Finding activities to keep your children busy during the summer can be difficult, especially with admission costs adding up. Having fun this summer does not mean you have to break the bank. Children’s activities across the state of Connecticut have free admission or are open to the public. Check out the listing below for a variety of free activities for children this summer.
Westmoor Park
19 Flagg Road
West Hartford, CT 06117
(860) 561-8260

Westmoor Park has so much to offer, it is almost hard to believe it is free and open daily. It is a self funded educational and environmental center on 162 acres. Come explore the barnyard, discovery room, wildlife meadows, pond and trails. The barnyard is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and features goats, horses, donkeys, bunnies, poultry, sheep, cows and cats. Don’t miss the discovery room filled with reptiles, snakes, turtles, geckos, amphibians and other creepy crawly critters. All trails are open from 9 a.m. to dusk. Westmoor Park creates a fun learning environment that your kids will love.

Animation Celebration At Mill River Park 
1010 Washington Blvd.
Stamford, CT 06901
(203) 989-0321

What a unique experience for your kids to have an outdoor movie viewing of their favorite animated film! Who doesn’t love movies – especially when they are free? Mill River Park is featuring a free summer kids series on Saturday nights through August 1. Each week will feature one movie; movies start at 6 p.m. Featured movies include “SpongeBob,” “Paddington,” “The Boxtrolls,” “Planes: Fire & Rescue,” “Big Hero 6” and a “Frozen Sing-a-Long.”

Wolcott Park Splash Pad
Wolcott Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06111
(860) 561-7500

Instead of paying expensive prices to enter a water park or committing to a pool pass this summer, consider the splash pad at Wolcott Park instead. The park has more than one entrance; to access the playground and splash pad, enter from Wolcott Avenue where there is free parking available. The splash pad provides a safe and fun way to cool off this summer, especially for toddlers that haven’t learned pool safety or swimming. The splash pad provides extra safety with a gate around both the splash pad and the playground located adjacent.

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Elizabeth Park Summer Concert Series
1561 Asylum Ave.
West Hartford CT 06117
(860) 231-9443

Elizabeth Park is a beautiful park located in West Hartford. People frequent the park for its flowers and gardens and many photo opportunities. Take a walk around the gardens or just relax on a bench. This summer Elizabeth Park transforms to a fun musical event every Wednesday night from July 1 to August 12, 2015. The summer concert series provides a free event to bring the family. Pack a blanket, lawn chairs and snacks for all to enjoy. Concerts begin 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Rose Garden lawn. In the event of rain, the rain date is Thursday at the Pond House.

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Stonington Free Library
Summer Reading Program
20 High Street
Stonington, CT 06378
(860) 535-0658

For a change of pace this summer, get the kids outside and to the library to check out some free books. While you’re there, take a look at this summer’s reading program and keep your kids minds and imaginations engaged throughout the summer. This is a great way not only to feed their minds, but to also prepare them for the coming school year.

Kimberly Ord is a freelance writer and lifetime resident of Connecticut. Her work can be found at