Museum of the American Revolution: Philadelphia's Newest Tourist Stop

Philadelphia, the birthplace of America, is now home to the first ever museum dedicated solely to the events and circumstances of the American Revolutionary War. This brings Philadelphia's museum and historic house count to well over 100! Set in Old City, the Museum of the American Revolution opens April 19, on the 242nd anniversary of the shot heard round the world which launched our country on its path to freedom. The setting couldn't be more perfect, sitting right in the heart of America's most historic square mile, with easy access to other remnants of our founding days. This is a true history lovers paradise, and the Museum of the American Revolution fits right in, offering a fresh and in-depth take on a war that literally made it possible for us to be here, as we are, today. We were very excited to get an early peek inside.

Weekday Picks: Earthy Fun, Frogs, and a Carnival April 17-21

Ahhhh.... We are soaking up every minute of the warmer temps, sunny skies, and new blossoms now that spring is here. This week leads up to Earth Day and their are plenty of ways to celebrate nature. Taking the kids for a hike and to one of these fun events are great ways to appreciate the planet. See some rare specimens, learn all about frogs, and head out to one of the first spring carnivals of the season. 

To keep tabs on all the fun across Connecticut, check our frequently updated Event Calendar and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Spring Fairs & Festivals in Central Connecticut

April showers bring May flowers, and along with all the colorful blossoms come an array of springtime celebrations. The Hartford and New Haven areas are bursting with exciting outdoor family festivals in April, May, and June. These events feature crafts, delicious treats, family-friendly activities, and boundless fun. So head outside with the children and enjoy all that spring in Central Connecticut has to offer.

Times Square's Biggest New Attraction is a Hugely Fun Miniature World

They say big things come in small packages. Gulliver's Gate, the newest attraction to arrive in Times Square, proves just that. Now open for previews—with its official opening slated for early May—this inspiring destination shrinks our global community into 49,000 square feet of captivating detail, giving visitors a glimpse at all corners of the world.

My daughters and I attended a preview and, even though some parts are still in the works, we agree Gulliver's Gate definitely deserves its spot on our 2017 GoList. We've got tips for exploring this exhibit with kids, including some fun facts about the displays, engaging interactive elements, and other perks.

5 Simple But Cool Slime Recipes to Make with Kids

As a child of the 80s, slime ranks pretty high in my archive of childhood memories. It was the stuff that made Ghostbusters awesome, and many of my childhood dreams involved running through an obstacle course getting covered with the stuff. Yet somehow the slime of the new millennium is even cooler. Even better that you can make it in the comfort of your own home with a few simple ingredients. Check out more cool boredom busters and crafts to do with kids.

Easter Weekend in CT: Egg Hunts, Bunny Trains, & Wildlife Encounters: April 15-16

All of us here at Mommy Poppins CT wish our wonderful readers a happy Easter and spring! Celebrate the holiday with a special train ride, an egg hunt, a chocolate egg decorating workshop, an egg-stravaganza, or even an old fashioned Easter egg roll.

For non holiday activities, there's a fantastic Wildlife Encounters stage show at the CT Science Center, a puppetry mini-festival, and a painting workshop at the Aldrich, among other activities. Because of the holiday, you'll find that many of our favorite kid-friendly hangouts such as libraries and museums are closed or have limited hours on Friday and Sunday, so be sure to double check with your destination before setting off.

Check our events calendar for the latest activities, and we hope you'll follow Mommy Poppins Connecticut on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, and subscribe to our newsletters to stay in the know. Have a wonderful weekend!

Questers Way - Indoor Play, Classes, and Smoothies

Questers Way, tucked away in a strip mall in Mansfield in Eastern Connecticut,  will surprise and please you from the moment you walk into the door. Conceived by longtime martial arts teacher Ken Caputo, Questers Way's mission is to encourage kids to pursue a healthy lifestyle with good food choices, exercise, and intellectual pursuits. There are spaces to learn, play, create, get physical, dance, sing, and play board games.

Ninjago City Play Area Debuts at Legoland Westchester

Ninjas and Legos in Yonkers? Yep! The Legoland Discovery Center in Westchester recently added a new attraction: Ninjago City Adventure in preparation for the next epic bricktacular film that's slated for this fall, The LEGO Ninjago Movie.

Your little ones might already be familiar with the Ninjago animated TV series, or its Lego characters—Lloyd, Kai, Jay, Cole, Nya, and Zane—but even if they aren't, there are loads of opportunities to build and play, from a climbing wall to the various building tables at this new addition to our local Legoland.

Located in the Ridge Hill shopping center in Yonkers, I visited Ninjago City Adventure on opening day with my 6-year-old Lego expert. Read on for our review, and if you're looking for more fun in the area, sign up for our newsletters and follow us on Facebook!

Spring Break Weekday Picks for Connecticut Kids: Trolleys, Pirates, and Egg Hunts, April 10-14

For many of us, this week in Connecticut is spring break, and though we're not all lucky enough to be heading to a tropical destination, we are fortunate to live in a place where there are all kinds of activities available for staycationing families--many of them free! You can relive the 1960s and 1970s in Fairfield County by exploring the "Talking 'Bout My Generation" exhibit at the Fairfield Museum and Nature Center or try your hand at embroidery, weaving, or stenciling during the Connecticut Historical Society's ART-ifact Discovery Program. If the natural world is more your scene, you can explore the Stamford Museum & Nature Center with Take-a-Hike Week or enjoy special activities (including a personal encounter with a bearded dragon!) at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk.  

If you're celebrating Easter, don't miss the egg hunts at the New Canaan Nature Center (preregistration required!) or the Darien Community Association (just drop in!). And if all the holiday prep is wearing you out, enjoy a a little downtime with vacation film series at the Cos Cob Library, the Darien Library, and the Stafford Library among others. For that all too rare "me time," drop off activities abound at locations such as the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center or The Coastal Center at Milford Point.

For even more activities, check our Event Calendar which we update daily and follow Mommy Poppins CT on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest. Have a great week! 

LEGOLAND's New Florida Beach Retreat Resort: Luxury among LEGOS

New accommodations open this weekend at LEGOLAND's Florida Resort. We had a first look at the LEGOLAND Beach Retreat, and not only can we attest that this new, village-style vacation resort in Central Florida lives up to its promise of fun in the sun; we can even explain how LEGOLAND has created a "beach resort" miles from the sea.


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