places for kids ct

Children’s museums are places where children learn through play and exploration in  environments designed just for them. Reflecting their diverse communities, children’s museums create playful, interactive learning experiences. In an increasingly complex world, children’s museums provide a place where all kids can learn through play with the caring adults in their lives.

Here you’ll find a list of children’s museums to take your kids to in Connecticut. Just click on each particular link and it will send you to the museum’s website.


Imagine Nation Children’s Museum 

ScreenHunter_940 Mar. 15 11.46One Pleasant Street
Bristol, CT 06010

Explore a world of wonder and imagination at this hands-on interactive museum for children age 10 and under. The museum features an original, refurbished 1940s soda fountain that serves ice cream cones, sundaes and other treats. In the winter, we also serve hot cocoa! Admission is $10.00 per person. Infants under one are admitted free of charge. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Cedar Island Marina

ScreenHunter_1139 Jun. 04 14.3234 Riverside Drive,

Clinton, Connecticut 06413

Cedar Island Marina is full service family-owned business equipped with numerous amenities including: a service department, ship store, fuel dock, pool, jacuzzi, restaurant, laundry services, free internet and lounge for hosting parties and events.
At Cedar Island Marina, we provide our customers more than just a dock to tie up to. As the largest marina in Clinton Harbor and one of the largest in Connecticut, we pride ourselves on the fact that we offer our boaters an experience similar to a resort. Hours: Mon – Fri: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Sat: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Sun: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Discovery Museum and Planetarium 

energy-exhibit_web2-24450 Park Ave  

Bridgeport, CT 06604

The Discovery Museum is a hands-on, brains-on science and technology center featuring both permanent and traveling exhibits and the Henry B. duPont III Planetarium.

Admission: Child 2 and under FREE Ages 3-17, Student with I.D., Senior Citizen $8 Adults – $9.50

Barnum Museum

recoveryinaction3820 Main St
Bridgeport, CT 06604

The Barnum Museum has three floors of absolutely fascinating exhibits that illustrate the extraordinary life of Phineas Taylor Barnum.

Please note the historic Museum building is closed due to storm damage from the F1 tornado that struck Bridgeport on June 24th, 2010. Recovery in Action! is located in the People’s United Bank Gallery adjacent to the historic building.If you have any questions, please contact or call (203) 331-1104 x 100.Admission to Recovery in Action is free. Suggested donation amounts or nominal admission fees are charged for most programs; please refer to calendar of events for details.

Danbury Railway Museum

ScreenHunter_941 Mar. 15 11.49120 White St

Danbury, CT 06810

 The facility is integrated with the end of the Metro North line to Danbury. There is a mix of toy train exhibits and vintage railroad cars and at least one steam engine.The museum has several model trains that work. A lot of great information about trains and the rail yard in Danbury. There are may trains cars outside you can walk through. There is a mail car with information on how the US Postal Service used trains the deliver mail. GENERAL ADMISSION: Adults: $6 Seniors (62+): $5 Children 3 – 12: $4 Members & visitors under 3, free

Shore Line Trolley Museum 

ScreenHunter_942 Mar. 15 11.4917 River St

East Haven, CT 06512

Ride vintage streetcars through scenic woods and wetlands. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Tickets: Adult (Ages 16 – 61) $10.00 Child (Ages 2-15) $6.00 Senior (Ages 62+) $8.00

ScreenHunter_943 Mar. 15 11.5058 N Rd

East Windsor, CT 06088

Ride aboard authentic trolley cars, unlimited rides, 3 mile trip. Bertinuson Visitors Center complete with trolley related displays, pictures and restored trolley cars. History of trolley cars short film in theater & gift shop. CT Fire Museum with an extensive display of firefighting apparatus on the same grounds and included with admission to trolley museum. Ticket Prices: Adults $8.50 Youth (2-12 years) $5.50 Under age 2 Free Seniors (age 62+) $7.50

ScreenHunter_945 Mar. 15 11.54
67 Main St

Essex, CT 06426

Discover New England’s great river. Climb aboard the world’s first submarine, experience the 1814 British raid on Essex, take a river cruise and get hands-on in history at historic Steamboat Dock. Admission Fees: Members – FREE Adults – $8.00 Seniors – $7.00 Children(6-12) – $5.00 Under age 6 – Free

ScreenHunter_946 Mar. 15 11.56
1073 N Benson Rd

Fairfield, CT 06824

Offers a growing collection of paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and decorative art objects. Housed in Fairfield University’s signature building, Bellarmine Hall.

The BMA is open to the public and free of charge for individuals. Fees for special activities vary. Please consult their calendar for further information.

ScreenHunter_947 Mar. 15 11.57370 Beach Rd

Fairfield, CT 06824

Fairfield Museum and History Center is a museum and library focusing on the history of Fairfield, Connecticut and the greater Fairfield area. Admission: Free for Fairfield Museum Members. Adults: $5, Seniors: $3, Students (6-22): $3 Free for children age 5 and younger.

ScreenHunter_948 Mar. 15 11.58
1 Museum Dr  

Greenwich, CT 06830

Collections in fine and decorative arts, natural science and anthropology, plus festivals, and education programs. Admission: Adults $7.00 Students (5-22 w/ valid ID)  6.00 Seniors (65 & up) $6.00 Museum members and children under 5 Free Free individual admission on Tuesday.

ScreenHunter_949 Mar. 15 12.001 Crystal Lake Rd

Groton, CT 06340

Visitors can board the Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine and experience first hand what it was like to be a member of the crew. The museum documents the development of submarines, from David Bushnell’s Turtle, constructed in 1776 to the Navy’s moder submarines. There are working periscopes, mini-subs, a 71-seat theater, gift shop and a picnic area that has seating for up to 50 people. It is the Navy’s official submarine museum. Admission and park are free, and there is bus and RV parking. Reservations required for groups of 25 or more.

ScreenHunter_950 Mar. 15 12.02915 Whitney Ave

Hamden, CT 06517

The Eli Whitney Museum and Workshop is an experimental learning workshop for students, teachers, and families. Walk-in Projects available during open hours on

Saturday and Sunday. Memberships: $25 per year -Individual $45 per year – Family

ScreenHunter_951 Mar. 15 12.11
250 Columbus Blvd  

Hartford, CT 06103

The Connecticut Science Center, wih 150 hands-on exhibits, a state-of-the-art 3D digital theater, four educational labs, plus daily programs and events, offers endless exploration for every visitor. General Admission: Adult (18+) $19.00 Senior (65+) $16.50 Youth (4-17) $14.00 Movie admission is NOT included, but may be added.

ScreenHunter_952 Mar. 15 12.12211 Murphy Rd

Hartford, CT

 Educational facility, tours and hands-on exhibits on solid waste management and recycling, including the “Temple of Trash;” adjacent to recycle center. And don’t forget to check out our unique line of sustainability-themed souvenirs in the Trash Museum Shop. ADMISSION: $4 per person (free for under age 2).

ScreenHunter_951 Mar. 15 12.19351 Farmington Ave  

Hartford, CT 06105

  historic site that strives to give glimpse into Mark Twain’s life and times, as well as his work. They offer lots of contemporary programming that honors Twain’s legacies in humor, literature, satire, criticism, social commentary and more. Twain (Sam Clemens) lived there with his family for 20 years. Admission: Senior Citizens $14  (ages 65+) Adults $16 (ages 17 – 64) Children  $10 (ages 6 – 16) Under 6 free! Museum only $5 Servants’ Wing Tour: $6 adults -$4 children  ($4 if purchased with the Main House Tour)

ScreenHunter_952 Mar. 15 12.2080 Whitehall Rd

Litchfield, CT 06759

 Nature Center and Museum located on the 4,000 acres White Memorial Foundation in Litchfield and Morris, Connecticut.

ADMISSION TO THE MUSEUM: Adults: $6.00 Children Ages 6 – 12: $3.00 Children Under 6 years: Free Members: Free

ScreenHunter_786 Jan. 02 19.58247 S Main St

Manchester, CT 06040

Every visit is exciting because the exhibits change frequently and special programs are offered daily. Most exhibits and activities are designed for children aged two through ten and their families. ADMISSION: $6.00 – Adults and Children Free – Members and Infants (Under One Year)

ScreenHunter_953 Mar. 15 12.22110 Pequot Trail

Mashantucket, CT 06338

The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center Offers engaging experiences for all ages, from life-size walk-through dioramas that transport visitors into the past, to changing exhibits and live performances of contemporary arts and culture. Admissions: Adults (age 19 to 54) – $20 Seniors (55 & Older) – $15 Children (6-18) – $12 Children under 6 – Free

ScreenHunter_954 Mar. 15 12.23119 Washington St  

Middletown, CT 06457

 Whimsical, one-of-a-kind rooms filled with hands-on play and learning, for kids ages 1 to 8 and their grown-ups.

ADMISSION: $8.00 – Adults and Children Free – Infants (Under One Year)

ScreenHunter_955 Mar. 15 12.2730 High St  

New Britain, CT 06051

Non-profit educational facility with animal exhibits and nature to explore all around. Natural science programs and classes for children are held throughout the school year. A number of special events for the public are also held all year. Inside, animals, such as ferrets, exotic birds, snakes, fish and more, are exhibited. Outside, you will find the barnyard animals, such as goats, ducks, geese, wild turkeys, chickens and owls. Some of the animals were rescued and need rehabilitation. The museum is open to the public, and you are able to take self-guided tours around the museum and nature trail. Admission: FREE

ScreenHunter_956 Mar. 15 12.2822 Wall St

New Haven, CT

Interactive, innovative and inclusive museum with hands-on exhibits, observation bee hive, the Great Green Room from Goodnight Moon, and a post office. The Connecticut Children’s Museum building houses three programs, interwoven in purpose and philosophy: Creating Kids Child Care Center, Creating Curriculum Child Care Provider Training Program and the Connecticut Children’s Museum itself. Each is inspired by the Theory of Multiple Intelligences, articulated by Harvard psychologist, Howard Gardner. This is a rich and resourceful, cutting edge educational theory, which recognizes the multiplicity of children’s intelligences and honors the different ways children learn. Admission: $7.50

ScreenHunter_957 Mar. 15 12.29170 Whitney Ave  

New Haven, CT 06511

Head to the third floor and work your way down. Up at the top are dioramas with stuffed animals in various environments: bighorn sheep, Alaskan brown bears, bison, and musk oxen. On the same floor is a small but illuminating collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts. The second floor doesn’t hold much of general interest, but down on the first is a “bestiary” of large stuffed animals, which leads logically into the Great Hall of Dinosaurs. Guided tours are offered Saturday and Sunday at noon and 1pm. Admission Fees: $9.00 Adults $8.00 Senior citizens 65 years and over $5.00 Children ages 3 through 18, College students with ID $4.00 Group admission* The museum offers free individual admission on Thursday afternoons from 2:00 to 5:00 pm during the months of September to June. Groups of 8 or more require advance reservations.

ScreenHunter_958 Mar. 15 12.29409 Main St  

Niantic, CT 06357

 Hands-on interactive museum for children ages one to 12. Indoor and outdoor exhibits and programs cover the science, arts, literacy, culture, history, safety, health. Live critters. ADMISSION* Children (from age 1) and adults = $7 per person

ScreenHunter_959 Mar. 15 12.30303 West Ave  

Norwalk, CT 06850

 Play is serious business at Stepping Stones Museum for Children. Come see our simply amazing museum!

Admission: Adults $15 Children $15 Children under 1 FREE Seniors (over 62) $10 Members FREE Get Into It! FREE Free admission the first Thursday of every month 5:00 – 8:00 pm

ScreenHunter_961 Mar. 15 12.3196 Lyme St  

Old Lyme, CT 06371

At the Florence Griswold House, ask for a Scavenger Hunt sheet, with a list of objects to find in each room. The objects tell the story of the Museum so families can learn about the famous artists who lived in the house over one hundred years ago. Return the sheet to the front desk for a prize! ADMISSION: $10 Adults $9 Seniors $8 Students Free to visitors 12 and under

ScreenHunter_962 Mar. 15 12.3239 Scofieldtown Rd  

Stamford, CT 06903

118 woodland acres; includes New England working farm, hiking trails, picnic area, playground, boardwalk, galleries, interactive displays, special events, gift shop, planetarium and observatory. Admission: Adults: $10 Seniors (65+): $8 Students (18+): $6 (with valid ID) Children (4-17) $5 Members – Free Children 3 and under: Free Those holding bus passes or bus transfer tickets are admitted free.

ScreenHunter_882 Feb. 10 16.1375 Greenmanville Ave  

Mystic, CT 06355 

The Museum Of America And The Sea Founded in 1929, Mystic Seaport is the nation’s leading maritime museum featuring tall ships, historic landmarks, a re-created 19th-century village, exhibits, a planetarium and a maritime art gallery. Admission: Adult (18-64)$24 Senior (65 +)$22 Youth (6-17)$15 College Student, w/ID $22 Children (5 and under) Free!

ScreenHunter_964 Mar. 15 12.34950 Trout Brook Drive

West Hartford, Connecticut 06119

The Children’s Museum offers over 100 live animals, hands-on science and nature exhibits, out-of-this-world digital planetarium shows, and educational programs for children, families and groups. Admssion: Adults $14.75 (Regular Planetarium Show Included) Children (2-12) $13.75 (Under Age 2 Free) (Regular Planetarium Show Included) Seniors (63+) $13.75 (Regular Planetarium Show Included) Members of The Children’s Museum Free General Admission (Regular Planetarium Show Included) Premium Planetarium Show $3.50 With Paid and TCM Member Admission

ScreenHunter_965 Mar. 15 12.3510 Woodside Ln  

Westport, CT 06880 

Earthplace maintains a 62 acre wildlife sanctuary with trails, contains an interactive natural history museum, houses live wildlife for public viewing and hosts many public nature programs and events. Other activities include a state-licensed preschool and summer camp, a wildlife rehabilitation program, and the Harbor Watch/River Watch water quality testing program. Admission: $7 adults & children over 12 $5 children 1-12 yrs & seniors Members free Grounds Open Daily 7 AM – Dusk Admission to grounds free

ScreenHunter_966 Mar. 15 12.3636 Perimeter Rd  

Windsor Locks, CT 06096

 Largest aviation museum in the northeastern United States 80 aircraft featured in three display buildings, exhibits, children’s activities, films, gift shop. Admission: Adults 12 & Up $12.00 Children 4-11 $6.50 3 & Under Free Seniors 65 & Up $11.00


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