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Coastal Connecticut Mom – “Winter is Coming” continued…

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I don’t know about you but as the seasons change and the weather gets colder and darkness sets in around 4pm, I start to lose my motivation for fun activities to do with my toddler. So that means, during the daylight hours, we need to fill it with loads of fun and ways to let off some steam!

Of course when the snow starts to fall, it’s a given that we strap on our boots, hat and mittens and get outside and build a snowman and enjoy what our New England winter has to offer. However, when there isn’t snow to play in, here are some fun ideas that our family likes to do together during those long winter months on the shoreline…

Essex Steam Train

The North Pole Express is an experience where kids are transported to the “north pole” via the beautiful Steam Train. Santa and Mrs Claus visit as everyone sings Christmas carols and hot cocoa and cookies are served while wearing your coziest Pjs. Tickets for this amazing event usually sell out in the summer unless you can find some tickets on stub hub or craigslist. Not to worry though! The Essex Steam train also offers a daytime “Santa Special”….which also includes A visit from Santa and Mrs Claus and enjoying a beautiful coastline train ride while singing Christmas carols as well. Highly recommend this seasonal activity! It’s a tradition that you can create with your family year after year!

New Haven Fantasy of lights

This is a great activity for the family when the sun goes down and all ages can enjoy this from the comfort of their own car! This is a holiday light display like no other right at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven! For just $10 you get to enter a magical winter wonderland of 60 animated light displays! Want to really bring the lights to life? They offer 3D glasses to enhance your viewing experience! There’s even a special radio broadcast! One of the many amazing things about this experience is that all proceeds from this event support the programs of Goodwill of Southern New England which will help people with disabilities and other challenges to become more self-sufficient, giving them a sense of fulfillment and pride. Not only is it fun for the whole family but you’re also helping those in need…perfect combo!

Willoughby Wallace Library- Stony Creek

Since my daughter was 4 months old, I would take her to this quaint library in the heart of Stony Creek in Branford. Not only is there so much charm in this area, but the people are incredibly welcoming and friendly. It was a perfect opportunity for me as a new mom to connect with other moms going through the same stage of life. The story times for babies and toddlers are wonderful with Miss Stephanie and there’s even Teen Book Club and family events too! There’s a playground next door too if you want to brave the cold and let off some energy with your little one.

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