Summer break is here again, and you’re so excited to have your kids home all day for the next couple of months. That said, there may be days when you just aren’t sure how to keep them busy. So to help you out, in this blog, we’re going to virtually visit some, but not all, of the best child-friendly places across Connecticut.
There are the well-known ones:
- The Children’s Museum (West Haven)
- The Connecticut Science Center (Hartford)
- Discovery Museum (Bridgeport)
- The Mark Twain House & Museum (Hartford)
- New Britain Museum of American Art (New Britain)
- Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History (New Haven)
And the lesser known Connecticut gems:
- Danbury Railway Museum (Danbury)
- Essex Steam Train & Riverboat (Essex)
- New England Air Museum (Windsor Locks)
- New England Carousel Museum (Bristol)
- PEZ Visitor Center (Orange)
- Submarine Force Museum (Groton)
- Yale Collection of Musical Instruments (This museum is actually closed until November for exterior renovations, but you should keep it in mind for late fall.)
Lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my!
Maybe your family would like to visit some animals. We mean, who wouldn’t? Check out these natural (and not so natural) habitats:
- Action Wildlife (Goshen)
- Beardsley Zoo (Bridgeport)
- Highwire Deer and Animal Farm (Woodbury)
- The Maritime Aquarium (Norwalk)
- Mystic Aquarium (Mystic)
Or perhaps your children are more interested in creatures of the prehistoric kind. How about these attractions?
- The Dinosaur Place at Nature's Art Village (Montville)
- Dinosaur State Park (Rocky Hill)
- Powder Hill Dinosaur Park (Middlefield)
Come along for the ride.
Thrill seekers of all levels have plenty of options across the state to get that adrenaline pumping (or at least flowing a bit). Don’t worry, there are also plenty of things to do at these parks that will allow you to stay grounded, but still have fun, if you choose:
- Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park (Portland)
- Farmington River Tubing (New Hartford)
- Lake Compounce (Bristol)
- Quassy Amusement Park (Middlebury)
For ways to keep your children learning over the summer (not that visits to the mentioned places won’t be educational), visit our blog “Today’s Lesson: Summer Learning Can Be Fun.” And for the spiritual learning guidance, visit our blog “Spiritual Growth During Summer Vacation.”
There are so many cool things to do in Connecticut during summer vacation that we couldn’t possibly list them all. What else would you include on this list? Let us know on our social media.