Beat the Heat in Connecticut: Heat Wave Indoor Activities and Outdoor Cool Fun

Hot summer days call for some cool fun! Photo by Ashton Bingham, via Unsplash.
Hot summer days call for some cool fun! Photo by Ashton Bingham, via Unsplash.

With the temperatures climbing into the 90's there is no better time to find cool activities to do with kids. Families will love these places to go and get out for some fun while you beat the heat in Connecticut. If you prefer an indoor spot, you might swim or hit the mall. If you prefer somewhere outside, try a cruise or a summer concert!

For a full list of awesome summer ideas, take a look through Mommy Poppins' Summer Fun Guide.

Heat Wave Indoor Activities inFairfield

1.Take a swim.

Learn to swim, or perfect your skills, in one of these Indoor Swimming Pools.

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Indoor facilities like Chelsea Piers offer cool activities. Photo courtesy of Chelsea Piers in Stamford.

2. Get some exercise...inside.

Try one of the many indoor activities for kids at Chelsea Piers in Stamford or if you want to check a few fun places off your summer bucket list, try all of the fun places in Fairfield listed here.

3. Grab an ice coffee and hit the mall.

Westfield Shopping Center in Trumbull has a cute play area for littles with soft features, carpeting and seating for parents.

4. Try gymnastics.

Get the wiggles out at Tumble Jungle every afternoon Monday-Friday at their open gym time. There are lots of places for gymnastics in Fairfield. Find one near you in Where to Take Gymnastics Classes in Fairfield.

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Connecticut kids keep cool while they get creative. Photo courtesy of Happy Hands Pottery.

5. Try making pottery (in the AC).

Create some lovely art at Hands on Pottery which opens at 11am every day except Sunday. Other places for pottery include The Pottery Factory and Happy Hands Pottery.

6. Hit your local  library.

Never discount a local library for cool fun. Most are having reading programs running all summer including Fairfield and the beautiful Pequot Library

7. Go to Norwalk's favorite kids museum.

There is always something going on at Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk. Stepping Stones offers free family fun night on Friday nights. 

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Ice cream beats the heat and makes for some happy kids! Photo by Ally Noel.

8. Two words: ice cream.

Two scoops of chocolate-brownie or coffee-flavored or you-name-it! Take the whole family out to one of these Fairfield-based ice cream parlors to cool off with something sweet.

9. Catch an outdoor movie.

As the sun goes does, the movie screens go up! There are lots of places to catch a fun outdoor movie showing, some in Fairfield County too!

10. Hit a hole in one, miniature golf style.

A little neon, a little fun lighting, and it's inside and in the air conditioning so it's a win! Monster Mini Golf for a hole-in-one!

Heat Wave Indoor Activities around Hartford

11. Try a new challenge: rock climbing.

Help your kids gain self confidence with indoor rock climbing.

12. Take your preschooler to the museum.

Connecticut has a lot of awesome museums for kids which will intrigue, educate and also cool little kids off like the Lutz Museum and the New England Air Museum.  Try a few more of these 20 Things to do with Preschoolers in the Hartford Area.

13. Make your own popsicles.

Make a variety of popsicles in your very own freezer. The hardest part of these recipes is waiting for them to freeze!

14. Shop and then play at the mall.

Malls are a great destination for families who are looking for somwhere to play that is air conditioned and somewhat contained. Kids will enjoy the soft climbing features and nearby shopping. Buckland Mall has one and so does the Meriden Mall.

15. Go back in time...for  dinner.

House too hot to cook in? We don't blame you. That's why you might want to take advantage of one of these Old School Diners and Ice Cream Parlors in the Hartford Area

Arcades and fun centers are definitely cool fun! Photo courtesy of Nomads Adventure Quest.

16. Find a one-stop, fun destination for the whole family.

If you have kids of different ages, you might want to go somewhere that has a variety of things to do like Nomads Adventure Quest. Other all-in-one locations include Spare Time in Bristol or Spare Time in Windsor Locks.

17. Bounce or roll at one of these indoor play places.

You may work up a sweat bouncing, rollerskating and playing around, but at least  kids will be in air conditioning at places like Flight trampoline Park, Ron-A-Roll and Kids Gym. Get lots of indoor play ideas in The Best Indoor Play Places for Connecticut Kids.

18. Make hands-on, hand-made creations.

Get creative and keep cool at The Claypen at their Toddler Time Paint and Story or Play with Clay Sensory Class. Want more hands-on ideas? Read 30 Days of Indoor Activities for Kids.

19. Attend one of the weekly programs at CHS.

Make a visit to the Connecticut Historical Society to learn all about the nutmeg state. This summer they are having weekly programs for the public.

20. Attend a summer movie near you.

Make memories with a summer movie in Danbury

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Enders Falls is both beautiful and cool. Photo by Rick Schwartz, via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

21. Go on a day trip and see some of Connecticut's amazing waterfalls

22. There are so many FREE places to go this summer in Connecticut (and year-round). 

23. Make sure to put Cinemark's Summer Movie Clubhouse on your calendar. Connecticut has four locations.

24. With so many museums participating in the FREE summer admission  program, there is a museum on our list for every age in Free Admission for Kids at Connecticut Museums and Attractions

25. Try some of Connecticut's delicious ice cream destinations in New Haven and all over the state.

26. Take in a concert at the Mystic Aquarium with Rock Academy Live.

Outdoor Cool Fun in Fairfield 

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Area pools are the perfect spot to beat the heat. Photo courtesy of Monroe Parks and Recreation

27. Spend the day at a Fairfield-area pool.

Visit Wolfe Park to take a dip in the pool. Non-residents can purchase a pool membership for easy access to swimming. Or try one of the other pools in the Fairfield-area to cool off. 

28. Splash around at the park.

With these temps, a 6,000 sq. ft. splash-pad sounds refreshing doesn't it? Located in Danbury, Kenosia Park is the place to go. Other splash pads in Fairfield can be found in Best Sprinkler Parks and Splash Pads in Connecticut.

29. Don't forget to visit the beach.

Kick back, splash around and make a sand castle at Jennings Beach or try one of these other beaches in the area

30. Take the whole family to a summer concert.

Check out a FREE summer concert in one of these great towns: Trumbull, Newtown or Redding.

31. Take advantage of a fun, summer festival.

Take the whole family and attend one of the many festivals held during the summer like the St.Ann Feast or the Hey Stamford Food Festival.

Outdoor Cool Fun in Hartford

32. Take a shady hike.

Forested, open land with ponds and lakes are worth looking into to stay cool.  Many of Connecticut's state parks are sheltered from the sun.

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Spots like Keney Park Splash Pad are great to cool off little ones Photo courtesy of @todesignllc

33. Begin getting your littles used to the water.

If your littles aren't ready for swimming, but love the water, a splashpad or sprayground is perfect for cooling off. The Hartford-are has a pile of splishy-splashy spots in Splash Pads, Spraygrounds and Fountains for Kids in Hartford County.

34. Fly through the trees on a zip-line.

Let the wind hit you in the face as you zip through the trees. Zip lines and rope courses are all over Connecticut, and they are very family-friendly.

35. Dance to the music at a local concert.

Check out a FREE summer concert in one these great towns: Windsor, Southington or Plainville.

36. Try some new food and fun.

Take the whole family and attend one of the many festivals held during the summer like the Riverfront Dragon Boat and Asian Festival and the Taste of the Carribean and Jerk Festival, both in Hartford.

More Outdoor Cool Fun in Connecticut

37. With the pandemic came an explosion in outdoor dining for families and many restaurants have added outdoor seating as a permanant feature of their establishments. Try one of these 20 Restaurants with Outdoor Dining That Families Love.

38. As the sun sets, the movie screen goes up. Check out this list of Free Outdoor Movies in Connecticut.

39. Connecticut has miles of sparkling shoreline for families to explore on a cruise or in a sailboat.

40. Swim with the fishes on a weekend jaunt to Mystic.

41. Grab a rod and reel and head to one of Connecticut's fishing holes!


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