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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.

Feeding the kids: Fruit smoothie

The fruit smoothie recipe can be found in

(Credit: Octopus Publishing Group)

In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a colorful, healthy smoothie. I found the recipe in "My First Juices & Smoothies: Healthy Recipes Children Will Love," by Amanda Cross (Hamlyn, an imprint of Octopus Publishing Group; $9.99).

Fruit Smoothie(Makes 2 standard glasses)

Ingredients- 3 kiwifruits- 2/3 cup tangy flavored...

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National School Backpack Awareness Day safety tips

Tips to help your children avoid backpack injury.

(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

Are your kids about to topple over each morning because their backpacks are so heavy? The American Occupational Therapy Association marks Sept. 17 the annual National School Backpack Awareness Day to help educate parents and students about the risks of pain and injury from a backpack that is too heavy or worn improperly.

Professional Physical Therapy based in Uniondale offered these to keep...

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The Rockettes to visit Long Island dance schools

Rockettes Jennifer Clavin, 23, of Holtsville, front left,

(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein )

Before the Rockettes kick off another year of the "Radio City Christmas Spectacular," they're making a pit stop on Long Island this week.

Two Rockettes will be visiting the Marchand's School of Dance (451 Route 25A #7) in Miller Place on Tuesday, from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. and Oceanside Dance (3394 Long Beach Rd.) in Oceanside on Thursday, from 2 to 3:15 p.m.

The dancers will teach a 30-minute...

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National Play-Doh Day fun facts

Sculptures of Mike and Sulley from "Monsters University"

(Credit: Play-Doh)

National Play-Doh Day is marked on Sept. 16, and to celebrate, Hasbro rounded up fun facts about this creatable, colorful childhood favorite. Each year, millions of children open a can of Play-Doh and are inspired to squish, mold, roll, cut and create characters, scenes, foods and more.

- More than 950 million pounds, or more than 2 billion cans, of Play-Doh have been squished and squashed...

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Cookie Monster's Challenge app review

One of the many fun tasks in Cookie

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My 3-year-old daughter, Maggie, loves Cookie Monster. On a recent trip to Sesame Place, she couldn't be bothered with the rides. Instead, we were on a hunt for Cookie Monster the entire trip. When I recently stumbled upon Cookie Monster's Challenge, a new iPad app, I knew I had to try it out with her.

The new app from PBS Kids and Sesame Street is recommended for children ages 3 to 5 and features...

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'Henry Danger' and 'Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn' premiere on Nickelodeon

"Henry Danger" premieres on Nickelodeon on Saturday, Sept.

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Get the popcorn ready. Two new shows will be premiering tonight on Nickelodeon.

"Henry Danger" follows the adventure of Henry Hart, who gets selected by the legendary superhero Captain Man to be his new sidekick, “Kid Danger.” Henry's new identity is a secret from his friends and family, and he must navigate a double life by balancing the challenges of the eighth grade with the crazy adventures...

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More schools embracing 'Meatless Mondays'

Some schools are embracing Meatless Mondays.

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"Where's the beef?" Not at some school cafeterias on Mondays throughout the country.

Cheeseburgers, chicken nuggets and other animal-based proteins will be taking a backseat as more schools embrace "Meatless Mondays." Schools in California, Maryland, Texas and even Long Island are replacing traditional, kid-friendly staples with tofu and other vegetarian foods.

As Newsday reported earlier...

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Sea Cliff teen featured on the Disney Channel

Dylan Brady, of Sea Cliff, will be featured

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A Sea Cliff teenager will be featured on the Disney Channel's "Make Your Mark" series Friday.

Teased by classmates because of tics caused by Tourette syndrome, Dylan Brady decided to take a stand. Diagnosed at age 4, Brady, now 15, helps to inform and enlighten others about the disorder as a youth ambassador for the Tourette Syndrome Association. While attending high school and pursuing his...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Family fall festivals and more

The Hallockville Fall Festival and Crafts show will

(Credit: Jim Slezak)

Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From fall festivals and history walking tours to insects, art and more, there is plenty happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities during the weekend:

Long Island Family Festival at Tanner Park (Kerrigan Road, off Montauk Highway, Copiague). Music, carnival rides, food, activities for kids, pet expo...

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Feeding the kids: Slow-cooker whole-grain breakfast cereal

The slow-cooker whole-grain breakfast cereal can be found

(Credit: Food Network)

In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a healthy, make-ahead breakfast cereal, perfect for National Breakfast Month. I found the recipe in the Food Kitchen on FoodNetwork.com.

Slow-Cooker Whole-Grain Breakfast Cereal(Makes 6 to 8 servings)

Ingredients- ¾ cup dehulled whole barley- ¾ cup steel-cut oats- ½ cup cornmeal (not...

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