- Thursday through Sunday: "Want to close out summer with a splash? Amphibious boat rides, meet & greets with Deadliest Catch captain Johnathan Hillstrand, paddlesports and interactive on-water activities are among the many unique attractions cruising into the 2013 Progressive Insurance Norwalk Boat Show. A favorite among boating and outdoor enthusiasts, the four-day event offers a wide array of events and experiences for visitors of all ages.
- You don't need to get arrested to see the workings of the Norwalk Police Department this weekend, just show up from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday to take the tour. Open House at the Police Department headquarters includes not only tours presented by Police Explorer Post 1913, with a department representative explaining the function of each division: "Also on hand will be members of the motorcycle unit, K9 unit, crime scene unit and our emergency services unit," according to a news release from the department.
- “Arts & Crafts on Bedford” is an outdoor art fair, including activities for kids, on Bedford and Spring streets in downtown Stamford Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21-22. “Shop at our craft and artisan boutiques on Bedford Street, which will be closed to traffic for the weekend. Dine in our extended sidewalk cafés,” says the Stamford Downtown website. “Extended shopping hours on Saturday! Live music on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m.! Visit the Imagination Station presented by Stamford Museum & Nature Center and the Bartlett Arboretum featuring “hands on” activities for kids! New this year! Rock Climbing Wall sponsored by SMART TAP.” The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 10 to 5 on Sunday.
- Take a "Behind-the-Scenes Tour" of the Maritime Aquarium on Saturday at 8:15 a.m. (until 10 a.m.). "[T]he 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. Cost is $25 ($22.50 for Aquarium members). 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."
- Take one of the Maritime Aquarium's Marine Life Study Cruises in Norwalk Harbor on Saturdays at 1 p.m. in September and October: "Cruise out for close encounters with crabs, fish, lobsters and always a few surprises when you come aboard the research vessel Oceanic. [...] Aquarium educators put participants to work in collecting and examining animals. [...] Tickets are $20.50, or $18.50 for Aquarium members. Maritime Aquarium Study Cruises are good for ages 8 and older. Space on the Oceanic is limited so advance reservations are strongly recommended. Walk-up tickets will be sold, space permitting. [...] Purchase tickets or get more details at www.maritimeaquarium.org or (203)852-0700, ext. 2206."
- Let your kids take part in the Worldwide Day of Play from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday with free admission to Norwalk's Stepping Stones Museum for Children, which is "encouraging children to turn off the TV, video games, computer and come out and PLAY! Enjoy FREE museum admission, games, sports and other activities -- all guaranteed to get families up and moving!"
- "Members Norwalk River Rowing Association's
(NRRA) Youth Racing Team are participating in an Ergathon on Saturday,
Sept. 21 to raise money for the Matthew Zucker Memorial Fund. [...] This
year’s “Ergathon” will be held at three locations from 9am to
2pm: Darien Sport Shop – 1127 Post Rd. in Darien, Stop and Shop – 380
Main Ave. in Norwalk, and Stop and Shop - 5 River Rd. in
Wilton. Donations can be made at any of these locations during the
Ergathon or by donating online at http://www.norwalkriverrowing.org" -- from Andrea Cragin's blog on Darien Patch
- "Six beautifully appointed homes in the historic Pine Point Association will open their doors for the third-annual Rowayton House Tour on Friday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. [...] Homes on the tour are a variety of styles and have been designed by top local architects, including Roger Bartels. Pick up tour maps at Bayley Beach and from there walk the town's picturesque streets to each residence. Shuttles also will be available. A boutique featuring jewelry and home decorating items will be open, too. Tickets are $50 in advance; $60 the day of the tour." -- from an event listing on Patch