Top 20 Places to Take Kids in and Around Fairfield County
2017 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.
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.
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.
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.
Family-friendly professional baseball right here in Fairfield County! A member of the Liberty Division of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.
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?
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.
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.
My local library
Of course, the libraries in the Fairfield area are not really ONE place, but MANY places... but it's important to emphasize how valuable libraries are for family learning and fun. The libraries in our area are wonderful about posting their events to the KidsOutAndAbout calendar so you always can get ideas for free things to do with your kids that celebrate education and imagination. KidsOutAndAbout.com takes this opportunity to salute the wonderful children's librarians who serve our community with such dedication.
Woodcock Nature Center
The Woodcock Nature Center has been a private, non-profit source of environmental education since 1972. Our mission is to connect people to the habitats, plants, and animals of southwestern CT through programs that build awareness, nurture understanding, and advance conservation.
The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit 501 (c)(3), and our mission and sense of purpose are fulfilled in our Arts in Education, outreach programs and various series that deal with real teen issues. Audiences have enjoyed performances by entertainers like Roberta Flack, Gregg Allman, Brian Wilson, Herbie Hancock, Melissa Etheridge and more.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Bishop family represents the fine tradition of growing and selling the finest quality native fruits and vegetables.We have everything for your cost conscious meals and family gatherings, from wines and soup, salads, vegetables and fruits to prepared foods, including trays of our most popular dishes! Don't forget cider, meats and of course pies!
Through innovative, quality programs, the YMCA helps strengthen families, aids in the healthy development of children, encourages positive individual behavior and contributes toward a healthier, safe community for all. Our programs build character by emphasizing the values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, fun and friendship.
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 INSIDERockin' Jump
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 CenterStamford Museum & Nature Center
Favorite Sports TeamBridgeport Bluefish
Favorite Arts EducationWestport Arts Center