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Alicia Keys releases new app for kids

Grammy Award-winning artist Alicia Keys launched a new

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Grammy Award-winning artist Alicia Keys recently launched a new interactive app for kids. "Mama Mae: Mookey by Alicia Keys" is the latest installment in the "Journals of Mama Mae & LeeLee" children's story franchise.

The singer-songwriter and mother of son Egypt (with hip-hop artist husband Swizz Beatz) teamed up with Jessica Walton and Bento Box Interactive to develop a series of storytelling...

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The Peter Lanza interview: Wishing a child had never been born

Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter

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It would be easy to damn Peter Lanza for saying that he wishes his son had never been born, as he did in an interview published this week in The New Yorker. Not only did his son Adam kill 20 children and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School, he terrorized them. All I can imagine is how victims looked in the seconds before taking their last breath as they heard and saw Lanza gunning...

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Dad writes Minecraft book to explain life lesson to son

Invasion of the Overworld: A Minecraft Novel by

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Mark Cheverton’s then-8-year-old, Jack, learned about bullying where it really hurt — Minecraft. The online game gave the quiet child a place where he could feel like an expert, where he could teach dad, a physics and math teacher, everything from creating a server to building a cannon that shoots TNT.

He spent hours creating a world with his friends, and then someone came along and destroyed...

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Blogging can be a rewarding experience for teens

Blogging for teenager "can be incredibly rewarding," says

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That teens might care to blog and share their views in more than 140 characters might surprise some parents, as I was when my 17-year-old announced she had started a blog. After all, blogging — writing and posting online commentaries, short or long, on any topic from fashion to politics or life in general — requires more effort and consistency than just updating a Facebook status, sharing snaps...

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St. Patrick's Day events for kids this weekend

Build a Leprechaun trap using simple design and

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St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner. To help you get into the holiday, we found a few family-friendly events this weekend:

Decorate your own Blarney stone, anytime between 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday, at the Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City. Free with museum admission of $12, $11 for seniors and free for younger than 1. 516-224-5800; licm.org.

Build a Leprechaun...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Alex the Jester, Masked Marvels, leprechauns and more

Alex the Jester performs in the medieval tradition

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From pets and leprechauns to family-friendly performances and more, you can find plenty of activities happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities this weekend:

Pet Care Day at the Long Island Science Center (11 W. Main St., Riverhead). Learn about our furry friends and meet adoptable animals from the...

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NYC 11-year-old opens 'Peace, Love & Cupcakes,' an Off-Broadway show

Eleven-year-old Carrie Berk with "Cake Boss" star Buddy

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Carrie Berk is not your typical tween. By the age of 11, she was a children's book author and a cupcake blogger with 90,000 Facebook followers. Now, she's opening an Off-Broadway musical called "Peace, Love & Cupcakes."

The cupcake connoisseur cooked up the idea for "The Cupcake Club" book series in second grade when she asked her mom, Sheryl Berk, bestselling co-author of "Soul Surfer,"...

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Free (or cheap!) for kids in March on Long Island

The St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt at the

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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 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 March.

Free

Nature Tales at Seatuck Environmental Association (550 South Bay Ave.,...

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Feeding the kids: St. Patrick's day cupcakes

The clover cupcake recipe can be found on

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In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a festive St. Patrick's Day treat. I found the recipe on Spoonful.com, a website that's filled with thousands of crafts, games and recipes for children and families.

Clover Cupcakes

Ingredients- Cupcake batter (your choice)- Cupcake tins and liners- Aluminum foil- White frosting-...

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Kardashian Kids clothing line comes to Babies R Us

The Kardashian Kids collection launches on March 15

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Animal prints, lace and girlie tulle ruffles can only mean one thing: Kourtney, Kim and Khloe Kardashian are launching their new collection for baby girls sold exclusively at Babies R Us stores nationwide and at babiesrus.com/kkids.

The Kardashian Kids line, in collaboration with Jupi Corp., will debut designs for girls up to 24 months on March 15. Along with the Kardashians' signature animal...

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