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Things to Do With Kids in Bronx on December 17


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free and low-cost things to do with kids in Bronx Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Bronx today, December 17, including fun activities and events the whole family can enjoy. See what's going on today in Bronx's museums, galleries, and libraries for some educational fun; in the parks, for outdoor and nature activities; and in the theaters, for children's concerts and performances. Plus, get details and directions on any street fairs or holiday festivals happening December 17. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Bronx, check out our complete calendar of events.

Toddler Story Time - Westbury Friends School
Through May 31, 2012 - Westbury

Toddlers can enjoy stories, songs, and finger plays. A light snack and plenty of social interaction will be provided. A parent or caregiver must accompany each child.

Pediatric First Aid and CPR - PM Pediatrics
December 17, 2011 - Bayside

HeartSaver Pediatric First Aid and CPR will teach you the skills needed to perform adult, child, and infant CPR and relief of choking in adults and infants as well as the use of an automated external defibrillator. Along, with the basic treatment of a wide variety of pediatric injuries and illnesses, including lacerations, broken bones, and difficulty breathing. To register please call 914-777-5437 or

"Rap Guide to Evolution" - Soho Playhouse
Through December 17, 2011 - Manhattan

Writer and performer Baba Brinkman performs his clever reworkings of popular rap singles as well as his own originals to illustrate natural selection, sexual selection, evolutionary psychology and much more.

Farmer's Market - Larchmont
December 17, 2011 - Larchmont

Fresh, local baked goods, artisinal bread, cheese, cut flowers, dairy products, fish, fruit, herbs, meats, organic produce, plants, specialty foods, vegetables, wines, and more.

Bilingual Storytime en Espanol - Barnes & Noble City Center
December 17, 2011 - White Plains

Libros para ninos! Bring the kids for bilingual Spanish Storytime.

Beatles Brunch - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
December 17, 2011 -

NYC's Longest Running Beatles Show STRAWBERRY FIELDS featuring former members of Broadway's BEATLEMANIA Doors: 11am - Show: 12pm Ticket includes All-You-Can-Eat-Buffet, Show, Tax and Tip $40 adv, $42.50 door STRAWBERRY FIELDS is a look-a-like, sound-a-like Beatles tribute, dedicated to bringing you as close to a real Beatles concert as you can get. They take you on a Magical Mystery Tour beginning in 1964 complete with mop top hair, black suits with thin ties & the 1st four albums of music. Next stop, 1967, features the psychedelic era of "Sergeant Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band" album with all the costumes & jackets on the album cover. The last stop includes: "White Album", "Abbey Road" & "Let It Be".

Frosty the Snowman - Westchester Broadway Theatre
December 17, 2011 - Elmsford

A winter favorite. Note: there is no food service for Children's Theatre productions.

The Harry Potter Yule Ball with Harry and the Potters and More - The Bell House
December 17, 2011 - Gowanus

It's a night for wizards and muggles of all ages to revel in the magic and cheer of the holiday season. Wear your fancy dress robes and be ready to toss back a few wizardly concoctions at the bar (Elixir to Induce Euphoria, anyone?).

Dickens' Christmas Carol - Philipsburg Manor/Old Dutch Church
December 17, 2011 - Sleepy Hollow

Nestle in to the cozy confines of the Old Dutch Church and let master storyteller Jonathan Kruk, complete with musical accompaniment, regale you with his adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic. Afterwards, enjoy complimentary hot chocolate, cider, and cookies at Philipsburg Manor. Buy advance tickets online at or call 914-631-8200.

Calling All Teen Drivers - Open House for Teens - White Plains Public Library
December 17, 2011 - White Plains

Just got your license? Getting your permit soon? Taking a car to college? Stop by the Library to receive a packet of safe driving tips. Sign a safe driving contract and make a pledge to "X the TXT," an Allstate initiative to put an end to texting and driving. Enter a prize drawing for a Nook E-Reader and other great prizes. Auditorium.

Toy Time - White Plains Public Library
December 17, 2011 - White Plains

Today: Trucks. Independent playtime with special Trove toys for parents and young children. Location: Story Trove.

Pink Ribbon Yoga - Hudson Yoga
December 17, 2011 - Croton-on-Hudson

Free classes instructed by a rotation of teachers include yoga, movement, and meditation, offered to breast cancer survivors and those seeking a holistic and supportive environment for healing. Ongoing Sundays.

Bilingual Storytime - Ruth Keeler Memorial Library
December 17, 2011 - North Salem

Stories and songs in both English and Spanish with Barbara.

Children's Classes in Ballet and Flamenco/Salsa Fall 2011 - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through December 17, 2011 - New York

Flamenco Latino offers affordable Flamenco/Salsa and now also Ballet classes for children at their midtown studio this fall. September 10-December 17, 2011. 12 weekly classes with breaks for Jewish holidays and Thanksgiving. Wednesday - 4:30-5:30 pm, Flamenco/Salsa, Ages 7-12; 5:30-6:30 pm, Beginner Ballet. Friday - 4:00-5:00 pm, Beginner Ballet; 4:30-5:30 pm, Flamenco/Salsa, Ages 7-12. Saturday - 12:00-1:00 pm, Basic Beginner Ballet; 1:00-2:00 pm, Flamenco/Salsa, Ages 7-12. All Flamenco/Salsa Classes taught by Aurora Reyes. All Ballet Classes taught by Rosemarie Lindt. Prices for Fall 2011 Term: 12 classes, $120 (one class per week, $12/class); 24 classes, $220 (two classes per week, about $9/class); 36 classes, $300 (three classes per week, about $8/class!). 4 classes trial pack, $45 (you can apply this payment to upgrade to 12-pack, 24-pack, 36-pack). Single Trial Class (one time only), $12. Class for adult along with your children, $12/each. Email or call 212-399-8519 for info and to reserve.

Beginner Flamenco Singing Class-Fall Session - Flamenco Latino
Through December 17, 2011 - New York

Flamenco Latino offers a new class in Cante (flamenco singing) for beginners. Most classes will be led by Alfonso Cid with a couple of sessions led by Basilio Georges and Aurora Reyes on the established material. Fall Session runs September 8-December 19, 2011 on Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm at Flamenco Latino Studio 250 W. 54th St., Suite 404 New York, NY 10019 212-399-8519 Cost: Fall term prices: --12 pack paid in advance- $192.00 ($16/class) --12 pack paid in three installments by credit card- $204.00($68/4wk term, $17/class) --4 pack paid in advance-$72.00 ($18/class) --Walk in class- $20.00 (only available until 9/27) In this course, students will learn the basics of flamenco singing, emphasizing diaphragmatic breathing and voice placement or “impostatción.” The class will start building upon basic cante repertoire such as sevillanas, tangos,fandangos and rumbas. The class will also focus on flamenco rhythms and handclapping, flamenco scales and terminology so students can communicate in the traditional lingo with guitarists and flamenco dancers. Lyrics and translations of the “letras” will be provided. The course is taught in English, and no previous knowledge of music or Spanish is required. It is ideal for people who want to deepen their understanding of flamenco music or for flamenco dancers who want to broaden their experience of this art form. Please respond by email or call 212-399-8519 with questions or to reserve.

Basic Beginner Flamenco this Fall - Flamenco Latino
Through December 17, 2011 - New York

Discover flamenco at Flamenco Latino in midtown Manhattan! Aurora Reyes offers a Basic Beginner Flamenco class on Monday evenings. Mondays from 6-7 PM, Fall term runs September 12- December 19, 2011. at Flamenco Latino Studio 244 W 54th Street, 4th floor (bet. B-way and 8th Ave.) Fall term prices: --12 pack paid in advance- $192.00 ($16/class) --12 pack paid in three installments by credit card- $204.00($68/4wk term,$17/class) --4 pack paid in advance-$72.00 ($18/class) --Walk in class- $20.00 (only available until 9/27) Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes with a hard sole. For ladies, pumps are preferred. Email or call with questions and to reserve: 212-399-8519

Madama Butterfly - Metropolitan Opera
December 17, 2011 -

Anthony Minghella's breathtakingly beautiful staging returns with Patricia Racette and Liping Zhang alternating as the tragic heroine. Robert Dean Smith and Marcello Giordani share the role of the faithless Pinkerton and Placido Domingo conducts.

Faust - Metropolitan Opera
December 17, 2011 -

With Jonas Kaufmann in the title role, René Pape as the devil, and Marina Poplavskaya as Marguerite, Gounod's classic retelling of the Faust legend couldn't be better served. Tony Award-winning director Des McAnuff updates the story to the first half of the 20th century with a production that won praise in London last season. A later run features two other first-tier Fausts: Roberto Alagna and Joseph Calleja, with Ferruccio Furlanetto stepping in as the devil. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts on the heels of his Don Carlo success.

The New York Pops - John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey Wish You a Swingin' Christmas - Carnegie Hall
Through December 17, 2011 - Manhattan

The couple described by The New York Times as "a musical match made in heaven" swing seasonal favorites from the era when Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole and Rosemary Clooney ruled the airwaves.

Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert - Metropolitan Museum of Art
December 17, 2011 -

Richard Strauss—Four Pieces for Piano Quartet; Sulkhan Tsintsadze—Miniatures for String Quartet; Vache Sharafyan—Adumbrations of the Peacock for Piano Quartet (2003); Colin Jacobsen—world premiere; Shostakovich—Piano Quintet in G Minor, Opus 57.

Youth Stamp Club - Collectors Club
December 17, 2011 - Manhattan

This club, for students in fourth grade and above, meets on the third Saturday of every month from September 2011 through May 2012. Beginners will be introduced to this educational and fun hobby, and participants with collecting experience will find encouragement and guidance. Stamps and all other materials provided free of charge. New members are welcome. To register, email or call 212-683-0559.

Handel's Messiah - New York Philharmonic
Through December 17, 2011 -

A Prairie Home Companion With Garrison Keillor - The Town Hall
December 17, 2011 -

Today, A Prairie Home Companion is heard by more than 4 million listeners each week on some 590 public radio stations, and abroad on America One and the Armed Forces Networks in Europe and the Far East. Join host Garrison Keillor -- Guy Noir, Dusty and Lefty, and the News from Lake Wobegon -- as PHC returns to The Town Hall stage.

Comfort Food Made Easy – Life's Work Cooking Classes - Life's Work
Through December 17, 2011 - East Rockaway

This weekly cooking class is for 13-19 year olds on the Autism Spectrum. The class meets every Saturday to teach teens how to effortlessly prepare their favorite comfort foods.

An Afternoon with the Sugar Plum Fairy - City Center Studios
December 17, 2011 - Manhattan

A selection from "The Nutcracker" will be performed in an intimate studio setting. This show is an ideal introduction to ballet and the perfect performance for connoisseurs interested in the magic behind the scenes. Take home holiday sweets, an autographed memory pamphlet, and pose for a photograph with the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier.

Christmas Bird Count - Teatown Lake Reservation
December 17, 2011 - Ossining

Help Teatown educators count wintering birds.

Wag Your Tale! - Read to a Dog - Scarsdale Public Library
December 17, 2011 - Scarsdale

Independent readers can practice their reading skills with a story-loving dog. Registration required.

Barnaby Saves Christmas - Theatre Three
December 17, 2011 - Port Jefferson

Join Santa, Barnaby, Franklynne and all of their friends as the littlest elf and his reindeer friend set off on their journey to save Christmas. They meet some new friends along the way and learn the true meaning of Christmas, Hanukkah and the holiday season.

Annie Jr. - Studio Theatre
Through December 17, 2011 - Lindenhurst

This heart-warming tale of Annie's adventures, her escape from the orphanage, and the wicked Miss Hannigan to a new life with Daddy Warbucks will delight audiences of all ages. Performances are on Saturdays and run through December 17, 2011.

Annie Jr. - Studio Theatre
December 17, 2011 - Lindenhurst

One of the most successful musicals of all times, this is the tale of Annie's adventures, her encounters with the wicked Miss Hannigan and her escape from the orphanage to a new life with Daddy Warbucks.

Family Workshop: Take a Seat! - Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building at MoMa
December 17, 2011 - Midtown West

What makes a chair a chair? Consider some of the design choices that go into the creation of this everyday object, then make your own mini-chair in the studio. For families with up to two adults and three kids (ages 4-6). Registration required.

Nutcracker Tea Party with Storytime - Cupcake Corner Too!
December 17, 2011 - Garden City

Enjoy a Nutcracker themed tea party filled with delicious apple cinnamon, cranberry, and chocolate scones, an assortment of finger sandwiches, snowflake cupcakes, holiday cookies, fine teas, and homemade hot cocoa with peppermint sticks. The Sugar Plum Fairy will read the story of The Nutcracker while Tchaikovsky plays softly in the background. Reservations are required.

Breakfast with Santa - The Cupcake Corner
December 17, 2011 - Garden City

Breakfast with Santa never tasted so good. Waffles, Danish, scones, yogurt with granola, fresh fruit, bagels with cream cheese or butter, quiche, crumb cake, coffee, tea or hot cocoa. Santa will be available for photographs and chats.

Gingerbread Decorating - Cupcake Corner Too!
December 17, 2011 - Garden City

Decorate Gingerbread Cake Castles that are provided and top off the time with delicious cocoa. These castles do not require assembly. Register for an open session or book a private session for your class, Girl Scout or Boy Scout troop.

New York Theatre Ballet's All-New Nutcracker - Florence Gould Hall
December 17, 2011 - Manhattan

New York Theatre Ballet’s (NYTB) 2011-2012 season will debut an all-new production of Keith Michael’s Nutcracker. This holiday classic, set to music by Tchaikovsky, will be in the style of Art Nouveau and features innovative choreography by long-time NYTB choreographer Keith Michael, sets by Gillian Bradshaw-Smith, and costumes by Sylvia Nolan (Resident Costume Designer of the Metropolitan Opera). Other dates: December 9, 10, 11, 17, 18 Florence Gould Hall (55 East 59th Street, New York, NY) To purchase tickets at Florence Gould Hall please visit or Or call Ticketmaster at 1.800.982.2787

Christmas Bird Count - Prospect Park Audubon Center
December 17, 2011 - Crown Heights

Join a tradition more than 100 years in the making! The Christmas Bird Count is a nationwide bird census that helps conservation researchers track the long-term health of bird populations.

Family Art Project: Sparkle & Shine - Wave Hill
December 17, 2011 - Bronx

Combine shiny foil, glittery beads, natural cones, dried herbs and spices all together into a glowing, fragrant decoration. Ecology Building. Free, and admission to the grounds is free until noon.

Westchester Ballet Company presents 'The Nutcracker' - Westchester County Center
December 17, 2011 - White Plains

For the past 15 years, the Westchester Ballet Company has been entertaining Westchester audiences with its production of this holiday classic that has become a tradition for families. The production features professionally trained student dancers from communities throughout Westchester and neighboring areas, along with professional guest soloists. Under the direction of Beth Fritz-Logrea and Jean Logrea, the show includes spectacular scenery and beautiful costumes, classic choreography and special stage effects that rival the best productions in the New York metropolitan area. Tickets are available at the County Center box office, or through Ticketmaster by calling 800-745-3000, at or at all Ticketmaster outlets. December 17 and 18.

Play Lab Workshop: Winter Wildlife - Brooklyn Children's Museum
December 17, 2011 - Crown Heights

Come and explore how animals stay warm during the wintertime and in very cold parts of the world. Look at a live animal from our collection and enjoy a hot drink to warm us up.

Meet the Holiday: Let's Celebrate Hanukkah - Brooklyn Children's Museum
December 17, 2011 - Crown Heights

Explore the culture and traditions of Hanukkah. Discover how people around the world celebrate this holiday and create a Hanukkah-inspired craft to take home.

Elizabeth Mitchell and Family - Symphony Space
December 17, 2011 - Upper West Side

Mitchell's gentle, heartfelt music transfixes audiences of all ages with homespun renditions of great songs by Woody Guthrie, Bob Marley, The Velvet Underground, and more.

Trimming the Tree - Long Island Children's Museum
December 17, 2011 - Garden City

Trimming the Christmas tree is a special tradition that goes back hundreds of years. Learn why some families decorate a tree and see Christmas ornaments from around the world. Create a hand-painted glass ornament to treasure for years to come.

Messy Afternoons - Long Island Children's Museum
December 17, 2011 - Garden City

Tots will be up to their elbows in goop, guts, shaving cream, and Play-Doh in this class full of artistic activities that everyone loves but no one wants to clean up after. The afternoon will offer a variety of sensory activities for children 18 months to 4 years.

Public Marine-Biology Programs - Maritime Aquarium
December 17, 2011 - Norwalk

This informative program allows visitors access to the marine-education programming available to school groups. Check the Aquarium's website for today's subject. Fifteen participants are taken on a first come first served basis for each time slot. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Winter Creature Cruises - Maritime Aquarium
December 17, 2011 - Norwalk

Winter is an ideal time to see a variety of seals and waterfowl. Educators provide informative commentary. Bring binoculars and warm clothes. Advanced reservations strongly recommended. Call 203-852-0700 Ext 2206.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour - Maritime Aquarium
December 17, 2011 - Norwalk

Stops include the Aquarium's "fish kitchen," where 18 tons of fish a year is prepared and above the 110,000-gallon Open Ocean tank, where the dorsal fins of 8-foot sand tiger sharks cut through the water's surface. Participants must be at least 10 years old; under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. For reservations call ext. 2206.

Holiday Candlelight Evenings - Old Bethpage Village Restoration
December 17, 2011 - Old Bethpage

Candlelit homes, hot mulled cider, traditional holiday music, stories of Christmas past and old-time contra dancing will capture the holiday spirit of 19th century Long Island during these special evening programs. A holiday craft show will be presented in the decorated Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall.

Family Craft Day-Greening the Holidays: A 50th Anniversary Celebration Event - Tenafly Nature Center
December 17, 2011 - Tenafly

Enjoy some apple cider while creating seasonal holiday items using recycled, reusable, and natural materials such as cardboard paper tubes, fabrics, and things collected at the nature center. Participants can learn how to make wrapping paper, decorations, and gifts. All materials will be provided. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Registration deadline is Thursday, December 15.

Family Campfire - Tenafly Nature Center
December 17, 2011 - Tenafly

Families will gather around a campfire to enjoy the season, listen to stories, and roast marshmallows for s'mores. In case of inclement weather, the campfire will be moved to an indoor fireplace. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Hudson Vagabond Puppets: The Snow Queen - Kingsborough Community College Performing Arts Center
December 17, 2011 - Brooklyn

Hans Christian Andersen's classic wintry tale features a talking reindeer, a fierce snow monster, and a witch with a green thumb. This adaptation is set to the music Archangelo Corelli and danced in a narrated ballet by larger-than-life puppets.

Gingerbread House Workshop - Taste Buds
December 17, 2011 - Manhattan

Each parent/child pair will work together to design and decorate their very own gingerbread house. Choose from a variety of decorating options as you listen to cheerful holiday tunes.

Breakfast With Santa - Platzl Brauhaus
December 17, 2011 - Pomona

The whole family is invited for a special holiday event featuring live Christmas music, a miniature train village, Christmas decorations, a visit with Santa (fee for photos), a free gift for children, and an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. Menu includes biscuits & gravy, scrambled eggs, home fries, Belgian waffles, bacon & sausage, juice, donuts & Danish, coffee and tea. Advance reservations required.

ebi's Dance Annual Holiday Show - SUNY Rockland Community College
December 17, 2011 - Suffern

Debi's Dance of Suffern presents its annual Holiday Revue with two special and different performances. Check out Holiday Dreams at 1pm and Spotlight on The Nutcracker, featuring highlights from the famous ballet, at 4pm. Both shows include sounds of the season, dazzling costumes, and fancy footwork.

Tot Shabbat - Congregation Sons of Israel, Upper Nyack
December 17, 2011 - Upper Nyack

Families with babies or toddlers are invited to share a family experience of singing, dancing, and praying, as well as a weekly story and other activities.

Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Workshop - The Ritz-Carlton Westchester
December 17, 2011 - White Plains

After donning chef's hats and aprons, children will be taken on a tour of the hotel's kitchens, and then will decorate gingerbread cookies alongside The Ritz-Carlton's pastry chef. The child with the best-decorated cookie will even win a special gift! Refreshments will be served. Gingerbread house kits baked and assembled by the hotel will also be available for sale. For children ages 3-10. Saturdays, December 3, 10 and 17.

Infant CPR - Nyack Hospital
December 17, 2011 - Nyack

This class teaches CPR techniques for a child from birth to eight year of age. It includes a discussion on choking on objects, accident prevention and safety issues. Register online or by e-mail at

Saturday Specials - Chappaqua Public Library
December 17, 2011 - Chappaqua

A program for special-needs kids and their families. Stories, songs, sensory activities, and schmoozing. Registration requested.

Winter Fest - Central Park Zoo
December 17, 2011 - New York

Relish the beauty of the Zoo at the best time of the year—the winter holidays! On the first three Fridays and Saturdays in December, we're open until 6:30 p.m. so you can stop by in the afternoon or after work for a stroll under thousands of twinkling lights. Visit cold-weather creatures, enjoy family activities and Wildlife Theater in the Zoo Gallery, see two wintry 4-D features, and watch the animals enjoy seasonal treats during holiday enrichment sessions. Also enjoy holiday shopping at the Zootique, take a family photo, and treat yourself to holiday cookies, cocoa, soups, and other seasonal snacks in the Dancing Crane Cafe. Activities take place 2:00–6:30 p.m.

Saturday Family Programs: Jim Vagias Holiday Express - Brooklyn Public Library, central branch
December 17, 2011 - Prospect Heights

Join Magic Jim as he takes children on an imaginary train ride around the world. Using books that can be found in your library, Jim teaches participants how different cultures celebrate the winter holidays.

"The Nutcracker" - Liberty School - PS 89 Theater
December 17, 2011 - Tribeca

An original dance production of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" performed by Manhattan Youth's After School Dance program. A variety of genres, including hip-hop, ballet, jazz, creative, and tap combine to tell this timeless story. Original costumes and set designed by Manhattan Youth.

Winter Wonderland Screen Print Collage - Gowanus Print Lab
December 17, 2011 - Gowanus

A screen printing workshop that allows kids to print holiday imagery on a new t-shirt (supplied) or pre-existing one. Materials supplied.

FAM FUN: Snowglobes - Orange Splot Art Spot
December 17, 2011 - Peekskill

Families can enjoy time together making art and playing art games. Inspired by the movie "The Polar Express."

Free Music Lessons - New People's Church of New York
December 17, 2011 - Flushing

Is your child interested in learning a new instrument? The New People's Church of New York is offering four free beginner lessons on drums, guitar, bass guitar, and vocals for children ages 8-15. Having an instrument is preferred but not a requirement. Enrollment is limited so RSVP by emailing

Goldilocks and the Christmas Bears - Westchester Sandbox Theatre
December 17, 2011 - Mamaroneck

A one-hour musical for children and families. Come see all the holiday chaos that ensues when Goldilocks tries to bring the Christmas spirit to the hibernating three bears! December 17, 18 and 24. Call 914-630-0804 for tickets.

Pack Chat for Kids (ages 4-8) - Wolf Conservation Center
December 17, 2011 - South Salem

An introduction to wolves for families with young children. Kids learn about the mythology surrounding wolves and the important role of wolves in the natural world. Guests will visit Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa, and Zephyr, as well as the center's other endangered wolves. Pre-registration required. December 4, 17, and 29.

Yellowstone Howl! - Wolf Conservation Center
December 17, 2011 - South Salem

A special talk about the wolves of Yellowstone National Park. Includes insights about wolf reintroduction, the beneficial ecological effect wolves have had on the nation's first national park, and the debate that surrounds this controversial predator in the West. Guests will visit Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa, and Zephyr, as well as the center's other endangered wolves. Pre-registration required.

NYC: A Teenage Winter Dream! - Irvington Town Hall Theater
December 17, 2011 - Irvington

Sleepy Hollow Performing Arts Center's original production is a holiday romp in New York City, following the hijinks and whimsy of young teenagers in love. Set on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, this holiday music-and-dance spectacle mixes a dash of "Modern Family," "High School Musical," and "Glee," to create an evening of entertainment and laughter for the whole family. Call Sleepy Hollow PAC at 914-909-5070 for tickets. December 16, 17 and 18.

Beary Merry Holiday - Bear Mountain Zoo
December 17, 2011 - Bear Mountain

Take a break from shopping and get some fresh air this weekend. Once again, the folks at the Bear Mountain Zoo invite members of the public to make special holiday treats for the zoo's black bears. Arrive by 10:30am to make tasty holiday snacks for the bears. Then at 11am watch as zookeepers present the treats to the bears inside wrapped holiday packages. Afterward, visit the zoo's other residents and learn how they're preparing for winter.

Saturday Night Grooves - Playland Ice Casino
December 17, 2011 - Rye

Skate to the sounds of the '70s, '80s, '90s, and today. December 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31.

Wilderness Survival - Salt Marsh Nature Center
December 17, 2011 - Marine Park

What would you do if you found yourself lost in the woods? Do you know how to build your own shelter, or start a fire without matches? Learn tips and tricks that will enhance your knowledge of the natural world, and might just save your life.

Holiday Showcase! - Irvington Town Hall Theater
December 17, 2011 - Irvington

Join Sleepy Hollow Performing Artists' youngest performers as they experience being part of a professional show with professional choreography, singers, and dancers. Please call Sleepy Hollow PAC at 914-909-5070 for tickets.

Holiday Gift Bag Workshop - EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED - Ossining Public Library
December 17, 2011 - Ossining

PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED AS OF 11/17/11. Create festive gift bags - just in time for the holidays. Supplies will be provided. Limited to six participants per session. Call 914-941-2416, ext. 348 for more information and to register. In the 2nd-floor conference room. December 10 & 17.

Holiday Crafts - The Field Library
December 17, 2011 - Peekskill

Fun holiday crafts for children of all ages (with a helping adult).

Mad Scientist: Acid Rain - Alley Pond Environmental Center
December 17, 2011 - Douglaston

Calling all scientists ages 8-12. Put on your thinking caps and join the pros at the Alley Pond Environmental Center as they answer important environmental questions with fun and easy experiments. Come learn about your environment through scientific studies and tests. Much of the class takes place outdoors, rain or shine, so please bundle up and dress appropriately. The class includes a snack and is limited to eight participants.

An Evening with the Stars: Astronomy Programs with Mark Freilich - Alley Pond Environmental Center
December 17, 2011 - Douglaston

Understand and appreciate the mystery and beauty of the universe with astronomer Mark Freilich. See the moon up close and learn about and view the Orion Nebular, the Andrometer Galaxy, the Big Dipper, Saturn, and Sirius. These programs comprise an indoor lecture on basic astronomy and outdoor viewing with a professional telescope. Participants are welcome to bring their own telescopes. Experience a different and exciting viewing at each monthly event.

The Man Who Came to Dinner - The Pecadillo Theatre Company
Through December 17, 2011 - New York

This holiday season, the Peccadillo Theater Company presents Hart & Kaufman’s THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER, starring Drama Desk Winner Jim Brochu and Tony Award® winner Cady Huffman. In this hilarious comedy satire, celebrated critic and radio personality, Sheridan Whiteside, slips on an icy doorstep while on a December lecture tour. Confined for several weeks of recovery at the Midwestern home of the utterly conventional Mr. and Mrs. Stanley, he proceeds to turn the family's life inside out with his incessant demands, long-distance phone calls and parade of eccentric celebrity guests. As Whiteside's secretary Maggie says: "He would have his mother burned at a stake if that was the only way he could light his cigarette!" Don’t miss the first New York revival of this classic comedy in over a decade! GET 15% OFF TICKETS! TO ORDER: • Click here ( use code PTCHHC • Call 212-352-3101 and use code PTCHHC RESTRICTIONS: Offer valid for performances 11/25/11 - 12/18/11. Offer subject to availability and may be revoked at any time. Online and phone orders subject to applicable fees. Offer expires 12/18/11.

The Muppet Christmas Carol - Museum of the Moving Image
December 17, 2011 - Astoria

Teach your children the reason for the season with an easy-to-understand adaptation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol that features their Muppet favorites. The classic is recast with Gonzo as Charles Dickens, Kermit at Bob Cratchit, and Fozzie Bear as Fozziewig. This faithful adaptation is as full of Christmas spirit as the original.

Family Workshops: Moving Pictures - Museum of the Moving Image
December 17, 2011 - Astoria

Get the kids thinking creatively with this workshop at the Museum of the Moving Image. In this arts and crafts event, children learn about the early history of moving images and make their own thaumatropes, nineteenth-century optical toys.

Tea & Tour - Muscoot Farm
December 17, 2011 - Katonah

Tour the upstairs of the main house, then sit down for a formal tea in the living room. Pre-registration required beginning November 1; download form at

The Nutcracker (Frank Ohman's New York Dance Theatre) - Hofstra University's John Cranford Adams Playhouse
December 17, 2011 - Hempstead

New York Dance Theatre, presents its 30th anniversary season of "The Nutcracker" done in the tradition of New York City Ballet's legendary George Balanchine. The Ohman troupe is joined by guest artists from Harlem Dance Theatre and other New York City companies, in bringing this holiday classic to life on the stage.

The Nutcracker - LaGuardia Performing Arts Center
December 17, 2011 - Long Island City

The holidays simply wouldn't be the same without viewing at least one performance of the Nutcracker. A classic for kids and parents alike, this musical and dance performance follows Clara and the Nutcracker Prince on a magical journey as they take an exotic trip through time with the help of Clara's godfather Herr Drosselmeyer.

Public Horse Education Program - Gallop NYC/Prospect Park
December 17, 2011 - Kensington

GallopNYC, which offers therapeutic horseback riding and hippotherapy to people with disabilities, presents this one-hour intro to horseback riding.

Holiday Celebration - Old Westbury Gardens
December 17, 2011 - Old Westbury

Period rooms are decorated with wreaths, mantelpiece drapes, topiaries, plants and other horticultural arrangements. Antique clothing and toys will be on display and children can create crafts and share their holiday wishes with Santa. Visit the Gift Shop for hard-to-find presents and enjoy hot cider and cookies on the West Porch.

Children's Holiday Crafts - Old Westbury Gardens
December 17, 2011 - Old Westbury

Children will participate in doing a variety of craft projects for the holidays.

Storybook Discovery Days - Voelker Orth Museum
December 17, 2011 - Flushing

Come into the parlor at the Voelker Orth Museum for a special treat. Dr. Marge Hendler’s monthly reading series for young children six and under cultivates the joys of reading. Listen to a new story each time. An arts activity is offered, too. Call for more information.

Family Art Project: Sparkle and Shine - Wave Hill
December 17, 2011 - Bronx

Looking to create a last minute gift for grandma? Bring the family to Wave Hill for a craft project. Combine shiny foil, glittery beads, and natural objects like cones and dried herbs and spices. Tie up a small sachet and fashion them all together into a glowing, fragrant decoration.

Holiday Party For Wildlife - Tackapausha Museum & Preserve
December 17, 2011 - Seaford

Live animal programs presented by The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center. Limited seating. Tickets will be handed out on a first come, first served basis. Bring a gift for the resident animals. Call museum for a list of items.

Amahl and the Night Visitors - Veteran's Memorial Hall at Snug Harbor
December 17, 2011 - Staten Island

Harbor Lights Theater Company performs this classic tale of the three kings, a disabled child named Amahl, and his mother.

December 17, 2011 - West Hartford

The band puts a Jewish spin on all kinds of musical styles, including reggae, rock, disco and Latin.

Lantern Light Tours - Mystic Seaport
December 17, 2011 - Mystic

This guided tour travels back in time to tell the story of the Cady family's efforts to prove that love and kindness matter more than gold, and that, if you believe hard enough, miracles really do happen.

Beastly Breakfast with Santa - Staten Island Zoo
December 17, 2011 - Staten Island

A breakfast buffet and visit with our special guest! Meet some animals up close and enjoy a tour of the zoo.

Frosty The Snowman - CM Performing Arts Center
December 17, 2011 - Oakdale

Remember when Frosty said he’d be back again? Well he's back dancing and singing. It's a perfect way to spend an hour during the holiday season. Kids will be delighted to watch this special production. Additional performance at 2pm on December 10 only.

How Can We Be Kind & Sensible as We Think about Presents? - Aesthetic Realism Foundation
December 17, 2011 - SoHo

This Learning to Like the World class for children ages 5-12 will be about a beautiful story by Myra Kelly titled "Christmas Present for a Lady." The class is taught by Barbara Allen and Robert Murphy, Aesthetic Realism consultants and popular teachers at metro area youth centers.

YESS Youth Players Performance--The Nutcracker Fable - Stepping Stones Museum
December 17, 2011 - Norwalk

Enjoy an interpretation of the classic holiday story, performed by the YESS team. Will The Nutcracker save Princess Pirlipat from her awful curse? Audience participation is encouraged.

Holiday Party - Fun Craft
December 17, 2011 - Darien

Make a holiday ornament and enjoy refreshments, face painting, tattoos, music, dancing and more. Santa is in the house from 1pm-3pm for pictures so bring your camera.

Silhouette Cuttings - Stepping Stones Museum
December 17, 2011 - Norwalk

Master silhouette artist Deborah O'Connor returns to provide her cherished portraits. Whether individual cuttings, multiple children or entire family groups, these silhouettes make a great gift for grandparents and other relatives. Reservations are required. at or 203-762-7257.

Winter Thanksgiving: The Winter Solstice - Mashantucket Pequot Museum
Through December 17, 2011 - Mashantucket

Enjoy the puppet show, Yah-How or Pushing Up the Sky, a traditional story that comes from the Northwest coast tribes or listen to storyteller,Meredith Vasta (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) share stories for children of all ages. Visit with local Native artists who offer unique holiday gifts.

Tales to Tails - Wilton Public Library
December 17, 2011 - Wilton

ROAR's (Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue) Therapy Dog Program bring therapy dogs to the library for children to read to them. The use of trained therapy dogs can result in children who feel comfortable reading out loud, read more often, attempt more difficult books and actually look forward to reading. Children must read independently to participate in this program. Registration required.

Holiday Story Time - Wilton Library
December 17, 2011 - Wilton

Children ages 4-7 are invited to join this holiday-themed story time. Children hear Hanukkah and Christmas stories and enjoy an activity. No registration.

Mother/Daughter Holiday Workshop - Oh My Girls!
December 17, 2011 - Syosset

Big girls and OMG! girls unite to make healthful holiday foods. Whether it is making potato latkes or ham, there are many ways to eat well during this holiday season. Participants also learn how to make those dishes decorative for the holiday table.

Annie - CM Performing Arts Center
December 17, 2011 - Oakdale

Leapin Lizards. The comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the best-loved musicals. Boasting one of Broadway’s most memorable scores, including “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “N.Y.C.,” and “Tomorrow,” Annie is a theatrical experience for the entire family.

Frosty The Snowman - CM Performing Arts Center
December 17, 2011 - Oakdale

Frosty said he'd come back someday and he does, singing and dancing his way through Oakdale.

THIRTIETH ANNIVERSARY PRODUCTION OF THE NUTCRACKER - John Cranford Adams Playhouse - Hofstra University
December 17, 2011 - Hempstead

Frank Ohman's production is the largest on Long Island with added music, scenes, and dances and is the only one in the tradition of New York City Ballet's legendary George Balanchine. Robert Maiorano performed the roles of Fritz and the young Prince under George Balanchin and portrays the role of the mysterious Herr Drosselmeir in this production. The role of the young Prince is shared by Jonathan Alexander, the School of American Ballet student who performed the role at Lincoln Center for the past two years, and Brian Casey who has also performed the role for the Vicky Simegiatos Performing Arts Center in Brooklyn.

Film Society Lincoln Center Presents 'Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory' - Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
December 17, 2011 - Lincoln Center

The 1971 musical adaptation, a perennial cult favorite, stars Gene Wilder as the zany, top-hatted recluse Willy Wonka, who shows Charlie Bucket around his magnificent factory. Family Film goers can stop at Indie Food and Wine before or after the film for an afternoon treat like the "indie lunch box," a meal that features a New York State cheddar grilled cheese sandwich on multi-grain bread with an apple and house-made hot chocolate ($6).

A Wonderful Life - John w. Engeman Theatre
December 17, 2011 - Northport

Frank Capra's iconic film comes to the stage. George Bailey desire to see the world is stymied by his loyalty to the family business. Eventually he learns the true meaning of friendship, community and love and that the good guy eventually prevails.

Chanukah Party - Israel Center of Conservative Judaism
December 17, 2011 - Fresh Meadows

Sick of being the only one not participating in the various Christmas events around town? Bring your kids to a Chanukah Party open to the entire community. This event will feature an evening of songs, games, and, of course, lots of latkes. Call the synagogue to make reservations and to find out more information.

The Eglevsky Ballet in The Nutcracker - Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
December 17, 2011 - Greenvale

The Eglevsky Ballet performs this classic story that has become a holiday favorite.

Works & Process: "Peter and the Wolf" - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
December 17, 2011 - Upper East Side

Isaac Mizrahi will narrate Sergei Prokofiev's charming children's classic, as New York City Opera's Music Director George Manahan conducts the Juilliard Ensemble. Artist Jason Hackenwerth will bring the production to life with an installation of newly commissioned balloon sculptures representing each character in the story.

Handel's 'Messiah' - Avery Fisher Hall
December 17, 2011 - Lincoln Center

New York Philharmonic presents this classic oratorio, featuring the stirring "Hallelujah Chorus," performed by four singers accompanied by the Westminster Symphonic Choir.

A Celebration in Lights - Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck
December 17, 2011 - Center Moriches

The grounds of the camp have been decorated with lights that can be viewed from your car. Funds benefit the camp and its programs. For more information go to

New York Theatre Ballet Presents 'Keith Michael's The Nutcracker' - Florence Gould Hall
December 17, 2011 - Manhattan

This perennial holiday favorite features new choreography, costumes, and scenery, with a charming turn-of-the-century Art Nouveau flair. The performance includes an exciting mouse battle at midnight, a journey through the Land of Snow, and of course, a sweet romance between a young woman named Marie and her Nutcracker Prince. From Clockwork Imps, to a luminous owl that flies above the audience, this Nutcracker bursts with energy and excitement.

Sci-Tech Workshop: Flower Power - Sony Wonder Technology Lab
December 17, 2011 - Manhattan

Create a flower using LEDs, fiber optics, colored cellophane, and some technical know-how. Reservations for up to four children can be made beginning December 12 by calling 212-833-8100.

Tinsel Tunes by the Tinsel Tones - Merchant's House Museum
December 17, 2011 - Manhattan

A concert of holiday favorites, from 1850 to 1950, performed in an 1850s parlor filled with 1950s decorations and vintage Christmas memorabilia.

Get Ready for Christmas at CMOM - Children's Museum of Manhattan
December 17, 2011 - Upper West Side

Kids ages 5 and older learn about the significance of Christmas and design a colorful one-of-a-kind Christmas ornament (2pm, 3pm, and 4pm). Kids ages 4 and younger can welcome winter by making a Christmas Tree Collage, using glitter glue, pom pom balls, and other textured materials (10am and 1pm).

Making Books Sing Presents 'If You Really Love Polar Bears' - Bronx Zoo - Dancing Crane Cafe
December 17, 2011 - Bronx

Meet Patchy, a little boy who loves polar bears and learns about the important role he can play in saving the earth. Told through music, puppetry, and physical comedy, this 30-minute performance educates children about climate change and the impact it's having on animals' habitats.

Frosty - John w. Engeman Theatre
December 17, 2011 - Northport

Frosty and his magic hat come to the stage in this live version of the popular television show.

Annual Arts Faculty Exhibit - Rye Arts Center
Through December 17, 2011 - Rye

This annual event offers the public an opportunity to see recent work from The Rye Arts Center's exceptional faculty of teaching artists. The opening reception will take place on Thursday, December 1, from 6:30-8pm. Through December 17.

The National - Beacon Theatre
Through December 17, 2011 - New York

Brooklyn-based The National will take the stage of The Beacon Theatre for 6 shows, highlighting hits and songs from their most recent album, High Violet.

Creating the Grid Family Workshop: Gallery Explorers - Museum of the City of New York
December 17, 2011 - Upper East Side

Explore the exhibitions "The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan" and "The Unfinished Grid" and then create your own ideas about how the streets and avenues of New York might look in the future. Participants will learn how the Manhattan street grid has evolved over the past 200 years and then work with a teaching artist to make their own designs for the sidewalks, streets, buildings, and parks of the 21st century. Recommended for ages 6-12. Reservations encouraged: call 917-492-3395.

Ballet Hispanico - Apollo Theater
December 17, 2011 - New York

On this special evening, Ballet Hispanico, the nation's preeminent Latino dance company and "a staple of the American cultural scene" (The Denver Post), graces the stage of the Apollo Theater with a first-time performance featuring the live music of Grammy winners Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. The performance features the world premiere of Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro's first work for Ballet Hispanico, an exuberant homage to salsa legend Celia Cruz entitled Asuka. Two other repertory favorites, Club Havana and Tito on Timbales—featuring songs of Apollo legend Tito Puente, the Buena Vista Social Club and others as performed by the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra—round out an exhilarating presentation of the best of Latino dance and music.

It's A Wonderful Life - Movies for Kids And Their Families - Jacob Burns Film Center
December 17, 2011 - Pleasantville

Enjoy this holiday favorite on the big screen, as it was meant to be seen. Directed by Frank Capra. 1946. 130 minutes. Not rated. In celebration of the theater's anniversary, children's tickets to 12pm weekend kids' films are $1 until the end of 2011.

Christmas or Chanukah House Event - Celebrations in the Kitchen
December 17, 2011 - Hicksville

This very special hands-on decorating event will have your children creating their very own gingerbread or chocolate houses to display on the family?s table this season. A fun experience. Register early.

“Reverse Santa” - Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square
December 17, 2011 - Manhattan

"Reverse Santa" returns this holiday season to put an unconventional twist on the customary "sitting on Santa's lap" family portrait. Ripley's own "Reverse Santa" will sit on visitor's laps this December, creating an out-of-the-ordinary holiday family photo. Guests to the Odditorium will have the opportunity to take a variety of fun holiday shots with "Reverse Santa." Individual prints, key chains, and magnets can be purchased on site at Ripley's Times Square, as well as a CD to create personalized holiday cards or share online with friends.

Alexander Doll Company Holiday Tree Trimming Event - Alexander Doll Company
December 17, 2011 - Harlem

Help decorate Madame Alexander's Christmas tree with a selection of Madame Alexander's doll ornaments. Guests will also enjoy treats, beverages, free tours of the historic Madame Alexander doll factory, and an extra 15 percent off holiday dolls and 10 percent off non-holiday dolls at the Madame Alexander Company Store. Create-a-Doll workshops will be offered for $25 (normally $35).

"The Flying Latke" by Arthur Yorinks - The Flea Theater
December 17, 2011 - Manhattan

A show for Jewish families of all shapes and sizes, but perfect for children grades K-6, "The Flying Latke" was adapted by Caldecott Award-winner Arthur Yorinks from his own classic children's book. Danny Silverstein and his "meshugge" family are celebrating the first night of Chanukah when a food fight erupts and sends a latke sailing out the window and down the Turnpike. The resulting UFO frenzy traps the Silversteins in their home for eight days. Will the fighting family make peace? And where will the flying latke land? Directed by Tom Costello, Benjamin Kamine, Kristan Seemel, and Danya Taymor. Featuring Yoni Ben-Yehuda, Arturo Castro, Morgan Everitt, Eric Folks, Kana Hatakeyama, Tedra Millan, Sade Namei, Rob Rodems, and Joann Sacco. Lights by Brandon Stock. Costumes by Madeleine Allen. Get tickets here:

Holiday Toy and Coat Drive - Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway
Through December 17, 2011 - Yonkers

For the fifth straight year, Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway and Catholic Charities will again team up to make the holiday season happier for the less fortunate. Empire City will host a week-long “Christmas Spirit Coat and Toy Drive” from Dec. 11-17. Patrons are asked to bring new, unwrapped toys and/or new or gently used coats anytime during the week. The items will be delivered to Catholic Charities supported agencies for the Christmas Holidays.

The Schlep Sisters and Thirsty Girl Productions Present: The 5th Annual Menorah Horah! - Highline Ballroom
December 17, 2011 -

Drop that dreidel and hold on to your latkes. We're heating up the holidays with Hanukkah's hottest Hebrew hotties! Our evening of music, laughs, and burlesque will keep your dreidel spinning all night long. Whether you're a yeshiva bocher, an honorary Jew, or a bacon-loving heeb, Menorah Horah will titillate and inspire your holiday spirit. The world-class Schlep Sisters – Minnie Tonka and Darlinda Just Darlinda – are joined by premier burlesque and cabaret stars Anita Cookie, Little Brooklyn, Cherry Pitz, Mel Frye, Sarah Screamss, Shiragirl, and Bastard Keith. DJ Mel Huckabee will make you shake your money-maker while host Seth Herzog will keep you laughing until your candles burn out. All that fun, for just a little gelt.

Alexander Doll Company Holiday Tree Trimming Event - Alexander Doll Company
December 17, 2011 - New York

Start your holiday celebrations early at the Madame Alexander doll factory. Be a part of the Madame Alexander tradition and help decorate Madame Alexander’s Christmas tree at the company’s annual Tree Trimming event. Delight in the selection of Madame Alexander’s doll ornaments. Enjoy treats, beverages, free tours of the historic Madame Alexander doll factory, and an extra 15% off holiday dolls 10% off non holiday dolls at the Madame Alexander Company Store. Create-a-Doll workshops, originally $35, will be $25.

Winterfest - Central Park Zoo
December 17, 2011 - Manhattan

On the first three Fridays and Saturdays in December, the zoo is open until 6:30pm so visitors can stop by in the afternoon to stroll under thousands of twinkling lights, visit cold-weather creatures, enjoy polar-themed performances in the Wildlife Theater, make winter crafts, and watch the animals enjoy fish-cicles, fruits, and other favorite treats during holiday enrichment sessions. The Central Park Zoo's 4-D Theater will be showing "The Polar Express" 4-D Experience, based on the film from Warner Bros. Pictures and Shangri-La Entertainment and "Planet Earth: Ice Worlds 4D Experience" from BBC Earth. For a break from the chilly air, warm up with birds, lemurs, and tortoises in the Tropic Zone, a steamy 80 degrees all year long. Schedule: 2-6pm - Wildlife Theater performances on the hour in the Zoo Gallery 2:30-5:30pm - Live Animal Encounters on the half hour in the Zoo Gallery 2-6:30pm - Crafts in the Zoo Theater Classroom 3:15pm - Presents to the penguins 5:30pm -

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