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25 STEM Activities Easy Enough for Preschoolers

STEM activities are all the rage in education right now, and for good reason. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) – and the Arts for STEAM – are crucial to kids’ learning and our future. But how to get your younger children interested?

They might not be ready for coding, but many preschoolers under age 5, and even toddlers, can enjoy some basic STEM principles through play. Although one of my family’s admitted guilty pleasures is relaxing with a little screen time, I was inspired by the upcoming national Screen-Free Week (April 30-May 6, 2018) to take my daughter on a STEM binge instead.

We built an apple boat, a toothpick-marshmallow castle, attempted a pom-pom drop, and indulged in baking soda science. Read on for a list of 25 tried-and-true screen-free STEM activities to do with your preschooler.

Roadtrippin' to the Quiet Corner of Connecticut

Ah. Meandering scenic roads, sprawling farms with classic red barns, and plenty of quiet. Bordering Rhode Island and Massachusetts, Connecticut’s northeastern most point has been dubbed the “Quiet Corner.” But that doesn't mean there’s nothing to do. Check out all of the awesomeness tucked into the Quiet Corner this spring.  And for more fun, check out our Mommy Poppins Spring Guide!

Visiting Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya in Mexico with Kids

Mexico's Caribbean coast is known for its first-class resorts, especially along the Riviera Maya, including towns such as Playa del Carmen and Tulum. So much so that sometimes the sparkling waters, stunning beaches, and swank surroundings of this northern Yucatan peninsula's all-inclusive deals make it hard to want to leave the lovely confines of your hotel.

But there’s so much more to this gorgeous Mexican coastal region just south of Cancun than beachside getaways. To introduce the kids to a taste of authentic culture, including Mayan ruins, natural wonders, and unlimited adventure, you don’t have to go far. Some excursions may take only an hour and others a whole day, but these 25 ideas are surely worthy of drawing the family out of the resort for even just a few hours.

Weekend Fun Is Springing Up with Carnivals, Sheep, and Daffodils, April 28-29

It finally felt like spring this week, with warm breezes, bright blooms, and the sweet scent of....fried dough? That's right, carnival season has arrived! This weekend alone there are fairs and festivals in Danbury, Redding, Meriden, and Fairfield to name but a few. Even Quassy Amusement Park opens for the season this weekend with a classic car show and a carload special that can't be beat.

To get away from the spectacle of the midway and spend time closer to nature, check out the Earth Day Nature Festival in Barkhamsted, the Amazing World of Bees at Greenwich Audubon, the Pancake Breakfast and Sheep Shearing at Ambler Farm.

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Boost Baby’s Brain Power in One of These Fairfield County Classes

If you have a baby, you know: Just getting out of the house can feel like an accomplishment. Like seriously. Now let’s talk classes. Does your baby really need to take classes? Yes. And so do you. Trust us. 

Taking a Mommy and me—or Dad and me, or Grandparent and me, or nanny and me—class can boost your babe’s brain power, help develop social skills and foster creativity. (Bonus: you can make some new mommy friends!) Classes also offer the perfect excuse to let your guard down and groove to your favorite kid tunes, make a glittery sticky mess, and just remember how to be silly. Here are some classes for you and your babe in Fairfield County. For more, check out our Connecticut Class Guide.

Things to Do in Kent, Connecticut with Kids

When the kids are bored and in the mood to explore, it's time to take a daytrip. Hop in the car and visit one of the great little villages that abound in CT.  Kent is a small village not too far from the NY state border in Litchfield County. It offers quaint museums, natural beauty and an abundance of restaurants. Read on for our insider's suggestions on what to do with kids while visiting Kent.

Target's Car Seat Trade-in Returns: Get the Details

Is it time to toss or upgrade your child's car seat? Beginning on April 22, Target will recycle your goldfish-crusted and stained old one and help you to save on a new model through its popular car seat trade-in event. As if we needed another excuse to go to Target, right? 

Whether you're expecting a new baby, or simply sizing up, read on for all the details on this year's trade-in program.

Have you Visited Connecticut's only National Park Site?

Tucked in the bucolic countryside of Fairfield County, Weir Farm is the only in the National Park Service dedicated to the arts.  Also listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Weir Farm has inspired generations of visitors on 60 acres of painterly pastoral paradise. You'll love the peace and serenity Weir Farm brings, your kids will love the pastels. 

30 Things To Do in Austin, TX with Kids

As a native Texan, I can quickly rattle off about 100 obscure things that make Austin an amazing place for a family getaway. But on a larger scale, Austin, Texas, is widely known for several major reasons. Hailed as the live music capital of the world, Austin is home to one of the nation's most notorious music festivals, SXSW (South by Southwest), as well as the Austin City Limits Festival, and many smaller permanent live music venues throughout the city. Austin is a college town, home to The University of Texas campus, the second largest university in the second largest state in the country. It's also the state's capital, which means it is rich with historical sites, museums, and iconic landmarks. 

The city's popularity is booming thanks in part to the wide variety of culturally enriching activities available, especially for families. "Keep Austin Weird" is the city's unofficial mantra, and boy do they ever keep it weird...in the best way. This list of must-do family activities in the capital of the Lone Star State includes quirky toy shops, breathtaking outdoor sites, unique museums, and even a collection of old "junk" in one man's backyard. And don't forget, we also have awesome ideas for the best things to do with kids in other parts of Texas, including San Antonio and Houston.

Earth Day Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Kites, Cosplay, and Parties for the Planet

It's Earth Day weekend, and there are outdoor activities galore around Connecticut. Bring the family to historic Wooster Park in downtown New Haven for the 45th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival. While you're there, double up on Elm City fun at the Yale Peabody Museum's annual Earth Day celebration. Earth Day celebrations are also taking place this weekend in Stamford, Bethel, and Simsbury. If you are in the southwestern part of the state, you can fly high at the annual Greenwich Kite Festival or check out the greatest show (and tell) on Earth at the Westport Makers Faire

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