Science, Machines and Nature Museums in Fairfield County, Connecticut

From trying on a real space suit, to jumping into a the cockpit of a full-size helicopter, to touching a shark, Fairfield County offers some top-notch museums when it comes to science, nature, and machines. Featuring authentic and original equipment, imaginative and creative displays of abstract scientific concepts, and a variety of hands-on, interactive engagement, kids are sure to love exploring these Fairfield County museums. And so will their grownups!

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Weekday Picks: Animals, Storytime, and the U.S. Coast Guard Band August 7-11, 2017

My kids are fully enmeshed in their summer groove: loose bedtimes, lazy mornings, and the (occasional!) ice cream lunch have made us all very happy. It seems impossible to believe that we'll back back to school in a little more than three weeks, and I remain determined to keep making memories with the summer days we have left. Meet some of the animals from Heckscher Farm at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center, enjoy the stirring music of the U.S. Coast Guard Band at the picturesque Branford House, or take part in story time at Longshore or the Institute of American Indian Studies in Washington.

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Apple Picking Orchards in the New Haven Area

There's something about the way the air feels as summer fades to autumn that is uniquely New England. It's that time of year when we begin to break out hats and scarves and crave warm drinks on nippy days. One of our favorite fall activities is apple picking and the New Haven area surely doesn't disappoint when it comes to Pick Your Own orchards. In fact, the whole state is spilling over with fresh fruit just waiting to be harvested. Find an orchard near you in our CT Apple Picking Guide.  And not to worry if your apple harvesters go a little overboard, we have some awesome recipes to help you turn your autumn bounty into a fruit-filled feast.

Get Lost in Fairfield County's Best Corn Mazes

Corn mazes are a favorite fall adventure for many families: the scent of autumn, the wind swooshing through golden stalks, and the opportunity to safely hand over the reigns to your children and let them be in charge of where to go and how to find the way out. What better way to bond than to band together and head straight into a place where you know you can get lost and the only way out is to concentrate on the map, read the clues, and work together to get to the other side. Combine your trip with a pumpkin patch and cider mill and you've got yourself a pretty excellent fall day to make lifelong family memories. For more fall fun, check out our CT Fall Fun and Halloween Guide. These corn-y masterpieces are only around for a few weeks each fall, so don't miss your chance. For even more ideas in your inbox, sign up for our weekly newsletter

Hikes and Scenic Fall Family Activities in Litchfield County, CT

Litchfield County, in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains, provides a vibrantly colorful backdrop for autumn leaf peeping and fall activities. The factors that influence when leaves change colors are rain, air temperature, the amount of sugar in the leaves, as well as daylight hours. Many of the small towns and villages in Litchfield County date back to the early 1700's and offer visitors a beautiful New England charm. If you love fall, you've got to take a road trip and enjoy what the Litchfield hills are offering up right now. For more Halloween and Fall fun check out our CT Halloween and Fall Fun Guide. Be sure to sign up for our weekly newsletter so that you can keep up with all of the fun events happening across Connecticut. 

End of Summer Bucket List: 25 Things To Do in CT Before School Starts

Before pool noodles and beach towels get stored away for another season, and late summer nights are replaced by bedtime curfews and homework, (at least) 25 must-do activities await in Connecticut, a great place to raise kids. So don't pack up the flip flops or exile the picnic basket to storage. There are still a few weeks before school buses begin to line at the curb, allowing us to capitalize on the time left and give summer a proper send-off, making more memories sure to keep hearts warm in the cold days to come.

Apple Picking Orchards in Hartford County, CT

The nights are beginning to have a cool crisp breeze in the air, the leaves will soon be changing their colors, and the days are getting shorter….all signs of the start of my favorite season here in Hartford County. Fall marks the end of summer and with it comes many great things like fairs, breathtaking foliage, cozy sweaters, and especially apples! What better way to mark the start of fall harvest than to go apple picking with the kids. Many farms in the central Connecticut area offer pick-your-own fruit. While you’re there don’t forget to try a warm apple cider donut! For even more areas to go apple picking check out our CT Apple Picking Guide.

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Jazz, Sunflowers, and Circus Fun, August 5-6

Let me confess my unpopular opinion: Connecticut is a fantastic place to be in August. Many folks head off for the Cape, the Hamptons, or the Jersey Shore, but that's just fine with me as it leaves my regular haunts—or the places I wish were my regular haunts—uncrowded and manageable. Not to mention the many marquis events happening across the state that draw visitors from all over! From the Litchfield Jazz Festival to Lyman Orchards' annual Sunflower Maze to the Nimble Art Circus, there are plenty of activities to draw the crowds. 

If you're still trying to make every summer day count, we have a host of suggestions in our Event Calendar, the August GoList, and the Summer Fun Guide. For the latest and best family-friendly events, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest

Here are some suggestions for the weekend ahead! 

Make a Splash and Learn to Swim at Hartford Area Pools

Several indoor pools in the Hartford are offer open swim times and lessons to refresh you on a hot day or help you think sunny thoughts on a cold day. Some require town residency,  while others are open to nonresidents. It’s a great way to get the family some exercise even when the weather doesn’t cooperate. Plus, swimming is a lifelong skill that enhances safety and increases opportunities for fun. For more enrichment and after school classes check out our Guide.

Corn Maze, Apple Picking, and More Farm Fun at Lyman Orchards

Lyman Orchards is one of those idyllic places where sprawling vistas, trees brimming with fruit, and a deliciously stocked country store make you feel like you are splurging on a vacation; however, given their 30-minute proximity to Hartford, New Haven, and Waterbury, chances are you’re probably still very close to home. This Connecticut landmark is a favorite family-friendly destination throughout the year, but the views and ambiance are especially spectacular in the fall.


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