A must-see for any dinosaur enthusiast!
Jurassic Quest is such a great day out for the entire family to enjoy! From the realistic looking animatronics to the ride-on dinosaurs to the gift shop to the entertainment pictures and displays. Lincoln and Layla both LOVED it and we barely got through the entire convention center, there was so much to do!
The animatronics were so real looking! Lincoln gasped the second that we walked through the big gate of the exhibits. The first thing he saw was a large raptor that's tail and head were moving around and made a loud roar! I don't know if we were supposed to touch them but we did and they felt really rubbery but not hard plastic, which made them seem even more realistic.
They had little placecards in front of most of the dinosaurs with their name and a plaque that had some random facts. Lincoln loved spouting off each dinosaur's name as we passed them and talking about what he already knew about them.
I really liked that they made it more like a maze so there wasn't a huge line of people at each dinosaur and it was easy to weave in and out to see which dinosaurs you felt like. There wasn't just a single way through, you had plenty of space to walk, stop, and go at your own pace.
THERE WAS SO MUCH TO DO!
We weren't able to make it through the entire place and visit all of the stations. We prioritized what the kids wanted to first and by the time we finished that, it was already 12:30! This is definitely somewhere that you can spend several hours at and still not get to see everything. Which is amazing! A day trip, for sure. If we ever do this excursion again, I'd love to go earlier at like 9 so that we get a full morning visiting.
My favorite was all the moments to take a quick picture! They had dinosaurs that you could sit atop and take a picture. They were super tall! Layla got onto the big carnataurus and got to sit on the back of it, while Lincoln was a little too nervous.
They both hopped onto the back of a brachiosaurus and rode around. These little guys moved in a circle like a ride, very slowly though, but the kids both thought it was super cool. They also loved the dinosaur dig where they used brushes and hammers to find some fossils in the sand.
There were areas we didn't get to try because the lines were long and both kids were melting down for lunch and nap time. There was a craft area with fun activities for the kids to do and make. There was an entire wall of blow up jump houses, slides, and bouncy things that we couldn't wait in the long lines for. They had the cafes and sweet shops open but we ran out of time for those, too.
Overall, a definite win and wonderful day out with the entire family!
NEWTOWN, CT children's museum @everwondercm was a hidden little interactive museum we discovered through CT Summer Museums🖼️
There is a lot to unpack here, but the highlights for us were the imagination station room, bearded dragon, grocery store, and floor games.
I was a little disappointed with toddler town and was expecting it to have more. The grocery room was great, but with one carriage, one register, and one kitchen spot they couldn't play fully together. The train/transportation room was full of cool tracks and vehicles and the sensory room was fun--but it definitely felt empty, like there could've been just something extra novel and different that wouldn't be elsewhere.
We were lucky to see the bearded dragon Mrs Morris up close and learned a bit about them from a staff member who was great and kind and patient. That was a great experience!
We didn't fully get to use the exhibits because they're geared a bit older. The magnet wall Lincoln loved but was too short to take full advantage of it. They had a tinker room that was cool but again, a little too old for us.
Overall, it was a fun morning and Lincoln left talking about the ramp and three wheeled cars so that's great and he really had fun! For me, I can't justify another trip because while we had fun, there wasn't much that held the kid's attention for more than a minute or two. New animals or an updated toddler geared exhibit would bring us back though!
For the location and ease of getting there, this zoo gets bonus points. Honestly, it's such a cute zoo--the animals look healthy, the habitats are well maintained and clean, the layout is easy to navigate.
There isn't a lot of diversity in animals and since it is smaller, it's a morning trip not a full day trip. We leisurely walked from 10-12 and that was enough for us all. We saw everything and weren't rushing around at all, if anything we were dragging to spend more time there.
The animals that are there are awesome. The wolves were so cool, and the spider monkeys put on a serious show (Lincoln was cracking up as they played on a ropes course). Alligators were a big hit and the Sumatran tiger was beautiful. I personally thought the black leopard was amazing! I loved watching him/her walk across the enclosure.
Some areas were closed due to COVID restrictions. We wanted to ride the carousel and it was closed. The indoor rainforest portion was closed. We had been once before and that inside part was really cool and you could get up close with the lizards and snakes. Loved it! They're opening a farmyard in June and we might go just for that! It looked really cool!
Overall, definitely a fun morning, some beautiful animals we don't get to see normally, and an easy walk with two toddlers. It's a perfect morning trip and at $15/person not a hefty outing. We stopped in the shop on the way out too! Very small, very cute, and a nice morning trip!
We found this little gem online and decided to visit. Cows were the main draw, but we went while an art show was going on and auction and all these fun summer activities! They have an entire building for art and culture exhibits and although that's not a draw for us, it's pretty great to expand sometimes.
They have a ton of cows! They're very well kept and have their own rolling pastures. The hills and trees and mountains were gorgeous. The views alone made it a cool outing for me. There was two little baby cows that had been born about a month prior and inside the barn was about a dozen cows. They were inside because the flies were out.
There's not much and it's more farm than attraction which is completely fine. The animals were all free ranging in their fields and we didn't get to see the sheep because they were so far out on the hill and we weren't about to hike that far. The owner recommended coming back in the afternoon because it was typically cooler and the animals were moved and fed at that time.
They also have a reptile area we didn't see because of the garden show festivities, but she said that they had snakes, various frogs, different lizards, and more. Lincoln would love that I'm sure!
Definitely a see if you like traditional farms, kind people who will give you lots of fun info on the animals and farm itself, and a quick trip to pet a cow, see endless chickens, and look to the hills for sheep!
RIDGEFIELD Parks and Rec playground has tons of little nooks to explore and plenty of space to grow into! Easy to make a day of fun and lots to climb, run, and jump on!
What I liked most was the room to run! There was a ton of stairs, climbers, rock walls, and ramps to run up and down and make quick turns and stops.
While Lincoln was able to do a lot of the equipment, there was a few climbing areas that he was too short or not really willing to try yet! It didn't deter from how much fun they had, in fact, it'll probably help that eventually they can do these spaces.
The equipment is metal but not too hot (we went on an 88 degree day!) and honestly all of it had siding so I didn't worry about kids falling off or getting hurt while they ran.
Overall, a super fun public playground with lots of space to run your energy out and explore new skills. Definitely a must play if you're in this area!
NORWALK Sky Zone was an amazing hour of exercise, for all of us! They offer a "little learners" time on Saturday and Sunday from 9-11 and this was perfect for our family. It was quiet, no big kids to worry about, and lots of space to explore.
I feel like we didn't even get to see the entire facility because the little nooks weren't easy to see. Anything trampolines and ropes and balance beams was there! While some areas were definitely not for this aged kids, it's nice knowing that they'll grow into the harder courses.
Since we went during a quiet time, everything appeared super clean and well kept up. The toddler area had foam pieces that had clearly been bitten into but not dirty at all. They had sanitizing stations all over and attendants walking the building at all times. It felt safe and clean and easy to not run into others if you didn't want to.
So impressed and so happy the kids enjoyed it because we were worried they might be too little. Not the case! We loved it and the second we got in the car Lincoln said "that's a good place!"