The state of Connecticut is the southernmost part of New England with areas of the state considered as part of the New York City metro area due to its close proximity to city. However, you can find an abundance of fun places to take your 5- to 6-year-old within the state. From wide open farmland to urban attractions, Connecticut offers a variety of options.
Most amusement parks and fun centers have rides and attractions well-suited for 5- to 6-year-olds. At Sonny's Place in Somers, your child can ride as a passenger in the go-karts, play in the arcade, putt around on the mini golf course and climb the rock wall. Children must weigh at least 45 pounds for the rock wall. Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury features several kiddie rides including a frog hopper, airplanes, boats and a play structure. It also has a water park area with a splash pad and water playground for young kids. CoCo Key Water Resort in Waterbury is an indoor water park with a large play structure. It has slides, tunnels, mini-basketball hoops and dump buckets excellent for the little ones.
Indoor play places are typically geared to younger kids. Jump Zone in Canton has eight inflatables including a batman slide, a safari adventure, obstacle courses, tunnels and a fire truck slide. Arcade games and refreshments are also available. In Seymour, you can take your kids to Andie's Bounce Barn. It has a collection of farm-themed bouncers that will likely thrill your 5- or 6-year-old. Stay and Play in Old Saybrook has a play room specifically designed for children under age 7. It has slides, forts, climbing structures and cargo nets. Adults can take advantage of the free Wi-Fi and coffee bar while the kids play.
Farms and Dinosaurs
Riverview Farms in South Glastonbury is just oodles of fun for 5- to 6-year-olds. It has a corn maze, a petting zoo with goats, miniature donkeys, emus, pigs and chickens, hay rides and an ice cream shop. Alice Acres in Gales Ferry is another farm option, featuring 20 acres of farmland. Here, kids can take a tractor-drawn hayride, visit with the many farm animals and enjoy a treat at Cows and Cones, the premium ice cream shop. Your kids will also enjoy a trip to the Dinosaur Place in Montville. Located within the Nature's Art Village, it has a dinosaur park with 40 life-size statues of prehistoric creatures, a playground, a maze and a splash pad.
Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk has hands-on exhibits for the 5- to 6-year-old set. Kids can construct something in the building zone, discover how energy works, learn about healthy living and marvel at the 27-foot kinetic sculpture. In West Hartford, your kids can have a fun learning experience at the New Children's Museum. It features an imagination playground, live animal displays, a science theater, a Lego room and building stations. Kid City is a children's museum in Middletown where kids and their grownups get to play in imaginative, themed rooms that have lots of props. While not a "playground," there are areas that incorporate low-key climbing, sliding and crawling. The entire facility is for children under age 8.
- Sonny's Place: About Us
- Quassy Amusement Park: Kiddie Rides
- CoCo Key Water Resort: Water Park
- Jump Zone Party Centers: Canton
- Andie's Bounce Barn: Open Play
- Stay and Play: About Us
- Riverview Farms: About
- Alice Acres: About
- Nature's Art Village: Dinosaur Place
- Stepping Stones Museum for Children: Exhibits by Age
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