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Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Sunflowers, Fire Trucks, and Festivals, July 30-31

It’s the end of July! With days getting shorter and only about a month to go before most students return to school, it’s tempting to feel sorry for ourselves and denounce the fleeting summer season. But summer isn’t quite over. In fact, there’s still much to look forward to: vegetables and fruits abound, sunflowers are aglow, and plenty of days remain to explore the beach or venture to a nearby amusement park

This weekend, enjoy the sunshine while letting the kids navigate their way out of the train-themed Lyman Orchards Sunflower Maze, go stargazing at Trumbull Nature and Arts Center, or watch a free movie under the stars.

Be sure to check the Mommy Poppins calendar to see what else is happening in your area. For the latest and best family-friendly events, subscribe to our weekly newsletters and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest

The Mommy Poppins Connecticut team wishes you a fantastic weekend!

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: LI Live Steamers, Children's Yoga, July 30-31

The last weekend in July has both indoor and outdoor fun in store. See what that sly Curious George is up to at the Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts. Build a Bug House at The Maritime Explorium in Port Jefferson and then roller skate around the harbor. Chug-a-choo-choo on down to Southaven Park for a ride with the Long Island Live Steamers.

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12 Outstanding Outdoor Dining Spots for You and the Kids in Fairfield County

There are two things that every child needs to thrive: fresh air and food. Sure, they also need unconditional love, education, support, etc, etc, etc, but lucky for us, fresh air and food are pretty easy to come by in Fairfield County.  

Some of our first family dining experiences were at outdoor restaurants - the atmosphere just seemed a little bit more relaxed than being stuck inside with a screaming infant.  Take advantage of the extra hours of light this summer by enjoying these outdoor dining experiences. From the traditional lobster roll, to the not-so-traditional walking nachos, to lakefront, to beachfront, Fairfield County has a little bit of everything.  Make sure you check out the Facebook and Instagram accounts of these restaurants to take advantage of special events and menus.

54 Free Outdoor Family Movies This August in NYC

August is seemingly movie month in NYC with free outdoor flicks playing every night. Of course, not all are family-friendly. So who has time to peruse all those different movie calendars to pick out the kid-pleasing titles? We do. Behold: More than 50 FREE outdoor movies this August, most rated G or PG (with a few PG-13 titles for the tweens in your life), organized by date. All you need to do is carve out time in your busy NYC summer schedule and pack a blanket and snacks.

Family-Friendly Hotels on Long Island's East End

If you’ve ever visited the East End of Long Island, you know there is lodging to meet just about every need. There are hotels near fishing resorts, country inns near golf courses and bed-and-breakfasts within walking distance of the North Fork’s celebrated wineries. Families visiting the Hamptons and North Fork have options, too, from chain hotels near kid-favorite attractions to mom-and-pop guesthouses with private beaches and pools. Some of these even have their own mini-golf courses and sports facilities for those who prefer more all-inclusive family entertainment. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite Hamptons and North Fork hotels, motels and guesthouses for families. Most are easily accessible from the region’s major roads or via the Long Island Rail Road.

Be advised, however: Lodging on the East End is at a premium during peak months, which are July and August in the Hamptons and August and September on the North Fork. Book early for best prices and monitor lodging websites for last-minute specials. And for ideas on what to do in the area, check out our Hamptons & North Fork Guide.

8 NYC Walking Tours for Every Family Interest

Walking tours are a great way for families, both native and tourists, to explore NYC. Whether you tour a neighborhood or borough you don't know well or one you've known forever, you are bound to learn something new while having plenty of fun. In a city as chock-full of life as New York, tour options are available for seemingly every sort of interest. You can take eating tours, check out movie and TV locations, explore nature, get a deeper understanding of Big Apple history and even learn which local wild plants are safe to eat.  

My son and I are big fans of walking tours, particularly ghost tours. We loved the spooky history tour we took in Montreal, and the Colonial-themed ghost tour of Williamsburg, Virginia. But until last summer, we hadn't tried a walking tour in NYC. We fixed that by tramping around the West Village with a Ghost Tour of NYC guide and fellow Mommy Poppins contributor Raven and her daughter. We had a blast and so did our almost-tween kids: We learned which Greenwich Village apartment buildings may be haunted and by what; gleaned some interesting historical tidbits; unearthed the macabre history of Washington Square Park; and discovered you don't have to be a tourist to enjoy a good walking tour.

Looking for more ways to see the city? Check out our Visitors' Guide, which includes reviews of all the city's best sights, places to eat, and stay.

Snap, Crackle, Pop: Kellogg's Cereal Bar Opens Near Times Square

I will not lie. When I heard a permanent cereal bar opened earlier this month near Times Square, I thought it would just be a trap for tourists. But after visiting, I found Kellogg's NYC to be an adorable cafe appealing to many diverse visitors (even us proud New Yorkers) with a fondness for breakfast; it will take you right back to your mother’s kitchen, filling everyone’s bowl with a whole lot more than just Rice Krispies.

We ran into Rob Nieporent, general manager of Kellogg's NYC, who told us that the inspiration behind the cafe was not merely to enhance Kellogg's bottom line or reinvent a tried-and-true brand name. Instead, Nieporent explained that the masterminds behind the restaurant wanted consumers to think about cereal in a new light. Beyond a staple breakfast food, the cereal bar demonstrates how the Kellogg's cereals we grew up with pair with a number of other ingredients, including blueberry jam, mint, and lemon zest. After trying three scrumptious concoctions inspired by pastry chef Christina Tosi (the founder behind the cereal-studded Momofuku Milk Bar), they sure had us convinced. 

7 Great Tide Pools to Take Kids to in Connecticut

One of my favorite things as a child was searching the seashore for shells. To be honest, I never cared much to go into the deep, dark water. Perhaps this is why I loved tide pools so much- I could spend hours mining through rocks and sand and collecting all the little creatures and shells that the tides left behind. Fortunate for us, we can enjoy the unique ecosystem of the Long Island Sound on many of our Connecticut Beaches  

Now that I am a parent, I love sharing this great New England tradition with my daughter. I love the sense of exploration that tide pools enable without the need for floatation devices. They also provide the perfect way to cool off on a hot summer day.  Each one of the beaches in this list offers the perfect setting for your budding marine life expert.  Make sure you check out the tide charts before you hit the road. 

Weekday Picks: Village Fair Days, Harry Potter and Rabbit Bags, July 25-29, 2016

Sometimes, especially in late July, indoor air conditioned play is just the ticket. Check out our Indoor Fun Guide for all sorts of ways to beat the heat this summer. On Monday, children can enjoy hands-on programs that show how farmers care for their animals. In the mood for a little music? There are many free family concerts this week including a country band in Ridgefield.  For those interested in summer fairs, you can get your fix at the New Milford Village Fair Days this Friday and coming weekend. 

Enjoy our CT Summer Fun Guide and CT Beach and Water Fun Guide for even more ways to enjoy the season with kids. As always, the Event Calendar is continually updated with events so check back often and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest to be sure you don't miss a thing.

Weekday Picks for LI Kids: Nature MakerSpace, Let's Talk Turtles, July 25-29

From enjoying the outdoor gardens at Long Island Children's Museum and learning about sea life in Greenport to talking about turtles and building a bug house, there is plenty to do on Long Island this week to connect kids with nature. And there's even more going on this week, so be sure to take a look at our Long Island events calendar and our Summer Fun Guide. You can also get the best events of the week sent directly to your inbox each week if you sign up for our newsletter.

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