Winter Wonderland Festival New Canaan Nature Center

12/10/2011

144 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, CT Phone: 203-966-4528,.

Please visit website for details.

Westport Playhouse Presents A Season of Miracles by Pushcart Players

12/11/2011

25 Powers Court, Westport, CT 06880. Phone: 203-227-4177.

On Sunday, Dec. 11, 1 and 4 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse will present "A Season of Miracles," by Pushcart Players, a sparkling collection of holiday tales from different cultures including Christmas (The Gift of the Magi and The Nutcracker), Kwanzaa (The Kwanzaa Kite, set in Nigeria), and Chanukah (A Chanukah Miracle, a Chelm story).  Set to music and filled with beauty and magic, laughter and love - the perfect  gift of theater to celebrate the winter holidays!  Tickets: $15.  For more information and tickets, call the box office at (203) 227-4177, or for out-of-town callers toll-free at 888-927-7529, or visit the box office at 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. Information and tickets also available at www.westportplayhouse.org.

Birds & Mammals of the World THE MARITIME AQUARIUM AT NORWALK

12/11/2011

10 N. Water Street, South Norwalk, CT Phone: (203) 852-0700.

11 am - 1 pm. Meet amazing animals from land and air in these presentations by Animal Embassy, a Stamford-based organization that specializes in hands-on, entertaining, educational experiences with live animals.  Good for all ages. Learn about the animals' habitats, special adaptations and the conservation issues they face.  Children (and adults!) will be able to touch and even hold select animals.

Westport Country Playhouse Presents A Season of Miracles by Pushcart Players

12/11/2011

25 Powers Court, Westport, CT 06880. Phone: 203-227-4177.

On  Sun., Dec. 11, 1 and 4 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse will present "A Season of Miracles," by Pushcart Players, a sparkling collection of holiday tales from different cultures including Christmas (The Gift of the Magi and The Nutcracker), Kwanzaa (The Kwanzaa Kite, set in Nigeria), and Chanukah (A Chanukah Miracle, a Chelm story).  Set to music and filled with beauty and magic, laughter and love - the perfect gift of theater to celebrate the winter holidays! Tickets: $15.  For more information and tickets, call the box office at (203) 227-4177, or for out-of-town callers toll-free at 888-927-7529, or visit the box office at 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. Information and tickets also available at www.westportplayhouse.org.

Turtle Family Day at the Bruce Museum

12/11/2011

1 Museum Dr., Greenwich, CT Phone: 203.869.0376.

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Celebrating the International Year of the Turtle, the Museum presents a fun-filled day with activities for the entire family. Explore the Museum's natural history galleries in search of turtles, make your own turtle craft in the Education Workshop, and finish off the day at 3:00 PM when Erik of Erik's Reptile Edventures presents his live Turtle and Tortoise program. All activities are suitable for people of all abilities ages 5 years and up, and are free with Museum admission.

Birds & Mammals of the World THE MARITIME AQUARIUM AT NORWALK

12/13/2011

10 N. Water Street, South Norwalk, CT Phone: (203) 852-0700.

11 am - 1 pm. Geared toward ages 1 to 4. Meet amazing animals from land and air in these presentations by Animal Embassy, a Stamford-based organization that specializes in hands-on, entertaining, educational experiences with live animals. Learn about the animals' habitats, special adaptations and the conservation issues they face.  Children (and adults!) will be able to touch and even hold select animals.

Greater Bridgeport Symphony Concert Features Handel's Messiah

12/15/2011 to 12/18/2011

446 University Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604. Phone: 203-576-0263.

Greater Bridgeport Symphony presents Handel's Messiah on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 7:30PM at Kelley Theatre Quick Center, Fairfield University; Saturday, December 17 at 8PM and Sunday, December 18 at 3PM at The Klein Auditorium, Bridgeport.  Featuring Benjamin Loeb, Conductor; Mendelssohn Choir of CT; Allison Chamey, soprano; Ryu-Kyung Kim, mezzo soprano; Brian Downen, Tenor and Thomas Woodman, baritone.  Check the website for further information.

Seasons Readings at the Westport Woman's Club

12/15/2011

44 Imperial Ave, Westport, CT Phone: 203.293.8831.

7:30 – 9:00pm. Capture the holiday spirit...short plays, stories and surprises by Ann Patchett, David Sedaris, Frederick Stroppel and more! Join the cast afterward for eggnog and dessert! Tickets $30

Children's Holiday Expo at Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens

12/15/2011 to 12/15/2011

151 Brookdale Road, Stamford, CT 06903. Phone: 203-322-6971.

The New Silver Educational Center at Stamford's Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens will be the scene of a premier ONE DAY holiday family event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to showcase the new Children's Indoor Classroom and its outdoor complement, the Nature Explore Classroom and Interactive Learning Area in the woods.There will also be special appearances from the favorite Children’s Musician, Dre Towey and Magical Stories with Fairy Deb! They’ll have eco/nature door prizes, holiday shopping, tours of the new interactive indoor and outdoor facilities, Winter Storytime, Meditation 101 for Moms, and more kid-powered fun and natural craft projects with the Arboretum's children's education staff. Admission is free.For more information, call 203-322-6971, visit www.bartlettarboretum.org or e-mail info@bartlettarboretum.org. Our 91-acre nature preserve is a living museum of majestic trees, rare plant collections, charming gardens, and varied natural habitats and landscapes traversed by hiking and walking trails. The Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens is open to the public every day of the year.

Ornament-Making

12/16/2011 to 12/16/2011

151 Brookdale Road, Stamford, CT 06903. Phone: 203-322-6971.

This is the perfect time to visit the Silver Educational Center and have fun creating your own keepsake ornament for the holiday season. Reservations Required.  Members $6.00 per child, Non-member $10.00 per child. For more information, call 203-322-6971, visit www.bartlettarboretum.org or e-mail visitorservices@bartlettarboretum.org. Our 91-acre nature preserve is a living museum of majestic trees, rare plant collections, charming gardens, and varied natural habitats and landscapes traversed by hiking and walking trails. The Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens is open to the public every day of the year.