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Things to Do With Kids in Bronx on December 19

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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 19, 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 19. 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.

Monday Afternoon Storytime - Barnes & Noble City Center
December 19, 2011 - White Plains

Storytime and activities kids and parents will love.

Flamenco Latino Fall Classes - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through December 19, 2011 - NY

Flamenco Latino offers a wide variety of classes each week in their midtown studio at 244 W 54th St., 4th fl.! Fall term: September 6- December 19, 2011. Monday: Basic Beginner Flamenco with Aurora Reyes, Mon. 6-7 pm; Advanced Beginner Flamenco with Aurora, Mon. 7-8:30 pm; Group Intermediate Cante Class with Alfonso Cid, Mon. 8:30-9:45 pm. Tuesday: Advanced Beginner Flamenco Incorporating Props (Castanets, Hat, Fan & Shawl) with Aurora, Tues. 6-7:30 pm. Wednesday: Beginner Sevillanas with Aurora, Wed. 6:30-8 pm; Advanced Beginner Flamenco Guitar Group with Basilio Georges, Wed. 8:00-9:30 pm. Thursday: Beginner Cante with Alfonso and Basilio, Thurs. 6:30-7:30 pm; Flamenco Music Ensemble with Basilio, Thurs. 7:30-9:30 pm. Friday: Intermediate Group Guitar with Basilio, Fri. 12:15-1:15 pm. Saturday: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate Flamenco with Aurora, Sat. 3:00-4:00 pm; Basic Beginner Flamenco Guitar Group with Basilio, Sat. 4:00-5:00 pm. 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). Email flamlat@verizon.net or Call now with questions or to reserve! 212-399-8519 www.flamencolatino.com

La Fille du Régiment - Metropolitan Opera
December 19, 2011 -

Nino Machaidze is Donizetti's spunky heroine in Laurent Pelly's witty production. Her Tonio is Lawrence Brownlee, who delivers all nine high Cs of his famous aria with aplomb, and Kiri Te Kanawa is the Duchess of Krakenthorp.

Flamenco Class Incorporating Props - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through December 19, 2011 - New York

Aurora Reyes, of Flamenco Latino, offers Flamenco Dance Incorporating Props for Adv. Beginners Tuesdays, 6-7:30 PM. Fall term runs September 6- December 19, 2011 at Flamenco Latino Studio, 244 W54 St., 4th fl. (bet. Broadway and 8th Ave.). Technique and choreography for dances that use... -- castanets and Sombrero Cordoves. For example, Tanguillos de Cadiz, and Garrotin (hat only) dances. --Abanico (fan) as in such dances as Guajiras (fan + castanets) and Caracoles (fan only). -- manton (shawl) used in Solea and Seguiriya. We plan to rotate palos. We have extra fans, mantons, hats and castanets at the studio in case you forget yours! 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) Email or Call 212-399-8519 to reserve. www.flamencolatino.com

Pottery and a Story - Glaze
December 19, 2011 - Orangeburg

Bring your preschooler to hear a story and paint a coordinating piece pottery. Pre-registration is requested. This week, listen to Snowball Fight and paint a snowflake bowl.

Gluten Free Cooking - The Food Evolution
December 19, 2011 - Bardonia

Help prepare a seasonal meal with a mediterranean flair including a soup, fish, grain, and greens following cultural dietary influences that are considered to be healthy for everyone, not just for those with a gluten intolerance.

Toddler Art Adventures - Private Picassos at DUMBO Chabad
December 19, 2011 - DUMBO

Budding toddler artists will explore paint, crayons, oil pastels, collage materials, air-dry clay and recycled sculpture in this process-oriented art class. Each class will feature a unique theme, which all three main activities will focus on. A great introduction to a structured class for young artists and one that will help strengthen their fine motor skills.

Big Movies for Little Kids: Miracle on 34th Street - Cobble Hill Cinemas
December 19, 2011 - Cobble Hill

Young Natalie Wood stars as Susan, who notices something miraculous in an otherwise ordinary department store Santa.

Gingerbread House Workshop - Taste Buds
December 19, 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.

Toddler Holiday Workshop - Jill's Ceramics
December 19, 2011 - West Nyack

Jill will help young artists use their hand prints to design holiday-themed gifts for Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza, or any other special occasion. Jill's Ceramics offers a wide variety of plaster pieces that can be painted and taken home the same day or glazed with an assortment of finishes. Please call to RSVP.

Studio 23 and 45 - JCC Rockland
December 19, 2011 - West Nyack

Second, third, fourth, and fifth grade students are invited to spend an evening with their peers for dinner and an activity. Pre-registration required by December 15.

Nintendo WII Sports Night - The Moxie Spot
December 19, 2011 - Brooklyn Heights

Enjoy some WII and dinner.

Teen Comedy Improv Classes - Ossining Public Library - Budarz Theater
December 19, 2011 - Ossining

Class clowns in grades 6-12 will learn basic short and long-form improvisation techniques and build hilarious scenes based on a single topic. Improv training is not only fun but also helps teens refine critical thinking, public speaking, and social skills. Call x336 for more information. Mondays, December 5, 12, 19.

Computer Classes - Ossining Public Library
December 19, 2011 - Ossining

Improve your skills, ongoing Mondays, on the 2nd Floor.

NATURE BUGS - Greenburgh Nature Center
December 19, 2011 - Scarsdale

Meet a museum animal, hear a story, and do a craft or nature game. Except in extreme weather conditions, a portion of each class is spent outdoors. Mondays, December 5, 12 & 19.

Holiday Clay Ornaments: A Workshop for Adult - Queens Library: Ozone Park Branch
December 19, 2011 - Ozone Park

Leave a festive mark on your Christmas tree this year by coming to the library. In this workshop, Patricia Brintle uses air-dry clay to show you how to create beautiful holiday ornaments for decoration in and around your home.

Holiday Cheer - Queens Library: Hillcrest Branch
December 19, 2011 - Hillcrest

Teach your kids about a holiday tradition or two that's different from the one your family celebrates. At the library, kids ages 6 and up enjoy stories about Christmas, Chanukah, Three Kings Day, and Kwanzaa.

After School Dish - The Lakeview Public Library
December 19, 2011 - Rockville Centre

Enjoy a snack and talk about books, school, activities, study tips, and more. For school age children in grades 6 and under. Adults must accompany children who are under the age of 12 years. Registration required.

DDR Dance - Brooklyn Public Library, Coney Island branch
December 19, 2011 - Coney Island

Kids dance and make lanyards, sometimes at the same time.

COPE- Sibling Support Group - Elias Hicks Historical Home
December 19, 2011 - Jericho

COPE, a grief and healing organization dedicated to supporting families living with the loss of a child or sibling, holds monthly support group meetings on the 3rd or 4th Monday of the month for adult siblings.

'Hair' presented by Random Farms Kids' Theater - Tarrytown Music Hall
Through December 19, 2011 - Tarrytown

The story of a group of friends who choose to speak up and sing out in celebration of love, life, and freedom. The first great rock musical, it has some of the most rousing and soulful songs ever written for the stage, including "Let the Sun Shine In," "Good Morning Starshine," "Aquarius," and the infectious title song, "Hair." The production is made up of 45 young people who are divided into two casts. They come from throughout the tri-state area and have a wealth of theater, film and television experience. To reserve tickets, go to www.tarrytownmusichall.org or call TicketForce at 877-840-0457. Tickets will also be available at the door. For more information, visit www.randomfarms.com.

Good Reads, Great Kids - Wilton Library
December 19, 2011 - Wilton

Children in grades 2 and 3 and their parents discuss The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.

Playtime with Sammie and Tudie - Sprout San Francisco
December 19, 2011 - Manhattan

This mommy and me-style class includes a "theme" of the week, which is expressed in songs, stories, magic, and movement play. Call for reservations, class size is limited.

Cirque Le Masque Noel - The Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
Through December 19, 2011 - Patchogue

Technology and entertainment join forces in The Gateway's presentation of Cirque Le Masque's Noel. Aerialists, contortionists, strong men, andjugglers inject humor, theatrics, and wizardry while demonstrating eye-popping feats.

Teen Movie Night - The Lakeview Public Library
December 19, 2011 - Rockville Centre

Enjoy a movie and popcorn. For teens only, through 12 grade. No siblings allowed. Register ahead.

Works and Process: Free Holiday Concert - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
December 19, 2011 - Upper East Side

Celebrate the season with the joyous sound of holiday music in the museum's Frank Lloyd Wright–designed rotunda. George Steel conducts the Vox Vocal Ensemble and the Graham Ashton Brass Ensemble in what has become a revered annual tradition. The museum will close at 5:45pm and reopen at 6:30pm for the concert.

Introduction to Hypnobirthing with Dr. Charles Swencionis - Prenatal Yoga Center
December 19, 2011 - Upper West Side

Learn about HypnoBirthing: Through a well-thought-out program of deep relaxation, self-hypnosis, and education, HypnoBirthing allows a woman to summon her natural birthing instincts and to birth her baby in safety and with ease.

Desperate Houswives - Prana Pilates and Yoga
December 19, 2011 - Saint James,

Mom and child can take a simultaneous yoga class.

Hands-On-Hanukkah Workshop - Bet Torah Nursery School
December 19, 2011 - Mt. Kisco

Hands-on Hannukah Workshops open to the public in the second-floor Youth Lounge. Parents, caregivers, and children are invited to this fun-filled hour of story time, holiday songs, crafts, dreidel games, snacks, and fun. There will be take-home recipes, projects, and holiday happenings. Families may attend one or all Monday programs. For more information or directions, call 914-666-7595, ext. 110.

Christmas or Chanukah House Event - Celebrations in the Kitchen
December 19, 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.

Gingerbread Decorating Party - Gingerbread & Giggles
Through December 19, 2011 - Rockville Centre

Attend this fun No-Bake, Just Decorate party for the whole family. Choose a gingerbread house, cottage or cookies. Icing, all-you-can-eat candy buffet and gift bag included. Reservations required. Check out http://www.Facebook.com/GingerbreadAndGiggles for current promotions.

Hanukah Arts and Crafts for Tweens - Mount Vernon Public Library
December 19, 2011 - Mount Vernon

Tweens ages 8-12 can express their creativity through this holiday crafts workshop. The library provides the materials, tweens bring their artistic enthusiasm and leave with a wonderful craft to enjoy.

Group Guitar Classes-2011 - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through December 20, 2011 -

FLAMENCO GUITAR GROUP CLASSES at Flamenco Latino Studio with Basilio Georges. Advanced Beginner Flamenco Guitar Group. Wed. 8:00-9:30 pm - Technique exercises, Basic rasqueados, Learn to play simple arrangements with the other students in time . Intermediate Group Guitar - Fri. 12:15-1:15 pm. Technique, technique, technique, Basic compas patterns in various toques, Falsetas, solo routines, Learn to use falsetas you already have, and play them in rhythm. Basic Beginner Flamenco Guitar Group - Schedule TBD Learn right hand techniques and hand placement, basic chord shifts, hammers and pull-offs, scales Need a minimum of four people - taking enrollment now 8 classes paid in advance, $140 Starting week of June 27, after candidates make contact with Basilio and submit schedule availability for either Mon 7:30-8:30 pm, Tues 7:30-8:30 pm, or Wed 7:00-8:00 pm. Price $70 for 4-pack, $20 individually.Credit cards accepted. Email or call Basilio at 212-399-8519 Classes held at: Flamenco Latino Studio 244 W 54th Street, 4th floor (between B-way and 8th Ave.) NY,NY 10019 www.flamencolatino.com

Four Fantastic Exhibitions at Agora Gallery - Agora Gallery
Through December 20, 2011 - New York City

Brighten up the winter days by visiting Agora Gallery to admire the four new exhibitions that are opening soon. The Pursuit of Excellence: an Exhibition of Contemporary Russian Art displays the powerful, passionate creations of talented Russian artists. Labyrinth of Abstraction introduces work which will inspire and enlighten, as artists explore varied techniques and media to express their fascinating ideas and feelings. You will be enthralled by the work in Idiosyncratic Expressions, which represents the personal insights and emotions of dynamic, compelling artists. There is also a delightful and memorable solo exhibition, Quo Vadis?, which presents the work of remarkable artist Z. Todorova who investigates the deep connections between humanity and the world in which we live. The exhibitions will open on November 29, 2011 and continue until December 20, 2011. The gallery is open Tues-Sat 11am-6pm. The opening reception will take place on Thursday, December 1, 2011. Entrance is free and art lovers are warmly invited to attend. Exhibition Dates: November 29 - December 20, 2011; Reception: Thursday, December 1, 2011, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, New York City Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat, 11a.m. - 6 p.m. Event URL: http://www.agora-gallery.com/receptionexhibitions/12_1_2011.aspx

Teacher in the Library - The Field Library
Through December 20, 2011 - Peekskill

Puzzled by a homework assignment? Only understand a fraction of your math? Drop in for homework help from a certified teacher. December 1, 5, 6, 8, 12, 13, 15, & 19.

Hip N Hop Babies - Manna House Workshop
Through December 20, 2011 - Harlem

This one-of-a-kind 45-minute class brings music to life for babies and toddlers.

A John Waters Christmas - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Through December 20, 2011 - New York

Like a wayward Santa for the Christmas obsessed, legendary filmmaker and raconteur John Waters (Pink Flamingos, Hairspray, A Dirty Shame) rides into town on his sleigh full of smut, spreading yuletide cheer with his critically acclaimed one-man show, "A John Waters Christmas." Putting the "X" in Xmas, Waters's rapid-fire monologue explores and explodes traditional archetypes as he shares his compulsive desire to give and receive perverted gifts, a religious fanaticism for Santa Claus, and an unhealthy love of true crime holiday horror stories.

Music Classes for Kids - Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library
Through December 21, 2011 - Piermont

Presented by Moon River Music Together with Catherine Rubin, this class explores how the early childhood program of Music Together® teaches music through play. Class meets the third Wednesday of each month.

BounceU Farmingdale Holiday Toy Drive - BounceU Farmingdale
Through December 21, 2011 - Farmingdale

BounceU will be collecting new, unused toys to donate to Toys for Tots. Receive $2 off any Open Bounce Session with your donation! Call (631) 777-5867 or check our online calendar for session times at www.bounceu.com/farmingdale. Participation in an Open Bounce is not required to make a donation.

NYChessKids Chess Tournament - PS 116 - The Mary Lindley Murray School
Through December 22, 2011 - Manhattan

NYChessKids provide a positive chess learning experience for all ages and levels - from kindergarten to 12th grade - through its after-school classes. Light snack included. For more information, e-mail nychesskids@gmail.com.

Jingle Jams featuring Music for Aardvarks - Groove
Through December 22, 2011 - Larchmont

Jingle all the way to Groove for a festive Jingle Jam in celebration of the coming of Winter, the first snowfall, and everyone's favorite holidays! Jams at Groove are interactive musical experiences for the whole family. The music is live and the vibe is truly original. Each Jam is led by talented musician/educators who really know how to play. Most appropriate for ages 6 months-5 years. 9:30am and 10:30am Tuesdays, December 6, 13, 20; Wednesdays December 7, 14, 21; Thursdays December 8, 15, 22; Fridays December 9, 16; Saturdays December 3, 10, 17. Registration required at findgroove.com.

PS163 Afterschool Chess - NYChessKids
Through December 23, 2011 - Manhattan

NYChessKids provide a positive chessplaying experience for all ages and levels - from kindergarten to 12th grade - through its after-school classes. For more information, e-mail nychesskids@gmail.com.

Yvonne Meier - The Shining - New York Live Arts
Through December 23, 2011 -

The Shining is a thrilling dance-installation set inside the intricate maze of 350 refrigerator boxes. Originally created and performed in 1993 at Performance Space 122, the Bessie Award winning, The Shining puts audience members and performers together in an extraordinarily crafted, anxiety producing, living, breathing and inimitable environment.

Girls Night Out - Piece of My Art
Through December 23, 2011 - Port Washington

Girls ages 8-12 years can enjoy a special tween night every Friday of every month. The evening includes pizza, drink, and 2 pieces of select pottery. Parents drop the kids off and can enjoy a romantic dinner together.

Meet Santa at Bloomingdale's Santaland - Bloomingdale's
Through December 23, 2011 - Manhattan

Put on your holiday best and have your picture taken with Santa amid Bloomingdale's festive holiday decorations.

Home for the Holidays - A Christmas Musical - Westchester Broadway Theatre
Through December 23, 2011 - Elmsford

With their soldier son hoping to get be home from Afghanistan for Christmas, daughter who is in college on the West Coast finishing final exams also preparing to come home for Christmas, and younger children preparing for their Christmas pageant, the show follows the journey of a "typical" American family from the day after Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve, as they surmount the challenges of modern life and, ultimately, rediscover the true meaning of the season. Enjoy favorites like "White Christmas," "The Christmas Song," "Carol of the Bells," "Jingle Bells," "Here Comes Santa Claus" and "Home for the Holidays," plus old standards such as "Count Your Blessings" and "We Need a Little Christmas."

Reasons to Paint: Nyack High School Students Inspired by Hopper - Hopper House Art Center
Through December 24, 2011 - Nyack

Students from Nyack High School, Edward Hopper's alma mater, look at the artist's work and create new works that reveal his influence on artists of today. Opening reception: Saturday, November 19, 5-7pm. Exhibit runs through December 24.

Christmas Tree Sale - North White Plains Fire Company #1
Through December 24, 2011 - North White Plains

Proceeds of all trees sold will benefit the North White Plains Fire Co. No. 1. Hours: 4-8pm Thursdays & Fridays; 9am-8pm Saturdays & Sundays November 25-December 24. For additional information call 914-949-3575 or e-mail ncsfd1@optonline.net.

Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa's Workshop - McArdle's Florist & Garden Center
Through December 24, 2011 - Greenwich

Get into the holiday spirit.

Santa Is Here - Cherry Hill - Photos with Santa
Through December 24, 2011 - Valley Stream

Santa's waiting for you to take a photo with him. Hurry down to the mall.

Photos with Santa Claus - Broadway Mall
Through December 24, 2011 - Hicksville

Bring the kids for a memorable photo with Santa. Various packages and price range available. Santa will be in the rotunda near IKEA. Photo sessions continue through 5pm on December 24.

Grand Central Holiday Fair - Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall
Through December 24, 2011 - Manhattan

Located in Grand Central Terminal's historic Vanderbilt Hall, you'll find one of the city's most famed holiday shopping experiences, this year featuring 76 vendors with a wide array of goods at all price levels, including unique crafts, jewelry, clothing, home furnishings, and children's gifts.

Union Square Holiday Market - Union Square Park
Through December 24, 2011 - Manhattan

This famous market features more than 100 merchants selling unique gifts, including hand-blown glass housewares, locally handmade leather belts, bags and accessories made from recycled plastic, a variety of handmade jewelry, and Tibetan crafts. Food vendors will also be selling sweet and savory treats. Visit the Information Booth for help on finding your gifts.

Columbus Circle Holiday Market - Columbus Circle
Through December 24, 2011 - Manhattan

This seventh annual holiday market offers items like handmade wooden puzzles, gingerbread houses and kits, French truffles, mother and daughter apparel, and handcrafted home accessories. Local food vendors sell cider and other treats.

It's a Wonderful Life: The Live Radio Play - Queens Theatre
Through December 24, 2011 - Flushing

Give your kids a little history lesson while enjoying a can't-miss seasonal performance. Celebrate the chilly weather with the heartwarming holiday classic re-imagined as a live 1940's radio broadcast. A cast of five actors bring George Bailey and the townspeople of Bedford Falls to life, playing dozens of different characters and performing all the sound effects, just as they did during the golden age of radio.

17th annual Holiday Gift Show - Rowayton Arts Center
Through December 24, 2011 - Rowayton

Stop by the center for unique holiday gifts, decorations and collectibles by some of Fairfield County's finest artists and craftspeople. Proceeds support year-round education and other community programs at the Rowayton Arts Center.

'A Christmas Carol' - Manhattan Children's Theatre
Through December 24, 2011 - Lower Manhattan

Modern movement with both traditional and original music brings this well-known holiday tale to life. As the heartless miser Scrooge faces his past, present, and future through the surprise visits of four uninvited spirits, he awakens on Christmas morning with a new heart. This family holiday tradition reminds us all to look within ourselves and renew our spirits of compassion and generosity.

“Reverse Santa” Returns to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square This Holiday Season - Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square
Through December 24, 2011 - New York

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square’s “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. “Reverse Santa” photos will be available each Saturday from 12pm to 7pm, December 3 through December 24, as well as December 26 through 29 from 12pm to 7pm. 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. “Reverse Santa photos were a huge hit last holiday season, we couldn’t wait to offer them again this year,” said Michael Hirsch, President/General Manager of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square. “At Ripley’s Time Square, we love surprising our guests with the unexpected and the look on their faces when Santa sits on their lap…it’s priceless.”

Visit with Santa - Cross County Shopping Center
Through December 24, 2011 - Yonkers

Visit Santa and receive a free gift at Cross County Center through December 24.

Breakfast with Santa - Rock Center Cafe
Through December 24, 2011 - Manhattan

Children of all ages will have the opportunity to get pre-Christmas face time with Santa himself, followed by skating on the historic Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center, alongside the legendary Christmas tree. A beloved NYC holiday tradition, Breakfast with Santa includes a delicious family-style breakfast and a Christmas gift from Santa and his elves for each child.

"A Christmas Carol" - Canal Park Playhouse
Through December 24, 2011 - Tribeca

Meet the ghost of Charles Dickens. He's not what you expect. In fact, he's a bit of a clown. Mr. Dickens is spending the festive season at Canal Park Playhouse, bringing the magical story of Ebenezer Scrooge's journey from dour skinflint to a compassionate embodiment of the holiday spirit to life in the intimate landmark theater. Based on the Dickens' own material from his historic reading tours throughout the U.S., this heart-warming classic tale is given new life with Victorian pratfalls and classic physical comedy, imbued with a little bit of holiday magic. Recommended for ages 7 and older. A pre fixe, pre- or post-show brunch at the theater's Waffle Iron Cafe is available on Saturdays for an additional $6.95 in advance or $8.95 at the door.

Jade's ToyBox Holiday Pop-Up Store - Jade's ToyBox
Through December 24, 2011 - Tribeca

Find great deals on gifts and fun holiday events for kids, plus a chance to pick your own discount from the Holiday Advent Calendar Pick-A-Pocket (10 to 40 percent off toys, books, and games through December 28). Products like the WinGreen tents made by a women's cooperative in India, handmade plush fair-trade made by Peruvian artisans, Plan Toys fire trucks and wooden games made of renewable woods, and Green Toys US-made benefit charities like the Speyer Legacy School Scholarship Fund, Children's Storefront School in Harlem, and The Caroline Wambui Mungai Foundation, a home and school for orphans and vulnerable children in Wangige, Kenya. December 1-12: Get an automatic 15 percent off when you donate gently used books, toys, games, and children's clothing for newborn through 12-year-olds, for the benefit of the Children's Storefront School in Harlem and The Caroline Wambui Mungai Foundation. Activities for Kids and Parents Santa Letter Writing (ongoing throughout the day): Kids can use eco-friendly materials (provided) to create their letters for Santa and mail them to the North Pole. The 'Not A Box' Contest (ongoing): A childhood idea of transforming a brown box into a TV set was the impetus for the JTB product box and the installation at the JTB Pop-Up Store. Show your ingenuity by transforming a simple brown box into the invention of your choice, then explain it and enter to win a $150 Jade's ToyBox gift card. Saturday, December 3 Holiday Craft Workshop (2pm): Using recycled and found objects, transform simple items into beautiful holiday gifts for family and friends with a little help from in-store staff and visiting artists. Sunday, December 4 and 18 Holiday StoryTime, By Kids, For Kids (2pm): Bring your kiddos in for holiday story time and hear special guest kid 'authors' share an excerpt of their favorite prose. Tuesday, December 6 The P.A.L. Workshops @ Jade's ToyBox presents Supporting Early Giftedness Through Play: A Hands-On, Play-Based Workshop for Parents (6:30pm): This play-based session will help parents support their child's strengths, with games and strategies to help toddlers and preschoolers develop a love for learning and get ready for kindergarten. Register at palworkshops.eventbrite.com. Saturday, December 10 Holiday Cookie Swap with MiniMunchers & The Healthy Apple (2pm): Join MiniMunchers and The Healthy Apple for an organic twist on cookie making. They'll teach the kiddos how to make healthy, yummy homemade cookies for a holiday cookie swap. Saturday, December 17 Holiday Craft: Musical Instrument Workshop (2pm): Using recycled and found objects, transform simple items into awesome musical instruments that make great holiday gifts for family and friends.

Holiday Sale - Peekskill Clay Studios at the Hat Factory
Through December 24, 2011 - Peekskill

Featuring pottery and clay art made by the artists of the Peekskill Clay Studios.

Patricia Brown at Bloomingdale's - Bloomingdale's Midtown
Through December 24, 2011 - New York

Celebrity Jewelry Designer Patricia Brown will be at Bloomingdale's Midtown to showcase her Holiday 2011 Collection. Come by to meet the designer herself and shop for those last minute holiday gifts.

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Through December 25, 2011 - New York, NY

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Parents of Teen & Tweens Support Group - Riverview Nursery School
Through December 26, 2011 - Nyack

This ongoing support group is for parents of teens and tweens who want to improve communication with their children, share ideas, foster independence while setting limits, and more. Group meets every other Monday.

Parents of Teen & Tweens Support Group - Riverview Nursery School
Through December 26, 2011 - Nyack

Parents are encouraged to learn how to improve communication with their teen or tween in this professionally-facilitated support group. Participants can share ideas and concerns as well as gain strategies for: setting limits, establishing trust, fostering independence, and encouraging competence and accountability. For more information or to register, contact Katie Berry at 914-629-5849 or askkatie@gmail.com. Group meets every other Monday.

Wii Play - Game On! - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
Through December 26, 2011 - Garnerville

Tweens are invited to join the library's weekly video gamer's club and challenge themself and their friends on the Wii. Gamers can practice before participating in tournaments on the library's big-screen TV! No registration required. Each Monday.

Toddler Story Hour - Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library
Through December 26, 2011 - Piermont

Children ages 6 months to 5 years old are invited to enjoy books and crafts with Piermont's own Agnes Caniza. Each Monday except holidays.

Grandparent/Grandchild Program - New York City Police Museum
Through December 27, 2011 - Manhattan

Grandparents and grandchildren are invited to participate in activity play in the Junior Officers Discovery Zone.

A Christmas Carol - Theatre Three
Through December 27, 2011 - Port Jefferson

Miser Ebenezer Scrooge learns the true meaning of Christmas in Dickens' classic tale. Children learn the value of giving while enjoying the performance. Show runs through December 27.

Ladies' Night - Piece of my Art
Through December 27, 2011 - Port Washington

Ladies, leave the kids at home and create something unique for yourself or a loved one. Join "Piece of my Art" every Tuesday for adult fun. Paint pottery or make a mosaic. Bring your creativity, food and drinks. Call for reservations.

Chanukah Wonderland - Ardsley Shopping Center
Through December 27, 2011 - Ardsley

A Chanukah gift shop and family fun house with Judaica, toys, Chanukah merchandise, and activities for every age group. Decorate a dreidel, craft a Chanukah candle, visit Chanukah multi-media stations, take a picture with Judah the Maccabee, or join an ancient archeological dig. Open daily from 11am-6pm, December 5-27.

'Addiction Incorporated' - Film Forum
Through December 27, 2011 - West Village

Charles Evans Jr.'s startling new expose of the tobacco industry's scientific mission to hook America on nicotine. The film presents a first-person account of big tobacco's methods and research by scientist-turned-whistleblower Victor DeNoble whose work led to new FDA reforms about to take effect.

Parenting Support Group at Head Start - Nyack Head Start
Through December 28, 2011 - Nyack

This weekly support group includes a free dinner, childcare, and Spanish translation. Group meets each Wednesday.

Breastfeeding Support Group - Rockland County Department of Health
Through December 28, 2011 - Pomona

The Rockland County Department of Health invites nursing moms (and babies) and pregnant women to a weekly Mother 2 Mother (M2M) Breastfeeding Support Group. The group meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month, starting April 27, and is led by Health Department Certified Lactation Counselors. For more information call Laurie at 845-364-3865 or email messingL@co.rockland.ny.us.

Art Classes for Children Grades 4 and Up - Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library
Through December 28, 2011 - Piermont

Students can create imaginative art projects on a number of themes in this weekly class. Techniques include drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, and mixed media. Students will also be introduced to various artists from art history. All materials, including smocks, are provided. Class size is limited to 10 students. Please call 359-4595 or e-mail alexis@piermontlibrary.org to register. Class meets each Wednesday.

Children's Storytime - Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Nanuet
Through December 28, 2011 - Nanuet

Bring your favorite toddler to the store's children's department for weekly storytimes. Stories told each Wednesday.

Storytime and Singalong for Kids - Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
Through December 28, 2011 - Manhattan

Kids ages 3 and younger and their caretakers can join Nancy and Beth for reading, singing, and dancing.

Parents of Infants Support Group - Riverview Nursery School
Through December 29, 2011 - Nyack

Parents with children ages birth through one year old are invited to meet each Monday and Thursday for a two-hour support group. For more information, contact Katie at 914-629-5849 or askkatie@gmail.com.

Art Classes for Children Grades 1-4 - Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library
Through December 29, 2011 - Piermont

Students can create imaginative art projects on a number of themes in this weekly class. Techniques include drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, and mixed media. Students will also be introduced to various artists from art history. All materials, including smocks, are provided. Class size is limited to 10 students. Please call 359-4595 or e-mail alexis@piermontlibrary.org to register. Class meets each Thursday.

Ladies Night - Stay N Clay
Through December 29, 2011 - Port Washington

Gather the girls every Tuesday and Thursday for some fun and create a beautiful clay piece for the house or someone special. Enjoy pizza, salad, coffee and cake and BYOB. Reserve for any size group. Sessions run through December 29.

Peter Pan - Theater at Madison Square Garden
Through December 30, 2011 -

Tony Award nominee Cathy Rigby takes flight in an all new production of Peter Pan! Discover the magic all over again of this two time Emmy award winning and two time Tony award nominated production. The New York Times says "Rigby still carries off the flights, fights and acrobatics that make Peter Pan audiences mesmerized." Peter Pan is filled with timeless magical moments and a captivating hook. The legend you thought you knew, is now the adventure you never dreamed possible...Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan

IndiVisible--African-Native American Lives in the Americas - Pequot Museum
Through December 30, 2011 - Mashantucket

This Smithsonian traveling exhibition focuses on the lives of people with dual African American and Native American ancestry. The exhibition sheds light on the dynamics of race, community, culture, and creativity and addresses the human desires of being and belonging.

You've Got Hate Mail - The Triad
Through December 30, 2011 - New York

Billy Van Zandt & Jane Milmore (Silent Laughter, Love, Sex, and the I.R.S., A Night at the Nutcracker) bring their e-mail comedy of errors, Billy Van Zandt & Jane Milmore’s You've Got Hate Mail, to the Triad after a three week hiatus. Hailed by critics (“The perfect bedroom farce…expertly directed…riotously enacted by a five-person ensemble!” –NY Post) (“LOL…The audience is guaranteed to do just that – Laugh Out loud!” -Star Ledger) (“It doesn’t get better than this!” –Show Business Weekly) (“A rapid-paced romp with a millennium twist! Hilarious!” –Curtainup.com), (“Behind this very funny theater piece lurk many surprises” –Huffington Post), You’ve Got Hate Mail is a hilarious look at online hook-up and break-ups. Love "bytes" all when an extra-marital affair goes horribly wrong, thanks to a juicy e-mail left sitting on a desktop. The story is told entirely in e-mails from laptop computers, although the play does manage to have an unforgettable chase scene - thanks to Blackberries and iPhones. Tickets are: VIP $35.00 (Includes preferred seating); General Admission $30.00. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.SmartTix.com or by calling 212 868 4444

"A Christmas Carol" - The Players Theatre
Through December 30, 2011 - Manhattan

A lively, one-hour musical adaptation of the classic Dickens tale. Follow along with Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by four ghosts; his old business partner Marley and the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future. See what happens when he gets a glimpse of his own future if he doesn't change his life. Will Scrooge catch the holiday spirit and save himself in the process?

Waving in a Winter Wonderland - Long Island Children's Museum
Through December 30, 2011 - Garden City

Wave in the winter with your very own "hand"-made whimsical tree. Use a variety of fun materials as you stamp a one-of-a-kind snow-covered tree. Class runs through December 30.

Reid Farrington's 'A Christmas Carol' - Abrons Arts Center
Through December 30, 2011 - Manhattan

This imaginative new show integrates media and live theater, featuring haunting images from 35 different film versions of "A Christmas Carol." Through complex technology and choreography, the show mashes together more than 100 years of film history. Performers slip in and out of characters from the Alastair Sim, George C. Scott, and Bill Murray versions of "A Christmas Carol," as well as The Muppets and Thomas Edison variations (and many more), to create an imaginative and new interpretation of the beloved Dickens story.

Art exhibition featuring photography Lev Gogish - Ossining Public Library
Through December 30, 2011 - Ossining

Digital Photography by White Plains resident Lev Gogish on view in the Library Gallery.

'CATS' - A WPPAC Professional Mainstage Production - White Plains Performing Arts Center
Through December 30, 2011 - White Plains

Based on "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" and other poems by T.S. Eliot, the musical takes place in a junkyard where the local cats are auditioning to be chosen by their leader, Old Deuteronomy, to journey to the Heavyside Lair to be reborn. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber & lyrics by TS Eliot; this professional mainstage production of CATS is directed by Jeremy Quinn, choreographed by Greg Baccarini, and musical directed by Kurt Kelley. CATS ran on the London stage for 21 years, and on Broadway for over 18 years. Performances are: December 9, 10, 16 & 17 at 8pm; December 10, 11, 17, 18, 28, 29 & 30 at 2pm; December 28, 29, 30 at 7pm.

Fall Friday Fun Night - Stay N Clay
Through December 30, 2011 - Port Washington

Come and enjoy a movie, sip cider or hot chocolate and learn painting and glazing techniques. Pick out the piece of your choice to paint, and have fun doing so. Reserve for a small or large group. Classes run through December 30.

Holiday Light Show - Girl Scouts of Suffolk County
Through December 30, 2011 - Bayport

Drive through a mile-long, wooded trail filled with dazzling light displays and holiday vignettes. After the trail, warm up at the Holiday Village to take photos with Santa, enjoy hot cocoa and snacks and visit the Hall of Trees. Proceeds benefit Girl Scout programs and outreach services. Closed December 24 and December 25.

"Three Bears Holiday Bash" - Swedsih Cottage Marionette Theatre
Through December 30, 2011 - Upper West Side

A variety show that celebrates the holiday season in song, dance, and puppetry. This production quickly becomes a comedy of errors when Baby Bear invites Santa to star in Mama and Papa Bears' annual holiday show. Drawing from the stories of Hanukkah, the Night Before Christmas, and Kwanzaa, the "Three Bears Holiday Bash" is a great way to get into the holiday season spirit. Reservations required; visit www.cityparksfoundation.org.

National Geographic Crittercam: The World Through Animal Eyes - Mystic Aquarium
Through December 31, 2011 -

Swim through tropical landscapes with turtles, dive beneath the ice with penguins and forage in the forest with a family of bears — experience life as animals do in a new exhibition opening February 9, 2011 at Mystic Aquarium. Through interactive displays, firsthand footage and evocative environments, visitors to the exhibit can explore the many stories and animals that are part of the science and adventure of Crittercam. The exhibit focuses on Crittercam’s deployment on seals and sea lions, sharks, sea turtles, whales, penguins, bears and lions.

Geographic Crittercam--The World Through Animal Eyes - Mystic Aquarium
Through December 31, 2011 - Mystic

In this new exhibit, strategically placed cameras allow visitors to get a close-up view of some of the animals including turtles, penguins and bears.

Sunday Brunch - Bourbon Street
Through December 31, 2011 - Bayside

Children 12 and under eat FREE at Bourbon Street for Brunch with the purchase of an adult entree. This is an ongoing event each Sunday. Kids do not eat complimentary on holiday Sundays.

Free crafts for kids every Saturday and Sunday - Lakeshore Learning Store
Through December 31, 2011 - New Hyde Park

Put little hands to work every Saturday and Sunday with fun craft activities at all Lakeshore Learning Store locations. This free program is ideal for kids ages 3 and up. The program runs through December 31.

Writing the Garden: A Collection of Books from The New York Society Library and Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, Principal Founder of the Central Park Conservancy - the New York Society Library
Through December 31, 2011 -

Writing the Garden: A Collection of Books from The New York Society Library and Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, Principal Founder of the Central Park Conservancy. Books on display span more than 150 years and opening fresh vistas into the World of Gardens. Writing the Garden will feature works by remarkable gardeners who wrote with great knowledge and deep passion stemming from their love of nature, plants, and horticulture.

Happy Feet 4D Experience - Madame Tussauds New York
Through December 31, 2011 - New York

Happy Feet 4-D Experience Put on your dancing shoes and boogie with Mumble in Happy Feet 4-D Experience. Journey to Antarctica to meet a lively colony of Emperor Penguins faced with a diminishing food supply. Mumble sets out on an adventure to appeal to the better nature of humans and tries to reason with them to stop stealing the fish. Using courage and bravery, the banished Mumble soon realizes that his toe-tapping talent isn’t a burden, but a gift to be treasured — and his dancing feet may ultimately save his endangered colony! Featured in digital 3-D and brought to life with 4-D multi-sensory effects, this is an immersive experience for the whole family to enjoy.

'Mother The Job' - Museum of Motherhood
Through December 31, 2011 - Manhattan

A multimedia exploration of integrated art forms, including film, sculpture, photography, domestic artifacts, and original writings portraying the day-to-day life of the mother and her relationship with her child, raising questions regarding "human" capital and "economic" capital.

MOMIX - Botanica - Joyce Theater
Through December 31, 2011 -

Known internationally for presenting work of exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty, MOMIX is celebrated for conjuring up a world of surrealistic images by using props, light, shadow, humor, and the human body in a startling way. Experience this always enchanting company when it returns to The Joyce for the holiday season with Botanica, a work described by The New York Times as creating "an animated world" that "comes fabulously alive." Featuring music that ranges from Vivaldi to birdsong, Botancia not only follows the rhythms of the New England season, but also the evolution of the world and the passing of a day. Flowers bloom, go to seed and die; vegetable, animal and mineral--all in human form--combine and metamorphose in this magical production.

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker - New York City Ballet
Through December 31, 2011 -

Welcome to the world of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker?. This is the production that is the heart of New York City's year-end holiday season. Whether it is a family tradition or a once-in-a-lifetime visit, your experience of this glittering classic ballet will stay with you forever and warm your spirit. From the moment the lights dim, you will be transported to a magical place filled with adorable children, marching toy soldiers, a glowing one-ton Christmas tree that seemingly grows forever, mischievous mice, crystalline waltzing snowflakes, the Land of Sweets and some of the most glorious dancing on earth. This is the place to come to learn all there is to know about the history of this much-loved ballet and New York City Ballet's production. It is where you will find the information you need to order tickets for the next season of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker?.

Cyberchase – The Chase is on! - Stepping Stones Museum for Children
Through December 31, 2011 - Norwalk

This new temporary exhibit is based on the Emmy award-winning PBS Kids Go! math mystery cartoon Cyberchase and offers a hands-on, educational exhibit through which children and families are encouraged to explore problem-solving in a family-friendly environment.

Mystery at the Museum: An Accomplice Adventure - American Museum Of Natural History
Through December 31, 2011 - Upper West Side

On this exciting adventure through the museum - part game, part theater, part walking tour - you'll meet characters, follow clues, and solve puzzles as you unravel a tale that takes you to iconic museum locations and behind-the-scenes areas.

Storied City: New York in Picture Book Art - Katonah Museum of Art
Through December 31, 2011 - Katonah

New York has long held special appeal for the illustrators and writers of children's books. Storied City, showcasing original art from more than 35 picture books, examines the city's iconic landmarks, neighborhoods, parks, and modes of transportation. Featured illustrators include seven Caldecott Medal winners (Richard Egielski, Mordicai Gerstein, Jerry Pinkney, Brian Selznick, Marc Simont, David Small, and David Wiesner); several artists long associated with The New Yorker magazine (Maira Kalman, James McMullan, Roxie Munro, Edward Sorel), and many other leading illustrators from the world of children's books. Through December 31.

New York, New York! The 20th Century - Katonah Museum of Art
Through December 31, 2011 - Katonah

New York, New York! The 20th Century celebrates the city as muse to photographers, painters, and sculptors, encompassing the varied cultures and lifestyles of its inhabitants. The exhibition features over 50 works from the Norton collection, including paintings, photographs, sculptures, and works on paper by Berenice Abbott, Diane Arbus, Stuart Davis, Andreas Feininger, William Gropper, Childe Hassam, Edward Hopper, John Marin, Reginald Marsh, and Edward Steichen, among others. Through December 31, 2011.

Teen Comedy Improv Classes - Ossining Public Library - Budarz Theater
Through December 31, 2011 - Ossining

Class clowns in grades 6-12 will learn basic short and long-form improvisation techniques and build hilarious scenes based on a single topic. Improv training is not only fun but also helps teens refine critical thinking, public speaking, and social skills. Call x336 for more information. Mondays, December 5, 12, 19.

Up 4 Art - Staten Island Children's Museum
Through December 31, 2011 - Staten Island

Hard working parents can now enjoy some toddler time on weekends. Singing, creating and sharing adventures.

First Day Free! - Aleph Bet Early Childhood Center
Through December 31, 2011 - Westport

Let your 18 month to 2.5 year toddler come and explore the fun and challenge of school in this warm and loving classroom environment. The curriculum for this age group is specialized for discovery and growth in a wide range of skills. Please contact us for more information, and check out the flyer on our website.

New York City Ballet Presents George Balanchine's 'The Nutcracker' - David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center
Through December 31, 2011 - Upper West Side

A rousing snowstorm sends a blizzard of ballerinas across the stage, sweeping you to exotic locales in the enchanting Land of Sweets. You'll meet marching toy soldiers, little Marie, and the valiant Nutcracker who saves her from the villainous, seven-headed Mouse King. Tschaikovsky's incomparable score is joined by hundreds of dazzling costumes, a one-ton tree that magically grows and grows, and a million watts of illuminated excitement.

Multilingual Mother Goose - Chappaqua Library
Through December 31, 2011 - Chappaqua

Learn and share songs and rhymes in other languages. Birth-5 years with adult. Please register. December 1, 8 and 15.

Wolves of North America - Wolf Conservation Center
Through December 31, 2011 - South Salem

Learn about the mythology, biology, and ecology of wolf families and discover why the fall is such a magical time for packs in North America. Guests will visit Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa and Zephyr as well as the WCCs endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves. Don't forget a camera. Pre-registration required. December 3, 11 at 11am; December 27 at 2pm.

Pack Chat for Kids (ages 4-8) - Wolf Conservation Center
Through December 31, 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.

Howliday Fest! - Wolf Conservation Center
Through December 31, 2011 - South Salem

Celebrate the holiday season with the wolves. Learn about the mythology, biology and ecology of wolf families. Guests will help decorate the ambassador wolf HOWLIDAY tree, then observe how the wolves react as they discover the ornaments! They will also visit Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa, and Zephyr, as well as the center's other endangered wolves. Pre-registration required. December 10 at 2:30pm; December 18 at 11am.

Holiday Howl! - Wolf Conservation Center
Through December 31, 2011 - South Salem

Get outside during the holidays at the Wolf Conservation Center. Learn about the mythology, biology and ecology of wolf families. Guests will assemble lupine gifts for Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa, and Zephyr, then enjoy watching the wolves tear them open! Guests will also visit the center's other endangered wolves. Pre-registration required. December 26 and 28 at 11am; December 30 at 2pm.

Jingle Jams featuring Music for Aardvarks - Groove
Through December 31, 2011 - Larchmont

Jingle all the way to Groove for a festive Jingle Jam in celebration of the coming of Winter, the first snowfall, and everyone's favorite holidays! Jams at Groove are interactive musical experiences for the whole family. The music is live and the vibe is truly original. Each Jam is led by talented musician/educators who really know how to play. Most appropriate for ages 6 months-5 years. 9:30am and 10:30am Tuesdays, December 6, 13, 20; Wednesdays December 7, 14, 21; Thursdays December 8, 15, 22; Fridays December


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