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Connecticut’s Best Stuff For Tweens

January 12, 2011 5:22 PM

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(credit: thechildrensmuseumct.org)

(credit: thechildrensmuseumct.org)

Tweens are at that stage where they are too old to do “kid” stuff, but not quite old enough to fully appreciate some of the more cultured aspects of Connecticut. Yet, there are still ways to include both fun and education into their exploration of the city. Connecticut’s best stuff for tweens includes activities that appeal to people of all ages and remind us that sometimes it’s OK to still be a kid. - Nicole Roberge
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(credit: thechildrensmuseumct.org)

The Children’s Museum

950 Trout Brook Dr.
West Hartford, CT 06119
(860) 231-2824
thechildrensmuseumct.org

While many people assume a children’s museum is strictly for younger kids, Hartford’s Children’s Museum goes well beyond the age of nursery rhymes. It’s home to Connecticut’s largest digital planetarium and offers laser shows featuring the music of Pink Floyd, U2 and others. There is also a wildlife sanctuary with lizards, tarantulas, snakes, bobcats, fish and turtles, and other fun exhibits with wide appeal, such as the one that lets visitors experience what it’s like to be an astronaut! The museum also offers special events such as full moon hikes, Chinese New Year celebrations and telescope parties.

Ski Sundown

126 Ratlum Rd.
New Hartford, CT 06057
(860) 379-SNOW
skisundown.com

Ski Sundown offers mountain adventures with skiing for those ages five to 15, and snowboarding for those ages seven to 15. All skill levels are welcome to learn and participate in group activities, which can be fantastic opportunities for tweens to interact and make new friends. The group classes are 2.5 hours per week and are fun activities for tweens who want to try something a little more adventurous, but still want to play in the snow!

Lake Compounce

822 Lake Ave.
Bristol, CT 06010-7381
(860) 583-3300
lakecompounce.com

Lake Compounce is home to Boulder Dash, which has been voted the World’s #1 Wooden Roller Coaster. If you’re not the roller coaster type, head over to Mammoth Falls for a family raft adventure. Yes, you will probably get wet, but don’t put on that change of clothes before trying out Saw Mill Plunge log ride! You can scream the whole way down without embarrassment, as everyone else is squealing, too. When your feet are tired and it’s time to relax, hop on the sky ride, a half-hour scenic ride up the mountain. After a day of fun, sit back for some entertainment with Cliff Hopkins and Kelly as they do their magical illusions and comedy. It’s a fun day for all ages –perfect for tweens and the adults that take them!

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