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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.

How to throw a royal birthday party

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, holds Prince George of

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Happy first birthday Prince George! As the world watches how the royal family will celebrate the little one's birthday, we gathered tips on throwing the ultimate royal birthday bash. Take a look:

-- Get inspired and pick a theme: "The first step in planning a first birthday is deciding on a theme," said Jenn Sbranti, founder of the popular event planning blog, Hostess with the Mostess. "For...

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'Thomas & Friends' introduces new character

Logan is a limited-release engine from Thomas &

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"They're two, they're four, they're six, they're eight ..." If you're a parent with a child who loves "Thomas & Friends," you most likely know all the words to this catchy tune. In fact, my 3-year-old daughter asks me to sing it to her every night before she goes to sleep, holding onto a handful of the trains.

To my daughter's delight, Thomas recently added a new friend, Logan, to his...

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First birthday party trends: Royal themes take the cake

BabyCenter reveals new trends in first birthday parties.

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It's hard to believe Prince George will be turning 1 on Tuesday. Many U.S. moms will be eager to see how the royal family plans to celebrate.

BabyCenter, a pregnancy and parenting digital resource, found that many parents plan to spend $300 or more on their child's first birthday. Based on what moms are saying in the BabyCenter Community, here are the latest trends for first birthday bashes:


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Feeding the kids: Cinnamon bubble loaf

The cinnamon bubble loaf 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 delicious quick bread, perfect for breakfast or dessert. I found the recipe in "Betty Crocker The Big Book of Bread," by Betty Crocker (Betty Crocker; $19.99).

Cinnamon Bubble Loaf

Ingredients- 2 tablespoons sugar- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon- 3 1/2 cups Original Bisquick mix-...

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Meet Peppa Pig at Westfield South Shore

Peppa Pig will be making an appearance at

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Peppa Pig, star of the hit animated television show on Nick Jr., will be making an appearance at Westfield South Shore in Bay Shore on Saturday.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., children can meet Peppa, pose for a picture, participate in face-painting and crafts. In addition, kids can enter to win a great Peppa Pig prize.

Peppa will be making three half-hour meet-and-greet appearances throughout...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: 'Cinderella Kids,' family picnic and more

?Coraline" will be shown at Cinema Arts Centre

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From "Cinderella Kids" and "Coraline" to a family picnic, crafts and more, there is plenty happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities during the weekend:

Magic in the Walled Garden at Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve (25 Lloyd Harbor Rd., Lloyd Neck). Chris Homer performs a private show for children...

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Children's Museum of the East End's annual family fair

The family fair will take place at the

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Head out East on Saturday for the Children's Museum of The East End's (CMEE) 6th Annual Family Fair in Bridgehampton.

This year’s theme will be magic featuring arts and crafts, water slides, entertainment, games, music, food and more. Guests will also be invited to play CMEE’s new, nine-hole miniature golf course, which is designed to teach children the principles of physics.

The Family...

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LIRR strike: What parents need to know

As the LIRR strike deadline looms, parents may

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As the LIRR strike deadline looms, many working parents may have concerns about what to do with the kids. While we're hopeful the strike will be averted, parents know you need to be prepared for any situation. Whether you have to leave earlier, stay later or work from home, your best bet is to start taking proactive steps now. Here, a few things to keep in mind:

Q. Are there specific child...

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Kohl's Scholarship awarded to Long Island students

The U.S. Treasury Department has just given a

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Thirteen New York students, including two from Long Island, were recently awarded Kohl's Cares Scholarships.

More than 37,000 students were nominated nationwide for having a positive effect in their communities. Nearly 200 volunteers received $1,000 scholarships to be used toward their education. Winners were chosen based on initiative, leadership, generosity and project benefits and outcome.


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Kids can learn to sail in Montauk

Kids can learn how to sail in Montauk

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Take a Kid Sailing, a new program that introduces children to sailing techniques and encourages fun on the water, kicks off this week in Montauk.

In the program sponsored by the Montauk Chamber of Commerce, children ages 6 to 16 can go for a sail with Montauk's charter boat captains and mates. The Mon Tiki takes out kids ages 6 to 16, and the Sail Montauk takes 10- to 16-year-olds. The two-hour...

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