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Jennifer Berger

Jennifer Berger runs the Kids section on exploreLI.com, covering all things kids and parenting on Long Island including news, trends, family-friendly events, product and book reviews, reader highlights and more. She lives in Oceanside with her husband, Jason, and their young children, Maggie and Benjamin.

A note to Parent Talk followers

You may have noticed this blog hasn't been updated in a while. That's because we're moving things around bit here at Newsday.com and ExploreLI.com.

The news and updates you're looking for will still be posted, you'll just find them all in one place from now on, at exploreli.com/parenttalk. All the great kids and parenting content will still appear daily, nothing else has changed. We're just...

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Kidville debuts in Wantagh

Kidville recently opened at 1183 Wantagh Ave. in

(Credit: Kidville)

Kidville, a popular destination for children's classes, athletics and more, recently opened in Wantagh.

The new Kidville Wantagh is located in the Willow Wood Shopping Center at 1183 Wantagh Ave. The first Kidville on Long Island opened last year in Roslyn Heights.

The new 4,000-square-foot Kidville features three classrooms, an indoor play space and a retail boutique. Developmental...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: 'Sesame Street Live,' fall festivals and more

Sesame Street Live presents "Let's Dance," will be

(Credit: 2014 Sesame Workshop)

Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From "Sesame Street Live" to fall festivals, crafts and more, there is plenty happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities during the weekend:

Greek Festival on the Harbor at North Hempstead Beach Park (West Shore Road, Port Washington). You'll find games, rides, Greek food, music, dancing and more...

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Free admission to 15 Long Island museums

The Hempstead Plains were the center of the

(Credit: Newsday / Ken Spencer)

If there are museums your family hasn't ventured to on Long Island, Saturday is the day to do it.

For one day only, in honor of Museum Day Live hosted by Smithsonian Magazine, 15 museums in Nassau and Suffolk counties are offering free general admission for one person, plus a guest this Saturday.

Tickets must be ordered at smithsonianmag.com/museumday, and it's one ticket per household,...

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Feeding the kids: Applesauce doughnuts

The applesauce doughnuts recipe can be found in

(Credit: Betty Crocker)

In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a delicious dessert. I found the recipe in “The Big Book of Bread” by Betty Crocker (Betty Crocker; $19.99).

Applesauce Doughnuts(Makes 18 doughnuts)

Ingredients— 3-1/3 cups all-purpose flour— 1 cup applesauce— 3/4 cup sugar— 2 tablespoons shortening— 3 teaspoons baking powder— 1...

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UMIGO event at Middle Country Library

National UMIGO event at Middle Country Public Library

(Credit: Middle Country Public Library)

UMIGO, a free online world that helps early elementary-age kids discover the fundamentals of math, will be at Middle Country Library on Saturday.

The National You Make It Go Day will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in the Centerearch building where kids will be able to connect to UMIGO, an other fans, in their own communities. The interactive day will mirror the UMIGO.com online community as...

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