10 Events and Holidays in April Your Family Won't Want to Miss

Your family won't want to miss marking these dates!

By Kara Murphy, publisher of Macaroni Kid Erie April 5, 2019

April is a time of renewal, from Easter and Passover to flowers blooming -- in all their spring glory -- in our yards. But along with that, April also has its share of other holidays and events.

Here are 10 special family-friendly holidays and events you and your kids will want to mark in April:

Autism Awareness Month

One in 59 children born in the United States is on the autism spectrum. It is the fastest-growing developmental disability, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Want to know more about autism? Read "The Warner Boys: Our Family's Story of Autism and Hope" by Ana and Curt Warner, whose twin sons were diagnosed with autism at 5 years old. April 1-30

April Fool's Day

Kids are all about April Fool's Day! Make them giggle by adding googly eyes to everything in your fridge or pantry. Or serve them dinner for breakfast. Pretend not to notice when they put a "Kick Me" sign on your back. Have fun! But always be wary. April 1

National Library Week

This year’s theme is "Libraries=Strong Communities," which is meant to illustrate how today’s libraries are at the heart of our communities and schools, providing a public space where all community members -- regardless of age, culture, or income level -- can come together to connect and learn. April 7-13

National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day

A great day to serve this perennial kid favorite for dinner! Ooey gooey goodness. "Adult" it up, if you must, by adding toppings like bacon, tomatoes, spinach, or portabella mushrooms. April 12

Tax Day

Get 'em in by midnight. April 15


Passover is a weeklong festival of freedom, marking the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt and their transition to freedom. The Seder, traditionally held the first night, involves a festive meal during which participants re-tell the story of the Exodus with stories, song, games, and ritual foods. April 19-27


This holiday marks the date Christians believe Jesus was resurrected. It's also a day kids look forward to because the Easter bunny visits! April 21

Earth Day 

This is a great day to assess how your family impacts the environment and think about small changes you can make to help our environment. Mark your efforts by recording your "Act of Green" at April 22

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day 

Give your kids a glimpse of what you do by letting them spend a few hours with you at your workplace. April 25

Pay It Forward Day 

Mark this day by letting your kids come up with an act of kindness as a way to "pay it forward." It's a great way to show them that even small gestures of kindness matter -- and ripple outward. Want to know more about the concept? Read "Pay It Forward," a novel by Catherine Ryan Hyde. April 28

Kara Murphy is the publisher of Macaroni Kid Erie, Pa.