July, 2012

More Kid-Friendly Events This Saturday

July 10th, 2012 at 3:28 pm by under Community

Still don’t have any plans with the kids this Saturday? Well, I can change that!

1. Head to Beardsley Park in Bridgeport for the 8th Annual Kids Day of Fun! This is an absolutely FREE event, with tons to do! There’s a bounce house with balloons, face painting, volleyball, football and frisbee games, water balloons, and more!

A talented 8-year old, DJ Bam Bam, will provide a soundtrack (more…)

This Weekend- Help Seniors, Dogs In Need

July 10th, 2012 at 12:43 pm by under Community

This Friday, July 13th, the Clelian Adult Day Center in Hamden will be holding its annual fundraiser, the “Classic Hollywood” Sizzle & Surf Dinner! The Clelian Center serves local seniors’ adult day care needs. This fundraiser has become a big event for the Center over the years, with a silent auction, music, and of course, terrific food! The Dinner begins at 5:30pm at Il Monticello Banquet Hall in Meriden (directions here). Reserve your spot by calling Sister Cecelia at 203-288-4151. They hope to see you there!

And on Sunday, July 15th, you can help dogs in the area find a forever home at the Cheshire Cat and Dog, Too! This fundraiser benefits Foster and Forever Pet Rescue, which facilitates fostering and adoption programs in the greater Waterbury area. The event is from 11:00am until 3:00pm at the store. Bring your pup with you for a visit with the Pet Psychic, Donna Velardi, have Fido’s picture taken by Greengirlz Pet Photographers, and purchase some homemade dog treats! Of course, there’s plenty of fun for humans, too, like face painting, music by the classic rock cover band Double Hung, and baked goods. The guests of honor will be some foster animals, and you can fill out an application to become a foster home, too! You can get directions to Cheshire Dog and Cat, Too by using this link.

FREE Family-Friendly Activities This Week!

July 9th, 2012 at 3:03 pm by under Community

If the 4th of July festivities drained your finances, you’re in luck! I’ve found a few local activities that allow you to get the kids out of the house and into some free, family-friendly fun.

1. On Tuesday, July 10th, you can take the whole family to see a movie for free! The Independent Day School is screening Space Dogs, a G-rated movie, starting at 6:30pm. You can relax in the A/C with free popcorn and water, too! Space Dogs is playing at the Galluzzo Theatre at the IDS’s campus in Middlefield (directions here). RSVP today by emailing . Enjoy the show!

2. It’s VBS Week at Trinity Covenant Church in Manchester, and the entire week of activities is free! Vacation Bible School is for children in Kindergarten through 8th grade, and it’s appropriate for any child or parent looking for a week of faith education and friendly interaction with other area kids. VBS continues through this week until July 13th, and it takes place at the Church (directions here). The program runs from 9:00am until Noon, and a snack will be provided as well. You can register by visiting the Church’s website!

3. And, for the entire month of July, Mystic Aquarium is saying “thank you” to our nation’s troops with free admission! All active military members will get in to the Aquarium for free. Their family members get discounted admission, too; adults pay only $15 and children cost just $10 each for admission! You can get more information about the Aquarium (directions here), including any special daily programs and activities, by visiting their website.

Learn And Play At Summer Camp

July 2nd, 2012 at 6:33 pm by under Community

Once the 4th of July holiday is over, a lot of school-age children start getting a bit antsy. The novelty of the school year’s end has worn off, and maybe you’re looking for a fun way for your kids’ brains and bodies to stay active! Well, I have a couple ideas for you:

1. Every kid likes getting his hands dirty, right? Your little ones can do that and a lot more at this summer camp! The Bartlett Arboretum is holding a series of week-long summer camps, starting on Monday, July 9th, with a focus on exploring science. The camps run from 9:00am until 3:00pm, Monday-Friday. The camp features fun activities that allow for tons of hands-on learning opportunities for children 4-11 years old.

Each week has a fantastic theme, like Animal Week, Insects & Invertebrates, and Eco-Friendly Week! Bartlett’s Summer Camps begin the week of July 9th; the final camping week starts on August 13th. Special pricing is available for Arboretum Members, too! You can learn more about the camp and fill out a registration form by visiting this site.

2. Do you have a budding chef at home? Then, the Kiddie Kitchen Summer Camp is perfect for your youngster! The Brunch Week camp begins on July 9th; the week of July 16th is International Foods Week… sounds delicious!






Both camps run Monday through Thursday, from 9am until 1pm, and are for kids in 6th, 7th and 8th grade. The Kiddie Kitchen camp is taking place at the Outback Teen Center (directions here). You can register your child for the camp by using this link… and who knows… you might be able to “savor” their accomplishments, too!