A Visit to Project Oceanology in Groton, CT

Lighthouses, seals, and Long Island Sound. Whether you're looking for a full day excursion or a two hour tour, Project Oceanology's hands-on, inquiry-based shore and laboratory programs offer marine science for anyone who climbs aboard.

April GoList: Best Things To Do with LA and OC Kids This Month

Our picks for April are in, and we've chosen a dozen plus of the most special activities from our Event Calendar, including literary outings, a pow-wow, and escapes into the mists of time. Easter and Earth Day are in the mix, too. Of course, we'll send our newsletters with even more ideas as the weeks unfold, and we'll keep adding to our calendar daily; but we want to give you enough time to snag tickets for some of these extra special events in advance—or leave your day open—so you don't miss out on any favorites.

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Water Play at Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park in Portland, CT

At last we made the trip out to Portland, CT to zip through the sky and jump off of cliffs into the water at the Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park. This is a water adventure park like no other. Located in an old quarry, where you guessed it, they once mined brownstone, they have ziplines, trampolines, rock climbing, wakeboarding, scuba diving and much more. We arrived in the morning without a hitch. They open at 10am during the week and close at 7pm. In order to save time we should have printed out our waivers and purchased our day passes online but thankfully the lines weren't too bad so it wasn't a big deal. Read on for the scoop and then check out our CT Water and Beach Fun Guide and the  Mommy Poppins Theme and Water Park Guide for more fun options.

April GoList: Best Things To Do with CT Kids

The days are getting longer and spring is in the air... and as always, our monthly CT GoList features a carefully curated roundup of the absolute best things to do with kids throughout the month. Earth Day, Touch a Truck, and Dino Eggs are just some of the awesome events on tap for April—we've got 27 top picks in total. Be sure to check our Event Calendar for more options and subscribe to our FREE newsletters to get posts like this delivered directly to your inbox.

Best Places to See Cherry Blossoms in NYC

There are few more delightful ways to celebrate the arrival of spring than by viewing the beautiful cherry blossoms flowering all over New York City. Everyone seems to know about the Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, but there are other places to enjoy these gorgeous blossoms without the crowds this April and even deeper into the spring season.

In Japan, cherry blossom-viewing is taken to almost religious heights. Blooming flowers are carefully watched, enjoyed, and celebrated. Traditional Sakura Hanami parties feature eating, drinking, and music.

Here are the best places to see cherry blossoms in New York City this spring.

April GoList: Best Things To Do with Long Island Kids This Month

The origin of the name April for our fourth month remains shrouded in mystery. Some historians theorize it is derived from the Latin word “apertus,” meaning to open.

If true, how appropriate is that since April literally opens the door for the rest of spring. Here on Long Island, April opens us up to a series of multicultural celebrations, headlined by Easter and Passover. There’s also children’s theater, such as Beauty and the Beast Jr., an Astronomy and Space Day, and plenty of outdoor events, including Earth Day celebrations and the Arbor Day Festival in Oyster Bay.

For expediency’s sake, see our separate roundups of the many Easter egg hunts and bunny brunches on Long Island this month. Otherwise, enjoy the opening of a wonderful time of year on this wonderful island.

As always, if you are interested in an event, click through for information on dates, times and addresses. And see our Long Island Spring Guide for a detailed look at the best seasonal entertainment. Lastly, don’t forget to check our Long Island Events Calendar for more exciting family options as they develop throughout the month.

Best Candy Stores for New York City Kids

For many New York City kids, holidays like Easter (and Valentine's Day, and Halloween, and....) mean candy. And with New York City in the midst of a chocolate renaissance—Jacques Torres recently opened the city's first chocolate museum—it's a good time to be a kid. 

But what of the classic candy store, where kids can enjoy filling a bag, or a Mason jar, before they begin filling their faces. Many of these NYC spots are stores without seating or bathrooms; places sticking true to shelves and aisles stuffed with packages of colorful, cavity-creating treasures. A few offer more modern treats and additions like chocolate-making classes for kids.

April GoList: The Best Things To Do in Westchester with Kids

Spring has arrived in Westchester, as evidenced not only by the blossoms and warmer temperatures, but also by the abundance of fabulous family activities springing up this month! Our April GoList is bursting with colorful activities to choose from—and it wasn’t easy narrowing down our top picks.

In anticipation of reader questions, note that Lightscapes will not return to Van Cortlandt Manor, much to our disappointment. However, we’ve been assured that a new event will take its place at a later date, so stay tuned for news about that.

As for all the great events that are occurring, these include several events that revivify the Colonial era, including Sheep-to-Shawl, which boasts assorted wooly fun like yarn dyeing, weaving, border collies and a period fashion show. There are numerous family performances, including the Golden Dragon Acrobats; lots of FREE STEAM opportunities, such as the annual Engineering EXPO; and multiple events for comic lovers, including the return of the FREE Comic Con. April is also loaded with numerous Earth Day activities, and with Easter and Passover arriving late this year, there’s an abundance of holiday happenings heading our way.

With so many exciting events this month, even our top 15 picks below don’t capture everything—for the rest you’ll have to keep abreast of our Event Calendar and weekly newsletters. New events are added almost every single day, so don’t miss a beat!


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