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164-6464_2_IMG The idea for kidHaven got started shortly after we moved to Connecticut and needed to simply fill our days.  Having relocated after nearly a decade in the Midwest, our move to the East coast was big.  Exciting, but big.  With no friends and no relatives close by, we were starting from scratch…with a toddler, no less.

In the beginning, we mostly went from playground to playground looking…hoping for new friends.  But once Fall turned to Winter, my evenings were dedicated to googling any term I could think of to help me find indoor kid-friendly activities in the area.  In time, we started to make friends (phew!) and began to have a nice list of activities to keep us fulfilled.  Well, it’s no secret that I like lists.  And my list of kid-things-to-do ranks as one of my most cherished.

The real spark for kidHaven came when we were making a quick trip to a nearby city.  The night before, I was…um…googling any term I could think of to help us find kid-friendly activities in the area.  I came across, an incredible site that was a clearinghouse of kid-related information specific to Providence, RI.  Within minutes – voila! – our trip was planned.

Well, it was after that trip that I started to have website-envy.  I WANTED A WEBSITE LIKE THAT FOR WHERE I LIVE, GOSH DARN IT!  I’d say that’s when the idea began to brew.  Plus, my list of kid-activities was growing and I found myself sharing my “exciting new discoveries” with anyone that would listen – at the playground, at the library, wherever.  It’s one way I connect with other moms and dads, but it also often results in really interesting conversations beyond the superficial playground topics.

kidHaven for me is a personal record of the many lists I rely upon as a parent of an extraordinary toddler.  With a traveler’s perspective, kidHaven will be filled with thoughts about places not just in New Haven, but all around Connecticut.  I was born a traveler and it’s just the way I go about things.  And everything else, well, you can count on that being a great big mix of ideas I’ve accumulated as a mother, a teacher, a traveler, and a crafter with an endless list of projects.

So, welcome to kidHaven.  It’s my hope that these ever-growing lists of ideas you find here on kidHaven inspires your own journey with kids!



I appreciate every ounce of your support and encouragement.  Many, many thanks. ~kim

“I love your website. What a fountain of information!” ~Irena, Bethany, CT

“Thank you for all of the valuable information and we look forward to your posts filled with delightful humor and inspiration.” ~Laura, Milford, CT

“I love it!!  So creative and innovative.  I wish I had kids in Connecticut!” ~Zoe, Morgantown, NC


Daniela Balzano-Fenton: Parenting, among other things

Daniela lives in New Haven with her husband Michael, daughter Luna and her son Solomon. Daniela has a degree in Natural Therapeutics and a BS in biology. While her education has always been based in the sciences, her love for art and creation has always remained alive.   As the owner of Blend for Kids in Branford, Daniela now gets to share her passion for all things creative with kids everywhere.

Dan Finkel: Music

Dan is currently pursuing a PhD in Anthropology at UConn, studying human evolution and behavior as they relate to music, religion, and social cognition.  He has been an educator in a number of settings, including Outdoor Educator, Adult Educator, High School Science Instructor, and most recently Parent (which is probably more of a student role than a teacher role, to be honest).  Dan has several passions: his family, science, outdoor education, and music.  He is an amateur musician (bass) and a life-long fan of many types of music.  Dan is looking forward to sharing this passion for music with the kidHaven community.

Joe Meade: Coaches Corner

Joe, a retired NYC Transit Police Officer, now co-owns Milford Pedicab.  In addition, he has spent the last 20 years coaching basketball at both the high school and college levels and is the founder of the Hoopskills Basketball Clinic  where he enjoys teaching young people about the values of sportsmanship, teamwork and the quality of effort.  Currently, Joe coaches the boy’s basketball team at Jonathan Law High School in Milford.  He is married to his beautiful wife Soledad and has 3 children, Isabela, Soledad and Joey III.

Ingrid Prueher: Baby Gear

Ingrid lives in Connecticut with her husband and 21 month old son.  Ingrid recently launched Savvy Mom On Call, the first baby planning service in Connecticut.  With a knack for helping ease the overwhelmed feeling that often accompanies the news of having a baby, Ingrid is the go-to gal for everything baby.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Karol permalink
    August 20, 2009 5:21 pm

    Love It!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    When can I come visit so that I can check out all the wonderful places… 🙂

  2. Irena permalink
    August 21, 2009 4:54 pm

    Kim, how creative… It´s fantastic. I will be frequent visitor.

  3. Dee, Mike, and Isaac permalink
    August 22, 2009 7:01 pm

    Kim, you truly amaze us!! Though on the other coast, we’ve also traversed many playgrounds and finally have found some friends 🙂 This is a great idea and your energy inspires me, though our winters won’t require as much indoor activity, we’ll need some. I might have to steal some ideas from your site.

    Take care, and give M a kiss for us.

  4. Katrina permalink
    August 23, 2009 12:13 am


    This blog is really cooooool!!! You’ve done a wonderful job with it!! Clay remembered the shell game and how amazing M is with it. This is such a neat site. You’ll have many visitors here soon!!

    Lots of love,
    The Mom & boys in NM

  5. kidhaven permalink*
    August 23, 2009 10:04 am

    Friends & Family – thanks so much for all of your encouragement! I’m having so much fun with it. Please steal as many ideas as you want, that’s the point :0) And know that I’ll always welcome any of your own clever and creative ideas to add to kidHaven!

  6. Granddad permalink
    August 24, 2009 8:11 am

    Kim, what a terrific idea! You continue to inspire us all who care about the future of our children.

  7. Robyn permalink
    October 23, 2009 8:09 pm

    Kim, I am so impressed with your site. Marc and I were just reading a bunch of your links – this is SUCH a fantastic resource! I will be sure to tell others to come visit it as well. All I can say is WOW and Thank you!
    Your neighbor Robyn:)

    • kidhaven permalink*
      October 24, 2009 7:39 am

      Robyn, Such kind and encouraging words–wow and thank YOU! Thank you also for spreading the word. There’s no better recommendation than word of mouth and I’m always so grateful when it happens!

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