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Out & About

Follow this drive through Branford, Guilford, Durham and back to Madison to see gorgeous fall foliage

Enjoy the last days of playground weather

Go to a Fair or Fall Festival ($)

Celebrate early settlers and visit historic homes in Milford, Guilford & Madison (and beyond) ($)

Pick apples at an orchard or pumpkins at a pumpkin patch ($)

Go for a hike and enjoy the changing colors of the season

See the stars on Tuesday nights at the Leitner Family Observatory and Planetarium

Stroll along the Old Campus at Yale

View the Fall colors from the top of East Rock

Visit Open Farm Day at Common Ground

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At Home

Read Scary Stories

Fingerpaint with pudding

Make leaf rubbings or prints

Build a fort out of blankets inside the house

Teach your child your favorite backyard game (i.e. Red Light, Green Light; Simon Says, etc)

Bake a sweet, spooky treat

Draw a map of your neighborhood

Look at family photo albums together

Carve a Jack-o-Lantern

Decorate your home with spooky silouettes


($ indicates $5 or less admission/person.  list is alphabetical.)

CT Archeology Center in Storrs

CT Audubon Coastal Center in Milford

CT Children’s Museum in New Haven ($)

Dudley Farm in Guilford

Garbage Museum in Stratford ($)

Imagine Nation in Bristol ($)

Kellogg Environmental Center in Derby

Lutz Children’s Museum in Manchester ($)

Meigs Point Nature Center at Hammonasset State Park in Madison

Mill Gallery in Guilford

National Helicopter Museum in Stratford

New Canaan Nature Center in New Canaan

New England Carousel Museum in Bristol ($)

SONO Switch Tower Museum in Norwalk

Trash Museum in Hartford ($)

Trowbridge Environmental Center at East Rock Park in New Haven

West Rock Nature Center in New Haven

Woodcock Nature Center in Wilton

Yale Art Gallery in New Haven

Yale Center for British Art in New Haven

Yale Collection of Musical Instruments in New Haven ($?)

Yale Peabody Museum (free on Thurs afternoons)

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