Connecticut

Ninjago City Play Area Debuts at Legoland Westchester

Ninjas and Legos in Yonkers? Yep! The Legoland Discovery Center in Westchester recently added a new attraction: Ninjago City Adventure in preparation for the next epic bricktacular film that's slated for this fall, The LEGO Ninjago Movie.

Your little ones might already be familiar with the Ninjago animated TV series, or its Lego characters—Lloyd, Kai, Jay, Cole, Nya, and Zane—but even if they aren't, there are loads of opportunities to build and play, from a climbing wall to the various building tables at this new addition to our local Legoland.

Located in the Ridge Hill shopping center in Yonkers, I visited Ninjago City Adventure on opening day with my 6-year-old Lego expert. Read on for our review, and if you're looking for more fun in the area, sign up for our newsletters and follow us on Facebook!

Spring Break Weekday Picks for Connecticut Kids: Trolleys, Pirates, and Egg Hunts, April 10-14

For many of us, this week in Connecticut is spring break, and though we're not all lucky enough to be heading to a tropical destination, we are fortunate to live in a place where there are all kinds of activities available for staycationing families--many of them free! You can relive the 1960s and 1970s in Fairfield County by exploring the "Talking 'Bout My Generation" exhibit at the Fairfield Museum and Nature Center or try your hand at embroidery, weaving, or stenciling during the Connecticut Historical Society's ART-ifact Discovery Program. If the natural world is more your scene, you can explore the Stamford Museum & Nature Center with Take-a-Hike Week or enjoy special activities (including a personal encounter with a bearded dragon!) at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk.  

If you're celebrating Easter, don't miss the egg hunts at the New Canaan Nature Center (preregistration required!) or the Darien Community Association (just drop in!). And if all the holiday prep is wearing you out, enjoy a a little downtime with vacation film series at the Cos Cob Library, the Darien Library, and the Stafford Library among others. For that all too rare "me time," drop off activities abound at locations such as the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center or The Coastal Center at Milford Point.

For even more activities, check our Event Calendar which we update daily and follow Mommy Poppins CT on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest. Have a great week! 

LEGOLAND's New Florida Beach Retreat Resort: Luxury among LEGOS

New accommodations open this weekend at LEGOLAND's Florida Resort. We had a first look at the LEGOLAND Beach Retreat, and not only can we attest that this new, village-style vacation resort in Central Florida lives up to its promise of fun in the sun; we can even explain how LEGOLAND has created a "beach resort" miles from the sea.

A Visit to Arethusa Farm with the Kids

Sometimes you just need to get out of the house and spend some time with cows. So we hit the road and headed to Litchfield County and Arethusa Farm. The historic Connecticut dairy farm is open for tours from the end of March through October. I admit it: we can't get enough of farm visits. From checking out the baby animals and berry picking to corn mazes and Christmas tree farms, it feels great to enjoy fresh country air.

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.

Weekend Fun: Egg Hunting With Dogs, Library Sleepover, and a Chicken Run, April 8-9

With forecasted temperatures closing in on 70 degrees this weekend, outdoor activities highlight the weekend events. A week before Easter, there are plenty of egg hunting activities, including egg hunts in Danbury and Bethel, as well as a chicken runWhich came first? Don't ask us. Even dogs are invited to hunt eggs in Glastonbury. Tweens are invited to a special library sleepover, and can also learn about compassion for others via an award-winning musical. Be sure to check with the venues directly for any outdoor activities in the event of weather-related schedule changes.

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Passover with Kids: 10 Slightly Irreverent Ways To Make Seders Fun

As religious holidays go, Passover is pretty user-friendly. It can even be a great holiday for inviting non-Jewish friends to join in, since the primary activities are eating, storytelling, and playing with food—all universally appealing. From a kid perspective, though, it can sometimes feel like a whole lot of sitting around waiting for something better to eat than parsley. Extra verses of Grandpa singing Dayenu may have been enough to keep the party entertaining when we were kids, but let's face it, the bar has risen a little since then. To keep the retelling of the slaves' delivery out of Egypt lively for the next generation, we've collected 10 creative ways to make a Passover seder fun for kids. This is not your mama's seder, but it should help to hold everyone's attention until the matzo balls arrive.

Weekday Picks for Connecticut Kids: Frogs, Crime Scenes, and Easter Egg Hunts, April 3-7

All weekend I was despairing about the damp and chilly weather, but then I heard it: the soft peeping from the marshy land behind our house that portends the arrival of spring! Hopefully the weather will catch up with the frogs--and soon! If you want to get out and look for these cheerful reminders of spring, check out the Amphibian Amble at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center or Nature Sprouts at Greenwich Audubon where naturalists are on hand to give you some pointers. If the warm coziness of the indoors is more your speed, kids can try their hands at crime scene investigation at the Hartford Library or collect some Easter goodies at the Stew Leonard's in Danbury or Norwalk. And don't forget--Tuesday is free cone day at Ben & Jerry's so stop by the shops in Canton, South Windsor, or West Hartford (among other locations) to indulge!

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A Visit to Project Oceanology in Groton, CT

Lighthouses, seals, and Long Island Sound. Whether you're looking for a full day excursion or a two hour tour, Project Oceanology's hands-on, inquiry-based shore and laboratory programs offer marine science for anyone who climbs aboard.

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