Connecticut

Best Family Travel of 2018: Great Cities, Beaches, Hotels, and Memories

Our Mommy Poppins families really traveled this year! We scoped out some amazing cities with our kids in tow, from New Orleans to Santa Barbara, up to Vancouver and over to Chicago.

There were some epic science museums to explore, Christmas towns to make us cheery, gorgeous beaches, fun at amusement parks, and of course, a slew of entertaining family-friendly resorts, from Mexico and the Caribbean to Los Angeles and New England ski resorts.

So if you’re planning your next family vacation, take a look at our favorite destinations from the last year, including these warmer climates for February or spring break. In each profile, we highlight the most kid-friendly activities and events and let you know what to skip with toddlers or what to see with the teens.

New Spaces in Old Places - Fairfield County

There have been a lot of changes around Fairfield County over the past few months. In case you missed it, many of the most popular cultural institutions got a little bit of a face-lift. These new exhibits breathe fresh air into the tried-and-true family favorites. Their renovated spaces, new animals, expanded exhibition spaces all offer state-of -the-art programming for Fairfield County families.

24 Family Friendly New Year's Eve Celebrations in Connecticut

I have crossed over. Dreams of elegant parties and midnight champagne toasts have been replaced with longing for easy bedtimes and a good night's sleep. But it feels wrong not to celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of another without some sort of revelry. Happily, there's no shortage of ways to celebrate New Year's Eve together as a family: no baby sitter required! Whether you're interested in skating, swimming, or roller skating; there's something for everyone.

For more great ideas to finish up 2018 and make plans for 2019, be sure to check our frequently updated events calendar.

Weekend Fun for Connecticut Kids: Gingerbread, Ugly Sweaters, and a ton of holiday fun!

December may be cooling down, but as we draw closer to Christmas our calendar is really starting to heat up. This weekend marks the official start of holiday break for many kids across Connecticut so its time to soak up and savor every ounce of seasonal fun! Build a gingerbread house, take a trip to Lake Compounce or New Haven to check out the holiday lights, or glide across the smooth “ice” at the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford and slip slide in your socks. After the weekend is over, make sure you check out our 25 Fun and Free Things to do With Kids Over the Holiday Break.

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Mommy Poppins’ New City Sites Washington, DC and Chicago Launch for Holidays

As we approach the 12 year anniversary of Mommy Poppins, it’s amazing to reflect back on the past years, even as we are looking forward and adding new cities to our community.  Just like my children, who have grown in ways I never would have imagined, Mommy Poppins has become so much more than I ever planned for it to be when I started writing those first blog posts as a New Year’s resolution in 2007. 

This week we added Washington, DC and Chicago to our growing list of cities that now includes Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Houston, as well as NYC, Long Island, New Jersey, Westchester, and Connecticut.

20 Things to do with the Kids on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Connecticut

It's here! The "most wonderful" time of year! The decorations are up, the menu is planned and most of the gifts are wrapped. After much research, and a little bit of panic, I was able to get our "media issues" resolved so that we can watch "It's a Wonderful Life" on the big screen (all by myself)! Bring it on, I'm ready for you Christmas! And I hope you are too (or are on your way to finishing up). No matter what you celebrate, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or a combination of the above, may you have a wonderful holiday season. Here is a list of 20 events happening on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in case you are looking for something to do.

New Orleans with Kids: Top Things to Do and See as a Family

New Orleans is a big city not because of its size but in personality and culture. From the music to the food, both deeply steeped in historical and emotional significance to New Orleans and its residents, it's unlike any other city in the south. Still standing after one of the country's most destructive hurricanes, everywhere you go in New Orleans, you'll find a compelling story, or, at the very least, some delicious gumbo.

This American city should be on everyone's travel bucket list as the Big Easy makes a great, multigenerational family vacation spot at any time of the year. There are so many fun things to do and see and eat with the kids, from delicious beignets and a French Quarter stroll to an incredible children's museum, an aquarium, and a zoo. We've also included some unexpected family hits like a swamp tour and a butterfly garden.

Read on for the top activities and attractions to check out when traveling to New Orleans with kids. We suspect you'll come for the food and entertainment but leave feeling inspired by its rich history. 

25 Fun and Free Things to Do with CT Kids Over Holiday Break

The December holiday break from school gives most of us the chance to spend quality time together before the new year begins. Whether you're looking forward to visiting light shows or gingerbread displays, there are many activities happening throughout the state, and the best news is that many of them are completely free. Here' s a list of 25 things to do with the kids over holiday break. For more great ideas to keep the entire family entertained, check out the frequently updated Mommy Poppins Events Calendar and Holiday Fun Guide

Weekend Fun for Connecticut Kids: Santa with Sharks, Handbells, and Curious George

Have you put your tree up yet? How's the shopping coming? An early Hanukkah has given 2018 a more spread-out holiday season, which means more weekends of fun! This week family activities abound, both indoors and out. For starters, there's the 34th Annual Santa's Workshop in Manchester, a Storybook Holiday tour in Derby, and the annual Christmas Village in Torrington. In the mood for a show? Try Curious George and the Golden Meatball in West Hartford, a free handbell concert in Bristol, and holiday classics like The Nutcracker and A Christmas Story in Hartford, Putnam, and Ridgefield.

To make sure that you don't miss any of the fun, subscribe to our weekly newsletters and follow us on Facebook, TwitterPinterest, and Instagram. Read on for our highlights of events happening this weekend, and check our frequently updated daily event calendar for even more ideas.

10 Family Ski Resorts In and Near Connecticut: The Lowdown

If your winter does not allow for snowy escapes to Vermont or New Hampshire, fear not. Connecticut ski resorts - though obviously not as vertically exhilarating - offer plenty of thrills for easier-to-manage day trips, and let's face it: the coldest season is much more fun if you stay active and enjoy the outdoors. The Mommy Poppins Winter Fun Guide highlights plenty of ways to help you do just that! Below is an overview of some of the area's best family-friendly ski resorts, whether you love zooming down slopes on skis or in the comfort of a snow tube. Tip: if you want to avoid lines, head to any of these mountains early in the morning and be pleasantly surprised. Going on a weekday always helps, too. If cross-country skiing is more your thing, check out these recommendations in Hartford and Fairfield counties. For even more skiing and snow sports ideas, browse our Ski and Snow Sports Guide.

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