Hot on the heels of Connecticut Trails Day last weekend (I hope it was fun!) is Connecticut’s Open House Day this Saturday. It is another state-wide event this time featuring many of CT’s museums and other fun places. I assembled a list of free events for parents featuring activities in Fairfield County and its environs. Hartford’s Harriet Beecher Stowe House and Mark Twain Museum have a lot of ceremony along with their Open House participation.
Many local town history museums are offering free admission all day on Saturday (check the websites for hours).
- Stamford Museum & Nature Center
- Rowayton Historical Society
- Norwalk Historical Society
- Norwalk Museum
- Shelton History Center
- Fairfield Museum and History Center
- Sherman Historical Society
- Watertown Historical Society Museum & Schoolhouse
- Connecticut Antique Machinery Association Museum along with Sloane-Stanley Museum and Kent Furnace
The Great Park Pusuit is also holding its Family Historic Sites Day. Along with getting another stamp in your passport, there is no admission to sites participating. Here are the sites near us.
- Dinosaur State Park, Rocky Hill (OK–this is not near us, but it’s fun)
Osborne Homestead Museum, Derby
Putnam Memorial State Park, Redding
With Father’s Day coming up the following weekend, Open House might be great way to celebrate early with an affordable family outing. Here are a couple of great discounts offered for Open House Day. It’s not free, but these are deeply discounted.
- Discovery Museum is half-price
- Lake Compounce Family Theme Park is reducing admission after 4 pm to $10.
- Eli Whitney will have a special “Micro Boats” walk-in project where kids and teens can make one boat for free or three for $5.
Although I’m partial to history museums myself, Connecticut Open House Day has many different ways to participate.