We kids had a blast growing up, finding ways to entertain ourselves using very little money and lots of creativity. A lot of that was due to my older brother Sean's ideas.
One year Sean had the idea that we kids should take advantage of April Fool's Day to set up some surprises for our parents. At some ridiculously early hour, we all three crept out of bed and very quietly got to work.
First we took rolls of toilet paper and very thoroughly TP'd the inside of our house. From a wrought iron railing, to the ceiling fan, to the countertops, to the windows, to the furniture, and so on--there was toilet paper everywhere.
When my parents got up, they were greeted by the streams of tissue all over their living room. They took it well and laughed at the sight. (Why shouldn't they? They knew it would be the kids doing the clean up!)
Then we revealed to them our second surprise. We loved watching Let's Make a Deal on TV. So, thanks to Sean's creativity, we created Let's Make a Meal. We used boxes covered with paper and decorated with large numbers for curtains 1, 2, and 3. I think we had baby food as prizes (due to the "Meal" theme), along with a new car! The car, of course, was about two inches long and was made by Hot Wheels. Sean was the host, and I'm guessing Becki and I played "models," presenting the prizes to my parents, the contestants.
That morning is one of the high points of my childhood memories. From the covert preparations we made for days in advance, to the early morning set-up, to the delight of our parents, it was an exploration of childlike creativity on the silliest day of the year.
If you've ever had a particularly memorable April Fool's Day, I'd love to hear about it!