What is your favorite admission price to pay? FREE, of course! During the colder months, indoor activities with the kids are a necessity. But it's not just cabin fever we need a break from! It's those hefty admission fees! So when you are hankering for something to do with the kiddos on the cheap, pack a snack and enjoy one of these great, free activities in Fairfield County. Or check out our Fairfield Guide for more suggestions to get out and enjoy your neighborhood.
1. Weir Farm National Historic Site - Wilton
Any time of the year is a good time to visit the Weir Farm. Although the visitor center is closed in winter, the grounds are open all year, with a 1.5 mile hike to Weir Pond. Wear your wellies or snow boots!.
735 Nod Hill Road Wilton, CT 06897 (203) 834-1896
2. Coastal Education Center - Stamford
With aquarium touch tanks, environmental displays and Long Island Sound watershed information, this indoor-outdoor exhibit space is home to hundreds of species native to Long Island Sound. Located in Cove Island Park, it is open Tuesdays through Saturdays.
1281 Cove Rd Stamford, CT 06902 (203) 323-1978
3. Westport Astronomical Society - Westport
Every Wednesday night, from 8 to 10 p.m. (if there are clear skies), the volunteers of the Westport Astronomical Society welcome the public to the Observatory. Trained volunteers offer tours of the night sky through the society's telescopes. Check the website to confirm they will be open.
182 Bayberry Ln, Westport, CT 06880
4. The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum - Ridgefield
Third Saturdays at The Aldrich are totally free for everyone, and include family workshops from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ages 2 to 5 are from 10 a.m. to noon. Ages 6 to 10 are from 1 to 3 p.m. Children should be accompanied by an adult. Note: Children are 18 and under are FREE at The Aldrich any day, with an admission-paying adult. Closed Tuesdays.
258 Main Street Ridgefield, CT 06877 (203) 438-4519
5. Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield - Fairfield
Located on Burr Street near the Easton town line, this haven in the woods offers space to visit birds of prey, snakes, and other animals that are not releasable into the wild. Enjoy the birdsong as you stroll on the 1 mile, stroller- and wheelchair-friendly trail. Or take a longer hike on the center's 7 miles of trails. $2 suggested donation for adults. Kids 12 and under are free.
2325 Burr Street Fairfield, CT 06824 (203) 259-6305
6. Arts & Crafts with the Artsy Mom at Black Rock Library - Bridgeport
Every Wednesday afternoon, Artsy Mom Lisa Lupa brings a new craft project to the library for kids preschool and up. Free!
2705 Fairfield Ave. Bridgeport, CT 06605 (203) 576-7025
7. Boothe Memorial Railway Society - Stratford
You will know for sure this wonderful little railway museum is open when you spot Thomas the Train outside its door. Run by volunteers, the Boothe Memorial Railway society hosts a monthly open house with scale model trains. This is worth setting a reminder for! Open the third Saturday of the month, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
5800 Main Street Putney, Stratford, 06614
8. Zumba for Kids & Parents at Norwalk Public Library - Norwalk
The Norwalk Public Library welcomes up to 80 kids and parents each Monday evening at 5 p.m. for a sweaty good time. Dance to the beat and burn off some energy together. Bring water and check the calendar for library open times.
1 Belden Ave, Norwalk, CT 06850 (203) 899-2780
9. Stepping Stones Museum for Children - Norwalk
If you love getting wet in the Energy Lab, then add this to your calendar. Stepping Stones offers free admission on the first Thursday of every month
between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Perfect time for visiting the new Express Yourself exhibit and outdoor courtyard too!
303 West Avenue, Norwalk (203) 899-0606
10. Life is Art at Plumb Memorial Library - Shelton
Tweens and teens can explore their artistic side and learn new techniques while working on creative projects at this weekly free art drop-in. Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
65 Wooster St N, Shelton, CT 06484 203-924-9461
Photo courtesy of The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum.