Connecticut

Art, Music and Theater Summer Day Camps in Litchfield County

When you have a budding thespian, writer, artist or musician, summer can be a magical time to encourage them to focus on his or her passion. Litchfield county offers a variety of summer camp experiences where artists can hone their skills and become inspired by their teachers. Litchfield Jazz Camp is the only sleep away camp in the lot. The rest are day camps that run in one or two week sessions. Also, be sure to check out our CT Summer Camp Guide and our Summer Camp Directory. 

Going for the Gold: 20 Ice Skating Rinks for Future Connecticut Olympians

Okay, it may have been more than forty years ago, but the 1976 Olympics looms large in my childhood memories: in fact, I was so enthralled by Dorothy Hamill that I rocked her signature haircut well into my tween years (in hindsight, that was perhaps a few years too long). When the 2018 Winter Olympics open in Pyeongchang later this week, I don't know if my kids will be so enthralled that they'll be demanding Bradie Tennell or Adam Rippon haircuts, but a parent can dream!

Should you find your child enjoying some Olympic dreams of his/her own, there is an abundance of learn-to-skate programs offering everything from figure skating to ice dancing and even ice theater--with some offering February vacation week camps. For even more recommendations for winter fun when you're not watching the games, check out our CT Winter Fun Guide and subscribe to our weekly newsletters and follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram. Have a great week!

Fire and Ice Festival and other Winter Fun in the Quiet Corner

Put on your parkas and gloves and head over to Putnam for the 8th Annual Fire and Ice Festival on Feb 10. This large-scale ice sculpture carving event attracts people from all over the country.  Watch as several 300 lb. blocks of ice are transformed into a work of art - bring your Valentine or bring the whole family!

While you are at it, why not make a whole weekend of it?  If you are already in the  "quiet corner" of Connecticut, you may want to check out a few others things like the Conn. Audubon's programs, the Chocolate Festival, and the Textile Museum.  And of course, don't forget to check our Mommy Poppins' Winter Guide for all things fun to do in winter!

Audio Stories That Entertain Kids Anytime and Anywhere from Pinna

The screen time struggle is real. So, I can't imagine I'm the only parent who's quite literally all ears when they hear that kids' podcasts and audiobooks are officially a thing now. On-demand audio programming certainly feels like the perfect way to bring some screen-free entertainment to playtime, add a little excitement to the bath, or even just wind down before bed, but finding awesome options for kids can be really hard. Enter a new subscription-based service called Pinna, which is packed with Peabody-winning original series, popular podcasts, and favorite audiobooks for listeners ages 4 to 12 — and zero commercials — making it a major parenting win. Read on to find out more and get a free 7-day membership to try it out.

Totally Free Stuff to Save You from February Madness

Well, it depends on which groundhog you ask--Punxatawney Phil predicts six more weeks of winter while Connecticut's own Chuckles the groundhog predicts an early spring. Either way, we all know that even though February is the shortest month it can feel endless at times. Sure we've got the Super Bowl shaking things up this weekend, but it's still cold, it's still getting dark pretty early (though if you're like me you get excited when you realize it's 5:00 pm and still a little dusky) and it's all too easy to succumb to a case of cabin fever. In order to stave off any seasonal meltdowns, I've rounded up 10 family events and activities around Connecticut and the best part is they're all FREE! So when the road conditions permit, bundle up the fam and get out while the getting is good! For even more free stuff to do all year round, check out these 50 Free Things to do Indoors!

Science and Nature Summer Camps in New Haven County

If you have little scientists at home, summer is the perfect time to stimulate and nourish their interest in science and nature at these summer camps. Long, warm days allow for exploration of forests, beaches, riverbeds, and clear skies. Whether it be paleontology, archeology, animals, or geology, Connecticut, though a small state, packs a plethora to choose from for any science buff. Take a look at these fantastic options available for kids in New Haven County and grant your children the gift of hands-on learning while acquiring new skills and expanding their circle of friends. Also, be sure to check out our CT Summer Camp Guide and our Summer Camp Directory.

Why Sugarloaf Is My Family's Favorite Ski Resort

Nobody can deny that there are plenty of wonderful ski resorts in southern and central New England. That said, sometimes families want to branch out for something a little different (without going so far as to board a plane to do it). When my family goes skiing, we go to Sugarloaf. Now, look—I know what you’re thinking. Why in the name of all that is holy would we voluntarily drive all the way up to the heart of Maine with children just to go skiing? Let me explain.

Water Theme Parks In or Around CT

In Connecticut the water parks we have are located in larger amusement parks. The water parks themselves provide a day's worth of fun.  If you’re planning a day trip, you might want to focus on the water park area only (otherwise you could become overwhelmed by too many fun options!) Thankfully for our wallets, a few of the parks have water park only tickets available. For more water fun check out our CT Beach and Water Fun Guide Mommy Poppins Theme and Water Park Guide and our post on Brownstone Park (not a theme park, but lots of fun.).

Frosty February Fun with Connecticut Kids: Libraries, Valentines, and Superb Owls, February 3-4

Here in the heart of Patriots' country it's hard to believe that there's anything on the schedule this weekend besides the Super Bowl, but oh boy is there: from maple sugaring to Dirty Dancing to Valentine crafting, there are plenty of reasons to brave the elements and get out of the house (and not just to stock up on game day supplies).

Snakes, Owls, and a Really Awesome Playground: The Ansonia Nature Center

Spanning nearly 150 acres of wooded hills and grassy fields, the Ansonia Nature Center was once home to a small family-owned dairy farm tucked in New Haven County. Today, the hidden treasure off Milan Road in Ansonia is laced with two and a half miles of nature trails zig-zagging through streams, meadowlands, and a two acre pond serving as a haven for turtles, water fowl, and fish.

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