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We've assembled a weekly calendar of kid-friendly activities and new places to try out with children. Each week, we'll give you the info on the five best family activities or events for the week.
You're time-pressed enough, so we're happy to do the research and find the best things to do and places to go, both locally and within reasonable striking distance.
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This week we have miniature golf at the beach, festivals, cyber gaming, an Easter parade and a bunny breakfast.
Mini-Golf at Jones Beach Pitch and Putt Course
Where/When: Jones Beach State Park Pitch and Putt in Wantagh; Friday, April 15, Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Why Go: Just opened for the season, this local favorite mini-golf course is the perfect place to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon with the kids. After you finish with the game, head over to the boardwalk and, if it is warm enough, let the kids play in the sand for the first time this year.
Pricing: Club rentals are $2 plus a $3 deposit fee; green fees are $7, $5 for seniors and children.
Spring Kids Fest
Where/When: Merrick Railroad Station; Friday, April 15 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, April 16 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday, April 17 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Why Go: Amusement park rides, carnival food and an array of games – what could be better? If your children are fans of American Idol, Merrick's own Robbie Rosen will be making an appearance on Saturday at 11 a.m.
Pricing: Free admission; rides, food and games extra.
Gamers Cyber Evening
Where/When: East Meadow Public Library; Friday, April 15 from 6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Why Go: If you have a tween or teen who loves gaming, this is the spot to be on a Friday evening. The library will have laptops out in the teen room so kids can participate in multi-player games. For those young video game enthusiasts, this is certainly a can’t miss.
Pricing: Free, but registration is required. Call 516-794-2570.
Where/When: Starting at Bellmore Fire Department and walking up Bedford Avenue; Saturday, April 16 at 12 p.m.
Why Go: Bring your kids dressed in their favorite spring outfits and watch the parade makes its way down Bedford Avenue. Every child will receive some holiday candy. Sweet!
Columbiettes Easter Bunny Breakfast
Where/When: Knights of Columbus in Levittown; Sunday, April 17 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Why Go: Eggs, orange juice and the Easter Bunny – what an excellent way to spend a Sunday morning. Children will have a chance to devour a delicious breakfast and then meet the Easter Bunny in person. Don’t forget to bring your camera to take some photos of this adorable occasion.
Pricing: $7 per person.