30 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 30 of the coolest boredom busters sure to keep the whole family on their toes til spring. Whether you want to sled, ski, or ice skate, if you've got a sweet tooth to satisfy, or just need to get out of town for the day, we've got something to occupy every whim. Don't let the winter doldrums get you down, there's fun to be had out there 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 our CT Winter Fun Guide. Here's to winter! Make it your family's best 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 CT's wonderful museums.
3. Sled down the huge hills at Page Park in Bristol or check out other places to go sledding in the Hartford or New Haven 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. Ski the slopes at one of six CT ski and snowboard resorts.
6. Visit Sweet Rexie’s Candy Shoppe in Fairfield for an afternoon of whimsy and sugar.
7. Take the train into NYC – the ride can be a treat for little ones! A tip – hop on at an “end” station like New Canaan where you’ll have no problem getting a seat.
8. Lace up your skates and enjoy a day at Newington Veteran’s Memorial Rink 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 in New Haven.
10. Get hot cocoa and a salted chocolate caramel at Kent Coffee and Chocolate in Kent.
11. Watch ski jumpers fly into the sky at the annual Salisbury Ski jumping event.
12. Take a look at restored carrousel horses in Bristol at the The New England Carousel Museum.
13. Gorge yourselves on beautiful candy SWEEETS in New Preston.
14. Check out the latest movies at the Art Deco Bank Street movie 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. Go roller skating!
18. Spend some time rock climbing and jumping in the trampoline room in the Adventure Center at Chelsea Piers CT.
19. Take up yoga at the Woodbury Yoga Centre.
20. Join Earthplace in celebration of all things winter at their Winterfest.
21. Explore nature indoors or out at Milford Audubon Center.
22. Get your thrills over dinner 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 what the animals get up to in winter at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo which is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas.
25. Take a cooking class with your kiddos at one of these fine establishments in Fairfield County.
26. Go snow-tubing at Woodbury Ski Area. CLOSED.
27. Have pancakes with penguins at Mystic Aquarium. 
28. Check out one of Yale Art Gallery's FREE family programs.
29. Walk through the inside of a whale at the Martitime Aquarium's latest exhibit.
30. Head to Monroe's Snow Sculpture and Winter Festival to enjoy the ice sculpture competition, snow-shoeing, food trucks and more.


Photo courtesy of Earthplace


Originally published 12/2013.