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Jennifer Berger

Jennifer Berger runs the Kids section on exploreLI.com, covering all things kids and parenting on Long Island including news, trends, family-friendly events, product and book reviews, reader highlights and more. She lives in Oceanside with her husband, Jason, and their young children, Maggie and Benjamin.

'Frozen' fun at Disney's Hollywood Studios

"Frozen Summer Fun Live!" will take place at

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Heading to Disney World this summer? If so, Disney's Hollywood Studios is celebrating "Frozen" with a character parade, sing-alongs with Anna and Elsa, a polar playground and more.

The new "Frozen Summer Fun Live!" attraction allows families to enter the fairy tale kingdom of Arendelle, with most activities included in theme park admission. Some of the highlights include:

- Anna's &...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: 'Wizard of Oz,' 'Matilda' and more

"The Wizard of Oz" will be presented at

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From "The Wizard of Oz" and "Matilda" to nature walks and more, there is plenty happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities during the weekend:

Nature Study and Woodland Walk at Bailey Arboretum (194 Bayville Rd. and Feeks Lane, Lattingtown). Saturday, at 3 p.m., children ages 10 and older will take...

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Feeding the kids: Pizza Frittata

The Pizza Frittata recipe can be found in

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In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a unique twist on a breakfast dish. 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).

Pizza Frittata(Makes 2 servings)

Ingredients- 2 large eggs- 2 large egg whites- 1/4...

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10 tips for traveling with kids

Traveling with children? Check out these vacation tricks

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Your baby screaming on a crowded plane. Your 5-year-old asking repeatedly, "Are we there yet?" Your tweens and teens fighting in the backseat. Not to mention, lugging multiple suitcases, bottles of milk, toys, snacks, strollers and more.

This is a vacation?

Jennifer Chung, a mother of one and co-founder of Kinsights.com, a parenting community and online destination that lets you track...

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Free events for kids in July on Long Island

Dirty Sock Funtime Band will be at Heckscher

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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 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 July.

Long Beach Summer Movie Nights (various locations in Long Beach), bring a blanket or a chair...

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New 'Sesame Street' show on PBS Kids this fall

PBS Kids will be airing an additional 30-minute

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PBS Kids will be adding a new half-hour "Sesame Street" program this fall on-air and on digital platforms. The new bonus program will be in addition to the hourlong show.

Starting Monday, Sept. 1, the additional half-hour show will air on weekday afternoons. For the first time, selected full episodes of the 30-minute program will also be available for free online at pbskids.org/video, on the...

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Five birthday party trends of 2014

Abby Larson, founder of Style Me Pretty, says

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Many parents will agree that planning a child's birthday -- whether it's the first or 15th -- takes a lot of preparation. Along with the location, decorations and possible entertainment, there's choosing the cake, favors and whole lot more.

Last year, all the rage at first birthday celebrations were smash cakes — a smaller cake for the birthday boy or girl to smash, explore and enjoy. So,...

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Dr. Toy announces the 2014 best travel toys

Dr. Toy recently announced the 2014 best vacation

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With summer in full swing, you may be planning a family getaway. Whether you're taking a road trip or flying to your destination, you'll want to take along a few travel toys and games.

To help you select the best toys and products, Stevanne Auerbach (a.k.a. Dr. Toy) recently announced the 2014 best vacation products for kids. According to Auerbach, the best travel products are a balanced selection...

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Backyard water games for kids

FamilyFun Magazine came up with water play ideas

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My 3-year-old loves our backyard. Even my 9-month-old gets a kick out of watching the trees, crawling in the grass and playing with his toys outside. The good thing is you don't need over-the-top things for your kids to enjoy themselves outside. I found these fun outdoor games in the June/July issue of FamilyFun Magazine. All you need is a little water and a big imagination:

Main squeeze:...

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Fourth of July 'sparklers' for kids

The Fourth of July pretzel sparklers can be

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Happy Fourth of July! In honor of this festive holiday, create these kid-friendly "sparklers," perfect for the whole family. I found the fun snack idea in the June/July issue of FamilyFun Magazine.

Sweet & Salty Sparklers

What you'll need- 1 cup white chocolate chips- 12 pretzel rods- Red and blue sprinkles- Red and blue M&Ms

Directions1. Cover a baking sheet with waxed...

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