Kids

Weekday Picks: Full Moon Hike, Astronomy Night, April 18-22

Celebrate Earth Day this week by creating a special flower pot at Once Upon a Treetop, exploring nature at Tiny Tots or with a evening hike at Quogue Wildlife Refuge and learning about the stars and planets that surround us at Astronomy Night at CSTL. Of course, this is just a sampling of what's going on this week, so be sure to check out our Long Island events calendar and our Spring Fun Guide. You can also get the best events of the week sent directly to your inbox each week if you sign up for our newsletter.

Weekday Picks: Pirates, a Carnival, and Earth Day, April 18-22

This week many children are out on spring break and there are a plethora of spring break camps and Earth day events to fill up the days with plenty of fun. Take your preschooler to a free musical,  or be a pirate for the day at Mystic Seaport. For more fun things to do, as always, just check out our event calendar for some great happenings in a town near you.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Celebrating Earth Day in the Hartford Area

On April 22, people across the world celebrate Earth Day by exploring their local environments, learning how to protect the natural world, and finding new ways to become "more green." Plenty of eco-friendly events in the Hartford area will focus on educating children about how their actions can affect the earth - for the better, or for the worse. Check out these Earth Day events in New Haven County and Fairfield County too.

A Dozen Miniature Golf Courses for NYC Kids

For many families, mini golf is a quintessential summer activity that they look forward to every year. While it's not on top of my go-to list for fun, my son loves it and so we've tried just about every putt-putt course in the tri-state area.

While there are plenty of courses on Long Island and in New Jersey, you don't need to head out of town for putt-putt golf. There are currently a dozen places to play mini golf right here in New York City, including a brand new indoor course in Red Hook.

Read on to find out where you can play mini golf in NYC and I'll see you on the green!

Camps by the Day: Book One Day at a Time for the Beach and Beyond

My family doesn’t do a lot of camp. I have two children who loath having their time scheduled, and I am mostly home with them, so in the summer I let them loaf. We all enjoy not having a schedule, and, let’s face it, camp can be pricey. We peruse Mommy Poppins’ Event Calendar, where I always find something fun and usually free. Inevitably, though, the point arrives when somebody, maybe even everybody, is a bit bored—or, in the case of the camp director (me), tired. Also, I do work part time, so I can’t always be in charge of the entertainment. This is a recipe for that most dreaded of all childhood diseases: too much screen time. That's when camp starts to seem like a really good idea, and I regret not having signed up. Even the kids sometimes yearn for something scheduled, because most of their friends aren’t around; they're at camp.

So what to do with a couple of bored couch potatoes? It’s summer. Send them to the beach, the beach, the beach! This is a no brainer. People travel from far away to spend their summers by our shores. We are already here. It would be crazy not to take advantage of this most glorious natural resource. Slather on the sunscreen, get some UV sunglasses, maybe even invest in a wet suit, but make sure those kids get some time in the surf and sand! Of course, if the beach is not your cup of tea, we also know a few other places that don’t require advance planning and will welcome your children for the day. As the summer progresses you may even find more, because sometimes a camp that books by the week becomes more flexible if it doesn’t fill all its places.

Here are 10 you can count on:

Celebrating Earth Day in the New Haven Area

On April 22, people across the world celebrate Earth Day by exploring their local environments, learning how to protect the natural world, and finding new ways to become "more green." Plenty of eco-friendly events in the New Haven area will focus on educating children about how their actions can affect the earth - for better, or for worse. ​Check out fun events happening in Fairfield County and Hartford County too.

Celebrating Earth Day in Fairfield County

April 22nd marks the 46th celebration of Earth Day, an annual celebration in which kids (and adults!) are encouraged to give back to planet Earth.  There are a range of celebrations in Fairfield County from the artistic to the philanthropic.  The spectacular Grace Farms property in New Canaan has a whole day of activities planned for children and adults of ages. For more suggestions, check out our Earth Day round ups in Hartford, New Haven, as well as Westchester and  the Lower Hudson Valley.

6 Skateboarding Classes for NYC Skater Kids

Whether your kid is just learning to ollie or is an advanced skater perfecting her frontside noseslide, there are plenty of skateboarding masters around NYC ready to teach the next generation.

We rounded up six great skateboarding classes where kids ages 4 and up can hone their skills from Manhattan to Staten Island, and of course, Brooklyn. Worried about this new sport involving possible asphalt face-plants that your kid is hounding you about? Well, it’s also a great workout, building strength, flexibility and coordination—oh, and a decent mode of transportation!

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Earth Day Events, Barnyard Babies, April 16-17

Spring is in the air and folks are anxious to get up and get outside. Kids can become a Junior Ranger at the historic Sagamore Hill. Get creative at the Children's Museum of the East End with their annual Egg Drop Challenge. Get up close and personal with the newest addition at Benner's Farm with their Barnyard Babies meet and greet.

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Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Fishing, Spring Apples, and Thomas, April 16-17

At long last spring has sprung! I'm looking forward to the return of warmer temperatures this weekend and plan to be outdoors as much as possible whether enjoying a carnival, exploring a national park, hunting for some spring apples, or even trying our hands at fishing. If your older kids have a theatrical bent, they'll love the campiness of "Little Shop of Horrors" at Curtain Call in Stamford through the end of April (younger kids will likely prefer Chicken Dance in Old Saybrook).

Remember, our Event Calendar is constantly updated with the best activities around the state. To keep up with everything going on in CT for kids, subscribe to our FREE newsletters, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Have a fantastic weekend!

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