Since becoming a mother almost eight years ago, it seems I am always on a quest to find kid-friendly places that delight and entertain my wee ones. That’s all fine and dandy, but what about us moms? Shouldn’t we be able to find our own paradise of sorts as we trek across Fairfield County? It may not appear this way, but there is Zen to be found amongst the endless list of playgrounds, kiddie rooms, museums, etc. that are on our summer bucket lists. Here are my top 5 picks:
Jelly Fish Tank at the Maritime Aquarium, Norwalk, CT
Somewhere between vying for a seated spot to watch feeding time with the seals and drying off the kiddos after manhandling the manta rays, do yourself a favor and go and visit the jellyfish tank. This dark, cool, quiet spot is perfect for a few moments of meditation or to sit with a napping babe. Insider tip: Visit in the afternoon, once camps are gone for the day and toddlers are napping.
Ice-Cream with a View, Stratford, Norwalk, Milford, Shelton, and Newtown
Ice-cream is yummy, but add a delicious view and it is even better. (Sorry, Peachwave, sometimes this mama needs more than an orange couch). If I’m craving some beach time I love to grab a cup at Marnicks in Stratford and walk on the sea wall or get a Tornado at Mr. Frosty’s in Norwalk. Also, just a little beyond the FC in Milford is Walnut Beach Creamery. If I want cows and farmland as my scenery, Wells Hollow Creamery in Shelton or Ferris Acres Creamery in Newtown offer me just that. Insider Tip: Ferris Acres ice-cream may be one of the best tasting ice-creams in Connecticut.
Jones Family Farm Summer Wine Down, Shelton, CT
With the beautiful fields as our backdrop this is the perfect way to end the week. Live music = entertainment for the kids and with a glass of wine in my hand I have found my happy place. Insider Tip: Check out the indoor play area inside the winery!
Stepping Stones Multimedia Gallery, Norwalk, CT
You all might think I’m crazy with this one, but I have fond memories of seeking solace from many a sweltering afternoon in this room. As my oldest was blissfully doing yoga and my youngest was peacefully sleeping, I sat on the nicely chilled bleachers and felt like I finally had a moment to catch my breath and just be. Insider Tip: If your children are under the age of 5, invest in the museum pass – it pays for itself in about two visits or so.
Sherwood Island, Westport, CT
This is one of my favorite beaches in Connecticut. With minimal crowds and gorgeous, panoramic views of the Sound, I almost always feel like this special place is our best kept secret. Insider Tip: No need to pay the parking fee. Borrow the State Park pass from the library and get in for free.
Amidst the cries for more snacks or five more minutes on the playground, us mommies need a little moment of Zen to get us through these long summer days.
Where are your go-to places for some mom-friendly enjoyment?