Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Theater, Owls, and Dinosaurs, January 20-21

The poet tells us that April is the cruelest month, but I have to tell you, from where I sit, that honor belongs to January: the damp and chilly days, the sniffling children, the arguments over the necessity of boots AND gloves AND hats. So we're focusing on the happy things, including the Northeast RV and Camping Show where we can try out the latest gear and plan our summer adventures, the annual Winterfest celebration at Earthplace, where we can toast the season with s'mores, and Sunday Explorers, where we can finish off the weekend by meeting some animals and enjoying some crafts at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center.

50 Easy Science Experiments for Kids Using Household Stuff

Children are born scientists. They're always experimenting with something, whether they're throwing a plate of spaghetti on the wall, blowing bubbles in the bath water or stacking blocks into an intricate tower only to destroy it in one big swipe. As they get older, you may decide to enroll them in a FREE online coding class to get a leg up in today's digital world. But you can actually do some pretty mind-blowing, hands-on science experiments at home using stuff you probably have lying around the house.

Don't worry if you never made it past biology: These 50 science activities are super-easy and a lot of fun to boot, as kids are exposed to a wide variety of scientific concepts. It's a great way to spend quality time together as a family and who knows, mom and dad may end up learning a new thing or two, too.

Find more at-home fun in our Boredom Busters guide for families.

25 Toddler Approved Places in Fairfield County

When your child takes those first steps into toddlerhood, it becomes obvious that the game has changed. No more baby that sleeps soundly in a carrier, or is amused by being pushed around in a stroller. Toddlers hit the ground running and are ready for some hands-on interactive fun. Those loveable bundles of joy have endless energy and an unquenchable desire to explore their surroundings.  That's why we've rounded up 25 places in Fairfield County we know toddlers will love, from active play options to animal fun to sweet treats. Many of the destinations on our list are free, and some of the activities also appeal to older siblings. And for some more indoor fun options check out our Indoor Fun Guide

Check out our top 25 tot spots and if we missed any of your favorites, please add them in the comments.

Free Technology and Coding Summer Camp for Teen Girls

Although I’m a proponent of STEM education, I’ll admit I was reluctant to jump on the “kids must learn to code” bandwagon. Then my kids started learning to code, and I realized it was about a lot more than becoming the creator of the next Angry Birds or Candy Crush.

Learning basic computer programming encourages creative problem solving and logical thinking, and can be a key that opens doors of opportunity for kids. However, there’s a big gender gap, with girls shying away from computer science. Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit organization, is working to change that with its free Summer Immersion Program for girls. Keep reading to find out when and where the program is happening this summer, who is eligible, and how to apply - starting this week.

Maker Spaces in Connecticut

From Eli Whitney and his interchangeable parts, to the can opener and the frisbee, Connecticut’s history has always been one filled with game changing innovations. So it should be no surprise that the Maker Movement is alive and thriving in Connecticut! “What is the Maker Movement?” you may be asking. According to Make Magazine, “The Maker Movement embraces innovation, creativity, and learning to improve our communities and create a better future.Tinkerers, educators, parents, and professionals are included, because we are all Makers. That includes you.”  If you have a child that builds Minecraft kingdoms in her dreams or is ready to take a trip to the science museum to the next level, then this list is for you!

Things to Do with Your Preschoolers This Winter

It can become a challenge to find fun and interesting things to do with our preschoolers during the chilly winter months. When it's above freezing, getting out for a family hike and connecting with nature can do wonders. And when it's not, going to an indoor play gym or an amazing trampoline park is a fun way to keep them active and moving.  Music classes get the creative juices flowing.

Go Karts, Baby! RPM Raceway is Coming to Stamford

Hi. It's January. I know. You're feeling stuck indoors, maybe a little bit remorseful about holiday indulgences, and let's face it...kinda stir crazy. We live in New England. That's totally normal. I promise. What we need this time of year is some indoor fun. When outdoors is either frozen or flooded, there's really no other option.

Martin Luther King Day Weekend Fun — Social Justice, Winter Survival, and Pancakes With Penguins

With the snow and cold weather having left us, at least for the time being, this weekend presents a chance to get out and enjoy some winter activities. How about exploring the artistic "isms" at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, having pancakes with penguins in Mystic, or taking in New England's largest youth volleyball tournament in Hartford. For those that are more outdoor inclined, tell Stories in the Snow or learn about how animals survive in winter.

12 Easy DIY Sensory Activities to Entertain Babies

Sensory activities for babies open the world up to our kids while they're still happily stationary. Maybe even more important, it begins to familiarize them to their own bodies. Every new day delivers a fresh overload of sights, sounds, and sensations. 

Bonus: Sensory games give us something fun to do with our little ones beyond tummy time! We've rounded up a dozen of our favorite sensory activities that you can create right at home. DIY sensory toys nurture a basic understanding of the people, places, and stuff that populate their lives, along with the motor and communication skills that they'll need to interact with the world. There will be new things for baby to touch, smell, see, and figure out. Watch as your little one giggles her way through these micro-discoveries. 

Everything featured here can be crafted from simple, recycled materials and stuff found within reach around the house or a couple of clicks on Amazon. Read on for sensory fun, and check out our Boredom Busters Guide for more all-ages crafts, recipes, and rainy day fun.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2018 Events for Kids in Connecticut

From writing thank you notes to first responders to crafting peace doves, there is a wide range of incredible ways to honor Martin Luther King Jr. next Monday, January 15th and during the preceding weekend. Special exhibits and learning opportunities will be available at The Yale Peabody Museum, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum, or the Bruce Museum where day-long events are planned. For younger kids who may require some vacation day coverage, drop off programs are available at Flanders Nature Center and Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center—please note that preregistation is required for both.

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