Connecticut

Step Into Harry Potter, The Magic Castle, and Narnia at Storyteller's Cottage

Storyteller's Cottage is the place for the book loving, imagination-driven, creative and inspired child. A one-of-a-kind destination for kids, the owners have taken a turn-of-the-century home and turned it into a place where children can dig deeply into their love for all things books. Love Harry Potter? Come to a class in the Magical Castle Common-room. Adore knights and swords? There's a special classroom for you behind the hidden door in the wall. Love Narnia? Yes. There is a wardrobe! And while you are in town check out the other cool things to do as well.

Visiting Van Gogh, Picasso and Monet at the Yale University Art Gallery

Did you know you could visit Van Gogh, Picasso, and Monet in the Elm City? Yup. Right on the corner of York and Chapel streets, you’ll find a collection of more than 200,000 works of art in the oldest art gallery in the western hemisphere. And yes, we know what you're thinking. Should you really take your four year old to a gallery? The answer is yes, you should. In fact, Yale offers a number of family-friendly guides and programs inviting you and your four year old to take a closer look at art

Summer Fairs, Festivals, and Carnivals in the New Haven Area

Those "lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer" are just about here, and some of the most memorable moments are spent at festivals where the air is filled with laughter, the aroma of cotton candy, and the twinkling lights of carnival games.

Summer always seems to go by way too fast, so be sure to fill yours with adventure and fun before the chilly days descend upon us once more. Many towns across the New Haven area will bring your weekends to life with live music, exciting entertainment, traditional cuisine, thrilling rides, and plenty of fried dough.

Want more? We've got roundups of festivals and fairs in Eastern CT and Hartford County, too, as well as free concert series in Fairfield County.

Beyond the Goody Bag: 10 Great Birthday Party Favor Ideas for Kids

Whether you love them or hate them, party favors are still a huge part of any child’s birthday celebration. I happen to love figuring out favors for these festive occasions, because it’s creative and challenging—something I can happily pat myself on the back for, if done successfully. For that to happen, it needs to be equal parts pleasing for the kids and their parents, and either edible, memorable, practical, shareable, or charitable.

Do yourself a favor and read on for 10 ultra unique ideas to take your little guy or girl’s goody bag from basic to brag-worthy.

For more unique ways to fete your youngsters, check out our list of free ways to celebrate and 10 sweet alternatives to birthday cake, or learn how to create a DIY photo booth for the big event. Planning to celebrate your little one's first birthday soon? We've got ideas for your soon-to-be-turning-one babes, too. Whatever you're looking for, we’ve got birthday hints in the bag.

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Weird & Wacky Day, Baseball, and Canine Egg Hunting

Happily, signs of spring are everywhere, if you know where to look for them. For starters, there is the annual opening weekend for the Florence Griswold Museum, where you can stroll the grounds and make your own versions of the museum's fine art collection. Or take part in some weird and wacky activities at the Connecticut Historical Society. If you like your weekend entertainment a little...louder, check out the annual Icebreaker Weekend at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for some classic New England short-track oval racing. 

Of course, for the quintessential spring activity, the Boston Red Sox are hosting a special Baseball on the Big Screen family event in Hartford.

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25 Fun and Free Things to Do in April with Connecticut Kids

When you're a parent, April really can feel like the cruelest month: you're frantically researching (and paying for!) summer camps while also contending with the demands of spring break, and did I forget to mention taxes? Which is all a way of saying that household entertainment budgets are a bit thin. Luckily, many venues across Connecticut seem to feel our pain, and there is a plethora of free family fun on offer this month, from nature walks to theatrical productions to animal encounters to free ice cream!

Water Play at Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park in Portland, CT

At last we made the trip out to Portland, CT to zip through the sky and jump off of cliffs into the water at the Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park. This is a water adventure park like no other. Located in an old quarry, where you guessed it, they once mined brownstone, they have ziplines, trampolines, rock climbing, wakeboarding, scuba diving, and much more. We arrived in the morning without a hitch. They open at 10am during the week and close at 7pm. In order to save time we should have printed out our waivers and purchased our day passes online but thankfully the lines weren't too bad so it wasn't a big deal. Read on for the scoop and then check out our CT Water and Beach Fun Guide and the  Mommy Poppins Theme and Water Park Guide for more fun options.

April GoList: Best Things To Do with CT Kids

The days are getting longer and spring is in the air... and as always, our monthly CT GoList features a carefully curated roundup of the absolute best things to do with kids throughout the month. Earth Day, The Wizard of Oz, and Dino Eggs are just some of the awesome events on tap for April—we've got 28 top picks in total. Be sure to check our Event Calendar for more options and subscribe to our FREE newsletters to get posts like this delivered directly to your inbox.

Bake-Your-Own Workshops, Classes, and Camps in CT

I have a four year and she loves cookies. Sugar, chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin: she doesn’t discriminate. She loves them all. So naturally, she absolutely loves visiting a bake-your-own workshop like The Cookie Workshop in Trumbull.  We've rounded up a list of sweet spots to bake with your kiddos across the state that they will absolutely love.  And you'll absolutely love not having to clean up one single sprinkle. It's a win-win.

Easter Weekend in CT: Egg Hunts, Bunny Trains, & Aerial Adventures: March 30-April 1

All of us here at Mommy Poppins CT wish our wonderful readers a happy Easter and Passover! Celebrate the holiday with a special train ride, an egg hunt, an egg-stravaganza, or even an old fashioned Easter egg roll.

For non-holiday activities, don't miss opening weekend of Annie at Curtain Call in Stamford, a special mother-daughter bonding workshop at Camp Girlie Girl in New Haven, or the Maritime Aquarium, which will be open with it's regular operating hours on Sunday. Because of the holiday, you'll find that many of our favorite kid-friendly hangouts such as libraries and museums are closed or have limited hours on Friday and Sunday, so be sure to double check with your destination before setting off.

Check our events calendar for the latest activities, and we hope you'll follow Mommy Poppins Connecticut on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest, and subscribe to our newsletters to stay in the know. Have a wonderful weekend!

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