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Things to Do With Kids in Bronx on December 3


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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 3, 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 3. 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.

Galli Theater Presents 'Snow White' - National Comedy Theatre
Through January 01, 2011 - Manhattan

A king places an ad in the newspaper looking for a beautiful wife; Mr. 7-Dwarf, the all-in-one Dwarf, rescues Snow White not once, not twice, but three times; and that's just the beginning of all the fun. Saturday shows are followed by a workshop where kids can play acting games, dress up, and perform a show for their parents.

Burlesque Dinner Theater - Festiva Cruise Yacht
December 03, 2011 -

A live Burlesque dinner theater show will be presented by RunAround Sue, Lil Miss Lixx, and Gal Friday on the cruise yacht Festiva. Festiva will arrive at Chelsea Piers in time to commence boarding by 6PM. Departure will be at 7PM sharp, followed by dinner (included with admission). After the show Festiva will pause at the Statue of Liberty and then DJ Oscar will cue the music for a leisurely return trip up the Hudson back to Chelsea piers. Details and ticketing information are at:

Kidgits Day: Breakfast with Santa - Smith Haven Mall Food Court
December 03, 2011 - Lake Grove

Kidgits events are held each month in Simon malls. This month, come to the food court with your camera and your appetite.

NTD Chinese International Figure Painting Competition - Salmagundi Art Club
Through December 03, 2011 -

Art has the ability to connect with the beholder, to uplift the spirit and to give hope. For oil painting, its technical aspects reached maturity during the Renaissance and flourished for the next few hundred years. However, in the last century, modern art has consciously proceeded down a different path in terms of subject matter and technical rigor. With an eye towards tradition, the NTD Chinese International Figure Painting Competition aims to restore the artistic ideals of the past. Using classical Western realistic methods, artists of Chinese descent from around the world will display some of the best works of art created during this period of history. Expect to feel uplifted and refreshed from the beauty and purity these artists have sought to capture on canvas. Free Admission. Exhibition of Works: Nov 28th - Dec 3rd, 2011 Award Ceremony and Reception: Saturday, Dec 3rd, 1.30pm. About New Tang Dynasty Television - Established in December 2001, New Tang Dynasty (NTD) Television is a non-profit television broadcaster and the only independent Chinese-language television that transmits uncensored information into China. Headquartered in Manhattan, NTD is dedicated to providing accurate and reliable information to viewers worldwide. As a vital news source, NTD reported on the SARS outbreak in China three weeks before Beijing admitted to its existence. ?NTD is the largest Chinese cultural event producer outside of China. Since 2007, NTD has presented the Global Competition Series in an effort to preserve and celebrate the essence and beauty of authentic Chinese culture and promote cultural exchange around the world.

Farmer's Market - Larchmont
December 03, 2011 - Larchmont

Fresh, local baked goods, artisinal bread, cheese, cut flowers, dairy products, fish, fruit, herbs, meats, organic produce, plants, specialty foods, vegetables, wines, and more.

Bilingual Storytime en Espanol - Barnes & Noble City Center
December 03, 2011 - White Plains

Libros para ninos! Bring the kids for bilingual Spanish Storytime.

Beatles Brunch - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
December 03, 2011 -

NYC's Longest Running Beatles Show STRAWBERRY FIELDS featuring former members of Broadway's BEATLEMANIA Doors: 11am - Show: 12pm Ticket includes All-You-Can-Eat-Buffet, Show, Tax and Tip $40 adv, $42.50 door STRAWBERRY FIELDS is a look-a-like, sound-a-like Beatles tribute, dedicated to bringing you as close to a real Beatles concert as you can get. They take you on a Magical Mystery Tour beginning in 1964 complete with mop top hair, black suits with thin ties & the 1st four albums of music. Next stop, 1967, features the psychedelic era of "Sergeant Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band" album with all the costumes & jackets on the album cover. The last stop includes: "White Album", "Abbey Road" & "Let It Be".

Happy Holi-Plays - Laylon Theater
December 03, 2011 - Ossining

Blueberry Theatre Ensemble's popular sampler. A staged reading of 10-minute plays reflects on the ups and downs of the holiday season. Just what the doctor ordered before you jump into shopping, family visits, holiday feastings, and New Year's resolutions. Free refreshments.

CATHEDRAL CHRISTMAS: Medieval & Baroque Treasury - Cathedral of Saint John the Divine
December 03, 2011 - New York

A sold-out holiday tradition, EARLY MUSIC NEW YORK draws from its several Christmas albums - produced in association with The Metropolitan Museum of Art - to present a sampling of favorites from its impressive compendium of seasonal gems. EM/NY’s chamber choir of male voices will be joined by a trio of instrumentalists to present medieval procession conducti and dances to early baroque caroles and noels.

Dickens' Christmas Carol - Philipsburg Manor/Old Dutch Church
December 03, 2011 - Sleepy Hollow

Nestle in to the cozy confines of the Old Dutch Church and let master storyteller Jonathan Kruk, complete with musical accompaniment, regale you with his adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic. Afterwards, enjoy complimentary hot chocolate, cider, and cookies at Philipsburg Manor. Buy advance tickets online at or call 914-631-8200.

Introduction to Babysitting - White Plains Public Library
December 03, 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.

Toy Time - White Plains Public Library
December 03, 2011 - White Plains

Today: Puzzles. Parents and children enjoy independent, creative playtime together with the library's collection of puzzles. Location: Story Trove.

Birds, Birds, Birds - Lenoir Nature Preserve
December 03, 2011 - Yonkers

An introduction to bird identification. Learn to use size, shape and color in identifying birds. Make a journal to record your observations. Bring binoculars if you have them.

Pink Ribbon Yoga - Hudson Yoga
December 03, 2011 - Croton-on-Hudson

Free classes instructed by a rotation of teachers include yoga, movement, and meditation, offered to breast cancer survivors and those seeking a holistic and supportive environment for healing. Ongoing Sundays.

Bilingual Storytime - Ruth Keeler Memorial Library
December 03, 2011 - North Salem

Stories and songs in both English and Spanish with Barbara.

Rodelinda - Metropolitan Opera
December 03, 2011 -

Sensational in the 2004 Met premiere of Stephen Wadsworth's much-heralded production, Renée Fleming reprises the title role. She's joined by Stephanie Blythe and countertenor Andreas Scholl, and Baroque specialist Harry Bicket conducts.

Faust - Metropolitan Opera
December 03, 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.

Tori Amos - Beacon Theatre
Through December 03, 2011 - New York

Performing in bars and clubs since the age of 13, Tori Amos has since evolved into one of the most respected and inspiring live performers. Touring relentlessly since 1991, the stage has always been one of the fundamentals of her career. Rolling Stone voted her one of the best live performers of all time. Tori will be releasing a new album, Night of Hunters, her first record since 2009's Abnormally Attracted to Sin, this September. The album will have a markedly classical thrust to it. "I have used the structure of a classical song cycle to tell an ongoing, modern story," Amos says. "The protagonist is a woman who finds herself in the dying embers of a relationship. In the course of one night she goes through an initiation of sorts that leads her to reinvent herself allowing the listener to follow her on a journey to explore complex musical and emotional subject matter." All this sounds very much like a rock opera, so we can only hope for some good interstitial spoken-word acting scenes.

Tudo Isto E Fado - Brooklyn Academy of Music
Through December 03, 2011 -

With smoldering intensity and a yearning heart, Tudo Isto É Fado peers into the poetry and seductive sounds of Fado, Portugal's soulful national song style in a special two-day presentation. December 2 features exquisite performances from Lisbon's finest musicians, tracing the roots of Fado through the Portuguese guitar and a multigenerational vocal ensemble, coupled with the US debut of Camané, a powerhouse vocalist and the leading male Fadista of his generation. December 3 offers a glimpse into the future of Fado and Portuguese regional music with the sprightly pop music of Deolinda, an acoustic quartet from Lisbon, and Amália Hoje, who recasts the beloved songs of "Queen of Fado" Amália Rodrigues with fresh arrangements that combine orchestral pop, rock, and electronica.

Ambrose Akinmusire Big Band - Carnegie Hall
December 03, 2011 - Manhattan

Blue Note recording artist Ambrose Akinmusire brings his Big Band—including Marcus Strickland, Justin Brown, Isaac Smith, and Sean Jones—to Zankel Hall for its world-premiere performance.

A Chanticleer Christmas - Metropolitan Museum of Art
December 03, 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.

Ebony Ecumenical Ensemble - Metropolitan Museum of Art
December 03, 2011 -

Celebrate the holiday season with a rousing evening of gospel music, spirituals, anthems, and Christmas carols. Founded in 1979, the Ensemble has performed at Carnegie Hall for the Korean Sacred Choral Festival, at the Beacon Theater with the critically acclaimed Three Mo' Tenors, and performances of the highly popular Nativity at the United Palace Theater sponsored by the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture. The Ensemble has also performed for former South African president Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and made its debut with the New York Philharmonic in the Emmy-nominated Live from Lincoln Center excerpts from Porgy and Bess.

Ebony Ecumenical Ensemble - Metropolitan Museum of Art
December 03, 2011 -

Celebrate the holiday season with a rousing evening of gospel music, spirituals, anthems, and Christmas carols. Founded in 1979, the Ensemble has performed at Carnegie Hall for the Korean Sacred Choral Festival, at the Beacon Theater with the critically acclaimed Three Mo' Tenors, and performances of the highly popular Nativity at the United Palace Theater sponsored by the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture. The Ensemble has also performed for former South African president Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and made its debut with the New York Philharmonic in the Emmy-nominated Live from Lincoln Center excerpts from Porgy and Bess.

Mahler's Symphony No. 10 - New York Philharmonic
Through December 03, 2011 -

The Barnard Project: Ivy Baldwin, Sidra Bell, David Parker, Susan Rethorst - New York Live Arts
Through December 03, 2011 -

The Barnard Project was the first university partnership of its kind, pairing curated artists from a renowned presenting institution, Dance Theater Workshop, with Barnard College and Columbia University dance students in a semester-long residency environment. Since its inception the program has commissioned 26 new works. Now in its seventh year, The Barnard Project offers choreographers and their selected casts the opportunity to work in a laboratory setting that emphasizes shared process. The resulting new works by 2011 – 2012 artists Ivy Baldwin, Sidra Bell, David Parker, and Susan Rethorst will premiere at New York Live Arts.

A Prairie Home Companion With Garrison Keillor - The Town Hall
December 03, 2011 -

Today, A Prairie Home Companion is heard by more than 4 million listeners each week on some 590 public radio stations, and abroad on America One and the Armed Forces Networks in Europe and the Far East. Join host Garrison Keillor -- Guy Noir, Dusty and Lefty, and the News from Lake Wobegon -- as PHC returns to The Town Hall stage.

Ready, Set, Sleep - Teatown Lake Reservation
December 03, 2011 - Ossining

Discover local wildlife's ingenious strategies that help them survive the winter season.

Holiday Concert with Kurt Gallagher - Scarsdale Public Library
December 03, 2011 - Scarsdale

A fun performance for kids of all ages. No registration required.

Piccolo Pizzaiolo: Kids Pizza Making Class - Donatella
December 03, 2011 - Manhattan

Children will learn how to make their own creative pizzas and watch them bubble to perfection in Donatella's wood-fired pizza oven. After devouring their own creations, kids will be sent home with their own personalized pizza-making diploma, stickers, and goodie bags full of Donatella's homemade cookies. Parents welcome to join. Reservations required; call 212-493-5150. Payment is cash only but a credit card number is required to hold the space.

Sand Candles - Westmoreland Sanctuary
December 03, 2011 - Bedford Corners

Create creative wax candles using moist sand as a mold. The shape of your candle is limited only by your imagination. RSVP by December 1st.

An American Celebration-Rock Hall Living History Tour - Rock Hall Museum
December 03, 2011 - Lawrence

A walking tour plus a reading of Dr. Samuel Martin's 1806 will, which frees Polly, a family slave. Refreshments included. Pre-registration required.

Family First Saturdays: Art Safari - Neuberger Museum of Art
December 03, 2011 - Purchase

Families take tours exploring animals in the African art collection, enjoy an interactive performance from acclaimed children's band and puppeteers, Jukebox Radio, then children ages tots-10 make their own animal shadow puppet in a workshop with the band.

Hike Off the Turkey - Croton Point Nature Center
December 03, 2011 - Croton-on-Hudson

Explore the beauty of the Hudson.

Pharma Exhibit at Cooper Union - Cooper Union
Through December 03, 2011 - New York

Graphic design in the pharmaceutical industry from the 1940’s to present day Free and Open to the Public WHAT: The Herb Lubalin Study Center at The Cooper Union examines the influence and impact of graphic design on the pharmaceutical industry in PHARMA, a new exhibit featuring original and rarely seen works by luminaries including Andy Warhol, Lester Beall, Will Burtin and Herb Lubalin. PHARMA’s exploration begins with the avant garde promotionals of the 1940’s, when a market need emerged to promote “miracle” drugs, such as Penicillin, to the medical industry. In a compelling and thought provoking way, PHARMA presents the relationship graphic design has had with the pharmaceutical industry ranging from the federal government’s increased regulations to new marketing tactics where the everyday consumer, not the doctor, is considered the target audience. While the exhibition provides examples of past and present, the public is encouraged to reflect and question how graphic design is used to market drugs and design has transformed these commodities into objects of desire. In addition to graphics, the show will feature: • the evolution of pharmaceutical marketing from early patent medicine promotionals to present day direct-to-consumer ads; • examples of prescription drug packaging; • the establishment of the FDA and increased regulations on drug marketing; • the advent of agencies specializing in pharmaceutical marketing and the use of common advertising techniques such as jingles and slogans to market drugs; and • how the ubiquity of pharmaceutical marketing cultivates the creation of spoofs, serves as source material for artists, and created a new niche of products such as "cosmeceuticals." WHEN: Opening reception: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 6-8pm Exhibition Dates: November 1-December 3, 2011 Exhibition Hours: Monday-Thursday 10-6, Saturday-Sunday 12-5, Closed: Fridays and November 24-27 WHERE: The Cooper Union, 41 Cooper Gallery (3rd Ave. b/w 6th and 7th Sts.), Lower Level 1, New York, NY 10003. Subways: Astor Place (6), 8th Street (N, R) For more information: 212.353.4200, or email Find The Cooper Union on Facebook at and on Twitter at

“Piccolo Pizzaiolo” Kids Pizza Making Class - Donatella
Through December 03, 2011 - Manhattan

Back by popular demand, Donatella restaurant in Chelsea has just announced their Fall/Winter 2011 schedule of Kid’s Pizza Making classes. The 3 fun-filled Pizza Making Classes will take place on select Saturdays from October – December and is a perfect indoor activity for kids during the chilly season! Children will relish as they learn how to make their own creative pizzas and watch pizza’s bubble to perfection in Donatella’s wood-fire pizza oven. After devouring their own creations, kids will be sent home with their own personalized pizza-making diploma, stickers and goodie bag of Donatella’s home-made cookies – YUM! Price of the class is $50 per child and parents are welcome to join! Class Schedule Saturday, October 8th 11am-12:30 Saturday, November 5th 11am-12:30 Saturday, December 3rd 11am-12:30 Class includes: - 1 pizza (for the child) - Fruit Punch or another beverage - A diploma stating that they graduated from Donatella’s pizza making class - Pizza sticker - A take home bag of 3 home-made cookies by Donatella Please call Michelle Owen at 212-493-5150 to reserve your seat for the class. Payment is cash only but a credit card number is required to hold the space.

Super Saturday: Large-scale Painting - Westport Arts Center
December 03, 2011 - Westport

Discover how modern artists work in a large-scale format and then paint a massively cool work of art.

Barnaby Saves Christmas - Theatre Three
December 03, 2011 - Port Jefferson

Join Santa, Barnaby, Franklynne and all of their friends as the littlest elf and his reindeer friend set off on their journey to save Christmas. They meet some new friends along the way and learn the true meaning of Christmas, Hanukkah and the holiday season.

Annie Jr. - Studio Theatre
December 03, 2011 - Lindenhurst

One of the most successful musicals of all times, this is the tale of Annie's adventures, her encounters with the wicked Miss Hannigan and her escape from the orphanage to a new life with Daddy Warbucks.

Family Workshop: Take a Seat! - Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building at MoMa
December 03, 2011 - Midtown West

What makes a chair a chair? Consider some of the design choices that go into the creation of this everyday object, then make your own mini-chair in the studio. For families with up to two adults and three kids (ages 4-6). Registration required.

Sonic Massage: Sound that you can feel - Roulette
December 03, 2011 - Boerum Hill

Drummer Kenny Wollesen and members of Wollesonic Laboratories are excited to present an interactive sonic experience at Roulette geared especially for kids.

Gingerbread Decorating - Cupcake Corner Too!
December 03, 2011 - Garden City

Decorate Gingerbread Cake Castles that are provided and top off the time with delicious cocoa. These castles do not require assembly. Register for an open session or book a private session for your class, Girl Scout or Boy Scout troop on December 4-18. Call for exact days and times.

Family Art Project: Season's Greetings! - Wave Hill
December 03, 2011 - Bronx

Make special pop-up and slider holiday cards that come alive with scenes of the season. Ecology Building. Free, and admission to the grounds is free until noon.

Annual Christmas Tree and Holiday Boutique - Huguenot Memorial Church
December 03, 2011 - Pelham

Lots of Fraser Fir trees - as well as red and white poinsettias, pine roping, and decorated/undecorated wreaths - will be available for sale. Net proceeds of the tree sale will go directly to local charitable organizations, including Family Services of Westchester and the After-School Program at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church (Yonkers). This year's International Holiday Boutique will feature hand-made items to support Esther's Aid in Rwanda, Masa Pan (bread dough) tree ornaments, wool shawls, ponchos, tablecloths, and purses from Ecuador. Also available will be a selection of Equal Exchange fair-trade coffees and chocolates, which support small-scale farmers across the world. It is best to plan to arrive at the sale early, which will be held in the Huguenot Church parking lot, located at the corner of Pelhamdale Avenue and Boston Post Road in Pelham Manor. Rain, shine or snow. Free doughnuts, coffee, and hot chocolate.

New Castle Community Sing & Holiday Tree Lighting - Robert E. Bell Middle School
December 03, 2011 - Chappaqua

Join local performers, friends, and neighbors for the Third Annual New Castle Community Sing followed by the Holiday Tree Lighting with the New Castle Historical Society. Santa will be on hand to hear holiday wishes, and treats will be provided for all by the New Castle Teen Alliance. Performers will include the Chappaqua Singers, soprano Elizabeth Farnum, and the Antioch Baptist Church Choir.

Adventure Theater - The Metropolitan Playhouse
December 03, 2011 - Lower East Side

Audience members can join the actors on stage to help invent the plot of the show, provide the sound effects, become the scenery, and play important characters, including the Hero.

The Pink Lotus - Long Island Children's Museum
December 03, 2011 - Garden City

Listen to the fascinating folktales of powerful kings and magical dragons, and learn more about the unique food, clothes, and language of Viet Nam. Then take home Viet Nam's national flower, the beautiful lotus blossom.

Messy Afternoons - Long Island Children's Museum
December 03, 2011 - Garden City

Tots will be up to their elbows in goop, guts, shaving cream, and Play-Doh in this class full of artistic activities that everyone loves but no one wants to clean up after. The afternoon will offer a variety of sensory activities for children 18 months to 4 years.

Public Marine-Biology Programs - Maritime Aquarium
December 03, 2011 - Norwalk

This informative program allows visitors access to the marine-education programming available to school groups. Check the Aquarium's website for today's subject. Fifteen participants are taken on a first come first served basis for each time slot. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical - Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
December 03, 2011 - Greenvale

Emmy Award winner Mo Willems joins Grammy Award-winning composer Michael Silversher to lovingly celebrate the heart and heartache that can only come from a family visit to the local laundromat.

Geology Hike - Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center
December 03, 2011 - Cornwall

Take a guided hike to focus on the unique geology of the Hudson Valley region.

12 Dancing Princesses - Old Stone Church Educational Building
December 03, 2011 - Upper Saddle River

The Saddle River Valley Cultural Center presents this fun show for young audiences. Although the King locks his 12 Princesses in the bedchamber each night, by morning their dancing slippers are worn out. How does this happen? In order to solve the mystery he offers one daughter?s hand in marriage to whoever can solve the mystery.

Shen Wei Dance Arts Presents 'Undivided Divided' - Park Avenue Armory
December 03, 2011 - Manhattan

Shen Wei Dance Arts celebrates its 10th anniversary season with the world premiere of this multi-disciplinary work combining elements of performance and visual art. The work will cover the great expanse of the Drill Hall space, with the stage space demarcated by sixty 7' x 7' squares, each visually distinct, providing 60 discrete performance zones for thirty talented dancers. Each location will be distinguished by its own unique vocabulary and aesthetic-some static and reflective, others dynamic and shifting -- all unified in unexpected ways.

Breakfast With Santa - Platzl Brauhaus
December 03, 2011 - Pomona

The whole family is invited for a special holiday event featuring live Christmas music, a miniature train village, Christmas decorations, a visit with Santa (fee for photos), a free gift for children, and an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. Menu includes biscuits & gravy, scrambled eggs, home fries, Belgian waffles, bacon & sausage, juice, donuts & Danish, coffee and tea. Advance reservations required.

The Nutcracker - Clarkstown Senior High School South
December 03, 2011 - West Nyack

The Rockland Youth Dance Ensemble (RYDE) Junior Company presents its 31st Annual production of The Nutcracker. The show is under the artistic direction of Diane Frankel, owner of the Coup� Theatre Studio in Nanuet and herself a dancer with an extensive Broadway career.

Special Audience Performance of The Nutcracker - Clarkstown Senior High School South
December 03, 2011 - West Nyack

The Rockland Youth Dance Ensemble presents this annual performance for senior citizens and physically and mentally challenged residents of Rockland. The event features a "Sweets Reception" at intermission, named for the journey Clara takes to the Land of the Sweets in the show's second act, introducing the Sugar Plum Fairy. Tickets for RYDE's special audience performance are available ONLY through Senior Citizen Centers and organizations with active membership among Seniors and the physically and mentally challenged from Rockland. For more information, please call 845-624-RYDE.

Tot Shabbat - Congregation Sons of Israel, Upper Nyack
December 03, 2011 - Upper Nyack

Families with babies or toddlers are invited to share a family experience of singing, dancing, and praying, as well as a weekly story and other activities.

Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Workshop - The Ritz-Carlton Westchester
December 03, 2011 - White Plains

After donning chef's hats and aprons, children will be taken on a tour of the hotel's kitchens, and then will decorate gingerbread cookies alongside The Ritz-Carlton's pastry chef. The child with the best-decorated cookie will even win a special gift! Refreshments will be served. Gingerbread house kits baked and assembled by the hotel will also be available for sale. For children ages 3-10. Saturdays, December 3, 10 and 17.

Winter Fest - Central Park Zoo
December 03, 2011 - New York

Relish the beauty of the Zoo at the best time of the year—the winter holidays! On the first three Fridays and Saturdays in December, we're open until 6:30 p.m. so you can stop by in the afternoon or after work for a stroll under thousands of twinkling lights. Visit cold-weather creatures, enjoy family activities and Wildlife Theater in the Zoo Gallery, see two wintry 4-D features, and watch the animals enjoy seasonal treats during holiday enrichment sessions. Also enjoy holiday shopping at the Zootique, take a family photo, and treat yourself to holiday cookies, cocoa, soups, and other seasonal snacks in the Dancing Crane Cafe. Activities take place 2:00–6:30 p.m.

Saturday Family Program: Jeremy Plays Guitar - Brooklyn Public Library, central branch
December 03, 2011 - Prospect Heights

Jeremy Zmuda, the Jeremy behind Jeremy Plays Guitar, really speaks to kids while jumping, dancing, singing, and, yes, playing guitar!

Youthworks Orientation Workshop/Open House - Brooklyn Artists Exchange
December 03, 2011 - Park Slope

Find out about Youthworks, a workshop for budding performance artists that seeks to enable young performers to begin their artistic journeys and bring their ideas to fruition.

Breakfast with Santa - FunFuzion at New Roc City
December 03, 2011 - New Rochelle

Includes buffet breakfast, 1 hour of unlimited video games and Funhouse rides, holiday crafts, face painting, dancing and party games, a FUZE Card for non-redemption games, and of course, a visit with Santa! Book early, space is limited. December 3 and 10.

Free Music Lessons - New People's Church of New York
December 03, 2011 - Flushing

Is your child interested in learning a new instrument? The New People's Church of New York is offering four free beginner lessons on drums, guitar, bass guitar, and vocals for children ages 8-15. Having an instrument is preferred but not a requirement. Enrollment is limited so RSVP by emailing

Paula Poundstone - Queens Theatre
December 03, 2011 - Flushing

If you are in desperate need of a show to combat the mounting holiday stress, look no further than the Queens Theatre. One December 3, Paula Poundstone brings her unique brand of comedy to Queens residents. Known for her quick wit and unexpected observations, Poundstone is sure to leave even the bitterest holiday scrooges giggling.

Annie: Saturday Night Movie Singalongs - Quennsborough Performing Arts Center
December 03, 2011 - Bayside

Annie, arguably one of the best movie musicals of all time, will be shown as part of QPAC's one-of-a-kind interactive family-oriented film series. Here, the crowd is encouraged to sing (and dance) along with their favorite characters without an ounce of apprehension. Lyrics and other fun props and activities will be supplied. The most enthusiastic participant from each showing will be awarded a $100 cash prize.

Wolves of North America - Wolf Conservation Center
December 03, 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.

Making Chocolate with Santa - Lucas Homemade Candies
December 03, 2011 - Haverstraw

Make your own chocolate snowman throughout the day and enjoy a special storytime with Santa at 12 and 4pm.

Greater Haverstraw Chamber's Annual Holiday Concert - Central Presbyterian Church
December 03, 2011 - Haverstraw

This festive event features holiday music by the Rockland County Concert Band. Afterward, stop by Village Hall at 40 New Main Street for the town's annual tree lighting ceremony. Refreshments will be at the Haverstraw Center, 50 West Broad Street.

The Nutcracker - Bergen PAC
December 03, 2011 - Englewood

Young audiences will surely be enchanted by the colorful costumes, gorgeous scenery, special effects, and dancing by New Jersey Ballet's acclaimed troupe of international artists.

APEC Safari - Alley Pond Environmental Center
December 03, 2011 - Douglaston

Take a walk on the wild side at APEC. You never know what wildlife you might find when hiking the trails of Alley Pond Park. Explore parts of the park rarely seen and hike trails that are seldom used. Blaze trails as you investigate the autumn wonders of the park. The walk will be held rain or shine, so be sure to dress appropriately (be prepared to get dirty) and wear comfortable shoes. In case of severe weather, the program will run indoors. Kids enjoy hot chocolate and cookies at the end of the hike, which is for ages 6-11 and limited to eight participants.

Nature's Snoozers - Alley Pond Environmental Center
December 03, 2011 - Douglaston

Do your kids ever wonder where the turtles, frogs, and chipmunks live in wintertime? They are sleeping, under the ground. Children discover which animals hibernate and how they prepare for their long, winter sleep. This program includes live animals, a brisk hike, a craft, a snack, and more for kids ages 3-6. The class is limited to 12 participants.

St. Nicholas Day - Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum
December 03, 2011 - Canarsie

Enjoy mulled cider, stories, ginger cookies, holiday crafts, and the arrival of Black Piet and St. Nicholas.

Astronomy - Salt Marsh Nature Center
December 03, 2011 - Marine Park

Astronomy is consistently rated as a favorite science topic for children and Fall and winter are the best times to observe meteor showers, the phases of the moon, and many planets of the Milky Way. Telescopes and astronomy experts will be on hand.

Saturday Night Grooves - Playland Ice Casino
December 03, 2011 - Rye

Skate to the sounds of the '70s, '80s, '90s, and today. December 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31.

Kids Fun Night - Stamford JCC
December 03, 2011 - Stamford

Children in grades K-5 enjoy science games, kids in grades 6-8 compete in a mini-basketball tournament. For more information, call Galit Roloff at 203-487-0974 or Mo Concepcion at 203-487-0971,or visit

Child Safety Seat Check - Big Dee Volvo Service Center
December 03, 2011 - White Plains

An opportunity for parents or soon-to-be parents to have their child safety seat checked by a certified child safety seat technician for safe installation. Bring your car, car seat, and child/infant, and learn how to properly install your car seat. Sponsored by Big Dee Volvo.

Beatles Rock Band Night - The Moxie Spot
December 03, 2011 - Brooklyn Heights

Go ahead, try and play that guitar solo from "Taxman." Just try! Eat dinner at Moxie and then indulge in the Beatles Rock Band competition.

Brooklyn Aviators Hockey - Aviator Sports
December 03, 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.

Christmas Decorating Party - The Field Library
December 03, 2011 - Peekskill

Make a holiday ornament and help the library trim their trees. Children of all ages are welcome (with a helping adult) for refreshments and holiday fun.

Annual Holiday Family Day: A Storybook Christmas - Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
December 03, 2011 - Bronx

Holiday spirit abounds during this fun-filled day. Children delight in Christmas storytelling and holiday crafts. Plus professional photographs with Santa (additional fee), holiday shopping, caroling, and more.

Printmaking workshop: Holiday Giftwrap - Extreme Kids and Crew
December 03, 2011 - Fort Greene

This special-needs-friendly workshop lets children create eco-friendly holiday gift wrap using print-making techniques.

Hazmat Modine - Brooklyn Museum
December 03, 2011 - Prospect Heights

Hazmat Modine's eclectic stew dips into bluesy roots, trad-jazz, calypso and ska, and Eastern European flavors for a danceable sound driven by two dueling harmonicas. Stay after the set for First Saturday, and explore the Museum's art, food, drink, and entertainment.

Wreath-making Workshop - Queens County Farm Museum
December 03, 2011 - Floral Park

Craft something beautiful with your family this holiday season to bring a little winter spirit to your mantel or front door. Make an evergreen wreath at one of the workshops at the Queens County Farm Museum. All materials provided, parents only need to bring a garden shear. To register, call 718-347-3276 x 301. An advance payment is required.

Hazmat Modine - Brooklyn Museum
December 03, 2011 - Prospect Heights

Hazmat Modine's eclectic stew dips into bluesy roots, trad-jazz, calypso and ska, and Eastern European flavors for a danceable sound driven by two dueling harmonicas. Stay after the set for First Saturday, and explore the Museum's art, food, drink, and entertainment.

Hazmat Modine - Brooklyn Museum
December 03, 2011 - Prospect Heights

Hazmat Modine's eclectic stew dips into bluesy roots, trad-jazz, calypso and ska, and Eastern European flavors for a danceable sound driven by two dueling harmonicas. Stay after the set for First Saturday, and explore the Museum's art, food, drink, and entertainment.

Frosty The Snowman - Rochambeau Theater
December 03, 2011 - White Plains

See "Frosty The Snowman," an annual musical for the entire family. Meet Frosty and his friends after the show. December 1, 2, and 3.

National Geographic Little Explorers - Penguins - Pottery Barn Kids
December 03, 2011 - White Plains

Learn about penguins and other animals through hands-on activities, quizzes, songs, and more. Each session spotlights a special theme. Kids will receive a badge for every event they attend.

Written Images: Contemporary Calligraphy from the Middle East - Sundaram Tagore Gallery
Through December 03, 2011 - New York

Written Images explores the role of traditional Islamic calligraphy and symbols in the contemporary Middle Eastern consciousness. For the artists in this exhibit, writing is more than the legible word; they use it as a pictorial, formal element to reference many issues - religious, social, political and personal. All of the artists have achieved international recognition but are still gaining recognition in the United States. Some quick facts: NUMBER OF ARTISTS IN THE EXHIBIT: 13 (11 men, 2 women) NUMBER OF ARTISTS MAKING THEIR DEBUT IN NEW YORK AND THE UNITED STATES: 6 NUMBER OF COUNTRIES REPRESENTED - 10 Algeria Egypt Iran Iraq Lebanon Morocco Qatar Saudi Arabia Syria Tunisia

Public Horse Education Program - Gallop NYC/Prospect Park
December 03, 2011 - Kensington

GallopNYC, which offers therapeutic horseback riding and hippotherapy to people with disabilities, presents this one-hour intro to horseback riding.

SEUSSICAL - The Stamford All-School Musical - Rippowam School
December 03, 2011 - Stamford

One hundred students from 23 different Stamford Schools in grades 5 through 12 perform in this musical production celebrating characters from Dr. Seuss.

Holiday Celebration - Old Westbury Gardens
December 03, 2011 - Old Westbury

Period rooms are decorated with wreaths, mantelpiece drapes, topiaries, plants and other horticultural arrangements. Antique clothing and toys will be on display and children can create crafts and share their holiday wishes with Santa. Visit the Gift Shop for hard-to-find presents and enjoy hot cider and cookies on the West Porch.

First Night and Tree Lighting - Old Westbury Gardens
December 03, 2011 - Old Westbury

Be among the first to view Westbury House in its holiday splendor. The House will be filled with live music and will feature Santa Claus, a tree lighting, and light refreshments. The Bethel Concert Choir will perform.

Westport's Academy of Dance - The Nutcracker - Staples High School
December 03, 2011 - Westport

Students perform in this full-length production featuring more than 100 local children, ages 6-18, as well as guest artists and professionals. Go to the website for information on tickets.

Children's Holiday Crafts - Old Westbury Gardens
December 03, 2011 - Old Westbury

Children will participate in doing a variety of craft projects for the holidays.

Christmas Movie Night - Church of St. John the Martyr
December 03, 2011 - Upper East Side

Enjoy pizza, Advent wreath-making, decorating a gingerbread church, a story corner, and a short animated film on the true meaning of Christmas in the church hall.

Family Wreath Making Day - Woodcock Nature Center
December 03, 2011 - Wilton

Make a wreath for you family and enjoy hot cocoa.

Family Holiday Trimmings - Garden Education Center
December 03, 2011 - Cos Cob

Enjoy breakfast with Santa and have fun in the holiday workshops. Live music enhances the festivities. Workshops priced separately. Pre-registration required.

Auditions for 'Industry Showcase Night' - The Random Arts Performing Arts Center
December 03, 2011 - Elmsford

Westchester's non-profit Random Farms Kids' Theater, in conjunction with NYC's Broadway Workshop, will hold auditions for their annual "Industry Showcase Night" on December 1 and 3 in Westchester at The Random Arts Performing Center (77 Executive Boulevard, Elmsford, NY 10523) and December 4 at Ripley Grier in NYC (520 Eighth Avenue). Auditions are open to young people ages 5-18. "Industry Showcase Night" is an opportunity for kids and teens to perform in front of NYC's top agents, managers and casting directors. Those chosen for the showcase will have one rehearsal in Elmsford on December 9. You must be available for the performance in NYC on December 20. Prepare one minute of material - a song, monologue, or combination of both. Or just tell a joke! You could even make up a commercial or tell a story. Industry professionals are looking for "raw" talent. What you do is less important than showing your personality. Past participants of "Industry Showcase Night" include young actors currently starring on Broadway and in film and TV. There is no cost to audition or participate in this event. To sign up for an audition, or for more information, visit or

Lantern Light Tours - Mystic Seaport
December 03, 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.

Special Needs Swimming - Marks JCH of Bensonhurst
December 03, 2011 - Bensonhurst

This special needs swimming program will include social interaction, games, and movement, as well as skill building activities in the water. The group will engage in active sensory integration techniques that will assist with addressing each child's needs.

Christmas Fair - Stone House
December 03, 2011 - Stamford

A Christmas Fair featuring Secret Santa gifts, crafts, stories and home baked goods.

Mutt-i-grees Program - Stepping Stones Museum
December 03, 2011 - Norwalk

Join Stepping Stones lovable dog puppet Dash to learn about the uniqueness and desirability of shelter dogs while developing social and emotional skills.

Creative Kids: England - Stepping Stones Museum
December 03, 2011 - Norwalk

In a salute to Sir Isaac Newton's theory of gravity, create your own marble track from paper towel rolls and masking tape. Test your track with a marble and let gravity do the rest.

Free Admission for Kids! - Mashantucket Pequot Museum
December 03, 2011 - Mashantucket

The first Saturday of the month, throughout the winter, children ages 15 and younger get in free to the museum.

Holiday Ornaments from the Natural World - Mashantucket Pequot Museum
December 03, 2011 - Mashantucket

Create tree ornaments at the Expressive Visions Circle using a selection of natural materials. Free with museum admission.

First Saturday Books for Babies - Wilton Library
December 03, 2011 - Wilton

Bring your baby to this infant friendly program for songs, playing and gentle stories geared to babies under 12 months old. Registration suggested.

"The Nutcracker" - Symphony Space
December 03, 2011 - Upper West Side

A full-length production of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" performed by Valentina Kozlova's Dance Conservatory Company. The students will be joined by guest professional dancers for this production that has First Act choreography by Margo Sappington (who also appears as "Auntie Drosselmeyer") and Second Act choreography by Kozlova, after the traditional Petipa and Vainonen of the Kirov Ballet.

Long Island Singles Speed Dating- WeekendDating Speed Dating- Men 35-45; Women 32-44 - Dave & Busters Farmingdale
December 03, 2011 - New York

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16th Annual Village of Port Jefferson Charles Dickens Festival - Village of Port Jefferson
December 03, 2011 - Port Jefferson

Dozens of activities will take place throughout the Village as the streets come alive with Scrooge, chimney sweeps, Father Christmas, and performers of the era. Attractions include carriage rides, a visit down East Main Street's Dicken's Alley, the spectacular Crystal Ball and a grand finale parade.

Farm to Table Vegetarian Workshop - Oh My Girls!
December 03, 2011 - Syosset

Learn how to cook quick, simple meals, using seasonal vegetables, along with vegetarian staples, such as beans, nuts, seeds, and organic tofu while exploring the concept of sustainability as it relates to our world.

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical - Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
December 03, 2011 - Greenvale

Based on the book "Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale" by Mo Willems, this delightful musical presents the story of a little girl, her daddy, and her favorite stuffed animal. A trip to the laundromat becomes a lesson in love, loss, and parenting.

Film Society Lincoln Center Presents "Matilda" - Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
December 03, 2011 - Lincoln Center

In this film version of the classic tale by Roald Dahl, a bright young girl is sent by her parents to a nightmarish school but finds she might have secret talents. The story is a terrific ode to the underdog kid in all of us. Visitors to the Film Center can stop in at Indie Food and Wine before or after the film for an afternoon treat like the "indie lunch box" for Family Film goers -- a meal that features a New York State cheddar grilled cheese sandwich on multi-grain bread with an apple and house-made hot chocolate ($6).

A Wonderful Life - John w. Engeman Theatre
December 03, 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.

Frosty - John w. Engeman Theatre
December 03, 2011 - Northport

Frosty and his magic hat come to the stage in this live version of the popular television show.

Dark Side of the Moon Concert - Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
December 03, 2011 - Greenvale

Classic Albums Live: Pink Floyd performs many well-loved songs.

Aesthetic Realism Foundation's Holiday Gala Benefit - Aesthetic Realism Foundation
December 03, 2011 - SoHo

This event features a full-length Cabaret; a silent auction with works of art and contributions by designers, boutiques, restaurants, museums, and cultural organizations; raffles; an after-theater buffet; and live jazz and dancing. All benefits the Aesthetic Realism Foundation, a center for culture and kindness presenting the education founded in 1941 by the American philosopher and poet Eli Siegel.

Holiday Party - New York City Police Museum
December 03, 2011 -

A day of fun activities for families with children featuring crafts celebrating holidays from diverse cultures in New York, including Christmas, Chanukah, Eid, Kwanzaa, and more. Also, families learn about policing around the world and try on the Museum's collection of international Police Service uniforms. 11am-2pm.

Sensory Friendly Screening: 'The Muppets' - AMC Loews 84th Street
December 03, 2011 - Upper West Side

This special screening allows children with autism and/or sensory disorders and their families to enjoy the new movie in a safe and accepting environment. The auditorium will keep its lights up and turn down the sound, and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout, or sing during the film.

'The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus' - BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center
December 03, 2011 - Tribeca

Based on the book by L. Frank Baum, author of "The Wizard of Oz," this exciting story follows the early life of Santa Claus. You'll meet the original reindeer Glossie and Flossie and the chilly rogue Jack Frost and find out the answer to lots of Christmas questions like 'Why do we hang stockings?,' 'Where was the first Christmas tree decorated?,' and 'How did he come to be known as Santa Claus?'

Whitney Wees: Talking about Texture - Whitney Museum of American Art
December 03, 2011 - Upper East Side

From painting to sculpture, artists love to experiment with texture. Little artists can explore touchable textures in contemporary art, from smooth to scratchy. Registration recommended; drop-ins welcome if space is available.

Family Fun: Asking about Abstraction - Whitney Museum of American Art
December 03, 2011 - Upper East Side

Participants will take a look at abstraction in paintings and sculptures and create their own interpretations of what "abstraction" can be.

Children's Reading Series: 'The Phantom Tollbooth' at 50 - 92nd Street Y
December 03, 2011 - Upper East Side

On this very special anniversary, enjoy a reading from "The Phantom Tollbooth" and conversation with author Norton Juster, illustrator Jules Feiffer, and children's book historian Leonard Marcus, who created the "The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth" (Knopf Books, October 2011), which includes excerpts from Juster's notes and drafts, plus cultural and literary commentary.

Pop Up Celebration - Books of Wonder
December 03, 2011 - Manhattan

Authors will present their interactive books, including Robert Sabuda ("Chanukah Lights"), Paul O. Zelinsky ("Knick-Knack Paddywhack"), Charise Mericle Harper ("The Power of Cute"), and Masha D'Yans ("Razzle-Dazzle Ruby").

The Twitterhood of the Butt-Lifting Pajants - Books of Wonder
December 03, 2011 - Manhattan

Tweens can enjoy author readings from new books like "All The Things You Are" by Courtney Scheinmel, "Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have)" by Sarah Mlynowski, "Prom & Prejudice" by Elizabeth Eulberg, and many more.

Joffrey Ballet School Presents 'Not the Nutcracker' - Miller Theater at Columbia University
December 03, 2011 - Morningside Heights

The Joffrey Ballet School of New York has chosen to celebrate the holiday season in a different way this year. The School's talented students are showcased in five works: "Scenes from Childhood," a new work that includes piano pieces by Robert Schumann, celebrates the joys of being young, innocent, and free. Thirteen short piano pieces are danced by the Levels 4 and 5 students. "La Vivandiere," a charming work first performed in 1848, with choreography by Arthur St.Leon to music by Cesare Pugni, forms an important link back to the Romantic Ballet of the 19th Century and the traditions of Classical Ballet. Highlights from "Kettentanz" has been one of the most enduring and popular works of the Joffrey Ballet repertory. First choreographed by the Joffrey Ballet School co-founder, Gerald Arpino in 1971, it comprises polkas, gallops and waltzes by Johann Strauss and J.S. Meyer in an unbroken chain of dances for six couples. It celebrates their virtuosity, expressiveness, and energy. This work will be performed by the School's Touring Group and staged by Nicole Duffy and Davis Robertson, both former members of the Joffrey Ballet. "The Teddy Bear Picnic" is a wide eyed, youthful romp into a fantasy of dancing teddy bears, twirling mushrooms, and high-jumping frogs. Under a large tree in the middle of a forest, bees will dance a minuet with their friends the flowers, a fox will partner lilting fairies, and children will waltz with their ted

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