Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Senior Citizens and Computers

Computers Can Be Magic Carpets
Written By : Raymond Angus

Seniors, computers bring to them the wonders of the entire world. Are you a senior or a boomer? Do you want to visit Australia and pet a koala?

Have you always wanted to study the nesting habits of sea turtles in Florida and watch them deposit their eggs. Maybe you want to tour the ancient coliseum in Rome. Would you like to know if Begonias will grow in your back yard?

Your trusty computer can provide the vehicle to satisfy your desires and you don't even have to leave the house. Punch a few buttons on its keyboard, buckle your seat belt, and get ready for the beginning of an adventure....http://www.seniorslist.com/inner.php?aid=2732

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Helful Hints for What to do When Kids Fight

Helpful Hints for Harried Parents
From nanny.com

What To Do When Kids Fight

My neighbor has two sons, grown now into loving, capable young adults. But when they were young, they fought. Of course, when they fought, one or the other would end up going to Mom for relief. Then it would be Mom’s problem to resolve it, to mete out punishment for the guilty party and exonerate the victim. But how was Mom, who hadn’t been there at the beginning of things, to determine the guilty party, or know how guilty each boy may have been? She often had to play the bad guy, and she didn’t like that role at all. Who does? So she did this:

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Family Fun Events in Connecticut for December 2010

Wee Care Nanny wishes you and your entire family a happy and healthy Holiday Season. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Base Ball" as Mark Twain Knew It - Fairfield - Enjoy this program on the Gilded Age era of base ball. Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road. 7 p.m. Free-$5. Pre-register. 203-259-1598.

Light the Lights - Danbury - This festival focuses on lighting the big tree. See Santa. Cookies and cider will be served. Library Plaza, 256 Main Street. 5:30-7:30 p.m. 203-792-1711.

Dracula - Wallingford - This adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic tale of horror is action-packed and blood-soaked as Prof. Van Helsing and his comrades hunt down the evil Count Dracula. Ages 4 and under not admitted. Paul Mellon Arts Center, 333 Christian Street. 7:30 p.m. $10-$12. 203-697-2398. Also on Dec. 3 and 4.

Opening Reception - Manchester - Come to the opening of State of the Art, featuring works of 51 children with disabilities. It explores the ways environment and community shape lives. Lutz Children's Museum, 247 S. Main St. 5-6 p.m. Free. 860-643-0949.

A Merry Mulberry Street Musical - Stamford - Take a heart-warming and comical musical romp through the 1944 holiday season when an outcast sister-in-law comes back while the boys in two families are overseas. Dressing Room Theatre, 1349 Newfield Ave. 8 p.m. $14-$28. 203-329-8207. Through December 12; times vary.

Race to Nowhere - Simsbury - A powerful film on high-stakes and high-stress education in America today. The Cobb School, Montessori, 112 Sand Hill Road.Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Doors; 7 p.m. screening. $10 online; $15 at the door. 860-658-1144 or http://www.cobbschool.com/

Friday, December 3rd:

Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival - Fairfield - This festival features designer decorated rooms, custom wreaths, photos with Santa and a Helping Hands for the Holidays children's event. Burr Homestead, 739 Old Post Rd. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. $5-$10. fairfieldchristmastreefestival.org.

Also on Dec. 4 and 5; times vary. Terrific Observatory Visitors' Night - Stamford - View the sky through a 22-inch research telescope, weather permitting. Stamford Museum and Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Rd. 8-10 p.m. Free-$3. 203-322-1646, ext. 6521

Holiday Lights on the Trolley - East Haven - Enjoy a cozy heated trolley ride while viewing holiday light displays. Shore Line Trolley Museum, 17 River Street. 6-9 p.m. $4-$8. 203-467-6927. Fridays and Sundays through December 18.

Jazz at Lyman Center - New Haven - Listen to A Peter White Christmas featuring an evening of jazz with Peter White and friends. John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts, 501 Crescent Street. 8 p.m. $32. 203-392-6154.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - Bridgeport - The biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to life on stage. Downtown Cabaret Theater, 263 Golden Hill St. 7:30 p.m. $29.50-$46.50. 203-576-1636. Through 12/19; times vary.

Annie - Stamford - The timeless tale of Little Orphan Annie is back, giving a new generation the chance to experience this musical about never giving up hope. Kweskin Theatre, 1349 Newfield Ave. 7:30 p.m. $14-$28. 203-329-8201. Through 12/18.

Red Horse - Ridgefield - The new folk super trio features John Gorka, Eliza Gilkyson and Lucy Kaplansky. They cover each other's songs, perform new tunes and breathe life into old classics. Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge. 8 p.m. $45. 203-438-5795.

Sister's Christmas Catechism - New Haven - In The Mystery of the Magi's Gold, the Sisters retell the story of the nativity in a humorous way. Shubert Theater, 247 College St. 8 p.m. $28-$35. 800-228-6622. Also on Dec. 4 and 5; times vary. Craft Expo -

Hartford - More than 250 craftspeople display and sell their items. Also, food samplings, live music and children's entertainment. CT Expo Center, 265 Reverend Moody Overpass. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free-$8. 603-332-2616. Also on 12/4 & 12/5; times vary.

Holiday Express Train Show - Fairfield - See scenic train set layouts from local train clubs. Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Rd. Noon- 4 p.m. Free with admission. 203-259-1598. Weekends through 1/2.

Ebeneeza: A Hartford Holiday Carol - Hartford - HartBeat Ensemble tells a local story of Ebeneeza's path to rediscovering humanity. See views of Christmas feasts, Chanukah rituals and Kwanzaa celebrations. Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts, 65 Van Block Ave. 7:30 p.m. Free. 860-548-9144. Also on Dec. 4.

LEGO KidsFest - Hartford - See life-size LEGO models all weekend. Visit with Santa, take a ride on the roaming railroad, show off your own LEGO model and more. Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Blvd. 3-8 p.m. $16-$18. www.legokidsfest.com. Through Dec. 5; times vary.

Saturday, December 4th:

Greenwich Holiday Stroll - Greenwich - Downtown Greenwich comes alive with carolers, musicians and performers. Retailers offer specialty food, drink and holiday cheer. Greenwich Avenue. Free. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. www.Greenwichreindeerfestival.com. Also on Dec. 5 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Toy Boat Making Workshop - Norwalk - Build and decorate a toy sailboat to take home. The Maritime Aquarium, 10 N. Water St. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $5 plus Aquarium admission. 203-852-0700.

Santa on the Trolley - East Haven - Ride the trolley to visit with Santa. Each child receives a gift. Shore Line Trolley Museum, 17 River Street. 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $4-$8. 203-467-6927. Weekends through Dec. 19.

Great Trains and Holiday Exhibit - Wilton - See model trains passing through scenic landscapes that are intricately designed. Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Road. 1-4 p.m. Museum admission. 203-762-7257. Through January 16; times vary.

Babes in Toyland - South Norwalk - See all your favorite Mother Goose Land characters sing the famous music of Victor Herbert that will surely delight young audiences and get everyone into the holiday spirit! Crystal Theater, 66 Bayview and Hillside avenues. 3 and 6 p.m. $7-$12. 203-847-4850. Also on Dec. 5.

Holiday Painting & Printing Workshop - Guilford - Learn printing techniques and collage to create greeting cards and wall decorations. For ages 8 and up. Guilford Arts Center, 411 Church Street. 10 a.m.-noon. $27-$30. 203-453-5947.

Frosty the Snowman - Bridgeport - This children's winter story has a feel good spirit that's a holiday favorite. Downtown Cabaret Theater, 263 Golden Hill Street. Noon and 2:30 p.m. $15.50. 203-576-1636. Saturdays and Sundays through January 5.

Family Art Adventures: Rags to Bags - Ridgefield - The hands-on workshop combines environmental education, an introduction to sewing and guided reusable bag making. Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main St. 1-5 p.m. Free with admission. 203-438-4519, ext. 40.

Snow Angel - Fairfield - This new holiday musical is about friendship, hope and dreams when a Snow Angel is chosen to go to Earth, grant a wish and return to the sky. For PreK-grade 3. Edgerton Center, 5151 Park Ave. 7 p.m. $9-$15. 203-371-7908.

Sound Tigers Chanukah Night - Bridgeport - The Sound Tigers offer special Glatt Kosher food during the game against the Providence Bruins. Menorah lighting ceremony during the second intermission. Arena at Harbor Yard, 600 Main St. 8 p.m. $19.50-$46. 800-745-3000.

Friends Holiday Book Sale - Westport - Donated books in pristine condition available at reasonable prices. Includes books, DVDs, CDs and more. Westport Public Library, 20 Jesup Rd. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 203-291-4800. Also on 12/5 from 1-5 p.m.

Gingerbread House Workshop - Madison - Make a simple gingerbread house out of graham crackers. Ages 5 and up. Scranton Library, 801 Boston Post Road. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Free. 203-245-8722.

Sunday, December 5th:

Heights & Lights - Stamford - Watch Santa make his daredevil descent from the top of Stamford's tallest office building. Enjoy an evening of holiday fun with music and the tree lighting ceremony. Landmark Square & Latham Park. 4:30 p.m. Free. 203-348-5285.

Santa Train - Danbury - Take a vintage train ride to meet Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves. Kids get a small gift and do activities. Danbury Railway Museum, 120 White St. 12:30-3:30 p.m. Free-$8. 203-778-8337. Also on Dec. 11-12, 18-19; times vary.

Holiday Hike and Social - Hamden - Hike and discover the beauty of the Giant in winter. Refreshments, carols and warm fire follow the 1 1/2 hour hike. Sleeping Giant State Park, off Route 10. 1:30 p.m. Free. 203-272-7841.

Shirlala: Rock 'n Roll Chanukah Concert - West Hartford - Spend a Chanukah afternoon with Shira Kline who gets everyone rocking! Enjoy a family premiere of Shalom Sesame Chanukah Edition. Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave. 1 p.m. $10-$15. 860-236-4571.

Monday, December 6th:

Three Cups of Tea - Hartford - The performance, based on the book by Greg Mortenson, follows an American mountaineer who fulfills a promise to build a school in Pakistan's Karakoram Himalaya. The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Ave. 7 p.m. $33. 860-987-5900. Also on Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. for grades 6-12; $12.

B'nai Jacob Cantor's Chanukah Concert -Woodbridge - This Chanukah concert features the new Connecticut Zimirah Chorale under the direction of Kevin Mack. Congregation B'nai Jacob, 75 Rimmon Road. 4-6 p.m. 203-389-2111.

Tuesday, December 7th:

Cirque Dreams Holidaze - Waterbury - An international cast of acrobats, singers, dancers and musicians fill the stage with holiday favorites. Palace Theater, 100 East Main Street. 7:30 p.m. $47-$62. 203-346-2000. Through December 9.

Science Fun - Westport - The topic for the drop-off activity is Classification. Classify items from nature. For children in grades K-5. Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane. 4-5:15 p.m. $8-$18. Pre-register. 203-227-7253. Also on December.

Thursday, December 9th:

Holiday with the Twain Family - Bridgeport - Enjoy a presentation on how the Twain family celebrated the holidays. Listen to family memories. Tea, hot cocoa and cookies will be served. Barnum Museum, 820 Main St. 3-4 p.m. Museum admission. 203-331-1104.

Travelers Chorale Holiday Concert - Hartford - I WIsh You Christmas features a program of seasonal favorites, reverent spirituals, Broadway tunes and holiday classics. Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, 166 Capitol Ave. 7:30 p.m. Free. 860-954-2756.

Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul - Ridgefield - Ivers, the nine-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, performs An Irish Christmas - a spirited holiday show. Special guest Gray School of Irish Dance. Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge. 8 p.m. $50. 203-438-5795.

Anime Night - Westport - Meet others who share your passion. Come with ideas, participants determine the event. Bring items from home or browse the library's collection. Westport Public Library, 20 Jesup Rd. 6:30-8:30 p.m. 203-291-4809.

Friday, December 10th:

The Nutcracker - Danbury - The Danbury Symphony Orchestra will be joined by dancers in the staged, costumed production of this holiday favorite. Danbury High School, Clapboard Ridge Rd. 7:30 p.m. $10-$25. 203-748-1716. Also on Dec. 11 and 12; times vary.

Second City Comedy - Ridgefield - Parents will enjoy the 50th Anniversary Tour. See legendary sketch comedy and improvisations. Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge. 8 p.m. $50. 203-438-5795.

Candlelight Tour - Fairfield - Celebrate the holidays and see life during the mid-18th century. Holiday refreshments. Ogden House, 1520 Bronson Road. 4:30-7:30 p.m. $3. 203-259-1598

Saturday, December 11th:

Barnum Holiday Fest & Gingerbread Contest - Bridgeport - Celebrate the season with crafts, caroling and cookies. Barnum Museum, 820 Main Street. 1-3 p.m. Museum admission. 203-331-1104.

The Nutcracker - Stamford - Connecticut Ballet presents Brett Raphael's production of The Nutcracker to light up the holiday season. The Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic Street. 2 and 7 p.m. $25-$45. 203-325-4466. Also on December 12 at 1 and 4 p.m.

Noel! Noel! Holiday Concert - East Hartford - CitySingers of Hartford present beautiful carols and motets to celebrate the season. South Congregational Church, 1301 Forbes Street. 4-6 p.m. Free-$8. 860-568-5150.

Holiday Spectacular - Ridgefield - Tony Award-winner Debbie Gravitte performs in this holiday production that showcases local and regional talent. The Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge. 2 and 6 p.m. $20-$25. 203-438-5795.

CSI Hartford - Hartford - Families can experience the world of crime scene investigation and enter the world of forensics technology with hands-on activities. Ages 8 and up. CT Science Center, 250 Columbus Blvd. 10 a.m. $10-$15. RSVP. 860-520-2150.

Wondrous Tales - Bridgeport - The Greater Bridgeport Symphony celebrates the holidays with classic works, plus Christmas and Chanukah tunes and a sing-along. The Klein, 910 Fairfield Ave. 8 p.m. $24-$58. 203-576-0263.

The United States Air Force Band of Liberty - New Haven - A holiday concert from one of the 10 Air Force Bands nationwide. John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts, 501 Crescent St. 7 p.m. Free. Visit http://tickets.southernct.edu to order tickets.

A Visit to Santa's House - Fairfield - Meet Santa and see Mrs. Claus baking cookies. Enjoy crafts, tattoos and face painting, live entertainment, model trains, costumed characters and more. Burr Homestead, 739 Old Post Rd. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $6. www.jwcfairfield.com. Also on 12/12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Sunday, December 12th:

Winter Creature Cruises - Norwalk - Journey onto Long Island Sound and see seals that spend the winter just off the shore. Educators discuss their histories. For ages 8 and up. Maritime Aquarium, 10 North Water St. 9:30 a.m. $18-$20.50. 203-852-0700.

Victorian Holiday Open House - Norwalk - Have an old-fashioned community celebration with traditional decorations, musical performances, hot cocoa and treats. Kids can take a photo with Santa. Lockwood-Mathews Mansion, 295 West Ave. Noon-4 p.m. Free. 203-838-9799.

Family Day - Greenwich - Enjoy performances by Joe Gladwin and his Paperplays Puppet Theater. Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive. 2 and 4 p.m. Museum admission. 203-413-6740.

Musica Plenti - Greenwich - Musica Plenti will usher in the Winter Solstice with a concert encompassing a wide range of seasonal music. Audubon Greenwich, 613 Riversville Rd. 3 p.m. 203-637-3058.

Monday, December 13th:

Astronomy Nights: Telescopes - Stamford - Learn the basics of buying a telescope and then view the night sky through the 22-inch telescope. For ages 5 and up. Stamford Museum and Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Rd. 7 p.m. Free-$3. 203-322-1646, ext. 6521.

Tuesday, December 14th:

All About It - Westport - The topic is All About Squirrels. Discover how they survive the change of seasons, where they have their food stored and how they stay warm. For Pre-K. Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane. 4-5 p.m. $8-$18. Pre-register. 203-227-7253.

A Reading of Night Before Christmas - Bridgeport - Surrounded by Victorian charm, Sonya Finch will read Clement Clarke Moore's holiday tale, Night Before Christmas. Barnum Museum, 820 Main St. 11-11:45 a.m. Museum admission. 203-331-1104.

Christmas Storytime - Madison - Celebrate the Christmas season with stories, music, crafts and refreshments. Scranton Library, 801 Boston Post Road. 11 a.m. Free. 203-245-8722.

Wednesday, December 15th:

Girls Club: Holiday with Felicity - Fairfield - Celebrate colonial holiday traditions with Felicity. Warm up with mulled cider and make orange pomander balls. Grades 3-5. Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Rd. 4:30 p.m. $10-$15. RSVP. 203-259-1598.

Healthy Holiday Cooking - Ridgefield - Parents can watch Chef Jehan de Noue present a cooking demo showing how to make favorite holiday foods healthy. Also, a wine tasting and a gift boutique. Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge. 7 p.m. $10. 203-438-5795.

Holidays with Family - Greenwich - The La Leche League of Greenwich/Stamford presents this mother-to-mother discussion on breastfeeding. St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 286 Delavan Avenue. 10-11:30 a.m. Free. 203-869-5344.

Reindeer Party - Madison - Celebrate the holidays with crafts, music, stories and refreshments. For preschool age to grade 2. Scranton Library, 801 Boston Post Rd. 7-8 p.m. Free. 203-245-8722.

Thursday, December 16th:

Celebrate the Season Gallery Talk - Bridgeport - Tour the Celebrate the Season exhibit and explore how the holiday celebration began in 1850. Barnum Museum, 820 Main St. 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Museum admission. 203-331-1104. Also on Dec. 21 at 11 a.m.

The Nutcracker - West Hartford - Ballet Theatre Company presents this production with a cast of professional NY based dancers and 70 children from Greater Hartford. Hoffman Auditorium, St. Joseph College, 1678 Asylum Ave. 6:30 p.m. $20-$30. 860-570-0440. Through December 19; times vary.

Friday, December 17th:

Give My Regards to Broadway - Fairfield - Enjoy Broadway greats sing music from their Broadway shows and animated movies. Featuring Liz Callaway, Mary Testa and Jason Graae. Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts, 5151 Park Ave. 8 p.m. $15-$20. 203-371-7908.

Ebeneeza: A Hartford Holiday Carol - Hartford - HartBeat Ensemble tells a local story of Ebeneeza's path to rediscovering humanity. See views of Christmas feasts, Chanukah rituals and Kwanzaa celebrations. Mark Twain House, 351 Farmington Ave. 7:30 p.m. Free. 860-548-9144. Through December 19; times vary.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever! - Hartford - Hartford Children's Theatre presents a fun holiday adventure. See what happens when kids with the worst behavior want to be in the Christmas Pageant. The Carriage House Theatre, 360 Farmington Avenue. 7 p.m. $5-$10. 860-249-7970. Also on Dec. 18 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Saturday, December 18th:

Holiday Extravaganza - Fairfield - The New Haven Symphony Orchestra celebrates the season with a blend of holiday favorites. Quick Center for the Arts, 200 Barlow Road. 8 p.m. $35-$40. 203-254-4010.

Breakfast and a Movie - Trumbull - See Yogi Bear and enjoy a holiday celebration with The CHAIN Fund! Marquis 16 Bow Tie Cinemas, 100 Quarry Road. Breakfast served at 8:30 a.m.; Movie starts at 10 a.m. $22. 203-606-4003 or http://www.breakfastandamovie.com/.

Candy House Workshop - Fairfield - Learn how to make candy houses. Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road. 1-3:30 p.m. $15-$20. Pre-register. 203-259-1598.

Silhouettes - Wilton - Deborah O'Connor will work her magic with scissors and paper to create the perfect Christmas gift. Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Road. 1-4 p.m. 203-762-7257.

Holiday Gift Giving Crafts - Guilford - Decorate a jewelry box, sew a scented sachet and design a beaded necklace. Ages 7 and up. Guilford Arts Center, 411 Church St. 2-4:30 p.m. $36-$40 plus $5 fee. 203-453-5947.

The Nutcracker - Hartford - The Nutmeg Ballet returns with this holiday classic. Travel with Clara to the enchanted Land of Sweets. The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Avenue. 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. $33-$52. 860-987-5900. Also on December 19.

Rob Mathes Christmas Concert - Stamford - The Grammy and Emmy nominated musician returns with his amazing all-star band for the annual Christmas concert. The Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic Street. 8 p.m. $35-$55. 203-325-4466.

Holiday POPS! Spectacular - Hartford - The Hartford Symphony Orchestra is joined by Tessa Romano, soprano, The Hartford Chorale and The Connecticut Children's Chorus. The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Ave. 3 and 8 p.m. $30-$62. 860-244-2999.

The Nutcracker - Ridgefield - The Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance captures all the wonder and joy of the season with their costumes and dazzling choreography. The Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge. 2 and 6 p.m. $25. 203-438-5795. Also on Dec. 19 at 2 p.m.

Family Drop-In Weekend - Ridgefield - Enjoy self-guided, hands-on projects for all ages levels. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main St. Noon-5 p.m. Free with admission. 203-438-4519, ext. 40. Also on 12/19.

A Ceremony of Carols - New Haven - Etherea Vocal Ensemble performs songs by John Rutter and traditional carols. St. Thomas's Episcopal Church, 830 Whitney Avenue. 5 p.m. $10-$15 ($30/families). http://www.stthomasnewhaven.org/.

The Nutcracker Fable - Norwalk - Children learn about Princess Pirlipat, the Queen of Mice and how Nutcrackers came to be and why they look the way they do. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Ave. 2 p.m. Museum admission. 203-899-0606.

Sunday, December 19th:

A Christmas Carol - Fairfield - Theatreworks/USA presents a musical based on the story by Charles Dickens, capturing both the humorous and touching moments of the classic story. Quick Center for the Arts, 200 Barlow Road. 1 and 3 p.m. $12-$15. 203-254-4010.

A Christmas Carol Character Breakfast - West Hartford - Join your favorite characters from A Christmas Carol for brunch. Pond House Cafe, 1555 Asylum Ave. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $14-$18. 860-231-8823.

Robo Sunday - West Hartford - Visit with the 12-foot tall, 800 pound security robot and take turns at his controls. The Children's Museum, 950 Trout Brook Dr. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free-$11. 860-231-2824.

Monday, December 20th:

The North Pole Comes to Stepping Stones - Norwalk - Enjoy a visit with holiday characters including Frosty the Snowman, the Gingerbread Man, Santa and Father Frost. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Ave. 11 a.m. Museum admission. 203-899-0606. Through December 23; times vary.

Friday, December 24th:

A Christmas Carol - Hartford - Scrooge, Tiny Tim and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future return in Dickens' holiday classic. Hartford Stage, 50 Church Street. 7:30 p.m. $10-$65. 860-527-5151. Through December 30; times vary.

Monday, December 27th:

Behind-the-Scenes Tour - Norwalk - See how the animal husbandry staff meets the varying food and water needs of the resident animals. Ages 10 and up. The Maritime Aquarium, 10 N. Water St. 8:15-10 a.m. $20-$30. RSVP. 203-852-0700, ext. 2206.

LEGO Challenge - Windsor Locks - KIds ages 3-12 can participate in a LEGO contest. New England Air Museum, 36 Perimeter Road. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free-$10. 860-623-3305.

Celebrate Poland - Norwalk - Become a Polish musician by crafting a traditional longhorn. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Ave. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Museum admission. 203-899-0606.

Wednesday, December 29th:

Scavenger Hunt - Fairfield - Ages 5-12 will learn about local players and teams, baseball science and more by answering a series of challenging questions. Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Rd. 2 p.m. Free with admission. 203-259-1598.

Gregg Allman - Stamford - Enjoy the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Famer who is a natural artist, gifted with a beautiful voice and brilliant keyboard and guitar expertise. The Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic Street. 7:30 p.m. $40-$60. 203-325-4466.

Spamalot - New Haven - Monty Python's Spamalot tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. Shubert Theater, 247 College Street. 7:30 p.m. $15-$75. 800-228-6622. Through January 2; times vary.

Around the World - Norwalk - Listen to the classic Polish fairy tale The Three Princesses of Whiteland. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Ave. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Museum admission. 203-899-0606.

Friday, December 31st:

Amazing Andy - Bridgeport - Enjoy a performance by Amazing Andy to help ring in the New Year. Barnum Museum, 820 Main Street. 11 a.m. Free with museum admission. 203-331-1104.

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