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10 tips for traveling with kids

Traveling with children? Check out these vacation tricks

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Your baby screaming on a crowded plane. Your 5-year-old asking repeatedly, "Are we there yet?" Your tweens and teens fighting in the backseat. Not to mention, lugging multiple suitcases, bottles of milk, toys, snacks, strollers and more.

This is a vacation?

Jennifer Chung, a mother of one and co-founder of Kinsights.com, a parenting community and online destination that lets you track...

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Free events for kids in July on Long Island

Dirty Sock Funtime Band will be at Heckscher

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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 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 July.

Long Beach Summer Movie Nights (various locations in Long Beach), bring a blanket or a chair...

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New 'Sesame Street' show on PBS Kids this fall

PBS Kids will be airing an additional 30-minute

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PBS Kids will be adding a new half-hour "Sesame Street" program this fall on-air and on digital platforms. The new bonus program will be in addition to the hourlong show.

Starting Monday, Sept. 1, the additional half-hour show will air on weekday afternoons. For the first time, selected full episodes of the 30-minute program will also be available for free online at pbskids.org/video, on the...

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Five birthday party trends of 2014

Abby Larson, founder of Style Me Pretty, says

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Many parents will agree that planning a child's birthday -- whether it's the first or 15th -- takes a lot of preparation. Along with the location, decorations and possible entertainment, there's choosing the cake, favors and whole lot more.

Last year, all the rage at first birthday celebrations were smash cakes — a smaller cake for the birthday boy or girl to smash, explore and enjoy. So,...

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Long Island mom's Glovies invention protects little hands

A Long Island mom invented Glovies -- multipurpose

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Josephine Geraci’s big idea germinated – excuse the pun – during a trip to a public restroom when her oldest child was 3. The Lloyd Neck mom was so horrified by the germs in that bathroom that she didn’t want him to touch anything.

She invented a disposable, waterproof kids’ mitten that he could wear to protect his hands, along the lines of disposable latex gloves. When she tried to sell them,...

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Dr. Toy announces the 2014 best travel toys

Dr. Toy recently announced the 2014 best vacation

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With summer in full swing, you may be planning a family getaway. Whether you're taking a road trip or flying to your destination, you'll want to take along a few travel toys and games.

To help you select the best toys and products, Stevanne Auerbach (a.k.a. Dr. Toy) recently announced the 2014 best vacation products for kids. According to Auerbach, the best travel products are a balanced selection...

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Backyard water games for kids

FamilyFun Magazine came up with water play ideas

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My 3-year-old loves our backyard. Even my 9-month-old gets a kick out of watching the trees, crawling in the grass and playing with his toys outside. The good thing is you don't need over-the-top things for your kids to enjoy themselves outside. I found these fun outdoor games in the June/July issue of FamilyFun Magazine. All you need is a little water and a big imagination:

Main squeeze:...

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Fourth of July 'sparklers' for kids

The Fourth of July pretzel sparklers can be

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Happy Fourth of July! In honor of this festive holiday, create these kid-friendly "sparklers," perfect for the whole family. I found the fun snack idea in the June/July issue of FamilyFun Magazine.

Sweet & Salty Sparklers

What you'll need- 1 cup white chocolate chips- 12 pretzel rods- Red and blue sprinkles- Red and blue M&Ms

Directions1. Cover a baking sheet with waxed...

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Girls with scoliosis gather on LI for 2nd International Convention

Alexa Castelli, a member of the Long Island

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More than 100 girls with scoliosis from 30 states, Canada and England were on Long Island this week for the Second International Curvy Girls Convention.

From Sunday to Tuesday, the girls and 120 parents or guardians gathered at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Hauppauge. Events included an empowering fashion show and dinner, where 55 of the girls modeled clothing that complemented the braces they...

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Fourth of July weekend events for kids on Long Island

Dress to get wet during the Sprinkler Dance

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Looking for things to do with the kids besides hitting the beach or heading to barbecues? From carnivals and crafts to performances, Fourth of July celebrations and more, there's much to do on Long Island. Here are 8 fun, family-friendly activities this weekend:

July Fourth Celebration at Pennysaver Amphitheater at Bald Hill (55 Bicycle Path, Farmingville). A July Fourth celebration featuring...

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