Favorite field trips homeschooled kids really love, and recommend to families in CT.
Day Trips in Connecticut
Listed here are various website links that focus on family friendly trips to take in CT, as well as other area events. The sites may be helpful for spontaneous day-trip planning, or for more organized, planned ahead event ideas. The primary focus on this list, is for happenings in eastern Connecticut. From CT CHEER.
Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration
With a diverse range of age-specific educational programs and engaging tours, we welcome students of all ages to discover and learn about the wonders of our ocean planet. 55 Coogan Blvd., Mystic, (860) 572-5955
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
Explore the marine life and maritime culture of Long Island Sound. Watch sharks, jellies, sea turtles, and more than 1,000 other marine animals. 10 North Water St., Norwalk, (203) 852-0700
Quassy Amusement Park
The “Quassy Classroom” will be the site of three different workshops geared toward grades three and up, and the park will also schedule physics and history tours. Lake Quassapaug, Rt. 64 – Middlebury, CT 06762, 1-800-FOR-PARK
The Children’s Museum
Offers hands-on fun with science and nature for younger children and families. 950 Trout Brook Drive, West Hartford, CT. (860) 231-2824.
Imagine Nation Children’s Museum
A hands-on, interactive children’s museum best suited for ages 2 to 10. Workshops for young people. 1 Pleasant Street, Bristol, CT, (860) 314-1400.
Kid City Children’s Museum
A place where kids and their grown-ups play pretend together, using their imagination and having fun. 119 Washington St., Middletown, CT. (860) 347-0495.
Lutz Children’s Museum
A multi-faceted museum for children to explore culture, history, and the natural sciences through internal and external exhibits, programs, and experiences. 247 South Main Street, (rte. 83), Manchester, CT. (860) 643-0949.
Stepping Stones Museum for Children
An award-winning children’s museum where children ages 10 and under can explore a variety of exhibits and activities that inspire an understanding of the world around them. Mathews Park, 303 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850, (203) 899-0606.
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Connecticut Renaissance Faire
Held in September and October each year. Has a special free day just for kids. Putnam CT 06260.
Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center
See it with your eyes. Feel it in your heart. Life-size walk-through dioramas that transport visitors into the past, to changing exhibits and live performances of contemporary arts and cultures. 110 Pequot Trail, Mashantucket, CT 06338, (860) 396-6945.
Submarine Force Museum
Located on the Thames River in Groton, Connecticut, maintains the world’s finest collection of submarine artifacts. It is the only submarine museum operated by the United States Navy. Tour the Nautilus, the first atomic submarine. 800-343-0079.
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The Genius Museum
The Genius Museum is a village of progress! Take a historic walk and discover a timeless town displaying the rapid transformation of American technology over two centuries, along with the Geniuses who created it all! Our Steam Engine Exhibit is part of your journey through the Genius Museum. We have push-pull steam engines, a steam-powered log splitter, steam bells from locomotives and much much more! This is part of Nature’s Art Village and also has The Dinosaur Place, Copper Creek Mini Golf and more!
Xperiment Virtual Reality
Xperiment Virtual reality arcades are now in most major cities in the U.S. and worldwide, allowing visitors to play games and have immersive experiences in new and innovative ways. We can enrich your curriculum in new and exciting ways using the newest technology has to offer. Depending on the age group and curriculum, we can cater an experience that works for you! As an example you can choose experiences ranging from, engineering, anatomy, physics, astronomy, regions, digital art, and more. You tell us what you have in mind and we can design an experience to meet your educational goals. Email: [email protected] Call: 203-502-8005
Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
From Egyptian mummies to saber-toothed cats to the once mighty dinosaurs – you can find it all. 170 Whitney Avenue (street address), Box 208118, New Haven, CT 06520-8118, (203) 432-3738
Connecticut Science Center
With 150 hands-on exhibits, a state-of-the-art 3D digital theater, four educational labs, plus daily programs and events, the Connecticut Science Center offers endless exploration for children, teens, and adults. From physics to forensics, geology to astronomy, visitors have the sciences at their fingertips. 250 Columbus Blvd.,Hartford, (860) 724-3623