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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Brady Rymer, magic shows, spring hikes and more

Take a family stroll through Old Westbury Gardens

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From magic shows and music to farming and a spring hike, there's much to do on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for fun, family-friendly activities this weekend:

1. Ah, Real Magic! at BroadHollow's BayWay Arts Center (265 E. Main St., East Islip). On Saturday at 2 p.m., join Gary Ferrar as he performs everything from stage illusions...

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Give kids' bedrooms a spring makeover

Here's a unique way to store your children's

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As spring approaches, it's the perfect time for children to reorganize and revamp their rooms. I found these easy, crafty ways from Jack and Jill magazine. to help them decorate their living space. Here are five ideas to try today:

* Consider the rule of art Hot-glue gun clothespins to the front of a ruler. Then, thread a ribbon through pre-drilled holes (see image to the left). This unique...

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Feeding the kids: Apple-Cheddar grilled cheese

Check out an Apple-Cheddar Grilled Cheese sandwich, courtesy

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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 twist on classic grilled cheese. I found the recipe on Parents.com. 

Apple-Cheddar Grilled Cheese (makes 4 sandwiches)

Ingredients — Nonstick cooking spray — 8 slices cinnamon bread — 8 slices reduced-fat Cheddar cheese — 1 tart apple, cored and thinly sliced — 1/4...

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'FamilyFun' announces top 10 family destinations

Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota is

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When you think of the word "vacation," what comes to mind? For some it's a tropical destination, for others it means a tour of a European city. But for many families, "vacation" typically means kid-friendly fun, whether it be a cruise, an amusement park or a camping trip.

To determine where families are vacationing, FamilyFun magazine conducted a survey of 2,000 parents...

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Family-friendly performances on Long Island in April

Jim West's Dinosaurs at Landmark on Main Street

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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 April to help you plan a fun-filled day.

Alice in Wonderland at John W. Engeman Theater (250 Main St., Northport) on Saturdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 10:30...

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The 'Harry Potter' bribe

Guests ride on the Flight of the Hippogriff

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I’m not a big fan of amusement parks. Maybe it’s because I never went to any as a kid. Fanny-packing crowds are vile, kids’ songs are annoying and I think it’s irritating that adults should go to such extremes to cater to a child’s every frivolous whim. How about skipping the teacup ride, silly hat and chicken nuggets and spending those entertainment bucks on an opera matinee, a souvenir from a...

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Free (and cheap!) for kids on Long Island in April

Free (and cheap!) events for kids on Long

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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 ($5 or less) 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 April.

Free

Spring Soiree at Marose Spa and Wellness (127 E. Main St.,...

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April Fools' jokes from Long Island kids

Third and fourth graders from Long Island share

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Ah, April Fools' Day. A day of clever tricking and cautious tracking, depending on whether you are on the sending or receiving end of the childish pranks which will inevitably be played.

In France, children and adults traditionally tack paper fishes on each other's back and shout "April fish!" (well they shout, “poisson d'avril!” which means April fish). Here in the states, our sweet,...

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