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  1. Kristine D #

    I was wondering if you would have any suggestions for nut free places (bakeries, resturants,etc…) in CT.

    April 30, 2010
  2. kidhaven #

    Hi Kristine! I’ve been thinking about this and haven’t come up with much. I’m going to work on this, though, and hopefully come up with some suggestions for you.

    May 9, 2010
  3. Doug #

    I know there’s only about a month to go in the summer, but do you know anything about places that offer swimming lessons? My daughter is 20 months old and loves the water and I’d love to start teaching her to swim!

    July 26, 2010
  4. kidhaven #

    I’ve heard really great things about swim lessons at the YMCA in Milford. Every parent I’ve met that’s had their kids take lessons there say nothing but good things!

    July 26, 2010
  5. kidhaven #

    Doug – I posted your question on kidHaven’s Facebook fan page and got these responses. Hope this helps!
    -I’ve heard great things about swim lessons at the YMCA in Milford.
    -I had a great experience with swim lessons at the Shoreline Foundation…not sure if they still do them, but they used to teach lessons in Madison at the Aquadome.
    -YMCA Hamden-North Haven (Sherman AVe)
    -We had a great experience with cindy at the jcc in woodbridge.
    -ditto Hamden Y
    -I thought the pool was freezing at the Hamden Y, but the instructor was great. Alycia – how is the pool temp at the JCC? I’m all about the heat! LOL!
    -I’ve heard the same thing about the frigid water at the Hamden Y from a few parents! FYI, the Milford Y is warm in the winter and cool in the summer – just how I like it :0)

    July 26, 2010
  6. FEYZA ANIL #

    Hi,

    Do you know any sewing class for age 8 & up in Milford area?

    September 27, 2010
  7. kidhaven #

    Off the top of my head, I would recommend looking at both Michael’s and Joann’s craft stores on the Post road. I know both offer regular classes. I’ll also post your question on Facebook and see what others recommend. I’ll let you know about any other ideas as they pop up…

    September 29, 2010
  8. Feyza Anil #

    Thank you .I checked joann and michaels.I’m waiting for other ideas

    September 30, 2010
  9. kidhaven #

    I haven’t gotten anything from FB yet. Sorry :( Check back, though, you never know…

    October 1, 2010
  10. @ Kristine:
    http://www.bethiemacsnutfree.com/

    October 5, 2010
  11. Ilka #

    Hi,
    I was wondering if anyone knows a good indoor pool/splash park, which is warm enough for little ones? We were at the Coco water park twice, it’s great for I guess 2.5/3 and up, and the first time we went our 1 year old loved it. But we (and mostly her) were freezing last time :-(. Any recommendations?
    Thanks,
    Ilka

    January 16, 2011
  12. kidhaven #

    Hi Ilka – A sort of similar question was asked a while back. I’m copying and pasting the answers below for now. I will also post your specific question on Facebook tomorrow (are you a fan of kidHaven on FB?) and see if any other ideas come about.

    Doug asked about swim lessons in the area:
    -I’ve heard great things about swim lessons at the YMCA in Milford.
    -I had a great experience with swim lessons at the Shoreline Foundation…not sure if they still do them, but they used to teach lessons in Madison at the Aquadome.
    -YMCA Hamden-North Haven (Sherman AVe)
    -We had a great experience with cindy at the jcc in woodbridge.
    -ditto Hamden Y
    -I thought the pool was freezing at the Hamden Y, but the instructor was great. Alycia – how is the pool temp at the JCC? I’m all about the heat! LOL!
    -I’ve heard the same thing about the frigid water at the Hamden Y from a few parents! FYI, the Milford Y is warm in the winter and cool in the summer – just how I like it :0)

    January 17, 2011
  13. Ilka #

    Hi thanks,
    that sounds good (of course I am a friend of kidhaven on fb :-) ).
    We are also looking into other activities like pony riding and I’ll post my research and experience.
    Ilka

    January 20, 2011
  14. Rebekah #

    Does anyone know of a good, fun Spanish class for a 4-yr-old? I’d really like my daughter to be bi-lingual.

    February 3, 2011
  15. Please note that the Cuentos y Rondas at Mitchell Library is from 11-11:30am on Thursdays. If you have any questions please contact me at 203-946-8117.
    Thank You,
    Tatiana O’Connor
    Children’s Librarian at Mitchell Library

    February 17, 2011
  16. kidhaven #

    Thank you, Tatiana! I’ve just updated this on kidHaven’s calendar.

    February 17, 2011
  17. Michelle #

    Hi Kim,
    I love your website!
    I was wondering if anyone knows of dance lessons for 6 yearl olds close to Woodbridge that don’t require a 1-year commitment. It could be short sessions….
    Thank you!
    Michelle

    March 11, 2011
  18. kidhaven #

    Hi Michelle! I posted your question on Facebook and here’s what others said:

    -I know our local YMCA offers dance classes & I believe they are only 6 or 8 week sessions. I’ll bet one of the YMCAs close to Woodbridge might have a similar offering.
    -I’d look into the JCC of Greater New Haven right in Woodbridge – Town park and rec depys and ymca usually offer them too.
    -I second the YMCA suggestion – plus it’s relatively cheap.
    -My only two cents here is to learn a little about the instructors beforehand. We made the mistake of going the YMCA route for my daughter’s first dance experience because it was cheap and non-committal. Unfortunately, the instructor was really lousy and made very little effort to make my daughter feel comfortable or get to know the other girls in the class. I even caught the instructor nearly yelling at a group of 3 and 4 year old girls for “not dancing.” This was NOT the experience we were all hoping for :( Needless to say, my daughter didn’t finish out the class. In retrospect, I wish I would have made more effort to ask around about the instructor or even observed a class beforehand. Live and learn. Moral of the story, don’t go in blind like I did! Alternatively, I have heard amazing things about Sarah Kennedy (but is unfortunately not close to Woodbridge): http://sarahkennedyballetforyoungpeople.com/

    March 11, 2011
  19. Ilka #

    I have an update on swimming pools, especially the YMCA in Wallingford. The therapy pool is really nice and warm (89F), the lap pool is a little cooler (82F). Plenty of toys and a slide at the Therapy pool. Tuesday-Thursday there is open swim for non-members. We paid $5 for the whole family (usually $10 for grown-ups, but since you have to accompany a kid under 8 into the water they sometimes let the parents in for free). Unfortunately they changed their policy and Friday-Sunday you have to be a member or Wallingford resident to get in. Staff is super friendly, they provide towels and have a family locker-room. Pool schedule can be found here:
    http://www.wallingfordymca.org/Aquatics.html
    They have swim-classes from 3 years up as far as I know.
    We’ll keep you updated if we find something else.

    April 2, 2011
  20. kidhaven #

    Thanks for this update, Ilka! Check out the Milford Y sometime. I’d love to know how it compares :) Happy swimming!

    April 2, 2011
  21. Our restaurant is peanut-free although we do use other nuts in some of our cooking and baking. We have a gluten-free menu and we are very careful with allergies so you can feel confidant to eat with us. Ask for a manager and she’ll know every ingredient in our desserts and foods. We’re here to help so just ask. Claire’s Corner Copia, 1000 Chapel Street, New Haven. Telephone:203-562-3888, http://www.clairescornercopia.com
    Thank you.

    April 6, 2011
  22. Camren #

    Do you have a listing of best places for a toddler birthday party? I’ve done Rascals in Hamden and loved it but this year would like something new. It would be for a 4 year old girl.

    April 23, 2011
  23. kidhaven #

    Hi Camren – Birthdays are a frequent question. The first place to start is to click the ‘Birthdays’ category on the right-hand sidebar here on kidHaven. Everything that shows up there offers birthday parties. I also like to ask my fans on Facebook – they always come up with great ideas! Do you have anything special in mind or things that your daughter likes? Indoor or outdoor? At a party venue or at home? For example, last year we had Curious Creatures (http://www.curiouscreatures.org/) come to our house for my daughter’s party and it was a huge hit! The better idea you can give me of what you’re looking for the easier it is to give you some great options. Think on it and get back to me.

    April 25, 2011
  24. Lisa A #

    Hi,
    Just a suggestion…. As both a regular user and a contributor to the weekend highlights and calendar listings, I find it odd that the links published are often just general links, rather than the directed links that go to the specific event referenced (e.g., the NMS concert link goes to the NMS page rather than the concert listing, the Top of the Rock event goes to the friends of the east rock page where there is no mention of the event, etc.) Don’t know if everyone provides more specific links but I know we at NMS have (as well as some descriptive text which also wasn’t included) and it certainly is more helpful as a user — as I then had to hunt around for more details on some of the other events I was interested in.

    Thanks!
    Lisa

    May 8, 2011
  25. kidhaven #

    Hi Lisa – Thanks for this feedback. I always appreciate hearing suggestions from folks. Here’s the scoop on Weekend Highlights as it is now – I do my best to provide a specific link whenever possible but obviously there are many that you will find that go to a generic site when one hasn’t been provided (or found). I realize it requires a little extra time on the user’s part to find details or a phone number, but the alternative is not to list the event altogether. That is, I’d rather list the event and have folks that are interested get more information on their own. I’d love to provide specific details for every event listed…and I used to list Weekend Highlight event details, addresses, etc in the Community Calendar, but it was incredibly time consuming. As kidHaven has grown and Weekend Highlights has expanded greatly, my time must be divvied up differently in order to keep up with everything. Not to mention, ask my husband and he’ll tell you until what ridiculous hour I’m up to every Wednesday night getting the list together! You’d be surprised how many hours it takes to do Weekend Highlights every week (and maybe understand why some generic links end up here and there). It’s hours of looking for a needle in a haystack.
    I have contemplated having a membership fee for users and making Weekend Highlights a non-public list so that I could dedicate “paid” time to managing it, but have elected not to take that route yet for several reasons, but mostly because kidHaven was started with the intention to make these lists public and free to all, but maybe it’s at the point this needs to change? I don’t like knowing that what I’m publishing is less than perfect, especially given the time I dedicate to a hobby turned part-time job :(
    Finally, for future reference, please submit your event details for NMS in the form of a flyer or blog post/press release (longer than 3 or 4 sentences) and it will automatically get published in kidHaven’s daily blog…which will then also serve as the link for whatever event you’re promoting.
    Hope this all makes sense, Lisa. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts. ~kim

    May 8, 2011
  26. kidhaven #

    Taking your suggestion to heart, I also just included some specific details for submitting event info on the “Contact” page. If this works and folks get me more specific information, you will have just made my life easier :)

    May 8, 2011
  27. Kathy #

    Hi – do you know yet when the Milford Pirate Festival is this year?

    Thanks…love your site! :o)

    May 9, 2011
  28. kidhaven #

    Hi Kathy – It’s June 12th…just around the corner. Good thing since my gal has been asking about the Pirate Festival since January, I think :)

    May 9, 2011
  29. Lee #

    Really like your weekend update and Kid Haven in general. I’d just suggest care in the use of words like “kiddos” in order to help your non-English speaking audience. Google translate is not that good, at least not yet. Thanks for everything you are doing to keep parents informed.

    July 23, 2011
  30. Hilary Grant #

    LOVE KidHaven!!!!!!

    Here are some great shows for kids at Long Warf for next week that are easy on the wallet!!

    http://www.longwharf.org/shake-it-up-shakespeare

    August 19, 2011
  31. kidhaven #

    Hi Hilary! Thanks so much for letting me know about this. I just published info about it on kidHaven (via the link you sent me!).

    August 19, 2011
  32. Paige Jokl #

    Hello Again,

    I wrote earlier in the summer to inquire about advertising rates on your page. Perhaps you replied to my initial inquiry and it was filtered into my junk mail (and if that is the case I apologize for pestering you again, but I thought I’d try one more time.) Thank you.

    September 20, 2011
  33. kidhaven #

    Hi Paige, I just sent you an email. Let me know if you don’t receive it. ~kim

    September 21, 2011
  34. Jennifer #

    My daughter will be going to kindergarten next year and I am hoping you will get reviews of after school programs in and around New Haven.

    September 25, 2011
  35. Paige #

    Hi Kim,

    I’m sorry, I just saw your post about sending me a message in response to my inquiry, but I never received it. In any case, can you try resending? I’ll be sure to keep an out out. I’m interested in advertising rates for the site. Thanks!

    October 10, 2011
  36. jeanine #

    Hello, I need some ideas for a 4 year old boys birthday party. He loves animals. I was thinking of the Peabody but looking for more idea.

    February 27, 2012
  37. kidhaven #

    Hi Jeanine – I posted your question on Facebook and there are a ton of ideas there for you. Happy birthday planning :)

    February 29, 2012
  38. Please advise if you will be holding a Touch a Truck event in 2012. thanks Dan

    February 29, 2012
  39. kidhaven #

    Hi Dan – Touch a Truck events are very popular and happen throughout the warmer months. Look for listings on kidHaven’s Weekend Highlights page. In terms of kidHaven actually organizing or sponsoring an event, it’s not something I do right now. Stay well. ~kim

    February 29, 2012
  40. Kristen W. #

    I am interested in volunteer activities in New Haven to do with my 7 year old daughter. Can you recommend volunteer programs that accept parents and kids.

    March 4, 2012
  41. kidhaven #

    Hi Kristen! I posted your question on Facebook and there are a few ideas there. Hope this helps :)

    March 8, 2012
  42. Kim #

    We’re thinking about summer and wondering what pools are out there that we could join? In or close to New Haven would be ideal, of course!

    March 16, 2012
  43. kidhaven #

    I just noticed your question – sorry it’s been a couple of days! I posted it on Facebook today so hopefully you’ll get some good ideas there :) Happy almost-Spring!

    March 19, 2012
  44. DebE #

    Wow. KidHaven ain’t what it used to be. It feels like a bunch of ads lately without any content. Even the listings aren’t updated regularly. What happened?????

    June 21, 2012
  45. kidhaven #

    Hi Deb, Well, here’s the bad news. I went back to work full-time and have really struggled to try and find my balance :( I started out part-time initially and was able to keep up with kidHaven (sorta)…but it’s been downhill from there lately. When I was “at home” and doing kidHaven, it was a easily a part-time job (without the pay to go along with it, unfortunately). Now that I’ve a regular, full-time job, 2 kids and a husband who works 6 days a week…ain’t much time left in the day it turns out. And here I thought I was superwoman! I’m still trying to get back to kidHaven, because I’ve missed it. Soooo, I wish I had a better answer for you. But that’s the scoop.
    Thanks for your feedback! Stay tuned…I’ve been known to work magic. I just need to get through this transitional phase in my life :)

    June 29, 2012
  46. Leslie Flowers #

    This seems to be a fabulous website if only it were up to date. I’m hoping for info for July and August.

    Thanks for all this work,

    Leslie Flowers

    July 5, 2012
  47. kidhaven #

    Leslie – Yes, kidHaven is quite fabulous :) and yes, it not currently up to date :( I’ve been struggling trying to figure out my work-life balance after “going back to work.” kidHaven was once my unpaid, part time job that I was able to keep up with when I was a SAHM. Now as a full-fledged working mama, it’s gotten to be quite tricky. Keep checking though…I’m itching to get back to kidHaven :)

    July 11, 2012
  48. New Haven SCSU SAT/PSAT MATH program taught in English
    (You can just register for this program at cost of $60/week or $100/two weeks. Time: 3-4pm)
    Camp Site: Engleman Hall, SCSU, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven
    (Register online at http://www.quia.com/sv/586436.html)
    Curriculum is based on student interest and levels, including but not limited to PSAT/SAT math questions, math contest (Olympiad and/or MathCounts) preparation, and puzzles. To prepare students for multiple choice math standardized tests such as SAT/PSAT. Topics in math such as rate, factoring, geometry, probability and statistics reviewed. Use of graphing calculator. Strategies overview. This course will be taught in English.

    August 7, 2012
  49. New Haven SCSU, Computer Game Programming and Design Class
    (You can just register for this program at cost of $110/week or $200/two weeks. Time 1-3pm.)
    (Register online at http://www.quia.com/sv/586436.html)
    To inspire the imagination and creativity of students, Video Game Design and Computer Game Programming Class will bring the student to go through the process of programming a video game. At the end, students will be motivated to develop their own game from scratch.
    No prior programming experience needed to begin. Free programming software will be used in class but students should bring their own equipment such as laptop, iPad/iPhone, Andriod/Windows Smartphone, etc.
    Don’t just play games! Make them! Create your own video game in this fun, stimulating video Game Programming camp for kids. We introduce students to the awesome world of video game creation in a non-competitive, step-by-step process. The campers are being very proactive by creating their own video games, as supposed to playing videos games. This camp is all about creating, building, learning, and challenging themselves with games they make from scratch.
    Video games comprise a $20 billion industry, and growing. The game industry jobs of tomorrow? Do you want to be the next-Steve Jobs (Apple) or Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook)? If you’ve got a child who might want to make a video game instead of just play it, they can learn from this camp. Game Programming and Design camp takes a much-reviled childhood activity and turns it into a learning opportunity.

    August 7, 2012
  50. Leslie Flowers #

    I could help a bit. I’m not very advanced on computer, but I do read the New Haven Register, the Advocate, and the Advisor from No. Haven. I can’t spend a lot of time, but I am willing to help if I can.

    I love your website and think it’s so needed.

    Sincerely,

    Leslie

    October 11, 2012

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