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FREE AND LOW COST CLASSES FOR KIDS IN BRONX WEEK OF DECEMBER 19

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free and low-cost classes to do with kids in Bronx Find a schedule of free and low-cost kids' classes in Bronx this week of December 19. Our weekly Bronx class calendar includes dates, description, and pricing for children's programs throughout the area, including museum programs, academic classes, library events, nature programs, and much more. For upcoming kids classes in Bronx, plus a host of other free and low-cost family activities, check out our complete calendar of events.

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Toddler Art Adventures - Private Picassos at DUMBO Chabad
December 19, 2011 - DUMBO

Budding toddler artists will explore paint, crayons, oil pastels, collage materials, air-dry clay and recycled sculpture in this process-oriented art class. Each class will feature a unique theme, which all three main activities will focus on. A great introduction to a structured class for young artists and one that will help strengthen their fine motor skills.

Teen Comedy Improv Classes - Ossining Public Library - Budarz Theater
December 19, 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.

NATURE BUGS - Greenburgh Nature Center
December 19, 2011 - Scarsdale

Meet a museum animal, hear a story, and do a craft or nature game. Except in extreme weather conditions, a portion of each class is spent outdoors. Mondays, December 5, 12 & 19.

Playtime with Sammie and Tudie - Sprout San Francisco
December 19, 2011 - Manhattan

This mommy and me-style class includes a "theme" of the week, which is expressed in songs, stories, magic, and movement play. Call for reservations, class size is limited.

Christmas or Chanukah House Event - Celebrations in the Kitchen
December 19, 2011 - Hicksville

This very special hands-on decorating event will have your children creating their very own gingerbread or chocolate houses to display on the family�s table this season. A fun experience. Register early.

START (Story + Art) - Long Island Children's Museum
December 20, 2011 - Garden City

Kids listen each week to a different story that relates to the season. After the story, all little hands are on deck to create an art project about the story that was read.

Teacher in the Library - The Field Library
Through December 20, 2011 - Peekskill

Puzzled by a homework assignment? Only understand a fraction of your math? Drop in for homework help from a certified teacher. December 1, 5, 6, 8, 12, 13, 15, & 19.

Veggiecation Cooking Demos for Kids - Whole Foods Market - Upper West Side
December 20, 2011 - Upper West Side

The Veggiecation Program shows kids simple and delicious ways to help prepare, cook, and eat their vegetables. Kids will participate in cooking and tasting demonstrations and help prepare healthy veggie dishes with Veggiecation's founder Lisa Suriano. Kids will take home complimentary Veggiecation character coloring pages, word games, mazes, and stickers. Parents will receive a copy of Veggiecation's recipes created that day. On the menu: green leaf wrap with mozzarella and basil oil, and spinach hummus.

Hip N Hop Babies - Manna House Workshop
Through December 20, 2011 - Harlem

This one-of-a-kind 45-minute class brings music to life for babies and toddlers.

Music Classes for Kids - Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library
Through December 21, 2011 - Piermont

Presented by Moon River Music Together with Catherine Rubin, this class explores how the early childhood program of Music Together® teaches music through play. Class meets the third Wednesday of each month.

START (Story + Art) - Long Island Children's Museum
December 21, 2011 - Garden City

Kids listen each week to a different story that relates to the season. After the story, all little hands are on deck to create an art project about the story that was read.

Music and Movement - Long Island Children's Museum
December 21, 2011 - Garden City

It's music, music, music. Musical instruments and catchy sing-along songs get the youngest children to move their bodies.

CRITTERS, CRAFTS, AND KIDS - Greenburgh Nature Center
December 21, 2011 - Scarsdale

Enjoy wonderful days at the Nature Center with walks, live animals and stories. Except in extreme weather conditions, a portion of each class is spent outdoors. Wednesdays, 12/7, 14, & 21.

Art Workshop: Bauhaus Weaving - Children's Museum of the Arts
December 21, 2011 - SoHo

Children will reference Bauhaus textile designer Gunta Stolzl while designing and weaving their own abstract tapestries with paper, fiber, and textiles.

NYChessKids Chess Tournament - PS 116 - The Mary Lindley Murray School
Through December 22, 2011 - Manhattan

NYChessKids provide a positive chess learning experience for all ages and levels - from kindergarten to 12th grade - through its after-school classes. Light snack included. For more information, e-mail [email protected]

START (Story + Art) - Long Island Children's Museum
December 22, 2011 - Garden City

Kids listen each week to a different story that relates to the season. After the story, all little hands are on deck to create an art project about the story that was read.

NYC Connected Communities: Teen Tech Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Brownsville branch
December 22, 2011 - Brownsville

Teens have fun using laptops with their friends, ask tech questions, and get help with your homework.

Jingle Jams featuring Music for Aardvarks - Groove
Through December 22, 2011 - Larchmont

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

Holiday Family Workshop: Winter Wonderland - Sony Wonder Technology Lab
December 22, 2011 - Manhattan

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

Chocolate Sleigh with Christmas Treats - Celebrations in the Kitchen
December 22, 2011 - Hicksville

Decorate a chocolate sleigh that even Santa would be proud of. Then create some very special treats to fill it with. Share them with family and friends throughout the season. Register early.

PS163 Afterschool Chess - NYChessKids
Through December 23, 2011 - Manhattan

NYChessKids provide a positive chessplaying experience for all ages and levels - from kindergarten to 12th grade - through its after-school classes. For more information, e-mail [email protected]

START (Story + Art) - Long Island Children's Museum
December 23, 2011 - Garden City

Kids listen each week to a different story that relates to the season. After the story, all little hands are on deck to create an art project about the story that was read.

Music and Movement - Long Island Children's Museum
December 23, 2011 - Garden City

It's music, music, music. Musical instruments and catchy sing-along songs get the youngest children to move their bodies.

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

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

Playful Discovery - UCONN Campus
December 23, 2011 - Stamford

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

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

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

Messy Afternoons - Long Island Children's Museum
December 24, 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.

Art Workshop: Technique: Paper Pulp Sculptures - Children's Museum of the Arts
December 24, 2011 - SoHo

Visitors (ages 6 and older) will learn how to create paper from paper scraps. Using a blender to create the pulp, visitors will form the pulp into sculptures, taking inspiration from Richard Tuttle's paper sculptures.

Zoomin' Zoetropes - New York Transit Museum
December 24, 2011 - Brooklyn Heights

Travelers on the Q train heading from Brooklyn to Manhattan whirl past a blast of light and shapes as they emerge onto the Manhattan Bridge. This is Bill Brand's Arts for Transit installation. See examples of these vivid installations and then create a window.

Up4Art - Staten Island Children's Museum
Through December 25, 2011 - Staten Island

Create and decorate your own ornament.

Up4Art - Staten Island Children's Museum
Through December 25, 2011 - Staten Island

Create and decorate your own ornament.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Art Classes for Children Grades 4 and Up - Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library
Through December 28, 2011 - Piermont

Students can create imaginative art projects on a number of themes in this weekly class. Techniques include drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, and mixed media. Students will also be introduced to various artists from art history. All materials, including smocks, are provided. Class size is limited to 10 students. Please call 359-4595 or e-mail [email protected] to register. Class meets each Wednesday.

Storytime and Singalong for Kids - Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
Through December 28, 2011 - Manhattan

Kids ages 3 and younger and their caretakers can join Nancy and Beth for reading, singing, and dancing.

Art Classes for Children Grades 1-4 - Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library
Through December 29, 2011 - Piermont

Students can create imaginative art projects on a number of themes in this weekly class. Techniques include drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, and mixed media. Students will also be introduced to various artists from art history. All materials, including smocks, are provided. Class size is limited to 10 students. Please call 359-4595 or e-mail [email protected] to register. Class meets each Thursday.

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.

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.

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.

Free crafts for kids every Saturday and Sunday - Lakeshore Learning Store
Through December 31, 2011 - New Hyde Park

Put little hands to work every Saturday and Sunday with fun craft activities at all Lakeshore Learning Store locations. This free program is ideal for kids ages 3 and up. The program runs through December 31.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Zumbatomic - Vibez Studio
Through October 01, 2012 - Bayside

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

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

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

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