I always feel like our world shrinks a little in the winter time, when it gets dark so soon after the kids get home from school or its too cold to want to spend very much time outside. Without the playgrounds and the beaches, we find ourselves a little bit at loose ends, which is why we’re thrilled to have so many terrific indoor activities available around town. Note that many (though not all) activities begin this first week of January though some will pro-rate for late enrollment.
- Darien Nature Center–Has a great afterschool option for the animal lover in your family in grades 1-6: the Animal Caretakers Club. Meeting on Mondays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays (choose one) from 3:45 to 4:45, this program gives kids the opportunity to help care for the animals in the Nature Center’s collection.
- Darien Arts Center–Has dance (most classes begin in January), theatre (most classes begin in February), music, and visual art classes for kids from pre-school through high school.
- Pender Keady Academy of Irish Dance–The studio is just over the border in Stamford, but Pender Keady is a popular program among dancers in Darien looking to try something new. This January they’re offering two new beginners classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-4:45. (P.S. If you have boys who are interested in Irish dance, boys’ first trimester is free and then classes are half-price after that.)
- Darien Library–This winter, our fabulous library is offering a host of activities ranging from iFamily technology classes for kids and adults to drop-in TEA room sessions for kids in grades 3-6 to storytimes (both registered and drop in). All of these activities are free, but some require pre-registration.
- Green Moon–This charming art studio in Rowayton offers classes for children from 18 months to 7 years of age, as well as darling one-day workshops for kids from age 2-7–but register for those workshops soon, as all their holiday workshops sold out quickly.
- Darien Parks and Recreation–With classes in everything from indoor soccer and tennis to drumming, piano, video game design, and LEGO robotics, Parks & Rec will keep the kids busy all winter. (My son particularly recommends the Minecraft Desert Island class which he took this summer and can’t wait to take again.)
- The Depot is offering two FREE INTRODUCTION TO YOGA classes for high schoolers (Sunday, January 25th, from 3-4pm) and middle schoolers (Wednesday, January 28th, from 3-4 pm). No experience necessary! Poses will be offered in beginner level format. Bring a mat if you have one, or one will be provided. Classes are free, but pre-registration is required.
If none of these catches your (or your child’s) fancy, there are many other places in town to investigate, including The Little Gym, the Darien YMCA (their enrichment programs, in particular, are nice add-ons for older preschoolers), JAM (Junior Art and Music), and a whole range of dance studios and karate dojos.
Got questions? Let us know in the comments.