Worst Power Outages in Connecticut: Sledding to the Rescue!

Many of you have heard about the snow storm that ravaged CT Halloween Weekend. Many events have been canceled and rescheduled. As of this writing 675,000 homes are still without power, including my home. At times we've enjoyed the quiet and solace that power outages force upon you as well as having to cuddle together for warmth. However, today when we found out that school was closed yet again we ditched the cold, snow and electric free country life and drove into the city; hence how I am able to publish this post. Electricity is good. Very good. And we miss it. Badly. Please have patience with us here at MP CT as we get back on track. Things are destined to be wacky for the next few days. And if you are suffering too, we hope you are making the most of this imposed down time and are able to spend quality time with friends and family. Instead of trick or treating this year my children went sledding with friends. What else can you do but make the most of it?! Stay safe out there!

Fun Things to Do with Kids this Halloween Weekend in CT 10/29-10/30/11: Costume Party, Sleeping Beauty, Hay Rides

It's your last chance to get in on some ghoulish fun this weekend. The weather will be a bit more chilly than we've experienced so far this Fall so make sure to dress warmly. If you are wondering where you should trick or treat in Litchfield County we've covered that here. Whether you are looking for something spooky to do this weekend or not read more for our top picks. P.S. Don't miss out on apple picking before it's too late. Whatever you choose to do, have fun!

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Update: It's supposed to rain and snow on Saturday! Before heading to an outdoor celebration, check the event's official website to make sure it's still happening.

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Mystic Seaport: Week-long celebration of Morgan's 70th anniversary at the Seaport

By Monika Nica

The Mystic Seaport, America's Museum of the Sea is starting a week-long celebration for the 70th anniversary of the arrival of its crown-jewel, the Charles W. Morgan. This beautiful, 170 year old tall ship with its majestic sails is the world's last surviving wooden whaling ship. The seaport with its experts and volunteers has been working for many years on restoring this unique ship to its former glory. Now they are inviting visitors to celebrate the Morgan and remember the days of tall ships sailing the oceans.

Fun Things to Do with Kids this Weekend in Connecticut: Circus, KidsFest, Apple Picking 10/22-10/23

Being the weekend before Halloween, there's quite a bit listed on the events calendar. To make things easier for you, we've covered everything related to the holiday in a separate Halloween weekend post. You'll find family friendly events and great things to do including corn mazes and pumpkin picking.

For everything else that isn't scary or spooky this weekend read below for our family friendly picks. Fall foliage will be at its peak soon so make sure you take time out to enjoy it and there's still time for apple picking.  Feel like going to a museum in Fairfield County, we've got a few suggestions for you.  UniverSoul Circus is in town and the Danbury KidsFest is happening this Sunday.  Wishing you still had your speed skates? Take your kids to Ron A Roll for lessons on Saturday while you take a few rides around the rink yourself. This week is ADHD Awareness week and we posted great resources for anyone interested in the topic. Don't forget to like us on Facebook and Twitter where we update daily. Read more for this weekend's picks.

Halloween Events This Weekend in Connecticut: Haunted Houses, Graveyard Tours, Shows 10/21-10/23 2011

Halloween is one of the most popular holidays of the year and we Americans like to milk it for all its worth. That's why we've done a round up of the spooky fun that is happening all over CT this weekend. For even more fun check out our posts on Halloween Train Rides, Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes in CT. For those in Fairfield County there's more events listed here. Events will continue to be added to the calendar so check back often. Some activites are free and others may not be age appropriate for your little ones. Check the listing for more details. Have fun choosing that perfect pumpkin for carving, making your own scarecrow or getting scared to death. You can do it all this weekend! Read more for a break down of events happening Friday through Sunday.

Free and Fun Things to Do This Weekend for CT Kids: Scarecrows, Graveyards, Roller Skating 10/15-10/16 2011

This weekend we have loads of Halloween and Fall events. So much so that we have categorized the Fall Festivals into their own post. If you are interested in the numerous Halloween themed train rides they are listed as well. This is the last weekend of the CT Renaissance Faire so don't miss out if you've been wanting to go. Scarecrow making, roller skating, haunted graveyards, Halloween Musicals, it's all happening this weekend! If apple picking is on your agenda we've got you covered. For those in Fairfield County we have a special Halloween event post. Read more to see our top picks. Be warned, there's a lot to choose from! Don't forget to friend us on facebook and follow us on twitter

The Last of the Connecticut Fall Harvest Festivals This Weekend 10/15-10/16 2011

The leaves are finally changing and beauty is all around us. This will be the last weekend full of Fall festivals before the Halloween craze officially takes over. Fall festivals consist of the stuff that makes great family memories. Hay Rides, apples and pumpkins, pie eating contests, car shows, you name it. Read below so that you can find a festival that suits your fancy this weekend!  

The Real Ghost Stories of Western Connecticut

By Monica Nika

As the cool October winds chase withering leaves down our streets at night while the pale lights of Halloween jack-o-lanterns flicker on the porches neatly decorated with frost-bitten mums, let's remember the 'real' ghosts and tell the stories of the 'truly' haunted places of Western Connecticut.  Read Connecticut's 'truest', spookiest and saddest haunted tales below.

Halloween Parties and Events in Fairfield County, CT 2011

By Monika Nica

Your kids can barely wait to put on their funny-scary-spooky Halloween costumes and hit the streets for some trick-or-treating. Why not spice up this favorite fall holiday with a special Halloween event or party? Something special is coming to most Fairfield County communities this October, as well. Read through our list to select the coolest event for your family for Halloween 2011!

Stepping Stones Museum for Children Debuts Math-tastic Exhibit: Cyberchase

By Sheila Hageman

Stepping Stones Museum for Children opened their new traveling exhibit this weekend, which is based on the Emmy award-winning PBS KIDS GO! math mystery series Cyberchase. The unique, educational and fun exhibit encourages children to make use of their critical thinking skills and approach math with an investigative, positive attitude.

My family visited the exhibit on opening day and spent at least thirty minutes absorbed in “math” fun.  The most interesting part was that at no time did my children even seem aware that they were “doing” math! Depending on your child’s age and stage, you can make this exhibit as consciously math-oriented as you like.  The best part is that your kids will be absorbing math concepts even if you don’t point that fact out to them.

The fun, cartoon-style exhibits were very appealing to all my children who range in age from one to seven.  My oldest most definitely got the most “mathiness” out of it, but my two-year-old was thoroughly engrossed by the bright colors and hands-on activities.  Even my one-year-old could pull himself up to some activities and feel a part of the action.


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