Dec. 06-08: Weekend Highlights by NYMetroParents


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Holiday Festivities All Month Long!
Dec. 6-8

Holiday Shops in Manhattan

The holidays are officially in full swing, and like the song says, it's the most wonderful time of the year! Why not explore one of the great holiday markets that pop up every year in Manhattan? They're filled with unique gifts, knick-knacks, and local treats galore so that even the smallest shopper is sure to have a blast. If you're looking for add-ons to your kid's list to Santa, look no further than our retro and tech gift guides. And don't forget to tip–what, you don't know how much? Check out our holiday tipping guide for insight.

Baking is a go-to indoor activity for you and the kids as the weather gets chillier, and homemade treats make great presents—if you can muster up the urge to share them. Whip up a batch of gingerbread cookies (they're parve, and perfect for belated Hanukkah fun!). Kids can also help make a chocolate chess pie from scratch, crust and all.

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Sunday, Dec. 8
Special Needs Expo
Metropolitan Pavilion, Manhattan
Meet with nonprofits, service providers, evaluators, financial, legal and insurance advisors, and schools, sports, respite, and social skills groups, and discover many resources specifically geared to make life more manageable and productive for the special needs community!

Through Sunday, Dec. 8
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
StageOne Theater, Fairfield County, CT
Join Sandy and Skip for a brand-new telling of the classic fairy tale about a young girl, three bears, and the importance of respecting the privacy and property of others. Save 20% on tickets for shows this weekend with code DEC2013.

Wednesday, Dec. 11
Manhattan Family and Professional Resource Fair
Hotel Pennsylvania, Manhattan
Caregivers and professionals can obtain information from 90 provider booths and eight workshops. Parents are eligible for free cash raffles and can receive free 5-minute massages and a gift bag.

Top 20 Activities for Kids

Friday, Dec. 6

• Little ones can listen to stories as they eat and decorate their very own gingerbread treats at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum

• Discover and be inspired by the collections at the Noguchi Museum in Queens, where the first Friday of every month is pay-what-you-wish

Donate a toy or give the gift of a bear hug to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation at Build-a-Bear Workshop in Westchester (Also Saturday and Sunday)

• Use a sock to make a festive snowman that won’t melt when winter ends at Glaze Art Studio in Orangeburg

• Give the gift of reading with books from the Wilton Library’s Holiday Book sale (Also Saturday and Sunday)

• All aboard for a special Polar Express story time at Barnes and Noble in Carle Place, with a reading of the classic tale and holiday-inspired treats and crafts

• Meet Santa, his elves, and Christmas revelers galore at Santa’s Southampton Celebration (Also Saturday and Sunday)

Saturday, Dec. 7

• Inquisitive young minds can meet scientists and get a behind-the-scenes look at their exciting fields when the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan presents Meet the Scientist

Make holiday wreaths,, swags, treasure boxes, and miniature arrangements at Wave Hill’s holiday weekend activity spectacular in the Bronx

• Celebrate St. Nicholas Day with a meet-and-greet with Jolly Old St. Nick himself, at Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum in Brooklyn

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birthday parties

Make this year's party the best ever! Check out our birthday guide for all your local party needs.

After-School Activities

after-school guide

The school bell rings; now what to do? Our after-school activities guide has programs, sports, and fun to last until dinnertime!

Fell Your Family's Perfect Tree!

ice skating rinks

Why head to the lot when you can cut your own Christmas tree at one of these farms in your area?


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The Nutcracker at Tilles Center

Saturday, Dec. 7 (cont'd)

• Watch as Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol, comes to life on stage at the College of Staten Island’s Center for the Arts

• Share a story with a lit-loving dog at Wag Your Tale! , at the Scarsdale Public Library

• Celebrate a Storybook Christmas, with arts and crafts galore at the Annual Family Day at the Bronx’s Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum

Sunday, Dec. 8

Decorate yummy holiday cookies, and spend time with Santa Claus at the Palisades Center Mall in West Nyack

• Celebrate ghosts and mysteries at the Morgan Library and Museum’s Winter Family Day in Manhattan

• Get into the holiday spirit with a Winter Solstice celebration, and tree lighting ceremony at the Queens Botanical Garden

• Learn about the traditions of a Victorian Christmas at the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport

• Celebrate the holidays with a special, interactive retelling of Snow White, at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury

• Enjoy holiday-themed activities, carriage rides, and festive treats at the Christmas at Hallockville fair in Riverhead

• Watch a tinsmith make ornaments and hear lively holiday stories at Christmas in Richmond Town, on Staten Island

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Keep Moving! No matter the weather, it's important that kids get enough exercise and good, old-fashioned playtime. How to brave the chilly temps without getting a cold? We've got tips for keeping kids warm while they romp. Check out our where-to guide of indoor and outdoor skating rinks (an icy activity the whole family can enjoy), and have some active fun!

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