Connecticut

Pick-Your-Own Berry Farms in Connecticut

The abundance and availability of fresh food at this time of the year is a real treat. Being able to pick our own fruits and vegetables at local farms makes the bounty taste even sweeter. Not only is it a fun family activity, it's also a great way to teach children about where their food comes from and to engage them in its preparation process.

Right now, strawberry picking is just getting under way, but don't hesitate: on some farms the picking season lasts just a few weeks.  For more pick-your-own options in Connecticut, check out our posts about strawberry picking in Hartford County and blueberry picking farms. Happy picking - and baking - and eating!

25 Things to Do with Kids in Springfield, MA—Dr. Seuss Museum and More!

Springfield always surprises me with its rich culture, history, and capacity for family fun. It is a city of firsts, and learning about its past may inspire your child to become a pioneer of the future. There's so much to do in Greater Springfield, including riding roller coaster, enjoying a peaceful meeting with an alpaca, and—starting June 3—visiting the brand-new Dr. Seuss Museum. Plus, it's just the right distance for a short getaway from Boston or Connecticut. Read on for 25 fun family activities to do while you’re there, whether it’s for a day or two, or more.

Hibachi Dining with Kids: Japanese Restaurants in CT

First, the bad news: Benihana has not yet found its way to Connecticut. If you're unfamiliar with this giant among hibachi joints, you don't know what you're missing. But the good news is there are still a bunch of great places to find hibachi (also known as Teppanyaki) around Connecticut. I'll be honest, the first time we took my daughter to a hibachi restaurant, she jumped out of her seat and hid under the table as soon as the flames ignited. It has been many years since then and these days she asks to go. While hibachi may be a bit much if you have very little littles or just kids who tend to be more anxious, it can also be a really fun family experience. You'll know whether it's right for you. If so, here are some of the hibachi hot spots around our great state! 

Memorial Day Weekend Fun: Parades, Carnivals, and Flamingos, May 27-29

At long last we have reached the very precipice of summer: Memorial Day weekend! I have dug the beach chairs out of the garage, taken the grill out for a test run, and I can't wait to plant my feet in the sand and perhaps even in the Sound. There's all kinds of non-beachy fun to be had this weekend too from fairs and festivals to animal encounters, special concerts, and more.

Whatever your plans, the significance of Memorial Day should not be forgotten. If you're looking for an educational way to honor the men and women who died in service to our nation, our Event Calendar features many kid-friendly parades and ceremonies, including the Revolutionary War Encampment in Wethersfield, the Decoration Day event at Mystic Seaport, and the U.S. Coast Guard Band concert in New London.  To keep up with everything going on in CT, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Wishing you the very best Memorial Day weekend!

Fairfield County Letterbox Trails for Kids

So maybe you've heard about it but you're still not really sure. What is letterboxing anyway? Well to start, it is really like the ultimate scavenger hunt. You are given a set of clues and then you head out into the woods and go on a hunt in search of secret hidden stamps in the forest. Sound fun? That's because it is! Even my three year old is a letterboxing-enthusiast.

This fun family adventure is great for all ages and for all cities located across the country. There are about 90,000 active letterboxes hidden in North America alone. So what exactly is a letterbox? Letterboxes are small weatherproof boxes that typically contain a hand-carved rubber stamp, a log-book to keep a record of visitors, and occasionally an ink pad. Letterboxer's will leave an imprint of their own personal stamp in the letterbox's log book. We've rounded up six kid-friendly letterbox trails in Fairfield County. Happy Trails.

Weekday Picks for Connecticut Kids: Greek Festival, Owls, and Water Lilies, May 22-26

Now that it's definitely spring, this week is a fantastic time to get outside to enjoy a Greek Festival, stories and songs at The Pavilion at Penfield Beach, or the secret life of owls. Our May GoList is still going strong with Memorial Day Weekend coming up and our Spring Fun Guide continues to provide all the fun you can imagine. For even more activities, check our Event Calendar which we update daily and follow Mommy Poppins CT on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest. Have a great week! 

25 Things to Do With Kids in Milford

Known as ‘A Small City with a Big Heart,’ Milford, located at the Southern tip of New Haven County, offers a small town vibe with plenty of New Englandy appeal. Walk over Hotchkiss Bridge for the best waterfall views, head to the Sundae House for a an upside down banana split, and top off your evening at Gulf Beach for the best summer sunsets. Franco's Pizza offers the best slices of pizza and River Street Wednesdays is a completely free and amazing kid-friendly program on the City Hall green. A community designed for families, here's our list of the top 25 things to do in Milford with your kiddos.

Birthday Freebies in Connecticut

Birthdays are so great when you're a kid. There's the endless countdown to the big day, and finally waking up the morning of anticipating all the awaiting surprises. When you're young, there's still excitement (rather than dread) at the thought of turning another year older. So what could possibly make all this even more exciting? How about a whole bunch of free stuff?! If you know where to look, there are some pretty sweet freebies to be had on your kid's birthday (or on yours, for that matter). A lot of these places are big companies that require sign up to a club or mailing list, and many of them require a minimum age for membership (usually 13 in compliance with a federal online privacy act) so parents may want to be the primary member and just hand off the goodies to the littles when the time comes. Others, though, are smaller even local Connecticut businesses that genuinely want to offer something lovely to the people who support them. Whether your kid might like a free birthday ice cream cone or a trip back in time on their special day, here are some fun free finds for your little's next birthday.

Family Friendly Waterfront Dining in Fairfield County

It took me a long to admit this to myself, but since we're among friends I'll just come out and say it: I do not enjoy eating in restaurants with my children. Or, at least I didn't. Now my kids are older and reasonable and do not have temper tantrums if their grilled cheeses are cut into quarters instead of halves--or at any rate they don't do it often. Even though, for a long time, my idea of "family friendly waterfront dining" was grabbing a blanket, some drinks, and those precisely cut grilled cheese sandwiches and heading to my town beach, I have recently branched out to actual restaurants where I leave the picnic basket at home. In the warmer months, there's nothing quite like a meal with a waterfront view, and the options in Fairfield County do not disappoint. Here are some of our favorites.

Our Visit to Kidcity in Middletown

Before you set foot in Kidcity, you'll most likely have already heard about it from moms who have gone or plan to go. Kidcity Children's Museum in Middletown is a one-of-a kind destination designed for little ones ages 7 and under to explore, socialize and probably learn something along the way. Director Jen Alexander, founder and creator behind Kidcity, wants little children to come and navigate their way through the three floors of fun and be free to experience it any way they like to - whether that is skipping from room to room or spending the entire time in one fascinating place.

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