Connecticut

After Hurricane Harvey: How to Help & Get Help After the Storm

You don't need us to tell you Hurricane Harvey has devastated Houston. The Bayou City has quickly become just that—a submerged metropolis where people have been pushed from their homes, from hospitals, and from entire communities. While this historic storm has wrecked our home, good Samaritans have emerged from all corners of the Greater Houston area to help those in need.

Here are some ways anyone can help families and individuals affected by the storm, as well as ways for locals to search for help. Send us a note at houstoneditor@mommypoppins.com if you have any resources we do not have listed, and we can add them here. Stay safe, Houston. Together, we will pull through. #HoustonStrong

September GoList: The Best Things To Do with CT Kids this Month

Just because the kids are back in school doesn't mean all of the fun has to come to a screeching halt. September brings with it apple picking, fall fairs, hayrides, festivals, and many other fun outings. Our event calendar is a wonderful resource full of fun events happening all over Connecticut. Many of our picks are mostly free or inexpensive. Here are 27 of our top picks of fun things to do with kids in Connecticut this September.  If you click through to the full listing you can then add them to your google calendar. Have fun planning!

AMC Returns Favorite Disney Princess Movies to Theaters

Disney and AMC Theatres have joined forces to return some of the most popular princess-themed movies of years past to the theater this fall, including the original Beauty and the Beast from (gasp) 1991, and slightly more recent faves like the fiery, bow-and-arrow wielding redhead from Brave (2012).

If you have a gown-loving, but rambunctious little kid in your life, she or he may already know these flicks inside and out, but they were probably too young to catch them on the big screen. Tickets are already on sale for this princess movie fest featuring a diverse set of heroines, which will play in September and October at select AMC theaters across the country, so grab them while you can.

Read on for more info on how you can catch these six fairy tale heroes this fall. 

The Haddam Neck Fair: Perfect for Families

When my Canadian husband and I moved to Connecticut, we were overwhelmed with the abundance of agricultural fairs and festivals that cap off summer in the nutmeg state. The amount of time, preparation and volunteer power that goes into these longstanding events is a wonder. From the Big E to the neighborhood church carnivals, there are plenty of fairs to choose from across the state. You can’t go to them all, so my recommendation for families with kids is our favorite: the Haddam Neck Fair.

Weekday Picks: Summer Concert, Summer Fairs, and Beluga Whales: August 28-September 1, 2017

For many parents this is it, the moment we've all been waiting for: most public schools in the state are back in session this week. But never fear! Even as we send the kiddos off with freshly sharpened pencils and nutritionally balanced lunches, there's still plenty of fun to be had in the evenings and afternoons. If you're still looking for extracurricular activities for the fall, you will want to check out our Classes and Enrichment Guide. Bid summer a fond farewell at one of these annual summer fairs or enjoy this last summer concert of the year in Shelton.

The Event Calendar is continually updated with free events, activities, and the best things to do in CT so check back often and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest to be sure you don't miss a thing.

Learning and Playing at KidsPlay Children's Museum in Torrington

When my kids wanted a fun place to visit, they rarely (okay, never) asked: “Can we go to Torrington?” But that has changed since our first visit to KidsPlay, a children’s museum located downtown in Litchfield County’s largest city. After just one visit, KidsPlay became a favorite destination, and these days, the museum is better than ever after a recently completed expansion that doubled the square footage and play space. From the moment you enter through its doors (monitored by security cameras), the amount of creativity and fun details will leave you impressed and little adventurers giddy. The museum is designed for ages 2-8, and without a doubt, the persons behind its establishment know what makes children happy and how they learn best through play.

Sylvan EDGE STEM Classes (Almost) Too Cool for After-School

We're forever amazed by the things kids are learning to do these days. From coding to building robots, today's kiddos are mastering critical 21st century skills that will help them excel in school and, ultimately, their careers. And the best part of all is that places like Sylvan Learning have figured out how to make engineering, coding, and even math, fun. Sylvan Learning believes that engaging and interactive experiences during this pivotal time help nurture an early love of STEM, which can literally serve kids for a lifetime.

We recently took a bunch of kids to try out a Sylvan EDGE STEM program for an afternoon, and we couldn't believe what they created. Check out the video to see what your little learners could be doing at Sylvan.

Weekend Fun: Hot Air Balloons, Country Fairs, and a Celebration of Native Culture

For most people in Connecticut, this is the unofficial last weekend of summer, as school districts start opening for the 2017-18 school year next week. But there's still time to enjoy the fun options that abound in the state this weekend, including a hot air balloon festival, sunflower mazes, and the Last Roar of Summer at the Yale Peabody Museum. When the sun goes down there is also plenty to do, including a food truck feast, or a post-game fireworks display at the ballpark.

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Cornfest, Hay Day, and Parks Galore: 25 Things to Do This Fall in Hartford County

Fall is my favorite season: there are so many fun activities available in the greater Hartford region in that short stretch of comfortable weather punctuated by New England foliage. Inevitably, by the time November rolls around, there are at least ten things that I wished I’d done but either I didn’t think of them, or I didn’t get around to them. To help you make the most of this fall season, we've compiled a list of fall favorites (including some indoor activities for those rainy days). If you get around to all of them, you’re my hero.

PJ Masks Live! Time to Be a Hero Landing at a Theater Near You

Grab your mask and activate your animal amulets: PJ Masks is coming to a stage near your family this fall, and its stars need your help to save the day.

The latest in a line of TV-to-stage adaptations, the first PJ Masks live theater show stars Catboy, Owlette, and Gekko in a 60-plus North American city tour, including shows near Mommy Poppins readers in Connecticut, New York City, Philadelphia, Texas, and Los Angeles.

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