If your familiarity with puppetry begins and ends with Elmo, Kermit the Frog or Pinocchio, get ready for a much wider world of “performing objects” at the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at UConn.
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We know. We know. Sometimes, taking the kids to the beach requires military precision. Between the packing and prepping, the sandy feet on blanket dilemma or stepping on slimy things in the water—there’s a lot to consider when you’ve got littles in tow. That carefree bikini and tanning oil approach to the beach may be a thing of the past, but we’ve got you covered for some easy peasy beach fun, with the kiddos.
For a day filled with saltwater swimming, sand castle sculpting, and treasure hunting, head to Silver Sands State Park in Milford for some low key (and hopefully stress-free) family fun. And for more of our favorite beaches, check out our picks for 5 Beach Trips Near Fairfield County or our top 10 Fun Beach Day Trips to enjoy in CT this summer.
So maybe you've heard about it but you're still not really sure. What is letterboxing anyway? Well to start, it is really like the ultimate scavenger hunt. You are given a set of clues and then you head out into the woods and go on a hunt in search of secret hidden stamps in the forest. Sound fun? That's because it is! Even my three year old is a letterboxing-enthusiast.
This fun family adventure is great for all ages and for all cities located across the country. There are about 90,000 active letterboxes hidden in North America alone. So what exactly is a letterbox? Letterboxes are small weatherproof boxes that typically contain a hand-carved rubber stamp, a log-book to keep a record of visitors, and occasionally an ink pad. Letterboxer's will leave an imprint of their own personal stamp in the letterbox's log book. We've rounded up six kid-friendly letterbox trails in Fairfield County. Happy Trails.
Known as ‘A Small City with a Big Heart,’ Milford, located at the Southern tip of New Haven County, offers a small town vibe with plenty of New Englandy appeal. Walk over Hotchkiss Bridge for the best waterfall views, head to the Sundae House for a an upside down banana split, and top off your evening at Gulf Beach for the best summer sunsets. Franco's Pizza offers the best slices of pizza and River Street Wednesdays is a completely free and amazing kid-friendly program on the City Hall green. A community designed for families, here's our list of the top 25 things to do in Milford with your kiddos.
Lighthouses, seals, and Long Island Sound. Whether you're looking for a full day excursion or a two hour tour, Project Oceanology's hands-on, inquiry-based shore and laboratory programs offer marine science for anyone who climbs aboard.
Living in Connecticut, with kids, chances are you've taken a train ride or two. Whether you rode on Percy at Essex Steam Train and Riverboat's Day Out With Thomas or the Naugatuck Railroad's Northern Lights Limited, there are plenty of incredibly sweet themed and scenic railroad experiences across the state.
But, have you ever hopped on a Metro North train on a Tuesday? Chances are, while you may have made the rounds of the seasonal train excursions, you might not have considered the trains running through Fairfield County every hour on the hour. In off-peak hours, you might spend an average of $7 or less on a round trip ticket between Milford and Greenwich. And your kids will LOVE the impromtu ride on the shiny silver choo-choo. We've rounded up some kid-friendly stops off Metro North to turn an everyday train ride into a full-fledged adventure for your preschooler. And make sure to check out the new Hartford line and our suggestions on where to visit at each stop.
While it’s pretty great to know that one of the largest meccas for culture in the country is only a short train ride away, there’s no need to head all the way to New York City for a taste of good theater. Why not check out some shows a little closer to home? Fairfield County offers a wealth of plays and performances for the kids, at a fraction of the cost of a Broadway ticket. Not to mention, Fairfield County offers a fair share of drama classes year-round.
Lucky for us, there are plenty of family series at our local theaters this spring. From Bridgeport’s Downtown Cabaret’s family friendly picnic-style presentations to Stamford’s stately Kweskin Theatre, be sure to check out some of this season’s best shows, right in your own backyard.