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Things to Do With Kids in Bronx on December 23


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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 23, 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 23. 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.

Celebrate the Holiday Season with a Visit to Agora Gallery - Agora Gallery
Through January 12, 2011 - New York City

Celebrate the holiday season by bringing the warmth and energy of the Mediterranean to your day through art that will stay with you for a lifetime. This winter, Agora Gallery is proud to present two exhibitions that will brighten your weeks and leave you full of optimism and wonder. Born of Fire: Carlo Proietto / a Solo Exhibition presents the work of a talented Italian artist whose medium of choice is classical pyrography. He uses fire and intense heat to create his intriguing artworks in a way that shows why this unusual medium deserves to become part of the contemporary art world. Evocative, powerful and bursting with vitality, the works combine a realistic perspective on the present with determined hope for the future. Equally inspirational is the art of The Odyssey Within: an Exhibition of Fine Art by Greek and Italian Artists, which embraces the rich potential of the world and encourages its audience to share the same enthusiasm for the hidden aspects of what we see. Poignantly personal yet appealing universal, these works will find echoes in viewers’ own experiences and journeys. The exhibitions will begin on December 23, 2011 and continue until January 12, 2012. The opening reception will take place on December 29, 2011. Art enthusiasts are warmly encouraged to attend and entrance is free. Exhibition Dates: December 23, 2011 – January 12, 2012 Reception: Thursday, December 29, 2011, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, New York City Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat, 11a.m. - 6 p.m. Event URL:

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

Teen Gaming Club - Somers Library
December 23, 2011 - Somers

Join other teens to play the nintendo Wii, board games, card games, or any type of game you like. The club is always open to new members.

Free GED Tutoring Help - Mamaroneck Public Library District
December 23, 2011 - Mamaroneck

Do you want to get your GED, but need help with math, writing, or understanding what's on the test? Starting September 16th, tutors are available Fridays to help you prepare for the exam. Contact Robin Osborne at (914) 231-3237 or for further information.

Faust - Metropolitan Opera
December 23, 2011 -

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

A Chanticleer Christmas - Metropolitan Museum of Art
December 23, 2011 -

Chanticleer's sumptuous blend of voices rings in the holiday season with profound, peaceful, and joyous music. Unreserved seating. This concert is presented in front of the Museum's Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche in the Medieval Sculpture Hall.

Judy Collins - Metropolitan Museum of Art
December 23, 2011 -

This holiday season, Judy Collins, one of folk music's most celebrated icons, will take the stage for an unforgettable evening full of seasonal favorites and classic hits.

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.

Babies and Books: Story and Music Jamboree - Brooklyn Public Library, McKinley Park branch
December 23, 2011 - Bay Ridge

Babies, toddlers, and pre-k kids enjoy books, songs, and rhymes.

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.

Girls Night Out - Piece of My Art
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.

START (Story + Art) - Long Island Children's Museum
December 23, 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 23, 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 23, 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.

Holiday Workshop - Jill's Ceramics
December 23, 2011 - West Nyack

Paint a dish, candy box, menorah, or other holiday-themed item for Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanza. Jill's Ceramics offers a wide variety of plaster pieces that can be painted and taken home the same day or glazed with an assortment of finishes. Please call to RSVP.

Read the Book/See the Movie - 'Rapunzel' - Chappaqua Public Library
December 23, 2011 - Chappaqua

Kids in grades 4-8 read Paul Zelinsky's "Rapunzel," watch Disney's re-interpretation, then discuss and eat pizza! Registration requested.

YuGiOh! - Brooklyn Public Library, Rugby Branch
December 23, 2011 - East Flatbush

A club for YuGiOh! players, their friends, and other kids wishing to learn the popular game.

Kidz Cook - Staten Island Children's Museum
December 23, 2011 - Staten Island

Everyone loves Churros, deep fried dough rolled in cinnamon and sugar, originally from Spain, these treats are beloved the world over!

LEGO League - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
December 23, 2011 - Garnerville

Use the library's LEGOs or bring your own. Work with friends or make new ones. No registration required.

Tween LEGO Engineers - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
December 23, 2011 - Garnerville

Use the library's LEGOs or bring your own. Work with friends or make new ones. No registration required.

Brooklyn Aviators Hockey - Aviator Sports
December 23, 2011 - Marine Park

The Brooklyn Aviators have returned to their home base at Aviator Sports (in Floyd Bennett Field) for another season of hockey excitement. Come and support them as they battle for domination in the newly formed Federal Hockey League.

Magic and Movies - Museum of the Moving Image
December 23, 2011 - Astoria

Abracadabra. This event inspires kids to create a new kind of holiday magic. In this family workshop (for children 10 and up), kids use a variety of simple special effects and animation techniques to produce a magic-show movie starring themselves.

Picture Books for Preschoolers - Queens Library: Pomonok Branch
December 23, 2011 - Flushing

Encourage your preschoolers to love books and reading. Help them prepare for school. In this event, little ones hear stories and nursery rhymes, sing songs, dance, and so much more with their parent or caregiver. Space is limited, and preregistration is required.

Lantern Light Tours - Mystic Seaport
December 23, 2011 - Mystic

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

Playful Discovery - UCONN Campus
December 23, 2011 - Stamford

Participate with your child in this program designed to foster socialization, school readiness, speech, language, intellectual development, emotional development and motor development.

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.

Annie - CM Performing Arts Center
December 23, 2011 - Oakdale

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

Frosty The Snowman - CM Performing Arts Center
December 23, 2011 - Oakdale

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

A Wonderful Life - John w. Engeman Theatre
December 23, 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.

Hanukkah Lights - 92nd Street Y
December 23, 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.

Hanukkah Dinner with Karina and Rebecca - 92nd Street Y
December 23, 2011 - Upper East Side

Celebrate the holiday with an intergenerational family Shabbat dinner under the stars.

'A Sesame Street Christmas Carol' Screening - Sony Wonder Technology Lab High Definition Theater
December 23, 2011 - Manhattan

It's Christmas Eve on Sesame Street, and Oscar the Grouch has just received a ghost-o-gram. He will be visited by three ghosts with a special message. Will they be able to help Oscar put aside his grouchy ways in favor of the holiday spirit? Running time: 45 minutes.

'Elmo's World: Happy Holidays' Screening - Sony Wonder Technology Lab High Definition Theater
December 23, 2011 - Manhattan

In the first-ever "Elmo's World" holiday special, Elmo is gearing up to celebrate Christmas. What present will he give Dorothy, his beloved goldfish? As he searches for an answer, Elmo learns about holidays around the world and discovers the many things that Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa have in common. Finally, Elmo goes to the North Pole, where Santa has some expert advice about the true spirit of Christmas and the perfect gift for Dorothy. Running time: 60 minutes.

Holiday Family Workshop: Winter Wonderland - Sony Wonder Technology Lab
December 23, 2011 - Manhattan

Create either your own holiday cookie jar, a holiday wreath picture frame, or snow globe with your picture inside. No reservations required but space is limited.

Om Work: Bold/Fierce Warriors - Superior Martial Arts
December 23, 2011 - Saint James

Yoga for children ages 6-10 years. Call to register.

OMGirls: Radiant teen Warriors Class - Superior Martial Arts
December 23, 2011 - Saint James

A yoga class for tweens and teens to help build strength and flexibility while promoting self-confidence, awareness, stability and control. Call for more info and to register.

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.

It's a Wonderful Life" Live Radio Play - Queens Theatre
December 23, 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.

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."

Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge - Westchester Sandbox Theatre
December 23, 2011 - Mamaroneck

Back for the second year and strictly for mature audiences, this is the story of "A Christmas Carol" told through the eyes of the alcoholic, miserable Mrs. Cratchit. Ebenezer Scrooge may have finally met his match! Call 914-630-0804 for tickets.

Kinsey Sicks - Oy Vey in a Manger: Christmas Carols & other Jewish Music - Highline Ballroom
December 23, 2011 -

WHO ARE THE KINSEY SICKS? A Sensation! With a phenomenal performance record that includes an Off-Broadway show, an extended run in Vegas, two feature films, seven albums and appearances throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Australia, the Kinsey Sicks hardly need an introduction. For over 16 years America's Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet has served up a feast of music and comedy to audiences at performing arts centers, music venues and comedy festivals in every kind of town you can imagine, in over 40 states! Their award-winning a cappella singing, sharp satire and over-the-top drag have earned the Kinsey Sicks a diverse and devoted following. Humble Beginnings. The Kinsey Sicks began in 1993 as a group of friends who went to a Bette Midler concert in San Francisco dressed as the Andrews Sisters. Assuming they'd be among many drag queens, they found themselves to be the only ones (other than Bette, of course). They were approached that night to perform at an upcoming event. Their reply - "we don't sing" - was quickly disproved when they realized that all of them had musical backgrounds. They began singing and harmonizing that night, and the seed for the Kinsey Sicks was planted. Becoming a Phenomenon. In July 1994, the Kinsey Sicks drew a large and enthusiastic crowd at their first public performance on a street corner in San Francisco's Castro District. Since then, the Kinsey Sicks have produced and performed full-length theatrical productions around the country in such prestigious venues as the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, the Nordstrom Recital Hall in Seattle, the Broward Center in Ft. Lauderdale, the Hobby Center in Houston, the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen and the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles. Their earlies shows, such as "Sicks Appeal," "Sicks-Tease," "The Balled Sopranos," "Motel Sicks: A Dragapella Summer Vacation," "Everything But the Kitsch 'n' Synch" and "GreatesTits," all premiered at San Francisco's New Conservatory Theatre Center. Their more recent musicals -- "I Wanna Be a Republican," "Condoleezzapalooza," "Oy Vey in a Manger," "Wake the F@#k Up America" and "Each Hit & I" have toured internationally and have drawn the attention and devotion of unexpectedly diverse audiences. Off-Broadway and Las Vegas. In 2001, the girls produced and starred in the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway hit, "DRAGAPELLA! Starring the Kinsey Sicks" at New York's legendary Studio 54. That production received a nomination for a Lucille Lortel award (the Off-Broadway Tony) as Best Musical and a Drama Desk nomination for Best Lyrics. In 2006 the girls wowed audiences with a much- coveted extended run at the Las Vegas Hilton. The show was ranked by critics as one of the best shows in Vegas, and heralded by reviewers as "a feast for the eyes, the ears and the funny bone." Recordings, TV and Print. The Kinsey Sicks have recorded six CDs: Dragapella, Boyz 2 Girlz, Sicks in the City, I Wanna Be a Republican, Oy Vey in a Manger: Christmas Carols and Other Jewish Music, Sicks! Sicks! Sicks! and their latest and most objectionable offering, Each Hit & I. They have been profiled on national television, including "20/20" and "CBS Early Show with Bryant Gumbel," and were the subjects of a lengthy cover feature in the arts section of the New York Times. (That article is posted on this website as well.) Film. The Kinsey Sicks are the subjects of two feature films: a concert film, "I Wanna Be a Republican" and a behind-the-scenes documentary, "Almost Infamous," chronicling the adventure of the group's extended run at the Las Vegas Hilton. The Boyz Behind the Girlz - When the Kinsey Sicks began in 1993, its founders were a group of refugees from successful careers as professionals and activists. Member Ben Schatz ("Rachel") is a Harvard-trained civil rights lawyer, former Director of the national Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, and one-time presidential advisor on HIV issues. Schatz created the first national AIDS legal project and authored Clinton's HIV policy during the 1992 presidential campaign. Irwin Keller ("Winnie") is a University of Chicago-trained lawyer and linguist and former director of the AIDS Legal Referral Panel of the San Francisco Bay Area. Keller authored Chicago's gay rights ordinance, passed into law in 1989. In 2004, the Kinsey Sicks were joined by actor/singer/designer Jeff Manabat, who is responsible for Trixie's inordinate glamour and soaring counter-tenor, as well as the entire group's hot couture. Beginning in October of 2008, the Kinsey Sicks are joined by the hilarious and talented Spencer Brown ("Trampolina"), a Kansas City-based actor and singer, already known for his drag character Daisy Buckët (pronounced, of course, "bouquet").

A Motown Christmas featuring Dr. K's Motown Revue - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
December 23, 2011 - New York

Without a doubt, the Motown sound has left an indelible stamp on the hearts, souls, and minds of several generations of fans worldwide. Over the years, many of the artists and writers responsible for creating this incredible body of work have passed on. The music, however, lives on through movies, radio, television commercials, collectible CDs, dance halls, weddings, and karaoke clubs. It's not just the songs, but the memories associated with them that have forever imprinted the Motown sound in the hearts and souls of music fans. Without even consciously realizing it, we all know every lyric, melody, and instrumental phrases associated with the songs - so much so that if a live band plays the songs and leaves out one of these memorable licks, we know it and subconsciously add it in ourselves. Enter Paul Korman and his visionary quest to create the ultimate Motown tribute band. He has put together an amazing array of seasoned musicians and singers that he's either played with or wanted to play with over the years. Together they have become Dr. K's Motown Revue. This outstanding band of musicians and signers takes you on a very realistic journey through the Motown sound and makes you want to sing along on every familiar song they play. This band has kept the Motown sound true to its roots, transporting you back to another era with each and every performance. Audience members both young and not so young can't help dancing to that Motown beat, often leaving at the end of the night asking where can they see and hear the band next. The appeal of Dr. K's Motown Revue is due in large part to the perfect blend of the Motown-era costumes they wear and the band's pairing of outstanding singers with Funk Brothers-caliber instrumentalists. Each singer is quite capable of fronting any band as a soloist, and the combination of singers is more than enough to authentically deliver the vocal sound of the Motown roster of artists. The result is a powerhouse performance that adds not only to the band's reputation, but to the reputation of any venue that books them.

Hip-Hop Legends - Kurtis Blow, Cold Crush Brothers, Sugarhill Gang, Rob Base, Joeski Love, Lovebug Starski - Hosted by Funkmaster Flex w/ music by DJ Hollywood - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
December 23, 2011 - New York

Renowned hip-hop DJ, rapper, musician, and producer Funkmaster Flex hosts a night of legendary hip-hop artists, with music by the legendary DJ Hollywood. ?KURTIS BLOW A timeless artist and hip-hop legend, Kurtis Blow is one of the founders and creators of recorded rap. In 1979, at the age of 20, he became the first rapper to be signed by a major label, and his single "The Breaks" from his 1980 eponymous debut was the first rap single to be certified gold. ?COLD CRUSH BROTHERS The Cold Crush Brothers are a legendary hip-hop group that formed at the dawn of hip-hop in 1978 in the Bronx. The group set the standard for emceeing and was especially known for its memorable onstage routines. Although the outfit never released a full-length album, it gained notoriety with singles like "Fresh, Wild, Fly and Bold." ?SUGARHILL GANG Sugarhill Gang is an American hip-hop group featuring Wonder Mike, Big Bank Hank, and Master Gee. The group is known principally for the 1979 track "Rapper's Delight" - the first recorded rap single to become a Top 40 hit. Notably, Grandmaster Caz of the Cold Crush Brothers contributed Big Bank's rhymes from the track. ?ROB BASE ?Hailing from Harlem, rapper Rob Base is perhaps best known for his duo with DJ E-Z Rock. The pair's hit single "It Takes Two" (1988) topped the Billboard charts and was certified multi-platinum. As a solo artist, Base also released the album The Incredible Base (1989), which included his take on Edwin Starr's Motown classic "War." ?JOESKI LOVE ?Rapper JoeSki Love is best known for his platinum-selling 1986 single "Pee Wee's Dance," whose catchy hook has become a veritable hip-hop staple. Getting his start with a rap group signed to Vince Davis's Vintertainment label, Love eventually teamed up with producer Hurby "Luv Bug" Azor to produce his 1991 Columbia Records debut, Joe Cool. ?LOVEBUG STARSKI Emcee, DJ, and record producer Lovebug Starski is best known for his single "Amityville (The House on the Hill)," which broke into the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1986. The track appeared on Starski's album House Rocker, also released in 1986. The '90s also saw Starski working with his friend DJ Hollywood, who will provide the music for tonight's show.

Family Film: "Miss Minoes" - Cinema Village
December 23, 2011 - East Village

This utterly charming classic family film tells the tale of Miss Minoes, a cat who is transformed into a young woman (Carice van Houten) and befriends Tibbe (Theo Maassen), a shy bumbling cub reporter for the local newspaper. Miss Minoes, still recognized as a cat by the neighborhood felines despite her new appearance, organizes them into a news-gathering service and helps Tibbe become a star reporter. He soon turns investigative and discovers that the popular chairman of the 'Club For Friends of Animals' and boss of a nearby factory has evil plans. Based on the 1970 novel by Annie M.G. Schmidt, Holland's most beloved writer of children's stories, this film was adapted by Vincent Bal in 2001. Released in Holland in December 2001, the film went on to become the most popular Dutch film of the year and winner of the Golden Calf, the Dutch Oscar, for Best Film. Carice van Houten ("Black Book," "Valkyrie") became a star in Holland playing 'Miss Minoes' and took home the Golden Calf for Best Actress. "Miss Minoes" will be presented with a British-accented English-language dub, allowing the film to be easily and widely enjoyed by a young audience. Running time: 92 minutes.

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.

Discount at Lexington luggage - Lexington Luggage
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

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