6 Fairfield County Libraries You Don't Want to Miss

Did you know: With your hometown library card and form of ID, Connecticut residents can check out books from public libraries statewide? And libraries are MUCH more than books these days! My kids basically think librarians are superheroes: they can put together a midnight Harry Potter book launch in a single bound! And another bonus, don't forget: libraries are FREE. So what else do you need as a perfect excuse to pile the kids in the car and set the GPS for a library destination less known? We've rounded up some of our favorite libraries that stand out from the pack (though really, we love ALL libraries!) While you are out and about, make a stop at some of our other recommended free and inexpensive destinations in Fairfield County

Weekday Picks for Connecticut Kids: Free Concert, Beetles, Gardening, June 5-9,2017

This week is a fantastic time to get outside to enjoy a gardening class, a nature day, or a free outdoor concert. Our June GoList is chock full of fun events to enjoy all month and our Summer Guide includes everything you want to know about beaches, daytrips, and warm weather fun in CT. For even more activities, check our Event Calendar which we update daily and follow Mommy Poppins CT on FacebookTwitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Have a great week! 

CT Summer Camps That Still Have Openings - Even Now!

How stressful is the end of the school year? Let me count the ways. Oh sure, there's the silver lining coming of not having to drive to school or argue about homework for 10 blissful weeks; but blissful loses its luster pretty quickly in the face of, "What are we going to do today?"—particularly if you already know that what YOU need to do doesn't involve playgrounds or beaches. We know we should have figured out summer camp by now, really we do. We have a stack of flyers for neat-o programs that are probably filled up already with kids whose parents got on this weeks ago.

Summer vacation may be staring you in the face, but there's no need to panic; all of the camps listed below still have availability as of this publish date. Some of the programs even allow families to book by the day, for ultimate spontaneity. 

Free Things to Do This Summer with Kids in the Hartford Area

100 days of summer go by fast and parents spend most of their children's summer vacation looking for ways to keep them active, engaged, and entertained. We know you will likely spend time relaxing at the beach, discovering new playgrounds or best selling books, checking out the latest museum exhibits, or lounging by a pool in a backyard or at an amusement park. For all the other moments when children declare that there is nothing to do, here are a few ways to prove them wrong. And even better -- most of the summer activities and events are FREE! Enjoy the sunshine, time with your children, and the savings. 

Free Summer Movie Series in Connecticut

Summer is busy: driving to camps, hauling beach equipment, cleaning up after backyard barbecues; once in a while it's nice to just sit back and relax as a family. And what's better than a movie the entire family can enjoy? A free family-friendly movie. There are some terrific, free (or nearly free) summer movie series running throughout Connecticut this summer - both indoors and outdoors - so grab a chair or a blanket, and catch up on the latest releases, or listen to the kids giggle once more over familiar characters.

Splash Pads, Water Parks, and Public Pools in New Haven County

It feels like we went from the cold winter weather straight into hot and hazy summer days. I love my central air, but I don’t want to spend my summer indoors. Splashing around in water is one of my favorite ways to stay cool, but that could be a little tricky when you don’t have a pool in your backyard. Thankfully, we don’t have to venture outside of New Haven County for water fun. There are plenty of splash pads, water parks, and pools to help keep us cool this summer.  And if we're feeling like checking out Hartford County there is plenty of splash pad, pool and water park fun there too! Also check out the Mommy Poppins Theme and Water Park Guide.

Weekend Fun: The Birds and the Bees...and the Butterflies

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, even if the calendar (and thermometer) say otherwise. Outdoor fairs and festivals galore are taking place around the state, including the state's annual Trails Day celebration, taking place at 236 different sites. You can also take part in an annual Butterfly Party in honor of a Newtown victim, and learn about how butterflies help the birds and the bees when it comes to pollination. Be sure to check with the venues directly for any outdoor activities in the event of weather-related schedule changes.

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June GoList: Best Things To Do with CT Kids This Month

We've rounded up 27 of our favorite things to do in June so that you won't miss out on all that's happening this first month of summer. It's CT Trails Day June 3rd - 4th and CT Open House Day on June 10th so we've included just a few of the fun events occurring on those days. Highlights this month include lots of festivals, horse shoe crabs, food trucks, and a butterfly party. Of course our Summer Fun Guide is a terrific resource for family fun, too! And make sure to follow us on our new Instagram page

Here's the list of 27 of our favorite things to do in June with CT kids. Have fun!

Weekday Picks for Connecticut Kids: Parades, Concerts, and Trolleys, May 29-June 2

On Monday, you can find plenty of parades to honor those who've sacrificed all for our freedom, including the parade and barbecue in Darien and celebrations in Mystic, Fairfield, and Unionville. Throughout the week, enjoy concerts, crafts, and a special storytime in honor of National Doughnut Day. 

For even more activities, check our Event Calendar which we update daily and follow Mommy Poppins CT on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest. Have a wonderful week! 

New Discovery at Sea Brings Science and Nature Themes to Princess Cruises

Cruises are fun. How can you beat a giant floating resort with entertainment, amusements, unlimited food, and fun at every turn? And that’s just on the ship. My favorite part of a cruise is waking up in a new location to explore.

Now, Princess Cruises is bringing more joy of discovery to your next vacation at sea with a new partnership. Teaming up with Discovery Channel, new Discovery At Sea excursions and on-ship programming bring to life the nature, wildlife, and history of each destination. We were hosted on the Grand Princess, sailing year round from San Francisco, and the first ship to offer the new Discovery at Sea programming.


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