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 is one of our favorite destinations. I like to make a quick stop for a tall soy latte at Starbucks (in-store), before we make our way to the train table. If you time your visit right, you can also attend story time: Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11AM in Stamford or Tuesdays and Saturdays at 11AM in Westport. *Danbury also has a Barnes and Noble, with story time on Wednesdays at 10AM and Saturdays at 11AM, but they are a smaller store without a train table or Starbucks.
This past Fall, attending FCMB’s Library Hops was the perfect opportunity for my daughters and I to visit libraries across Fairfield County, and 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.
The Malls – Stamford, Danbury, and Trumbull
The Stamford Town Center and Danbury Fair Mall both have soft play areas, perfect for toddlers and pre-schoolers, located in their food courts. The Westfield Trumbull mall has two, but we have yet to play there. If you don’t mind leaving CT for NY, the Westchester Mall recently opened our new favorite play place with interactive play stations (soft play area, magnetic tile table, floor piano, and more!).
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 11AM, and held again at 1PM. While visiting, families can also ask to borrow a “Bruce Moose Activity Pack” to explore the museum.
The grounds of New Canaan’s Grace Farms are so beautiful, that it’s a shame not to explore the outdoors, but they do also offer family-friendly indoor programming, especially on Saturdays. Older children can watch the Family Movie Matinee at 12:30 or 2:30, and my younger children have enjoyed the Bunny Book Group on the third Saturday of every month, at 2:30. If you’re hungry, The Commons is delicious and really reasonably priced.
Looking for more indoor ideas? Check out Abby’s round-up of Indoor Play Spaces in Fairfield County.