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Art Studio Offers Classes to Children With Special Needs
Beth Bodenmiller opened Mini Monet, an art studio on Long Island, to teach kids that there is no right or wrong way to make art. Mini Monet offers classes to children older than 18 months, adults, and children with special needs. (read the story...)

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Cartoonist Presents Workshop for Kids on Long Island
Walt Handelsman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist for Long Island's Newsday, presented a special workshop for kids at Huntington's Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts. (read the story...)

Tin Man Teaches Kids to Have a Heart
Based on a true story and written by a former teacher and musical director, the children's book "Sammy the Tin Man" aims to help kids cope with the loss of a loved one. (read the story...)

Preschool Adds Outdoor Classroom for Hands-On Learning
Building Blocks Developmental Preschool in Commack has added an outdoor classroom for hands-on explorational learning. The outdoor classroom combines multi-sensory exploration with developing environmental awareness all in a safe, child-friendly, natural environment. (read the story...)

Kids Go Crazy for the Crafty Duo's Lanyard Parties
Heidi Cohen and Colleen Demas decided to open The Lanyard Ladies after their summer camp station was a huge success with the campers. Now the duo travel all over Queens and Suffolk and Nassau counties to bring bracelet making to birthday parties. (read the story...)

The Baking Coach Teaches Adults, Kids the Art of Baking
Lisa Basini, The Baking Coach, usually teaches people the art of baking in their own homes. With the opening of her new location in Port Jefferson, she now hosts adult and kid classes as well as birthday parties. (read the story...)

Preschoolers Learn Music in School of Rock's New Program
School of Rock Farmingdale is starting a new program in September to get preschoolers interested in music at an early age. This program teaches students theory through songs, instead of teaching songs through theory. (read the story...)

Twenty Local Schools Receive New Books
Parents, faculty, and PTA members from across the New York City area worked together to win new books from the "Books 4 Our School" campaign co-sponsored by the Brooke Jackman Foundation and NYMetroParents. (read the story...)

Jungle Bob Opens Interactive Visitor Center in Centereach
Jungle Bob's Reptile World will have a new family adventure this summer: The Outback. Jungle Bob, a nature conservationist, wants to educate people about the unusual animals he loves. (read the story...)

Krazy Kidz Opens New Location in Medford
Krazy Kids, a fun, health-conscious indoor play facility for kids, opened a new location in Medford. This facility is available for special events including birthday parties and end-of-the-year celebrations. (read the story...)

Artistic Gymnastics Moves To New Space, Launches Summer Camp
Artistic Gymnastics, a Suffolk gymnastics training center that has been around for 40 years, moves into a brand-new, much bigger, air-conditioned space this summer. The gym is also adding a summer camp in the new space where established students can build their confidence as gymnasts while learning to work together as a team. (read the story...)

More than Clowning Around: Ronald McDonald House Raises $500,000
The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island's 25th anniversary gala at Citi Field raised $500,000 for the organization during a night of casino games, celebrity impersonators, and flash mobs -- all for a great cause. (read the story...)

Faces of the March of Dimes
The March of Dimes has announced its 2012 Long Island ambassadors, including three local families that have first-hand experience with premature births. (read the story...)

Thousands of Parents Rally to Support Their Child's School
From public and private schools in Queens and the Bronx to those in Westchester, Long Island, Rockland County, and beyond, parents stand up to help stock dwindling school libraries with new books by voting for their child's school in the Books 4 Our School challenge. (read the story...)

Jewish Education for All Children
A 30-year-old program at a local synagogue in Wantagh provides Jewish Education and a bar/bat mitzvah ceremony for kids with special needs. (read the story...)

Free Program for Parents Teaches How to Affect Positive Change in Community
The Parent Leadership Initiative is a free program that teaches parents how to affect positive change in the community for their children. (read the story...)

Culture in the Theater
Plaza Cinema and Media Arts Center has started a new international film program for children. It uses cultural movies to educate and engage students, promoting discussions about culture, heritage, family, and mythology. (read the story...)

Encourage Imagination with Adventure Party at Pump it Up
Pump-It-Up recently introduced their Adventure Party programs, an action-packed option to add to their large list of party packages. The new program is perfect for any child who has ever wanted to be a superhero or a pirate. (read the story...)

Massapequa Welcomes Holistic Living
Culinary Therapy, which recently moved from its Connecticut location to Massapequa, celebrated its grand opening on Jan. 9. (read the story...)

Suffolk Libraries Offer Live Study Help Online
The Public Libraries of Suffolk County, NY now offer free online study help and tutoring to students of all ages at Live-brary.com. (read the story...)

Melville Resident Named 'Sandwich Champ'
Long Islander Veronica Feinberg took home the grand prize in the Daily News' "1st and 10 SuperHero Contest," held in honor of Super Bowl XLVI. Feinberg won with her recipe for a Crunchy Shrimp Po' Boy sandwich. (read the story...)

Rocky Point Mom's 'Bath-Time Blues' Inspire First Children’s Book
When Rocky Point resident Beth Capodanno discovered a way to make her son's bath time less of a struggle, she decided to share the wealth and wrote "Stinky Feet Stew," a children’s book aimed at making bath time easier for parents and children. (read the story...)

Heroes for Hope Honored in Huntington
Northport High School students recognized three inspiring individuals while raising funds for ALS. (read the story...)

Cross-Country Ride Raises Awareness of Eating Disorders
A Long Island native bikes more than 3,900 miles and raises more than $10,000 for MentorCONNECT, an online recovery support community. (read the story...)

Hockey Tournament Benefits Ronald McDonald House
The area's junior hockey teams compete in a tournament to help raise money for The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, a nonprofit that offers a warm and supportive environment for families who are caring for seriously ill children throughout Long Island hospitals. (read the story...)


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