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Feeding the kids: Chicken cheddar bacon ranch macaroni and cheese

The chicken bacon cheddar ranch macaroni and cheese

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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 twist on traditional macaroni and cheese. I found the recipe in "Eat What You Love -- Everyday: 200 All-New, Great-Tasting Recipes Low in Sugar, Fat and Calories," by Marlene Koch (Running Press; $26.50).

Chicken Cheddar Bacon Ranch Mac' n Cheese(Makes 4 servings)

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Chess lessons for kids in the Hamptons

New York City Chess Inc. is offering chess

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If your kids love chess or want to learn the game, you may want to check out new classes this summer in the Hamptons.

New York City Chess Inc. will be offering lessons at Georgica Restaurant and Lounge (108 Stone Rd.) in Wainscott and at Guild Hall (158 Main St.) in East Hampton. The camp includes world-class chess training as well as a variety of other fun and entertaining activities.

The...

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8 tips for camp visiting day

The American Camp Association, New York and New

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Midsummer means camp visiting day is here. While you're counting down the days and packing up your child's favorite things to bring, you may want to keep in mind that each camp has their own visiting day guidelines. To help you make the most this fun day, the American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey recommends these eight tips:

1. Don’t bring banned items to camp, which can include...

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'Sesame Street' exhibit to open in New York City

Big Bird in front of Lincoln Center from

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"Sesame Street" is coming to New York City. The "Somebody Come and Play": 45 Years of Learning on "Sesame Street" exhibit is opening in September at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts to celebrate the show's 45th season, which airs this fall.

Elmo, Grover, Big Bird, Bert, Ernie and all your favorite Muppets will be on display, with the exhibit offering visitors a behind-the-scenes...

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Summer-inspired baby names

BabyCenter.com revealed the top summer-inspired baby names.

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Choosing your baby's name can be quite overwhelming. I remember that before my husband and I got married, we both had names we liked for our future children. But, as new parents find, when the time comes to actually pick a name, often it's hard to agree on one. And with more than 30,000 names in use, there's no shortage of options.

To help parents decide, BabyCenter, a pregnancy and parenting...

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Indoor go-kart racing track opens in Farmingdale

A new, indoor, electric go-kart racing venue called

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A new, indoor, electric go-kart racing venue called Pole Position Raceway has opened in Farmingdale, offering kids and adults the chance to race at speeds up to 45 miles per hour.

Kelley Dolce and her son, Alex, 10, were on a shopping trip to BJ’s Wholesale Club last week when Alex spotted the nearby building out of the corner of his eye, with its exterior bordered like a black-and-white checkered...

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Hollywood baby boom: 10 pregnant celebrities

There's another Hollywood baby boom. Celebrity Baby Scoop

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In last year’s Hollywood baby boom, we met Fergie and Josh Duhamel’s adorable son Axl, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum’s darling daughter Everly, and our favorite baby of 2013, Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge!

Who will be adding to their families in 2014?

We’re all waiting in anticipation for the birth announcement from Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher. And...

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Cool off at Long Island splash parks

The Bay Shore Marina in Bay Shore features

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Oh, baby, it's hot outside, and the best way to cool off during the dog days of summer is to get wet. Sure, there are plenty of pools and beaches around Long Island, but they're not always fit for the little ones. The solution? Take them to one of the many sprinkler and spray parks in Nassau and Suffolk. Here are a few:

The sprinklers and splash park area at the Clark Street Playground at...

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Celebrate National Merry-Go-Round Day

Nunley's Carousel is on Museum Row in Garden

If you're looking for something fun to do today, take your kids to a carousel for National Merry-Go-Round Day.

Friday commemorates the anniversary of the patent for the modern carousel awarded to William Schneider of Davenport, Iowa, in 1871. Since then, the popular amusement park ride featuring revolving wooden horses and circus music has been a fixture at just about every theme park in the...

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Help Long Island kids in need

The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless is

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Looking to give back this summer? The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless is in need of bathing suits and towels for kids ages 5 to 18, either new or gently used.

Also, on Aug. 26, the organization will be hosting its annual Backpack Pirates event. This program is a summer camp event for homeless and at-risk youth on Long Island. After a full day of activities at a beachfront camp in Riverhead,...

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