As you approach Niantic on the highway, you can begin to smell the fresh sea air. Niantic is one of several little sea towns in Connecticut that will make you wonder if you are still in the same state. Filled with history, cute little shops, places to eat, and places to play - it's a great day trip.
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Something happens when you bring a child into a fine art museum. Their talking hushes and their eyes sparkle as they take in the colors and creations of the things all around them. Right here in the Hartford area, we have a terrific museum of American art that offers a variety of things for kids. Familiar names like Alexander Calder, Andrew Wyeth, and Ansel Adams grace the walls of this urban museum.
Before you set foot in Kidcity, you'll most likely have already heard about it from moms who have gone or plan to go. Kidcity Children's Museum in Middletown is a one-of-a kind destination designed for little ones ages 7 and under to explore, socialize and probably learn something along the way. Director Jen Alexander, founder and creator behind Kidcity, wants little children to come and navigate their way through the three floors of fun and be free to experience it any way they like to - whether that is skipping from room to room or spending the entire time in one fascinating place.
Middletown was once a historic port town and industrial center but has now become a hopping and eclectic place to bring your family for food and entertainment. Moms and Dads love Middletown for its simultaneous city/town feel and the variety of options available for entertainment such as KidCity and Middletown Roller Rink. You don't have to go far in in this town to find a great cultural restaurant, something to do with the kids, or places to shop and play.
A Day Out With Thomas the Tank Engine at the Essex Museum is a right of passage in many homes. There is nothing like seeing the face of your toddler light up when he sees that familiar bright blue train from Sodor. When the voice and train your child has become so familiar with is all of a sudden sitting on a track in front of you, it's pretty mind blowing! Thomas will be in Essex for two more weekends before chugging along (April 29-30 and May 6-7, 2017).
It's hard to believe a place like this even exists. The Vintage Radio and Television Museum in Windsor will transport you backwards in time all the way to the 1800's. At this jam-packed museum, you will find yourself reminiscing about the technology of your own youth as well as decades before. Your kids will be amazed by the televisions of the 1950's, the radios of the 1940's, and even the quirky ways we used to call each other on a phone...with a cord. For more fun family museum suggestions check out our Museum Guide.
Questers Way, tucked away in a strip mall in Mansfield in Eastern Connecticut, will surprise and please you from the moment you walk into the door. Conceived by longtime martial arts teacher Ken Caputo, Questers Way's mission is to encourage kids to pursue a healthy lifestyle with good food choices, exercise, and intellectual pursuits. There are spaces to learn, play, create, get physical, dance, sing, and play board games.
Do your children opt to act or dance instead of play team sports? Participating in a play or a performance of some type is a great experience and teaches kids all about teamwork and reaching personal goals. If your son or daughter loves to be on-stage or in front of the camera tap-dancing their hearts out then New Haven has a camp for them! And of course, check out our entire CT Summer Camp Guide and our Summer Camp Directory.