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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

Affordable Summer Camps for Long Island Kids

Summer is about bare feet, dandelions, sunshine, and smoky food on the grill. For kids, it is 10 weeks that make the rest of the year worth enduring. For moms and dads, these two months stretch out like a lazy highway, waiting to be filled with activity before your home becomes a whining zone of boredom.

Summer camps can be a significant investment, but some on Long Island are actually quite affordable; some even have scholarships and financial aid available. Here then is our list of some of our LI's most affordable summer camps for 2019.

Star Wars, Potter, and More New Theme Park Rides at Disney and Beyond

Amusement parks are a spring break and family vacation staple. From coast to coast, amusement and water parks abound, offering fun and thrills to parents and children ranging from toddlers to teens alike.

While there's never any shortage of excitement, having an opportunity to check out new attractions only adds to the kids' enjoyment. Take a look at which popular destinations are introducing everything from state-of-the-art roller coasters to gentle kiddie rides, and which are celebrating the opening of entirely new sections of their already-enticing parks in 2019. We've rounded up new rides (including water park fun) from California's Disneyland to Orlando, Florida and even along the New Jersey Shore boardwalks and in Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Texas.

Weekend Events: St. Patrick's Day Parades, Children's Theater, Science

Grab your robes and quidditch brooms: The Magical Universe of Harry Potter is coming to the Vanderbilt Planetarium this weekend. Celebrate Pi Day at the Long Island Explorium with Stony Brook University mathematician Moira Chas. Celebrate Irish heritage with traditional music, dance, food, and more at Hofstra University's Irish Festival

Start planning for St. Patrick's Day with our roundup of events across Long Island. 

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