Kids Activities in Waterbury

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

40% Off at Barnes Museum

The 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 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

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 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

43% Go-Kart Racing at Checkered Flag Raceway

Checkered Flag Raceway

Berlin

$30 $17

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

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

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 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 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 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

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

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

82% Off One Year of Online Guitar Lessons

Center Stage Guitar Academy

Online Deal

$108 $19

Bryan Billhimer leads lessons organized by skill level, covering technique and song learning in high-quality videos shot from many angles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

$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

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 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

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

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 57% Off at Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden

Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden

North Salem

$10 $7

Art gallery, cultural programs, and kids' events based around Eastern and Western traditions; Japanese garden meanders through the grounds

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

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

Up to 60% Off Bowling for Two, Four, or Six

Port Jeff Bowl

Port Jefferson Station

$30 $14

Groups of two, four, or six can strike down pins at a family-friendly bowling alley with a sports bar and lounge

Grand Prix New York – Up to 46% Off Go-Karting

Grand Prix New York

Mount Kisco

$35 $19

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Adults, kids, and teenagers race around go-kart tracks at speeds of up to 40 mph, then go head to head in the video-game arcade

Half Off One-Hour Guitar Lessons

Michael J. Perrotta-Guitar Lessons

Setauket-East Setauket

$60 $30

Guitar students can delve into all genres of music, learning how to read standard notation and tablature and the principles of music theory

The Long Island Museum – 50% Off Admission or Membership

The Long Island Museum

Stony Brook

$18 $9

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Affiliated with the Smithsonian, the museum offers visitors a glimpse of Long Island's past with art, carriages, and cultural artifacts

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

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 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

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

Bounce! Trampoline Sports – Up to 52% Off Trampoline Play

Bounce! Trampoline Sports

Bounce Poughkeepsie

$44 $25

Indoor trampoline courts allow visitors to bounce off the floors and walls

Up to 58% Off Standup Paddleboard Rental From Surf's SUP

Surf's SUP

Fire Island

$65 $29

Glide across the water of Great South Bay using an elongated surfboard and paddle; private lesson available from experienced surfer

Up to 57% Off Paddleboard Lessons

Long Island Stand-Up Paddle Boarding Co.

Multiple Locations

$80 $39

Instructors teach students basic paddle techniques for propelling & maneuvering, how to remount & how to read tide & wind conditions

Up to 52% Off Bounce-House Fun at Jumpin Jakes

Jumpin Jakes

Fishkill

$13 $6.50

Bouncey houses, slides, and other activities for kids at an indoor play center that's good for birthdays or family fun

Up to 63% Off a Tennis Camp or Lesson

Sportime

Kings Park

$560 $329

Campers aged 6–16 complete tennis drills, match play, cross-training, and fun activities; on-staff tennis pro leads private lessons

44% Off Week of Kids' Summer Camp

World Gym - Coram

Coram

$410 $229

Kids practice athletic skills such as swimming and sports, make arts and crafts, and learn hands-on science; lunch and snack provided

Up to 53% Off Two Games of Bowling with Shoes

Coram Country Lanes

Coram

$35 $17

Family-owned bowling alley has multiple lanes to host competitive or friendly games

Up to 50% Off Laser Tag at Laser Kingdom

Laser Kingdom

Multiple Locations

$20 $10

Players don specialized vests before exploring a highly stylized environment of rising fog, flashing lights, and thumping techno beats

Up to 50% Off Kids' Indoor-Playground Sessions

Wood Kingdom of Brookhaven

Coram

$30 $15

Indoor space with wooden playground equipment, including slides, swing sets, and miniature climbing walls

Up to 46% Off Sleep Away Camp

Camp Vacamas

Multiple Locations

$1,475 $799

Kids ages 6–17 can enjoy two or three weeks of outdoor adventures, such as swimming, boating, and biking amid acres of forest preserve

Up to 60% Off Art Center Membership

Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art

Peekskill

$40 $18

Museum membership includes free admission for one year and discounted access to special events and public programs

50% Off a Five-Day Skate Camp

2nd Nature

Peekskill

$500 $249

Skateboarders zip up and down ramps and half-pipes, refine their skills during lessons, and free skate

Up to 54% Off Bounce-House Open Play or Party

Bounce U of Smithtown

Nesconset

$38.85 $17.99

The two-hour birthday party for up to 13 also includes pizza, beverages, glow necklaces, and a link to online party images of Click's Pics

50% Off Kids' Open-Play Sessions at Lil' Builders

Lil' Builders

Nesconset

$30 $15

Kids unleash their creativity in 60-minute open-play sessions, building Lego creations brick by brick

Up to 59% Off Half- or Full-Day Kids' Summer Camp

STEP Preschool

Smithtown

$225 $149

Air-conditioned facility with indoor ice rinks, track, swimming, trapeze, put put golf, batting cages, arts and crafts and academic training

Up to 60% Off Bowling at Larkfield Lanes

Larkfield Lanes

East Northport

$63 $25

Groups of up to six take to one of 20 bowling lanes with rental shoes and sodas; optional bumpers ease play

Up to 55% Off Private Music Lessons

New Windsor Music Academy

New Windsor

$50 $25

Backed by a master's degree from Yale, owner Mike Benninger and a team of polished instructors offer lessons in guitar, drums, and more

Up to 50% Off Birthday Party + Pony Rides

My Saddle Brook Farm

Montgomery

$250 $149

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Children can ride two ponies at each birthday party

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“Other communities looking to establish museums preserving their regional culture and history would do well to visit The Mattatuck Museum,” raves the New England Travels about the Connecticut treasure. The Museum’s educational programs, rotating exhibits, and permanent collections showcasing over 2,000 works of American art focus on preserving and sharing Connecticut’s cultural history. Members receive free admission and discounts on programs and events including readings of Shakespearian plays, walking tours of local neighborhoods, regular live jazz performances, and field trips to go bully Rhode Island, Connecticut’s diminutive neighbor.

144 W Main St
Waterbury,
CT
US

With three floors of interactive exhibits, Imagine Nation keeps tykes aged 2–10 and their parents engaged for hours of synapse-firing fun. Tunnels filled with natural decor await youngsters in the museum's indoor jungle-themed playscape, where they can shake excess energy out of their bounding legs in preparation for naptime or hibernation season. In the ESPN center, kids can pretend to be sportscasters as they sit behind the desk of a model TV set, replete with real equipment from the Worldwide Leader in Sports.

The museum also boasts a health exhibit in which children can don hospital attire and explore a model newborn nursery and an operation table, ideal for parents trying to nudge their child toward a career as a hypochondriac. After whippersnapper's minds have been blown learning about the cosmos at the space exhibit, they can unwind with drinks and snacks at the old-fashioned soda fountain, which winds the clock back to the 1940s with the help of a player piano.

1 Pleasant St
Bristol,
CT
US

American Clock & Watch Museum’s staff and visitors never have to worry about keeping track of time. Inside a Federal-style home originally built in 1801, curators display more than 1,500 clocks and watches from a collection of more than 5,500, making it one of the largest in the world behind the legion of wristwatches glued together to form Big Ben. Guest curators showcase timepieces from different eras and manufacturers, from antique clocks to art deco accessories made in the Jazz era. Visitors can admire clock maintenance in action on the first and third Friday of each month when the “Ol’ Cranks” wind more than 70 of the museum's historic items. Visitors can also learn more about their own antique treasures by consulting with the museum staff during scheduled evaluation events.

100 Maple St
Bristol,
CT
US

Once, antique wooden carousels dominated parks around the country, delighting kids and adults with jaunty music and exquisite craftsmanship. Today, the experts at the New England Carousel Museum preserve those bygone playtimes for future generations, acquiring and restoring old-fashioned carousels and carousel memorabilia to educate the public on these vintage treasures. In addition to its restoration and exhibition work, the museum also houses an art gallery hosts educational programs for families that can include visits from collectors of other pieces of Americana such as quilts and dolls.

95 Riverside Ave
Bristol,
CT
US

In the past 40 years, the Southern Litchfield Hills of northwestern Connecticut have seldom stood without an echo of laughter or music. That's because Woodbury Ski Area keeps them pulsing with skiers and snowboarders during winter months and warm-weather revelers and concertgoers throughout the summer. Tubing slides run down the hills throughout the summer, along with zorb balls—inflatable spheres that carry passengers to the bottom in 45 seconds.

Woodbury Ski Area's president Rod Taylor, who competed as a member of the U.S. Ski Team, maintains the facility with the same drive he used to become the national downhill ski champion and record holder for clearing 222 feet in the Glendale Jump contest. While helping to keep adrenaline levels high, Rod ensures the facility hosts more laid-back cultural events with concerts on the Woodbury stage. Past shows have featured legends including The Wailers, Fela Kuti, and UB40, as well as Muddy Waters, The Band, Bonnie Raitt, and Earl Scruggs.

785 Washington Rd
Woodbury,
CT
US

Don't be fooled. Though it looks like a relatively small coaster, the Wooden Warrior at Quassy Amusement & Waterpark packs some serious thrills. A turnaround through a pitch-black tunnel and ample amounts of "air time" have made this coaster a favorite for many; in fact, The Coaster Critic put it on the list of the top 25 wooden coasters in 2012. And that's just 1 of more than 20 attractions sprinkled across the park grounds.

Once home to a summer resort, Quassy Amusement Park first began with a picnic area, paddleboats and a carousel. But Quassy really took shape around 1952, when the owners purchased some children's rides. A couple of the rides are still around today, including a boat ride that skims the surface of a circular trough filled with water, and two-seat jet fighters that send flyers up in an aircraft worthy of Flash Gordon. Of course, new kids' attractions have arrived over the decades, including the Frog Hopper, a seating platform that soars up a 16-foot tower and then descends with a series of quick, gentle drops.

Other areas cater to the whole family. Water cannons, fountains, and two slides drench visitors at the Splash Away Bay Water Park, and the Grand Carousel spins with jumping horses and other animals that have the patience to sit perfectly still.

The largest attraction at Quassy Amusement & Waterpark is Lake Quassapaug, and the park makes great use of its waterfront location. In addition to lounging on the beach, visitors can take a boat tour or charter their own voyages on paddle boats.

Inside tip: When not on rides, park visitors should play a game of Whac-A-Mole or order some ribs at Quassy Restaurant.


Take a virtual ride on the park's star attraction, the Wooden Warrior.

2132 Middlebury Rd.
Middlebury,
CT
US