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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.

Feeding the kids: Grilled-peach and almond ice pops

The grilled-peach and almond ice pops 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 refreshing ice pop, perfect for a Labor Day celebration. I found the recipe in the Food Network Kitchen on FoodNetwork.com.

Grilled-Peach and Almond Ice Pops(Makes 4 to 6 servings)

Ingredients- One 6-inch piece fresh ginger, unpeeled, sliced into very thin rounds (about 1 cup)-...

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4 tricks for tackling kid-made messes

Merry Maids offered tricks and solutions for tackling

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From melting ice pops and wet towels to sandy shoes and glittery art projects, kid-made messes tend to pile up during the summer, with moms pulling double duty with their children home from school.

To help parents enjoy their summer, Debra Johnson, home-cleaning expert for Merry Maids offered easy tricks and solutions for tackling the notorious summer messes by engaging their kids to help...

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Seven summer slumber party ideas for kids

Seven tips for a fun summer slumber party.

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Summer is in full swing and many kids love having slumber parties before school is back in session. That way, kids can stay up later playing games and then recover at home the next day. Depending on the age of your guests, “slumber” may not occur, but the experts at Little Twig and Sparrow pajamas have plenty of ideas to get you through the night.

Here, they offer seven tips for hosting a...

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JCPenney offering $10 haircuts for kids

JCPenney Salons are offering $10 haircuts for kids

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JCPenney wants to help get your kids ready for the first day of school. Now through Sept. 6, all JCP salons nationwide are offering $10 haircuts for kids in kindergarten through the sixth grade.

JCP didn't forget about Mom. You can treat yourself to a deep conditioning treatment, blowout and eyebrow shaping for only $25. Print the "Mom's Moment to Shine" coupon on jcp.com.

Here are some...

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Watch Emmy-nominated TV shows re-enacted by kids

Kids re-enact six Emmy-nominated television shows for Outstanding

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Take "Game of Thrones," "True Detective," "Breaking Bad," "Downton Abbey" 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 television shows.

These kids get a nod — and a chuckle — from us. Nothing beats watching young children...

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Simon Kidgits Club back to school event at Smith Haven Mall

The Simon Kidgits Club back to school event

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Simon malls Kidgits Club is hosting an interactive, back to school event at Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove on Saturday.

In the Center Court of the mall, parents and children can enjoy a variety of activities, designed to make transitioning into the new school year a little easier. Kids can play in a bounce house, participate in games, work on seasonal-inspired crafts from Capital One Bank...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Marvel Universe Live!, Big Apple Circus and more

Marvel Universe Live will be at Nassau Coliseum

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From Marvel Universe Live! and the Big Apple Circus to turtles, trains and more, there is plenty happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities during the weekend:

Turtle Hatch Day at Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium (1660 Route 25A). Families are welcome to celebrate the hatching of the...

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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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