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BloggersJennifer Berger Valerie Kellogg Beth Whitehouse Leema Thomas Patrick Whittle
Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From holiday crafts to "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and more, there's much to do on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities this weekend:
Lego Club at Children's Museum of the East End (376 Bridgehampton Sag Harbor Tpke., Bridgehampton) on Satuday, Dec. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon. Kids can construct their...Read more »
There is nothing quite like New York at Christmas. This year, the Empire State Building is teaming up with radio giant Clear Channel for its first-ever Christmas light show series. Beginning Friday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m., the skyscraper's lights will move along to a Christmas medley, which spectators can tune into on 106.7 Lite FM. The best public viewing locations include NYC spots like the Brooklyn...Read more »
In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a frozen dessert, perfect for the holidays. I found the recipe in the "Cookies & Cream: Hundreds of Ways to Make the Perfect Ice Cream Sandwich," by Tessa Arias (Running Press; $18).
Candy Cane Ice Cream Sandwich (Makes about 10 ice cream sandwiches)
Easy vanilla ice...Read more »
Between holiday travel, family gatherings and excitement over the impending arrival of St. Nick, kids' sleep schedules can get a little wacky during this time of year.
To help, children's sleep accessory manufacturer, Cloud b, teamed with sleep expert Kim West to come up with these easy tips for making sure kids stay well rested:
- Keep to your child’s regular bedtime as much as possible....Read more »
Well, this Christmas card is going to be tough to beat.
This year the Holderness family of Raleigh, N.C., gave the typical Christmas letter a huge makeover when they recorded their family updates in a fun holiday video titled "#XMAS JAMMIES."
Dad Penn, wife Kim, 6-year-old Lola and 4-year-old Penn sport matching festive PJs in the now-viral video as they sing their own version...Read more »
There are few things that make a child happier than opening a new toy on Christmas morning, and, while it's easy to get caught up in the excitement, it's important to stay safe, too.
A new report from the Consumer Product Safety Commission noted that there were about 192,000 toy-related injuries reported last year.
To make sure your family stays safe this holiday season, check out this...Read more »
Moms polled say youth sports have caused marital and family battles and poor job performance, due to practice and game schedules as well as the pressure on kids to perform, according to a recent study commissioned by i9 Sports, a youth sports league franchise.
The i9 franchise strives to make youth sports more fun and less stressful for parents by running sports teams that play just once a...Read more »
Nearly one-third of parents say they will spend less money on toys this Christmas, a new survey by Harris Interactive has revealed.
According to the poll, which surveyed over 2,000 U.S. adults, 50 percent of people ages 18 and up said that they would be purchasing toys this holiday season. Of that 50 percent, 32 percent said they would be spending less on those toys than they did last year,...Read more »
Keep your family safe from holiday hazards with this safety checklist from AFC Doctors Express walk-in medical centers:
Be careful with packaging --Sometimes, people become so frustrated with hard plastic wrapping around toys and electronics that they cut themselves on the sharp-edged packaging or with scissors, tools or knives when trying to pry the packages open. An average 6,000 people...Read more »
In an age of technology, instant gratification and an "I want more" mentality, it's easy to believe that today's generation of kids would mostly value material things, but a recent survey by Nickelodeon actually showed the opposite.
According to the study, the majority of kids ages 9 and under believe that being nice, smart and funny are more important than having the best clothes...Read more »