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Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Sails, Sales, and Fairy Tales

It's hard to imagine anything more summer-y than a parade of tall ships. Unless it's an outdoor carnival or maybe fireworks. Or better yet, tall ships, an outdoor carnival, specialty foods, transforming movie robots, fireworks and live music - for free. That, in a nutshell, is New London Sailfest, a three-day downtown party with all of the above, and more. If somehow none of that sounds like fun to you, there are plenty of other waterfront options like the Rowayton River Ramble, Riverfront Fireworks and Concert, and a Riverfront Food Truck Festival. Non-nautical activities include an outdoor fairy tale theater, a backyard birding walk, and family mini-golf and fine art outings.

For even more options, check out our Event Calendar, which we update frequently with new listings from across the state. To keep up with everything going on in CT, follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest. Have a wonderful weekend! 

25 Free and Inexpensive Summer Activities in Fairfield County

I’m no mathematician, but 3 little girls x2 weeks of summer camp x3 weeks of swimming lessons x3 new bathing suits = a whole lot of money.  So I’m on the hunt for summer activities that won’t (further) break the bank.  Happily, there are lots of options here in Fairfield County for summer fun that aren't prohibitively expensive! And, here's a list of 100 free things to do across the state this summer. 

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Blueberries, Fireflies, and More Fireworks, July 7-8

Like many parents, I was not super thrilled to realize that Independence Day fell on a Wednesday this year. Late night fireworks and early morning camp schedules are not a fantastic combination (and let's not even talk about the camps that didn't meet this week because of the holiday). But now that we're through the other side, I have to admit I'm sort of relieved for a chance for a do-over this coming weekend. Didn't get your fill of fireworks on Wednesday? Head to Berlin or Darien or Manchester on Saturday. 

Or, spend a different kind of evening under the stars at a free (or nearly free) outdoor movie. This weekend alone you can catch Wonder Woman at Mill River Park in Stamford, Paddington 2 at the Shoppes at Farmington Valley in Canton, and Pixels at Shady Beach in Norwalk. If you're in the mood for something a little closer to nature, head to the New Canaan Nature Center for their Night of 1,000 Fireflies or to the White Memorial Conservation Center to learn all about turtles. And don't miss the start of blueberry picking season.

For even more options, check out our Event Calendar, which we update frequently with new listings from across the state. To keep up with everything going on in CT, follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest. Have a wonderful weekend! 

New Charlotte's Web Experience at Old Sturbridge Village

There are few stories as ingrained into our collective memory as Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White’s classic novel of an unlikely friendship between a barn spider, a pig, and a young girl. Lucky for us, Old Sturbridge Village (already one of our favorite summer day trips) is breathing new life into White's story with The Charlotte’s Web Experience: a unique live production running from July 5th through August 26th. Kids are part of the act in this interactive re-telling of the timeless tale, which is staged on an actual farm and involves music, cute barn animals, and even delicious themed treats.

Make a Splash and Learn to Swim at Hartford Area Pools

Several indoor pools in the Hartford are offer open swim times and lessons to refresh you on a hot day or help you think sunny thoughts on a cold day. Some require town residency,  while others are open to nonresidents. It’s a great way to get the family some exercise even when the weather doesn’t cooperate. Plus, swimming is a lifelong skill that enhances safety and increases opportunities for fun. For more enrichment and after school classes check out our Guide.

Blueberry Picking in Connecticut: Pick Your Own Farms

Come and pick 'em folks! The following is a list of Connecticut farms that grow pick-your-own blueberries. Look at the map to the right to find one in your area. Here's a yummy blueberry pie recipe that will make all tummies happy, and make use of the plethora of fruit you are surely to have fun picking.

Fresh blueberries are in their prime from mid-July through mid-August. When picking, select berries that are firm, dry, plump, smooth-skinned, and completely blue. The fruit is often covered with a light white coating called "bloom," which helps prevent deterioration. Water on blueberries accelerates rotting, so don't wash them until you are ready to use them. If you store freshly picked berries in the refrigerator, unwashed and covered, they should last up to two weeks. Freezing is always a good option, too. For raspberries and other fresh picked fruit - check out our Pick Your Own Fruit Farm Guide.

25 Beat-the-Heat Crafts for Hot Summer Days

Summer's here, the kids are out of school, and some days are made for staying indoors to relish in the A/C instead of weathering an outdoor event in 90+ temps and 85% humidity. The same old indoor activities can get boring for you and your crew though, so we've scoured our resources to bring together creative projects your kids are bound to enjoy. Make the day even more memorable and invite some friends over to join in the fun. 

Here's a list of 25 unique arts and crafts that can really help you stay cool (literally and figuratively) with your kids. Heads up, save your recyclables!

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