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Summer Fairs, Festivals, and Carnivals in the New Haven Area

Those "lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer" are just about here, and some of the most memorable moments are spent at festivals where the air is filled with laughter, the aroma of cotton candy, and the twinkling lights of carnival games.

Summer always seems to go by way too fast, so be sure to fill yours with adventure and fun before the chilly days descend upon us once more. Many towns across the New Haven area will bring your weekends to life with live music, exciting entertainment, traditional cuisine, thrilling rides, and plenty of fried dough.

Want more? We've got roundups of festivals and fairs in Eastern CT and Hartford County, too, as well as free concert series in Fairfield County.

Weekend Fun: Egg Hunting With Dogs, Library Sleepover, and a Chicken Run, April 8-9

With forecasted temperatures closing in on 70 degrees this weekend, outdoor activities highlight the weekend events. A week before Easter, there are plenty of egg hunting activities, including egg hunts in Danbury and Bethel, as well as a chicken runWhich came first? Don't ask us. Even dogs are invited to hunt eggs in Glastonbury. Tweens are invited to a special library sleepover, and can also learn about compassion for others via an award-winning musical. Be sure to check with the venues directly for any outdoor activities in the event of weather-related schedule changes.

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Passover with Kids: 10 Slightly Irreverent Ways To Make Seders Fun

As religious holidays go, Passover is pretty user-friendly. It can even be a great holiday for inviting non-Jewish friends to join in, since the primary activities are eating, storytelling, and playing with food—all universally appealing. From a kid perspective, though, it can sometimes feel like a whole lot of sitting around waiting for something better to eat than parsley. Extra verses of Grandpa singing Dayenu may have been enough to keep the party entertaining when we were kids, but let's face it, the bar has risen a little since then. To keep the retelling of the slaves' delivery out of Egypt lively for the next generation, we've collected 10 creative ways to make a Passover seder fun for kids. This is not your mama's seder, but it should help to hold everyone's attention until the matzo balls arrive.

Weekday Picks for Connecticut Kids: Frogs, Crime Scenes, and Easter Egg Hunts, April 3-7

All weekend I was despairing about the damp and chilly weather, but then I heard it: the soft peeping from the marshy land behind our house that portends the arrival of spring! Hopefully the weather will catch up with the frogs--and soon! If you want to get out and look for these cheerful reminders of spring, check out the Amphibian Amble at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center or Nature Sprouts at Greenwich Audubon where naturalists are on hand to give you some pointers. If the warm coziness of the indoors is more your speed, kids can try their hands at crime scene investigation at the Hartford Library or collect some Easter goodies at the Stew Leonard's in Danbury or Norwalk. And don't forget--Tuesday is free cone day at Ben & Jerry's so stop by the shops in Canton, South Windsor, or West Hartford (among other locations) to indulge!

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A Visit to Project Oceanology in Groton, CT

Lighthouses, seals, and Long Island Sound. Whether you're looking for a full day excursion or a two hour tour, Project Oceanology's hands-on, inquiry-based shore and laboratory programs offer marine science for anyone who climbs aboard.

Water Play at Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park in Portland, CT

At last we made the trip out to Portland, CT to zip through the sky and jump off of cliffs into the water at the Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park. This is a water adventure park like no other. Located in an old quarry, where you guessed it, they once mined brownstone, they have ziplines, trampolines, rock climbing, wakeboarding, scuba diving and much more. We arrived in the morning without a hitch. They open at 10am during the week and close at 7pm. In order to save time we should have printed out our waivers and purchased our day passes online but thankfully the lines weren't too bad so it wasn't a big deal. Read on for the scoop and then check out our CT Water and Beach Fun Guide and the  Mommy Poppins Theme and Water Park Guide for more fun options.

April GoList: Best Things To Do with CT Kids

The days are getting longer and spring is in the air... and as always, our monthly CT GoList features a carefully curated roundup of the absolute best things to do with kids throughout the month. Earth Day, Touch a Truck, and Dino Eggs are just some of the awesome events on tap for April—we've got 27 top picks in total. Be sure to check our Event Calendar for more options and subscribe to our FREE newsletters to get posts like this delivered directly to your inbox.

Weekend Fun: Egg Hunts, Seals, and Mary Poppins, April 1-2

The weekend forecast doesn't promise the warm and sunny blast of spring that we've been longing for so it looks like we're going to have to make our own fun. With an event calendar as busy as ours, that shouldn't be too hard. Kick the Easter season off with egg hunts in New Canaan and Fairfield or enjoy some fantastic performances including Peter and the Wolf, Mary Poppins, Pete the Cat, and Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood. Be sure to check with the venues directly for any outdoor activities in the event of weather-related schedule changes.

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15 Super Easy April Fools' Day Pranks to Play on Your Kids

There are few things more satisfying than pulling a fast one on your own kid, but elaborate prepwork is sure to sap the fun out of any good April Fools' Day joke. In the past, we've shared ideas for old-school gags and creative tricks to play on children, but more recently, we've found that the very best pranks are also the simplest. Here, we run down 15 easy ways to show kids that when it comes to April 1st, at least, we still have the upper hand.

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