Connecticut

Trick-Or-Treat Neighborhoods in Fairfield County

Trick-or-Treating was a LOT of fun as a kid, but it is arguably more fun as a parent.  Personally, I’ve hit some rough, tantrum filled, patches along the way - empty neighborhoods, houses half mile apart, long driveways, no street lights, speeding cars - I never knew how many things there were to think of when planning your All Hallows Eve! Then, one year we hit trick-or-treating gold!  We found a neighborhood in Fairfield County  that was filled with kids, candy, and plenty of Halloween Spirit.  This got me thinking, what makes a trick -or- treating neighborhood great? 

Jonathon's Dream Reimagined: Accessible Playground Open Again

Originally built in 1996, 'Jonathon's Dream', was a playground created as a place where children of differing abilities could come and play together.  But, it was also built as a way that the family of little Jonathon Peter Barzach, who passed away prior to his first birthday, could grieve his sad loss. Barzach had a degenerative muscular disease and his family lost him at just 9 months. "When Jonathon's diagnosis became terminal, a counselor suggested the family dedicate a project in his memory," said Ronit Shoham, a co-founder of the Miracle League of Connecticut.  Shoham and many, many others (mostly volunteers) have been working hard to make a new Jonathon's Dream playground a reality. Be sure to check out some of the other boundless playgrounds in Fairfield and Hartford.

The Day I Moved Into Target

As a mom, I live at Target.

No, really—I moved in a few weeks ago. A lot of moms are doing it. It just makes so much more sense than living in our houses, which we were constantly having to leave in order to go to Target.

"Gotta make another Target run!" I'd say, and my husband would tell me to "enjoy my mommy vacation." It was so funny—every time.

Scenic Sunday Drives for Leaf Peeping this Fall in Connecticut

Finally. It’s what we’ve all been waiting for. We have on our booties and flannel. We have been sipping our PSLs for days (weeks.) We are ready. And now, the season’s main event has finally begun and we couldn’t be more excited. It’s leaf peeping season and us New Englanders, well, we live for this kind of stuff. It’s just part of our DNA. (That and Pumpkin Spice) We’ve rounded up some of our favorite routes throughout the state with optimal leaf peeping views for your enjoyment. And, be sure to check out our CT Halloween & Fall Fun Guide for Kids.

Best Places to Trick or Treat in Connecticut this Halloween

Which neighborhood is best for Halloween trick-or-treating in Connecticut? That's a tricky one! But we can certainly point you in some fun directions full of treats! Here's a list of our favorite trick-or-treating spots and weekend events so you'll know where to bring your kids this Halloween. Is your area not great for trick or treating?  Take them to some of these trunk or treating events. For more seasonal fun, check out our jam-packed Halloween Guide. Many stores in local towns and villages will likely will be handing out candy in the afternoon on October 31, but as a general rule trick-or-treating starts at dusk. 

Frightfully Fun Flashlight Corn Mazes to Check Out

If you have never been inside a corn maze, imagine entering a twisting, winding dirt-paved series of paths cutting through a giant field of corn stalks. Should you go left, right, or straight ahead? Remember, only the right decision will get you out of the maze. Now, try navigating through the maze at night time amid sounds of rustling cornstalks and shadows along the path. Spooky, right? Check out our roundup of flashlight corn mazes throughout the state for some spooktacular fun. And, for more autumnal adventures, check out our Fall and Halloween guides. 

Columbus Day Weekend: Parades, Scarecrows, and Taste

It's Columbus Day Weekend, and the annual three-day holiday weekend includes the usual family activities like the annual Columbus Day parades in New Haven and Bridgeport. For a more traditional autumn-focused outdoor activity, check out the annual Southington Apple Harvest Festival, which draws an estimated 100,000 visitors each year. If you're in the mood for a little fall flavor, there is the annual Taste of Fairfield featuring two dozen restaurants, breweries, and food vendors, and the annual Mystic Chowder Days where you can indulge in clam fritters, fish tacos, shrimp po'boys and eight different bisques and chowders. With the kids off from school Monday, it's a perfect chance to have an extra family day exploring the 165 interactive exhibits at the CT Science Center, or any one of these 50 Things to Do With Kids on Columbus Day. As always, we recommend calling ahead in the event of rain to make sure outdoor events are still on.

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50 Things to Do With Kids in Connecticut on Columbus Day

It seems like just the other day we were making back-to-school plans, and now we're looking for ways to make plans and optimize every day off from school. Columbus Day falls during one of the most beautiful months of the year, especially in New England, and October weather means great times can still be had making new friends on the playground or digging in the sand and looking for seashells at the beach. Whether you're in the mood for aviation history, sharks or jellyfish, tigers or sloths, Renaissance masterpieces, testing your agility or your taste buds, or a scenic drive, you will likely find something for everyone on our list of recommendations. Here, in no particular order, are plenty of ways to spend a Monday off from school. 

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