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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.
Child star Melissa Gilbert came to fame in 1974 when she played Laura Ingalls on NBC's "Little House on the Prairie." Now the actress and mother of seven can add children's book author to her list of accomplishments.
Recently, Gilbert stopped by a Mamarazzi event in Manhattan hosted by Denise Albert and Melissa Musen Gerstein of The MOMs, a lifestyle brand that's featured on TV, online and...Read more »
Kidz Bop, the popular music brand for children ages 5-12, is coming to Long Island this summer.featuring today's most popular songs, sung by kids for kids. KIDZ BOP celebrates the authentic voice of kids across the entire brand - through music, video, live appearances, licensed merchandise, and its popular social networking and content sharing website, KIDZBOP.com. KIDZ BOP CD titles have earned...Read more »
Sixty-six children a day are treated for shopping cart-related injuries, according to a recent study conducted by the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
Researchers examined data of children younger than 15 who were treated in U.S. emergency departments from 1990 through 2011 for injuries associated with shopping carts. "About...Read more »
Take "The Wolf of Wall Street," "Captain Phillips” 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 movies.
These kids get a nod -- and a chuckle -- from us. Nothing beats watching young children re-enact scenes involving controversy...Read more »
If you're looking for a new educational app for kids, you may want to check out Dinosaur Train A to Z, based on the PBS Kids series "Dinosaur Train."
Little ones will learn about 26 dinosaurs through the letters of the alphabet while they touch and feed them, use X-rays, discover fun facts, create words and more. The app is designed for children ages 3 to 6.
My almost 3-year-old daughter...Read more »
Now that winter is in full swing, you're likely spending more time inside with the kids. Between work, chores and tending to the family, it's hard to tackle everything on your to-do list, especially when it comes to household projects. So why not get your kids involved?
The Family Handyman, a website dedicated to DIY home improvement, has a few tips on how to help your kids become comfortable...Read more »
Parents take note: Infantino is recalling about 191,000 teething toys due to a choking hazard. The toys were sold exclusively at Target stores nationwide and at Target.com.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the recall involves the Infantino Go Gaga Squeeze & Teethe Coco the Monkey teething toy. The squeaking toy is made of soft orange rubber, and the tail of the...Read more »
Looking for something fun and educational to do with the kids this weekend? Simon Kidgits Club at the Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove is hosting a free Book Blast event on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 1-3 p.m.
Children's favorite classics will come to life through read-aloud sessions, giveaways and story-inspired activities. The goal of the Book Blast event is to make reading a fun, social experience...Read more »
Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From the Mad Hatter Tea Party and "Snow White" to Martians, games, crafts and more, there are plenty of activities happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities this weekend:
Martian Mania Week at the Cradle of Aviation (Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City). Kids can create their own Martian meteorite...Read more »
There were hundreds of toys unveiled at The Toy Industry Association's (TIA) 2014 International Toy Fair at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan this week. Many products, games, electronics and other playthings are already creating a buzz.
"Whether kids are building with classic blocks, designing their own dolls, playing in virtual worlds or 'mashing up' play patterns, toymakers are giving...Read more »