Winter Fun for Connecticut Kids Last Updated 12/19
Our CT Ambassadors from Mommy Poppins.com are back with some great suggestions for fun family activities all across Connecticut—all winter long!
With its surprise snow days and infamous Nor’easters, Connecticut winters are the stuff that childhood magic is made out of. But when the backyard sledding and a cup of cocoa just isn’t cutting it anymore, it’s time to venture out and about. Whether you want to hit the mountain, learn to skate, explore a museum, or go on an adventure, the Nutmeg State knows how to cure the Winter Blues. See a big list of 55 things to do this winter in Connecticut or browse the Winter Fun Guide for even more winter activity ideas.
Did you know you have a lot of places to go skiing right here in Connecticut? At Mohawk Mountain, (above), you’ll find a lovely little mountain that is perfect spot to learn how to ski. Each month, the resort features family-friendly events where Goggles the Yeti, the mountain mascot, comes out to meet all the children and ski with them. The events are free to the public and usually include face painting, obstacle courses, fun games, and coloring stations.
Greater New Haven
If not skiing, how about tubing? You can actually tube year-round at Powder Ridge in Middlefield, but there is something extra special about gliding down a snow covered mountain. Unlike skiing, tubing requires absolutely no skill. All ages are allowed on the course but be aware that riders must ride alone.
Too cold out there? In New Haven, the Peabody Museum of Natural History is a Connecticut institution that houses one of the oldest natural history collections in the world and is one of the best family-friendly museums in Connecticut. Aside from the Great Hall of Dinosaurs, Hall of Minerals, and The Hall of Native American Cultures, the Peabody has a small, but lovely, Discovery Room with a whole bunch of stuff for the kids to get their hands on.
Just because it’s freezing outside, doesn’t mean you have to lose touch with nature. Head over to the Discovery Depot at Nature’s Art Village and dig for minerals, pan for gold, unearth dinosaur fossils, and more!
Of course, a casino may not be the most obvious place to bring your family. But, Foxwoods Resort Casino is actually loaded with family fun! With the Tree House Arcade, bowling alleys, the scrumptious Sugar Factory, a museum that showcases the life and story of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, and much more can be found at this family friendly spot chock full of family fun. And, in case all that fails, it has a pretty awesome indoor pool.
Take the whole family to a Bridgeport Sound Tigers game! With theme nights like Star Wars Night, Marvel Night, and Pucks and Paws, this affiliate of the New York Islanders hockey team pack in a night of family fun. This small arena is easy for young families to manage and is a great way to introduce your family to a live sporting event.
Connecticut’s first location of RPM Raceway is filled with so much more than go-karts. It has a bowling alley, arcade, a full-service restaurant, virtual reality simulators, and more. You need to be at least 6 years old and 48 inches to race, however don’t let that stop you from planning a fun family day. The arcade is no joke! It's huge and filled with tons of new games (and a few classics for mom like Pac Man and Space Invaders.) There's also a bowling alley and a bunch of virtual reality experiences.
Hartford and the River Valley
New England isn’t short on science museums, but the Connecticut Science Center’s 165 hands-on exhibits keep even the youngest patrons entertained for hours. Warm up in the tropical Butterfly Encounter’s Winter Wonderland or slide on over to the Sock Skating Rink that will be open through President’s Day.
And, from Thanksgiving to Three Kings Day, kids can enjoy a variety of entertainment in Bushnell Park in downtown Hartford. During Winterfest, you’ll find free ice skating, free skate rentals, and free skate lessons make winter fun accessible for just about anyone! Don’t miss special events like Music Mondays and a Giant Game Room.
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