Long Island Parent Talk

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'Thomas & Friends' introduces new character

Logan is a limited-release engine from Thomas &

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"They're two, they're four, they're six, they're eight ..." If you're a parent with a child who loves "Thomas & Friends," you most likely know all the words to this catchy tune. In fact, my 3-year-old daughter asks me to sing it to her every night before she goes to sleep, holding onto a handful of the trains.

To my daughter's delight, Thomas recently added a new friend, Logan, to his...

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First birthday party trends: Royal themes take the cake

BabyCenter reveals new trends in first birthday parties.

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It's hard to believe Prince George will be turning 1 on Tuesday. Many U.S. moms will be eager to see how the royal family plans to celebrate.

BabyCenter, a pregnancy and parenting digital resource, found that many parents plan to spend $300 or more on their child's first birthday. Based on what moms are saying in the BabyCenter Community, here are the latest trends for first birthday bashes:


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Born on social media

A newborn baby being shown to somebody over

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This little birthing tale will probably seem archaic in another year or so, when I envision that infants will be born with cameras on their foreheads, recording their own descent from womb to world.

But the labor and delivery this week of our grandson, now known as Benjamin, was accompanied by a frenzy of social media that reached from California to Florida, to Delaware, Georgia, New York,...

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Feeding the kids: Cinnamon bubble loaf

The cinnamon bubble loaf recipe can be found

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In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a delicious quick bread, perfect for breakfast or dessert. I found the recipe in "Betty Crocker The Big Book of Bread," by Betty Crocker (Betty Crocker; $19.99).

Cinnamon Bubble Loaf

Ingredients- 2 tablespoons sugar- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon- 3 1/2 cups Original Bisquick mix-...

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Meet Peppa Pig at Westfield South Shore

Peppa Pig will be making an appearance at

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Peppa Pig, star of the hit animated television show on Nick Jr., will be making an appearance at Westfield South Shore in Bay Shore on Saturday.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., children can meet Peppa, pose for a picture, participate in face-painting and crafts. In addition, kids can enter to win a great Peppa Pig prize.

Peppa will be making three half-hour meet-and-greet appearances throughout...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: 'Cinderella Kids,' family picnic and more

?Coraline" will be shown at Cinema Arts Centre

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From "Cinderella Kids" and "Coraline" to a family picnic, crafts and more, there is plenty happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities during the weekend:

Magic in the Walled Garden at Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve (25 Lloyd Harbor Rd., Lloyd Neck). Chris Homer performs a private show for children...

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Children's Museum of the East End's annual family fair

The family fair will take place at the

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Head out East on Saturday for the Children's Museum of The East End's (CMEE) 6th Annual Family Fair in Bridgehampton.

This year’s theme will be magic featuring arts and crafts, water slides, entertainment, games, music, food and more. Guests will also be invited to play CMEE’s new, nine-hole miniature golf course, which is designed to teach children the principles of physics.

The Family...

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LIRR strike: What parents need to know

As the LIRR strike deadline looms, parents may

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As the LIRR strike deadline looms, many working parents may have concerns about what to do with the kids. While we're hopeful the strike will be averted, parents know you need to be prepared for any situation. Whether you have to leave earlier, stay later or work from home, your best bet is to start taking proactive steps now. Here, a few things to keep in mind:

Q. Are there specific child...

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Kids learn to pitch tents, make s'mores in Oyster Bay

Kids will pitch tents and sing around the

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Want your kids to have a group camping experience but not ready to leave them in the wilderness overnight? Drop them off at the “Kids Night Out! The Great OutS’mores” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center, 134 Cove Rd., Oyster Bay.

The kids will learn to pitch tents together, search for insects, do a scavenger hunt, use compasses, play nature games...

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It's Mom and Dad's turn to go to summer camp at Usdan

The Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing

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It's Mom and Dad's turn to head to summer day camp on Friday, when the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, 185 Colonial Springs Rd.,  Wheatley Heights, holds its 11th annual “Usdan University” for grownups.

The day begins at 9 a.m. with morning classes, including organic gardening and cooking; digital photography; painting; potter’s wheel ceramics; Broadway jazz dance,...

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