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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.

Fit and Healthy Mamas 5K at Eisenhower Park

The Fit and Healthy Mamas 5K will be

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Calling all moms: Whether you're a runner or a walker, you may want to sign up for the Fit and Healthy Mamas 5K at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow on Saturday.

The third annual event celebrates and honors moms for all they do and sets out to serve as a reminder to make their health a priority. Runners, walkers and moms with strollers are welcome to participate. While this is a women-only race,...

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Vermont principal cancels dance, blames Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke perform during the

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A homecoming dance was recently canceled at a high school in Vermont. The reason? Twerking. The principal and dean of students blamed Miley Cyrus for the provocative dance trend and why they called off the dance.

According to The Washington Post, Mount Anthony Union High School's principal, Sue Maguire, and the dean of students, David Beriau, explained that they wanted to "try to engage the...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Rosemary Wells, Party in the Park and more

The annual Party in the Park will be

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From fall festivals and ship walking tours to a book signing and more, there is plenty happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities during the weekend:

Party in the Park at Blumenfeld Family Park (Main Street, Port Washington). Carnival atmosphere featuring trackless train rides, games, face painting,...

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Feeding the kids: Jam-filled scones

The jam-filled scones recipe can be found on

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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 make-ahead breakfast treat. I found the recipe on FamilyFunMag.com.

Jam-Filled Scones(Makes 8 servings)

Ingredients- 2 cups flour- 3 tablespoons sugar- 2 teaspoons baking powder- 1/2 teaspoon salt- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter- 1 egg- 1/2 cup milk- 1/4 cup berry jam- Egg wash...

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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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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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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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