Weekday Picks for Connecticut Kids: Groundhogs, Zumba, and Science, January 30-February 3

When it's cold and grey but not very snowy, this time of year can be a bit of a slog. We've been working hard to beat back those winter doldrums by chasing down the best family activities to be enjoyed across the state this week. Whether you're interested in exploring the great outdoors at the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, enjoying a bit of Zumba at Stepping Stones, or hearing what Chuckles the Groundhog has to say about the arrival of spring at the Lutz Children's Museum, there's lots of options.  For more ideas, be sure to check our frequently updated Event Calendar and our Winter Guide. Follow Mommy Poppins CT on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, and don't forget to cast your vote for your favorite Connecticut businesses in our Bestie Awards Contest!

February GoList: The Best Things To Do With CT Kids This Month

February is the shortest and coldest month of the year but that doesn't have to stop all of the fun. The Mommy and Me Valentines Dance, Family Disco, and Outdoor Survival Class will get you out of the house in no time. Check out our Indoor Play Guide and CT Winter Fun Guide on even more ways to spend your days.  Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get a list of each week's highlighted events and don't forget to vote in our CT Besties Contest for your chance to win a family trip to Great Wolf Lodge! And now....enjoy 26 of our favorite events this month.

CT Weekend Fun: Art, Space Exploration, and a Groundhog Parade, January 28-29

February is right around the corner, and for those willing to brave (pretend) temperatures around freezing, how about an indoor camping excursion this weekend? If, however, you'd like a more traditional outdoorsy experience, a Groundhog Day hike might fit the bill.  It's bald eagle season right now and you can see them at the Shepaug Dam in Southbury this weekend. If you are looking for a party, you can celebrate the year of the rooster in Woodbridge on Saturday. Read on for more fun weekend events, many of which are FREE!

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Top Spots for Hot Chocolate in Fairfield County

Nothing warms the body -- and raises the spirits -- like a rich, creamy mug of hot chocolate. Are you in search of the perfect artisan mug of cocoa for yourself? Or a place to take the kiddos for a hot chocolate treat on a cold day? When it comes to hot chocolate, these "hot" spots in Fairfield County have got you covered (and sprinkled with marshmallows too)! Make it a full day out with other stops at some of our favorite Fairfield family places. If you are interested in touring more local food and restaurant haunts good for the kids, check out 10 Food Trucks Your Kids will Love and Family-Friendly Brunch Places in Fairfield County too.

These Kids at the Women's March Will Melt Your Heart

When I was in first grade a child was killed crossing Seventh Avenue on his way to school by a speeding truck. So, I remember my first protest well. Just a handful of us, moms and kids, walking in a tight circle with signs and chanting to demand a crossing guard. We got that crossing guard and a lesson was learned: Even as kids, we could have a voice and make a difference.

America has been on tenterhooks this election season. It has caused much "unfriending" and, perhaps, drawn even more stark lines between groups. On Saturday, however, I saw Facebook friends from all backgrounds coming together at the Women's Marches across the country and the world. I even saw some who voted for Trump, but wanted to stand for women's rights and also listen to the other side! But of everyone out there, the thing that struck me the most was seeing all the children.

We may never agree on any of the political issues facing this nation, but one thing I hope we can all agree on is that these children are amazing and are learning that you're never too young to enjoy this country's most important freedoms of speech and peaceful protest. Whatever "sides" they may choose to take, I hope this is just the beginning for our daughters (and our sons) to feel powerful, valuable, and able to take constructive action to raise their voices, not to yell and name call, but to try to improve the world for all of us together.


Weekday Picks for Connecticut Kids: Stars, Movement, and Crafts, January 23-27

Explore museum collections, sing and move, or learn about the solar system this week. Whether it's raining, sleeting, or snowing, you'll find lots of fun things to do in our Indoor Family Fun Guide. Our frequently updated Event Calendar and Winter Guide are always full of great info too. Follow Mommy Poppins CT on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest so you don't miss a thing. And don't forget to vote for your favorite biz in our Bestie Awards Contest!

Indoor Birthday Party Venues in the New Haven Area

My oldest was born in January. That means that any dreams of a poolside party under the sun are, unfortunately, just dreams. Over the years we have become quite expert in the fine art of the indoor birthday party. Just because the weather may not be cooperative doesn't mean you can't have a ton of fun! There are gym parties, laser tag parties, and arts and crafts parties to name just a few. Here are some other options for indoor birthday super-fun. Be sure to check out our birthday party guide too, for just about every ounce of birthday fun imaginable. 

Planetariums and Observatories in Connecticut

Once upon a time, the night sky told us everything we needed to know. The season of the year, the time, which direction we were facing. These days it's easy to go weeks or even months on end without really giving the night sky any notice. Our cities and towns are so brightly lit that it can be hard to see the stars even on a clear night.

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Winterfest, Seals, and Art Adventure, January 21-22

This weekend includes not one but two Winterfest celebrations: the last weekend for free skating in Bushnell Park and the annual celebration at Earthplace in Westport. If, on the other hand, you're having a case of the winter blahs and looking to stay warm and toasty inside, there are some fantastic children's theater opportunities, including adaptations of Fancy Nancy and Biscuit, some sweet and messy cooking, and an art adventure at the Bruce Museum, just to name a few.

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