Finding the Fun



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Go outside and play …

Or spend a day at the farm, ballpark, racetrack or nature preserve

Bridgeport Bluefish, Ballpark at Harbor Yard, Bridgeport
all ages
Here, fans can enjoy that pleasant, ballpark feeling without braving the Bronx — and root, root, root for the home team. Plus there are fireworks every Friday night.
Admission: starts at $7. (500 Main Street; 345-4800, ext. 150 for tickets; bridgeportbluefish.com)

Captain John’s Sport Fishing Center, Waterford
ages: at your discretion; trips last up to five hours
The industrious Sunbeam Fleet has “open party” fishing trips for blues and bass (see website for departure times). Charters are also available, as are Light House Cruises.
Prices: Open party excursions cost $53 for adults; $33, children 12 and under; bait is included, rod rental is $5. (15 First Street; 860-443-7259; sunbeamfleet.com)

Huntington State Park, Redding

all ages
The biggest, closest park that allows mountain-bike riding, this 883-acre expanse somehow absorbs the throngs of cycling enthusiasts who come for its wide and shady trails that wind around ponds and up and down gentle hills. Sited high atop Redding Ridge, the
views are awesome; if you come to hike instead of ride, bring the dog and a leash. Admission: free. (Sunset Hill Road; 938-2285; ct.gov/dep/site/default.asp)
While you’re there: The town of Bethel, just five miles north, boasts two of the most oft-cited kid-friendly eateries. Stop first at the Sycamore Drive-In (282 Greenwood Avenue; 748-2716; sycamoredrivein.com), a fifties classic, featuring real live carhops serving hamburgers (order two, they’re small), homemade root beer and the like. Just down the road: Dr. Mike’s Ice Cream (158 Greenwood Avenue; 792-4388) sells the most delicious ice cream on Earth.

Lime Rock Park, Lime Rock
all ages, although little ones may be bothered by the noise
Come summer, this pretty northwest-corner town is abuzz with New England’s sleekest racers and fanciest vintage cars. Hosting hundreds of events every year, there’s something for every auto enthusiast. For the rest of us, the slopeside viewing and picnicking are fun, too. Bring your own blankets, folding chairs and lunch (concession food is available).
Admission: varies per event but for The American Le Mans Series (July 17-18), one of the hottest race events in the business, tickets range from $25 to $75. (Route 112; 800-RACE-LRP; limerock.com)
 
Maple Lane Farm, Preston
all ages, but little kids love it most
Pick your own berries at this picturesque, 120-acre farm. The Farm Market overflows with local produce, honey, cut flowers, homemade jams and other fresh fare. It’s important to call the twenty-four-hour hotline for what’s ready to pick. June is strawberry month. Price: You pay for what you pick. (57 NW Corner Road; 860-887-8855; maplelane.com)

Mount Tom State Park, Litchfield
all ages, but must be able to hike uphill for a half hour or longer
The easy, well-marked, one-mile trail winds up to a 1,325-foot summit, with pretty views over a lake and hills. Big kids can knock it off in twenty minutes; little ones may double that. And almost no one can resist climbing to the top of the summit’s stone tower. Cool off afterward with a dip in the lake, with on-site changing rooms, bathrooms and concession stand. Fees: $7 on weekends  to park a car registered in the state of Connecticut; $10 for nonresidents. (Route 202; 860-868-2592; ct.gov/dep/ site/default.asp)

The Only Game in Town, North Haven

all ages: height requirements for some activities
This twenty-acre sports complex includes a golf range, mini golf, go-carts, batting cages, arcade and much more. Admission: free, with activities ranging from $1 for ten baseballs in a batting cage to $16 for a monster bucket of balls at the golf range to $7 for a go-kart. (275 Valley Service Road; 203-239-4653; theonlygameintown.com)

{ Outside of Connecticut }

Rock Climbing in the Shawangunks, New Paltz,
New York
ages: 12 and over
The “Gunks” inspire awe in climbers who have scaled rock faces all over the world. Fortunately for newbies, Eastern Mountain Sports offers intensive one-day courses every day from spring through the fall for people 12 and older. Prices: $350 for party of two; $420 for three; includes shoes and all gear needed; $95 for basic clinic. The day runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; call to reserve. (800-310-4504; emsclimb.com)

Yankee Stadium,
Bronx, New York
all ages
Whether you love ’em or hate ’em, a day at the brand-new Yankee Stadium bores no one and, for many games, tickets can be had same-day, purchased at the ticket window. Leave the house at least a few hours before game time to miss the worst traffic into the parking lots. Not a Yankee fan? Buy your tickets in advance for the Red Sox game (August 6–8), sit among Bostonians, and you’ll meet plenty of like-minded folk. (161st Street and River Avenue; 718-293-4300; newyork.yankees. mlb.com)  

 

 

Greenwich Agenda

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     @ Meli-Melo of Greenwich

    Dr. Julia Trebing, Director Creative Therapies in Stamford, CT exhibits her paintings at Meli-Melo Creperie & Juice Bar  during Sept...

  • Nigh Season: New Paintings By David Konigsberg

    2014.09.13
     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

    Dates: September 13 – October 31, 2014 Opening Reception: September 13, 6 – 8:30 PM  Public Invited   NIGH...

  • Undulate: Paintings By Julie Gross and Margaret Neill

    2014.09.13
     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

    GALLERY II Dates: September 13 – October 31, 2014 Opening Reception: September 13, 6 – 8:30 PM Public Invited...

  • Parties at the JCC Center

    2014.09.02
     @ Stamford JCC

    A place to celebrate birthdays and special occasions. Be a guest at your own party! The JCC offers a wonderful space for you and your guests to...

  • SPLURGE Matches Scarf Donations for Cancer Patients

    2014.10.01
     @ SPLURGE

    SPLURGE and the Cancer Institute at Greenwich Hospital are partnering to bring comfort and encouragement to cancer patients.  From October...

  • Laurel House Family Seminar Series

    2014.09.18
     @ Laurel House

    Thursday evenings, September 18, October 2, 16, 30, 6:30-8:00 pm Join us Thursday evenings for this four part Family Seminar Series as...

  • Breast Cancer Alliance's Go For Pink Shopping Event

    2014.10.02
     @ Greenwich Avenue area

    Breast Cancer Alliance announced that it is partnering with Greenwich merchants for a special day of events and shopping on Thursday, October 2nd...

  • New Goergen Lecture

    2014.10.02
     @ Bruce Museum

    Reflections on Highlights of the Hohenbuchau Collection featuring Peter C. Sutton Known today as the "Golden Age" of Netherlandish...

  • Muddy Up 5k Adventure Run & Family Fun Walk

    2014.10.05
     @ Camp Simmons

    Are you ready for some MUDDY fun? Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich is proud to host the 3rd annual Muddy Up 5k Adventure Run & Family Fun...

  • Muddy Up 5k & Family Fun Walk

    2014.10.05
     @ Camp Simmons

    Race starts at 9:15 a.m. REGISTRATION HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MON. SEPT. 29 at 8:00 A.M. DON'T LIKE THE MUD? SPONSOR A CLUB MEMBER TO RUN...

  • Sweat for a Cause

    2014.10.05
     @ SoulCycle Greenwich

    The Young Women's League of New Canaan (YWL) is sponsoring its first fundraiser of the season, "Sweat For A Cause" at SoulCycle...

  • SM&NC Farm Market

    2014.06.15
     @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

    Sundays, June 15 – October 5, 10am – 2pm We're thrilled to bring back the SM&NC Farm Market — now on Sundays!...

  • Tuesday Toddler Tours

    2014.10.07
     @ Bruce Museum

    Come to the Bruce this fall to take part in our exciting new children and family programming! No advance registration is required and programs...

  • Flower Power

    2014.10.08
     @ SM Home Gallery

    SM Home Gallery show featuring two Greenwich based artists: Margaret Bragg and Penny Putnam. The art show runs thorough November 22nd....

  • Lyme Research Alliance 3rd Annual Golf Tournament

    2014.10.09
     @ The Stanwich Club

    Tee up and raise funds & awareness for Lyme disease awareness at one of the area’s finest golf courses. The golf tournament is part of...

  • Exhibit Ira BARKOFF

    2014.10.11
     @ Canfin Gallery

    “The beauty of the physical world becomes a metaphor for the capacity of the spirit to reveal itself". Ira Barkoff Evocation of...

  • Outdoor Arts Festival

    2014.10.11
     @ Bruce Museum

    Come and enjoy the Bruce Museum’s 33rd Annual Outdoor Arts Festival. More than 85 artists from all over the country, many of them new to...

  • Lookbook Live Tour

    2014.10.12
     @ Westchester Mall

    In September + October 2014, Simon will team up with three of the world's top fashion magazines, Glamour, GQ, and  Vogue on a nationwide...

  • The 29th Annual American Artisan Show

    2014.10.17
     @ Wilton Historical Society

    This nationally recognized fundraiser is held on the grounds of the Wilton Historical Society, and features 25 artisans who will show their work...


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