Science and Nature Summer Camps in New Haven County

If you have little scientists at home, summer is the perfect time to stimulate and nourish their interest in science and nature at these summer camps. Long, warm days allow for exploration of forests, beaches, riverbeds, and clear skies. Whether it be paleontology, archeology, animals, or geology, Connecticut, though a small state, packs a plethora to choose from for any science buff. Take a look at these fantastic options available for kids in New Haven County and grant your children the gift of hands-on learning while acquiring new skills and expanding their circle of friends. Also, be sure to check out our CT Summer Camp Guide and our Summer Camp Directory.

Why Sugarloaf Is My Family's Favorite Ski Resort

Nobody can deny that there are plenty of wonderful ski resorts in southern and central New England. That said, sometimes families want to branch out for something a little different (without going so far as to board a plane to do it). When my family goes skiing, we go to Sugarloaf. Now, look—I know what you’re thinking. Why in the name of all that is holy would we voluntarily drive all the way up to the heart of Maine with children just to go skiing? Let me explain.

Frosty February Fun with Connecticut Kids: Libraries, Valentines, and Superb Owls, February 3-4

Here in the heart of Patriots' country it's hard to believe that there's anything on the schedule this weekend besides the Super Bowl, but oh boy is there: from maple sugaring to Dirty Dancing to Valentine crafting, there are plenty of reasons to brave the elements and get out of the house (and not just to stock up on game day supplies).

Snakes, Owls, and a Really Awesome Playground: The Ansonia Nature Center

Spanning nearly 150 acres of wooded hills and grassy fields, the Ansonia Nature Center was once home to a small family-owned dairy farm tucked in New Haven County. Today, the hidden treasure off Milan Road in Ansonia is laced with two and a half miles of nature trails zig-zagging through streams, meadowlands, and a two acre pond serving as a haven for turtles, water fowl, and fish.

15 Ideas for a Fun Winter Olympics Party with Kids

In addition to being incredibly cool and thrilling—flips off the halfpipe! football-field-length ski jumps! a sport actually named skeleton!—the Winter Olympics are a time to come together with family and friends and feel pride in our country's athletes. Most importantly, in the Olympic spirit, the Games are a time to connect with the other cultures of our small world. I say that calls for a celebration of Olympic proportions! Here are 15 ideas for a kid-centered Winter Olympics party, whether it’s with just your immediate family or 50 of your closest friends. We’ve chosen simple, inexpensive, and fun ways to get together and celebrate the excitement of the Olympics, cultural understanding, wintertime, and family time.

Preschool Summer Camps in the Hartford Area

Before children enter school, whether it’s pre-school or kindergarten, parents often look for opportunities to help prepare them for the upcoming school year. Many great summer camp options in the Hartford County area fill this need. Summer camp is a great way for children to improve social and academic skills, while becoming more comfortable in a structured setting, surrounded by peers and other adults. Also, be sure to check out our CT Summer Camp Guide and our Summer Camp Directory.

February GoList: The Best Things To Do With CT Kids This Month

This February get out and have some fun at the annual Mommy and Me Valentines Dance, Winter Wonderland Ball, or be amazed by LI Liu and Traditional Chinese Acrobatics. For some outdoor adventure enjoy the the Fire and Ice Valentines' Festival, the Maple Tree Tapping Program, or the thrill of the Salisbury Ski Jump Fest. You'll find 32 of our picks for February in this month's GoList. For even more ways to enjoy your days, check out our Indoor Play Guide and CT Winter Fun GuideSubscribe to our weekly newsletter to get a list of each week's highlighted events!

Seeking Adventure at Sleep Away Camp in Connecticut

Childhood in the 21st century is...complicated. Kids these days are so scheduled and responsible for lots of things, sometimes there aren't enough hours in the day to just be a kid. But at summer camp? Those rules do not apply. No way no day. Summer camp is possibly the last bastion of pure childhood freedom, a place where you're allowed to go fishing and shoot arrows and stay up late around a campfire. There's a real community feeling at sleep away camp like you just don't find many other places these days. This is also one of the last remaining rites of passage for kids these days, their first grasp of sweet, sweet freedom. Did I mention it's sleep away camp? So it's also your first grasp of sweet, sweet freedom. Hello? Happy hour anyone? Good grief what did we do with all our time before children...anyway.  Also, be sure to check out our CT Summer Camp Guide and our Summer Camp Directory..

Beauty and the Beast Aboard the Disney Dream: Cruising the Caribbean with Belle

Following last year's announcement of a Beauty and the Beast themed European river cruise, Disney Cruise Lines has opened a spectacular new stage production of Beauty and the Beast exclusively on the Disney Dream. I can’t recommend this show enough—it’s sure to be a highlight of anyone's vacation (maybe even more than the all-you-can-eat-soft-serve)—and who knew you could improve on a trip to the Bahamas?

Foxwoods Resort: A Mini Vacation for Families

Okay, okay. We know what you’re thinking. Casinos are not for children. There’s the gambling. And then there are the bars. And then the nightclubs. Except that there actually are a number of kid things tucked into Connecticut’s adult playground. We decided to check out the Connecticut casino midweek to see if Foxwoods proved to be a kid-friendly destination. And as it turns out, it is. Here’s what you can expect to find.


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