A selection of events planned for youngsters and their families — * see other calendar listings for more comprehensive coverage of area performances and activities.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Rocketry for high school and middle school students, Thurs., June 15, 10-noon, New Pond Farm Education Center, 101 Marchant Rd., West Redding; building a rocket, launching it from the pasture and watching it soar 100’-200’ overhead and return to Earth; materials included; $20  member, $25 non-member; reg. at newpondfarm.org; info:203-938-2117 or info@newpondfarm.org

Energize Connecticut Center’s Renewable Energy Summer Series, three-part program begins Fri., June 16, exploring wonders of Sun and solar energy, 6-7:30 p.m. at 122 Universal Drive North, North Haven; free of charge and open to public. Kids and adults to participate in solar-related activities and experiments, check out solar panel display and learn about benefits of using solar energy for home with Sunlight Solar. Series continues with events Fri., July 21, 2- 4, and Fri., Aug. 18, 2-4. Info: Alysse Rodrigues at 203-799-0460, arodrigues@crec.org or energizect.com/free-family-activity-night-solar-energy

Father’s Day Cartooning Workshop for Kids, Sat., June 17, 11-12:30, Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Rd., Wilton. Museum educator Lola Chen to discuss how cartoons evolved, and will use the society’s current exhibition Dr. Seuss, Political Cartoons and the Battle Over Isolationism vs Intervention to show some examples. Kids will have a chance to draw their own cartoon, which may be a gift for Father’s Day. Snack included, which the children will help prepare. Suggested for ages 6-12. Fees: members $10 per child, maximum $25 per family; non-members $15 per child, max $35 per family.  Reg. at info@wiltonhistorical.org or 203-762-7257.

Honoring Weston’s Own Fire and EMS Volunteers, tribute to Weston’s all-volunteer fire and EMS departments, opening Sun., June 18, at 1 p.m. with Touch a Fire Truck event, and launch of new exhibit at the Weston Historical Society and Coley Homestead, 104 Weston Rd., Weston, rain or shine. Visitors can sit behind the wheel of a real fire engine and ambulance.  Kids can try on fire gear and boots, pick up fire hose and wear real firefighter helmet. Weston’s vintage 1934 Mack Fire Pumper, “Old Mack”, on display, and there will even be firefighter related story-telling time. For more details, see On Exhibit. Adm. $3 members, $8 member families; $5 non-members, $10 non-member families. Info: westonhistoricalsociety.org.

Wizard Art Workshop, Tues., June 20, Stratford Library, 2203 Main St.; preschoolers-grade 1 at 2 p.m; grades 2-6 at 3 p.m. Artwork created to be displayed at library’s Bookfair at Barnes & Noble of Milford, Fri., July 21. Reg. at stratfordlibrary.org or 203-385-4165. Reg. opens June 6.

Norwalk Public Library along with the Love All Project and the Al-Madany Islamic Center to co-sponsor storytelling event for families with children ages 5-11, Tues., June 20, 6:15-8:15 p.m., Main Auditorium, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk. Complimentary pizza and drinks. Author and storyteller Karen Hall to lead this free, interactive program.

The Sea Around Us, Sea Squirts Program for ages 3 to 5, Connecticut Audubon Society’s Coastal Center, 1 Milford Point Rd., Tues., June 20, 10-11 a.m. Class on understanding “intricate chain of life in the sea.”  Reading of The Sea That Feeds Us, book that links fish dinner enjoyed by family to entire marine food web. Then, exploration of tidal pools and observing life at beach. Children must be accompanied by adult. Series offers chance to explore wonders of nature through stories, nature lesson and craft. CAS members $8; non-members $10; additional siblings $5. Pre-registration required at 203-878-7440, x.502 or ctaudubon.org/costal-center-at-milford-point

Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay St./Rte. 22, Katonah, N.Y.; katonahmuseum.org or 914-232-9555: Family Day: School’s Out/Art’s In, drop-in program, June 20-23, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Family Day: Wonderful Weaving, Sun., July 23, noon-4. Movement, yarn, and “up-cycled” materials woven together in celebration of rug-inspired crafts. Interactive demonstration by artist Constance Old, create woven and hooked art pieces, and participate in collaborative dance with rhythmic motion of weaving led by choreographer and dancer, Maria Colaco. Free and open to public.  Info: katonahmuseum.org or: 914-232-9555.

Mad Hatter Tea Party, Wed., June 21, 3:30-4:30, Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Rd., Wilton. Youngsters in grades one through five invited to gather on lawn wearing party clothes and hat in honor of occasion. Museum educator Lola Chen to supervise. Lawn games, including sack races, teacup relay and flamingo croquet, plus tea sandwiches, teacakes and cookies (nut free) and Mad Hatter-style tea. Reg. by email: info@wiltonhistorical.org or 203-762-7257. Members $15; on-members $25.

Harry Potter Book Group, Thurs., June 22, 6:30 p.m., Stratford Library Children’s Department, for readers ages 8 to adult. This month’s book: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (the first half). Craft, discussion and snack provided. New members welcome. Reg. at stratfordlibrary.org or 203-385-4165. Reg. opens two weeks in advance.

Night Skies, Fri., June 23, 10-10:45 a.m., 11-11:45 a.m., 1-1:45 p.m., 2- 2:45 p.m., 3-3:45 p.m.; 4-4:45 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd. Viewing “night sky” in daytime. Mike Francis, former lecturer at Charles Hayden Planetarium at Boston’s Museum of Science, to return with his StarLab, inflatable planetarium dome that children and adults can go into “and see a remarkably realistic night sky,” while he talks about constellations. Multiple sessions throughout day. Reg. required at wiltonlibrary.org or 203-762-6336.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten: Summer, Fri., June 23, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton Center. Children not yet entering kindergarten invited to participate in program for the summer and beyond. During summer, children to receive special bonus prize for visiting library each week. Children asked to say ‘hello’ to a librarian and sign up for library cards. In person registration required. Details: 203-762-6336, wiltonlibrary.org.

Wilton Library’s Water, Wind & World Summer Reading Program begins, Fri., June 23, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton.  Children can register on Wandoo Reader, online reading log to keep track of their reading anywhere they go as long as they have Internet connection. By reading, logging, and completing challenges, kids to be eligible for benchmark prizes throughout summer. Program stimulates kids’ imaginations with stories and activities while learning about ecosystems, animals and resources in world they live in. Drop-in story times, drop-in activities, large-group enrichment and entertainment programs and animal visits just some events planned through Aug. 25. Info: wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

National Theatre, London stage production of JM Barrie’s Peter Pan in HD, Sat., June 24, 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd. Tickets $25, members and seniors $20, students $15, free for 18 and under, at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.

The Amazing Max, Tues., July 25, 10:30 a.m., Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford.Described as “high-energy, interactive and all-round silly magic show” that’s recommended for ages 3 and up. Tickets $8 at palacestamford.org or 203-325-4466.

New Haven Symphony Orchestra ‘s five performances of Creating Musical Readers at branches of New Haven Free Public Library, June 26, 27 and 28. Program geared towards children ages four through 10. Each event free and will feature string instrument discovery zone. Info on specific times and locations: newhavensymphony.org or 203-865-0831.

Aspiring Authors, Mon., June 26, 4 p.m., Stratford Library, 2203 Main St.; ages 8-12. For children who love to write; bring notebook and pencil. Reg. at stratfordlibrary.org or 203-385-4165. Reg. starts two weeks before event.

NATURE

* Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 N. Water St., adm. $22.95 for adults, $20.95 for youth (13-17) and seniors, $15.95 for children 3-12 (includes an IMAX movie); open 10-5 daily (till 6, July and August);  info., 203-852-0700, ext. 2206: Jiggle A Jelly, special touch-a-jellyfish exhibit, weekends September-June, daily July and August, free w/museum adm.; Toy Boat Workshop on Saturdays and Sundays (daily during July and August) between 11 and 3, 20-min. workshop, $5/child, no res. required. Fish Tales, storytime for preschoolers each Wed. from 10:15-11 a.m.   IMAX Theater at the Maritime Aquarium, 10 North Water St., Norwalk; daytime films, $9.50/adults, $8.50/srs. and youths (13-17), $7/age 3-12; Hollywood films, $12.95, $11.95, $10.95; info., 203-852-0700 or maritimeaquarium.org: Through June 30: Dream Big: Engineering Our World, IMAX movie, daily at 11 and 2; Born to Be Wild, weekdays only, Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean, and National Park Adventure. Amazon Adventure opens July 1.

Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr St., Fairfield; adm. $2/adults, $1/children; 203-259-6305 x109 or ctaudubon.org: 155-acre wildlife sanctuary, 7 miles of trails through woodlands, streams, meadows, marshes, ponds, open daily dawn to dusk; Birds of Prey compound; nature center w/exhibits and Nature Store, open Mon.-Sat., 10-3.

New Canaan Nature Center, 144 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, 203-966-9577; satellite site for NY Botanical Garden programs (800-322-6924); buildings open Mon.-Sat., 9-4 (closed major holidays);  Saturday Explorers Club, 2 Sat./month for ages 6 and up and families, 1:30-2:45; First Saturdays, 1st Sat. of the month, free guided activities for visitors, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Free Live Animal Presentations, Sat. at 3, lasting 15-20 min., dif. animal each week.

Darien Nature Center, 120 Brookside Rd.; free adm. Mon.-Fri., 9-4; Sat., 9-1; 203-655-7459: Ongoing exhibits.

Devil’s Den/Lucius Pond Ordway Preserve, a Nature Conservancy property, 33 Pent Rd., Weston; open dawn to dusk to passive recreation; 20 miles of trails; info., concerns, 860-455-0716; natureconservancy.org.

Woodcock Nature Center, 56 Deer Run Rd., Wilton; center open 9:30-5, Tues.-Sat., two-plus miles of trails open daily, dawn to dusk; reg. in advance for programs, 203-762-7280; www.woodcocknature center.org.

Audubon Greenwich, 528 Riversville Rd., Greenwich;  program fees: $5/adults, $3/children, srs. (incl. adm. to Center & Grounds); trails open dawn to dusk weekends; Kimberlin Nature Center open daily, 9-5; nature store open Tues.-Sat., 9-5; 203-869-5272 or email greenwichcenter@audubon.org.

Stepping Stones Museum, 303 West Ave., Norwalk; open daily 10-5, Memorial Day-Labor Day, and Tues.-Sun., Labor Day through Memorial Day; adm. $15/adults and children (under 1, free), $10/srs.; Early Childhood  Classes for ages 6 mon.-6 yrs. and After School Adventures for grades 3-12, reg. online; other ongoing events; Around the World Creative Kids, programs Sat. at 2; steppingstonesmuseum.org or call 203-899-0606.

Stamford Museum and Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Rd., Stamford; adm. $10/adults, $8/srs. (65+), $6/students (18+ valid ID), $5/children 4-17; 203-322-1646 or www.stamfordmuseum.org: Heckscher Farm, daily, 9-5 (Heckscher WILD! new live exotic animal exhibit); Bendel Mansion (main building), Mon.-Sat., 9-5, Sun., 11-5.

Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center, 10 Woodside Lane, Westport; open Mon.-Sat., 9-5, Sun., 1-4 (closed major holidays); adm. $7/adults, $5/ages 1-12 & srs.; free adm. to trails and property, daily 7 a.m.-dusk; interactive nature museum, live wildlife; Story and Animal Program, Thur.-Fri., 10-10:30 a.m., age 5 and younger, free w/adm.; Nature Encounters, every Sat. at 2:30, free w/adm.; Animal Feeding, Mon., Wed., Fri. at 11 a.m., Animal Hall, and Tues., Thurs., Sat., Birds of Prey at 4 p.m., free w/adm.; 203-227-7253; earthplace.org.

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport; adm. $14/adults, $11/children 3-11 and seniors, free for children under 3; open daily 9 to 4; Carousel, daily 9-4; Peacock Cafe, daily 9-4; Gift Shop, daily 9:30-4; New World Tropics Building, daily 10:30-3:30; 203-394-6565, www.beardsleyzoo.org. Rare Amur tiger named Changbai.

EverWonder Children’s Museum, 31 Pecks Lane, Newtown; open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; adm. $7 for visitors older than 1; info., everwondermuseum.org: Story Lab for Young Explorers Tues. and Thurs., 10:30-11 a.m. New Art Lab projects, Straw Logic Puzzles and Life Cycle Crowns. EverWonder has joined Blue Star Museums, collaboration that offers free adm. to active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

The Discovery Museum, 4450 Park Ave., Bridgeport; discoverymuseum.org or 203-372-3521; Tues.-Sun., 10-5;  open Mon. for most school holidays, plus school and homeschool groups with a reservation; museum and planetarium, $10 adults, $8 children, seniors, students, free under 2; Challenger Learning Center, simulated space missions for groups 15-30, res. required (schools, scouts, corporate team building, birthday parties); scout science badge classes; exhibits and daily Planetarium shows; weekend workshops.

Wolf Conservation Center, South Salem, N.Y.; adv. reg. required, nywolf.org.

MUSEUMS, Etc.

The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, open Mon., Wed.-Sat., 10-5, Fri., 10-7, May 29-Sept. 4, Sun., 12-4; $10/adults and $5/srs.; free adm. for full-time teachers and students in grades K-12, and for active-service military families; free for all on Tuesdays; 203-438-4519 or aldrichart.org: Group tours avail. by appointment, 203-438-4519 or email grouptours@aldrichart.org. Spotlight tours every Mon. and third Sat. of each month, 1-2 p.m.; Third Saturdays Family Workshops, free, 10-noon for ages 2-5, 1 to 3 p.m. for ages 6-10.

Keeler Tavern Museum, 132 Main St., Ridgefield; 203-438-5485 or keelertavernmuseum.org; open 1-4 p.m., Sat., Sun., & Wed., last tour at 3:30; closed during January; Feb. 1-Dec. 31; $8/adults, $5/srs., youth under 18 and students w/ID; 300 years of Ridgefield history.

New Canaan Historical Society, 13 Oenoke Ridge (Rte. 124), in the Town House Gallery; Tues.-Fri., 9:30-4:30, Sat., 9:30-12:30; 203-966-1776 or nchistory.org: Americans at Play, how people spent their leisure time in the late 1800s and 1900s, and the sport attire that went along with their favorite pastimes; From the Archives: D. Putnam Brinley, works by the impressionist and mural painter.

Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Halpin Lane; 203-438-8863: classes for kids, teens and adults, call for info. or visit website, rgoa.org.

Brookfield Craft Center, 286 Whisconier Rd.; brookfieldcraft.org: classes, open studios in clay, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal. Gallery Shop open Sat., 11-6, and Sun., 11-5. Blacksmithing, bladesmithing, jewelry making, glass arts, ceramics, weaving and fiber arts, woodturning and more. Info: brookfieldcraft.org or 203-775-4526.

Weir Farm National Historic Site, 735 Nod Hill Rd., Wilton, 203-834-1896 or www.nps.gov/wefa: grounds open daily dawn to dusk; art programs, Junior Ranger activities, visitor center, museum store, historic house and studios; open Wed.-Sun. 10-4 (May 1-Oct. 31); Weir House Tours, offered Wed.-Sun. at 11 a.m., 1, 2, and 3 p.m. (May 1-Oct. 31), reg. required; group tours and field trips offered, reg. required.

Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Road (Route 7), 203-762-7257: period rooms in the Betts-Sturges-Blackmar House, Betts Store, offering unique American-made items, from fine art to jewelry, books to redware, toys and more;  gift shop; Tues.-Sat., 10-4.

The Bruce Museum, Tues.-Sun., 10 to 5; $7/adults, $6/students and seniors, free/under 5, free adm. for all on Tuesdays;  One Museum Drive, Greenwich, 203-869-0376: Last Days of Pangea: In the Footsteps of the Dinosaurs, Nov. 19-July 16; Alfred Sisley (1839-1899); Canvas and Cast: Highlights from the Bruce Museum’s Art Collection, Feb. 11-June 11.

Greenwich Historical Society, Bush-Holley Historic Site, 39 Strickland Rd., Cos Cob; open Fri.-Sun., 12-4 (docent-led tours at 1, 2 and 3);  203-869-6899, ext. 10 or www.hstg.org; adm. to gallery, visitor ctr. & house museum, $10/adults, $8/srs. and students, under 6 free (half-price on opening day); group tours at $7/person avail. on public and non-public days; library and archives open Wed.-Thur., 10-4; adm. offices open Mon.-Fri., 9-5; gallery hours Wed.-Sun., 12-4.  Jim and Jane Henson: Creative Work, Creative Play, April 5-Oct. 8, Storehouse Gallery.

Danbury Railway Museum, 120 White St., Danbury; 203-778-8337; danburyrail.org:  adm. $6 per person, age 3 and up; Train Rides $3 extra (weekends April-Nov.); call for special events adm. rates; winter hours: Wed.-Sat., 10-4, Sun., 12-4; (summer hours: Mon.-Sat., 10-5, Sun., 12-5); tour vintage equipment such as 1907 steam engine, 1910 Railway Post Office car, 1973 caboose, 1953 Rail Diesel Car; vintage diesels on display.

Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Rd., behind the old Town Hall; open daily, 10-4; research library open Tues.-Fri., 10-4; adults, $5, students w/ ID, $3, children 5 and under, free; info., www.fairfieldhs.org or 203-259-1598.

Barnum Museum, 820 Main Street, Bridgeport; 203-331-1104 x100 or visit barnum-museum.org: Recovery in Action, Thur.-Fri., 11-3, free adm., enter through double doors at rear of historic building.

John Jay Homestead State Historic Site, Rte. 22, Katonah, N.Y.; 914-232-5651 or www.johnjayhomestead.org: guided tours offered Tues.-Sat., 10-4; Sun., 11-4; $7/adults, $5/srs., students, free up to age 12.

Katonah Museum of Art, open Tues.-Sat., 10-5, Sun. 12-5;  adm. $10; srs. (60+) and students, $5; under 12/free; Rte. 22/134 Jay St., Katonah, N.Y., 914-232-9555, www.katonahmuseum.org:  Picturing Love: Photography’s Pursuit of Intimacy, March 19-June 25.