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Spring Activities For You and the Kids in the Hartford Area

After a long winter, families are eager to get outside with their kids.  While sledding and ice skating are fun, being stuck inside for four months is not, so springtime is always welcome for families with energetic little ones!  So, when you're ready to kick off the snow boots and to lose a few layers of clothes, and get outside in Connecticut, check out a few of our top spring activities in the Hartford area. And for more springtime fun make sure to check out our Mommy Poppins spring fun guide

Five New England Indoor Water Parks

Dreaming of warm waters and balmy temperatures? A tropical vacation may be out of the question, but an indoor water park venture is just as thrilling for kids—and a lot less debilitating to the budget. We've reviewed five large water parks that are within a one- to five-hour drive of Boston. Whether you’re looking for a quick day trip or a weekend escape, there are plenty of options for sneaking in some water fun before swimming season officially begins.

Top CT Community Youth Orchestra Programs

If your kids -- like mine -- love playing their musical instrument, there is no better place to encourage their blossoming musical skills than to have them audition for a place in their community youth music ensemble.

Fortunately for us, Connecticut is rife with well-organized youth symphonies and orchestral groups. Most cater to ages 10 and up; all are audition-based, highly skilled at developing musical skills and encourage a welcoming atmosphere. In addition to the list of Connecticut's community youth orchestras below, you might also be interested in summer music camp! Check out Art & Music Camps in New Haven and Classical Music Camps in Fairfield County.

Weekday Picks: Nature, Fireside, and Bald Eagles, March 6-10

With milder temperatures in store this week it's sure to be an optimum time to get out and about with the kids. Some highlights include stargazing at Yale, fireside stories in Mystic, and enjoying nature in Litchfield. And don't miss the Mommy Poppins virtual scavenger hunt!

To keep tabs on all the fun across Connecticut, check our frequently updated Events Calendar and our March GoList for all of our faves. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest

10 Tips for Taking Kids to an Art Gallery

Are you one of those parents who avoids taking kids to art galleries ... because you are sure your kid will punch a hole in the Renoir? I feel ya! But you don't have to give up on culture for the cause of parenting! Kids not only love to make art -- they love to be inspired by it! And research proves it: exploring art is good for kids, yo! So take heart. With a bit of planning, I've found art shows and galleries to be one of our go-to outings, even on (gasp!) a sunny day! 

Not sure which art gallery in Fairfield County to try first? Start with the kid-friendly Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield or the awesome local works in CityLights Gallery in Bridgeport. Be sure to find out which days are free to enter first!

St. Patrick's Day Events in Connecticut

It's March and you know what that means...St. Patrick's Day!  While St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are often thought of as mostly adult-oriented (usually associated with pints of Guinness), there are many kid-friendly ways to celebrate the holiday with wee little ones. Check out the following great family events to celebrate St. Patty's Day in Connecticut. Erin Go Bragh!

Creative Art and Crafts Kids' Birthday Parties in Hartford County

Say your child loves to paint, or draw, or craft, or anything artistic.  Wouldn't it be great to have his birthday party somewhere where he could just do what he loves? Where in the Hartford area can you celebrate a birthday for your little one who is an aspiring Picasso? These creative locations will be sure to delight your budding artist, allowing them to nurture their imagination. For even more great party ideas check out our Party Guide.

13 Simple Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers to Do at Home

Crafts for toddlers and preschoolers are best when they require few materials, carry simple instructions, and result in either something adorable or that can be played with later. With that in mind, we've rounded up a dozen of our favorite crafts for little kids. Pin it for your next rainy or snowy day, or just one of those need-something-new-to-do days.

Many of these have a fun seasonal bent, like aluminium foil Easter eggs, or a year-round playful attitude like popsicle-stick monsters and airplanes. All of them are easy enough for little fingers with possibly a quick assist from their grown-up. Kids will exercise newfound fine motor skills and plenty of sensory play.

Find more DIY kid projects in our WeeWorks Guide. Older kids, and even preschoolers, can test out our round-up of 50 Easy Science Experiments, too.

Spring in Litchfield County: 10 Things To Do with Kids

It's spring, as we can see by the daffodils' bright yellow show. Litchfield County is known for its natural rural beauty, and these coming weeks will be sure to visually delight. This time of year I love to prune a few forsythia branches and bring them inside to enjoy the blooms. With the warmer weather, it's also a great time to get out and enjoy some nature-inspired activities with the kids. Here's a list of 10 things to do in Litchfield County this spring. We've written about fun spring activities in Fairfield County too. And for loads more springtime fun, make sure to check out our CT Spring Fun Guide.

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