Monday, August 31, 2009

Movie In The Park!

Come out this Friday, September 4th, to the College Woods section of East Rock Park for the first (of hopefully many) outdoor movies in East Rock.

The inaugural movie is...*drumroll*...The Princess Bride! The movie starts at 8:00 p.m. but feel free to come early, bring a picnic basket, and enjoy dinner and a movie under the stars!

Oh yeah--did I mention that it's free? Cause it's totally free!

This stroke of brilliance comes from the SoHu block watch community group. For more info about them, click here.

Music Together Registration and Free Demo

New Haven's Music Together program (aka: Musical Folk) is growing rapidly and they've added some new times to the Fall schedule. The new "semester" begins in a couple of weeks, so if you want to enroll your child, visit their website:

I've posted in the past about how much I love this program and I just can't recommend it enough!

If you are interested in finding out what this program is all about, there is a free demo class on Tuesday, Sept. 8th at 9:30 am at Blend in Branford. For more info, click here.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

What's Going On This Weekend?

August 29 - New Haven
Summer’s Last Roar at Peabody Museum. Free admission all day! Last chance to see two hands-on exhibits, plus hands-on activities in the galleries!

August 28-30 – Chester
Chester Fair, Chester Fairgrounds, Rte. 154. Major agricultural fair with livestock/animal shows and pulls, garden tractor pull, flowers, arts and crafts, baking contests, midway, children’s games, musical entertainment, lots of food. Fri. 5-11 PM, Sat. 8 AM-11 PM, Sun. 9 AM-6 PM. Admission charged. (860) 526-5947

August 30 - Shelton
Family Fun Day ~ Benefiting the Connecticut Down Syndrome Congress. The Boys & Girls Club, 1 Positive Place. A fun-filled family event featuring touch-a-truck, food, moonbounce, carnival games, crafts, face painting, and MUCH more. Silent auction and raffle with great prizes. All proceeds will go to the Connecticut Down Syndrome Congress. 10 AM $20 per family/$5 individual. (203) 996-5983

Save The Date!

September 20 - New Haven
Sunday in the Park. Edgerton Park, Whitney Ave. at Cliff St. Event for the entire family with children’s games, pony rides, music, book sale, silent auction, white elephant sale. 11 AM - 5 PM. Free. (203) 624-9377

This family festival is always so much fun and is not to be missed--so save the date!


As it explains in our tag line above, New Haven Kids was started because I heard too many CT moms complaining that they were googling their lives away to find something to do with their children. I wanted so badly for someone to start a website or blog to help us all out; a one-stop-shop of sorts. When I couldn't find one, I started one myself (recruiting some of my mom friends in the process). My one goal was to help parents like me to get out of their rut...

This is why I am so excited to tell you about another new blog out there for CT parents with young children: kidHaven. Kim, kidHaven's blogging mom, posts some great info about the area, in addition to fun at-home activities and craft ideas.

Check it out:

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Toddler Tunes: Just Kidding!

I just received word that Robert is back in town a bit earlier than planned and is having Toddler Tunes as usual today at 11:15!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

No Toddler Tunes This Week

FYI: There will be no Toddler Tunes this Wednesday, August 26th. As far as I know, it should be back on as usual next week.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Lowes Build and Grow clinics

Lowes is hosting 2 awesome Build and Grow clinics. Sign up to attend and not only will your kids get to make a cool project, they get a cutesy little apron and set of goggles too. (Did I just say cutesy? Yes I did.) First one takes place tomorrow at 10 am!
Kudos Lowes. This is pretty cool.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Tantrum Salon

There is a new children's hair salon in Hamden called Tantrum Salon and we LOVE them!

I took my son for his first haircut last week and not only did he get an adorable cut (he looks like such a big boy!), but the ladies at Tantrum were amazing. They met us at the door with warm smiles and did whatever they could to help him feel comfortable. The woman who cut his hair offered him a "super hero cape" (with the body of a cartoon super hero on the front so his head looked like it was on the super hero's body), and when he didn't like that it covered his hands, she quickly flipped it around so it looked like a real super hero cape. His stylist then worked at lightening speed and was completely finished in about 10 minutes. At the end, he got a cute little certificate saying that he was brave during his first haircut. He also got a lollipop and a bottle of bubbles, which he was understandably more impressed by than the certificate.

Now let me tell you what I really liked about this place. We all know the chain kid salons where there are crazy colors everywhere and music and TVs and little rocket chairs for them to sit in. These places might work like a charm for your kid, but I knew mine would want to jump right out of his rocket and run around to see all the excitement. He would be totally overstimulated. This is not Tantrum. This place looks like a real salon. Sure, there is a play area in front, kid's books in the waiting area, fun capes to wear over their clothes, and TVs at each station should you want your child to watch Elmo to help keep him still (FYI: I did)--but it really felt like a real salon. The decor is nice, clean...and normal. They had regular salon chairs with booster seats and seat belts. I didn't feel like I was tricking him into anything. He knew he was there to get his hair cut (he goes with me every month, after all), and he was fine with it--and if he hadn't been fine with it, there were lollipops and Elmo to help. In other words, it was the best of both worlds.

So go check out Tantrum Salon and support your local small businesses!

What's Going On This Weekend?

August 14-15 - Milford
Milford Oyster Festival, Milford Center & Harbor. A festival filled with arts and crafts, harbor activities, entertainment for all ages, colorful tents with food and beverages, classic car show, canoe and kayak races, children’s games, national and local entertainers. Fri. 5 PM -9 PM, Sat. 10 AM-6 PM. Free. (203) 878-5363

August 15 - Guilford
Ye Olde Country Fair, North Guilford Congregational Church, 159 Ledge Hill Road. Old-fashioned country fair featuring auction under the tent with professional auctioneer, white elephant, toys, books, children’s games, Little Toot Train Rides, linens, pantry shelf, plants, jewelry, silent auction, peach shortcake, homemade food and more. 10-4. Free Admission. 203-457-0581

August 15 - Middlefield
Peach Fest. Lyman Orchards, Jct. Rtes. 147 & 157Celebrate the tree ripened peaches with horse drawn rides, live music, breakfast on the deck, pie eating contests and more. 9 AM-6 PM Free. (866) 349-6015

August 16 - Norwalk
Celebration Sundays Performance Series with Souled Out. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Ave. Enjoy Souled Out and their Motown and More show in the Gullquist Family Celebration Courtyard. Souled Out brings the biggest and most memorable hits from Motown and entertains in a way that both wows the audience and captures the hearts of all ages. Call (203) 899-0606, ext. 247 or go to for reservations. Ice cream sundaes will be available for purchase. Museum galleries are closed during the event. 5:00 PM Tickets $15/person. Children under one get in free. (203) 899-0606

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Calling All Parents!

I received an email today from a reader who is on the hunt for a venue for her daughter's first birthday. I had a few ideas, but thought you guys might like to help too. It would be great to put together a list of party venues and I'm sure the NHK readers are the best people to help!

Please leave a comment or email us at with ideas and suggestions for birthday party venues--not only for this particular one-year-old munchkin, but for kids of all ages.

As always, thanks for your help! This blog would not exist without you people!

Free Music Together Class This Thursday!

Our local Music Together teacher, Liz of Musical Folk, is planning a FREE Music Together class on Thursday, August 13th at 9:30 am.

Here are the details:

Come and join us for a free demonstration class!

Please RSVP to 203-691-9759 , or e-mail if you wish to attend.

Each semester demo classes will be held for families who wish to preview a class. Whether you’re coming to Music Together for the first time, or you want to return with your new little ones, demos are held approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to the next semester. Moms, Dad’s, grandparents, and nannies are welcome to attend our demos and our classes. Just come prepared to participate, and to have fun making music and dancing with your child.

New Haven - Westville area
Revive Wellness Center, 867 Whalley Ave, New Haven , CT 06515
Please note that this is a change in the original location

For more info on Music Together, click here or visit their website.

Friday, August 7, 2009

What's Going On This Weekend?

Well, aside from our contributer Fleur celebrating her son's first birthday (Happy Birthday, Finn!)...

Chris Rowlands "Farmin' Fever" is happening at Beardsley Zoo again this weekend. For more details, click here.

August 6-8 - Ansonia
Festa! 2009. Holy Rosary Church, Father Salemi Dr. Description: Celebration of the Italian heritage with freshly prepared food, musical entertainment, rides for children, games, marketplace and more. 5 - 11 PM Admission: Free. (203) 735-1787

August 6, 13, 20 - Clinton
NewAlliance Bank Concert Series. Vece Gazebo, Pierson School, Main St. Featuring: 8/6- Stars of Gold performing swing and the best of the 40s, 50s and 60s; 8/13 - Andy Sherwood's Dixieland Jazz Quartet; 8/20 - Abbey Road. The #1 Complete Beatles Show. Relive the Fab Four! 6:30 PM. Admission: Free. (860) 669-3889

August 7-8 – Clinton
Summer Fair. The First Church of Christ, Route One, Clinton. Over 50 craft and antique vendors. Food. Open to the public, no admission, ample free parking is available and the church is handicapped parking accessible. Friday, August 7th, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Saturday, August 8th, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday night dip supper at 5 p.m. Saturday, breakfast served 8 to 10 a.m., auction under the tent at Noon. Call the church office for more information at (860) 669-5735, or visit us on the web at

August 7 - Milford
Summer Nights by Harbor Lights. Rotary Pavilion, Fowler Field. Variety of music including big band, rock and roll, country and everything in between. Admission: Free. 7 PM. (203) 878-0681

August 7-9 – North Branford
Potato & Corn Festival. Augur Farm, Rte. 22. Enjoy fresh fire-roasted potatoes and corn while listening to live bands; unique games, contests, business expo, carnival, farmer’s market. Fri. 4 -10 PM, Sat. 9 AM-10 PM, Sun. noon-9 PM. Free. (203) 315-6017

August 8-9 - South Norwalk
Haunted Sheffield Lighthouse. Departs from Seaport Dock, Washington & Water Sts. The historic lighthouse will be decorated as a child-friendly haunted attraction to provide chills and thrills. Games and crafts also are part of this island adventure. Ferry departs 11 AM, 2 and 3:30 PM. Admission: Adults $20, children $12. (203) 838-9444

August 8 - Norwalk
Family Fun Night with Toot and Puddle. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Ave. Join us for an evening of fun for the whole family with Toot and Puddle. Evening includes pizza, hands-on activities, storytime and a photo with Toot and Puddle. Call (203) 899-0606, ext. 247 for reservations. 6 - 8:30 PM. Members $10/person. Non-members $12/person. Children under one get in free. (203) 899-0606