A day of fun is planned for Sunday, Sept. 16, during the second annual Pirate Day at the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.
The staff of the aquarium will offer a treasure chest of pirate-themed activities between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Lads and lasses are encouraged to come dressed in pirate garb and stop by the activity table for crafts and jokes.
In the Toy Boat Workshop, design your own skull-and-crossbone rig ($5 fee). And, weather permitting, kids can lob "cannonballs" at a feisty freebooter commanding a boat on the aquarium's riverfront courtyard.
At 1:30 p.m., enjoy a family-friendly performance by the bumbling pirate Billy Bones, who will offer zany lessons about being a boisterous buccaneer.
The aquarium's Pirate Day will be on the eve of International Talk Like a Pirate Day, which was started in 1995.
The Sept. 19 "holiday" was something of a low-key event until syndicated humor columnist Dave Barry latched on in 2002. Now people in 40 countries celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day.
Aside from the Toy Boat Workshop, all "Pirate Day" activities will be free with aquarium admission: $13.95, $12.95 for seniors, and $10.50 for children 2-12.
For information about "Pirate Day" or other Maritime Aquarium exhibits and programs, go online to www.MaritimeAquarium.org or call 203-852-0700.