Blog :: 2010

THING 74 - Polar Express on IMAX

I'm not sure if I've ever actually seen the movie, but I really loved the book.  That being said, I heard great things about the movie and love anything on IMAX. So if you are still trying to fill your days before you can send the kids back to school, this might be a good idea.

  • Date: 12:00pm Friday, December 17, 2010 to 12:00pm Sunday, January 2, 2011
  • Place: The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
  • Price: Tickets are $6.50-$9

""The Polar Express" was the first feature film to be shot entirely in a new process, Performance Capture. In it, an actor's live performance is digitized, becoming a human blueprint for creating virtual characters. Using this, Tom Hanks's performances became five characters in the film.Even if you've seen it before, see "The Polar Express" on the Aquarium's six story high screen for a very large holiday present. The film runs from Dec. 17 through January 2. For more information, visit the Aquarium's website. "

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THING 73 - Greenwich Civic Center ROLLER SKATING!

For those of you who don't have to work (like me, arg..) this sounds hilarious and fun:"The Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center will be transformed into a roller skating rink Wednesday, Dec. 29, for the Department of Parks and Recreation's Roller Skating Party. Sherry Kline runs the program at the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center and will be bringing it to Western Greenwich Civic Center, 449 Pemberwick Road.Children in kindergarten through sixth grade can grab a pair of roller skates or rollerblades and take part from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Parents of participating kids may also try the skating. The cost is $5, which includes skate rental if needed. Children and adults are welcome to bring their own skates or rollerblades.The event will also include games and contests. The snow date is Thursday, Dec. 30.Tickets are available at the BWCC or download a form from the website. For more information, call 203-532-1259."

THING 72 - Movies at the Cos Cob Library

This week the Cos Cob Library (5 Sinawoy Road) will be offering free movies for local kids. The movies all start at 3pm.  You are allowed to bring light snacks. I figured that this would be a great way to get the kids out of the house for a couple hours during their break and possibly gain back some peace!Here's a list of the movies:Tuesday, December 28 - My Neighbor TotoroWednesday, December 29 - Free Willy: Escape from Pirate's CoveThursday, December 30 - Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

THING 71 - Behind the Scenes at the Norwalk Aquarium

For those of you who aren't back at work and aren't scared to leave your home -(I'd recommend calling to make sure they are open)"Holidays or no, the aquatic denizens of Norwalk's Maritime Aquarium don't care much about celebrating. But they do care about getting fed. On two days, Dec. 27 and 30, visitors can see how the Aquarium manages its very large daily responsibility for a wide variety of animals. On those two days, take a special backstage tour to observe the sharks, seals, river otters and other animals being fed. You might get the chance to feed the sharks or hand-feed the rays. (Watch those fingers!)The "Behind-the-Scenes Tour" starts at 8:15 a.m. That's when participants meet up with animal-husbandry staff who'll outline the various needs of the Aquarium's animals. Each has special requirements for meals, and the conditions of its environment, including temperature and saltiness of their water.At the Aquarium's "fish kitchen," where 18 tons of fish food is prepared each year, you'll see what's on the day's menu. When you get to the 110,000-gallon Open Ocean exhibit, where 7-foot sand tiger sharks eagerly await their repast, you can toss in some capelin and watch how fast they gobble it up.The jellyfish "nursery" and checking in with the cownose rays are also on the tour schedule. Participants must be at least 10 years old and those under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. The tour costs $32.50  and includes Aquarium admission at 10 a.m. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206. For more information, visit the Aquarium's website."

THING 70 - Stepping Stones Shares Poland's Gifts

For those of you who are in the mood to venture outside -"Kids can shake off the post-Christmas letdown with a trip "Around the World to Celebrate Poland" at Stepping Stones Museum, where they'll explore the country's storied history, colorful traditions, unique beauty and national heroes in a series of special hands on events, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. over six days.On Sunday, Dec. 26, the southeastern town of Zamosc, founded in 1580, is explored. Its renaissance fort and historic architecture still dazzle and its Old Town has more than 120 historic landmarks. Kids get the chance to craft their own models of it.On Monday, Dec. 27, traditional Polish music is the theme, with a special focus on the Ligawka, a longhorn instrument dating back to 1100. Kids will build their own instrument and experiment with its sound.On Tuesday, Dec. 28, making delicious and savory pierogis is on the menu. Little chefs for the day get the chance to stuff fresh dough with cheese and potatoes and then taste these hearty Polish potstickers.Poland is also known for its magical fairytales, and on Wednesday, Dec. 29, a classic one, "The Three Princesses of Whiteland" is featured in a storytelling session that will introduce kids to another traditional aspect of Polish culture. Then, on Dec. 30, young visitors discover wycinanki, beautiful, decorative paper cut-outs that make up another part of Poland's creative heritage. The craft of the day lets kids design and make their own.One of Poland's national heroes, Marie Sklodowska Curie, was born in Warsaw. She was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize, which she was awarded in 1903 for physics. Her story is the focus of Stepping Stones' last session highlighting the special gifts of Poland on Friday Dec. 31. The programs are free with Museum admission, which is $10 and $12. For more information, visit the Museum's website."