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Kidoodle.TV app: A subscription service for kids

Kidoodle.TV is a subscription service app for kids

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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,...

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Summer crafts for kids at Michaels

Michaels craft store is hosting a summer crafting

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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...

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The Wiggles are coming to NYCB Theatre at Westbury

The Wiggles will be performing at NYCB Theatre

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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...

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Camp out in your own backyard on Saturday

Saturday, June 28, is the National Wildlife Federation's

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If you’ve ever had the urge to pitch a tent and spend the night in your backyard with your kids, now you’ve got the perfect excuse to do it: Saturday, June 28, is the National Wildlife Federation’s 10th annual Great American Backyard Campout.

More than 4,000 people have registered so far in most of the 50 states. The annual event encourages families to reconnect with nature.

 “From...

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'Bionic pancreas' offers glimmer of hope for parents of a diabetic

This undated product image provided by Boston University

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As a parent of a Type 1 diabetic child, I hope and wait for a “miracle cure” for my daughter and others like her who manage the chronic disease daily.

Two words in recent news — “bionic pancreas” — brought the latest glimmer of hope for what a number of us in the T1D community pray would be the closest thing to a cure. Boston researchers said they had successfully tested the bionic pancreas,...

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Books for college grads and their parents

College graduates should check out "Living On Your

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If your college graduate is one of those lucky ones who can afford his own living space, you might want to give him "Living On Your Own: The Complete Guide to Setting Up Your Money, Your Space, and Your Life," by Pierre A. Lehu (Quill Driver Books, $18.95). It has hundreds of tips on setting up a household, getting quite specific on items such as how to clean a toilet, basic tools to have in the...

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Wear flip-flops, get a free smoothie on Long Island today

Tropical Smoothie Cafe is giving away free smoothies

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There's no better way to celebrate summer than with a refreshing smoothie -- and when it's free, that's just icing on the cake.

Today, Tropical Smoothie Cafe will be giving away free, 24-ounce Jetty Punch Smoothies from 2 to 7 p.m. to any customer wearing flip-flops in honor of National Flip-Flop Day.

The cafes will be collecting donations for the brand's national charity partner, Camp...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Summer solstice, dance parties and more

Experience an enchanted family evening during which the

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From summer solstice celebrations to dance parties, rocket races and more, there is plenty happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities this weekend:

Dolphin Dance Party at The Whaling Museum and Education Center (301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor) Saturday from noon-3 p.m., families can participate...

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Long Island Ducks to offer peanut-free baseball game on Saturday

It's a peanut-free afternoon with the Ducks on

Baseball-loving kids with peanut allergies may want to check out the Long Island Ducks on the afternoon of June 21 — it’s a peanut-free game at the Bethpage Ballpark, 3 Court House Dr. in Central Islip.

“Everyone knows the line from the song, ‘Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack,” Ducks director of group sales John Wolff said in a news release. “However, for some of our biggest fans, peanut...

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Feeding the kids: Chocolate peanut-butter buckeyes

The chocolate peanut butter buckeyes 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 decadent dessert. I found the recipe in "Cookie Doughlicious: 50 Cookie Dough Recipes for Candies, Cakes and More," by Lara Ferroni (Running Press; $16).

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Buckeyes(Makes 15 small buckeyes)

Ingredients- 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter,...

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