New Year's Day Activities for Kids (Fairfield County)
Growing up, New Year's Day equated to the Rose Bowl parade and football on the tube, and the scent of pork roast and sauerkraut wafting from the kitchen. Since my kids don't much care for any of the above, (minus the parade, which is never a guarantee on 1/1 anymore), we're gonna need a plan! If you're gonna be staring down some squirrelly kids over your scrambled eggs, too, we've got some ideas for how to spend the day.
Some are indoors, some are outdoors ... some are downright cuckoo! Happy New Year everyone!
Norwalk Maritime Aquarium & IMAX Theater
This is the only local attraction we found that was willing to throw open its doors on New Year's Day! Visit all the animals and take in an IMAX show with the kids.
10 N. Water St., Norwalk, CT
Webb Mountain Discovery Zone
If it's a decent day, get outside with the tykes for a family hike. Grab a scavenger hunt card before you hit the trail for some guided fun! Even better, this place is totally FREE.
71 Webb Mountain Circle, Monroe, CT
If it's a decent day, and your bunch is ever so slightly crazy, take a dip ... in Long Island Sound! Two groups are going all in for good causes:
What could be more winter than ice skating? All of the local rinks are open on New Year's Day, including the outdoor one in Westport:
Sports Center of CT
The ice rink will be open for public skating from 1 - 3:50pm. (Or, if 'Lazer Tag' is more your thing, stop in anytime between 12 - 5pm).
784 River Rd. (Rt. 110)
Shelton, CT 06484
Wonderland of Ice
These guys have the best prices around, and two lengthy public sessions:
11am - 4:30pm
5 - 9pm
Adults (12 & Up) - $6
Children (12 & Under) - $4
Skate Rental - $4
123 Glenwood Ave., Bridgeport, CT
Sono Ice House
Public ice skating from 11am - 1pm.
Adults (13 & Up) - $9
Children (12 & Under) and Seniors - $7
Skate Rental - $5
300 Wilson Ave., Norwalk, CT 06854
Winter Garden Ice Arena
They'll have two public sessions:
10:50am - 12:50pm
Or, for the young hockey enthusiast looking to have a lesson, two 'Sticks & Pucks' sessions ($10, helmets required):
9:10 - 10:40am
4:30 - 6pm
Children (14 & Under) - $5
Skate rental $4
Helmet rental $5
111 Prospect Ridge, Ridgefield, CT
Nothing beats an outdoor rink. The ice at Longshore will be open to the public from 11am - 7pm.
Adult with Westport Parks & Rec handpass $8
Child (Under 12) $6.25
Child (Under 12) with handpass $5
Skate rental $5
260 Compo Road South, Westport, CT
Stamford Twin Rinks
Public ice skating:
10 - 11:50am
12 - 1:50pm
2 - 3:50pm
Sticks & Pucks Lesson ($12; helmets & gloves required):
4 - 5:50pm
All ages $9
1063 Hope Street Stamford, CT 06907