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Nostalgic Places to Take your Kids this Summer

School is out and summer is finally in full swing. And while Facebook and Instagram feeds are forever inspiring us to craft carwash drive-thrus out of pool noodles and homemade slime, why not give your kids a little different kind of summer? A throwback summer. We’ve rounded up some of the best places to take your kids this summer in Connecticut for a blast from the past. The nostalgia, as always, is free.

Fathers Day Weekend Fun: Strawberries, Shakespeare, and a Wing Ding Parade

It's Fathers Day weekend and there are plenty of activities to do with Dad this weekend in Connecticut. From a butterfly hunt to the Beardsley Zoo, strawberries to Shakepeare, there is something for every family. Be sure to check with the venues directly for any outdoor activities in the event of weather-related schedule changes.

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CT Campgrounds That Are Extra Fun for Kids

Camping is fun.  But after three or four days, hanging around the tent with your active toddlers, swapping mosquito bites with one another can start to take the joy out of the experience. But what if you could stay at a cool campground that planned tons of things for kids to do? We have found several Connecticut campgrounds that offer fun themed weekends that are all about Pirates, Mardi Gras, and Wintertime and that will offer your family great amenities like playgrounds, swimming pools, and on-site mini golf. And don't forget to check out Mommy Poppins' camping guide for Connecticut!

Shop, Eat, Play, and Stay Cool in Coastal Town, Niantic

As you approach Niantic on the highway, you can begin to smell the fresh sea air. Niantic is one of several little sea towns in Connecticut that will make you wonder if you are still in the same state. Filled with history, cute little shops, places to eat, and places to play - it's a great day trip.

Weekday Picks for Connecticut Kids: Butterflies, Concerts, and Shakespeare, June 12-16

With the temperatures rising this week, it's beginning to feel like summer! Escape the heat with a trip to Ocean Beach Park for their weekly Monday night Cruise Night or enjoy a night of Shakespeare by the picturesque Five Mile River in Rowayton. Outdoor summer concert season is nearly in full swing with free performances this week in Trumbull, Ridgefield,  and Plainville (see the Event Calendar for even more concert fun). 

As school winds down, local libraries are a great resource not only for summer reading, but also for great entertainment such as the celebration of Japanese dance and drumming tradition at Darien Library, the popsicle party at Blackstone Memorial Library, or the Father's Day craft at Wilton Library, 

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Guide to Fishing in Connecticut

My dad used to say that it wasn't a fishing trip we took when I didn't catch something. My childhood is full of fond memories of fishing trips by the shores of lakes and rivers and drifting along in our silent gray canoe. Connecticut has a lively fishing culture and a lot to offer kids interested in honing up their angling. Whether you need to know about licenses or classes, or just the best spots to cast a line, read on for the whole story on the what, where, and when of fishing in Connecticut.

The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum Opens in Springfield

Just in time for summer vacation and exciting road trips, the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum opened a few days ago, attracting more than 2,000 visitors to Springfield—the hometown of Theodor Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, the beloved author whose books and characters are synonymous with childhood. The museum incorporates many neighborhood elements that inspired Geisel and infused his tales, and that’s not surprising since Springfield is rich in culture and history. This summer, consider a trip to the World of Seuss, as well as the other museums and attractions that make this city a super destination for families. 

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Strawberries, Pirates, and CT Open House Day , June 10-11

It's going to be a fantastic weekend, with the beginning of strawberry season and CT Open House Day, which offers lots of opportunities to explore destinations near and far for free or at a steep discount. Some of our family favorites include the Santa's Summer Open House in Bethlehem and Puritans at Play at the Henry Whitfield Museum in Guilford.

If sunshine and warmer temperatures have you wanting to spend time outdoors, check out the SoupstockCelebrate West Hartford, and Georgetown Day festivals or enjoy the fruit-filled strawberry festivals in South Windsor and Cheshire (if you'd rather grab your own strawberries, peruse our pick-your-own post; as of this writing, Jones Family Farms and Lyman Orchards had opened for their PYO season.) 

For even more options, check out our Event Calendar, which is constantly updated with new listings from across the state. To keep up with everything going on in CT, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Have a fabulous weekend!

A Visit to Silver Sands State Park

We know. We know. Sometimes, taking the kids to the beach requires military precision. Between the packing and prepping, the sandy feet on blanket dilemma or stepping on slimy things in the water—there’s a lot to consider when you’ve got littles in tow. That carefree bikini and tanning oil approach to the beach may be a thing of the past, but we’ve got you covered for some easy peasy beach fun, with the kiddos.

For a day filled with saltwater swimming, sand castle sculpting, and treasure hunting, head to Silver Sands State Park in Milford for some low key (and hopefully stress-free) family fun. And for more of our favorite beaches, check out our picks for 5 Beach Trips Near Fairfield County or our top 10 Fun Beach Day Trips to enjoy in CT this summer.

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