UPDATED JUNE 2014: Find fun summer activities for kids in Fairfield County, CT. Use our guide to find kids classes, Fairfield County summer camps, summer programs, activities near Fairfield County, and family excursions close by. Summer activities in Greenwich, Stamford, Westport, New Canaan and the rest of Fairfield County, CT are easy to find.
ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
HOWE CAVERNS ADVENTURE PARK
255 Discovery Drive, Howes Cave
Discover Howe Caverns, New York’s second-most-visited natural attraction! Descend below the Earth’s surface to see the largest show cave in the Northeast. Enjoy a comfortable, 90-minute guided tour, including an underground boat ride. Or get ready to say “Howe Fun” at Howe High Adventure Park, offering a four-tower, 40-foot high zip line, ropes course, air jumper, rock wall, and 1,100-foot wet-and-wild ride in the 12-foot H2OGO Ball! Experience the HC Mining Company for gem and fossil mining, geode cutting, and jewelry making. Motel, café, sweet shop, and shopping on property.
LEGOLAND® DISCOVERY CENTER WESTCHESTER
Westchester's Ridge Hill, 39 Fitzgerald Street, Yonkers
Welcome to one of Westchester's top kids attractions and one of the world's biggest boxes of LEGO® bricks! Explore LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester and see New York's top landmarks made out of Lego bricks, learn secrets from the Master Model Builder, experience our indoor soft play, and score big on our LEGO rides. Ideal for children ages 3-10, LEGOLAND Discovery Center is perfect for families of the biggest LEGO fans! With 15 different attractions all included in the admission price, purchasing tickets online is the only way to guarantee entry to the center, as tickets are limited. We look forward to welcoming you!
QUASSY AMUSEMENT PARK
Lake Quassapaug, Route 64 (2132 Middlebury Road), Middlebury
Quassy Amusement and Water Park in Middlebury. Affordable family fun with expanded Splash Away Bay waterpark. Conquer the award-winning Wooden Warrior roller coaster, as well as other thrill and family rides. Two kiddieland areas for youngsters. All-day wristbands (less than $25 each) or individual ride tickets available. Group rates, birthday parties, catered events, entertainment. For more information, visit quassy.com or call 800-FOR-PARK (367-7275).
ROCKING HORSE RANCH RESORT
600 State Route 44/55, Highland
Rocking Horse Ranch Resort is your family’s all-inclusive summer getaway! Located just 90 minutes from New York City, Rocking Horse Ranch is the summer adventure your family will never forget. Experience unlimited horseback riding, Big Splash Indoor Water Park, and our private lake featuring water skiing (instruction and equipment included), paddle boating, and Big Banana Boat Rides. Enjoy delicious all-you-can-eat meals including our famous summer family BBQ and nightly entertainment. Book now. Kids Stay Free offer for a limited time. Visit rockinghorseranch.com for more information.
THE ADVENTURE PARK AT DISCOVERY MUSEUM
4450 Park Ave., Bridgeport
The Adventure Park at The Discovery Museum features zip lines and challenge crossings between tree platforms. Perfect on your own, or with friends and family, and great for birthday parties and groups. Children ages 5 and older. Choose from eleven different color-coded trails from “beginner” (easier and lower to the ground) to advanced. Summer hours: open weekdays beginning in June, weekends and day or night for groups and parties. Visit discoverytrees.org.
PROGRAMS & CLASSES
BRAIN BALANCE ACHIEVEMENT CENTER OF NORWALK
15 Cross St., Norwalk
49 W. Allendale Ave.
Allendale, NJ 07401
Are you looking for a summer program to give your child a head start into the next school year? If so, our Brain Balance Program™ can help. We work with families affected by ADD, learning disabilities, Dyslexia, Tourette syndrome, and spectrum disorders. The program is entirely drug-free, and uses a winning combination of physical, nutritional, and cognitive activities to enhance your child's performance in the classroom and beyond. The Brain Balance Program forms effective neural pathways that improve attention and focus and academic performance, reduce negative behaviors, and improve social skills and interaction.
Redding (Georgetown) campus
20 Portland Ave.
11 Burr Road
Join us this summer as we transform our play areas for summer fun! We have shade tents, grass carpeting, new sensory tables, painting walls, and soft-surface play areas. We’ll enjoy arts and crafts, water play, a bouncy castle, and fun games. In our Thrilling Threes and Fantastic Fours & Fives, activities and crafts will center around weekly themes including sea exploration, cooking, art, animals, and more! Run by our veteran Landmark teaching staff, Camp Landmark hours are 9am-2pm daily; you choose the best 3-, 4- or 5-day schedule for your preschooler.
CHELSEA PIERS CONNECTICUT
Chelsea Piers’ summer sports camps provide world-class facilities, expert instruction, and the most exciting sports curriculum available—all under one roof! Campers choose from soccer, hockey, skating, squash, tennis, gymnastics, lacrosse, swimming, basketball, volleyball, and multi-sport and two-sport combo camps. In addition to full-day camps, Chelsea Piers offers half-day preschool camps for its younger athletes. Camps start June 16 and run through Aug. 29. Save when you enroll your family in three or more weeks.
CURTAIN CALL, INC.
1349 Newfield Ave., Stamford
Box Office: 203-461-6358
Curtain Call is the nonprofit, theatrical production company in residence at The Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, providing year-round performances and educational programs. Classes are offered after school, evenings, and weekends for kids, teens, and adults. Summer is a time for kids to “act out”…and what better way than in Curtain Call’s Summerstock—full-day workshop programs for ages 6-16, (June 23-Aug. 15), and our Summer Youth Theatre production of The Music Man for kids entering fourth grade through age 21 (June 14-Oct. 17). Our professional facilities and experienced faculty provide the perfect environment.
EAGLE HILL - SOUTHPORT
214 Main St., Southport
Children can lose momentum when they are away from school during the summer. Many need ongoing remedial assistance to maintain their progress, and the summer programs at Eagle Hill-Southport can help. Students ages 6-14 are immersed in programs that are dynamic and fun. A 4:1 student/staff ratio allows for individualized instruction tailored to each child’s skill level and specific learning style. The five-week morning program runs from 8:15am-12:15pm. Additionally, two-week workshops are provided to bolster reading, writing, math, and study skills.
FLASH POINTE DANCE
1657 Post Road, Fairfield
Summer camp is a great way to sample a variety of dance styles with a minimum commitment. Our camps are designed to give the dancers a taste of several dance styles, and each session will be a new experience with changes in instructors and choreography each week. Additionally, we offer our Summer Intensives Tuesday and Thursday evenings for more advanced dancers, designed to keep them at top performance levels. Summer Intensives are paid for with class cards—use them as needed so you can still enjoy some getaway time this summer.
GREENWICH RACQUET CLUB
1 River Road, Cos Cob
Greenwich Racquet Club’s Summer Tennis Sports Camp is primarily tennis, but also includes indoor basketball and soccer. The camp encourages development of tennis skills including ball control, movement,and positioning. Two week sessions, Monday-Friday, June 23-Aug. 29 (one week sessions are also available). Our program follows USTA QuickStart Tennis guidelines using slower, lighter balls, smaller racquets, and shorter court size tailored to the age/size of the child. This format was designed to help children find success from their very first swing!
GYMNASTICS AND CHEERLEADING ACADEMY OF CONNECTICUT
85 Mill Plain Road, Fairfield
Here at the Gymnastics and Cheerleading Academy of CT (GCAC), we offer 10 themed weeks of summer camp! You can choose from gymnastics, parkour, or combination (gymnastics, cheerleading, dance, and parkour). Half Days from 9am-12pm; Full Days from 9am-3:30pm; Early Fun starts at 8am; Extended Day is until 5:30pm. All of our action-packed, themed weeks are different in their own way, from dressing up as your desired Disney princess to flipping in a harness, or even challenging your favorite coach to a tug-of-war contest!
HOLIDAY HILL DAY CAMP
43 Candee Road, Prospect
Holiday Hill is a paradise of country surroundings with more than 200 acres of meadows, woodlands, and lake area. It is also noted for resort-like facilities that are not at all typical of the average day camp. Our trained, certified staff members teach fun and varied activities. The small counselor to camper ratio encourages the development of diverse skills by working in small, intimate groups and encouraging each camper. Learning to take risks is an important part of growth and development. Holiday Hill provides a safe, comfortable environment for children to take that extra step toward making them more confident.
2 East Ave., Larchmont
43 Tokeneke Road, Darien
Also at your school. Ask us how!
LinguaKids® offers French, Chinese, and Spanish classes for children from 6 months old. LinguaKids®’ teachers are friendly, energetic, native speakers who completely immerse the children in the language and the culture. The curriculum is made of many fun activities, which are effective tools when learning a foreign language. Chinese classes are organized in collaboration with the Confucius Institute at SUNY College of Optometry. Kids can also learn playing guitar in Spanish. Linguakids® is offering Fall and Spring sessions (17 weeks each) and summer camp, starting the last week of June.
MUSIC TOGETHER OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY
76 Walbin Court, Fairfield
Interested in making music with your young child this summer? Nurture your child's natural enthusiasm for music and movement by registering for Music Together classes! Music Together is an innovative, thoroughly researched approach to music and movement, committed to helping families and caregivers discover the pleasure and educational value of informal musical experiences. Young children's musical growth occurs best in a playful, musically rich, and developmentally appropriate setting, free of direct instruction and fun for both children and adults.
NEXT DIMENSION GYMNASTICS
25 Lindeman Drive, Trumbull
Next Dimension Gymnastics offers 9 weeks of gymnastics camps. Each week has a different theme. We are fully licensed by the state of Connecticut for our summer camp programs. Each gymnast receives a free Next Dimension Gymnastics Camp T-shirt! Your child will have a great time playing games, making crafts, jumping in our inflatables, rock climbing, and of course, doing lots of gymnastics. The fun begins at 9am and ends at 4pm daily. We also offer a free 8:30am drop-off if needed.
THE TUTORING CENTER
5 River Road, Wilton
The Tutoring Center is the only after-school learning center that physically increases concentration, attention span, and focus. We use a unique method, along with intensive one-to-one instruction, to increase your child’s concentration and academic skills. We offer programs for grades Pre-K to 12 in reading, writing, math, algebra, geometry, study skills, homework, CMT/PSAT/SAT/ACT test preparation, and more. Our individualized programs start with a diagnostic assessment and test consultation. We guarantee results, and there are absolutely no contracts. Call, email, or visit us for additional information.
UNITED INDOOR SOCCER
176 Linwood Ave, Fairfield
105 Raton Drive, Milford
UIS Summer Programs are a great way for your child to grow in the sport he or she loves. We offer an introduction to a variety of sports, with soccer as the main focus. Our camps are indoors, making them ideal on hot or rainy days. Our facilities are air conditioned, well ventilated, and are equipped with plenty of fans to boot! Ages 4-12 can choose from: Best of 3 Sport Camp, Recreational Camp, and Soccer Mania Camp; ages 3-4 can choose Mini Me Camp; and ages 3½-5 can choose Fun Time @ UIS. Call, stop by, or visit our website.
WESTBROOK NATURE SCHOOL
7 Long Ridge Road, West Redding
Let your child discover the wonders of nature this summer on six beautiful acres during Westport Nature School’s Summer Program for children ages 3 to 7. June 16-20: Woodland Wonders featuring tracking, fishing, fire-building without matches, adventuring games, campfire cooking. June 23-27: Mud Pies and Butterflies featuring organic gardening, woodworking, traditional games, water play, and herbal-remedy making. Each session will include circle time, storytelling, singing, arts and crafts, nature walks, and free play. An organic snack is provided.
WESTPORT'S ACADEMY OF DANCE
345 Post Road W., Westport
Westport's Academy of Dance has been teaching classical ballet, modern, jazz, and tap to children and teens for more than 35 years. Our program includes classes for all ages and levels of ability. The Academy will be offering camps for all ages this summer, in various disciplines. New this season, we are also offering dance classes for adults through our Fit for Movement collective. Contact the studio for details about our many programs and options. We hope to see you and your little ones dancing this summer!