Mary Beth Lawlor

Mary Beth Lawlor

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Mary Beth Lawlor

After fulfilling a childhood dream of one day living in a high-rise building in a big city (eight years in L.A. and 10 in Manhattan), Mary Beth is now partially fulfilling another childhood dream. As a kid, she envisioned her four gorgeous children running through the idyllic countryside while she created pottery in her studio. Well, fast forward 30 years and there is no pottery studio and only two kids but she has the idyllic countryside part down. After studying business and art, and then working in corporate marketing, graphic design as well as event planning and development, Mary Beth is now happily blogging. Always thrilled to find a great family-friendly event to share, being the editor of CT Mommy Poppins is right up her alley.
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Latest posts by Mary Beth

Weekday Picks: Kids Opera, Family Concert, Summer Fair: August 14-18

Summer fun is slowly coming to an end and CT kids will be heading back to school in the next few weeks. Thankfully, there's still time for some last blasts of summer fun; our end of summer bucket list has 25 excellent ideas on how to end summer on a high note. This week enjoy a free opera for kids, a sunflower maze, and an old fashioned country fair

The Event Calendar is continually updated with free events, activities, and the best things to do in CT so check back often and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest to be sure you don't miss a thing.

Science, Machines and Nature Museums in Fairfield County, Connecticut

From trying on a real space suit, to jumping into a the cockpit of a full-size helicopter, to touching a shark, Fairfield County offers some top-notch museums when it comes to science, nature, and machines. Featuring authentic and original equipment, imaginative and creative displays of abstract scientific concepts, and a variety of hands-on, interactive engagement, kids are sure to love exploring these Fairfield County museums. And so will their grownups!

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Weekday Picks: Sunflowers, Concerts, Beluga Whales, July 31-August 4

August arrives this week, bringing with it the summer finish line. To get a head start in planning out your month, check out our August GoList, with more than 31 awesome family activities, perfect for ending the summer on a high note. This week's fun includes the Sunflower Maze at Lyman's Orchard, a couple of noon time concerts, a family beach night, and more.

Enjoy our CT Summer Fun Guide and CT Beach and Water Fun Guide for even more ways to enjoy the season with kids. As always, the Event Calendar is continually updated with events so check back often and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest to be sure you don't miss a thing.

August GoList: The Best Things To Do With CT Kids This Month

August! Time to savor the last month of summer. We've curated 31 of our favorite things to do this August in Connecticut. Fairs, festivals, sunflower mazes, and loads of fun events are occurring throughout the state. Take the kids to enjoy jazz on the lawn at the laid back Litchfield Jazz Festival, to the 78th Annual Easton Fireman's Carnival, or Pirates and the Sea Day in New London.  Remember to check out our Summer Fun Guide to make the most out of this last month of summer. Have fun!

Weekday Picks: Live Music, Composting, and Farm Animals, July 17-21, 2017

Outdoor concerts, raspberry and blueberry picking, and beach days. You've just gotta love summer in Connecticut. This week you can teach the kids about composting, the upcoming solar eclipse, and enjoy live music and entertainment at a Street Fest. And when the rain showers come, there are plenty of indoor places for fun.

As always, the Event Calendar is continually updated with events so check back often and follow us on Facebook, InstagramTwitter, and Pinterest to be sure you don't miss a thing.

Weekday Picks: Fireworks, Outdoor Movies, and Tall Ships, July 3-7, 2017

This week is sure to be filled with patriotism and lots of fireworks. In honor of the holiday, most public libraries are closed on Tuesday, but many nature centers and museums are open and feature special programming. The rest of the week includes free outdoor movies, an outdoor concert on the beach, and the kickoff to Sailfest.  The Event Calendar is chock full of other suggestions so check back here often and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest to stay up to date. Happy birthday, America!

Digging up Dinos at The Dinosaur State Park

Few things excite the imagination of youngsters the way dinosaurs do. When I was in second grade, I would devour every ounce of information I could find about dinosaurs. Let me tell you, Pre-Google, this was no easy task! Once upon a time, Dinosaurs roamed the land that we now call Hartford County. Fortunately for us, a little piece of this pre-history has been preserved in The Dinosaur State Park. Now that my daughter has her own questions about dinosaurs, I decided to step away from the screens, and head out to the park where we could get up close and personal to this  pre-historic slice of our past.

July GoList: The Best Things To Do With CT Kids This Month

Summer festivals, fairs, carnivals, and more abound in Connecticut this July. Our CT July GoList highlights the best things to do with kids throughout the month including free jazz all weekend during the Hartford Festival of Jazz at Bushnell Park, tall ship tours, music and carnival rides at Sailfest in New London, a food truck festival, and a Blueberry Fest in Middlefield. Our list of over forty 4th of July fireworks shows will make sure you don't miss the firework displays. 

Below are our top 21 things to do with kids in Connecticut this July. Be sure to click through to each listing for all the details, including address and time. Of course our Summer Fun Guide is a terrific resource for family fun, too! And make sure to follow us on our new Instagram page