The back-to-school section has been out for weeks at Target, end-of-summer sales are in full swing and summer packets have been mailed. But rest assured, it may be nearing the last few weeks of freedom but there is still plenty of summer left. Here are our picks for 25 things to do with your kiddos in Fairfield County before summer is over.
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From fried to frozen, cone to cookie, these ice cream places offer some pretty crazy confections. Crazy delicious. We've rounded up some of the top contenders (through rigorous research, of course) for the craziest ice cream creations in Connecticut. And don't stop here. Check out our favorite ice cream parlors in New Haven, Fairfield, New London and Hartford.
Monroe is a quiet, little outpost north of Bridgeport on the way to Danbury, with the obligatory (and lovely) town green/gazebo this state is known for. But that old town center is now a long way into town from the highway — most of Monroe's hustle and bustle these days is along one of two corridors — route 25 or route 111 (Monroe Turnpike), near the Trumbull line. That being said, there are a couple of outdoor gems off the beaten path that make a trek out from lower Fairfield County worth the time spent getting there, whether your kiddos are tiny or teens.
They say you never know what you might discover in your own backyard. Well, in honor of summer, we've put together a list of some travel-worthy attractions just outside Connecticut's proverbial backyard, with no destination farther than an hour away (depending where you live in the state, of course.) From beloved children's authors to time-traveling adventures, these museums are sure to please the kid in everyone. Plus, you're bound to discover something new just beyond your backyard.
More than 100 years ago, Quassy Amusement & Water Park opened in Middlebury, Connecticut along the shoreline of Lake Quassapaug. For years, the lakeside amusement park has drawn families from all over the state as a staple in Connecticut entertainment. Today, Quassy is a New England treasure that has remained a family favorite for generations.
Tucked in between Fairfield and New Haven counties, the Lower Naugatuck Valley or just, 'The Valley,' is really a hidden bucolic paradise. From Shelton to Southbury, the valley offers plenty of New England backcountry to explore. Head to Derby for some of the best farmstead ice cream in the state or hike up Southford Falls for a panoramic view of sweeping hills and a killer sunset. Climb to the top of the towering Pease Place playscape and cool off in the lagoon at Indian Wells State Park. Here's our list of the top 25 things to do in the valley with your kiddos.
Have you ever planned a perfect day of hiking with the kiddos only to hear whines ranging from “I’m bored,” to, “I have to go to the bathroom,” to, “Are we there yet?” I have definitely been there and feel your pain. You’ve packed the perfect picnic lunch to be enjoyed alongside a babbling brook after you’ve spent your morning becoming one with nature but your kids have lost interest after finishing their Nature Valley granola bar 10 minutes into the hike. Sigh.
Well, have you considered climbing a mountain? We have rounded up some hikes across the state that are sure to keep the kid’s interest as you scale mountain tops, discover giants, castles, and maybe a hobbit house or two.