Archives for Family Fun

Darien Boy Scouts’ Annual Tag Sale

Categories: Inside Scoop.

So if you’ve never been to the Darien Boy Scouts Annual Tag Sale, we can tell you it is truly a bonanza tag sale event.  We’re talking indoor furniture, outdoor furniture, toys, fabrics, sports equipment (we’ve even seen jet skis!), lawnmowers, electronics, jewelry, bikes, strollers, and more.  It’s a really fun experience that everybody in town/ the area should at least “do” once, and it’s for a great cause. This year the tag sale is on Sunday, May 4th, at the Andrew Shaw Memorial Cabin on West Avenue, from 8:30 am to 4 pm. By patronizing the tag sale—as a
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Celebrating Earth Week in Darien

Categories: Happenings.

Today is Earth Day, but as we have all become more environmentally aware, this celebration of the earth and the environment has grown into a whole week’s worth of activities. Here are some of our favorite events going on around town: Picnic for the Planet at the Darien Nature Center—Tuesday, April 22nd (today!) from 11:30 to 1. Grab a picnic basket and your preschoolers and head to the back lawn of the Nature Center for this third annual celebration of Earth Day. Earth Day Treats Kids Class at Whole Foods—Kids 5 and up are welcome at this weekly kids’ cooking
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22nd Annual Tilley Pond Model Boat Regatta

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Save the date! On Saturday, May 3rd, the Darien Youth Commission invites you to the 22nd Annual Tilley Pond Model Boat Regatta! Here’s the scoop: you and your kids (of any age!) create a functional and brightly decorated sailboat to race at the Regatta.  Not crafty? Drop by the Town Hall and purchase a boat kit for $10.  Then, all you do is assemble (takes 10 minutes) and decorate!  Kits will even be sold AT the Regatta for you last-minute types…. There is a prize for the best boat: judging in the non-racing category begins at 12:30.  Races start at 1:00.
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Students Tell All: What Parents Really Need to Know A Film Screening and Panel Discussion for Parents of Middle and High School Students

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On Tuesday, April 2nd at 7:00 p.m. at Town Hall, the YWCA’s Parent Awareness Network and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) invites parents of middle and high school students to  come together for the premiere of a brief film written and produced by members of SADD. This film has been designed to bring awareness to parents of the challenges confronting high school students today, including eating disorders, distracted driving, stress and the pressure to succeed, and communication between parents and teens. Following the viewing, law enforcement officers, educators and mental health experts will be on hand to answer questions and
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Hippity Hoppity…Don’t Miss This Easter Egg Hunt

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We’ll be posting about Easter activities in Darien shortly, but in the meantime, we wanted to let you know about this super fun egg hunt for kids ages 2 to 10 at the New Canaan Nature Center. The Great Egg Hunt and Spring Celebration will be held on Friday and Saturday April 11th and 12th as well as Saturday April 19th, and kids will be invited to explore the miracle of springtime by meeting warm and fuzzy spring animals (baby chicks and rabbits, plus some friends from Hop Along Hollow—a rabbit rescue group). Families will enjoy the spring weather with
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Revolting Pirates! Pirates, Marauders, and Privateers of the Long Island Sound

Categories: Happenings and Inside Scoop.

On Sunday, March 9 from 2:00-4:30 p.m. the Darien Historical Society is hosting this entertaining and educational event for school aged children and their families. Pirate performers Jonathan Kruk and Rich Balla will tell tales of Captain Kidd the first Pirate to bury his treasure. According to legend, Kidd left ghosts to guard the treasure in over forty locations along the Long Island Sound. Kruk and Balla perform together as the Hudson River Ramblers doing interactive stories and songs. Children will be invited to learn pirate shanties and vernacular while helping “haul the lines.” The afternoon will be filled with:
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Snow White at Town Hall

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This Saturday and Sunday, February 8th and 9th,  the YWCA’s International Club is sponsoring a British panto production of “Snow White.”  Contrary to its name, the British pantomime style is not a silent production—the production involves theatrical story telling, jokes, music and sheer slapstick humor. Adults and children alike will enjoy booing the wicked stepmother as she plots Snow White’s demise and laughing at the antics of the seven dwarfs. A happy ending is assured with lots of laughs for everyone along the way. Young attendees are encouraged to wear their Snow White costumes to join in the fun of
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5 Easy Places to Hit the Slopes Near Darien

Categories: Darien Top 10 and Inside Scoop.

Believe it or not, ski season has officially begun! One of the great things about Darien is its proximity to a variety of great skiing destinations, whether for a simple day trip or an easy weekend away. 1. Woodbury Ski Area—Just over an hour away, Woodbury is not particularly fancy, but they offer group and individual lessons as as a well as 3 different tubing areas. Opened for the 2013-4 season on 10/26/13! 2. Jiminy Peak—At just about 3 hours away, Jiminy Peak requires a bit more of a commitment, but with a terrific pay off in the form of
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7 Darien Family Friendly Restaurants

Categories: Darien Top 10, Inside Scoop, and Loving It.

Individual taste in restaurants is just as varied as individual personalities, and once you throw kids into the mix with their picky eating, impatience, and occasional problems with volume control (or is that just me?), choosing a spot to dine out can seem particularly challenging. Here are some of our favorite family friendly spots to share a meal in town. 1. Burgers, Shakes, and Fries–This restaurant makes my whole family happy. The kids love the grilled cheese and black-and-white milkshake, and my husband and I like the burgers, surprisingly terrific salads, and compelling beer selection. 2. The Goose–Slightly more upscale
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