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Educational apps for kids

MarcoPolo Ocean is an interactive app for kids

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Back to school doesn't have to mean swapping high-tech gadgets for low-tech notebooks. These new apps are so much fun your child won't even realize they're educational.

For ages 5 and younger

In MarcoPolo Ocean (free at iTunes), journey to the most unexplored part of the planet: This interactive app is all about the ocean. Kids can make dolphins jump, build a coral reef, explore the...

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Scrabble adds 5,000 new words

Selfie, unfriend and bromance are among the 5,000

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Family game night just got a lot more competitive. This week, Merriam-Webster released the Fifth Edition of The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, making the dictionary's first major update in nearly a decade.

More than 5,000 new words will be added, making them officially playable in the game. The words include: beatbox, bromance, chillax, frenemy, hashtag, mixtape, mojito, selfie, sudoku,...

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Shark Week Family Fun Day at the Long Island Aquarium

The Long Island Aquarium is hosting a family

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To kick off Discovery Channel's 27th annual Shark Week, the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center in Riverhead is hosting a Family Fun Day on Saturday.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the aquarium will be transformed into a shark-themed oasis, featuring a question-and-answer and autograph session with Shark Week on-air personality and shark expert Andy Casagrande, a sneak peek at Shark Week's...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: 'Little Mermaid,' ice cream and more

Visitors enjoy the fruits of their labors with

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From the "Little Mermaid" and "The Goonies" 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:

Explore the Science of Ice Cream at Maritime Explorium (101 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson). Children can explore the physics of phase transitions while making...

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'Apparently Kid' Noah Ritter becomes a viral sensation

Noah Ritter, the "Apparently Kid," became a YouTube

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Kids say the darndest things, and apparently those words of wisdom can go viral. The latest sensation to take YouTube by storm is Noah Ritter, dubbed the "Apparently Kid," who struck fame during his television appearance at the Wayne County Fair in Pennsylvania.

The adorable 5-year-old earned his nickname after repeating the word "apparently" eight times in an interview with WNEP-TV reporter...

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'Dragon' scavenger hunt at Metropolitan Museum of Art

Watson Adventures is offering a "How to Find

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Do your kids love “How to Train Your Dragon 2”? If so, you may want to head into Manhattan over the weekend.

Watson Adventures is hosting a “How to Find Your Dragon Scavenger Hunt" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 Fifth Ave.) on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Kids ages 10 and older with their families can look for dragons hidden in the museum’s art. Hunt together in search of Speckled...

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Feeding the kids: Popovers with mixed berry sauce

The popovers with mixed berry sauce 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 delicious breakfast or dessert treat. I found the recipe on FoodNetwork.com.

Popovers with Mixed Berry Sauce(Makes 6 servings)

Ingredients- Baking spray with flour- 1 cup whole milk- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour- 3 large eggs, lightly beaten- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract- Kosher...

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Bravo's 'Extreme Guide to Parenting' premieres Thursday

Shira Adler and her son Yonah appear in

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Bravo's new "Extreme Guide to Parenting," which debuts Thursday, aims to look at some unique, unconventional and sometimes shocking styles of raising children.

The new television docu-series gives a candid look into some different parenting techniques, from "conscious-attachment" and "helicopter" to "hypnosis" and "push-parenting." The moms and dads portrayed on the show believe that their...

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Olympic swimmer Dara Torres talks motherhood and more

Olympic swimmer, Dara Torres, recently attended an event

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Olympic swimmer, Dara Torres, entered her first international competition at 14 years old. By the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, Torres became the oldest swimmer to compete. In total, she's competed in five Olympic Games and has won 12 medals in her entire career. Now, she's an author and a mom to 8-year-old daughter, Tessa.

Recently, Torres, as part of the Voices of Meningitis organization,...

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Mad Hatter Party at the Long Island Children's Museum

The Long Island Children's Museum in Garden City

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The Long Island Children's Museum in Garden City is hosting a Mad Hatter Party on  Aug. 7, with activities based on Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland." 

The party will games, Wonderland crafts, face-painting, costumed characters and a crazy hat contest, as well as tea and light refreshments.

Kids and their families will be able to create hats and join in a parade to show...

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