Winter Fun for Kids in Mystic Country Last Updated: February 2022
Whether you’re looking for outdoor cold-weather activities or cozy places to burn off some energy, Mystic Country offers a variety of family-friendly fun, perfect for February vacation and weekend outings. From massive indoor play areas to outdoor festivals, here’s the low-down on winter happenings in the area.
Did you know that Eastern Connecticut is home to the world’s largest indoor multi-level go-kart track?
Located right here in Montville, Supercharged also boasts a Ninja Wipeout Course and Trampoline Park. For older children and adults, they also offer Axe Throwing, the newest craze to hit the entertainment space.
Supercharged is a one-of-a-kind 8,000 square foot park and offers a fun experience for all ages.
After your adventuring, be sure to check out V’s Brick Oven Pizzeria and Pub, their onsite eatery and bar.
Fire & Ice Festival
The largest single ice block competition in New England will take place in Putnam, CT on Saturday, February 12. This all-day and evening event includes more than five dozen ice carvings, ice photo opportunities, a 30-foot inflatable igloo, character meet and greets, roaming stilt and LED Light Walkers, glowing fire torches, fire dancing performances, a cake decorating contest, and the newest addition to Main Street - MoheganSunCasino.com’s game show “Temperature Rising.”
There will also be plenty of ways to keep warm, with dinner and drink specials available at local restaurants and festival day is a great opportunity to discover the many shops and galleries of downtown Putnam. The Congregational Church of Putnam will be a hot spot of activity throughout the event, featuring roaring fire pits, lunch offerings and free hot chocolate.
As the sun goes down at the Fire & Ice Festival, fire torches will set downtown Putnam aglow. The ice sculpture masterpieces will be lit up in an array of color. Adding to the spectacle, visitors will be wowed by fire dancing performances from duo Boston Circus Guild.
Nature’s Art Village
Although you may know this place for their outdoor attractions like the Dinosaur Village, splash pad and mini golf, the fun moves indoors come winter with their Genius Museum and Discovery Depot, both great options for an indoor afternoon with the kiddos. Discovery Depot offers educational fun with a focus on unique, hands-on science activities including Jackpot Mine and Thunder Creek. There are rotating new attractions available too. The Genius Museum, which is part of the Antiques Marketplace, invites visitors to take a step back in time to learn about the past. Take a historic walk and discover a timeless town displaying the rapid transformation of American technology over two centuries, along with the geniuses who created it all! Genius Museum is a great place for families to share memories, older adults to feel nostalgic, and the young to learn how everyday life has developed with technology’s advances.
Winter in New England, and especially in Connecticut, is the perfect time for some outdoor exploration. The snow offers another layer of adventure to our beautiful natural wonders, and our many state parks, forests and walking trails are transformed into a winter wonderland just waiting to be explored. Air Line State Park Trail located in multi-towns, Salmon River State Park in Colchester, Roseland State Park in Woodstock and Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center in Mystic are just a few spots we’d recommend for winter hikes, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. To learn more about our many state parks, visit https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/State-Parks/Listing-of-State-Parks.