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#MyMishpacha Goes to Stamford, Connecticut

Adina Markowitz

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

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ou’re itching to hit the road and see the sights. But sometimes life — or your boss — just doesn’t allow for an exotic getaway to a far-flung locale. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy summer or escape the city. Just take the #MyMishpacha challenge – four weeks, four adventures! We give you four complete itineraries for overnight trips that may be short, but pack a whole lot of fun. You give us photos of your family in one of these locations tagged with #MyMishpacha. By posting your tagged photo and following Mishpacha on Facebook or Twitter, you will be entered into a raffle for a free subscription. Win-win, right?  

Stamford may not be a famous tourist destination, but with its plethora of kid-friendly activities and as home to Stamford Yeshiva, it makes a great trip for frum families. You’ll enjoy Stamford both outdoors and in, from its beautiful nature-themed attractions to its kiddie-oriented activity centers.

 

DAY 1

Stamford Museum and Nature Center

If you’re coming from the New York–New Jersey area, then driving to Stamford, Connecticut, should be a breeze. Well, okay, a trafficky breeze, perhaps, but still a very manageable drive.

Enjoy the beautiful outdoors at Stamford Museum and Nature Center, which features a hands-on zoo, an indoor planetarium with rotating exhibits, an excellent wooden playground with slides of various size, and peaceful hiking trails (which are easy enough for kids too). Some of the trails are wheelchair- and stroller-accessible. You can get close up to the animals, and if you ask nicely enough, the caretakers will let you pet the iguanas and ferrets.

Cost: adults $10, kids $5, kids 3 and under free.


The Stepping Stones Museum for Children

Next, head over to the Stepping Stones Museum for Children.
 

It’s a smallish museum packed with interactive fun for kids up to around age ten.

The museum tends to get a bit noisy and crowded on weekends, so it’s best to go at off-peak times.If the weather didn’t allow you to eat at the Nature Center, there are plenty of places to eat at the museum, and they let you bring your own food.

Cost: $15 per person, infants under 12 months free. They have free parking.


RPM Raceway

If that wasn’t enough for you, and you want one last adrenaline rush before you call it a day, get ready for a crazy night activity at RPM Raceway. 

Try their electric karting at high speeds for an exhilarating thrill you won’t forget. 

They also have bowling, billiards, and arcades to keep the scaredy-cats and younger kids entertained.

If you’re worried about the hygiene of the helmets, you can bring along shower caps for all your drivers to wear under their helmets. Hey, stop laughing!

Cost: Varies by activity 

 

DAY 2

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

Pick up fresh rolls and pastries on your way home from Shacharis.
 (Be sure to buy enough to make sandwiches for lunch too.) 

You’re now ready for a short drive to one of Connecticut’s most popular attractions: the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. The admission price is on the higher side, but it does include Imax shows. It’s located in the beautiful waterfront neighborhood known as SoNo (South Norwalk). The kids will love the tidal pools where you can touch baby sharks, jellyfish, and rays. Cascade Cafe at the aquarium is not kosher, but they do sell fresh fruit and drinks. The aquarium does not allow outside food or drinks, so eat your prepacked lunch in advance.

If you’re going in the summer, wear bright-colored clothing, because there’s a butterfly area where the butterflies land all over the brightest-colored people.

Cost: Adults $24.95, kids 3 to 12 $17.95, kids under 3 free

 

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