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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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Family game night at Old Country Buffet

Family Night at Old Country Buffet will feature

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Get your game face on and challenge your family to a night of fun at Old Country Buffet.

Parents and children can face off in an ultimate board game battle at Family Night on Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m. While enjoying dinner, families can play Hasbro classic board games such as Trouble, Sorry, Battleship and Operation.

What's more, these activities will contain a special code from Hasbro,...

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Amateur children's playwrights compete to have play produced on Long Island

The CM Performing Arts Center in Oakdale is

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Think you can write a play for kids? Start typing.

The CM Performing Arts Center in Oakdale is sponsoring its first Children’s Playwright Competition to encourage unpublished writers by providing the opportunity to collaborate with actors, directors and others through all stages of production.

The show must have two acts and can be up to two hours long. Any music must either be original...

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'24' star Kim Raver talks family, career and balancing it all

Celebrity Baby Scoop recently caught up with "24"

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To help women take charge of their health this summer, Colgate Total has teamed up with Kim Raver, a mom of two and actress from Fox’s “24," to encourage healthy living through simple, everyday routines. Raver, an advocate for healthy living, shares some of her own parenting, health and beauty tips with Celebrity Baby Scoop.

Q. Tell us about your partnership with Colgate Total and your participation...

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What's new in the baby gear aisle

Have your baby-to-be's 2D/3D sonograms made into colorful

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Moms are always looking for new and improved ways to help with parenting. Here are three new products you can find down the baby gear aisle:

Hate having to clean the pacifier every time baby drops it? The Keep-It-Kleen Pacifier by RaZbaby is constructed with attached closing shields, so it snaps shut when dropped. $4.99 at Babies R Us, Walmart and Target. For more information, visit razbaby.com.

Car...

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Kids' rocket-building contest on Saturday in Garden City

Build a working rocket at 10 a.m. Saturday

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Does your child fancy becoming a rocket scientist?

Give him or her a headstart at the Cradle of Aviation Museum’s rocket-building competition at 10 a.m. Saturday at the museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City.

Kids in grades three to eight will start with a bottle and add a parachute, streamers, wings or fins to keep the rocket aloft. Then, the rockets will be filled partially with...

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