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Attractions

Audubon Center in Greenwich
613 Riversville Road, Greenwich
203-869-5272, ext. 235
greenwich.audubon.org
Opened in 1941 as the National Audubon Society’s first education center, this 285-acre preserve and its Kimberlin Nature Education Center is an ideal location for school field trips, camp, events, and weekend escapes with the family throughout the year. All programs, whether taught indoors or outdoors, are tailored to meet the school curriculum requirements while inspiring students with the many lessons nature teaches. Audubon education programs can also be brought to your school! This unique education destination in northern Greenwich is in high demand so try to schedule group visits as early as possible. See you on the trails!

Bishop’s Orchards
1355 Boston Post Road, Guilford
203-458-PICK
www.bishopsorchards.com
Bishop’s Orchards offers field trips for every grade level, pre-school through high school. Guided tours through the beautiful orchard, as well as visits with the animals, can be tied into any classroom curriculum. Fall is best for pick-your-own apples, pears and pumpkins.

Brown’s Harvest
1911 Poquonock Avenue, Route 75, Windsor
860-683-0266
www.brownsharvest.com
Group hayrides arranged weekdays by appointment, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. during the month of October. PYO pumpkins, homemade cider donuts, apple cider and activity booklet included in tour.* Fall family fun with weekend entertainment and hayrides. *Storyboards and educational resources available upon request. Proud supporter of Spookley the Square Pumpkin. Two mazes offered for kids ages 3-8, and a six-acre maze for those wanting to be lost for longer!

The Claypen
997 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford
860-233-3322
www.theclaypen.com
A visit to The Claypen is a fun-filled and memorable experience, allowing kids and adults alike to express their creativity! We offer affordable packages for scout troops and field trips, and are the destination of choice for many area homeschoolers and alternative education schools. We are happy to customize to special requests — just ask!
  Our studio can accommodate up to 30 people for private parties, and 12 during our open hours. Have a larger group? No problem — we can come to you! Just ask for details.

The Dinosaur Place™ at Nature’s Art Village
1650 Route 85, Montville
860-443-4367 
www.naturesartvillage.com
The Dinosaur Place at Nature’s Art Village is an interactive earth science and nature center located on 60 acres of pristine woodlands in southeastern Connecticut. We offer a wide range of educational programs, hands-on activities and an outdoor adventure with over 40 life-sized dinosaurs! With customizable packages and content suitable for children of all ages, we are sure to fit your school’s specific needs. Be sure to join us for a great complement to your curriculum!

Fairview Tree Farm
486 Walnut Tree Hill Road, Shelton
203-944-9090
www.fairviewtreefarm.com
Children of all ages will enjoy a scenic 1 1/2-mile hayride through the Fairview Tree Farm. Students can pick their own pumpkins and visit the animals, including baby goats, bunnies and chickens. Pumpkins and juice boxes are provided. On October weekend nights, we offer our famous 18th annual Haunted Hayrides and you can tour our haunted farm on hay wagons for a creepy ride through the spookified trails. Family owned since 1842.

Foster Family Farm
90 Foster Street, South Windsor
860-648-9366
www.fosterfarm.com
Come solve our two large corn mazes, enjoy a leisurely hay ride, pick a pumpkin and pet some friendly farm animals. We’re open weekends starting September 13 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Starting September 19, we will be running our flashlight maze on Friday and Saturday nights until 9:30 p.m. Beginning October 1, we’re open daily until Halloween (10 a.m.-6 p.m.). We hope to see you this fall! Please call us for group pricing and scheduling.


Lyman Orchards

Lyman Orchards
32 Reeds Gap Road, Middlefield
860-349-1793
www.lymanorchards.com
A 1,100-acre farm in central Connecticut, Lyman Orchards has been a favorite destination for great food and country fun for generations of families. Explore our picturesque orchards, featuring a variety of apples, peaches, pears, berries, pumpkins and two fun agricultural mazes. Whether you’re an avid golfer or someone who’s looking to learn the game, our three courses and award-winning instructional programs appeal to golfers of all ages and skill levels.

Nature’s Classroom, Inc.
19 Harrington Road, Charlton, MA
800-433-8375
www.naturesclassroom.org
Nature’s Classroom, Inc. fosters leadership, confidence, responsibility and individual growth through residential and day-long programs at one of our 14 facilities in New England. Explore STEM through hands-on project-based activities. Learn about the natural world through exploration and discovery. Nature’s Classroom brings the world to life and fosters a lifelong love of learning.

New Canaan Nature Center
144 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan
203-966-9577
www.newcanaannature.org
The New Canaan Nature Center is an environmental education center and sanctuary dedicated to helping people of all ages better understand, appreciate and care for the world of nature. Our 40-acre site features diverse natural habitats, walking trails, gardens and educational facilities. With a diversity in programming that ranges from habitat study to live animal presentations, our nature center is a great partner for school groups, camps, boy and girl scouts. Hands-on programs can meet all of your educational goals and can be taught at your school or at the nature center. For more details call Chris Hendershot, School Program Manager 203-966-9577, ext. 41.


Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square
234 West 42nd Street, New York
212-398-3133
www.ripleysnewyork.com
Known for the bizarre, unusual and weird, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in Times Square welcomes guests to experience the unheard of, unimaginable and astonishing. Our remarkable collection includes the worlds’ largest display of shrunken heads, an albino giraffe, six-legged cow, locks of presidential hair and dozens of interactive oddities. Featuring favorites found at Ripley’s around the world and oddities found only here, we welcome you to experience the odd, absurd, weird and all true.

The Robin Hood Springtime Festival
860-478-5954
www.robinhoodsfaire.com   
Treat your students to the adventure of a lifetime at the Robin Hood Springtime Festival. This enchanted experience is open to all home schools, public schools, private schools, scout troops, and any other students (K-12). Explore the Middle Ages and meet interactive characters from the past. See why plate armor ruled the battlefield; learn about this exciting time at educational workshops; enjoy a re-creation of an authentic knighting ceremony, and more. Curricula for K-12 available. Visit robinhoodsfaire.com or email learning@ctfaire.com.

Sundae Spa
2457 East Main Street, Building 2, Waterbury
203-528-3121
1201 Boston Post Road, Target Parking Lot, Milford
203-528-3121
www.sundaespa.com
Sundae Spa is a hands-on, interactive learning experience. Kids have tons of fun while learning scientific method, identification and classification, states of matter, dilution and concentration, diffusion, chemical reactions and more. At the educational and fun classes, kids can make their own soap, scented slime, scented bouncy balls, bath fizz and more.

In-School Enrichment

Animal Embassy
P.O. Box 4461, Stamford
203-655-5404
www.animalembassy.com
Animal Embassy is dedicated to fostering appreciation and respect for the natural world and the diversity of life on Earth. Animal Embassy specializes in providing hands-on, interactive, entertaining, and educational experiences featuring incredible live, exotic animals. Programming includes school visits, library programs and more with Animal Ambassadors including reptiles, amphibians, arachnids & insects, birds and small mammals.


Dinosaurs Rock® Fossil, Mineral and
Ocean Events and Supplies

Dinosaurs Rock® Fossil, Mineral and Ocean Events and Supplies
800-411-DINO (3466)
DinosaursRock.com
www.DinosaursRockSuperstore.com  
We Bring the Museum to You! Select from DINOSAURS ROCK®, GEMS ROCK® and our newest OCEANS ROCK® interactive, fun, educational shows. Students take home genuine fossils, minerals and seashells from simulated digs, excavations or gemstone mining with our 25-foot rushing water sluice. See and touch giant museum exhibits of life-size and genuine fossils and minerals. Meets curriculum and Common Core standards. From school-wide to grade-level assemblies and workshops, to fundraising Family Fun Nights. Optional Museum Shop.
Attention teachers! We also offer a wide array of cool do-it-yourself activity supplies and classroom resources on our online Superstore. Celebrating our 14th year — as seen at the Bronx Zoo and hundreds of schools, nature centers, libraries and corporate events.

Museums

Bruce Museum
One Museum Drive, Greenwich
203-869-0376
www.brucemuseum.org
Consider the Bruce Museum an annex to your classroom. Our collections and inquiry-based STEAM programs are the perfect way to complement and enrich your day-to-day practice. The hands-on interaction of “touching” objects and “exploring” collections can enhance a child’s understanding of scientific phenomena and artistic creation, while also allowing them to make important connections between the sciences and humanities. Please visit www.brucemuseum.org to learn about our museum-based and outreach programs.

Connecticut Historical Society
1 Elizabeth Street, Hartford
860-236-5621, ext. 232
www.chs.org
The Connecticut Historical Society offers a variety of thematic, hands-on museum tours and classroom outreach programs on a range of Connecticut history and civics topics for pre-k through 12th-grade students. Using techniques including close-looking at historic objects and images, investigating primary documents and drama, history comes alive. All programs have been designed to align with the Common Core and the Connecticut Frameworks. For program details and information about special Home School Days, visit www.chs.org/education.

Connecticut River Museum
67 Main Street, Essex
860-767-8269 x 113
www.ctrivermuseum.org
Visit the Connecticut River Museum and explore river ecology, use simple machines and discover the past through documents and artifacts. Take a cruise on the River and maybe see an eagle! The interactive workshops serve grades K-12 and connect to state curriculum standards in multiple subject areas. Museum based and outreach programs available.

The Connecticut Science Center
250 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford
860-SCIENCE
www.CTScienceCenter.org
The Connecticut Science Center is dedicated to inspiring lifelong learning through interactive and innovative experiences that explore our changing world through science. As a statewide resource for science and technology education, we want all students to learn science through unique methods beyond the traditional textbook. We have developed exhibits, programs and other resources based on Science Standards to support the learning goals you have for your students.

Connecticut Trolley Museum
58 North Road, East Windsor
860-627-6540
www.ct-trolley.org
Enjoy a three-mile round trip through the scenic countryside on authentic, antique trolley cars. A period dressed motorman will tell you the history of the car you are riding in and the museum. Stroll through the Visitors Center, which houses several trolley cars and tells you the story of the trolley era from the Horsecar to the PCC car. Our theater shows a movie about trolleys, we have a gift shop to purchase a special souvenir and there is a picnic area to enjoy lunch or a snack.

Discovery Museum and Planetarium
4450 Park Avenue, Bridgeport
203-372-3521
www.discoverymuseum.org
Discover hands-on learning fun for scouts, school groups and families with over 100 interactive exhibits! Daily planetarium shows include “One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure” and films for all ages. Members enjoy special discounts on programs, birthday parties and museum rentals. School holiday specials, vacation programs, telescope nights and group activities include Scout Badge Requirement Sessions, Overnights at the Museum and numerous free events. Children under 3 are free, and can enjoy a special “Preschool Power” area.

Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road, Fairfield
203-259-1598
www.Fairfieldhistory.org
Education is at the core of the Fairfield Museum’s mission. Through engaging and innovative programs and field trips, we inspire diverse learners to make history personal and meaningful. Working closely with teachers and curriculum leaders to develop programs in social studies, language arts, art and other disciplines, the Fairfield Museum’s educational programs are designed to complement the Common Core, and help teachers foster critical thinking and 21st century learning skills, better preparing students for college and career. For more information, visit www.Fairfieldhistory.org/education.

Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme
860-434-5542
www.florencegriswoldmuseum.org
Learn about the life of Florence Griswold, a key figure in CT women’s history and American art history. Tour her house as interpreted for 1910 and see the work of artists who boarded there. Art activities include landscape painting on the museum’s grounds and riverfront. Visit the Krieble Art Gallery with changing art exhibitions.


Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum
295 West Avenue, Norwalk
203-838-9799  fax 203-838-1434
www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com
Explore the Civil War era and mid-to-late 19th century American history, art, design and architecture at this iconic National Historic Landmark. Learn how children lived during the Victorian era, breakthrough technologies, economics, and more. The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum offers field trips for students in elementary school, middle school and high school. For information on Field Trips and the Museum's Education Program please call 203-838-9799 ext. 4 or email info@lockwoodmathewsmansion.com.

Mattatuck Museum
144 West Main Street, Waterbury
203-753-0381
www.mattatuckmuseum.org
The Mattatuck features art galleries that house a collection of work by American artists from the 18th-21st centuries. Experience the art of America as it evolves over 160 years and moves toward groundbreaking vision of artists from the 20th century. On the first floor explore our interactive history exhibit where regional history transports you into the worlds of colonial farmers, factory workers and industrial magnates. This exhibit includes hands-on games, oral histories, and historic movie clips.


The New Children's Museum

The New Children’s Museum
950 Trout Brook Drive, West Hartford
860-231-2824
www.thechildrensmuseumct.org
The New Children’s Museum is a truly unique resource to support teachers and parents as they guide the next generation of lifelong learners. We engage children through fun, hands-on programs, which are aligned with Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. Our goal is to foster interest in scientific inquiry and respect for the natural world through exhibits, classes, a Wildlife Sanctuary and an immersive planetarium experience. The museum is at the forefront of the STEAM movement, infusing the Arts into STEM.

New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Park
191 Farmington Avenue, Kensington 06037
860-827-9064
www.newbritainyouthmuseum.org
The New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Park is a 27-acre nature center and museum located in Berlin. The nature center is home to farmyard animals, a variety of small mammals, reptiles and birds. There is also a play-scape area with picnic tables, walking trails, gardens and a small gift shop. We offer science classes for individuals as well as school programs and special events. Come explore with us!

New England Air Museum
36 Perimeter Road,
Windsor Locks
860-623-3305
www.neam.org
Experience the thrill of flight with one of the world’s most outstanding collections of historic aviation artifacts. The museum includes over 80 aircraft and an extensive collection of engines, instruments and related artifacts. Meet engineers who develop flight technology, watch demonstrations on the principles of flight and experience what it is like to fly an aircraft in one of the museum’s flight simulators. Hands-on education programs can also be delivered on-site and in schools as well!

The Shore Line Trolley Museum
17 River Street, East Haven 
203-467-6927
www.shorelinetrolley.org 
The  Shore Line Trolley Museum lets you experience how people traveled before cars and buses. The vintage trolley cars take you on a three-mile round trip through scenic woods and open wetlands. The museum houses exhibits and artifacts, and a guided tour of the extensive collection of antique streetcars teaches the history and significance of the trolley era. In continuous operation for over 100 years, this National Historic District hosts educational events throughout the year. 

Springfield Museums and the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden
21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA
413-263-6800, ext. 322
www.springfieldmuseums.org
One stop, four museums and the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden. Interpretive tours, hands-on science programs, history activities, art discovery adventures and more for ages pre-K to college. Mix and match topics to create an interdisciplinary field trip, or our Museums on the Go! educators can come to you! We can create a customized outreach visit for your school, troop meeting, science, fair, or community night.

Stepping Stones Museum for Children
303 West Avenue, Norwalk
203-899-0606 
www.steppingstonesmuseum.org
This award-winning museum with hands-on exhibits and programs ignites a love of learning. Report “live” from inside the human body in Healthville®, get wet in Energy Lab®, construct in Build It! and much more. From special exhibits to live performances, there is always something new to experience. Group tours and workshops are available and museum educators can conduct workshops in your classroom. Whether preschoolers are exploring the wonders of butterflies or fifth-graders are examining nano innovations, Stepping Stones is an exciting and engaging destination. Exhibits and workshops connect to national and state frameworks.

Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
170 Whitney Avenue, New Haven
203-432-5050 
www.peabody.yale.edu   
The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History opens a window of discovery into the world’s natural heritage — its flora, fauna, geology and people. The museum provides educational programs on biology, paleontology, geology, ancient civilizations, social studies and art to elementary through college-age students and other private and community-based groups. All programs draw on the museum’s exhibits to meet the needs of science and social studies education. Hands-on specimens are offered where possible.

Performance Arts

Garde Arts Center
325 State Street, New London
860-444-7373, ext. 1
www.gardearts.org
As part of our comprehensive arts programming for children and students, the Garde Arts Center offers live theater opportunities for young people, ages 5-18 with the Bob’s Discount Furniture Schooltime Series. This daytime series of plays and musicals includes study guides and links to educational curricula and is performed on the stage of the historic theater.

Literature Alive Program Playhouse on Park
244 Park Road, West Hartford
860-523-5900, ext. 15
www.playhouseonpark.org
The Literature Alive Program at Playhouse on Park in West Hartford exposes students to live theatre in a comfortable and professional setting. The program includes a study guide, a pre-show school visit, a performance at Playhouse on Park and a chance to meet the cast, post-show. Tickets range $6-$10 per student; teachers attend for free. For more information, contact Dawn Loveland, Director of Education at 860-523-5900, ext. 15, or visit www.playhouseonpark.org.

Warner Theatre
68 Main Street, Torrington
860-489-7180, ext. 115
www.warnertheatre.org/daytime-performances
Throughout the school year, we present special Daytime Performances for youth on the Warner‘s Main Stage. These productions are a wonderful way to bring the excitement and education of live theatre into the hearts and minds of young students. With excellent cross-curricular connections and engaging story lines, our Daytime Performance series is certain to delight children of all ages, while providing terrific learning opportunities as school field trips. This season’s programming includes Thumbelina on Friday, February 27 for grades PreK-4; and Miss Nelson is Missing on Monday, March 9 for grades K-3. Charlotte’s Web will amaze grades K-5 on Wednesday, April 1; and the series concludes with The Lightning Thief on Wednesday, May 20 for grades 2-6.

Sports/Activities

The Adam Kreiger Adventure Program
Hopkins School, 986 Forest Road, New Haven
203-387-3495
www.hopkins.edu/adventureprogram  
The Adam Kreiger Adventure Program provides groups of all ages with an opportunity to learn and grow through activities that involve varying levels of strategy, cooperation, trust and problem solving. These team building activities
make up the 30 element challenge course which is located on the campus of Hopkins School in New Haven. They are able to offer suitable and enjoyable programs for participants of all abilities. Each program differs based on the goals and objectives of the participants and will be handled at a pace that is appropriate and suitable for each respective group.

The Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum
4450 Park Avenue, Bridgeport
203-690-1717
www.discoveryadventurepark.org
Experience “adventure in the trees” in our amazing five-acre “aerial forest park.” The zip lines and challenge courses between tree platforms are where kids, teens and adults discover themselves and have a great time! Choose from eleven different, self-guided, color-coded courses, ranging from beginner through intermediate to expert — so nobody’s left out.  Fun for individuals and excellent for team building! Special rates for reserved groups of 10 or more. Climbers receive a complete safety orientation. Our double-connected, “always-locked-on” climbing system helps keep your harness securely attached to safety lines throughout your time in the trees. Guaranteed great memories!

The Adventure Park at Storrs, Connecticut
2007 Storrs Road, Storrs
860-946-0606
www.storrsadventurepark.com
Experience “adventure in the trees” in our amazing five-acre “aerial forest park.” The zip lines and challenge courses between tree platforms are where kids, teens and adults discover themselves and have a great time! Choose from five different, self-guided, color-coded courses, ranging from beginner through intermediate to expert — so nobody’s left out. Fun for individuals and excellent for team building! Special rates for reserved groups of 10 or more. Climbers receive a complete safety orientation. Our double-connected, “always-locked-on” climbing system helps keep your harness securely attached to safety lines throughout your time in the trees. Guaranteed great memories!

BounceU of Stratford
305 Hathaway Drive, Stratford
203-375-2700
www.bounceu.com/stratford
BounceU of North Branford
1289 Foxon Road, North Branford
203-484-9200
www.bounceu.com/northbranford
At BounceU of Stratford and North Branford, they specialize in perfect field
trip ideas. Throwing a PRIVATE field trip there, with amazing inflatables, couldn’t be easier — and they can accommodate up to 175 participants! BounceU is the perfect place for field trips because you don’t have to worry about the weather and others will not be interfering with your group!

Chelsea Piers Connecticut
1 Blachley Road, Stamford
203-989-1005
www.chelseapiersCT.com/schools
Chelsea Piers Connecticut is perfect for a variety of school-sponsored events and outings. Their 400,000 square foot facility can accommodate groups of 25 to 500, from elementary school to high school. Event planners will customize a program for your school, incorporating several of our sports or team building activities. Experienced staff will lead your group through a series of fun activities with student safety as a top priority. For more information, email events@chelseapiersCT.com.


EMPOWER Leadership Sports & Adventure Center

EMPOWER Leadership Sports & Adventure Center
2011 South Main Street, Middletown
860-638-4754
www.leadershipsports.com
EMPOWER adventure programs feature both aerial and ground-based adventures designed to teach youths how to lead themselves and lead others! EMPOWER is home to Connecticut’s only true zip line canopy tour as well as professionally facilitated and innovative ground-based team building challenges.
EMPOWER will design an adventure program specifically for your group, focused on self-coaching, leadership and positive support of peers. EMPOWER is open year round and can run programming on its 30-acre adventure facility or at your school’s gymnasium, classroom, or fields.

Jump-N-Jammin
815 Pine Street, Bristol
860-582-JUMP
www.jump-n-jammin.com
Jump-n-Jammin has over 18,000 sq ft of combined indoor/ outdoor space. Inside are nine large inflatables for ages 2-99, a Game Room equipped with large flat screen TV’s, Wii games, foosball, air hockey, basketball and a Pac Man arcade game. The best part: no tokens needed. Admission to Open Jumps include the game room! In the summer, enjoy three outdoor water slides in an enclosed playground area with gazebos and a picnic table. Life guard supervision provided. Special events at JNJ open for field trips: Dr Seuss’s Birthday, Jump with the Bunny and Egg Hunt, Mother Goose Day, Mickey’s Birthday and A Visit with Santa Jump! A snack, craft, storytime and jump time is offered to all field trips. Book a field trip by calling 860-582-5867.

Kinderdance New Haven
On site in child care facilities in New Haven County
203-626-1410
www.kinderdancenewhaven.com
Education through dance, motor development, gymnastics and fitness programs blended with numbers, colors, shapes, words and songs for children ages 2-12, taught on site in child care facilities and other viable locations. “Where children learn how to learn while they learn how to dance.”

Monster Mini Golf
14 Starr Road, Danbury
203-744-GOLF (4653) 
www.monsterminigolf.com
Monster Mini Golf is an exciting, indoor, monster-themed, glow-in-the-dark, 18 hole miniature golf course that offers a host of fun activities at every turn. Play mini golf among scary, but cool, monster décor with custom and animated props at every turn.
Field trips are custom designed for the individual needs of each organization and are geared for groups of 25 people or more. The cost ranges between $5-$7 per person, depending upon the ages of the participants, the approximate number of people and the time and day of the trip. The use of the private party room is an optional choice. Contact Monster Mini Golf with any questions so the trip will be a “hole-in-one” for everyone!

Transportation


Post Road Tours

Post Road Stages, Inc.
Post Road Tours
1105 Strong Road, South Windsor
860-644-1531  800-848-0223
www.postroadstages.com
Post Road offers a full range of transportation needs with charter bus services, airport transfers, educational sightseeing and group tour assistance. Our 55 passenger motorcoaches come equipped with all the newest amenities. We can offer a wheelchair lift motorcoach and we can design a customized itinerary to meet your specific group’s needs. Post Road is a full service bus company providing superior care in educational school travel.

 

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