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New beach essentials for families

The BeachBUB is a portable, fold-up base that

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There's still time to head to the beach this summer. We found three products that will help make your life easier on the shore.

Do the kids hate to take off their flip-flops in the evening, but also complain their feet get cold without socks? Solution: Freetoes. These "socks" have no toes, so flip-flops still slip on easily. They come in aone-size-fits-all variety of designs for $6.99 a pair...

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Simon Kidgits Club back to school event at Smith Haven Mall

The Simon Kidgits Club back to school event

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Simon malls Kidgits Club is hosting an interactive, back to school event at Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove on Saturday.

In the Center Court of the mall, parents and children can enjoy a variety of activities, designed to make transitioning into the new school year a little easier. Kids can play in a bounce house, participate in games, work on seasonal-inspired crafts from Capital One Bank...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Marvel Universe Live!, Big Apple Circus and more

Marvel Universe Live will be at Nassau Coliseum

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From Marvel Universe Live! and the Big Apple Circus to turtles, trains and more, there is plenty happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities during the weekend:

Turtle Hatch Day at Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium (1660 Route 25A). Families are welcome to celebrate the hatching of the...

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Build a free disaster kit on Long Island

The Allstate Foundation is hosting a free event

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October marks two years since superstorm Sandy pummeled Long Island, and according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, 85 percent of Americans are still not prepared for potential disasters.

To help Long Islanders plan ahead in case of a catastrophe, The Allstate Foundation and Points of Light, an in-person emergency preparedness community service program, is hosting a free event for...

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Feeding the kids: Taco cheeseburgers

The Taco Cheeseburger 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 fun twist to a classic cheeseburger. I found the recipe on FoodNetwork.com.

Taco Cheeseburger(Makes 8 tacos)

Ingredients- 3 tablespoons chili powder- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin- Kosher salt- 1 1/2 pounds ground beef- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil- 4 slices American cheese, halved-...

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The Fresh Beat Band is coming to Long Island

The Fresh Beat Band will be performing at

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Nickelodeon's The Fresh Beat Band is coming to Long Island in December, and tickets are on sale now.

Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer (Kiki), Tara Perry (Marina), Jon Beavers (Twist) and Thomas Hobson (Shout) are hitting the road for a nationwide concert tour, kicking off this fall. The Fresh Beat Band Greatest Hits Live will feature the band's greatest hits including "Bananas," "Here We Go" and a remixed...

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$245,340: The cost of raising a child born in 2013, report says

The cost of raising a child born in

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You had better take out that piggy bank and start saving. Parents are expected to spend $245,340 to raise a child born in 2013, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The "Expenditures on Children and Families" annual report, also known as the "Cost of Raising a Child," showed that a middle-income family with a child born in 2013 can expect to spend almost $250,000...

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Explore fears about vaccines at documentary screening on Long Island

A child gets a vaccination.

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Explore the fears surrounding childhood vaccines at a viewing of the documentary “The Invisible Threat” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the West Islip Fire Department, 309 Union Blvd. The film explores the science of vaccination through interviews with families and physicians and examines the misconceptions that have caused some parents not to vaccinate their children. It was produced by a group of high...

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'Dora and Friends' debuts on Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon's "Dora and Friends: Into the City!" will

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Dora is ready for her next big adventure. "Dora and Friends: Into the City!" will premiere Monday at 8 p.m. on Nickelodeon.

The half-hour series features Dora living in a city, attending school and hanging out with her group of friends, giving back to the community. The series will regularly air weekdays at noon during the preschool block on Nickelodeon. Set in the fictional city of Playa...

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Mother-daughter stand-up paddleboarding class in Port Washington

Moms and daughters can paddleboard together in a

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Need some mother-daughter bonding time? Take a mother-daughter stand-up paddleboarding class from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday or 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Kostal Paddle at Manorhaven Beach, 158 Manorhaven Blvd., Port Washington.

“We will kick off the class with ice breakers and then go into the water for some fun,” says Dawn Berkowitz-Ader of Port Washington, founder and president of GAALS, or Girls Athletics...

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