There’s a lot to make little kids smile in Bridgeport, Conn. The first is the Barnum World of Wonders, exhibits from the P.T. Barnum Museum recalling the great days of the circus. Barnum lived in Bridgeport for years (he was once its mayor) and his circus wintered here, as did his protégé Tom Thumb, who, for many years, was the star attraction of The Greatest Show on Earth.
The P.T. Barnum Museum’s building, an outstanding example of late Victorian brick extravagance worthy of the King of Showmen himself, is closed for repairs, but highlights are displayed in the adjacent bank building. These include a replica of famous Fejee Mermaid, one of Barnum’s most famous hoaxes, and a portion of a miniature three-ring circus made of 3,500 handcrafted pieces.
In late June, the whole city celebrates Bridgeport’s legacy as the home of The Greatest Show on Earth with the P.T. Barnum Festival, complete with parades and massive fireworks displays.
But there’s more for kids than the circus. They will want to see and explore the acclaimed Discovery Museum and Planetarium, with more than 100 hands-on exhibits. Dare to Discover helps children explore and test scientific principles; the highly-interactive Energy Network introduces energy and how it is produced and used; Nano gives hands-on experiences with nanoscale engineering and technology. At MoonBase Discovery kids can captain a lunar rover, and they can learn about the stars and planets in the DuPont Planetarium.
The Beardsley Zoo, the only accredited zoo in Connecticut, features a New England farmyard (city kids think that is really cool), an original carousel open all year, an indoor rain forest and many other attractions, all within its 36-acre park. The park is an active practitioner of current endangered species environmental strategies, which today’s environment-savvy kids will enjoy learning about, too.
In the summer there’s a public beach at Seaside Park, and kids can run off a little steam year-round in this large waterfront green space.
With cooler weather and fall colors on its way, it’s time to plan your fall family travels. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort PA Wilds in Mansfield is the perfect destination, and with both scary and not-so-scary events, kids and parents alike can celebrate the festive season with trick-or-treating, fall crafts, fun with the Yogi Bear characters and more.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Oktoberfest is not all about beer. Although beer does play a major role, many of these German-themed fall festivals include activities fun for the whole family. You don’t need to travel to Munich to enjoy the oom-pah bands, lively dances, colorful Bavarian dress and traditional German foods; you can find them in almost all regions of the United States this October. Here are some good choices for families:
Rome is a city full of musts for visitors. You must visit the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps. And the list goes on, all the way down to trying gelato. No trip to Rome would be complete without the obligatory sweet treat, and for good reason. Gelato is delicious, refreshing and it comes in every flavor you can imagine. But while you can find it just about everywhere you turn in the Eternal City, it’s important to know not all gelatos are created equal. The city is brimming with fakes, and once you know how to tell the difference, not only will you see the fake stuff everywhere, but you will also refuse to settle for less than authentic.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Looking for a unique, fun and educational activity for the kids during your next family travels? Well, Kidzania has you covered. Located in Dallas, Texas, this city is not only built for kids but also run by kids. It’s unlike any other entertainment parks; in Kidzania, kids learn useful knowledge, skills and experiences, all while having the chance to be independent.