The thought of a roller rink transports me back to Jordache jeans, feathered hair and and KC and the Sunshine Band blaring on the turntable. Luckily, we've evolved from the 70's and 80's in many areas, but there are still working roller rinks in our fine state. Many have closed due to the popularity of ice rinks, but we did some research so you can introduce your children to the fun of roller skating if you haven't already!
Pam has worked as a tv producer/writer at the local and national level for over 15 years. Covering events such as the World Series and Final Four fulfilled childhood dreams; as was taking a break from her career to stay home and raise her young son. She is a proud graduate of the Indiana University School of Journalism in Bloomington, Indiana. A long-time city dweller, (Atlanta and NYC) Pam now adores her home in central CT. She loves blogging about the beauty and culture the Nutmeg State offers for families.
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One of the best things about living in Connecticut is the small-town feel our communities work so hard to capture. This sentiment can especially be felt around the holidays when people come together. So even if you don't live in these towns in Hartford County, you are welcome and encouraged to celebrate the season at these events. Check out our Holiday Guide and our list of Holiday Light Shows for even more tips on fun ways to celebrate the season.
The thought of having to prepare a huge Thanksgiving meal for my family gives me nightmares worse than forgetting to turn in my senior thesis. I prefer to leave it to the professionals and enjoy family, friends, and football rather than shopping, cooking, and cleaning up. For a traditional feast with all the trimmings minus the stress, check out our list of restaurants open on Thanksgiving in the Hartford area. Reservations are strongly recommended for all of the restaurants. Check out our posts about Thanksgiving Dinner Out in Fairfield County and Restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day in Litchfield County too.
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Paris is consistently one of the top visited tourist destinations in the world, but it’s not always considered particularly kid-friendly. Parisians have a reputation of being snobby and not tolerating misbehaving children. If you make an effort to bridge the cultural differences, though, Paris has its own unique stripe of kid fun. One of the gratifying things for families visiting France is that kid fun is never totally kid-centric, but typically has a level of sophistication that means parents can find it as gratifying as their children.
In light of the recent attacks on Paris and France, we thought it was a perfect time to celebrate our love of the City of Lights with a list of the most amazing kid-friendly fun in Paris.
As much as we love sledding, skiing, or playing in the snow with our kids, sometimes we just need a day off from slushy, mushy adventures, soggy mittens, and snow pants. We've researched some great places to have some fun inside during those long winter months, especially with children 6 and up. The trampoline parks are all the rage, and you can read our review of Flight Trampoline Park in New Britain. You can also check out our Indoor Play Guide for younger kids in Hartford County, or give Indoor Rock Climbing a try.
Here are some other suggestions for indoor activities and great places to have winter birthday parties in Hartford County.
If you usually have an artificial Christmas tree or head off to the nearest mega-store for your pre-cut Christmas tree, why not start a new holiday tradition by going out to one of Connecticut's many cut-your-own farms? The unmistakable smell of pine, the freshly made treats and large decorative wreaths these homey places offer will definitely get you in a festive mood. We've also listed more Christmas Tree Farms in Litchfield County and in Fairfield County.
Charlotte, North Carolina is the second largest city in the southeast and one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S. With museums, parks, sports teams, great dining and shopping, it's no wonder. There's lots to do in Charlotte for families. Whether you are a native Charlottean, one of the thousands of transplants, or just visiting, we hope you will love exploring the history, diversity, culture and beauty of the Queen City.
If you somehow get bored in Charlotte, you can always head to nearby Asheville, NC. We've got the scoop on things to do with kids in Asheville too.
While you are out enjoying the thaw, grab some dinner using our guide to family-friendly restaurants in Hartford County.
Summer is right around the corner, so plan ahead with our CT Summer Camp Guide.
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