Things to do in Connecticut with kids
If you are looking for that classic New England adventure, Connecticut is the place to head. It’s charming, quaint, and and utterly beautiful place to take kids. It’s also very close to big cities like Boston or New York, so you don’t have to travel far to find paradise!
Embrace the relationship with the ocean with adventures like Mystic Whaler Cruises or Sheffield Island Lighthouse Tour. Expose kids to the incredible wildlife with Mystic Aquarium (they can even touch a stingray!) or Action Wildlife Park.
Entertainment and education? A parents dream! This Constitution State has incredible museums - from the science-tastic Bridgeport Discovery Museum to the very colorful Barker Character Comic and Cartoon Museum.
Dinosaurs? In Connecticut? You bet! Dinosaur State Park have incredible displays, and history continues with the Mark Twain House and Historic Ship Nautilus.
Connecticut is filled with creativity and art, so why not get kids involved with activities like Pottery Piazza or Art Plus Studio? The whole family can get involved!
Connecticut is an incredibly family friendly with wonderful places to visit with kids. It really does feel like arriving home.
Lake Compounce is a family theme park with the best of both worlds - thrills for those older kids and kiddie rides for the little ones!
More than 2 dozen outdoor amusements, rides and attractions ranging from toddler friendly and gentle to frankly terrifying. Great family fun in Connecticut!
Fun farm animals with Flamig Farm with a cast of characters to entertain everyone, from young to old! From bunnies to draft horses, piglets, llamas, peacocks and happy egg laying chickens.
A great aquarium focusing on the Long Island Sound, and also home to Connecticut's largest IMAX screen!
Explore the ocean without every getting wet! Amazing encounters, from the splash of a beluga whale, to being nose to nose with a penguin - a family fun aquarium experience in Connecticut.
A fascinating and fun family day out as you explore the world around us together, at the New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Park.
A leisurely walk through amazing animals from all around the world, a petting zoo, and even wagon rides, all waiting at this family friendly wildlife center in Connecticut. Lots of animal fun!
Over 300 American species with varying exhibits and educational programming for families at Beardsley Zoo in Connecticut! Let's get WILD!
Three floors of hands-on fun with science, and daily Planetarium shows. A family friendly discovery museum in Bridgeport great for learning!
Kids can learn and play in Stamford at this nature centre and museum, with family activities, outdoor adventures, observatory, & animals!
A hands-on, interactive children's museum best suited for ages 2 to 10 years in Bristol, Connecticut
A fascinating museum in New England that preserves the history of the iconic carousel, as well as a museum on the history of fire-fighting!
Visit this retired 1901 fire station with a unique collection that showcases the transition from hand drawn to motorized fire trucks - all for that historic family day out in Connecticut!
Visit the first museum of strictly American art in the country, with over 8,300 works of art in the fascinating New Britain Museum!
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Keeler Tavern Museum has been a farmhouse, tavern, stagecoach stop, post office, hotel for travelers, and now a great family day out in Connecticut!
The Helicopter Museum contains exhibits on the history of the helicopter in the US and world, in the birthplace of the American helicopter industry.
Imaginative play for kids up to 7 years at Kidcity Museum, with handmade, one of a kind exhibits that encourage creativity, exploration & imagination!
Over 165 hands-on exhibits, programs, and endless exploration for the whole family at this Connecticut Science Center in Hartford! Learning AND fun for kids!
Visit the largest Aviation Museum in New England, with real aircraft, fascinating exhibits and plenty of family activities too!
Hands-on fun in Connecticut for kids who love to learn through play, with indoor and outdoor exhibits perfect for those up to 9 years!
The Connecticut Trolley Museum invites you to take a journey back in time and experience the transportation of yesterday.
A multi-sensory museum for kids from 1 to 8 years, with hands-on exhibits to learn through play!
The Mattatuck Museum allows you to explore the connection between art and history in their permanent fine arts collections and special exhibitions
The Barnum Museum in downtown Bridgeport is the last surviving building attributed to the American visionary Phineas Taylor Barnum
The Bruce Museum features exhibitions and collections in the arts and sciences, providing programs for diverse audiences.
From Egyptian mummies to saber-toothed cats to the once mighty dinosaurs — you can find it all at Yale’s Peabody Museum of Natural History!
Lots of hands on and fun learning for children under 10 years in this entertaining museum in Connecticut!
A former schoolhouse, the Lutz Children's Museum offers fun hands-on exhibits designed for kids to explore history, culture and natural sciences!
The Connecticut River Museum is the perfect place to explore the heritage and experience the wonders of New England’s Great River.
Hands-on science fun, learning, & discovery happens every day at The Children’s Museum with planetarium & animal demonstrations too!
Cartoon fun away from the television! This fun museum has one of the largest collections of cartoon-themed artifacts and toys in the entire country - from Disney to Marvel - kids can check out all their favourite characters and toys!
A fascinating look at the history of the Danbury Railway complete with real locomotives and train rides for kids!
The New Britain Youth Museum, founded in 1956, encourages children and families to explore the history and cultures of Connecticut and the world. Come explore with your child!
Monkey Joes Hamden is indoor and inflatable play for kids under 12 years, with birthday parties, laser tag & more!
Bounce Fun Center is all about inflatable slides, obstacle courses and classic bounce houses for all ages plus video games!
7,500 sq ft of open play space with a large play area and two party room, with inflatables and a 16ft rock climbing wall too!
Classes for those active and creative kids, from dance, art, cooking music and of course gym! Designed for those little ones 3 months to 5 years.
Bouncing everywhere! BounceU specialize in children's birthday parties, as well as fun open bouncing play!
Over 18,000 sq" of indoor/outdoor space with weekday open jumps, family fun, great planned activities and games room!
A bounce-tastic farmyard themed indoor play and bounce facility for those bouncing, active kids from 2 years to 10 years.
A fun indoor play experience suited to younger children, including cubby style indoor tree houses, a play pirate ship and classic bounce houses!
Tot Town offers a fun play room for kids under 6 yrs, & is filled with toys and equipment that encourage imagination!
Fun rock climbing for folks of all ages to discover the fun and fitness benefits of climbing year-round with a special kids climbing club too!
Adventure is waiting for those active kids over 7 years who want an adventure in the Connecticut tree tops!
Fun climbing and zip lines for those over 5 years with tree top trails and challenging activities and adventures in Bridgeport, CT!
Indoor and outdoor rock climbing for all ages, but with special classes and camps just for kids! A great activity for the active family in Glastonbury, Connecticut.
Chelsea Piers Connecticut (CPCT) is a whopping 400,000 sq. ft. indoor sports complex with a ton of fun activities for the whole family!
Over 15,000 sq. feet of connected trampolines for those active kids in Hartford, CT! With sports, Toddler Time, and more!
Offers facilities for lacrosse, field hockey, soccer, baseball, football and athletics programs, plus indoor High Ropes Course and rock climbing center.
Teaches children confidence, team work, self-control and self-discipline using a combination of physical mediums and disciplines such as martial arts and non competitive sports.
Painting fun at The Pottery Piazza with over 1,500 pottery items to choose from, as well as printing, mosaics and clay work! Art doesn't care if you are a beginner or an expert - let's get creating with this family fun experience!
Family fun every other weekend where you can spend quality time with your kids painting, eating and discovering your inner Picasso!
A creative and fun art experience in Stamford, Connecticut where both kids and parents can learn the art of pottery.
Craft fun in Connecticut with programs and clay activities for those creative little ones (and adults!) A crafty family day out for all!
An outstanding adventure playscape for younger children in Connecticut, with butterfly and hummingbird gardens, nature trails, and real life animals!
500 acres of park fun with animals, events, gardens and family fun in Connecticut!
We offer a year-round schedule of educational programs for all ages. These programs range from week-long summer experiences to our school-year Discovery Days series for students.
The New Canaan Nature Center is a not-for-profit environmental education center and sanctuary dedicated to helping people of all ages better understand, appreciate and care for the world of nature.
Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust promotes the understanding and appreciation of nature, and supports the conservation, preservation and management of the natural resources. We offer a broad range of recreational and educational programs for the c....
A combination wildlife sanctuary, visitor attraction and educational facility, featuring all-new exhibits, wildlife, and trails that wind through a beautiful 300-acre wooded preserve.
A fascinating education center and nature museum set within 4,000 acres of Connecticut hills.
A beautiful vintage carousel dating back to 1914 in Bushnell Park, the oldest publicly funded park in the USA!
Fun family park with sporting complexes, and a popular splash park! Great family fun in Colchester!
More than just a park in Portland, with activities like cliff jumping, rock climbing, zip lines, kayaking, and even diving!
Great park with a new summer splash pad offering interactive play features in New Hartford...and it's FREE!
One of a kind Tall Ship adventure to be had - from lunch cruises to 5 day cruises. Beautiful sailing tours around the Connecticut coast.
Just a short boat ride away is the beautiful lighthouse showcasing lift for a 19th century light keeper, as well as stunning scenery and curious wildlife!
Since the 1950's generations of families have returned each summer to Stony Creek for a relaxing boat ride around the Thimble Islands. Whether it's your first ride or your umpteenth ride, each ride will fill you with lasting memories!
Since 1982, Captain’s Cove Seaport has grown from a vacant lot and a handful of slips to one of Connecticut’s premier tourist attractions and seaport complexes. Located on Historic Black Rock Harbor, we are an active maritime and amusement center. ....
The Naugatuck Railroad's scenic round trip excursions are an entertaining mix of relaxing river valley scenery and our rich transportation history. It’s an exciting and educational experience for riders of all ages!
Steam train and riverboat adventures in Connecticut perfect for the whole family! Dinner train trips also
Ron-A-Roll Indoor Roller Sktng of Vernon, CT is an indoor skating rink open year round, with Tiny Tot sessions, adults only and DJ fun!
Kids will get a great insight into the lives of the men who sail the depths of the ocean in this fascinating submarine visit, with an educational museum with the world's finest collection of interesting submarine artifacts. Ships ahoy!
Welcome to the DNA EpiCenter, where promoting the understanding of the science of life to people of all ages is our mission.
Commemorate Martin Luther King Day with a weekend of activities and events, free with admission including- The Life and Times of William Webb: An African American Civil War Soldier from Connecticut.
We are one of the largest dinosaur track sites in North America. Beneath our geodesic dome, you will find an exceptional display of early Jurassic fossil tracks that were made 200 million years ago.
A fascinating look at the history of Mark Twain, and where he used to spend some of his days. It's a great way to excite kids about history and one of the most influential novelists of all time. A fun, and education family day out at this Hartford h....
It looks like a medieval fortress, but a step inside the stone castle reveals the built-in couches, table trackway, and woodcarvings that all point to the creative genius that was William Gillette.
Bringing theater to kids - the Children's Theater Company is a non-profit theater that brings fun, culture, entertainment and hands-on programs to kids lives.
A unique family experience in Connecticut, featuring a 18-hole Hole Mini-Golf, Lazer Tag, Bowling, arcade, and the world’s only double-decker ice-skating arena and more!
Beach fun in New London with a fun boardwalk, rides, mini golf, and water park!
Mini golf and batting cages for those active families in Southington, Connecticut where you can enjoy seasonal family fun until your heart's content!
Drop-in to help paint a collaborative mural on paper based on the beautiful scenes of coastal Connecticut in the Art for Everyone exhibit. Artist Deborah Bassino will involve everyone in this fun and collaborative project painting a scene based on hi....
Explore the museum’s latest exhibition featuring paintings of Connecticut scenes inspired by the landscape and the shore. Create an art project based on each day’s theme. Thursday – Summer Scenes Make a bright and sunny collage of your favorite summ....
Sonny's Place is perfect place for the whole family to visit, have fun and relax. We offer miniature golf, an arcade, mini bowling, go karts, climbing wall, monkey motion, driving range, batting cages, a restaurant with food off the grill and ice cre....
Arts and Crafts Studio where kids of all ages can get creative in a huge variety of ways.
A creative play place for creative kids of all ages. They can sculpt, paint, create and play with fun and educational toys.
Farm fun where kids can observe the milking and bottling process right there in the barn, pet the cows, watch milk being bottled and then taste a scoop of homemade ice cream!
Take a family photo under the belly of the 40-foot tall Brachiosaurus at Nature's Art Village, with mini golf and a museum too!
Ready? Laser tag, black light mini golf, climbing wall, mini bowling, bumper cars, ten bounce houses, a three level soft play area, over 50 arcade machines, billiards and basketball!!!
Kids farm fun in Connecticut with fruit picking, fishing, horse riding and more!
Nestled in the scenic “Litchfield Hills, Connecticut,” Hemlock Hill Campground gives kids and families that true camping experience. A mountain brook, beautiful reflecting pond, large pine-shaded sites and fresh country air beckons your family back t....
offers wooded and open campsites, RV trailers and log cabin rentals, with pet friendly options available and features including 3 swimming pools, a recreation centre and arcade, plus led activities in summer.