Top 20 Places to Take Kids in and Around Fairfield County
2016 Survey of Connecticut's Best for Places to take Fairfield County Kids
Fairfield County and the surrounding area is rich in fun events and exciting places. It was hard for our readers to select their favorites from the hundreds of choices! The venues listed below are wildly popular with kids and families in our area. But don’t miss out on ALL the other wonderful places as well! Browse through our site and discover lots more to do! To stay on top of ALL of the opportunities for kids in our area, please make sure to sign up for our free weekly e-newsletter!
Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo creates wonderfully wild experiences for children and families all year 'round. Located on 52 beautiful acres in Bridgeport, the state’s only zoo features more than 300 animals representing primarily North and South American species. Explore our South American Rainforest with free-flight aviary, the New England Farmyard, Victorian Greenhouse, and prairie dog exhibit with "pop-up" viewing areas. Visitors may enjoy a bite at the Peacock Café, eat in the Picnic Grove, and take a spin on the colorful indoor carousel.
Downtown Cabaret Theatre
Professional Musical Theatre & Entertainment for Children and Adults in Bridgeport. Offering three distinct stages of entertainment: Main Stage Theatre, Main Stage Concerts and our award-winning professional Children's Theatre. Patrons are encouraged to “BYOB & Picnic” in the unique cabaret atmosphere.
As New England’s hands-on aquarium, Mystic Aquarium offers guests a variety of up-close encounters with a wide range of marine animals, including endangered African penguins and New England’s only beluga whales. Dive below the sunlit seas in Titanic – 12,450 Feet Below, the aquarium’s newest exhibit full of captivating imagery, breathtaking recreations, emotional soundscapes, hands-on activities and thrilling entertainment that transport you to the moment and inspire your course for exploration and discovery.
Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
The nationally recognized aquarium focuses on the fascinating marine life in Long Island Sound and its watershed, including prowling sharks, curious seals, rambunctious river otters, stately sea turtles, pulsing jellyfish and thousands of other animals. The Aquarium also offers: educational programs, including public study cruises out onto the Sound; changing special exhibits; and Connecticut's largest IMAX movie theater, with a screen that’s six stories tall! The not-for-profit attraction is the centerpiece of the popular South Norwalk (or “SoNo”) neighborhood, with fun shops, nightclubs and restaurants.
Discovery Museum and Planetarium
Hands-on learning fun for kids and families is just off Merritt exit 47 on Park Ave, Bridgeport! Daily Planetarium shows (included with admission), interactive exhibits with fun challenges, and NASA space mission simulation experience for school, homeschool and scout groups. Scout badge courses, overnights and more! Offering 8 weeks and 36 awesome programs for Summer…what will you discover?
Explore Art and Science at the Bruce Museum, located at One Museum Drive in Greenwich, CT. The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm; closed most Mondays and major holidays.
Stepping Stones Museum for Children
At Stepping Stones Museum for Children, the hands-on exhibits and educational programs engage, inspire and delight every child — as well as countless parents and caregivers.
Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
The natural history museum at Yale University. From dinosaurs and diamonds to mummies and meteorites, the Peabody’s galleries and programs take visitors on an amazing journey through more than four billion years of Earth history.
New England’s Family Theme and Water Park! Featuring rides and entertainment for all ages. Connecticut’s largest water park, 20+ rides for kids 5 and younger, and new this year: Phobia Phear Coaster, perfect for thrill seekers.
Captain's Cove Seaport
Since 1982, Captain’s Cove Seaport has grown from a vacant lot and a handful of slips to one of Connecticut’s premier tourist attractions and seaport complexes. Located on Historic Black Rock Harbor.
Connecticut Science Center
With 150 hands-on exhibits, a state-of-the-art 3D digital theater, four educational labs, plus daily programs and events, there is endless exploration.
Bridgeport Sound Tigers
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers are a professional ice hockey team playing in the American Hockey League. It has been the AHL affiliate of the National Hockey League's New York Islanders. The team plays at their home games at the Webster Bank Arena.
Sportsplex at Fairfield
The Sportsplex at Fairfield is a unique combination of athletic and recreational venues as well as eating establishments, in the heart of downtown Fairfield. Conveniently located directly off I-95 exit 21, the Sportsplex attracts participants from all over Fairfield County.
Sportsplex@Fairfield offers something for everyone. We are a destination location where both adults and children can experience a variety of fun and athletic activities. There are birthday party and corporate team building event options. The Sportsplex@Fairfield is home to many different athletic, training and sports venues.
Quassy Amusement Park
Quassy Amusement Park, is an amusement and waterpark in Middlebury, Connecticut, USA. It has 22 rides on its 20 acres. Quassy is considered "one of the last of the old-time trolley parks." In addition to a variety of fun-filled classic and newer theme park rides, Quassy also has a water park for the whole family to enjoy. We specialize in catering private parties for school, church, camp, sporting & corporate events.
Family-friendly professional baseball right here in Fairfield County! A member of the Liberty Division of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.
Mystic Seaport is the nation's leading maritime history museum whose 19 acre waterfront campus includes a 19th-century seafaring village, tall ships and small boats, exhibit galleries, a renowned planetarium and much more!
Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts
One of the longest-running free outdoor festivals in the nation featuring world-class and family-friendly arts, entertainment & stars!
SportsCenter of Connecticut
A unique family entertainment experience in Shelton with a driving range, mini golf, lazer tag, fun bowl, arcade, batting cages, and the only double-decker ice rink for hockey and public skating. We are a great place for birthday parties!
Hammonasset Beach State Park
Connecticut's largest shoreline park offers over 2 miles of beach to enjoy swimming, strolling along the boardwalk, or just relaxing in the sun and surf.
The mission of the Connecticut Audubon Society is to conserve Connecticut’s environment through science-based education and advocacy focused on the state’s bird populations and their habitats. Locations and resources throughout the state.
Winners in Special CategoriesIn the second part of our survey, we asked readers to select their favorites in six categories. Here were their choices.
Favorite Place to Have Fun INSIDESportsCenter of Connecticut
Favorite Place to Have Fun OUTSIDEConnecticut's Beardsley Zoo
Favorite Kid-Friendly MuseumStepping Stones Museum for Children
Favorite Performing ArtsDowntown Cabaret Theatre
Favorite Kid-Friendly FarmJones Family Farms
Favorite Nature CenterAudubon Society
Favorite Sports TeamBridgeport Bluefish
Favorite Arts EducationSchool of Rock
Favorite Family-Friendly FestivalNorwalk Oyster Festival