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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.

Spring break idea: Kids cooking camp at Sur La Table

Sur La Table's Kids Cooking Camp will take

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Sticking around for spring break and looking for things to do with the kids?

Sur La Table in Manhasset is offering a kids cooking camp on Monday, April 15 through Friday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to noon for children ages 8 to 12.

Led by a Sur La Table chef-instructor, the camp will cover cooking techniques such as basic knife skills, how to read and follow a recipe, measuring and mixing...

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Feeding the kids: 'Frozen' snack ideas

The "Frozen" snack ideas 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 adorable snack ideas based on Disney's "Frozen." I found the recipes on LunchboxDad.com, a blog from a San Francisco father of three who shares his creative meal ideas for kids.

Sven Sandwich

Ingredients- 2 googly candy eyes- 2 large pretzels- 1 serving peanut butter and jam- 1 slice...

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Study: Stay-at-home moms on the rise

The number of stay-at-home mothers is on the

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More moms are choosing to stay at home full time with their kids rather than work, a Pew Research Center report found. But the reason why may not be what you think.

According to the Pew report, the cost of child care is most likely one of the reasons why more women are opting to skip full-time work, reversing a long-term decline in stay-at-home moms. The report stated: "The share of mothers...

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Easter egg dyeing trick: Check your kitchen

Natural Easter egg dyeing tips from the April

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Here's a unique twist on traditional Easter egg dyeing: Use natural foods and spices you'll find in your kitchen to create beautiful hues even the Easter Bunny will love.

Check out these Easter egg dyeing recipes from the April issue of FamilyFun Magazine and then hop into your backyard to gather some natural decorations:

To make yellow: Add 6 tablespoons turmeric and 1 tablespoon white...

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New car seat guidelines and how they affect you

New car seat guidelines went into effect February

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New car seat guidelines, the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard requirements, went into effect in February. They are aimed at manufacturers.

Julie Prom, child safety advocate and certified child passenger safety technician instructor from Chicco USA explains the new guidelines:

"The requirements are simply clarifying LATCH lower anchor limits and harness weight limits," said Prom....

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'Spring into the Mall' kids expo at Walt Whitman Shops

The exterior of Walt Whitman Mall in Huntington

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Head to Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station on Saturday for their first "Spring into the Mall" kids expo.

Sponsored by Your Local Kids Source of Long Island, a shopping and service magazine, the event will present parents with information on children's services, products and more. Exhibitors include Village East Gifted (an enrichment center for the gifted learner), DeLiceful (lice removal...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Spring Freshwater Fishing Festival and more

Jerry LeClaire, 53, of Bay Shore, holds the

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From the Spring Family Freshwater Festival to breakfast with the Easter Bunny and more, there's plenty of activities happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities this weekend:

Spring Family Freshwater Fishing Festival at Belmont Lake State Park (Exit 38 off Southern State Parkway, North Babylon). The...

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Feeding the kids: Corn chowder

The comforting corn chowder recipe can be found

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In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a hearty soup. I found the recipe in “Better Homes and Gardens: 365 Comfort Foods" (Better Homes & Gardens; $19.99).

Creamy and comforting corn chowder(Makes 8 servings)

Ingredients1 16-ounce package frozen whole kernel corn1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1⁄2...

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Family-friendly performances in April on Long Island

The "Teacher From the Black Lagoon" performance at

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Children love watching their favorite characters come to life on stage, and there's no shortage of theatrical events on Long Island. Since many of the shows require some forethought, here's a sampling of family-friendly shows throughout April to help you plan a fun-filled day.

"Jungle Book" at the Carriage House Theater, Vanderbilt Mansion (180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport) on Saturdays and...

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

Spring Egg Hunt at Belmont Lake State Park

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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 April.

Free

Sculpture Art Caper and Exploration Activity Backpack at Hofstra University's...

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