By Janet Serra

Posted: 09/27/2017 16:59:10

Family fun is in the works at the Sharon Audubon Center the last two weekends in October. A trio of events are "non scary" and geared toward families with children pre-K through 2nd grade.

The Audubon's popular Enchanted Forest will be held on Saturday, October 21. Guided groups will meet friendly costumed animal characters along a candlelit trail and hear how the animals live their lives on the Audubon grounds. After the tour, which lasts approximately 45 minutes, participants can enjoy a cup of hot chocolate inside the Center building before taking a hayride back to the parking area. This non-scary program is ideal for children up to 8 years old and their families. Tours begin every 10-15 minutes between the hours of 6:00 and 7:30 p.m.. Participants should bring an extra flashlight. Admission is $4 per person. Children under 2 are free.

Wild Waterfowl Day is taking place on Saturday, October 28 from 8 am to 12 noon. Fall is one of the best times of year to witness amazing waterfowl migration. Many species come through Litchfield Hills, including Audubon Sharon and surrounding areas and we will have a great opportunity to view these marvelous fliers. We will begin at Audubon Sharon at 8 a.m. and explore a few of the ponds before driving to Bantam Lake, which is a stopover spot for migrating waterfowl. Transportation to Bantam Lake is not guaranteed, but carpooling is likely.

Audubon Kids' Day is taking place on Sunday, October 29 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. This is a fun, autumn afternoon for young children and their families and features carnival-type games, kids' crafts, a petting zoo, a hay bale maze, hay wagon shuttles, professional face painting and glitter tattoos, a large leaf pit for jumping, balloon twisting and good food such as burgers, hot dogs, chili, apple cider and homemade goodies. Children are encouraged to come in costume and join in the costume parade led around the Center grounds. The event is held rain or shine and is ideal for children PreK-3rd grade. Admission.

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