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Connecticut Open House Day is Saturday

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Saturday is Connecticut Open House Day, which means residents can get into parks and attractions across out state for free. 

June 10 is a day-long statewide event that involves attractions, museums, galleries and organizations in virtually every city and town in Connecticut. More than 220 attractions participating in the yearly event.   

There is discounted or free admission to a number of places, according to organizers. Giveaways, special offers, and hands-on activities are also being offered to both children and adults.

Eyewitness News got a sneak peak of the 13th annual Connecticut Open House Day and visited the Lutz Children's Museum on Friday. Sidney is a sugar glider and one of the newest animals at the museum. 

”She’s still getting used to public life,' Kate Morrissey, who is visitors’ services manager at the Lutz Children’s Museum, said. 

Sidney will be out at the Lutz Children's Museum on Saturday. 

“The animal room will be open all day," Morrissey said. "We will have select animals coming out throughout the day for the kids to meet and touch.”

Admission will be free to Lutz Children's Museum on Saturday.

“We are a smaller community-based museum so some people have not heard of us before," Morrissey said. "So this is a great opportunity for us to open our doors to some new clients, new friends and new families.”

Connecticut Tourism Director Randy Fiveash said the point of the event is to bring in new families and help boost tourism in Connecticut, which is a $14.7 billion industry in the state. 

“We started Connecticut open house day for a few reasons," Fiveash said. "One was to really get Connecticut residents out there to really get to know what’s in their own backyard.”

Admission will be free to Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill where people can walk literally where the dinosaurs did. Officials at the Dinosaur State Park said on the Connecticut Open House Day, they usually get double the foot traffic.

“I can’t tell you how many times we have people come in and say ‘I’ve lived in Connecticut my whole life and I’ve never been here,'" Meg Enkler with the Dinosaur State Park said. 

For more information, check out the state's tourism website here.

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