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Martin Luther King Day is approaching, and chances are you're scrambling to find something to do with your kids. If you're looking to get out of the house and have a little fun, here are a few things to do around Long Island on Martin Luther King Day, including family-friendly performances, animal encounters, crafts, indoor play and more.
Explore the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr....Read more »
Meet American Girl’s 2014 Girl of the Year doll: Isabelle, age 10, who studies ballet at a performing arts school in Washington, D.C., and loves to design ballet costumes.
The 18-inch-high doll is available for only one year. She has long blond hair with removable tips highlighted pink as well as mix-and-match dance fashions. Three fiction books complement the doll — “Isabelle,” “Designs By...Read more »
Calling all budding chefs! If your child loves to cook, Fox's "MasterChef Junior" is hosting auditions for its second season on Saturday in Manhattan.
This culinary competition features pint-size home cooks between the ages 8 and 13 who are aspiring chefs. The young contestants will showcase their culinary smarts through challenges and cook-offs, similar to the adult version of the...Read more »
Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From Winnie the Pooh and Cinderella to color crafts, nature exploration and more, there's so much to do on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities this weekend:
Winnie the Pooh at BroadHollow Theatre Company (700 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont). Kids can join Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore and Tiger in a live children's theater...Read more »
It's award season, and if you're like me, you may not have had the time to see many of the movies up for best picture. With a little ones at home, it's not easy finding time to get to the movies, let alone finding a baby-sitter. But if you have children, I'd be willing to bet you've caught at least one of the films up for best animated feature.
Here's a rundown of the five animated movies...Read more »
In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a fun twist to traditional chicken noodle soup. I found the recipe on Spoonful.com, a website from Disney that's filled with thousands of crafts, games and recipes for children and families.
Chicken Ravioli Soup (Serves 4)
- 8 cups chicken stock or broth - 2 cups...Read more »
It appears Gisele Bundchen, the supermodel fellow moms love to hate, is at it again. A photo of the Brazilian beauty riding in an ATV with her 1-year-old daughter Vivian -- sans helmet -- in Costa Rica last weekend was posted by TMZ over the weekend.
A day after the photo went viral, Bundchen's representative told ABC News: "Gisele was on a private beach driving very, very...Read more »
What if your child got a nutrition report card in addition to an academic one? Would it help improve the child’s eating habits?
A new Cornell University study suggests that such report cards might nudge children toward more healthy options, according to Cornell behavioral economists Brian Wansink and David Just.
Many school districts use a payment system in which students use a special...Read more »
From Captain America to the Muppets, here's Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures release schedule for 2014:
"The Wind Rises" (Feb. 28); rated PG-13. Written by Hayao Miyazaki, this animated tale follows the life of Jiro (voice of Joseph Gordon-Levitt), who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II. The movie chronicles much of his life and key historical events including...Read more »
Treat the kids to fun, under-the-sea adventures after school at the Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center (431 E. Main St., Riverhead). And now through Jan. 31, there's a special offer.
Here's the deal: Kids and adults can receive half-price admission Mondays through Fridays after 2:30 p.m. Admission for the aquarium and exhibition center would be $16.25 for adults (regular admission...Read more »