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Free and Fun Things to Do Mother's Day Weekend in Connecticut: Dogwood Festival, Beauty and the Beast, Carnival

It's Mother's Day weekend and we wish every mother in the universe loads of love, peace and compassion this Sunday, May 13th. If you plan to celebrate the day there are plenty of Mother's Day activities, events and places to brunch in our Fairfield County and Hartford County posts. In Litchfield we love to celebrate by heading out to the Mayflower Inn, the Winvian or Community Table for a nice meal and beautiful atmosphere. Pricey, but well worth the splurge. We've also listed even more events happening for Mother's day in our events calendar so be sure to check that out too. For Mother's Day we wanted to give our readers some extra love so we have a giveaway currently running. It ends this Saturday, May 12th and the winner will receive their choice of either a $50 gift cert for Three Monkeys and Me, a children's boutique situated in lovely Kent, or 2 tickets to see a documentary or foreign film at the Avon Theatre. There's also a little discount in there for any reader in the market for comfy and stylish maternity and lounge wear. And now, here's the weekend scoop!

Mother's Day Giveaways!

As mothers we experience the essence of life on a daily basis. We care for, nurture, dream, create, feed, dress, bandage, mourn, love, teach and protect our babies (no matter what age they may really be). We learn and grow and fight and love. Hopefully we become better people. Celebrate your mother, your mother's mother, your friends who are mothers and especially celebrate all that you do every day in your role as a mother. It's well deserved and oh so worthwhile! Our CT readers love the great giveaways we do so we thought we'd surprise you with 2 giveaways in one post! And since you ALL are winners, you get a special reader discount for comfy and stylish maternity and lounge outfits by belabumbum.

Free and Fun Things to Do This Weekend with Kids in Connecticut: Cinco de Mayo, Spring Festivals, Mother's Day Expo

Yes, finally...The weather is suppose to warm up over the weekend! We must enjoy it while we can because it is suppose to get colder again next week. This weekend celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Earthplace with music, crafts, tacos and pinatas in Westport. Spring festivals abound. The Zagray Farm Spring Show will include all things mechanical such as tractors, plowing, farm tools and blacksmithing. There will be free wagon rides and tours of the farm museum and lots of other fun. There is a Spring Fair and Plant Sale at St. John's in Stamford. Enjoy a fire truck, bounce castle, music and dance. Don't miss the Donkey and Mule Festival at Bishop's Orchards.

Summer School Camps in Northwest Connecticut

If you are thinking that summer school might be a good idea for your child the first thing you must do is ask them how they feel about it. It should be a rewarding and enjoyable experience for them (and you!). For children with LD's, special interests or just a plain old love of academics, summer school can be a proactive way to spend time. We've rounded up a few options that are either day or sleep-away as well as tutoring centers. Many of these campuses offer a traditional New England boarding school experience which can be an added bonus!

Nature Museums and Centers in Connecticut (Fairfield County)

This past weekend, I threw a birthday party for my newly 5-year-old daughter.  15 adorable little girls showed up in their crinolines and party shoes, and settled into an arts and crafts project that I thought would entertain them for a good 30 minutes or so.  8 empty paint tubes later I popped inside for extra paper towels and returned to find said 15 girls (AND their crinolines AND their party shoes!) knee deep in our muddy stream catching frogs. 

The party was a great success (sorry Moms, for all the muddy clothes) and served to remind me that nothing entertains kids like the good old outdoors and all that it offers.  Below are several Nature Museums and Nature Centers in Fairfield County where you and your kids can go enjoy this beautiful spring weather.  Crinolines and party shoes optional!

Free and Fun Things To Do With Kids this Weekend in Connecticut 4/28-4/29: Thomas the Tank Engine & Daffodil and Sheep Festivals

This weekend I am organizing a 14th birthday party for an 8th grade class complete with a teen size bouncy house as well as planning to attend our school auction. It's going to be a busy one and there are so many fun events to add to the mix. Thomas lovers won't want to miss Thomas the Tank Engine during his only visit through CT this year at the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat.

Diaper Drive 2012 and CT Summer Fun Expo

CT Moms, an on-line forum group for you guessed it - CT moms, has kindly organized a diaper drive within Fairfield County. You may not know that many moms on government assistance can not use food stamps to buy diapers since they are not considered “consumable” products?  Crazy enough, diapers and baby wipes are off-limits to federal food stamps and Women Infant Children (WIC) programs  leaving low-income moms struggling. It costs nearly $100 per month to diaper a child. Cloth diapers are not accepted by licensed day care centers or in laundromats due to sanitary reasons.

Free and Fun Things to Do with Kids in Connecticut This Weekend: 4/21-4/22 Earth Day, Allison Wonderland and Baby Disco

This Sunday is Earth Day. We've written activity and event posts for both Hartford and Fairfield Counties so you can find out ways to celebrate in your area. We plan to make "green lemonade" at school tomorrow with organic produce. We just juice up carrots, apples, lemons and kale. It's delicious and so good for you! And the veggie waste is great to add to the compost pile.

Massachusetts Day Trip Ideas

If you’re living in the central Connecticut area then Massachusetts is a great place to visit for a day trip. Being our neighboring state it’s only a quick car ride away and offers plenty of fun locations to check out with your family. Filled with an array of historic sites and entertaining tourist attractions you will have no trouble finding a choice for your one day getaway.

Free and Fun Things to Do this Weekend in CT With Kids: 4/14-4/15 Family Hikes, Colonial Days, Irish Folklore Troup

With many schools on Spring Break this week and or next, loads of museums and nature centers have planned great activities for the kids each day. This weekend is no exception. Bring the kids to sing and dance with the Irish Youth Folklore Troupe from County Clare, Ireland at Stepping Stones Museum. Wish you knew how to add a hinge to this or that? Bring your budding carpenter to a Mr. Fix It Workshop where everyone will learn fastening techniques. For the future Olympian runner in your family, take your choice of entering the 5K, 10K or Kids Fun Run in Bloomfield's Burn Calories for Fuel Race. The Noah Webster House in West Hartford is hosting A Colonial Girl's Day Out. All girls age 6-12 and their dolls are invited to attend an afternoon of colonial games, crafts, dancing and even a tea party.

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