Looking to partake in some of that elusive “us” time that couples are supposed to be indulging in? Then you can cross find a sitter right off that list of “reasons we never leave the house for a date." Parents' Night Outs provide entertainment for your little ones so you can enjoy grabbing a bite to eat at a place that doesn't feature a kids' menu and placemats to color. If you are on a first name basis with the Friday night delivery guy, here is a list of some Fairfield County businesses that have regularly scheduled Parents Night Out events.
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What better way to spend a winter weekend than a trip along the Connecticut Chocolate Trail with my little sweetheart. Connecticut has many trails and tours that explore numerous hand crafted artisanal goodies, but the Chocolate Trail seems like a perfect fit for the Valentine's season. While there are many businesses on the trail, we decided to keep it more local and explore some of the spots just in Fairfield County.
When the seemingly endless cold and gray of Winter is giving you a case of cabin fever, it’s time to bundle up the family and head to one of your local parks. Winter brings its own magic to the local parks and preserves of Fairfield County. Less crowds means more peace and quiet to enjoy your natural surroundings. Take in a refreshing breath of cold air and see how many animal tracks you can find in the snow or just spend some time gathering materials to make an awesome Ice Suncatcher.
No snow? No problem! You don’t need snow shoes, skis, sleds to enjoy these parks and preserves - a pair of weatherproof boots and your winterwear should do the trick. So, disconnect from the screens and devices for an afternoon and reconnect with nature.
“Mom. Is it time yet? Are we going to the Splash Zone today?” For the last week, these have been the first words out of my daughter’s mouth. On Saturday she walked into my bedroom at the crack of dawn wearing her swimsuit (over her pajamas of course) and goggles. Finally, Sunday arrived. Splash Zone Day at Chelsea Piers Connecticut! To say my four-year-old daughter was looking forward to this adventure would have been a bit of an understatement. Bonus points: she got to bring a friend!
When winter weather turns into a day off from school it’s time to head for the hills - sledding hills that is. Some of my favorite memories of growing up in the ‘burbs involved bundling up in my snow gear and getting kicked out of the house for a few hours. I’d come running back into the house and tell my parents stories of epic trips down the mountain while warming up to cups of hot cocoa. These are the things that snow day magic is made of. Here in Fairfield County, we have our fair share of mountains to pick from.
Here is a list of some local favorite spots to spend a couple hours burning off that cabin fever. This way, the next time that phone rings at 5:30 in the morning declaring it a “snow day!”, you can share in your child’s enthusiasm. And, if you are looking for a little bit more of an adventure, check out our Snowshoeing and Cross Country Skiing Guide for Fairfield County and great Sledding Hills in the Hartford Area too.
When the shorter days and longer nights of Winter have my family bouncing off the walls we frequently turn to the Mommy Poppins guide of Indoor Play Spaces. Lucky for us in Fairfield County, there are quite a few to choose from. Having a fun, safe, clean, dependable indoor play area is crucial to surviving winter in Connecticut. For my family, that magical place is called “Our Back Yard”. You may not notice this expansive play space driving down the road in Fairfield. It’s tucked into a strip mall, above the Nutmeg Bowl Bowling Alley. Our Back Yard is in the same building as the bowling alley, but if you follow the driveway along the side of the building, you will reach the separate parking lot and entrance for the play space. Our Back Yard offers a “weather resistant” playscape. Even though we have been “bounced out” after about 60 minutes, I still feel like this is a tremendous bang for your buck.
Now that the turkey has been served and the calendar has officially turned to December, it's safe to say the holiday season has arrived in FC. Fairfield County has a rich history in theater, so what better way is there to celebrate the season than to spend an afternoon with your loved ones while getting a little culture.
Thankfully, there are many theaters all over Fairfield County that offer some seasonal stage fun. From the Family Friendly Shows at the Palace Theater in Stamford, to a live performance of A Charlie Brown's Christmas in Danbury, there is something in every corner of the county. Enjoy timeless classics, modern classics, and completely new productions. There is even something on this list for those who are "Christmas-ed out." Also, make you check out this full list of Holiday Shows in Connecticut that Aren't The Nutcracker. From the very young, to the young at heart, there is sure to be something on this list that will have you “fa-la-la-ing” all the way home.
This craft is sponsored by Henry Holt, an imprint of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group.
Families come in all shapes and sizes. A new picture book, Little Elliot, Big Family, tells the story of a small elephant who finds a family of his own in the big city. We travel with Little Elliot and his friend Mouse through 1940s NYC, visiting favorite landmarks.
This charming tale inspired us to celebrate our own family with a special picture frame craft. This easy project is a picture perfect way to save cherished family memories.