School’s Out for Summer! (Now what?)

This article was published on: 06/15/16 10:58 PM by Mike Minarsky

Hopeville PondBy now, the parents all around town have survived their first 24 hours of summer vacation with the kids; quite possibly already hearing the chorus of “We’re bored!”


Here is a short list of fun things to do it the summer within a half hour drive:


Hopeville Pond Swimming

Located right on 201, the Hopeville Pond State Park has a small beach with a roped off swimming area. Bring your beach towels and a lunch and swim all afternoon. Monday through Thursday entrance to the state park is free. Be warned that the ice cream truck stops about 4pm and does take debit cards now.  If you plan to go on a weekend, stop in at the Slater Library to reserve the State Park pass.

Slater Library Summer Reading Program

Wednesday, June 15 kicks off the state Governor’s Reading Challenge, Ready Set Go! Visit the Slater Library to sign up. This also will serve as the Summer Reading assignment for Griswold Public Schools.  As part of the library program, there will be a number of free workshops for kids of all ages. For more detailed information, visit the Slater Library facebook page or visit


Submarine Force Library and Museum

Our neighbors to the south in Groton host the Submarine Museum where visitors can see many artifacts of our naval force including the USS NAUTILUS. Admission and parking are free. The Museum suggests that you allow about 1.5 hours to view the museum. For more information, visit the website.


Digiplex Lisbon Cinema 12 Movie Theater

If it gets too hot and a movie and A/c sound like a plan, head over to the Digiplex Lisbon Cinema 12 Movie Theater. On Tuesdays this summer, the theater will be charging $5 per person. There will also be soft drink and popcorn specials. Visit their Facebook page for a list of showings.


Splash Pads

The Owen Bell Spash Pad is free and located at 572 Hartford Pike, Dayville CT.  The Spash Pad is a sprinkler to the extreme with various water features.  Another option is the Splash Pad in Colchester, CT. Located at the town’s Recreation Complex on 215 Old Hebron Road, it is free and open to the public.


Kids Bowl Free

Norwich Ten Pin Bowling offers a Kids Bowl Free during the summer. Sign up is online. At Buy a 1 Person Family Pass for $21.95 (one time payment) and you have a number opportunities to get out of the heat and gets some strikes or gutter balls.


This is just the start to summer fun? What do you do for family fun? Write to me at


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