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5 Simple But Cool Slime Recipes to Make with Kids

As a child of the 80s, slime ranks pretty high in my archive of childhood memories. It was the stuff that made Ghostbusters awesome, and many of my childhood dreams involved running through an obstacle course getting covered with the stuff. Yet somehow the slime of the new millennium is even cooler. Even better that you can make it in the comfort of your own home with a few simple ingredients. Check out more cool boredom busters and crafts to do with kids.

Easter Weekend in CT: Egg Hunts, Bunny Trains, & Wildlife Encounters: April 15-16

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

For non holiday activities, there's a fantastic Wildlife Encounters stage show at the CT Science Center, a puppetry mini-festival, and a painting workshop at the Aldrich, among other activities. 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, and Pinterest, and subscribe to our newsletters to stay in the know. Have a wonderful weekend!

Questers Way - Indoor Play, Classes, and Smoothies

Questers Way, tucked away in a strip mall in Mansfield in Eastern Connecticut,  will surprise and please you from the moment you walk into the door. Conceived by longtime martial arts teacher Ken Caputo, Questers Way's mission is to encourage kids to pursue a healthy lifestyle with good food choices, exercise, and intellectual pursuits. There are spaces to learn, play, create, get physical, dance, sing, and play board games.

Ninjago City Play Area Debuts at Legoland Westchester

Ninjas and Legos in Yonkers? Yep! The Legoland Discovery Center in Westchester recently added a new attraction: Ninjago City Adventure in preparation for the next epic bricktacular film that's slated for this fall, The LEGO Ninjago Movie.

Your little ones might already be familiar with the Ninjago animated TV series, or its Lego characters—Lloyd, Kai, Jay, Cole, Nya, and Zane—but even if they aren't, there are loads of opportunities to build and play, from a climbing wall to the various building tables at this new addition to our local Legoland.

Located in the Ridge Hill shopping center in Yonkers, I visited Ninjago City Adventure on opening day with my 6-year-old Lego expert. Read on for our review, and if you're looking for more fun in the area, sign up for our newsletters and follow us on Facebook!

Spring Break Weekday Picks for Connecticut Kids: Trolleys, Pirates, and Egg Hunts, April 10-14

For many of us, this week in Connecticut is spring break, and though we're not all lucky enough to be heading to a tropical destination, we are fortunate to live in a place where there are all kinds of activities available for staycationing families--many of them free! You can relive the 1960s and 1970s in Fairfield County by exploring the "Talking 'Bout My Generation" exhibit at the Fairfield Museum and Nature Center or try your hand at embroidery, weaving, or stenciling during the Connecticut Historical Society's ART-ifact Discovery Program. If the natural world is more your scene, you can explore the Stamford Museum & Nature Center with Take-a-Hike Week or enjoy special activities (including a personal encounter with a bearded dragon!) at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk.  

If you're celebrating Easter, don't miss the egg hunts at the New Canaan Nature Center (preregistration required!) or the Darien Community Association (just drop in!). And if all the holiday prep is wearing you out, enjoy a a little downtime with vacation film series at the Cos Cob Library, the Darien Library, and the Stafford Library among others. For that all too rare "me time," drop off activities abound at locations such as the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center or The Coastal Center at Milford Point.

For even more activities, check our Event Calendar which we update daily and follow Mommy Poppins CT on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest. Have a great week! 

LEGOLAND's New Florida Beach Retreat Resort: Luxury among LEGOS

New accommodations open this weekend at LEGOLAND's Florida Resort. We had a first look at the LEGOLAND Beach Retreat, and not only can we attest that this new, village-style vacation resort in Central Florida lives up to its promise of fun in the sun; we can even explain how LEGOLAND has created a "beach resort" miles from the sea.

A Visit to Arethusa Farm with the Kids

Sometimes you just need to get out of the house and spend some time with cows. So we hit the road and headed to Litchfield County and Arethusa Farm. The historic Connecticut dairy farm is open for tours from the end of March through October. I admit it: we can't get enough of farm visits. From checking out the baby animals and berry picking to corn mazes and Christmas tree farms, it feels great to enjoy fresh country air.

Summer Fairs, Festivals, and Carnivals in the New Haven Area

Those "lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer" are just about here, and some of the most memorable moments are spent at festivals where the air is filled with laughter, the aroma of cotton candy, and the twinkling lights of carnival games.

Summer always seems to go by way too fast, so be sure to fill yours with adventure and fun before the chilly days descend upon us once more. Many towns across the New Haven area will bring your weekends to life with live music, exciting entertainment, traditional cuisine, thrilling rides, and plenty of fried dough.

Want more? We've got roundups of festivals and fairs in Eastern CT and Hartford County, too, as well as free concert series in Fairfield County.

Weekend Fun: Egg Hunting With Dogs, Library Sleepover, and a Chicken Run, April 8-9

With forecasted temperatures closing in on 70 degrees this weekend, outdoor activities highlight the weekend events. A week before Easter, there are plenty of egg hunting activities, including egg hunts in Danbury and Bethel, as well as a chicken runWhich came first? Don't ask us. Even dogs are invited to hunt eggs in Glastonbury. Tweens are invited to a special library sleepover, and can also learn about compassion for others via an award-winning musical. Be sure to check with the venues directly for any outdoor activities in the event of weather-related schedule changes.

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