The Great Indoors Last Updated 2/17

The challenge of finding indoor family fun can be a lot easier: Just add a few of Connecticut’s stellar indoor attractions. Any of these will do on days when the weather isn’t saying “Come out and play” but you don’t want the kids staying in the house all day. And if you are on an overnight trip to the state, any of these will prove a highlight of your stay.

IT Adventure at Jordan’s Furniture

IT Adventure at Jordan’s Furniture in New Haven is far, far from your typical furniture store. In fact, it’s Connecticut latest hot spot for kids. That’s because, along with the expected chairs, couches and kitchen and dining room sets, this Jordan’s also offers “the largest indoor adventure ropes course in the world.” Your family can get out and swing on a 60-foot-high ropes course on four levels with more than 100 activities, including zipping along the top of a water-fountain display. Pizza and ice cream, too.

Connecticut Science Center

The Connecticut Science Center in downtown Hartford is a world unto itself. With 150 hands-on exhibits, a state-of-the-art 3D digital theater, four educational labs, plus daily programs and events, the Center offers endless exploration for children, teens and adults. From physics to forensics, geology to astronomy, visitors have the sciences at their fingertips. Special exhibits abound, as do fascinating programs, so you can plan on spending a good deal of time here when you visit.

Discovery Depot at Nature’s Art

Tap into their inner adventurer at Discovery Depot at Nature’s Art Village in Montville. Kids love to dig for fossils in the Bone Zone, pan for gold in Thunder Creek, or explore the replica silver mine at this busy spot where plenty of activities, experiences and crafts will keep them fascinated for hours.

Climbing and Driving

You can get a two-for-one experience in Wallingford, where both Prime Climb and On Track Karting are located. Prime Climb features excellent climbing walls for every level of expertise, while On Track Karting will put your kids into go-karts depending upon their size and ability.

SportsCenter of Connecticut

There’s more indoor fun to be had at SportsCenter of Connecticut in Shelton. Here, the activities come in a wide range. Check out the ice skating and hockey, year-round mini-golf and a driving range, batting cages, bowling, laser tag, paint balling, arts and crafts and arcade games.

Chelsea Piers Connecticut

The whole family will go crazy for Chelsea Piers Connecticut, a 400,000-square-foot sports complex with indoor facilities for skating and hockey, swimming, squash, tennis, trampoline, gymnastics, basketball and on and on. You’ll feel like you’ve arrived at an Olympics training center.

Go Karts and Trampolines

In Montville, Naskart Indoor Kart Racing & Trampoline Park offers multi-level tracks where you can race all-electric, zero emission karts to get your adrenaline pumping, and an 8,000 square foot trampoline park too!

Interactive Learning at Play

For young ones, Kidsplay in Torrington offers a variety of hands-on and multi-sensory activities including mazes and bubbles that entertain and delight while encouraging the imagination.

Maritime Aquarium

There are movies, and then there are IMAX movies. The screen at The Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, for instance, is huge and the shows tend to be riveting (and it’s the largest IMAX screen in Connecticut). Check the aquarium’s schedule to see what shows are coming up.