Things to do

Summer at UConn! 

Mansfield Community Center

Registered students will have access to the Fitness Center and pool at the Mansfield Community Center. Click here to take a virtual tour of the Community Center. A sign-in sheet will be available during registration for those students interested in using the Fitness Center and/or pool.

Pool: The pools are always monitored by American Red Cross Certified Lifeguards during pool hours.

Pool Hours:

Monday through Friday, 5:30am - 8:30pm
Saturday, 6:30am - 7:30pm
Sunday, 8:00am - 7:30pm

Fitness Center: The MCC provides the latest cardiovascular and strength training equipment. Click here for a list of the Fitness Center Areas.

Center Hours:

Monday through Friday, 5:30am - 9:00pm
Saturday, 6:30am - 8:00pm
Sunday, 8:00am - 8:00pm

Summer Riding Lessons


Looking for something fun to do this summer? How about horse-back riding lessons?! Once again the University of Connecticut's Animal Science Department will be offering its popular Summer Riding Program to the public. Interested students should contact the Pre-College Summer office to ensure it will work with the schedule. Students will proceed by contacting Jennifer Szela at 860-486-1035 to check availability and adjusted price.

Once approved, to register please CLICK HERE. Students will select the lesson, fill in the adjusted price, and enter the riders full name in the Invoice box.  In the Description box include student’s name, ession number, day and time of lesson (e.g. John Smith, Session 3, HS Adv, T-Th, 7-8pm).

Visit the UConn Animal Barns

Everyone is welcome to explore the animal barns that are open to the public and to learn more about the animals that are used in the Department of Animal Science program. Visitors can see dairy and beef cows, sheep, and horses. The poultry units are closed to the public.

Young animals can be found in the barns at the following times of year at barns that are opened to the public: baby foals in the summer in outside paddocks at Horse Unit II, lambs during February and March outside only at Livestock Unit 1, dairy calves year-round at the Cattle Resource Unit and beef calves beginning in mid March outside at Livestock Unit 1.

Every day visitors can view the UConn dairy cows being milked from 12:30 - 3:00 p.m. at the Kellogg Dairy Center.

Hours: The barns are open every day including weekends and holidays from 10:00am – 4:00pm.


UConn Dairy Bar

The UConn Dairy Bar opened in 1953 to sell dairy products that were made by the Creamery. The Creamery was established in the early 1900s and bottled milk all the way up until 1991. Today, the Creamery makes ice cream according to its original recipe and sells this ice cream through the Dairy Bar retail establishment, along with a variety of cheeses.

During your visit to the UConn Dairy Bar you may even have the chance to observe ice cream being made through the observation window in the Dairy Bar store. The ice cream production schedule cannot be guaranteed but is generally Monday – Friday from 11:00am – 2:00pm.

Hours: Monday – Sunday: 11:00am – 10:00pm


Moonlight Movies

This popular movie series hosted by the Mansfield Downtown Partnership is back for its second year with an expanded schedule! Enjoy family-friendly movies outside on Betsy Paterson Square. The movies are free and open to all ages.

Join them for fun activities prior to each movie! The fun begins at 7:00pm; the movies begin at dusk.

Movies schedule:

Friday, July 21: Wizards of Oz

Friday, August 4: Zootopia


Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry

The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry is one of America’s hidden treasures—a superb collection of over 2,500 puppets from all over the world; an archive of books, manuscripts, posters, drawings, audio-visual materials and photographs all covering the history of puppetry. It is also the new home of the Puppeteers of America’s Audio-Visual Collection: the largest collection of videotapes, films, and other media about puppetry in the United States.

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 11:00am-7:00pm. Monday: Closed


Robert Donnelly Husky Heritage Sports Museum

The sights and sounds of more than a century of intercollegiate athletics competition come alive during a visit to the J. Robert Donnelly Husky Heritage Sports Museum.

Located in the new and expanded UConn Alumni Center in the heart of the University of Connecticut's main campus in Storrs, the Husky Heritage Sports Museum is the ultimate library documenting the wide-ranging successes of Connecticut's athletic programs.

Hours: 8 am - 5 pm

Summer Concerts on the Square

Join the Mansfield Downtown Partnership and the Town of Mansfield for the 2017 Summer Concerts on the Square! These free musical performances are open to the public and take place on Betsy Paterson Square in Storrs Center. The concerts are from 6:30pm to 8:00pm with a rain date of the following Tuesday.

2017 Schedule

07.13  Sweet Crude

07.20  The Crane Wives

07.27  The Funky Dawgz Brass Band

Tons of Fun Tuesday

Scoop your own ice cream is back!  Come enjoy Ice Cream ($3.00) and a FREE NOVELTY!

  • July 11 – Mini Almost Famous Magazine Covers
  • July 18 – Decorate Your Own Bamboo
  • July 25 – Personalized Key Tags
  • August 1 – Airbrush Pennants and Pillowcases

Hours: Tuesday’s from 11:30am – 1:30pm

Location: Student Union Terrace.  Rain location- Student Union Rm 104

Relax and Reset Wednesday

Changes week to week, make sure to stop by and see what we have in store! All events are FREE!

  • July 12 – Cotton Candy and Blackout Poetry
  • July 19 – Car Smash @ Fairfield Way Seal
  • July 26 – Cotton Candy and Lawn Games
  • August 2 – Make Your Own Fruit Kebab and Coloring Books

Thursdays in the Halls

FREE fun events and food  at NexGen Hall.

  • July 13 – Summer Activities BBQ!
  • July 20 – Pizza and Trivia Night- Additionally, we will be providing free transportation from NextGen to downtown Storrs from 6:30-7:15pm. Transportation will only provide drop-off. This is not round trip.
  • July 27 – TBA
  • August 3 – TBA

Hours: 5:00 pm -7:00 pm every Thursday!

Explore Storrs Center

Located just steps from the University of Connecticut, Storrs Center is Mansfield's new downtown created by some of the nation's most talented urban planners and anchored by one of the most prestigious public universities in the nation.

Go and visit! You will find a vibrant Town Square with inviting cafés and restaurants and plenty of places to shop.

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