Connecticut

NYC Hotel Rooms with Views of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Chances are you're not even thinking about Thanksgiving yet. After all, we still have Halloween to get through! But as anyone in the NYC hotel industry will tell you, families looking to book a hotel where they can watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Midtown Manhattan do so up to a year ahead of time. For a room with a view of Snoopy, Spidey, Hello Kitty, and their other inflatable pals, you've really got to plan in advance.

It's not just NYC tourists who splurge on hotels for the Thanksgiving parade, either. Over the past few years, we've had many New Yorkers write in asking which hotels looked out on the Macy's Parade route (it sure beats watching from the street). While most of these hotels still have availability at the time of this writing, call right away as they'll most likely sell out soon. And if you do get shut out, it's worth checking closer to Thanksgiving since there are sometimes last-minute cancelations.

For a budget-saving alternative, catch a prime viewing spot the night before the parade as the giant balloons are inflated on the Upper West Side.

The Gerber Baby Photo Search Is Happening Now on Instagram

Think your kid is the cutest? Well, baby food maker Gerber just opened its annual Gerber Baby photo contest, so it’s time to take your best shot.

Parents can enter newborns to children up to age 4 in the photo search contest that selects a child ambassador for the brand. Simply post a photo of your cutie to Instagram with the hashtag #GerberPhotoSearch2018 between October 1 and October 20 to join in the fun. Remember to make your profile public, so Gerber can see your photo.

Pumpkins, Explorers, and Hero Hounds - Columbus Day Weekend Fun for CT Kids

The calendar has turned over to October, meaning it's time to dig the sweaters and windbreakers out of the closet. The month-long celebration of spooky that is all things Halloween begins in earnest this weekend, with haunted houses, a haunted street, a haunted island, and even a haunted town. Not quite ready for ghosts and goblins? There are more traditional fall fairs going on in Warren and Portland. There also is an animal benefit fair in Stratford, and you can share your favorite hobbies at the annual Maker Faire in Hartford.

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October GoList: Best Things To Do With CT Kids This Month

October, one of the most beautiful months of the year here in Connecticut. Leaf peeping will hit it's peak mid-month. Pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and apple picking orchards are all in full swing. Our Halloween and Fall Fun Guide and event calendar include even more great events happening this month. Below you'll find fun events happening in each region. Check out the Faerie Village in Old Lyme, go to a parade, or check out one of the many festivals. Here are 33 of our top Connecticut picks for you and the kids this October. Happy Autumn!

25 Things To Do in Nashville, TN with Kids

It only takes one minute in the Music City to see it's truly alive, from the constant pulse of live music in almost every public space and eatery to the rich history and beautiful landmarks. One thing is for sure, your family will never be bored. There is something for every kid, from the train enthusiast to the science lover to the outdoor adventurer.

And for more guides on visiting cities around the world with kids, check out our Mommy Poppins Family City Guide.

Apples, Fairies, and Spooky Family Fun for Connecticut Kids, September 29-30

Okay, there may have been Halloween candy in the stores for months already, but this weekend marks the beginning of the "Spooky Season," as my kids like to say, with Haunted Hay Rides, Haunted Isles, Haunted Graveyards, and other assorted things that go bump in the night launching in CT this weekend.

If you're in more of a daytime mood or have younger kids, check out the Apple Harvest Festival in Southington, the Wee Faerie Village in Old Lyme, or Soupstock, an unexpected marriage of music and soup, making its debut as a fall festival after spending the last few years as a late-spring event. There's also a fantastic, free Touch-a-Truck in Norwalk, a celebration of Native American culture at the Hammonasset Festival in Guilford, and the family favorite Ambler Farm Day in Wilton.

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Ultimate CT Halloween Guide

It has come to my attention that Connecticut sort of owns Halloween. You'd be hard-pressed to find yourself very far from an amazing haunted house, a fun-filled parade or celebration, or a quaint New England farm decked out for All Hallow's Eve. Halloween has been jostling Christmas for the top holiday spot for some time now, and while it isn't quite a foregone conclusion yet, it's safe to say that it's come a long way from the days of pillowcase trick or treating and glow sticks. Not that these steadfast traditions are going anywhere, don't you worry. Read on for your ultimate guide to the good, the even better, and the totally terrifying across the entire state this Halloween season. 

Kids Free October in San Diego: Deals at the Zoo, Legoland, Seaworld, and More

The lazy days of summer may be over, but that's no reason to trade adventurous family outings for a never-ending cycle of school drop-offs, pick-ups, and algebra homework. Instead, pack up and head for San Diego during San Diego Tourism Authority's annual Kids Free promotion.

The citywide campaign kicks off October 1, enticing families to visit San Diego's big-ticket attractions like Legoland, San Diego Zoo, San Diego Wildlife Park, and Seaworld. Children can eat, stay, and play for free at more than 100 participating hotels, restaurants, museums, and parks until October 31.

We've selected 10 offers that we think are particularly good deals; put two or three together, and you've definitely got savings worth traveling for. Scroll down for a link to all 100+ free opportunities for kids in October.

Pumpkin Patches in the Hartford Area

The farm fields are brimming with bright orange pumpkins just waiting to be picked and painted, carved, or baked into scrumptious desserts. Pumpkin picking is one of the most beloved fall activities and there is no shortage of patches in the greater Hartford area. Head out on a crisp autumn day and find just the right pumpkin to decorate with your child. Don't forget to roast and enjoy the seeds! For even more fall fun, check out our CT Fall Fun and Halloween Guide.

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