Family Weekend Rain or Shine

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There is nothing like a perfect summer beach day.  We’ve had quite a few this week, but then we have also had a few cold and grey days sprinkled in as well.  Some summer schedules are very flexible but others between camp and work schedules require going with the flow a bit more.  At Assembly Row, you can sit by the water (albeit not on an ocean beach) and enjoy the breeze and watching the boats go by, but if the weather turns there is still plenty to do.

Shine

If the sun is shining, a stroll along the Mystic river is nice with a little stopover at the playground.  Grab a drink or lunch al fresco at the American Fresh Beer Garden, the patio at River Bar, Tony C’s, or lounge river-side at Legal on the Mystic.  You can also gather with an ice cream cone in hand from JP Licks and enjoy some of the seating in Assembly Row’s patio space just across from Legoland.

If you plan ahead, you can enjoy a variety of activities taking place outside at Assembly Row on any given day.  From yoga classes, Friday night dancing and live music to gardening tips and Toddler days out.

Gardening

  • July 16: Taming Your Summer Garden: Learn about pest management and pruning for the health of your garden.
  • August 20: Eat the Rainbow: Come learn about how different colored veggies from our garden have different nutritional properties.
  • September 10: Apples to Apples: Discover how valuable local food production is to creating a healthier food system with an informational session that includes a kid-friendly Johnny Appleseed activity.
  • October 30: Using Your Harvest: Learn out new ways to incorporate fall harvest produce into your meals.

Outdoor Movie Nights

Pack up a blanket, lawn chair and picnic and head out with the family for free movies under the stars. All movies are shown at sundown

  • July 16: Disney’s Cinderella
  • July 23: Inside Out
  • July 30: Star Wars: Force Awakens
  • August 6: Good Dinosaur
  • August 13: Jurassic World
  • August 20: UP
  • August 27: Ant-Man

Yoga Mornings

Let mom or dad enjoy a yoga class while the other parent takes the kids to grab breakfast and a little playtime at the playground.  Then spend the morning together getting a few errands done without having to hop in and out of the car all day.

Weekly classes are held in Baxter Riverfront Park on Saturdays at 9am. All you need is your yoga mat. Online registration for Saturday classes are be available here starting at noon each preceding Friday. Registration is required. Day of registration will be available only if space permits.

Family Fun Day

Save the date for Touch a Truck this Sunday, July 17. Attendees will be able to get up close to large vehicles they may see around town.

For a full updated list of events, visit the Assembly Row “Play” page where you can find additional information on upcoming events such as Riverfest, Mommy’s Pint out, and Race to the Row.

Rain

We like to puddle jump and play in the rain, but that only lasts for so long.  On a rainy day Assembly Row has you covered whether you visit Legoland (be sure to bring your child’s report card for $5 off celebrating the successful completion of another school year) or you run a few errands with the kids and then enjoy a leisurely lunch.  You can also stay dry and escape the grey weather watching a movie at the AMC theatre (just remember to bring a sweater if you are coming in from the hot and humid outside weather).

Parking on a rainy day is easy (especially during the week) because Assembly Row has a multi-level indoor parking garage.  You will want to bring an umbrella though as you pop in and out of each of your destinations.

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