KIDS: KidsConneCT

{Spotlight Page Header} In the Spotlight
KidsConneCT
 


Help spread the WORD about fun Connecticut places or events to YOUR friends and others! {Colonial Robin at a desk}

Kris is our TOP reporter.
Thanks Kris for the GREAT reviews!

Matthew likes the Wadsworth Atheneum

Louise reviews the Discovery Museum

See REVIEWS on:  Amusement Park | Animation | Aquarium | Basketball | Bike Trails | Carousel | Clocks | Discovery | Mount Southington | New Milford | Nathan Hale | Railway | Science | Theatre | Wadsworth Atheneum

Also See ESSAYS about Connecticut places by Essay Contest Winners!

To POST reviews about YOUR favorite Connecticut places or events, eMail your comments, first name and grade to: ConneCT.kidspage@po.state.ct.us.


Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
600 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103

Matthew, 3rd grade writes...
My favorite place in Connecticut is the Wadsworth Atheneum.  I went there on a class trip and I really enjoyed it.  I liked when you walk in and the walls are in strips of color.  It makes you really want to go in and look around.  My favorite thing in the museum is the Charter Oak chair.  I learned the story of the Charter Oak from my teacher because she teaches Social Studies and we are learning about Connecticut.  And this is how it happened......

Once there was a king that gave a Charter to Connecticut's people so they could be free.  But, one day, the king that gave the Charter to them retired and a new king came in to rule.  The king wanted the Charter back from Connecticut's people so the king took the Charter.  He was sitting at a table then somebody blew off the lights (there were no lights back then so there were just candles).  The person who blew off the lights took the Charter to a great big Oak tree.  There he hid the Charter in a hole in the Oak tree.  That's why the tree was called the Charter Oak.

More Information and Directions


Mount Southington
396 Mount Vernon Road, Plantsville CT 06479

Kris, 6th grade writes... {Kids Skiing at Mount Southington}
Mount Southington is a really nice place to learn to ski or snow board. When I learned to ski I got some awesome instructors. They were very nice and taught me well. If you don't have your own equipment you can rent from them for awesome prices!! Last year I started snow boarding. They were really nice and showed me how to use the equipment and everything! I had a really good time learning! They have seven lifts and fourteen really cool hills! There also is a nice little cafeteria with lots of different choices of food to buy! There is also a great view of the hills from there. Inside of the cafeteria there is a ski shop with lots of great things to buy! I think that if you enjoy snow you will certainly enjoy Mount Southington!!!

More Information and Directions


New Milford, CT

Emily, 13 Years old writes..

My name is Emily and I am thirteen years old. I currently live in Columbia, South Carolina and go to Summit Parkway Middle School www.richland2.org/spm/. My ancestors were from England and France. My parents moved to Connecticut from New Orleans and lived there for sixteen years, most of the time before I was born. I was born in New Milford, Connecticut and I lived in Danbury, Connecticut for five and a half years. Two summers ago I went to Connecticut for a vacation and visited old friends and places. My favorite place was New Milford, the small town with some historical landmarks. I will always consider Connecticut my home. 

More Information and Directions


Discovery Museum {Discovery Museum display}

4450 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604

Tel: (203)372-3521

Louise, 7th grade writes...

My favorite place to visit is the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport.  Here truly Science becomes an art.  The different painting and exhibits definitely show an intermingling to these two disciplines.  They also have cool programs in the planetarium.  Please come and visit.

 
 

More Information and Directions


Timexpo Museum
175 Union Street, Brass Mill Commons Mall, Waterbury, CT {Timexpo Museum Photo}

Kris, 5th grade writes...
The Timexpo museum is a great place. There is lots of things to do there! You can play with boats and there is a whole room of clocks!  In the room there is a backward clock for a barber shop so when they looked in the mirror they could tell the time!  They also have pictures of watches you can stamp onto paper. You can send postcards to your friends on the computers they have. I especially liked the time tunnel!!

More Information and Directions


UConn Women's Basketball {UConn Husky Mascot} {UCONN}
University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

S.B., 5th grade writes...
{Women}

I love the UCONN Women's basketball team. I think that they are inspiring, hardworking people with great personalities. They are all my idols and my guides for life, especially Sue Bird, my favorite player. I hope that everyone sees how great UCONN basketball team is.


{Landscape in Litchfield} White Memorial Bike Trails and Museum
71 Whitehall Road (Route 202), Litchfield, CT

Kris, 4th grade writes...
I have been to the White Memorial bike trails and museum. Their bike trails are really fun!  I love the museum. They have all different types of animal and nature exhibits to look at. There are also educational games to play. They have a really neat gift shop. Sometimes you can go on a special field trip and learn about trees, animals, and pond life. Even in the wintertime you can cross-country ski or hike on their trails!

Directions: Take Route 8, Exit 42; Phone: (860) 567-0857; Info: 35 Miles of Cross Country Trails   Back to Top


{Photo of the Bushnell} {The Bushnell} The Bushnell Theatre
166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT

Kris, 4th grade writes...
The Bushnell Theatre is a great place. The Bushnell Theatre is located in Hartford and it is an Historic landmark. They have lots of plays and concerts. I went a concert called The Hoffman Discovery Concert put on by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. They have very good lighting. The concert was excellent. They have really good seating. It is very organized with ushers. They also have a little snack bar. It is right across the street from the State Capitol. The Bushnell is the best theatre I have ever been to.


{Photo of a Train} {Danbury Railway Museum Logo} Danbury Railway Museum
120 White Street, Danbury, CT

Kris, 4th grade writes...
The Danbury Railway Museum is an amazing place.  You can take rides on the trains for 20 minutes to a day!  They have a really neat gift shop.  They also have some great displays of trains that run!  It was an actual railroad station along time ago.  They have many interesting things inside their museum like tools for trains and lots of other stuff too.  The Danbury Railway Museum was a very exciting place for me to go!

 


{Photo of Carousel Horse} New England Carousel Museum
95 Riverside Avenue, Bristol, CT

Kris, 4th grade writes...
I have been to the Carousel Museum of New England.  It is excellent.  You learn all about the craftsmanship of the carousel animals.  I learned that the outside of the horse is done by a different person than the inside of the horse because they want the outside of the horse to look nicer.  There is a tiny carousel for little kids to ride on.  There is a gift shop that is really neat.  They sell all types of things like a handcrafted horse or a hand held carousel.   In the museum they have miniature carousels that you can look at.  The Carousel Museum is an excellent place to go!

 


Science Center of Connecticut {Photo of peregrine falcon} {Science Center of Connecticut}
950 Trout Brook Drive, West Hartford, CT

Kris, 4th grade writes...
The Science Center is a good place to go. It is also very educational. There is a big whale that you can play in. They have classes that you can go to and learn about different animals. You sometimes make crafts.  When I went I learned about owls. I made an owl mask. They have lots of animals you can see. Sometimes you can watch them being fed. There are computers and special exhibits. I love the Science Center!


{Barker Animation Grounds} {Barker Animation Logo - Cheshire, CT} Barker Animation
1188 Highland Avenue, Cheshire, CT

Kris, 4th grade writes...
I have been to Barker Animation, it is great. They have tons of comics, stuffed animals, toys, puppets, and more, from many many, years ago. They have wooden characters painted outside like Bugs Bunny, Rugrats and others. On special days they have a cartoon theatre and scavenger hunts. Barker Animation is so fun!  

Museum Video


{Frog Hopper} Quassy Amusement Park
Lake Quassapaug, Rt. 64 - Middlebury, CT {Quassy Amusement Park Logo}

Kris, 4th grade writes...
I have been to the Quassy Amusement Park. It is great they have a Mad Mouse Roller Coaster and a carousal. They have many more rides too.  Quassy was created at the turn of the century and it is still in good working condition. Their Bumper cars are great. They have a new water ride called The Big Flush, it is great.  You go down in a boat and if you want to get wet you can and you can stay dry if you want.  The Mad Mouse Roller coaster is really fun, when you first start you are slowly going up a hill, but when you get up you drop down the hill really fast. Their Bumper cars are great fun.  I think that if you like amusement parks this is the one for you!


Nathan Hale Homestead (1776) {Nathan Hale Homestead}
2299 South St., Coventry, CT 

Kris, 4th grade writes...
I have been to the Nathan Hale Homestead.  It is great you get to learn all about Nathan Hale's history and how he lived. Nathan Hale is Connecticut's patriot.  He fought in The Revolutionary war and his last words were "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country." Everyone should go to the Nathan Hale Homestead!

 

More  Information...  Located in Coventry off Rte. 44E & Rte. 6W - Phone: (860) 742-6917


{Photo of Jellyfish} {Mystic Aquarium - Institute for Exploration} Mystic Aquarium
55 Coogan Blvd., Mystic, CT

Kristin, 6th grade writes...
In Mystic there are a lot of animals that come from Connecticut and other places.  Mystic is one of the aquariums in Connecticut.  For example they have sharks, jelly fish, and many other types of fish or other types of sea creatures. If you haven't been there you should it is the most amazing places in Connecticut. Building Mystic Aquarium was one of the best things they have built!

 


My favorite place in Connecticut is the Wadsworth Atheneum.  I went there on a class trip and I really enjoyed it.  I liked when you walk in and the walls are in strips of color.  It makes you really want to go in and look around.  My favorite thing in the museum is the Charter Oak chair.  I learned the story of the Charter Oak from my teacher because she teaches Social Studies and we are learning about Connecticut.  And this is how it happened......
 
Once there was a king that gave a Charter to Connecticut's people so they could be free.  But, one day, the king that gave the Charter to them retired and a new king came in to rule.  The king wanted the Charter back from Connecticut's people so the king took the Charter.  He was sitting at a table then somebody blew off the lights (there were no lights back then so there were just candles).  The person who blew off the lights took the Charter to a great big Oak tree.  There he hid the Charter in a hole in the Oak tree.  That's why the tree was called the Charter Oak.

KidsConneCT
ConneCT Kids would like to hear about your favorite Connecticut people, places, objects or events.  Your comments may be  posted on our Kids ConneCT page. Just send your Kids ConneCT comments to connect.kids@ct.gov

Please include your comments, your first name only and your grade.

ConneCT Kids reserves the right to select and post appropriate comments.

Back to Top

Back to In the Spotlight Main Page

 




Content Last Modified on 6/23/2009 11:09:34 AM