As 2011 comes to a close and Shawna and I finish up our posts for the year, we thought it might be fun to highlight some of our earlier posts to provide ideas on things to do with your kids over the holiday break.
Even though we just started this blog in August, we have been to and documented over 30 destinations. While some are seasonal events and not an option for the holiday break, many of our posts are about some fun options.
Here is our Holiday Break idea round-up:
- Holiday Events: There are some holiday events that will run through the beginning of the new year. Bushnell Park’s Winterfest runs through the end of February and Goodwin Park’s Holiday Light Fantasia runs through January 6th.
- Museums: We visited just two museums this year, but both of them would be great places to take the kids. The Yale Peabody Museum in New Haven offers your little one a glimpse into history (plus Shawna throws in ideas for other fun activities in the area) and the West Hartford Children’s Museum is a wonderful place to let your child’s imagination run wild.
- Parks and Playgrounds: Looking for a little outdoor adventure? There are several posts on places to get outside and enjoy this mild weather we have been experiencing. Get the stroller out and take a walk with your little one at Elizabeth Park, or the West Hartford Reservoir, or the trails at Westmoor Park. You can also visit Westmoor Park to see their demonstration farm or check out the Polar Bear Fair January 7th. Do the kids need to burn off some energy? Head over to Jonathan’s Dream playground where the kids can explore this huge boundless playground.
- Reading and Relaxing: Maybe you just want to take the kids to a quiet spot where they can be entertained with books and toys. The Welles-Turner Library in Glastonbury or the Noah Webster Library in West Hartford would be good options.
- Shopping: Lastly, get some post holiday shopping done without completely boring your kids by checking out our shopping posts. We have tips on Shopping at Westfarms Mall and the Shoppes at Buckland Hills, grabbing some swedish meatballs and fun kids toys at Ikea, and getting your grocery shopping done while the kids are entertained by puppets at Stew Leonard’s.
All in all, there are lots of fun activities to do with the kids over the break. So get out and enjoy the time with your kids (or maybe ask the grandparents to go spend some time with the kids and you go get a pedicure – whatever works!) Either way, hopefully we got you somewhat inspired.
Thank you so much for all of our readers who have taken an interest in our blog and reading about our adventures. We are having a good-ole-time exploring our area as new mom’s and are really looking forward to new adventures in 2012. Please continue to send feedback and ideas on our site and let us know what you think (we LOVE comments!) The best way to reach us is through email or on our Facebook page.
We will be taking a little break from posting to enjoy the Holidays with our families, but will be back in January with lots of new ideas.
Here’s to a wonderful Holiday and an amazing 2012!