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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].

Free and Fun Things To Do This Weekend with Kids in CT: Clifford Live, Rubik's Cube, Tea Party

Wow! It sure has been a cold week! Don't let the cold keep you from getting out and doing something fun with the kids this weekend. I'm resuming my summer camp search after it was interrupted by holiday preparations last month. To help you get started we did a post about a few great summer camps in Fairfield County. If you have a favorite summer camp you'd like us to share with our readers please comment on our facebook page or shoot me an email. In need of some new and delicious slow cooker, soup and stews recipes? Enjoy, complements of Sarah at our MP NJ site.

Now for the weekend fun! You can still check the Festival of Lighthouses Display at the Maritime Museum. This exhibit places 24 lighthouses throughout the aquarium through Jan. 16. At the New Canaan Nature Center you can learn how to do some winter animal tracking. Go old school and learn about and decorate your own Rubik's Cube at Stepping Stones Museum. For those Sherlock Holmes fans it's Junior Detective Day at Greenwich Historical Society and don't miss out on the Victorian Tea Party at Gunn Memorial Library and Museum. Read on for some more fun activities and stay warm this wintry weekend!

Indoor Events for Kids in Connecticut (Hartford County)

The winter months can seem very long when its frigid cold and you’re trying to stay indoors. But just because the temperatures dropped it doesn’t mean you have to go into hiding. There are still plenty of indoor options that can help to lure you out of your home and still keep you toasty warm and entertained. From entertainment centers to shows and sports games check out this compilation of indoor things to do to avoid cabin fever during the cold weather season.

Some of Our Favorite Summer Camps for Kids in Fairfield County

[UPDATED 1/24/13]

Wait just a second.  I’m still eating Christmas cookies (the stale ones, anyway) and I’m getting camp brochures in the mail?  I’m thinking sledding, not swimming! But around here, it pays to think ahead about summer camps.  The right camp can make for happy summers kids…and happy summer moms. Here are just a few great summer camps in Fairfield County to choose from:

New Years Eve Events for the Whole Family in Fairfield County and the Hartford Area

New Year's Eve may look a little different these days than it once did. Sure you can still dress up all spangly and step out, but it's entirely likely that your curfew is far earlier than in years gone by. Not to worry, these days there are tons of events aimed at families with little ones in tow. We've rounded up a bunch in Fairfield and Hartford Counties. And if you happen to be one of the lucky few to have scored a sitter for the evening, we've even thrown in a couple adult only options in each location. For even more family friendly New Year's Eve fun, we've got you covered no matter what corner of the state you live in. 

Day Trips Near NYC: 10 Holiday Break Destinations for Families

While there are plenty of things to do in New York City over holiday break, school recess is a great time for families to explore the world beyond the five boroughs.

Over the years, our readers have shared their favorite family-friendly day trips. Now we've got 10 more mini-itineraries to add to the list. These getaways are all within two hours of NYC, and many are even accessible without a car. Best of all, some of them have special activities and attractions in honor of the holiday season.

Fun Things to Do with the Kids in CT This Weekend: Vienna Boys' Choir, Reindeers, North Pole Express 12/17-12/18

This particular weekend right before Christmas is always inevitably a busy one. I still have a few (okay, more than a few) presents to check off the list, meal preparations to make, decorations to be hung, preparations for house guests....oh and then the wrapping and hiding and the cookie baking and updating our holiday music playlist. Sigh...The list goes on for so many of us moms! The end goal for me is to stay calm with a smile on my face while creating happy memories for the kids. The trick is to break the work up with some fun activities. There are a few places to get that photo with Santa, see the Nutcracker, or even have the kids make a holiday craft. This week we covered places to visit with Santa in Hartford and Fairfield Counties. This weekend in particular the Vienna Boys Choir Holiday Concert is at the Bushnell. There is also a Chanuka Fever Concert in West Hartford. If, like me, you'd like to take a break and go out to dinner a night or two, check out our listing of great restaurant options in Litchfield County. Some schools finish up this Friday and some not until next. For those in Fairfield County we've rounded up fun activities for the kids over the holiday break. We love our Facebook and twitter friends and will be doing some give aways next week so please sign up to like us. Take a deep breathe and dive in. Make the most of this Merry Holiday season!

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