If we moms have learned anything these past couple of years, it’s that being stuck in the house with our kids for days on end isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. I can only be an entertainment director for so long. On nice days, my kids will happily play outside for hours. But when it’s freezing or raining, that’s just not appealing to any of us.
Some suggestions below are new discoveries for our family, while others are tried and true spots for indoor fun.
Bruce Museum (Greenwich): This spot was recently renovated with a fun children’s wing and a great playground.
Yale Peabody Museum (New Haven): This spot is scheduled to re-open in Spring 2024.
Discovery Museum (Bridgeport): Check out the ever-changing indoor exhibits.
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (Ridgefield): Every fourth Saturday is a fun family day.
Nutmeg Bowl (Fairfield): A great party venue and a spot to spend a few hours with bowling, food, and a bar. Also, check out the upstairs indoor play space with inflatables and games.
MOCA Westport (Westport): A local gallery with regularly scheduled children’s events.
Sky Zone (Norwalk): A fun indoor trampoline park with multiple rooms. It’s an easy way to spend an afternoon.
Barcade (New Haven): A great bar and arcade game venue. Check out their seasonal family day on Saturdays.
Grace Farms (New Canaan): They can host a family day or art day on Saturdays. They offer story walks, a tea room, and a great cafeteria.
Norwalk Aquarium (Norwalk): One of the best aquariums in Connecticut.
New Canaan Library (New Canaan): This is our family’s favorite multi-level library with a fantastic kids’ room. It was recently renovated with a brand new cafe. You can visit any local library for guaranteed fun.
The SONO Collection (South Norwalk): A high-end mall with lots of fun shops. It is also home to Pinstripes Bowling.
The Wonder (Westport): Ball pits, costumes, fun classes, and wine for Mom and Dad.
EverWonder Children’s Museum (Newtown): A STEAM-based children’s museum and a great place for kids to explore and use their imagination.
Rock Climb Fairfield (Fairfield): No reservations are necessary for a fun family rock climbing wall.
The Children’s Building (New Haven): A fun sensory museum with great pizza spots nearby to grab lunch.
Downtown Cabaret Theatre (Bridgeport): A BYOB family cabaret theatre with performances for young audiences.
Leitner Family Observatory + Planetarium (New Haven): Shows are hosted inside the planetarium every Tuesday night and are open to the public.