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.
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!
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!
Over 300 American species with varying exhibits and educational programming for families at Beardsley Zoo in Connecticut! Let's get WILD!
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!
The Connecticut Trolley Museum invites you to take a journey back in time and experience the transportation of yesterday.
The Mattatuck Museum collects and exhibits American art & cultural history with a focus on the Naugatuck Valley and the artists of Connecticut.
The Helicopter Museum contains hundreds of photographs & models tracing the history of the helicopter both in the USA & around the world
On January 1, 1842, P.T. Barnum opened his first museum on lower Broadway in New York City. Almost 166 years later, The Barnum Museum in Bridgeport, Connecticut carries on the extraordinary legacy of this great American icon.
Hands on science fun, learning, & discovery at The Children’s Museum, with daily animal demonstrations & daily shows in the digital planetarium!
In a former schoolhouse, the Lutz Children's Museum allows kids to explore culture, history, & the natural sciences through fun exhibits!
Located on the waterfront, the Connecticut River Museum is the perfect place to explore the heritage & wonders of New England’s Great River.
The Bruce Museum is a community based, world-class institution highlighting art, science & natural history!
A multi-sensory museum for kids from 1 to 8 years, with hands-on exhibits to learn through play!
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!
A fascinating museum in New England preserving the history of the iconic carousel, as well as a museum on the history of fire-fighting!
A hands-on, interactive children's museum best suited for ages 2 to 10 years in Bristol, Connecticut
Kids can learn and play in Stamford at this nature centre and museum, with family activities, outdoor adventures, observatory, & animals!
A fascinating look at the history of the Danbury Railway complete with real locomotives and train rides for kids!
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!
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!
Three floors of hands-on fun with science, and daily Planetarium shows. A family friendly discovery museum in Bridgeport great for learning!
Lots of hands on and fun learning for children under 10 years in this entertaining museum in Connecticut!
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!
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!
Imaginative play for kids up to 7 years at Kidcity Museum, with handmade, one of a kind exhibits that encourage creativity, exploration & imagination!
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!
New Britain Museum of Art features 8,300 paintings, sculptures, photos and illustrations by American artists across over 300 years!
Monkey Joes Hamden is indoor and inflatable play for kids under 12 years, with birthday parties, laser tag & more!
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!
Tot Town offers a fun play room for kids under 6 yrs, & is filled with toys and equipment that encourage imagination!
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!
Bounce Fun Center is all about inflatable slides, obstacle courses and classic bounce houses for all ages plus video games!
Prime Clumb's mission is for folks of all ages to discover the fun and fitness benefits of climbing year-round with a special kids climbing club too!
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.
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!
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!
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.
Offers facilities for lacrosse, field hockey, soccer, baseball, football and athletics programs, plus indoor High Ropes Course and rock climbing center.
OceanArt Studio is a paint your own pottery & canvas and a make your own jewelry studio in Connecticut. Create a masterpiece whilst spending time with friends and family and they'll supply you with all the necessary supplies!
Craft fun in Connecticut with programs and clay activities for those creative little ones (and adults!) A crafty family day out for all!
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.
A beautiful vintage carousel dating back to 1914 in Bushnell Park, the oldest publicly funded park in the USA!
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.
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....
An outstanding adventure playscape for younger children in Connecticut, with butterfly and hummingbird gardens, nature trails, and real life animals!
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.
500 acres of park fun with animals, events, gardens and family fun in Connecticut!
A fascinating education center and nature museum set within 4,000 acres of Connecticut hills.
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!
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. ....
One of a kind Tall Ship adventure to be had - from lunch cruises to 5 day cruises. Beautiful sailing tours around the Connecticut coast.
Steam train and riverboat adventures in Connecticut perfect for the whole family! Dinner train trips also
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!
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!
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.
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 USS Nautilus
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!
A beautiful family Connecticut campground on the shores of a 10 acre, spring fed lake with activities and family fun!
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.