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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.

Outdoor adventure books for kids

The "Treasure Hunter's Handbook" by Liza Gardner Walsh

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With school back in session, kids may be especially eager to get outside and play on September weekends as a break. These new books will help them explore and have fun.

The "Treasure Hunter's Handbook" (Down East Books, $16.95) by Liza Gardner Walsh offers suggestions for activities, including geocaching, using a metal detector, panning for gold and hunting for everyday treasures.

The...

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Celebrate 'Talk Like a Pirate Day'

International Talk Like a Pirate Day is Sept.

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Ahoy there, mateys! Friday, Sept. 19, is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, which means thousands of lubbers around the world will unleash their inner pirates. Planning on throwing a pirate-themed party for your kids? Want to wear knickers and an eye patch to work? Here's a primer for all things pirate:

The basicsThis unique holiday was created in 1995 by John Baur (Ol' Chumbucket) and...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: 'Winnie-the-Pooh,' fall festivals and more

"Winnie the Pooh" will be performed at the

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

For the Kids of East Islip Carnival at Timber Point Elementary School (200 Timber Point Rd., East Islip). Kids and families can enjoy rides, games and...

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Mabel's Labels co-founder Julie Cole talks business and motherhood

Julie Cole, co-founder of Mabel's Labels, is pictured

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Julie Cole, mother of six and co-founder of Mabel's Labels, a personalized label company that moms love, knows a thing or two about being busy. The entrepreneur is a regular parenting contributor for HLN's "Raising America" and "CHCH Morning Live." She appeared on NBC's "Today" show and is a syndicated blogger for The Huffington Post, Yummy Mummy Club and more.

Now that the new school year...

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Feeding the kids: Fruit smoothie

The fruit smoothie recipe can be found in

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In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a colorful, healthy smoothie. I found the recipe in "My First Juices & Smoothies: Healthy Recipes Children Will Love," by Amanda Cross (Hamlyn, an imprint of Octopus Publishing Group; $9.99).

Fruit Smoothie(Makes 2 standard glasses)

Ingredients- 3 kiwifruits- 2/3 cup tangy flavored...

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National School Backpack Awareness Day safety tips

Tips to help your children avoid backpack injury.

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Are your kids about to topple over each morning because their backpacks are so heavy? The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) marks Sept. 17 the annual National School Backpack Awareness Day to help educate parents and students about the risks of pain and injury from a backpack that is too heavy or worn improperly. Here are tips to keep in mind:

- Select a backpack that has wide,...

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The Rockettes to visit Long Island dance schools

Rockettes Jennifer Clavin, 23, of Holtsville, front left,

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Before the Rockettes kick off another year of the "Radio City Christmas Spectacular," they're making a pit stop on Long Island this week.

Two Rockettes will be visiting the Marchand's School of Dance (451 Route 25A #7) in Miller Place on Tuesday, from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. and Oceanside Dance (3394 Long Beach Rd.) in Oceanside on Thursday, from 2 to 3:15 p.m.

The dancers will teach a 30-minute...

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National Play-Doh Day fun facts

Sculptures of Mike and Sulley from "Monsters University"

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National Play-Doh Day is marked on Sept. 16, and to celebrate, Hasbro rounded up fun facts about this creatable, colorful childhood favorite. Each year, millions of children open a can of Play-Doh and are inspired to squish, mold, roll, cut and create characters, scenes, foods and more.

- More than 950 million pounds, or more than 2 billion cans, of Play-Doh have been squished and squashed...

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Cookie Monster's Challenge app review

One of the many fun tasks in Cookie

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My 3-year-old daughter, Maggie, loves Cookie Monster. On a recent trip to Sesame Place, she couldn't be bothered with the rides. Instead, we were on a hunt for Cookie Monster the entire trip. When I recently stumbled upon Cookie Monster's Challenge, a new iPad app, I knew I had to try it out with her.

The new app from PBS Kids and Sesame Street is recommended for children ages 3 to 5 and features...

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Rosie Pope's advice for Kate Middleton: 'This too shall pass'

Rosie Pope offers pregnancy advice to Kate Middleton.

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Rosie Pope is not only an actress, she’s also a household name in the parenting world. Pope, 34, is the founder of Rosie Pope Maternity, MomPrep and Rosie Pope Baby, as well as author of “Mommy IQ: The Complete Guide to Pregnancy.”

Just recently, Celebrity Baby Scoop spoke with the mom of four about how she balances work and home, what makes royal babies so exciting and her plans for Rosie...

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