Jacqueline Miller

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Weekday Picks: Animals, Yoga, and Bubble Mania, July 24-28, 2017

We are officially at the halfway point in our summer: my kids head back to school in six weeks. I'm not going to sugar coat it: some of the days have been loooooong, but I'm taking stock of our summer bucket list goals, and I'm making plans. Lots of plans. This week, we're planning to take in a little bubble magic at either the Otis Library on Monday or the Ivoryton Playhouse on Friday, and we're going to chill out with a little yoga in Greenwich, before enjoying some animal encounters in Coventry and New Canaan.

For more options, be sure to check our events calendar, which we update constantly with the latest and greatest local fun, and follow us on Facebook, InstagramTwitterPinterest, and Instagram so that you don't miss a thing. Have a great week!

Weekend Fun: Sunflowers, Outdoor Movies, and Fairy Tale Theater, July 22-23

The temperatures this week made everyone in my house short-tempered and cranky--especially me--so I'm looking forward to a weekend with plenty of opportunities to cool off and chill out. Saturday's opening of Sunflowers for Wishes at Buttonwood Farm looks like just the thing to cheer us all up (in addition to the gorgeous sunflowers, did I mention there's homemade ice cream?). Some theatrical magic might also lift our spirits, with performances at the Summer Theatre of New Canaan or the last weekend of the Richter's Fairy Tale Theater (note the new performance location in Bethel). 

If all else fails, there are plenty of outdoor movies on the calendar this weekend, from Secret Life of Pets at Shady Beach in Norwalk to Zootopia at Mill River Park in Stamford to Sing at Riverwalk in Shelton to The BFG at The Shoppes at Farmington Valley in Canton. For more ideas, check the Mommy Poppins events calendar and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. Stay cool out there!

Weekday Picks: Tea Party, Movies, and a Water Carnival, July 10-14, 2017

My kids are older now so that "witching hour"--those difficult later afternoons starting around 5:00 pm--isn't as dramatic as it used to be, but it's often still the most challenging part of those long summer days. Happily, in Connecticut there are so many outdoor concerts, movies, and other performances, that it's easy to get out of the house and out of our grumpy moods and have a good time. This week alone, you can catch early evening concerts in New Canaan, Hartford, Newtown, Westport, and Storrs, among many other options you'll find in our events calendar

For daytime fun, check out movies in Hartford, Stamford, and Trumbull, a water carnival (don't forget your swimsuits!), and a butterfly tea party. Check back here often and follow us on Facebook, InstagramTwitterPinterest, and Instagram so that you don't miss a thing. Have fun!

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Food Trucks, Sailfest, and Summer Concerts, July 8-9

Just one question before we begin: which end is UP?!? After a sorta kinda four day weekend, I am still picking up the pieces from my overtired and cranky children who spent a few too many nights up late watching fireworks, making s'mores, and chasing fireflies. We've got to rest up for the weekend and the chance to catch still more fireworks in Enfield, New London, and Hartford. And since no one likes being cooped up in the kitchen when the weather outside is so glorious, we're hoping to hit up the food truck festivals in Hartford and Goshen to sample some of their mobile delicacies. 

Strawberry picking season has wound down almost everywhere, but various farms across the state are opening for blueberry, peach, and raspberry picking (consult our pick your own guide and remember that conditions change daily so be sure to check directly with any farm before you set out for the day).

As always, for the latest and greatest happenings across the state, check out our Event Calendar, which is constantly updated with new listings. To keep up with everything going on in CT,  follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Have a fabulous weekend!

Weekday Picks: Fireflies, Fireworks, and Strawberry Shortcake, June 26-30, 2017

Last week was our first full week of summer vacation, and one thing is clear: if we're going to make it through this summer with our sanity and our sense of humor in tact, I'm going to have to up my planning game. Fortunately, there's no shortage of things to do! Free outdoor family concert and/or movie series are up and running in West Hartford, Trumbull, Westport, and Groton (for more ideas, check the events calendar). 

You'll have your pick of early Independence Day celebrations on Friday night in Stamford, Hamden, and Killingly among many others--for a full run down of more than 40 fireworks celebrations across the state, click here. Check back here often and follow us on Facebook, InstagramTwitter, and Pinterest so that you don't miss a thing. Happy Summer!

4th of July Fireworks in Connecticut

Who doesn't love fireworks—especially after a sandy day at the beach like the celebration in East Haven? Here in Connecticut, fireworks season starts before July 4th and continues afterward, too. Kick off summer with a bang with our roundup of more than 40 (!) CT pyrotechnic displays in honor of Independence Day. As always before heading out, check the weather forecast and parking restrictions, especially at beaches. Some venues allow nonresidents to pay for parking on-site, but others require that passes be purchased in advance at a separate location.

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Camping, Festivals, and Fireworks, June 24-25

It is officially summer so we've dusted off our beach chairs and stocked up on a supply of sunscreen. We're ready for some adventures! This weekend, we might hit a beach party with fireworks in East Haven, catch the kickoff of one of our favorite summer concert series with a performance by the McLovins at Bayley Beach in picturesque Rowayton, or spend the night at the New Canaan Nature Center, a fun and easy camping experience for even very young children.

Believe it or not, fireworks season begins this weekend with displays in Danbury,  Branford, Hebron, Coventry, and Bridgeport, to name just a few. As we count down to the July 4th holiday, families can find a little historical context at the 17th Century Encampment at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum.

As always, for the latest and greatest happenings across the state, check out our Event Calendar, which is constantly updated with new listings. To keep up with everything going on in CT, subscribe to our free newsletters, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram,  Twitter, and Pinterest. Have a fabulous weekend!

Weekday Picks: Folk Concert, 17th Century Encampment, and Sports, June 19-23, 2017

This Wednesday officially marks the first day of summer, and with it comes fun days at the beachoutdoor movies, music festivals, and indoor play (for when it gets too hot).  This week alone, families can enjoy a 17th Century Encampment, an alternative folk music outdoor concert, and the international festival of arts and ideas

Many kids have finished school so feel free to scour the Event Calendar to ensure everyone stays busy and happy. Check back here often and follow us on Facebook, InstagramTwitter, and Pinterest so that you don't miss a thing. Happy Summer!

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