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Things to Do With Kids in Bronx on December 30


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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 30, 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 30. 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.

Free Books & Pizza for 12-14 year olds - The Voracious Reader
December 30, 2011 - Larchmont

Teens 12-14 get together, chat about favorite and upcoming YA books. Choose a free, not-yet-published book. $5 covers admission, pizza and juice/soda. Final Friday of each month.

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.

Free GED Tutoring Help - Mamaroneck Public Library District
December 30, 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.

Madama Butterfly - Metropolitan Opera
December 30, 2011 -

Anthony Minghella's breathtakingly beautiful staging returns with Patricia Racette and Liping Zhang alternating as the tragic heroine. Robert Dean Smith and Marcello Giordani share the role of the faithless Pinkerton and Placido Domingo conducts.

Hansel and Gretel - Metropolitan Opera
December 30, 2011 -

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

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

Haydn, Schubert, and Ravel - New York Philharmonic
Through December 30, 2011 -

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?

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.

Needlecrafts and Quill & Ink Drawing - Lefferts Historic House
December 30, 2011 - Flatbush

Before video games, movies, and television, indoor games and projects helped pass the long winter days. At Lefferts Historic House, you can try your hand at needlepoint, or write your New Year's resolution with quill & ink.

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.

Ben Rudnick and Friends presents "Holiday Fun" - Long Island Children's Museum
December 30, 2011 - Garden City

Celebrate the holidays with a foot tapping sing-along featuring Ben Rudnick and Friends. Enjoy the energetic sounds of this award-winning rock and bluegrass ensemble as they put their unique spin on original and classic holiday songs.

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.

Holiday 'Open Days' - Hudson Highlands Nature Museum's Wildlife Education Center
December 30, 2011 - Cornwall

Stop by the nature center for this popular, annual program. Throughout the weekend, children can "Meet the Animals" at 1pm and again at 2:30pm and there will be crafts for kids.

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; Four days - December 27, 28, 29 and 30.

'Harry Potter' Movie Marathon - Chappaqua Public Library
December 30, 2011 - Chappaqua

Kids can spend their vacation in Hogwarts! At 10am, it's "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1" [PG-13], then "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2" [PG-13] at 6pm. Wear a costume and be eligible for a daily raffle drawing.

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.

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.

Golden Dragon Acrobats - Queens Theatre
December 30, 2011 - Flushing

Take your kids to a show that is guaranteed to be even better than the circus. Direct from China, this troupe of death-defying acrobats, mesmerizing jugglers and eye-popping contortionists will leave the whole family cheering for more. Spend your holiday week with this thrilling Chinese cirque in their only New York area appearance.

Holiday Howl! - Wolf Conservation Center
December 30, 2011 - South Salem

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

LEGO League - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
December 30, 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 30, 2011 - Garnerville

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

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.

Happy New Year Craft - The Field Library
December 30, 2011 - Peekskill

Celebrate 2012 with a special New Year's craft. Children of all ages are welcome (with a helping adult).

Collage Art: 'Wrapping Paper Treasure Boxes' - White Plains Public Library
December 30, 2011 - White Plains

Bring scraps of your own used gift-wrap or use The Trove's recycled supply. For children in grades 2-6. Tickets are given out 30 minutes before the start of the program.

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.

A Muppet Family Christmas and A Classic Henson Holiday - Museum of the Moving Image
December 30, 2011 - Astoria

Just because it's December 26 doesn't mean your kids have stopped being excited about the holidays. Continue the fun by bringing them to an after-Christmas movie event. A Muppet Family Christmas is about a holiday gathering at Fozzie's mother's country house. Then, the compilation A Classic Henson Holiday collects the finest moments from various holiday shows.

Barry Lyndon Movie Screening - Museum of the Moving Image
December 30, 2011 - Astoria

It's not exactly Sesame Street, but with a PG rating, Barry Lyndon offers a nice way to give the younger kids some culture. William Makepeace Thackeray's novel about an eighteenth-century Irish opportunist's rise and fall is, in Kubrick's hands, a painting come to life. Oscar-winning cinematography, art direction, costume design, and music combine with Kubrick's fine-tuned sense of irony and drama for a one-of-a-kind sensory and intellectual experience. Ever the innovator, Kubrick employed special camera lenses built for NASA to best capture candlelight on screen.

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.

Holiday Mini-Camps - Friedberg JCC
December 30, 2011 - Oceanside

Your little ones, 3 to 5 years old, will be jumping for joy when you introduce them to the Center's Holiday Mini-Camp. A wide range of fun and interactive activities await them.

Re-Make the Holidays - New York Hall of Science
December 30, 2011 - Flushing

Make your family's after-the-holiday activities more about being active and less about finishing off those snowmen sugar cookies. Come to the New York Hall of Science to bend, twist, sculpt, and taste a new version of the holiday season.

December Vacation Workshop: Printmaking - Bruce Museum
Through December 30, 2011 - Greenwich

Students in grades 1 through 3 are invited to participate in inclusive, hands-on art workshops to explore the exhibition The Prints of Martin Lewis and create their own projects. Each workshop is a complete program, but the four projects are complementary. Tues-Japanese Fish Printing; Wed-Scratch Board Printing; Thurs- Silk Screen, Fri-Monotype. Reservations required for each day.

'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.

Holiday Care Program - The Seed Center , Stamford, CT
Through December 30, 2011 - Stamford

During the holiday week, drop your child off for a comprehensive, multi-faceted therapeutic program where your child has fun while developing social skills, academics, speech and language, occupational therapy and daily living skills. Each day includes use of iPad technology, cooking, crafts and games. Children are grouped by age and ability (applicants screened prior to acceptance).

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.

Movies for Kids - Brooklyn Public Library, Borough Park branch
December 30, 2011 - Borough Park

Enjoy a free movie.

Vacation Week: Celebrate England - Stepping Stones Museum
Through December 30, 2011 - Norwalk

Enjoy a new activity each day including a Beatles Dance Party, story time and a mix of eclectic crafts.

Mock New Year's Eve-Eve Bash! - Darlings & Divas
December 30, 2011 - Amityville

Celebrate the arrival of 2012 by making a New Years Eve themed craft. Get dolled up with hair, nails and makeup then have a dance party. Pizza dinner and ice cream sundaes are served. Reservations required

Winter Break Mini-Camp - Darlings & Divas
Through December 30, 2011 - Amityville

Each day features special theme, crafts to take home and lunch. A 50% deposit is required to reserve session slots as space is limited.

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.

Long Island Singles Speed Dating- WeekendDating Speed Dating- Men 49-66; Women 47-59 - Tavern18
December 30, 2011 - New York

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In the Mind's Eye - Long Island Science Center
Through December 30, 2011 - Riverhead

Visit during school Vacation week for family fun. Learn about light, color and optics, play in the museum and make a craft to take home.

A Wonderful Life - John w. Engeman Theatre
December 30, 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.

Glowing Illustrations for Keats: Drop-In Workshop - The Jewish Museum
December 30, 2011 - Upper East Side

Paint with watercolor and layer patterned papers to form a relief collage using light as a theme. View the exhibition "The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats" and examine Keats' vibrant color and striking collages. For ages 3 and up.

A Celebration in Lights - Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck
December 30, 2011 - Center Moriches

The grounds of the camp have been decorated with lights that can be viewed from your car. Funds benefit the camp and its programs. For more information go to

'Sesame Street Celebrates Around the World' Screening - Sony Wonder Technology Lab High Definition Theater
December 30, 2011 - Manhattan

As everyone prepares for the big New Year's Eve party, anchorman Elmo and the Monster News Network provide special on-location reports showing us the New Year's customs and celebrations from around the world. Running time: 60 minutes.

Om Work: Bold/Fierce Warriors - Superior Martial Arts
December 30, 2011 - Saint James

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

OMGirls: Radiant teen Warriors Class - Superior Martial Arts
December 30, 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.

Art Workshop: Persistence of Memory - Children's Museum of the Arts
December 30, 2011 - SoHo

This project is an interpretation of Salvador Dali's "Persistence of Memory" painting. Create a picture plane on a flat surface, then use model magic to create your own melting objects to add to the scene.

Story Pirates - Children's Museum of Manhattan
December 30, 2011 - Upper West Side

The Story Pirates believe that every child has a story to tell. Whether it's a world where cats can fly or a rock opera about fuzzy alien tickle monsters, this sketch comedy musical is based entirely on stories by elementary schoolers.

Frosty - John w. Engeman Theatre
December 30, 2011 - Northport

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

Kwanzaa Celebration - Regeneration Night - Apollo Theater
December 30, 2011 - New York

The Apollo Theater celebrates Kwanzaa with the renowned and energetic New York-based dance company, Abdel Salaam's Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, in an evening of dance and music honoring the principles of Kwanzaa: family, community and culture. Also featuring Craig Harris & the Tailgaters Tale, Michael Wimberly, and Yacouba Sissoko. Hosted by WBLS personality Imhotep Gary Byrd. 7:30pm. $16/person.

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.

'Hansel & Gretel' - Metropolitan Playhouse
December 30, 2011 - Manhattan

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

My Beautiful Girl Mari - Movies for Kids And Their Families - Jacob Burns Film Center
December 30, 2011 - Pleasantville

Called a "Korean 'Spirited Away'", this animated film is a dreamy, touching fairy tale about a lonely boy who gains access to a heavenly paradise through an abandoned lighthouse. 2002. 86 minutes. Not Rated. Korean with subtitles. In celebration of the theater's anniversary, children's tickets to 12pm weekend kids' films are $1 until the end of 2011.

School's Out/Art's In - NYC Transportation - Katonah Museum of Art
December 30, 2011 - Katonah

A recurring art program for children ages 3-12 held on school vacation days in the Museum's Learning Center. Today: art activities will follow a transportation theme, exploring Boats, Taxis, Subways, and Cars. Children and their adult caregivers can drop in any time between 10am-3pm.

"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

Winter Break Family Activities - New York Transit Museum
December 30, 2011 - Brooklyn Heights

The Transit Museum offers two family events during the week of Christmas break. Museum Shape Hunt (11am) exampines shapes we see on street signs and vehicles, while Great Subway Search (2pm) is a scavenger hunt for all ages.

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.

Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge - Westchester Sandbox Theatre
December 30, 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.

Winter Break Family Fun - DiMenna Children’s History Museum at New-York Historical Society
December 30, 2011 - Upper West Side

Show off your history skills at a daily family quiz show, drop in for some art making, or join a history scavenger hunt. Scavenger Hunt (11am-4pm): Families team up and head out with a list of clues that take them on a trip around the DiMenna Children's History Museum. There are prizes for participation, and everyone can enter the Liberty the Dog raffle. Historical Art Making (1-4pm): Make, decorate, and wear your own election button or tri-cornered hat. Family History Quiz (2pm): What games did Dutch children in New Amsterdam like to play? When did George Washington take his first oath of office? Team up, sharpen your pencils, and enter a family quiz. There are prizes for participation and grand prizes for high-scorers.

Family Film: "Miss Minoes" - Cinema Village
December 30, 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.

THE MACHINE performs PINK FLOYD - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Through December 30, 2011 - New York

The Machine, America's top Pink Floyd show, has forged a 20-year reputation of excellence, extending the legacy of Pink Floyd while creating another legacy all its own. Over the years, The Machine has touched the hearts and souls of many, selling out theaters, large clubs, and casinos across North and Central America, Europe, and Asia. The New York-based band focuses on making every show an authentic Floydian experience for the fans. Known for performing a diverse mix of The Floyd's extensive 16-album repertoire (complete with faithful renditions of well-known hits as well as obscure gems), The Machine's stellar musicianship, dramatic lighting and video, and passionate delivery set the band above the rest. In the classic tradition, The Machine explores collective improvisation paralleling and even rivaling that of an early '70s Pink Floyd mentality. The group's use of expanded theatrical elements and elaborate stage displays continues in the spirit of the later Floyd lineups of the '80s. The band is also known for recreating entire albums as part of its show, accepting requests from fans, and taking an A-to-Z approach in which one song is played for every letter of the alphabet. Additionally, the quartet has shared the stage with full symphony orchestras, enhancing and expanding the sonic depth of Pink Floyd. In 2004, The Machine released Two Nights at The Keswick as a DVD/CD, archiving the band's bi-annual residency at this historic Philadelphia venue. The group's next release, Unplugged (2006), captures a special acoustic performance at B.B. King Blues Club in NYC, featuring rare Syd Barrett solo material and deep cuts from early Floyd albums. Live in Amsterdam, a stunning concert DVD filmed at the Pepsi Stage, was released in August of 2008. The band's latest release is The Symphonic Side of the Moon (2011), a live performance of Dark Side of the Moon and "Comfortably Numb" with a symphony orchestra.

CEG Presents A PHISH After-Party featuring DEAD SESSIONS w/ The Vermont All-Stars - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
December 30, 2011 - New York

The music of The Grateful Dead transcends time, age, and race. The band's high-energy, soul-touching jams and the family-like environment of its shows helped to carve a niche in the counterculture that will never be filled. Over the past 13 years, Liquid Dead Sessions has grown to become one of the favorite Grateful Dead experiences in the Northeast. Playing since 1998, the group is known for its authentic but unique renditions of Grateful Dead classics, thick with heartfelt jams that make even the most jaded DeadHead rejoice. Liquid Dead Sessions is composed of a rotating cast of musicians throughout New England, having developed not only into a regular homecoming for VT-area DeadHeads, but also one of the premier experiences for explorative improvisation. With an unmasked joy that pours off the stage and blurs any boundaries with their audience, the Sessions are beloved from both the casual fan to the dedicated Terrapin warrior. Sessions have included members of the Trey Anastasio Band, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, the Grippo Funk Band, the Seth Yacovone Band, and more, and special guests have ranged from your neighbor down the farm to Mike Gordon of Phish.

Cro-Mags - Supertouch - Subzero - Sai Nam - Highline Ballroom
December 30, 2011 -

CRO-MAGS - Before the Cro-Mags, the idea of combining metal and hardcore might have gotten you stomped out on a curb outside of CBGB's. But nobody was going to stomp John Joseph - and nobody has been able to keep him down since. The newly reformed and revitalized Cro-Mags feature original members John and Mackie, as well as AJ Novello from Leeway and Craig Setari of Sick of It All. SUPERTOUCH - Supertouch is the great unsung band of late '80s New York hardcore scene. The band's music combines the soulful fervor of Bad Brains with the melodic surge of DC's "Revolution Summer" bands and the dynamic power of childhood heroes The Who. Though beloved in its home town, the band was initially an enigma on matinee bills. However, by 1990 any and all groups worth their salt were taking cues from Supertouch on how to update their music and take it into the future. SUBZERO - Subzero is back! After a two-year hiatus, the band has returned with its most formidable lineup to date, featuring the main contributors from the group's classic albums, including Happiness Without Peace (1997), Necropolis (2004), and The Suffering of Man (2005). Although Subzero has toured the world many times over as a headliner and as a support group under national acts as well, the band retains its underground ethics by still playing in small clubs, basements, and dive bars to this day. The most influential critics had nothing but praise for Subzero, and the reviews speak for themselves. SAI NAM - Hardcore veterans guitarist Mike Dijan (Breakdown, Crown of Thornz, Skarhead) and drummer Lou Medina (Breakdown, All Out War, District 9) team up with Trapped Under Ice vocalist Justin Tripp to form Sai Nam. The group recently released its debut track "Comeback" and is poised to drop its first album in the upcoming months.

The New Deal Wtih DJ set by Bitch Please - Highline Ballroom
December 30, 2011 -

At the vanguard of a new progressive style, The New Deal has become a live touring phenomenon, blending electronic music with live improvisation to create and develop actual songs and themes in performance. Consisting of Dan Kurtz on bass, Darren Shearer on drums and beatboxing, and Jamie Shields on keyboard, the group has been both a pioneer of the "livetronica" sound and a mainstay in both the electronica and jamband scenes for over eight years. The band's music, an organic mix of house rhythms, burbling synthesizers, and melodically repetitive bass parts, is almost entirely improvised, though many songs have crystallized from jam sessions and worked their way into the band's repertoire. The New Deal has appeared at numerous festivals, including Bonnaroo, Langerado, Jazz Fest New Orleans, the Coachella Festival, Street Scene in San Diego, Berkfest, Gathering of the Vibes, Camp Bisco, and the Detroit Electronic Music Festival. Headlining over 400 shows in the last four years, the trio inspires audiences of all kinds, from packed dance clubs across North America to spellbound receptions during opening tours with Herbie Hancock and Page McConnell from Phish. The band's discography includes a self-titled release in 2001, Please Be Seated (2003), Gone Gone Gone (2003), and several live albums, the most recent of which is Live:Toronto 7.16.2009.

Film Society of Lincoln Center Presents "Mary Poppins" - Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
December 30, 2011 - Manhattan

Share the rollicking Disney musical with a new generation, as umbrella-toting super-nanny Julie Andrews reinvents child care with the help of a little magic and a lot of fun. When Mary Poppins appears, the Banks family of London finds an answer to the misbehaviour of young Jane and Michael. As fresh and lively as ever, the film's tuneful, airborne delights are supported by a charming Dick Van Dyke as a chimneysweep, as well as a beautiful flight into an animated Sunday paradise. This one's a classic for a reason! (Robert Stevenson, U.S., 1964, Digital; 139 minutes.) Family Film-goers can stop at Indie Food and Wine before or after the film for an afternoon treat like the "indie lunch box," 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).

Happy Zoo Year (Come Party with the Animals) - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo
Through December 30, 2011 - Bridgeport

Get ready to ring in the New Year at the Zoo with half price admission from December 26 - 30! Viktor, our adorable tiger cub born in 2004, is all grown up and he’s come home for the holidays. Help us welcome him back to Bridgeport and, while you’re at it, say hello to our two new Maned wolves, two new Canada lynx, baby pronghorn, and rare Chacoan peccary piglet, too! Location: Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport. For more information, visit

PreSchool Playdate - Bounce U Farmingdale
December 30, 2011 - Farmingdale

Bring the kids ages 6 & under to bounce and have a snack with us! Call to make a reservation today!

Turbo Bounce - Bounce U Farmingdale
December 30, 2011 - Farmingdale

Join us for our Turbo Bounce Session! Call today to reserve your spot.

Turbo Bounce - Bounce U Farmingdale
December 30, 2011 - Farmingdale

Join us for our Turbo Bounce Session! Call today to reserve your spot.

All Ages Open Bounce - Bounce U Farmingdale
December 30, 2011 - Farmingdale

Join us for our all ages open bounce. Call today to reserve your spot.

All Ages Open Bounce - Bounce U Farmingdale
December 30, 2011 - Farmingdale

Join us for an afternoon of fun. Call today to make a reservation. Space is limited.

All Ages Open Bounce - Bounce U Farmingdale
December 30, 2011 - Farmingdale

Join us for an evening of fun. Call today to make a reservation. Space is limited.

All Ages Open Bounce - Bounce U Farmingdale
December 30, 2011 - Farmingdale

Join us for an evening of fun. Call today to make a reservation. Space is limited.

All Ages Open Bounce - Bounce U Farmingdale
December 30, 2011 - Farmingdale

Come bounce with us for an all ages open bounce. Call today to reserve your spot.

December 30, 2011 - JERICHO

Join the fun on a 4-level adventure maze,toddler center, and an inflatable for 30 minutes. Use the eye play interactive for free during your 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?.

Gov't Mule - Beacon Theatre
Through December 31, 2011 - New York

The leaders of Gov't Mule, Warren Haynes and Allen Woody, should be well known to Allman Brothers fans for their stint in Southern rock's most famous native sons. In 1989, Haynes became the second replacement for Duane Allman, providing a good foil for Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts on guitar and vocal; Woody filled out the Allman sound on bass. Five years after their debut, the duo joined drummer Matt Abts in the side project Gov't Mule, a band in which the Allman Brothers' influence is apparent but complicated with the psychedelic, bluesy power trio feel of Cream. Gov't Mule debuted in 1995 with a self-titled album on Capricorn Records, followed by the stellar concert date Live at Roseland Ballroom. The studio follow-up, Dose, appeared in early 1998; another concert set, Live...With a Little Help from Our Friends, followed a year later, with the complete show later appearing as a four-disc limited-edition set. A new studio effort, Life Before Insanity, appeared in early 2000. A vital member of the band was lost, however, on August 26, 2000, when Woody was found dead in a hotel room in New York City. The band had been preparing to record their next album, and after a time, Gov't Mule finally decided to carry on with the project, this time with guest bassists ranging from Flea to Bootsy Collins. The two-volume Deep End series for ATO Records resulted. Phish bassist Mike Gordon also got involved in the project, filming the recording of the albums for a planned documentary. In mid-September 2001, the group hit the road for a six-week tour in support of Deep End, Vol. 1; Oteil Burbridge filled in as bassist for most of the dates. The second volume of Live...With a Little Help from Our Friends appeared in 2002 and the Deepest End: Live in Concert CD and DVD in 2003. One year later saw the release of D?j? Voodoo, Gov't Mule's first studio effort since Woody's death. It featured his official replacement, bassist Andy Hess, as well as new keyboardist Danny Louis. The same lineup released High & Mighty in 2006. The two-volume Benefit Concert series followed in 2007. In 2009, Gov't Mule issued By a Thread, its first studio album in three years. Hess was replaced by bassist Jorgen Carlsson, and the album featured a guest appearance by ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons. In 2010, the Evil Teen imprint issued Mulennium, a three-disc package that commemorated Gov't Mule's complete 1999 New Year's Eve concert at Atlanta's historic Roxy Theatre with the band's original lineup. The concert also included guest appearances by the Black Crowes, Little Milton, and Audley Freed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday Night Grooves - Playland Ice Casino
Through December 31, 2011 - Rye

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

American Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker - Brooklyn Academy of Music
Through December 31, 2011 - Fort Greene

Magical toy soldiers, sparkling snowflakes, mischievous mice, and all the enchanting inhabitants of this whimsical world return in this acclaimed production of The Nutcracker, presented by the renowned American Ballet Theatre

Holiday Tours - Boscobel House & Gardens
Through December 31, 2011 - Garrison

Docent guides will direct and entertain visitors with stories of early 19-Century yuletide traditions and at-home entertaining during the Federal period. Last tour is at 3pm. Tours are approximately one hour in length. Through December 31.

A Charlie Brown Christmas - Brooklyn Lyceum
Through December 31, 2011 - Park Slope

Charlie Brown and the Peanuts Gang rejoice in the holiday season in this enjoyable production. Will Charlie get more than a rock for Christmas? Find out.

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.

Yoga Stretch Class - The Family Wellness Center
Through December 31, 2011 - Plainview

Class includes instruction in various breathing techniques, gentle and deep stretching, and strengthening muscles and bones. The intention of this class is to create deeper connection to self and deep peace. Call to register.

Breastfeeding Support Group - 92nd Street Y
Through December 31, 2011 - Manhattan

Meet with other moms, babies, and a lactation specialist from the Parenting Center to discuss topics such as the emotional ups and downs of breastfeeding, what happens when your milk supply is weak, how to juggle breastfeeding and work, and whether and how to supplement.

David, Delacroix, and Revolutionary France: Drawings from the Louvre - Morgan Library & Museum
Through December 31, 2011 -

This exhibition features the first-ever U.S. showing of some of the finest French drawings from the Louvre, covering a period between 1789 and 1848 when France experienced tremendous political, social, and cultural upheaval.

Breastfeeding Support Circle - Prenatal Yoga Center
Through December 31, 2011 - Upper West Side

Share the joys, concerns, and challenges of breastfeeding in modern times with other moms.

Barclay Holiday Vocal Arts Celebration - The Intercontinental New York Barclay
Through December 31, 2011 - Manhattan

New Yorkers and visitors can celebrate the sounds of the season with live holiday music in the hotel's festive lobby. Vocal groups like The Big Apple Chorus, The Renaissance Street Singers, and the Stonewall Chorale will fill the Barclay lobby with two 45-minute sets of joyful melodies. Now in its second year, the Barclay Holiday Vocal Arts Celebration has evolved into the city's most comprehensive

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