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The Best Free April Events for Kids and Families on Long Island

In addition to the showers that will hopefully bring those gorgeous May flowers, the month of April has a lot going on. There are holiday celebrations, of course, but also camps and vacations during the spring break.

Since all of this might put a dent in your wallet, we figured you'd appreciate our roundup of fun, budget-friendly activities and events that won't cost you a dime.

From library storytimes to Easter Egg hunts to spring festivals, everything listed here is absolutely FREE! For more suggestions for springtime fun, check out our AprilGoList and event calendar.

15 Super Easy April Fools' Day Pranks to Play on Your Kids

There are few things more satisfying than pulling a fast one on your own kid, but elaborate prep work is sure to sap the fun out of any good April Fools' Day joke. In the past, we've shared ideas for old-school gags and fun tricks to play on children, but more recently, we've found that the very best pranks are also the simplest.

Here, we run down 15 easy ways to show kids that we still have the upper hand—at least when it comes to April Fools' Day!

25 Spring Break Activities for Long Island Kids

If your family is planning a stay-cation here on Long Island during spring break and you’re searching for things to do, you’ve come to the right place.

For most public school students on Long Island, spring break runs from Friday, April 19 to Sunday, April 28. We’ve rounded up 25 fun activities that will keep your kids busy and happily entertained. Between day and weeklong camps, indoor events for rainy days and nature excursions that get your family outside, there’s something for everyone.Try one or more of these activities, and we're confident you’ll never again hear those dreaded words: "I’m bored " (Well, at least not during spring break, anyway).

Orlando's Wyndham Bonnet Creek Offers Disney-Adjacent Suites and Resort Amenities

Finding the perfect place to stay for your Orlando family vacation can be hard. You want a location with good proximity to the amusement parks, but don't forget there’s lots more to do in Orlando than just theme parks, so a resort that is fun on its own can save you a bundle and also be a whole lot more fun. Family-sized suites, kitchens, and laundry options bring the comforts of home that take the stress out of a family trip, too.

Wyndham Bonnet Creek offers luxurious condo-style one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom family suites adjacent to Walt Disney World and close to other Orlando attractions. With a full schedule of resort activities, five pool complexes, including a lazy river and water slides, it’s no wonder it ranks No. 4 on Condé Nast Traveler's 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards list of Top Resorts in Orlando.

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.

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