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BloggersJennifer Berger Valerie Kellogg Beth Whitehouse Leema Thomas Patrick Whittle
In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose an easy, healthy breakfast smoothie. I found the recipe on CouponsforChange.org, which was adapted from "Ten Dollar Dinners: 140 Recipes & Tips to Elevate Simple, Fresh Meals Any Night of the Week," by Melissa d'Arabian (Clarkson Potter, $24.99).
Green Morning Smoothies (Makes...Read more »
In honor of the American Dental Association's nationwide Give Kids a Smile Day, several venues on Long Island will be offering free dental health care to children, organized by the Nassau and Suffolk County Dental Societies:
St. Charles Hospital at the Stephen B. Gold Dental Clinic (200 Belle Terre Rd., Port Jefferson) from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday. Children ages 1 to 17 will receive free...Read more »
A Texas woman was banned from breast-feeding her son at a Victoria’s Secret store.
After making a purchase at the lingerie store, Ashley Clawson, a 27-year-old mother of two from Austin, Texas, asked to use an empty fitting room to nurse her crying infant. An employee immediately said no. She then suggested "Clawson take her son into the alley outside the store to feed him, and added that...Read more »
Parents take note: One in three teens will experience some form of dating abuse.
Sadly, as prevalent as it is, three in four parents have never talked to their children about domestic violence.
Talking about this often hidden issue is the first step to ending it, so to get the conversation rolling, "NO MORE Silence: It's Time to Talk Day," a nationwide day of conversations and awareness...Read more »
The childhoods of two African-American boys from Brooklyn are chronicled in a film called “American Promise," debuting on PBS at 10 p.m. Feb. 3. The film follows Idris and his friend Seun for 13 years, from kindergarten through high school graduation, as they attend Dalton, one of the most prestigious private schools in the country.
The film was made by Idris’ middle-class parents, Joe Brewster...Read more »
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 January.
Sculpture Art Caper and Exploration Activity Backpack at Hofstra University's...Read more »
Two new animated shows debut on Nickelodeon in February. “Wallykazam!” airs at 1 p.m. on Feb. 3, and “Breadwinners” launches at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 17.
“Wallykazam!” invites preschoolers to discover words. It features a troll named Wally and his pet dragon, Norville, who live in a forest with giants, goblins and ogres. Wally uses a magic stick to focus on words that start with a specific letter,...Read more »
Children love watching their favorite characters come to life onstage, 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 January to help you plan a fun-filled day.
Aladdin at Studio Threatre (141 S. Wellwood Ave., Lindenhurst) on Saturdays through Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. and Wednesday,...Read more »
Fans of Disney's "Frozen" can sing with the stars -- literally.
On Friday, Jan. 31, more than 2,000 theaters nationwide will debut a sing-along version of the Oscar-nominated, Golden Globe-winning animated film. Fans can follow the lyrics on-screen as they sing along with stars Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad and Jonathan Groff.
"'Frozen' fans have embraced the film's original songs...Read more »
Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From groundhogs to Disney mermaids, Peter Max and more, there's plenty of activities happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities this weekend:
Sweetbriar Groundhog at Sweetbriar Nature Center (62 Eckernkamp Dr., Smithtown). On Sunday from 1-3 p.m., families can go on a scavenger hunt to discover the...Read more »