Thanksgiving Books and Games: For Your Children and Family

The weather is crispy, the evenings are long and dark, but the winter holidays are upon us. Why not get into the holiday spirit by curling up with your little ones on the sofa of the brightly lit, warm living room, with hot chocolate and a good, sweet, colorfully decorated holiday book? This Thanksgiving season you can read about silly turkeys, pay a visit to the Pilgrims, their Native-American neighbors or a fellow American family preparing for their Thanksgiving.

Global Energy, The Musical at the Stepping Stones Museum for Children: A Review

By Monika Nica

Between November 13th and 20th the Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk runs a lively, musical show during which a goofy, but loveable family in Carbon City learns about energy and energy conservation.

As they explore where energy, this thing that comes out of the wall and powers our televisions, games and household appliances comes from, they meet a series of whacky characters who tell, dance and sing stories of the caveman's discovery of fire, the awesome powers of wind and sun energy, the dangers and damage caused by global warming, the meaning of carbon footprint and the need for and ways of energy conservation.

Free and Fun Things To Do This Weekend With CT Kids: Chinese Acrobats, Snow White and Lego Trains 11/12-11/13/11

This weekend is the start of a few new exhibits and fun shows. The Lego Train Exhibition and Visions of Gingerbread Display, both at Stamford Museum and Nature Center, look terrific. The Global Energy Musical at Stepping Stones Museum presents scientific issues on energy and conservation in a whimsical way.  Snow White and the Seven Dwarf's will be playing in Bridgeport at the Downtown Cabaret Children's Theater. Chinese Acrobats will be performing at Fairfield University. Kids can design their very own paper action figures during Timothy Belavia's: How Do You Know A Hero? Workshop. For those American Girl and fashion lovers out there, you won't want to miss the American Girl Fashion Show being held at CoCo Keys in Waterbury. And Santa and the Care Bears will make a visit to the Westfield Trumbull Mall!

Whew! That's a lot of fun stuff to do this weekend. And it's not all. Check out the following list of events for this weekend. Veteran's Day is on Friday and your town may be having it's own service and parade. Stay in touch via Facebook and Twitter. Our Facebook friends can join in on a give-away this week that ends on Saturday for a care package from Barbara's Puffins Cereals.

Wondering about what to do on Thanksgiving? We did a post on fun ideas in Fairfield County this week. We also covered some Fairfield County Art and History Museums. Are you prepared in case of an emergency? Check out our Infant and Child CPR course post. For those in Litchfield County don't miss out on this fun event that your creative child can participate in: A Celebration of Young Photographers being hosted by ASAP.

A Celebration of Young Photographers at Arethusa Farms: ASAP

If you live in Litchfield County, your children may have attended a workshop sponsored by ASAP, The After School Arts Program based in Washington, CT. ASAP was created 13 years ago as a way to engage Region 12 children in artistic and cultural activities that otherwise would not be available to them. What started as eight workshops has turned into over one hundred as well as a summer camp program, field trips, concerts and classes for preschoolers and adults.

ASAP's programming is extensive, covering all ages and including workshops such as beatboxing, hip hop dancing, making ecobooks and creating a musical from your favorite book. Anyone can attend one of the numerous workshops and the after school programming is open to all Region 12 area students.

A new event this year, A Celebration of Young Photographers, invites students to submit a photograph reflecting their interpretation on this year’s theme: Perspectives on Home. Joanne Torti, Executive Director, sees this as a true community event--one that is open to all children, grades 3-12, across the region. One that allows them to explore their creative side and be recognized for it. It's also a fun way to usher in the holidays.

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


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