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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! 

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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.

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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.

Celebrating Valentine's Day in the Hartford Area

When you have young children, it is only a matter of time before red roses, champagne, and prix-fixe menus are replaced by balloons, pink lemonade, and heart-shaped lollipops on Valentine's Day. This, however, doesn’t mean you have to stay in watching Nick Jr. specials. Many Valentine-themed activities are scheduled to take place in the Hartford area. If your child is old enough for drop-off activities, there are even some parents' night out options where youngsters can enjoy a fun, love-themed activity, while you and your special someone enjoy a dinner unaccompanied by crayons and coloring pages. Whatever you decide, there are ample opportunities to celebrate love on Valentine's Day. If you decide to keep the celebration at home, check out this fun Valentine's craft perfect for little ones.

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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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.

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Old School Diners and Ice Cream Parlors in the Hartford Area

For some good, old-fashioned comfort food and a blast from the past, check out these vintage, retro diners and ice cream parlors in the Hartford area. Adults will love the old school vibe while kids will love farm fresh ice cream and shakes!

Where to Host an Outdoor Party in the Hartford Area

If your child’s birthday falls during the summer months you have hit the jackpot in terms of party options. Let’s face it, keeping 20 little munchkins, or your entire extended family, happy outside is a much more appealing option than in your living room, right? If your own backyard isn’t suitable there are a plethora of choices for hosting an outdoor event such as a birthday party or family reunion in the Hartford area.

Places to Play Mini Golf in the Hartford Area

Nothing says summer like mini golf -- it’s pretty much a requisite activity, along with swimming and ice cream. One of these courses, Farmington Miniature Golf & Ice Cream Parlor, marries two of these things perfectly! There are several other courses in the Hartford area and each have their own unique flavor, so when you are ready to try out your putter, check this guide to choose one your kids might be most interested in. Better yet, work your way down the list and then report back which one was your favorite! We've also rounded up mini golf in Fairfield County.

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