Sometimes the best vacations are edu-vacations: ones that are learning experiences and don’t require much travel. Whether you call these “staycations,” “day trips,” or “field trips,” you are sure to find some amazing places to visit in our very own state. Let’s take a look at five awesome and educational adventures that Connecticut has to offer.
- Beardsley Zoo (Bridgeport). How can you see over 300 animals from all over North and South America without leaving Connecticut? By visiting the zoo, of course. Beardsley offers a host of educational programs and activities that are sure to delight your little adventurer.
- The Connecticut Science Center (Hartford). You don’t need rocket science to figure out that this is the place for an interactive (and really fun) learning experience. The center’s site describes what it’s all about: “With 150 hands-on exhibits, a state-of-the-art 3D digital theater, four educational labs, plus daily programs and events, the Connecticut Science Center offers exploration for children, teens, and adults. From physics to forensics, geology to astronomy, visitors have the sciences at their fingertips.”
- Flight Trampoline Park (Hartford), Jump Off Indoor Trampoline Park & Fun Zone (Manchester, Stratford), Launch Fitness Park (Milford), Sky Zone Trampoline Park (Wallingford). Trampoline parks have sprung up all over the state and you can probably find one close to home. Sure they are tons of fun, but how are they educational? Well, for one thing, they teach physical education, and for another they provide lessons on physics and gravity — as in what goes up, must come down!
- Kids Quest and Cyber Quest at Mohegan Sun (Uncasville). Here you’ll find fun and educational activities for kids 6 weeks–12 years, including the Construction Zone (science center), Techno Quest Game Kiosks, iPad Stations, Tiny Tots play area and climbing zone, Karaoke Star Stage, and Wii Arena. This is the perfect trip for the whole family when you want to do something together and have a little adult-time to yourself, because Kids Quest and Cyber Quest are also hourly child-care facilities.
- Mystic Aquarium (Mystic). What better way to learn about the beautiful creatures of the sea than to do so in an up-close-and-personal encounter through exhibits and hands-on activities? For an extra fee, you and your child can literally work alongside the trainers as they care for penguins, belugas, sea lions, seals, and stingrays.
Have you decided where to go yet? Remember that if it’s museums you’re looking for, you can find impressive exhibits in Connecticut as well — check out our blog “Exploring History Through Museum Visits.”
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