Weekend Family Events in New York City and Brooklyn

Weekend Events: Brooklyn Craft Central, Holiday Rockin’ Party, Santa Photos and Loads More!

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My favorite NYC Santa- at ABC Carpet and Home

We’re right in the thick of the holiday season, which means that loads of fun events are coming to town. On Friday, stop by One Liberty Plaza for A {15 Min} Christmas Carol. It’ll be a great mid-morning or afternoon pick-me-up. On Sunday, get ready to rock around the Christmas tree because there is a Holiday Rockin’ Party with Suzi Shelton and her band, with a special guest Amelia Robinson from Mil’s Trills. This is the last weekend to check out pretty cool events, such as BAMs Nutcracker, Hansel and Gretel at Puppetworks, and The Flying Latke. Be sure to plan your schedules accordingly to make room for all of the amazingness. Don’t forget to visit our events calendar for more events.

One more thing: if you are looking for holiday theater, including all the Nutcrackers- head to our massive list of them here.
If you are looking for the Christmas tree lightings- check out our guide here.
Looking for spectacular Christmas lights? See our Brooklyn guide here.
If you are looking for Santa, see our list of where to see Santa!

Have a great weekend, Brooklyn!

ONGOING

Through December 16th
American Ballet Theatre Presents The Nutcracker at BAM
With a cast of over 100 performers, American Ballet Theatre’s world premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s Nutcracker features the classic Tchaikovsky score and sets and costumes by Richard Hudson (who won a Tony Award for his set designs for The Lion King). The sets are amazing, including a 1 ton Christmas tree that grows from 12-40 feet. ABT recommends that children should be at least four years old to attend The Nutcracker. Running time is 2 hours.
Details:
Prices range from $25—120. The Brooklyn Academy of Arts is located at: BAM Gilman Opera House 30 Lafayette Avenue (between St. Felix Street and Ashland Place), Brooklyn, NY 11217. For additional information, call BAM for tickets (718) 636-4100 or order online at abt.org or bam.org.

Saturdays and Sundays through December 16th at 12:30pm and 2:30pm
Hansel and Gretel at Puppetworks
Get ready for the classic 1857 Brothers Grimm story to come to life! Adapted for Marionettes by Nicolas Coppola, this show is sure to be a crowd-pleaser! Please note: Reservations are strongly recommended (in advance or same day).
Details: 338 6th Ave (At 4th St), Brooklyn. Ages 10 and under. Cost: $9/adults; $8/children. Contact: 718.965.3391. Visit the website for more information.

Through December 16th
The Flying Latke

This tale of Chanukah celebrations, holiday dysfunction and the miracle of a certain soaring potato pancake should be a fun family event. Adapted by Yorinks from his classic children’s book, The Flying Latke tells the story of young Danny Silverstein and his “meshugge” family as they celebrate the first night of Chanukah. Their holiday food fight sends a latke sailing out the window and over the city, causing a UFO frenzy that traps the Silversteins in their home with their home with their extended family visiting and nothing but latkes to eat. Recommended for ages K- 6th grade.
Details:
This limited engagement runs Saturday & Sunday mornings 11am. The Flea is located at 41 White Street between Church and Broadway, three blocks south of Canal, close to the A/C/E, N/R/Q, 6, J/M/Z and 1 subway lines. Tickets are $12 and are available at the door beginning 1 hour prior to each performance.

Through December 22nd, 2012
Annual Irish Arts Christmas Concert Series
Presented by the Irish Arts Center, this Annual Christmas Concert features eclectic mix of tunes ranging from the traditional to the contemporary as well as holiday favorites.  Mick Moloney leads a cast of America’s top Irish and world musicians through a warm and celebratory journey of music, dance and storytelling accompanied by the strains of the banjo, fiddle, accordion and piano. Every night is a different experience as surprise guests drop in to each performance! Past visitors have included Gabriel Byrne, Dan Barry, Colum McCann, Ellen McCourt, Isaiah Sheffer, Sebastian Junger and Speaker Christine C. Quinn.
Details
: Showtimes are Thursday– Sunday at 8:00pm, Saturday at 3:00pm and 8:00pm and Sunday at 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm. The Donaghy Theatre at the Irish Arts Center is located at 553 West 51st Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues. Tickets are $50 non- member, $40 for members.

Through December 23
The Charlie Brown Christmas- LIVE at the Lyceum
We love the soundtrack with the Vince Guaraldi music that is on this classic animated film- so we think it’s so cool that this theater production has a live accompanying jazz trio! In this faithful presentation, Pig Brooch Inc. will perform verbatim the Charlie Brown Christmas Special. This performances are lauded  as one of the favorites of kids and families all over Brooklyn.
Details:
Show times are at 2:00pm or 8:00pm – depending on the day. All tickets are $11 each. The Brooklyn Lyceum is located at 227 4th Avenue in Park Slope. For additional information, please call (718) 857- 4816.

Through December 23rd
Seven in One Blow, Or The Brave Little Kid at Axis Theatre Company

Set just before the holidays on a snowy winter day, Seven in One Blow, or the Brave Little Kid tells the story of a child living in the city who kills seven flies with a single swat and makes a belt emblazoned with “Seven in One Blow” to commemorate the event. The Kid travels through the snow and meets numerous colorful characters along the way, including the Scarlet Pimpernel, a Pea, December, a Witch, an Ogre and a Princess. Most people think this belt refers to seven people and assign the Kid all kinds of difficult tasks based on this faulty presumption. Over the course of the take, invaluable lessons are learned: an Ogre finds that you don’t always have to show how strong you are to be strong; a girl realizes that when you tease someone, you may be hurting a person who is just like you; and a scary monster understands that because she is loved, she may not be so scary after all. In the end, after a surprise twist, the Kid discovers that a parent’s love and care has no limits.
Details: One Sheridan Square, West Village, NYC. Ages 4 and up. Cost: $12/adults; $6/children. Contact: 212.352.3101. Visit the website for more information.

Through December 24
Continuous shows from 9:30 am to 8:00 pm

Puppet Show: Yes, Virginia
While you’re at Macy’s, be sure to stop by the Puppet Theater on the 8th floor to see this fun puppet, “Yes, Virginia”– a 30-minute musical version based on Virginia O’Hanlan’s 1897 letter to the Editor of the Sun newspaper, featuring Whoopi Goldberg’s voice and puppet as the Librarian. The show is produced by  Puppetworks. The show is $5 per person (only in person). Details: Take the Express Elevator at 35th & Broadway to the 8th floor.

Through December 24, 2012 (market)
Through February 12, 2013 (train show)
Grand Central Holiday Train Show and Market
Grand Central Terminal turns 100 in 2013 is celebrating my creating a brand new layout built by Lionel. In this free show at New York City Transit Museum Annex, the model Metro-North and New York Central trains depart from a miniature Grand Central on their way North.  Vintage model trains from the Museum’s collection will also be on display joined by  New York Central railroad posters harkening back to Grand Central’s heyday as the nexus of long distance and commuter train travel. This free train show is especially fun as it takes place in a real train station: Grand Central. View our entire review of the Train Show and Market HERE.

Through December 30th
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker by the New York City Ballet
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker is one of the most complex theatrical, staged ballets in the company’s active repertory. The popularity of the ballet is immense and it provides an unforgettable spark to everyone’s holiday season. Set to a classic score by Tchaikovsky, the ballet debuted in 1954 and has been a holiday tradition ever since.
Details:
Tickets range from $55-$135. The Nutcracker is playing at Lincoln Center Plaza, David H. Koch Theater (63rd Street and Columbus Avenue), New York, NY 10023. For additional information, please call (212) 870-5570 or click here.

Through December 30, 2012
Radio City Christmas Spectacular
This show is quite simply dazzling complete with gorgeous trees, ornamental chandeliers and the friendliest staff you have ever met. The Rockettes are incredible to watch as they dance and move their magical gams. The costumes are also amazing as well as the festive music. This show also features an amazing digital backdrop where they switch from grand manor to the streets of New York City. We were totally entertained. Yes, the show is somewhat nostalgic and sentimental, and a bit kitschy at times, but it is rich in entertainment, excellent choreography (I always love that Tin Solider piece) and thrill.
Details:
All children who have reached their second birthday require a ticket to gain admittance into Radio City Music Hall. Tickets range from $45 (non-peak – third mezz) to $110 (peak – orchestra). For additional information or to purchase tickets, call (888) 858- 0007 or visit: http://www.radiocitychristmas.com/

Through December 30th
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker by the New York City Ballet
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker is one of the most complex theatrical, staged ballets in the company’s active repertory. The popularity of the ballet is immense and it provides an unforgettable spark to everyone’s holiday season. Set to a classic score by Tchaikovsky, the ballet debuted in 1954 and has been a holiday tradition ever since.
Details:
Tickets range from $55-$135. The Nutcracker is playing at Lincoln Center Plaza, David H. Koch Theater (63rd Street and Columbus Avenue), New York, NY 10023. For additional information, please call (212) 870-5570 or click here

Through December 30th
The Three Bears Holiday Bash at Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre
The Three Bears Holiday Bash is 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 Bear’s annual holiday show. The audience also gets to join in on the fun with a “12 days of Christmas” sing-a-long during the performance! 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 spirit!
Details: $8/adults; $5/children. Visit the website for more information.

Through December 31
The Little Engine That Could Puppet Show

The classic tale of The Little Engine That Could ™ is brought to life in an exciting presentation by New York City puppet master Ralph Lee. The whole family can join the fun to get the determined train over the mountain! The show is included when you buy tickets to the Holiday Train Show.
Details: The New York Botanical Garden  Bronx River Parkway (Exit 7W) at Fordham Road Bronx, New York.

Through January 1st
Angelina Ballerina: The Very Merry Holiday Musical
Angelina and her friends are back and planning a holiday dance pageant. True to Angelina form, this lively show also features dancing, singing and festivities, this heart-warming musical is perfect for everyone’s holiday season!
Details:
The musical is held on Saturdays at Sundays at 11am and 1pm with holiday shows Tickets are $29.50 per person or $49.50 for Premium Section. IMO, the regular seats are just fine at this theatre and you don’t need to purchase the premium seats. The Vital Theater is located at 2162 Broadway, 4th Floor, at 76th Street, New York, NY. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday Mornings at 10:30am
The Adventures of Maya the Bee at Culture Project
This jazz puppet show is one that children and adults alike will enjoy! The revamped productions of The Adventures of Maya the Bee is back after its first successful run! It still features the same story of the rebellious little bee who flies from the hive in search of adventure and encounters her own heroism. Will a sparkling new set of props and great puppets, this is one glorious jazz-themed show!
Details: 45 Bleeker Street at Lafayette Street, NYC. All are welcomed. Cost: $25. Visit the website for more information.

Through January 2013 from 10:30am — 4:30pm (every hour on the half hour)
IMAX: Flying Monsters at The American Museum of Natural History
Let Sir David Attenborough be your guide as you fly alongside reptiles with 40-foot-wing spans and find out how pterosaurs took to the skies in the Age of Dinosaurs.
Details: Central Park West at 79th Street. All are welcomed. Cost: $25/adults; $19/students, seniors; $14.50/children ages 2-12. Visit the website for more information.

Through January 6, 2013
The RAMMELLZEE Galaxseum at The Children’s Museum of Art
The Children’s Museum of the Arts presents the most comprehensive collection of works to-date by visionary artist and MC, RAMMELLZEE. Entitled “The RAMMELLZEE Galaxseum,” the exhibition will reveal the inner workings of RAMMELLZEE’s artistic vision and trace his career trajectory which began in the 1970s as a pioneering “wild style” graffiti writer and hip-hop MC and evolved in manifesto and medium to the far reaches of the imagination. “The RAMMELLZEE Galaxseum” showcases a visual encyclopedia of RAMMELLZEE’s artworks including full-body life-sized costumes, masks, character frescoes, figurines, large scale paintings and video and audio recordings from some of his performances. Suspended from the gallery’s ceiling are RAMMELLZEE’s legendary letter racers, or car-like vehicles representing letters of the alphabet seeking to “break free.”
Details: 103 Charlton Street (between Hudson and Greenwich Streets), New York, NY. Cost: $10/person; FREE/seniors and members. Contact: (212) 274-0986. Visit the website for more information.

Ongoing
Gazillion Bubble Show at New World Stages Theater
You’ve seen how your kids react to bubbles. Now, imagine how they would react to seeing people inside bubbles, or lasers shooting through bubbles, or bubbles within bubbles?!  They will be enthralled…and so will you. I’m  headed back to see this for the second time because we love it so much. Awesome show and well worth the price and trip. The Gazillion Bubble Show in Manhattan, is all about bubble magic and everyone from David Letterman to Oprah thinks the show is pretty fantastic.
Details: 340 West 50th Street, NYC. All ages welcomed. Cost: $44.50 -$89.50 (VIP package). Purchase tickets: Telecharge at 212.239.6200 or at www.telecharge.com. Visit the website for more information.

Through January 13, 2013: various times
Big Apple Circus: Legendarium at Damrosch Park
For its 35th season the Big Apple Circus presents “Legendarium,” an all-new show, where international circus artists are presented under an intimate Big Top, and no seat is more than 50 feet from the ring. See the hijinks of hilarious clowns, magnificent horses and playful pooches, soaring aerialists, flawless jugglers, astounding acrobats and a contortionist with a back as flexible as an archer’s bow. With an affable ringmaster as your guide, watch as an amazing inventor spins in a giant steel hoop and a fearless finambulist astonishes the onlooker.
Details: West 62nd Street (Lincoln Center) between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenue, NYC. Cost: $25 — $175. Contact: (212) 875-5766. Visit the website for more information.

Through January 27th: various times
The Velveteen Rabbit at DR2 Kids Theatre
The Velveteen Rabbit is truly a favorite amongst kids and adults alike with it’s heartfelt plot and lovely theme! With a little bit of nursery magic, three actors and their simple props become a wise old rocking horse, a cavalcade of mechanical playthings, a kind-hearted fairy and, of course, a stuffed rabbit who is transformed by the love of a young boy.
Details: 103 East 15th Street (at 20 Union Square East), NYC. Ages 4 and up. Cost: $39.00. Contact: 212.375.1110. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday and Sundays through March 3, 2013 at 1pm
DreamWorks Animation at Museum of the Moving Image
This is your chance for your family to catch your fave family flick in a cool museum. The museum presents an accompanying film series, with screenings every Saturday and Sunday that includes the “Shrek” and “Madagascar” series, “Antz,” “How to Train Your Dragon,” and much more, in a theatrical setting. Lights! Camera! Action!
Details: 36-01 35th Avenue (at 37th Street). All are welcomed. Cost: $15/person. Contact: (718) 777-6888. Visit the website for more information.

Through December 24 from 9:00am -5:30pm
Santa and Puppet Show at Macy’s
This is the most famous Santa in New York complete with gorgeous train displays, lights, trees, bags of toys and of course Jolly Old Saint Nick. Funny enough, Karen (founder of A Child Grows in Brooklyn) meet him one year on the subway. He told her that one weekend over 3,000 visitors came to visit and take pictures. Tips: Though this is a beautiful winter wonderland, the wait can be unpleasant. Those willing to brave the lines will have a festive backdrop and a beautiful photo with Santa but we suggest that you go early and try to visit Santa on a weekday so that you will be in and out in an hour. Make sure to bring your own camera as the photo options that Macy’s offers aren’t cheap with prices starting at $18.99 for a 6×8 picture. NEW this year; With Macys updated app, you have got a VIP ticket to bypass the crowds in Santaland and go right to Santas Village. Just download the app and select Herald Square from the “Stores” option. Then, book your time and use your Express Pass to meet Santa. iPhone and Android friendly.The puppet show is Yes, Virginia:  While you’re at Macy’s, be sure to stop by the Puppet Theater on the 8th floor to see this fun puppet show, “Yes, Virginia”– a 30-minute musical version based on Virginia O’Hanlan’s 1897 letter to the Editor of the Sun newspaper, featuring Whoopi Goldberg’s voice and puppet as the Librarian. The show is produced by  Puppetworks. The show is $5 per person (only in person).
Details:
Take the Express Elevator at 35th & Broadway to the 8th floor of Macy’s Herald Square. Santaland is open daily from 9:00am-9:00pm from November 27th through Saturday, December 24th, 2011. Macy’s notes: Santa will return to the North Pole promptly at 5:30 P.M. on December 24th so he can load up his sleigh. Admission is free and digital photographs of your child with Santa will be available for purchase. For additional information, please call (212) 494-4495 or visit: Macy’s.com.

ALL WEEKEND

Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm — 5pm
Family Days Bowling at Brooklyn Bowl
Grab your kids and gather ’round for a day of indoor fun! Seriously, bowling is the new black and it is certainly fun for the entire family. Pack a snack or try tasty food from Blue Ribbon, which will be available for purchase.
Details: 61 Wythe Ave (Btwn N 11th St & 12th St), Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Cost: Saturday $25/lane/half hour; Sunday $20/lane/half hour; Shoes: $4.95/per person. Socks: $3/pair. Contact: (718) 963-3369. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, December 15th and Sunday December 16th 11am-7pm
Santa at The Brooklyn Lyceum Market

The Brooklyn Lyceum welcomes back  SANTA to its Holiday Marketplace for the fifth consecutive year. Whether ironic or earnest, they will take your picture for you to post directly to facebook. One Free photo with proof of Lyceum Marketplace purchase.  Free admission to the market.
Details: Brooklyn Lyceum 227 4th Avenue  Brooklyn, NY  11215  R train to Union Street  Corner of President Street

Saturdays and Sundays: various times
The New York Botanical Gardens Holiday Train Show
The beloved Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden is celebrating its 21st season where you can view this year’s display of model trains chugging by more than 140 New York landmarks such as Penn Station, Yankee Stadium, the Brooklyn Bridge, Rockefeller Center, and Radio City Music Hall – all of which are created from leaves, twigs, bark, berries, seeds, pine cones, nuts, and pods.  A new structure will be added this year to the already expansive display: a replica of Macy’s flagship location. Check out our review of the train show HERE.

Saturday, December 15th and Sunday December 16th: 11am, 2pm, 5pm
A Christmas Carol by the Puppet People at The Brooklyn Lyceum

Once again the Brooklyn Lyceum asks you to warm your hearts with Charles Dickens’ holiday classic.  Watch Mean Ol’ Scrooge as he discovers Christmas is not a HUMBUG!  This puppet spectacular features beautiful handcrafted marionettes, shadow puppets, gorgeous masks, lavish costumes, vivid sets, a professional soundtrack that includes many holiday favorites, a giant 9-foot parade puppet and guaranteed smiles!  Experience this literary masterpiece that reaches far beyond the holiday season!
Details: 227 4th Avenue (corner of President St), Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Cost: $11/online or at the door; $33/pack of four (online only); $5/proof of purchase from Lyceum Holiday Marketplace. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, December 14th: 10am and 11:30am
Saturday, December 15th: 11am
Big Annie, An American Tall Tale at PS 3

The Shadow Box Theatre presents Big Annie, a joyous Holiday Sing-Along celebrating Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa and Three Kings Day.  This story stars Big Annie, a Creole flatboat captain and larger-than-life American heroine! With her amazing strength, and the help of her animal friends, she pulls a boatload of toys through a terrible storm one Christmas Eve long ago. Our storyteller and guitarist capture the rhythm and power of the American work song as the kids join in singing to help Big Annie succeed.
Details: 50 Jefferson Avenue, Brooklyn. Ages 7 and under. Cost: $10 in advance ($15 at the door), group rates available. Contact: 212.724.0677. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday and Sunday December 15th and 16th: 11am — 5pm
Saturday and Sunday December 22nd and 23rd: 11am — 5pm
Brooklyn Craft Central Holiday Market 2012 at Littlefield

Curated carefully by native New Yorker and Brooklyn indie champion Deb Klein – once part of the long running and splendid Bazaar Bizarre and former owner of the well-loved record shop HI-FI (both in Boston) – Brooklyn Craft Central Markets bring together Klein’s design aesthetic with entrepreneurial smarts to appeal to a wide audience of shoppers. Deb founded the BKCC series at the Brooklyn Lyceum in 2008. Please note: To view a FULL list of vendors, click HERE.
Details:
622 Degraw Street (betw. 3rd and 4th Aves), Brooklyn. FREE admissions. All are welcomed. Visit the website for more information.

FRIDAY DECEMBER 14TH

Friday, December 14th from 10am — 11:30am and 1pm — 3pm
Brooklyn Public Library: Kids Mobile at Prospect Park Children’s Corner
Brooklyn Public Library’s colorful Kidsmobile, a children’s library on wheels, is busy at schools, daycare centers, Headstart and after school programs and community events. Head on over for fun, free, and educational activities!
Details: Flatbush Avenue and Empire Boulevard, Brooklyn. Across from the carousel. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 718-253-4948. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, December 14th from 10am
Fun Events at the Y at Windsor Terrace

10am — 11am: J- Yum and Hum (Jewish Music, Stories and Cuisine Around the World) — Learn about Jewish communities around the world through music and food! J-Yum & Hum provides engaging, dynamic and interactive program for parents and their infants (up to crawlers), exploring culture and tradition through stories, music, foods, storytelling of the Jewish Diaspora. Learn about the cultures and lifestyles of their Jewish counterparts around the world. Led by Tehilah Eistenstadt and Gilad Kalifa.
11am: Rolie Polie Guacamole for just $5/family
11am –12pm: Tot Shabbat — The goal of the program is to allow everyone to share their family’s Shabbat traditions, have exposure to new ones within the community, while giving everyone the opportunity to connect through their language and culture. This is done through the music and storytime component where we ask families to volunteer to read a story and share a song.
Details: 1224 Prospect Avenue, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Contact: 718.407.6377. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, December 14th from 11:30am — 12:00pm
Story Time with Jordan at powerHouse Arena
Join in the fun on Fridays as powerHouse Children’s Book Specialist Jordan Nielsen reads from some of our favorite kids books. It’s a perfect pre-nap activity, if you ask me. Please note: RSVP is highly recommended.
Details
: 37 Main Street, Brooklyn. Recommended for ages 2-6. FREE for all. Contact: 718.666.3049 or email kids@powerHouseArena.com. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, December 14th at 12:30pm and 1:15pm
A {15 Min} Christmas Carol at One Liberty Plaza

New York Classical Theatre makes their debut at One Liberty Plaza with A {15-min!} Christmas Carol, a rollicking holiday chestnut that will brighten the lunch break! This fifteen-minute holiday tale of love and redemption will serve up Scrooge, Marley, Cratchit, Fezziwig, Tiny Tim, and all of Dickens’s best-loved characters, performed in record time with just two actors!
Details: One Liberty Plaza, NYC in the lobby. All are welcomed. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, December 14th from 2:00pm — 3:00pm
Baby Boogie at the Prospect Park YMCA
Are you a new parent?! Then this class may just be perfect for you. Listen closely and you’ll hear the class calling your name. Not only will you have time to meet other parents here, but the class also includes games for babies, singing, and dancing. Jackpot!
Details: 357 Ninth Street. Ideal for parents with babies up to 13 months. $12/visit. Telephone: 718.768.7100. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, December 14th from 4:30pm — 5:30pm
Animal Haven’s Caring Kids Program
Where are our animal lovers? Or parents of animal-loving children? You’ll want to check out this FREE event that introduces children and young teens to basic animal care and teaches them about existing issues in animal welfare. Through exciting lesson plans and interactive activities with cats and dogs at the shelter, participants learn the importance of treating animals humanely. They will not only make an impact on the lives of the animals they encounter, but it can certainly be a significant experience for them as well.
Details: 251 Centre Street. Ages 5-12. FREE for all, but RSVP is required. Contact: KendraM@ah-nyc.org or visit the website for more information.

Friday, December 14th from 4:30pm — 5:30pm
Children’s Candlelight Tour of NYC’s Oldest House
Ever wonder what children did at night before TV and computers?! Head over to the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum to find out! Please note: children must be accompanied by an adult.
Details: 5816 Clarendon Road, Brooklyn. Ages 12 and under. Cost: $5/adults; $3/children. Contact: 718-629-5400. RSVP at education@wyckoffassociation.org.

Friday, December 14th at 6:15pm
Family Movie Night at The Moxie Spot
Still stumped on how to enjoy Family Friday Nights after a long week? Head on over to The Moxie Spot, a family-friendly restaurant and play space for a fun Friday night film screening. Kids will eat for free when you purchase an entrée from the dinner special after 5:30pm. Now that what we call “family friendly.”
Details: The short feature begins at 6:15pm. The longer feature begins at 6:45pm. 81-83 Atlantic Avenue (at Hicks Street). 718.923.9710.

SATURDAY DECEMBER 15TH

Saturday, December 15th: 2 seatings: 9:30 am and 10:30 am
First Presbyterian Santa Pancake Breakfast

This Santa pancake breakfast is a favorite for Brooklynites- it’s a real homey event with Santa, Christmas music and crafts. And, yes, Santa will sit for a pick with your kids. The pancakes are delish too.
Details: First Presbyterian Church, 124 Henry Street (@ Clark Street). Tickets are $10 per person or $40 per family. Seats are limited. Call 718.624.3770 for reservations.  Note: proceeds support children’s service projects in the community and our Food Pantry

Saturday, December 15th from 10am — 11:30am
KIDS Arts Education Presents Drawing Together

Calling all budding artists! Join Teaching Artist Ruth Wetzel for a hands-on art making project based on the work of Joan Grubin and Tamiko Kawata. Please note: Caregivers must be present; No drop-offs. Please RSVP in advance at sallie@kentlergallery.org.
Details: 353 Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn. Ages 4 and up. FREE for all. Contact: 718.875.2098. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, December 15th from 10am — 3pm
Annual Book Fair at BHMS
There will be a great selection of books for all age ranges, including adult titles. We’re also featuring face painting, games, crafts and baked goods! PLUS… there will be readings and book signings from the following authors:
10:30am –  Daniel Salmieri (Dragons Love Tacos, Those Darn Squirrels)
11am — Tad Hills (How Rocket Learned to Read, the Duck and Goose books)

Saturday, December 15th at 11am
Storytime at Greenlight Bookstore
Saturday Story Time is geared toward kids ages 3 to 8 and their families. Authors and illustrators of picture books often visit us on Saturdays to read from their new books, and neighborhood performers sometimes read as well. There are always great stories and sometimes activities and crafts too!
Details: 686 Fulton Street (at South Portland), Brooklyn. Ages 3 to 8. FREE for all, but seating is on a first come, first served basis. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, December 15th from 11am — 5pm
3rd Annual Holiday Craft Fair at PS 10

Enjoy our gallery of artists, artisans and craftspeople, many from Brooklyn and all purveyors of original and high-quality goods. We have assembled a diverse product line for your shopping pleasure, including jewelry, apparel, ceramics and more. From the organizers: “Our Fair also features: scrumptious snacks and the awesome Kimchi Taco Truck; a terrific raffle; and fun activities for kids including art workshops with the Brooklyn Craft Workshop, face painting, caricatures and portraits, as well as performances by the New York Guitar Academy, the Brooklyn Music Studio and the New York-centric blues rock ensemble MAKE!” Please note: Proceeds from the Holiday Craft Fair support the P.S. 10 P.T.A. and the educational enrichment of students at P.S. 10, a public elementary school located in the heart of South Slope.
Details: 511 7th Avenue, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, December 15th from 12pm — 3pm
Collaging with Caris at BrunchCRAFT at ISA

ISA’s collage expert returns for her monthly installment. We’ve seen some pretty amazing creations so far but this month promises to be the most festive for sure! Caris Reid has been digging through the Holiday editions of vintage magazines for weeks now and we can’t wait to see the scenes our young artists concoct! Let the inner artist flow and maybe we’ll hire your kid to be the next ISA menu maker! As always, she’ll have precuts for the little ones.
Details: 348 Wythe Street near S. 2nd Street, Brooklyn. FREE for all. All are welcomed.

Saturday, December 15 from 12-2 pm
Breakfast with Santa at Ceol Irish Pub

Ceol Irish Pub and Restaurant is hosting a festive holiday Breakfast with Santa. Brunch for adults will be just $10, with the option to add unlimited mimosas or Bloody Marys for an additional $10. Brunch for kids is $6 and includes milk, juice or lemonade. This includes a visit with Santa, a treat from Santa, and a craft project. Professional photos with Santa will be available for purchase. They are also asking parents to bring a small gift (under $10 value) with your child’s name clearly marked, for Santa to present to him or her.
Details: Ceol is located in Cobble Hill, 191 Smith Street at Warren (F or G to Bergen). Please RSVP with the number of adults/children to channon@ceolpub.com by December 12th.

Saturday, December 15th from 1pm — 3pm
Gingerbread Shipbuilding Workshop at BLDG 92

Sure, you’ve made a gingerbread house—but have you ever made a gingerbread ship? Children of all ages are invited to join renowned model shipwright, Dan Pariser, and the bakers from Le Petit Bakery in what is sure to become a holiday tradition at BLDG 92. The precision-built model of the Brooklyn-built USS Monitor in our exhibit serves as the inspiration for the gingerbread model that participants will help to assemble, decorate and “commission” here in our atrium. Each participating child will also receive a gingerbread ship cookie and supplies to decorate.
Details:
Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92. All are welcomed. Cost: $15/child; FREE/adults. Contact: 718-907-5932.
Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, December 15th at 1:30pm
Sleeping Beauty Narrated by David Gonzalez at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center

A rhymed verse spin on the classic fairy tale with live music and image projections that create a magical multimedia world in which the beautiful (and funky) princess is awakened by true love’s kiss…or not.
Details: 199 Chambers Street (bet Greenwich and West Streets), NYC. Ages 10 and under.Cost: $25. Contact: 212.220.1459. Visit the website for more information or to purchase tickets.

Saturday, December 15th at 1:30 pm
Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise with Santa
Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise is offering a 1.5 boat tour with Santa. Onboard the cruise, passengers can enjoy free photos with Santa Claus, live music from Princess Katie and Racer Steve, complimentary milk and cookies and a climate-controlled vessel.  Get in the spirit of giving. Bring a new unwrapped toy & support the Toys for Tots Foundation. .
Details:
$20 adults/$15 child ages 3-12/0-2 years free. To purchase tickets or to learn more about this tour, please visit: Circlineline42.com

Saturday, December 15th from 2-4pm
Santa Claus will be making a visit to the City Reliquary

Bring all (good) children to the Reliquary to sit on Santa’s lap so they can tell him what they hope to receive for Christmas. Parents and their little ones can spend time enjoying the Reliquary’s new exhibit about The Santa Claus Association, a loving look at the New York City-based philanthropic group that answered children’s letters to Santa Claus. There will also be a North Pole Express Mailbox, where kids can drop letters to be delivered to Santa Claus just in time for Christmas. Museum Hours on Saturday: 12-6pm
Details: 370 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718) 782-4842 // www.cityreliquary.org. Free!

SUNDAY DECEMBER 16TH

Sunday, December 16th 9 am- 1 pm
Breakfast with Santa
This fun event at the Aviator Sports Complex will include a breakfast with Santa where kids get to make and decorate their an ornament, decorate their own cupcake (yes, at that early in the morning!) and do other crafts.
Details: Aviator Sports Complex on located at 3159 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11234. First Seating is 10:00am to 12:00pm and the second Seating is 1:00pm to 3:00pm. It is $20 per child and $22 per adult (ages 13 and older). Children Under 3 are free. To attend please RSVP by December 10th. Contact info: (718)758-7538 .

Sunday, December 16th beginning at 10:30am
Santa and Other Friends Are Coming to Gumbo

A very special Brooklyn shopping mecca… a place to find unique and handcrafted gifts… a place to sing and dance, to learn a new skill, and most importantly, a place to have fun!
Schedule of Events:
10:30am and 11:15am — Rolie Polie Guacamole Jingle Bell Jam! Santa joins the jam too!
Cost: $20, siblings $5, adults free. Call to reserve — 718.855.7808.
4pm — P for Puppets (Puppet Show in Spanish and English)
Cost: $15, siblings and adults $5. Call to reserve — 718.855.7808.
Details: Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, December 16th at 11:00am
Baby Stories and Singalongs at Greenlight Bookstore
Babies and toddlers under 3 years old will be highly entertained with stories, songs, and interactive play as the children’s performers Miss NinaJon Samson, and Vered take turns keeping them busy.
Details: Geared toward ages 3 years and under. Open to public, but on a first come, first served basis. 686 Fulton Street (at South Portland). Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, December 16th at 11am
Children’s Holiday Reading at Babbo’s Books
Join Selena Alko, author of “Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama” and “B is for Brooklyn” for a fun and interactive children’s reading.
Details: 242 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn. FREE for all. All are welcomed. Contact: 718.788.3475. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, December 16th at 11am
4th Annual Holiday Rockin’ Party at The Bell House

Once again, it’s that time of the year… It’s The Suzi Shelton Band’s Fourth Annual Rockin’ Holiday Party with special guest, the incredible Amelia Robinson from Mil’s Trills! The adorable and talented Gumdrops (Suzi’s backup singers including her 8 year old daughter), and Suzi’s Horn Section return to the stage, along with Suzi’s ROCKIN’ BAND. Mil’s Trills is an interactive series of live performances for families with young children, led by Amelia Robinson who plays original, quirky and whimsical songs on her electric ukulele and hosts a rotating cast of musical guests. Sponsored by Park Slope Parents, this holiday concert will provide musical fun for young and old, and you jump around, dance along and celebrate with holidays with Suzi! Free design project hosted by Brooklyn Design Lab and food and treats for sale by the yummy Dizzy’s Diner.
Details:
149 7th Street, Brooklyn. Ages 10 and under. Cost: $10 advance; $12 door; FREE/2 years and under. Contact: (718) 643-6510. Visit the website to purchase tickets.

Sunday, December 16th from 11am — 6pm
Family Fun at The Free Marketplace

The Free Marketplace, a new Brooklyn monthly indoor artisan market and the first market of its kind with a section dedicated to children and families featuring kid friendly gear, goods, treats, crafts, stroller parking, and activities such as art projects led by WeeCreate BK, yoga, crafts, face painting, and complimentary organic goodies provided by Happy Family Brands. The market’s main room will host curated vendors, live music, and creative workshops.
Details: 905 Atlantic Avenue, 2nd fl (bet St. James & Grand Ave), Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Contact: Thefreemarketplace@gmail.com. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, December 16th at 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Story Time at Books of Wonder
Each week, they choose several books (based on the age of the children attending) and sit down with children and their parents.
Details: 18 West 18th Street, NYC. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 212.989.3270 or emailstore@booksofwonder.com. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, December 16th from 3pm — 5pm
One World Brooklyn Kids Chorus at Historic Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church

The historic
Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church (LAPC) in concert with their new children’s music program, Music Where it Matters Most, is delighted to announce its first winter concert featuring the brand new One World Brooklyn Kids Chorus. They will perform music from around the globe and holiday favorites, with the help of teaching artists and directors, Josh Levine and Carolynn Murphy, as well as special surprise musical guest artists. There will be free snacks as well as a mini holiday gift market with the proceeds to benefit the One World Brooklyn Kids Chorus. Decorative packages of delicious treats from Erica’s Rugelach and Baking Company will be for sale at the holiday gift mini market and a portion will go to benefit the One World Brooklyn Kids Chorus.
Details: 85 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. FREE for all. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, December 16th at 5pm
Jingle Bell Jamboree at Congregation Beth Elohim

The musical extravaganza will feature performances from a variety of performing ensembles, including The Mark Morris Dance Group Student Company, The Brooklyn Community Chorus, Spoke the Hub Dance, the P.S. 97 Chorus, the St. Joseph High School Step Team, and the Old First Family String Band. In addition, there is a festive sing-a-long throughout the show — and who’d want to miss the traditional Grande Finale: The 12 Days of Christmas, performed by the entire audience!
Details: 8th Avenue and Garfield Place, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Donations suggested and unwrapped toys will be collected for Park Slope’s Civic Council Toys for Tots. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, December 16th from 6pm — 9pm
Family Bingo Night at The Moxie Spot
Participants can eat, drink, play bingo, and win big! There will be prizes for the children, who, by the way, will get to eat for FREE with the purchase of an entree.
Details: 81 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn. Ages 9 and under. FREE for all. Contact: 718-923-9710. Visit the website with more information.

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