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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Wizard of Oz, Dr. Seuss, Hercules and more

"The Wizard of Oz" performance will take place

Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday to enjoying "The Wizard of Oz," Snow White, Hercules and more, you can find plenty of activities happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities this weekend:

Happy Birthday Doctor Seuss at the Maritime Explorium (101 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson). Create your own Oobleck...

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Manhattan dad pens book about trip through Northwest passage with kids

Sprague Theobald, dad and sailor.

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Parents try all kinds of things to reconnect with their children after a divorce. Most parents do not, however, gather their estranged children and take them on an 8,500-mile boat journey through the Northwest Passage.

That’s what Manhattan resident Sprague Theobald did, 12 years after his divorce left him apart from his son, Sefton, 25, and two stepchildren, Dominique, 32, and Chauncey, 34....

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Feeding the kids: Kiwi and strawberry flan

The kiwi and strawberry flan 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 delicious, fruity dessert. I found the recipe in "150 Best Desserts in a Jar," by Andrea Jourdan (Robert Rose; $24.95).

Kiwi and Strawberry Flan(Makes 4 servings)

What you'll need- 4 8-ounce jars, buttered

Ingredients- 4 kiwi, peeled- 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour-...

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New study reveals kids choose to play with tablets, not toys

A new study reveals kids are choosing to

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Forget the days of overflowing toy boxes. A new study reveals children are playing with tablets and other touch-screen devices more often than any other toy, including game consoles.

The survey conducted by The Michael Cohen Group (MCG) was presented at the recent Digital Kids Conference at Toy Fair 2014 in Manhattan. Researchers polled 350 parents of children ages 12 and younger. After touch-screen...

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'Little House on the Prairie' star Melissa Gilbert writes children's book

"Little House on the Prairie" star Melissa Gilbert

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Child star Melissa Gilbert came to fame in 1974 when she played Laura Ingalls on NBC's "Little House on the Prairie." Now the actress and mother of seven can add children's book author to her list of accomplishments.

Recently, Gilbert stopped by a Mamarazzi event in Manhattan hosted by Denise Albert and Melissa Musen Gerstein of The MOMs, a lifestyle brand that's featured on TV, online and...

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Kidz Bop Live coming to Long Island

Kidz Bop Live is coming to The Space

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Kidz Bop, the popular music brand for children ages 5-12, is coming to Long Island this summer.featuring today's most popular songs, sung by kids for kids. KIDZ BOP celebrates the authentic voice of kids across the entire brand - through music, video, live appearances, licensed merchandise, and its popular social networking and content sharing website, KIDZBOP.com. KIDZ BOP CD titles have earned...

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Shopping cart injuries send 66 kids to ER each day, study says

Sixty-six children a day are treated for shopping

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Sixty-six children a day are treated for shopping cart-related injuries, according to a recent study conducted by the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Researchers examined data of children younger than 15 who were treated in U.S. emergency departments from 1990 through 2011 for injuries associated with shopping carts. "About...

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Watch Oscar-nominated movies re-enacted by kids

The parenting website mom.me and Cinefix teamed up

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Take "The Wolf of Wall Street," "Captain Phillips” and other Oscar-nominated movies and ask kids to re-enact some of the scenes. What do you get? Adorable little ones wearing fake mustaches, wigs and other costumes as they recite lines (in their own words) from the movies.

These kids get a nod -- and a chuckle -- from us. Nothing beats watching young children re-enact scenes involving controversy...

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Apps for kids: Dinosaur Train A to Z

The Dinosaur Train A to Z app is

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If you're looking for a new educational app for kids, you may want to check out Dinosaur Train A to Z, based on the PBS Kids series "Dinosaur Train."

Little ones will learn about 26 dinosaurs through the letters of the alphabet while they touch and feed them, use X-rays, discover fun facts, create words and more. The app is designed for children ages 3 to 6.

My almost 3-year-old daughter...

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How to involve kids in household projects

The Family Handyman, a website dedicated to home

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Now that winter is in full swing, you're likely spending more time inside with the kids. Between work, chores and tending to the family, it's hard to tackle everything on your to-do list, especially when it comes to household projects. So why not get your kids involved?

The Family Handyman, a website dedicated to DIY home improvement, has a few tips on how to help your kids become comfortable...

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