Preschoolers

7 Tips for Taking Your Preschooler to See The Nutcracker at the Boston Opera House

Moms of preschoolers: Are you ready to incorporate The Nutcracker into your holiday traditions, but wondering if your child is ready for the show? I attended the dress rehearsal of Boston Ballet’s performance of Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker at the Boston Opera House with my nearly 4-year-old son to find out exactly what it’s like to attend with a young child, and we had a fabulous time on our mother-son date at the ballet. Here are some tips for you and your young ballet-goer to have a wonderful time, too.

Weekend Fun: Holiday Decorations, Santa, and Rockin' with Elvis, Dec. 3-4

With the last of the Thanksgiving leftovers made into soup and sandwiches, it's time for the final holiday countdown. It's the first weekend of December and for many that means the hunt for the perfect tree has begun. You'll find many places to pick your own in our CT Holiday Fun Guide. Also, Santa has arrived and we know where you can meet him in Stamford, Danbury and Bristol. 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 with the latest activities. Our top suggestions for fun this weekend are broken out below. Enjoy!

December GoList: Best Holiday Events and Activities for LA and OC Kids

Thanksgiving is behind us, and the daily, backward-counting dose of chocolate known as Advent begins. Suddenly we have just three weeks left to squeeze every bit of holiday fun out of this city that we possibly can—with a week left over to decide whether we should try to celebrate New Year's Eve with our kids, or elusively without them. There are amazing holiday light displays to take in; and then there are more amazing holiday light displays. There are Santa photos to snap, trees to lightNutcrackers to see, and Hanukkah looms large on the lit horizon, too. In short, no matter how hard you try to do it all, there is more epic fun stuff going on than anyone could possibly do in a month. If you had to choose, though, below are the dozen December events we would suggest you make time for.

December GoList: The Best Things To Do With CT Kids This Month

The holiday season is in full swing, and those in Connecticut looking for family fun don't have to look far this December.  You'll find lots of great shows, holiday festivals, Santa Claus visits, reindeer, and holiday strolls in our GoList. So many that we've rounded up 20 of our favorite events. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter, where you'll find a list of each week's highlighted events as well as information for great giveaways. And for even more holiday fun, including where to find that perfect Christmas tree, be sure to check out our CT Holiday Fun Guide. Happy Holidays!

December GoList: Things To Do with Long Island Kids this Month

'Tis the season for tons of family-friendly events and activities. From holiday light displays and breakfast with Santa to watching The Nutcracker and ringing in the New Year, there is something merry and bright going on practically every day of the week this month on Long Island. So bundle the kids up and enjoy everything the season has to offer.

And for even more fun, check out our Long Island Events Calendar, as well as our Long Island Holiday Fun Guide.

Top 10 Kids' Birthday Party Spots in Glendale

In some ways parents on the Eastside and in the Valley have it made. Birthday party options would be one of those ways. Take Glendale, for instance: without even leaving Glendale, families have an incredible assortment of options for hosting kids’ parties, from indoor to outdoor, retro to techno, large to intimate. We've pulled together 10 great Glendale party ideas, ranging from free parks to private affaires—options to make any child’s birthday wishes come true.   

6 Awesome Holiday Light Displays in the Lower Hudson Valley

We just can’t get enough of these holiday lights. Whether you live in the Hudson Valley or you’re taking a trip across the bridge, we’ve collected some of the best home holiday light displays in the area to visit with your family. There’s even a Guinness World Record winner in here! 

For more holiday fun, be sure to check our Event Calendar and follow us on Facebook. Know of any other light displays we should check out? Drop us an email, and be sure to sign up for our newsletters to stay in the loop. 

Holiday Train Rides With Santa in Connecticut

To be honest, I don’t know the last time I saw Santa in a sleigh.  Nope, over the past several years, I’ve seen Santa arrive to greet crowds of believers in a fire truck, a police car, a helicopter, and a Porsche (really, Santa??). 

So it was no surprise when my 5-year-old came home from school telling me her friend Abby saw Santa on a train.  And she’s absolutely right – there a few amazing Holiday Trains in Connecticut, where you and your kids can enjoy both your love of trains and the holiday season!  Watching the steam roll and waft in front of the train's headlight, while giant snowflakes fall will throw you back 60 years -- in the most wonderful, magical, 'It's a Wonderful Life' sort of way.  For more holiday fun check out our CT Holiday Fun Guide.

Where to Meet Santa Claus in Fairfield County, CT

From the shopping mall to the shark tank, Santa is making plenty of special appearances this season. We have rounded up some of our favorite outings with Santa in Fairfield County. Ride a train, build a wooden boat or watch him make a daredevil descent from 22 stories above. Just don't forget your camera! To find Santa across the state check out our Top 25 Santa Activities in Connecticut and for even more seasonal fun, check out this year's Holiday Fun Guide.

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