December 21-23 Weekend Highlights by NYMetroParents


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Help Kids Cope Through Art, Play with Balloon-Powered Cars, and Make a Holiday Craft
December 21-23


Art for All

"...You're not alone in your grief ... our world, too, has been torn apart, ... all across this land of ours, we have wept with you. We've pulled our children tight."

President Obama, prayer vigil at Newtown, CT on Dec. 16

Helping our children cope with this frightening news is a challenge and a task we may have not ever anticipated. But in this reality, we have hope and inspiration from Newtown and know there is still good among us. As President Obama said on Dec. 16, "In the face of indescribable violence, in the face of unconscionable evil, you've looked out for each other. You've cared for one another. And you've loved one another."

The Child Mind Institute recommends helping children express their feelings and also allowing them to memorialize those who have been lost through drawing pictures or telling stories.

Join the Children's Museum of the Arts during Inclusive Weekend Class, open to children ages 7 and older who have physical disabilities and to their able-bodied siblings or friends.

At home, take out paper, crayons, and markers to create notes and cards of love and encouragement for the grieving families of Newtown and for the first responders. Mail them to "Cards for Newtown:" 8 Huntington St., PMB 600, Shelton, CT 06484.

For more kid-friendly things to do this weekend, see below.

Top 20 Activities for Kids

Outdoor Adventures

• String popcorn to help feed the birds in Westchester

• Go on a Winter Solstice night hike and learn about night vision in Stamford

• Play games from colonial times in Brooklyn

Decorate a tree with goodies for birds, squirrels, and other wildlife in Westchester

• Wrap holiday snacks for the bears and watch them unwrap their gifts in Rockland


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• Celebrate Winter Solstice with stories, music, and crafts in Brooklyn

Build your own snowman to take home on Long Island

• Explore Kwanzaa traditions in Brooklyn

• Make glittery gift baskets with recycled items at Wave Hill in the Bronx

• Meet Santa at the Hatchery on Long Island

• Have hands-on fun when The North Pole visits Fairfield

• Do good at the holiday toy drive on Long Island

• Decorate a Gingerbread House on Long Island


Learning Fun

• Experiment with balloon-powered cars in Brooklyn

Go behind-the-scenes at the aquarium on Long Island

• Learn the importance of lighthouses and vote for your favorite in Fairfield

• Discover kitchens across the globe in Manhattan

Lights, Camera, Action!

• Watch an all-youth production of Disney's 'The Little Mermaid, Jr' on Long Island

• Have a 'Charlie Brown Christmas' with a live jazz trio in Brooklyn

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Go to and enter code: PARENTRYXM for a family 4-pack to a 6:30pm screening on Dec. 20 in NYC.

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