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Connecticut River Museum Train Exhibit

Connecticut River Museum’s Annual Holiday Train Show

November 16 @ 10:00 am - November 19 @ 5:00 pm

The magic returns to the Connecticut River Museum with the 24th Annual Holiday Train Show.  This family-friendly exhibit, created by train artist Steve Cryan, features more trains, new scenery, and lots of surprises to be found in the fully operational 26-foot model train layout.  Visitors are challenged to find a scavenger list of various objects hidden within the settings while the smaller visitor set can get hands-on at an American Flyer and Lionel Train layout designed for toddler size viewing.…

Pancakes with Penguins @ Mystic Aquarium

November 19 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am

Plan ahead and reserve your tickets for Pancakes with Penguins, a fun event to kick-start your day. Your breakfast experience will include a visit from one of our African penguins and our mascot Petey the Penguin. Breakfast is served buffet style from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and includes pancakes with assorted toppings, scrambled eggs, sausage and various beverages. If you prefer or need gluten-free pancakes, please call our reservation line and let them know. Tickets are $24.95 adult (11…

Shark-Diving Santa at The Maritime Aquarium Norwalk

Shark-Diving Santa @ The Maritime Aquarium

November 19 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Sunday, Thursday and Saturday, repeating until December 29, 2017

On select dates in December, Santa Claus will join The Maritime Aquarium’s dive team to demonstrate that sharks aren’t the blood-thirsty killers of myth. Santa will strap on scuba gear and enter the Aquarium’s 110,000-gallon “Ocean Beyond the Sound” exhibit, which is home to 7-foot sharks. It’s all part of a regular program, in which Aquarium visitors can see and talk with volunteer divers swimming in the exhibit on most Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 12:15 and 2:15 p.m. The…

Norwalk & Mark Twain Lecture @ Norwalk Historical Society Museum

November 19 @ 2:00 pm

How is Mark Twain connected to Norwalk? Join Norwalk historians Madeleine and Ed Eckert to discover the connection during their lively lecture: “Norwalk & Mark Twain: Being Some Interesting Connections Between the City of Norwalk & Mark Twain” on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 2:00pm at the Norwalk Historical Society Museum. *Please note: the lecture will take place upstairs in the museum and at this time there is no elevator.* We all know Mark Twain lived in Hartford and Redding,…

Henry Whitfield State Museum Harvesting History Event

November 24 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Reproduction trade items, samples of 17th-century foods, “Make Your Marke” quill pen activity, reading of the Pilgrim Cat storybook each hour, and tours of the Holidaze exhibit will be featured at the Henry Whitfield State Museum Harvesting History Event Included with admission.

Samuel Smith Farmstead Open House and Greenery Event (East Lyme)

November 26 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Come tour the Samuel Smith Farmstead house which will be lit by electric candles, and smell our own hanging herbs as we decorate the Samuel Smith Farmstead. In our barn, we will offer Christmas wreaths (pine cone, grapevine and evergreen), swags, topiaries, burlap bags filled with assorted greens, beeswax hand-dipped candle pairs, hand-knitted and thrummed wool mittens, framed prints of the Samuel Smith Farmstead pen and ink by Steve Marks-Hamilton, note cards, also with pen and ink by Steve Marks-Hamilton…

Jazz Brunch @ the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

November 26 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm

Enjoy a brunch buffet in the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art's Museum Café. Set to the sounds of live jazz by Atla and Matt DeChamplain. After, explore the galleries on your own or take a tour with a docent. Tickets include museum admission, jazz, brunch, and one Bloody Mary or Mimosa. There are two seatings, one at 10:30 am and one at 12:30 pm Tickets $28-$38; purchase at thewadsworth.org. Please note that tickets must be purchased online and are not available…

Winterfest with Rudolph & Friends

December 2 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

His shiny red nose has been spotted over Mystic Aquarium and we’re ready to welcome him for weekends during Winterfest! Meet the most famous reindeer of all, Rudolph, and his snowy friend Bumble as they visit the Aquarium. Take a photo with Rudolph and Bumble that is worthy for your holiday cards then get your ticket to see the two star in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D. Enjoy local seasonal entertainment as you walk through our watery winter wonderland to visit…

Santa in the Fishing Village @ Maritime Aquarium

December 2 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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One event on December 2, 2017 at 11:00am

One event on December 3, 2017 at 11:00am

One event on December 9, 2017 at 11:00am

One event on December 10, 2017 at 11:00am

One event on December 16, 2017 at 11:00am

One event on December 17, 2017 at 11:00am

Visit Santa Claus aboard a festive fishing boat on three special weekends in December as The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk adds a bonus holiday exhibit to “fish” you a Merry Christmas! Santa Claus will be at the Aquarium December 2-3, 9-10 and 16-17, all days from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Look for him in what is normally the Aquarium’s “Go Fish” exhibit, which will be transformed into a holiday wonderland in December. Santa will accept children’s wish lists and…

Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum’s “Three Centuries of Christmas” Tours

December 9 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on December 8, 2017 at 5:00pm

An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until January 7, 2018

One event on December 15, 2017 at 5:00pm

One event on December 16, 2017 at 5:00pm

An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until January 7, 2018

Celebrate Three Centuries of Christmas with a Dazzling Preview Party, Candlelight and Daytime Tours Each year, using armloads of greenery and native plants, authentic decorations from days of yore, and some pretty clever food-styling tricks, the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum’s “Three Centuries of Christmas” tours show in fascinating detail how the American holiday season evolved over the past 300 years. The 2017 season will begin with the lively WDS Holiday Preview Party on Friday, December 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. Guests will delight in a candlelight preview of the dazzling…

A “Lilac Girls” Polish Christmas @ Bellamy-Ferriday House

December 10 @ 1:00 pm

Join the Bellamy-Ferriday House on Sunday, December 10th for a special day celebrating the holidays and the work of social philanthropist Caroline Ferriday, the inspiration for New York Times bestselling author Martha Hall Kelly’s novel Lilac Girls at the Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden. Experience the Hay, Caroline’s beloved Connecticut home, staged in the traditional Polish fashion as inspired by her house guests. Rooms will also sport beautiful arrangements by Floral Designer Melissa Beard, owner and head designer at Floral Design by Melissa in…

Connecticut Science Center Winter Vacation Exploration Camps

December 27 @ 12:32 am
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One event on December 27, 2017 at 12:32am

One event on December 28, 2017 at 12:32am

One event on December 29, 2017 at 12:32am

One event on January 15, 2018 at 12:32am

One event on February 19, 2018 at 12:32am

One event on February 20, 2018 at 12:32am

Kids have FUN on school vacation at the Connecticut Science Center! Your child will love these hands-on day camps filled with fun and engaging science. Now registering for Camp dates December 27 – February 20. Campers in grades 1-6 will experience hands-on science enrichment through fun and engaging activities. Camps include structured activities with our STEM Educators, as well as supervised free time to explore the Science Center's galleries and exhibits. We offer Day Camps during school vacation as well as…

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