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For the Whole Family – Activities

 – from Best of kidHaven Readers Poll, 2011 –

Best Park

really cool, too: Kids in Motion Playground at Bartlem Park in Cheshire, East Rock Park in New Haven

Best Hiking Trail

really cool, too: West Rock in New Haven, Lake Wintergreen in Hamden

Best Indoor Swimming Pool

really cool, too: Woodruff Family YMCA in Milford, Soundview Family YMCA in Branford

Best Outdoor Swimming Pool

really cool, too: The Woodbridge Club in Woodbridge

Best Amusement Park

really cool, too: Six Flags New England in Springfield, MA; Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury

Best Children’s Theatre Troupe

really cool, too: A Broken Umbrella Theatre in New Haven

Best Museum for the Whole Family

really cool, too: Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk, Kidcity Children’s Museum in Middletown, American Museum of Natural History in NYC

Best Museum with the Best Family Programming

really cool, too: Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk

Best Public Library

really cool, too: North Haven Memorial Library in North Haven, New Haven Free Public Library in New Haven, Wallingford Public Library in Wallingford

Best Beach

really cool, too: Lighthouse Point in New Haven, Cosey Beach in East Haven

Best Campground

really cool, too: River Dale Farm Camp Site in Clinton, Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme

Best Splash Park

really cool, too: Cosey Beach in East Haven

Best Ice Rink

  • Louis Astorina Ice Arena in Hamden

really cool, too: Ralph Walker Ice Skating Rink in New Haven

Best Ski Mountain for the Whole Family

really cool, too: Ski Butternut in Great Barrington, MA; Okemo Mountain Resort in Ludlow, VT

Best Day Trip

really cool, too: New York City, NY

Best Family Activity to Do for Free

really cool, too: Saturdays at Common Ground High School in New Haven, Toddler Tunes in New Haven, Summer Concerts on the Green in New Haven, Free Thursday Afternoons at the Peabody Museum in New Haven

Best Annual Family Event

really cool, too: Daffodil Festival in Meriden, ArtWalk in Westville, International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven, Captain Kidd Pirate Festival in Milford, Wooster Square Cherry Blossom Festival in New Haven

Seasonal Activities

Best Easter Egg Hunt

  • not enough votes.  maybe next year!

Best Pick-Your-Own Farm

really cool, too: Lyman Orchards in Middlefield

Best 4th of July Firework Display

really cool, too: in New Haven

Best Halloween Activity

  • besides Trick-or-Treating, not enough votes.  maybe next year!

Best Pumpkin Patch

really cool, too: Lyman Orchards in Middlefield, Jones Family Farm in Shelton
Best Christmas Family Activity
really cool, too: Fantasy of Lights at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven, Christmas Village in Trumbull
Best Public Menorah Lighting
  • not enough votes.  maybe next year!
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