Long Island Parent Talk
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BloggersJennifer Berger Valerie Kellogg Beth Whitehouse Leema Thomas
With summer in full swing, you may be planning a family getaway. Whether you're taking a road trip or flying to your destination, you'll want to take along a few travel toys and games.
To help you select the best toys and products, Stevanne Auerbach (a.k.a. Dr. Toy) recently announced the 2014 best vacation products for kids. According to Auerbach, the best travel products are a balanced selection...Read more »
My 3-year-old loves our backyard. Even my 9-month-old gets a kick out of watching the trees, crawling in the grass and playing with his toys outside. The good thing is you don't need over-the-top things for your kids to enjoy themselves outside. I found these fun outdoor games in the June/July issue of FamilyFun Magazine. All you need is a little water and a big imagination:
Main squeeze:...Read more »
Happy Fourth of July! In honor of this festive holiday, create these kid-friendly "sparklers," perfect for the whole family. I found the fun snack idea in the June/July issue of FamilyFun Magazine.
Sweet & Salty Sparklers
What you'll need- 1 cup white chocolate chips- 12 pretzel rods- Red and blue sprinkles- Red and blue M&Ms
Directions1. Cover a baking sheet with waxed...Read more »
More than 100 girls with scoliosis from 30 states, Canada and England were on Long Island this week for the Second International Curvy Girls Convention.
From Sunday to Tuesday, the girls and 120 parents or guardians gathered at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Hauppauge. Events included an empowering fashion show and dinner, where 55 of the girls modeled clothing that complemented the braces they...Read more »
Looking for things to do with the kids besides hitting the beach or heading to barbecues? From carnivals and crafts to performances, Fourth of July celebrations and more, there's much to do on Long Island. Here are 8 fun, family-friendly activities this weekend:
July Fourth Celebration at Pennysaver Amphitheater at Bald Hill (55 Bicycle Path, Farmingville). A July Fourth celebration featuring...Read more »
In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a festive dessert, perfect for the Fourth of July. I found the recipe on Foodnetwork.com.
Flag Cake(12 to 16 servings)
IngredientsFor the cake:- Nonstick cooking spray- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour- 1/3 cup stone-ground white cornmeal- 1 teaspoon baking powder- 1 teaspoon baking soda-...Read more »
The Fourth of July typically is the first holiday during kids' summer vacation. And by now, they're bored.
Here are three simple crafts that can involve them in preparations for the holiday's fireworks and picnics. Not only do you keep them busy, but you get decorations to reuse year after year.
"There's so much enthusiasm around this holiday," says Amanda Kingloff of New York...Read more »
Children love watching their favorite characters come to life on stage, and there's no shortage of theatrical events on Long Island. Since many of the shows require some forethought, here's a sampling of family-friendly shows throughout July to help you plan a fun-filled day.
"Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" at John W. Engeman Theater (250 Main St., Northport)...Read more »
High school graduates may be raring to head off to college and settle into their dorm rooms but it might behoove them to consider a few tips that could help them transition successfully to college life.
To be successful in their new habitat, students should be able to acclimate academically, socially, and be able to separate without too much anxiety, said Dr. Merry McVey-Noble, staff psychologist...Read more »
Are you open to hosting an inner city child from a low-income family for one week this summer through The Fresh Air Fund?
The nonprofit places more than 4,000 New York City children ages 6 to 18 with host families in rural, suburban and small-town communities in 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada. Host families aren’t paid.
“I’ve been hosting for 13 years,” says Eileen Rauchenberger...Read more »