Long Island Parent Talk

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Hollywood baby boom: 10 pregnant celebrities

There's another Hollywood baby boom. Celebrity Baby Scoop

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In last year’s Hollywood baby boom, we met Fergie and Josh Duhamel’s adorable son Axl, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum’s darling daughter Everly, and our favorite baby of 2013, Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge!

Who will be adding to their families in 2014?

We’re all waiting in anticipation for the birth announcement from Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher. And...

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Cool off at Long Island splash parks

The Bay Shore Marina in Bay Shore features

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Oh, baby, it's hot outside, and the best way to cool off during the dog days of summer is to get wet. Sure, there are plenty of pools and beaches around Long Island, but they're not always fit for the little ones. The solution? Take them to one of the many sprinkler and spray parks in Nassau and Suffolk. Here are a few:

The sprinklers and splash park area at the Clark Street Playground at...

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Celebrate National Merry-Go-Round Day

Nunley's Carousel is on Museum Row in Garden

If you're looking for something fun to do today, take your kids to a carousel for National Merry-Go-Round Day.

Friday commemorates the anniversary of the patent for the modern carousel awarded to William Schneider of Davenport, Iowa, in 1871. Since then, the popular amusement park ride featuring revolving wooden horses and circus music has been a fixture at just about every theme park in the...

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Help Long Island kids in need

The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless is

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Looking to give back this summer? The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless is in need of bathing suits and towels for kids ages 5 to 18, either new or gently used.

Also, on Aug. 26, the organization will be hosting its annual Backpack Pirates event. This program is a summer camp event for homeless and at-risk youth on Long Island. After a full day of activities at a beachfront camp in Riverhead,...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: 'Beauty and the Beast,' ice cream and more

Emily Dowdell stars in the title role of

Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From "Beauty and the Beast" and "Peter Pan" to ice cream and more, there is plenty happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities during the weekend:

Ice Cream Social at the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium (1660 Rte. 25A, Cold Spring Harbor). On Saturday, from 4 to 6 p.m., families are encouraged...

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Advanced teen driver education course Saturday

The non-profit, Georgia-based Tire Rack Street Survival is

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Tire Rack Street Survival school is bringing its advanced teen drivers education course to Nassau Coliseum from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

This nonprofit teen driving school is held at local venues around the country and organized by the BMW Car Club of America Foundation in conjunction with the Sports Car Club of America, Porsche Club of America and other groups. The goals are to teach...

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Feeding the kids: Watermelon splits

The watermelon splits 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 delicious dessert, perfect for a warm summer day. I found the recipe at FoodNetwork.com.

Watermelon Splits(Makes 4 servings)

Ingredients- 1 cup blackberries- 1/2 tablespoon sugar- 4 cups 1-inch cubed watermelon, chilled (about 2 pounds)- 4 scoops strawberry ice cream or your favorite...

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A family outing to the American Idol concert

The American Idol concert took place at Nassau

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While the popularity of "American Idol" has waned in general over the past 13 seasons, it's still a family affair for my daughters, my granddaughter Alex and me. In the past six years, we have gone to four American Idol concerts as a group.

Alex, who is seven, has been a fan since season eight when she was two years old, attending her first American Idol concert in 2009. Alex was a huge Adam...

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College students swamp Westbury Container Store

The College Savings Event at the Container Store

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The Container Store in Westbury looked like a movie theater premiering the latest “Twilight” or “Hunger Games” flick Sunday at 7:15 p.m., with a line snaking from the door and past the adjacent Trader Joe’s.

Turns out The Container Store was holding its annual College Savings Event. The festive special event was held after hours, from 7:30 to 9:30, and attendees got a 20 percent discount.

That...

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How to throw a royal birthday party

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, holds Prince George of

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Happy first birthday Prince George! As the world watches how the royal family will celebrate the little one's birthday, we gathered tips on throwing the ultimate royal birthday bash. Take a look:

-- Get inspired and pick a theme: "The first step in planning a first birthday is deciding on a theme," said Jenn Sbranti, founder of the popular event planning blog, Hostess with the Mostess. "For...

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