55 Things to Do with Kids This Winter in Connecticut

Winter Bucket List of Things to Do with Kids in CT

Winter in Connecticut. Sure it's quaint and cozy, and classically New England. But it can also feel incredibly long. By February, you and the kiddos may find yourselves practically climbing the walls. Fear not, we have a list of 55 boredom busters sure to keep the entire family busy until spring. Whether you want to sled, ski, or ice skate, or if you've got a sweet tooth to satisfy, we've got something to occupy every whim. Don't let the winter doldrums get you down; there's much fun to be had and we'll show you exactly where to find it. And if this isn't enough to keep your troops from a winter mutiny, you can find even more ideas in the Mommy Poppins CT Winter Fun Guide. Here's to winter! Make it your family's best one yet. 

1. Learn how maple syrup was discovered and see how it is made at one of CT's many sugarhouses.

2. Visit one of the state's wonderful museums, including the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, and Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London. 

3. Sled down the huge hills at Page Park in Bristol, or check out other places to go sledding in the Hartford or Fairfield areas.

4. Take the kids skating outdoors. When it gets colder, check in with some town recreation departments to learn when and where local ponds are open for skating. Until then, head on over to Wesport’s outdoor P.A.L. rink.

5. Conquer the slopes at one of six CT ski and snowboard resorts.

6. Snowy conditions won't prevent you from boarding on a family adventure at the New England Air Museum in South Windsor.

7. Take a sweet trip along the Connecticut Chocolate Trail

8. Lace up your skates and enjoy a day at Newington Ice Arena or another of the many indoor rinks across the Hartford area and the state.

9. Check out the largest indoor ropes course in the world (yes! in the world...): IT Adventure Indoor Ropes Course in New Haven.

10. Head to Bushnell Park of Winterfest and enjoy free ice skating against the city backdrop.

11. Go see the American Girl production live at the Bushnell. 

Hit the slopes at one of Connecticut's ski resorts. Photo courtesy of Flickr.

12. Take a look at restored carrousel horses housed at the The New England Carousel Museum in Bristol.

13. Grab a thermos filled with hot cocoa and stroll through the Festival of Lights in Meriden. 

14. Check out the latest movies at the Art Deco Bank Street Theater in New Milford and then take a walk across the street to a great toy store - Play.

15. Go ice skating during open skate at The Gunnery, Kent School, or South Kent School.

16. Try out cross country skiing with the family.

17. Throw your hair in a scrunchie, get your boogie on, and head to the roller skating.

18. Spend some time rock climbing and jumping in the trampoline room in the Adventure Center at Chelsea Piers CT.

19. Grab a hot chocolate in Fairfield County.

20. Join Earthplace in celebration of all things winter at their Winterfest.

21. Explore nature indoors or out at Milford Audubon Center.

22. Enjoy dinner with a view at Kumo Sushi Hibachi in New Haven.

23. Take in a family-friendly show at Bridgeport's Downtown Cabaret Theater.

24. Bundle up and see how the animals spend their winter at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo, which is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas.

25. Have a tranquil adventure by ice fishing and eagle watching.

26. Enjoy the thrill of snow-tubing at Powder Ridge in Middlefield.

27. Have pancakes with penguins at Mystic Aquarium, greet the Beluga whales, and check out the newest "Weird and Wonderful" exhibit. 

28. Check out one of Yale Art Gallery's free family programs and put your creativity to work in New Haven.

29. Pet jellyfish and stingrays at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwak.

30. Learn about maple sugaring at the New Canaan Nature Center.

Connecticut's ice rinks will keep you having fun all winter long. Photo courtesy of Flickr.

31. Sweeten your day at some Top Spots for Hot Chocolate.

32. Head to the Greenwich Reindeer Festival and ride the Winder Wonderland Carousel. 

33. Get hot cocoa and a salted chocolate caramel at Kent Coffee and Chocolate in Kent.

34. Spend the day playing at Imagine Nation in Bristol where you can build, craft, and enjoy treats in the old-fashioned Imagine Cafe. 

35. Check out the Holiday Train Show at the Connecticut River Museum in Essex.

36. Climb, bounce, jump, and play games at Nomads Adventure Quest in South Windsor. 

37. Have a tropical day in the Butterfly Encounter at the  Connecticut Science Center.

38. Hike the trails at the Roaring Brook Nature Center in Canton. 

39. Find Dinosaurs Throughout Connecticut, including at Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill where you can also do some winter hiking on the serene trails.

40. Warm up with a spot of tea at Alice in The Village in Mystic.

41. Have an aerial adventure in Manchester at Soarin' Indoors.

Learn about the history of Connecticut Native Americans. (Verge)

42. Head to the Institute for American Indian Studies Museum and Research Center in Washington and learn about the contributions of indigenous cultures.

43. Go rock climbing

44. Enjoy the crisp air and sparkling views that only a winter walk can offer. 

45. Take a tour of the Webb-Deane-Stevens home with Three Centuries of Christmas.

46. Play board games in a secret castle with the Mysterious Pendragon Society at Storyteller's Cottage.

47. Brush up on history at Noah Webster House in West Hartford, or Stanley Whitman House in Farmington. 

48. Meet for a playdate at the very awesome KidsPlay Children's Museum in Torrington.

49. Technically, Springfield is in Massachusetts, but The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss is so much fun, you won't mind crossing the state border.

50. Stay close to home and get creative with our list of 40 Snow Day Boredom Busters

51. Learn about the stars and the planets at one of Connecticut's planetariums.

52. Get to know the Quiet Corner of Connecticut.

53. Get bouncing at a trampoline park.

54. Sign up for a fun toddler music class.

55. Check out the Salt Caves of Darien, a special treasure!



Photo Credit: Top image courtesy of Pexels

Originally published on 12-8-17.