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10 Fun Free Family Activities in Fairfield County

What is your favorite admission price to pay? FREE, of course! During the colder months, indoor activities with the kids are a necessity.  But it's not just cabin fever we need a break from! It's those hefty admission fees! So when you are hankering for something to do with the kiddos on the cheap, pack a snack and enjoy one of these great, free activities in Fairfield County. Or check out our Fairfield Guide for more suggestions to get out and enjoy your neighborhood.

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Eagles, Whales, and LEGOs, January 7-8

I have to confess that my household is struggling a bit in the first week back to reality: We've forgotten our school and routines and are trying to find our groove. I'm looking forward to a weekend of downtime and plenty of fun, perhaps with a little ice skating or eagle watching or maybe event a little yoga (serenity now!). 

It is a wonderful weekend to explore the Stamford Museum and Nature Center. LEGO and super hero fans alike will be thrilled to see the Billion Bricks: LEGO Super Heroes in Gotham exhibit, as well as special planetarium show on Sunday and, weather permitting, a visit to the animals on Heckscher Farm. If your interests are more inclined to marine life, check out the Celebrate Whales exhibit at the Maritime Aquarium where you can walk through a 43-foot long inflatable humpback whale.

To keep up with the latest family-friendly fun, check our January Go List, our round up of our favorite activities for the month, and be sure to sign up for our newsletters, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Stay warm out there!

Hockey Lessons for Kids in Fairfield County

I think a backyard ice hockey rink sounds like something straight out of a Rockwell painting (well, maybe not the hockey part, but humor me here).  Snow falling, a stand of trees in the background, the unmistakable scraping sound of metal on ice.  Whoops. How idyllic is this gonna be if my boys have no clue how to skate, much less handle a stick?!   Being that this is the Northeast, there are a good many rinks in Fairfield County where your little boys and girls can learn the game (while you hone your bleacher warming skills). For more winter fun, check out our Winter Fun Guide.

15 Holidays to Celebrate in January

Welcome 2017. Welcome January. It’s time to kickstart the new year by celebrating 15 holidays sure to make your heart burst with happiness. We see you rolling your eyes: Didn’t the holiday season just end? No worries. These celebrations do not require ugly sweaters or schmoozing at obligatory gatherings, and spending extra money is optional.

A Day Trip to the Yale Peabody Museum in New Haven

The Yale Peabody Museum in New Haven houses one of the oldest natural history collections in the world and is one of the best family-friendly museums in Connecticut. Featuring three floors of exhibits, it makes for a wonderful and memorable day trip with children. In the colder months, you can spend plenty of hours indoors, learning about birds, gemstones, dinosaurs, and everything in between. On warmer days, walking around the city becomes a pleasure, as does taking a detour through Lighthouse Point Park, relaxing on the boardwalk or exploring the playground. Don't leave head home before sampling the delicious cuisine at one of the many restaurants in the neighborhood, and if time allows, check out It Adventure Indoor Ropes Course. There is no doubt that the New Haven area packs many opportunities for adventure, including free family activities, and below are reasons why the Peabody Museum should definitely be on your "Must See" list. 

Ice Skating at Veterans Memorial

There's something nostalgic about skating outdoors, and for many of us it bring back childhood memories of impromptu skates on local ponds frozen solid in the dead of winter. If you're seeking such an adventure, check out the outdoor rink (frozen pond) at Winding Trails, a peaceful setting in the Hartford area.There are times, however, when a climate-controlled environment is preferred. At Veterans Memorial Ice Skating Rink in West Hartford, you can skate during rain, shine, or snow. Regular resurfacing with a zamboni keeps the ice in tip-top condition. And Veterans is open year-round, so if you’ve been too busy with other winter activities -- hitting the Hartford area’s best sledding hills, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing -- to lace up your skates before everything thaws, the ice at Veterans will be as pristine in June as it is in January. Be sure to check out our Skiing, Snowboarding, and Snow Sport Guide for additional winter activity suggestions in New England. 

Roller Skating Rinks in Connecticut

The thought of a roller rink transports me back to Jordache jeans, feathered hair and and KC and the Sunshine Band blaring on the turntable. Luckily, we've evolved from the 70's and 80's in many areas, but there are still working roller rinks in our fine state. Many have closed due to the popularity of ice rinks, but we did some research so you can introduce your children to the fun of roller skating if you haven't already! 

Weekday Picks for CT Kids: Birds, Art, and a Night Out January 2-6, 2017

Happy New Year! I'm not much for resolutions, but every year I promise myself to spend more time being present and engaged with my children. This year, as my oldest works through his first year of middle school, time seems especially short, and I'm on the hunt for activities that we can enjoy together that don't involve Minecraft, YouTube, or bottle flipping. Happily, there's a lot going on across the state this week, including a birds of prey demo, an open art studio, and even a great drop off activity that will give you a night off

Check out our January Go List for our recommendations for don't miss events across the state this month (act soon if you want to score tickets for Disney on Ice in Bridgeport or Hartford). For even more suggestions take a peek at our frequently updated Event Calendar. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest so you don't miss a thing!

Ice Skating Lessons in Fairfield County

Growing up in New England, summers were spent along the shore, autumn afternoons were filled with visits to the pumpkin patch and winters were spent outside.I have no shortage of postcard-perfect memories of ice skating on the pond about a mile and a half down the road from my house. As soon as we would get a few days of below-freezing temps, I knew it was time. The pond was frozen. I can remember spending hours circling around the ice in what felt like my own personal winter wonderland. While there are so many wonderful places to ice skate outside, there are just as many indoor rinks in Fairfield County. 

And better yet, there's plenty of learn-to-skate programs offering everything from figure skating to ice dancing and even ice theater. So lace up those old skates (or enjoy some hot cocoa while watching your four year old's practice) and head out to the rink. For even more winter fun check out our CT Winter Fun Guide and our CT winter bucket list

Ice Fishing & Eagle Watching in Fairfield County

You might think of ice fishing as something people only do in Alaska or Minnesota...or the movies. You'd be mistaken, come late January or early February! Weather permitting, right in the Fairfield area, you can whip out your auger and put a line in ... not to mention spend hours of quality time with your family. This particular Mommy Poppins doesn't know a jig from a lure, but she did scour the state's fishing message boards for tips on where to find the honey spots. And if that's more of an outdoor winter adventure than you need, what about day-tripping out east to see the annual eagle migration? You can track them by land, sea, car, or train. Cabin fever, be gone!! And we've also rounded up where to see the Hartford area eagles.

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