Hartford Area Sledding Hills

The first storm of the season creates quite a stir for those of us who excitedly await a winter wonderland. Sure, building snowmen and having snowball fights leave us breathless with fun, but it's hard to match the thrill of holding tight to a sled while careening down a hill on a quest to be the one who finishes first and travels the farthest. For a truly great sledding experience, check out these awesome hills in the Hartford area. Winter lasts only about 12 weeks, so pack a thermos with hot chocolate, maybe grab an extra pair of mittens and socks (don't forget lip balm and sunscreen!), and embrace the snowy adventures.

If you are looking to explore more winter activities, check out our Ski and Snow Sports GuideMount Southington for downhill skiing and Winding Trails for cross-country are two local attractions worth exploring. Sledding fun also awaits in Fairfield County.

10 Things to Do on Christmas Eve in CT

Christmas Eve is almost here, which means all the holiday festivities will be wrapping up soon. Hopefully all your Christmas shopping and wrapping is finished and you've got a few moments to spare to celebrate with your family. If you're looking to squeeze in some last minute holiday fun, look no further. Make this Christmas Eve one to remember with one of these great activities in the area. Maybe you'll even start a new family tradition!

For more Christmas fun, check out our holiday guide and our event calendar.

STEM Camps and Classes for Robotics, Coding, and Engineering Fun

It's no secret that today's kids will need a robust education in STEM subjects to thrive in an economy exploding with science and technology careers. Both in and outside of schools, educators and parents are looking for ways to provide more science, technology, engineering, and math studies for children. There are many programs out there, but which ones really teach the skills that kids need? We checked out a Sylvan Learning EDGE class to see what Sylvan Learning, long-known for tutoring and test prep programs, offers with its Sylvan EDGE STEM programs.

Sylvan EDGE offers six week programs for kids from grades 1 to 6 in Robotics for Kids, Engineering, Coding for Kids, Math EDGE, plus Sylvan EDGE Camps. My 10-year-old son tried out a Robotics for Kids class, and it definitely stood apart from many of the other STEM activities we’ve tried.

Weekend Fun: Holiday Train Rides, Horse-Drawn Carriages, and Outdoor Ice Skating, Dec. 17-18

As you do your last-minute shopping this week, you can make sure everyone is still on the Good List and say hello to Santa at many locations, including in StamfordDanbury and Bristol. Our top suggestions for fun this weekend are listed below. Speaking of lists, get ready to start nominating your favorite local fun spots for the Mommy Poppins Besties. Help your favorite family-friendly businesses by nominating them for a Connecticut Bestie Award. More details to come. While you are at it, make sure you subscribe to our weekly newsletters and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest so that you won't miss any of the fun! As always, our event calendar is updated daily with the latest activities. Enjoy!

Hot Holiday Deals: Diggerland, Sahara Sam's, Rockettes, and More

We've rounded up some great deals from our partners to get your holidays hopping with special savings. Help yourself to extra servings of fun and convenience with discounted tickets to area amuseument parks, top shows like the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Gazillion Bubble Show, and more. With so much going on, it's the perfect time to try delivery from Babeth's Feast. Your special offer will make dinner a snap and a great deal. As always, you'll find lots more holiday fun in the Mommy Poppins Holiday Guide.

Why Bretton Woods in the White Mountains is My Top Pick for Family Skiing

Winter in New England can feel like a real slog, especially in the city where snow is often a major inconvenience. One way my family makes winter more fun is by skiing every chance we get. This can mean hitting local slopes or taking a trip farther afield to a true winter wonderland. 

When we escape the city for a mountain vacation, our top pick is always Bretton Woods in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. While it’s only two-and-a-half hours from Boston, Bretton Woods feels a world away. And it’s perfect for families, with skiing, lodging, dining, and lots of winter activities for all ages.

Santa Visits 100 Toys 'R' Us and Babies 'R' Us Stores in 2016

Count your local Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us as one more spot where you can score that cute photo with Santa.

The national toy and baby gear retailer teamed up with WorldWide Photography to bring a Santa photo package experience to 100 select stores across the country in 2016, including in New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, Texas, and California.

Weekday Picks for Connecticut Kids: Trains & Holiday Lights, December 12-16

Now that it is December, the local villages are decked out, Christmas trees are on top of cars, houses are lit up, and lots of fun events are happening. This week there's a candlelight tour, a train show and a reading of Clement Moore's classic Christmas story, along with other fun things to do. For more options check out our frequently updated Event Calendar and Holiday Guide for all sorts of fun. Have a great week!


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