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Top New Amusement Parks and Rides Opening This Summer

The summer family vacation season is right around the corner, so it's never too early to start dreaming of your escape. Amusement parks, of course, are always top of mind for the kids come summer, so we've trekked up and down the eastern seaboard (virtually, anyway) to find the coolest new theme park attractions set to open this spring and summer.

There's a brand-new thrill ride at Six Flags New England, a pint-sized coaster at Sesame Place, a whole new Toy Story Land in Orlando, and Thomas Town opens near Pittsburgh with plenty of locomotive fun. Read on for more than a dozen new top attractions we're looking forward to checking out at amusement parks spanning from Massachusetts to Florida this summer.

St. Patrick's Day Weekend Fun: Parades, Parties, and Painting

Okay, my friends, it's go time: the last weekend of winter is here, and we're ready (after this week's nor'easter, more than ready!) to say farewell to the snow and the cold. Celebrate the sweetest part of winter with a little maple sugaring in ReddingHebron, or Sharon or stay indoors to see a fun family show such as Goldilocks at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre in Bridgeport or Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live at either the Shubert in New Haven on Saturday or the Jorgensen Center in Storrs on Sunday. 

Fairfield County Drive Thru's That Can Change Your Life

Before children, I would mock those parents who sat in their car waiting in the drive-through line at Starbucks. While I had the luxury of walking right up to the counter and ordering my foamed caffeinated beverage, they would sit in their cars and wait. On the way out, I would walk by and smugly think “beat ya”, to myself while they still waited in their cars. 

My, how times have changed. Nowadays, if there is a drive-thru within a ten mile radius I will drive to it. When the nurse asked me which pharmacy I use, I automatically chimed “CVS, the one on Willard. You know, the one with the drive-thru”. Drive-thru dry cleaning? Sign me up! Stuck in the car during nap time? Curbside delivery it is!  Thankfully, Fairfield County has its fair share of drive-thru, drive-in, and delivery establishments that go beyond Dunkin Donuts and McDonalds. 

Easter Egg Hunts and Events in Connecticut

Hippity Hoppity Easter's on its way! That's right folks, the Easter Bunny is coming to town. And, if you're like us and you can't wait any longer for Springtime, Cadbury Eggs and Easter bonnets, we've got you covered. With glow-in-the-dark egg hunts, train rides and bunny breakfasts and brunch, we have rounded up a seriously comprehensive list of bunny sightings and egg-stravaganzas across the state. Hint: March 24th seems to be a very popular date for Easter Egg hunting. Most of these events are geared towards preschoolers and younger elementary age children, so keep that in mind if you have older children. Also note that some events require pre-registration and/or prepayment. Have a hopping good time!

 

Big Bounce America Brings Inflatable Fun for Kids This Summer

Kids, grab your best pair of socks and your most breathable T-shirts, because you've got some bouncing to do. The Big Bounce America, billed as "50 percent activity, 50 percent dance party," is coming to a location near you this summer. 

Featuring 20,000-square-feet of inflatable fun, what's billed as the world's largest bounce house and its colorful surrounding village, offer something memorable and enticing for every age group. Besides the bouncing, there's even a water slide and a massive ball pit. It will hit a number of Mommy Poppins cities in the next few months, including Boston, the NYC suburbs, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Houston, Texas, and even one of our favorite family vacation spots—Orlando.

We've got the scoop on what to expect, ticket info, and must-know info about this new family attraction.

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: St. Patrick's Day Parades, Royal Tea Parties, and the Easter Bunny

Are you ready to get out and have some fun after enduring two nor'easters in less than a week? Well, luckily Connecticut is full of fun options this weekend, many of which are free. 

In the mood for a parade? The annual day-long festivities in Hartford and New Haven could be right up your alley. In the mood to stay indoors? Try the Easter Bunny Breakfast and Egg Hunt in Southington. Those more scholastically inclined can watch young students compete for the honor of representing Connecticut at the National Spelling Bee in Hartford.  

Snow Games and Outdoor Winter Activities for Kids Beyond Sledding

Cold temps usually make kids want to stay inside for baking, eating, crafting, their devices and maybe even DIY science experiements. But add a dose of fun and it’s easy to draw them out into the white stuff for snow day activities.

Once the wind has died down and it's safe to hit the local park or your backyard, there are myriad outdoor winter activities to be had on even the bleakest of winter days. With serious snowfall, you can build a snow fort or maze, and with sub-freezing temperatures, kids can try to blow frozen bubbles or even make colorful ice gems! Read on for more outdoor winter boredom busters to try come the next school snow day.

Affordable Summer Camps in CT

Once school ends, you suddenly have a whole lot of unstructured playtime. A whole two months of free time. Don't stress. This is where summer camps come into the picture and they don't have to break the bank. We've made it easy for you to find some less expensive options so that you and your kids can stay busy, happy, and sane this summer. Check out Mommy Poppins' list of cheap (and even free) summer camps. And remember to inquire with your town's parks and rec department. They typically have very affordable options too. And for more campy fun, check out our summer camp guide!

Top Children's Science Museums Across the US for Families

Whether you're raising an aspiring astronaut, pint-sized paleontologist, or just a curious kid, science museums provide the perfect blend of education and entertainment. No matter which part of the country you call home, chances are you're near a science center that offers opportunities for hands-on exploring and learning. And if not, it's the perfect stop on your next family vacation.

Check out these top 10 STEM centers, from Boston to Chicago to Los Angeles, where education and entertainment come together to create an experience your family won't soon forget.

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!

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