Family Friendly Ethnic Meal Series - Spain

Eliza, a mother of 3 living in Litchfield County, had an inspirational moment one day while grocery shopping. Tired of the usual meatballs, burgers and Bolognese rotation, she has begun a quest to cook authentic ethnic meals from a different region each week. Last week was India, this week Spain and next week will be Israel. 

With several family birthdays requiring special favorite dishes, I was only able to cook two Spanish meals this week but both were delicious.  Similar to all other Mediterranean countries, the Spanish cuisine has two basic elements- olive oil and garlic.  

Things to do for Connecticut Kids and Families April 23-24, 2011

Here’s a roundup of all of the best bets this holiday filled weekend. Mommy Poppins Connecticut Event Calendar is filled with fantastic things to do so be sure to check it out.

Families can see the last performance in the 5th Annual Puppetry Festival series: Pumpernickel Puppets, “Peter Rabbit” at Washington Montessori School in New Preston. Max & Ruby are having a Bunny Party show at the Oakdale Theater this weekend and Goldie Locks is playing in the Downtown Cabaret Theater. Attend one of the many Easter Egg Hunts including the Easter Egg Roll at Pequot Library and the Egg Decorating Party at Gunn Memorial Library.

Hunt Hill Farms is providing a young chef’s Easter Bunny Brunch and  who can resist the CT Trolley Museum’s Easter Bunny Fun Day.
Other great ideas for this weekend are the numerous Earth Day activities which you can find in the recent Earth Day post. There are plenty of nature walks and art activities as well such as the Local Wildflower Walk at Audubon Greenwich, the Make a Plein Air Painting on Sundays at the Florence Griswold Museum and Art Start for Preschoolers at the New Britain Museum of American Art. Have a happy, hopping holiday and a fun-filled weekend!

Fun Ways to Celebrate Earth Day 2011 in Connecticut

We've come a long way since Earth Day was first established in 1971. Check out this link to see CT's environmental accomplishments over the past 40 years. Staggering to see what's been accomplished. And if you haven't already, why not plant a home farm this Spring and enjoy growing your own delicious veggies and herbs? Check out this site to find out more.

There are tons of Earth Day activities for kids going on this weekend and next, including green festivals, fun eco-art activities, educational workshops, beach clean ups and more.
Grab the family and have fun at one of these cool events.

Things To Do for Connecticut Kids and Families April 16-17, 2011: Easter, Earth Day Celebrations and Lots More

There's so much for Connecticut families to do this weekend.  There are many Earth Day festivals, nature activities, and even a great weekend long carnival  in Fairfield. You and the kids can also get into the Easter spirit with an old-fashioned Egg Hunt and or visit the Easter Bunny Express Train Ride at Danbury Railway Museum where you can take a ride in a vintage train.

If you're in the mood for family friendly theater then head to Downtown Cabaret Theatre in Bridgeport for a presentation of Goldie Locks. For art activities your little one can try their hand at painting plein air, in the open air, just like the Lyme Art Colony artists at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme.

It's Spring! Get out there and take advantage of one of the great nature activities. The  Full Moon Nature Hike at Greenwich Audubon includes a marshmallow roasting campfire. Below you will find the weekend event listings.Click on the title which will take you to the MP CT calendar where you will get all of the juicy details. Enjoy!

Family Friendly Ethnic Meal Inspiration

Do you live roughly 20 miles from any good ethnic cuisine so deep in the wilds of Connecticut that there is no take-out save the local pizza joint? Well, I do. And after years of city living this can be a crushing situation at times.

Last week while trekking around the circumference of the local Stop & Shop, loading up on the usual for my family of five, I paused in front of the meats. Staring at the ground turkey I wondered if it would be meatballs, burgers or Bolognese. And then I sighed. And then I had a vision. I could cook ethnic food. I could choose one country a week and for the 3-4 dinners where my husband and kids were all present, I could cook from that country. Extra bonus: We might even discuss the country- where it is and what the staples are - and learn something! Not to mention that the kids would be expanding their palettes by experiencing a variety of herbs and spices in different cuisines.

10 Summer Sports Camps for young children in southern Litchfield County, Connecticut

I received a request for summer sports camps near Washington, CT for a 6 year old. WIth a bit of research I came up with the following options that are not too far of a drive for anyone in the southern portion of Litchfield County. Of course, many of the camps will accept younger and older children as well. You'll have to read their fine print for details. Not every camp accepts 6  year olds so I appreciated the inquiry. Hopefully this list will help your young sport get his/her fix. TIp: It's always good to start with your local parks and rec to see what they are offering (so I've included Washington's info here). Please post any additional options I may have missed in the comments section below. And by all means, share with your friends!

Water fun in Waterbury, Connecticut

This time of year I always start dreaming of a warm sunny paradise. Unfortunately a trip to the Caribbean is not in our near future so thank goodness we have an indoor water park not too far away. Paradise for me? Not quiet. But it sure does make my kids happy and for that I get bliss at the end of the day (when they are too tired to even speak). CoCo Key Water Resort is located in Waterbury at the Holiday Inn. They have separate entrances and it's easy to find. I was surprised to find out that they open from 4-9 during the week. If you get a gang of kids together you can get a discount for 10 or more. It's big enough to keep all ages occupied for hours yet small enough not to overwhelm you as a parent. Food is easy, if not the the healthiest, and there's even an arcade when the kids need to dry off and take a break from the water.

Foxwood's: Casino Fun for Kids!

You might not think of a casino as a family friendly destination, but Foxwoods, near Hartford, has some surprisingly fun—and wholesome—options for kids. From Ice skating on their brand new outdoor rink, an enormous arcade with current and vintage games and a museum dedicate to Connecticut's native Americans, a trip to Foxwoods has a lot to offer.

16 Things to Do to Celebrate Dr. Seuss' 107th Birthday in New York City

There once was a man who created a cat.  Atop the cat's head was a red and white hat.  He made up an elephant, and a fox that could rhyme and a grouchy green guy who will live for all time.  That man is no longer.  That man isn’t here.  The Doctor named Seuss would be 107 this year.  Blow out some candles, eat green eggs and ham.  His birthday is Wednesday.  Do you have a plan?

In other words, celebrate the 107th birthday of the incomparable Dr. Seuss with these fun family events going on in NYC:

Welcome to Mommy Poppins Connecticut

Woohoo! Welcome! New York City's leading resource for things to do with kids has now arrived in the Nutmeg State. Yeay! It's about time!

On our site you'll find an events calendar, camp and class guides, giveaways and oodles of fun ideas about things to do. If you sign up for our free weekly newsletter you won't regret it. You'll get the inside skinny on what's happening around your area and or the region. During our launch, things may get slightly bumpy as we gather steam these next few weeks . Please have patience with us. It will just get better and better.

Like most parents, I like to think that I try to keep family life fun and interesting. Honestly, Mommy Poppins has helped me to do that over the years. Whether you're a full-timer, weekender or just planning to visit, MP promises to be your go-to resource. Go ahead, be the first to sign up for our free weekly newsletter and while you are at it, invite your friends to as well. The more the merrier. Let the adventure begin!

Mary Beth Lawlor


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