Part of Connecticut’s affluent Fairfield county, Danbury is just 70 miles from the action in New York City. But don’t expect skyscrapers and bustle in this city that prides itself on maintaining an old-fashioned, small-town vibe. Danbury is a friendly, community-focused city where kids will find plenty of fun activities to keep them entertained.
As soon as your child starts crawling, she can start gymnastics classes at Gymnastics Spectrum (gymspectrum.com). As kids get older, they can sign up for more advanced gymnastics classes or try other sports, including taekwondo or soccer. Riding lessons at Whimsy Brook Farm (whimsybrookfarm.com) take a holistic approach to the sport. Kids learn to read the horses' body cues and bond with their horses by taking care of them. Kids who can’t get enough horseback riding lessons might want to sign up for the summer riding camp at Lion Hill Farm (lionhillfarm.com). The stable offers group and private lessons year-round, too.
Arts and Culture
At the Music Learning Center (musiclearningcenter.org), kids can take private lessons in instruments including drums, violin and piano, or learn to make music with their peers in group lessons. Heart and Minds Music (heartsandmindsmusic.com) offers music classes designed for younger kids. These hands-on classes, for babies through 7-year-olds, combine music and movement for maximum fun. At Music Together of Greater Danbury (mtdanbury.com), you and your preschooler can learn basic music skills together so your child is ready to tackle an instrument when she’s older. Kids can flex their literary muscle at the Danbury Public Library (danburylibrary.org), which hosts story times, book clubs and other bookish activities. Check the online calendar for scheduled activities.
Sports and Recreation
Kids can participate in soccer, baseball, football, basketball, T-ball, wrestling and cheerleading through Danbury’s Parks and Recreation Department (danbury-ct.gov). Find sign-up dates and game schedules on the city’s website. The Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut (regionalymca.org) also offers kids’ sports activities, including taekwando, weight-training, boxing and dance.
Kids from ages 2 to 12 can burn off extra energy whatever the weather’s like at the Fun Factor indoor playground (funfactorbf.com). Kids can bounce, climb and slide their way through the playground’s inflatables, then try their luck in the arcade at air hockey or video games. Beat the summer heat with a visit to the Rogers Park Playground (danbury-ct.gov) spray park. In cooler weather, the park’s large playground is a kid-pleaser. Ease your kayak onto the river at the Still River Greenway (danbury-ct.gov), and you and your child can paddle down the river together.