And living in Fairfield County, we’re lucky to have plenty of summer kids activities that’ll keep the whole family occupied all summer long. Just make sure to plan ahead and take advantage of all the great opportunities for fun. Here are a few to get you started.
Summer Kids Activities in Fairfield County
Shakespeare on the Sound
Shakespeare is accessible to kids of all ages at Shakespeare on the Sound in Pinkney Park Rowayton. In addition to this year’s main Shakespeare performance of As You Like It that runs Wednesday, June 14 through Sunday, July 2 (every day except Mondays) at 7 p.m., the organization offers educational performances for younger audiences. Plan to attend the free children’s thirty-minute version of As You Like It, performed at 6 p.m. These mini-shows are suited for all ages. General admission does not include a seat, so bring a blanket or lawn chair. Food and beverages are allowed, and the park section opens at 4 p.m. VIP tickets are available and include a chair. And for the budding thespians in your life, check out the June workshops and camps for ages eight to fifteen. shakespeareonthesound.org
Silverman’s Farm & Jones’s Family Farm
Summer is fruit-picking season, and just a short drive up the Merritt in Easton is Silverman’s Farm. June is strawberry season, July ushers in the blueberries and August is apple time. Check the schedule for events, such as the annual firefly festival on Wednesday, June 14, and fishing derby on Thursday, May 18, at Blueberry Pond. There’s also craft and story time at the Animal Farm. A little farther away in Shelton, Jones Family Farms invites you to pick berries all summer long. Valley Farm features blueberries and strawberries, while Pumpkinseed Hill includes those, as well as pumpkins and gourds in the fall. Visit the website or call Farmer Jones Crop Hotline (203-929-8425) to know which parts of the farm are open for visitors each day. silvermansfarm.com; jonesfamilyfarms.com.
The Maritime Aquarium
Long Island Sound is home to an amazing array of animals, and you can see many of them up close in Norwalk at The Maritime Aquarium. With over seventy-five exhibits and 7,000 animals, this world-class aquatic center houses everything from jellyfish to meerkats. As it’s more than just an aquarium—you can spend a day with the kids checking out the hands-on activities, 4-D movies and a variety of special events. From Animal Encounters to Seal Feeding to Story Time, there are things to captivate and engage every member of the family. Enjoy close-up views of the harbor seals in their new Pinniped Cove, a three-sided, two-level underwater attraction. Plan a visit around Seal Training Demonstrations at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. daily. Tickets for vistors thirteen to sixty-four are $29, children three to twelve are $20.95, 4-D theater admission is $7. maritimeaquarium.org
Sunday at the Greenwich Polo Club
Break out your Pretty Woman dress, pack up the kids and plan a Sunday at the Greenwich Polo Club. Matches open to the public on Sundays, beginning on June 4, with the East Coast Bronze Cup and continue for eleven Sundays, concluding on October 8 with The Grand Prix of Greenwich. All tickets include car passes, which allow entry for all vehicle occupants. Children of all ages and dogs on leashes are welcome. Bring a lawn blanket or low chair for seating. Marcia Selden Catering is on-site with a la carte items or pre-order a Polo Picnic box. There is also a rotating schedule of food trucks. Gates open at 1 p.m. Matches begin at 3 p.m. and conclude around 5 p.m. East Lawn passes start at $50, Reserved Umbrella East Lawn are $125, Grandstand Bleachers are $55, Cabanas start at $500 and come with four car passes. For the best views reserve The Player’s Lounge for $1,000, which comes with five car passes.