Things to do on a Rainy Day
You’re ready to have a great day, but there’s one problem – it’s raining! What to do, what to do? Our Town Crier has created a comprehensive list of places to visit and activities to do on a rainy day.
WITH THE KIDS….
At Hands on Pottery, walk-ins are always welcome! Artists can pick from a variety of colorless clay ceramics and make it their own personalized creation. Locations are in Fairfield and Darien.
Public skate is on a first come, first serve basis. Price of admission is $7. Skate rentals are $5. Check the website for hours.
Located in Fairfield, Nutmeg Bowl offers the finest in family entertainment, fun for all during the day and the adults at night! Nutmeg is equipped with 56 synthetic lanes with the most technologically advanced automatic scoring system. There is also a fully loaded sports bar with Direct TV and 4 Hi-Def flat screen TV’s, along with Big Bob’s Burgers and More Cafe. For younger kids and toddlers, there is an indoor playscape above the bowling alley. Open Sunday to Thursday 9am – 12 am and Friday and Saturday 9am-1am.
Head to New Haven for a thrilling ropes course experience at “It”, attached to Jordan’s Furniture! “It” is the largest indoor ropes course in the world with zig zag swinging beams, criss cross rope ladders, bridges, and plank walking. Climb and zipline through “liquid fireworks” – 1000 water nozzles choreographed to lights, sounds, and music. There are also two ziplines, and a 50’ high free fall jump. Open Monday to Thursday 10am - 9pm, Friday and Saturday 10am - 10pm and Sunday 11am - 7pm.
The Peabody Museum is one of the oldest and largest university-based natural history museums, with more than 13 million objects housed in 10 different divisions and representing more than 4 billion years of geological, biological, and human history. There is an interactive discovery room for the kids, special temporary exhibits, and permanent exhibits. If your kids love dinosaurs, this is the museum for them! Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 5 pm and Sunday 12pm – 5pm.
Located in Norwalk, Bowlmor Lanes is Fairfield County’s first and only boutique bowling experience, offering best-in-class bowling, first-class amenities, an inventive menu of culinary creations, and a convenient laneside food and beverage service. There is also a chic laneside cocktail lounge for the adults! Bowlmor also has laser tag and an arcade. Open Monday and Tuesday 4pm – 12am, Wednesday and Thursday 4pm – 11am, Friday 4pm – 1am, Saturday 11am – 1pm, and Sunday 11am – 11pm.
If you have little ones, Stepping Stones is the perfect museum to visit on a rainy day! Located in Norwalk, Stepping Stones is dedicated to early childhood education through play. Exhibits include an energy lab, a colorcoaster, light gallery, “build it!” lab, and “Tot Town.” Stepping Stones also puts on various events throughout the year. Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 5pm and everyday 10am – 5pm from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
The Maritime Aquarium is a great way to preoccupy the kids on a rainy day! With hundreds of animals, live demonstrations, and hands-on activities, you can truly spend the whole day at the Maritime Aquarium. There is even a shark and ray touch pool. Already been to the Maritime Aquarium before? Try an animal meet and greet or watch an IMAX movie this time! Open daily from 10am – 5pm.
Located in Orange, CT Monster Mini Golf, is completely under the luminescent glow of black lights. It has a monster-themed décor with kid friendly animated monsters. It is an indoor, 18-hole miniature golf course with a hi-tech video game arcade! Open Monday – Thursday 2pm – 9pm, Friday 2pm – 10pm, Saturday 12pm – 10pm, and Sunday: 12pm – 8pm.
SportsCenter of CT is proud to offer a newly renovated Star Force themed lazer tag arena. With multiple levels of play, interactive music and light system, the arena comes to life in an exhilarating array of skirmishes and missions on the Delta Strike Laser Battlefield. It’s excitement and adrenaline for all ages from the moment you enter. Check website for hours as they are updated on a weekly basis.
Chelsea Piers is Fairfield County’s top destination for drop-in fun and non-stop excitement! Chelsea Piers offers recreational activities for children and adults of all ages who are looking for weekend, after-school, or weekday fun! Activities include a splash zone, jump and climb trampoline zone, gymnastics and parkour, gaga, and open sports!
Head to Rockin Jump Trampoline Park in Trumbull for a full workout! With dodgeball, open jump arenas, and a slam dunk zone, you’ll will be doing summersaults and flips like a pro! Check out the website for park hours.
FOR THE ADULTS….
Treat yourself to a nice relaxing spa day to alleviate any anxiety or to rid yourself of the rainy day blues. Clear Sky Spa offers a variety of services including foot reflexology, Swedish massages, aromatherapy massages, deep tissue massages, hot stone massages and four – hands massage. Open Monday to Saturday 10am – 8:30pm and Sunday 10:30am – 7:30pm.
Utilize that rainy day to improve your cooking by signing up to take a cooking class with a private chef! Traveling throughout the Fairfield County, you can bring this activity right to your doorstep. Through this program you can pick a cuisine that you’ve been wanting to make better, the chef will then make a menu where you can choose dishes and he will then arrive at your door with the recipes, ingredients and necessary tools. A productive and fun rainy day activity where there’s no need to even brave the storm outside your kitchen window. Sign up online today!
Rainy day on a weekend? Check out the largest indoor flea market in Connecticut! Located in New Milford, the Maplewood Indoor Flea Market is open year round on Saturday’s and Sunday’s from 9am – 4pm. Admission and parking is free and vendors are pre – approved.
Whether you are looking for a fun new workout or just to have fun, Sky Zone is the place for you. Sky Zone offers multiple attractions including: Freestyle Jump, Sky Slam, Ultimate Dodgeball, and the Ninja Warrior Course which utilize obstacles and the massive wall-to-wall trampolines to endless aerial action. This can also be a child inclusive activity during specific times, so be sure to check the website before arrival!
The Lockwood-Matthews Mansion Museum is regarded as one of the earliest and most significant Second Empire Style Country House in the United States. Built by renowned financer and railroad tycoon LeGrand Lockwood from 1864 – 1968, the Mansion, with its unparalleled architecture and interiors, illustrates magnificently the beauty and splendor of the Victorian Era. The Lockwood Mansion is open for guided tours from early April through early January.
The Palace is always bustling with shows, musicals, and dance performances! Check the website for event details.
Various locations in CT
On the Connecticut Antiques Trail, you can uncover mid-century modern furniture and vintage collectibles from every generation. With auction houses and small town antique shops, flea markets and antique shows — the CT Antiques Trail travels through historic and scenic Connecticut. Locations on the Trail include The Hidden Acorn, Steins Classic Antiques, Walker Loden, Farmhouse Antiques, and Just In Antiques at the Brickhouse.
The Westport Country Playhouse is also a popular destination to see local musicians, shows, and performing arts. Check website for event details.
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One of Connecticut's gems
One of Connecticut's gems. If you have little ones around, take them here for a visit. You will be sure to return again and again. The museum is always offering new exhibits and they have some pretty cool stuff that keeps the kids entertained. The museum is easy to get to right off I-95 and offer plenty of free parking. There is a historic mansion & museum in the park that is open in the summer and the landscaped grounds have nice walking paths. The museum even rents out its space for private parties.
North Conway, NH
The Peabody is a magical place for all ages. I have fond memories of standing awestruck before the massive fossils trying to imagine what these behemoths would look like lumbering around prehistoric lands, and now that I'm a grown man with a child of my own I have the pleasure of sharing this enchanting experience with her.