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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN BRONX ON DECEMBER 20

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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 20, 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 20. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Bronx, check out our complete calendar of events.

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!

Wonderful Winter Works at Agora Gallery - Agora Gallery
Through January 12, 2012 - New York

In The Odyssey Within - an exhibition of Fine Art by Greek and Italian Artists viewers are introduced to art that takes the power of tradition and melds it with the thrilling novelty of the present. Charming, thought-provoking and intelligent, this is art with the ability to inspire. Pathway to Abstraction explores the force and creativity that consummate skill offers when combined with a feeling of daring and innovation. Lively, lovely and full of energy, the art contains both breadth and depth in terms of both content and technique. The artists of Sensorial Realms sensitively investigate the complex layers of human thought and imagination, yet remain carefully rooted in the physical world. The result is an appealing meeting of everything that is most fascinating about human nature and experience. The exhibitions will open on December 20, 2012 and run until January 12, 2013. The opening reception will take place on the evening of Thursday, December 20, 2012. Entrance is free and all art lovers are warmly encouraged to attend. Exhibition Dates: December 20, 2012 – January 12, 2013 Reception: Thursday, December 20, 2012, 6-8 pm 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_20_2012.aspx Featured Artists: The Odyssey Within – an exhibition of Fine Art by Greek and Italian Artists Mariana Acuna | Laura Almerico | Stefania Buccio Gonzato | Paolo Cristiani | Lucia Ferrara | Luka Hajdini | Sofia Dorotea Kukkonen | Massimo Margagnoni | Vito Matera | Silvio Natali | Fabio Pasotti | Fabrizio Pinzi | Alma Sheik | Elio Talon | Monia Tartarini | Franco Testa | Guido Villa Pathway to Abstraction Kathleen Barefield | Helen S. Cohen | Michael Freedman | LeeAnn Gorman | Emily Grieco | Shu-Tsin Liu | Tyice Natasha | Minami Ogura | Maurice van Tilburg | Yana Yami | Chiho Yoshikawa | Susanne Zimmer Sensorial Realms Eva Fritz | Cathy McClelland | Therese Obergottsberger | David Renn | Samuel Rosell | Eduardo D. Rubin | Pati Trippel | Uriu Veselik | NJ Woods About Agora Gallery Agora Gallery is a fine art gallery, established in 1984 and located in the heart of New York City’s Chelsea art galleries district. It is famous for showcasing a spectacular array of talented artists from around the world and around the corner, while providing quality and original art to collectors. Exhibitions are usually group exhibits, presenting the work of a number of artists, but sometimes solo exhibitions focus on the work of one particular artist. The gallery publishes ARTisSpectrum Magazine, a bi-annual magazine that is distributed to museums, galleries, art institutions and art schools around the world. It provides artists, collectors, museums, galleries, art organizations and enthusiasts with access to the work of international talented artists as well as feature articles, reviews and interviews. Agora Gallery is the proud sponsor of ARTmine, one of the most comprehensive resources available worldwide to view and purchase fine art. The gallery also runs Agora Art Blog, a blog designed to provide helpful information and advice for artists while providing a forum for artists to help one another by sharing their experiences and thoughts.

Ezra Jack Keats Bedtime Stories - Brooklyn Public Library, central branch
December 20, 2012 - Prospect Heights

Put on your pajamas and hear some of Keats' famous stories.

Stories in Spanish & English - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
December 20, 2012 - Garnerville

Children ages 2-7 are invited for stories, songs, fingerplays, and more in Spanish and English.

Thursday Morning Storytime: The Toe Show - Barnes & Noble City Center
December 20, 2012 - White Plains

Join Toe every Thursday morning for stories and singing.

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.

Mitzvah Play Date with Exceptional Young Adults - JCC Rockland
December 20, 2012 - West Nyack

Local teens are invited to help host a play date for their peers who have special needs. Come shoot pool, play games, bake cookies, or do other activities with young adults from various agencies throughout the community. Host teens can get community service credit for their participation.

LEONARD COHEN - Barclays Center
December 20, 2012 - Brooklyn

DST3K Presents: “Santa Claus Conquers The Martians” - Laughing Devil Comedy Club
December 20, 2012 - New York

Devil Science Theater 3000 is an interactive event where the audience plays drinking games and makes fun of terrible movies while being egged on by professional comedians in the crowd! Tickets are $5 and there is no drink minimum. More information at: http://www.dst3k.com

Let it Snow! - Pelham Art Center
December 20, 2012 - Pelham

Ages 5 and older make their own lovely, sparkly snowflakes that will never melt using wire and beads.

Laptops for Teens - Hollis Library
December 20, 2012 - Hollis

Calling all teens: Come learn how to use a laptop to complete homework assignments, and play fun games.

Video Game Academy - Pomonok Library
December 20, 2012 - Flushing

Do you eat, sleep, and breathe video games? During this four-week program, learn how to design and build games and mazes using the software program Scratch. This series is recommended for ages 10-14.

Origami Workshop - Seaside Library
December 20, 2012 - Rockaway Park

Kids can learn how to make fun and easy origami projects. Make something different every week. Free supplies!

Jump for Joy - Floral Park Library
December 20, 2012 - Floral Park

Bring out children ages 18 months-4 years for music, movement, and fun filled action.

Kids' Tutoring - Brooklyn Public Library, Cypress Hills branch
December 20, 2012 - Cypress Hills

Kids get help with school subjects from an NYC school teacher.

Read and Play (The Child's Place for Children with Special Needs) - Brooklyn Public Library, Greenpoint branch
December 20, 2012 - Greenpoint

Kids, with and without disabilities, hear stories, sing songs, and make something fun.

Gingerbread Houses - The Field Library
December 20, 2012 - Peekskill

Children ages 3 and older are invited to decorate their very own gingerbread house. Please bring candy to share. Space is limited so registration is required.

Mother Goose - Windsor Park Library
December 20, 2012 - Windsor Park

Children ages 8 to 23 months can enjoy stories, songs, and fingerplays. Preregistration is required.

Choo Choo Storytimes - Fairfield Museum and History Center
December 20, 2012 - Fairfield

Get your ticket, meet new friends and enjoy stories about all things trains. Discover new and fun adventures with books that spark the imagination.

Mother Goose Time - Wilton Library
December 20, 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.

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.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer - Mineola Public Library
December 20, 2012 - Mineola

Read this classic tale, make a red-nosed cupcake, and design a reindeer paddle game. Call to register. Food used in this program may contain allergens.

Family Movie: Men in Black 3 - Mineola Public Library
December 20, 2012 - Mineola

Bring the entire family out to this showing. Rated PG-13, 106 minutes. No sign up is required. Bring your own snacks to the show.

Arts and Crafts - Lakeview Public Library
December 20, 2012 - Rockville Centre

Make something special for yourself and make holiday gifts. For children in grades 6 and under. Please register in advance for all programs by calling or visiting the library. Adults must accompany children younger than 12 years old.

Great Books: The Red and the Black by Stendhal - Manhasset Public Library
December 20, 2012 - Manhasset

Join the Great Books Discussion Group and enjoy classic stories of European and American fiction. Cookies and coffee will be served. Co-leaders are Dr. Peter Kornblum and Scott Korman. Call for more information.

An Afternoon at the Ballet with Dr. Kolb: Tchaikovsky's 'The Nutcracker' - Manhasset Public Library
December 20, 2012 - Manhasset

With its Mouse King, Nutcracker Prince, Snowflakes, Spanish Hot Chocolate, Arabian Coffee, Chinese Tea, Russian Candy Canes, Danish Marzipan, Dewdrops, Flowers, and Sugar Plum Fairy, the Nutcracker ballet has something for everybody. It exists in numerous versions, all more or less based on the Russian original from the 1890s. A fascinating story that's read and re-enacted.

Theatre Three's A CHRISTMAS CAROL - Theatre Three
December 20, 2012 - Port Jefferson

Follow the miser Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey that teaches him the true meaning of Christmas—past, present and future.

SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK - Apollo Theater
December 20, 2012 - Harlem

Just in the time for the holidays, the Apollo Theater brings the soulful harmonies of Sweet Honey in the Rock to its audience. This internationally renowned a capella ensemble presents a one-of-a-kind season concert, celebrating music from many faiths and religions of the globe through stunning vocals rooted in the rich textures of African-American legacy and traditions. With American spirituals, Latin, Chinese, African and Hebrew influences, this program honors the holiday spirit from Christmas to Kwanzaa.

Art Starts: Pre K and K-2 - The Long Island Museum
December 20, 2012 - Stony Brook

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

Cross-Stitch Circle - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
December 20, 2012 - Upper West Side

Drop in to try your skills at one of the oldest forms of embroidery in the world.

A City Singing at Christmas - St. Patrick's Cathedral
December 20, 2012 - Midtown

The Young People's Chorus of New York City returns to St. Patrick's Cathedral for the cathedral's 33rd annual "A City Singing at Christmas" celebration. With the cathedral aglow in the joy of the season, YPC will be joined by the New York City Master Chorale conducted by Artistic Director/Founder Dr. Thea Kano, the Cathedral of St. Patrick Choir conducted by Dr. Jennifer Pascual, the New York Symphonic Brass and others in an evening of traditional and contemporary Christmas hymns and carols.

This Is Tom Jones - Tom Jones Tribute - Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway
December 20, 2012 - Yonkers

8 & 10pm.

Don Giovanni - Metropolitan Opera
December 20, 2012 -

Michael Grandage's elegant production returns with the charismatic Ildar Abdrazakov as the world's most famous lover. Rising star Susanna Phillips is Donna Anna, Emma Bell is Donna Elvira, Charles Castronovo is Don Ottavio, and Erwin Schrott is Giovanni's lieutenant, Leporello. Edward Gardner conducts.

Winter Solstice and Telescope Party - American Museum of Natural History
December 20, 2012 - New York

Join Museum astronomers and members of the Amateur Astronomers Association for the final night of the autumn season. First, see a "sneak preview" of the night sky in the Hayden Planetarium Space Theater. Weather permitting, head out to the Arthur Ross Terrace for observations of celestial objects such as Jupiter and the full Moon. Participants are welcome to bring their own binoculars and telescopes.

Guardianship & Special Needs Trusts presented by Sheryl Frishman - Westchester ARC - The Gleeson-Israel Gateway Center
December 20, 2012 - Hawthorne

Organized by the Westchester/Putnam Transition Consortium. Meeting held in the board room of Westchester ARC. For more details please contact Ellen Weinstein, Coordinator and Chairperson, Transition Consortium, 914-843-4353 or ellenow516@gmail.com.

White Truffle Extravaganza - The Beard House
December 20, 2012 - New York

For BiCE Restaurant Group's annual ode to luxurious white truffles, they've tapped Milan-born chef Mario Cassineri of the global and chic BiCE Restaurant Group to do the honors. This season, indulge in one of nature's most decadent and elusive treats at the Beard House with this spectacular Northern Italian feast.

LeSUTRA Sparkling Liqueur Tastings - MAB Finer Wines & Spirits
December 20, 2012 - East Meadow

LeSUTRA Sparkling Liqueur, a flavorful collection of sparkling liqueurs that infuses premium vodka with white wine and a burst of carbonation to give hip sippers a toast-worthy alternative to champagne. Served straight up or mixed into a cocktail, the four distinctive fruit flavors – Peach, Strawberry, Blueberry and Grape are sure to please any palate…what’s your flavor? Find out! LeSUTRA invites you to a tasting of the delicious liqueur at MAB Finer Wines & Spirits on December 20th from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. For more information visit www.DrinkLeSutra.com or https://www.facebook.com/DrinkLeSutra/events.

Friday Afterwork 2 for 1 Drinks from 5 to 8pm at Inc Lounge at The Time Hotel - Inc Lounge
December 20, 2012 - New York

Friday Afterwork 2 for 1 Drinks from 5 to 8pm at Inc Lounge at The Time Hotel Friday Afterwork, December 21st , 2012 2 for 1 Drinks Friday Afterwork Happy Hour at Inc Lounge 224 West 49th Street, between 8th and Broadway on the 2nd Floor of the Time Hotel. Doors Open at 5pm 2 for 1 Drinks from 5pm to 8pm Music by Dj Ric Rude spinning Hip Hop, Top 40, House, RnB, Latin etc Age Requirement: 21 and over Dress Code: Work Attire Free on Eric Virgil's guestlist Free Birthday package. Birthday receive a free bottle of champagne. Bottle Packages: 2 for $500 plus tip for Greygoose, Ciroc, Belvedere, Hennessy plus a free bottle of champagne. To rsvp, bottle packages or email for information, text 917.664.2686 or email info@ericvirgil.com Go to www.ericvirgil.com for other parties Venue Details: Rock & Roll, fashion, art and nightlife fuse as Ric Addison, who brought NYC the widely popular Rm.Fifty5 , AVA Lounge & K Lounge, unveils Inc Lounge located on the second floor of the TIme Hotel, 224 West 49th Street. The lounge is 2,500 square feet of Glam Rock luxury. Inspired by the era of 70’s club culture, designer, Jody Singleton brings soft and sexy to the hard edge of rock & roll. Sitting at the jet-black bar, so sleek your Gin & Sin Drink looks as though it’s walking on water below black Lucite chandeliers, you notice a wave of contrasting black and white patent leather settees, curvy-striped leather club chairs, brown alligator swivel stools and deep, plush red velvet couches, all accented by Timorous Beasties wild orchid and graphic tattoo mermaid wallpaper and black mirror mini plasma screens. The further back in the room you go the deeper you enter into the realm of late night in all of its glamour. The back corner houses the DJ area with an intensely high-back gloss tufted sofa which sheen glows against the painfully beautiful wallpaper. As you enter the back room you may feel the urge to stretch out on the oversized cowhide ottoman centered in the room or check out the wall of mirrors to your left, but head straight to the antique inspired black lacquer pool table - a sophisticated beauty in which to test out your skills. Watching from above is a seducing smoking red lips light-box encouraging your game as you order a Crimson Sunset.

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.

DEE SNIDER - 54 Below
Through December 21, 2012 - New York

Heavy metal icon Dee Snider, lead singer of the legendary 1980 's rock band Twisted Sister ("We're Not Gonna Take It," "I Wanna Rock!"), has gone on to success with his own radio talk show, in film and on television, including his recent and forthcoming appearances on The Celebrity Apprentice. But Dee?s longtime passion is Broadway, as evidenced by his new CD, Dee Does Broadway, in which he covers everything from West Side Story and Sweeney Todd to Sweet Charity and Chicago. Broadway audiences embraced him during his recent stint in Rock of Ages, and on this season of The Celebrity Apprentice, his charity of choice is none other than Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

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.

Emerging Designer Holiday Pop-Up Shop - Fashion Center BID
Through December 21, 2012 - New York

The Fashion Center Business Improvement District (BID) hosts a holiday pop-up shop featuring winter collections by emerging designers local to the New York City’s iconic Fashion District. The shop includes women’s wear, lingerie, handbags, scarves, hair accessories, jewelry and more. The Thursday, December 22nd sale will feature designs by Spoon Fashion (designers Randi Spoon & Alexis Przybylski Lawton), E. Kammeyer Accessories (designer Emily Kammeyer) and Astridland (designer Astrid Brucker). The Friday, December 21st sale will feature Cousin & Co. (designers Celeste Duncan & Shekima Francois), She and Reverie (designer Quinne Myers) and Samina Mughal (designer Samina Mughal). For additional information on the Fashion Center BID’s emerging designers, visit the Fashion Center BID online.

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.

JAKE JOHANNSEN - Gotham Comedy Club
Through December 22, 2012 - New York

A native of Iowa, Jake Johannsen spent three years at Iowa State University dabbling in veterinarian science and chemical engineering before moving to San Francisco and trying his hand at comedy. Jake sought to make his comedic mark on the city at a time when San Francisco was fostering the likes of young talents such as Bobcat Goldthwait and Dana Carvey. Jake made his own comedy debut during an open mike night at San Francisco's Cobbs Comedy Club. Four years later, in 1986, he won the 11th Annual San Francisco Stand-Up Comedian Competition. A self-confessed raconteur of weird stories, it's no wonder that Jake is one of David Letterman's favorite comics.

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 wor

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