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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.

Build a free disaster kit on Long Island

The Allstate Foundation is hosting a free event

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October marks two years since superstorm Sandy pummeled Long Island, and according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, 85 percent of Americans are still not prepared for potential disasters.

To help Long Islanders plan ahead in case of a catastrophe, The Allstate Foundation and Points of Light, an in-person emergency preparedness community service program, is hosting a free event for...

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Feeding the kids: Taco cheeseburgers

The Taco Cheeseburger recipe can be found on

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In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a fun twist to a classic cheeseburger. I found the recipe on FoodNetwork.com.

Taco Cheeseburger(Makes 8 tacos)

Ingredients- 3 tablespoons chili powder- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin- Kosher salt- 1 1/2 pounds ground beef- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil- 4 slices American cheese, halved-...

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The Fresh Beat Band is coming to Long Island

The Fresh Beat Band will be performing at

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Nickelodeon's The Fresh Beat Band is coming to Long Island in December, and tickets are on sale now.

Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer (Kiki), Tara Perry (Marina), Jon Beavers (Twist) and Thomas Hobson (Shout) are hitting the road for a nationwide concert tour, kicking off this fall. The Fresh Beat Band Greatest Hits Live will feature the band's greatest hits including "Bananas," "Here We Go" and a remixed...

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$245,340: The cost of raising a child born in 2013, report says

The cost of raising a child born in

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You had better take out that piggy bank and start saving. Parents are expected to spend $245,340 to raise a child born in 2013, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The "Expenditures on Children and Families" annual report, also known as the "Cost of Raising a Child," showed that a middle-income family with a child born in 2013 can expect to spend almost $250,000...

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'Dora and Friends' debuts on Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon's "Dora and Friends: Into the City!" will

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Dora is ready for her next big adventure. "Dora and Friends: Into the City!" will premiere Monday at 8 p.m. on Nickelodeon.

The half-hour series features Dora living in a city, attending school and hanging out with her group of friends, giving back to the community. The series will regularly air weekdays at noon during the preschool block on Nickelodeon. Set in the fictional city of Playa...

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'Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood' welcomes new baby

A new "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood" special welcomes a

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Daniel Tiger is about to welcome a little sister in the second season of PBS Kids' "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood" on Monday.

The hit preschool series from The Fred Rogers Company aims to celebrate the joys and challenges of a new sibling in the hourlong "Meet the New Baby" special at 11 a.m. on PBS (check local listings). In the episode, 4-year-old Daniel learns that his family will soon have...

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Back to school kids event at Lord & Taylor

August is a good time to start shopping

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If you're starting to think about back to school, you may want to head over to Lord & Taylor in Manhasset on Saturday.

MomTime Events and Lord & Taylor are hosting a fashion show and celebration to get kids (and parents) excited about the new school year. There will be special storewide savings on Saturday as well as entertainment. The event runs from noon to 6 p.m. Here's the event...

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Teen Vogue back to school events on Long Island

Check out the ?ABC's of Style? for the

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Teen Vogue and two Simon malls on Long Island are hosting the “ABC's of Style” back-to-school event this weekend.

The festivities kick off at noon on Saturday at Roosevelt Field (630 Old Country Rd., Garden City) and Sunday at Smith Haven Mall (313 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove). The events are sponsored by Unilever brands St. Ives, Simple and Q-tips along with Coca-Cola and Fox's new series...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Watermelon Festival, Snapper Derby and more

A watermelon-eating contest at the annual Harbes Family

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From the Watermelon Festival and Snapper Derby to "How I Became a Pirate" and more, there is plenty happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities during the weekend:

Watermelon Festival at Harbes Family Farm and Vineyard (715 Sound Ave., Mattituck). The event features children's activities, singing hayrides,...

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Waking up early No. 1 stressor for teens

Ebates.com surveyed parents and teens and found out

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When it comes to back-to-school, parents cite shopping for clothes and other essentials as a top concern, while kids rank waking up early as the No. 1 stressor, according to a new Ebates.com survey.

The online survey polled more than 1,000 adults and about 950 teens and found almost all American adults (96 percent) and teens (97 percent) are stressed as the start of the school year looms....

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