Maple Sugaring in Fairfield County

One of my family's favorite Connecticut winter traditions is maple sugaring. We don't happen to have any maple trees on our property so we head to the New Canaan Nature Center, for their Adopt-a-Tree program (already underway for 2016, but registration is available until the end of February). A few times a week we visit our tree and haul sap back to the Sugar Shack. At the end of the season, we are rewarded with our very own delicious maple syrup. If you're eager to be a part of the maple sugaring tradition hear in New England but looking for a more low impact experience, here are some great events to check out in Fairfield County.

Science and Nature Summer Camps in New Haven County

If you have little scientists at home, summer is the perfect time to stimulate and nourish their interest in science and nature. Long, warm days allow for exploration of forests, beaches, riverbeds, and clear skies. Whether it be paleontology, archeology, animals, or geology, Connecticut, though a small state, packs a plethora to choose from for any science buff. Take a look at these fantastic options available for kids in New Haven County and grant your children the gift of hands-on learning while acquiring new skills and expanding their circle of friends.

Edgy French Art Arrives with Tilt Kids Festival

A brand-new, multi-borough kids festival with magicians, hands-on preschooler art and a Paris-trained circus troupe kicks off Friday, March 4 in New York City. It's not every day that a monthlong cultural fest dedicated to kids arrives, especially in the dead of winter, so we were excited to learn more. 

Children's Museum Debuts Exhibit Dedicated to Muslim Culture

The Children's Museum of Manhattan has long been my go-to spot for maximum tot fun, but when it comes to learning about art, architecture and other cultures, we usually headed elsewhere. The newly-opened America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far exhibit will change that.

Opened last week, the 3,000-square-foot exhibit takes up the entirety of the museum's first-floor exhibition space and provides a colorful, immersive window into Muslim cultures across the world. The exhibit is on view through January 2017 and is the fourth in the museum's Global Exhibition Series, which previously highlighted the cultures of Ancient Greece, China and Japan. Read on for the scoop on this vibrant new exhibit.

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Maple Sugaring, Jack Hanna, Feb. 27-28

In the mood for something sweet this weekend? Head over to Benner's Farm or Hoyt Farm to tap a tree and enjoy maple sugaring demonstrations. If it's something more wild you seek, check out Jack Hanna's show at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury. For a milder afternoon, sip some tea with royalty at the Princess Tea Party with Ballet Long Island.

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Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Theater, Pancakes, and Flying Machines February 27-28

It's hard to believe that February is closing in upon us. The month is ending on a theatrical note as stages across Connecticut will light up with family-friendly performances. If, however, you'd rather skip the curtain call, head to the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford for the latest exhibit: Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion. Children will enjoy seeing 40-life sized machines that they can touch and set into motion, and even better, they can design their own flying machines during the Da Vinci-inspired Youth Workshop (advanced registration required). 

It will be party time in New London, where you can take the entire family (families represented by three generations will be included in a special drawing for prizes) to the 2016 Sock Hop Dance, or the 15th Annual Cat in the Hat Ball. You can also keep things simple by sitting back and savoring a delicious meal at the 5th Annual Maple Sugaring and Pancake Breakfast in Bristol, or at the Pancake Breakfast and Maple Sugaring event at the 4-H Education Center at Auerfarm in Bloomfield. 

Whatever you decide to do, have a beautiful weekend and remember to check our Event Calendar for the latest family-friendly events. We also invite you to follow Mommy Poppins Connecticut on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, and to subscribe to our newsletters

Birthday Parties at Philadelphia Museums

Birthday parties are both a cause for excitement and many sleepless nights with all the planning and logistics that come along with the big day. Why not save the planning for the experts and book your kids' special celebrations at one of Philadelphia's premier museums? The decorating is done—all you do is create the invite list and hit send!

Here is our list of museums in Philadelphia that will make your kid's birthday party one to remember.

Spring Break Camps: 10 Kinds of Vacation Fun for LA Kids

Spring Break around Los Angeles is a moving feast; some districts have one week, and some have two. Some take vacation in March, and a few in April. Add to the mix the complications of Easter, Passover, and parent work schedules, and Spring Break camp can be a tough knot to untie. Whether your family needs two weeks full time or a day here and there, we've chosen ten of our favorites that run the gamut. From the Valley to the sea, surfing to soccer, we think you'll find something worthy of a few days away from school among the camps below. And if you're so on the ball that spring is already covered and you've moved on to summer, check out some of our favorite art, cooking, horse, and classic outdoorsy camps in our Summer and Vacation Camp Guide!

10 Free (or Super Cheap) Things To Do with LI Preschoolers

Living on Long Island isn’t cheap, so when parents find something that doesn’t cost them a fortune—or is free—then we're obligated to spread the word. And believe it or not, there are plenty of activities around town that won't break the bank. From storytime and art to train and carousel rides, here are some ideas to keep your preschooler occupied both inside and outdoors. And for more ideas, be sure to check our Long Island Events Calendar, which is updated daily.

Hartford Area Summer Camps: Pottery, Art, Farming

During the summer months your child may crave more freedom, more opportunity for creativity, and more time outdoors. If so, the adventures below might be perfect for them. Here are a few summer camps in the Hartford area that focus on art, pottery, and farm life. This will allow young minds to take a break from formulas and to get their hands dirty with paint, clay, or soil. At the end of the summer, they'll be left with beautiful memories, and maybe even a few beautiful works of art.


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