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Free (and cheap!) ideas for kids on Long Island in June

The Jr. Angler Freshwater "Catch and Release" Fishing

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Need weekend plans or something to do with the kids during the week? There are a ton of free children's events at local libraries, but we also found free and cheap ($5 or less) things to do elsewhere this month. Whether you have one, two, three or more kids in tow, here's a roundup of fun, budget-friendly events in June.

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Arts in the Plaza at the Kennedy Plaza (Park Avenue, Long...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Strawberry Festival, Harborfest and more

Twins Bridget and Keely Dwyer, 4, of Floral

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From a strawberry festival to a beach scavenger hunt, nautical craft fair and more, there's much to do on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for fun, family friendly activities this weekend:

1. Nassau County Strawberry Festival at Nassau BOCES (2351 Jerusalem Ave., North Bellmore). Located on Newbridge Road in North Bellmore, kids and...

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'Pregnant & Dating' premieres Friday on TV

Megan is one of five women starring in

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Turn on the TV Friday night if you’re curious about what it would be like to be dating with a bun in the oven. WEtv’s new reality series, “Pregnant & Dating,” premieres at 10 p.m.

Five moms-to-be are still trying to find Mr. Right even as their clothes are becoming awfully tight.

The cast members are described this way by the cable network:

-Kiesha is an R&B producer from...

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Study: Moms are the new breadwinners

"About three-quarters of adults (74%) say the increasing

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Working mothers are now the primary breadwinners in 40 percent of households with children under the age of 18, according to a new Pew Research Center study. In 1960, the share was just 11 percent.

The Pew Research Center analyzed data from the U.S. Census Bureau and found the top earning moms are made up of two different groups: 5.1 million (37 percent) are married mothers who have a higher...

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Feeding the kids: Corn dog mini muffins

The Corn Dog Mini Muffin recipe can be

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In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a fun spin on a classic corn dog. I found the recipe in "The Recipe Girl Cookbook," by Lori Lange (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; $24.99).

Corn Dog Mini Muffins (Makes 24 mini muffins)

Ingredients — 1 cup cornmeal — 1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour — 2 tablespoons packed light brown...

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Wednesday is national college savings day

Wednesday 5/29 is a good day to think

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To help educate parents on saving money for college, the College Savings Plans Network has declared Wednesday a national “529 College Savings Day.”

Why Wednesday? Well, May 29 is 5/29 – and that’s the name of the popular tax-advantaged savings plans parents can use to help chip away at the high cost of higher education.

Americans have invested more than $190 billion in 529 College Savings...

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Pitbull's 'Epic' journey to inspire kids

Miami native Pitbull talks about his new role

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We first knew him as Mr. 305. Today he's best known as Mr. Worldwide, singing, performing and entertaining kids and adults alike, scoring several number one hits. Recently Pitbull hit the big screen in the new animated film "Epic," which also stars Beyoncé, Steven Tyler, Colin Farrell, Amanda Seyfried and others.

Armando Perez, Pitbull, was born in Miami and through music was able...

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Top baby names of 2012

Jacob tops the list for the 14th straight

Sophia and Jacob top the new list of the most popular baby names in 2012. This is the 14th year in a row Jacob tops the list for boys and the second year for Sophia, according to the list recently released by the Social Security Administration.

"There is a new couple in the top 10 this year -- Elizabeth and Liam replace Chloe and Daniel," according to the news release. This...

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10 safety tips when boating with kids

Sea Tow, a boating safety organization located in

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Memorial Day kicks off the unofficial start of the summer and chances are, you may be spending the dog days on or in the water.

Many Long Island families have boats, so Sea Tow, a boating safety organization based in Southold, provided 10 tips to help keep your kids (and you!) safe on the water this summer. 1. Make it a rule that everyone wears life jackets. The U.S. Coast Guard requires all...

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What is the Common Core?

This year, 46 states including New York have

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There's so much noise around school testing this year that one would think "high-stakes" and "standardized" were New York's newest cuss words.

The noise has been so distracting that it took me quite a while to understand what's really been going on in classrooms. I had thought that the Common Core was a new curriculum fad, one of the many waves to roll through over the...

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