It’s all about animal magnetism at this friendly, expansive zoo
Who doesn’t want to spend a day at the zoo? And at the Beardsley Zoo, there is so much to see and do. Check out everything from boa constrictors to bison, from the two-toed sloth to the Siberian tiger, at this zoo, where endangered and threatened species are front and center but where variety rules. There’s the Madagascar hissing cockroach, for example, if you think small. Want something a bit bigger? Check out the Siberian tiger or the giant anteater. You can rent a stroller, grab lunch at the Peacock Cafe and go for a spin on the zoo’s colorful carousel. Check out a full slate of events and activities designed for kids of all ages.
Mathews Park - 303 West AvenueNorwalk, CT, 06850Phone: 203-899-0606
Imaginative, interactive museum has an activity for every age group
The idea behind the Stepping Stones Museum for Children is that kids learn best by doing, and everything inside and outside the museum backs that up. Children can create artwork, learn about their emotions, discover exactly how you work a wrench or use a needle and thread, “drive” a school bus, catch a toy fish in a pond and perform in a kid-centric “American Idol.” Even babies can engage with toys and puzzles in Tot Town or sit quietly as their parents read to them in a book nook. Outside, they can climb in the Celebration Courtyard or see who is visiting the butterfly garden. When it’s time for lunch, the Healthyville Cafe serves up locally sourced meals that are delicious and nutritious. Daily drop-in program topics range from science to the arts and nursery rhymes with Mother Goose.