Where to Shop and Have Fun in Downtown Middletown:

 

Amato’s Toy & Hobby    395 Main, 860-347-1893

www.amatostoyandhobby.com

All the best brands of educational toys are sold here, as well as hobby supplies.  They even have a section of Boy Scout/Girl Scout supplies.  Kidcity is a loyal customer at Amato’s - it’s where we get lots of our dress-up clothes, trains, dinosaurs, and other playthings. 

 

The Board Room   514 Main, 860-788-7824

www.boardroomct.com

For older kids and their nerdy parents, Middletown has a new “board game cafe”, with kid-friendly snacks and hundreds of board and card games to try.  Best for age 8 and up.

 

Middletown Roller Rink    547 Main, 860-704-0064

Yes, there is an old-fashioned roller-skating rink, tucked in the back of a building on Main Street.  Call ahead to be sure they are open - their hours are flexible.  Rent some skates and re-live your disco youth for your children’s amusement.

 

Metro Movies    Metro Square, 860-346-4000

www.metromovies12.com

Twelve cinema screens!  Usually something for the whole family to see.

 

Broad Street Books     45 Broad Street, 860-685-7323

This bookstore, affiliated with Wesleyan University, has a decent kids section and a great travel and magazine section.  For soups, sandwiches and treats, there’s the Red & Black Cafe, which has limited hours when school is not in session.  You can also buy a “Wesleyan University” onesie!

 

The Inn at Middletown        70 Main  860-754-6300     

www.innatmiddletown.com

The Inn at Middletown opened in 2003 in the renovated historic Armory.  It’s a great place for families to stay, with a pool, room service, and stroller-distance to restaurants, the movies and of course, Kidcity.  Read their great reviews on trip advisor!

 

Wesleyan University         237 High Street         860-685-2000          

www.wesleyan.edu

Wesleyan is one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the country.  There are plenty of concerts, lectures, art shows, and other Wesleyan events that are open to the public.  Or just take a walk up the hill and enjoy the beautiful campus.