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Game review: 'Mega Man Legacy Collection 2,' boosts difficulty and introduces new challenges

Parents need to know that "Mega Man Legacy Collection 2" is a set of platforming action games. Unlike the first collection, there are four games included in this set, two emulated ports from the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) and two downloadable titles designed in the style of the classic Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) games. The four games come with simple controls, but this long-running franchise is known for extreme spikes in difficulty that will easily frustrate some players. While battle constantly happens between jumping and level exploration sequences, it's all between robots that explode when destroyed without blood or gore. Parents should be aware that this is the latest game in a long running franchise, which spans cartoons, action figures, and other products.

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App review: GLOBE Observer, NASA app helps kids observe celestial happenings

Parents need to know that GLOBE Observer is an app that allows kids to make and share observations of clouds and mosquito habitats. Special natural occurrences also appear in the app for data collection, like the 2017 eclipse. Observations are stored on the device and can be shared using social media or by sending them directly to the NASA database. Note that email address must be provided to register, and access to your location is required. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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Homemade fruit tarts take time, but well worth the effort

Most folks know I'm not the kind of person who makes or eats dessert on a regular basis, but I have been known to turn out a pretty dessert or two on a special occasion. Thanks to my stint in culinary school I've learned bunches about crowd-pleasing, fancy-pants desserts. During my years in school, I whipped up chocolatey-layered opera cake, torched a sweet creme brulee, and mass produced mini-pavlovas all in the name of keeping up my GPA. I muddled my way through making Italian meringue, French buttercream, and chocolate ganache, but I never caught the fever for making desserts.

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Book review: 'Refugee,' powerful page-turner sheds light on child refugees

Parents need to know that "Refugee," by Alan Gratz is a historical novel that braids the stories of three young refugees in three different time periods and settings: 1938 Berlin, 1994 Cuba, and 2015 Syria. The circumstances of all the kids and families are dire, and their journeys are fraught with imminent danger. The publisher recommends this book for kids starting at age 9, but due to the level of violence and peril, we recommend it for 10 and up. Though all three protagonists survive for the length of the story, all lose family members. Josef the Berlin Jewish boy gets beat up, as does Cuban Isabel's father. Syrian Mahmoud's home is destroyed by a missile, and he sees a dead man floating in the sea, as well as a soldier with a bullet in his head. Some in the book almost drown. But the book isn't gratuitously violent. It paints a vivid picture of the plight of refugees, and the kids and families seem both real and relatable, making this a good book for sparking family discussion.

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Tips, tricks, and tools to get your kid ready for kindergarten

If you're spending the waning days of summer prepping your kindergarten-bound kid for the first days of school, you're not alone. Kindergarten is a formative year for families, as kids acquire the foundational skills they'll build on for a lifetime (and parents learn the value of healthy home habits and encouraging independence). Here are some handy tricks and tools to help your kindergartners – and you – get ready for the school year.

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Advice: How to help special-needs students concentrate in school

Ask the teacher for suggestions. Kids with special needs may perform better with the help of devices and apps that help keep them on track. Task lists and alerts (usually found in calendar programs) can help them stay focused. Look for apps that can help with time management, organization, and scheduling. Also try to cut down on multitasking (switching between several devices and activities) because it affects kids' ability to focus.

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Celebrating Eid al-Adha

This September, nearly 1.6 billion people around the world will celebrate the holiday of Eid al-Adha. Crafter Manal Aman, founder of the blog Hello Holy Days!, shares three ways to connect with the Muslim tradition.

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Game tips: 'Splatoon 2': How to upgrade all weapons

Nintendo Switch players making their way through "Splatoon 2's" single player campaign will eventually stumble across a series of alternate Hero weapons that serve as stand-ins for the game's traditional arsenal. Through persistence, players can eventually unlock these Hero weapons for use in the game's multiplayer mode as well as increase their stats in single-player mode through various upgrades. Keep reading to learn all of the items needed to upgrade damage, range, and other Hero weapon statistics in "Splatoon 2."

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