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Memorial Day weekend is a mix of joy- summer is almost here!- and remembrance.

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite playgrounds and a whole bunch of splash pads. Connecticut also has some fabulous state parks that make for a beautiful day out- and CT DEEP has some extra special events at Nature Centers, Museums and Historic Buildings.

Worried about the rain? There are lots of indoor activities – you can brush up on your swim skills at one of Connecticut’s many indoor pools, or visit your local library to check out some family fun activities (just check in to see what their hours are, since some do close for Memorial Day weekend).

While you’re enjoying the long weekend, consider making cards for your local Veteran’s association or helping out with an organization like Operation Gratitude. Attend a ceremony or parade and show your support.

Friday, 5/26

  • Robin Hood’s Faire! A family adventure into the 12th century with Robin Hood, Maid Marion, Friar Tuck, Little John, nobles, peasants, jousting knights, fire-eaters, magicians, jesters, and numerous interactive characters that breathe life into the village. Runs Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
  • Simsbury Duck Race: Racer Ducks are numbered rubber ducks that correspond to consecutively numbered raffle tickets. Racer Ducks will be released into the Farmington River at the designated starting point of the Duck Race. The Racer Ducks will be carried downstream by the water’s natural current. At the finishing point, a set of buoys constructed in a funnel shape will allow for the passage of one rubber duck at a time in order to determine the prize winners.
  • Spring Carnival at the Westbrook Outlets: Operating all weekend: We are thrilled to be offering our Spring Carnival once again this year with loads of rides for every age, lots of fun for all, and of course FAIR FOOD!.
  • Memorial Day Weekend Warriors at Mystic KOA: The weekend will be filled with USA Trivia games, a bicycle parade, a cornhole tournament, ice pop social, and a band with dancing!
  • Memorial Day Weekend Boating Adventures with Captain MorganEnjoy time on the Connecticut River with Captain Morgan. Public and private charters, trainings and more!
  • Dino Seas comes to Mystic Aquarium: Check out this Brand New Exhibit, opening Memorial Day weekend!

Saturday, 5/27

  • Wethersfield Heritage Weekend and Spring Festival: Come join Heirloom Market for their Annual Spring Festival. Featuring local vendors and artisans, kid friendly activities, gardening talks, thousands of spring starts for your garden and an outdoor summer BBQ as well as from scratch baked pies and so much more! Alpacas, Henna, and face painting too! Great food and fun for the whole family.
  • Corsair Day at the Connecticut Air and Space CenterSee impressive aircraft featuring Connecticut Aviation History!
  • Tiny Art Show at Ives Main Library, New Haven: While you are more than welcome to pick up your kit and do it at home, participants are encouraged to come into the Ives Squared space and use our art supplies to create their tiny art masterpieces! Artists of all ages are welcome to join us for our second Tiny Art Show! Each participant will receive a 4×4 canvas and supplies. Please note that kits are only available while supplies last.
  • Brownstone Park Opens: OPEN Memorial Day weekend 10 am – 6 pm- come swim, Zip Line, Cliff Jump, Rope Swing, Wakeboard, Rock Climb Kayak & Paddleboard! 
  • Greater Middletown Military Museum: Explore military history right in Middletown and listen to stories of the families of those service members and the civilian manufacturing that supports our military.
  • Willimantic Farmer’s MarketPay a visit to Connecticut’s oldest Farmer’s Market and bring home treats for your Memorial Day BBQ. 
  • Ellington Farmer’s Market: Head to Arbor Park to check out some farm fresh delights! 
  • Wallingford Farmers Market: We have a fantastic lineup of vendors this year. Due to many requests, our market will begin an hour later this year, now 10am-1pm.
  • Storrs Farmers Market: At Storrs Farmers Market, our focus is food. We strive to provide the highest quality, locally-grown and -produced foods for our community. Our farmers and vendors take great pride in their work, and it shows!
  • Everyone Pays Kids Price & Honoring those Who Served at the Connecticut Science Center: To show appreciation to all service members and first responders, we offer FREE General Admission for the service member and Kids’ Pricing for everyone else. This offer applies to all active-reserve-retired military, fire, police, state troopers, and medical personnel (Doctor, Nurse, EMT, Paramedic, etc.).

Sunday, 5/28


Monday, 5/29


*Awaiting official town confirmation- check back for more details.

A lot of effort is made to give you accurate information but it’s always best to “be safe than sorry” by calling the organization ahead of your visit.

Remember events added daily so check Kidtivity Events Calendar for more Weekend Things to Do with kids in CT and activities your family every day of the year.  

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