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Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2017 Events for Kids in Connecticut

From crafting dream clouds and peace doves to planting seeds of diversity, there are so many incredible ways to honor MLK Jr.. Celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King next Monday, January 16th at  The Yale Peabody Museum, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum, or the Bruce Museum where day-long events paying tribute to Dr. King will be offered. Here's a listing of fun events happening around CT on MLK day.

Cheap Summer Camps for Kids in Fairfield County

Whether you're in need of full-time childcare or you're just looking for ways to keep the kiddos busy, dishing out cash for summer camp is hardly ever chump change. For many, summer camps can become a hefty expense running into well upwards of $300 per week. Lucky for us, there are a few options available here in Fairfield County (thanks to many town-sponsored programs) that won't break the bank this summer. Check out our summer camp guide for more ideas!

See National Parks for Free in 2017 on These Free Entrance Days

A trip to one of our nation's incredible national parks may already be on your family travel to-do list for 2017. Whether it is or not, you may want to check out the just released FREE admission days at some of the country's largest parks. Courtesy of the National Park Service, the 10 FREE days all take place on easy-for-planning weekends, school breaks, and national holidays at select parks.

While many parks have free admission every day of the year, more than 100 of them, including some of the most popular destinations, charge $15 per person or more. Those waiving admission for these 10 holidays include some of those iconic, bucket list spots like the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Acadia, Zion, Shenandoah, Glacier National Park, Olympic National Park, Harpers Ferry, Everglades National Park, and the Cape Cod Seashore. The freebies also extend to a few historical sites under the National Park Service's purview, like the New York home of celebrated American president Franklin D. Roosevelt and national historic parks like Morristown National Historic Park, the scene of an American Revolutionary War battle.

Mark your calendars as the first FREE admission day is coming up this month, Monday, January 19, Martin Luther King Day; and now, read on to find out the rest of the FREE days, and get a peek at some of the kid-friendly parks that are waiving admission. 

Weekday Picks for Connecticut Kids: Winterfest, Nature Outing, Toddler Art, January 9-13

The weather has been unusually warm this week, but if you want to keep it indoors, we have loads of suggestions in our Indoor Family Fun Guide. This week you can enjoy outdoor ice skating at Winterfest or if indoor roller skating is more your speed, check out one of these great family roller rinks. Your teen can take a teen nutrition and cooking class, and there are some nature inspired events for toddlers and families. Follow Mommy Poppins CT on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest so you don't miss a thing! For even more things to do, check out our frequently updated Event Calendar and Winter Guide.

10 Fun Free Family Activities in Fairfield County

What is your favorite admission price to pay? FREE, of course! During the colder months, indoor activities with the kids are a necessity.  But it's not just cabin fever we need a break from! It's those hefty admission fees! So when you are hankering for something to do with the kiddos on the cheap, pack a snack and enjoy one of these great, free activities in Fairfield County. Or check out our Fairfield Guide for more suggestions to get out and enjoy your neighborhood.

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Eagles, Whales, and LEGOs, January 7-8

I have to confess that my household is struggling a bit in the first week back to reality: We've forgotten our school and routines and are trying to find our groove. I'm looking forward to a weekend of downtime and plenty of fun, perhaps with a little ice skating or eagle watching or maybe event a little yoga (serenity now!). 

It is a wonderful weekend to explore the Stamford Museum and Nature Center. LEGO and super hero fans alike will be thrilled to see the Billion Bricks: LEGO Super Heroes in Gotham exhibit, as well as special planetarium show on Sunday and, weather permitting, a visit to the animals on Heckscher Farm. If your interests are more inclined to marine life, check out the Celebrate Whales exhibit at the Maritime Aquarium where you can walk through a 43-foot long inflatable humpback whale.

To keep up with the latest family-friendly fun, check our January Go List, our round up of our favorite activities for the month, and be sure to sign up for our newsletters, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Stay warm out there!

Hockey Lessons for Kids in Fairfield County

I think a backyard ice hockey rink sounds like something straight out of a Rockwell painting (well, maybe not the hockey part, but humor me here).  Snow falling, a stand of trees in the background, the unmistakable scraping sound of metal on ice.  Whoops. How idyllic is this gonna be if my boys have no clue how to skate, much less handle a stick?!   Being that this is the Northeast, there are a good many rinks in Fairfield County where your little boys and girls can learn the game (while you hone your bleacher warming skills). For more winter fun, check out our Winter Fun Guide.

15 Holidays to Celebrate in January

Welcome 2017. Welcome January. It’s time to kickstart the new year by celebrating 15 holidays sure to make your heart burst with happiness. We see you rolling your eyes: Didn’t the holiday season just end? No worries. These celebrations do not require ugly sweaters or schmoozing at obligatory gatherings, and spending extra money is optional.

A Day Trip to the Yale Peabody Museum in New Haven

The Yale Peabody Museum in New Haven houses one of the oldest natural history collections in the world and is one of the best family-friendly museums in Connecticut. Featuring three floors of exhibits, it makes for a wonderful and memorable day trip with children. In the colder months, you can spend plenty of hours indoors, learning about birds, gemstones, dinosaurs, and everything in between. On warmer days, walking around the city becomes a pleasure, as does taking a detour through Lighthouse Point Park, relaxing on the boardwalk or exploring the playground. Don't leave head home before sampling the delicious cuisine at one of the many restaurants in the neighborhood, and if time allows, check out It Adventure Indoor Ropes Course. There is no doubt that the New Haven area packs many opportunities for adventure, including free family activities, and below are reasons why the Peabody Museum should definitely be on your "Must See" list. 

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