Free (or nearly free) Summer activities

YOU NO LONGER NEED A PARK PASS TO CT STATE PARKS IF YOU ARE A RESIDENT. SIMPLY SHOW YOUR DRIVERS LICENSE WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT THE PARK. Nearby parks include, Rocky Neck State Park, Harkness Memorial State Park, Chatfield Hollow & Hammonassett State Park.

The PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN THE AREA offer discounted admission to many local attractions, such as zoos, museums, etc. VISIT THE RECEPTION DESK AT A LOCAL LIBRARY FOR MORE INFORMATION.

LIBRARIES IN THIS AREA INCLUDE THE Westbrook Public Library, Henry Carter Hull Library [Clinton], Acton Library [Old Saybrook], Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library [Old Lyme], Essex Public Library

Summer Meals for Kids and Teens: July 2nd-JULY 27th from 11:30-12:30 p.m. (Monday-Thursday) at DAISY INGRAHAM ELEMENTARY (105 GOODSPEED DRIVE), open to all children, 18 and younger. FREE. NO QUESTIONS ASKED. NO ENROLLMENT NEEDED.

$1 Night at Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut (Niantic): Every first Friday of the month from 4:30-close, pay $1/person to play at the Children’s museum.

Local Beaches: Harvey’s Beach (Old Saybrook), Westbrook Town Beach

Local Lakes: Viney Hill Brook Park (Essex), Cedar Lake (Chester), Uncas Lakes (off route 156 between Lyme & Old Lyme), CHATFIELD HOLLOW (MADISON)

Local Playgrounds: Westbrook Playground (behind the firehouse), Essex Playground (across from library), Trask Park with splash pad in Old Saybrook  (on Trask Rd), Town Woods Park (Old Lyme), CROSS LANE PLAYGROUND (OLD LYME)

Saybrook Mini Golf at Saybrook Point: $5/round, Mondays: $3 for children (11 a.m.-4 p.m.), Wednesdays: $3 Seniors (11 a.m.-4 p.m.)

Library Story Hours:

-Westbrook Public Library: Wednesdays in July at 10 a.m. on the Westbrook Town Beach

-Essex Library:Thursdays at 10 a.m. JUly 5th-Aug 2nd

-Henry Carter Hull Library (Clinton): programs everyday, visit  for more information

-Acton Library (Old Saybrook): check website for updates,

Ray of Light, East Haddam: small non-profit farm, FREE admission
Summer Concert Series on the Green:



Hiking Trails:

Devil's Hopyard, East Haddam

Rocky Neck State Park, East Lyme

Edgewood Park, New Haven

Cockaponset State Forest, Chester/Haddam

Gillette Castle State Park, East Haddam

Out and About Mom, also provides a list of kid friendly hiking trails:

Dinosaur State Park, West St., Rocky Hill: One of the largest dinosaur track sites in North America. Surrounding their exhibit center is more than two miles of nature trails and the Arboretum.

Yale Planetarium: FREE for children under 13 years, every Tuesday night they present planetarium shows, and, if the skies are clear, they open up their telescopes for public viewing of stars, planets, and nebulae.

Lenny & Joe’s Carousel-Madison: $1.50/ride and benefits charity, grab a bite while your their too!

Feed the ducks at the head of Main St., Essex. CT

Kids Workshops at Home Depot-Waterford: Free workshop where your kids can complete real woodworking projects, like a piggy bank or bird feeder.

Play Area at the Crystal Mall-Waterford: Enjoy this free indoor playspace just outside of The Christmas Tree Shops, across from Old Navy
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