Weekday Picks for Connecticut Kids: Valentine Fun, Math Confidence, and Nature Exploration, February 13-17

For many schools in Connecticut, schools are closed some or all of this week which, after a week of snow days and delays, is not entirely welcome news for those of us not wending our way to warmer vacation destinations. Happily, there's a lot going on here in Connecticut, from Valentine's Day fun to nature adventures to drop off school vacation activities for busy parents who need a moment to themselves (I'm not alone in this, am I?). For even more suggestions, be sure to check our our Winter Guide and the frequently updated Event Calendar. Follow Mommy Poppins CT on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, and don't forget to cast your vote for your favorite Connecticut businesses in our Bestie Awards Contest!

New Haven County Drama and Dance Camps

Do your children opt to act or dance instead of play team sports? Participating in a play or a performance of some type is a great experience and teaches kids all about teamwork and reaching personal goals. If your son or daughter loves to be on-stage or in front of the camera tap-dancing their hearts out then New Haven has a camp for them! And of course, check out our entire Summer Camp Guide for 2017.

Family-Friendly Ethnic Restaurants in the Hartford Area

Children’s curiosity is boundless, especially when learning about the world around them, and food has the power to educate while filling our bellies with yumminess. Coq au vin? Paella? Pansotti alla genovese? Chow Mein? Moussaka? You’re getting hungry…very hungry...and below are 10 suggestions for international cuisine in the Hartford area, where you can turn a family lunch or dinner into an exciting opportunity to try a new texture or spice. For even more fun, perhaps your family can practice learning a few words in a foreign language or listening to music from that particular culture. If you're feeling really ambitious, you can even try to replicate favorite recipes at home, at a later time. Of course, Connecticut abounds with delicious eateries, so you can also check out some ethnic family-friendly restaurants in the New Haven area

40 Snow Day Boredom Busters for Kids

Whenever the weatherman predicts a big snow, you can almost hear the collective cries of joy from children, and the sighs of resignation from the adults who know they’re going to have stir crazy kids at home. Somehow the initial excitement always seems to wear off way too early in the day, leaving hours still to be filled.

Before your brood drives you batty, scan through this list of things to do at home on a snow day, from baking projects (cake in a mug) to cool crafts (homemade puff paint) and fun games (indoor snowball fight). We think you’ll find enough ideas to keep them happily entertained until the school bus pulls up again. Have fun and good luck!

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Valentines, Disco and Monster Trucks, February 11-12

With the Super Bowl over, Sundays can once again revolve around non-Patriots activities. If you've got little ones, you know how much they're looking forward to this weekend's forecasted snow, so how about making and testing an art sled? It's also Black History Month, and educational and cultural opportunities abound, including a chance to hear stories of Colonial Connecticut in the words of those who lived it. Spend some time at one of these Valentine's Day events making chocolates, cards, and decorations. Finally, you've endured your children's music long enough, expose them to the sounds of the 1970's at a family Disco party.

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Celebrating Valentine's Day in Fairfield County

There is nothing quite as heartwarming as the homemade Valentine’s Day cards you get from your little munchkins.  But if your house is like mine, those homemade bundles of love leave a trail of construction clippings, marker stains, and a thin layer of glue on every surface.  Instead, you can outsource Valentine’s Day preparations at one of several events in the coming days.  Or, scrap that idea altogether for love-inspired cookie decorating or a proper tea with your tyke.  Kiss kiss, hug hug, everyone!

Celebrating Valentine's Day in the Hartford Area

When you have young children, it is only a matter of time before red roses, champagne, and fancy menus are replaced by balloons, pink lemonade, and heart-shaped lollipops on Valentine's Day. This, however, doesn’t mean you have to stay in watching Nick Jr. specials. Many Valentine-themed activities are scheduled to take place in the Hartford area. Whatever you decide, there are ample opportunities to celebrate love on Valentine's Day. If you decide to keep the celebration at home, check out this fun Valentine's craft perfect for little ones.


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