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Need weekend plans or something to do with the kids during the week? There are a ton of free children's events at local libraries, but we also found free and cheap things to do elsewhere this month. Whether you have one, two, three or more kids in tow, here's a roundup of fun, budget-friendly events in January.
Sculpture Art Caper and Exploration Activity Backpack at Hofstra University's...Read more »
Two new animated shows debut on Nickelodeon in February. “Wallykazam!” airs at 1 p.m. on Feb. 3, and “Breadwinners” launches at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 17.
“Wallykazam!” invites preschoolers to discover words. It features a troll named Wally and his pet dragon, Norville, who live in a forest with giants, goblins and ogres. Wally uses a magic stick to focus on words that start with a specific letter,...Read more »
Children love watching their favorite characters come to life onstage, 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 January to help you plan a fun-filled day.
Aladdin at Studio Threatre (141 S. Wellwood Ave., Lindenhurst) on Saturdays through Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. and Wednesday,...Read more »
Fans of Disney's "Frozen" can sing with the stars -- literally.
On Friday, Jan. 31, more than 2,000 theaters nationwide will debut a sing-along version of the Oscar-nominated, Golden Globe-winning animated film. Fans can follow the lyrics on-screen as they sing along with stars Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad and Jonathan Groff.
"'Frozen' fans have embraced the film's original songs...Read more »
Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From groundhogs to Disney mermaids, Peter Max and more, there's plenty of activities happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities this weekend:
Sweetbriar Groundhog at Sweetbriar Nature Center (62 Eckernkamp Dr., Smithtown). On Sunday from 1-3 p.m., families can go on a scavenger hunt to discover the...Read more »
Parents take note: Fred & Friends, a unit of Garden City-based company Lifetime Brands Inc., is recalling about 200,000 pacifiers due to a choking hazard.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, three different pacifiers were involved in the recall and although no injuries were reported, young children should stop using them immediately. The pacifiers were sold in the...Read more »
Does it pain you to buy your child a Lego set that he puts together once before asking you to buy him another? You may want to check out a new Netflix-like service called Pleygo.com. For a monthly fee, it lets kids put together a kit and return it to receive another one.
Elina Furman Landauer started the service in May 2013. The Westchester mom was inspired by her son Julian, 5. “He had been...Read more »
In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a not-too-spicy chili and fun grilled cheese sandwiches shaped as footballs, perfect for Super Bowl Sunday. I found the recipe on Spoonful.com, a website from Disney that's filled with thousands of crafts, games and recipes for children and families.
Pumpkin chili and grilled cheese "footballs"
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The countdown to kickoff has begun and with only a few days left until Super Bowl Sunday, you may be planning family-friendly festivities. To keep young football fans entertained, I found this fun, sporty game, a pigskin version of the classic Pin the Tail on the Donkey, on Spoonful.com, a website from Disney that is filled with thousands of crafts, games and recipes for children and families.
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What happens when teenagers go from sending 100 or more texts per day to zero overnight? When they go from using electronic media for eight or more hours a day to none overnight?
The Tech Timeout Academic Challenge is urging middle- and high-school students to find out by disconnecting for a few days from the digital world – no cell phones, no social media – to reflect on their dependence...Read more »