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Free Indoor Activities in Fairfield County

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When the weather is too cold (or, too hot) to be outside, it doesn’t take long before my family comes down with “cabin fever.” Whether it’s a weekday or weekend, here are some of our favorite (free!) places to visit:

Barnes & Noble – Stamford or Westport

Barnes & Noble has always been one of our favorite destinations. We like to make a quick stop at Starbucks (in-store), before we make our way to the children’s section. Both stores have train tables, and if you time your visit right, you can attend story time on Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. *Danbury also has a Barnes and Noble, with story time on Saturdays at 11:00 a.m., but they are a smaller store without a train table or Starbucks.

The Malls – Stamford, Danbury, and Trumbull

The Stamford Town CenterDanbury Fair Mall, and Westfield Trumbull mall have soft play areas, perfect for toddlers and pre-schoolers, located in their food courts. If you don’t mind leaving CT for NY, the Westchester Mall is home to our favorite play place with interactive play stations (soft play area, magnetic tile table, floor piano, and more!).

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Playing at the Westchester Mall

Bruce Museum

The Bruce Museum in Greenwich offers free admission to all on Tuesdays, which is the same day they host Bruce Beginnings (tours and activities for ages 3-5), beginning at 11:oo a.m., and held again at 1:00 p.m. 

StoryTime at the Mill River Park Carousel

The Mill River Park Carousel hosts StoryTime Sundays from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. StoryTime is free, but then there is a small fee for carousel rides, just $2 per person. The Carousel’s winter hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


We’ll gladly visit libraries across Fairfield County to enjoy their children’s programming, play areas (toys, puzzles, and games), and large selection of books. Did you know? If you have a valid CT library card, you are able to check-out books from other libraries through the borrowIT CT program.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Earthplace, Discovery Museum*

*Locations may vary

These are just a few of the many places that we can borrow passes to from my local library. Most Fairfield County libraries offer free or discounted admission to local museums and attractions, just ask! 

Looking for more indoor ideas? Check out Abby’s round-up of Indoor Play Spaces in Fairfield County.

Where are your family’s favorite free indoor activities in Fairfield County?  

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