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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.

Nanuet Family Resource Center Fundraiser - IMAX Theatre at Palisades Center
December 19, 2012 - West Nyack

IMAX Theatre at Palisades Center will host a family event on Wednesday, December 19th at 6:00pm. Families are encouraged to attend in costume. The event will be a fundraiser for the Nanuet Family Resource Center. A delightful basket of Hobbit themed prizes donated from Barnes & Noble at the Palisades Mall and other Hobbit related merchandise will be raffled to benefit the Family Resource Center. Everyone who attends will receive hot chocolate gift certificates from Barnes & Noble. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased on line at www.imax.com/palisades.

Shabbat for Tots - Union Temple
Through December 28, 2012 - Brooklyn

Singing, dancing, and a little Hebrew for toddlers, preschoolers, and their adult guests. Led by Yoshie - kids' favorite!

Art Starts: Grades K-2 - The Long Island Museum
December 19, 2012 - Stony Brook

This themed activity program includes an exhibition visit and an art project. Pre-registration required.

Music Classes for Children - Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library
Through December 19, 2012 - Piermont

Young children are given the chance to develop basic competence in music by providing them with a rich musical experience in a relaxed and playful environment. Presented by Moon River Music Together with Catherine Rubin, the class teaches music through play. Meets the third Wednesday of each month.

Holiday Earring Making Workshop - John C. Hart Memorial Library
December 19, 2012 - Shrub Oak

Make earrings for yourself and a Battered Women's Shelter. Optional: bring any old bead jewelry that you can recycle into earrings. For adults & teens, program limited to 30 participants. Please register.

Boppin’ with Bonnie - Congregation Sons of Israel
December 19, 2012 - Upper Nyack

Toddlers can join music teacher and ventriloquist Bonnie Halfond for music, movement, and puppets. Class meets every Wednesday through December 19.

Infant Care - Nyack Hospital
December 19, 2012 - Nyack

This class is designed for first-time parents. Topics include the basics of holding, diapering, bathing, swaddling, sleeping patterns and feeding cues, choosing a pediatrician, infant safety, and pet issues. Pre-registration is required; application available online.

Handmade Felt Ornaments - Pelham Art Center
December 19, 2012 - Pelham

Art + science + soap + water = clean hands! Kids ages 5 and older create fun, holiday-themed ornaments with felt and sparkles.

Made with Love - Floral Park Library
December 19, 2012 - Floral Park

Join this group of knitters to help share the warmth of wool with those in need. Bring your own needles and yarn. All skill levels are welcome. There is no instructor for this group.

Holiday Piggy Banks - Manhasset Public Library
December 19, 2012 - Manhasset

Teens are invited to do community service by decorating piggy banks for kids at Anna's House, a non-profit organization. Students in Grades 7-12 are welcome. Registration starts December 5th.

Cookie Decorating - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
December 19, 2012 - Garnerville

Children in grades 1-6 can make new friends while decorating cookies with frosting and toppings.

Holiday Story Play Celebration - Brooklyn Public Library, Dyker branch
December 19, 2012 - Dyker Heights

Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers hear holiday songs and stories, play with toys, and create arts and crafts.

Toddler Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Cortelyou branch
December 19, 2012 - Ditmas Park

Toddlers, 18-36 months, hear stories and play.

Board Games - Brooklyn Public Library, Stone Avenue branch
December 19, 2012 - Brownsville

Kids unplug from the video games and play some board games.

Vacation Drop-Off Days (ages 4-8) - Stamford Museum and Nature Center
Through December 19, 2012 - Stamford

Enjoy winter fun that includes visits with live animals, crafts, hikes, games and exploring the grounds of the SM&NC. An organic, nut-free snack and drink will be served. The program is taught by two SM&NC professional educators. Limited to 12 children for a small group experience. Call 203-977-6521 to register. Must be 4 by date of program.

Music and Movement - Long Island Children's Museum
December 19, 2012 - Garden City

It's music, music, music. Musical instruments and catchy sing-along songs get the youngest children to move their bodies.

Toddler Storytime - Long Island City Library
December 19, 2012 - Long Island City

Little ones can enjoy half hour of fun which includes songs, rhymes, games and crafts. This program is for children from 18 months to 3 years old and their caregivers.

Toddler Storytime - Forest Hills Library
December 19, 2012 - Forest Hills

Toddlers 18 to 35 months and their parents or adult caregivers can enjoy listening to picture books, sing songs, learn fingerplays, and join in lively movement games, all while developing vocabulary and social skills. Preregistration is required, as space is limited.

Reading for Fun - Laurelton Library
December 19, 2012 - Laurelton

Reading is fundamental for success. This program will teach kids how much fun reading can be, with a great selection of books from the library.

Books for Babies - Wilton Library
December 19, 2012 - Wilton

This program offers songs, play, and gentle stories geared for babies under 12 months old. No registration necessary.

Mother Goose Time - Wilton Library
December 19, 2012 - Wilton

Children ages 1-4 sing songs, listen to stories, move to music, and learn nursery rhymes. Felt boards, puppets, instruments, and props will be used. No registration.

Art Adventures - Wilton Library
December 19, 2012 - Wilton

Children in grades 3-5 will learn about an artist or artistic movement, then create their own art project inspired by it. Children should wear appropriate clothing that may get dirty. Registration required.

Manhasset's Got Talent - Manhasset Library
December 19, 2012 - Manhasset

Be the audience or be the star when critically-acclaimed singer Linda Ciofalo, accompanied by piano, leads a host of local talent in song. Each month twelve new STARS will be chosen by Linda to take center stage with an enthusiastic audience of well-wishers to cheer them on. Dreams are not just for the very young, but also for the young at heart. Whether you aspire to wow them at the karaoke party, or have always waited for your moment of fame, this showcase is for you. Bring along sheet music with your favorite song.

Lego Club - Mineola Public Library
December 19, 2012 - Mineola

Create unique structures and meet other Lego enthusiasts. Kindergarten and up. Sign up begins Monday, December 3 for all sessions.

Money Matters - Lakeview Public Library
December 19, 2012 - Rockville Centre

Children will learn about saving, earning, and spending. They will decorate a piggy bank during the workshop. For children in grades 3 to 8.

Holiday Piggy Banks Grades 7-12 - Manhasset Public Library
December 19, 2012 - Manhasset

Teens in grades 7-12 will decorate piggy banks for the children at Anna's House, a local facility. Community service hours will be awarded. Registration starts December 5.

Portfolio Club - Levittown Library
December 19, 2012 - Levittown

If you?re a high school student thinking about college, a career and how to move out on your own, Portfolio Club is for you. The group will focus on creating a portfolio to document your personal interests and achievements and on learning about library resources that are available to help you explore possible career paths. In addition, you will explore money, how to get and keep a job, what it takes to live on your own and more.

LEARN TO DRAW with ART TEACHER AMY- Children 6-9 - First United Methodist Church
December 19, 2012 - Amityville

Step-by-step, your child can learn to draw animals, landscapes, people and masterworks while they experiment with chalk and oil pastels, watercolors and markers.

'Max the Rein-Dog' Friendship Ornaments - Children's Museum of Manhattan
December 19, 2012 - Upper West Side

Create a mini-sculpture ornament of the Grinch's pet, Max. These ornaments will be delivered to homeless shelters.

The Animated Galaxseum - Children's Museum of the Arts
December 19, 2012 - SoHo

Step inside the world known as Galaxseum. Inspired by the work of exhibiting artist, RAMMELLZEE, you will work closely with Media Lab Teaching Artists to explore new frontiers in clay sculpting, filmmaking, and sound design. Workshops will employ various techniques including character and creature design in the Clay Bar, stop motion animation in the gallery, and music and sound experiments in the Sound Booth.

Peter Lawrence Orchestra - Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway
December 19, 2012 - Yonkers

Noon & 2pm.

Forever Young - Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway
December 19, 2012 - Yonkers

Empire Club Members 55+ come play at Empire City Casino on Wednesdays. Earn 10 Empire Points to receive your Forever Young giftpack: $10 free play, free valet, $5 food voucher.

Aida - Metropolitan Opera
December 19, 2012 -

The Met's unforgettable production of Verdi's ancient Egyptian drama stars Liudmyla Monastyrska and Hui He. They share the title role of the enslaved Ethiopian princess caught in a love triangle with the heroic Radam�s, played by Marco Berti and Roberto Alagna, and the proud Egyptian princess Amneris, sung by Dolora Zajick and Olga Borodina. Fabio Luisi conducts this revival, which features recent choreography by Alexei Ratmansky.

SFX: Nuclear Winter - RBar
December 19, 2012 - New York

VJ Wetcircuit and music recording artist Demetra present their monthly event, SFX, on Wednesday, December 19th at R Bar; located at 218 Bowery. The theme for the evening is Nuclear Winter. SFX showcases breaking live bands, underground fashion, and DJ dancing. End the year in apocalyptic style with legendary dark-wave band Hussle Club, as well as IAMEVE, The Mystic Underground, Zas, Demetra, newcomer Radiomusik, and resident DJ Annakickarse. All live music sets will be accompanied by a light show produced by VJ Wetcircuit. Nightlife space invaders Allison Wwonderland and Venus Pain will host the party. After hours, Brina Stella will showcase her newest anticouture pieces, while DJ Valerie Valentine of the Wolf Party spins her signature mixture of electrohouse. Other attractions include atomic gogos Apathy Angel, Lucille Ti Amore and Chloe Madison, UV Body Painting provided by Kirkworx, a nuclear snowstorm, atomic sparklers, and nuclear winter drink specials from 8 to 9PM.

Live Music Wednesdays - Dragones at China Latina
December 19, 2012 - New York

Dragones, China Latina restaurant’s year-round rooftop bar that boasts incredible views of downtown Manhattan, is one of the only spots in the city for enjoying live music high in the sky. Up and coming bands will perform every week. Plus, enjoy signature cocktails like Lychee Margaritas and platters of China Latina's signature Latin American meets Asian cuisine.

Art classes - The Painted Cloud
Through December 20, 2012 - Brooklyn

The Painted Cloud classes offer a nurturing, dynamic environment that introduces children to many new techniques and materials, and allows them the freedom to express themselves artistically. unique and creative art projects using a wide array of high quality art materials.

downUNDER Gifty Gala Week - Fairfield Woods Branch Library
Through December 20, 2012 - Fairfield

Drop by to craft a special present for the important people in your life. Arrive early as supplies are limited. Teens, grades 6-12.

Gymnastics - Aviator Sports Center
Through December 21, 2012 - Gravesend

Classes at Aviator's state of the art gymnastic facility is available for the home-schooling community.

The North Pole Comes to Stepping Stones - Stepping Stones Museum
Through December 21, 2012 - Norwalk

Enjoy hands-on activities and meet holiday favorites, from Santa Claus to Frosty the Snowman to other surprise characters.

Toddler Adventure Open Gym - Westport Weston Family Y
Through December 21, 2012 - Westport

Children ages 6 months-4 years can crawl, roll, jump and explore. Children must participate with parent or caregiver. No membership required. Monday-Friday through December 21.

Cup o� Snow, Man! - Long Island Children's Museum
Through December 21, 2012 - Garden City

Meet in the Inner Lobby to build your own snowman to take home. Bring to life a �cute as a button� pal with its own unique personality using cups and other fun materials. This program runs through December 21, 2012.

Holiday Clothing and Toy Drive - Downtown Community Center
Through December 21, 2012 - Lower Manhattan

To support the Single Parent Resource Center, drop off these items: New clothing and toys for teens and children: hats, scarves, gloves, coats, and age-appropriate toys (games, electronics, books, educational games, etc.) New clothing for adults: hats, scarves, gloves, and coats. To help direct the gifts appropriately, try to label them with age, gender, and size. The Single Parent Resource Center is the only organization in New York City that takes programs to women and children in the homeless shelters and is solely dedicated to helping single mothers and fathers. If you have questions contact russ@manhattanyouth.org.

Handel's Messiah - New York Philharmonic
Through December 22, 2012 -

Hallockville Museum Historic Farm Tour - Hallockville Museum Farm
Through December 22, 2012 - Riverhead

Step back in time to life as a North Fork farmer from the 1700's to the 1930's. Explore 28 acres along with 19 historic houses, barns and outbuildings ranging from the mid-18th century Hallock Homestead to the Depression-era Cichanowicz Farmhouse. Tour the museum's buildings, gardens and collections. Experience real farming in the museum's fields and meet cows, sheep and chickens. Through December 22, 2012.

So Smart Kids Fun Fitness Program - Vee Arnis Jitsu
Through December 22, 2012 - Canarsie

Fitness program helps build self-esteem and confidence, social skills, attention span and focus, gross motor development, and breathing and calming strategies for children with special needs.

CHEAP Studio Space in December - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through December 22, 2012 - New York

ARTS RELATED RENTALS ONLY! Looking for a good deal on space AND a convenient location to put together a class, workshop or rehearsals? Flamenco Latino is offering a great deal on large studio rentals for December 2012. The studio is 33' by 25' (825 sq ft.) with marley floor. STUDIO A: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 7:30 PM -9:30 PM and Friday 7 PM-9 PM for $38/hr. OR If you book 6 hours or more, price drops to ONLY $32/hr! also... Saturday 3 PM-5 PM for $32/hr. OR If you book 6 hours or more, price drops to ONLY $26/hr! You're not going to get a better deal on this amount of studio space in midtown Manhattan. Sprung marley floors, 7' high quality mirrors, ballet bars, fans, a/c and 10' high ceilings. Windows and natural light. Two dressing rooms with sinks. Public restrooms on same floor. Small waiting area. Thirty folding chairs available and benches. Good for rehearsals or classes for ballet, modern, exercise/aerobics, salsa, and, of course, flamenco and tap. Music rehearsals also permitted. Sound system with iPod hook up, CD and tape. One piano available. DVD/VCR and monitor available for $10.00 extra. Flamenco Latino Studio 244 West 54 Street (bet. Broadway & 8th Ave.) 4th floor New York, NY 10019 Email or call 212-399-8519 http://www.flamencolatino.com/studio.shtml

Bumbug the Musical - The Clurman Theatre
Through December 22, 2012 - New York

BUMBUG The Musical is an electrifying new Rock Opera, reinventing A Christmas Carol through the lense of NYC immigrants and hyphenated Americans.

Christmas Tree Sale - North White Plains Fire Co.
Through December 23, 2012 - White Plains

Various sizes and types of trees available. Proceeds benefit the North White Plains Fire Company. For more information, email ncsfd1@optonline.net.

'Seven in One Blow or The Brave Little Kid' - Axis Theatre
Through December 23, 2012 - West Village

For the 11th consecutive season, Axis Company will present its winter show for children. Adapted from the classic fairy tale by The Brothers Grimm, this interactive play with music encourages the audience to participate in many of the kid's challenges with singing and organized "shout outs."

MAUREEN MCGOVERN - 54 Below
Through December 23, 2012 - New York

This holiday season, 54 Below is honored to welcome multiple Grammy nominee Maureen McGovern to our stage when she presents an evening featuring songs of the season, some unexpected, and some traditional chestnuts. Broadway audiences know her from her acclaimed, Drama Desk-nominated performance in Little Woman, 3 Penny Opera, Nine and The Pirates of Penzance as well as off-Broadway's Brownstone, but the world over knows Maureen as "The Disaster Theme Queen." On Dec. 22, second show at 10pm.

Holiday Show & Boutique - Loft Artist Association
Through December 23, 2012 - Stamford

All kinds of items from artwork, to cards, bookmarks, ceramics, photography, silkscreened items, clothing and jewelry, will be available to the public over the holiday season.A portion of the proceeds will go to Laurel House, a non-profit organization that provides resources and opportunities for people living with mental illness, bridging the gap between isolation and community. Fridays-Sundays, December 6-December 23.

Breakfast with Frosty & Friends - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo
Through December 23, 2012 - Bridgeport

December 1 & 2, 8 & 9, 15 & 16, 22 & 23 Get in the holiday spirit and join Frosty and his friends for breakfast at Connecticut's only zoo. Reservations are required. Call Amanda Bolanos at (203) 394-6574. $10 per person for Zoo members, $20 per person for non-members. Price includes zoo admission and breakfast.

Union Square Holiday Dessert Tour - Sugartooth Tours
Through December 23, 2012 - New York

Learn about Union Square's remarkable history while exploring the holiday market and eating tasty treats. Visit website for schedule (Thurs.-Sun. afternoons).

Miracle on 34th Street, the Musical - Take One Performing Arts
Through December 23, 2012 - Ronkonkoma

You loved the movie, now see the musical. Take One Performing Arts presents, "Miracle on 34th Street, the Musical" from December 14th through the 23rd, Fridays and Saturdays. Call for reservations 631-569-2148.

Grand Central Holiday Fair - Grand Central Terminal
Through December 24, 2012 - Manhattan

Entering its 13th year, The Grand Central Holiday Fair is a unique New York City holiday shopping experience, and it's the only holiday market in the city to operate indoors! 76 Unique Vendors with endless gift options.

4th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa's Workshop - McArdle's Florist & Garden Center
Through December 24, 2012 - Greenwich

Families can visit Santa's live reindeer and have their photo taken with Santa at his workshop. Hours for the Photos with Santa are: Monday-Friday 12-5:30pm; Saturday 9am-5:30 pm; Sunday 9am-4pm. Reindeer feedings will take place daily, 9am-4pm. Reindeer facts and educational information about reindeer will also be available.

18th annual Holiday Gift Show - Rowayton Arts Center
Through December 24, 2012 - Rowayton

Unique holiday gifts, decorations and collectibles by some of Fairfield County's finest artists and craftspeople will be featured in this fundraiser that supports year-round education and other community programs at the Rowayton Arts Center.

Visit with Santa - Cross County Shopping Center
Through December 24, 2012 - Yonkers

Visit Santa in his Winter Wonderland House and receive a free gift. Santa's hours: Mondays-Saturdays 11am-8pm; Sundays 12-6pm. Friday Dec. 14 and Dec. 21 9am-6pm; Sunday Dec. 2, Dec. 9, Dec. 16, and Dec. 23 11am-7pm; Christmas Eve 9am-6pm.

Christmas Tree and Poinsettia Sales at the Farm - Queens County Farm Museum
Through December 24, 2012 - Floral Park

Enjoy shopping at this holiday sale Dec. 1 through Dec. 24. Popular varieties and sizes of trees, evergreen wreaths, poinsettia, Amaryllis, and paperwhites will be for sale with proceeds benefiting the Farm Museum.

Santa Photos - Queens Center Mall-JC Penny Wing
Through December 24, 2012 - Elmhurst

Santa Claus is coming to town, Nov 17-Dec 24. He's making a list and checking it twice. Enjoy a visit and have a photo taken with Santa and his helpers. See Santa in his winter wonderland house located on the Level 3. Special hours on Dec. 9 12-4pm, and pet photo night 6-8:30pm.

Union Square Holiday Market - Union Square Park
Through December 24, 2012 - New York

In it's nineteenth year, the Union Square Holiday Market is a New York institution, and draws hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the globe. Famous for its distinctive red and white tents and ebullient atmosphere, visitors flock to Union Square every holiday season in search of superior local products and unparalleled local cuisine. What's new this year? -There are more food vendors than ever, including Momofuku Milk Bar, Sigmund's Pretzels, Mayhem & Stout, Wafels & Dinges, Mighty Balls, Hong Kong Street Cart, La Sonrisa Empanadas and many more -The food vendors will offer delivery to local businesses and residences via SeamlessWeb -There will be a "Little Brooklyn" section of the market, highlighting local, handmade goods from Brooklyn, NY -There is a larger diversity of retail goods than ever before -UrbanSpace will be hosting a group of carolers each week to add seasonal flair -Visitors can download a free iPhone app called "Here" which includes an interactive map of the market, vendor descriptions and even discounts and deals -To aid our fellow New Yorkers (and neighbors) devastated by Hurricane Sandy, UrbanSpace will have a donation basket in the information booth; all proceeds with benefit the American Red Cross. Many vendors will be donating percentages of their proceeds as well.

Christmas Holidays at the Hatchery - Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium
Through December 24, 2012 - Cold Spring Harbor

Make your own Holiday ornaments to hang on the Hatchery's Christmas Tree. Also, during Dec, the Hatchery is a Toys for Tots drop off, the U.S. Marine Program accepts donations of new, unwrapped toys for needy children.

Toys For Tots Toy Drive - Toys 'R' Us-The Hub
Through December 24, 2012 - Hempstead

The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve's premier community action program, collecting new toys to give to kids in need across the country each holiday season. Toys'R'Us, Inc. and Toys for Tots are united in their commitment to bring toys to children who might otherwise go without on Christmas morning. You may give a monetary donation online or you may choose to donate a new toy to the drop locations of Toys "R" Us nationwide, including this location. The toy drive runs through December 24.

FREE Shopping Shuttle from Times Square - Westfield Garden State Plaza
Through December 25, 2012 - Paramus

This holiday season, hop on the FREE Shopping Shuttle from Times Square, New York City to tax-FREE shopping at Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, NJ. Located just approximately 20 minutes from Manhattan in Paramus, New Jersey, Westfield Garden State Plaza is a superb fashion shopping destination offering the ultimate selection of brands in every retail category and is renowned for introducing cutting edge, first-to-market retailers. HOW TO RIDE – Pick up your FREE TICKET at CitySights NY Visitor Center in Times Square 234 West 42nd Street (between 7th and 8th Avenue inside Madame Tussauds) SHUTTLE SCHEDULE: Monday – Saturday November 12 – December 24 DEPARTING TIMES: From Times Square 9:30am, 11:00am, 2:30pm (Shuttle Departures board across the street from Madame Tussauds on 42nd Street between 7th & 8th Avenue.) RETURNING TIMES: From Westfield Garden State Plaza 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 6:00pm (Shuttle Returns board at Bus Depot in parking lot by California Pizza Kitchen near Entrance 10 of shopping mall.) ***MUST PRESENT VALID TICKET to shuttle driver on both departures and returns to board bus*** Exclusive Offers Visit Westfield Concierge located near Macy’s & Ruby Tuesdays to pick up a copy of exclusive VIP holiday offers at participating stores. For more information on the Free Shopping Shuttle to Westfield Garden State Plaza, contact Westfield Concierge at 201.843.0687. More info here: http://www.newyorksightseeing.com/tourpage.php?item=GSP

Weekly Cooking Class - Taste Buds Kitchen
Through December 26, 2012 - Chelsea

Cook up a new and delicious culinary adventure each week in this signature weekly class. Recipes vary from savory to sweet and the class focuses on ingredients, tastes, techniques, and making new friends. This class is a great way to introduce new ingredients and flavors to your child. You'll be amazed at what your budding chef makes and eats. Class size is limited to 10 students. Starting with our youngest chefs at age 2 on up to our advanced teens classes, we have a weekly class for everyone.

Mommy/Daddy and Me - Bounce! Trampoline Sports
Through December 27, 2012 - Valley Cottage

Parents or grandparents with kids ages 2 through 6 can have fun in the Bounce! Jr. Zone, in the Bounce! castle, as well as on the main trampoline court. Head trainer Victor Byrne works with parents and children on a series of trampoline-based exercises and fun activities. Program meets every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon.

Dance and Drum Classes for Teens and Children - Layla's Dance & Drum
Through December 29, 2012 - Valley Stream

Join Layla's Dance and Drum studio for a full day of teen and kids dance, drum and double dutch (jump rope) classes including hip-hop, creative movement, Salsa, African dance and more. Adult classes include Salsa/Mambo, Afro-Cuban and West African dance.

Tot Shabbat - Congregation Sons of Israel
Through December 29, 2012 - Upper Nyack

Share a family experience of singing, dancing, and praying as well as a weekly story and other activities. Each Saturday through December.

Parent's Night Out - Tumbling Tunes
Through December 29, 2012 - East Northport

Parent's can leave their children for up to 3 hours on these nights. Tumbling Tunes will provide entertainment for the kids in the form of games, crafts, music, gymnastics and free play. Reservations are required at least 1 day in advance.

Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical - Theater at Madison Square Garden
Through December 30, 2012 -

Discover the joy of Dr. Seuss' classic holiday tale as it comes to life on stage. Featuring the hit songs "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas," The Grinch discovers there's more to Christmas than he bargained for in this heart-warming holiday classic.

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker - New York City Ballet
Through December 30, 2012 -

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.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - New York City Center
Through December 30, 2012 -

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is beloved as one of the world's most popular dance companies. This season, New York City Center's Principal Dance Company returns with exciting performances that have become a joyous holiday tradition. Artistic Director Robert Battle will continue to surprise and delight audiences with premieres and new productions that expand his vision for the company, adding dynamic choreographic voices to the repertory that challenge Ailey's extraordinary artists in new ways. This season includes a new work commissioned by New York City Center, along with encore performances from Battle's acclaimed first season: modern dance master Paul Taylor's Arden Court, hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris' soul-lifting Home, and Ohad Naharin's unique and innovative Minus 16, which features improvisation and audience involvement. A variety of repertory favorites and classic Ailey works will be performed, including the must-see Revelations with live music or an expanded cast of 50 dancers on select programs. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater inspires all in a universal celebration of thehuman spirit using the African-American cultural experience and the Americanmodern dance tradition.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular - Radio City Music Hall
Through December 30, 2012 -

You and your loved ones will be immersed in the warmth and magic of Christmas in a way that only Radio City can deliver as scenery extends beyond the stage transforming the interior of the Music Hall into a magical canvas. Expect to be awed vis a vis digital projections coupled with the world's largest flown indoor LED screen. Fan-favorites including "New York at Christmas," where the Rockettes board a real double-decker bus and the high-energy tap number, "Twelve Days of Christmas." Of course, beloved classics like "The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" and "The Living Nativity" will also be back. Bonus: This 2012 edition is celebrating 85 magical years of the Rockettes with an experiential archive exhibit at Radio City Music Hall commemorating the past, present and future of the legendary precision dancers. Visit website for playing schedule and to reserve tickets.

Breastfeeding Support Group - 92nd Street Y
Through December 30, 2012 - Upper East Side

Breastfeeding is an evolving process that raises many questions and concerns. Meet with other moms, babies and a lactation specialist from 92nd Street Y Parenting Center to discuss topics such as the emotional ups and downs of breastfeeding, what happens when your milk supply is weak, how to juggle breastfeeding and work, and whether and how to supplement. Come when you can; no registration necessary.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular: The Rockettes Celebration! - Radio City Music Hall
Through December 30, 2012 - Midtown

This year's Radio City Christmas Spectacular celebrates 85 years of the Rockettes in New York. The show features dazzling dance numbers, beloved favorites, and breathtaking special effects. A new scene will be added this year, in honor of the 85th anniversary: a costume retrospective featuring the most interesting and unique Rockettes costumes throughout the decades. The show is interactive and inspired, and highlights the attributes that have made the Rockettes so engaging for so long.

'Falling' - Minetta Lane Theatre
Through December 30, 2012 - West Village

"Falling" boldly explores the dynamic and complicated reality of a family with an autistic young man. When a relative comes to visit, the entire family is thrown out of equilibrium, with everyone trying to balance what is best for the family and what is best for them. The play bravely speaks a truth about love and family and about hopes and dreams. It asks "How do you love someone who is difficult to love?"

ADMIRAL'S GRAND HOLIDAY CRUISE - Hornblower NY
Through December 30, 2012 - New York

Hornblower's ultimate holiday cruise is designed for groups seeking the perfect end to a successful year. Charter a private cruise to show your team how much you appreciate them. Three hour cruise.

Inclusive Weekend Classes - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through December 30, 2012 - SoHo

An opportunity for children with physical disabilities ages 7 and older and their able-bodied siblings or friends to participate in a drop-off art class together. This program is intended to make the museum's art-making accessible to all needs and provide an opportunity for siblings to spend time with each other and with peers who have similar experiences.?If a child with a physical disability doesn't have a sibling to attend the session with him or her, the child may bring along a friend instead. Each session offers a new workshop that is designed to meet the needs of the participants. This program is staffed with CMA teaching artists and a licensed occupational therapist(s).?This program is based on a class-like model in which the teaching artists and the OT work to facilitate the group experience, with a keen eye towards the special needs of the participants;?if your child requires dedicated one-on-one attention you should consider bringing a paraprofessional or other adult to help facilitate your child's experience. Parents are encouraged to drop off their children, though they are welcome to stay if they wish or remain close by in another part of the museum. To sign up for a session, discuss your child's needs with the program director in advance of the session. Contact Valerie for more information at vharchencko@cmany.org. Each session accommodates 16 participants.

New York City Ballet Presents George Balanchine's 'The Nutcracker' - David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center
Through December 30, 2012 - 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.

'The Sound of Music' - Paper Mill Playhouse
Through December 30, 2012 - Millburn

One of the most beloved and inspirations stories of all time, this tale of love and courage is Rogers and Hammerstein's final triumphant collaboration. Based on the true story of the von Trapp family, this musical masterpiece has become a beacon of hope and joy for generations. Don't miss this holiday tradition for the entire family.

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical - The Theater at Madison Square Garden
Through December 30, 2012 -

Discover the joy of Dr. Seuss' classic holiday tale as it comes to life on stage. Featuring the hit songs "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas," The Grinch discovers there's more to Christmas than he bargained for in this heart-warming holiday classic.

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical - The Theater at Madison Square Garden
Through December 30, 2012 - New York

Discover the joy of Dr. Seuss' classic holiday tale as it comes to life on stage. Featuring the hit songs "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas," The Grinch discovers there's more to Christmas than he bargained for in this heart-warming holiday classic.

Madison Square Garden's 'A Christmas Carol' - CM Performing Arts Center
Through December 30, 2012 - Oakdale

Based on the beloved classic novel by Charles Dickens, this whimsical ghost story follows Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserable, old miser, as he is visited by Christmas apparitions and is taken on the ultimate journey of self-redemption.

Girl Scouts' 9th Annual Holiday Light Show - Camp Edey
Through December 30, 2012 - Bayport

Drive through a mile-long wooded trail filled with light displays and holiday vignettes. After the show, warm up at the Holiday Village, where you can meet Santa, visit the Hall of Trees, and enjoy hot cocoa and snacks.(Closed Dec. 24 & 25.) Proceeds benefit Girl Scout programs and outreach services. November 29-December 30, 2012.

'Circus Oz Holiday Show' - New Victory Theater
Through December 30, 2012 - Midtown

Shout the loudest "G'DAY!" ever for the awesome Aussies of "Circus Oz" as they return to The New Victory for the fifth time with their bold, bodacious, and brassy brand of big top zaniness. Starring jaunty jugglers, astounding acrobats, teasing trapeze artists, and sassy ringleaders who manage the whole irreverent mob, this all new, saucy show delivers downright Down Under fun. A live rock band propels the already ecstatic energy into the stratosphere, and with one amazing and madcap act topping the next, you and your whole family will hoot, holler and hunger for more this holiday season.

CIRCUS OZ - New Victory Theater
Through December 30, 2012 - New York

The awesome Aussies of CIRCUS OZ return to The New Victory with their bold, bodacious brand of big top zaniness. Starring jaunty jugglers, astounding acrobats, teasing trapeze artists and sassy ringleaders who manage the madcap mob, this saucy, new show delivers downright Down Under fun perfect for the holidays!

'Mr. Dickens Tells a Christmas Carol' - Lyndhurst
Through December 30, 2012 - Tarrytown

Lyndhurst is proud to present "Mr. Dickens Tells a Christmas Carol," a theatrical performance recreating Charles Dickens' own readings of the classic tale about the travails of Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, and Tiny Tim. This spirit is brought to life in this adaptation, which takes place throughout the Lyndhurst mansion. Working from Dickens' actual scripts, actor Michael Muldoon tells the well-loved tale as guests travel throughout the mansion "meeting" the different spirits and characters. Performances are held Fridays at 7pm, Saturdays at 5pm and 7pm, and Sundays at 2pm and 4pm. Additional performances at 2pm and 4pm December 26, 27, and 28.

'Mr. Dickens Tells a Christmas Carol' at Lyndhurst - Lyndhurst
Through December 30, 2012 - Tarrytown

Lyndhurst is proud to present "Mr. Dickens Tells a Christmas Carol," a theatrical performance recreating Charles Dickens' own readings of the classic tale that brings alive the travails of Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, and Tiny Tim. This adaptation takes place throughout the Lyndhurst mansion. Working from Dickens' actual scripts, actor Michael Muldoon tells the well-loved tale as guests travel throughout the mansion "meeting" the different spirits and characters. Performances are held Fridays at 7pm, Saturdays at 5pm and 7pm, and Sundays at 2pm and 4pm. Additional performances are held at 2pm and 4pm December 26, 27, and 28.

Sam Eaton Presents 'The Quantum Eye' Magic & Mentalism Show - Theatre 80
Through December 31, 2012 - Manhattan

In this longest running Off-Broadway magic show, Sam Eaton explores mentalism, magic, perception, and deception, mixing extraordinary ability, humor, and audience participation to make for a different performance every time.

'Dialog in the Dark' - South Street Seaport
Through December 31, 2012 - Lower Manhattan

This exhibit leads visitors through a series of NYC environments highlighted by city-centric scents, sounds, temperatures, and textures, all in complete darkness. Relying on blind and visually-impaired guides, exhibit goers will "see NYC" and visit many well known landmarks without the sense of sight while armed with an authentic walking cane. Imagine taking a rumbling subway to your favorite location or maneuvering the crossroads of the world in Times Square while not being able to see a thing. Rest assured, the sounds and the smells will all be there to greet you. But will that be enough to guide your safe passage? The experience will forever change your perception of what it means to be blind or have low vision.

Sha'Baby Shabbat - Romemu
Through December 31, 2012 - Upper West Side

Sha'Baby engages your child's special energy to warm him/her up for creating sacred time during Shabbat. Dancing, laughing, praying, and singing are all a part of this special Shabbat service.

Holiday Musicales - Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
Through December 31, 2012 - Katonah

A magnificent way to usher in the holiday season. Each concert of holiday music includes an audience sing-along. In the Music Room. December 1, 6-7, 9, 13-15, 2:30pm.

Weekend Woodland Corps - Prospect Park Picnic House
Through December 31, 2012 - Park Slope

The Woodland Corps offers a volunteers a chance to garden and clean up Prospect Park's more than 250 acres of forest.

Disney Theatrical Productions Presents 'Newsies The Musical' on Broadway - Nederlander Theatre
Through December 31, 2012 - Manhattan

Set in New York City at the turn of the century, this movie-turned-musical is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged 'newsies,' who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys' expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what's right. "Newsies" is inspired by the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst, and other powerful newspaper publishers. The stage version introduces several brand-new songs by the original team while keeping many of the beloved songs from the film, including "Carrying the Banner," "Seize the Day," "King of New York," and "Santa Fe."

New York TV & Movie Sites Tour - On Location Tours
Through December 31, 2012 - Manhattan

This tour showcases more than 40 locations from some of the most famous places seen on screen, including sites from "Friends," "Blue Bloods," "Seinfeld," "Enchanted," "Spider-Man," "I Am Legend," "Men in Black," and "The Devil Wears Prada."

Nature Explore Classroom - Bartlett Arboretum
Through December 31, 2012 - Stamford

Children are invited to spend unhurried hours exploring the natural world in a fun and safe environment. The outdoor classroom includes areas for art, music and movement, climbing and crawling, building, and playing. Additionally, the Bartlett features the best of what Connecticut's native landscape has to offer including wetlands and boardwalks, woodland walking trails, varied wildlife, and native habitats. February 6-December 31, 2012.

Storytime and Singalong for Kids - Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
Through December 31, 2012 - SoHo

Join Beth and Amy for reading, singing, and dancing! Appropriate for kids 3 and younger and their caretakers. Only $5 per family at the door.

Volunteer Opportunities - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rockland County
Through December 31, 2012 - New City

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rockland County is seeking mentors, especially men, to volunteer as role model friends for youth in our community. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, have a valid driver's license and transportation, be covered under automobile insurance, and able to commit to volunteer for a minimum of four hours per month for one year. Call or go online for an application.

The Cultural Sunday Kidschool and Bar and Bat Mitzvah Programs - City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism
Through December 31, 2012 - Upper West Side

This class allow youngsters to connect to their Jewish heritage from a secular perspective. Two Sundays a month, children ages five and up have fun exploring Jewish history, traditions, holidays, culture, and ethics. The innovative Bar/Bat Mitzvah program involves classes and an individual mentored journey to discover roots, connections, and beliefs.

Mommy & Me Pilates - Evolution Pilates
Through December 31, 2012 - Port Washington

Here's a perfect way to bond with your little ones, 2-14 months. Sign up for the Mommy and Me Pilates class on Mondays.

Recovery in Action - Barnum Museum
Through December 31, 2012 - Bridgeport

The museum is now partially reopened two days a week while reparations are made on the museum which was hit by a tornado in 2010. A unique exhibition, Recovery in Action, will be presented on Thursdays and Fridays in the People's United Bank Gallery. Visitors gain insight into the complexities of a disaster recovery in a museum setting. The museum's collection of unique artifacts, including Tom Thumb's miniature carriages and P.T. Barnum's ornate furniture, will be among the many items on view.

Vital Theatre Company Presents: 'Pinkalicious, The Musical' - 45 Bleecker
Through December 31, 2012 - West Village

Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes, despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe - a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of her predicament.

Masterworks - The Rubin Museum
Through December 31, 2012 - New York

Masterworks: Jewels of the Collection displays some of the museum's most stunning works of art. The stylistic diversity and relationships between various strands of Himalayan and neighboring cultural and artistic traditions are represented by important works of art spanning a period of over one thousand years. In addition to a wide range of Buddhist and Hindu deities rendered in all major media, Masterworks also highlights the museum's most notable recent acquisitions, all of which have rarely or never been exhibited. Life-size facsimiles of an entire sequence of murals from the Lukhang, the Dalai Lamas' Secret Temple near the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, provide an exceptional opportunity for viewing Himalayan art at its most lavish. The original eighteenth-century wall paintings--inaccessible to the public until the late twentieth century--uniquely depict the most esoteric of meditation and yoga practices in vivid color and detail. Created with new photographic methods by Thomas Laird and Clint Clemens, this display of large-format, high resolution pigment prints allows for even better access to the paintings than is possible in the temple itself. Their presentation at the Rubin marks the first showing in the world of prints created using this technology and also provides the first-ever opportunity outside Tibet to view full-size Tibetan murals in their relationship to portable art from the region.

Emma Lazarus: Poet of Exiles - Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
Through December 31, 2012 - New York

A new exhibition held in conjunction with the 125th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty. Known for more than a century as the author of the lines "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free...," the poet Emma Lazarus gave voice to the Statue of Liberty and generations of newcomers to America. However, few people know her fascinating story, her Sephardic background, her American roots, and her work for Jewish causes and a Jewish homeland. Learn how Emma Lazarus' journey inspired her to craft an enduring message on exile, refuge, and the promise of America.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum's 30th Anniversary Exhibits - Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
Through December 31, 2012 - New York

New exhibitions will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. "Thirty Years of Collecting: Treasures from Intrepid's Collections" will showcase objects related to the historic aircraft carrier Intrepid, Growler submarine, Concorde and the space shuttle Enterprise. "Thirty Years of Excellence: An Intrepid Museum Celebration" will trace Intrepid's historic journey of being transformed from an aircraft carrier into one of NYC's most iconic cultural institutions.

Long Island- America's 1950s Frontier - Long Island Museum
Through December 31, 2012 - Stony Brook

The exhibit features compelling artifacts, photographs, and video oral histories, as well as a fashion gallery that displays trendy 1950s clothing. Other special artifacts include a working jukebox, a hat worn by famous developer Robert Moses, and popular toys from the era, like a Red Ryder BB gun. The exhibition will transport viewers to a time brimming with optimism, with difficulties just below the surface. It was a moment when Long Island was at the forefront of where the nation was-- and where it was headed. The exhibition runs through December 31, 2012.

Molecules and Health - New York Hall of Science
Through December 31, 2012 - Flushing

Molecules come in different shapes and sizes. Their shapes tell us a lot about what they do and how they interact with each other. You can't see molecules, but they're everywhere. These microscopic building blocks make up everything around you. Discover how molecules shape our bodies, medicines, and world in this hands-on exhibition.

Playtime with Sammie and Tudie - Sprout San Francisco
Through December 31, 2012 - Upper East Side

Playtime with Sammie and Tudie is a 'mommy and me' style class. The interactive class includes themed week such as ducks, butterflies, teddy bears, fish, and dinosaurs. Great for ages 1 to 3 1/2 years. Come by the class once or buy a multiple class package.

Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through December 31, 2012 - New York

For decades, critics have observed that Andy Warhol exerted an enormous impact on contemporary art, but no exhibition has yet explored the full nature or extent of that influence. Through approximately forty-five works by Warhol alongside one hundred works by some sixty other artists, Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years juxtaposes prime examples of Warhol's paintings, sculpture, and films with those by other artists who in key ways reinterpret, respond, or react to his groundbreaking work. What emerges is a fascinating dialogue between works of art and artists across generations.

Up 4 Art - Staten Island Children's Museum
Through December 31, 2012 - Staten Island

Each weekend offers a different opportunity for kids to experiment with creating art using a variety of materials and contexts.

Kids' Yoga - Bend and Bloom Yoga
Through December 31, 2012 - Park Slope

Bend and Bloom Yoga offer children's yoga classes. Mondays are for 8-12 year olds. Tuesdays are for 3-5 year olds. Wednesdays are for 6-8 year olds. Kids are allowed to drop in ($18) or register for a series of classes. Family classes for moms and tots are also available.

COUGAR, THE MUSICAL - St. Luke's Theatre
Through December 31, 2012 - New York

Cougar the Musical by Donna Moore, directed by Tony-nominated Lynne Taylor-Corbett, unleashes three divine but disillusioned women who develop a taste for hot, young men. They let their inner cougar roar and purr, finding self-love and empowerment in the process. The sexy, ferocious cast of three fabulous-over-forty women and one multi-talented boy toy sing and dance their way through a satiating range of original songs, from grinding blues, to doo-wop, to pop to "Julio" - a romantic ballad, sung to a vibrator. Starting with tonight's performance, patrons can enjoy a "Cougartini"- made with Pomegranate Juice and Vanilla Vodka.

The Berenstain Bears LIVE! in 'Family Matters, the Musical' - Manhattan Movement and Arts Center
Through December 31, 2012 - Upper West Side

Adapted from the classic children's book series by Stan and Jan Berenstain, this open-ended Off-Broadway musical features everyone's favorite bear family in a live show, plus a free post-show dance party, face painting, and photos with the Berenstain Bears. For 20% off tickets use the code SAVE20 online, or visit this site directly: ovationtix.com/trs/pr/881485/prm/SAVE20.

Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through December 31, 2012 -

For decades, critics have observed that Andy Warhol exerted an enormous impact on contemporary art, but no exhibition has yet explored the full nature or extent of that influence. Through approximately forty-five works by Warhol alongside one hundred works by some sixty other artists, Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years juxtaposes prime examples of Warhol's paintings, sculpture, and films with those by other artists who in key ways reinterpret, respond, or react to his groundbreaking work. What emerges is a fascinating dialogue between works of art and artists across generations.

Bug Out! - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through December 31, 2012 - Crown Heights

Kids learn about mother nature's little helpers and why bugs are so important.

'The Little Engine That Could' Puppet Show - New York Botanical Garden
Through December 31, 2012 - Bronx

This classic tale is brought to life in a presentation by New York City-based puppet master Ralph Lee. The whole family can join the fun to get the determined train over the mountain.

Namaste Yoga Health and Wellness - Namaste Yoga of Kensington
Through December 31, 2012 - Kensington

Namaste offers a range of yoga classes for all ages, as well as Zumba fitness classes, kickboxing, pilates, belly

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