Movies in the Plaza at Pitkin Park

Movies in the Plaza is back, bringing you free Wednesday night (and now select Sunday afternoon) movie screenings May through October in downtown New Haven’s beloved Pitkin Plaza! Grab your lawn chairs, picnic blankets and some takeout from a local spot, and spend an evening under the stars enjoying blockbusters, nostalgic blasts from the past, cult favorites, family films for all ages, and more. June 12 - The Parent Trap June 19 - Selma June 26 - Pride and Prejudice July 3 - NO MOVIE July 10 - Mama Mia July 17 - Peanut Butter Falcon July 24 - Jaws July 31 - Galaxy Quest Family films will be shown on Select Sundays: June 9 - Shrek June 23 - The Incredibles July 21 - Monsters Inc. August 4 - The Lego Movie August 18 - The Secret Life of Pets For more information

Val McKee: Children’s Music: Best Video: Hamden

Best Video Film & Cultural Center 1842 Whitney Avenue, Hamden

Val McKee plays music for kids in the Best Video Film & Cultural Center parking lot on Saturday morning, July 20, at 10:30 AM. (If the weather is bad, the show will be moved inside at that time.) A Tennessee native and mom of three boys, Val’s performances are full of folk and children’s music classics, with plenty of play, education, and humor —heavy on the silly. Suggested donation is $5-10 per family but nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.  For more information

$5 – $10

42nd annual Life. Be in it. Extravaganza in Newington

Mill Pond Park 123 Garfield St, Newington

Join us at Mill Pond Park on Saturday, July 20 to celebrate the 42nd annual Life. Be in It. Extravaganza! Enjoy food, games, rides, adult beer garden, arts & craft exhibits and much more! The carnival will be open from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Our Entertainment Stage will feature an exciting line-up of performers including 'Nightshift', 'Vinyl Countdown', and 'Mass-Conn-Fusion'!!! Admission to the park and parking is FREE. The event will conclude with Newington's largest fireworks display EVER! The fireworks show will start at 9:30 pm. For more information  

Inheriting Freedom an Intergenerational Tour at Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center 77 Forest Street, Hartford

The goal of our intergenerational tour is to encourage conversations about justice between all visitors. We provide an interactive, conversation-based tour experience where we welcome questions and curiosity from adults and children alike. The tour explores the life of Harriet Beecher Stowe and the larger history of anti-slavery activism in the United States, with a major focus on love and family as central to freedom struggles in both the past and present. hroughout American history, the efforts of abolitionist activists and freedom seekers were often motivated by the yearning to be united and safe with the people they loved most. Frederick Douglass was aided in his courageous escape from slavery by his wife-to-be, Anna Murray. Anna and Frederick continued their work in advocating for the freedom, education, and reunification of Black families. Douglass was inspired by his own story of the loss of his mother and siblings and fought to ensure that his children and other Black children across the nation, throughout many generations, would be safe from bondage. As we discuss these topics and more, we hope visitors are inspired to think about how we can continue to build a world where families of all kinds are safe, respected, and free to be together. This is a tour about what it means to Inherit Freedom. For more information Suggested age: 6+ YO

$3 – $20

Coventry Farmers Market at Nathan Hale Homestead

Nathan Hale Homestead 2299 South St, Coventry

The Coventry Farmers’ Market on the grounds of the Nathan Hale Homestead is an experience not to be missed. This market carries the tradition of being the largest farmers’ market in the state, featuring some of the best of Connecticut-grown, Connecticut-made products in one of the most unspoiled countryside settings in the state. Each week, the staff of the Homestead will lead a family-friendly activity to connect the history of the site with the theme of the market. Admission to the Nathan Hale Homestead is by regular admission and is not included in the Farmers’ Market program. For more information

Paper-Making Workshop at the James L. Goodwin Conservation Center: Hampton

Goodwin Forest Conservation Education Center and Museum 23 Potter Rd, Hampton

Interested in papermaking? Visit the James L. Goodwin Conservation Center for a workshop on the wonders of papermaking. The program will go over the steps, tools and materials needed, as well as tips and tricks to make one’s paper unique. This easy and relatively cheap activity can become fun for oneself-or the whole family! All are welcome – Adults and families. Email deep.goodwin@ct.gov to register, or if you have any questions.  For more information

Christmas in July at Fairfield Museum and History Center

Fairfield Museum and History Center 370 Beach Road, Fairfield

July 22, 2024 to July 26, 2024 Trains! Santa! Stories! Can’t get enough of the holidays? Celebrate Christmas in July with a special train display at the Fairfield Museum. Immerse yourself in holiday magic as model trains wind through a cozy and magical scene. Free with Museum admission. For more information

$5 – $10

Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center GUIDED PADDLES

Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center 100 Lyme Street, Old Lyme

GUIDED PADDLES Tuesday, July 23; 9-11 am Join us as we explore some of southeastern Connecticut’s most scenic waterways by boat! Enjoy birds, wildlife, and fun on the water! Each participant must bring their own kayak/canoe and PFD. Sunscreen, bug spray, and binoculars are encouraged. 10 person maximum.  $25 members; $30 non-members July 23 on the Lieutenant River, Old Lyme – Register here    

$25 – $30

Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center SHOREBIRD WALKS

Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center 100 Lyme Street, Old Lyme

Most of North America’s shorebird species winter in South & Central America, heading north breed in the high Arctic. Some of these birds breed in CT, while others start their northbound journey in mid-late summer. Join us as we look for many of our shorebird species at some of the best spots around southeastern Connecticut, and learn how you can help these charismatic birds. $13 for members; $18 for non-members. – Walk in East Lyme will be an approximately 1-1.5 mile walk on dirt and sandy terrain. Exposure to wind, sun, and heat possible depending on weather. Restrooms on site. – Walk in Old Lyme will be an approximately 1 mile walk on level sandy and rocky terrain. Exposure to wind, sun, and heat possible depending on weather. Walking in shallow water likely. No restrooms on site. Wednesday, July 10; 8-10 am at Rocky Neck, East Lyme – Register here Wednesday, July 24; 9-11 am at Griswold Point, Old Lyme – Register here

$13 – $18

The Industrious Spirit Company: SIMS AVE X FRINGE FEST ‘SUMMER FEST’: Providence

Industrious Spirits Company 1 Sims Ave #103, Providence, Rhode Island

Join us for the ultimate summer bash—the Sims Ave Block Party is back and better than ever!! From 3 PM to 7 PM, we’ve got family-friendly fun for everyone including local vendors and food trucks serving up delicious eats, street performers and musicians, a GIANT UNICORN for the kids (and the young at heart) and FREE mini-golf on the ISCO patio. Plus, our legendary boozy slushies are making a triumphant return—the perfect way to beat the heat! For more information

Cardboard Explosion! at The Legacy Theater

Legacy Theatre 128 Thimble Islands Road, Branford

Saturday, July 27 at 10am Back by popular demand! Four original stories, brought to life using nothing but cardboard and the power of your imagination. With help from the audience, puppeteer Brad Shur transforms simple cardboard shapes into elaborate puppet characters, then brings them to life right before your eyes! For more information

$25