There’ll be loads of family fun in Franklin on Saturday when The Farmer’s Cow and Cushman Farms, 393 Lebanon Ave., holds a corn roast from 1 to 4 p.m. Fresh picked local sweet corn will be slow roasted in the husk over a charcoal fire and visitors can make their own butter for topping. The event, which runs from 1 to 4 p.m., also features wagon rides around the fields, cow barn visits and ice cream — and all activities, including corn roast, are free. Information: 866-355-2697 or www.thefarmerscow.com.
Looking to add some culture to your travels? The Connecticut Art Trail Pass, $25, offers one-day admission to 17 museums and historic sites around the state, including the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, The Hill-Stead in Farmington, New Britain Museum of American Art and the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme. (Admissions would cost more than $75 if purchased individually.) The pass is good for a year. Information: www.arttrail.org.
AMC movie theaters put big movies back on the big screen for just $3 every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. — and 100 percent of proceeds from the flicks goes to charity. Upcoming films include “Pompeii,” “Need For Speed” and “Ride Along.” The AMC theater in Plainville is participating. Information: www.amctheaters.com.
The Cheesecake Factory marks National Cheesecake Day with half-priced slices of the chain’s dessert on Wednesday and Thursday including its newest flavor: Lemon meringue, (lemon cream cheesecake swirled with lemon and topped with layers of lemon mascarpone mousse and meringue on a vanilla crumb crust. Register in advance at SayCheesecakeContest.com and post selfies of you and your dessert on social media and you could win gift cards or cash. Connecticut locations are in West Hartford and Danbury.
Here’s a daycation for your favorite sports fan. The New England Patriots Training Camp at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro — about a 90-minute drive from Hartford — is open, and Pats fans can watch team practices and visit the Patriots Fan Zone free. The Fan Zone is a football theme park featuing interactive activities, autograph sessions, cheerleader appearances and more. Practices and The Fan Zone are open to the public through mid-August. Information and schedules: www.patriots.com/trainingcamp/ and 508-549-0001.
College students get a back-to-school freebie from Amazon – six months of Amazon Prime at no charge, and $49 a year after that. Normally $99, Amazon Prime provides free two-day shipping on textbooks and other merchandise, special student deals and credits for referrals. You’ll need your school’s .edu e-mail address to get the offer, but you can change the address once you’ve signed up. Information: www.amazon.com/student.
Wednesday, July 23, is National Hot Dog Day. Be one of the first 50 customers in the door at a Wayback Burgers on Wednesday, July 23, and you’ll get a hot dog on the house. Everyone else gets buy-one, get-one free dogs (with purchase of drink and side) for the of the day. (Connecticut locations, including East Windsor, Granby, Meriden, Mystic, Orange, Rocky Hill, Stratford, Torrington and West Hartford, open at 10 a.m.) Information: www.waybackburgers.com.
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Bushnell Park Carousel hosts a 100th birthday celebration on Saturday with family entertainment and free merry-go-round rides all day. The special event takes place from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and features face painting, a balloon twister, music, miniature train rides around Bushnell Park, a bounce house and costumed characters. Information: 860-585-5411 and www.thecarouselmuseum.org.
Menchie’s, a frozen yogurt chain, introduces its newest CT location at 2985 Berlin Turnpike, in Newington, with a seven-day grand opening celebration from July 20 to 26. Along with merchandise giveaways and family activities throughout the week, the store will be giving out free eight-ounce cups of frozen yogurt from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 20. (One per customer, no purchase necessary.) Information: www.menchies.com.
Crabtree & Evelyn, 102 Peake Brook Road in Woodstock, holds a warehouse sale on Saturday, July 19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, July 20, from noon to 4 p.m. Merchandise includes bath and body care products, accessories, home fragrances, foods and gifts at up to 85 percent off suggested retail price and more. Expect a crowd, so shop early for best selection.
IKEA celebrates 10 years in New Haven Friday through Sunday, July 18, 19 and 20, with giveaways, special discounts, in-store events and more. Purchase a meal in the store’s restaurant on Saturday, July 20, and you’ll get a free frozen yogurt.
Japanalia is holding its final sales through July 26. Deals include denim jackets and silk cowls for $25, silk crop tees for $15 and black ribbed and jersey separates for $15 to $25. Payment is by cash or check only. Details: 860-232-4677 or www.japanalia.com.
Just Hatched, an infant and children’s shop at 112 State St., Guilford, holds its annual sidewalk sale on Friday, July 18 and Saturday, July 19 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Merchandise includes manufacturers’ samples and seasonal kids clothing and accessories at up to 75 percent off. Information: 203-458-2229 or www.justhatched.com.