30 Spring Break Activities and Events in Connecticut
Spring break is coming soon to Connecticut, and the kiddos will be home for a few days to a whole week or perhaps more. From kid-friendly events in Hartford and Bridgeport to Middletown and Mystic, more sun means different things to do that will break up the routine and help you and the kids make some new memories. Find more inspiration in our Spring Fun Guide for Connecticut Kids.
2021 note: While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and maintaining an appropriate distance. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our events calendar to find something else to do.
1. Meet the newest Connecticut resident at the Beardsley Zoo: Berry, the red panda! Also, don't miss the special Dazzle: a Garden of Glass exhibit in the Greenhouse.
2. Take a step back in time....waaaayy back in time...with a visit to the Connecticut Science Center's exhibit Dinosaurs Around the World. You'll see advanced animatronics, a multi-layered narrative, fossils, authentic casts, cutting-edge research, and immersive design elements.
3. Plan a trip to the Colorblends House and Spring Garden for its annual display of over 50,000 blooming bulbs; it's a visual delight for spring seekers.
4. Spring break is a great time to learn some baking skills. Visit 1741 Pub and Grill for a kid-friendly sugar cookie decorating session with plenty of sprinkles, candies, and frosting. Yum!
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Enjoy the gorgeous daffodils at Laurel Ridge Farm. Photo by Ally Noel
6. Enjoy various "Spring Outdoors" events and activities throughout the Last Green Valley! The "Quiet Corner of Connecticut" is hosting its annual celebration of the great outdoors including hikes, clean-ups, and other adventures.
8. Children ages 8 and up can discover arts and crafts activities during the Fairfield Museum's April Workshops. Children will learn about fashion design, weaving, and bookbinding.
Get creative with a fashion workshop at the Fairfield Museum. Photo courtesy of the museum
9. The movies are back on the plaza this spring. New Haven’s Pitkin Plaza hosts weekly movies under the stars. Bring a blanket and beach chairs.
10. After climbing, swinging, and zip lining, and navigating your way through the Adventure Park, stick around for the campfire on Firepit Fridays.
11. Dance with the daffodils at Halfinger Farms. You can spend the day outside picking your own daffodils!
12. Looking for an easy day trip on the coast? Spend the day in Niantic. Browse the hundreds of shelves at the Book Barn, check out the Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut, fly a kite at Rocky Neck Beach, and don't forget to indulge in a treat at Gumdrops & Lollipops.
14. Spend a day surrounded by nature when you plan a trip to one of Connecticut’s Nature Centers. Sign up for a program, engage with live specimens, or take a hike.
15. Go shelling at Connecticut's great beaches, from Milford's Silver Sands State Park to Groton's Esker Point, before the sunburns and crowds become an issue.
Feed the rays at the touch tank! Photo courtesy of the Maritime Aquarium
16. Got an aquatic-loving kiddo? Dive into an adventure every day at Norwalk's Maritime Aquarium. Online reservations are now a must. Make sure to grab a ticket to enjoy the new 4D Theater, too. Ice Age is playing!
17. Go on a prehistoric egg hunt or celebrate Earth Day...with dinos! The Dinosaur Place at Nature's Art Village opens for the season on March 26, 2021.
19. When April showers threaten to ruin your day, check out one of these indoor play spaces to get all that April vacation energy out.
21. Start getting out to the playground by using Mommy Poppins' Connecticut Playgrounds Guide.
22. Love all things cold and creamy? Then go straight to the source, and enjoy a cone at Ferris Acres Creamery. Make sure you say "Thank Moo" to the cows.
Get hands-on with exhibits at the Children's Museum in West Hartford. Photo courtesy the museum
23. Visit one of Family Circle's, Top 10 Towns for Families: West Hartford! Visit the home of Noah Webster, hang at the Children's Museum, shop at Blue Back Square, grab a gift at the Toy Chest, and eat at Max Burger.
24. Play laser tag, bowl, try your luck at arcade games, and grab something to eat at Nomad's in South Windsor. You'll also find neon mini golf and bumper cars.
26. Enjoy the trails and kid-friendly programming, including wildlife education and crafts, at this Wilton nature center.
27. Get your brushes ready! Spring break means arts crafts fun at the Best Time Ever in Stamford.
28. Happy Hour takes on a whole new meaning at Xperiment VR in Trumbull. Bring the whole family on Tuesdays and Thursdays and enjoy special pricing on VR Games.
29. Hit the water for a birding and wildlife cruise. First one to spot an eagle gets a treat!
30. Ever been to a boundless playground? Try Jonathon's Playground in Bloomfield. It's newly refurbished and so much fun for all kids.
An earlier version of this article published in 2018.
Places featured in this article:
Connecticut Science Center
The Children's Museum