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Earthworks: Light it Up! - Brooklyn Children's Museum
December 26, 2011 - Crown Heights

How can you light a lightbulb? Plugging it in or using batteries is easy enough, but what about solar panels or other ways? Explore alternative energy and circuits to build your own light and sound show!

Winter Vacation Camp - Jodi's Gym
December 26, 2011 - Mount Kisco

Jodi's Gym Camp is all about active, healthy children! Camp includes a full hour of structured gym where the fundamentals for gymnastics (and all sports) are developed as children improve their skills on balance beams, bars, rings, tumbling, vault, tumble trak, our space bouncer and more. Children will develop self confidence while experiencing the joys of gymnastics. Other camp activities include music, art, story time, zany games and lunch. December 26-30.

VacationArts Winter Break Program - Great Neck Arts Center
December 26, 2011 - Great Neck

Kids K-5 won't be bored over the Winter break at the VacationArts program. They enjoy a full day of art, ceramics, drama, music, dance, chess and more. VacationArts is open during school holidays. Call to register. Discounts available.

Winter Wonderland Mini Camp - Enopi of Port Washington
December 26, 2011 - Port Washington

Beat the winter blues by sending kids (3-7 years old) to this winter-themed mini camp where they will be occupied with tons of fun activities. Register early.

Cupcake Decorating and Ceramic Painting - The Cupcake Corner
December 27, 2011 - Garden City

Enjoy the school break doing ceramic painting and cupcake decorating. These combined activities take approximately one hour to complete. Drop in at any time during the stated times. Reservations are not required.

Special Needs Mini-Camp (3-7 years of age) - JCC of Mid-Westchester
December 27, 2011 - Scarsdale

"Toward Tomorrow," a Mini-Camp for Special Needs children, ages 3-7. Contact Cathy Klein for more information: 472-3300, x228; [email protected] Four days - December 27, 28, 29 and 30.

Computers for Kids - Brooklyn Public Library, Coney Island branch
December 27, 2011 - Coney Island

Kids spend time with computers, becoming further acquainted with their capabilities.

Winter Vacation Camp - Jodi's Gym
December 27, 2011 - Mount Kisco

Jodi's Gym Camp is all about active, healthy children! Camp includes a full hour of structured gym where the fundamentals for gymnastics (and all sports) are developed as children improve their skills on balance beams, bars, rings, tumbling, vault, tumble trak, our space bouncer and more. Children will develop self confidence while experiencing the joys of gymnastics. Other camp activities include music, art, story time, zany games and lunch. December 26-30.

Winter Wildlife - Alley Pond Environmental Center
December 27, 2011 - Douglaston

This year you can share your winter vacation with birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians while learning how these animals cope with the season's worst weather. Learn about the amazing winter survival techniques of wildlife through stories, games, crafts, and live animals up close. A snack is provided. The event for ages 3 and 4 is limited to 12 participants. Classes for ages 5 and 6-7 are limited to 15 participants.

Animal Care Club - Alley Pond Environmental Center
December 27, 2011 - Douglaston

Would you like to help care for APEC's animals? This program teaches children about the interesting job of an animal caretaker. Kids will have hands-on experience in feeding, brushing, cleaning, and learning all about the needs of APEC's animals. A snack and animal care trainee certificate are included. The class is limited to eight participants.

Winter Break Mini Camp : I-Spy - John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
December 27, 2011 - Katonah

Kids ages 5-10 explore the historic house at John Jay Homestead, look for undiscovered features around each corner, learn about various architectural styles, and build a gingerbread house. Drop off program;, reservations required.

School Break Mini-Camp - Rosenthal JCC of Northern Westchester
December 27, 2011 - Pleasantville

Fun crafts, edible projects, sports clinics, parties, and other games for K-6th graders. Meet friends or make new ones! Call for partial-day and extended-day options and prices. December 27-30.

Holiday Mini Camp - M.A.T.S.S. Kids' Gym-Syosset
December 27, 2011 - Syosset

Come out and play during this 3-day fun time. Daily themes including Black/White Penguins, New Year's Party, and more. Come for a day or all 3 days. Discounts are available.

Winter Wonderland Mini Camp - Enopi of Port Washington
December 27, 2011 - Port Washington

Beat the winter blues by sending kids (3-7 years old) to this winter-themed mini camp where they will be occupied with tons of fun activities. Register early.

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 [email protected] to register. Class meets 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.

Cupcake Decorating and Ceramic Painting - The Cupcake Corner
December 28, 2011 - Garden City

Enjoy the school break doing ceramic painting and cupcake decorating. These combined activities take approximately one hour to complete. Drop in at any time during the stated times. Reservations are not required.

Toy Inventor's Workshop: Rockets! - Brooklyn Children's Museum
December 28, 2011 - Crown Heights

'Tis the season for toys, but ingenious kids know how to make their own fun. We'll learn the basics of propulsion and Newton's laws of motion, then it's 3-2-1 blast off!

Special Needs Mini-Camp (3-7 years of age) - JCC of Mid-Westchester
December 28, 2011 - Scarsdale

"Toward Tomorrow," a Mini-Camp for Special Needs children, ages 3-7. Contact Cathy Klein for more information: 472-3300, x228; [email protected] Four days - December 27, 28, 29 and 30.

Chess Workshop - Brooklyn Public Library, Dyker branch
December 28, 2011 - Dyker Heights

Chess master Ian Fleishman will help you hone your chess skills.

Movie and Play Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Carroll Gardens branch
December 28, 2011 - Carroll Gardens

Kids have fun with board games and movies/cartoons.

Winter Vacation Camp - Jodi's Gym
December 28, 2011 - Mount Kisco

Jodi's Gym Camp is all about active, healthy children! Camp includes a full hour of structured gym where the fundamentals for gymnastics (and all sports) are developed as children improve their skills on balance beams, bars, rings, tumbling, vault, tumble trak, our space bouncer and more. Children will develop self confidence while experiencing the joys of gymnastics. Other camp activities include music, art, story time, zany games and lunch. December 26-30.

Animal Care Club - Alley Pond Environmental Center
December 28, 2011 - Douglaston

Would you like to help care for APEC's animals? This program teaches children about the interesting job of an animal caretaker. Kids will have hands-on experience in feeding, brushing, cleaning, and learning all about the needs of APEC's animals. A snack and animal care trainee certificate are included. The class is limited to eight participants.

Winter Break Mini Camp: Picturing Me - John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
December 28, 2011 - Katonah

Children ages 5-10 will explore the extensive portrait collection at the Homestead, then create their own portraits. Drop-off program; reservations required.

School Break Mini-Camp - Rosenthal JCC of Northern Westchester
December 28, 2011 - Pleasantville

Fun crafts, edible projects, sports clinics, parties, and other games for K-6th graders. Meet friends or make new ones! Call for partial-day and extended-day options and prices. December 27-30.

Winter Break Program - Friedberg JCC
December 28, 2011 - Oceanside

School's out! Kids can have fun during the winter break. Sign them up for all the things they love to do. Creative activities and making new friends top the list.

Holiday Mini Camp - M.A.T.S.S. Kids' Gym-Syosset
December 28, 2011 - Syosset

Come out and play during this 3-day fun time. Daily themes including Black/White Penguins, New Year's Party, and more. Come for a day or all 3 days. Discounts are available.

Lego Club for Littles - Wilton Public Library
December 28, 2011 - Wilton

Each session is based on a new theme such as castles, vehicles, towers and more. Children learn about the theme through stories and non-fiction books and then create a masterpiece from the library's collection. Tickets are passed out at the Children's reference desk starting at 3:45 p.m. the day of the program each week.

Winter Wonderland Mini Camp - Enopi of Port Washington
December 28, 2011 - Port Washington

Beat the winter blues by sending kids (3-7 years old) to this winter-themed mini camp where they will be occupied with tons of fun activities. Register early.

Etiquette Advantage presents "Preparation for the Future Workshop" - Trinity Boscobel United Methodist Church
December 28, 2011 - Buchanan

Etiquette Advantage is pleased to offer a "Preparation for the Future Workshop" for young people in grades 5-8. Each day includes lunch with a dining tutorial. Sign up for one day ($50/day) or all three ($140 for all three). Good Manners last a lifetime and this workshop is full of games, prizes, and easy tips.

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 [email protected] to register. Class meets each Thursday.

Cupcake Decorating and Ceramic Painting - The Cupcake Corner
December 29, 2011 - Garden City

Enjoy the school break doing ceramic painting and cupcake decorating. These combined activities take approximately one hour to complete. Drop in at any time during the stated times. Reservations are not required.

Special Needs Mini-Camp (3-7 years of age) - JCC of Mid-Westchester
December 29, 2011 - Scarsdale

"Toward Tomorrow," a Mini-Camp for Special Needs children, ages 3-7. Contact Cathy Klein for more information: 472-3300, x228; [email protected] Four days - December 27, 28, 29 and 30.

Playstation Gaming - Brooklyn Public Library, McKinley Park branch
December 29, 2011 - Bay Ridge

Kids 8 and older play video with the PlayStation.

Chess Class - Brooklyn Public Library, Kings Bay branch
December 29, 2011 - Homecrest

Kids play chess and receive instruction.

Winter Vacation Camp - Jodi's Gym
December 29, 2011 - Mount Kisco

Jodi's Gym Camp is all about active, healthy children! Camp includes a full hour of structured gym where the fundamentals for gymnastics (and all sports) are developed as children improve their skills on balance beams, bars, rings, tumbling, vault, tumble trak, our space bouncer and more. Children will develop self confidence while experiencing the joys of gymnastics. Other camp activities include music, art, story time, zany games and lunch. December 26-30.

Winter Break Mini Camp: Hats Off! - John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
December 29, 2011 - Katonah

Did you know that most early 19th-Century houses didn't have closets? Where did people store their clothes? Children ages 5-10 will tour the Homestead bedrooms and make their on "hat boxes." Drop-off program; reservations required.

School Break Mini-Camp - Rosenthal JCC of Northern Westchester
December 29, 2011 - Pleasantville

Fun crafts, edible projects, sports clinics, parties, and other games for K-6th graders. Meet friends or make new ones! Call for partial-day and extended-day options and prices. December 27-30.

Winter Break Program - Friedberg JCC
December 29, 2011 - Oceanside

School's out! Kids can have fun during the winter break. Sign them up for all the things they love to do. Creative activities and making new friends top the list.

Holiday Mini Camp - M.A.T.S.S. Kids' Gym-Syosset
December 29, 2011 - Syosset

Come out and play during this 3-day fun time. Daily themes including Black/White Penguins, New Year's Party, and more. Come for a day or all 3 days. Discounts are available.

CMOM's Secret Holiday Recipes - Children's Museum of Manhattan
December 29, 2011 - Upper West Side

Select your favorite recipes to make a keepsake healthy holiday recipe book.

Winter Wonderland Mini Camp - Enopi of Port Washington
December 29, 2011 - Port Washington

Beat the winter blues by sending kids (3-7 years old) to this winter-themed mini camp where they will be occupied with tons of fun activities. Register early.

Etiquette Advantage presents 'Preparation for the Future Workshop' - Trinity Boscobel United Methodist Church
December 29, 2011 - Buchanan

Etiquette Advantage is pleased to offer a "Preparation for the Future Workshop" for young people in grades 5-8. Each day includes lunch with a dining tutorial. Sign up for one day ($50/day) or all three ($140 for all three). Good Manners last a lifetime and this workshop is full of games, prizes, and easy tips.

Introduction to Babysitting - White Plains Public Library
December 30, 2011 - White Plains

This four-hour class for teens includes the responsibilities of the babysitter and the parents; emergencies and safety; playing and infant care. At the conclusion of the class, teens are required to take a simple true/false test. Handouts and a certificate of completion are distributed as well. Food will be provided. Room B.

Cupcake Decorating and Ceramic Painting - The Cupcake Corner
December 30, 2011 - Garden City

Enjoy the school break doing ceramic painting and cupcake decorating. These combined activities take approximately one hour to complete. Drop in at any time during the stated times. Reservations are not required.

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.

Excavation Station - Brooklyn Children's Museum
December 30, 2011 - Crown Heights

Gather up your picks and your fossil brushes: it's excavation time! Examine real fossils, then play paleontologist as you unearth real bones, shells, and other treasures from a plaster dig site. Learn how scientists unlock the mysteries of the past.

School's Out, Stars Are In - Hudson River Museum
Through December 30, 2011 - Yonkers

For students on school break, the museum offers creative activities and planetarium shows Free with museum admission, December 26-30. Students must be accompanied by a caregiver.

Special Needs Mini-Camp (3-7 years of age) - JCC of Mid-Westchester
December 30, 2011 - Scarsdale

"Toward Tomorrow," a Mini-Camp for Special Needs children, ages 3-7. Contact Cathy Klein for more information: 472-3300, x228; [email protected] Four days - December 27, 28, 29 and 30.

Winter Vacation Camp - Jodi's Gym
December 30, 2011 - Mount Kisco

Jodi's Gym Camp is all about active, healthy children! Camp includes a full hour of structured gym where the fundamentals for gymnastics (and all sports) are developed as children improve their skills on balance beams, bars, rings, tumbling, vault, tumble trak, our space bouncer and more. Children will develop self confidence while experiencing the joys of gymnastics. Other camp activities include music, art, story time, zany games and lunch. December 26-30.

Winter Break Mini Camp - What's for Dinner? - John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
December 30, 2011 - Katonah

What did John Jay eat during the winter when there was nothing growing on his farm? Children ages 5-10 will learn about 19th-Century food and participate in a canning activity. Drop off program; reservations required.

School Break Mini-Camp - Rosenthal JCC of Northern Westchester
December 30, 2011 - Pleasantville

Fun crafts, edible projects, sports clinics, parties, and other games for K-6th graders. Meet friends or make new ones! Call for partial-day and extended-day options and prices. December 27-30.

Winter Break Program - Friedberg JCC
December 30, 2011 - Oceanside

School's out! Kids can have fun during the winter break. Sign them up for all the things they love to do. Creative activities and making new friends top the list.

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.

Winter Wonderland Mini Camp - Enopi of Port Washington
December 30, 2011 - Port Washington

Beat the winter blues by sending kids (3-7 years old) to this winter-themed mini camp where they will be occupied with tons of fun activities. Register early.

Etiquette Advantage presents 'Preparation for the Future Workshop' - Trinity Boscobel United Methodist Church
December 30, 2011 - Buchanan

Etiquette Advantage is pleased to offer a "Preparation for the Future Workshop" for young people in grades 5-8. Each day includes lunch with a dining tutorial. Sign up for one day ($50/day) or all three ($140 for all three). Good Manners last a lifetime and this workshop is full of games, prizes, and easy tips.

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.

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.

Cupcake Decorating and Ceramic Painting - The Cupcake Corner
December 31, 2011 - Garden City

Enjoy the school break doing ceramic painting and cupcake decorating. These combined activities take approximately one hour to complete. Drop in at any time during the stated times. Reservations are not required.

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

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

Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Stay N Clay
Through December 31, 2011 - Port Washington

Gather your friends for fun times on Fridays and Saturdays; listen to music, paint two clay pieces each while feasting on pizza, cookies, and drinks. Includes studio pass.

Mini Mates Program - South Street Seaport Museum
Through December 31, 2011 - Manhattan

The program features educational activities related to water, boats, animals, sea creatures, and more for tots ages 18 months to 3 years and their adult caretakers. Includes crafts, music, and movement activities, plus light refreshments. Registration required by 3pm the day prior; email [email protected] or call 212-748-8786.

Windows of the Elevated - New York Transit Museum
December 31, 2011 - Brooklyn Heights

Many of today's elevated subway stations feature glass scenes of the surrounding community and local culture. See examples of these vivid installations, then create a window scene of your own design.

Winter Break Program - Friedberg JCC
January 02, 2012 - Oceanside

School's out! Kids can have fun during the winter break. Sign them up for all the things they love to do. Creative activities and making new friends top the list.

VacationArts Winter Break Program - Great Neck Arts Center
January 02, 2012 - Great Neck

Kids K-5 won't be bored over the Winter break at the VacationArts program. They enjoy a full day of art, ceramics, drama, music, dance, chess and more. VacationArts is open during school holidays. Call to register. Discounts available.

Free Math Tutoring - Ossining Public Library - 2nd Floor Conference Room
Through January 31, 2012 - Ossining

Students in grades 6 and up will demystify differential equations and tackle tricky trigonometry with certified math tutors. Please bring homework assignments and problem sets to each session. Call x336 for more information. Ongoing Mondays throughout January.

Teacher in the Library - The Field Library
Through January 31, 2012 - Peekskill

Puzzled by a homework assignment? Only understand a fraction of your math? Drop in for homework help from a certified teacher. Homework help is available January 3, 5, 9, 10, 12, 17, 19, 23, 24, 26, 30 and 31 from 4-6pm.

CRITTERS, CRAFTS, AND KIDS - Greenburgh Nature Center
Through January 31, 2012 - Scarsdale

Enjoy wonderful winter days at the Nature Center with walks, live animals, and stories. 10am Wednesdays: January 4, 11, 18 and 25.

Bilingual Birdies: Spanish Program - Ottendorfer Public Library
Through February 25, 2012 - Manhattan

A Spanish language and live music program for children ages newborn to 5 years old with a parent/caregiver. The bilingual musicians teach through music, movement, puppetry, and games.

R&R at the JCC - The JCC In Manhattan
Through March 24, 2012 - Upper West Side

Make your Shabbat afternoon special with workshops, art, yoga, meditation, food, music, study sessions, film, origami, creative art projects, spa experiences, indoor and outdoor play, and more. There are programs for both children and adults.

Acting 101 - Hopper House Art Center
Through June 27, 2012 - Nyack

This weekly workshop meets to support young artists with interests in the performing arts including theater, film, commercial work, or a specific project such as preparing for an audition. Participants will get help selecting and learning how to approach material, work with sides and cold readings, resume and headshot help, and industry guidance.

Mommy & Me Yoga - Full Circle Family Care
Through September 06, 2012 - White Plains

Strengthen your body, center yourself, and re-energize with a fun workout with your baby. Babies will fuss, fidget and cry and it's all fine. Babies should be 6 weeks old and not yet crawling. Bring a baby blanket, mats provided. Drop in any day, no registration required. Sundays 11am; Tuesdays 10:30am; Thursdays 11:30am.

Zumbatomic - Vibez Studio
Through October 01, 2012 - Bayside

Zumbatomic® is an upbeat dance workout designed exclusively for kids (ages 4-12). Zumbatomic classes are high-energy fitness parties packed with specially choreographed, kid-friendly routines, and all the music kids love. Parents love Zumbatomic because of the effects it has on kids such as increasing their focus and self-confidence, boosting metabolism, and enhancing coordination. Zumbatomic rounds out family fitness goals by giving parents a great reason to head to the gym – for themselves, for their kids, for a fun family experience.

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

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

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