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Memorial Day Weekend Fun for Kids and Families in Connecticut

Connecticut is celebrating the unofficial start of summer in a big way! Whether you are heading to the beach or the park, there is no shortage of family fun across the state for Memorial Day weekend. Families can take their pick of parading through town, cruising the coastline, or expanding your palate at a Food Truck Festival.

If you're looking for an educational way to honor the men and women who died in service to our nation, think about attending a kid-friendly parade or ceremonies, like the Revolutionary War Encampment in Wethersfield and the Decoration Day event at Mystic Seaport. 

We update our Events Calendar frequently so be sure to check back for even more great suggestions. To keep up with the latest family-friendly events and activities, sign up for our free newsletter and follow us on Facebook, and Instagram. Have a fantastic long weekend!

Best Camp Clothing Labels and Name Tags for Kids' Gear

It's just one of those mundane chores that need to be done: labeling every article of clothing, towel, backpack, and other gear that will travel with your child to summer camp—or to school or daycare—in the hopes that when it inevitably gets lost, it will find its way home to you. Nothing's going to make this job of labeling camp clothes, baby bottles, or school supplies fun, but we've rounded up the whole range of different ways you can label your kids' stuff, from swimsuits to water bottles and sippy cups, with beautifully embroidered personalized labels to fun, custom name tags with cute, colorful designs, to ones you can make at home.

Here are a few the best name labels for kids' and baby gear that we've found, and yes, most all offer dishwasher-safe, easy peel-and-stick options!

Still searching for the perfect summer camp for your kid? Check out our local guide to summer camps near you.

35 Fun Things To Do in Atlanta with Kids

Atlanta may be famous as the genteel home of Gone with the Wind, but these days it's a diverse, cosmopolitan Southern city with lots of fun for the whole family. There are museums galore, offering a world of kid-friendly culture and history, and Atlanta is one of only a few US cities where you can see giant pandas and walk through a shark tunnel. Kids will also have a blast at the many outdoor amusements, including the local Six Flags and a stunning children's garden.

There's plenty to do for families in Atlanta, Georgia, for a weekend, a week, or longer. Check out our list of the 35 best tourist sights and hidden fun before your trip. See our US City Guides for more great places to visit with kids.

100 Things To Do With Kids in Connecticut Before They Grow Up

Raising children here comes with lots of perks—the Nutmeg State is packed with kid-friendly museums, cultural centers, orchards, beaches, and more. To help narrow down the options for family fun, we've created a list of 100 things to do with your Connecticut kids before they grow up. Even if you do just one thing a month, you have years of ideas to work with! We hope this list inspires you to experience all that Connecticut has to offer you and your family. And don't forget to check out our guides: museums, indoor play, daytrips, and more on our homepage. Enjoy, and have fun creating wonderful memories for you and your children.

Weekend Fun: Spring Festivals, Car Shows, and the Sound of Music; May 18-19

Well, it can't rain forever. Can it? As we wait for May-like weather to finally come 'round, we look forward to a weekend with some sunshine in the forecast. That would be perfect for the beginning of spring festival season. In Stratford, there is the Lordship Spring Fair and the Boothe Park Classic Car Show this weekend. Just a quick shot north on the Merritt Parkway will bring you to Massaro Farm in Woodbridge, where you can celebrate all things spring. Bethany will host the fourth-annual outdoor music and art festival known as Locapalooza this weekend. For a quieter activity, check out the Barnes Nature Center, where you can make a fairy or gnome garden.

Of course, if you're wary of planning an outdoor activity (who could blame you), there is plenty of indoor fun to be had this weekend. Start in Bristol with a celebration of children's literature. Head to Guilford for a free-admission Sunday at four different state museums. End your weekend in Hartford for an all-new production of the family classic Sound of Music

Strawberry Picking with Kids in Connecticut

Strawberry picking farms can be found all over Connecticut. This tasty red fruit is one of the healthiest and most delicious treats that warmer weather brings to the Northeast.

Find a u-pick farm for strawberry picking with your Connecticut kids with our list of great spots below. Watch the excitement on their faces as they hunt for the biggest, reddest berries on the farm.

The Connecticut pick-your-own strawberry season is short, usually lasting only from early or mid-June to early July; don’t miss out! There are so many great strawberry-based recipes you can prepare with the kids, too: homemade jam, strawberry shortcake, berry tarts, or simply enjoying fresh fruit in cereals, salads, or as an ice cream topping.

For more berry picking fun, check out Berry Farms in Connecticut; once July rolls around, it's time to start thinking about blueberries.

12 of the Best Outdoor Water Parks in the US

If your kids love the adventure of amusement parks but are looking for a way to cool off this summer, an outdoor water park might be just the ticket for your family. We've searched out some of the nation's best to compile this list of our favorite family-friendly water parks with relaxing pools, splash pads for toddlers, and thrilling water slides and rides for teenagers.

From New England to Orlando to California, there are plenty of water parks from which to choose. At some of these water parks, visitors can ride the ups and downs of a water coaster, slip through a trap door on a drop slide and spin around an oversized funnel slide for maximum thrills. To truly chill, just pick up a tube and float down a lazy river or rent a cabana with poolside dining.

Have your heart set on a water park vacation but don't want to risk the weather? Check out our list of the 10 Best Indoor Water Parks for Kids in the US.

8 Great Theme Parks For Families in New England

For a memorable family outing jam-packed with exhilarating rides, indulgent snacks, and giggle-inducing character interactions, head to a theme park. We have some great choices here in New England and rounded up our eight favorites for families with kids ranging from toddlers to teens. Some are close enough for a daycation while others are better suited for a weekend getaway; regardless, they all make for a quick escape from the every day blahs. For even more local thrills, explore our theme and water park guides for Boston and Connecticut, and if you have a few extra days for fun and relaxation, check out our Best Amusement Parks Near NYC

Mother's Day Weekend Fun in Connecticut: May 11-12

Decorate a cake, take a walk in a garden, paddle a canoe, run a 5K, or count the butterflies...moms come in all different shapes, sizes, and styles, so it should be no surprise that there are so many ways to celebrate mom this weekend. Many attractions around the state including Beardsley Zoo  and Quassy Amusement Park  are offering free admission with the purchase of a child’s ticket. If a special meal out (and maybe a mimosa) is what you're after, sure you check out our picks for Mother’s Day breakfasts and brunches for Connecticut families.

Our spring fun guide is a super resource for more ideas to make the most of this gorgeous season. We update our Events Calendar frequently so be sure to check back for even more great suggestions. To keep up with the latest family-friendly events and activities, sign up for our newsletters, and follow us on Facebook, and Instagram. Have a fantastic weekend!

12 Connecticut Restaurants Where Kids Can Play While You Eat (And Relax)

We've all been there. You've only been seated for three and a half minutes in your booth (we only go to restaurants with our children that have booths) and you're already playing referee between who gets the blue crayon and who gets the yellow. Two minutes later and a cup of ice water is knocked over into your lap. And then there are the tears. And you think quietly to yourself: why did we even leave the house?

Believe it or not, there are actually some pretty wonderful seafood restaurants, pizza joints, and even posh cafes where we parents can enjoy delectable food (while it’s still hot) and the kids play (and not just stack up the sugar packets and silverware.) These 12 eateries have created spaces and activities with families in mind, from movie screens to playgrounds to a selection of lawn games. 

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