Family Fun Calendar - November 2018
Each month Connecticut Parent Magazine runs an extensive Family Fun Calendar, featuring events throughout Connecticut. All encompassing and comprehensive, it is a section our readers consistently look to and rely on to plan their family activities for the month. Below is just a small sampling of what is currently being showcased. These events mirror our Editor's Picks, and the events that lead off the current edition of the Family Fun Calendar.
Saturday, November 3 •
Raffi, North America’s preeminent family entertainer, will present a family concert on Saturday, November 3 at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven. He is turning 70 this year, and he is marking the occasion with a new album and a #belugagrads concert. Raffi is best known for his work as a children’s entertainer and advocate whose string of gold and platinum-selling recordings includes his iconic song, Baby Beluga.
Performances are at 1 and 4 p.m. Tickets are $36.50, $46.50 and $82.50. The Shubert Theatre is located at 247 College Street. For more information, call 203-562-5666 or visit shubert.com.
Stamford Downtown Parade Spectacular
Sunday, November 18 •
Get ready for some high-flying fun when the Stamford Downtown Parade Spectacular returns to Stamford on Sunday, November 18 beginning at noon. One of the largest helium balloon parades in the country, it features everyone’s favorite giant balloon characters, award-winning marching bands and fabulous floats. Can’t wait for Sunday? Then come to Summer and Hoyt streets on Saturday from 3-6 p.m. for the Giant Balloon Inflation Party to get a backstage look at the parade, and watch the giant helium balloons come to life.
The parade steps off from Summer and Hoyt streets, ending on Atlantic Street. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.stamford-downtown.com.
Festival of Silver Lights
November 20-January 2 •
The magic of the season is in all of its glory during the Festival of Silver Lights at Hubbard Park in Meriden. See the illumination of more than 350,000 twinkling white lights from Tuesday, November 20 through Wednesday, January 2. There will be more than 200 figures and buildings that are decorated with the lights in this spectacular display.
A lighting ceremony will take place on November 20 at 5:30 p.m. Visit the festival from 5 p.m.-midnight daily. Admission is free. Hubbard Park is located at 1000 West Main Street. For more information, call 203-630-4259 or visit www.meridenct.gov.
Gingerbread House Festival
November 23 through December 15 •
Photo by Robert Link.
Celebrate Peace on Earth when you come to the Gingerbread House Festival at the Wood Memorial Library and Museum in South Windsor on Friday, November 23 through Saturday, December 15. Be filled with wonder as you gaze upon row after row of creative and colorful confectionary creations. Each house is a true work of art showcasing the talents of regional artisans and bakers, students and community members — experts and beginners.
Visit the festival Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Admission is free. Wood Memorial Library and Museum is located at 783 Main Street. For more information, call 860-289-1783 or visit www.woodmemoriallibrary.org.
Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Village™
November 23 through December 24 •
The Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Village returns on Friday, November 23 through December 24 at Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses in Greenwich. Don’t miss the We’re Back Party on Friday when Santa arrives at noon to officially open Santa’s Workshop. The reindeer arrive in the afternoon, and the day includes face painting and balloon artists. During the festival, go on the Winter Wonderland Carousel Ride and the North Pole Polar Express Train Ride. Take a photo with Santa, meet the reindeer and watch them being fed each day.
Visit the festival Monday through Friday from noon-6 p.m.; and Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is free, but there is a charge for photos and the rides. Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses is located at 437 North Street. For more information, visit www.greenwichreindeerfestival.com.