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Weekend family fun on Long Island: 'Wizard of Oz,' 'Matilda' and more

"The Wizard of Oz" will be presented at

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From "The Wizard of Oz" and "Matilda" to nature walks and more, there is plenty happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities during the weekend:

Nature Study and Woodland Walk at Bailey Arboretum (194 Bayville Rd. and Feeks Lane, Lattingtown). Saturday, at 3 p.m., children ages 10 and older will take...

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Children's garden day on Saturday

Children's Garden Day will take place at Clark

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Come dressed as your favorite insect for the Children’s Garden Day at Clark Botanic Garden (193 I.U. Willets Rd., Albertson) on Saturday.

Children and their families can play garden-oriented games to win prizes, make a garden craft, take a picture as a bumblebee, a butterfly or a flower, listen to Mother Goose read stories and visit the Honey Bee Tea Room. Plus, take a walk to the gift shop...

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Feeding the kids: Pizza Frittata

The Pizza Frittata recipe can be found in

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In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a unique twist on a breakfast dish. I found the recipe in "Eat What You Love -- Everyday! 200 All-New, Great-Tasting Recipes Low in Sugar, Fat and Calories," by Marlene Koch (Running Press, $26.50).

Pizza Frittata(Makes 2 servings)

Ingredients- 2 large eggs- 2 large egg whites- 1/4...

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PepsiCo CEO, Indra Nooyi: 'Working moms can't have it all'

Indra Nooyi, chairman and chief executive of PepsiCo.,

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Even queens must lay aside their crowns, sometimes. Unless you are Queen Elizabeth II or another reigning female monarch, I suppose.

Recently, corporate queen Indra Nooyi, 58, chairman and CEO of PepsiCo and mother of two daughters, remarked on work-life balance in an interview with David Bradley, owner of the Atlantic Media Co. Nooyi recalled how on the night she was named president of the...

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10 tips for traveling with kids

Traveling with children? Check out these vacation tricks

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Your baby screaming on a crowded plane. Your 5-year-old asking repeatedly, "Are we there yet?" Your tweens and teens fighting in the backseat. Not to mention, lugging multiple suitcases, bottles of milk, toys, snacks, strollers and more.

This is a vacation?

Jennifer Chung, a mother of one and co-founder of Kinsights.com, a parenting community and online destination that lets you track...

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Free events for kids in July on Long Island

Dirty Sock Funtime Band will be at Heckscher

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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 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 July.

Long Beach Summer Movie Nights (various locations in Long Beach), bring a blanket or a chair...

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New 'Sesame Street' show on PBS Kids this fall

PBS Kids will be airing an additional 30-minute

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PBS Kids will be adding a new half-hour "Sesame Street" program this fall on-air and on digital platforms. The new bonus program will be in addition to the hourlong show.

Starting Monday, Sept. 1, the additional half-hour show will air on weekday afternoons. For the first time, selected full episodes of the 30-minute program will also be available for free online at pbskids.org/video, on the...

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Five birthday party trends of 2014

Abby Larson, founder of Style Me Pretty, says

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Many parents will agree that planning a child's birthday -- whether it's the first or 15th -- takes a lot of preparation. Along with the location, decorations and possible entertainment, there's choosing the cake, favors and whole lot more.

Last year, all the rage at first birthday celebrations were smash cakes — a smaller cake for the birthday boy or girl to smash, explore and enjoy. So,...

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Long Island mom's Glovies invention protects little hands

A Long Island mom invented Glovies -- multipurpose

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Josephine Geraci’s big idea germinated – excuse the pun – during a trip to a public restroom when her oldest child was 3. The Lloyd Neck mom was so horrified by the germs in that bathroom that she didn’t want him to touch anything.

She invented a disposable, waterproof kids’ mitten that he could wear to protect his hands, along the lines of disposable latex gloves. When she tried to sell them,...

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Dr. Toy announces the 2014 best travel toys

Dr. Toy recently announced the 2014 best vacation

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With summer in full swing, you may be planning a family getaway. Whether you're taking a road trip or flying to your destination, you'll want to take along a few travel toys and games.

To help you select the best toys and products, Stevanne Auerbach (a.k.a. Dr. Toy) recently announced the 2014 best vacation products for kids. According to Auerbach, the best travel products are a balanced selection...

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