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BloggersJennifer Berger Valerie Kellogg Beth Whitehouse Leema Thomas
Nickelodeon's The Fresh Beat Band is coming to Long Island in December, and tickets are on sale now.
Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer (Kiki), Tara Perry (Marina), Jon Beavers (Twist) and Thomas Hobson (Shout) are hitting the road for a nationwide concert tour, kicking off this fall. The Fresh Beat Band Greatest Hits Live will feature the band's greatest hits including "Bananas," "Here We Go" and a remixed...Read more »
You had better take out that piggy bank and start saving. Parents are expected to spend $245,340 to raise a child born in 2013, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The "Expenditures on Children and Families" annual report, also known as the "Cost of Raising a Child," showed that a middle-income family with a child born in 2013 can expect to spend almost $250,000...Read more »
Explore the fears surrounding childhood vaccines at a viewing of the documentary “The Invisible Threat” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the West Islip Fire Department, 309 Union Blvd. The film explores the science of vaccination through interviews with families and physicians and examines the misconceptions that have caused some parents not to vaccinate their children. It was produced by a group of high...Read more »
Dora is ready for her next big adventure. "Dora and Friends: Into the City!" will premiere Monday at 8 p.m. on Nickelodeon.
The half-hour series features Dora living in a city, attending school and hanging out with her group of friends, giving back to the community. The series will regularly air weekdays at noon during the preschool block on Nickelodeon. Set in the fictional city of Playa...Read more »
Need some mother-daughter bonding time? Take a mother-daughter stand-up paddleboarding class from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday or 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Kostal Paddle at Manorhaven Beach, 158 Manorhaven Blvd., Port Washington.
“We will kick off the class with ice breakers and then go into the water for some fun,” says Dawn Berkowitz-Ader of Port Washington, founder and president of GAALS, or Girls Athletics...Read more »
Daniel Tiger is about to welcome a little sister in the second season of PBS Kids' "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood" on Monday.
The hit preschool series from The Fred Rogers Company aims to celebrate the joys and challenges of a new sibling in the hourlong "Meet the New Baby" special at 11 a.m. on PBS (check local listings). In the episode, 4-year-old Daniel learns that his family will soon have...Read more »
If you're starting to think about back to school, you may want to head over to Lord & Taylor in Manhasset on Saturday.
MomTime Events and Lord & Taylor are hosting a fashion show and celebration to get kids (and parents) excited about the new school year. There will be special storewide savings on Saturday as well as entertainment. The event runs from noon to 6 p.m. Here's the event...Read more »
Teen Vogue and two Simon malls on Long Island are hosting the “ABC's of Style” back-to-school event this weekend.
The festivities kick off at noon on Saturday at Roosevelt Field (630 Old Country Rd., Garden City) and Sunday at Smith Haven Mall (313 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove). The events are sponsored by Unilever brands St. Ives, Simple and Q-tips along with Coca-Cola and Fox's new series...Read more »
Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From the Watermelon Festival and Snapper Derby to "How I Became a Pirate" and more, there is plenty happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities during the weekend:
Watermelon Festival at Harbes Family Farm and Vineyard (715 Sound Ave., Mattituck). The event features children's activities, singing hayrides,...Read more »
When it comes to back-to-school, parents cite shopping for clothes and other essentials as a top concern, while kids rank waking up early as the No. 1 stressor, according to a new Ebates.com survey.
The online survey polled more than 1,000 adults and about 950 teens and found almost all American adults (96 percent) and teens (97 percent) are stressed as the start of the school year looms....Read more »