January 28, 2013
Fun / Outdoors / Winter Fun

Winter Fun with the Kids


Bushy Hill Nature Center, Ivoryton
Vacation camp is coming up at Bushy Hill Nature Center in Ivoryton,February 18th to the 22nd. Camp runs Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The nature center is located on 700+ acres of mixed forested land surrounding a mile-long, spring-fed lake. February camp will feature weather dependent sledding, hikes and outdoor activities such as making maple syrup in their sugarhouse. Children will need day packs (with lunch), hats, gloves, warm socks, shoes and a coat. Register online at or call (860)767-2148.

Camp Hazen Vacation Days, Chester
When school is out, camp is in! Camp Hazen offers a day camp program when the local schools are out. Campers can sign up for single days, or the whole week and each day is themed differently to make coming to camp a new adventure every day.
Click here to learm more.

Ice Skating, Westerly
Go for an open skate, or even take a lesson, at the Washington Trust Community Skating Center in Westerly. Bring your own skates or rent a pair for $4.00.
Click here to find out all you need to know.

Rink at Parade Plaza, Historic Waterfront District, New London
Open now through early March the Rink at Parade Plaza is Back for it’s second season.
Click here to learn more.

Action Sports Ski Trips
Hop on an Action Sports bus trip to Okemo or Mt. Snow this winter! From January 5th through March 17th they offer customers the convenience of going skiing or snowboarding on the weekends without the hassle of driving.
Click here to learn more.

CoCo Key Indoor Water Park, Waterbury
Maybe snow and cold isn’t your thing…never you fear there is always CoCo Key! Head to this indoor water park in Waterbury where there is 55, 000 square feet of indoor water fun, and it is always a steady 84 degrees.
Click here to learn all about them.

Connecticut River Museum
When school is out, the Connecticut River Museum is the place to be! Take a hike, create a masterpiece, challenge yourself to a scavenger hunt, or take a cruise up the river on an eagle boat trip.

Tuesday, February 19th: Museum Quest
What treasures live in the Museum? It’s a discovery day to explore the galleries, solve puzzles, create your own I SPY adventures and to challenge you to make masterpieces inspired by the museum collections.
For more events that week, click here. Or, contact the education department at 860-767-8269 x113, or via email:

Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme
On Sunday, February 10th, at 1:30 pm and 3 pm go learn about Animals in Winter at the Flo Gris! This program is free with museum admission and lead by museum educators from the Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic, CT.

Click here for more upcoming events.

Kidcity, Middletown
Kidcity is really fun and not just for the kids, but for the adults too! That quote came right out of the mouth of Mo’s nephew, followed by: When can we go back? Kidcity is a place where the kids and the adults play and pretend together. Each room has a different theme, from Pirate Ships to Farms, and props to play with that add to the fun.

Click here for more information.

The Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, Mashantucket
Free admission for kids! Free admission for children 15 and younger on the first Saturday of the month. Stop by the Gathering Space from 11 am to 3 pm to learn about the history of native doll making while creating your own doll/action figure ($5). Don’t miss other great events coming up as well, click here for February events.

CT Science Center, Hartford
With 150 hands-on exhibits, a state-of-the-art 3D digital theater, four educational labs, plus daily programs and events, the Connecticut Science Center offers endless exploration for children, teens, and adults. From physics to forensics, geology to astronomy, visitors have the sciences at their fingertips.
Click here for more information.

Guilford Arts Center , Guilford
Guilford Arts Center offers year-round classes and workshop for adults and children at all levels — for those simply wanting to explore something new to those looking to further develop existing skills.
Click here to learn more about their class offerings.

The Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut, Niantic
The Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut is an interactive, hands-on, educational place for children to try on new roles, let their imaginations soar and feel safe while exploring the world around them. They have plenty of fun lined up for February, click here for the list.

Mystic Aquarium, Mystic
A trip to the aquarium is always magical. Mystic Aquarium offers fun and educational programs for children and families. Register for things like the upcoming Weird Science: Saturday, February 16th through Sunday, February 24th during school vacation week. Children’s curiosity comes alive as they witness weird and wonderful science demonstrations by Mystic Aquarium educators.
Click here to learn more.

Mystic Seaport, Mystic
It’s time for Winter’s Aweigh at the Mystic Seaport when all children ages 17 and younger will receive free Museum admission, starting February 16th through the 24th. On Saturday, February 16, watch Newfoundland dogs perform pulling demonstrations and do their winter work.
Click here to find out more.

Bounce, Clinton
Go jump around at this nearby indoor play space. You are never too old for the bouncy castle, right?
Click here for more information.

Stay and Play, Old Saybrook
Stay and Play, is a specially designed indoor playspace for children ages birth-under 12, where adults can get a great cup of coffee while having the opportunity to socialize with other parents and caregivers. They offer drop-in OPEN PLAY all day, so it’s there when you want and need it.
Click here for more information.

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