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Disney's 'Frozen' sing-along version hits theaters

Disney's "Frozen" sing-along version debuts in theaters on

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Fans of Disney's "Frozen" can sing with the stars -- literally.

On Friday, Jan. 31, more than 2,000 theaters nationwide will debut a sing-along version of the Oscar-nominated, Golden Globe-winning animated film. Fans can follow the lyrics on-screen as they sing along with stars Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad and Jonathan Groff.

"'Frozen' fans have embraced the film's original songs...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Groundhog Day, Peter Max, 'Little Mermaid' and more

Kids can join in on a scavenger hunt

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From groundhogs to Disney mermaids, Peter Max and more, there's plenty of activities happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities this weekend:

Sweetbriar Groundhog at Sweetbriar Nature Center (62 Eckernkamp Dr., Smithtown). On Sunday from 1-3 p.m., families can go on a scavenger hunt to discover the...

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Fred & Friends recalls 200,000 pacifiers due to choking hazard

Fred & Friends, a Long Island based company,

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Parents take note: Fred & Friends, a unit of Garden City-based company Lifetime Brands Inc., is recalling about 200,000 pacifiers due to a choking hazard.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, three different pacifiers were involved in the recall and although no injuries were reported, young children should stop using them immediately. The pacifiers were sold in the...

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Pleygo.com lets parents 'borrow' Lego kits for kids

The Netflix-like service called Pleygo.com lets kids put

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Does it pain you to buy your child a Lego set that he puts together once before asking you to buy him another? You may want to check out a new Netflix-like service called Pleygo.com. For a monthly fee, it lets kids put together a kit and return it to receive another one.

Elina Furman Landauer started the service in May 2013. The Westchester mom was inspired by her son Julian, 5. “He had been...

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Feeding the kids: Super Bowl pumpkin chili and grilled cheese 'footballs'

Pumpkin chili with grilled cheese "footballs"

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In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a not-too-spicy chili and fun grilled cheese sandwiches shaped as footballs, perfect for Super Bowl Sunday. I found the recipe on Spoonful.com, a website from Disney that's filled with thousands of crafts, games and recipes for children and families.

Pumpkin chili and grilled cheese "footballs"



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Super Bowl Sunday football game for kids

Try this wall football game with your kids,

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The countdown to kickoff has begun and with only a few days left until Super Bowl Sunday, you may be planning family-friendly festivities. To keep young football fans entertained, I found this fun, sporty game, a pigskin version of the classic Pin the Tail on the Donkey, on Spoonful.com, a website from Disney that is filled with thousands of crafts, games and recipes for children and families.


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Your school can take the Tech Timeout Academic Challenge

The Tech Timeout Academic Challenge is urging middle-

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What happens when teenagers go from sending 100 or more texts per day to zero overnight? When they go from using electronic media for eight or more hours a day to none overnight?

The Tech Timeout Academic Challenge is urging middle- and high-school students to find out by disconnecting for a few days from the digital world – no cell phones, no social media – to reflect on their dependence...

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Super Bowl 2014 events for kids at Toys R Us in NYC

Toys R Us Times Square in Manhattan is

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As you're gearing up for Super Bowl 2014, the Toys R Us Times Square flagship store in Manhattan is kicking off family-friendly events for football fans of all ages. Here are some of the highlights: 

Play gamesTomorrow through Saturday, Toys R Us will host product demos of Madden NFL 25 by EA Sports on Xbox One kiosks, NFL sticker album collections by Panini and NFL RUSH ZONE “Kickoff”...

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Eric Carle storytime event at Barnes & Noble

"What's Your Favorite Animal" by Eric Carle (Henry

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Eric Carle, renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, has teamed up with the best-known picture book illustrators for a new children's book, "What's Your Favorite Animal?" (Henry Holt and Co., $17.99).

Every spread in the book features an artist's favorite animal with a creative answer to the timeless question. Some animals are described with a brief poem, others with personal...

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Long Island Children's Choir auditions this week

The Long Island Children's Choir is holding auditions

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Music-loving children of all ages have the chance to audition for the Long Island Children's Choir (LICC). The chorus offers children opportunities to experience singing and is designed to enhance their musical education.

There are three choral ensembles in the LICC: Prelude, for grades 1-4; Harmonia, for intermediate and advanced singers in grades 5-12; and Lyric, for advanced singers in...

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