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THE ADVENTURE PARK
4450 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT
2007 Storrs Road, Storrs, CT
There’s nothing like a day at The Adventure Park in Storrs or Bridgeport! Experience aerial trails with a series of platforms in the trees connected by various configurations to form bridges, each presenting a different challenge. There are many different trails to choose from and enjoy.
1355 Boston Post Road, Guilford, CT
Since 1871, Bishops Orchards has served the shoreline with fresh farm products. The farm market has grown to a simple, yet bustling market, handling fresh fruits and vegetables, a fully operating bakery, specialty foods and grocery. Open year-round, pick-your-own fun almost every month.
THE DINOSAUR PLACE™ AT NATURE’S ART
1650 Hartford-New London Turnpike, Oakdale, CT
Enjoy a day of educational exploration and discovery at The Dinosaur Place at Nature’s Art! Stroll 50 acres of scenic woodlands and encounter life-sized dinosaurs along 1.5 miles of easy walking trails. Visit the Discovery Depot. Explore Jackpot Mine and Thunder Creek.
FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO
350 Trolley Lane Blvd., Mashantucket, CT
Foxwoods is one of the premier entertainment destinations in the northeast. The best video games of yesterday and today are at the Tree House Arcade.
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ARTS & IDEAS
New Haven, CT
Fun family events, performing arts and groundbreaking ideas! Running from June 3-24, the festival features free performances, arts and crafts, concerts, a circus and more.
40 Sargent Drive, New Haven, CT
Looking for some fun? IT is located inside Jordan’s Furniture and is the world’s largest indoor adventure ropes course featuring over 150 different activities to experience in the air. Walk across ropes, balance on beams and zip 50 feet. Younger adventurers can try Little IT, which shrinks the activities so kids are only 32-inches off the ground.
QUASSY AMUSEMENT PARK
2132 Middlebury Road, Middlebury, CT
Overlooking sparkling Lake Quassapaug, the park features rides, attractions, entertainment and food for a day of affordable family fun. There is an assortment of thrill rides including Splash Away Bay, Free Fall “N” Drop Tower, the award-winning “Wooden Warrior” roller coaster and kiddieland areas for the little ones.
THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
950 Trout Brook Drive, West Hartford, CT
The Children’s Museum is a premier education center for children in preschool through middle school. Home to more than 100 live animals, the museum features hands-on exhibits, out-of-this-world digital planetarium shows and programs for young children and families.
CONNECTICUT SCIENCE CENTER
250 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT
Resources from near & far have come together to create a
truly unique and powerful experience with lasting
educational impact. 150 brand-new exhibits that include
everything from race cars to rocket ships and brainwaves
in your head to life on Mars. Build your own inventions
using the hottest high tech tools!
CONNECTICUT TROLLEY MUSEUM
55 North Road, East Windsor, CT
Take a journey back in time and experience the transportation of yesterday. The museum features a variety of streetcars from the 1890s to 1950s, many of which are available for rides. A historically accurate educational experience through the preservation and operation of an electrical railway.
THE DISCOVERY MUSEUM & PLANETARIUM
4450 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT
The Discovery Museum’s 20,000 square foot facility includes changing and permanent interactive exhibit galleries, a 124 seat planetarium, Connecticut’s only Challenger Learning Center, an 80 seat auditorium, and five multi-purpose classrooms where hands-on science classes are conducted.
FLORENCE GRISWOLD MUSEUM
96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT
Come enjoy the pinnacle of American Impressionism. Located on five acres near the banks of the Lieutenant River, the Georgian-style mansion is as breathtaking as the works that it houses. The former boarding house and art colony is a true gateway to our state’s rich artistic history.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS MUSEUM
1 State Street, New Haven, CT
Located in New Haven, where the Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882, the museum features world-class exhibits of artwork and history, particularly those representing the heritage of Catholicism. The family-friendly facility offers free admission and onsite parking.
LOCKWOOD-MATHEWS MANSION MUSEUM
295 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT
The National Historic Landmark is one of the earliest Second Empire Style country houses in the U.S. Take a guided tour, Wednesday through Sunday, and view the beautiful detail that went into building the home, and learn how this house was built, along with the history of the families that lived there.
THE NEW ENGLAND AIR MUSEUM
36 Perimeter Road, Windsor Locks, CT
Discover one of the world’s most outstanding collections of historic aviation artifacts. Sit in the cockpits of aircrafts, and don’t miss the flight science demos, build & fly activities and America Takes to the Air. which includes hands-on, interactive demonstrations.
PROVIDENCE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
100 South Street, Providence, RI
The Providence Children’s Museum presents hands-on, play-based exhibits and programs that explore arts, culture and science, technology, engineering and math. The museum is dedicated to the idea that children learn through play, and that play is good for children and their families. Designed for children, ages 1 to 11 and their adult caregivers.
SHORE LINE TROLLEY MUSEUM
17 River Street, East Haven
Savor the atmosphere of the trolley era. Ride the historic Branford Electric Railway, the oldest continually operating suburban trolley in the U.S. A national historic site. Days of operation: Open weekends in May and June. Daily, Father’s Day-Labor Day. Weekends in September. Charters and special events available.
21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA
Visit world-class museums: the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, the Springfield Science Museum and the Museum of Springfield History and The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum.
STAMFORD MUSEUM AND NATURE CENTER
39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT
Over 80 acres of nature trails and a wide variety of exhibits make for the perfect educational family fun day. In addition to a vast museum collection and the wondrous Bendel Mansion, the center features an Otter Pond, the Heckscher Farm, an Animal Embassy and an Observatory and Planetarium!
YALE PEABODY MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
170 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT
Enormous dinosaur fossils dominate the Great Hall of this family-friendly venue housing 4 billion years of history. See a dazzling array of gems, minerals and meteorites, learn about earthquakes and tsunamis, peer inside an Egyptian tomb and visit live creature exhibits in the Discovery Room. Exit 3 off I-91.
166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT
As Connecticut’s premier presenter of the performing arts, The Bushnell has delighted and inspired audiences for more than seven decades and plays a leading role in the state’s cultural life. The Bushnell is renowned for community programs, as well as being a leading educator and advocate of the arts.
247 College Street, New Haven, CT
“The Birthplace of the Nation’s Greatest Hits.” Experience the best of Broadway, world-class family entertainment, internationally-acclaimed artists and multi-cultural events at the
historic Shubert Theater. Opened in 1914, the legendary theater
has been home to more than 300 world premiere productions.
50 Church Street, Hartford, CT
Hartford Stage is one of the leading resident theatres in the U.S. It’s known for entertaining audiences with a wide range of the best of world drama, from classics to new plays, musicals and neglected works from the past. The theatre has earned many of the nation’s most distinguished awards.
THE PALACE STAMFORD
61 Atlantic Street, Stamford, CT
Presenting exciting entertainment that enhances and enriches the cultural, educational, economic and social life of the community. The season includes concerts, theatre performances, family entertainment and more. The educational programs instill an appreciation for the arts.
80 East Ridge, Ridgefield, CT
The Ridgefield Playhouse is a not-for-profit whose mission is to present a variety of performing arts to the community and the surrounding areas that can be enjoyed and experienced at a varied price point. The playhouse presents national and local acts, and is the cultural hub for the town of Ridgefield.
68 Main Street, Torrington, CT
(860) 489-7180, ext. 121
Built by Warner Brothers Studios and opened in 1931 as a movie palace, the Warner Theatre was described then as “Connecticut's Most Beautiful Theatre.” Today the theatre features a wide variety of shows for the entire family. See plays, performances for children, musical entertainment, opera and more.
WEBSTER BANK ARENA
600 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT
The 10,000-seat arena attracts half a million visitors each year for a wide variety of exciting events, including concerts by world-famous musicians, entertainment spectaculars, professional and collegiate sports, special events, trade shows, conventions, the circus and more.
CT Tennis Center at Yale, 45 Yale Ave., New Haven, CT
From August 19-27, women’s tennis players at the top of their game will compete, along with the rising stars of tomorrow. There will also be entertainment off the courts, including a Kids’ Day.
NEW BRITAIN BEES
230 John Karbonic Way, New Britain, CT
The New Britain Bees is a member of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. New Britain Stadium will play host to the Bees’ 70 home games and special events. Weekly promotions are featured during every home game.