September 22, 2023

This previous weekend my youngest son (Alex, now seven) and I took benefit of the free museum passes open to Connecticut households this summer season. We had numerous enjoyable, and it made me take into consideration all the opposite enjoyable and free issues we love to do across the state. Particularly with rising inflation, increasingly more households are looking for out free enjoyable. For our household discovering free enjoyable issues for our household to do was an enormous a part of our unique debt freedom journey. Certain, we might have sat round the home in the dead of night consuming rice and beans, by no means going wherever. However that wouldn’t have been enjoyable in any respect.

The record of what’s free and what’s not modifications continuously, so at all times you should definitely verify with the supply for extra particulars and essentially the most present insights.

Free Connecticut Museum Admission For Youngsters

That is the second summer season the place Connecticut has sponsored free museum admissions for youths by means of the “Connecticut Summer At The Museum” program. Many locations even have free admission for one (not a number of) accompanying grownup as nicely.

This previous weekend, my husband needed to work Saturday so it was simply the children and I house all day. Hubby needed to make up the time after took a day without work Wednesday to assist our little man who wanted a number of physician appointments for an injured eye and ankle. The little man needed to keep indoors (to keep away from aggravating his eye) however was already going stir loopy after being caught at house for 3 days. Heading to some free museum enjoyable was simply the answer.

We select to go to the West Hartford Children’s Museum (which closed at 2 PM) after which hopped over to the Connecticut Science Center. Each museums have been free for kids and one grownup, though they’re geared in direction of youthful kids. So I didn’t take my older two boys (18 and 15), as a result of even when they have been admitted free, they wouldn’t have the perfect time. Though we did take alongside one of many little guys stuffed seals.

Take a look at this cool dinosaur on the Youngsters’s Museum!

P.S. If you wish to try the seal’s adventures, together with when numerous seals come alongside on my enterprise journeys, discover me on TikTok. Sure I exploit TikTok every so often – the modifying capabilities make it enjoyable and straightforward to place collectively movies. I additionally speak about private finance and well being typically.

Now free may not imply 100% free, it actually relies upon. In any case, children like to go to the reward store, you may have to pay for parking – and should you don’t convey meals with you, you may get caught paying excessive costs for museum meals. In our case the fee for the afternoon complete was:

  • $7 for Science Heart parking
  • $2 for a button for the seal (a rainbow so he can “be taught his colours” per Alex)
  • $10.23 for waters and snacks from the fuel station & the Riverfront
Fortunately Seal did certainly be taught his colours!

A day of enjoyable for beneath $20 was nicely price it to us! Though subsequent time I would like to recollect to convey water and snacks. The museum program is open till September fifth. So should you haven’t checked it it, be certain to take action within the subsequent few weeks. And verify again in subsequent summer season to see in the event that they do it once more.

Don’t overlook about some museums which might be at all times free like lots of the Yale Museums and Galleries. And your native library could have free passes as nicely. Ours normally has a wide selection of free – and discounted – passes to native museums. Extra about libraries later!

Free Festivals, Artwork Walks, Guided Excursions & Extra

Connecticut is chock stuffed with free festivals and different occasions – you simply should search for them. Truthfully, a single record could be arduous to search out. Most of the festivals and free occasions are marketed by means of phrase of mouth, or it’s a kind of issues that’s been round without end you might need at all times identified about. Certainly one of our households favorites is the Meriden Daffodil Festival within the spring – taking a look at all the attractive daffodils after the lengthy Connecticut winter is bound to convey you cheer.

Though they’ll typically be arduous to trace down, I do have a couple of sources I’d advocate trying out:

  • The Visit Connecticut Events Calendar
  • For those who stay close to Hartford the Riverfront has many free occasions and festivals – calendar here
  • Googles occasions calendar (looking Free Festivals in Connecticut) is one other good useful resource
  • Eventbrite has an inventory of Free Events in Connecticut
  • I like to take a look at occasions at native faculties just like the Connecticut State College system; Yale and UCONN. Many college occasions are free and open to the general public

In fact festivals and the like are solely as free as you make them out to be. You may wish to price range for getting some meals, drinks or souvenirs. However oftentimes festivals have loads that’s enjoyable to take a look at and do with out spending a dime – like parades and displays.

State Parks, Seashores and Climbing Trails

Our household loves to go to state parks and climbing trails across the state, to discover, get some train, and spend time outside. There’s tons of cool trails with waterfalls, caves, previous buildings, and extra! Some state parks supply swimming in a lake (checked repeatedly for points and closed as wanted) – after which after all there’s the Connecticut seashores. Yeah, our ocean tends to be colder than down south, however July and August are the proper months to get pleasure from them. Typically the seashores could be rocky. However that’s what aqua sneakers are for!

Our households favourite seaside is Hammonasset, the place they not solely have loads of parking and house, but additionally a enjoyable little nature heart for youths to get pleasure from and a strolling/bike path. In addition they have a campground the place we’ve stayed on many Boy Scout household campouts. Though tenting isn’t free, the fee is cheap, when you’ll find a reservation.

Additionally just lately we headed to a brand new to us state park, Wadsworth Falls State Park. We had a good time swimming within the lake and strolling on the path to see the falls. It could be an ideal park to get pleasure from with a picnic lunch. And Sleeping Giant State park is nice on a cooler day for climbing to the highest to see the citadel.

This was the smaller of two waterfalls, and was a bit dry due to lack of rain. However nonetheless enjoyable.

The extra well-liked summer season state parks and seashores at all times fill to capability rapidly. If you wish to spend time at them I extremely advocate getting there proper round once they open and planning to spend the morning.

For a full record of state parks and seashores, you’ll be able to check out this list from the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Connecticut Library Enjoyable

I already talked about the free passes to museums, zoos, and so on. that many libraries supply. However I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out all the opposite fantastic free library choices which might be on the market. Ours has board video games; video video games; an enormous assortment of flicks; toys; and many occasions and actions. All at no cost! For those who haven’t stopped by your native library – or a bigger library at a close-by city – currently, you should definitely give it a shot.

We love the library in my home!

Enjoyable and Free In CT – Extra Choices & Particulars!

I’ve a complete web page on my website the place I am going into extra detailed choices of assorted issues which might be enjoyable and free in Connecticut. Some are repeats of what’s on this article however there are additionally loads of new concepts. Cease by and test it out!

How About You?

For those who stay in Connecticut, I’m curious what your favourite enjoyable & free tip is? And should you stay in one other state, I guess yours has one thing much like the above. Let me know within the feedback what your favourite free factor to do in your state is!