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These STEM Summer Camps Are Creating a Generation of Inventors

Curiosity, critical thinking, and a collaborative attitude might be three attributes all parents aspire to see in their children. These are also traits fostered at STEM summer camps where the subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math are turned into hands-on group and individual projects. Whether your teen is itching to found the next hot tech startup or she’s just into robots or maybe biology, summer camp offers kids a great place to explore these subjects in-depth, away from the pressures of the classroom.

We’ve put together a list of some of the top science and tech camps that offer sessions in multiple cities and states across the country. Some offer programs for kids as young as 6; some are more focused on coding and computer science, while others include “STEAM” programming with design, music, writing, and other creative pursuits on the roster. All emphasize hands-on collaboration aimed at creating the next generation of engineers and inventors. In many camps, kids will also gain presentation skills, leadership traits, and most likely, the confidence to stick with these sometimes difficult subjects and tasks...even when they fail. 

Spring Family Day Trips That Connecticut Kids Will Love

With winter in the rearview mirror, Connecticut families are ready to hit the road in search of some outdoor fun. Luckily, the region is full of spots that offer kids and grown-ups the chance to enjoy budding flowers, reemerging wildlife, and reopened seasonal attractions—all while allowing for everyone to sleep in their own beds at the end of the day. All within a reasonable drive of anywhere in the state, these day trips feature parks, playgrounds, and other attractions that really shine in springtime. For a wider selection of seasonal activities, read through our spring fun guide.

100 Things to Do in New England with Kids Before They Grow Up

No matter where you live, exploring New England with kids ought to be on your short list of family vacation goals. Steeped in history and natural beauty, the Northeast offers families a chance to learn about the earliest Americans, frolic on snow or sand, and enjoy all sorts of old-fashioned fun, from farm-fresh ice cream to vintage carousels.

Drawing from our carefully curated lists of the best things to do with children in Boston and Connecticut as well as the inside scoop from parents in Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, we've come up with 100 things to see, do, and eat with kids in New England. It includes our favorite beaches, children's museums and amusement parks, charming New England towns with kid-friendly activities, ski and holiday trips, and top seasonal events and carnivals. One thing is for certain: You'll be wicked glad you visited Yankeeland.

Target's Car Seat Trade-in Returns: Get the 2019 Details

Is it time to toss or upgrade your child's car seat? Beginning on April 22, Target will recycle your expired, damaged, or just yucky goldfish-crusted and stained one and help you to save on a new model through its popular car seat trade-in event. As if we needed another excuse to go to Target, right? 

Whether you're expecting a new baby, or simply sizing up, read on for all the details on this year's trade-in program.

Weekend Fun: Egg Hunts, Baby Animals, and a Car Race; April 6-7

Baseball is back! With the return of the Boys of Summer, it's time to put away the snowblower and tune up the lawnmower. But not this weekend: This weekend looks perfect for outdoor family activities. For starters, there are annual egg hunts galore, including ones in New Canaan, Monroe, and Redding.  Or, get ready for fishing season with a family fishing class in Litchfield. For kids who prefer to stay indoors, check out the annual Essex Library book sale or, for higher-octane fun, head to Thompson Motor Speedway's opening weekend for numerous family-friendly events.

April GoList: Best Things To Do with Connecticut Kids

April is jam-packed full of fun ways to soak up springtime...and as always, our Connecticut GoList features a carefully curated roundup of the absolute best things to do with kids throughout the month. Stargazing, farm funEaster egg hunts, and even dino egg hunts are just some of the awesome events on tap for April. And with warmer weather on its way, it's a good time to bookmark our spring fun guide, too.

100 Things to Do in New York State with Kids Before They Grow Up

We might be biased, but we think New York state has it all for families. From the gorgeous Hamptons beaches to the rugged state forests, serene lake regions, and deafening Niagara Falls to the culture and arts found in New York City on up through the Hudson Valley river towns and beyond—we feel pretty lucky.

As a state, we’re pretty good at making delicious food items, from ramen burgers and bagels to ice cream, and even wine at family-friendly vineyards on Long Island and through the Finger Lakes. There are children’s museums galore. Kids have no shortage of water and theme parks, cool playgrounds, zoos, parks, and nature, of course.

And yet, the thing about childhood is that it’s finite. The kids grow up, maybe move away. Sniff, sniff. We want to soak up every moment. So we put together this list of 100 of our favorite things to do around New York, from upstate and the Adirondacks to East End of Long Island. We collected suggestions from Mommy Poppins contributors, past and former, to fuse it all together just for you (OK, for us, too). Whether you're planning a long weekend getaway or a family day trip, you're sure to find some ideas here. Enjoy!

20 Fun Spring Break Activities and Events in Connecticut

Although Mother Nature sometimes has a few tricks up her sleeve, signs of spring are really and truly spreading across Connecticut. The daffodils are blooming in Litchfield, trails are ready for the pitter patter of feet in Stamford, and ice cream cones are just about ready to be filled in Newtown. Perhaps the biggest sign of the change of seasons for many of us is spring break and five whole days free of the school-morning scramble.

Although you may dream of cruising away to the warm seas of the Caribbean, in reality, you may not get much farther than the shores of the Long Island Sound this April vacation week. Thankfully, we live in a place where staycations are full of interesting possibilities, from full-day vacation camps to family-friendly workshops. Make sure to check out 30 things we can’t wait to do this spring in Connecticut for even more ideas.

Weekend Fun: Roller Derby, Easter Bunnies, and Nature Fun; March 30-31

The birds are singing, the daffodils are poking through, and I have even seen some buds on the trees. March is coming in like a lamb, and Connecticut is greening up once again! It's a great weekend to explore the outdoors, and there are nature activities for kids in DarienWeston, and Westport. The Easter Bunny is hopping through the state starting in Danbury. Plus, you can spend your whole weekend getting crafty at Java JamHistory Kids Craft Day, or Sunday FunDay Crafts. Looking for some faster-pace fun? The Connecticut Roller Derby Season Opener in Trumbull promises plenty of exciting action.

15 Super Easy April Fools' Day Pranks to Play on Your Kids

There are few things more satisfying than pulling a fast one on your own kid, but elaborate prep work is sure to sap the fun out of any good April Fools' Day joke. In the past, we've shared ideas for old-school gags and fun tricks to play on children, but more recently, we've found that the very best pranks are also the simplest.

Here, we run down 15 easy ways to show kids that we still have the upper hand—at least when it comes to April Fools' Day!

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