Lake Compounce is scheduled to open Memorial Day weekend. Photo courtesy of the amusement park
Lake Compounce is scheduled to open Memorial Day weekend. Photo courtesy of the amusement park

30 Spring Activities in Connecticut We Can't Wait To Do with Kids

As soon as the first spring flowers start poking through, we remember the old adage by Connecticut naturalist Hal Borland: "No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn." With spring (finally!) upon us, Connecticut families can start getting excited about all the fun late March, April, May, and early June activities—from playgrounds to hikes to ice cream—that await us when the snow melts and the jackets get hung in the back of the closet.

For more ideas for making the most of the season, check out our spring fun guide.

2021 note: Some events and operating hours could change depending on COVID-19 status through the spring. Check in with businesses before heading out.

1. Grab some binoculars and tune little ears into some birdsong—it's birdwatching season!

2. If your crew isn't already hitting the trails, let this be the year you start a tradition of family hikes. After a wet season, Connecticut waterfalls are especially beautiful.

3. Get the kids out of the house and take a short trip to somewhere in fun in New England. 

Among Connecticut's lakes and ponds, we found the perfect fishing holes for new anglers. Photo by Julia Tolstrup 

4. Go fishing! Connecticut has lots to offer the budding angler, so go catch your own dinner in a nearby lake, pond, or reservoir—we know the best spots to fish with kids!

5. Hit one of Connecticut's most awesome playgrounds, in Hartford, Fairfield, and beyond.

6. Enjoy your first ice cone of the season—we love these spots in New Haven and Fairfield County. Ever have lavender ice cream? Head to Farmington Valley for this deliciousness.

Baby animals make an appearance in the spring. Photo courtesy of Flamig Farm

7. Visit a farm. Farms in the springtime mean one thing--BABY ANIMALS! What kid doesn't love getting up close and personal with little chicks and lambs? Flamig Farm in Hartford County is an especially fun spot.

8. Head to Beardsley Zoo and take a peek at the two rare Amur leopards and other exotic animals. Note: the Zoo is open daily and timed tickets must be pre-purchased online.

9. Starting on or around Memorial Day weekend, head to Lake Compounce, the oldest continuously-operating amusement park. Note: Click here for their current Covid-19 regulations.

10. Enjoy community connection at the Simsbury Duck Race event located at the Flower Bridge (March 28, 2021).

11. The slow pace, imaginative courses, and relatively short duration make mini golf an activity that's great for the whole family—check out putt-putt golf in Fairfield and Hartford Counties.

12. Go seal-spotting! Have you ever seen a seal up close? Go for a ride on the water with Mystic Aquarium and see seal and coastal birds of all types, through early April.

13. Go canoeing and kayaking down a river or across a lake.

14. Go old school and learn to skateboard together. There are several skateboarding parks in the Fairfield area.

15. Stop to smell the roses in Elizabeth Park—some 800 varieties begin blooming in early June.

16. Stretch your muscles and zip-line through one of the many outdoor ropes courses

17. Check out the Institute for American Indian Studies which is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. 

18. We live among some of the most amazing waterways imaginable, and there are boat tours aplenty for the whole family across the state. 

19. Head to the ballpark. Take your kids to a live and in-person game of baseball played by one of Connecticut's three minor league baseball teams.

20. Get out under moon-lit skies and enjoy a full-moon hike at Northwest Park and Nature Center.

21. Have a sweet tooth? Make a visit to one of the many maple syrup farms here in Connecticut and bring some of nature's sugar home.

22. Hit the beach (maybe with a jacket). These Connecticut beaches have playgrounds that are well suited to springtime visits.

23. Spend a day with Thomas the Train at the Essex Steam Train Museum, where you can hang with the whole Sodor gang. But get your tickets early, because they sell out fast!

Meet a penguin at the Mystic Aquarium. Photo courtesy of Visit Connecticut

24. Join the staff at Earthplace for an animal themed story-time or check out their Winged Wonders event on the first Sunday of each month.

25. Check out the new location of Soarin' Indoors, a family-friendly, indoor rope climbing course. 

26. Go berry picking. Sure it's early season, but spring does last until mid-June after all and the berries will start to ripen. There are few simple pleasures in life like a berry freshly picked.

27. After the long months of winter, spring is the time to break free from the cabin fever and get out and about with a spring-themed day trip.

28. The 60-acre outdoor adventure park and nature trails filled with life-sized dinosaurs at The Dinosaur Place at Nature's Art are a great springtime destination. Note: See their website for details on what areas are currently open.

29. Ready to see some unusual animals in a bucolic New England setting? Head to Action Wildlife Foundation in Goshen, home to some 250 animals, including the famous "zonkey."

30. Go on a literary or artistic adventure. The homes of Harriet Beecher Stowe and Florence Griswold feature beautiful landscapes and gardens, and are child-friendly. 

Happy Spring!

An earlier version of this article first published in 2018.

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