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Super Duper Lil Chefs at Smith Haven Mall Saturday

The Simon Kidgits Club Super Duper Lil Chefs

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Young foodies and families can head to the annual Simon Kidgits Club Super Duper Lil Chefs event at Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove on Saturday.

During the free event from 1 to 3 p.m., children and their parents can explore cooking through hands-on demonstrations, etiquette lessons, craft-making with meal items and more. Other activities include a cupcake-eating contest, creating cereal necklaces,...

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Feeding the kids: Fudgy walnut brownie cookies

The fudge walnut brownie cookie recipe can be

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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 "One Bowl Baking: Simple, From Scratch Recipes for Delicious Desserts," by Yvonne Ruperti (Running Press; $22).

Fudgy Walnut Brownie Cookies(Makes 12, 3 1/2-inch cookies)

Ingredients- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into cubes- 4 ounces...

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Sandbox Playspace opens in Huntington village

A new, drop-in playspace has opened in Huntington

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A new, drop-in play space has opened in Huntington village, geared to babies, toddlers and preschoolers, called Sandbox Playspace. "Sandbox is a metaphor for a natural place for kids to be themselves and play," says Toni Dickson, who owns the venue with her husband, Rob.

Kids can roam the different stations, which include kitchen play, a hardware store, a teepee, a wood slide, a flower market,...

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How moms really feel about playdates

Sixty-three percent of moms said they have scheduled

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Sixty-three percent of moms said they have scheduled a playdate for their children for the sole purpose of hanging out with the other kids' parents, according to a national survey from Merck Consumer Care's Active Family Project.

What's more, of the 1,000 moms with children ages 2-11 who were surveyed, 66 percent said family play time is spontaneous while 34 percent said it is scheduled. On...

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'The View' alum Debbie Matenopoulos talks pregnancy and more

"The View" alum Debbie Matenopoulos talked to Celebrity

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"The View" alum Debbie Matenopoulos is “excited about every aspect” of impending motherhood. Expecting her first child later this year, the mom-to-be, 39, told Celebrity Baby Scoop that she hopes for a natural birth and is reading "What to Expect When Expecting" to help her prepare for the baby.

Debbie also opens up about her regular role on Hallmark Channel's "Home & Family"...

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Outdoor games for kids: Flower power

The "Flower Power" outdoor game can be found

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Luring your kids away from their favorite electronics isn't always easy. But you can encourage them to get moving by inviting them to play a fun, educational outdoor game.

Looking for creative ideas? Here's one from the May issue of FamilyFun Magazine that will work your kid's brain and body:

1. Scatter artificial flowers (snipped from stems or party leis) around an area (see image above)....

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Norah O'Donnell, 'CBS This Morning' co-host, shares parenting tips

Norah O'Donnell, co-host of "CBS This Morning" was

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Emmy Award-winning journalist Norah O'Donnell, co-host of "CBS This Morning," was recently honored at the 2014 Outstanding Mother of the Year Awards in Manhattan.

Since joining CBS News, O'Donnell has traveled the world covering major stories, including the election of Pope Francis in Vatican City, the Boston Marathon bombing, the Sandy Hook school shooting and more. She's also interviewed...

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New parenting books that tackle challenges

Get advice raising your Pisces, Sagittarius and zodiac-sign

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These new books tackle different parenting challenges -- including parenting in military families, parenting without religion and more.

Thirty female authors, including Cheryl Strayed, Julia Glass and Ann Hood, contribute essays to the book "Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today's Best Women Writers" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $26), edited by Eleanor Henderson and Anna Solomon.

In...

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National Learn to Swim Day

National Learn to Swim Day, hosted by Swimways,

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Today marks the third annual National Learn to Swim Day, hosted by Swimways. As the weather heats up, you'll likely be packing up the kids and hitting the local pools, lakes and beaches to cool off. But families should know the importance of learning to swim as well as water safety tips before jumping in.

To help you get started, here are some water safety tips for parents to keep in mind...

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Nick Jr. characters send special birthday calls

By joining the Nick Jr. Birthday Club, kids

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As a parent, you do everything you can to make your children feel like little princes or princesses on their birthday. Now, you can make birthdays extra special with a personalized phone call from their favorite Nick Jr. character -- for free.

Joining the Nick Jr. Birthday Club is a really easy process. Simply enter your child's information such as his/her name, gender, age and birthday. Then,...

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