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While fun and festive in theory, taking the kids to see Santa can also be a bit of a chore. By the time you get them ready, lead them through a crowded mall and wait on the sure-to-be-lengthy line, you're probably too exhausted to take in the moment when they finally get to tell St. Nick exactly what they want for Christmas.
Luckily, we've discovered a hidden holiday gem that just might be...Read more »
Children love watching their favorite characters come to life on stage, and there's no shortage of theatrical events on Long Island. Since many of the shows require some forethought, here's a sampling of family-friendly shows throughout December to help you plan a fun-filled day.
Madeline and the Bad Hat at Molloy College (1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre) on Sunday, Dec. 1 from 3 to...Read more »
Santa's arrival is fast approaching, and that likely means a brand new batch of toys for your little one.
If you're looking to make room in the toy box before Christmas, you can donate your child's gently-used plastic toys to Second Chance Toys, a non-profit dedicated to helping children in need and the environment.
Started in 2006 by then-high school student Sasha Lipton, Second Chance...Read more »
Forget slipping down the chimney.
Santa Claus arrived at Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park Tuesday via modern technology, video-chatting live from the North Pole with hospitalized children.
The kids grilled Santa on how Mrs. Claus is ("She's after me to lose weight"), what he likes to do for fun ("surf") and whether delivering presents pays well ("It...Read more »
You can often tell how old a person is by their name. Baby names fall in and out of vogue in 5- and 10-year clips, it seems, with those at the top of the list sometimes holding their spots for an entire generation.
My parents were ahead of their time when they named me Jessica, a name so uncommon that I sometimes had to spell it for people who had never heard it. Fast-forward to 1981, and...Read more »
Mingled cries of “Wow!” and “Whoa!” rose from the crowd of more than 100 children and parents celebrating the sixth night of Hanukkah Monday, as fire performer Benjamin Reynolds sent a ball of fire blazing from his mouth as though he were a human dragon. “It’s exciting. Daring!” said Eileen Baker of Commack, watching Reynolds’ 40-minute show in the parking lot of the Commack Jewish Center...Read more »
'Tis the season for entertaining, which means you'll probably be spending a lot of time in the kitchen.
Since little ones love to help, Katie Workman of the Mom100 blog and cookbook created this list of age-appropriate kitchen activities for kids ages 3 and up.
You'll love having the extra set of hands (no matter how small), and the time spent together is sure to create some special...Read more »
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 December.
Christmas at the Lighthouse at Montauk Point Lighthouse (2000 Montauk...Read more »
Joyful is the word that came to mind when visiting Bounce! Trampoline Sports, the latest Long Island indoor play venue for kids.
I recently took my 10-year-old and two friends to test drive the 50,000-square-foot Syosset facility, a former kitchen-sink warehouse. The place is so big that the lines went fast, which was a relief for all of us on that busy, drizzly Sunday afternoon.
The...Read more »
There was some debate about my son’s school’s book fair this year — if a child’s family forgets to send him in with money, even after weeks’ worth of electronic and paper reminders, should he go home without a book?
One such child in my son’s class would have if it hadn’t been for the resourcefulness of his friends.
That day, I sent in $5 and change with my son, who informed me a few...Read more »