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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.
Looking for things to do with the kids besides hitting the beach or heading to barbecues? From carnivals and crafts to performances, Fourth of July celebrations and more, there's much to do on Long Island. Here are 8 fun, family-friendly activities this weekend:
July Fourth Celebration at Pennysaver Amphitheater at Bald Hill (55 Bicycle Path, Farmingville). A July Fourth celebration featuring...Read more »
In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a festive dessert, perfect for the Fourth of July. I found the recipe on Foodnetwork.com.
Flag Cake(12 to 16 servings)
IngredientsFor the cake:- Nonstick cooking spray- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour- 1/3 cup stone-ground white cornmeal- 1 teaspoon baking powder- 1 teaspoon baking soda-...Read more »
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 July to help you plan a fun-filled day.
"Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" at John W. Engeman Theater (250 Main St., Northport)...Read more »
In Hollywood, celebrity parents shell out unbelievable amounts of money to throw big birthday parties for their babies.
Celebrity Baby Scoop looked at five celebrity tots whose birthday bashes rank among the most lavish seen in the last few years.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West went all out for North’s first birthday party, which was branded by the couple as “Kidchella.”...Read more »
Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From fireworks and crafts to "Peter Pan" and more, there is plenty happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities this weekend:
"Peter Pan The Musical" at Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts (2 E. Main St., Smithtown) Follow a mischievous boy who can fly and spends his never-ending childhood adventuring...Read more »
In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a hearty breakfast recipe I found on Foodnetwork.com
Cheesy Eggs-in-the-Hole with Bacon(Makes 4 servings)
Ingredients- 4 slices of bacon (about 4 ounces)- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter- 4, 1/2-inch-thick slices of bread from a whole-grain boule or pullman loaf- 4 large eggs- 4 tablespoons...Read more »
Have cereal companies gone too far when it comes to adding vitamins? According to a new report, children today are getting excessive amounts of certain nutrients, such as vitamin A, zinc and niacin, and fortified breakfast cereals are the number one source of these added vitamins and minerals.
The study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a Washington, D.C.-based health research and...Read more »
My 3-year-old daughter watches her favorite animated shows on repeat. Our DVR is filled with episodes of "Paw Patrol," "Peppa Pig" and "Super Why." When I stumbled upon Kidoodle.TV, a subscription service app for kids, I knew I wanted to give it a try. My daughter doesn't watch a lot of television, but when she does, I'd love to offer her a variety of options.
Kidoodle.TV is a family-friendly,...Read more »
Now that the school year is winding down, you may be looking for fun things to do with the kids before summer camp. Recently, Michaels craft stores kicked off its annual in-store program, inviting kids to explore culture through crafts.
This year's seven-week program is called the Passport to Imagination. Michaels teamed up with seven of North America's top museums to create projects inspired...Read more »
The Wiggles are back on tour this fall and are making a stop at NYCB Theatre at Westbury in October. If your kids are ready to dance and sing along, you can purchase tickets now.
Anthony (Blue Wiggle), Emma (Yellow Wiggle), Simon (Red Wiggle) and Lachy (Purple Wiggle) will be celebrating the release of their new CD and DVD, "Apples and Bananas," which will be available August 26, as well as...Read more »