Kids Activities in Hartford, CT


Admission for Two or Four to Harriet Beecher Stowe Center (Up to 38% Off)

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

Asylum Hill

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

$28 $18

Crazy Dash Walking-Adventure Tour for Two, Four, or Six People from Crazy Dash - Hartford (50% Off)

Crazy Dash - Hartford

Crazy Dash - Hartford

The digital game requires a smartphone and takes you on a tour of the sights

$39.95 $20

Urban Scavenger Race for Two, Four, or Six from 3Quest Challenge (50% Off)

3Quest Challenge - Hartford

3Quest Challenge - Hartford

Racing against the clock, players progress through three quests where they find checkpoints, seize clues, and solve the final puzzle

$39.95 $20

Wacky Walk Adventure for Two, Four, or Six from Wacky Walks - Hartford (Up to 50% Off)

Wacky Walks - Hartford

Wacky Walks - Hartford

Part solo strategizing game and part team quest, this walk around the city leads to clues that need solving—and upheaval in your ranks

$39.95 $20

$15 for $30 Worth of Go-Kart Racing at Checkered Flag Raceway in Berlin

Checkered Flag Raceway

South West

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

$30 $15

Admission for Two or Four to The Children's Museum (Up to 41% Off)

The Children's Museum

West Hartford

Museum engages kids with hands-on and interactive activities and exhibits, including a wildlife sanctuary and planetarium shows

$29.50 $18

$17 for One Hour of Jump Time for Two, Valid Monday–Thursday at Flight Trampoline Park ($26 Value)

Flight Trampoline Park

New Britain

More than 50 flat and angled trampolines fill the 13,000-square-foot facility, which also boasts a foam pit for soft landings

$26 $17

The Zoo in Forest Park & Education Center Visit for Two, Four or Six with Optional Train Rides (Up to 51% Off)

The Zoo in Forest Park and Education Center

The Zoo in Forest Park and Education Center

More than 200 animals inhabit this nonprofit zoo, including alligators, western bobcats, and Vietnamese potbellied pigs

$18 $11

Amusement and Waterpark Rides for Two or Four at Quassy Amusement Park (Up to 44% Off)

Quassy Amusement Park

Quassy Amusement Park

Race through a dark tunnel on the Wooden Warrior coaster, spin around the Grand Carousel, and get soaked at Splash Away Bay water park

$83.92 $48

Art Camp for Preschoolers or School Age Kids, or Middle-School Kids from TeachArt2Me (Up to 48% Off)

TeachArt2Me

Glastonbury Center

Preschoolers and school age kids explore principles of art through mixed-media collage, clay sculpture, and painting

$75 $41

Two-Hour Bowling Package for 2, 4, or 6 at Hall of Fame Silver Lanes (Up to 48% Off)

Hall of Fame Silver Lanes

East Hartford

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

$51 $32

$9 for $16 Worth of Mini Golf — Torza's Professional Golf Center

Torza's Professional Golf

Cromwell

From the merchant: A beautiful course that can be played two different ways and batting cages that pitch both soft and hard ball.

$16 $9

Whale-Watching Excursion for One or Two from Capt. Bill and Sons Whale Watch (Up to 44% Off)

Capt. Bill & Sons Whale Watch

Gloucester

A family of experts shares tips on spotting humpback and minke whales—as well as dolphins and seals—during three- to four-hour outings

$48 $28

Two Games of Bowling for Two, Four, or Six with Shoe Rental at Lucky Lanes (Up to 48% Off)

Lucky Lanes

Lucky Lanes

Bowlers lace up their rental shoes and bowl their way through two games at this lane with modern touches such as flatscreen TVs

$23.96 $15

$30 for a Whale-Watching Cruise from Cape Ann Whale Watch (Up to $48 Value)

Cape Ann Whale Watch

Gloucester

View humpback and fin whales as they feed and play within close range of the 115 ft. boat, Hurricane II; valid all season long

$48 $30

KidsPlay Children's Museum Visit for Two, Four, or Six (Up to 33% Off)

KidsPlay Children's Museum

Torrington

Museum’s hands-on activities include pretend grocery store, and enclosing yourself in a giant bubble

$10 $7.50

Two 60-Minute or Two 90-minute Jump Passes at Sky Zone Wallingford (Up to 44% Off)

Sky Zone Wallingford

Skyzone Wallingford

Jump for fun, work out, or play games on expansive floors and walls covered in trampolines

$34 $19

$25 for Two Hours of Bowling with Shoe Rental for Up to Four at Kingstown Bowl (Up to $55 Value)

Kingstown Bowl

North Kingstown

Automatic scoring systems record each roll, and complimentary bumpers and light balls cater to kids

$55 $25

Admission for Two or Four or Family Admission for One Year to New Haven Museum (Up to 48% Off)

New Haven Museum

Downtown

See Eli Whitney’s cotton gin, John Quincy Adams’s letter to the Amistad captives, and other artifacts that cover 1638 to the present

$65 $34

Four Zipline Rides for Two or Four or Thrill-Seeker Pass at Woodbury Ski Area (Up to 37% Off)

Woodbury Ski Area

Bunker Hill

Visitors enjoy activities such as ziplining over the treetops, tubing down slides, and scaling a climbing wall

$89 $57

Bowling with Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Six at Apple Valley Bowl (Up to 48% Off)

Apple Valley Bowl

Southington

Groups of two, four, or six hit the synthetic lanes, which are equipped with automatic scoring and bumpers for kids

$23.96 $15

Bowling Packages at Blue Fox Rock'n Bowl (Up to 54% Off). Four Options Available.

Blue Fox Rock N' Bowl

Simsbury

This bowling and fun center turns into a futuristic alley during Rock n’ Bowl events on Friday and Saturday nights

$78 $41

Colonial Living Museum Visit for Two or Four, or Family Membership to Historic Deerfield (Up to 48% Off)

Historic Deerfield

Historic Deerfield

Take a trip into the past, strolling through a mile-long colonial village complete with homes built as early as 1730.

$28 $16

Two Games of Bowling With Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Six at Wallingford Bowl (Up to 54% Off)

Wallingford Bowl

Wallingford Center

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

$30 $18

Ice-Skating Outing for Two or Four with Skate Rental and Hot Cocoa at Northford Ice Pavilion (Up to 48%Off)

Northford Ice Pavilion

North Branford

Pairs or groups of 4 enjoy hours of ice-skating, complete with skate rentals and hot cocoa

$44 $23

One- or Two-Hour Bounce Pass for Two or Four at Bounce! Trampoline Sports (Up to 51% Off)

Bounce! Trampoline Sports

Bounce! Trampoline Sports

Visitors participate in trampoline dodgeball, slam dunk basketball, foam pits, and 2 challenging Bounce! Xtreme areas

$30 $18

SUP Rental or SUP Yoga or Boot Camp at Paddleworks at Harborside Marina (Up to 48% Off). Four Options Available.

Paddleworks at Harborside Marina

Clinton

Explore Clinton Harbor on a standup paddleboard, or build strength, balance, and flexibility in yoga or boot camps that incorporate the SUP

$70 $41

Two Games of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Six at Willi Bowl (49% Off)

Willi Bowl

Windham

Compete for the highest score with two games of bowling for pairs or groups of four or six

$45 $23

Summer-Fun Package with Rides, Mini Golf, and 7D Movie for One or Two at Jenkinson's Boardwalk (Up to 40% Off)

Jenkinson's Boardwalk

Multiple Locations

Soak up nostalgia at a Jersey Shore boardwalk with Ice Cream, Rides, Mini Golf, and an interactive 7D theater with motion simulators

$63.95 $39

One or Two Races for Two or Four at Pioneer Valley Indoor Karting (Up to 42% Off)

Pioneer Valley Indoor Karting

Northampton/Hatfield

Drivers zip around the 1,000-foot-long track in Sodi GT5 karts

$50 $37

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  • Connecticut Science Center
    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 Science 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 tank, visitors play an active role in the Science Center's more than 165 hands-on exhibits. In the Sight and Sound Experience, adventurers feel sound vibrations, experiment with lasers and movement, and see themselves in 360 degrees, 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 amazing structure and test Rube Goldberg-style machines without calculating the effects of zero gravity. Recently, the Science Center welcomed its newest resident: a sound-equipped animatronic dilophosaurus, whose reptilian movements and noises recreate the goosebumps felt during the species' starring role in Jurassic Park. Robotics also plays a central role in Forces in Motion, which introduces the fundamentals of engineering and design by letting visitors shoot a basket with the help of an enormous robot. The Science Center's dedication to machine life also extends to its programs with a summer teen robotics program and camps during school vacations. Beyond the permanent exhibits, the museum is also a frequent stop for headline-grabbing traveling exhibits from around the country. The Science Center also houses learning areas suited to its smaller guests: in KidSpace, ages 3–6 splash in a water play area, experiment with a wall of magnetic balls, and test their object recognition in searching activities designed by I Spy author Walter Wick. Other child-friendly areas include Critter Corner, Lunar Lander, and Tiny Town—the latter consisting of giant foam building blocks. Beyond the exhibits, a state-of-the-art 3D digital theater screens science-focused films, and four educational labs host special programs such as summer exploration camps and professional development for educators. On-site Subway and FroyoWorld restaurants, meanwhile, keeps visitors fueled. All of this adventure unfolds in the Science Center's sleek building, which honors its green architecture with a rooftop garden boasting panoramic views of Hartford.
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    250 Columbus Blvd
    Hartford, CT US
  • The Mark Twain House and Museum - G1
    Samuel Clemens lived a life so full that it encompassed two names. He was a riverboat pilot, a silver prospector, and a newspaperman—and it was in this last trade that he first used the name under which he would author some of America's greatest fiction: Mark Twain. In works such as Adventures of Tom Sawyer and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court­ Twain cast a wry spotlight on the political and industrial changes of the 19th century, from westward expansion to the end of slavery to the birth of ground-breaking technology such as the mustache comb. In much the same way, the very space where Twain wrote—the Hartford home where his family lived from 1874 to 1891—illuminates the times as well as the personal life of the man behind the letters. These days, that home is a National Historic Landmark that serves as half of The Mark Twain House and Museum. Comprised of 25 rooms, including a glass conservatory and grand library, it has been open to the public since its 100th anniversary in 1974. Inside, visitors explore not only the billiard room where Twain penned novels such as Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, but also nearly 16,000 Twain-related artifacts, such as his last pair of spectacles and photos of his daughters putting on plays. Even more objects and information fill the nearby LEED-certified museum, where rotating exhibits focus on subjects such as the Twain family's servants.
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    351 Farmington Ave.
    Hartford, CT US
  • Spotlight Theatres Front Street
    Spotlight Theaters’ screens enrapture audiences with first-run movies. In each movie house, digital sounds and visual projections of fresh Hollywood films alight inner emotions of audiences resting in plush, high-backed seats—each outfitted with a coin-operated mustache comb—or thrown directly into the action through 3-D technology. As eyes and ears relish motion-picture pursuits, soda, candy, and bounties of salty, crunchy popcorn emerge from the concession stand to occupy chatty mouths or catapult towards the screen to feed the hungry actors. Front Street’s brand new Spotlight Theater also houses a full-service restaurant and will soon feature themed movie-and-food pairings, such as French cuisine with French films.
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    39 Front Street
    Hartford, CT US
  • Veterans Memorial Ice Rink
    Since 1968, the NHL-regulation ice surface at Veterans Memorial Skating Rink has hosted skaters for a bevy of blade-footed endeavors that range from recreational public-skate sessions to speed-skating lessons. For year-round open skating, participants can bring their own skates or don a pair of comfortable Riedell Soft rentals before carving figure 8s and chiaroscuro sketches of Wayne Gretzky into the ice surface. Other ice offerings include hockey and figure-skating lessons, and after skating sessions, a battery-powered Zamboni and electric edger smooth the ice's surface with minimal impact on the environment.
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    56 Buena Vista Road
    West Hartford, CT US
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
    "Her words changed the world," reads the website for the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center. "What will you do?" As the author of the 1852 novel Uncle Tom's Cabin, Stowe's moving prose helped expose the brutal reality of slavery in the United States. Today, her family home still stands in honor of her memory, welcoming guests as a museum and historic site. Guided tours can provide further insight into the life of a woman who, in a time period marked by prejudice and turmoil, nevertheless spoke in favor of equality and change.
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    77 Forest St
    Hartford, CT US
  • Highland Bowl Hartford
    Perfect your stance and tweak your technique when you bowl a game at Highland Bowl in Hartford. Be sure to visit the restaurant at this alley for a delicious meal. Having trouble finding that family-friendly activity everyone will love? This alley is made for all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too. From craft cocktails to quality beer, Highland Bowl is a local hot spot with great drinks. Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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    572 Farmington Avenue
    Hartford, CT US

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