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Babies compete in Diaper Derby at Smith Haven Mall

A Diaper Derby comes to the Smith Haven

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Babies, start your engines.

Smith Haven Mall is having its first Diaper Derby competition from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Center Court. Crawlers under the age of 12 months who aren’t walking yet are eligible to compete. The fastest crawlers will win first, second and third place trophies and prizes.

The event will be hosted by Dana and Jayson from WBLI in the Morning. It’s free...

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Feeding the kids: Pasta e Fagioli

The Pasta e Fagioli recipe 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 comforting soup to help you warm up on a chilly day. I found the recipe on mom.me, an online destination for moms that provides real-world advice and lifestyle content.

Pasta e Fagioli(Makes 4 servings)

Ingredients- 1/4 cup olive oil- 1/4 cup chopped onion- 1/4 cup chopped carrot-...

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Jane Fonda on teens, sex and her new book

Jane Fonda's new book "Being a Teen: Everything

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What's the first thing you think of when you hear "Jane Fonda"? It's probably not "adolescent sexuality expert."

Yet the 76-year-old actress says she spent several years researching and writing "Being a Teen: Everything Teen Girls & Boys Should Know About Relationships, Sex, Love, Health, Identity & More" (Random House, $17), which hits bookstore shelves this week.

"I have a...

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Food Network's Melissa d'Arabian on healthy cooking for kids

Melissa d'Arabian, star of Food Network's "Ten Dollar

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Chef Melissa d'Arabian, star of Food Network's "Ten Dollar Dinners," knows a thing or two about healthy eating for less. The mother of four and cookbook author was raised on a shoestring budget, which is how she developed a coupon-cutter mentality.

Through her cooking show and various cookbooks, d'Arabian has shown it's possible to feed a family of four for under $10. She recently teamed up...

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Celebrate 'Moms for Moms Day'

The Bump and CT Working Moms declared Tuesday,

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Moms today face tremendous pressure to make “perfect” parenting decisions, only to find themselves judged or criticized by others — including other moms. From choosing to go back to work or what to feed your baby, to the best ways to educate and discipline, everyone has an opinion.

To help end the mommy wars and the judgments moms have toward each other, The Bump and CT Working Moms teamed...

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Ringling Bros. still the greatest show on earth, for most

The Torres Family in the Globe of Steel.

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The last time I took my son to the circus he wore pants with an elastic waist. Now that he is in the second smallest size of men’s jeans, I wondered if he would still consider it to be one of the greatest shows on earth, especially when he didn’t jump up and down this time when I told him we were going opening weekend in Brooklyn.

Even for a growing 10-year-old boy, the Ringling Bros. and...

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National Read Across America Day for kids

Monday, March 3, 2014 is National Read Across

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It's National Read Across America Day -- an annual reading motivation and awareness event encouraging children to celebrate reading on the birthday of children's author Dr. Seuss. Although kids may be choosing to play with tablets and video games rather than traditional toys and books, it's important for parents to still read with their children every day.

"Reading with your children daily...

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Family-friendly performances on Long Island in March

Alexander Lacey and his big cats are featured

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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 March to help you plan a fun-filled day.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Legends at Nassau Coliseum (1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale) on Wednesday,...

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'Zerby Derby' premieres Saturday on Sprout

"Zerby Derby," a new preschool series on Sprout,

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Parents, set your DVR! Sprout will premiere a new live-action series, "Zerby Derby" on Saturday, March 1 at 11 a.m. during "The Sunny Side Up Show."

"Zerby Derby" takes preschoolers and kids ages 2-6 to a world where pint-size cars live and play in a life-size forest. Remote-controlled friends Zack, Lily, Rex and Axle embark on fun adventures as they encourage each other to cross streams,...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Wizard of Oz, Dr. Seuss, Hercules and more

"The Wizard of Oz" performance will take place

Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday to enjoying "The Wizard of Oz," Snow White, Hercules and more, you can find plenty of activities happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities this weekend:

Happy Birthday Doctor Seuss at the Maritime Explorium (101 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson). Create your own Oobleck...

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