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Fun Stuff to Do With Kids

A List of Regional Activities Suggested by Parents on the CT FEAT Listserv
(Thanks to the parent volunteer who compiled this for us!)

 

INSIDE ACTIVITIES    
Bruce Museum Greenwich  
Barnum Museum Bridgeport  
Buckland Hills Mall/Carousel/Play Area Manchester  
Bush-Holley Historic Site Cos Cob  
CT Children's Museum New Haven  
Children's Museum Holyoke, MA  
Children's Museum of S.E. CT Niantic  
Claypen-paint your own pottery West Hartford
The Connecticut Historical Society Museum Hartford  
Fire Museum   Manchester  
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center Hartford  
Imagine Nation Museum Bristol  
Kidcity Museum Middletown  
Lutz Children's Museum Manchester  
Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory Deerfield, MA  
Mark Twain House Hartford  
Mashantucket Pequot Museum Mashantucket  
Mother Earth Gallery & Mining Co. Brookfield  
New Britain Youth Museum New Britain  
New England Air Museum Windsor Locks  
New England Carousel Museum Bristol  
Ron-A--Roll Vernon  
Science Center of CT West Hartford  
Shoreline Trolley Museum East Haven  
Springfield Science Museum Springfield, MA  
Stamford Museum & Nature Center Stamford  
Wadsworth atheneum Hartford  
Stepping Stones Museum for Children Norwalk  
Yale Peabody Museum New Haven  
Tours of the state capitol & Legislative Office Building Hartford  
Old Newgate Prison East Granby  
Museum of Picture Book Art Amherst, MA   
PARKS & PLAYGROUNDS    
Bigelow Hollow  Union  
Dinosaur State Park Rocky Hill  
Forest Park Springfield, MA  
Hammonasset and Rocky Neck Beach Madison  
Jonathan's Dream Playground West Hartford  
Wolcott Park/Spray Pool West Hartford  
Mansfield Hollow State Park Mansfield  
Ocean Beach Park New London   
Harkness Memorial State Park * special needs  Waterford  
Camp Harkness Waterford  
Salmon River State Forest Colchester  
Gillette Castle State Park East Haddam  
Westmoor Park West Hartford  
Connecticut Audubon Society Glastonbury  
Peoples Forest  in Barkhamsted, 
OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES    
Bushnell Park Carousel Hartford 2 playgrounds older/younger , Koi fish, 
CT Trolley Museum  East Windsor  
Dr. Suess Sculpture Garden Springfield, MA  
Essex Steam Train/Riverboa Essex  
Fish family farm: off rt. 85 Bolton bring ice cream scoop , spoons, bowls, napkins
Lake Compounce - Family Theme Park Bristol  
Mystic Aquarium Mystic  
Mystic Seaport  Mystic  
Nature's Art and Dinosaur Crossing Oakdale  
Old Sturbridge Village Sturbridge, MA  
Quassy Amusement Park Middlebury  
The Railroad Museum of New England Thomaston  
Six Flags Theme Park Agawam, MA  
Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford Springs  
Stew Leonard's Danbury/Norwalk/Newington  
Gay City State Park Hebron   
Oak Grove Nature Center Manchester  
CT Eastern Railroad Museum Willimantic   
Northwest Park & Nature Center Windsor  
Roaring Brook Nature Center Canton  
Hublein Tower- waterall Avon/Simsbury 
Southford Falls- waterfall Southbury, Oxford CT
Kent Falls-waterfall In Kent, CT 
LIBRARIES AND STORYTIME    
Barnes and Noble  Manchester
or find location
0-4 Years Wed. 11:00 /  4-6 Years Sat. 11:00
Borders Books Manchester
or find location
Toddler time Tues. 10:30 /  All ages Sat. 10:00
Mary Cheney Library - 586 Main Street Manchester  
Whiton Memorial Library- 100 N. Main Manchester  
Local Libraries search for a location
SEASONAL EVENTS/ORCHARDS    
4-H Farm                        (860) 242-7948 Bloomfield 120 acres, PYO fruits/veg, educational farm experience
Bright Nights Springfield, MA  
Brown's Harvest               (860) 683-0266 Windsor Route 75 & Rainbow Road
Dzen's Tree Farm South Windsor  
Easy Pickin's Orchard     (860) 763-3276 Enfield Scarecrow making,  gourd hunt, wagon rides,
PYO fruits/veg
Foster Family Farm South Windsor  
Johnny Appleseed's Farm (860) 875-1000 Ellington PYO
Karabin Farms                 (860) 621-6363 Southington Animals, wagon rides, PYO 
Lyman Orchards Middlefield  
Minor's Farm                   (860) 589-0861 Bristol Haunted barn, hayrides, family activities,
PYO seasonal
Pickin Patch                   (860) 677-9552 Avon Hayrides,  PYO seasonal fruits & veg
Roses Berry Farm Glastonbury  
FAIRS For a listing of all fairs  
FARMS/ZOOS/PETTING ZOOS    
Beardsley Zoo Bridgeport  
Flamig Farm Simsbury educational resource farm.
Forest Park Zoo  Springfield, MA  
Creamery Brook Bison Brooklyn, CT  
Hurst Farm Andover 860-646-6536
Fish Family Farm Manchester
Uconn Dairy Bar/Barn Tours Storrs  
Edmundson's Farm Coventry  
Ray of Light Farm  East Haddam  
Trevor Zoo at Millbrook School Millbrook, NY, 
PERFORMANCE ARTS    
Alliance Children's Theater West Haven (203) 932-7085
Oakdale Theater Wallingford  
Ridgefield Playhouse Ridgefield  
Westport Country Playhouse Westport  
Jorgensen Auditorium has kids programs UCONN/ Storrs  
WEEKEND GET AWAYS/DAY TRIPS    
Bronx Zoo New York, NY  
Catskill Game Farm Catskill, NY  
New England Aquarium  Boston, MA  
Rodger Williams Park Zoo  Providence, RI  
Santa's Land  Putney, VT  
Santa's Village Jefferson, NH  
Sesame Place Langhorne, PA  
Six Gun City Jefferson, NH  
Story Land Heritage, NH  
Six Flags Great Escape Lodge 10 min Lake George  
Smuggler's Notch  Vermont   
CAMPING   Karen Hiney can tell you more (on list)
Tent Otis in Massachusetts
(right over the border)Very nice for Tents privacy woods, 
Half Moon  Tent/ RV    in Vermont..... Nature programs and booklet for kids
BIKE PATHS    
East Granby that starts on Copper Hill Road It's paved & flat.
One w/3 parking lots in Collinsville/Unionville Paved and flat Picnic tables overlooking the river &  ice cream shop 
Bike trail  Collinsville paved  but caution, due to high riverbanks.
SPORTS/PLAY/MUSIC CLASSES    
Gymboree Play & Music find location  
MY GYM - Children's Fitness Center West Hartford  
Music Together Manchester  
Yoga for special needs In Fairfield   
New Soccer Program for kids with special needs 7/08 Milan Keser field
Rte. 156 East Lyme 
Mark.plummer@pfizer.com
The Little Gym gymnastics for kids on the Spectrum Avon
Creative Interventions in Granby has social skills groups on Saturdays  Granby contact Christine Levine.
Talcott Center  Farmington
Marguerite Widdoes Has a social play group Manchester MargueriteWiddoes@hotmail.com,
TOYS AND ACTIVITIES FOR HOME    
watching caterpillars turn into butterflies   
"roller coaster" for the driveway   
an inflatable waterslide for the yard  
use butterfly nets to catch bubbles 

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