Half-Day Camps for Long Island’s Little Kids

If your little one isn’t quite ready for a full-day of summer camp, there are plenty of camps on Long Island that offer half- or mini-day options where kids can get out the house and have fun for just a few hours a day. It’s a great way to give mom and dad a break, as well as introduce a younger child to the camp experience. And for more options, be sure to check out the Long Island Summer Camps Guide.

Weekday Picks: Earth Day, Dinosaurs, and Blooming Gardens, April 18-22

Happy Earth Day to you, happy Earth Day to you, happy Earth Day dear planet, happy Earth Day to you. Friday is Earth Day, and the City of Los Angeles will be celebrating the preciousness of our globe and its resources with an all day, free event at Grand Park in DTLA. Take in the park’s sustainable landscaping and take home a free tree if you can prove that you live in the city of LA. There's plenty for the kids to do as well, including recycled art crafts.

Of course the best way to celebrate the earth is to appreciate its bounty. Monday is Free Entrance to National Parks Day, and on Tuesday two local gardens offer free admission: my favorite, Descanso, in La Cañada Flintridge and South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes. Touring gardens has been a bit dreary this year with so many having turned brown in the drought; we're not out of the woods yet as far as water goes, but we’ve had enough rain for this spring to bring quite a bit of color to enjoy. Earth Day is a great excuse to spend the week exploring nature, talking to our children about the fragility of our planet, and taking a moment to contemplate our role in preserving it.

Speaking of climate change, it’s opening week of Dinosaurs Unextinct at the L.A. Zoo. Dig for fossils and experience life size animatronic dinos for an additional $5 when you are at the zoo.

Our Event Calendar and GoList offer many more options for fun, in and out of the elements. Our favorites are below.

Weekday Event Picks for NJ Kids: Earth Day Celebration, Live Butterflies, April 18-22

Earth Day is on the horizon this week. Get the kids involved in honoring our planet at eco-friendly activities such as Earth Day Stories and Crafts and Hunterdon County Earth Day Celebration. Plus, explore nature both outdoors at Tot Walk: Turtles and even indoors at Paramus Park Mall’s Live Butterfly Feeding. And don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar for even more options!

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Baseball, Carnivals, Earth Day Apr 18-22

Tee-ball practice, sidewalk chalk, bike riding... these activities all scream April. With predicted mild temperatures and Earth Day this week, it is the perfect opportunity to grab a baseball mitt, find the chalk or dust off the bike helmet to enjoy the outdoors.

After having some neighborhood fun, be sure to check out our events calendar, which is filled with a multitude of activities to help young ones embrace nature. Visit Bucktoe Creek Preserve for its Drop-In on Nature Playgroup, learn about Habitats and Sharing at Newlin Grist Mill's Springhouse Storytime or explore Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education's Seedlings workshop. In the evening, families can relish carnival fun in Broomall or Morton. Or, savor the nighttime skies as the Philadelphia Science Festival presents its Astronomy Night Friday evening at Independence Seaport Museum, John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, Awbury Arboretum, Haverford College, West Chester University, as well as other locations throughout the Delaware Valley.

Keep reading for our top picks for the week and get outside!

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Best April Staycation Ever, April 18-22

April vacation week is so jam-packed with Patriots' Day historical reenactments, Boston Marathon buzz, STEM fun, and Earth Day celebrations, your kids might feel lucky that you opted for a staycation. Well, maybe that's a bit unrealistic, but at least there's no excuse for them to claim they're bored.

If you're looking to get out of town for a day or two, we have some ideas for quick spring break getaways. And we always look forward to an April vacation week day trip to Roger Williams Park in Providence to see the fairy houses and join the party for the planet

Our Event Calendar has loads more events for April vacation week, so check it out when you're stuck for ideas. Here's to a stellar staycation!

Weekday Picks: Full Moon Hike, Astronomy Night, April 18-22

Celebrate Earth Day this week by creating a special flower pot at Once Upon a Treetop, exploring nature at Tiny Tots or with a evening hike at Quogue Wildlife Refuge and learning about the stars and planets that surround us at Astronomy Night at CSTL. Of course, this is just a sampling of what's going on this week, so be sure to check out our Long Island events calendar and our Spring Fun Guide. You can also get the best events of the week sent directly to your inbox each week if you sign up for our newsletter.

Weekday Picks: Pirates, a Carnival, and Earth Day, April 18-22

This week many children are out on spring break and there are a plethora of spring break camps and Earth day events to fill up the days with plenty of fun. Take your preschooler to a free musical,  or be a pirate for the day at Mystic Seaport. For more fun things to do, as always, just check out our event calendar for some great happenings in a town near you.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

7 Free Outdoor Art Exhibits to See in NYC This Spring

New York City's parks and plazas are brimming with a new crop of kid-friendly public art installations just in time for springtime neighborhood walks.

These seven eye-popping statues are larger than life. There are gigantic glowing bunnies at Brookfield Place and a massive recreation of a DNA molecule in Marcus Garvey Park. You'll also find a 30-foot swimming pool propped up on its side in Rockefeller Center; a 25-foot-tall spinning, neon sign in Brooklyn Bridge Park; a pair of towering orchids at the entrance to Central Park; and an awe-inspiring, 30-foot-tall aluminum humanoid on the Park Avenue Mall. 

Visit these gigantic pieces one by one or link a couple together for a fun family outing, perhaps over the upcoming NYC public school April break. The best part of these seasonal art installations is that they all can be spotted in parks or other public places, so you can view them at your convenience and for FREE.  

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