Connecticut

Freakshakes - More Than a Milkshake

In my house, we like to mark big occasions with a special little treat.  Last day of school? Let’s get a donut! First day of school? How about a milkshake? But, sometimes not just any old milkshake will do. Sometimes you need to go big. Sometimes it’s a REALLY big occasion that needs  you to go so big that your milkshake needs its own zip code. Connecticut has a rich variety of ice cream parlors (check out our favorites in New Haven, Fairfield, New London, and Hartford) and over-the-top food experiences from Insane Ice Cream to a Chocolate Trail.  The latest wave of Frankenfoods to sweep the Nutmeg State seems to be Freakshakes. 
 

Weekend Fun: Fall Festivals, Bats, and a Celebration of Apples

With Labor Day weekend behind us, the fall season is officially here. School is back in session, making weekend fun with the kids even more precious. Celebrate at harvest and autumn festivals in Hebron and Ledyard. Enjoy everything apple at the St. Peter's Apple Festival. If you are looking to stay indoors, the Wadsworth Atheneum's free admission Saturday is this weekend, as is UConn's annual community puppet-making workshop. As always, we recommend calling ahead in the event of rain to make sure outdoor events are still on.

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This (Sort of) Secret Waterfall will Blow Your Mind!

Great Falls, a waterfall tucked in the Falls Village section of Canaan, Connecticut far up in the northwest corner of Connecticut, is a sight to behold. Though variable depending on the rains, when it’s on, it’s on. The falls have long been a popular sight for day trippers looking for a little escape. With hiking, views, and the chance for a little bit of floating and swimming (depending on skill level and currents, of course) it’s little wonder that this hidden gem is getting pretty popular.

Frozen the Musical Heads for Broadway: What You Need to Know

This winter in NYC brings an extra dose of snow and ice, but of the magical Disney variety. One of the favorite princesses of the last decade and ice queen extraordinaire, Elsa, and her sister Anna, will make their Broadway debut in New York City this February. If you're familiar with the Let It Go-cult of Elsa, then you probably already knew a Frozen musical was en route, but we're here to give you the scoop on what to expect, including ticket prices and for which ages this show is best.

Joining family hits The Lion King and Aladdin, the buzz is strong for Disney's latest musical adaptation. The official opening night is set for March 22 (preview performances begin in February), but tickets for Frozen went on sale this month, and of course, are already going fast (hey, it's never too early to consider holiday gifts the whole family can enjoy).

We're pretty confident this Broadway production deserves a spot on your family's 2018 bucket list if you're willing and able to go for this extra special splurge.

Where The Wild Things Are...Waiting for You: at Beardsley Zoo

Where can you gaze into the eyes of Siberian tigers, watch the antics of a red panda or the graceful dance of a colorful peacock, admire the perfect stillness of a sloth or trace the movements of turtles, or be wowed by the size of a bison - all in one day? At Beardsley Zoo, of course. Listed at the top of our 120 Things to Do With Kids in Connecticut, our state's only zoological park has been harboring endangered species, promoting conservation, and delighting visitors of all ages for nearly 100 years. 

Haunted Halloween Happenings for Everyone in the Hartford Area

There's something about fall that lends itself to haunted happenings. Maybe it's the first chill in the air or the rustle of dying leaves that stir up the spirit of the season. If your family is looking for some spooky (or not so spooky) fun in the Hartford Area, we have rounded the seasons best bets for kids of all ages. Read on and read carefully as some of these are really not intended for the smaller set. 

Weekday Picks: Concerts, Fairs, and Museum Tours, September 4-8, 2017

My kids headed back to school last week, and swim practice starts this week so suddenly all our family free time is at a premium so I've got my eye on the very best activities we can enjoy together as a family. One of our favorite fall traditions is apple pie baking so we'll be heading off to Lyman Orchards to hear a little music before we head out for some apple picking. We'll make an exception to our early school night bedtimes for the Waterfront Love fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Norwalk on Wednesday, and on Friday we'll relax in Tilley Pond Park in Darien while we enjoy food trucks and music while raising money for another deserving community member. 

For more options, be sure to check our Event Calendar, which we update constantly with the latest and greatest local fun, and follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram so that you don't miss a thing. Have a great week!

Let's Go Apple Picking at Karabin Farms in Southington

Fall is definitely my favorite time of the year! How can you not love all the perks that come with this great season? Things like cool evening breezes, beautiful leaves changing colors, hiking to enjoy the amazing New England scenery, sipping pumpkin coffee and apple cider….and of course apple picking! Going to a local orchard to pick the seasons fruit is such a fun tradition to start with your family. In New England there are so many apple orchards to choose from that it can be overwhelming. In the Hartford area, conveniently located right in Southington, is a family-owned spot called Karabin Farms. I took my daughter and we had a lovely time.

Pirates, Goblins, or Wonder Woman: Best Places to Buy Halloween Costumes in Fairfield County

Every year, I get a certain catalog in the mail filled with all kinds of wonderful Halloween costumes. It arrives in late August/Early September and promptly ends up in “the pile.”  By time I get around to actually look through it, I realize that most of the costumes are out of stock and/or rush shipping is our only option of getting it to us on time to wear it to one of five bazillion Halloween Events that seems to have popped up on my calendar. Or maybe your child wants a truly uniquely creative costume that seems to only exist in the land of pure imagination. If you - like me -have found yourself in this predicament then, here's the rundown on where to snag Halloween costumes in Fairfield County.

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