25 Summer Festivals in Connecticut that Are Fun for Kids and Families

Summer may be short here in Connecticut but it sure is jammin' with festivals from June through Labor Day.  Sure, you've probably visited your fair share of pumpkin, apple, and strawberry festivals. But have you been to a Podunk Bluegrass festival? Or a Sailfest? Or perhaps a Potato and Cornfest

Whether you're planning to indulge in some strawberry shortcake piled high with whipped cream, check out some really spectacular cars at an antique car show, or groove to some reggae, there are many family-friendly festivals happening all summer long. Grab a picnic basket and a blanket, pack your camera, and have some fun at one of these events.

Be sure to check out our Connecticut Summer Fun Guide to help plan some more epic adventures while school's out.

Weekend Fun: Trail Hikes, Street Festivals, and a Giant Peach; June 1-2

June is here, and with it the annual statewide outdoor activity extravaganza that is Connecticut Trails Days. Throughout the state, there are dozens of activities, ranging from easy nature walks fit for preschoolers to more challenging hikes best for bigger kids. In Litchfield, take a geology walk to learn about how the very rocks under our feet have developed at a glacial (literally) pace over millennia. In Stamford there is the Mianus Trail hike, a relaxed all-ages walk along the Mianus River. After your hike, how about enjoying food and fun at a street fair? Try the annual Main Street Festival in Stratford, the Little Poland Festival in New Britain, or Celebrate! West Hartford

With the sunshine peeking through, sand and sun may be calling your name, so be sure to check out our recommendations for 15 beach day trips. The official start of summer may still be a few weeks off, but that doesn't mean you can't start finding inspiration in our summer fun guide.

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

With school winding down and camps just getting started, June really is the perfect month to devote to family fun. It's Connecticut Trails Day from June 1st to 2nd, so consider kicking off the month with one of these short, easy hikes that are perfectly suited to kids. Highlights this month include lots of festivals, front porch concerts, fireflies and pirates. Of course our Summer Fun Guide and events calendar are chock-full of more ideas, but if we had to choose our very favorite June activities, these picks would make our top 25. Have fun out there!

25 Fun Things to Do in Buffalo, New York with Kids

In Western New York, hugging the shores of Lake Erie, awaits Buffalo, the second largest city in the Empire State. Famous for its spicy chicken wings, this vibrant area is also known for its history, art deco architecture, great restaurants, and plenty of family-friendly fun, indoors and out. The nearby Niagara Falls usually attracts the most tourist attention, but do not skip a visit to Buffalo, which makes the list for being one of our favorite family getaways in upstate New York.

Below are nearly two dozen suggestions of kid-friendly activities for a great family trip to Buffalo, New York.

15 Great Beach Day Trips in Connecticut

One of the attributes of living in Connecticut is our close proximity to water. No matter where in the state you find yourself, you're likely within an hour's drive of a beach, and in the summer, with energetic children ready for adventure, the less time spent in the car the better. We've compiled a list of 15 great beach day trips within or near Connecticut. All you need to do is pack the sand toys, sunblock, and snacks. Make sure also to check out our list of 8 Affordable Connecticut Beaches and keep in mind that entrance to state beaches has been free since 2018. For more summer fun ideas, be sure to browse our CT Summer Fun Guide.

Noom Review: 5 Things I Loved About the Noom Weight Loss Program (And Some I Didn't)

If you listen to podcasts as much as I do, you’ve probably heard ads for the weight loss program Noom, which says it uses psychology to help you lose weight and keep it off for good. I was curious to try it for myself, so when Noom reached out, I jumped at the chance to review it. I’ve used the program for two weeks now and below are the pros and cons of my experience so far.

Noom is not a diet and it doesn’t promise you’ll lose tons of weight fast. The goal of Noom is to teach you how to make better choices and build habits that you can maintain for permanent weight loss and better health.


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