Kids Activities in Downtown

Up to 43% Off Admission to Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

Asylum Hill

$20 $12

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Museum located in the home of the famed American author welcomes visitors with historic artifacts and furnishings

The Mark Twain House and Museum – Up to 46% Off

The Mark Twain House and Museum

Asylum Hill

$36 $20

The house of literary legend Samuel Clemens casts a light on his personality and career as well as America in the 19th century

Up to 50% Off Bowling Package

Hall of Fame Silver Lanes

East Hartford

$51 $30

Bowling bowls careen down slick lanes as bowlers take breaks for pizza and concessions

Up to 55% Off Kids' Art Camp at TeachArt2Me

TeachArt2Me

Glastonbury Center

$75 $38

Preschool-aged tots build models of dinosaurs and make circus crafts while older kids practice making prints and using paint and pastels

Up to 69% Off Ice-Skating at Newington Arena

Newington Arena

Newington

$20 $10

Skaters of all ages don rental blades to glide across frosty floors of bright indoor arena; parties include goodie bags for each kid

Up to 54% Off Museum Admission or Class

Vintage Radio and Communications Museum of Connecticut

Windsor

$14 $7

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Museum follows the evolution of electronic communication from early radio and telegraph to modern television and computers

$5 for Open Play at Bounce Town

Bounce Town

South Windsor

$10 $5

Batman-, Disney-, and ocean-themed inflatables, as well as a 16-foot indoor climbing wall, delight children and parents

Up to 51% Off Guitar or Music and Drama Camp

The MusicMakers Academy

Manchester

$130 $65

Campers perform a guitar concert or a musical play at the end of a week spent learning related skills

New Britain Museum of American Art – Up to 48% Off Admission

New Britain Museum of American Art

New Britain

$24 $13

Collection of 10,000 works of art includes oils, acrylics, and sculptures culled from more than 300 years of American artistic endeavors

50% Go-Kart Racing at Checkered Flag Raceway

Checkered Flag Raceway

Berlin

$30 $15

Quarter-mile track sends racers zooming in one of three types of go-kart designs, with on-track computerized timer keeping score.

51% Off at Whirlyball East Coast

Whirlyball East Coast

Enfield

$360 $175

Whirlyball is a team game that combines bumper cars with lacrosse

40% Off at Barnes Museum

Barnes Museum

Southington

$10 $6

Home dating to 1836 presents a glimpse into Southington's past with antique furniture and clothing, Civil War letters, and restored gardens

Up to 51% Off at The New England Carousel Museum

The New England Carousel Museum

Bristol

$19 $10

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Visitors see vintage carousels and a working Carousel; birthday parties include a carousel ride and themed craft

Up to 64% Off Bowling for Two, Four, or Six

Wallingford Bowl

Wallingford Center

$23 $11

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This bowling alley boasts 40 synthetic lanes with automatic scoring systems, as well as an arcade, snack bar, and a bar and lounge

Up to 51% Off Music Lessons and Studio Sessions

LMI Studio

East Longmeadow

$90 $45

Guitar, piano, bass, drums, and vocal lessons for students of all skill levels; studio sessions offer a professional recording experience

Up to 59% Off Music Lessons

Tom Kopyto Music

East Longmeadow

$140 $65

Lessons in guitar, bass guitar, drums, piano, or voice focus on theory, technique, and performance to help students develop a new skill

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame – Up to 58% Off

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Forest Park

$42 $19

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40,000-sq.-ft. basketball haven houses shrines to more than 300 Hall of Famers, 70+ interactive exhibits, and a full-size court for practice

Up to 53% Off indoor Play-Center Visits at Big Adventures

Big Adventures

Westfield

$18 $10

Three stories of excitement include a sanitized ball pit, jungle gym, slides, and carnival and arcade games; 30+ security cameras keep watch

44% Off Entrance to CoCo Key Water Resort

CoCo Key Water Resort

Waterbury

$68 $38

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Passes grant all-day access to attractions such as water slides, water basketball, and an arcade

Up to 57% Off Ice-Skating

Northford Ice Pavilion

North Branford

$24 $12

Pairs or groups of 4 or 35 enjoy hours of ice-skating, complete with skate rentals

Up to 51% Off Mini Golf and Go-Kart Rides

The Only Game in Town

North Haven

$40 $20

Mini golf, go karts, arcade games; party package includes pizza and soda

55% Off Private Music Lessons

Falcetti Music

Springfield

$131 $59

Skilled teachers instruct students with lessons in guitar, bass guitar, drums, piano, violin, sax, voice, woodwind, and brass

50% Off Lego Party Package for Up to 10 Kids

Bricks 4 Kidz New Haven

Moy Tung Kung Fu

$250 $125

Kids explore their creativity during a 90-minute Lego party that includes a guided building project and take-home goodies for all guests

Up to 50% Off Bounce House Sessions and Party at BounceU

BounceU

North Branford

$12 $6

Inflatable playground offers kids a safe and secure place to play and bounce

55% Off One Week of Kids' Sleepaway Summer Camp

Greenwood Trails Camp

Winchester

$1,095 $495

Counselors ease kids into the sleepaway experience at a camp at the foot of the Berkshires with a climbing wall, a pool, and art classes

50% Off Inflatable Playground Admission

Bounce! Fun Center

Clinton

$10 $5

Staff members supervise kids while they bound through bounce houses, slides, and inflatable obstacle courses

Up to 38% Off Day at Quassy Amusement & Waterpark

Quassy Amusement & Waterpark

Quassy Amusement Park

$62.50 $39

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Blast through a pitch-black tunnel on the Wooden Warrior coaster, spin like a top on the Trabant, and careen into friends on the bumper cars

Up to 54% Off Voice or Piano Lessons

New Haven Academy of Performing Arts

New Haven

$70 $35

Vocal coach teaches Mix-True Bel Canto style of singing to help students build range; pianist gets people playing piano after one lesson

Up to 52% Off Go-Kart Races or License

Pioneer Valley Indoor Karting

Northampton/Hatfield

$50 $25

Drivers zip around the 1,000-foot-long track in Sodi GT5 karts; licenses provide members with discounts on races all year long

50% Off Go-Kart Rides at Stratford Speedway

Stratford Speedway

Stratford

$48 $24

Go-kart racers vroom around a grand-prix-style track, hugging curves during 20–25 laps in four five-minute sessions

Up to 50% Off Bounce House Sessions and Party at BounceU

BounceU

Stratford

$10 $5

Inflatable playground offers kids a safe and secure place to play and bounce

Half Off Kids' Bounce Passes at Fun Factor

Fun Factor Brookfield

Brookfield

$22 $11

Kids bound over inflated obstacle courses, slides, and bounce castles while parents watch nearby; toddler area contains age-appropriate toys

50% Off Indoor Play Area

Tot Town Party And Play

Brookfield

$8 $4

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Mystic Seaport – Up to 52% Off Visit

Mystic Seaport

Mystic Seaport

$48 $25

Relive the nautical history of early Americans in a quaint, 19th-century seafaring village museum with historic vessels and shipyard

Sky Zone – Up to 46% Off Trampoline Time

Sky Zone

Bethel

$52 $34

Burn off energy and calories on a wall-to-wall half pipe of trampolines at a park that opened in February 2014

Up to 60% Off Ice Skating at Danbury Ice Arena

Danbury Ice Arena

Danbury

$29 $14

Families spend an afternoon skating around the icy arena and break to snack on popcorn and hot chocolate

Up to 70% Off The Little Gym Classes and Membership

The Little Gym

Ridgefield

$115 $35

Children ages 4 months to 12 years learn gymnastics and other sports during interactive classes

Up to 51% Off at My Three Sons Family Fun Center

My Three Sons Family Fun Center

Central Norwalk

$24 $12

Kids 10 aged and younger dodge laser beams in a black-lit maze, bounce in the inflatable Jumpy House, and eat made-from-scratch pizza

Up to 59% Off Magic Show and Fun-Park Rides

The Misquamicut Business Association

Westerly

$43 $17.50

Magicians Larry and David get the crowd involved in an evening of magic, music, and comedy; kids ride a carousel built in 1915 or a coaster

Up to 54% Off Horse-Drawn Wagon Ride

Cornerstone Ranch

Princeton

$48 $24

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During each ride, a pair of majestic black percherons draws the wagon through the farm; each guest also enjoys some local ice cream

Worcester Historical Museum – 50% Off Visit

Worcester Historical Museum

Worcester Historical Museum

$20 $10

Library with 7,000 titles and exhibits with items such as Civil War–era diaries and colonial weapons highlight Worcester history

Up to 60% Off from Worcester Bubble Parties

Worcester Bubble Parties

On Location

$250 $99

Bubbles billow around while kids do the limbo, hula hoop, and enjoy interactive games

Up to 56% Off Private Music Lessons at Amped Music School

Amped Music School

Wyoming

$40 $20

Instructors teach guitar, piano, drums, or vocals in one-on-one lessons

60% Off Arcade Games at Jillian's of Worcester

Jillian's of Worcester

Worcester

$50 $20

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More than 40 games including air hockey, brand-new high-def arcade games & skee-ball alongside kitchen serving pizzas & paninis

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Hartford Symphony Orchestra's St. Patrick's Day Celebration regales ears with classic Celtic tunes commemorating the feast of Ireland's patron saint. Visiting from his usual perch at the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, conductor Gerald Steichen leads an army of instruments as it elevates the shimmering tenor of veteran singer Robert White, who has been nourishing auditory synapses since his radio debut in 1948. White fills listeners with Irish pride until they burst with clover leaves by belting out such distinctly Hibernian tunes as "Danny Boy," a slow, anthemic composition that resonates in the hearts of Irish emigrants. Renowned Irish fiddler Jeanne Freeman also fuels high-octane jigs with skills gleaned from County Donegal native P.V. O'Donnell.

99 Pratt St
Hartford,
CT
US

Entering their 85th season, the Harlem Globetrotters have entertained millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a unique brand of athletic precision and showmanship. For their latest “4 Times the Fun” North American tour, the Globetrotters will add a new 4-point shot spots located 35 feet from the basket, which is 12 feet further than the official three-point line but several thousand miles closer than the prime meridian. See the arch-nemesis Generals try to keep up as the Harlem hardwood sorcerers evade gravity’s oppressive clutches and court clairvoyants distribute unassailable alley-oops. Youngsters can learn about the benefits of teamwork while laughing along with the jovial jocks as they perform classic routines of unconventional passing and sudden transmutations of water into confetti.

1 Civic Center Plz
Hartford,
CT
US

As a pioneer of public museums in the United States, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art remains a flagship institution, as evinced by its “Best Museum” win in the Hartford Advocate 's 2010 "Best of Hartford" Reader's Poll. Use your free admission to check out current exhibitions like American Moderns and MATRIX, or survey the Hudson River School paintings, the museum’s most celebrated collection, which captures the untouched beauty of America’s nineteenth century wilds while avoiding the herds of feral Victorians that depleted the Great Plains with their ceaseless grass chewing. A pioneer of avant-garde exhibition, the Wadsworth Museum also boasts some of the first Renaissance works acquired in the United States by Caravaggio, as well as one of the first Surrealist masterpieces by Dalí. The illustrious Spaniard’s “Apparition of Face and Fruit Dish on a Beach” is a wonderful example of the early 20th century discovery that brains are the same thing as pears.

600 Main St
Hartford,
CT
US

Today, science lets children as young as 7 years old stand in the eye of a hurricane and fly over the surface of Mars—at least at the Connecticut Science Center. The multi-sensory center encourages all ages to explore the exciting side of natural and man-made phenomena. Whether they're braving gale-force winds in the hurricane simulator or engaging with exotic critters in the live animal touch tanks, visitors play an active role in the center's more than 150 hands-on exhibits. In the Sight and Sound Experience, adventurers feel sound vibrations, experiment with lasers and movement, and hear light, whereas Planet Earth encourages them to probe for fossils in a real seabed core. Exploring Space journeys outside the atmosphere with moon rocks and an up-close visit to a black hole, before Invention Dimension, which features LEGOs, returns to Earth so that fledgling engineers can build their own Rube Goldberg machine without the calculating the effects of zero gravity.

Recently, the center welcomed its newest resident: a sound-equipped animatronic dilophosaurus, whose reptilian movements and noises recreate the goosebumps felt during the species's starring role in Jurassic Park. Robotics also play a central role in Forces in Motion, which introduces the fundamentals of engineering and design through the use of sleek, responsive mechanical flyers. The center's dedication to machine life also extends to its partnerships; working with First Niagara Bank Foundation and scientist Tim Gifford, the center sponsors a teen robotics team for camps and competitions.

Beyond the permanent exhibits, the museum is also a frequent stop for headline-grabbing traveling exhibits from around the country; with multiple exhibits coming through every year, no visit is likely to be the same as the last. The center also houses learning areas suited to even smaller guests: in KidSpace, ages 3–6 splash in a water play area, partake in story time, experiment with a wall of magnetic balls, and test their object recognition in searching activities designed by I Spy author Walter Wick. Beyond the exhibits, a state-of-the-art 3D digital theatre screens science-focused films, and four educational labs host special events such as summer exploration camps and experiments in cootie vaccination. An on-site café, meanwhile, keeps visitors fueled with dishes made from organic, locally sourced ingredients. All of this academic adventure unfold in the center's sleek building, which honors its green architecture with a rooftop garden boasting panoramic views of Hartford.

250 Columbus Blvd
Hartford,
CT
US

Each of the five participating Connecticut Landmarks offers a glimpse inside the domestic lifestyles of the state's early settlers, patriots, and prominent citizens. Grab a three-cornered hat and a nerf musket before storming the grounds of any one of the landmarks with a compatriot, or choose the individual membership for admittance to each house as many times as desired throughout the year. Members also receive a free subscription to the Landmark News newsletter, invitations to special events, a 10% discount on all museum shops, and a discount subscription to Connecticut Explored, a magazine that chronicles Connecticut's history.

396 Main St
Hartford,
CT
US

Riverfront Recapture boasts 22 years of sending aqua adventurers of all ages down the Connecticut River. With the introduction to rowing class, river riders meet at the recently renovated Greater Hartford Jaycees Community Boathouse to learn sweep rowing, which includes oar operation, leg positions, and attaining an wistful far-away gaze to recollect on their old lives on land. No previous experience is needed to man the 12-foot oars, as seven co-captains collectively steer the vessel through the lush green banks of Hartford. Arms and legs operate in harmony, accompanied by the calming splish-splash of water propelling the group down the river, yielding views of a city framed with trees.

50 Columbus Blvd
Hartford,
CT
US