Let’s face it. In Connecticut, we don’t always love the snow. It may look beautiful from inside of our homes, but then we have to shovel it, plow it, and salt it. We have to craft it into snowmen and mold it into igloos. And, when it melts, ugh. When it melts into that dirty and dingy film alongside the road, winter can seem grey, lifeless and, well, boring. To help shake those winter blues, try heading outside and check out some of these pretty fantastic outdoor winter programs in Fairfield County with your kiddos. For more winter fun, check out our guide for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in Fairfield County and our winter fun guide.
This winter, the Stamford Nature Center offers a range of programs. Their Winter Wonderfarm, for children under two years of age with their parent or caregiver, allows toddlers to discover what the farm animals do during the winter. For kids ages 5-9, the Wild Winter Adventure program will allow kids to help out in the Maple Sugar House, explore winter trails, and search for animal tracks (and even paint the snow).
39 Scofieldtown Rd, Stamford 203-332-1646
Winter at the New Canaan Nature Center—New Canaan
With programs ranging from Mommy, Me & Nature for children ages 18-36 months to the afterschool Wildlife Exploration Club for seventh and eighth graders, the New Canaan Nature Center has plenty to offer for families outdoors this winter. Kids will get the chance to handle and study the native wild animals living in the ponds, fields and forest, track animal prints, and conduct hands-on experiments.
144 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan 203-966-9577
Offering kids free time to play and “tinker” outdoors, this parent-child outdoor class offers sensory-rich, developmentally stimulating, and down-right refreshing time outdoors. Prepare to hunt for frozen treasure, concoct magical petal potions, and go on a bear hunt. The winter six-week session is for ages 18 months-5 years.
Winter Enrichment Program—Wilton
Looking for a magical winter wonderland to share with your children? Look no further than the snowy woodlands of Wilton’s Woodcock Nature Center. The nature center offers kids age 3-7 the chance to learn about the world around them through hikes, tracking and crafting. Half days and full days are offered on various dates throughout February.
54 Deer Run Rd., Wilton 203-762-7280
Find Us Outside—Newtown
For children younger than three, Find Us Outside's seedling class offers an opportunity for kids to learn by walking the trails, tending the gardens, and feeding the animals outside. Children will also enjoy sing-alongs, story time, crafts, and free play indoors when “seedling” children are ready to warm up. Forest Kinder School also offers after-school programs for children age 7-11 focusing on fiber arts, S.T.E.A.M concepts, and horticulture.
10 Hattertown Rd., Newtown 203-491-0596
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