Local Activities

The Mansfield Advocates for Children keeps a running calendar of upcoming child-friendly events around the Mansfield area: http://mansfieldadvocatesforchildren.org/index.php/things-to-do/calendar-of-events/

UConn Animal Barns

Visit the University’s cows, sheep, and horses, walk over Horsebarn Hill, and get some ice cream at the Dairy Bar

Mansfield Community Center

Swimming and fitness offerings for children and adults, including an open gym for young children most weekday mornings

 

Many local libraries have a slate of storytimes, programs, and special events for kids of all ages:

Mansfield Public Library

Coventry Public Library

Willington Public Library

Willimantic Public Library

Storrs Center Event Calendar

 

Concerts, plays, annual festival, summer movies, holiday events

Connecticut State Parks and Forests

Hiking, camping, beaches, facilities rentals

Joshua’s Trust

System of land preserves, many with hiking trails or accessible open space

Quester’s Way, Mansfield

Indoor playscape, cafe, classes in science, art, dance, fitness, martial arts

The Adventure Park at Storrs

Outdoor activities and ropes course

UConn 4-H

 

Local Museums for Kids and Families

Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, Storrs Center

Lutz Children’s Museum, Manchester

Kidcity Children’s Museum, Middletown

Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut, Niantic

The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

Connecticut Science Center, Hartford

Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, New Haven

Eric Carle Museum, Amherst MA

Mystic Seaport, Mystic

Mystic Aquarium, Mystic

Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge MA

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

Submarine Force Museum, Groton

 

Playgrounds

Mansfield Community Playground

This playground is just off the UConn campus, behind the Mansfield Community Center

Bicentennial Pond, Mansfield (seasonal)

Patriot’s Park, Coventry

Adam’s Adventure, Tolland

Northwest Park, Manchester

 

Useful blogs, sites with ideas on more activities, especially seasonal fairs, orchards, festivals:

MommyPoppins CT

Out and About Mom

http://placesforkidsct.com/

 

Visit Connecticut’s listing of family-friendly activities: http://www.visitconnecticut.com/state/family-activities/