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Okay. It’s that time of the month, time to take a look at all the new places Shawna and I visited in June!
We kicked off the month with our Ready for Summer Series which was a bit of a trip down memory lane as we reminisced about all our fun summer destinations.
We created handy-dandy guides to trails,water activities, farms and orchards with pick-your-own, and playgrounds. We even set up a page on the site where you can easily find these guides when you are desperately trying to figure out something fun to do with the kids — Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
Plus, if you don’t find what you are looking for there, you can always check out our “Places We’ve Been” page for even more inspiration.
Then both Shawna and I made our way over the state line to Springfield, Massachusetts, where we found two family friendly destinations.
First, my crew and I took a trip to the little zoo inside a big park. The Zoo in Forest Park was a perfect destination for my pint-sized group. There were a variety of animals to visit and we even got a chance to meet the newest zoo member, a lion cub named Samson. Tour the zoo, let the kids play on the playground and enjoy some lunch (whether you bring your own or purchase something from the seasonal grill). Then maybe check out the rest of the park or cool off at the spray pad.
Then, in an attempt to not miss out on all the Springfield fun, Shawna and her crew headed up there later in the month to visit the Springfield Science Museum. Their trip actually included three destinations in the same area: the museum, the Dr. Seuss Memorial Sculpture Garden and the Blake House Cafe. Her trip seemed to be the perfect outing for a budding little scientist like Boo.
Then we headed back to good old Connecticut, where we had a few more outings to share.
First, Shawna had the inside scoop on the NEW Old Cider Mill in Glastonbury. This town landmark recently came under new ownership which resulted in a few changes. They still have a FREE petting zoo and the cider mill. But now you can grab a snack or drink in the store and enjoy them along with your own picnic lunch at one of the tables on the property. Shawna also explored the plants and other local goodies for sale plus Boo got a chance to plant his very own bean. How cute! I need to get my dirt-loving twins to this place pronto.
Speaking of dirt, we found plenty of the brown stuff and its partner, the juicy red strawberry at Scott’s Yankee Farmer in East Lyme. While strawberry picking season is pretty much officially over, this is still a great destination for pick-your-own (PYO) throughout the year. Check out all the variety of fruits and vegetables they offer. Or if you don’t have time to pick them yourself, just stop by their stand for pre-picked delicious treats.
And for those days like today when it just won’t stop raining and you need an indoor destination for the little ones, Shawna discovered Bounce U in Rocky Hill. Not only does this destination have lots of fun inflatables, but they also offer a special bounce time for kids age 7 and under. The designated Preschool Program is held weekdays in the morning and afternoon and includes the bounce time plus a snack and a drink. Sounds like a perfect preschool playdate!
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