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How Can I Find Free Summer Meal Programs for Kids?

Many parents rely on the free breakfast and lunch available through the local school system to keep their kids' engines running—but what happens in the summer? Thankfully, there are still free meal programs available when school lets out.

Parents will find free breakfast, lunch, and sometimes afternoon snacks and more meals served up at certain parks, schools, community centers, hospitals, and elsewhere this summer. Many of the summer meal programs are federally funded through the USDA's Summer Food Service Program, but administered by local organizations, cities, or states. Read on for tips on how to find a free kids meal near you.

Weekend Fun: Porch Jams, Butterflies, and Wing Dings; June 8-9

Can you feel the excitement in the air? Summer vacation—and with it, loads of options for family fun—is almost here. It’s the last weekend of the school year and Connecticut is getting ready to party! Summer movies are starting, strawberry patches are ripening, and Summer Festival season has already kicked off. There is music in the air this weekend in Norwalk and Mystic, while Wing Dings are on parade in Bridgeport. Make sure to check out Connecticut Open House Day and take advantage of free or discounted admission to museums, parks, and galleries all across the state.

We update our Events Calendar frequently so be sure to check back for even more great suggestions. To keep up with the latest family-friendly events and activities, sign up for our newsletters, and follow us on Facebook, and Instagram. Enjoy the sunny weekend!

Public Pools and Day Passes to Private Pools in Fairfield County

There's no shortage of shoreline in Fairfield County, but that doesn't mean you won't pine for an outdoor swimming pool from time to time.  Finding one you're allowed to use, however, may be more challenging than finding an affordable beach.  Many towns have never had them.  Others have shut them down for safety/insurance reasons.  That leaves a handful of town pools, and those at private clubs (and ok, yes, countless backyard pools, but we're assuming you gave up your fence-hopping days when Junior came along).  Mommy Poppins has done some digging, and found a handful you can pay to take a dip in for the day. 

Free Outdoor Summer Movies for Kids and Families in Connecticut

Summer nights are long and lazy, and if your family's anything like ours, bedtimes get a little fuzzy around the edges. If you are going to stretch the rules, there are few better family activities than catching an outdoor movie together on a balmy summer night. Bonus: when the movie is free.

We have loads of ideas for making the most of school break in our summer fun guide, but a big-screen flick under the stars is tough to beat. So pop the corn, grab a couple blankets, and head to one of these fun family movie series this summer. 

Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark: Next-Level Family Fun in New York's Catskills

Billed as the biggest indoor water park in New York state, the Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark is finally open! 

Since we first learned about this exciting new indoor water park in the Catskills more than a year ago, our New York-area families have been anticipating its grand opening, which took place in April. 

Eager for a weekend getaway, I recently visited the family-friendly resort for an overnight stay with my 5-year-old daughter. Sitting on two beautiful acres, with 318,000 gallons of water running through it, and 80,000-square-feet of water attractions—plus lots of splashes and sprays—the Kartrite does not disappoint.

Enter to Win the Summer Boredom Busters Giveaway!

What's the secret to a happy summer? Keeping kids busy! We've rounded up a great group of prizes in our Summer Boredom Busters Prize Package (total value $220.82) includes games, toys and activity books for fun and enrichment to keep kids from falling into the dreaded summer slide. This prize package is recommended for children ages 4 and up. 

The Summer Boredom Busters Giveaway Package Includes:

Enter to Win a Little Passports World Traveler Pack!

Our Week 3 prize in the Mommy Poppins Great Big Summer Giveaway will have your family traveling the world this summer, no airfare required. Founded by two moms, Little Passports creates award-winning products that inspire children to learn about the world, one country at a time. With the Little Passports World Traveler Pack kids discover five exciting countries across the globe. 

Enter to Win Baby's First Summer Bundle

For our Week 4 prize for the Mommy Poppins Great Big Summer Giveaway we didn't want to forget about the littlest ones and their moms. Our Baby's First Summer Prize bundle includes loads of great items to make this summer easier from awesome skin care to fashionable cover-ups, toys, and, something to help with that most important of things, sleep! One winner will receive all of the below. One runner up will receive one Lulla Doll and one set of Edushape Water Toys. 

Enter to Win an Outdoor Adventures Prize Pack

Get ready to explore the great outdoors with our week 5 Mommy Poppins Great Big Summer Giveaway Outdoor Adventures Prize Pack. We have everything you need to take your first step on a hiking trail or discover the wonders in your backyard. Two lucky winners will receive one PlayZoom smartwatch and a bundle of outdoor activity books. A third runner up will win a PlayZoom smartwatch. So, fill up your water bottles ‘cuz we’re going on an adventure.

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