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.
Bridgeport: 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
Stamford: AnimalsRFamily Adoption Event
Where: Choice Pet Supply, 949 High Ridge Road, Stamford
When: Saturday, 11 a.m.
Description: Non-profit AnimalsRFamily will host an adoption at the Choice Pet Supply in Stamford.
Norwalk: "Behind the Scenes Tour" at the Maritime Aquarium
Where: Maritime Aquarium, 10 N. Water St., Norwalk
When: Saturday, 8:15 a.m.
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.
Norwalk: 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
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.
Shelton: Kids Night Out Presents: Story Time with Santa
When: Saturday, Dec. 22, 11 a.m.
Where: Liquid Lunch, 434 Howe Ave., Shelton
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.
New Canaan: McEvoy Handcrafted Pottery Holiday Sale
When: Dec. 22-24
Where: 66 Seminary St, New Canaan, CT (in studio down driveway behind house)
Description: George Fintan McEvoy will be holding the 50th annual exhibition and sale of his one-of-kind handcrafted pottery at his studio. His work includes bowls, vases, teapots, and jars with exotic wood lids. George notes that all pieces are made right here in New Canaan (“Shop Local”) and that many people buy his work as gifts for friends who appreciate something that is not mass produced. All pieces are safe to use with food.