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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Rosemary Wells, Party in the Park and more

The annual Party in the Park will be

(Credit: Blumenfeld Family Park)

Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From fall festivals and ship walking tours to a book signing and more, there is plenty happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities during the weekend:

Party in the Park at Blumenfeld Family Park (Main Street, Port Washington). Carnival atmosphere featuring trackless train rides, games, face painting,...

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Baby gets first hearing aids, hears parents' voices for first time

Lachlan, a 7-week-old baby just fitted with his

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Hearing his parents’ voices for the first time led to an amazing moment for a 7-week-old baby.

As he’s fitted with hearing aids for the first time, baby Lachlan’s face says it all. Captured in a YouTube video, Lachlan squeals from the initial discomfort and shock — but then he hears his parents’ voices. His eyes widen, and a smile begins to grow across his tiny face.

“His reaction when...

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5 things to talk about with your tween for the new school year

A father comforting his son. Photo Credit: iStock

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My son started the sixth grade, so the following email recently caught my eye: “5 Essential Issues to Discuss with Your Tween or Teen.”

The tips are culled from Jay Scott Fitter, a family therapist based in California who advocates that showing respect for your children will help make you a better parent. Fitter, the author of the self-published 2010 hardcover book “Respect Your Children:...

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Feeding the kids: Jam-filled scones

The jam-filled scones 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 make-ahead breakfast treat. I found the recipe on FamilyFunMag.com.

Jam-Filled Scones(Makes 8 servings)

Ingredients- 2 cups flour- 3 tablespoons sugar- 2 teaspoons baking powder- 1/2 teaspoon salt- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter- 1 egg- 1/2 cup milk- 1/4 cup berry jam- Egg wash...

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Family-friendly performances on Long Island in September

"Sesame Street Live: Let's Dance" will be at

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 September to help you plan a fun-filled day.

"Winnie the Pooh" at the Long Island Children's Museum (11 Davis Ave., Garden City) on Saturday, Sept. 20 and...

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Fetus flashes thumbs-up in ultrasound

A fetus gives a thumbs-up in this ultrasound

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You can call this baby the “Fonzie fetus.” 

A baby was caught flashing a thumbs-up in an ultrasound taken last week, and since then that little gesture has gone viral in a big way. 

Uploaded by the father, Brandon Hopkins, to Facebook after the ultrasound, the image then made its way to Reddit, thanks to his brother, HLN-TV reported. 

“Recent ultrasound result looks...

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Watch the making of 'Frozen' Tuesday on ABC

Disney's musical "Frozen" is a girl-powered tale that

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Josh Gad, the voice of Olaf in the Disney movie “Frozen,” hosts a new ABC special from 8 to 9 Tuesday, Sept. 2, on the making of the animated hit. During “The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic,” viewers will hear from Gad, Kristen Bell (voice of Anna), Idina Menzel (voice of Elsa), and the "Frozen" filmmaking team.

Viewers will see the Norwegian villages and landscapes that...

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

The Harvest and Seafood Festival takes place at

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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 September.


Long Island Family Festival at Tanner Park (Kerrigan Road, off Montauk...

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A family-friendly North Fork day trip

Amanda Lundquist, 8, of West Islip, plucked the

(Credit: Peggy Lundquist)

My family recently went on our 13th annual pilgrimage to the North Fork, and we were blessed by Mother Nature with perfect weather.

My husband and I, our three children, their spouses and our seven grandchildren, who range in age from 11 to 5, caravanned in three cars with a designated driver in each, as our trip included a visit to three wineries: Martha Clara Vineyards on Sound Avenue in...

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Son's movie becomes a family affair

A scene from "The Ninjas of Burgundy Drive"

(Credit: Harrison McKenna)

When the teachers ask my son what he did during the summer vacation, he can reply, “I made a movie.”

“The Ninjas of Burgundy Drive” came to be after Harrison, then 9, got an idea for a story, grabbed a spiral notebook and went to his room for a few hours over two or three days to write the script. He then got my husband to shoot it with his Samsung Galaxy on a trip to see family last summer...

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