Free and Fun Things to do With Kids in CT This Weekend: Oysters, Candy and Comics

Two years ago when my son was about to start kindergarten we started a family tradition.  The week before school starts has been declared "kids choice week"  in our house.  Every year for the entire last week of summer vacation and  before we're back at the bus stop each morning, I don't plan a single thing to do.  The kids are in charge.  Each day they get to choose something they'd like to do before saying goodbye to summer.  One thing that always seems to make their request list is mini golf.  They love it, even if they do speed through the course at record speed (and cheat like crazy too).  If your kids are big fans of the game we've got a list of Places to Play Mini Golf in Fairfield County for you.

First Birthday Party Ideas

For my first-born's first birthday, I threw a big party, complete with color coordinated plates and linens, and topped off by an extravagantly expensive custom cake.  The birthday girl had no interest in the beautifully wrapped presents, feared the balloons, and promptly threw up said custom cake on her hand-smocked dress.  Lesson learned! For more great party ideas check out our Connecticut Party Guide!

Creative Celebration Parties in Hartford County, CT

So we’ve covered museums and outdoor birthday party sites in the Hartford County area. But where can you celebrate a birthday for your little one who is an aspiring Picasso? These creative locations will be sure to delight your budding artist allowing them to discover and nurture their inner imaginative abilities.

Win a pair of tickets to see the B-52's playing at the Fairfield Theatre Company 8/7/12!

Have you been trying to come up with a fun date night with your special someone? Who wouldn't have fun at a B-52's concert?! If you are ready to dance away to Rock Lobster and Love Shack this coming Tuesday night (8/7) subscribe to our weekly newsletter and leave a comment below this post or on our facebook page. Check back here and on Facebook on Sunday at noon to see who the lucky winner is. Contest ends Saturday night 8/4 at midnight. Not a lot of time to get in on the action so enter now before you get distracted by the kids! 

Free and Fun Things to Do This Weekend for CT Kids: Corn Festivals, Honey Harvests, Sunflowers and Art Celebrations

The back to school sales are in full swing and act as a reminder that the start of the new school year is less than one month away. Every June I make a mental list of all of the fun things I want to do with my kids over the summer. I'm happy to say that we've done a lot, but with only a few weeks left before they're back in school I want to make the most of our time together. We have more than enough ideas to help your family create summer memories together in our list of 120 Things to do With Kids in Connecticut and our post about Water Fun in Fairfield County.

Free and Fun Things to do With Kids in CT This Weekend: Fiddles, Fine Arts, Flowers and Four Wheelers

Last Sunday I took my 4-year-old son to the Greater Hartford Jazz Festival, where we enjoyed seeing the Destiny Africa Children's Choir. He loved the drums, dancing and voices, and studies have shown that creativity increases in people who are exposed to different cultures. Connecticut is a diverse state with many ethnicities represented. How about introducing your family to something new this weekend?

Mostly Free Outdoor Summer Performances for Families in Fairfield County

UPDATING FOR 2016. Check back soon.

If you're a kid, one of the special rites of summer is staying up well past your bed time.  Just last week, I experienced one of those warm, waning nights from the other side -- where I didn't mind my kids' precious, yet exhausting, presence late into the evening because what was going on was keeping them blissfully entertained.

Freedom-filled nights like that do everyone a bit of good, so we've compiled a list of spots where you can spend the rest of your summer evenings soaking up those last rays of sunshine.  Pack some snacks and a blanket ... and enjoy.  Most of these performances are FREE!

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.


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