Maritime Aquarium Octoberfest Cruise

10/07/2017 to 10/28/2017

10 North Water St, Norwalk, CT Phone: (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206, .

Departs 5 pm. Hoist ale on Saturday evenings in October as The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk offers special Octoberfest Cruises featuring tastings from local craft breweries. These adults-only cruises – the latest in the Aquarium's occasional "Maritime With A Twist" social events – will showcase a different brewery each Saturday. Sample and enjoy the breweries' flagship and seasonal products, while taking in the gorgeous sights on Long Island Sound. The schedule is: • Oct. 7 – No Worries Brewing Co. of Hamden • Oct. 14 – Charter Oak Brewing Co. of Danbury • Oct. 21 – Two Roads Brewery Co. in Stratford • Oct. 28 – The Owl's Brew of New York and Beer'd Brewing Co. of Stonington. Representatives from the breweries will be along to pour and discuss their beers. Tickets are $50 ($45 for Aquarium members). Participants must be at least 21 years old. Space is limited on all Maritime Aquarium cruises, so advance reservations are strongly recommended.

Maritime Aquarium -Marine Life Encounter Cruises

10/08/2017 to 10/29/2017

10 North Water St, Norwalk, CT Phone: (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206..

Cruises on Oct. 8,15,22,29. 1 - 3:30 p.m.Study marine biodiversity from the water's surface down to the bottom for a first-hand understanding of Long Island Sound's interdependent marine life. We utilize such sampling techniques as a plankton tow, trawl net and biodredge that generally bring up a variety of fish, crabs, mollusks and more right before your eyes!

Fairfield Museum and History Center The Lion’s Studio Art Workshop

10/09/2017 to 10/30/2017

370 Beach St, Fairfield, CT Phone: 203‑259‑1598 .

4pm -5:30 pm. Mondays - Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30. Examine famous portraits from significant artists and translate these techniques into a pet portrait gallery. Develop a keen understanding of why portraits are created and how to give them depth and truth. Draw, paint, color and collage portraits while also enjoying fun art exercises, gallery tours and games. Please bring in pictures of your pets. If you don't have one, we'll have plenty of pictures of animals to choose from.

New Canaan Nature Center Plants for Landscaping

10/11/2017 to 11/15/2017

144 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, CT Phone: 203-966-9577.

6 Wednesdays, October 11 - November 15 10:00A.M. - 12:40P.M. Examine the use of plants in the landscape with an emphasis on choosing the right plant for the right place-based on site-specific design and maintenance criteria. Learn aspects of special landscape values such as size, texture, color, and flowering and fruiting seasons. Review the trees, shrubs, groundcovers, annuals, and perennials suitable for landscaping in this region. This course is also required for the Gardening Certificate and Landscape Design Certificate. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. NYBG Members: $395/person NYBG Non-members: $435/person

Beardsley Zoo -- Howl-O-Ween

10/14/2017 to 10/28/2017

1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport, CT

October 14,21,27 and 28 from 6:30 pm - 10 pm. Annual Halloween themed evenings featuring activities and attractions geared toward guests ages 8-15.Brave children and parents can enter the Haunted Hayride, Farmer Beardlsey's Farmsted and the Ghastly Greenhouse. More timid guests enjoy magic shows, face painting, fortune tellers, fire dancers and more.

Beardsley Zoo -- Scarecrows on Parade

10/16/2017 to 10/31/2017

1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport, CT

Come see and vote on our scarecrow exhibit...vote for your favorite Boo at the Zoo.

New Canaan Nature Center Fundamentals of Garden Design

10/17/2017 to 11/14/2017

144 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, CT Phone: 203-966-9577.

5 Tuesdays, October 17 - November 14. 10:30A.M. - 1:00P.M. This class introduces basic garden design principles using the interplay of structural features, plant characteristics, and site assessment. Learn to creatively combine trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, and bulbs based on color, shape, texture, and size. Prerequisite: Plants for Landscaping NYBG Members: $285/person NYBG Non-members: $315/person

Ambler Farm - Fright Night

10/20/2017 to 10/28/2017

257 Hurlbutt St, Wilton, CT Phone: 203-834-1143.

Fridays, October 20th + 27th and Saturday, October 28th (choose one night) 6:00 – 8:00 pm both evenings Drop off the kids (grades 3-5) for haunted activities and frightful (and not so frightful) storytelling. Past attendees still talk about the ghost dog who frequents the Farm! Creepy sights and mysterious sounds abound when the moon rises at Ambler Farm. Refreshments included.
– Moonlight Hay Ride – Guessing jar to win the Farm's largest pumpkin – Games, if you dare play... $20 per child for Members $25 per child for Non-Members Enrollment limited, advance registration required. Registration opens to members on September 18th, non-members September 28th.

Lockwood Mathews Mansion Ghostly Halloween Tours

10/20/2017 to 10/29/2017

295 West Ave, Norwalk, CT Phone: 203-838-9799.

General Admission $20. 5pm - 8 pm. 5:00 & 5:30 tours are children friendly. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Featuring a troupe of living history volunteers led by Halloween co-chairs Midge Lopat and Rose Carroll, the Witches, Vampires, & Ghosts Tours at the Mansion will highlight the history of witchcraft, from colonial times to the Victorian era, the New England Vampire Panic, the darker Mansion history, and real life ghostly sightings. The tours will take place inside the Mansion cloaked in darkness, on the first and second floors, where interpreters, dressed in costume, will lead visitors by candlelight and share the haunting history of Connecticut's witch-hunts and their famed trials. Tours will expose how The New England Vampire Panic began and reveal several ghost sightings that have taken place at the Mansion in the past several decades. Ghosts, Vampires, and Witches will share center stage with the Mansion's interpreters during these very spooky tours. As doors open and close, rooms are entered and left behind, visitors can expect the unexpected. Ticket buyers beware...visitors may run into a Victorian era witch, vampire, or ghost, but only during these very special and spooky Halloween tours.

Discovery Museum Mad Scientist Lab Escape

10/21/2017 to 10/22/2017

4450 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT Phone: 203-372-3521.

 Saturday-Sunday, October 21 and 22: A daring Mad Scientist Laboratory Escape (ages 8+ and a maximum of 10 participants) All ages are welcome, but these workshops are ideal for children in grades 3-5. 2 sessions will be held per day at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm and will run about one hour in length. Cost is $12.00 for Members and $15.00 for Non-Members per session (this includes one child and one adult) An All-Access Pass, which includes admission to the Museum and Planetarium, is available for $22.00 for the child only. Adults will have to purchase museum admission separately.