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Mother's Day FREEBIES in Connecticut

Mom. Mommy. Mama. Mother. Her Royal and Omnipotent Shoe Finder Supreme. No matter what you call her, mom is a pretty special lady and she deserves to be celebrated. Whether that means pulling out all the stops for a truly indulgent brunch or spending a day doing stuff the whole family loves (because I'll be honest, my kids don't love brunch that much...) Mother's Day is a moment for moms, ALL MOMS, everywhere to take a little bow for the incredibly hard work we do all year (yep, I said it. We work hard and it's ok to crow about it a little sometimes). In honor of Mother's Day, here are some things moms can do FOR FREE with (or sometimes without...) the family.

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Duck Racing, Tiger Trotting, and a Dirty Dog Show

Warm weather is finally here and outdoor activities galore dot the calendar. In Coventry there is a ceremony opening a month-long Heroes Flags ceremony where guests can plant a flag in honor of a hero or service member. Other outdoor family events include the Fair Haven Family Stroll, the Annual Pequabuck Duck Race, and the Beardsley Zoo Tiger Trot. For a sports-themed family day, learn to appreciate golf in Middlefield, or challenge a family obstacle course in New Haven.

Touch and Feel Sculpture Exhibit Coming to Simsbury

Have you ever had the experience of taking your children to a fancy art museum, only to find that all they want to do is touch stuff? While this is normal behavior, it can be a little unsettling when you are walking past five-hundred year old paintings. Coming to Simsbury in May is a world-renowned sculpture exhibit by the artist Seward Johnson. Sculptures will be strategically placed all over town at local businesses. And guess what? Kids can touch them! 

May GoList: Best Things To Do with Kids in Connecticut

As we move through spring, the month of May brings Mother's Day and Memorial Day weekend. Everywhere you turn throughout the month, there are fairs and festivals. Here are 22 of our favorite things to do with kids in Connecticut this May. If you click through to the full listings, you can add them to your calendar. Of course, our Event Calendar always has more fun listed each and every day. Have fun planning!

25 STEM Activities Easy Enough for Preschoolers

STEM activities are all the rage in education right now, and for good reason. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) – and the Arts for STEAM – are crucial to kids’ learning and our future. But how to get your younger children interested?

They might not be ready for coding, but many preschoolers under age 5, and even toddlers, can enjoy some basic STEM principles through play. Although one of my family’s admitted guilty pleasures is relaxing with a little screen time, I was inspired by the upcoming national Screen-Free Week (April 30-May 6, 2018) to take my daughter on a STEM binge instead.

We built an apple boat, a toothpick-marshmallow castle, attempted a pom-pom drop, and indulged in baking soda science. Read on for a list of 25 tried-and-true screen-free STEM activities to do with your preschooler.

Roadtrippin' to the Quiet Corner of Connecticut

Ah. Meandering scenic roads, sprawling farms with classic red barns, and plenty of quiet. Bordering Rhode Island and Massachusetts, Connecticut’s northeastern most point has been dubbed the “Quiet Corner.” But that doesn't mean there’s nothing to do. Check out all of the awesomeness tucked into the Quiet Corner this spring.  And for more fun, check out our Mommy Poppins Spring Guide!

Visiting Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya in Mexico with Kids

Mexico's Caribbean coast is known for its first-class resorts, especially along the Riviera Maya, including towns such as Playa del Carmen and Tulum. So much so that sometimes the sparkling waters, stunning beaches, and swank surroundings of this northern Yucatan peninsula's all-inclusive deals make it hard to want to leave the lovely confines of your hotel.

But there’s so much more to this gorgeous Mexican coastal region just south of Cancun than beachside getaways. To introduce the kids to a taste of authentic culture, including Mayan ruins, natural wonders, and unlimited adventure, you don’t have to go far. Some excursions may take only an hour and others a whole day, but these 25 ideas are surely worthy of drawing the family out of the resort for even just a few hours.

Weekend Fun Is Springing Up with Carnivals, Sheep, and Daffodils, April 28-29

It finally felt like spring this week, with warm breezes, bright blooms, and the sweet scent of....fried dough? That's right, carnival season has arrived! This weekend alone there are fairs and festivals in Danbury, Redding, Meriden, and Fairfield to name but a few. Even Quassy Amusement Park opens for the season this weekend with a classic car show and a carload special that can't be beat.

To get away from the spectacle of the midway and spend time closer to nature, check out the Earth Day Nature Festival in Barkhamsted, the Amazing World of Bees at Greenwich Audubon, the Pancake Breakfast and Sheep Shearing at Ambler Farm.

If you're still looking for more, check our Events Calendar, which is regularly updated, sign up for our newsletters, and follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram. Have a great time!

Boost Baby’s Brain Power in One of These Fairfield County Classes

If you have a baby, you know: Just getting out of the house can feel like an accomplishment. Like seriously. Now let’s talk classes. Does your baby really need to take classes? Yes. And so do you. Trust us. 

Taking a Mommy and me—or Dad and me, or Grandparent and me, or nanny and me—class can boost your babe’s brain power, help develop social skills and foster creativity. (Bonus: you can make some new mommy friends!) Classes also offer the perfect excuse to let your guard down and groove to your favorite kid tunes, make a glittery sticky mess, and just remember how to be silly. Here are some classes for you and your babe in Fairfield County. For more, check out our Connecticut Class Guide.

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

Is it time to toss or upgrade your child's car seat? Beginning on April 22, Target will recycle your goldfish-crusted and stained old 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.

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