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NOVEMBER 30 - DECEMBER 2 WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS BY NYMETROPARENTS

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Weekend Highlights by NYMetroParents
November 30 - December 2
Hello December! Free Arts Day, Holiday Lights, Inside 'The Lion King,' & Bari Koral Family Rock Band

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TreesCan you believe this Saturday is already December 1? Before we think about ringing 2013, there's much fun to be had throughout the towns. Plus we're hosting great giveaways (see right) before the end of the year, including tickets to the Nutcracker in Long Island or Angelina Ballerina's Very Merry Holiday Musical, and a Samsung Galaxy Note Tablet.

As for this weekend, kids of all abilities can Meet the Animals from Green Meadows Farm when they drop by the Scarsdale Library, or meet Teatown's ambassador weasels at Animal Adventures. Bundle up for Leaf Fest to rake leaves with family and friends, or head out to cut your own Christmas tree. Elsewhere, touch seashells from around the world and use them to create your own seashell decoration for the holidays.

FutureCreative License: Use your imagination to design a school of the future, and travel Around the World learning about different cultures with Creative Kids at the Stepping Stones Museum. Then imagine what it was like to be Rosa Parks who sat down to take a stand. Next take part in Artswestchester's Free Arts Day where various museums offer free admission, including the planetarium where kids can see a magician's tricks, create mini Santas and dreidels, and take a holiday tour.

Holiday Cheer: Win a prize for creating the best CreativeGingerbread house, and head to the First Night and Tree Lighting at Old Westbury Gardens, or join the First Holiday Lights Parade and Tree Lighting in Yorktown. Travel back in time to Historic Richmond Town's Christmas with photos with Santa, young carolers, storytelling, and glittering ornaments. Then enjoy a Holiday Festival, and another Fairfield Christmas Tree Fest. Also see how the Dutch celebrate the holidays by making two treats: orange caraway cookies and fried doughnuts.

Lion KingFun Music, Holiday Shows, and Poopendous: Meet quirky author of "Poopendous," a super-fun educational book for kids. Then get a free inside look at "The Lion King" on Broadway at its anniversary exhibit. Get ready to sing and dance with family-favorite Bari Koral during an interactive live show, and finally get in the holiday spirit with The Nutcracker.

Happy December!


Lisa Chung

Associate Editor

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Save: Eglevsky Ballet's The Nutcracker

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Save 10% on tickets to the show at Tilles Center in Long Island with code: Parent10

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Get a Free Family 4-Pack to 'Angelina Ballerina The Very Merry Holiday Musical'

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Win a Samsung Galaxy Note Tablet 10.1!

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Enter for your chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Note Tablet 10.1 that's pre-loaded with an awesome textbook app called Kno.
 


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