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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.
PROVIDENCE CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL
This annual film festival takes place in February at multiple venues within walking distance of downtown Providence. Event includes 10 days of screenings, filmmaking workshops and free activities, along with post-film conversations that help deepen the film-watching experience and foster critical thinking skills.
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 HISTORICAL SOCIETY
1 Elizabeth Street, Hartford, CT
Established in 1825, CHS is the state’s official historical society and one of the oldest in the nation. It houses more than 4 million manuscripts, graphics, books, artifacts and other historical materials that help Connecticut residents connect with each other and make informed decisions based on the past and present.
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
58 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 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.
RAILROAD MUSEUM OF NEW ENGLAND
242 East Main Street, Thomaston, CT
Board restored vintage passenger coaches and see a side of the Naugatuck Valley that you can’t get from your car! The train ride, along the Naugatuck River, passes by the site of Waterbury’s brass mills. Complete the trip with a ride across the Thomaston Dam. Leave time to tour the depot’s displays.
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.
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!
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.
QUICK CENTER FOR THE ARTS
1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield CT
The Quick Center for the Arts serves as the center of the creative and cultural community in Fairfield County, providing a home for the exploration of remarkable and inspiring performing arts opportunities. Each year, over 40,000 audience members attend and participate in over 400 events.
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.
WEBSTER BANK ARENA
600 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT
Witness ball-handling wizardry and basketball artistry that will keep you on the edge of your seat when the Harlem Globetrotters visit the arena on February 16 and 19. Return on March 1-4 for Marvel Universe LIVE, an epic show featuring your favorite Marvel super heroes.
New Haven, CT
Enjoy sports excitement at Yale. Watch the fast-paced hockey action at the Ingalls Rink; and hoops at the John J. Lee Amphitheater. Cheer on the Bulldogs to victory! Check out the full season schedules at www.yalebulldogs.com.