Tweens & Teens

May GoList: Best Things To Do with Kids in Connecticut

May brings Mother's Day and Memorial Day weekend, which we all know marks the unofficial beginning of summer. Everywhere you turn throughout the month, there are fairs and festivals. Here are 21 of our favorite things to do with kids in Connecticut this May. If you click through to the full listings, you can add them to your calendar. Of course, our Event Calendar always has more fun listed each and every day. Have fun planning!

Finding Poland in Connecticut

About 4,200 miles away, across the Atlantic Ocean, you will find a country defined by delicious cuisine, lively music, and rich traditions. Of course, you can forgo a passport and save yourself the $1,500 airfare by enjoying an all-Polish experience in the heart of New Britain. Since most children are always up for adventure, they will likely enjoy peeking into another culture, trying to make sense of foreign labels, tasting new foods, and perhaps learning a few words in a new language.

This Program Meets Kids at Eye Level to Help Learning Take Off

We love the philosophy behind Eye Level: that successful learning happens at the eye level of the child. The example of an elementary school teacher who kneels down in front of paintings at a gallery the day before bringing his students to an exhibit, to make sure he sees the work the way they will, is the type of engaged teaching we all want for our children. Maybe that's why more than two and a half million children have participated in Eye Level's individualized supplemental math and English program across the globe. With thirty locations in New Jersey, more local families are discovering the confidence and self-directed learning habits that Eye Level programs can provide.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Day of the Child, Festivals, Family Music, April 29-30

The last weekend of April is here - we can't believe it either! Make the most out of this wonderful weather at the many festivals this weekend, such as the FUNomenal Family FestivalTexas Crawfish and Music Festival, or a good old-fashioned community spring festival in Northwest Houston. Or maybe check out the newly renovated Evelyn's Park in Bellaire

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For more family fun ideas, our event calendar has things to do every day, and our April GoList to find the best things to do this month. Did you know can also submit your own events? And for great posts like this delivered to your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

Read on for more things to do this weekend.

Weekend Fun: Farm Days, Baseball, and a Frog Frolic, April 29-30

The upside of all the rain that we've had lately is that the flowers are blooming, the fields and meadows are lush, and with a forecast looking pretty cooperative for the weekend, we are just itching to get outside! The spring fair season kicks off this weekend with the Daffodil Festival in Meriden, the Sheep, Wool, and Fiber Festival in Vernon, the McKinley School Carnival in Fairfield. and the charming Frog Frolic in Redding, among many others. We also welcome baseball back with a weekend full of events with the Bridgeport Bluefish, including fireworks, a family fun day, and even a special giveaway.

Visit with animals and check out the face of modern farming with events at Common Ground in New Haven and Ambler Farm in Wilton--and Stew Leonards' welcomes the animals back to their outdoor "Little Farms" in Norwalk and Danbury with special events on Saturday. 

Our Event Calendar is constantly updated with the latest, greatest activities. To keep up with everything going on in CT, subscribe to our newsletters and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Have a fabulous weekend!

Trash and Recycling Events: Sanitation Yard Open Houses for Kids Who Love Garbage Trucks

Vroom Vroom! Does the sound of the garbage truck coming down the street send your kids running to watch? Would they love to sit in the trucks and maybe even take a ride? Do they know all the different types of trucks and haulers? Earth Day inaugurates the season of city yard open houses and recycling fairs, and—if you haven't heard—these events register high on the LA insider scale. More than 6,000 residents attend an open house in an average year.

Par-3 Golf Courses on Long Island Where Kids Can Learn the Game

Have a wannabe tour pro on your hands? Or maybe you just want to introduce your son or daughter to golf minus the windmills.

There are five par-3 golf courses on Long Island that offer young players a chance to experience the game with more than just a putter. For less than $20 per round on average, beginners can manage their way around with a light bag, a few balls, tees, and plenty of enthusiasm.

More experienced players will enjoy the opportunity to enhance their short-game precision. Either way, it’s a great opportunity for parent-child bonding over one of Long Island’s signature activities.

So tee it high and let it fly. All five of these courses are in Suffolk County; a few short-length courses exist in Nassau, but some of their par-4 holes might be unreachable for young players. Note: Most par-3 courses require adult supervision of pre-teen players. All players should practice on-course etiquette, including allowing faster groups to play through.

Cinco de Mayo Celebrations and Events for LA Kids

First let's set the record straight: Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day. Mexico celebrates its independence on September 16, and—while the festivals might look similar—confusing the two holidays is as gringo as, say, putting pastrami in a taco. (Actually, scratch that—LA is pretty darned proud of its pastrami tacos.) Let's simply agree that just because the US named its independence holiday 4th of July doesn't mean that Cinco de Mayo (5th of May) is Mexico's independence day. What the day actually celebrates is an underdog Mexican victory over a French military attack on Puebla, Mexico in 1862. The holiday is mostly observed in Puebla and in Southern California, where there's little mention of the French, but much swinging at piñatas and dancing to mariachis. After all, by the first weekend of May, who needs more excuse than that to revel in the sunshine?

Chihuly Glass Sculptures Dazzle at NY Botanical Garden

Step aside spring blooms. There's a new diva hijacking your spotlight this season at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. It's sparkly, magical, and comes in almost as many eye-popping shades as your petals.

The just-opened CHIHULY outdoor art installation features more than 20 glimmering pieces by renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly. It spans more than 40 years of his career. Special tours, events and programming are planned around the exhibit, which opened Friday, April 22.

Read on for our review of the latest exhibit at the beloved NYC garden, including whether or not you can bring your kid, or even a toddler, without fear of them crashing and smashing their way through the show. 

Houston's Best Parks & Trails for Family Bike Rides

Encouraging healthy hobbies is at the top of my priority list when it comes to my kids, and I've tried to make being active a part of their lives since day one. Both kids have accompanied me on many runs in the jogging stroller since they were babies, and they know that if it's a nice day we're doing something outside. Now that my oldest is riding his bike, we frequently head out to different trails together where I'll chase after him with my daughter strapped into the jogging stroller as he flies down trails (his biking has been excellent for improving my running speed) or we'll bike together as a family if my husband is able to come along for the ride. 

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