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Family-friendly performances on Long Island in September

"Sesame Street Live: Let's Dance" will be at

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 September to help you plan a fun-filled day.

"Winnie the Pooh" at the Long Island Children's Museum (11 Davis Ave., Garden City) on Saturday, Sept. 20 and...

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Fetus flashes thumbs-up in ultrasound

A fetus gives a thumbs-up in this ultrasound

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You can call this baby the “Fonzie fetus.” 

A baby was caught flashing a thumbs-up in an ultrasound taken last week, and since then that little gesture has gone viral in a big way. 

Uploaded by the father, Brandon Hopkins, to Facebook after the ultrasound, the image then made its way to Reddit, thanks to his brother, HLN-TV reported. 

“Recent ultrasound result looks...

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Watch the making of 'Frozen' Tuesday on ABC

Disney's musical "Frozen" is a girl-powered tale that

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Josh Gad, the voice of Olaf in the Disney movie “Frozen,” hosts a new ABC special from 8 to 9 Tuesday, Sept. 2, on the making of the animated hit. During “The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic,” viewers will hear from Gad, Kristen Bell (voice of Anna), Idina Menzel (voice of Elsa), and the "Frozen" filmmaking team.

Viewers will see the Norwegian villages and landscapes that...

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Free (or cheap!) for kids on Long Island in September

The Harvest and Seafood Festival takes place at

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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 September.


Long Island Family Festival at Tanner Park (Kerrigan Road, off Montauk...

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A family-friendly North Fork day trip

Amanda Lundquist, 8, of West Islip, plucked the

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My family recently went on our 13th annual pilgrimage to the North Fork, and we were blessed by Mother Nature with perfect weather.

My husband and I, our three children, their spouses and our seven grandchildren, who range in age from 11 to 5, caravanned in three cars with a designated driver in each, as our trip included a visit to three wineries: Martha Clara Vineyards on Sound Avenue in...

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Son's movie becomes a family affair

A scene from "The Ninjas of Burgundy Drive"

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When the teachers ask my son what he did during the summer vacation, he can reply, “I made a movie.”

“The Ninjas of Burgundy Drive” came to be after Harrison, then 9, got an idea for a story, grabbed a spiral notebook and went to his room for a few hours over two or three days to write the script. He then got my husband to shoot it with his Samsung Galaxy on a trip to see family last summer...

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10 Labor Day activities for kids on Long Island

Devan Kicknosway of Ottawa, Canada, who is Mohawk

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If you're looking to take a break from the beach or barbecues this weekend, there are many fun Labor Day events for families. From children's performances to exploring nature, horses, cultural entertainment, art and more, there's so much to do on Long Island.

The Hampton Classic horse show at (240 Snake Hollow Rd., Bridgehampton). Along with more than 1,600 horses as well as hunter, jumper...

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5 outdoor art projects for kids

Outdoor art projects are great for summer afternoons,

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As summer is winding down, you may be trying to find fun things to do outdoors with the kids. Take advantage of the warm weather by creating an artsy afternoon by coloring, painting and more outside. I found these fun, creative ideas in the August issue of FamilyFun Magazine.

Pool PaintingThis activity lets you turn the kiddie pool into an impromptu art lab. Kids can experiment by working...

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How to build a better lunch box for kids

Pack a lunch box for kids that's based

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Back to school means planning and packing lots of lunches for the kids. Sure, you have your child's favorite foods or easy, go-to items, but if you're looking for a healthier change, Alexandra Zissu, editorial director of Healthy Child Healthy World, a nonprofit public benefit corporation with a mission to empower parents to take action and protect their children from harmful chemicals, provided...

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Feeding the kids: Grilled-peach and almond ice pops

The grilled-peach and almond ice pops can be

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In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a refreshing ice pop, perfect for a Labor Day celebration. I found the recipe in the Food Network Kitchen on FoodNetwork.com.

Grilled-Peach and Almond Ice Pops(Makes 4 to 6 servings)

Ingredients- One 6-inch piece fresh ginger, unpeeled, sliced into very thin rounds (about 1 cup)-...

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