Summer outdoor concerts are wonderful. They are wonderful for people who like music and sitting outdoors enjoying the evening (or day). They are especially wonderful for parents. Even when the performers are not specifically for children, many kids, especially little ones, like all kinds of music. By the time our children reach their teens, they are ready to enjoy music like adults. Yes, the kids may have a good time at the concerts and enjoy the music.
What is even better, if you ask me, is that the adults get to enjoy the music. When we don’t want to go through the hassle and cost of hiring a babysitter, we can bring the kids along. I can set down my blanket, make sure the kids know where their water is so they can get it themselves, and then almost relax–at least come as close as I can while still watching the kids out of the corner of my eye.
When I bring my kids, I try to sit toward the back of the group. That way when my kids are done listening or dancing, they can find other ways to occupy themselves without blocking someone’s view. They can get up and walk around. Mine like to practice somersaults and cartwheels on occasion. They may find other kids and friends to play with.
Some families even bring bicycles and other activities for the kids. Frisbees and the like can be worrisome for parents–and other concert-goers. We don’t want to hit anyone. I leave that kind of entertainment at home.
Most parks and recreation departments organize the concerts and are usually where you can find information about them. Many concerts are sponsored by local businesses (thank you!!). I have compiled a list of all the free concerts I could find in Fairfield County. If you don’t see your town listed, check with your Parks and Rec.
I’d like to use this space to concentrate on the free concerts especially for kids or that might be more interesting for kids.
Danbury’s CityCenter is hosting an all day event event celebrating the culture of India at it’s Jai-Ho India Festival on August 13th. Nothing stirs children’s imagination more than experiencing something new. A whole day surrounded by the culture of a foreignland could really spark their interest.
Monroe will have a special kid’s concert on August 14th with T-Bone and then a special outdoor screening of Toy Story 3. An entire evening devoted to kids!
Norwalk’s Summer Concert Series at Calf Pasture Beach has a magic show for kids, “Magic of Christopher”, on August 3 at 6:30 followed by the country band, Gunsmoke. I have a soft-spot for pirates and the August 17th show with “Billy Bones Starring in Pirate School” may suit me quite well. There is also a T-Bone performing a children’s show on August 31. Don’t forget to check out the car shows, too.
The Norwalk Public Library has two concert series specifically for families. The Wednesday series is at 4 pm in the Full Auditorium. It starts on July 6th with Ifinite Roots, then has Leonardo, Jay Mankita, Squeaky Clean, and finishes on August 3rd with Phil Rosenthal. The Friday Family Concerts begin with the City Winds performing “Peter and the Wolf” on July 8th. July 11th and August 12th will feature Deirdre, and August 5th showcases Bari Koral.
Music Under the Stars in Shelton is also featuring a children’s show. August 10th will have Lynn Lewis & Friends performing at 6 o’clock on the Huntington Green.
Short Beach in Stratford has magician and balloon artist Bryan Lizotte appearing June 29th, July 13th, July 27th, and August 17th from 6-8 PM.
Trumbull has a full series of Concerts for Kids 1-10. July 5th features Les Julian. July 12th the kids can watch T-Bone. Amy Rogell will perform on July 19th. Music Mandy is on July 26th. August 2nd will have Marcia Louis. The last performance is with Lynn Lewis & Friends on August 9th.
Another full series for kids is the Children’s Series at the Levitt Pavillion in Westport. The concerts are on Wednesdays and start at 7. The performances start on June 29th and will feature The Hall Family and Friends, the Magic of Lyn, Kiddle Karoo & Krew, Trout Fishing in America, Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem, Uncle Rock, Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys, the Zinghoppers, and Dre Towey with Sugar on Top.
I hope everyone decides to get out to at least one open-air concert this summer. It’s a lovely time and a nice memory. Enjoy!
Updated 6/24/11 to include Norwalk Public Library’s children’s concerts.