Special Occasions

4 Special Treats for Father's Day - Kids Get Creative in the Kitchen

You know what they say… the quickest way to a dad’s heart is through his stomach. If your kids are looking for something to make for Dad for Father’s Day, we have some great ideas for some dishes that school-aged kids can cook (with adult help and supervision) from two professional chefs who also know what kids can and like to cook, a chef's hat kids can make so they look the part, and even a recipe for moms to cook, too!

Make-Ahead Mother's Day Brunch - 3 Easy Recipes for Kids

Who ever came up with the idea of breakfast in bed for Mother’s Day as a special treat for mom? Both my kids love to cook, but I would never turn over my kitchen to them for them to fix a surprise meal for me (even with Dad supervising). Plus, as much as I enjoy eating together, sharing the time in the kitchen is at least as special.

This year, we’ve found a way to have our cake and eat it, too (see dessert!). What follows is simple Mother's Day meal kids can put together almost all by themselves. With a guiding hand from mom (or dad), kids can get almost everything prepared on Saturday, and add the finishing touches just before serving on Mother’s Day. Thanks to our grandma for the inspiration!

Character Breakfasts at Disney's El Capitan: All That and a Side of Bacon

El Capitan is already our favorite place in LA to see a kids’ movie; but sometimes you want to go that extra mile. Or in this case, that extra meal. Character breakfasts at the Disney Soda Fountain & Studio Store turn a day at the movies into a full-fledged special event. Kids get to spend some one-on-one time with a beloved Disney princess (or pirate or monster) and take home a commemorative photo - plus the whole family gets to fill their tummies.

Best Bakeries on Long Island

What determines a great bakery? Is it the prettiest designs on top of the cake or the delicious filling inside the cake, the creamiest cannolis, the tastiest breads, or the wide assortment of pastries and cookies? Or is it the friendly customer service that’s apparent when you walk through the door? We've taken all of these variables and have narrowed it down to the best bakeries on Long Island.

More Outdoor Dining for Families on Long Island

(Photo courtesy of Bayside Clam Bar and Grill)

Last year we gave you a list of great places to eat outdoors with your kids. Here are still more great places:

One of the great pleasures of summer is eating alfresco, and Long Island has a plethora of options to fulfill that desire. I started out thinking I would include five of my favorite locations, but as I began talking with some of my mom friends, they all had suggestions that I felt deserved inclusion as well. All of these restaurants are family-friendly, and several also offer entertainment nearby or on site. The water is a common theme for most of these selections, as they feature gorgeous views, allowing you to feel like you’re on vacation, without having to travel.  


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