Connecticut

Quebec City with Kids: 25 Things To Do in Old Quebec and Beyond

Quebec City is often touted as a European vacation alternative—a picturesque city where you can walk cobblestone streets, sit in bistros, and order in French without a transatlantic plane ticket. Yes, Quebec’s old town streets are quaint and pedestrian-friendly, but families should visit Quebec City because it’s full of wonderful and unique attractions and culture in its own right. It's also a great pre or post cruise destination. 

As the only walled city in North America and a Unesco World Heritage site, this Canadian city is full of history. Yet, the best things to do in Quebec City also include modern attractions, such as family-friendly museums, an indoor amusement park, and lots of great outdoor spaces, parks, and festivals that make it a fun place to visit.

Read on to discover the top things to do in Quebec City with kids. Then make sure to read about our top picks for Quebec City restaurants for families.

Corn Mazes in Connecticut with Fun Activities for Kids and Families

The perfect balance of fun and challenge for kids, corn mazes are a fall tradition for many Connecticut families. No matter what part of the state you live in, you likely have the opportunity for a corn-mazing adventure. These farms feature not just mazes, but extra activities like hay rides and animal petting areas. So, put your sneakers and thinking caps on, and get out there! For more autumnal outings, see our post on Things to Do This Fall in Connecticut, including papple picking spots, fall festivals and fairs, and pumpkin patches.

Weekend Fun: Oysters, Fairs, and All Things Apple

Are you burned out on harvest fairs? Neither are we! If you want to head out for a day at the fair, we've got you covered, with rides, games, food, farm animals and more in North HavenBethlehemHebron, and Ledyard. This weekend is loaded with other fall festivals of the non-agrarian variety, too, including the annual Norwalk Seaport Association Oyster Festival, highlighted this year by a free concert featuring former Bad Company frontman Brian Howe. Or, head to Lebanon as pirates invade the annual Connecticut Renaissance Faire. Little foodies will want to head to Morris to savor fine treats and baked goods (you can enjoy the wine and craft beers) of Litchfield County.

Of course, it's finally time for ripe, juicy apples. These Connecticut apple picking spots are our local favorites for families!

For the latest and best family-friendly goings on around the state, keep checking our frequently updated events calendar and follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram. Have a great weekend!

8 Fall Foliage Trips with Extra Fun for Families in New England

When it comes to showing off fall colors, New England clearly does it best. And even though you don't have to travel to glimpse some red and gold, there are certain towns in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Rhode Island and Connecticut that boast some particularly stunning foliage displays, drawing families for fall day trips or weekend getaways.

Sure, kids might not thrill to the wonders of changing foliage quite the way grown-ups do. But most enjoy trips to pretty destinations, with fun stops to hike, eat, and play along the way. These fall locales combine great fall color with fun family activities. Now all you have to do is convince the kids to put down their devices and appreciate the scenery! For more autumn hotspots around the country, check out the complete Mommy Poppins fall leaves and foliage guide.

50 Fun Things to Do This Fall in Connecticut

Taking hikespicking apples, exploring corn mazes, going to a fall festival, finding that perfect pumpkin, and celebrating all things spooky and sweet on Halloween...there's so much fall fun in Connecticut! Here's a list based upon our ever-popular 100 Things to Do with Kids in Connecticut Before They Grow Up, but themed around busy, beautiful autumn. It's filled with great places to visit and fun things to do for families all over the state. For even more ideas to make the most of the season, check our Connecticut Fall Fun Guide.

Stowe, Vermont with Kids: 30 Fun Things to Do in Stowe, Vermont

Stowe, Vermont is a haven for kids and families looking for outdoor adventures whether the mountains are blanketed with groomed snow for skiing, summer wildflowers for camping and hiking, or fall foliage. 

The mountainside village—arguably the prettiest in the Green Mountain State—is home to Mount Mansfield, Vermont's highest peak, where much of the activity is centered. From hiking, biking, and zip-lining in the summer and fall to skiing, snowshoeing, and skating in winter and early spring, Stowe, Vermont is a year-round destination. You'll also find Stowe hotels eager to cater to families, such as the Stowe Mountain Resort, the Lodge at Spruce Peak (formerly Stowe Mountain Lodge), and the Trapp Family Lodge (of Sound of Music fame).

Read on for some of our favorite things to do with kids when we're lucky enough to find ourselves in "the Aspen of the East." 

September GoList: Best Things To Do with Connecticut Kids this Month

September brings with it apple pickingfall festivals, hayrides, and many more excuses to get the kids outside to enjoy the gorgeous early fall weather in Connecticut. Our event calendar is a wonderful resource full of ideas for outings, many of which are free or inexpensive. Some September highlights include the Blues &Views Festival in Westport, and for seafood lovers, the Annual Oyster Festival in Norwalk. 

Here you'll find our very top picks of fun things to do with kids in Connecticut this September. Click through to the full listing so that you can add your favorites to your calendar. Be sure to sign up for our FREE newsletters so you can get all our CT picks delivered to your inbox. Have a fun September!

Labor Day Weekend Things to Do in Connecticut: Fairs, Pears, and Concerts

Cool, crisp mornings can mean one thing: the end of summer is here. Luckily, Labor Day weekend gives us an excuse for one last hurrah: one more weekend to enjoy summer fairs and festivals, including The Goshen Fair, the Woodstock Fair, and the Connecticut Renaissance Faire. For food and entertainment on the water, you can't beat the Blues & Views Festival, right on the Saugatuck River in downtown Westport, where there will be tasty treats and libations, as well as activities and musical entertainment for kids. And here's what's picking: pears and guitar strings (Steve Songs!) in Middlefield.

65 School Lunch Ideas: Back-to-School Lunches Kids Will Actually Eat

Chances are you've had a healthy, well-packed school lunch delivered back into your hands virtually untouched at the end of the school day. There should be a special name for the heartbreak one endures at the words, "I told you I hate peanut-butter and jelly," when not only is this the first you're hearing of it, but you spent extra on organic jelly and freshly ground peanut butter. And if not PBJ, then what? Well, we've got 65 answers to the question of what to pack in a successful school lunch.

Fall Festivals and Fairs in Connecticut for Kids and Families

Fall is an amazing time to be in Connecticut, with kid-friendly fairs and festivals happening nearly every weekend to celebrate autumn in the Nutmeg State. Whether you and your kids are keen to commemorate the apple harvest, pumpkin season, music, or more, there's a festival or fair that's sure to make for a memorable afternoon in the crisp fall air with your family. Most of these have free admission, but charge small fees for specific rides or activities so you'll want to confirm that before heading out. Check out our complete Fall Fun Guide, too, for more ideas on how to enjoy the season!

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