Your Connecticut preschooler might finally be ready for camp! Before children enter school, whether it’s preschool or kindergarten, parents often look for opportunities to help prepare them for the upcoming school year—and summer camp is a great option. Many great summer camps in the Hartford County area fill this need. We've found short sessions, indoor and outdoor options, and plenty of summer fun for Hartford-area preschoolers and toddlers. Closer to Fairfield? You might want to see our Preschooler Camps for Fairfield County Kids instead.
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If your winter does not allow for snowy escapes to Vermont or New Hampshire, fear not. Connecticut ski resorts - though obviously not as vertically exhilarating - offer plenty of thrills for easier-to-manage day trips, and let's face it: the coldest season is much more fun if you stay active and enjoy the outdoors. The Mommy Poppins Winter Fun Guide highlights plenty of ways to help you do just that! Below is an overview of some of the area's best family-friendly ski resorts, whether you love zooming down slopes on skis or in the comfort of a snow tube. Tip: if you want to avoid lines, head to any of these mountains early in the morning and be pleasantly surprised. Going on a weekday always helps, too. If cross-country skiing is more your thing, check out these recommendations in Hartford and Fairfield counties. For even more skiing and snow sports ideas, browse our Ski and Snow Sports Guide.
Winter in Connecticut. Sure it's quaint and cozy, and classically New England. But it can also feel incredibly long. By February, you and the kiddos may find yourselves practically climbing the walls. Fear not, we have a list of 55 boredom busters sure to keep the entire family busy until spring. Whether you want to sled, ski, or ice skate, or if you've got a sweet tooth to satisfy, we've got something to occupy every whim. Don't let the winter doldrums get you down; there's much fun to be had and we'll show you exactly where to find it. And if this isn't enough to keep your troops from a winter mutiny, you can find even more ideas in the Mommy Poppins CT Winter Fun Guide. Here's to winter! Make it your family's best one yet.
Play is synonymous with childhood; it develops physical strength, social skills, imagination, and it’s a whole lot of fun. What's important is that it's available to kids four seasons of the year, whether the forecast requires indoor active play or allows for fair-weather forays to a playground or park. Throw in a free opportunity for play, and most parents will be as giddy as their kids. So here are some suggestions where to burn off energy, but not cash.
"Trick-or-treat!" Kids of all ages love reciting those magic words in exchange for bags filled with goodies. Walking through the streets and knocking on strangers’ doors late in the evening, however, may not be the best option for toddlers and preschoolers. Luckily, New Jersey offers plenty of opportunities for safe trick-or-treating in controlled environments. From pumpkin farms to amusement parks to community events, you can experience the fun of trick-or-treating without worry at these structured, family-friendly outings.
They are unique, creative, and challenging, and they will leave you both stomping with frustration and giggling with delight. Corn mazes! A beautiful symbol of autumn, mazes are a tradition for many determined to navigate clues and avoid getting lost among towering golden stalks. No matter what part of the state you live in, you likely have the opportunity for a corn-mazing adventure. Too corn-y? Perhaps, but this kind of fun only lasts a few weeks each year. Have a wonderful time and be sure to check out more suggestions for Things to Do This Fall in Connecticut, including Pick-Your-Own Orchards, Fall Fairs, and pumpkin patches,
Before pool noodles and beach towels get stored away for another season, and late summer nights are replaced by bedtime curfews and homework, (at least) 30 must-do activities await in Connecticut, a great place to raise kids. So don't pack up the flip flops or exile the picnic basket to storage just yet. There are still a few weeks before school buses begin to line at the curb, allowing us to capitalize on the time left and give summer a proper send-off, making more memories sure to keep hearts warm in the cold days to come.
When done right, camping is a blast. It brings to reality idyllic stories of roasting marshmallows over a fire and telling imaginative stories while gazing at a night sky. Once the initial equipment is purchased, camping can be a frugal way to vacation – averaging about only $30 a night. Opportunities to camp around the country are endless, but if you’re new to camping or have young children, “experts” recommend beginning the adventure close to home. It just happens that Connecticut offers some fantastic campgrounds. We have five recommendations for tent camping that your family can try out. If you don't feel quite ready to pop up a tent, we mention a few locations that provide cabins for rent, while still keeping things basic. In addition, we offer some camping tips that will help make the experience that much more enjoyable.
For more ideas on how to have a great summer, browse our Summer Fun Guide.