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Entertain Kids this Summer

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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

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