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Exploring Silence at Grace Farms

I don’t know about you, but lately my mind has been racing - my lists have been growing lists and my “to dos”  have been expanding at a remarkable pace. So, when I had the opportunity to Explore Silence with Grace Farms Foundation’s Arts Initiative, I jumped at the chance. 

My daughter and I have been to Grace Farms several times since its opening in 2015. When I try to explain my experience there to people, I frequently find myself at a loss for words. Grace Farms is a completely unique experience nestled in backcountry Fairfield County, and to understand this facility, you truly have to “experience” it.  

Holiday Train Rides With Santa in Connecticut

To be honest, I don’t know the last time I saw Santa in a sleigh.  Nope, over the past several years, I’ve seen Santa arrive to greet crowds of believers in a fire truck, a police car, a helicopter, and a Porsche (really, Santa??). 

So it was no surprise when my 5-year-old came home from school telling me her friend Abby saw Santa on a train.  And she’s absolutely right – there are a few amazing Holiday Trains in Connecticut, where you and your kids can enjoy both your love of trains and the holiday season!  Watching the steam roll and waft in front of the train's headlight, while giant snowflakes fall will throw you back 60 years -- in the most wonderful, magical, 'It's a Wonderful Life' sort of way.  

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Lanterns, Puppets, and Harry Potter in Concert, November 4 & 5

The trick-or-treating is done and now it's time to take down the pumpkins and put up the turkey decorations. But before we plunge head-long into the two-month holiday season, why not spend a November weekend participating in some family activities like a celebration of Cub Scouts?  No scouts in the family, no problem. Check out the Hartford Symphony Orchestra's interpretation of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in concert, take a fall nature hike, or learn about history through interactive play.

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Massive Holiday Show List: Everything from the Nutcracker to Charlie Brown and More

Attending a musical or theatrical performance is a beloved holiday tradition. If you have a budding ballerina in your midst and Clara's story is on your "must see" list, don't worry: we also have you covered for performances of The Nutcracker. If your children would be more entertained by a mischievious white dog or an inspiring story of a changed life, those are here too!

Additionally, the Mommy Poppins Holiday Guide has many more suggestions for your family this holiday season, including places to visit with Santa

North Pole Express and the Santa Special

By the time you read this, most of the good dates for the North Pole Express will be sold out. The good news is, this speaks volumes about the world-class holiday event in our very own backyard. The bad news, of course, is that unless you're willing to trek up on a random Tuesday night or wait until after Christmas (there are trains running until December 29) you might want to hold off until next year. But again, it's likely that even at this late date (and yes, the end of October/early November is very late when it comes to North Pole Express tickets) you will still be able to book in for a school night here and there. On the other hand, if you would rather take your little ones aboard the Santa train during daylight hours, the Santa Special is just the thing for you. And the best part is, it doesn't sell out nearly as fast. 

Thanksgiving Dinner Out, Fairfield County Restaurants

If you find yourself sans extended family this Thanksgiving in Fairfield County, maybe you're miserable, maybe you're counting your blessings. Either way, you've no doubt realized that cooking a feast for a family of four seems somewhat ludicrous. Perhaps going to a restaurant seems even more ludicrous, but hear us out... Some of the best chefs in the state are keeping their doors open, and are probably already prepping for the pumpkin soup, butternut squash ravioli, pecan nut tarts, and eggnog creme brulees they have planned -- not to mention a perfect slice of turkey and NO MESS to clean up. We've also listed restaurants open on Thanksgiving in Hartford County  and Litchfield County.

10 Halloween and Autumn Events This Week, October 30-November 3

There's nowhere to run, nowhere to hide: it's Halloween week! We've rounded up some of our favorite events to help you carry this spooky season across the finish line, from scary stories to trunk or treats to Halloween parades. And if you're ready to focus on life after the candy apocalypse, we're highlighting all kinds of autumnal fun from fort building to farm time to corn mazes.

November GoList: The Best Things To Do With CT Kids This Month

November is the start of the real holiday season and we've rounded up 25 great events for you to enjoy this month. The Stamford Downtown Parade Spectacular is CT's version of the Macy's Day Parade. With over 100,000 in attendance each year, it's a special event that kicks off the holiday season each November. There's great family theater, historical Thanksgiving family events, holiday open houses, and road races to work off all those mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter, where you'll find a list of each week's highlighted events as well as information for great giveaways. Happy Thanksgiving!

Sweet Ways to Donate Your Halloween Haul to Those in Need

Got a Halloween candy hangover? Come November 1, parents across the country are wondering how they're going to get rid of all the candy their kids brought home. Some of it will be eaten, sure, but just one look at the amount of calories in an average Halloween haul and you'll want to make sure the bulk of it goes anywhere besides your family's stomachs.

There are a number of creative ways to get rid of Halloween candy, like using it for crafts or science experiments, having the Switch Witch take it in exchange for a small toy, or, you know, saving it until Easter and throwing it in the basket. (Hey, it's only six months away—how stale can that candy get?) But perhaps the best thing to do with Halloween candy is donate it. That way your kids can enjoy a truly special treat: The feeling of helping others. Here are eight charitable organizations who accept donations of unopened candy.

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