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Apples, Pumpkins, and Corn Mazes: 50 Fall Fairs in Connecticut You Can't Miss

Fall is an amazing time to be in Connecticut, with wonderful fairs and festivals nearly every weekend, celebrating the many aspects of Nutmeg life, from apples to pumpkins and beyond. 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!

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Pirates, Gaming, and Grandparents Day

Are you burned out on fall festivals and harvest fairs? Neither are we! But this weekend is loaded with events of the non-agrarian variety throughout the state, including the annual Norwalk Seaport Association Oyster Festival, highlighted this year by a free concert featuring former Journey frontman Steve Augeri. Or head to Lebanon as pirates invade the annual CT Renaissance Faire. In the mood for indoor fun? Head to Hartford for the state's largest gaming convention, or savor the fine foods, baked goods, wine and craft beers of Litchfield County. Of course, if you do want to head out for a day at the fair, we've got you covered, too, with rides, games, food, farm animals and more in North Haven, Bethlehem, Hebron, and Ledyard

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!

52 School Lunch Ideas for Lunches Kids Will Actually Eat

Chances are that by now you've had some healthy, well-packed lunches delivered back into your hands virtually untouched at the school end of the 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 money on organic jelly and freshly ground peanut butter. And if not PBJ, then what? Well, we've got 52 answers to that question!

50 Fun Things to Do This Fall in Connecticut

Making leaf piles to jump in, finding that perfect pumpkin, going on fall hikes, driving through "leaf showers," going apple picking, getting lost in corn mazes, going to Fall Festivals and carnivals, and let's not forget Halloween - so much fall fun in CT! Here's a list based upon our ever popular 120 Things to Do with Kids in Connecticut Before They Grow Up. It's filled with great places to visit and fun things to do all over the state this fall. 

September GoList: The Best Things To Do with CT Kids this Month

September brings with it apple picking, fall fairs, hayrides, festivals, and many more fun outings. Our event calendar is a wonderful resource full of events for Connecticut families. Many of which are mostly free or inexpensive. Some September highlights include the Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival in Westport and for oyster lovers, the Annual Oyster Festival in Norwalk. 

Here you'll find 31 of our 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.

Chilling Out in a Salt Cave - No Spelunking Required

Relaxation and children’s activities don’t usually go hand in hand. This summer, we’ve enjoyed our fair share of adventure at arcades, trampoline parks, and all the indoor plays spaces that Fairfield County has to offer. But sometimes you just need to chill. As the seasons change and we head back to school, we're all feeling the need for a little R&R in a salt cave. Yup, a salt cave. 

Labor Day Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Fairs, Pears, and Horses, September 1-3

With the sweltering heat and humidity outside it may not feel like the end of the summer, but the calendar tells us otherwise! 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--if you want to travel back in time, the Connecticut Renaissance Faire. My growling tummy is already eagerly anticipating Blues, Views, and BBQ 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. 

To see what else is happening around the state, browse the Mommy Poppins Events Calendar. For the latest and best family-friendly activities, subscribe to our weekly newsletters and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend with your family.

How to Pick a Daycare That You Actually Love

Whether it's your first child or your third, finding the best daycare option for your family comes with its share of challenges. Most parents are looking at factors like cost, hours, location, safety, and child-teacher ratio, but of course, another major requirement is an environment that's warm, inviting, and family-friendly. While trying to find the perfect daycare can make any parent anxious, the relationships and beautiful memories you'll create as a family will make all the effort worthwhile.

To help guide your search for the right daycare, we reached out to childcare program directors, Mommy Poppins editors, teachers, and professional moms to collect their stories and consolidate their advice. These daycare veterans have had time to reflect on their choices, and are ready to share their wisdom and lessons learned, which, together with your area's Daycare Listings, can help you pick a daycare that you actually love.

Taste the Rainbow: Unicorn Themed Foods in Connecticut

For a small state, Connecticut has its fair share of over-the top foods. You can slurp freakshakes, chow down on an insane ice cream creation, or bite into an over-the top cupcake. But these treats truly are the unicorn of photo-worthy foods! From bagels, to smoothie bowls, and everything in between, unicorn themed foods are popping up just about everywhere in our magical state. 

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