Connecticut

Breakfast Spots to take the Kids in Fairfield County, CT

There comes a day in parenthood, when you realize it's time. Time to bite the binky, and actually enter a restaurant with your seriously messy/boisterous/insert-adjective-here family unit.   Considering the sugar per serving ratio, breakfast undoubtedly provides the biggest chance for success, whether you're dealing with toddlers or teens.  So then, where to go with your precious weekend mornings?  We visited a couple hot spots we'd heard about (I know, such a sacrifice.  All kidding aside, though, it's mucho complicated with a dairy allergy in the picture). We also asked around.  And we'd love for you to keep the conversation going if we've missed your favorite breakfast hangout…please let us know what we're missing!

Fun and Free Things to Do in CT This Weekend with Kids: 3/24-3/25: Easter Bunny, Seal Watching, Picadilly Circus

Wow! So the sun is shining and the bulbs are blooming. Seems like we skipped the muddy season and went straight into summer this week! Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. This week we were lucky enough to visit the exciting new Chelsea Piers CT which is slated to open in July. We had a hard hat tour and loved every minute of it. Keeping up with summer camp planning, we added preschool camps in Fairfield County to our CT Summer Camps Guide. Easter is early this year and we've posted about Easter activities in the Litchfield County area and in Fairfield County. They are already getting started! We'll be updating our list of 110 Things to Do with Kids in CT Before They Grow Up and adding our readers suggestions soon. Check it out and see if we missed anything else.

This weekend will be a lovely time to go seal watching in the Long Island Harbor. The Picadilly Circus  is showing in Danbury all weekend. Torrington Library is holding a Teddy Bear Picnic and Stepping Stones is teaching about the joys of adopting a shelter dog with Mutt-i-grees.

Fun and Free Things To Do with the Kids in CT this Weekend 3/17-3/18: St. Patrick's Day, Seal Watching, Bugs!

This Saturday is St. Patrick's Day and there's lots of leprechaun fun to be had. Check out ways to celebrate in both Fairfield and Hartford Counties. Time to think about getting ready for summer swimming so we wrote about indoor swimming pools to take lessons and to practice in in Hartford and Fairfield Counties. It's definitely time to start planning summer camps for the kids and we have a great Summer Camp Guide for anyone considering it in CT. This week is chock full of fun and we've got the lowdown. Besides Irish fun there are many other fun events in your area.

Maple Sugaring in Fairfield County, Connecticut with the Kids

There is nothing as delicate and exquisite as the way in which maple sugar candy melts on your tongue.  Happily, maple sugar season is upon us!  So get those pancake recipes out, and hit these local spots where you can participate in the making of the syrup...before you participate in the eating of the syrup.

Things to Do with Kids in CT This Weekend: March 10-11: Seal Watching, Walter Wick, Maple Sugaring, Parades

This Sunday we Spring forward and lose an hour. That's okay with me as long as we are "springing forward". The lacrosse practices have replaced the basketball practices. l still can't believe that we had such a mild winter here in CT. We've begun signing up for summer camps and have created a Summer Camps Guide for Hartford, Litchfield and Fairfield Counties. It will continue to be updated so check back often. We also listed  110 Things to Do with Kids in CT Before They Grow Up. How many things have you done on the list?

Being in the thick of Maple Sugaring season we asked a dad in Washington, CT, Elliott Davis to tell us how he makes syrup at home. It's been a wonderful family activity. Anyone with the time to boil and a little bit of hard work can make their own home-made syrup.

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day with Music and Food in CT (Fairfield County)

St Patrick’s Day in CT!

March 17th brings out the Irish in all of us – even in those of who can’t claim even a drop of Irish blood!  There are lots of ways to celebrate the day, but a few of the most traditional (or so my Irish husband tells me) are feasting on corn beef and cabbage, reveling in some Irish music, or enjoying a parade.  Happily, there are lots of places in Fairfield County where you can celebrate St. Patty’s day in one of these traditional ways…as well as in a few less traditional ways.

Washington Montessori School Summer Camps in Litchfield County, Connecticut

[UPDATED 3/9/13]

There are lots of great summer camps in Litchfield County and Washington Montessori School, a private pre-k through grade 8 school, provides a wide variety of options for different ages. The camps are open to the public and are a great way to meet other children in the surrounding area. There is such a variety that I thought it best to just list them all here in one place. Registration is currently open however some will fill up quickly. Cooking around the world, Camp Lego, Lacrosse and the Artist's Workshop are just some of the offerings. Read more for a full listing of the 2013 WMS Summer Camps.

Maple Sugaring at Home in Connecticut

Last year we wrote about the Davis family and their adventures starting a small farm on their property in Washington, CT. They began with a flock of 25 chickens and soon after added a herd of Icelandic sheep and 2 beehives. Right now is maple sugaring season and anyone with some maple trees, an open fire and the time to boil can make maple syrup here in CT. The Davis' tried it out last March and enjoyed it so much that they have upgraded their operation this season. Elliott Davis answered some of my questions:

Things to Do with Kids this Weekend in CT: Maple Sugaring Festivals, Wizard of Oz, Monster Jam and More

After I told my children last weekend that this Saturday is National Pancake Day they decided to see who could eat the most pancakes. 9 was the winning number!  Ugh. My stomach hurts thinking about it. With the fresh fallen snow check out our post this week on Winding Trails, a place to cross country ski with the kids. For downhill skiing and snowboarding in CT we also have you covered. Thinking of sleep away camps in CT this summer? Check out a list of some in the Northwest Hills. For those of you in Fairfield County we also created a great list of Summer Nature Camps as well as Indoor Pools to swim in now. 

Pancakes aren't much without syrup and this just happens to be maple sugaring season. Both the Stamford Museum & Nature Center and Roaring Brook Nature Center are having Maple Sugar Festivals this Weekend. LaMothe's Sugar House is conducting tours and even has Tractor Mac visiting their sugar house Read on for more things to do all over CT this weekend with the kids.

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