CT Summer Camps for Your Special Needs Child

By Julie Revelant

Summertime doesn’t mean your special kid should fall back on the progress he’s made throughout the year or miss out on all the fun the other kids are having. There are a host of camps in the area who have programs and facilities specially tailored to the special needs kid. Here are a few:

Weekend Round Up: Fun & Free Things To Do in CT for Kids and Families: July 15-17

This week was a hot one and on days when it hits the 90's we like finding free and easy air-conditioned play spaces for the little ones. Check out our post on 5 Free Indoor Play Spaces in Fairfield County. If you find yourself in the NW corner of the state you can read our 20 Family Friendly Day Activities in Litchfield County. For the Weekend Round up....

Free and Fun Things to do for CT Kids and Families: Riverfest, Berry Fest!, Race Cars, Peter & the Wolf July 9-10

One good thing about 3 day weekends is that the following weekend comes that much quicker. The summer celebrations still continue and we've listed tons for you to do this weekend. Maybe a visit to the Beardsley Zoo is in your near future? If so, check out this Fairfield mom's insider tips for your visit. Blueberry pie eating contests, wagon rides and live music are just a few of the activities planned at Berry Fest! at Lyman Orchards in Middlefield this Saturday.  Stop by and learn how honey is taken out of the hive for harvest during the annual Honey Harvest at Greenwich Audubon. Blueberries are ripe and ready for picking so make sure to check out our Pick-your-own Blueberry Farms in CT Guide. Thinking of taking a day trip to Litchfield County (or just looking for ideas of things to do)? Check out our list of 20 family friendly summer day activities.

In Danbury the free weekend concert series continues and it's the last day of the Danbury City Fair on Saturday.  An old-fashioned Independence Day Festival is happening in Enfield all weekend long at the town green complete with parades, concerts and fireworks. On Saturday, Hartford and East Hartford celebrate Independence Day at Riverfest. Live bands, kids' activities and fireworks will mark the celebration.

In Canaan, you can take the family for a railroad ride and then to the carnival all weekend long at Railroad Days. For race car enthusiasts check out American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville. And in New Haven, bring the kids to see a rendition of Peter & the Wolf and Carnival of Animals.

6 Rules of Thumb for Dealing with Summer Camp Anxiety

By Julie Ross, M.A.

Each year in Connecticut, parents pay lots of money to send their children to camp. Most children go willingly and happily. Others experience anxiety and distress. Some refuse to go, some exhibit physical symptoms like stomach pain or headaches, others become morose and withdrawn. With thousands of dollars at stake, or with no place else to put your child during the summer when you work, what should you do? Fortunately there are solutions.

Summer Solstice Things to Do this Weekend in CT: Strawberry Festival, Camp Out, Carnival & Fireworks

Summer solstice means more time outside to have fun and we like that here at CT Mommy Poppins! This weekend you can celebrate summer with luscious strawberries at a Strawberry Festival in Bethlehem. Enjoy a magical fireworks show over Candlewood Lake. Camp out at The New Canaan Nature Center's Great American Camp Out and have fun at an old fashioned Carnival and Car Show in Washington.

Fun Summer Vacation Literary Itinerary for Kids: Hartford to Boston

Wouldn't your little writer love visiting Louise May Alcott's Orchard House or Walden Pond this summer? What a great road trip for your tweens and teens! This itinerary given to me by Corrine Upton over at the Mark Twain House has covered it all starting in Hartford and finishing up in Boston. Over the course of five days (or less, for those who are ambitious), visit the birthplace of Mark Twain’s most famous characters, get inspired by Edith Wharton’s landscape design, and visit the grave sites of Thoreau, Hawthorne, Emerson and Alcott at Author’s Ridge at Sleepy Hollow.  
Below, you'll find the full itinerary of a New England literary pilgrimage-- offering a unique, inspiring and educational summer vacation. And if you'd like even more fun literary locales check out more destinations like Dr. Seuss' Sculpture Garden, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and Emily Dickinson's house all in Western Mass.

Weekend Round Up in CT: Strawberry Fest, Children's Film Festival, Tom Sawyer Day, Fiddle Contest and so much more!

There are so many fun and free events this weekend it's a pity we can't do all of them. It's a good weekend to find free activities especially since Saturday is the 7th Annual CT Open House day and most museums will have free admission. Check the link out to find out who.

As far as festivals go we've got a lot to list this weekend. All weekend long you can attend the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven. On Saturday, there's a Free Family Health Fair in Norwalk, a Strawberry Fest at Lyman Orchards and a Children's Film Festival at Yale. In Hartford on Sunday you can check out the Keney Park Sunday Showcase Series.

Fiddlers from Canada to the Carolinas will be competing at the New England Fiddle Contest here in CT. In Middlefield you can see Jaguars at the Jaguar Car Show or if horses are more your thing the
Second Company Governor's Horse Guard
invites everyone out for a day of fun.

Big Apple Circus Ticket Give Away in CT!

This year the Big Apple Circus's  new artistic director makes his mark with the theme Dance On! which leads to a fun, fast paced show. Jugglers, contortionists, lasso tricks, you name it, this show keeps moving with one surprise after another.

We're teaming up with the Big Apple Circus to offer one lucky family a set of four tickets to have a grand ol' time with Grandma Clown and the crew. We'll also send out a discount code to our CT newsletter subscribers providing them with a $15 discount per ticket.

The Prize: A family four-pack of tickets to "The Big Apple Circus" at Mill River Park, Stamford, CT on Thursday, June 16th for the 7pm show.

How to Enter: To enter the contest you must email me below telling us that you either joined our CT Mommy Poppins Facebook page, twitter'd this contest into cyber-space and/or subscribed to our newsletter. Comments must be entered by 7pm on Monday, June 13th. Winner will be drawn at random and notified on Tuesday June 14th. Please leave your contact information when you email. If you do not respond to our email notification within 24 hours, another winner will be drawn. Email addresses of entrants will not be collected, sold or otherwise abused.

The  performance lasts 2 hours, including intermission. Children under 3 are free when they sit on the lap of a paid adult. One child per lap.

Fun Things to Do in Connecticut June 4th-5th with Kids and Family

Wow, the weekend is already here again. Don't you love that? And so many fun activities to choose from. You can see everything that's happening this week on the calendar. However, our weekend picks are listed below. We've included class registrations and auditions as well as a Woodcarving ShowCanine Carnival, Car Show, and a delicious Strawberry Festival. Grab the kids and have some fun!


Auditions for Kids Who Love to Sing
Fairfield Woods Middle School


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