January 26, 2016

21 Things To Do on Staycation

“It” Adventure Indoor Ropes Course in New Haven
Open Daily

Experience the worlds largest indoor ropes course. “It” Adventure Ropes Course, located inside Jordan’s Furniture in New Haven features two 60’ high ropes course, with over 100 activities like zig zag swinging beams, angle rope ladders, cargo nets and plank-walking. Zip Lines, 50′ free Fall Jumps, Cat Walks, Climbing Challenges and even a special ropes course for small children.
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Ice Skate at Foxwoods
Open Daily

Come skate seven days a week on the smooth ice of a beautiful outdoor rink, surrounded by trees bedecked in over 100,000 twinkling lights. After skating, enjoy a hot chocolate while relaxing in an Adirondack chair set by one of four outdoor fireplaces. Enjoy extended hours during February Vacation.
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Nature’s Art Village in Montville
Open Daily, 10am-5pm

Plan a day trip to Nature’s Art Village, a unique Connecticut attraction. Discovery Depot, a hands-on indoor activity center, and The Dinosaur Place, a 60 acre outdoor adventure park featuring over 40 life-sized dinosaurs, a DINO-sized maze, Monty’s Playground, the Jurassic Moon Bounce & more.
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Cross-Country Skiing at Winding Trails in Farmington
Open Daily, 9am-4pm

Visit Winding Trails, Connecticut’s only full service cross country ski center. Nestled in 350 acres of majestic forest, Winding Trails provides a quick getaway into a peaceful winter wonderland, centrally located in the beautiful Farmington Valley. Winding Trails also has sledding, ice skating and snowshoeing. You can bring your own equipment, or rent equipment in the Rental Shop which features more than 200 sets of rental equipment, including skating skis.
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Experience All Things Pez at the Pez Candy Factory in Orange
Open Daily

Over 4,000 square feet dedicated to all things PEZ. See the largest, most comprehensive collection of PEZ memorabilia on public display in the world, PEZ motorcycle built by Orange County Choppers, the world’s largest PEZ dispenser, viewing area into the production area, PEZ trivia game, factory store, interactive historical time line and much more.
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Jumpfest Winter Festival, Salisbury, Connecticut
Feb 12, 2016 – Feb 14,

Take a trip to the Northwest corner of Connecticut and see Olympic-level competition on the 55-meter jump. Events include Friday night jumping under the lights, target jumps, human dogsled races, and chili cook-off. Saturday activities include Nordic Kids 20 and 30, meter jumps, Salisbury Invitational Championships Snow Ball. Sunday brings the United States Eastern Ski Jumping Championships.
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Rock of Ages at the Warner Theatre in Torrington
February 12 & 13 8pm, February 14th, 2pm

Rock of Ages takes you back to the times of big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair. A great way to show your kids what the 80’s was all about with songs from the bands Journey, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, and others.
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Eagle Watch and Winter Wildlife Boat Tours at the Connecticut River Museum in Essex
February 13 & 14, 11am and 1pm

Take your older children to observe eagles and other birds spending the winter season along the Connecticut River. Bring your camera and binoculars to the river cruise on Enviro Lab III and see the glories of the river in winter. Call for advance reservation. No guests below the age of six.
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“Jungle Book” at Downtown Cabaret Theatre in Bridgeport
February 13 & 14, 12pm & 2:30pm

Bring the whole family to the party in the jungle. An orphaned young cat named Mowgli discovers it is time to return to his home village after a youth in the jungle. With the help of some unconventional friends Mowgli soon learns the true meaning of home and family.
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Seal Watch Cruises at Project Oceanology, Avery Point, Groton
February 13

This program begins with a 20 minute multi-media presentation about one of America’s favorite marine mammals, the seal. After the presentation, participants board the Enviro-lab and travel to popular winter seal haunts. The seals are actually Maine natives who make Long Island Sound their winter destination. The cabin on the boat is heated.
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A Night of Free Play at the YMCA in Westbrook
February 15, 4:15-5:15 pm

Get out of the house & bring the whole family for a night of free play at the Valley Shore YMCA. This event is free. Valley Shore YMCA 201 Spencer Plain Rd Westbrook, CT
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Peabody Museum Two-Day February Vacation Camp
February 15th & 16th, 9am-4pm

Are you looking for a fun and educational camp for your child during February school break? This two-day camp will be filled with interactive learning activities about animals, dinosaurs, minerals and other topics, including special viewing of specimens from the Yale Peabody Museum’s exceptional collections.
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Camp Hazen Vacation Days in Chester
February 15- February 19, 9am-4pm

Campers from kindergarten to sixth grade choose from tons of different activities available, from Kids in the Kitchen, to Weird Science, to Adventure Camp. There is sure to be something that your child will love. Pick up and drop off is at the Bunting Dining Hall at Camp Hazen. Early drop off and late pick-up are available.
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Junior Scientists: Sweet Experiments at at the Children’s Museum in Niantic
February 15, 8:30 am – 12pm

This day is all about candy! What is chocolate bloom? What’s up with PopRocks? Do you know how to braid Twizzlers? Can you explode marshmallows? Who knew science was so sweet? Best for ages 5-10 years old.
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“Romeo and Juliet” at Hartford Stage
February 12- 14th

Take your vacationing high school kids to enjoy a bit of Shakespeare. The intense feud between the Montague and Capulet families devastates the city of Verona and foreshadows tragic consequences for young Romeo and Juliet. Revenge, passion and a secret marriage lead the world’s most famous star-crossed lovers to a harrowing end.
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Winter Wonderment; Fun for the Whole Family at the Florence Griswold Museum
February 13th & 14th

Love Songs of  Old New England by Thomas Hooker Hanford, February 13th, 11:30-5pm
Old-fashioned love is in the air at this family concert by Thomas Hooker Hanford. An interactive, energetic show guaranteed to make all ages smile and “feel” the love.

Valentine’s Day Hot Cocoa & Crafts, February 14th, 1-5pm
Get out of the cold and into the warm Education Center. Enjoy hot cocoa and crafts. At 2pm, Sophie Gustafson Spaner, a musical middle-schooler from Deep River, will entertain visitors on her ukulele.
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Valentine’s Day Family Overnight at Mystic Aquarium
February 14 – February 15, 7pm – 9:30 am

It’s always fun to visit the Mystic Aquarium, but spending the night sleeping next to the elusive octopus or the soaring rays makes it an adventure! Come celebrate a very special day, Valentine’s Day, family style and celebrate the animals that everyone loves. Go on an outdoor tour in the dark looking for some of the Aquarium “sweet hearts”, peeking behind the scenes, learning about some cool exhibit animals, completing a special scavenger hunt and a fun fishy valentine’s day craft.
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Connecticut Science Center Camp: Lights! Color! Science!
February 15, 8am-4pm

“Hue” wants to investigate colors? We do! Explore the color spectrum, including those we normally cannot see. Take a spin on the color wheel and become a mixing master. Wear your brightest colors and come have a psychedelic time.
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Connecticut Science Center Camp: Contraption Factory
February 16, 8am-4pm

Go, go, gadget! Simple machines have been around for thousands of years, and were used to help construct the pyramids and Stonehenge. Explore the uses of levers, pulleys, and inclined planes. Build these machines to help solve a series of challenges that await you!
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The New Britain Museum of American Art’s Family Day
February 16, 12-3:30pm

Celebrate the Presidents! with Arts for Learning Connecticut, is a day of activities and performances, including digital painting with Raheem Nelson, weaving with Christine Wilkinson, smartphone photography with Craig Norton, and exhibit-inspired art activities with Virginia Lynn Anderson. Even Abe Lincoln will be in attendance, impersonated by master storyteller Lou del Bianco. The program is included with admission: $8 to $12; children under 12 free.
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Little Artists’ Studio: Fairy and Gnome Houses at The Children’s Museum in Niantic
February 16, 10-11am

Building fairy and gnome houses is a unique and fun way to connect kids with nature. Explore how these houses are built, build some of our own, and find out more about the magical creatures who may move in. Best for children ages 3-5.
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