I have often highlighted free events in the past. Some weekends just bowl me over with how many experiences a family can enjoy either completely free or with no admission. This is one of those weekends.
First and foremost is the Woodbury SummerFest taking place on Saturday. Get there early with the younger kids so they can enjoy a T-Bone concert for free. The is offering more free fun for kids aged 6 - 12 with the Summer Splash where kids can be dropped off on Saturday to enjoy face painting, a Noah's Ark contest, and water fun. New Milford's Village Fair Days also takes place this weekend.
If you are up for a short drive, you can enjoy free programs at nature centers further afield. The Kellogg Environmental Center in Derby offers a free Saturday Morning Bird Walk. The Ansonia Nature Center will introduce its animals during the Creature Feature on Saturday and then offer a stroll to discover summer wildflowers. White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield is hosting an Evening at Little Pond where participants 10 years and up will spend Saturday evening looking for all manner of animals.
If art and creativity are more your family's style this weekend, then check out contra dancing (like square dancing) from the Litchfield Historical Society on Sunday afternoon or head to Bridgeport for a free presentation of Romeo and Juliet. Elementary school aged kids can build their own Kung Fu Panda toy at select Lowe's stores on Saturday and Sunday.
Free is very nice and cheap can work as well. On Saturday, the Fairy Tale Theater at the Wooster School in Danbury is offering a performance of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, with crafts, for $5 a ticket.
The Institute for American Indian Studies offers another affordable day trip with its Village Interpreter Program this weekend with $5 tickets for adults and $3 tickets for kids. Edmond Town Hall in Newtown has the Hunger Games this week for only $2 a ticket. If the kids are into cars, motorcycles, and causes, visit the car show Saturday benefiting H.O.R.S.E. of Connecticut in Washington with admission of $5 per person.
With all of these options, family fun can fit even with a tight budget.