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You may have noticed this blog hasn't been updated in a while. That's because we're moving things around bit here at Newsday.com and ExploreLI.com.

The news and updates you're looking for will still be posted, you'll just find them all in one place from now on, at exploreli.com/parenttalk. All the great kids and parenting content will still appear daily, nothing else has changed. We're just...

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Kidville debuts in Wantagh

Kidville recently opened at 1183 Wantagh Ave. in

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Kidville, a popular destination for children's classes, athletics and more, recently opened in Wantagh.

The new Kidville Wantagh is located in the Willow Wood Shopping Center at 1183 Wantagh Ave. The first Kidville on Long Island opened last year in Roslyn Heights.

The new 4,000-square-foot Kidville features three classrooms, an indoor play space and a retail boutique. Developmental...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: 'Sesame Street Live,' fall festivals and more

Sesame Street Live presents "Let's Dance," will be

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From "Sesame Street Live" to fall festivals, crafts and more, there is plenty happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities during the weekend:

Greek Festival on the Harbor at North Hempstead Beach Park (West Shore Road, Port Washington). You'll find games, rides, Greek food, music, dancing and more...

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Free admission to 15 Long Island museums

The Hempstead Plains were the center of the

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If there are museums your family hasn't ventured to on Long Island, Saturday is the day to do it.

For one day only, in honor of Museum Day Live hosted by Smithsonian Magazine, 15 museums in Nassau and Suffolk counties are offering free general admission for one person, plus a guest this Saturday.

Tickets must be ordered at smithsonianmag.com/museumday, and it's one ticket per household,...

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Feeding the kids: Applesauce doughnuts

The applesauce doughnuts 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 delicious dessert. I found the recipe in “The Big Book of Bread” by Betty Crocker (Betty Crocker; $19.99).

Applesauce Doughnuts(Makes 18 doughnuts)

Ingredients— 3-1/3 cups all-purpose flour— 1 cup applesauce— 3/4 cup sugar— 2 tablespoons shortening— 3 teaspoons baking powder— 1...

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UMIGO event at Middle Country Library

National UMIGO event at Middle Country Public Library

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UMIGO, a free online world that helps early elementary-age kids discover the fundamentals of math, will be at Middle Country Library on Saturday.

The National You Make It Go Day will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in the Centerearch building where kids will be able to connect to UMIGO, an other fans, in their own communities. The interactive day will mirror the UMIGO.com online community as...

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Royal baby name predictions and more

Prince William and Kate Middleton are expecting their

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Recently, the British royal family announced that Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, is pregnant with her second child. And, as you may have guessed, royal predictions have been creating a buzz.

In a BabyCentre U.K. news release, the company predicts the latest royal addition is likely to be given a traditional name: While "Victoria, currently at number 71 in the baby name chart, has...

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5 simple solutions to make bath time more fun

FamilyFun Magazine offered five tips to help make

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Do you have a bath time routine for your kids? In my house, my husband and I divide and conquer. One of us will bathe our 3-year-old daughter and the other will bathe our 1-year-old son. This way, we finish bath time quicker and have more time to relax and play with the kids after work.

I recently stumbled upon a few great bath-night tips that I wanted to share. I found them in the September...

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10 Hollywood home births

Celebrity Baby Scoop rounded up 10 celebrities who

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Hollywood is having a baby boom. And some of our favorite celebrity moms are welcoming their babies at home.

While home births still constitute less than 1 percent of total births in the United States, births at home have increased 50 percent since 2004, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Celebrity Baby Scoop rounded up 10 celebrity moms -- including Cindy...

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Family festivals in late September on Long Island

Visit Otto the Ghost at Hicks Nurseries in

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Looking for something fun to do with the kids? Late September is a great time to explore the many family festivals that take place throughout Long Island. Here are a few of them:

The Fall Family Fun Festival will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at Hicks Nurseries, 100 Jericho Tpke., Westbury. The free event will feature children's workshops, pumpkin contests and more. Call 516-334-0066 for...

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