Say your child loves to paint, or draw, or craft, or anything artistic. Wouldn't it be great to have his birthday party somewhere where he could just do what he loves? Where in the Hartford area can you celebrate a birthday for your little one who is an aspiring Picasso? These creative locations will be sure to delight your budding artist, allowing them to nurture their imagination. For even more great party ideas check out our Party Guide.
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Getting out into nature serves us all well. Going out on a family hike is a wonderful thing to do with the kids. Most of the hikes listed are easy enough that even your little ones can join in. Get your sneakers on, head outdoors and enjoy some of New England’s beautiful foliage along the trails in Hartford County. And for a change of pace, check out some of these family friendly hikes in Fairfield County.
Maple sugaring season begins as early as February and can run into late April with its peak time being March. While maple syrup season may be best known in Vermont and New Hampshire it still is pretty popular in other parts of New England, including Connecticut. Why not check out a local maple sugarhouse with your family to learn how the sap is gathered and boiled, and taste some of the delicious fresh made syrup. After you find your sweet treat, swing over to our winter fun guide stocked full of activities to get you through the long winter months.
Childhood memories of the holiday season for me include hot cocoa, making snow angels, and going ice skating. I remember traveling to the city as a young girl with my family to see the gigantic Rockefeller Christmas tree and, afterward, skating around the beautifully lit rink. That is when it officially felt like Christmas to me. But you don’t have to travel that far to have this magical experience. Hartford County has many great choices for both indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks so that you, too, can begin making family traditions and forming memories that will last a lifetime. For more fun check out our Winter Fun Guide.
Run through a lifesize whale, milk a pretend cow, build your own rocket, or learn about carousels at one of these interesting Connecticut museums in the Hartford area. Kids of all ages will love visiting these educational places where they are certain to learn all sorts of new fun facts. Exhibits change, so make sure to check each location's website before trekking out to make sure they have something your little one will enjoy. For loads more museum resources in Connecticut check out our Museum Guide.
With the dark evenings falling upon us earlier and earlier each night, all the houses lit up with holiday decorations are even more enjoyable. One of our favorite things to do this time of year is to drive around in the evenings looking at all of the beautifully lit houses. Not only are the houses breathtaking to gaze at, but many places in the Hartford area offer special holiday light shows. We've listed some Holiday Light Show events that are sure to make an impression!
If you’re looking for a fun extra-curricular activity for your budding artist there are many after school art class options in the Hartford County area. The arts are essential in stimulating creativity and developing innovative thinkers whether it’s through artistic expression of music or creating beautiful painted masterpieces. Check out one of these great programs in Hartford County to help inspire your little artist. For more fun ideas check out our After School Classes Guide.
Do, re, mi, fa…so your years spent singing the alphabet song and twinkle twinkle has instilled a love for music in your child? If they aspire to be the next Justin Bieber then signing your child up for singing or dancing classes might be a good idea. Lucky for you, there are many voice and dance instructors in the Hartford County area that can help your talented performer progress.