Connecticut

Weekday Picks: Full Moon Walk , Love Code, and Chickadees, February 6-10

Enjoy a full moon walk, stargazing, and love code beading along with many other fun events happening this week. Make sure to vote for your favorite family business in our multiple categories in the Mommy Poppins Bestie Awards. For more fun ideas, be sure to check our frequently updated Event Calendar and our Winter Guide. Follow Mommy Poppins CT on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest,

Weekday Picks: Full Moon Walk , Love Code, and Chickadees, February 6-10

Enjoy a full moon walk, stargazing, and love code beading along with many other fun events happening in Connecticut this week. Make sure to vote for your favorite family business in our multiple categories in the Mommy Poppins Bestie Awards. For more fun ideas, be sure to check our frequently updated Event Calendar and our Winter Guide. Follow Mommy Poppins CT on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest,

Art, Music and Theater Summer Day Camps in Litchfield County

When you have a budding thespian, writer, artist or musician, summer can be a magical time to encourage them to focus on his or her passion. Litchfield county offers a variety of summer camp experiences where artists can hone their skills and become inspired by their teachers. Litchfield Jazz Camp is the only sleepaway camp in the lot. The rest are day camps that run in one or two week sessions.

Must See from CES: 8 High-Tech Baby Gadgets on the Way

Even the Jetsons didn’t have baby gear like this. 

CES, the largest technology trade show in the U.S., was held last month in Las Vegas, and there was a ton of futuristic baby gear on display. All of it is meant to make the lives of parents easier, but that doesn’t mean some of it isn’t a little … unusual. 

Whether these gadgets will ultimately be practical remains to be seen (and some of it might have you longing for the days of the Flintstones instead). Be sure to sign up for our newsletters to stay in the know! 

Heart Events in Connecticut

For many of us, when we think February we think hearts. Candy hearts and valentines, puppy love, and boxes of chocolate. But February is heart month for another reason too. Nearly one in 100 babies are born with congenital heart defects. That adds up to about 40,000 births a year. There are a number of different kinds of defects ranging from mild to severe and in some cases, babies and children who require invasive treatments in order to survive. Our family became one of many living with a congenital heart defect after the birth of my son. Despite inevitable setbacks along the way, thanks to advances in medicine today he is a strong and thriving little boy.

February is Heart Month, a time to raise awareness about congenital heart defects and to continue the important work being done to further understand what causes them and how better to treat them. You can get involved in many ways, whether by donating to an organization that supports research or kids facing tough battles, or participating in one of the many heart events around the state.

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Libraries, Eagles, and Lunar New Year, February 4-5

Connecticut is located firmly in Patriots country, so for many of us this weekend is all about the Super Bowl. If you've got little ones, you know they can only sit still for so much non-animated TV so we've lined up all sorts of activities to wear them out before kickoff, whether they're interested in eagles, LEGOs, or anything in between. It's also a fantastic weekend to do some cultural exploration, with Lunar New Year celebrations in New Haven and New Canaan as well as a wonderful storytelling workshop in honor of Black History Month.

But wait—there's more! This weekend is also Take Your Child to the Library day, and libraries across the state are hosting all kinds of fabulous activities from live animal demonstrations to robots to magic shows (all events are free, but check to see which require advanced registration). At most events there will be staff on hand to sign kids up for their own library cards if they don't already have them.

We update our Events Calendar daily so be sure to check for even more great activities. To keep up with the latest family-friendly events and activities, be sure to also sign up for our newsletters, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. If you haven't had a chance, be sure to vote for your favorite Connecticut businesses with our BESTIE awards—we're offering some terrific prizes for sharing your input.

52 Things to Do With Kids in Litchfield County, Connecticut

Our family loves exploring and finding cool outdoor things to do as well as great educational outings in Litchfield County. Here is my bucket list of things I want to do with my children before they grow up. It's organized by season. Feel free to add to the list in the comments section below...

FALL

1. Go apple picking at scenic Averill Farm in Washington Depot. It’s a family farm, which has been operated continuously by the Averills since it was purchased in 1746 from the holdings of Chief Waramaug.
2. Go experience a replicated Algonkian Village at the Institute of American Indian Studies
3. Meet friendly costumed animal characters along the Enchanted Forest candlelit trail during this non-scary event at the Audubon Society in Sharon

A NASA-Themed Family Vacation at Florida's Kennedy Space Center

More and more kids are looking up to scientists as the heroes they really want to emulate. There’s no better place to revel in the science of space than at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Something between a museum and a theme park all about space exploration, there’s a lot to see and do at this family destination, including the brand-new Heroes and Legends attraction.

The Kennedy Space Center is a must-do for any family interested in science, space and American history.

Weekday Picks for Connecticut Kids: Groundhogs, Zumba, and Science, January 30-February 3

When it's cold and grey but not very snowy, this time of year can be a bit of a slog. We've been working hard to beat back those winter doldrums by chasing down the best family activities to be enjoyed across the state this week. Whether you're interested in exploring the great outdoors at the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, enjoying a bit of Zumba at Stepping Stones, or hearing what Chuckles the Groundhog has to say about the arrival of spring at the Lutz Children's Museum, there's lots of options.  For more ideas, be sure to check our frequently updated Event Calendar and our Winter Guide. Follow Mommy Poppins CT on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, and don't forget to cast your vote for your favorite Connecticut businesses in our Bestie Awards Contest!

February GoList: The Best Things To Do With CT Kids This Month

February is the shortest and coldest month of the year but that doesn't have to stop all of the fun. The Mommy and Me Valentines Dance, Family Disco, and Outdoor Survival Class will get you out of the house in no time. Check out our Indoor Play Guide and CT Winter Fun Guide on even more ways to spend your days.  Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get a list of each week's highlighted events and don't forget to vote in our CT Besties Contest for your chance to win a family trip to Great Wolf Lodge! And now....enjoy 26 of our favorite events this month.

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