GIVEAWAY: CT Renaissance Faire Family 4 Pack of Tickets: Enter now! Ends Saturday at Noon

Head out to the Connecticut Renaissance Faire for a unique family outing. The Faire opens this weekend and runs through October 27-28th. If you so desire, dress up as a knight or fair maiden and get into the medieval spirit. Feast on turkey legs while watching armored knights jousting on horseback. The best part is that you can WIN FREE TICKETS right here. If you've never been to a Renaissance Faire - here's the scoop:

The Connecticut Renaissance Faire recreates a medieval English village at festival time, and their guests of honor are none other than King Arthur and Queen Guinevere themselves. Meet the royal couple, sing and dance along to period music, check out a variety of handmade wares in the medieval marketplace, test your skill as a warrior at the Hitting & Stabbing Emporium or in a safe and friendly contest of arms.

Free and Fun Things to do in CT with Kids This Weekend September 22-23; Fairs, Festivals, Fishing & Flying Wallendas

With cooler temperatures upon us, fall is the perfect time to spend quality time enjoying nature and the beauty of our state. 

Apple picking is a rite of fall in New England. Check out our posts on Pick-Your-Own-Apple Orchards in Eastern CT, apple picking with toddlers in Fairfield County, and Apple-Picking Orchards in Hartford County. This year's unpredictable weather has been tough on local apple crops, so get out and support the farmers by visiting them for fruit, donuts, hayrides, animals and more. Fall Fairs and Festivals abound and we've listed some great ones in Hartford County.

Free and Fun Things to do in CT with Kids This Weekend September 15-16: Pirates, Trucks and Musical Theater

My favorite time of year has arrived. There are so many things I love about fall.....getting back into a routine after a summer of lazy days, pulling on a comfortable pair of jeans and watching my kids run around on the soccer field in the crisp Autumn air. Our family's fall traditions include apple picking, baking, corn mazes, hayrides and a visit to the pumpkin patch where we cut an entire wagonful of pumpkins off the vines to take home and decorate. We've compiled a list of pick your own Apple Orchards in Western CT where your family can create wonderful Autumn memories together. Read on for our pick of fun events happening in your area this weekend.

A Few Different Mommy and Me Fitness Classes in Hartford County, Connecticut

Summer is officially over and it’s easy to fall into a winter routine filled with sedentary activities and not-so-healthy comfort foods. Don’t let all that pre-summer hard work go to waste now that there is a chill in the air. As a mother it’s hard not to make up excuses like “I don’t have the time” or “I can’t find a babysitter”. But with great programs like Mommy and Me workout classes you can incorporate your child into your exercise plan! There’s no hassle of having to find a sitter AND you get to work out while still spending time with your little one. Not only are these special exercise classes geared towards moms a great way to work out but they're also a good way to socialize and meet other new parents.

Ways to Remember 9/11: Things to Do With CT Kids on September 11th

UPDATED: 9/10/12 Many of us are looking for things to do on 9/11 with the family.
The 11th anniversary is upon us and the heartbreak is still there as memories resurface. While 5 months pregnant, I was planning on taking my 3 year old son up to Central Park Zoo on that stunningly beautiful day. We lived on the Hudson River, 2 blocks from Ground Zero in Battery Park City. We experienced the tragedy as it unfolded minute by minute. We didn't know the towers had fallen until we were half way across the Hudson River on a rescue boat. I happened to look up and caught the second tower crumbling to the ground. For weeks, months and even years later we lived and breathed in the aftermath alongside our neighbors and friends. Through the tragedy we experienced the strength and love that can be created in a community of neighbors and strangers. We also gained a whole new appreciation for life that can only be found once you are so close to losing it.

We live in Connecticut now and my children understand the importance of the anniversary each year. We plan to attend a local memorial service and to review the photos and diary that I kept during the days (and years) afterwards; we'll also peruse the kids' 9/11 artwork that I have saved. We will never forget. Here's a listing of child friendly events that are occurring around the state so that your family doesn't forget either.

Products to make Tailgating and Outdoor Barbecues Better as Seen on Fox Connecticut

It's that time of year! Football games and tailgating as well as Fall barbecues. I did a segment on Fox Connecticut today about products to make tailgating easier and more fun. There was a griddle for your barbecue, a mosquito repellant lantern, some grill cleaning products as well as a nifty gadget that allows you to hold your plate of food and drink in one hand. You can watch the video clip here. Listed below you will find each item's description along with their link.

Places to go Boating off of the Long Island Sound (Fairfield County)

Where has the summer gone?  School starts next week, and the kids and I have only conquered about half our summer plans.  With just a few days of summer left, we will be taking an afternoon to enjoy the shore – from the water, this time!  Given I don’t know my port from my starboard, or my fore from my aft, I’m sure I’ll be a sight to behold on the high seas. 

Lots of Fairfield County establishments offer cruises, boat rentals, or sailing lessons:

GIVEAWAY! Lyman Orchards "PLAY BALL" Corn Maze Family 4 Pack of Tickets plus a $20 Pick-Your-Own Voucher

We are fortunate to have lots of corn fields in Connecticut. We are even more fortunate to experience corn mazes that are works of art! Beginning September 1st at Lyman Orchards, it's Yankees vs. Red Sox! Play Ball! Go Get Lost in their Baseball Days Corn Maze! Enter our giveaway for your chance to win 4 tickets to experience this fun way to enjoy a Fall activity with the family. The winner will also receive a $20 gift voucher to be used at the Lyman Pick Your Own Orchard. Have fun picking apples, pears, peaches, nectarines, squash and pumpkins after finding your way through the maze.


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