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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.

Free (or cheap!) for kids on Long Island in September

The Harvest and Seafood Festival takes place at

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Need weekend plans or something to do with the kids during the week? There are a ton of free children's events at local libraries, but we also found free and cheap things to do elsewhere this month. Whether you have one, two, three or more kids in tow, here's a roundup of fun, budget-friendly events in September.


Long Island Family Festival at Tanner Park (Kerrigan Road, off Montauk...

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10 Labor Day activities for kids on Long Island

Devan Kicknosway of Ottawa, Canada, who is Mohawk

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If you're looking to take a break from the beach or barbecues this weekend, there are many fun Labor Day events for families. From children's performances to exploring nature, horses, cultural entertainment, art and more, there's so much to do on Long Island.

The Hampton Classic horse show at (240 Snake Hollow Rd., Bridgehampton). Along with more than 1,600 horses as well as hunter, jumper...

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5 outdoor art projects for kids

Outdoor art projects are great for summer afternoons,

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As summer is winding down, you may be trying to find fun things to do outdoors with the kids. Take advantage of the warm weather by creating an artsy afternoon by coloring, painting and more outside. I found these fun, creative ideas in the August issue of FamilyFun Magazine.

Pool PaintingThis activity lets you turn the kiddie pool into an impromptu art lab. Kids can experiment by working...

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How to build a better lunch box for kids

Pack a lunch box for kids that's based

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Back to school means planning and packing lots of lunches for the kids. Sure, you have your child's favorite foods or easy, go-to items, but if you're looking for a healthier change, Alexandra Zissu, editorial director of Healthy Child Healthy World, a nonprofit public benefit corporation with a mission to empower parents to take action and protect their children from harmful chemicals, provided...

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Feeding the kids: Grilled-peach and almond ice pops

The grilled-peach and almond ice pops can be

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In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a refreshing ice pop, perfect for a Labor Day celebration. I found the recipe in the Food Network Kitchen on FoodNetwork.com.

Grilled-Peach and Almond Ice Pops(Makes 4 to 6 servings)

Ingredients- One 6-inch piece fresh ginger, unpeeled, sliced into very thin rounds (about 1 cup)-...

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4 tricks for tackling kid-made messes

Merry Maids offered tricks and solutions for tackling

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From melting ice pops and wet towels to sandy shoes and glittery art projects, kid-made messes tend to pile up during the summer, with moms pulling double duty with their children home from school.

To help parents enjoy their summer, Debra Johnson, home-cleaning expert for Merry Maids offered easy tricks and solutions for tackling the notorious summer messes by engaging their kids to help...

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Seven summer slumber party ideas for kids

Seven tips for a fun summer slumber party.

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Summer is in full swing and many kids love having slumber parties before school is back in session. That way, kids can stay up later playing games and then recover at home the next day. Depending on the age of your guests, “slumber” may not occur, but the experts at Little Twig and Sparrow pajamas have plenty of ideas to get you through the night.

Here, they offer seven tips for hosting a...

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JCPenney offering $10 haircuts for kids

JCPenney Salons are offering $10 haircuts for kids

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JCPenney wants to help get your kids ready for the first day of school. Now through Sept. 6, all JCP salons nationwide are offering $10 haircuts for kids in kindergarten through the sixth grade.

JCP didn't forget about Mom. You can treat yourself to a deep conditioning treatment, blowout and eyebrow shaping for only $25. Print the "Mom's Moment to Shine" coupon on jcp.com.

Here are some...

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Watch Emmy-nominated TV shows re-enacted by kids

Kids re-enact six Emmy-nominated television shows for Outstanding

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Take "Game of Thrones," "True Detective," "Breaking Bad," "Downton Abbey" and other Oscar-nominated movies and ask kids to re-enact some of the scenes. What do you get? Adorable little ones wearing fake mustaches, wigs and other costumes as they recite lines (in their own words) from the television shows.

These kids get a nod — and a chuckle — from us. Nothing beats watching young children...

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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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