Connecticut

Things to Do on Spring Break in CT

Although Mother Nature has had a few extra tricks up her sleeve this winter, signs of spring are slowly spreading across the state. The daffodils are blooming in Litchfield, trails are ready for the pitter patter of feet in Stamford, and ice cream cones are just about ready to be filled in Newtown. Perhaps the biggest sign of the change of seasons for many of us is spring break and its five whole days free of school and routines. 

Great Guided Spring Hikes in Fairfield County

Now it's spring, and even though it's a delightful time to explore some of Fairfield County's fabulous parks and nature spaces, my kids seem to need a little convincing to leave the house.

But it turns out that a guided hike is just the ticket. It gives us an agenda and a goal, but someone besides me does all the planning. All we need to do is show up (and, in some cases, preregister). You can go for a stroll with the family pooch or look for amphibians in a vernal pool. We've rounded up  some fun-filled family hikes in Fairfield County, many of which are FREE. For more ways to enjoy the springtime check out our CT Spring Fun Guide.

Connecticut STEM Camps Keep Science and Math Fun All Summer

Got a kiddo who loves all things science and tech? If so, a STEM summer camp could be a great way to broaden those interests and start your little scientist on a path of lifelong learning. STEM-based camps motivate young people to learn about and protect the natural world, while helping them understand the progression of technology and how they can contribute to its progress—which is now probably more important than ever. At these enriching, hands-on summer programs, kids will have a chance to learn about everything from building a model coral reef, to designing and printing 3-D objects, to powering a circuit using solar energy.

Can You Visit Legoland on a Disney World Orlando Vacation?

Planning a theme park vacation in Orlando, Florida? Disney World and Universal are the common highlights of an Orlando trip, but there are several other tempting theme parks in the area. If your family has Lego lovers—especially if they're between the ages of 2 and 12—Legoland Florida is a great add-on to an Orlando vacation. But with only so much time and a limited budget, the big question is, "Is it possible to go to Legoland and Disney World on one trip to Orlando?"

25 Things We Can't WAIT to do This Spring

Hey. Sooo...how are you holding up? Over here things have been...y'know...kinda snowy. I don't know about your house but in mine, there were four snow days and a weekend in the space of seven days. Do the math. I'll wait. By the end, I was scraping the bottom of the barrel for something, anything to keep my kids from climbing the walls. But there's good news. The first day of spring is in view. Like, if we were on a road trip and spring was the destination, we'd be passing highway signs saying we had entered the Greater Metro Spring Area. Deep breath. We're almost there. And you know what, even though it might snow again, there's a little quote I like to remember that goes "no winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn." The naturalist Hal Borland said that. And he lived right here in Connecticut so he knew what he was talking about. So with spring upon us, I thought it would be a good time to start getting excited about all the fun stuff we are gonna do when the snow melts and the jackets come off!

Lake Compounce Amusement and Water Park in Bristol, CT

Last week I took the kids on a day trip to Lake Compounce in Bristol CT. It's the oldest, continuously-operating amusement park in North America as well as Connecticut’s largest water park. It was our first visit.  I must admit, I am not an amusement park enthusiast. I don't like long lines, sticky and dirty parks, wading through throngs of people and being forced to eat food that has been processed so many times that you aren't sure of its origin. That being said, we had a blast and even I can't wait to go back again. Read on to hear about our experience and check out our Mommy Poppins Theme and Water Park Guide for even more park fun.

Teaching through Touch: The Connecticut Children's Museum

Imagine walking inside the great, green room in the beloved children's book "Goodnight Moon" where there is a telephone, a red balloon and a picture of the cow jumping over the moon. A room complete with the famous "comb and a brush and a bowl full of mush," allowing you play by the fireplace, lie down in the bed or open a cabinet filled with clocks and wind them all up. Well, at the  Connecticut Children's Museum in New Haven, you can. 

Top New Amusement Parks and Rides Opening This Summer

The summer family vacation season is right around the corner, so it's never too early to start dreaming of your escape. Amusement parks, of course, are always top of mind for the kids come summer, so we've trekked up and down the eastern seaboard (virtually, anyway) to find the coolest new theme park attractions set to open this spring and summer.

There's a brand-new thrill ride at Six Flags New England, a pint-sized coaster at Sesame Place, a whole new Toy Story Land in Orlando, and Thomas Town opens near Pittsburgh with plenty of locomotive fun. Read on for more than a dozen new top attractions we're looking forward to checking out at amusement parks spanning from Massachusetts to Florida this summer.

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