Bento Box Lunches for Kids, Part 3

Now that you know what bento boxes are and what supplies you’ll need, you may be wondering: What goes in them?

The short answer is whatever your kids will enjoy – virtually all their favorites can be worked into a bento box. One of the great things about bentos is that they let you present food in a fun, appealing way -- so your kids may even try something new. Here are some specific ideas:

Where to Throw Great Birthday Parties in Connecticut (Hartford County)

Birthdays are so much more fun when you’re a child. The planning, the excitement and the happiness of actually wanting to get another year older, it is such a magical time. Your options aren’t just McDonalds and Chuck E’ Cheese anymore, the possibilities are endless. There are so many great places in the Hartford county area to celebrate and truly make it a special day your child will remember.

Moving the Family to Fairfield County, Connecticut

So…you’re thinking of moving to the New York City suburbs and you keep hearing about Fairfield County, CT.  Great!  We look forward to welcoming you here.  But which town, you ask, would best suit your lifestyle? 

There are a lot of factors to consider, especially if you desire a town that is easily commutable to NYC.  Eight years ago my husband and I debated these issues for months.  After many glasses of wine, several arguments, and some hand wringing, we packed up our things and moved from Boston to Fairfield County with our then 1 year old.  While we were apprehensive about moving to such an affluent county, we have been tremendously happy with the many wonderful people we've met, the ease with which we can get into Manhattan, and the incredible (free!) education our children are getting.

Read more to find some insights on a few popular Fairfield County towns:

Chinese New Year Events in Connecticut (Hartford County)

January 23, 2012 marks the start of the Year of the Dragon for the official Asian New Year day known as “Tet”. In the Hartford County area there are many ways for families to ring in the Lunar New Year and learn about the Asian culture. Immerse yourself in the traditions and celebrate with some of the various activities that are taking place in the traditionally two week long celebration ending February 6. 

Things To Do With Kids in Connecticut This Weekend 1/21-1/22: Rockin' Symphony, Motocross, Ice Fishing

One of the best things about 3 day weekends is that the following weekend seems to get here that much faster. Despite being back to the normal 2 days there's lots of fun to cover this weekend. We have Chinese New Year events and activities for both Hartford and Fairfield this week. Are your kids tired of the same old thing in their school lunch box? Maybe a bento box could help. Check out our post on getting your Bento Box supplies. Looking to get cooking with your kids but not in your own kitchen? Have fun in one of these Fairfield County locations. For those who'd rather get crafty we covered some great options in Hartford County. Stepping Stones Museum has a great new exhibit that opened this week called Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures and we are giving away 4 tickets to attend. Just subscribe to our newsletter or like us on FB and you'll be entered. This weekend take the kids to see motocross racers do daring jumps and scary tricks in Bridgeport. There's a magic show at both the Danbury Library and the Westport Town Hall. What if Mozart Played Guitar Hero? will be performed in New Haven. Check out our calendar of events for a full listing of fun things to do with the kids this weekend. Hope you make some good memories!

Bento Box Lunches for Kids, Part 2

In Part 1 of our Bento Box Lunches for Kids series, we talked about what exactly bento boxes are; this time we're focusing on the tools you'll need to make your own.

Let's start with a box. Some come in fun shapes; some feature cute critters or animation favorites like Hello Kitty and Hayao Miyazaki's Ponyo and Totoro (American cartoon characters are available, though those can be harder to find). They can be double-deckered, with locking lids or simple pop-top squares or ovals. But you can really create a bento box with nearly any container -- a small, shallow Tupperware will do the job just fine.

Chinese New Year in Connecticut with the Kids (Fairfield County)

The Year of the Dragon is upon us!  Those born in this auspicious year will be predisposed to being innovative, brave, quick-tempered and passionate (good luck, parents of Dragons!)

Chinese New Year is a great way to celebrate Chinese culture – whether you are of Chinese heritage or not.  In China, the 2-week long New Year's celebration (this year it runs from January 23rd - February 6th) features traditional dances, feasts, and fireworks.  The emphasis is on honoring one's family, and beginning the New Year with good fortune. Here in Fairfield County, CT, there are many fun ways to usher in the Chinese New Year with your kids.

Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action at Stepping Stones Museum: Family 4 Pack Ticket Giveaway

We're teaming up with Stepping Stones Museum to offer one lucky family a set of four tickets to spend the day trying out kung fu, rock climbing and even surfing - all indoors! What a great way to keep the kids active while having some fun now that temperatures are dropping outside. This new special exhibit, Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action, opens January 21st and runs through April 29th. The exhibit aims primarily at children ages 5-12.

Fun and Free Things To Do in CT Martin Luther King Weekend 2012: Musicals, Art and Celebrations

It's Martin Luther King Day on Monday which most likely means a 3 day weekend for you and the kids. The weather looks like it's taking a turn for the colder so make sure to bundle up. If you are in Fairfield County we did a post this week on fun indoor play spaces. I don't know about you, but every time I seem to finally come up with a lunch that my kids will eat they tell me they are tired of it. Our new bento box lunch series should help to get those creative juices flowing during those dreaded lunch making moments. For MLK Day we did a special round up of great celebrations and events happening all over CT. 

This weekend, Young Carpenters get to make their own toolbox in Kent, Robots are Roaming at the CT Science Center and "Are You My Mother?" the musical is playing at the Kate. Catch "Little Women" at the Hartford Children's Theater. Enjoy ice skating at the South Kent Boarding School.

The Connecticut Science Center is offering $12 per person admission Thursday, January 12th, straight through Monday, January 16th. Kids 3 and under are always free.

Join us on Twitter and Facebook for up to the minute activities and other fun stuff for you and the kids. Enjoy your long weekend! The following is the weekend round up listed by day.

Bento Box Lunches for Kids, Part 1

It’s a new year, which means a whole new season of packing lunches for the kids. How about making a resolution to try something new, healthy and delicious—not to mention fun?

If your kids are like mine, they want what they want in their lunches—until they decide one day that that's not what they want, and in fact they want nothing to do with [fill in the blank previously favorite food].


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