There is a chance of rain both days this weekend, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with your little ones!  A lot is going on this weekend-inside and out.  Here are a few of my favorite ideas!

Inside Activities:

West Hartford Children’s Museum Planetarium Shows– This weekend a variety of shows for all ages will be playing in the science dome. “Larry Cat in Space”, “Invaders of Mars”, “One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure”, and “Astronaut”. Take a look on the website for show times!

Mystic Aquarium– National Estuaries Day Saturday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet members of local environmental organizations and partake in various educational activities and games. There will also be crafts and a scavenger hunt for the kids. Activities are included with admission: $29 adults, $26 seniors over age 60, $21 ages 3 through 17 and free for children 2 and under.

Kidcity Children’s Museum– For children 0-8 and their favorite adults. Sat: 9-5, Sun: 11-5. Adults and children $8 each and children under 1 free.

Your local Barnes and Noble and Library are also fabulous places to bring kids on a rainy day!

Outdoor Activities:

Quassy Amusement Park– Octoberfest/Last weekend of the season.  Print this coupon for one all-day ride pass! Middlebury, CT.

Durham Fair-Enjoy rides and games on the midway; live entertainment, first-class animal competitions and discovery events on the Corn Stalk Stage, along with a wide variety of crafts, exhibits, shopping and plenty of food.

Connecticut Renaissance Fair— Opening weekend of this four-week festival in Hebron, which runs through Oct. 16 at the Lions Fairgrounds, features fire eaters, magic, comedy, armored combat, chivalrous knights and jousting. Peruse New England’s largest medieval marketplace, filled with jewelry, original art, Renaissance garb, armor, old-world toys, home décor and collectibles. Food will be available. The event is open on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $16 for general admission and $10 for children ages 5-12. Children under 5 enter for free.

Haunted Corn Maze–Not sure you believe in ghosts and goblins? Travel over to the Nathan Hale’s homestead in Coventry, home of the family of State Hero, Nathan Hale and check it out. Make sure you bring your flashlight and leave your scaredy pants at home! And by all means – watch out for spooky surprises as you navigate your way through the maze. Admission: $8 per person, $25 for a family (two adults and any number of children).

Lyman Orchards–Corn maze and pick your own apples all weekend! Middlefield, CT

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