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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.

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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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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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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'Thomas & Friends' introduces new character

Logan is a limited-release engine from Thomas &

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"They're two, they're four, they're six, they're eight ..." If you're a parent with a child who loves "Thomas & Friends," you most likely know all the words to this catchy tune. In fact, my 3-year-old daughter asks me to sing it to her every night before she goes to sleep, holding onto a handful of the trains.

To my daughter's delight, Thomas recently added a new friend, Logan, to his...

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First birthday party trends: Royal themes take the cake

BabyCenter reveals new trends in first birthday parties.

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It's hard to believe Prince George will be turning 1 on Tuesday. Many U.S. moms will be eager to see how the royal family plans to celebrate.

BabyCenter, a pregnancy and parenting digital resource, found that many parents plan to spend $300 or more on their child's first birthday. Based on what moms are saying in the BabyCenter Community, here are the latest trends for first birthday bashes:

Crowns:...

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Feeding the kids: Cinnamon bubble loaf

The cinnamon bubble loaf 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 delicious quick bread, perfect for breakfast or dessert. I found the recipe in "Betty Crocker The Big Book of Bread," by Betty Crocker (Betty Crocker; $19.99).

Cinnamon Bubble Loaf

Ingredients- 2 tablespoons sugar- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon- 3 1/2 cups Original Bisquick mix-...

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Meet Peppa Pig at Westfield South Shore

Peppa Pig will be making an appearance at

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Peppa Pig, star of the hit animated television show on Nick Jr., will be making an appearance at Westfield South Shore in Bay Shore on Saturday.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., children can meet Peppa, pose for a picture, participate in face-painting and crafts. In addition, kids can enter to win a great Peppa Pig prize.

Peppa will be making three half-hour meet-and-greet appearances throughout...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: 'Cinderella Kids,' family picnic and more

?Coraline" will be shown at Cinema Arts Centre

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From "Cinderella Kids" and "Coraline" to a family picnic, crafts and more, there is plenty happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities during the weekend:

Magic in the Walled Garden at Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve (25 Lloyd Harbor Rd., Lloyd Neck). Chris Homer performs a private show for children...

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