Spring fever is running rampant in my house. No one wants to do homework or go to swim practice or rehearse for the end of year chorus concert. What we do want to do is have some fun. Happily, there is no shortage of springtime fun to be had here in Connecticut, whether you're kids are interested in joining the slime craze, brushing up on their cooking skills, or spending an afternoon enjoying America's favorite pastime. And just in case you're looking for something even sweeter, don't forget that Thursday is free cone day at Carvel (which has locations all over the state)!
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All of us here at Mommy Poppins CT wish our wonderful readers a happy Easter and spring! Celebrate the holiday with a special train ride, an egg hunt, a chocolate egg decorating workshop, an egg-stravaganza, or even an old fashioned Easter egg roll.
For non holiday activities, there's a fantastic Wildlife Encounters stage show at the CT Science Center, a puppetry mini-festival, and a painting workshop at the Aldrich, among other activities. Because of the holiday, you'll find that many of our favorite kid-friendly hangouts such as libraries and museums are closed or have limited hours on Friday and Sunday, so be sure to double check with your destination before setting off.
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For many of us, this week in Connecticut is spring break, and though we're not all lucky enough to be heading to a tropical destination, we are fortunate to live in a place where there are all kinds of activities available for staycationing families--many of them free! You can relive the 1960s and 1970s in Fairfield County by exploring the "Talking 'Bout My Generation" exhibit at the Fairfield Museum and Nature Center or try your hand at embroidery, weaving, or stenciling during the Connecticut Historical Society's ART-ifact Discovery Program. If the natural world is more your scene, you can explore the Stamford Museum & Nature Center with Take-a-Hike Week or enjoy special activities (including a personal encounter with a bearded dragon!) at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk.
If you're celebrating Easter, don't miss the egg hunts at the New Canaan Nature Center (preregistration required!) or the Darien Community Association (just drop in!). And if all the holiday prep is wearing you out, enjoy a a little downtime with vacation film series at the Cos Cob Library, the Darien Library, and the Stafford Library among others. For that all too rare "me time," drop off activities abound at locations such as the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center or The Coastal Center at Milford Point.
All weekend I was despairing about the damp and chilly weather, but then I heard it: the soft peeping from the marshy land behind our house that portends the arrival of spring! Hopefully the weather will catch up with the frogs--and soon! If you want to get out and look for these cheerful reminders of spring, check out the Amphibian Amble at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center or Nature Sprouts at Greenwich Audubon where naturalists are on hand to give you some pointers. If the warm coziness of the indoors is more your speed, kids can try their hands at crime scene investigation at the Hartford Library or collect some Easter goodies at the Stew Leonard's in Danbury or Norwalk. And don't forget--Tuesday is free cone day at Ben & Jerry's so stop by the shops in Canton, South Windsor, or West Hartford (among other locations) to indulge!
The weekend forecast doesn't promise the warm and sunny blast of spring that we've been longing for so it looks like we're going to have to make our own fun. With an event calendar as busy as ours, that shouldn't be too hard. Kick the Easter season off with egg hunts in New Canaan and Fairfield or enjoy some fantastic performances including Peter and the Wolf, Mary Poppins, Pete the Cat, and Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood. Be sure to check with the venues directly for any outdoor activities in the event of weather-related schedule changes.
We're not a religious family, but that doesn't stop us from getting out and enjoying traditions associated with Easter, and fortunately, there are plenty of events to choose from all over Fairfield County. Many families enjoy a Easter Bunny brunch, while others like to get outside and enjoy Springtime's arrival. Most of these events are geared towards preschoolers and younger elementary age children so, if you have older kids, be sure to check the descriptions carefully. Also note that some events require pre-registration and/or prepayment. Have a hopping good time!
The last week in March does not look like it will be very lamb-like as promised, but never fear! We have tracked down some can't miss indoor activities that will keep you all cozy, dry, and entertained. Whether you're interested in a little inflatable fun, a family friendly dance party, or a safety-focused story and craft, there's no shortage of fun going on all over Connecticut this week. When the sun finally does come out, celebrate National Take a Walk in the Park Day with a stroll through Mill River Park. You can even bring your pooch!
It's just a few more days before spring arrives on Monday, and after we've spent this week slipping and sliding in the snow and ice, it can't come soon enough!