Lack of fun-money doesn't have to keep families stuck inside and bored during the best season of the year: summer! Even if you are tight on funds, or saving them for a special project or destination, there are plenty of great places to go and things to do right here in Connecticut. Mommy Poppins has assembled a blockbuster list of free ideas for you and your family to have a fun while bonding and making memories during summer vacation.
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Now that we have had a few 60 degree days on the books, it's time to pull out the water bottles and pile the kids in the car to hit some of the best playgrounds in Connecticut. All of these playgrounds are unique, fun, and are less than a 45-minute drive away from anywhere in the state. Also, don't forget to check out some of our favorite neighborhood playgrounds in the Hartford and Fairfield areas.
Just because the weather calls for rain, your day doesn't need to be dreary, too. From free museums to indoor playgrounds to tasty treat spots, here are 25 ways to keep kids active and entertained when showers put a damper on outdoor plans. For even more things to do, check out our indoor fun guide; and don't forget to keep tabs on our events calendar, which is packed with plenty of fun activities—inside and out—for every day of the week.
With winter in the rearview mirror, Connecticut families are ready to hit the road in search of some outdoor fun. Luckily, the region is full of spots that offer kids and grown-ups the chance to enjoy budding flowers, reemerging wildlife, and reopened seasonal attractions—all while allowing for everyone to sleep in their own beds at the end of the day. All within a reasonable drive of anywhere in the state, these day trips feature parks, playgrounds, and other attractions that really shine in springtime. For a wider selection of seasonal activities, read through our spring fun guide.
Once school ends here in Connecticut, parents suddenly face a whole lot of unstructured time for the kids. But don't stress: This is where summer camps come into the picture—and it doesn't have to break the bank. We've made it easy for Connecticut parents to find some less expensive camps throughout the state to keep kids busy and happy this summer. Check out our picks for cheap (and even free) Connecticut summer camps. Remember to inquire with your town's parks and rec department; these camps tend to be very affordable options, too.
This February get out and have some fun. This month there are live productions of some of kids' favorites including CATS!, June B. Jones and American Girl. For even more ways to enjoy your days, check out our Indoor Play Guide and CT Winter Fun Guide. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get a list of each week's highlighted events!
It's here! The "most wonderful" time of year! The decorations are up, the menu is planned and most of the gifts are wrapped. After much research, and a little bit of panic, I was able to get our "media issues" resolved so that we can watch "It's a Wonderful Life" on the big screen (all by myself)! Bring it on, I'm ready for you Christmas! And I hope you are too (or are on your way to finishing up). No matter what you celebrate, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or a combination of the above, may you have a wonderful holiday season. Here is a list of 20 events happening on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in case you are looking for something to do.
There are some Christmas traditions that sustain over generations. The Christmas Village in Torrington is one of them. Families have been coming to visit Santa's amazing playground for decades. Started by Carl Bozenski, former Parks and Recreation Direction circa 1948, the Christmas Village began with a 3-week run and has come back for years since. Every year the opening festivities begin with a parade that draws thousands of holiday lovers. Santa and Mrs. Claus have even arrived in a helicopter!