Just because you have a pre-walker doesn't mean you can't take a family hike! These stroller-friendly trails in Connecticut take advantage of the state’s rail trails, greenways, and river pathways. The smooth, paved surfaces make it easy for you and your baby or toddler to explore the state. Whether you wish to enjoy peaceful walks through woodlands or strolling through city centers and parks, there is something on this list for everyone (even those with big siblings).
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If Coronavirus quarantine has got you down, help is on the way. Governor Lamont has begun rolling out a reopening plan, offering gradual relief to families and businesses exhausted by months of stay-at-home orders. Going outside has never sounded so thrilling. After two months of lockdown, only seeing each other in car parades, 7pm howls and virtual birthday parties, we finally have the beginnings of a plan to get out and enjoy the beaches, hiking trails, and more of Connecticut's natural beauty. If we do it responsibly, we should be able to enjoy some fresh air without putting people's lives at risk.
Phase 1 of Reopen CT begins on May 20. Read on to find out what that means for camps and businesses, as well as trails, beaches, farms, and more that we can now visit—as long as we adhere to social distancing protocols and cover up with face masks.
When it comes to where to buy a face mask or how to make a face mask, we’ve got the whole family covered—literally! Disney, Old Navy, and other retailers are making super-cute kids' face masks that are comfortable, affordable, and now essential for coronavirus protection. Or, with as little as a single sock and a pair of scissors, you can make a mask for kids yourself! The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend that people ages two and older who don't have cognitive or respiratory impairments wear face coverings when in public, especially in situations where it's hard to stay 6 feet away from other people.
Remember: parents are the most influential people in kids' lives, so grab (or make) a family pack of these stylish face masks and practice wearing them together before you head out. These doctor's tips for social distancing with kids include more helpful ideas for keeping your family and community safe, as many parts of the country begin to reopen.
This science experiment comes together so quickly you will be playing with your putty in less than 5 minutes. The smooth texture of this putty satisfies any sensory-seeking scientist in your home. One of our 64 Easy Experiments for Kids Using Household Stuff, this simple experiment uses only dish soap and cornstarch.
Read on for a fun, quick experiment to break up your day.
We all are following the “Stay Safe, Stay Home” guidelines, but why not have a little fun and spread the love that makes Connecticut the best place to call home? Our little corner of New England is bursting with local businesses that could use our support more than ever right now. Families can support Connecticut businesses by ordering meals (or meal kits) from local restaurants, buying gifts from independent toy stores and bookstores, investing in gifts or virtual classes from area museums and attractions, and more. (Remember, when you buy directly from one of these companies rather than a third-party service, you can ensure that more proceeds go directly to the small business itself.)
And while you're showing your support for the businesses you love, we hope you'll count Mommy Poppins and our small business partners among them. You can support Mommy Poppins by sharing articles you find useful with friends or on your social media channels, checking out our directory of virtual classes, camps and birthday parties and telling businesses you found them through Mommy Poppins. Also, as part of our effort to keep our local parent writers and this website afloat and support some of our favorite family businesses, we've created Poppins@Home, a platform for small businesses to share free and low-cost online classes and birthday parties with kids all over the country. Please consider trying a few of these fun, affordable, and creative classes—and spreading the word among your friends—as yet another way to support, uplift, and get through these challenging times together!
Mother’s Day festivities might be different this year, but being housebound doesn't mean moms need to deprive themselves of a special brunch or dinner. Connecticut restaurants and catering companies are giving mom a break from kitchen duty with takeout meals, from mimosa kits to DIY bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches, that can be delivered or picked curbside.
Along with a special brunch or dinner, these homemade Mother's Day cards are sure to complete mom's special day.
Did you know plastic milk jugs make awesome fairy houses, or sugar cubes are a fun substitute for Lego bricks? Sometimes we all need a little inspiration to get our creative juices flowing. And we're here to help, with a mega list of 100 arts and crafts projects you can do with your kids in the comfort of your own home.
Our list of creative boredom busters, includes everything from paper crafts, like crafting a decorative paper mache bowl, to our best slime recipes, inventive STEM activities, and projects perfect for the artsy preschooler in your life.
So, embrace your inner maker, and your newfound homebound existence, roll up your sleeves, and craft some memories and pretty cool finished projects in the process!
Homemade cards make Mother’s Day extra special even when we aren't under a stay-at-home order. When you add little handprints, flowers, and self-portraits, you are guaranteed to pull at mom’s heartstrings. Create the perfect card with these crafty and creative DIY Mother’s Day cards that can be made using what you have around the house and with kids of any age. Their homemade touch is the perfect way to show mom how much you love her.
For more ideas (literally hundreds) of things to do with kids during quarantine, check out our Stay-at-Home Guide for Pandemic Parenting.