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Top Swimming Pools for Families Near and Around Hartford, CT

Kids plus swimming pools are what summer dreams are made of, and the Hartford area has plenty to offer. We've rounded up our favorite outdoor pools where you and the kids can take a refreshing dip during the summer months around the Hartford, Connecticut area.

Read through our list of Hartford swimming pools to find the one right for your family, whether that's the one with an adjacent playground or an inexpensive day pass. A number of these spots offer kiddie pools, but you can also check out our list of awesome splash pads in the area, too. 

One thing's for sure: There are plenty of ways to get wet and stay cool this summer in Connecticut!

Free Splash Pads, Spraygrounds, and Fountains for Kids in Hartford County

Just because Hartford County is centrally located in Connecticut doesn't mean that you have to venture very far to enjoy the water. Waves and beach sand are not in close proximity, there are still plenty of options to enjoy water play in lakes, pools, water parks, and splash pads. If you’re looking to cool down in the hot summer months, check out one of these fun locations. Best of all, like so many of our Mommy Poppins faves, they're free, so there's no need to bring your wallet (just towels and sunscreen)!

Strawberry Picking with Kids in Connecticut

Strawberry picking farms can be found all over Connecticut. This tasty red fruit is one of the healthiest and most delicious treats that warmer weather brings to the Northeast.

Find a u-pick farm for strawberry picking with your Connecticut kids with our list of great spots below. Watch the excitement on their faces as they hunt for the biggest, reddest berries on the farm.

The Connecticut pick-your-own strawberry season is short, usually lasting only from early or mid-June to early July; don’t miss out! There are so many great strawberry-based recipes you can prepare with the kids, too: homemade jam, strawberry shortcake, berry tarts, or simply enjoying fresh fruit in cereals, salads, or as an ice cream topping.

For more berry picking fun, check out Berry Farms in Connecticut; once July rolls around, it's time to start thinking about blueberries.

Top 12 Playgrounds and Parks for Family Fun in the Hartford Area

Sometimes we get so busy with our regular routines that we forget to do one of the most important and healthy things with our children: get outside! Spending time in the sunshine and among the trees is so healthy for kids (and parents) physically, mentally, and even emotionally. With nicer weather upon us, everyone’s itching to escape the house, and if you live anywhere near the Greater Hartford area, you're downright spoiled with outdoor options to choose from. Here are a dozen of our favorite parks and playgrounds to spend time as a family. 

12 Amazing Playgrounds Worth Driving to Across Connecticut

Now that we have had a few 60 degree days on the books, it's time to pull out the water bottles and pile the kids in the car to hit some of the best playgrounds in Connecticut. All of these playgrounds are unique, fun, and are less than a 45-minute drive away from anywhere in the state. Also, don't forget to check out some of our favorite neighborhood playgrounds in the Hartford and Fairfield areas.

45 Unmissable Things to do with Kids in the Hartford Area

Smack in the middle of the state, Hartford County is a place you'll probably have lots of occasions to pass through even if you don't live nearby. Luckily, this county, the second most populous in Connecticut, is packed with museums, parks, and other attractions that are worth a stop for a morning or afternoon. While there are many more things to do with kids than this 50-item list shares, we have collected some unmissable places and events Connecticut has to share. Whether you and the brood are in the mood to learn, soak up nature, or get some exercise, this list has a family fun idea for you.

Easter Egg Hunts and Bunny Trains for Kids in Connecticut

Hippity hoppity hooray—Easter is on its way! If you're like us and you can't wait any longer for springtime, Cadbury Eggs and cute bonnets, we've got you covered. With everything from glow-in-the-dark egg hunts to egg decorating workshops to Easter train rides, we have rounded up a list of bunny sightings and egg-stravaganzas across the state. Most of these events are geared towards preschoolers and younger elementary age children, so keep that in mind if you have older kids. Also note that some events require pre-registration and are dependent on decent weather, so be sure to check updates before heading out. Have a hopping good time...and check out our post about Easter breakfasts and brunches for even more bunny-themed fun.

Easter Bunny Breakfasts and Brunches for Kids and Families in Connecticut

With spring in the air, it's time to polish up those dress shoes and think about a special Easter breakfast or brunch with kids. If your kiddo is keen be treated to a very special meal and maybe hunt for eggs or shake a paw, check out these Easter-themed meals at community centers and restaurants around the state. For more ideas to celebrate this gorgeous season in Connecticut, bookmark our spring fun guide.

25 Free and Affordable Summer Camps in Connecticut

Once school ends here in Connecticut, parents suddenly face a whole lot of unstructured time for the kids. But don't stress: This is where summer camps come into the picture—and it doesn't have to break the bank. We've made it easy for Connecticut parents to find some less expensive camps throughout the state to keep kids busy and happy this summer. Check out our picks for cheap (and even free) Connecticut summer camps. Remember to inquire with your town's parks and rec department; these camps tend to be very affordable options, too.

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