Grab & Go Kids Planner: Explore the Zoo; Memorial Day Events Galore!

Here are five great family-friendly events to check out this holiday weekend.

Where/When: Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport

May 28-29, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Why Go: Catch farm fever at the Beardsley Zoo! Visitors can learn about farm animals and farming with former Connecticut resident Chris Rowlands from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Children are invited to wear fun hats and sing along with Rowlands on stage as he shares his self-penned songs such as “Cud Chewing,” a tribute to cows. Presented in partnership with the Fairfield County Farm Bureau.

Pricing: Adults (ages 12 & older), $12; children (ages 3-11), $10; seniors (62 & older), $10. Under 3 years old, free.


Where/When: , 471 Turney Rd.

May 28, 9:30 a.m. (rain or shine)

Why Go: Give your kids a closer look at American history. Help them see how American men and women have fought for freedom for people everywhere in the world. The Sea Memorial Ceremony, to be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, honors servicemen and servicewomen who lost their lives at sea. The ceremony is conducted by veterans from the area's veterans' posts. All veterans present will be honored.

A reception and luncheon will be hosted by Port 5 at 69 Brewster St. in Bridgeport. All are welcome to attend. Bring your friends and family!

Pricing: Free


Where/When: , 661 Old Post Rd.

May 30, 7:30-11 a.m.

Why Go: Before you head out to Fairfield's Memorial Day parade, stop by St. Paul's on Monday morning where thousands of pancakes will be served up at the Annual Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast. Parade-goers gathered around the Town Hall Green will also get their fill of sausage and beverages before and during the patriotic festivities.

Pricing: All servicemen and servicewomen will receive breakfast from the church at no charge in recognition and appreciation for their service to our country.


Where/When: Memorial Day Parade, Downtown Fairfield

May 30, 10 a.m.

Why Go: Get there early to get a good seat and enjoy Fairfield’s annual Memorial Day parade. The line of march will be east from South Pine Creek Road along Post Road to Fairfield Public Library; south along Old Post Road; east along Old Post Road passing the Town Green and continuing beyond South Benson Road.

Pricing: Free!


Where/When: , 370 Beach Rd.

May 30, 12-4 p.m.

Why Go: Continue the fun after Fairfield’s Memorial Day Parade ends with a picnic at the Fairfield Museum and History Center. Bring your blankets and picnic baskets and enjoy an afternoon of games and fun. Refreshments will be sold by the local Kiwanis Club.

Pricing: Entrance is free!


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