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'Frozen' baby name trends: Elsa, Sven on the rise

According to BabyCenter, more babies are getting "Frozen"

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The Disney "Frozen" effect strikes again. First it was adorable (and sometimes hilarious) renditions of the movie's hit songs on YouTube. Then, people were spending thousands of dollars on "Frozen" toys and dolls, and travel to Norway increased over this past year as well. Now, even parents can't 'let it go.'

BabyCenter reviewed a database of more than 555,000 names and it appears "Frozen"...

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Tour a garden, help Long Island families

The Garden Tour for Charity event will take

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If you've ever wanted to peek into a neighbor's backyard to assess their gardening skills, now's your chance. On Saturday, six homeowners will open their gardens for tour that helps families in need on Long Island.

Contractors for Kids, a Long Island not-for-profit founded in 2005 by Kevin Harney and Alan Nahmias that helps local families suffering financially due to the sickness or death...

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JCPenney offers free sitting for Parents magazine cover contest

Pictured is the winner of last year's Parents

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If you’re thinking of entering your child in the annual Parents magazine cover model contest, JCPenney has offered to help with a free sitting, digital image and 8 x 10 portrait.

To enter, parents of children from newborn to 6 years old upload a photo of the child to the Parents magazine Facebook page, or upload their professional JCPenney Portraits image to parents.com/JCPPortraits.

The...

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Outdoor zip-line park to open on Long Island

A new zipline park is scheduled to open

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Zip lines – cables that kids, teens and grownups can ride from tree to tree – will be featured at the new Adventure Park at Long Island scheduled to open in Wheatley Heights on June 21.

The aerial forest ropes park will also include a series of “challenge bridges” between tree platforms. The zip lines and bridges are connected in a series of different color-coded "treetop trails" that range...

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51 percent of dads would quit their jobs to stay home with kids

According to a "Today" survey, 75 percent of

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Fifty-one percent of dads would quit their jobs to stay at home with the kids if they could afford it. In fact, 75 percent of dads call fatherhood their "most important job," according to the NBC "Today" Modern Dads Survey.

"Today" surveyed 2,000 moms and dads to find out what modern dads are really about. And boy, times are changing. More than half (54 percent) of dads today say they change...

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Father's Day crafts for kids: Duck Tape tie

A Duck Tape necktie makes a great gift

If you're looking for a creative Father's Day gift for Dad, or if your kids want to create something together with him, you may want to check out this necktie project from Duck Tape. Here's how:

Duct Tape Necktie

What you'll need:- Scissors- Pen- Tie (to trace)- Duck Tape (you select the design)- Craft board (optional)

Directions:

Step 1: Make one double-sided Duck Tape fabric...

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Geeh The Band gives kids a shot at fame

Geeh The Band recently launched a nationwide singing

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Alfonso Soto, creator of Geeh The Band, has launched a nationwide singing contest to give young, undiscovered stars a shot at fame.

It's very easy to enter the contest. Just record and upload a 60-second clip of your star singing Geeh's "We'll Make the World Shine" to Vimeo or YouTube. Then, submit the entry form on geehtheband.com. Seven lucky winners will be the new voices for Geeh The Band's...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: 'Eternal Con,' 'Rapunzel' and more

Eternal Con will feature special events for children

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From superheroes and the Green Fest to a wildlife craft fair and more, there is plenty happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities this weekend:

Port Jefferson Green Fest at Port Jefferson Village Center (101A E. Broadway, Port Jefferson). Join in for informative ways of having a green lifestyle, learn...

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Father's Day gifts: Dads want a night out, survey says

Insure.com surveyed dads about gifts they want for

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Not sure what to get Dad this year for Father's Day? According to a new survey, you may want to take him out to eat.

Insure.com surveyed 999 fathers with children younger than 18 living at home, and found 31 percent want a dinner out at a top-notch restaurant. Other gift ideas that topped the list:

— A weekend getaway with the whole family (27 percent)

— Electronics (26 percent)

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'Fancy' parody 'I'm So Pregnant' goes viral

Moms parody Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" with "I'm So

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With the dozens of "Let It Go" parodies this year, here's another one moms and moms-to-be can relate to.

Recently, it was a father and daughter lip-syncing in the car to Iggy Azalea's hit song "Fancy." Now moms want in on the fun. The moms from What'sUpMoms' YouTube channel released "I'm So Pregnant," a tongue-in-cheek parody poking fun at some of the unpleasant, universal pregnancy symptoms....

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