Connecticut

Open Letter to Donald Trump From Concerned Parents

In his victory speech President-elect Donald Trump vowed to be a “president for all Americans.” Since Election Day, however, there have been an alarming number of hateful events in our nation’s schools invoking Trump’s name. We are now living in a country where children fear for their safety and that of their loved ones. As advocates for children and families, we, the mothers and fathers of Mommy Poppins, call on Trump to explicitly denounce all forms of hate speech, attacks, threats, and bullying that are erupting in our nation’s schools and beyond.

Donald Trump, saying “stop it” isn’t good enough. Your directive must be explicit, immediate, and unequivocal. There can be no room for confusion. We call on you to directly address all Americans to say hateful speech and behavior against people of any race, religion, nationality, gender, or sexual orientation is not acceptable to you or this nation. 

Weekday Picks for CT Kids: Survival Challenge, Santa, and Holiday Cards, November 14-18, 2016

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, take a moment to pause and enjoy some of these great events happening in CT this week.

See if you have what it takes to survive the wilderness, and if you don't, you'll learn the skills by the end of the night at Friday Family Fun Night at the New Canaan Nature Center. Santa is in town and you can visit with him at Stamford Town Center this week. Remember our soldiers by making holiday cards for them at Stepping Stones Museum. Burn some energy off, safely, during the Rockin Tots jumping time in Trumbull.

If you plan to eat out on Turkey Day here are restaurants serving Thanksgiving feasts in Fairfield and Hartford counties. With holiday shows starting now, we've listed holiday shows that aren't the Nutcracker as well as a list of Nutcracker performances throughout Connecticut! Feel free to leave a comment under each post with any shows we may be missing.

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Fun Things to Do in Ansonia With Kids

This year, take a fresh look at your hometown and the surrounding areas and take your kids to one (or a few) of these great events. Packed with history, Ansonia, also known as the "Copper City," has some great annual traditions and tasty destinations to check out. A true small-town in New Haven County, Ansonia loves football and claims the very first American bicycle, patented by Pierre Lallemont.

Fun Things for Kids to do on Thanksgiving Weekend

The annual holiday season fast approaches and everyone is getting busy making preparations for Thanksgiving.  Your family may be eating with relatives or dining alone, but at some point, kids want the turkey to make his grand appearance a lot faster than he usually can. Or the food has all been eaten and you're looking for something to do. Have fun at one of these great events/places on Thanksgiving weekend.

Volunteering with the Kids in Litchfield County

There are so many wonderful opportunities around the holidays for children to consider people less fortunate than themselves by purchasing food and gifts for those in need.  However, it is often more difficult to find places for kids to volunteer their time. In Litchfield County, there are a number of ways for kids to be involved using their physical presence rather than purchased presents.

Retirement communities and nursing homes welcome children and families who wish to volunteer during the holidays.  Families can visit, bring cookies and sing carols room to room.  All that is needed to set up a visit is a call to the volunteer coordinator.  Here is a list of some of the communities that welcome volunteers now and throughout the year. We've also written about opportunities to volunteer in Hartford and Fairfield Counties.

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Turkey Fish, Skating, and Celebrating Veterans, November 12-13

With the heady business of the election behind us, I look forward to spending the weekend with my family, away from the TV, newspaper, and internet, and having some adventures that only the great state of Connecticut can provide. We're excited to check out the newly opened ice rinks at Veterans Park in Norwalk, and we have some super stinky sneakers that we've been saving up for the Rotten Sneakers Contest at the Imagine Nation Museum. The restaurant scene in Mystic has been beckoning us for some time, so now that the summer crowds are gone, perhaps we can drop the kids off for Nature Night Out at Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center while we enjoy a proper meal.

To see what else is happening this weekend, check out our frequently updated Events Calendar. For the latest and best family-friendly events, subscribe to our weekly newsletters and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest to make sure you don't miss a thing.

Have a great weekend!

Weekday Picks for CT Kids: Dodgeball, Creature Feature, and Election on the Farm, November 7-11, 2016

With the election and veteran's day coming up, many school districts have at least one day off this week so it's sure to be a busy one for kids and parents. If you're looking to fill those days off, we've got the rundown on some great activities including Election on the Farm at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center and Creature Feature at the Ansonia Nature Center, and you'll find more ideas in our event calendar. The return of standard time and the earlier sunsets may be interfering with your kids' outdoor play time so check out the Dodgeball Tournament at Launch in Milford–the facility is brand new and kids will get a workout and have a ball. If you're already looking ahead to Thanksgiving, we've got the 411 on restaurants serving Thanksgiving feasts in Fairfield and Hartford counties. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest so that you won't miss out on any fun. Have a great week!

‪A Daytrip to the Regina Laudis Abbey‬ Creche in Bethlehem, CT

The holidays are meant to be a time of reflection; however, the majority of my time is spent reflecting on everything I must prepare for that magical morning! So, I thought it would be a nice break to do something different and check out this creche with the boys. The children and I spent a couple of hours over in Bethlehem to see the creche on display at the Regina Laudis Abbey. We arrived at the Abbey and parked by the shop at the top of the drive. We found home-made cheeses and local honey while admiring the pottery, art, and especially the carved stone basins. My boys have never seen a gift shop that they don't like and this one was no exception. We then took a nice walk back down the drive and along a path that led through the grounds until we reached a restored 19th century barn.

Holiday Light Shows in the Hartford Area

With the dark evenings falling upon us earlier and earlier each night, all the houses lit up with holiday decorations are even more enjoyable. One of our favorite things to do this time of year is to drive around in the evenings looking at all of the beautifully lit houses. Not only are the houses breathtaking to gaze at, but many places in the Hartford area offer special holiday light shows. We've listed some Holiday Light Show events that are sure to make an impression!

Restaurants Serving Thanksgiving Dinner around Hartford, CT

The thought of having to prepare a huge Thanksgiving meal for my family gives me nightmares worse than forgetting to turn in my senior thesis. I prefer to leave it to the professionals and enjoy family, friends, and football rather than shopping, cooking, and cleaning up. For a traditional feast with all the trimmings minus the stress, check out our list of restaurants open on Thanksgiving in the Hartford area. Reservations are strongly recommended for all of the restaurants. Check out our posts about Thanksgiving Dinner Out in Fairfield County and Restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day in Litchfield County too. 

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