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End of Summer Checklist: 30Things To Do in Connecticut with Kids Before School Starts

Before beach towels get stored away for another season and late summer nights are replaced by bedtime curfews, there's still plenty of time to embrace late-summer fun with Connecticut kids. Here are our favorite things to close out the summer vacation season as a family. Don't forget to check our list of must-do August activities, free August fun, and events calendar for even more ideas for making the most of summer's end.

11 Top Hotels with Outdoor Water Parks for Families with Kids

Kids generally love the perks of staying at hotels but add on a water park and that regular family getaway suddenly hits thrilling new heights. Think of all the family fun: lazy rivers right outside the door, a room nearby for naptime, instant ways to cool down, and no time wasted stuck in traffic to the local pool or beach.

We've rounded up 11 top U.S. hotels and resorts with water parks where families can chill out and cool off at the same time. Find great places to stay (and play) in Florida, Texas, California, and the East Coast.

Connecticut's Best Sunflower Patches and Places to Cut Your Own Flowers

Forget grocery store posies—by mid-summer, Connecticut fields are bursting with sunflowers and other brightly colored flowers, and many farms allow you to cut your own bouquet to bring home. Sure, most kids like to pick their own berries, veggies and fruit, but many children also have a special fondness for selecting the most beautiful blooms to carefully arrange in vases, press into books, or weave into hair crowns. Bonus fun: One of these sunflower farms has a flower maze, too! Find your flower power at these Connecticut farms.

Baby Shark Live! Tour Hits the Stage This Fall

Baby Shark Live!, a stage show based on that viral earworm of a song, is gearing up for a U.S. tour, hitting a city near your family this fall. Just in time for shark week, tickets for this fully-immersive concert are now on sale. We suspect seats will be going fast in cities such as Philadelphia, Boston, and NYC.

So what are you and your kiddos doo doo doo doo doo doo-ing this fall? The very first Baby Shark Live! tour will initially stop in over 30 cities and eventually 100. It's presented by the geniuses behind the sensational song, South Korean educational brand Pinkfong, and Round Room Live, the company behind Yo Gabba Gabba Live and PJ Masks Live. As if we all didn’t already have the insanely catchy song permanently stuck in our heads, there's definitely no hope for us now!

Weekend Fun: Carnivals, River Glow, and Waterskiing

It is hard to believe but August is here, which means it's time to start maxing out on weekend fun before school-year activities and sports take over. With the state agricultural fairs still a few weeks away, this weekend would be a great time to head out to some fun on-the-water activities like a waterski show in Litchfield, a model yacht regatta in Mystic, and the annual floating bonfires of River Glow in Pawcatuck. There are also fundraising carnivals in Easton and Orange, and an outdoor circus performance in New London.

Don’t forget to bookmark our Summer Fun Guide for even more ways to enjoy the heart of the season. The heat seems to be sticking around, but plenty of great low-cost swimming pools and no-cost spraygrounds are just a drive away.  

Virginia Beach with Kids: 25 Things to do on a Family Vacation

Virginia Beach is a perennial favorite getaway for East Coast families and travelers, beloved for its sandy oceanfront and 3-mile-long boardwalk. The beach and Atlantic surf have kept kids entertained for ages.

The length of the beach translates into always being able to find a spot for your towel and beach umbrella, even at the height of summer, and the decidedly G-rated atmosphere in Virginia's largest city, including a ‘no cursing on the beach’ rule, means there's plenty of family-friendly activities and spirit. Take the kids bike riding, for a round of mini golf, or to the aquarium. 

With hotels that accommodate a range of budgets, no-frills eateries, and free entertainment, Virginia Beach is a top pick for families craving a beach vacation. Colonial Williamsburg is also nearby, or you can add-on a visit to Washington, DC with the kids or another Virginia city, such as Richmond. Here’s what to do, where to eat, and where to stay in Virginia Beach.

14 Free Fun Things to Do in August with Connecticut Kids

Lucky for those of us with long school shopping lists to tackle this month, there's plenty of free fun for Connecticut kids to have in August! Mommy Poppins has put together a list of our very favorite FREE family events happening in August in Connecticut, and there's something for toddlers, preschoolers, and older kids, from stargazing nights to hot air balloon festivals. And of course, don't forget to close out your fun summer with more ideas from our CT Summer Guide.

Weekend Fun: History, Festivals, and Nighttime Fun

With the heatwave behind us, it's time to get back out there and enjoy some family fun—with a little history and nature thrown in. Did you know that Benedict Arnold (a Connecticut native) committed his final act of treachery in Connecticut? Learn about it with a free tour of Fort Griswold this weekend. Sticking with the Colonial theme, how about learning how to cook over an open hearth in Guilford? When the sun goes down, you can take in a movie on the beach in Norwalk or take a nighttime nature hike in Newtown.

Don’t forget to bookmark our Summer Fun Guide for even more ways to enjoy the heart of the season. We have the scoop on both swimming pools and spraygrounds across Connecticut: Spots to play and cool off are just a drive away.  

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