Tool Museum, Glass House, Waveny Park: 25 Things to Do in New Canaan

New Canaan. Quintessentially New England. Classically Connecticut. Known for it's famed Harvard Five architecture, postcard perfect New England landscape and quaint downtown in Fairfield County, New Canaan offers plenty to see and do year round. With a Norman Rockwell inspired Holiday Stroll not to be missed, family-friendly outdoor summer theater performances and no shortage of green space, this small city nestled in the Southwest corner of the state is teeming with kid stuff. Here are our picks for kid friendly destinations and activities in New Canaan:

Shop, Eat, Play, and Stay Cool in Coastal Town, Niantic

As you approach Niantic on the highway, you can begin to smell the fresh sea air. Niantic is one of several little sea towns in Connecticut that will make you wonder if you are still in the same state. Filled with history, cute little shops, places to eat, and places to play - it's a great day trip.

Weekday Picks for Connecticut Kids: Butterflies, Concerts, and Shakespeare, June 12-16

With the temperatures rising this week, it's beginning to feel like summer! Escape the heat with a trip to Ocean Beach Park for their weekly Monday night Cruise Night or enjoy a night of Shakespeare by the picturesque Five Mile River in Rowayton. Outdoor summer concert season is nearly in full swing with free performances this week in Trumbull, Ridgefield,  and Plainville (see the Event Calendar for even more concert fun). 

As school winds down, local libraries are a great resource not only for summer reading, but also for great entertainment such as the celebration of Japanese dance and drumming tradition at Darien Library, the popsicle party at Blackstone Memorial Library, or the Father's Day craft at Wilton Library, 

Have a great week and don't forget to follow Mommy Poppins CT on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for even more summer fun!

Music Classes for Children in Central Connecticut

Not only is music a wonderful source of creative expression, but the benefits of having music a part of your child’s daily life are endless. Music has been known to be critical for brain development, fostering self-esteem, improving language, and building many other great skills. If your child is interested in vocal or dance classes, there are many options to choose from in the Hartford area. Here is also an extensive list of schools that offer instrument lessons or other music class programs. For even more fun ideas, check out our After School Classes Guide.

Guide to Fishing in Connecticut

My dad used to say that it wasn't a fishing trip we took when I didn't catch something. My childhood is full of fond memories of fishing trips by the shores of lakes and rivers and drifting along in our silent gray canoe. Connecticut has a lively fishing culture and a lot to offer kids interested in honing up their angling. Whether you need to know about licenses or classes, or just the best spots to cast a line, read on for the whole story on the what, where, and when of fishing in Connecticut.

Hit a Home Run With Your Kids at These CT Ballparks

If baseball beckons you every summer, like popsicles and pools, Connecticut can be a tricky place to live.  Is it Red Sox country?  A Yankee stronghold?  Mets loyal?  Probably all of the above, but Mommy Poppins has no intentions of wading into THAT debate.  Rather, we'll educate you on the alternatives right in your backyard -- minor league ballparks with major league fun.  They're perfect for the family, kind to your wallet, and spread out across the state.  Batter up!!

A Visit to the New England Carousel Museum

Most children love carousels and Connecticut features quite a few places where you can catch a ride on a merry-go-round. The New England Carousel Museum, a little-known gem in the Hartford area, goes beyond offering the opportunity for a whirl. Here you will find hundreds of carousel figurines on display, or being repaired and restored. Though it is small, the Bristol-based museum is still a fascinating place, geared toward older children and adults -- artists, historians, and carousel connoisseurs are sure to appreciate the fragile exhibits. Young children will enjoy feasting their eyes upon the colorful figurines, but without much opportunity for hands-on interaction, they could also lose interest quicker. Still, this is definitely one of the Fun Things To Do With Kids in Bristol and can be a quick stop on a day filled with other in-town adventures.


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