With school winding down and camps just getting started, June really is the perfect month to devote to family fun. It's Connecticut Trails Day from June 1st to 2nd, so consider kicking off the month with one of these short, easy hikes that are perfectly suited to kids. Highlights this month include lots of festivals, front porch concerts, fireflies and pirates. Of course our Summer Fun Guide and events calendar are chock-full of more ideas, but if we had to choose our very favorite June activities, these picks would make our top 25. Have fun out there!
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It's Columbus Day Weekend, and the annual three-day holiday weekend includes the usual family activities like the annual Columbus Day parades in New Haven and Bridgeport. For a more traditional autumn-focused outdoor activity, check out the annual Southington Apple Harvest Festival, which draws an estimated 100,000 visitors each year. If you're in the mood for a little fall flavor, there is the annual Taste of Fairfield featuring two dozen restaurants, breweries, and food vendors, and the annual Mystic Chowder Days where you can indulge in clam fritters, fish tacos, shrimp po'boys and eight different bisques and chowders. With the kids off from school Monday, it's a perfect chance to have an extra family day exploring the 165 interactive exhibits at the CT Science Center, or any one of these 50 Things to Do With Kids on Columbus Day. As always, we recommend calling ahead in the event of rain to make sure outdoor events are still on.
Summer weather is scheduled to make a comeback this weekend, with unseasonable temperatures expected to climb back into the mid-80s Saturday and Sunday. The warm sunny weekend is perfect for checking out Connecticut's largest annual agricultural fair. There's more outdoor fun to be had at the Fair Weather Acres Fall Festival and in Newington at the annual Waterfall Fest. Head to Trumbull for a celebration of crisp fall apples, or just relax and spend some time learning about that most peaceful of critters, the monarch butterfly. As always, we recommend calling ahead in the event of rain to make sure outdoor events are still on.
With Labor Day weekend behind us, the fall season is officially here. School is back in session, making weekend fun with the kids even more precious. Celebrate at harvest and autumn festivals in Hebron and Ledyard. Enjoy everything apple at the St. Peter's Apple Festival. If you are looking to stay indoors, the Wadsworth Atheneum's free admission Saturday is this weekend, as is UConn's annual community puppet-making workshop. As always, we recommend calling ahead in the event of rain to make sure outdoor events are still on.
For most people in Connecticut, this is the unofficial last weekend of summer, as school districts start opening for the 2017-18 school year next week. But there's still time to enjoy the fun options that abound in the state this weekend, including a hot air balloon festival, sunflower mazes, and the Last Roar of Summer at the Yale Peabody Museum. When the sun goes down there is also plenty to do, including a food truck feast, or a post-game fireworks display at the ballpark.
The dog days are upon us, and soon it will be time for back-to-school shopping. But there is still time for a few more weekends of summer fun. For starters how about learning about the history of the very first airplane flight, which took place right here in Connecticut (no matter what North Carolina says). For more down-to-earth fun, learn about the role pirates played in Colonial trade. And after you've worked up an appetite, refuel with pizza, porchetta, sausages, pastries, and gelato at the 50th Annual Italian Festival. As always, in the event of rain, be sure to check that your intended activity is still on before jumping into the car.
Summer is racing by at breakneck speed, with the last weekend of July already upon us. In addition to the numerous fairs and festivals this weekend there are a number of unique events perfect for a family with kids. For starters how about spending a day as a pirate? You can also learn about the history of carousels and their animals, and even celebrate reaching summer's halfway point. As always, in the event of rain, be sure to check that your intended activity is still on before jumping into the car.
It's mid-July, and in between scanning the beach and heat index reports, Connecticut residents are enjoying the annual summer fair and festival season, which is in full swing. On a hot day, what's better than an ice cream festival? And speaking of sweet treats, berry season is here at local pick-your-own farms. For those who prefer indoor activities during the summer season, how about learning the ancient craft of leatherworking? As always, be sure to check with the venues directly for any outdoor activities in the event of weather-related schedule changes.