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Philanthropy in the classroom

Even 10-year-olds can figure out how best to

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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...

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New Hanukkah app for kids

Matisyahu's "Happy Hannukah" Jam-Along app is available on

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Hanukkah has begun, and now kids can celebrate the 8-day Festival of Lights with a brand new app by Mibblio.

The company, which specializes in making interactive music apps for kids, has launched Matisyahu's 'Happy Hanukkah' Jam Along, an iPad-compatible activity app that tells the story of the holiday's celebration through song.

Kids can play along with the tunes' reggae beat; learning...

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Feeding the kids: Sour cream apple pie

The sour cream apple pie recipe 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 tasty dessert, perfect for Thanksgiving. I found the recipe in "The Big Book of Pies & Tarts," by Betty Crocker (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; $19.99).

Sour Cream Apple Pie (Makes 8 servings)


For the crust: - 1 refrigerated pie crust, like Pillsbury,...

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Toys R Us' best Black Friday deals 2013

Toys R Us' Black Friday sales begin on

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The biggest shopping day of the year is just around the corner, so If you want to start checking items off your child's wish list on the cheap, here's a peek at Toys R Us' best Black Friday deals:

Thursday, Nov. 28 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

- Free $50 Toys R Us Gift Card with purchase of a 5th Gen Apple® 16GB iPod Touch. - 60 percent off Monster High's High School Play Set – was $74.99,...

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New character balloons soar in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Toothless from "How To Train Your Dragon" will

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Finn and Jake of the hit Cartoon Network series “Adventure Time” and Toothless from the DreamWorks movie “How to Train Your Dragon” will make their inaugural flights in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year.

Finn will be holding his sword; Toothless will have his giant wings folded in a landing pose.

Snoopy and SpongeBob have both been in the Thanksgiving parade in the past, but...

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Celebrate Thanksgiving weekend in Montauk

The Montauk Chamber of Commerce and The Montauk

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After you fill up on turkey and pumpkin pie, you and your family can spend Thanksgiving weekend celebrating the official start of the holiday season in Montauk.

The Montauk Chamber of Commerce and The Montauk Yacht Club are teaming up for their annual Family Holiday Fun Day on Saturday, Nov. 30 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The kid-friendly event will feature tons of activities including crafts, Christmas...

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Kids classic 'Oliver' to be shown on big screen in Huntington

"Oliver" will be shown on the big screen

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If your child has ever walked through the house belting out “Oliver, Oliver, never before has a boy asked for more,” you might be interested in a big-screen showing of the classic movie at 7 p.m. Nov. 26 at the Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington.

“Oliver!” won the Academy Award for best picture of 1968. It’ll be shown as part of the monthly Musicals: Stage to Screen series. It was...

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Thanksgiving crafts for kids: Turkey thumbprint cards

The turkey thumbprint card craft can be found

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Whether you're having a houseful of guests for Thanksgiving dinner or you're looking for a fun craft for kids, these turkey thumbprint cards are the perfect way to get your kids involved in the holiday festivities. I found the craft on Spoonful.com, a website from Disney that is filled with thousands of crafts, games and recipes for children and families.

Turkey Thumbprint Cards


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Let the tween years begin

Harrison Kellogg McKenna celebrating his 10th birthday with

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With my son turning 10 this week comes the realization that I am now the parent of a tween, which is described as dramatic a period of growth as the teen years as well as the time between conception and birth.

It's also a challenging time -- for both of us. As I watch my son and his friends bust out of their clothes, I feel I am outgrowing mine. At one moment I could be mothering a baby, a...

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Hanukkah crafts for kids: Flame-free menorah

The flame-free menorah craft for kids can be

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Sure, this ultrasafe menorah doesn't have actual candles, but kids can still get to "light" a new flame for each night of Hanukkah. I found the craft on Spoonful.com, a website from Disney that is filled with thousands of crafts, games and recipes for children and families.

What you'll need - Corrugated cardboard - Printable template - Paint - Yellow and orange tissue paper - Glue...

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