Winter Break Staycation

Winter Break is right around the corner, and it’s more than a whole week off for some schools including Ridgefield Public Schools. If you’re opting for a staycation this year, there’s plenty to do in our area.

The Prospector Theater always has family-friendly movies playing, and we love their snacks and drinks! Such a great place to visit all year round, especially considering their mission is to provide competitive and integrated employment to people with disabilities through the operation of a premium, first-run movie theater.

Head to the Ridgefield Library to free family events like All-Age Family Storytime, Scrabble Club, Animal Explorers Storytime, Children’s Electricity Workshop, STEAM Corner Crafts and their February Take & Make: Basquiat Inspired Expressionism. The vacation week ends on a fun note on Friday, February 25 with in-person PJ Storytime & Stuffed Animal Sleepover 6:00-6:45pm and a Magic Show with Ed Pop on Saturday, February 26 at 1:00-1:45pm.

Deborah Anne’s Sweet Shoppe on Main Street will be open and is always an easy, fun way to get out of the house no matter how old your kiddos are! If you don’t feel like cooking, some of our favorite family-friendly restaurants are 850 Degrees Wood Fired Pizza, Wooster Hollow Café, Dmitri’s Diner, Prime Burger, and BareBurger.

Several ski areas are close enough for a day trip, including Butternut in Massachusetts, Mount Southington in Plantsville, CT and Thunder Ridge in New York. For winter activities right here in town, check out daily open ice times at Winter Garden Ice Arena.

The Ridgefield Parks and Rec is hosting a Winter Break Multi Sports Camp February 22-25 for ages 5-11. Campers will have the opportunity to experience a variety of sports throughout the program including soccer, basketball, flag football, cricket, handball, volleyball, and more.

And, of course, there are our favorite parks, museums and playgrounds that you can check out year-round.

  • Ambler Farm in Wilton is holding a free Maple Syrup Open House on Saturday, February 26 1-2pm! Kids will have the chance to tap a tree, take the maple syrup taste test and learn about Native American, Colonial and modern methods of making syrup. Plus enjoy Ambler Farm’s very own maple syrup over vanilla ice cream!
  • Woodcock Nature Center in Wilton offers terrific hiking trails and camps. Plus, they’re holding an Evening Owl Walk on Saturday, February 26 5:30-7pm with bird enthusiast Tommy McCarthy.
  • Ballard Park’s playground is fabulous no matter the weather and the gazebo looks beautiful even covered in snow.
  • Stepping Stones Children’s Museum and The Maritime Aquarium are both located in Norwalk with plenty of programs for kids of all ages.
    Sledding at Veterans Park field is always a fun option if there’s snow on the ground!

Check out the Ridgefield Hamlet Hub calendar for many more events happening on our area every week. Wishing everyone a fun and restful vacation no matter how you choose to spend it!