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Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Weird & Wacky Day, Baseball, and Canine Egg Hunting

Happily, signs of spring are everywhere, if you know where to look for them. For starters, there is the annual opening weekend for the Florence Griswold Museum, where you can stroll the grounds and make your own versions of the museum's fine art collection. Or take part in some weird and wacky activities at the Connecticut Historical Society. If you like your weekend entertainment a little...louder, check out the annual Icebreaker Weekend at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for some classic New England short-track oval racing. 

Of course, for the quintessential spring activity, the Boston Red Sox are hosting a special Baseball on the Big Screen family event in Hartford.

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25 Fun and Free Things to Do in April with Connecticut Kids

When you're a parent, April really can feel like the cruelest month: you're frantically researching (and paying for!) summer camps while also contending with the demands of spring break, and did I forget to mention taxes? Which is all a way of saying that household entertainment budgets are a bit thin. Luckily, many venues across Connecticut seem to feel our pain, and there is a plethora of free family fun on offer this month, from nature walks to theatrical productions to animal encounters to free ice cream!

Water Play at Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park in Portland, CT

At last we made the trip out to Portland, CT to zip through the sky and jump off of cliffs into the water at the Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park. This is a water adventure park like no other. Located in an old quarry, where you guessed it, they once mined brownstone, they have ziplines, trampolines, rock climbing, wakeboarding, scuba diving, and much more. We arrived in the morning without a hitch. They open at 10am during the week and close at 7pm. In order to save time we should have printed out our waivers and purchased our day passes online but thankfully the lines weren't too bad so it wasn't a big deal. Read on for the scoop and then check out our CT Water and Beach Fun Guide and the  Mommy Poppins Theme and Water Park Guide for more fun options.

April GoList: Best Things To Do with CT Kids

The days are getting longer and spring is in the air... and as always, our monthly CT GoList features a carefully curated roundup of the absolute best things to do with kids throughout the month. Earth Day, The Wizard of Oz, and Dino Eggs are just some of the awesome events on tap for April—we've got 28 top picks in total. Be sure to check our Event Calendar for more options and subscribe to our FREE newsletters to get posts like this delivered directly to your inbox.

Bake-Your-Own Workshops, Classes, and Camps in CT

I have a four year and she loves cookies. Sugar, chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin: she doesn’t discriminate. She loves them all. So naturally, she absolutely loves visiting a bake-your-own workshop like The Cookie Workshop in Trumbull.  We've rounded up a list of sweet spots to bake with your kiddos across the state that they will absolutely love.  And you'll absolutely love not having to clean up one single sprinkle. It's a win-win.

Easter Weekend in CT: Egg Hunts, Bunny Trains, & Aerial Adventures: March 30-April 1

All of us here at Mommy Poppins CT wish our wonderful readers a happy Easter and Passover! Celebrate the holiday with a special train ride, an egg hunt, an egg-stravaganza, or even an old fashioned Easter egg roll.

For non-holiday activities, don't miss opening weekend of Annie at Curtain Call in Stamford, a special mother-daughter bonding workshop at Camp Girlie Girl in New Haven, or the Maritime Aquarium, which will be open with it's regular operating hours on Sunday. Because of the holiday, you'll find that many of our favorite kid-friendly hangouts such as libraries and museums are closed or have limited hours on Friday and Sunday, so be sure to double check with your destination before setting off.

Check our events calendar for the latest activities, and we hope you'll follow Mommy Poppins Connecticut on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest, and subscribe to our newsletters to stay in the know. Have a wonderful weekend!

A Visit to Hawkwood Game Cafe

On the very first day of spring I spent my afternoon on an adventure racing my children through Peppermint Forest, Licorice Lagoon, and Lolipop Palace to the lost Candy Castle. Just as I was going to jump ahead through Frosted Palace on a double purple draw, our soft pretzel arrived in the boardroom cafe. Hawkwood Game Cafe opened its doors earlier this year in downtown Milford, tucked in a row of businesses that run alongside Colony Grill.

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.

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