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Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka Make Their Kids’ Birthday Cake – and It’s a Must-See

10/13/2015 at 03:45 PM ET

Despite the thousands of “World’s Greatest Dad” mugs in the hands of dads who are, by all accounts, pretty solid, Neil Patrick Harris and husband David Burtka may just win the actual World’s Greatest Dad awards.

On Monday night, Harris posted photos on his Instagram account of the massive birthday cake he and Burtka created for their twins, Harper and Gideon.

“Happy 5th birthday to Gideon and Harper, the two greatest kids in all the land! (Cakes created and decorated by their fathers),” Harris captioned a photo of his beaming kids, dressed up in “formal” attire and sparkly crowns.

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Neil Patrick Harris: ‘I’m the Bad Cop’ When It Comes to Parenting the Twins

09/23/2015 at 07:00 AM ET

Neil Patrick Harris has a hot career and a new hit show, but the father of two says the best way to end his day is with a squeeze from his 4½-year-old twins Gideon and Harper.

“There is nothing greater than arriving home before dinner and they run down the stairs and jump into your arms and give you a magnificent hug that doesn’t end,” Harris tells PEOPLE.

“It takes away any upset or distraction of the day.”

Already two episodes into his brand new NBC television series Best Time Ever, Harris has been preparing for months for the one-hour live variety show which had him zip-lining off a building with Reese Witherspoon and doing back flips on a po-go stick in the premiere. But even with a sometimes grueling work pace, the 42-year-old performer finds a way to balance his career and family life with husband David Burtka and their two children.

“We manage our time really well,” says Harris, who calls Burtka “a spectacular parent.” “If we are traveling somewhere, the kids come with us when they can. We don’t stay apart too long and we are a very inclusive family.”

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Why Neil Patrick Harris ‘May Wait’ to Get a Cat, Even Though the Twins ‘Very Much Want’ One

08/11/2015 at 02:35 PM ET

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It seems like every day Neil Patrick Harris takes to Instagram and inspires major #familygoals with photos of his adorable family: husband David Burtka and 4½-year-old twins, daughter Harper and son Gideon.

PEOPLE caught up with the actor — who’s teaming up with Goldstar for its Smarter Summer campaign to keep children active and engaged in the summertime— to talk milestones, his dreams for his own kids (Cirque du Soleil?!) and why they “may wait a few years” to add a cat to the family.

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Why David Burtka Thinks Daughter Harper Is Biologically His Child

05/07/2015 at 08:45 PM ET

Now that David Burtka‘s children with Neil Patrick Harris are getting older, he has a pretty good idea which of the fraternal twins is biologically his.

The actor stopped by The Wendy Williams Show on Thursday and revealed that the answer is all in their personalities.

Burtka, 39, thinks that Harper Grace might be biologically his because, as he put it, “She’s like, ‘Hey everybody, I’m here!’ ”

Meanwhile, Gideon Scott is likely Harris’, says Burtka, because “He’s a little more heady and intellectual.”

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Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka’s Twins Have ‘Incredible Palates’

04/13/2015 at 04:00 PM ET

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Mealtime can get a bit repetitive for parents of young kids, but not David Burtka and Neil Patrick Harris.

“My kids are crazy eaters,” the actor and chef tells The New Potato of his twins, daughter Harper and son Gideon, 4. “They have incredible palates.”

And we’re not just talking about a willingness to try an occasional vegetable.

“Gideon eats everything you put in front of him. His passion for cooking and eating good food is in his soul,” according to Burtka, who says his son loves “clams, sushi, octopus, grilled pork, steak, parmigiana cheese, ginger, mint, cinnamon and coconut.”

As for Harper, Burtka says she likes “briny flavors” and particularly enjoys “oysters, sardines, prosciutto, capers, duck liver, miso, and anything chocolate.”
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Neil Patrick Harris Does Impressions of His Kids – and It’s Adorable!

02/12/2015 at 12:05 PM ET

Neil Patrick Harris Inside the Actor's Studio Exclusive Clip
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If Neil Patrick Harris hosts the Oscars as well as he does imitations of his twins, everyone is in for a major treat on Feb. 22.

On Thursday’s episode of Inside the Actors Studio, Harris channels son Gideon Scott and daughter Harper Grace – and PEOPLE has an exclusive sneak peek at the footage.

After the actor and husband David Burtka discuss what Burtka calls their “absolutely magical” September wedding, host James Lipton asks the couple what their 4-year-olds are like.

“They’re pretty quintessential boy and girl,” answers Harris. “Harper is a girl, girl, girl, girl.”

“She wears mermaid outfits and has falls in her hair and you have to announce her when she comes down the staircase,” he explains before jumping into character as his daughter. “And then when you do, she slowly comes down the stairs acting all, like, ‘Oh, me?’ ”

And Harris, 41, says Gideon is “all boy.”

“He loves trucks and construction and he likes superheroes,” the former How I Met Your Mother star adds before impersonating his son. “When he gets mad he puts his fists together and just shakes.”
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Aww! Watch Neil Patrick Harris’s Twins Sing ‘Jingle Bells’

12/18/2014 at 03:00 PM ET

Christmas carolers have hit an all-time level of cute!

On Wednesday, proud dad Neil Patrick Harris shared a video of his 4-year-old twins, Gideon Scott and Harper Grace, showing off their super cute vocals during an adorable rendition of “Jingle Bells.”

“Yay! David is back home and the family [is] all together! Time to trim us a tree,” the actor captioned the clip on Instagram.

Dressed in festive seasonal sleepwear — a red striped set and a matching headband for Harper and Frozen-themed pajamas for Gideon — the tow-headed tots were in the middle of happily hanging ornaments on their colorful tree when they stopped to sing.

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