LongIsland.com's 2014 April Family Fun Guide: Spring Fairs, Earth Day & More Seasonal Fun!

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Kick off the Spring season by enjoying some warm weather, seasonal and outdoor fun the whole family can enjoy!

April showers bring May flowers! We have officially welcomed Spring and although lots of rain may be coming our way at least it’s not snow! The winter weather is winding down and locals can finally get a break from all the Winter snow and look forward to the warm Spring weather. As those warmer days is approaching and sunny skies begin to brighten up our days, what would be a better way to enjoy it than with all the seasonal fun?!

Before having some fun, many locals prefer to begin the season with some Spring cleaning by getting rid of all the junk and clutter in their homes. But once everything is all neat, clean and organized, it’s time to enjoy the spirit of Spring!

Students will be enjoying their time off from school for Spring Break and look forward to playing outside or going away on vacation. Festivals and fairs will begin to liven up Main Streets in towns across the Island with some fun for everyone.

That’s not all! The first major holiday season is kicking into full gear with Easter and Passover. Although both holidays fall later than usual this year, that only means more time for more fun! The Spring Bunny will visit children across Long Island while children try to find as many eggs as they can in one of the many egg hunts! You can even create your own colorful eggs!

We also can’t forget about Earth Day where locals will even be showing their appreciation for Mother Nature on April 22nd. Take advantage of the fresh veggies and fruits that will be available for purchase at local Farmers Markets which will be running through the whole month.

Whether you’re looking to lay back this Spring season or you’re ready to get out and soak in some rays, we’ve got you covered with all the highlights for the month here with LongIsland.com’s 2014 April Entertainment Guide filled with the most fun festivities the whole family can enjoy!

April Fun
The spring season is kicking into full gear. Get out and enjoy the outdoors with the whole family by checking out some of the hottest happenings this month!

  • 13th Annual Fur Ball Event at Flowefield Celebrations Catering
    199 Mills Pond Road, St. James, NY 11780
    631-473-6333
    Thursday, April 3rd - 7 PM to 11 PM
    $10 per person

    Hosted by Save-A-Pet, the Fur Ball event brings people together who share a common bond - an undying love for animals. The money raised will be used to continue Save-A-Pet's commitment to programs such as saving lives of homeless animals, pet adoption, spaying and neutering, feral cat TNR (trap, neuter and return), humane education and public awareness.
  • 2nd Annual Blue Run For Autism 5K and Fun Run at Eisenhower Park
    Hempstead Tpke. and Park Blvd., East Meadow, NY 11554
    516-809-8214
    Sunday, April 6th - 7 AM to 11 AM
    $20

    Raise awareness and funds for autism. All event proceeds will support Autism Speaks’ work, both locally and nationally, to increase awareness about the growing autism health crisis, fund innovative autism research and family services, and advocate for the needs of individuals with autism and their families in Long Island and beyond.
  • 3rd Annual Hogs & Hot Rods Rock The Shelter at Splish Splash
    Splish Splash Drive, Calverton, NY 11933
    516-768-7467
    Sunday, April 6th - 12 PM to 5 PM
    $5

    Enjoy the day at Splish Splash for the Rock the Shelter event to benefit Riverhead MTA’s “move the animal shelter.” There will be also be a car and motorcycle show with vendors and prizes.
  • Kite Flying Family Day at The Science Museum of Long Island
    1526 N. Plandome Rd., Plandome, NY 11030
    516-627-9400 ext.10
    Saturday, April 12th - 1 PM to 3 PM
    Free for Members/ $5 Adults/ $10

    Come and design your very own kite. You will learn how and why objects fly from our excellent Science Staff. Then take your kite out for a day of flight. Space is limited; first 100 participants. Lite refreshments will be served.
  • USS Cares Superhero Pub Crawl for Charity at TJ Finley’s
    42 E Main Street, Bay Shore, NY 11706
    Friday, April 25th - 5:30 PM to 10 PM
    $25 in advance/ $30 at the door

    Dust off your superhero cape and come on down to Bay Shore for a pub crawl! There will be drink specials, live music and prizes for best costume! Start at TJ Finley's, then to the Cortland for drinks specials. After, visit the South Side Hotel for more drinks specials. Lastly, go to the Nutty Irishman to listen to live music from Rich Mahogany and the winners of the costume contest will be announced.
  • 7th Annual Antiques & Garden Weekend in Port Jefferson Village
    101A East Broadway, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
    631-428-6467
    Saturday, April 26th - Sunday, April 27th
    $5

    The Antiques & Garden Weekend will consist of 37 quality antique dealers featuring antiques, rare books, vintage, lighting, jewelry, folk art, collectibles and so much more!
  • 9th Annual Spring Car Show Fundraiser at St. Patrick’s School
    280 East Main Street, Smithtown, NY 11787
    631-588-2696
    Sunday, April 27th - 9 AM to 4 PM
    $5 for adults/ children are free

    Enjoy a fun-filled day looking at a variety of cars, trucks and motorcycles of all years, makes and models! The show will also feature children's activities, a variety of craft vendors, raffles, giveaways and food. Music will be provided by DJ Night Train. Admission for cars is $15 and $5 for motorcycles.

Splendid Spring Fairs and Festivals
The birds are chirping and flowers are blooming. Meet with new people and get some fresh air with these fun fairs and festivals happening near you.

  • Family Festival at Wantagh Park
    1 King Road (South of Merrick Road), Wantagh, NY 11793
    Friday, April 4th - Sunday, April 6th
    FREE Admission/ POP $30

    Enjoy a weekend with the whole family while having fun on some fast rides! See event listing for additional information such as times.
  • Family Film Festival at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
    76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
    631-288-1500
    Saturday, April 5th - 11 AM to 12 PM
    $5

    With films from Europe, Asia and the USA, this program offers everything from dancing pastries to edible rocks to a beautiful fish made out of sand. Filled with whimsical creatures, stunning animation and heartwarming stories about what it means to be a family, you don’t want to miss these short films.
  • 40th Annual Spring Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show
    130 East Merrick Road, Freeport, NY 11520
    631-271-8411
    Saturday, April 5th - Sunday, April 6th - 10 AM to 5 PM
    $5.50

    Come out to the Freeport Recreation Center for a show that features dealers selling minerals, gems, jewelry, fossils, and beads. Find meteorites from other worlds, and prehistoric fossils from our own.
  • Baldwin Spring Festival at Baldwin Railroad Station FREE
    Sunrise Highway & Grand Blvd., Baldwin, NY 11510
    631-724-5966
    Saturday, April 19th - 10 AM to 5 PM

    This spring festival will feature a wide array of handmade crafts and gift items, businesses and services and food!
  • 51st Annual Shelter Island Art Show & Craft Fair FREE
    Main Street, Shelter Island, NY 11964
    631-374-9745
    Wednesday, April 23rd - 10 AM to 5 PM

    The show will feature over 100 fine artists and craftspeople. There will also be a designated Shelter Island section devoted to vendors who produced Shelter Island memorabilia.
  • Spring Jazz Festival at Flushing Town Hall FREE
    137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, NY 11354
    718-463-7700
    Saturday, April 26th - 12 PM

    The Second Annual Queens Jazz OverGround Spring Jazz Festival features performers from around the borough of Queens, from jazz legends to rising artists. The afternoon will also feature masterclasses by top music educators, and performances by local middle and high school jazz ensembles.
  • Spring Fest Craft Fair at Rocky Point Joseph A. Edgar School FREE
    82 Rocky Point-Yaphank Rd., Rocky Point, NY 11778
    631-846-1459
    Saturday, April 26th - 10 AM to 5 PM

    Explore items from over 75 exhibitors with great craft and gift items for sale at the 13th Annual Rocky Point Spring Fest Craft Fair. Enjoy refreshments and live music. Rain or shine!
  • 23rd Annual Merrick Spring Festival FREE
    1 Broadcast Plaza, Merrick, NY 11566
    516-442-6000
    Saturday, April 26th - Sunday, April 27th - 10 AM to 6 PM

    Enjoy this fun-filled day with family and friends while shopping and browsing many vendors offering numerous craft items and gifts!
  • West Hempstead Street Fair FREE
    Nassau Boulevard, West Hempstead, NY 11552
    631-724-5966
    Sunday, April 27th - 10 AM to 5 PM

    This street fair will take place on Nassau Boulevard starting at Hempstead Avenue, adjacent to Halls Pond Park.  It will feature a wide array of handmade crafts and gift items, businesses and services and food.

Earth Day Celebrations
Show your appreciation for the land which you live on by taking part in not only making Earth better but the communities on Long Island cleaner. For a look at all the Earth Day celebrations on Long Island, be sure to check out our guide to all the earthy events happening near you!

  • Celebrate Earth Day at The Nassau County Museum of Art
    One Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor, NY 11576
    516-484-9337
    Sunday, April 27th - 1 PM to 4 PM
    Free with museum admission

    Freestyle Arts NYC returns to the Museum to mark Earth Day with art that is inspired by nature. Families will create flowers, paper bag animals and insects. Museum admission plus $8 per family materials fee.
  • Earth Day Celebration at Quogue Wildlife Refuge FREE
    3 Old Country Rd., Quogue, NY 11959
    631-653-4771
    Saturday, April 26th - 11 AM to 3 PM

    Come and celebrate nature and the lovely planet! The day will include guided nature walks, live animal presentations, crafts for children, environmental exhibitors, and self-guided kayaking and canoeing on Old Ice Pond. Rain or shine.
  • Earth Day at The Beach at Westhampton Dunes FREE
    906 Dune Rd., Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
    631-288-3335 ext. 4
    Saturday, April 19th - 9 AM to 12 PM

    Take part in the beach clean up at the Westhampton Dunes and earn some community service hours while helping the environment. The event will also feature Jerome Liggon playing African Drums, face painting, free water bottles, Island Bead Jewelry, Ben and Jerry's, and so much more! Refreshments will be served.
  • Earth Day Festival at Flushing Town Hall FREE
    137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, NY 11354
    718-463-7700
    Tuesday, April 22nd - 1 PM

    Develop your green thumb, learn about beekeeping and the importance of clean waterways while making sculptures, jewelry and art out of recycled materials.
  • Earthfest and Earth Run III at The Garden City Bird Sanctuary
    Opposite 181 Tanners Pond Road, Garden City, NY 11530
    516-326-1720
    Sunday, April 6th - 9 AM to 3 PM
    $25 - $35

    Participate in a 5K on/off road timed run followed by a day celebrating the value of volunteers to the community and the environment. The day will featured food, fun, music, entertainment, tours and live animals! Race proceeds will be used to build a shelter for children's educational/environmental programs.

Holiday Fun
There’s nothing better than having some fun during the holidays with the whole family. Bring your kids out for a fun day of egg hunting and other holiday fun!

  • Breakfast With The Easter Bunny at West Babylon Fire Department
    126 Arnold Avenue, West Babylon, NY 11704
    631-991-2254
    Sunday, April 13th - 8 AM to 12 PM
    $7 Adults/ $4 Children

    Enjoy a delicious breakfast while visiting the Easter Bunny. Also, come see Sparky the animated, talking Fire Dog driving his own Fire Engine and the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office will be conducting free child safety seat inspections.
  • 21st Annual Spring Egg Hunt at Belmont Lake State Park
    Southern State Parkway Exit 38, North Babylon, NY 11703
    631-667-5055
    Saturday, April 12th - 12 PM to 2 PM
    $8 for parking

    Egg hunts will occur every 15 minutes. Children will hunt for eggs in three groups: ages 4 and under, ages 5-6 and ages 7-9. In addition to the hunts, the event will feature a petting zoo, temporary tattoos, pony rides, environmental crafts, a visit by the Spring Bunny and more!
  • Egg Stravaganza at The Science Museum of Long Island
    1526 N. Plandome Rd., Plandome, NY 11030
    516-627-9400 ext. 10
    Monday, April 14th - 10 AM to 3 PM

    Welcome the spring season at the Long Island Science Museum by meeting egg-laying animals. Enter the egg drop challenge and color eggs using natural dyes and much more! See event listing for more information.
  • Passover at Thyme Restaurant
    8 Tower Place, Roslyn, NY 11576
    516-625-2566
    Monday, April 14th - 4 PM to 9 PM
    $53 adults / $24 children under 10

    Indulge in a delicious Thyme Passover prix fixe menu.
  • Three Village Easter Egg Hunt at The Holiday Inn Express FREE
    3131 Nesconset Highway, Stony Brook, NY 11720
    516-729-6872
    Friday, April 18th - 11 AM

    Don't miss out on Long Island's Largest Easter Egg Hunt & Spring Fair. The event will feature tons of activities for children, a DJ, prizes, special guests and more!
  • Eggstravaganza at Quogue Wildlife Refuge
    3 Old Country Rd., Quogue, NY 11959
    631-653-4771
    Friday, April 18th - 1:30 PM to 3:45 PM
    $5 per child

    Inspect the Refuge egg & nest collection for ideas to create your own fun nest craft. Bring a smock or an old shirt. Decorate our own ‘nests’ and color and decorate hard-boiled eggs to take home! Dress appropriately, as the program may take place outside.
  • Breakfast and Egg Hunt at Vanderbilt Museum
    180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport, NY 11721
    631-854-5579
    Saturday, April 19th - 9 AM to 12 PM
    $30 Adults/ $18 Children

    Enjoy breakfast with an appearance from the Easter Bunny and his friend Lil' Chick! Also enjoy our egg hunt and parade.
  • Egg Hunt at Quogue Wildlife Refuge
    3 Old Country Rd., Quogue, NY 11959
    631-653-4771
    Sunday, April 20th - 9:30 AM to 12 PM
    $10 per child

    Create a bunny craft and then hop on down Peter Cottontail’s Trail to a special spot on the Refuge for an egg hunt.  Each child will receive a special gift.  A very popular program for children ages 2 to 4, accompanied by an adult.
  • Penguin Egg Hunt at Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition
    431 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901
    631.208.9200 ext. 426
    Saturday, April 19th - 10 AM to 1 PM
    Free with Admission

    Share the egg-citement at this annual Egg Hunt, which offers plenty of great prizes, including a free birthday party (restrictions apply), family fun center vouchers, tour boat tickets, and rides on both the Discovery Tower and Submarine Simulator!
  • Penguin Family Brunch at Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition
    431 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901
    631-208-9200 ext. 426
    Saturday, April 19th - 10 AM to 2 PM

    Celebrate the spring season by enjoying a delicious buffet breakfast in the waterfront Sea Star Ballroom, the chance to make a special take-home holiday craft, and even have time to enjoy the Aquarium! See event listing for pricing.

Hockey
Hockey season isn’t over just yet! The New York Islanders will be playing against new opponents. Here are some games that will be taking place at the Nassau Coliseum located at 1255 Hempstead Turnpike in Uniondale. Ticket prices vary between $24 - $160 which can be purchased online or by calling 516-794-9303. Check out who the Islanders are playing against along with the dates and times.

Warm Weather Fun
This winter was a harsh one with numerous snow storms burying Long Island. After being cooped up in the house all season, it’s time to wake up from hibernation and get out and play!

  • Go To a Local Park
    As the flowers begin to bloom and nature comes back to life after the harsh winter, experience the beauty of Long Island’s parks! With so many parks, there are plenty of things to do:
    • Take a hike or a walk on one of the many trails
    • Have a family picnic on the grass
    • Bird watching
  • Go On a Seal Hike
    The end of the season for seals is fast approaching but there are still a couple of weeks left for seal hikes. Be sure to get the chance to observe and learn about the seals before they leave for their seasonal migrations.
  • Play in The Rain
    With rain showers on the way, get your raincoat and your rain boots to jump in puddles and make some big splashes!
  • Go To The Museum
    Since much of the snow has melted, take some time to visit a local museum and take a tour of some of the most interesting places on Long Island.
  • Play Golf
    For both beginners and professionals, pass some time by scoring in some shots with both 9 hole and 18 hole options

Still not sure how to make the most out of April? We’ve got you covered! Be sure to check out our Things To Do Section for fun that can be enjoyed all week long, and don’t forget to head over to our jam-packed Events Calendar for the hottest happenings of the month!


Have any exciting plans for this month? Tell us what you have planned in the comments below!
 

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