This Best of November 2023 will provide families a bounty of fun things to do in Connecticut! The temps are finally dropping, and we love spending time outside in the fall. Celebrate Native American culture this month at Nowashe Village in South Windsor and at the Weston History and Cultural Center. Commemorate Veteran's Day in New Britain. Bring your Swifty to Swifties Craft Night, then pile everyone in the car for the popular Stamford Parade. After Thanksgiving, you can begin to shift your focus to the most wonderful time of the year with the Mystic Tree Lighting and Reindeer Festival.
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Has your family decided to go easy this year and find a restaurant open on Thanksgiving 2023? This tasty food-centric holiday will bring families together again as everyone is looking forward to relaxing with some good food and stimulating conversation. We don't blame you if you aren't looking forward to actually cooking that meal so there are many restaurants open on Thanksgiving in Connecticut serving up delicious and creative, inspired holiday meals. Many of these restaurants are open on Thanksgiving and offer special pricing for kids.
Mommy Poppins recommends making reservations ASAP, as seating can fill up very quickly. And if you're looking for a few extra laughs over the long Thanksgiving weekend, check out 25 Thanksgiving Jokes for Kids They'll Gobble Up. And have fun throughout the season with 50 Thanksgiving Crafts, Games, and Activities for Kids and Families.
The Polar Express is coming, so all aboard for classic Christmas trains in New England! Seasonal trains are boarding and heading off on the track where kids drink hot chocolate (and eat cookies), sing songs, and see Mr. and Mrs. Santa. Holiday trains in Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut are already selling tickets (and selling out!) for special seasonal rides. These Christmas trains are a great way to kick-off your holiday season.
Bookmark our our events calendars in Boston and Connecticut to stay updated on family holiday events during the 2023 holiday season and keeping check our Holiday and Christmas Activities Guide to make the most of your holiday calendar.
Kids love trunk-or-treats in Connecticut, and the Nutmeg State is happy to oblige! Halloween is coming faster than you think. But don't worry about pre-planning your route through local neighborhoods. With trunk-or-treating events in Connecticut, you get one location to go car-to-car—in some cases truck-to-truck. Miniature goblins, ghouls, Barbie's, and Batman (Batmen?) can find a spot nearby for a one-stop candy explosion.
If your kids are young, you prefer not-so-scary Halloween activities and events during spooky season. Connecticut loves its toddlers and preschoolers, so many places offer events that are high in fun, but low in fright. That way, the little princesses, pirates and superheroes can still dress up, collect some candy, and have Halloween fun. We've pulled together all the Connecticut activities that will entertain small kids without the scares!
Be sure to check out our Connecticut Halloween Guide for 2023. It's filled with our insider tips to a fun and safe Halloween. Our guide to the Best Places to Trick-or-Treat in Connecticut will help maximize fun—and your candy haul! And see our post on Easy Pumpkin Carving Ideas for some family craft time this Halloween.
Autumn brings the best things to do in Connecticut for October 2023! Fall is so much fun for Connecticut families. Every weekend, grab the last bits of warm weather and wander apple orchards. Take a hay ride or pick your perfect pumpkin for the season. This time of year, there are super, duper scary events to attend. And there are not-so-scary ones for little minds and tender hearts. There are also historical happenings that fit the theme of the season. And October 2023 features mind-blowing creativity like Night Fall and the Wee Fairie Village. Make sure to try it all!
Explore Mommy Poppins' Fall Fun Guide for more ideas for harvest and farm activities or spend some time looking through our Best Harvest and Fall Festivals in Connecticut for Fall Family Fun.
It's the season for the best Halloween events in Connecticut—both scary and fun! The weekends are full of Halloween activities that Connecticut families will enjoy. There is no shortage of pumpkin destinations and spooky exhibits. There are also semi-scary events and fun displays for kids. And, yes, there are even a few super-scary places to take older kids. Grab your pumpkin pail and flashlight and explore our guide to the top Halloween events in Connecticut for families.
The start of Autumn brings the best of September to Connecticut! The air gets cooler, kids head back to school, and the summer comes to a close. There's a lot of reasons to get out and experience fall fun in Connecticut. Autumn brings apples and mums, fall fairs, and many more opportunities for family outings. Connecticut's coastline is also popping with fun things to do and if you don't mind mazes and you love cider donuts, Lyman's maze is opening this month too!
Explore our Fall Fun Guide for our top picks for autumn activities. You can find family-friendly ideas for things to do on our ever-growing event calendar. Still looking for more fun? Be sure to sign up for our newsletters and get all our Connecticut picks delivered to your inbox.