Connecticut

Father's Day Weekend Fun in Connecticut: Classic Cars, Picnics, and Dinos; June 15-16

It's Father's Day Weekend, and Connecticut abounds with activities to celebrate all the dads out there. Whether Dad is into vintage cars, family picnics, or even dinosaurs, there is something for every type of family guy. If relaxing with a movie or a cold brew is more his speed, how about a little nostalgia at the drive-in or a visit to a family-friendly beer garden and barbecue festival? There's no shortage of ideas to make Dad feel special; it's June, after all, and summer festivities are in full swing. Enjoy the weekend!

Build-A-Bear Has a New Pay-Your-Age Contest, without the Lines

Making a puffy, fuzzy DIY toy at Build-A-Bear is a great experience, especially for a birthday gift, but those bears are far from free. So it was no surprise last year that the company's big Pay-Your-Age Day (5 years old, get any toy for $5) resulted in lines not only out of the stores but out of the buildings—and lots of angry parents when lines were shut down. The good news? Build-A-Bear is doing the popular event again, but doing it differently this year.

Spraygrounds and Splash Pads for Kids in Fairfield County, CT

If your kids are anything like mine, summertime is all about finding the coolest playground splash pad. Seriously, where were these things when we were kids? We had either scorching hot asphalt playgrounds, or plastic kiddie pools and popsicles at home. Now, as parents, we can appreciate how great it is for our kids to be able to swing, slide, and cool off in one convenient, nearby spot. Here's our roundup for spraygrounds, splash pads, and water sprinkler parks in Fairfield County; best of all, most are free.

Check out our Connecticut Beach and Water Fun Guide for more ways to stay cool this summer. 

Asheville with Kids: 40 Best Things to Do in Asheville, NC

Asheville, NC, is a popular destination for visitors, including families, with so many fun things to do like the Biltmore Estate, a thriving food and arts scene, a Vanderbilt mansion with extensive grounds, and its kid-friendly local breweries. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the plentiful hiking trails, waterfalls, and swimming holes. I frequently visit my sister’s family in Asheville and get to explore this charming Southern city with my young nephew, so I wanted to share the inside skinny on the best family-friendly attractions, restaurants, and what to do in Asheville with kids.

Find more family fun destinations in our Family Travel City Guides, and be sure to check our picks for North Carolina's best beaches for families.

50 Free Things to do with Kids this Summer in Connecticut

Lack of fun-money doesn't have to keep families stuck inside and bored during the best season of the year: summer!  Even if you are tight on funds, or saving them for a special project or destination, there are plenty of great places to go and things to do right here in Connecticut. Mommy Poppins has assembled a blockbuster list of free ideas for you and your family to have a fun while bonding and making memories during summer vacation.

How Can I Find Free Summer Meal Programs for Kids?

Many parents rely on the free breakfast and lunch available through the local school system to keep their kids' engines running—but what happens in the summer? Thankfully, there are still free meal programs available when school lets out.

Parents will find free breakfast, lunch, and sometimes afternoon snacks and more meals served up at certain parks, schools, community centers, hospitals, and elsewhere this summer. Many of the summer meal programs are federally funded through the USDA's Summer Food Service Program, but administered by local organizations, cities, or states. Read on for tips on how to find a free kids meal near you.

Weekend Fun: Porch Jams, Butterflies, and Wing Dings; June 8-9

Can you feel the excitement in the air? Summer vacation—and with it, loads of options for family fun—is almost here. It’s the last weekend of the school year and Connecticut is getting ready to party! Summer movies are starting, strawberry patches are ripening, and Summer Festival season has already kicked off. There is music in the air this weekend in Norwalk and Mystic, while Wing Dings are on parade in Bridgeport. Make sure to check out Connecticut Open House Day and take advantage of free or discounted admission to museums, parks, and galleries all across the state.

We update our Events Calendar frequently so be sure to check back for even more great suggestions. To keep up with the latest family-friendly events and activities, sign up for our newsletters, and follow us on Facebook, and Instagram. Enjoy the sunny weekend!

Free Outdoor Summer Movies for Kids and Families in Connecticut

Summer nights are long and lazy, and if your family's anything like ours, bedtimes get a little fuzzy around the edges. If you are going to stretch the rules, there are few better family activities than catching an outdoor movie together on a balmy summer night. Bonus: when the movie is free.

We have loads of ideas for making the most of school break in our summer fun guide, but a big-screen flick under the stars is tough to beat. So pop the corn, grab a couple blankets, and head to one of these fun family movie series this summer. 

Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark: Next-Level Family Fun in New York's Catskills

Billed as the biggest indoor water park in New York state, the Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark is finally open! 

Since we first learned about this exciting new indoor water park in the Catskills more than a year ago, our New York-area families have been anticipating its grand opening, which took place in April. 

Eager for a weekend getaway, I recently visited the family-friendly resort for an overnight stay with my 5-year-old daughter. Sitting on two beautiful acres, with 318,000 gallons of water running through it, and 80,000-square-feet of water attractions—plus lots of splashes and sprays—the Kartrite does not disappoint.

25 Summer Festivals in Connecticut that Are Fun for Kids and Families

Summer may be short here in Connecticut but it sure is jammin' with festivals from June through Labor Day.  Sure, you've probably visited your fair share of pumpkin, apple, and strawberry festivals. But have you been to a Podunk Bluegrass festival? Or a Sailfest? Or perhaps a Potato and Cornfest

Whether you're planning to indulge in some strawberry shortcake piled high with whipped cream, check out some really spectacular cars at an antique car show, or groove to some reggae, there are many family-friendly festivals happening all summer long. Grab a picnic basket and a blanket, pack your camera, and have some fun at one of these events.

Be sure to check out our Connecticut Summer Fun Guide to help plan some more epic adventures while school's out.

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