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What to Do With the Kids Today and Tomorrow?

With school out for several days this week, here are some ideas to keep the kiddies busy.

Branford students aren't as lucky as some neighboring towns – no full week off for February break. In place of a long winter siesta, students have today and tomorrow off. If you're a parent faced with the challenge of keeping the kids occupied, we've got some suggestions and would love to hear yours!

Enjoy the Mild Weather

Head outside to play in the backyard or ride bikes in the driveway. Take advantage of one of our local parks or go hiking–Young's Pond Park has some trails or you can check out Branford Supply Pond with plenty of easy, stroller-friendly trails. Keep the kids busy along the way by creating a list of items for them to find on the trail.

Museums and More

Connecticut has a long list of museums to check out that suit any age range with 153 listed on museumstuff.com. Some of our family favorites are the Peabody Museum in New Haven, Kid City in Middletown and the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport. New Haven Museum is offering a variety of vacation week programs with events running Tuesday, Feb. 21 to Friday, Feb. 24.

The libraries also have several museum passes available that give you free or reduced admission to a dozen different attractions throughout the state including Mystic Aquarium (reduced admission), the Beardsley Zoo (free admission), the Connecticut Science Center (reduced admission), the Discovery Museum (free admission) and more. For a full list of museums and discounts, visit the James Blackstone Memorial Library or the Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library Museum Passes page. 

Get Out and Go

There are so many fun things to do in the area and when school is in session, it's hard to fit some of the fun stuff in. Here are some things that we like to do or places we have been meaning to get to.

  • Ice skating at Northford Ice Pavilion
  • Take in a movie at Regal Cinemas in Branford. Current kid flicks in theaters include The Secret World of Arrietty, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Star Wars: Episode I–The Phantom Menaceand Hugo.
  • Bowl some frames at AMF Bowling Center in East Haven or for a change of pace, try Johnson's Duckpin Lanes in Hamden.
  • Check out Woodbury Ski Area. Despite Connecticut's lack of snow, Woodbury has made plenty and offers, skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing.

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