Activities With Kids in Connecticut

Activities With Kids in Connecticut
Connecticut's diverse natural settings, from coastal salt marches and quiet beaches to tree-lined rivers and rolling hills, make it an ideal destination for tourists looking for a vacation filled with outdoor recreation. Connecticut doesn't only appeal to adults; it has many kid-friendly activities.

Dinosaur State Park

Families can spend the day walking in the footsteps of dinosaurs at this state park, which boasts an impressive collection of dinosaur track fossils. A good place to start is under the park's geodesic dome, where visitors can view 500 dinosaur track fossils and a life-sized model of Dilophosaurus, the dinosaur most likely responsible for making the tracks. Outside, visitors can walk the Dinosaur Park Arboretum's nature trails and observe living relatives of plants that grew during the age of dinosaurs. The park opens daily from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and as of February 2010, admission costs $10 for adults and $4 for children.

Dinosaur State Park
400 West Street
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
860-529-8423
dinosaurstatepark.org

The Children's Museum

Parents and kids should consider visiting the Children's Museum for an afternoon of indoor and outdoor fun. The museum features engaging nature and science exhibits that will inspire kids to learn about the natural world. Exhibits include Conny the Whale, a sperm whale replica that children can climb inside and an excavation station, where budding archaeologists can dig for fossils and sluice for minerals. The museum also features a wildlife sanctuary, where children can view over a dozen species of turtle, bobcats, chinchillas, owls and a wide variety of snakes and lizards. The museum is open from Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., or on Sunday, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. As of February 2010, admission costs $11.

The Children's Museum
950 Trout Brook Drive
West Hartford, CT 06119
860-231-2824
thechildrensmuseumct.org

Stamford Museum and Nature Center

This museum and nature center features a variety of exhibits and events. Visitors can tour the Heckscher Farm to learn how a small New England farm operates or they can explore giant hollow logs, climb into a hawk's nest and dig for fossils at Nature's Playground. The center hosts outdoor activities throughout the year, including bi-weekly astronomy nights, maple sugaring events and lectures on the nature center's many natural habitats. The center's outdoor attractions open daily from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the winter and 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the summer, and indoor facilities remain open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. As of February 2010, adult admission costs $8 and child admission costs $4.

Stamford Museum and Science Center
39 Scofieldtown Road
Stamford, CT 06903
203-322-1646
stamfordmuseum.org

Article Written By Heidi A. Reeves

Heidi Reeves writes in Alexandria, Va. She got her first writing and editing job in 2001, when she worked as editor-in-chief of her undergraduate newspaper. Since then, she's earned a Master of Fine Arts at The University of Alabama, where she wrote and designed artist's books. Reeves writes hobby, lifestyle and wedding planning articles for various online publications.

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