Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill celebrates the anniversary of the discovery of its legendary Jurassic tracks Saturday with a day of music, games, films, crafts and love animal presentations. Outdoor activities are free and there’s no charge for admission to the exhibit hall during the event. If you want to try your hand at making your own tracks, you’ll need to bring 10 pounds of plaster of Paris and 1/4 cup of cooking oil. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Information: www.dinosaurstatepark.org.
If you brake for tag sales, don’t miss the giant Tabor House event Thursday through Saturday at the convent of the Sisters of St. Joseph at 27 Park Road in West Hartford. Merchandise includes household goods, toys and games, tools, small appliances, gardening gear, seasonal items, linens, handbags, luggage and more. On Thursday, from 5 to 8 p.m., organizers host an opening reception and early-bird shopping event. Admission is $10. Friday’s hours are from noon to 6 p.m.; Saturday’s hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free on Friday and Saturday.
For a tiny state, Connecticut is big on culture. We’re home to hundreds of museums featuring fabulous art and artifacts. But in many cases, admissions aren’t cheap — which can make them inaccessible to individuals and families on tight budgets.
Fortunately, there are plenty of ways around the costs. Some museums offer reduced admissions on certain days and times — and some charge nothing at all. If you want to know how and where to find culture on the cheap, click here.
Do you brake for tag sales? The Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Drive, in West Hartford is holding a giant indoor tag sale featuring jewelry, books, furniture, art, collectibles, household items, toys and more. Preview night is Thursday, July 11, from 5 to 8 p.m. Admission is $5. The sale continues on Friday, July 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday, July 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free both days. (There is no sale on Saturday.) Information: 860-236-1275 or www.emanuelsynagogue.org.
Expect stop and go traffic in Portland on Saturday when the Portland Historical Society holds its annual town-wide tag sale. More than 100 sales are scheduled and most run from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., rain or shine. Free maps of sale locations will be available starting Thursday at the museum, 492 Main St., and online at www.portlandhistsoc.org. Information: 860-342-3636.
It’s a big weekend for tag sales, flea markets and book sales.
The Terryville Lions Club presents its annual flea market this Saturday at the Terryville Fairgrounds, Town Hill Road. Information: www.terryvillefleamarket.org.
Beach reads! The Harwinton Public Library, 80 Bentley Drive, Harwinton, holds its monthly used book Saturday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to noon.
Do you break for estate sales? Check out the Estate Sale Ladies’ Liquidation Center, 311 East St. in Plainville. Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Information: www.estatesaleladies.com.
Get Father’s Day gifts on a budget at the Second Chance Shop of Simsbury, 12 Station St. Thursday, June 14 through Saturday, June 16, all men’s clothing is 50 percent off. Store hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The First Church, 5 Hartland Boulevard in East Hartland, holds a tag sale Saturday, June 16, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The New Life In Christ Church, 250 Firetown Road in Simsbury, holds a community tag sale Saturday, June 16, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Foxwoods features a jackpot of summer savings, including raffles, extra Foxwoods Rewards points and dining deals at Al Dente, Paragon, Cedars Steak House and Veranda Café restaurants, on Sundays and Thursdays.