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What’s not to love about Trumbull. It has the small town feel which families love (mine especially) and yet it is close to many other great cities! When my husband and I started looking for a home we wanted a small town feel, great school system, reasonable commute and decently priced housing. We also took into consideration night life and activities for families. Trumbull hits all of these and was our only consideration when looking at houses. Although we lack night life in town, there are PLENTY of near by options to enjoy some adult time without the kiddos. Here is my list of favorites, in no specific order!
The YMCA is a fantastic place to go whether you are looking to work out, get healthy, find a program for your kids, or simply catch a break in the lobby. My favorite thing about the Y has to be the child care. My children look forward to going into child care simply because they get to play and the women that are in there are AMAZING! They know my kids by name, welcome them with hugs and ease fears when separation anxiety may be coming out. I am able to work out and focus on me (for a little while) and not worry about my kids!
2. Santa & The Long Hill Fire Department
This is a tradition that so many people look forward to every holiday season! Families are welcome to make a reservation in person or call on Halloween night to book their fire truck visit! The volunteers at the firehouse work endlessly to make all residents happy, and fit in as many visits as possible from Thanksgiving weekend to Christmas Eve!
The thrill of having Santa arrive on a beautifully decorated fire truck blaring Christmas music will make any aged kid get excited! Santa delivers gifts to each child at each stop (prearranged by parents of course) and hands them out by name! Santa takes pictures with everyone and offers Christmas wishes as he rides away! It is one of my family’s favorite Christmas traditions!
3. Rail Trail
The trail is a great place for anyone of any age! The trail is a great place to run, walk, ride bikes, take pictures or simply wander in the woods. The Trumbull portion begins on Tait Road, with plenty of parking. The three mile stretch goes to Whitney Road and continues through Old Mine Park into Monroe. They are extending the trail as well past Tait Rd into Bridgeport towards the Beardsley Zoo.
Trumbull Pharmacy is an amazing addition to Trumbull! This family owned pharmacy has been open for about two years! They deliver (for free), are always quick, and have a drive through pick up window! They are one of the few drive through businesses in Trumbull, therefore a great resource for moms on the go!
The pharmacist will give you his cell phone number to text pictures of prescriptions and insurance cards to make the whole process a breeze! I had to fill a prescription for both of my kids after they had tubes put in (on the same day) and was warned by my ENT that the cost would be pretty high. I pulled up, waiting to hear the bad news, only to be greeted by one of the pharmacists that they had found a coupon code online and reduced my cost by half! You certainly wouldn’t find that at any of the chain pharmacies!
5. Twin Brooks Park
This town park is a great spot for kids to play! The playground is great for many ages and will keep kids busy for quite awhile. There is also a separate area for swings, including a compassion swing that allows you to swing with a younger child or two at a time. The park is also a great place to have a picnic on the fields or in the pavilions. The trails around the park are great for running or walking.
A great addition to the small amount of restaurants that Trumbull has to offer. Their menu changes every season and yet keeps the customers’ favorites all year round. The bar is open and spacious having signature drink offerings as well as your regular favorites. The outdoor patio is a great space in the summer and fall as well. This spot is hard to find if you don’t know where it is, but a favorite with the locals!
Plasko’s Farm has been a family run farm in Trumbull for many years. They offer seasonal activities for families as well as a new (and might I add amazing) creamery! In the fall they have a corn maze, pumpkins, a small market, and of course their delicious apple cider donuts. Don’t worry, the donuts are offered year round! They also have a scarecrow building day complete with supplies for each family! In addition to these great activities, there is a small farm stand offering vegetables and local fruit.
8. Beaches Park
Beaches’ pool is a great spot in the summer for families! The pool has a gradual entrance for swimmers to walk in. This area is great for little ones to splash and play without the stress for mom. The pool is sectioned by depth and very well supervised by town employed lifeguards! We have spent many an afternoon at the pool beating the heat. In addition to the pool Beaches Park offers a sprinkler park with a picnic area surrounding it. If kids weren’t tired enough from the pool or sprinklers, a smaller playground and swings are there as well for all to enjoy!
Trumbull has a town sponsored preschool also known as TECEC. This program is unique because they offer a few different programs to fit our resident needs. The most popular program that they offer is their PIP or preschool integration program. This program is offered for 3 & 4 year old children in Trumbull. The program consists of regular education students and special education students working collaboratively in the classrooms with certified teachers!
TECEC also offers a Headstart Program, a Special Educational Program and a Specialized Resource Program. The entire staff at TECEC is simply amazing and the children that emerge from this school are more than prepared for Kindergarten. Mr. Matt Wheeler the principal has been with TECEC for at least a decade and gives his all for each and every family that enters the building! In addition to the staff, the parents are also very involved in daily school activities and fundraisers to further support the classrooms.
This newer boutique offers all sorts of wonderful home items, gifts and clothing. The space has been described as “colorful, fun, and filled with fashions and discoveries we believe are unique to the area.” Pure Poetry also features local artists and vendors. It is very tempting to make many purchases any time I go in there! All of their items change with the season and are reasonably priced! If you need a unique gift for any occasion, this is the place to visit!
There you have it! Trumbull, home to approximately 36,000 citizens has the small town feel with many great options and opportunities for families. I love raising my children here because of the people we have met and couldn’t picture our “home” anywhere else.
Have you visited Trumbull? Do you live here? What do you love about it?
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