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Weekend plans?


We've got you covered. From Easter egg hunts and dinosaurs to "Peter Rabbit," Explore LI has a list of family-friendly activities and events you can do over the weekend. 

Here are some of Explore LI's picks:

Easter Egg Hunt at Benner's Farm (56 Gnarled Hollow Rd., Setauket). Bring your own basket and a camera to capture your children as they search for treat-filled eggs on Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Price: Free with farm admission ($6, $5 children ages 14 and younger).

Dinosaur Day at Garvies Point Museum and Preserve (50 Barry Dr., Glen Cove). On Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., kids learn about dinosaurs, see and touch real fossils and try out the fossil “dig." Price: $5.

"The Adventures of Peter Rabbit" at Coe Hall at Planting Fields Arboretum (1395 Planting Fields Rd., Oyster Bay). This classic tale will be presented by Theatre Three of Port Jefferson on Saturday at 3 p.m. Price: Free with $4 admission fee to Coe Hall; $8 parking fee.


And for more adult events, check out our weekend event guide.


Photos: Extreme Easter bonnets on Long Island, NYC


Bigger is always better when it comes to Easter bonnets. Whether riding in a classic car in the annual Garden City Easter parade or marching down Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, ladies — and even a few fellas — don everything from feathers, flowers and furry stuffed bunnies in the contest to have the most over-the-top hat. Check out the full photo gallery.

Wearing a bonnet she decorated herself, Adriana Reilly, 5, of Sag Harbor, marches in Sag Harbor's 18th annual sidewalk East Bonnet Parade for the second year, on March 30, 2013. (Credit: Brittany Wait) 


Puppy of the day: Target


Target is a 2-year-old mixed breed who was rescued from a kill shelter in the South, and who hopes to find a new home. Call the Kent Animal Shelter in Calverton for information at 631-727-5731. To learn more about Target, watch this brief video shot by Newsday's Chris Ware.

Target is a 2-year-old mixed breed who was rescued from a kill shelter in the South, and who hopes to find a new home. 


Today's top stories


COMPLAINT: SUFFOLK SCHOOL TRIED TO BUST TEACHERS UNIONAdministrators at the Riverhead Charter School tried to bust its teachers union, pressed staff to dismantle the group and fired three employees because of their loyalty to it, according to two complaints filed with a state employment board.

2 MEN EXONERATED IN LI MURDER AWARDED $18M EACHA federal jury awarded $18 million each Thursday to two men who spent almost 18 years in prison before they were exonerated in the 1984 murder and rape of a Lynbrook teenager.



VILLAGE OKS $264,138 IN TERMINATION PAY FOR EX-OFFICIAL - Garden City Village's board has approved $264,138 in termination pay to former village administrator Robert L. Schoelle, who held the village post for 34 years until he left March 31.

Garden City Village's board has approved $264,138 in termination pay to former village administrator Robert L. Schoelle, who held the village post for 34 years until he left March 31, 2014. (Credit: Howard Schnapp) 

POLS OK REQUEST TO NY FOR MORE SPEED CAMS - Nassau lawmakers have approved a resolution that asks the state to authorize new speed cameras in school zones — a crucial part of lifting a three-year wage freeze on most county workers.

U.S. TROOPS TO GET BIG COOKIE DELIVERYAbout 35 Girl Scouts and a few local officials and National Guard members formed a brigade in Garden City Thursday morning to load 1.25 million cookies onto a delivery truck bound for JFK Airport to be shipped off to U.S. military soldiers.

IDA LURES NASSAU FIRM TO SUFFOLK  WITH $689G IN TAX BREAKS - A Hicksville-based manufacturer of materials for specialty optical lenses is relocating to Central Islip after the town lured the company with financial incentives.



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