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Whether you're in search of something fun to do with the kids or you have a babysitter and are planning a night out, look no further because Patch editors have picked a variety of events taking place today and tomorrow to help you make the most of your weekend. Click on the headline of each for more information.


Free Beardsley Zoo Admission

Where: The Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport

When: Dec. 26-28

Description: For more information, go here or call (203) 394-6565

‘Traditional Christmas’ Family Day Open House

Where: Brookfield Museum and Historical Society, 165 Whisconier Road, Brookfield

When: Saturday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Description: This open house is a must see visit for families that is guaranteed to get everyone into the spirit of the season.

Many attractions for children and grown-ups will highlight the event to include a visit from Santa who will stop by with his helpers bearing complimentary treats for the kids.

The sight of model trains in a winter display, will entertain kids of all ages, while the sound of an antique music box will fill the air with well-known Christmas musical classics. A winter Christmas tree scene with boy and girl mannequins which appeared in a Macy’s New York Christmas display window scene in the early 1950s will bring back cherished memories.

In addition attendees will enjoy complimentary home made Christmas cookies, as well as hot chocolate and mulled cider. Carolers will also be on hand to sing favorite seasonal songs. A children’s scavenger hunt will challenge the participants to seek out hidden items.

AnimalsRFamily Adoption Event

Where: Choice Pet Supply, 949 High Ridge Road, Stamford

When: Saturday, 11 a.m.

Cost: Free

Description: Non-profit AnimalsRFamily will host an adoption at the Choice Pet Supply in Stamford.

"Behind the Scenes Tour" at the Maritime Aquarium

Where: Maritime Aquarium, 10 N. Water St., Norwalk

When: Saturday, 8:15 a.m.

Cost: $32.50

Description: The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk opens its backstage spaces for a rare behind-the-scenes tour. Conducted before the Aquarium opens, from 8:15 to 10 a.m., the guided tour offers unique opportunities to see how the animal-husbandry staff meets the varying food and water needs of some 2,000 resident animals.

The tour includes stops at the Aquarium’s “fish kitchen,” where 18 tons of fish a year is prepared, and above the 110,000-gallon Open Ocean tank, where the dorsal fins of 8-foot sand tiger sharks cut through the water surface. Learn the delicate requirements of a jellyfish “nursery.”

Participants must be at least 10 years old; under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

The tour is limited to 25 people, so reservations are strongly recommended. Walk-up tickets will be sold, space permitting.

For reservations or more details, call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206.

Free Christmas Concert

Where: Concert Hall, Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Ave., Norwalk

When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Description: Norwalk Community Chorale, 52nd Annual Christmas Concert, A Blessing of Peace, Sponsored by Norwalk Recreation and Parks Department.


Fairfield: Christmas Carol Service and Yule Tea

When: Sunday, Dec. 23, 4 p.m. (Yule Tea), 5 p.m. (Carol Service)

Where: St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 661 Old Post Road, Fairfield

Cost: Free

Description: Known by its English name, this ‘Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols’ is a worship service famous the world over because of its yearly broadcast from the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, on Christmas Eve. This year, the service can be experienced right here in Fairfield, at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, on the Town Hall Green. Everyone is warmly welcome.

Kids Night Out presents: Story Time with Santa

When: Saturday, Dec. 22, 11 a.m.

Where: Liquid Lunch, 434 Howe Ave., Shelton

Cost: Free

Description: An afternoon of stories, caroling, and holiday cheer! Bring your Letter to Santa so you can hand-deliver your Christmas list. Also spread the love and make a donation to the Spooner House. In lieu of presents, gifts cards are a wonderful option; allowing Spooner House to purchase items for families in need.


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