On Monday, you can find plenty of parades to honor those who've sacrificed all for our freedom, including the parade and barbecue in Darien and celebrations in Mystic, Fairfield, and Unionville. Throughout the week, enjoy concerts, crafts, and a special storytime in honor of National Doughnut Day.
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The abundance and availability of fresh food at this time of the year is a real treat. Being able to pick our own fruits and vegetables at local farms makes the bounty taste even sweeter. Not only is it a fun family activity, it's also a great way to teach children about where their food comes from and to engage them in its preparation process.
Right now, strawberry picking is just getting under way, but don't hesitate: on some farms the picking season lasts just a few weeks. For more pick-your-own options in Connecticut, check out our posts about strawberry picking in Hartford County and blueberry picking farms. Happy picking - and baking - and eating!
At long last we have reached the very precipice of summer: Memorial Day weekend! I have dug the beach chairs out of the garage, taken the grill out for a test run, and I can't wait to plant my feet in the sand and perhaps even in the Sound. There's all kinds of non-beachy fun to be had this weekend too from fairs and festivals to animal encounters, special concerts, and more.
Whatever your plans, the significance of Memorial Day should not be forgotten. If you're looking for an educational way to honor the men and women who died in service to our nation, our Event Calendar features many kid-friendly parades and ceremonies, including the Revolutionary War Encampment in Wethersfield, the Decoration Day event at Mystic Seaport, and the U.S. Coast Guard Band concert in New London. To keep up with everything going on in CT, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Wishing you the very best Memorial Day weekend!
It took me a long to admit this to myself, but since we're among friends I'll just come out and say it: I do not enjoy eating in restaurants with my children. Or, at least I didn't. Now my kids are older and reasonable and do not have temper tantrums if their grilled cheeses are cut into quarters instead of halves--or at any rate they don't do it often. Even though, for a long time, my idea of "family friendly waterfront dining" was grabbing a blanket, some drinks, and those precisely cut grilled cheese sandwiches and heading to my town beach, I have recently branched out to actual restaurants where I leave the picnic basket at home. In the warmer months, there's nothing quite like a meal with a waterfront view, and the options in Fairfield County do not disappoint. Here are some of our favorites.
It looks as if the week ahead will be warmer, sunnier, and much more spring-like! It's a fantastic time to get outside to enjoy storytime at the beach, trails and tales, and even some icky, sticky, slimy animals. There's plenty of indoor fun too, including a reading with Connecticut's own Sarah Darer Littman (my tween girl cannot get enough of Littman's latest updated fairy tale series) and an open art clinic.
Carnival games, thrilling roller-coaster rides, adorable aquatic creatures, and historical treasures are on tap this Mother's Day weekend. In addition, many attractions around the state, including Lake Compounce and Mystic Aquarium, are honoring moms by offering them complimentary day passes with the purchase of a child's ticket. If you're still making plans for the big day, we've got a rundown of indulgent Mother's Day brunches across the state as well as Mother’s Day events in Fairfield County. Whether you want to celebrate local artisans at the Made in Connecticut Expo or sample some baklava at the Annual Greek Festival in Waterbury, there's plenty to do this weekend.
For other areas, be sure to browse our Event Calendar, which we continue to update throughout the weekend. To keep up with everything going on in Connecticut, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
It’s coming, it’s coming, it’s coming... Mother’s Day! The one day a year when children are required by law, tradition, expectation, whatever, to treat us moms like queens. And just in case the kids haven’t been preparing for the big day with the same fervor that you have, we’ve compiled a list of activities in Fairfield County that will make Mother’s Day 2017 one to remember!
Ah, May! I thought we'd never get here! With summer so tantalizingly close, we've still got all kinds of spring fun to celebrate including a special day for Star Wars lovers everywhere: May the Fourth. Celebrate your special connection with the Force at a Jedi Science workshop at EverWonder, an origami craft at the New London Public Library, or a multi-day event at Stepping Stones. If you'd rather get up close and personal with the stars in our galaxy, check out Public Astronomy Night at the Westport Astronomical Society. The more adventurous (and well rested) will want to check out the Family Sleepover at Norwalk's Maritime Aquarium. You'll enjoy sleeping with the fish, sharks, and seals in an unforgettable overnight experience.