Long Island Parent Talk

Get the inside scoop on all things kids and parenting on Long Island.

What's new in the baby gear aisle

Have your baby-to-be's 2D/3D sonograms made into colorful

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Moms are always looking for new and improved ways to help with parenting. Here are three new products you can find down the baby gear aisle:

Hate having to clean the pacifier every time baby drops it? The Keep-It-Kleen Pacifier by RaZbaby is constructed with attached closing shields, so it snaps shut when dropped. $4.99 at Babies R Us, Walmart and Target. For more information, visit razbaby.com.

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Kids' rocket-building contest on Saturday in Garden City

Build a working rocket at 10 a.m. Saturday

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Does your child fancy becoming a rocket scientist?

Give him or her a headstart at the Cradle of Aviation Museum’s rocket-building competition at 10 a.m. Saturday at the museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City.

Kids in grades three to eight will start with a bottle and add a parachute, streamers, wings or fins to keep the rocket aloft. Then, the rockets will be filled partially with...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Farm days, bottle rockets and more

Build a working rocket at 10 a.m. Saturday

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From a petting zoo and bottle rockets to "Alexander," hiking and more, there is plenty happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities this weekend:

Talmage Farm Agway Farm Days at Talmage Farm Agway (1122 Osborne Ave., Riverhead). On Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., meet and learn about calves, llamas, baby...

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Hilaria Baldwin to teach yoga for new moms on Long Island

Hilaria Baldwin will be at BookHampton on Sunday,

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Alec Baldwin's wife, Hilaria, will lead a mini yoga lesson for new moms this weekend on Long Island.

The free "Getting Ready for Summer" class and mom-to-mom Q & A session will be held on Sunday at BookHampton (41 Main St., East Hampton) at 11 a.m.

The NYC-based yoga instructor, 29, and the "30 Rock" star are parents to 9-month-old Carmen Gabriela. Baldwin is also the star of "@...

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Feeding the kids: Sticky orange drumsticks

The sticky orange drumsticks 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 quick and simple chicken dish. I found the recipe in "The Naptime Chef: Fitting Great Food into Family Life," by Kelsey Banfield (Running Press; $23).

Sticky Orange Drumsticks(Makes 4 servings)

Ingredients- 3 tablespoons honey- Zest and juice of 1 large orange- 2 tablespoons dark...

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Hot Wheels special event on Long Island this weekend

A showing of animated feature "Team Hot Wheels:

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This weekend only, the animated feature “Team Hot Wheels: The Origin of Awesome” comes to select Long Island movie theaters.

The movie is the tale of four kids -- Gage, Rhett, Wyatt and Brandon -- who must stop a mysterious black car from transforming the town of Hilly Woodlands into a chaotic mess of orange track and obstacles. The showing is happening at 660 theaters across the country.

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New miniature golf course opens in the Hamptons

A new, outdoor, nine-hole miniature golf course opened

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A new, outdoor, nine-hole miniature golf course has opened at the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton.

In keeping with the museum’s mission, the golf course incorporates play with teaching kids basic principles of physics. Each hole has an informational sign that asks the golfer a question meant to teach a lesson specific to that hole.

For example, the “Loop Du Jour” hole,...

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'Disney on Ice: Frozen' coming to Nassau Coliseum

"Disney on Ice Frozen" will be coming to

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"Disney on Ice: Frozen" is coming to Nassau Coliseum Nov. 4-9. If you didn't take advantage of the presale, no worries, tickets are on sale today.

But you'd better act fast: According to CNBC, Feld Entertainment, the producers of the touring "Frozen" ice show, said that "more than 500,000 tickets were sold in its first week and more than 175,000 tickets were sold in the first 24 hours alone."

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Nikon School presents Mom's Night Out on Long Island

Nikon School presents the Mom's Night Out photography

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Moms interested in learning how to take better pictures should head to Nikon School Mom's Night Out photography class on June 5 at the Melville Marriott.

Nikon ambassador and mom Tamara Lackey will be teaching the class, which will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Her work has been featured in "Parenting Magazine," "O -- The Oprah Magazine," "Town & Country" and many more publications.

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Free (or cheap!) for kids in June on Long Island

Children test their hoopsters in the park behind

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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 June.

Free

Arts In The Plaza at Long Beach City Hall (1 W. Chester St., Long Beach)...

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