Parents and teachers not wishing to venture far from home or school to find something fun and interesting to do can rest assured that the Hartford area offers some of Connecticut's finest museums for kids.
- The Children's Museum, West Hartford. This science and nature museum is home to many interactive exhibits and also hosts a wild life sanctuary and a planetarium. Kids love the life-size model of a sperm whale which is outside. For more info, visit: www.thechildrensmuseumct.org.
- Connecticut Trolley Museum, East Windsor. Visitors can relive the days of trolley transportation by climbing aboard a vintage trolley for a three-mile electric rail ride. For more info, visit: www.ceraonline.org.
- Imagine Nation, Bristol. With two floors if interactive exhibits kids can spend a day making giant bubbles, sending secret message through whisper dishes and portraying favorite sports heroes in front of the green screen at the Play Your Way area sponsored by ESPN. For more info, visit, www.imaginenation.org.
- New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks. The story of flight comes alive with historic aircraft. Before going, print out one of the themed scavenger hunts from the museum's Web site. For more info visit, www.neam.org.
- Old State House, Hartford. One of the oldest state houses in the US and the site of the signing of the country's first written constitution. Kids will like the second-floor Museum of Natural and Other Curiosities. For more info, visit, www.ctosh.org.
- Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford. Great for older kids this is one of the country's oldest art museums and home to more than 45,000 works of art. Family programs are often offered. For more info, visit, www.wadsworthatheneum.org.