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Weekend family fun on Long Island: 'The Wizard of Oz,' Dr. Seuss and more

"The Wizard of Oz" performance takes place in

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From "The Wizard of Oz" and Dr. Seuss to a musical fundraiser and more, there's much to do on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for fun, family-friendly activities this weekend:

1. Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss at Maritime Explorium (101 East Broadway, Port Jefferson). Celebrate Dr. Seuss as you create your very own Oobleck on...

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Anderson Cooper airs bullying special

Anderson Cooper will take a look at what's

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Anderson Cooper will take a look at what's happened to the characters in the documentary "Bully" when he airs “The Bully Effect: An Anderson Cooper Special”  at 10 p.m. Feb. 28. It re-airs at 8 p.m. March 3 and 9.

"Bullying can have devastating consequences for children, parents and educators, and I’m very proud of our continuing work to focus attention on it,” said Cooper...

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Feeding the kids: Pina Colada pancakes

Pina Colada Pancakes courtesy of celebrity chef George

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In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a fun and healthy spin on pancakes. The recipe is courtesy of celebrity chef George Duran host of TLC's "Ultimate Cake Off."

Pina Colada Pancakes (makes 10-12 pancakes)

Ingredients -1 cup pancake mix -1/4 cup coconut milk -1/2 cup syrup from can of pineapple chunks -1/4...

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LI students' acts of kindness honors Newtown shooting victims

Ryan Berman of West Hollow Middle School in

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While my kids were out frolicking in the snow the days after Blizzard Nemo hit Long Island, Ryan Berman, 11, and his classmates Jesse Boudin, Josh Miller, and Cole and Cory Rappaport were out braving the elements and helping their neighbors. The sixth-graders at West Hollow Middle School in Melville shoveled porches and walkways, made snowmen, and wiped off car windows. They raised $90 and gave...

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Mario Lopez, wife Courtney expecting second child

Mario Lopez and wife Courtney are expecting their

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Already parents to 2-year-old daughter Gia, Mario Lopez and Courtney Lopez are expanding their family. The newlyweds announced on "Extra" Feb. 19 that their second child is on the way.

Courtney opened up to CelebrityBabyScoop.com about feeling “wonderful” and “over the moon” about their baby on-the-way. She goes on to talk about her pregnancy cravings, planning...

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Kid volunteers can win $10,000 in scholarships

Kid volunteers can win a $10,000 scholarship through

Do you know a teen who is a superb volunteer in your community? He or she could win a $10,000 scholarship through the Build-A-Bear Workshop Huggable Heroes program or the 2013 Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program.

Both programs are currently accepting nominations. Build-A-Bear’s nominations are due by Feb. 28; Kohl's are due by March 15.

The Build-A-Bear program is in its 10th year; kids...

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Feds: 46 percent of teens are sexually active, STDs on the rise

STDs are on the rise in teens with

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A recent government report contains an eye-opening statistic: 46 percent of high school students have had sexual intercourse and potentially are at risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STI), according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In fact, one in four sexually active teenagers has an STD.

The lead author, Ramin Bastani, of two CDC studies...

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How to talk about Oscar nominated movies with kids

"Brave" won the 2013 Academy Award for best

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Everyone is buzzing about the winners and losers from last night's Academy Awards ceremony on ABC. While some of the Oscar nominated movies weren't meant for the little ones, there are a few you may want to watch together with older children, especially if you have difficult family topics to discuss.

Families in the Touro University Worldwide Marriage & Family Therapy Department in California...

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When to keep a sick child home from school

Not sure when to keep your sick child

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Your child has a case of the sniffles but is not running a temperature. Should you keep her home from school or day care?

A Mayo Clinic physician offers tips that can help a parent decide when to keep the child home or send them packing to school.

The Mayo Clinic website lists recommends kids should stay home when they experience these symptoms:

* Vomiting twice or more over a...

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Host your own cloth diaper party

Our son's red cloth diaper is sure to

February is a great month for parties -- the Super Bowl, the Academy Awards ceremony and Valentine’s Day are all perfect occasions to gather people together. Here’s one more great reason to have a party: cloth diapers. My wife and I are among the proud minority of parents who outfit their children with washable, reusable cloth diapers. This month, we’re hosting a “cloth diaper party” for friends...

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