainment.

ROBERT RANDOLPH AND THE FAMILY BAND NEW YEARS EVE IN THE WAREHOUSE Description:

12/31/2016

70 Sanford St, Fairfield, CT Phone: 203-259-1036.

One of the biggest funk, rock and soul bands of the past decade will return to The Warehouse to ring in 2017. When it comes to throwing it down, keeping it there, and getting those on the floor to boogie down, Robert Randolph & The Family Band are masters of the trade. They're renowned for their incendiary live shows, which marry fervent gospel tunes and an irresistible rock 'n' funk swagger. "A pedal steel guitarist who made his name playing gospel, Randolph's family band is one of the most intense live acts in all of jamdom." - Rolling Stone / 100 Greatest Guitarists VIP Pre-Show Party $168 (includes ticket for the show) 8PM - 9PM Open bar wine and beer, cash for liquor Light fair catered FTC 2016 concert laminate Autographed show poster

Discovery Museum and Planetarium Celebrate 2017!

12/31/2016

4450 Park Ave., Bridgeport, CT Phone: (203) 372-3521.

10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Come ring in the New Year in style at Discovery! We'll have live Science on a Sphere demonstrations, special planetarium show schedule, and an Egg Drop Challenge workshop. Enjoy a noon countdown, small dance party in the Center Gallery, and egg drop from the Art Mezzanine! Special make-and-takes, coloring, and hands-on activities will take place throughout the Museum.