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Easter Egg Hunts for Long Island Kids, 2019

Nothing is more invigorating than a warm spring day. And nothing says spring better than a bright green lawn dotted with pastel treasures.

This year, Long Island Easter egg hunters will discover more than just hidden candy and change. Bouncy houses, petting zoos, and even the bountiful bunny himself will be present at many local events.

Below is our initial roundup of Easter egg hunts from Manhasset to Montauk and all across Long Island. Many are FREE, but some require advance tickets or reservations. As always, dress appropriately and call or check websites for any potential weather postponements.

For more seasonal fun, check out our roundups of Easter Bunny brunches and spring festivals for families across Long Island.

Pip's Island Interactive Theater Experience Makes Kids the Stars

There's no shortage of great theater here in New York, but there are very few shows where children actually get to play an interactive role in the story. Enter Pip's Island, a production in which young audience members become characters—no, stars—themselves, engaging with the actors in a roving, room-to-room adventure.

After a successful trial run in 2016, the show has re-opened in a custom-built space giving Pip, his friends Finn and Pebble, and countless kids a whole new immersive environment where they can play out their adventure as they attempt to save Pip's Island from the villainous Joules Volter.

Spring Break Camps for Long Island Kids, 2019

Long Island schools are closed for a whole week for spring break this year. With so much time to fill, why not check out these daily and weekly camp options?

Spring break begins for most school districts after school on Friday, April 19, continuing through Sunday, April 28. So, whether you're entertaining a budding scientist, aspiring artist, or a sports enthusiast, there's a camp to satisfy seemingly every interest. For more spring break entertainment ideas, be sure to check out our daily event calendar.

7 Single Parent Hacks for Entertaining Kids (and Staying Sane) Every Day of the Week

March 21st is National Single Parent Day. Yes, that's a thing. It even has a hashtag #NationalSingleParentDay. Yipeee, let's celebrate you! The holiday was created in 1984 to "honor the sacrifices and diligent work of single parents across our country" with the hopes that it would become just as popular as Mother's Day or Father's Day. Okay, that's pretty cool. Except, you know, when you're single... there's no one to actually go out and get you roses or candy or take you to dinner or even draw you a bath...on National Single Parent Day, on Mother's Day, on Father's Day, or any other day... because, you're SINGLE. But you deserve to be celebrated—if not with roses then at least with a few helpful hacks to get through the week.

Spring Festivals for Families on Long Island, 2019

Spring on Long Island means pleasant weather. And that begins a series of festivals to celebrate the arrival of this most colorful season.

So head outdoors to enjoy crafts, activities, science, and more family fun. Begin in late March and early April with Easter Bunny breakfasts and brunches. Later in the spring, enjoy nature festivals, Mother's Day activities, and the sweet beginning of strawberry season. At the end of May, be sure to join in the weekend-long celebration that marks the 200th birthday celebration of one of America's—and Long Island's—most beloved poets, Walt Whitman.

Insider’s Guide to Haines, Alaska: 21 Top Things to Do with Kids

Alaska is a dream destination on many family travel bucket lists. The way most people experience the state is to hop on one of the many cruises that travel up the Inside Passage. Cruising is particularly suited for Alaska travel because the scenery from the ship is beautiful and the destinations are hard to reach otherwise. But, as with many things in travel, the easiest road often passes by the best destinations.

Haines, Alaska, is one of those gems that is often missed by family cruisers. If you have the option to take a cruise that stops in Haines, or can take an excursion to Haines (an option from Skagway), I highly recommend it. Or, if you want to plan your own Alaska trip, you could easily spend a week in Haines without running out of amazing things to do with the kids, from bear watching and fishing to exploring some really unique museums.

Easter Bunny Breakfasts and Brunches Across Long Island

Dust off your spring hats and get those baskets ready because the Easter Bunny is on his way.

Easter is a fun time for kids, but adults can enjoy the holiday, too. Many Long Island establishments celebrate with a special Easter breakfast or brunch with treats for the whole family. From waffles and freshly baked pastries to omelet stations, eggs Benedict, and even chocolate fountains, these holiday breakfasts and brunches are a feast for the eyes and stomach. Hop on over to one of these spots, where families can indulge while sharing quality time with the Bunny himself. 

These Easter festivities are listed by date to better aid in your holiday planning. Easter is, of course, Sunday, April 21, 2019.Venues below require or strongly suggest reservations. For more Easter and seasonal events, check out our Events CalendarMarch GoList and guide to Spring Fun on Long Island

Weekend Events: St. Patrick's Day, Tea Party, Theater

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the Children's Museum of the East End is breaking out the sodium bicarbonate and whipping up one of its favorite quick breads—Irish soda bread. Be a green engineer and design a trap to lure lost leprechauns all weekend long at the Long Island Explorium.

Dress as your favorite princess and be treated like royalty at Ballet Long Island's Princess Tea Party.

Check out our St. Patrick's Day guide for a roundup of more events across Long Island. 

LI-Based Pint Size Painters Helps Kids Make a Masterpiece

Submerge your budding Picasso into an artist's world with a kit from Pint Size Painters. The fully equipped immersion kit, invented by a pair of Long Island parents, encourages the learning of art history while inspiring kids to create original artwork.

Explore more possibilities at these drop-in art locations for kids or become inspired at these Long Island museums and art galleries

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