Summer Life
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Entertain Kids this Summer
BY KELLIE LAMBERT
REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN

The summer days can be long for kids.

Whether it’s too hot to be outside, or an unexpected rainy day crops up, parents and caregivers sometimes need a way to entertain the tiny set for a few hours or a day without sitting them in front of a digital screen.

Connecticut is home to numerous children’s museums, where kids can explore, touch, learn and create with abandon. Put these nearby venues on your Summer Stay-cation list.

KIDSPLAY — 61 Main St., Torrington. Hands-on and multi-sensory museum for kids 1 to 10 years. Exhibits include a ball maze, a giant bubble maker, a big Lite-Brite tables, a big fire truck, a diner, grocery store area, a Lego/puzzle wall and many other fun areas. Hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Cost, $8 for adults and children; children under age 1, free. 860-618-7700, kidsplaymuseum.com.

IMAGINENATION — 1 Pleasant St., Bristol. Hands-on museum for little ones. Exhibits include the construction-based Kids Zone, ESPN area with SportsCenter anchor desk, water room, programs related to natural sciences. Hours, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays; also, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays in July and August. Admission, $10 per person, children under age 1, free. 860-314-1400, www.imaginenation.org.

KIDCITY — 119 Washington St., Middletown. Triple-floored “city” filled with hands-on exhibits for kids ages 1 to 8 years. Exhibits include a “fishery, a “farm,” “Main Street,” “Space Age Road Trip” and more. Hours, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Admission, $10 for adults and children; children under age 1, free. 860-347-0495, kidcitymuseum.com.

STEPPING STONES MUSEUM FOR CHILDREN — Mathews Park, 303 West Ave., Norwalk. Exhibits focusing on science, technology, the arts, culture and history for kids ages 1 to 10 years. Exhibits include “Energy Lab,” “Tot Town,” “Build It,” “Color Coaster” and more. Hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission, $15 per person; $10 for seniors; kids under age 1 and military families, free. 203-899-0606, www.steppingstonesmuseum.org.

CONNECTICUT CHILDREN’S MUSEUM — 22 Wall St., New Haven. Eight large rooms of fun for children ages 3 to 10 years. Themed rooms include features based on classic children’s books, music and nature. Hours, noon to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Closed Aug. 17 to Sept. 1. Admission, $7.50. 203-562-5437, www.childrensbuilding.org.

THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM — 950 Trout Brook Road, West Hartford. Exhibits include hands-on displays, The Wildlife Sanctuary, Turtle Town, Travelers Science Dome and more. Hours, 9 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays; also open Mondays during summer months. Admission, $14.75 for adults, $13.75 for seniors or children ages 2 to 12 years; children under age 2, free. 860-231-2824, www.thechildrensmuseumct.org.

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF SOUTHEASTERN CONNECTICUT — 409 Main St., Niantic. Hands-on, educational space with exhibits featuring a variety of subjects, from arts, sciences, safety and health, to culture and history. Hours, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; and noon to 4:30 p.m. Sundays. Admission, $8 per person; children under age 1, free. 860-691-1111 or www.childrensmuseumsect.org.

LUTZ CHILDREN’S MUSEUM — 247 S. Main St., Manchester. Museum for kids ages 2 to 10 years, with a live animal collection, play area, Main Street and farm exhibits, art gallery, and more. Hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission, $7; children under age 1, free. 860-643-0949 or www.lutzmuseum.org.