Wear Red and Get 15-Percent Off at the Beardsley Zoo
1875 Noble Ave.
Bridgeport, CT 06610
Date: Feb. 14, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Animals need love too, and there are many cute and cuddly (as well as fierce and ferocious) animals to see at the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport. Anyone who comes in on Valentine’s Day wearing something red gets a 15-percent discount on the price of admission. The zoo opens at 9 a.m. and while it does close its gates at 4 p.m., that is still plenty of time for parents with preschoolers or those who might give their kids an afternoon off from school to see and enjoy the many animals at what is still Connecticut’s only zoo.
Host a Valentine’s Cake, Cupcake or Cookie Making Party
47 Saugatuck Ave.
Westport, CT 06880
Kids love to be creative for Valentine’s Day, and they love to decorate things – especially things they can eat (or give to friends or family). Why not host a Valentine’s Day cake, cupcake or cookie making party? The professionals at Cake Suite in Westport can put on quite a party and can provide a “party to go” kit for brave and creative parents. It includes everything needed for the party – including decorations, icing, boxes for kids to pack up what they made to take home or give as gifts and even disposable aprons – all for $250 for 15 kids (with supplies for additional partygoers at $10 each).
Visit Imagine-Nation Museum for Children
Imagine Nation Museum
1 Pleasant St.
Bristol, CT 06010
A children’s museum is a great place to spend Valentine’s Day with kids. Imagine Nation Museum in Bristol is one of the best of its kind in a state filled with great museums. It is kid-friendly and packed with things kids are encouraged to touch. There are more than a score of “interactive” exhibits for children to play with and learn from. Designed for children from two to 10 years of age, the museum is open on Valentine’s Day until 5 p.m. There is also a nostalgic 1940s soda fountain inside (which on weekends is available for private soda-fountain kids parties).
Bounce-Away Valentine’s Day
712 Brook St.
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
Bounce-U is a great place for kids to burn off that sugar high from all of the heart-shaped candy they get on February 14. There are three Bounce-U locations in Connecticut, and each is packed with big things for kids to bounce upon. The giant inflatable indoor bounce stadiums are fun for kids of all ages. On Valentine’s Day morning, there is open bounce for pre-schoolers at 9 a.m., with additional sessions at noon for half-day kindergarteners and at 3:30 p.m. for the after-school crowd. Bounce-U can host private parties or parents can just bring their kids (perhaps with some special Valentine’s friends) for fun and games and lots of exercise.
Galaxy Roller Rink
210 Bridge St.
Groton, CT 06340
Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year – which is fortuitous for anyone who loves to roller skate. Why? Because every Friday is “Top 40 Evening Skate” at the Galaxy Roller Rink in Groton. Open skate starts at 7:30 p.m. and goes until 11 p.m., and costs only $8. Every Saturday and Sunday there are special afternoon kids’ skating times, or “Kids Pop Great Skates” as they are better known.
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