Makayla O'Keefe

Makayla O'Keefe

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Teaching through Touch: The Connecticut Children's Museum

Imagine walking inside the great, green room in the beloved children's book "Goodnight Moon" where there is a telephone, a red balloon and a picture of the cow jumping over the moon. A room complete with the famous "comb and a brush and a bowl full of mush," allowing you play by the fireplace, lie down in the bed or open a cabinet filled with clocks and wind them all up. Well, at the  Connecticut Children's Museum in New Haven, you can. 

A visit to the Eli Whitney Museum

Got a future innovator on your hands? Perhaps an engineer in the works? Whether your budding genius is a novice inventor or a future mechanical pioneer, you’re sure to find entertaining exhibits and engaging hands-on workshops to stimulate their minds at the Eli Whitney Museum. Eli Whitney is remembered as the inventor of the cotton gin and a leader in the concept of interchangeable parts which became the manufacturing standard in the Industrial Revolution. Teaching his workers how to craft tools and other skills required for his factories, Whitney’s legacy of workshop education lives on inside the Eli Whitney Museum.For more fun near Eli Whitney, check out our top picks for things to do with kids in New Haven. Or, take a peek at our museum guide

Snakes, Owls, and a Really Awesome Playground: The Ansonia Nature Center

Spanning nearly 150 acres of wooded hills and grassy fields, the Ansonia Nature Center was once home to a small family-owned dairy farm tucked in New Haven County. Today, the hidden treasure off Milan Road in Ansonia is laced with two and a half miles of nature trails zig-zagging through streams, meadowlands, and a two acre pond serving as a haven for turtles, water fowl, and fish.

Foxwoods Resort: A Mini Vacation for Families

Okay, okay. We know what you’re thinking. Casinos are not for children. There’s the gambling. And then there are the bars. And then the nightclubs. Except that there actually are a number of kid things tucked into Connecticut’s adult playground. We decided to check out the Connecticut casino midweek to see if Foxwoods proved to be a kid-friendly destination. And as it turns out, it is. Here’s what you can expect to find.

25 Free Things To Do in CT This January

With its postcard perfect frozen ponds and snow-covered hillsides, winter in Connecticut offers a slice of classic New England paradise. Add in the ice skating and the sledding and you've got yourself a real life Currier & Ives painting. But, let's face it, winter can seem never ending. Come Groundhog Day we're all just counting down the days until summer. So, to help you shake the winter blues, we've rounded up 25 FREE things to do this month across the state. For even more ideas, check out our CT Winter Fun Guide.

50 Free Things to do Indoors in CT

Let's be real here: keeping our kids busy often costs a small fortune. So, when this mother hears the word "free," her heart skips a beat or two. Really, that four little word brings immeasurable joy to us parents. We have rounded up 50 Free indoor things (yes 50!) to checkout across the state. You're welcome.

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The Top 10 Things to do with Preschoolers this Holiday Season

From Pinterest-perfect teacher presents to waiting online for those coveted tickets, the Christmas season can be, well, stressful. There's the Christmas parties, the Christmas cards, and then the presents. And the shopping for the presents. We all seriously need a vacation by 5 p.m. on December 25th. But, when you see those little faces light up when they see the guy in red or when they come across an actual living, breathing reindeer, or when they hear that whistle blow. Every second is worth it. We've rounded up the top 10 things to do with your preschooler during the holidays. So get out there and embrace the magic of the season and make yourself some memories to last a lifetime. Be sure to check out our CT Holiday Guide for even more holiday fun.