Saturday, May 5, 2018
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  [All day event] Various Locations: Spring Outdoors
Spring Outdoors runs from the Spring Equinox on March 20 until the Summer Solstice on June 21. This program connects you to lands, waters, and trails in The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor, including some properties not normally accessible to the public. Enjoy interesting features and stories during Spring Outdoors, which is like the Walktober program, but is held as nature springs forth in The Last Green Valley. All the walks, bike rides, paddles, tours, events and more will be listed on our website's Spring Outdoors page and on our facebook page.

8:00am [8:00am] Wilton: Guided Bird Walk
Witness spring migration in full spring with Audubon birding guide John Bear. Learn some of the skills needed for identifying birds by sight and by ear. All ages. Pre-register: 203-762-7280

[9:00am] Guilford: Free Comic Book Day
Come to the library to pick up a free comic book, bookmark, and coloring page. Discover the joy, art, and storytelling of this American tradition. All ages. More info: 203-453-8282

[9:00am] Hartford: Free First Saturday
Free admission to the museum galleries all day. Activity sheets will be available for children and their families to use as they explore the exhibits. Please note that free admission does not include the Waterman Research Center.

[9:00am] Home Depot Stores: Kids' Workshop
Bring the kids to Home Depot to complete a free wood craft project. Scheduled projects: April 7 - Window Birdhouse May 5 - Windmill Planter June 2 - Classic Car July 7 - Fishing Game August 4 - Bookworm Bookends September 1 - Field Goal Game October 5 - Fireboat November 3 - Helicopter November 24 - Gingerbread Man Ornament December 1 - Sled with Reindeer January 5 - Easel with Whiteboard All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron, and pin.

[10:00am] Branford: Mini-Maker Table
Join us every Friday and Saturday for a mini-maker project from our MakerLab! Every month we will feature a quick project or new piece of equipment to mess around with. The results may have you leaving with something to physically take home OR just the satisfaction that you were able to create a circuit, power on an Arduino or thread a sewing machine. The projects are easy, meant for all ages and 100% drop-in. It is just up to you to find out which floor we are featuring the project on and drop on by. Registration for this table is not required just come ready to tinker, play and create!

[10:00am] Easton: Free Comic Book Day
Grab a free comic book then check out the graphic novel collections. All ages. More info: 203-261-0134

[10:00am] Fairfield: Make & Take Saturdays
Drop in at either Fairfield Main Library or Fairfield Woods Branch Library every Saturday to create, make & take, take & make, or craft a special holiday project! For children in grades K and up.

[10:00am] Forestville: Mother's Day Celebration
Enjoy a story, light refreshments, and a special craft for mom or grandma. Pre-register: 860-584-7790

[10:00am] Greenwich: Global Big Day Bird Walk
In recognition of the Year of the Bird, join Audubon Greenwich for a special birding field trip on the annual Global Big Day. Birders from around the world will be submitting observations to The Cornell Lab of Ornithology to try and break a new record for the most bird species seen around the world in one day. Grass Island Park is conveniently located in downtown Greenwich within walking distance from the Greenwich Train Station and the Greenwich Boys & Girls Club. The park's combination of salt water harbor, lawns, thickets and woodland edge provide habitat for a wide variety of birds from shorebirds, herons, egrets and ducks to migrant songbirds. We will be on the lookout for as many species as we can to get a high tally for the Global Big Day. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them or borrow one from us. Beginners welcome. For more information on the Global Big day visit: https://ebird.org/globalbigday

[10:00am] Hartford: Sailors, Ships, and Sperm Whales
See what it was like to be an 18th century sailor and try your hand at knot-tying. Discover Connecticut's whaling history and make kid-friendly scrimshaw using scratch art. Go on a scavenger hunt, and more. Ages 5 and up. More info: 860-236-5621, ext 222

[10:00am] New London: Free First Saturday
General admission is FREE on the first Saturday of every month! Come participate in our studio art project from 11 AM - 1 PM and visit exhibitions throughout the Museum. Upcoming Free First Saturdays are: January 6: Make and decorate your own icicles February 3: Decorate a tote bag for your Valentine March 3: Coral Reef Prints April 7: Create your own spring tree luminary mason jar May 5: Decorate flower pots June 2: Create your own flower panel

[10:00am] Simsbury: Mini Maker Faire
The Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating people who enjoy learning and love sharing what they can do. Everyone from engineers to artists to scientists to crafters and more will be here. More info: 860-658-7663

[10:10am] Rocky Hill: Playgroup
Join us at 10:15 am for stories, songs and more with Miss Cathy. Stay for free play with a special set of toys in the Stepney Room. For babies, toddlers and preschoolers with an adult. Registration not required.

[10:30am] Wallingford: The Big Ideas Book Club
This is a casual, inclusive book club for families who want to introduce their kids to big ideas through picture books. Discussion and age-appropriate activities for ages 3-6. Pre-register: 203-265-6754

[12:00pm] Norwalk: Healthy Kids Community Celebration
A free community event to inspire parents and kids to stay physically and intellectually active all summer long. Norwalk YMCAs Healthy Kids Community Celebration is part of the Ys national initiative to improve health and well-being of kids and families, and features activities such as fun fitness demonstrations, free giveaways, arts and craft, health screenings and more to motivate and teach families how to develop healthy routines at home. Also, local DJ, Billy Bush of Hot 93.7 will be playing great music as the Y leads fun musical games.

[1:00pm] Newington: Free Comic Book Day
Dress as your favorite characters and earn a chance to win a prize. Enjoy crafts, photo ops, a free comic book, and more. More info: 860-665-8720

[2:00pm] Bloomfield: Fab Film-Coco
Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family's ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great great grandfather, a legendary singer. Rated PG. More info: 860-243-9721

[2:00pm] Farmington: Cinco de Mayo Fun
Enjoy this Mexican celebration with games, snacks, crafts, and music. Families with children ages 3 and up. Pre-register: 860-673-6791

[5:00pm] Griswold: Night Light Festival
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year with food, music, and lots of fun. And watch the end of our first-ever Night Light Parade.