September 15, 2011
I have always been, and always will be an Autumn girl. I love everything about it – the cool, crisp weather, the foliage, apple picking, Harvest festivals, baking, you name it. I always loved fall semesters at school, I got married in the fall, and I even wrote a little song for my daughter called, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Autumn” which I admittedly sing to her no matter what season it is! J
Autumn doesn't officially start until September 23, though there are many fall activities already on the calendar including these fun events happening in Bethel this weekend:
Bethel Downtown Harvest Festival. Sat 10-5; Sun 11-4. Enjoy sidewalk sales, raffles, vendors, a craft fair and more. Be sure to stop by our Macaroni Kid table in PT Barnum Square for a free craft activity for the kids! Plus, enter our raffle for a chance to win a family 4-pack of tickets to ride a train to the pumpkin patch at the Danbury Railway Museum.
Apple picking at Blue Jay Orchards is in full swing with Empire, Gala and Cortland ripe starting this weekend. The 12-14lb. bags are $15. Also starting this weekend, scenic wagon rides are available 10a.m to 5p.m.; $2 per person.
Oktoberfest at Old Heidelberg. This weekend marks the second of three weekends celebrating Oktoberfest. The German restaurant will offer entertainment for kids, as well as music, beer and German food specials for parents.
There’s so much more going on this week in the Greater Danbury area, including fall registration for Library events, as well as the Bethel Parks & Recreation activities so you’ll want to check out the full calendar and use the “My Macaroni” feature to save your favorites for retrieving later!
Finally, if you are up for a drive to Springfield, MA, check out New England’s fair, The Big E! which runs Sept. 16 – Oct. 2. from 10AM – 10PM. Macaroni Kid Danbury-Bethel will be there along with fellow Publisher Moms from New England this Monday and Tuesday afternoon, so stop by and say hello! Also, the Bethel Senior Center is sponsoring a bus ride to the event on September 27th. All ages welcome. To register: 203-792-3048. Fee $38.
Enjoy this cool, fall-like weather everyone!
P.S. Welcome new subscribers who I met at the CT Kids Closet event last weekend! Be sure to check our Facebook and Twitter pages for daily updates and help spread the word about Macaroni Kid by forwarding this newsletter to a friend!
September—Remember the Gold Ribbon
We all know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we see the pink ribbons all over, even during the rest of the year. The increased awareness has done wonderful things to reduce the number of women who die from it, through better education in early detection and more effective treatments. However, Childhood Cancer remains a major issue that has only increased in recent years, and unfortunately, hasn’t seen the amount of awareness that other cancers have. You can read more about the very small percentage of cancer ...
A Mom's Point of View
It is hard enough dropping a child off for school, especially during the first few days in September...but add in a life-threatening food allergy and it becomes frightening. Leaving my soon-to-be 4 year old, will be something I am never 100% comfortable with...his peanut allergy is so severe that accidentally ingesting even 1/100th of a single peanut will send his body into anaphylactic shock and land him in the hospital.
Food allergies DO NOT run in our family, but it is now second nature for us. We ...
Welcome fall next week with this fun lacing cards craft!
- Construction paper (brown, red, orange, yellow)
- Hole punch
- Ribbon or string
- Glue stick
- Draw or trace a tree trunk using the brown construction paper.
- Draw or trace some very colorful Fall leaves.
- Punch holes in the leaves (for younger children, punch larger holes).
- Show your children how to thread the ribbon through the leaves. (Please never leave children unattended with ribbon or string).
- Once the ribbon is through, tie a knot in the ribbon, and have your children glue the leaves to the tree.
Hey Macaroni Kid readers, here's a few back money saving tips for you to implement in your home!
Cleaning Supplies - When we started cleaning houses we realized that our profits would not be as high if we had to go and buy a bunch of cleaning supplies. Instead, we researched homemade cleaning ingredients and recipes and we made our own for under $20. As long as you can get past the vinegar smell (it dissipates after an hour or so) you can save a lot of money and you ...
Where: Old Heidelberg German Restaurant, 55 Stony Hill Road, Bethel.When: FRI 5pm-10pm; SAT & SUN 12pm-10pmWho: All agesHow: Just go or email [email protected]Cost: VariesFor more info: (203) 797-1860, http://restaurantheidelberg.com/
Where: 3 Fox Run Lane South, Newtown, CTWhen: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PMWho: Open to allHow: RSVP to Doris Hanley 203-470-4666 or via email at [email protected]Cost: FreeFor more info: www.dhanleyjuiceplus.com
Where: The shopping district stretches east for ten blocks, from Alice's Flower Shop with A Country Touch Gifts on Rte. 53/ Grassy Plain St. to Rte. 302 and all along the historic downtown Greenwood Ave through PT Barnum Square.When: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Sunday Hours - 11AM-4PM)Who: Fun for the whole family!How: Just go!Cost: Cost varies, FREE admissionFor more info: www.bethelchamber.com
Where: The Maritime Aquarium, 10 North Water Street, Norwalk.When: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PMWho: All agesHow: Just goCost: Call for pricingFor more info: (203) 852-0700; www.maritimeaquarium.org
Where: Eastern States Exposition, 1305 Memorial Ave. (Rte. 147), West Springfield, MAWhen: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM (Gates open 8AM; Most exhibits & buildings 10AM-10PM, Avenue of States & Storrowton Village 10AM-9PM; Midway Sun-Fri 11AM-10 PM, Sat 10AM-11PM)Who: Family fun for all ages!How: Open to the publicCost: Adults - $15, Children 6-12 - $10, Children 5 & under - FREE; Seniors (60+) Mon-Thurs - $12. After 5 PM, all tickets $6 Mon-Thurs. (at gate only).For more info: http://www.thebige.com
Where: The Danbury Railroad Museum, 120 White Street in the old Danbury train station (corner of White Street and Patriot Drive)When: Saturdays at 10:30AM-2:30PM at every hour on the half hour and then at 3:45PM; Sundays 12:30-2:30PM on the half hour and then 3:45PM. Monday: open from 12pm-4pmWho: All agesHow: Contact museum for equipment and schedule changesCost: $3-10 depending on riding in the cab, coach or caboose plus museum admissionFor more info: (203) 778-8337; www.danbury.org/drm/index.htm
Where: The Maritime Aquarium, 10 North Water Street, Norwalk.When: 10:30AM, 1PM, 3PMWho: Ages 9 and upHow: "Add-on" the day of visit. No reservations will be taken.Cost: $5For more info: (203) 852-0700; www.maritimeaquarium.org
Where: Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane, Westport.When: 10:00AM, 1:00PMWho: All agesHow: Just goCost: $10
Saturday, September 17 - Dr. Phineas' Magical Emporium: The Dragon and the Pepper Puppet Extravaganza
Where: Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, Ridgefield.When: 11:00AM, 2:00PMWho: All agesHow: Call for tickets or visit the websiteCost: $15For more info: (203) 438-5795, www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org
Where: Maritime Aquarium 10 North Water St., Norwalk.When: 8:15 AMWho: Participants must be 10 years and older. Anyone under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult.How: Space is limied. Call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206 to register.Cost: $32.50 for non-members ($22.50 for Aquarium members) and include Aquarium admission. There is a maximum of 25 people per tour. Walk-up sales are accepted.For more info: www.maritimeaquarium.org/guided_tours.html
Where: Danbury Police Athletic League, 35 Hayestown Road, Danbury.When: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PMWho: Ages 4-15How: Just goCost: FREEFor more info: (203) 746-6876; e-mail [email protected]
Where: Danbury Public Library, 170 Main Street.When: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PMWho: Ages 3-5 who know some Spanish alreadyHow: Call to registerCost: FREEFor more info: (203) 797-4527; www.danburylibrary.org
Where: Bethel. Address will be provided once you RSVP.When: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PMWho: Pregnant WomenHow: Please RSVP to Kristie: 203-300-0489Cost: Your first class is Free! 5 classes for $60.00For more info: 203-300-0489 www.birth-circle.com
Please RSVP and email your questions.
Where: Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Mathews Park, 303 West Avenue, Norwalk.When: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PMWho: All agesHow: Just goCost: FREE
Where: Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Overbrook Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford.When: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PMWho: All ages welcome, but kids must be accompanied by an adult.How: Just drop inCost: FREE with admission: $10 adults; $8 seniors (65 and up); $5 children ages 4-17; FREE children 3 and under
Where: Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford.When: 12:00 PM - 3:30 PMWho: All agesHow: Just go. Weather permitting. Visit the Overbrook Nature Center for trail information and activity locations.Cost: FREE with admission: $10 adults; $8 seniors (65 and up); $5 ages 4-12; 3 and under FREE
Where: Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford. Outdoor classroom by the otters.When: 3:30 PMWho: All agesHow: Just goCost: FREE with admission. $10 adults; $8 (seniors 65 and up); $5 ages 4-12; 3 and under FREE
Where: Ridgefield Recreation Center, 195 Danbury Road, Ridgefield.When: MON & WED: 9am-3pm; TUES, THURS, FRI 9am-1pmWho: Pre-schoolers and parentsHow: Call for more infoCost: $40 for season passFor more info: (203) 431-2755; www.ridgefieldparksadrec.org
Where: Danbury Public Library's Story Corner, 170 Main Street, Danbury.When: 10:15 AM - 11:00 AMWho: Babies 3 months-23 months, with parent or caregiverHow: Call Cynthia Lappala (203) 797-4528Cost: FREE
Where: Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 38 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford.When: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PMWho: Call for exact age rangeHow: Call for more infoCost: FREE with admission. children ages 4-17 $5, ages 3 and under FREE
Where: Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Mathews Park, 303 West Avenue, Norwalk.When: 9:45AM, 10:15AM and 10:45AM (Spanish)Who: ToddlersHow: Just goCost: $14 museum admission
Where: Danbury Public Library, 170 Main Street, Danbury.When: 10:15 AM - 11:00 AMWho: Ages 2 and 3How: Call Cynthia Lappala (203) 797-4528Cost: FREE
Where: 3 Fox Run Lane South, Newtown, CT 06470When: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PMWho: Open to allHow: RSVP to Doris Hanley: 203-470-4666 or via email at [email protected]Cost: FreeFor more info: www.dhanleyjuiceplus.com
Where: Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane, Westport.When: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PMWho: Kids must be 4 by December 31, 2011.How: Pre-registration requiredCost: $12 per class for members, $22 non-members
Where: St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 95 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel.When: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AMWho: All agesHow: Parking available on the street or in the back of the Carraluzzi's parking lotCost: FREEFor more info: http://www.lllct.org
Where: Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane, Westport.When: 4:00 PM - 5:15 PMWho: Grades K-5How: Pre-registration is required.Cost: $12 per class for members, $22 non-members
Where: Bethel-United Methodist Church, 141 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel. Bus drop off availableWhen: After school to 5pmWho: Kids in grades 2-6How: Call Wendy at (203) 501-7424 or e-mail [email protected] Follows the Bethel Public School schedule. If school is closed, it will not meet.Cost: FREEFor more info: www.bethelmethodist.net and click on "Education"
Where: Bethel Public Library, 189 Greenwood Avenue, Seelye Room.When: 10:15 AM - 11:30 AMWho: Kids in grades 6-12How: Contact Amy Schumann (203) 794-8756; [email protected]Cost: FREEFor more info: (203) 794-8756; www.bethellibrary.org
Where: Molly Darcy's Pub, 39 Mill Plain Road, Danbury.When: 7:15 PM - 8:15 PMWho: Teens and adultsHow: Bring water bottle and a towel and wear comfortable clothing and sneakers.Cost: $5 first class, $8 walk in, other packages available.For more info: (203) 441-3177, www.zumbagetfit.com
Where: Molten Java, 102 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel.When: 7:30 PM - 10:00 PMWho: Open to allHow: Just goCost: FREEFor more info: (203) 739-0313; www.moltenjavaeevents.com
Where: Famous Pizza, Bethel Square.When: 3pm-5pm for teens. Seating times for families: 5pm-6pm, 6pm-7pm, 7pm-8pmWho: Teens; all agesHow: E-mail Hilda with preferred seating timesCost: $5 per person. Famous Pizza will donate a portion of proeeds to Pro Access Teen Center.For more info: (203) 790-9040 or e-mail Hilda at [email protected]
Where: Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Mathews Park, 303 West Avenue, Norwalk.When: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PMWho: All ages.How: Reservations recommended. Call (203) 899-0606, ext. 247 or reserve onlineCost: $12
Where: Charles Ives Concert Park at Western Connecticut State University, Danbury. (Off of Mill Plain Road)When: 6:30 PMWho: All agesHow: Just goCost: Call for more infoFor more info: (203) 739-0010; www.danburyirishfestival.com
Where: Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road.When: 7:00 PMWho: Ages 5 and upHow: Just go. Presentation: Held rain or shine. Viewing: weather permitting.Cost: $3 adults; $2 children ages 5-12
Where: Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, Ridgefield. Meet and Greet with the band (Gold Cicle tickets only) will be held at Adam Broderick Salon & Spa at 4:30pm, followed by a VIP party with dinner and drinks by Dimitri's Diner held at the playhouse lobby.When: 7:30 PMWho: All agesHow: Call Box Office or visit website for tickets.Cost: $20 (advanced tickets); $25 (day of show); $45 (Gold Circle Meet and Greet)For more info: (203) 438-5795; www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org
Where: Danbury Public Library, 170 Main Street, Danbury.When: 10:15 AM - 11:00 AMWho: Ages 3 and upHow: Call Cynthia Lappala to register (203) 797-4528Cost: FREE
MeetUp with "No Drama Mammas and Pappas"
Macaroni Kid Danbury-Bethel recently discovered the "No Drama Mammas and Pappas of CT" group on Meetup.com. They are a Parent and Play Date Central with over 300+ upcoming meet-up events in venues throughout Fairfield County, CT. Their members are comprised of working parents, stay-at-home parents, single or divorced parents, soon-to-be parents, etc. If you are new to the Fairfield County area, this could be a great way to connect with other parents while spending quality time with your kids.The group welcomes caregivers and/or grandparents looking to socialize ...
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