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Shameka Dudley is an assistant editor for newsday.com and contributor to Newsday's Kids section. She lives in Bay Shore with her fiance, Andre, and their young son, Jonathan.
In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a delicious twist on classic grilled cheese. I found the recipe on Parents.com.
Apple-Cheddar Grilled Cheese (makes 4 sandwiches)
Ingredients — Nonstick cooking spray — 8 slices cinnamon bread — 8 slices reduced-fat Cheddar cheese — 1 tart apple, cored and thinly sliced — 1/4...Read more »
When you think of the word "vacation," what comes to mind? For some it's a tropical destination, for others it means a tour of a European city. But for many families, "vacation" typically means kid-friendly fun, whether it be a cruise, an amusement park or a camping trip.
To determine where families are vacationing, FamilyFun magazine conducted a survey of 2,000 parents...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 April to help you plan a fun-filled day.
Alice in Wonderland at John W. Engeman Theater (250 Main St., Northport) on Saturdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 10:30...Read more »
I’m not a big fan of amusement parks. Maybe it’s because I never went to any as a kid. Fanny-packing crowds are vile, kids’ songs are annoying and I think it’s irritating that adults should go to such extremes to cater to a child’s every frivolous whim. How about skipping the teacup ride, silly hat and chicken nuggets and spending those entertainment bucks on an opera matinee, a souvenir from a...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 ($5 or less) 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 April.
Spring Soiree at Marose Spa and Wellness (127 E. Main St.,...Read more »
Ah, April Fools' Day. A day of clever tricking and cautious tracking, depending on whether you are on the sending or receiving end of the childish pranks which will inevitably be played.
In France, children and adults traditionally tack paper fishes on each other's back and shout "April fish!" (well they shout, “poisson d'avril!” which means April fish). Here in the states, our sweet,...Read more »
After hunting, what do you do with all of those leftover hard-boiled Easter eggs? Besides making egg salad, here’s a fun science experiment to try from "Jack and Jill" magazine: Use air pressure to suck an egg into an empty jar. Then help your kids figure out how to get the egg out.
What you'll need - Glass jar with a narrow neck - Peeled hard-boiled egg - 4 matches
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As the kids editor, I’ve learned at least one truth: There will never be a shortage of parenting books. According to the quality of some of the titles that cross my desk, this can be a bad thing. And it can also be a great thing, especially when a book like “How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare” (Crown Trade, $25) shows up in the mail.
The forthcoming book is by playwright and director Ken...Read more »
A new study confirms what smart parents ought to know about what they’re allowing their children to put in their mouths.
Pretty much all fast food aimed at children is unhealthy.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest report, released March 28, looked at almost 3,500 chain meals for children who are 4 to 8, finding that 97 percent failed to meet the Washington, D.C. nonprofit’s...Read more »
Between long work hours, after-school activities and other daily distractions, families today are feeling less and less connected and miss spending quality time together, according to a new survey from Disney.
I'm guilty of feeling this way, and I only have a 2-year-old -- I can't imagine how it will be in a few years. My husband and I try our best to have "family time" as much as...Read more »