14 Winter Activities in Greenwich for a Fun-Filled Family Day

above: The Bruce Museum

Every month Layla Lisiewski, Greenwich mom of four and founder of Greenwich Moms and its parent company, The Local Moms Network, shares some of her favorite things to do—from seasonal activities to can’t-miss events. Follow @greenwich_moms on Instagram, sign up for the newsletter and check out the calendar at greenwichmoms.com.

This month, Layla tackles her favorite winter activities in Greenwich for families, broken down by area of town.

14 Winter Activities in Greenwich for Families


  1. Breakfast at The Granola Bar The delicious hot chocolate with whipped cream and colorful marshmallows is a true crowd pleaser. And options like the sweet potato pancakes, oatmeal bowls and huevos rancheros will fuel you up for a great day. thegranolabar.com

2. Bruce Museum Spend the morning exploring the permanent science galleries focusing on geology, paleontology, the Ice Age, marine ecosystems and terrestrial ecosystems. And don’t miss the natural science lab, a space to explore hands-on experiments. brucemuseum.org

3. Lunch at Meli Melo Enjoy a bowl of delicious hot soup on a chilly day. Our go-to meal is the French Onion Soup followed by a dessert crepe. melimelogreenwich.com

4. Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Workshop Sam Bridge Nursery hosts the cherished town tradition, where visitors can have their photos taken with Santa and meet the reindeer. They can also enjoy Santa’s beautiful workshop, a fun space for families to wait for their photo with Santa. sambridge.com

5. The Audubon Enjoy a winter hike along diverse wetlands and forest habitats. With 686 acres across seven nature sanctuaries, the Audubon is a great way to explore the outdoors. greenwichaudubon.org

Nit Noi dumplings

Cos Cob

  1. Greenwich Botanical Center Find your nature fix! From kids programs to gardening workshops, there’s something here for everyone. greenwichbotanicalcenter.org

2. Lunch at Nit Noi Nit Noi warms you right up with its healthy bone broths and delicious meals made with locally-sourced organic ingredients. Parents will love the curries, and the kids will happily slurp up the rice noodles in veggie broth. Dumplings are a win across the board. nitnoiprovisions.com

3. Greenwich Historical Society: GHS is always a great place to explore. Be sure to mark your calendar for its holiday festival on Saturday, December 9. Bring the family for photos with Santa and a visit to the festive Historic Barn, complete with gingerbread decorating and crafts in Santa’s workshop. Other fun events during the month include the Festival of Tabletop Trees (Wednesday, December 6 through Saturday, December 9) and boxwood centerpiece making in The Barn on Thursday, December 7. greenwichhistory.org

4. Dinner-to-Go from Mike’s Organic Organic is what Mike does best, and prepared meals give parents the gift of time. Grab a freshly made marinara sauce to toss with pasta, easy go-to chicken tenders or the decadent eggplant parmesan. mikesorganic.com

Tod’s Point

Old Greenwich

  1. Breakfast at Sweet Pea’s Baking Company Enjoy small-batch baked goods and the best coffee in OG. sweetpeasct.com

2. Athena Book Store Cozy up with a book in the kids’ corner or peruse the new releases at the front of the adorable shop. We also love picking up any one of fun kids’ activities to take home. athenabooksog.com

3. Back 40 Mercantile Shop a uniquely curated collection of high-quality goods from small purveyors who create products we can all feel good about. The staff makes an effort to source organic, sustainable and local where possible. back40mercantile.com

4. Lunch at Siren Inspired by the Mediterranean lifestyle—eating good food and taking time to savor life—Siren Restobar is a great place to gather with family and dive into a variety of tapas. sirenrestobar.com

5. Tod’s Point in Winter Take a brisk walk along the southwestern point of the park for breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. greenwichct.gov

Photographs – Bruce Museum: Jaeck Dolata; Venera Alexandrova: Contributed; Tods Point: Julie Bidwell

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