Connecticut

Places to Throw an Outdoor Birthday Party in Hartford County, CT

Having a summer birthday has the advantage of being able to celebrate at one of the many outdoor party sites that are located within Hartford County. With the beautiful weather why not take full advantage and plan a party outdoors? One big perk?  By commemorating your summer baby’s birthday outside at one of these al fresco locations you will eliminate the hassle of having to clean up your own home! Go the extra step and keep your party as environmentally friendly as possible. Using recycled paper goods and plastics, fresh and local food and larger food containers all helps. For even more great party ideas check out our Party Guide.

Free and Fun Things to do With Kids in CT This Weekend: Ballet, Gathering of the Vibes, Summerfest

If your family enjoys music, dance or art, there are so many great events to choose from this weekend. Dance lovers will enjoy a free performance by the Connecticut Ballet Dance Caravan at the WCSU campus on Friday night.  Your budding performer will not only watch the performance but will have an opportunity to dance with the ballet troupe following the show.

Family Friendly Hiking Spots in Fairfield County, CT

A hard core mountaineer I am not. Nope…I’m more of a leisurely loper, quick to stop for snacks, water breaks, and bathrooms. But that being said, I do love getting out on a trail, and I love getting my kids out there as well, in hopes that they will grow up to be better mountaineers than their mother…

To that end, we will be hitting several manageable hiking trails in and around Fairfield County this summer and fall. Hiking Tip: best to wear long pants tucked into socks or tick spray and to bring water and a snack for when it's time to take a rest. Here’s our list of family friendly trails – hope to see you out there! If you'd like to spread your wings a bit further afield, check out these family friendly hikes in the Hartford area.

Litchfield Jazz Festival Summer Camp and Giveaway: Win a 4 Pack of Lawn Tickets

If your musical child is into jazz they won't want to miss the Litchfield Jazz Camp this summer. Nestled in the Litchfield Hills on the beautiful Kent School campus, the Litchfield Jazz Camp is one of the most highly regarded jazz summer programs in the nation. Its music director, saxophonist, composer and educator Don Braden, is a major figure on the jazz scene. Braden has played with jazz greats Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, and Betty Carter and composed for Bill Cosby’s projects. He has headed the program for 15 years. Camp faculty includes renowned performers.

Free and Fun Things to Do With Kids in CT This Weekend: Baseball, Berries, Boats and Banjos

One of the things I love about Connecticut is the variety of terrain in such close proximity. From hiking in the Litchfield Hills, to frolicking on the beaches of New London County; the activities are endless and it is feasible to enjoy more than one in a single day. This weekend is packed with wonderful events, so your family can be adventurous exploring the state. 

Museum Birthday Parties in the Hartford Area

Does you child have an interest in trains? Do they love science or art? Consider having their next birthday party at one of the many interesting museums throughout Connecticut and you'll be sure it will be a party they will not forget. In fact, there are many children’s museums in the Hartford area alone that are not only fun to visit, but are also a great location to celebrate. For even more great party ideas check out our Party Guide.

Kid Friendly Farmers Markets in Connecticut - Hartford County

Farmers markets are opening up all around the area allowing us to enjoy the bounty of summer products. Visiting a farmers market is a great way to teach your child about good nutrition and developing healthy eating habits. A special place filled with colorful fruits and vegetables, beautiful flowers and much more, you can let your child freely explore the delicious world of garden-fresh produce. Many of the farmers markets here in Hartford County provide fun family friendly activities to enjoy as well.

Throw a Great Summer Birthday Party for your CT Kid (Fairfield County)

Take it from a summer birthday kid -- just because the weather and water's fine, doesn't mean your birthday will be unforgettable.  It can actually seem like you're getting the shaft with friends away on vacation, off at camp, or spending the summer at dad's house.  No cupcakes at school, no teacher putting a paper crown on your head announcing exactly where the center of attention is.  Parents of summer babies have a tougher job than it seems when it comes to party planning! Here are some fun ideas in Fairfield County. For more party ideas check out our Party Guide!

Beaches in Fairfield County, CT

[UPDATED 5/22/2013]

Wow…summer is here with a vengeance!  90 degrees for the second day running means this family is beach bound.  I’ve put together some of the beaches we’ll be hitting this summer.

Jennings Beach, Fairfield, CT
This large beautiful beach offers a lot of amenities: an adjacent playground, skate park, as well as on site concessions and bathrooms.  You will need a sticker for entry or ($15/weekdays, $25/weekends).  Best to come early!

880 South Benson Road, Fairfield, CT 06824

4th of July Fireworks in Hartford County, Connecticut

Connecticut will be celebrating with a variety of Independence Day events and activities this season. You can find plenty of fireworks displays on the 4th of July and beyond within the Hartford County area. Dress yourself in some red, white and blue and show your patriotism by checking out one of the following fun events! Note that some celebrations are as early as June 29th.

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