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Free bowling for kids this summer on Long Island

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Take a break from the heat this summer and enjoy a day of bowling -- for free!

This is the seventh year for Kids Bowl Free, which allows children two free games every day all summer. Simply register at kidsbowlfree.com and receive vouchers via email every Sunday for two free bowling games each day for the entire week.

Kids Bowl Free kicked off June 1 and runs through Labor Day.


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Family game night at Old Country Buffet

Family Night at Old Country Buffet will feature

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Get your game face on and challenge your family to a night of fun at Old Country Buffet.

Parents and children can face off in an ultimate board game battle at Family Night on Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m. While enjoying dinner, families can play Hasbro classic board games such as Trouble, Sorry, Battleship and Operation.

What's more, these activities will contain a special code from Hasbro,...

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Amateur children's playwrights compete to have play produced on Long Island

The CM Performing Arts Center in Oakdale is

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Think you can write a play for kids? Start typing.

The CM Performing Arts Center in Oakdale is sponsoring its first Children’s Playwright Competition to encourage unpublished writers by providing the opportunity to collaborate with actors, directors and others through all stages of production.

The show must have two acts and can be up to two hours long. Any music must either be original...

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'24' star Kim Raver talks family, career and balancing it all

Celebrity Baby Scoop recently caught up with "24"

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To help women take charge of their health this summer, Colgate Total has teamed up with Kim Raver, a mom of two and actress from Fox’s “24," to encourage healthy living through simple, everyday routines. Raver, an advocate for healthy living, shares some of her own parenting, health and beauty tips with Celebrity Baby Scoop.

Q. Tell us about your partnership with Colgate Total and your participation...

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What's new in the baby gear aisle

Have your baby-to-be's 2D/3D sonograms made into colorful

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Moms are always looking for new and improved ways to help with parenting. Here are three new products you can find down the baby gear aisle:

Hate having to clean the pacifier every time baby drops it? The Keep-It-Kleen Pacifier by RaZbaby is constructed with attached closing shields, so it snaps shut when dropped. $4.99 at Babies R Us, Walmart and Target. For more information, visit razbaby.com.


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Kids' rocket-building contest on Saturday in Garden City

Build a working rocket at 10 a.m. Saturday

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Does your child fancy becoming a rocket scientist?

Give him or her a headstart at the Cradle of Aviation Museum’s rocket-building competition at 10 a.m. Saturday at the museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City.

Kids in grades three to eight will start with a bottle and add a parachute, streamers, wings or fins to keep the rocket aloft. Then, the rockets will be filled partially with...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Farm days, bottle rockets and more

Build a working rocket at 10 a.m. Saturday

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From a petting zoo and bottle rockets to "Alexander," hiking and more, there is plenty happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities this weekend:

Talmage Farm Agway Farm Days at Talmage Farm Agway (1122 Osborne Ave., Riverhead). On Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., meet and learn about calves, llamas, baby...

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Hilaria Baldwin to teach yoga for new moms on Long Island

Hilaria Baldwin will be at BookHampton on Sunday,

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Alec Baldwin's wife, Hilaria, will lead a mini yoga lesson for new moms this weekend on Long Island.

The free "Getting Ready for Summer" class and mom-to-mom Q & A session will be held on Sunday at BookHampton (41 Main St., East Hampton) at 11 a.m.

The NYC-based yoga instructor, 29, and the "30 Rock" star are parents to 9-month-old Carmen Gabriela. Baldwin is also the star of "@...

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Feeding the kids: Sticky orange drumsticks

The sticky orange drumsticks 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 quick and simple chicken dish. I found the recipe in "The Naptime Chef: Fitting Great Food into Family Life," by Kelsey Banfield (Running Press; $23).

Sticky Orange Drumsticks(Makes 4 servings)

Ingredients- 3 tablespoons honey- Zest and juice of 1 large orange- 2 tablespoons dark...

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Hot Wheels special event on Long Island this weekend

A showing of animated feature "Team Hot Wheels:

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This weekend only, the animated feature “Team Hot Wheels: The Origin of Awesome” comes to select Long Island movie theaters.

The movie is the tale of four kids -- Gage, Rhett, Wyatt and Brandon -- who must stop a mysterious black car from transforming the town of Hilly Woodlands into a chaotic mess of orange track and obstacles. The showing is happening at 660 theaters across the country.


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