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Weekend family fun on Long Island: 'Beauty and the Beast,' ice cream and more

Emily Dowdell stars in the title role of

Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From "Beauty and the Beast" and "Peter Pan" to ice cream and more, there is plenty happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities during the weekend:

Ice Cream Social at the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium (1660 Rte. 25A, Cold Spring Harbor). On Saturday, from 4 to 6 p.m., families are encouraged...

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Advanced teen driver education course Saturday

The non-profit, Georgia-based Tire Rack Street Survival is

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Tire Rack Street Survival school is bringing its advanced teen drivers education course to Nassau Coliseum from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

This nonprofit teen driving school is held at local venues around the country and organized by the BMW Car Club of America Foundation in conjunction with the Sports Car Club of America, Porsche Club of America and other groups. The goals are to teach...

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Feeding the kids: Watermelon splits

The watermelon splits 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 dessert, perfect for a warm summer day. I found the recipe at FoodNetwork.com.

Watermelon Splits(Makes 4 servings)

Ingredients- 1 cup blackberries- 1/2 tablespoon sugar- 4 cups 1-inch cubed watermelon, chilled (about 2 pounds)- 4 scoops strawberry ice cream or your favorite...

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A family outing to the American Idol concert

The American Idol concert took place at Nassau

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While the popularity of "American Idol" has waned in general over the past 13 seasons, it's still a family affair for my daughters, my granddaughter Alex and me. In the past six years, we have gone to four American Idol concerts as a group.

Alex, who is seven, has been a fan since season eight when she was two years old, attending her first American Idol concert in 2009. Alex was a huge Adam...

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College students swamp Westbury Container Store

The College Savings Event at the Container Store

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The Container Store in Westbury looked like a movie theater premiering the latest “Twilight” or “Hunger Games” flick Sunday at 7:15 p.m., with a line snaking from the door and past the adjacent Trader Joe’s.

Turns out The Container Store was holding its annual College Savings Event. The festive special event was held after hours, from 7:30 to 9:30, and attendees got a 20 percent discount.


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How to throw a royal birthday party

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, holds Prince George of

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Happy first birthday Prince George! As the world watches how the royal family will celebrate the little one's birthday, we gathered tips on throwing the ultimate royal birthday bash. Take a look:

-- Get inspired and pick a theme: "The first step in planning a first birthday is deciding on a theme," said Jenn Sbranti, founder of the popular event planning blog, Hostess with the Mostess. "For...

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'Thomas & Friends' introduces new character

Logan is a limited-release engine from Thomas &

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"They're two, they're four, they're six, they're eight ..." If you're a parent with a child who loves "Thomas & Friends," you most likely know all the words to this catchy tune. In fact, my 3-year-old daughter asks me to sing it to her every night before she goes to sleep, holding onto a handful of the trains.

To my daughter's delight, Thomas recently added a new friend, Logan, to his...

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First birthday party trends: Royal themes take the cake

BabyCenter reveals new trends in first birthday parties.

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It's hard to believe Prince George will be turning 1 on Tuesday. Many U.S. moms will be eager to see how the royal family plans to celebrate.

BabyCenter, a pregnancy and parenting digital resource, found that many parents plan to spend $300 or more on their child's first birthday. Based on what moms are saying in the BabyCenter Community, here are the latest trends for first birthday bashes:


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Born on social media

A newborn baby being shown to somebody over

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This little birthing tale will probably seem archaic in another year or so, when I envision that infants will be born with cameras on their foreheads, recording their own descent from womb to world.

But the labor and delivery this week of our grandson, now known as Benjamin, was accompanied by a frenzy of social media that reached from California to Florida, to Delaware, Georgia, New York,...

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Feeding the kids: Cinnamon bubble loaf

The cinnamon bubble loaf 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 delicious quick bread, perfect for breakfast or dessert. I found the recipe in "Betty Crocker The Big Book of Bread," by Betty Crocker (Betty Crocker; $19.99).

Cinnamon Bubble Loaf

Ingredients- 2 tablespoons sugar- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon- 3 1/2 cups Original Bisquick mix-...

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