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Feeding the kids: Sticky orange drumsticks

The sticky orange drumsticks recipe can be found

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In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a quick and simple chicken dish. I found the recipe in "The Naptime Chef: Fitting Great Food into Family Life," by Kelsey Banfield (Running Press; $23).

Sticky Orange Drumsticks(Makes 4 servings)

Ingredients- 3 tablespoons honey- Zest and juice of 1 large orange- 2 tablespoons dark...

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Hot Wheels special event on Long Island this weekend

A showing of animated feature "Team Hot Wheels:

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This weekend only, the animated feature “Team Hot Wheels: The Origin of Awesome” comes to select Long Island movie theaters.

The movie is the tale of four kids -- Gage, Rhett, Wyatt and Brandon -- who must stop a mysterious black car from transforming the town of Hilly Woodlands into a chaotic mess of orange track and obstacles. The showing is happening at 660 theaters across the country.


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New miniature golf course opens in the Hamptons

A new, outdoor, nine-hole miniature golf course opened

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A new, outdoor, nine-hole miniature golf course has opened at the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton.

In keeping with the museum’s mission, the golf course incorporates play with teaching kids basic principles of physics. Each hole has an informational sign that asks the golfer a question meant to teach a lesson specific to that hole.

For example, the “Loop Du Jour” hole,...

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'Disney on Ice: Frozen' coming to Nassau Coliseum

"Disney on Ice Frozen" will be coming to

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"Disney on Ice: Frozen" is coming to Nassau Coliseum Nov. 4-9. If you didn't take advantage of the presale, no worries, tickets are on sale today.

But you'd better act fast: According to CNBC, Feld Entertainment, the producers of the touring "Frozen" ice show, said that "more than 500,000 tickets were sold in its first week and more than 175,000 tickets were sold in the first 24 hours alone."


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Nikon School presents Mom's Night Out on Long Island

Nikon School presents the Mom's Night Out photography

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Moms interested in learning how to take better pictures should head to Nikon School Mom's Night Out photography class on June 5 at the Melville Marriott.

Nikon ambassador and mom Tamara Lackey will be teaching the class, which will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Her work has been featured in "Parenting Magazine," "O -- The Oprah Magazine," "Town & Country" and many more publications.


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Free (or cheap!) for kids in June on Long Island

Children test their hoopsters in the park behind

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Need weekend plans or something to do with the kids during the week? There are a ton of free children's events at local libraries, but we also found free and cheap things to do elsewhere this month. Whether you have one, two, three or more kids in tow, here's a roundup of fun, budget-friendly events in June.


Arts In The Plaza at Long Beach City Hall (1 W. Chester St., Long Beach)...

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Family-friendly performances in June on Long Island

Kidz Bop Live is coming to The Space

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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 June to help you plan a fun-filled day.

"Rapunzel" at Take-One Performing Arts Academy (1021 Portion Rd., Farmingville) on Saturdays in June at 1 p.m. and...

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'Switched at Birth' star Lea Thompson: 'My kids are my friends'

Lea Thompson recently spoke with Celebrity Baby Scoop

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"Switched at Birth" actress Lea Thompson recently starred as Rene in the UP Original Movie "My Mother’s Future Husband." In the movie, the former "Back to the Future" star plays a widowed mom whose daughter works to find her a new husband.

Lea recently caught up with Celebrity Baby Scoop about her role in the “romantic and really sweet” movie. The mother to daughters Madelyn, 23,...

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'Got Talent? Long Island' competition for kids

Finalists in the Huntington Arts Council's "Got Talent?

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Finalists in the Huntington Arts Council’s “Got Talent? Long Island” competition for performers age 18 and younger will hit the stage Saturday at the Dix Hill Performing Arts Center at Five Towns College (305 N. Service Rd., Dix Hills).

The winner will receive $1,000, an opening performance at the 49th annual Huntington Summer Arts Festival and more.

The event starts at 7:30 p.m. and...

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Dancing Korean baby video goes viral

The 'chubby Korean baby dancing' video on YouTube

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If this video of a chubby, adorable Korean baby doesn't make you smile, I'm not sure what will.

Already a YouTube sensation, the video, uploaded by a user called IMAX, has received more than 3.6 million views. The boogying babies are encouraged to dance by a person speaking Korean off-camera.

Move over Psy -- the tiny dancer may be the latest star to come out of South Korea. As soon...

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