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Port Washington author Beth Ain’s series for second through fifth graders, “Starring Jules,” has been chosen in the "Best New Series" category of Parents Magazine’s 10 Best Children’s Books of 2013.
“We do the Ten Best every year because we are huge fans of children’s books. Helping parents sort through the thousands of children’s books that come out every year is a great service...Read more »
The Menurkey – a menorah shaped like a turkey created by a 9-year-old boy from Manhattan – has been a huge hit, his father told Newsday.
“They’ve been selling like crazy,” says Anthony Weintraub, father of Asher. They’ve sold more than 2,000 plaster Menurkeys to celebrate the fact that Hanukkah and Thanksgiving overlap this year.
Asher Weintraub created a 3-D prototype for the menorah...Read more »
As we enter the darker days of the year, one book may come in handy — “The Wild Weather Book” (Frances Lincoln, $14.95) by environmental educators Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield.
The subtitle of the 2013 book describes why parents might want to add it to their parenting library: “Loads of Things to Do Outdoors in Rain, Wind and Snow.”
There are 72 “projects,” from making an umbrella den...Read more »
This video of twins clinging to each other during bath-time has more than 9 million views on YouTube.
Once we got past the high water level, realized the babies were safe, and relaxed, we couldn't stop watching -- over and over again.
The sweet clip shows the siblings holding onto one another, as if still in the womb.
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Monday is Mickey Mouse’s 85th birthday. Disney Channel is celebrating by showing this year’s Mickey Mouse cartoons every half-hour beginning at 1:25 p.m., culminating in the 8 p.m. airing of “Potatoland," the first-ever extended episode of “Mickey Mouse” cartoon shorts. “Potatoland” is a brand-new short that is longer than the usual 3-1/2 minutes.
“Potatoland” is a seven-minute cartoon...Read more »
I cannot tell you how many women I know refuse to participate in the PTA. Forget about attending a monthly meeting; they won’t make cupcakes, not even from the readymade mix that comes in a box.
“No way,” my friends and acquaintances say in my hometown and elsewhere. “The PTA’s not for me.” They’ve said worse, too, but we won’t go there.
I’ve heard such sentiments not only from lawyers,...Read more »
The fifth annual "TeenNick HALO Awards" airs at 8 p.m. Sunday on Nick at Nite. For the first time, the show will be televised live from Los Angeles.
HALO stands for Helping And Leading Others. Each year, four teens are honored for their community-service work. They are paired with celebrities who applaud their causes, and the show is hosted by Nick Cannon.
This year’s awardees...Read more »
Has your child missed out on plays and movies because of a pediatric illness that has weakened his or her immune system? The Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post (720 Northern Blvd., Brookville) has teamed up with the Sea-Cliff based Penelope’s Odyssey to offer a free, private performance of “Stuart Little” for just such kids. The performance is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 17 at 5 p.m.
Children...Read more »
Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From workshops and Thanksgiving fun to "Rapunzel" and more, there's much to do on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities this weekend:
Rapunzel at Bellmore Movies (222 Pettit Ave., Bellmore) on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 11 a.m. Families can enjoy a live musical performance based on the classic fairy tale....Read more »
Did you know that a pig was once tried for murder? Or that one man’s head is so strong that he can use it to balance a 363-pound quad bike? Or that Norway recognizes the videogame Dance Dance Revolution as an official sport?
Neither did I, nor my son, until some new releases from National Geographic Kids arrived on my desk.
We couldn’t put down the four colorful books, all aimed at children...Read more »