Attending a musical or theatrical performance is a beloved holiday tradition. If you have a budding ballerina in your midst and Clara's story is on your "must see" list, don't worry: we also have you covered for performances of The Nutcracker. If your children would be more entertained by a mischievious white dog or an inspiring story of a changed life, those are here too!
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Halloween week is here, and for many that means dressing up in fancy or scary costumes and indulging in tasty treats. The Mommy Poppins Halloween guide is packed with great ways to celebrate, including the Best Trick-or-Treating Neighborhoods in NJ and 30 Free Events and Parades that are frightfully fun. If you have little ones, don't miss the Best Halloween Events for NJ Preschoolers.
After Halloween, watch your favorite princesses glide and sing at Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream, have a mommy-and-me date at Chocolate Works, make amazing LEGO creations, and more. And take advantage of the mild temperatures to continue exploring the beauty of autumn with activities such as corn mazes, fall hikes, and other seasonal fun.
Play is synonymous with childhood; it develops physical strength, social skills, imagination, and it’s a whole lot of fun. Just watch children buzzing by on a playground or in a park, giggling in a sandbox, or raising their arms in delight as they zoom down a slide. 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.
It seems like just the other day we were making back-to-school plans, and now we're looking for ways to make plans and optimize every day off from school. Columbus Day falls during one of the most beautiful months of the year, especially in New England, and October weather means great times can still be had making new friends on the playground or digging in the sand and looking for seashells at the beach. Whether you're in the mood for aviation history, sharks or jellyfish, tigers or sloths, Renaissance masterpieces, testing your agility or your taste buds, or a scenic drive, you will likely find something for everyone on our list of recommendations. Here, in no particular order, are plenty of ways to spend a Monday off from school.
If you’re looking for a small-town fair big on entertainment, mouth-watering foods, and scrumptious desserts, the Southington Apple Harvest Festival, celebrating its 49th year and mentioned in our 30 Fun Things to Do This Fall in Connecticut is sure to deliver. Nestled around the charming Southington Town Green, this family-oriented event attracts about 100,000 visitors annually. Add free admission and free parking to the fact that purchases benefit local community organizations and businesses, and you have an all-around feel good experience.
At the northern tip of Hartford County, you'll find a pastoral oasis: the towns of Granby, East Granby, West Granby and North Granby. Their rolling hills and dense woods make for some of the best hiking in the county, and an abundance of farms offer exciting and delicious experiences for children of all ages. Whenever my family craves a break from city noise and concrete buildings, we head to one of the Granby towns where tranquility and open vistas await, Spring, Summer, or Fall! Without further ado and in no particular order, here are our top 10 favorite stops in the area:
Where can you gaze into the eyes of Siberian tigers, watch the antics of a red panda or the graceful dance of a colorful peacock, admire the perfect stillness of a sloth or trace the movements of turtles, or be wowed by the size of a bison - all in one day? At Beardsley Zoo, of course. Listed at the top of our 120 Things to Do With Kids in Connecticut, our state's only zoological park has been harboring endangered species, promoting conservation, and delighting visitors of all ages for nearly 100 years.