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All-in-One Resource Guide 2016-2017 ›› Features

10 Building Great Homework Skills Help your child build organization and time management best practices for success 13 Gifted & Talented? How to know when your child should be in a G&T program 14 Managing Your Child’s Busy Schedule Five tips to reduce the stress of a busy afterschool schedule

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18 Sport Specialist At what age should children begin to focus on one sport? 20 Summer Camp and Taxes An expert shares whether you can claim summer camp on your taxes

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40 Throw a Great Party for Any Age Three experts share their knowledge for planning the perfect birthday bash

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44 Staying Positive How to really help your child with special needs in everyday life 46 Our Best Advice A roundup of health and safety tips from local doctors and experts

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JULY 2016 • Vol.9 • No.8

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Editor’s Note

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y kids—like yours, I am guessing—start planning next year’s birthday parties the moment this year’s parties end. Over the course of the next 11 or so months, they will change their minds approximately 100 times, cycling through party ideas such as pottery decorating, sports, dance, spa, and any number of others before starting back at the beginning and wanting each of them, intensely, for a short period once again. And while my wife and I wait for their final choices, we are going through our own grown-up version of this, as we debate such questions as where to send the toddler to nursery school, what the kids will do for the summer, and whatever else comes up in the moment. Parenting demands a series of decisions, large and small, some more consequential than others. Museum or amusement park this weekend? Private school or public? Little league or dance classes or STEM classes, or all of the above? Which pediatrician should we use? And what in the world is for dinner tonight anyway? Whether you’re choosing what to do this weekend or where to send your child to school, all this decision-making can sometimes feel overwhelming. Add in the fact that we are blessed to live in a metro area with an astounding, seemingly infinite number of choices—schools, doctors, after-school programs, birthday party venues, and, of course kids’ entertainment spots—and, if you’re anything like me, you may sometimes find yourself paralyzed with indecision. That’s why we’re bringing you this special issue of Fairfield Parent, the All-in-One Resource Guide. In these pages, you will find directories listing local businesses and professionals in the categories in which you need to make decisions about your kids’ activities, education, health, and more. We’ve designed this guide for you to hang onto and refer to all year long. You can also find these directories and so many other useful resources on nymetroparents.com. We hope that these guides help make those many, many decisions a little bit easier. Michael Kress Editorial Director

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Building Great Homework Skills By learning specific tools for time management, organization, and homework best practices, students will be well on their way toward homework success. ›› By Emily Levy, Ed.D.

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oes your child ever come home from school and complain that he has too much homework, has no idea how to complete the work, or says he has no homework at all? Kids invent all kinds of excuses to avoid sitting down and doing their homework. Some lack the academic abilities to complete their work independently. Others, however, simply need to learn effective homework strategies. By learning specific tools for time management, organization, and general homework skills, students will be well on their way toward homework success.

Time Management

Time management is one of the underlying components of effective homework skills. When students sit down to work on their assignments, they may feel overwhelmed by the number of tasks they need to complete. They may not know which order is best for completing them, and they might feel that they need frequent, or not frequent enough, breaks. Some may not write down their assignments at all, and may find themselves frantically looking through their notes or calling friends the night before the assignment is due.   To help solve this recurring time management problem, all students should first have some sort of daily planner or assignment 10

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book. This should be large enough to provide ample space for each day of the week. (It should not be a monthly or yearly calendar that has only a small box for each day). It should also have space not only for daily homework assignments, but also for any after-school or evening activities. Students should be able to see a global picture of all school-related, athletic, and social activities for that week.   In their assignment books, students should divide each day into five columns: ET (Estimated Time); AT (Actual Time); O (Order); D (Done); and a wide column for “Assignment.”    Students should create these columns in their assignment books, in advance, for about two weeks of time. The only place where students should write any information while at school is in the “Assignment” column. Once they arrive home from school and sit down to complete their assignments, their first task is to estimate how much time they think it will take to complete each assignment. They should write that estimated time in the “ET” column.   Next, based on the estimated time for each assignment, students should decide which order they will follow in completing the assignments. For example, they might feel that math will take 35 minutes, science will take 20 minutes, and English will take 40 minutes. Based on these estimates, they can choose to either


Inspired by the Best… complete the shorter assignments first to get them over with, or focus their energy on completing the longer assignments first. Either choice is fine, as long as they try to stay consistent with their approach. As they complete each assignment, they should time themselves, using a clock or stopwatch. In the “AT” column, they should write the actual time it takes them to complete each assignment.   Finally, when the assignment is completed, they should draw one side of an “X” in the “D” column, and once the assignment is put away in the right place to be turned in, they should complete the “X”. Often, when students begin using this strategy, they notice a large discrepancy between the estimated and actual times for each assignment. Many students initially have unrealistic expectations of how long an assignment might take to complete. The more they practice using this strategy, however, the more realistic they will become with their time.

Organization

Maintaining a well-structured organizational system is important for effective homework management. To organize homework assignments, all students should have a homework “inbox” and “outbox” contained in a two-pocket folder that they check on a regular basis. The pocket on the left is the “inbox” and the pocket on the right is the “outbox.” Younger students can have one homework inbox and outbox folder to use for all subjects, while older students usually benefit from a separate inbox and outbox folder for each class.    At school, when teachers pass out assignment sheets, students should place these into the “inbox” section of their folder. After they complete the assignments at home, they should put them into the “outbox” section on the right. Thus, when students are at school and are asked to turn in their homework assignments, they will know exactly where to look to find them.

General Homework Skills  

As a general note, students should choose a consistent place at home for completing their homework each night. A clean desk with basic supplies, including pens, pencils, erasers, notebook paper, a hole puncher, a pencil sharpener, and other materials for their classes is ideal. They should choose a consistent time to complete their homework, either right after school, after a social or athletic activity, or after dinner. They should stick with this time on a daily basis.    You may want to help them to break down large projects into small steps, and to enter each step into their assignment book. With practice, they will begin to use this strategy independently. Give them positive reinforcement and encourage them to try to complete as much of the assignment independently before you help them. If need be, help them complete an assignment by asking them questions that guide them to their own answers, rather than immediately telling them what to do.     Homework can be a challenging task. Yet with the proper strategies in place, this task can become easier, more efficient, and even enjoyable. Emily Levy, Ed.D., is the director of EBL Coaching, which offers one-on-one tutoring and small group workshops for students in pre-K through 12th grades. For more information, visit eblcoaching.com or call 646-342-9380.

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DAY CARE & CHILD CARE Little Friends Child Care & Preschool

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PRESCHOOLS Apple Blossom School and Family Center

440 Danbury Road, Wilton 203-493-4003 appleblossomschool.org appleblossomschool.org@gmail.com admissions@appleblossomschool.org The Apple Blossom School and Family Center in Wilton is based on the Waldorf early-childhood philosophy of learning through play, activity, and imagination. The children develop their physical, intellectual, and emotional capabilities by being in a mixedage environment that emphasizes nature and the arts. Children are taught by the oral traditions of storytelling and puppetry. We offer parent-child classes, under-3 nursery, pre-k, kindergarten, summer programs, and extended care hours to 4pm. Apple Blossom School provides a much-needed alternative to the accelerated approach to early childhood education.

Easton Country Day School

660 Morehouse Road, Easton 203-268-5530 eastoncountryday.org Easton Country Day School uses its small size and a unique, individual educational approach to ensure each child not only achieves academic excellence in a safe and loving environment, but also learns those skills necessary to be a caring and responsible citizen, from preschool to 12th grade. We build a relationship with each child. ECDS offers rigorous academics shaped to the individual child in a familial environment that encourages accomplishment, responsibility, and acceptance of diversity. In addition to preschool, we also offer day care for ages 3 months and older.

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20 Portland Ave., Redding (20 months to 5s) 203-544-8393 Ridgefield Academy (3s to eighth grade) David Suter, director of enrollment 223 W. Mountain Road, Ridgefield 203-894-1800 x112 ridgefieldacademy.org With more than 40 years of experience educating young children, Landmark Preschool is a place where learning is a joyful experience! With four locations in Redding (Georgetown), Ridgefield, and Westport, CT, and Bedford, NY, Landmark’s balanced curriculum offers early exposure to literacy, math and science concepts through play. Children experience world language, art, music, gym, and technology each week. Extended hours are offered before and after the school day. CAIS accredited. For tuition information and to schedule a visit, please contact the campus nearest you.

Little Friends Child Care & Preschool

25 Valley Drive, Greenwich 203-861-6549 littlefriendsgwc.com verna@littlefriendsgwc.com Family-owned and -operated, Little Friends of Greenwich, run by Verna Esposito, offers child care and early childhood education for ages 6 weeks to 5 years. “We provide a safe, loving, and fun environment for children,” Esposito says. “We follow the National Association for the Education of Young Children guidelines.” Open Monday-Friday, 6:30am6:30pm. Year-round rolling admissions. Ongoing summer programs.

Westbrook Nature School

7 Long Ridge Road, West Redding 203-664-1554 westbrooknatureschool.org Westbrook Nature School offers a nature-based curriculum on a 6-acre property featuring trails, streams, meadows, an organic garden, and natural playscapes. This curriculum results in an education that builds physical and emotional resilience, moral awareness, and the foundation required for intellectual growth. Programs include parent-child classes (ages newborn to 3), mixed-age kindergarten (ages 3-6), adult workshops, playdays, and seasonal events.

PRIVATE SCHOOLS Easton Country Day School

660 Morehouse Road, Easton 203-268-5530 eastoncountryday.org Easton Country Day School uses its small size and a unique, individual educational ap-

proach to ensure each child not only achieves academic excellence in a safe and loving environment, but also learns those skills necessary to be a caring and responsible citizen, from preschool to 12th grade. We build a relationship with each child. ECDS offers rigorous academics shaped to the individual child in a familial environment that encourages accomplishment, responsibility, and acceptance of diversity. In addition to preschool, we also offer day care for ages 3 months and older.

Special Needs Connec-to-Talk, L.L.C.

59 Danbury Road, Wilton 203-210-7124 1011 High Ridge Road, Stamford 203-200-7256 connec-to-talk.com Connec-to-Talk, privately owned since 2003, is a leading private practice in the speech, occupational, and ABA therapy fields. Our name reflects our commitment to providing comprehensive, evidence-based treatment to clients with speech difficulties and disorders. We believe in using a holistic approach to treatment, in which the whole child’s needs are considered in all treatment plans and interventions. Specific specialties include ABA therapy, pivotal response, language, social, motor groups, occupational therapy, speech therapy, sensory integration, and parent management training. We are an in-network provider to several insurance carriers growing daily.

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Mathnasium of Fairfield 1700 Post Road, Fairfield 203-259-MATH (6284) mathnasium.com/fairfield fairfield@mathnasium.com Mathnasium of Greenwich 407 E. Putnam Ave., Cos Cob 203-861-MATH (6284) mathnasium.com/greenwich greenwich@mathnasium.com Mathnasium of Darien 15 Corbin Drive, Darien 203-655-MATH (6284) mathnasium.com/darien darien@mathnasium.com Mathnasium is a unique learning center specializing in a math-only curriculum that is tailored specifically to each student, and employs a variety of learning modalities to help develop Number Sense. A student with Number Sense gains a deep understanding of math, and will be able to solve problems quickly and accurately without having to go through tedious drills and memorization. Kids don’t hate math; they hate being frustrated and confused by math.


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Gifted & Talented?

How to know when your child should be placed in a G&T program ›› By Thomas John Ferraro, Ph. D.

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potting giftedness early is important. If your child is truly gifted and you don’t spot her talent, she is at risk for bullying and social ostracism for being considered ‘quirky.’ However, knowing if your kid is gifted or not is not as easy task. You may find it surprising but most gifted kids are never identified as such. My first experience with a gifted child was early in my psychology career as a psychological tester for a large preschool. A teacher came to my office and asked me to test one of her students who was making trouble in class and seemed hyperactive and unhappy. Later that week when the 4-year-old arrived in my office he sat down, crossed his legs like an adult, looked me straight in the eye, and asked, “Well Dr. Ferraro, what would you like to talk about today?” Here before me was a 30-year-old mind in a 4-year-old body. It turned out his IQ was 145, which was in the top 1 percent of intelligence. So I learned early on that giftedness can not only be a problem for teachers and peers, but it is often misdiagnosed as an illness. Here are 10 of the more common traits of the young gifted child: 1. Frequently very sensitive, overactive, and moody 2. Asks many questions 3. Highly focused and even obsessed when she finds something that interests her 4. Can be critical and skeptical

5. Develops a large storehouse of knowledge 6. A very fast learner, which can at times produce laziness since he never has to work very hard to get by 7. Curious and inquisitive 8. Playful, possesses a good sense of humor, and is creative 9. Has a well-developed aesthetic sense and appreciates beauty and nature 10. Develops a high ethical sense and gets angry when she sees injustice If your child has five or more of these traits: • Observe what he is interested in over time and support this interest with information, material things, and lessons  • Make sure you give her a ‘romance phase’ in her hobbies and keep the hobby or sport fun for the first few years • Ask the teacher or coach if he seems exceptional to them • As she begins to excel in her hobby, sport, or art form, be prepared to support her emotionally by listening and safeguarding her from the pressure that will come  The parents’ ability to identify and support the child’s talent is just as important as the child’s gifts. Research now tells us that it is only when the young prodigy is surrounded by ongoing parental support that the gifts can grow. And the very first step in this process is early identification.

Thomas John Ferraro, Ph.D., an internationally noted sports psychologist and journalist, has worked with some of the world’s elite young athletes and their families. Dr. Ferraro publishes widely in the area of giftedness and how to manage it. He has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the London Times.

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Managing Your Child’s Busy Schedule Do you worry that your child’s extracurriculars are taking up all of her free time? Here are five tips to help reduce the stress of a busy after-school schedule. ›› By Ann K. Dolin, M.Ed.

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f your after-school schedule feels more hurried, stressful, and complicated than you would prefer, try the following solutions to make life a little simpler for you and your child.

1. Reassess the after-school schedule.

I’m sure we can all agree that each child is different—some thrive on hectic schedules, whereas others crave downtime. Listening to our kids is the only way we’ll know how they feel. Take time to ask your child if his load is too stressful or just right.  The flip side of this equation is your personal situation. Perhaps more than children, parents feel overextended and exhausted. Managing kids, a job, transportation to sports, and of course, homework, is enough to put even the most organized and efficient parent through the wringer. If this feels too familiar, consider reexamining your children’s schedules. Can one activity go by the wayside? Is there a sport or lesson that your child doesn’t truly enjoy, but you insisted upon so that she doesn’t miss out on an opportunity? These are the activities you might want to reconsider.

2. Create a predictable schedule.

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schedule, it helps to create a family policy that homework must at least be started before leaving for an after-school activity. Getting a jump-start on homework significantly reduces procrastination and stress later in the evening.  

3. Use a white board.

It’s easy to keep track of assignments with a white board. Hang a large white board near an area that will be used for homework. When your children return from school each day, insist that they write their assignments on the white board. By using this tool, you or any other adult in the home will know of the assignments each child has for the day, what has been completed, and what is still left to do. When the homework assignment list is visible, unfinished work is less likely to slip through the cracks. This is a great solution for busy households.

4. Conduct an audit.

Busy parents know that it’s difficult to check every assignment each child has night after night. The Internal Revenue Service keeps taxpayers in line with random audits. You can do the same in your home by auditing homework a few times per week. Let’s say that


you have a family policy that all homework must be done by 9pm otherwise privileges are taken away the following day. At that time, ask to see your child’s homework. Praise him or her if the work is done. If it’s not done, rescind privileges such as leaving the house after school the following day to see friends or watching television.  

5. Take a one-hour timeout.

A one-hour timeout is meant to be time away from anything that flashes, beeps, or has a screen. Choose 60 minutes every weekday (the hour immediately following dinner works well) and make that a mandatory quiet time. In our fast-paced world, we’re bombarded by loud noises, which can cause over-stimulation, agitation, and anxiety. During this time, there should be no iPods, televisions, video games, computers, or phones. Instead, consider activities such as reading independently or together, doing a puzzle, or playing cards. You may find that simply leaving craft supplies out encourages creativity. A one-hour timeout also forces kids who would usually be glued to electronics to go outside to play or get together with neighborhood friends. It takes a concerted effort to manage stress. Choose one or two of these ideas that might work for you and implement them for at least 21 days to see change. Remember, research shows that it truly takes 21 days to modify a habit!

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ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT CompuChild

1017 Post Road E., Westport 203-921-7905 compuchild.com fairfield@compuchild.com CompuChild inspires a love of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) concepts to kids ages 4-14 by offering hands-on learning in a fun and challenging way. We offer different programs such as Lego® Robotics, Mindstorms NXT and EV3, and Programming (Scratch, Python, and WEB). Activities are designed to help kids with school academics, build self-confidence, and create future engineers. Have your Lego® fan’s awesome birthday party with us. We prepare teams for Robotics Competition First Lego League and Jr. First Lego League. Our team was first for Mechanical Design State Level

First Lego League in 2014. Sign up now for fall classes!

Mathnasium

Mathnasium of Fairfield 1700 Post Road, Fairfield 203-259-MATH (6284) mathnasium.com/fairfield fairfield@mathnasium.com Mathnasium of Greenwich 407 E. Putnam Ave., Cos Cob 203-861-MATH (6284) mathnasium.com/greenwich greenwich@mathnasium.com Mathnasium of Darien 15 Corbin Drive, Darien 203-655-MATH (6284) mathnasium.com/darien darien@mathnasium.com Mathnasium is a unique learning center specializing in a math-only curriculum that is tailored specifically to each student, and employs a variety of learning modalities to help develop Number Sense. A student with Number Sense gains a deep understanding of math,

and will be able to solve problems quickly and accurately without having to go through tedious drills and memorization. Kids don’t hate math; they hate being frustrated and confused by math.

DANCE Connecticut Dance School

42 Halley Court, Fairfield 203-384-2492 ctdanceschool.com Connecticut Dance School, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, is dedicated to providing dance education of the highest standard to the Connecticut community. The CDS faculty includes specialists in the teaching of young children using the Royal Academy syllabus. This combines creative dance in a positive learning environment and a pre-ballet curriculum, with training in strength and flexibility.

The D’Valda & Sirico Dance and Music Centre

1580 Post Road, Fairfield 203-255-9440 dvaldaandsirico.com D’Valda & Sirico has been fostering success at school and in life for more than 28 years! Programs for all ages include dance classes, music lessons, and early childhood programs all under one roof, with flexible, convenient scheduling. D’Valda & Sirico is the only officially licensed Angelina Ballerina Academy in Fairfield County, featuring specialized, developmentally appropriate, early childhood programs that encourage creativity, musicality, rhythm, and gross motor skills. Our professional staff creates a warm, secure environment for students.

Flash Pointe Dance

1657 Post Road, Fairfield 203-259-1600

WITH A SONG AND A DANCE IN THEIR HEARTS... • DANCE CLASSES FOR ALL AGES • VOICE, PIANO & GUITAR LESSONS • FAIRFIELD’S PREMIER PERFORMING ARTS STUDIO FOR 29 YEARS • SUMMER CLASSES & CAMPS • FREE DANCE DAY - SEPT 10

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flashpointedance.com Ready to be inspired by the best? Join our remarkable faculty and explore jazz, contemporary, lyrical, musical theater, tap, modern, classical and contemporary ballet, break, hip-hop, Latin, story ballet, preschool combo classes, and more. Our programs are designed to motivate the novice and recreational dancer, and to inspire and push the intermediate or advanced dancer, with training appropriate for college or professional-bound dancers. Classes conducted in our environmentally friendly facility for preschool through adult students. New adult dancer? Try our three classes for $5 card.

THEATER Curtain Call Inc.

1349 Newfield Ave., Stamford 203-329-8207 x16

Administration: 203-329-8207 Box Office: 203-461-6358 curtaincallinc.com brian@curtaincallinc.com Curtain Call Inc. is Stamford’s longest-running, nonprofit theater, providing year-round performances and educational programs. Classes are available for ages 5 through adult, after school, evenings, and weekends in acting, comedy, improvisation, musical theater, on-camera, and Shakespeare. Full-day vacation programs are also available for ages 6-16. Our faculty consists of area professionals dedicated to education in the performing arts for the community. We can also create a special workshop for your before- or after-school program, business, or civic group. For more information, contact our education director at 203-329-8207x16 or brian@ curtaincallinc.com.

Welcome to the family! We’re proud to offer: >> Daily bus transportation >> 200 acres of pristine woodland beauty >> Daily breakfast, lunch & snack >> For ages 4 to 15 >> A wide variety of activities from boating to yoga, hiking to videography, and everything in between! We’ve been bringing the fun for over 60 years! We hope you’ll join us this summer!

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SPORTS

Sport Specialist

At what age children should begin to focus on one sport? ›› By Monica Holmes Specialization in a single sport before the age of 10 is becoming more common. Parents and coaches often encourage this practice, thinking it will lead to athletic success and possibly an athletic scholarship. But less than 1 percent of high school athletes nationwide will receive an athletic scholarship and very few of those are “full rides.” Plus, specializing in a sport before the age of 10 can increase the chance of burnout. Therefore, experts believe that the ages of 12 to 13 are optimal to specialize in a sport.

Let your child play multiple sports.

Before your child can be great at any sport, she must be an athlete first. Early specialization hinders overall athletic development, while playing different sports will help your child develop a variety of skills. A great approach is to have your child play a team sport and an individual sport, such as basketball and martial arts. Another possibility is to combine indoor sports and outdoor sports, such as ice hockey and soccer. It is positive to change up the activity. Laying the foundation between the ages of 6 and 12 is beneficial because when your child does find a single sport that

he wants to focus on, the fundamentals are already there. Basic athletic, tactical, and perceptual skills are transferable to all sports. Many successful athletes have backgrounds in sports other than the one they participate in, and most often they were involved in an activity that provided transferable fundamentals.

Sports should be enjoyable, with an opportunity to learn and grow.

A few questions to ask before your child participates in a sport are: What is my child going to learn from it? Will this help build a foundation for future activities? Is she going to enjoy it? Choosing a sport for your child should not be a stressful process. Find out what your child is really interested in and start investigating. Children are often interested in what they see. Go to sporting events and engage in conversations about the activity with your child. Parents and older siblings involved in sports are great examples for younger children. The activity needs to be a learning experience, and it needs to be enjoyable. If the fun factor is missing—no matter how good he is—he will not be interested in it for very long.

Monica Holmes is a former NCAA Division I volleyball coach who served as head coach of the volleyball team at Columbia University. She is also the founder of Movement Consulting, a youth fitness-consulting firm located in Manhattan.

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FITNESS Bounce! Trampoline Sports Danbury

21 Prindle Lane, Danbury 203-992-9000 bouncedanbury.com info@bouncedanbury.com Bounce! Danbury combines the best of all the Bounce! facilities! Two trampoline bungee jumps, a huge main jump court with additional dodgeball courts, triple foam pits, two Ninja style Bounce! Xtreme obstacle courses, an enormous separate Bounce! Jr. Zone with its own mini slam dunk basketball hoop, a laser light extravaganza for Jump n Glow, multiple party rooms of every size, a parent lounge area with nine TV viewing options streamed right to your cellphone, and a spectacular mezzanine observation deck with 40 charging stations and an arcade with an array of challenging video games.

Huck Finn Adventures Family Canoe and Kayak Trips

860-693-0385 huckfinnadventures.com hucfinadvn@aol.com Since 1983, Huck Finn Adventures has rented canoes and kayaks on the Farmington River in Avon and Simsbury, CT, as well as on the Park River in Hartford. Our trips are perfect for novice paddlers, families, and birthday parties. Let us help you get out on the river and paddle!

Lake Morey Resort

P.O. Box 326, Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, VT 802-333-4311 lakemoreyresort.com reservations@lakemoreyresort.com Nestled in the green Vermont hills above the Connecticut River, Lake Morey Resort provides the perfect getaway any time of year. We are very proud that our guests return year after year, drawn by the natural beauty and genuine hospitality that has set the resort apart for more than a century. Whether you are looking for a

convenient four-season resort brimming with activities, a family-friendly setting for vacation or reunion, or just a lakefront location to relax, it’s all at your doorstep at Lake Morey Resort.

The Adventure Park at Discovery Museum

4450 Park Ave., Bridgeport 203-690-1717 discoverytrees.org The Adventure Park at The Discovery Museum features zip lines and challenge crossings between tree platforms. Perfect on your own, or with friends and family, and great for birthday parties and groups. Children ages 5 and older. Choose from 11 different color-coded trails from “beginner” (easier and lower to the ground) to advanced. Summer hours: open weekdays beginning in June, weekends and day or night for groups and parties. Visit discoverytrees.org.

802-333-4311 lakemoreyresort.com reservations@lakemoreyresort.com Nestled in the green Vermont hills above the Connecticut River, Lake Morey Resort provides the perfect getaway any time of year. We are very proud that our guests return year after year, drawn by the natural beauty and genuine hospitality that has set the resort apart for more than a century. Whether you are looking for a convenient fourseason resort brimming with activities, a family-friendly setting for vacation or reunion, or just a lakefront location to relax, it’s all at your doorstep at Lake Morey Resort.

Nantucket Hotel and Winnetu Oceanside Resort Vineyard-Nantucket Resorts

vineyardnantucketresorts.com The family-owned VineyardNantucket Resorts offer guests fun and memorable vacation experiences on both Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Winnetu Oceanside Resort at South Beach, Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard offers families complimentary parent-toddler and children’s programs, heated pools, a fitness center, tennis, turtle pond, life-size chess set, antique fire truck rides, and a familyfriendly restaurant. Families staying at our historic property in downtown Nantucket, The Nantucket Hotel, can enjoy a complimentary Kids’ Club, heated pools, fitness club, antique fire truck rides, shuttles to the beach, and a family friendly restaurant.

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SKATING & ICE HOCKEY Stamford Twin Rinks

1063 Hope St., Stamford 203-968-9000 stamfordtwinrinks.com Stamford Twin Rinks boasts two NHL regulation-sized ice-skating rinks and regular, year-round public skating sessions. Extensive hockey and skating programs, and summer camps for all ages and abilities are conducted by professional and qualified instructors. Skate Zone Pro Shop offers expert skate sharpening and a full line of hockey and skating equipment. Four themed and decorated birthday party rooms and hostess services are available for parties. Twin Rinks is also the home of the Springdale Figure Skating Club, Springdale Ballet Academy, Center Ice Bar & Grill, and Hope Street Café.

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SWIMMING & WATER SPORTS Lake Morey Resort

P.O. Box 326, Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, VT

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camp advice SKI - SNOWBOARD - TENNIS - SWIM

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Summer Camp and Taxes A tax professional shares whether you can deduct summer camp on your taxes. ››

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id you know that your children’s summer camp may qualify for a tax credit? Many hard-working parents need to enroll their children in summer camps while summer recess is in session. The IRS understands this hardship of working individuals and allows parents to deduct certain summer camp expenses as part of the Child and Dependent Care Credit. There are some exclusions and certain situations that do not apply to this credit. Here are six facts to help you determine whether your child’s summer camp expenses qualify for a tax credit: 1. The child must be younger than 13 years old. 2. The cost of day camp may count as an expense toward the Child and Dependent Care Credit. 3. Expenses for overnight camps do not qualify. 4. Whether your child care provider is a sitter at your home or day care or camp facility outside the home, you’ll get some tax benefit if you qualify for the credit. 5. The credit can be up to 35 percent of your qualifying expenses, depending on your income. 6. You may use up to $3,000 of the unreimbursed expenses paid in a year for one qualifying individual or $6,000 for two or more qualifying individuals to figure the credit. To claim the credit on your tax return you will need: • Company name or care provider name • Address of facility or home address of care provider • EIN (Employer ID Number) or Social Security number • Total fees spent on child care for each child

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Many summer camps, day cares, and child care providers will issue W-10s to parents to make it easier for them to include the information on their tax returns. If the camp does not supply you with a W-10, you may call the facility or child care provider and ask them for this information directly. If you have any questions about whether your child’s summer camp expenses qualify for the Child and Dependent Care Credit, get in touch with a tax professional. Rachel Michaelov, EA, is a licensed enrolled agent with Empire Tax Professionals, which has offices in Manhattan and Forest Hills, Queens. Empire Tax Professionals specializes in individual and small business tax returns, and offers professional guidance to parents filing taxes. For more information, visit empiretaxusa.com.


SUMMER CAMP DIRECTORY

DAY CAMPS Apple Blossom School and Family Center

440 Danbury Road, Wilton 203-493-4003 appleblossomschool.org appleblossomschool.org@gmail.com admissions@appleblossomschool.org The Apple Blossom School and Family Center in Wilton is based on the Waldorf early-childhood philosophy of learning through play, activity, and imagination. The children develop their physical, intellectual, and emotional capabilities by being in a mixedage environment that emphasizes nature and the arts. Children are taught by the oral traditions of storytelling and puppetry. We offer parent-child classes, under-3 nursery, pre-K, kindergarten, summer programs, and extended care hours to 4pm. Apple Blossom School provides a much-needed alternative to the accelerated approach to early childhood education.

Holiday Hill Day Camp

43 Candee Road, Prospect 203-387-CAMP (2267) holidayhilldaycamp.com director@holidayhilldaycamp.com Holiday Hill is a paradise of country surroundings with more than 200 acres of meadows, woodlands, and lake area. It is also known for resort-like facilities-not typical of the average day camp. Our trained, certified staff teaches fun and varied activities. The small camper-to-counselor ratio encourages development of diverse skills by working in small, intimate groups and encouraging each camper. Learning to take risks is an important part of growth and development. Holiday Hill provides a safe, comfortable environment for children to take that extra step toward making them more confident.

SPECIALTY CAMPS CompuChild

1017 Post Road E., Westport 203-921-7905; compuchild.com fairfield@compuchild.com Join us in our exciting STEM focused summer camp. Students explore different activities. Robotics, Mindstorms NXT, Scratch Projects, Engineering, and Fun

Challenges. Hands-on learning and fun. Dream-up and design your own ideas. Build your robots with technic pieces and command them. We also have a programming camp for Python Games and Graphics. For ages 4-14. Seven-week session from June 22-Aug. 5.

Connecticut Dance School

42 Halley Court, Fairfield 203-384-2492 ctdanceschool.com Connecticut Dance School, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, is dedicated to providing dance education of the highest standard to the Connecticut community. The CDS faculty includes specialists in the teaching of young children using the Royal Academy syllabus. This combines creative dance in a positive learning environment and a pre-ballet curriculum, with training in strength and flexibility.

Curtain Call Inc.

1349 Newfield Ave., Stamford 203-329-8207 x16 Administration: 203-329-8207 Box Office: 203-461-6358 curtaincallinc.com brian@curtaincallinc.com Curtain Call is the nonprofit theatrical production company in residence at The Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, providing year-round performances and educational programs. Summer is a time for kids, to act out…and what better way than in Curtain Call’s Summerstock Workshop Programs, full-day curriculums for ages 6-16, and our Summer Youth Theatre for ages 10-21. Our professional facilities and experienced faculty provide the perfect environment for kids to “act out” this summer!

The D’Valda & Sirico Dance and Music Centre

1580 Post Road, Fairfield 203-255-9440 dvaldaandsirico.com D’Valda & Sirico has been fostering success at school and in life for more than 28 years! Programs for all ages include dance classes, music lessons, and early childhood programs all under one roof, with flexible, convenient scheduling. D’Valda & Sirico is the only officially licensed Angelina Ballerina Academy in Fairfield County,

featuring specialized, developmentally appropriate, early childhood programs that encourage creativity, musicality, rhythm, and gross motor skills. Our professional staff creates a warm, secure environment for students.

The Discovery Museum and Planetarium

4450 Park Ave., Bridgeport 203-372-3521 discoverymuseum.org The newest, hottest, coolest summer programs are at Discovery Museum! Spy Lab, 3D Design, Roller Coaster Science, Robot Maker, and Fashion Lab. All hands-on learning fun for kids entering kindergarten-ninth grade, June-August. Full- and half-day weekly programs plus two-week programs for kids entering sixthninth grades. Keep on learning all summer long with programs such as Pirate’s Life, Maker Blocks, Dinos, Ocean Academy, and Sports Science. Be creative with Awesome Animation, Cyberplay, Color Creations, and Maker Academy. Scout programs, group learning labs, daily planetarium shows, birthday parties, and overnights. Open daily July–September.

Flash Pointe Dance

1657 Post Road, Fairfield 203-259-1600 flashpointedance.com Weekly camps (ages 3-18) are designed to expose dancers to multiple dance styles. Try our Performance Extended Day (9:15am5pm): Instructors will guide students through the choreography process as they create their own piece (ages 6-12). Sparklers (ages 3-5), and Fireflies (ages 6-8), are inspired by popular themes through music and props, such as Cinderella, Pop Stars, Frozen, and Neverland. We have a Boys Only Camp July 18. Intermediate-advanced dancers: join us for pre-professional classes purchased through a class card. Don’t you deserve to be inspired by the best?

Nantucket Hotel and Winnetu Oceanside Resort Vineyard-Nantucket Resorts

866-335-1133; 508-310-1733 vineyardnantucketresorts.com The family-owned Vineyard-Nantucket Resorts offer guests fun and memorable vacation experiences

on both Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Winnetu Oceanside Resort at South Beach, Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard offers families complimentary parent-toddler and children’s programs, heated pools, a fitness center, tennis, turtle pond, life-size chess set, antique fire truck rides, and a family-friendly restaurant. Families staying at our historic property in downtown Nantucket, The Nantucket Hotel, can enjoy a complimentary Kids’ Club, heated pools, fitness club, antique fire truck rides, shuttles to the beach, and a family friendly restaurant.

Stamford Twin Rinks

1063 Hope St., Stamford 203-968-9000 stamfordtwinrinks.com Stamford Twin Rinks boasts two NHL regulation-sized ice-skating rinks and regular, year-round public skating sessions. Extensive hockey and skating programs, and summer camps for all ages and abilities are conducted by professional and qualified instructors. Skate Zone Pro Shop offers expert skate sharpening and a full line of hockey and skating equipment. Four themed and decorated birthday party rooms and hostess services are available for parties. Twin Rinks is also the home of the Springdale Figure Skating Club, Springdale Ballet Academy, Center Ice Bar & Grill, and Hope Street Café.

Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

170 Whitney Ave., New Haven 203-432-5050 peabody.yale.edu The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History offers weeklong summer day camps for children in first-seventh grades. These hands-on, science-based programs feature the Peabody’s extensive dinosaur, geology, anthropology, and natural history collections and include a healthy mix of interactive learning activities, field trips, creative arts, and play, with some time spent outside each day. Camps meet at the Museum in New Haven from July 11-Aug. 19. A complete list of camps and registration information can be found on the Peabody website at peabody.yale.edu/events/ summer-camps.

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Outings All Year Round

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Family fun for every season, all around the region ››

Check out this list of great family outings. While most can be visited year-round, we’ve suggested the best time of year to visit each one, to help organize your family’s calendar so you can discover new adventures all year long.

5 Courtesy Hudson Highlands Nature Museum

6 Courtesy Alice Austen House

4 Courtesy New York Transit Museum

Courtesy Hallockville Museum Farm

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1 As you stroll the Museum of the Moving Image’s galleries, you’ll get a peek at movie-making’s early days and develop an appreciation for how far the industry has advanced in the last century. 2 The annual Hallockville Museum Farm Barn Dance is fun for all ages—no dancing experience needed! 3 The American Folk Art Museum’s main gallery showcases works of American creative expression from the past and present. 4 Kids can get behind the wheel of a vintage bus in the On the Streets exhibit at New York Transit Museum. 5 Students participating in the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Early Childhood Action in

Nature—a project that offers free pre-K and kindergarten programs during the school year as part of the Nature Play grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services—excitedly enter Grasshopper Grove. 6 Alice Austen House is a Dutch farmhouse that was built in 1690, and is a National Historical Landmark.

winter American Folk Art Museum

Learn about America’s rich historical, social, and artistic culture at the American Folk Art Museum on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, NY. See more at nymetroparents.com/afa-museum.

Museum of the Moving Image

Spring Alice Austen House

A historical landmark and cultural center, the Alice Austen House, located on Staten Island, NY, exhibits parts of Austen’s extensive photography collection with the mission of keeping the spirit of early American photograpy alive. See more at nymetroparents.com/aah.

The Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens, NY, is the only museum of its kind in the country. Visitors young and old can get a behind-the-screen view of films, TV shows, and video games, from classics to modern-day favorites. See more at nymetroparents.com/mmi-queens.

Hudson Highlands Nature Museum

New York Transit Museum

At the Hallockville Museum Farm in Riverhead, NY, kids can learn about Long Island’s agricultural history. Visit farm animals, try your hand at old-fashioned crafts, and attend annual events such as the Fleece and Fiber Fair in spring. See more at nymetroparents.com/hmf.

Housed inside a historic subway station in Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY, the New York Transit Museum takes an interactive, educational look at how the city moves—literally. See more at nymetroparents.com/nytm. 22

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Wildlife abounds at Hudson Highlands Nature Museum in Cornwall, NY, which was founded in 1959 with a focus on environmental education. See more at nymetroparents.com/hhnm.

Hallockville Museum Farm


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Governors Island

An aerial view of New York Harbor and Governors Island

Governors Island offers summer days filled with outdoor fun, culture, and learning. A 72-acre island in the heart of New York Harbor, Governors Island opened as a military fortress in 1775, and remained a full-service base for the U.S. Army and Coast Guard until 1996. In 2003 it was land-marked and designated a national park, and in 2014, 30 acres opened to the public. See more at nymetroparents.com/gi.

Courtesy Beardsley Zoo

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport offers visitors of all ages the chance to experience nature with year-round familyfriendly programming that emphasizes education, conservation, and fun. See more at nymetroparents.com/cbz.

Courtesy Burr Homestead

Built in 1755 and rebuilt in 1779 after the Revolutionary War, the Burr Homestead in Fairfield has hosted visitors, such as George Washington and Samuel Adams, and events, such as John Hancock and Dorothy Quincy’s wedding. The venue now hosts several annual events for families See more at nymetroparents.com/bh.

Located in the heart of the Fairfield Town Green historic district, the Burr Mansion is a historically renowned location offering a look into what was Fairfield’s cultural and social center.

Philipsburg Manor Courtesy Philipsburg Mano

Courtesy Governors Island

The Burr Homestead

Play games such as Ring a Cob at the CORNucopia festival in September at Philipsburg Manor.

Through historical interpretation and interactive storytelling, Philipsburg Manor, a living history museum in Sleepy Hollow, NY, immerses visitors in the lives of colonial slaves on an 18th-century estate. See more at nymetroparents.com/pm.

Cradle of Aviation Museum

Bear Mountain Lodge was built in 1915.

Bear Mountain State Park

Visit Bear Mountain State Park where there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy the warmer weather. Situated in Rockland County, NY, the terrain is home to countless native animal and plant species, including the black bear—from which it gets its name. See more at nymetroparents.com/bmsp.

Courtesy Cradle of Aviation Museum

Courtesy Bear Mountain

Enjoy a ride on Beardsley Zoo’s colorful indoor carousel.

This Grumman F-11A Tiger, developed in Bethpage in 1954, hangs in the museum’s visitor center atrium. The Navy’s Blue Angels aerobatic team flew Tigers for more than 10 years.

Fly with the Blue Angels, meet an astronaut, and soar into space at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, NY, an institution that celebrates the grand history of aviation on Long Island. See more at nymetroparents.com/aviation-museum. FairfieldParent 23


UNDER-3 NURSERY

SUMMERDANCE 2016

Dance Education of the Highest Standard Pre-Ballet, Ballet, Pointe, Creative, Jazz, Modern Ages 3 through 18

Call CDS for Brochure Today! 203.384.2492 Alan Woodard, Director Moira Murphy Wright, Assistant Director 42 Halley Court, Fairfield, CT 06825

Drop off program 12 m-3 yrs 2, 3, 5 day options

Apple Blossom School & Family Center

440 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897 (203) 493-4003 www.appleblossomschool.org

PARENT & CHILD CLASSES Ages birth to three years EARLY CHILDHOOD CLASSES Under 3 Nursery Program 3-Day Pre-School Program 5-Day Mixed-Age Kindergarten

EXTENDED CARE OPTION

203.384.2492

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Our calendar is full of great ideas. First, here are the 10 events we consider can’t-miss—the ones we’re taking our own kids to. Consider it your cheat sheet to the best of what’s great this month!

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The Great Firefly Roundup and S’mores

WHEN: Friday, July 1, 8:30-10:30pm WHERE: Trumbull Nature and Arts Center, 7115 Main St., Trumbull AGES: All WHAT: Hear a story about a love struck bug, learn why fireflies glow, and grab a net and jar before venturing into the summer night to participate in a friendly competition. WHY WE LOVE IT: There will also be a campfire and s’mores! WANT TO GO? $3. 203-452-4421. trumbullnatureandartscenter.org.

PBS Kids’ Wild Kratts Animal Expedition

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WHEN: July 8-9, Friday-Saturday, 11am-3pm WHERE: Connecticut Science Center, 250 Columbus Blvd., Hartford AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: Flex your creature powers with Wild Kratts-themed activities such as animal face painting, a meet-and-greet with live animals, and animal arts and crafts with the Art Truck. WHY WE LOVE IT: There will be a larger-than-life stage show with Wildlife Encounters, where you’ll see animals you’ve never seen before. WANT TO GO? $5 plus general admission: $21.95; $14.95 children ages 3-17. 860-724-3623. ctsciencecenter.org.

Scavenger Hunt for Teens FREE

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WHEN: Tuesday, July 12, 7–9:30pm WHERE: Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton AGES: 9-17 WHAT: Head off in teams to explore and search for clues and to answer puzzling questions. Prizes will be awarded to the winning team. Registration required.

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WHY WE LOVE IT: What a clever (and safe) activity for teens! WANT TO GO? 203-762-3950. wiltonlibrary.org.

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Zerbini Family Circus

WHEN: Wednesday, July 13, 2pm and 5pm WHERE: East Ridge Middle School, 10 E. Ridge Road, Ridgefield AGES: All WHAT: There will be aerialists, clowns, acrobats, jugglers, camel rides, food, and fun for the entire family. WHY WE LOVE IT: This is pure old-fashioned summertime fun at it’s best! WANT TO GO? $20. 203-438-5795. ridgefieldplayhouse.org.

Harry Potter Party FREE

WHEN: Saturday, July 30, 9pm WHERE: Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road, Westport AGES: 3-17 WHAT: Celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday and the release of the new book, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, with crafts, Hogwarts classes, trivia, and more. WHY WE LOVE IT: We can’t wait to test our Potter trivia! WANT TO GO? 203-291-4800. westportlibrary.org.

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Stargazing with the Astronomical Society of New Haven

WHEN: Saturday, July 30, 8:30-10pm WHERE: Trumbull Nature and Arts Center, 7115 Main St., Trumbull AGES: 5 and older WHAT: Sit by the campfire and listen to intergalactic stories while


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members of the The Astronomical Society of New Haven assist visitors in looking through telescopes. WHY WE LOVE IT: We may be able to see deep sky objects such as galaxies, star clusters, and nebulas, and maybe even a few planets and their moons. WANT TO GO? $5. 203-452-4421. trumbullnatureandartscenter.org.

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Find Waldo Local Scavenger Hunt FREE

WHEN: July 1-30, daily, see website for times WHERE: Fairfield University Bookstore, 1499 Post Road, Fairfield AGES: All WHAT: When you spot the 6-inch Waldo standee in one of the 25 participating businesses listed on your passport, you collect stamps or signatures, and turn them into prizes and coupons at the Bookstore. WHY WE LOVE IT: This is a great community-building activity and a great way to keep downtown Fairfield humming. WANT TO GO? 203-255-7756. fairfield.edu/bookstore.

‘James and the Giant Peach’

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SPEECH • OCCUPATIONAL • BEHAVIOR THERAPY

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WHEN: June 25–July 31, Saturday-Sunday, see website for times WHERE: Waveny Park, 11 Farm Road, New Canaan AGES: 3-12 WHAT: James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach among human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities. WHY WE LOVE IT: The production features exciting shadow puppetry. WANT TO GO? $22. 203-966-4634. stonc.org.

Flutter Zone Butterfly Exhibit

WHEN: May 28–Sept. 5, daily, 10am-5pm WHERE: Maritime Aquarium, 10 N. Water St., Norwalk AGES: All WHAT: The exhibit features dozens of varieties of vibrant butterflies from both Asia and South America that will fly about freely, possibly even landing on visitors. WHY WE LOVE IT: What a treat to be so close to these beautiful creatures. WANT TO GO? $19.95; $17.95 children ages 13-17; $12.95 children ages 3-12; free for children younger than 3. 203-852-0700. maritimeaquarium.org.

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Special Exhibit: Electricity

WHEN: May 14–Nov. 6, Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm WHERE: Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich AGES: All WHAT: Electricity brings the science and history of electricity to life through engaging hands-on interactives including Plasma Tubes, Jumping Rings, Solenoid, and Jacob’s Ladder. WHY WE LOVE IT: This exhibit, developed by The Franklin Institute, will even show how your own body can become a battery. WANT TO GO? $7; $6 children; free for children younger than 5. 203869-0376. brucemuseum.org. ››

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animal lovers Wonderful Wednesdays: Riverside Reptiles FREE

WHEN: Wednesday, July 20, 3-4pm WHERE: Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton AGES: 5-8 WHAT: Reptile expert Brian Kleinman visits with his Riverside Reptiles. Tickets will be handed out on a first-come, first-serve basis at 2:45pm. WANT TO GO? 203-762-3950. wiltonlibrary.org.

Make a Book Bird House for Teens FREE

We can’t believe it’s FREE Think a freebie has to be ho-hum? Don’t let the price tag (or lack of one) fool you. Here are the five no-cost events we’re excited about now. You’re welcome. Get Into It! FREE

WHEN: Thursday, July 7, 5-8pm WHERE: Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Ave., Norwalk AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: Enjoy free admission, books and take-home activities for children as you celebrate quality early care and education in Norwalk. An Open Arms program. WANT TO GO? 203-899-0606. steppingstonesmuseum.org.

Teen Fan Fiction Club FREE

WHEN: Tuesday, July 19, 4pm WHERE: Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road, Westport AGES: 9-17 WHAT: Share your fan fiction writing, read another’s, and get feedback in a supportive club. WANT TO GO? 203-291-4800. westportlibrary.org.

SummerFest Street Festival FREE

WHEN: Saturday, July 23, 10am-4pm WHERE: Downtown Ridgefield, Main Street and Bailey Avenue, Ridgefield AGES: All WHAT: Ridgefield’s annual street festival with sidewalk sales, music, food, vendors, and more. WANT TO GO? 203-438-5992. business.destinationridgefield.com.

Ukulele Meet-Up FREE

WHEN: Thursday, July 28, 7:30pm WHERE: Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road, Westport AGES: 9 and older WHAT: Join a new, informal monthly group of ukulele enthusiasts of all skill levels, who play or want to learn. WANT TO GO? 203-291-4800. westportlibrary.org.

Family Gallery Tours FREE

WHEN: July 10-31, Sundays, 11:30am-12:15pm WHERE: Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Join a museum educator on an interactive, discussion-based tour of the museum’s current exhibitions. No reservations required. WANT TO GO? 203-869-0376. brucemuseum.org. 28

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WHEN: July 20-21, Wednesday-Thursday, 3-5pm WHERE: Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton AGES: 9-17 WHAT: Paint, decoupage, and produce a one-of-a kind birdhouse using classic children’s books for adornment. Registration for the first session will automatically place you in the second session. WANT TO GO? 203-762-3950. wiltonlibrary.org.

Ranger Nate

WHEN: Friday, July 22, 10am-5pm WHERE: EverWonder Children’s Museum, 31 Pecks Lane, Newtown AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: Learn about animals from EverWonder’s favorite animal expert, Ranger Nate. WANT TO GO? $7; free for children younger than 1. 203-364-4009. everwondermuseum.com.

Animal Meet and Greet

WHEN: July 5–Aug. 20; Tuesdays and Friday-Saturday, 3pm WHERE: Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford AGES: All WHAT: Stop by Heckscher WILD! to meet one of the teaching animals and discover how they are adapted to their habitat. WANT TO GO? $10; $5 children ages 4-17; free for children younger than 4. 203-977-6521. stamfordmuseum.org.

WILD! Feeding

WHEN: July 9–Aug. 20; Saturdays, 12:30-1pm WHERE: Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford AGES: All WHAT: Help to make salads for tortoises, lizards, and other fruit- and veggie-loving friends. Spaces are first-come, first served. WANT TO GO? $5; $3 children ages 5-17. 203-322-1646. stamfordmuseum.org.


A Day in a Farmer’s Life

WHEN: Through Aug. 22: Mondays, 11-11:30am WHERE: Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: Children will be conducting hands-on programs for all ages, including milking, grooming, and caring for baby animals. WANT TO GO? $10; $5 children ages 4-17; free for children younger than 4. 203-322-1646. stamfordmuseum.org.

Dragons: Real or Myth

WHEN: Through Sept. 5: daily, 10am-5pm WHERE: Maritime Aquarium, 10 N. Water St., Norwalk AGES: All WHAT: Dragons are very real but none of them breathe fire. You can find them living today on land and in the sea, as you’ll discover in this fun new exhibit. WANT TO GO? $19.95; $17.95 children ages 13-17; $12.95 children ages 3-12; free for children younger than 3. 203-8520700. maritimeaquarium.org.

Animals Without Passports Special Exhibit

WHEN: Through Jan. 2, 2017: daily, 10am-5pm WHERE: Maritime Aquarium, 10 N. Water St., Norwalk AGES: All WHAT: Learn the challenges of humpback whales’ annual 3,000mile migration between New England and the Caribbean. WANT TO GO? $19.95; $17.95 children ages 13-17; $12.95 children ages 3-12; free for children younger than 3. 203-8520700. maritimeaquarium.org.

Animal Feedings at Earthplace

WHEN: Year-round: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 11am; Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, 4pm WHERE: Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane, Westport AGES: All WHAT: Join Earthplace staff in the Animal Hall and Connecticut Birds of Prey exhibit for scheduled feeding times. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, watch the animals in Animal Hall get fed. On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, it’s time to feed the Birds of Prey. The activity takes place year-round. WANT TO GO? $7; $5 children ages 1-12. 203-227-7253. earthplace.org.

BROWSE & buy Annual Gigantic Summer Book Sale FREE

WHEN: July 16-19, Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 10am-5pm; Monday, 9am-5pm; Tuesday, 9am-1pm WHERE: Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road, Westport AGES: All WHAT: Find books, CDs, DVDs, and collectible editions for the whole family at this huge sale. WANT TO GO? 203-291-4800. westportlibrary.org.

SM&NC Sunday Farm Market

WHEN: Through Oct. 9: Sundays, 10am-2pm WHERE: Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford AGES: All WHAT: The market will have eggs, wool, and syrup that come directly from the farm, as well as other vendors and their produce. WANT TO GO? Free with museum admission: $10; $5 children ages 4-17; free for children younger than 4. 203-322-1646. stamfordmuseum.org.

movers & shakers Pre-K Zumba with Tracy Brody FREE

WHEN: Friday, July 1, 11am-12pm WHERE: Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton AGES: 3-8 WHAT: Children and their caregivers will have fun in this interactive and easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired Zumba Kids class. Registation required. WANT TO GO? 203-762-3950. wiltonlibrary.org.

Wonderful Wednesdays: Hula Hooping with Judi Ann Jones FREE

WHEN: Wednesday, July 27, 2:30-3:30pm WHERE: Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Judi gets everyone on their feet in this interactive performance. At 2:15pm, tickets will be handed out on a firstcome, first-serve basis. WANT TO GO? 203-762-3950. wiltonlibrary.org.

Itsy Bitsy Playgroup FREE

WHEN: July 6-27, Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30am WHERE: Temple Sholom, 300 E. Putnam Ave., Greenwich AGES: 2 and younger WHAT: Led by an early childhood and music specialist, this free drop-in playgroup provides moms and their babies the opportunity to bond during music time, gross motor play, and more. WANT TO GO? 203-869-7191. templesholom.com.

Movement and Dance for Little Ones FREE

WHEN: July 11–Aug. 15; Mondays, 11-11:30am WHERE: Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: Children and their caregivers are invited to join a fun time of moving, grooving, jumping, shaking, singing, and playing instruments. WANT TO GO? 203-762-3950. wiltonlibrary.org. ›› Fairf ieldParent 29


Toddler Tales

WHEN: July 6-27, Wednesdays, 10:30am; 11am in Spanish WHERE: Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Ave., Norwalk AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: Children join in an interactive storytime through song and movement followed by an art project. Join us at a specific storytime. WANT TO GO? $15; free for children younger than 1. 203-899-0606. steppingstonesmuseum.org.

Terrific Tales for Twos and Three FREE

WHEN: July 12–Aug. 16; Tuesdays, 11-11:30am WHERE: Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: There will be hand-clapping toe-tapping songs, finger plays, and stories that encourage emerging language skills. WANT TO GO? 203-762-3950. wiltonlibrary.org.

Wonderful Ones and Twos FREE

ONCE UPON A Time! Read to Me! Storytime FREE

WHEN: Wednesday, July 6, 10:30-11am WHERE: Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road, Fairfield AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: Explore the animal kingdom, nature, and fables with stories illustrated and inspired by Robert Lawson, including The Story of Ferdinand. WANT TO GO? 203-259-1598. fairfieldhistory.org.

Wonderful Wednesdays: Puppetree FREE

WHEN: Wednesday, July 13, 3-4pm WHERE: Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: Catch a puppet performance of Caps for Sale, the classic children’s story by Esphyr Slobodkina. Tickets will be handed out on a first-come, first-serve basis at 2:45pm. WANT TO GO? 203-762-3950. wiltonlibrary.org.

WHEN: July 12–Aug. 16; Tuesdays, 3-3:30pm WHERE: Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton AGES: 2 and younger WHAT: This program is a sharing time for young children and their caregivers with an emphasis on books, with some songs and toy time. WANT TO GO? 203-762-3950. wiltonlibrary.org.

Books for Babies FREE

WHEN: July 12–Aug. 16; Tuesdays, 10:15-10:45am WHERE: Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton AGES: 2 and younger WHAT: Bring your baby to this infant-friendly program for songs, playtime, and gentle stories. WANT TO GO? 203-762-3950. wiltonlibrary.org.

Ready Readers FREE

WHEN: July 12–Aug. 16; Tuesdays, 4:15-5pm WHERE: Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton AGES: 3-5 WHAT: Children will hear stories, watch short book films, as well as participate in fun activities and crafts. Each week children explore different topics. WANT TO GO? 203-762-3950. wiltonlibrary.org.

Mysterious Book Society FREE

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WHEN: Thursday, July 21, 4:30pm WHERE: Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road, Westport AGES: 5-8 WHAT: Join a discussion of The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel. WANT TO GO? 203-291-4800. westportlibrary.org.

Mo Willems Celebration FREE

WHEN: Wednesday, July 27, 11am WHERE: Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road, Westport AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: Explore favorite children’s author and illustrator Mo Willems. Register online. WANT TO GO? 203-291-4800. westportlibrary.org.

Book Time with Ronald McDonald FREE

WHEN: Wednesday, July 27, 4pm WHERE: Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road, Westport AGES: 3-8 WHAT: Join Ronald McDonald for stories, magic, and games. WANT TO GO? 203-291-4800. westportlibrary.org. 30

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Meet A Real Cowboy FREE

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WHEN: Friday, July 1, 11am-5pm WHERE: Stew Leonard’s of Norwalk, 100 Westport Ave., Norwalk AGES: All WHAT: In time for Independence Day, acclaimed chuck wagon cook, humorist, and “cowboy poet” Kent Rollins will be on hand to demonstrate his cooking skills and entertain visitors. WANT TO GO? 203-847-7214. stewleonards.com.

Fireworks Cruises

WHEN: July 2-4, Saturday-Monday, 7-11pm WHERE: Maritime Aquarium, 10 N. Water St., Norwalk AGES: 5 and older


WHAT: View local municipal fireworks from the water. Each night is a different town. All passengers must be 42 inches tall. Call or go online to register. WANT TO GO? $50. 203-852-0700. maritimeaquarium.org.

Art Lab: Patriotic Paper Lanterns

WHEN: July 2-3, Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm WHERE: EverWonder Children’s Museum, 31 Pecks Lane, Newtown AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: Learn about the origins of the Fourth of July while creating patriotic lanterns out of paper. WANT TO GO? $7; free for children younger than 1. 203-364-4009. everwondermuseum.com.

Norwalk Independence Day Celebration

WHEN: Sunday, July 3, 5:30pm WHERE: Calf Pasture Beach, 69 Calf Pasture Beach Road, Norwalk AGES: All WHAT: Entertainment before and after Norwalk fireworks includes a magic and juggling comedy show, DJ Nuzzo, and a Stevie Wonder cover band. WANT TO GO? $30 parking fee without Norwalk beach pass. 203854-7806. norwalkct.org.

Independence Day

WHEN: Monday, July 4, 9am-5pm WHERE: Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic AGES: All WHAT: Enjoy boat races on the Mystic River, an old-fashioned spelling bee for children, and many other fun activities. A rousing 1876 Independence Day ceremony will be followed by a concert featuring the Mystic Silver Cornet Band. WANT TO GO? $26; $17 children ages 6-17; free for children younger than 6. 860-572-5331. mysticseaport.org.

Happy Birthday, America!

WHEN: Monday, July 4, 4:12pm WHERE: Bridgeport Bluefish, 500 Main St., Bridgeport AGES: All WHAT: Spend America’s birthday with the Bluefish as they play the York Revolution. WANT TO GO? $4. 203-345-4800. bridgeportbluefish.com.

Declaration of Independence on Display

WHEN: July 1-10, daily, 10am-4pm WHERE: Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road, Fairfield AGES: All WHAT: In honor of the 240th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, an early version of the Declaration of Independence and other historical artifacts will be on display. WANT TO GO? $5; $3 children ages 5-17; free for children younger than 5. 203-259-1598. fairfieldhistory.org.

Show time! Nathan Ward Band FREE

WHEN: Thursday, July 21, 7:30-9:30pm WHERE: Matthews Park, 295 West Ave., Norwalk AGES: All WHAT: This ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s British and American rock band performs as part of the Thursday Summer Concert Series. WANT TO GO? 203-899-0606. norwalkct.org.

First County Bank Summer Concert Series

WHEN: July 13-27, Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30pm WHERE: Calf Pasture Beach, 69 Calf Pasture Beach Road, Norwalk AGES: All WHAT: First County Bank presents the Norwalk Summer Concert Series that is free and open to the public. See website for the schedule. WANT TO GO? $10 parking fee without Norwalk beach pass. 203854-7806. norwalkct.org.

Music with Lolly & Yoyo FREE

WHEN: Thursday, July 28, 2:15pm WHERE: Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road, Westport AGES: 3-8 WHAT: Join Lolly and Yoyo, the musical fitness group, as they read their new book and perform their song. WANT TO GO? 203-291-4800. westportlibrary.org.

The Federation FREE

WHEN: Thursday, July 28, 7:30-9:30pm WHERE: Matthews Park, 295 West Ave., Norwalk AGES: All WHAT: Eclectic mix of guitar hero classics, pop, and ’80s dance music as part of the Thursday Summer Concert Series. WANT TO GO? 203-899-0606. norwalkct.org.

‘Cinderella, a Fairy’s Tale’

WHEN: July 16-31, Saturday-Sunday, see website for times WHERE: Waveny Park, 11 Farm Road, New Canaan AGES: 3-12 WHAT: This is a fun, witty, new adaption with larger-than-life characters, new contemporary songs, and lots of audience participation. WANT TO GO? $22. 203-966-4634. stonc.org. ››

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AGES: 9-17 WHAT: Learn how to do the amazing art of Zentangle—a relaxing and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing repetitive patterns. WANT TO GO? 203-351-8294. fergusonlibrary.org.

Skateboard Artwork for Teens FREE

Crafty Kids Art Adventures: You Create!

WHEN: Sunday, July 10, 1-3pm WHERE: Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich AGES: 5 and older WHAT: Participants will craft fun, creative works of art. WANT TO GO? $7; $6 children; free for children younger than 5. 203869-0376. brucemuseum.org.

STEAM Mondays: Squirt Gun Paintings

WHEN: Monday, July 11, 10am-5pm WHERE: EverWonder Children’s Museum, 31 Pecks Lane, Newtown AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Children will use squirt guns filled with paint to make a fun painting. WANT TO GO? $15. 203-364-4009. everwondermuseum.com.

Cupcake Club

WHEN: Friday, July 15, 3-3:45pm WHERE: Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton AGES: 5-8 WHAT: Follow step-by-step instructions to decorate a fancy cupcake. Tickets will be given out at 2:45pm the day of the program. WANT TO GO? 203-762-3950. wiltonlibrary.org.

Let’s Make Something: Bath Bombs FREE

WHEN: Saturday, July 16, 2-3pm WHERE: Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Make a bath bomb. Tickets will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis at the Children’s Reference Desk starting at 1:45pm. WANT TO GO? 203-762-3950. wiltonlibrary.org.

National Ice Cream Day

WHEN: July 26-28, Tuesday and Thursday, 4-6pm WHERE: Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton AGES: 9-17 WHAT: Teens transform an old skateboard into a piece of artwork with a little inspiration from the masters. Registration required. WANT TO GO? 203-762-3950. wiltonlibrary.org.

Art Labs: Paper Plate Jellyfish and Cupcake Liner Fish

WHEN: Through July 31: Monday-Tuesday, 10am-5pm; Sundays, 11am-5pm WHERE: EverWonder Children’s Museum, 31 Pecks Lane, Newtown AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: Children learn about oceanography and ichthyology. WANT TO GO? $7; free for children younger than 1. 203-364-4009. everwondermuseum.com.

Jungle Crafts FREE

WHEN: July 11–Aug. 15; Mondays, 10am-7:30pm WHERE: Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton AGES: All WHAT: Drop in to make a jungle craft. WANT TO GO? 203-762-3950. wiltonlibrary.org.

Third Annual Summer Art Workshop Program

WHEN: Through Aug. 20: Saturdays, 10am-12pm WHERE: Loft Artists Association, 845 Canal St., Stamford AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Features explorations in clay, robot recyclables, beading, and more. WANT TO GO? $5. 203-323-4153. loftartists.com.

Special needs Accessibility Day

WHEN: Saturday, July 9, 9-5pm WHERE: Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Ave., Norwalk AGES: All WHAT: Reduced admission. An Open Arms program. WANT TO GO? $3. 203-899-0606. steppingstonesmuseum.org.

Operation Hope’s Annual ‘Really Big’ Tag Sale

WHEN: Sunday, July 17, 10am-5pm WHERE: EverWonder Children’s Museum, 31 Pecks Lane, Newtown AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: Children will use homemade puffy paint to make ice cream cone art. WANT TO GO? $7; free for children younger than 1. 203-364-4009. everwondermuseum.com.

WHEN: July 23-24, Saturday, 9am-4pm; Sunday, 12-4pm WHERE: First Church Congregational, 148 Beach Road, Fairfield AGES: All WHAT: All proceeds benefit Operation Hope. WANT TO GO? $1. 203-292-5588. operationhopect.org.

STEAM Mondays: Sink or Float Day

WHEN: Monday, July 25, 7:30pm WHERE: Pizza Post–Cos Cob, 522 E. Putnam Ave., Greenwich AGES: All WHAT: Relax among your tribe. No need to RSVP, although it is appreciated. WANT TO GO? 203-661-8510. autisticadults.net.

WHEN: Monday, July 18, 10am-5pm WHERE: EverWonder Children’s Museum, 31 Pecks Lane, Newtown AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Children will be given various materials to try to create a boat that will float and test how much weight the boat can hold. WANT TO GO? $12. 203-364-4009. everwondermuseum.com.

Zentangle Fun FREE

WHEN: Monday, July 25, 6:30pm WHERE: Harry Bennett Branch of The Ferguson Library, 115 Vine Road, Stamford

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Pump It Up’s Sensory Friendly Bounce Time

WHEN: Through Dec. 31: Tuesdays, 6:15-7:45pm; Saturdays, 8:30-9:30am WHERE: Pump It Up of Norwalk, 145 Main St., Norwalk AGES: All WHAT: The music is low and the lights aren’t flashing. WANT TO GO? $12. 203-838-5867. pumpitupparty.com/norwalk-ct.


The Great outdoors

WHERE: Longshore Club Park, Compo Road South, Westport AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: Start the day outdoors with the Westport Library at Longshore Club Park. In case of rain, this storytime will be cancelled. WANT TO GO? 203-291-4800. westportlibrary.org.

Historic Cycling Tour

Summer Stars Planetarium Shows

WHEN: Sunday, July 3, 9:30-11:30am WHERE: Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road, Fairfield AGES: 9 and older WHAT: Cyclists will bike 10 miles to view historic locations in Fairfield. WANT TO GO? $8. 203-259-1598. fairfieldhistory.org.

Eat Your Weeds FREE

WHEN: Wednesday, July 20, 10:30am WHERE: Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road, Westport AGES: All WHAT: Learn about edible plants with ethnobotanist Hayden Stebbins. WANT TO GO? 203-291-4800. westportlibrary.org.

Passport to Space: Gravitational Waves for Kids

WHEN: Friday, July 22, 7:30pm WHERE: Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford AGES: 5 and older WHAT: Start by enjoying a presentation followed weather permitting, by a visit to view the night sky through our 22-inch research telescope. WANT TO GO? $5; $3 children ages 5-17. 203-322-1646. stamfordmuseum.org.

Antique and Classic Boat Rendezvous

WHEN: July 23-24, Saturday-Sunday, 9am-5pm WHERE: Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic AGES: All WHAT: Fifty classic vessels create a colorful gathering along the Museum’s waterfront. On Sunday at 12:30pm, view the classic vessels parade down the historic Mystic River. WANT TO GO? $26; $17 children ages 6-17; free for children younger than 6. 860-572-5331. mysticseaport.org.

Storytime at Longshore FREE

WHEN: July 5-28, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30am

WHEN: July 6–Aug. 17; Wednesdays, 1pm; Saturdays, 1pm and 2:30pm WHERE: Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford AGES: 5 and older WHAT: Discover some of the common constellations of the summer and their stories. Doors open 15 minutes before program and seats are first-come, first-served. WANT TO GO? $10; $5 children ages 4-17; free for children younger than 4. 203-322-1646. stamfordmuseum.org.

Children’s Garden Club FREE

WHEN: Through Aug. 26: Fridays, 4-4:45pm WHERE: Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton AGES: 5 and older WHAT: Throughout the spring, summer, and fall, children plan, plant, tend, and eat fruits and vegetables in a raised-bed garden. WANT TO GO? 203-762-3950. wiltonlibrary.org.

Observatory Visitors’ Night

WHEN: Through Aug. 31: Fridays, 8pm WHERE: Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford AGES: 5 and older WHAT: Head to the observatory to explore the night sky through a 22-inch telescope. WANT TO GO? $5; $3 children ages 5-17. 203-977-6521. stamfordmuseum.org.

Marine Life Study Cruises

WHEN: Through Sept. 5: daily, 1pm WHERE: Maritime Aquarium, 10 N. Water St., Norwalk AGES: 5 and older WHAT: Aquarium educators put participants to work in collecting and examining animals from all levels of the water column. WANT TO GO? $29.95. 203-852-0700. maritimeaquarium.org. ›› Fairf ieldParent 33


AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: Oil and colored water in a bottle will show the motion of the waves. WANT TO GO? $7; free for children younger than 1. 203-364-4009. everwondermuseum.com.

smarty pants Science Lab: Echolocation Experiment

WHEN: Friday, July 1, 10am-5pm WHERE: EverWonder Children’s Museum, 31 Pecks Lane, Newtown AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: Young scientists will learn about the principles of echolocation and how both humans and animals use echolocation when they speak through a paper towel tube against a tin tray while a friend listens through a paper towel tube. WANT TO GO? $7; free for children younger than 1. 203-364-4009. everwondermuseum.com.

Science Lab: Ocean Zones Experiment

WHEN: Wednesday, July 6, 10am-5pm WHERE: EverWonder Children’s Museum, 31 Pecks Lane, Newtown AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: Learn about the five layers of the ocean. Children use colored bottles to simulate the five ocean zones: trench zone, abyss, midnight zone, twilight zone, and sunlight zone. WANT TO GO? $7; free for children younger than 1. 203-364-4009. everwondermuseum.com.

Burning of Fairfield Walking Tours

WHEN: Sunday, July 10, 12:30-2pm WHERE: Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road, Fairfield AGES: 5 and older WHAT: Stroll back in time while exploring the history and events surrounding the attack on Fairfield by the British on July 7-8, 1779. WANT TO GO? $10; $5 students. 203-259-1598. fairfieldhistory.org.

Steaming Ahead FREE

WHEN: Thursday, July 14, 4pm WHERE: Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road, Westport AGES: 5-8 WHAT: Join an interactive story time to learn science by making your own 3-D drawing. WANT TO GO? 203-291-4800. westportlibrary.org.

Science Lab: Ocean Zone Animals

WHEN: Friday, July 15, 10am-5pm WHERE: EverWonder Children’s Museum, 31 Pecks Lane, Newtown AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: Learn about the different sea life that lives in each of the five ocean zones, then identify them in a tabletop game. WANT TO GO? $7; free for children younger than 1. 203-364-4009. everwondermuseum.com.

Science Lab: Ocean in a Bottle

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Let’s Make Something: 3D TinkerCAD FREE

WHEN: Saturday, July 23, 2-3pm WHERE: Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Learn how to use TinkerCAD, a free online Computer Aid Design program, to make a simple 3-D puzzle. Registration required. WANT TO GO? 203-762-3950. wiltonlibrary.org.

Computer Coding for Kids FREE

WHEN: July 11-25, Mondays, 3:45-4:45pm WHERE: Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Whether you’re new to coding or have done some before, try out different coding platforms and some fun unplugged activities. WANT TO GO? 203-762-3950. wiltonlibrary.org.

Let’s Make Something: Lego Day FREE

WHEN: Saturday, July 30, 2-3pm WHERE: Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Come practice your building skills with friends. Lego creations will be on display at the end of the program. WANT TO GO? 203-762-3950. wiltonlibrary.org.

Electric Paris

WHEN: Through Sept. 4: Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm WHERE: Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich AGES: All WHAT: Electric Paris is the first exhibition to explore the ways in which artists responded to older oil and gas lamps and the newer electric lighting. WANT TO GO? $7; $6 children; free for children younger than 5. 203869-0376. brucemuseum.org.

‘Star Trek’: The Starfleet Academy Experience

WHEN: July 9–Oct. 31; Sunday-Thursday, 10am-8pm; FridaySaturday, 10am-9pm WHERE: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86, 46th Street and Twelfth Avenue, New York Harbor, Manhattan AGES: All WHAT: Experience life as a Starfleet Academy cadet with interactive activities and many props and costumes from the TV show. WANT TO GO? $25; $23 seniors; $18 children; free for children 4 and younger. 212-245-0072. intrepidmuseum.org.

Treasures of the Peabody: 150 Years of Exploration and Discovery

WHEN: Through Jan. 8, 2017: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 12-5pm WHERE: Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, 170 Whitney Ave., New Haven AGES: All WHAT: Learn the Peabody’s story, beginning with the founding of Yale in 1701 and the early evolution of science in America, to the expeditions and cutting-edge research that curators are leading today. WANT TO GO? $6-$13. 203-432-5050. peabody.yale.edu.


ON screen Family Outdoor Movie Time: ‘Minions’

WHEN: Saturday, July 9, 6pm WHERE: Calf Pasture Beach, 69 Calf Pasture Beach Road, Norwalk AGES: 3 and older WHAT: Free face painting and Karate Universe demonstration before a screening of Minions. WANT TO GO? $10 parking fee without Norwalk beach pass. 203-8547806. norwalkct.org.

Movie Theater Thursdays: ‘Lion Guard: Return of the Roar’ FREE

WHEN: Thursday, July 14, 10:15-11am WHERE: Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton AGES: 3-12 WHAT: Kids can walk in and enjoy the fun with the Lion King family. WANT TO GO? 203-762-3950. wiltonlibrary.org.

Movie Theater Thursdays: ‘Zootopia’ FREE

WHEN: Thursday, July 14, 2-3:45pm WHERE: Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton AGES: 3-12 WHAT: Kids can walk in and enjoy the fun with the new Disney movie. WANT TO GO? 203-762-3950. wiltonlibrary.org.

Family Outdoor Movie Time: ‘Inside Out’

WHEN: Saturday, July 16, 6pm; movie begins at dusk WHERE: Calf Pasture Beach, 69 Calf Pasture Beach Road, Norwalk AGES: 3 and older WHAT: Free face painting and Karate Universe demonstration before a screening of Inside Out. WANT TO GO? $10 parking fee without Norwalk beach pass. 203-854-7806. norwalkct.org.

Movie Theater Thursdays: ‘Tarzan’ FREE

WHEN: Thursday, July 21, 10:15-11:45am WHERE: Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton AGES: 3-12 WHAT: Watch the classic Disney movie, Tarzan. Kids can walk in and enjoy the fun! WANT TO GO? 203-762-3950. wiltonlibrary.org.

Movie Theater Thursdays: ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ FREE

WHEN: Thursday, July 21, 2-3:30pm WHERE: Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton AGES: 3-12 WHAT: Come and watch the new movie Kung Fu Panda 3. Kids can walk in and enjoy the fun with Po and the Furious Five. WANT TO GO? 203-762-3950. wiltonlibrary.org.

Family Outdoor Movie Time: ‘Hotel Transylvania’

WHEN: Saturday, July 23, 6pm WHERE: Calf Pasture Beach, 69 Calf Pasture Beach Road, Norwalk AGES: 3 and older WHAT: Free face painting and Karate Universe demonstration before screening of Hotel Transylvania. WANT TO GO? $10 parking fee without Norwalk beach pass. 203-8547806. norwalkct.org.

Movie Theater Thursdays: ‘Curious George: Garden Discoveries’ FREE

WHEN: Thursday, July 28, 10:15-11:30am WHERE: Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton AGES: 3-12 WHAT: Kids can walk in and enjoy the fun with George and the Man with the Yellow Hat. WANT TO GO? 203-762-3950. wiltonlibrary.org.

Family Outdoor Movie Time: ‘The Good Dinosaur’

WHEN: Saturday, July 30, 6pm WHERE: Calf Pasture Beach, 69 Calf Pasture Beach Road, Norwalk AGES: 3 and older WHAT: Free face painting and Karate Universe demonstration before screening of The Good Dinosaur. WANT TO GO? $10 parking fee without Norwalk beach pass. 203854-7806. norwalkct.org.

‘One World, One Sky’

WHEN: Through Aug. 28: 12:30pm WHERE: Hudson River Museum Planetarium, 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers, NY AGES: All WHAT: When Big Bird, Elmo, and their friend from China, Hu Hu Zhu, take an imaginary trip to the moon, they learn amazing things along the way. WANT TO GO? $4; $2 children ages 3-18. 914-963-4550. hrm.org.

Coming up next month: Aug. 3: Summer Stars Planetarium Shows at Stamford Museum & Nature Center Aug. 11: Cruising Through the Past: An Exploration of Greenwich History from the Water with The Island Beach Ferry Aug. 27: Summer’s Last Roar at Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

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It’s time to feel the sand between your toes! Pack up an umbrella, some chairs, a picnic, and a good book, and hit the beach with the kids. We’ve got all of your local sandy spots to enjoy a sunny day this summer, so why hesitate? There’s an entire ocean out there waiting for you to splash around. Want some time to relax? Have the kids compete in a sandcastle contest so you can focus on “me time” until you have to pick a winner. Note that dates and prices are projected; call ahead or check your local beach’s website to confirm all details. Cost: $30 on weekdays; $50 on weekends and holidays, or show your Emblem. Lake Mohegan Fairfield 203-256-3191 fairfieldrecreation.com Attractions: Lake beach with public grills, picnic area, and sprinkler park Hours: 10am-11pm; swimming is not allowed after dark. Lifeguards on duty 10am-dusk. Cost: Residents: $8 weekdays ($4 children); $10 weekends and holidays ($6 children). Non-residents: $15 weekdays ($8 children); $18 weekends and holidays ($12 children). Seasonal passes: $20; $10 for residents.

Calf Pasture Beach Norwalk 203-854-7806 norwalkct.org Attractions: Fishing, softball fields, volleyball courts, skate park, and basketball courts, plus sailboat, windsurf, and kayak rentals next door at Norwalk sailing school Hours: Through middle of October sunrise to sunset (7am-10pm) Cost: Free admission. Norwalk residents: To receive a free beach pass (for free parking), visit norwalkct.org. Parking for non-residents: $25 weekdays; 36

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$30 weekends and holidays; $10 after 5pm all days. Compo Beach Westport westportct.gov/ index.aspx?page=321 Attractions: A 29-acre park featuring a softball field, basketball courts, and a skate park. The beach area is open year-round. Parking fee in effect through Sept. 30, or show your Resident Parking Emblem. Hours: Lifeguards on duty 10am-6pm through Labor Day.

Penfield Beach Fairfield 203-256-3191 fairfieldrecreation.com Attractions: Playground, picnic area with public grills, food concession, and restrooms Hours: 10am-11pm daily (closes at 10pm to nonresidents). Lifeguards on duty 10am-dusk. Cost: Parking: Free for residents with beach stickers. Parking without beach sticker (Memorial Day Saturday to Labor Day): $20 weekdays; $50 weekends and holidays. Seasonal passes: $20 residents; $170 non-residents. Southport Beach Fairfield 203-256-3191 fairfieldrecreation.com Attractions: Playground, picnic

area with public grills, food concessions, and restrooms Hours: 10am-11pm daily (closes at 10pm to nonresidents). Lifeguards on duty 10am-dusk. Cost: Only open to residents with a beach sticker. Seasonal passes: $20 residents; not available to non-residents. Sasco Beach Fairfield 203-256-3191 fairfieldrecreation.com Attractions: Picnic area with public grills, and restrooms Hours: Beach open 10am11pm daily (closes at 10pm to non-residents). Lifeguards on duty 10am-dusk. Cost: Only open to residents with a beach sticker. Seasonal passes: $20 residents; not available to non-residents. Seaside Park Beach Bridgeport 203-576-7233 bridgeportct.gov Attractions: Picnic area, bathhouse, restrooms, track, and lighthouse Hours: 8am-8pm daily Cost: Annual Parking Sticker: $10 for Bridgeport residents; $100 for residents outside of Bridgeport; Parking day passes: $20 CT residents, $40 out-ofstate visitors. Sherwood Island State Park Westport 203-226-6983 ct.gov Attractions: Fishing, food concessions, bathhouse, and swimming areas Hours: Year round, 8am


nymetroparents.com/where-to to sunset (costs apply from Memorial Day through Labor Day) Cost: Weekday parking: $9 Connecticut residents; $15 non-residents. Weekend parking: $13 residents; $22 non-residents. After 4pm: $6 residents; $7 non-residents. Season pass: $67 residents; $112 non-residents (allows entrance to any Connecticut state park during the summer). Weed Beach Darien 203-656-7325 darienct.gov Attractions: Public grills, picnic areas, tennis courts, restrooms, and playgrounds Hours: 9am-10pm daily Cost: Parking: $40. Darien residents can purchase seasonal beach permit for $45. Pear Tree Point Beach Darien 203-656-7325 darienct.gov Attractions: Public grills, picnic areas, restrooms, and food concession Hours: 9am to sunset daily Cost: Parking: $40. Darien residents can purchase a seasonal beach permit for $45.

LONG ISLAND Nassau County North Shore Beaches City of Glen Cove Beaches Crescent Beach, Morgan Memorial Park Beach and Pryibil Beach, Glen Cove 516-676-3766 glencove-li.com Attractions: Overlooks the Long Island Sound. Morgan Memorial Park Beach offers a picnic area, food concession, and hiking trails. Hours: 9am-6pm (dusk) daily Cost: Free; Glen Cove residents only. Morgan Memorial Park Beach: Glen

Cove and Locust Valley residents only. North Hempstead Beach Park Port Washington 516-869-6311 northhempsteadny.gov Attractions: Long Island Sound beach with basketball and shuffleboard courts, horseshoe pits, shuffleboard, picnic areas, shelter pavilions, and a playground. Hours: 9am-5pm Memorial Day through Labor Day Cost: Parking: $15 Nassau County residents; $20 nonresidents. $50 season parking pass available to residents. The Town of Oyster Bay (North Shore) Beaches Centre Island Beach, Bayville: 516-624-6123 Charles E. Ransom Beach, Bayville: 516-624-6160 516-797-4128 oysterbaytown.com Attractions: Centre Island overlooks Oyster Bay Harbor and Long Island Sound and offers a food stand, turf field, outdoor showers, and basketball court. Charles E. Ransom Beach also overlooks the Sound and offers a playground (no swimming). Hours: 8am-6pm (lifeguards 9am-5pm) daily, June 25Sept. 5 Cost: $20 Oyster Bay residents; $50 non-residents on weekdays. $60 seasonal pass available to resident

Suffolk County North Shore Beaches Governor Alfred E. Smith/ Sunken Meadow State Park Kings Park 631-269-4333 nysparks.com Attractions: Beach, biking, bridle path, fishing, food, golf, hiking, nature trail, picnic tables, playground, playing

field, recreation programs, and showers (Note: Leashed dogs are allowed only in undeveloped areas of the park.) Hours: Sunrise to sunset daily. Beach open 10am-7pm daily from June 25-Sept. 5 Cost: Parking: $10 (8am4pm weekdays and 7am-6pm weekends and holidays) The Town of Brookhaven (North Shore) Beaches Cedar Beach, Mount Sinai Shoreham Beach, Shoreham Stony Brook Beach, Stony Brook West Meadow Beach, Setauket 631-451-8696 brookhaven.org Attractions: Overlooks the Long Island Sound; Cedar Beach offers a fishing pier, nature center, walking trails, and a snack bar. West Meadow Beach offers nature crafts and a variety of family programs. Hours: Memorial Day Weekend through July 4: 10:30am-6pm, SaturdaySunday; July 4 through Labor Day: 11am-6pm, Monday-Friday; 10:30am6pm, Saturday-Sunday Cost: Free for Town of Brookhaven residents with season pass ($15 for a resident season pass; $5 for senior, handicap, and veteran resident season pass. $5 daily); $20 daily parking fee for non-residents.   The Town of Huntington Beaches Asharoken and Crab Meadow Beach, Northport Centerport and Fleets Cove Beach, Centerport Crescent Beach and Gold Star Battalion Beach, Huntington Hobart Beach, Eaton’s Neck West Neck Beach, Lloyd Harbor 631-261-7574 huntingtonny.gov Attractions: All overlook

The Long Island Sound. Many offer playgrounds. Crab Meadow Beach and Centerport Beach have picnic areas, and Crab Meadow Beach also offers a boardwalk. Crab Meadow is best for young children; it has restaurants, an outdoor vending area, as well as a camp called Camp Soundview for children in first through seventh grades (call 631-351-3089 for more information). Other beaches have vending trucks. Hours: 8am-8pm daily. Lifeguards on duty 10am6pm. Crescent Beach Lifeguards on duty 10am-6pm on weekends and holidays May 28–June 26 and daily from June 27–Aug. 1 Cost: Town of Huntington Residents: $35 for the season or $20 daily. Non-residents: $30 daily. The Town of Riverhead Beaches Iron Pier Beach, Jamesport Reeves Park Beach, Riverhead South Jamesport Beach, South Jamesport Wading River Beach, Wading River 631-727-5744 townofriverheadny.gov Attractions: All overlook The Long Island Sound, except for South Jamesport, which overlooks the Peconic Bay. Basketball and tennis courts at South Jamesport; playground at each beach except for Reeves; beach at Iron Pier; concession stands at South Jamesport and Iron Pier. Hours: Sunrise to 10pm daily Cost: $15 yearly permit for Town of Riverhead residents; $5 for residents older than 60 and veteran residents. $200 yearly permit for nonresidents or $35 daily.

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A Local Gem

A visit to Stamford Museum & Nature Center offers family fun indoors and outdoors, all year long. ››

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visit to Stamford Museum & Nature Center feels a lot like spending an afternoon in Vermont but with the convenience of remaining in Connecticut. This not-so-little estate has an impressive range of offerings. Set on 118 acres, Stamford Museum & Nature Center has a pond, working farm, sculptures, hiking paths, observatory, and museum with revolving exhibits.

Bendel Mansion Museum

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charming museum and often features kidfriendly exhibits. When we visited last winter, the special exhibit was A Billion Bricks 3: Galactic Travels, a Lego exhibit featuring Star Wars-themed creations. We made this trip with three kids younger than 5, and they all enjoyed seeing these impressive creations—plus there were miniature trains zipping through the exhibits for extra awe. It took approximately 15 minutes to walk through the exhibit. Before heading outside we made a stop at the Children’s Corner, a small hands-on room where the kids could tinker with Legos and make creations of their own. Now through Sept. 5, you can see Farmers, Warriors, Builders: The Hidden Life of Ants.

The museum also has permanent collections that showcase American, Native American, and New England history. Art and culture are at the heart of this collection.

Overbrook Nature Center

After some cajoling, we finally got all three of the kids outside and headed over to the Overbrook Nature Center, less than a 5-minute walk away. This center is where nature classes are held. Even if you don’t take a class, there is an interesting display of information and taxidermied critters, which serve as a great segue into what you could possibly see outside. We learned about local wildlife, studied animal tracks, and then headed to the trails to investigate.


I was pleasantly surprised at how interested the kids were in investigating tracks, including their own.

Playground & Nature Trails

Just behind the Overbrook center is a fantastic playground, which is designed for children to experience animals’ perspective of nature. Behind the playground are more than 80 acres of nature trails. Trail No. 7 is designed to be wheelchair accessible, so bring on the strollers and wheelchairs, as these woods are for everyone.

Heckscher Farm

After exploring the nature center and trails we crossed over Otter Bridge to the 10-acre working farm. Since we made this visit less than a week after a big snowstorm, clean white snow covered much of the farm, but the asphalt paths were clear and easy to navigate. At this charming New England–style farm, you can see gorgeous barns constructed in the 1700s and heritage-breed animals. During our visit we saw turkey, geese, ducks, horses, llamas, rabbits, cows, sheep, and rams. This picturesque property provides the perfect environment for admiring nature’s beauty and studying the animals in a working farm setting.

Heckscher WILD!

Also located on the farm is Heckscher WILD!—a small indoor reptile house in which you are able to get up close and even interact with wildlife. This was our kids’ favorite part of the day. The employees taught us interesting facts about what we were seeing. Wallace the tortoise was a big hit and was out walking around in the space.

Observatory

Just off the farm path is an observatory. Throughout the year it hosts many evening events, offering visitors an opportunity to peer into a 22-inch research telescope to see the moon and the night sky.

Tips for Visiting

• Everything is stroller and wheelchair accessible. • Bring a camera—this is a gorgeous and photogenic property. • You can easily spend more than 2 hours here. •T  his isn’t a children’s petting zoo, it’s a real working farm. You’re not allowed to feed the animals. • This is a great place to bring a picnic lunch. •C  heck out the online calendar for information on upcoming exhibits and events. •T  he price is $10; $5, children ages 4–17; free for children 3 and younger. It’s easy to spend a whole afternoon exploring the grounds at Stamford Museum & Nature Center. In addition to its everyday activities, the center holds unique annual events, including sheep shearing day and a maple sugaring festival. With a farm, sculptures, observatory, pond, hiking trails, and a museum all in one location, it’s rare to have so many different experiences in such a short visit.

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birthday parties

Throw a Great Party for Any Age Three experts share their knowledge for planning a perfect birthday bash. ››

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lanning and hosting a birthday for a child of any age can be stressful and seem daunting. We’re here to help! A party planner, a party entertainer, and a mom who’s been in your shoes share their best tips to ensure everyone has a good time, no matter the age.

First Birthday

Time: Children get tired quickly so having a 90-minute party scheduled after naptime is preferred. You don’t want your child to have a meltdown, and this is when children have the highest energy level. —Linda Kaye, owner of Linda Kaye’s Partymakers and author of Bake a Cake Party Book Guest List: Limit it to no more than two or three children and their parents. Keep in mind that the more children there are, the louder the volume. —Jenna Higgins, author of Bashes on a Budget: Kids’ Birthdays Entertainment: It should engage your baby and use lots of music and instruments. Look for an entertainer who can use finger play, scarves, and parachutes, and involve the adults as well. —Janis Dionne McDavid, a.k.a. Ms. Janis, musician and birthday party entertainer 40

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Food: Bite-sized foods that don’t require sitting down and cutting are great options. Consider a buffet of mini-wraps, cheese, fruit, and mini water bottles. —LK Cake: Make or buy a cake with a design that your child will recognize, such as a favorite stuffed animal or toy. Having a separate mini-cake (or “smash cake”) for him has become popular, and he can get messy with that one. —LK Goodie Bags: Fun stickers that go with your theme or a coloring book and crayons are perfect. —JM Capture This Moment: Take a few family photos before your child gets cake all over her new outfit. Must-have photos include blowing out the candles, the entertainer with your child, and a group photo of all the children. —JH

Toddlers

Time: Ninety minutes is a good time frame. A light lunch, some running around, and then it is time for a nap. Guests won’t expect a long birthday. —JH Guest List: The number of guests should be between 12 and 20. Keep in mind: Children should be supervised by the parent, caregiver, or grown-up that brings them to your party. —JM


Entertainment: Clowns who arrive without any makeup and then put their makeup on in front of the children is fun because the children won’t get intimidated when they see that the clown is a real person. —LK Food: For the children, chicken tenders, applesauce, crackers, and fruit are great. Keep it simple for the adults with a chili or a taco bar. Something you can fix before the birthday is key. —JH Cake: Make your own birthday cake and get your child involved. Baking your own makes the cake that much more special, especially if it’s the first time you will be baking one together. —JM Goodie Bags: Incorporate the theme of the party and your child’s interests. For instance, if he loves robots, the children can build and decorate the robots and then take them home. —JM Capture This Moment: Children love watching themselves, so upload photos from the party to your computer and put together a simple slideshow the kids can watch on TV. —LK

Preschoolers

Time: Two hours works well for those parents brave enough to leave their children and pick them up later, and gives the children enough time to enjoy themselves without hitting the dreaded meltdown point. —JH Guest List: The number depends on where you’ll be having the party, but do invite the people significant in your child’s life. —LK Entertainment: Your child’s personality should reflect the entertainment. Themed parties are fun because the children jump right in and use their imaginations. Get creative and make up activities related to the theme. —JM Food: Individually wrapped items such as granola bars, fruit treats, and prepackaged crackers are all fantastic options to supplement your main meal. You can recycle what the children don’t eat, and it’s your best shot at getting them to eat something. —JH Cake: Ask your child what she wants and offer her options. She’ll feel like she has input and it will certainly get her excited. —JH Goodie Bags: Books related to the theme of the party along with a small bag of candy are great. —LK Capture This Moment: Shoot the times when your child is interacting without you. Independence is huge at this age, so try to get those moments from a distance if possible. —JH

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Elementary School (ages 6-8)

Time: Ninety minutes to two hours is appropriate at this age, when many kids have parties outside the home. —JM Guest List: The number of guests won’t overwhelm your child, so decide based on the capacity of the party location. Families often opt for two parties: one for family and one for friends and classmates. —JH Entertainment: Places such as museums and skating rinks are great because the entertainment is built in. Or the party can be held at your child’s karate or dance school, and the children can take a class together, and then enjoy food and cake. —JM Food: A make-your-own sandwich buffet makes the food

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experience fun and saves on the cost of catering. —LK Cake: Stick with your child’s tradition, but change it a little with sparkling, numbered, or unique candles. —JH Goodie Bags: Burn a CD of music that matches the theme of the party. —JM Capture This Moment: Children typically won’t have any problem playing it up for the cameras so ask them fun, silly questions on camera and make sure to get a group photo to remember the day. —JH

Tweens (ages 9-12)

Time: Two to three hours is ideal. —JM Guest List: Consider the space in which you are entertaining and then overestimate that amount. There tends to be a little wiggle room with RSVPs, and you should expect last-minute additions as well. —JH Entertainment: Children want to feel grown-up, so do a makeover party, a sleepover with an activity, or a baseball game. —LK Food: Cook your child’s favorite meal or have his favorite foods delivered. —JM Cake: You can make the cake the centerpiece of the party or get a cake that ties into the theme. —LK Goodie Bags: Try unexpected things such as a bag of microwaveable popcorn with soda and candy for a backyard movie-theme party or a jar of chocolate syrup and one topping with a label that reads, “After Party Indulgence.” —JH Capture This Moment: Give each party guest a disposable camera to take as many pictures as he or she wants. It’s fun for them, and you’ll end up with some great shots. —JM

Teenagers (ages 13-18)

Time: Between three and four hours, depending on the activity and how big the party is. —JM Guest List: Expect 20 or more teens, unless you are hosting a destination birthday party in which case your child should invite one or two friends. —JH Entertainment: Teens want to feel cool, so choose a place with a lounge-like atmosphere. A dance instructor can teach the group some moves. —LK Food: Serve fried chicken and easy-to-eat pastas, and a sundae or a smoothie bar. —LK Cake: Simply cut the cake and pass it out, or if your child can handle the attention, have a few friends carry out the cake and sing. —JH Goodie Bags: Gift cards such as $5 for Starbucks are the perfect fit. —JH Capture This Moment: Documentary style works well, so videotape the scene before the guests arrive, a few moments of your teen getting ready, and some candid moments with friends. —JH

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Now that your children are headed toward the pre-teen and adolescent years, party planning takes on a whole different hue. Here are some popular party ideas to help in your planning.

Party Ideas for Tween Girls

“Tween girls have very definite ideas about what they want for a party,” says Linda Kaye, owner of Linda Kaye’s Partymakers. “It’s important though—and this is also true for the parents of teens—for the parents to work with their daughters and offer direction.” Some favorite parties for girls of this age include: • Craft parties: Doll-making, jewelry design, ceramics, chocolate molding, and all kinds of structured craft activities. May be held at home or at a crafts studio or local Y. • Gymnastics, skating, and pool parties: Held at gymnastics centers, where the girls are instructed in the use of equipment such as hoops, balance beams, and trampolines; at ice-skating or roller rinks; or at community or backyard pools. • Makeover and spa parties: These are held either at home (in which a makeup and hair consultant is present) or in a beauty salon or spa. Girls get their hair and nails done, and may experiment with makeup application or a variety of skin-care products. • Sleepovers: Usually begin after dinner, and may include anywhere from three to 12 girls. Some parties are loosely structured with watching movies being the only planned activity. Others include some craft projects or organized games. Instead of (or in addition to) a birthday cake, many sleepovers include a make-your-own sundae bar. • Specialty parties: Zumba or other dance class party held at a dance studio, murder mystery, bake-your-own goodies party held at a bakery, or parties held at a comedy club that caters to this age group.

Party Ideas for Tween Boys

Since this tends to be a high-energy, boisterous age, most parties are held outside the home in some type of rented facility, such as: • Action-themed parties: “Boys like adventure and team playing,” Kaye says. “Anything from a scavenger hunt at home or through the city is fun.” Visiting a museum or some kind of science activity are always options, she adds. • Sports parties: Everything from basketball to miniature golf, soccer, roller hockey, and bowling. These can be held in a specialty facility (like a bowling alley or roller rink), but are increasingly held at large, multi-sports complexes where party guests can participate in a number of different activities. Parties at sporting events—Mets or Yankees, anyone?—are also popular. • “Hi-tech” parties: Activities may include laser tag, hyperspace simulators, and virtual reality games such as virtual skiing or motorcycle racing.

Party Ideas for Teens

Many teens are happy to forego parties until a bar or bat mitzvah or the big sweet 16 gala. Other than those times, birthday parties for teens tend to be lowkey and casual, such as: • Dinner parties: Host a party at your teen’s favorite restaurant for a group of their friends. • Sports parties: For 12- to 16-year-old boys, some variations on sports parties may still be popular, especially the ones that require a level of skill and dexterity. • Experience parties: Teen dance parties, karaoke events, going to a movie, or attending a sporting event are often popular with this age group. • Coed parties: Some teenage girls are definitely into large birthday parties, as long as they get to invite boys, and plenty of them! Entertainment usually includes music and dancing, and typical fare includes nachos, pizza, chips, and cake.


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29 LeCount Place (Exit 16 off I-95), New Rochelle, NY Party Central: 914-637-7575, option 1 funfuziononline.com Calling all birthday superstars! You and your guests will be dazzled by a unique, interactive party experience! Our dedicated emcees and party hosts will provide an unforgettable birthday experience within a theatrical and interactive party room atmosphere. As “The Birthday” leading man or lady, your child will be center stage for his or her spectacular birthday production! Act one begins with a dazzling interactive show where everyone is a star! There will be eating, singing, dancing, and prizes! Act two is filled with your choice of action-packed amusements! It is a standing ovation every time for the birthday star!

BIRTHDAY PARTY PLACES The Adventure Park at Discovery Museum

4450 Park Ave., Bridgeport 203-690-1717 discoverytrees.org The Adventure Park at The Discovery Museum features zip lines and challenge crossings between tree platforms. Perfect on your own, or with friends and family,

and great for birthday parties and groups. Children ages 5 and older. Choose from 11 different color-coded trails from “beginner” (easier and lower to the ground) to advanced. Summer hours: open weekdays beginning in June, weekends and day or night for groups and parties. Visit discoverytrees.org.

Bounce! Trampoline Sports Danbury

21 Prindle Lane, Danbury 203-992-9000 bouncedanbury.com info@bouncedanbury.com Bounce! Danbury combines the best of all the Bounce! facilities! Two trampoline bungee jumps, a huge main jump court with additional dodgeball courts, triple foam pits, two Ninja style Bounce! Xtreme obstacle courses, an enormous separate Bounce! Jr. Zone with its own mini slam dunk basketball hoop, a laser light extravaganza for Jump n Glow, multiple party rooms of every size, a parent lounge area with nine TV viewing options streamed right to your cellphone, and a spectacular mezzanine observation deck with 40 charging stations and an arcade with an array of challenging video games.

The Discovery Museum and Planetarium

4450 Park Ave., Bridgeport 203-372-3521 discoverymuseum.org

Super Heroes Unite! (Yes, parents can be super heroes, too!) Awesome and affordable, themed birthday parties at Discovery Museum combine crafts, festivities, and fun things to learn about. Dig for dinosaurs, explore space, have Fishy Fun, or even fly a simulated Mission to the Moon in our Challenger Center! Rent a party space and create your own adventure; add a private planetarium show or telescope viewing; have a private movie screening or even have an overnight at the museum! Parties can be customized; discounts for museum members. Call 203-372-3521 x130; email eng@discoverymuseum.org; visit online at discoverymuseum.org.

Funfuzion at New Roc City

29 LeCount Place (Exit 16 off I-95), New Rochelle, NY Party Central: 914-637-7575, option 1 funfuziononline.com Calling all birthday superstars! You and your guests will be dazzled by a unique, interactive party experience! Our dedicated emcees and party hosts will provide an unforgettable birthday experience within a theatrical and interactive party room atmosphere. As “The Birthday” leading man or lady, your child will be center stage for his or her spectacular birthday production! Act one begins with a dazzling interactive show where everyone is a star! There will be eating, singing, dancing, and

prizes! Act two is filled with your choice of action-packed amusements! It is a standing ovation every time for the birthday star!

Huck Finn Adventures Family Canoe and Kayak Trips

860-693-0385 huckfinnadventures.com hucfinadvn@aol.com Since 1983, Huck Finn Adventures has rented canoes and kayaks on the Farmington River in Avon and Simsbury, Connecticut, as well as on the Park River in Hartford. Our trips are perfect for novice paddlers, families, and birthday parties. Let us help you get out on the river and paddle!

Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

170 Whitney Ave., New Haven 203-432-5050; peabody.yale.edu Parties at the Yale Peabody Museum are a great way to celebrate your child’s birthday while providing a memorable experience for everyone. Each party is individual, based on the interests of the birthday boy or girl, be it dinosaurs, rocks and minerals, ancient Egypt, or a combination! We provide trained staff to lead the children through activities such as digging for shark teeth, and hands-on exploration of our Peabody cart collection of fossils, bones, and rocks, as well as a visit to one or more exhibit halls with a guided scavenger hunt.

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SPECIAL NEEDS

Staying Positive Feeling sorry for a child who struggles with a special need is understandable—but it’s not going to help. Here’s what will. ›› By Rita Eichenstein, Ph.D.

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ine-year-old Amanda walked into my office, a worried frown on her freckled face. She heaved a heavy backpack off of her shoulders, dropping it with a thud and blurting out, “I’m exhausted!” Her mother agreed, noting, “I feel so bad for her all the time. She is under so much stress!” As a parent, it’s hard not to feel sorry for your own child sometimes. It’s especially hard if your child has the extra burden of an atypical profile. Children with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, ADHD, autism, or developmental delays are additionally weighed down by the necessities of their diagnosis,

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which can often include extra tutoring, multiple therapies, socialization groups, or intensive behavior training programs. Parents may have to let go of typical fun activities, such as sports teams or school plays, in lieu of prescriptive interventions. It’s emotionally draining both for child and parent. No one wants her child to be different, and yet differences seem to drive the weekly calendar, continually reminding everyone of the “special needs” of the child. A major reason it is so difficult to keep a positive attitude when your child is atypical is because, like all parents, you worry. You


SPECIAL NEEDS DIRECTORY worry that he will be bullied, have no friends, never go to college, or get married. That he’ll suffer. But yet, because children learn by watching their parents, it is critical to adopt a cheerful attitude. The way you see your child ultimately shapes her own self-perspective. On top of everything you’re challenged to do, you have to cultivate optimism, resilience, and confidence in your child’s outcome. Is that hard? You bet it is. But if you keep these tips in mind, you’ll find it easier.

Behaviors to Avoid

Don’t confuse feeling sorry for your child with support. There’s a big difference between pity and empathy. Stay positive and help him find resources to build resilience and confidence. Don’t see everything through the disability lens. Your kid is a whole person with different gifts and great potential. The special need aspect is just one aspect of her life. Don’t project. Sometimes, parents will worry about something that might happen—but it’s stemming from their own experiences or fears. Are you worried that he won’t be popular because you weren’t popular? Take some time to find out what your child is worried about; you might be surprised to find out that she is much more at ease than you thought. Don’t overindulge to “compensate.” Extra video games or unlimited treats, for example, do not have anything to do with your child’s disability. Stick to “typical” rules, while allowing for occasional leniency in circumstances that really do relate to his disability. Don’t be too tough. Tough love doesn’t work with atypical kids. Atypical children are more fragile. Get to know your child and work with her consciously and gently.

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PROFESSIONAL SERVICES Body 4 Brain Janessa Rick, P.T.

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Step in when necessary. Some atypical kids are prone to social isolation and depression. Teachers, even if unintentionally, can exacerbate the problem. Keep an eye on your child and have open communication so he’ll feel comfortable confiding in you. You are your child’s advocate, and your child will need assertive intervention at times. This is not “babying” your child. It’s part of your job as a proactive parent of an atypical child. Encourage participation. Don’t limit your child’s activity options based on what you think she can’t do. If she really wants to join that club or try that sport or take those lessons, chances are there is a way to make it happen. Enjoy the present. Staying in the moment and noticing your amazing child as he unfolds is an important—and joyful— exercise. Take a short break from the everyday jostle to savor small moments of just being together. Express gratitude daily. Before bed, perhaps at tuck-in time, encourage your child to think about what she’s thankful for. And always be sure to chime in with a few contributions of your own. Rita Eichenstein, Ph.D., is a leading pediatric neuropsychologist, renowned in the field of child development, and author of Not What I Expected: Help and Hope for Parents of Atypical Children (Perigee) and the popular blog Positively Atypical! by Dr. Rita Eichenstein (positivelyatypical.com). For more information, visit drritaeichenstein.com.

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Our Best Advice

A roundup of health and safety tips from local doctors and experts ››

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e searched the archives of our website and found some of the best health and safety advice from local experts, from dealing with colds to choosing the right doctor for your family, and even some valuable safety tips for when your family is having fun outdoors.

Dealing with Colds “There are so many cold symptoms, but it’s ok to send your child to school with a runny nose, a little sneezing, and a slight cough with instructions to always cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze and always dispose of tissues. Send her with a hand cleaner or hand sanitizer for her to keep in her bag so she can constantly clean her hands.” —Sandyha Katz, M.D., an emergency medical associate of Nyack Hospital Emergency Department in Nyack, on when your child should stay home vs. when it’s okay to go to school (nymetroparents.com/symptoms) “Hand washing is one of the most effective things you can do to safeguard your health and should be done both before eating or drinking and before touching your mouth, eyes, or nose (these

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are entrance points for germs). For best results, wash hands to the tune of ‘Happy Birthday,’ sung twice, or about 15-20 seconds. Make sure to clean in between fingers, the top and bottom surfaces of hands, and under the nail bed.” —Philip Tierno, Ph.D., clinical professor of microbiology and pathology at NYU School of Medicine in Manhattan, on keeping your family healthy when one person is sick (nymetroparents.com/family-health) “Figuring out whether your child has the flu can be difficult. The common cold is associated with a runny nose, congestion, cough and occasionally a fever. It may also initially begin with a sore throat. Influenza usually causes fatigue, body and muscle aches, sore throat, congestion, cough, and fever.” —Gary Mirkin, M.D., CEO of Allied Physicians Group, which has practices in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester and Rockland counties, on determining whether your child has a cold or the flu (nymetroparents.com/cold-flu)

Choosing a Doctor “Your pediatrician becomes a member of your extended family in some sense. We don’t only take care of the babies—it’s important


to take care of the whole family unit and how the baby affects the family unit. So its really important that parents feel like they can trust the advice their pediatrician gives and feel like they’re not being judged by how they feel and what they’re bringing to the table.” —Hai Cao, M.D., a pediatrician at Park Slope Pediatrics in Park Slope, Brooklyn, on choosing a pediatrician (nymetroparents.com/pediatrician) “Ask yourself whether the pediatrician isn’t a good fit or whether it’s the whole practice. If you are interested in working with another pediatrician in the practice, it shouldn’t be a problem. You can ask for a different pediatrician when you make your child’s next appointment. If you wish to change to a different practice, don’t feel guilty or worry that you will hurt anyone’s feelings. Your child’s care is the most important consideration.” —Sanjiv Shah, M.D., chief medical director of Fidelis Care, which offers free and low-cost health insurance coverage, on changing pediatricians (nymetroparents.com/new-doc) “What, if any, training is given to staff regarding providing care for patients with developmental disabilities? What do you do if a patient becomes agitated or combative in the waiting room? How do you draw blood or give shots if a patient with a developmental disability objects? Do you have or participate in any programs to help desensitize a patient to these more invasive procedures?” —Lela Mayers, M.D., M.P.H., medical director at Aetna and former chief of medicine at Premier HealthCare in New York City, on some questions to ask when searching for a doctor for your child with special needs (nymetroparents.com/special-doctor)

Outdoor Health & Safety “Following swimming or bathing, dry the outside of the ear with a dry towel. Tilt the head to the side for 10 seconds to allow excess moisture to drain out. For adults only, if you or your child experiences water in the canal a hair dryer can be used on the lowest setting held at least 1 foot away from the ear. The warm air will dry the canal.” —Stefanie Wolf, Au.D., clinical audiologist at Audiology of Nassau County in Rockville Centre, on preventing swimmer’s ear (nymetroparents.com/swimmers-ear)

50 clothing. Sunscreen should be re-applied every two hours, assuming that one isn’t sweating a lot or swimming. Every time one is in the water or is sweating, they should reapply every 45 minutes. Sunscreen should also be purchased every year— most sunscreens are good for a year.” —Elizabeth C. Smith, M.D., board-certified dermatologist at Fairfield Dermatology in Fairfield, CT, on SPF and sunscreen guidelines for kids and adults (nymetroparents.com/sunscreen) “The American Academy of Pediatrics has a position statement on DEET that suggests that DEET in concentrations of 10 percent to 30 percent is safe for children. It should not be used on children younger than 2 months of age, and it should not be used in concentrations more than 30 percent.” —Adhi Sharma, M.D., a board-certified medical toxicologist and senior vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer at South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, on preventing bug bites and stings (nymetroparents.com/bug-bites) “Although many people associate Lyme with the hallmark bull’s-eye rash, less than 50 percent develop one. If you develop what seems like a summertime flu, and you live in or have visited an area where deer ticks are found, it’s important that you see a doctor and get tested for Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses.” —Deborah Siciliano, co-president of Lyme Research Alliance, on how to tell if it’s the summer flu or Lyme disease (nymetroparents.com/lyme) “Explain to kids that they should bail out—by covering their face and head with their arms to protect their face and eyes, then rolling off the sled—whenever they lose control, lose visibility, or think they’re going to end up in a treacherous area, such as a pond, parking lot, or an area with trees and poles.” —Fidel Garcia, M.D., medical director of PM Pediatrics in Brooklyn and Staten Island, on sledding safety and preventing serious injuries (nymetroparents.com/sled-safe)

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MY SMILE Orthodontics, Dr. Maria Karayiannis, D.M.D.

865 River Road, Suite 307, Shelton 203-538-5014 72 Park St., Suite 97, New Canaan

731 Main St., Unit 104, Monroe mysmilect.com Dr. Karayiannis graduated from McGill University where she received her B.S. in physiology, as well as her D.M.D. Dr. Karayiannis moved to Long Island to further her dental education at Stony Brook University where she received her A.E.G.D., and her post-graduate certificate in orthodontics. A free consultation will give you the opportunity to learn more about orthodontics and Invisalign®. State-of-the-art equipment, including the iTero® scanner for digital impressions, keep patients more comfortable while delivering precise imagery quick! Children and adults welcome. Trusted and experienced—you will love your smile.

Sara Ysaac-Garcia, D.M.D. Board-certified pediatric dentist

999 Silver Lane, Trumbull 203-590-1588 56 Garden St., 2nd floor, Seymour

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203-590-1578 ilovemypediatricdentist.com After earning her doctor of dental medicine degree, Dr. Sara completed a post-graduate residency at Sacred Heart Hospital in Allentown, PA. She then practiced dentistry in community health centers, and was a clinical instructor at the University of Connecticut Health Center Advanced Education in General Dentistry. Dr. Sara received her post-graduate certificate in pediatric dentistry from the University of Connecticut Health Center, and is now a diplomat of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Most of all, she cherishes the relationships she’s formed with her pediatric patients.

DOCTORS & MEDICAL PROVIDERS Park Avenue Fertility

Andrew J. Levi, M.D. Fairfield, Norwalk, Trumbull 855-901-BABY (2229) parkavefertility.com Park Avenue Fertility and Reproductive Medicine has three locations. All patients see one doctor, Andrew J. Levi, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., board-certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Levi is extensively trained in all aspects of reproductive medicine, and enjoys providing all treatment approaches, including using the newest and most effective fertility regimens in conjunction with artificial or donor insemination, in vitro fertilization, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, donor egg, and even surrogacy. As an advanced reproductive surgeon, he also provides surgical treatment options that, in many instances, can help his patients become pregnant.

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parkerent.com Dr. Parker’s expertise and extensive training in pediatric ENT is your assurance that he is the right doctor to help you make important decisions about your child’s ears, tonsils, and adenoids. He and his friendly, professional staff are ready to help care for your child at their three convenient offices in Norwalk, Westport, and New Canaan. Please call the office for an appointment or go online at parkerent.com. When you’re at the office, please pick up a complimentary copy of “What Every Parent Should Know About Tonsils, Adenoids and Ear Tubes.”

Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut

Locations in Norwalk, Danbury, Trumbull, Stamford, and Poughkeepsie, NY 761 Main Ave., Suite 200, Norwalk 103 Newtown Road, Suite 1A, Danbury 115 Technology Drive, Suite C200, Trumbull 1290 Summer St., Suite 3200, Stamford 68 W. Cedar St., Poughkeepsie, NY 203-286-4254 rmact.com At Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut, we have one goal: to help our patients succeed in building the families they desire. Every day, our physicians, nurses, and team work toward accomplishing this goal with all of our patients who entrust us with their family building dreams. Outstanding care begins with a partnership between patients and an awardwinning team of board-certified fertility doctors. Patients are offered comprehensive services including acupuncture, nutrition counseling, and therapy. We are proud to offer world-class personalized fertility treatment services that include in vitro fertilization (IVF), intra-uterine insemination (IUI), egg donation, and genetic embryo screening (PGS).


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To be in this section, call 914-397-0200 or email nympads@davlermedia.com Dr. Maria Karayiannis, D.M.D. MY SMILE Orthodontics 865 River Road, Suite 307, Shelton 72 Park St., Suite 97, New Canaan 731 Main St., Unit 104, Monroe 203-538-5014; mysmilect.com

Sara Ysaac-Garcia, D.M.D. Board-certified pediatric dentist 999 Silver Lane, Trumbull 203-590-1588 56 Garden St., 2nd floor, Seymour 203-590-1578 ilovemypediatricdentist.com

After earning her doctor of dental medicine degree, Dr. Sara completed a post-graduate residency at Sacred Heart Hospital in Allentown, PA. She then practiced dentistry in community health centers, and was a clinical instructor at the University of Connecticut Health Center Advanced Education in General Dentistry. Dr. Sara received her post-graduate certificate in pediatric dentistry from the University of Connecticut Health Center, and is now a diplomat of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Most of all, she cherishes the relationships she’s formed with her pediatric patients.

Andrew J. Parker, M.D. Parker Ear, Nose and Throat 148 East Ave., Suite 2-I, Norwalk 203-866-8121 611 Post Road E., Westport 49 Locust Ave., Suite 104, New Canaan parkerent.com

Dr. Karayiannis graduated from McGill University where she received her B.S. in physiology, as well as her D.M.D. Dr. Karayiannis moved to Long Island to further her dental education at Stony Brook University where she received her A.E.G.D., and her post-graduate certificate in orthodontics. A free consultation will give you the opportunity to learn more about orthodontics and Invisalign®. State-of-the-art equipment, including the iTero® scanner for digital impressions, keep patients more comfortable while delivering precise imagery quick! Children and adults welcome. Trusted and experienced—you will love your smile.

Dental Care Kids 1500 Summer St., Stamford 203-883-4426 dentalcarekids.com

Dr. Parker’s expertise and extensive training in pediatric ENT is your assurance that he is the right doctor to help you make important decisions about your child’s ears, tonsils, and adenoids. He and his friendly, professional staff, are ready to help care for your child at their three convenient offices in Norwalk, Westport, and New Canaan. Please call the office for an appointment or go online at parkerent.com. When you’re at the office, please pick up a complimentary copy of “What Every Parent Should Know About Tonsils, Adenoids and Ear Tubes.”

At Dental Care Kids, we are boardcertified pediatric and orthodontic dentists specializing in children’s dental care, including sedation for children who are fearful or have special needs. One step inside the office, and you will know we are all about kids. We combine state-ofthe-art, low-dose digital X-rays and technology with an office décor one parent called “Dental Disneyland,” to create a fun learning experience that will help your children on the way to a lifetime of better dental health!

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Nantucket Hotel & Winnetu Oceanside Resort............... 52

Pedigree Ski Shop.......................................................... 20

Landmark of Ridgefield Academy................................... 39

Quassy Amusement Park .............................................. 39

Nantucket Hotel & Winnetu Oceanside Resort............... 52 Stamford Twin Rinks....................................................... 17 Summer Theatre of New Canaan................................... 15

Child Care / Day Care Easton Country Day School............................................. 8

Stamford Twin Rinks....................................................... 17

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SoNo Arts Celebration.................................................... 27

Yale Peabody Museum..................................................... 9 Special Needs Family Travel

Connec-to-Talk, LLC....................................................... 27

Lake Morey Resort........................................................... 7

Hampton Cares (Body 4 Brain)...................................... 43

Nantucket Hotel & Winnetu Oceanside Resort............... 52

Little Friends of Greenwich............................................. 19

Classes Connecticut Dance School............................................. 24

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Adventure Parks of Outdoor Adventures ....................... 15

Stamford Twin Rinks....................................................... 17

Bounce! Trampoline Sports............................................ 24

Flash Pointe Dance........................................................ 11

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Children’s Dentistry of Trumbull, PC......................... 41, 49

Summer Theatre of New Canaan................................... 15

Connecticut Dance School............................................. 24

Dental Care Kids........................................................ 8, 49

D’Valda & Sirico Dance and Music Centre..................... 16

Hampton Cares (Body 4 Brain)...................................... 43

Tutors

Flash Pointe Dance........................................................ 11

My Smiles Orthodontics-Connecticut....................... 43, 49

Mathnasium - Fairfield.................................................... 47

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