It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy—until the kids get bored. We’ve rounded up five great (and free) family activities to keep everyone happy!
Who can resist a good dance party? Especially when it’s outdoors. Held at the walled Seaside Garden overlooking Greenwich Cove, the Friends of Greenwich Point’s children’s concerts are fun for kids and adults. This year’s schedule features the popular Bossy Frog Band (July 29), known for its fun and funky interactive style, and musician Graham Clarke (August 9), whose sing-along dance tunes are guaranteed to get everyone on their feet. Concerts start at 5 p.m. Be sure to bring chairs or blankets, refreshments and, of course, parking permits and beach passes. friendsofgreenwichpoint.org
A River Runs Through It
In the woods off Cognewaugh Road, a unique system of mountain bike trails—single-track and old carriage roads—winds through the woods of Mianus River Park. Known locally as the Mianus Maze, the terrain is best suited for beginners and intermediates, though there are plenty of options and obstacles—logs, rocks and steeps—to keep even more advanced riders on their toes. The nearly 400-acre park is also ideal for lazy walks, though weekends tend to be crowded. It’s a wonderful spot for dog walking (leash rules are in effect), trout fishing (in season), birdwatching (everything from woodpeckers and warblers to herons and egrets), even geocaching. A downloadable trail map is available on the website.
Mianus River Park, 450 Cognewaugh Rd.
Slow Moving Fun
With its old-fashioned gazebo, walking paths and perennial gardens, Binney Park is an idyllic spot—even the resident turtles would agree. From atop the stone bridges that span the duck pond, kids love to watch the hard-shell reptiles swim and warm their backs in the sun. The stream on the east side of the park boasts a large number of turtles, too. Pack a picnic and enjoy the view of weeping willows and cherry trees, Frisbee-throwing teenagers and mallards floating lazily by the water’s edge.
Binney Park (Enter At Sound Beach Ave. And Arch St.)
Great Park, Tricky Name
You know about all the great parks around town, but what parent isn’t looking for a change of scenery? Kosciuszko Park in Stamford is tucked away behind the Pitney Bowes building and sits on a beautiful spit of land just past Harbor Point. It’s got all the bells and whistles including a first-class playground, athletic fields, a waterfront pavilion and easy walking trails.
200 Elmcroft Rd. (Dyke Ln.)
Take a Hike
Okay this one is only free for members, but at $1.50 for children and seniors and $3 for adults (nonmembers), it’s the best deal going. The Second Sunday Hike series at the Audubon of Greenwich is a fun way for families to learn about local flora and fauna. Under the guidance of Audubon’s Jeff Cordulack, each one-and-a-half-hour hike moves along at a moderate pace with plenty of time for photo ops. Groups meet at Kimberlin Nature Education Center for a 9:30 a.m. start, and routes vary from month to month.
613 Riversville Rd.