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Beth Whitehouse is Newsday's parenting writer covering everything parents think about, talk about and do on Long Island. Her blended family includes Teen Son, Teen Stepdaughter and Hubby, whom she married in 2009, as well as cat Milo and guinea pig Wallace.
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 »
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 »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
The Long Island Children's Museum is hosting its own birthday party this weekend, and everyone is invited to the bash.
For 20 years, the Children’s Museum has been entertaining – and educating – kids from Nassau and Suffolk counties and beyond. It’s gone from a small site in a donated space to a nationally recognized museum building at 11 E. Davis Ave. in Garden City, on Nassau County’s...Read more »
National Adoption Day is Nov. 23, and Spence-Chapin is having an informational meeting in Hauppauge for people interested in adopting children who have already been born. Spence-Chapin is a Manhattan-based nonprofit that has been offering adoption services for more than 100 years.
During the free session, which begins at 10:30 a.m., prospective parents will learn about opportunities for adopting...Read more »
Port Washington author Beth Ain’s series for second through fifth graders, “Starring Jules,” has been chosen in the "Best New Series" category of Parents Magazine’s 10 Best Children’s Books of 2013.
“We do the Ten Best every year because we are huge fans of children’s books. Helping parents sort through the thousands of children’s books that come out every year is a great service...Read more »
The Menurkey – a menorah shaped like a turkey created by a 9-year-old boy from Manhattan – has been a huge hit, his father told Newsday.
“They’ve been selling like crazy,” says Anthony Weintraub, father of Asher. They’ve sold more than 2,000 plaster Menurkeys to celebrate the fact that Hanukkah and Thanksgiving overlap this year.
Asher Weintraub created a 3-D prototype for the menorah...Read more »
Monday is Mickey Mouse’s 85th birthday. Disney Channel is celebrating by showing this year’s Mickey Mouse cartoons every half-hour beginning at 1:25 p.m., culminating in the 8 p.m. airing of “Potatoland," the first-ever extended episode of “Mickey Mouse” cartoon shorts. “Potatoland” is a brand-new short that is longer than the usual 3-1/2 minutes.
“Potatoland” is a seven-minute cartoon...Read more »
The fifth annual "TeenNick HALO Awards" airs at 8 p.m. Sunday on Nick at Nite. For the first time, the show will be televised live from Los Angeles.
HALO stands for Helping And Leading Others. Each year, four teens are honored for their community-service work. They are paired with celebrities who applaud their causes, and the show is hosted by Nick Cannon.
This year’s awardees...Read more »