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Outdoor zip-line park to open on Long Island

A new zipline park is scheduled to open

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Zip lines – cables that kids, teens and grownups can ride from tree to tree – will be featured at the new Adventure Park at Long Island scheduled to open in Wheatley Heights on June 21.

The aerial forest ropes park will also include a series of “challenge bridges” between tree platforms. The zip lines and bridges are connected in a series of different color-coded "treetop trails" that range...

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51 percent of dads would quit their jobs to stay home with kids

According to a "Today" survey, 75 percent of

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Fifty-one percent of dads would quit their jobs to stay at home with the kids if they could afford it. In fact, 75 percent of dads call fatherhood their "most important job," according to the NBC "Today" Modern Dads Survey.

"Today" surveyed 2,000 moms and dads to find out what modern dads are really about. And boy, times are changing. More than half (54 percent) of dads today say they change...

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Father's Day crafts for kids: Duck Tape tie

A Duck Tape necktie makes a great gift

If you're looking for a creative Father's Day gift for Dad, or if your kids want to create something together with him, you may want to check out this necktie project from Duck Tape. Here's how:

Duct Tape Necktie

What you'll need:- Scissors- Pen- Tie (to trace)- Duck Tape (you select the design)- Craft board (optional)

Directions:

Step 1: Make one double-sided Duck Tape fabric...

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Geeh The Band gives kids a shot at fame

Geeh The Band recently launched a nationwide singing

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Alfonso Soto, creator of Geeh The Band, has launched a nationwide singing contest to give young, undiscovered stars a shot at fame.

It's very easy to enter the contest. Just record and upload a 60-second clip of your star singing Geeh's "We'll Make the World Shine" to Vimeo or YouTube. Then, submit the entry form on geehtheband.com. Seven lucky winners will be the new voices for Geeh The Band's...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: 'Eternal Con,' 'Rapunzel' and more

Eternal Con will feature special events for children

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From superheroes and the Green Fest to a wildlife craft fair and more, there is plenty happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities this weekend:

Port Jefferson Green Fest at Port Jefferson Village Center (101A E. Broadway, Port Jefferson). Join in for informative ways of having a green lifestyle, learn...

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Father's Day gifts: Dads want a night out, survey says

Insure.com surveyed dads about gifts they want for

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Not sure what to get Dad this year for Father's Day? According to a new survey, you may want to take him out to eat.

Insure.com surveyed 999 fathers with children younger than 18 living at home, and found 31 percent want a dinner out at a top-notch restaurant. Other gift ideas that topped the list:

— A weekend getaway with the whole family (27 percent)

— Electronics (26 percent)

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'Fancy' parody 'I'm So Pregnant' goes viral

Moms parody Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" with "I'm So

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With the dozens of "Let It Go" parodies this year, here's another one moms and moms-to-be can relate to.

Recently, it was a father and daughter lip-syncing in the car to Iggy Azalea's hit song "Fancy." Now moms want in on the fun. The moms from What'sUpMoms' YouTube channel released "I'm So Pregnant," a tongue-in-cheek parody poking fun at some of the unpleasant, universal pregnancy symptoms....

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Feeding the kids: Strawberry roulade

The strawberry roulade recipe can be found in

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In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a delicious springtime dessert. I found the recipe in the June/July issue of FamilyFun Magazine.

Roll-It-Up Strawberry Roulade(Makes 10 servings)

IngredientsFor the cake:- 1 cup sugar- 1 teaspoon orange zest- ¾ cup flour- 2 tablespoons cornstarch- 1 teaspoon baking powder- ¼ teaspoon...

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Bounce house safety tips for kids

Expert provides tips for parents to help keep

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Head to any fair, festival, carnival or block party this summer and chances are, you'll find inflatable bounce houses for kids. While your children may jump with excitement to hop on in, many parents are left worrying about their safety.

And it's no wonder why: Recently, two children were hurt at a suburban Denver lacrosse tournament as 30 mph wind gusts carried a bounce house 200 feet. A...

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Free bowling for kids this summer on Long Island

Take break from the heat and head to

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Take a break from the heat this summer and enjoy a day of bowling -- for free!

This is the seventh year for Kids Bowl Free, which allows children two free games every day all summer. Simply register at kidsbowlfree.com and receive vouchers via email every Sunday for two free bowling games each day for the entire week.

Kids Bowl Free kicked off June 1 and runs through Labor Day.

Participating...

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