With the summer upon us and the kids out of school, what could be more fun than spending playful quality time with your teen? Thankfully Fairfield offers an abundance of worthy opportunities.
The Parks & Rec, located at 75 Mill Plain Road, is a great affordable source with a variety of things to do. Learning something new is always a great way to bond — and the offering of tennis lessons through their wonderful tennis program are perfect for this sort of occasion. They’ve teamed up with Fairfield County Tennis, whose experienced certified staff provides quality lessons for both children and adults of all ages and abilities.
Also offered is a Community Sailing Program which is based at the town dock in Southport Harbor. This program has family-sized Ideal 18’ daysailers and one or two person kayaks. Private lessons are available with a certified instructor as are weekly racing opportunities hosted by the Pequot Yacht club with the option for members to race boats in the Regattas. Household memberships are available.
Golf lessons are also a popular choice for quality family time. At Fairchild Wheeler, located at 2390 Easton Turnpike, there are clinic programs here for folks of all ages and levels. Email Doug Holub at email@example.com for more info. As an added bonus, if you prefer a sea breeze while you putt, you can reserve a Tee time at the lovely Par 3 golf course on Old Dam Road or head to Norwalk’s Cove Marina, which has a Miniature Golf Course.
Also offered through the Rec Deptartment are bonfire permits. What a wonderful way to spend an evening with family and friends beneath the stars, on Jennings Beach. Free of charge, from 6 pm – 10:30 pm now through September 30. Bring firewood and s’mores ingredients!
If your child is a fan of musicals, the Fairfield teen theater will be performing ‘Rent.’ Tickets are currently available. Browse the website for more information!
Getting in shape together is always fun. Try beach pilates at Black Rock Pilates, which offers sessions at Seabright Beach in Black Rock at 7:15 am each Saturday morning throughout the summer. Bring blanket, towel and sunglasses.
If you’re more of a yoga type person, Yoga 4 Everybody offers beach yoga. Classes are located at the Jackie Durrell Pavilion 2 on Penfield Beach each Saturday and Sunday morning at 7 am. Bring an outdoor mat. No beach sticker is required! Drop in at $23 per session cash or check, or register before on-line at a discount.
The Fairfield Kayak Company offers round trip livery service with their kayak, paddleboard and canoe rentals. Full, half day, weekend or week long rentals are available, reasonable rates, no experience necessary. Enjoy the beauty of our coastline, beaches, estuaries and salt marshes first hand. Family’s and groups are welcome.
Gone fishing! Salt water fishing in the great outdoors: the ‘cows’ reef, of Penfield Beaches reef, is named for the fact that cows once grazed on this peninsula that juts into the Long Island Sound. This reef is known as a prime fishing spot. For inland fresh water fishing, trout distribution occurs in many Fairfield County rivers between March and May each year, including the Mill River.
Prefer indoor bonding activities?
Hands on Pottery, located at 1700 Post Rd, offer a feast for the creative mind. Customers of all ages can choose from a wide array of naked pottery (mugs, plates, platters, bowls, lamps, picture frames, gifts and more) to paint, decorate & personalize any way you’d like. In store parties are also available.
The Fairfield Public Library at 1080 Old Post Road (or 1147 Ffld Woods Road) offers a cool, quiet morning/afternoon of brain food, literature, music, art, science and humanities. Many special events and classes are offered for the summer in addition to choosing an exciting stack of summer reading books.
Rock climbing with your teen is an unforgettable experience. Carabiners Indoor Climbing in the Sportsplex, 85 Mill Plain Road, offers many exciting climbing opportunities including an ‘intro to climbing package’ for climbers of all ages and ambitions.
The Maritime Aquarium, 10 North Water Street in Norwalk, offers lots of cool things to do – watch the seals being fed and pet the sting rays and sharks in the tank! Between the summer camps, IMAX Theatre, behind the scene tours and marine life cruises, there are a variety of fun and education activities to do.
Mani/Pedi’s, going out to lunch, or berry picking at Jones Family Farm in Shelton are also enjoyable! Best of all, just enjoy being with your blessing!