Westport, CT Kids


Westport is for Kids

One of the great advantages of relocating to a Westport, CT home is the wealth of activities, programs and events geared toward children and teens. Having worked as a real estate agent in Westport for more than a decade and raising two children here myself, I know the ins and outs of activities for kids in Westport. Whether you prefer organized programs, community activities, culture, art or sports, there is something for everyone. Following is a sampling of what is offered.

Westport Parks & Recreation

Westport has a great Parks and Recreation Department that runs an incredible selection of programs. Below is what’s included for the fall and winter of 2009:

  • Karate
  • Martial arts
  • Wrestling
  • Fitness swimming
  • Football
  • Baseball
  • Tennis
  • Mom and tot programs
  • Ice hockey
  • Sailing lessons
  • Inclusive recreation for the challenged with peer mentors
  • Street hockey
  • Ultimate frisbee
  • Open gym
  • Compo Beach skate park
  • Staples community pool
  • Longshore Country Club pool
  • Youth basketball

Westport Weston Family Y

The Westport Weston Family Y (phone: 203-226-8981) has many programs for children and teens as well. Here is the fall and winter list:

  • Aquatics
  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Birthday parties
  • Full-time childcare and after-school care
  • Dance center
  • Gymnastics
  • Parent/child activities
  • Karate
  • Ski conditioning
  • Tae kwan do
  • Teen programs
  • Volleyball
  • Golf
  • Fishing club
  • Yoga for kids
  • Swim lessons
  • Toddler adventure
  • Fencing
  • Jazz
  • Guitar
  • Youth fun nights
  • T-ball
  • Scuba
  • Lifeguarding
  • Teen fitness
  • Teen yoga

Westport Private Athletic Activities

Horseback Riding

Fairfield County Hunt Club
With more than 34 acres of open fields and practice rings and a large network of public and private bridle trails, equestrian activities here provide young riders the skills and confidence to compete. There’s also a six-lane, 25-yard heated pool and racket sports.

Sailing

Cedar Point Yacht Club
Young sailors from ages 8 to 17 are invited to learn sailing and racing from late June through mid-August. High school sailing takes place on weekday afternoons in spring and fall with an extensive local regatta schedule. Club membership is not a requirement.

Tennis

Sylvan Indoor Tennis Courts
Kids of all ages can learn the art of tennis indoors at Sylvan Tennis Club as part of the Fairfield County Tennis program. Forehand, backhand and everything in between (even court etiquette) is included in the instruction. The indoor season runs from September 2009 through May 2010. For more information go to Fairfield County Tennis.

Dance

Westport Dance Academy
For more than 30 years this organization has been home to classical ballet, modern, jazz and tap instruction. Classes are available for all ages and all levels of ability

Westport Nature & Science

Earthplace

10 Woodside Lane
Westport, CT 06881
203-227-7253

Kids from 3 to 15 years old can explore and learn about the swamps, streams, ponds, a deciduous forest and open fields of Earthplace, a 62-acre wildlife sanctuary. Summer camp is offered as well.

Westport Arts & Culture

Westport School of Music

203-227-4931
With lessons and programs for children, toddlers and kids with special needs, the Westport School of Music is a nonprofit educational organization providing the finest classical music instruction at affordable rates.

Westport Arts Center

203-222-7070
The Westport Art Center is a lovely facility in downtown Westport with many dynamic art education programs for kids. These include galleries, family events, outreach programs, workshops and summer camps. The Center also hosts birthday parties.

Levitt Pavillion

203-226-7600
Showcasing free performances, the nonprofit Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts is an open-air summer festival in an amphitheater overlooking the Saugatuck River.

More Westport Amenities for Children & Teens

Park Facilities, Tennis Courts, Open Space, Public Beaches, Athletic Fields

Youth Center

203-341-1155

Westport Public Library

203-291-4840
20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880

Besides being an invaluable resource, the Westport Library has programs for kids young and old including remote help with homework, special events, movie screenings, performances, book readings and much more.

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Cathy Blount is a Fairfield County realtor specializing in Westport, CT homes. She is a top-producing real estate agent for The Riverside Realty Group in Westport. As a Connecticut real estate agent she also works with real estate clients buying and selling Fairfield County homes in Weston, Fairfield, Southport, Norwalk, Rowayton, Darien, New Canaan and Greenwich. She is available to consult with clients interested in Fairfield County properties seven days a week and can be reached through e-mail or by phone at 203-858-8710.