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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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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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Weekend family fun on Long Island: 'Eternal Con,' 'Rapunzel' and more

Eternal Con will feature special events for children

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From superheroes and the Green Fest to a wildlife craft fair and more, there is plenty happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities this weekend:

Port Jefferson Green Fest at Port Jefferson Village Center (101A E. Broadway, Port Jefferson). Join in for informative ways of having a green lifestyle, learn...

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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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Baby DJ class comes to Long Island Sunday

Kids from 3 months to 3 years can

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Baby DJ — a class for kids ages 3 month to 3 years that teaches them about being a DJ — is coming to Long Island for one day only this Sunday.

Kids will push the buttons to create the music, learn about electronic parts such as USB cords, and sing original songs about being a DJ. The 45-minute-long classes are at 11 and 11:45 a.m. at Spin DJ Amityville, 16 Broadway, 631-608-8858 and 1:30 and...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Mother's Day events and more

Get up close to the big rigs at

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From Mother's Day events and "Disney's High School Musical 2" to the Brookhaven Fair, Touch a Truck and more, there are plenty of activities happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities this weekend:

Mommy Appreciation at Long Island Science Center (11 W. Main St., Riverhead). Learn about the miracle...

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Mom's night out Thursday at three Long Island malls

Enjoy a Mom's night out at a mall

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Enjoy a mom’s night out at a mall during the Simon Malls’ first “Indulge” event in honor of Mother’s Day from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station, Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove and Roosevelt Field in Garden City. It’s free.

Here’s what’s on the agenda at each venue:

-- The Walt Whitman Shops’ night out is hosted by Leeana, co-host of the "Morning Show with...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: 'Dinosaur Zoo Life,' archery and more

Dinosaur Zoo Live takes you on a pre-historic

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From dinosaurs and fossils to archery lessons, Zumba classes and more, there are plenty of activities happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities this weekend:

Archery for Children at Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge (340 Smith Rd., Shirley). Children ages 8 and older will learn how to shoot a bow...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: All Kids Fair, EcoFest and more

A women strolling past a Longleaf Pine tree

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From the All Kids Fair and EcoFest to a Dr. Seuss performance and more, there's plenty of activities happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities this weekend:

National Park Week at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site (Sagamore Hill Road, Cove Neck). Celebrate National Junior Ranger Day by holding...

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Sign up now for Diaper Derby at Roosevelt Field on Saturday

The Smith Haven Mall?s Diaper Derby on March

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Did you miss the Diaper Derby last month at the Smith Haven Mall? You’ve got another chance to enter your tiny tot when Roosevelt Field mall holds its first Diaper Derby from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Babies younger than 1 who are not yet walking can compete in the crawling competition. Entry is free, but the deadline to sign up is Thursday at Simon Guest Services at Roosevelt Field, 630...

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