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Time To Explore: Open House Day Offers Deals, Fun In Bethel, Newtown

Connecticut Audubon Society in Fairfield is offering a free program on birds on Saturday morning as part of the Connecticut Open House Day.
Connecticut Audubon Society in Fairfield is offering a free program on birds on Saturday morning as part of the Connecticut Open House Day. Photo Credit: Connecticut Audubon Society in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — As part of a daylong statewide celebration of all things Connecticut, more than 200 attractions across the Nutmeg State will throw open their doors for free or discounted visits on Saturday.

The event — Connecticut Open House Day — is a great way to discover something new in Connecticut or to rediscover an old favorite.

Here is a town-by-town list of Fairfield County attractions that are participating, (Click on the name for its website):

Bethel

Bridgeport

  • Barnum Museum : Free admission from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., along with free Barnum bookmarks, Barnum-blend coffee tasting, guided tours and post cards.
  • Bijou Theatre : Free dance performance by the New England Ballet Company from noon until 2 p.m.
  • Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo : Open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., offering half price off admission for the first 100 guests.
  • New England Ballet Company : Free tours of the studio at 130 Elm St., from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. At 1 p.m., enjoy an open performance at the historic Bijou Theater (above).
Brookfield
  • Brookfield Craft Center: Free reception from 5 until 8 p.m., featuring “Home and Away: The Photography of Colin Harrison.”
  • Brookfield Theatre for the Arts:  At 10 a.m., baseball games with the cast and crew of “Damn Yankees.” At 2 p.m., join the improv team “17 Debacles” in improv games and rehearsal. At 7 p.m., learn a new holiday song from the “Christmas in July” event.

Danbury

Greenwich

  • Greenwich Historical Society : Free admission from noon until 4 p.m. Program features “The Doubtful Sprout,” a performance by Liz Joyce and a Couple of Puppets at 1 p.m. Make your own puppet throughout the day, visit the “Jim and Jane Henson: Creative Work, Creative Play” exhibit; take tours of the historic site at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

Fairfield

Newtown

Norwalk

  • Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum : Open from noon until 4 p.m. with reduced admission along with mini-tours
  • Mill Hill Historical Park : Free admission from noon until 5:30 p.m.
  • Norwalk Arts Commission : Docent led tour of Norwalk’s WPA murals depicting the city’s oyster industry, paired with a boat ride out to view the oyster beds in Norwalk Harbor. $10 per person and limited to 30 people. 8:30 a.m. until noon.
  • Pedego SoNo : Pay for one hour electric bike rental and receive one hour free, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Ridgefield

Shelton

Sherman

Stratford

Westport

For the full list for the entire state, click here .

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