Summer camps bring to mind images of wilderness exploration, sitting by the campfire roasting marshmallows, being outside in the sun, and just enjoying nature. Many of us grew up experiencing such moments in our back yards, and today you can help to create the same memories for your children by sending them to one of these great Hartford County nature-themed camps. Also, be sure to check out our CT Summer Camp Guide and our Summer Camp Directory.
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Too wet? Too cold? Too hot? No problem. The climate-controlled Bounce Town in Canton provides a great outing for children, no matter what the season or the reason. Oversized inflatables will entertain for hours: rush up the ladder of a fire truck, go under the sea on a Nemo-like adventure, chase each other through a Frozen bouncy house, giggle your way down the bumpy Kahuna slide (my daughter couldn’t get enough of this one), and challenge each other to a basketball shootout. Kids will leave exhausted, happy, and begging to return.
The stillness of winter inspires tranquility, often accompanied by the craving for adventure or a quick break from the daily routine. Day trips can provide the ideal escape, without requiring reservations, pet-sitting arrangements, or an entire week worth of packing. Here are a few family-friendly itinerary suggestions for a wonderful local getaway, knowing that at the end of the day, you will cuddle up in your own bed. In some cases, even crossing the border into a neighboring state can still have you back home for (a late) dinner. Also check out the Mommy Poppins Day Trips section for more inspiration, along with 50 Things To Do This Winter in Connecticut.
Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, gorillas swung from trees, playful penguins surrounded an igloo, and a seal put on a rooftop show. Technically, the time is now, the land is the not-so-distant city of Meriden, and the adorable creatures are more than 300 characters featured during the Festival of Lights. This annual and very family-friendly holiday lights event in the New Haven area is not to be missed due to its charm, great photo opportunities, and affordable price tag (umm, it's free!).
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!
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.
Lucky for us that we live in a world with Octobers, particularly in Connecticut. Columbus Day falls during one of the loveliest times of the year bringing crisp autumn days filled with all things us New Englanders love best: pumpkin everything, cider donuts and some pretty stellar leaf peeping. Columbus Day offers a great excuse for the playground or event 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.