Bridgeport may not be a big city, but its small town vibe and engaged government make this West Virginia city as pleasant a place to live as it is to visit. Bridgeport’s active community agencies and other local resources ensure that the city’s youth have plenty of fun options to occupy their time.
Arts and Crafts
The Bridgeport Library (bridgeportwv.com) has all kinds of activities for kids, including creative writing and crafting sessions. Young readers may enjoy the library’s Dog Day afternoons, where kids can hone their reading skills by reading aloud to an appreciative canine audience. Check the City of Bridgeport website for the library’s current activity schedule. Kids can dive into projects like card making, Lego engineering and theater through the Bridgeport Parks and Recreation Department’s (bridgeportwv.com) activities. Offerings change seasonally, so look for the most current schedule online. Future chefs will want to explore the cooking demonstrations and fresh produce at the Bridgeport Farmers Market (connect-bridgeport.com), which is open May through October at the Bridgeport Conference Center.
Kids through age 7 can learn the basics of movement and music through Kindermusik with Carla (kindermusikwithcarla.com). Older kids can take lessons at the attached Piano Studio. Children can start learn martial arts through the Songhom Taekwondo program at Casey’s Black Belt Academy (caseysata.com). Once kids master the basics, they can move on to the gym’s Karate for Kids classes. For kids who enjoy outdoor sports, sign up to play on a soccer, football, swimming, soccer, basketball, track or softball teams through the Bridgeport Parks and Recreation Department (connect-bridgeport.com).
Thanks to the well-marked, mapped routes of the Bridgeport Walks (connect-bridgeport.com) program, it’s easy to take a family stroll. The just-over-one-half-mile trail around Bridgeport City Park is appropriate for younger kids, or you can follow the 0.75-mile trail along Simpson Creek. In summer, the Bridgeport Pool (bridgeportwv.com) is the place to cool off. The pool is open for swimming every day in season, but Family Nights on Thursday and Friday offer discounted admission. Kids can try their luck fishing off the dock at one of the two stocked lakes in Deegan and Hinkle Lakes Park (bridgeportwv.com).
Sometimes, an afternoon at the park is all the fun kids need. A favorite playground is at Bridgeport City Park (bridgeportwv.com), where you'll find a Playsense play structure made for climbing, sliding and exploring. Kids may also want to check out the playgrounds at Benedum Civic Center (bridgeportwv.com) and Briarwood Park (bridgeportwv.com). Neither is fancy, but both feature the standard slides, swings and play structures kids like. The shady, lakeside setting of Lion’s Point Park (bridgeportwv.com) makes a good place for imaginative free play. Have an alfresco snack and story time in the park's picturesque gazebo.