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20 Things Your Kid Can Do to Support the Paris Climate Accord

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." -Dr. Seuss

When it comes to making a difference in our world, even grown-ups can feel pretty small sometimes. It's hard to imagine that a single act could really change much of anything. But looking at the big picture can help. Imagine if everybody on your street did the same small things every day. And imagine if each of those neighbors told a friend, who started doing those small things, too. Before long, all of those individual little acts start to add up to big change. With the U.S. government's recent decision to back out of the Paris Climate Accord, an agreement in which individual countries pledge to do their part to curb global warming, now more than ever we need to think of ways we can start living a little lighter. Set aside a half-hour with your child and read this list of simple things kids and parents can do, together, to support the efforts and spirit behind the Paris Climate Accord.

Best Ice Cream Shops in the New London Area

There is a delicious solution to the long, hot, and humid days of summer: ice cream! The sweet treat is a quick way to cool off a bit and share a smile. We've made finding the best ice cream shops in the area a mission. Stand by for some of the best frozen treats you'll find in New London County...and if you happen to be in Fairfield County, check out our favorite ice cream shops there.

25 Water Games for Kids To Play All Summer Long

Due to a recent shift in my career path, I'm staying home with my kids this summer—all 10 weeks of it! There will be no camp to tire them out or sitter to entertain them. Luckily, we have access to one thing really works for filling out long summer days: water. My kids—and yours, I bet—like to get wet.

Our family started a Boredom Busters jar: a painted Mason jar full of ideas to keep the kiddies busy. Anyone complaining of boredom can open it and pick out an activity. Many of the ideas come from the Mommy Poppins' 100 Summer Play Activities List and a few from the list of '70s Outdoor Games. But their absolute favorites are water-based, like the 25 cool and splishy-splashy activities below. 

Weekday Picks: Animals, Yoga, and Bubble Mania, July 24-28, 2017

We are officially at the halfway point in our summer: my kids head back to school in six weeks. I'm not going to sugar coat it: some of the days have been loooooong, but I'm taking stock of our summer bucket list goals, and I'm making plans. Lots of plans. This week, we're planning to take in a little bubble magic at either the Otis Library on Monday or the Ivoryton Playhouse on Friday, and we're going to chill out with a little yoga in Greenwich, before enjoying some animal encounters in Coventry and New Canaan.

For more options, be sure to check our events calendar, which we update constantly with the latest and greatest local fun, and follow us on Facebook, InstagramTwitterPinterest, and Instagram so that you don't miss a thing. Have a great week!

Fairfield County Swim Classes for Kids

OK.  I know.  The thought of getting your winter self into your summer bathing suit is…well…daunting! But if you can make it through the swimsuit trauma, there are some really fantastic Mommy and Me swim classes in Fairfield County.  And I promise; having a child who is comfortable and safe in the water is well worth any swimsuit trauma! Check out our Classes and Activities Guide for even more fun!

10 Great Beach Day Trips in Connecticut

As a lifelong resident of Connecticut, the list of my state's redeeming qualities is lengthy.  Among the attributes of living in the Nutmeg State, is our close proximity to water.  No matter where in Connecticut you find yourself, you're likely within an hour's drive of a beach!  And, in the summer, with anxious, energetic kiddos, the less time spent in the car, the better.  So, we've compiled a list of 10 great beach day trips within Connecticut.  There's sure to be one close to you! Make sure to check out our list of 8 Affordable Connecticut Beaches too. And for more summer fun check out our CT Summer Fun Guide.

Wondrous, Wild Waterfalls Waiting for You in Connecticut

Waterfalls are amazing creations of nature that astound even the hardiest hiker and outdoor lover. The water pounding on the rocks, the splash of the spray, and the shallow wading pools leave the kids with lasting memories. Connecticut is lucky to be home to hundreds of waterfalls; many of them are accessible with just short walks and a little effort for all ages. Of course, please exercise caution at all of these sites as rocks are slippery when wet! If you are looking for more outdoor adventures, go hiking at one of these Hartford area spots and check out our list of ropes courses in Connecticut!

Weekend Fun: Sunflowers, Outdoor Movies, and Fairy Tale Theater, July 22-23

The temperatures this week made everyone in my house short-tempered and cranky--especially me--so I'm looking forward to a weekend with plenty of opportunities to cool off and chill out. Saturday's opening of Sunflowers for Wishes at Buttonwood Farm looks like just the thing to cheer us all up (in addition to the gorgeous sunflowers, did I mention there's homemade ice cream?). Some theatrical magic might also lift our spirits, with performances at the Summer Theatre of New Canaan or the last weekend of the Richter's Fairy Tale Theater (note the new performance location in Bethel). 

If all else fails, there are plenty of outdoor movies on the calendar this weekend, from Secret Life of Pets at Shady Beach in Norwalk to Zootopia at Mill River Park in Stamford to Sing at Riverwalk in Shelton to The BFG at The Shoppes at Farmington Valley in Canton. For more ideas, check the Mommy Poppins events calendar and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. Stay cool out there!

Providence WaterFire: Tips for an Amazing Outdoor Experience with Your Family

WaterFire just might be the greatest thing that’s ever happened to Providence, Rhode Island. In the 23 years since the first bonfires were lit on the rivers in Providence, the brilliant and moving art installation has helped to transform the city into a vibrant, family-friendly destination.

Part community festival and part art exhibition—complete with bonfires juxtaposed with water, music, arts and crafts vendors, boat rides, and live performances—WaterFire is held on various evenings from late April through early November. And spectators will tell you: It's an event not to be missed. But just like other wonderful, very popular events such as First Night Boston, getting the inside scoop on WaterFire can mean the difference between having a magical evening with the family and a really long night. Here are 25 things to look for and to know before you go—with wisdom learned (sometimes the hard way) from my family’s experience and from the very knowledgeable team at WaterFire

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