Mostly Free and Fun Things To Do This Weekend with Kids in CT September 7-8: Apple Picking, Fairs, Farm Day and Doggie Dash
The end of summer can be a relief or a real downer. No matter which side you fall on, autumn is a perfect time to expose your children to new activities and spend time outside before winter hits. Besides football, our family favorite is visiting orchards. We provide you with our guide to Apple Picking in Connecticut. Kids love this activity, and when you get home put the aprons on and make pies, applesauce, cobblers and other fall favorites.
To celebrate back to school, Mommy Poppins is having a Back to School Swagapalooza Giveaway. Prizes include Two Schwinn Kids Bikes, $150 worth of personalized school supplies from Chronicle Books, a Disney Junior package that includes bedding and a backpack, $100 off at Famous Footwear, and a year's supply of French Toast school uniforms. Another back to school resource we can offer you includes posts on Affordable pre-school options in Fairfield County and After School Enrichment in Avon and Farmington. Both of these can be daunting to research, so let us be your guide.
Our CT Go List of ideas is a monthly round up to help you plan ahead for the remainder of September. Our events calendar is updated with the latest activities. Here are some suggestions for fun this weekend.
Hebron Harvest Fair (Eastern CT)
Three stages with live entertainment including the "Country Music Showdown" to find New England's best country band. A demolition derby, parade, family "edutainment" area including ice cream and butter making, petting zoo, Dock Dogs show, comedy magic show, animal contests, demonstrations and more. Games and rides in a full midway, including "kiddieland." Thursday through Sunday. Adults - $12 (Sunday - $13) , under age 12 - FREE.
The Ledyard Fair (Eastern CT)
Several animal shows and competitions including horses, sheep, pigs, livestock and pony pull. The redneck olympics peak my curiosity as well as a Bon Jovi cover band. Safari animal rides and other carnival favorites; games and touch-a-truck all weekend. Test your culinary skills for a junior baking or apple pie contest.
Friday though Saturday. Adults - $8, under age 10 - FREE.
The Connecticut Kids Closet Consignment Sale in Danbury (Fairfield County)
Some of the best deals on clothes, books and toys from babies to teens. Name brands such as GAP, Mini Boden, Lands' End and Hanna Andersson. It is a great way to shop green and reuse/recycle gently-worn merchandise.
Sunday marked items are 50% off.
Friday though Sunday; Friday night charity pre sale - $10; Saturday and Sunday - FREE.
Norwalk Oyster Festival (Fairfield County)
Veterans Park is the venue for this celebration of Norwalk's maritime heritage. Enjoy 30-minute harbor cruises and two stages of live music including the "Village People." Adults will enjoy the craft beer tasting tent, while children play in the Kids' Cove area including rides, arts and crafts, a New England village and more. Oysters and clams on the half shell highlight the food selections as well as lobster rolls, funnel cakes and fried cheese curds.
Friday though Sunday. Friday admission - $10, Saturday and Sunday - $12. Kids ( ages 5-12) - $5; Kids 12 and under free on Sunday.
Simsbury's Septemberfest (Hartford County)
This little publicized festival is one of my favorites. It is the annual fundraiser for Simsbury Performing Arts Center. Friday night fireworks, live music in the bandshell, train rides, petting zoo, bounce houses and an amazing food selection. Dog show and hot air balloon rides as well. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. FREE admission, some rides and activities are extra cost.
Suffield on the Green and Craft Fair (Hartford County)
This is Suffield's largest annual event. Learn about organizations in town and children's activities, while you listen to live music and enjoy yummy food. Bounce house and activities for the little ones, and the craft fair offers original work at the historic Hatheway House. Saturday and Sunday. FREE.
North Haven Fair (New Haven County)
This fair dates back 70 years and promotes interest in animals and agriculture. Alpacas, baby chicks, racing pigs and a petting zoo will delight the children, as well as a youth pie-eating contest and tractor pull. Ladies and kids can try competing in the skillet toss, while listening to the sounds of rock and roll, oldies, country, and more. Meet Ronald McDonald and see the Famous Wallendas try thrilling stunts and high-wire acts.
Friday though Sunday. Adults - $10; children under 12 - FREE.
Saturday, September 7
Discover Outdoor Wilton - Bradley Park (Fairfield County)
Grab the kids and a leashed dog and head out this free, guided hike. A boardwalk trail will lead you into a red maple swamp, with various foliage to view. Bring your camera along and enter the photo calendar contest. FREE.
Tour of Glastonbury Bike Ride (Hartford County)
This cycling festival raises money for the Kiwanis Club to provide scholarships and assistance for local children. Distances include 50, 25, 10 and two-mile rides, and kids' bike rodeo. Route officers, rest stops, water and food along the way, and a BBQ party at the finish. $25 for 50, 25 and 10-mile rides; Two-mile ride and kids' bike rodeo - FREE.
Open Farm Day in Granby (Hartford County)
Visit 14 Granby farms and get a behind the scenes look at where your food comes from. The agriculture industry in Granby is quite diverse including: horses, cattle, dairy, vegetables, orchards, landscaping and a vineyard. Each farm will have different events such as pony rides, animal feeding, sheep shearing, corn mazes, food samples and more. Print out the passport and collect stamps at each stop, and then enter to win great prizes donated by the farms. FREE.
Cheshire Fall Festival and Marketplace (New Haven County)
Bartlem Park will be bursting with energy during this annual event. Live music, crafts, food, carnival rides, vendors and car show run throughout the day, with a fireworks display at night. A portion of the proceeds with benefit the Cheshire Food Pantry. FREE.
Sunday, September 8
A Bison Adventure at Creamery Brook Bison in Brooklyn (Eastern CT)
Experience an 110-acre Bison Farm and get up close and personal to these beautiful creatures. You'll take a wagon ride out to the plain where 150 bison will come right up to you. You'll also enjoy a bison burger BBQ with all the toppings and ice cream dessert. Adults - $15, Kids - $13
Mandell JCC's Doggie Dash/Duathlon in Bloomfield (Hartford County)
A unique event for dog owners and their furry friends. Dogs will walk/run and swim the pool with you. There will also be open swim for dogs, talent show, best dressed and owner/dog look-alike contest. A free expo with pet representatives and vendors will also be on hand. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation and the CT Humane Society. $18 and up, depending on which events you participate in
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Enjoy your weekend!