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Do you remember all those late evening's out on New Year's eve...drinking champagne, eating fancy dinners and dressing up....before you had kids? Well, the fun doesn't have to stop just because the babies have come along. Bring the kids along to these fun and memory-making events. You may even start a family tradition!
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The holidays are a great time for families to do a lot of things together. Sometimes, though, we need a break from the noisy busyness of visits with Santa and holiday parties. It's a relief to find a couple of quiet places to go like the Creche in Bethlehem, Conn. or the Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven.
Located in the heart of downtown New Haven, the Knights of Columbus Museum has been attracting visitors since 1982. The site serves as an archival location for information on the Catholic fraternal organization (KofC) but also as a site for amazing annual exhibits during the Christmas season.
It's that time of year when twinkling lights and shiny bulbs are everywhere. But I'll bet you have never seen a unique bevy of Christmas trees like the ones you will see at the Festival of Trees at the Wadsworth Atheneum. This annual event has been going for 43 years (I know!), and was established by the Women's Committee of the Museum as a fundraiser. Don't miss out, this Sunday is the last day of the festival.
Every year, my family and I make our trek into Hartford. It's a great opportunity for my boys to be exposed to some amazing artists and to see the beautiful decorated trees people have created.
A trip to the Wood Library and Museum during the holidays is an annual event for our family. After discovering the Gingerbread Festival three years ago, I have made it a point to plan a morning to take my boys there every year. The Library itself is located in a part of South Windsor that could easily be transported back in time. The little, and I mean little, library is packed to the gills with books in every nook and cranny. But this time of year, also squeezed inside are hundreds and hundreds of handmade gingerbread houses made my children and adults alike.
This year, take a fresh look at your hometown and the surrounding areas and take your kids to one (or a few) of these great events. Packed with history, Ansonia, also known as the "Copper City," has some great annual traditions and tasty destinations to check out. A true small-town in New Haven County, Ansonia loves football and claims the very first American bicycle, patented by Pierre Lallemont.
The annual holiday season fast approaches and everyone is getting busy making preparations for Thanksgiving. Your family may be eating with relatives or dining alone, but at some point, kids want the turkey to make his grand appearance a lot faster than he usually can. Or the food has all been eaten and you're looking for something to do. Have fun at one of these great events/places on Thanksgiving weekend.
Spicy or robust, fruit-flavored or floral, a hot cup of tea can set the right tone for time with anyone special, but especially with one of your own children! Are you looking to spend some special time with a tween or teen? Or trying to occupy a rainy afternoon? Take them out for a cup of tea in one of these Connecticut tea rooms and see how the conversation flows.