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Free Dates

Don't let the Dow get you down.

While the financial news last week didn't exactly inspire us to make dinner reservations, there's no need to trade in your dating card. Going on a date doesn't have to be an expensive endeavor. Take advantage of these fantastic free events.

Take Your Kids

The Peabody Museum of Natural History has free admission of Thursday afternoons from 2 PM to 5PM, September through June. (Regular admission: $9 adults, $5 age 3-18 yrs.) Check out their fantastic exhibits like Invasion of the Bloodsuckers: Bedbugs and Beyondand X-Ray Vision: Fish Inside Out

Peabody Museum of Natural History
Yale University
170 Whitney Avenue 
New Haven, CT 06520
(203) 432-8987
Regular Hours, Monday - Saturday 10AM to 5PM and Sunday 12PM to 5PM.

Stepping Stones Museum for Children has free admission on the last Thursday of every month from 5PM to 8PM. (Regular admission: $14 adults & children.) Let your kids have fun while they enjoy hundreds of hands-on exhibits. Check out their list of "Exhibits by Age" to find out what your tike might enjoy.

Stepping Stones Museum for Children
303 West Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06850
(203) 899-0606
Regular Hours, open daily 10AM – 5PM.

Fly Boys

The National Helicopter Museum is always free! Trace the technological and historical development of rotary-wing aircraft and other aviation activities in Stratford, CT from the early 1900's to today. View their hundreds of photographs and memorabilia then climb into the actual cockpit of an S-76 helicopter and pretend to fly away. Special tours can also be arranged by contacting the Museum.

The National Helicopter Museum
2480 Main Street
Stratford, CT 06615
(203) 375-8857 or (203) 767-1123.
Open Memorial Day through mid-October, Wednesday - Sunday 1PM t0 4PM. 


Greenwich Library's Friends Friday Films
Watch a free movie at the library's Cole Auditorium. The next movie showing is Public Speaking (2010) directed by Martin Scorsese.

Greenwich Library
101 West Putnam Avenue 
Greenwich, CT 06830-5387
(203) 622-7900 
When: Friday, September 16, 2011.
Showtime: 8PM, doors open at 7:40PM

Visit your local library to find out about more free events! (You can always check out free DVD's and videos for a "date night" at home.)

Next summer don't miss Shakespeare on the Sound's outdoor plays with June shows in Rowayton at Pinkney Park and July shows in Greenwich at Baldwin Park. Admission is always free! Pack a picnic, bring your lawn chairs and a blanket and enjoy fabulous theater in a beautiful setting.

Rock Out

Fairfield Summer Concert Series at Sherman Green, is always free! The Paul King Orchestra is coming up on Wednesday August, 17th at 7PM. The concert series runs through the end of August.

Sherman Green
1435 Post Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
In case of inclement weather call (203) 256-3144.

Check your town's Parks and Recreation website to find out about more local free events.

Visit Fairfield After Dark for live music and food and drink specials at area pubs and restaurants.

Get Artsy

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum has free admission on Tuesdays. This is the only contemporary art museum in Connecticut! The Museum concentrates its exhibition program on solo exhibitions by emerging and mid-career artists, complemented by acclaimed gallery-based education programs.

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
258 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877
(203) 438.4519
Regular Hours, Tuesday - Saturday 12PM to 5PM.

The Bruce Museum of Art and Science has free admission on Tuesdays. (Regular admission: $7 adults, $6 age 5 - 22 years and seniors.) The museum is a regionally based, world-class institution with an art collection, science collection, ethnology collection, textile collection, and natural history collection in more than a dozen changing exhibitions annually.

The Bruce Museum of Art and Science
One Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT 06830
(203) 869-0376
Regular Hours, Tuesday - Saturday 10AM to 5PM and Sundays 1PM to 5PM

Au Natural

Weir Farm National Historic Site has year round free admission to their beautiful grounds. Formerly the home of three generations of American artists beginning with Julian Alden Weir a leading figure in American art and the development of American Impressionism purchased the farm in 1882. Take your canvas and and paint Plein Air (use their free art supplies), stroll the grounds or take a free guided tour.

Weir Farm National Historic Site
735 Nod Hill Road
Wilton, CT 06897
(203) 834-1896
The grounds are open year round from dawn until dusk.
The visitor center is open April through December, Thursday - Sunday 10AM to 4PM. January through March, Saturday and Sunday only 10AM - 4PM.

Please share your favorite free date ideas in the comments below.

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