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10 Summer Sports Camps for young children in southern Litchfield County, Connecticut

I received a request for summer sports camps near Washington, CT for a 6 year old. WIth a bit of research I came up with the following options that are not too far of a drive for anyone in the southern portion of Litchfield County. Of course, many of the camps will accept younger and older children as well. You'll have to read their fine print for details. Not every camp accepts 6  year olds so I appreciated the inquiry. Hopefully this list will help your young sport get his/her fix. TIp: It's always good to start with your local parks and rec to see what they are offering (so I've included Washington's info here). Please post any additional options I may have missed in the comments section below. And by all means, share with your friends!

Water fun in Waterbury, Connecticut

This time of year I always start dreaming of a warm sunny paradise. Unfortunately a trip to the Caribbean is not in our near future so thank goodness we have an indoor water park not too far away. Paradise for me? Not quiet. But it sure does make my kids happy and for that I get bliss at the end of the day (when they are too tired to even speak). CoCo Key Water Resort is located in Waterbury at the Holiday Inn. They have separate entrances and it's easy to find. I was surprised to find out that they open from 4-9 during the week. If you get a gang of kids together you can get a discount for 10 or more. It's big enough to keep all ages occupied for hours yet small enough not to overwhelm you as a parent. Food is easy, if not the the healthiest, and there's even an arcade when the kids need to dry off and take a break from the water.

Foxwood's: Casino Fun for Kids!

You might not think of a casino as a family friendly destination, but Foxwoods, near Hartford, has some surprisingly fun—and wholesome—options for kids. From Ice skating on their brand new outdoor rink, an enormous arcade with current and vintage games and a museum dedicate to Connecticut's native Americans, a trip to Foxwoods has a lot to offer.

16 Things to Do to Celebrate Dr. Seuss' 107th Birthday in New York City

There once was a man who created a cat.  Atop the cat's head was a red and white hat.  He made up an elephant, and a fox that could rhyme and a grouchy green guy who will live for all time.  That man is no longer.  That man isn’t here.  The Doctor named Seuss would be 107 this year.  Blow out some candles, eat green eggs and ham.  His birthday is Wednesday.  Do you have a plan?

In other words, celebrate the 107th birthday of the incomparable Dr. Seuss with these fun family events going on in NYC:

Welcome to Mommy Poppins Connecticut

Woohoo! Welcome! New York City's leading resource for things to do with kids has now arrived in the Nutmeg State. Yeay! It's about time!

On our site you'll find an events calendar, camp and class guides, giveaways and oodles of fun ideas about things to do. If you sign up for our free weekly newsletter you won't regret it. You'll get the inside skinny on what's happening around your area and or the region. During our launch, things may get slightly bumpy as we gather steam these next few weeks . Please have patience with us. It will just get better and better.

Like most parents, I like to think that I try to keep family life fun and interesting. Honestly, Mommy Poppins has helped me to do that over the years. Whether you're a full-timer, weekender or just planning to visit, MP promises to be your go-to resource. Go ahead, be the first to sign up for our free weekly newsletter and while you are at it, invite your friends to as well. The more the merrier. Let the adventure begin!

Mary Beth Lawlor
CT@mommypoppins.com

Club Getaway: All Inclusive Family Vacation Camp

For years I have been sending my kids to great summer camp programs where they do awesome stuff all summer while I sweat it out, slaving away in the City. I think of summer as an opportunity for kids to experience all kinds of things they don't get to do over the school year, be outdoors more and try new things. But why should this only be for kids? Why can't adults get the same benefits from summer vacations?

Last summer we were invited to spend a few days at Club Getaway in Connecticut. Club Getaway offers family weeks in August and September where kids and adults can experience a summer camp-like vacation together. I was surprised that this mini-break turned out to be the highlight of my summer.

Read on about Club Getaway and find out how you can get $200 off a mini-vacation there this summer.

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