Summer Activities for Kids in Stamford

How to keep kids occupied and having fun when school's out!



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School is out for summer and unless the kids are off to a two-month engagement at sleep away camp, you’ll want to pencil in a few activities to keep them (and you!) occupied and sane.

The good news is Stamford’s got plenty of cultural activities to keep everyone busy without navigating I-95 summer traffic. (Save that for your vacation exit.)

Meanwhile, here are some ideas that can fill your calendar until the school buses arrive again…

  • Take in a Free Flick: Every Tuesday and Wednesday kids and parents can take in a free movie at Bow tie Cinema’s Landmark 9 Theater in Stamford. Seriously, admission is really free –okay, maybe popcorn and Jolly Ranchers are extra—but you can chill in air conditioning watching fun fare like Alvin & The Chipmunks or Walking with Dinosaurs. Visit Bowtiecinemas.com for details
  • Go for a Swim: Because it’s tucked away in North Stamford, even some city diehards tend to forget Stamford has a public pool. It’s located at Dorothy Heroy Park and a city park beach permit is required to use it. The park also has picnic tables, hiking trails and playgrounds.
  • Have Some Barbecue: Besides having a great playground you can visit any day of the week Stamford’s Mill River Park hosts its second annual Pork in the Park barbecue festival on July 12th and 13th. This year the festival expands on its kids’ activities with an inflatable zone as well as pig races — a hoot for grownup spectators too. Visit MillRiverpark.com for details.
  • Go Sailing: Soundwaters’ afternoon sails on its 80’ schooner are a great way to enjoy our coastal waters while learning something about the eco-system of Long Island Sound from above and below the water’s surface. The kids can even test groundwater, learn about hypoxia and help hoist the sails. Visit Soundwaters.org for details.
  • Try a New Sport: While Chelsea Piers’ Stamford offers many sports-specific camps for kids who just love their lacrosse or tennis; its multi-sports camps give the active set a physical smorgasbord of everything. Offerings include everything from basketball to gymnastics and rock climbing to squash and of course, there’s a chance to take a dip in the facility’s famed Splash Zone. Camps run throughout the summer. Visit Chelseapiersct.com/camp for details.
  • Catch a Cult Classic: Follow the yellow brick road straight to Bedford Street and enjoy the Avon Theater’s 75th anniversary celebration of the Wizard of Oz. The August 12th festivities and big-screen viewing at the Avon are free and there’s a pre-party at Lucky’s Classic Burger & Malt Shop. Visit Avontheater.org for details.
  • Take an Art Stroll: Stamford Downtown’s annual Art Walk returns this year on June 27 and June 28 with activities that include park yoga, free kids drawing activities and outdoor art classes.
  • Visit a Great Boundless Playground: Even if it’s not in your neighborhood, Stamford’s Twin Meadows Playground (tucked behind Stillmeadow School) is a wonderful example of a boundless play space designed for kids of all abilities to enjoy some outdoor fun and recreation. Visit TwinMeadowsPlayground.com for details.
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