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Things to Do With Kids in Bronx on December 21


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

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

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

Menorah Lighting - Soldiers and Sailors Monument
December 21, 2011 - Park Slope

The menorah-lighting ceremony runs through the 8 nights of hanukkah. This first-night celebration includes hot potato latkes and live music.

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

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

AMAZEIN' WEDNSDAY - A Maze in Pottery
December 21, 2011 - Briarcliff Manor

Kids ages 12 and younger enjoy half-price studio time.

High School Book Club - Somers Library
December 21, 2011 - Somers

High Schoolers read, discuss books, hang out, play games, and have fun. All new members are welcome.

Hansel and Gretel - Metropolitan Opera
December 21, 2011 -

The Met's wickedly funny production returns as this season's English-language holiday presentation for families, with special prices and midweek matinees. Aleksandra Kurzak is Gretel, with Kate Lindsey and Alice Coote alternating as Hansel. Robert Brubaker is the Witch who plots to bake them into gingerbread.

Stephen Merchant : Hello Ladies Tour - The Town Hall
Through December 21, 2011 -

Stephen Merchant, the Emmy, BAFTA and Golden Globe award-winning co-creator of The Office and Extras, is embarking on his first ever stand-up comedy tour.

Sensory Bounce - BounceU
December 21, 2011 - Stratford

Children and adults with Sensory Integration Dysfunction, Autism, and other disabilities with a Sensory component are invited to a private session with siblings. Teachers work with them on balance and coordination, auditory and tactile sensitivity, strength building, motor coordination, cooperative play, turn-taking, and social and verbal skills. Space is limited to 15 so reservations are required.

Free Play at the J - JCC Rockland
December 21, 2011 - West Nyack

Meet other parents while your toddler has fun at this weekly playgroup hosted by a member of the JCC's parent group. For children up to age 2.

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

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

START (Story + Art) - Long Island Children's Museum
December 21, 2011 - Garden City

Kids listen each week to a different story that relates to the season. After the story, all little hands are on deck to create an art project about the story that was read.

Music and Movement - Long Island Children's Museum
December 21, 2011 - Garden City

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

Gingerbread House Workshop - Taste Buds
December 21, 2011 - Manhattan

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

Infant Care - Nyack Hospital
December 21, 2011 - 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.

Community Menorah Lighting - Village of Dobbs Ferry
December 21, 2011 - Dobbs Ferry

Join the community of Dobbs Ferry along with the mayor to light the Chanukah Menorah. Plus, live music, latkes, and donuts.

Teen Time: Current Events Discussion Group - Brooklyn Public Library, Brighton Beach branch
December 21, 2011 - Brooklyn

A great opportunity for teens to discuss and debate current events and issues.

Toddler Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Gravesend branch
December 21, 2011 - Gravesend

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

Movie and Play Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Carroll Gardens branch
December 21, 2011 - Carroll Gardens

Kids let off steam with movies, board games, and more.

Cookie Decorating - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
December 21, 2011 - Garnerville

Students in grades 1-6 are invited to decorate their own yummy cookies.

Public Menorah Lighting - Piermont Village Hall
December 21, 2011 - Piermont

Celebrate the second night of Hanukkah at this festive, public Menorah lighting ceremony hosted by the Chabad Jewish Enrichment Center of Chestnut Ridge. Stop by for music, hot latkes, and gelt for children.

Chanukah Celebration - The Field Library
December 21, 2011 - Peekskill

Children of all ages are invited (with a helping adult) to light the lights and create a Chanukah craft, then have refreshments.

CRITTERS, CRAFTS, AND KIDS - Greenburgh Nature Center
December 21, 2011 - Scarsdale

Enjoy wonderful days at the Nature Center with walks, live animals and stories. Except in extreme weather conditions, a portion of each class is spent outdoors. Wednesdays, 12/7, 14, & 21.

Nintendo Wii Time - Queens Library: Briarwood Branch
December 21, 2011 - Briarwood

Children and Teens ages 6 and up are invited to participate in the first ever Nintendo Wii program at the Briarwood Library. It may be a blustery day, but you can play summer sports like tennis or golf indoors on the Wii. Registration is required.

SAT Word Search and Vocabulary Activities - Queens Library: South Jamaica Branch
December 21, 2011 - Jamaica

With the dreaded SATs just around the corner, students can always use a little added practice at the library. In this event, teens become familiar with some of the words that might appear on the SAT exam by using word search. They also learn how to recognize various forms of a word.

Creating Extraordinary Mind and Body Wellness - The Family Wellness Center
December 21, 2011 - Plainview

Sign up for this lecture and demonstration given by Dr. Michael Berlin and learn about an extraordinarily gentle method that literally resolves all the stress, tension, distortions, and traumas from your body and mind. Call for more information.

A Wonderful Life - John w. Engeman Theatre
December 21, 2011 - Northport

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

Stories and More - Lakeview Public Library
December 21, 2011 - Rockville Centre

Children ages 2-7 can enjoy a story and craft. Holiday activities will be included. Adults must accompany children under 12 years of age.

Made With Love Knitting Group - Floral Park Public Library
December 21, 2011 - Floral Park

Share the warmth of wool with local organizations, hospitals, and the military. Bring your needles and yarn. All skill levels are welcome. There is no instructor.

Hanukkah Lights - 92nd Street Y
December 21, 2011 - Upper East Side

Join the annual Hanukkah lighting in the main lobby. Bring your dancing shoes and singing voices, and end the celebration with Hanukkah chocolate gelt candies.

Wee/Mighty Warriors - Superior Martial Arts
December 21, 2011 - Saint James

A Mommy-n-Me Class. Grandparents and caregivers welcome. Games, music and simple yoga poses are used to stimulate the imagination, develop coordination and increase body awareness. Songs, puppets and stories develop social, sensory and motor skills while increasing flexibility. Registration required.

Desperate Houswives - Prana Pilates and Yoga
December 21, 2011 - Saint James,

Mom and child can take a simultaneous yoga class.

Art Workshop: Bauhaus Weaving - Children's Museum of the Arts
December 21, 2011 - SoHo

Children will reference Bauhaus textile designer Gunta Stolzl while designing and weaving their own abstract tapestries with paper, fiber, and textiles.

'Hansel & Gretel' - Metropolitan Playhouse
December 21, 2011 - Manhattan

A special holiday presentation of the classic fairytale told through music (sung in English) and humor. Aleksandra Kurzak is Gretel, with Kate Lindsey and Alice Coote alternating as Hansel. Robert Brubaker is the Witch who plots to bake them into gingerbread. The Grand Tier Restaurant will introduce prix-fixe menus to run concurrently with the show and pair with its theme. There will be prix-fixe adult and children menus, comprised of authentic dishes that reflect the German fairytale opera. Guests can enjoy delicacies including roasted weisswurst, chicken wiener schnitzel, German almond torte, and gingerbread cupcakes.

It's a Wonderful Life" Live Radio Play - Queens Theatre
December 21, 2011 - Queens

Celebrate the season with the heartwarming classic re-imagined as a live 1940’s radio broadcast. Five actors bring George Bailey, Mary, the angel Clarence and the townspeople of Bedford Falls to life, playing dozens of characters and performing all the sound effects, just as they did during the golden age of radio. Don’t miss this fresh new take on the beloved film.

Seth MacFarlane with Big Band conducted by Joel McNeely - Highline Ballroom
December 21, 2011 -

Seth MacFarlane, the Emmy-winning creator of Family Guy and American Dad, can now add a new accolade to his list of accomplishments: a Grammy nomination. With his debut album Music is Better Than Words (2011), MacFarlane brings his talents to the Great American Songbook, creating a disc that recently garnered a nomination for a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. Born in Kent, Connecticut, MacFarlane attended the Rhode Island School of Design. After graduating, he got a job working for Hanna-Barbera Productions (now Cartoon Network Studios) when a professor sent his thesis film, Life of Larry (a precursor to Family Guy) to Hanna-Barbera. In 1996 MacFarlane created Larry and Steve, the follow-up to his thesis film. It caught the attention of the executives at Fox, who originally offered him a deal to create featurettes to run between sketches on Mad TV. The deal fell apart, but Fox, not wanting to lose MacFarlane, gave him $50,000 to produce a partial pilot for a comedy series. He hand-drew the 15-minute presentation of Family Guy over the course of six months. Fox Network picked up Family Guy, and it premiered after the Super Bowl on January 31, 1999. The show was moved, cancelled, and picked up on numerous occasions, but in 2002, Fox Network cancelled the show for good at the end of its third season. However, the exceptional sales of the Family Guy DVDs - combined with the high ratings of the show's reruns on Cartoon Network - soon convinced Fox to put it back into production for a fourth season in 2004. A 12-time Emmy Award nominee and three-time winner, Family Guy continues running today, along with American Dad, created by MacFarlane with Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman and premiered on Fox in 2005. Tonight's performance will feature MacFarlane singing cuts from his album and other jazz standards, accompanied by a dynamite big band conducted by acclaimed composer and conductor Joel McNeely.

Mint Condition - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
December 21, 2011 - New York

Modern, infectious soul grooves fringed with Latin and jazz, buoyed by fiery dashes of rock and funk - when musicians create, as well as sustain, that level of quality for nearly two decades, they are more than an average group or band ... they become, in fact, Mint Condition. After five successful studio albums, over a dozen hit singles, multiple world tours, and collaborations with some of the biggest stars in the genre (Alicia Keys, Jill Scott, Janet Jackson, Charlie Wilson of the Gap Band and Maurice White of Earth, Wind &Fire, to name a few), Mint Condition is a rarity in today's R&B - a generation's lone example of an "old school" band that now serves as a template for many of its peers. The members of the band all grew up in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. The band's first single, "Are You Free," generated some buzz, but it wasn't until Washington D.C.'s WHUR-FM broke the follow-up ballad, 1991's "Breakin' My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)," that the band experienced their first runaway smash. "Breakin'" peaked at No. 3 on Billboard's R&B chart and No. 6 in Pop's Top 10, remaining on the charts for 34 weeks. After that, two other stellar albums - From the Mint Factory and Definition of a Band - and a chain of hit singles followed, including "Forever In Your Eyes," "U Send Me Swingin," "Someone to Love," So Fine," "You Don't Have to Hurt No More" and "What Kind of Man Would I Be." Even when the Perspective label folded and the band moved to Elektra, their fourth CD, Life's Aquarium, spawned the Billboard R&B top five hit, "If You Love Me." The band released its fifth CD, Livin' the Luxury Brown, under its own Cagedbird Regords imprint in 2005. The album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Independent Albums chart. The group's sixth CD and second on Cagedbird Entertainment, entitled eLife, is irresistibly eclectic, much like the band itself. The disc positions Mint Condition as a five-man oasis in R&B's parched landscape and reinforces the group's relevance amongst the old and the new school. "We can straddle the fence in both worlds," Stokley says. "You can't get the full experience on CD, nor can you get it all by just watching us perform live. Stay tuned to what we're doing, because our goal is to entertain and inspire. It's about forward movement."

Family Chanukah Celebration and Torch Parade - Stamford JCC
December 21, 2011 - Stamford

Celebrate Chanukah by carrying a torch of freedom! Each child will be given a toy torch to carry in a parade around the JCC property. After the parade, come inside for a Chanukah party complete with dreidels, sufganiyot (jelly donuts), crafts and more.

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

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

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

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

Embratur, the Brazil Tourism Board, heats up holiday shopping with a tropical oasis in Madison Square Park - Madison Square Park
Through December 22, 2011 - New York

To provide New Yorkers with some warmth and holiday cheer, Brazil will be forgoing the traditional snow globe, by setting up a life size “SunBall” in the middle of Manhattan. Visitors of the SunBall will be able to warm up their feet in the imported Brazilian sand, feel the Brazilian sun and pose for a unique Brazil SunBall holiday card. After completing their visit to the SunBall, visitors can upload their holiday card to their Facebook page, email it to family and friends or receive a print copy of the card.

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

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

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

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

David Parker and The Bang Group - Nut/Cracked - New York Live Arts
Through December 23, 2011 -

Nut/Cracked is a comic/subversive, neo-vaudeville version of The Nutcracker. Its 22 sections begin with a mix of popular, jazz and novelty versions of the score and progress to the traditional orchestral suite. A journey into innocence through sustained fantasy, Nut/Cracked incorporates an enterprising mix of tap, ballet, contemporary, disco and even toe tap. By the end of the show the cast has danced their way to a new kind of childhood replete with a thumb-sucking fantasia to the Grand Pas de Deux. In addition to The Bang Group, each show features a different group of teenage guest artists from dance schools throughout New York City.

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

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

The North Pole Comes to Stepping Stones - Stepping Stones Museum
Through December 23, 2011 - Norwalk

Enjoy a visit with holiday characters including Frosty the Snowman, the Gingerbread Man, Santa Claus and Father Frost.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Get into the holiday spirit.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square’s “Reverse Santa” returns this holiday season to put an unconventional twist on the customary “sitting on Santa’s lap” family portrait. Ripley’s own “Reverse Santa” will sit on visitor’s laps this December creating an out-of-the-ordinary holiday family photo. “Reverse Santa” photos will be available each Saturday from 12pm to 7pm, December 3 through December 24, as well as December 26 through 29 from 12pm to 7pm. Guests to the Odditorium will have the opportunity to take a variety of fun holiday shots with “Reverse Santa.” Individual prints, key chains and magnets can be purchased on site at Ripley’s Times Square, as well as a CD to create personalized holiday cards or share online with friends. “Reverse Santa photos were a huge hit last holiday season, we couldn’t wait to offer them again this year,” said Michael Hirsch, President/General Manager of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square. “At Ripley’s Time Square, we love surprising our guests with the unexpected and the look on their faces when Santa sits on their lap…it’s priceless.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Through December 25, 2011 - New York, NY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Commercial Interruption - Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre
Through December 28, 2011 - New York

Todd Bieber used to make shitty local commercials in rural Pennsylvania. And he was great at it. Come hear the true stories, watch the final commercials, see the outtakes, and find out how these ridiculously horrible commercials got made.

Doug Moe Is A Bad Dad - Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre
Through December 28, 2011 - New York

Remember how your dad totally screwed you up? Doug Moe is a Bad Dad is about what happens if you mess up the most important thing in life and how Cinderella is too, too sexy. It's also about being a man and sticking up to Dr. Seuss.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pack Chat for Kids (ages 4-8) - Wolf Conservation Center
Through December 31, 2011 - South Salem

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

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

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

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

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

Jingle Jams featuring Music for Aardvarks - Groove
Through December 31, 2

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