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Gluten-Free/Allergy-Friendly Places for Tasty Eats in Connecticut

Going out to eat should not be stressful, but when someone in your family has a food sensitivity or even worse, allergy, it can feel like more of a chore than a pleasant experience.
This list includes places to grab food in Connecticut that are both kid and allergy friendly. We’ve also made special note of those that are 100% gluten-free or have a dedicated fryer to prevent cross-contamination. With a little planning, you should be able to find a restaurant that everyone in your family can enjoy! Note: always speak up about your allergies right away to make sure an establishment can cater to your needs.

Hartford Area Sledding Hills

The first storm of the season creates quite a stir for those of us who excitedly await a winter wonderland. Sure, building snowmen and having snowball fights leave us breathless with fun, but it's hard to match the thrill of holding tight to a sled while careening down a hill on a quest to be the one who finishes first and travels the farthest. For a truly great sledding experience, check out these awesome hills in the Hartford area. Winter lasts only about 12 weeks, so pack a thermos with hot chocolate, maybe grab an extra pair of mittens and socks (don't forget lip balm and sunscreen!), and embrace the snowy adventures.

If you are looking to explore more winter activities, check out our Ski and Snow Sports GuideMount Southington for downhill skiing and Winding Trails for cross-country are two local attractions worth exploring. Sledding fun also awaits in Fairfield County.

20 Connecticut Tea Rooms For a Cozy Autumn Day

Spicy or robust, fruit-flavored or floral, a hot cup of tea can set the right tone for time with anyone special, but especially with one of your own children! Are you looking to spend some special time with a tween or teen? Or trying to occupy a rainy afternoon?  Take them out for a cup of tea in one of these Connecticut tea rooms and see how the conversation flows.

Halloween Events for Kids in Hartford County

What would fall be without some fun, Halloween-themed activities? Whether you are a fright fest fan or looking for something tamer for young children, there are many spooky-themed events taking place in the Hartford area -- a great opportunity to show off all those creative costumes more than once during the Halloween season! From scary movie viewings to haunted attractions, there are many activities to keep you and the family busy from now until Halloween night.

Celebrate Father's Day in the Hartford Area

It's Father's Day weekend, which means it's time to celebrate all the dads that make life special, whether they're fathers, step-dads, grandpas, uncles, or friends. Rather than give them another tie or coffee mug, consider planning a memorable outing with the entire family. There are many great events going on throughout the Hartford area (and more throughout Connecticut), where fathers and children can spend quality time together, strengthening the bond they already share. Unless otherwise noted, all events are taking place Sunday, June 19, 2016.

St. Patrick's Day Events in the Hartford Area

While St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are often thought of as mostly adult activities (usually associated with pints of Guinness), there are many kid-friendly ways to celebrate the holiday with your wee ones. Check out the following great family events to celebrate St. Patty's Day in the Hartford area. Erin Go Bragh! 

Easter Egg Hunts in Central CT

Easter comes early this year -- don't miss out on the fun Easter activities starting soon throughout Central CT! We've listed some great places that are hosting egg hunts and bunny visits, so grab your baskets and have some fun with this annual tradition. Also check out the Easter events we've rounded up in Fairfield County if you're inclined to venture a bit farther.

Spring Fairs & Festivals in Central Connecticut

April showers bring May flowers, and along with all the colorful blossoms come an array of springtime celebrations. The Hartford and New Haven areas are bursting with exciting outdoor family festivals in April, May, and June. These events feature crafts, delicious treats, family-friendly activities, and lots of fun. So head outside with the children and enjoy all that spring and Central Connecticut have to offer.

Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free in Central CT

During the summer months we try to spend as much time out of the house as possible.  Between all the beach days, zoo visits, farmers markets, weekend getaways and festivals, the cost of all these things can quickly rack up. After all this, it's nice to find ways to save money in as many ways as possible. Many restaurants allow children to eat free so I have compiled a list of places where kids can eat free so that your money can be spent on other entertaining things to do. For a list of some of our fave family friendly restaurants in Central CT, but not necessarily free, check out our other post also.

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