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Best Marine Experiences for Connecticut Kids

Whether you’re helping raise a sail to a sea chantey, steering a wooden ship’s wheel or exploring coastal habitats on land, there is hardly a shortage of marine experiences for your sea-loving scalawags in Connecticut.

We have rounded up some of the best sailing adventures, Long Island Sound tours and shore programs across the state. For more waterfront fun, be sure to check out our Connecticut Beaches and Water Fun Guide and the best places for Canoeing and Kayaking with Kids in Connecticut.

Indulgent Mother's Day Brunches in Connecticut

What's not to love about brunch? A magical marriage of all the best things served up with a mimosa and a slice of cantaloupe, brunch is arguably the most indulgent meal right out of the gate. Maybe that's why it has become something of a tradition to spoil the ladies who work tirelessly making sure everyone is cared for by taking them out to these panoplies of decadence on Mother's Day. We are extra spoiled in Connecticut because of our epic food scene so finding a brunch fit for a queen isn't hard at all. So pick a spot, make a reservation, gussy up the fam and treat mom! She deserves it.

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 boundless fun. So head outside with the children and enjoy all that spring in Central Connecticut has to offer.

St. Patrick's Day Events in Connecticut

It's March and you know what that means...St. Patrick's Day!  While St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are often thought of as mostly adult-oriented (usually associated with pints of Guinness), there are many kid-friendly ways to celebrate the holiday with wee little ones. Check out the following great family events to celebrate St. Patty's Day in Connecticut. Erin Go Bragh!

New Haven County Drama and Dance Camps

Do your children opt to act or dance instead of play team sports? Participating in a play or a performance of some type is a great experience and teaches kids all about teamwork and reaching personal goals. If your son or daughter loves to be on-stage or in front of the camera tap-dancing their hearts out then New Haven has a camp for them! And of course, check out our entire Summer Camp Guide for 2017.

Indoor Birthday Party Venues in the New Haven Area

My oldest was born in January. That means that any dreams of a poolside party under the sun are, unfortunately, just dreams. Over the years we have become quite expert in the fine art of the indoor birthday party. Just because the weather may not be cooperative doesn't mean you can't have a ton of fun! There are gym parties, laser tag parties, and arts and crafts parties to name just a few. Here are some other options for indoor birthday super-fun. Be sure to check out our birthday party guide too, for just about every ounce of birthday fun imaginable. 

Family Friendly New Year's Eve in Greater New Haven

Do you remember all those late evening's out on New Year's eve...drinking champagne, eating fancy dinners and dressing up....before you had kids?  Well, the fun doesn't have to stop just because the babies have come along. Bring the kids along to these fun and memory-making events. You may even start a family tradition!

Free Museum Days in Connecticut

Connecticut may be one of the nation’s smallest states, but what it lacks in square footage it makes up for in culture.  Connecticut is literally bursting at the seams with hundreds of art museums, historical homesteads, science museums, children’s museums, and cultural centers in every corner of the state. From the Lyman AIlyn in New London to the Wadsworth Anthenuem in Harford, if you want to take advantage of everything the Nutmeg State has to offer, but don’t love the price tag that comes along with it, then this list of museum free days is for you! And for more info on CT Museums check out our Museum Guide.

Below is a list of free museum hours around the state. Please confirm these free days/evenings with the museums. Sometimes, especially near a national or religious holiday, schedules may change. Also, keep in mind that teachers, veterans, or seniors may also receive extra discounts. 

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