New Year's Day Activities for Kids: Ice Skating, Polar Plunges, Imax & Nature (Fairfield County)
Growing up, New Year's Day equated to parking it in front of the Rose Bowl parade, and the smell 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 need a plan. If you, too, will be staring down some squirrelly kids this New Year's Day (after a fun-filled New Years Eve), we've got some ideas for how to kick off your 2014 in Fairfield County.
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:
1) Save the Children Mossman Polar Plunge
2) TI Polar Bear Plunge
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 203-929-6500
Wonderland of Ice
These guys have the best prices around, and two lengthy public sessions: 11am - 4:30pm 5 - 10pm Adults (12 & Up) - $6 Children (12 & Under) - $4 Skate Rental - $4
123 Glenwood Ave., Bridgeport, CT 203-576-8110
Sono Ice House
Public ice skating from 11am - 3pm. Adults (13 & Up) - $9 Children (12 & Under) and Seniors - $7 Skate Rental - $5
300 Wilson Ave., Norwalk, CT 06854 203-956-0255
Winter Garden Ice Arena
They'll have two public sessions: 10:50am - 12:50pm 2:10-4:10pm 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 Adults $8 Children (14 & Under) - $5 Skate rental $4 Helmet rental $5
111 Prospect Ridge, Ridgefield, CT 203-438-4423
Nothing beats an outdoor rink. The ice at Longshore will be open to the public from 11am - 9pm. Adults $10 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 203-226-7465
Stamford Twin Rinks
Public ice skating: 10 - 3:50pm Sticks & Pucks Lesson ($12; helmets & gloves required): 4 - 5:50pm All ages $9 Skates $4.50
1063 Hope Street Stamford, CT 06907 203-968-9000
Originally published 12/28/12.