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Jennifer Berger

Jennifer Berger runs the Kids section on exploreLI.com, covering all things kids and parenting on Long Island including news, trends, family-friendly events, product and book reviews, reader highlights and more. She lives in Oceanside with her husband, Jason, and their young children, Maggie and Benjamin.

Meet 'Peter Panda Melts Down' author in Manhasset

Children's book author Artie Bennett will be at

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Children's book author Artie Bennett will be signing his new book, "Peter Panda Melts Down!" in Manhasset on Sunday.

Hailed as the "Dr. Seuss of your caboose," Bennett will also be reading his two other picture books"Poopendous!" and "The Butt Book."

"Peter Panda Melts Down!" follows Peter, a 3-year-old who throws tantrums -- in the car, in the library and in the supermarket -- when...

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Autism on the rise: 1 in 68 children diagnosed

According to the CDC, 1 in 68 kids

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Autism in children is on the rise, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today, with 1 in 68 children in the U.S. diagnosed.

The new statistic is based on the number of 8-year-olds diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. This represents a 30 percent increase in the prior two years (in 2008 it was 1 in 88), according to the CDC. "The number of children identified with autism...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Eric Carle favorites, Ocean Week and more

See three Eric Carle favorites -- "The Very

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" to Ocean Week and more, there's plenty of activities happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities this weekend:

'The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites' at Tilles Center (Route 25A, Brookville). Three performances for children ages 3 and up include...

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Feeding the kids: Strawberry cream brunch cake

The Strawberry cream brunch cake can be found

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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 cake, perfect for a Sunday brunch or a sweet dessert. I found the recipe in “The Big Book of Bread" (Betty Crocker; $19.99).

Strawberry Cream Brunch Cake(Makes 16 servings)

Ingredients(For filling)- 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened- 1/4 cup sugar- 2 tablespoons...

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Babies and pets: Tips for making the first introduction

Heidi Ganahl, founder of Camp Bow Wow, a

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New baby on the way? As you prepare your house and family members to welcome its new addition, you may also want to help your pet -- specifically a dog -- acclimate to the little one.

To get started, Heidi Ganahl, founder of Camp Bow Wow, a North American pet care franchise, offered these tips:

1. Start early. Get your dog prepared for the little one's arrival as soon as you know you're...

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'Muppets Most Wanted' fun facts revealed

"Muppets Most Wanted" starring Kermit the Frog, Miss

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"Muppets Most Wanted" hit the big screen last weekend, living up to the Disney standard of entertaining both children and adults.

Filmed in London and Hollywood, the movie has Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal and the rest of the Muppet gang heading on an overseas tour and finding themselves entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine -- "the World's No....

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Meet Peppa Pig at Bethpage Ballpark

Peppa Pig will be available on Saturday, March

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Head to Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip on Saturday and meet Peppa Pig.

Peppa, star of Nick Jr.'s preschool series "Peppa Pig," will be available from 8:30-11 a.m. to celebrate the Long Island Ducks' opening day of ticket sales. There will be photo opportunities, Peppa Pig activity sheets and more.

Fans can also meet QuackerJack, the Ducks' mascot, as well as baseball legend Buddy...

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