Where to Shop and Have Fun in Downtown Middletown:
Amato’s Toy & Hobby 395 Main, 860-347-1893
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
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
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
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
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.