A Day Trip to the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme

Interested in a great day trip? It may seem strange, to those who don't know about Miss Florence Griswold, that the home, gardens and grounds of this woman's home in Old Lyme, CT has gained such notoriety and attracts thousands of visitors each year from all over the world.  But, just take a quick visit to the Florence Griswold Museum, and a brief tour by any of the museum docents, and you'll soon discover why this hidden gem plays such a huge role in the history of art in the US.

Back to School Events and Activities in Hartford County

Summer is coming to an end and as we reach the final days we’re all scurrying to squeeze in some last minute fun experiences. There are many back to school activities and great shopping opportunities to help celebrate the return. Here is a list of ideas to help you finish the summer and welcome in the school days.

Mostly Free and Fun Things to do in CT with Kids This Weekend August 24-25: Fairs, Festivals, Hikes and Woofstock

For many Nutmeggers, this is the last weekend of summer before school starts. If you would like to cram in as much fun as possible, but need to get errands done, we are here to help. Tax-free week ends Saturday, and our guide of Back to School Shopping in Fairfield County and Eastern Connecticut provides some ideas. I'm always searching for new nourishment for my son's "surprise plates" so I'm going to check out our post on Food Shopping for After School Snacks in Fairfield County.

To celebrate, Mommy Poppins is having a Back to School Swagapalooza Giveaway. Prizes include Two Schwinn Kids Bikes, $150 worth of personalized school supplies from My Chronical Books, A Disney Junior package that includes Disney bedding and a backpack, $100 off at Famous Footwear, and A Years Supply of French Toast School Uniforms. But before we get in full school mode, let's enjoy some activities this weekend. Our suggestions on things to do are below. You can find additional options in our Event Calendar and our guides to CT Beaches and Water FunSwimming Holes in Hartford County, Best Playgrounds with Water Play and Splash Pads in Eastern CTCT Day Trips and Indoor Play Guide. Our CT Go List of ideas is a monthly round up to help you plan ahead for the remainder of August. 

Food Shopping for After School Snacks in Fairfield County

My oldest starts Kindergarten in a week, and I'm still researching lunch boxes.   Sooooo wrapping my head around what to whip up for AFTER school snacks positively hurts my been-out-of-school-for-more-than-a-decade brain.  But being at the back of the class on this one isn't an option, unless we want grumpy/whiny/nasty children ransacking the lazy susan while we're trying to make dinner.  Here are some healthy snacks your scholar can scarf down ... and the businesses across Fairfield County that can help you cut a corner or two in creating them.

Back to School Shopping in Fairfield County, CT

I am a terrible, terrible shopper.  By which I mean I can’t pass a mall without breaking into a cold sweat.  Department stores give me the shakes (do they REALLY have to be that big?), and malls at Christmastime?  My worst nightmare.

But sadly, after trying to squeeze my 8 year old into 5T jeans (for the 3rd year in a row), I realize that I can no longer avoid back to school shopping this year.  Nope…it’s got to be done, and as right now is tax-free week, it has to be done now.  Right now.  I can do this!!!!  (This is me giving myself a pep talk). 

As a horrible shopper, I can’t be unleashed without both a very specific list of items and stores.  And as a horrible spender, I also like to have a list of current sales.  Here’s my list for local back to school shopping in Fairfield County:

Back to School Shopping Tips in Eastern Connecticut

School doesn't start for weeks, and yet I'm compelled to shop for all things back to school RIGHT NOW!  I blame it on the cool August weather streak we're in and those last few weeks of summer where I see the light at the end of the vacation tunnel!  Both factors have put me into list making overdrive and revisiting our favorite spots in Eastern Connecticut for stocking up on all our back to school supplies, clothes, and finishing those imperative back to school errands to ensure we start off this school year right!

Camping in the Central CT Region

Camping is the ultimate epitome of a summer adventure. Nothing really sums it up more than sleeping in the wilderness, experiencing the great outdoors, roasting S’mores, telling stories around the camp fire. Since it’s a fairly cheap weekend getaway it’s a perfect way to add in a low cost vacation for the family. So pack up the tent and check out one of these local sites in the Central Connecticut area.

Mostly Free and Fun Things to do in CT with Kids This Weekend August 10-11: Jazz, Jewish and Italian Festivals, Water Ski Show

The world-renowned Litchfield Jazz Festival highlights the weekend slate, and Mommy Poppins CT is proud to be involved! We are sponsoring the Kids Zone at this year's Litchfield Jazz Festival in Goshen on Saturday and Sunday. There will be a mural artist, magician, hoop dancers, stilt walkers and a circus act. Lots of interactive things for the kids to do as well. Come out and join us! Kids 12 and under are free.

Our suggestions on things to do this weekend are below. You can find additional options in our Event Calendar and our guides to CT Beaches and Water Fun, Swimming Holes in Hartford CountyCT Day Trips and Indoor Play Guide. Our CT Go List of activities is a monthly round up to help you plan ahead for the remainder of August. 

Places to Volunteer with Kids in Eastern CT

From a very young age, I learned that some of the most rewarding experiences come as a result of doing for other people.  More specifically, giving your time or energy to a project or cause without expecting anything in return.  Since my parents instilled this valuable bit of life knowledge in me at a young age, I wanted to do the same with my kids.  It's paid off for the folks we've helped and for our little family ten-fold.  Not sure where you can donate your time with the kiddos?  There's a few places in need right in Eastern CT. And if you are looking for opportunities in Hartford, Fairfield, or Litchfield Counties we have that covered too.

Mostly Free and Fun Things to do in CT with Kids This Weekend July 27-28: Family Hikes, Fair Days, Festivals & Super Heroes

Between vacation, camp and day trips, summer can burn a hole in the pocket. Not to mention the daunting electricity bill from running the A/C constantly. We have over a month left before school starts, and if you still want to have adventures that won't break the bank, check out Ten Free Family Activities in New Haven County and Free Events and Activities in Southern CT This Summer. 

There are some wonderful free, family hikes this weekend including Giant Adventure at Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden, Salter's Pond Adventure in Manchester and the Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center. CT has 618 miles of coastline, and Our CT Beach and Water Guide will simplify that search on where to go.


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