It’s that wonderful time of year again! Many houses are already becoming adorned with beautiful festive décor... the holiday spirit is spreading! Families are heading out in search for the perfect tree. Be sure to check out the amazing list of spots to find live Christmas trees in the Hartford County area that was posted last year and also this new updated selection to add in for this year. Nothing beats the smell of fresh pine from a Cut-Your-Own Tree Farm to help bring in the holiday cheer. We've also listed Christmas Tree Farms in Litchfield County and in Fairfield County.
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After all the hectic Thanksgiving festivities come to an end and the extended family leaves, settle down and spend some time relaxing with the kids during the rest of your holiday break. There are many activities going on around town that can help to keep you all entertained after the cooking, cleaning and chaos has ceased here in Hartford County.
Hopefully Frankenstorm Sandy passes through without a re-enactment of last year’s Halloween power outages and trick-or-treating cancelations. There are so many fun Halloween festivities going on that we have our fingers crossed the weather doesn’t interrupt our plans this holiday. If you haven’t checked out any of the local Haunted Houses be sure to celebrate this year with one of these kid-friendly Halloween events in Hartford County.
The Family Wellness Center in New Britain is having a Halloween costume party Wednesday, October 31 from 10 am-12 pm. There will be Halloween themed games, activities and treats.
Saturday October 27, Blue Back Square in West Hartford will be hosting a Pumpkin Carnival & Halloween Stroll. Head over to the Whole Foods from 9:30-10:30 am for live music, giveaways, photo ops, games, and meet costumed characters. Then from 10:30-11:30 there will be a parade through Blue Back Square and West Hartford Center with trick-or-treating at participating merchants, opportunity to climb aboard a fire truck and more!
“Good day my lady”, the man fully clad in 16th century attire spoke in his thick British brogue. Surrounded by knights, Lords, horse-riding jousters and even King Arthur himself I thought I had stepped back in time to the Renaissance. Attend King Arthur’s Fall Harvest Festival and you will also get to experience what it was like to be a part of that era. This past Sunday I attended the opening weekend at the Hebron Lions Fairgrounds where the faire runs now until October 28. In its 14th season the festival is Connecticut’s largest Renaissance Faire.
Summer is officially over and it’s easy to fall into a winter routine filled with sedentary activities and not-so-healthy comfort foods. Don’t let all that pre-summer hard work go to waste now that there is a chill in the air. As a mother it’s hard not to make up excuses like “I don’t have the time” or “I can’t find a babysitter”. But with great programs like Mommy and Me workout classes you can incorporate your child into your exercise plan! There’s no hassle of having to find a sitter AND you get to work out while still spending time with your little one. Not only are these special exercise classes geared towards moms a great way to work out but they're also a good way to socialize and meet other new parents.
So we’ve covered museums and outdoor birthday party sites in the Hartford County area. But where 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 discover and nurture their inner imaginative abilities.
Having a summer birthday has the advantage of being able to celebrate at one of the many outdoor party sites that are located within Hartford County. With the beautiful weather why not take full advantage and plan a party outdoors? One big perk? By commemorating your summer baby’s birthday outside at one of these al fresco locations you will eliminate the hassle of having to clean up your own home! Go the extra step and keep your party as environmentally friendly as possible. Using recycled paper goods and plastics, fresh and local food and larger food containers all helps. For even more great party ideas check out our Party Guide.
Does you child have an interest in trains? Do they love science or art? Consider having their next birthday party at one of the many interesting museums throughout Connecticut and you'll be sure it will be a party they will not forget. In fact, there are many children’s museums in the Hartford area alone that are not only fun to visit, but are also a great location to celebrate. For even more great party ideas check out our Party Guide.