School is wrapping up, summer is just beginning. If you’re looking to add a few more things to your plans this month, here are 5 things to check out in Connecticut/Western MA this month. There’s a mix of local ideas and a few that are a bit of a drive. If you have any other tips or ideas, please share by emailing [email protected]
Pick Your Own Strawberries or Attend a Strawberry Festival
PYO season kicks off mid-month with strawberries. Check out our Summer PYO Guide by clicking here. There are two great spots within a quick drive, as well as other popular locations throughout the state if you’re up for an adventure! If your family loves strawberries as much as we do you may want to also check out:
Torrington Strawberry Festival
Monroe Congregational Church Strawberry Festival
Farmer’s Market Opening Days
Farmer’s Markets in New Milford and Bethel opened last month. This month, we’re looking forward to Tuesday’s market in Newtown and Friday’s markets in Danbury, Brookfield, and Monroe! Full list can be found here as well as details on all the fun happenings and links to vendor lists.
Lavender Pond Farm
A visit to Lavender Pond Farm has been an activity on our list for awhile. Opening 6/2, the farm is about an hour drive from Newtown and features activities like hiking the fields, visiting the bees, meeting chickens & the farm dog, and shopping in the farm shop.
The Dinosaur Place
We pass this place every single summer on our drive to Rhode Island. We haven’t stopped yet, but are planning to at the end of the month when we head to the beach. This spot features a 1 1/2 mile trail of dinosaurs, a playground, a large “T-Rex” tower play space, and a splash pad. The drive is about an hour and a half from Newtown, but worth the trek for dinosaur loving kids.
Eric Carle Museum
Here’s another museum we’ve been waiting to try. Located in Amherst, MA, this museum celebrates the works of the late author of favorites such as Brown Bear, Brown Bear & The Very Hungry Caterpillar. In addition, they also have exhibits such as “Picture the Dream: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement through Children’s Books” going on this summer.