FREE AND LOW COST ACTIVITIES - SOUTH REGION RECREATION AND RESOURCE NEWSLETTER FREE AND LOW COST ACTIVITIES Remember to check out the many events and programs in your area.

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  • DDS SOUTH REGION RECREATION AND RESOURCE NEWSLETTER

    FREE AND LOW COST ACTIVITIES

    Remember to check out the many events and programs in your area.

    o Go to your Local Library to sign out passes to local attractions and Museums. (Mystic Aquarium,

    Mystic Seaport, etc. each Library has different passes and deals available) All libraries in the State have

    Free State Park Passes for park admissions.

    o Check out the Parks and Recreation departments, Senior Centers or Adult Education

    programs in your town and your neighboring towns to see what they have to offer. Give them a call

    and get to know them, and let them know what programs you would like to see.

    o CHECK OUT A STATE PARK...

    Connecticut has 107 State Parks and 32 State Forests comprising nearly 300,000 acres of beautiful recreation

    lands and open space for the use and enjoyment of the public. Most of these areas are available free-of-charge.

    Of these 139 areas, only twenty six (26) charge a parking fee from the third week in April through the

    Columbus Day Holiday. Of the twenty-six parking-charge parks, fifteen (15) charge for parking only on

    weekends and holidays with weekdays free and only eleven (11) charge during the entire week. We are

    fortunate that all areas of the state offer several no-cost, state-run recreation opportunities.

    Please visit the DEEP's State Parks website at:

    http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2716&q=325086&deepNav_GID=1650 to locate state parks across

    the state which do not charge any parking or admission fee, and enjoy them.

    o (This is truly a great website with tons of information and ideas check out Letterboxing/Geocaching for

    an activity to do at the park) The State Parks Division issues every public library in the state a

    State Park Library Pass which can be checked out, similar to a book, and used for free

    visitation to any park or forest that charges a fee. This program is very popular. We invite your

    program leaders to pay a visit to your local library to take advantage of this offer.

    The DEEP also offers season passes that can be purchased for $67. It allows an unlimited number of visits to

    all parks during the busy season.

    3. Available for free, are the lifetime Charter Oak Pass for Connecticut residents age 65 or older and the

    Disabled Veteran Pass for citizens with a service connected disability. As long as the resident is in the vehicle,

    it can park free of charge. However, only the pass holder enjoys free admission to Gillette Castle, Dinosaur

    and Fort Trumbull State Parks.

    Please visit the following page to learn about alternatives:

    http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2716&q=325090&deepNav_GID=1650#SeasonPass

    These are great resources!

    If you would like to be added to my E-mail list or have other resources I should know about

    Please contact me: Pamela Okerblom Recreation Therapist

    Pamela.Okerblom@ct.gov or call 860-859-5482

    http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2716&q=325086&deepNav_GID=1650http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2716&q=325090&deepNav_GID=1650#SeasonPassmailto:Pamela.Okerblom@ct.gov

  • FREE AND LOW COST ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS BY TOWN!

    ANSONIA

    Summer Concert Series

    o When: 7/8, 7/22, 8/5, 8/19, 8/26 at 7pm

    o Where: Veterans Park

    o Cost: Free

    o For information, visit cityofansonia.com

    BRANFORD

    Summer Movie Express

    o When: Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10am, June 16th August 12th

    o Where: Regal Branford Stadium 12

    325 E. Main St.

    o Cost: $1

    o Other info: All movies rated G or PG

    o For the list of movies, visit regmovies.com/Movies/Summer-Movie-Express

    Jazz on the Green

    o When: Thursday nights at 6:30pm from 6/25 to 8/20

    o Where: Branford Green

    o Cost: Free

    o For more information, visit branfordjazz.com

    CHESTER

    Chester Fair

    o When: 8/29 6-11pm, 8/29 8am-11pm, 8/30 9am-6pm

    o Where: Kirtland Terrace, off Route 154

    o Cost: $8 admission (children 12 & under free), $6 Senior Citizen discount, $21 for 3-day pass

    o For more information, visit chesterfair.org or call 860-526-5947

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    CLINTON

    Summer Fest & Fireworks

    o When: 8/22, all day (specific times TBA)

    o Where: Clinton Town Beach

    o Cost: Free

    o For more information, visit clintonct.com

    COLCHESTER

    Summer Concert on the Green w/ Adam Ezra

    o When: Thursday, July 18th at 6:30pm

    o Where: Green

    o Cost: Free

    o Other info: Concession stands open at 6pm

    o For more information, call 860-537-7297

    Festival on the Green

    o When: 7/25 from 10am-4pm

  • o Where: Green

    o Cost: Free admission

    o For more information, visit colchesterhistory.org or contact the Colchester Historical Society at 860-537-4230

    DURHAM

    o 96th Annual Durham Fair

    o When: 9/24, 9/25, 9/26, 9/27

    Thursday 4-10pm

    Friday 9am-10pm

    Saturday 9am-11pm

    Sunday 9am-7pm

    o Where: Located at the junctions of Routes 68, 17 and 77

    Parking in the Durham Fair operated lots is $5 per day/single entry OR $10 for unlimited entry during the

    fair weekend. Handicapped parking will be at the Frank Ward Strong School on Thursday and at CRHS

    Friday through Sunday.

    o Cost: $8 on Thursday, $13 Friday-Sunday

    Children 11 and under, Active Military and Attendees in Wheelchairs admitted for free

    Friday-Sunday: Junior (12-21) and Seniors (62 and over) pay $10

    Multi-day tickets and discounted advanced prices available online

    o For more information, visit durhamfair.com or call The Durham Agricultural Fair Association at 860-349-9495

    EAST HADDAM

    Music on the River

    o When: 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/3, 8/10, 8/17 from 6:30-8:30pm

    o Where: Lawn of the Goodspeed Opera House

    o Cost: Free

    o For more information, visit easthaddamrec.com or call 860-873-5058

    EAST HAVEN

    Sunday Band Concerts

    o When: Sundays from 7/12 until 8/30, from 6-8pm

    o Where: East Haven Green

    o Cost: Free

    o Visit townofeasthavenct.org for more information

    15th Annual Fireworks/Beach Party Celebration

    o When: 6/27 beginning at noon, fireworks at 9pm

    o Where: Cosey Beach

    o Cost: Free to attend

    o Visit townofeasthavenct.org for more information

    EAST LYME

    Connecticut Open House Day

    o When: June 13th from 10am-3pm

    o Where: Smith-Harris House, Thomas Lee House, Samuel Smith House

    o Cost: Free

    o For more information, contact the Smith-Harris House www.smithharris.org, 860-739-0761,

    curator@smithharris.org; OR the Thomas Lee House www.eastlymehistoricalsociety.org,

    info@eastlymehistoricalsociety.org, OR the Samuel Smith House www.samuelsmithhouse.org, 860-739-5079,

    samuelsmith1685@gmail.com.

    mailto:samuelsmith1685@gmail.com

  • Puppet Show The Pirate, the Princess, and the Pea

    o When: June 19th at 1pm

    o Where: East Lyme Community Center (41 Society Rd)

    o Cost: $5/ticket

    o For more information about this, or other puppet shows, contact Dick Waterman at waterhard@sbcglobal.net

    Puppet Show The Fairy Circus

    o When: July 11th at 1pm

    o Where: St. Johns Episcopal Church Hall (400 Main St., Niantic)

    o Cost: $5

    o For more information about this, or other puppet shows, contact Dick Waterman at waterhard@sbcglobal.net

    Puppet Show Carnival del Mundo

    o When: August 8th at 1pm

    o Where: St. Johns Episcopal Church Hall (400 Main St., Niantic)

    o Cost: $5

    o For more information about this, or other puppet shows, contact Dick Waterman at waterhard@sbcglobal.net

    37th Annual LobsterFest and 55th Annual Juried Arts & Crafts Show

    o When: July 4th from 10am-5pm, July 5th from 10am-4pm

    o Where: Niantic Town Hall Grounds (108 Pennsylvania Ave.)

    o Cost: Attendance to the Arts & Crafts show is free, Lobster Dinner is $19 and Chicken dinner is $9 if purchased

    in advance, additional charge of $4.50 if purchased on day of event

    o For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit nianticlions.org

    15th Annual Celebrate East Lyme

    o When: Saturday, July 18th from 3-9pm

    o Where: Pennsylvania Ave/Main St, Downtown Niantic

    o Cost: Free to attend

    o For more information, visit celebrateeastlyme.com

    Sounds at Sunset Concert Series

    o When: Wednesday nights from 6-8pm, 8/5-8/26

    o Where: McCook Point Park

    o Cost: Free to attend, free to park after 5pm

    o Encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, food and beverages

    ESSEX

    Summer Concert Series

    o When: 7/1, 7/7, 7/15, 7/21, 7/29, 8/4, 8/12 from 6:30-8pm

    o Where: Tuesday concerts at Ivoryton Green, Wednesday concerts on Essex Main St.

    o Cost: Free

    o For more information, visit essexct.gov or call 860-767-4340 (ext. 110)

    GROTON

    Music in Washington Park

    o When: Fridays at 6:30pm, June 19th July 31st (except August 7th)

    o Where: Washington Park, Meridian St.

    o Cost: Free

    o Other Info: Food and drinks sold on site by City of Groton Little League

    o For information or cancellation notices, call 860-446-4129

    Movies in the Park

    o When: 6/25 & 8/22 at dark

    June Dolphin Tale 2

    August The Lego Movie

    o Where: Washington Park, Meridian St.

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  • o Cost: Free

    o For more information, visit summerinthecitygroton.com

    Summer Sound Waves at Esker Point Beach

    o When: Thursdays 6:00 8:00 June 25th Aug. 6th o Where: Esker Point Beach, Groton o Cost: Free o Other Info: Parking:

    Free parking and bus shuttle (runs continuously from 5:00 to 8:45 pm) is available at Fitch High School. Convenient parking at Esker Point Beach is available for the following fees: $10 per vehicle and $5 per

    motorcycle.

    o For information, call 860-441-6791 o http://www.groton-ct.gov/depts/parksrec/soundwaves/

    Coast Guard Band Concert o When: July 16th, 7-8:30pm o Where: UConn Avery Point o Cost: Free o Outdoor concert! Bring lawn chairs, picnics and blankets. o For more information, call 860-446-4118

    Fort Griswold Celebration on the Thames o When: July 11

    Concert at 6pm, Fireworks at 9:20pm o Where: Fort Griswold State Park o Cost: Free o Parking: Groton Heights School or Washington Park

    Tours at the Avery-Copp House o When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 11am-3pm o Where: 154 Thames St o Cost: $5 for adults, Children 12 and under free when accompanied by adult o Free parking available at the Puffins lot across the street o For more information, visit averycopphouse.org or call 860-445-1637

    GUILFORD

    The Summer Series

    o When: Frisbee Show on 7/9 at 5:30pm, Beach Movie on 7/23 at 8pm, Magic Show on 8/6 at 5:30pm, A Capella

    Group on 8/20 at 5:30pm

    o Where: Jacobs Beach

    o Cost: Free

    o For more information, visit guilfordparkrec.com

    Sunday Concerts

    o When: 7/19 6-8pm, 7/26 6:30-8pm, 8/2 6:30-8pm, 8/16 6:30-8pm, 8/23 6:30-8pm

    o Guilford Green

    o Cost: Free

    o For more information, visit guilfordparkrec.com

    Shakespeare on the Green

    o When: August 5-9, 7:30pm

    o Where: Guilford Green

    o Cost: Free

    o For more information, visit guilfordparkrec.com

    HAMDEN

    2015 Summer Concert Series

    o When: 6/26, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31 at 7:30pm, main acts start at 8:15pm

    o Where: Town Center at Meadowbrook, 2761 Dixwell Avenue

    o Cost: Free

    o Free parking and food sold on site.

    http://www.groton-ct.gov/depts/parksrec/soundwaves/

  • o For more information, visit hamdenartscommision.org or call 203-287-2546

    LEBANON

    o 56th Annual Lebanon Country Fair

    o When: 8/8, 8/9, 8/10

    Friday 6-10pm

    Saturday 8:30am-11pm

    Sunday 9am-6pm

    o Where: 122 Mack Road, accessible by Rt. 87 or Rt. 207

    o Cost: Adults $10, Senior citizens $9, Children under 12 and Military (w/ proper ID) admitted free

    o For more information, visit lebanoncountryfair.org

    LEDYARD

    o 70th Annual Ledyard Fair

    o When: 9/11, 9/12 & 9/13

    Friday 6-11pm

    Saturday 9am-11pm

    Sunday 11am-6pm

    o Where: Ledyard Center Fair Grounds

    Parking: Ledyard High School & Ledyard Middle School

    o Cost: 1 Day General Admission $9, Senior Citizens & Youth ages 11-17 $5, Children under 10 admitted free,

    Advanced sale 3-day pass $22

    o For more information, visit ledyardfair.org

    MILFORD

    Summer Nights by Harbor Lights

    o When: Fridays at 7pm, from 6/12 to 8/7

    o Where: Fowler Field & Rotary Pavilion

    o Cost: Free

    o For more information, visit milfordct.com or call 203-878-0681

    41st Annual Milford Oyster Festival

    o When: 8/15, 10am-6pm

    o Where: Along New Haven Ave and River St

    Shuttle Buses at Jonathan Law High School and Westfield Connecticut Post Mall Rear Lot

    o Cost: Free admission

    o For more information, visit milfordoysterfestival.org or call 203-878-5363

    MONTVILLE

    The Dinosaur Place

    o When: 10am until Dusk (Closes at 6pm or earlier). Opens at 9:30am during July & August

    Specific attractions may have different hours

    o Where: 1650 Hartford-New London Turnpike, Oakdale, CT 06370

    o Cost: Price subject to change, call for todays pricing

    Weekdays until June 11

    Ages 2-59 $14.99, Age 60+ $12.99

    Weekends until June 12 and Daily after June 12

    Ages 2-59 $19.99, Age 60+ $16.99

    o For more info, call 860-443-4367

  • MYSTIC

    Mystic Seaport Summer Music Sundays

    o When: Sundays 5-8pm, July 5th August 30th

    o Where: Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Ave

    o Cost: Free

    o For more information, call 860-572-0711 or 888-973-2767

    Mystic Seaport: Special needs visitors receive a 50% discount on admission: One additional adult attending to the special

    needs visitor will also receive a discount of 50% on admission.

    Independence Day Celebration

    o When: 7/4, 9am-5pm

    o Where: Mystic Seaport

    o Cost: Free

    o For more information, visit mysticseaport.org, or call 860-572-0711

    NEW HAVEN

    Yale Peabody Museum

    o When: Mon.-Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. 12-5pm

    o Where: 170 Whitney Ave.

    o Cost: Adults $9, seniors $8, children (3-18) $5. Free admission Thurs. 2-5pm. September-June

    Group reservations can be made 2 weekdays in advance for a reduced admission price

    o For more information, visit Peabody.yale.edu or call 203-432-8987

    Headline Concerts on the New Haven Green

    o When: June 13, 14, 20, 21, 26, 27 at 7pm

    o Where: New Haven Green, First Niagra Stage

    o Cost: Free

    o For more information, visit artidea.org

    New Haven Jazz Festival

    o When: 8/22 from 6 to 9pm

    o Where: Downtown New Haven Green

    o Cost: Free

    o For more information, visit jazzhaven.org

    Free Zumba Classes

    o When: Thursdays July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 4:00 4:30 p.m.

    o Where: Quinnipiac River Park, corner of Front St and Grand Ave, New Haven

    o Cost: Free

    o For more information, call BEyond FITness 203-285-5393

    Free Zumba Kids & Zumba

    o When: Tuesdays July 7, 14, 21 September, 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 November 3, 10, 17, 24 5:30 6:00 p.m.

    o Where: 55 Laura St, New Haven, CT

    o Cost: Free

    o What: Classes are available for Kids ages 4-11yrs. No registration ever needed. Parents/guardians are welcome to

    participate at no charge.

    o For more information, call BEyond FITness 203-285-5393 or email us at info@beyondfitnessct.com for more

    information. "Like" us on Facebook to find out more about free classes @beyondfitnessct

    Free Zumba Classes for Adults

    o When: Every Tuesdays 6:15pm 7:00p.m.

    o Where: 55 Laura St, New Haven, CT

    o Cost: Free

    o What: Zumba classes for Adults...