Here are some of the best things Kid-Friendly Events in CT for Memorial Day!
The Robin Hood Springtime Festival starts this weekend at the Guilford Fairgrounds. Medieval knights joust, troubadours warble, acrobats leap. Don and flowered tiara or chew on a turkey leg. Come as you are or as you wish to be, costumes are not required at this family fun spring faire!
Celebrate the unofficial start of summer at Mystic Seaport’s Lobster Days in Mystic, CT, this Memorial Day weekend. Nothing says summer quite like fresh-cracked lobster, and this waterfront family attraction is the ideal place to feast on this quintessentially New England meal! Savor lobster in the rough under the open-air Boat Shed, and enjoy views of boats cruising on the Mystic River and music of the sea.
Monday pay tribute to fallen Civil War soldiers during Decoration Day at the Seaport. Service at noon in the Greenmanville Church at noon, followed by a procession to Chubb’s Wharf for the playing of “Taps” and a wreath-laying ceremony upon the Mystic River.
Make a weekend of it by visiting nearby Mystic Aquarium, too, to see Meet Spider-Man and Iron Man! You might even treat the kids to an overnight stay with the Nautical Adventure package offered by Mystic Seaport, which includes one night at the Residence Inn by Marriot in Mystic, CT; a hot breakfast buffet; two Mystic Seaport tickets and use of the hotel’s indoor pool and fitness room.
More Memorial Day Events in CT for Kids and Families
What better place to experience Connecticut’s rich history than in Old Wethersfield, birthplace of the U.S. Cavalry for Heritage Weekend? Start with the town’s traditional Memorial Day Parade at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, then head to the grounds of the Keeney Center, where kids will love meeting Revolutionary War reenactors and seeing horses from the Second Continental Light Dragoons, Sheldon’s Horse (Washington’s elite mounted troops, founded in Wethersfield in 1776) and Doughty’s Artillery participate in patrols, mounted and dismounted military demonstrations, artillery drills and a cannon salute to veterans. The Keeney Memorial Cultural Center will be open free for visitors to enjoy historical exhibits. Across the street, the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum hosts a Revolutionary War Encampment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring the chance to interact with members of the Fifth Connecticut Regiment in full colonial costume. After the regiment partakes of its midday meal, children will be invited to learn to march and perform drills with wooden “muskets.” The British are expected to attack at 1 p.m. Admission to the encampment is free; regular admission rates apply for optional museum tours.
- Come out to the Dionysos Greek Festival at the St. George Greek Orthodox Church in New Britain the entire weekend for some delicious homemade food and desserts! Free parking and fun for the whole family. You won’t want to miss out! OPA!
- Saturday, 5/24 Rainbow Fishway Open House at the Rainbow Dam Fishway, Windsor from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. View actively migrating fish, observe how a fish ladder operates, learn about life histories of migrating fish in Connecticut. *FREE*
- Saturday & Sunday, 5/24-25 is the annual Angel Ride, one of New England’s premiere bicycle rides, providing a two day experience unlike any other. From the athletic challenge of the 135-mile ride, to the camaraderie of the riders and volunteers, to the direct impact on the lives of children with serious illnesses. *FREE* for spectators
CT Memorial Day Parades
Wave a flag at a Memorial Day parade, and celebrate Connecticut communities while honoring those who have died serving our country. Beginning Sunday in Woodbury, onto to Monday…start with a pancake breakfast in Unionville and contribute to Foodshare! If you’re looking for a Memorial Day Parade with something more, the Danbury, CT, Memorial Day Parade will be followed by parachute jumpers landing on the baseball field at Rogers Park. Here’s a list of more Connecticut Memorial Day Parades in East Lyme/Niantic, Trumbull, West Hartford, Westport, East Hartford, Southbury, Darien, Danbury, New Milford, Hamden, Windsor, East Granby, Rocky Hill, Madison, Farmington, Unionville, Berlin, Bethany, Ellington, Fairfield, Meriden, Milford, Norwalk, Old Saybrook, Simsbury, Stratford, Wallingford, West Haven, Westport, Wilton.
Check the Kidtivity Events Calendar for more Memorial Day weekend happenings and fun things to do with kids in CT every day of the year.