Father's Day Weekend for CT Kids, Cars, Cockpit Tours, Fairs, the Circus, June 20-21

It's here! It's here!! Put on your sun hat and officially welcome summer and everything it brings: family cookouts, fairs and carnivals, beach outings, park adventures, pick-your-own fruit, and time spent by the water. School vacation has begun and Sunday is Father's Day, so there's lots to celebrate this weekend.

If your family is looking to dote on dad, check out our roundups of Father’s Day fun in Hartford County and Fairfield County. A Father's Day Barbecue Picnic at Lyman Orchards, open cockpit tours at the New England Air Museum and East Haven trolley rides are just some of the activities on tap.

If you're off to a big city, let our regional Boston and NYC sites help you make the most of your trip.

For more ideas throughout the state, be sure to check out our Event Calendar. And if you're still figuring out summer, peruse our list of camps with availability or our Summer Fun Guide. To keep up with everything happening in CT, subscribe to our FREE newsletters, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Vocal and Dance Classes for Kids in the Hartford Area

Do, re, mi, fa…so your years spent singing the alphabet song and twinkle twinkle has instilled a love for music in your child? If they aspire to be the next Justin Bieber then signing your child up for singing or dancing classes might be a good idea. Lucky for you, there are many voice and dance instructors in the Hartford County area that can help  your talented performer progress.

10 Over-the-Top Sweet Treat Experiences for NYC Kids

It's easy to find a place to drop in for a quick treat like an ice cream cone or a brownie in New York City—after all, there are delis, bodegas and bakeries on just about every corner. But sometimes you want to indulge in something more extravagant with your kids, maybe as a reward for a hard-earned report card, a special occasion or an impromptu celebration with a couple of friends. Of course, this being NYC, there are some seriously over-the-top treat experiences to be enjoyed. From chocolate pizza to tricked-out candy stores to old-fashioned sundaes bigger than your child's head, these 10 exceptional sweet spots are anything but ordinary.

Father’s Day Weekend for NJ Kids: Family BBQ, Classic Car Show, June 20-21

It's the weekend when we pull out all the stops to celebrate dad! Father's Day is upon us and there are tons of ways to make him feel special this Sunday in New Jersey. Soak up the warm June weather while you check out Baymen’s Seafood & Music Festival at the Tuckerton Seaport, the Wings & Wheels Expo at Teterboro Airport or the Atlantic Highlands Car Show. For laid-back fun, take Dad down to the Freshwater Fishing Derby at Turkey Swamp Park or for a delicious Father’s Day BBQ at the beautiful Grounds for Sculpture.

Whatever you decide to do this Father's Day weekend, we know you'll make dad happy. For even more activity options, check out our Event Calendar.

Father's Day Weekend Fun for Kids in the Hamptons & North Fork, June 19-21

It’s Father’s Day weekend, and on the East End of Long Island that means it’s time for... strawberries! This weekend, all eyes turn to the big daddy of outdoor fests: the Mattituck Lions Club’s annual Strawberry Festival. Carnival rides, live music and, of course, shortcake herald the return of the strawberry in a way that has delighted families for 61 years. This is the North Fork’s largest fundraiser, with all proceeds benefiting Lions Club charities.

On the South Fork this weekend, Southampton celebrates its 375th anniversary, and a Father’s Day craft fair offers kids a chance to pick up a present for dad. With Sunday dedicated to daddy bonding, most of our picks take place on Friday and Saturday.

For more fun options, check out our Hamptons & North Fork Family Guide.

Celebrating Father's Day in Fairfield County, CT with the Whole Family

Truth be told, I miss the days when a nicely wrapped tie did the trick for Father’s Day. But it's been years since my husband wore a tie to his job—a decade, in fact. (Just last weekend, my 4-year-old burst into tears when she saw my husband in his blue jeans; she thought he put on his "work suit" to head into the office!)

Well, dad can spend Father's Day wearing whatever he likes. He can don his board shorts for a day trip to one of CT's great beaches, or put on his workout clothes for a day of biking, hiking or climbing. But if he just wants to throw on those comfy old jeans, there are lots of casual but fun-filled ways to celebrate Father's Day in Fairfield County with the whole family:

Fort Washington Park Playground: Sprinklers, a Rope Pyramid & Zip-Lining in Washington Heights

One of the things I love most about living in upper Manhattan is the abundance of green spaces. But while we've got amphitheaters and ball fields galore, we've had a lack of renovated, state-of-the-art destination playgrounds. However, that's starting to change. I noticed a handful of local parks on the city's list for revitalization, but those projects are still in the works and I have three energetic kids to entertain, pronto. That's why I was thrilled when friends raved to me about the overhauled Nature Discovery Playground in Fort Washington Park. My kids and I checked it out, and it did not disappoint! From a cool tree house to an exciting zip line, there are lots of exceptional attractions for kids, along with the usual fun play stuff.

Lake Compounce Amusement and Water Park in Bristol, CT

Last week I took the kids on a day trip to Lake Compounce in Bristol CT. It's the oldest, continuously-operating amusement park in North America as well as Connecticut’s largest water park. It was our first visit.  I must admit, I am not an amusement park enthusiast. I don't like long lines, sticky and dirty parks, wading through throngs of people and being forced to eat food that has been processed so many times that it gives you the creeps. That being said, we had a blast and even I can't wait to go back again. Read on to hear about our experience and check out our Mommy Poppins Theme and Water Park Guide for even more park fun.

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