Connecticut

Mostly Free and Fun Things To Do In CT With Kids This Weekend March 16-17: Pancakes, Princesses and St. Patrick's Day

I'm not Irish and I don't like beer or corned beef, so St. Patrick's Day has always been a non-event for me.  Just another day on the calendar.  However, with kids this holiday takes on a whole new meaning and offers so many new opportunities for fun.  This weekend I (along with the kiddos of course) am going to make my very first Leprechaun Trap.  Yes, that's right, a Leprechaun Trap.  A few short years ago I never knew such a thing existed.  Also on the agenda for Sunday are rainbow cupcakes and a Pinterest inspired craft. 

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day with Kids in Fairfield County

A favorite family dinner activity in this house is to adopt a different accent at mealtime.  I dare you to keep a straight face with a five-year old chatting away in her best Italian accent…

And so in honor of the approaching St. Patrick’s Day, last night we dined with our Irish brogues.  The result sounded something like an unholy mix of Cockney, Australian and Dutch dialects with a hint of New Orleans thrown in.   Music to the ears?  No.  Hilariously funny?  Undoubtedly.  And a great way to celebrate our Irish heritage (though no doubt our Irish ancestors are rolling in their graves!).  And always, there are lots of fun ways to celebrate Irish culture this St. Patrick's Day in Fairfield County, CT:

Summer Day Camps in Fairfield County, CT

I find myself in new summer camp territory this year.  My 9 year old is old enough for sleep away camp, but her mother… ahem…isn’t quite ready to send her off.  But as I think she’s outgrown our local rec camp, I’ve been looking into some different alternatives.  I want her camp experience this year to really be a growing and learning experience for her, a chance for her to try something new and different.  And so we're considering some of the following:

Girls Only Sleepaway Summer Camps in Connecticut

Same sex camps come with lots of benefits. Without the male species at camp, tweens and teens can focus more on girl bonding and the task at hand (while avoid getting distracted by "that cute boy with beautiful blue eyes"). Girls can create everlasting friendships while experiencing strong female role models. Here's a list of girls only sleep away summer camps in CT, some of which are traditional, artsy and/or sportsy.

Mostly Free and Fun Things to do in CT With Kids This Weekend March 9-10: St. Patrick's Parades, Hoops, Maple and Art Festivals

March 17 has taken on a different feel since having children. Gone are the days of kegs and eggs at 8am followed by a day of adult debauchery. But St. Patrick's Day is now one of my favorite kid-friendly holidays, because you can get creative with turning everything green, and introducing lads and lasses to Irish music and culture. 

New London County Arts and Drama Summer Camps

The last time I checked the calendar, it read October. Today, it tells me spring lurks around the corner and just over three months stand between me and the end of school! After recovering from that sobering realization, my thoughts turned towards warmer weather, vacations, and those inevitable moans and groans of summertime boredom. In my house, idle kids mean an unhappy Mom, so summer day camps abound! Luckily, here in New London county, our neck of the woods boasts plenty of opportunities for our creative kiddos.

Great Kids' Shopping in Fairfield County: Toys, Clothing and Baby Gear

I hate to admit it, but I have become a snob.  A children’s clothing and toy store snob.  With three kids, I have absolutely had it with toys comprised of no fewer than five hundred tiny plastic pieces that invariably find their way under my feet. No more!  I’m putting my foot down and investing in far fewer, but higher quality, toys and clothes for my kids.  To that end, I’ve been scouting out stores in Fairfield County where you can find some inventive, sturdy, and long-lasting toys and clothes for your brood.

Mostly Free and Fun Things to do in CT with Kids This Weekend March 2-3: Maple Sugaring, Chinese Festival and Dr. Seuss

The warmer days and freezing night temperatures in late February and early March make for perfect maple sugaring conditions.  Over the past few years I've taken my family to many different farms in Connecticut to watch the process of tapping trees and turning sap into syrup.  While each place we've visited shares a different perspective on making syrup, one thing remains the same - my family's favorite part is always the tasting. Festivals throughout the state this weekend offer an opportunity for families to learn more about the sugaring process.

Mostly Free and Fun Things to do in CT With Kids This Weekend: February 23-24: Winterfest, Walk CT, Pink Party and Purim

Two weeks ago, I went to sign my son up for the same summer camp he did last year, but was shocked to find out it was already full. I am usually a good planner, but some of the most popular and inexpensive camps are in such high demand. Don't let my mistake happen to you! Check out our comprehensive CT Summer Camp Guide and start scheduling your summer. 

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