Jacqueline Miller

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President's Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Eagles, Art, and Lunarfest, February 18-20

Most of us in Connecticut have at least a three-day weekend ahead and with the vagaries of school break schedules, many of us have quite a few more. Happily, Connecticut is a fabulous place to staycation, plenty of fun awaits around the state. We've got all kinds of ideas to get outside from eagle spotting train rides to a guided nature hike to a festive parade celebrating the lunar new year. If you're feeling more of an indoor vibe, check out the Harlem Globetrotters, a puppetry festival, or museum adventures in BristolRidgefield, and Bridgeport.  And if all this togetherness is too much, there's even a fun drop off workshop at the Noah Webster House, for just a few hours or the whole day.

We update our Events Calendar frequently so be sure to check back for even more great suggestions. To keep up with the latest family-friendly events and activities, sign up for our newsletters, and follow us on FacebookTwitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Have a fantastic weekend!

Easter Egg Hunts and Events in Fairfield County, CT

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!

Going for the Gold: 20 Ice Skating Rinks for Future Connecticut Olympians

Okay, it may have been more than forty years ago, but the 1976 Olympics looms large in my childhood memories: in fact, I was so enthralled by Dorothy Hamill that I rocked her signature haircut well into my tween years (in hindsight, that was perhaps a few years too long). When the 2018 Winter Olympics open in Pyeongchang later this week, I don't know if my kids will be so enthralled that they'll be demanding Bradie Tennell or Adam Rippon haircuts, but a parent can dream!

Should you find your child enjoying some Olympic dreams of his/her own, there is an abundance of learn-to-skate programs offering everything from figure skating to ice dancing and even ice theater--with some offering February vacation week camps. For even more recommendations for winter fun when you're not watching the games, check out our CT Winter Fun Guide and subscribe to our weekly newsletters and follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram. Have a great week!

20 Ways to Celebrate Maple Sugaring Season in Connecticut

In February, hundreds of sugar houses all across the state get to work on the process of collecting and evaporating clear watery sap into golden syrup. The traditional maple sugaring season extends from early February until late March, though that depends greatly on the weather (which has varied considerably over the last few years). Freezing nights and warm, sunny days are necessary to provide good sap yields. Did you know that it takes 40 parts maple sap to make 1 part maple syrup (10 gallons sap to make 1 quart syrup)? That's why the good stuff ain't cheap!

If you want to get in on the action yourself, there are open housesdemonstrations and festivals celebrating this sweet treat happening the next few weekends in LitchfieldHartford, Fairfield, and New Haven counties. Some sugar houses invite you to stop in anytime the evaporator is running (but call before heading out).

Look for more winter fun outings in our Winter Fun Activities Guide and our frequently updated Events Calendar, as well as our newsletters, FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram. Have a fabulous week!

Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2018 Events for Kids in Connecticut

From writing thank you notes to first responders to crafting peace doves, there is a wide range of incredible ways to honor Martin Luther King Jr. next Monday, January 15th and during the preceding weekend. Special exhibits and learning opportunities will be available at The Yale Peabody Museum, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum, or the Bruce Museum where day-long events are planned. For younger kids who may require some vacation day coverage, drop off programs are available at Flanders Nature Center and Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center—please note that preregistation is required for both.

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20 Family Friendly New Year's Eve Celebrations in Connecticut

I have crossed over. Dreams of elegant parties and midnight champagne toasts have been replaced with longing for easy bedtimes and a good night's sleep. But it feels wrong not to celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of another without some sort of revelry. Happily, there's no shortage of ways to celebrate New Year's Eve together as a family: no baby sitter required! Whether you're interested in bowling or skating (ice or roller), museums or light shows, there's something for everyone. The First Night events in Hartford and Westport offer a little bit of everything including fireworks, music, and more.

For more great ideas to finish up 2017 and make plans for 2018, be sure to check our frequently updated events calendar and subscribe to our weekly newsletters. Follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram so that you won't miss a thing. Merry Christmas! See you next year!

Christmas Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Skiing, Skating, and Caroling, December 23-25

All of us at Mommy Poppins hope you are enjoying the season with your family and friends, and we wish you the happiest of holidays. You may still have gifts to be wrapped (or--gulp--located) and stockings to be hung, but there are many ways to get out and celebrate the wonder that is Christmas in Connecticut. There is all kinds of fun going on all weekend. even on Christmas Day, whether you're looking to enjoy the splendor of the seasonsing some carolsdo a little skatinghit the slopes, or more. For more suggestions see our list of 20 Things to Do with the Kids on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

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10 Indoor Party Spaces in Connecticut to Make the Winter Wonderful

My kids are older and reasonably self-sufficient when it comes to snow clothes, but after one weekend of bundling everyone into boots and snow pants and gloves, I find myself giving thanks to the plethora of indoor party spaces we have at our disposal in Connecticut. From trampolines to laser tag to cooking, we've got plenty of places to go that are toasty and warm and don't require additional wardrobe layers. In addition to award-winning birthday parties, most of these venues offer workshops or other drop in events that are just the thing to keep the kids entertained on even the coldest and grayest of days.

For the latest in party planning and other fun winter-time suggestions both indoors and out, make sure that you subscribe to our weekly newsletters and follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram so that you won't miss a thing. Have a good week!