New Canaan Nature Center’s Owl Walk

The New Canaan Nature Center is hosting an owl moon night hike on January 11 with the  FULL moon as your guide. Staff is on hand and will lead the exploration into as participants explore the magic in the woods & unravel the mysteries of our nocturnal neighbors-the owls!

Get ready to discover how owls use their keen senses to navigate at night and learn how they can hunt in the dark. For the super adventurous, make sure to  “give a hoot”  to try your luck at some owl call-ins to see if you can bring our feathered friends in closer for observation.

Spaces are limited for this popular night hike & advanced registration is strongly advised;
Members: $10/person  and Non-members: $15/person. For more information click here

Lime Rock Gift Deals through January 2, 2020

If you are a fan of Lime Rock Park, in the heart of the Litchfield Hills, make sure you check out their website by January 2, 2020, for their special holiday pricing.

Tickets for the 2020 Majors are now on sale. Save up to 40 percent on weekend passes and race day tickets and get ready to rev up your 2020. Purchase your tickets online and print them at home to stuff the stocking or add them to a gift basket from the Lime Rock Park Store.

Tickets offered include the touring car festival featuring TC America and Pirelli GT4 America on May 8-9, the Memorial Day Classic featuring Trans Am, SVRA and the Sunday Royals Car Show on May 22-25, the New England Regionals on June 12-13 and the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship and Michelin Pilot Challenge July 17-18. A fall favorite, the Historic Festival 38 and Sunday in the Park Concours on Sept. 4-7 is also being offered.

For ticket information https://limerock.com/HolidayPricing2020

Great Trains Exhibit Wilton

The Wilton Historical Society’s annual Great Trains exhibit features many layouts and a wide range of makes and gauges of model trains traversing scenic local landscapes. There are many different model train layouts winding through tiny towns with a variety of different kinds of buildings, tunnels, and even a working Ferris wheel! The display enchants visitors of all ages with lots of buttons to push and knowledgeable “train engineers” on hand to “talk trains.”

New this year – model trains are toot, toot, tooting upstairs in the Toy Loft, which is filled with the favorite toys of yesteryear. In a special train room for the youngest guests, Thomas the Tank Engine and Brio trains are ready for hands-on fun.

The trains are open Wednesday to Saturday from 10:00 – 4:00, and Sundays 12:00 – 4:00. The Great Trains Holiday Show will through Monday, January 21, 2019. Admission is free for members of the Society; $5 per non-member child and $10 for non-member adults.

Find out details at www.wiltonhistorical.org or phone 203-762-7257.

Winter Games, Stories, and Crafts Institute for American Indian Studies December 28 and December 29

Recognizing art and crafts, as an intrinsic and essential element of Native American life, the Institute for American Indian Studies is hosting a series of programs December 28, and 29 designed to foster a better understanding of the artistic and oral history of Native American culture.

If you have kids and are looking for an engaging activity in December, head to the Institute for American Indian Studies on 38 Curtis Road in Washington CT to participate in this series of programs that are sure to entertain and educate. Best of all, these programs are free with the price of admission; $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $6 for children.

After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, on December 28 and 29 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on each day the Institute has organized a special program that will feature traditional Native American games such as snow snake, snow boat, hoop and pole, keeper of the fire, and eagle eye. A special series of craft activities sure to help instill a sense of achievement and pride in children includes creating items such as cornhusk dolls, buzzers, or beading that kids can take home. One of the most looked forward to activities is storytime. Native American stories recount the history of indigenous people and are told to educate children about cultural morals and values. These stories offer valuable life lessons that are multigenerational, multicultural, and timeless.

About The Institute for American Indian Studies
Located on 15 acres of woodland acres the Institute For American Indian Studies preserves and educates through archeology, research, exhibitions, and programs. They have a 16th c. Algonquian Village, Award-Winning Wigwam Escape, and a museum with temporary and permanent displays of authentic artifacts from prehistory to the present that allows visitors to foster a new understanding of the world and the history and culture of Native Americans. The Institute for American Indian Studies is located on 38 Curtis Road, Washington, CT.

Mini-Worlds of Magic in New Milford

The whiz and whistle of toy trains are among the happiest sounds of the season and some of the most magical layouts anywhere can be found in New Milford.

One of the oldest traditions is the Hands-On Train Display in New Milford, celebrating its 29th anniversary this year. The set-up here is unique because visitors are allowed to play engineer, taking a turn at the controls, starting and stopping the action and operating signals and lights.

The layout transforms the waiting room of New Milford’s restored vintage train station into a Lilliputian landscape of hills, valleys and villages, with four big layouts of scale model Lionel trains crisscrossing miniature towns populated by tiny figures dressed in winter finery. The setup includes almost 100 feet of track. The trains operate Thursday – Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. December,22, 26, 27, 28, and 29.

This yearly free event is sponsored by the Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce, www.newmilford-chamber.org.

Riding the Rails in Danbury

Santa also has his own private rail car weekend workshop at the Danbury Railway Museum, a classic 1903 station with a railroad yard filled with vintage train cars. Visitors can board one of the working trains on a 20-minute ride through the yard to visit with Santa and receive a small gift.

A miniature train layout and many fascinating railroad exhibits are waiting at the restored station, along with activities for kids including temporary tattoos, play and coloring stations. Once again there is a shop with gifts for railroad buffs of all ages.

The trains leaves from the station every half hour from 12:30 pm to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 21 and Sunday, December 22 from 12 – 4 p.m. To experience the beautifully lite rail yard take the night trains on Saturday evenings at 4:30 pm and 5 pm. For tickets and information, www.Danbury.org or phone: (203) 778-8337.