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New craft books for kids

Former "Parents" magazine lifestyle director Amanda Kingloff has

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With public school spring breaks coming up next week, children across Long Island will be looking to fill their free time. Here are new craft books for kids:

In "Box! Castles, Kitchens and Other Cardboard Creations for Kids" (Lyons Press, $18.95), "Sesame Street" puppeteer Noel MacNeal embraces the magic of an empty box. Dozens of projects use cereal and packing boxes, even milk cartons. Creations...

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Kids, teens audition Saturday for LI variety show

Auditions for the fifth "Got Talent? Long Island,"

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Auditions for the fifth “Got Talent? Long Island,” a competition for performers 18 and younger, happen from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Huntington Center for Performing Arts, 310 New York Ave. Another audition is April 27 at Hofstra University.

Comedians, dancers, musicians, singer-songwriters, poets, magicians and others who think they have talent are encouraged to audition. Bands must...

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LI schools participate in 'Day of Silence' in support of LGBT people

Students participating in the "Day of Silence" wear

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It’s about 2:10 p.m. and scores of middle school students gather in silence in the Jericho Middle School library. “Don’t talk! Don’t talk until after the scream,” teacher Elisa Waters reminds the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders as they file in and form a circle.

Then, on the command of Waters – and in the presence of the school principal – the kids let out a raucous scream that goes on...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Easter egg hunts, 'Dalmatians' and more

The Spring Egg Hunt at Belmont Lake State

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From the Easter egg hunts and breakfast with the Easter Bunny to "101 Dalmatians" and more, there's plenty of activities happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities this weekend:

Eggstravaganza at Baldwin Park (Southern end of Grand Avenue, Baldwin). Hosted by the Baldwin Civic Association, kids can...

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Spring break idea: Kids cooking camp at Sur La Table

Sur La Table's Kids Cooking Camp will take

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Sticking around for spring break and looking for things to do with the kids?

Sur La Table in Manhasset is offering a kids cooking camp on Monday, April 15 through Friday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to noon for children ages 8 to 12.

Led by a Sur La Table chef-instructor, the camp will cover cooking techniques such as basic knife skills, how to read and follow a recipe, measuring and mixing...

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Feeding the kids: 'Frozen' snack ideas

The "Frozen" snack ideas can be found on

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In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose adorable snack ideas based on Disney's "Frozen." I found the recipes on LunchboxDad.com, a blog from a San Francisco father of three who shares his creative meal ideas for kids.

Sven Sandwich

Ingredients- 2 googly candy eyes- 2 large pretzels- 1 serving peanut butter and jam- 1 slice...

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Study: Stay-at-home moms on the rise

The number of stay-at-home mothers is on the

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More moms are choosing to stay at home full time with their kids rather than work, a Pew Research Center report found. But the reason why may not be what you think.

According to the Pew report, the cost of child care is most likely one of the reasons why more women are opting to skip full-time work, reversing a long-term decline in stay-at-home moms. The report stated: "The share of mothers...

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GoldieBlox hopes for another viral video encouraging girl engineers

GoldieBlox hoping for another video hit.

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GoldieBlox – the California-based company geared toward getting girls from ages 4 to 9 interested in engineering – is out with another video it’s hoping will go viral.

The company had phenomenal success with the video it launched in November, which featured a Rube Goldberg-style Princess machine built by girls bored with the toys such as princesses and dolls offered in “the pink aisle.” It’s...

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Survey: Baby's name can affect future lovelife

When you name your baby, consider that the

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I suppose I need to thank my parents, who named me after my paternal great-grandmother Bertha but chose to use the first letter of her name to do so.

Because apparently being named Bertha would have negatively affected my love life, according to a survey conducted by BabyNames.com.

“Names do have an effect on choosing a mate,” Jennifer Moss, founder of the site, said in a news release.

The...

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Easter egg dyeing trick: Check your kitchen

Natural Easter egg dyeing tips from the April

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Here's a unique twist on traditional Easter egg dyeing: Use natural foods and spices you'll find in your kitchen to create beautiful hues even the Easter Bunny will love.

Check out these Easter egg dyeing recipes from the April issue of FamilyFun Magazine and then hop into your backyard to gather some natural decorations:

To make yellow: Add 6 tablespoons turmeric and 1 tablespoon white...

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