Family-Activities-New-Haven-CTSome of the most inspirational and engaging art and discussion in the country take place during the annual International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven, Connecticut, June 16-30.

With over 80 percent of its programming free and open to the public, the International Festival of Arts & idea has become one of the most accessible art festivals in the Northeast. This year’s lineup of art, theater, dance and music events, including a dinosaur petting zoo, is shaping up to be another great weekend getaway or day trip option for families in the summer.

Highlights of the free family events include:

DINOSAUR PETTING ZOO
June 16-17, 3 and 5 p.m.
New Haven Green
Dinosaurs are coming to town! The artists of Australian theater and visual arts company ERTH have created awesome prehistoric creatures, from cute baby dinos to teeth-gnashing giants that live in a petting zoo like no other. These life-life dinosaurs come alive in an eye-popping, interactive performance that is fun and educational for all ages. After the show, audiences have the opportunity to pet and play with the dinosaurs.

BOX CITY
June 16-17, 1-5 p.m.
New Haven Green
Imagine the ideal place to live, work and play, then join hundreds of other families in applying basic principles of design, urban planning, and sustainability to build a model city out of cardboard and recycled materials. Find inspiration and entertainment in music and storytelling throughout the afternoon. Boxes and art supplies will be provided.

For more information, visit www.artidea.org.