New Canaan CARES,  the New Canaan Department of Human Services and the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce are working together with other asset building organizations to share ideas for 30 Days of Family! 

This webpage will be updated weekly with ideas for the next seven days, but please be sure to visit CARES Instagram and Facebook for daily posts!

Week 4

April 23

Watch a movie together as a family. Maybe an old family favorite or try something new you’ve been meaning to watch for a while. Check out this list of the American Film Institute’s 100 Best Movies of All Time and see if any of them seem interesting.

April 24

A block party is a great way to get to know your neighbors! Check out this guide on how to plan the perfect block party, and remember to follow current CDC guidelines on how to celebrate with your friends and family safely. Maintain social distancing and wear a mask!

April 25

Celebrate Sunday with a Sundae Bar! How many toppings can you add to your ice cream? Check out this comprehensive grocery list for the perfect ice cream bar.

April 26

Did you know Choose Your Own Adventure books are still a thing? Visit the New Canaan Library and grab some of these unpredictable books and take turns reading a chapter aloud to your family so everyone can share in the adventure.

April 27

Look through old family photos and videos and look at how much you’ve all grown. Laugh at your baby pictures, and maybe try to recreate a few favorites.

April 28

Your backyard is an amazing place to explore! Check out this guide on how to create the best backyard scavenger hunt.

April 29

Building something with your own two hands is very satisfying. There are so many home DIY projects that you can do as a family. Check out this guide to home improvements and have fun!

April 30

Spring is the time for growth and beauty. Spend some quality time in the garden and plant flowers, herbs, or plants and watch them grow throughout the spring. If you don’t have a green thumb, don’t worry. Check out this guide on gardening for beginners. 

Week 3

April 15

Zoom your extended family. How many family members and friends can you add to one call?

Ask your extended family what activities they have been keeping themselves occupied with. Try playing a game as a family, such as Family Jeopardy, or Jackbox Games.

April 16

Karaoke Night! Belt your heart out and have fun living your pop star dreams. You can totally go old school and sing along to your favorite songs, or YouTube karaoke guides. Check out this guide on how to have the perfect home karaoke experience.

April 17

The 2021 Backyard Olympics are underway! Check out this guide for hosting the best backyard games. Make your own medals and a torch to get the games started.

April 18

Connecticut is home to many beaches along the Long Island Sound. Check out this guide for finding the perfect beach, and pack a picnic. Dip your toes in the water and hunt for seashells.

April 19

Art is even more fun when you have someone to share it with. Check out this guide for art that you can make together. How many people can you collaborate with? Can you collaborate with your entire neighborhood?

April 20

Our neighbors, especially our older neighbors, need our help during this tough time. Check out this guide on how to help your neighbors during COVID.

April 21

New Canaan has lots of local shopping opportunities. Check out this guide from the Chamber of Commerce about what New Canaan has to offer!

April 22

Science is fun! Test your knowledge by conducting at-home science experiments and hosting your own science fair with your family. Need help coming up with science project ideas? This guide can help

Week 2

April 8

Mario Kart, Nintendo’s classic racing game, is a fun and competitive game for the entire family to enjoy. Enjoy the thrill of the chase and put your family’s skills to the test by seeing who the fastest kart racer.

April 9

There’s nothing quite like a little rest and relaxation. Make your own face mask or bath bomb and put on some soothing music to relax. Check out this guide on how to create the perfect home spa night.

April 10

There’s nothing like a family hike. The New Canaan Nature Center, Irwin Park, and Waveny Park are great local options. If you’re feeling adventurous, check out Ward Pound Ridge Reservation (about a 8 mile drive from downtown New Canaan).

April 11

Connecticut is such a beautiful state, especially in the springtime. Check out this guide for the best scenic drives the Nutmeg State has to offer, put on some car tunes, and enjoy.

April 12

You don’t have to be an artist to draw. Spend some time drawing portraits of your family. Try drawing their faces with your eyes closed and share a laugh over the results. How many different methods can you use to make a portrait? Try pencils, markers, crayons, and different types of paints and see what yields the best result.

April 13

Elm Street Books and the New Canaan Library are incredible local options to pick up a new book. Put on some comfortable socks, make yourself a warm beverage, and curl up to read.

April 14

Check out this DIY guide to washing your own car. Have fun spraying each other with the hose!

Week 1

April 1

Was it Colonel Mustard in the Dining Room with the Candlestick? Enjoy some friendly competition with a family board game night.

Clue and Game of Life are classics, but if you’re looking to get more competitive, try Monopoly or a new spin on an old classic, like Monopoly Cheater’s Edition or Game of Life: Quarter Life Crisis. Check out the local selections at New Canaan Toy Store or the Toy Chest in New Canaan.

April 2

Dim the lights and tell each other scary stories. 

If you’re hard pressed to come up with your own ghost stories, check out Elm Street Books or the New Canaan Library for a copy of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Or try browsing Wikipedia for some local urban legends.

April 3

Visit a new restaurant to expand your palate and try ordering a new dish!

If you’re looking to find a new restaurant you didn’t even know you were looking for, check out this list! New Canaan has so many amazing restaurants – you’re bound to find your new favorite!

April 4

Enjoy some quality outdoors with your family and hunt for decorative eggs and candy!

April 5

Pick up some sidewalk chalk and draw on your driveway! Show off your art skills to all your neighbors and passersbys.

April 6

Make your own pizza dough from scratch (or buy some dough from Walter Stewart’s) and build your own pizza! How many toppings can you pile onto one pizza?

April 7

When was the last time you built a pillow or blanket fort? Convert your living room into a fort and see how many people you can fit inside.

There is an art form to building pillow forts. Check out this website and experiment with the many ways to build a fort.