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Family-friendly performances on Long Island in September

Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend will

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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 September to help you plan a fun-filled day.

Jack and the Beanstalk at John W. Engeman Theater (250 Main St., Northport) on Sunday, Sept. 1 at 10:30 a.m.,...

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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.

1. The Hampton Classic Horse Show at The Hampton Classic (240 Snake Hollow Rd., Bridgehampton). Along with more than 1,600 horses as...

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'Adoptive Families' magazine cover photo contest

The deadline for the "Adoptive Families" magazine cover

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Take out the cameras and smartphones, all of you camera-happy adoptive parents.

"Adoptive Families" magazine is holding its annual 2013 Cover Photo Contest. Eight finalists will be chosen and featured in its pages, and the winner will receive a digital camera and the coveted spot on one of its covers.

It's open only to those in the United States, submissions must be online,...

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Camp makes mom homesick, too

A single mom describes how sending her only

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I was looking forward to my two weeks’ summer vacation, as well as the following week where my son would be at sleep-away camp. As a single mom of an 11-year-old, I am always “on," and finding time for shopping, dinner with friends and even quiet reflection can be tough.

Boy, was I ready for it. It came off an expensive summer of baby-sitters and athletic day camps and battling traffic...

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Feeding the kids: Raspberry ice pops

The Raspberry Meringue ice pop 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 sweet end-of-the-summer treat. I found the recipe in "200 Best Ice Pop Recipes," by Andrew Chase (Robert Rose, $24.95).

Raspberry Meringue Ice Pops (Makes 8 to 10 ice pops)

Ingredients - 2 egg whites - Pinch cream of tartar - 2⁄3 cup sugar - 1⁄4 cup water - 2 cups thawed...

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Labor Day crafts for kids: Star-spangled wavers

This Labor Day craft for kids can be

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Get the kids involved with this fun Labor Day crafts project. Here you'll find step-by-step directions for these festive batons, which promise to be the stars of your Labor Day celebration. I found the project on Spoonful.com, a new website from Disney that's filled with thousands of crafts, games and recipes for children and families.

Star-spangled wavers

What you'll need - Scissors...

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Talking to kids about Miley Cyrus' VMAs performance

Miley Cyrus performs onstage during the 2013 MTV

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Former "Hannah Montana" star Miley Cyrus created quite a stir among parents after her 2013 MTV Video Music Awards performance on Sunday night. As a Disney star with a young teen fan base, many parents where shocked by her racy gyrations, "twerking" and disturbing gestures.

Mom groups and bloggers are outraged by Cyrus' suggestive, eyebrow-raising performance. According...

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Celebrity moms share back-to-school tips

CelebrityBabyScoop.com spoke with celebrity moms about their back-to-school

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While this time of year can cause stress and anxiety, CelebrityBabyScoop.com reached out to some savvy celebrity moms -- and rounded up top favorite brands -- to help beat the back to school chaos.

1. Melissa Joan Hart and husband Mark Wilkerson are parents to three sons: Mason, 7, Brady, 5 and Tucker,  turning a year old in September.

“I always try to get the boys a new backpack...

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Enter the Milk Unleashed lunch box makeover photo contest

Milk Unleashed encourages parents to get creative with

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Does your child's lunch box need a healthy makeover? If so, from now through Sept. 10, you can enter your child's midday meal in the Lunch Box Makeover photo contest from Milk Unleashed.

Submit a photo or description of your most creative recipes and lunch box ideas for a chance to win. Think a smiling sandwich. Veggies cut into flowers. The healthier the better! The grand-prize winner will...

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Rosie Pope's back-to-school breakfast ideas

The bacon and egg frittata recipe was originally

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"I don't want green stuff in my eggs!" "Why does he get the red spoon?" "Don't put the berries on my waffle." With three kids under age 5, breakfast at Rosie Pope's home in New Jersey feels like a scene out of "Die Hard."

With her older son starting school this year, the star of Bravo's now canceled "Pregnant in Heels," acclaimed maternity...

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