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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.
Kids say the darndest things, and apparently those words of wisdom can go viral. The latest sensation to take YouTube by storm is Noah Ritter, dubbed the "Apparently Kid," who struck fame during his television appearance at the Wayne County Fair in Pennsylvania.
The adorable 5-year-old earned his nickname after repeating the word "apparently" eight times in an interview with WNEP-TV reporter...Read more »
In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a delicious breakfast or dessert treat. I found the recipe on FoodNetwork.com.
Popovers with Mixed Berry Sauce(Makes 6 servings)
Ingredients- Baking spray with flour- 1 cup whole milk- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour- 3 large eggs, lightly beaten- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract- Kosher...Read more »
Bravo's new "Extreme Guide to Parenting," which debuts Thursday, aims to look at some unique, unconventional and sometimes shocking styles of raising children.
The new television docu-series gives a candid look into some different parenting techniques, from "conscious-attachment" and "helicopter" to "hypnosis" and "push-parenting." The moms and dads portrayed on the show believe that their...Read more »
Olympic swimmer, Dara Torres, entered her first international competition at 14 years old. By the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, Torres became the oldest swimmer to compete. In total, she's competed in five Olympic Games and has won 12 medals in her entire career. Now, she's an author and a mom to 8-year-old daughter, Tessa.
Recently, Torres, as part of the Voices of Meningitis organization,...Read more »
The Long Island Children's Museum in Garden City is hosting a Mad Hatter Party on Aug. 7, with activities based on Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland."
The party will games, Wonderland crafts, face-painting, costumed characters and a crazy hat contest, as well as tea and light refreshments.
Kids and their families will be able to create hats and join in a parade to show...Read more »
Believe it or not, the start of the school year is quickly approaching. To help Long Island and New York City students in need, Dreamnastics, a children's wellness center and indoor play place in Great Neck, is hosting a school supply drive.
Now through Aug. 9, you can drop off school supplies to Dreamnastics (24A Great Neck Rd.). Supplies include backpacks, pens, pencils, crayons, glue sticks,...Read more »
Today is National Friendship Day, and Strawberry Shortcake is hosting a contest.
The sweet-smelling classic character wants to see pictures of your favorite girl with her BFF on the Strawberry Shortcake Facebook page. Or, @berrybestbits on Instagram or Twitter using the Hashtag #BerryBestFriend.
Five sets of BFFs will be chosen at random and will win a new Strawberry Shortcake doll from...Read more »
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 August to help you plan a fun-filled day.
"Hudson Vagabond Puppets: Butterfly!" at Heckscher Park (2 Prime Ave., Huntington) on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 7:30 p.m....Read more »
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 August.
Erik's Reptile Edventures, a live reptile show featuring lizards, snakes,...Read more »
Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From Zoppe Family Circus and "Sleeping Beauty" to Paumanauke Powwow, Feast of St. Rocco and more, there is plenty happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities during the weekend:
Paumanauke Powwow at Babylon Town Hall (200 Sunrise Hwy., Lindenhurst). On Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., learn...Read more »