Arts & Culture

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Family Life

Families in Old Lyme enjoy small town life in a community rich in the arts and
the beauty of its natural surroundings.
A highly-regarded school system, a variety of sports and cultural activities, and nonprofit organizations such as LYSB make raising a family in Old Lyme an enriching experience.

Old Lyme is part of a regional school district with our neighbor to the north, the Town of Lyme. "Region 18," also known as Lyme-Old Lyme Public Schools, offers a learning environment focused on enabling children of all ages to reach their full potential as scholars, artists and athletes of character. 

 

Children attend preschool at our historic Center School on Lyme Street. Kindergarten through fifth grade students attend one of two elementary schools, based on their geographic location. Our middle schoolers and high schoolers are back on the Lyme Street central campus from sixth grade on, where they are in walking distance of the library and nearby small businesses.


These five schools have a combined enrollment of roughly 1,300 students. Our small size allows for a low student to teacher ratio that provides individualized attention with an average class size of just 12 to 15 students.

 

Learn more about attending Lyme-Old Lyme Public Schools here.

 

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Youth & Family

 

Lymes' Youth Service Bureau (LYSB)

59 Lyme Street

Partnering throughout the community, LYSB is an integral part of family life in Old Lyme. Programming includes play groups for young families, activities for students of all grade levels, and summer family events.

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Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library

2 Library Lane

"The Phoebe" has two distinct spaces for families: A children's library and a new young adult space. Children enjoy story times and craft activities, while Young Adult programs include a publishing club, anime club, and more.

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High Hopes Therapeutic Riding

36 Town Woods Road

High Hopes fosters a vibrant community where horse and human interactions improve lives of those with disabilities. Services are provided to identified youth here, and dedicated students ages 14 or older can consider volunteering.

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Old Lyme Children's Learning Center

57 Lyme Street

Infant and Toddler care is provided at center, established in   1987 and a longtime NAEYC accredited program. In addition, a school age program provides before and after school care for Pre-K through 5th grade in the Center School building.

Family Club of CT River Valley

Old Lyme and Surrounding Towns

Offering support through parent connections, the Family Club plans play dates, meetups, and parties with kids; as well as evenings and events just for adults, and participates in the community through local service projects. 

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APC Driving

19 Halls Road

Your child's new driver's license is certainly a milestone for the whole family. In addition to several driving schools in area towns, Old Lyme is home to APC Driving which offers a variety of training and coaching sessions.

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2-1-1 Child Care is Connecticut’s statewide child care resource and referral agency. 2-1-1 Child Care provides free, confidential referrals to child care programs. Use their search function with our 06371 zip code to find local childcare including in-home care providers, and before and after school care.

Youth Organizations

Girl Scouts of Connecticut

Lyme-Old Lyme Service Unit

As part of Girl Scouts of Connecticut, Old Lyme Daisies, Brownies, and older Scouts take part in a wide array of activities and events. Go to the website link below, and search the 06371 zip code to find local troops.

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Boy Scouts of America

Cub Scout Pack 27 & Boy Scout Troop 26

Today's Cub Scouts enjoy activities such as a traditional Pinewood Derby just as their Dad's did. Eagle Scouts in Old Lyme have taken on numerous projects including enhancements to local preserves.

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Music & Creative Arts

Nightingale's Acoustic Cafe

68 Lyme Street

Nightingale's offers great opportunities for local youth interested in performing in a live local venue. Friday night open mics, musician mentorships and more bring enriching experience to artistic youth. Music lessons also available.

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Lyme Academy of Fine Arts

84 Lyme Street

An esteemed academy dedicated to education and training in the history, traditions, principles, and skills of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture, the Academy offers youth programming for serious young artists.

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The Dance Center of Old Lyme

19 Halls Road

Offering a refreshing new dance experience for students of all ages and experience levels, class offerings include ballet, tap, jazz, and hip-hop for all ages. An annual spring recital showcases the advancements of all dance students.

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Lymes' Youth Service Bureau

59 Lymes Street

In addition to its youth programming, LYSB offers many arts and crafts programs particularly during school vacations, sponsors a youth arts show, and produces an annual talent show, all celebrating the creativity of our youth.

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Florence Griswold Museum

96 Lyme Street

The "FloGris" offers an array of youth arts programming including summer camp and its seasonal outdoor Discovery Sundays, when families can enjoy the Museum's painting supplies as part of ticket admission.

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Lymes' Creative Arts

Old Lyme and Lyme

Created during the summer of 2021, this collective set of offerings by various music and art educators provided multiple summer workshops for middle and high school students. A collaboration of the two Towns, LYSB, & Region 18.

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A variety of performance opportunities are available for our favorite theater kids. The elementary and middle schools typical produce a school musical during the Spring semester, the High School produces a Fall play and Winter/Spring Musical. "Amped Up" is a competitive Show Choir group that competes with the Show Band throughout New England. A number of the students who participate in the high school plays take part in LYSB's Acting Up, a prevention drama troupe dedicated to supporting younger students through performances that consider issues such as peer pressure, bullying/teasing and more.

 

Youth Sports Clubs & Leagues

Learn more about Lyme-Old Lyme Public School Athletics here.
Town playgrounds and recreational parks are listed here.

Old Lyme Parks & Recreation

Town Hall @ 52 Lyme Street

In addition to a popular summer daycamp, Park & Rec offers our youngest recreation lovers fall soccer and winter basketball up to Grade 5. Parks & Recreation also manages the town beaches and Town Woods Park.

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Lyme-Old Lyme Soccer Club

Town Woods Park

The Club which is volunteer run offers competitive soccer for youth from U-5 to U-19. Outdoor soccer seasons are offered Fall and Spring with indoor leagues taking place during the winter months.

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Southeast Soccer Club

New London County

Striving to be one of the premier youth soccer clubs in Connecticut, as well as Region I, Southeast players are recognized for their excellence, commitment, and sportsmanship in the game of soccer. 

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Connecticut River "Ticks" Lacrosse Club

Old Lyme and Surrounding Towns

Offering lacrosse from Kindergarten to 8th grade, the Ticks is dedicated to the skill development of lacrosse players and teaches a game of speed, position, and finesse rather than physical intimidation or promoting a team's winning record.

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Lyme-Old Lyme Little League

(including Girls Softball)

Lyme-Old Lyme offers Spring, Summer and Fall Baseball and Softball up to age 12. The league is 100% Volunteer run. The youngest division, Tee Ball is a non-competitive league with both boys and girls on the same team.

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Old Lyme Rowing Association

Hains Park

Alumni of this highly-regarded program include two US Olympic rowers in the most recent games. The "Blood Street Sculls" offer programming for all ages, including Learn to Row and a Fall rowing program for grades 9-12.

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Lyme Shores Tennis & Conditioning 

22 Coulton Road, East Lyme

Right over the Old Lyme border, Lyme Shores offers after school tennis programs for ages 5 and up, as well as a summer "University of Tennis" for ages 5-16. A High Performance experience is offered twice weekly.

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Rise Martial Arts Academy

19 Halls Road

Rise Martial Arts Academy offers energized martial arts classes for children, teens and adults. Classes consist of martial arts from all over the world including traditional techniques and forms from Karate and Taekwondo.

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Additional recreational opportunities are available throughout the area. The Valley Shore YMCA located in Westbrook offers swim lessons and fitness opportunities for all ages, and is home to the Valley Shore YMCA Marlins, one of the top USA Swimming competitive age group programs in the region, with a high percentage of our swimmers going on to higher levels of competition. The swim team is composed of boys and girls ranging in age from 6 to 18.

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Welcome to Old Lyme

Welcome to Old Lyme, a small, historic town on the Connecticut coastline. We are known for our art galleries and beaches, and have so much more. Whether you are thinking about relocating your home or business here, or just looking to visit for the afternoon, welcome! We are glad to have you.