Connecticut

Let's Taco Bout Tacos: A Taqueria Tour of Connecticut

As far as I’m concerned, tacos aren’t just for Tuesdays. Connecticut has so many delicious taquerias, that it would be impossible to limit consuming them to just one day a week. These little folded circles of deliciousness are the perfect family friendly food. They contain simple and fresh ingredients that will satisfy even the pickiest of palettes. Thankfully, Nutmeggers love to get creative with their tacos! This list has everything from taco drive throughs to Kung Pao chicken and everything in between. For more dining inspiration, make sure to check out our Family Friendly Dining Guide
 

Halloween Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Tricks, Treats, and Terrific Fun, October 27-28

All of us here at Mommy Poppins CT wish you and your family a very happy and safe Halloween! Since this kid-centric holiday falls on a Wednesday this year, which may be particularly challenging for the younger kids in your life, we recommend painting the town orange this weekend when there is all kinds of daytime fun to be had, including a Hobgoblin Fair, a Halloween Festival, a and even an Ick-fest! And just in case the forecast isn't boo-tiful, there's lots to do indoors at the Aqua-Scarium or the Dia de los Muertos events in Hartford and Storrs, to name just a few.

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Easy Last-Minute Halloween Costumes for Kids

Maybe your daughter changed her mind about her Halloween costume for the bazillionth time. Or maybe your son got an invite to a last-minute Halloween party. Or maybe you're just a proud member of the Procrastination Club. Whatever your case may be, we’ve found the easiest Halloween costumes for kids that even a non-crafty mom or dad can pull together on the fly.

Most of the costumes on our list don't call for an arm's-length list of crafting supplies or Halloween props: Headbands, pom-poms, markers, solid t-shirts, and a glue gun can go a long way with a little imagination. In fact, these DIY kids' costumes are so easy, you might just have time to whip up a few frighteningly tasty Halloween treats, too.

Thanksgiving Dinner Out, Fairfield County Restaurants

If you find yourself sans extended family this Thanksgiving in Fairfield County, maybe you're miserable, maybe you're counting your blessings. Either way, you've no doubt realized that cooking a feast for a family of four seems somewhat ludicrous. Perhaps going to a restaurant seems even more ludicrous, but hear us out... Some of the best chefs in the state are keeping their doors open, and are probably already prepping for the pumpkin soup, butternut squash ravioli, pecan nut tarts, and eggnog creme brulees they have planned -- not to mention a perfect slice of turkey and NO MESS to clean up. We've also listed restaurants open on Thanksgiving in Hartford County  and Litchfield County.

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. 

Bucket List of Free Places to Play in CT

Play is synonymous with childhood; it develops physical strength, social skills, imagination, and it’s a whole lot of fun. What's important is that it's available to kids four seasons of the year, whether the forecast requires indoor active play or allows for fair-weather forays to a playground or park. Throw in a free opportunity for play, and most parents will be as giddy as their kids. So here are some suggestions where to burn off energy, but not cash.

Trunk or Treats In and Around the Hartford Area

We don't blame you if you really don't want to go out Trick Or Treating on Halloween night. Sometimes it's cold, sometimes it rains, and for the smallest kids, they only hit about four houses before their costume starts to fall apart. In that case, Trunk or Treats are perfect for your family! Families meet in an organized place where they can hand out candy from the trunks of their cars, while running around gathering candy from the other cars. Sounds very efficient to us! Enjoy trunk or treating at these events in the Hartford area. 

Weekend Fun for Connecticut Kids: Spooky Hike, Fall Festival, and Pumpkins

The air conditioners are finally out of the windows, and the fall weather has turned crisp as a tree-ripened Braeburn apple. With the sun due to make its long-awaited reappearance this weekend, it's the perfect chance to get out and enjoy all the fall fun Connecticut has to offer. The Ansonia Nature Center is hosting its annual Fall Harvest Festival, featuring horse-drawn wagon rides and a chance to meet spiders, bats, and other creepy crawlies; in Mystic get active with a self-guided spooky nature hike; and if the Halloween spirit hasn't quite struck you yet, there is the annual Tower Toot foliage hike in Simsbury, and the Beat Bugs musical adventure on stage in Milford.

Are Daycare Kids Better Behaved? This Study Says Yes

Torn between a nanny, daycare, or staying home with your kids? Choosing childcare can be a difficult—and deeply personal—decision for any family, and of course involves a number of factors, from costs to the length of your commute. A new study out of France suggests that daycare might offer some significant advantages in terms of our kids' development.

Researchers at Sorbonne Université in Paris followed nearly 1,500 kids from the womb to age 8 as they either attended a center-based daycare or were cared for by a nanny or family member. The daycare kids, particularly those who attended at least a year before the age of three, were less likely to have problems with peers and other emotional and behavioral issues, according to the researchers.

Halloween Trunk-or-Treat Locations in Fairfield County

Do you live in a part of Fairfield County where the roads are windy and you don't have any sidewalks or streetlights? There is a simpler and safer alternative to trick-or-treating called Trunk-or-Treat. Haven't heard of it? It's like a Halloween tailgate, where families gather in a church or community parking lot and children trick-or-treat from car to decorated car. These popular events confine the confections to a safe, central spot and many of them aim to keep the mayhem to a minimum. Trunk-or-Treats tend to start early, so you don't have to deal with any spooky meltdowns in the dark. Better yet, these events usually add more fun to the mix with food, activities, games, and even campfires. In our round up, we've included Trunk-or-Treat events as well as similarly structured events that provide a centralized trick-or-treating experience.

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