June Festivals in Connecticut (Hartford County)

Schools out for summer! Can you believe another year has passed us already?! With the end of the school year and start of summer just around the corner many families are eager to fill the (long) days with fun things to do. The Hartford county area has many exciting outdoor festivals to help us ring in the warm weather season this June.

FREE and Fun Things to Do This Weekend With Connecticut Kids: CT Trails Day, Alpacas and Greek Festival

This weekend is the 20th anniversary of the Connecticut Trails Day Celebration. There's your excuse to get out and go for a hike with the kids! There are over 193 events all over CT and we've listed a few of them in our calendar: Flat Stanley's CT Outdoor Adventure, Hike at the Audubon Society at Glastonbury, Litchfield Community Greenway, Walk with Bethlehem Land Trust, Nature Walk at Earthplace, CT Trails Day at Sharon Audubon Center, and Roaring Brook Nature Center.

CT Summer Fun Expo: Family Fun in Connecticut This Summer

We are super excited to announce our first organized event here at Mommy Poppins CT. We've partnered with the Westfield CT Post mall to create a Summer Fun Expo for CT families. We are thrilled to be offering a one stop option for learning about places to have fun in CT this summer. The expo is Sunday, June 3rd from 11-4 pm in the food court area of the mall. If you drive past Target and Dick's Sporting Goods to the back parking lot, head up the ramp to the 2nd level for the closest parking to our event. There will be lots of fun for the kids including organized arts and crafts as well as entertainment by Lynn Lewis and Friends from 11:!5 to noon.

Free and Fun Things to Do this Weekend with Kids in CT: Robin Hood Festival, Pet Parades, Carnivals

This week our calendar of events is FULL of great events all over the state. Lucky for us it is suppose to be sunny and beautiful all weekend! Beardsley Zoo celebrates its 90th birthday this weekend with fun surprises for visitors all day long. Lyman Orchards is hosting Connecticut Day in Middlefield. CT-made treats, family activities as well as jam making demonstrations are sure to make this a fun foodie event. In Stamford head out to the Spring on the Farm Festival Weekend at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center. In West Hartford its Farm Day at Westmoor Park. Baby animals, hayrides, games and more will make this a fun outing.

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.


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