Mathews Park - 303 West AvenueNorwalk, CT, 06850Phone: 203-899-0606
Enjoy an indoor fun learning day with the family
Come in out of the rain for an inspiring, exciting and wow! learning experience for children aged ten and under, toddlers and infants, and adults too. The museum provides lots of space to explore fun and fascinating educational exhibits. The Energy Lab features hands-on exhibits that demonstrate how the sun, the wind, the force of water, and the burning of fossil fuels produce energy. Watch a raceway powered by water, or balls being whisked away down a wind-powered maze. The Build It! exhibit lets children explore architectural design and construction with tools they can use to pretend to finish walls, paint with brushes and rollers, apply carpeting, and more. Tot Town is an imaginative world shrunk down to toddler level.
British art for the ages (all of them) at the YCBA
How about drawin’ in the rain? The magnificent YCBA, whose collection of British art from the time of Queen Elizabeth I to the present day is second only to that held in the United Kingdom. The museum hosts sketching session for artists of all skill levels, as well as concerts (sometimes grad students perform chamber music in the galleries), tours, self-guided family activities, children’s programs and gallery talks. Imagine moving from John Constable’s dramatic “Hadleigh Castle”, to James McNeill Whistler’s eerie “Nocturne in Blue and Silver”, to J. M. W. Turner’s ghostly sea visions, to Thomas Gainsborough’s telling portraits. These works are among the center’s 2,000 paintings, but collections also feature sculptures, drawings, watercolors, prints and rare books and manuscripts. And the best part: It’s all free!
242 East Main StreetThomaston, CT, 06787Phone: 860-283-7245
Get on track with this museum, and excursions, celebrating local railroading
Want to spend your rainy day inside? How about inside a passenger car from the 1920s being pulled along the rails by a diesel locomotive? Stop by the Railroad Museum of New England for a trip on the Naugatuck Railroad starting at the historic Thomaston Station. In addition to educational exhibits, the museum has an amazing collection of diesel and steam engines, passenger and freight cars and cabooses. Scenic tours go over dams and bridges, through valleys and woods. Special tours include the Chocolate Decadence Tour with a side trip to Fascia’s Chocolate Company; the Easter Bunny Express with the famous bunny himself; a spirit-tasting trip; the Pumpkin Path train; the Northern Lights Limited; and the jolly Santa Express.
High adventure on the world’s largest indoor ropes course
Get out of the rain and into a friendly jungle of ropes and zip lines at Jordan’s IT Adventure Indoor Ropes Course, the largest in the world. Bring the family and climb into two 60’ high ropes courses to negotiate swinging beams, angled rope ladders, cargo nets, bridges, and planks. 1000 water nozzles dance to lights, programmed stereo sounds, and music. The longest Skyrails ever made zip for 200’ with one that takes you over the water show and guarantees a dousing. Jump from 50' off the tallest level, step lightly along the 200’ catwalk, and climb wobbly poles and twisted structures. Kids under 48”tall have their very own Little It. On hand is a friendly and fully trained staff.