A roundup of fun places to take the kids that you may have forgotten about
A recreational heaven, Bruce Park is a great place to take your kids to keep them off the couch and active. The park offers everything from tennis courts, to athletic fields, to fitness trails, to a playground and sports equipment shed that your kids will go crazy for. Those desiring a more peaceful outing will enjoy the park. A quaint pond and picturesque scenery accompany the sports space, making it a great place for a picnic and relaxing get away.
104 Mason St; 869-1328
What kid doesn’t love the sea? Soundwaters, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating kids about the Long Island sound, provides the ultimate hands-on experience for your crab-loving, fish-obsessed children. The organization offers a number of different classes/programs that allow kids to interact with their marine environment, including touching and safely catching animals and sailing. It is a unique experience kids will remember well into the fall.
1281 Cove Rd. Stamford, CT; 323-1978
The Audobon Center of Greenwich, the National Audobon Center’s first environmental education center, is a pretty cool place. The 295-acre sanctuary provides a taste of the many oft-forgotten wonders of nature: seven miles of wooded hiking trails, nature exhibits, a honey-bee hive exhibit, a nature supply gift store and more. Guided hikes among the area’s many elements, including swamps, are always available.
613 Riversville Rd; 869-5272
An extension of the Greenwich Library, this library is dedicated to providing books and experiences that its constituents desire. The library provides enjoyable children’s activities such as playing with clay, learning to play chess, taking hip-hop, and even holding snakes! One special program the library now sponsors is called Read to a Dog, which allows children to read and interact with a dog at the library.
21 Mead Ave; 531-0426
Searching for a touch of class? Bring your kids to the Greenwich Polo Club on Sundays, where you can sit and witness public USPA high-goal polo matches in July and September. The sport is incredibly interesting and unique, and definitely something your child doesn’t see everyday.
80 Field Point Rd., 3rd Floor; 561-5821
The public facility, of course, offers a myriad of children’s programs such as summer camps and swimming clinics that provide rich and educational experiences. A fun place to take your kids in the summer that you may not have known about is the YWCA’s unique water playground: here, spouts of water coming up from the ground unleash endless amounts of watery fun as kids splash and run around in the droplets. Children may also enjoy the Scuba for Children program in the summer.
259 East Putnam Ave; 869-6501
As the destination for the town’s only public pool, Byram Beach is an obvious hotspot for kids. But don’t fret, parents: the beach, located on a beautiful 20-acre spot on the shore, is no mere playpen. Children and adults alike will enjoy admiring the scenic setting, full of beautiful flora and spots to soak up the sun. Other recreational activities, such as tennis and adults swim classes, are available, as well.
281 Byram Shore Rd; 861-3170