Jacqueline Miller

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Weekday Picks: Connecticut Day, Shopkins, and Harold and the Purple Crayon, September 18-22, 2017

Happy New Year to all our readers celebrating Rosh Hashanah! May the coming year be filled with love, friendship, and joy! This week we've collected all kinds of activities including a fantastic party and book giveaway for anyone who's home from school on Thursday. If you've got the flexibility for a mid-week road trip, Connecticut Day at the Big E on Wednesday is a fabulous opportunity to show your Nutmeg Pride, and if you're staying closer to home, check out the Chickadees program in Mystic or splurge on a night out with the Shopkins Live.  

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

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Hawks, Butterflies, and Bagels, September 16-17

Ah, fall! The calendar might not have made it official but the cool breezes, warm apple pies, festivals, and road races have put us in an autumn frame of mind! On tap this weekend, there's Cider Saturday in New Canaan, the Raspberry Festival in Sherman, and of course, the beloved Berlin Fair. Greenwich Audubon has their annual informative and fun Hawk Watch, which includes lots of opportunities to get up close and personal with birds of prey. Saturday looks like an auspicious day for apple picking so check out our guide to Apple and Pumpkin Picking to get some ideas before you set out.

These fall weekends are particularly action packed so make sure that you subscribe to our weekly newsletters and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram so that you won't miss any of the fun! As always, our event calendar is updated with the latest activities, and our top suggestions for fun this weekend are broken out below. Enjoy!

Halloween Trunk-or-Treat Locations in Fairfield County

Do you live in a part of Fairfield County where the roads are windy and you don't have any sidewalks or streetlights? Then you know you need to venture out and find a safe place to trick or treat. Or maybe you just don't love the idea of having your kids do the whole door-to-door asking for candy thing in the dark. Whatever the reason, there is a simpler and safer alternative called Trunk-or-Treat. Haven't heard of it? It's like a Halloween tailgate, where families gather in a church or community parking lot and children trick or treat from car to decorated car. These popular events confine the confections to a safe, central spot and many of them aim to keep the mayhem to a minimum. Trunk or treats tend to start early, so you don't have to deal with any spooky meltdowns in the dark. Better yet, these events usually add more fun to the mix with food, activities, games and even campfires. In our round up, we've included Trunk-or-Treat events as well as similarly structured events that provide a centralized trick or treating experience.

Grab a Pumpkin Spice Coffee and Check out These Fall Fairs in Connecticut

Fall is an amazing time to be in Connecticut, with wonderful fairs and festivals nearly every weekend, celebrating the many aspects of Nutmeg life, from apples to pumpkins and beyond. Most of these have free admission, but charge small fees so you'll want to check that before heading out.  Check out our complete Fall Fun Guide too for more ideas on how to enjoy the season!

Weekday Picks: Concerts, Fairs, and Museum Tours, September 4-8, 2017

My kids headed back to school last week, and swim practice starts this week so suddenly all our family free time is at a premium so I've got my eye on the very best activities we can enjoy together as a family. One of our favorite fall traditions is apple pie baking so we'll be heading off to Lyman Orchards to hear a little music before we head out for some apple picking. We'll make an exception to our early school night bedtimes for the Waterfront Love fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Norwalk on Wednesday, and on Friday we'll relax in Tilley Pond Park in Darien while we enjoy food trucks and music while raising money for another deserving community member. 

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

Labor Day Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Fairs, Pears, and BBQs, September 2-4

For many in Connecticut, this past week was back to school, but it sure still feels like summer outside! Labor Day weekend gives us one last hurrah for summer--one more weekend to enjoy the beach, water parks, and pools before we focus all our thoughts on apple picking, fall foliage, and pumpkin patches (although some apple orchards have opened for the season including Lyman Orchards, where they will offer a Pear-Apalooza on Saturday and where Steve Songs of PBS Kids will put on a free show on Sunday).

It's a fantastic weekend for fairs and festivals, including The Goshen Fair, the Woodstock Fair, and--if you want to travel back in time, the Connecticut Renaissance Faire. My growling tummy is already eagerly anticipating the 10th annual Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival right on the Saugatuck River in downtown Westport, where there will be tasty treats and libations, as well as the so called "Jesup Jam," a special area with activities for kids. 

To see what else is happening around the state, browse the Mommy Poppins Events Calendar. For the latest and best family-friendly activities, subscribe to our weekly newsletters and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend with your family.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Country Fairs, Living History, Pirates

It's the penultimate (if unofficial) weekend of summer--the last weekend before Labor Day--and there are tons of things to do all around Westchester and the Hudson Valley.

If you're a history buff, there are fantastic and very family friendly events going on in Hyde Park and Garrison. Both of these living history events give kids a chance to get up close and personal to military reenactments. If carnivals and festivals with a side of agriculture are more your scene, head to Rhinebeck for the Dutchess County Fair (after 172 years, we think they might be on to something) or the Otisville Country Fair

Read on for more details and many suggestions, including assorted live entertainment ahead. Additionally, our August GoList highlights our top picks for the month, and don't forget: Our event calendar includes suggestions for every day of the week, so check back often!

Total Eclipse of the Weekday Picks: Astronomy, Concerts, and Trolleys, August 21-25, 2017

This is not a drill. I repeat: this is not a drill. It is the last full week before my kids go back to school so I am ready to blow out all the parenting stops. Ice cream for dinner? Check! Midday movie? You bet. A stroll through the sunflower maze? You got it. Even though we've been talking about the eclipse for weeks, I somehow neglected to order the protective viewing glasses so we'll be heading out to the Discovery Museum, Stepping Stones Museum, or the Stamford Museum and Nature Center to celebrate the day (for some more eclipse hints, click here). In non-astronomical fun, there's a concert just perfect for preschoolers to check out in Greenwich as well as the final Melissa & Doug Children's Concert at the Levitt Pavilion, which is a wonderful evening out on the town.

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