Fun outings to do with family out in our community

"Nothing without joy" 


~Loris Malaguzzi 

Aquariums & Zoos

  1. Maritime Aquarium: Norwalk-The Maritime Aquarium
  2. Mystic Aquarium: Mystic- Mystic Aquarium 
  3. Beardsley Zoo: Bridgeport- Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo

Children's Museums

  1. The Lutz Children's Museum (Member of Assoc. of Children's Museums (ACM)): : Manchester (closed Mondays)- Lutz Museum
  2. The Children's Museum: West Hartford (closed Mondays)-The Children's Museum : Welcome
  3. Dinosaur State Park (Museum and Hiking Trails): Rocky Hill-Home Page for Dinosaur State Park
  4. Kid City Children's Museum (Member of Assoc. of Children's Museums (ACM)): Middletown- Kidcity Children's Museum
  5. Imagine Nation Museum (Member of Assoc. of Children's Museums (ACM)): Bristol- Imagine Nation Children's Museum : Connecticut's newest children's museum! Bristol, Connecticut\
  6. CT Science Center: Hartford-Connecticut Science Center | Downtown Hartford, CT
  7. CT Trash Museum: Hartford Trash Museum page

Celebrating Community

  1. Recycling Center of your town
  2. Eleanor Buckwolf Nature Center (closed Monday and Sunday): Wethersfield-Nature Center | Town of Wethersfield, Connecticut ~ Official Web Site
  3. Hartford Children's Theater: Hartford- Hartford Childrens Theatre
  4. Library in your town
  5. Volunteer at your local Food Pantry or Homeless Shelter

Great Toy Stores

  1. Toy Chest- West Hartford
  2. Wooden Toy- Rocky Hill

Inside Play for a Rainy Day

  1. Timber Gyms: Newington (closed to free play on weekends for bday parties, open weekdays)- TimberGyms - Wooden Swingsets, Backyard Ice Rinks, Birthday Parties, B-Ball Hoops, Step 2, Melissa & Doug Toys and more!
  2. Jump Zone: Canton-Birthday Party | Indoor Inflatable | Jump Zone Inflatable Questions for Canton Connecticut
  3. My Gym: West Hartford-My Gym West Hartford Schedule | MY GYM – Children’s Fitness Center
  4. Bounce Town: South Windsor- bouncetown
  5. Bounce U: Rocky Hill- BounceU - Perfect Party Places for Kids
  6. Nomad's Adventure Quest: South Windsor- Nomads Adventure Quest - New Englands Largest Indoor Family Fun Entertainment Center
  7. Stay and Play: Old Saybrook- Stay And Play, LLC - Indoor Playspace And Cafe - Old Saybrook, CT
  8. The Clay Pen: West Hartford-The Claypen
  9. The Little Green Tambourine: Canton-Little Green Tambourine
  10. Veterans Memorial Ice Skating Rink: West Hartford- Ice Skating

Local Farms & Nature Centers

Roaring Brook in Canton

Flamig Farm in Simsbury 

Parks & Splash Pads

Rotary Park (Ironhorse blvd) in Simsbury

Buckingham Park (Buckingham rd) in Avon 


Splash pads and wading pools in west hartford: 

Fern Ridge Park (playground, splash pad, and incline pool (fee for pool) 

Wolcott Park (splash pad, playground, ducks to feed in pond, walking bridges and short nature trail)

Beachland Park (2 playgrounds, wading pools (free), 2 pools (extra fee))


Charter Oak school playground