Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens will be in full bloom for family walks. Photo courtesy of Connecticut Office of Tourism
Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens will be in full bloom for family walks. Photo courtesy of Connecticut Office of Tourism

30 Things We Can't Wait to Do this Spring With Connecticut Kids

As soon as the first spring daffodils 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 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.

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. Smell the flowers (and take some gorgeous photographs) at the Daffodil Festival in Meriden's Hubbard Park, which is beautiful year-round but especially in the spring.

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 resevoir—we know the best spots to fish with kids!

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

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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.

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 leopard cubs born last year.

9. Head to Lake Compounce, the oldest continuously-operating amusement park.

10. Enjoy delicious food and cultural activities at the Farm and Flower Festival in Windsor Locks or the Simsbury Duck Race

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.

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.

Empower Leadership and Sports Adventure Center is one of our favorite area ropes courses that become bustling in the spring.

16. Stretch your muscles and zipline through one of the many outdoor ropes courses

17. Check out the Mashantucket Pequot Museum, the largest Native American museum in the world—it's scheduled to re-open after renovations in early spring.

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. Search for pirate gold. Every year, Milford pays homage to infamous pirate Captain Kidd. Legend has it his buried treasure is somewhere along the CT shoreline. 

21. Enjoy Mother's Day by attending the Dogwood Festival in Fairfield on May 8 to 10 or the Water Lantern Festival in Danbury on May 16.

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. Run a 5k/10k with your kids at one of these marathon events in Middletown, New London, or Mystic.

25. Celebrate Earth Day on April 25 at the ArborEarth Festival at the Bartless Arboretum in Stamford. 

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.

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 Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Florence Griswold feature beautiful landscapes and gardens, and are child-friendly. 

Happy Spring!

 

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